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An active pattern across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather prevails across the upper Midwest. Showers are also sweeping across the eastern Complex, where severe thunderstorms may develop later Friday. On the Plains, intense heat is maintaining stress on crops and livestock across roughly the southern half of the region. On July 19, daily-record high temperatures were established …

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Walmart, food brands promote Farming for the Future

In early July, Walmart stores in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska showcased Farming for the Future, a partnership to prepare teachers and students in the best agriculture practices to protect air and water quality and improve soil health. The partnership is a collaboration between companies and conservations groups that are members of the Midwest Row Crop …

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Cooler across the Heartland

  Excessively hot weather will persist through the weekend on the southern Plains, followed by favorably cooler conditions next week. Heat will continue, however, across much of the western U.S. In contrast, most areas east of the Mississippi River will experience periods of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 6 …

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Pork values pressure lean hog futures lower

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures were mostly lower.  Live cattle have been waiting for widespread direct cash business to develop and the USDA’s Cattle on Feed and Inventory reports.  Feeder cattle were lower on position squaring ahead of the reports.  Contracts faced additional pressure from the day’s firm move in corn.  The reports …

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Growth Energy ad pushes for pro-biofuel policies

Growth Energy is calling on President Trump and the EPA for more pro-biofuel policies.  The renewable fuels trade association launched a television ad Friday calling on the administration to uphold promises to support biofuels.  The ad – to air on Fox News – asks the EPA to reverse refinery waivers that Growth Energy says have …

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JBS suspends shipments from KY Farm after undercover abuse video

JBS USA, the U.S. branch of the world’s largest meat producer, reportedly has stopped shipments from a pig farm where workers were shown abusing pigs in an undercover video released by Mercy for Animals. The video, released Tuesday, shows some workers hitting, kicking and throwing pigs at a Tosh Farms site in Kentucky. Tosh Farms, …

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New beef dish at Iowa State Fair

The Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair, one of the fair’s most popular dining spots, has announced a new menu item for the 2018 fair—Brisket Mango Tango. Beef Quarters’ manager John Mortimer describes it as a waffle bowl partially filled with a light coleslaw, seasoned with Gramma Amber’s salad dressing. Then a generous …

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Missouri NRCS funding drought relief efforts

Missouri NRCS is providing two million dollars towards drought relief for livestock. “Of all the Midwest states, Missouri is suffering the most.” State Conservationist JR Flores tells Brownfield the emergency initiative offered through the EQIP program will be used to drill cover crops into existing pastures or hay land. The cover crops established from that …

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Some farmers are seeing long silks in corn

A corn specialist at Purdue University says many farmers are seeing unusually long silks in corn this year. Bob Nielsen says some farmers have reported silks that are 6-9 inches when they are typically about 3-4 inches. “What that tells us is that there’s some kind of dysfunction in that pollination and some kind of …

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U.S. sheep industry in a good spot

A U.S. sheep industry leader says the reopening of markets in Japan and Taiwan, plus the highest wool prices in history have stabilized the US sheep market. Executive Director of the American Sheep Industry Association Peter Orwick says the industry is doing well financially. “All you have to do is look about any other direction …

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Using a new tool to identify an old pest

Grape Colaspis is a problem growers in Illinois haven’t had to face in over two decades. Until two years ago. In this Managing for Profit, Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery explains how growers used new technologies to identify the problem and put together a management plan – with hopes of protecting the bottom line. Continue reading …

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Aphid populations worst in central Minnesota

Soybean aphid populations are on the rise in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension entomologist Bob Koch says the largest numbers are in the central part of the state. “Stearns County area westward towards Willmar, and now even Morris.  We’re seeing aphid populations increasing to near treatable levels in some fields.” He tells Brownfield central Minnesota …

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Disease pressure builds in wet areas of the Corn Belt

Disease pressure continues to build in parts of the Corn Belt under stress from too much moisture. Carolyn Zierke is an innovation specialist for BASF in southern Minnesota. She says rain, heat, and humidity has spawned an array of diseases in corn and soybean fields. “And growers really need to look and be proactive at …

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Minnesota farmers adapting to herbicide resistance

A soybean researcher says farmers in his state are adapting to the herbicide-resistant weed epidemic. David Kee with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council tells Brownfield growers are mixing up chemistries and making more passes. “We’re seeing more and more pre-emergent programs put together.  You can really spot the fields that didn’t get a …

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Tumbling soybean prices could trigger indemnity payments

A farm management analyst predicts the tumble in soybean prices will result in substantial crop insurance payments for some farmers. Kent Thiesse with MinnStar Bank in south-central Minnesota says revenue protection policies based on optional units with higher coverage levels should provide the biggest payout. “Depending on what your APH yield is, at 85 percent …

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Crop disease common across Midwest this year

Many farmers across the Midwest are seeing a variety of crop diseases because of increasingly hot and moist conditions. Mike Meyer is a technical expert with Corteva. “Frogeye leaf spot, mostly gray leaf spot, and in pockets throughout the Midwest we are seeing Physoderma Brown Spot,” he says. He tells Brownfield now is the time …

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Three IL Representatives named to farm bill conference committee

United States representatives from Illinois, Rodney Davis, Cheri Bustos and John Shimkus are named to serve on the farm bill conference committee. Illinois Farm Bureau President, Richard Guebert says farm bureau is pleased that the house has taken another step towards passing the farm bill and is confident the three representatives will work to bridge …

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Illinois dicamba injury rising

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has received 206 alleged dicamba misuse complaints as of Monday. There were 246 total reports in 2017. Dicamba misuse complaints will be taken year-round but must be made within 30 days of noticing damage. Unlike Missouri, there is no cut-off date for Dicamba application in Illinois since the state follows …

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Missouri pesticide misuse complaints rising

The Missouri Department of Agriculture received 200 pesticide misuse complaints as of Monday – 139 are alleged dicamba injuries to a variety of crops including more than 20,000 acres of soybeans. Nearly half of the complaints are from Southeast Missouri. July 15th was the cut off day to apply dicamba pesticides to dicamba-tolerant soybeans and …

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Another tight year for dairy farmers ahead

The USDA expects margins for dairy farmers to remain tight into next year. USDA World Ag Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer says while feed costs were lowered in the July outlook, it’s not enough to offset depressed milk prices.  “Margins are still going to remain under some pressure most of the way through ’18, through …

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