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Michigan soybean farmers study deer deterrents

The Michigan Soybean Committee is researching how to mitigate deer damage in soybeans and reduce yield losses. Vice President Scott Wilson tells Brownfield last year his farm in Sanilac County averaged 49 bushels per acre soybeans, but one field only yielded nine bushels per... Read More.

Better Earth teaming with farmers to reduce waste

The vice president of sustainability with Better Earth says the company’s new compostable foodservice packaging is the first to be made exclusively with materials grown using regenerative agriculture methods. Savannah Seydel tells Brownfield… “We’ve been working with several farmers across the southeast to grow... Read More.

Wisconsin farmers await first soybean processing plant

Wisconsin’s Soybean Marketing Board looks forward to getting an in-state soybean crushing plant. Farmer Andy Bensend is on the board and tells Brownfield the dairy and poultry producers need soybean meal, yet Wisconsin soybeans must travel a long way to get back to Wisconsin... Read More.

Bayer’s “short corn” impressing farmers

Farmers are seeing some advantages to growing short stature corn. Eastern Iowa farmer, Adam Rahe tells Brownfield this is his second season planting it. “It’s going to be a game changer,” he says.  “From the plant density, being able to push the population a... Read More.

Food grade premiums enticing farmers

The specialty products manager at AgReliant Genetics says some farmers facing tight margins are turning to food grade corn production. Chuck Hill tells Brownfield the premiums can be attractive. “With the lower commodity prices, these buyers get a lot of phone calls, people wanting... Read More.

Farmers’ margin for error getting “pretty thin”

An ag lender suggests crop farmers are in the midst of a high cost, low margin financial environment. Jim Knuth with Farm Credit Services of America says that means marketing plans and strategies must be proactive. “Risk management decisions, crop insurance, retaining adequate working... Read More.

NW MO farmers prep for Missouri River flooding

A farmer in northwest Missouri says grain and equipment are being moved and levees are being checked in preparation for flooding along the Missouri River. Travis Milne farms in Holt County. Milne tells Brownfield he’s been pumping water from recent rains out of the... Read More.

SD farmers affected by flooding encouraged to contact FSA

The state executive director with South Dakota’s Farm Service Agency says the southeast part of the state has experienced some crop losses from the flooding in late June. Steve Dick tells Brownfield “we’re hearing reports that as much as 30% of the acres in... Read More.

Economic development in Indiana is impacting farmers

The director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture says economic development has created a lot of opportunity in the state, but it has impacted farmers.  Don Lamb tells Brownfield the state has lost about 2 percent of its farmland in the past 12 years and... Read More.

Buckwheat processing building markets for Michigan farmers

A small Michigan food manufacturer expects the state to play a greater role in buckwheat production as consumer demand for the ancient grain increases. Claire Smith is the seventh generation of her family’s farm and founder of Tenera Grains. “It grows really well in... Read More.

Tennessee farmers gain on fieldwork with dry conditions

Winter wheat harvest and cotton planting is nearly finished in Tennessee. USDA says winter wheat is now 78 percent harvest, ahead of last year and the five-year average. Cotton is 99 percent planted, 40 percent squared, and 57 percent good to excellent.  Corn is... Read More.