On the way to recovery

For one Missouri FFA chapter, just making it to this year’s National Convention is an accomplishment in itself.  The Joplin, Missouri high school building was destroyed in the massive tornado that ripped through the town on May 22nd.  Logan Long is a senior from the Joplin FFA chapter; he tells Brownfield the support that they… Read more »

South Dakota extension changes begin next week

The South Dakota State University Extension Service rolls out its new regional operation next week. “We’ve got furniture and offices and people ready to start next Monday,” said Dr. Barry Dunn, Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, in an interview with Watertown radio station KWAT. “I think the offices will actually… Read more »

No drought relief in sight for the Southern Plains

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its Winter Outlook for December, January and February and for the second year in a row, La Nina will be in play. The cooling of the Pacific redeveloped in August and is strengthening, that means below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures from southern California to Florida…. Read more »

Dairy markets “range trading”

A little pressure on dairy markets from the September milk production report on Thursday. USDA reports total U.S. output for the month was up 1.7 percent compared to a year ago and production for the third quarter was up 1.4 percent from the third quarter of 2010. Traders did note California production increased less than… Read more »

MO governor to lead trade mission to China

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is leading a Missouri trade mission to China on Friday with the intention of establishing ties with Chinese leaders and to sign a multi-billion dollar export deal. Missouri Pork Producers executive director Don Nikodim – who will be on the trip – says there are many opportunities for ag exports to… Read more »

Solid finish for corn and wheat

Soybeans ended the session very narrowly mixed, bouncing off of the lows thanks to oversold signals and spillover from wheat and corn. Past that – there was no fresh news and weekly export sales were lower than expected. Still, the cash basis is firm and soybeans managed to avoid a fourth straight lower close. Soybean… Read more »

ISU team wins soil judging contest

A team of Iowa State (ISU) University students won the 2011 American Society of Agribusiness Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Pierre, South Dakota in September. Eight Midwest universities and 61 students competed in the contest. The team will travel to the national competition for the sixth consecutive year this spring. An Iowa State… Read more »

Feds seize food products from IL warehouse

An Illinois warehouse is under federal investigation and US Marshals have seized food products from it. A warrant issued by the federal district court of Northern Illinois was issued after the Food and Drug Administration reported unsanitary conditions at the Chetak Chicago LLC warehouse in Streamwood, Illinois. Among the findings at the warehouse were “rodents… Read more »

Feedlot cattle trade at higher prices than last week

USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was moderate in the Southern Plains on moderate to good demand. Live sales traded mostly 1.00 to 2.00 higher than last week at 120.00 to 121.00. A light cattle trade was reported in Nebraska and Iowa with live sales 120.00 to 121.50, and dressed sales 3.00 higher than last week… Read more »

Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 20, 2011

Dec. corn closed at $6.49 and 1/2, up 11 cents Nov. soybeans closed at $12.25, unchanged Dec. soybean meal closed at $320.30, up $1.00 Dec. soybean oil closed at 51.39, down 9 points Dec. wheat closed at $6.30 and 3/4, up 11 and 1/4 cents Oct. live cattle closed at $121.45, up 5 cents Dec…. Read more »