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Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 15:20
A livestock economist says the beef industry could be showing signs of a slowdown. University of. Missouri’s Scott Brown says 39 percent of the July 1 On Feed number is heifers. “That’s the highest we’ve been in quite a. while,” he says. “Since 1996, that. average heifer percentage came in at nearly 37 percent so that’s a 2 percent. jump over the ’96 forward period.”He tells Brownfield that could put producers in a better position for next year.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 14:14
Flood damage assessments on farms and fields continue in. Missouri. Ag Director Chris Chinn says a second ag disaster. declaration is being sought through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency – but they. have to wait for the flood waters to go down to tally all the damages, "They. have to do it with the staff that they have on hand.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 13:56
Missouri soybean growers have a. prominent role at fairs in Missouri. Tom Steever spoke to. Christine Tew, Communications Director, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council,. who says says getting around the Missouri State Fair, opening. August 8, will be easier thanks to soy-based biodiesel. To find out more,. visit mosoy.org. Brought to you. by Missouri’s soybean farmers and their checkoff.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 13:20
The Soil Health Institute has released a strategy to help. farmers when deciding whether to adopt soil health practices. Wayne Honeycutt, president and CEO of. the Soil Health Institute, says adopting soil health practices can improve a farmer’s. bottom line while also reducing nutrient loss to waterways and reducing. greenhouse gas emissions. "It’s one of those rare win-win situations and it really puts farmers in the driver’s seat for addressing so many of our most pressing natural resource issues," he says.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 12:54
Direct cash cattle trade activity is quiet – which is typical for a Monday. Bids and asking prices are not yet established. It’s likely significant trade volume will be delayed until the latter half of the week. A light to moderate. scattered trade developed last week in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas on Wednesday. and finished up in the rest of cattle country on Friday. Northern dressed deals ranged from $180 to. $185, mostly at $183, generally steady with the prior week’s weighted. averages. Southern live trade was at. mostly $111, about $1 lower than the prior week’s averages. Boxed beef is steady at midday on moderate demand for. moderate offerings. Choice is $.23 lower. at $213.19 and Select is $.17 higher at $189.68. The Choice/Select spread is
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 12:50
Some irrigation users in western Nebraska could be without water for a while. A tunnel collapse and irrigation canal breach in Wyoming have halted water deliveries to irrigators on the south side of the North Platte River in both states. Approximately 105-thousand acres of farmland are affected. The irrigation districts are working on a fix, but officials say it could be three to four weeks before those irrigators have water again.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 12:33
Grain trading company Bunge and energy giant BP are teaming up to form a new bioenergy company in Brazil. The 50:50 joint venture will use sugarcane to produce ethanol and sugar. It will also generate renewable electricity, fueled by waste biomass from the sugarcane. There will be a total of 11 biofuels sites in Brazil with 32 million metric tons of combined crushing capacity per year. Company officials say it will be the second largest player in Brazil in terms of crushing capacity.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 12:01
The USDA says that as of the week ending July 18th, 2019/20 U.S. wheat export inspections remain ahead of the 2018/19 marketing year’s pace. The 2019/20 marketing year for wheat got underway June 1st and 2018/19 for corn, sorghum, and soybeans runs through the end of August. Wheat came out at 433,117 tons, up 84,598 from the week ending July 11th and 3,820 higher than the week ending July 19th, 2018. The top weekly destinations were Algeria and Malaysia.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 11:47
USDA has announced the $100 million for trade promotion as. part of the second Market Facilitation Program will be distributed to 48. organizations. The award winners are part of the groups that applied for. the first round of funding in 2018. During the original announcement, Under Secretary Ted McKinney said the department had more than $600 million in requests from ag groups.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 11:42
The 2019 planting season has been. challenging for many farmers across the Midwest. WinField. United Agronomist Joe Rickard says farmers must continue to manage their crops in. July and August despite the challenges. "We’re in a compressed farm income environment, especially with this year, and continuing to manage the crop is what it comes down to," he says. He tells Brownfield mid-season is. a crucial period for diseases. "As we enter into late July and August we’re going to see stuff start to pollinate in a higher disease inoculum out there for infestation of gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight that we’re going to need to get a fungicide out there on those acres also," he says.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 11:36
Delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress are asking President Trump to uphold his commitment to farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard. The delegates approved a “Sense of the Corn Congress” resolution last week. They are asking Trump to ensure the EPA doesn’t undermine the “law and benefits of renewable fuels.”The resolution is in response to the EPA’s RFS waivers to big oil. companies. Corn Congress delegates are urging members of Congress to press. the administration to support the integrity of the RFS and stop waivers.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 11:23
The U.S. Foreign Ag Service says China plans to increase. cherry production by more than 20 percent this year and increase imports as. demand grows. While the U.S. has been a leading supplier of the top. imported fruit into China, additional tariffs in the second half of the year are. expected to cause market share to fall dramatically. Meanwhile, the Cherry Industry Administrative Board has. decided to divert 35-percent of this year’s U.S.
Brownfield Network 07/22/2019 11:14
A meteorologist says a major jet. stream by the end of this week should flip flop weather conditions and bring cooler. temperatures. Jeff Andresen with Michigan State University says the recent heatwave across much of the Upper Midwest helped push growing degree days closer to normal but poor root development continues to stress crops. "The crop goes into a defensive mode and slows down a little bit so that’s not a good thing.
Brownfield Network 07/19/2019 16:54
Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed the week in mixed trade, narrowly approaching the $18 level, while cash trade was limited. July Class III milk futures down a. penny at $17.41. August down three cents at $17.66. September up seven cents at $17.99. October nine cents higher at $17.99. November through February contracts four to. eight cents higher. Dry whey up $0.0050 at $0.34. Blocks unchanged at $1.78.
Brownfield Network 07/19/2019 16:53
Japan is stepping up its detection systems as African Swine. Fever continues to spread throughout Asia. Japan’s Animal Quarantine Service has introduced a significant number of. detector dogs to major and local airports to protect the country’s livestock. from the disease. Earlier this year strains of the virus were isolated in meat products intercepted from passengers coming into the country.
Brownfield Network 07/19/2019 16:42
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed higher on firm boxed beef values during the session and the steady cash trade. Feeder cattle futures were higher on the same factors, shrugging of the day’s higher move in corn. The USDA’s Cattle on Feed report was released and should be neutral to markets. August live cattle closed $.20 higher at $107.60 and October live cattle closed $.25 higher at $108.50. August feeder cattle closed $.55 higher at $139.97 and September feeder cattle closed $.32 higher at $139.80.
Brownfield Network 07/19/2019 16:39
The U.S. Foreign Ag Service says Mexico removing tariffs on U.S. cheese will greatly. improve exports which are expected to increase by eight percent from 2018. Meanwhile,. trade challenges for skimmed milk powder and export competition have the USDA forecasting. exports decline by four percent this year after the last four years of. increase. The agency says the European Union remains the greatest competitor to the U.S. as free trade agreements between the EU and other countries put the U.S.
Brownfield Network 07/19/2019 16:20
A University. of Missouri forage specialist is warning farmers to hold off on nitrogen. applications until August. Craig Roberts said some farmers have been applying it too early this year, losing the benefit of the fertilizer. "If we apply nitrogen fertilizer right now, we’ll simply be fertilizing the annual grass weeds," Roberts said. He said farmers should aim to apply nitrogen on August 10th in the northern part of the state, ranging to August 20th in the southern portion of the state.

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