Big K Ag News


The Missouri Soybean Association's new Executive Director and CEO, Gary Wheeler, started this week ...Read More


Missouri FFA President Abrea Mizer will previewed this week's state convention on the University of Missouri campus and looked back on the past year on Monday's Ag Insight ...Read More


The USDA says this week 26-percent of the Missouri corn crop is planted, more than twice the amount at the same time last year, and just under the five-year average ...Read More


Seven area students have received $750 scholarships from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council ...Read More


Over 8,000 blue-coated FFA members and their families will descend on the University of Missouri campus this Thursday and Friday for the 86th annual Missouri FFA Convention ...Read More


MU Meat Scientist Carol Lorenzen talked about a recent study that may help processers get more value from chuck on Ag Insight ...Read More


Audrey Monroe, Director of Nutrition at the Kansas Beef Council and the Missouri Beef Industry Council, spoke about the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting held in St ...Read More


A new study by MU shows processors can get more value from their beef by removing value-added cuts before making ground chuck ...Read More


A House bill that would reverse a recent change in state law has made its way to the Missouri Senate ...Read More


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Midwest Ag News
A wet, active pattern ahead for much of the Heartland
Looking ahead, a low-pressure system centered over the southeastern Plains will reach the Northeast by Saturday. Meanwhile, a storm system affecting the Northwest will arrive in the nation’s mid-section during the weekend. The second system has the potential to produce a significant severe weather outbreak from April 26-28, starting on the central and southern Great [...]
Missouri FFA Convention brings together ag youth
The Missouri State FFA convention brings together thousands of Missouri’s young people for competition and meetings.  Rebecca Tate from Trenton helps in the media room, but enjoys most her place on her chapter’s meats judging team. “I absolutely love it,” she told Brownfield Ag News Thursday.  “I’m on the team with three of my best [...]
Cheese down, Class III up
Dairy markets continue the trend of declining cheese prices and increasing Class III prices this week. On Thursday, cheddar barrels declined another 3.75 cents to close at $2.18 while blocks held steady at $2.21. Class III futures with strong increases, May added 45 cents, June increased 48 cents, July was up 50 cents. There were [...]
It's not just milk
There is concern in the dairy industry with the continued decline of fluid milk consumption. USDA reports packaged fluid milk product disappearance declined more than 2 percent last year. The third consecutive yearly decline. But dairy is not alone, sales of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent last year and Beverage Digest says per capita [...]
Chobani plans for growth
Private equity firm TPG Capital is loaning $750 million to New York-based Chobani Yogurt company. TPG gets a couple of seats on the Chobani board but founder Hamdi Ulukaya retains majority ownership and the chair of the board. There has been speculation that Chobani is considering going public, TPG has expertise in initial public offerings (IPOs). Should [...]
Wisconsin issues record number of export certificates
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a record 3,300 plant product export certificates from January through March of this year. This is 11 percent more than the previous record set in 2010. Department officials credit the economic boom in Asian markets for the growth. Exporters need phytosanitary or plant health [...]
Winter took a toll on northern grape crops
The Illinois grape crop took a hit from the harsh winter weather and will likely be reduced this year. Dick Faltz, is viticulture chairman of the Illinois Grape Growers and owner of Fox Valley Winery in Oswego in northeastern Illinois. He says 50 to 75% of the crop in Northern Illinois has primary bud loss, “We [...]
Wheat watching weather, Black Sea region
Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Old crop exports were a new marketing year low, but it was another strong week for the shipments. The near term supply remains tight, even with signs of increased U.S. imports, of not only soybeans, but soybean meal. Soybean meal was up, following beans, and bean oil [...]
Poultry production posts 2% year to year increase
According to USDA, domestic poultry production for March 2014 was 3.602 billion pounds, 2% more than in March 2013. The preliminary live weight was 4.765 billion pounds, also up 2%, with most of the total young chickens. Young chickens averaged 5.98 pounds per bird and mature chickens averaged 5.57 pounds, while turkeys averaged 31.1 pounds. [...]
March red meat production down 5% on year
USDA reports commercial red meat production during March 2014 was 3.815 billion pounds, 5% less than the March 2013 total. Beef was pegged at 1.938 billion pounds, also down 5% on the year, with the kill declining 5% to 2.451 million head and the average live weight gaining five pounds to 1,318 pounds. Veal came [...]
The cash cattle trade is delayed until Friday
The cash cattle trade was quiet on Thursday afternoon with just a few token bids renewed in the South at 142.00. One regional buyer in Nebraska bid as high as 236.00 on a selective basis. Asking prices remain firm at 147.00 to 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume [...]
Weekly soybean exports hit marketing year low
USDA reports corn, soybean, soybean product, and wheat export sales for the week ending April 17 were within pre-report estimates. Physical shipments of corn and soybeans were above what's needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2013/14 marketing year, but wheat was short of its mark. Wheat came out at 339,100 tons (12.5 million [...]
PED virus spreads to Mexico
The PED virus has spread to Mexico from the United States. A Mexican news agency Noticieros Televisa says the virus is present in just one-percent of Mexico’s hog herds but has been reported in nearly every state in that country. The report says Mexico’s Ag Ministry is not surprised by the spread of PEDv which likely [...]
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 24, 2014
May corn closed at $5.01 and 1/4, down 2 and 1/4 cents May soybeans closed at $14.72, up 3 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $480.20, up $2.10 May soybean oil closed at 42.59, up 9 points May wheat closed at $6.89, up 12 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $144.25, [...]
Thursday midday cash livestock markets
There is not a lot of movement in the cash cattle trade on Thursday with just a few token bids renewed in the South at 142.00. One regional buyer in Nebraska has bid as high as 236.00 on a selective basis. Asking prices remain firm on the live basis at 147.00 to 148.00 and 238.00 [...]
Storms cause damage but rain is a blessing
Commentary. Springtime at last! We received snow at our place last week. Snow in April? It’s not the first time. We also experienced a 22 degree early morning a couple of days later. The hyacinths and narcissus were hanging their heads a bit later that day. The “toad strangler” that brought several inches of rain [...]
Brown, Gibbs named Legislators of the Year
The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has honored Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Bob Gibbs as Legislators of Year, for their work on behalf of soybean farmers. Senator Brown received the award from Jerry Bambauer, OSA President from Auglaize County. “We appreciate everything he does for the soybean industry,” said Bambauer. “He’s been instrumental in biofuels, [...]
$150 million in seed money for rural America
Eight Farm Credit institutions, including Farm Credit Mid-America, which serves Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee and Farm Credit Services of America, which serves Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, are providing the initial $150 million investment in the Rural Business Investment Company. Phil Kimmel, Sr. Vice President, Farm Credit Mid-America describes the $150 million available [...]
A better way to measure runoff
Field to Market, an alliance of ag industry groups promoting sustainable agriculture has joined with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a better way to measure runoff from fields. The Fieldprint Calculator is an on-line program which utilizes farmer inputs and the NRCS Water Quality Index to determine what is staying on the [...]
South Dakota Farmers Union opposes importing Brazilian beef
The South Dakota Farmers Union says it’s a bad idea to import cattle from 14 Brazilian states that have a history of foot and mouth disease. The last case of foot and mouth in any of the 14 states in the USDA proposal was in 2001, but South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke takes [...]
Dairy product prices
National Dairy Products Sales Report for the week ending April 19: cheddar cheese blocks averaged $2.36 per pound down 5.5 cents from the previous week. Barrels were 6.2 cents lower at $2.28, butter decreased 1.6 cents to average $1.96, nonfat dry milk increased 1.2 cents to $2.01 and dry whey increased 0.8 cents to 67.9 [...]
Study: renewable fuels account for 850,000 U.S. jobs
Jon Doggett with the National Corn Growers Association says the $184.5 billion economic impact of renewable fuels goes beyond just numbers. Those numbers are part of an economic impact study showing that the renewable fuels industry supports more than 850,000 U.S. jobs. Doggett cites what he’s heard from corn growers whose children have come back [...]
Corn continues to watch planting conditions
Soybeans were mixed on old crop/new crop spread trade. There are more reports of U.S. soybean imports and a lot of uncertainty about Chinese demand. Past that – the trade’s watching South America’s harvest. Soybean meal matched beans and bean oil was weak on profit taking and the lower crude oil. ABIOVE lowered its 2014 [...]
Two settle animal mistreatment charges
Two Wisconsin dairy farm employees seen on an undercover video have entered “no contest” pleas to animal mistreatment and disorderly conduct charges. Mercy for Animals released a video last December showing the two defendants and others mistreating cows at Weise Brothers Dairy Farm near Greenleaf, Wisconsin. The video was shot by a Mercy for Animals person [...]
Walker signs Wisconsin's IoH law
Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s Implements of Husbandry bill on Wednesday. The law clarifies the definition of implements used for agriculture and establishes a new class of agricultural commercial vehicles. It establishes new parameters for size and lighting for farm machinery traveling on roadways. The legislation increases the maximum weight allowance on agricultural vehicles and [...]
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