Cover crops benefit soil health

Soil health is a vital component to sustainable farming. Indiana farmer Mike Shuter has been no-till farming for nearly 30 years. He says cover crops play a significant role in maintaining soil health on his farm.  “We’re trying to keep something green and growing on the field all year round,” he says.  “It helps build… Read more »

Are farmland values set to decline?

Crop prices are at the lowest levels they’ve been in recent years.  That, combined with expectations that interest rates are expected to increase in the coming years leads Purdue University ag economist Michael Langemeir to believe the decade-long increase in farmland values may soon be over. However, Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial… Read more »

It’s a profitable time for pork producers

For pork producers that weren’t hit with the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, 2014 has been one of the most profitable years on record.  But what about farms that were hit with PEDv? Paragon Economics president Steve Meyer says, “Even those that have been hit with PEDv – the corn cost are going to go down… Read more »

Cooperative Network honors four

Cooperative Network recognized four individuals with the Cooperative Builder Award at the organization’s annual meeting in La Crosse this week. Pete Giacomini of Cooperative Resources International; Bill Berg, president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative, Jim Hager, general manager of Harmony Country Cooperative and Kim Sponem of Summit Credit Union were recognized for their long… Read more »

Corn Growers CEO: EPA decision good and bad news

The chief executive officer of the National Corn Growers Association says there is both good and bad news in the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to put off finalizing ethanol blend volumes for the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The good news, says Chris Novak, is that the EPA took a step back from the lower ethanol blend… Read more »

Cattle placements down 1% on year

  If there was any surprise in this latest set of cattle on feed numbers, one market analyst tells Brownfield it was in the placement category. According to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel, placements during October came in a little bit higher than what the trade was expecting, which did have… Read more »

Analyst: Russian potash problems won’t have major impact

A fertilizer industry analyst says a flood at a Russian potash mine, which accounts for about three percent of global potash supply, shouldn’t have much impact on potash prices in the U.S. David Asbridge, president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service, doesn’t expect potash prices to rise as a result of Russian situation…. Read more »

Cooper Farms to provide Nat’l Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s been a tradition in recent years at Thanksgiving that the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation provides the turkey for the President. The honor this year belongs to Gary Cooper, of Ohio based Cooper Farms.  “As far as we know our company is the only company from Ohio that has been able to take the… Read more »

Red meat, poultry cold storage numbers decline

  USDA’s monthly cold storage report shows smaller supplies of red meat on solid demand and a lower monthly slaughter rate. As of October 31, 2014, red meat in cold storage came out at 941.849 million pounds, down 9% from October 31, 2013. Beef was reported at 374.868 million pounds, a 15% year to year… Read more »

Agriculture needs to push Congress on immigration

Once the initial positioning and grandstanding dies-down, many in agriculture hope President Obama’s executive action on immigration will eventually lead to Congress taking action. Chris Galen is senior vice-president of the National Milk Producers Foundation, he says the fact that there was nothing specific for agriculture in the President’s plan means those in agriculture will… Read more »