Issues http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6091/more en Surviving an economic downturn in the agriculture industry http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/surviving-economic-downturn-agriculture-industry <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>While difficult, decisions of restraint during the super cycle of profits put producers at an advantage going into this economic downturn. Many of them forward priced with a guaranteed profit instead of waiting for possible higher profits. This looks like a smart strategy from today’s perspective.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/surviving-economic-downturn-agriculture-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/surviving-economic-downturn-agriculture-industry#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:09:00 +0000 99031 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Finding a common language for the term resistance http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/finding-common-language-term-resistance <div class="field-deck"> Consistent terminology is key to fighting resistant pests </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>From weeds to insect pests to disease, resistance to efficient, economical crop protection products is threatening their efficacy and raising costs for crop producers. So why do regulations or the chemical industry always seem to have a delayed reaction to resistance? A big part of the problem involves dueling definitions, suggests Tim Dennehy, manager, Global Insect Resistance Management, Bayer Seeds.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/finding-common-language-term-resistance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/finding-common-language-term-resistance#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Resistant Weeds Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:05:00 +0000 98961 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: University of Arizona <p>Bruce Tabashnik is the department head of Entomology at the University of Arizona, where his research team studies the evolution and management of insect resistance to insecticides and transgenic plants. He has firsthand experience with the differing interpretations of resistance terminology from industry, academia and regulatory agencies and the problems that can cause growers.</p> High-quality land values continue decline http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/high-quality-land-values-continue-decline <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Location and quality of land continue to be the main drivers of pricing for individual tracts. The stability of this market is maintained by a lower supply of land for sale, contrasted with a continued demand for quality properties. Farmers National Company statistics show the volume of properties for sale is down 40% over the past six months, as compared to the past two years. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/high-quality-land-values-continue-decline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/high-quality-land-values-continue-decline#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Prices Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:13:00 +0000 98861 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-super-cycles-are-not-norm <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A long term trend cannot be determined by two year periods prior or post; nevertheless, adjustments in profit levels appear to be settling in. Multi-year, high profits cause margin compression as fixed and variable costs increase. This is just another example of the old saying, “high profits cure high profits.”</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-super-cycles-are-not-norm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/agriculture-super-cycles-are-not-norm#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:51:00 +0000 98781 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com WTO ruling challenges COOL regulations http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/wto-ruling-challenges-cool-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In response to the latest WTO ruling, legislation has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the COOL requirements for beef, pork, and chicken muscle and ground products; however, the U.S. Senate has yet to act on the legislation. There is considerable bi-partisan support for this legislation in Congress, especially from states that could be facing significant economic impacts from trade retaliation by Canada and Mexico. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/wto-ruling-challenges-cool-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/wto-ruling-challenges-cool-regulations#comments Issues Legislation Focus on Ag Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:10:00 +0000 98671 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Monsanto sells deal of future innovation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/monsanto-sells-deal-future-innovation <div class="field-deck"> Its proposed buyout of Syngenta aims to deliver benefits to farmers and shareholders. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Since Syngenta chose to take Monsanto’s private buyout offer public, Monsanto now counters by talking to shareholders and the farm media. I recently spoke with Mike Frank, Monsanto’s global operations lead, who stated their case for the value of this Syngenta buyout.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/monsanto-sells-deal-future-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/monsanto-sells-deal-future-innovation#comments Issues Biotech Seed/Transgenic Seed Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:49:00 +0000 98681 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Monsanto 5 Agriculture stories to read, June 19, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-agriculture-stories-read-june-19-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, experts remind you to be on the lookout for soybean aphids, and offer the best options for sidedressing nitrogen this summer. Read and watch testimony from the latest GMO labeling hearing, and check out a calendar for when to scout different corn pests. Finally, enjoy a list of ways you know you grew up in the country.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-agriculture-stories-read-june-19-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/5-agriculture-stories-read-june-19-2015#comments Corn Fertilizer Issues Soybeans soybean production Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:20:00 +0000 98661 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Global trade risk, part 2: What actions can farmers take http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/global-trade-risk-part-2-what-actions-can-farmers-take <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It is imperative in today’s world of trade risk to build up extra liquidity or working capital reserves. How much is enough depends on debt servicing requirements, and marketing and risk management plans including crop insurance. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/global-trade-risk-part-2-what-actions-can-farmers-take" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/global-trade-risk-part-2-what-actions-can-farmers-take#comments Issues Management Road Warrior Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:11:00 +0000 98601 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Avian flu outbreaks slow, but impacts continue http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/avian-flu-outbreaks-slow-impacts-continue <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Even though the number of avian flu cases has waned in recent weeks, the economic impacts of the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not likely to disappear any time soon. The first turkey producers in central Minnesota that broke with the virus in early March have started to re-populate their barns, slightly over 90 days after their flocks were depopulated. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/avian-flu-outbreaks-slow-impacts-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/avian-flu-outbreaks-slow-impacts-continue#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:48:00 +0000 98591 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm working capital: Use it or save it? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-working-capital-use-it-or-save-it <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Illinois </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Lower commodity prices are now projected for the foreseeable future. Those price levels coupled with high costs lead to projections of low or negative cash flows for the next several years. These low return levels will cause negative cash flows on many farms. Farmers then may choose to use working capital in meeting these cash shortfalls, leading to reductions in working capital.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-working-capital-use-it-or-save-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-working-capital-use-it-or-save-it#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:26:00 +0000 98521 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: Liima10/iStock/ThinkStock