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Midday cash livestock markets

It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices not well defined. Due to the July 4th holiday, the expectation is significant trade volume could develop a little earlier this week. Asking prices are 150.00 plus In the South, and 240.00 plus in the North. Boxed beef cutouts were mixed in... Read more »

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Corn, soybean, wheat stocks increase

According to the USDA, corn and soybean stocks on June 1st, 2015 were above year ago levels, but the numbers do indicate good quarterly demand. Corn stocks in all positions came out at 4.45 billion bushels, 15% higher than on June 1st, 2014. On farm stocks were 2.28 billion bushels, up 22%, and off farm... Read more »

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Minnesota Corn Growers President encourages ethanol supporters to speak up

The President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is encouraging those who support renewable fuels to reach out to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Bruce Peterson says there is still time to convince the EPA to leave the Renewable Fuels Standard alone. “Send (the EPA) a letter and say how it positively impacted them.  One way you... Read more »

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USDA raises soybean acreage, lowers corn

  The USDA has raised its 2015 acreage projection for soybeans and lowered its corn estimate. The USDA sees soybean planted area at a record 85.139 million acres, up slightly from March’s guess of 84.635 million and 2% higher than 2014’s total of 83.701 million acres, with record high acreage in Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.... Read more »

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Farmers limited in field activity

Tractors are parked as standing water is drowning out field crops across the Midwest. Kevin Hoffman, DuPont Pioneer Account Manager for South Central Michigan, says farmers need relief from the continued rainfall.  He tells Brownfield, most field activity is probably done for a while. “I came by some fields yesterday, they’re tiled but they’re heavier... Read more »

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Canadian wildfires bring smoke to upper Midwest

Several wildfires in central and northern Canada combined with a northwest flow have resulted in smoke filtering into portions of the Midwest.  Bill Borghoff is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and says there have been some visibility reductions in the Dakotas, Minnesota and parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley. “You can certainly notice the... Read more »

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House Committee concerned about avian flu impacting human health

A letter written by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee expresses concern about the avian flu outbreak impacting human health. The Committee oversees public health issues and is asking for assurances from the Obama administration that the virus won’t reduce the supply of human vaccines that have to be produced through chicken eggs.... Read more »

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Growing list of states suing EPA

There’s a growing list of states now suing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA’s Clean Water Act rule which expands the definition of ‘Waters of the United States.’ Ohio and Michigan are among the 18 states that have filed suit. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the rule clearly violates both... Read more »

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Minnesota farm incomes decline

Minnesota farmers are making $3.56 per bushel for corn and $9.50 per bushel for soybeans on average.  USDA released the May Agricultural Prices report Monday showing corn down four cents from the April price and 87 cents lower than a year ago.  Soybean prices were down 23 cents from April and $4.50 below May 2014.... Read more »

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Minnesota crop continues to improve

Despite high winds and hail in parts of Minnesota, the state’s corn and soybean acreage is in much better shape than other parts of the country. According to USDA’s latest Crop Progress Report, corn rated in good to excellent condition, at 81 percent, is 13 points higher than the national average.  Soybeans statewide are 77... Read more »

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Unruly weather beating up crops

Severe thunderstorms last week took their toll on Michigan field crops. Some farmers reported beaten down wheat, sideways corn, leaves stripped from soybeans and even sugarbeets sucked from fields in the June 22 storms.  For the week ending Sunday, precipitation across the state ranged from a tenth of an inch to nearly five inches.  USDA... Read more »

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Tri-State RCPP enrollment begins July 1

Farmers in designated watersheds in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana can enroll in the Tri-State Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) beginning July 1.  Terry Cosby, State Conservationist in Ohio says the $17.5 million from USDA will be provide a significant boost to improve water quality in the basin.  “It’s going to give landowners in this region more... Read more »

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Crop condition ratings slipping in Ohio

As the rain continues, concerns continue to mount for farmers throughout Ohio.  As of Sunday, June 28, the condition of both corn and soybeans declined from a week earlier.  According to the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), 79 percent of the Ohio corn crop was in fair-to-good condition. A week... Read more »

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Difficult decisions still need to be made

For those farmers in the extremely wet areas, there are some difficult decisions to be made when it comes to corn and soybeans. Joe Nester of Nester Ag at Bryan, Ohio, says one of the difficulties is determining the amount of nutrients lost. Another problem, weed control. Audio: Joe Nester, Nester Ag, Bryan, Ohio

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Eggs still economical and nutritional value

Although prices have gone up, eggs are still a healthy value. Let’s say you pay $3.00 for a dozen eggs…that’s about 25 cents per egg. The American Egg Board says eggs are one of the most affordable sources of high quality protein you can buy. The nutritional value of eggs is well recognized. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM... Read more »

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Crop damage varies across the state

Crop damage from flooding is widespread in Indiana. Farm Service Agency administrator Julia Wickard says now that the Prevented Plant Deadlines have passed the next step is up to farmers.  “Right now the real critical component is for producers who either have prevented planting or failed acreage to notify county offices immediately,” she says.  “Let... Read more »

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Making hay between the showers in Wisconsin

Another week of working between the rain showers in Wisconsin last week.  First crop hay is now 93 percent harvested up 8 points from a week ago and 6 points ahead of the five-year average.  The first crop was very thick and lodged in some areas.  20 percent of the second crop has been made... Read more »

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Crop conditions continue to deteriorate

Excess moisture and continued flooding are the biggest contributors to the state’s declining crop conditions. According to the latest weekly crop and weather report just 48 percent of the state’s corn crop is rated good to excellent and 21 percent is rated very poor to poor.  Soybean planting is not yet completed with 96 percent... Read more »

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Supreme Court strikes-down power plant emissions rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down President Obama’s 2011 Mercury emissions regulations on coal-fired power plants.  23 states, a number of power companies and coal interests brought the suit saying the cost of implementing the rule outweighed the benefits to human health.   In a 5-4 ruling, the high court said the Environmental Protection... Read more »

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President Obama signs TPA & TAA

President Obama has signed H.R. 2146 renewing Trade Promotion Authority and H.R. 1295 which extends Trade Adjustment Assistance and several trade preference programs.  The two measures set the stage for the Administration to proceed with negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.  

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South Dakota Eminent Farmers, Homemakers chosen

Gary Duffy of Oldham, South Dakota, and Becky Walth of Glenham, South Dakota are the South Dakota State University 2015 Eminent Farmers/Ranchers.  The 2015 Eminent Homemakers are Ida Slocum of Aurora, South Dakota, and Helen Sweeter of Worthing, South Dakota. The honors are presented annually to four people for their contributions of leadership and service.... Read more »

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A little more profitable on the farm in May

The Index of Prices Received by Farmers in May was 3.9 percent above April.  The Livestock Index increased 5.2 percent thanks to higher prices for eggs, broilers and hogs.  The Crop Index was 1.1 percent higher due to fruit and tree nuts. The May corn price averaged $3.62 per bushel down 13 cents from April. ... Read more »

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A good week for Nebraska’s crops

Last week was a good week, overall, for Nebraska’s crops. Corn is starting to silk in some locations and the crop is rated 70 percent good to excellent. Soybeans rated 68 percent good to excellent with ten percent of the crop blooming. Wheat harvest is just getting started, a little behind normal.  The crop is... Read more »

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Excessive moisture drowns corn root worms

There may be a silver lining in the clouds that brought excessive rain to the Corn Belt.  The standing water is drowning corn rootworms.  Purdue entomology professor Christian Krupke says rain came in early June when rootworm eggs hatch and larvae are susceptible to drowning. “So in all likelihood, the corn that does pull out... Read more »

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Class III futures slip further

Cash cheese slipped a little more but butter and nonfat dry milk gained a little on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  Class III futures were lower with the July contract slipping under $16. The average U.S. all milk price for May is $16.70 per hundredweight up 20 cents from the April price.  Sixteen of... Read more »

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Parts of Iowa inundated with rain

The strong storms and heavy rains that rolled through Iowa last week have stressed crops, flooded some fields and limited farmers’ ability to get needed work done. “Spraying weeds, side-dressing fertilizer, making hay and other activities were all slowed by the wet weather,” says Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey.  “Some farmers in southwest and... Read more »

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Thirteen states sue EPA and Corps

Thirteen states filed suit today against the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers over the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly known as Waters of the United States. The rule is set to take effect in two months. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in North Dakota.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who... Read more »

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Wheat supported by weather concerns

  Soybeans were mostly lower, getting ready for Tuesday’s USDA numbers. There’s more rain in the forecast for some already very wet areas, further delaying planting. There’s a lot of uncertainty about the acreage estimate Tuesday and most analysts are expecting a revision down the line. Quarterly stocks are expected to be around 670 million... Read more »

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Voices need to be heard now on RFS

The executive director of Michigan Corn says the Renewable Fuel Standard is working. “The law was intended to get our dependence off of foreign oil, we have actually reduced that.” Jim Zook with Michigan Corn tells Brownfield Michigan ethanol plants produce about 300 million gallons, but the state consumes an additional 150 million gallons of... Read more »

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Iowa Soybean to host water quality open house

  Efforts by Iowa farmers to improve water quality will be showcased during a water quality open house this Wednesday, July 1st at the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) campus in Ankeny. ISA spokesman Aaron Putze says it’s a unique opportunity to view technologies and on-farm practices that improve agriculture’s environmental performance. “We’re going to be... Read more »

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U.S. corn, soybean condition ratings decline

  The USDA reports U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings declined over the past week following another round of very wet weather in some key growing areas. As of Sunday, 68% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 3% on the week. 4% of the crop is silking, compared to the five year... Read more »

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HATCH program to continue

The partnership between Elanco, Kroger, Rose Acre Farms, and consumers to provide eggs to the food insecure will continue.  Bert Payne, operations director for HATCH says the pilot program was a huge success.  “Through the cooperation of the corporations and more importantly the participation of the consumer in making that choice to buy a medium... Read more »

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Cattle futures close higher

Cattle country was quiet following the distribution of the new showlists. Ready numbers appear to be larger in Nebraska and Texas, somewhat smaller in Colorado and Kansas, but generally steady over the larger area. A few showlists have been priced around 150.00 in the South and 240.00 in the North. Significant volume will probably be... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 29, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $3.83 and 1/4, down 1 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $10.02 and 1/2, up 1/2 cent Jul. soybean meal closed at $341.90, up 60 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 33.05, down 17 points Jul. wheat closed at $5.80 and 1/2, up 18 and 1/4 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $149.67, up $1.27 Jun. lean hogs closed at $74.25, down $1.20 Aug.... Read more »

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EPA’s water rule to take effect Aug. 28, 2015

The EPA’s Clean Water Rule will take effect August 28th.  On Friday, the agency published the rule in the Federal Register.  Legal challenges to the rule are expected. Politico reports Arkansas and Oklahoma may be the first states to file – but challenges are also likely from agriculture, manufacturing, energy and other groups. Congressional efforts... Read more »

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NCBA’s CEO resigns

The CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Forrest Roberts, has announced his resignation. Roberts has been the CEO of NCBA since 2009. According to an NCBA news release, Roberts is leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain until the end of July to help... Read more »

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Minnesota Pork Board evaluation of Legislative Session

The Minnesota Pork Board is communicating the results of the 2015 Legislative Session to its members.  Executive Director David Preisler  says there are some regulatory changes producers need to be aware of. “From a permitting standpoint, we are working with both the Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (on some changes).” He tells Brownfield... Read more »

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Minnesota Corn Growers to keep “hammering” EPA on RFS

The President of the Minnesota Corn Growers says he doesn’t know if the EPA will go back to the original Renewable Fuels Standard targets, but the Association will do what they can to support ethanol.  Bruce Peterson tells Brownfield Corn Grower member Jerry Demmer, who farms near Clarks Grove, testified at a hearing in Kansas... Read more »

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Conditions ripe for white mold

Wet and humid conditions in soybean fields during flowering pose potential for white mold challenges.  Michigan State University Extension Educator Mike Staton says there needs to be all three conditions in the disease triangle for an outbreak. “You have to have the pathogen, you have to have the right environmental conditions, and you have to... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country activity will be limited to the distribution of the new showlists today. DTN’s John Harrington says the guess is the pre-holiday offering will be steady with last week, but possibly somewhat larger. Preliminary asking prices are likely to be around 150.00 in the South, and 240.00 in the North. Significant trade volume should... Read more »

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Crop losses continue to mount

As the rain continues the losses to Indiana’s crop sectors continues to grow. Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt estimates from June 7 through June 21 Indiana farmers saw a 10 bushel per acre decrease in potential yield on corn and a roughly 2 bushel per acre decline in soybeans.  “When you think about 10 bushels... Read more »

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A contrast of weather across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors rapid corn and soybean development across the upper Midwest. In contrast, cool, showery weather is maintaining unfavorably wet conditions in much of the eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, hot weather in Montana favors winter wheat maturation and the rapid development of spring sown crops. Meanwhile on... Read more »

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Cool, wet pattern to cover much of the Midwest Corn Belt

A strong ridge of high pressure will maintain extremely hot conditions west of the Rockies, particularly in the Northwest. Showers associated with the monsoon circulation will begin to increase in coverage across the central and southern Rockies and parts of Arizona. In some other areas of the West, however, lightning strikes without the benefit of... Read more »

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Good week for corn, soybean, sorghum inspections

The USDA reports soybean and corn export inspections for the week ending June 25th were more than what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the current marketing year. Wheat came out at 316,515 tons, up 6,621 from the week ending June 18th, but down 31,796 from the week ending June 26th, 2014. Less than a... Read more »

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Michigan wheat growers host field day

The newly formed Michigan Wheat Program held its 3rd Annual Summer Field Day on Michigan State University’s research farms. Chairman Dave Milligan says their research focus has been on improving yields and quality. “Soybeans and corn have seen a big yield increase in the last 5-10 years.”  He tells Brownfield, “Wheat’s stayed pretty stagnant, we just... Read more »

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The Balance GT Experience Tour

  The Balance GT Experience Tour 2015 will provide growers an opportunity to learn more about the “Balance GT Soybean Performance System”. Field day events, presented by Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies, will be held at nine locations across the Soybean Belt in July. Balance GT soybeans will be tolerant to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the... Read more »

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USDA reports will provide direction on crop size

Purdue agriculture economist Chris Hurt says the 2015 crop may not be as large as earlier thought.  In an interview with Brownfield’s Meghan Grebner, Hurt says that thoughts of any grain shortage were distant in the winter and spring.  He says the planting season got off to a good start, but Mother Nature is giving... Read more »

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Cooler days for the Corn Belt; still wet

A final round of heavy rain can be expected later Friday across the lower Midwest, bringing the threat of additional flooding. Scattered showers will return to the Corn Belt during the weekend and early next week, boosting 5-day rainfall totals to 1 to 3 inches or more from the middle Mississippi Valley to Ohio. As... Read more »

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Heavy rains cross parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, numerous Flood Warnings are in effect across the middle Mississippi Valley, where another round of heavy rain fell overnight into Friday. Cool, showery weather is also occurring elsewhere in the Midwest, except across the northernmost Corn Belt. Pockets of excessive wetness are most concentrated across the southern and eastern Corn Belt,... Read more »

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Call for another RFS hearing in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin BioFuels Association want the Environmental Protection Agency to hold another hearing on the Renewable Fuels Standard…in Wisconsin. EPA planned only one hearing which was held in Kansas City last Thursday.  Wisconsin BioFuels president Erik Huschitt says EPA needs to hear from more people who contribute to and work... Read more »

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