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Improving the stability of your soil

Improving the stability of your soil

Establishing ground cover is an effective conservation practice, but a soil health specialist reminds farmers that isn’t the only step to improve soil health. In this Managing for Profit, Doug Peterson with the Natural Resources Conservation Service will highlight the benefits of good aggregate stability and outline the best practices to consider for the health…Read more »

Bill passes with no funding for USDA KC relocation

Bill passes with no funding for USDA KC relocation

The Kansas City Star says the appropriations bill that passed the Democrat-controlled House this afternoon contains no funding for the USDA to move two of its agencies to the Kansas City area. An amendment to strike language in the bill prohibiting the relocation of the ERS and NIFA failed. The bill awards funding for the…Read more »

Lean hog futures bounce higher

Lean hog futures bounce higher

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day mostly higher ahead of widespread direct cash business and steady retail beef prices.  Feeder cattle futures closed mostly lower on long-term demand concerns and the mixed corn trade.  August live cattle closed $.82 higher at $103.25 and October live cattle closed $.82 higher at…Read more »

Considering alternate forage crops

Considering alternate forage crops

A forage specialist says the wet start to the year has impacted alfalfa production and quality, and dairy producers may need to consider alternative forages. Keith Johnson is an Extension specialist with Purdue University.  “One that I think about that might work is planting a late to mature soybean that would give a good quality…Read more »

National ag policy forum at Minnesota Farmfest

Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Mark Dorenkamp will be the moderator for a National ag policy forum held during Minnesota Farmfest in Redwood Falls on August 6, 2019. Continue reading National ag policy forum at Minnesota Farmfest at Brownfield Ag News.      Read more »

Farmers’ working capital at “critical low”

Farmers’ working capital at “critical low”

The working capital of U.S. farmers is very low, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Brent Gloy with Agricultural Economic Insights says he was surprised by the low number which is $38-Billion dollars for 2019. Although the report did not take into account the recent rise in commodity prices or the upcoming trade mitigation…Read more »

Live hog prices soaring in China

Live hog prices soaring in China

African Swine Fever continues to spread across China wreaking havoc on its hog herd, sending live hog prices in the country soaring.  US Meat Export Federation economist Erin Borror says prices are at their highest levels since 2016.  “Seeing that price finally start to move up again is a signal that hog numbers are indeed…Read more »

Milk futures, cash dairy mixed

Milk futures, cash dairy mixed

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mixed Tuesday following the direction of cash trade. June up a penny at $16.31.  July down four cents at $17.04.  August unchanged at $17.44.  September up four cents at $17.68.  October through February contracts a penny lower to seven cents higher. Dry whey up $0.0025 at $0.3550.  Seven…Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 25, 2019

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: June 25, 2019

Jul. corn closed at $4.47 and 1/2, up 3/4 centJul. soybeans closed at $9.03 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/2 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $315.70, down $1.90Jul. soybean oil closed at 28.00, down 35 pointsJul. wheat closed at $5.35 and 3/4, down 2 and 1/4 centsJun. live cattle closed at $107.75, up 82 centsJul.…Read more »

Senate Dems want climate change transparency

Senate Dems want climate change transparency

Several Democrats on the Senate Ag Committee are pressing USDA to be more transparent about its climate change research. Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar took to Twitter Monday to raise their frustration about recent reports that the agency is suppressing scientific studies by the Ag Research Service on the effects of climate change…Read more »