As inventory grows, ethanol prices and production fall

Ethanol production continues to fall but the ethanol inventory continues to increase.  And ethanol prices have fallen to their lowest levels since June of 2010. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that last week’s ethanol production dropped from 889-thousand to 881-thousand barrels per day while inventories increased to 18.8 million barrels. According to DTN market analyst Rick… Read more »

Iowa farmers pleased with early soybean yields

Better than expected. That’s how Josh Nelson, who farms near Belmond in north-central Iowa, describes their soybean yields so far. “We finished up our first two fields yesterday and they turned out pretty good,” Nelson says. “They’re on sandier soil and I’d say we had about a 55 bushel average from both fields, which is… Read more »

Time to reevaluate your nitrogen plan

With commodity prices at the lowest levels in recent years, an agronomist says farmers need to evaluate their inputs. A wet spring and saturated soils this year caused a lot of nitrogen loss and many corn fields ran out of nitrogen at critical times in the growing season. Purdue University’s Jim Camberato says nitrogen is… Read more »

NASS may resurvey in 8 states

Farmers in eight states (including Minnesota and South Dakota) who reported un-harvested acreage in early September will be asked to verify and update their information. The National Ag Statistics Service, NASS, says it is contacting those small grain growers because harvest has been delayed this year. They’ll be asked to update acreage, yield and production… Read more »

Missouri Soybean CEO named to Nixon energy steering committee

Missouri Soybean Association CEO Gary Wheeler is one of 50 people in Missouri named by Governor Jay Nixon to the Comprehensive State Energy Plan steering committee.  Several years working with renewable energy producers have given Wheeler a solid background in energy issues.  He tells Brownfield that the steering committee, which was to hold its first… Read more »

Hurst new Missouri Corn president

Missouri Corn Growers Association has a new leadership team. Kevin Hurst, a grower in Northwest Missouri, near Tarkio, is the association’s new president for 2014/2015. Hurst tells Brownfield Ag News, “The past presidents have been very good and set the bar pretty high. But, I’m really looking forward to that opportunity and know there will… Read more »

Gallia County selected for packing plant

For a long time there’s been talk of a packing plant being built in Ohio. It’s now more than just talk. Cincinnati based, Tri-State Beef has announced they’ll build a $30 million dollar facility in Bidwell, Melissa Clark, Director of Gallia County Economic Development says there are a number of reason Gallia County was chosen…. Read more »

MO corn farmer takes Asia trip

A recent visit to Japan and South Korea by a delegation of U.S. farmers centered on the quality of U.S. corn and the projected ample U.S. corn crop. Kevin Hurst, the new president of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, was on that trip and says Japan has always been a top buyer. Hurst says, “Japan… Read more »

Nebraska farmers, machinery dealers welcome sales tax change

Effective October 1st, Nebraska farmers and ranchers will no longer have to pay sales tax on repair and replacement parts for agricultural machinery and equipment. Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s vice president of government relations, says it will mean about nine to ten million dollars in tax savings for the state’s farmers. “On the other… Read more »

Too early to apply fall nitrogen?

Cooler temperatures are set to move into Indiana this week.  That combined with an uptick in harvest pace may have farmers anxious put down fall applied nitrogen. Purdue agronomist Jim Camberato says that it is too early and nitrogen application needs to wait.  “We recommend fall anhydrous only be applied north of I-70, so north… Read more »