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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 10:55:06 +0000

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Friday morning, lingering freezes in the East should be limited to parts of the Ohio Valley and the middle and northern Atlantic States. Late-week and weekend freezes will also affect the northwestern half of the Plains and the northern Corn Belt. By early next week, however, markedly warmer weather will arrive across much of the central and eastern U.S. By early next week, temperatures on the Plains could briefly reach 90° as far north as Kansas.

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More consumers are reaching for lamb during the pandemic
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:39:14 +0000
More consumers are reaching for lamb during the pandemic

Retail meat sales spiked during the pandemic, resulting in people turning to a wider variety of meat types—including lamb. Megan Wortman, with American Lamb Board, says lamb sales don’t appear to be slowing down this year.

Click here to learn more about what lamb offers, how to prepare it, and opportunities for families to explore different flavors.

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MU Extension extends Century Farm application
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:55:57 +0000
MU Extension extends Century Farm application

University of Missouri Extension is extending this year’s Century Farm application deadline in recognition of the state’s bicentennial. 

MU’s Marshall Stewart says extending the application deadline to June 1st will give eligible farm families an opportunity to apply in this ‘special year.’ This year, a one-time recognition will also be given to ‘Missouri Founding Farms’ which have been owned by the same family for 200 years or more.   

Missouri Farm Bureau President Garrett Hawkins calls family farms the ‘cornerstone’ of the rural way of life.

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Broadband infrastructure investment a must
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:54:59 +0000
Broadband infrastructure investment a must

A member of the Rural Broadband Association says Congress must make sure networks are built last to meet the growing demand for broadband and that means using a variety of technologies.

“Putting resources towards infrastructure that must be substantially rebuilt in only a few years’ time will be a waste and risk leaving rural America behind,” Jennifer Prather with Totel Communications of Texas testified at a House Ag committee hearing about what is needed to reach the goal of providing ALL rural Americans reliable, high-speed internet.

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MO: freezing temperatures might be over for the season
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:51:47 +0000
MO: freezing temperatures might be over for the season

A University of Missouri climatologist says Missouri might be getting over the hump for freezing weather this spring.

“We’ve reached our median day across the state where we would anticipate our last 32-degree temperature,” Patrick Guinan said. “I think, over the next week to 10 days I don’t see any sign of seeing any more temperatures going at or below freezing.”

Guinan said soil temperatures are also coming in around the 50-degree mark across the state.

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Cattle futures lower ahead of On Feed numbers
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:51:07 +0000
Cattle futures lower ahead of On Feed numbers

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle closed sharply lower, with feeders leading the way down on the strength in corn.  Cattle on feed numbers came out on Friday.  April live cattle closed $1.45 lower at $118.32 and June live cattle closed $1.40 lower at $115.85.  April feeder cattle closed

Another round of light direct cash cattle trade took place on Thursday.  Dressed deals in parts of the North were at $192, $4 lower than last week’s weighted average basis in Nebraska. 

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MO cattle producer pushes support for property rights
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:39:56 +0000
MO cattle producer pushes support for property rights

A Missouri cattle producer at Wednesday’s property rights rally at the capitol was there to support private property owners.

Marvin Dieckman tells Brownfield the eminent domain power granted to Grain Belt Express to acquire privately owned land wouldn’t affect him, but…

“It makes me feel for those people that are in the location where these people want to come and possibly want to take over their property without negotiating with them on a fair price on their property because I would not like to have that done to my property,” he said.

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Western South Dakota rancher sees snow as a relief despite calving
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:36:53 +0000
Western South Dakota rancher sees snow as a relief despite calving

Western South Dakota rancher Josh Geigle is grateful for a couple of wet, snowy days despite being about halfway through calving.

“I would say the precipitation is about equivalent to twenty-hundredths [of an inch] of rain each time and we’ve received that about three times in the last ten days,” Geigle told Brownfield Ag News. “It’s not a lot, but it’s a very welcome sight, for sure.”

A couple of weeks ago, 70-to-80-degree days with 30 to 40 mile-per-hour wind elevated the fire danger for Geigle and his neighbors.

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Economist says the dairy sector is “walking on a knife’s edge”
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:35:02 +0000
Economist says the dairy sector is “walking on a knife’s edge”

A dairy economist is concerned about the new USDA dairy production report which shows a big increase in the U.S. herd size.

University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability Director Mark Stephenson says, “We are at the highest cow numbers that we have seen in more than thirty years.”

Stephenson tells Brownfield the U.S. has added a lot of capacity to produce milk, and that doesn’t go away quickly unless prices plunge downward.

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Cold damage in Michigan’s wheat should be limited
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:33:45 +0000
Cold damage in Michigan’s wheat should be limited

Michigan State University Extension’s wheat specialist expects minimal damage from this week’s cold temperatures to winter wheat.

Dennis Pennington tells Brownfield wheat is at risk of damage when temperatures dip below 24 degrees Fahrenheit at the jointing stage for several hours.

“It’s highly localized, whether you’re in a high spot, low spot, whether you had any wind or not,” he says.

He estimates seventy percent of Michigan’s wheat crop is at risk of injury, but the forecast suggests warmer temps ahead.

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Spring parallels bode well for Minnesota farmer
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:32:21 +0000

A farmer in southern Minnesota sees similarities between this spring and last spring.

Tim Waibel of Courtland says he started planting corn Wednesday.

“And last year we had ideal planting conditions, and this year the fields are actually in very good condition as well.”

He tells Brownfield subsoil moisture levels seemed to be fully recharged going into the spring.

“I think last year people just pushed it.

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USDA hopes investments spark farmer adoption of climate opportunities
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:27:03 +0000

USDA is bolstering resources that allow for greater utilization of climate opportunities.

During a call with reporters Thursday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $330 million will help fund 85 rural conservation partnership projects in 45 states.

“This resource will help to leverage and attract an additional $400 million into these projects, with a focus on drought relief, enhanced soil health, and expansion of wildlife habitat.”

As part of the Earth Day announcement, he says USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is also launching a series of innovation grants.

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Minnesota House passes Agriculture Bill
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:19:38 +0000

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed its Agriculture Bill today. House Ag Committee chair Mike Sundin tells Brownfield he’s very proud of the legislation.

“(like) The infrastructure buildout for fueling stations so we can accommodate the higher blends of ethanol.”

The Elko Democrat says the ag bill also supports the buildout of meat production across the state.

“It’s very necessary (because) we saw with the COVID situation we had a backlog of hogs, and if we can get a safety valve meat producers and some of the smaller producers step up, that would be terrific.”

Sundin says conference committees will start getting assembled next week to reconcile differences between House and Senate measures.

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Supply, demand, weather drive corn, soybeans, wheat
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:16:25 +0000
Supply, demand, weather drive corn, soybeans, wheat

Soybeans were sharply higher on commercial and technical buying, notching more new highs for the move. The near-term supply remains very tight and demand for beans and vegetable oils is strong. FOB prices for Brazil’s soybean crop are also very high, even with record expected production. Soybean meal and oil futures were both sharply higher on the supply implications of the tight soybean supply and solid demand. Most forecasts have planting delaying rain in some southern and southeastern U.S.

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Investments with soybean checkoff dollars showcase added values for farmers
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:16:02 +0000
Investments with soybean checkoff dollars showcase added values for farmers

A soybean farmer says investing soybean checkoff dollars in new uses continues to add value for soybean farmers.

Richard Bartek is a Nebraska Soybean Board member and tells Brownfield “Soybean oil in years past has been great for the cooking industry and now it’s being incorporated in a lot of byproducts and in regular products: paints, solvents and cleaners.”

During an Earth Day demonstration, employees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln applied a soy-based treatment to the roof of Brace Laboratory paid for by check off dollars.

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Hard freeze overlaps Great Lakes
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:15:30 +0000
Hard freeze overlaps Great Lakes

Michigan’s state climatologist says the state is not alone in experiencing hard freeze conditions this week.

“Much of the Upper Midwest had some freezing temperatures, it was even colder to some portions to our west.”

Jeff Andresen with Michigan State University says an arctic air mass across the Midwest brought low 20s, snow, and even teens to some regions.

“You’ll probably want to do some scouting, there likely has been some frost and cold injury to a number of crops,” he says.

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 22, 2021
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:11:09 +0000
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 22, 2021

May corn closed at $6.50 and 1/2, up 25 cents
May soybeans closed at $15.33 and 1/4, up 36 cents
May soybean meal closed at $422.00, up $9.70
May soybean oil closed at 62.52, up 233 points
May wheat closed at $7.10 and 1/4, up 37 cents
Apr. live cattle closed at $118.32, down $1.45
May lean hogs closed at $107.45, down 15 cents
May Class III milk closed at $18.68, down 48 cents
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White House working group to address drought
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 20:04:51 +0000
White House working group to address drought

The White House is bringing several agencies together to address the increasing drought in western states. The working group will be led by USDA and the Interior Department to “support farmers, Tribes, and communities impacted by ongoing water shortages.” Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says drought is a major economic threat to rural areas. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says water is a sacred resource and the group will deliver a much-needed proactive approach to providing drought assistance” that is long term.

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Baldwin: Change to the Paycheck Protection Program helps farmers
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 19:46:33 +0000
Baldwin: Change to the Paycheck Protection Program helps farmers

A Senator from Wisconsin says her proposed Paycheck Protection Plan changes would help farmers. 

Democrat Tammy Baldwin says her PPP Flexibility for Farmers, Ranchers, and the Self-Employed Act would allow self-employed farmers and ranchers to apply for more generous PPP loans. “In the original PPP program, the loan size was based on payroll or net profits from the prior year, but as we know in dairy in particular but certainly other areas it’s been a rough time and so many realized very little profit if any at all.”

Baldwin says farmers who already received a PPP loan based on net income and had the loan forgiven would be eligible to get a loan for the difference between the gross and net income loan amounts and, “Now, we’re working across party lines in the Senate to also make this retroactive.”

A companion bill has also been introduced in the U.S.

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Red meat, poultry in cold storage down on year
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 19:43:52 +0000
Red meat, poultry in cold storage down on year

The USDA says red meat and poultry supplies at the end of March were below year ago levels because of continued strong consumer and export demand.

The total for red meat was 969.310 million pounds, down 17% on the year, with beef at 483.650 million pounds, 3% lower, and pork at 451.756 million pounds, a drop of 27%, including a monthly low for bone-in hams.

The total for poultry was 1.094 billion pounds, 17% less than last year, with chicken at 740.325 million pounds, a decrease of 20%, and turkey at 350.438 million pounds, a decline of 10%.

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