The Surface Transportation Board sent a letter to all the Class 1 railroads on July 13 asking them if they will be ready for the "fall peak" period. The railroads assured the STB performance has improved since last year.
National Farmers Union sent out a signal of alarm Monday as the group asked USDA officials to plan for increased loan and loan-guarantee applications, while also ensure USDA's Certified Agricultural Mediation Program prepare for a bigger workload as well.
Aggressive buying quickly returned to the energy market Monday morning as reports of lower-than-expected crude oil production is tightening supplies. October crude oil futures surged $3.98 per barrel, following a three-day rally to $49.20 a barrel. The uncertainty as to just how much momentum remains in the market is keeping the market bullish.
58 minutes ago December corn is down 4 cents, November soybeans are down 8 1/4 cents, and December Chicago wheat is up 2 cents.
Only Scattered Precip Tuesday South9/1 6:13AM Scattered showers and thundershowers continue in Florida during Tuesday, some of this locally heavy. Showers are also expected in southeast Texas. Mainly dry or with only isolated light showers elsewhere in the key U.S. and Canada crop areas.
Ken Franklin is watching his central Illinois soybean crop for diseases this fall so he knows what preventative steps to take next spring. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
Stay on Top of SDSScout for Disease Now and Plan Ahead8/14 11:22AM The distinctive yellow patches of sudden death syndrome (SDS) are surfacing in soybean fields across the Midwest. Now is the time to scout and evaluate variety performance and plan ahead for next year.
Fri Aug 14, 2015 09:28 AM CDT In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers are collecting the data necessary to someday let producers scout weeds remotely, a university released a soybean yield app, and UK scientists discovered that soil bacteria can help waterproof plant roots.
The Great Water War 08/17 16:15
Politics of California Drought Having Major Impact on State's Ag Industry
Iowa farmland owners Fred and Lodean Cook may consider flexible cash leases for the first time this year, but they also are requiring renters to share crop insurance yields, soil tests and other data operators collect on their rental farms.
Cash Rent Reset - 2Landowners Won't Bend Much8/28 8:45AM Iowa farmland owners Fred and Lodean Cook may consider flexible cash leases for the first time this year, but they also are requiring renters to share crop insurance yields, soil tests and other data operators collect on their rental farms.
A New Field of Dreams 08/24 11:28
Nitrogen Management Tools Debut
According to a study by The Boston Consulting Group, 960,000 U.S. milk cows in the U.S. are within 155 miles (250 kilometers) of a Canadian dairy plant -- about equal to the whole Canadian dairy cow herd. This is based on 2012 data, the last time a survey was done on U.S. farms and cows. (Graphic courtesy of The Boston Consulting Group)
Canadian Dairy ConundrumSupply Management System Faces Pressure in Pacific Trade Talks8/6 2:27PM Coping with Canada's dairy industry import tariffs and supply controls remains one of the sticking points to finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Canada's dairy industry is pushing back against arguments it needs to open up to imported dairy products.
Tue Sep 1, 2015 09:08 AM CDT Anti-biotech groups in recent weeks have been attacking a University of Florida molecular biologist and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department. The groups have characterized the professor as a "shill" for Monsanto after the company gave $25,000 to the University of Florida to cover travel expenses for the professor's seminar series.
Tue Aug 4, 2015 04:49 PM CDT The window of opportunity to invest in U.S. infrastructure -- a key to maintaining and expanding the competitiveness of U.S. exports -- may come to a close in 2016-17, an economist says.
Got Cheese? 08/31 10:56
Plain Milk Didn't Pay the Bills, So Dairy Turns to More Solid Product
On Aug. 24, the Shanghai Composite Index dropped nearly 9% and sparked a selling panic in several other markets, soybeans included. At times like these, it pays to get away from market hype and re-focus your attention on value (Source: DTN ProphetX).
Todd's TakeTimeout for Sanity9/1 6:41AM Keeping a checklist of pros and cons is a good way to survive emotional market days.