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2024 U.S. winter wheat estimate up on month, year

The USDA has increased its 2024 U.S. winter wheat production guess. Production is now pegged at 1.295 billion bushels, 1% larger than the May guess and up 4% from 2023’s total of 1.248 billion bushels, due to a higher average yield projection. The average... Read More.

Alfalfa weevil concerns following the mild winter

The winter’s mild temperatures have spurred a green-up of pastures, but it could lead to other challenges. Tony Hancock is with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. “I did hear a few reports of some weevils in the alfalfa late last week before this cold... Read More.

Illinois winter wheat rating up

March was mostly warmer and drier than normal in much of Illinois. The USDA says that prior to the late month rainfall and shift to cooler temperatures, those generally warm, dry conditions lowered soil moisture levels ahead of widespread spring planting. The winter wheat rating... Read More.

Insect pressure could be intense following mild winter

Insect pressure during the growing season could be higher than normal in parts of the Midwest experiencing mild winter conditions. University of Minnesota Extension integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter says temperatures haven’t been consistently cold enough to knock back insect populations. “Especially stuff that’s... 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.

Mild winter leads to certain insect concerns this spring

The lack of a deep freeze this winter has an agronomist concerned about overwintering pests. Matt Montgomery with Pioneer tells Brownfield… “If we’re talking about something like alfalfa weevil, that overwinters here, then yep.”  He says, “Very interestingly, at the end of February, people were... Read More.

Warm winter raises nitrogen concerns this spring

An Illinois agronomist is worried the warm winter could lead to nitrogen problems this growing season. Pioneer field agronomist in west central Illinois, Matt Montgomery tells Brownfield… “Nitrogen applications ran through a really warm spell, and I think people are going to want to watch... Read More.

Productive late winter for Illinois farmers

A central Illinois farmer says it’s been a productive late winter. Malcolm Head, who farms and sells seed with his family in Macon County, says they’ve accomplished a lot already… “We worked some ground down to sew alfalfa, and I’ll tell you it worked really... Read More.

Minnesota farmer factors mild winter into cropping plans

A southcentral Minnesota farmer is factoring mild winter conditions into her plans for the upcoming growing season. Rose Wendinger of St. James says it’s been warmer and drier than normal the past few months. “We’re looking at all the research that we can for our... Read More.

South Dakota winter wheat rating rises

The USDA’s winter wheat rating for South Dakota was up from January to February. 58% of that crop is in good to excellent condition, 5% more than a month ago and 35% above a year ago. That’s largely to improved soil moisture levels thanks to... Read More.

Missouri winter wheat rating up despite dryness

Missouri weather was warm and dry for much of February. The USDA says the average statewide temperature was ten degrees above normal and precipitation was more than an inch under the usual levels, with more than 60% of the state seeing abnormally dry to... Read More.