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South Dakota’s corn and soybean conditions decline

One the nation’s top corn producing states had a slight decline in condition ratings in the last week, but an agronomist with Peterson Farms Seed says the early planted corn isn’t bad. Rick Swenson tells Brownfield “the stuff that went in the last 6... Read More.

Hay harvested area expected to decline

The USDA is projecting lower hay harvested area in 2024. That’s due to a decline in planted area caused by the ongoing drier than normal conditions in several states. The harvested area estimate for all types of hay is 51.562 million acres, 2% less than... Read More.

USDA ag indices decline in January

The USDA ag prices indices dipped to start 2024. The index of prices received for January was 1.4% lower than in December on declines for corn, soybeans, milk, and lemons, which canceled out rises in calves, broilers, market eggs, and lettuce. The USDA’s dairy index... Read More.

Farm equipment sales decline again, RMI survey says

An economist with Creighton University says the global economy is impacting farm machinery sales. Ernie Goss says the latest Rural Mainstreet Index shows ag equipment sales slumped below growth neutral for the eighth time in the past nine months. “Farmers are still looking out there... Read More.

Vilsack asks pointed questions in face of farm decline

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged attendees of this morning’s USDA Ag Outlook Forum to consider the consequences of fewer U.S. farms. “Ask yourself whether you’re okay with losing a half million farms in a lifetime. Ask yourself if you’re okay with America losing... Read More.

Soybeans decline on profit taking, dollar strength

Soybeans were lower on profit taking and technical selling, in addition to the higher move in the dollar during the session. There’s more rain in the forecast for Argentina, while harvest conditions generally look good in Brazil. The USDA’s next round of supply,... Read More.

Census of Ag shows significant decline in U.S. farms and ranches

The USDA has released the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture and it shows a continued decrease in the number of U.S. farming operations. “I’m concerned about the state of agriculture and food production in this country,” Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Vilsack... Read More.

Sheep, goat inventories decline

The U.S. sheep and goat inventory was tighter in 2023 and could get tighter in 2024. The USDA says the sheep and goat inventories on January 1st of this year were both down 2% from last year, at 5.03 million and 2.47 million head,... Read More.

Livestock economist expects cattle inventory to decline again

A livestock economist says he expects an already small cattle herd to get smaller. University of Missouri livestock economist Scott Brown says just how small remains to be seen. “My crystal ball says 3% lower,” he says.  “We’ll see whether I’m right. But, don’t... Read More.

Decline for December poultry production

Domestic poultry production dropped during December. The USDA says 4.062 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome, a down 6% on the year, including 3.657 billion pounds of chicken, 6% lower, and 393.012 million pounds of turkey, a decrease of 5%. Those declines were due... Read More.

Grains, oilseeds decline after USDA numbers

Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling, up from the lows, but adding to what already would have been a down week. The 2023 U.S. crop was a little bit larger than expected, pulling ending stocks higher, while quarterly stocks were lower.... Read More.

Chiefs Re-sign McKinnon, Decline 5th Year on Edwards-Helaire

By Dave Skretta, AP News  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are re-signing Jerick McKinnon and declined the fifth-year option on fellow running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on Tuesday, solidifying their backfield behind incumbent Isiah Pacheco heading into offseason workouts.