Agronomy news and promotions Agronomy
Appraising genetic and managerial inputs is critical to ranch management.
This year's record rainfall across parts of the Midwest could make it more difficult for grain producers to determine a late-season irrigation strategy
When weaning, it is critical that producers evaluate the current situation and make management decisions that will benefit the operation this year.
A study has determined that existing crop models can reliably forecast corn yields during times of climate variability.
If premature yellowing or leaf drop in soybeans isn’t caused by moisture stress, it could be from one of these pests or diseases.
Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is beginning to show earlier on soybeans in Minnesota and Iowa this year. In South Dakota, the recent cool, wet conditions can favor SDS development. Now is a good time to scout soybean fields to see if there are any disease issues including SDS that may need attention.

Energy news and promotions Energy
Energy News
Gasoline prices that spiked in some Midwest states in recent days likely will remain high until a refinery is repaired.
Oil production in the North Dakota Bakken dropped by 21,866 barrels per day in April 2015.
Corn consumption for ethanol and co-product production is driven almost entirely by ethanol demand, not by co-product demand.
Cows produce about 90 glasses of milk per day, or enough to quench the thirst of 30 children with three glasses of milk daily. During a cow’s lifetime, that’s 200,000 glasses of milk.
Current oil and gas energy production and supplies are much greater than 2003 forecasts.
In Langdon and Carrington trials, energy beets produce more sugar than corn.
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover.
Plummeting gasoline prices over the past couple of months are expected to remain low through at least the spring.

Feed news and promotions Feed
Feed News
With recent rains causing delays in completing the wheat harvest, there have been reports of damaged wheat, particularly in the northern areas of South Dakota.
New challenges require new or different ways of thinking. Here are ten options to consider to increase the available feed supply for a cow/calf ranch.
A supplement added to the feed of high-producing dairy cows reduced methane emissions by 30%.
Putting in the final steps to prepare calves for the next step in the chain and to capture as much value as possible.
The nation’s beef cowherd has started down the path of the largest expansion in 25 years.
It is important to ensure hay moisture levels are correct before baling to prevent hot hay quality loss and the chance of fire.
Keeping silage from spoiling is a cost-effective effort.
Baleage is an alternative producers can use to deal with the challenges they are facing this year.

Grain news and promotions Grain
Grain News
According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, recent price weakness is not coming from the supply side.
Grain can be stored in many types of buildings, but they all should keep the grain dry and cool.
Seeing high grain prices again is possible, but it likely will not happen this year.
Corn and soybean markets have over the past several weeks offered farm producers a pricing opportunity; Will they get another chance?
Over the past two weeks, corn futures prices have declined nearly 65 cents per bushel as production concerns have subsided.
A University of Illinois agricultural economist says the volatility in prices reflects the market’s reaction to generally positive supply factors and some negative demand factors.
The just-released USDA Grain Stocks and Acreage reports provide some important fundamental information for the corn and soybean markets going into the most critical part of the growing season.

Grain Notes
Grain Notes: 8/31/2015
Good Morning. It’s month-end. The September corn and bean contracts will come to delivery after today’s trading session. September corn finished the overnight session off 1 ¾ cents, settling at 3.6150.

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