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USDA says corn & soybean condition declined

U.S. corn and soybean condition ratings declined slightly in the last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn conditions are rated 72% good to excellent, a decline of 2 points from the previous week, but an improvement from 2023. 93% of the U.S.... Read More.

Iowa seeks USDA resources to combat H5N1

U.S. Congressman Zach Nunn says he has requested resources from USDA that would help support poultry and dairy farmers impacted by H5N1 Influenza A. “One of the things we need to be identifying here is what we can do to move, help monitor and... Read More.

House Appropriations subcommittee approves 2025 USDA funding cuts

A House Appropriations subcommittee is proposing more cuts to the USDA’s budget. During Tuesday’s markup of the 2025 budget, Ranking Member Sanford Bishop stressed the need to better fund the Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service. “This year, NASS was unable to complete... Read More.

USDA expands blueberry crop insurance in Michigan

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is expanding crop insurance options for Michigan blueberry growers next year. RMA regional director Brian Frieden tells Brownfield the updates allow for better variety price protection. “They’ll be able to ensure under early, mid or late season Highbush which will allow... Read More.

Wheat higher, soybeans, corn lower ahead of USDA numbers

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Beans followed the lead of soybean meal, while watching U.S. planting and development conditions. Planting is close to wrapping up in some areas, emergence is ahead of average, and the first national condition rating of... Read More.

Corn higher, boosted by USDA numbers

Soybeans were mixed, with nearby contracts weak and deferred months firm, still ending the week modestly lower. The USDA sees 2024 U.S. soybean planted area at 86.5 million acres, close to expectations and 3% higher than 2023, with quarterly stocks also up on... Read More.

USDA continues evaluating milk marketing orders

(Photo: Economist Roger Cryan questions Kevin Krentz during the recent USDA Federal Milk Marketing Order hearing) A producer who served on the American Farm Bureau’s national dairy committee says it will still be a while before USDA releases federal milk marketing order proposals. Kevin Krentz... Read More.

USDA February ag prices indices up from January

The USDA’s February ag price indices were up from January. The index of prices received by farmers was up 7.1% on the month due to gains in cattle, hogs, market eggs, and lettuce, which canceled out losses in corn, soybeans, wheat, and broilers. The dairy... Read More.

Farm Bureau says USDA needs solar recommendations for farmland

A policy specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation says the organization wants USDA to outline solar development best practices for ag lands. Arica Hamilton tells Brownfield, “One part of a AFBF policy is to try and push solar developments to brownfield or conservation... Read More.

USDA: corn acres down, soybeans up in 2024

The USDA expects farmers to plant fewer acres of corn and more acres of soybeans in 2024. Corn planted area is projected at 90.036 million acres, at the low end of pre-report guesses and 5% less than 2023, with acreage steady to lower in... Read More.