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3 White Tractors Sold Today on Illinois Farm Auction

Machinery Pete reports on (3) White tractors sold on a farm auction today (February 16, 2019) in Canton, IL. Sale by Sullivan Auctioneers. A 1983 White 4-210 4WD tractor sold for the 2nd highest auction sale price in 16 years More Info...

There has been some drama in the cattle market lately because of the d

There has been some drama in the cattle market lately because of the delay in USDA reporting, poor winter weather and trade uncertainties. More Info...

As farmers prepare to plant, some are sitting on old crop they've yet

As farmers prepare to plant, some are sitting on old crop they've yet to sell. So, what do you need to know if you still have crop in the bin? Also, what should you be prepared to ask your banker during lending season? More Info...

With President’s Day on Monday, the grain markets face a three-day wee

With President’s Day on Monday, the grain markets face a three-day weekend. This normally means excitement for the markets.  More Info...

Farm Journal PORK's editor Jennifer Shike heads out to her first morta

Farm Journal PORK's editor Jennifer Shike heads out to her first mortality composting seminar. More Info...

Winter Grind

The commodity markets had a bit of SAD this week, the seasonal affective disorder tied to lack of daylight and melatonin. The stock markets were full of sunshiny optimism, even ignoring a lousy retail sales report because they assumed (as we did) that there is some faulty data in there. Not so the g [...] More Info...

Farmers must have a goal of being a high-revenue and low-cost operatio

Farmers must have a goal of being a high-revenue and low-cost operation.  More Info...

A North Carolina agriculture asset management firm has purchased Yakim

A North Carolina agriculture asset management firm has purchased Yakima Valley, Washington-based apple companies Legacy Fruit Packers, Valley Fruit and Larson Fruit Co. More Info...

This week, USDA sent a wave of confusion through farm country when the

This week, USDA sent a wave of confusion through farm country when the Office of the Chief Economist released the agency’s 2019 long-term farm income forecast data. More Info...

An increase in wild hog sightings in Kentucky and Tennessee has state

An increase in wild hog sightings in Kentucky and Tennessee has state wildlife agencies looking for new eradication methods. More Info...

President Trump ignited a new firestorm after signing a spending bill

President Trump ignited a new firestorm after signing a spending bill to keep the government open. More Info...

Pete's Pick of the Week: John Deere 8230

This tractor sold at a west-central Illinois farm auction. More Info...

Social media has been full of MEME and cartoons that are poking fun at

Social media has been full of MEME and cartoons that are poking fun at the “farting cows” mention in the Green New Deal’s FAQ sheet. More Info...

A new KC Fed Ag Credit Survey says farmland values held steady in the

A new KC Fed Ag Credit Survey says farmland values held steady in the fourth quarter last year. More Info...

Meteorologist Mike Hoffman says we've seen big changes in the drought

Meteorologist Mike Hoffman says we've seen big changes in the drought monitor map over the last four weeks. More Info...

New dollar figures are in when it comes to the trade war.

New dollar figures are in when it comes to the trade war. More Info...

Beer drinkers around the country will be toasting farmers on Feb. 15 a

Beer drinkers around the country will be toasting farmers on Feb. 15 as a thank you to their hard work and dedication. More Info...

Today on AgriTalk, we’re talking with Tyson Redpath of the Russell Gro

Today on AgriTalk, we’re talking with Tyson Redpath of the Russell Group and farmer Brad Nelson of Minnesota about President Trump signing a national emergency to fund a wall, ethanol and more. More Info...

It’s a tough year. While farm bankruptcies might not be soaring as the

It’s a tough year. While farm bankruptcies might not be soaring as the Wall Street Journal suggested in a recent article, they are on the rise in certain areas. More Info...

Two recent purchases of Washington state growers and packers of apples

Two recent purchases of Washington state growers and packers of apples and other tree fruit signal a trend that will continue, according to industry and financial experts. More Info...

A group of 14 U.S. senators and 25 members of Congress are urging the

A group of 14 U.S. senators and 25 members of Congress are urging the Trump administration to include fresh potatoes in trade talks with China. More Info...

A court-appointed investigator is counting cattle and identifying owne

A court-appointed investigator is counting cattle and identifying owners in a multi-million dollar South Dakota foreclosure case. More Info...

A cattle buyer in Ohio could face one year in prison for selling a cal

A cattle buyer in Ohio could face one year in prison for selling a calf to slaughter that was treated with antibiotics, and may face another five years for lying to federal agents. More Info...

U.S. farmers, struggling with global trade disputes, are getting sting

U.S. farmers, struggling with global trade disputes, are getting stingier on spending, and that apparently includes Deere & Co.’s iconic yellow and green tractors and combines. More Info...

Farmers share their opinions on drug testing and cannabis.

Farmers share their opinions on drug testing and cannabis. More Info...

The sale of Kane Beef is scheduled to close Feb. 22, 2019, and operati

The sale of Kane Beef is scheduled to close Feb. 22, 2019, and operations are expected to resume "as soon as practical," the new owner says. More Info...

With the market lacking for new fundamental news, in spite of the gove

With the market lacking for new fundamental news, in spite of the government being back in business, I thought a look at the current price charts would be interesting. More Info...

The same storyline continues for farmland values: stable. But could va

The same storyline continues for farmland values: stable. But could values be headed South? More Info...

Ken Ferrie's tips on maximizing yield.

Ken Ferrie's tips on maximizing yield. More Info...

A statement from the White House was released following two days of ta

A statement from the White House was released following two days of talks in Beijing between U.S. and Chinese officials: More Info...

George Washington: Our Founding Farmer

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” So goes the famous quote from President Washington's eulogy in 1799. I'd love to add "first in farming" to it. More Info...

The former owner of a dairy farm in southern Washington state has agre

The former owner of a dairy farm in southern Washington state has agreed to pay $20,000 to a drinking water project to settle a federal lawsuit. More Info...

Remembering a Record Setting John Deere 4955 From Michigan

At the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY today Machinery Pete runs into the grandson of Mark Fetterly whose 1989 John Deere 4955 tractor sold for a then record high auction sale price 7 years ago on his farm retirement auction in Monroe, MI More Info...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting California and New Y

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting California and New York businesses from operating in the industry, including meal kit company Chef’d, which closed abruptly last July when it ran out of funds. More Info...

South-central Iowa authorities are investigating after dozens of head

South-central Iowa authorities are investigating after dozens of head of cattle were found starved to death on property near Osceola. More Info...