|COW97 Ag News from Brownfield|
|More hot, largely dry weather for the Heartland|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:44:38 +0000|
A low-pressure system crossing the Southeast will continue to spark heavy showers. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 3 to 6 inches or more in the coastal Carolinas.
Later this week, as the storm system drifts near the Atlantic Seaboard, parts of New England may experience additional drought relief. Other areas in the eastern half of the country and across the nation’s northern tier will receive occasional showers, maintaining generally favorable growing conditions.
However, mostly dry weather will accompany building heat across the central and southern High Plains and the Southwest, resulting in potentially severe stress on already drought-affected rangeland, pastures, and rain-fed summer crops.
|Hog farmer recovering from packing plant closures|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:58:07 +0000|
An Upper Midwest hog farmer continues to work through the marketing disruption resulting from COVID-19 packer shutdowns. East central South Dakota pork producer Shane Odegaard was informed in mid-April of the temporary closure of the Sioux Falls Smithfield packing plant – where most of his hogs are processed – when hundreds of workers tested positive for coronavirus. He had to work quickly to find an alternative outlet for his market-ready hogs.
“We were marketing quite a few hogs, we marketed probably close to over 300 just through direct marketing going into a local butcher shop,” Odegaard told Brownfield Ag News Tuesday.
|Bayer says it will address judges concerns at hearing|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:50:35 +0000|
The federal judge overseeing the Bayer settlement over RoundUp said Monday he was tentatively included to reject the company’s plan to create a class action for future litigation.
Bayer has said it will set up a scientific panel to
In a statement to Brownfield, Bayer says it appreciates the
|Heat stress in cattle is a concern|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:49:18 +0000|
As hot weather continues, heat stress in cattle becomes a greater concern.
University of Nebraska Extension beef educator Erin Laborie says
“Especially when we look at those overnight temperatures
|MSU makes field days virtual|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:47:31 +0000|
Michigan State University AgBioResearch and MSU Extension
MSU AgBioResearch director Doug Buhler says field day events will be online this year to keep everyone safe and to abide by the guidance of the university.
|Cattle group to continue battling USDA over mandatory RFID|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:47:26 +0000|
A cattle organization says they will continue to oppose USDA’s efforts to require RFID cattle tags.
Bill Bullard with R-CALF USA says, “Unfortunately, the agency is dead set upon gaining control over the live cattle supply chain in the United States and the first step to do that is to require every producer to begin using the RFID technology.”
Bullard tells Brownfield they defeated a previous attempt last fall, but USDA again published a proposal in the Federal Register Monday with plans to require RFID tags for moving livestock across state lines, which Bullard says is the most expensive way to trace animals.
|Hog futures lower on profit-taking|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:47:25 +0000|
At the Callaway Livestock Center in Missouri, compared to last week steer calves 450 to 550 pounds were mostly steady to spots of $2 lower.
|Missouri farmer says dicamba ruling is a blow|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:47:25 +0000|
A Missouri farmer says the Ninth Circuit court ruling against three dicamba products is disappointing. Kyle Kirby grows corn and soybeans in southwest Missouri. He tells Brownfield Ag News, “We have to get that ruling reversed. You know, dicamba has become a part of our system here and we do use Engenia beans.”
Kirby tells Brownfield he would hate to think about going
|Missouri Soy creates biodiesel grant program|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:40:56 +0000|
The Missouri Soybean Association and Merchandising Council have a new biodiesel infrastructure grant program, up to 200-thousand dollars per eligible applicant.
Matt Amick, director of Biofuels and New Uses with Missouri
“When we found out that USDA was releasing their program we
Amick says Missouri soybean farmers are going to go ahead and match whatever the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) awards when it comes to biodiesel infrastructure projects.
|Farmer says crops are looking good, but hot conditions are a concern|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:40:52 +0000|
Southern Indiana Farmer Ben Kron says his crops are looking pretty good, but the forecast is a concern as his corn begins pollination.
“I don’t like seeing that going into pollination of our corn but other than that, crops have really come along way and we’ll have to see what this heat does,” he says.
“Cool temperatures at night would really help pollination come along and our beans are flowering in certain pods so if we could get some cool nights and a couple of showers we definitely wouldn’t complain about that,” he says.
|Dry spring lingers into summer for Minnesota cattle rancher|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:37:26 +0000|
A cattle rancher in northern Minnesota says a dry spring has continued into the summer.
“Which is not so good for growing pastures and getting a decent hay crop.”
Miles Kuschel of Sebeka tells Brownfield it’s been three weeks since the last measurable rainfall, and it shows.
“We got first crop (hay) done. It was about half of what it usually is, even some spots were about a third of normal.
|Heat wave comes at a critical time for corn|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:36:44 +0000|
This long spell of hot and dry weather comes at a bad time for corn, which is just entering its critical pollination stage across much of the Midwest.
Dennis Todey, director of USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, says
“Not only during the daytime, where we’re going to have
|Drought intensifying on the central, south Plains|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:27:46 +0000|
Across the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather persists east of the Mississippi River. Among Midwestern States, Michigan led on July 5 with 14% of the corn rated very poor to poor, followed by Ohio (11%) and Indiana (10%). During the week ending July 5, the sharpest increases in topsoil moisture rated short to very short were observed in Ohio (from 31 to 70%) and Michigan (from 41 to 71%). Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms dot the upper Midwest.
|Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 7, 2020|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:10:43 +0000|
Jul. corn closed at $3.45, down 1 and 1/2 cents
|Analyzing CFAP payment distributions|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:06:35 +0000|
Image courtesy of AFBF
The USDA has handed out about one-third of allocated funds
American Farm Bureau Federation Economist John Newton tells
“In aggregate, a lot of that money flowed to the Midwest. The average livestock payment is about $10,000 per applicant and the rates are higher in portions of the west where you see some of the larger livestock operations.”
The top commodities receiving payments are cattle at $2.3
|Milk futures, cash dairy mixed|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:54:10 +0000|
Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed mixed Tuesday as traders work to find a new trading range amid strong cheese prices and growing global demand.
July Class III milk 19 cents higher at
Dry whey down $0.0250 at $0.2875. Eight sales were made ranging from $0.2850 to
|Soybeans, corn give back some of recent gains|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:49:40 +0000|
Soybeans were modestly lower on profit taking and technical selling, bouncing off of overhead resistance but generally staying above support. Contracts saw a slight correction, but losses were limited by hot, dry weather concerns in some key U.S. growing areas. Some areas will see near-term rainfall, but the precipitation is expected to miss parts of the region. Most of the crop is close to entering key development phases and if this period lasts as long as expected, it will likely lower the yield.
|Consumer spending remains uncertain amid COVID-19|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:47:30 +0000|
Weiler is also the director of CSU’s Regional Economic Development Institute. He said consumer confidence will have to be restored before spending loosens back up and that is no small task.
|1.5% of Paycheck Protection Program funds helped agribusiness|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:35:20 +0000|
A Small Business Administration report shows only 1.5% of
The SBA says employers in rural areas account for nearly 980
Most of the PPP loans were processed by over 42-hundred
|Michigan Strategic Fund approves $15 million for farm safety grants|
|Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:33:38 +0000|
State groups have approved $15 million in federal CARES Act funding to create the Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan’s agricultural processors and farms.
Mark Burton, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, tells Brownfield applications will need to be filed as a farm or an ag processor.
“Ten million dollars will support agricultural processors with grants ranging from $10,000 up to $200,000 and the remaining $5 million will support farms statewide with grants ranging from $10,000 up to $50,000.”
He says the program will support the implementation of