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  • Favorable weather for now; a change in the works October 19, 2019
    Across the Corn Belt, largely favorable weather prevails throughout the Midwest, favoring harvest activities in areas where fields are relatively dry and where corn and soybeans have sufficiently matured. In the western Corn Belt, producers continue to assess the effects of recent growing season-ending freezes on corn and soybeans that were not fully mature. On […]
  • U.S. and EU dairy prices mostly up, while New Zealand is mostly down October 18, 2019
    Dairy prices for the week were up in the European Union and the U.S., but down in New Zealand except for Class Four milk and skim milk powder. Analysts at Vault Dairy say skim milk powder prices went up nine-tenths of a percent in the U.S., 2.9% in the EU, and 3.2% in New Zealand.  […]
  • Petition drive supports bringing whole milk back to school October 18, 2019
    A petition to bring whole milk back to school children is gaining support.  The petition by Grassroots Citizens for Whole Milk for Healthy Kids has more than 56-hundred signatures so far, asking Congress and President Trump to support legislation in the House and Senate to allow whole milk on school menus. Schools and daycare centers […]
  • Windy & showery; colder days also to follow October 18, 2019
    Tropical Storm Nester is forecast to move northeastward across the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall early in the weekend across western Florida. However, regardless of further development, storm impacts could include a significant storm surge along Florida’s Gulf coast; tropical storm-force winds (39 mph or greater) in the eastern Gulf Coast region; and rainfall […]
  • Cattle, hog futures lower on disappointing export sales October 18, 2019
    At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle closed lower on technical pressure, weak export sale numbers, and ahead of widespread direct cash business.  Feeder cattle closed lower on the same factors.  October live cattle closed $1.92 lower at $110.47 and December live cattle closed $.75 lower at $113.62.  October feeder cattle closed $.70 lower at […]
  • Soybeans up modestly after good export sales numbers October 18, 2019
    Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, ending the week mixed. Export sales topped most expectations, China was the leading buyer, and overall, the numbers were neutral to bullish, with a good week for shipments. According to reports, China has also resumed buying soybeans from Brazil, atypical for this time of year, […]
  • Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 18, 2019 October 18, 2019
    Dec. corn closed at $3.91, down 3 and 3/4 centsNov. soybeans closed at $9.34, up 2 and 1/2 centsDec. soybean meal closed at $308.50, up $1.70Dec. soybean oil closed at 30.36, down 3 pointsDec. wheat closed at $5.32 and 1/4, up 6 and 3/4 centsOct. live cattle closed at $110.47, down $1.92Dec. lean hogs closed […]
  • Iowa farmer sees soybean moisture drop 3 points Friday October 18, 2019
    A north-central Iowa farmer is taking advantage of sunshine and wind. Speaking to Brownfield Friday afternoon, Josh Nelson of Belmond says they began harvesting soybeans that morning at 17 percent moisture. “It’s since dried down to 14, which is pretty close to our target moisture of 13 percent to bin them.” He says a 3-point […]
  • U.S., China breakthrough sparks hope and skepticism October 18, 2019
    Skepticism abounds despite U.S. and Chinese officials touting major progress in trade negotiations. CHS Hedging brokerage director Kent Beadle says the market seems to be discounting the impact of last week’s so-called “first-phase” agreement. “I think the Administration was fairly clear that it was going to be three to five weeks before what they had […]
  • Equipment lease contract numbers consistent, but for different reasons October 18, 2019
    An ag lender says equipment leasing has become more common. Greg Roberg is with Ag Direct, a partner with many Farm Credit lenders for major equipment financing, and he tells Brownfield, “Our leasing business is about, just shy of 20% of all of our business, so purchases of new and used equipment is still predominantly […]

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4-Her of the Month

The 4-Her of the month is Nate Bailey. Nate is the son of Rick and Liz Bailey. Nate is a member of the Montrose Busy Beaver 4-H Club. He joined 4-H with his older brother […]


As has been announced earlier this week and trickled through the grapevine, this weekend marks my last as farm director of Ag 1280 KDKD. While I am saddened to be departing, I am pleased to […]


Missouri FFA President Paxton Dahmer is ready to welcome 9,000 fellow members and supporters of agriculture to Columbia next week for the 91st Missouri FFA Convention.  Dahmer, who is now a student at the University […]


A college student from Clinton is one of seven recipients of this year’s Missouri Corn scholarships.  Matthew Wilson will receive the $1,000 scholarship from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.  The […]