Agricultural News

Nebraska cattle on feed up 6 percent

LINCOLN — Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.29 million cattle on feed on October 1, according to the USDA’s

Nebraska Crop Production Report

LINCOLN – Based on October 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2017 corn production is forecast at 1.68 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last year’s production,

Nebraska Organic Agriculture Report

LINCOLN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of its 2016 Certified Organic Survey. Certified organic operations

Nebraska Crop Production Report

LINCOLN – Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2017 corn production is forecast at a record high of 1.74 billion bushels, up 2 percent from

Nebraska Cattle on Feed up slightly

LINCOLN  — Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.35 million cattle on feed on June 1, according to the USDA’s

Weekly Crop Progress Report Released

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending November 27, 2016, temperatures averaged four to six degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural

Weekly Crop Progress Report

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending November 20, 2016, above normal temperatures continued in the eastern part of the State, averaging six to

Weekly Crop Progress Report

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending October 30, 2016, unseasonably warm conditions persisted throughout the week, with temperatures averaging nine degrees above normal,

Weekly Crop Progress Report

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending October 23, 2016, temperatures averaging four to six degrees above normal, combined with limited precipitation, improved harvest

Weekly Crop Progress Report

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending October 16, 2016, temperatures averaged near normal in the east and two to six degrees above normal

Weekly Crop Progress Report

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending October 2, 2016, ideal fall harvest conditions occurred with minimal precipitation and near normal temperatures, according to

Nebraska Hog Inventory Up 9 Percent

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2016, was 3.55 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural

Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending September 25, 2016, temperatures averaged nine degrees above normal across eastern Nebraska and six degrees above normal

Nebraska Crop Condition Report

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending September 4, 2016, temperatures averaged two degrees below normal across the south and two degrees above normal

Weekly Crop Progress Report Released

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending August 28, 2016, temperatures averaged two to four degrees below normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending August 21, 2016, temperatures averaged two degrees below normal as cooler conditions prevailed, according to the USDA’s

Corn Silage Harvest Reminders

By:  Allan Vyhnalek High-quality corn silage often is an economical substitute for some of the grain in finishing and in dairy rations, and it

Growing Trade with Taiwan

By Governor Pete Ricketts Trade helps grow Nebraska.  From commodities like corn and soybeans to beef and pork, Nebraska reaps the benefits of international

Rabobank: Land Rent Values Must Decline

A new report from Rabobank says land rent values must decline for U.S. agriculture commodity production activity to remain economically viable. The report explores

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending August 14, 2016, Nebraska experienced near normal temperatures, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Many

Sasse Statement on Aetna Exit

Lincoln, NE—U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, who published a sobering report on the Affordable Care Act’s lack of competition on the 2016 exchanges, issued the

Land Lease Reminders

By:  Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator It is that time of year to remind our landowners and tenants about verbal or hand shake lease agreements. 

NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT

Lincoln, NE – Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 corn production is forecast at a record high of 1.76 billion bushels, up 4

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending July 31, 2016, temperatures averaged two to four degrees below normal, lessening crop moisture demands and livestock

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending July 24, 2016, temperatures averaged four degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

NEBRASKA CHICKEN AND EGGS

Lincoln, NE – All layers in Nebraska during June 2016 totaled 9.20 million, up from 6.43 million the previous year, according to the USDA’s

Nebraska Milk Production

Lincoln, NE – Milk production in Nebraska during the April – June 2016 quarter totaled 354 million pounds, up 8 percent from the April

NCTA names Dean’s awards

Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis announced academic honors for the spring semester of 2016.   Nine students were

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending July 17, 2016, temperatures averaged one to three degrees below normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural

House Passes EPA Spending Bill

Overshadowed by the GMO labeling bill, the U.S. House of Representative’s last Thursday also passed a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency. All

Country Partners Cooperative Sees More Growth

Cooperative Producers Inc. (CPI), headquartered in Hastings, NE and Country Partners Cooperative, headquartered in Gothenburg, NE, both farmer owned cooperatives,  have reached an agreement

NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT

Lincoln, NE – Based on July 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 winter wheat crop is forecast at 60.0 million bushels, up 32 percent from last

UNL Nebraska Land Value Survey

By: Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension in Platte County   Each year the Ag Economics Department at UNL does a Land

NCGA to EPA: Raise the RVO

In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, the National Corn Growers Association called on the Agency to raise the amount

ASI 2016 Photo Contest

DENVER, Colo. – Once again, it’s time to start sorting through your photos. Remember that great shot you took during lambing? Or the one

Gage County denies permit for chicken farm

SCOTT KOPERSKI Beatrice Daily Sun Gage County supervisors struck down a special use permit for a controversial poultry farm Wednesday. The farm would have housed 150,000

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending July 3, 2016, widespread rainfall and cooler temperatures were experienced, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics

NEBRASKA ACREAGE

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska corn growers planted 9.70 million acres, up 3 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

NEBRASKA GRAIN STOCKS

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2016 totaled 540 million bushels, up 18 percent from 2015, according to

Come to the 2016 Platte County Fair

Over 400 4-H youth have made entry to bring exhibits to this year’s Platte County Fair. From our office’s standpoint, the work highlights the

Wool Continues Last Week’s Rise

The Australian wool market continued on with last week’s rally and lifted the Australian Wool Exchange-Eastern Market Indicator to a 6-cent gain. The rise

NEBRASKA HOG INVENTORY UP 8 PERCENT

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2016, was 3.45 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural

Panama Canal Expansion

Note from Susan…Mike shared his experience at the inaugural transit for the expansion of the Panama Canal in an email.  His first hand viewing

DJ Cargill Strikes Defensive Pose

Cargill sounds a disappointed tone on UK’s vote to leave EU, saying the agricultural conglomerate “believed there were distinct advantages for the UK and

NAGC Officially Opens Its Doors

The National Agricultural Genotyping Center officially opens its doors today with representatives from government and industry on hand for the grand opening of the

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending June 19, 2016, hot conditions continued as temperatures averaged six to nine degrees above normal, according to

NCTA Ag Education named top program

Kearney, Neb. – The agricultural education program at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis had been named Outstanding Post-Secondary Program in the

Farmers Urged to Contact EPA on Atrazine

The National Corn Growers Association this week urged farmers to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, following publication of the Agency’s draft

Behlen Manufacturing Celebrating 80 Years

Looking back but also looking towards the future is the thought of Behlen Manufacturing’s Corporate Communications Manager Brandon Hays.  Farm Director Susan Littlefield caught

NSIIC Announces Requests for Proposals

The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center’s board of directors is accepting grant proposals designed to improve the U.S. sheep industry. Applications will be accepted

WASDE Update Link

The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at: http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde Acrobat Reader, which is

NCTA Aggie alumni weekend is here

Registration has topped 100 from alumni and friends of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture who are gathering in Curtis this weekend for an

FDA Announces Voluntary Sodium Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday released the agency’s long-awaited voluntary guidance on salt intake for Americans. The draft guidance focuses on reducing the

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending May 29, 2016, numerous rain events limited planting activities and made hay harvest difficult, according to the

Using biosolids to fix cities

June 1, 2016 – The direct source of biosolids isn’t pretty. It’s processed human waste collected by the wastewater treatment plants. But, the Soil

Be Safe Around Power Lines!

When using spray rigs and other farm equipment, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, including the location of power lines. This

Tell the EPA that the RFS Works Today

With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard

Trichomoniasis in South Dakota

Thirteen South Dakota beef herds have been diagnosed with Tritrichomonas foetus (trich) infection since December, 2015. These herds have been detected in Oglala Lakota

US Soybean Exports to Vietnam Will Slow

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says U.S. soybean exports to Vietnam are projected to slow to 550,000 Metric Tons in 2016. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says

Still Time for On-Farm Research

The Nebraska On-Farm Research Network (NOFRN) welcomes growers and industry representatives who work with growers to evaluate the effectiveness of a crop production practice

NORTHERN PLAINS FARM LABOR

Lincoln, NE – In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 34,000 workers hired directly by farm operators

NAWG selects Goule as new CEO

By Sara Wyant WASHINGTON, May 23, 2015 – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) selected Chandler Goule as their new Chief Executive Officer,

U.S. Lamb Moves into Taiwan

DENVER, Colo. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that access to Taiwan for American lamb was approved. American Sheep Industry Association

UNL Project SENSE

When and at what rate nitrogen fertilizer should be applied are major questions for today’s corn producers. Nebraska Extension is helping answer these questions

NEBRASKA HONEY BEE COLONIES

Lincoln, NE – Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in Nebraska as of January 1, 2016 totaled 10.5 thousand. This

NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT

Lincoln, NE – Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 winter wheat crop is forecast at 61.3 million bushels, up 33 percent from last

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending May 8, 2016, dry conditions prevailed allowing producers to get back into fields after midweek, however widespread

Lamb Price Reporting Comments Available for Viewing

The comment period for Livestock Mandatory Reporting closed effective April 29. Producers can now go online to view the comments at www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=100;so=DESC;sb=docId;po=0;dct=PS;D=AMS-LPS-15-0070. Of the

AN OPEN LETTER TO MAJORITY AMERICA

By: Nebraska US Senator Ben Sasse   TO: Those who think both leading presidential candidates are dishonest and have little chance of leading America

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

Lincoln, NE – For the week ending May 1, 2016, wet, cool conditions kept producers from making widespread planting progress, according to the USDA’s

New Tool for Soybean Pest Management

A new online tool from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers timely pest management information, recommended tasks, and UNL research results to tackle Nebraska’s primary

ASI Pursues Price Reporting Resolution

A top priority of the American Sheep Industry Association continues to be the resolution of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting rules and regulations. In addition

Value added ag good for all Americans

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director (NDA) Greg Ibach shared his support of the proposed Costco processing facility as an opportunity to

Sasse Votes to Defund WOTUS

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after voting for an amendment that would

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

LINCOLN, NE, April 18, 2016 – For the week ending April 17, 2016, temperatures averaged four to six degrees above normal with widespread precipitation

Sasse Responds to UnitedHealth News

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement today regarding the news that UnitedHealth Group will be pulling out of most

Gov. Ricketts Proclaims Rodeo Week

LINCOLN – Wednesday afternoon, Governor Ricketts joined members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Rodeo Association and UNL Rodeo Team on horseback to proclaim Rodeo

Ag Web Resources from UNL

The amount of information available via Internet resources continues to increase.  Periodically, I like to remind producers about sites in this arena.    Here are

Ag and Food Coalition; Pass TPP Now

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2016) – Today, 225 food and agricultural companies and associations including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter to members

NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

LINCOLN, NE, April 5, 2016 – For the week ending April 3, 2016, temperatures varied widely throughout Nebraska, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural

Budget Balanced

By Governor Pete Ricketts   Just like your family or a small business, the State of Nebraska sets priorities when we balance our budget.

Nebraska Legislature to Debate Right to Farm

Lincoln, Neb In a recent poll, 65.5% of likely voters said they would vote “for” a constitutional Right to Farm Amendment.  Support was highest in the agriculturally dependent 3rd congressional district, where 72.7% were supportive.  Voter support was high in the other Congressional Districts, 60.1% and 63.8% in the 1st and 2nd Districts respectively. The poll was conducted in advance of the General File debate of LR 378CA, introduced and prioritized by Senator John Kuehn of Heartwell. If advanced by the Legislature, the measure would be placed on the November 2016 general election ballot for adoption by Nebraska voters.  The matter is currently on the General File agenda of the Nebraska Legislature. “Protection of Nebraska agriculture is my top priority as a legislator. Nebraska voters clearly and unambiguously support placing the Right to Farm in the Nebraska Constitution. The misinformation by extremist groups represent a real and urgent threat to both livestock production and commodity science. It’s time to be proactive in supporting and protecting agriculture, which represents 1 of every 4 jobs in Nebraska,” said Senator John Kuehn of Heartwell, a veterinarian and a 4 ​th​  generation ag producer on a family operation with his dad and younger brother. The live poll of 600 likely voters for the 2016 General Election in Nebraska was conducted from March 6­9, 2016.  Margin of Error is 4.0%  at the 95% Confidence Interval. “Activists representing a vocal minority will use scare tactics and false rhetoric to sway perception of Right to Farm in Nebraska,” said Senator Kuehn.

Bone Marrow Registry Planned

On Wednesday, Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation will register donors between the ages of 18-44 at the office located at 2002 23rd Street Columbus from 8am-8pm.

Frazier Named to Lead NCBA

DENVER (March 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has named Kendal Frazier its new chief executive officer. NCBA president Tracy Brunner made the

Nebraska Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner

Wide-open spaces, grazing cattle in rolling pastures, and efficient feed yards cover Nebraska’s landscape. We are “The Beef State.” Our delicious products are the

USDA Announces Rural Schools Payments

WASHINGTON– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the investment of more than $272 million will go to 41 states and Puerto Rico this year

NCGA Agribusiness Council Cultivates Cooperation

This week, representatives from agribusiness are gathered with National Corn Growers Association leadership in Washington for NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council’s biannual meeting. Over the course

The Effect of Eliminating GMO’s

  A new study by Purdue University shows the adverse effects on the globe if GMO’s were eliminated. The study finds eliminating GMO’s would

Top Tips to Improve Nitrogen Efficiency

INDIANAPOLIS — March 2, 2016 — Last year, excessive rainfall drenched the Midwest, soaking cornfields and leaving soil vulnerable to increased nitrogen loss. Improving nitrogen

South Africa Now Taking U.S. Pork

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26, 2015 – South Africa now is accepting U.S. pork exports. The National Pork Producers Council, which worked with the Obama

NCBA Urges Swift Action on TPP

WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2016) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter on behalf of its members and state affiliates urging quick passage

NCTA rodeo hosts PRCA steer wrestler

Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Rodeo Team will host two-time world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., for

Nebraska Corn Board Vacancies

LINCOLN, NEB – Notice is hereby given that the terms for three members of the Nebraska Corn Development, Utilization and Marketing Board will expire

Feed Bunk Management

BROOKINGS, S.D. – When it comes to nutritional management of growing and finishing cattle, the scientific aspects tend to get the most attention. In truth,

Nebraskan’s Warned of IRS Scam

On Tuesday the Nebraska Attorney General’s office received over 150 reports of calls from the IRS.  Abigail Stempson is the Chief of the Public

Principles for Our Ag Future

Glen Allen, VA – Today Ag America, a national coalition of agricultural leaders dedicated to electing candidates with proven records of supporting American agriculture,

NCTA Crops Team Tops 2-Year Schools

Curtis, Neb. – Agronomy students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture proved they are outstanding in their field. A foursome of NCTA sophomores

A weather market for corn in 2016?

URBANA, Ill. – Nearby corn futures remain above the early January lows, but continue to struggle under the weight of a number of negative

Get Ready to Receive Your 2016 Seed

INDIANAPOLIS — Feb. 15, 2016 — Spring planting is just around the corner, and seed soon will leave the distribution facility and head toward

Chairman Conaway Dismisses Last Obama Budget

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement in regard to the Obama Administration’s final budget: “In addition to sentencing future

February is Lamb Lovers Month

The American Lamb Board is again celebrating February as Lamb Lovers Month. This Lamb Lovers Month, determine your “Lamb Language of Love” by taking

ADM Considering Sale of Ethanol Plants

Archer Daniels Midland, or ADM, is reportedly considering a sale of the company’s ethanol facilities. Reuter’s reports the plants are now seen as more

U.S. Farmers Urge Congress to Stop TPP

WASHINGTON  – The U.S. Trade Representative today signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and a national organization representing farmers and ranchers from coast to coast

Weather Models Talk Snow But How Much?

Not all weather models agree with the movement of next weeks storm.  Farm Director Susan Littlefield caught up with Weather Eye Meteorologist Paul Trambley…

Setting Cash Rents for 2016

Based on the number of calls and questions, this column needs to talk about cash rents for 2016.  Probably the summary statement for my

Pork Producers to Hold Annual Meeting

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association’s (NPPA) will welcome Governor Pete Ricketts to their Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at

Heifer development webinar series

BROOKINGS, S.D. — When cattle values escalated to unprecedented levels in 2014, U.S. beef producers responded by retaining more replacement heifers and expansion of

Farm Financial Tips for 2016

This list of five financial tips could also be called New Year’s resolutions, but since most resolutions are not followed, I think the ideas

Winter Soils-Still Alive

Despite the frigid temperatures in northern climates, the soil in your yard is still teeming with life. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Year-End Report

Dear Friend, Each year, I prepare an end of year report as an overview of the activities of my office. It is a tremendous

Big Crops Got Smaller

BY: Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor   WASHINGTON (DTN) — USDA trimmed the size of the 2015 corn and soybean crops, forecast significant declines

Active in the Workplace Video Series

BROOKINGS, S.D. – To keep South Dakota workers moving, SDSU Extension Field Specialists Tara Shafrath and Nikki Prosch developed and released Active in the Workplace

Pre-Calving Vaccinations for Pregnant Cows

BROOKINGS, S.D. – This calving season, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Taylor Grussing encourages cattle producers to consider pre-calving vaccinations. “Pre-calving vaccination of pregnant cows