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Advisor says culling dairy cows too soon hurts profitability

Advisor says culling dairy cows too soon hurts profitability

A dairy advisor says producers should carefully consider when to cull cows from the herd. Dr. Andy Bohnhoff with ProAGtive Technologies says dairy producers might be losing money if they’re culling cows too quickly. He says, “If you’re an expansion herd, you don’t usually cull your animals just because you want to keep them all…Read more »

Wide-ranging weather, temps across the Heartland

Wide-ranging weather, temps across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, dry, breezy conditions are spreading across the upper Midwest, where a significant snow cover exists. Meanwhile, central and eastern sections of Corn Belt are experiencing a mix of rain and wet snow, as well as muddy conditions due to thawing of previously frozen fields. On the Plains, dry weather and seasonable…Read more »

A mild mid-Winter pattern for much of the Heartland

A mild mid-Winter pattern for much of the Heartland

With cold air temporarily cut off from reaching the continental U.S., near- or above-normal temperatures can be expected during the next several days. The warmest weather, relative to normal, will be observed in the Great Lakes States. Mostly dry weather will accompany the mid-winter warmth in several regions, including the northern Plains and an area…Read more »

Direct and indirect benefits to corn farmers from Phase One

Direct and indirect benefits to corn farmers from Phase One

Corn farmers are wondering about the direct and indirect benefits of the phase one trade agreement with China. Tom Haag of Minnesota, who serves on the National Corn Growers Board of Directors, tells Brownfield it’s okay that China has not been a huge market for U.S. corn. “The thing about it is all our ag…Read more »

Senators ask new FDA Commissioner to enforce dairy label standards

Senators ask new FDA Commissioner to enforce dairy label standards

Two U.S. Senators have reached out to the new Food and Drug Administration Commissioner asking for tougher enforcement of dairy labeling standards.  Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Republican Jim Risch from Idaho sent a letter to Stephen Hahn asking him to combat the misuse of dairy terms on non-dairy products. Baldwin says a public…Read more »

MN farmer likens diversification to playing chess instead of checkers

MN farmer likens diversification to playing chess instead of checkers

A southeast Minnesota farmer likens diversification on his farm to board games. Tom Cotter is transitioning organic, grows hemp, incorporates strip and no-till practices, uses cover crops, and raises beef cattle on about 1,000 acres near Austin. “It’s like playing checkers compared to chess. Conventional ways (like) checkers is just one or two basic moves.…Read more »

’20 outlook much darker without MFP

’20 outlook much darker without MFP

The president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers says the outlook for 2020 would be far different if it weren’t for the Market Facilitation Program. “I think it would be dismal.” Jamie Beyer, who farms north of Wheaton in west-central Minnesota, tells Brownfield several producers have told her MFP payments were their only profit the past…Read more »