Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1, 2013, the federal estate tax exemption is set to drop from $5.12 million to $1 million while the tax rate is set to rise from 35 percent to 55 percent for estates valued over the exemption amount....More
Iowa corn farmers have sold their stover as forage and bedding for livestock for years. But the new cellulosic ethanol plants that are beginning to spring up around the country are creating a new dimension for such sales....More
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal spoke to the state’s Farm Bureau members Dec. 3, and gave them an overview of tax reform legislation, House Bill 386, passed by the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year....More
For a farmer who’s considering installing irrigation for the first time or expanding, there are several factors to consider, but first and foremost are water supply and the type of irrigation system to be used....More
When does a water deficit affect cotton yield the most? According to a study conducted by Derrick Oosterhuis, professor of cotton physiology at the University of Arkansas and Dimitra Loka, doctoral graduate student at UA, cotton is sensitive to water-deficit stress at all stages of growth, but particularly during reproductive development, from first square to peak bloom....More
How high can farmers push yields using precision technology and how long can they sustain land at these high production levels?
These are questions that have perplexed North Carolina Crop Consultant Steven Valencsin for many years.
Instead of wondering about the benefits of technology to agriculture, he has set about finding ways to implement advanced plant production systems through his work with Growers LLC, his Raleigh, N.C.-based crop consulting and custom applicator business....More
The drought of 2012 has created new interest in irrigation. But Valley’s Wade Sikkim says the drought does not account for all of the increase in sales of irrigation equipment in the U.S. The new interest is largely driven by higher commodity prices and the desire of growers to bring more consistency to their yields. Sikkim discussed the outlook for irrigation at this year’s Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie, Ga....More