Big K Ag News

NEW MU RESEARCH PROFESSOR TALKS SOYBEAN BREEDING ON AG INSIGHT


Doctor Andrew Scaboo is the new Assistant Research Professor in soybean breeding at MU and joined us on Ag Insight ...Read More

BRIGHT SIDE TO HARVEST DELAYS


The slow pace of the corn harvest is frustrating growers in Missouri and other states, but as the USDA's Gary Crawford reports, there's a silver lining to the recent damp weather ...Read More

BRETT CRAIGMYLE TALKED NK SOYBEANS AND CORN SEEDS ON AG INSIGHT


On Ag Insight, Agronomic Service Representative Brett Craigmyle discussed the advantages of NK Soybeans and Corn seeds available for next year's planting season ...Read More

SMALL FARM TRADE SHOW BEGINS THURSDAY


The 22nd National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference begins Thursday at a new location, the Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards in Mexico ...Read More

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
Assess your Johne's risk

Ken Olson is Outreach Coordinator for the Johne’s Disease Integrated Program which has joined with other interested parties to form the Mycobacterial Diseases of Animals Multi-State Initiative.  They have expanded their work to not only Johne’s disease but Bovine Tuberculosis as well.  Olson says they have developed a process for farmers to determine the risk... Read more »

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Nominations sought for Beck's Beyond the Fence awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Beck’s Beyond the Fence Awards.  The award program honors individuals for their outstanding service and contributions to Indiana agriculture.  For the fourth year, the awards are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind. in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Scott Beck, vice-president... Read more »

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Apply now for a $30k VFW scholarship

The deadline for a $30,000 VFW scholarship is fast approaching. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship is available to high school students. Home school or home study students are also eligible. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. Other national winners receive $1,000-$16,000. First-place winners from each state are also flown to Washington D.C., courtesy... Read more »

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Cheese up, butter down on the CME

Cash cheese prices increased on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. Barrels increased 3.5 cents and blocks added 4.5 cents expanding the barrel-to-block spread to 30 cents.  Cash butter lost 4.25 cents slipping below $2 to $1.99.  Class III futures were a little lower except for November which gained a nickel.   National Dairy Products... Read more »

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Cheese and butter stocks decline

Monthly Cold Storage Report from the National Ag Statistics Service shows 1.013 billion pounds of cheese in the nation’s warehouses at the end of September.  Down 3 percent from August and 5 percent lower than the end of September, 2013.  American-type cheese stocks stood at 631 million at the end of September, also down 3... Read more »

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NCBA "unlawfully lobbying" says R-CALF

The head of R-CALF USA says the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and affiliates are engaged in unlawful lobbying in a letter urging Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to abandon his plans for a second beef checkoff program. Bill Bullard tells Brownfield the NCBA and 45 of its state affiliates are prohibited from lobbying because they... Read more »

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Wisconsin water use declined in 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says surface and groundwater use declined six percent in 2013 compared to 2012 reaching a three-year low.  The Department’s annual Wisconsin Water Use and Withdrawal Summary cites cooler temperatures and more normal rainfall as the main reasons for the decline compared to the drought of 2012. A total of... Read more »

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Soybeans decline late

  Soybeans were modestly lower on profit taking and technical selling, unable to follow through after the earlier gains. The trade does expect solid harvest progress in the near term. China bought 419,000 tons of U.S. beans and unknown picked up 113,000 tons, both for delivery during the current marketing year. Demand remains strong and... Read more »

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Red meat stocks down 8%

  USDA reports red meat stocks on September 30 were down 8% on the year at 960.361 million pounds. Beef came out at 373.344 million pounds, 16% less than last year, and pork was pegged at 544.998 million pounds, 4% lower than a year ago. Poultry supplies declined 10% to 1.102 billion pounds. Chicken made... Read more »

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Livestock futures contracts settle higher

It was another quiet afternoon in cattle country and significant business will not develop until the end of the week. Private sources did report a few bids on the table in Kansas at 162.00 live. Asking prices are around 168.00 to 170.00 in the South, and 260.00 plus dressed in the North. The kill totaled... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 22, 2014

  Dec. corn closed at $3.53, down 3 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.62 and 3/4, down 1 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $338.00, down $4.90 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.14, up 38 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.22 and 1/4, up 3 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $168.05, up $1.50 Dec. lean hogs closed at $89.75, up $1.30 Nov. crude oil closed at... Read more »

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Bayer researcher discusses need for increased R&D in wheat

In recent years, major ag companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Pioneer have increased their spending on wheat research.  But, Catherine Feuillet, head of trait research and development for Bayer CropScience, says even more investment is needed in order to make wheat more competitive with other crops. We visited with Feuillet at the recent... Read more »

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APH could be ?lifeline' for drought plagued growers

The new farm bill provision called Actual Production History Yield Exclusion (APH) has the potential to be a lifeline for farmers following crop losses due to bad weather.  Texas Panhandle farmer Wade Cowan tells Brownfield he’s had four years of drought that were preceded by a hail-out. “Basically we’ve been sitting for the last five... Read more »

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Scholarships offered through Agriculture Future of America

Agriculture Future of America offers several scholarships to qualified students. Though the application date is next year – applications are due by March 20, 2015 – it is never too early to apply. Community scholarships These $3,200 scholarships are awarded through community partnerships in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Click here... Read more »

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Expect to see more ?non-traditional' data management partnerships

Monsanto’s 2013 acquisition of The Climate Corporation is an example of the “non-traditional” data management partnerships that farmers and ranchers can expect to see more of in the future. So says Chris Tingle, head of water optimization in North America with Syngenta. “Where the gap in the expertise really is, in the sector right now,... Read more »

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What to feed babies on vegetarian/vegan diets

Registered Dietitian Andrea Giancolli says parents need to make careful choices for their newborns if they are to be on vegetarian or vegan diets. For one, she says, if babies are born to vegan moms and they are not breast fed, those moms need to feed their babies soy-based formula. As babies transition to solid foods,... Read more »

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Preparing your operation for PEDv

During the Purdue Extension PED conference, Extension educator Lindy Miller told attendees that proper planning for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus can be the difference between an operation surviving a PEDv break or a break bankrupting a farm.  “You need to know it will likely affect your cash flow,” he says. “And know what that... Read more »

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Managing inputs for 2015

The potential for tighter margins has farmers looking closer at their expenses for 2015.  Monticello, Ind. farmer Brian Scott says there are a few changes they may make next year to reduce input costs.  “We talked with our dealer about putting on dry fertilizer,” he says.  “Based on soil tests, he thinks we probably won’t... Read more »

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New Iowa beef processor to begin operations

A tight beef supply has forced several beef packing plants across the U.S. to close their doors in recent years.  But a new beef plant in east-central Iowa hopes to buck that trend. Iowa Premium Beef of Tama will begin operations in early November and plans to be slaughtering 1,100 head of cattle per day... Read more »

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Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

We could start to see packer inquiry improve today with a few bids on the cattle showing up as the day progresses. At this point it is likely to be one of two options, initial bids may be strong, and draw active trade into the market before the end of the day, similar to last... Read more »

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NCBA says COOL has to go

Following the latest rebuke by the WTO of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is renewing its call for COOL to be repealed. “We have looked at this every way we possibly can and there is no change that the Secretary of Agriculture can make that would... Read more »

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Big bucks involved in Oregon's GMO labeling battle

The battle over labeling of genetically modified food is officially Oregon’s most expensive ballot fight ever. According to the Statesman Journal, opponents and supporters of Measure 92 have raised a total of 17.6 million dollars.  Opponents of the proposition have raised 11.1 million dollars while supporters have raised 6.5 million. The opposition campaign’s largest donors... Read more »

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Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

October is harvest time in Wisconsin; Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks has taken-in cranberries, ginseng and apples to mention a few Wisconsin products.  As part of Farm-to-School Month, she is promoting the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch this Friday.  Students and others across the state and the Great Lakes region are asked to bite into... Read more »

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Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients

Vegetarian and vegan diets can provide enough nutrients.  Generally, vegetarians don’t eat meat but consume other animal products. Vegans eat no animal products. Andrea Giancolli is a Registered Dietitian with the Beach Cities Health District, says those meat-free diets can supply all nutritional needs if they are carefully planned and adhered to. She says extra considerations... Read more »

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Texas dairy tour

  The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin hosting a Texas dairy tour in November.  The two-day event will feature Hilmar Cheese Company, Dalhart Jersey Ranch, Avi-Lanche Jerseys, Del Rio Dairy, High Plains Dairy and Dairy Fountain dairy farms.  There are rotary parlors, unique housing and other features on the farms which range from 2,700 to... 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