Big K Ag News

ONLINE TOOLS TO GAUGE FARM BILL BENEFITS


The new Farm Bill includes multiple programs aimed at supporting farms of all sizes, but like most programs crafted by Washington, the best options might not be clear-cut ...Read More

US SOYBEAN EXPORTS


The US continues to grow its export market for soybeans ...Read More

DOW ROLLS OUT NEW WEED TREATMENT PRODUCT


Combating glyphosate-resistant weeds is the talk of producers and dealers as they prepare for next season ...Read More

USDA GRANTS


The USDA is making three grant presentations today ...Read More

RICHARD FORDYCE PREVIEWS GOVERNORS CONFERENCE ON AGRICULTURE


The 45th Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture is set for December 18th through the 20th at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach ...Read More

CROP PROGRESS REPORT


Missouri's farmers are slowly wrapping up this year's corn harvest ...Read More

RYAN CLEARWATER PREVIEWS MO CATTLEMENS CONVENTION


In this edition of the checkoff chat, we heard from Ryan Clearwater, Manager of Membership at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Training a horse by personality type

Eunice Rush has learned a lot about matching the right horse with the right rider.  In fact, she’s written the book on it.  Her book, “Know You, Know Your Horse“ focuses on matching the horse with the rider, which she discussed in an earlier program.  Another area discussed in her book is training and how... Read more »

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Cover crops benefit soil health

Soil health is a vital component to sustainable farming. Indiana farmer Mike Shuter has been no-till farming for nearly 30 years. He says cover crops play a significant role in maintaining soil health on his farm.  “We’re trying to keep something green and growing on the field all year round,” he says.  “It helps build... Read more »

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Are farmland values set to decline?

Crop prices are at the lowest levels they’ve been in recent years.  That, combined with expectations that interest rates are expected to increase in the coming years leads Purdue University ag economist Michael Langemeir to believe the decade-long increase in farmland values may soon be over. However, Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial... Read more »

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It's a profitable time for pork producers

For pork producers that weren’t hit with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, 2014 has been one of the most profitable years on record.  But what about farms that were hit with PEDv? Paragon Economics president Steve Meyer says, “Even those that have been hit with PEDv – the corn cost are going to go down... Read more »

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Cooperative Network honors four

Cooperative Network recognized four individuals with the Cooperative Builder Award at the organization’s annual meeting in La Crosse this week. Pete Giacomini of Cooperative Resources International; Bill Berg, president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, Jim Hager, general manager of Harmony Country Cooperative and Kim Sponem of Summit Credit Union were recognized for their long... Read more »

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Corn Growers CEO: EPA decision good and bad news

The chief executive officer of the National Corn Growers Association says there is both good and bad news in the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to put off finalizing ethanol blend volumes for the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The good news, says Chris Novak, is that the EPA took a step back from the lower ethanol blend... Read more »

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Cheese and butter stocks decline

Cash cheese slipped a little more on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. Barrels lost a penny and blocks declined 4.5 cents.  Butter increased .75 cents and nonfat dry milk held steady. For the week, cash cheese barrels lost 17.5 cents, blocks fell 21.25 cents, butter gained 1.25 cents and nonfat dry milk fell 4.25... Read more »

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Soybeans manage solid finish

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Contracts did struggle at points, but were able to post a solid end to the session. Demand is solid and China has lowered its interest rate, which could lead to more imports. The U.S. harvest is just about wrapped up, while South American planting is moving forward.... Read more »

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Cattle placements down 1% on year

  If there was any surprise in this latest set of cattle on feed numbers, one market analyst tells Brownfield it was in the placement category. According to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel, placements during October came in a little bit higher than what the trade was expecting, which did have... Read more »

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Analyst: Russian potash problems won't have major impact

A fertilizer industry analyst says a flood at a Russian potash mine, which accounts for about three percent of global potash supply, shouldn’t have much impact on potash prices in the U.S. David Asbridge, president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service, doesn’t expect potash prices to rise as a result of Russian situation.... Read more »

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Cattle trade at higher prices

DTN reported a light cattle trade was evident in several areas on Friday afternoon. Dressed sales in the North were mostly 267.00, $2.00 to 3.00 higher than last week. A few deals were evident in Texas at 172.00, $4.00 higher than last week’s test. Many showlists continued to be priced on a firm basis, 174.00... Read more »

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Cooper Farms to provide Nat'l Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s been a tradition in recent years at Thanksgiving that the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation provides the turkey for the President. The honor this year belongs to Gary Cooper, of Ohio based Cooper Farms.  “As far as we know our company is the only company from Ohio that has been able to take the... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 21, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.72 and 3/4, down 1/2 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $10.39, up 18 and 1/2 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $378.40, up $7.60 Dec. soybean oil closed at 32.69, up 2 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.47 and 1/4, unchanged Dec. live cattle closed at $170.90, up 65 cents Dec. lean hogs closed at $90.65, down 12 cents Jan. crude oil closed at $76.51, up 66 cents... Read more »

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Red meat, poultry cold storage numbers decline

  USDA’s monthly cold storage report shows smaller supplies of red meat on solid demand and a lower monthly slaughter rate. As of October 31, 2014, red meat in cold storage came out at 941.849 million pounds, down 9% from October 31, 2013. Beef was reported at 374.868 million pounds, a 15% year to year... Read more »

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Agriculture needs to push Congress on immigration

Once the initial positioning and grandstanding dies-down, many in agriculture hope President Obama’s executive action on immigration will eventually lead to Congress taking action. Chris Galen is senior vice-president of the National Milk Producers Foundation, he says the fact that there was nothing specific for agriculture in the President’s plan means those in agriculture will... Read more »

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Is this same old, same old?

I’m still amazed when politicians ignore what’s directly in front of their collective face.  Such is the case with immigration reform and President Obama’s decision to  double-dog dare the Republicans to challenge his November 20 “executive order,” action effectively granting legal status to nearly 5 million undocumented workers in this country who just 24 hours... Read more »

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President's plan doesn't address ag's concerns

President Obama’s executive order on immigration does not include the guest worker program sought by the agriculture industry. Chuck Connor, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and chair of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, says that while the President’s actions will alleviate some pressure in the short term, it does not offer... Read more »

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EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive... Read more »

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Friday midday cash livestock prices

Cattle country is slow to start on Friday with just a few bids on the table according to private sources at 168.00 in Kansas and 263.00 dressed in Nebraska. Packer inquiry is expected to improve over the next several hours, but it is possible significant trade volume will be delayed until after the cattle on... Read more »

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Borlaug calls for changes in communication

New innovations and technologies are losing to the anti-science movement, says Julie Borlaug with the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.  She says it is time to make some changes. “All the money that is going into advertising right now is not making a dent,” she told Brownfield.  “So we need to make our message more... Read more »

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GAO: Climate change impact on flood and crop ins.

A government report on the impact of climate change says increased losses in taxpayer-funded flood and crop insurance programs could be substantial in the coming decades. The Government Accountability Office, GAO, also examined how public insurers are preparing for climate change and resulting challenges. The GAO reviewed 20 studies, looked at federal and private sector... Read more »

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More cold weather ahead for the Heartland

A brief period of weekend warmth will come to an end early next week across the Rockies, Plains, Midwest, and mid-South. Later next week, cold weather will become re-established in all areas of the U.S., except from California into the Desert Southwest. Meanwhile, weekend rainfall will become widespread along and east of a line from... Read more »

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Winter-like pattern hold across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow squalls are subsiding downwind of the Great Lakes, but cold conditions persist throughout the region. Sub-zero temperatures were noted Friday morning in the upper Mississippi Valley, maintaining stress on livestock. Snow on the ground continues to hamper late-season harvest activities across the northern Corn Belt and parts of the Ohio... Read more »

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Many factors to consider when making farm program decisions

Brad Lubben, Extension policy specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is one of several farm bill experts around the country who are helping farmers understand and analyze their options with the new federal commodity programs. At a recent ag outlook meeting in Beatrice, Nebraska, we visited with Lubben about the many factors that farmers need... Read more »

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No end in sight for strong calf prices

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “The cure for high prices is high prices”. It usually holds true.  But that adage may not apply to high calf prices this time around, says Gary Brester, a livestock economist from Montana State University. “I just don’t see these calf prices going down appreciably,” Brester says. “Certainly record... Read more »

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Farm Links

USDA
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Kansas City
     www.kcbt.com

Chicago
     www.cbot.com

University of Missouri Extension
     http://outreach.missouri.edu