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Wheat futures are showing double digit losses in most contracts on Wednesday, with CBT 10 to 15 cents lower and MPLS and KC down 6 to 12 cents. USDA’s Export Sales report is expected to show 200,000-500,000 MT in 19/20 export bookings during the fi... (full story)


Live cattle futures are down 55 cents to $1.10 at midday. Feeder cattle futures are 30 cents to $1.35 lower. The CME feeder cattle index was down 34 cents to $133.21 on June 17. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher on Wednesday morning. Choice box... (full story)


Lean Hog futures are up 17.5 to 85 cents in most contracts on Wednesday. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 19 cents from the previous day @ $79.27 on June 14. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was down 80 cents on Wednesday morning at $80.35. The nati... (full story)


Soybean futures are down 9 to 11 cents in the front months at midday Soymeal is down $5.20/ton, with bean oil 4 points lower. Analysts expect USDA to show 100,000-400,000 MY in old crop soybean export sales during the week of 6/13. New crop bookings ... (full story)


Cotton futures are trading 37 to 99 points higher in most contracts on Wednesday. The Fed will have an announcement following this week’s meeting later today, with the expectations that they will leave interest rates UNCH this month. The US dollar ... (full story)


Corn futures are trading 8 to 11 cents lower in most nearby contracts on Wednesday. The KC wheat-corn spread is at 12 3/4 cents at midday. Weekly EIA data showed ethanol production in the week that ended on June 14 at 1.081 million barrels per day. T... (full story)


Corn futures are trading 8 to 11 cents lower in most nearby contracts on Wednesday. The KC wheat-corn spread is at 12 3/4 cents at midday. Weekly EIA data showed ethanol production in the week that ended on June 14 at 1.081 million barrels per day. T... (full story)


Direct cash cattle trade activity is quiet.  There have been a few scattered bids floated at $109 live in the South and $181 dressed in Nebraska.  Asking prices are around $112 to $115 live and $185 to $186 dressed.  We could start to see a little... (full story)


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During the next few days, disturbances moving eastward along a nearly stationary frontal boundary will maintain showery weather across much of the central and eastern U.S. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more across much of the... (full story)


Across the Corn Belt, cool, damp conditions continue to limit summer crop development and are maintaining concerns with respect to the quality of soft red winter wheat. On June 16, more than one-fifth of the wheat was rated very poor to poor in Ohio... (full story)


WTI Crude (CL) bounced more than 4% yesterday on short covering ahead of today's highly anticipated weekly inventory numbers at 1030am EST and the Fed rate decision and FOMC at 2pm EST. Significantly, although CL could make a push lower post-FOMC as part of this past month's bear... (full story)


For many of us, certain years are permanently imprinted in the brain: 1983, 1993, 1995. While rainfall in generally welcomed, there are those years when one wishes that it would […] (full story)


CORN: Corn futures are trading moderately lower early this morning, with Jul corn down 2 cents to 4.47-3/4, Sep corn is down 3-1/4 to 4.52-1/4, and new crop Dec corn is down 4-1/2 to 4.58-1/2. Similar to yesterday's session, the price action today lo... (full story)


The Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS) webpage has been updated to include regional scale forecasts. These regional scale forecast cover the three I-states providing weather, soil water, and soil N mineralization information. Additional crop information will become available with... (full story)


A dairy economist and policy analyst says geopolitical interests have shifted which has unfortunately captured agriculture in the middle. “The world of free trade, the world of free trade organizations and very orderly dispute mechanisms – all of... (full story)


   Larry Stalcup, Field Editor Debra L. Ferguson, Editor Many thanks to the PhytoGen Cotton Team for their continued support and sponsorship.  Subscribe  OVERVIEW Weeds – “if you can see […] (full story)


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The Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS) project was first launched in 2015 to provide yield and soil nitrogen predictions at individual fields. In addition to the field scale forecasts, in 2019 we added a regional scale component to provide coverage for Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.... (full story)


With planting (and replanting) starting to wind down, farmers are turning their attention to post herbicide applications, sidedressing, and putting up hay. Weed management challenges and thistle caterpillars in soybeans have been some of the big issues across the state this past week. Check out what... (full story)


Summer has arrived, and temperatures are heating up. Agricultural and natural resource workers endure long days spent outdoors or running field days. Summer outdoor activities are in full force for many including festivals, fairs, sports, farmer’s markets and much more! Time spent outside in the... (full story)


This year I’ve had a few people ask for tips on scouting for common stalk borer. The larvae are moving from brome to corn throughout Iowa and it is a good time to scout for timely management. Thanks to the help of Warren Pierson, coordinator of the FEEL, I have some photos to share. Look for ... (full story)


Corn rootworm egg hatch in Iowa typically occurs from late May to the middle of June, with an average peak hatching date of June 6 in central Iowa. In 2019, the average hatching date will be behind the average, due to cool spring temperatures. Development is driven by soil temperature and measured... (full story)


Within the last week, I have heard about higher-than-normal stalk borer infestations along field margins compared to previous years. According to degree-day tracking of 2019, the caterpillars should be moving from overwintering hosts to corn throughout Iowa this week. Tracking degree days is a usefu... (full story)


The most effective way to make treatments decisions for pests with chewing mouthparts (e.g., Japanese beetle, bean leaf beetle, caterpillars, and grasshoppers) is to estimate defoliation. I’m a “lumper” and don’t try too hard to distinguish feeding by species. Replicated data over multiple... (full story)


Several reports from ISU Field Agronomists have indicated Japanese beetles are emerging in southern Iowa. The emergence is about 7-10 days behind the last few years, due to slowly accumulating degree days in 2019. Literature shows Japanese beetle adults need about 1,030 growing degree days (base 50... (full story)


Last year, the widespread outbreak of soybean gall midge took many farmers and entomologists by surprise. There was significant field edge injury and economic loss in at least 65 counties in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and South Dakota. A small team organized a concerted effort to learn more about... (full story)


Join the ISU Weed Science Program at the 2019 Herbicide Research and Demonstration Program Field Day on Thursday, June 27! Corn field with excellent early weed control. Photo by Meaghan Anderson. The field day will be at the Curtiss Farm on South State Street in Ames.  Registra... (full story)


I’ve been hearing about and seeing a variety of caterpillars in seedling crops this week. In soybean, you notice thistle caterpillars feeding and making webbed cavities from the leaves. They can be easy to find in early-vegetative soybean but rarely build up to economic populations. Read more abou... (full story)


Miscanthus has to be harvested all at once and must be stored for later use every season.  Standing miscanthus fields are harvested with a forage chopper or self-propelled mower conditioner (as previously discussed in our Miscanthus harvest concludes! blog) and therefore handled and stored... (full story)


  On June 5, 2019, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a family farm LLC automatically dissolved 90 days after the death of its sole member. The court ruled that the manager of the LLC who inherited one-third of the LLC’s units had not become a member because he failed to execute a joinder agree... (full story)


With the crops of Iowa in the ground, it is time to start thinking about seedling diseases. The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic is a resource for corn and soybean growers assessing their field  throughout the season. Making a diagnosis The first step in managing a plant problem is to... (full story)


Transcript or Alternate URL: https://youtu.be/RQ5k1gF40h4 Contact the Field Extension and Education Laboratory Coordinator at extfarm@iastate.edu for questions about field lab programs. BOONE, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a Field Scouting Basics... (full story)


Transcript or Alternate URL: https://youtu.be/uPMRoTqYCus In this video Ed Zaworski of the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic discusses pine wilt and shares tips and management practices. Check out their website: https://hortnews.extension.iastate.ed... Pine wilt causes rapid... (full story)


While good progress has been made toward getting crops in the ground, the adverse early spring conditions are likely to complicate weed management throughout the 2019 growing season. The most important step in minimizing problems is to scout fields regularly to identify problems quickly and all... (full story)


Mother Nature was more cooperative this past week, allowing planting and other field activities like cutting and putting up hay, sidedressing, and herbicide applications to occur. According to the June 10, 2019 USDA-NASS Crop Progress and Condition Report, approximately 93% of the expected corn crop... (full story)


In this tax edition of the CALT Brief podcast, Kristine discusses: New draft W-4 Draft Publication 15-T 2019 Depreciation Deduction Limits for Passenger Vehicles 2020 HSA Limits End of Faxing/Third-Party Mailing Tax Transcript Service Income Averaging and 199A Deduction Pending SECURE Act (Setting... (full story)


  On June 5, 2019, the Iowa Court of Appeals issued a ruling concerning a disagreement over property rights between two neighboring landowners. The court found little evidence to support a finding to grant the land in question in fee simple ownership to the defendants, but affirmed the lower court... (full story)


It’s been a wait-go-stop (repeat) corn planting season this spring. Whether you planted early or are just now getting corn planted, it seems planting windows were short and rushed. In some cases this meant planting (corn/soybean) and worrying later about getting nitrogen (N) applied. And in... (full story)


  On June 5, 2019, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that Wells Fargo Bank gave proper notice to any unknown heirs of a decedent when foreclosing on real estate that had been mortgaged by the decedent during his lifetime. Nearly 10 years after a man took out a mortgage for a piece of real estate, he... (full story)


  On June 5, 2019, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that Wells Fargo Bank gave proper notice to any unknown heirs of a decedent when foreclosing on real estate that had been mortgaged by the decedent during his lifetime. Nearly 10 years after a man took out a mortgage for a piece of real estate, he... (full story)


You are invited to attend the upcoming field days that will be hosted at the outlying Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms this summer. These field days will feature the latest information on crop production and crop management practices. Below is a list of the upcoming field days... (full story)


As Iowa’s corn crop gets slowly planted and established in 2019, it’s time to turn thoughts towards pests. Plant-parasitic nematodes that feed on corn can cause damage and yield loss. Some nematode species are damaging to corn at very low population densities (numbers). But most species are not... (full story)


This #Plant19 season has been a tough and complicated one, filled with difficult deadlines, unconventional practices and budget constraints. And while it might be seem easier to just give up, it's seasons like these that teach us important lessons about farming, and give us the opport... (full story)


Transcript or Alternate URL: https://youtu.be/930KuXw_8YU Nick Howell, ISU Horticulture Research Station farm superintendent, discusses the prairie project. Category: SoilsTags: prairieprairie grassprairiesiowa stateextensionoutreachagriculturefarmingfarmsfarmers. strip... (full story)


Moth trapping began April 1 and came to an end May 31. This year, we had more than 45 trap locations and 42 cooperators across the state. These cooperators provide us data on black cutworm (BCW) and true armyworm (TAW) moth captures at their locations, which we use to predict BCW cutting dates and... (full story)


#plant19 has been a year to remember, and not necessarily in a good way. A couple of days ago we talked about anthracnose leaf blight on corn. Although we suggested there was little reason to fret, there have been some conversations around whether to apply a fungicide at growth stage V5, to mitigate... (full story)


Transcript or Alternate URL: https://youtu.be/yEWF0m67iMQ Since 2015, farmers from the Iowa Pork Producers Association have collaborated with researchers from Iowa State University to plant and survey monarch habitat plots on their land. Tom Tiernan, Iowa pork producer, describes... (full story)


Transcript or Alternate URL: https://youtu.be/DN_QYf_fm88 Since 2015, farmers from the Iowa Pork Producers Association have collaborated with researchers from Iowa State University to plant and survey monarch habitat plots on their land. Ben Crawford, Iowa pork producer, describes... (full story)


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