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Wet weather prompts more drone use

The unusually wet Midwestern weather has many farmers using drones instead of conventional machinery. Jeramy Williams with American Drone says, “Luckily, we can bring a tool that allows us to get the job done for them, even despite this kind of weather.” Williams tells... Read More.

Farmland values weakening in southern Minnesota

Farmland values seem to be weakening in some parts of the Midwest. Farm management analyst Kent Thiesse tells Brownfield the market in southern Minnesota has changed a lot the last three months. “I’m not saying this is all over the U.S., but in some... Read More.

Farmers excited for ZFS Riga project

A southeast Michigan farmer says he’s excited to see what new ownership of a local corn ethanol plant can bring to the region after the facility has been idle for the past five years. “If it could put 10-15 cents into our pocket that’s... Read More.

Testing drones with herbicide applications

The University of Missouri is testing how drones can be used for herbicide applications.  Trace Thompson, a second-year graduate research assistant, is studying the efficacy of herbicide applications from drones compared to field sprayers.    “What we really found out that the droplet sizes weren’t there for a lot of herbicides and... Read More.

Gov. Pillen open to options on lowering property taxes

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen says he’s open to discussing solutions for lowering the state’s property tax burden. His proposal that would remove sales tax exemptions on some ag inputs has faced pushback because of how the plan could impact young farmers who rent property.... Read More.

Biofuel group calling for federal year-round E15 solution

Biofuel groups continue to call for a permanent solution to year-round E15. Monte Shaw with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says a yearly summer waiver isn’t sustainable long-term. “You’re not going to have major adoption of E15 when major retailers don’t know what they’re... Read More.

Grain farmers advised to ‘protect the bushels’

An agronomist and an economist both say grain farmers need to protect their crops in 2024. Bayer agronomist Lance Tarochione, who’s based in western Illinois, says it’s shaping up to be a bad year for disease. “If you think it’s good growing weather for... Read More.

Solar Farm Summit opens lines of communication

American Farmland Trust says the recent Solar Farm Summit in Chicago allowed farmers and developers to have candid conversations about what future integration into agriculture might look like. Midwest Solar Specialist Alan Bailey tells Brownfield solar projects on agricultural lands are very much still... Read More.

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 12, 2024

Sep. corn closed at $4.02, up 1 and 3/4 centsAug. soybeans closed at $11.05, down 12 centsAug. soybean meal closed at $338.80, down $3.60Aug. soybean oil closed at 46.65, down 47 pointsSep. wheat closed at $5.50 and 3/4, down 20 and 1/2 centsAug. live... Read More.

USB board finalizes 2025 budget

A United Soybean Board farmer director says she’s excited to fund projects in the upcoming year that solve real time issues. Michigan’s Laurie Isley tells Brownfield she joined farmer leaders in Baltimore this week to approve nearly $174 million for the board’s 2025 budget.... Read More.

Mink production down, pelt value up

Mink pelt production continued to fall in 2023. USDA says nationwide, mink pelt production was down 28% from 2022, and down 10% in Wisconsin, the nation’s leading mink producer. Wisconsin produced just over 514 thousand pelts in 2023, and Utah was the second-highest producer... Read More.