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2020 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale average second highest in history

The Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale kicked off the Illinois Beef Expo Thursday with a sale average of just over $4,200 on 37 lots, the second highest average in history. The sale total reached $155,650, down by nearly $25,000 from last year but with 11 fewer bulls. The 2020 sale had the highest sale average …

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Briefly milder; a more active pattern for the Heartland

A short period of tranquil weather will end during the weekend, starting in southern California and the Four Corners States. The Pacific storm system responsible for the upcoming showery in the Southwest will cross the middle Mississippi Valley on Monday. Subsequently, a complex storm system will intensify by the middle of next week across parts …

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Fair, cold weather covers the Heartland…for now

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures have begun to moderate but remain mostly at near- or below-normal levels. Dry weather prevails throughout the Midwest, but a substantial snow cover is in place from the eastern Dakotas to Michigan. On the Plains, chilly conditions linger, especially across the southern half of the region. Friday morning’s low temperatures …

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Task force gets some positive news on spring flooding potential

Missouri’s agriculture director says the Governor’s Flood Advisory Task Force got a glimmer of good news from the Army Corps of Engineers recently about the potential for spring flooding. Director Chris Chinn tells Brownfield Ag News, “The reservoirs up north, right now, have more storage capacity than they did last year at this time so …

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RFA glad ethanol on China’s list but needs details

The head of the Renewable Fuels Association is encouraged that ethanol is on China’s list for reduced import tariffs.  Geoff Cooper tells Brownfield Ag News, “We’re told that ethanol is on that list of products that would be exempt from the existing tariffs but we’re still seeking details on exactly what that means.” Cooper says …

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Perfect time to prepare for the 2020 growing season

An agronomist from Beck’s says right now is the time for farmers to review and make any last minute adjustments to their spring plans. But, Austin Scott, who is based in Tennessee, says it’s not just what they’re planting.  Farmers need to consider field conditions, planting date, and their nutrient plans.  Especially as they continue …

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Soybeans, corn down on USDA acreage expectations

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling, confirming a modestly lower weekly finish. The USDA is projecting a bigger crop this year, but tighter ending stocks on a jump in export and crush demand. China didn’t purchase any U.S. soybeans during the week ending February 13th and overall the weekly numbers were neutral. …

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A look back and a look ahead with New Holland

New Holland is celebrating 125 years.  It’s also celebrating the 45th anniversary of the twin-rotor combine technology.  Dan Valen with New Holland talks about how New Holland has grown, developed, and where it is headed into the future. AUDIO:  Dan Valen, New Holland Continue reading A look back and a look ahead with New Holland …

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New Holland launches new Workmaster Utility tractors

New Holland unveiled several new pieces of equipment at the 2020 National Farm Machinery Show.  Todd DeBock with New Holland shares some of the pieces of equipment in their lineup he’s most excited about, including the three new models of Workmaster Utility tractors.   AUDIO: Todd DeBock, North American marketing manager, New Holland Continue reading …

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USDA and FDA working through animal breeding innovations

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agency working closing with the Food and Drug Administration on cell-cultured meats should set precedent for future relationships regarding gene editing of livestock. “We believe they’re demonstrated to be safe and our goal is to make sure that we would use those types of things in building in …

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Illinois EQIP deadlines set

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Illinois has set two deadlines for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Producers can apply for EQIP throughout the year, however Illinois producers are encouraged to apply by March 20th or April 17th. The EQIP program helps fund conservation practices and the development of plans for things like comprehensive nutrient …

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RFA likes USDA’s “bold new vision” for ethanol

The head of the Renewable Fuels Association says they are pleased with the USDA’s new innovation initiative that rightly includes the expansion of higher blends of ethanol. Geoff Cooper tells Brownfield they’re excited ethanol has a central role in the USDA’s vision, “This is a comprehensive plan to really put agriculture out front in terms …

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General CRP sign-up deadline is approaching

Farmers have about one week to sign up for the general Conservation Reserve Program. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says the February 28th deadline was set so farmers can make decisions ahead of the planting season.   “So farmers and ranchers can use best management practices on that ground in preparation for CRP,” …

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Cattle, hog futures lower on profit-taking

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day lower on profit-taking and the USDA’s projections for growth in beef production from the Ag Outlook Forum.  Feeder cattle were mostly lower on the same factors.  The USDA’s latest livestock slaughter report was bearish to prices.  February live cattle closed $1.20 lower at $120.10 and …

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Modest losses in corn, soybeans, and wheat

Soybeans were modestly lower on profit taking and technical selling after Wednesday’s modestly higher move. Beans continue to wait for signs of improved demand from China, with weekly export numbers out Friday. Beijing isn’t expected to start issuing one-year tariff waivers until early March. Conditions look non-threatening to favorable in South America, with Brazil’s harvest …

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Missouri cover crop update

About 800-thousand acres of Missouri farmland are planted to cover crops in cost-share programs. Charles Ellis, field specialist with MU Extension, says that’s a small percentage of the millions of acres planted to corn and soybeans in Missouri but it’s making a difference. Ellis tells Brownfield Ag News, “Soybeans are a pretty good fit when …

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Milk futures down, cash dairy steady to lower

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Class III milk futures were lower on follow through selling. February was down $.02 at $16.95 and March was $.11 lower at $16.66, while April was $.13 lower at $16.72 and May was down $.15 at $16.88. In the cash market, cheese barrels were steady at $1.585 and Blocks were down a …

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January milk production nearly 18 billion pounds

The USDA says milk production during January in the major production states was 17.918 billion pounds, up 1.2% on the year. California was the top producer for the month, followed by Wisconsin and Idaho. Production averaged 2,031 pounds per cow, 21 pounds above last year, with Michigan claiming the top spot at 2,280 pounds. The …

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Record red meat production in January

Red meat production hit record levels during January. The USDA says commercial red meat production to start the year was 4.959 billion pounds, an increase of 5% from January 2019. Beef production was an all-time high for the month at 2.388 billion pounds, up 3% on the year, with a 2% rise in the slaughter …

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Market around pork production increases

A pork marketer recommends producers take defensive pricing strategies as supplies overhang the market. Ross Logan with Commodity Ingredient Hedging tells Brownfield even with 2019’s record pork exports, production growth is outpacing that demand. “For every one percent of the growth in production, we need to grow about four percent in exports.” He says premium …

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