Big K Ag News

UPCOMING SOYBEAN COLLEGE DISCUSSED ON AG INSIGHT


Gary Wheeler, Executive Director with the Missouri Soybean Association, talked about an upcoming Soybean College on Ag Insight ...Read More

WATERS OF THE US RULE FINALIZED


The Environmental Protection Agency has released its final version of its proposed definition of "Waters of the United States" ...Read More

4H MEMBERS WHO ADDRESSED CONGRESS APPEAR ON AG INSIGHT


The USDA's Rod Bain introduces us to four members of 4H, who recently testified before Congress about the future of agriculture ...Read More

BOONE COUNTY FAIR THE TOPIC OF AG INSIGHT


The Boone County Fair will return to the Central Missouri Events Center in Columbia this July ...Read More

CROP PROGRESS REPORT


Damp conditions again slowed up planting according to this week's USDA Crop Progress Report ...Read More

MBIC INTERN ON AG INSIGHT


Shannon Yokely reflected on her semester interning with the Missouri Beef Industry Council on the Beef Checkoff Chat on Ag Insight ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
The renewable fuels industry is healthy

The renewable fuels industry has gone through some rather challenging times.  Just when it looked like the future was bright, the economic collapse of 2008 came along pushing crude oil prices down and putting the renewable fuels industry into an economic quagmire as well.  Then came the drought of 2012 and tight corn supplies pushing... Read more »

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New York considering GMO labeling

New York’s state legislature is the latest to consider a GMO-labeling bill.  Legislation has been introduced in both the Assembly and the State Senate which is similar to the Vermont law.  Foods which contain any genetically modified ingredients would be required to say-so on the label.  Meat and milk products and restaurants would be exempt.... Read more »

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The continued strength in cheese

A little show of strength in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday.  Cash cheese barrels slipped a half-cent but blocks gained a penny, nonfat dry milk added a half-cent and Class III futures saw double-digit increases for the day. Continued strong milk and cheese production has some manufacturers trying to figure... Read more »

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Southern Illinois winter wheat thinner than recent years

The Illinois wheat crop is smaller than last year.  Illinois Wheat Tour participants fanned out across the southern part of the state Thursday counting wheat plants, or tillers, and actual wheat kernels and determined the average estimated yield to be about 60.35 bushels an acre.  Tour leader Dave DeVore was not surprised to see the... Read more »

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Nebraska's ban on packer ownership of hogs intact

An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action. “The impact of LB176 would be to structurally, economically,... Read more »

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Commercial demand supports soybeans

  Soybeans were steady to firm on commercial buying and spillover from soybean meal. There are labor issues at a couple of key ports in Argentina, delaying loading and shipping in those locations. Gains in the deferred contracts were limited by expectations for a big domestic crop. Still, planting is slower than average in some... Read more »

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Cattle higher ahead of cash business

  Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher on short covering as traders watched the direct cash cattle markets. Contracts did stay range bound, waiting for packer inquiry to improve. June was $.67 higher at $152.47 and August was up $.80 at $151.42. Feeder cattle futures were sharply higher on the tight near term... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 27, 2015

Jul. corn closed at $3.49 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/2 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.27, up 4 and 1/2 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $308.10, up $6.20 Jul. soybean oil closed at 31.73, down 41 points Jul. wheat closed at $4.87 and 3/4, down 5 and 3/4 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $152.47, up 67 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $83.77, up 60 cents Jul. crude... Read more »

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April poultry production up 4% on year

  The USDA reports domestic poultry production during April 2015 was up 4% from April 2015. Production totaled 3.897 billion pounds, with chicken making up most of that at 3.388 billion pounds. Turkey totaled 496.341 million pounds. The preliminary live weight of all inspected birds was 5.140 billion pounds, also 4% more than a year... Read more »

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Highway funding bill extended

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) says the highway funding extension passed by the U.S. House and Senate is better than the alternative. Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) says while the two month extension of the highway funding bill is expected to be enough to get through the busy summer road... Read more »

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Green industry experiencing shortages

Nurseries and greenhouses this year aren’t prepared for growing demand. Amy Frankmann, Executive Director of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, says the state’s harsh winters and past economic downturn has affected supplies in the industry. “Now that demand has increased, we’re finding that our trees and our shrubs that are on a two year... Read more »

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EPA announces Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule is the result of two Supreme Court decisions in the last 15 years that put the decades-old Clean Water Act into question. Administrator Gina McCarthy says cases in 2001 and 2006 put protection of 60 percent of U.S. streams and millions of acres of wetlands into question.... Read more »

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EPA releases final Clean Water Act rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the finalized Clean Water Rule this morning.  The EPA stresses the rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions. Ag groups are weighing in with reaction to the final rule which says tributaries to... Read more »

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Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

  At midday on Wednesday, direct cattle markets are still fairly quiet. Packers are short bought, but widespread trade could still wait until Thursday or Friday. This week’s showlist is mixed, larger in Texas, but smaller in Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Asking prices are around $163 to $164 in the South and $258 to $260... Read more »

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Winfield Answer Plots addressing issues in Minnesota

An agronomist with Winfield who covers southwest and west central Minnesota says cool wet weather last week harmed soybeans.  Mark Glady tells Brownfield near freezing temperatures had farmers he works with ringing his phone off the hook. “…about beans that were just at the cracking stage at the soil level last Saturday when we started... Read more »

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BOAH bans poultry movement in Indiana

The Indiana state Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is limiting movement of poultry to prevent exposure to H5 Avian Influenza.  Denise Derrer, BOAH public information director says the board took a significant step to protect the state’s poultry population.  “BOAH has issued a ban on movement of any birds that will go to a location... Read more »

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A warm pattern; rains to ease on the southern Plains

For the remainder of the week, the western U.S. will experience a warming trend, while near- to above-normal temperatures will continue in the East. In contrast, very cool weather will overspread much of the Plains and Midwest by week’s end. In advance of the cool outbreak, another round of heavy rain (locally 2 to 5... Read more »

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Rains once again return to the southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers in the Great Lakes region. Dry weather has returned to the remainder of the Midwest, although minor fieldwork delays persist. Among the Midwestern States, only Missouri reported a significant soybean planting delay (20% planted by May 24, vs. the 5-year average of 43%). On the Plains, the latest in... Read more »

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DuPont Pioneer agronomist update from southeast Minnesota

DuPont Pioneer field agronomist Brian Buck tells Brownfield southeast Minnesota has had more ups than downs this growing season. “In general we’ve had a really good planting season so far.  Really good soil conditions early allowed us to get a lot of the corn planted.  Some of the beans drug out.  The only down we’ve had... Read more »

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Corn planting nearing completion in Michigan

Corn planting in Michigan is 91 percent complete, 16 points ahead of the average pace. 70 percent of the corn crop has emerged. 83 percent of the crop is in fair-to-good condition. Soybean planting advanced 16 points from a week ago, to 76 percent planted, well ahead of the 48 percent 5-year average. 42 percent... Read more »

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Planting making progress in Indiana

Another 14 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted last week, bringing corn planting to 88 percent complete, seven points ahead of the 5-year average. 63 percent of the crop has emerged and as of Sunday, 85% of the Indiana corn crop was in fair-to-good condition. By region, corn planting was 89% complete in... Read more »

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Ohio corn and soybean planting advances

As of Sunday, May 24, corn planting in Ohio was 87 percent complete, a 10 percent gain from the week before and 17 points ahead of the 5-year average. 68 percent of the crop has emerged and 81 percent of the crop is in fair-to-good condition. One fourth of the Ohio soybean crop was planted... Read more »

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Precision Ag headed towards decision ag?

The Context Network started nearly 20 years ago doing multi-client reports for the seed and crop protection industries.  Senior Associate Kip Pendleton says the network has evolved into a global consulting company with offices based in Des Moines and St. Louis but also around the world. The Network recently published a report on the future... Read more »

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Nebraska bill would allow packer ownership of hogs

A bill allowing meatpackers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has received first round approval in the Nebraska Unicameral. During floor debate Tuesday, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala said Nebraska’s law prohibiting meat packers from owning hogs has stymied the growth of the state’s pork industry. “Nearly every state that surrounds us is seeing... Read more »

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Nebraska's crops need warmer weather

Corn and soybean development in Nebraska has been slowed by cool weather. Corn emergence, at 73 percent, is still running slightly ahead of average. The first corn condition rating of the season puts the crop at 61 percent good to excellent and 32 percent fair. Soybean planting is at 59 percent, behind the 73 average.... Read more »

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Chicago
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University of Missouri Extension
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