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Pollinator research projects announced as part of pollinator week

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced $6.8 million will be awarded to promote pollinator health research. Honeybee Health Coalition Facilitator Julie Shapiro says while there are more than 20,000 bee species worldwide, honeybees are managed pollinators and essential for growing major food crops. “Beekeepers can manage bees in social colonies that they can then move around the country, in the case of the U.S., to provide pollination services. Native pollinators are of course really important as well in the work that they do on the ground, but honeybees are the number one managed pollinator.” Funded projects will research ways to promote pollinator health, reduce honeybee colony losses, and restore pollinator habitats as recent declines in pollinator populations continue. Continue reading Pollinator research projects announced as part of pollinator week at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 22, 2017

Trump discusses agriculture in Iowa speech

President Donald Trump discussed agriculture during a stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday night. In a 20-minute before a crowd of about 250 people at Kirkwood Community College, Trump touched on several ag-related topics. “Family farms are the backbone of America and my administration will always support the farmer.” “We will protect the corn-based ethanol and biofuels that power our country.” “I will be including a provision in our infrastructure proposal to promote and enhance broadband access for rural America also.” “We will rebuild rural America.” Bob Hemesath of Dacorah, Iowa, chairman of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, said he was glad to hear Trump reaffirm his commitment to ethanol and the importance of ag trade. Continue reading Trump discusses agriculture in Iowa speech at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 22, 2017

Research shows eggs boost growth in malnourished kids

Eggs in the diet can have growth benefits for children, according to new research. Rachel Bassler is with the Egg Nutrition Center and says two new studies show adding eggs to the diet of malnourished infants and children can help them grow. Continue reading Research shows eggs boost growth in malnourished kids at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 22, 2017

Don’t jump the gun on replanting after storms

A farm management analyst cautions growers not to overreact if some of their crops were recently damaged during severe weather. Kent Thiesse is based in south-central Minnesota. Parts of the state have experienced heavy rains, strong winds, and hail this month. He tells Brownfield farmers can lose some of their plant populations and still achieve 90 to 100 percent of optimum yields. “You can even get up to 50 percent reduction on a corn stand with only a 20 percent yield reduction. Continue reading Don’t jump the gun on replanting after storms at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

UAV bill introduced in House would give more control to local officials

A U.S. Congressman from Minnesota has introduced legislation intended to give more control to state and local officials who regulate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s). Jason Lewis says the Drone Innovation Act addresses the operation of drones flying below 200 feet. “So on the one hand we have a national airspace that we want to preserve for interstate commerce, and there’s a federal rule there. But I want to maintain the local control over the traditional things like a common law nuisance or privacy and property rights. Continue reading UAV bill introduced in House would give more control to local officials at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Momentum building for Biodiesel Tax Credit

A Minnesota Soybean Growers Association director says momentum is building in Congress to reinstate the Biodiesel Tax Credit. Chris Hill farms near Brewster, Minnesota, and is in Washington, D.C. this week for a National Biodiesel Board (NBB) meeting. He tells Brownfield there’s mounting support for a bill that not only renews the legislation, but changes the structure of the tax credit. “What we’re asking for is to put the $1 dollar per-gallon credit back on, and change it from a blender’s credit to a producer’s credit.” Previous tax credits have only been available to blenders of biodiesel, which NBB vice president of federal affairs Anne Steckel says allows foreign manufacturers to take advantage of U.S. Continue reading Momentum building for Biodiesel Tax Credit at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

New Minnesota Corn policy director has background in renewables

The new public policy director for the Minnesota Corn Growers has a background in renewable energy. Amanda Bilek comes to MCGA after nine years as government affairs director for Minneapolis-based Great Plains Institute. “(I) helped lead state initiatives to implement public policy for energy-related issues. And I’ve always kind of worked at the intersection of agriculture and energy, working on ways to use biomass for advanced biofuels, or biofuels generally.” Bilek says she’s excited to work on behalf of corn farmers, and build relationships with policy leaders at the state and federal level. Continue reading New Minnesota Corn policy director has background in renewables at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Rains a challenge for SE Minnesota farmer

A southeast Minnesota farmer says persistent rains made this spring challenging. Ben Daley of Lewiston tells Brownfield corn planting was slowed by saturated soils. “We planted quite a few of our corn acres before a wet spell, then obviously planted a lot after. And there was a lot of yellow corn out there. I saw a lot of the yellow corn, (and) not just in our (fields).” He says a three week stretch of dry weather helped turn the corn crop around. Continue reading Rains a challenge for SE Minnesota farmer at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Wheat gives back some of recent gains

Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling. The trade followed through on Tuesday, while watching the weather, which looks generally non-threatening in most of the Midwest. New acreage and quarterly stocks numbers are out on the 30th. Demand is strong, but exports have faced increasing competition from South America’s record crop, and there’s a lot of uncertainty connected to acreage. Soybean meal and oil followed beans lower. Safras e Mercado says 58% of Brazil’s soybeans have been sold, slower than average, and probably why the U.S. Continue reading Wheat gives back some of recent gains at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Cattle trade at sharply lower prices

A light to moderate cattle trade developed on Wednesday afternoon in several areas. Most of the live sales in the North are marked at 122.00, $9.00 lower than last week’s weighted average basis Nebraska. Activity in the South ranged from 122.00 to 123.00, $8.00 to 9.00 lower than last week. Feedlot resolve seemed to weaken after futures were unable to hold an early rally. The slaughter was estimated at 118,000 head, 2,000 more than last week and 6,000 more than last year. Continue reading Cattle trade at sharply lower prices at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Milk futures lower, cash dairy mixed

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were pressured by follow through selling and demand uncertainties. July was down $.06 at $15.91, August was $.04 lower at $16.69, September was down $.08 at $16.91, and October was $.07 lower at $16.91. Cash cheese blocks were $.0375 lower at $1.56. Three loads were sold, two at $1.56 and one at $1.5975. The last uncovered offer was for one load at $1.56. Continue reading Milk futures lower, cash dairy mixed at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Farmers Union seeks CRP acreage release in 4 states

Farmers Union leaders in four states and the head of the National Farmers Union are asking the U.S. Ag Secretary for emergency haying and grazing help for farmers . In a letter to Secretary Perdue, these Farmers Union groups are asking for the release of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in all of North Dakota, and parts of South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. The letter says members have reported a feed supply that is deteriorating because of severe drought and hay that is becoming more and more scarce. Continue reading Farmers Union seeks CRP acreage release in 4 states at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 21, 2017

Jul. corn closed at $3.68 and 3/4, down 1 and 1/4 cents Jul. soybeans closed at $9.18 and 3/4, down 9 cents Jul. soybean meal closed at $297.90, down $3.00 Jul. soybean oil closed at 31.85, down 17 cents Jul. wheat closed at $4.64 and 1/2, down 8 cents Jun. live cattle closed at $119.50, down 85 cents Jul. lean hogs closed at $86.07, up $1.07 Jul. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 21, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Cattle industry analyst sees positive shift in beef demand

A cattle industry analyst says this spring’s unexpected cattle market turnaround bodes well for the future of the industry. Dr. Nevil Speer, CEO of Agri-Clear, says the fact that this spring’s cattle market rally was driven by increased consumer demand for beef is a very positive sign. “What’s exciting about that is, it didn’t just happen. It’s not a fluke,” Speer says. “It really was driven by consumers—consumers continue to come back to beef. Continue reading Cattle industry analyst sees positive shift in beef demand at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Honeybee Health Coalition demonstration project underway

The Honeybee Health Coalition is heading up a three year demonstration project to implement collaborative best management practices that help reduce honeybee colony loses. Coalition Facilitator Julie Shapiro says while honeybee losses have historically ranged from 10-15 percent, in recent years that number has more than doubled during over wintering. “There’s scientific consensus that there’s several stress factors impacting honeybees and the loss of colonies each year as well as impacting other pollinators. Continue reading Honeybee Health Coalition demonstration project underway at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Michigan Breakfast on the Farm this weekend

A dairy farmer says there needs to be more opportunities for consumers to learn about where food comes from and how it is produced. Dan Van Dyke tells Brownfield Michigan’s Breakfast on the Farm events provide transparency to local communities and consumers about what happens on a modern farm. “We’d just like people to understand and see how we take care of the animals. It’s in our best interest to do what we can for them.” He says this Saturday their family farm J J Dairy in West Michigan will host more than 2,000 visitors, and in addition to a free breakfast and farm tour, experts will be on hand to answer agricultural questions and discuss hot topics like GMOs. Continue reading Michigan Breakfast on the Farm this weekend at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Midday cash livestock markets

The Fed Cattle Exchange Internet Auction on Wednesday had 2148 cattle listed, but only 457 head sold. The weighted average price was 123.00. The sale was not held last week due to issues with the website. There are just a few bids on the cattle being reported in Kansas at 123.00. While asking prices are not fully established some steers and heifers in the cash trade are said to be priced around 125.00 to 127.00 in the South. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Dicamba drift complaints on the rise

A weed scientist says all eyes have been on Arkansas as farmers in the state continues to battle dicamba drift issues. And despite some of the most stringent dicamba use restrictions in the country, the number if misuse complaints is on the rise. Aaron Hager with the University of Illinois says off target movement is still happening. “But unfortunately we read an article by Dr. Barber just a couple of days ago where he documents and talks about how they’re still encountering thousands of acres of soybean that have been adversely impact or drifted upon by dicamba,” he says. Continue reading Dicamba drift complaints on the rise at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Favorable Corn Belt weather in most locales

In the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather favors corn and soybean development, as well as winter wheat harvesting. In Illinois, the winter wheat harvest was 65% complete by June 18, compared to the 5-year average of 24%. Currently, showers are developing in a few areas, primarily across the western Corn Belt. On the Plains, very warm weather accompanies widely scattered showers. During the last month, a drying trend has reduced topsoil moisture and boosted irrigation demands. Continue reading Favorable Corn Belt weather in most locales at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

Farmers says “inconsistent” best describes year so far

Northwest Indiana farmer Alan Washburn says 2017 will be known for its variability. “I have neighbors that have replanted twice and say they will not replant a third time,” he says. “I’m fortunate that I didn’t have to replant anything. It all got into the ground and I finally got it all out of the ground. I have some underwater – but it is what it is. We have to deal with it.” Looking ahead to the summer, he tells Brownfield he has one concern. Continue reading Farmers says “inconsistent” best describes year so far at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Jun 21, 2017

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