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Rain helps late planted crops in Indiana
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:36:35 +0000
Rain helps late planted crops in Indiana

Rain brought relief to late maturing crops in Indiana this week.

According to the latest USDA Crop and Weather report, 34 percent of the corn crop has been harvested for grain and 91 percent is mature.

Soybean harvest is 52 percent complete and 95 percent of the soybean crop is dropping leaves.

Eighty-eight percent of the fourth cutting of alfalfa hay is complete.

Topsoil moisture is 77 percent and subsoil moisture is 66 percent adequate to surplus.

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Rain continues to slow harvest in Ohio
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:35:50 +0000
Rain continues to slow harvest in Ohio

Wet conditions continue to slow harvest in Ohio this week.

According to the latest USDA Crop and Weather report, 21 percent of the corn crop has been harvested for grain and 86 percent is mature. Ninety-one percent of the corn has been harvested for silage.

Soybean harvest is 54 percent complete and 95 percent of the soybean crop is dropping leaves.

Eighty-nine percent of the fourth cutting of alfalfa hay is complete.

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The way dairy data is managed is rapidly changing
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:35:46 +0000

Today’s dairy operations use many computerized products that generate a lot of data, but it’s been hard to get all of that data into a common platform to help managers make decisions.  That is changing rapidly.

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Cool temps, rain, scattered frost impact Wisconsin’s crops
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:25:15 +0000
Cool temps, rain, scattered frost impact Wisconsin’s crops

Frequent rains and scattered frost impacted Wisconsin’s crops last week.  The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service reporters say temperatures were above normal, but the frost ended the growing season for many Northwestern Wisconsin farmers.  Many areas were too wet for harvesting machinery.  The moisture also made it challenging to get grain moisture levels down.

Nine percent of corn for grain is in the bin, and 80% of corn silage is harvested.  Most of the soybeans are dropping leaves, and 44% of the crop is harvested.

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Minnesota’s harvest is moving along nicely
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:20:24 +0000

Minnesota farmers made good progress with harvesting last week thanks to suitable weather and field conditions.  The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says there were some areas with muddy fields, but overall, fields were accessible more than four days.

Dry edible beans are 96% harvested, and 91% of the state’s potatoes are in.  Corn for grain is about two weeks late with only 7% of the crop harvested.  Corn moisture was averaging 25%. 

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Rain slowed Michigan harvest, soybeans ahead of average
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:13:08 +0000
Rain slowed Michigan harvest, soybeans ahead of average

Rain around Michigan late last week slowed down the harvest.  The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says many areas needed the soil moisture.  89% of the corn silage is harvested. Almost 20% of Michigan’s corn for grain and 30% of the sugarbeets are harvested.  The soybean harvest is running ahead of average with 61% of the crop in the bins.  Many specialty crop growers are rushing to get crops in before it’s too late.

Most of Michigan’s winter wheat planting has been completed.

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Changing focus from more milk to better components improved dairy farm’s bottom line
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:15:26 +0000
Changing focus from more milk to better components improved dairy farm’s bottom line

 

A dairy farm family says shifting production towards quality over quantity has definitely increased profitability.

Julie Maurer manages the people, the milking parlor, and many office duties for Soaring Eagle Dairy near Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  She tells Brownfield she noticed some farms were making more money for their milk.  “I had noticed that some of our peers had better pay prices in their milk checks last year, and so I asked our rep at our co-op to take our components up to what my peers had seen that year and the result was about a 55-cent increase per hundredweight.”

And with 900 Holsteins, Maurer says that adds up fast. 

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AFBF’s Duvall remains concerned about NAFTA, trade
Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:36:37 +0000
AFBF’s Duvall remains concerned about NAFTA, trade

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall remains concerned about the future of U.S. trade deals.

Duvall thinks President Trump and his team are really driving hard bargains, saying businessmen do that, but Farm Bureau is continuing to urge the administration to do no harm.  “As far as NAFTA and as far as our opinion of it is NAFTA’s been very good for American agriculture.  Now, there’s some weak spots in it, so we’d like to talk about it being a modernization of a good trade treaty rather than renegotiating it.”

Duvall says the U.S.

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