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The importance of farm and ranch succession planning
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:08:06 +0000
The importance of farm and ranch succession planning

Allan Vyhnalek

At the UNL-IANR Big Red Building at Husker Harvest Days, we talked to Extension Educator Allan Vyhnalek about farm and ranch succession planning.

AUDIO: Allan Vyhnalek

Continue reading The importance of farm and ranch succession planning at Brownfield Ag News.

     
NK adds soybean trait options for 2020 planting
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 21:45:28 +0000
NK adds soybean trait options for 2020 planting

During a stop at the Syngenta display at Husker Harvest Days, we visited with NK district manager Matt Dolch about NK’s soybean trait platform options for 2020 planting, including Enlist E3, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and LibertyLink GT27.

AUDIO: Matt Dolch

Continue reading NK adds soybean trait options for 2020 planting at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Movie inspired by a grain entrapment accident aims to promote farm safety
Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:00:02 +0000
Movie inspired by a grain entrapment accident aims to promote farm safety

A new movie titled “SILO” is
bringing the importance of ag safety to viewers across the US.

Producer Sam Goldberg tells Brownfield the film was inspired by a 2010 grain entrapment accident involving the death of two teenage boys in Mount Carroll, Illinois.

“We worked with fire rescue workers, professors, farmers, and everyone kind of knew somebody who had been in a farm accident, either injured or killed. I was surprised at how prevalent farm accidents are.”

Goldberg says the film soon became a plug for ag safety and was purposely released ahead of this year’s harvest.

Continue reading Movie inspired by a grain entrapment accident aims to promote farm safety at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Meteorologist is watching dry conditions in Brazil
Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:34:43 +0000
Meteorologist is watching dry conditions in Brazil

DTN senior ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson

Key soybean producing regions in Brazil are very dry as farmers get ready to plant their next soybean crop. 

DTN meteorologist Bryce Anderson says it bears watching.

“The fattest part of their production area is in the
central part of Brazil—Mato Grosso and Goias,” Anderson says. “They are quite
dry and they’ve been awfully hot here lately. The first ten days of September saw
temperatures over 100 in Mato Grosso.”

Anderson says a similar situation occurred in 2017, when
soybean planting in Brazil was delayed because of extremely dry conditions.

Continue reading Meteorologist is watching dry conditions in Brazil at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Precipitation volume too much for the rain gauge
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:30:44 +0000
Precipitation volume too much for the rain gauge

Some parts of eastern South Dakota are cleaning up from rain that in
some cases, is hard to measure.

“Our gauge goes to six inches and it ran over,” said Lewis Bainbridge, who farms
south of Mitchell, South Dakota. Bainbridge stopped has pickup to describe to
Brownfield what he’s seeing while surveying damage from the tornadoes and downpours.

“We have a bridge on kind of a major highway just north of us that is no longer
there,” said Bainbridge.

Continue reading Precipitation volume too much for the rain gauge at Brownfield Ag News.

     
SD Farmers Union cattleman can’t break even
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:30:31 +0000
SD Farmers Union cattleman can’t break even

A cow-calf producer told his lawmakers on Capitol Hill last
week he is struggling to make a profit.

“We’re probably going to receive somewhere around $200 under
our break even this year. So, explaining that to them and the expenses we incur
and all the hard work we do and we can’t even seem to break even.”

Shane Fastnacht farms in central South Dakota (Wessington
Springs) and is a member of the South Dakota Farmers Union.

Continue reading SD Farmers Union cattleman can’t break even at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Minnesota Farm Bureau pleased with WOTUS repeal
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:22:15 +0000

Minnesota Farm Bureau president Kevin Paap is pleased to see the WOTUS rule repealed.

“I think all farmers want clean water, but farmers also want clear rules.”

He suggests WOTUS was not clear and calls it a case of government overreach.

“We really felt that 2015 rule was a vast expansion of jurisdiction over water and land that was traditionally regulated by the state.”

Paap tells Brownfield he understands the need for federal
rules for large navigable waters.  But he
says other waters should be regulated on a statewide basis.

Continue reading Minnesota Farm Bureau pleased with WOTUS repeal at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Farmers securing propane ahead of harvest
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:17:37 +0000
Farmers securing propane ahead of harvest

Many farmers expect to dry down crops this fall.

Trevor Holm, a Wyffels Hybrids district sales manager in southwest Minnesota, says propane comes up in just about every conversation with farmers right now.

“They’re buying propane since it’s a pretty good value, and a couple have purchased about twice as much as they have over their last five-year average.”

He tells Brownfield crop maturity varies widely in his corner of the state.

Continue reading Farmers securing propane ahead of harvest at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Minnesota farmer understands concerns with USMCA
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:09:28 +0000
Minnesota farmer understands concerns with USMCA

A Minnesota farmer says some legitimate issues are holding
up ratification of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement.

Angela Guentzel of LeSueur County joined other Minnesota Farm Bureau members on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

Lawmakers told her USMCA has stalled on labor, the environment, and big pharma.

“I guess what was said to us is that’s a way for them to maintain a higher price-point within the United States, which is a very valid concern.”

Despite the remaining hurdles, Guentzel tells Brownfield she’s cautiously optimistic USMCA will get voted on soon.

Continue reading Minnesota farmer understands concerns with USMCA at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Compost on a larger scale
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:59:13 +0000
Compost on a larger scale

Organic farmers are finding ways to incorporate compost on
a larger scale.

Clifford Johnson of Paynesville in central Minnesota says he builds a composting mixture that is placed in elongated piles, or windrows, that he aerates mechanically with a turner.

“We build a lot of our own products to do what we need to do, and we’re trying to figure out what works for a situation and learn as we go.

Continue reading Compost on a larger scale at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Lean hogs end the week strong
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:57:40 +0000
Lean hogs end the week strong

At the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle closed mixed on end of the week
consolidation.  October live cattle
closed $.65 lower at $98.07 and December live cattle closed $.57 lower at
$104.37.  October feeder cattle closed
$.07 higher at $134.57 and November feeder cattle closed $.12 higher at
$134.02. 

Direct cash cattle trade ended Friday with another round of light to moderate business.  Live deals Kansas were at $100, that’s $1 higher than yesterday’s decline and about steady with last week’s weighted average with live deals in Nebraska at $100 to $101. 

Continue reading Lean hogs end the week strong at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Soybeans up, waiting for more on China
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:17:05 +0000
Soybeans up, waiting for more on China

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. China is reportedly exempting U.S. beans from a tariff increase ahead of the next round of negotiations. The next high-level talks are at a still unspecified date in October. China bought 204,000 tons of new crop U.S. beans Friday morning, less than what the trade was talking about Thursday during the big rally. Still, it can take some time to put together a rumored purchase of that size.

Continue reading Soybeans up, waiting for more on China at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Milk futures, cash dairy mixed
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:11:09 +0000
Milk futures, cash dairy mixed

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed mixed Friday buying back some oversold positions.

September Class III milk up a penny at
$18.31.  October up four cents at $19.20. 
November four cents lower at $18.35. 
December down a nickel at $17.60. 
January through April contracts five to six cents lower.

Dry whey unchanged at $0.3975. 

Blocks up $0.06 at $2.2050.

Barrels up $0.04 at $1.92.  Three trades were made at that price.

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

     
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 13, 2019
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:07:44 +0000
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 13, 2019

Sep. corn closed at $3.55 and 1/2, up 1 cent
Sep. soybeans closed at $8.84 and 3/4, up 1 and 3/4 cents
Sep. soybean meal closed at $298.20, up $2.10
Sep. soybean oil closed at 28.94, down 8 points
Sep. wheat closed at $4.85 and 3/4, unchanged
Oct. live cattle closed at $98.07, down 65 cents
Oct. lean hogs closed at $66.47, up $3.30
Oct. crude oil closed at $54.85, down 24 cents
Dec.

Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 13, 2019 at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Ag groups thankful WOTUS has been repealed
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:46:22 +0000
Ag groups thankful WOTUS has been repealed

Ag groups are applauding the repeal of the 2015 Waters of
the U.S. Rule.

The National Pork Producers Council says prior to the rule,
EPA’s jurisdiction was over waterways, but the proposed regulations would have
included land adjacent to waters like farm fields.

American Soybean Association president Davie Stevens says they
also want clean water, but the proposed rule was unworkable, impractical and
went way beyond the intent of Congress.

The National Milk Producers Federation is applauding the
measure and says in 2014 they urged the EPA to rethink the rule saying that the
proposal at the time didn’t coincide with Supreme Court rulings.

Continue reading Ag groups thankful WOTUS has been repealed at Brownfield Ag News.

     
NPPC optimistic about tariff-lifting reports from China
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 18:33:07 +0000
NPPC optimistic about tariff-lifting reports from China

The National Pork Producers Council says they are pleased Chinese media is reporting that China will suspend tariffs on U.S. pork imports, “We’re really excited and we welcome this announcement. I think it’s very good to see that there has been movement by the Chinese to resolve this tariff dispute,” Maria Zieba, director of international affairs for NPPC, tells Brownfield Ag News.

She says they are waiting for details, “About what it actually means or what the tariffs will be eliminated to.

Continue reading NPPC optimistic about tariff-lifting reports from China at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Midday cash livestock markets
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:59:45 +0000
Midday cash livestock markets

Direct cash cattle trade is off to a slow start this morning.  There are a few bids noted following yesterday’s light to moderate business.  Southern live deals were at $99, $1 lower than last week’s weighted averages.  Northern dressed deals had a range of $156 to $162, mostly $159 to $160, which is roughly $6 to $7 lower than the prior week’s weighted average basis in Nebraska.  Asking prices for cattle left on showlists are $100+ live in the South and $163 to $165 dressed in the North. 

Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Perdue says guest worker program is part of the immigration solution
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:44:02 +0000
Perdue says guest worker program is part of the immigration solution

Ag Secretary Sonny
Perdue says a federal guest worker program could be part of the solution to
illegal immigration.

“I’m hoping that we can also at the same time have a legal guest worker program for our farms, ranches, and dairies across the country,” he says. “We are not going to be able to survive as we have without a work force going forward.”  

He says they are
making progress with the Department of Labor’s proposed H-2A modernized rule.

Continue reading Perdue says guest worker program is part of the immigration solution at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Indigo raises 2019 corn projections, lowers soybeans
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:36:19 +0000
Indigo raises 2019 corn projections, lowers soybeans

Boston-based Indigo Agriculture is projecting more corn and fewer soybean acres in 2019 than their August report.

Indigo has end of season corn
production at 12.5 billion bushels with an average yield just over of 159
bushels per acre. That is 500 million higher than their August report but still
1.3 billion bushels fewer than the USDA’s September supply and demand report.

Indigo has soybeans at 3.4
billion bushels with an average yield of slightly more than 45 bushels per
acre, which is 300 million fewer than their August report and 200 million fewer
than USDA’s guess.

Continue reading Indigo raises 2019 corn projections, lowers soybeans at Brownfield Ag News.

     
Farmers are part of the climate change solution
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:08:54 +0000
Farmers are part of the climate change solution

Farmers and ranchers are dealing with increasingly variable weather patterns associated with climate change. State agricultural leaders are working together to show that agriculture can be part of the solution.

Maggie Monast, with the Environmental Defense Fund, says agriculture is on the front line of the changing climate, requiring farmers to be more resilient.

“The good news is that agriculture can provide solutions that improve resilience and have many other benefits for farms and communities,” she says.

Continue reading Farmers are part of the climate change solution at Brownfield Ag News.

     

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