ARTICLES BY JORDAN ANDERSON
Corn, Soybean Acreage, Stocks Drop By: 06/30/2015 @ 11:19am

The much anticipated U.S. Planted Acreage report is out, and numbers were on point with estimates for the week with corn down from last year and soybeans up.Soybean acres planted were expected to land between…

Wheat Up 30¢, Soybeans Close Above $10 By: 06/26/2015 @ 1:46pm

Markets are continued their rally to close up the week thanks to Mother Nature keeping farmers out of the field for both soybean planting and wheat harvest. At the close, the July corn futures are trading…

Weather Outlook: What's in Store for July? By: 06/26/2015 @ 11:33am

Mother Nature is holding the control while farmers are holding their breath.Recent rains have pushed precipitation to twice their normal amounts in some areas, says Freese-Notis, Inc. senior meteorologist Dan…

Wheat and Soybeans Open Over 20¢ Higher By: 06/26/2015 @ 8:48am

The forecast is looking to be wet again for the one- to five-day and the six- to 10-day forecast, rallying prices big time to open Friday.At the open, the July corn futures are trading 10 3/4 cents higher at…

Early Calls: Soybeans, Wheat Jump Double-Digits By: 06/26/2015 @ 6:56am

Early calls are showing big jumps across the grains and soybeans, driven by flooding, replanting, and overall uncertainty on whether soybean planting or wheat harvest will ever come to an end.At 6:45 a.m…

Extended Flooding Could Wipe Out Soybean Crop By: 06/24/2015 @ 9:49am

Farmers across the country are sharing photos of their fields under water, and the precipitation doesn’t seem to be letting up. While the bad luck seems to lie with those who have yet to plant their…

Tools of the Future Brings Newest Tech to Farmers' Fingers By: 06/23/2015 @ 4:17pm

The second annual "Tools of the Future" event by Successful Farming magazine took place Monday, June 22, in Ankeny, Iowa (north of Des Moines), and it was one to remember. Dozens of farmers gathered along with…

Wet Weather = Prevented Planting Concerns By: 06/17/2015 @ 5:29pm

89.2 million of corn acres and a record-breaking 84.6 million soybean acres. Those are the numbers that were laid out in the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report on March 30, 2015. Combine that with the…

Corn Lower at Close; Analysts Expect Much Stocks By: 06/12/2015 @ 1:52pm

At the close, the July corn futures are trading 3 1/2 cents lower at $3.53 per bushel. The Dec corn futures are 4 3/4 cents lower at $3.69 1/2 per bushel. July soybean futures are unchanged at $9.40.July…

Grains Open Steady Pending Weekend Weather By: 06/12/2015 @ 8:53am

Grains and soybeans are holding tight this morning pending the forecasted rains over the next few days. More rain could delay soybean planting as well as wheat harvest even more, giving markets the opportunity…

Early Calls: Corn, Soybeans Drop Slightly By: 06/12/2015 @ 7:27am

On Friday, early calls are showing a slight drop for corn and soybeans while wheat is steady or higher. Markets across the board including oil and the Dow futures are signaling decreases overnight. Early…

First Alfalfa Cutting Delayed? Inspect Fields First By: 06/10/2015 @ 2:09pm

Mother Nature seems to be doing everything she can to delay corn and soybean planting this year, but all of that rain and hail is also putting a damper on the first alfalfa harvest of the season. If you…

Summer Heat is Here! Are Your Cattle Ready? By: 06/08/2015 @ 3:36pm

Summer heat is rolling in, tempting people to turn on air conditioners and break out the iced tea makers for to keep from melting away. Don't take heat stress for granted, even in the early weeks of…

2015 Tools of the Future Schedule & Sessions By: 06/03/2015 @ 4:19pm

Tools of the Future is back for 2015 with a can't-miss event! Check out the sessions and schedule for this year's event below.For more information and to get registered, head over to…

2015 Tools of the Future Speakers: Ag's Leading Innovators By: 06/03/2015 @ 3:37pm

The Successful Farming magazine editors are bringing the leading innovators and researchers in agricultural technology, robotics, equipment, and soil health all to one place for a must-attend one-day event --…

Meet the Women in Ag Bloggers! By: 05/21/2015 @ 1:32pm

Looking for advice on managing your farm, anecdotes you can relate to, or tips from other women in agriculture much like you? We've gathered a few ladies as passionate as you are about…

Early Intensive Stocking Boosts Pasture Sustainability & Profits By: 05/11/2015 @ 2:29pm

Notably in the Flint Hills of Kansas but also in many other cattle production areas, stocker cattle are let out into pastures for grazing from spring to early fall when they are removed to finish in…

Be Ready for a Hay-Day in May By: 05/11/2015 @ 1:18pm

While the corn farmers are hoping the rain holds off, those April and early May showers make great quality grass and hay for livestock producers during the month of May.In early April, grass growth made 200…

Wheat Launches to Close Wednesday By: 05/06/2015 @ 2:55pm

Low quality and disease in wheat are some of the initial findings on the Kansas Wheat Quality Tour, driving prices up."The first-day tour average for the Kansas WQT was 34.3 bpa, down from 34.7 last year and…

Q&A: Dwight Armstrong, Nat'l FFA Organization & Foundation CEO By: 05/05/2015 @ 12:50pm

Think back 15 years ago. Could you have imagined tractors driving themselves? Or machines milking dairy cows and knowing exactly which one they’re milking? Fact is, the world of agriculture is changing…

Soybeans Up Double-Digits at the Close By: 05/04/2015 @ 2:01pm

Soybeans made a strong rally this afternoon, trying to make a comeback from the end of last week's drop.At the close, the July corn futures are trading 1 3/4 cents lower at $3.61 1/4 per bushel. July…

Soybeans Higher, Wheat & Corn Lower to Open Monday By: 05/04/2015 @ 8:48am

South America's turmoil in the agriculture industry is continuing to give soybeans a bit of a boost to start the week. Be watching for the planting progress report this afternoon to set the tone for the…

Iowa Declares State of Emergency Due to Avian Flu; Follows Minnesota, Wisconsin By: 05/01/2015 @ 4:21pm

On Friday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The proclamation is effective immediately and will continue through…

Bird Flu: Iowa Announces 5 More Presumptive Cases By: 04/27/2015 @ 4:56pm

Iowa has another five probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on the table in commercial poultry farms in Osceola, O’Brien, and Sioux Counties in northwest Iowa, says Bill Northey, the…

Sorghum Is Gaining Ground… As a Forage By: 04/22/2015 @ 11:16am

“Interest in forage sorghum is definitely on the rise,” said John Holman, a K-State Research and Extension agronomist based in Garden City. “There is a lot of interest in general to supply cow-calf…

Bird Flu: 3.8 Million Birds to Be Destroyed -- What Now? By: 04/22/2015 @ 10:25am

Over the weekend, an egg-laying facility in Osceola County, Iowa, was confirmed positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 strain, said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Tuesday…

Brazilian Truckers Aiding U.S. Soybean Boost By: 04/20/2015 @ 1:45pm

Brazilian truckers may not get what they're seeking by their Wednesday deadline. The idea that highways there may stay blocked is lending a nice hand in boosting soybean markets today.At the close, the…

Avian Influenza H5N2 Confirmed in Iowa By: 04/14/2015 @ 2:07pm

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the first case of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus in the state of…

Ensure Sufficient Cow/Calf Nutrition While Grass is Dormant By: 04/07/2015 @ 2:34pm

There hasn’t been a whole lot of moisture in any form this winter, but a few rains this week may help grasses start to green up. However, some beef producers started their calving season 4-6 weeks ago. When…

Agriculture's Quiet Impact on the Beer Industry By: 04/06/2015 @ 5:20pm

April 7th is National Beer Day! While many adults will be celebrating with their favorite pint, it’s easy to forget the dedicated farmers who grow the millions of pounds of barley and hops used to make the…

How Much Do You Know About the Barley & Hops in Your Beer? By: 04/06/2015 @ 4:21pm

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Tips to Keep Your Birds Safe from Avian Influenza By: 04/01/2015 @ 5:19pm

The H5N2 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in domestic flocks of birds in three states, and more cases seem to be popping up as migratory birds are traveling with the warm temperatures. With…

NRCS Offers $332 Million to Protect Farmland, Wetlands, Grasslands By: 03/31/2015 @ 11:11am

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is offering up $332 million through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) to help farmland and…

Grains, Soybeans Soar as the Dollar Weakens By: 03/20/2015 @ 1:51pm

Wall Street is cheering at the news of a weaker dollar. I have to say the farm markets are cheering right along with it. Corn, soybeans, and wheat all closed the day up double digits driven by the lower dollar…

Grains, SB Jump Up; Wheat Leading the Way By: 03/20/2015 @ 8:51am

Farm markets are starting Friday on a positive note with wheat leading the way.  At the open, the May corn futures are trading 3 3/4 cents higher at $3.77 1/4 per bushel. May soybean futures are…

Markets Lose Steam, Dollar Gains Much of Lost Ground By: 03/19/2015 @ 1:55pm

The grain rally after the Feds insinuated that interest rates would be going up (but not anytime soon) has lost some momentum, but the grains didn't move a whole lot today.At the close, the May corn…

Grains, SB Steady Amid Export Numbers, Dollar Bounce-Back By: 03/19/2015 @ 8:52am

Farm markets finished strong yesterday after the dollar collapse due to Feds releasing a statement about interest rates rising. This morning the dollar has bounced back a bit, but grains and soybeans numbers…

Early Calls: Markets Continue to Stay Strong By: 03/19/2015 @ 7:39am

Following the Fed announcement yesterday, the dollar collapsed giving markets the break they desperately needed. Those positive numbers are continuing into this morning.  Early calls: Corn 1 to 3 cents…

Grains, SB All Up to Open Midweek By: 03/18/2015 @ 8:47am

Grains and soybeans are all looking up this morning -- something we haven't seen for quite a while. At the open, the May corn futures are trading 1 1/2 cents higher at $3.72 1/2 per bushel. May…

Grains, SB Take a Dive By: 03/17/2015 @ 2:00pm

Grain markets took a dive today. Looks like the luck of the Irish was not on their side.At the close, the May corn futures are trading 8 cents lower at $3.71 per bushel. May soybean futures are trading 14…

Grains, SB Under Pressure with Falling Crude By: 03/17/2015 @ 8:49am

Wall Street is under pressure as the Fed meeting is drawing near, and the farm markets are feeling the pressure of falling crude oil.At the open, the May corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents lower at $3.76 1/4…

Markets Steady to Lower as Wall Street Meeting Draws Closer By: 03/17/2015 @ 8:00am

At 7:45 a.m.:  Early calls: Corn 1 to 3 cents lower, soybeans 2 to 4 cents lower, and wheat 1 to 3 cents lower.Trackers:  Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading slightly lower.Brent crude oil =…

Wheat Launches; Dow Up 225 with Dollar, Oil Slide By: 03/16/2015 @ 1:57pm

Wheat launched up double-digits this afternoon while Dow jumped a massive 225 points with some help from the dollar and oil sliding today.At the close, the May corn futures are trading 1 1/2 cents lower at…

Grains, SB Steady with Dollar Drop By: 03/16/2015 @ 8:51am

Following big losses on Friday, grain and soybean markets are starting the week fairly steady. A drop in both oil and the dollar are helping out the markets a bit, including Wall Street.At the open, the May…

Early Calls: Grains Slightly Lower, Fed Could Stop Dollar Rally By: 03/16/2015 @ 7:30am

Grain markets are looking relatively similar this morning -- slightly lower across the board. Wall Street is on edge this morning waiting for a meeting where the Feds could put a stop to the dollar rally.At…

Dollar Continues to Sink Grain, Soybean Markets By: 03/13/2015 @ 2:06pm

The U.S. Dollar continued to rally throughout the day, driving farm markets and Dow to low points.At the close, the May corn futures are trading 8 cents lower at $3.80 1/2 per bushel. May soybean futures…

Grains, Soybeans Falling Hard As the Dollar Surges By: 03/13/2015 @ 10:55am

The dollar is surging today, wreaking havoc on prices across the board. Soybeans dropped a solid double-digits, and Dow has fallen over 250 points moving into midday.At midday, the May corn futures are trading…

Grains Mixed, Dollar Higher to Kick Off Friday By: 03/13/2015 @ 8:50am

At the open, the May corn futures are trading 1/2 of a cent lower at $3.88 per bushel. May soybean futures are trading 6 cents lower at $9.84 1/2. The May wheat futures are 3 1/4 cents higher at…

Early Calls Showing Mixed Grains By: 03/13/2015 @ 7:43am

At 7:33 am:Early calls: Corn unchanged cents lower, soybeans 5-7 cents lower, and wheat 3-5 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading slightly higher.Brent Crude Oil = $0.07 lower.Dollar…

First Look: Tuesday's WASDE Report By: 03/10/2015 @ 11:10am

Today's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) aren't expected to draw much attention today. Some estimates are unchanged while big decreases are offset other numbers bumping up.Quick…

Proactive Producers: Take Profit Into Your Own Hands By: 03/09/2015 @ 5:27pm

No matter how diligently you keep records, manage pastures, rotate cattle, and watch for possible sickness -- droughts still happen, cattle get sick, and prices fall. Life can be unpredictable, especially with…

“Bird Flu” Confirmed in MN Commercial Turkey Flock By: 03/06/2015 @ 12:35pm

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a serious strain of avian influenza, more commonly known as “bird flu,” has been…

Give Newborn Calves a Leg Up from Day One By: 03/05/2015 @ 12:27pm

Calving season can be one of the most exhausting, stressful, labor-intensive times of year, but it’s also rewarding. Create and implement a herd health plan (HHP) appropriate for the operation to minimize…

Are We Seeing the "Greatest Collapse of Hog Prices Ever"? By: 03/03/2015 @ 3:52pm

Prices are rapidly rolling from record-high prices in 2014 –- driven by massive PEDv death rumors-turned-reality –- down to five-year lows near $45 per hundredweight, landing the hog markets in what may be…

Successful Farming Radio Magazine Airs 5000th Episode By: 02/27/2015 @ 3:44pm

On February 27, 2015, the Successful Farming Radio Magazine® (SFMR) airs its 5000th episode on 133 stations in 20 states across the country. The SFMR is a syndicated daily (Monday thru Friday) radio feature…

USGC Reacts To Vilsack's Trade Policy Remarks By: 02/27/2015 @ 11:34am

Following Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's address at the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix regarding Farm Bill sign-up deadlines and trade policy, U.S. agriculture groups have been quick to…

Grain Bin Safety Week 2015 By: 02/26/2015 @ 10:45am

High crop yields, wet harvest, and low grain prices makes the "store or sell" decision pretty easy for farmers across the country. Filling up those grain bins with hope that prices will bounce back means more…

Replace Toxic Fescue While Beef Prices Are Up -- MU Extension By: 02/24/2015 @ 10:58am

Seed costs of nontoxic fescue may seem daunting in troubling times, but good cattle prices now may make it the perfect time to replace that cheaper, toxic fescue.“Replant pastures when prices rise, or you…

Social Media Round-up: Cow Art, #AgOutlook, & Photo of the Week! By: 02/20/2015 @ 2:50pm

Here are some of the great online finds brought to us by social media this week:- Cow ArtKansas cattle rancher Derek Klingenberg is at it again! Bringing in over 14 million views with his “What Does the…

Mad Cow Strikes Again in Canada By: 02/16/2015 @ 12:10pm

On February 11, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in one beef cow in Alberta, Canada. BSE – more commonly known as mad cow disease – is a…

Boehringer Ingelheim, BQA Team Up to Offer Free Certification By: 02/09/2015 @ 10:45am

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has partnered with the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program to provide cattle producers (including beef and dairy operators, veterinarians, allied partners, and…

Say "Hello" to Calving (& Lambing & Foaling) Season! By: 02/06/2015 @ 10:51am

It's 3:30 AM. Bitter cold. Twenty-three below with windchill (at best). Three blankets have barely warmed you up since you got into the house at 2:15, but it's time to get up and go check the cows…

Outstanding Agriculture Mentors in the Field By: 01/30/2015 @ 2:04pm

My Mentor, My Legacy nominations rolled in, and four winners were chosen from across the nation.Whether the family farm is passed down through the generations or it’s one started from scratch, it’s tough…

Third Strain of PEDv Identified in Minnesota By: 01/21/2015 @ 4:46pm

Three steps forward, two steps back. That seems to be the never-ending theme of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, better know as PEDv. U.S. researchers have identified a third strain of PEDv in a…

Hog Markets 'Yo-Yo' to Continue in 2015 By: 01/21/2015 @ 2:59pm

Although it’s been a quiet topic since jumping to Hawaii, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is still taking a toll on hog markets. The hog market yo-yo’ed throughout 2014, and we should expect…

Expect Higher Cattle Prices in 2015 -- Economist By: 01/21/2015 @ 2:48pm

A 19-year trend of fewer calves coming to an end. Tight cattle numbers and high prices are driving producers to hold on to quality heifers and cows to rebuild their herds. Female slaughter dropped 10 percent…

Calf Scours: Symptoms, Treatment, & Prevention By: 01/21/2015 @ 2:33pm

Calf scours – diarrhea occurring in the first 30 days of a calf’s life – is caused by viruses, parasites, bacteria, or any combination of those. The exact cause is less important than prompt treatment…

Wheat Rally Ends, Down 23¢ By: 12/19/2014 @ 1:45pm

Dow and crude oil have been climbing the ladder all day, but the wheat rally has come to an end, dropping another 23¢ to close the day.At the close, the March corn futures are trading 1/2 of a cent lower at…

Wheat Rally Ends, Drop 18¢ By: 12/19/2014 @ 8:46am

Markets took a significant downturn for the first time this week, and wheat fell double-digits, ending the long rally. At the open, the March corn futures are trading 5 1/2 cents lower at $4.05 1/2 per…

Early Calls: Grain, Soybeans Drop Overnight By: 12/19/2014 @ 6:17am

At 6:10 am:Early calls: Corn is 4-6 cents lower, soybeans 4-6 cents lower and wheat is seen 16-18 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading lower.Crude Oil = $0.82 higher per barrel to…

Exports as Expected; Grain Rallies Venture On By: 12/18/2014 @ 1:47pm

At the close, the March corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents higher at $4.11 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 8 cents higher at $10.35.March wheat futures are trading 6 3/4 cents higher at $6.55…

Grain Markets All Up; Wheat Continues Strong Push By: 12/18/2014 @ 8:54am

All markets are up to start your Thursday with wheat continuing its strong lead.At the open, the March corn futures are trading 3/4 of a cent higher at $4.09 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 4…

Wheat Leads the Pack, Closes Up 25¢ By: 12/17/2014 @ 2:00pm

Grains and soybean markets ended the day moving up with wheat leading the pack, up 25 cents.At the open, the March corn futures are trading 2 1/4 cents higher at $4.08 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures…

Aggressive Govt. Buying Pulls Wheat from Russian Exports By: 12/17/2014 @ 8:53am

Wheat is keeping the positive streak going this week due to continually slow Russia wheat exports.  At the open, the March corn futures are trading 2 1/2 cents higher at $4.08 1/2 per bushel.January…

Early Calls: Grains, SB Steady; Crude Around $55 By: 12/17/2014 @ 5:31am

At 5:40 am:Early calls: Corn is 0-2 cents higher, soybeans 0-2 cents higher and wheat is seen 3-5 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading higher.Crude Oil = $0.85 lower per barrel to…

Wheat Continues Up; Action Items for Farmers By: 12/16/2014 @ 1:50pm

It's been a bumpy road in the markets today. Wheat is continuing its rally and crude oil rebounded, creating a few action items of which farmers should take notice.At the close, the March corn futures are…

Slow Russian Exports Keep Wheat Rally Strong By: 12/16/2014 @ 8:45am

Crude oil has rolled below $55 per barrel, but wheat is keeping its rally going with the slow Russian exports. At the open, the March corn futures are trading 1/4 cent lower at $4.08 3/4 per…

Slowing Russian Exports Push Wheat Up 12¢ By: 12/15/2014 @ 1:48pm

Wheat continued a big rally thanks to slowing Russia exports, closing Monday's markets up 12 cents. At the close, the March corn futures are trading 1 cent higher at $4.08 1/2 per bushel.January soybean…

21 Favorite Country Christmas Tunes to Enjoy! By: 12/15/2014 @ 1:40pm

'Tis the season for decorating trees, baking holiday goodies, and leaving alfalfa outside for Rudolph at night (at least we did in my family), and undeniably listening to Christmas music. Our staff…

Ukraine Supply Shortage, China GMO Approval Helping Corn By: 12/15/2014 @ 8:44am

Ukraine corn supply shortages and a possible Chinese approval of the currently banned GMO corn is making the corn bulls dance with joy this week. At the open, the March corn futures are trading 1 cent…

Overnight Grain Markets Steady to Unchanged By: 12/15/2014 @ 7:54am

At 7:50 a.m.:Early calls: Corn is 0 to 2 cents higher, soybeans 0 to 2 cents lower, and wheat is seen 0 to 2 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading relatively…

Corn, Wheat Up 9¢ Each at Close By: 12/12/2014 @ 1:45pm

All aboard! Grains are flying higher while U.S. stocks and crude oil take a nose dive. At the close, the March corn futures are trading 9 cents higher at $4.07 1/2 per bushel.January soybean futures are…

Wheat Up Another 14¢; U.S. Stocks Take a Dive with Crude Oil By: 12/12/2014 @ 10:55am

Grain markets are keeping their upward rally going, but U.S. stocks are taking a sharp plunge today with crude oil.At mid-day, the March corn futures are trading 7 cents higher at $4.05 1/2 per bushel.January…

Thursday's Rally Keeps Rolling into Friday Markets By: 12/12/2014 @ 8:47am

Markets closed on a great note yesterday, with soybeans and wheat up 10 and 15 cents, respectively, which rolled into an optimistic opening today.“Grain prices ended the day stronger as we are hearing…

Markets Up; Wheat Jumps 15¢ By: 12/11/2014 @ 1:46pm

After opening slightly lower, wheat futures are up double-digits to close the markets. At the close, the March corn futures are trading 4 3/4 cents higher at $3.98 1/2 per bushel.January soybean futures…

Confine Cattle to Help Pastures Recover By: 12/11/2014 @ 12:25pm

Although we had some significant rains this past spring and summer, consecutive years of drought took a toll on rangeland, especially those acres with cattle grazing. Not to mention, the high corn prices a few…

Soybeans, Wheat Slightly Lower By: 12/11/2014 @ 8:49am

At the open, the March corn futures are trading 1/2 cent higher at $3.94 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 3 1/2 cents lower at $10.28 1/2.March wheat futures are trading 6 1/4 cents lower to…

Overnight Corn and Soybeans Up, Wheat Down By: 12/11/2014 @ 7:39am

At 7:30 am:Early calls: Corn is 1 to 3 cents higher, soybeans 3 to 5 cents higher, and wheat is seen 3 to 6 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly…

PEDv Mysteriously Jumps the Ocean to Hawaii By: 12/05/2014 @ 2:12pm

On November 20, a small hog operation on Oahu confirmed that they have contracted the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.About 25 percent of the farm’s…

Soymeal, Soyoil Keep the Soybean Rally Alive By: 11/26/2014 @ 9:00am

Domestic bean crushers are keeping the soybean rally alive by offering a little competition to the exports.At the open, March corn futures are trading 3 cents higher at $3.90 1/4 per bushel.January soybean…

Early Calls: Grains, SB Keep Pushing Up By: 11/26/2014 @ 6:31am

At 6:30 am:Early calls: Corn is 1-3 cents higher, soybeans 1-3 cents higher and wheat is seen 4-6 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading higher.Crude Oil = $.15 lower per barrel to…

Rally Continues With Soybean Meal, Oil Support By: 11/25/2014 @ 1:54pm

Strong support from both soybean meal and soybean oil are keeping the rally going today. At the close, March corn futures are trading 7 cents higher at $3.87 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are…

Grains, Soybeans Rally Into Midday; SB Up Over 18¢ By: 11/25/2014 @ 11:08am

Moving into midday, the grains and soybean markets continue the rally started this morning. The March corn futures are trading 5 cents higher at $3.85 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 18…

Soybeans Rebound; Up 13¢ At Open By: 11/25/2014 @ 8:44am

Soybeans lost some of the ground gained in the rally late last week, but rebounded right back this morning.At the open, March corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents higher at $3.83 per bushel.January soybean…

Early Calls: Grain, SB Markets Looking Up By: 11/25/2014 @ 8:04am

At 7:45 a.m.:Early calls: Corn is 1 to 3 cents higher, soybeans 9 to 12 cents higher, and wheat is seen 0 to 2 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly…

Soybeans Dip, Keep Ground Gained in Last Week's Rally By: 11/24/2014 @ 1:53pm

Soybeans dipped a bit today with favorable weather in South America, but we haven't lost the ground gained last week.At the close, March corn futures are trading 5 cents lower at $3.80 1/4 per…

Soybeans Dip to Open Monday By: 11/24/2014 @ 7:47am

After a big soybean rally to end the week, soybeans are dipping to open Monday markets.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 2 3/4 cents lower at $3.70 per bushel. January soybean futures are…

Soybean Rally Continues, Closing 18¢ Higher By: 11/21/2014 @ 2:04pm

Soybeans keep the rally going to close the week up 18¢. At the close, the December corn futures are trading 1/2 cent lower at $3.72 3/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 18 1/2 cents higher…

Ethanol Grind, Soybean Meal Get Bullish Market Reaction By: 11/21/2014 @ 10:59am

Grain and soybean futures are continuing to climb throughout the day with the help of ethanol and soybean meal.At midday, the December corn futures are trading 4 1/4 cents higher at $3.77 1/2 per…

Soybeans Moving on Up Following Strong Thursday By: 11/21/2014 @ 8:46am

After a strong Thursday for the grain markets, soybean futures continue to increase to open Friday.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 3/4 of a cent lower at $3.72 1/2 per bushel. January…

Early Calls: Little Change in Overnight Grain Markets By: 11/21/2014 @ 7:28am

At 7:15 a.m.:Early calls: Corn is 1 to 3 cents lower, soybeans 2 to 4 cents higher, and wheat 2 to 5 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading slightly lower.Crude oil…

Market Rebound: Corn, Soybeans Up Double-Digits After Rough Week By: 11/20/2014 @ 1:44pm

Grain and soybean markets all ended the day on a positive note with 10 and 15 cent gains for corn and soybeans, respectively. The December corn futures are trading 10 cents higher at $3.73 1/4 per…

Export Sales: Corn Higher Than Expected, Soybeans Lower By: 11/20/2014 @ 8:43am

The FAS Export Sales report this morning helped the corn market out a bit, showing export numbers much higher than expected.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 2 1/4 cents higher at $3.65 1/2…

Early Calls Show Small Gains By: 11/20/2014 @ 7:36am

Early calls show corn is 1 to 3 cents higher, soybeans 5 to 7 cents higher, and wheat 2 to 4 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly higher.Crude Oil = $0.16…

Soybeans Close 18 Cents Lower By: 11/19/2014 @ 1:46pm

To close off the day, December corn futures are trading 8 3/4 cents lower at $3.63 1/4 per bushel.January soybean futures are trading 18 1/2 cents lower at $10.04 3/4.December wheat futures are trading 10 1/2…

Soybeans Open With Double-Digit Drop By: 11/19/2014 @ 8:48am

At the open, December corn futures are trading 3 cents lower at $3.69 per bushel. January soybean futures are trading 11 cents lower at $10.12 1/4. December wheat futures are trading 5 1/2 cents lower at $5.43…

Early Calls: Grain, Soybean Markets Seen Lower By: 11/19/2014 @ 7:46am

Markets are looking to open lower today, with soybeans having the biggest drop.Early calls: Corn is 2 to 4 cents lower, soybeans 8 to 10 cents lower, and wheat 3 to 5 cents…

WASDE: Corn Continues to Claim Highest-Ever Yields By: 11/10/2014 @ 10:35am

Harvest is beginning to wrap up, and the WASDE and Crop Production Reports estimate that yields are still claiming the title of "highest yields on record."The USDA reports that average U.S. corn yields are…

Favorite #Harvest14 Pictures from Social Media (So Far!) By: 11/07/2014 @ 1:06pm

       Have photos to share? Be sure to tag @successful_farming on Instagram! Rain passed by, sun came out-I felt…

Wheat Closes Up 8 Cents; Planting on Pace By: 10/28/2014 @ 1:46pm

At the end of a positive day in the markets, soybeans ended above $10.00 and wheat closed 8 cents higher.December corn futures closed 1 1/2 cents higher at $3.64 1/2 per bushel.November soybean futures ended…

Markets Edge Higher Into Midsession By: 10/28/2014 @ 11:35am

At midsession, the December corn futures are trading 3 1/2 cents higher at $3.66 1/2 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 4 1/2 cents higher at $10.10 1/2.December wheat futures are trading 5 1/2…

Exports Sent Soybeans Soaring Up 30 Cents By: 10/23/2014 @ 2:16pm

Big export sales drove soybeans up another 30 cents to close Thursday.At the close, December corn futures are trading 6 3/4 cents higher at $3.59 3/4 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 30 1/2…

Soybeans Up 17 Cents At Midday By: 10/23/2014 @ 11:24am

At midday, the December corn futures are trading 4 3/4 cents higher at $3.57 3/4 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 17 1/2 cents higher at $9.80 1/4.December wheat futures are trading 5 cents…

Higher-Than-Expected Soybean Exports Driving Markets Up By: 10/23/2014 @ 8:46am

At the open, the December corn futures are trading 2 1/2 cents higher at $3.55 1/2 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 5 1/4 cents higher at $9.68.December wheat futures are trading 1 1/2 cents…

Little Change in Overnight Markets By: 10/23/2014 @ 8:05am

After quite the rally yesterday in grain and soybean markets, there's not much change in overnight markets.Early calls: Corn is 0 to 2 cents higher, soybeans 2 to 4 cents higher, and wheat…

Wheat Closes Up; Corn and Soybeans Down By: 10/22/2014 @ 1:45pm

Wheat continued to crawl up, but corn and soybeans closed the day lower.The December corn futures are trading 3 cents lower at $3.53 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 1 1/2 cents lower at $9.62…

Midday Report: Markets Continue to Climb By: 10/22/2014 @ 11:14am

Crop futures are continuing to climb moving into midday with soybeans jumping double-digits since November options expire Friday.The December corn futures are trading 2 1/4 cents higher at $3.58 per…

Soybeans Up Double-Digits; Watch South America's Weather By: 10/22/2014 @ 8:45am

Prices are driving upward across the board this morning with soybeans making a double-digit leap due to November options expiring this Friday.At the open, December corn futures are trading 3 cents higher at…

Early Calls: Prices Up Across the Board By: 10/22/2014 @ 7:52am

We're looking for higher prices across the board this morning with soybeans making the biggest jump overnight.Early calls show corn is 2-4 cents higher, soybeans 10-12 cents higher, and wheat 2-4 cents…

More Beef-Building Tips from Cattle Producers By: 10/13/2014 @ 11:45am

Last week we compiled a list of 9 tips that can help you build your cattle herd for the most profit in the future. We asked our community members in Cattle Talk (Agriculture.com community) and the Beef…

National 4-H Week: Staff Shares Memories By: 10/08/2014 @ 3:36pm

October 5-11, 2014 is National 4-H Week! With more than 6 million youth involved and over 60 million alumni (including me and much of my family!), 4-H has created billions of memories for members, parents…

Build Your Beef Herd to Boost Your Profits By: 09/23/2014 @ 1:56pm

Beef prices are stacking up to all-time highs. Consumers are not only paying more for beef at the grocery store, they are willing to pay premium prices for USDA graded prime beef. Only 3% of all carcasses…

Close of Monday Markets: Bad Day for Beans By: 09/22/2014 @ 1:47pm

Soybeans closed out with yet another double-digit drop to $9.38. The December corn futures are trading 1 1/4 cents lower at $3.30 per bushel.November soybean futures are trading 18 3/4 cents lower at…

Soybeans Drop Another 20 Cents at Midsession By: 09/22/2014 @ 11:46am

Soybeans started out the week with a double-digit dive and dropped another 20 cents moving into the midsession.The December corn futures are trading 3 cents lower at $3.28 per bushel.November soybean futures…

Soybeans Start Week With Double-Digit Dive By: 09/22/2014 @ 9:06am

After a very weak day Friday, soybeans opened with a double-digit dive to kick off the week while corn and wheat markets changed 1 to 2 cents.The December corn futures contract traded 2 cents lower at $3.29…

WASDE & Crop Reports: Record Yields Make a Bearish Boom By: 09/11/2014 @ 11:11am

The WASDE and Crop Production Reports estimate record average yields for both corn and soybeans. Those big numbers make a bearish boom in the oversupplied markets.The USDA reports that average U.S. corn yields…

Grains, Soybeans Open Steady to Lower By: 09/04/2014 @ 8:46am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) --  After a big drop at the close last night, grains and soybeans opened at even lower prices this morning.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 3/4 cent…

Early Calls: SB, Grains Lower Across the Board By: 09/04/2014 @ 7:40am

At 7:31, corn is looking 0 to 2 cents lower, soybeans 2 to 4 cents lower, and wheat 2 to 4 cents lower.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = trading lowerCrude oil = $.42 per barrel…

August 29: Early Calls Looking Up By: 08/29/2014 @ 7:30am

Early calls are showing mostly higher markets across the board. Corn is looking 0-2 cents lower, soybeans 2-4 cents higher, and wheat 4-6 cents higher.Trackers:Overnight grain, soybean markets = Trading mostly…

SB, Wheat Up; Crop Progress Slow By: 08/27/2014 @ 11:23am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- At midsession, soybeans and wheat climb slightly while corn drops. At 11 a.m., the December corn futures are trading 2 cents lower at $3.63.November soybean futures…

Futures: Crops Drop By: 08/25/2014 @ 12:33pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- As the S&P 500 climbs to top another record, all crop futures dropped for midsession.At midday, December corn futures are trading 3 3/4 cents lower at $3.67…

Grains, SB Up; Russia/Ukraine Tensions Drop U.S. Stocks By: 08/22/2014 @ 8:58am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- Grain and soybean futures started the day trading higher, but rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia are sending U.S. stocks on the decline.At the open, December corn…

Grains, Soybeans Scoot Up; Dow Up, Too By: 08/21/2014 @ 2:34pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- Futures held strong and scooted up through the day, ending the day with all prices higher to close out the market.At the open, the December corn futures are trading 1 1/2…

Even With Yield Pressure, Prices Up at Open By: 08/21/2014 @ 8:42am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- After prices closed lower due to pressure from strong yield potential, grain and soybean prices are back up this morning.At the open, the December corn futures are trading…

Risk Ranch Connects Cattle Futures to Show Stock By: 08/20/2014 @ 11:37am

The CME Group & National 4-H Organization are traveling to 120 state and county fairs in 11 states to help 4-H members reach deeper into the process of their show stock by playing the Commodity Carnival…

Grains, Soybeans Take a Mid-Session Dive By: 08/20/2014 @ 11:09am

Grains and soybeans took a dive going into the mid-session. The December corn futures are trading 6 cents lower at $3.66 1/4.November soybean futures are trading 10 1/2 cents lower at $10.42 1/4.December…

Weather Drives Corn/Soybeans Down, Wheat Up By: 08/20/2014 @ 8:04am

Moisture across the Plains and Prairies is seen slowing wheat harvest, accelerating corn/soybean growth, and driving the markets lower into Wednesday.“Rains should push across the northwestern and eastern…

August 20: Early Calls By: 08/20/2014 @ 7:31am

Early calls: Corn is seen 2 to 4 cents lower, soybeans 1 to 3 cents lower, and wheat 2 to 4 cents higher.Overnight grain, soybean markets = trading mostly lower.Crude oil = $.29 per barrel…

Slow Harvest Boosts Wheat Prices By: 08/19/2014 @ 2:41pm

After starting lower, wheat continued to climb to close the day higher."Wheat futures traded 4 to 11 cents higher at midday, led by the hard red wheat contracts," says Allan Brugler of Brugler Marketing &…

Soybeans, Corn Roll Down; Wheat Up By: 08/19/2014 @ 11:45am

"Rain in the forecast puts a cloud over commodity prices," says Scott Shellady, senior contributor to Marketing Talk on Agriculture.com and SVP at TJM Investments. "Improving weather patterns has the sellers…

Grains, Soybeans Open Lower By: 08/19/2014 @ 9:03am

DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com) -- Opening prices for grains, soybeans are lower across most of the board this morning. At the open, the Dec. corn futures are trading 2 1/2 cents lower at $3.71.Nov. soybean…

Rains to Boost Corn & Soybeans, Slow Wheat Harvest By: 08/06/2014 @ 10:31am

Moisture drifted across the Midwest last night, but was it enough to finish out the growing season strongly? Looks like it wasn’t quite enough to quench the drought, but rain systems moving in next week may…

5 Practices to Cool Livestock in Summer Heat By: 08/05/2014 @ 11:53am

This summer dealt us cooler weather than is typical, but we all know the sweltering heat that back-to-school and state fair season can bring. Put these five tips into practice to keep your livestock…

Invest in Genetics to Meet Prime Beef Demands By: 07/24/2014 @ 4:14pm

Although many cattle producers are working to rebuild their herd, low beef numbers are continuing to drive cattle prices higher than ever.David Patterson (MU Beef Extension specialist) and Scott Brown (MU…

Top 3 Social Media Finds This Week By: 07/09/2014 @ 10:57am

Check out my top three agriculture-related finds from Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest that I just couldn't scroll past this week:Lost forever? We all seem to have our phones attached to our hip…

Gain Confidence w/ Automated Soil Sampling By: 06/04/2014 @ 10:07am

Soil sampling is one of the inevitable, time-consuming duties of farmers each fall. While taking dozens of samples with a hand probe, you constantly have to ask yourself, “Did I get enough samples?” “Are…

Earn CCA Credits by Attending Tools of the Future By: 05/29/2014 @ 3:18pm

Explore the newest, state-of-the-art agricultural tools that will make farmers more profitable in the field—including demonstrations and hands-on exhibitions on UAVs (drones) in action, wearable technology…

Register for the Tools of the Future Tour...and Earn CCA Credits, Too! By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:49am

Meredith Agrimedia is launching the Successful Farming® Tools for the Future Tour this summer comprising 3 day-long symposiums in Iowa, Indiana and Illinois featuring the best new technologies and ideas to…

Wearable Tech Lends An Extra Hand By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:20am

Sometimes we need an extra hand (or two) out on the farm or in the field. Dealing with clients or trying to fix a mechanical issue on the phone takes away yet another limb. In the next few years, this will no…

Wearable Tech Lends An Extra Hand By: 05/29/2014 @ 11:20am

Sometimes we need an extra hand (or two) out on the farm or in the field. Dealing with clients or trying to fix a mechanical issue on the phone takes away yet another limb. In the next few years, this will no…

Apply N & Water Cost-Effectively With Micro-Climate Network By: 05/29/2014 @ 10:11am

Farmers don’t want to waste any inputs whether it’s water, nitrogen, or other nutrients, and we all know how much a field can vary from acre to acre. How do you determine how much water or N to apply to…

Apply N & Water Cost-Effectively With Micro-Climate Network By: 05/29/2014 @ 10:11am

Farmers don’t want to waste any inputs whether it’s water, nitrogen, or other nutrients, and we all know how much a field can vary from acre to acre. How do you determine how much water or N to apply to…

First-Year Farmer Asking Fertilizer Questions By: 05/09/2014 @ 1:26pm

These days, more students are jumping straight from the college campus into an entirely different, more dynamic classroom setting – the field. While some are going back to the family farm to take over…

Farmer Diversifies Knowledge, Chooses No-Till By: 04/04/2014 @ 1:55pm

Northwestern Kansas farmer Michael Thompson gained his ground in agriculture when he was given a unique opportunity to diversify his knowledge and techniques in farming.“My dad did the best thing ever for…

Best of #NationalAgWeek, #AgDay, #Borlaug100 By: 04/03/2014 @ 1:14pm

National Ag Week 2014 was the biggest and best yet! Just as social media is continuing to become an every day part of our lives, many took to social media venues including Twitter to share ag facts, gratitude…

Dairy: Time to Look Into Forage Supplies, Options By: 03/20/2014 @ 1:52pm

Spring is finally upon us, and it’s time to start working on spring checklists and those winter items that were put off until temps warmed up. Purdue Extension dairy specialist, Mike Schutz, says…

Replace Toxic Fescue to Replenish Returns By: 03/18/2014 @ 11:55am

Kentucky 31 fescue (K-31) is known to be toxic to livestock and nearly impossible to eradicate. Replacing this tall fescue with one of five available varieties of nontoxic fescue can boost weight gains for…

Neighbors Help Man Launch non-GMO Production By: 03/11/2014 @ 12:11pm

Mention genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and there’s no doubt questions, debates, and eyebrows will be raised. However, one Michigan farmer believes non-GMO crops are the perfect fit for his crop…

How 100 Acres Built a Cattle Producer's Legacy By: 03/11/2014 @ 12:02pm

Looking to the south, there’s farmland. Head north and all you’ll find is city until Chicago. This is how Rick Houston describes his homeland near Highland, Indiana, where he grew up intently watching…

WASDE: Second lowest ending soybean stocks By: 03/10/2014 @ 10:16am

Monday's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report gave way to the second lowest ending soybean stocks on record since 1976 at 145 million bushels, down 5 million bushels from last…

9 apps to prep you for planting season By: 02/26/2014 @ 1:04pm

Planting season is creeping up, slowly but surely. Technology advancements makes planting incredibly different than it was 5 or 10 years ago: farmers drive tractors hands-free, check irrigation pivots…

9 apps to prep you for planting season By: 02/26/2014 @ 1:04pm

Planting season is creeping up, slowly but surely. Technology advancements makes planting incredibly different than it was 5 or 10 years ago: farmers drive tractors hands-free, check irrigation pivots…

Will wet, cool spring slow planting? By: 02/20/2014 @ 11:45am

Look for a cool, wet spring this year extending across most of the Northern Plains and Midwest according to MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist, Donald Keeney. Although the dryness will…

The great baler debate By: 02/19/2014 @ 4:02pm

Casey Lange got his feet wet in the farming world, and now he’s looking to take on his next big endeavor. “I started farming in northeast Nebraska about three years ago, finally bought some cows, and I…

Starting from the ground up By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:58pm

Raised on the outskirts of Chicago, Katie Warner and her husband recently moved to what she calls “the sweet Plains” of North Dakota, where her grandfather owns 280 acres of land. Approximately 70 acres…

Seeking secondary opportunities By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:52pm

Many young farmers use their parents as mentors and resources from whom they inherit land to start their own operation. However, some take matters into their own hands. Beginning farmer Ben Jones is looking…

Father Helps Daughter Love Her Ag Roots By: 02/19/2014 @ 3:44pm

“Being around a man who has such passion for what he does really rubs off on a person,” says Kellie Gregorich, 23, about her dad, Dave. As an Iowa State University alumnus with a degree in agricultural…

Temps rising . . . precipitation amounts, too? By: 02/12/2014 @ 12:20pm

Frequent cold fronts and a polar jet stream tearing through the U.S. brought a ferociously cold and windy start to 2014. Temperatures will not be as cold moving forward, says Kyle Tapley, senior…

New Planter Technology on the Way By: 02/11/2014 @ 11:42am

Agriculture.com has been given an exclusive opportunity to cover the unveiling of John Deere’s new planter, live from the floor of the National Farm Machinery Show. View the live feed on…

Propane problems reach crisis level for producers By: 01/31/2014 @ 1:49pm

Pipeline problems, high amounts of crop storage, and what seems to be never-ending cold weather are taking a toll on propane supply availability, and livestock producers are taking a hit.With the weather…

Eggs Reduce Environmental Footprint By: 01/28/2014 @ 2:26pm

Due to increased feed efficiency, advancements in hen housing, and improved manure management, the U.S. poultry industry has increased egg production the past 50 years while…

Corn seed cost squeeze tightens By: 01/24/2014 @ 1:53pm

With seed costs battling for the highest input, the U.S. farmer is being asked to pay more to grow crops for less of a return in 2014. Compared to a year ago, the corn market is down 40%, soybean prices are…

Propane price spiking above $4 By: 01/23/2014 @ 11:31am

Hog confinements, poultry barns, shops, and homes are about to see a spike in propane bills. Extreme cold weather the past few weeks caused propane to make an insane price jump to $4.00+ this week.The U.S…

Snowpack good east of the Rockies, not west By: 01/22/2014 @ 12:15pm

Snowpack west of the Continental Divide is looking bleak. However, the east side of the divide has snowpack at or above average, better than it has in years. According to reports by the USDA’s Natural…

Jump on the #Felfie bandwagon By: 01/17/2014 @ 7:21pm

If you’re still taking selfies, time to ditch the old fad and grab on to the hot #Felfie trend! “Felfies” are selfies (taking a picture of yourself) out on the farm. People catching the craze use social…

High seeding rates = Better yields? Not necessarily. By: 01/17/2014 @ 1:59pm

Thinking about upping your seeding rate to increase yields this year? A university report says that may not get the results you’re looking for.“Planting more seeds per acre in an effort to maximize yields…

9 tips to block PEDv By: 01/15/2014 @ 10:02am

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is back in full swing. Reports show that as of December 1, 2013, there were 1,512 cases of PEDv in 20 states. “The disconcerting news is that this is an increase…

Hormones: Hashing out the facts By: 12/17/2013 @ 4:20pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln published an article answering the question that so many ask these days when it comes to beef: What about hormones?It’s undeniable that all multicellular organisms have…

Turning weeds into ethanol - why not? By: 12/17/2013 @ 3:00pm

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign looked at another option for ethanol production – weeds. Weeds are out there. These scientists are looking…

Fall recap: An earful of ethanol By: 12/17/2013 @ 2:56pm

Much has happened in 2013 for the ethanol-producing world: taking a look at new sources for ethanol, an inaccurate story instigating Twitter reaction, and markets looking to ethanol as both a worry and a…

Utilize concentrates to prevent toxemia By: 12/12/2013 @ 10:10am

Pregnancy toxemia is a metabolic disease in goats and sheep that occurs during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy when the fetuses complete about 80% of their growth. This disease is most prevalent in does or ewes…

Northey budget request focuses on water quality By: 12/10/2013 @ 12:44pm

Water quality has been big talk here in Iowa this year. As stated in a press release, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey requested $6.65 million for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative and another $1…

Purdue, Ohio State team up for marestail control By: 12/09/2013 @ 10:40am

Purdue and Ohio State University Extensions teamed up to create a fact sheet to help farmers handle the obnoxious herbicide-resistant weed marestail, known to have effects on soybean yield and…

Pump up the nutrition for bred cows By: 12/05/2013 @ 1:40pm

Temperatures dropped below zero today, and the last hint of green is diminishing from lawns and pastures. Now is a critical time to focus on cows’ nutrition.For spring-calving herds, producers need to key in…

11 useful ag apps for the new year By: 12/04/2013 @ 6:30pm

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, it can be difficult to find apps that are truly beneficial to our purpose as agriculturalists. Here are 11 apps we believe are useful for anyone in agriculture:…

11 useful ag apps for the new year By: 12/04/2013 @ 6:30pm

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, it can be difficult to find apps that are truly beneficial to our purpose as agriculturalists. Here are 11 apps we believe are useful for anyone in agriculture:…

Put that hay up right this winter By: 11/20/2013 @ 4:35pm

With the high demand (and even higher prices) of hay in the past few years, producers should do everything possible to protect their investment. Something to focus on this time of the year is the storage…

The beef on beta-agonists By: 11/05/2013 @ 10:31am

Cattle in packing plants are showing signs of lameness, sprouting welfare issues around beta-agonist intake.This issue was first brought to attention when Lilly Edwards-Calloway from JBS showed a video of…

Convention & country star ignite FFA By: 10/28/2013 @ 3:09pm

Welcome to National FFA Convention week! Convention is returning to Louisville, Kentucky this year after spending 6 years in Indianapolis, Indiana – the same city where the National FFA Headquarters is…

Large propane demand, short supply By: 10/25/2013 @ 10:50pm

Harvest happening late this year is nothing new on the radar. Later harvest and higher moisture mean that farmers will dry out corn using machines fueled by liquid propane. The only problem is the shortage of…

Early weaning = vast benefits By: 10/24/2013 @ 10:02am

Kansas State University has released studies showing the benefits of weaning calves earlier than at the traditional age. Prompted by the drought that caused many cattle producers to decrease herd size, calves…

Leading trade shows collaborate By: 10/23/2013 @ 11:46am

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Corn Growers Association, and the American Soybean Association announced on Tuesday that they will be collaborating for the AG CONNECT Expo & Summit…

Cattle prices reach new heights By: 10/23/2013 @ 10:24am

After overcoming a recession, drought, and liquidation of many herds in the past two years, cash cattle prices finally moved higher this fall. Factors such as small cattle numbers, a favorable demand base, and…

Crop progress as expected -- USDA By: 10/21/2013 @ 4:05pm

Since the government recently reopened and the past two Crop Progress reports were cancelled, this week’s report has been much anticipated. Trade expected that 40% of the corn to be harvested and 60% of this…

USDA reports cancelled By: 10/18/2013 @ 12:08pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) have cancelled Crop Production and Cotton Ginnings reports, and World Agricultural Outlook Board…

Time to take cover By: 10/17/2013 @ 2:28pm

Talk about cover crops has been imminent in the Midwest this year.  Iowa State University professors say now is the time to be planting cover crops to conserve soil and nutrients.Assistant professor of…

WFP: The push to full potential By: 10/17/2013 @ 12:20pm

“We’ve given Africa tools to succeed.  Why haven’t the tools made an impact?”According to Gary H. Toenniessen, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, these tools haven’t made it past…

Land rights basis to end hunger By: 10/17/2013 @ 10:47am

Every night, 900 million people go to bed hungry -- and 600 million of those people are farmers. Does anyone else see a huge problem with that?Sir Gordon Conway, moderator at the World Food Prize, posed this…

Feed falling = hog profit? By: 10/15/2013 @ 3:48pm

After pushing hogs to slaughter earlier due to input costs, falling feed prices are finally allowing producers to slow down the production process.  A major drought in 2012 shot crop prices to new…

Northey talks ag issues and sharing your story By: 10/15/2013 @ 2:32pm

To kick off the festivities of the World Food Prize Symposium this week in downtown Des Moines, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey spent time with our crew as well as members of the North American…

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