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Equipment options for tighter budgets

Larger farmers, agricultural co-ops, and ag retailers have the opportunity for additional revenue even with tighter margins. Dan Alcazar, vice-president of marketing and sales for FarmLink says MachineryLink Sharing connects farm equipment owners with those who need access to it – but may not be in the position to purchase it.  “A lot of the... Read more »

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High oleic processing options

Two Michigan processors are accepting high oleic soybeans this season. Anita Stuever with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee says with the FDA’s recent decision to remove trans fats from processed foods, soybean farmers will benefit. “We’ve been working on the issue nationally for ten years and have some alternatives that food manufactures can use to... Read more »

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What’s new with poo

The Michigan Innovations in Agriculture Summer Tour this August is focused on manure management. The bus tour, “What’s New with Poo,” will visit four farms in Mid-Michigan that showcase manure based conservation practices and new technologies. Highlights during the program include cover crops in a manure-based system, harvestable buffers and manure separating systems. Clinton County... Read more »

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Twenty years on, InfoAg technology ‘amazing’

The Twentieth Anniversary of the first InfoAg Conference in St. Louis has led to some reminiscing.  One of the presenters at the 1995 event, Champaign, Illinois farmer John Reifsteck, remembers at that first InfoAg Conference talking about beginning to use a yield monitor and having just acquired variable rate fertilizer technology.  He said, however that... Read more »

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Sudden death syndrome threatens wet soybeans

Among the problems from excessive rain is a soybean disease that could further hurt yield, a threat facing the soybeans that Upper Midwest farmers managed to plant between frequent downpours.  Dekalb/Asgrow  territory agronomist Chris Kallal tells Brownfield that overly wet fields have resulted in sudden death syndrome. “When you think about that wet, cool spring... Read more »

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Innovation needed for fluid milk

For years the dairy industry has tried to figure out how to reverse the decline in fluid milk consumption in the U.S. Cindy Sorensen is Vice President of Business Development for Midwest Dairy Association, she says one challenge is the fact there are now more than 60,000 beverage choices for consumers so fluid milk needs... Read more »

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Three Wisconsin poultry farms cleared to restock

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture (DATCP) has released the quarantines on the first three of nine commercial poultry producers affected by avian influenza this spring. One farm in Chippewa County, one in Barron County and one in Jefferson County are now free to restock and resume production. The six remaining affected premises in the Badger State; two in... Read more »

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Another call for EU assistance for dairy producers

Northern Ireland’s Agriculture Minister is joining the call for the European Union to raise its dairy intervention price. Michelle O’Neill says dairy farmers have warned they will go out of business if they do not get higher prices for milk. Producers have been getting around 19 PPL (pence per liter), well below the estimated 25... Read more »

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Dairy and the TPP talks

There are mixed reports regarding dairy coming out of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks in Hawaii. While some reports say the talks have bogged-down, Canada’s Globe and Mail says Ottawa has apparently made some type of offer to the United States. Japan’s Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy said the Canadians were “putting their... Read more »

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Three Midwest seed companies combine efforts

  South Dakota-based Legend Seeds is partnering with Wisconsin’s Carhart’s Blue Top of Galesville and Lemke Seed of Mequon. Legends Seeds president Glen Davis says the combination will provide an expanded line of products and services to Wisconsin growers. For the 2016 growing season, all seeds and supplies will be marketed through Legend’s “Legends Seeds”... Read more »

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Good day in the cash dairy markets

Some nice gains in the cash dairy markets on Wednesday. Cheddar barrels gained 5 cents and blocks increased 6 cents on a couple of unfilled bids. Butter was a half-cent higher and nonfat dry milk increased 1.25 cents. Class III futures responded with the August contract gaining 26 cents, September increased 24 cents. Dairy Market... Read more »

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Nebraskan will chair the U.S. Grains Council

Nebraska farmer Alan Tiemann has been elected chairman of the U.S. Grains Council at the organization’s annual board of delegates meeting in Montreal, Canada. Tiemann farms near Seward, Nebraska, and has spent more than 35 years in production agriculture. The new vice chairman of USGC is Chip Councell of Maryland. Deb Keller of Iowa will... Read more »

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Soybeans mixed on solid demand, good weather

  Soybeans were mixed on commercial buying and speculative selling. Nearby months were supported by the continued solid domestic and export demand. Near term crop weather looks generally non-threatening for much of the Midwest, pressuring deferred contracts. The trade’s also waiting for the USDA numbers out on August 12th. Soybean meal was higher and bean... Read more »

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Grassley: Canada ‘intellectually dishonest’ over COOL

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t buying Canada’s objection to establishing a voluntary country of origin labeling (COOL) program in the U.S. “It seems to me they’re being intellectually dishonest,” Grassley says. “When we do exactly what they’re doing, why wouldn’t that satisfy them?” Canada has its own voluntary labeling program for food products. But Canadian... Read more »

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Vilsack pushes for poultry insurance program

Ag secretary Tom Vilsack says poultry producers need an insurance program to help protect them against catastrophic losses caused by diseases such as avian influenza. Vilsack says such a program, similar to what livestock producers have, would provide more “predictability” for producers and their lenders. “Right now, if a producer gets hit, he’s got to... Read more »

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Cattle trade delayed

Cattle country was quiet on Wednesday afternoon with just a few scattered bids noted in Kansas and Texas at 143.00. Significant trade volume will be delayed until Thursday or Friday. Asking prices are around 148.00 in the South and 236.00 plus in the North. The kill was estimated by USDA at 105,000 head, 1,000 more... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 29, 2015

Sep. corn closed at $3.67 and 3/4, down 7 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $9.83, up 8 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $350.00, up $4.80 Aug. soybean oil closed at 30.21, down 45 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.96 and 1/4, down 14 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $144.92, down 12 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $79.85, up 37 cents Sep.... Read more »

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Two Illinois youths receive “Youth in Ag” Awards

WCCI radio was proud to present two Brownfield Ag News “Youth in Ag” awards to recipients from Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties in Illinois. The 2015 “Youth in Ag” Winner for Stephenson County is Daniel Obert of Orangeville. Daniel is a 2015 graduate of Orangeville High School and will be attending Illinois State University in... Read more »

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New series tackles myths in dairy production

A new web-series is tackling myths in dairy production head-on. Whiteland, Indiana farmer Joe Kelsay is one of three farmers to take part in the new docu-series.  He says “The Udder Truth:” is a proactive effort to address some of the questions the dairy industry faces.  “There are three videos that are out now,” he... Read more »

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Private sector invests in rural infrastructure

USDA announced Tuesday the first round of infrastructure investments with the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. The Fund has invested nearly $161 million of private capital so far which includes 22 critical water and community facility projects in 14 states. USDA is leveraging private-public partnerships to maximize rural investments beyond roads and bridges to also... Read more »

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Missouri ag WX challenges site has answers

The University of Missouri has launched a website for ag producers challenged by the heavy rains this year. The questions and answers page has information and resources for weather challenges affecting animals, field crops, horticulture, soil, trees, turf and more. It includes information about wheat diseases. Missouri’s wheat crop is struggling with wheat diseases, including... Read more »

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Getting past the challenges of 2015

Growers who have been hit the hardest by Mother Nature this year are already looking ahead to 2016. Mike Toohill, Illinois-based agronomist with Diversified Services says one of the biggest concern for those growers is the condition of the soil.  “This ground is just hard from all these rains,” he says.  “Besides what we did... Read more »

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Potato late blight found in Michigan

Michigan State University reports potato late blight has been confirmed in central Michigan. Growers in Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia and Mecosta counties are encouraged to scout on a regular basis and aggressively treat fields where late blight is reported. Symptoms of late blight include small, light to green circular to irregularly shaped water-soaked lesions. MSU says... Read more »

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Turkeys between 12 to 16 weeks most susceptible to avian flu

Turkeys between the ages of 12 to 16 weeks seem to be the most susceptible to avian influenza. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association executive director Steve Olson says younger birds aren’t getting sick. “Like-wise with broiler chickens which are raised to six weeks of age or so, have not been infected with (avian flu).  So it... Read more »

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Midday livestock markets

Cattle country is generally quiet on Wednesday with just a few scattered bids reported in the South at 143.00, but packer inquiry is expected to improve as the day progresses. However, despite packers reported short bought status it is possible significant trade will wait until Thursday or Friday. Asking prices are around 148.00 in the... Read more »

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Study details factors involved in spread of avian flu

An updated study on how avian influenza is infiltrating turkey farms suggests equipment and age are probably playing a role. Earlier this month the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, followed up an early June report identifying certain factors that might lead to flocks getting infected. APHIS studied 81 turkey farms across the... Read more »

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Three phases of oat harvest in Minnesota

There are three phases of oat harvest in Minnesota. Doug Holen with Minnesota Extension specializes in small grains and forages. He says the first stage began about two weeks ago. “We saw a lot of oats come off as forages.  That is in light of a lot of oats planted this year; what I think... Read more »

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Forecast for strong El Nino conditions

A report shows the forecasted El Nino will be beneficial to corn and soybean yields in the majority of the Corn Belt. Jerry Lehnertz, vice-president of lending for AgriBank says above-average sea temperatures in parts of the Pacific Ocean historically have resulted in favorable growing conditions across much of the Midwest.  “The areas that I... Read more »

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Craft breweries need barley

Malting barley research in the Eastern U.S. will help craft brewers source more local varieties from the region. The Craft Malters Guild is working with ten universities including Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue to find regionally adapted spring barley varieties that could be used for brewing. Executive Director Deb Kleinman says more malt houses... Read more »

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Biodiesel used as home heating fuel

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is developing a marketplace for biodiesel as a home heating fuel. CEO Tom Slunecka says while many homes in the U.S. are heated by natural gas or propane, that’s not normally the case on the East Coast. “On the East Coast there is still a lot of home heating oil used... Read more »

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Ohio State Buckeyes in butter

The American Dairy Association Mideast unveiled their annual butter sculpture at the 2015 Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 28. This year’s butter display celebrates the Ohio State Buckeye’s national championship. In addition to the traditional butter cow and calf, the display features life-size sculptures of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and mascot... Read more »

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Use and benefits of cover crops on the rise

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has sent out surveys to farmers the last three years to look into the use of cover crops. Program Director Chad Watts says CTIC partners with the Sustainable Ag Research and Education Agency, USDA and for the first time this year the American Seed Trade Association. He tells Brownfield the... Read more »

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Disappointing year for DuPont

Citing weak demand for agricultural products and a strong dollar, DuPont cut its full-year earnings forecast on Tuesday. In April the company projected earnings of $4.00 to $4.20 per share, they now predict about $3.10. About 60 cents of that decline is credited to negative currency impact. For the second quarter ending June 30; DuPont... Read more »

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Northern Ireland dairy producers in big trouble

Northern Ireland’s Assembly Agriculture Committee is being recalled from their summer recess to deal with the country’s dairy crisis. Farmgate prices in the United Kingdom have been below the cost of production for months and that has put many operations on the brink of bankruptcy. Some of the ag committee members attended a dairy producer... Read more »

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Quiet day in the dairy markets

A mixed day in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday. Cash cheese barrels held steady, blocks slipped 1.5 cents, butter declined 2 cents and nonfat dry milk held steady on limited action. Class III futures were mixed with the August contract climbing back over the $16 mark to close at $16.04.... Read more »

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Grains, oilseeds bounce back

  Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Contracts saw a bounce after the hard drop on Monday, taking back about a third of the decline. There’s been some talk of new Chinese export demand, but nothing’s surfaced yet. Near term crop weather looks non-threatening around the Midwest and, nationally, the crop is in... Read more »

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Livestock futures close significantly higher

Cattle country was at a virtual standstill on Tuesday with only a few starter bids evident in Kansas at 143.00 live. Some asking prices are around 148.00 in the South and 236.00 in the North. Given last week’s limited trade volume, cattle buying interest could pick up as early as Wednesday. It is always difficult... Read more »

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Soybean aphids are on the move in Iowa

Soybean aphids are a growing concern for Iowa farmers. Todd Claussen, director of agronomy for Ames-based FC Coop, says aphids like this kind of weather. “Soybean aphids love it mild—they love 75 to 78 degrees,” Claussen says. “It’s mid-70’s right now at midday in central Iowa—good conditions for their populations to advance.” Claussen says aphids... Read more »

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Economist on why corn price highs faded

A University of Illinois economist says corn futures prices that rose earlier this summer are not likely to rebound. Darrell Good says the increase of 90-cents a bushel from mid-June to mid-July had a couple of drivers. One was the June acreage report,“That showed that, we might have a few less corn acres planted than... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 28, 2015

Sep. corn closed at $3.75, up 2 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $9.74 and 3/4, up 13 and 1/2 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $345.20, up $1.00 Aug. soybean oil closed at 30.66, up 55 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.10 and 3/4, up 8 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $145.05, up $2.02 Aug. lean hogs closed at $79.47, up $1.95 Sep. crude oil... Read more »

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Preparing for another (possible) battle with avian flu

  The possible reemergence this fall of the avian influenza virus is the focus of a poultry industry conference taking place in Des Moines. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off that conference on Tuesday. “I want to thank the producers who are in the audience today,” Vilsack said. “I want you to know that... Read more »

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Construction begins on new pork processing facility

The first new pork processing plant in years broke ground in Michigan last week. The Michigan Pork Producers Council says it’s the first time a state of the art pork processing facility of its size has been built since the 1990s. Executive Vice President Sam Hines believes the Coldwater plant near the Michigan/Indiana/Ohio boarder will... Read more »

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Neb. Farm Bureau: ‘Hold the line’ on local spending

Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging schools, counties and other political subdivisions funded through local property taxes to hold the line on spending. Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson says those entities can help address the growing property tax burden on Nebraskans as they develop their budgets for the coming year. “It’s never been more important than... Read more »

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Grassley wants scrutiny of JBS-Cargill pork deal

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division to take a close look at the proposed acquisition of Cargill’s pork unit by JBS USA. Grassley says if the deal goes through, the four largest pork processors will control roughly 71 percent of the processing capacity in the country. He says that... Read more »

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Getting manure applied has been challenging

Excessive rain has caused a wide range of challenges – from getting the crop planted, to harvesting wheat. On his dairy farm near Forest, Ohio, Geert Kruitr says getting manure applied has been extremely challenging. “We’ve got a 600 cow operation and when we bought it, it was not in really good shape for 600... Read more »

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Favorable summer crop weather across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are rolling across the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather in advance of a cold front favors rapid summer crop development. On July 26, the Midwestern winter wheat harvest was nearly complete except in Michigan (49% harvested) and Ohio (81%). On the Plains, thunderstorm activity... Read more »

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A sizeable cool-off slated for the Corn Belt

During the next few days, a modest push of cool air will overspread the Plains and Midwest, while heat will return across much of the West. Rain will end later today across the north-central U.S., while the focus for heavy showers will shift into the Southeast. Five-day rainfall Southeastern totals could reach 1 to 2... Read more »

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Midday livestock markets

It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country, very quiet. Bids and asking prices are not well defined, although a few showlists have been rumored to be priced around 148.00 in the South and 236.00 in the North. We could start to see some business by midweek due to the short bought status of packers.... Read more »

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Iowa Pork hires new CEO

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has selected a new chief executive officer. Pat McGonegle of Urbandale will begin those duties on October 1st. He replaces Rich Degner, who is retiring this fall after 17 years at the helm. McGonegle comes to Iowa Pork from the National Pork Producers Council where he was vice president... Read more »

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Illinois corn crop varies throughout the state

The Illinois corn crop continues to look really good in some areas – and really poor in others. Mike Toohill, Illinois-based agronomist for Diversified Services says excessive rainfall continues to deteriorate the crop.  “Really there is a lot of water damage along I-55,” he says.  “Some of the worst corn in the state is south... Read more »

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