Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.
1. GMO wheat investigation ongoing. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Monday confirmed that no new samples of genetically modified wheat have been detected in commerce, in seed and grain samples, or in tested fields, just in time for Japan to lift import bans spurred by the wheat's discovery in May.
2. Farm bill timeline stretches on. The on-hold farm bill will continue to stay that way thanks to the House's recent proposal to cut nutrition programs by $40 billion over 10 years, Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said during a conference call Thursday. Though there's pressure on lawmakers, will they get something done during the short September session?
3. Drought expected to continue for West, ease in Southern Plains. The Southwest could get a break from ongoing drought conditions into August, though much of the West and Texas won't be so lucky, predicts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Monthly Drought Outlook. See what's in store for your state.
4. Gleaner combines are turning 90, and yes, there's a party. The story of Gleaner combines spans nearly a century and Agco, which now manufactures the brand at its plant in Hesston, Kan., is pulling out the stops for a 90-year birthday celebration this month. Check out the party plans, and a bit of Gleaner history.
5. GAO outs USDA agencies' policies on payouts. According to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, USDA's Risk Management Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service have paid out millions of dollars in crop insurance, conservation and other farm program premiums to deceased individuals. See which agencies are responsible for the payouts.
6. Are corn prices ready for a prolonged slide? Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri, said he wouldn't "paint an overly pessimistic picture of the future outlook. The corn price is certainly much higher than we've had in the past – just not as high as in the last couple of years." Westhoff made the comments at a Kansas City Federal Reserve forum on global agriculture.
7. A place to go for GMO answers. The agricultural biotechnology companies that develop genetically modified seeds announced Monday the formation of a new website to help consumers understand GMOs and how food is grown. Learn more about the GMO site and the thinking behind its advent.
And your bonus:
Are you looking out for that wild weed called Palmer Amaranth? Weed specialists say the best way to get ahead of the resilient nuisance is to look for it – but do you know what you are looking for? Here's a roundup of information that may help you keep your farm from the weed's grip.