Wet conditions create corn concerns

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This recent run of wet weather across much of the Midwest is creating issues with weed control and potential nitrogen loss in corn.  We discussed  the situation with Todd Claussen, director of agronomy for Ames,Iowa-based FC Coop. AUDIO: Todd Claussen  

Nebraska’s packer ownership ban survives repeal attempt

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An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action–or, in this case, inaction. “The impact of LB176 would… Read more »

Nebraska alfalfa cutting delayed by wet weather

The first cutting of alfalfa in Nebraska has been delayed by wet weather. Lowell Mueller, a dairy farmer from Hooper in east-central Nebraska, says they’re anxious to get started. “We’re not where we want to be. We’d like to have had it cut maybe a week or ten days ago,” Mueller says. “It actually looks… Read more »

Congress may try to block WOTUS implementation

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Several farm-state members of Congress are expressing frustration with the EPA after the agency released its final Clean Water Act rule. House Ag Committee ranking member Collin Peterson says he’s disappointed that EPA moved forward with a rule that, in his words, “would increase confusion and red tape”. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst questions whether the EPA gave… Read more »

Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership of hogs intact

An attempt to repeal Nebraska’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs is dead for this session. The bill had received first round approval, but a filibuster on Wednesday prevented it from advancing to a second-round vote. Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen applauded the legislature’s action. “The impact of LB176 would be to structurally, economically,… Read more »

Nebraska bill would allow packer ownership of hogs

A bill allowing meatpackers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has received first round approval in the Nebraska Unicameral. During floor debate Tuesday, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala said Nebraska’s law prohibiting meat packers from owning hogs has stymied the growth of the state’s pork industry. “Nearly every state that surrounds us is seeing… Read more »

Nebraska’s crops need warmer weather

Corn and soybean development in Nebraska has been slowed by cool weather. Corn emergence, at 73 percent, is still running slightly ahead of average. The first corn condition rating of the season puts the crop at 61 percent good to excellent and 32 percent fair. Soybean planting is at 59 percent, behind the 73 average…. Read more »

Wet weather slows Iowa’s planting progress

Wet conditions continued to delay planting in parts of Iowa last week, especially southwest Iowa where about 20 percent of the corn crop remains to be planted. Corn emergence reached 81 percent, four days ahead of normal.  The first corn condition rating of the season was 79 percent good to excellent. Some farmers are evaluating… Read more »

NCBA official likes TPA’s chances in the House

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An official of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says he expects Trade Promotion Authority to be passed by the House of Representatives. “A lot of the public debates that needed to happen have already occurred, so I think that a lot of those questions have been answered and a lot of those concerns have been… Read more »

Dow records first sales of Enlist Duo herbicide

Dow AgroSciences is trumpeting the first sales of its Enlist Duo herbicide in the U.S. Dow spokesman John Kalthoff says the herbicide’s combination of glyphosate and a new 2,4-D choline gives growers a new mode of action to incorporate into their postemergence weed control program. “Many of them are dealing with very hard to control,… Read more »