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Consider short-season corn varieties after May 25th
Mon, 22 May 2017 18:08:21 +0000
Consider short-season corn varieties after May 25th

 

An extension agent says it’s about time to plant a shorter season corn variety.  Monroe County, Wisconsin agent Bill Halfman tells Brownfield it’s almost too late for normal varieties to mature in time.  “It’s kind of our general rule of thumb that if we were unable to get the corn planted somewhere around the 20th, the 25th of May, then we need to be looking at a shorter-season hybrid.”

Halfman says the right corn variety depends on what farmers plan to use it for.  

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Major push on planting in Michigan
Mon, 22 May 2017 17:24:16 +0000

An Eastern Michigan farmer says a week of warm, dry weather helped him wrap up planting.

Peter Maxwell grows corn, soybeans, sugarbeets and pumpkins in Hope, Michigan. He tells Brownfield sugarbeets were planted later than normal, but he made his goal of getting corn and soybeans in by the end of last week.  “The sugarbeet crop has had some, maybe, subpar stands.  It’s been cold and wet so emergence has been a little slow.”

Also a sugarbeet seed salesman, Maxwell says more growers have needed to replant sugarbeets this year than average. 

Continue reading Major push on planting in Michigan at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Midday cash livestock markets
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:57:03 +0000

Direct cash cattle markets are quiet. Both sides are starting the week getting at look at this week’s showlist. The ready numbers are expected to be steady to a little larger, a combination of seasonal expansion and carryover from last week. Asking prices could start off around $136 to $138 on the live basis and $215 to $220 dressed. Widespread business is not expected until the second half of the week. Buyers will be watching margins and getting ready for a holiday shortened week next week.

Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Princess Kay finalists announced
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:38:31 +0000
Princess Kay finalists announced

The Midwest Dairy Association (MDA) has announced 12 finalists who will compete to become the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

MDA manages the program, and senior communications manager Sherry Newell says Princess Kay has become a very recognizable part of Minnesota’s culture.

“Many, many years.  Many, many changes.  But we are ready with 12 finalists, after this past weekend, to put on our next Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition and crown the winner the night before the State Fair opens in August.”

The finalists are Emily Annexstad of St.

Continue reading Princess Kay finalists announced at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Minnesota Legislators scramble ahead of session adjournment
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:32:24 +0000
Minnesota Legislators scramble ahead of session adjournment

Lawmakers scrambled to find middle-ground over the weekend as the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session nears adjournment.

Minnesota Farm Bureau associate director of public policy Cole Rupprecht says the omnibus agricultural finance bill that was vetoed by Governor Dayton last week was heard again Saturday morning.

“They went through that bill and added in some policy provisions that came from the policy bill, as well as took out some issues that the administration maybe didn’t like as much related to the nuisance bill and removing the livestock and swine unit cap. 

Continue reading Minnesota Legislators scramble ahead of session adjournment at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Corn, soybean export inspections stay on needed pace
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:28:50 +0000

The USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections, for the week ending May 18th, remain on pace to meet projections for the 2016/17 marketing year. The 2016/17 marketing year runs through the end of May for wheat and through the end of August for corn, soybeans, and sorghum.

Wheat came out at 674,559 tons, down 20,457 from the week ending May 11th, but up 369,423 from the week ending May 19th, 2016.

Continue reading Corn, soybean export inspections stay on needed pace at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Senate to vote today on Branstad’s nomination
Mon, 22 May 2017 16:17:01 +0000
Senate to vote today on Branstad’s nomination

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote later today on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.

According to Politico, Branstad is expected to easily clear the 50-vote threshold needed to be confirmed.

Most ag groups have been very supportive of Branstad’s nomination, citing his pro-agriculture stance on key issues and long friendship with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Continue reading Senate to vote today on Branstad’s nomination at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Weeds, remaining corn need consideration when replanting
Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:24 +0000
Weeds, remaining corn need consideration when replanting

Weed scientist Aaron Hager says pre-plant herbicides might not remain effective in cases where re-planting is taking place.  Hager, at the University of Illinois, says growers forced to replant because of too much precipitation might consider a supplemental application of a residual herbicide before replanting.  He tells Brownfield some products allow a second application in case of replanting, but some do not.

“The best recommendation we can make to farmers, if they are going to have to replant, and if they are considering making a second application of a residual herbicide, simply read the product label and find out whether or not it can be used in that scenario,” Hager told Brownfield Ag News Friday.

Continue reading Weeds, remaining corn need consideration when replanting at Brownfield Ag News.

     

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