Agriculture News

Applications open for Certified Livestock Producer program

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:42pm

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Certified Livestock Producer Program. Kimmi Devaney, ISDA livestock program manager says the program recognizes outstanding livestock producers for their farm management practices.  “That includes following environmental regulations to taking good care of our animals,” she says.  “It also means having a sound biosecurity plan and being a […]

EPA: new rule doesn’t expand agency’s reach

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:37pm

The Environmental Protection Agency says its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule of the Clean Water Act clarifies which waters are protected. The proposal, however, is drawing criticism from the American Farm Bureau, which says the rule will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms. In an interview with Brownfield Ag News, Nancy Stoner, EPA’s […]

A little less meat last year

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:30pm

Total red meat production in the United States in 2013 was over 49 billion pounds, slightly less than in 2012. Beef production was down 1 percent at nearly 26 billion pounds. Cattle slaughter was down 1 percent at 32.5 million head while the average live weight was up 12 pounds at 1,314 pounds. Half of […]

March milk production was “underwhelming”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:28pm

Even though cash cheese prices have been declining on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week, Class III futures had strong gains on Tuesday. The increase was in response to the March Milk Production report on Monday which Eric Meyer of HighGround Trading described as “underwhelming”. Meyer says given the strong income-over-feed numbers we’ve seen over […]

Cheese and butter stocks lower

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:17pm

The monthly Cold Storage Report from USDA shows total cheese stocks as of the end of March were up slightly from February but 9 percent below March of 2013. Total cheese in the nation’s warehouses on March 31st was just over 1 billion pounds, 105 million pounds less than on March 31st, 2013. American cheese […]

BOAH rolls out new online pre-permitting

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:16pm

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is making permitting cattle and/or swine coming into Indiana easier with its new online pre-entry form.  Pre-entry permits and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection are required for all cattle and swine brought into the state of Indiana, even for exhibitions. Information may now be submitted via BOAH’s website.  After the […]

Slow planting pace supports corn

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:04pm

Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. Brazil’s harvest is nearly over, Argentina’s about a quarter done, and U.S. planting could be a new record. Past that – there was no fresh news, especially from the demand side, and there are a lot of uncertainties about Chinese demand. Soybean meal and oil were lower […]

Cattle and hog futures end the day higher

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:26pm

Feedlot business was at a complete standstill on Tuesday afternoon with even token bids hard to find. Some showlists are priced around 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until Thursday or Friday. The cattle kill was estimated by USDA at 116,000 head 2,000 below […]

Pork stocks much smaller than expected

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:13pm

USDA’s monthly cold storage report shows much stronger than expected pork demand during March. At the end of the month, pork supplies totaled 575.223 million pounds, down 12% on the month and 11% on the year, and well below the average pre-report guess of 629.8 million pounds. Beef came out at 404.754 million pounds, 1% […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:08pm

May corn closed at $4.96 and 1/4, up 7 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $14.79 and 3/4, down 19 cents May soybean meal closed at $479.80, down $5.90 May soybean oil closed at 42.74, down 26 points May wheat closed at $6.73, up 4 and 3/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $143.70, […]

Outlook for ag improving

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:18pm

The outlook for grain farmers has changed significantly in recent months.  Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says new crop prices for both corn and soybeans have moved closer to the cost of production. “I think it’s an overall improvement from where we were, but we were at pretty low levels,” he says.  “I think if […]

Fieldwork beginning to pick up

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:10pm

Spring fieldwork is beginning to pick up south of Columbus, Ohio. “Here in western Ross County, southern Fayette and eastern Highland county we’ve got some work going on, we’ve got a few guys that have planted a little corn in the sandy bottoms,” said Greg Garman with Garman Feed and Supply at South Salem, Ohio. […]

Managing winter annuals

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:25pm

For farmers wanting to make spring burndown herbicide applications, now is the time to start scouting fields. Purdue Extension weed scientist Travis Legleiter says the warm weather this month gave those winter annuals a chance to green-up.  “Even though we’re not quite to planting yet, the winter annuals are definitely growing,” he says. “Certainly those […]

Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:42am

Expect a typical Tuesday in cattle country, with little to suggest the cash market will be unusually energetic. Look for the bids and asking prices to remain poorly defined. A few showlists will be priced around 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Trade is not expected until at least midweek, but […]

A new vaccine against BRD

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:05am

A new vaccine against BRD (Bovine Respiratory Disease) in cattle combines two popular vaccines, a combination that helps protect against both viruses and bacteria associated with BRD. Brett Terhaar, Technical Consultant with Elanco adds that the vaccine is what producers and veterinarians were wanting. Audio: Brett Terhaar, Elanco (2:55 mp3)  

Eli Lilly to acquire Novartis

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:56am

With the goal of strengthening and diversifying Eli Lilly & Company’s animal health business, Elanco, the company will purchase Novartis Animal Health.  In an announcement this morning, Jeff Simmons, senior vice president of Eli Lilly and president of Elanco said animal health continues to be a growth opportunity for Lilly. The acquisition will expand and […]

Little or no corn planted in Ohio

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:10am

Other than some nitrogen being applied and oats being planted not much fieldwork was being done in Ohio last week. The Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) says while there are a few reports of corn being planted, the weekly crop and weather report for the week ending Sunday, April 20, […]

What’s for dinner on Earth Day?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:33am

Some people celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) with the foods they eat – and one of those foods is bison. Dave Carter with the National Bison Association says bison are grown with sustainable practices in every state in the U.S. but are mostly associated with the Great Plains states where they have been grazing on plants […]

Indiana corn planting off to sluggish start

Monday, April 21, 2014 5:34pm

Warmer temperatures and drier weather helped jumpstart field work last week.  According to the National Ag Statistics Service just 1 percent of the state’s corn crop has been planted, well behind last year’s 14 percent.  The majority of the planting has occurred in the southern counties. Twenty-three percent of the winter wheat crop is jointed, […]

Rainfall still needed in Nebraska

Monday, April 21, 2014 4:57pm

A limited amount of corn has been planted in Nebraska and there’s been some much needed rainfall recently, but the western half of the state remains locked in drought. According to the state Agricultural Statistics Service, 4% of the crop is planted as of Sunday, compared to the five year average of 6%. 54% of […]

Rain delays planting in parts of Missouri

Monday, April 21, 2014 4:39pm

The weather and planting progress have changed this week.  Missouri was blanketed last week by cooler weather along with frost and freeze warnings, limiting fieldwork to fertilizer applications.  But toward the Bootheel, Stoddard County farmer Charlie Kruse says some of his neighbors have planted corn, and he’s catching up. “We started this [Monday] morning then […]

Illinois corn planting progress quickens

Monday, April 21, 2014 4:36pm

Illinois farmers have been busy applying anhydrous as fields continue to dry out and temperatures warm up. Corn planting is just 5 percent complete as of Sunday. That’s well behind the 5 year average of 22 percent. Scott County farmer Jeff Schone is in his west central Illinois fields and tells Brownfield that the harsh […]

Rain pressures grains and oilseeds

Monday, April 21, 2014 4:33pm

Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. Contracts backed down from last week’s highs due to widespread soil moisture recharging rainfall. In any event, there was no real fresh news to start out the week and there are continued concerns about long term Chinese demand due to a combination of previously purchased beans and […]

Milk production nudges higher

Monday, April 21, 2014 4:31pm

Total milk production in the United States in March was 17.8 billion pounds, just o.9 percent more than March of 2013 and the smallest increase we’ve seen this year. Production per cow was 1,936 pounds and the dairy herd added 3,000 cows to over 9.2 million head. There are no number-of-cows or productio- per-cow comparisons with […]

USDA fund to seek private funds for rural business

Monday, April 21, 2014 4:30pm

The USDA has begun a new $150 Million investment fund to grow small businesses in rural areas and create more jobs using public AND private funding.   Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) – involves pledges from eight Farm Credit institutions* and will be managed by Advantage Capital Partners, “The bottom line […]