No cattle sales reported

Cattle country remained relatively quiet on Friday afternoon with a few bids reported in Kansas at 124.00 live. In Nebraska and Iowa private sources reported bids of 195.00 dressed, and 124.00 live. The only cattle trade reported so far this week was in the North on Wednesday at 195.00 dressed. The expectation is some cattle… Read more »

A wide-range of weather across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, a cold front is producing locally heavy rain from Missouri into the Great Lakes, increasing soil moisture for winter grains. Behind the front, precipitation is briefly changing to freezing rain and snow. On the Plains, a fresh snowpack is insulating dormant winter wheat from bitter cold in Montana. Cold air has… Read more »

North Dakota farmer says technology pays off

Jerry Messer is one of the owners of Beaver Creek Ranch near the town of Richardton in southwestern North Dakota. In an interview with Brownfield’s Jerry Passer at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting in Kansas City, Messer talked about how the use of precision agriculture tools and other technologies have improved… Read more »

Purple drowsies

Happy Thanksgiving!  Although there are times when this old world seems to have more meanness than kindness in it, I am thankful for the many blessings I recognize as well as those I take for granted every day. For many years in this space, I have written about that for which I am grateful. The… Read more »

Food safety when gifting

When buying homemade foods during the holidays, take steps to make sure they’re safe.  Food Safety Educator Jane Hart with Michigan State University Extension says if food items are made in home kitchens, they need to be properly labeled. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Gifting safe food  

Noise about a fish and GM labeling

The ongoing and very noisy debate over whether or not foods should be labeled because they’re the product of or contain genetically modified ingredients got a whole lot noisier this week as FDA dropped three policy bombs in rapid succession November 19. The dust has yet to settle. First, the agency made history by approving… Read more »

Discussing policy matters with UNL’s Brad Lubben

At a recent Cornhusker Economics Outlook meeting in York, Nebraska, we visited with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension policy specialist Brad Lubben about some of the policy matters that he’s been following. Topics include the farm safety net and the effectiveness of current farm programs; threats to crop insurance in Congress; the Renewable Fuels Standard; and… Read more »

ISA releases how-to guide for on-farm research

Tips, insights and processes to inform farmers’ decision-making are included in the “Guide to On-Farm Replicated Strip Trials”, published by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) On-Farm Network. According to On-Farm Network director Pat Reeg, the comprehensive manual provides farmers, agronomists, researchers and consultants details about how to set up trials and collect, summarize and analyze data. “The guide captures… Read more »

Ag businesses support mandatory energy efficiency

The Michigan Agri-Business Association is calling for mandatory energy efficiency requirements of the state’s utilities.  President Jim Byrum tells Brownfield the agricultural industry is concerned the programs will be phased out. “These are very real programs, very meaningful, and frankly should be encouraged.” Michigan’s energy policy is being reviewed by state legislators and agribusiness leaders… Read more »

Equine lameness treatment begins with diagnosis

No matter what the discipline, a horse is only as good as its feet.  There are differing lameness issues depending on what the horse does, says Dr. Britt Conklin with Boeringher Ingleheim.  Signs of lameness include jumping horses that stop at a fence without clearing it, or a running horse that may lose speed or… Read more »

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