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Mild, unseasonably warm weather covers the Heartland

Mild, unseasonably warm weather covers the Heartland

Mild, unseasonably warm weather covers the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, nearly all the nation’s corn and soybeans are mature, well in advance of any widespread Midwestern freezes. On October 3, eighty-eight percent of the U.S. corn was fully mature, while 86% of the soybeans were dropping leaves. The U.S. corn harvest, 29% complete by October 3, was proceeding at the third-fastest pace in the last decade, behind only 2012 and virtually tied with 2018.

On the Plains, dry weather accompanies above-normal to record-setting temperatures, following last week’s beneficial showers.

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Momma on a Mission says older grain bins need to be retrofitted

Anita Howard of Waveland, Indiana lost her 18-year-old son, Colten, in a grain bin engulfment accident almost two years ago. Her son’s tragic death pushed her to get the word out about grain bin safety and deficiencies that need to be corrected. She learned most grain bins are not equipped to be tied off to.

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Research to support new crop insurance options

This week Executive Director of IL Corn Rodney Weinzierl outlines how the corn checkoff funds research to support new crop insurance options. He highlights how they partner with land grant universities to create solutions to farmers’ needs in this area and assist with smooth implementation. Finally, he shares a new crop insurance option that just got approved.

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Member benefits

This week’s Iowa Corn Connection features Iowa Corn Growers Association president Lance Lillibridge of Vinton, who highlights the value of being a member of Iowa Corn. He says that includes having a seat at the table when important state and federal policy is being discussed. He points to the Waters of the U.S. Rule and how it could impact farmers. And he tells Brownfield any Iowan who grows corn should be an Iowa Corn member.

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Building Markets Overseas

Michigan corn farmers have invested in overseas efforts to enhance and expand exports across the Atlantic. Reece Cannady with the U.S. Grains Council explains how those dollars are supporting trade in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Preparing for winter feeding months

Fall is a great time for cattle producers to prep for feed ration changes for the winter. In this Managing for Profit Sara Linneen, a technical consultant with Elanco shares some thoughts on protein supplement changes and what producers need to do leading up to those colder temperatures.

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Brownfield Ag Weather Today

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A pesky area of cloudiness and showers over the eastern one-third of the U.S. will linger for the remainder of the week. Some of the heaviest rain will fall in the Southeast, where 5-day totals could reach 2 to 5 inches or more—especially from the Florida panhandle into the southern Appalachians. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail across the nation’s mid-section, aside from widely scattered, late-week showers across the northern Plains.

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Agropur to get Wisconsin tax break for new facility

Agropur to get Wisconsin tax break for new facility

Agropur to get Wisconsin tax break for new facility

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will be helping a dairy plant expand.  Governor Tony Evers announced Monday the Agropur Dairy Cooperative in Little Chute, Wisconsin will benefit from up to 4.5 million dollars in business tax credits when they build a new 168-million-dollar state-of-the-art cheese facility. 

Agropur will be eligible for the business tax credits over the next four years based on meeting hiring and capital expenditure goals.  Evers says this investment will be felt far beyond the farm.

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Missouri harvest ahead of average

Missouri harvest ahead of average

Missouri harvest ahead of average

Missouri’s corn harvest as of Sunday was just over 50% complete, ahead of average.

More than half the crop is in good condition, more than 10% is excellent.

Soybean harvest was 11 percent complete, even with the average.

Conditions are pretty even with corn.

Cotton harvest is behind at only 2% complete.  Rice harvest is also behind, at 54% finished. Six percent of winter wheat has been planted.

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Soybeans lower on early strong harvest numbers

Soybeans lower on early strong harvest numbers

Soybeans lower on early strong harvest numbers

On Monday, soybeans closed lower, and corn and wheat closed mixed.

Soybeans continued losses on Monday after lower overnight trading amid harvest pressure as U.S. growers continue to get their crops out at a faster than normal pace. Nearby contracts saw initial gains before falling ahead of midday. Thoughts of a modestly better than expected harvest could help fuel continued lower moves in the soy complex. Favorable South American weather is also putting downward pressure on the soy complex.

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