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Most U.S. corn and soybean acreage at risk for flood damage
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:21:39 +0000
Most U.S. corn and soybean acreage at risk for flood damage

A University of Kansas analyst says more than half of the corn and soybean acreage in the U.S. remains at risk for flooding this spring.  Dr. Jude Kastens says, “Given how wet things are already, and with planting slated to begin in the coming weeks, we could see some serious delays.”

Kastens compared USDA crop acreage data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s spring flood risk map, which shows the entire eastern U.S.

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Most U.S. corn and soybean acreage at risk for flood damage
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:52:52 +0000
Most U.S. corn and soybean acreage at risk for flood damage

A University of Kansas analyst says more than half of the corn and soybean acreage in the U.S. remains at risk for flooding this spring.  Dr. Jude Kastens says, “Given how wet things are already, and with planting slated to begin in the coming weeks, we could see some serious delays.”

Kastens compared USDA crop acreage data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s spring flood risk map, which shows the entire eastern U.S.

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Crop diversity becoming a popular topic in Minnesota
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:19:36 +0000

An independent agronomist in Minnesota is hearing more farmers talk about crop diversity.

“I think growers are starting to realize the corn and soybean system of just being two crops on the operation is a challenge.”

Nate Firle, owner of AgRevival Research in Gibbon, says the farmers he works with bring up crop diversity more than current trade issues.

“(even) More than current supply and demand. It’s just ‘what are the other options out there?”

But at this point, he tells Brownfield most farmers aren’t ready to make any major changes.

Continue reading Crop diversity becoming a popular topic in Minnesota at Brownfield Ag News.

     
More corn in 2019 sounds good in theory
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:13:10 +0000

Planting more corn in 2019 might only be better in theory
if delays materialize this spring.

Southeast Minnesota farmer Michael Petefish says the reality is a lot of fall fieldwork didn’t get done and this year is starting out wet.

“When you look at the cash flows, I think soybeans are tougher than corn right now, (but) any consideration of corn on corn is almost certainly not realistic with spring tillage requirements.”

But he tells Brownfield there’s still time for the weather to turn around.

Continue reading More corn in 2019 sounds good in theory at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Soybeans, corn up ahead of China talks
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:01:58 +0000
Soybeans, corn up ahead of China talks

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. The trade is waiting for Thursday’s scheduled Cabinet-level trade talks between the U.S. and China. China has been buying U.S. beans, but not as much as anticipated, and African Swine Fever continues to spread and will likely lower demand for beans and meal. Information technology continues to be a sticking point in negotiations. Beans are also watching weather in South America and waiting to see what happens with U.S.

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More flooding likely in upper Midwest
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:00:40 +0000
More flooding likely in upper Midwest

A weather analyst says farmers in several states are in danger of additional flooding. Jeff Doran from Planalytics, which helps businesses plan for weather influences says, “Three words come to mind: More trouble ahead.”

Doran says 2018 was the wettest year on record with soil moisture surpluses in many states going back to early October.

And with snowpack carrying up to ten inches of liquid equivalent and very warm temperatures forecasted in the Dakotas, Doran says this could bring problems to the Red River and downstream impacting the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

Continue reading More flooding likely in upper Midwest at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Frustration over oil refinery exemptions bubbling over
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:59:47 +0000
Frustration over oil refinery exemptions bubbling over

Groups like the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) continue
to hammer the EPA over small refinery exemptions.

RFA CEO Geoff Cooper says the agency changed its criteria for granting waivers under former administrator Scott Pruitt.

“The EPA definitely has more discretion, and their hands are not tied quite as tightly as the previous administrator suggested.”

The EPA issued another round of exemptions earlier this
month.

Cooper says the Renewable Fuel Standard has nothing to do with the economic difficulties small refiners are having.

Continue reading Frustration over oil refinery exemptions bubbling over at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Costco chicken barn open house
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:50:41 +0000

On March 27, Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Ken Anderson will be
on the ground at a Costco chicken barn open house in Allen, Nebraska.

Continue reading Costco chicken barn open house at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Hog futures drop on profit-taking
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:50:29 +0000

At the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed lower, pressured by supply concerns
following Friday’s Cattle on Feed report. 
The lackluster wholesale trade didn’t provide any support to prices.  April live cattle closed $2.15 lower at
$127.57 and June contracts closed $2.37 lower at $121.12.  April feeder cattle closed $2.60 lower at
$146.20 and May contracts closed $3.35 lower at $150.70. 

Direct cash cattle trade started the week quietly.  Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. 

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More placements now will be helpful to producers later
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:38:37 +0000
More placements now will be helpful to producers later

According to the latest USDA report, cattle placements during
February were up 2 percent on the year.

Livestock economist David Anderson says those numbers were well outside of pre-report estimates. But, he says placing cattle now can provide some benefit to producers – both now and later in the year.  “Sooner or later when they want to start selling, there’s a lot more cattle to be sold to go on feed,” he says. 

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 25, 2019
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:12:29 +0000
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: March 25, 2019

May corn closed at $3.79 and 3/4, up 1 and 1/2 cents
May soybeans closed at $9.06 and 1/2, up 2 and 3/4 cents
May soybean meal closed at $315.10, up 10 cents
May soybean oil closed at 28.82, up 16 points
May wheat closed at $4.69 and 1/2, up 3 and 1/2 cents
Apr. live cattle closed at $127.57, down $2.15
Apr. lean hogs closed at $78.65, up 32 cents
May crude oil closed at $58.82, down 22 cents
May cotton closed at 77.73, up 115 points
May rice closed at $11.16 and 1/2, down 4 and 1/2 cents
Apr.

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China trade talks resume this week
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:01:20 +0000
China trade talks resume this week

U.S. trade negotiators are due later this week in Beijing to
continue talks aimed at ending the trade war with China. The dispute revolves
around tariffs that have slowed business between the U.S. and one of its biggest
ag product customers.

Agri-Pulse reports that U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer and Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be in China Thursday to continue talks. Additional
discussions with a high-ranking Chinese delegation will be in Washington a week
from Wednesday.

Continue reading China trade talks resume this week at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Milk futures, cash dairy mixed
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:59:19 +0000
Milk futures, cash dairy mixed

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange started the week mixed following the direction of the cash market.

Chinese imports during February were
mostly higher than last year but lower than the previous month.  The largest increases for the year are in
skim milk powder and fluid milk and cream, while whey products have seen the
largest decline since 2018.

March Class
III milk up two cents at $15.05.  April up
20 cents at $15.49.  May a penny lower at
$15.38.  June down a penny at $15.57.  July through November contracts were unchanged
to eight cents higher.

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South Dakota rivers expected to crest this week
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:53:49 +0000
South Dakota rivers expected to crest this week

Photo: Luke Hagen Mitchell Daily Republic MitchellRepublic.com

So far in March, South Dakota has experienced brutal cold accompanied
by winter storms, interspersed with heavy rain. It’s meant severe flooding,
with many areas expecting record water levels and more damage to add to what’s
already occurred. A lot of roads are impassable and more might become
impassable as more snowmelt adds to water.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has categorized the flooding as
major in several areas of South Dakota.

Continue reading South Dakota rivers expected to crest this week at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Indiana Farm Bureau celebrates 100th anniversary
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:46:13 +0000
Indiana Farm Bureau celebrates 100th anniversary

Today is Indiana Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary.

On March 25, 1919, the organization was created to protect the interests of farmers through education, legislation, and more. A century later the organization continues to promote and advocate for Indiana’s agriculture industry.

Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron says the organization has a
tremendous history.

“There was a group of farmers that realized if they worked together, they could have a better voice across Indiana-not only here at the statehouse but also in local governments,” he says.

Continue reading Indiana Farm Bureau celebrates 100th anniversary at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Some farmers close to starting field work
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:10:07 +0000
Some farmers close to starting field work

Some mid-south farmers are close to getting in the field despite Missouri
River flooding.

“Actually, if it doesn’t rain or anything, maybe in the next day or two I might
be able to put a little anhydrous on,” said Billy Thiel, who farms at Malta Bend,
in west central Missouri.

Thiel doesn’t have any river bottom farm ground, and with warmer temperatures,
he says it won’t be long before his land is fit to work.

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The potential impact of $30 billion ag trade with China
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:07:10 +0000
The potential impact of $30 billion ag trade with China

It appears the US and China are making progress in trade
talks and China has proposed buying an additional $30 billion of US ag goods as
part of a deal.

In this Managing for Profit, ag economist David Widmar talks
about how that could impact the US ag sector.

AUDIO: David Widmar, Managing for Profit

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Ag groups call for farmer mental health funding
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:28:25 +0000
Ag groups call for farmer mental health funding

A coalition for more than 40 ag groups is calling for
Congress to fully fund the Farmer and Rancher Stress Assistance Network in
fiscal year 2020.

Federal Policy Director Erin Foster West with the National
Young Farmers Coalition tells Brownfield the groups want to see the network
funded at $10 million.

“This would fund mental health services for farmers through different nonprofit organizations, state organizations, and extension that can respond to the local need in their communities.”   

She tells Brownfield the National Young Farmers Coalition has
made mental health a priority after one of their leaders in Washington state
committee suicide.

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Ag Community Relief helping flooded Nebraskan farmers
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:18:06 +0000
Ag Community Relief helping flooded Nebraskan farmers

The non-profit Ag Community Relief says efforts are under way to support Nebraskan farmers rebuild.

After returning from a trip this past weekend, president Matt
Schaller says the stories from volunteers are unbelievable.

“You’ve got ice burgs literally the size of pickup trucks and semi-trailers that have gone through buildings and now they’ve got these massive ice piles out in some of these guys’ fields.  That’s not something you’re going to see just disappear.”

He expects the large debris left behind will delay planting
and the total loss of infrastructure will take a long time to recover.

Continue reading Ag Community Relief helping flooded Nebraskan farmers at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Great Lakes report declining veggie production
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:48:06 +0000
Great Lakes report declining veggie production

Wet
planting and harvesting conditions throughout the Great Lakes resulted in a
smaller vegetable crop for most growers last year.

Total
vegetable and melon production in the U.S. declined one percent in 2018 while
harvested acres were down three percent. 
Vegetable crops were valued at nearly $13 billion, down 12 percent.

The
top yielding crops were tomatoes, sweet corn and onions and sweet corn,
tomatoes and snap beans were the top crops in terms of acreage. 

The
Badger State remained the nation’s top producer of snap beans and the
third-largest producer of sweet corn in 2018.  The USDA’s Agricultural
Statistics Service says there were 66-thousand acres of snap beans in the state
yielding 6.6 million hundredweight.  About half of the beans were sold on
the fresh market and the rest were processed.  The crop was valued at more
than 49 million dollars.

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