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 The latest Headlines in the ag industry from Brownfield Ag News:  

    Harvest data is critical to decisions for next year

    For southwest Indiana farmer Joe Steinkamp harvest is a great time to think about the decisions he needs to make for the next growing season.  “I’m thinking about which hybrids are performing well on which soil types,” he says.  “And then monitoring which fertility plans are doing well all while I’m tracking the varieties on... Read more »


    Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference

    The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center at Ohio State University will host the Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference, October 6-8 in Columbus. Denny Hall, OBIC Director says it’s fitting for Ohio to host this first-of-its-kind event. “Ohio has been a phenomenal leader in the bioproducts industry, we draw it from our agricultural heritage,” said Hall. “Ohio... Read more »


    Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

    It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not fully developed. However, private sources report a few showlists are being marked around 161.00 to 162.00 in the South, and 250.00 to 252.00 in the North. Packers appear to be extremely short bought given their limited procurement last week. But... Read more »


    USDA raises 2013 soybean estimate

    USDA has adjusted its 2013 U.S. soybean production figure. Last year’s crop is now pegged at 3.358 billion bushels, up more than 69 million from initial estimates, with an average yield of 44.0 bushels per acre, seven tenths of a bushel larger. Planted area came out at 76.840 million acres, 307,000 higher, and harvested area... Read more »


    U.S. wheat crop down 5% on year

    According to USDA, 2014 U.S. wheat production totaled 2.035 billion bushels, down 5% from the 2013 total of 2.135 billion bushels. The average yield of 43.8 bushels per acre was down 3.3 bushels on the year and harvested area of 46.476 million acres was up 3% from 2013’s 45.332 million. Planted area was pegged at... Read more »


    South Dakota Governor gets BIO award

    South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has been chosen by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for its 2014 Food and Agriculture Governor of the Year Award. According to Prairie Business, the governor was recognized for leadership and commitment to strengthening the state’s agricultural and livestock biotech industries.  Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO, tells the... Read more »


    Replacement female sale scheduled

    The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will hold their second annual Replacement Female Sale on Friday, November 28, at Muskingum Livestock in Zanesville beginning at 7 p.m.. John Grimes, Extension beef coordinator at Ohio State University says the sale is an opportunity for both buyers and sellers of replacement females. “We can take consignments of cows up... Read more »


    Ohio’s Demi Snider named National Beef Ambassador

    Ohio has its second National Beef Ambassador. Demi Snider, a student in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at Ohio State University has been selected as one of five National Beef Ambassadors for 2015, a role Sierra Jepsen of Ohio served in 2014. “It’s a great honor and I’m super excited to... Read more »


    Online tool for Farm Bill programs

    Jonathan Coppess, with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois says an online tool developed to help farmers make decisions between the ARC and PLC programs in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill allows farmers to go through the decision making steps and enter different scenarios on their time.... Read more »


    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 »



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