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Drought reappears in some growing states

A climatologist says some moderate drought conditions have reappeared in parts of the Midwest. Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center says northeast Missouri had the biggest expansion in the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. “We’ve really been watching that area of southeast Iowa,... Read More.

Lactose Free, A Growing Market

Consumers are starting to see more lactose free products available in the dairy aisle. According to the National Library of Medicine, 68 percent of the world’s population has lactose malabsorption – a reduced ability to digest lactose. Chris Hackman, COO of Prairie Farms tells... Read More.

Growing Demand for U.S. Soybeans

Lawrence Sukalski, a director on the United Soybean Board and the Infrastructure & Connectivity Priority Area Coordinator, says there are many ways a whole soybean can be used. In this Checkoff Chat, Sukalski also talks about growing demand for U.S. soybeans. ...

Small grain farmers excited to begin growing season

The seeding of small grains is expected to accelerate in the Upper Midwest. Minnesota Wheat executive director Brian Sorenson says growers are excited. “With the mild winter we’ve had and things melting, fields starting to dry up, there’s a lot of excitement to get out... Read More.

Growing demand for corn is key

An Ohio farmer says growing demand for U.S. corn plays a crucial role in farmers’ profitability. Denny Vennekotter is chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s Market Development Action team. “We feed about a third of our corn in the US,” he says.  “We... Read More.

A growing interest in utility vehicles on the farm

The President and CEO of Mahindra North America Viren Popli tells Brownfield there are better ways to move around the farm than a pick-up truck and on-farm utility vehicles are becoming more popular. Hear more in this interview from the Commodity Classic. ...

Steps toward a successful growing season

Golden Harvest marketing head Kramer Farney says there are several steps farmers can take to set themselves up for success in 2024. Speaking to Brownfield at the 2024 Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, he said diversifying hybrids and management practices are considerations as growers... Read More.

Michigan FFA: 8,800+ members & growing

The Michigan FFA Association is seeing the benefits of increased emphasis on career and technical training pathways. “We’re definitely growing—the number of chapters and number of advisors and the number of members are all on the increase and have been for the last several... 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.

Preparing for the Upcoming Growing Season

With tight margins, making sure farmers are planting the best trait technology is crucial to their bottom line. In this Managing for Profit, Derek Whalen, Channel technical agronomist, talks about how working with a Channel seed pro can help farmers get the most out of... Read More.

Growing demand for Indiana soybeans in Indonesia

The Indiana Soybean Alliance is working with buyers in Indonesia to direct-export Indiana-grown soybeans by container.  The 10-person delegation, led by ISA, has been meeting with potential soybean buyers in the country. Ed Ebert, senior director of market development with ISA, says there is... Read More.

New trade deals are important for growing beef markets

A cattle producer from western Nebraska says new trade policy is important to grow demand for U.S. beef. “There’s no ceiling right now in the beef export market right now.” Jaclyn Wilson, the chair of the international trade committee at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,... Read More.