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Mike Drinnin is a cattle feeder from Clarks, Nebraska and immediate past president of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s organization. In this interview with Brownfield, Drinnin discusses challenges facing his operation, and the cattle industry in... (full story)


After a stretch of wet, cool weather, warmer conditions are in the forecast. That will favor diseases and pests as April starts. (full story)


#1. Evaluate orchard for blight spray. Timing of your first walnut blight spray should depend on the orchard’s disease history and forecast weather. If rain is forecast and the orchard […] (full story)


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Black Swan.  Uncharted territory. Unprecedented.  Those are just a few the terms you might have heard recently to describe the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. In this Managing for Profit, ag economist David Widmar addresses the... (full story)


In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Coronavirus – Farm Income Outlook | Aid Bill Passed | and more. (full story)


Each year I’m surprised at the number of producers not currently using the DD50 Rice Management Program on their farms.  This program is designed to take much of the guesswork […] (full story)


DOT Announces Funding Opportunity for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is inviting competitive grant applications for projects that improve facilities related to operating coastal […] (full story)


Wisconsin’s Farm Bureau President says farmers and consumers can take some of the strain off the supply chain during the coronavirus outbreak by buying and operating as usual whenever possible. Joe Bragger says, “You know, one of the things... (full story)


In 2019 we ran calls on about 40 fields where producers were disappointed with their Palmer amaranth control from applications of Engenia or XtendiMax. We collected Palmer amaranth seed last […] (full story)


The rainy spring has delayed burndown for most Tennessee producers. In this podcast, Dr. Larry Steckel discusses considerations for adapting burndown programs to wet weather delays. (full story)


Cotton planting and early season thrips management are almost upon us. We are fortunate today to have varieties that have three-plus bale yield potential. While we can’t control rainfall patterns […] (full story)


On Monday, it was stated that the American consulate in Mexico would be shut down, meaning that H2As would be destined for the U.S. could not be processed. That would […] (full story)


Significant sulfur (S) deficiency in Iowa crops was first documented about 15 years ago. First identified in alfalfa and then corn and soybean. Since then about 150 trials with corn […] (full story)


This week was hot, dry and very windy across the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV). Temperatures all week were mainly in the mid to lower 90s during the day and […] (full story)


Claims of poor fertilizer application and visual striping in fields have increased in recent years. This issue impacts all sectors of the supply chain including growers, custom applicators, cooperatives and […] (full story)


Growers using paraquat need to be aware of new requirements issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. (full story)


As temperatures warm this spring, cover crop termination is on the to-do list for some Iowa fields.  Killing cover crops with herbicides is the most common termination method. The effectiveness […] (full story)


Over the past several years as row crop prices declined, farmers and landowners across the nation have searched for alternative crops that might improve the financial bottom line. With the […] (full story)


Despite the Covid-19 crisis, our mission remains unchanged and that is to serve Arkansas and its community. As rain continues to delay planting and cool temperatures persist, seedling diseases could […] (full story)


Crawfish producer Allen McLain’s business has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus’ impact on the restaurant business. “We’re struggling. It’s not looking good,” said McLain, of Abbeville. A big portion […] (full story)


Average spot quotations were 477 points lower than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color […] (full story)


  Market Watch with Alan Brugler March 27, 2020 It Will Change Over the years, I have heard a number of variations on the phase “If you don’t like the weather here in (insert state or city here) just wait 24 hours and it will change”. This is... (full story)


The S&P 500 Large Cap Index ($SPX) is off it's recent low but is no way near its past 200 Day Moving averages sell signal at 3,023.94. For those of you who follow me on a regular basis you know I get out of the market with a hard stop loss at th... (full story)


Earlier this week, Bloomberg writers Isis Almeida and Agnieszka de Sousa reported that, “It’s not just grocery shoppers who are hoarding pantry staples. Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during […] (full story)


April Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange down 38 cents at $15.32.  May 69 lower at $13.87.  June through August contracts 58 to 73 cents lower Friday. Dry whey steady at $0.33. Blocks down $0.15 at $1.59. ... (full story)


A market expert says the ethanol production slowdown might cause a shift in livestock feed. Mike North with Commodity Risk Management Group says, “And so the price of DDG’s has risen over the course of the last several weeks, and... (full story)


Despite reports that African swine fever cases have dropped significantly in China, the CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers says the virus remains a major threat to U.S. pork producers. David Preisler is skeptical about the transparency of the... (full story)


A recent survey by AgCareers.com asked 600 employees and candidates how COVID-19 is impacting their employment. Seventy-five percent of respondents said there was no change at all. But, 25 percent of employees experienced less hours, layoffs, or... (full story)


At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle ended the day sharply lower on weakness in wholesale prices, broader market pressure, and follow-through selling.  Feeder cattle were lower on the same factors.  Feeder cattle will trade with expanded... (full story)


Missouri’s Agriculture Director says steps are being taken to keep the food supply chain going. Chris Chinn says the supply chain is trying to catch up with demand, “I think we’re on the right track to get that done now with extending the... (full story)


The executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says the stimulus bill passed by Congress is appreciated but a short-term remedy and not a complete fix. Mike Deering tells Brownfield Ag News, “It’s unprecedented for us to ask for... (full story)


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A silver lining to the precipitous drop in energy markets is reduced fuel prices as farmers go into spring planting. Southwest Minnesota corn and soybean grower Bryan Biegler tells Brownfield diesel in the area is down more than 20 cents just in... (full story)


Summary Storms delivered much-needed precipitation to California’s key watershed areas before soaking an area from the southeastern Plains into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys with as much as 2 to […] (full story)


Soybeans were mixed on commercial spread adjustments, favoring nearby contracts over deferred months. It was an up and down day for beans, with pressure from the broader market against periodic support from traders trying to buy back some acreage... (full story)


Brownfield ag meteorologist Greg Soulje expects much of the Midwest to be dry and cool the first half of April. But he says the second half will probably be wetter. “So (the month) starts good, (but) gets worse. And a range of... (full story)


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A southeast Minnesota farmer says he’s fortunate to have marketed most of his 2019 crop before the coronavirus outbreak sunk prices. Ryan Buck of Goodhue tells Brownfield last year’s planting delays provided some opportunities to lock in some... (full story)


May corn closed at $3.46, down 2 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $8.81 and 1/2, up 1 and 1/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $323.10, up 20 cents May soybean oil closed at 26.85, up 35 points May wheat closed at $5.71 and 1/4, up 2 and 1/4... (full story)


When it comes to improving the performance and overall health of pigs, many producers think about feed additives or antimicrobials first, said Sara Hough, DVM, DSM, senior regional technical services swine-North America.  “We need to get back to... (full story)


An Illinois farmer says with the struggles of 2019 behind him, things are looking up for a better growing season this year. Tim Seifert farms corn and soybeans in Auburn, Illinois. He tells Brownfield an earlier plating date would be a good... (full story)


Hopefully it’s not a freight train. The grain markets were dosed in positivity this week. July corn was up 2¢ and July soybeans were up 21¢ for the week ending March 27, 2020. May wheat was up 33¢. “That dead cat we mentioned last week bounce,”... (full story)


The sharp drop in ethanol prices has pushed many ethanol plants deeper into the red, forcing many of them to scale back production or idle plants completely. But what about the big drop in corn prices? Have they come down enough to allow plants to... (full story)


Peanut prices received by farmers for all farmer stock peanuts averaged 20.4 cents per pound for the week ending March 21, up 0.2 cent from the previous week. Marketings of […] (full story)


Peanut stocks reported in commercial storage on February 29, 2020 totaled 4.16 billion pounds of equivalent farmer stock, compared with 4.33 billion pounds a year ago. This total includes 3.42 […] (full story)


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