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Bob Utterback
Bear Market Ahead for June Bob UtterbackWith planting progress inching toward completion and early crop development looking good, the prospects for higher corn and soybean prices are not good. When the USDA corn condition report comes out Tuesday afternoon, it is expected to show most of the crop in good condition. While there are some parts of the country where replanting is needed and others where planting still lags, generally the market is bearish and sees no threat to yields, according to market analyst Bob Utterback. He told HAT that the bears hold the upper hand and that the bulls have [...]
Mon, May 25, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
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Enlist Makes First US Sale Dow AgroSciences has recorded the first U.S. sale of Enlist Duo™ herbicide with Colex-D™ Technology. This marks the first commercial activity for the Enlist™ Weed Control System in the United States, putting advanced herbicide and trait technology in growers' hands. “We're ready to put Enlist Duo to work on our farm,” says Adam Schwering, an Indiana soybean grower. “We've struggled the past couple of years to manage marestail and giant ragweed— and we've seen how weeds hurt our yields. With Enlist Duo, we have a new option to regain control of our fields and boost production.” Schwering is [...]
Mon, May 25, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
2015 Indy milk-JPM
Milk at 99th Indy 500 Indiana dairy farmer Paul Mills didn't take the reins from Jim Nabors, but he would have been a perfect fit. Mills does sing the Indiana anthem at the start of the annual Fastest Rookie lunch the Tuesday before each Indianapolis 500, an event sponsored by Indiana dairy. And of course there is the “coolest prize” in sports, the bottle of milk presented to the race winner. It's part of a great partnership and significant investment for American Dairy Association, Indiana. General manager Deb Osza says the return on investment for dairy farmers is unique and substantial. “We [...]
Mon, May 25, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
During a nomination hearing for Jeffrey Prieto – President Obama's nominee to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture's General Counsel – Agri-Pulse reports Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts said the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule would harm U.S. agriculture. Roberts also told Prieto he believes EPA broke federal law when it influenced the outcome of the public comment period on the rule. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told Congress in March that more than 87-percent of the 1-million public comments received supported the WOTUS rule – but Roberts thinks she was bending the truth – as the Committee heard from [...]
Sat, May 23, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Last week – Walmart announced its commitment to sustainable and responsible farming – something National Pork Producers Council President Ron Prestage says pork producers do every day. Prestage says pork producers ensure animal health and well-being and a safe, wholesome food supply by responsibly using antibiotics and providing humane and compassionate care for their animals. Prestage says Walmart's recognition of that proves America's farmers should be setting food policy. The U.S. pork industry has long-standing training and certification programs that have worked to ensure farmers and veterinarians are responsible. The industry also works with USDA and FDA to best accomplish [...]
Sat, May 23, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Late Friday evening, the full Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation (S. 995) by a bi-partisan vote of 63 to 37. Reaction by agriculture interests was swift and positive. “This vote by the Senate is a clear indication of the support that exists nationwide for future free trade agreements,” said National Cattlemen's Beef Association President and Chugwater, Wyoming cattleman, Philip Ellis. AFBF President Bob Stallman said, in a statement, “The Senate's bipartisan passage of trade promotion authority legislation today brings us a step closer to completing ambitious trade negotiations around the world.” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Villsack stated, “Standing still [...]
Fri, May 22, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
QuiltXcel
The ROI of Using Fungicides This Year in Indiana With corn and soybean prices sharply lower than they were a year ago, many growers are looking for ways to cut expenses. But cutting out the use of fungicides may not be a wise choice. Andrew Fisher with Syngenta says, “Our data that goes back almost a decade from Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois that shows a V5 application in corn results in an 8-12 bpa increase in yield. Even with corn at $3.25 that is a $26.00 benefit and that is about a 2 to 1 ROI with Quilt XCel.” Fisher told [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Expanded Panama Canal – Positive for US Soy Exports A looming deadline is fast approaching for U.S. soy's competitive advantage. By the end of December, construction is scheduled to wrap up on a major expansion of the Panama Canal. The bigger canal will give exporters the opportunity to more efficiently move products – such as U.S. soybeans – to end users in China and other countries. For U.S. soybean farmers it's crucial for exports to be efficient, especially to a country like China according to Larry Marek, soy checkoff farmer-leader from Iowa. “Nearly one-fourth of our soybeans grown in the United States [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
NCGA action app
Trade Promotion Authority. Waters of the U.S. The Renewable Fuel Standard. Several hot issues are now percolating in Washington that will directly affect the ability of corn farmers to grow and market their corn. Now is the time for a tool that helps farmers learn about the issues and take action on them wherever they are, whether it's the from the seat of a tractor or a stool in the shed. For this reason, the National Corn Growers Association is proud to promote its free and easy NCGA Action mobile app for smartphones and tablets. With this app, growers and [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015
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Jim-BenhamIndiana Farmers Union (INFU) President Jim Benham called the House bill to repeal the popular Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), “premature and reactionary,” noting that there remains ample opportunity for the administration, Mexico and Canada to negotiate an acceptable path forward. “The best thing Congress could do is to step aside while the WTO process continues,” said Benham. “As has happened with past disputes, WTO members can work together to find a solution that will work for them,” said Benham. “In this case, such a solution must involve continuation of a meaningful process step – born, raised and slaughtered – labeling requirement. Unfortunately, opponents of [...]
Thu, May 21, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
Matt Parmer
SW Indiana update In southwest Indiana farmers got a slow start to the 2015 season, but fortunes have reversed in recent weeks, and one agronomist paints a positive picture of the crop's potential. “I really like what I'm seeing to date.” Matt Parmer says there have been recent rains, but they have been very spotty. “Some areas are still planting and there are other areas that are still almost a week off, but we had probably the busiest 9 days of planting that I've ever gone through. We went from absolutely nothing done, no anhydrous, no field work done, no spraying, nothing in the [...]
Wed, May 20, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today
House Ag Votes to Repeal Cool 38 ayes to 6 nays. With that – the House Ag Committee passed a bill Wednesday morning that would repeal the now offending Country of Origin labeling law. The move is meant to preempt any retaliation measures by Canada or Mexico – now that the U.S. is found to be out of compliance with international trade laws. Not everyone is on board, including House Ag Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota. “I think we should take some time and figure out what's going on in these other countries. Is there some other way for us [...]
Wed, May 20, 2015
Hoosier Ag Today

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