The Buzz

A good Kansas wheat crop, the House Farm Bill and a Marion County Land Sale.  

In the world of wheat, the big news from last week was USDA’s monthly Crop Report, which pegged the Kansas crop at 396 million bushels, up 43% from last year’s unremarkable total. The 2012 crop was the largest since 2003, and the average yield of 44 bushels per acre was up 9 bushels from last year’s total. The U.S. winter wheat crop is expected to total 1.67 billion bushels, up from 1.49 billion last year…

  • The other big news, of course, is that the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the Farm Bill last week. The farm bill ball is in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) court following House Agriculture Committee approval of its version of new farm and food policy legislation early Thursday morning. After a marathon mark-up ending just before 1 a.m., Committee Members voted 35 to 11 to favorably report the bill, officially known as H.R. 6083 or the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012 (FARRM)…
  • The bill would reauthorize a broad swath of federal food and farm programs, including the farm safety net and crop insurance; conservation, research and market development programs; regulatory clarifications related to pesticide application permitting; and domestic and international food programs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed the bill would reduce spending by $35 billion over 10 years, including $14 billion from Title I, the highest proportion of any title….
  • A couple of Kansas farm equipment news items of note:
  • Earlier this month, CaseIH announced that Great Plains Mfg., of Salina, would make twin row planters for CaseIH beginning in 2013. The agreement gives CaseIH fast-track access to the growing twin-row market, which allows for staggered seed spacing on 30-inch rows for several different crops…
  • Check out the cool paint job on this Massey Ferguson combine, which was built at AGCO Corporation’s Hesston facility. The model 9500 machine – which features the company’s latest combine technology – will be at several of the late summer and fall farm shows, including Husker Harvest Days. The unique paint scheme is in honor of the company’s 10th anniversary of building combines in Kansas…
  • Interestingly, farm equipment has been built in Hesston since 1947, according to the Massey Ferguson press release. That’s when “… Kansas farmer and harvesting contractor Lyle Yost partnered with machine shop owner Adin Holdeman. Yost’s first invention was a grain-unloading auger for a combine grain harvester”…
  • By all accounts, the first official “Kansas Wheat Festival” held last week in Wellington was a success. Parades, seminars, food and fun highlighted the event. The Wellington Daily News has an online photo gallery of the activities.
  • This week’s land sale features 80 acres of Marion County cropland, located southeast of Hillsboro. The tract featured 39 acres of wheat stubble, and the balance in alfalfa. It sold for $296,000 ($3,700 per acre). Leppke Realty and Auction, Hillsboro, had the sale.
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