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Last feed update: Wednesday July 30th, 2014 06:59:39 AM

Money available for minority, veteran farmers

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 09:35:34 PM Tom Steever
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the availability of about $9 million in assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans who are new to farming and ranching. The funding enables community-based organizations to work with these groups to acquire and operate farms and ranches and to take advantage of USDA programs. At the […]

Mandatory COOL upheld in appeals court

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 09:30:40 PM Tom Steever
The U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia upheld mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat and meat products.  The 9-2 decision supports an earlier appellate court ruling which determined that labeling was needed to prevent deception.  Judge Stephen Williams cited consumer interest and health concerns, saying the government’s interest in country-of-origin […]

Soybeans, corn give back gains

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 09:04:54 PM John Perkins
Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, in “Turnaround Tuesday” type activity. There are some weather concerns and the condition rating declined over the past week, but the trade continues to expect a big crop. Also, forecasts for the coming week do have a little more precipitation than what we saw on Monday. Demand […]

Fonterra reduces milk price estimate

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 08:43:25 PM Bob Meyer
New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2014/15 season from $7 (NZ) to $6 (NZ) per kilogram of milk solids.  The cut translates into about a $1.6 billion reduction from the co-op’s earlier prediction and around $4 billion less in total farm income compared to last year. Fonterra […]

Sediment closes upper Mississippi

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 08:40:41 PM Bob Meyer
Part of the Mississippi River between Wisconsin and Minnesota is closed to barge traffic.  Sand bars high enough to ground towboats have formed near Winona and Wabasha forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to close the river from Winona to Red Wing.  Dan Cottrell, channel maintenance coordinator with the Corps says they found three areas […]

FFA American Star Finalists named

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 08:36:35 PM Bob Meyer
The National FFA Organization has named the finalists for each of the American Stars: American Star Farmer Alan Barka, Litchfield FFA Chapter (Minnesota) – Barka owns a dairy cattle operation, in which he manages and sells the milk produced. Josh Stutrud, Rugby FFA Chapter (North Dakota) – Stutrud manages his own diversified agricultural livestock and […]

Boxed beef cutouts end sharply higher again

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 08:34:19 PM Jerry Passer
Feedlot country was at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon. Clearly, significant trade volume will be delayed until at least Wednesday or Thursday. Some showlists have been priced around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 plus in the North. The slaughter totaled 115,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, but 9,000 less than last […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 29, 2014

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 08:15:39 PM John Perkins
Sep. corn closed at $3.61 and 1/2, down 6 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.26 and 1/2, down 10 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $395.40, down $7.40 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.25, down 27 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.20, down 14 and 3/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $158.77, down 27 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $121.45, down $2.22 Sep. crude oil […]

Tuesday Midday cash livestock markets

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 04:42:05 PM Jerry Passer
It is typically quiet in cattle country on Tuesday. Bids and asking prices are not fully developed. However, a few showlists have been priced around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South, and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout […]

Making Farm Bill decisions

Tuesday July 29th, 2014 10:27:15 AM Dave Russell
The decisions farmers will be making when sign-up begins for programs in the new Farm Bill will be important decisions. So where should a farmer be in the process right now? Dr. Carl Zulauf in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University says thinking about base acres and base yields […]

California drought affecting Pacific NW organic dairy

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:43:54 PM Bob Meyer
Even though the California drought does not stretch up into Oregon and Washington it is having an impact on organic dairy producers in the Pacific Northwest.  Washington and Oregon do not raise quite enough organic hay to meet demand, organic dairy producers are finding they have to bid against California organic dairy farmers for the […]

Emmi Roth to expand New York yogurt capacity

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:41:08 PM Bob Meyer
Another expansion of the yogurt business in New York State.  Emmi Roth USA will expand operations in Orangeburg and Penn Yan, New York, to grow its market share in the U.S.  The Penn Yan facility produces Siggi’s yogurt as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers.  Cheese Market News says the $11.6 million, […]

Subcommittee hears pros, cons of SNAP

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:38:05 PM Tom Steever
The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition held a hearing addressing the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among those delivering testimony, Robert Doar, a Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute testified that SNAP doesn’t do enough to lift people from poverty. “I have been a […]

Illinois company revamping Chinese operation

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:37:19 PM Bob Meyer
The CEO of Illinois-based OSI Group says he will not try to defend or explain the actions of his company’s meat plant in Shanghai.  In a statement on the company website, Sheldon Lavin states “what happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable” and he promised they will take all the steps needed; “to make sure […]

Brownfield states crop progress report

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:33:33 PM Bob Meyer
Weekly Crop Progress Reports from the National Ag Statistics Service as of Sunday, July 27: Illinois corn crop is 94 percent silked, up 12 points for the week and 9 points ahead of the five year average.  25 percent is in dough, should be 29 percent by now.  Soybeans 83 percent blooming up 14 points […]

Wisconsin could use some rain

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:30:55 PM Bob Meyer
Cool and dry becoming the norm in Wisconsin.  The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service, Wisconsin Field Office says temperatures were 3 degrees below to 2 degrees above normal last week while topsoil moisture fell sharply.  As of Sunday, topsoil moisture is 7 percent surplus, 70 percent adequate, 20 percent short […]

As harvest nears, rail concerns continue

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:28:03 PM Ken Anderson
One of the speakers at the summer meeting of the U.S. Grains Council in Omaha was Hasan Hyder, assistant vice president for grain and grain products with Union Pacific Railroad.  Hyder says UP is ramping up in preparation for another big grain harvest this fall.  By the end of the year, he says, the railroad […]

Missouri corn crop ‘looking great’

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:22:41 PM Tom Steever
Missouri averaged about a quarter-inch of rain this past week. Topsoil moisture supply is 61 percent adequate to surplus, but about a third of the state is short on topsoil moisture.  Corn silking is about complete with a third of the crop in the dough stage.  The crop is 84 percent good to excellent. Brian […]

Exports, weather concerns support soybeans

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:04:56 PM John Perkins
Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Demand continues to be strong, with China buying 420,000 tons of U.S. new crop, along with 66,000 tons of optional origin, and some areas of the Midwest do need rain as we head into August. USDA reports 76% of soybeans are blooming, compared to the five year […]

U.S. corn, soybean condition ratings decline

Monday July 28th, 2014 08:54:39 PM John Perkins
The national corn and soybean condition ratings both dipped slightly over the past week. As of Sunday, USDA reports 75% of corn is in good to excellent condition, down 1% from the week before, but that is still well above this time last year. 78% of the crop is silking, compared to 67% a year […]

Feeder cattle sell higher at Monday auction

Monday July 28th, 2014 08:22:25 PM Jerry Passer
Feedlot country was quiet on Monday afternoon following the distribution of the new showlists. The late July offering appears to be somewhat larger than last week. Although asking prices are not well defined, a few producers have priced cattle around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 255.00 to 270.00 in the North. The slaughter […]

Indiana corn crop well ahead of last year

Monday July 28th, 2014 08:18:43 PM Meghan Grebner
Dry conditions last week had farmers hoping for a late July rain shower as corn and soybean plants were rolling up to conserve moisture. Overall – 75 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent with 14 percent of the crop in the dough stage and 88 percent silked.  By region, corn doughing […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 28, 2014

Monday July 28th, 2014 08:12:29 PM John Perkins
Sep. corn closed at $3.67 and 3/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.36 and 1/2, up 24 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $402.80, up $4.80 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.52, up 43 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.34 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $159.05, down 5 cents Aug. lean hogs closed […]

Property taxes are big topic in Nebraska

Monday July 28th, 2014 08:06:21 PM Ken Anderson
Property taxes being paid on farm and ranch land in Nebraska continue to skyrocket.  Laura Field, director of legislative affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen, says those taxes increased an average of 29 percent statewide over the past year. Field says her group will resume its push for property tax relief in the 2015 legislative session. That […]

Talk about interactive

Monday July 28th, 2014 07:59:58 PM Dave Russell
One of the most interactive areas at the 2014 Ohio State Fair is the Land and Living exhibit in the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort Building. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation intern Maggie Dean of Marion sat down with Dave Russell and talked about some of the interactive activities fairgoers can do while in the building. […]

A successful pollination

Monday July 28th, 2014 07:52:28 PM Meghan Grebner
This July is on pace to be one of the coolest on record and Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says overall he doesn’t anticipate it hindering the crop.  “I don’t think the temperatures have been low enough to cause an actual negative impact on the crop,” he says.  “And it represents very, very moderate […]

Everything from kayaking, to fishing

Monday July 28th, 2014 07:15:09 PM Dave Russell
First opened in 1966, Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Fair is one of the areas that provides fairgoers with activities of all types, from kayaking, to fishing, to Frisbee golf. To find out about some of the other things being showcased at Natural Resources Park, Brownfield’s Dave Russell talked with ODNR Director, Jim Zehringer. Audio: […]

Educating youth about agricultural markets

Monday July 28th, 2014 06:38:49 PM Dave Russell
Again this year at the Ohio State Fair, 4-H and the CME Group are teaching those ages 7 to 14 about agriculture at the Commodity Carnival exhibit.   The game was developed by Dr. Paul Kuber, State 4-H Livestock Specialist at Ohio State University.   ”What we are trying to do is we’re taking youth, […]

Learning more about Indiana Beef

Monday July 28th, 2014 06:37:37 PM Meghan Grebner
Rick Davis of Thorntown, Ind. is the president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.  During a recent conversation with Brownfield, Davis outlined some of the activities the association does on behalf of its members. On the consumer side, he says some of what they do is education through promotional efforts in different parts of the […]

2013 mink production

Monday July 28th, 2014 05:36:23 PM Dave Russell
Mink production in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 3.5 million pelts. Wisconsin was the top mink producing state, producing 1,129,960 pelts, Utah was second, producing 855,380 pelts. Mink production in Ohio totaled 104,900 pelts in 2013. Nationally, female mink bred to produce kits in 2014 totaled 851,530.

Monday midday cash livestock markets

Monday July 28th, 2014 04:42:45 PM Jerry Passer
It is a typical Monday in cattle country with the main item of business the distribution of the new showlists. Bids and asking prices are not fully established so far today. Last week’s business exploded on Thursday and Friday with some Northern dressed trade and Southern live deals as much as 10.00 higher than the […]

Mostly favorable weather conditions across the Corn Belt

Monday July 28th, 2014 04:34:24 PM Greg Soulje
Across the Corn Belt, despite a recent drying trend, conditions remain mostly favorable for corn and soybeans. Specifically, many crops continue to thrive due to below-normal temperatures and adequate soil moisture. In the South, heat lingers across the lower Southeast in advance of a cold front’s passage. Monday’s maximum temperatures will approach 100° from southern […]

An unusually cool pattern across the Heartland

Monday July 28th, 2014 04:23:44 PM Greg Soulje
A robust monsoon surge interacting with the tail of a cold front will result in a continuation of locally heavy showers from the Southwest and Intermountain West to the southern Plains. During the next 5 days, additional rainfall could reach 3 to 5 inches or more in the Rockies of Colorado and northeastern Mexico. Meanwhile, […]

Beck’s Hybrids launches FARMserver

Monday July 28th, 2014 04:23:03 PM Meghan Grebner
Precision agriculture technologies provide farmers with useful data sets to make decisions on their farming operations.  As that information is collected, farmers also want complete control of the information.  Today, Beck’s Hybrids launched FARMserver. Craig Rogers, FARMserver technical lead says it’s a secure place for customers to store and view their on-farm data.  “We have […]

Nominations sought for Hovde Award

Monday July 28th, 2014 03:44:36 PM Meghan Grebner
Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence.  The award is given annually to a member of Purdue University’s faculty or staff who has displayed outstanding education service to rural Indiana.  Contributions may have been in the classroom, in counseling, in research, or through Purdue Extension. Any active member […]

Slow week for export inspections

Monday July 28th, 2014 03:35:45 PM John Perkins
USDA reports soybean export inspections for the week ending July 24 were larger than expected, while wheat was within the anticipated range and corn was below pre-report estimates. All three were less than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for their respective marketing years. Wheat came out at 395,963 tons, down 131,670 tons from […]

Growth Energy CEO says “we’re still waiting”

Monday July 28th, 2014 03:04:15 PM Meghan Grebner
The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to issue their ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard Required Volume Obligation.  Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says, “We’re still waiting.  Still waiting.” But, he says they’ll continue to wait, because it isn’t about when they rule. It is what the ruling says that’s important.  “You know their proposed […]

Late season weed control

Monday July 28th, 2014 02:52:47 PM Meghan Grebner
Farmers seeing weeds in crop fields this late in the growing season may have to resort to pulling them by hand to remove them.  Purdue Extension weed scientist Travis Legleiter says the majority of weeds in corn and soybean fields right now are much higher than the ideal 4-8 inch height.  “Our herbicide applications are […]

Farm Bill provides risk management options

Monday July 28th, 2014 01:25:51 PM Dave Russell
Over 200 farmers attended a Farm Bill Implementation Forum at Bowling Green State University on Friday, July 25.   Sponsored by Ohio Farmers Union the Forum was designed to provide insight into what the new Farm Bill provides and while complex, Joe Shultz, Chief Economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee says it also provides farmers […]

Is technology the key to better nutrition?

Monday July 28th, 2014 11:30:57 AM Julie Harker
What does the future of human nutrition look like and will it make a difference?  The difference says futurist Tom Frey is we will have more technology on top of the new technology we already have to help us know what our bodies need from a nutritional standpoint.  But will we apply that to our […]

Overlapping residual herbicides

Monday July 28th, 2014 09:00:58 AM Tom Steever
The best way to prevent weeds such as waterhemp is to overlap residual weed control compounds.  That’s according to Bruce Bishop, regional chemistry account manager for Monsanto, who spoke to farmers and retailers during the Monsanto-sponsored agAcademy in Missouri. Bishop’s recommendations focus not on any one brand of weed control system, but how the system […]

Young horse trainer learns from own injuries

Saturday July 26th, 2014 11:25:18 AM Julie Harker
A young horse trainer shares his story about coming back from life-threatening injuries with appreciation for what he loves and is still able to do.  I’m Julie Harker with Hoofbeat on Brownfield.  Meet Zane Volkmannn of New Franklin, Missouri, a sophomore majoring in Equine Ranch Management at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College. HOOFBEAT – […]

Potterton to head U.W. Short Course

Friday July 25th, 2014 09:42:23 PM Bob Meyer
Jessie Potterton has been named director of the U.W. Madison Farm and Industry Short Course.  She has held the position on an interim basis for the past 12 months and will formally begin her new duties on October 1st. Potterton was CALS director of prospective student services from 2011 until becoming the interim short course […]

Koster lends support to Missouri’s Amendment 1

Friday July 25th, 2014 09:38:35 PM Tom Steever
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is lending his support to the Amendment One ballot initiative to be voted on next month.  Koster tells Brownfield the so-called Farming Rights Amendment is necessary. “We have seen from the eminent domain threats of 2005, to the Proposition B restrictions on the size of dog breeders, to the California […]

Rabobank’s quarterly hog report

Friday July 25th, 2014 09:33:59 PM Bob Meyer
Rabobank issued its quarterly pork report summarizing the impact the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has had on the U.S. pork market especially.  Vice President; Animal Protein, Food and Agribusiness Research, Will Sawyer says slaughter numbers are already down and will probably go down more in the next few months.  He thinks we may see the […]

Wheat ends day modestly higher

Friday July 25th, 2014 09:02:23 PM John Perkins
Soybeans were mixed on old crop/new crop spread trade. There was some rain in dry parts of the central and upper Midwest and the new crop fundamentals are bearish. China did buy more new crop U.S. beans, 360,000 tons, and Mexico bought 134,700 tons of new crop U.S. bean meal. Soybean meal was mixed, mostly […]

Cash cattle sell for record high prices

Friday July 25th, 2014 08:33:17 PM Jerry Passer
The cash cattle market was quiet on Friday afternoon and business was essentially completed for the week. Trade volume totals remained rather modest and the assumption can be made that area packers are formulating enough cattle to at least cover short term slaughter needs. It has been quite a week with both live and dressed […]

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 25, 2014

Friday July 25th, 2014 08:28:03 PM John Perkins
Sep. corn closed at $3.63, up 1 and 1/2 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.12 and 1/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $398.00, up $2.70 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.09, down 15 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.38, up 9 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $159.10, up $2.55 Aug. lean hogs closed at $123.62, up 42 […]

July 1 cattle inventory lowest in more than 40 years

Friday July 25th, 2014 07:53:50 PM John Perkins
USDA reports the total U.S. cattle and calf inventory on July 1, 2014 was 95.000 million head, down 3% from the last report in 2012 and the lowest July 1 total since the series of reports started in 1973. The report was suspended in 2013 due to government sequestration. All cattle and calves on feed […]

Cattle placements down 6%

Friday July 25th, 2014 07:48:05 PM John Perkins
According to USDA, cattle placements on feed during the month of June were slightly lower than expected. Placements last month were 1.455 million head, down 6% from June 2013 and below Dow Jones’ average estimate for a 4.4% decline. Cash prices are at record levels and feed costs are down, but feeder cattle supplies are […]

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