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  • Jun 18, 2013

    USDA: GM Wheat Isolated Incident

    The sprouting of an unapproved genetically engineered wheat strain in an Oregon field appears to have been an isolated incident, U.S. agricultural officials said on Friday, adding that they had validated a method for detecting the presence of the GE wheat. "As of today, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm," said USDA Office of Communications Director Matt Paul. "All information collected so far shows no indication of the presence of GE wheat in commerce."...More
  • Mar 13, 2013

    Are You Selling Old-Crop Corn? 2

    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

    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
    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Add Alfalfa to Corn, Soybean Rotation to Improve Soil Health 1

    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

    USDA Increases Expected Soybean Production 3

    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

    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

    Drought Continues, Harvest Wrapping Up 2

    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

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