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Ag PhD Field Day underway in South Dakota

The 2024 Ag PhD Field Day got underway Thursday near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. South Dakota farmer Brian Hefty, who also cohosts Ag PhD Radio, says they bring a range of industry experts to their operation to help farmers with management decisions. “We have... Read More.

Cattle futures mostly lower ahead of direct business

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle were mostly lower, and feeders were lower waiting on wide-spread direct business.  August lives closed $.60 higher at $186.90 and October lives closed $.15 higher at $186.27.  August feeders closed $1.62 lower at $257.12 and September feeders... Read More.

Colorado mandates milk testing to curb H5N1

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is implementing mandatory milk tank testing to curb the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The state veterinarian’s executive order requires weekly tests to be collected by certified samplers at all licensed dairy herds and positive dairies will be... Read More.

First cutting of alfalfa a flop

Consistent rains have made alfalfa harvest challenging for farmers in parts of the Great Lakes. “It’s been a difficult year, that’s putting it mildly for our first cutting.” Michigan State University Extension’s Phil Kaatz tells Brownfield up to 10 inches of rain in July... Read More.

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 24, 2024

Sep. corn closed at $4.03 and 3/4, up 1 and 1/4 centsAug. soybeans closed at $11.11, down 6 and 1/2 centsAug. soybean meal closed at $343.40, up 70 centsAug. soybean oil closed at 46.02, down 64 pointsSep. wheat closed at $5.47, up 4 and... Read More.

Nebraska Farm Bureau says it’s go time for farm bill

A Nebraska Farm Bureau public policy expert says the time is now for Congress to pass a farm bill. Jordan Dux tells Brownfield…. “I think there’s a lot of members of Congress that want to see a Farm Bill done, they want to see... Read More.

Soybeans see slight losses, corn finishes firm

Soybeans were lower on profit taking and technical selling. Soybeans saw a correction after the recent strength, and some spillover from a lower move in bean oil, while still watching the weather. Forecasts generally have a hot, dry pattern in some key growing areas... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements continue to rise

Sets and placements of broiler-type eggs and chicks continue to climb above year ago levels as producers try to meet demand expectations. The USDA says 248.518 million broiler-type eggs were placed into incubation last week, an increase of 2.748 million on the week and... Read More.

U of I moving forward on agrivoltaics farm

Development of a new farm studying the use of land for both solar energy and ag production at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is progressing. Madhu Khanna, director of the Sustainably Co-locating Agricultural and Photovoltaic Electricity Systems (SCAPES) project, says the new facility... Read More.

A mixed crop expected in the Red River Valley

Farmers along the Red River Valley in the Northern Corn Belt say they’re expecting a variable crop this year due to cool, wet conditions early in the growing season. In west-central Minnesota, Andy Maier, who farms in Clay County, says the recent warm up... Read More.