|Brownfield Ag News|
|Cattle numbers outside the range of pre-report estimates|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:11:25 +0000|
The USDA’s latest Cattle On Feed report had numbers outside the range of pre-report estimates.
Livestock market analyst Scott Brown says the USDA’s Cattle on Feed report shows a significant increase in both cattle on feed and placements. Cattle on feed were up 4.5 percent and placements up 16 percent on the year. “You can look at some of what has been going on in the Dakota’s as part of what is to be attributed to these higher numbers,” he says.
|Renk Seeds Field Day|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:10:12 +0000|
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Larry Lee will be on the ground in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on August 22 for Renk Seeds Field Day.
|Heat wave to ease somewhat on the Plains, eastward|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:56:21 +0000|
Over the next few days, a series of cold fronts will push across the Midwest and into the South and East. Showers and locally severe thunderstorms will precede and accompany the frontal passages, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals that could reach 1 to 3 inches. Farther west, however, only widely scattered showers will affect the High Plains, including drought-stricken sections of Montana and the Dakotas. Mostly dry weather will also persist in the Pacific Coast States, but monsoon-related showers could result in flash flooding in the Southwest.
|U of IL says corn seed costs won’t decline|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:47:23 +0000|
The cost of corn seed is not expected to go down next year. A report by ag economists at the University of Illinois says the cost is highly related to the number of acres of corn in the world which are still relatively high, “We saw some of that come down a bit in 2017, a slight decline, but not much of one. Twenty-17 corn acres in the world are actually the second highest.
|National FFA names American Star finalists|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:43:03 +0000|
The National FFA Organization has announced the finalist for its top achievement awards for 2017. The American Star Awards recognizes FFA members who have developed outstanding skills through the completion of their supervised agricultural experience program.
Finalists for the American Star Farmer are Joseph Arnold of Minnesota (Lac qui Parle Valley FFA Chapter); Nickolas James Vollmer of Colorado (the Merino FFA Chapter); Jake Fanning of Oklahoma (Laverne FFA Chapter); and Mark Cavallero of California (Madera FFA Chapter).
|Japanese beetles a problem in soybeans this year|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:36:27 +0000|
An entomologist says Japanese beetles are more of a problem for farmers this season because of expanding populations and pressure from other insects.
Andy Michel with Ohio State University tells Brownfield Japanese beetles have spread out from the eastern Corn Belt over the past decade, leading to significant defoliation of soybeans in recent years.
“It’s not just Japanese beetles, they’re part of a defoliation complex. Different areas of the Corn Belt have bean leaf beetles, grasshoppers, and it’s just that complex of defoliation that if it gets to be too much of a level, it gets to be a really big problem.”
He says soybeans planted late are most susceptible.
|InfoAg focuses on technology application|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:30:14 +0000|
A spokesman for the precision agriculture event InfoAg says it’s not so much the technology itself that matters, but what it does. Quentin Rund tells Brownfield the InfoAg Conference this week features cutting-edge precision agriculture equipment, and speakers talking about how technology is applied.
“We do try to bring some newer technology, some things we see that may be coming down the road,” Rund told Brownfield Ag News about the annual conference, “but we always try to focus on practical application of the technology.”
The InfoAg Conference has been held each year since 1995, according to Rund.
|New NCGA board member talks priorities on Capitol Hill|
|Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:28:25 +0000|
Besides the weather, the making of the 2018 Farm Bill was the big topic at NCGA’s Corn Congress this week in Washington, DC. Missouri Corn Growers President Gary Porter tells Brownfield Ag News, “One of the most important things for most of the corn farmers in America is crop insurance. It something gives you a little something to fall back on and some kind of a guarantee. So, that’s something that the corn farmers in America wanted us to make sure that we got across to all the legislators here on the Capitol.”
Porter, who was elected to the NCGA board this week, says members have been meeting one on one with legislators about farm bill priorities for corn growers in each state, “There’s a couple states that is really wanting to increase a little CRP.