Great improvement in Wisconsin soil moisture

A dramatic change in soil moisture conditions across Wisconsin in the last four weeks. As of Sunday, 9 percent of the state is listed as very short, 36 percent short, 50 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Three weeks ago 90 percent of the state was rated short to very short. Wet conditions did slow… Read more »

National Milk Producers Federation elects officers

Two new board members elected at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting in Orlando this week. Donald De Jong from Dalhart, Texas was elected to represent Select Milk Producers, Inc. and Larry Webster from Buffalo, New York, was elected to represent Upstate Niagara Cooperative. Eight board officers were re-elected Chairman Randy Mooney, from Rogersville,… Read more »

South Dakota solicits drought relief ideas

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture wants drought disaster relief ideas from farmers and ranchers who have struggled with this year’s extreme drought. It’s a matter of determining how the state can best help producers through the effects of the drought, said Walt Bones, South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture. “In a big picture, are we… Read more »

Strong 3Q for Fiat Industrial SPA

Italian-based Fiat Industrial reporting a good third quarter. The parent company of Case IH and New Holland reports revenues for the quarter ending September 30th were 6.3 billion Euros ($8.1 billion U.S.), up 7.9 percent from the third quarter of 2011. Trading profit was 575 million Euros ($745 mil U.S.), up 91 million Euros from… Read more »

Profitability improved on the farm in October

The Preliminary Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October increased 8.8 percent from September. The Crop Index increased 6.7 percent for the month while the Livestock Index increased 3.9 percent. The average corn price was $6.95 per bushel, up 6 cents from September, soybeans decreased a dime to $14.20 per bushel and all-hay was… Read more »

Base milk prices increase for October

The milk check will be bigger for most dairy producers this month, the October all-milk price increased $1.50 to $21.10 per hundred pounds. The highest all-milk price is $24.00 in Florida while the lowest is $19.20 in California.  The October milk-feed ratio is 1.68, up from 1.58 in September but below the 1.82 of a… Read more »

Missouri’s top soil moisture continues re-charging

Rain fell across most of Missouri this past week, but it was dry in the northwest and west-central parts of the state. Topsoil moisture is now 46 percent short to very short and 54 percent adequate to surplus. Soybeans are 62 percent harvested, 8 days behind last year, but the same as normal. The cotton… Read more »

South Dakota harvest advances despite damp weather

Despite rain and wind last week in South Dakota there was still a lot of field work done, bringing harvest closer to completion. More precipitation fell, but most was rather light and not very helpful in changing drought conditions. Hot Springs had the most at over a half-inch. The US Drought Monitor map shows some… Read more »

Rain and winds slowed Illinois harvest some

Rain and strong winds slowed harvest last week in Illinois but progress was still made. According to the Illinois office of the National Ag Statistics Service, 94 percent of the corn crop is harvested statewide, ahead of last year and well ahead of the average. Eighty-seven percent of soybeans are harvested, just above the average… Read more »

Nebraska’s corn, soybean harvest near completion

A cool, damp and windy week slowed Nebraska’s harvest this past week. Producers in western counties are struggling to harvest lodged crops, but statewide, corn harvest is 94 percent done. Normally it’s only half done by now. The soybean harvest is 98 percent complete. It’s about 85 percent finished by now on average. Some winter… Read more »