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Aphid populations worst in central Minnesota

Soybean aphid populations are on the rise in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension entomologist Bob Koch says the largest numbers are in the central part of the state. “Stearns County area westward towards Willmar, and now even Morris.  W...


Disease pressure builds in wet areas of the Corn Belt

Disease pressure continues to build in parts of the Corn Belt under stress from too much moisture. Carolyn Zierke is an innovation specialist for BASF in southern Minnesota. She says rain, heat, and humidity has spawned an array of diseases in corn an...


Minnesota farmers adapting to herbicide resistance

A soybean researcher says farmers in his state are adapting to the herbicide-resistant weed epidemic. David Kee with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council tells Brownfield growers are mixing up chemistries and making more passes. &#8220...



Tumbling soybean prices could trigger indemnity payments

A farm management analyst predicts the tumble in soybean prices will result in substantial crop insurance payments for some farmers. Kent Thiesse with MinnStar Bank in south-central Minnesota says revenue protection policies based on optional units wi...


Crop disease common across Midwest this year

Many farmers across the Midwest are seeing a variety of crop diseases because of increasingly hot and moist conditions. Mike Meyer is a technical expert with Corteva. “Frogeye leaf spot, mostly gray leaf spot, and in pockets throughout the Midwes...


Milk futures lower, cash dairy mixed

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed lower Thursday pressured by lower global markets. The USDA reports bi-weekly whole and skim milk powder, cheddar cheese and butter are declining in both Western Europe and Oceania region...



Weather concerns support wheat futures

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. Beans are watching the weather, with some already wet parts of the Midwest expected to receive rain, while some already dry areas could remain dry. The USDA’s first field-based prod...


McKinney: Business to be had in Indonesia

USDA Trade Under Secretary Ted McKinney says the agency’s trade mission to Indonesia was productive. “There is business to be had out here and I think we’re realizing that,” McKinney told reporters during a conference call from Jakarta before the missi...


A new bridge to Canada

Ground has been broken this week for a new international bridge from Michigan to Canada, a project 20-years in the making. Michigan Farm Bureau president Carl Bednarski says the Gordie Howe International Bridge will increase opportunities for farmers ...



Cattle mixed ahead of USDA numbers, direct cash trade

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle were mixed, mostly firm, squaring up for Friday’s USDA Cattle on Feed and Inventory numbers and getting ready for the week’s widespread direct cash business. Also, boxed beef has been higher recently...