Category: Ag News

5% of U.S. corn, 2% of soybeans planted

  U.S. corn planting made some progress over the past week, but remains slower than normal because of cool, wet conditions in some key U.S. growing areas. Conditions this week in most of the region are expected to be warmer, which should allow for better progress. As of Sunday, the USDA says 5% of the …

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Analyst sees USDA dairy report as “bullish”

Agricultural economist Mary Ledman with Rabobank Research says Friday’s USDA dairy production is up but, “I look at this report being more bullish.” Ledman tells Brownfield the dairy herd size is down and milk production is up 1.3% nationwide, and 1.5% in the major dairy states, but the increase is lower than expected.  “The prior two …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 23, 2018

May corn closed at $3.78 and 1/2, up 2 cents May soybeans closed at $10.20 and 3/4, down 8 cents May soybean meal closed at $371.80, down $2.30 May soybean oil closed at 31.04, down 26 points May wheat closed at $4.61 and 1/2, down 1 and 3/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $121.72, up $2.37 Jun. lean hogs closed at $76.37, down $1.17 Jun. crude oil closed at $68.64, up 24 cents …

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Majority of farm assets will be inherited

  A farm consultant believes farm real estate ownership will undergo a major change in the next decade. “With about $3 trillion in agriculture assets in the country, over the next 10 to 15 years, a tremendous amount of that wealth is going to be changing hands and about 70 percent of that wealth is …

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Domestic pork supply rises

  The USDA says pork stocks at the end of March 2018 were up on the year, while beef supplies were slightly tighter. Pork ended last month with 611.048 million pounds in cold storage, a 12% year to year increase, as several months of record production and international trade uncertainties apparently took their toll. Month …

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Midday cash livestock markets

Direct cash cattle markets are quiet. The big feature today will be the distribution of this week’s new showlist, which could be steady to larger than last week following light to moderate activity in many of the major feeding areas. Asking prices are not yet established but are expected to be higher after last week’s …

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California court affirms previous glyphosate ruling

A California state appeals court has dealt Monsanto and a coalition of ag groups a legal setback, ruling the state was well within in its legal bounds when it decided to list glyphosate as a possible cancer-causing agent. California’s Fifth Appellate District affirmed a previous court ruling, saying California’s decision to list glyphosate as a …

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WinField United: Five agronomy insights that could boost yield in 2018

A recent WinField United news released outlined five agronomy insights that could boost yield in 2018: With a challenging market and an uncertain spring, farmers want to feel confident they’re choosing the right crop inputs and the right management strategies. Using insights derived from two decades of data from thousands of field trials across the …

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COF report shows more heifers in feedlots

Last week’s cattle-on-feed report showed a higher percentage of heifers in the nation’s feedlots. The number of heifers and heifer calves on feed on April 1st, at 4.2 million, was up 14 percent from a year ago. And USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says heifers were nearly 36 percent of the total feedlot inventory, two …

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Soybean, corn export inspections stay slow

  The USDA reports that as of the week ending April 19th, corn and soybean export inspections continue to trail their respective expected paces. The 2017/18 marketing year runs through May for wheat and August for beans, corn, and sorghum. Wheat came out at 619,251 tons, up 114,295 from the week ending April 12th, but …

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Predicting the next big yielding hybrid

University of Illinois corn breeder Martin Bohn is using a $500,000 USDA grant on research to improve corn breeding efficiency.  It’s hoped that it will bring about the ability to predict the performance of corn hybrids.  Bohn wants to use the corn genome to make breeding faster, more efficient, and more predictive.  He tells Brownfield …

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Do not fear eating fruits and vegetables

The so-called Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables to avoid is released each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) with warnings about the most pesticide-saturated produce. But is it legitimate? This well-known scientist, Kevin Folta, say “NO.” Continue reading Do not fear eating fruits and vegetables at Brownfield Ag News.      

Beneficial moisture on the southern High Plains

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather and low soil temperatures continue to limit spring planting activities. In addition, snow remains on the ground across large sections of the northern Corn Belt. On the Plains, cloudiness is increasing in advance of an approaching storm system. Any rain that developed later Friday on the southern High Plains …

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A welcome pattern shift for much of the Corn Belt

A storm system emerging from the Southwest will drift eastward, reaching the Southeast early next week. Highly beneficial rain developed later Friday across the drought-affected central and southern High Plains, with totals of 0.5 to 1.5 inches some areas; however, some locales may largely miss out on the rainfall, and a more widespread soaking is …

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Peterson co-signs RFS waiver letter to Trump

The ranking members of the House Ag and House Energy committees are asking President Trump to ensure no more RFS waivers are granted until transparency and accountability of the waiver program is improved. Congressmen Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Frank Pallone of New Jersey say in their letter to Trump they are deeply concerned that …

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Weather forecasts weigh on corn

  Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling, posting week to week losses. The stalemate over tariffs with China continues to limit export demand for U.S. beans, even as Brazil’s supply gets tighter and their prices move higher. Still, Brazil won’t be able to supply enough beans to meet China’s needs fully, so Beijing …

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IPM works to protect crops and pollinators

  An entomologist says it’s a difficult balance to manage pests while leaving pollinators unharmed. Rick Foster with Purdue University Extension tells Brownfield there are some key best management practices specialty crop growers can use to protect their crops and pollinators.  “We want people to scout their fields and only treat when they exceed the …

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