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 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.
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.
Zippy Duvall tells Brownfield eminent domain concerns have been driven by the green energy movement. For a state like Missouri, that means energy transmission lines and for other states, its carbon pipelines, “We’re trying to make sure that our farmers understand the value of... Read More.
There’s concern money earmarked for conservation could get redirected during farm bill negotiations. Andrew Lentz with the Environmental Defense Fund says the Inflation Reduction Act provides USDA with nearly $20 billion to support conservation programs, but the funding has come under attack from lawmakers... Read More.
Deer depredation is a concern for beef producers in Minnesota. Minnesota State Cattlemen’s executive director Kaitlyn Root says the Association has been talking to the DNR and Department of Agriculture about the issue. “Last year was horrible for deer depredation in Minnesota, we had a... Read More.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A technical agronomist says tar spot has been spotty in some areas of the Corn Belt and more aggressive in others. Andrew Penney with Bayer Crop Science says the disease can be difficult to manage. “Just when we starting thinking we know the weather... Read More.
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.