Agriculture News

Talking new products

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:45am

Field days are a great opportunity to not only talk about new products, but Doug Clouser, Product Lead at Beck’s Hybrids says it’s an opportunity to determine what’s going to work best on you farm and where. Audio: Doug Clouser, Becks Hybrids (2:55 mp3)

Are farmers listening to consumer concerns?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:43am

Katie Pratt is a family farmer in Illinois where they grow corn and soybeans and seed corn. She says farmers DO listen to consumers’ concerns and want them to keep coming.  In this Healthy Living, Pratt says the U.S. has among the most stringent ruless and regulations on food safety. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Farmers […]

Ohio crops little changed

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:22am

Compared to a week ago, the weekly crop and weather report from the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service has crop condition ratings in Ohio holding steady. As of Sunday, September 14, 74 percent of the Ohio corn crop and 79 percent of soybeans were rated fair to good. 76 percent of […]

Ohio Farmers Union to hold forum

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:14am

A forum hosted by the Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) on September 22 will bring together scientists and agricultural experts looking for solutions to water quality issues in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. “We want to see farmers, we want to see agency officials, we want to see legislators, because there is a great deal […]

Below-normal temps slow Iowa’s crops

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:44pm

Iowa’s corn and soybean crops, overall, are still in very good shape, but last week’s below normal temperatures slowed crop development. As of Sunday, 19 percent of the corn acreage was mature, 11 days behind normal.  Leaves were changing color on 51 percent of the soybean crop, four days behind average.  Corn rated 76 percent, […]

South Dakota corn 10 percent mature, lags behind

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:39pm

Cool, wet weather dominated South Dakota conditions this past week, bringing topsoil moisture to 85 percent adequate to surplus. Winter wheat is 14 percent planted, which is the same as last year, but a little behind the five-year average.  Spring wheat harvest is also behind.  It’s 94 percent done.  It’s normally finished by now. The […]

Missouri’s corn harvest is 12 percent done

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:37pm

Rain and cool temperatures through Missouri last week hampered the corn harvest especially in the northern districts where most of the rain fell. The state averaged an inch and two-thirds last week. Topsoil moisture is 81 percent adequate to surplus. Corn is 58 percent mature, which is 22 percentage points more than last week. Statewide, […]

World Dairy Expo youth entry deadline

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:36pm

Youth are encouraged to enter World Dairy Expo’s Youth Showmanship Contest. This year’s entry deadline is Wednesday, October 1 at 5 p.m. Contest rules and entry forms are available online at the Expo website or in the Premium Book. Entries may also be submitted during Expo in the Administration Office located on the top floor […]

Rain, cool weather hamper corn harvest in Illinois

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:35pm

Rain and very cool temperatures this past week hampered corn harvest in Illinois. Statewide, precipitation averaged 2.30 inches.  About 37 percent of the state’s corn is mature.  That’s 20 percentage points more than last week. Corn harvest is 2 percent complete, a point ahead of last year but 11 percentage points behind the 5-year average. […]

Recount confirms Right to Farm passage

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:33pm

The recount of votes on the so-called Farming Rights Amendment on Missouri’s August 5th primary election ballot confirmed its passage. The recount narrowed the already thin margin between the “yes” and “no” votes to 2,375 votes.  The difference before the recount was 2,490, a small fraction of the total votes cast. “I think that’s the […]

Nebraska crops maturing on schedule

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:32pm

Row crops in Nebraska are maturing right on schedule, according to the latest crop progress report. Corn, at 29 percent mature, and sorghum, at 10 percent mature, are both very near their five-year averages.  Soybeans dropping leaves reached 25 percent, also near normal, while 15 percent of dry beans have been harvested, slightly behind average. […]

EU gets more GI protection

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:28pm

Chalk-up another one for the European Union and their Geographic Indicators (GIs).  The European Union and the Southern African Development Community have signed an economic partnership agreement that includes South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique.  Included in the agreement, the protection of products which the E.U. claims should only come from specific […]

U.S. Soy Exchange in Milwaukee this week

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:26pm

More than 270 representatives of major international companies interested in importing U.S. soy are in Milwaukee this week for the second annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange. Areas represented included China, the Middle East, Vietnam and many others. United Soybean Board chair, Jim Call of Minnesota says, “The Global Trade Exchange gives U.S. soybean farmers […]

Rabobank issues Q3 fertilizer outlook

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:25pm

Rabobank releasing their third-quarter fertilizer report predicting prices will move a little higher but not much.  The analysis says seasonal demand from China, India and the U.S. is “unlikely to cause any prolonged rise in prices.”  Rabobank says the bearish commodity prices will have limited impact on input use in the short-term but in the […]

A little frost in Wisconsin last weekend

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:22pm

Frosty conditions across the northern half of Wisconsin on Saturday morning.  Reporters tell the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office it was not a killing frost so crops will continue to develop.  But warmer temperatures sure would be nice. As of Sunday, 87 percent of the Wisconsin corn crop is at least in dough […]

U.S. corn, soybean ratings hold

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:05pm

U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings held steady last week. 74% of corn and 72% of beans are rated good to excellent, unchanged from a week ago, and while key, late development phases for both crops are a little behind average, they’re at or ahead of last year’s pace. 82% of corn is dented, compared […]

Soybeans, corn see slight bounce

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:02pm

Soybeans were higher on technical buying. Frost over the weekend wasn’t as bad or as widespread as expected and the trade’s still expecting a record crop. USDA reports 24% of soybeans are dropping leaves, compared to the five year average of 32%, while 72% of the crop is rated good to excellent, unchanged on the […]

Reporting from FC Coop’s Field Trial Showcase in Iowa

Monday, September 15, 2014 4:00pm

One of the biggest field day events held in Iowa each year is the FC Coop Field Trial Showcase.  We attended this year’s event near Farnhamville and had the opportunity to visit with several members of the FC Coop staff as well as guest speakers and farmers in attendance. Todd Claussen is FC Coop’s director of […]

Cash hogs and pork values close higher

Monday, September 15, 2014 3:43pm

It was typically quiet in cattle country on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. Ready numbers appear to be about steady with last week. There are reports from DTN that a few showlists are priced around 164.00 in the South and 255.00 plus in the North. The kill was estimated at 115,000 […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014 3:12pm

Dec. corn closed at $3.43, up 4 and 1/2 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.89 and 1/2, up 4 and 1/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $338.80, up 30 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 33.27, up 72 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.00 and 3/4, down 1 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $156.35, up 7 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at $106.07, up 37 cents Oct. crude […]

NRCS announces conservation grants

Monday, September 15, 2014 3:04pm

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced its latest round of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The agency is giving out 15.7 million dollars in matching grants to 47 awardees. NRCS chief Jason Weller says “soil health” is a big focus of this year’s CIG program.  And Weller says one of the organizations receiving a […]

AFBF pleased with WOTUS vote

Monday, September 15, 2014 2:16pm

A spokesman for the American Farm Bureau Federation says last week’s vote in the U.S. House to stop the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules sent a message to the Obama Administration that the EPA is committing regulatory overreach. Farm Bureau’s Don Parrish says the bipartisan vote signified Republicans and Democrats alike are concerned by […]

Good week for corn, soybean inspections

Monday, September 15, 2014 11:53am

USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections for the week ending September 11 were larger than expected, while wheat fell short of its’ mark. Wheat came out at 545,621 tons, up 13,052 from the week ending September 4, but down 718,925 from the week ending September 12, 2013. For the 2014/15 marketing year to date, […]

Monday midday cash livestock markets

Monday, September 15, 2014 11:43am

The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the distribution of the new showlists. Most buyers waited until Friday to purchase cattle and the numbers were minimal, so they will likely be starting out the week short bought. Live Southern deals were marked at 161.00 to 162.00, generally a 1.00 to 2.00 […]

Reinke backs ‘irrigation tech’ program

Monday, September 15, 2014 11:40am

A new educational initiative to train students in center-pivot irrigation technology has been launched at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis.  The program is a partnership between NCTA and Nebraska-based center-pivot manufacturer, Reinke. According to Chris Roth, president of Reinke, there is strong demand for skilled irrigation technicians across the U.S. and […]