Are you prepared to manage risk?

Profitability in the agriculture industry is changing.

As grain prices continue to decline, margins are becoming tighter.  Purdue Ag Economist Mike Boehjle has some suggestions for farmers to better manage their risk.

AUDIO: Dr. Mike Boehlje, Managing Risk (3:00mp3)

Forage options after wheat

During the Western Ag Research Station Agronomy Day near South Charleston, Ohio, Mark Sulc, Extension forage specialist at Ohio State University talked about a number of forage options following wheat that will work across the Midwest.

Audio: Mark Sulc, Extension forage specialist, Ohio State University (2:55 mp3)

The market reacts to good prospects

The possibility of a good harvest is putting negative pressure on corn and soybean markets.  Matt Roberts, an agricultural economist at The Ohio State University, talks about what else may affect the market and what to do about it.  Roberts tells Brownfield Ag News that he’s not surprised by the bearish tone to corn and soybean prices.

U.S. soybean farmers place a lot reliance on demand from China, but because of questions about China’s economy, Roberts says it may be wise to also seek demand in other areas.

In general, Roberts says that farmers should prepare for economic rough spots by maintaining a cash cushion of a year’s worth of land charges.

AUDIO: Matt Roberts (3 min. MP3)

What will a big corn crop mean for farmers?

We keep hearing how good this corn crop is.

Purdue Ag Economist Chris Hurt is calling for a national yield average of 172 bushels per acre.

But what does that mean for corn prices, farm incomes, and new safety net programs?

AUDIO: Chris Hurt, Purdue Ag Economist (3:00mp3)

Grain bin safety training

As another harvest season draws near comes the need to deal with grain and grain bins and that can be dangerous.  Matt Solymossy is safety manager at Landmark Services Cooperative in Wisconsin, recently he organized a training session for local fire and rescue departments.  Dale Eckdahl with Outstate Data taught the volunteers how to use the 10-panel cofferdam system.

AUDIO: Solymossy & Eckdahl talk about safety 3:37 mp3

Scientists stress diversity in weed management

Efforts continue nationwide to educate producers about herbicide resistance and weed management. At a weed management field day near Lincoln, Nebraska, we discussed the challenges with Extension weed scientists Vince Davis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lowell Sandell from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

AUDIO: Vince Davis and Lowell Sandell (3:00 MP3)

Integrated approach to predator control

Speaking at the ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop at Ohio Sheep Day, Michael Marlow, Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Wildlife Services program at Ft. Collins, Colorado talked about livestock producers taking an integrated management approach when it comes to predator control.

Audio: Michael Marlow, Wildlife Biologist, USDA-Wildlife Services (2:55 mp3)

Unmanned aerial vehicles show their muster

A two day show in the Heart of America demonstrated the agricultural usability of unmanned aerial vehicles.  The Precision Aerial Ag Show took place in Decatur, Illinois.  The show manager, Stu Ellis, explained that the event.  “It’s really designed to introduce Corn Belt agriculture to the industry that’s involved with unmanned aerial vehicles,” said Ellis.  The show drew people from as far away as India as well as the curious from many parts of the country.  They not only heard about the small aircraft and what might be expected of them, they also saw them demonstrated.

AUDIO: Stu Ellis (3 min. MP3)

New weed-fighting technologies are on the way

It’s been said that the effectiveness and wild popularity of glyphosate and the Roundup Ready trait over the past twenty years caused many chemical companies to back off on research and development of new chemistries for weed control. But as concerns with glyphosate resistance in weeds have increased, it appears that many of those companies are now intensifying their R&D efforts.

Dr. Ed Anderson, senior director of supply and production systems with the Iowa Soybean Association, believes weed-fighting help is on the way.

AUDIO: Dr. Ed Anderson (3:00 MP3)

The importance of immigrant workers in dairy

A coalition of business, manufacturing and agriculture groups launched a nationwide push for immigration reform on Wednesday. Laurie Fischer with the Dairy Business Association in Wisconsin says they are calling on Congress and the Administration to work together to get something done. Fischer says she gets more calls regarding immigration than anything else from the members of DBA. The dairy industry, from the farm through the processors to the stores and restaurants, is heavily reliant upon those workers. Employers want to make sure they are legal and the workers want to know they are safe.

AUDIO:Fischer talks about the need 4:20 mp3