|COW97 Ag News from Brownfield|
|For cattle minerals, one size does not fit all|
|Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:36 +0000|
A cow-calf specialist says mineral supplements need to be customized for cattle. Adele Harty with South Dakota State University tells Brownfield Ag News many cattle producers want to improve their mineral programs. The motivation is because of special circumstances in South Dakota and other areas. Harty says the lack of a specific mineral, or certain mineral interactions, might prevent pregnancies in cattle, or might cause early abortions. But no matter where a cattle operation is located, Harty says it’s important for each cattle producer to evaluate which minerals are needed in a ration.
|Milk processors still needed for 40 Wisconsin dairies|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:58:59 +0000|
Wisconsin’s Ag Secretary says not all of the dairy producers being cut from Grassland Dairy in Greenwood (Wisconsin) at the end of the month are in Wisconsin.
Ben Brancel says, “Just recently it was clarified to us that some of the letters went to Minnesota and some of the letters went to the State of Wisconsin, and the number of letters in Wisconsin was 58.”
Brownfield learned from the Minnesota Milk Producers that’s 19 Minnesota producers, bringing the total of affected dairy farms to 77.
|General Mills says sustainability goals “imperative”|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:31:29 +0000|
General Mills says its sustainability goals – launched four years ago – started as a “business imperative” for the 150-year-old food company.
Jerry Lynch, vice president and sustainability chief, tells Brownfield progress is being made with their suppliers and farmers. He says General Mills’ continuous improvement measurement is applied to large commodity crops in North America which are ingredients in many of their food products, “Things like wheat and oats and corn and sugar beets.”
Suppliers work directly with farmers of those crops using the Field to Market calculator by the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
|MCGA supports cover crop experimentation through Innovation Grants|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:27:38 +0000|
A south central Minnesota farmer is entering his second year experimenting with cover crops through financial support provided by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).
Dan Coffman of Nicollet says he took advantage of Innovation Grant dollars and had a lot of success growing cover crops in the first of a three year project.
“We wanted to incorporate cover crops into standing corn. Doing some research, I figured the best way to do that would be to inter-seed a cover crop around V4 to V7 into the corn.”
Coffman seeded a blend of rye, triticale, turnip, radish and rapeseed, using a homemade inter-seeding machine built out of a cultivator.
|New building technologies help protect birds against disease|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:03:32 +0000|
New technologies are helping poultry producers protect their flocks against high path avian flu.
Tony Wesner, with Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms says the innovations used in the company’s new cage-free houses helps them better control the environment. “Because the system is so well insulated and so well put together and so tight,” he says. “We’re able to maximize our air movement. Maximize our air efficiency. And eliminate outside exposure as much as we possibly can.”
He tells Brownfield the new design helps to keep diseases out – but ultimately it’s back to basics of biosecurity to prevent another outbreak of avian flu.
|Soybeans up on new export sale|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:03:13 +0000|
Soybeans were modestly higher on commercial and technical buying. Unknown destinations bought 146,000 tons of old crop U.S. beans, the first announced sale of that size in about a month. Export demand has definitely taken a hit from record South American production. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange says 16.3% of Argentina’s soybean crop is harvested. Soybean meal was higher, following beans, and oil was mostly firm, consolidating. According to Statistics Canada, a survey of farmers indicates canola planting in Canada could be a new record, with the projection at 22.387 million acres, and soybeans could also hit a new time high with an estimate of 6.956 million acres.
|Illinois farmer says he won’t make a big acre switch this year|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:57:03 +0000|
The USDA’s prospective plantings report predicted a large switch to soybean acres – but that isn’t the case for everyone.
Martin Barbre farms in southeast Illinois. “We’re actually switching some of our lighter soils to soybeans,” he says. “Other than that we’ll stay with our normal agronomic rotation. We’re pretty much 50/50 corn and soybeans with some wheat and double crop beans mixed in.”
He tells Brownfield the 2017 growing season is off to a good start.
|Cattle may be priced higher on Monday|
|Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:54:32 +0000|
Cattle country was quiet on Friday with cash business clearly done for the week. Given this week’s success, there is little doubt that producers will start the week pricing cattle higher by at least 2.00 or more. The weekly cattle slaughter was estimated at 595,000 head, 5,000 more than the previous week, and 10,000 greater than 2016.
Boxed beef cutout values were firm to higher on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings.