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Aug 05

Latest MFP payments are different than MFP 1.0

Market Facilitation Program payments are different than last year’s. Tom Steever spoke to Casey Wasser, Policy Director, Missouri Soybean Association, who says recently released details indicate farmers will get a PER ACRE payment if they have a crop planted. Find out more in this week’s Spotlight on Soybeans. Brought to you by Missouri’s soybean farmers and …

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Aug 05

Farmer experiences improved soil health with both cover crops and no-till

Ross Bishop been planting cover crops for 11 years and has been a no-till farmer in southern Wisconsin for 25 years, and he has found the combination has made a dramatic difference in his soil health. Ross Bishop discusses no till and cover crops on today’s Managing For Profit Continue reading Farmer experiences improved soil …

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Aug 02

Drier pattern and crop stress

Much of the Corn Belt is locked in a drier pattern, “We do anticipate, not only the dryness issues and a flash drought that is getting underway but I think as maybe a side bar to that is the lack of growing degree units. So, it’s another weather element that has really cursed this growing …

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Aug 02

Hog futures sell off further

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were lower, with pressure from the outside markets and feeder cattle, along with the week’s steady to lower cash business. Friday afternoon, the U.S. and European Union did sign an agreement to increase beef trade. August was $.22 lower at $107.65 and October was down $.90 at $107.82. Feeder …

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Aug 02

Grains, oilseeds gain Friday, still lose on week

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, but with November posting a more than $.20 week to week loss. Contracts were oversold and there are concerns about dry weather in parts of the Midwest, especially Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri. Gains were limited by the probability of new U.S. tariffs on China …

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Aug 02

Milk futures lower, cash dairy flat

Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange turned into positive territory Friday, while cash markets were mostly inactive or lower. August Class III milk futures up seven cents at $17.29.  September up 11 cents at $17.79.  October 15 cents higher at $17.15.  November up 11 cents at $17.50.  December through March contracts six to 11 …

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Aug 02

High stress raises concerns for mental health of farmers

A University of Maryland extension agent says farmer suicides come in waves and with recent struggles in agriculture comes increased stress. Charles Schuster spoke at a National Corn Growers congress last month addressing mental health in the farming community. He said the combination of uncertainty in the commodity market, bad weather and tough growing seasons …

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Aug 02

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland warns of new tariffs harm

The group Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is warning that more farm failures could result from President Trump’s latest escalation of the U.S. China Trade War. Trump says 10% tariffs will go into place on 300-Billion-dollars worth of Chinese imports in September. The group says “raising tariffs further on American businesses and consumers will only result …

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Aug 02

More weed control options needed for hemp growers

Invasive weeds are the biggest enemy on a no-till research farm growing hemp this year. Talon Becker with the University of Illinois’ Ewing Demonstration Center says the plots they planted hemp in have been no-till for more than 20 years, and with limited herbicide options, morning glories and waterhemp have taken over. “One of the …

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Aug 02

Tackling farm succession planning during a tough year

Planning to pass down the family farm isn’t easy, especially at a time when markets are uncertain, crops are behind schedule and some farmers don’t know if they can even keep the farm running. In this Managing for Profit, family business consultant and farmer Jolene Brown, will outline some steps needed to ensure a family …

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