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World Dairy Expo begins Sunday

The 55th World Dairy Expo begins Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin, and Communications Manager Katie Schmitt says the schedule is different this year. She says the action technically started Sunday with youth contests and the breed shows start Monday on the colored shavings... Read More.

Cattle futures lower to end the week

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle were mostly lower, and feeders were lower watching corn and any potential clean-up trade.  October live cattle closed $.85 lower at $143.27 and December live cattle closed $.72 lower at $147.05.  October feeder cattle closed $3.15... Read More.

Hinson concerned about 2023 input costs

A US Representative from Iowa says she’s concerned about production costs for farmers heading into next year. Republican Ashley Hinson tells Brownfield, “I had one farmer text me that his inputs are up 300%,” she said. “That is just unsustainable.” She says inflation remains a... Read More.

Freezing temps do little harm to Minnesota crops

Freezing temperatures earlier this week (last week) were mostly positive for crops in the Upper Midwest. University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Dave Nicolai says northern Minnesota experienced a freeze Tuesday night into Wednesday morning while other parts of the state saw frost. “It might’ve helped... Read More.

Organic grower goes back to grain

An Illinois farmer says he’s reverting his organic vegetable farm back to grain to simplify the operation. Hans Bishop operates PrairiErth Farm in Alanta. “It just seemed like if I wanted to keep farming, I needed to do something that was a little easier on... Read More.

Good dry bean quality reported in Michigan

The Michigan Bean Commission estimates dry bean harvest in the state is about halfway finished. Executive Director Joe Cramer tells Brownfield quality so far has been very good. “We’ve had exceptionally good quality in our small red inventory that’s been harvested so far, like the... Read More.

CME milk and cash dairy mostly down Friday

Milk futures and cash dairy prices were mostly down Friday on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. October Class III milk was down $0.19 at $21.75.  November was down $0.18 at $20.63.  December was down $0.16 at $20.34.  January was down $0.04 to $20.26.  February through... Read More.

HPAI now in Tuscola County

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in the Thumb. A 135-bird backyard flock in Tuscola County tested positive for the virus and has since been depopulated. State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland says... Read More.

Farmers made less, paid more in August

The USDA’s index of prices received by farmers fell from July to August, while the index of prices paid was up fractionally. That reflects the economic situation being faced by many producers this year, with declines in the prices received for their commodities being... Read More.