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Across the Corn Belt, snow lingers across the upper Midwest, where current depths include 4 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 3 inches in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Some of the heaviest snow, locally 8 inches or more, has fallen across eastern South Dakota and environs. Meanwhile, mild, rainy weather prevails in the eastern Corn... Read more »
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For the remainder of Tuesday, an early-season snow storm will continue to wind down across the upper Midwest. However, locally heavy showers will persist into Wednesday across the southern and eastern U.S., where additional rainfall could total 1 to 3 inches. In southern Florida, where showers will linger, mid- to late-week rainfall could reach 2... Read more »
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Michigan farmers finished what remaining harvest activities they could last week despite wet conditions. The last crop progress report from the Michigan Ag Statistics Office says three days were suitable for fieldwork. Snow cover and poor soil conditions made harvesting any remaining corn virtually impossible. The year finished ahead of average for corn harvest with... Read more »
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The reaction from ag organizations, biofuels groups and politicians to Monday’s RFS announcement ranged from relief to disappointment to outrage. One of the more positive reactions came from the biofuels advocacy group Growth Energy. “The EPA volumes announced today are a move in the right direction,” said Growth Energy co-chair and POET CEO Jeff Broin, “and they correctly... Read more »
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Wisconsin Corn Growers Association president Casey Kelleher says final renewable fuel requirement announced by the EPA on Monday is a step in the right direction. While the number is below what was in the original statue from Congress, it is an increase from the preliminary rule issued last May and it could be zero. Kelleher... Read more »
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The president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association says he has mixed feelings about the Environmental Protection Agency’s finalized Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO’s). Noah Hultgren of Raymond tells Brownfield he was pleased to see the numbers announced Monday were a little better than what the EPA proposed earlier this year. “But overall I’m not pleased... Read more »
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The Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association annual meeting has been postponed due to weather. It has been moved from Tuesday, December first in Mankato to Monday, January 18th at the Minneapolis Hilton. The two groups say more information will be made available as the event gets closer.
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Syngenta reportedly is looking for takeover opportunities as it fends off takeover bids. A Swiss newspaper quotes the Switzerland-based company’s officials who say they are actively considering “takeovers, joint ventures or partial sales.” Syngenta rejected several offers by rival Monsanto including the latest for a proposed $47 Billion dollars three months ago. Syngenta CEO John... Read more »
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Argentina’s new government reportedly will lower the export tariff on soybeans and remove other ag product tariffs when the country’s newly elected president takes office. President-Elect Mauricio Macri promised those cuts in his campaign. According to Clarin dot com, the soybean export tariff will be reduced to 30 percent from 35 percent – and export... Read more »
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The Monthly Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October decreased 9.2 percent from September. Livestock prices were 4.6 percent lower and crop prices dropped 8 percent from the previous month. Lower producer prices for cattle, eggs, broiler and lettuce more than offset higher farm prices for hogs, milk, sweet corn and strawberries. The Crop... Read more »
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World hopes that China is going to start importing more dairy products have been dashed by the USDA’s October report. The collapse of global dairy prices was triggered when China pulled-back on purchases nearly two years ago. The USDA numbers for September showed year-over-year increases in Chinese purchases of skim milk powder and whole milk... Read more »
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A mixed day in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday. Cheddar barrels slipped a penny, blocks lost 1.25 cents and nonfat dry milk gained three-quarter cent. Class III futures were a little higher on the last trading day of November. For the month: cash cheese barrels lost 5.5 cents, blocks fell... Read more »
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Soybeans were higher on short covering and commercial buying. Demand remains solid, especially around the current price levels. Planting and development conditions in South America look good and Argentina is expected to lower the soybean export tax from 35% to 30% when the new government takes office. Soybean meal and oil were higher, following beans.... Read more »
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An official with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) says today’s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard wasn’t all bad news. Ken Parrent, director of biofuels says the updated numbers are an improvement from the original numbers released in late 2013. “However, the EPA still chooses not to adopt the... Read more »
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National Corn Growers Association president Chip Bowling says while EPA’s updated numbers for the Renewable Fuels Standard do break through the blend wall – they aren’t good enough. He says NCGA will continue to work to increase the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. “We have talked about our options,” he says. “We... Read more »
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Warmer than normal weather allowed most of South Dakota to wrap up fall fieldwork last week. 69% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent and 48% of pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape. 69% of the state has adequate stock water supplies. The South Dakota USDA office will issue monthly crop... Read more »
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Missouri’s cotton and sorghum harvests are nearly over for the year. Producers made modest progress over the past week, with fieldwork limited by heavier than normal precipitation. 96% of cotton is harvested, compared to the five year average of 94%, and 96% of sorghum is harvested, compared to 98% on average. 96% of winter wheat... Read more »
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Wet, warm weather in Illinois limited fieldwork last week. On average, there was a little less than two days available for fieldwork. 74% of subsoil and 75% of topsoil have adequate moisture levels. 67% of winter wheat is in good to excellent shape and 45% of pastures and rangelands are rated good to excellent. The... Read more »
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Cattle country was typically quiet on Monday following the distribution of the new showlists. This week’s offering appears to be generally larger than last week, especially in the South. Some of the showlists are priced around 131.00 to 132.00. Short bought packers may have to shop earlier than normal this week, possibly by Wednesday. Boxed... Read more »
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The USDA reports winter wheat emergence is in-line with the normal pace. 93% of the U.S. winter wheat crop has emerged, matching the five year average pace. 55% of U.S. winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, up 2% from the previous week. This time last year, 58% of the crop was rated good... Read more »
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The Environmental Protection Agency released its final volume requirements today for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and they are higher than what it proposed in June. Janet McCabe, EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator, told reporters the final numbers represent “ambitious and achievable growth” for renewable fuels. McCabe says, “Overall, this final rule requires that total renewable standards... Read more »
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Dec. corn closed at $3.65, up 5 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $8.81, up 8 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $284.60, up $2.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 29.10, up 35 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.60, down 5 and 3/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $130.05, down $1.77 Dec. lean hogs closed at $58.42, down 30 cents Jan. crude oil closed at $41.65, down 6 cents Mar. cotton... Read more »
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Michigan’s largest farm organization will convene in Grand Rapids for their 96th annual meeting this week. Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski says member delegates will debate several issues during sessions including stances on drone use and regulation, and EPA’s Clean Water Act Rule or Waters of the U.S. The Kentucky Farm Bureau will be joining the... Read more »
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The deadline for Minnesota farmers to apply for the Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Sustainable Ag Demonstration grants is December 15th. The department says the program provides funds for testing ideas that have the potential to conserve natural resources and energy, enhance profitability and improve life on the farm. Projects can last up to three years,... Read more »
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As Congress returns to work this week, one of the looming agricultural issues is what to do about country-of-origin-labeling (COOL). The House of Representatives has voted to fully repeal COOL, but the Senate has been at an impasse with some Senators backing full repeal and others favoring establishment of a voluntary labeling program. Rod Gray,... Read more »
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A Minnesota lawmaker is bringing attention to the danger of tractor rollovers on the farm. Representative Paul Anderson, who farms near Starbuck in west central Minnesota, says it’s the older equipment in livestock areas that has him especially concerned. “Where they have a chore tractor they use to haul bales, cut hay, pack silage…things like that. ... Read more »
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Dow AgroSciences says it expects its Enlist Duo herbicide to be available for the 2016 crop season. Last week, the EPA announced it was withdrawing its approval of Enlist Duo. The agency said it had received new information that raised questions about the “synergistic effects” between the herbicide’s two active ingredients—glyphosate and 2,4-D. EPA said... Read more »
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A Chinese biotechnology company is planning to build the largest animal cloning facility in the world. The CEO of Boyalife says the first phase of the $313 million dollar project is to produce 100,000 cloned cattle a year with plans to eventually produce one million annually. The factory will be based near the coastal city... Read more »
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The main item of business in cattle country today is the distribution of this week’s showlists. Last week’s feedlot trade was extremely light with just a slim trade reported on Tuesday and Wednesday. Kansas managed to trade a few cattle late Friday and Saturday. Dressed deals in the North were reported at 195.00, and Kansas... Read more »
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The USDA reports 2015/16 sorghum export inspections remain ahead of last marketing year’s pace. Wheat for the week ending November 26th, 2015 came out at 275,736 tons, up 2,744 from the week ending November 19th, but down 430 from the week ending November 27th, 2014. For the 2015/16 marketing year to date, wheat inspections are... Read more »
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A farm land researcher says, depending on location, some farm land is softening in price, while other farmland is actually strengthening. When Bruce Sherrick, a professor at the University of Illinois and director of the TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research, is asked about whether farmland value is going up or down, he replies that it’s... Read more »
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The Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association says the total value of machinery continues to increase with farm acreage. CEO Dwight Raab tells Brownfield each year the group surveys Illinois farmers to benchmark machinery costs and its value to farmers. “It gives those operating in production agriculture an idea of how maybe to benchmark where... Read more »
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Cattle country remained relatively quiet on Friday afternoon with a few bids reported in Kansas at 124.00 live. In Nebraska and Iowa private sources reported bids of 195.00 dressed, and 124.00 live. The only cattle trade reported so far this week was in the North on Wednesday at 195.00 dressed. The expectation is some cattle... Read more »
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The Michigan Farm Bureau president says his first year of service has been a family affair. Carl Bednarski was elected at the 2014 Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting by member delegates as their 16th president. The Tuscola County crop farmer grows corn, dry beans, sugarbeets and white wheat with his wife and three sons in... Read more »
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Dec. corn closed at $3.59 and 1/4, down 6 and 3/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $8.73, down 2 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $282.40, down $2.40 Dec. soybean oil closed at 28.75, down 14 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.65 and 3/4, down 13 and 1/2 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $131.82, up 87 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $58.72, down $.07... Read more »
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No trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange dairy markets on Friday. For the holiday-shortened week: cash cheese barrels gained 4.75 cents, blocks increased a penny, butter is a half-cent higher and nonfat dry milk slipped a half-cent. Class III futures for November unchanged, December lost 19 cents, January is 41 cents lower, February is down... Read more »
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Soybeans were lower Friday, however the January soybean contract closed higher than last week’s high. DTN says that just may be a bullish sign of commercial support. Just the same, traders are nervous that Argentina’s new leader may make more soybeans available to the market. Last week’s export sales and shipments were decent for the... Read more »
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Reports are the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is going to reduce their Chinese corn crop forecast by 2 percent. Citing severe drought in northern China, the Financial Times says the 2015-16 crop estimate will be trimmed from 226 million metric tons to 221 million metric tons. However, that will not alleviate the... Read more »
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Canadian dairy interests are expressing some concern over the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. When the agreement was announced in October, Canadian dairy producers were told imports would increase 3.25 percent over five years. The Harper Government promised it would put up $4.3 billion over five years to compensate farmers for losses incurred by the... Read more »
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Short bought packers are being forced to return to the market today in order to secure slaughter numbers they were unable to gather on Wednesday. So far the post-holiday effort has been limited to a few bids at 195.00 dressed and 124.00 live in the North. Asking prices remain from 131.00 plus in the South... Read more »
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These are tough times for U.S. cotton producers. The crop is at its lowest price level in five years, selling for around 60 cents a pound. It brought 88 cents a pound in 2011. Dahlen Hancock, who farms near Lubbock Texas, says it’s very discouraging right now. “This my 35th cotton crop. I’m fourth generation... Read more »
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This week’s freezing rain, snow, and at times heavy rainfall could cause big problems for Texas cotton producers. USDA meteorologist Eric Luebehusen says the National Weather Service has much of the cotton producing regions of north Texas in a path of freezing rain accumulations of greater than one-quarter of an inch. According to the latest Crop Report –... Read more »
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The USDA says it wants to streamline its biotech approval process. Under one of the proposed changes, technology providers would only have to gain approval for each trait, and after deregulation, would be able to extend that approval in “stacks” by simply providing additional information. It would also allow for expedited approval of traits already... Read more »
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Nebraska farmer and chairman of the US Grains Council (USGC) Alan Tiemann says his organization is working to make ethanol “the next big thing” for US exports. “We have an established relationship around the world in DDGs,” he says. “Ethanol is just the next step in moving corn as a value added product around the... Read more »
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A poultry industry official says producers can and will adapt to just about any consumer demand. Paul Brennan with the Indiana State Poultry Association says the consumer reigns supreme and if they want it – and they are willing to pay for it, producers will meet the demand for the product. He says agriculture is... Read more »
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Some ag group leaders are not totally convinced that Congress will keep its promise to exclude crop insurance cuts from the upcoming omnibus budget bill. Ag leaders in the House and Senate say they have assurances that those cuts, which are part of a Congressional budget agreement, will be restored. But some question just how... Read more »
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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently modified the way farmers can calculate ARC-County payments for farms in multiple counties. Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says farmers will now be allowed to calculate ARC-County on the physical location of each tract of the farm, instead of the administrative county. “The producers... Read more »
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Across the Corn Belt, a cold front is producing locally heavy rain from Missouri into the Great Lakes, increasing soil moisture for winter grains. Behind the front, precipitation is briefly changing to freezing rain and snow. On the Plains, a fresh snowpack is insulating dormant winter wheat from bitter cold in Montana. Cold air has... Read more »
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A variety of precipitation will continue along a stalled frontal boundary in the nation’s mid-section. In the cold air north of the front, snow and sleet will fall on the southern High Plains, while sleet and freezing rain develop from northern Texas into western and central Iowa. Locally heavy rain is expected from central Texas... Read more »
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The National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and other ag groups have partnered with the Water Environment Research Foundation to create a database to help improve water quality in agricultural areas. The Agricultural Best Management Practices Database will be a central location of agricultural best management practice performance studies. Fourth-generation Ohio farmer Brent... Read more »
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