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Kansas corn rated 63% good to excellent

The USDA says most of the corn crop in Kansas has emerged. As of Sunday, 63% of the state’s corn crop is rated good to excellent. Soybean conditions are rated 72% good to excellent with 73% of the crop emerged. Sunflowers are 69% planted,... Read More.

MO dairy farmer: good forage available this year

A dairy farmer from southwest Missouri says drought conditions have improved tremendously this spring and that means more hay to feed cattle. Three months ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed Laclede County, Missouri in moderate drought and today the map shows no drought. Jack Dill... Read More.

Most farmers in good financial shape

An agricultural banker says most farmers will enter the growing season in good financial shape.  Commodity prices are not ideal, and margins are tight, but ag banker Daniel Duthie with Bremer Bank tells Brownfield most farmers are in good financial shape. “We’ve... Read More.

Soil moisture crucial to getting corn off to good start

An extension agronomist points to soil moisture as a crucial piece of getting corn off to a good start. Jeff Coulter with the University of Minnesota says it starts at planting. “And it’s important to place those seeds in moisture, get good seed to soil... 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.

Late February warmup good for fieldwork

This last week of February has seen temperatures jump across the Midwest.  Central Illinois farmer Ken Franklin grows corn and soybeans with his family in Christian County.  He tells Brownfield they’ve utilized the nice days… “Record-breaking in some spots,” he says.  “Ground was dry, so... Read More.

Spring is a good time for SCN testing

Farmers conducting soil testing this spring are also encouraged to sample for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN). Nathan Schroeder (SHROH-der), nematologist at the University of Illinois, says SCN is the leading cause of soybean yield loss.. “A lot of times, farmers don’t know that they have... Read More.

Depreciation improvements in House tax bill good for farmers

Lawmakers say the recently passed tax relief package will benefit farmers and ranchers. Ioway Republican Randy Feenstra spoke in favor of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act during floor debate this week. “Our farmers will benefit from two key provisions in... Read More.