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Growing season starting off differently this year

The growing season is starting off differently across the Corn Belt. Flooding caused by heavy rains across northern Corn Belt states including Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota in the last week has damaged crops. Minnesota’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Andrea Vaubel tells Brownfield state leaders... Read More.

May U.S. poultry below previous year

U.S. poultry production declined in May. The USDA says 4.5 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome last month, down 2% from May 2023, with slaughter and total live weight lower for both chickens and turkeys. That decrease in slaughter, especially for turkeys, can... Read More.

Export inspections mostly down on week, up on year

The USDA says that wheat export inspections for the week ending June 20th were more than what’s needed to meet projections for the current marketing year. The 2024/25 marketing year started June 1st for wheat, while 2023/24 got underway September 1st for corn, sorghum,... Read More.

Wet year brings disease challenges, more research

A plant pathologist says the unusually wet spring has brought some crop disease challenges.  Dr. Damon Smith from the University of Wisconsin tells Brownfield one disease has affected many fields. “Pythium has been showing up. Pythium is one of these organisms that we call... Read More.

More wheat diseases this year seen in Wisconsin

A University of Wisconsin plant pathologist says more farmers are reporting diseases in wheat crops.  Dr. Damon Smith tells Brownfield it’s been about four years since Wisconsin growers have seen stripe rust, and that’s not all. “In addition to stripe rust, we’re also seeing... Read More.

Corn rootworm pressure could be “astronomical” this year

A crop protection specialist anticipates another year of heavy corn rootworm pressure. Eric Rebek with FMC says populations are projected to be “astronomical” this season. “For lack of a better term, given the mild winter that we had across the region. And then just... Read More.

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.

MO dairy farmer: good forage available this year

A dairy farmer from southwest Missouri says drought conditions have improved tremendously this spring and that means more hay to feed cattle. Three months ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed Laclede County, Missouri in moderate drought and today the map shows no drought. Jack Dill... Read More.

Bullpup Baseball’s Season Ends in Regionals, Finishes Year 20-8

McPHERSON, Kan. - The McPherson High School Baseball team held their Regionals tournament Tuesday, May 14, defeating Chapman 11-1, but falling to Rose Hill 3-1.In the Chapman contest, the Bullpups picked up 11 hits with Logan Beede throwing all six innings of play allowing just... Read More.