Big K Ag News


MU Extension encourages farmers to start looking now for places to store an expected bumper corn crop this fall ...Read More


The USDA's weekly Crop Progress report shows as of Sunday, 91 percent of the state's corn has doughed, compared to 73 percent on the same date a year ago and a five-year-average of 81 percent ...Read More


Senate agriculture committee chairman Brian Munzlinger is confident that his fellow legislators will override Governor Jay Nixon's veto on Senate Bill 506, the ag omnibus bill ...Read More


One of America's largest farm shows is larger than ever, as over 600 vendors from around the world will converge on Boone, Iowa for the 2014 Farm Progress Show on August 26th through 28th ...Read More


One of the nation's biggest farm trade shows is even bigger this year ...Read More


The Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame recently inducted 54 new members to its rolls ...Read More


If you are looking for local honey, look no further than the agriculture building at the Missouri State Fair ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Wednesday midday cash livestock prices
Private sources are now reporting a few bids on the cattle to DTN. Bids are reported in Kansas at 149.00 live and Iowa at 153.00. There are some scattered dressed bids in the North from 240.00 to 242.00. So far all bids have been passed. A few showlists have been priced around 157.00 to 158.00 [...]
Heat & storms expanding across the Heartland
Across the Corn Belt, very warm weather is building into southern corn and soybean production areas, where Wednesday’s high temperatures will exceed 90°. Elsewhere, beneficial showers dot the eastern Corn Belt, while favorably warm weather is aiding late-developing summer crops in the upper Midwest. On the Plains, hot, dry weather is increasing stress on immature [...]
Active pattern ahead from the Plains, eastward
A series of disturbances crossing the northern half of the nation will remain the focus for widespread showers and thunderstorms from the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches or more. Toward week’s end, a strong cold front will produce a final round of heavy rain, [...]
Cellulosic ethanol arrives, but challenges remain
For many years we’ve been hearing that cellulosic ethanol is “just five years away”.  Now, with three cellulosic plants preparing to come online in 2014, it appears cellulosic ethanol has finally arrived. However, according to John Hay, a University of Nebraska Extension educator specializing in energy and biofuels, there are still some questions about the economic [...]
$2 million in new federal funds
Farmers in 20 counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin have an additional $2 million dollars to help prevent soil erosion and nutrient runoff into Lake Erie. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown made the announcement in Toledo on Tuesday, August 19. “It will be about $55-$56 per acre for farmers that do ground cover,” said Brown. [...]
2014 ISF attendance third largest
The 2014 Indiana State Fair ended its 17-day run on Sunday, August 17, and when the numbers were tabulated, 954,884 people attended, making the 2014 attendance, the third highest. “There were a number of really special moments at this year’s fair, but seeing that first Draft horse show take place before a capacity crowd in [...]
See For Yourself: Reaching a growing market
The aquaculture industry is a growing market for US soybeans.  By using soybeans instead of fishmeal, there is the potential to increase the sustainability and affordability of farm-raised seafood.  In fact, soy can replace up to one-half of the fishmeal used in feed rations. Chris Olsen of Lanec Corporation says their shrimp farm has successfully incorporated [...]
Wisconsin Value-Added Producer Grants
The USDA announcing $1.69 million in Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants for 15 Wisconsin businesses.  The program helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products, expanding marketing opportunities and developing new uses for existing products.  The grants are part of the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative.  A [...]
NRC studying genetically engineered crops
The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) is conducting a two-year study of genetically engineered crops.  The NRC will look at the development and introduction of GE crops in the U.S. and globally.  Through a broad study of available information, the committee will “review the scientific foundation of current environmental and food safety [...]
Milk production jumped in July
Milk production in the U.S. in July totaled 17.5 billion pounds up 3.9 percent from July of 2013.  This is the largest year-over-year increase of 2014.  The dairy herd added 37,000 head and production per cow increased 64 pounds to average 1,882 per head.  The U.S. dairy herd grew by 5,000 from June. Milk production [...]
Global Dairy Trade prices slightly lower
The semi-monthly Global Dairy Trade auction on Tuesday saw the overall price decline 0.6 percent compared to the August 5th sale.  This is the fourth consecutive decline and 11th in the last 12 sales.  However, it is the smallest decline in that stretch and could indicate the global market is nearing the bottom. Prices were [...]
Trotter joins Wisconsin DBA staff
The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA) has named Timothy Trotter as its new Executive Director of Business Affairs.   Trotter, who most recently served as manager of strategic planning for DuPage County, Illinois: previously served as president and chairman of the board for the National Corn Growers Association as well as the same positions for the [...]
Wheat up on harvest delays
Soybeans were mostly lower, with September up on the tight supply and good demand. Development is running at or ahead of average and the crop condition rating improved slightly on the week. The trade expects a record crop this year, keeping the long term fundamentals bearish. Soybean meal was mixed, matching beans, and oil was [...]
Cattle futures and beef values were lower on Tuesday
The cash cattle market was not tested on Tuesday afternoon with both bids and asking prices poorly defined. A few feedlot managers have priced steers and heifers around 157.00 to 158.00 in the South, and 248.00 to 250.00 in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until late in the week. The kill [...]
Missouri rice growers to have field day
Rice growers will gather in southeast Missouri this Thursday for the Missouri Rice Research Station Annual Field Day. An aquatic crop, rice is planted on about 200-thousand acres in Missouri.  Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, tells Brownfield the Delta Region is great for growing rice, “Because Missouri [...]
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: August 19, 2014
Sep. corn closed at $3.62 and 1/2, up 1 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybeans closed at $11.150 and 1/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Sep. soybean meal closed at $399.80, up $7.74 Sep. soybean oil closed at 32.66, down 30 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.46, up 3 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $150.50, down $1.10 Oct. lean hogs closed at $94.82, down 27 cents Sep. crude oil [...]
More criticism of WOTUS
More criticism of the way the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handled its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Jackie McClaskey, secretary of agriculture for the state of Kansas, questions whether the EPA is listening to the ag community’s concerns. “I think what’s been most frustrating is, as the agricultural voices have gotten louder and [...]
PEDv/Feed study viewed with some caution
A study led by the director of research at Pipestone Veterinary Services in Minnesota shows a link between contaminated animal feed and the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in pigs.  The study was carried out on three farms in Iowa and Minnesota where PED was diagnosed early this year. Richard Sellers with the American Feed Industry [...]
Project LIBERTY nears start-up
Project LIBERTY, POET-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant at Emmetsburg, Iowa, is nearing the start-up of production. According to a company news release, plant personnel are currently running biomass through the pretreatment process.  Once fully operational, Project LIBERTY will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husk and some stalk daily to produce 20 million gallons of [...]
Tuesday midday cash livestock markets
It will be a sleepy session in cattle country today with bids and asking prices poorly defined. A few showlists have been priced around 157.00 to 158.00 in the South, and 248.00 to 250.00 in the North. New showlists are smaller in Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. On the other hand, the Kansas offering is definitely [...]
See For Yourself: The Port of Balboa
The Port of Balboa is one of two ports located at each end of the Panama Canal and was the first stop for the USB’s See for Yourself tour yesterday. Don Holbert farms in Eastern Tennessee and says he’s always known transportation is vital to the agriculture industry but says it can be easy to [...]
It’s still important to scout fields
Even at this point in the growing season, field scouting is important. Alex Johnson, Team Sales Agronomist for Beck’s Hybrids says for both the soybean crop and the corn crop there are some things going on that need watching. Audio: Alex Johnson, Agronomist, Beck's Hybrids (2:55 mp3)
Nebraska's crops right on schedule
Nebraska’s crops are developing pretty much on schedule. As of Sunday, 78 percent of corn was in the dough stage or beyond, slightly ahead of the five-year average.  Twenty percent of the corn was dented, slightly behind average. Eighty-nine percent of soybeans were setting pods or beyond, slightly ahead of average.  Sorghum coloring was 37 [...]
Slight decline in Iowa's crop ratings
Below-average precipitation last week across much of Iowa caused a drop in soil moisture, especially in the northeastern part of the state.  As a result, there was a slight decline in the condition ratings for the state’s corn and soybean crops. “Iowa saw some spotty precipitation again last week, but significant parts of the state [...]
Wisconsin horse has WNV
Wisconsin has its first recorded case of equine West Nile Virus for the season.  An unvaccinated quarterhorse mare in St Croix County is recovering after being treated by a veterinarian. State Vet Dr. Paul McGraw reminds horse owners that WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are spread by mosquitoes and the warmer weather of the [...]
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