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Category: Ag News

Rain dampens hope for good yields in SW Minnesota

Extreme rainfall is dampening hopes for good crop yields in southwest Minnesota. University of Minnesota extension educator David Bau is based in Worthington, and says the area has seen close to a foot of rain over the last two weeks. “There’s lots of potholes now, so farmers are losing a big percentage of their crop.  …

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Minnesota Pork CEO calls for resolution to trade disputes

Farm groups continue to call for resolution on trade disputes. David Preisler, CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers, tells Brownfield American pig farmers have been hit hard by retaliatory tariffs from China and Mexico. “Now we’re faced with increasing tariffs from Mexico (starting today), which will bring the tariff from 10 percent up to 20 …

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Tariffs set to go into effect

Tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods are set to go into effect tomorrow, and China has said it will retaliate immediately with equal tariffs on US goods, including soybeans and cars. In a recent press conference, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce said that the U.S. is “opening fire” on the world, including …

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Lake Springfield Watershed Soil Health Field Day.

Brownfield’s Tom Steever will be in Auburn, IL on July 26, 2018 for the Lake Springfield Watershed Soil Health Field Day. Continue reading Lake Springfield Watershed Soil Health Field Day. at Brownfield Ag News.      

Transitioning to group housing of sows

At the recent World Pork Expo, we stopped by the Nedap Livestock Management booth to visit with pork producers who own and/or manage facilities that have converted from gestation stalls to group sow housing. On today’s program we hear from Tim Friedel, general manager of Thomas Livestock at Broken Bow, Nebraska, and Chet Mogler of …

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Policy expert says Conservation Stewardship Program needed in final farm bill

A University of Illinois farm policy expert says the House and Senate conference committee should preserve the Conservation Stewardship Program in the final farm bill.  Jonathon Coppess leads the Garner Agriculture Policy Program and the Bock Ag Law programs at the University of Illinois and says, “For farmers, like in Illinois who are trying to combat …

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Renk Seed Field Day

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Larry Lee will be on the ground at Renk Seed Field Day on August 28, 2018 in Sun Prairie, WI. Continue reading Renk Seed Field Day at Brownfield Ag News.      

Fourth of July heat, humidity across the Heartland

 Across the Corn Belt, above-normal temperatures continue to promote a rapid pace of crop development. On July 1, progress for U.S. corn (17% silking) and soybeans (27% blooming) were significantly ahead of the respective 5-year averages of 8 and 13%. More than one-third of the corn in Illinois and Missouri began to silk during the …

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Ways to increase cash flow

As farmers continue to operate within a tight margin environment, a business consultant with Compeer Financial says there are a few areas worth looking at that could lead to better profits. Matt Lange has put together a list of 5 ways to increase cash flow, beginning with constantly monitoring the checkbook balance.     Continue …

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Farm data a valuable tool for managing finances

A farm financial official says the value of ag data goes beyond the production information it provides. Glenn Wachtler with Compeer Financial tells Brownfield lenders can use data to help farmers make equipment purchases, investment decisions, and more. “Things like what to do with excess funds from profits.  Should you pay down debt versus build …

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Hot weather for much of the Nation

  A brief surge of cool air will fully overspread the Plains by Thursday and reach the remainder of the central and eastern U.S. by week’s end. Meanwhile, heat will build across the West. In addition, the West will experience mostly dry weather for the remainder of the week, while periodic showers will affect much …

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Economy, weather will ‘make it tough on a number of farmers’

Some corn and soybean fields have a yellow appearance resulting from too much rain.  The precipitation overabundance has leached nitrogen away from the reach of corn roots.  In the case of soybeans, east central South Dakota farmer Paul Casper of Lake Preston says his are getting too little sunlight. “Boy they’re really yellow,” Casper told …

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Hog futures higher ahead of trade uncertainty

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mostly higher on buyer interest, ahead of this week’s direct business.  The narrowing Choice/Select spread indicates there is more available Choice beef as demand is falling behind.  August live cattle closed $.45 lower at $106.45 and October contracts closed $.25 higher at $110.10. August feeder cattle closed …

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Webinar to address dairy farmer stress

Extension educators in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are preparing to help dairy farmers recognize and manage stress.  Jennifer Bentley with Iowa State tells Brownfield they are hosting a series of webinars starting July 10th.  “The first webinar is really designed to help service providers and industry people to recognize those signs of stress get …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 3, 2018

Jul. corn closed at $3.42 and 3/4, up 5 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $8.43 and 1/4, down 5 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $328.60, down 90 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 28.70, down 7 points Jul. wheat closed at $4.91 and 1/2, up 11 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $106.45, down 45 cents Jul. lean hogs closed at $83.72, up …

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“This is really disheartening”

Canada’s tariffs that began this week on American goods, including beef products, are another trade concern for farmers’ bottom line. “Small and mid-sized farmers just can’t afford this increased in costs at any level,” says Casey Guernsey, spokesman for Americans for Farmers & Families. Guernsey, a former Missouri State Representative, tells Brownfield Ag News the effects …

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Senator says there is a short window to address tariffs

An Indiana senator says there is a very short window to address tariffs and the negative impact they have on farmers as harvest approaches. Joe Donnelly says he spoke with President Trump about those concerns on Thursday. “We’ve seen about a 20 percent drop in soybean prices in just about two months and I said …

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Minnesota U.S. Senate debate

Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp will moderate the Minnesota U.S. Senate debate during Minnesota Farmfest Tuesday, Aug. 7th at Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, MN. Continue reading Minnesota U.S. Senate debate at Brownfield Ag News.      

Meat-alternative company tripling its production capacity

Beyond Meat, the latest in plant-based protein products, is growing its production capacity.  The company recently announced it would be adding a new facility in Columbia, Missouri to help meet the increase in demand for their products. Texas A&M livestock economist David Anderson says meat-alternatives, like Beyond Meat, create additional competition for grill space and …

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NPPC criticizes second North Carolina nuisance verdict

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is criticizing a jury verdict against another North Carolina hog farm. Late last week, jurors awarded 25 million dollars to plaintiffs who had lodged nuisance claims against Smithfield Foods, which contracts with the farm in question. It was the second legal defeat in two months for Smithfield, which faces …

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