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Sorghum acres below last year

Sorghum acreage is expected to be down this year. The USDA estimated sorghum planted area at 6.394 million acres, 11% less than 2023, but a little bit more than what producers planted in 2022. That year to year drop is largely due to declines in... Read More.

Quarterly stocks mostly up on year

U.S. corn stocks on March 1st were a little bit tighter than what analysts were expecting, while soybeans and wheat topped estimates. The USDA says corn stocks halfway through the marketing year were 8.347 billion bushels, just under the average pre-report guess, but still... Read More.

Pork export sales hit marketing year high

Pork export sales surged to a marketing year high during the week ending March 21st. The USDA says pork sales were driven by strong demand from Mexico, which picked up most of the week’s total, followed by Japan and Australia. Beef, corn, wheat,... Read More.

Illinois farmer says his goal is to do better every year

Northern Illinois farmer Steve Pitstick says his goal with every crop is to do a little better than the year before.   “Whether it’s selling price or average yield, we’re trying to increase it,” he says. He tells Brownfield after a couple of really volatile... Read More.

A lot on the to-do list in a farm bill year

A U.S. Congressman from Missouri says a new farm bill is on the to-do list once lawmakers return from a state work period in mid-April. And Mark Alford tells Brownfield “we’re going to need a week, at least, on the floor to get a... Read More.

Beef, wheat export sales fall to marketing year lows

The USDA says wheat and beef export sales have notched marketing year lows for a second consecutive week. Both of those commodities are seeing hefty competition on the global market from other exporters due to relatively high U.S. prices and the strength of... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements above a year ago

Broiler sets and placements were up on the year. The USDA says 243.791 million eggs entered incubation, slightly more than the week before that and 2% above a year ago, with average hatchability holding at 79%, heading for meat production in April. 187.749 million chicks... Read More.

Zion Burgess Named 2024 Kansas Youth of the Year

By Brenna Eller TOPEKA, Kan. — Zion Burgess, Hutchinson High School senior, won the 2024 Kansas Youth of the Year competition yesterday in Topeka. Burgess participated in interviews, panel discussions and gave a speech about his journey being a... Read More.