Rains limited Nebraska activities last week

Farmers in eastern Nebraska who are trying to finish planting were hindered by numerous rain events again last week. As of Sunday, four percent of corn remained to be planted. Corn emergence stood at 78 percent, slightly below normal.  Seventy-two percent of the corn crop rated good to excellent with 26 percent called fair. Soybean… Read more »

Wet weather hindered Iowa fieldwork

Wet weather continues to present challenges for Iowa farmers who are trying to wrap up planting and conduct other field work. Corn planting is virtually complete, but 12 percent of soybeans remain to be planted. Corn emergence reached 90 percent, five days ahead of normal, and the crop is rated 77 percent good to excellent…. Read more »

Bayer CEO hints Monsanto “brand” could disappear

The CEO of Bayer AG, Werner Baumann, says if Bayer is successful in its attempt to acquire Monsanto, the Monsanto brand could disappear. Baumann made the comment in a recent interview with a German newspaper. In an earlier interview with Bloomberg, Baumann had said it was too early to speculate about what the name of… Read more »

UEP chair voices concerns with proposed organic rule

The chairman of United Egg Producers (UEP) is critical of a proposed rule creating new animal welfare standards for organic egg producers. Ron Truex, president of Indiana-based egg producer Creighton Brothers, testified at a recent Senate Ag Committee hearing. He said USDA’s recommendation to eliminate porch systems from organic egg production and provide more outdoor… Read more »

Ruling called victory for property rights proponents

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that wetlands determinations made by the Army Corps of Engineers under the Clean Water Act can be challenged in court. The unanimous ruling is being called a victory for property rights proponents. It potentially streamlines the federal approval process for people and companies seeking to develop wetlands. The case… Read more »

Maschhoffs takes ‘swift action’ to address concerns

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Officials of The Maschhoffs say they have taken swift action to address animal abuse concerns raised by an undercover video recorded at one of its sow farms in Nebraska. In a news release provided to Brownfield on Friday afternoon, the company listed several actions that have been taken: *The farm manager at the sow farm in… Read more »

Bayer remains confident about acquiring Monsanto

Despite Monsanto’s rejection of Bayer’s 62 billion dollar offer to buy the company, the German-based company is not giving up. In a video posted on-line, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann says Monsanto is a perfect match to Bayer’s agricultural business. “It would combine complementary skills with minimal geographic overlap,” Baumann says. “We at Bayer have a leading… Read more »

NCGA disappointed in water bill’s defeat

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is expressing its disappointment with the House of Representative’s failure to pass the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. NCGA says the House bill is important to farmers who depend on inland waterways systems to export grain and to receive farm inputs like fertilizer for crop production. The group urged… Read more »

Nebraska ethanol plant has new owner

A central Nebraska ethanol plant has a new owner. The 50-million gallon Cornhusker Energy ethanol plant in Lexington has been purchased by Grand Island-based Chief Industries. This purchase expands Chief’s presence in the ethanol industry. Its plant in Hastings, Nebraska was the state’s first dry-mill ethanol plant and produces 70 million gallons of ethanol annually…. Read more »

The Maschhoffs responds to undercover video

One of the nation’s leading producers of pork, The Maschhoffs, says it is investigating allegations made in an undercover video allegedly shot at one of its Nebraska sow operations. In a statement on its web site, Maschhoffs’ president Bradley Wolter says the firm has “zero tolerance for any abuse or mistreatment of our pigs—and this… Read more »