Crops

USDA report shows tight supplies of corn and soybeans

The Agriculture Department’s December crop report shows continued tight supplies of corn, cotton and soybeans that will help drive planting decisions next year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Grain stocks weren’t reduced as much as we had expected, with USDA only making minor adjustments to the corn, wheat and soybean balance sheets,” said [...]

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Corn ending stocks are raised as imports increase

U.S. feed grain supplies for 2010/11 are virtually unchanged as a small increase in corn imports is offset by a reduction in barley imports both reflecting feed grain production changes for Canada this month. U.S. corn imports are raised 5 million bushels with record production reported for Canada. U.S. corn ending stocks are raised accordingly. [...]

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The Dull Homestead recently constructed a seed corn conditioning facility

Dull Homestead Inc. recently constructed a new seed corn conditioning facility. The Dull family of Brookville, Oh., produces, processes and packages seed corn for Seed Consultants, Inc. The new facility allows the Dulls to double their processing and handling capacity from 200 bushels per hour to 450 bushels per hour for a total of 100,000 [...]

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Extensive testing yields consistent products

Seed Consultant Inc. (SCI) planted 90,000 replicated yield plots during the 2010 growing season, including 56 different locations for corn, 40 for soybeans and 11 for wheat throughout the Eastern Corn Belt. The extensive testing program helps growers select the best genetics for the East’s unique environment — cooler, wetter soils and higher disease pressure. [...]

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To store or not to store

Farmers trying to decide whether to sell the crop they harvested this fall or continue to store it have a big question to answer: Will storing the crop lead to greater profits later? Although that is a matter of speculation, the returns on crop storage are lower than normal this year, according to Corinne Alexander, [...]

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Dry soil conditions and the reliability of soil tests

By Robert Mullen, Ohio State University Extension Some producers may be a little concerned with their lower soil test potassium levels measured this past fall. So what happened to cause these levels to be lower than expected? As most of you noticed, late summer and early fall was quite dry across much of the state. [...]

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Year in review

By Ryan McAllister, CCA, Team Sales Agronomist, Beck’s Hybrids This is the first year that I can remember that the weather pattern was pretty much the same for everyone…planting window in April with above normal temperatures and soil conditions followed by one month of rain with planting resuming towards the end of May, first of June. There were [...]

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Corn prices looking for direction

December 2010 corn futures have regained more than half of the decline that occurred from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23. Cash prices have recovered even more as basis levels continue to strengthen, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. “A number of factors continue to influence corn prices, with the market trying to weigh [...]

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Farm bill debate will include reducing spending

When the new Republican House majority takes up the 2012 farm bill, Purdue agricultural economist Roman Keeney says farmers should expect lawmakers to reduce spending by focusing on three major areas: Brazil, budget and baseline. In 2009 the World Trade Organization allowed Brazil to impose sanctions against the United States after ruling that U.S. cotton [...]

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ASA urges Congressional approval of Korean Trade Agreement

The American Soybean Association (ASA) expresses appreciation to President Barack Obama and his team of negotiators who brought a successful conclusion to a United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) that would create landmark opportunities for U.S. soy, meat, and poultry exports. ASA leaders are now urging Congress to swiftly vote approval of the necessary [...]

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