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Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 19:15
President Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at improving health care access for rural communities. He told reporters, “I am directing the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Communications Commission, we were just with the heads of each one in the Oval Office just before I came up to the podium, to form a task force that will break down barriers to expanding rural health care.”Trump says his order is to help approximately 57-million people living in rural communities face unique challenges, including shortages of healthcare workers, and limited transportation opportunities.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:58
Much needed rainfall provided relief to many Tennessee crops. Seventy-three percent of soybeans are rated good to excellent with 73 percent blooming and 45 percent setting pods. Cotton is rated 67 percent good to excellent with 90 percent of the crop squaring and 67 percent setting bolls. Corn is rated 72 percent good to excellent with 94 percent silking and 59 percent in the dough stage. Sixty-three percent of tobacco is topped with 56 percent rated good to excellent.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:56
A southwest Missouri farmer caught in a drought pattern this summer has finally gotten some steady rain. Kyle Kirby tells Brownfield they got three to four inches of rain last week but it’s too late for most of his corn, “We chopped about a third of our corn crop and put it in the silage bunker. That kind of tells the story on that.”Kirby says only his irrigated corn is in good shape, “The early season corn kind of started denting and you know when that happens it’s hard to repair at that stage.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:56
Nebraska’s corn condition rating moved higher again this week, up two points to 77 percent good to excellent. The state’s soybean crop rated 79 percent good to excellent while grain sorghum checked in at 64 percent. Pasture and range conditions rated 59 percent good to excellent. Winter wheat harvest was virtually complete at 96 percent, ahead of the 90 percent average.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:53
The USDA reports moderate precipitation across the state as crops continue to progress. Seventy percent of the rice crop is rated good to excellent and 50 percent is headed, and 1 percent is mature. Eighty-eight percent of the cotton crop is rated good to excellent, 95 percent is setting bolls, and 1 percent is opening. Soybeans are rated 66 percent good to excellent with 93 percent blooming and 74 percent setting pods.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:45
A cool and relatively dry week allowed Wisconsin farmers to make hay, while other crops continued to mature. Parts of the eastern half of the state received between 1 and two-and-a-half inches of rain. USDA reporters say the 2nd cutting of alfalfa hay is now 93% finished, and the 3rd cutting is 38% finished, which is about 8 days ahead of last year but a day behind average. Eighty percent of Wisconsin’s hay is in good to excellent condition.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:45
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle closed higher and feeder cattle were mostly higher ahead of widespread direct cash business. There was additional support from higher wholesale values. August live cattle closed $.20 higher at $103.02 and October live cattle closed $.40 higher at $108.27. August feeder cattle closed $.20 higher at $144.87 and September feeder cattle closed $.85 higher at $147.07. A quiet Monday for direct cash cattle trade. Bids and asking prices have yet to surface.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:44
The top condition ratings for Iowa’s corn and soybean crops slipped again last week as drought conditions in central and west-central Iowa continue to take a toll. Corn fell four points to 73 percent good to excellent while soybeans dropped three points to 73 percent. Corn in the dough stage or beyond reached 44 percent, four days ahead of average.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:40
Michigan crop conditions held steady last week following timely rains. The USDA says 85 percent of corn is silking, 13 percent is in the dough stage and condition dropped one point to 60 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 91 percent blooming, 65 percent setting pods, and condition improved three points to 69 percent good to excellent. As of Sunday, 63 percent of oats, 43 percent of dry beans, and 51 percent of sugarbeets were in good to excellent condition.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:29
Missouri’s corn crop progressed to 74 percent good to excellent condition. Fifty-four percent of the crop has reached the dough stage. Seventy-two percent of Missouri soybeans are rated good to excellent with 73 percent of soybeans blooming. Cotton squaring progressed to 69 percent, more than 15 percent behind last year. Rice condition fell to 64 percent good to excellent with over 30 percent of the crop headed. The USDA says 78 percent of topsoil moisture is adequate with over two inches more than normal last week.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:28
Crops in Illinois continue to look good as August begins. USDA reporters say the state’s corn is rated 59% good and 17% excellent, with 96% of corn silking, 43% in the dough stage, and 1% already dented. Seventy-six percent of the soybeans are either good or excellent, with 52% of the beans setting pods. Illinois farmers are continuing to make hay, with 26% of third crop hay finished, and more than 90% of second crop now stored. Pastures are rated 44% fair, 29% good, and only 8% excellent.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:26
Soybeans were steady to mostly modestly higher. Forecasts for this week have generally mild temperatures, but parts of the region remain dry, potentially stressing the crop. The USDA says 73% of U.S. soybeans are in good to excellent condition, up 1% on the week, with 85% of the crop blooming, compared to the five-year average of 82%, and 59% setting pods, compared to 54% on average. Unknown destinations bought 260,000 tons of U.S. soybeans, with 8,000 tons for 2019/20 and 252,000 tons for 2020/21.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:21
The largest fruit and vegetable expo in the Midwest has announced it will be virtual this winter. The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo typically takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the beginning of December and attracts more than 3,000 visitors from at least 30 states. President of the Expo Adam VanDyk says becoming virtual was the last choice they wanted to make because of the networking advantages of the show, but they are working to bring as much of the in-person feel to a new platform this year as possible.
Brownfield Network 08/03/2020 16:19
The harvest of small grains and alfalfa continued across Minnesota last week. The latest crop progress report from USDA shows the spring wheat harvest at seven percent complete. Oats are 40 percent harvested, and barley harvest is 16 percent done. The second cutting of alfalfa hay is 87 percent complete, one day ahead of last year but four days behind the five-year average. For corn, 37 percent is at the dough stage or beyond, and 85 percent is rated in good to excellent condition.

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