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Wisconsin Governor creates a position for former Ag Secretary
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 02:23:37 +0000
Wisconsin Governor creates a position for former Ag Secretary

The now-former Wisconsin Ag Secretary Designee has landed a new position in the administration of Governor Tony Evers.  Brad Pfaff was removed as the administrator of the Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection last Tuesday when the State Senate denied his confirmation to the post.  Monday, Governor Evers created a new position, naming Pfaff as Director of Business and Rural Development for the state Department of Administration.  It’s a position that does not require Senate confirmation.

Continue reading Wisconsin Governor creates a position for former Ag Secretary at Brownfield Ag News.

     
MDA doing what it can during natural gas curtailment
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:55:36 +0000

Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen calls the curtailing of natural gas for grain drying “par for the course” as a difficult harvest drags on.

“I mean with the late planting, the rains and snows, and everything else it’s just really frustrating and another punch in the gut for some of these farmers.”

Responding to news that Minnesota Energy Resources will limit natural gas because of cold weather, Petersen tells Brownfield there’s not much his department can do.

Continue reading MDA doing what it can during natural gas curtailment at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Minnesota agronomist concerned about fallow syndrome
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:31:59 +0000

An agronomist is concerned about fallow syndrome in fields
that remained bare this year.

Harmon Wilts with AsGrow/Dekalb in western Minnesota says there were a lot of prevent plant acres in the southwest corner of the state, and for some the wet conditions persisted well into the growing season.

“As it kept raining and raining, we realized that when you have a crop on there, the crop actually takes up the moisture and drys (the field) out where the PP acres didn’t.

Continue reading Minnesota agronomist concerned about fallow syndrome at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Soybean Cyst Nematode footprint getting bigger
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:24:51 +0000
Soybean Cyst Nematode footprint getting bigger

The geographic footprint of one of the biggest yield threats
to soybeans is getting bigger.

Greg Tylka with the SCN Coalition says he’s about to update his map to reflect the expansion of Soybean Cyst Nematode in North America.

“I’m not completely done with my survey of all my colleagues throughout the U.S. and Canada, but already I know of new reports of new counties in Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Dakota, Ontario, and for the first time, the Province of Manitoba.”

He tells Brownfield those places weren’t on the SCN map as recently as 2017.

Continue reading Soybean Cyst Nematode footprint getting bigger at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Missouri banker on why some farmers faring better
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:22:10 +0000
Missouri banker on why some farmers faring better

Some producers are faring better than others in the down ag economy and Missouri banker Tony Hotchkiss says it’s not so much the commodity or the geography that makes a difference.

“Those that I see that are
managing through the best are the ones who have really taken to heart the farm
business IQ component and they understand that they’re running aa farm business.”

Hotchkiss is a member of the American Bankers Association’s ag & rural bankers committee.

Continue reading Missouri banker on why some farmers faring better at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Not to worry about cold weather biodiesel performance
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:17:28 +0000
Not to worry about cold weather biodiesel performance

Tom Steever spoke to Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, who says people don’t need to worry about biodiesel performance in cold weather. Many years ago, biodiesel users in northern climates had issues with wintertime gelling and filter clogging. Tew says that’s no longer the case. To find out more, visit mosoy.org. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.

Continue reading Not to worry about cold weather biodiesel performance at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Cattle futures supported by stronger cash trade
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:17:24 +0000
Cattle futures supported by stronger cash trade

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day higher supported by the recent momentum in the cash trade.  Feeder cattle were higher on the same factors with support from the weak move in corn.  December live cattle closed $.62 higher at $119.87 and February live cattle closed $.65 higher at $125.67.  November feeder cattle closed $.57 higher at $147.57 and January feeder cattle closed $1.25 higher at $147.12. 

It was a slow start to the week for direct cash cattle trade activity. 

Continue reading Cattle futures supported by stronger cash trade at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Farmer wraps up harvest in challenging year
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:10:30 +0000
Farmer wraps up harvest in challenging year

An Illinois farmer says she’s glad
harvest is over.  Roberta
Simpson-Dolbeare farms in west central Illinois near Nebo.

“We had to do a lot of jumping
around to find soybeans that were dry enough to be ready to harvest but we finished
Saturday so we were just delighted before this weather changes again.”

She tells Brownfield it’s been a
challenging crop year from start to finish.

“We’ve had plenty of moisture.  We were fighting floods over here on the
Mississippi River as well as the Illinois River earlier in the spring so that
affected getting acres in in a timely manner.”

Simpson-Dolbeare says they had about 250 acres of prevent plant and their corn and soybean yields have been about average — saying there’s NEXT year to look forward to.

Continue reading Farmer wraps up harvest in challenging year at Brownfield Ag News.

     
CHS CEO addresses propane shortages
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:57:25 +0000
CHS CEO addresses propane shortages

The president of CHS is confident the backlog of propane
used for drying corn is slowly easing.

Jay Debertin says CHS is one of the largest suppliers of LP in rural America.

“From a crop drying perspective, it hits so hard and is so robust that it stretches supply chains. We’ll get through it (but) there will be some challenges as we do (like) longer wait times and so forth. But that’s what comes with a drying season that can be so forceful, so fast.”

Speaking to Brownfield at the Minnesota AgriGrowth Ag and Food Summit in Minneapolis last week, he says recent cold weather has compounded the problem.

Continue reading CHS CEO addresses propane shortages at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Milk futures higher, cash dairy flat
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:32:19 +0000
Milk futures higher, cash dairy flat

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange started the week higher while cash markets were quiet for Veteran’s Day.  

November Class III milk up 14 cents at
$20.16.  December up ten cents at $19.19. 
January ten cents higher at $17.95. 
February up 12 cents at $17.22.  March
through June contracts four to ten cents higher.

Dry unchanged at $0.2750.  Ten sales were made at $0.2725 and $0.2750. 

Blocks unchanged at $2.0150. 

Barrels unchanged at $2.33. 

Butter up $0.03 at $2.0675.  One trade was made at $2.06.

Continue reading Milk futures higher, cash dairy flat at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Soybeans, corn down despite more harvest delays
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:30:13 +0000
Soybeans, corn down despite more harvest delays

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling, ending the day near the session’s lows. Beans followed through on Friday’s post-USDA report losses, even with near-term harvest delays in some areas. The USDA numbers were a bearish surprise, with no substantial adjustments to the 2019 production numbers and higher U.S. ending stocks. Conditions in South America generally look good for planting and development, with sufficient rain in most of Brazil and improving precipitation chances for much of Argentina.

Continue reading Soybeans, corn down despite more harvest delays at Brownfield Ag News.

     
CNH Industrial launches new innovations at Agritechnica
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:26:53 +0000
CNH Industrial launches new innovations at Agritechnica

CNH Industrial is introducing
new ag technology this week at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany.

Dan Danford with their precision solutions group tells Brownfield they are excited to discuss two new universal data exchange platforms at the event: DataConnect, in partnership with John Deere, CLAAS and 365FarmNet; and Agrirouter, in partnership with DKE.

“We are the one and only OEM (Originally Equipment Manufacturer) that is a partner in both of these platforms so we are very excited about that and talking about our journey to try to become the most connected OEM globally.”

Danford says both platforms,
set to release in 2020, will allow farmers to see data from all their machines,
regardless of the brand, in the same place.

Continue reading CNH Industrial launches new innovations at Agritechnica at Brownfield Ag News.

     
What is impeachment, really?
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:18:52 +0000

I get a kick out of listening to various reporters, pundits and talking heads trying to deal with “impeachment” as a process, what it is and what it isn’t.  This morning over the span of an hour scanning various so-called issue analysis programs, I heard three so-called experts on three networks describe impeachment in three generally incorrect ways. 

Impeachment per se is a legal process by which a legislative body has authority to bring charges of misdoing against certain senior government officials which could lead to the official losing office. 

Continue reading What is impeachment, really? at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 11, 2019
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:11:32 +0000
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 11, 2019

Dec. corn closed at $3.73 and 1/4, down 4 cents
Jan. soybeans closed at $9.05, down 14 and 1/2 cents
Dec. soybean meal closed at $300.60, down $4.30
Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.42, down 8 points
Dec. wheat closed at $5.05 and 3/4, down 4 and 1/2 cents
Dec. live cattle closed at $119.87, up 62 cents
Dec. lean hogs closed at $63.30, down 82 cents
Dec.

Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 11, 2019 at Brownfield Ag News.

     
John Deere excited for DataConnect partnership
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:03:46 +0000

A John Deere representative says the company is excited to meet the needs of their customers with the new cloud-to-cloud data exchange platform, DataConnect.

Jennifer Badding with John Deere’s intelligence solutions group tells Brownfield the interface is a partnership between John Deere, CLAAS, CNH Industrial and 365FarmNet.

“So, it gives our customers that have mixed fleets, weather it is different colors or age, the ability to use one system to view their information.”

Badding says their portal, the John Deere Operations Center, offers more than 100 connected software tools to help manage fleets of equipment.

Continue reading John Deere excited for DataConnect partnership at Brownfield Ag News.

     
MABA names new president
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:02:58 +0000
MABA names new president

The Michigan Agri-Business Association says Chuck Lippstreu will
succeed its longtime president Jim Byrum.

Lippstreu currently serves on the communications team at Land O’Lakes, Inc. and previously managed a wide range of MABA activities and worked with ag organizations across Michigan while with Byrum & Fisk Communications. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an advisor to the Farm Service Agency administrator and as a speechwriter for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Continue reading MABA names new president at Brownfield Ag News.

     
A strong month for pork exports
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:40:42 +0000
A strong month for pork exports

The USDA’s latest Monthly Trade Data showed another strong
month for pork exports. 

University of Missouri livestock economist Scott Brown says September
exports were up 13 percent.  “That’s
really driven by what was a nearly 50-million-pound increase in pork exports
going to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan,” he says.  “More than offsetting some weakness in Japan and
South Korea.”

He tells Brownfield even though pork exports have increased,
it is still a tall order for the pork sector to meet USDA’s export projections
for 2019.  “We’re going to have to really
see some big movements of pork out of the United States in this last quarter to
hit the USDA’s projections of 6.5 billion pounds of pork exported from the
United States.”

Pork exports in 2018 totaled 5.9 billion pounds.

Continue reading A strong month for pork exports at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Historic cold hits much of the US
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:38:36 +0000
Historic cold hits much of the US

A record-breaking cold front is expected across much of the US this week.

“These temperature readings will run 20-30 degrees below average,” he says. “Some of the fresh snow-covered areas of the Midwest will see some record-setting cold and even dip down to below zero in some northern and Great Lakes areas.”

That’s Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje.  He says the arctic blast has hit earlier than it has in previous years.

Continue reading Historic cold hits much of the US at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Seasonal utility limitations not good for wet corn crop
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:29:44 +0000

A delayed harvest has put Illinois farmers and grain drying facilities
up against increased seasonal rates for utilities to dry wet grain.

Jeff Adkisson is executive vice president of the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois. He tells Brownfield with colder temperatures expected this week, some facilities will be faced with higher premiums if they choose to dry grain. He says commercial customers of Ameren in Illinois, for example, have this limitation.

“If you use gas on a day when it is forecast to be an average of 25 degrees or less, you get penalized by the utility company with what is called a demand charge.”

He says the rates increase because of higher demand for utilities from others in the community heating their homes and businesses.

Continue reading Seasonal utility limitations not good for wet corn crop at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Agronomist says soybean moisture readings in cold weather likely wrong
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:22:53 +0000
Agronomist says soybean moisture readings in cold weather likely wrong

An agronomist says moisture readings on frozen crops can be deceiving.

William Wynn with Pioneer tells Brownfield with the cold temperatures, soybeans will be frozen when harvested, and getting accurate moisture data will be challenging. “Your moisture tester in your combine and even your hand-held moisture tester, if you’re putting frozen beans through that, they need to take that moisture reading that you’re getting with a grain of salt. I recommend taking that sample and letting it warm up to room temperature because you’ll gain a couple of points as the beans thaw, so they may not be as dry as what you think.”

Wynn says put frozen soybean samples in a sealed bag, and let them warm up to room temperature before testing moisture.

Continue reading Agronomist says soybean moisture readings in cold weather likely wrong at Brownfield Ag News.

     

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