Big K Ag News


Doctor Andrew Scaboo is the new Assistant Research Professor in soybean breeding at MU and joined us on Ag Insight ...Read More


The slow pace of the corn harvest is frustrating growers in Missouri and other states, but as the USDA's Gary Crawford reports, there's a silver lining to the recent damp weather ...Read More


On Ag Insight, Agronomic Service Representative Brett Craigmyle discussed the advantages of NK Soybeans and Corn seeds available for next year's planting season ...Read More


The 22nd National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference begins Thursday at a new location, the Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards in Mexico ...Read More


Lewis Rone of Portageville is Missouri's latest representative to the United Soybean Board, and was our guest on Ag Inisght ...Read More


All of Missouri's corn is mature, but wet weather continues to delay its harvest ...Read More


Despite the threat of Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and tougher weeds leaching away yield potential, Missouri remains on track for a record soybean harvest ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Dairy MPP sign-up deadline November 28

A reminder for dairy producers the deadline to sign-up for the Margin Protection Program is November 28th.  There are several on-line worksheets available to help producers determine what level of coverage would be best for their operation should they decide to participate.  The National Milk Producers Federation has a worksheet available on their website as... Read more »

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Wisconsin farm bill meetings

University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency are conduction informational meetings around the state to help farmers learn about the new farm bill programs.  Producers can learn about the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy farmers and the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs which replace the old ACRE... Read more »

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Bountiful Illinois harvest creates piles of corn

Millions of bushels of Illinois corn are already in temporary or emergency storage and there’s a lot of harvest to be done.  Illinois Corn Growers Executive Director Rod Weinzierl (WINE-zurl) says these are the piles of corn that dot the landscape in the fall. “We have such an abundance that we have a very high... Read more »

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Food trends for 2015

  Sterling Rice Group, a Colorado-based consulting company for the food industry has released their Top 10 Trends “that will inspire the food industry in 2015”.  SRG says the list depicts a deeper exploration of global cuisines but also reinforces local connections and promotes sustainability. Number-one on the list is Regional Grains; local farmers growing... Read more »

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Good times for eggs

The egg has bounced-back.  The American Egg Board says per capita egg consumption has increased from 247.9 in 2011 to 251.3 in 2013.  Estimates are that will increase to 255 this year.  Egg consumption peaked in 2006 at just over 258 then slumped after that. Egg Nutrition Center executive director Mitch Kanter says eggs are... Read more »

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Dairy markets continue to slide

A “down” day to finish a “down” week on the Chicago Mercantile dairy markets on Friday.  Cash cheese barrels lost another 6.75 cents, blocks slipped 1.75 cents and butter dropped 9 cents. For the week: cash cheese barrels have lost 14.75 cents, blocks dropped 14.75 cents, butter fell 19 cents and nonfat dry milk lost... Read more »

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Soybeans, corn down, expecting good harvest progress

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. The trade’s expecting good harvest progress thanks to warm, dry weather across most of the region. A record crop is pretty much locked in, but beans are also looking at very strong, if not record, demand. Soybean meal and oil were lower, following the lead of beans.... Read more »

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Beef and pork values close lower

Cattle country was relatively quiet on Friday afternoon following a light trade in the North in the morning, with dressed deals marked steady to $1.00 higher than Thursday from 265.00 to 266.00, live sales at 170.00. Business was essentially done for the week. Southern deals came in at mostly 170.00, 5.00 to 6.00 higher than... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 24, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.53, down 6 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.77 and 1/2, down 15 and 3/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $350.20, down $2.20 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.39, down 28 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.17 and 3/4, down 9 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $168.25, down 80 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.25, up $1.52 Nov. crude... Read more »

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Cattle placements up 1%

  USDA’s cattle on feed numbers came out close to pre-report expectations and, as expected, showed an increase in placements. During September, placements of cattle in to the feedlots were 2.071 million head, up 1% on the year, thanks to the record cash prices and lower feed costs. Most of the placements were on heavier... Read more »

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Kansas cellulosic plant will use variety of feedstocks

Last week, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Spokesman Chris Standlee says the plant will utilize crop residue as its feedstock, with about 80 percent of that being corn stover. “We have already done four or five years of harvest—and we’ve done harvests with both corn stover and wheat... Read more »

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Friday midday cash livestock markets

Cattle prices reached a new record high on Thursday of $170.00 per hundredweight, $6.00 higher than the previous week. The trade in the South may be complete for the week. In the North cattle are trading at $170.00 live in Iowa and a few sales on a dressed basis are being reported in Nebraska at... Read more »

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L.A. officials seek to establish ?GMO-free zone'

The Los Angeles city council has asked the city attorney to draft a proposal banning the sale and planting of any genetically modified seeds with the L.A. city limits. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who co-authored the proposal, admits the ban would be largely symbolic due to the small amount of agriculture within the city.  But he... Read more »

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Taiwanese trade team visits Indiana

Representatives of the Taiwan grain industry are in Indiana this week to see Indiana agriculture first hand.  Willis Cheng, a member of the trade team, tells Brownfield Taiwan imports nearly 100 percent of their corn and soybeans and says the visit allows the delegation to better understand their supplier.  “Indiana is a very important agriculture... Read more »

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Should you sell or should you grow?

Many cow-calf producers have a big decision to make this fall.  Sell the calves and cash in on record prices?  Or invest and build the cowherd? Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator shares some of his thoughts on that topic. AUDIO: Aaron Berger  

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Study finds the dairy farmers care for animals

A National Milk Producers Federation report indicates dairy farmers continue to adopt high-quality animal care. Federation spokesman Chris Galen says the report quantifies the practices of farmers participating in the industry’s National Dairy FARM Program – Farmers Assuring Responsible Management. “The FARM Program is about continuous improvement, it’s not about trying to flunk people out... Read more »

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Groundwater contamination issue in Wisconsin

Six environmental groups have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to investigate groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin.  The petition charges the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has failed to protect residential drinking water through its powers to regulate groundwater and oversight of large livestock operations.... Read more »

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Cash cheese drops

Cheese prices dropped on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Thursday.  Barrels lost 8 cents while blocks fell 21.25 cents.  A couple of uncovered offers setting the prices.  Cash butter lost 9 cents.  Class III futures responded accordingly with November losing 73 cents, December dropped 57 cents and January fell 44 cents. Milk production is strong... Read more »

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Another strong session for soybeans

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. China bought another 118,000 tons of 2014/15 U.S. beans and it was a strong week for export sales numbers. That new sale to China followed up on Wednesday’s purchase of more than 400,000 tons. Harvest forecasts look mixed, with more rain in some areas. Soybean meal and... Read more »

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USDA funds rural water system improvements

The USDA is providing more than $350 million in loans and grants for rural water and wastewater system upgrades to help ensure access to clean water. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the initiative today (Thursday) at a speech in Anchorage, Alaska.  In making the announcement, Vilsack said the projects are critical to address the... Read more »

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Red meat production 1% above year ago

According to USDA, U.S. red meat production during September 2014 was 3.959 billion pounds, up 1% from September 2013. Beef was reported at 2.067 billion pounds, a little bit less than a year ago, with the kill down 3% at 2.530 million head and the average live weight gaining 31 pounds to 1,344 pounds. Veal... Read more »

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Poultry production jumps 7%

  USDA reports poultry production for September 2014 was 3.854 billion pounds, a 7% increase from the September 2013 total. Most of that was chicken, 3.349 billion pounds, with turkey at 493.480 million. The preliminary live weight of all poultry was 5.087 billion pounds, also 7% more than a year ago. Young chickens slaughtered averaged... Read more »

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Harvest is picking back up in Ohio

Harvest started out in full speed for central Ohio farmer Allen Ett in September – but when the calendar turned to October that all changed.  “It kind of turned on us a little bit,” he says.  “We’ve been fighting rain like everyone else, I assume.  It’s been slow on the bean harvest – which is... Read more »

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Cattle trade at record high prices

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was light to moderate in the Texas Panhandle, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado on very good demand on Thursday afternoon. A limited number of cattle have traded at 170.00, $5.00 to 6.00 higher than last week.  The $170.00 price level set new records in all regions. Trading was still slow in all... Read more »

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Pence joins Governors in opposition of WOTUS

Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined eleven other governors in voicing opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. In a statement released Thursday, the Governor said, “Congress did not intend for the Clean Water Act to apply to every instance where a drop... Read more »

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