Minnesota corn and soybean prices mostly lower in March

Prices Minnesota farmers receive for corn and soybeans continue to trend mostly lower. USDA’s March 2016 Agricultural Prices Report says the average per bushel payment for corn was $3.25, a decrease of six cents from February and 41 cents lower than a year ago. The average for soybeans last month was $8.17 per bushel, $1.35… Read more »

Inaugural alfalfa checkoff to launch this fall

A new checkoff for alfalfa is set to begin in September.  The national, voluntary program will allocate $1 per bag sold.  Beth Nelson, president of the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) says alfalfa is the third most valuable field crop but is the only one without a checkoff program. The program was approved by… Read more »

Michigan corn growers reject proposed assessment increase

Michigan corn farmers have voted against an increased assessment proposal. The Michigan Department of Agriculture says the proposed amendments would have increased the current assessment by one half cent per bushel and required seed corn to be included in the checkoff. The changes would have also revised the nomination process for the Corn Marketing Program… Read more »

CropLife: EPA’s opening of settled science political

The president of CropLife America says the EPA is trying to reopen settled science on pesticides, saying its part of that agencies political agenda against farmers. Jay Vroom tells Brownfield that two previous independent panels called by EPA rejected a New York study that said the ag chemical chlorpyrifos is a health risk to children,… Read more »

Campbell’s plans to label in favor of GMOs

A spokesman for Campbell’s Soup says the state of Vermont has brought the GMO labeling debate front and center. Senior Food Law Counsel Steve Armstrong says Campbell’s was the first food company to support mandatory GMO labeling.  “We believe that GMOs are safe, we believe that they are playing a critically important role in the… Read more »

Vetter: Every farmer is an exporter

The chief U.S. ag negotiator for the TPP says the agreement will help ALL U.S. farmers and disagrees with the National Farmers Union and other groups that claim independent, smaller farmers will be hurt by it. Darci Vetter told farm broadcasters in Washington, D.C., “I frankly don’t understand that assertion. I think if you look… Read more »

Michigan holds 3rd spot in floriculture sales

Michigan continues to be third in national for wholesale floriculture sales, behind California and Florida. USDA NASS says reports from the state’s 556 commercial growers estimated a value of just over $409 million for all surveyed wholesale crops in 2015, a decline of almost $5 million from the previous year. The largest sector of the… Read more »

Illinois farmer ahead of his southern neighbors

A central Illinois farmer is done with corn planting but some of his neighbors to the south haven’t started yet. Ron Moore tells Brownfield they are ahead of last year at this time, “We started planting corn on April 14th. We had a nice inch of rain last week. We really needed it because some… Read more »

Still plenty of time to finish planting

Mother Nature brought planting to a screeching halt in parts of the Corn Belt this week. But, Illinois based agronomist Matt Montgomery, with Burrus Seed, says there’s still plenty of time for farmers to finish up planting without sacrificing yield.  “When we get to looking at yield potential and the reduction in yield potential –… Read more »