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First Bayer ForwardFarm in U.S. launched

The first Bayer ForwardFarm in the United States was launched recently near Rock Hall, Maryland. Bayer ForwardFarming is a global initiative demonstrating sustainable agriculture in practice on independent farms around the world. Harborview Farms is a 4th generation family farm on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. Becky Langer, Project Manager for the Forward Farming …

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Another White House biofuels meeting is on tap

Another White House meeting to discuss biofuels policy will take place early next week. The offices of Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have confirmed to Brownfield that the two Iowa senators have been invited to the meeting. Other invited senators, according to media reports, are Ted Cruz of Texas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Grassley …

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Iowa celebrates Soil & Water Conservation Week

This is Soil and Water Conservation Week in Iowa. Iowa ag secretary Mike Naig says they’re highlighting the ongoing work by farmers, landowners and urban residents to protect the state’s soil and water resources. And Naig says the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy is an important part of that effort. “It’s based on the idea that …

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Corn, soybean export sales up on week

  The USDA reports combined old and new crop export sales of corn, soybeans, and wheat for the week ending April 26th were at the high end of pre-report estimates, while old crop soybean product sales topped most analysts’ expectations. Physical shipments of sorghum were more than what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the …

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Ethanol Forum by Indiana Corn Growers Association

Amie Sites will cover the Ethanol Forum by Indiana Corn Growers Association on May 17  at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, Indianapolis. Continue reading Ethanol Forum by Indiana Corn Growers Association at Brownfield Ag News.      

USSEC says soybeans are “on sale”

  The U.S. Soybean Export Council says the U.S. is attracting more business than usual for soybean sales even with reduced shipments to China and competition from South American. “While China has been focusing their purchases so heavily on South America, and there’s this concern over the tariffs that would really lock them into buying …

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Is there enough nitrogen?

Planting has been delayed in much of the Midwest because of cold, wet spring weather. As farmers hustle to get seeds in the ground, many are looking ahead to the next big question – is there enough nitrogen? “The long, cool spring has delayed nitrogen transformations in the soil, impacting the availability of applied nitrogen,” says Dr. …

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Stormy weather expands across the Heartland

    Across the Corn Belt, showers are further delaying fieldwork in central portions of the region. In contrast, drier, warmer weather across the Upper Midwest is allowing producers to commence planting of corn, soybeans and spring wheat. On the Plains, below-normal temperatures across the north are maintaining a much-slower-than-normal pace of winter wheat development as …

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RFA analysis shows ethanol slices prices at the pump

New analysis shows as retail gas prices are forecast to climb to levels not seen in four years, ethanol could save consumers nearly $40 billion dollars at the pump. Each year ahead of the summer driving season, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) analyzes the relationship between gasoline and ethanol prices to determine potential cost savings. …

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Sugar beet planting starts late for west-central Minnesota farmer

A west-central Minnesota sugar beet grower says this is one of the latest starts to planting he can remember. Noah Hultgren farms in Kandiyohi County. “2011 was a really late spring.  I don’t think we got any beets in the ground before May (that year).  The difference (this year) though is how cold it is …

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Premium to cash pressures hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed mostly higher except for the nearby contracts which couldn’t bounce back from early losses.  Cattle futures are supported by higher cash trade and retail beef prices – but a heavy cattle supply handcuffs any potential moves higher.  June live cattle closed $.97 lower at $104.85 and …

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Losing soybean exports to China would not be good for farmers

  The head of the U.S. Soybean Export Council says new soybean sales to China have ground to a halt this past month as trade uncertainty continues between the two countries. Jim Sutter tells Brownfield soybean shipments to China typically slow down this time of year, but increased concerns surrounding trade tensions have made buyers …

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Midwest US-Japan Assn Conference

On September 10 Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Ken Anderson will be in Omaha, NE for the Midwest US-Japan Assn Conference.   Continue reading Midwest US-Japan Assn Conference at Brownfield Ag News.      

Nebraska Cattlemen’s Road Trip

On June 18, Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Ken Anderson will be in Burwell, NE for the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Road Trip. . Continue reading Nebraska Cattlemen’s Road Trip at Brownfield Ag News.      

Weekly ethanol production back over a million barrels a day

  U.S. ethanol production bounced back last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.032 million barrels a day, up 47,000 from the previous week, as some plants came back on line after seasonal maintenance. The industry continues to prepare for increased demand as summer fuel blends start hitting the market, while waiting …

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CME dairy prices mixed Wednesday

Dairy prices were mixed Wednesday at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  Class Three May milk was unchanged at $15.23 a hundredweight. June was down $.01 to $15.68. July was up $.01 to $16.06.  August was down $.01 to $16.38. The milk futures from September through next April ranged from zero to $.07 higher. Grade AA Butter …

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Corn planting in Minnesota limps out of the gate

Reports of corn planting are starting to trickle in as fields warm up and dry out across southern Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Dave Nicolai says some New Ulm area farmers began earlier this week. “Probably in some more coarse-textured, lighter soil.  We’ve had some activity in Dakota County between the Farmington area …

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IA Renewable Fuels Forum

Brownfield’s Mark Dorenkamp will be on the ground for the IA Renewable Fuels Forum in Mason City on May 17, 2018. Continue reading IA Renewable Fuels Forum at Brownfield Ag News.      

Midday cash livestock prices

Direct cash cattle trade is quiet with a few scattered bids reported in parts of Kansas and Texas at $120 live and $195 to $196 dressed in Nebraska.  A few asking prices have been reported at $125 to $126 live and dressed asking prices have yet to be established.  Packer inquiry is light – and …

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Meat buyers in Mexico are feeling better about NAFTA

While the pace of NAFTA negotiations has recently accelerated, it’s still unclear when an agreement might be reached. But U.S. Meat Export Federation Mexico director Oscar Ferrara says U.S. red meat customers in Mexico are feeling more optimistic than at the beginning of the talks. “Our customers in Mexico are more secure about the future …

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