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South Dakota winter wheat harvest running behind

There was very little rainfall and below normal temperatures this past week in South Dakota. Topsoil moisture is 82 percent adequate to surplus. Winter wheat is 74 percent good to excellent, with 55 percent mature and only 4 percent harvested, well behind the 32 percent average. Oats are 85 percent good to excellent with only […]

Indiana wheat harvest wrapping up

Cool dry weather last week provided farmers the opportunity to get fieldwork finished.  Farmers spent much of the week harvesting wheat, making hay and spraying crops.  According to the latest crop and weather report, 92 percent of the state’s wheat crop has been harvested. The corn crop is advancing as 69 percent of the crop […]

Missouri corn/soybeans still flourishing

Corn silking of the Missouri crop is way ahead of last year and the five year average at 91 percent complete as of Sunday.  The condition of corn also increased over the past week with 86 now good to excellent. Soybean blooming progressed to 48 percent complete and the condition of the crop is rated […]

Ag economist: set aside a year’s worth of land charges

Prospects of a good harvest are putting negative pressure on corn and soybean markets.  Ohio State University ag economist Matt Roberts says he doesn’t believe corn will fall below $2.50 per bushel, but he looks for prices to be close to $3.00. “That is cash flow positive if you ignore land charges,” said Roberts, speaking […]

We’re watching them, they’re watching us

Spurred by higher prices, milk production in the 28-member European Union was up 3.8 percent in May with January-through-May deliveries well-above year-ago levels.  Dairy Market News reports the Netherlands and Germany are nearly 4.5 percent higher, France is up 6 percent, Irish production is 8.5 percent above the same period in 2013 and the U.K. […]

Crop ratings slip slightly in Ohio

Even with a week of weather that allow wheat harvest and hay making to make significant progress, the condition ratings for both Ohio corn and soybeans slipped slightly. As of Sunday, July 20, 51 percent of the Ohio corn crop was silking, three points behind the 5-year average. 72 percent of the crop is in […]

Illinois corn and beans ahead

Eight-two percent of Illinois corn has reached the silking stage, a big jump from last week and ahead of the average of 70-percent.  The condition of the corn crop is the same as last week at 81 percent good to excellent. Nearly 70-percent of soybeans were blooming as of Sunday, ahead of the average of […]

Disaster Assistance for fruit tree crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcing Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance is available for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.   Farmers who did not have […]

A lot of hay made in Wisconsin

Cool, dry conditions allowed a lot of fieldwork in Wisconsin last week.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says as of Sunday, 66 percent of the second crop hay was made, a 22-point jump from a week ago. Topsoil moisture slipped from 74 percent adequate and 25 […]

Nebraska’s winter wheat harvest advances amid cool, dry weather

Nebraska was cool and mostly dry this past week bringing wheat harvest to more than half done.  It also resulted in producers starting to irrigate row crops. Topsoil moisture is 94 percent short to adequate. In addition to being half harvested, winter wheat is 52 percent good to excellent. Corn is 76 percent good to […]

Iowa crop development ahead of average

Last week may have been cooler and drier than normal around Iowa, but it was a good week for crops. 59% of corn is silking, 11 days ahead of 2013 and 2% faster than the five year average, with 77% of the crop rated good to excellent. 67% of soybeans are blooming, more than double […]

Weather sends corn, soybeans lower

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, with November moving close to its contract low. Weekend crop weather was good and while temperatures this week are warmer, they look non-threatening. According to USDA, 60% of soybeans are blooming, compared to 43% on average, with 19% at the pod setting stage, compared to 17% on […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 21, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.64, down 7 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $11.75 and 3/4, down 1 cent Aug. soybean meal closed at $380.70, up 40 cents Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.14, down 43 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.30, down 2 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $152.95, up $1.32 Aug. lean hogs closed at $125.10, […]

Boxed beef was sharply higher but pork was lower

Cattle country was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The new offering appears to be mixed, somewhat larger in the North and smaller in the South. Generally speaking, ready numbers continue to be historically tight. A few preliminary asking prices have been suggested around 158.00 plus in the South, and […]

U.S. soybean rating improves

The USDA’s condition ratings for this year’s corn and soybean crops continue to hold at extremely high levels for this point in the season. As of Sunday, 76% of corn is in good to excellent shape, unchanged on the week and 13% more than this time last year. 56% of the crop is silking, compared […]

Unseasonably cool weather set to return

A cold front will bring a return to showery weather across the nation’s heartland, starting with thunderstorms in the far upper Midwest on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, showers will sweep across the remainder of the Midwest, while a new cold front will arrive in the Northwest. The front’s passage will lower temperatures that have recently […]

A brief spell of heat, humidity for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, humid weather accompanies near- to above-normal temperatures. As a result, Heat Advisories are in effect Monday in the western Corn Belt, where temperatures will approach 95°. Isolated thunderstorms are confined to the far upper Midwest. Abundant soil moisture reserves are maintaining generally favorable conditions for reproductive corn and soybeans, despite the […]

A Brownfield riddle

How many microphones does it take to sufficiently cover the Great Plains Equipment Media Day? Judging by what Julie Harker has in her hands, it takes two.

Monday midday cash livestock markets

The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the collection of the new showlists. The new offering is expected to be about steady with last week. Preliminary asking prices should be around 158.00 in the South and 250.00 plus in the North. Beef cutouts closed significantly lower on Friday, reflective of a […]

Wheat inspections top estimates

USDA reports wheat export inspections for the week ending July 17 were larger than expected, while soybeans were within pre-report projections and corn was below all estimates. Wheat came out at 515,283 tons, up 127,883 from the week ending July 10, but down 144,225 from the week ending July 18, 2013. For the 2014/15 marketing […]

NFU asks for water map from EPA

National Farmers Union leaders have asked the EPA for a map with estimates of which bodies of water will be considered jurisdictional under the agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule in the Clean Water Act. NFU President Roger Johnson and members of NFU’s board of directors held a conference call last week with EPA Administrator […]

Pierce County presents Ag Youth Awards

Kim Carlson and Bailey Tinker pose with their prizes as they are awarded this year’s Pierce County Fair Ag Youth Award in Pierce, Nebraska. The award is sponsored by KK93 FM. Kim Carlson, 17, of Pierce County is the daughter of Lonnie and Tracy Carlson. She is a senior at Pierce Public High School where […]

The market reacts to good prospects

The possibility of a good harvest is putting negative pressure on corn and soybean markets.  Matt Roberts, an agricultural economist at The Ohio State University, talks about what else may affect the market and what to do about it.  Roberts tells Brownfield Ag News that he’s not surprised by the bearish tone to corn and […]

Using horses for physical rehabilitation

People with physical handicaps need all the help they can get to improve or to recover.  Horses are being used to do just that and it’s being proven to work.  K.C. Henry is executive director of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation.  She tells Brownfield the foundation funds research into how horses can help with […]

U.S. milk production up 1.9% in June

U.S. milk production in June totaled 17.2 billion pounds up 1.9 percent from June of last year.  Production per cow averaged 1,863 and the dairy herd had 9.27 million cows.  Cow numbers not available for June of 2013 due to budget cuts. Production in the 23 major dairy states up 2 percent from a year […]

Great Plains takes steps to protect honeybees

Ag chemical and manufacturing companies are taking steps to help prevent unnecessary honeybee deaths.  As members of the “Pollinator Partnership,” Great Plains Manufacturing planters use a pressurized system instead of a vacuum system, “Instead of having a central place of discharging maybe all of the fugitive dust, carrying the neonicotinoids,” says Great Plains product manager […]

Wisconsin quarantines seven more EAB counties

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is adding seven new southwestern counties to the state’s emerald ash borer quarantine list.  EAB has been found in Columbia, Monroe and Grant Counties.  Because they are now surrounded by EAB-infested counties, Richland, Iowa, Lafayette and Green Counties will also be quarantined. The quarantine will be […]

Danone buys into another African company

French dairy giant Danone is buying a 40-percent stake in East Africa’s largest dairy company.  Brookside has 40 percent of Kenya’s dairy market with sales of around $176 million in 2013.  The company sells a variety of dairy products in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.  It takes-in milk from 140,000 farmers in the region. This is […]

Strong finish to the week in dairy markets

Cash cheese and butter increased again on Friday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Dairy Market News says milk production has slowed across the country from a combination of hot weather and seasonal declines.  Cheese plants report spot loads are available but hard to find.  Some are using condensed skim to increase vat yields. It was […]

Corn down, soybeans mostly lower

Soybeans were mostly lower in consolidation trade. Growing conditions generally look really good and near term forecasts are warmer, but non-threatening, pressuring those new crop months. Still, November did post a gain on the week. Exports have been solid recently, but commercial demand remains very light. Friday, unknown destinations bought 464,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. […]

Feeder cattle sell lower at Missouri auctions

Feedlot country was at a standstill on Friday afternoon with business wrapped up for the week. Asking prices next week are likely to be around 158.00 plus in the South and 250.00 plus in the North. While packer margins look decent, many are worried about the possibility of sluggish product demand over the next two […]

Farmland prices remain strong

Prices and demand for farmland remained strong in the first six months of 2014 in the four-state territory of Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica).  It includes Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. FCSAmerica’s semi-annual appraisal of farmland values shows a stabilization of prices in Iowa, where the market showed signs of softening in the […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 18, 2014

Sep. corn closed at $3.71 and 1/4, down 8 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $11.76 and 3/4, up 2 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $380.30, down 20 cents Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.57, up 20 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.32 and 1/4, down 18 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $151.62, up 97 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $127.07, down $1.77 […]

Vet mobility act passes

Congress has passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act and President Obama is expected to sign the legislation. The new law – sponsored by Congressmen Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Ted Yoho of Florida, both veterinarians, allows vets to transport and use controlled substances away from their businesses.  It also lets vets register in multiple states […]

Changing the way farmers put on anhydrous

Tom Evans, Great Plains Vice President of Sales, says they’ve developed equipment that will change the way farmers apply anhydrous ammonia. He says the Great Plains’ Nutra-Pro Bar with high-speed anhydrous coulder is how.  We interviewed Evans at the Great Plains Media Day at the Kansas City Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Interview with Tom […]

It’s later than you think

Unless you work in DC, it’s tough to understand some of the unspoken signals that received from Capitol Hill.  In recent days, lobbyists sniffing the air like animals anticipating a storm, immediately understood the latest message:  We’re 100% into the race to October and recess until after the November 4 election. We’re now feverishly calculating what, if anything, […]

WCCI chooses two “Youth in Agriculture” award recipients

WCCI 100.3 FM is proud to announce that Brett Meador of Lena is this year’s winner of the “Youth in Agriculture” award for Stephenson County.  Brett is a 2014 graduate of Lena-Winslow High School and will be attending Iowa State University in the fall. Brett is the son of Rick & Mary Meador and has one […]

Warm; wet across the eastern Corn Belt

A disturbance currently over the Delta will drift eastward, reaching the Appalachians by early next week. Rainfall associated with the disturbance will be heaviest in the South, with 1 to 3 inches likely across the Gulf Coast and Southeast, while lighter showers fall farther north from the Tennessee Valley into eastern portions of the Ohio […]

Near-ideal weather across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting soft red winter wheat harvesting and maintaining nearly ideal conditions for reproductive summer crops. Corn and soybean developmental delays are mostly restricted to northern production areas. On the Plains, mostly dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend. A few showers linger, however, […]

More shoppers say they care about ‘animal welfare’

A spokesman for the organization that represents U.S. food retailers says more consumers are identifying “humane treatment of farm animals” as one of their food-buying concerns. “In looking at some of the (survey) data, we’ve found that it jumped about seven percent—so it’s a growing concern,” says David Fikes of the Food Marketing Institute. “Most […]

Understanding safety net options

As more details come out about the new safety net programs available to farmers in the Farm Bill, they are trying to figure out what programs work best for their operations. Roman Keeney, associate professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University says they are working to educate farmers about options available.  “Farms all differ and […]

Friday midday cash livestock markets

It sounds like the cash cattle business is essentially completed for the week. Best early guesses are Nebraska moved another 10,000 head on Thursday with dressed deals marked at 246.00 to 248.00, mostly 247.00. Asking prices on the few cattle left on the showlists are around 156.00 to 157.00 in the South and 248.00 plus […]

Potential for big crops in Iowa

Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey tells Brownfield that, with just a few exceptions, Iowa’s corn and soybean crops are looking very good. “I talk to producers and they get kind of quiet—they don’t want to jinx anything—but they’ll say, ‘you know, I’ve got one of my best-looking crops ever coming’,” Northey says. While the […]

Near perfect weather for pollination

The Illinois corn crop has had near perfect weather to go through pollination.   Mike Toohill, staff agronomist for Diversified Services says he couldn’t have special ordered better conditions.  “Warm sunny days and ample moisture create some of the best pollination days I’ve ever seen,” he says.  “Right now there’s a lot of pollen flying in […]

AFBF sends EPA “counter point” to Congress

The American Farm Bureau Federation is countering statements by an EPA official on the proposed water rule of the Clean Water Act.  Farm Bureau Congressional Relations Director Mary Kay Thatcher tells Brownfield Ag News the AFBF has given that document to members of Congress, “We put out a lengthy paper, sort of doing a point-counter-point […]

Grandin concerned with ‘biological overload’

Animal handling expert Temple Grandin delivered some good news at the International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare in Ames, Iowa. Grandin says she’s seen big improvements in cattle handling at ranches and feedlots across the country.  But Grandin says while handling has improved, she’s now seeing a new problem starting to develop. “Now we’re getting […]

Farm Science Review around the corner

Hard to believe the 2014 Ohio State Fair begins next week (July 23-August 3), it’s even harder to believe we’re less than 60 days away from the 2014 Farm Science Review. Assistant Manager Matt Sullivan says the show will again feature a sold-out exhibitor field and plenty of field demonstrations. “Crops are awesome,” said Sullivan. […]

Iowa’s ag secretary on RFS delay and EPA’s water rule

At the International Symposium of Beef Animal Welfare in Ames, Iowa, we asked Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey for his thoughts on the delay in the announcement of the Renewable Fuels Standard volumes and the debate over the EPA’s plan to extend its jurisdiction over “Waters of the U.S.”. AUDIO: Bill Northey (4:10 MP3)

FSA committee nominations due Aug. 1

August 1 is the deadline for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nominations. Eligible individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the administrative area where the person is nominated. The nomination form and other information about the FSA […]

Ohio corn crop looks good

While overall the Ohio corn crop looks good and the potential is there for a very good crop, Peter Thomison, Extension corn specialist at Ohio State University says there are some issues in areas that bare watching, including foliar diseases. “Another concern is the highly variable nature of the crops development,” Thomison said. “We have […]