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More improvements to Lindsay’s FieldNET

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

  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

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

  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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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 »

Solid week for corn, soybean inspections

  USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections for the week ending September 25 were larger than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, while wheat was short of its mark. Wheat came out at 573,647 tons, up 54,492 from the week ending September 18, but down 327,609 from the... Read more »

FarmDoc’s Farm Bill Tool Box explained

Farmers are encouraged to check out the online tools developed for them to help choose between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill. The University of Illinois has built one of those tools — “The Farm Bill Toolbox, part of the FarmDoc site here at the University of Illinois... Read more »

FSIS update on humane slaughter violators

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has taken enforcement and corrective actions involving 76 U.S. companies in the past year for violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA). Actions include the suspension of slaughter operations. Corrective actions taken by the companies are also listed. A... Read more »

UNL report: Climate change debate is settled

The question of whether we’re moving into a long period of extreme climate change—made worse by “human activities”—or simply going through a natural weather cycle, has generated considerable debate in recent years. But according to a new report on climate change from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the debate is over, as far as climate... Read more »

More hogs than analysts expected

The quarterly hogs and pigs report indicates at least some herd expansion. Because of those higher than expected numbers, University of Missouri Ag Economist Ron Plain calls the report bearish, but he says it also leaves some questions.  Specifically, Plain agrees with report conclusions that point to the U.S. hog herd being in the midst... Read more »

The All American Quarter Horse Congress

Started over 50 years ago, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show.  With over 18,000 entries for this year’s show, the Congress will attract more than 650,000 people to the Columbus, Ohio area. Nicole Barker, with the Ohio Quarter Horse Association has the details for The Congress that kicks off in... Read more »

Warm, dry weather regime throughout the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, late-developing corn and soybeans are getting a boost toward maturity under a warm, dry weather regime. In the lower Midwest, mild, dry conditions also favor planting of soft red winter wheat. On the Plains, very warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat... Read more »

A change in weather across the Heartland next week

Over the weekend, high pressure will maintain dry, warm weather from the Corn Belt into the Mid- Atlantic and Northeast. Meanwhile, showers associated with a surge of Gulf moisture will gradually spread into the Southeast, reaching the southern Mid-Atlantic by early next week. Farther west, a developing storm system will generate increasingly heavy showers across... Read more »

Grain handling facility coming to Lyman County, South Dakota

The South Dakota and North Dakota cooperative known as Wheat Growers will build a grain handling, fertilizer and agronomy facility in Lyman County, South Dakota, starting this fall. The site, at Kennebec, South Dakota, will be located along the rail line that’s part of South Dakota’s expansion of heavy-rail service from Chamberlain to Presho. Wheat... Read more »

PEDV down for summer but prepare for fall

The number of PEDV cases in pigs this summer was expected to go down and Dr. Paul Sundberg, veterinarian with the National Pork Board, says it did… “It did act as we expected and the number of new infections over the summer, thankfully, decreased dramatically. So, that’s a good thing.” Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus prefers... Read more »

Vilsack: ARC and PLC more defensible than direct payments

The federal farm programs known as Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage (ARC-PLC) are more defensible than the federal direct farm payments that they replace, according to Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  It’s hard to explain to people outside of agriculture why farmers receive payments when prices are at record highs, said Secretary... Read more »

A closer look at irrigating manure

The use of irrigation equipment for spreading manure is gaining popularity.  Center pivots and travelling guns can go in a field that is too wet for tankers, there is no need to run heavy tankers repeatedly over rural roads and it usually is more cost-efficient. However, there are objections to the practice, the biggest being... Read more »

More new contract lows for corn, soybeans

  Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling, hitting another round of new contract lows. Weather looks good for late development and early harvest, with the trade expecting a record crop. Planting in South America is off to a fairly slow start due to a lack of rain, but it is early. Soybean meal... Read more »

Reaction to the latest Hogs and Pigs Report

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of Research, Frontier Risk... Read more »

Hogs and pigs down 2%, breeding herd up 2%

  USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report does show a smaller inventory, but is pointing towards re-expansion of the U.S. herd. All hogs and pigs in the U.S. as of September 1 came out at 65.361 million head, down 2% on the year, but up 6% from the previous quarter following a revision by USDA... Read more »

CHS pledges $1.5 million to FFA

Friday was National Teach Ag Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of the need for more agricultural educators and to celebrate the contributions of those who do.  As part of the celebration, CHS announced it will contribute $1.5 million over the next three years to the National FFA Foundation.  A portion of the... Read more »

Cheese drops

Everyone has been wondering when the U.S. dairy markets would make a correction and pull more into line with the global market.  A couple of sales made a significant notch in that difference on Friday.  Cash cheese barrels dropped 19 cents and blocks fell 6 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Butter slipped a penny while... Read more »

Study: No problems from GMO livestock feed

A new study finds no health or nutrition problems associated with the feeding of genetically modified (GM) crops to livestock or poultry. The study was conducted by Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal biotechnology and genomics specialist at the University of California-Davis. “There’s been a lot of media coverage of a handful of highly controversial studies suggesting... Read more »

Cash cattle trade was slow to develop

The cash cattle trade remained poorly developed late into the afternoon on Friday. Other than a handful of trade in Nebraska and Iowa from 242.00 to 244.00 the country remained very quiet. Asking prices were around 159.00 to 161.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the North. The weekly cattle slaughter at 572,000 head... Read more »

Missouri farmer happy with harvest start

Missouri farmer Kurtis Gregory is very happy with his corn harvest so far. He tells Brownfield Ag News,“Really got going last week and that’s about like everyone around here. We’ve had some unbelievable weather and I’d also then say we’ve had some quite unbelievable yields, too, but we’re sure happy about it.” He has about one-fourth... Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 26, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.23, down 3 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.10 and 1/4, down 12 and 1/2 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $307.20, down $5.20 Oct. soybean oil closed at 31.92, down 90 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.74 and 1/4, up 1/4 cent Oct. live cattle closed at $158.45, up $3.00 Oct. lean hogs closed at $106.52, up 20 cents Nov. crude oil... Read more »

Harvest underway in southwest Indiana

For Southwest Indiana farmer Joe Steinkamp – this could be the best corn crop he’s ever harvested.  “It looks like we’re going to have record average yields on our farm this year,” he says.  “Last year we had the highest average yield we’d ever had, but we had some farms that had really high yields... Read more »

Unapproved GM wheat found in Montana

Another strain of unapproved genetically modified wheat has been found.  This time, in Montana.  According to Reuters, the announcement of a second incident comes after USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service completed its investigation into a separate discovery found in Oregon in May 2013.  APHIS was unable to determine how the GM wheat appeared.... Read more »

Feeding innovation in conservation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services is investing nearly $16 million to help develop and accelerate innovative ideas in conservation.  Jane Hardisty, Indiana state conservationist says over two million dollars will be utilized for projects that impact Indiana. One of those, is a partnership with Purdue University.  “They’re going to be looking really close at doing... Read more »

Markets rank at the top farmer’s concerns

Weather and markets are two of the biggest concerns for farmers and they are the two things over which they have the least control.  Ashville, Ohio farmer Allen Ett says heading into this year’s harvest this year – those concerns are heightened.  “Myself, I think right now, we might be at the low on corn,”... Read more »

Stop the videos!!!

It baffles me how B List animal rights groups like Mercy for Animals (MFA) still find farms where they can shoot “undercover” video exposing bad behavior. The latest small screen debut was shot on a “family farm” in the Southwest in August and released this month.  It’s supremely frustrating given how many speakers have showed... Read more »

Friday midday cash livestock markets

A few more bids on the cattle are starting to pop up at 155.00 in Kansas and 242.00 in Iowa and Nebraska. So far no trade has been reported, but packer inquiry is expected to improve as the day progresses. Asking prices are around 159.00 to 161.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the... Read more »

So, about that Gluten…

Jordan Stillmock, a dietetics and nutrition grad student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explains what gluten is in this Healthy Living program. She says people with Celiac disease – a disease of the intestines – have to eat foods that are free of gluten.  For others, they may be gluten sensitive and feel better not eating... Read more »

Vilsack ‘keeping the job I got’

To hear it from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, he’s sticking with his job for now.  With the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary Vilsack is one of only two cabinet members in their original appointed positions. When asked about Washington Post speculation that he may be on the way out, Vilsack made it... Read more »

Reminders for a safe harvest

As farmers move into the busy harvest season, rural roadways will soon be filled with large equipment. Purdue Extension safety specialist Bill Field says farmers and motorists have to figure out a way to safely share the road.  “When we start comingling, people are going to have to give each other a break and slow... Read more »