Heat stress lowers productivity and reproduction success in beef and dairy cattle, but an animal health expert says a probiotic can be a useful tool to limit losses. Dr. Steve Lerner with Chr. Hansen tells Brownfield the function of a probiotic is to improve... Read More.
A central Illinois farmer says corn and soybeans are at a critical stage as excessive heat lingers in the Midwest. Ron Kindred of Atlanta tells Brownfield the longer it goes on, the bigger impact it will have on yield. “I’m afraid that our... Read More.
Livestock producers are encouraged to watch for signs of heat stress with extreme temperatures forecast across the Midwest this week. Iowa State University Extension beef veterinarian Grant Dewell says because cattle have such a large body surface area, the heat from the sun can... Read More.
Some of Kentucky’s corn and soybean crops are showing drought stress as precipitation continues to miss parts of the state. Corn is rated 53% good to excellent with 38% silking, 12% milked, and 2% in the dough stage. Soybeans are rated 55% good to... Read More.
Managing drought stress is a hot topic at BASF’s Showcase Plot Tour at their Midwest Research Farm in Seymour, Illinois today. The latest US Drought Monitor shows more than 92% of the Midwest is abnormally dry with at least 75% of that area... Read More.
Crop growth started to show signs of delayed development in Michigan last week because of the dry weather. As of last Sunday, the USDA says just one percent of soybeans have started to bloom with 23 percent in good to excellent condition while corn... Read More.
Kentucky corn and soybean conditions have declined significantly as rainfall remains below average. Corn dropped to 59% rated good to excellent. Soybeans are 80% planted, with 79% emerged, and 65% rated good to excellent. Late-planted soybeans have struggled as soils are dry and hard. Winter... Read More.
Minnesota crops are showing signs of drought stress. USDA’s latest weekly crop report says nearly half the topsoil in the state is short to very short on moisture, and most of the subsoil moisture is considered short to adequate. Corn emergence is virtually complete and... Read More.
An extension rice agronomist says the Arkansas rice crop could desperately use rain. Jarrod Hardke tells Brownfield there’s a lot of good-looking rice out there. ‘’But it’s hard to go by a field without being able to notice a problem of some kind,” he... Read More.
Additional resources supporting mental health are helping to recognize underlying stressors farmers face. Ohio State University rural sociologist Shoshanah Inwood tells Brownfield there are often invisible mental health issues in agriculture aside from suicide. For example, she says her research is finding postpartum depression... Read More.