Big K Ag News

CROP PROGRESS REPORT


Missouri's harvest continues smoothly according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report ...Read More

AGROFORESTRY FIELD DAY APPROACHING


700 acres of Howard County forests and pastures will be on display Saturday at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center's field day, outside New Franklin ...Read More

NEBRASKA IMPLEMENT FIRM CELEBRATES HALF-CENTURY


A central Nebraska implement manufacturer prepares to celebrate a half-century of serving the Midwest's farmers ...Read More

GRAIN STORAGE SAFETY AMID BUMPER CROP


With a record production of soybeans and corn expected this fall, farmers will need to put in extra hours to harvest the crop ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Preparing for lower dairy prices

While dairy prices have been exceptionally high for quite some time, they are starting to slip as the come into line with global prices.  All expectations are they will slip more once the holiday orders are taken care of.  So what should a dairy producer be doing to prepare for the lower prices?  Brad Guze... Read more »

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Meet the 2014 WDE individual honorees

  Each year World Dairy Expo honors four individuals for outstanding service to the dairy industry: these are the 2014 honorees: Dairyman of the Year is James Huffard III of Crockett, Virginia.  His family has been milking Jerseys in southwest Virginia since 1929.  James and his brother are the third generation on the farm and... Read more »

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Leading the WDE Team

Scott Bentley is General Manager of World Dairy Expo.  While he has an 11-member, full-time management team, it is the army of volunteers that make this show go.  He says he is amazed at “how many moving parts there are” that come together every year. Bentley talks about his job:

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A chance to showcase Wisconsin

While the cattle are from across the U.S. and Canada and the commercial exhibitors are from around the globe, World Dairy Expo is an excellent opportunity for Wisconsin to showcase its agriculture. Wisconsin Ag Secretary Ben Brancel is a very busy guy throughout the show; visiting with exhibitors, hosting international guests, talking with the media... Read more »

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As inventory grows, ethanol prices and production fall

Ethanol production continues to fall but the ethanol inventory continues to increase.  And ethanol prices have fallen to their lowest levels since June of 2010. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that last week's ethanol production dropped from 889-thousand to 881-thousand barrels per day while inventories increased to 18.8 million barrels. According to DTN market analyst Rick... Read more »

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Iowa farmers pleased with early soybean yields

Better than expected. That’s how Josh Nelson, who farms near Belmond in north-central Iowa, describes their soybean yields so far. “We finished up our first two fields yesterday and they turned out pretty good,” Nelson says. “They’re on sandier soil and I’d say we had about a 55 bushel average from both fields, which is... Read more »

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Time to reevaluate your nitrogen plan

With commodity prices at the lowest levels in recent years, an agronomist says farmers need to evaluate their inputs. A wet spring and saturated soils this year caused a lot of nitrogen loss and many corn fields ran out of nitrogen at critical times in the growing season. Purdue University’s Jim Camberato says nitrogen is... Read more »

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NASS may resurvey in 8 states

Farmers in eight states (including Minnesota and South Dakota) who reported un-harvested acreage in early September will be asked to verify and update their information. The National Ag Statistics Service, NASS, says it is contacting those small grain growers because harvest has been delayed this year. They’ll be asked to update acreage, yield and production... Read more »

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Soybeans, corn see slight bounce

  Soybeans were higher on technical buying, pretty much seeing an oversold bounce off the new contract lows set earlier in the session. The big bearish factor for beans continues to be this year’s expected record crop. Quarterly stocks were the lowest in more than 40 years, but again, the trade’s focused on new crop... Read more »

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Feeder cattle contracts finish with limit gains

Feedlot country remained quiet on Wednesday afternoon with both sides impressed by the mid-week explosion in cattle futures. Short bought packers no doubt wonder if growing board premiums will make this week’s procurement even more difficult, the assumption may be made that asking prices will continue to firm based on the new bullishness at the... Read more »

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Missouri Soybean CEO named to Nixon energy steering committee

Missouri Soybean Association CEO Gary Wheeler is one of 50 people in Missouri named by Governor Jay Nixon to the Comprehensive State Energy Plan steering committee.  Several years working with renewable energy producers have given Wheeler a solid background in energy issues.  He tells Brownfield that the steering committee, which was to hold its first... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 1, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.21 and 1/4, up 1/2 cent Nov. soybeans closed at $9.16 and 3/4, up 3 and 1/2 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $305.30, up 70 cents Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.66, up 39 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.79, up 1 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $162.47, up $2.02 Oct. lean hogs closed at $107.60, down 37 cents Nov.... Read more »

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Hurst new Missouri Corn president

Missouri Corn Growers Association has a new leadership team. Kevin Hurst, a grower in Northwest Missouri, near Tarkio, is the association’s new president for 2014/2015. Hurst tells Brownfield Ag News, “The past presidents have been very good and set the bar pretty high. But, I’m really looking forward to that opportunity and know there will... Read more »

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Gallia County selected for packing plant

For a long time there’s been talk of a packing plant being built in Ohio. It’s now more than just talk. Cincinnati based, Tri-State Beef has announced they’ll build a $30 million dollar facility in Bidwell, Melissa Clark, Director of Gallia County Economic Development says there are a number of reason Gallia County was chosen.... Read more »

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Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

We are still not hearing about much action in cattle country. It is possible that packer inquiry could start to improve today as many packers remain short bought, but it is also possible significant business will wait until the end of the week. Asking prices are generally around 162.00 to 163.00 in the South and... Read more »

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End to Brazil/U.S. cotton dispute

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the settlement today in which the U.S. will make a one-time payment of $300 Million dollars to the Brazilian Cotton Institute – an assistance fund for Brazilian farmers. In turn, Brazil agrees to give up the right to retaliate against the U.S. with... Read more »

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The New Holland Pavilions become reality

  Tuesday was the culmination of a lot of dreams, ideas, challenges and successes at World Dairy Expo as they cut the ribbon on the new $24.9 million New Holland Pavilions.  With more than 290,000 square feet under roof, the two buildings offer not only state-of-the art housing for some 2,600 dairy cattle at this... Read more »

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A big day for New Holland

Tuesday was a very proud day for the folks at New Holland as the ribbon was cut on the two new pavilions bearing their name at World Dairy Expo.  As he cut the ribbon, Abe Hughes, VP New Holland North America quipped: “Drink more milk, buy more balers!”  Mark Hooper is Director of Marketing, he... Read more »

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A good year for the FFA

There were more than 4,000 FFA jackets to be seen all over the grounds at World Dairy Expo on Tuesday as members from chapters across the state participated in the annual judging contests.  One jacket that stood out was one with no state or chapter on the back, just the FFA emblem.  National Vice President... Read more »

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MO corn farmer takes Asia trip

A recent visit to Japan and South Korea by a delegation of U.S. farmers centered on the quality of U.S. corn and the projected ample U.S. corn crop. Kevin Hurst, the new president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, was on that trip and says Japan has always been a top buyer. Hurst says, “Japan... Read more »

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Nebraska farmers, machinery dealers welcome sales tax change

Effective October 1st, Nebraska farmers and ranchers will no longer have to pay sales tax on repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment. Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s vice president of government relations, says it will mean about nine to ten million dollars in tax savings for the state’s farmers. “On the other... Read more »

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Another down day for corn, soybeans, wheat

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Quarterly stocks were a lot smaller than expected at 92 million bushels, reflecting just how strong demand was last quarter. However, USDA did increase its numbers for last year’s crop and this year’s crop should be a new record. Contracts did try to rally, but couldn’t... Read more »

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Pork ends higher but beef was steady to weak

The cash cattle market remained untested with no bids evident. A few showlists are priced around 162.00 in the South and 252.00 to 255.00 plus in the North, Significant business will probably be delayed until at least Wednesday or Thursday. The kill totaled 115,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, and 7,000 less than last... Read more »

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Soybean stocks drop 35%

  Any other year, a quarterly soybean stocks figure below 100 million bushels would have been bullish for futures. However, that also came with an increase in last year's production number, not to mention this year's expected record crop. Either way, U.S. Commodities President Don Roose calls the number "a little bit of a head-scratcher",... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 30, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.20 and 3/4, down 5 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.13 and 1/4, down 10 and 1/4 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $304.60, down $3.50 Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.27, down 52 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.77 and 3/4, down 3 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $160.45, down 50 cents Oct. lean hogs closed at... Read more »

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Farm Links

USDA
     www.usda.gov

Kansas City
     www.kcbt.com

Chicago
     www.cbot.com

University of Missouri Extension
     http://outreach.missouri.edu