Big K Ag News

COMMONGROUND THE TOPIC OF AG INSIGHT


Becky Moreland from Harrisonville recently joined the Missouri chapter of CommonGround, which is a national effort that connects farm women with other women to help build understanding of today’s food production ...Read More

OVER 1500 STUDENTS IN MACON WEDNESDAY FOR AG CONTEST


The streets of Macon will be busier than usual Wednesday, when over 1,500 students make their way to the career center for the northeast district ag contest ...Read More

NORTHEAST DISTRICT AG CONTEST MOVES TO MACON


At least 60 schools will take part in Wednesday's Northeast District Ag Contest, but they'll be traveling to a new location ...Read More

BIODIESEL PROGRAM THE TOPIC OF AG INSIGHT


Missouri High School BioDiesel program the topic of Ag Insight...Read More
Midwest Ag News
Soybean checkoff supports research efforts

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee continues to invest in research projects at Michigan State University. Special Projects Coordinator Keith Reinholt tells Brownfield the research efforts help keep Michigan soybean growers competitive. AUDIO: Interview with Keith Reinholt (1:59 mp3):

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America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

Farmers have an opportunity to nominate their local school district to apply for a grant to help build their school’s math and science programs. Since 2011 the Monsanto Fund has awarded over $7 million dollars through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. Heather Wolfe, Customer Advocacy Manager at Monsanto says funds are used in... Read more »

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Big Data Addresses Climate Variability

Big data research is meant to help farmers adapt to climate variability and improve sustainability.  Lead scientist Bruno Basso at Michigan State University says the project he’s involved in will implement models that predict field conditions in current and future climates. “The goal really is to help producers understand the information that they have collecting... Read more »

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Pork donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Just in time for the Easter holiday, farmers in Ohio have made a big donation to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Over 8,000 pounds of lean ground pork will provide nearly 42,000 meals to hungry families in central and eastern Ohio. “Recognizing that agriculture is the state’s number one industry, it is important that we continue to... Read more »

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Midday cash livestock markets

Cattle country is quiet today, with both buyers and sellers busy taking inventory. Bids and asking prices have yet to be established. Last week’s trade didn’t take place until Friday afternoon, but it turned out to be worth the weight with Southern live business generally $2.00 higher at 165.00 and Northern dressed business from mostly... Read more »

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Soybean inspections up on week, year

USDA reports corn and soybean export inspections remain ahead of what’s needed weekly to meet projections for the 2014/15 marketing year. For the week ending March 26, wheat inspections are 322,016 tons, down 221,671 from the week ending March 19 and 185,444 lower than the week ending March 27, 2014. At this point in the... Read more »

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Wide-range of weather, temps across the Heartland

During the next several days, above-normal temperatures will gradually shift eastward, although record-setting warmth will persist across the central U.S. through mid-week. Late in the week, cooler weather will arrive from the Pacific Coast into the Midwest, while warmth will spread across the South. Meanwhile, a rather disorganized precipitation pattern will become more cohesive toward... Read more »

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Brownfield Minnesota rolls out with Mark Dorenkamp as Anchor/Reporter

Brownfield, Ag News for America, is pleased to announce Farm Broadcaster Mark Dorenkamp has joined the Brownfield team.  He takes over the helm as Anchor/Reporter of Minnesota Brownfield when the programming is introduced by affiliate radio stations across the state on Monday, March 30, 2015.   Brownfield Minnesota replaces former Minnesota Farm Network programming. “It is... Read more »

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Early-season heat on parts of the High Plains

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. However, chilly, breezy conditions in the eastern Corn Belt contrast with above-normal temperatures west of the Mississippi River. On the Plains, very warm, dry weather is promoting spring fieldwork and rapid winter wheat development. Monday’s high temperatures will approach 90°... Read more »

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USDA corn acreage estimate will make market picture clearer

The next few years may mark a change in the fortunes of U.S. corn growers.  Rabo AgriFinance grains analyst Steve Nicholson says corn growers will have a tough time in the next two to three years.  To what degree hinges on how much corn is to be planted this coming season, which should be known... Read more »

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Chinese feed officials foresee swine slowdown

On Saturday in Nanchang, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) trade delegation met with Yuan Ji Hong, procurement center general manager with Twins Group, the largest producer of swine feed in China. Yuan Ji Hong confirmed what was heard during previous feed company visits—that pork production in southern China has “flattened out” in recent months and... Read more »

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Solution for "Huge problem" for cattle producers

Missouri is one of many states where toxic fescue has taken a bite out of the beef industry. University of Missouri Extension Forage Specialist Craig Roberts says farmers need to replace Kentucky-31, or K-31 tall fescue with non-toxic fescue, “It’s the most serious and devastating forage livestock disorder in the United States.” The so-called “Fescue... Read more »

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Horse trainer relates to people as well as horses

Van Hargis of Victoria, Texas, has been training horses for money since he was 12, but he says he’s learned a lot since then. It’s paid off. Hargis is in high demand as a clinician.  He tells Brownfield Ag News that when he’s in front of people, he thinks of himself as a horse clinician... Read more »

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ISA president on the importance of trade missions

In this, the fourth in our series of Brownfield Network news reports with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) trade mission in southern China, ISA president Tom Oswald talks about the importance of trade missions such as this. AUDIO: Brownfield Network news report from China

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Agriculture in southern China

On Friday, the Iowa Soybean Association trade mission headed southeast, traveling from Yichang to Nanchang by high-speed train at speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Traveling through the countryside, we saw many different kinds of crops being produced. A lot of rapeseed (canola), also rice, wheat and vegetables. Most of the crops are grown... Read more »

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Minnesota farm credit bank gives back

St. Paul-based AgriBank announced in its annual giving report this week $2.4 million was used in 2014 to support ag education programs, assist young and beginning farmers and support rural America. CEO Bill York and Board Chair Douglas Felton in an open letter to stakeholders, said, “That starts with our business of providing a reliable... Read more »

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Avian flu impacting largest turkey producing state

Avian flu has reached the nation’s largest turkey producing state, killing more than 15,000 commercial birds according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the challenge is to maintain the circumstances when they are discovered through biosecurity measures. Water birds like ducks and geese carry the avian flu but it... Read more »

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Cheese and butter move higher

Cash cheese and butter moved higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday with Class III futures responding accordingly. For the week, cash cheese barrels gained 2.5 cents, blocks are steady, butter increased 7.25 cents and nonfat dry milk is unchanged. Class III futures for March and April added 3 cents, May increased 34 cents... Read more »

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Fonterra says milk intakes will not be down that much

The New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has revised its 2014-15 milk intake estimate. Previously the cooperative had predicted production would be 3.3 percent below last year but now they say it will be just 2 percent lower.  The increase reflects improved weather conditions on the drought-stricken South Island.  Fonterra also raised their estimate of the... Read more »

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Big year for ethanol exports

U.S. ethanol exports totaled 826 million gallons in 2014; a 33 percent increase over 2013. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the number is second only to the 1.2 billion exported in 2011. U.S. ethanol imports totaled 73 million gallons in 2014 down 81 percent from the 377 million gallons imported in 2013. The U.S.... Read more »

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Senate passes WOTUS clarifications

The U.S. Senate passed a budget bill early Friday morning after a marathon voting session. The packaged passed on a 52 to 46 vote with all Democrats and Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voting against it. The bill includes amendments which state the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rules do not apply to... Read more »

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Climate change caused $11 billion in soybean losses

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have determined climate change has cost U.S. soybean growers $11 billion over the last 20 years. U.W. Extension soybean and wheat specialist and agronomy professor Shawn Conley says they used data gathered from variety field trials in many of the states involved in the study.  That gave them reliable,... Read more »

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Lower hog prices could continue

  U.S. cash hog prices have been trending lower in 2015 and if USDA’s quarterly hogs and pigs report is any indication, that may continue for the next several months. University of Missouri Agriculture Economist Ron Plain tells Brownfield producers could see gains fairly soon, but it may not last for long, “Seasonally, we tend... Read more »

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Soybeans lower, watching South America

  Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. The trade’s watching harvest activity around South America, with most areas expected to make good progress over the next few days. Past that, traders are getting ready for the USDA numbers on the 31st. The quarterly grain stocks and 2015 prospective planting numbers are out at... Read more »

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Know your wild mushrooms

Spring mushroom hunting season is starting up in the Midwest but beware the poisonous mushroom. Chris Wright is a mushroom expert in Michigan and he trains people to hunt mushrooms that are non-poisonous.  Without training, he says, you shouldn’t eat what you hunt. Mushrooms that are NOT poisonous are good for you, he says, with a variety of... Read more »

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Farm Links

USDA
     www.usda.gov

Kansas City
     www.kcbt.com

Chicago
     www.cbot.com

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