Agriculture News

California drought affecting Pacific NW organic dairy

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:43pm

Even though the California drought does not stretch up into Oregon and Washington it is having an impact on organic dairy producers in the Pacific Northwest.  Washington and Oregon do not raise quite enough organic hay to meet demand, organic dairy producers are finding they have to bid against California organic dairy farmers for the […]

Emmi Roth to expand New York yogurt capacity

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:41pm

Another expansion of the yogurt business in New York State.  Emmi Roth USA will expand operations in Orangeburg and Penn Yan, New York, to grow its market share in the U.S.  The Penn Yan facility produces Siggi’s yogurt as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers.  Cheese Market News says the $11.6 million, […]

Subcommittee hears pros, cons of SNAP

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:38pm

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition held a hearing addressing the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among those delivering testimony, Robert Doar, a Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute testified that SNAP doesn’t do enough to lift people from poverty. “I have been a […]

Illinois company revamping Chinese operation

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:37pm

The CEO of Illinois-based OSI Group says he will not try to defend or explain the actions of his company’s meat plant in Shanghai.  In a statement on the company website, Sheldon Lavin states “what happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable” and he promised they will take all the steps needed; “to make sure […]

Brownfield states crop progress report

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:33pm

Weekly Crop Progress Reports from the National Ag Statistics Service as of Sunday, July 27: Illinois corn crop is 94 percent silked, up 12 points for the week and 9 points ahead of the five year average.  25 percent is in dough, should be 29 percent by now.  Soybeans 83 percent blooming up 14 points […]

Wisconsin could use some rain

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:30pm

Cool and dry becoming the norm in Wisconsin.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin Field Office says temperatures were 3 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal last week while topsoil moisture fell sharply.  As of Sunday, topsoil moisture is 7 percent surplus, 70 percent adequate, 20 percent short […]

As harvest nears, rail concerns continue

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:28pm

One of the speakers at the summer meeting of the U.S. Grains Council in Omaha was Hasan Hyder, assistant vice president for grain and grain products with Union Pacific Railroad.  Hyder says UP is ramping up in preparation for another big grain harvest this fall.  By the end of the year, he says, the railroad […]

Missouri corn crop ‘looking great’

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:22pm

Missouri averaged about a quarter-inch of rain this past week. Topsoil moisture supply is 61 percent adequate to surplus, but about a third of the state is short on topsoil moisture.  Corn silking is about complete with a third of the crop in the dough stage.  The crop is 84 percent good to excellent. Brian […]

Exports, weather concerns support soybeans

Monday, July 28, 2014 4:04pm

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Demand continues to be strong, with China buying 420,000 tons of U.S. new crop, along with 66,000 tons of optional origin, and some areas of the Midwest do need rain as we head into August. USDA reports 76% of soybeans are blooming, compared to the five year […]

U.S. corn, soybean condition ratings decline

Monday, July 28, 2014 3:54pm

The national corn and soybean condition ratings both dipped slightly over the past week. As of Sunday, USDA reports 75% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% from the week before, but that is still well above this time last year. 78% of the crop is silking, compared to 67% a year […]

Feeder cattle sell higher at Monday auction

Monday, July 28, 2014 3:22pm

Feedlot country was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The late July offering appears to be somewhat larger than last week. Although asking prices are not well defined, a few producers have priced cattle around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 255.00 to 270.00 in the North. The slaughter […]

Indiana corn crop well ahead of last year

Monday, July 28, 2014 3:18pm

Dry conditions last week had farmers hoping for a late July rain shower as corn and soybean plants were rolling up to conserve moisture. Overall – 75 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent with 14 percent of the crop in the dough stage and 88 percent silked.  By region, corn doughing […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 28, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014 3:12pm

Sep. corn closed at $3.67 and 3/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.36 and 1/2, up 24 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $402.80, up $4.80 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.52, up 43 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.34 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $159.05, down 5 cents Aug. lean hogs closed […]

Property taxes are big topic in Nebraska

Monday, July 28, 2014 3:06pm

Property taxes being paid on farm and ranch land in Nebraska continue to skyrocket.  Laura Field, director of legislative affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen, says those taxes increased an average of 29 percent statewide over the past year. Field says her group will resume its push for property tax relief in the 2015 legislative session. That […]

Talk about interactive

Monday, July 28, 2014 2:59pm

One of the most interactive areas at the 2014 Ohio State Fair is the Land and Living exhibit in the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort Building. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation intern Maggie Dean of Marion sat down with Dave Russell and talked about some of the interactive activities fairgoers can do while in the building. […]

A successful pollination

Monday, July 28, 2014 2:52pm

This July is on pace to be one of the coolest on record and Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says overall he doesn’t anticipate it hindering the crop.  “I don’t think the temperatures have been low enough to cause an actual negative impact on the crop,” he says.  “And it represents very, very moderate […]

Everything from kayaking, to fishing

Monday, July 28, 2014 2:15pm

First opened in 1966, Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Fair is one of the areas that provides fairgoers with activities of all types, from kayaking, to fishing, to Frisbee golf. To find out about some of the other things being showcased at Natural Resources Park, Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with ODNR Director, Jim Zehringer. Audio: […]

Educating youth about agricultural markets

Monday, July 28, 2014 1:38pm

Again this year at the Ohio State Fair, 4-H and the CME Group are teaching those ages 7 to 14 about agriculture at the Commodity Carnival exhibit.   The game was developed by Dr. Paul Kuber, State 4-H Livestock Specialist at Ohio State University.   ”What we are trying to do is we’re taking youth, […]

Learning more about Indiana Beef

Monday, July 28, 2014 1:37pm

Rick Davis of Thorntown, Ind. is the president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.  During a recent conversation with Brownfield, Davis outlined some of the activities the association does on behalf of its members. On the consumer side, he says some of what they do is education through promotional efforts in different parts of the […]

2013 mink production

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:36pm

Mink production in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 3.5 million pelts. Wisconsin was the top mink producing state, producing 1,129,960 pelts, Utah was second, producing 855,380 pelts. Mink production in Ohio totaled 104,900 pelts in 2013. Nationally, female mink bred to produce kits in 2014 totaled 851,530.

Monday midday cash livestock markets

Monday, July 28, 2014 11:42am

It is a typical Monday in cattle country with the main item of business the distribution of the new showlists. Bids and asking prices are not fully established so far today. Last week’s business exploded on Thursday and Friday with some Northern dressed trade and Southern live deals as much as 10.00 higher than the […]

Mostly favorable weather conditions across the Corn Belt

Monday, July 28, 2014 11:34am

Across the Corn Belt, despite a recent drying trend, conditions remain mostly favorable for corn and soybeans. Specifically, many crops continue to thrive due to below-normal temperatures and adequate soil moisture. In the South, heat lingers across the lower Southeast in advance of a cold front’s passage. Monday’s maximum temperatures will approach 100° from southern […]

An unusually cool pattern across the Heartland

Monday, July 28, 2014 11:23am

A robust monsoon surge interacting with the tail of a cold front will result in a continuation of locally heavy showers from the Southwest and Intermountain West to the southern Plains. During the next 5 days, additional rainfall could reach 3 to 5 inches or more in the Rockies of Colorado and northeastern Mexico. Meanwhile, […]

Beck’s Hybrids launches FARMserver

Monday, July 28, 2014 11:23am

Precision agriculture technologies provide farmers with useful data sets to make decisions on their farming operations.  As that information is collected, farmers also want complete control of the information.  Today, Beck’s Hybrids launched FARMserver. Craig Rogers, FARMserver technical lead says it’s a secure place for customers to store and view their on-farm data.  “We have […]

Nominations sought for Hovde Award

Monday, July 28, 2014 10:44am

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence.  The award is given annually to a member of Purdue University’s faculty or staff who has displayed outstanding education service to rural Indiana.  Contributions may have been in the classroom, in counseling, in research, or through Purdue Extension. Any active member […]