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Northern Illinois wheat producer excited for harvest

A northern Illinois farmer says the wheat crop looks as good as he’s ever seen. Mark Tuttle, who’s based in Dekalb County, says he’s excited about the upcoming harvest. “It’s a couple weeks early and it’s starting to get a little yellow tint to it.” ... 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.

Lack of snow has sheep and beef producer concerned

A sheep producer worries about the lack of snow cover this winter, and if that means a third straight dry summer.  Caleb Langworthy raises grass-fed sheep and beef near Wheeler, in northwestern Wisconsin.  He tells Brownfield the small amount of snow means his pastures... Read More.

RMA Administrator touts growth of livestock producer options

The administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency says more producers than ever are utilizing insurance options, especially for livestock.  Marcia Bunger tells Brownfield… “We have grown by almost 10,000%,” she says. Bunger believes the growth stems from recent improvements to the Livestock Risk Protection and Gross... Read More.

Cattle producer eager to see final USDA rule on cattle traceability

A cattle producer from north-central South Dakota says he’s interested to see how USDA responds to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s stance on cattle traceability. Craig Bieber tells Brownfield… “I think it’s better if producers are in control of what happens with animal disease traceability,”... Read More.

South Dakota producer says snow is needed

A South Dakota cow-calf producer says she hopes the winter storm moving across the region rebuilds water supplies. Marcia Bunger tells Brownfield, “We do need that snow.”  “We have stock ponds that need to be regenerated because, while we didn’t have to haul water... Read More.

Minnesota cattle producer adapts to weather extremes

A cow/calf producer in southwest Minnesota is adapting to weather extremes. Grant Breitkreutz of Redwood Falls describes 2023 as “another wild ride.” “We started out wet, turned dry, just another one for the record books I guess.” He tells Brownfield they turned away custom cattle in... Read More.