Bountiful Illinois harvest creates piles of corn

Millions of bushels of Illinois corn are already in temporary or emergency storage and there’s a lot of harvest to be done.  Illinois Corn Growers Executive Director Rod Weinzierl (WINE-zurl) says these are the piles of corn that dot the landscape in the fall. “We have such an abundance that we have a very high… Read more »

Kansas cellulosic plant will use variety of feedstocks

Last week, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Spokesman Chris Standlee says the plant will utilize crop residue as its feedstock, with about 80 percent of that being corn stover. “We have already done four or five years of harvest—and we’ve done harvests with both corn stover and wheat… Read more »

L.A. officials seek to establish ‘GMO-free zone’

The Los Angeles city council has asked the city attorney to draft a proposal banning the sale and planting of any genetically modified seeds with the L.A. city limits. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who co-authored the proposal, admits the ban would be largely symbolic due to the small amount of agriculture within the city.  But he… Read more »

Taiwanese trade team visits Indiana

Representatives of the Taiwan grain industry are in Indiana this week to see Indiana agriculture first hand.  Willis Cheng, a member of the trade team, tells Brownfield Taiwan imports nearly 100 percent of their corn and soybeans and says the visit allows the delegation to better understand their supplier.  “Indiana is a very important agriculture… Read more »

Harvest is picking back up in Ohio

Harvest started out in full speed for central Ohio farmer Allen Ett in September – but when the calendar turned to October that all changed.  “It kind of turned on us a little bit,” he says.  “We’ve been fighting rain like everyone else, I assume.  It’s been slow on the bean harvest – which is… Read more »

Study raises no-till yield concerns

A study on the global yield impact of no-till farming says it shows promise in dryland areas but may not be the answer to increased yields as predicted elsewhere. The University of California-Davis led the international research analysis of the conservation agriculture method. A University of Illinois Crop sciences researcher co-authored the study. They examined… Read more »

Wisconsin water use declined in 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says surface and groundwater use declined six percent in 2013 compared to 2012 reaching a three-year low.  The Department’s annual Wisconsin Water Use and Withdrawal Summary cites cooler temperatures and more normal rainfall as the main reasons for the decline compared to the drought of 2012. A total of… Read more »

APH could be ‘lifeline’ for drought plagued growers

The new farm bill provision called Actual Production History Yield Exclusion (APH) has the potential to be a lifeline for farmers following crop losses due to bad weather.  Texas Panhandle farmer Wade Cowan tells Brownfield he’s had four years of drought that were preceded by a hail-out. “Basically we’ve been sitting for the last five… Read more »

Managing inputs for 2015

The potential for tighter margins has farmers looking closer at their expenses for 2015.  Monticello, Ind. farmer Brian Scott says there are a few changes they may make next year to reduce input costs.  “We talked with our dealer about putting on dry fertilizer,” he says.  “Based on soil tests, he thinks we probably won’t… Read more »

Big bucks involved in Oregon’s GMO labeling battle

The battle over labeling of genetically modified food is officially Oregon’s most expensive ballot fight ever. According to the Statesman Journal, opponents and supporters of Measure 92 have raised a total of 17.6 million dollars.  Opponents of the proposition have raised 11.1 million dollars while supporters have raised 6.5 million. The opposition campaign’s largest donors… Read more »