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Farm margins narrowed in October

The Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October fell 8.4 percent from September.  The Crop Index fell 10 percent while the Livestock Index increased 4 percent.  Lower prices for soybeans, corn and milk more than offset higher prices for hogs, cattle and calves. The average price for corn in October was $3.28 per bushel... Read more »

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Wisconsin propane terminal nears completion

  CHS is nearing completion of the new propane terminal at Hixton, Wisconsin.  An open house was held Thursday with Governor Walker in attendance.   CHS vice president of propane, Drew Combs says, “The secure terminal, which uses modern automation and safety technologies, will be completed in mid-November.” CHS decided to build the terminal as part... Read more »

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Wisconsin dairy farm expansion will proceed

An administrative law judge says a Kewaunee County dairy farm may proceed with expansion with some additional groundwater monitoring at the site.  Judge Jeffrey Boldt ruled Kinnard Farms must install no less than six monitoring wells including at least two in fields where manure will be spread.  The judge also ordered Kinnard to modify their... Read more »

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NDB, DMI & UDIA leadership named

Leadership for the next year for the National Dairy Board, Dairy Management Incorporated and the International Dairy Foods Association has been elected. National Dairy Board chair is Zach Myers of Jonesville, North Carolina.  Vice chair is Harold Howrigan Jr. of Sheldon, Vermont.  Larry Shover of Delhi, Iowa is secretary and Ray Prock of Denair, California... Read more »

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Wisconsin Taste of Elegance entries sought

Entries are now being accepted for the Wisconsin Pork Association 2015 Taste of Elegance contest.  The contest is open to all employed chefs from a Wisconsin foodservice establishment.  Entry deadline is November 30th. Chefs will be asked to submit their recipe for their pork entrée, a copy of their restaurant’s menu, and a résumé.  Following... Read more »

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Another solid session for soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. There should be some good harvest progress reported Monday, but parts of the Eastern Midwest have seen more delays. In any event, domestic and export demand remain solid. Soybean meal and oil followed beans higher. Corn was higher on fund and commercial buying, along with spillover from... Read more »

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Wisconsin Corn Board seats up

Nominations are now being accepted for three seats on the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board.  Districts 3, 5 and 6 are up for election this year. District 3 includes Forest, Florence, Marinette, Langlade, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties. District 5 includes La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, Richland,... Read more »

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A mixed week in the dairy markets

At the close of trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday, cash cheese barrels increased 4.5 cents, blocks gained a half-cent while there was no activity in butter and nonfat dry milk. For the week, cash cheese barrels up 18.75 cents, blocks unchanged, butter increased 8 cents while nonfat dry milk lost a half-cent. ... Read more »

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Feedlot cattle lightly traded

The trade volume totals in the cattle were generally light on Friday afternoon with feedlots resisting lower packer bids. Dressed sales in the North were about steady with last week at 265.00. Live business in both the North and the South appeared to be about 2.00 lower from 167.50 to 168.00. We will either see... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 31, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.76 and 3/4, up 2 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.46 and 1/2, up 22 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $389.00, up $9.00 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.80, up 49 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.32 and 1/2, down 3 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $169.50, down $1.00 Dec. lean hogs closed at $88.02, up 82 cents... Read more »

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Kalmbach Feeds holds Open House

Kalmbach Feeds has taken another step to set it apart from the competition. Kalmbach President, Paul Kalmbach says the opening of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility sets a new standard in the industry. “What it will mean is that we will be able to raise the standard in the retail products business in the feed industry,”... Read more »

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Dropping temps and PEDv

The forecast for dropping temperatures may be causing pork producers to flashback to last winter and the outbreak of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). State Veterinarian (in Ohio) Dr. Tony Forshey says there’s reason for concern. “We’re going to go in here now with still a population of our swine that don’t have a lot... Read more »

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Here’s how you should vote

When you vote November 4 – and if  you’re smart, you will vote because it does matter, no matter how frustrated you are with the sitting Congress – consider the next two years and the issues Congress will face.  Keep in mind most of the tough issues of the last two years were kicked down... Read more »

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Friday midday cash livestock prices

USDA Mandatory is reporting a light cattle trade in Kansas on light to moderate demand. Compared to last week, live sales are 2.00 lower at 168.00. Trading is mostly inactive in all other areas. There are a few bids in the North on a live basis from 263.00 to 265.00. Asking prices remain around 170.00... Read more »

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Truth About Trade & Technology hosts global farmer roundtable

In conjunction with World Food Prize activities in Des Moines, the organization Truth About Trade & Technology sponsors a global farmer roundtable. This year’s roundtable included 16 farmers from around the world.  One of them was Ian Pigott, who run a diversified 2,000 acre farm 20 miles north of London, England.  In addition to being... Read more »

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Cold wave races into the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling in the upper Great Lakes region, while rain showers stretch southward from Lower Michigan through the Ohio Valley. Sharply colder air is overspreading the entire region, with Friday morning’s low temperatures generally ranging from 15 to 25° in the upper Midwest. The adverse weather conditions, which include gusty... Read more »

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Milder weather forecast to return to the Heartland

The coldest air of the season is overspreading the eastern half of the U.S. Weekend freeze warnings have been issued from parts of the central and southern Plains into portions of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. Additional freeze warnings may be required in the Southeast early next week. As cold air arrives, rain will change... Read more »

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November Scholarship & Internship Deadlines

Nov. 3Missouri Pork internship deadline Nov. 14GFAI scholarship deadline Nov. 15 FFA scholarship application period opens. Visit FFA.org for details. Nov. 20SOY scholarship deadline

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Sticky Halloween candy a cavity culprit

Kids will be kids and they’re going to eat Halloween candy.  But from a dentist’s perspective, it’s the sticky candy kids eat that is more likely to lead to tooth decay. In this version of Healthy Living – a dentist says he does NOT believe in denying kids’ candy – but wants parents to be... Read more »

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Fighting back against soybean seedling diseases

Farmers and agronomists across the Midwest are reporting more problems with soybean seedling diseases in the spring, especially phytophthora and pythium. Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University plant pathologist, says some of that is due to the earlier planting and minimum tillage that is taking place.  She says “up-and-down” spring weather conditions are also a factor.... Read more »

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Midwest ground zero for glyphosate resistance

Unless action is taken – and soon – farmers may lose a key tool in fighting weeds. Weed resistance is a challenge for farmers around the world.  Stephen Powles, grain farmer and Professor at the University of Western Australia says nowhere is it a greater problem than for farmers in the Midwestern United States. “They’ve... Read more »

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Holistic, integrated solutions for farming

Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy for Bayer CropScience welcomed attendees to the Corn Soybean Future Forum in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday by laying out his company’s commitment to the future of these crops. “The strategic focus for Bayer,” said Kremer, “is to be a solution provider.” He said Bayer CropScience remains committed to innovation and to... Read more »

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An open arms approach to membership

National FFA Officer candidate and Illinois state FFA President Sam Detweiler wasn’t your typical FFA member. In fact, Detwiler was more your typical teenage young man, hoping athletics would pay off in the long run. But, in an instant, that all changed. “In my Junior year, when I tore my ACL – that really put... Read more »

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Growing ag leaders

Monsanto president Brett Begemann says there’s no better place to see the future of agriculture than the National FFA convention. In front of more than 60,000 FFA members, Begemann announced Monsanto’s new America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program.  “The Ag Leaders program is about helping these young people here become leaders in the community and... Read more »

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Dairy trending higher

Dairy markets quietly nudging higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week.  On Thursday the cash cheese barrels were steady but blocks increased 2 cents, butter gained 4 cents on 6 sales.  Seems the holiday buying is picking-up. Milk production in the Central U.S. is running ahead of year-ago levels and Dairy Market News says... Read more »

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Soybeans sell-off

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Harvest is progressing in many areas, so we’re seeing an increased amount of available soybeans. Still, the record crop’s being balanced out by record demand, with China buying another 132,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans. Soybean meal was lower and bean oil was higher, adjusting product spreads.... Read more »

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Beef and pork values end lower

A few bids on the cattle were reported by private sources in Kansas on Thursday afternoon from 165.00 to 167.00. But overall the market was generally quiet. Buying apathy suggests significant trade will be delayed until Friday. Asking prices are around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Cattle slaughter... Read more »

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Harvest is good time to evaluate herbicide program

Harvest is a good time to evaluate your herbicide program and look for resistant weeds, according to Dawn Refsel, a field market development specialist with Valent. “You’re covering every acre with your combine, going back and forth, and so you get a really good sense of scale of what’s escaped through your herbicide program that... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 30, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.74, down 1 and 1/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.24 and 1/4, up down 1/ and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $380.00, down $17.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.31, up 13 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.36, down 2 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $170.50, up $1.50 Dec. lean hogs closed at $87.20, down $1.40 Nov.... Read more »

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GMO advocate: Science always wins in the end

GMO labeling initiatives will be on ballots next week in two states—Colorado and Oregon. They are just the latest efforts by anti-GMO activists to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Bill Horan, a farmer from Rockwell City, Iowa and chairman of the organization Truth About Trade and Technology, says although the anti-GMO... Read more »

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NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and... Read more »

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Ag director gets to ‘harvest’ from office

Missouri’s director of agriculture is also a farmer – and with technology – he is able to stay close to the farm. Richard Fordyce tells Brownfield although he’s not involved in the day-to-day operations on his northwest Missouri farm, he can see what’s going on. “So, I was actually in my office yesterday, here in... Read more »

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Soybean exports top 1.3 million tons

  USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending October 23 were larger than expected, while soybeans and soybean products were within the anticipated ranges and corn was below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat fell... Read more »

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COOL Reform asks Congress to act

Retaliation fears from Canada and Mexico are fueling concerns by the COOL Reform Coalition which has written a letter to Congress asking for immediate action on Country of Origin Labeling to prevent Billions of dollars in lost sales. Given the latest World Trade Organization ruling that the U.S. continues to discriminate against muscle cuts of... Read more »

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Will you come back to milk?

Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI) has formed partnerships with seven companies in an effort to reverse the downward trend of fluid milk consumption.  The companies: Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk Incorporated and Coca-Cola have committed more than $500 million collectively... Read more »

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Thursday midday cash livestock market

We should start to see the packer inquiry into the cattle improve as the day progresses, however significant trade may not develop until Friday. So far on Thursday no bids have been reported. Asking prices are around 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Boxed beef cutout values were near... Read more »

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GMO labeling controversy

Commentary. Ask shoppers at a local farmers market whether or not they try to avoid GMOs, or better yet, ask them what a GMO is and you will quickly understand how little many consumers know about genetically modified organisms.  A video created when late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent a crew out to ask... Read more »

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Cover crop management

Now that most cover crops have been seeded, Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator in Putnam County Ohio says farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to manage those cover crops next spring. Audio: Jim Hoorman, Extension educator, Putnam County Ohio

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Pumpkin is A+

Pumpkin is good for you – you can tell by its color. Pumpkins are vegetables and their orange color indicates they are loaded with beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant which is good for your body because it can reduce the risk of heart disease and certain... Read more »

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National Milk Producers welcome new members

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday. The new cooperative members are Bongards’ Creameries, Norwood, Minnesota; Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, Cortland, New York; Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative Association, Mount Joy,... Read more »

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Milk moves to reclaim the beverage market

Dairy Management Incorporated has entered into marketing partnerships with seven companies in a reformed effort to build fluid milk consumption.  The seven partners are Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.  DMI CEO Tom... Read more »

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Sandeen named chancellor at Wisconsin

Dr. Cathy Sandeen has been named the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and U.W. Extension.  Sandeen has been vice president for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. since 2012.  Prior to that she served as dean of Continuing Education for UCLA Extension from 2006 to... Read more »

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The rebound continues in dairy markets

Cash cheese barrels gained 5.5 cents and blocks increased 1.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday.  The 30-cent barrel-to-block spread of a week ago has shrunk to a nickel.  Butter gained 8 cents on 4 sales and Class III futures with some nice gains across the board. Holiday orders are increasing with more... Read more »

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Another questionable dairy study

A new study published in the British Medical Journal this week says people who drank three-or-more glasses of milk a day not only saw no reduction in broken bones but were twice as likely to die earlier than those who consumed less than one glass a day. The study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden... Read more »

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The heroic horsewoman

Patricia Kelly is a Hartford, CT resident who is using horses to motivate at-risk children in Hartford, Connecticut. Her nonprofit, Ebony Horsewomen, provides horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a year.  Kelly was recently named one of CNN’s 2014 Top Ten CNN Heroes. Kelly will receive a $25,000 grant... Read more »

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Soybeans lead gains on Wednesday

There were large gains in soybean futures on Wednesday.  The gains extended to soybean meal and soybean oil.  DTN says its weather forecast will make harvest a breeze for the next 10 days with the exception of light shower chances in the eastern Midwest. However, January soybeans are now paying more attention to the demand... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 29, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.75 and 1/4, up 10 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.43, up 35 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $397.20, up $22.10 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.18, up 139 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.38 and 1/4, up 7 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $169.00, down 20 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $88.60, down $1.60... Read more »

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OH Soybean Council Foundation scholarships

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) will be awarding undergraduate and graduate scholarships totaling $36,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. “The OSCF scholarship program helps offset the cost of education for those who are strengthening Ohio’s soybean industry,” said Kevin Flax, OSCF scholarship selection committee member and soybean farmer from Clark county. “In order to... Read more »

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Concerns with crop quality

As harvest delays continue, should farmers be worried about the quality of the grain that is still in the field? Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says in certain conditions crop quality should be okay.  “As long as the ears are not on or near the ground – than within reason the grain quality is... Read more »

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Cattle buying interest limited

Private sources reported a few bids on the cattle in Kansas at 168.00 live and in Nebraska at 165.00. 263.00 was bid on a dressed basis in Nebraska, but generally buying interest remained quite limited. Asking prices are firm at 172.00 to 173.00 in the South and 270.00 plus in the North. Business looks to... Read more »

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