Agriculture News

ISA showcases research at FPS

Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:09pm

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

Saturday, August 30, 2014 4:00am

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:25pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:22pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:19pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:19pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:08pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:06pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 4:04pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:45pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:29pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:24pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:23pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:23pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:14pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 3:08pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 2:27pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 1:03pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 12:39pm

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 11:50am

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 11:40am

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:43am

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:04am

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 9:38am

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

Friday, August 29, 2014 8:52am

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 […]