Big K Ag News

MISSOURI REPRESENTED ON UNITED SOYBEAN BOARD


Lewis Rone of Portageville is Missouri's latest representative to the United Soybean Board, and was our guest on Ag Inisght ...Read More

CROP PROGRESS REPORT


All of Missouri's corn is mature, but wet weather continues to delay its harvest ...Read More

SEED SELECTION IMPORTANT AS HARVEST CONCLUDES


Despite the threat of Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and tougher weeds leaching away yield potential, Missouri remains on track for a record soybean harvest ...Read More

CHECKING IN WITH THE BEEF CHECKOFF ON AG INSIGHT


Beth Outz, Director of Communications and Education at the Missouri Beef Industry Council, told us where checkoff dollars are going in events happening in October on Ag Insight ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
USDA implements APH Yield Exclusion

The USDA has implemented a Farm Bill initiative to provide emergency relief from drought and other severe weather conditions. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion will apply to Spring 2015 crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA’s Risk Management... Read more »

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Tuesday midday cash livestock prices

It is a typical Tuesday in cattle country with bids and asking prices still not well defined although a few showlists have been priced around 167.00 to 168.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume will likely be delayed until the second half of the week. Boxed beef cutout values... Read more »

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Grassley says Congress needs to revisit COOL

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says Congress needs to “go back to the drawing board” on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). Grassley was reacting to the WTO’s ruling that USDA’s revised COOL rule unfairly discriminates against Canada and Mexico. The National Farmers Union doesn’t want Congress to tamper with the COOL law. The group argues that... Read more »

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Harvest progresses in Nebraska

Limited rainfall and above normal temperatures in Nebraska last week provided excellent harvest conditions. As of Sunday, soybean harvest stood at 69 percent, compared to 81 average.  Corn harvest was at 28 percent, well behind the 45 average.  Farmers were waiting for grain moisture levels, especially on irrigated corn, to dry down further.

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Iowa farmers welcome good harvest weather

After repeated rain delays, Iowa farmers are finally seeing a stretch of good harvest weather. “The dry weather the last several days has been very helpful and farmers will be working long hours to get the crop in when conditions allow, ” says Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey. As of Sunday, 61 percent of Iowa... Read more »

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Harvest delays apparent

Across the Corn Belt, cloudy, showery, chilly weather is hampering fieldwork in the lower Great Lakes region. In contrast, warm, dry weather prevails in the western Corn Belt. On October 19, the corn harvest ranged from 9 to 34 percentage points behind the respective 5-year state averages in the Corn Belt, while the soybean harvest... Read more »

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Wet weather to return to the upper Midwest

Cool conditions will linger across the eastern one-third of the U.S. during the next several days, but late-season warmth will continue from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. During the weekend, cooler air will begin to overspread the West, while mild weather will return to the East. Mostly dry weather will prevail in many parts... Read more »

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Poe elected IN State Fair board president

The Indiana State Fair Board has elected Stan Poe as their new president. Poe is a Franklin, Ind. sheep producer and has served on the board since 2011 and has served the board as vice-president for the last three years.  He succeeds Steve Simmerman as board president. Other officers elected to the board:  Paul Graf,... Read more »

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Fall grazing opportunities and precautions

With corn harvest underway, grazing corn stalks is an option that livestock producers might want to consider. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County (Ohio) says it’s a forage that can meet the nutrient needs of beef cattle in early to mid-gestation. The OSU Extension educator says there are other fall grazing opportunities, but Lewandowski... Read more »

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South Dakota corn harvest behind, but soybeans ahead of normal

Warm and dry conditions dominated the weather pattern across South Dakota this past week, allowing almost all the winter wheat to get planted. Corn is 91 percent mature and 19 percent harvested, which is behind the average of 45 percent by this time.  Corn is 74 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 88 percent harvested,... Read more »

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Missouri crops behind

Rain and wet ground last week in Missouri kept harvest progress to a minimum. Harvest progress remains behind normal. As of Sunday, 58 percent of Missouri corn was harvested, 17 percentage points behind the average. Corn moisture in Missouri averages 17 percent. Soybean harvest is 25 percent complete – 21 percentage points behind the five... Read more »

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Two new V.P.s at Foremost Farms

Some leadership changes at Foremost Farms USA: with the retirement of Dave Fuhrmann, Mike Doyle became president and CEO of the cooperative effective October 1st.  Doyle has announced Jim Hamm will fill the newly-created position of vice-president strategy and business development.  Hamm joined Foremost Farms in 2008 as director of financial planning and analysis. He... Read more »

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Ohio farmers waiting for soils to dry

Continued wet conditions around Ohio have farmers waiting for soils to dry before fieldwork can resume.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report, just 23 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, one percent more than the week prior.  Soybean harvest remains slow with just 36 percent harvested, a 7 point jump from the... Read more »

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Too wet in most Wisconsin fields last week

Not a lot of progress in Wisconsin fields last week after heavy rains swept across the Badger State dropping 1-to-2.5 inches the first few days.  Door County reports 3.25 inches.  Some were able to get back into the fields late in the week.  Topsoil moisture is listed as 78 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.... Read more »

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U.S. milk production up 4% in September

  Milk production in the United States in September totaled nearly 16.4 billion pounds up 4 percent from September of last year, the biggest year-over-year increase of 2014.  The dairy herd increased 55,000 head to 9.26 million and production per cow increased 58 pounds to average 1,777. Milk production in the 23 major dairy states... Read more »

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Butter gains 1.5 cents

After falling 80.5 cents last week, cash butter gained a penny-and-a-half on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Monday.  There were a dozen sales and buyers jumped-in to take advantage of what might be the lowest price.  One unfilled bid set the market at $2.015.  Cash cheese increased 3.75 cents on both the barrels and the... Read more »

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Corn sees late bounce

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Weather forecasts this week look conducive for harvest activity and producers should make solid progress. Still, there are some delays in key growing areas and beans are a good value at current price levels, helping contract close near the session highs. USDA reports 95% of U.S.... Read more »

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Weather continues to prolong harvest

Frequent rainfalls halted harvest progress for much of the state last week.  According to the latest Crop and Weather report 31 percent of both corn and soybeans have been harvested – slightly more than a week ago.  The average moisture content of harvested corn is 21 percent and 14 percent for soybeans. Ninety-four percent of... Read more »

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U.S. harvest progress trails average

  This year’s U.S. corn and soybean crops are in great shape, but late development and harvest progress remain slower than average. As of Sunday, 93% of corn is mature, compared to the five year average of 94%, and 31% has been harvested, compared to 53% on average. 74% of corn is in good to... Read more »

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Markets may not have seen the lows yet

As harvest moved into full swing, Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says it looked as if there was additional pressure on commodity markets.  Until, he says, farmers around much of the Corn Belt saw a nearly two-week weather delay.  “And that really gave some incentives to put some weather risk or uncertainty into the price,”... Read more »

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New tool measures crop yield gaps worldwide

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s largest gap in farm yields—70 to 90 percent below their potential—according to a new research tool unveiled at the Global Water for Food Conference in Seattle. The new web-based platform is called the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas.  According to Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the international agricultural research... Read more »

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Cattle futures start the week with a bang

The distribution of this week’s cattle showlists is complete and the offering appears to be somewhat smaller than last week. A few early estimates are that ready steers and heifers will be priced around 166.00 to 167.00 in the South and 260.00 plus in the North. The kill totaled 114,000 head, the same as a... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 20, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.48 and 1/4, up 1/4 cent Nov. soybeans closed at $9.44 and 1/4, down 7 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $329.40, down $1.10 Dec. soybean oil closed at 31.70, down 32 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.13 and 1/2, down 2 and 1/2 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $167.90, down $2.85 Dec. lean hogs closed at $89.15, down $1.42 Nov. crude oil closed... Read more »

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Nebraska's governor encourages E85 use

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is encouraging Nebraskans to use E85—the blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline—the next time they fill up with a flex fuel vehicle. “Our farmers are anticipating record corn yields, which makes it the perfect time to encourage consumers to utilize one of the many products made from... Read more »

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NCBA launches petition drive against checkoff proposal

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is encouraging producers to sign an online petition opposing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s proposal for a second national beef checkoff. The effort, called “Don’t Hijack the Beef Checkoff”, has a goal of 100-thousand signatures by November 12th. Vilsack says he has the authority to create a supplemental checkoff... 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