Drought and skyrocketing input costs have caused some cattle producers in Nebraska to change their grazing strategies. Adam Sweitzer says he uses prescribed fires in the spring to burn off woody encroachment to help conserve the world’s largest native grassland. “We have learned... Read More.
A livestock nutritionist has some advice for cattle producers challenged by high feed costs. NT Cosby with Purina Animal Nutrition says widespread drought has limited hay supplies while grain prices remain elevated. “Making decisions very tough for producers to decide either how to feed their through... Read More.
North-central Iowa farmer April Hemmes says she’s bracing for the high price of input costs like diesel this fall. “To fill my combine tank, which is about 250 gallons, it’s going to be almost $1300 every time I fill it,” Hemmes said. But she... Read More.
An Illinois farmer says USDA loan programs for young, beginning and small farmers should me more flexible to help offset the cost of producing a crop. During a hearing House Ag Committee hearing Thursday, Adam Brown told lawmakers the lack of capital has squeezed... Read More.
An ag economist says rising input costs have some farmers are already contemplating an acreage shift in 2023. Jim Mintert tells Brownfield one out of five farmers surveyed in the latest Purdue University/CME Ag Economy barometer plan on changing up their crop mix, “Of... Read More.
Diesel costs keep mounting for many farmers. Chris Hill grows corn and soybeans near Brewster in southwest Minnesota and also runs a small trucking firm. “(One day last week) I think we burned closed to 200-gallons of diesel fuel in three trucks, and that happens almost... Read More.
A Wisconsin Extension agent who monitors hay sales throughout the Midwest says it’s still hard to buy hay, even as many producers are cutting the second crop. Richard Halopka compiles the hay report and tells Brownfield, “Limited sales, you know, that’s kind of the... Read More.
U.S. Representative Cindy Axne of Iowa says the House-passed Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act is designed to help consumers free up disposable income. “We’re bringing prices down for folks. We know they are hurting at the pump and when they are picking things... Read More.
A Northeast Kansas cattle producer says drought and record input costs have her thinking outside of the box for alternative feed sources. “Turnups and radishes are the main ones.” Tara Fountain raises 150 cow/calf pairs, operates a small feedlot near Manhattan and tells Brownfield a... Read More.
A leading ag economist says production and demand pressures are mounting for ag producers. The University of Missouri’s Scott Brown said disposable consumer income growth will be nearly flat this year while spending has increased around 10 percent. “How are we doing that? It’s credit... Read More.
There’s some confidence the U.S. Senate will approve the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act. Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig introduced some of the legislation included in the House-passed package. “I learned a long time ago not to predict what’s going to happen in the Senate in... Read More.
An extension beef specialist says limited feeding for cattle can offset record input costs without sacrificing animal nutrition. Dale Blasi with Kansas State University tells Brownfield it can reduce the cost of gain by a about a nickel per pound. “We see savings from... Read More.