Agriculture News

Thursday midday cash livestock markets

Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:55am

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was light to moderate in Kansas on Wednesday on light to moderate demand. Compared to last week live sales were 3.00 lower at 152.00. In Nebraska a few early sales were reported at 152.00 live, and 242.00 dressed. Trading was light to moderate in Iowa with live sales at 153.00 […]

Young ambassadors for agriculture

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:57am

Commentary. Kids are back in school or will soon be and the air is beginning to smell more and more like autumn. Where did the summer go? The Brownfield Ag News team has been busy these past few weeks covering numerous events, including state fairs throughout the Midwest. We all find great satisfaction reporting about […]

Guernsey confident in override

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:48am

It’s been a big year for agriculture policy in Missouri. With the recent passing of Amendment One, the agriculture industry celebrated. However, they’re back to work with one more set of legislation on their mind. “We passed this legislative session this year probably one of the most significant pieces of legislation for the dairy industry […]

Cooler wx and crop development concern

Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:07am

A cool down in temperatures could slow down corn and soybean development where it is already behind.  USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says those crops need warmth.  He says, “We already see some fairly significant crop delays in the corn areas, especially across the northern tier. The amount of corn reaching the denting stage is quite […]

It takes a lot to grow potatoes

Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:30am

Unless you are in the potato industry, you probably do not realize that many potato plants start out in test tubes in a sanitary lab.  Alex Crockford is Program Director of the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he says because potatoes start as tubers they are more susceptible to disease […]

‘America’s Farmers Grow Communities’ back for another year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:49pm

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is back for a 5th consecutive year. The program gives farmers the opportunity to win 2,500 dollars to donate to their favorite non-profit organization.  Since 2010, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has invested more than 16 million dollars into rural America. Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund, gives us […]

Ohio State scientist on the resurgence of interest in gypsum

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:21pm

One of the speakers at the recent Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas was Dr. Warren Dick, soil scientist and professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Dick discussed the history of gypsum use and research on gypsum’s impact on crop performance.  Following his presentation, we […]

Take time to take precautions

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:29pm

Marshfield Clinic says they found an estimated 12 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, among 607 people screened at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days last week. National Farm Medicine Center director Dr. Matthew Keifer says, “Of all the cancers farmers are at risk for, skin cancer is the No. 1 cancer that […]

Rural Development Value-Added Grants

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:27pm

The USDA has issued a total of $25 million in Rural Development Value Added Grants to 247 businesses in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Micronesia.  Stan Gruszynski is USDA Rural Development Director in Wisconsin, he says the purpose of the grants is to create jobs in rural America.  The idea is instead of shipping raw […]

Organic labeling rules tightened

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:23pm

USDA’s National Organic Program has tightened the requirements for the use of brand or company names that contain the word “organic” or its variants on the labeling of packaged food products. The new instruction does not allow a brand or company name with the word “organic” in it to be on the front of the […]

Continued strength in dairy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:20pm

Cheese demand just keeps going-and-going; barrels gained another 4.5 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, blocks were up 4 cents.  Dairy Market News says usually when prices increase quickly, buyers pull back but that is not the case this time around.  Manufacturers are producing a lot of cheese and retail and food service […]

CME leader says youth critical to ag’s future

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:08pm

The chairman and president of the CME Group in Chicago came to the Illinois State Fair last week to show his support of county and state fairs and ag youth.  Terry Duffy said, “I’m very passionate about agriculture and the future of it because I don’t see too many businesses out there that have the […]

Weather sends soybeans, corn lower

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:00pm

Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. Crop weather generally looks good and the trade expects a record crop. Exports remain solid with Vietnam buying 110,000 tons of new crop U.S. beans, which did support September for much of the session. Soybean meal was mostly lower with September up and the other months down, […]

A few cattle trade in the north at lower prices

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:32pm

The cash cattle market was lightly tested on Wednesday afternoon in the North with live sales at 153.00 and dressed sales at 242.00. That looks about $3.00 lower than last week. For the most part buyers and sellers continue to sit on their hands. Business potential at this point seems clouded by the way futures […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 3:12pm

Sep. corn closed at $3.59 and 1/2, down 3 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $11.19 and 3/4, down 1/2 cent Sep. soybean meal closed at $402.60, up $2.80 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.86, up 20 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.39 and 1/2, down 6 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $149.25, down $1.25 Oct. lean hogs closed at $92.50, down $2.32 Sep. crude oil closed at […]

New conservation funding is a start

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:49pm

Steve Davis, NRCS Watershed specialist in Northwest Ohio describes the $2 million dollars available for farmers to seed cover crops this fall in the Western Lake Erie Basin as a start. “It’s a small part of what we’re eventually going to need long term, we’re not saying this is the end of it, it’s a […]

Senate Bill 150 rule making

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:45pm

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) hopes to have rules called for in the recently passed Senate Bill 150 filed by the end of the month. Director Dave Daniels says once those rules are in place, ODA and OSU Extension will be rolling out educational programs. “The educational components are to help them understand the […]

Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:43pm

Nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards are being accepted. The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady. “Strong women have helped make the food and agriculture industry what it is today,” said Mrs. Kasich. “I am honored to be part […]

Indiana Farm Bureau delegate session

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:41pm

Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB) will hold their annual delegate session on Saturday, August 23. Delegates from across the state will be in Indianapolis to vote on policy will guide the organization in the coming year. Likely to come up during the session will be property taxes, local government reorganization and regulations regarding water. The delegate […]

EPA stands firm on WOTUS

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:07pm

Despite the EPA’s outreach efforts on its Waters of the U.S. rule, and numerous efforts by ag organizations to convey their concerns, the impasse over the proposed rule appears to be as wide as ever. Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Water at EPA, says they do not see the rule having […]

Wednesday midday cash livestock prices

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:43am

Private sources are now reporting a few bids on the cattle to DTN. Bids are reported in Kansas at 149.00 live and Iowa at 153.00. There are some scattered dressed bids in the North from 240.00 to 242.00. So far all bids have been passed. A few showlists have been priced around 157.00 to 158.00 […]

Heat & storms expanding across the Heartland

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:57am

Across the Corn Belt, very warm weather is building into southern corn and soybean production areas, where Wednesday’s high temperatures will exceed 90°. Elsewhere, beneficial showers dot the eastern Corn Belt, while favorably warm weather is aiding late-developing summer crops in the upper Midwest. On the Plains, hot, dry weather is increasing stress on immature […]

Active pattern ahead from the Plains, eastward

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:49am

A series of disturbances crossing the northern half of the nation will remain the focus for widespread showers and thunderstorms from the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches or more. Toward week’s end, a strong cold front will produce a final round of heavy rain, […]

Cellulosic ethanol arrives, but challenges remain

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:51am

For many years we’ve been hearing that cellulosic ethanol is “just five years away”.  Now, with three cellulosic plants preparing to come online in 2014, it appears cellulosic ethanol has finally arrived. However, according to John Hay, a University of Nebraska Extension educator specializing in energy and biofuels, there are still some questions about the economic […]

$2 million in new federal funds

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:34am

Farmers in 20 counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin have an additional $2 million dollars to help prevent soil erosion and nutrient runoff into Lake Erie. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown made the announcement in Toledo on Tuesday, August 19. “It will be about $55-$56 per acre for farmers that do ground cover,” said Brown. […]