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Beck’s asks EPA to restrict dicamba to pre-plant application

Beck’s seed company is urging the EPA to limit dicamba use to pre-plant applications only. Scott Beck is president of the family-owned company. “We want to preserve this technology  but we think the best way to do it is to have it as a pre-plant application and not in season because the drift and volatilization …

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Hog futures up on short covering

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were sharply lower on technical selling, long liquidation, and position squaring ahead of the USDA’s Cattle on Feed report. The on-feed numbers were bearish, but very close to what analysts were expecting, and nearby live cattle contracts are at a discount to the most recent round of direct cash …

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USGC economist says look at grain exports differently

An economist says despite the headlines, U.S. grain exports are pretty good.  Mike Dwyer with the U.S. Grains Council says, “We will probably set a record of at least 116 million tons of feed grains in all forms, which represents one out of every three rows of grain planted is actually going into a foreign consumer’s mouth.” …

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Milk futures, cash dairy higher

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed higher Friday supported by continued strength in the cash market. August milk closed up three cents at $15.03.  September milk up 16 cents at $16.21.  October up four cents at $16.34.  November up six cents at $16.35.  December through next July contracts closed a penny …

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Heat increasing; more favorable rains for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers from the Mississippi Valley westward are maintaining generally favorable growing conditions for summer crops. Even some of the driest areas of the southwestern Corn Belt have experienced recent improvements in topsoil moisture, although drought-stressed pastures have been slow to respond to rain and corn is largely mature. On the …

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More typical late-Summer heat ahead

Hurricane Lane should continue to gradually weaken while making its closest approach to the Hawaiian Islands over the remainder of Friday and early Saturday. The primary threats from Lane will be flash flooding, high winds, and damaging surf. Meanwhile, rainfall associated with a pair of cold fronts will be most heavily concentrated across the North. …

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Wishing doesn’t make it so

When it comes to rife media and talking head speculation that China and the U.S. will continue their tariff wars indefinitely, that NAFTA 2.0 will succumb to an 11th-hour breakdown, that House and Senate conferees won’t hit their September 30 deadline to get a reconciled Farm Bill to the president, or that the House and/or …

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USDA trade aid details coming Monday

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says details of the $12 billion-dollar trade relief package will be released Monday. During a trip to upstate New York Thursday, Perdue said the plan to help farmers hurt by trade disruptions was being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. “The methodology of how you get there is …

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MFP Content Partnership with Beck’s

Continue reading MFP Content Partnership with Beck’s at Brownfield Ag News.      

Protecting yields against yield robbing pests

Continue reading Protecting yields against yield robbing pests at Brownfield Ag News.      

MO Cattlemen’s wants more CRP counties for drought relief

The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association wants producers to have access to even more CRP lands as the drought continues in Missouri. Mike Deering tells Brownfield the Farm Service Agency’s release of CRP land in certain counties is a step in the right direction but more is needed, “Those designated counties where that’s available, well, let’s look …

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Iowa counties are approved for emergency CRP haying and grazing

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Amanda De Jong today says 22 Iowa Counties are authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres until September 30th, the end of the fiscal year. The counties approved for emergency haying and grazing include: Adams, Appanoose, Clarke, Clay, Davis, Decatur, Des …

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Using Satellite Imagery to amp up your scouting game

Scouting crops is one of the most effective ways farmers can manage and control problems in the field. And while nothing will replace the accuracy of walking each field, Cassie Misch with Encirca Services by adding technologies – like satellite imagery – farmers can be more efficient. In this Managing for Profit we’ll learn how …

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Bayer AG CEO says they will fight glyphosate lawsuits

The CEO of Bayer AG, which now includes Monsanto, says they will continue to defend glyphosate herbicide. Werner Baumann says they believe the California jury verdict, that glyphosate use was the cause of a former school groundskeeper’s cancer, was wrong. “The decision by one jury in one case does not change the fact that more …

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GMO foods are not “new”

A common myth surrounding GMOs is that the technology is so new that it’s not safe. But a consultant with the Center for Food Integrity says that simply isn’t true. Continue reading GMO foods are not “new” at Brownfield Ag News.      

Southern Illinois farmland values fall

A mid-year farm real estate survey indicates southern Illinois farmland values are down 3.53 percent, “which isn’t a big surprise,” said Aaron Johnson, the chief operating officer at Farm Credit Illinois. Lesser quality farmland saw most of the decline, according to Johnson. “The 1A flat black stuff was pretty level for the year,” Johnson told …

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R-CALF convention focuses on trade, meat labeling

The head of R-CALF USA says Trump administration trade policy is on the right track.  Instead of trade discussion only being about exports, it’s now about balanced trade, according to Bill Bullard. “We’re calculating the net effects of our trade policies based on exports minus imports,” Bullard told Brownfield Ag News Thursday, “and this administration …

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Missouri producer’s grazing system standing up to drought

A southwest Missouri grass-fed cattle operator says the drought has not been a problem for him. Adam Boman rotated his 22 cattle between 13 paddocks every day, starting in the spring, then switched to every-other-day in mid-July, “We’re doing pretty good. I mean, we haven’t had to change our operation or our grazing system. We have …

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Weather sends soybeans, corn lower

Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling, closing at or just above the session lows. Crop weather through the end of the month is expected to be generally non-threatening in most of the Midwest and Plains, leaving beans essentially on track for a record crop this year. The trade is also keeping an eye …

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Smaller dairy herd bullish for market

A dairy marking specialist says this week’s milk production report confirms the dairy herd is shrinking even though July’s milk production was slightly higher. “A big drop in some areas that shows there’s been some exiting.  California’s down about 12,000 cows on farms, Minnesota was down 6,000 cows, Wisconsin down 4,000, Michigan is no longer …

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