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Big move is really no big deal

Thursday, May 1, 2008

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.

Soybeans generally strong this year

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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,” […]

Markets plagued by volatility

Friday, April 25, 2008

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 […]

Export boom creating box shortage

Friday, April 25, 2008

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 […]

Wild market prompts Farm Bureau to offer stability suggestions

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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 […]

Syngenta to build a new research center in China

Monday, April 21, 2008

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. […]

Don’t rush to switch to early corn

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Full-season corn hybrids are the best choice, even if planting is delayed.

Three surefire ways to tackle the grain market

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Best advice: Diversify and don’t bet all of your crop on one strategy.

Brazil’s oil independence, ethanol use not a good model for U.S. economy

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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 […]

CHS Inc. reporting record earnings

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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. […]

Corn fundamentals still strong

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

URBANA, Ill. — As some producers consider planting more rather than less corn in 2008, the issue may be whether lingering cold, wet conditions will limit corn acreage. “In the past, producers have been willing to plant corn ‘late’ in the face of high prices,” said University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist Darrel Good. In […]

Farmers wrestle with planting decisions

Thursday, April 10, 2008

COLUMBUS — High soybean prices and low input costs won out over the demand for ethanol production in U.S. farmers’ decisions to plant more soybeans and less corn this year. According to the March USDA prospective plantings report, U.S. growers intend to plant 74.8 million acres of soybeans, up 18 percent from last year. By […]

Ohio soybean seeds may be fragile, increased acres may lead to shortage

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio soybean growers, their sights set on increasing soybean acreage this year, may face crop production challenges due to less than optimum seed quality. Anne Dorrance, an Ohio State University plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio growers intend to plant 4.5 million acres of soybeans this year, up from […]

There’s no bailout for pork producers

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The pork industry must take responsibility for its own problems, said a

John Deere announces investment in Russia

Friday, April 4, 2008

MOSCOW — Deere & Company announced plans April 2 to significantly expand its presence in Russia.

Farmers, consider shifting soybean acres back to corn

Thursday, April 3, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The nation’s farmers say they are shifting a large amount of acreage back to soybeans in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report after a year of heavy corn acreage, said a Purdue University expert. Producers intend to plant 74.8 million acres to soybeans, an increase of […]

Prices are just too good for payments

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Average market price projections are above levels that would trigger the USDA’s counter-cyclical payments.

Corn exports showing marked increase

Thursday, February 7, 2008

WASHINGTON — The first 5.5 months into the 2007-2008 marketing year have shown noteworthy increases in the exports of U.S. corn and sorghum in markets where the U.S. Grains Council has been active in demand building and trade development programs. Corn imports are up in Asia and the Middle East with 5.7 million tons (2.24 […]


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