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Lack of precipitation still a concern for Illinois farmer

A western Illinois farmer says even with the recent snowfall, he’s still concerned about soil moisture. Brady Holst tells Brownfield he’d like to see more precipitation before planting season gets underway.  “I know as we’ve done some tiling and stuff over the winter, it... Read More.

Soil moisture levels a concern in southwest Minnesota

Soil moisture levels are a concern in many parts of the Corn Belt, including southwest Minnesota. Crop and livestock producer Mike Landuyt of Walnut Grove says his corn and soybeans performed better than expected given the dry growing season. “But we went into this year... Read More.

Drought remains a concern heading into 2024

A state climatologist says precipitation deficits are mounting and it’s a concern for farmers heading into the 2024 growing season. “We do see this across the Corn Belt, though not as bad as we have across portions of Iowa.” Justin Glisan with the Iowa Department... Read More.

Farmers outline long term concern about markets

Many farmers say they’re concerned that low commodity prices may not improve much for the 2024 crop year. “We’re going to really have to be savvy in our marketing decisions.” Northeast Nebraska farmer Greg Anderson says he hasn’t seen the market react to an uptick... Read More.

Low river levels a concern for nation’s largest ag co-op

Fall is arguably the busiest time of year for the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative. CHS board chairman Dan Schurr, who farms near LeClaire in eastern Iowa, says it’s a stressful time. “We are shipping grains off of the farm currently, moving them down the rivers.... Read More.

Survey: rising interest rates remain a concern for farmers

Seventy-two percent of farmers surveyed say it’s a bad time for large investments in their operations, according to the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. Jim Mintert, the principal investigator of the survey and director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, says rising... Read More.

Stalk integrity a concern in many Corn Belt corn fields

An agronomist says some farmers should monitor stalk quality heading into harvest.   Trey Stephens with Beck’s says portions of the Corn Belt have damaged corn due to high winds and a derecho earlier this summer. “A lot of it got laid over.  Corn... Read More.

Cost of production a major concern as drought continues

A South-Central Nebraska farmer says the cost of producing this year’s crop is a major concern partly because of historic drought. Randy Uhrmacher tells Brownfield irrigation could be his biggest expense and may need $5 per bushel corn to breakeven. “We could easily have... Read More.