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The Bradford Research Center outside Columbia recently hosted the Ag-Technology Fair ...Read More


Nominations for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to local Farm Service Agency county committees are due to the USDA on August 1st ...Read More


During her visit to Missouri this month, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy repeated the need for the agency to "get it right" with their proposed Waters of the United States rule ...Read More


The University of Missouri's Bardford Research Center will host the second annual Soil Health Exposition August 13th and 14th ...Read More


According to the USDA weekly Crop Progress report, as of Sunday, 91 percent of the state's corn crop had silked ...Read More


The University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center is keeping busy this summer, sharing expertise to farmers and vendors around the state ...Read More


Missouri Corn board member Kevin Hurst stepped out of Corn Congress in Washington, DC to give an update on the event and an overview of pending Capitol Hill visits, on Ag Insight ...Read More


From unmanned aerial vehicles to sensors that measure the amount of forage in a pasture, the University of Missouri presented a glimpse of the future at the Ag Technology Fair ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
The unveiling of the Butter Cow and Calf
One of the longest running traditions at the Ohio State Fair, dating back to 1903, the unveiling of the butter cow and calf was held on Tuesday, July 22. Scott Higgins who represents Ohio Dairy Farmers says in addition to the cow and calf this year, there are 15 symbols that represent Ohio. “It’s an [...]
Groups want to help Vermont defend GMO law
A couple of advocacy groups want to help Vermont defend its GMO labeling law.  Scheduled to take effect in July of 2016, the law is the first in the nation to require labeling of food products which may contain genetically modified ingredients. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group along with the Washington D.C.-based Center for [...]
As predicted: DuPont's Q2 was down
As predicted, DuPont reports earnings per share for their second quarter were down moderately from a year ago at $1.17.  Revenue for the quarter was $9.7 billion compared to $9.8 billion for the same period in 2013. The Agriculture sector reported earnings of $836 million for the second quarter compared to $941 million a year [...]
CWT accepts 17 export assistance requests
Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 17 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 3.646 million pounds of Cheddar cheese, and 661,387 pounds of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Europe, North Africa, Central and South America [...]
Agropur buying Davisco
Canada’s largest dairy cooperative, Agropur is buying Davisco Foods International based in Minnesota.  The deal will double Agropur’s U.S. processing operations and increase its global milk intake by 50 percent.  Target close date is August 1st, 2014. Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, the family-owned Davisco has 900 employees and processes 3.8 billion pounds of milk [...]
Butter and cheese stocks down
Monthly Cold Storage Report from USDA shows total cheese in the nation’s warehouses at the end of June 1.06 billion pounds.  Unchanged from the end of May but down 8 percent from June of 2013.  American cheese stocks totaled 657 million pounds, also unchanged from May and down 7 percent from a year ago. Butter [...]
Weather remains big factor for grains, oilseeds
Soybeans were mostly lower, adjusting old crop/new crop spreads. Chinese demand continues to be strong and unknown and Vietnam both bought new crop U.S. bean meal. Unknown purchased 225,000 tons and Vietnam bought 180,000 tons, while unknown also picked up 20,000 tons of 2014/15 soybean oil. Still, with the crop in great shape, the fundamental [...]
Pressure mounting for farm bill implementation
Pressure is growing on the USDA to step up its implementation of the 2014 farm bill.  Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill says farmers will need some time to study their options when it comes to new crop commodity programs. “When will farmers go in and sign up? What tools will they have to be [...]
Young farmer concerned with water rule
The EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule dominated the discussion on the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers National Affairs Trip to Washington, D.C. One of the participants, Dustin Fairley, wonders if the EPA hasn’t already set the wheels in motion. “I serve on our local FSA board and just since the first of [...]
Cattle futures close with limit gains
The feedlot cattle trade remained at a standstill on Tuesday afternoon with some not expecting significant business until late in the week. Asking prices seemed to be firming in the wake of sharply higher futures. Most showlists appear to be priced around 158.00 plus in the South and 250.00 plus in the North. The kill [...]
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 22, 2014
Sep. corn closed at $3.60 and 1/4, down 3 and 3/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $11.84, up 8 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $381.80, up $1.10 Aug. soybean oil closed at 35.93, down 21 points Sep. wheat closed at $5.24 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $155.95, up $3.00 Aug. [...]
Meat stocks decline
USDA reports red meat and poultry supplies at the end of June were sharply below last year's levels. On June 30, 2014, red meat totaled 929.972 million pounds, down 5% from May 31, 2014 and 13% less than on June 30, 2013, mainly thanks to strong beef demand. Beef stocks were pegged at 357.759 million [...]
EPA official working to educating farmers on rule
The debate over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US rule isn’t letting up.  Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for water at the EPA says there are no special requirements for farmers in the rule and it serves a clarification of the definition. However, she tells Brownfield there has been confusion [...]
Tuesday midday cash livestock markets
The new cattle showlists distributed on Monday looked to be mixed, some larger in the North and moderately smaller in the South. Overall the ready numbers seem about as tight and price positive as they have been through the first half of summer. The country is quiet with bids and asking prices not fully established. [...]
Key to productivity is soil health
As farmers strive to feed a growing world population, one of the factors in their ability to do so is soil health. Indiana farmer and past National Association of Conservation Districts president Gene Schmidt says farmers have a good grasp of the best production practices. And, he says, the soil health is the backbone to [...]
Indiana Senator says EPA should follow farmers lead
The debate over the Waters of the US rule isn’t over yet.  And the agriculture industry continues to voice its concern about potential overreaching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says EPA needs to follow the agriculture industry’s lead.  “That’s opposed to dictating from down on high down to us,” he [...]
Less than 2 weeks to enter Corn Yield contest
Farmers entering the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest will see some changes this year. NCGA is allowing the use of lasers to measure row lengths for the first time in certain fields.  Also, some rules have changed regarding NCGA supervisors.  There are less than two weeks to enter – the deadline is [...]
Much cooler pattern ahead east of the Rockies
During the remainder of the week, a pair of cold fronts will push southeastward across the Midwest and into the South and East. As a result, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, across the nation’s northern tier and from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast. Meanwhile, a [...]
Tyson official: Animal wefare will continue to drive change
The vice president of animal well-being for Tyson Foods, Dean Danilson, says farm animal welfare issues will continue to be “a driver for change” in the meat industry.  And Danilson says those in the meat and livestock industries must continually ask themselves, “Is there a better way to do things?”. Here is an excerpt from Danilson's presentation at the [...]
Heat "emergency" forecast in cattle country
The high heat and humidity in the middle of the U.S. and part of the southwest today directly impacts cattle country.  The USDA/NOAA forecast map shows Kansas, Oklahoma and most of Texas and neighboring states at the “emergency” level for heat stress in cattle.  Parts of southern California and Arizona are also at the emergency [...]
Heat, high humidity from the southern Plains to the Midwest
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather is returning to the upper Midwest, following a brief period of beneficial warmth. Meanwhile, very warm weather continues across the southern and eastern Corn Belt in advance of a cold front, which is producing widely scattered showers. On July 20, corn reaching the Silking stage of development was 15 [...]
Four re-elected to OSC Board
Four soybean farmers have been re-elected to serve on the Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees. Those re-elected include: Jeff Magyar of Ashtabula County, serves on the OSC’s International Marketing and New Uses Committee. Terry McClure of Paulding County, Terry serves as Vice Chair of the OSC and serves on the Domestic Marketing Committee. Steve [...]
Weather conditions promote white mold
Considering how late the crop was planted, Extension soybean disease specialist Anne Dorrance at Ohio State University says soybeans are looking good. “We’ve got the right population for stands, we’re above 100,000 which we need for later planting,” said Dorrance. “So from that aspect I think things are looking pretty good, we just hope the [...]
Forage options after wheat
During the Western Ag Research Station Agronomy Day near South Charleston, Ohio, Mark Sulc, Extension forage specialist at Ohio State University talked about a number of forage options following wheat that will work across the Midwest. Audio: Mark Sulc, Extension forage specialist, Ohio State University (2:55 mp3)
South Dakota winter wheat harvest running behind
There was very little rainfall and below normal temperatures this past week in South Dakota. Topsoil moisture is 82 percent adequate to surplus. Winter wheat is 74 percent good to excellent, with 55 percent mature and only 4 percent harvested, well behind the 32 percent average. Oats are 85 percent good to excellent with only [...]
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