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Join The Thanksgiving&Christmas Shopping Season!

Monday, July 9, 2018 8:51:33 PM America/Los_Angeles

Now, the Thanksgiving&Christmas is coming. To celebrate the holiday, we put on a sale activity. In the next 3 months, We will randomly choose 10 customers to send one of tools and kits for free as our Thanksgiving&Christmas gift. So, join in!
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Soil health improves when farmers refrain from disturbing the soil. While no-till production systems are increasingly used on land in corn, soybeans, and wheat-the three largest U.S. crops by acreage-they are not necessarily used every year. 

Field-level data, collected through the Agricultural Resource Management Survey, show that farmers often rotate no-till with other tillage systems. 
Farmers growing wheat (in 2009), corn (in 2010), and soybeans (in 2012) were asked about no-till use in the survey year and the 3 previous years. 
No-till was used continuously over the 4-year period on 21 percent of surveyed acres. On almost half of the cropland surveyed, farmers did not use no-till. 
Some of the benefit of using no-till, including higher organic matter and greater carbon sequestration, is realized only if no-till is applied continuously over a number of years. 
Nonetheless, because tilling the soil can help control weeds and pests, some farmers rotate tillage practices much like they rotate crops. 
This chart is drawn from data reported in ARMS Farm Financial and Crop Production Practices, updated in December 2014. 
-Source: USDA News Release
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World Food Costs Fall to Four-Year Low

Monday, July 9, 2018 7:48:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

World food costs dropped to a four-year low amid record grain harvests and falling prices for sugar and milk.

A measure of 73 food prices from around the globe slid to 192.6 points last month, the lowest level since August 2010, according to a report today from the United Nation’s division on agriculture. The index has fallen 20 percent since a record in 2011 and is below a peak in 2008, when surging costs for wheat and rice sparked riots from Haiti to Egypt.

The decline in food costs is part of a broader slump in commodities with oil trading near a five-year low after OPEC refused to cut production last week and strength in the dollar reducing the appeal of metals. The European Central Bank today cut its forecasts for inflation through 2016 and President Mario Draghi said policy makers will gauge the need for further stimulus at the beginning of 2015.

“We may begin to see falling food prices over the coming months as lower commodity prices currently begin to feed their way through to consumers,” Hamish Smith, a commodities economist at researcher Capital Economics, said by phone from London. “Oil prices will also add to reduced levels of inflation. It’s quite good for consumers who’ll have additional money to spend.”

Butter, Sugar

Increasing supplies of milk, butter and cheese for export and less demand from Russia and China sent a gauge of dairy prices down 3.4 percent last month to lowest since July 2012, according to the report from the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization. Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have dropped 8.4 percent this year.

The return of rainfall to Brazilian sugar plantations pushed prices lower last month, with sweetener prices down 8 percent since November 2013, the FAO said.

While the FAO’s index of grain prices increased 2.6 percent in November, it’s still below this year’s peak in April. Wheat reached a four-year low in September before rebounding on concern that harsh winter weather will hurt Russian crops.

The Agricultural Market Information System raised its forecasts today for global wheat, corn and soybean production for the growing year that started on July 1. Combined output of the crops will reached a record 2.05 billion metric tons, according to a report from the group set up by Group of 20 agriculture ministers.

The decline in the UN food index doesn’t necessarily mean that all consumers are benefiting from cheap prices, according to Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the FAO. For countries that have seen their currency weaken against the dollar this year, there’s a chance that they’re paying more to import crops, he said by phone today.

“The decline that we’re seeing is not going to be all that pronounced for poorer nations,” according to Abbassian. “I don’t think that we could say that we’re out of the woods and that situation for poorer and developing countries has brightened up tremendously.”

——From Agweb 

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Indiana, U.S. Produce record Corn And Soybean Crops (Jan 15, 2015)

Monday, July 9, 2018 2:32:36 AM America/Los_Angeles

Both Indiana and the nation produced record corn and soybean crops last fall as a result of mostly favorable growing conditions, according to final estimates of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The markets expected huge crops as it became evident that the weather was providing for overall good conditions for crop development, and projections for bumper crops followed as harvest neared.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported this week that Indiana farmers produced an estimated 1.08 billion bushels of corn, up from 1.03 billion last year, the first time production reached 1 billion. The 2014 production was on average yields of 188 bushels per acre, surpassing the previous record of 177 set a year earlier.

Indiana's record production came despite fewer acres harvested for grain - 5.77 million acres, compared with 5.83 million in 2013.

Nationally, the NASS estimated the nation's corn production at 14.2 billion bushels, compared with 13.8 billion in 2013, on a record yield of 171 bushels per acre.

Fewer acres of corn were harvested nationally, too - 83.1 million acres, compared with 87.4 million the previous year.

For soybeans, Indiana farmers produced an estimated 307.4 million bushels. That is up from 267.2 million in 2013 and surpasses the previous record of 284.2 million set in 2004. They did that on a record average of 56 bushels per acre.

Indiana soybean farmers harvested more acres last fall - 5.49 million acres, compared with 5.19 million in 2013.

Nationally, soybean farmers produced 3.97 billion bushels, up from 3.36 billion the previous year. The average yield per acre was estimated at a record 47.8 bushels. More soybean acres were harvested last year than a year earlier - 83.06 million, compared with 76.2 million.

from farms.com
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Monday, July 9, 2018 2:01:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

We have moved to new warehouse, new address:970 Park Center Drive, Suite B, Vista, CA 92081.
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