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A few cattle trade in the south

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was slow on light demand in Kansas on Wednesday. A few sales sold at 132.00 live. Trading remained at a standstill in other areas. Some asking prices are around 136.00 plus in the South, and 215.00 plus in the North. Bids at 132.00 live and 208.00 to 209.00 dressed. The slaughter was estimated at 115,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, and 2,000 greater than a year ago. The Fed Cattle Exchange Internet Auction had 2,548 head listed on Wednesday. Continue reading A few cattle trade in the south at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Farm Bureau says Congress will be the one to decide 2018 budget

The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation says Congress needs to understand how significant the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts would be to agriculture. “Our focus is going to be on Congress. The President makes his proposal, but the Congress really writes the budget.” Zippy Duvall tells Brownfield the 21 percent proposed cuts to USDA would be devastating to agriculture. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time because the farm economy is as bad as it’s been in decades.” He says defending crop insurance will be their number one priority. Continue reading Farm Bureau says Congress will be the one to decide 2018 budget at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Ethanol production holds above 1 million barrels a day

Corn demand for ethanol use continues to strong. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says ethanol production last week averaged 1.010 million a day, down 17,000 from the previous week, but above a million for the third week in a row. Production declined in April because of downtime for seasonal plant maintenance, but had averaged more than a million barrels a day for nearly five months in a row. Corn’s readily available at what’s seen as a reasonable price and the ethanol industry expects solid demand. Continue reading Ethanol production holds above 1 million barrels a day at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Replanting twice is possibility for Missouri farmer

A southwest Missouri farmer who’s had to replant because of flooding says he’s stuck in a weather cycle. At the end of April, Kyle Kirby had a thousand acres of corn and 500 acres of soybeans to replant. He’s been able to replant SOME of that, “We’ve got PART of the thousand acres of corn and ALL of the soybeans replanted. BUT, we still do have 300 to 400 acres of corn that we have not been able to replant yet.” And he says some of those acres will need replanting a second time, “It’s been a pretty futile attempt to try to get a crop in the ground, that’s for sure.” Kirby tells Brownfield Ag News the pattern this spring has been rain at the end of the week, drying out for planting on Tuesdays, with rain cycling back for the weekend – and this week’s forecast is no different. Continue reading Replanting twice is possibility for Missouri farmer at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Alfalfa checkoff used to enhance crop research

The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance (NAFA) is looking to use checkoff dollars to enhance crop research. NAFA president Beth Nelson says the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative—the industry’s new checkoff program–is soliciting public proposals to examine yield improvement, management strategies, and other areas the Alliance deemed priorities. “Alfalfa is actually the nation’s fourth-most valuable field crop, and people don’t realize that. I think a lot of that is because, traditionally, it was fed on-farm. Continue reading Alfalfa checkoff used to enhance crop research at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Milk futures higher, cash dairy mixed

Class III futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were up modestly on an oversold bounce. June was $.02 higher at $16.23, July was up $.09 at $16.80, August was $.07 higher at $17.15, and September was up $.01 at $17.20. Cash cheese blocks were $.02 higher at $1.665. Five loads were sold, including one at $1.665. The last uncovered offer was for one load at $1.67. Barrels were $.02 lower at $1.4625. Continue reading Milk futures higher, cash dairy mixed at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Michigan has a lot at stake in NAFTA renegotiations

The Michigan Farm Bureau says they’ll be closely monitoring renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement. National Legislative Counsel John Kran tells Brownfield U.S. ag exports have increased by more than 300 percent during the time of the agreements. “We’ve gone from $8.9 billion worth of trade to $38 billion in that 22 year period. This is something we need to evaluate cautiously and make sure that Michigan producers continue to have great market access.” Kran says Canada and Mexico are two of Michigan’s top three agricultural trading partners. Continue reading Michigan has a lot at stake in NAFTA renegotiations at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 24, 2017

Jul. corn closed at $3.71 and 1/4, up 1 and 3/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.48 and 1/4, unchanged Jul. soybean meal closed at $306.40, up 10 cents Jul. soybean oil closed at 32.28, down 6 points Jul. wheat closed at $4.32 and 1/2, up 3 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $122.12, down 95 cents Jun. lean hogs closed at $80.20, up 5 cents Jul. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 24, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Connecting consumers to the farm through racing

The Fastest Rookie award and the Indianapolis 500 are two opportunities to tell the story of Indiana’s dairy farmers. Deb Osza with the American Dairy Association of Indiana says they’re proud to take part in both – and it’s a great way to start a conversation with consumers. “Because the winner of the Indianapolis 500 drinks milk,” she says. “We’ve been able to use that wonderful, serendipitous winning trophy to connect agriculture with racing.” AUDIO: Deb Osza, American Dairy Association of Indiana This year’s second fastest rookie, Ed Jones of Dubai, says there is no greater prize in sports than the drink of milk in victory circle. Continue reading Connecting consumers to the farm through racing at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

E15 usage continues to grow

The ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy says drivers across the U.S. have now logged more than one billion miles on E15, the blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Using EPA data, the group also calculates the availability of E15 could save consumers up to 72 million dollars by the end of 2017. That’s because E15 is cheaper than E10, a dime a gallon less in most cases. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says E15’s proven performance, environmental benefits and savings to consumers are all reasons why Congress should fix the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) law. Continue reading E15 usage continues to grow at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

EPA targeted in Trump’s budget

The Environmental Protection Agency is marked to take the biggest hit in the Trump administration’s 2018 budget. The proposed 30-and-a-half percent cut makes the greatest reductions to environmental research, enforcement of clean air and water programs, and eliminates funding for regional programs including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. U.S. Senate Ag Committee Ranking member and Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force Debbie Stabenow released a statement saying proposed cuts to the initiative were stopped for the 2017 fiscal year and she plans to continue fighting to protect the Great Lakes. Continue reading EPA targeted in Trump’s budget at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Nebraska Farm Bureau economist sees some positive signs

An economist with Nebraska Farm Bureau says the struggling ag economy seems to be leveling off. But Jay Rempe says it’s still too soon to say if a turnaround is imminent. “I think there’s some signs out there that maybe things are getting close to that bottom, if we haven’t hit it already,” Rempe says. “I’m not ready to say that things are going to pick back up again—but maybe level off a little bit.” Rempe says he sees a couple of positive factors at play. Continue reading Nebraska Farm Bureau economist sees some positive signs at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Midday cash livestock markets

The Fed Cattle Exchange Internet Auction had 2,548 head listed on Wednesday. 1333 head sold, with 1086 head with a 1-9 day delivery at a weighted average of 132.54, last week’s weighted average for the same delivery time at 135.16. The balance of the offering for 1-17 day delivery averaged 132.50. Private sources are reporting a few bids on cattle in the South at 130.00 on a live basis. Early asking prices are around 136.00 to 138.00 in the South and 215.00 plus in the North. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Iowa Corn leader criticizes budget cuts

The president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association says they’ll urge Congress to reject the Trump administration’s budget cuts for agriculture. Kurt Hora says the cuts to crop insurance are their biggest concern. “We don’t want that—that’s our safety net,” Hora says. “We don’t need to make a profit off of crop insurance, but we need to have that safety net there, that if we have an event that’s out of our control, we can survive that.” Hora says the elimination of export promotion funding and reductions in conservation program funding are also concerning. Continue reading Iowa Corn leader criticizes budget cuts at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

China to gauge public acceptance of GMO’s

The Chinese government plans to conduct a poll testing the public’s acceptance of genetically modified food. China is the fourth-largest grower of GMO cotton and top importer of soybeans, most of which are genetically modified. Bloomberg reports a prestigious university in Beijing will carry out the survey, following public skepticism and concern that GMO foods may adversely affect human health. Government officials in China say biotechnology would boost yields and sustainability in a country that’s seen consumption soar. Continue reading China to gauge public acceptance of GMO’s at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Minnesota Legislature misses another deadline

The Minnesota Legislature missed another deadline as lawmakers attempt to finish the 2017 legislative session. After failing to reach agreement on a number of bills ahead of the May 22nd adjournment date, Governor Dayton requested an immediate special session to conclude no later than seven o’clock this morning. However, Minnesota Farmers Union director of government relations Thom Petersen tells Brownfield the Bonding, Transportation, and Health Care bills have yet to see action. Continue reading Minnesota Legislature misses another deadline at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

More rain in the eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy, showery weather continues to restrict most fieldwork operations. Some of the heaviest rain is falling in the lower Ohio Valley. On the Plains, chilly conditions persist. In fact, a Frost Advisory was in effect early Wednesday across portions of northern Nebraska and the Dakotas, for temperatures mostly in the range of 30 to 35°. However, dry weather throughout the region favors a gradual return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall. Continue reading More rain in the eastern Corn Belt at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

More unsettled weather the Heartland

A storm system currently centered over the Tennessee Valley will drift northeastward, reaching coastal New England by Friday. Meanwhile, another low-pressure system will cross southern Canada, with a disturbance along the storm’s trailing cold front emerging across the nation’s mid-section during the weekend. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches across much of the eastern one-third of the U.S., with much-needed rain expected later Wednesday across Florida’s peninsula. Totals of 1 to 2 inches may occur across central sections of the Rockies and Plains, mainly on Friday. Continue reading More unsettled weather the Heartland at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Farm groups react to USDA cuts

Major farm groups say the farm bill is the place to debate farm program funding, not the annual budget process. The National Corn Growers Association says targeting the federal crop insurance program is extremely shortsighted of the Trump administration which has proposed cutting the program by 36 percent or 28-and-a-half billion dollars over the next decade. They say corn farmers believe crop insurance is the most important risk management tool and are urging Congress to honor their commitments made to the nation’s rural communities when the 2014 Farm Bill was reauthorized. Continue reading Farm groups react to USDA cuts at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

Embracing a global marketplace for dairy

A dairy economist says understanding the trends and demands of other countries helps American farmers feed a growing world population. Phil Plourd is president of Blimling and Associates, a dairy consulting firm based in Wisconsin. He tells Brownfield the significance of exports and their impact on agriculture can not be overstated. Continue reading Embracing a global marketplace for dairy at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | May 24, 2017

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