• A declining deer population in western Iowa
    by Brent Barnett on July 12, 2024 at 9:18 pm

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  • Farmland values weakening in southern Minnesota
    by Mark Dorenkamp on July 12, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    Farmland values seem to be weakening in some parts of the Midwest. Farm management analyst Kent Thiesse tells Brownfield the market in southern Minnesota has changed a lot the last three months. “I’m not saying this is all over the U.S., but in some areas I think it has softened. A couple parcels (in southern The post Farmland values weakening in southern Minnesota appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Wet weather prompts more drone use
    by Larry Lee on July 12, 2024 at 9:06 pm

    The unusually wet Midwestern weather has many farmers using drones instead of conventional machinery. Jeramy Williams with American Drone says, “Luckily, we can bring a tool that allows us to get the job done for them, even despite this kind of weather.” Williams tells Brownfield he’s been busy serving farms that have a lot of The post Wet weather prompts more drone use appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Gov. Pillen open to options on lowering property taxes
    by Brandon Peoples on July 12, 2024 at 9:06 pm

    Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen says he’s open to discussing solutions for lowering the state’s property tax burden. His proposal that would remove sales tax exemptions on some ag inputs has faced pushback because of how the plan could impact young farmers who rent property. “If we would end up with inputs being a part of The post Gov. Pillen open to options on lowering property taxes appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Testing drones with herbicide applications
    by [email protected] on July 12, 2024 at 9:03 pm

    The University of Missouri is testing how drones can be used for herbicide applications.  Trace Thompson, a second-year graduate research assistant, is studying the efficacy of herbicide applications from drones compared to field sprayers.    “What we really found out that the droplet sizes weren’t there for a lot of herbicides and we want to spray where we are required to deliver certain The post Testing drones with herbicide applications appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Farmers excited for ZFS Riga project
    by Nicole Heslip on July 12, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    A southeast Michigan farmer says he’s excited to see what new ownership of a local corn ethanol plant can bring to the region after the facility has been idle for the past five years. “If it could put 10-15 cents into our pocket that’s great, and it might supply some jobs for the local community The post Farmers excited for ZFS Riga project appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Grain farmers advised to ‘protect the bushels’
    by Jared White on July 12, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    An agronomist and an economist both say grain farmers need to protect their crops in 2024. Bayer agronomist Lance Tarochione, who’s based in western Illinois, says it’s shaping up to be a bad year for disease. “If you think it’s good growing weather for corn right now, and it is, but it’s even better growing The post Grain farmers advised to ‘protect the bushels’ appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Biofuel group calling for federal year-round E15 solution
    by Mark Dorenkamp on July 12, 2024 at 8:46 pm

    Biofuel groups continue to call for a permanent solution to year-round E15. Monte Shaw with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says a yearly summer waiver isn’t sustainable long-term. “You’re not going to have major adoption of E15 when major retailers don’t know what they’re going to be able to do the next year, so you The post Biofuel group calling for federal year-round E15 solution appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Solar Farm Summit opens lines of communication
    by Nicole Heslip on July 12, 2024 at 8:41 pm

    American Farmland Trust says the recent Solar Farm Summit in Chicago allowed farmers and developers to have candid conversations about what future integration into agriculture might look like. Midwest Solar Specialist Alan Bailey tells Brownfield solar projects on agricultural lands are very much still in the infancy phase. “Everybody’s trying to figure this out and The post Solar Farm Summit opens lines of communication appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.

  • Mink production down, pelt value up
    by Larry Lee on July 12, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Mink pelt production continued to fall in 2023. USDA says nationwide, mink pelt production was down 28% from 2022, and down 10% in Wisconsin, the nation’s leading mink producer. Wisconsin produced just over 514 thousand pelts in 2023, and Utah was the second-highest producer with just over 138 thousand. Mink breeding is also down, with The post Mink production down, pelt value up appeared first on Brownfield Ag News.