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Brownfield Network 05/27/2020 01:31
Heavy rains early last week saturated Indiana fields and limited fieldwork for most of the week. USDA reporters say more than three inches of rain fell in some areas, leaving less than two and a half days suitable for fieldwork. Forty percent of topsoil and 33% of subsoil have surplus moisture. Eighty percent of Indiana’s corn is planted and 55% of that. has emerged. Sixty-six percent of the. soybeans are planted and 38% have emerged. Ninety-three percent of winter wheat is jointing. Indiana producers have already cut 8% of. their first crop alfalfa and 4% of other hay.
Brownfield Network 05/27/2020 01:28
Increased rainfall and localized flooding brought Ohio planting to a halt in most areas. USDA reporters say weather was only suitable for fieldwork for a day and a half last week. Surplus topsoil moisture levels jumped from 29% to 56% through Sunday because of the precipitation. Forty-seven percent of the subsoil is also carrying excess moisture. The rains caused some damage to recently planted fields, but. most reporters told USDA it was too early to assess how severe the damage is.
Brownfield Network 05/27/2020 01:24
Corn and soybean planting slowed significantly in Michigan last week as wet weather moved in. As of Sunday, there were only two days suitable for fieldwork. The central lower peninsula received heavy rains, causing dams, bridges, and roads to wash out and USDA reporters say its too early to tell how extensive the crop damage from flooding is. Nearly all of Michigan has adequate or surplus soil moisture. levels. Seventy percent of Michigan’s corn is planted with 28% of. the corn emerged. Sixty-five percent of. the soybeans are in the ground, with 25% emerging. Just over half of Michigan’s barley is. planted. Sixty-five percent of the oats. have merged, and 82% of the sugarbeets have emerged.
Brownfield Network 05/27/2020 01:19
Most Wisconsin farmers were able to dodge occasional rains and accomplish much of their fieldwork last week. USDA reporters say it was wetter in eastern Wisconsin, and less fieldwork was accomplished there. Wisconsin’s corn planting is now 90% finished with 45% of. the crop emerged. Almost eighty percent. of the soybeans are planted with 25% of the crop emerged. Seventy-five percent of the state’s oats have. also emerged. This year’s planting is about. twelve days ahead of average, and 15 days ahead of last year.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 17:02
Daily slaughter totals continue to slowly climb back toward. pre-COVID-19 levels and an ag economist says it couldn’t happen soon enough. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says we’re in much better shape than many expected we would be right now. “If you look at last week’s slaughter totals relative to a year ago, cattle slaughter is down about 14 percent and hog slaughter is down about 8 percent,” he says. “If you remember we were talking about vs.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:52
Wet conditions put Tennessee farmers further behind in their planting progress on corn, cotton, and soybeans. In fact, some farmers are considering switching their cotton acres to soybeans at this point. A few hay producers were able to squeeze in some hay cuttings, but most were kept out by wet conditions. Eighty-six percent of the state’s corn crop. has been planted, 71 percent emerged, and 67 percent is rated good to excellent. Thirty-nine percent of soybeans have been planted and 21 percent of the crop has emerged.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:48
The moderate to heavy precipitation that fell this past week didn’t completely halt Arkansas’ planting progress. Ninety-eight percent of the corn crop has been planted with 92 percent of the crop emerged, and 67 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent. Eight-five. percent of rice has been planted with 73 percent emerged, with 59 percent of. the crop rated good to excellent. Fifty-eight percent of soybeans have been planted, 43 percent emerged, and 70 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:37
Nearly all of Minnesota’s intended corn acres and almost 90. percent of the soybean acres are planted. The latest crop report from USDA says as of Sunday, corn. planting is 98 percent complete. Emergence is 80 percent, which is three weeks ahead of last year and. eight days ahead of the five-year average. The first corn condition rating of the season shows 81. percent rated good to excellent. Soybean planting, at 88 percent done, is 20 days ahead of a. year ago and 11 days faster than normal.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:28
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, both live and feeder cattle closed higher on broader market support and Friday’s on feed numbers. June live cattle closed $1.70 higher at $99.40 and August contracts closed $1.92 higher at $99.25. August feeder cattle closed $4.50 higher at $133.30 and September feeder cattle closed $4.27 higher at $134.42. A very light direct cash cattle trade was reported to start off the shortened week. Dressed deals in Nebraska are at $190, which is generally steady with last week’s business.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:22
Soybeans were higher on fund and technical buying. China bought 258,000 tons of U.S. beans, 60,000 for 2019/20 and 198,000 for 2020/21, and unknown destinations picked up 216,000 tons of old crop bean meal. That was the first announced sale to China in nearly two weeks and Beijing and Washington D.C. continue to spar over COVID-19, purchases under Phase One of the trade agreement, and other issues. Beans are watching U.S. planting weather, expecting warmer, drier conditions starting later this week for many areas.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:21
Rain and saturated soils prevented many Illinois farmers. from planting last week, but corn emergence grew closer to average. The USDA reports as of Sunday 89% of the corn crop is. planted with 66% emerged. That is a jump of 23 percentage points from the week. before and just three points behind the five-year average. In USDA’s first corn. rating of the year, Illinois’ crop is rated 55% good to excellent, with 28% in. fair condition.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 16:16
A pork producer has seen the value of his sows plummet during the coronavirus pandemic. Paul Sobocinski farms near Wabasso in southwest Minnesota. “I have a farrow to finish hog operation, so sows that I’m looking at selling (are) worth nothing. A sow that should be worth $130 to $150 might be only worth $20 to $30, if you can find a buyer for them.”He tells Brownfield his butcher hogs have not been impacted the same way as many integrated hog operations have been.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 15:57
June Class III milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. up 49 cents to $17.52. July 42 higher at. $16.86. August through October contracts. 33 to 39 cents higher. Dry whey down $0.0225 at $0.34. Six trades were made, with a range of $0.34. to $0.3550. Blocks up $0.0250 at $1.9625. Barrels $0.02 higher at $1.91. Four trades made, ranging $1.89 to $1.91. Butter down $0.0125 at $1.58. Three trades, with a range of $1.58 to. $1.5875.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 15:42
The USDA says it will award grants for infrastructure allowing higher blends of biofuels. Helping fuel retailers and distributors put in equipment for higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel will lead to increased usage, according to Steve Censky, Deputy Secretary at the USDA. “If they get used to [higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel], and they’re offered a choice, we think more and more consumers will choose it,” said Censky, in an interview provided by the USDA, “and that’s that kind of market based demand that we’re really looking to try to incentivize.”The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program offers $86 million for ethanol-related projects and $14 million for biodiesel, said Censky.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 14:48
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has been looking at long-term precipitation trends. Rippey says the data shows more heavy and off-season rain. events than there were fifty years ago. "For the country as a whole, if you break it down and just look at it over the last 50 years, we’re about an inch wetter than what we saw back in 1970," he says. That may not sound like much.
Brownfield Network 05/26/2020 14:19
A new program in Illinois is helping match furloughed or unemployed. veterans with farms that have an immediate need for labor during COVID-19. Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois Secretary Raghela Scavuzzo tells Brownfield the Farm Corps program is like classifieds on the internet. "All the farm has to do is go to the farmer veteran webpage and register their job posting.

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