Crop damage assessment vital this year

Mother Nature was tough on Indiana farmers this June.  Following his tour of Indiana farms yesterday, Governor Mike Pence says the damage to the crop is devastating. But, as of June 30th, afflicted counties hadn’t reached the 30 percent threshold for the state to pursue a disaster declaration.  “We believe that is likely to change as more information… Read more »

Crop insurance vital this year

Crop damage from flooding is widespread and varies throughout the Corn Belt.  Jason Alexander, vice president of crop insurance for Farm Credit Mid-America says it is important for farmers to be well educated on all their options.  “Once you get into this critical stage –  you’re past the late planting date but you’re still within… Read more »

Under water and grateful for crop insurance

Twelve-hundred acres of Martin Barbre’s crops are under water and he tells Brownfield he’s thankful for Crop Insurance. Barbre farms in southeastern Illinois, near Carmi, where two rivers have overflowed.  It’s mostly soybeans that are affected. “River levels are staying high and it will probably be mid-July before we really get into a replanting situation…. Read more »

Governor surveys flood damaged farms

Governor Mike Pence traveled parts of Indiana yesterday to get a first-hand look at the flood damage. While touring northern Indiana – Governor Pence says he saw devastating crop damage from the recent record rainfall.   “Seeing is believing,” he says.  “Some of the estimates are now putting crop losses north of $700 million.   … Read more »

Missouri PSC denies Grain Belt Express

The Missouri Farm Bureau says it is pleased the state Public Service Commission has denied a request for a transmission line to be built across northern Missouri. Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, had sought the permit for transmitting wind energy from farms between Dodge City, Kansas and Sullivan, Indiana.  More than 500 Missouri… Read more »

Nixon: Remember the evolution of ethanol

A Midwest governor says the evolution of ethanol is important to remember. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon tells Brownfield everyone needs to step back and look at 2003 when gas prices were going up and foreign countries were dictating to the U.S. how much people were paying at the pump, “Basically, we were, you know, we… Read more »

Trade mission helps develop markets for Indiana ag

Agriculture is the focus of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann’s trade mission to China.  She says delegates have spent much of the trip building relationships to help develop market access for the state’s agricultural industry.  “We know we want more of our feed going into their meat operations,” she says.  “Their hog operations are large over… Read more »

National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival kicks off over the 4th of July weekend in the nation’s largest producing region, Traverse City, Michigan. President of the Cherry Marketing Institute Phil Korson says it’s a time to tell the cherry industry’s story.  He says visitors can hop on a bus for the Cherry Connection and tour the Northwest… Read more »

“Our land is borrowed from our children”

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Concerns about soybean sustainability and consumer acceptance around the world are being discussed between soybean growing countries at a gathering in Chicago. The United Soybean Board (Check-off), U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association are hosting the 18th International Oilseed Producers Dialogue. USB Chairman Bob Haselwood, a soybean grower in Kansas, says soybean farmers… Read more »

Finding flood-tolerant soybean varieties

Researchers have narrowed down some flood tolerant soybeans that might help farmers in especially tough spots like the Delta region. Grover Shannon, a University of Missouri Researcher at the Delta Center in Southeast Missouri, tells Brownfield they screened about 3-thousand soybeans for flood tolerance and crossed about a dozen of them with high yielding bean… Read more »