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Valent releases new soybean herbicide

At this year’s Farm Progress Show, Valent announced the release of a new soybean herbicide, Fierce XLT. Gary Schaefer, senior manager for row crops with Valent, says Fierce XLT is the premium herbicide that controls broadleaves, including ragweed as well as annual grasses. He says it has the broadest spectrum and the long-lasting residual, giving […]

Use sunscreen

Commentary. Isn’t it just like Mother Nature to turn up the heat just in time for the first weeks of school? In my neck of the woods, heat indices kissed 100 degrees or more almost every day last week. I’m not particularly fond of 90-plus degree days with 90-plus percentage humidity, especially when outdoor chores […]

Solid finish for wheat, corn

Soybeans were mostly higher on technical buying and position squaring ahead of the first notice day. Contracts look a little oversold and the weekly new crop sales were strong at 1.3 million tons. Past that – the fundamentals look bearish and early yield numbers have been solid. Soybean meal was higher and soybean oil was […]

Two Midwestern governors chastise EPA

The governors of Nebraska and Iowa are not mincing words when it comes to their feelings about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a conference call with reporters, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman called EPA “the enemy of agriculture”.  Heineman says the agency is the biggest regulatory issue that farmers and ranchers face. “The federal […]

A little more profitable on the farm in August

The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers in August was unchanged from July.  Producers received higher prices for cattle, milk, apples and broccoli.  Lower prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and broilers. The Crop Index declined 2.2 percent.  Corn averaged $3.70 per bushel down 35 cents from July.  Soybeans decreased 90 cents to average $12.20 […]

Cash cattle trade was at a standstill

The cash cattle trade remained pretty much dead in the water on Thursday afternoon. Buying interest could surface late in the day if packers are serious about getting procurement complete before Friday, There were a few bids on the table from 151.00 to 152.00 live, and 240.00 to 241.00 dressed. Asking prices are around 155.00 […]

NCBA hopes EPA has reversed RFS decision

The final rule on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2014 is now in the hands of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The original EPA proposal cut the corn-based ethanol mandate from 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons. Chip Bowling, a Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 28, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.61 and 3/4, up 5 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $10.73 and 3/4, down 12 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $433.20, up $16.70 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.64, down 3 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.56 and 1/2, up 9 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $154.65, up $1.45 Oct. lean hogs closed at $95.47, down […]

Bayer Crop Science investing in agriculture

Investment and commitment was the theme for a media event hosted by Bayer Crop Science during the first day of the Farm Progress Show.  Jim Blome, President and CEO of Bayer Crop Science North America told Brownfield that in the crop protection business, you have to invest and be committed, as it takes about ten […]

Indiana dairy farmer featured on Disney’s Citizen Kids

Milk Life and Disney have partnered to produce a 21 episode web series to celebrate the potential in all kids and the extraordinary things they accomplish.  The latest episode features 10 year-old dairy farmer Jenna Kelsay of Whiteland, Ind. More than six generations of Kelsay’s have been involved in dairy farming and Kelsay Farms welcomes […]

Dairy Margin Protection sign-up starts Tuesday

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says sign-up for the new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers will run from September 2nd through November 28th.  If producers choose to not participate this year, they will be able to sign-up in future years but once they enroll in the program they must participate for the life of the […]

CLAAS introduces new 4X4 tractor

One of the many new product introductions at this week’s Farm Progress Show was the new XERION tractor line from CLAAS of America. According to product manager Drew Fletcher, the XERION line has been upgraded from previous European versions to handle the demands of large-scale American farms. “The XERION is not just ‘an off the […]

Land values soften, but no crash seen

Although some land values have softened lately, a good harvest should keep prices from falling much more. “Farmland is what it earns,” said Dale Aupperle, who tracks land values for Illinois farm managers. Despite softening land values the last six months, and commodity prices that have fallen in reaction to the apparent good crop, Aupperle […]

Farmland rancher’s shirts ‘impossibly starched’

One of the people in the film Farmland says he’d be in the movie again despite claims that the documentary is an unlikely depiction of American farmers.  The young farmer was at the Farm Progress Show; one of many that he’s attended since his appearance on the big screen. Texas cattle rancher Brad Bellah is […]

Thursday midday cash livestock markets

The cash cattle market is slow in developing on Thursday. The same starter bids evident yesterday at 151.00 to 152.00 live and 240.00 dressed are offered today, but little else. Buying interest should build through the day if packers are serious about completing procurement efforts before Friday. Asking prices are around 155.00 plus in the […]

Another strong week for new crop soybean sales

USDA reports soybean product export sales for the week ending August 21 were below pre-report estimates, while corn, soybeans, and wheat were within analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the marketing year, but corn and wheat fell short of their respective marks. Wheat came out […]

Final day of Farm Progress Show rained out

Rain and lightning have forced a closure of the final day of the Farm Progress Show. “Safety is paramount to us,” said Don Tourte, vice president of The Farm Progress Show, confirming the closure.  “We received word that lightning was within 15 miles of the show site and decided that keeping the show open is […]

A growing interest in cover crops

On the program at Beck’s Hybrids, Becknology Days, Cameron Mills who farms in North Central Indiana, near Walton and cover crop consultant, talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about the growing interest in cover crops. To begin, Mills says for those thinking about cover crops, they first need to look at their entire program. Audio: Cameron Mills, […]

Can you afford to cut traits?

As corn prices plunge, corn growers need to take a very close look at input costs when planning for next year.  One choice to make is what types of traits you really need and which can you maybe risk not using.  Jeff Renk is product manager with Renk Seed, he talks about the options. Listen […]

NRCS signup generates huge response

The $2 million in NRCS funding to be used for cover crops in the Western basin of Lake Erie generated an overwhelming response. The additional funding announced by NRCS will put cover crops on 35-40,000 acres, but State Conservationist Terry Cosby says the response was for twice that amount. Cosby says it’s another example of […]

Fonterra increasing Chinese presence

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra says it is going to buy a 20 percent stake in Chinese infant food manufacturer Beingmate.  Once the partnership is created, the joint venture will buy Fonterra’s Darnum plant in Australia. The cooperative also announcing plans to spend $555 (NZ) million on plants in New Zealand to increase milk powder […]

Continued strength in dairy markets

Cash cheese barrels held steady on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday, blocks increased a penny while butter lost 1.5 cents.  Class III futures were slightly lower. Midwest cheese plants are running at or near capacity and no one seems to be contemplating any change in schedule through the holiday weekend.  Plants continue to add […]

Plymouth Pioneer facility celebrates 25 years

The Pioneer seed corn production facility in Plymouth, Ind. broke ground in 1988.  Production location manager Mark Letzinger says when the plant opened in 1989 it was considered a small operation. But things have changed a lot since then.  “We had about 35 employees, about 40 growers producing seed on about 14,000 acres,” he says.  […]

World Dairy Expo entries due

The initial deadline for World Dairy Expo cattle entries is midnight, August 31st.  Paper entries must be postmarked by that date to avoid late fees. Exhibitors are encouraged to submit entries online.  Stalling requests, tent and/or booth space purchases, youth fitting, youth showmanship and 2017 International Futurity entries can all be submitted online at […]

Rep. Latta, Dir. Daniels to tour 5th District

5th District Ohio Congressman Bob Latta and Ohio Director of Agriculture Dave Daniels will be on the road Thursday, August 28. A tour of four agricultural operations in the 5th District will showcase the diversity and strength of the agricultural industry, as well as the challenges it faces in the District. “Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District […]

Wisconsin “Biggest Weed” winner

University of Wisconsin-Extension announcing the winners of the Biggest Weed contest at the recent Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.  The “grand champion” was a giant ragweed brought in by Wayne Greeler of Neillsville.  The plant stood over 10 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Ken McGwin of Montello had a 12-foot ragweed but it only measured […]

DOJ says Tyson must sell Heinold

The U.S. Department of Justice says it will require Tyson Foods to divest Heinold Hog Markets, its sow purchasing business, in order to proceed with its $8.5 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Company. Attorneys General from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri joined DOJ in a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the District of […]

Grains and oilseeds consolidate

Soybeans were mixed on commercial buying in September against speculative selling in the other months. The trade’s also at least a little concerned about a cooler, wetter weather pattern in parts of the Northern Midwest, but fundamentals are bearish. Early yield reports for soybeans have generally been strong. Soybean meal was higher and bean oil […]

Boxed beef and pork close significantly lower

Packer inquiry into the cattle remained light on Wednesday afternoon with just a few scattered bids at 151.00 to 152.00 live and 240.00 dressed. Significant business could be delayed until Thursday or Friday, but both sides would probably like to get things done by Thursday in order to clear the deck for the Labor Day […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 27, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.56, unchanged Sep. soybeans closed at $10.85 and 3/4, up 10 and 1/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $416.80, up $28.10 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.67, down 36 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.47 and 1/4, up 5 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $153.20, down 35 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at $95.92, up 82 cents Oct. crude oil […]

DuPont puts more focus on seed treatments

DuPont says it will construct two new state-of-the-art seed science centers dedicated to developing and testing seed treatment formulations, applications and seed handling techniques. The company made the announcement at this week’s Farm Progress Show. The centers will be located in Wilmington, Delaware and Johnston, Iowa. According to Jeff Daniels, technical agronomy lead for the […]

S. Illinois farmland auction

Even with lower commodity prices, a farmland auction in Southern Illinois on Monday, August 25 attracted 45 bidders. The 765 acres in Franklin County sold for $4,195,000. “We had a classic competition between investors and local farmers, and a large investor was in the competition right up to the end, but it was the farmers […]

Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

Packer inquiry into the cattle was minimal in the early rounds on Wednesday, but the expectation is at least some buying interest will surface through the day. Significant business could be delayed until Thursday or Friday, but both sides would probably like to get things wrapped up by tomorrow in order to clear the deck […]

Calcium Products launches new product

Calcium Products of Ames, Iowa is launching a new product today at the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. SUPERCAL HUMIC is a pelletized calcium and sulfur product. Craig Dick, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Calcium Products, says it improves your crops’ intake of calcium and other essential nutrients. Interview with Craig […]

Energy companies offer incentives on the farm

Efficiency on the farm includes energy efficiency and more energy providers are offering incentives for farmers. Dave Warrington with Alliant Energy in Iowa, at the 2014 Farm Progress Show, says technology has taken great leaps in energy products. “Our main focus is on anything that will conserve energy on ag-related business or production agriculture. Our […]

Monsanto offers weed management solutions

Weed resistance is a growing problem. And regardless of where you farm and what weed control product you use, a single herbicide mode-of-action is no longer adequate to protect your yields and long-term profitability. In the Monsanto Media Center at the Farm Progress Show, we discussed weed management and Roundup Ready Plus Weed Management Solutions with […]

Nafziger: Big crops on the way

Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Extension agronomist at the University of Illinois for more than 30 years, was one of the speakers in the DuPont Pioneer tent at the Farm Progress Show.  Nafziger shared his thoughts on the state of crops in the Midwest this season.  His conclusion on the corn crop—it’s going to be a big […]

Valero celebrates restart of Mt. Vernon facility

Valero Renewable Fuels and the Ports of Indiana celebrated the restart of the Mt. Vernon ethanol plant today.  Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann says the opening of the Valero facility at the Port of Indiana – Mount Vernon is another economic development win for the state of Indiana. The Mount Vernon plant is the 11th corn […]

Weather sends corn lower

Soybeans were mostly lower, with September through March down on commercial and speculative selling. 90% of the crop is at the pod setting stage and even with a slight decline in the rating, beans are in great shape. Development conditions are good, with rain in the forecast. Soybean meal was mixed, matching beans, including a […]

Lean hogs finish with aggressive gains

It was a typical Tuesday in cattle country with no bids reported and asking prices poorly defined. A few showlists have been priced around 155.00 in the South and 245.00 to 248.00 in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until Wednesday or Thursday. The assumption may be made both sides will try […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 26, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.56, down 4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $10.75 and 1/2, down 50 and 1/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $388.70, down $17.40 Sep. soybean oil closed at 33.03, up 29 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.41 and 1/2, down 1 cent Aug. live cattle closed at $153.55, up 80 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at $95.10, up $1.65 Oct. crude oil closed at $93.86, up 51 cents […]

Farmer ingenuity

Mike Shuter, who not only farms near Frankton, Indiana, he’s also designing and custom building cover crop seeders. At Becknology Days near Atlanta, Indiana, Shuter Soil Health Solutions had on display one of the seeders with a 120 ft. boom that Mike designed and built using a Miller sprayer. They also have designed a self-contained […]

Nelson receives Farmer of the Year award

Former Illinois Farm Bureau president and Seneca farmer Phil Nelson was honored today with Senator Mark Kirk’s inaugural Farmer of the Year award.  Senator Kirk says Nelson received the award for his countless contributions to Illinois, the economy, and the livelihood of thousands of farmers throughout the state. Nelson served as Illinois Farm Bureau president […]

Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

It is very quiet on the cattle front with no bids on the table and asking prices poorly defined. A few showlists have been priced around 155.00 in the South and 245.00 to 248.00 in the North. Significant trade will probably be delayed until Wednesday or Thursday. The assumption can be made both sellers and […]

Prepare for increased grain storage

The anticipated bumper crop of corn and soybeans has heightened the need for extra storage during harvest this fall. Missouri Ag Director Richard Fordyce says transportation is part of the issue, too, with oil activities going on up north. Fordyce tells Brownfield, “That enterprise in North Dakota has pulled a lot of our rail infrastructure […]

Putting cover crops to work

On the program at the 2014 Becknology Days, Cameron Mills of Walton, Indiana talked about cover crops. Mills says when it comes to getting started with cover crops, you need to look at your entire program. Audio: Cameron Mills, Walton, Indiana (2:55 mp3)s

Indiana corn crop starting to mature

Scattered heavy rainfall provided to some farmers relief while others experienced flooding and crop damage. According to the Indiana Crop and Weather report, 73 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent with 82 percent of the crop in the dough stage, 41 percent dented, and 3 percent mature.  Soybeans that were setting […]

Wisconsin increases Zone D bear quota

Citing an increase in human-bear conflicts, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is increasing the quota in Zone D in Northwest Wisconsin.  Zone D covers all of Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, and Washburn Counties and parts Polk, Barron, Rusk and Sawyer Counties. DNR Northern Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says they would like to focus on the […]

U.K. dairy farmers facing tough times

While U.S. dairy farmers are enjoying some of the most-profitable times in years, it is quite a different story in the United Kingdom.  UK dairy farmers had been pushing to increase production to meet global demand but China has reduced purchases and Russia has stopped buying from any country that has imposed sanctions over the […]

Iowa crops progressing nicely

The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service says Iowa corn is 88 percent dough, 15 points ahead of the five-year average.  33 percent is dented, 9 points behind the five-year average.  The crop is rated 75 percent good to excellent condition.  94 percent of the Iowa soybeans are setting pods, up 6 […]