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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties this winter to provide a comprehensive picture of the U.S. horticulture industry. Survey codes will be mailed this month to more than 40,000 horticulture producers to respond online. Collected just once every five years, the Census of Horticultural Specialties is the only source of detailed production and sales data for U.S. floriculture, nursery, and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 U.S. producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the 2019 Organic Survey. Each producer who self-reported organic farming in the 2017 Census of Agriculture will receive a unique survey code to respond conveniently online and to be represented in this very important, once-every-five-year data.
There were 231,474 farms with 55.9 million irrigated acres, which included 83.4 million acre-feet of water applied in the United States, according to the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey results, published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In 2013, the irrigation survey results showed that there were 229,237 farms with 55.3 million irrigated acres, which included 88.5 million acre-feet of water. The results show that though the number of farms irrigating and the amount of land irrigated increased slightly between 2013 and 2018, the total amount of water used for irrigation declined.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released 2017 Census of Agriculture data tabulated by race, ethnicity, and gender. Located on the NASS website, these national, state, and county-level data profiles highlight number of farms, land in farms, land use, value of sales, and producer characteristics, such as years of experience, average age, and more. Redesigned and containing more information than in previous years, the producer profiles provide insights on women; Hispanic, Latino or Spanish; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; and white producers. Data are available for geographies with 30 farms or more operated by a specified group.
As of September 1, there were 77.7 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 3 percent from September 2018, and up 3 percent from June 1, 2019, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released 2017 Census of Agriculture data tabulated by zip code. The zip code tabulations are available through Quick Stats, NASS’ online data query tool.
The Crop Production report issued today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecasted soybean and corn production down from 2018. Soybean production is down 19 percent from 2018, forecast at 3.68 billion bushels; corn growers are expected to decrease their production 4 percent from last year, forecast at 13.9 billion bushels.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated 80.0 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2019, down 10 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released today. Corn area planted is estimated at 91.7 million acres, up 3 percent from last year.
As of June 1, there were 75.5 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from June 2018, and 1 percent from March 1, 2019, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) inducted into its Hall of Fame Frederic A. Vogel, an esteemed retired agency leader whose impact continues to resonate today. Throughout his career, Vogel was a driving force for continued improvements in data quality and a global leader in the development of statistical methodology for agriculture and economic statistics. His commitment to excellence in statistical theory and practice contributed substantially to agricultural statistics at NASS and internationally.
Penny Chantler and her sons, William and Sam Sawday, are improving profitability at the 188ha Hill Farm, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye, by keeping production costs in their sheep enterprise low at just £43 a ewe. The family have been breeding for efficiency in their flock of 1,400 Romney ewes (600 stud flock and 800 commercial) for more […]
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After 10 years of successful cover cropping, Kent grower Guy Eckley has added catch crops to his rotation with the aim of accelerating the benefits to his soil health. These six-week catch crops are sown between autumn-drilled crops at the 550ha Saynden Farm, six miles south of Maidstone, which further enhances soil fertility. Organic matter […]
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The year is finally coming to an end. If you have read my previous columns or followed US agricultural news you know 2019 has been a dismal year for us. Weather, markets, and politicians have combined to bash us over the head wherever we turned. But 2020 is setting up to maybe start changing things. […]
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Scottish scientists say they have discovered a new way to protect crops from a devastating bacterial disease – without using environmentally damaging chemical sprays. The Glasgow University team said the method could protect crops such as tomatoes and peppers against the bacteria Pseudomonas Syringae (PS), which causes huge economic losses. See also: Pesticide withdrawal ‘puts […]
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German maker Rauch has developed a fertiliser slope compensation system to help growers spread fertiliser accurately on hilly ground. The system works by using a gyroscope on the spreader to measure the working angle, and it combines this with information from the GPS system. See also: Lemken to sell Sulky fertiliser spreaders in the UK By […]
Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Russell Reeves of Thrings advises on a complex family farm situation. Q. My wife and I added an extension to the family farmhouse. In principle, it’s a separate house, but planning restrictions mean it is classed as an extension. […]
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At the risk of sparking controversy, many of the industry responses to the BBC’s latest anti-livestock farming polemic Meat: A Threat to The planet? had overtures of that immortal line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Despite the programme’s obvious bias and predictably selective use of evidence, what was equally disappointing was […]
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This summer, FW’s machinery team took four 180hp tractors from some of biggest names in the industry to a Hampshire farm for a rigorous workout during a busy cultivation period. We tested John Deere, Valtra, New Holland and Massey Ferguson tractors. To whet the appetite for this year’s test, which will be running in the […]
Farmers across the country have combined the United Nations’ World Soil Day on Thursday (5 December) with the recently launched social media campaign #farmingcares, to demonstrate the good work they are doing to improve soil health. Organised by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Soil Day intends to “raise awareness on the importance […]
The latest finished pig prices have continued to move upwards, with a 0.93p/kg increase – the largest weekly rise recorded for six weeks, according to AHDB Pork. The EU-spec SPP for the seven days up to 30 November stood at 159.54p/kg, extending the price premium over the same week last year to 16.25p/kg. The latest […]