Big K Ag News


With gardens across the area beginning to come into full bloom, there are any number of small visitors that may try and claim some of your homegrown harvest as their own ...Read More


The Missouri State Fair will encourage attendees to "Thank a Farmer for the Harvest" during the 56th Annual Farm Bureau/Farm Family Day at the fair, Monday August 11th ...Read More


Cattle producers in the state can utilize an online resource from the University of Missouri Extension to determine how to best rotate their cattle between pastures ...Read More


We heard from Nicole Markway about the brand new Steak Dinner For 8 promotion held in St. Louis on Ag Insight ...Read More


The 37th Annual Field Day is set for August 5th at the Greenley Research Center in Novelty ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Nutrient loss reduction top priority for conservation group
Nutrient loss reduction is of great concern to the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Richard Nichols, Executive Director says it is the group’s top priority. “We’ve been hearing a lot about it and I do believe it is going to come to the forefront very soon. The state of Illinois has spent [...]
Richardson wins Woman in Agriculture Rising Star award
There’s no question Ashlyn Richardson loves the Missouri State Fair. Richardson of Lincoln, Mo. was awarded the 2014 Missouri State Fair Woman in Agriculture Rising Star award, sponsored by Monsanto. Winners are selected based on their outstanding achievements, leadership in agriculture, a commitment to advance agriculture and their extensive Missouri State Fair participation. She is [...]
Bartholomew wins Woman in Agriculture award
Tammy Bartholomew of Archie, Mo. was awarded the 2014 Missouri State Fair Woman in Agriculture award, sponsored by Monsanto. Winners are selected based on their outstanding achievements, leadership in agriculture, a commitment to advance agriculture and their extensive Missouri State Fair participation. “I’m very proud to represent the Missouri State Fair and it’s been a [...]
NCBA president on herd expansion, WOTUS and COOL
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Bob McCan hails from Victoria, Texas.  In this interview during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, we visited with McCan about cattle herd expansion, the EPA’s water rule and Country of Origin Labeling. AUDIO: Bob McCan (6:19 MP3)
Heavy rainfall for parts of the Southwest
The combination of a slow-moving front and monsoon moisture will bring thunderstorms to parts of the Southwest, some with heavy rain that could lead to isolated flash flooding. Areas at risk include southern Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas. Weather Alerts
Patchy Midwestern Dryness of Minimal Concern
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers accompany a continuation of near- to below-normal temperatures. Patchy Midwestern dryness developed during July, but overall crop stress has been minimal due to a lack of heat and the ability of corn and soybeans to tap into soil moisture reserves that accumulated during a very wet June. On the [...]
A wetter pattern ahead for parts of the Plains, Corn Belt
Looking ahead, a pair of slow-moving disturbances — one currently located over Louisiana and the other over southeastern Georgia — will generate showers and thunderstorms from the Delta to the central and southern Atlantic Coast States, with potentially heavy downpours possible from eastern South Carolina into the lower Delmarva. Meanwhile, a humid air mass over [...]
Severe Weather Outlook
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is forecasting no organized areras of severe thunderstorms through Saturday across the Nation.  Convective Outlooks Storm Reports & Summary Page Current Weather Watches & Warnings Map National & Regional Radars
Acclimation and auditing in the cattle feedlot
One of the speakers at the recent Beef Welfare Symposium in Ames, Iowa was Cozad, Nebraska cattle feeder Ann Burkholder.  Among other topics, Burkholder talked about the importance of reducing stress in cattle by properly acclimating them to the feedlot.  She also discussed the auditing of animal welfare practices in their feedlot operation.  After her [...]
Soybean Day at the Ohio State Fair
Saturday, August 2nd is Soybean Day at the 2014 Ohio State Fair. Fairgoers entering through the Cardinal Gate at the north end of the fairgrounds tomorrow will be greeted by Ohio soybean farmers. Patrick Knouff , Chairman of the Ohio Soybean Council and soybean farmer from Shelby County says the soybean farmers will be able [...]
Weather Hazards Outlook, August 3 - 14, 2014
Here is a look at some of the potential or ongoing weather hazards and headlines ahead in the days to come: Much above-normal temperatures for parts of the Pacific Northwest and Northern Intermountain West, Sun-Wed, Aug 3-6. Heavy rain for the coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast into Florida, Sun-Mon, Aug 3-4. The possibility [...]
Beef demand continues to amaze
As cattle and beef prices continue to set record highs, a common question among cattlemen is “will we reach a point where people stop eating beef?” John Lundeen, senior executive director of market research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says beef demand remains strong and shows no signs of weakening.  But is there a price [...]
California's drought ?devastating' to state's cattle industry
It’s estimated that California has lost up to 30 percent of its beef cow herd this year due to the ongoing drought in that state. Kevin Kester, who ranches in the central coast area of California, says their operation is in the bullseye of the drought and they're simply trying to hold on. “We’ve had to [...]
Cargill closing Wisconsin cattle plant
Citing the smallest U.S. beef herd since 1951; Cargill is going to close its slaughter plant in Milwaukee at the close of business on Friday.  The decision was made after the company conducted an 18-month review of the cattle supply.   Employees were told about the closure on Wednesday, they will receive 60 days’ pay [...]
USDA extends ELAP signup
USDA is extending the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to August 15th.  Signup was to end on August 1st. The extension gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between October [...]
Dairy markets hold strong
Cash cheese increased a little on the Chicago Board of Trade on Thursday.  Class III futures followed suit.  The cooler temperatures across the country has milk production holding steady in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions.  Dairy Market News says production is declining in the Southeast as cow comfort declines.  No loads exported out of [...]
A little less profitable on the farm in July
The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers in July decreased 3.6 percent from June.  Farmers received lower prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and broilers; higher prices for cattle, hogs, eggs and onions. The Crop Index declined 8.2 percent from June.  Corn averaged $3.80 per bushel down 69 cents from June.  Soybeans decreased $1.70 to [...]
Wheat up on potential for new export business
Soybeans were mostly higher on short covering and technical buying. Weekly export numbers were supportive, with another strong week for new crop. New crop’s benefiting from a discount to Brazil’s beans, but that may not last that much longer. September beans were the exception, closing slightly lower. Soybean meal was up and bean oil was [...]
Pockets of dryness in the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures remain mostly favorable for corn and soybeans. However, pockets of short-term dryness are becoming a concern in some areas, mainly across the western and southern Corn Belt. On July 27, topsoil moisture was rated 41% very short to short in Nebraska and 39% very [...]
More sub-average temperatures for the Heartland
Locally heavy showers will continue to spread across the South. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the southern Atlantic States. Meanwhile, locally heavy showers will continue in the Four Corners States, with flash flooding possible. In contrast, hot, mostly dry weather will dominate the Pacific Coast States. Elsewhere, a few showers [...]
Livestock futures close lower on outside market weakness
Cattle country remained quiet on Thursday afternoon with trade volume delayed until Friday. Asking prices seem to be around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South and 265.00 to 270.00 in the North. Realistic asking prices are difficult to anticipate given the historically strong basis. Specifically, spot August live closed Thursday nearly 6.00 to 7.00 below [...]
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 31, 2014
Sep. corn closed at $3.57, down 4 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $12.24 and 1/2, up 4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $391.30, up $3.70 Aug. soybean oil closed at 36.11, up 6 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.30 and 1/4, up 3 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $157.92, down $1.92 Aug. lean hogs closed at $118.02, down $1.12 Sep. crude oil closed [...]
Iowa Corn announces leadership election results
Scott Country farmer Jerry Mohr is the new president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.  Meanwhile Chris Edgington of Mitchell County is the new president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.  The newly elected president, vice president, chair and directors officially take their seats on September 1. Iowa Corn Growers Association directors bring grassroots policy [...]
Lessons to be learned in managing weeds
There are lessons to be learned from the southern states’ battle with weed resistance.  Dr. Ford Baldwin, partner of Arkansas based Practical Weed Consultants says farmers in the Corn Belt need to implement a diverse weed management program. “One of the things that killed us in Arkansas, is once we got to the point that [...]
18th Annual Pork Rib-Off
The Ohio Pork Producers hosted the 18th Annual Pork Rib-off during the Ohio State Fair. The annual event attracts competitors from across the state competing for top honors in both the pulled pork and ribs categories. Grand Champion Pulled Pork honors this year went to Hickory River Smokehouse at Tipp City, Ohio. Audio: Dan Davis, [...]
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