Iowa’s soybean harvest advanced 25 percent last week

Iowa farmers harvested a quarter of the state’s 10 million acres of soybeans last week. According to the weekly crop progress report, soybean harvest advanced from seven percent to 32 percent complete, which is one day behind the five-year average. Corn harvest stood at 13 percent, eight days behind average. The moisture content of all… Read more »

Bill to extend PTC deadline introduced

Federal legislation has been introduced to extend a railroad deadline that could impact agriculture. Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition says Positive Train Control (PTC) technology allows trains to be operated remotely, and was designed to prevent collisions or derailments. Congress established a deadline of December 31st of this year for PTC installation, and… Read more »

27% of U.S. corn, 42% of soybeans harvested

  The U.S. corn harvest is a little bit slower than average, while the soybean harvest is moving faster than normal. As of Sunday, 86% of corn has reached maturity, compared to 83% on average, and 27% is harvested, compared to the five year average of 32%. 68% of corn is rated good to excellent,… Read more »

FFA program teaches environmental verification

Students at Charlotte High School are learning about environmental stewardship by walking through the same risk assessments as area farmers. Nick Thompson, one of the agriscience instructors at the Mid-Michigan high school, says this year the program’s hoop house finalized cropping verification with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). “We were all and all… Read more »

Michigan ideal for dairy farming

A Michigan agricultural leader says the state’s dairy industry expects continued growth. Jim Byrum President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association tells Brownfield, dairy production is increasing to new regions of the state and returning to others that haven’t seen dairy farms in a while. “The number of cows in Michigan increases because frankly we have… Read more »

Record Michigan wheat yields

The Chairman of the Michigan Wheat Program says Michigan might not have the most wheat acreage, but the state continues to produce record yields. Dave Milligan farms near Cass City in Michigan’s Thumb, growing corn, soybeans, dry beans and wheat. He tells Brownfield the number one factor for this year’s crop came down to the… Read more »

Wisconsin cows top World Dairy Expo

The Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo 2015 is Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha. The Holstein is owned by MilkSource Genetics of Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Katrysha was the first place winner in the Six-Year-Old & Over class, Senior and Grand Champion Female, and Best Udder in the International Holstein Show. As Supreme Champion, Katrysha receives the Gregory Blaska… Read more »

Solid week for soybean export inspections

  The USDA reports soybean export inspections for the week ending October 1st were ahead of what’s needed to meet USDA projections for the marketing year. Wheat came out at 557,109 tons, down 78,590 from the week ending September 24th and 141,596 lower than the week ending October 2nd, 2014. For the 2015/16 marketing year… Read more »

Ag groups react to agreement on TPP

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  Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the 12-nation free trade pact. Although specific details have not been released, Nick Giordano with the National Pork Producers Council tells Brownfield he’s confident it will be a good deal for pork producers. “NPPC will be looking the deal over very closely before we determine… Read more »

Agreement reached on TPP trade deal

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Several news outlets are reporting that Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement on the controversial free-trade pact. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said a news conference would take place this morning to discuss the accord. The agreement still faces what is likely to be a contentious battle for ratification by the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers… Read more »