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CountryMark fuels the 2014 Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is just a few days away – and it again will be powered by CountryMark. As CountryMark vice president of marketing Jon Lantz explains – from the state fair shuttles, to the carnival rides, and even the antique tractors – CountryMark keeps the Indiana State Fair moving. The 2014 ISF runs August […]

COOL is top of mind in Denver

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s summer conference is getting underway in Denver.  Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) will be one of the main topics discussed. NCBA’s Colin Woodall says the World Trade Organization’s ruling on COOL is expected to be made public in September.  If the revised COOL rule is found to be in violation […]

Manure application technology on display

How technology can help address water quality and nutrient management concerns will be the focus of field day on Thursday, July 31, near Maria Stein, Ohio. Terry Mescher, Ag Engineer with the Division of Soil and Water at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) says some of the manure application technology being featured has […]

More cool weather ahead for the Heartland

Locally heavy showers will shift eastward from the central and southern Plains, reaching the southern Atlantic States during the weekend. Meanwhile, somewhat drier weather will prevail in the Southwest, although showers will linger across the central and southern Rockies. Most of the remainder of the West will remain mostly dry, except for scattered showers across […]

Cool pattern continues across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather continues to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. However, patchy dryness has developed across the Midwest during July, following near-record to record-setting June wetness. Still, at least half of the pastures are rated in good to excellent condition in every Midwestern State, while only Nebraska—at 16%—has more than […]

The cost of herbicide resistant weeds

Herbicide resistant weeds are an increasing problem for farmers in the Corn Belt.  Purdue University weed scientist Dr. Bryan Young says if the weeds aren’t controlled they can rob yield and reduce profitability. But just how costly are those herbicide resistant weeds? AUDIO: Bryan Young, Purdue University (3:00mp3)

New programs for sheep producers

Two new programs to assist sheep producers with the production and marketing of their products has been announced. USDA has added sheep to the USDA Grass Fed Program. The program targets producers that market lambs produced from 99 head of ewes or less per year. Producers certified under the new program will receive certificates that […]

Six ways to save on beef at the store

Looking to save on beef at the grocery store?  Red meat prices have gone up this summer along with pork.  The Beef Chcekoff offers six ways to save on beef at the store.  The first one is to consider the price per serving —  If a pound of beef is $4.56 that works out to […]

Joint Ag Committee’s meet at OSF

The Ohio House and Senate Agriculture Committee’s held a joint hearing at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 29. District 27 State Senator Frank LaRose says it’s important to bring the two committees together at the State Fair. “There are thousands of young folks and industry groups and commodity groups that are out here […]

Money available for minority, veteran farmers

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of about $9 million in assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans who are new to farming and ranching. The funding enables community-based organizations to work with these groups to acquire and operate farms and ranches and to take advantage of USDA programs. At the […]

Mandatory COOL upheld in appeals court

The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia upheld mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat and meat products.  The 9-2 decision supports an earlier appellate court ruling which determined that labeling was needed to prevent deception.  Judge Stephen Williams cited consumer interest and health concerns, saying the government’s interest in country-of-origin […]

Soybeans, corn give back gains

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, in “Turnaround Tuesday” type activity. There are some weather concerns and the condition rating declined over the past week, but the trade continues to expect a big crop. Also, forecasts for the coming week do have a little more precipitation than what we saw on Monday. Demand […]

Fonterra reduces milk price estimate

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $7 (NZ) to $6 (NZ) per kilogram of milk solids.  The cut translates into about a $1.6 billion reduction from the co-op’s earlier prediction and around $4 billion less in total farm income compared to last year. Fonterra […]

Sediment closes upper Mississippi

Part of the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota is closed to barge traffic.  Sand bars high enough to ground towboats have formed near Winona and Wabasha forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to close the river from Winona to Red Wing.  Dan Cottrell, channel maintenance coordinator with the Corps says they found three areas […]

FFA American Star Finalists named

The National FFA Organization has named the finalists for each of the American Stars: American Star Farmer Alan Barka, Litchfield FFA Chapter (Minnesota) – Barka owns a dairy cattle operation, in which he manages and sells the milk produced. Josh Stutrud, Rugby FFA Chapter (North Dakota) – Stutrud manages his own diversified agricultural livestock and […]

Boxed beef cutouts end sharply higher again

Feedlot country was at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon. Clearly, significant trade volume will be delayed until at least Wednesday or Thursday. Some showlists have been priced around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 plus in the North. The slaughter totaled 115,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, but 9,000 less than last […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 29, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.61 and 1/2, down 6 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.26 and 1/2, down 10 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $395.40, down $7.40 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.25, down 27 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.20, down 14 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $158.77, down 27 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $121.45, down $2.22 Sep. crude oil […]

Tuesday Midday cash livestock markets

It is typically quiet in cattle country on Tuesday. Bids and asking prices are not fully developed. However, a few showlists have been priced around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South, and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout […]

Making Farm Bill decisions

The decisions farmers will be making when sign-up begins for programs in the new Farm Bill will be important decisions. So where should a farmer be in the process right now? Dr. Carl Zulauf in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University says thinking about base acres and base yields […]

California drought affecting Pacific NW organic dairy

Even though the California drought does not stretch up into Oregon and Washington it is having an impact on organic dairy producers in the Pacific Northwest.  Washington and Oregon do not raise quite enough organic hay to meet demand, organic dairy producers are finding they have to bid against California organic dairy farmers for the […]

Emmi Roth to expand New York yogurt capacity

Another expansion of the yogurt business in New York State.  Emmi Roth USA will expand operations in Orangeburg and Penn Yan, New York, to grow its market share in the U.S.  The Penn Yan facility produces Siggi’s yogurt as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers.  Cheese Market News says the $11.6 million, […]

Subcommittee hears pros, cons of SNAP

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition held a hearing addressing the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among those delivering testimony, Robert Doar, a Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute testified that SNAP doesn’t do enough to lift people from poverty. “I have been a […]

Illinois company revamping Chinese operation

The CEO of Illinois-based OSI Group says he will not try to defend or explain the actions of his company’s meat plant in Shanghai.  In a statement on the company website, Sheldon Lavin states “what happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable” and he promised they will take all the steps needed; “to make sure […]

Brownfield states crop progress report

Weekly Crop Progress Reports from the National Ag Statistics Service as of Sunday, July 27: Illinois corn crop is 94 percent silked, up 12 points for the week and 9 points ahead of the five year average.  25 percent is in dough, should be 29 percent by now.  Soybeans 83 percent blooming up 14 points […]

Wisconsin could use some rain

Cool and dry becoming the norm in Wisconsin.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin Field Office says temperatures were 3 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal last week while topsoil moisture fell sharply.  As of Sunday, topsoil moisture is 7 percent surplus, 70 percent adequate, 20 percent short […]

As harvest nears, rail concerns continue

One of the speakers at the summer meeting of the U.S. Grains Council in Omaha was Hasan Hyder, assistant vice president for grain and grain products with Union Pacific Railroad.  Hyder says UP is ramping up in preparation for another big grain harvest this fall.  By the end of the year, he says, the railroad […]

Missouri corn crop ‘looking great’

Missouri averaged about a quarter-inch of rain this past week. Topsoil moisture supply is 61 percent adequate to surplus, but about a third of the state is short on topsoil moisture.  Corn silking is about complete with a third of the crop in the dough stage.  The crop is 84 percent good to excellent. Brian […]

Exports, weather concerns support soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Demand continues to be strong, with China buying 420,000 tons of U.S. new crop, along with 66,000 tons of optional origin, and some areas of the Midwest do need rain as we head into August. USDA reports 76% of soybeans are blooming, compared to the five year […]

U.S. corn, soybean condition ratings decline

The national corn and soybean condition ratings both dipped slightly over the past week. As of Sunday, USDA reports 75% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% from the week before, but that is still well above this time last year. 78% of the crop is silking, compared to 67% a year […]

Feeder cattle sell higher at Monday auction

Feedlot country was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The late July offering appears to be somewhat larger than last week. Although asking prices are not well defined, a few producers have priced cattle around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 255.00 to 270.00 in the North. The slaughter […]

Indiana corn crop well ahead of last year

Dry conditions last week had farmers hoping for a late July rain shower as corn and soybean plants were rolling up to conserve moisture. Overall – 75 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent with 14 percent of the crop in the dough stage and 88 percent silked.  By region, corn doughing […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 28, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.67 and 3/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.36 and 1/2, up 24 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $402.80, up $4.80 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.52, up 43 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.34 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $159.05, down 5 cents Aug. lean hogs closed […]

Property taxes are big topic in Nebraska

Property taxes being paid on farm and ranch land in Nebraska continue to skyrocket.  Laura Field, director of legislative affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen, says those taxes increased an average of 29 percent statewide over the past year. Field says her group will resume its push for property tax relief in the 2015 legislative session. That […]

Talk about interactive

One of the most interactive areas at the 2014 Ohio State Fair is the Land and Living exhibit in the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort Building. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation intern Maggie Dean of Marion sat down with Dave Russell and talked about some of the interactive activities fairgoers can do while in the building. […]

A successful pollination

This July is on pace to be one of the coolest on record and Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says overall he doesn’t anticipate it hindering the crop.  “I don’t think the temperatures have been low enough to cause an actual negative impact on the crop,” he says.  “And it represents very, very moderate […]

Everything from kayaking, to fishing

First opened in 1966, Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Fair is one of the areas that provides fairgoers with activities of all types, from kayaking, to fishing, to Frisbee golf. To find out about some of the other things being showcased at Natural Resources Park, Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with ODNR Director, Jim Zehringer. Audio: […]

Educating youth about agricultural markets

Again this year at the Ohio State Fair, 4-H and the CME Group are teaching those ages 7 to 14 about agriculture at the Commodity Carnival exhibit.   The game was developed by Dr. Paul Kuber, State 4-H Livestock Specialist at Ohio State University.   ”What we are trying to do is we’re taking youth, […]

Learning more about Indiana Beef

Rick Davis of Thorntown, Ind. is the president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.  During a recent conversation with Brownfield, Davis outlined some of the activities the association does on behalf of its members. On the consumer side, he says some of what they do is education through promotional efforts in different parts of the […]

2013 mink production

Mink production in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 3.5 million pelts. Wisconsin was the top mink producing state, producing 1,129,960 pelts, Utah was second, producing 855,380 pelts. Mink production in Ohio totaled 104,900 pelts in 2013. Nationally, female mink bred to produce kits in 2014 totaled 851,530.

Monday midday cash livestock markets

It is a typical Monday in cattle country with the main item of business the distribution of the new showlists. Bids and asking prices are not fully established so far today. Last week’s business exploded on Thursday and Friday with some Northern dressed trade and Southern live deals as much as 10.00 higher than the […]

Mostly favorable weather conditions across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, despite a recent drying trend, conditions remain mostly favorable for corn and soybeans. Specifically, many crops continue to thrive due to below-normal temperatures and adequate soil moisture. In the South, heat lingers across the lower Southeast in advance of a cold front’s passage. Monday’s maximum temperatures will approach 100° from southern […]

An unusually cool pattern across the Heartland

A robust monsoon surge interacting with the tail of a cold front will result in a continuation of locally heavy showers from the Southwest and Intermountain West to the southern Plains. During the next 5 days, additional rainfall could reach 3 to 5 inches or more in the Rockies of Colorado and northeastern Mexico. Meanwhile, […]

Beck’s Hybrids launches FARMserver

Precision agriculture technologies provide farmers with useful data sets to make decisions on their farming operations.  As that information is collected, farmers also want complete control of the information.  Today, Beck’s Hybrids launched FARMserver. Craig Rogers, FARMserver technical lead says it’s a secure place for customers to store and view their on-farm data.  “We have […]

Nominations sought for Hovde Award

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence.  The award is given annually to a member of Purdue University’s faculty or staff who has displayed outstanding education service to rural Indiana.  Contributions may have been in the classroom, in counseling, in research, or through Purdue Extension. Any active member […]

Slow week for export inspections

USDA reports soybean export inspections for the week ending July 24 were larger than expected, while wheat was within the anticipated range and corn was below pre-report estimates. All three were less than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for their respective marketing years. Wheat came out at 395,963 tons, down 131,670 tons from […]

Growth Energy CEO says “we’re still waiting”

The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to issue their ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard Required Volume Obligation.  Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says, “We’re still waiting.  Still waiting.” But, he says they’ll continue to wait, because it isn’t about when they rule. It is what the ruling says that’s important.  “You know their proposed […]

Late season weed control

Farmers seeing weeds in crop fields this late in the growing season may have to resort to pulling them by hand to remove them.  Purdue Extension weed scientist Travis Legleiter says the majority of weeds in corn and soybean fields right now are much higher than the ideal 4-8 inch height.  “Our herbicide applications are […]

Farm Bill provides risk management options

Over 200 farmers attended a Farm Bill Implementation Forum at Bowling Green State University on Friday, July 25.   Sponsored by Ohio Farmers Union the Forum was designed to provide insight into what the new Farm Bill provides and while complex, Joe Shultz, Chief Economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee says it also provides farmers […]

Is technology the key to better nutrition?

What does the future of human nutrition look like and will it make a difference?  The difference says futurist Tom Frey is we will have more technology on top of the new technology we already have to help us know what our bodies need from a nutritional standpoint.  But will we apply that to our […]

Overlapping residual herbicides

The best way to prevent weeds such as waterhemp is to overlap residual weed control compounds.  That’s according to Bruce Bishop, regional chemistry account manager for Monsanto, who spoke to farmers and retailers during the Monsanto-sponsored agAcademy in Missouri. Bishop’s recommendations focus not on any one brand of weed control system, but how the system […]