Agriculture News

U.S. wheat crop down 5% on year

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:26am

According to USDA, 2014 U.S. wheat production totaled 2.035 billion bushels, down 5% from the 2013 total of 2.135 billion bushels. The average yield of 43.8 bushels per acre was down 3.3 bushels on the year and harvested area of 46.476 million acres was up 3% from 2013’s 45.332 million. Planted area was pegged at... Read more »

South Dakota Governor gets BIO award

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:30am

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has been chosen by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for its 2014 Food and Agriculture Governor of the Year Award. According to Prairie Business, the governor was recognized for leadership and commitment to strengthening the state’s agricultural and livestock biotech industries.  Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO, tells the... Read more »

Replacement female sale scheduled

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:08am

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will hold their second annual Replacement Female Sale on Friday, November 28, at Muskingum Livestock in Zanesville beginning at 7 p.m.. John Grimes, Extension beef coordinator at Ohio State University says the sale is an opportunity for both buyers and sellers of replacement females. “We can take consignments of cows up... Read more »

Ohio’s Demi Snider named National Beef Ambassador

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:18am

Ohio has its second National Beef Ambassador. Demi Snider, a student in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at Ohio State University has been selected as one of five National Beef Ambassadors for 2015, a role Sierra Jepsen of Ohio served in 2014. “It’s a great honor and I’m super excited to... Read more »

Online tool for Farm Bill programs

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:40am

Jonathan Coppess, with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois says an online tool developed to help farmers make decisions between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill allows farmers to go through the decision making steps and enter different scenarios on their time.... Read more »

More improvements to Lindsay’s FieldNET

Monday, September 29, 2014 6:38pm

FieldNET by Lindsay offers growers the industry’s first fully wireless solution to manage entire systems from pivots and drip irrigation to pumps and sensors.  At Husker Harvest Days we visited with Reece Andrews, business manager for FieldNET, about recent improvements to their wireless irrigation system.     AUDIO: Reece Andrews (1:50 MP3)  

Iowa’s crops get welcome push from Mother Nature

Monday, September 29, 2014 5:49pm

The recent run of above-normal temperatures has helped push Iowa’s crops closer to maturity. As of Sunday, 58 percent of the state’s corn crop is mature.  That’s still eight days behind normal, but a good improvement over last week.  Corn harvest has begun in some parts of the state with 76 percent of the acreage... Read more »

Warmer temps help Nebraska crops dry down

Monday, September 29, 2014 5:35pm

The warmer temperatures in Nebraska the past few days have accelerated the dry down of row crops and lowered grain moisture levels, pushing the crops closer to harvest. As of Sunday, 63 percent of the state’s corn crop was mature and 76 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves.  Both figures are close to the five-year... Read more »

The economic impact of Wisconsin potatoes

Monday, September 29, 2014 5:17pm

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater says potatoes contributed more than $522 million to the Wisconsin economy annually.  The Fiscal and Economic Research Center at U.W. Whitewater says the industry is responsible for 3,122 jobs which accounts for about half of the economic impact.  Another $16.8 million is collected by the state as... Read more »

$52 million to grow organic and local food economies

Monday, September 29, 2014 5:00pm

The United States Department of Agriculture announced grants of $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers’ markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming on Monday. $27 million is being awarded through the Ag Marketing Service (AMS) through the Local Food Marketing Promotion Program (LFPP) and the Farmers Market... Read more »

A little less profitable on the farm in September

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:38pm

The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers in September decreased 2.8 percent from August.  The September Crop Index decreased 3.3 percent from August.  Corn averaged $3.38 per bushel down 25 cents from August.  Soybeans decreased $1.20 to average $11.20 per bushel, all wheat was 26 cents lower at $5.72 and all-hay fell $9 to... Read more »

How far will dairy markets slide?

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:34pm

Cash cheese and butter dropped again on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  Barrels fell 7.5 cents, blocks lost a nickel and butter dropped 9 cents.  Class III futures responded accordingly with October down 30 cents, November fell the 75-cent daily limit and December dropped 72 cents. The September all milk price increased 90 cents... Read more »

Yield history updated, base acres reallocated beginning Monday

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:33pm

Beginning Monday, farm owners are able visit Farm Service Agency offices if they want to update their yield history or reallocate base acres.  Most farm owners and producers received letters this summer to help them analyze crop planting history in order to decide whether to keep their base acres or reallocate them according to recent... Read more »

Just the weather Wisconsin needed

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:30pm

Some much-needed warmth for Wisconsin crops last week.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says temperatures were up to 5 degrees above normal and precipitation was minimal. As of Sunday, 36 percent of the state’s corn crop is mature up 17 points from a week ago.  That... Read more »

Registration open for Hoosier Beef Congress

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:26pm

Registration is now open for Hoosier Beef Congress, the largest single state cattle show in the nation.  Entries must be postmarked for the All-Star and Breed Sale by October 15th and November 1st for the Junior Show. The online auction will take place again this year for the first 30 spots in stalling line to... Read more »

Soybeans, corn, wheat bounce higher

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:08pm

  Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying. Traders were getting ready for the progress update and Tuesday’s quarterly stocks report. That said – beans are still looking at a bearish supply and demand outlook. USDA reports 69% of soybeans are dropping leaves, compared to the five year average of 71% and 10%... Read more »

Indiana harvest is picking up pace

Monday, September 29, 2014 4:04pm

Warm and dry weather helped crops move closer to maturity.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report form the Indiana office of the National Ag Statistics Service 11 percent of the corn crop and 9 percent of soybean crop have been harvested.  The average moisture content of the harvested corn crop is 24 percent... Read more »

U.S. soybean condition rating improves, corn holds

Monday, September 29, 2014 3:55pm

  This year’s U.S. corn and soybean crops remain in great shape. As of Sunday, 96% of corn has dented, compared to the five year average of 97%, while 60% has reached maturity, compared to 70% on average, and 12% is harvested, compared to 23% on average. 74% of U.S. corn is rated good to... Read more »

Cattle futures settled with triple digit gains

Monday, September 29, 2014 3:50pm

Activity in cattle country was extremely limited following the distribution of the new showlists. The offering appeared to be generally larger with only Texas showing fewer ready steers and heifers. Preliminary asking prices are around 161.00 to 162.00 in the South, and 250.00 to 252.00 plus in the North. It was a strange round of... Read more »

Ohio crop progress slightly behind average

Monday, September 29, 2014 3:43pm

Compared to last year and the 5-year average, crop progress in Ohio for both corn and soybeans is behind.  As of Sunday, September 28, the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) has 92 percent of the Ohio corn crop dented, compared to 94 percent for the 5-year average. 48 percent of... Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 3:06pm

  Dec. corn closed at $3.25 and 3/4, up 2 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.23 and 1/2, up 13 and 1/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $308.10, up 90 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.79, up 87 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.81 and 1/4, up 7 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $160.95, up $2.50 Oct. lean hogs closed at $107.32, up 80 cents... Read more »

New Raven anhydrous application system increases capacity

Monday, September 29, 2014 2:20pm

At Husker Harvest Days, we stopped by the Raven tent and visited with Gary Esselink, product manager for application controls.  Esselink describes Raven’s new AccuFlow Vortex system, a single-cooler NH3 application system with a capacity in excess of 50 gpm.   AUDIO: Gary Esselink (1:15 MP3)

Nominations for marketing committees

Monday, September 29, 2014 1:41pm

Nominations to fill vacancies on two marketing committees are being accepted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). Individuals who have marketed corn in the last 12 months in Districts 1, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas and Williams counties, District 2, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood counties, District 6, Ashland, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland counties, District 8,... Read more »

Nebraska continues push for dairy growth

Monday, September 29, 2014 12:44pm

Nebraska officials are attending this week’s World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, promoting the advantages of locating dairies in Nebraska. Willow Holoubek with A-FAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, says they emphasize Nebraska’s water resources and reliable supply of feedstuffs—and that it’s also a great place to live and work. “Nebraska is the... Read more »

Monday midday cash livestock markets

Monday, September 29, 2014 12:02pm

The confirmed cash cattle business was extremely light last week. Light to moderate business developed on Friday in parts of the North at 248.00 dressed, about $4.00 higher than the previous week’s weighted average Nebraska. There were also reports of a few cattle selling in the North at 159.00. There were no reports of Southern... Read more »