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    New conservation funding is a start

    Steve Davis, NRCS Watershed specialist in Northwest Ohio describes the $2 million dollars available for farmers to seed cover crops this fall in the Western Lake Erie Basin as a start. “It’s a small part of what we’re eventually going to need long term, we’re not saying this is the end of it, it’s a […]


    Senate Bill 150 rule making

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) hopes to have rules called for in the recently passed Senate Bill 150 filed by the end of the month. Director Dave Daniels says once those rules are in place, ODA and OSU Extension will be rolling out educational programs. “The educational components are to help them understand the […]


    Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year

    Nominations for the 2014 Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Awards are being accepted. The award program is administered through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Office of the First Lady. “Strong women have helped make the food and agriculture industry what it is today,” said Mrs. Kasich. “I am honored to be part […]


    Indiana Farm Bureau delegate session

    Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB) will hold their annual delegate session on Saturday, August 23. Delegates from across the state will be in Indianapolis to vote on policy will guide the organization in the coming year. Likely to come up during the session will be property taxes, local government reorganization and regulations regarding water. The delegate […]


    EPA stands firm on WOTUS

    Despite the EPA’s outreach efforts on its Waters of the U.S. rule, and numerous efforts by ag organizations to convey their concerns, the impasse over the proposed rule appears to be as wide as ever. Ken Kopocis, deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Water at EPA, says they do not see the rule having […]


    Wednesday midday cash livestock prices

    Private sources are now reporting a few bids on the cattle to DTN. Bids are reported in Kansas at 149.00 live and Iowa at 153.00. There are some scattered dressed bids in the North from 240.00 to 242.00. So far all bids have been passed. A few showlists have been priced around 157.00 to 158.00 […]


    Heat & storms expanding across the Heartland

    Across the Corn Belt, very warm weather is building into southern corn and soybean production areas, where Wednesday’s high temperatures will exceed 90°. Elsewhere, beneficial showers dot the eastern Corn Belt, while favorably warm weather is aiding late-developing summer crops in the upper Midwest. On the Plains, hot, dry weather is increasing stress on immature […]


    Active pattern ahead from the Plains, eastward

    A series of disturbances crossing the northern half of the nation will remain the focus for widespread showers and thunderstorms from the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches or more. Toward week’s end, a strong cold front will produce a final round of heavy rain, […]


    Cellulosic ethanol arrives, but challenges remain

    For many years we’ve been hearing that cellulosic ethanol is “just five years away”.  Now, with three cellulosic plants preparing to come online in 2014, it appears cellulosic ethanol has finally arrived. However, according to John Hay, a University of Nebraska Extension educator specializing in energy and biofuels, there are still some questions about the economic […]


    $2 million in new federal funds

    Farmers in 20 counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin have an additional $2 million dollars to help prevent soil erosion and nutrient runoff into Lake Erie. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown made the announcement in Toledo on Tuesday, August 19. “It will be about $55-$56 per acre for farmers that do ground cover,” said Brown. […]


    2014 ISF attendance third largest

    The 2014 Indiana State Fair ended its 17-day run on Sunday, August 17, and when the numbers were tabulated, 954,884 people attended, making the 2014 attendance, the third highest. “There were a number of really special moments at this year’s fair, but seeing that first Draft horse show take place before a capacity crowd in […]


    See For Yourself: Reaching a growing market

    The aquaculture industry is a growing market for US soybeans.  By using soybeans instead of fishmeal, there is the potential to increase the sustainability and affordability of farm-raised seafood.  In fact, soy can replace up to one-half of the fishmeal used in feed rations. Chris Olsen of Lanec Corporation says their shrimp farm has successfully incorporated […]


    Wisconsin Value-Added Producer Grants

    The USDA announcing $1.69 million in Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants for 15 Wisconsin businesses.  The program helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products, expanding marketing opportunities and developing new uses for existing products.  The grants are part of the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative.  A […]


    NRC studying genetically engineered crops

    The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) is conducting a two-year study of genetically engineered crops.  The NRC will look at the development and introduction of GE crops in the U.S. and globally.  Through a broad study of available information, the committee will “review the scientific foundation of current environmental and food safety […]


    Milk production jumped in July

    Milk production in the U.S. in July totaled 17.5 billion pounds up 3.9 percent from July of 2013.  This is the largest year-over-year increase of 2014.  The dairy herd added 37,000 head and production per cow increased 64 pounds to average 1,882 per head.  The U.S. dairy herd grew by 5,000 from June. Milk production […]


    Global Dairy Trade prices slightly lower

    The semi-monthly Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday saw the overall price decline 0.6 percent compared to the August 5th sale.  This is the fourth consecutive decline and 11th in the last 12 sales.  However, it is the smallest decline in that stretch and could indicate the global market is nearing the bottom. Prices were […]


    Trotter joins Wisconsin DBA staff

    The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA) has named Timothy Trotter as its new Executive Director of Business Affairs.   Trotter, who most recently served as manager of strategic planning for DuPage County, Illinois: previously served as president and chairman of the board for the National Corn Growers Association as well as the same positions for the […]


    Wheat up on harvest delays

    Soybeans were mostly lower, with September up on the tight supply and good demand. Development is running at or ahead of average and the crop condition rating improved slightly on the week. The trade expects a record crop this year, keeping the long term fundamentals bearish. Soybean meal was mixed, matching beans, and oil was […]


    Cattle futures and beef values were lower on Tuesday

    The cash cattle market was not tested on Tuesday afternoon with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. A few feedlot managers have priced steers and heifers around 157.00 to 158.00 in the South, and 248.00 to 250.00 in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until late in the week. The kill […]


    Missouri rice growers to have field day

    Rice growers will gather in southeast Missouri this Thursday for the Missouri Rice Research Station Annual Field Day. An aquatic crop, rice is planted on about 200-thousand acres in Missouri.  Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, tells Brownfield the Delta Region is great for growing rice, “Because Missouri […]


    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 19, 2014

    Sep. corn closed at $3.62 and 1/2, up 1 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $11.150 and 1/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $399.80, up $7.74 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.66, down 30 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.46, up 3 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $150.50, down $1.10 Oct. lean hogs closed at $94.82, down 27 cents Sep. crude oil […]


    More criticism of WOTUS

    More criticism of the way the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handled its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Jackie McClaskey, secretary of agriculture for the state of Kansas, questions whether the EPA is listening to the ag community’s concerns. “I think what’s been most frustrating is, as the agricultural voices have gotten louder and […]


    PEDv/Feed study viewed with some caution

    A study led by the director of research at Pipestone Veterinary Services in Minnesota shows a link between contaminated animal feed and the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs.  The study was carried out on three farms in Iowa and Minnesota where PED was diagnosed early this year. Richard Sellers with the American Feed Industry […]


    Project LIBERTY nears start-up

    Project LIBERTY, POET-DSM’s cellulosic ethanol plant at Emmetsburg, Iowa, is nearing the start-up of production. According to a company news release, plant personnel are currently running biomass through the pretreatment process.  Once fully operational, Project LIBERTY will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk daily to produce 20 million gallons of […]


    Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

    It will be a sleepy session in cattle country today with bids and asking prices poorly defined. A few showlists have been priced around 157.00 to 158.00 in the South, and 248.00 to 250.00 in the North. New showlists are smaller in Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. On the other hand, the Kansas offering is definitely […]


    See For Yourself: The Port of Balboa

    The Port of Balboa is one of two ports located at each end of the Panama Canal and was the first stop for the USB’s See for Yourself tour yesterday. Don Holbert farms in Eastern Tennessee and says he’s always known transportation is vital to the agriculture industry but says it can be easy to […]


    It’s still important to scout fields

    Even at this point in the growing season, field scouting is important. Alex Johnson, Team Sales Agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids says for both the soybean crop and the corn crop there are some things going on that need watching. Audio: Alex Johnson, Agronomist, Beck’s Hybrids (2:55 mp3)


    Nebraska’s crops right on schedule

    Nebraska’s crops are developing pretty much on schedule. As of Sunday, 78 percent of corn was in the dough stage or beyond, slightly ahead of the five-year average.  Twenty percent of the corn was dented, slightly behind average. Eighty-nine percent of soybeans were setting pods or beyond, slightly ahead of average.  Sorghum coloring was 37 […]


    Slight decline in Iowa’s crop ratings

    Below-average precipitation last week across much of Iowa caused a drop in soil moisture, especially in the northeastern part of the state.  As a result, there was a slight decline in the condition ratings for the state’s corn and soybean crops. “Iowa saw some spotty precipitation again last week, but significant parts of the state […]


    Wisconsin horse has WNV

    Wisconsin has its first recorded case of equine West Nile Virus for the season.  An unvaccinated quarterhorse mare in St Croix County is recovering after being treated by a veterinarian. State Vet Dr. Paul McGraw reminds horse owners that WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are spread by mosquitoes and the warmer weather of the […]


    Iowa crops progressing nicely

    Iowa’s corn crop is 75 percent dough up 20 points from last week and 20 points ahead of the five year average.  16 percent of the crop is dented up 9 points from a week ago but 9 points behind the five year average.  The crop is rated 75 percent good to excellent condition. Iowa […]


    Crops look good in Illinois

    Illinois corn crop is 86 percent dough up 9 points for the week and 10 points ahead of the five-year average.  The crop is 34 percent dented, double what it was a week ago but still 4 points behind the five year average.  The crop is rated 80 percent good to excellent. Illinois soybeans are […]


    Missouri crops get a good drink

    Last week included significant rainfall across the state – giving crops a much needed drink in most places. Ninety-one percent of Missouri corn crops are in the dough stage and denting took a big jump from last week, now at 52 percent. That’s 22 percentage points ahead of last year. Corn condition is rated 83 […]


    Another million-plus at Wisconsin State Fair

    Thanks to near-perfect weather, the Wisconsin State Fair passed the one-million mark in attendance for the second consecutive year.  Final numbers show 1,030,811 people came through the gates during the ten days representing a 1 percent increase over last year.  The final Saturday, August 9th was the biggest day with nearly 137,000 in attendance.  The […]


    USDA nudges milk production estimates higher

    USDA monthly Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook released on Monday, the Outlook Board nudged milk production a little higher for this year citing more milk production per cow.  Lower feed prices the reason for the projected increase.  They expect cow numbers to hold steady at 9.26 million this year then increase to 9.34 million in […]


    Cool and dry continues in Wisconsin

    Cool, dry conditions continue to hamper the corn crop in Wisconsin.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says precipitation is badly needed in a number of areas around the state.  Statewide soil moisture slipped another two points from last week now rated 45 percent short to very […]


    September soybeans take the lead

    Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. September led the way on the tight supply and solid demand, while the other months followed, watching the weather. USDA reports 95% of beans are blooming, matching the five year average, with 83% at the pod setting stage, compared to 79% on average. 71% of soybeans are […]


    Soybean rating improves a little

    The U.S. soybean condition rating improved a little over the past week, according to USDA, while corn slipped slightly. As of Sunday, 72% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% on the week, but still 11% more than this time last year. 70% of the crop is at the dough making stage, […]


    Vesicular stomatitis outbreak raises concern

    An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in Texas and Colorado seems to be spreading and is raising concern among veterinarians and livestock owners. More than 270 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the two states.  VS is highly contagious and can affect horses, cattle, swine and sheep.  Although the disease is […]


    The cash hog market continues to tumble lower

    The cash cattle market was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The fed cattle offering appears to be smaller in Texas, Nebraska and Colorado, but larger in Kansas. A few asking prices have been suggested around 157.00 to 158.00 in the South and 248.00 to 250.00 in the North. The […]


    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 18, 2014

    Sep. corn closed at $3.60 and 3/4, down cents Sep. soybeans closed at $11.15 1/2, up 13 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $392.10, up $3.80 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.96, up 9 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.42 and 1/2, down 8 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $151.60, up $1.00 Oct. lean hogs closed at $95.10, up 15 cents Sep. crude oil closed at […]


    Discussing the benefits of gypsum

    The focus of the recent Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium in Manhattan, Kansas was on research and practical insights into using gypsum in crop production. One of the speakers was the founder of GYPSOIL, Ron Chamberlain, who now serves as director of gypsum programs for the company. As an agronomist and through his extensive experience working […]


    Hudson: Chicago pumped about E-15

    The president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association says things are looking up for E-15 in Illinois.  Gary Hudson told Brownfield Ag News at the Illinois State Fair that he was part of a very positive meeting recently.  He says, “We had a good hearing up at the City of Chicago. They’re talking about implementing […]


    Kansas officials developing 50-year water plan

    The state of Kansas is developing a 50-year plan for managing water in the state. According to Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, the wide variation in rainfall from west to east in the state makes that task a bit more challenging.  “We’re trying to conserve water on one end of the state […]


    See For Yourself: The Panama Canal

    For the last 100 years the Panama Canal has provided a more efficient way to move goods and services around the globe. Teo Jolly is a canal tour guide.  As we locked through the Miraflores Lock, the second of three locks ships have to pass through to travel the canal he told me that for […]


    Midday cash livestock markets for Monday

    Cattle country is quiet with bids and asking prices not fully established with producers and packers counting heads. Last week’s trade in the North started its decline on Wednesday and continued downhill from there on Thursday and Friday. The full range on dressed sales in Nebraska was 242.00 to 248.00, the 248.00 took place early […]


    Solid week for wheat inspections

    USDA reports wheat export inspections for the week ending August 14 were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat fell short of their respective marks for 2013/14. The 2014/15 marketing year for corn, soybeans, and sorghum starts September 1. Wheat came out at 596,675 tons, […]


    New switchgrass is focus of Nebraska field days

    A new biomass variety of switchgrass will be the focus of two field days this week in eastern Nebraska. The new switchgrass is called Liberty switchgrass.  According to University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension educator Keith Glewen, it’s the result of nearly two decades of breeding by the USDA-ARS grass breeding program at UNL. “It looks […]


    An active pattern to evolve across much of the Heartland

    For the remainder of this week, unsettled, showery weather will cover the majority of the U.S. Rain will be heaviest from the northern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic States, resulting in 1- to 4-inch totals. Meanwhile, showers will become more widespread in the Four Corners States, where rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches in a […]


    Late-summer heat on the Great Plains

    Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are most numerous in northern production areas, from North Dakota to Wisconsin. The rain is helping to ease the effects of short-term dryness that has developed in recent weeks. Nevertheless, overall conditions remain mostly favorable for Midwestern pastures and summer crops, in part due to this summer’s absence of […]



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