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

    Iowa land values down nine percent

    Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising... Read more »


    Illinois corn, soybean crops good, but behind normal

    The Illinois corn harvest continues, but progress is behind normal. Precipitation statewide was behind normal at a little over a half inch for the week.  Fifty-six percent of Illinois corn is mature and the harvest is 6 percent complete, 17 percentage points behind the 5-year average. The crop is 83 percent good to excellent. About... Read more »


    Missouri corn 20 percent harvested, but behind normal

    The Missouri corn harvest is 21 percent done, ahead of last year, but 15 percentage points behind the five year average.  About three-quarters of the corn crop has reached maturity and is rated 85 percent good to excellent. Missouri got seven-tenths of an inch of rain statewide last week. Topsoil moisture is 82 percent adequate... Read more »


    South Dakota’s corn, soybeans three-quarters good to excellent

    There was very little rain across South Dakota this past week, but still, topsoil moisture 87 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 13 short, 83 adequate, and 3 surplus. South Dakota’s corn crop is 74 percent good to excellent. It’s 22 percent mature, which is behind the 37 percent... Read more »


    How corn plants/yields depend on boron

    University scientists have found that the right amount of boron in the soil helps stem cell growth and development in corn. Dr. Paula McSteen, University of Missouri associate professor at the Bond Life Sciences Center, says that’s why boron soil supplementation is needed in areas where deficiencies are likely. She tells Brownfield Ag News… “For... Read more »


    Cash butter holds steady on the CME

    Cash cheese barrels increased another 6 cents on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday while blocks declined 5.25 cents.  Butter and nonfat dry milk held steady and Class III futures declined. There has been a lot of speculation that the dairy markets will crash at some point especially given the continuous decline in the global... Read more »


    Less cheese and butter in the nation’s warehouses

    Monthly Cold Storage Report from USDA shows that as of August 31st there were 1.05 billion pounds of cheese in the nation’s warehouses.  That is unchanged from the end of July but 46 million pounds or 4 percent below August of 2013.  American-type cheese stocks were 662 million at the end of August, 2 million... Read more »


    General Mills to consider non-gmo proposal

    General Mills will hold their annual shareholders meeting in Minneapolis on Tuesday.  One of the proposals expected to come to the floor calls for the board of directors to “adopt a policy of removing genetically engineered crops, organisms or ingredients from products sold or manufactured by the company.”  The proposal calls for the board to... Read more »


    Warmer and drier in Wisconsin

    Looks like Wisconsin farmers are finally getting some good growing weather.  Some reports of killing frost in Chippewa, Rusk and Buffalo Counties with frost damage reported in a few others.  But temperatures warmed into the 70’s and even low 80’s over the weekend with only scattered showers.  Topsoil moistures fell from 19 percent surplus a... Read more »


    Expected record crops put more pressure on corn, soybeans

      Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling, hitting new contract lows. The big bearish factor for beans continues to be this year’s record expected crop. Demand’s strong, but not having much of an impact, and the trade’s also keeping an eye on early planting in South America. USDA reports 45% of soybeans are... Read more »


    Nebraska’s corn harvest is underway

    Nebraska’s 2014 harvest season is getting underway. As of Sunday, three percent of the state’s corn crop had been harvested compared to the five-year average of nine percent.  Soybean harvest, at one percent complete, was four points behind average.  The sorghum harvest is also underway, at one percent complete. Forty-one percent of dry beans were... Read more »


    Ohio crop conditions decline slightly

    According to the latest weekly crop and weather report, crop conditions in Ohio declined slightly over the last week.   As of Sunday, 76 percent of corn and 71 percent of soybeans are reported in good to excellent condition. Eighty-six percent of the corn crop has dented, 27 percent is mature with 2 percent of... Read more »


    U.S. corn, soybean crops look great

      This year’s U.S. corn and soybean crops continue to show great condition ratings for this time of year, but a couple of key development phases remain behind average. As of Sunday, 90% of corn has dented, compared to the five year average of 92%, and 42% has reached maturity, compared to 54% on average,... Read more »


    Iowa’s crops still lagging in development

    Iowa’s corn and soybean crops continue to run behind normal in their final stages of development. As of Sunday, 37 percent of the state’s corn crop was mature, 10 days behind normal, while 34 percent of soybeans had dropped leaves, five days behind normal. Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says farmers are anxious to... Read more »


    Indiana corn harvest 5 percent complete

    Some parts of the state received a much needed break in precipitation this week, however several fields remained too saturated to harvest. Both corn and soybeans remain in in good shape as over 70 percent are in good to excellent condition.  Overall, 89 percent of the state’s corn crop is dented, 49 percent mature, and... Read more »


    Pork values end higher but beef was lower

    Bids and asking prices on the cattle are not well defined, although a few ready steers and heifers are starting out the week being priced around 161.00 in the South and 247.00 in the North. The new showlists appear to be mixed, higher in Texas, about steady in Nebraska and Kansas, but lower in Colorado.... Read more »


    Concerns about propane supply

    With fall and winter approaching there is concern about the propane supply for drying what could be a very wet corn harvest.  Cinch Munson, director of agriculture business development for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) says the propane industry continues to produce more propane every year. And, he says, it’s enough to meet... Read more »


    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 22, 2014

      Dec. corn closed at $3.30 and 1/4, down 1 and 1/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.38 and 1/4, down 18 and 3/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $319.40, down $4.70 Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.00, down 46 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.76 and 3/4, up 2 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $155.50, down 12 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at $107.30, up $1.32... Read more »


    Iowa farmland down 9% in past year

    Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising... Read more »


    Updated Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide available

    The latest information in planting cover crops is now available.  Purdue University released its second edition of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide today.  Eileen Kladivko, Purdue professor of agronomy says the updated field guide will provide information to help farmers better choose appropriate cover crops for their farms and better manage the cover crops... Read more »


    Beef in cold storage drops

      USDA reports red meat supplies at the end of August were down 7% on the year at 933.681 million pounds. Beef came out at 343.664 million pounds, a 20% year to year drop, which was larger than expected due to the tight supply of market ready animals. Pork was pegged at 546.305 million pound,... Read more »


    Indiana soybean farmer takes part in leadership development

    Indiana soybean farmer Matt Chapman is participating in the American Soybean Association’s Leadership at its Best development program.  The program is designed to hone the leadership skills of emerging soybean farmer-leaders.  Chapman, who farms in Springport, Ind. decided to participate in the program because of the opportunities it offers him to develop as a leader... Read more »


    Monday midday cash livestock prices

    The main item of business in feedlot country on Monday is the distribution of this week’s showlists. Bids and asking prices are not fully established. Significant business was delayed until Friday last week, and cattle buying was limited. Packers will no doubt be starting the week short-bought once again. Live southern deals were marked at... Read more »


    Bayer CropScience responds to demand

    A global crop protection company says it is driven by the strong demand for innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture. The company held its annual news conference in Monheim, Germany, last Wednesday and Brownfield Ag News was there along with about 100 other agriculture journalists from all over the world. Bayer CropScience says it is expanding its... Read more »


    Good week for corn, soybean inspections

      USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections for the week ending September 18 were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but wheat fell short of its mark. Wheat came out at 506,612 tons, down 158,206 from the week ending September 11 and 664,974 lower than the week... Read more »


    Favorable late-season weather in the upper Midwest

    Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to promote corn and soybean development, as well as early-season winter wheat planting. Conditions are especially favorable across the upper Midwest, where above-normal temperatures are helping to push late-developing summer crops toward maturity. On the Plains, mostly dry weather favors summer crop maturation and winter wheat planting. In... Read more »


    A wetter pattern ahead for the Plains, westward

    Unusual, late-season warmth from the Pacific Coast to the northern Plains and upper Midwest will build eastward, gradually displacing previously cool conditions in the eastern Corn Belt. Cool conditions will linger, however, along the Atlantic Seaboard. By week’s end, cooler air will begin to spread inland across the West, while record-setting warmth will persist across... Read more »


    Sharing with farmers Practical Farm Research

    For the second year Beck’s Hybrids showcased some of the Practical Farm Research being conducted at the London, Ohio site, located adjacent to the Farm Science Review. Scott Beck talked with Dave Russell about how Practical Farm Research benefits farmers and about the building construction underway on the site and what it will mean to... Read more »


    Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

    Lonnie Smith, Sr. Marketing Manager for Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers says farmers stopping by their exhibit at the 2014 Farm Science Review were talking about sustainability. Lonnie talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about that and about ways the fertilizer industry and farmers are addressing nutrient management.  


    Superior Manufacturing

    Larry Gibson, southern territory representative for Superior Manufacturing says farmers at the 2014 Farm Science Review wanted to know what kind of options in grain handling systems are available. Gibson talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about the options and the products Superior Manufacturing has available.  


    Connecting with customers

    Jim Strause, Regional Vice President at Fastline says farmers like having both the print and the digital options. Strause says by adding the digital component it’s changed the dynamics of selling equipment. Jim also talked about the “Hot List.”  


    Seed Consultants excited about 2015

    Farm Science Review provides companies like Seed Consultants an opportunity to talk with folks not only about this year’s crop, but for Daniel Call, operations manager at Seed Consultants says it’s also an opportunity to talk about what’s coming. Daniel talked with Dave Russell about the seed corn crop and changes coming in soybeans.  


    Apache Sprayers at FSR

    Jake Follrod, Regional Director at Equipment Technologies talks with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about Apache Sprayers and what they offer. Jake says in many instances the technology you’ll find on an Apache Sprayer is the result of talking to their customers.  


    The work begins after FSR

    For K-Buildings, the work really begins after Farm Science Review ends. Doug Hemm, director of marketing and domestic dealer development for Elgin Service Center talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell about everything from set-up, to customer follow-up, to what sets K-Building apart from others.


    H.G. Violet Equipment

    Walking into the exhibit at Farm Science Review you get just a sample of the equipment available at H.G. Violet Equipment located in Delphos. Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with Howard Violet about one product line in particular they carry, Agri-Cover. It’s a roll tarp system that Howard says they’ve been selling for a long time,... Read more »


    Earnings will drive farmland values

    Farmland values have softened a little, but there is no crash expected in the price of farmland.  Dale Aupperle tracks Illinois farmland values and tells Brownfield that farmland is what it earns, and while commodity prices have fallen, the volume of the crop will make up part of the earnings shortfall.


    National Farm Safety and Health Week

    Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first National Farm Safety Week proclamation in 1944, National Farm Safety and Health Week has been recognized by Presidential proclamation from every President since then. On Friday, September 19, President Obama issued the proclamation, proclaiming September 21-27, 2014 as National Farm Safety and Health Week. “And this year’s... Read more »


    Brock Grain Systems

    While some are looking for immediate grain storage solutions for this falls harvest, others are looking ahead to 2015. Dave Dell, Global Marketing and Sales Director for Brock Grain Systems talked with Brownfield’s Dave Russell at Farm Science Review about storage systems and what farmers are looking for today in a grain system.    


    One more time before harvest

    For Brian George, Regional Sales Manager for Seed Consultants, spending time at Farm Science Review is an opportunity to not only talk with current customers, but potential customer’s, one more time before fall harvest begins. Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with Brian about current conditions, to what to watch for in this year’s crop, to looking... Read more »


    Steyer Seeds makes big donation

    Steyer Seeds presented the Stephanie Spielman Fund with a check for $160,493 during the 2014 Farm Science Review. Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with Ben Steyer, V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Steyer Seeds about the donation and more.    


    A good looking corn crop

    Harvest is just underway for Swayzee, Ind. farmer Doug Morrow.  He says so far – his corn is doing better than he expected.  “We started on corn,” he says. “It’s coming out of the field at 28 percent.  I believe it is going to be a good crop and what we’ve taken out so far... Read more »


    Dry weather favoring late-season development in the Corn Belt

    Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues to assist late-developing corn and soybeans push toward maturity. However, showers are encroaching on northwestern production areas, including the eastern Dakotas. On the Plains, rain showers in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the Dakotas into Wyoming. The northern Plains’ rain is slowing winter wheat planting... Read more »


    Thinking and breathing with your horse

    Mark Rashid is an author, singer and horse trainer.  He travels the country, teaching horses to think and then teaching riders to think like the horse.  It all starts with breathing.


    A wetter pattern to develop from the Plains, westward

    Near- to above-normal temperatures will cover the nation during the weekend, but a surge of cool air will arrive early next week from the Great Lakes region into the East. Unusual, late-season warmth will be most pronounced from the Northwest into the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, unsettled weather across parts of the South will result in... Read more »


    Palmer Amaranth found in South Dakota

    Palmer Amaranth has been found in South Dakota.  Paul Johnson, the weed science coordinator at South Dakota State University, confirmed that a few of the plants were found in a Buffalo County sunflower field next to the Missouri River in central South Dakota.  It’s unusual that Palmer Amaranth would be there because it generally needs... Read more »


    Rail could delay grain exports

    U.S. farmers may have a problem exporting this year’s record corn and soybean crops.  The U.S. shale oil boom is tying-up rail lines.  The Association of American Railroads says crude moved by rail has almost doubled since last year and the Energy Department is predicting the most U.S. oil output in 45 years in 2015.... Read more »


    Agriculture’s increasing role in Wisconsin’s economy

    A new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison and U.W. Extension shows agriculture is a growing part of Wisconsin’s economy.  Based on data for 2012: Wisconsin farms and agricultural businesses generated 413,500 jobs and $88.3 billion in economic activity.  That is an increase of 59,500 jobs and $29 billion in economic activity since the last survey... Read more »


    Milk production up 2.5% in August

    Milk production in the U.S. in August totaled 17.2 billion pounds up 2.5 percent from August of 2013.  The nation’s dairy herd increased 47,000 head from a year ago to 9.28 million cows.  Production per cow increased 37 pounds to average 1,856 but the lowest production per cow since February. Milk production in the 23... Read more »


    A strong finish for a strong week

    Cash cheese barrels increased three-quarter cent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday, blocks were 4 cents higher, nonfat dry milk added 2 cents and butter set yet another record-high price at $3.06 per pound. For the week, cash butter is up 6 cents, cheddar barrels are 9.5 cents higher and blocks gained a dime... Read more »


    New contract lows in corn, soybeans, wheat

    Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling, hitting new contract lows. The big bearish factor for beans continues to be the expected record crop. Demand’s strong, China bought 1.236 million tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans, but that was likely part of the deal signed earlier in the week. Soybean meal and oil followed beans... Read more »



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