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Fruit crops vulnerable to frost risk

A record-setting warm winter has put fruit in the Midwest’s top-producing state at risk.  “It not only broke the record, it really shattered it.” Michigan climatologist Jeff Andresen tells Brownfield winter temperatures in the Great Lakes state were more than 10 degrees warmer than... Read More.

Montgomery County IL farmers talk cover crops

Farmers in Montgomery County, Illinois are taking to cover crops.   Mark Schweizer converted to a cereal rye cover crop system about five years ago, and tells Brownfield he’s already seen benefits… “It just seemed like that ground’s more mellow.”  He says, “It’s easier for that... Read More.

NW IL producer:  Mild winter good for cows; a concern for crops

A northwest Illinois cow-calf producer says the mild winter was great for calving season. Lou Lamoreux, who farms with his family in Carrol County, tells Brownfield… “Usually, you’re fighting mud and snow and blizzard conditions in February and March.”  He says, “We had one little... Read More.

Brazil’s soybean, corn crops shrink further

Brazil’s equivalent of the USDA has lowered its soybean production projection for the fourth month in a row. CONAB now sees Brazil’s soybean crop at 146.859 million tons, well below the USDA’s most recent guess of 155 million, 1.7% under February and 5% lower... Read More.

Cover crops up and growing in Illinois

Cover crop usage in the state of Illinois is up.   The 2022 Census of Agriculture shows Illinois farmers have planted more than 880,000 acres of cover crops.  East central Illinois farmer Dirk Rice, who plants a mix of covers, says it’s been a good season... Read More.

Drought makes crops more susceptible to pests

An extension entomologist is concerned crops in areas of prolonged drought will be more vulnerable to pests. Erin Hodgson with Iowa State University says a lack of moisture puts stress on plants. “That makes (the plants) more susceptible to some of the feeding that happens... Read More.

Iowa farmer sees benefits from cover crops ahead of soybeans

A northwest Iowa farmer is seeing benefits from planting cover crops ahead of soybeans. “Including increased weed control.” Sam Bennett of Ida County says cover crops suppress weeds, allowing him to cut back on herbicide use. “We figure that the cover crop is paying for itself... Read More.

Iowa farmer having success with wide variety of cover crops

A northwest Iowa crop and livestock producer is getting good results from a mix of cover crops.  Nathan Anderson grows corn, soybeans, and has a cow/calf operation in Cherokee County.  He says they use various cover crop species to feed livestock and improve... Read More.

Record ECB crops pressuring basis

A marketing analyst says farmers are holding on to more of their crops than normal and it continues to overshadow the market in the Eastern Corn Belt. Angie Setzer is the co-founder of the grain marketing firm Consus. “We’re looking at some big speculative pressure... Read More.

Cover crops thriving in mild start to winter

An extension soils specialist says thriving cover crops are helping keep soil and nutrients in the fields with little to no snow on the ground. Daniel Smith is the Program Manager for the University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management program.  Smith says much... Read More.

Different Crops Offer More Clean Fuel Options

Clean Fuels Alliance America Consultant Alan Weber tells Brownfield that there are several different crops that can be used as clean fuels. He says there will be more discussion during the 2024 Clean Fuels Conference about these crops and future forecasts. ...

Cover crops are doing their job during warm winter

An agronomist says the record warm December in Wisconsin is highlighting the importance of using cover crops. Matt Oehmichen with Short Lane Farm Supply tells Brownfield for fun, he took soil temperature measurements Tuesday. “It’s amazing because on the soil temps readout, it... Read More.