• Scarcity drives innovation


    The founder of a business connecting farmers to ag technology entrepreneurs says scarcity drives innovation.

    Yogev Moyal grew up in Israel, and served in the Israeli military before moving to the United States to study economics and agriculture at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

    He tells Brownfield a shortage of water in his home country led to the development of new solutions.

    “They improved their irrigation and infrastructure. 

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  • Minnesota crops among nation’s best


    Crop condition ratings in Minnesota continue to run ahead of the national average.

    In its latest progress report, the USDA lists 78 percent of the state’s corn acreage and 76 percent of soybeans in the good to excellent category.

    That compares to U.S. figures of 67 percent for corn and 66 percent for soybeans.

    Small grains in Minnesota are also doing well this growing season.

    More than 80 percent of the spring wheat, oat, and barley crops are currently rated either good or excellent.

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  • Ohio corn 58%; soybeans 60 % good to excellent


    Ohio corn 58%; soybeans 60 % good to excellent

    Rainy weather and warm temperatures brought relief to much of Ohio’s crops, but also advance weed growth.  According to the latest weekly crop report 58 percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent and 1 percent of the crop is silking.  Soybeans are rated 60 percent good to excellent with 96 percent emerged and 1 percent rated good to excellent. 

    Eighty-six percent of the oats crop is headed.  Seventy-four percent of the winter wheat crop is mature and 10 percent is harvested.

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  • Largely favorable weather across the Heartland


    Largely favorable weather across the Heartland

    Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool weather prevails. In addition, scattered showers dot a few areas, including the upper Great Lakes region and the southwestern Corn Belt. As earlier-planted corn and soybeans approach the reproductive stage of development, Midwestern growing conditions remain mostly favorable.

    On the Plains, dry weather persists in Montana and the Dakotas. Cool weather covers the Dakotas, but above-normal temperatures have returned to drought-stricken eastern Montana. Meanwhile, scattered showers and thunderstorms from Nebraska to Texas are benefiting summer crops but causing minor fieldwork delays.

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  • Cheese industry leader supports milk order phase out


    Cheese industry leader supports milk order phase out

    The President of the Wisconsin’s Cheesemakers Association would like to see all of the federal milk marketing orders phased out.  John Umhoefer tells Brownfield most farmers, including those in Wisconsin, would continue to make more without a federally-set minimum price.  “In Wisconsin, you see premiums among the cheesemakers that have us floating always above the federal order price, so if you remove the federal order price, I think Wisconsin stays about where it is.”

    California dairy farmers were approved for their own federal milk market order by the USDA in February, but Umhoefer says that might not improve California’s prices.  

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  • Iowa crop ratings remain steady


    Iowa crop ratings remain steady

    Iowa’s corn and soybean ratings continue to hold at high levels.

    As of Sunday, corn rated 79 percent good to excellent while soybeans were called 74 percent good to excellent.

    The second cutting of alfalfa was ten percent complete. Overall hay condition was rated 84 percent good to excellent.

    Pasture conditions deteriorated slightly to 66 percent good to excellent.

    Continue reading Iowa crop ratings remain steady at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Widespread damage possible after excessive rain in Michigan


    Wet weather over the past week has been beneficial to Michigan farmers in the southern portion of the state, but excessive rain through the central and Thumb regions is expected to cause widespread damage.

    The USDA says Michigan’s corn crop condition declined two points to 67 percent good to excellent.  Soybeans are 92 percent emerged, two percent blooming and condition dropped two points to 69 percent good to excellent.  The winter wheat condition improved eight points to 72 percent good to excellent, 92 percent of the crop is headed and 24 percent is mature.

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  • Indiana corn 46%; soybeans 51% good to excellent


    Indiana corn 46%; soybeans 51% good to excellent

    While spotty rain showers provided relief to some farmers in the state, much of Indiana’s corn and soybean crops continue to struggle.

    According to the latest weekly crop report just 46 percent of corn was rated good to excellent.  Ninety-five percent of the crop is emerged and 2 percent in silking.

    Just 51 percent of soybeans are rated good to excellent and 90 percent of the crop is emerged and 2 percent blooming.

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