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The Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony this past week on a House bill that calls for a special designation for local governments, called Agriculture Friendly ...Read More


The number of cattle in feedlots is unchanged from a year ago, while placements continue to bottom out ...Read More


The Corn Talk edition of Ag Insight on KRES ...Read More


Interest continues to increase for growing mushrooms as a hobby or to sell ...Read More


The USDA crop progress report shows only 20 percent of Missouri’s corn crop has been planted, compared to 44 percent at this time last year ...Read More


Payden Thompson of Stewartsville won the Missouri FFA Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention ...Read More


High school students have until Friday to apply for the 2015 Missouri Pork Institute ...Read More


Growing Mushrooms the topic of Ag Insight ...Read More
Midwest Ag News
When is the best time to start grazing?

Krishona Martinson, an equine Extension specialist at the University of Minnesota, says the most frequent question she’s receiving right now is: “When is a good time to start grazing?” In this interview with Brownfield, Martinson addresses that question and offers some other tips on basic pasture management.  She also discusses the five core vaccines that... Read more »

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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board elections underway

Voting is underway for seven seats on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB).  Seats are up in Districts 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23.  Six of the seven seats have incumbents unopposed for re-election.  In District 11, Kevin Fritz of Oshkosh and Chris Vanden Elzen of Seymour are seeking to replace Robert... Read more »

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Consumers just don't know about GMOs

The NPD Group analyzes consumer behavior across a host of industries.  They conducted a survey of 2,100 primary grocery shoppers across the country to gather consumer attitudes and perceptions of Genetically Modified foods or GMOs.  Darren Seifer is Food and Beverage Analyst for the company, he says they found that when asked: What are GMOs? “One of... Read more »

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Fonterra reduces farm pay price again

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has cut its forecast farmgate milk price for the current season by 20 cents to $4.50 (nz) per kilogram of milk solids.  The cut would result in a $370 million reduction in New Zealand farmer income this year. This is on top of a 60-cent cut in December.  It is... Read more »

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Illinois poultry specialists: biosecurity will help avoid HPAI

Illinois extension poultry specialists say producers of any size need to practice good biosecurity to keep avian influenza out of the state.  Small Farms Educator Andy Larson says even backyard poultry producers need to take precautions against infections that, in other states, have come from migrating wild birds. “One of the best things that you... Read more »

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Quiet end to the week in the dairy markets

Very little activity in the dairy markets on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday. Prices all held steady as well while Class III futures nudged a little higher. For the week, cash cheese barrels lost a quarter-cent, blocks are unchanged, butter gained 2 cents and nonfat dry milk increased three-quarter-cent.  Class III futures for May... Read more »

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Branstad declares state of emergency over avian flu

The continued spread of avian flu among commercial poultry operations in Iowa has prompted Governor Terry Branstad to declare a state of emergency. Branstad says the proclamation will allow state agencies to better utilize resources to help respond to the outbreaks.  It also authorizes the state Department of Transportation and other agencies to plan travel... Read more »

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Vilsack defends port inspector decision

The House Ag Committee leadership has introduced a bill to renew the Grain Standards Act with an amendment to “ensure that official inspection” of bulk grains continues “uninterrupted.” Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says they want to make sure that a labor dispute that kept inspectors out of key West Coast ports last year isn’t... Read more »

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Planting pressure sends corn lower

Soybeans were lower on fund and speculative selling. There are some harvest delays expected over the next couple of days in Argentina, but nothing all that serious. Also, estimates out of Argentina have been climbing as their harvest moves on. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange now projects production at 60 million tons, up 1.5 million... Read more »

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Is it the right time to expand

Profit margins are much tighter in 2015 than were originally anticipated. Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says pork producers should lower their profitability expectations for the remainder of the year.  “If the industry has already expanded enough to efficiently drive supplies up and push prices down to break-even,” he says.  “We should say be very... Read more »

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Feedlot trade was light

A few more cattle traded on Friday afternoon, but business In general seemed rather light with both sides reluctant to compromise. Live deals in the South were generally 2.00 higher than last week at 160.00. Live sales in the North were also at 160.00 near steady with the previous week. Regional buyers in the North... Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 1, 2015

May corn closed at $3.59 and 3/4, down 2 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $9.68 and 1/2, down 10 cents May soybean meal closed at $314.70, down $4.20 May soybean oil closed at 31.44, down 7 points May wheat closed at $4.70, up 3 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $147.17, down 52 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $81.25, down 17 cents Jun. crude oil closed at $59.15, down... Read more »

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Minnesota Congressman worried about A-I

The ranking member of the House Ag committee is from Minnesota, the state hardest hit by this year’s Avian Influenza outbreak in commercial poultry flocks. Congressman Collin Peterson told farm broadcasters in Washington, D.C. that he’s met with turkey farmers in Wilmer, Minnesota where the state’s emergency center has been set up, “They’re in shock... Read more »

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The importance of season long nitrogen

Managing nitrogen isn’t a one-time event.  Eric Scherder, Dow AgroSciences field scientist says for growers to optimize yield – nutrient management is important all season long. He says a nitrogen stabilizer can be crucial to a grower’s success.  “By maintaining more of that nitrogen in the root zone, longer into the season – we’ve not... Read more »

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I'll have the GM burrito, please

It’s rare I agree with just about anything on the Washington Post’s editorial page.  However, this week I found myself in total sync with an editorial headlined: “Chipotle’s GMO Gimmick is Hard to Swallow.”  The Post’s editorial board took on the fast food chain’s latest feel-good marketing ploy this week as Chipotle announced its menu... Read more »

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Four more avian flu cases in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Friday that it is responding to four more probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Sac, Pocahontas, Cherokee and Madison counties. The cases in Sac, Pocahontas and Cherokee counties all involve turkey farms.  Estimates on the number of birds at those... Read more »

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Report: Monsanto approaches Syngenta again

Bloomberg is reporting that Monsanto has once again approached Syngenta about a takeover, almost a year after a previous attempt fell apart. Bloomberg says it talked with two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. Monsanto and Syngenta reportedly held preliminary talks last year about a merger, before Syngenta’s management decided against... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Packer inquiry into the cattle is improving, USDA Mandatory is reporting a light trade in Kansas at 160.00, 2.00 higher than last week, but most operators continue to pass bids of 160.00 in the South. A few steers have been reported sold in Nebraska at 160.00. Texas saw some trade yesterday at 157.00 to 158.00.... Read more »

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Corn planting nears finish for some in SE South Dakota

Some parts of South Dakota could use rain, but they’re well ahead of the normal planting pace. “We’re a little bit dry, but corn, for the most part, is planted and soybean planting has started.” Jerry Schmitz told Brownfield Ag News Thursday.  “People are just pretty excited – the weather’s been wonderful.” Schmitz, who farms... Read more »

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Renegotiating cash rents

Cash rental rates have been more of a challenge to farmers this year due to lower commodity prices. Dennis Pennington, Michigan State University Extension Educator, says some farmers simply don’t have the income to keep up with higher rental rates of the past. “Depending to the type of rental arrangement or agreement with the landowner,... Read more »

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Avian flu has infected 1/4 of Iowa's laying hens

Iowa officials announced five new probable cases of the avian flu Thursday afternoon. Three of the new cases are in Buena Vista County including one facility with 5.5 million egg-laying hens. That pushes the number of Iowa facilities infected to 17.  The approximately 15 million laying hens infected represent about one-fourth of Iowa’s layers. Iowa... Read more »

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Cab Conversations: Get Growing No. 1

Brownfield’s spring series, Cab Conversations returns with a diverse group of farmers.  To kick off the series, Indiana Farm Director, Meghan Grebner is joined by: Cannon Michael, Los Banos, California Jay Hill, Las Cruces, New Mexico Adam Casner, Carrollton, Missouri Show Notes: The conversation, water: Meghan Grebner: Asks farmers to talk about the struggles they’ve had... Read more »

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Successful legislative session

Indiana Farm Bureau is calling the Indiana 2015 legislative session a success.  IFB president Don Villwock says Indiana agriculture gained victories in each of its four legislative priorities: farmland taxes, forced annexation, water resources, and the state budget. Villwock says the successes were a direct result of an engaged and active membership.  He says it... Read more »

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Avian Influenza found in wild birds

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed two cases of H5N2 avian influenza in wild birds in Kentucky.  According to USDA the birds – a goose and a duck were found in the western portion of the state within the Mississippi flyway – where the strain of avian influenza has previously been identified.... Read more »

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Test resistance with nematode analysis

Soybean cyst nematode is a major limiting factor to soybean production. Fred Warner, Nematologist with Michigan State University Diagnostic Services, says farmers should pull a soil sample each fall to test for nematodes. Warner says for farmers who want to test new soybean nematode resistant varieties, pulling a soil sample at planting and harvest will... Read more »

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