|COW97 Ag News from Brownfield|
|Bustos to serve on both House Appropriations and Agriculture Committees|
|Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:16:17 +0000|
Illinois Congresswoman Cheri
She has also been appointed
Bustos says fighting for
|Illinois State Fair Coliseum expected to re-open by 2019 fair with new name|
|Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:01:01 +0000|
Photo Credit: Illinois State Fair
The Illinois State Fair Coliseum is expected to be renovated in time for this year’s fair in August, after being closed for two years because of structural damage.
“The Coliseum is just a beloved structure by horse owners, breeders and exhibitors. People from all over the United States come here to show their horses.”
John Slayton, Chairman of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation tells Brownfield the historic building’s new name comes from the winners of a naming contest that was open to 4-H, FFA and youth exhibitors in the state.
|Early SHP cover crop data shows no yield drag, increase in organic matter|
|Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:45:06 +0000|
Insights from data collected by the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) shows that cover crops do not result in a yield drag.
“I think farmers are concerned that when they adopt a cover crop that they’re going to see a yield drag,” said Dr. Maria Bowman, lead scientist for the Soil Health Partnership, “and the fact that our data show that there is no statistically significant yield drag, I think, is really important.”
Other early data indicate that farmers participating in SHP are measurably improving their soil organic matter during their first few years in the program.
|What to know about FSA temporarily reopening|
|Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:59:09 +0000|
Earlier this week, USDA announced it would be temporarily reopening some FSA offices while the government shutdown continues.
Farmers now have today and next Tuesday to visit their
Minnesota State FSA executive director Joe Martin says the limited reopening of Farm Service Agency offices is primarily focused on loan activities.
|Supply concerns pressure hog futures|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:23:14 +0000|
At the Chicago
Another day with zero direct cash cattle activity.
|Tariff rumors support markets|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:10:15 +0000|
Reports the U.S. is considering lifting tariffs on Chinese imports helped support financial and some commodity markets Thursday.
Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal, the rumor was denied by Trump administration officials speaking to CNBC.
Cabinet-level trade discussions are scheduled for the end of the month in Washington D.C.
|Missouri Corn: Snow and rain will help make grain|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:09:18 +0000|
The big snow in many parts of Missouri is helping move Missouri further away from the drought of 2018 and the dryness off late 2017. Gary Marshall is CEO of Missouri Corn, “I’ve talked to a lot of farmers over the last two or three weeks who received significant rains in December and early in January. So that coupled with the snowfall we have now – we’re a lot more comfortable going into this planting season which, by now, is really only a couple of months away.”
Farmers in the Missouri Bootheel will start planting in March with the rest of the state’s farmers starting in April.
|Corn and soybean price reboot|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:00:04 +0000|
The CEO of Farm Credit Services of America describes the last several years of low commodity prices as a reboot for corn and soybeans.
“The grain industry has really spent the last four or five years kind of reconciling a different price and margin environment.”
Mark Jensen says strong production and increased volatility has put a lot of pressure on profit margins in the half-decade since $6-dollar corn and $14-dollar soybeans.
|Investment firm sees growth for GMO and non-GMO seed|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:57:23 +0000|
A Michigan investment company says it plans to grow its portfolio of independent and regional seed companies.
Jim Sheppard with Tillerman Seeds tells Brownfield their
“We saw a need for these companies to survive and that they needed to have an infusion of cash.”
So far, the group has acquired Michigan-based DF Seeds and
|Louis Dreyfus Company wants out of dairy|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:36:11 +0000|
The Dutch commodity trader Louis Dreyfus
The company says dairy accounted for less than
By mid-2019, LDC will only have a
Since 2009, the company has been delivering milk
|MDARD says food safety efforts continue during shutdown|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:25:25 +0000|
The new director of Michigan’s Department of Agriculture says
Gary McDowell tells Brownfield along with local health departments,
“We’re going to do everything that we can to ensure that our food is safe, but we really need USDA to get back on the job.”
The department is currently assessing what impact the
|Solid rally in grains, oilseeds|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:19:46 +0000|
Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. The trade is watching the effects of wet conditions in parts of Argentina and hot, dry weather in portions of Brazil. The trade is also waiting for more public progress in talks with China ahead of Cabinet-level discussions later this month. After the close Thursday, there were rumblings the U.S. is considering lifting tariffs on China to speed up negotiations ahead of the March 1st deadline. Even if significant progress is made in negotiations, a possible slowdown in China’s economy and the spread of African Swine Fever could impact demand.
|Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 17, 2019|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:10:55 +0000|
Mar. corn closed at $3.80, up 6 cents
|Milk futures, cash dairy lower|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:08:42 +0000|
Dry whey down
|AgTech Innovation Summit|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:00:21 +0000|
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Rhiannon Branch will be on the ground at the University of Illinois College of ACES, Research Park and Office of Corporate Relations AgTech Innovation Summit March 6, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois.
|A positive outlook for ag equipment|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:23:21 +0000|
A regional sales manager with Kubota says the market for ag equipment remains strong despite the down farm economy.
David Lease says farmers are investing in both new and used equipment as they continue to face tight margins.
“As the economy stays a little bit stale in the farming sector, equipment is going to wear out so people are looking at new equipment, but good valued used equipment is also being received well,” he says.
|Seasoned Illinois farmer compares drones to tractor cabs|
|Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:14:56 +0000|
A farmer of 50 years says using a drone on his farm makes farming more fun and allows him do more.
“I think back to when we first got cabs on tractors. Were they worth it? No. But, would you do it without it? No. So, we just go ahead and do it.”
Paul Taylor farms 750 acres of mostly corn and soybeans in north central Illinois. He tells Brownfield he bought his drone after watching a crop scout operate one with ease.