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Minnesota crowns 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

A 19-year old studying animal science and ag communications at the University of Minnesota has been crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Emily Annexstad of St. Peter will represent more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families over the next year, beginning with the State Fair. “Going into this weekend, I was a little nervous. But the other finalists made it such an awesome experience. They each have their own unique dairy story to share with the community, and I’m so excited to do this with them throughout the 12 days of the State Fair.” As the 64th Princess Kay, Annexstad will make public appearances to help connect consumers to the dairy industry. Continue reading Minnesota crowns 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 24, 2017

SHIC funds disease monitoring system being developed by U of Minnesota

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) is funding a program designed to monitor global animal disease threats near real-time. SHIC executive director Dr. Paul Sundberg says the project, in development at the University of Minnesota, will provide thorough analysis of current and emerging swine viruses. “Let’s look and see what’s happening (to) try and predict what’s coming over the hill. And in predicting that, we can be better prepared should it get here.” He tells Brownfield collecting this type of information near real-time is a big step for the swine industry. Continue reading SHIC funds disease monitoring system being developed by U of Minnesota at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Universities denied volatility testing prior to launch

Weed scientists say volatility of the new dicamba formulations is ONE of the ways dicamba damage to neighboring crops has occurred this season, while the makers of the herbicides say it is NOT. Jason Norsworthy, with the University of Arkansas, tells Brownfield Ag News one of the companies did not allow university testing for volatility prior to EPA approval, “We were able to test Engenia (by BASF) and yes we did see that Engenia had lower volatility risk, or at least slightly lower volatility risk based on the testing we had. Continue reading Universities denied volatility testing prior to launch at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

More drought relief coming for parts of Midwest and Plains

Parts of the Midwest and Plains struggling with dryness can expect continued relief. MDA Weather Services ag meteorologist Don Keeney says recent rains over central and western Iowa, far eastern portions of Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as northern Missouri will be accompanied by additional moisture. “As we get into the next several days, it looks like the best time period for the relief would be Friday, Saturday and into early Sunday. Continue reading More drought relief coming for parts of Midwest and Plains at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Illinois farmer calls it quits on social media

An Illinois farmer is calling it quits. Jeremy Wolf made his decision known on social media. “Farmers, historically, don’t want to talk about these things,” said Wolf, on the You Tube video. “Nobody wants to talk about finances.” But that’s just what Jeremy Wolf did in the 7-minute social media post, laying out what led to his decision to close the gate. “The numbers just don’t work,” he says on the video. Continue reading Illinois farmer calls it quits on social media at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

NFU launches initiative to advance biofuels

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says it’s time for biofuels to go on the offensive in the effort to increase ethanol blend levels. In a call announcing the farm organization’s initiative to advance biofuels, Johnson told reporters trouble in the farm economy is driving the need to take a new look at the current 10 percent ethanol blend. “And we need to much beyond that,” said Johnson, on a conference call with reporters. Continue reading NFU launches initiative to advance biofuels at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Some surprises on day 2 of Midwest Crop Tour

The Midwest Crop Tour encountered some surprises as observers moved deeper into the Heartland Tuesday. After finding extreme variability in corn and soybean fields on the east and west edges of the Corn Belt on day one, reports of better-than-expected yield potential were common in Nebraska. Corn samples resulted in average yields of 165 bushels per acre, up four percent compared to last year’s tour. Soybean pod counts were said to be slightly lower than 2016. Continue reading Some surprises on day 2 of Midwest Crop Tour at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

4-H Livestock show highlights first weekend of Minnesota State Fair

More than 3,000 head of livestock will be moving onto the Minnesota State Fairgrounds today in preparation of this weekend’s 4-H Beef Show. Coordinator Kent Thiesse says there’s a great leadup to Saturday. “Things really kick off on the first day of the Fair (Thursday with) the breeding show, cow/calf pairs and breeding heifers, which is close to 300 entries. That starts at 1 in the afternoon in AgStar Arena, soon to be known as Compeer Arena.” Friday features the 4-H market beef and dairy steer shows, as well as prospect calf and dairy showmanship. Continue reading 4-H Livestock show highlights first weekend of Minnesota State Fair at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Second consecutive week of no-sales on the Fed Cattle Exchange

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed lower on profit taking as traders turn their attention on the potential supply growth that could be unveiled in Friday’s Cattle on Feed report. Pre-report estimates have all major categories above a year ago. August live cattle closed down $1.07 at $105.65 and October live cattle closed down $1.55 at $106.17. The new contract low in December corn provided some support to the feeder cattle market. August feeder cattle ended the day down $.45 at $141.62 and September feeder cattle closed $.15 lower at $141.90. Continue reading Second consecutive week of no-sales on the Fed Cattle Exchange at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Milk futures mostly lower, cash dairy mixed

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mostly lower, with the most active months down on demand concerns and follow through selling. August was up $.01 at $16.53, while September was down $.20 at $16.72, October was $.16 lower at $16.63, and November was down $.09 at $16.59. Cash cheese blocks were $.02 lower at $1.70. Three loads were sold, including one at $1.70. Barrels were down $.065 at $1.655. Continue reading Milk futures mostly lower, cash dairy mixed at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Machine optimization critical to harvest

The CEO of a large Indiana-based equipment dealer says after this year’s challenging growing season, machine optimization will be critical for a successful harvest. Mitch Frazier with Reynolds Farm Equipment tells Brownfield harvest won’t be easy for a lot of farmers because conditions will vary from field to field. “Being able to spend time to optimize that machine to make sure it’s not optimized just for day one in field one, but to optimize it for day one, field one, day one, field two, day two, field two, and so on,” he says. Continue reading Machine optimization critical to harvest at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

DayWeather Wyoming

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Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

DayWeather Colorado

KSNO-FM Aspen KSIR-AM Brush KNAB-AM Burlington KNAB-FM Burlington KRAI-AM Craig KNUS-AM Denver KCOL-AM Fort Collins KIIX-AM Fort Collins KFTM-AM Fort Morgan KPRB-FM Fort Morgan KBLJ-AM La Junta KTHN-FM La Junta KLMR-AM Lamar KLMR-FM Lamar KSLV-AM Monte Vista KYDN-FM Monet Vista KWUF-AM Pagosa Springs KWUF-FM Pagosa Springs KNNG-FM Sterling KPMX-FM Sterling KRFD-FM Sterling KSTC-AM Sterling KNEC-FM Yuma KKVM-FM Vail Continue reading DayWeather Colorado at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 23, 2017

Sep. corn closed at $3.42, down 4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $9.35, up 1 and 1/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $293.30, down $2.00 Sep. soybean oil closed at 34.72, up 66 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.03 and 1/4, up 1 cent Aug. live cattle closed at $105.65, down $1.07 Oct. lean hogs closed at $63.55, down 32 cents Oct. crude oil closed at $48.41, up 58 cents Dec. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 23, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Time flies when you are having fun!

Commentary. Fourteen birthdays have come and gone since I started writing this column for you. I turned “double nickels” earlier this month. As I sat down to pen today’s column, I was reminded of the piece I wrote when 40 was the biggest number in my rear view. I was a child in the 60’s and 70’s, graduating from high school in 1980. All things considered, it is a miracle I made it to this age. Continue reading Time flies when you are having fun! at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

The Landus Coop merger in Iowa, one year later

It’s been one year and four months since two Iowa cooperatives, FC Coop and West Central Cooperative, came together to form Landus Cooperative. At this week’s Landus Cooperative Research Plot Showcase event in Farnhamville, Iowa, we visited with Landus CEO Milan Kucerak about how everything is working so far. AUDIO: Milan Kucerak Continue reading The Landus Coop merger in Iowa, one year later at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Companies announce precision ag joint venture

Four Midwest agribusinesses have formed a joint venture in the area of precision agriculture. The companies involved are Iowa-based Landus Cooperative, Nebraska-based Central Valley Ag, South Dakota-based Wheat Growers and WinField United. They say the joint venture, called FieldReveal, will provide their agronomists and customers with a precision ag platform that keeps pace with the latest technological advancements. The joint venture also plans to license the FieldReveal precision ag platform to other ag retailers across North America. Continue reading Companies announce precision ag joint venture at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

Midday cash markets

Direct cash cattle trade is fairly quiet with just a few scattered bids renewed. This week’s offering at the Fed Cattle Exchange was 1,067 head and none sold another non-starter when it comes to the cattle trade. It’s still unknown if either side will be interested in moving cattle today. Asking prices are around $112 to $113 in the South and $178 plus in the North. Bids have been reported at $106 to $107 live and $170 to $173 dressed. Continue reading Midday cash markets at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

USB names Polly Ruhland new CEO

The United Soybean Board (USB) has named Polly Ruhland as its new chief executive officer. Ruhland currently serves as CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the national beef checkoff organization. She replaces long-time USB CEO John Becherer, who will retire at the end of this year. Ruhland will begin her new duties on November 1st. Continue reading USB names Polly Ruhland new CEO at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

U.S. levies duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel

Argentina’s biodiesel association Carbio says a U.S. decision to impose duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina will result in the immediate suspension of exports to the U.S. The Commerce Department ruled Tuesday that subsidies provided for biodiesel production in Argentina, as well as Indonesia, violate international trade rules. The preliminary ruling will require importers of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia to pay cash deposits on biodiesel brought into the U.S. from those countries. Continue reading U.S. levies duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Aug 23, 2017

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