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Equine industry beginning to recover

A survey of nearly 11,000 horse owners is showing some very promising findings. Kate Russo, Equine vaccine brand manager at Zoetis, who sponsored the survey, says compared to similar surveys in 2010 and 2012 the equine industry is showing signs of stability and growth. Audio: Kate Russo, Equine vaccine brand manager, Zoetis

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U.S. ag exports decline while imports increase

Despite declines from 2014, U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal 2015 and 2016 are projected to be the third and fourth-highest on record. In addition, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says 2009-to-2015 represents the strongest seven years in history for U.S. agricultural trade. Total ag exports for Fiscal 2015 are estimated at $139.5 billion down $1 billion... Read more »

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Wisconsin A.G. says the injunction applies to all states

There seems to be a disagreement over the interpretation of a federal judge’s ruling on the EPA’s Clean Water Rule. Late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction preventing the EPA from implementing the rule on Friday. The Obama Administration says the injunction applies only to the 13 states... Read more »

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A mixed week in the dairy markets

Cheese and Class III futures were mixed, butter and nonfat dry milk lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. For the week, cash cheese barrels lost 9.5 cents, blocks fell 4 cents, butter is 3 cents lower and nonfat dry milk is down 1.5 cents. Class III futures September lost 61 cents, October fell... Read more »

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Missouri AG thinks all states may see effects of WOTUS ruling

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he believes the EPA might not enforce the federal Clean Water Rule in all 50 states, but, following a 13-state injunction, he does expect the EPA to fight the decision. Koster says that whether the judge’s ruling effectively blocking Friday’s implementation of the rule is valid in only the... Read more »

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Agri-Cover to feature full line of tarps

Agri-Cover’s National Account Manager Brent Schulz says if farmers have anything that’s got an opening on the box, they’ve got a tarp for it. Agri-Cover has a full line of tarp equipment for everything from seed tenders to fertilizer spreaders to hopper opener conversions – and they’ll feature them at the 2015 Farm Progress Show... Read more »

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Dollar, fundamentals pressure wheat

  Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Chinese demand concerns have eased a bit with the Shanghai Composite sharply higher on Thursday and Friday. The trade is expecting a big crop, but there is still a long way to go until harvest. Forecasts for the next several days show mostly warm, dry conditions... Read more »

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Northern cattle $4.00 to 6.00 lower

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading in Nebraska was moderate on light to moderate demand. Compared to last week dressed sales were. 4.00 to 6.00 lower at 228.00. A few live sales were 4.00 to 5.00 lower from 144.00 to 145.00. Western Corn Belt trading was limited on light to moderate demand, a few live sales... Read more »

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Missouri State Fair milking parlor upgraded

The Missouri State Fair upgraded its milking facility this year from Grade C to Grade A.  Dairy Superintendent Amy Jo Estes told Brownfield Ag News that the upgrade has been a huge improvement. “We’ve had the barn here for about 10 or 11 years now, but we were Grade C before and couldn’t sell our... Read more »

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Hurst on WOTUS injunction

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says he’s pleased Missouri farmers won’t have to comply with the EPA’s Waters of the US rule which goes into effect today because of the injunction granted in North Dakota. BUT, he’s disappointed the EPA has decided not to apply the injunction to all 50 states. Hurst says, “So,... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 28, 2015

Sep. corn closed at $3.63 and 1/4, down 1/2 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $8.93 and 1/4, up 7 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $321.40, down $1.50 Sep. soybean oil closed at 27.79, up 90 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.77, down 7 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $146.52, up $1.87 Oct. lean hogs closed at $66.42, down 62 cents Oct. crude oil closed at $45.22, up $2.66... Read more »

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Stalk quality could be an issue

The effects of excessive rain are still showing up in corn. Peter Thomison, Extension corn specialist at the Ohio State University says everything from nitrogen loss, to stunted corn plants, to restricted root systems have set the stage for issues growers may face at harvest. “Probably one of the major issues we’re hearing people talk... Read more »

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Minnesota farmer nearing harvest

A west central Minnesota farmer might be less than a month away from starting harvest. Doug Albin of Clarkfield says his soybeans are still nice and green. “Some of them (soybeans) are just starting to turn, so it will probably be the 20th of September or someplace in there that we’ll get started on beans.”... Read more »

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Water regulation a point of contention in Minnesota

Water regulation is a point of contention in Minnesota. Department of Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson spoke with Brownfield while attending the first day of the State Fair. In regards to the Clean Water Rule, commonly referred to as Waters of the U.S., he says it’s important to remember the EPA was responding to a court... Read more »

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Politics cloaked in “science”

I’m not much different than most when I say I’m not good with change.  Mess with my understanding and relationship with people, places and things and I get uneasy.  So, imagine my itchiness when I watched this week Consumer Reports (CR) shift again from an objective consumer information source – who buys a car or... Read more »

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Midday livestock markets

A few more bids are being reported on the cattle today at 143.00 to 145.00 on a live basis and 226.00 to 227.00 dressed. There is still a great separation between bids and asking prices. Feedlot operators are asking 149.00 to 150.00 live, and 235.00 dressed. Packer inquiry should continue to improve as the day... Read more »

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Between the Rows Tour reports Mid-Michigan yields most variable

The Between the Rows Tour is finding yields better than expected in what has been a tough year for farmers. As the first Michigan crop tour travels the countryside, Angel Jenio with Michigan Corn says the tour’s stop in the center of the state had the widest range of yields.  “In Barry, Ionia and Eaton,... Read more »

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Farmers encouraged to host breakfast

Breakfast on the Farm has attracted over 11,000 visitors to just four Michigan farms this summer and there’s still one event left. This Saturday, Pleasant View Dairy in Hillsdale County will open their doors to provide a free breakfast and farm tour to the public. Third generation dairy farmer Bruce Lewis farms 2,700 acres with... Read more »

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Injunction is a step in the right direction

The Obama administration says it will begin implementation of EPA’s Clean Water Rule, commonly known as Waters of the US, today even though a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking its implementation.  According to The Hill, the administration argues that the decision only applies to the 13 states requesting the... Read more »

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Timely rains in parts of the western Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers over western and central portions of the region are further benefiting immature corn and soybeans while easing soil moisture shortages across northeastern Iowa and environs. On the Plains, warm, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation, though a few isolated showers are lingering across central portions... Read more »

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A warm pattern from the Plains, eastward

High pressure will maintain dry, increasingly warm weather across the eastern third of the nation, though locally heavy showers and thunderstorms will persist along and south of a stalled frontal boundary in the Southeast. Meanwhile, an upper-air disturbance will produce locally heavy downpours in the Corn Belt and central Great Lakes. Heat will prevail over... Read more »

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The land rental ‘balancing act’

The gap between what landlords think they need for rent and what their farmer tenants think they are able to pay is wider than it’s been for several years. University of Nebraska Extension educator Allan Vyhnalek and several of his colleagues held Landlord/Tenant Lease Workshops this month across Nebraska. The workshops were designed to help... Read more »

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Approaching harvest with optimism

Harvest is getting closer and Central Indiana farmer Don Lamb is cautiously optimistic.  “It looked so bad early and then later on it started to look better,” he says.  “Partly because you can’t see as well because the crops have gotten above eye level in the field.  But we feel a little more optimistic than... Read more »

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N.D. judge issues injunction on water rule

A federal judge in North Dakota has issued a preliminary injunction against the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, temporarily blocking its implementation. The rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S., was scheduled to take effect Friday. According to Bismark (ND) Tribune, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said it appears the EPA and the Army Corps... Read more »

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Beef industry says CR study no cause for alarm

So does it matter to your food safety how your beef was produced? The beef industry is taking issue with a study by Consumer Reports (C-R) which says beef raised in a so-called “sustainable” way is safer than from cattle that were conventionally raised. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Ground Beef Study and rebuttal  

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High oleic soybean provide opportunity for farmers

High oleic soybeans are giving farmers an opportunity to increase profitability without increasing input costs. Brian Presnal farms in central Indiana and says the lower commodity prices are forcing him to explore new ways to maximize his return on investment.  “The Plenish oil program is a high oleic soybean oil program that is gaining popularity,”... Read more »

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Medicare fraud can happen to anyone

Will Armstrong is with the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, specifically he is with the Senior Medicare Patrol and used the opportunity of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days to talk to attendees about the danger of Medicare fraud. For starters, he says one should protect their Medicare identification number like they protect their Social Security number.... Read more »

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Innovation is the key to longevity

Walking around Tent City at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days you will see a vast display of new products and familiar standards. Those familiar standards are still viable because they are innovative and constantly updating and improving their product. Wick Buildings are a prime example of that. Brad Baldschun says they have a new “drip stop”... Read more »

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Farm Bureau on Clean Water Rule: Follow the law

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) will continue to fight the federal Clean Water Rule, known as Waters of the U.S., but Congressional Relations Director Don Parrish says for now, the organization’s focus is changing. “We’re going to do everything in our power, even though we disagree with this rule, to get our farmers to... Read more »

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Corn and soybeans look very good in South-central Wisconsin

With Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in the neighborhood this week; Renk Seeds took the opportunity to invite their dealers to stop in, view the test plot and tour the plant. Alex Renk says this is the best the crops on the farm have looked in years. He is particularly excited about a new Roundup-Ready Dicamba-tolerant... Read more »

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USDA expands whole-farm revenue insurance

The USDA says whole-farm revenue insurance is now available for specialty crop farmers and ranchers with diversified operations. Deputy Ag Secretary Krysta Harden says they met with producers and made some positive changes in the pilot program. She tells Brownfield those include coverage for replanting annual commodities, less paperwork and fewer fees, among other things.... Read more »

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Butter up, cheese down

Butter continues to push higher, up 5 cents to $2.3425 per pound on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday on one unfilled bid. Nonfat dry milk gained 1.25 cents, cheddar blocks were 1.25 cents lower while barrels held steady. Class III futures slipped a bit in concert with the blocks. The increase in butter prices has... Read more »

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Iowa farmer seeks answers on regulation of brokers

Doug Bell is a man on a mission. Bell, a farmer from Thornton, Iowa, is trying to convince government officials that more needs to be done to protect the accounts that farmers have with commodity brokers. Bell says he lost 600-thousand dollars because a commodity broker did not follow industry rules. He says he’s been frustrated... Read more »

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Soybeans, corn finish higher

  Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Weekly export numbers were neutral to a little bullish thanks to strong new crop sales and good physical shipments. The outside markets were a lot more stable Thursday and China’s stock market closed sharply higher heading into the U.S. session. Soybean meal was mostly higher on... Read more »

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Bids and asking prices far apart

Feedlot country remained untested on Thursday with just a few bids in Nebraska at 226.00 on a dressed basis. The bids were a long ways from asking prices of 236.00 in the North, Southern producers are asking 150.00. Despite their short bought status it would appear significant trade is delayed until Friday. The cattle kill... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 27, 2015

Sep. corn closed at $3.63 and 3/4, up 2 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $8.86 and 1/4, up 8 and 1/2 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $322.90, down $1.50 Sep. soybean oil closed at 26.89, up 77 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.84 and 1/4, down 5 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $144.65, up $2.22 Oct. lean hogs closed at $67.05, up 5 cents Oct.... Read more »

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High oleic soybeans are moving west

Monsanto is bringing its Vistive Gold high oleic soybeans to Iowa in 2016. It will be the first time the high-oleic beans have been produced west of the Mississippi River. Soybean processor Ag Processing Inc. (AGP) is working with Monsanto on the pilot introduction in Iowa. AGP’s Mark Sandeen says production will take place near... Read more »

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NCBA takes issue with CR ground beef study

The beef industry is taking issue with a study by Consumer Reports (C-R) which concludes that ground beef from so-called sustainable beef operations is safer for consumers than conventionally produced ground beef. Dr. Mandy Carr, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, tells Brownfield Ag News that Consumer Reports found less than 1% of salmonella in... Read more »

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Food safety group sues USDA APHIS

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is suing the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The center claims the agency has failed to respond to requests for records related to GMO crop concerns, including those about genetically engineered alfalfa. The lawsuit says APHIS is required to provide that information, under the Freedom of... Read more »

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State Ag Departments ask for voluntary delay of WOTUS

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia confirmed to Brownfield Ag News that it has denied a request to block Friday’s implementation the federal Clean Water Rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S.  The request for the injunction was brought by Murray Energy.  The matter is still under consideration by... Read more »

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Beef, soybean oil, wheat sales up sharply on week

  The USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending August 20th were above pre-report estimates, while corn, soybeans, and soybean products were within analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of soybeans were more than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the current marketing year, but corn and wheat fell short of their respective... Read more »

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Tenants, landlords search for right balance

Farmland rental rates will be under the microscope over the next few months. Nebraska Extension educator Allan Vyhnalek says, in many cases, there’s a considerable gap between what landlords think they need for rent and what tenants think they can afford to pay. On the landlord side, Vyhnalek says, taxes are a big concern. “Land... Read more »

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Be grateful

Commentary. Overheard at a recent livestock show at a state fair:  “Is this all we get?” The remark was made by the 15-year old boy as he accepted the gift donated by a family who has invested many hours and many of their own dollars in young people involved in raising and showing cattle.  The... Read more »

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Midday livestock markets

Cattle country is slow to start on Thursday, but the expectation is packer inquiry will start to improve over the next several hours. It is possible significant trade volume could be delayed until sometime on Friday. There are a few bids in Nebraska according to private sources at 226.00 on the dressed basis. Asking prices... Read more »

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Michigan’s corn industry creates official crop tour

There’s never been an official yield tour in Michigan, until now.  The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan has launched its Between the Rows Tour and is compiling yield checks from eight locations across the state. “We wanted to see what was the yield for the state, secondly we wanted to connect with the growers out... Read more »

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The efficiency of UAVs

Unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs are quickly becoming very popular on the farm. Zach Fiene starting using personal remote control vehicles as a crop consultant and now has his own company creating UAV packages for farmers. He says the efficiency really becomes obvious when you get in to big fields:  “You can fly over the... Read more »

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Helping farmers use energy more efficiently

Today’s farms use a lot of energy and with that comes the chance to waste a lot of energy. Focus on Energy partners with Wisconsin utilities to help farms, homeowners and businesses find ways to be more energy efficient. Nicole Zaidel is an Energy Advisor with FOE, she says right now they are offering incentives... Read more »

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There’s a lot of family in those big farms

One of the things Alice in Dairyland has to do at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days each day is to introduce and then interview members of the host family on stage in the Family Living Tent. Teyanna Loether says it has given her the opportunity to really get to know the Statz family and that is... Read more »

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Making anaerobic digesters work

  One of the features at both the old and new Statz Brothers Farms is anaerobic digesters. The digesters were built by DVO Anaerobic Digesters of Chilton, Wisconsin. Melissa Van Ornum says the digester is basically a recreation of the cow’s stomach except it holds the mass for 22 days so the anaerobic bacteria can break... Read more »

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A number of issues on the table

It has been a very busy time for Wisconsin Farm Bureau president Jim Holte: the on-going work on the Implements of Husbandry laws in Wisconsin, GMO labeling, Waters of the U.S., high capacity wells in Wisconsin to name a few issues the organization is dealing with.  

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