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Illinois farmers escape early freeze event

Frost covered areas of Illinois this week, but the state climatologist says farmers escaped an early freeze event. Trent Ford tells Brownfield Tuesday night was the greatest chance for an early freeze. “There were a couple of stations that did get close. Monmouth got to... Read More.

Corn, soybean, meat export sales up on week

The USDA’s weekly export sales numbers show solid week to week improvements for most major commodities during the week ending September 22nd. Export sales are subject to a number of factors, including currency movement, domestic and international prices, and seasonal demand shifts. Pork... Read More.

Walther Farms says harvest is about halfway

Cooler weather is helping to extend potato harvest for growers in Michigan. Mike Phillips, who works with Walther Farms, tells Brownfield harvest crews have been able to work around scattered rains the past few weeks. “We have a nice crop coming, it’s a good market,... Read More.

Bonnie says USDA working to deploy climate-smart funds

USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie says the department is working to rapidly distribute funds to help farmers implement climate-smart practices. He tells Brownfield $2.8 billion has been allocated for the Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities program. “We’ve set out a calendar this fall to... Read More.

USDA expands PACE-eligible counties

The USDA is expanding the Post-Application Coverage Endorsement, or PACE insurance option to include most counties in four states.  This means more farmers in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin can get coverage for non-irrigated corn with nitrogen applied mid-season. Risk Management Agency Administrator Marcia... Read More.