Nebraska wheat crop is hurting

The weekly crop progress report for Nebraska shows that Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is hurting. The crop is rated 49 percent poor to very poor, 38 percent fair and 13 percent good to excellent.  Typically, the crop rates 69 percent good to excellent by this time of year. Wheat emergence stands at 83 percent, well… Read more »

October milk price should average $21.10

The U.S. milk price should average $21.10 per hundredweight for October, up $1.50 from September. The National Ag Statistics Service says all of the 23 major milk-producing states will see at least a $1.00 increase from September with Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin increasing $1.60. California is up $1.58. Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Mexico each gain… Read more »

Corn is 87% harvested in Wisconsin

A pretty dry week allowed the combines to roll in Wisconsin last week. The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office shows the corn-for-grain crop is 87 percent combined compared to 77 percent a week ago and 56 percent normally in the bin by this date. Soil moisture declined… Read more »

Illinois harvest progresses amid dry wx

With very cool and dry conditions last week, Illinois harvest progressed at a good rate. Fall tillage is mostly finished while fertilizer applications are underway. Ninety-eight percent of the state’s corn harvest is finished, ahead of last year and the five year average. Soybean harvest increased to 96 percent, also ahead. Ninety-six percent of the… Read more »

South Dakota remains short of soil moisture

According to South Dakota’s office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, producers around the state spent last week finishing up harvest, doing fall tillage, and fertilizing, along with hauling grain and hay and moving cattle to stubble fields. 33% of the winter wheat crop has emerged, compared to 95% a year ago and the five… Read more »

Missouri soybean harvest takes a big jump

Nearly 900-thousand acres of soybeans were harvested in Missouri last week, which had virtually no rain. The Missouri Ag Statistics field office says harvest as of Sunday was 79 percent complete, a week behind last year but on pace with normal. Ninety-six percent of soybeans were mature, also a bit behind last year. Cotton and… Read more »

Both corn and soybean harvest winding down

Last week’s rainfall slowed harvest progress as some areas of the state received heavy showers.  Corn harvest is nearing completion as 89 percent of the crop has been harvested – well ahead of last year and the five-year average.  By area, both the north and central portion of the state have 87 percent harvested while… Read more »

Soybeans, corn post losses

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Soybeans were lower on commercial and fund selling, along with the higher dollar. The trade’s watching weather in South America with forecasts showing improved planting and development conditions. USDA reports 93% of this year’s soybean crop has been harvested as of Sunday, compared to 91% last year and the five year average of 86%. Soybean… Read more »

Iowa corn, soybean harvests nearly wrapped up

Iowa’s office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reports 99% of soybeans and 98% of corn have been harvested with most of what’s remaining for both crops in the southern third of the state. With most farmers done harvested, the office adds fertilizer application has been a popular activity, along with repairing fences and installing… Read more »

Estate planning program in north-central Illinois

A program to help farmers with estate planning will be offered at the University of Illinois Extension office in Oregon, Illinois next week. The “Plan Your Farm Estate” is offered by the U of I Extension – Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle County unit – on the evening of Thursday, November 15th, 2012, from 6:00 to… Read more »