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South central IL farmers worried about soil moisture

Farmers in south central Illinois are worried about the lack of soil moisture heading into planting. David Kleinschmidt, owner of Progressive Agronomy Consulting, says the region is dry… “Comparing today’s date to a year ago and seeing where we fall with moisture, where we’re sitting... 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.

Farmers say more soil moisture needed before spring planting

Midwest farmers say the mild winter might allow for earlier spring planting, but additional soil moisture is needed for a good start this spring. Josh Manske, a farmer in northern Iowa, says soil conditions are drier than usual as spring fertilizer is being applied... Read More.

Practical Farmers of Iowa seeking on-farm research participants

Midwestern farmers using soil health practices can take part in research projects focused on nitrogen use and cover crops this growing season. Practical Farmers of Iowa senior research manager Stefan Gailans says they are seeking corn growers to explore whether practices like cover crops... Read More.

Illinois farmers facing legislative concerns

Members of the Illinois ag community have some legislative concerns about the state’s top industry. Farm Bureau president and Ogle County farmer Brian Duncan tells Brownfield they’re watching several proposals closely… “Illinois adopting California emission standards; allowing municipalities to reach out and place restrictions on... Read More.

Farmers Union features farm bill tweaks in special orders of business

The National Farmers Union has approved six special orders of business, prioritizing fairness for farmers, dairy policy reform, cooperative business models and the farm bill. NFU President Rob Larew says the organization supports an increase in reference prices and tweaks to crop insurance in... Read More.

Survey says farmers less inclined to make capital investments on farms

The head of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture says profitability concerns have farmers less inclined to make capital investments on their farms. Jim Mintert says the Farm Capital Investment Index declined again in the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. “Last fall,... Read More.

Ohio Master Farmers diligent conservationists

Two Ohio growers have been honored as Master Farmers for their commitment to conservation. Jim Jepsen raises beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay south of Columbus. He tells Brownfield his more than 1,300 acres of mostly highly erodible land needs to be... Read More.