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FAPRI makes downward adjustment in price forecast

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute has made a downward adjustment in the price projections they issued last month.  The lower prices are based on new USDA estimates suggesting that the 2014 U.S. corn and soybean crops are considerably larger than thought. FAPRI’s projected corn price drops from $3.89 down to $3.50 per bushel […]
     


Visiting with Plains Equipment Group at HHD

On the John Deere lot at Husker Harvest Days, we met up with three employees of Plains Equipment Group, who gave us an update on some of the new equipment and programs being offered by Plains Equipment Group and John Deere. Mike Mackie, district manager for the Elkhorn/Gretna/David City locations, talked about the new 4WD […]
     


A drier spell ahead for much of the Heartland

The remnants of Hurricane Odile will continue to influence Southwestern conditions, with an additional 2 to 6 inches of rain expected during the next 5 days in southeastern Arizona and southern New Mexico. Some of the heaviest rain will occur later Wednesday and Wednesday night, as Odile moves ashore and begins to weaken. Meanwhile, late-season […]
     


Cool, dry weather continues throughout the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting a slow push toward corn and soybean maturation. Meanwhile, winter wheat planting is underway in parts of the lower Midwest, led by Michigan (4% complete on September 14).   On the Plains, a few showers continue across Texas. Meanwhile on the northern […]
     


Expanding the supply and distribution network for gypsum

At the recent Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas, we visited with Dave Schuurman, chairman of Beneficial Reuse Management. That’s the parent company of GYPSOIL brand gypsum.  Schuurman talked about their efforts to expand the supply and distribution network for gypsum. AUDIO: Dave Schuurman (4:27 MP3)
     


Syngenta faces second lawsuit over MIR 162

A second company has filed suit against Syngenta over sales of the genetically modified seed corn trait, MIR 162, not approved by China.  According to Reuters, Trans Coastal Supply Company, a major exporter of livestock feed products, says it expects to lose more than $41 million because Syngenta sold Agrisure Viptera to US farmers without […]
     


Okra – love it or hate it – it’s good for you

Okra – you either love this vegetable or hate it or haven’t tried it. But, it IS a healthy food. Okra is in season typically from July through October. It’s most commonly green but there are other varieties such as red. Depending on how you cook it – okra can produce a slimy texture but […]
     


Dean announces Field to Faucet initiative

Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has announced a $1 million dollar water quality initiative. During the Vice President’s lunch at the Farm Science Review on Tuesday, September 16, Dean Bruce McPheron described the Field to Faucet initiative as an end-to-end solution. “Some of the things will be short term wins, […]
     


Farm Science Review has strong opening day

Compared to other first day crowds, Matt Sullivan, Assistant Show Manager at Farm Science Review called Tuesday a strong opening day, with visitors and exhibitors both upbeat. Matt says because Farm Science Review is university sponsored, it’s a little different from other outdoor farm shows in that education is a big part of the three […]
     


Purdue reaches milestone at FSR

Purdue University is celebrating 10 years at Farm Science Review. Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension says it’s been a great partnership with Ohio State. “For us it was just a natural extension of what we were doing,” said Henderson. “The connections we have, that’s really the strength of Cooperative Extension and the Land Grant […]
     


Grandin to speak at Fair Oaks Farms

Dr. Temple Grandin will participate in a public discussion at Fair Oaks Farms’ The Farmhouse Restaurant.  Grandin will discuss reducing fear and stress in animals, breeding, handling stress in livestock, and gestation stalls. A question and answer session will follow Dr. Grandin’s presentation. The event is October 21 from 2pm to 4pm Central Time. A […]
     


Drago Corn Heads feature Kernel Capture Technology

Leave it to Italians to get this figured out.  Drago Corn Heads, which are imported from there, have Kernel Capture Technology, according to Dustin Bollig, from DragoTec USA.  “They have automatic deck plates that are spring loaded, so as you go through the field, they constantly adjust to the right size of stalk,” Bollig told […]
     


PERC pushes propane as preferred energy source

The Propane Education & Research Council promotes the use of propane gas as a preferred energy resource. The organization, funded through a checkoff, does this through programs that support safety, training, and the development and commercialization of propane technologies. In Nebraska, most of which lies over the Ogallala Aquifer, PERC sees a big opportunity in powering […]
     


‘Waste management’ was focus of swine symposium in China

Pork industry leaders from the U.S. and China gathered in Beijing for the 2014 U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium. Joel Haggard, who covers the Asia Pacific region for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says the focus was on waste management. “This is a very important topic for the Chinese because the Chinese industry is facing new […]
     


Soybeans, wheat lower on supply

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. As of Sunday, 72% of the crop is rated good to excellent, pretty much unheard of for this time of year, and long term fundamentals look bearish, with the trade expecting a record crop. Still, there are at least some concerns about muddy fields in parts of […]
     


Disease pressure in soybeans

As harvest nears, Purdue Extension plant pathologist Kiersten Wise says farmers really need to evaluate soybean fields this year.  “Decisions need to be based on the diseases that are present in the field,” she says.  “We did have some seedling disease issues this spring and we need to address those by selecting seed treatments that […]
     


Global Dairy Trade hold steady

The Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday, September 16 held steady with an average winning price of $2,795. Even unchanged on the week, the index, at 822, is at its lowest level since August 1, 2012. That’s with 191 participating bidders and 50,801 loads sold. Anhydrous milk fat was down 2.2% at $3,264. Butter was […]
     


Feeder cattle trade steady to higher at Monday auction

The cash cattle market was at a standstill on Tuesday with no bids evident and very little interest seen through the trade. At this point, it is expected to be the last half of the week before active trade develops. Both sides are aggressively trying to advance their positions. Asking prices are around 164.00 in […]
     


ASA encourages comments on new technologies

The American Soybean Association is encouraging farmers, dealers and all stakeholders to comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Monsanto’s next generation dicamba-tolerant weed management technologies, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex™ cotton. ASA says it is important that the USDA follow through on its commitment to U.S. farmers to […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 16, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.43 and 3/4, up 3/4 cent Nov. soybeans closed at $9.80 and 3/4, down 8 and 3/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $338.30, down 50 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.81, down 46 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.96 and 1/4, down 4 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $156.20, down 15 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at $106.87, up 80 cents Oct. crude oil closed […]
     


How a hybrid becomes a hybrid

Seed corn take a long and winding road to becoming a hybrid that farmers can plant in the field.  Magen Eller, commercial corn breeder for Monsanto says it is a two-step process.  “The first is to create an inbred,” she says.  “The second step is to combine two inbreds into a hybrid.” Eller tells Brownfield […]
     


Crop insurance and the new farm bill

Doug Burns is vice president of insurance with Omaha-based Farm Credit Services of America.  We visited with Burns about the new farm bill’s implications for crop insurance and decisions producers will be making in the coming months. AUDIO: Doug Burns (7:20 MP3)
     


Midday cash livestock markets for Tuesday

It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not fully established. A few showlists have been priced around 164.00 in the South, and 255.00 plus in the North. Though mixed from state to state, generally smaller in the South and larger in the North the new showlists look generally […]
     


FFA tire auction at HHD totals nearly $40,000

Rainy, muddy conditions didn’t stop Nebraska FFA supporters from attending the second annual Nebraska FFA Foundation Tire Auction at Husker Harvest Days, hosted by Titan Tire, Goodyear Farm Tires and Graham Tire. The event, originally planned for Wednesday, September 10th, was postponed to Thursday due to the heavy rain and mud at the show site. The […]
     


Raven introduces new nozzle control system

At the Raven tent at Husker Harvest Days, Gary Esselink, product manager for application controls, gave us a demonstration of Raven’s new Hawkeye Nozzle Control System. Esselink says this pressure-based product control system allows for precise sprayer application in a variety of conditions, reducing spray drift and getting the most out of every nozzle.  Plus, […]
     


Kugler expands to the east

Kugler Company, which been serving farmers in the western Corn Belt with quality liquid fertilizer products for decades,  recently announced an expansion of its production and marketing territory into the central and eastern Corn Belt. In this Husker Harvest Days follow-up interview with Leigh Hoyt of Kugler, we discussed that expansion and also talked about Kugler’s lineup […]
     


Drier weather settles into the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures favor a gradual push toward maturity for late-developing corn and soybeans. By September 14, corn reaching maturity ranged from 15 to 25 percentage points behind the respective 5-year averages in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.   On the Plains, isolated showers are mostly confined […]
     


Seasonal pattern for the Heartland

Remnant moisture from former Hurricane Odile will continue to spread into the Southwest, where heavy showers and flash flooding can be expected during the next several days. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 6 inches or more in parts of Arizona and New Mexico, with lighter amounts farther to the north and west. Meanwhile, […]
     


Talking new products

Field days are a great opportunity to not only talk about new products, but Doug Clouser, Product Lead at Beck’s Hybrids says it’s an opportunity to determine what’s going to work best on you farm and where. Audio: Doug Clouser, Becks Hybrids (2:55 mp3)
     


Are farmers listening to consumer concerns?

Katie Pratt is a family farmer in Illinois where they grow corn and soybeans and seed corn. She says farmers DO listen to consumers’ concerns and want them to keep coming.  In this Healthy Living, Pratt says the U.S. has among the most stringent ruless and regulations on food safety. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Farmers […]
     


Ohio crops little changed

Compared to a week ago, the weekly crop and weather report from the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service has crop condition ratings in Ohio holding steady. As of Sunday, September 14, 74 percent of the Ohio corn crop and 79 percent of soybeans were rated fair to good. 76 percent of […]
     


Ohio Farmers Union to hold forum

A forum hosted by the Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) on September 22 will bring together scientists and agricultural experts looking for solutions to water quality issues in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. “We want to see farmers, we want to see agency officials, we want to see legislators, because there is a great deal […]
     


Below-normal temps slow Iowa’s crops

Iowa’s corn and soybean crops, overall, are still in very good shape, but last week’s below normal temperatures slowed crop development. As of Sunday, 19 percent of the corn acreage was mature, 11 days behind normal.  Leaves were changing color on 51 percent of the soybean crop, four days behind average.  Corn rated 76 percent, […]
     


South Dakota corn 10 percent mature, lags behind

Cool, wet weather dominated South Dakota conditions this past week, bringing topsoil moisture to 85 percent adequate to surplus. Winter wheat is 14 percent planted, which is the same as last year, but a little behind the five-year average.  Spring wheat harvest is also behind.  It’s 94 percent done.  It’s normally finished by now. The […]
     


Missouri’s corn harvest is 12 percent done

Rain and cool temperatures through Missouri last week hampered the corn harvest especially in the northern districts where most of the rain fell. The state averaged an inch and two-thirds last week. Topsoil moisture is 81 percent adequate to surplus. Corn is 58 percent mature, which is 22 percentage points more than last week. Statewide, […]
     


World Dairy Expo youth entry deadline

Youth are encouraged to enter World Dairy Expo’s Youth Showmanship Contest. This year’s entry deadline is Wednesday, October 1 at 5 p.m. Contest rules and entry forms are available online at the Expo website or in the Premium Book. Entries may also be submitted during Expo in the Administration Office located on the top floor […]
     


Rain, cool weather hamper corn harvest in Illinois

Rain and very cool temperatures this past week hampered corn harvest in Illinois. Statewide, precipitation averaged 2.30 inches.  About 37 percent of the state’s corn is mature.  That’s 20 percentage points more than last week. Corn harvest is 2 percent complete, a point ahead of last year but 11 percentage points behind the 5-year average. […]
     


Recount confirms Right to Farm passage

The recount of votes on the so-called Farming Rights Amendment on Missouri’s August 5th primary election ballot confirmed its passage. The recount narrowed the already thin margin between the “yes” and “no” votes to 2,375 votes.  The difference before the recount was 2,490, a small fraction of the total votes cast. “I think that’s the […]
     


Nebraska crops maturing on schedule

Row crops in Nebraska are maturing right on schedule, according to the latest crop progress report. Corn, at 29 percent mature, and sorghum, at 10 percent mature, are both very near their five-year averages.  Soybeans dropping leaves reached 25 percent, also near normal, while 15 percent of dry beans have been harvested, slightly behind average. […]
     


EU gets more GI protection

Chalk-up another one for the European Union and their Geographic Indicators (GIs).  The European Union and the Southern African Development Community have signed an economic partnership agreement that includes South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique.  Included in the agreement, the protection of products which the E.U. claims should only come from specific […]
     


U.S. Soy Exchange in Milwaukee this week

More than 270 representatives of major international companies interested in importing U.S. soy are in Milwaukee this week for the second annual U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange. Areas represented included China, the Middle East, Vietnam and many others. United Soybean Board chair, Jim Call of Minnesota says, “The Global Trade Exchange gives U.S. soybean farmers […]
     


Rabobank issues Q3 fertilizer outlook

Rabobank releasing their third-quarter fertilizer report predicting prices will move a little higher but not much.  The analysis says seasonal demand from China, India and the U.S. is “unlikely to cause any prolonged rise in prices.”  Rabobank says the bearish commodity prices will have limited impact on input use in the short-term but in the […]
     


A little frost in Wisconsin last weekend

Frosty conditions across the northern half of Wisconsin on Saturday morning.  Reporters tell the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office it was not a killing frost so crops will continue to develop.  But warmer temperatures sure would be nice. As of Sunday, 87 percent of the Wisconsin corn crop is at least in dough […]
     


U.S. corn, soybean ratings hold

U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings held steady last week. 74% of corn and 72% of beans are rated good to excellent, unchanged from a week ago, and while key, late development phases for both crops are a little behind average, they’re at or ahead of last year’s pace. 82% of corn is dented, compared […]
     


Soybeans, corn see slight bounce

Soybeans were higher on technical buying. Frost over the weekend wasn’t as bad or as widespread as expected and the trade’s still expecting a record crop. USDA reports 24% of soybeans are dropping leaves, compared to the five year average of 32%, while 72% of the crop is rated good to excellent, unchanged on the […]
     


Reporting from FC Coop’s Field Trial Showcase in Iowa

One of the biggest field day events held in Iowa each year is the FC Coop Field Trial Showcase.  We attended this year’s event near Farnhamville and had the opportunity to visit with several members of the FC Coop staff as well as guest speakers and farmers in attendance. Todd Claussen is FC Coop’s director of […]
     


Cash hogs and pork values close higher

It was typically quiet in cattle country on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. Ready numbers appear to be about steady with last week. There are reports from DTN that a few showlists are priced around 164.00 in the South and 255.00 plus in the North. The kill was estimated at 115,000 […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 15, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.43, up 4 and 1/2 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.89 and 1/2, up 4 and 1/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $338.80, up 30 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 33.27, up 72 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.00 and 3/4, down 1 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $156.35, up 7 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at $106.07, up 37 cents Oct. crude […]
     


NRCS announces conservation grants

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced its latest round of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The agency is giving out 15.7 million dollars in matching grants to 47 awardees. NRCS chief Jason Weller says “soil health” is a big focus of this year’s CIG program.  And Weller says one of the organizations receiving a […]
     


AFBF pleased with WOTUS vote

A spokesman for the American Farm Bureau Federation says last week’s vote in the U.S. House to stop the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules sent a message to the Obama Administration that the EPA is committing regulatory overreach. Farm Bureau’s Don Parrish says the bipartisan vote signified Republicans and Democrats alike are concerned by […]