Zilmax back in the news

A Wall Street Journal report says that Merck Animal Health is meeting resistance in its efforts to revive its cattle feed additive Zilmax. The report says Merck has delayed plans to begin a new round of Zilmax field evaluations because of continued unease among meatpackers. Merck suspended sales of the growth promoting beta-agonist last year… Read more »

Commodity prices could trigger payments

The forecasts for a bountiful U.S. corn crop and increased corn stocks could potentially trigger subsidy payments for farmers this year.  Pat Westhoff, with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI-MU), says prices might trigger payments under the two programs in the new Farm Bill.  Westhoff tells Brownfield Ag News, “If we were to… Read more »

U.S. corn rating improves, soybeans hold

This year’s U.S. corn and soybean crops continue to look very, very good overall. As of Sunday, 34% of corn is silking, compared to 15% a year ago and the five year average of 33%, with 76% of the crop in good to excellent condition, up 1% from last week. 41% of soybeans are blooming,… Read more »

USDA lowers corn estimate, raises soybeans

USDA has lowered its production outlook for corn, while raising the projection for soybeans. This year’s corn crop is now estimated at 13.860 billion bushels, down 75 million from June on a lower harvested area estimate, based on the June 30 acreage numbers. The average yield guess was left unchanged and old and new crop… Read more »

Good week for old crop corn, soybean sales

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USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending July 3 were below pre-report estimates, while corn, soybeans, and soybean products all fell within expectations. Physical shipments of corn and soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2013/14 marketing year, but wheat was below its mark for 2014/15. Wheat came… Read more »

EPA: What water matters and what doesn’t

A Missouri farmer says he learned some things from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that he’s doing right on his farm. Bill Heffernan and his partners farm 500 rolling acres of soybeans, corn, sorghum and cover crops in central Missouri. He was worried that one of his ponds would fall under the EPA’s Waters of the… Read more »

EPA’s McCarthy on “misunderstandings”

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admits the process the agency has taken to clarify ‘Waters of the U.S.’ in the Clean Water Act has caused misunderstandings in the ag community. McCarthy tells reporters the Interpretive Rule put forth by the agency was meant to include not only all “normal” farming practices – as before – but… Read more »

U.S. corn, soybean ratings hold at multi-year highs

USDA’s national condition ratings for corn and soybeans continue to hold at multi-year highs, even after some flooding and heavy rainfall over the past week. As of Sunday, 75% of corn is rated good to excellent, unchanged from last week, with 1% from good to excellent, and the best rating for this time of year… Read more »

Weekly wheat sales top estimates

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USDA reports wheat export sales for the week ending June 26 were larger than expected, while corn, soybeans, and soybean products were within pre-report estimates. Physical shipments of soybeans have passed USDA projections for the current marketing year, but corn and wheat fell short of their respective marks. Wheat came out at 567,500 tons (20.9… Read more »

Cash cattle business this week is earlier, higher

Cattle prices continue to climb.  The cash cattle trade began early this week, likely because of Independence Day being on Friday when most of that business is usually done.  Brownfield analyst David Kohli says prices for live steers and heifers in Kansas were $2 to $3 higher at $157.00 to $158.00 per hundredweight. “Now, there… Read more »