Talking new products

Field days are a great opportunity to not only talk about new products, but Doug Clouser, Product Lead at Beck’s Hybrids says it’s an opportunity to determine what’s going to work best on you farm and where.

Audio: Doug Clouser, Becks Hybrids (2:55 mp3)

A late harvest possible for some areas

At last week’s Husker Harvest Days farm show in central Nebraska, we stopped by the DTN building and visited with ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson about what kind of weather we might expect this harvest season.  Anderson says weather models indicate a continued wetter-than-normal pattern, especially in the western Corn Belt, which he says may cause the harvest to extend into mid- to late-November in some areas.

AUDIO: Bryce Anderson (3:00 MP3)

corn harvest 2010-2

A late harvest possible for some areas

At last week’s Husker Harvest Days farm show in central Nebraska, we stopped by the DTN building and visited with ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson about what kind of weather we might expect this harvest season.  Anderson says weather models indicate a continued wetter-than-normal pattern, especially in the western Corn Belt, which he says may cause the harvest to extend into mid- to late-November in some areas.

AUDIO: Bryce Anderson (3:00 MP3)

The September harvest projections are bearish

The USDA raised its U.S. corn and soybean production projections each by 3 percent since projections just a month ago. If they hold, it would mean record crops for both this year.  Brownfield Ag News market reporter John Perkins suggested to Allendale Chief Strategist Rich Nelson that the numbers have created a bearish fundamental outlook.  Nelson agrees, and talks about the reasons for his agreement.  Corn is now seen at 14.4 billion bushels, soybeans at 3.91 billion bushels, both up 3 percent from the August guess.  In addition to the harvest projections causing market pressure, there’s also bearishness from the USDA projection that U.S. corn ending stocks will be at just over 2 billion bushels.  That’s a lot of corn, but it’s in high demand.  For managing risk, Nelson suggests storage, at least until there’s a market rally, and that won’t be a big one.

AUDIO: Rich Nelson (3 min. MP3)

The transition to robotic milkers

An increasing number of dairy producers are looking at the use of robotic milking machines.  Lely has been a pioneer in robotic milkers, installing the first units in the United States in 2000.  Ben Smink is Farm Management Support Manager for Lely North America, he says the first thing they do is to make sure the farmer has completely researched what they are getting in to.

Smink talks about the process 3:51 mp3

No improvement in grain, soybean price projections

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute projects that 2015 will see some moderation in livestock prices and continued low crop prices.  The institute’s director Pat Westhoff tells Brownfield Ag News that corn and soybean prices could be lower in the coming year, lower than what people might have guessed a few months ago, says Westhoff, but in line with where markets appear to be now.  Additionally, the relative positions of crop farmers versus livestock producers is, according to Westhoff, a definite reversal of fortunes.  But because of higher livestock prices, Westhoff expects producers to expand production, which will eventually lower prices.  If livestock prices moderate, Westhoff says it’s possible that food price inflation could drop to less than 2 percent in 2015.  Westhoff says the projection will help farmers decide whether to take part in the government’s Price Loss Coverage program or the new Agricultural Risk Coverage program.

AUDIO: Pat Westhoff (3 min. MP3)

Looking for ways to reduce input costs

With corn prices at the lowest they’ve been in recent memory – farmers are looking at ways to reduce their input costs.

Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says farmers are asking some pretty tough questions – one of which is they should reduce their input costs by purchasing seed corn for the 2015 growing season that isn’t traited.

AUDIO: Bob Nielsen, Managing for Profit (3:00mp3)

Developed with the farmer in mind

So..you’re collecting all this data from the farm, now the question is, what are you going to do with it? Craig Rogers is Technical Lead for FARMserver, a web-based tool that centralizes your data.

Audio: Craig Rogers, FARMserver (2:55 mp3)

Overcoming the ‘stigma’ of microbials

Monsanto and Novozymes have formed an alliance (called the BioAg Alliance) to boost research and commercialization of microbial products for agriculture.

Brad Griffith, vice president for global microbials with Monsanto, acknowledges that many farmers are skeptical about biologicals.  We visited with Griffith about how they plan to overcome some of the negative perceptions associated with microbials.

AUDIO: Brad Griffith (3:00 MP3)

Link to microbials page on Monsanto’s web site

Determining if the Margin Protection Program right for you.

Sign up for the new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers is now underway at your Farm Service Agency office.  Participation is voluntary and sign up will be available in future years.  Once you are in the program, you are in for the duration of the current Farm Bill.  National Milk Producers Federation president and CEO Jim Mulhern has some of the details on the program.

Interview National Milk Producers Federation president and CEO Jim Mulhern (mp3: 3 min)