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Dicamba drift causes wide range of yield impact

Soybean growers are reporting a wide range of yield impact from dicamba drift this year. Bob Worth is a farmer from southwest Minnesota and secretary of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. “It’s huge. In some cases, the dicamba increased the yield, and in some cases it went all the way up to a 12-bushel decrease.” Worth also chairs the Dicamba Task Force commissioned by the Minnesota Soybean Growers. Continue reading Dicamba drift causes wide range of yield impact at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Tyson building plans pause in Kansas, proceed in Tennessee

Tyson Foods is moving forward with a new chicken production plant in Tennessee, but delaying a possible new plant in Kansas. Tyson announced they will build a new 300-million dollar chicken production facility in Gibson County near Humboldt. This is in addition to the expansion of their Union City facility announced in August. The new project is expected to create 15-hundred new jobs when it opens in 2019. The Humboldt site will be Tyson’s fifth in Tennessee. Continue reading Tyson building plans pause in Kansas, proceed in Tennessee at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Addressing animal health in next Farm Bill

The turkey grower who presented the Thanksgiving turkeys pardoned by President Trump wants to ensure the federal government makes animal health a priority. Carl Wittenburg, a producer from western Minnesota and president of the National Turkey Federation, says the industry is better prepared should another widespread avian influenza outbreak occur. “I think we’re all up on our toes being prepared. And the animal health (legislation) that we’re trying to push through the Farm Bill is going to be very important to making sure we continue to be prepared if we do have another bout of high-path AI.” Livestock groups are asking that animal health risks be addressed in the next Farm Bill, with Foot-and-Mouth Disease and avian flu top priorities. Continue reading Addressing animal health in next Farm Bill at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

USDA awards veterinary grants

The USDA has announced thirteen grants to help support rural veterinary services in shortage areas. The grant recipients include Lodi Veterinary Hospital and Mondovi Veterinary Service in Wisconsin, and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Overall, 2-point-3 million dollars was awarded. The 13 grants were funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the 2014 Farm Bill. Iowa State will use 250-thousand dollars to create a residency program in food animal parasitology. Continue reading USDA awards veterinary grants at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Appropriations bill includes Great Lakes funding

Money for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is part of a U.S. Senate appropriations bill. Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin says the 300-million dollars secured in the spending bill is an economic necessity for the region. If the spending plan passes, it will continue to fund the clean-up of polluted sites, restore water quality and combat invasive species throughout the Great Lakes region. President Trump proposed eliminating federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Continue reading Appropriations bill includes Great Lakes funding at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Ample commodity supplies are reason for consumers to be thankful

American Farm Bureau Federation economist John Newton says U.S. consumers benefit from the lower commodity market trend. Newton tells Brownfield exceptions have been avian flu’s effect on eggs and tight pork belly stocks’ effect on bacon. But he says lower farm prices because of ample supplies of grain, dairy and livestock are a relief at the checkout counter. “We can still have systemic shocks that will drive food prices up in one area or another,” Newton told Brownfield Ag News at the recent NAFB Trade Talk event in Kansas City, “but overall, when you look in general it’s been relatively flat, and that benefits the consumer.” Specifically at Thanksgiving, Newton says supplies of turkey and other ingredients give U.S. Continue reading Ample commodity supplies are reason for consumers to be thankful at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

U.S. veal producers concerned about import quality

The President of the American Veal Association says he is concerned about veal imports from the European Union. Dale Bakke tells Brownfield the EU’s definition of veal is different, which explains why American veal is a higher-quality product. “American veal is raised for 20-22 weeks, about 475 to 500 pounds. They’re raised on a diet primarily of milk. They’re also getting generally 100-150 pounds of grain where European veal is raised for 26 up to 52 weeks of age, so it’s a significantly older animal and plus they’re fed on a diet primarily of grain.” Bakke also says EU veal producers are using animal health products that are illegal in the U.S. Continue reading U.S. veal producers concerned about import quality at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Cattle, hog futures up ahead of holiday

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day sharply higher in light trade volume on technical support. Wholesale beef’s firm move at the midday was supportive of the day’s trade. Follow through buying is helping to bring some traders back into the market. December live cattle closed $1.07 higher at $119.05 and February live cattle closed $1.42 higher at $125.47. January feeder cattle closed $1.10 higher at $152.72 and March feeder cattle closed $1.32 higher at $151.15. Continue reading Cattle, hog futures up ahead of holiday at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

To stuff or not?

What’s the safest way to stuff a turkey? Turkeys are traditionally stuffed for holiday feasts, but did you know not all stuffed turkeys are equal? Judy Harrison with the University of Georgia Extension says while you can buy pre-stuffed turkeys, be careful… HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – To stuff or not? Continue reading To stuff or not? at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 22, 2017

Dec. corn closed at $3.45 and 1/4, up 1/4 cent Jan. soybeans closed at $9.97 and 1/4, up 8 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $324.40, up $6.10 Dec. soybean oil closed at 34.05, down 12 points Dec. wheat closed at $4.22 and 3/4, down 2 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $119.05, up $1.07 Dec. lean hogs closed at $62.82, up $2.12 Jan. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 22, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Russia bans pork and beef imports from Brazil

Troubles continue for Brazil’s meat industry. Most recently Russia announced it is banning imports of Brazilian beef and pork after testing found the muscle growth stimulant ractopamine. The use of the feed additive is prohibited. Through October of this year, Russia had imported more than 230,000 tons of Brazilian pork. Livestock economist David Anderson says the announcement isn’t likely to have a direct impact on the US beef and pork industries. Continue reading Russia bans pork and beef imports from Brazil at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Dairy markets mostly up before Thanksgiving break

With one exception, the dairy markets gained ground before the Thanksgiving break. The last day of dairy trading this week at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange saw the Class III milk futures for November down $.02 to $16.80. Everything else closed up. December milk was up $.05 at $15.42. January was up $.06 at $14.66. February was up $.10 to $14.66. There were gains in the milk futures market for the balance of 2018, including some double-digit increases in June, July, October, and December. Continue reading Dairy markets mostly up before Thanksgiving break at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Concerns increase over market access to Japan

The 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership recently announced plans to move forward with a modified trade agreement without the US. US Meat Export Federation economist Erin Borror says if that agreement is implemented it would create market access problems for US beef and pork in Japan. Japan is currently the largest export market for US beef. “We pay higher tariffs in Japan than any other significant market,” she says. Continue reading Concerns increase over market access to Japan at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Soybean farmers partner with county road commission

A partnership between soybean farmers and a county road commission is providing new technology to inspect rural bridges. Kathy Maurer with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee says most weight limits on bridges are made from visual inspections and when limits are imposed they can cause major reroutes that add up for farmers. “Every time a farmer has to recognize a load limit, it will add time and it will add dollars to the cost of them moving their inputs and their products.” She says a $10,000 grant from the checkoff, with the help of the Soybean Transportation Coalition, was able to provide a sensor kit and training to Midland County Road Commission to re-evaluate load limits on three rural bridges. Continue reading Soybean farmers partner with county road commission at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Weekly ethanol production notches new high

Last week’s average daily ethanol production was a new all-time high at 1.074 million barrels a day. That is up 20,000 on the week and 13,000 more than the previous record, set in late January 2017. Profit margins are good, with relatively inexpensive and plentiful corn, and demand is solid, even with uncertainties about potential changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Stocks jumped 400,000 barrels to 21.897 million, in-line with the usual seasonal trend. Continue reading Weekly ethanol production notches new high at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Soybeans, corn up ahead of Thanksgiving

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. The trade’s watching the tail end of harvest, expecting most areas to wrap up by the weekend. The USDA’s final 2017 production totals for beans and corn are out in January. Forecasts for parts of Argentina and southern Brazil are drier, possibly because of the current weak La Nina pattern. Conditions in most of the rest of Brazil look good. Still, with the uncertainties, DTN FOB prices at Brazil’s ports hit a more than three month high. Continue reading Soybeans, corn up ahead of Thanksgiving at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

USTR ‘concerned’ about lack of headway in latest NAFTA negotiations

The fifth round of NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City is over, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issuing a written statement which almost exactly matches what he said after the fourth round back in October. “We have seen no indication that our partners are willing to make any changes that will result in a rebalancing and a reduction in these huge trade deficits,” Lighthizer said at that time. In his written statement, Lighthizer said he was concerned about the lack of progress and said he hoped there would be more before the end of the year. Continue reading USTR ‘concerned’ about lack of headway in latest NAFTA negotiations at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Court delays air emissions reporting requirement

A DC Circuit Court has delayed until January 22nd the start of a mandate that requires livestock operations to file air emissions reports. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president Craig Uden calls sthe court-ordered stay “welcome news”. He says ag operations were never intended to be regulated by the environmental laws. Uden says the 60-day stay will give the livestock industry additional time to continue working on the introduction of stand-alone legislation to fix the issue. Continue reading Court delays air emissions reporting requirement at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

Nitrogen fertilizer prices hit 10-year low

There’s welcome relief for farmers managing fertilizer inputs on a tight budget next year. University of Illinois professor of farm management Gary Schnitkey says average nitrogen fertilizer prices have hit a 10-year low. “Just to give you a feel for that, we’re looking at roughly $400 dollars of anhydrous ammonia in 2017, and that’s even down considerably from last year at over $500 dollars per ton.” He attributes the decrease to new anhydrous ammonia plants coming online and fewer U.S. Continue reading Nitrogen fertilizer prices hit 10-year low at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

New sustainability metrics for beef industry

Sustainability metrics for the beef industry are now available to measure progress throughout the value chain. The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has developed the metrics for each stage of the animal’s lifecycle through the food service chain. Nancy Labbe with the World Wildlife Fund, and a member of group, says the metrics took two years to develop and address important areas in the beef sustainability conversation. Continue reading New sustainability metrics for beef industry at Brownfield Ag News.
Read Article | Nov 22, 2017

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