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  • May 13, 2014
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    USDA reports show increase in grain stocks 2

    The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 9 were regarded as neutral to bearish for the corn and soybean market in the coming months. Corn stocks are expected to increase by more than 50% by the end of the next crop marketing year, while the ending stocks for soybeans are expected to more than double by the end of the 2014-15 marketing year, which runs from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015....More
  • May 6, 2014
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    2012 Ag Census data provide an agriculture snapshot 1

    The 2012 Ag Census data, showed a decrease in total farm numbers, with a lot of variation relative to farm size and scope, as well as increases in the number of minority farm operators, large increases in total farm sales, and many other interesting trends....More
  • Feb 4, 2014
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    House, Senate pass new farm bill 1

    The new farm bill will reduce overall federal spending, will reduce total CRP acreage and will make some significant changes to farm commodity programs. The new farm bill will govern federal farm programs for the next five years (2014-2018), and commodity programs will be implemented for the 2014 crop year....More
  • Jan 21, 2014
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    Dairy policy holding up farm bill, not nutrition program 1

    A struggle over finalizing future dairy policy, rather than provisions for the Nutrition or Commodity Title, has stalled the farm bill process in recent weeks, as the U.S. Senate and House Conference Committee attempted to reach a final farm bill agreement for consideration by both houses of Congress....More
  • Jan 14, 2014
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    Corn debate after the USDA report 2

    The Bulls vs. Bears in the Corn market...More
  • Jan 14, 2014
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    January 2014 USDA report summary

    As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 10 indicates that the total U.S. corn production for 2013 will increase significantly, and the 2013 soybean production will increase moderately, as compared to production levels in 2012....More
  • Dec 30, 2013
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    Looking ahead to 2014

    2014 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a fairly profitable year in 2013 for many crop producers in the Upper Midwest....More
  • Nov 19, 2013
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    Farm bill conference continues

    The 41 members of the U.S. House and Senate Conference Committee, designated to determine a new farm bill, are in the process of trying to reach a compromise on the versions of the new farm bill that were passed earlier this year by both the Senate and House....More
  • Nov 12, 2013
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    USDA increases expected crop production

    As expected, the USDA report released on Nov. 8 increased the estimated total corn and soybean production in 2013. Crop production estimates were raised, despite many areas of Iowa, Minnesota and the Upper Midwest dealing with very late planting, along with some late-season drought conditions. However, overall 2013 crop conditions in the U.S. were better than expected, with many areas benefiting from some very favorable weather in late summer, and the extended growing season in the Upper Midwest enhanced some of the later-planted crops....More
  • Nov 8, 2013
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    November WASDE report breakdown 1

    Large traders are starting to talk about a long-term bearish cycle for corn, wheat and soybeans starting to settle in. The fear is that with no major weather hiccup corn could be the immediate leader to the downside, followed by wheat in early-2014, then soybeans by mid-2014....More

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