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Weather widely variable across Wisconsin last week

It was another week of widely variable rainfall across Wisconsin. The latest USDA Crop Progress report says clear, hot, and humid weather persisted until Thursday when a wave of thunderstorms brought moisture mostly to south-central portions of the state. Pastures and crops that aren’t irrigated in other parts of Wisconsin are showing signs of heat …

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Minnesota corn, soybeans maturing 10 days ahead of normal

Weather across much of Minnesota has turned from hot and wet to warm and dry. The consistent heat has pushed crop development, with corn and soybeans maturing about 10 days ahead of normal. University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Dave Nicolai tells Brownfield some crops have succumbed to too much rain. “And it was these …

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Market swings possible with early #harvest18

The president of U.S. Commodities says an early harvest presents the market with upside potential and downside risk. Don Roose tells Brownfield the 2018 crop is the second-fastest maturing crop on record. “Only 2012 was faster, and that was a drought year.  So that brings up the concern that maybe the yields are not going …

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Profits ahead for dairy farmers?

The USDA says slightly higher milk prices and relatively low feed costs next year could mean a more profitable year ahead. “You should see a bit improved margins.” USDA World Ag Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer says while milk production is forecasted to increase by three billion pounds next year, prices should remain supported.  “We’re …

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Michigan crops still need rain

Most Michigan crops need rain. WinField United agronomist Jason Roth tells Brownfield about two-thirds of the state has some level of drought.  “I’ve seen corn that looks fairly uniform and still pretty dark green, and I’ve seen some that looks three to four feet tall, tasseled, barren ears and pretty ugly.” The USDA says corn …

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American teenager reported missing in Paris

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — An American teenager is missing in Paris after packing up some of his belongings and leaving a goodbye note while on family vacation in France, according to his family. Tariq Aleem Shabazz, Jr., 17, disappeared last Wednesday, leaving the family’s hotel room and never returning, his father told ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV. The …

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Man accused of killing pregnant wife, daughters formally charged with murder

Weld County Sheriff(DENVER) — The Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been charged with three counts of murder, prosecutors said. When Shanann Watts, 34, and her children, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, were reported missing last Monday by a family friend, Watts’ husband, Chris Watts, spoke to reporters, …

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US Navy hospital ship to head to Colombia amid Venezuelan humanitarian crisis

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/U.S. Navy(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. is sending a Navy hospital ship off the shores of Colombia this fall to provide urgent medical care for Venezuelan refugees. In a bitter feud with the U.S., Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has refused all American aid. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the decision …

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Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer slams Asia Argento for ‘stunning level of hypocrisy’ amid sex claims

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein’s attorney stated Monday that the claim of sexual misconduct made against Italian actress Asia Argento should cast doubt on the allegations she’s made against the disgraced producer. Months after Argento became one of the first people to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, she’s now …

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Creaking heard from remnant of Genoa bridge after fatal collapse, evacuees kept away

Awakening/Getty Images(GENOA, Italy) — Evacuees who were living near the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed 43 people last week have been stopped from recovering belongs Monday over concerns about the structure’s instability, according to reports from Italian media. Creaks were heard from the eastern pillar of the bridge overnight and again Monday morning, causing …

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Woman killed in apparent alligator attack would be first in South Carolina in decades

iStock/Thinkstock(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — A woman has died from an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina Monday morning, according to local authorities. If confirmed, it would be the first documented fatal alligator attack in decades in South Carolina, local officials told ABC News. Witnesses saw the woman walking a dog …

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A busy week for trade negotiations

This will be a busy week for U.S. trade negotiators. A Chinese delegation will be in Washington for meetings with U.S. Treasury Department officials, the first major trade negotiations between the countries in more than two months. The meeting has renewed speculation of a potential summit between President Trump and Chinese President in November. European …

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Cooper County Missouri Health Board Meeting

Brownfield’s Tom Steever will be in Boonville, Missouri on Friday, August 24 for an expected vote on a health ordinance by the Cooper County Health Board.       Continue reading Cooper County Missouri Health Board Meeting at Brownfield Ag News.      

Compeer CEO concerned about trade disruptions

The leader of an Upper Midwest farm credit organization is concerned about the impact of trade disruptions. Compeer Financial CEO Rod Hebrink says they’ve been working with clients to maneuver through this time of uncertainty. “There are always adjustments that can be made.  You can’t necessarily turn a loss into a profit, but you need …

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AeroVironment Quantix drone helps crop farmers make decisions

A drone technology company has designed a crop management tool to help growers make better decisions in a timely fashion. AeroVironment director of business development Matt Strein says their Quantix drone is versatile and user-friendly. “It’s a one-stop-shop.  (farmers) don’t want to go to a bunch of different providers, they want to go to the drone …

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Ag drone helps growers make better decisions

A drone technology company has designed a crop management tool to help growers make better decisions in a timely fashion. AeroVironment director of business development Matt Strein says their Quantix drone is versatile and user-friendly. “It’s a one-stop-shop.  (farmers) don’t want to go to a bunch of different providers, they want to go to the drone …

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Chicago police superintendent says the city had ‘another unacceptable violent weekend’

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters on Monday the city had “another unacceptable violent weekend” that led to several people shot and killed. There were 58 people shot over the weekend in the city, six of which died from their injuries, police said. The department has three persons of interest in custody …

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Victim dies from apparent alligator attack in South Carolina

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A woman has died from an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina Monday morning, according to local authorities. If confirmed, it would be the first fatal alligator attack in decades in South Carolina, local officials told ABC News. Witnesses saw the woman walking a dog near a lagoon …

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Rising healthcare more and more a burden on Minnesota farmers

The president of Minnesota Farmers Union is frustrated because elected officials aren’t doing enough to bring healthcare costs down. Gary Wertish accuses the state and federal government of playing politics at the expense of many. “We don’t fix it unless we work together, and that’s the whole issue.  Healthcare costs have been rising even before …

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Corn, soybean export inspections mixed

The USDA reports soybean export inspections as of the week ending August 16th, 2018 remain on pace to meet projections for the 2017/18 marketing year. The current marketing year for beans, corn and sorghum runs through August 31st. Wheat came out at 345,375 tons, down 142,024 from the week ending August 9th and 323,335 lower …

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