A big week for TPP negotiators

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement could take a big step forward this week as top trade negotiators from the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries meet on the Hawaiian island of Maui. By most accounts, TPP negotiators have narrowed their focus to a number of key issues and are under pressure to… Read more »

Wisconsin crops look very good

It was a great week to make hay in Wisconsin last week; the weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service shows six days suitable for field work last week. The sunshine and heat were perfectly-timed for pollination in both corn and soybeans. Topsoil moisture is still in very good shape with 9… Read more »

Weather, outside markets push soybeans, corn lower

Soybeans were sharply lower on commercial and speculative selling. Commodities and the outside markets were all absorbing the big-sell off in China’s stock market Sunday into Monday. Near term weather conditions look generally non-threatening around most of the Midwest. According to the USDA, as of Sunday, 71% of soybeans are blooming, compared to the five… Read more »

Hot weather on much of the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, spotty showers dot southern and western corn and soybean production areas. The Corn Belt remains free of drought, although excessive wetness is a lingering concern in parts of the lower Midwest. Despite hot, humid weather, Monday’s temperatures will remain below 95°—limiting stress on reproductive crops. On the Plains, hot weather prevails… Read more »

Strategy aimed at preventing nutrient loss

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the state’s Department of Agriculture unveiled its Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy July 22.  The goal is to keep nutrients from entering the Gulf of Mexico through the Mississippi River system.  Adhering to the strategy is not without its costs, but there may be a benefit to a farmer’s bottom… Read more »

Keep meth out of your community

Commentary. When I was a kid, my parents farmed some river bottom ground about 10 miles from our home farm.  A big brick barn was located down a quarter-mile field road off of the blacktop county road.  Beside the barn, an old abandoned farm house occupied by sparrows and snakes barely stood, crumbling with age. … Read more »

Health benefit of trans fat ban questioned

A nutrition expert says the government’s ban on artificial trans fats in processed foods won’t have a huge impact on health. Jeremy Davis, assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, says the removal of partially hydrogenated oils, where trans fats are found, will not have the effects the Food and Drug Administration says it will. HEALTHY… Read more »

Mycogen Seeds sponsors Dillon car for Brickyard

Mycogen Seeds will again sponsor Austin Dillon’s Number 3 car at this year’s Brickyard 400. Damon Palmer, U.S. Seeds marketing director, Dow AgroSciences says the sponsorship is a great fit.  “Austin and others at Richard Childress Racing have a great history and a great love for agriculture,” he says.  “It’s been a great partnership and… Read more »

House Ag Committee heads to the Thumb

  The Michigan House Ag Committee is taking its committee hearings on the road next week.  Monday a public hearing is scheduled in Sanilac County in Michigan’s Thumb. Chairman Dan Lauwers says they hope to have three or four more hearings in agricultural communities throughout the year.  “With a committee hearing, you’re putting an open… Read more »

Protecting horses from mosquito-borne illnesses

I saw a church sign the other day that said “sure wish Noah would have swatted those two mosquitos. It is mosquito season and in many parts of the country mosquito numbers are significant. Dr. Julie McGwin with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture says horse owners especially should be paying close attention, because two mosquito-borne… Read more »



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