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Farm management specialist: MFP payments will relieve cash flow concerns

A farm business expert says the USDA Market Facilitation Program payment is an unplanned injection of cash.  Iowa State University farm management specialist Steve Johnson says growers should get soybean production data to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as soon as harvest wraps up. “I think farmers are going to be surprised that those first …

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Perdue to view NC ag damages Monday

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue will travel to North Carolina Monday to survey agricultural damages from Hurricane Florence. The USDA says Perdue was invited by North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. Damage assessments in North Carolina are in the early stages. In South Carolina, Clemson University Extension and the USDA estimate crop losses will be roughly …

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Hog futures pressured by supply concerns

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day higher ahead of widespread direct business in advance of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report. October live cattle closed $.62 higher at $113.07 and December contracts closed $.55 higher at $118.45.  September feeder cattle closed $1.27 higher at $156.95 and October feeder cattle closed $.80 higher …

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Thursday winds cause lodging in SE Minnesota corn fields

An extension crops educator who toured storm-damaged southeastern Minnesota says strong winds caused heavy lodging in corn fields. Dave Nicolai with the University of Minnesota tells Brownfield he traveled from Wright County east to Nerstrand Friday. “Primarily broken stalks broken below the ear, mixed in with standing corn.  So as you look out over the …

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Heavy rain delays South Dakota harvest

Southeastern South Dakota farmer Dave Poppens looks forward to harvest but will have a longer wait on his farm near Sioux Falls. “We’ve had about six inches of rain in the last two days here,” Poppens told Brownfield Ag News Thursday. After a wet spring, Poppens is pleased that some of his corn is projected …

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USDA: cattle placements jump 7%

The USDA’s latest round of cattle on feed numbers was very close to pre-report expectations. Placements into feedlots during August were 2.070 million head, up 7% on the year, and mostly cattle weighing less than 800 pounds. By weight, placements of cattle weighing less than 600 pounds were 430,000 head, 600 to 699-pound placements were …

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The Blue Dogs are back!

I’m going to get all nostalgic here, recalling fondly the heyday of the House Blue Dog Coalition, a self-proclaimed caucus of conservative Democrats – consistently fiscally conservative, but verging moderate to liberal on some social issues — a gang I always thought out to be model for the rest of the two parties.  While not …

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Rain turns away Minnesota farmer ready to begin harvest

A corn and soybean farmer ready to begin harvest in south-central Minnesota was turned away by another bout of wet weather. Speaking to Brownfield Thursday, Bryan Biegler of Lake Wilson says excessive moisture has been a problem throughout the season. “I don’t know how long this (delay) will be.  If the (rain) stops now, we …

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Severe weather damages farms in southeast Minnesota

  Severe weather is responsible for some farm damage in southeastern Minnesota. Minnesota Ag Commissioner Dave Frederickson says thunderstorms moved from the Waterville area up through Northfield Thursday night, leaving a wake of destruction. “We’re hearing that at least four tornadoes were on the ground in the Faribault area at the same time.  The storm …

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Cover crops applied in late August off to good start

A southern Minnesota farmer in his sixth year using cover crops is seeing good growth this fall. Lake Wilson corn and soybean grower Bryan Biegler says he used a high-clearance sprayer to broadcast cereal rye the last half of August. “A few days after I had it seeded we got about .8″ of rain on …

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Wet weather problematic for soybean harvest

The return of wet weather to parts of the Upper Midwest could create late season problems for soybean farmers. University of Minnesota Extension soybean agronomist Seth Naeve says many bean acres have yet to reach full maturity. “Some of the (soybeans) that were still a little green, if it warms up we could potentially have …

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Asia exports strong, except for China

The USDA forecasts strong fiscal 2019 U.S. agriculture exports to all Asian countries except China.  The agency projects China’s imports of U.S. agriculture products to be down $7 billion from the 2018 forecast, but all the rest of Asia is projected to import $3.8 billion more. Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans is expected to be …

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Demand uncertainties pressure deferred hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mostly lower in a narrow range on light trade activity.  There has been some position squaring ahead of the Cattle on Feed report.  Feeder cattle were also pressured by higher corn prices.  October live cattle closed $.65 lower at $112.45 and December live cattle closed $.07 lower at …

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NC state vet says 99% of livestock healthy and well

North Carolina’s state veterinarian says the loss of livestock from Hurricane Florence is minimal, “Ninety-nine percent of the animals in our state of North Carolina under production are healthy and well.” Dr. Doug Meckes says more losses are expected but officials will be on the ground as soon as today, where possible, to prepare for …

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August red meat production notches new record

U.S. red meat production during August was a new all-time high for the month 4.766 billion pounds. That’s up 3% on the year, with a 1% increase in beef production to 2.430 billion pounds and a 5% jump in pork at 2.316 billion as higher slaughter levels canceled out steady to lighter average weights. The …

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Website update increases waiver, RIN trade transparency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) website Thursday to increase transparency surrounding the program, according to a news release from the agency. “For the first time, EPA is providing new information to the public on small refinery exemptions and RIN trading,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Increasing transparency …

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Corn silage harvest races on

An agronomist says recent hot, dry weather is speeding up the pace of corn silage harvest in the Eastern Corn Belt. “When we have this type of weather, the corn tends to dry faster than we can get it in the bunk.” Charles Scovill with Golden Harvest Seeds tells Brownfield challenging growing conditions have made …

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Voluntary organic checkoff would be less restrictive

The head of the Organic Trade Association says a private, industry-led organic checkoff will allow more flexibility within a program. CEO Laura Batcha tells Brownfield a mandatory organic checkoff was estimated to collect between $35 and $40 million dollars annually.  Startup donations for a voluntary program are currently being collected from industry which Batcha says …

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NFU opposes reorganization of ERS and NIFA

The National Farmers Union is against the USDA’s proposed reorganization and relocation of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). In a letter to Sonny Perdue, NFU President Roger Johnson expressed concern that moving out of Washington D.C. would affect the functions of the two divisions. He said …

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Corn exports continue hot streak

The USDA reports corn and soybean export sales for the week ending September 13th were above most pre-report estimates, while soybean products and wheat were generally within analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of corn for 2018/19 delivery are ahead of the 2017/18 pace. Wheat came out at 468,400 tons (17.2 million bushels), up 21% from the …

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