Grants to help specialty crop growers

U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan Friday announced $46 million worth of specialty crop grants through USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The Deputy Secretary says the grants – 29 of them in 19 states – will help growers to maintain profitable production of fruits, vegetables and tree nuts. “These projects will help specialty crop producers… Read more »

Group says FTAs push small farms out of business

The National Family Farm Coalition expressing their disappointment with Congress approving those free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea. The group says the free trade deals are not fair and are especially hard on small farmers. They say the U.S. has lost 300,000 family farms since NAFTA was approved. NFFC vice president Dena… Read more »

DNR taking another look at a 4,200 cow Wisconsin dairy

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it is going to take another look at the permit for a proposed 4,200-cow dairy farm in Adams County. The DNR originally ruled Richfield Dairy would not harm groundwater and granted the necessary permit. But a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point hydro geologist, George Kraft says his analysis shows… Read more »

A week of differing directions for dairy

Cash cheese ended the week at the same price on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Friday, barrels lost 4 cents, blocks gained a penny to both close at $1.69. The November Class III contract was down the limit 75-cents for a while but then rebounded half-way to close 36 cents lower. For the week, cash… Read more »

Demand supports soybeans

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Soybeans were higher on commercial and speculative buying, along with spillover from the outside markets. The dollar was lower while the Dow, gold, and crude oil were higher. Farmer selling is very slow, so the nearby supply remains tight and the trade’s watching South American conditions ahead of widespread planting. Informa Economics now sees 2012… Read more »

The implications of climate change

What are the implications of climate change for farmers in the western Corn Belt? University of Nebraska professor of climate modeling Dr. Robert Oglesby says models show the Great Plains will be warming by several degrees over the rest of this century—with precipitation staying about the same.  But Oglesby says a bigger concern for the… Read more »

Cattle and hog futures end the week in positive territory

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Cattle country was dead quiet on Friday afternoon with business done for the week. Show lists are expected to remain quite manageable at least through the end of the month that is good news for producers, but potentially bad news for packers, especially if they continue to have difficulty selling beef higher. Note how they… Read more »

Corn drying decisions

Decisions, decisions, for the past couple of years deciding to let the corn crop dry in the field or run it through the grain dryer was an easy decision, Mother Nature did the job, but this year some growers may be wrestling with what to do. Barry Ward, Extension ag economist at the Ohio State… Read more »

Iowa Farm Bureau applauds FTA passage

Iowa Farm Bureau is applauding Congressional passage of the free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. The group’s director of research and commodity services, Dave Miller, says the agreement with South Korea will probably have the most direct impact on Iowa farmers. “South Korea is emerging as a very significant buyer of beef… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 14, 2011

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Dec. corn closed at $6.40, up 1 and 3/4 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $12.70, up 13 cents Oct. soybean meal closed at $328.40, up $3.20 Oct. soybean oil closed at 53.27, up 100 points Dec. wheat closed at $6.22 and 3/4, up 4 and 3/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $121.65, up 60… Read more »