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.
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.
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle ended the day lower watching corn and watching direct cash business develop. October live cattle closed $.52 lower at $143.05 and December live cattle closed $.62 lower at $146.27. October feeder cattle closed $1.12... Read More.
A Wisconsin farmer found using conservation practices not only improved soil health and water quality, it improved his bottom line. Joe Bragger grows crops and operates a dairy in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, which is in the driftless region missed by the glacier, and he... Read More.
President Biden’s nominees for the USDA and Farm Credit Administration have advanced out of the Senate Ag Committee. The Committee voted favorably on the nominations of Alexis Taylor to be the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban to... Read More.
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.
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.
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.
The 2022 Illinois State Fair saw record attendance and improvement projects are underway for further success next year. “Not only did we break the attendance record, I think we somewhat shattered it.” Illinois Director of Agriculture Jerry Costello tells Brownfield more than 636,000 people attended... Read More.
Dec. corn closed at $6.70 and 1/2, up 3 centsNov. soybeans closed at $14.08 and 3/4, up 3/4 centOct. soybean meal closed at $421.80, down $4.30Oct. soybean oil closed at 65.52, down 14 pointsDec. wheat closed at $9.03 and... Read More.