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Uniform emergence essential for optimal crop performance
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:44:19 +0000
Uniform emergence essential for optimal crop performance

An agronomist says achieving uniform crop emergence will be critical for Ohio farmers gearing up for spring planting. Grace Looker is with Bayer Crop Sciences.

“Corn plants that emerge around 24 hours of each other have the best yield potential possible. Soybeans have not had as much research done on them but as we’re starting to look at soybean planting and uniform soybean emergence, we’re finding very similar trends,” says Looker.

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South central Minnesota farmer increasing soybean acres
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:18:52 +0000

A south-central Minnesota farmer plans to increase soybean acres this year.

Lawrence Sukalski farms in Martin County near the Iowa border.

“We are planting more soybeans because we sold some awhile ago and it was a pretty good price.  Something that we certainly didn’t expect.”

He says the additional soybeans will be grown on continuous corn acres.

“We bought ourselves a no-till drill, so some of these fields that maybe need some no-till (is where) we’ll start doing some no-till soybeans in corn. 

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House Ag Committee members: MPP is a failure
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:10:04 +0000
House Ag Committee members: MPP is a failure

 

Leaders of the House Ag Committee acknowledge the Dairy Margin Protection Program is a failure.

During testimony Wednesday, Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas said the underperformance of MPP resulted in very few producers purchasing buy-up coverage, leaving more of them exposed to market vulnerability.  “While the industry is to be commended for making the fundamental shift away from farm support to margin protection, that will only be sustainable if MPP actually proves sufficient risk management going forward.”

 

Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota agrees, saying the original feed cost indicator formula needs to be restored… but convincing the Congressional Budget Office they’re wrong about the cost won’t be easy.  

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May soybeans, corn make new lows
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:06:34 +0000

Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling, with May hitting a new eight month low. Harvest and development conditions look generally good in most of South America and the trade expects record production. Weekly export numbers were bullish with solid sales and shipments. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange projects Argentine soybean production at 56.5 million tons. FC Stone projects 2017 U.S. soybean acreage at 87.3 million acres.

Corn was lower on commercial and technical selling with the May contract establishing a new 2017 low.

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Minnesota bee colonies up, honey production down
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:57:54 +0000
Minnesota bee colonies up, honey production down

Minnesota bee colonies rebounded in 2016, but honey production declined more than 10 percent.

The USDA says the number of honey producing colonies in the state increased from 22,000 in 2015 to 24,000 last year.

However, honey produced at all sites with five or more colonies fell 12 percent to 7.3 million pounds.

Yield per colony in Minnesota averaged 59 pounds a year ago, down from 68 pounds in 2015.

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Milk futures, cash dairy mostly lower
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:57:15 +0000

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mostly lower, resuming the recent trend. March was up $.06 at $15.80, April was down $.36 at $15.05, May was $.32 lower at $15.41, and June was down $.20 at $15.80.

Cash cheese blocks were $.01 lower at $1.44. There were six loads sold, five at $1.44 and one at $1.4375. The last unfilled bid was on one load at $1.44.

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Cattle trade in Nebraska at higher prices
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:54:44 +0000

USDA Mandatory reported a light cattle trade in eastern Nebraska on light demand. A few dressed sales were marked at $215.00, $8.00 higher than last week’s weighted average. Trading in all other regions has been at a standstill. There are a few scattered bids at 126.00 live in the South, and 212.00 to 215.00 in the North. Asking prices are around 132.00 to 134.00 in the South, and 217.00 to 218.00 in the North. The slaughter was estimated at 115,000 head, 1,000 less than last week, but 8,000 greater than last year.

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Common-sense approach to latest herbicide technologies
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:54:27 +0000

An agronomist recommends a common-sense approach as farmers take advantage of the latest weed control technologies.

Dan Koehler with DeKalb/Asgrow is based in Minnesota, a state that recently approved Monsanto’s Xtendimax herbicide—a Dicamba product–for use on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans.

He says growers are excited, but cautious.

“They remember the Dicamba, the Banvel of old, where there was a lot of volatilization.  Well, this is a much-improved technology. 

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