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Tensions with China escalated this week as the Chinese government clamped down on Hong Kong. Will the dispute start to impact the Phase One trade deal? Pro Farmer Policy Analyst Jim Wiesemeyer has a key signal to watch for that would indicate the trade deal is in peril. In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Wiesemeyer, Farm Journal News Director John Herath and MILK Editor Anna-Lisa Laca also cover the latest on EPA's stall on renewable fuels waivers, the implementation of the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement and the ticking clock on forging a deal on a fourth round of coronavirus aid. 07/02/2020 18:01
Salmonella Dublin (S. Dublin) issues tend to garner more headlines today in the dairy industry than in beef, but it’s still an issue in the latter, says Jackson McReynolds. The first reported incidence of S. Dublin in beef that McReynolds says he found recorded in literature was in California in 2014, though veterinarians have told him they identified cases of it as early as the 1960s. "In 2016 we saw different regions in Texas and by 2018, you saw the spread in the Midwest and up into Idaho. 07/02/2020 17:54
Market Watch with Austin Schroeder. July 2, 2020. Cause for Celebration. It was a pretty good week to be a bull! As we look at the table of commodities and the weekly changes, only hogs were left out of the bull party and by a measly 55 cents! If you’re a bull heading into the long weekend, this was a cause for celebration! (like we needed another reason) Taking it at face value, everyone in the ag world should be happy, but that depends on which side of the fence you ride. Cattle feeders or hog finishers aren’t necessarily happy about the sharp moves in corn and meal. Neither are ethanol or soy crush plants happy about beans, etc. I guess the grain bulls thought it was their time to run, and it also reminds us why managing risk is important! 07/02/2020 16:30
Ensure your investment creates profitability. As much as 20% of your farm’s total cost of production is labor. Are you and your employees maximizing each hour? What is your ROI on that cost? “If you're not measuring something, you will never be able to improve it,” explains Chris Barron, a national financial consultant for , Iowa farmer and Top Producer columnist. “Time tracking is not for babysitting employees, it's for managing the business professionally.”Most farm operations have multiple profit centers, such as row crop production, a few hog buildings and a custom trucking enterprise. In using a time tracking app, such as TSheets, Timecamp, Harvest, Everhour or Time Doctor, you and your employees can easily note which hours are allocat. 07/02/2020 16:24
For the past five years, the Farm Journal Test Plot program has studied fungicide use. While initial research focused on addressing disease pressure, Farm Journal Field Agronomists Missy Bauer is also taking a closer look at how to get the most out of the fungicide dollar. In 2019, foliar fungicide use in the Michigan test plots increased yield by 3.47 bu. to 4.7 bu. per acre versus the control. The average four plot locations in southern Michigan was 4.23 bu. per acre. Over the course of five years (2015 to 2019) that average increased to 4.91 bu. per acre (with a range of 5.9 bu. per acre in 2015 to 2019’s average). for the free eBook that details Bauer's answers to questions regarding fungicide use on later-planted soybeans, timing and p. 07/02/2020 16:11
Fireworks entered the market mid-week after USDA released its June Acreage report. While the corn stocks came in bigger than expected, USDA trimmed nearly 5 million acres off the 2020 acreage estimate. While December corn futures didn’t hit $3.65 this week, Chip Nellinger of , says it’s still possible. “If we come in here next week, and it's still hot and dry, I think the next spot would be the low $3.70s for December corn futures,” he says. host Chip Flory thinks $3.70 is a realistic price target, as it would take more weather to fuel the market and push prices toward $4. “People are asking, ‘OK, does this create a situation where we could see $4 print in Dec corn futures,’ and I don't think anything we know right now suggests $4 corn,” Fl. 07/02/2020 15:49
Across the country, event after event has been postponed or canceled, including many of the state and county fairs. W. hile that's kept our kids from showing or exhibiting projects, there are plenty of businesses that are also missing out. Our own Photojournalist, Russ Hnatusko, recently to traveled to Ohio where those famous fair food venders are in search of a crowd. Russ traveled to Bryan, Ohio and talked to Mike Pence and Leslie Pence of Pence Concessions. 07/02/2020 15:18
As 2020 hits the halfway point, grain markets are seeing some of their biggest moves of the year following acreage adjustments by USDA. Grains soared at the open on Wednesday, up double digits nearly across the board. December corn futures were above $3.60, and November soybeans climbed near $9. USDA called for a surprising 92 million acres of corn versus the near 97 million acres it expected back in March. “[The number is] implying a 5-million-acre drop,” says Rich Nelson, chief strategist with Allendale. “This was the second largest drop on this June report since 1980. It even surpassed [the drop in] 1995 of 3 million acres. Definitely, a good surprise to the trade.”USDA tallied soybeans at 83.8 million acres, which is 10% higher than la. 07/02/2020 15:03
USDA released its Grain Stocks report coming in at more than 5 billion bushels. — half of which is being stored on farms. . Th. e 5 billion number is. up less than 1% from last year. but down. from March. Soybean stocks are down 22% at 1.39 billion bushels. Of that, 633 million bushels are stored on farm. The current stocks are half. of what they were in. March. Wheat is coming in at just over 1 billion bushels,. which is. down 3% from last year. “We pretty much took. 1. billion bushels off of production,” says Rich Nelson, chief strategist with Allendale. “Some of that will be offset by a little lower demand for old crop and new crop. The message is it does allow us a little chance for some higher prices going into some summer months to catch up on so. 07/02/2020 15:00
A new Senate bill to compensate hog and poultry producers who are forced to euthanize or donate animals that can't be processed into the food supply due to COVID-related packing plant capacity reductions has the support of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). The Responding to Epidemic Losses and Investing in the Economic Future (RELIEF) for Producers Act of 2020, was introduced on Thursday by Sens. 07/02/2020 14:56
The U.S. beef industry is often considered the gold standard, and the past decade has seen exceptional growth in exports, with the past two years producing total revenues in excess of $8 billion per year. That ads $320 to the value of every U.S. fed steer and heifer. While the U.S. is the fourth-largest global exporter of beef in volume, it’s also the global leader in beef imports. Those two facts seem incompatible to many. Why, critics ask, does the U.S. import beef when producers suffer with lower prices and an inability to ship market-ready cattle? Indeed, the coronavirus disruption was both deep and far-reaching, and the historic slowdowns at packing plants left thousands of cattle without a final home and created a backlog. Abruptly en. 07/02/2020 14:30
The grain markets , and the USDA reports this week delivered. The June 30 Acreage and Grain Stocks reports provided a major lift to prices. December corn prices closed nearly 24¢ higher and November soybeans closed 36¢ higher for the week ending July 2. September wheat prices were up about 16¢ for the week. Here are the key acreage numbers released this week by USDA:. Corn: 92.0 million acres, which is up 3% from last year and down from the Prospective Plantings estimate of 96.9 million acres. Soybeans: 83.8 million acres, which is up 10% from last year and up slightly from the Prospective Plantings estimate of 83.5 million acres. All Wheat: 44.3 million acres, which is down 2% from last year and down from the Prospective Plantings estimate of. 07/02/2020 14:01
Cotton farmers are in the trenches of nurturing their high-intensive crop. For Georgia farmers, extremely wet conditions created a slow start, but as the crop popped up, farmers like the Musselwhites in Dooly County, Ga., are doing everything they can to help aid the crop. “It looks real good for us, but it's kind of hard to tell right now,” says Keith Musselwhite. The Musselwhites aren’t just trying to get their cotton crop off to a roaring start, they’re also battling fading commodity prices. Even for a crop that is seeing struggling prices, and one that requires constant care, the Musselwhites say cotton is a crop they love. “This is not my farm; it's my family’s farm,” says Keith. “I have a son that farms with me. I have a wife very inv. 07/02/2020 12:32
is a combination of virtual and live programming to take place Aug. 25–27. The more than 100 informational sessions align with key interests and needs of the crop and livestock sectors. Virtual programming, which consists of live sessions, webinars, eBooks, audio recordings, educational materials and more, includes:. a main stage with powerful keynote speakers and demonstrations. special pavilions for equipment, crops, livestock, technology and other topics. interactive exhibits from leading agribusiness companies. interactive discussions with other farmers and ranchers. Why should farmers attend? Powerful and Insightful Speakers: Hear from leading experts such as meteorologist Eric Snodgrass, ag economist David Kohl, machinery expert Greg Pete. 07/02/2020 11:50
The COVID-19 crisis has increased the desire for greater visibility into all of the fresh food supply chain. That’s according to Jeff Newman, vice president of transportation, logistics and chain visibility for Irvine, Calif.-based CalAmp. He said the pinched supply chains during the crisis have created a greater sense of urgency for real-time shipment and supply chain visibility. CalAmp offers route optimization technology to help drivers in a variety of scenarios, such as navigating closure of truck stops, and provides real-time updates on efficient routing through loading and unloading locations. The company also offers tracking technology for equipment and sensors to monitor temperature of cargo. During the early weeks of the COVID-19 c. 07/02/2020 11:35
Good Morning farm country. Davis Michaelsen here with your morning update for Thursday July 2. From Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today, these are some of the stories we are watching this morning:. Corn and soybean futures climbed another 2 to 3 cents overnight as weather concerns and lighter than expected plantings for both crops prompted funds to cover short positions ahead of the long holiday weekend. Winter wheat futures are steady to fractionally higher, with spring wheat choppy to higher. The U.S. dollar index is under pressure and crude oil futures are enjoying modest gains. The number of new U.S. daily coronavirus cases surpassed 50,000 for the first time ever on Wednesday, propelled by record rises in some of the most populous states, in. 07/02/2020 11:35
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) continue to evolve in the world of agriculture and. Evan Howell, Ag Technology Lead for Agtegra recently trained with industry-leading organization Sentera on the operation of a highly developed UAV system. This system is capable of collecting images on up to 600 acres per hour with very precise resolution of data layers like crop health, whole field stand counts, weed distribution maps and yield estimation maps to list a few. Operated 100% by computer, the PHX fixed wing UAV will allow Agtegra Cooperative to offer a new level of service to our Patrons. Director of Ag Technology Services, Brent Wiesenburger, more specifically notes that Agtegra will “be able to leverage the fixed wing UAV this growing season by. 07/02/2020 11:30
New legislation could set up the building blocks for farmers to be able to participate in ecosystem markets and sell carbon credits. Jason Weller, Vice President of Truterra at Land O’Lakes, testified in late June to the Senate committee on agriculture, nutrition and forestry regarding The Growing Climate Solutions Act.

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