• Missouri 4H joins in food insecurity relief efforts


    Missouri 4H joins in food insecurity relief efforts

    Missouri Farm Bureau says it’s getting even more support for
    its year-round efforts to raise donations and awareness about the state’s food
    insecurity that affects one out of five Missouri children. Lucas Alexander is
    president of the Fordland Mighty Eagles 4H Club in Webster County and he
    addressed Farm Bureau members at their recent meeting at Jefferson City
    headquarters, “Four-Hrs across the state are working together to provide
    one-million meals.”

    Farm Bureau’s Dan Cassady introduced his friend Lucas to
    Farm Bureau members and Lucas responded in kind, “I look forward to meeting
    each and every one of you.

    Continue reading Missouri 4H joins in food insecurity relief efforts at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Cattle, hogs mixed ahead of USDA numbers


    Cattle, hogs mixed ahead of USDA numbers

    At the Chicago
    Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures closed firm in a narrow range ahead of
    widespread direct cash business and ahead of the USDA’s Cattle on Feed and Cold
    Storage reports.  Feeder cattle futures were
    mostly lower ahead of the USDA reports.  April
    live cattle closed $.27 higher at $128.87 and June live cattle closed $.22
    higher at $119.47.  March feeder cattle
    closed $.32 lower at $142.90 and April feeder cattle closed $.22 lower at
    $145.30. 

    A few more bids started to surface following the release of the USDA’s latest round of delayed reports. 

    Continue reading Cattle, hogs mixed ahead of USDA numbers at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Western Farm Show FFA Day benefits food bank


    Western Farm Show FFA Day benefits food bank

    The Western Farm Show opened its three-day run in Kansas City Friday with a special day for agriculture youth.

    Show manager Ken Dean tells Brownfield the food donation drive that has become a tradition during the show attracts FFA students by the hundreds. Along with seeing exhibits, Dean says FFA members are offered leadership and personal development sessions including practice job interviews.

    “They may see something here that may open their eyes to an opportunity as a different career in agriculture,” Dean told Brownfield Ag News Friday, “and if that happens and we help with that, we’re going to take some pleasure in that.”

    The FFA Canned and Nonperishable Food Border Battle between Missouri and Kansas FFA chapters benefits the Harvesters Community Food Network.

    Continue reading Western Farm Show FFA Day benefits food bank at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Arkansas dicamba proposed regs loosening


    Arkansas dicamba proposed regs loosening

    Arkansas farmers will no longer be banned from using dicamba
    herbicides after April 15th if a proposed rule goes into force.  The Arkansas State Plant Board has adopted changes
    for the 2019 growing season, with restrictions for application between May 26th
    and October 31st. The rule also includes buffer zones and prohibits
    the mixing of dicamba with glyphosate between April 16th and May 25th.

    Arkansas’ full Joint Budget Committee must approve the rule.

    Continue reading Arkansas dicamba proposed regs loosening at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • December placements down 2 percent


    December placements down 2 percent

    In the first look at cattle numbers in the US since the
    government shutdown, the USDA says placements into feedlots during December were
    down 2 percent on the year.  Most of the
    cattle weighed 600 to 699 pounds and will be marketed in the last half of
    2019. 

    Total marketings were 1 percent below December 2017. 

    The total number of cattle on feed January 1 was up 2
    percent on the year.  Heifers made up 38
    percent of the inventory, which is a jump of 6 percent on the year.  That could indicate the expansion rate of the
    herd is beginning to slow. 

    Other disapperances were up 1 percent on the year.   

    The numbers look mostly neutral for cash business. 

    The next report comes out March 8th. 

    Continue reading December placements down 2 percent at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Minneapolis wheat up on planting concerns


    Minneapolis wheat up on planting concerns

    Soybeans were mixed on old crop/new crop spread adjustments. The delayed export numbers were a little disappointing, with lower than expected sales to China. This round of trade negotiations with China has had indications of at least some progress between the world’s two largest economies, with the Chinese delegation staying through the weekend. Late Friday, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced China had committed to buying another 10 million tons of U.S. soybeans. The USDA’s Ag Outlook Forum projects 2019/20 soybean production at 4.175 billion bushels, with an average yield of 49.5 bushels per acre and ending stocks of 845 million bushels.

    Continue reading Minneapolis wheat up on planting concerns at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Beef, pork stocks down on month, up on year


    Beef, pork stocks down on month, up on year

    The USDA’s delayed cold storage report showed better beef demand during December 2018 than what some analysts were expecting.

    Beef totaled 495.624 million pounds, down 19.096 million on the month, Allendale Incorporated was projecting an increase, but up 6.171 million pounds on the year, at least partially because of record annual beef production.

    Pork came out at 505.287 million pounds, 2.27 million less than the previous month, a lower than expected decrease, but up 14.505 million on the year, also at least partially because of record annual pork production.

    Continue reading Beef, pork stocks down on month, up on year at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: February 22, 2019


    Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: February 22, 2019

    Mar. corn closed at $3.75 and 1/4, down 1/4 cent
    Mar. soybeans closed at $9.10 and 1/4, down 3/4 cent
    Mar. soybean meal closed at $305.60, down 30 cents
    Mar. soybean oil closed at 30.51, up 2 points
    Mar. wheat closed at $4.86 and 3/4, up 1/4 cents
    Feb. live cattle closed at $128.67, up $1.05
    Apr. lean hogs closed at $55.45, down 50 cents
    Apr. crude oil closed at $57.26, up 30 cents
    Mar.

    Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: February 22, 2019 at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Growing organic a matter of national security


    Growing organic a matter of national security

    The 2019 Organic Farmer of the Year says expanding organic agriculture
    is a matter of national security.

    Southeast Minnesota farmer Jim Riddle says the U.S. continues to be heavily reliant on organic grain imports.

    “Anytime you get farther from the farm you’re increasing the risk that it might be fraudulent. But even if it is authentic, we’re paying for environmental benefits in somebody else’s country. So to me it’s part of Homeland Security.”

    Speaking to Brownfield at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Riddle says the U.S.

    Continue reading Growing organic a matter of national security at Brownfield Ag News.

         
  • Chinese commit to additional soybean purchase, as talks stretch into the weekend


    Chinese commit to additional soybean purchase, as talks stretch into the weekend

    China has committed to buying an additional 10 million metric tons of
    U.S. soybeans.  That was one of two breakthroughs
    in trade negotiations announced Friday between China and the U.S.  The other is the two countries have reached a “final agreement” to stabilize currency.  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue confirmed the
    soybean purchase agreement, saluting President Trump for bringing China to the
    bargaining table and complimenting the show of good faith by the Chinese.

    Talks between U.S.

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