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Kikkoman begins construction on new Wisconsin soy sauce plant

(Photo: Jefferson, WI groundbreaking ceremony provided by Kikkoman) The world’s leading producer of traditionally-brewed soy sauce has started it’s Wisconsin expansion project.  Kikkoman announced the expansion plan earlier this year and broke ground Wednesday at their new Jefferson site.  The new facility will produce... Read More.

Evansville Mayor comments on CHS crush plant project

An elected official says there has been progress towards building Wisconsin’s first soybean crushing facility. Evansville Mayor Dianne Duggan tells Brownfield the officials from CHS will soon come to Evansville to close the real estate deal, giving CHS ownership of the land, which has... Read More.

When is it time to plant?

The mild late winter has many Illinois farmers anxious for planting season. Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery says there are benefits to planting corn and soybeans early, if soil conditions are suitable… “I want fairly decent tilth.”  He says, “I don’t want to feel like I... Read More.

Tyson Foods to close Perry, Iowa pork processing plant

Tyson Foods has announced it’s permanently closing its pork packing plant in Perry, Iowa and an ag economist says he was surprised by the move. Allendale chief strategist Rich Nelson tells Brownfield most of Tyson’s financial issues have dealt with beef processing while pork... Read More.

New beef processing plant to open in early 2025

The president of the American Foods Group says a new beef processing plant in eastern Missouri should start contracting cattle later this year. Steve Van Lannen tells Brownfield America’s Heartland Packing plant will source cattle within a 500-mile radius of the Warren County... Read More.

Koch acquires Iowa fertilizer plant

Koch Ag and Energy Solutions plans to buy an Iowa fertilizer plant built in 2017. Iowa Fertilizer Company in Wever produces 3.5 million metric tons of nitrogen fertilizers and diesel exhaust fluid annually and is owned by Dutch company OCI Global. Koch, based in Wichita,... Read More.

Plant more soybeans in 2024

As farmers make plans for the next growing season, ag economist David Widmar says the price ratio is favoring soybeans over corn. He tells Brownfield there are several reasons, including stronger demand for beans and the fact corn is a more input-intensive crop.