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USDA lowers 2022 corn, soybean crop outlooks

The USDA has trimmed its outlooks for 2022 U.S. corn and soybean production slightly as harvest moves forward. It’s been another widely varied year for U.S. crop weather, with planting delays in some northern portions of the growing region, followed by periodic excessively... Read More.

Expectations on 2023 crop input prices  

Farmers gave a somewhat mixed response when asked about 2023 crop input price expectations in the latest Ag Economy Barometer. Jim Mintert is the director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture. “Ten percent of the people in the survey say that they think input... Read More.

USDA revises 2021 corn, soybean crop totals

The USDA has revised 2021 U.S. corn production lower, while raising the total for soybeans. The department says corn production last year was 15.074 billion bushels, a decrease of 41.4 million from the preliminary number in January, with the average yield down fractionally at... Read More.

Dairy farmer changes crop plans with great success

A Wisconsin dairy farmer changed his crop rotations, his forage choices, and how he manages the land with great success. Joe Bragger tells Brownfield, “Our pregnancy rates, our milk production, everything is improving. There’s always another way to do things.” Bragger farms near Independence... Read More.

Financial planning ahead of the 2023 crop year

A regional leader with Farm Credit Mid-America is encouraging growers to begin financial planning to help manage uncertainty for the 2023 crop year.   Rudi Pitzer-Perry is the regional vice president of ag lending based in Ohio.   “Some things we’re looking at, include managing... Read More.