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ISA showcases research at FPS

The Iowa Soybean Association showcased the activities of its On-Farm Network and Environmental Programs and Services teams at this year’s Farm Progress Show.  ISA research specialists were on hand to discuss specific replicated strip trials and projects from areas across the state and to work with farmers to determine what opportunities might exist on their […]

For the love of wild mustangs

This is a small slice of the story of Alan Day’s efforts to manage wild mustangs.  In the 1980s, the Tucson, Arizona cowboy acquired his third ranch in southern South Dakota.  As Alan Day tells the story, on his ranch, he managed wild mustangs that were owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. His […]

NCR-SARE grants available

The 2015 North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available. Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers […]

Another good week in the dairy markets

Cash cheese and butter were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday along with Class III futures.  For the week, cash cheese barrels up 8.5 cents, blocks up 6.75 cents, cash butter down 6.75 cents, nonfat dry milk up 2.5 cents.  September Class III futures increased $1.42, October gained 43 cents and November up […]

Strong emotions in MO dairy bill veto

Missouri dairy industry leaders say a subsidy on federal insurance that the legislature approved would help slow the decline in the number of dairy farmers in the state and keep dairy prices low for Missouri consumers. Governor Nixon vetoed the ag bill, which contained a controversial provision. Missouri Dairy Association President Larry Purdom – at […]

EU to help dairy producers

The European Commission announced it will offer Private Storage Aid to pay for the storage of butter, skim milk powder and some cheeses for three to seven months.  Farm milk prices have plunged in Europe since Russia banned imports from countries which imposed sanctions on them. A draft proposal will be presented to the Commission […]

Water issues big topic at FPS 2014

Water was a big topic at this week’s Farm Progress Show, which was cut short by too much water. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says farmers have historically engaged in conservation and have worked to improve runoff. Northey told Brownfield farmers are working harder to make improvements with more tools now available to do it. […]

Quiet, mixed session ahead of Labor Day weekend

Soybeans were mixed on commercial buying against speculative selling. Unknown bought 123,000 tons of new crop U.S. and overall demand remains strong. Still, the longer term fundamentals are bearish and traders expect a record crop. Soybean meal was higher and bean oil was lower on the adjustment of old crop/new crop spreads. First notice day […]

Standability not seen as a problem

When you have the potential for extremely high yields in corn, as is the case this year across most of the Midwest, standability can become an issue.  But University of Illinois Extension agronomist Dr. Emerson Nafziger doesn’t think standability will be a problem this fall. “The conditions in the mid-summer were so good that we […]

Another record year for ag exports

The U.S. is on its way to another record year in agricultural exports. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells Brownfield that, by the end of this fiscal year on September 30th, exports will have set another new record. “(A record) 152.5 billion dollars of ag exports, as well as a trade surplus record of 43 billion […]

WOTUS debate rages on

The debate continues to rage over the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The latest development involves the release of EPA maps which critics say confirm that the agency is attempting to control land across the country.  Ashley McDonald of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association calls it “the smoking gun for agriculture”.  McDonald says the […]

Call JULIE prior to digging to avoid injury, liability

Hitting underground utilities during digging can result in severe consequences.  JULIE is the one-call center to reach when preparing to do any excavating.  They work with utility companies to determine where to avoid digging.  Roger Watwood, JULIE Southern Illinois Damage Prevention Manager, tells Brownfield JULIE can be contacted with no cost to the person doing […]

A light cattle trade at higher prices on Friday

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was light in Kansas on moderate demand, compared to the previous week, live sales were 2.00 to 3.00 higher at 155.00. Trading was light in Nebraska on moderate to good demand. Compared to a week ago, a few live sales traded steady to firm at 155.00, and dressed sales 3.00 […]

Fargo chosen for ag genotyping center

Fargo, North Dakota has been chosen over Decatur, Illinois as the site of the new National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC). The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board approved the final recommendation today. The NAGC is a partnership between the National Corn Growers Association and the Los Alamos National Lab. According to NCGA, the center will […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 29, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.59, down 2 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $10.89 and 1/2, up 15 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $439.50, up $6.30 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.04, down 60 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.50 and 1/4, down 6 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $155.90, up $1.25 Oct. lean hogs closed at $98.12, up $2.65 Oct. […]

Recent rain saved the soybean crop

Up until a week ago, Preble County Ohio farmer Don Jackson wasn’t so sure about his 2014 soybean crop, but Don says a two inch rain last week saved his soybeans. “They looked good all year, but they were running out of moisture,” Jackson said. “With that rain last week I think our bean crop […]

Open Ag Data Alliance addresses information management

With the introduction of new services that involve data generation, a new group has come into being.  The Open Ag Data Alliance was introduced at a media event along with software and some big iron.  The alliance addresses the software, Case IH AFS Connect 2.0, which marketing manager Mike Klein refers to as a farm […]

Good growing year at Renk

The corn and soybeans on the Renk Seed test plot at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin look very good this year.  Plant geneticist Rick Batty says they are especially excited about the new varieties they have in the plot.  He says when they add a new variety they strive to improve yield, agronomics and stress tolerance.  Batty […]

Rep. Latta spends day talking agriculture

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) toured four agricultural operations in the 5th District on Thursday, August 28. The Congressman tells Brownfield it’s important for him to get out and talked with farmers. “It’s really interesting what you can learn in a day,” the Congressman said. During his tour, the Congressman says he was hearing some concern […]

Ag Secretary Vilsack on exports, COOL, RFS and more

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called Brownfield Friday morning to announce that agricultural exports will set another new record when the 2014 fiscal year ends on September 30th. Overall, the forecast for U.S. ag exports was raised to a record 152.5 billion dollars, up three billion dollars from last quarter’s forecast. Secretary Vilsack was also […]

Friday midday cash livestock markets

Packer inquiry into the cattle is light to moderate. Look for buyers to turn up the heat over the next several hours, at least enough to get short term slaughter needs covered and grease the wheels for a Labor Day exit. A few late deals were scored in Nebraska on Thursday as high as 155.00 […]

Agronomist: Check your stalks

Growing conditions for corn have generally been pretty good across the Eastern Corn Belt.  But some areas have seen excessive rainfall; and in those areas, Brian Early, product agronomist for Pioneer says disease pressure is heavy.  “More towards the Ohio state line we have pockets of diseases,” he says.  “Grey leaf spot and northern corn […]

New switchgrass developed specifically for bioenergy use

At a recent field day in southeastern Nebraska, researchers unveiled what they label as “the first switchgrass variety developed specifically for bioenergy use in the Great Plains and the Midwest.” According to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the new high-yielding switchgrass variety could potentially be used to produce 75 to 160 more gallons of […]

An evening to “Dine and Discuss” agriculture

There is a growing disconnect between consumers and their food.  With the hope of starting a dialogue about agriculture, Jasper County farmers Kendall and Tammy Culp opened their home and farm to residents and local officials for the first “Dine and Discuss” event.  “Because I think its important that they understand modern agriculture and what […]

A wet pattern continues across the Heartland

High pressure will slide off the Atlantic Coast, allowing heat and humidity to build east of the Mississippi, accompanied by afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, an upper-air disturbance will produce a more concentrated area of rainfall from the Midwest into the Northeast. Another area of low pressure and its associated cold front will generate showers […]

New switchgrass developed specifically for bioenergy use

At a recent field day in southeastern Nebraska, researchers unveiled what they label as “the first switchgrass variety developed specifically for bioenergy use in the Great Plains and the Midwest.” According to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the new high-yielding switchgrass variety could potentially be used to produce 75 to 160 more gallons of […]

Valent releases new soybean herbicide

At this year’s Farm Progress Show, Valent announced the release of a new soybean herbicide, Fierce XLT. Gary Schaefer, senior manager for row crops with Valent, says Fierce XLT is the premium herbicide that controls broadleaves, including ragweed as well as annual grasses. He says it has the broadest spectrum and the long-lasting residual, giving […]

Use sunscreen

Commentary. Isn’t it just like Mother Nature to turn up the heat just in time for the first weeks of school? In my neck of the woods, heat indices kissed 100 degrees or more almost every day last week. I’m not particularly fond of 90-plus degree days with 90-plus percentage humidity, especially when outdoor chores […]

Solid finish for wheat, corn

Soybeans were mostly higher on technical buying and position squaring ahead of the first notice day. Contracts look a little oversold and the weekly new crop sales were strong at 1.3 million tons. Past that – the fundamentals look bearish and early yield numbers have been solid. Soybean meal was higher and soybean oil was […]

Two Midwestern governors chastise EPA

The governors of Nebraska and Iowa are not mincing words when it comes to their feelings about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a conference call with reporters, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman called EPA “the enemy of agriculture”.  Heineman says the agency is the biggest regulatory issue that farmers and ranchers face. “The federal […]

A little more profitable on the farm in August

The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers in August was unchanged from July.  Producers received higher prices for cattle, milk, apples and broccoli.  Lower prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and broilers. The Crop Index declined 2.2 percent.  Corn averaged $3.70 per bushel down 35 cents from July.  Soybeans decreased 90 cents to average $12.20 […]

Cash cattle trade was at a standstill

The cash cattle trade remained pretty much dead in the water on Thursday afternoon. Buying interest could surface late in the day if packers are serious about getting procurement complete before Friday, There were a few bids on the table from 151.00 to 152.00 live, and 240.00 to 241.00 dressed. Asking prices are around 155.00 […]

NCGA hopes EPA has reversed RFS decision

The final rule on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014 is now in the hands of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The original EPA proposal cut the corn-based ethanol mandate from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons. Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 28, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.61 and 3/4, up 5 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $10.73 and 3/4, down 12 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $433.20, up $16.70 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.64, down 3 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.56 and 1/2, up 9 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $154.65, up $1.45 Oct. lean hogs closed at $95.47, down […]

Bayer Crop Science investing in agriculture

Investment and commitment was the theme for a media event hosted by Bayer Crop Science during the first day of the Farm Progress Show.  Jim Blome, President and CEO of Bayer Crop Science North America told Brownfield that in the crop protection business, you have to invest and be committed, as it takes about ten […]

Indiana dairy farmer featured on Disney’s Citizen Kids

Milk Life and Disney have partnered to produce a 21 episode web series to celebrate the potential in all kids and the extraordinary things they accomplish.  The latest episode features 10 year-old dairy farmer Jenna Kelsay of Whiteland, Ind. More than six generations of Kelsay’s have been involved in dairy farming and Kelsay Farms welcomes […]

Dairy Margin Protection sign-up starts Tuesday

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says sign-up for the new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers will run from September 2nd through November 28th.  If producers choose to not participate this year, they will be able to sign-up in future years but once they enroll in the program they must participate for the life of the […]

CLAAS introduces new 4X4 tractor

One of the many new product introductions at this week’s Farm Progress Show was the new XERION tractor line from CLAAS of America. According to product manager Drew Fletcher, the XERION line has been upgraded from previous European versions to handle the demands of large-scale American farms. “The XERION is not just ‘an off the […]

Land values soften, but no crash seen

Although some land values have softened lately, a good harvest should keep prices from falling much more. “Farmland is what it earns,” said Dale Aupperle, who tracks land values for Illinois farm managers. Despite softening land values the last six months, and commodity prices that have fallen in reaction to the apparent good crop, Aupperle […]

Farmland rancher’s shirts ‘impossibly starched’

One of the people in the film Farmland says he’d be in the movie again despite claims that the documentary is an unlikely depiction of American farmers.  The young farmer was at the Farm Progress Show; one of many that he’s attended since his appearance on the big screen. Texas cattle rancher Brad Bellah is […]

Thursday midday cash livestock markets

The cash cattle market is slow in developing on Thursday. The same starter bids evident yesterday at 151.00 to 152.00 live and 240.00 dressed are offered today, but little else. Buying interest should build through the day if packers are serious about completing procurement efforts before Friday. Asking prices are around 155.00 plus in the […]

Another strong week for new crop soybean sales

USDA reports soybean product export sales for the week ending August 21 were below pre-report estimates, while corn, soybeans, and wheat were within analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the marketing year, but corn and wheat fell short of their respective marks. Wheat came out […]

Final day of Farm Progress Show rained out

Rain and lightning have forced a closure of the final day of the Farm Progress Show. “Safety is paramount to us,” said Don Tourte, vice president of The Farm Progress Show, confirming the closure.  “We received word that lightning was within 15 miles of the show site and decided that keeping the show open is […]

A growing interest in cover crops

On the program at Beck’s Hybrids, Becknology Days, Cameron Mills who farms in North Central Indiana, near Walton and cover crop consultant, talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about the growing interest in cover crops. To begin, Mills says for those thinking about cover crops, they first need to look at their entire program. Audio: Cameron Mills, […]

Can you afford to cut traits?

As corn prices plunge, corn growers need to take a very close look at input costs when planning for next year.  One choice to make is what types of traits you really need and which can you maybe risk not using.  Jeff Renk is product manager with Renk Seed, he talks about the options. Listen […]

NRCS signup generates huge response

The $2 million in NRCS funding to be used for cover crops in the Western basin of Lake Erie generated an overwhelming response. The additional funding announced by NRCS will put cover crops on 35-40,000 acres, but State Conservationist Terry Cosby says the response was for twice that amount. Cosby says it’s another example of […]

Fonterra increasing Chinese presence

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra says it is going to buy a 20 percent stake in Chinese infant food manufacturer Beingmate.  Once the partnership is created, the joint venture will buy Fonterra’s Darnum plant in Australia. The cooperative also announcing plans to spend $555 (NZ) million on plants in New Zealand to increase milk powder […]

Continued strength in dairy markets

Cash cheese barrels held steady on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, blocks increased a penny while butter lost 1.5 cents.  Class III futures were slightly lower. Midwest cheese plants are running at or near capacity and no one seems to be contemplating any change in schedule through the holiday weekend.  Plants continue to add […]

Plymouth Pioneer facility celebrates 25 years

The Pioneer seed corn production facility in Plymouth, Ind. broke ground in 1988.  Production location manager Mark Letzinger says when the plant opened in 1989 it was considered a small operation. But things have changed a lot since then.  “We had about 35 employees, about 40 growers producing seed on about 14,000 acres,” he says.  […]

World Dairy Expo entries due

The initial deadline for World Dairy Expo cattle entries is midnight, August 31st.  Paper entries must be postmarked by that date to avoid late fees. Exhibitors are encouraged to submit entries online.  Stalling requests, tent and/or booth space purchases, youth fitting, youth showmanship and 2017 International Futurity entries can all be submitted online at […]