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Much cooler, colder days ahead for the Heartland

Much cooler, colder days ahead for the Heartland

Meanwhile, locally heavy precipitation in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies will end by Saturday. The remainder of the West, as well as the High Plains, will receive little or no precipitation during the next 5 days. Meanwhile, a strong surge of cool air will arrive across the Plains and Midwest late in the weekend…Read more »

Summer-like feel covers much of the Heartland

Summer-like feel covers much of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is fostering corn and soybean maturation—and an accelerating harvest pace. On September 20, at least one-half of the corn was fully mature in all Midwestern States except Ohio (30% mature), Michigan (37%), North Dakota (39%), and Wisconsin (49%). Friday’s high temperatures should reach or exceed 90° as far…Read more »

Update on the Case IH AFS Connect Steiger tractor

Update on the Case IH AFS Connect Steiger tractor

Case IH tractor product specialist Nate McGraw was running the new AFS Connect Steiger 540 Quadtrac tractor during tillage demos at the Farm Progress Show site in early September. McGraw talked with Brownfield about how AFS Connect is improving productivity on the farm. AUDIO: Nate McGraw …      Read more »

Hog futures rebound to close out the week

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle ended the day lower ahead of Friday’s Cattle on Feed report.  Feeder cattle had additional pressure from the modestly higher move in corn.  October live cattle closed $.45 lower at $107.57 and December live cattle closed $.87 lower at $111.50.  October feeder cattle closed $1.95 lower…Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 25, 2020

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: September 25, 2020

Dec. corn closed at $3.65 and 1/4, up 1 and 3/4 centsNov. soybeans closed at $10.02 and 1/2, up 2 and 1/2 centsOct. soybean meal closed at $336.90, up $3.10Oct. soybean oil closed at 32.84, up 48 pointsDec. wheat closed at $5.44 and 1/4, down 5 and 1/2 centsOct. live cattle closed at $107.57, down…Read more »

MO farmer about to harvest has concerns

MO farmer about to harvest has concerns

A northwestern Missouri farmer says he’s on the doorstep of harvest Richard Oswald said he’s a few days out from corn harvest and his soybeans are dropping leaves. He tells Brownfield he’s having excellent weather for field drying and an early freeze would be welcome. “Right now, frost would not be negative for us at…Read more »

A-Gs and meat groups able to file briefs in line speed suit

A-Gs and meat groups able to file briefs in line speed suit

Seven state attorneys general and two ag groups will be allowed to file briefs in a lawsuit that challenges a 2019 USDA rule that eliminated line speed limits at swine production facilities. According to DTN, a court ruling allows friend-of-the-court briefs from attorneys general in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan and four other states, to support a…Read more »

Missouri Cattlemen’s pleased with CFAP2 rollout

Missouri Cattlemen’s pleased with CFAP2 rollout

The second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program applications is now open, and the executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says USDA learned a thing or two from last time. “This time they [USDA], I think they’ve done a good job rolling it out, communicating with stakeholders and also making it make sense,”…Read more »

Small Business Administration, USDA tour PPP sites

Small Business Administration, USDA tour PPP sites

Photo: Bob Duckart giving SBA and USDA officials a tour of his fresh cranberry packing facility near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. USDA and Small Business Administration officials are seeing first-hand how relief programs like the Paycheck Protection Program are helping farmers. Rob Scott Rob Scott is the Regional Administrator for the Small Business Administration, and he…Read more »

ASA pleased highway extension in CR

ASA pleased highway extension in CR

The American Soybean Association is glad there’s at least a one-year extension of the current Surface Transportation program in the short-term budget continuing resolution in Congress. But ASA’s government affairs director Alexa Combelic says, ”While we’re thankful to see a one-year extension, long term surface transportation bills are really critically for meaningful investments in our…Read more »