Big K Ag News


In the second part of a three part series from the Corn Growers, Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association joined us to discuss their recent study which debunked the Food versus Fuel myth, proving a lack of correlation between corn prices and food prices ...Read More


Higbee High School could soon become the home of Missouri's next FFA Chapter ...Read More


The Small Farm Today Show is moving to Mexico for its 22nd annual show, scheduled for October 23rd through the 25th ...Read More


Students in Macon High School's International Agriculture program will visit with the school board Thursday night to make a presentation about their recent trip to Brazil ...Read More


A new herbicide aims to give a "Fierce" one-two punch to weeds that limit your soybean yields ...Read More


One of the nation's leading trade shows dedicated to small farms is moving to Mexico ...Read More


The corn harvest in Missouri is progressing slower than the five-year average ...Read More


Beth Outz of the Missouri Beef Industry Council visited with Business Director Davin Althoff about the producer communication and education efforts that his staff have been doing to prepare for upcoming events on Ag Insight ...Read More


Soybeans remain on pace for a record harvest, and Missouri is leading the way ...Read More


How can beginning farmers and ranchers learn about USDA Farm Bill programs that will benefit their operations? The USDA's Rod Bain has more ...Read More


A new soybean herbicide has received federal registration as a pre-emergence herbicide ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Friday midday cash livestock markets
Cattle country is slow to start on Friday, with just a few bids at 154.00 to 155.00 live and 245.00 dressed being reported by private sources to DTN. The expectation is packer inquiry will improve over the next several hours, but significant trade may not happen until after release of the cattle on feed report... Read more »
GSI introduces new products
GSI revealed two new products this year at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, IA.  New products included their new 40-Series Corrugated grain bin and the VersaLoop Round Tube chain conveyor. These products are aimed to increase storage capacity, handle heavier loads and improve efficiency during harvest.  Greg Trame, GSI Global Product Manager for Grain... Read more »
Eat Thin to lose/maintain weight
Thin eating habits can be practiced and learned.  Jo-Ann Heslin, registered dietitian and author, has a list of Thin Eating habits we all can turn into our habits. Eat slowly, stretch your meal to at least 10 minutes – to make sure those signals of fullness get from your belly to your brain. Leave serving dishes... Read more »
Butter hits $3.0375
Another record-high price for butter on Thursday as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange price increased 2.75 cents to close at $3.3075 per pound. Milk production in the Central United States is taping-off seasonally but still above year-ago levels.  Dairy Market News says milk supplies are “balanced” although spot loads are still bringing 75-cents to $2.50 over... Read more »
Enjoy a safe and abundant harvest
The doctor who took the stiches out told me it might take a year to get all of the feeling back in my finger.  It could have been much worse.  There were no broken bones.  The cut was deep, thus the nerve damage, but I was able to stop the bleeding in short order and... Read more »
President wants a plan to deal with antibiotic resistance
President Obama signed an executive order Thursday to have the federal government develop a plan to deal with antibiotic resistant bacteria.  It establishes an interagency Task Force and a Presidential Advisory Council charged with monitoring resistant infections, improving regulation of antibiotic use and developing new methods to combat antibiotic resistance. The Task Force is to... Read more »
Beef imports increasing
The latest Livestock Dairy and Poultry Outlook from USDA says U.S. cattle imports are up 9 percent through July and will probably exceed 2 million head this year.  That would amount to more than 2.6 billion pounds of imported beef, up 19 percent from 2013.  The report notes the pace of imports has picked-up in... Read more »
CBB sets FY 15 budget
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board has set it spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.  The Beef Promotion Operating Committee meeting in Denver this week allocated a total of $41.3 million from the checkoff with: $27.8 million going to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association $7.7 million to the U.S. Meat Export Federation $1.5 million to the Cattlemen’s... Read more »
Koch Agronomic Services introduces two new products
During the 2014 Farm Progress show last month, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC announced the addition of two new innovative nitrogen stabilizers to the AGROTAIN® product family – AGROTAIN® ADVANCED and AGROTAIN® DRI-MAXX.  Koch continues to provide innovative options and solutions for farmers everywhere. Wayne Jelinek, vice president of marketing for Koch Agronomic Services, admits that... Read more »
Supply weighs on grains, oilseeds
Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. It was a solid week for export sales and there was another purchase by China, 110,000 tons of new crop, but those were outweighed by the expected record crop. Crop condition ratings are at the highest level in 20 years. Soybean meal and oil followed beans lower.... Read more »
Elanco and Dow AgroSciences enter R&D agreement
With the growing global population and increased demand for food, two Indiana agricultural companies are working together to help livestock producers increase meat and milk production. Elanco and Dow AgroSciences have announced a strategic research and development agreement that will leverage the strengths of Elanco’s animal health business with proprietary germplasm and feed technologies of... Read more »
Barrows and gilts weigh more than last year
The feedlot cattle trade remained untested on Thursday afternoon. Except for a few scattered bids of 155.00 in the South and 244.00 to 245 in the North, buying interest remains very cautious. Nominal asking prices are around 164.00 in the South, and 253.00 plus in the North. The kill is estimated at 114,000 head, 2,000... Read more »
Bayer CropScience continues to make big investments in biologics
Jonathan Margolis, vice president of Biologic Research at Bayer CropScience says today’s biologics are a much more diverse product than what they used to be. “These are not the old biological products of 10 or 20 years ago,” Margolis says. “What we’re seeing today is very high scientific standards and production of products that meet... Read more »
Passionate about beef? Check out this ag scholarship
Passionate about the beef industry? The Missouri CattleWomen's Association has a $1,000 scholarship for a qualified full-time college student. Applicants must be at least a sophomore with a GPA of 2.5/4.0 or better and a Missouri resident. They must also be full-time students who will be younger than 23 years old on Jan. 1, 2015.... Read more »
Hearing examines work opportunities for SNAP recipients
The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review implementation of state pilot projects under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  One of the reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill included new employment and training pilot projects.  To open the hearing, Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said that although the unemployment rate has come... Read more »
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 18, 2014
Dec. corn closed at $3.38 and 1/4, down 3 and 1/2 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $9.71 and 1/2, down 11 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $328.80, down $7.60 Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.72, down 67 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.88 and 1/2, down 10 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $155.60, down $1.42 Oct. lean hogs closed at $102.97, down $2.12 Oct.... Read more »
Transferring resistance genes to wheat
Researchers at Washington State University have found a way to control the gene that controls the transfer of genes from other plants to wheat.  Dr. Kulvinder Gill says because wheat is a relatively new plant in the world, its natural resistance is limited.  However, there are more than 300 grasses related to wheat that do... Read more »
On feed numbers expected to be down on the year
Friday's USDA cattle on feed report could show some major categories at all-time lows, reflecting the extremely tight supply. According to Allendale, August placements are expected to be down 5.2% on the year, the lowest since the series of reports started in 1996. Allendale adds feeding margins on outgoing cattle have been positive for 10... Read more »
Strong week for soybean exports
USDA reports soybean export sales for the week ending September 11 were larger than expected, while corn and soybean products were within their anticipated ranges, and wheat was below analysts' estimates. Physical shipments of wheat were above what's needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2014/15 marketing year, but corn and soybeans fell short... Read more »
Thursday midday cash livestock markets
So far today there are no bids on the cattle, but packer inquiry is expected to improve as the day progresses. Asking prices are around 164.00 in the South, and 253.00 to 255.00 in the North. Given the fact week to date cattle slaughter is running only 3,000 behind last week, short bought cattle buyers... Read more »
Enlist corn and soybean traits receive USDA deregulation
After one of the most thorough reviews of a biotech trait in history, USDA issued its decision yesterday to allow the commercialization of Dow’s Enlist corn and soybean traits. Damon Palmer, US commercial leader for the Enlist Weed Control system says this is big news for the nation’s corn and soybean farmers.  “This is another... Read more »
UNL honors former Ag Secretaries from Nebraska
Statues honoring four Nebraskans who have served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be dedicated this Saturday on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus. The life-sized statues are of former secretaries of agriculture J. Sterling Morton, Clifford Hardin, Clayton Yeutter and Mike Johanns. The statues, which were commissioned in 2012 as part of the 150th... Read more »
How to best freeze fresh meat
You buy meat at the store but want to cook it later - the handiest way to do that is freeze it for future use. But, what is the best way to freeze it? For the answer, I turned to Jenean Schweihofer with Michigan State University. She says meat can stay frozen for months, in some... Read more »
22 Ohio counties receive disaster designation
Agricultural producers in 22 counties in northeastern and southern Ohio are eligible for federal disaster assistance following freezing weather conditions earlier this year. USDA has designated Ashtabula, Geauga, Jackson, Lake, Lorain, Portage and Summit Counties as primary natural disaster counties. Ashland, Cuyahoga, Erie, Gallia, Huron, Lawrence, Mahoning, Medina, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Trumbull, Vinton and... Read more »
Trotter field demonstrations at FSR
There’s a good reason they are called the Trotter Field Demonstrations at Farm Science Review. Since 1979 Jim Trotter has been involved with the field demonstrations. Retired from OARDC at Wooster each September, well actually each August Jim heads to the Molly Caren Agricultural Center to organize the 3-days of field activities. Audio: Jim Trotter,... Read more »
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