Big K Ag News

MU 2015 FARM OUTLOOK: CYCLICAL DROP AS DAIRY SUPPLY RISES


Milk prices at the farm level are expected to be about six dollars a hundredweight lower than the record prices in 2014 ...Read More

MISSOURI PORK EXPO COMING TO COLUMBIA


Pork producers are preparing for the annual Missouri Pork Expo, February 10th at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia ...Read More

LACK OF SNOW COVER GIVES AG METEOROLOGISTS CONCERN


You might be embracing the warm temperatures this week, but winter wheat farmers are concerned by the lack of snow cover protecting their cash crop in event it gets cold again ...Read More

AG CENSUS A KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL


Officials looking to encourage economic development and community betterment in Missouri need to know as much as they can about the state's biggest industry ...Read More
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Think and breathe with the horse

Mark Rashid is an author, singer and horse trainer. His horse training method is to get the horse to think and then get the rider to think like the horse…and breathe.  Mark talks about his method. Visit Mark’s website here:  

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NFO members determine policy positions

The National Farmers Organization wrapped-up their annual meeting in Nashville on Friday. Members re-affirmed their support for Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and the U.S. Trade Representative’s appeal of the latest WTO ruling.  Members also favor the elimination of the trade embargo on Cuba. While the organization strongly supports free trade, they oppose Fast Track... Read more »

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Wisconsin groups want Congressional action on gray wolf

A collection of farm and other groups called “The Wisconsin Coalition to Delist Gray Wolves” is asking Congressman Reid Ribble (WI-R) to help remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. Last month a U.S. District Judge overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife order which delisted the gray wolf in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan... Read more »

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Pretty good week in the dairy markets

Dairy markets closed a little higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. Cash cheese blocks gained a penny, butter held steady, nonfat dry milk increased 2.25 cents and all of the Class III futures contracts for 2015 gained. For the week: cash cheese barrels are down a half-cent, blocks are a penny higher, butter... Read more »

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Limit losses in cattle futures

Feedlot country was quiet on Friday afternoon with both sides shocked by the limit losses throughout the live and feeder futures. However, packers remain short bought and some late afternoon trade was expected following the cattle on feed report. Nominal asking prices were around 162.00 plus in the South and 260.00 plus in the North.... Read more »

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Export sales support corn

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Weekly export sales were a new marketing year low after a couple of big cancellations. Past that – the trade’s watching weather in South America with more rain headed for central Brazil. Agroconsult projects Brazil’s crop at 93.9 million tons, down from their previous guess. Soybean... Read more »

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Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota land prices

Farm Credit Services of America says cropland prices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming declined somewhat in 2014 but demand remained strong for pastureland. FCS America tracks sales records every January and July – and its 64 benchmark farms in the four state area. Cropland prices in the last six months of 2014 fell 7.1... Read more »

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Deere & Company layoffs in Iowa/Illinois

More than 900 workers at John Deere ag equipment plants in Iowa and Illinois are being laid off indefinitely. The Moline, Illinois company is giving notice to 560 workers at three locations in Waterloo, Iowa, 300 at the Des Moines Works Plant in Ankeny, Iowa and 45 employees of Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois.... Read more »

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Missouri Ag Bill advances

The Missouri Senate Agriculture committee has advanced a broad reaching agriculture bill this week. Committee chair Brian Munzlinger says it contains the important dairy provision to help grow the state’s dairy industry but does not contain the deer provision – the reason for Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the bill last year, “I hope that... Read more »

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Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

The Illinois Farm Bureau reminds farmers they have until midnight this Saturday, January 24th, to comment on the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The IFB says it supports the plan because it uses education, outreach and voluntary, incentive-based best management practices for addressing nutrient losses from Illinois farm fields. The goal of the plan is... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 23, 2015

Mar. corn closed at $3.86 and 3/4, up 3 cents Mar. soybeans closed at $9.72 and 3/4, down 4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $331.50, up $1.40 Mar. soybean oil closed at 31.60, down 37 points Mar. wheat closed at $5.30, down 3 and 3/4 cents Feb. live cattle closed at $150.35, down $3.00 Feb. lean hogs closed at $69.30, down $2.30 Mar. crude oil closed at $45.59, down... Read more »

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Cattle placements down 8%

USDA reports cattle placements onto feed and marketings during December 2014 were below December 2013 levels, reflecting the continued tight available supply of cattle. Placements were 1.544 million head, down 8% on the year, and according to Allendale, the smallest December total in at least five years. By weight, placements of cattle weighing less than... Read more »

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Strickler inducted into Hall of Fame

Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler has been inducted into the Ohio Fairs Hall of Fame. Strickler, the Ohio State Fair’s longest running general manager was recognized for his devotion and invaluable service to the Ohio fair industry and for revolutionizing the youth education and livestock program during his time at the Ohio State... Read more »

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Dairy Calf and Heifer Association scholarship

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The goal of this long-standing program is to invest in the future of the dairy industry by offering scholastic support to outstanding agriculture-focused students. The annual DCHA scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in agriculture-related field at... Read more »

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Marketing year high for corn exports

USDA reports corn, wheat, and soybean meal export sales for the week ending January 15 were larger than expected, while soybean oil was within the anticipated range and soybeans were below all estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and wheat... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Other than a few bids on cattle in Iowa at 255.00, the country was quiet on Friday morning following a light trade in parts of the South on Thursday at mostly 160.00. A light trade took place in the North on Tuesday and Wednesday at 256.00 to 257.00, mostly 256.00. Asking prices on the few... Read more »

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Mild weather for the season across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, mild weather prevails, although freezing rain is causing some travel difficulties in the upper Great Lakes region. Dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. On the Plains, mild weather from Kansas northward contrasts with cool conditions and lingering clouds farther south. A few rain and snow showers are ongoing across... Read more »

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An active pattern resumes across the eastern Corn Belt

A storm system near the central Gulf Coast will drift northeastward, reaching the Mid-Atlantic Coast on Saturday. Wintry precipitation (snow and freezing rain) may cause travel disruptions from western North Carolina to coastal New England, while rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches along the Atlantic Seaboard. By early next week, a new storm will... Read more »

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California rains not enough

Although rains have reached parts of California, drought concerns still remain. December rains brought hope that the three-year drought would end. But, the U.S. Drought Monitor says two and five inches of rain fell on a small part of northwestern California this week and the rest of the state is dry. Agriculture in California will... Read more »

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RCPP important step for Lake Erie

Ohio’s 9th District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the $17.5 million dollars awarded as part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to the Tri-States (Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan) provides the opportunity to fix the cause of nutrient loading and algae blooms in Lake Erie. Kaptur says the conservation focus of the Tri-State proposal is... Read more »

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A conversation with HSUS' Joe Maxwell-Part 2

In part 2 of our two-part conversation with Joe Maxwell, vice president of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States, we discuss the belief on the part of many livestock producers that HSUS’ ultimate goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate meat consumption. Maxwell also talks about the HSUS’ strategy in... Read more »

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Grappling with farm program decisions

Dr. James Richardson is co-director of the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and one of the co-authors of A&M’s on-line farm program calculator. Richardson tells Brownfield that the beauty of the 2014 farm bill is that it allows producers to customize the farm program to their own operations.  But with that... Read more »

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Study says COOL has not hurt Canadian cattle prices

A new study from Dr. Robert Taylor, Auburn University Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor says Canadian and Mexican cattle producers have not been hurt by the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. Taylor says he collected data from the weekly mandatory price reporting from the last 10 years; USDA Foreign Ag Service trade data... Read more »

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U.S. milk production up for the month, quarter and year

Milk production in the U.S. in December totaled 17.3 billion pounds up 3.1 percent compared to December of 2013. The nation’s dairy herd was at 9.3 million cows up 100,000 head from a year ago.  Production per cow averaged 1,862 pounds, a 37-pound increase over December of 2013. Milk production in the 23 major dairy... Read more »

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DeVelder and Meshke to lead AMPI

The Board of Directors of Associated Milk Producers Incorporated (AMPI) has decided to make the “acting” co-presidents permanent. Long-time senior executive vice-presidents Donn DeVelder and Sheryl Meshke were named acting co-presidents and CEOs in December when Ed Welsh resigned. DeVelder has been with the co-op 30 years and Meshke 25. Board chair Steve Schlangen says... 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