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Category: Ag News

Senator Young discusses planting season, ag issues with Hoosier farmers

Indiana Senator Todd Young met with farmers and industry leaders Friday to discuss ag policy issues. West Central Indiana Farmer Brent Bible says it allowed farmers to discuss how the 2019 planting season is impacting their operations.   “We weren’t able to lay a good foundation with our planting season so no matter what kind …

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How Gen Z consumers understand and communicate about agriculture

Dr. Wes Jamison spoke at the recent Iowa Swine Day in Ames. Dr. Wes Jamison, associate professor of public relations at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, used to do presentations to ag groups about the animal rights movement. But Jamison says he’s gone a different direction in recent years. “I’ve become far more interested in the …

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EPA reinstates, expands solfoxaflor registration & use guidelines

The EPA has expanded the registered uses for the insecticide sulfoxaflor. Now, sulfoxaflor can be used on alfalfa, corn, millet, oats, sorghum, pineapple, and tree plantations.  The EPA registration also restores label use for citrus, cotton, cucurbits, soybeans, and strawberries. Environmental groups including Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity have criticized the EPA for …

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“Barry” impacting parts of the southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain associated with Tropical Depression Barry is edging into southern parts of Illinois and Missouri. Meanwhile, showers in advance of an approaching cold front stretch from the upper Great Lakes region into Nebraska. Little rain has fallen so far in July across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, leaving some previously …

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It’s too easy to say you’re green

I could be Rip Van Winkle, just awaking from a 40-year sleep, and I’d know there’s an election coming up.  All sorts of issues so far not talked about much are on all candidates’ lips, including those of the White House incumbent. Color the latest attacks of effusion and self-aggrandizement green, as in who’s the …

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Management key for good yields on late planted crops

An Illinois agronomist says the management practices required to achieve high yields don’t change with the planting date. “Continuing to focus on scouting, fungicides and weed control are going to be the keys moving forward with a late planting season.” Samantha Schmidgall is with GROWMARK-FS in east central Illinois. She tells Brownfield being aware of …

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Family farm changes focus and profits from produce

Scott Skelly with Skelly’s Farm Store near Janesville, Wisconsin explains how their family’s dairy farm became a successful fresh fruit and vegetable grower selling direct to consumers. Scott Skelly on Managing For Profit Photo: Scott Skelly (on right) gives a tour of Skelly’s Farm Store fields Continue reading Family farm changes focus and profits from …

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Gotta love home grown tomatoes

Tomatoes are the number one home garden vegetable – what makes them so great? David Trinklein with the University of Missouri says tomatoes are loved for their taste which is a balance of sugar to acid. If you can’t grow your own, check out fresh tomatoes at your farmers market. MU Tomato Day, August 1, …

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NCGA announces winners of its Consider Corn Challenge II competition

At the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech in Des Moines, Iowa last week, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the winners of its Consider Corn Challenge II competition. Three winners were chosen, each with a unique technology to improve a product or process using field corn to produce biobased materials. The three …

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WinField United agronomist in Nebraska discusses crops and ways to optimize yields

Mark Herz is a WinField United agronomist in Nebraska.  He covers the western half of Nebraska into Colorado. In this interview with Brownfield, Herz discuss the current crop situation and suggests some steps farmers might take to optimize their corn and soybean yields in 2019, including applications of micronutrients such as boron and zinc. AUDIO: Mark …

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South Dakota Governor Noem pushes for USMCA ratification

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she and other farm state governors are pushing federal lawmakers to ratify the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement. Speaking Thursday at the Governor’s Ag Summit in Sioux Falls, Noem said the agreement – a modernization of NAFTA – is a big victory for agriculture, but it’s a huge victory …

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Global edible insect market is growing

The global insect market is growing and crickets are leading the way, according to a market survey by Barclays and Meticulous Research firm. They say the growing population and declining food resources are driving that growth. Crickets and other insects are high in protein and rich in minerals. The survey says crickets had the largest …

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Missouri farmer’s crops ‘look pretty tough’

Central Missouri farmer Jules Willott planted all the acres he intended, but didn’t finish until the first week in July. “We’ve had a lot of challenges getting stuff planted, and even with the wet weather, some of the stuff got mudded in. We should have waited, but we saw the opportunity to maybe get it …

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Live cattle futures up on higher, light direct trade

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher, supported by the steady to higher, but lightly traded, direct business during the session. The USDA’s cattle on feed and inventory numbers are out on Friday the 19th. August was up $.60 at $108.47 and October was $.65 higher at $109.97. Feeder cattle were lower, pressured by …

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Cheese, Amazon, $5 million in less than 2 years

A cheesemaker says disintermediation and e-commerce can help revitalize rural America. “We started selling on Amazon 18-months ago and we now have more than a $5 million business with two items.”       Owner of The Specialty Cheese Company Paul Scharfman says the rise of the internet, innovation, and Terroir, or the idea products taste differently based …

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Bill calls to fully staff border ag inspectors

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has introduced a bill to increase the number of ag inspectors at the border. Led by Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Gary Peters of Michigan, the Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 would give the U.S. Customs and Border Protection authority …

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Nebraska is a ‘prime target’ for hog expansion

As Iowa has become more saturated with hog production facilities, some major pork producers are looking to expand into Nebraska. Will Keech is director of livestock development for AFAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska. “We’re working with the Maschhoffs and Cactus Farms, among others, that have operations in Iowa. But as …

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Heavy rain increasing fertilizer runoff to Gulf

The head of natural and environmental resources with Illinois Farm Bureau says keeping up with the state’s nutrient loss reduction strategy has been a challenge for Illinois farmers this year. Lauren Lurkins says finding ways to reduce the loading of nitrates and phosphorus into the Gulf of Mexico is difficult with such large amounts of …

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USDA expects higher 2019 chicken production

The USDA increased its projection for 2019 commercial chicken production slightly, while lowering turkey. Broiler production is now seen at 43.034 billion pounds, up 43 million on the month because of hatchery numbers and expectations for heavier average weights, with slightly lower exports and fractional increase in per capita consumption. Turkey was down modestly from …

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“Barry” to cause catastrophic Delta flooding

Across the Corn Belt, sunny, warm weather favors a rapid pace of crop growth. However, corn and soybean stages of development remain far behind the average pace, owing to a sluggish spring planting pace. In addition, a few areas in the Midwest have not received much rain in recent days, leading to local soil crusting …

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