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Beware of beans after beans

A soybean specialist says if growers don’t have to, they should NOT plant soybeans after soybeans.  Bill Weibold with the University of Missouri Extension says the temptation to do that is real because of the projected higher prices for beans and the lower prices for corn. But, he tells Brownfield, there will be a price... Read more »

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Discussion spotlights reasons for, against labeling GMOs

A proponent of labeling genetically modified food ingredients says state-by-state initiatives are the result of fears that U.S. lawmakers will not create the labeling system that food activists want.  Food movement leader Michael Dimock tells Brownfield Ag News the state-sponsored efforts may be a preview of what will eventually be nationwide labeling. “I think in... Read more »

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Winter tough on Indiana’s peach crop

Indiana may only grow around 500 acres of peach trees throughout the state, but Peter Hirst, Purdue Extension fruit tree specialist says the crop is valuable. He says the harsh weather in February took a toll on the peach buds in the southern part of the state.  “For many of our fruit crops they were... Read more »

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A little more profitable on the farm in February

The Index of Prices Paid to Farmers increased 3.1 percent in February from January.  Producers received higher prices for eggs, tomatoes, oranges and hay, lower prices for cattle, hogs, broilers and lettuce. The overall Crop Index increased 2.4 percent from January.  Corn slipped 2 cents to average $3.79 per bushel, soybeans decreased 38 cents to... Read more »

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Wheat support by weather, commercial buying

  Soybeans were firm on spillover from corn and wheat, along with technical buying. Traders were getting ready for Tuesday’s USDA prospective planting and quarterly stocks numbers. Acreage should be up on the year, while stocks are expected to show strong demand. Even if supplies are above a year ago, it was a function of... Read more »

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Solid start to the week for cheese

Cash cheese nudged a little higher on Monday with both barrels and blocks closing at $1.565 per pound.  Class III futures with some solid gains as indications are we are at the low for milk prices for this year.  The March Class III contract is at $15.52, April is at $15.58, July is over $16... Read more »

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Cattle showlists are generally steady

The cattle market was not established on Monday afternoon with bids and asking prices poorly defined. New showlists appear to be mixed but generally steady with last week. A few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 266.00 to 268.00 in the North. The kill totaled 109,000 head, 5,000 more... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 30, 2015

May corn closed at $3.94 and 1/2, up 3 and 1/2 cents May soybeans closed at $9.67 and 3/4, up 1/2 cent May soybean meal closed at $323.20, up $1.80 May soybean oil closed at 30.49, down 11 points May wheat closed at $5.30 and 1/4, up 22 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $162.50, down 12 cents Apr. lean hogs closed at $61.30, up 17 cents Apr. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Food prices adjusted for 2015

Food price forecasts for 2015 have been adjusted by the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS)– in the event crop weather and the feed grain outlook change. The ERS predicts that grocery store prices (food-at-home) will see normal to slightly-lower-than-average food price inflation, increasing 2-to-3 percent this year. It says beef and veal prices “will likely... Read more »

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Soybean checkoff supports research efforts

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee continues to invest in research projects at Michigan State University. Special Projects Coordinator Keith Reinholt tells Brownfield the research efforts help keep Michigan soybean growers competitive. AUDIO: Interview with Keith Reinholt (1:59 mp3):

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America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

Farmers have an opportunity to nominate their local school district to apply for a grant to help build their school’s math and science programs. Since 2011 the Monsanto Fund has awarded over $7 million dollars through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. Heather Wolfe, Customer Advocacy Manager at Monsanto says funds are used in... Read more »

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Big data addresses climate variability

Big data research is meant to help farmers adapt to climate variability and improve sustainability.  Lead scientist Bruno Basso at Michigan State University says the project he’s involved in will implement models that predict field conditions in current and future climates. “The goal really is to help producers understand the information that they have collecting... Read more »

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Pork donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Just in time for the Easter holiday, farmers in Ohio have made a big donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Over 8,000 pounds of lean ground pork will provide nearly 42,000 meals to hungry families in central and eastern Ohio. “Recognizing that agriculture is the state’s number one industry, it is important that we continue to... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country is quiet today, with both buyers and sellers busy taking inventory. Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. Last week’s trade didn’t take place until Friday afternoon, but it turned out to be worth the weight with Southern live business generally $2.00 higher at 165.00 and Northern dressed business from mostly... Read more »

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Soybean inspections up on week, year

USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections remain ahead of what’s needed weekly to meet projections for the 2014/15 marketing year. For the week ending March 26, wheat inspections are 322,016 tons, down 221,671 from the week ending March 19 and 185,444 lower than the week ending March 27, 2014. At this point in the... Read more »

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Wide-range of weather, temps across the Heartland

During the next several days, above-normal temperatures will gradually shift eastward, although record-setting warmth will persist across the central U.S. through mid-week. Late in the week, cooler weather will arrive from the Pacific Coast into the Midwest, while warmth will spread across the South. Meanwhile, a rather disorganized precipitation pattern will become more cohesive toward... Read more »

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Brownfield Minnesota rolls out with Mark Dorenkamp as Anchor/Reporter

Brownfield, Ag News for America, is pleased to announce Farm Broadcaster Mark Dorenkamp has joined the Brownfield team.  He takes over the helm as Anchor/Reporter of Minnesota Brownfield when the programming is introduced by affiliate radio stations across the state on Monday, March 30, 2015.   Brownfield Minnesota replaces former Minnesota Farm Network programming. “It is... Read more »

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Early-season heat on parts of the High Plains

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. However, chilly, breezy conditions in the eastern Corn Belt contrast with above-normal temperatures west of the Mississippi River. On the Plains, very warm, dry weather is promoting spring fieldwork and rapid winter wheat development. Monday’s high temperatures will approach 90°... Read more »

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USDA corn acreage estimate will make market picture clearer

The next few years may mark a change in the fortunes of U.S. corn growers.  Rabo AgriFinance grains analyst Steve Nicholson says corn growers will have a tough time in the next two to three years.  To what degree hinges on how much corn is to be planted this coming season, which should be known... Read more »

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Chinese feed officials foresee swine slowdown

On Saturday in Nanchang, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) trade delegation met with Yuan Ji Hong, procurement center general manager with Twins Group, the largest producer of swine feed in China. Yuan Ji Hong confirmed what was heard during previous feed company visits—that pork production in southern China has “flattened out” in recent months and... Read more »

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Fescue fix for “Huge problem” for cattle producers

Missouri is one of many states where toxic fescue has taken a bite out of the beef industry. University of Missouri Extension Forage Specialist Craig Roberts says farmers need to replace Kentucky-31, or K-31 tall fescue with non-toxic fescue, “It’s the most serious and devastating forage livestock disorder in the United States.” The so-called “Fescue... Read more »

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Horse trainer relates to people as well as horses

Van Hargis of Victoria, Texas, has been training horses for money since he was 12, but he says he’s learned a lot since then. It’s paid off. Hargis is in high demand as a clinician.  He tells Brownfield Ag News that when he’s in front of people, he thinks of himself as a horse clinician... Read more »

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ISA president on the importance of trade missions

In this, the fourth in our series of Brownfield Network news reports with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) trade mission in southern China, ISA president Tom Oswald talks about the importance of trade missions such as this. AUDIO: Brownfield Network news report from China

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Agriculture in southern China

On Friday, the Iowa Soybean Association trade mission headed southeast, traveling from Yichang to Nanchang by high-speed train at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Traveling through the countryside, we saw many different kinds of crops being produced. A lot of rapeseed (canola), also rice, wheat and vegetables. Most of the crops are grown... Read more »

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Minnesota farm credit bank gives back

St. Paul-based AgriBank announced in its annual giving report this week $2.4 million was used in 2014 to support ag education programs, assist young and beginning farmers and support rural America. CEO Bill York and Board Chair Douglas Felton in an open letter to stakeholders, said, “That starts with our business of providing a reliable... Read more »

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Avian flu impacting largest turkey producing state

Avian flu has reached the nation’s largest turkey producing state, killing more than 15,000 commercial birds according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the challenge is to maintain the circumstances when they are discovered through biosecurity measures. Water birds like ducks and geese carry the avian flu but it... Read more »

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Cheese and butter move higher

Cash cheese and butter moved higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday with Class III futures responding accordingly. For the week, cash cheese barrels gained 2.5 cents, blocks are steady, butter increased 7.25 cents and nonfat dry milk is unchanged. Class III futures for March and April added 3 cents, May increased 34 cents... Read more »

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Fonterra says milk intakes will not be down that much

The New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has revised its 2014-15 milk intake estimate. Previously the cooperative had predicted production would be 3.3 percent below last year but now they say it will be just 2 percent lower.  The increase reflects improved weather conditions on the drought-stricken South Island.  Fonterra also raised their estimate of the... Read more »

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Big year for ethanol exports

U.S. ethanol exports totaled 826 million gallons in 2014; a 33 percent increase over 2013. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the number is second only to the 1.2 billion exported in 2011. U.S. ethanol imports totaled 73 million gallons in 2014 down 81 percent from the 377 million gallons imported in 2013. The U.S.... Read more »

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Senate passes WOTUS clarifications

The U.S. Senate passed a budget bill early Friday morning after a marathon voting session. The packaged passed on a 52 to 46 vote with all Democrats and Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voting against it. The bill includes amendments which state the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules do not apply to... Read more »

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Climate change caused $11 billion in soybean losses

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have determined climate change has cost U.S. soybean growers $11 billion over the last 20 years. U.W. Extension soybean and wheat specialist and agronomy professor Shawn Conley says they used data gathered from variety field trials in many of the states involved in the study.  That gave them reliable,... Read more »

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Lower hog prices could continue

  U.S. cash hog prices have been trending lower in 2015 and if USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report is any indication, that may continue for the next several months. University of Missouri Agriculture Economist Ron Plain tells Brownfield producers could see gains fairly soon, but it may not last for long, “Seasonally, we tend... Read more »

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Soybeans lower, watching South America

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. The trade’s watching harvest activity around South America, with most areas expected to make good progress over the next few days. Past that, traders are getting ready for the USDA numbers on the 31st. The quarterly grain stocks and 2015 prospective planting numbers are out at... Read more »

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Know your wild mushrooms

Spring mushroom hunting season is starting up in the Midwest but beware the poisonous mushroom. Chris Wright is a mushroom expert in Michigan and he trains people to hunt mushrooms that are non-poisonous.  Without training, he says, you shouldn’t eat what you hunt. Mushrooms that are NOT poisonous are good for you, he says, with a variety of... Read more »

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Cattle trade very limited on Friday

The cattle trade remains very limited with margin poor packers reluctant to move toward higher asking prices. One regional buyer in the North bought a few cattle at 263.00, 3.00 to 4.00 higher than last week’s weighted average. Yet asking prices are even higher, around 165.00 to 166.00 in the South and 265.00 plus in... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 27, 2015

May corn closed at $3.91, down 1/4 cent May soybeans closed at $9.67 and 1/4, down 7 and 1/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $321.40, down $1.00 May soybean oil closed at 30.60, down 57 points May wheat closed at $5.07 and 3/4, up 8 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $162.62, up 95 cents Apr. lean hogs closed at $61.12, up 15 cents Apr. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Combating antibiotic resistant bacteria

The Obama Administration has released a National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Recognizing the important role USDA has in the issue, Steven Kappas with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says USDA efforts will be in three areas, stewardship, surveillance and research. Kappas says USDA and FDA will work together on stewardship. “Working with... Read more »

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U.S. hog inventory up 7%

  The USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report was close to pre-report expectations and indicates continued expansion of the U.S. herd. As of March 1st, 2015, the total U.S. hog inventory was 65.934 million head, up 7% from March 1st, 2014. The breeding herd was pegged at 5.982 million head, 2% above a year ago,... Read more »

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California drought impacting state economy

California is heading into its fourth consecutive year of drought.  California Water Alliance executive director Aubrey Bettencourt says the drought continues to put strain on the state’s ag economy.  “Last year UC Davis estimated about 17,000 people unemployed that are directly connected to agriculture,” she says.  “Then you look at the fact that about $2... Read more »

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USDA planting, stocks reports out March 31st

  The USDA’s 2015 prospective planting estimates are out Tuesday, March 31st. On average, analysts see corn acreage at 88.7 million acres, soybeans at 85.9 million, and all wheat at 55.8 million acres. The USDA will also be issuing quarterly grain stocks figures, with corn, soybeans, and wheat all expected to be above year ago... Read more »

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Starting planting season off right

As farmers prepare for the spring planting season, an agronomist says there are a few things they can do to set themselves up for a successful growing season. Even with lower commodity prices, Robert Mullen, agronomic contributor for PotashCorp, says fertilizer should be part of that plan.  “Use a starter, position yourself for success within your... Read more »

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Proposed USDA FY16 budget

The U.S. House of Representatives is proposing a $1 billion cut to the USDA budget over 10 years. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says those cuts could come from numerous areas within USDA. “They can do this in a variety of ways, from our mandatory programs, they can look at the nutrition side, they can look... Read more »

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White House Plays Catch-Up on Antibiotics in Ag

The White House is set to release today (March 27) a report called by Reuters “ambitious,” a 60-page plan to “slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance.”  While the report focuses on taking down so-called “superbug” infection rates over five years, one chunk of the report contains instructions to FDA and USDA to... Read more »

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USDA extends safety net program sign-up

Earlier today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners with an additional week to make their safety net program selection and update their yield history and base acres. USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Val Dolcini says these programs are important decision for producers.  “These programs help protect farmers from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” he... Read more »

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A special Make-a-Wish

Over the years, I’ve listened to stories, watched videos and seen many photographs about the subject of today’s column.  Hers is a story that should make all of us in agriculture proud.  I’m turning over the reins for the column today to someone who knows this story from a very personal perspective. Meghan Grebner is... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock prices

Private sources are reporting some scattered bids on the cattle at 160.00 live and 258.00 on the dressed. The bids are still several dollars apart from the current asking prices of 165.00 to 166.00 in the South and 265.00 to 266.00 in the North. Packer inquiry should improve throughout the day. Boxed beef cutout values... Read more »

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USDA extends deadline for ARC/PLC again

The USDA has extended the deadline for farmers to choose a Farm Bill safety net program. The first extension was through March 31st, but now sign-up has been extended through Tuesday, April 7th. The deadline for updating yield history and/or reallocation of base acres has also been extended through April 7th along with the choice... Read more »

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Winter-like chill across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, very cool, mostly dry weather prevails. Friday morning’s low temperatures dipped below 20° in the northern Corn Belt, from the eastern Dakotas to parts of Michigan. On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails. However, lingering cool weather across the eastern Plains contrasts with warm, breezy conditions on the High Plains. Despite... Read more »

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A wetter pattern ahead for parts of the Plains, Corn Belt

Looking ahead, rain will end later Friday along the Atlantic Seaboard, followed by a period of generally tranquil weather nearly nationwide. Five-day precipitation will total an inch or less, except for some higher amounts in the Northwest. Completely dry conditions will persist from California to the central and southern High Plains. Record-setting warmth will accompany... Read more »

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Riding the storm out

The financial outlook for crop producers over the next several months is not looking very bright at the present time. And many ag lenders have been working with their farmer-customers this winter to put them in a better position to withstand the latest downturn in the ag economy. Bob Campbell, a senior vice president with Omaha-based Farm Credit Services of... Read more »

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