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  • Mar 13, 2013
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    Are You Selling Old-Crop Corn?

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but even after the recent USDA data the lyrics remain the same..."Tight old-crop balance sheets for both corn and soybeans make time-spreads a much more attractive play than flat-price." Improving rainfall and snow coverage is easing concerns regarding the US drought and therefore keeping a lid on US new-crop prices. As each week passes the ability for old-crop tightness to help keep new-crop prices supported may get...More
  • Jan 14, 2013
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    A Tale of Two Worlds: New-Crop and Old-Crop Corn 1

    Moderation in life is often the key...Corn bulls are excited about the tighter than expected Dec. 1 stocks number posted by the USDA on Friday. There was also some excitement about the better-than-expected corn feed usage numbers. All of this seems to be creating a tale of two worlds: the old crop looking tighter and tighter and the anticipation of a more burdensome new crop....More
  • Nov 28, 2012
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    Corn and Soybean Digest

    Add Alfalfa to Corn, Soybean Rotation to Improve Soil Health 2

    Nancy and Jerry Ackermann farm near Lakefield, Minn. They use alfalfa in their crop rotation as a way to improve soil health. Nancy talks here about working with alfalfa, as well as the benefits they've seen in soil organic matter since including it in their crop rotation....More
  • Nov 13, 2012
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    USDA Increases Expected Soybean Production 6

    The USDA Crop Production report released on Nov. 9 increased the estimated total soybean production in 2012 to 2.97 billion bushels, which is 4% above the 2.86 billion bushel estimate in October. The 2012 soybean production estimate is still 4% lower than the 2011 U.S. soybean production of 3.09 billion bushels, and 11% below the 2010 production level of 3.33 billion bushels. This production increase is a fairly major production adjustment for this late in the year....More
  • Oct 23, 2012
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    2013 Acreage Watch

    Soybeans come in a poor second compared to corn in Ohio State University's initial crop budget analysis for 2013. The spreadsheet used by Barry Ward, Extension production business management specialist, plugged in sales values of $6.24/bu. for corn and $13.20/ bu. for soybeans....More
  • Oct 9, 2012
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    Drought Continues, Harvest Wrapping Up 1

    Even though the 2012 harvest season is rapidly drawing to a close, most areas of southern and western Minnesota remain in severe to extreme drought, with conditions worsening in the past couple of months. The latest U.S. Drought Index places all of south-central and southwest Minnesota in an extreme drought category. Approximately 85% of the major corn- and soybean-producing areas in the U.S. are currently experiencing some level of drought, including most of the Western Corn Belt States and nearly all of the Plains states....More
  • Sep 25, 2012
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    Harvest Progresses Rapidly

    Corn and soybean harvest is progressing at a very rapid rate in most portions of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, as a result of almost perfect harvest conditions. As of Sept. 21, harvest progress for both corn and soybeans was at 25-50% completed in much of south-central and southwest Minnesota. This level of harvest progress is more typical of mid- to late October than late September. Most of the crops have matured beyond any potential damage from a killing frost....More
  • Sep 25, 2012
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    Crop Progress in Africa

    CSD columnist Kris Klokkenga, who farms in Ghana, Africa, talks about how the current corn crop is developing as far as emergence. This particular farm uses no-till....More
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