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Winter-like pattern continues across most of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, snow remains on the ground—following Thursday’s storm—from the middle Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, further delaying late-season soft red winter wheat planting efforts. Meanwhile in the upper Midwest, several factors—including locally excessive soil moisture and partially frozen soils—are an impediment to completing corn and …

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NCGA says DEMAND its top three goals

When it comes to the U.S. corn industry – corn leaders say it’s about this, “Our #1, #2 and #3 goals are demand, demand and demand,” says Jon Doggett, National Corn Growers’ Chief Executive Officer, interviewed by Brownfield at the 2019 NAFB Convention. NCGA President Lynn Chrisp, a Nebraska corn grower, tells Brownfield things weren’t …

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Is there a Speaker Pelosi 2.0?

Should Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) be elected Speaker of the House again?  I’ve been asked this question a dozen times in the last few days, with the question almost always followed by the asker’s multiple reasons why or why not Pelosi deserves to control the House. At best, I’m ambivalent.  If I step back, …

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Canada, China strengthen partnership

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and China are in talks to deepen bilateral trade and work toward an “eventual” free trade agreement. Trudeau spoke with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the third annual Canada-China leaders’ dialogue. The two leaders also recognized the outcomes of recent meetings including a commitment to double ag trade …

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ASF hits China’s biggest pork producing region

China’s largest pork producing province has officially reported its first outbreak of African Swine Fever.  Ten of 16 pigs diagnosed with the virus died at a farm in the Sichuan province. To date, 18 of China’s 31 provinces and regions have battled the disease. China’s Ministry of Agriculture says the country continues to ramp up …

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USDA travels to Philippines and Thailand

The USDA Under Secretary for Trade says the Philippines and Thailand present similar opportunities for U.S. ag exports. “Each country is seeing a pretty rapidly growing disposable income.  Their gross domestic product is rising in the six to nine percent category.” From Bangkok Friday, Ted McKinney told reporters many large retailers market products under the …

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Corn, soybean exports within expectations

The USDA says corn and soybean export sales for the week ending November 8th were within pre-report expectations, while wheat sales were below analysts’ estimates. Physical shipments of corn remain ahead of what’s needed weekly to meet UDSA projections for the 2018/19 marketing year. Wheat came out at 438,300 tons (16.1 million bushels), down 34% …

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ASA president says it’s been a tough year

The president of the American Soybean Association says it’s been a rough year for soybean growers, “Losing your number one customer has been tough this year. We look forward to all the new trade partners, but we put them all together and they still don’t make up for a China.” John Heisdorffer, ASA president and …

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Harvesting Results: A year in cover crops

The 2018 growing season featured everything from severe drought to significant flooding. That all happened within the Illinois and Missouri geography in which Abigail Peterson serves as a field manager for the Soil Health Partnership. “During the spring for the cover crop establishment there was great moisture in the ground,” said Peterson, “so we had …

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Surviving another year of tight margins

An ag lending expert says farmers can’t borrow their way out of a tough farm economy.  Curt Covington, executive vice-president, chief credit officer with FarmerMac says there’s an old saying – “farmers borrow money during good times and pay it back during bad times”.  He tells Brownfield that’s where the ag economy is today. In …

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#Grow18 anything but smooth for many farmers in southern Minnesota

Many farmers across southern Minnesota will lament the 2018 growing season. Wyffels Hybrids marketing manager Mitch Heisler tells Brownfield it’s been a very challenging year. “We kind of went straight from winter to summer it seemed like.  We had a record cold April and almost a record hot May and June, and that’s kind of …

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Credit concerns increasing among Midwest ag bankers  

The Federal Reserve says farmland values in the Midwest during the third quarter have remained stable. Senior business economist David Oppedahl in the Chicago District tells Brownfield credit concerns among lenders are growing.  “With the current revenues being very challenging, [farmers] would like to extend loans and are having a harder time repaying loans at the …

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ISU says South Korea the “star market” for U.S. pork

Pork producers and industry officials from Iowa are on a trade mission in southeast Asia, visiting Japan and now South Korea. Pat McGonegle, CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, says both countries view U.S. pork as a very high-quality product, “So that’s been important to us but we’re also in a very competitive market. Other countries, …

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Cattle, hog futures higher on wholesale values

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed higher ahead of widespread direct cash business and stronger wholesale values at midday.  December live cattle closed $.55 higher at $115.15 and February live cattle closed $.50 higher at $119.10.  January feeder cattle closed $.87 higher at $147.85 and Marche feeder cattle closed $.75 higher at $144.55. …

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SHIC director says block chain helps track disease threats

The director of the Swine Health Information Center says block chain is coming to a pork producer near you. Dr. Paul Sundberg tells Brownfield with several livestock disease threats swirling around the world, traceability has never been so critical. “From the point of manufacture looking all the way through their record-keeping and traceability of wherever …

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Farm Bill leaders ramp up intensity as negotiations continue

A Farm Bureau official is skeptical of reports saying Mike Conaway remains at odds with the other three principle leaders as farm bill negotiations continue. Andrew Walmsley tells Brownfield he believes the Texas Congressman is seeking middle ground with Collin Peterson, Pat Roberts, and Debbie Stabenow. “I think Mr. Conaway eluded to this recently that …

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Dairy groups call on Congress to pass farm bill

A lobbyist for the dairy industry says he hopes the 2018 Farm Bill is passed by the first week of December. “My personal hope is that they’re able to resolve it before government funding runs out on December 7th because if we get caught up in that, I’m not so sure what’s going to happen.” …

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Dairy groups call on Congress to pass farm bill

A lobbyist for the dairy industry says he hopes the 2018 Farm Bill is passed by the first week of December. “My personal hope is that they’re able to resolve it before government funding runs out on December 7th because if we get caught up in that, I’m not so sure what’s going to happen.” …

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Indiana State Poultry’s Association’s Annual Poultry Donation

Brownfield’s Amie Simpson will be on the ground at the Indiana Statehouse (Indianapolis) on Monday, November 19 for Indiana State Poultry Association’s Annual Poultry Donation.  Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will participate in the Indiana State Poultry Association annual poultry donation, a tradition that highlights the abundance of Indiana agriculture …

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Farmland values show signs of softening

An ag real estate professional says farmland values will likely continue to soften in 2019. Randy Dickhut with Farmers National Company says farmland values have been fairly steady with downward pressure because of the down farm economy. “Lower farm incomes and  lower commodity prices have put some stress on farmers and so the land values …

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