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Missouri drought alert extended

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has extended Missouri’s drought alert through and executive order.  The announcement comes at the recommendation of the state’s Drought Assessment Committee, which met earlier this month.  The alert was put into place in July and an extension allows the committee... Read More.

Hog, cattle futures start the week lower

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle are lower ahead of the week’s direct business.  December lives closed $.50 lower at $152.57 and January feeders closed $1.42 lower at $176.87.  Direct cash cattle trade activity is off to a typically quiet start... Read More.

Minnesota farmer locking in inputs

A farmer in northwest Minnesota is locking in inputs for 2023. Austen Germolus of Borup grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley. “With fertilizer prices being high, and not knowing what the future will bring, it’s been a good program to lock in some of those inputs.” He’s... Read More.

Ocean Shipping Reform Act working as intended

The co-author of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act suggests the legislation is working as intended. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar says the bill has helped level the playing field since it was signed into law this summer. “Because it empowers the Maritime Commission to go after the... Read More.

Soybeans rally on products, crude oil

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical selling. Beans started lower but turned higher with the gains in meal and the rallies in soybean and crude oils, all uncovering new buying interest during Monday’s session. The initial losses in beans, bean oil, and... Read More.

Star of the West expands wheat pilot

Star of the West is accepting additional acres for its sustainable wheat pilot program next year. Lisa Woodke tells Brownfield the Sustainable Option Wheat (SOW) program, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will grow from 900 acres to more than 2,500 in the Saginaw... Read More.

Eastern Iowa farmers pleased with 2022 crop year

The 2022 harvest was favorable for some farmers in eastern Iowa. Benton County farmer Lance Lillibridge tells Brownfield he had one of his best corn crops ever. “I don’t know how we could ever ask for anything better,” Lillibridge said. “It’s really hard to complain... Read More.

SD Farm Bureau sets priorities for new year

Property rights and regulations are top priorities for the South Dakota Farm Bureau in 2023. President Scott VanderWal tells Brownfield members adopted a resolution opposing municipal initiatives that delay new or existing ag projects during its recent annual state convention. “We just had a... Read More.

IRFA welcomes API’s E15 support

The head of a biofuels group says the American Petroleum Institute’s recent endorsement of E15 is a big step for the blend to become available year-round. API joined a letter to Congress last week supporting a permanent fix for year-round sales of E15. Monte Shaw... Read More.