Ag prof analyzes Syngenta ruling

A federal court ruling on the case against Syngenta has been analyzed by an agricultural law professor. Bryan Endres, associate arofessor of Agricultural Law with the University of Illinois, says it was the first substantive ruling by a court on some of the legal issues based on Syngenta’s order to dismiss the case. Endres tells Brownfield Ag News, “Syngenta… Read more »

Some yields have been surprising

Harvest is in full swing and southwest Indiana farmer Don Villwock says farmers have been surprised at yields.  “After going through all the monsoons, I think we were really expecting the worst to happen,” he says.  “We’ve been surprised at the yield – especially on the high ground.” Villwock also farms in the river bottoms… Read more »

Conserving nutrients while protecting water quality

A conservation consultant says managing subsurface drainage fields leads to improved water quality but it’s not something most farmers do. Tom VanWagner, who consults with the Lenawee Conservation District in Michigan’s southeast, tells Brownfield he’s helping farmers counteract nutrient runoff by retrofitting existing field tile lines.  “This is where we locate what they call a drainage… Read more »

Minnesota extension agronomist concerned about stalk quality

A corn-based extension agronomist in Minnesota is concerned about stalk quality. Jeff Coulter says he is hearing reports of good yields as corn harvest picks up across the state, but stand issues are appearing in areas where it got dry late in the season. “Those big ears that were set, coupled with the later season… Read more »

ADM to expand Deerfield, MO plant

The ADM soybean processing plant in western Missouri is set to expand. Archer Daniels Midland, based in Illinois, says it will create an additional 2-and-half million bushels of soybean storage at its plant in Deerfield, Missouri. Company officials say the extra storage will be in place by the end of this year and will allow… Read more »

Adjusting crop budgets for 2016

An ag economist says farmers will need to revise their crop budgets for 2016.  University of Illinois farm management specialist Gary Schnitkey says University of Illinois ag economists have lowered projected prices for both corn and soybeans.  “We’re now using $3.90 for corn and $8.85 for soybeans,” he says.  “That’s down from earlier in the… Read more »

Cuba provides opportunity for Indiana agriculture

An Indiana farmer says Cuba is a potential bright spot for US agricultural exports. During his recent trip to the country, Indiana farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock says he asked a member of the Cuban Embassy where the country needed the most help.  “He said eggs – and that set off a… Read more »

Mosaic reaches settlement with EPA/DOJ

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The EPA and Department of Justice say they’ve reached a settlement with one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers. The agencies accused Mosaic Fertilizer of improper handling of hazardous waste at eight of its plants in Florida and Louisiana. The EPA says the violations threatened groundwater. The agency says waste piles from fertilizer production at… Read more »

Southwest Minnesota farmer experiences fastest growing season of career

A grower in southwest Minnesota says 2015 was the fastest growing season of his 20 year farming career. Matt Widboom raises corn, soybeans and cattle near Worthington and tells Brownfield conditions were suitable to start planting very early this spring. “We could’ve started planting April first, if you believe in being honest about deadlines and… Read more »

NW Iowa soybean yields better than expected

Reports of higher-than-expected soybean yields are coming out of northwest Iowa. Iowa State University Extension crops specialist Joel DeJong says yields are ranging from 60 bushels per acre to the upper 70’s. “The range is pretty wide, like it is every year. But, in general, the range seems to be a little higher than it… Read more »