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 central-Ohio farmer says he just finished harvesting his best wheat crop yet. Tim Norris of Gambier tells Brownfield he never expected the yields that showed up in the combine. “I had 35 acres of wheat that I just couldn’t believe it when I got... Read More.
A central Illinois farmer says his crops have received much-needed relief from ongoing drought. Rob Shaffer says the last 30 days have been critical. “I would have told you on June 20th that we were 2012 all over again,” he said. “That was the... Read More.
High input costs and interest rates have apparently not slowed the rate of expansion for dairy farms. Dale Mitte with MSA Engineering tells Brownfield 2023 has been a busy year for new buildings, feed storage, and manure handling construction. “It seems like since January... Read More.
Russia’s attack on Ukrainian ports is causing a major rally in grain markets. Angie Setzer, co-founder of the grain marketing firm Consus, tells Brownfield futures are seeing support across commodities. “We rallied back over $0.70 in December Corn,” she says. “We saw wheat just today... Read More.
A Michigan farmer has spent 15 years keying in cover crop mixes for the commodities he grows. Jeff Schluckbier farms 7,500 acres of corn, dry beans, sugarbeets, and wheat across Tuscola and Sanilac Counties with his cousins. “We can get on it quicker in the... Read More.
A new effort by the State of Wisconsin and two farm groups is helping get more locally-grown food to the people who need it. The Wisconsin Local Food Purchase Assistance Program is funded by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Forrest... Read More.
A product specialist with Helena says corn in the path of the Midwest derecho in late June could still have yield potential. Brad Hammes, based in Iowa, tells Brownfield he was scouting fields in parts of northern Missouri when the derecho hit and was... Read More.
A southwest Nebraska farmer says his crops are looking better than expected. Andy Jobman says a wetter than normal May helped spark a strong start to the growing season. “We’ve used a lot of that moisture up,” he said. “There is some subsoil left that... Read More.
The USDA says the hay harvest should be up in 2023. However, the quality of that hay is a big question mark because of drought in parts of the country, and it is likely farmer harvest intentions will change to some degree. As of June... Read More.
An Iowa farmer says fungicide applications have helped him manage disease and environmental pressure. Brett Heineman tells Brownfield spraying at the right time has been critical. “From what we’ve seen, the biggest bang for our buck has been getting it on before you see the... Read More.
The director of the Minnesota Biofuels Association says there were several policy wins for the industry during the legislative session. Brian Werner tells Brownfield the top priorities going into the session were to expand market access for biofuels, provide cost-share incentives for advanced biofuel... Read More.