Conservation Acres Yield Early Results

IARN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Upper Midwest Regional Field Office reports: “Corn planting is virtually complete, while soybean planting moved to 97-percent complete.”

Crop development reached new heights. Corn emergence soared to 97-percent, two weeks ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of the five-year average. Soybean emergence reached 87-percent, also 10 days ahead of average. A northwest Iowa farmer speaks to early season growth. Read more

June WASDE Shows Little Change From May

IARN — The USDA released the June Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports on Thursday.

Commodities Broker Greg McBride with Allendale says the U.S. ending stocks for old crop and new crop corn came in under expectations. For 2020/2021 production, corn and soybeans remained unchanged from the May report. Read more

Ag Retailers Want EPA Clarification On Dicamba Order

IARN — The Agricultural Retailers Association and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for clarification on dicamba. Earlier this week, the EPA issued a cancellation order on the use and distribution of dicamba products. The EPA says under the order that farmers or applicators with existing stocks of dicamba may apply the herbicide until July 31st. Read more

Senator Grassley Presses For A “Fair” And “Functioning” Marketplace

IARN — One Midwest Senator continues to work on behalf of independent cattle producers, ensuring they have a “fair” and “functioning” marketplace.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) this week provided an update on his request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate potential market manipulation and other illegal activity by large meatpacking companies during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more