A plant breeder says a changing climate has underscored the need to research more regenerative ag traits. Michael Kovach with Bayer Crop Science tells Brownfield recent drought in the Midwest will be beneficial from a research and development standpoint. He recalls the selection... Read More.
A state climatologist says drought is improving in portions of the Corn Belt and worsening in others as August begins. Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center tells Brownfield the U.S. Drought Monitor shows improved dryness on in the Eastern Corn Belt in... Read More.
Some farmers in drought-stricken Minnesota might compare catching a rain to winning the lottery. Northwest Minnesota crop and livestock producer Shayne Isane says a promising spring gave way to hot and dry conditions this summer. “We got off to a nice start. We had... Read More.
East-central Iowa farmer Dallas Tomlinson says drought persists on his farm and it’s having an impact on crop conditions. “Right at the moment we are at that pivotal time when we need a drink and it’s kind of crunch time right now.” He tells Brownfield... Read More.
Southwest Iowa farmer Dave McGargill says drought conditions have improved after some timely rain events this summer. “We received about six inches of rain at the end of June and the first week of July,” he said. “Since then, we have picked up another... Read More.
A no-till farmer says he’s concerned this season will deter farmers from continuing some conservation practices. Central Ohio farmer Tim Norris tells Brownfield “I think we need to be careful about making decisions just right on one particular season, and, we’ve all seen no-till... Read More.
Hot, dry weather has increased the risk of hay fires on Midwest farms this season. Megan Schossow with the Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center tells Brownfield there has been a recent uptick in hay fires and many are in barns where the... Read More.
The drought is having a massive impact on agriculture. Compeer Financial new markets lending specialist Paul Dietmann says the scope stretches beyond traditional crop and livestock production and is being felt in direct-to-consumer markets. “Anybody who is marketing meat direct to consumers, most of them... Read More.
A crop insurance agent says some farmers have given up on their 2023 corn. Andrew Schulenburg with Compeer Financial handles crop insurance and risk management for farmers. He tells Brownfield the extremely dry conditions in some areas have forced farmers to make tough... Read More.
A meteorologist says that drought conditions in Missouri are improving, and the long-term forecast calls for above-average rain. During the Drought Assessment Committee meeting Tuesday, Jared Maples with the National Weather Service said recent rains have alleviated drought conditions in parts of the state. “Looking... Read More.
An ag economist says corn and soybean production is not likely to mirror 2012 despite similar drought conditions this summer. David Widmar with Ag Economic Insights compared conditions for both years during the second week of July. “There are always millions of acres of crops... Read More.