Recent trade mission successful

International markets offer incredible opportunities to Indiana agriculture.  Gina Sheets, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director of economic development recently returned from a trade mission to China and Japan.  Sheets says the China mission focused a lot on community, business and agriculture development.  She says day one started by highlighting Indiana’s production agriculture.  Specifically, she… Read more »

Weather slows crop maturity

Corn and soybean crops have been slow to reach maturity as Indiana saw mostly cool, wet and overcast weather last week.  Corn and soybean harvest are well behind last year with both falling 23 days behind a year ago. While a majority of the state’s corn crop has reached the dent stage, just 65 percent has… Read more »

A cold, windy week in Wisconsin last week

Cold, windy conditions didn’t do much for crop progress in Wisconsin last week. Wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour knocked some corn down on Thursday while freezing temperatures ended the growing season for a few more spots in the Badger State. Temperatures averaged 1 to 5 degrees below normal while precipitation ranged from… Read more »

Fire danger could slow Iowa harvest

Dry and windy weather in Iowa has resulted in numerous field fires and law enforcement in some parts of the state have asked farmers to temporarily cease harvesting due to the elevated risk of fires. As moisture levels continue to drop, more farmers are harvesting corn, but the primary harvest has been on soybeans according… Read more »

Corn, soybeans close narrowly mixed

Soybeans were mixed, mostly weak, on consolidation and the sharply lower crude oil. Contracts were due for a bounce after recent losses but there’s no real fresh news one way or the other. USDA reports 76% of soybeans are dropping leaves, compared to 87% last year and 83% on average, while 19% is harvested, compared… Read more »

Bill keeps ‘hazardous substance’ label off

A bill recently introduced in the US House would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from classifying livestock manure as a “hazardous substance.” The “Superfund Common-Sense Act” was introduced by southwest Missouri Congressman Billy Long and would prevent farmers from being held liable for clean-up of entire watersheds by clarifying a 1980 law. Long says… Read more »

Obama sends FTAs to Congress

President Obama sent the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress today – a long-awaited move in the agriculture industry. In a statement, Obama calls on Congress to pass the FTAs and the bipartisan agreements on Trade Adjustment Assistance “without delay” saying the administration has worked hard on the agreements “to… Read more »

Cheese production slips for the second consecutive month

Total cheese production in the United States in August was 868 million pounds, down 0.3 percent from August of last year. Italian type cheese production slipped 0.2 percent from a year ago to 364 million pounds while American type production was 1 percent lower at 347 million pounds. This comes on top of the 2.5… Read more »

Corn, soybean harvests around 20% complete

Late corn development continues to trail the year ago pace but is sticking fairly close to average. As of Sunday, 79% of corn has reached maturity, compared to 92% this time last year and the five year average of 78%, while 21% is harvested, compared to 37% a year ago and 23% on average. 52%… Read more »

Wisconsin food prices up 2% for the quarter

Wisconsin retail food prices increased just over 2 percent during the third quarter. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau says the price of the 16 items in their Marketbasket Survey was $50.55 at the end of September, up $1.06 from the end of June and $5.26 above a year ago. Prices increased on ten of the 16… Read more »