08-30-16 Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 142nd CO State Fair...CLICK HERE

WATCH the ARCHIVES of all the CSF Jr Livestock Shows & the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Jr Livestock Sale from the 144th CO State Fair…CLICK HERE

Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 53rdColorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2016 sale accumulated approximately $524,700 from generous buyers supporting the state’s agricultural youth. This year also set the record sale for Grand Champion Market beef at $62,000 by Sam Brown & Family.
“Over the past 37 years, the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised $9,794,289 for the youth involved in Colorado’s 4-H and FFA programs. This sale is a reflection of their dedication to the animals and the agricultural community,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “I’d also like to thank the generous philanthropists who come out to support these amazing kids; the sale would not be possible without them.”
This year, the Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale added turkeys to the sale lineup. The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture. Last year’s sale totaled $534,650. PRELIMINARY totals for the sale are available athttp://www.coloradostatefair.com/events/2016/2016-colorado-touchstone-energy-junior-livestock-sale.
Grand & Reserve Champion
Exhibitor Name & Hometown
Buyer
Bid
Grand Beef
Julia Frye, Johnstown, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$62,000
Reserve Beef
Kory Ridnour, Burlington, CO
Denver Rustlers
$22,500
Grand Hog
Rayna Hodgson, Greeley, CO
Denver Rustlers
$33,000
Reserve Hog
Ty Pieper, Fowler, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$32,000
Grand Lamb
Jenna Frink, Eaton, CO
Crabtree Amusements
$20,000
Reserve Lamb
Kayla Frink, Eaton, CO
Sam Brown & Family
$12,000
Grand Goat
Chelsea Dobbs, Fort Collins, CO
Anadarko Petroleum
$6,500
Reserve Goat
Andrea Maneotis, Craig, CO
Denver Rustlers
$4,200
Grand Rabbits
Lacey Chisman, Calhan, CO
Legacy Bank
$3,400
Reserve Rabbits
Shawna Lamothe, Elbert, CO
Pueblo Bank & Trust
$2,600
Grand Chickens
Ryan Gruntorad, Ordway, CO
Fair Ladies
$3,500
Reserve Chickens
Skylar Gregersen, Wiggins, CO
Friends of the Fair
$3,200
Grand Turkey
Abby Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Colo. State Fair Commissioners
$2,700
Reserve Turkey
Diana Nagel, Larkspur, CO
Pikes Peak Posse
$1,000
The Colorado State Fair runs August 26 – September 5, 2016. For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO    Mon Aug 29, 2016    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market NewsDaily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators.  Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.

Bids        Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat      2.39-2.94    16 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn                      2.87    4 lower

US 2 Barley                            – –    not available

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt

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08-30-16 CENTENNIAL FARMS CEREMONY CELEBRATES COLORADO’S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE…

2016 Centennial Farms Award Ceremony

CENTENNIAL FARMS CEREMONY CELEBRATES COLORADO’S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE

Learn more about the History-CO Centennial Farms project inside the BARN - CLICK HERE

The History Colorado State Historical Fund, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the State Fair were proud to honor 23 new Centennial Farm & Ranch families on Friday, August 26 at the State Fair in Pueblo.

These farming families have owned their farm or ranch for 100 years or more, and are thus eligible for Centennial Farms recognition. Each family had their group portrait and picture with legislators and public officials taken by a professional photographer. They also received a Centennial Farms metal sign, a tribute signed by stage legislators, and a Centennial Farms certificate signed by the executive director of History Colorado, the Commissioner of Agriculture, and the governor.
There are now 522 Centennial Farms across Colorado. For more information or for an application for next year, please see our website.

08-30-16 CFB President Don Shawcroft’s statement regarding Republican River Basin agreement…

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Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft’s statement regarding Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado reach on Republican River Basin agreement

CENTENNIAL – The Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Republican River Basin water agreement brings forth a resolution to end years of dispute and costly litigation. This is a great example of how states can work together to resolve conflicts and reach agreements on some of our most valuable resources such as water. This agreement is a breath of fresh air, as it takes water out of the courtroom and back into our farms and ranches. Continue reading

08-30-16 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Farm Income Forecasts for 2015 and 2016

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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Farm Income Forecasts for 2015 and 2016

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement today on the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2015 and 2016, released by USDA’s Economic Research Service. Continue reading

08-30-16 NEW REPORT SAYS AGRICULTURE CAN HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

NEW REPORT SAYS AGRICULTURE CAN HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Corn And Soybean Crops Have The Highest Potential To Mitigate/Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions; 100 Million Metric Tons Of Greenhouse GasEmissions Could Be Eliminated From U.S. Agriculture By 2030

ST. LOUIS (August 30, 2016) – Agriculture can play a significant role in helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to a recent scientific report. As part of Monsanto Company’s commitment to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2021, the company commissioned third-party expert ICF International to examine the potential for reducing GHG emissions through agriculture in the United States. The resulting report titled, “Charting a Path to Carbon Neutral Agriculture: Mitigation Potential for Crop Based Strategies,” shows that widespread adoption of recommended practices could potentially result in more than 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions reductions in the United States alone. That’s equal to the carbon absorption potential of more than 2.5 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years. Continue reading

08-30-16 Farm Foundation: Food and Agriculture Priorities for the Next Administration on Sept 13th…

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Sept. 13: Food and Agriculture Priorities for the Next Administration 

In less than six months, a new President will move into the White House and a new mix of Senators and Representatives will take their seats in the U.S. Congress. On Jan. 21, 2017, what priorities must the new administration and Congress tackle that will have the greatest impact to sustain a competitive and vibrant food and agricultural economy?

At the Farm Foundation Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 13, experts will explore four broad topics of importance to the nation’s food, agriculture and rural communities.

  • Daniella Taveau, Regulatory and Global Trade Strategist for King & Spalding, will offer insights on input regulation.
  • Craig Thorn, Partner, DTB Associates LLP, will discuss international trade.
    Dan Keppen, Executive Director of the Family Farm Alliance, will highlight land and water issues.
  • Ken Barbic, Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs, Western Growers Association, will focus on labor issues.
  • Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman will moderate the discussion. After comments by the panelists, the floor will be opened for questions and discussion.

The Forum will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club, 519 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. A free, live audiocast will also be available.

There is no charge to participate in the Sept. 13 Forum, but registration is requested.
Register HERE if you plan to attend the Forum in person at the National Press Club.
Register HERE to participate in the live audiocast. Audiocasting is made possible by a grant from Farm Credit.
Who should participate in the Forum: People with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics and members of the media.

The Forum: Farm Foundation, NFP organizes these public forums to engage all stakeholders in informed dialogue on food, agricultural and rural policies. Participants examine current policies, explore and analyze alternative policy options, and give voice to new proposals.

Audio from the session will be posted on the Farm Foundation website. Presentations and audio files from past Forum sessions are also available at the website.

farm-foundation-logoFarm Foundation, NFP serves as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. The Foundation does not lobby or advocate. The Foundation’s 83-year reputation for objectivity allows it to bring together diverse stakeholders for discussions on economic and public policy issues.  

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08-30-16 Second Annual Rocky Ford Dove Hunting Festival on September 4th – REGISTER TODAY!

 

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YOU ARE INVITED TO EXHIBIT AT THE

2ND ANNUAL ROCKY FORD DOVE FEST

ROCKY FORD, COLORADO

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Vendors will be set up in the

William L. Gobin Community Building

Booth Rental Fee: $25.00

Other events of the Fest include:

Taxidermy Trophy Display

Catered Dinner – $20/person

Cash Bar

Music

5 Shot Dove Hunt – Teams of 4

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL:

Rudy Meyers – 303.429.8298

www.rockyforddovefest.com

CHECK OUT last year’s interview below…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 30th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

EU Downplaying TTIP Failure Comments

The European Union is downplaying comments from Germany’s economy minister over the weekend who said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks had “de facto failed.” Germany is the EU’s biggest economy, and despite the comments, a spokesperson for the European Commission said “the ball is still rolling,” according to Reuters. The comments come after three years of negotiations failed to resolve multiple differences, including over food and environmental safety. The European Commission says it is “ready to finalize the deal by the end of the year, but not at the expense of Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards.” EU trade ministers will discuss the trade agreement when they next meet late next month.

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10 Percent of Farmland to Change Ownership

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 10 percent of all farmland will be transferred to new ownership by 2019. USDA says farmland owners planned to transfer 93 million acres by 2019. Landowners anticipated selling 3.8 percent of all farmland, with just 2.3 percent planned to be sold to non-relatives. A larger share of land—6.5 percent—is expected to be transferred through trusts, gifts, and wills. The share of farmland available for purchase by non-relatives from now until 2019 will likely rise above 2.3 percent as some individuals who inherit land may choose to sell it, according to USDA. And, those who inherit land but don’t sell may decide to rent the land to farm operators.  Data from 2014 shows 39 percent of all farmland was rented and 61 percent was owned by farm operators.

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USDA Buying Eggs to Ease Surplus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase $11.7 million worth of shell eggs and egg products to ease a surplus as farmers and egg processors try to cope with falling prices. USDA says the products will go to various food nutrition assistance programs, and to charitable institutions. The actual dollar amount spent will depend on bid prices received after a formal solicitation, according to Agri-Pulse. The announcement  last week  followed a similar announcement regarding dairy products. Earlier last week, USDA announced the agency would purchase $20 million worth of cheese to help relieve pressure on the dairy industry amid low prices.

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Egypt Changes Stance on Ergot, Again

Egypt has reinstated its zero tolerance policy on ergot fungus in wheat shipments, according to Egypt’s agriculture ministry. Pro Farmer reports Egypt announced the reinstated policy over the weekend. In July, Egypt adopted the international standard that allows up to 0.05 percent of ergot in imported wheat shipments, following a risk assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization that concluded the fungus poses no threat to the country. But a new study commissioned by Egypt’s government claims ergot would pose a threat to the nation’s domestic wheat supply. The move back to a zero tolerance policy on ergot in wheat shipments means fewer suppliers will participate in Egyptian tenders. Earlier this year, Egypt turned away wheat shipments that contained ergot, but met international standards for contamination. Egypt is the world’s biggest buyer of wheat.

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Culver’s Says Thanks to Farmers With Corn Mazes

Culver’s restaurants announced the chain has enhanced its ‘Thank You Farmers’ campaign by sponsoring 19 corn maze’s across the United States. Culver’s says the program recognizes the hard work and commitment of farmers who produce food to feed our nation. To date, the Thank You Farmers initiative has raised nearly $1,000,000 in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agriculture organizations. Each maze design includes the ‘Thank You Farmers’ message, and a variety of farm scene elements like cows and tractors. The corn mazes are located across the nation from Arizona to Florida. Find a complete list of the locations online at Culver’s dot com (www.Culvers.com).

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Human Brain Evolution Not Possible Without Eating Meat, Study Finds

A recent study published in Nature magazine found that human brain evolution would not have been possible without eating meat. The report stated energy saved from less chewing and the calorie-rich, nutritious benefits of meat played a large role in the evolution of the human brain. According to the report, meat requires less force to chew per calorie than the generally tough plant foods that were available to early humans. The National Pork Producers Council says another report, published in an academic journal, found that a vegan diet uses a far less sustainable agricultural land base than omnivorous diets. The report says meat production can utilize pasture land and crop land that vegetables and fruits are unable to use. While a vegan diet is less land intensive, NPPC says reducing the amount of meat products does not necessarily free more land for cultivation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-29-16 PlainsGold® highlights winter wheat variety offerings for 2016 fall planting…

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August 29, 2016 – PlainsGold varieties available for fall 2016 winter wheat planting were announced recently, including the highly popular PlainsGold Byrd and the newest addition, PlainsGold Avery. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

08-29-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 29th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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Senate Won’t Take Up TPP This Year

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appeared to shut the door on the Senate taking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership Bill this year. McConnell said the current agreement has some serious flaws and will not be acted upon this year. He did say while the agreement won’t pass in its current form, it could pass as early as next year with some changes when the new administration takes over. However, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton both have come out against the deal. President Obama has pledged to push for the trade deal during his remaining time in office. He even went so far as to send a draft agreement to Congress but it seems to have lost momentum on Capitol Hill. McConnell had already said the agreement wouldn’t get a vote, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass the House.

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Chile to Send TPP Agreement to Its Congress

The government of Chile plans to send the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to its Congress for approval by the end of this year. The 12-nation agreement aims to liberalize trade business in 40 percent of the world’s economy. However, the agreement is struggling in the U.S. as both major-party presidential candidates have spoken out against the deal. Criticism of the deal by unions in some of the country’s member states has been fierce. Opponents have accused the negotiators of not being transparent enough. Groups protesting TPP have joined with groups that are pushing for radical reform in the education and pension systems. The Chilean President said the agreement will benefit the country while it also has protections built in for some of the country’s more sensitive areas. Chile already has bilateral agreements with other members of TPP but this would deepen its links to those countries.

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Co-ops and Ag Retailers Face Economic Challenges

Farm supply co-ops and other ag retailers are seeing their accounts receivable balances on the rise and are facing challenges as a result. A new report out from Cobank says retailers are having to adjust to tougher financial conditions because of the current ag commodity cycle. This is a direct result of low commodity prices that have knocked down farm incomes and tightened up on-farm cash flows. The ag industry has seen a downturn in fertilizer prices as well as mergers in the seed and fertilizer industries. “The drop in farm income over the past three season is the biggest we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” said Tyler Ehmke, a Cobank senior economist. He said accounts receivable balances at ag retailers across the country have jumped 11 percent this year and will likely go higher as farmers continue to struggle with their cash flow balances. Fertilizers usually account for half the revenue stream for ag retailers, but those prices are falling as well, making it difficult to maintain positive margins.

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USDA Quarterly Export Forecast Shows Higher Numbers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a revised export forecast for the remainder of 2016 as well as a forecast for 2017. Both reports show U.S. ag export have begun to rally and should be able to keep up with the record-setting pace that first began in 2009. Total exports for the fiscal year 2017 are projected to be $133 billion, which is $6 billion higher than the previous forecast and would be the sixth highest total on record. The U.S. ag trade surplus is projected to rise to $19.5 billion, which is 40% higher than 2016. Commodities like U.S. oilseeds, horticultural goods, cotton, livestock, dairy, and poultry are expected to lead the way to higher export numbers. Global beef demand is also projected to strengthen as well. China is expected to overtake Canada as the top destination for American agricultural products. USDA also revised the fiscal year 2016 export numbers to $127 billion, $2.5 billion higher than the previous forecast.

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More Milkweed in the Heartland

The Environmental Defense Fund wants to reestablish milkweed in the Midwest and they’re talking with farmers about the best way to do that. Milkweed is the preferred food of the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch population is estimated to be down by 95 percent and a shortage of milkweed is said to be one of the chief reasons. EDF staff and scientist just finished up visiting with Nebraska farmers and are heading to Iowa and Minnesota next. The visits are part of an effort to establish a Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange. It’s a conservation initiative in which landowners who create and maintain habitat can get paid for their efforts. Businesses that disrupt habitat can purchase credits, which would create a market dynamic. EDF is currently conducting field tests and pilot programs, aiming to get the exchange up and running by the end of 2017.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-28-16 Merck Animal Health Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

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Merck Animal Health Strengthens Partnership with National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 29, 2016/National FFA Organization) – For the past four years, Merck Animal Health has worked with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through a generous donation, Merck Animal Health has worked with FFA to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture. Continue reading

08-26-16 KDA News: Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact…

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The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources.

The commissioners of the Republican River Compact Administration sign the long-term resolutions on August 24: (from left) Commissioner David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Dick Wolfe, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources; Commissioner Jeff Fassett, Director of Nebraska’s Department of Natural Resources.

Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact

MANHATTAN, KAN. — Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska established an agreement this week in the longstanding conflict over water from the Republican River basin, as the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions. Representatives from the three states have been meeting monthly for over two years, in an effort to change the approach and improve how they manage interstate water matters. This effort has created a new focus on transparency and certainty as all three states work to serve their water users. The intent of these resolutions is to replace the need for annual reviews and instead provide long-term surety to water users.

“Signing these resolutions shows the commitment from all three states to engage in open and transparent dialogue for the past two years,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “This long-term agreement will ultimately improve water management for water users in Kansas as well as Nebraska and Colorado.” Continue reading

08-26-16 USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers…

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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers

Department Also Will Extend Margin Protection Program for Dairy Enrollment

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs, while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers whose revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years.

“We understand that the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and that food banks continue to see strong demand for assistance,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This commodity purchase is part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need. USDA will continue to look for ways within its authorities to tackle food insecurity and provide for added stability in the marketplace.” Continue reading

08-26-16 NAFB: Pro Farmer Releases Crop Tour Results

Pro Farmer Releases Crop Tour Results

The final numbers are in for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour that wrapped up Thursday.  They pegged the corn crop at 14.728 billion bushels with a 170.2 bushel per acre average.  The soybean harvest estimate is 4.093 billion bushles with a 49.3 bushel per acre average yield. 

Corn:

Ohio: 154 bu. per acre. We didn’t find as much corn in Ohio as USDA did with its August survey work. The northwestern portion of the state showed the impacts of too much water in the spring, followed by a dry June.

Indiana: 174 bu. per acre. We found the Indiana crop vastly improved from year-ago. Portions of eastern Indiana have some “problem” areas, but yield prospects are strong in the western portion of the Hoosier state.

Illinois: 194 bu. per acre. Illinois has a great corn crop, but it’s not as good as 2014 when the state yielded 200 bu. per acre. This year’s crop isn’t as uniform as two years ago through the areas we sampled and southern portions of the state will pull down the statewide yield, unlike 2014.

Iowa: 193 bu. per acre. The Iowa corn crop is also very good, but not quite as good as its neighbor to the east. Yields were more variable in Iowa than in Illinois. Plus, stalk quality concerns could cost some producers yield.

Minnesota: 175 bu. per acre. The Minnesota corn crop was a disappointment. The crop showed impacts from the May 15 frost and three weeks of heat in late June/early July.

Nebraska: 179 bu. per acre. We found irrigated corn disappointing in the Husker state. South-central and southeastern areas are dealing with a lot of lodging and green snap.

South Dakota: 142. bu. per acre. Southeastern portions of the state got their crop planted late due to excessive spring precipitation. Once the crop was finally in the ground, conditions turned dry. Crop maturity has been pushed.

Soybeans

Ohio: 50 bu. per acre. While the crop has moisture to finish, pod counts were down 6.2% in our Tour samples. With the crop done flowering, what you see is what you get for pods.

Indiana: 55 bu. per acre. Pod counts in Indiana were up 7.8% from year-ago. The crop has plenty of soil moisture to fill pods and finish strong.

Illinois: 58.5 bu. per acre. The soybean crop in Illinois was exceptionally tall. While tall beans don’t always produce big yields, the Illinois soybean crop has plenty of pods and moisture to push above USDA’s August estimate.

Iowa: 58.5 bu. per acre. Iowa has potential to have a very big soybean crop. But Sudden Death Syndrome and other diseases will be an issue for some producers in eastern Iowa. That could keep yields from creeping higher.

Minnesota: 48 bu. per acre. We found a relatively consistent soybean crop in southern Minnesota. Unlike many other areas of the Corn Belt, Minnesota’s soybeans aren’t exceptionally tall, but they podded well.

Nebraska: 59 bu. per acre. The soybean crop in Nebraska is really tall, but is also heavily podded. In a change from recent years, water hemp is not a major problem across the state and shouldn’t be a yield robber this year.

South Dakota: 42 bu. per acre. The South Dakota soybean crop was tall and the distance between nodes was wide. That kept the crop from being heavily podded. On a positive note, the South Dakota soybean crop is free of disease or weed pressure.

08-26-16 NRCS-CO News: FREE PASTURE EVENT in Longmont, CO on September 14th…

CSU Ext Small Acreage Management logoPasture Talk:  Managing Pastures and Improving Soil

Wednesday September 14, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m

Longmont, CO

Join us for an informative and interactive Pasture Talk.  We will visit one of our demonstration plots to discuss the importance of managing pastures to ensure sustainable forage production, while also paying close attention to what is going on below the soil surface that drives productivity.  In short, healthy soils = healthy pastures.  But what does soil health mean?  We will show you with a hands-on demonstration and discuss how those factors improve the overall health of your pastures.

This workshop is free to attend.  Please come dressed for the field with good shoes and clothing for unpredictable Colorado weather.  Also plan to bring water, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and note taking material. Continue reading