As the 2009 harvest crawls to a close (some areas of the country are still in the 50’s for completed percentage) that grain going into storage or hopper cars is highly suspect. Molds and mycotoxins are major concerns with the possibility of another flush when bins warm up in the spring. What to look for and what to do with it? Current and upcoming programs on CropVillage.com brings this conversation to you.
We have a special presentation from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that features Texas A&M’s Dr. Danny Klinefelter, director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business.
This valuable presentation overviews The Forces Driving the Ag Credit Market and Its Impact on Producers. This presentation should be reviewed by your senior management team and others involved in the financial area of your operation.
Also this week a conversation with American Farm Bureau Federation’s Senior Director for Congressional Relations Rick Krause reviews the current climate legislation conversation in Washington and what it means for livestock and crop producers.
October brought to Indianapolis several thousand young adults to the 82nd National FFA Convention. The Truffle Media team was on the floor talking with career floor exhibitors and students about their experience. Of particular interest are the 2009 FFA Agri-Entrepreneurs winners. They are energetic, optimistic, and are pursuing their ideas with passion. These are people to keep your eye on!
CropVillage 0182 Watch For Corn Molds On The Ear In Your Field. Purdue's professor of plant pathology Dr. Charles Woloshuk discusses mold development in the field with suggestions to watch out for a recent reappearance of an old problem.
Harvest continues to move north and east amid damp, cool conditions. The major concern of an early freeze is alleviating day by day and being replaced by U.S. dollar weakness as a driver for grain purchases. Lower dollars buy more bushels when you are trying to feed a hungry populace.
I want to draw your attention to a post by one of our Headliner Bloggers, Don Tyler. We’ve been told by many of our community members that insight from other industries is many times directly transferable to their own situation. Some of those non-ag presentations are among our highest rated. In his post How the Mighty Fall—and Why Some Companies Never Give In , Don takes a look at why companies succeed. A good read for you, no matter where you’re coming from.
Also, a good presentation this week from Iowa State’s Roger McEowen on ‘Active Engagement ’. If you’re dealing with Farm Program payments, please understand this issue.