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Cattle numbers outside the range of pre-report estimates

The USDA’s latest Cattle On Feed report had numbers outside the range of pre-report estimates. Livestock market analyst Scott Brown says the USDA’s Cattle on Feed report shows a significant increase in both cattle on feed and placements. Cattle on feed were up 4.5 percent and placements up 16 percent on the year. “You can look at some of what has been going on in the Dakota’s as part of what is to be attributed to these higher numbers,” he says. Continue reading Cattle numbers outside the range of pre-report estimates at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Renk Seeds Field Day

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Larry Lee will be on the ground in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on August 22 for Renk Seeds Field Day. Continue reading Renk Seeds Field Day at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Heat wave to ease somewhat on the Plains, eastward

Over the next few days, a series of cold fronts will push across the Midwest and into the South and East. Showers and locally severe thunderstorms will precede and accompany the frontal passages, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals that could reach 1 to 3 inches. Farther west, however, only widely scattered showers will affect the High Plains, including drought-stricken sections of Montana and the Dakotas. Mostly dry weather will also persist in the Pacific Coast States, but monsoon-related showers could result in flash flooding in the Southwest. Continue reading Heat wave to ease somewhat on the Plains, eastward at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

U of IL says corn seed costs won’t decline

The cost of corn seed is not expected to go down next year. A report by ag economists at the University of Illinois says the cost is highly related to the number of acres of corn in the world which are still relatively high, “We saw some of that come down a bit in 2017, a slight decline, but not much of one. Twenty-17 corn acres in the world are actually the second highest. Continue reading U of IL says corn seed costs won’t decline at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

National FFA names American Star finalists

The National FFA Organization has announced the finalist for its top achievement awards for 2017. The American Star Awards recognizes FFA members who have developed outstanding skills through the completion of their supervised agricultural experience program. Finalists for the American Star Farmer are Joseph Arnold of Minnesota (Lac qui Parle Valley FFA Chapter); Nickolas James Vollmer of Colorado (the Merino FFA Chapter); Jake Fanning of Oklahoma (Laverne FFA Chapter); and Mark Cavallero of California (Madera FFA Chapter). Continue reading National FFA names American Star finalists at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Japanese beetles a problem in soybeans this year

An entomologist says Japanese beetles are more of a problem for farmers this season because of expanding populations and pressure from other insects. Andy Michel with Ohio State University tells Brownfield Japanese beetles have spread out from the eastern Corn Belt over the past decade, leading to significant defoliation of soybeans in recent years. “It’s not just Japanese beetles, they’re part of a defoliation complex. Different areas of the Corn Belt have bean leaf beetles, grasshoppers, and it’s just that complex of defoliation that if it gets to be too much of a level, it gets to be a really big problem.” He says soybeans planted late are most susceptible. Continue reading Japanese beetles a problem in soybeans this year at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

InfoAg focuses on technology application

A spokesman for the precision agriculture event InfoAg says it’s not so much the technology itself that matters, but what it does. Quentin Rund tells Brownfield the InfoAg Conference this week features cutting-edge precision agriculture equipment, and speakers talking about how technology is applied. “We do try to bring some newer technology, some things we see that may be coming down the road,” Rund told Brownfield Ag News about the annual conference, “but we always try to focus on practical application of the technology.” The InfoAg Conference has been held each year since 1995, according to Rund. Continue reading InfoAg focuses on technology application at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

New NCGA board member talks priorities on Capitol Hill

Besides the weather, the making of the 2018 Farm Bill was the big topic at NCGA’s Corn Congress this week in Washington, DC. Missouri Corn Growers President Gary Porter tells Brownfield Ag News, “One of the most important things for most of the corn farmers in America is crop insurance. It something gives you a little something to fall back on and some kind of a guarantee. So, that’s something that the corn farmers in America wanted us to make sure that we got across to all the legislators here on the Capitol.” Porter, who was elected to the NCGA board this week, says members have been meeting one on one with legislators about farm bill priorities for corn growers in each state, “There’s a couple states that is really wanting to increase a little CRP. Continue reading New NCGA board member talks priorities on Capitol Hill at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Minor setback won’t deter supporters of RVP relief

Renewable fuels supporters say a minor setback won’t prevent Reid Vapor Pressure relief from eventually happening. In response to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee decision to not consider the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act before Congress adjourns for August recess, Growth Energy director of government affairs John Fuher tells Brownfield progress has been made. “There’s a lot of positive, forward movement on getting this done, but I think the tight timeframe (Congress) was given to get this done…it was just going to be really tough to get it done before the Wednesday deadline.” American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) executive vice president Brian Jennings thanked Senators Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Joe Donnelly of Indiana for spearheading legislation that would allow for higher blends of ethanol during the summer. Continue reading Minor setback won’t deter supporters of RVP relief at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Southern rust on corn confirmed in two Indiana counties

Southern rust on corn has been moving north and has now been confirmed in two Indiana counties. Kiersten Wise, a plant pathologist with the University of Kentucky says southern rust can impact yield. “If it arrives at a time when corn is tasselling, silking, or even into blister we can see some yield loss if conditions are favorable for the disease,” she says. She tells Brownfield the potential for yield loss due to southern rust is higher this year due to the delayed growth stages of corn. Continue reading Southern rust on corn confirmed in two Indiana counties at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Soybeans, corn down, on possible weather improvement

Soybeans were lower on profit taking and technical selling. Forecasts over the next week look mixed, with most of the rain in the eastern Midwest, including parts of Ohio which are already too wet. Temperatures could moderate somewhat after another round of high heat. New crop exports are slower than normal because of record South American production. Soybean meal and oil were lower, following beans. Argentina’s Ag Ministry lowered its 2016/17 soybean production estimate to 55 million tons because of an increase in corn acreage. Continue reading Soybeans, corn down, on possible weather improvement at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Direct cash cattle business mostly steady

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher ahead of the USDA’s monthly cattle on feed and bi-annual cattle inventory numbers. The numbers indicate continued expansion, but a number of contracts are at a discount to the recent cash business. August was up $.55 at $116.42 and October was $.32 higher at $117.40. Feeder cattle were higher on the lower corn and position squaring ahead of those USDA reports. August was $.67 higher at $152.95 and September was up $.82 at $153.15. Continue reading Direct cash cattle business mostly steady at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

June cattle placements up 16%, total herd 4% larger

The USDA says placements of cattle on feed in June were extremely aggressive. Placements were up 16% from June 2016 at 1.770 million head, a lot more than what many analysts were expecting, because of expectations for declining feed costs and improved pasture conditions. Most of those cattle will head to market later this winter or early next spring. Marketings during June were 4% above a year ago at 1.989 million head, the 11th month in a row with an increase, thanks to good margins and beef demand. Continue reading June cattle placements up 16%, total herd 4% larger at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Milk futures lower, cash dairy mixed

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were pressured by follow through selling and the year to year increase in June milk production. August was down $.20 at $16.10, September was $.17 lower at $16.46, October was down $.10 at $16.71, and November was 4.07 lower at $16.83. Cash cheese blocks were up $.0025 at $1.7075. One load was sold at $1.7075. The last uncovered offer was for one load at $1.72. Continue reading Milk futures lower, cash dairy mixed at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

China’s biotech approval process back in spotlight

China’s confusing biotech approval process is back in the spotlight after the country recently approved two GMO products but left four others on the waiting list. Iowa ag secretary Bill Northey will be in China next week as part of an Iowa agricultural trade mission. He says the issue of biotech trait approval will likely be discussed. “There needs to be a process—a little more transparent—so people know what’s coming,” Northey says. Continue reading China’s biotech approval process back in spotlight at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 21, 2017

Sep. corn closed at $3.79 and 3/4, down 11 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybeans closed at $10.09, down 4 and 1/4 cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $329.70, down 80 cents Aug. soybean oil closed at 33.80, down 17 points Sep. wheat closed at $4.99 and 1/4, down 6 and 1/2 cents Aug. live cattle closed at $116.42, up 55 cents Aug. lean hogs closed at $81.10, unchanged Sep. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 21, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Campbell Soup is withdrawing from GMA

Campbell Soup Company says it is dropping its membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). According to various media reports, the move stems from disagreement over labeling of products containing genetically modified ingredients. Campbell split from the rest of the food industry in early 2016 with a commitment to label all of its products containing GMOs. Campbell also supported efforts to make GMO labeling mandatory, while GMA fought to keep it voluntary. Campbell has also stated that it plans to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new “nutrition facts panel” by the original July 2018 deadline, even though the timetable was recently delayed by the agency. Continue reading Campbell Soup is withdrawing from GMA at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Mink production continues to decline

Mink production continued to decline last year from its peak in 2014. The USDA says 3.3 million pelts were produced, down 10 percent from the year before. The value of pelts declined one percent while the average price increased three dollars to $35 per pelt. Wisconsin led the nation in mink production with 1.2 million pelts. Continue reading Mink production continues to decline at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

Japanese firm agrees to buy Kansas-based Creekstone Farms

A diversified Japanese trading firm has agreed to purchase Kansas-based packing company Creekstone Farms. Creekstone is the 12th largest US packing firm and supplies high-quality meats, including Black Angus beef and never raised with antibiotics Duroc Pork. Following China’s lifting of the US beef ban, Creekstone gained its license to export beef to the country. Japan’s Nikkei financial press says Marubeni expects China’s appetite for meat to increase as the middle class continues to grow and has targeted sales of $620 million by 2020 by increasing exports to China along with other countries. Continue reading Japanese firm agrees to buy Kansas-based Creekstone Farms at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

McKinney’s diverse background a good fit for new USDA role

Earlier this week Indiana State Director of Agriculture Ted McKinney was selected by President Trump to serve as the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. McKinney tells Brownfield he’s honored to be nominated by the President. “I so appreciate the support and encouragement from Secretary Perude and frankly the many friends here in the industry and Indiana who have reached out and expressed support,” he says. “I look forward to serving – if confirmed.” In May, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the creation of the position, which he says is a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. Continue reading McKinney’s diverse background a good fit for new USDA role at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jul 21, 2017

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