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Category: Ag News

Net farm incomes would increase if U.S. rejoins TPP

  The U.S. rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be supportive to farmers’ bottom line. Ernie Birchmeier with Michigan Farm Bureau tells Brownfield increased exports of beef, pork, soybeans, dairy and other commodities under the agreement would cause net farm incomes across the country to rise. “Some estimates are around $6 billion in additional trade …

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New dicamba spray apps are available

BASF and Monsanto have taken several steps over the past few months to try to prevent a repeat of last year’s dicamba spray issues, including the development of mobile apps that will help growers know when it’s okay to spray their Engenia and XtendiMax herbicides. On today’s program, Logan Grier of BASF discusses their new app …

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CME dairy prices mostly down Wednesday

Dairy prices were mostly down Wednesday at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Class Three April milk was up $.01 at $14.53 a hundredweight.  May was down $.11 at $15.02. June was down $.05 to 15.50. July was down $.03 to $15.96.  The milk futures from August through next March ranged from zero to three cents lower. …

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Profit balance shifting in beef sector

A USDA livestock economist suggests the profit balance is shifting in the beef sector. Shayle Shagam says cow/calf operators, feedlots, and packers have been mostly in the black so far this year. But with expectations of more cattle coming out of feedlots and associated price declines, the margin environment is changing. “Packer margins are actually …

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Snow line gives northern Minnesota farmers a jump at planting

Farmers in northern Minnesota are ahead of their southern counterparts when it comes to planting progress this spring. Dave Torgerson, executive director of the Minnesota Wheat Council, says the northern part of the state missed out on a lot of the April snowstorms. “So they’ve had black fields for awhile, and some of them are …

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House Agriculture Committee divisions over SNAP issues persist

There’s no sign of letup in partisan bickering among House Agriculture Committee members about Republican-proposed farm bill work requirements for SNAP recipients.  House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said committee Democrats have done nothing but criticize the farm bill that passed out of that body last week on a party line vote. “My recollection …

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Missouri committee to look into state ag budget

A Missouri legislative committee will form to address budget shortages in the Missouri Department of Agriculture. State Representative Don Rone of southeast Missouri says the committee will examine the department’s funding levels, especially the Division of Plant Industries which runs the pesticide control program. Rone says the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request limits the amount …

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As window opens, soil moisture should dictate planting progress

An agronomist says as conditions improve, soil moisture should dictate planting progress. Jon Zuk covers southeastern Minnesota for Winfield United. He tells Brownfield every spring there are farmers who regret not waiting for fields to become fit. “Issues (with) emergence, sidewall smearing, open furrows, those sorts of things.  So typically if we can just wait …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 25, 2018

May corn closed at $3.86 and 1/2, up 5 and 1/4 cents May soybeans closed at $10.27 and 1/2, up 5 and 1/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $376.20, up $4.10 May soybean oil closed at 30.79, down 22 points May wheat closed at $4.86 and 1/4, up 13 and 3/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $121.92, up 82 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $75.35, up 52 …

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Soybeans up on commercial support, higher meal

  Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Beans saw a bounce off the recent lows, with help from bean meal, but they remain concerned about Chinese demand. China bought significantly more soybeans from Brazil than the U.S. during the first quarter of 2018, with the lowest March number for the U.S. in a …

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March poultry production down 4% on year

The USDA says March 2018 poultry production was 4.021 billion pounds, a decline of 4% from the year ago total of 4.170 billion pounds. The preliminary live weight of all poultry was 5.313 billion pounds, also 4% lower than last year. There was one fewer work day in March 2018 than in March 2017 and …

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USDA says Trump to send team to China

President Trump is sending his Treasury Secretary and U.S. Trade Representative on a trip to China over trade tariffs, “We’re having Secretary Mnuchin, Bob Lighthizer, heading over to China at the request of China and we’re having very substantive discussions on trade.” USDA’s Jason Hafemeister told farm broadcasters President Trump’s strong position with China has …

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Ethanol production down on week, stocks up

  U.S. ethanol production last week averaged less than a million barrels a day for just the second time this year. The last time below that mark was the first week of 2018. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 985,000 barrels a day, 24,000 lower than the previous week, with some plants off …

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Feeding dairy cattle while milk prices remain low

  A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois has some advice for dairy farmers trying to stay profitable during this tight margin environment. Mike Hutjens points to some measurement tools that look at the quality of forages at harvest, during fermentation, and even manure samples, in an effort to increase efficiency.     Continue …

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Fieldwork remains delayed in many areas

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with cool, showery conditions in the Ohio Valley. By April 22, corn planting had not begun, and was at least 10 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace, in Iowa and Minnesota. During the 4-week period ending April 22, there were less than …

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CME dairy prices mixed Tuesday

Dairy prices were mixed Tuesday at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Class Three April milk was unchanged at $14.52 a hundredweight.  May was up $.04 at $15.13. June was up $.06 to 15.55. July was up $.06 to $15.99.  The milk futures from August through next March ranged from one to nine cents higher. Grade AA …

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Ag economist says a corn rally possible

A University of Illinois ag economist says there could be significantly lower corn production this year, “I do see corn setting up for a possible rally. There’s a very bullish outlook currently. Monitoring the weekly (USDA) planting progress reports is going to be important in the next few weeks.” Todd Hubbs says corn consumption continues to …

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Senate Dems ask Perdue for help with Farm Bill partisan divide

Several Democrats on the Senate Ag Committee asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to help calm the waters and the partisan divide over the House Ag Farm bill that was approved last week along party lines. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar shared her concern with Perdue at the committee hearing Tuesday on the ‘state of rural America.’ …

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Pruitt says hardship waivers are not subjectively granted

The EPA administrator says so-called hardship waivers are not granted subjectively.  Scott Pruitt says granting the controversial waivers for Renewable Volume Obligations is under statutory constraint. Speaking Tuesday at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Washington Watch, Pruitt said even if a refinery is part of a large company, waivers are considered plant by plant …

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A warm-up ahead for the Heartland

A slow-moving storm will drift northward along the Atlantic Seaboard, reaching New England on Thursday. Additional rainfall associated with the storm could reach 1 to 2 inches in the middle and northern Atlantic States. Meanwhile, a smaller disturbance will trail the initial storm, following a similar path across the Plains, South, and East, and delivering …

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