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Scarcity drives innovation

The founder of a business connecting farmers to ag technology entrepreneurs says scarcity drives innovation. Yogev Moyal grew up in Israel, and served in the Israeli military before moving to the United States to study economics and agriculture at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. He tells Brownfield a shortage of water in his home country led to the development of new solutions. “They improved their irrigation and infrastructure. Continue reading Scarcity drives innovation at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 27, 2017

Minnesota crops among nation’s best

Crop condition ratings in Minnesota continue to run ahead of the national average. In its latest progress report, the USDA lists 78 percent of the state’s corn acreage and 76 percent of soybeans in the good to excellent category. That compares to U.S. figures of 67 percent for corn and 66 percent for soybeans. Small grains in Minnesota are also doing well this growing season. More than 80 percent of the spring wheat, oat, and barley crops are currently rated either good or excellent. Continue reading Minnesota crops among nation’s best at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 27, 2017

Ohio corn 58%; soybeans 60 % good to excellent

Rainy weather and warm temperatures brought relief to much of Ohio’s crops, but also advance weed growth. According to the latest weekly crop report 58 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent and 1 percent of the crop is silking. Soybeans are rated 60 percent good to excellent with 96 percent emerged and 1 percent rated good to excellent. Eighty-six percent of the oats crop is headed. Seventy-four percent of the winter wheat crop is mature and 10 percent is harvested. Continue reading Ohio corn 58%; soybeans 60 % good to excellent at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Largely favorable weather across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool weather prevails. In addition, scattered showers dot a few areas, including the upper Great Lakes region and the southwestern Corn Belt. As earlier-planted corn and soybeans approach the reproductive stage of development, Midwestern growing conditions remain mostly favorable. On the Plains, dry weather persists in Montana and the Dakotas. Cool weather covers the Dakotas, but above-normal temperatures have returned to drought-stricken eastern Montana. Meanwhile, scattered showers and thunderstorms from Nebraska to Texas are benefiting summer crops but causing minor fieldwork delays. Continue reading Largely favorable weather across the Heartland at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Cheese industry leader supports milk order phase out

The President of the Wisconsin’s Cheesemakers Association would like to see all of the federal milk marketing orders phased out. John Umhoefer tells Brownfield most farmers, including those in Wisconsin, would continue to make more without a federally-set minimum price. “In Wisconsin, you see premiums among the cheesemakers that have us floating always above the federal order price, so if you remove the federal order price, I think Wisconsin stays about where it is.” California dairy farmers were approved for their own federal milk market order by the USDA in February, but Umhoefer says that might not improve California’s prices. Continue reading Cheese industry leader supports milk order phase out at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Iowa crop ratings remain steady

Iowa’s corn and soybean ratings continue to hold at high levels. As of Sunday, corn rated 79 percent good to excellent while soybeans were called 74 percent good to excellent. The second cutting of alfalfa was ten percent complete. Overall hay condition was rated 84 percent good to excellent. Pasture conditions deteriorated slightly to 66 percent good to excellent. Continue reading Iowa crop ratings remain steady at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Widespread damage possible after excessive rain in Michigan

Wet weather over the past week has been beneficial to Michigan farmers in the southern portion of the state, but excessive rain through the central and Thumb regions is expected to cause widespread damage. The USDA says Michigan’s corn crop condition declined two points to 67 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 92 percent emerged, two percent blooming and condition dropped two points to 69 percent good to excellent. The winter wheat condition improved eight points to 72 percent good to excellent, 92 percent of the crop is headed and 24 percent is mature. Continue reading Widespread damage possible after excessive rain in Michigan at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Indiana corn 46%; soybeans 51% good to excellent

While spotty rain showers provided relief to some farmers in the state, much of Indiana’s corn and soybean crops continue to struggle. According to the latest weekly crop report just 46 percent of corn was rated good to excellent. Ninety-five percent of the crop is emerged and 2 percent in silking. Just 51 percent of soybeans are rated good to excellent and 90 percent of the crop is emerged and 2 percent blooming. Continue reading Indiana corn 46%; soybeans 51% good to excellent at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

An active pattern to resume across the Heartland

Cool weather and periods of showers will affect the Midwest and portions of the northern Plains, while warm, mostly dry conditions will persist in the West. Early-week temperatures will remain at least 10° below average in parts of the Midwest, while record-setting warmth is possible in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Corn Belt, with 2 to 4 inches possible in areas where the heaviest thunderstorms form. Continue reading An active pattern to resume across the Heartland at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Winter wheat harvest underway in Nebraska

The winter wheat harvest is underway in Nebraska. As of Sunday, eight percent of the wheat was harvested. The crop is rated 48 percent good to excellent and 36 percent fair. Nebraska’s corn crop is rated 74 percent good to excellent, with soybeans rated 70 percent good to excellent. The second cutting of alfalfa is 26 percent complete and crop is rated 65 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range condition rated 56 percent good to excellent. Continue reading Winter wheat harvest underway in Nebraska at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Indiana agriculture launches new strategic plan

Indiana’s agriculture industry has unveiled a new strategic plan to advance the state’s ag industry. Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney tells Brownfield the industry has changed significantly since the last strategic plan was released – it was time for an update. “Crop and livestock yields are going up,” he says. “More and more processing are coming online. We’re just on a roll and we’ve got to take advantage of it and make sure there is alignment so we can accelerate even more over the next 10 years.” He tells Brownfield by the plan, announced today, doesn’t supersede individual organization’s goals. Continue reading Indiana agriculture launches new strategic plan at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Cattle futures start week on strong note

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were sharply higher, shrugging off last week’s bearish cash business and cattle on feed numbers in pretty short order. The market’s expecting generally good 4th of July beef demand. June was up $2.27 at $121.47 and August was $3.00 higher at $118.27. Feeder cattle futures were sharply higher, mostly up the $4.50 daily trading limit, also in pretty light trade volume, shrugging off recent bearish fundamental inputs. Continue reading Cattle futures start week on strong note at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Milk futures, cash dairy mostly lower

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mixed, with the most active months down on demand uncertainties and profit taking after Friday’s gains. July was down $.16 at $15.89, August was $.20 lower at $16.77, September was down $.19 at $16.97, and October was $.08 lower at $17.12. Cash cheese blocks were down $.015 cents at $1.525. One load was sold at $1.525. The last unfilled bid was on one load at $1.50. Continue reading Milk futures, cash dairy mostly lower at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

67% of U.S. corn, 66% of soybeans in good to excellent condition

The USDA says early national corn and soybean development numbers are close to average. Conditions generally look good, but parts of the Midwest and Plains have experienced very dry conditions over the past few weeks. As of Sunday, 4% of U.S. corn is silking, compared to the five year average of 5%, and 67% of the crop is in good to excellent condition, unchanged on the week. 94% of soybeans have emerged, compared to 91% typically this time of year, and 9% are blooming, compared to 7% on average. Continue reading 67% of U.S. corn, 66% of soybeans in good to excellent condition at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 26, 2017

Jul. corn closed at $3.59, up 1 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.06 and 3/4, up 2 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $294.10, up 50 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 31.52, down 9 cents Jul. wheat closed at $4.50, down 9 and 3/4 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $121.47, up $2.27 Jul. lean hogs closed at $87.02, up $1.72 Aug. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 26, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Soil Health Partnership member benefits through higher yield

A greater amount of attention is being paid to maintaining and improving the health of soil. Several Midwest farmers, including John Maxwell, who farms in Eastern Iowa, have joined the National Corn Growers Association’s Soil Health Partnership (SHP). Maintenance of soil health is not new to Maxwell. “We have been doing cover crops for feed since the 1970s,” Maxwell told Brownfield Ag News, “so we bring a fair amount of knowledge [about] what you should do and what you shouldn’t do through the years.” The primary benefit that Maxwell gets from incorporating soil health practices is yield, and says the results of sustainable farming practices are easily visible when walking through fields. Continue reading Soil Health Partnership member benefits through higher yield at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Midday cash livestock markets

Direct cattle markets are quiet. The big feature today will be the distribution of this week’s showlist. Business will have an eye towards next week’s holiday as well. DTN says last week’s trade in the South was mainly at $122 on the live basis, down $8 from the previous week’s weighted average, and activity in the North was primarily at $195 to $196 dressed, about $10 lower than the prior week’s weighted average in Nebraska. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Missouri DNR has solution for unused pesticides

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a solution for disposing of unused pesticides. Tom Steever spoke to the DNR’s CJ Plassmeyer, who stresses the importance of properly disposing of pesticides. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff. Continue reading Missouri DNR has solution for unused pesticides at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

USDA grants CRP emergency grazing in ND, SD, MT

US Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized emergency grazing for CRP lands in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana. Severe and extreme drought conditions have reduced forage for livestock and Perdue says in some of the hardest-hit areas, herds are already being culled. Emergency grazing was announced Friday and will extend through September 30th, unless conditions improve. Producers need to work with their NRCS offices to come up with modified conservation plans. Continue reading USDA grants CRP emergency grazing in ND, SD, MT at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

Good week for corn, soybean export inspections

The USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections as of the week ending June 22nd remain ahead of what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the 2016/17 marketing year. The 2016/17 marketing year for corn, soybeans, and sorghum runs through the end of August. The 2017/18 marketing year for wheat started June 1st. Wheat came out at 629,070 tons, down 111,051 from the week ending June 15th, but up 115,301 from the week ending June 23rd, 2016. Continue reading Good week for corn, soybean export inspections at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 26, 2017

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