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    Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

    October is harvest time in Wisconsin; Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks has taken-in cranberries, ginseng and apples to mention a few Wisconsin products.  As part of Farm-to-School Month, she is promoting the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch this Friday.  Students and others across the state and the Great Lakes region are asked to bite into... Read more »

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    Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients

    Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients.  Generally, vegetarians don’t eat meat but consume other animal products. Vegans eat no animal products. Andrea Giancolli is a Registered Dietitian with the Beach Cities Health District, says those meat-free diets can supply all nutritional needs if they are carefully planned and adhered to. She says extra considerations... Read more »

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    Texas dairy tour

      The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin hosting a Texas dairy tour in November.  The two-day event will feature Hilmar Cheese Company, Dalhart Jersey Ranch, Avi-Lanche Jerseys, Del Rio Dairy, High Plains Dairy and Dairy Fountain dairy farms.  There are rotary parlors, unique housing and other features on the farms which range from 2,700 to... Read more »

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    Pesticide drift rating available

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program for pesticides.  The goal is to reduce pesticide drift, reducing costs and protecting neighbors.  EPA says up to $640 million is lost each year to pesticide drift. With DRT, manufacturers can test technologies including nozzles, spray shields and drift reduction... Read more »

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    CDFA offers drought assistance

    The State of California continues to work on ways to save water as they suffer through a fourth year of drought.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for a second round of State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) funding.  Farmers can get financial assistance to install systems which save water... Read more »

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    Dairy markets mixed

    A mixed day in the dairy markets on Tuesday as most viewed Monday’s September milk production numbers “about as expected.”  Cash cheese barrels on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange fell 7.25 cents while blocks held steady.  The barrel-to-block spread is now at 29 cents.  Traders know that needs to narrow but the question is: will barrels... Read more »

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    R-CALF says COOL is working

    The head of R-CALF USA says regardless of what is going on with the World Trade Organization on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling, the program is working. “Consumers are preferring a domestic product. They’re looking for the labels. And, that makes the Canadian and Mexican beef less competitive in our marketplace. That’s why problems that... Read more »

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    Commercial demand resurfaces in soybeans

      Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. China’s third quarter GDP results weren’t great, but they were better than expected and demand remains strong. Harvest is slower than average, but is expected to catch up, in most areas, thanks to a better weather outlook. Soybean meal was higher, also attracting new commercial demand,... Read more »

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    COOL Reform Coalition urges compliance first

    A coalition of U.S. business groups wants Congress to intervene now that the World Trade Organization has ruled that the USDA’s remedy for Country of Origin Labeling is lacking. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, one of the coalition groups, says without intervening, the standing of the U.S. in... Read more »

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    South Dakota leads in soybean harvest progress

    The weather has had an effect on harvest progress with rain cutting into field work in many Midwestern states over the past week or so.  The weather through the growing season has also had an effect on crop development, putting corn harvest significantly behind where it normally would be by now. The picture for soybean... Read more »

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    Beef closes steady but pork was lower

    It was a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not well defined although a few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume will likely be delayed until the second half of the week. The kill totaled 115,000... Read more »

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    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 21, 2014

      Dec. corn closed at $3.56, up 7 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.64 and 1/4, up 20 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $342.90, up $13.50 Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.76, up 6 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.19 and 1/4, up 5 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $166.55, down $1.35 Dec. lean hogs closed at $88.45, down 70 cents Nov. crude oil closed... Read more »

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    Harvest resumes in parts of Indiana

    After a week of weather delays, today was the first day back at harvest for Monticello, Ind. farmer Brian Scott. He says yields have been impressive so far this year.  “But we actually haven’t finished an entire corn field yet because of the weather,” he says.  “We’ve been bouncing around to different places.  The field... Read more »

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    USDA implements APH Yield Exclusion

    The USDA has implemented a Farm Bill initiative to provide emergency relief from drought and other severe weather conditions. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will apply to Spring 2015 crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s Risk Management... Read more »

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    Tuesday midday cash livestock prices

    It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not well defined although a few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume will likely be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout values... Read more »

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    Grassley says Congress needs to revisit COOL

    Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to “go back to the drawing board” on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Grassley was reacting to the WTO’s ruling that USDA’s revised COOL rule unfairly discriminates against Canada and Mexico. The National Farmers Union doesn’t want Congress to tamper with the COOL law. The group argues that... Read more »

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    Harvest progresses in Nebraska

    Limited rainfall and above normal temperatures in Nebraska last week provided excellent harvest conditions. As of Sunday, soybean harvest stood at 69 percent, compared to 81 average.  Corn harvest was at 28 percent, well behind the 45 average.  Farmers were waiting for grain moisture levels, especially on irrigated corn, to dry down further.

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    Iowa farmers welcome good harvest weather

    After repeated rain delays, Iowa farmers are finally seeing a stretch of good harvest weather. “The dry weather the last several days has been very helpful and farmers will be working long hours to get the crop in when conditions allow, ” says Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey. As of Sunday, 61 percent of Iowa... Read more »

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    Harvest delays apparent

    Across the Corn Belt, cloudy, showery, chilly weather is hampering fieldwork in the lower Great Lakes region. In contrast, warm, dry weather prevails in the western Corn Belt. On October 19, the corn harvest ranged from 9 to 34 percentage points behind the respective 5-year state averages in the Corn Belt, while the soybean harvest... Read more »

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    Wet weather to return to the upper Midwest

    Cool conditions will linger across the eastern one-third of the U.S. during the next several days, but late-season warmth will continue from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. During the weekend, cooler air will begin to overspread the West, while mild weather will return to the East. Mostly dry weather will prevail in many parts... Read more »

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    Poe elected IN State Fair board president

    The Indiana State Fair Board has elected Stan Poe as their new president. Poe is a Franklin, Ind. sheep producer and has served on the board since 2011 and has served the board as vice-president for the last three years.  He succeeds Steve Simmerman as board president. Other officers elected to the board:  Paul Graf,... Read more »

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    Fall grazing opportunities and precautions

    With corn harvest underway, grazing corn stalks is an option that livestock producers might want to consider. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County (Ohio) says it’s a forage that can meet the nutrient needs of beef cattle in early to mid-gestation. The OSU Extension educator says there are other fall grazing opportunities, but Lewandowski... Read more »

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    South Dakota corn harvest behind, but soybeans ahead of normal

    Warm and dry conditions dominated the weather pattern across South Dakota this past week, allowing almost all the winter wheat to get planted. Corn is 91 percent mature and 19 percent harvested, which is behind the average of 45 percent by this time.  Corn is 74 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 88 percent harvested,... Read more »

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    Missouri crops behind

    Rain and wet ground last week in Missouri kept harvest progress to a minimum. Harvest progress remains behind normal. As of Sunday, 58 percent of Missouri corn was harvested, 17 percentage points behind the average. Corn moisture in Missouri averages 17 percent. Soybean harvest is 25 percent complete – 21 percentage points behind the five... Read more »

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    Two new V.P.s at Foremost Farms

    Some leadership changes at Foremost Farms USA: with the retirement of Dave Fuhrmann, Mike Doyle became president and CEO of the cooperative effective October 1st.  Doyle has announced Jim Hamm will fill the newly-created position of vice-president strategy and business development.  Hamm joined Foremost Farms in 2008 as director of financial planning and analysis. He... Read more »

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    Ohio farmers waiting for soils to dry

    Continued wet conditions around Ohio have farmers waiting for soils to dry before fieldwork can resume.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report, just 23 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, one percent more than the week prior.  Soybean harvest remains slow with just 36 percent harvested, a 7 point jump from the... Read more »

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    Too wet in most Wisconsin fields last week

    Not a lot of progress in Wisconsin fields last week after heavy rains swept across the Badger State dropping 1-to-2.5 inches the first few days.  Door County reports 3.25 inches.  Some were able to get back into the fields late in the week.  Topsoil moisture is listed as 78 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.... Read more »

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    U.S. milk production up 4% in September

      Milk production in the United States in September totaled nearly 16.4 billion pounds up 4 percent from September of last year, the biggest year-over-year increase of 2014.  The dairy herd increased 55,000 head to 9.26 million and production per cow increased 58 pounds to average 1,777. Milk production in the 23 major dairy states... Read more »

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    Butter gains 1.5 cents

    After falling 80.5 cents last week, cash butter gained a penny-and-a-half on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  There were a dozen sales and buyers jumped-in to take advantage of what might be the lowest price.  One unfilled bid set the market at $2.015.  Cash cheese increased 3.75 cents on both the barrels and the... Read more »

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    Corn sees late bounce

      Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Weather forecasts this week look conducive for harvest activity and producers should make solid progress. Still, there are some delays in key growing areas and beans are a good value at current price levels, helping contract close near the session highs. USDA reports 95% of U.S.... Read more »

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    Weather continues to prolong harvest

    Frequent rainfalls halted harvest progress for much of the state last week.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report 31 percent of both corn and soybeans have been harvested – slightly more than a week ago.  The average moisture content of harvested corn is 21 percent and 14 percent for soybeans. Ninety-four percent of... Read more »

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    U.S. harvest progress trails average

      This year’s U.S. corn and soybean crops are in great shape, but late development and harvest progress remain slower than average. As of Sunday, 93% of corn is mature, compared to the five year average of 94%, and 31% has been harvested, compared to 53% on average. 74% of corn is in good to... Read more »

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    Markets may not have seen the lows yet

    As harvest moved into full swing, Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says it looked as if there was additional pressure on commodity markets.  Until, he says, farmers around much of the Corn Belt saw a nearly two-week weather delay.  “And that really gave some incentives to put some weather risk or uncertainty into the price,”... Read more »

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    New tool measures crop yield gaps worldwide

    Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s largest gap in farm yields—70 to 90 percent below their potential—according to a new research tool unveiled at the Global Water for Food Conference in Seattle. The new web-based platform is called the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas.  According to Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the international agricultural research... Read more »

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    Cattle futures start the week with a bang

    The distribution of this week’s cattle showlists is complete and the offering appears to be somewhat smaller than last week. A few early estimates are that ready steers and heifers will be priced around 166.00 to 167.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. The kill totaled 114,000 head, the same as a... Read more »

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    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 20, 2014

      Dec. corn closed at $3.48 and 1/4, up 1/4 cent Nov. soybeans closed at $9.44 and 1/4, down 7 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $329.40, down $1.10 Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.70, down 32 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.13 and 1/2, down 2 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $167.90, down $2.85 Dec. lean hogs closed at $89.15, down $1.42 Nov. crude oil closed... Read more »

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    Nebraska’s governor encourages E85 use

    Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is encouraging Nebraskans to use E85—the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline—the next time they fill up with a flex fuel vehicle. “Our farmers are anticipating record corn yields, which makes it the perfect time to encourage consumers to utilize one of the many products made from... Read more »

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    NCBA launches petition drive against checkoff proposal

    The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging producers to sign an online petition opposing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s proposal for a second national beef checkoff. The effort, called “Don’t Hijack the Beef Checkoff”, has a goal of 100-thousand signatures by November 12th. Vilsack says he has the authority to create a supplemental checkoff... Read more »

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    Riding horses without helmet is risky business

    Riding horses for pleasure or around the farm puts riders at risk of significant injury if they fall. A while back we talked with horse trainer Zane Volkmann of Missouri who was severely injured in a horse riding accident, suffering a brain injury. With the help of Agribility of Missouri, he made his way back... Read more »

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    WTO COOL decision doesn’t favor U.S.

    The World Trade Organization has ruled that the U.S. has not done enough to change its meat labeling rules in light of the WTO’s decision on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) complaints brought by Canada and Mexico. The countries complain that the rule treats Canadian and Mexican livestock exports to the U.S. less favorably than... Read more »

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    Monday midday cash livestock markets

    Cattle country is quiet on Monday with bids and asking prices not fully established as packers and producers are busy taking inventory. An active trade took place on Wednesday of last week with both live and dressed prices generally steady with the previous week at 164.00 live and 256.00 to 258.00 dressed. Significant trade volume... Read more »

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    Farm to School brings kale to kids

    This is Farm to School month. So, what does that mean?  Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland, Zoey Brooks, says Farm to School is multiple agencies working to get foods from local farms into schools and classrooms. Part of it is introducing kids to foods they might not have tried before, like kale. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Farm to... Read more »

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    Solid week for corn, soybean inspections

      USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections for the week ending October 16 were above 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 481,878 tons, up 25,911 from the week ending October 9, but down 101,138 from the week... Read more »

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    Economist: margin protection program a positive step

    Dairy producers are able to choose their level of protection of the margin between the cost of feed and the income from marketing milk. Scott Brown, a livestock and dairy economist at the University of Missouri, talked with Brownfield Ag News about some of the features of the 2014 farm bill dairy margin protection program.... Read more »

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    Grain scholarships available to Illinois college students

    The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) has a few scholarship opportunities for college students in Illinois. Deadline to apply for scholarships listed below is Nov. 14, 2014. You can get more details about the scholarships in the video. Industry Immersion scholarship This $4,500 scholarship is available to sophomores or juniors at accredited Illinois... Read more »

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    Favorable harvest weather in many areas

    Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers associated with a cold front are slowing fieldwork in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, dry weather favors corn and soybean dry down and harvesting. Conditions for harvest are especially favorable across the upper Midwest. On the Plains, warm, dry weather is... Read more »

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    A mild, largely dry pattern ahead

    Heavy showers associated with Tropical Storm Ana will linger Monday across the western Hawaiian Islands. Meanwhile on the U.S. mainland, mild, dry weather will cover many areas through week’s end, although generally cool conditions will dominate the eastern one-third of the nation. The warmest weather, relative to normal, will cover the northern Plains, where temperatures... Read more »

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    It’s Farm to School month

    This is national Farm-to-School Month, an effort to get locally-grown foods into schools.  Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland, Zoey Brooks says it promotes healthy eating and teaches students about where their food comes from.  And it is not just fruits and vegetables: “It spans all five food groups including local beef, local dairy products, maple syrup... Read more »

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    Some Midwest farmers resume harvest

    After watching rain for part of the past week, Midwest farmers got some weather relief allowing them back into the fields to harvest.  Marshall, Illinois farmer Don Guinnip resumed corn shelling Friday. “The soil is soft, we’re making a few tracks, but we’re getting through the field,” Guinnip told Brownfield Ag News on Friday.  “This... Read more »

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    Brazil positioning to produce more beef

    A new report says Brazil is positioning to meet growing global demand for beef.  Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group (FAR) predicts Brazil will double its feedlot capacity to 4.5 million head turning out over 9 million fed cattle annually and increasing beef production by 2.5 million tons per year by 2023. The... Read more »

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