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The renewable fuels industry is healthy

The renewable fuels industry has gone through some rather challenging times.  Just when it looked like the future was bright, the economic collapse of 2008 came along pushing crude oil prices down and putting the renewable fuels industry into an economic quagmire as well.  Then came the drought of 2012 and tight corn supplies pushing... Read more »

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New York considering GMO labeling

New York’s state legislature is the latest to consider a GMO-labeling bill.  Legislation has been introduced in both the Assembly and the State Senate which is similar to the Vermont law.  Foods which contain any genetically modified ingredients would be required to say-so on the label.  Meat and milk products and restaurants would be exempt.... Read more »

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The continued strength in cheese

A little show of strength in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday.  Cash cheese barrels slipped a half-cent but blocks gained a penny, nonfat dry milk added a half-cent and Class III futures saw double-digit increases for the day. Continued strong milk and cheese production has some manufacturers trying to figure... Read more »

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Southern Illinois winter wheat thinner than recent years

The Illinois wheat crop is smaller than last year.  Illinois Wheat Tour participants fanned out across the southern part of the state Thursday counting wheat plants, or tillers, and actual wheat kernels and determined the average estimated yield to be about 60.35 bushels an acre.  Tour leader Dave DeVore was not surprised to see the... Read more »

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Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership of hogs intact

An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action. “The impact of LB176 would be to structurally, economically,... Read more »

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Commercial demand supports soybeans

  Soybeans were steady to firm on commercial buying and spillover from soybean meal. There are labor issues at a couple of key ports in Argentina, delaying loading and shipping in those locations. Gains in the deferred contracts were limited by expectations for a big domestic crop. Still, planting is slower than average in some... Read more »

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Cattle higher ahead of cash business

  Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher on short covering as traders watched the direct cash cattle markets. Contracts did stay range bound, waiting for packer inquiry to improve. June was $.67 higher at $152.47 and August was up $.80 at $151.42. Feeder cattle futures were sharply higher on the tight near term... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 27, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $3.49 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/2 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.27, up 4 and 1/2 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $308.10, up $6.20 Jul. soybean oil closed at 31.73, down 41 points Jul. wheat closed at $4.87 and 3/4, down 5 and 3/4 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $152.47, up 67 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $83.77, up 60 cents Jul. crude... Read more »

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April poultry production up 4% on year

  The USDA reports domestic poultry production during April 2015 was up 4% from April 2015. Production totaled 3.897 billion pounds, with chicken making up most of that at 3.388 billion pounds. Turkey totaled 496.341 million pounds. The preliminary live weight of all inspected birds was 5.140 billion pounds, also 4% more than a year... Read more »

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Highway funding bill extended

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) says the highway funding extension passed by the U.S. House and Senate is better than the alternative. Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) says while the two month extension of the highway funding bill is expected to be enough to get through the busy summer road... Read more »

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Green industry experiencing shortages

Nurseries and greenhouses this year aren’t prepared for growing demand. Amy Frankmann, Executive Director of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, says the state’s harsh winters and past economic downturn has affected supplies in the industry. “Now that demand has increased, we’re finding that our trees and our shrubs that are on a two year... Read more »

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EPA announces Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule is the result of two Supreme Court decisions in the last 15 years that put the decades-old Clean Water Act into question. Administrator Gina McCarthy says cases in 2001 and 2006 put protection of 60 percent of U.S. streams and millions of acres of wetlands into question.... Read more »

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EPA releases final Clean Water Act rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the finalized Clean Water Rule this morning.  The EPA stresses the rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions. Ag groups are weighing in with reaction to the final rule which says tributaries to... Read more »

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Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

  At midday on Wednesday, direct cattle markets are still fairly quiet. Packers are short bought, but widespread trade could still wait until Thursday or Friday. This week’s showlist is mixed, larger in Texas, but smaller in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Asking prices are around $163 to $164 in the South and $258 to $260... Read more »

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Winfield Answer Plots addressing issues in Minnesota

An agronomist with Winfield who covers southwest and west central Minnesota says cool wet weather last week harmed soybeans.  Mark Glady tells Brownfield near freezing temperatures had farmers he works with ringing his phone off the hook. “…about beans that were just at the cracking stage at the soil level last Saturday when we started... Read more »

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BOAH bans poultry movement in Indiana

The Indiana state Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is limiting movement of poultry to prevent exposure to H5 Avian Influenza.  Denise Derrer, BOAH public information director says the board took a significant step to protect the state’s poultry population.  “BOAH has issued a ban on movement of any birds that will go to a location... Read more »

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A warm pattern; rains to ease on the southern Plains

For the remainder of the week, the western U.S. will experience a warming trend, while near- to above-normal temperatures will continue in the East. In contrast, very cool weather will overspread much of the Plains and Midwest by week’s end. In advance of the cool outbreak, another round of heavy rain (locally 2 to 5... Read more »

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Rains once again return to the southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers in the Great Lakes region. Dry weather has returned to the remainder of the Midwest, although minor fieldwork delays persist. Among the Midwestern States, only Missouri reported a significant soybean planting delay (20% planted by May 24, vs. the 5-year average of 43%). On the Plains, the latest in... Read more »

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DuPont Pioneer agronomist update from southeast Minnesota

DuPont Pioneer field agronomist Brian Buck tells Brownfield southeast Minnesota has had more ups than downs this growing season. “In general we’ve had a really good planting season so far.  Really good soil conditions early allowed us to get a lot of the corn planted.  Some of the beans drug out.  The only down we’ve had... Read more »

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Corn planting nearing completion in Michigan

Corn planting in Michigan is 91 percent complete, 16 points ahead of the average pace. 70 percent of the corn crop has emerged. 83 percent of the crop is in fair-to-good condition. Soybean planting advanced 16 points from a week ago, to 76 percent planted, well ahead of the 48 percent 5-year average. 42 percent... Read more »

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Planting making progress in Indiana

Another 14 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted last week, bringing corn planting to 88 percent complete, seven points ahead of the 5-year average. 63 percent of the crop has emerged and as of Sunday, 85% of the Indiana corn crop was in fair-to-good condition. By region, corn planting was 89% complete in... Read more »

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Ohio corn and soybean planting advances

As of Sunday, May 24, corn planting in Ohio was 87 percent complete, a 10 percent gain from the week before and 17 points ahead of the 5-year average. 68 percent of the crop has emerged and 81 percent of the crop is in fair-to-good condition. One fourth of the Ohio soybean crop was planted... Read more »

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Precision Ag headed towards decision ag?

The Context Network started nearly 20 years ago doing multi-client reports for the seed and crop protection industries.  Senior Associate Kip Pendleton says the network has evolved into a global consulting company with offices based in Des Moines and St. Louis but also around the world. The Network recently published a report on the future... Read more »

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Nebraska bill would allow packer ownership of hogs

A bill allowing meatpackers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has received first round approval in the Nebraska Unicameral. During floor debate Tuesday, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala said Nebraska’s law prohibiting meat packers from owning hogs has stymied the growth of the state’s pork industry. “Nearly every state that surrounds us is seeing... Read more »

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Nebraska’s crops need warmer weather

Corn and soybean development in Nebraska has been slowed by cool weather. Corn emergence, at 73 percent, is still running slightly ahead of average. The first corn condition rating of the season puts the crop at 61 percent good to excellent and 32 percent fair. Soybean planting is at 59 percent, behind the 73 average.... Read more »

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Wet weather slows Iowa’s planting progress

Wet conditions continued to delay planting in parts of Iowa last week, especially southwest Iowa where about 20 percent of the corn crop remains to be planted. Corn emergence reached 81 percent, four days ahead of normal.  The first corn condition rating of the season was 79 percent good to excellent. Some farmers are evaluating... Read more »

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Six new cases of avian flu in Minnesota

After a lull in reported cases of avian influenza striking commercial turkey farms in Minnesota, six new presumptive positive tests were confirmed by the state Board of Animal Health Tuesday. Three more cases in Kandiyohi County bring the total there to 36.  Renville reported its third and fourth detections.  And a first detection in Brown... Read more »

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Weekly Crop Progress in Minnesota

Rain and cool temperatures in Minnesota limited field work last week.  According to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service, there were less than three days suitable for the week ending May 24th. Frost was reported over the northern two-thirds of the state. The first corn condition rating came in at 69 percent good to excellent with... Read more »

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Wisconsin lifts Chippewa County quarantine zone

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has released the quarantine on all farms around the avian influenza farm in Chippewa County.  There has been no new cases of the virus in the county since the original confirmation in a commercial turkey flock on April 22nd.  The infected farm was depopulated and remains under quarantine until further... Read more »

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The U.S. needs to increase funding for agricultural and food research

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs says the U.S. must double investment in agricultural and food research over the next 10 years to meet projected global demand.  The report; “Leveraging Innovation to Feed the Future” says U.S. spending on such research peaked in 1994 and has declined 20 percent since then.  Meagan Keefe is the... Read more »

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Dairy markets drift lower

A busy day in the dairy markets following the long weekend on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday.  Cash cheese barrels saw 11 loads sold, 15 loads of butter changed hands as prices drifted lower. Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 7 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers, and... Read more »

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Missouri grower “way behind”

Missouri grower Tom Waters farms just east of Kansas City, near Orrick, and tells Brownfield he can’t seem to catch a break with this on-again, off-again, rainy weather. “In our area, we’re way behind. I’ve just got a few beans planted and we’ve got a long way to go before we’re finished planting. About the... Read more »

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Making hay in Wisconsin

Some cold mornings may have slowed crop development but they didn’t slow the planters in Wisconsin last week.  The National Ag Statistics Service reports that as of Sunday 93 percent of the state’s corn crop is planted, 19 points ahead of the five-year average and equal to the most ever planted by this date in... Read more »

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NFU urges Congress to reject COOL bill

The president of the National Farmers Union is urging Congress to reject the bill passed out of the House Ag Committee that would repeal parts of the Country of Origin Labeling law. Roger Johnson says the committee “has succumbed to lobbying and scare tactics from foreign governments and multinational meatpackers” instead of allowing the WTO... Read more »

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Illinois wheat condition still in question

Illinois corn planting is almost done – 97 percent complete, which is about the same as last year and the average.  Eighty-seven percent of the corn crop is emerged and the crop is 80 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 69 percent planted in Illinois – 22 percentage points more than last week. Winter wheat... Read more »

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Bakers Association urges action on egg shortage

The American Bakers Association is urging its members to contact the USDA and Congress to address the egg and egg product shortage affecting the baking industry. The group says the impact of the avian influenza outbreak on egg laying hens is substantial and egg supplies are decreasing fast. The association wants the USDA to increase... Read more »

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Illinois farmer has to replant

A southwestern Illinois farmer says he’s forced to replant corn because of the weather. Larry Hasheider, who farms near Okawville, Illinois, tells Brownfield he made good progress planting corn in early May, “We were about half planted. It was in the ground for about a week already and I thought, well, okay, it turned wet... Read more »

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Rain slows Missouri planting

An average of an inch and two-tenths of rain limited Missouri corn planting progress to three percentage points this past week.  Corn planting is now 85 percent complete, behind last year’s 96 percent and behind the average.  More than three-quarters of the crop is emerged.  The rain brought Missouri’s topsoil moisture supply to 100 percent... Read more »

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Dollar pressures wheat, soybeans, corn

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, along with outside market pressure. Crush margins are improving and demand for old crop soybeans continues to be strong, but the supply is only getting larger. The USDA reports that as of Sunday, 61% of soybeans are planted, compared to the five year average of 55%.... Read more »

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Live cattle start week mixed

  Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mixed, watching the distribution of this week’s cash showlist. Contracts were also digesting last week’s cash trade and cattle on feed numbers. June was $.32 lower at $151.80 and August was down $.07 at $150.62. Feeder cattle were higher, supported by those bullish on feed numbers. August... Read more »

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92% of U.S. corn, 61% of soybeans planted

  Even after a very wet week around much of the Midwest, U.S. corn and soybean planting continues to move faster than average. As of Sunday, 92% of corn is planted and 74% has emerged, both well ahead of the respective five year averages. In the first rating of the season, 74% of the crop... Read more »

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Farm Science Review and Field to Faucet receives $1 million boost

Farm Science Review, and Ohio State University’s water quality initiative, Field to Faucet has received a significant boost.  Beck’s Hybrids has announced a $1 million dollar commitment over 5 years.  “Half of that gift is going towards the three research projects under the Fields to Faucet initiative,” said Hilary Price, Director of Corporate and Foundation... Read more »

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NCBA official likes TPA’s chances in the House

An official of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says he expects Trade Promotion Authority to be passed by the House of Representatives. “A lot of the public debates that needed to happen have already occurred, so I think that a lot of those questions have been answered and a lot of those concerns have been... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 26, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $3.55, down 5 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.22 and 1/2, down 1 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $301.90, down $2.30 Jul. soybean oil closed at 32.14, up 50 points Jul. wheat closed at $4.93 and 1/2, down 21 and 3/4 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $151.80, down 32 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $83.17, down 55 cents Jul. crude... Read more »

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Dow records first sales of Enlist Duo herbicide

Dow AgroSciences is trumpeting the first sales of its Enlist Duo herbicide in the U.S. Dow spokesman John Kalthoff says the herbicide’s combination of glyphosate and a new 2,4-D choline gives growers a new mode of action to incorporate into their postemergence weed control program. “Many of them are dealing with very hard to control,... Read more »

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Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

Direct cattle markets are quiet and the big activity today will likely just be the distribution of this week’s showlist. Asking prices are expected to be around $163 to $164 in the South and $260+ in the North. Last week, most of the Southern trade was done on Wednesday at $159 to $163 Live, mainly... Read more »

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TPA bill could face tougher fight in House

Now that the Senate has passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, the focus turns to the House of Representatives. Pundits say the legislation could face a more difficult fight in the House, where opposition from Democrats is more entrenched. Farm and commodity groups are calling on the House to act quickly.  Chip Bowling, president of... Read more »

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Soybean inspections down on week, up on year

  The USDA reports soybean export inspections for the week ending May 21st were above what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year. Wheat came out at 418,376 tons, up 91,343 from the week ending May 14th, but down 90,701 from the week ending May 22nd, 2014. Nearing the end of the... Read more »

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Michigan Milk hosts marketing tour

Michigan youth are invited to the 78th Annual MMPA/4-H Milk Marketing Tour, the longest running 4-H tour in existence. More details in today’s Michigan Ag Industry Update. AUDIO: Michigan Ag Industry Update (1:59 mp3):  

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Equine emergencies on the trail

Preparing for equine emergencies on the trail. Dr. Nancy Loving of Boulder, Colorado says that while not all trail riders think about first aid it is definitely something they should consider. Audio: Dr. Nancy Loving, DVM, Boulder, Colorado  

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