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Category: Ag News

Farm data a valuable tool for managing finances

A farm financial official says the value of ag data goes beyond the production information it provides. Glenn Wachtler with Compeer Financial tells Brownfield lenders can use data to help farmers make equipment purchases, investment decisions, and more. “Things like what to do with excess funds from profits.  Should you pay down debt versus build …

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Hot weather for much of the Nation

  A brief surge of cool air will fully overspread the Plains by Thursday and reach the remainder of the central and eastern U.S. by week’s end. Meanwhile, heat will build across the West. In addition, the West will experience mostly dry weather for the remainder of the week, while periodic showers will affect much …

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Economy, weather will ‘make it tough on a number of farmers’

Some corn and soybean fields have a yellow appearance resulting from too much rain.  The precipitation overabundance has leached nitrogen away from the reach of corn roots.  In the case of soybeans, east central South Dakota farmer Paul Casper of Lake Preston says his are getting too little sunlight. “Boy they’re really yellow,” Casper told …

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Hog futures higher ahead of trade uncertainty

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mostly higher on buyer interest, ahead of this week’s direct business.  The narrowing Choice/Select spread indicates there is more available Choice beef as demand is falling behind.  August live cattle closed $.45 lower at $106.45 and October contracts closed $.25 higher at $110.10. August feeder cattle closed …

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Webinar to address dairy farmer stress

Extension educators in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are preparing to help dairy farmers recognize and manage stress.  Jennifer Bentley with Iowa State tells Brownfield they are hosting a series of webinars starting July 10th.  “The first webinar is really designed to help service providers and industry people to recognize those signs of stress get …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 3, 2018

Jul. corn closed at $3.42 and 3/4, up 5 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $8.43 and 1/4, down 5 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $328.60, down 90 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 28.70, down 7 points Jul. wheat closed at $4.91 and 1/2, up 11 and 1/4 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $106.45, down 45 cents Jul. lean hogs closed at $83.72, up …

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“This is really disheartening”

Canada’s tariffs that began this week on American goods, including beef products, are another trade concern for farmers’ bottom line. “Small and mid-sized farmers just can’t afford this increased in costs at any level,” says Casey Guernsey, spokesman for Americans for Farmers & Families. Guernsey, a former Missouri State Representative, tells Brownfield Ag News the effects …

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Senator says there is a short window to address tariffs

An Indiana senator says there is a very short window to address tariffs and the negative impact they have on farmers as harvest approaches. Joe Donnelly says he spoke with President Trump about those concerns on Thursday. “We’ve seen about a 20 percent drop in soybean prices in just about two months and I said …

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Minnesota U.S. Senate debate

Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp will moderate the Minnesota U.S. Senate debate during Minnesota Farmfest Tuesday, Aug. 7th at Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls, MN. Continue reading Minnesota U.S. Senate debate at Brownfield Ag News.      

Meat-alternative company tripling its production capacity

Beyond Meat, the latest in plant-based protein products, is growing its production capacity.  The company recently announced it would be adding a new facility in Columbia, Missouri to help meet the increase in demand for their products. Texas A&M livestock economist David Anderson says meat-alternatives, like Beyond Meat, create additional competition for grill space and …

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NPPC criticizes second North Carolina nuisance verdict

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is criticizing a jury verdict against another North Carolina hog farm. Late last week, jurors awarded 25 million dollars to plaintiffs who had lodged nuisance claims against Smithfield Foods, which contracts with the farm in question. It was the second legal defeat in two months for Smithfield, which faces …

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Think twice before applying preventative fungicides

An agronomist is urging farmers to think twice before applying a preventative fungicide on soybeans. Derek Crompton with Channel says as commodity prices fall, every input should be scrutinized. “Prices have come down a little bit so guys are wondering if they are in a condition where there is extra moisture, should they spend money …

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MN Farm Bureau president says farm stress level is intensifying

The president of Minnesota Farm Bureau says the level of farm stress is intensifying. Kevin Paap tells Brownfield several issues combined are causing a lot of anxiety. “It’s trade, it’s Farm Bill, it’s concerns with the Renewable Fuel Standard, concerns with ag labor and regulation.  It just seems like the intensity is turned up.” And …

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Tell a story, Save a life: Farmers encouraged to share their farm accident stories

Farmers are encouraged to share the impact of their own farm related accidents through an OSHA funded project that was launched last week. Stephanie Leonard with the Great Plains Ag Center tells Brownfield the goal of the nationwide “Telling the Story” project is to help farmers see through the eyes of others who have experienced …

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RFA: Ethanol saving money for holiday travelers

The Renewable Fuels Association says holiday gasoline prices are the highest they’ve been in five years, but prices would be much higher without ethanol blends. A study released by the association says 10% ethanol blends reduced the wholesale gas price by 26-cents a gallon, saving the average household 292-dollars a year. The same study shows …

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Smartphone app helps predict white mold in soybeans

Dr. Damon Smith is a plant pathologist with the University of Wisconsin, where they’ve recently developed a smartphone app for Android and Apple devices that helps soybean growers figure out when and where they are more susceptible to white mold problems. Continue reading Smartphone app helps predict white mold in soybeans at Brownfield Ag News. …

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Illinois crops progressing much faster than average

Illinois crops are progressing much faster than the 5-year-average. As of Sunday, corn silking was at 40 percent compared to the average 11 percent. The crop is 84 percent good to excellent. Soybean blooming has reached 44 percent, up 33 percent from the average. Illinois soybeans are 78 percent good to excellent. Winter wheat harvest …

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Hot weather slows Michigan’s crop progress

Hot weather is stressing crops and livestock in Michigan. The USDA says corn is now 96 percent emerged with condition rated 71 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 11 percent in bloom and 72 percent good to excellent. The wheat crop is 45 percent mature and 71 percent good to excellent. Dry beans are 78 …

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Southeastern South Dakota rain causes some stunting

In the last two weeks, some southeastern South Dakota farmers have had too much rain.  Dave Poppens tells Brownfield it’s unusual to be wishing for less rain in the first week of July. “The low spots are definitely stunted and yellowing,” Poppens told Brownfield Ag News Monday.  “It’s affecting the yield there, and where it …

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Nebraska’s crop ratings stay strong

Nebraska’s crop ratings continue to run at very high levels. Corn and soybeans are both rated 86 percent good to excellent this week. Corn silking was eight percent and soybeans blooming was 35 percent, both ahead of average. Pasture and range conditions rated 71 percent good to excellent The winter wheat harvest stands at seven …

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