Dry weather adds more stress to crops

Indiana’s continued dry spell is adding more pressure to already stressed crops.  Corn and soybeans with shallow root systems are susceptible to drought stress and the current stretch of dry weather has farmers concerned about the crop’s ability to finish maturing. According to the weekly crop and weather report 47 percent of the corn crop is… Read more »

Still time for soybean yield contest

The deadline for the Michigan Soybean Yield Contest has been extended. Program Coordinator Ned Birkey tells Brownfield the entry deadline has been prolonged to encourage farmers and seed consultants to apply after the Labor Day holiday. He says submissions will now be accepted through September 15.

Grassley: Congress should cut EPA’s WOTUS funds

Congressional efforts to stop EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly known as Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), will resume next week when lawmakers return from their summer recess. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says their best bet is to use the appropriations process to eliminate funding for EPA’s implementation of the Clean Water Rule. “Because this is… Read more »

Clean Water Rule legal wrangling continues

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The district court judge in North Dakota who last week issued the preliminary injunction against the EPA’s Clean Water Rule is going to decide whether his order applies to all 50 states, or just the 13 involved in the lawsuit. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson indicates that ruling could come yet this week. “The district… Read more »

Missouri State Fair milking parlor upgraded

The Missouri State Fair upgraded its milking facility this year from Grade C to Grade A.  Dairy Superintendent Amy Jo Estes told Brownfield Ag News that the upgrade has been a huge improvement. “We’ve had the barn here for about 10 or 11 years now, but we were Grade C before and couldn’t sell our… Read more »

Between the Rows Tour reports Mid-Michigan yields most variable

The Between the Rows Tour is finding yields better than expected in what has been a tough year for farmers. As the first Michigan crop tour travels the countryside, Angel Jenio with Michigan Corn says the tour’s stop in the center of the state had the widest range of yields.  “In Barry, Ionia and Eaton,… Read more »

Farmers encouraged to host breakfast

Breakfast on the Farm has attracted over 11,000 visitors to just four Michigan farms this summer and there’s still one event left. This Saturday, Pleasant View Dairy in Hillsdale County will open their doors to provide a free breakfast and farm tour to the public. Third generation dairy farmer Bruce Lewis farms 2,700 acres with… Read more »

N.D. judge issues injunction on water rule

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A federal judge in North Dakota has issued a preliminary injunction against the EPA’s Clean Water Rule, temporarily blocking its implementation. The rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S., was scheduled to take effect Friday. According to Bismark (ND) Tribune, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said it appears the EPA and the Army Corps… Read more »

High oleic soybean provide opportunity for farmers

High oleic soybeans are giving farmers an opportunity to increase profitability without increasing input costs. Brian Presnal farms in central Indiana and says the lower commodity prices are forcing him to explore new ways to maximize his return on investment.  “The Plenish oil program is a high oleic soybean oil program that is gaining popularity,”… Read more »

Farm Bureau on Clean Water Rule: Follow the law

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) will continue to fight the federal Clean Water Rule, known as Waters of the U.S., but Congressional Relations Director Don Parrish says for now, the organization’s focus is changing. “We’re going to do everything in our power, even though we disagree with this rule, to get our farmers to… Read more »