A House agriculture subcommittee held a hearing May 15 to review the source of volatile price movements in agricultural and energy commodity markets.
While weather should improve in the next two weeks, it will not be enough to make up for planting delays already endured by the nation’s corn farmers.
WASHINGTON — While financial and risk-management decisions always have been challenging aspects of farm and ranch work, extreme volatility in commodity markets in recent months has made these jobs even more difficult for farmers, even as prices have soared. During a Capitol Hill hearing today, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told lawmakers that […]
By DARYLL RAY Times of crisis often shine a bright light on long-standing problems. That was just as true in 1974 as it is today. In mid-1974, agricultural commodity prices were triple the level of two years earlier and concern was raised that malnutrition in developing countries was on the rise. Currently, we are in […]
URBANA, Ill. — Corn is responsible for most of the uncertainty in the market, and much of that is associated with the U.S. situation, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “Late corn planting suggests that planted acreage may not significantly exceed producer intentions of only 86 million acres,” said Darrel Good. “Based on […]
Tight supplies and strong demand mean prices for corn and soybeans are likely to remain high for the foreseeable future.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Based on May 1 conditions, Pennsylvania’s 2008 production of winter wheat is expected to be 23 percent above 2007. Final total tobacco production figures for 2007 were up 6 percent from 2006. May 1 hay stocks are estimated to be down 4 percent from a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania office […]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate, which included the first estimate of the 2008-2009 corn crop, the National Corn Growers Association noted. USDA is projecting 86 million acres of corn will be planted this year, of which 78.8 million will be harvested. USDA also […]
URBANA, Ill. — Assuming that the majority of the corn crop gets planted before the middle of May, prospects for a 2008 average U.S. yield at or above trend will be maintained, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “The question is whether trend yield will be sufficient,” said Darrel Good. “An estimate of […]
By Daryll Ray How long can this go on? How much higher will corn prices go? Those questions are of concern not only to corn farmers, but to producers of other crops, as well. In general, the price increase for other commodities followed that of corn as crops competed with each other for acreage as, […]
April 28, corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade were up nearly 23 cents, the soybeans were down 42 and a fraction, and the wheat futures were up more than 25 cents.
URBANA, Ill. — While the pace of the domestic soybean crush is slowing, the pace of exports and export sales of U.S. soybeans remains generally strong, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “For the year, the USDA projects exports at 1.075 billion bushels, only 3.8 percent below the record shipments of last year,” […]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Calf prices will be highly influenced by volatile feed prices as well as bullish finished cattle prices, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “Much is riding on the size of grain, soybean and forage crops this spring and summer,” said Chris Hurt. “Eastern Corn Belt steer calf prices are expected […]
WASHINGTON — While the declining value of the U.S. dollar is good news for U.S. exports in general, the weaker dollar is making U.S. grain exports to Asia more expensive by drying up the supply of empty containers headed back to Asia. For several years, strong U.S. imports of just about everything from Asia meant […]
WASHINGTON — Highly volatile conditions have affected the cash and futures markets where farmers and ranchers sell their grains, oilseeds, cotton and livestock. Federal regulators must keep a close eye on the situation, engage as needed and be ready to consider reform measures, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. Stallman presented the […]
BASEL, Switzerland — Syngenta recently said it will build a new biotech research and technology center in Beijing, China. Its focus will be on early-stage evaluation of genetic modification and native traits for key crops such as corn and soy, in the areas of yield improvement, drought resistance, disease control and biomass conversion for biofuels. […]
Full-season corn hybrids are the best choice, even if planting is delayed.
Best advice: Diversify and don’t bet all of your crop on one strategy.
DALLAS — U.S. policy makers should make oil production a priority, according to a brief analysis released by the National Center for Policy Analysis. Advocates of Brazil’s energy policies often cite Brazil’s increased ethanol use as a reason for its recent independence from foreign energy. With average retail gasoline prices nearing the all-time inflation-adjusted high […]
ST. PAUL, Minn. — CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company, has reported record earnings for the first half of its 2008 fiscal year of $468.9 million. Net income for the first half of fiscal 2008, (Sept. 1, 2007, through Feb. 29, 2008) compares with $220.1 million for the same period in fiscal 2007. […]