The largest U.S. corn planting in 75 years is being put in jeopardy by a drought stretching from the Central Plains to the eastern Corn Belt, according to reports. The yield forecast has been reduced 4 percent, 1 billion bushels, since May estimates, and 8 percent of the corn land will not be harvested, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Farmers planted 96.405 million acres of corn in the spring, 5 percent more than in 2011 and above an average trade estimate of 96.090 million acres, according to the USDA. But only 88.851 acres are expected to be harvested, less than the 89.1 million estimated in a June monthly report. By the time fall arrives, U.S. corn stockpiles will be the lowest in 16 years — it had been hoped that this year's bumper crop would replenish stocks, but if the drought continues, that might not happen, say analysts.
Areas that have seen little rain, have claypan soils or compacted soils may see large yield losses if the drought continues.
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extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
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