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Agronomist says nutrient deficiencies are evident in Ohio corn crop
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:25:15 +0000
Agronomist says nutrient deficiencies are evident in Ohio corn crop

A Winfield United agronomist says the corn crop in Ohio is experiencing nutrient deficiencies.

Ohio-based
Joe Rickard says wet conditions have caused higher than normal deficiencies in
boron.  

“All the growers have noticed it’s been wet, so that boron that has been in the soil has leached away and that’s why we’re seeing some of these deficiencies this year,” he says.

About 98 percent of corn tissue samples taken at the V4-8 growth stage in Ohio this week were deficient in boron.  

Continue reading Agronomist says nutrient deficiencies are evident in Ohio corn crop at Brownfield Ag News.

     
USSEC looks to markets other than China
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:22:21 +0000
USSEC looks to markets other than China

Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soy Export Council

The CEO of the U.S. Soy Export Council (USSEC), Jim Sutter, says they’re working to replace lost export sales to China by focusing on other markets.

“We’re working with customers who have been long-time customers, but where our market share was low because we just didn’t have adequate supplies,” Sutter says. “So think of Europe, where our market share the last few years has been something like 30 to 35 percent.

Continue reading USSEC looks to markets other than China at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Milk futures mostly higher, cash dairy mixed
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:10:20 +0000
Milk futures mostly higher, cash dairy mixed

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange continued their rally and closed mostly higher Thursday while cash trade was mixed.

July Class III milk futures up 11
cents at $17.42.  August up two cents at $17.67.  September up three cents at $17.92.  October three cents higher at $17.90.  November through February contracts two cents
lower to nine cents higher.

Dry whey up $0.01 at $0.3350.  Two trades were made at $0.3275 and $0.3350.

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

     
Whitmer hosts ag round table in Adrian
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:00:08 +0000
Whitmer hosts ag round table in Adrian

Michigan’s
governor says she wanted to build a budget around prioritizing agriculture in
the state which is why she’s calling for increased infrastructure funding.

While
meeting with ag leaders in Lenawee County Thursday, Gretchen Whitmer told Brownfield she’s proud
of the state’s ag diversity and wants to support farmers.

“It’s a great source of pride for our state and also a great source of economic strength and that’s why it’s so important that we focus on the ag industry and support it when it’s in need.”       

Representatives of
Michigan ag business, Farm Bureau and local farmers shared how the difficult
growing season has been and they’re worried the worst storm hasn’t hit yet.

Continue reading Whitmer hosts ag round table in Adrian at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Blunt wants USMCA passed
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:56:46 +0000
Blunt wants USMCA passed

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt called for the passage of the U.S.
Mexico Canada Agreement Thursday on the Senate floor.

The Missouri Republican says the USMCA is an improvement over NAFTA and a
strong Mexico and a strong Canada are good for the U.S., “Trade is essential, all
three of our countries agree on that. Democrats and Republicans agree on that.
Members of the House and Senate agree on that. Now what we need to agree is to
have a time to vote and approve this deal.”

Mexico ratified the trade pact earlier this year and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will call Parliament back into session if the U.S.

Continue reading Blunt wants USMCA passed at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Cattle futures lower ahead of On Feed report
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:51:23 +0000
Cattle futures lower ahead of On Feed report

At the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day lower on position
squaring ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed Report and the steady to slightly
lower cash trade.  Feeder cattle futures were
lower on the same factors with additional pressure from a weaker than expected
export sales report from the USDA.  August
live cattle closed $.72 lower at $107.40 and October live cattle closed $.50
lower at $108.25.  August feeder cattle
closed $1.14 lower at $139.42 and September feeder cattle closed $1.30 lower at
$139.47. 

A light direct cash cattle trade developed in several parts of cattle country. 

Continue reading Cattle futures lower ahead of On Feed report at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Bayer Crop Science Business update and Field Tour (for Media)
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:48:12 +0000

Brownfield’s Cyndi Young and Shannon Yokley will be on the ground at the Bayer Jerseyville, Illinois Agronomy Center as Executives from Bayer will welcome media to its Jerseyville Agronomy Center for an update on the crop science business and a field tour. The field tour will include demonstrations of the company’s latest pipeline innovations.

Continue reading Bayer Crop Science Business update and Field Tour (for Media) at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Missouri Governor Parson establishes Flood Recovery Advisory Group
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:42:02 +0000
Missouri Governor Parson establishes Flood Recovery Advisory Group

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed an executive order establishing a state Flood Recovery Advisory Group.

The advisory group will provide input on flood recovery priorities and assess the state’s current levee system. It will include members from the Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Transportation and others.

The advisory group will submit its initial report to the Governor by the end of the year with a final report at the end of May.

Continue reading Missouri Governor Parson establishes Flood Recovery Advisory Group at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Illinois farmer learning from trial year of hemp production
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:15:13 +0000
Illinois farmer learning from trial year of hemp production

A central Illinois farmer says this is a trial year for hemp production and he is learning from it.

“It’s not all about the profit this year, it is more about the learning this year.”

Jacob Wade from McLean, Illinois tells Brownfield delayed planting of his corn and soybeans didn’t allow him to plant his first hemp crop until the first week of June.

“This year was a very strenuous year to even start to add a new crop to our operation.

Continue reading Illinois farmer learning from trial year of hemp production at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 18, 2019
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:10:08 +0000
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 18, 2019

Sep. corn closed at $4.24 and 1/2, down 11 and 1/2 cents
Aug. soybeans closed at $8.81 and 1/4, down 1 and 1/4 cents
Aug. soybean meal closed at $307.00, down 50 cents
Aug. soybean oil closed at 27.64, down 4 points
Sep. wheat closed at $4.93 and 1/2, down 12 cents
Aug. live cattle closed at $107.40, down 72 cents
Aug. lean hogs closed at $82.77, up 77 cents
Aug.

Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 18, 2019 at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Slow demand continues to weigh on soybeans
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:52:20 +0000
Slow demand continues to weigh on soybeans

Soybeans were modestly lower on fund and technical selling, following an up and down session. The trade stalemate continues with China as Beijing didn’t buy any U.S. soybeans last week. China is reportedly delaying some purchases of soybeans, even from Brazil, because of slowing feed demand linked to African Swine Fever along with margin concerns. U.S. and Chinese tariffs remain in place and recent rhetoric from both points to the probability of protracted negotiations, even if China has pledged to increase policing of U.S.

Continue reading Slow demand continues to weigh on soybeans at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Farmer learning to balance her roles on family farm
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:45:17 +0000
Farmer learning to balance her roles on family farm

A southwest Indiana farmer is learning to juggle the roles of being both a family member and a co-worker at the 2019 Family Farms Conference.

Emily Cooper of Fort Branch, Indiana says recognizing that each of her family members is also a team player on their farming operation has been a profitable aspect of their business model.

“Looking at each of our family members as an integral team member of our business has allowed us to each be put in the areas within our business where we are the most successful.

Continue reading Farmer learning to balance her roles on family farm at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Ag economist calls current crop conditions “worst since 2012”
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:12:28 +0000
Ag economist calls current crop conditions “worst since 2012”

July 9, 2019 Southern Illinois

With more than 20 million US corn and soybean acres in poor or very poor condition, a Farm Bureau economist says this year’s crop conditions are the worst since the drought of 2012.

“From the road you might see a field that looks pretty good, but once you get inside of it you can see the unevenness and I think that is what is being reflected in these conditions reports.”

John Newton tells Brownfield conditions are much better than they were in 2012, but he hasn’t seen this level of market uncertainty in several years.

Continue reading Ag economist calls current crop conditions “worst since 2012” at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Labor shortage impacts poultry and livestock economies
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:10:37 +0000
Labor shortage impacts poultry and livestock economies

A Minnesota turkey farmer says the lack of immigration labor
reform hinders growth in the poultry and livestock sectors.

John Zimmerman testified at a House Ag Subcommittee hearing
on the state of the US livestock and poultry economies earlier this week and
says you can’t raise more birds without more people. 

He says that while they’ve increased the use of automation at their facilities – at the end of the day they still need people in the buildings. 

Continue reading Labor shortage impacts poultry and livestock economies at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Missouri Treasurer launches LIFT program
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:58:34 +0000
Missouri Treasurer launches LIFT program

Missouri’s State Treasurer has begun a program to help farmers and
small business owners recover after natural disasters.

The Linked Deposits to Invest and Fund a Timely Recovery, or LIFT program, goes into effect immediately, allowing for a linked deposit loan of up to $2 million for affected borrowers, a discount for lending institutions on those loans, debt refinancing, and expedited approval if requirements are met.

The new program follows widespread flooding and tornado damage earlier in the year and will be available to loan applicants in counties that have received a Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Continue reading Missouri Treasurer launches LIFT program at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Dairy processors challenged to reach today’s consumers
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:51:27 +0000
Dairy processors challenged to reach today’s consumers

The CEO of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin puts the onus on dairy processors to reach consumers. 

Chad Vincent says customers want product innovation, and it’s the dairy processors that can provide it.

“The cheese companies, the milk companies, they’re the ones that we’re working with a lot to help them understand: innovate or die.”

Speaking to Brownfield at the Dairy Experience Forum in the Twin Cities, he says there’s progress in the fluid milk space.

Continue reading Dairy processors challenged to reach today’s consumers at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Midday cash livestock markets
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:03:48 +0000
Midday cash livestock markets

Direct cash cattle trade activity is off to a slow start following yesterday’s light to moderate trade in parts of cattle country.  Bids are at $113 live and $182 dressed.  Asking prices for cattle remaining on showlists are around $112+ live and $183 to $184 dressed in the North.  Live deals in Kansas were at $111, roughly $1 lower than last week’s weighted average.  Dressed business in Nebraska and Iowa was in a range of $183 to $185, mostly at $183, which was generally steady with last week’s weighted averages basis. 

Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Merged Nebraska co-ops announce name, new location
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:59:34 +0000
Merged Nebraska co-ops announce name, new location

Two eastern Nebraska ag cooperatives that voted to merge in April have decided on a name and new headquarters location.

Officials of Frontier Co-op and Midwest Farmers Cooperative have decided to keep the Frontier name when the merger takes effect September 1st. The co-op will have a new logo.

The new headquarters will be located on the north side of Lincoln.  Frontier is currently based at Brainard and Midwest is headquartered at Elmwood.

Continue reading Merged Nebraska co-ops announce name, new location at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Hog market is most uncertain since late 90’s
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:15:29 +0000
Hog market is most uncertain since late 90’s

An agricultural economist says African Swine Fever continues to take the hog market on a wild ride.

Purdue University’s Michael Langemeier said it has been 20 years since the market has looked like this.

“The 1998-1999 period was a complete train wreck,” Langemeier said. “I don’t think we’ve seen the uncertainty in the industry since that time period.”

But, Langemeier said he does not think that will lead to a decline in pork prices, he tells Brownfield multiple issues have led to the volatility in the market.

Continue reading Hog market is most uncertain since late 90’s at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Vilsack optimistic about U.S. – Japan “mini agreement”
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:09:37 +0000
Vilsack optimistic about U.S. – Japan “mini agreement”

Former U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is hopeful a mini trade agreement with Japan will happen this year. 

Vilsack, now CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, says once Japanese elections are completed later this month, negotiations between the U.S. and Japan should heat up.

“And hopefully by the time the leaders from Japan and the United States meet in the fall, there’s something to announce. I don’t think it will be a large trade agreement.

Continue reading Vilsack optimistic about U.S. – Japan “mini agreement” at Brownfield Ag News.

     

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