Tuesday's early meal reversal weighed on crop markets

Talk of slow harvesting is again boosting corn futures. Soybeans and meal led the crop markets higher overnight, but have set back from their highs. FULL STORY »

Kansas officials ask EPA to retract WOTUS proposal

Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas Ag Secretary Jackie McClaskey and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Bob Moser signed and sent a letter last week asking the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed waters of the U.S. rule. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-area cash cattle rallies

After a slight drop in the previous week, 5-area cash cattle rallied, jumping from $163.83 to $169.04. FULL STORY »

Slow corn, soybean harvest ignites winter wheat concerns

Farmers took advantage of a break in the weather over the last week, but with less than half of the nation’s corn and 70 percent of soybeans harvested, some worry of the impact the lagging harvest may have on winter wheat planting and yield. FULL STORY »

McDonald’s and Whole Foods focus on consumer expectations

In our previous column, we discussed changing consumer expectations and the announcement by Walmart that they were implementing a four-legged program to enhance the sustainability of the food that they sell as well as efforts by McDonald’s to address the issue of antibiotic use in food animals. FULL STORY »

2014 end-of-season corn yield potential based on simulations

Corn grain filling is complete in the Corn Belt and producers are harvesting their fields. FULL STORY »

The impact of dressing percent on cull cow marketing

Cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “Breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners.” Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin Farmer Union members honored for dedication

Wisconsin Farmers Union has presented its honorary Builders Award to Ron and Christine Wilson of Balsam Lake in recognition of their years of service and commitment to the Polk-Burnett County Farmers Union chapter. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The Big Fat Surprise: Part II

Does it make sense that the foods people have eaten for millennia — meat, milk, eggs butter — should suddenly become enemies of public health? Plenty of scientists 50 years ago thought so. FULL STORY »

Fall calving when the opportunity strikes Image Gallery

Weather and natural resources permitting, cow-calf producers may find benefits in utilizing a fall calving program. FULL STORY »

Soy futures continued leading crop prices higher Monday night

Soybeans and meal are still leading the crop markets upward. The weekly USDA Crop Progress report stated the corn harvest a bit farther along than expected, but the result had little impact. FULL STORY »

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