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Wisconsin Dairy Task Force meeting

Brownfield’s Larry Lee will cover the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force meeting in Oshkosh on December 13, 2018. Continue reading Wisconsin Dairy Task Force meeting at Brownfield Ag News.      

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On December 12, Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Larry Lee will be on the ground in Wisconsin Dells, WI for the UW Discovery Farms Conference.     Continue reading at Brownfield Ag News.      

Balancing nutrients and improving yields

Blindly adding nutrients to the soil doesn’t exactly mean a breakout yield performance.  In fact, an agronomist says finding the right balance of nutrients can help improve soil health and improve yields. In this Managing for Profit, Jon Zuk with WinField United talks about some of the plant health trends across the Corn Belt. AUDIO: …

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Former Ag Secretary Bergland passes away at 90

The man who was President Jimmy Carter’s Secretary of Agriculture has died.  Bob Bergland was 90 years old and passed away Sunday in his hometown of Roseau, Minnesota. Before becoming the Secretary, Bergland was a farmer and a Congressman for three full terms and resigned early in his fourth term to become Secretary of Agriculture.  …

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Soybean export inspections stay slow

The USDA says soybean export inspections as of the week ending December 6th continue to trail expectations. Wheat came out at 418,460 tons, down 56,020 from the week ending November 29th, but up 63,833 from the week ending December 7th, 2017. Just over halfway through the 2018/19 marketing year, wheat inspections are 10,999,794 tons, compared …

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Hope for better pork prices in 2019

There’s some cautious optimism surrounding pork prices in 2019. Minnesota Pork Producers CEO David Preisler says various projections point to better days for pig farmers. “Feed costs, and then also with the futures market offers, if we look at the next 12 months it offers a slight profit on average.  We’re under water right now.” …

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WOTUS announcement expected this week

The EPA reportedly plans to reduce the number of federally protected waterways when it releases a revised Waters of the U.S. rule later this week. Media outlet E&E News says it obtained talking points from the agency that propose a new definition of WOTUS that would erase federal protections from streams that flow only following …

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Minnesota farmer fears another crisis is happening

A northwest Minnesota farmer suggests current economic conditions are closer to those of the 1980’s farm crisis than some want to admit. Bryan Klabunde says he was a farm kid growing up in the 80’s. “And the conversations they were having are the same conversations I’m having today.” He tells Brownfield while interest rates are …

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NFU’s Johnson concerned about grain data sharing

A farmer organization is concerned about how improper use of technology might hurt farmers when it’s time to sell what they grow. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson tells Brownfield the announcement by grain traders Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Louis Dreyfus, and Cargill to use integrated data technology has the potential for collusion, which would …

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Study: Women in ag say there has been progress but challenges remain 

Women in agriculture around the world say that although there has been progress, there is still gender discrimination in the ag industry, according to a study by Corteva Agriscience. Krysta Harden, senior vice president of external affairs and chief sustainability officer, says more than 50 percent of women surveyed in the U.S. and nearly 80 …

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Hemp can diversify operations as farmers face a down farm economy

Mark Boyer is the first Indiana farmer to grow industrial hemp in a production setting since World War II. The northwestern Indiana farmer was able to grow hemp this year through a research agreement with Purdue University. “This past growing season I was able to secure a permit to grow for-research industrial hemp on my …

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Pork cutout props up hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed mixed ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Contracts were pressured by less than stellar weekly export sales totals and weakness in the stock market.  December live cattle closed $.05 lower at $117.80, February live cattle closed $.27 lower at $121.52, and April live cattle closed $.15 higher …

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Beef board will spend more on producer communications

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which administers the one dollar per head national beef checkoff, has increased its budget for producer communications in 2019. Board chair Joan Ruskamp of Nebraska says they haven’t done a very good job of communicating “the great story of the checkoff”. “What concerns me, as I’ve watched thing unfold around our …

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Farmers Union official hopes farm bill provides ‘stability’

A vote on the 2018 farm bill is expected next week. National Farmers Union senior vice president of public policy, Rob Larew, says passage of the bill should help provide some certainty for farmers at a time when it is badly needed. “Even though we don’t expect to see dramatic changes—and we would certainly prefer …

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Wheat leads on new export demand

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Weekly export sales were larger than expected, with Argentina the big buyer. Those beans will likely be processed and resold, at least partially to China, following an agreement between Buenos Aires and Beijing. The trade continues to wait for signs of new outright demand for U.S. soybeans …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: December 7, 2018

Dec. corn closed at $3.74, up 2 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $9.16 and 3/4, up 7 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $309.10, down 90 cents Dec. soybean oil closed at 28.50, up 3 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.19 and 1/2, up 14 and 1/4 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $117.90, down 5 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $54.25, down 27 cents …

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Livestock sector unsure if Farm Bill will require FMD vaccine bank funding

The livestock sector still isn’t sure if the Foot and Mouth Disease vaccine bank will be funded in the next farm bill. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president-elect Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tennessee, says she expects the vaccine bank to be authorized with some degree of funding in the 2018 Farm Bill. “Obviously, we asked for …

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The ‘incoherence’ of White House trade talk

If you, as I, watch the noontime financial shows to track investments, retirement accounts and such, you’ve had serious stomach issues the last 10 days or so.  If I hear one more trader or investment analyst explain 500-point drops in the stock market by pointing to “uncertainty” relative to U.S.-China trade, I’m going to do …

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Wisconsin farmer-led watershed group saves money on cover crop inputs

A leader of a farmer-led watershed group says producers save a lot of money when planting cover crops by leaving the USDA out of the plan. John Eron farms near Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  He says, “A person going to their NRCS, FSA office and wanting to try something like cover crops, they would have to …

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Ohio senator stresses importance of farm bill

An Ohio senator and farm bill conferee says the House and Senate will act on the final farm bill legislation in the next week or two. Sherrod Brown says the 2018 Farm Bill needs to be passed sooner rather than later. “It’s a farm bill, but it’s a food bill, a jobs and economic development …

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