AG Rural News

Today’s House Ways & Means Committee hearing on trade featured an interesting exchange between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. In his testimony, Lighthizer discussed efforts to eliminate non-scientific trade barriers imposed on U.S. ag and food products by other countries. He was especially critical of the European Union’s claims that some U.S. food and ag products are unsafe, calling it “thinly-veiled protectionism”. His comments were challenged by Blumenauer, who argued that the U.S. ...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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A member of the University of Minnesota Extension Rural Stress Taskforce has some advice for parents of rural teens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aly Kloeckner says geography plays a role in parenting, and a rural setting presents both challenges and advantages. “With our teens, so often they’re looking for the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. They’re looking to become independent young adults. So I think it’s really important that we remind them about how their choices are helping to protect the people that they love and the people in their communities.” She tells Brownfield teens should feel empowered, as long as...
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After a tiger at a zoo in New York tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Brownfield interviewed Dr. Jim Lowe, an infectious disease veterinarian with the University of Illinois, who talked about the rapidly changing virus and what experts know about it’s impacts on the health of pets and livestock. Listen to our interview to learn more about COVID-19’s mild effects on cats and the unlikelihood of livestock contracting the virus. Interview with Jim Lowe ...
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Ag News

The USDA’s national condition ratings for corn and soybeans dipped last week because of hot temperatures and storm damage. As of Sunday, 69% of U.S. corn is in good to excellent condition, down 2% on the week, with 29% of the crop silking, compared to the five-year average of 32%, and 3% at the dough making stage, matching the usual pace. 68% of soybeans are called good to excellent, 3% less than last week, with 48% of beans blooming, compared to 40% on average, and 11% at the pod setting stage, compared to 10% normally this time of year. ...
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There were no big surprises in today’s supply and demand report from USDA and the trade quickly turned its attention to what appeared to be a moderating weather outlook for the Corn Belt over the next few days. Market analyst Arlan Suderman says weather is the key to whether corn market can move higher. “You’ve got to take a billion bushels off this before the market really gets interested—and, so far, the market simply hasn’t seen a weather risk to justify that,” Suderman says. ...
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The USDA has slashed its’ projection for 2020 corn production and raised the outlook for soybeans slightly. Those changes follow the June 30th planted area totals, with showed lower than expected corn acreage against an increase for soybeans. Corn production is pegged at 15 billion bushels, down 995 million from the June supply and demand report, pulling the new crop ending stocks guess down 855 million bushels from last month to a still bearish 2.648 billion bushels. ...
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USDA’s monthly supply and demand report comes out Friday. Analysts say the corn numbers will draw the most interest, primarily the new crop ending stocks, which will be adjusted to reflect the lower planted acreage for corn released last week. One of the questions is whether USDA will also lower its corn yield estimate for this year’s crop. Analyst Jeff Peterson with Heartland Farm Partners says that’s not likely. “Normally we don’t see too much of an adjustment from the June to July yield,” he says.  “Unless we’ve had some extreme weather conditions.  Even though we have some warm conditions and some dry conditions showing up, so far, I...
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