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  • Oct 8, 2013
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    Government shutdown effect on corn, soybean prices 1

    Will the government default??...More
  • Sep 17, 2013
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    September 2013 USDA Crop Production summary

    The USDA Crop Production Report released on Sept. 12 made a slight increase in the expected U.S. corn production for 2013, as compared to the August USDA Report, while making a 3% reduction in estimated 2013 U.S. soybean production. USDA is now estimating total 2013 corn production at 13.8 billion bushels, which if realized, would result a new record for annual U.S. corn production. Total U.S. corn production was 10.8 billion bushels in the drought year of 2012, 12.3 billion bushels in 2011, and 12.5 billion bushels in 2010. USDA left the anticipated harvested corn acres at 89.1 million acres, which is unchanged from the Aug. 1 estimate....More
  • Aug 20, 2013
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    Aug. 12 USDA crop report analysis 51

    There has been a lot of uncertainty in many portions of the major corn and soybean producing areas of the United States during the 2013 growing season, which lead to a very highly anticipated Aug. 12 USDA Crop Report. Large areas of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota were severely impacted by very late planting, which lead to a significant amount of prevented planted crop acres. Much of this same region was also negatively impacted by excessive rainfall in May and June, and is now dealing with concerns related to slower than normal crop development, due to very cool temperatures in late July and early August....More
  • Aug 16, 2013
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    Corn+Soybean Digest

    Will there be a 2013 Farm Bill? 10

    Will there be a 2013 Farm Bill? Scott Kuschmider, director of government affairs, Monsanto, offers his thoughts on what will happen after the August recess with the 2013 Farm Bill....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
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    USDA Projections for the Next Decade 8

    Periodically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updates and releases the baseline projections for U.S. crop and livestock production for the next decade. A few months ago, NASS released the latest updated baseline projections for U.S. crop production. While projections this far into the future may seem insignificant, they do become important in the future long-range planning process for farm operators, ag lenders, ag policy makers and others....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
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    Insight into August 12 Supply & Demand Report 16

    Insights into what the trade seems to be thinking for the upcoming USDA report....More
  • Jul 16, 2013
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    What Will Happen to the Farm Bill? 6

    On July 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new farm bill (HR-262) by a margin of 216-208, with all voting Democratic House members and 12 Republican House members opposing the legislation. Last month, the U.S. House voted down another version of the new Farm Bill by a vote of 195-234, with opposition from both parties. The previous version of the legislation had been passed by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and was supported by a wide-range of farm organizations....More
  • Jul 9, 2013
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    Interesting USDA Reports for June 2013 40

    The late June USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks Report is always highly anticipated because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings Intentions Report to give an indication of crop production levels in a given growing season, as of June 1. Many times the June USDA reports can have a big impact, either upwards or downwards, on grain market trends. There was much anticipation for June 28 report this year, given the uncertainty surrounding crop planting in some areas of the Midwest, and the poor growing conditions in other areas of the U.S....More
  • Jun 25, 2013
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    New Farm Bill Defeated by House of Reps 5

    After nearly two years of discussions and debate, a new farm bill appeared a bit closer to being enacted into law; however, on June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down the new Farm Bill by a vote of 195-234. Several weeks ago, the new farm bill was passed by the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, with strong bi-partisan support....More
  • Jun 18, 2013
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    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
  • Jun 13, 2013
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    USDA Helps Farmers Deal With Climate Change

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the National Press Club recently about helping farmers and ranchers deal with climate change. Vilsack said USDA will establish regional cubs to enable the USDA to carry out "regionally appropriate climate change risk and vulnerability assessments." USDA agencies will also give cover crop guidance based on local conditions and is also releasing a free online tool to manage and evaluate carbon to help producers calculate how much carbon their conservation actions can remove from the atmosphere....More
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