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Wet conditions dampen crop conditions in southwest Minnesota

National crop condition ratings are higher compared to the past several years, but southwest Minnesota farmer Bryan Biegler tells Brownfield that’s not the case on his farm. “We have a lot more unevenness out in the field this year.” He says frequent rains delayed... Read More.

Old crop soybean export sales up sharply on week

U.S. export sales were mixed during the week ending June 6th. The USDA says old crop soybean sales were up sharply thanks to renewed interest from China, but new crop sales remain to slow because of relatively high U.S. prices and a big... Read More.

CONAB increases Brazil’s second crop corn guess

Brazil’s equivalent of the USDA has raised its second crop corn production guess. CONAB now has that second crop at 88.116 million tons, up 2.3% from May due to solid early yield numbers in the states that saw better development weather, with 7.5% of... Read More.

Kansas Crop Production Report

By the U.S. Department of Agriculture  MANHATTAN, Kan. — Based on June 1 conditions, Kansas's 2024 winter wheat crop is forecast at 282 million bushels, up 40% from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield... Read More.

Pest emergence continues in Iowa crop fields

An extension agronomist says a variety of pests have been emerging during the growing season. Meaghan Anderson with Iowa State University says she’s been monitoring True Armyworms. “Especially in some of these heavy cover crop fields,” she said. “I think those may be on... Read More.

New crop U.S. cotton stocks climb, rice dips

The USDA made modest adjustments to the domestic new crop cotton and rice ending stocks estimates. The rice carryout for next marketing year is now pegged at 44.5 million hundredweight, down 1 million from May on a larger old crop export guess, now at... Read More.

Contact crop insurance agent before replanting

A crop insurance specialist says farmers considering replant options need to contact their agent. Jack Young, a vice president of crop insurance with Farm Credit Illinois, tells Brownfield… “Whenever you think you may have a replant situation, let’s talk through it and then let’s turn... Read More.

USDA expands blueberry crop insurance in Michigan

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is expanding crop insurance options for Michigan blueberry growers next year. RMA regional director Brian Frieden tells Brownfield the updates allow for better variety price protection. “They’ll be able to ensure under early, mid or late season Highbush which will allow... Read More.

Michigan specialty crop ratings slide

National ratings for nearly 20 commodities in Michigan dropped in the latest ag census. “The rankings are really important and they also only tell part of the story.” Michigan State University’s Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics assistant professor Molly Sears focuses on specialty crop... Read More.

Agronomist says farmers remain cautious about crop spending

An agronomist says farmers are being careful about their crop investments. Travis Hofslien from Alcivia Cooperative tells Brownfield with margins tight and commodity prices low, farmers are relying on soil testing to make sure they’re not wasting money on fertility inputs. “There are... Read More.

Cover crop termination timing key this spring

Farmers will have to decide when to terminate cover crops this spring. David Kleinschmidt at Progressive Agronomy Consulting says farmers experiencing dry conditions may want to terminate early… “The bigger the cover crop gets, the more moisture it’s going to soak up.”  He says, “So,... Read More.

Tough decisions around crop insurance and farm programs in 2024

A crop insurance specialist says customers were focused on protecting revenues when selecting risk management tools this year. Lee Waters, a vp of crop insurance with Farm Credit Illinois based in east-central Illinois, tells Brownfield… “You know we do have lower input costs for corn... Read More.