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Favorable harvest weather winding down

Across the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather through Friday has been supportive of corn and soybean maturation and harvesting, especially in areas where fieldwork has been delayed by crop developmental delays or autumn wetness. Weather conditions also favor the development of recently planted winter wheat and cover crops. On the Plains, a few showers have developed across Texas. However, most of the region is experiencing warm, dry weather on Friday—nearly ideal for summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting, emergence, and establishment. Continue reading Favorable harvest weather winding down at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 21, 2017

A change in weather ahead for the Heartland

Another major surge of rain and high-elevation snow will arrive across the Northwest during the weekend. Additional precipitation could reach 4 to 12 inches from the Cascades westward, leading to local flooding. Also during the weekend, rain will develop in the vicinity of a cold front stretching from the upper Great Lakes region to Texas. The rain will gradually advance eastward, leading to 5-day rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches across much of the eastern half of the U.S. Continue reading A change in weather ahead for the Heartland at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 21, 2017

Monsanto files complaint against Arkansas Plant Board

Monsanto says it filed a complaint Friday in court about the Arkansas Plant Board’s rejection of Monsanto’s petition to stop that state’s ban on the company’s XtendiMax dicamba herbicide for 2018. In a statement to Brownfield, Monsanto’s Scott Partridge said the ban is unwarranted and puts Arkansas farmers at a disadvantage. According to Partridge, the complaint filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court says the Arkansas plant board overlooked “extensive volatility data provided to it – including data that the EPA used in its registration decision.” Earlier this month, the EPA announced it was making the dicamba products Restricted USE Pesticides for the 2018 growing season because of crop damage reports this growing season, a decision made with Monsanto and the other makers of the dicamba products. Continue reading Monsanto files complaint against Arkansas Plant Board at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

U.S. Wheat Associates to close Cairo office

U.S. Wheat Associates will close its Cairo, Egypt office December 1. The U.S. wheat industry’s export market development organization began considering changes as the supply of lower priced wheat from Russia increased. US Wheat President Vince Peterson says closing the Cairo office was a difficult decision. Since 2016, regional management for US Wheat’s Middle East operations has been with its office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Peterson says U.S. Wheat will continue to provide trade service to wheat buyers in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region on a targeted basis. Continue reading U.S. Wheat Associates to close Cairo office at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Parson to launch “Buy Missouri” in fly-around

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson launches a new statewide program next week called “Buy Missouri”. Parson tells Brownfield Ag News the program promotes Missouri-made products while strengthening the state’s economy. “We want to make that they understand what Missouri products are in those grocery stores or hardware stores or department stores,” Parson told Brownfield Ag News in Columbia Thursday. “We want them to take a good look at a Missouri product first.” The “Buy Missouri” program is similar to a farm and food-related program that came before it. Continue reading Parson to launch “Buy Missouri” in fly-around at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Harvest pressure sends soybeans, corn lower

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. The trade’s expecting good harvest progress ahead of new rain delays in parts of the Midwest and Plains. China bought 198,000 tons of 2017/18 U.S. beans Friday, the second day in a row with a big sale to the world’s top buyer. Soybean meal was lower and bean oil was higher, adjusting product spreads. The Rosario Grain Exchange says scattered soybean planting is underway in Argentina. Continue reading Harvest pressure sends soybeans, corn lower at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Cattle futures up ahead of bearish Cattle on Feed report

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle futures traded both sides ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed numbers. The market was also looking for direction from cash trade but found some support in the recent strength in the wholesale prices. With the report’s release look for selling pressure to develop early on Monday. October live cattle closed $.47 higher at $111.67 and December live cattle closed $.45 higher at $116.60. October feeder cattle closed $.47 higher at $153.62 and November feeder cattle closed $.30 higher at $153.07. Continue reading Cattle futures up ahead of bearish Cattle on Feed report at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

POET “breakthrough” in cellulosic ethanol production

The nation’s largest ethanol producer says it’s made a breakthrough in cellulosic ethanol production. Matt Merritt with POET-DSM tells Brownfield they are using a combination of heat, pressure and acid to break down materials to get the sugar out of corn stover and other feedstocks, the biggest hurdle in production until now, “The good news is that we really think we’re on a track right now to enable this technology to start going out across the country and the world in the foreseeable future.” Merritt says they’re using the technology at their Emmetsburg, Iowa “Project Liberty” plant and they will soon be licensing it to others. Continue reading POET “breakthrough” in cellulosic ethanol production at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Cattle placements up again

The USDA says producers continued their aggressive placement on cattle onto feed during September 2017. At 2.150 million head, the total was up 13% from the record low placements figure from September 2016. Pasture conditions have declined in many key U.S. feeding areas, but feed costs remain relatively cheap, and placements have been up on the year ten out of the last eleven months. By weight, placement of cattle weighing less than 600 pounds were 405,000 head, placements of cattle weighing 600 to 699 pounds were 340,000 head, and 700 to 799 pound placements were 490,000 head, while placements of cattle weighing 800 to 899 pounds were 515,000 head, 900 to 999 pound placements were 285,000 head, and placements of cattle weighing 1,000 pounds and up were 115,000 head. Continue reading Cattle placements up again at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

September milk production up 1.2% on year

Milk production during September 2017 in the top 23 U.S. states 16.175 billion pounds, up 1.2% from September 2016. The USDA says production per cow was 1,851 pounds, the highest since the series of reports started in 2003, and the total number of milk cows, 8.737 million head, was up 73,000 head on the year. California was the top U.S. producer with the highest number of dairy cows, followed by Wisconsin in both categories, and Colorado claimed the top per cow average, followed closely by Michigan. Continue reading September milk production up 1.2% on year at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Milk futures, cash dairy lower

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were lower ahead of the USDA’s monthly milk production report. October was down $.01 at $16.60, November was $.37 lower at $15.72, December was down $.26 at $15.49, and January was $.19 lower at $15.18. Cash cheese blocks were $.05 lower at $1.67. Two loads were sold, one at $1.67 and one at $1.6975. The last uncovered offer was for one load at $1.67. Continue reading Milk futures, cash dairy lower at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

RFA head hopes Pruitt ‘learned a lesson’ on RFS

The head of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says he hopes EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has “learned a lesson” when it comes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. “I am hopeful that Administrator Pruitt will now get the message that the RFS is a policy not to be tinkered with,” Dinneen tells Brownfield. “You know, implement the law. Allow biofuels to grow. Don’t look for ways to nibble away at the program to accommodate the business plan of some oil company.” Under heavy pressure from farm state lawmakers and other biofuels supporters, Pruitt announced Thursday that the EPA will abandon proposed changes to the RFS. Continue reading RFA head hopes Pruitt ‘learned a lesson’ on RFS at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 20, 2017

Dec. corn closed at $3.44 and 1/2, down 4 and 1/2 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.78 and 3/4, down 7 and 3/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $317.10, down $4.30 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.16, up 33 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.26, down 6 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $111.67, up 47 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $64.85, up 60 cents Nov. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 20, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Illinois farmer says yields surprisingly good

A west-central Illinois farmer is about half done with harvest and says his yields are good, “We’re pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t sure we were going to have the kind of yields that we’re pulling out. But, it’s been a pleasant surprise.” Two-and-a-half inches of rain last Saturday made Ron Moore switch to harvesting corn for a couple of days early this week. It was pretty dry in his area, near Roseville, at different times during the summer, “I felt like it was going to damage our yields but, boy, they’re doing really well right now.” Moore is president of the American Soybean Association. Continue reading Illinois farmer says yields surprisingly good at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Wisconsin waives 5-year Johne’s Disease vaccination re certification

Wisconsin veterinarians already certified to administer Johne’s Disease vaccinations no longer need recertification every five years. As of October 2nd, a waiver was put in place to get rid of the online recertification through the University of Wisconsin. Initial veterinarian certification for Johne’s Disease is still required. The University of Wisconsin has also stopped updating the online training modules. Continue reading Wisconsin waives 5-year Johne’s Disease vaccination re certification at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

NMPF confirms Canadian dairy policy was part of NAFTA discussion

The National Milk Producers Federation confirms the Canadian dairy policies were brought up during this week’s 4th round of NAFTA renegotiations. NMPF’s Chris Galen tells Brownfield he agrees with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who said there are things that need to be discussed and you can’t conclude a successful round of negotiations without resolving them. He says Canada’s Class 7 system is one of them. “For too long, we’ve seen really sky-high tariffs that Canada has been allowed to maintain on imports coming from the U.S. Continue reading NMPF confirms Canadian dairy policy was part of NAFTA discussion at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Interactive dairy education comes to classrooms

The National Dairy Council has teamed up with Discovery Education to help K-12 students learn about dairy farming. The program is called Undeniably Dairy: Caring for Cows and Nourishing Communities. It started Thursday (today) with a virtual dairy farm tour allowing students to see modern practices, cow care, and innovation. After the virtual tour, students will have access to digital learning tools and classroom explorations. The Undeniably Dairy education initiative will expand this school year, adding virtual interactive experiences with classroom activities and educator guides. Continue reading Interactive dairy education comes to classrooms at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

What’s in a name…or title?

As the clock counts down to Christmas – I am sorry to mention that – there’s plenty of heavy-duty issues, including Farm Bill evolution, tax reform/cuts, NAFTA, KORUS, etc., to which ag is paying serious attention. However, this week there was a relatively lighthearted moment, and who can’t use an occasional lighthearted moment in this town? The chuckle came midweek when Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R, KS) pulled together his committee just off the Senate floor for a quick business scrum, the point of which was to formally approve the nominations of Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach to be USDA under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and long-time Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be under secretary for…well, under secretary for what is kind of up in the air right now. Continue reading What’s in a name…or title? at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Dairy Business Association settles court battle with WI Department of Natural Resources

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit between the Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. DBA President Mike North says they filed suit because the DNR was overreaching its rulemaking authority in areas where rainwater came in contact with calf hutches and feed storage areas. North tells Brownfield farmers follow the rules, but that’s hard when the rules keep changing. “We’ve done our job to point out that you have to follow the rules just like everybody else and if you want to make a change, here’s the process to do it and functionally, a guy can make an investment into his operation without worrying about a changing rulebook in the days that follow.” North says the settlement was reached after the Department of Justice reviewed the pending case. Continue reading Dairy Business Association settles court battle with WI Department of Natural Resources at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

Midday cash livestock markets

Direct cash cattle trade is starting to pick up with a few deals in parts of Nebraska this morning at $175.00, which is steady with last week’s weighted average. Other bids are reported at $109 to $110 live. However, some are reportedly still holding out for higher money. It is quite possible significant trade volume could be delayed until after today’s on-feed report is released. Asking prices are around $112 to $113 in the South and $176 to $177 in the North. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Oct 20, 2017

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