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Its Farm to School month

This is national Farm-to-School Month, an effort to get locally-grown foods into schools.  Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland, Zoey Brooks says it promotes healthy eating and teaches students about where their food comes from.  And it is not just fruits and vegetables: “It spans all five food groups including local beef, local dairy products, maple syrup... Read more »

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Some Midwest farmers resume harvest

After watching rain for part of the past week, Midwest farmers got some weather relief allowing them back into the fields to harvest.  Marshall, Illinois farmer Don Guinnip resumed corn shelling Friday. “The soil is soft, we’re making a few tracks, but we’re getting through the field,” Guinnip told Brownfield Ag News on Friday.  “This... Read more »

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Brazil positioning to produce more beef

A new report says Brazil is positioning to meet growing global demand for beef.  Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group (FAR) predicts Brazil will double its feedlot capacity to 4.5 million head turning out over 9 million fed cattle annually and increasing beef production by 2.5 million tons per year by 2023. The... Read more »

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Dairy expansion should continue in 2015

The monthly Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook from USDA on Friday projecting that farm milk prices should peak-out this month and then start declining.  But cheap feed should keep the milk-to-feed ratio at a level conducive to herd expansion. The U.S. dairy herd is expected to increase from 9.26 million head this year to 9.335... Read more »

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Bad week for butter

At the close of trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday, cash cheese barrels declined 2 cents, blocks increased 3.75 cents and butter dropped another 13 cents.  Class III futures were slightly lower. For the week: cash cheese barrels declined 3 cents, blocks increased 9 cents, butter dropped 80.5 cents and nonfat dry milk... Read more »

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Wheat breeder, Borlaug protege, receives World Food Prize

In a ceremony this week in Des Moines, the 2014 World Food Prize was presented to Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram for his scientific research that led to a significant increase in world wheat production.  He is credited with breeding 480 wheat varieties used in more than 50 countries. The 71-year-old Rajaram, who grew up in India,... Read more »

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Soybeans, corn down on new weather outlooks

  Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. Forecasts around most of the region for the next couple of weeks generally look better for harvest activity. Demand remains strong, with another bullish week for the export numbers. Soybean meal and oil were lower on the general tone in grains and oilseeds. Corn was lower... Read more »

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EPA analysis on soybean neonic treatments

Benefits of ‘neonic’ seed treatments for insect control in soybeans have been analyzed by the Environmental Protection Agency which concludes there are little to no yield benefits. The EPA analysis compared soybean yields from using most neonicotinoid seed treatments to using no pest control at all.  The agency says alternative insecticides applied as sprays are... Read more »

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Pork carcass values take a hit

The cash cattle market was quiet on Friday with trade completed earlier in the week. Cattle prices on Wednesday were steady to firm with the previous week with live sales in the South at 164.00 Northern business saw the dressed basis 256.00 to 258.00. Total cash trade was around 98,000 head in the major feeding... Read more »

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‘Really good’ corn yields in central Nebraska

It’s been a good week for harvest activity in Nebraska. Bart Beattie, who farms near the town of Sumner in central Nebraska, tells Brownfield that they wrapped up soybeans earlier in the week.  He says their soybean yields were down this year. “A lot of it was due to early frost and some early hail... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 17, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.48, d0wn 4 and 1/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.51 and 3/4, down 14 and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $330.50, down $4.10 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.02, down 34 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.16, down 1 cent Oct. live cattle closed at $165.05, down 20 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.57, up 25 cents Nov. crude oil closed at... Read more »

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Time for a third national political party — no party line votes allowed

With the November 4 midterm elections less than a month away, I’m contemplating forming a third national political party for folks like me.  I may call it the Pragmatic People’s Party, or P3, for short.  While it’s too late to get the flyers printed and the website up before the next election, 2016 isn’t that... Read more »

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Friday midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country is quiet on Friday with business completed for the week, following an active trade on Wednesday. Southern live trade was at 164.00, while Northern dressed trade ranged from 256.00 to 258.00. The ability to hold steady cash cattle trade through the middle of October at current price levels is impressive. This is giving... Read more »

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Ohio Beef Ambassador applications due

The Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlewomen are encouraging youth ages 16-19 interested in the beef industry to apply for the Ohio Beef Ambassador program. Beginning its third year, Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association says the Ohio Beef Ambassador program is already making a difference, having Sierra Jepsen and Demi Snider... Read more »

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Kansas cellulosic ethanol plant holds grand opening

Another cellulosic ethanol plant is officially open. Abengoa held a grand opening today (Friday) for its new cellulosic plant in Hugoton, Kansas.  The plant, which is located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City, began production in late September. At full operation, the Abengoa plant will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually and... Read more »

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Big corn crop adds to harvest delays

The record setting corn crop is putting additional pressure on farmers.  Purdue ag economist Chis Hurt says the logistics of actually harvesting this crop is becoming a challenge.  “Even just handing this crop,” he says. “For the grain industry to try and get their arms around and digest this very big crop is probably going... Read more »

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Solid week for corn sales, shipments

  USDA reports soybean and soybean oil sales for the week ending October 9 were larger than expected, while corn and wheat were within the anticipated ranges, and soybean meal was below all estimates. Physical shipments of corn, soybeans, and wheat were all more than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15... Read more »

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Time running out to plant wheat

The delayed soybean harvest is also making wheat planting difficult for some. Laura Lindsey, small grains specialist at Ohio State University says that while it’s still possible to plant when into late October there is risk. Lindsey says a frost or freeze in November or December with late planted wheat could cause problems, still she... Read more »

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Grazing corn stalks

Grazing corn stalks is an option that livestock producers might want to consider. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County (Ohio) says it’s a forage that can meet the nutrient needs of beef cattle in early to mid-gestation. “By putting them on corn stalks we’re taking advantage of that forage and allowing our regular pastures... Read more »

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Spicy Lamb Farm to host sheep dog trials

The Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials will be held this weekend at the Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula. “We have handlers coming from all around the region, competing in open, ranch and pro-novice classes” said Laura DeYoung with Spicy Lamb Farm. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. both Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.... Read more »

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Advice for cow-calf producers in managing record 2014 income

It’s been a very good year for cow-calf producers. For many of them, a historic year in terms of profitability, says Aaron Berger, an Extension educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “We’ve had a really amazing year from a cattle standpoint—and also with these Livestock Forage Disaster Payments—and many cow-calf producers are in situation that... Read more »

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USDA commits $1.4 billion to rural electricity

USDA announcing $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electricity to rural communities in 21 states.  The guarantees include $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems. In making the announcement, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said; “With the help of investments such as these... Read more »

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Missouri farmer ready to get back in field

Farmers in the Corn Belt are dealing with delayed harvests because of heavy rains but in some areas, that rain is clearing up. Central Missouri farmer Jay Schutte – says he had 80 percent of his corn harvested and none of his beans out before that week of rain came along.  Now, they’re just waiting... Read more »

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CHS remains the nation’s largest co-op

A couple of Minnesota-based cooperatives top the USDA’s Top 100 Cooperatives list.  Based on 2013 revenue, CHS remains number-1 with more than $44 billion in sales.  Fellow St Paul resident Land O’Lakes is second on the list with $14 billion in revenue in 2013.  Dairy Farmers of America based in Kansas City comes in third... Read more »

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Begin work now on next season’s weeds

Harvest is a good time to begin work on next year’s weed control.  Farmers can identify weed problems so they’re not a problem again next year, said Paul Johnson, weed science coordinator for the South Dakota State University Extension Service. “At harvest time you can see what weeds escaped, and by the size of the... Read more »

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The importance of agriculture’s future in America

It doesn’t matter where you’re located, succession planning is a concern for all family farming operations.  As members of the Japanese Trade Team visited with state agriculture officials Thursday they asked how American farmers planned on passing their farms on to the next generation. Rosiland Leeck, director of grain marketing for the Indiana Corn Marketing... Read more »

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Yogurt becomes the official snack food of New York State

Cornell University hosting the second annual New York State Yogurt Summit this week, a gathering of industry, academic and government-type people to collaborate on how to help the dairy industry continue to grow in the Empire State. The state leads the nation in yogurt production turning out 741 million pounds in 2013, a 46-million-pound increase... Read more »

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A mixed day in the dairy markets

A mixed day in the dairy markets on Thursday: butter continues to slide, dropping another 13.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Cash cheese barrels slipped a half-cent while blocks increased 2.25 cents.  Class III futures were mixed as well: November up 26 cents, December down 3 cents, January up 6 cents. Milk production continues... Read more »

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FAPRI-MU crop prices adjusted

U.S. crop price projections for 2014 through 2018 by the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute have been released. FAPRI’s October update projects the corn price slightly lower for the 2014/15 marketing year at $3.40 per bushel. But, projected prices increase to $3.74 per bushel for 2015/16 and up to $4.20 by 2018/19. FAPRI expects... Read more »

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Grains, oilseeds up on weather uncertainty

  Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. Demand is solid and contracts did buy back Wednesday’s losses, with some uncertainty about upcoming weather forecasts. However, the longer term fundamentals remain bearish with the trade expecting a record crop. Soybean meal and oil followed beans higher. USDA’s weekly export sales report is out... Read more »

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Cattle futures rebound

Cattle country was quiet on Thursday afternoon following moderate to active business on Wednesday. Nebraska and Iowa traded cattle at 258.00 dressed and 163.00 live. In Kansas and Texas the live trade was at 164.00. Feedlot operators in Colorado received 165.00. The balance of the showlists are priced around 165.00 live and 260.00 plus dressed.... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 16, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.52 and 1/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.66 and 1/2, up 14 and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $334.60, up $7.30 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.36, up 30 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.17, up 11 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $165.25, up $2.30 Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.32, down $1.60 Nov. crude oil closed at $82.70, up 92 cents... Read more »

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MU Farm Program meetings in November

Four meetings are being held for Missouri farmers looking for assistance in deciding which farm programs to choose. The University of Missouri is hosting the free meetings on November 10, 11 and 12th to be led by M-U Extension specialists: November 10, Miner-Sikeston area, Miner Convention Center (10 am til 2 pm) November 11, Macon,... Read more »

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Midterm elections are important

Commentary. I heard on the radio on my way to town the other day that voter turn-out in the upcoming general election is expected to be light because “there are no major controversies or hotly contested races on the ballot.”  I was taken aback by this statement coming from a local prognosticator who understands the... Read more »

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Japanese Trade Team learns about Indiana ag

A Japanese Trade Team made a stop in Indiana on their way to Seattle for the 2014 Export Exchange.  This morning, the group met with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney. The Lt. Governor says these trade missions help to strengthen and nurture the relationships with some of... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

It is only Thursday but there is a good chance the cash cattle market may be essentially done for the week. Cattle traded yesterday in the South at 164.00 steady with last week, and Northern business on a dressed basis was steady to 1.00 lower at 258.00 and live at 163.00 to 164.00. Cattle left... Read more »

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Report says ag productivity not accelerating fast enough

A report on global agricultural productivity (GAP) finds that it is not accelerating fast enough to meet future global demand. It’s the first time since the initial GAP report was released in 2009 that the growth of “sustainable” ag productivity has fallen behind the pace needed to meet the needs of nine billion people by... Read more »

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Increasing the Johne’s Disease fight

The people fighting Johne’s Disease in the United States are expanding their strategy to include Bovine Tuberculosis.  Ken Olson is Outreach Coordinator for the Johne’s Disease Integrated Program, he talks about the expanded effort and the new Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals multi-state initiative. Olson talks about the effort:

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Eberts to host 2017 WFTD

It is official: The Ebert Enterprises of Algoma has been selected to host the 2017 Wisconsin Farm Technology Day in Kewaunee County.  Owned by the Randy and Renee Ebert family, Ebert Enterprises has grown to a 2,900-cow dairy farm, cropping nearly 6,000 acres of corn, alfalfa, sorghum, triticale and small grains.  The farm has 40... Read more »

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Illinois grower tops 100 bushel soybeans

Peru, Illinois, farmer Dan Arkels may have earned $5,000 for his ability to grow high-yielding soybeans. “I harvested my plot last Friday and recorded a 103.95 [bushel] yield per acre on a 3.9 acre plot,” Arkels told Brownfield Ag News Wednesday. Arkels’ yield was verified by an independent agronomist as part of the Illinois Soybean... Read more »

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Rabobank says hog market “cooling down”

Rabobank has published its quarterly Global Pork Industry Report and it says “the heated international markets are slowly cooling down.” The bank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that, although the peak of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreak is past, the global pork industry faces another challenge from Russia’s import ban.  That ban... Read more »

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USDA increases effort against resistant weeds

USDA is taking several steps to address the increase of herbicide-resistant weeds in U.S. fields.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for herbicide-resistant weed control practices which use Integrated Pest Management. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will actively promote the use of best... Read more »

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GDT overall price moves higher

Global Dairy Trade Auction today saw the overall price increase 1.4 percent from the October 1st sale.  Whole milk powder increased 3.1 percent, butter was up 3.9 percent, sweet whey powder was 4.3 percent higher and anhydrous milk fat jumped 7.4 percent. Cheddar cheese declined 1 percent, skim milk powder was 3.6 percent lower, butter... Read more »

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A third challenge to MO farming rights measure

Opponents of the Right to Farm Amendment passed by Missouri voters and upheld in a recount are challenging the proposal again, saying the ballot language was misleading and prejudicial. Wes Shoemyer with Missouri’s Food for America says voters thought they were supporting rights for citizens. But he says the amendment itself refers to “farmers and... Read more »

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Butter drops further

Butter continued to slide on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, dropping another 21 cents.  Butter has lost 54 cents so-far this week.  There were a couple of sales but once again the market was set by an uncovered offer. Everyone expected butter prices to slide more into line with global prices at some point... Read more »

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Improved weather sends corn, soybeans lower

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Harvest jumped over the last week, now at 40%, the crop is in great shape and forecasts for next week look drier. Demand remains strong and the trade continues to expect a record crop. Soybean meal was mixed, consolidating, and bean oil was down, following beans.... Read more »

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Feedlot cattle trade in most regions

A light to moderate cattle trade was evident in most areas on Wednesday. Live and dressed sales were about steady to 1.00 lower than last week’s weighted average. USDA Mandatory reported Lives sales in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas were about steady on light to moderate demand at 164.00. In Iowa and Nebraska live... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 15, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.47 and 1/2, down 9 and 1/2 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.52 and 1/2, down 12 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $327.30, up $3.30 Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.98, down 89 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.06, down 3 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $162.95, down $1.40 Dec. lean hogs closed at $91.92, down $3.00 Nov. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Rules of rural roads during harvest

From dragging mud on the road, to loading trucks on the road, to keeping farm equipment safe from theft or vandalism during fall harvest, Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with Union County Ohio Sheriff Jamie Patton. Audio: Jamie Patton, Sheriff, Union County Ohio

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Storage options for a really big crop

If realized, this will be the largest US corn crop in history. With the lowest prices farmers have seen in years – many are opting to store their grain.  But what options are available when there isn’t enough on-farm storage? Purdue professor of agricultural engineering Klein Ileleji says farmers have options.

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