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161st Ohio State Fair opens today

The official opening to the 161st Ohio State Fair will take place with the Governor and other dignitaries cutting the ribbon in front of the Cardinal Gate today at 9 a.m.   Tom Price, Chairman of the State Fair Commission says fairgoers can take pride in how good the fairgrounds looks.   “One of the […]
     


The unveiling of the Butter Cow and Calf

One of the longest running traditions at the Ohio State Fair, dating back to 1903, the unveiling of the butter cow and calf was held on Tuesday, July 22. Scott Higgins who represents Ohio Dairy Farmers says in addition to the cow and calf this year, there are 15 symbols that represent Ohio. “It’s an […]
     


Groups want to help Vermont defend GMO law

A couple of advocacy groups want to help Vermont defend its GMO labeling law.  Scheduled to take effect in July of 2016, the law is the first in the nation to require labeling of food products which may contain genetically modified ingredients. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group along with the Washington D.C.-based Center for […]
     


As predicted: DuPont’s Q2 was down

As predicted, DuPont reports earnings per share for their second quarter were down moderately from a year ago at $1.17.  Revenue for the quarter was $9.7 billion compared to $9.8 billion for the same period in 2013. The Agriculture sector reported earnings of $836 million for the second quarter compared to $941 million a year […]
     


CWT accepts 17 export assistance requests

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 17 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 3.646 million pounds of Cheddar cheese, and 661,387 pounds of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Europe, North Africa, Central and South America […]
     


Agropur buying Davisco

Canada’s largest dairy cooperative, Agropur is buying Davisco Foods International based in Minnesota.  The deal will double Agropur’s U.S. processing operations and increase its global milk intake by 50 percent.  Target close date is August 1st, 2014. Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, the family-owned Davisco has 900 employees and processes 3.8 billion pounds of milk […]
     


Butter and cheese stocks down

Monthly Cold Storage Report from USDA shows total cheese in the nation’s warehouses at the end of June 1.06 billion pounds.  Unchanged from the end of May but down 8 percent from June of 2013.  American cheese stocks totaled 657 million pounds, also unchanged from May and down 7 percent from a year ago. Butter […]
     


Weather remains big factor for grains, oilseeds

Soybeans were mostly lower, adjusting old crop/new crop spreads. Chinese demand continues to be strong and unknown and Vietnam both bought new crop U.S. bean meal. Unknown purchased 225,000 tons and Vietnam bought 180,000 tons, while unknown also picked up 20,000 tons of 2014/15 soybean oil. Still, with the crop in great shape, the fundamental […]
     


Pressure mounting for farm bill implementation

Pressure is growing on the USDA to step up its implementation of the 2014 farm bill.  Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says farmers will need some time to study their options when it comes to new crop commodity programs. “When will farmers go in and sign up? What tools will they have to be […]
     


Young farmer concerned with water rule

The EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule dominated the discussion on the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers National Affairs Trip to Washington, D.C. One of the participants, Dustin Fairley, wonders if the EPA hasn’t already set the wheels in motion. “I serve on our local FSA board and just since the first of […]
     


Cattle futures close with limit gains

The feedlot cattle trade remained at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon with some not expecting significant business until late in the week. Asking prices seemed to be firming in the wake of sharply higher futures. Most showlists appear to be priced around 158.00 plus in the South and 250.00 plus in the North. The kill […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 22, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.60 and 1/4, down 3 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $11.84, up 8 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $381.80, up $1.10 Aug. soybean oil closed at 35.93, down 21 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.24 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $155.95, up $3.00 Aug. […]
     


Meat stocks decline

USDA reports red meat and poultry supplies at the end of June were sharply below last year’s levels. On June 30, 2014, red meat totaled 929.972 million pounds, down 5% from May 31, 2014 and 13% less than on June 30, 2013, mainly thanks to strong beef demand. Beef stocks were pegged at 357.759 million […]
     


EPA official working to educating farmers on rule

The debate over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US rule isn’t letting up.  Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for water at the EPA says there are no special requirements for farmers in the rule and it serves a clarification of the definition. However, she tells Brownfield there has been confusion […]
     


Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

The new cattle showlists distributed on Monday looked to be mixed, some larger in the North and moderately smaller in the South. Overall the ready numbers seem about as tight and price positive as they have been through the first half of summer. The country is quiet with bids and asking prices not fully established. […]
     


Key to productivity is soil health

As farmers strive to feed a growing world population, one of the factors in their ability to do so is soil health. Indiana farmer and past National Association of Conservation Districts president Gene Schmidt says farmers have a good grasp of the best production practices. And, he says, the soil health is the backbone to […]
     


Indiana Senator says EPA should follow farmers lead

The debate over the Waters of the US rule isn’t over yet.  And the agriculture industry continues to voice its concern about potential overreaching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says EPA needs to follow the agriculture industry’s lead.  “That’s opposed to dictating from down on high down to us,” he […]
     


Less than 2 weeks to enter Corn Yield contest

Farmers entering the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest will see some changes this year. NCGA is allowing the use of lasers to measure row lengths for the first time in certain fields.  Also, some rules have changed regarding NCGA supervisors.  There are less than two weeks to enter – the deadline is […]
     


Much cooler pattern ahead east of the Rockies

During the remainder of the week, a pair of cold fronts will push southeastward across the Midwest and into the South and East. As a result, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, across the nation’s northern tier and from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast. Meanwhile, a […]
     


Tyson official: Animal wefare will continue to drive change

The vice president of animal well-being for Tyson Foods, Dean Danilson, says farm animal welfare issues will continue to be “a driver for change” in the meat industry.  And Danilson says those in the meat and livestock industries must continually ask themselves, “Is there a better way to do things?”. Here is an excerpt from Danilson’s presentation at the […]
     


Heat “emergency” forecast in cattle country

The high heat and humidity in the middle of the U.S. and part of the southwest today directly impacts cattle country.  The USDA/NOAA forecast map shows Kansas, Oklahoma and most of Texas and neighboring states at the “emergency” level for heat stress in cattle.  Parts of southern California and Arizona are also at the emergency […]
     


Heat, high humidity from the southern Plains to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather is returning to the upper Midwest, following a brief period of beneficial warmth. Meanwhile, very warm weather continues across the southern and eastern Corn Belt in advance of a cold front, which is producing widely scattered showers. On July 20, corn reaching the Silking stage of development was 15 […]
     


Four re-elected to OSC Board

Four soybean farmers have been re-elected to serve on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees. Those re-elected include: Jeff Magyar of Ashtabula County, serves on the OSC’s International Marketing and New Uses Committee. Terry McClure of Paulding County, Terry serves as Vice Chair of the OSC and serves on the Domestic Marketing Committee. Steve […]
     


Weather conditions promote white mold

Considering how late the crop was planted, Extension soybean disease specialist Anne Dorrance at Ohio State University says soybeans are looking good. “We’ve got the right population for stands, we’re above 100,000 which we need for later planting,” said Dorrance. “So from that aspect I think things are looking pretty good, we just hope the […]
     


Forage options after wheat

During the Western Ag Research Station Agronomy Day near South Charleston, Ohio, Mark Sulc, Extension forage specialist at Ohio State University talked about a number of forage options following wheat that will work across the Midwest. Audio: Mark Sulc, Extension forage specialist, Ohio State University (2:55 mp3)
     


South Dakota winter wheat harvest running behind

There was very little rainfall and below normal temperatures this past week in South Dakota. Topsoil moisture is 82 percent adequate to surplus. Winter wheat is 74 percent good to excellent, with 55 percent mature and only 4 percent harvested, well behind the 32 percent average. Oats are 85 percent good to excellent with only […]
     


Indiana wheat harvest wrapping up

Cool dry weather last week provided farmers the opportunity to get fieldwork finished.  Farmers spent much of the week harvesting wheat, making hay and spraying crops.  According to the latest crop and weather report, 92 percent of the state’s wheat crop has been harvested. The corn crop is advancing as 69 percent of the crop […]
     


Missouri corn/soybeans still flourishing

Corn silking of the Missouri crop is way ahead of last year and the five year average at 91 percent complete as of Sunday.  The condition of corn also increased over the past week with 86 now good to excellent. Soybean blooming progressed to 48 percent complete and the condition of the crop is rated […]
     


Ag economist: set aside a year’s worth of land charges

Prospects of a good harvest are putting negative pressure on corn and soybean markets.  Ohio State University ag economist Matt Roberts says he doesn’t believe corn will fall below $2.50 per bushel, but he looks for prices to be close to $3.00. “That is cash flow positive if you ignore land charges,” said Roberts, speaking […]
     


We’re watching them, they’re watching us

Spurred by higher prices, milk production in the 28-member European Union was up 3.8 percent in May with January-through-May deliveries well-above year-ago levels.  Dairy Market News reports the Netherlands and Germany are nearly 4.5 percent higher, France is up 6 percent, Irish production is 8.5 percent above the same period in 2013 and the U.K. […]
     


Crop ratings slip slightly in Ohio

Even with a week of weather that allow wheat harvest and hay making to make significant progress, the condition ratings for both Ohio corn and soybeans slipped slightly. As of Sunday, July 20, 51 percent of the Ohio corn crop was silking, three points behind the 5-year average. 72 percent of the crop is in […]
     


Illinois corn and beans ahead

Eight-two percent of Illinois corn has reached the silking stage, a big jump from last week and ahead of the average of 70-percent.  The condition of the corn crop is the same as last week at 81 percent good to excellent. Nearly 70-percent of soybeans were blooming as of Sunday, ahead of the average of […]
     


Disaster Assistance for fruit tree crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcing Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance is available for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.   Farmers who did not have […]
     


A lot of hay made in Wisconsin

Cool, dry conditions allowed a lot of fieldwork in Wisconsin last week.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says as of Sunday, 66 percent of the second crop hay was made, a 22-point jump from a week ago. Topsoil moisture slipped from 74 percent adequate and 25 […]
     


Nebraska’s winter wheat harvest advances amid cool, dry weather

Nebraska was cool and mostly dry this past week bringing wheat harvest to more than half done.  It also resulted in producers starting to irrigate row crops. Topsoil moisture is 94 percent short to adequate. In addition to being half harvested, winter wheat is 52 percent good to excellent. Corn is 76 percent good to […]
     


Iowa crop development ahead of average

Last week may have been cooler and drier than normal around Iowa, but it was a good week for crops. 59% of corn is silking, 11 days ahead of 2013 and 2% faster than the five year average, with 77% of the crop rated good to excellent. 67% of soybeans are blooming, more than double […]
     


Weather sends corn, soybeans lower

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, with November moving close to its contract low. Weekend crop weather was good and while temperatures this week are warmer, they look non-threatening. According to USDA, 60% of soybeans are blooming, compared to 43% on average, with 19% at the pod setting stage, compared to 17% on […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 21, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.64, down 7 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $11.75 and 3/4, down 1 cent Aug. soybean meal closed at $380.70, up 40 cents Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.14, down 43 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.30, down 2 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $152.95, up $1.32 Aug. lean hogs closed at $125.10, […]
     


Boxed beef was sharply higher but pork was lower

Cattle country was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The new offering appears to be mixed, somewhat larger in the North and smaller in the South. Generally speaking, ready numbers continue to be historically tight. A few preliminary asking prices have been suggested around 158.00 plus in the South, and […]
     


U.S. soybean rating improves

The USDA’s condition ratings for this year’s corn and soybean crops continue to hold at extremely high levels for this point in the season. As of Sunday, 76% of corn is in good to excellent shape, unchanged on the week and 13% more than this time last year. 56% of the crop is silking, compared […]
     


Unseasonably cool weather set to return

A cold front will bring a return to showery weather across the nation’s heartland, starting with thunderstorms in the far upper Midwest on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, showers will sweep across the remainder of the Midwest, while a new cold front will arrive in the Northwest. The front’s passage will lower temperatures that have recently […]
     


A brief spell of heat, humidity for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, humid weather accompanies near- to above-normal temperatures. As a result, Heat Advisories are in effect Monday in the western Corn Belt, where temperatures will approach 95°. Isolated thunderstorms are confined to the far upper Midwest. Abundant soil moisture reserves are maintaining generally favorable conditions for reproductive corn and soybeans, despite the […]
     


A Brownfield riddle

How many microphones does it take to sufficiently cover the Great Plains Equipment Media Day? Judging by what Julie Harker has in her hands, it takes two.
     


Monday midday cash livestock markets

The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the collection of the new showlists. The new offering is expected to be about steady with last week. Preliminary asking prices should be around 158.00 in the South and 250.00 plus in the North. Beef cutouts closed significantly lower on Friday, reflective of a […]
     


Wheat inspections top estimates

USDA reports wheat export inspections for the week ending July 17 were larger than expected, while soybeans were within pre-report projections and corn was below all estimates. Wheat came out at 515,283 tons, up 127,883 from the week ending July 10, but down 144,225 from the week ending July 18, 2013. For the 2014/15 marketing […]
     


NFU asks for water map from EPA

National Farmers Union leaders have asked the EPA for a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional under the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule in the Clean Water Act. NFU President Roger Johnson and members of NFU’s board of directors held a conference call last week with EPA Administrator […]
     


Pierce County presents Ag Youth Awards

Kim Carlson and Bailey Tinker pose with their prizes as they are awarded this year’s Pierce County Fair Ag Youth Award in Pierce, Nebraska. The award is sponsored by KK93 FM. Kim Carlson, 17, of Pierce County is the daughter of Lonnie and Tracy Carlson. She is a senior at Pierce Public High School where […]
     


The market reacts to good prospects

The possibility of a good harvest is putting negative pressure on corn and soybean markets.  Matt Roberts, an agricultural economist at The Ohio State University, talks about what else may affect the market and what to do about it.  Roberts tells Brownfield Ag News that he’s not surprised by the bearish tone to corn and […]
     


Using horses for physical rehabilitation

People with physical handicaps need all the help they can get to improve or to recover.  Horses are being used to do just that and it’s being proven to work.  K.C. Henry is executive director of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.  She tells Brownfield the foundation funds research into how horses can help with […]
     


U.S. milk production up 1.9% in June

U.S. milk production in June totaled 17.2 billion pounds up 1.9 percent from June of last year.  Production per cow averaged 1,863 and the dairy herd had 9.27 million cows.  Cow numbers not available for June of 2013 due to budget cuts. Production in the 23 major dairy states up 2 percent from a year […]