Where events in Ukraine go from there is anyone's guess, and the uncertainty is adding to nervousness to markets. As far as grain markets are concerned, the conflict has come at a good time, if there is such a thing.
This graphic shows the amount of U.S. corn sold and shipped at the end of February as a percent of the USDA's February export projection and then the amount of corn shipped from the beginning of March to the end of the marketing year August 31 in million bushels.
A Canadian economic think tank suggests in a new report that Canada should scrap its supply management policies for dairy farmers just months after the U.S. dairy industry waged a battle over a voluntary supply management provision stricken from the final version of the farm bill.
Land appreciation and record profits from 2008-12 made many once cash-poor farm families feel like the billionaires next door. Anyone who lived through the farm credit crisis of the 1980s knows how fast that kind of paper wealth can vanish and the sacrifices farmers made to earn it back.
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Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:34 AM CDT Growing demand and a change in production habits have produced the second consecutive year of dicamba shortages, a popular herbicide option for spring burndowns.
Choose the right bull and he will more than pay for himself. The key is good genetics that complement your herd. (Progressive Farmer photo by Sam Wirzba)
The Bull PenA Good Bull Pays His Own Way3/10 10:38AM Putting a new face in the bull pen has become a pricey move. Depending on the bull, most commercial cattle operations are looking at spending $3,000 for those muscled-up genetics. But he's really an investment for the entire operation.
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:46 AM CDT Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you've just added a pound of forage. That's the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you'll ever hear.
Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:07 AM CDT The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced earlier this week that scientific testing cannot confirm a link between feed containing blood plasma and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus infections. Experts and hog producers say more research on the disease is needed.
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:20 AM CST The Fieldprint online calculator provides a road map to help farmers determine which production practices are the most sustainable and profitable.
John Stewart of Sheridan, Ill., will get a boost to his crop insurance revenue guarantee if corn futures prices in March average higher than February's $4.62 price. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Crop Insurance Defense - 1Jump-Start Your Revenue Guarantees3/3 4:38PM The high cost of production encourages 2014 crop insurance contingency plans. Many growers buy maximum revenue coverage with government subsidies and supplement price protection with private insurance products.
A concept multi-hybrid planter made its public debut this week in Moody, Tex. The planter, which can carry and place two hybrids, is the result of collaboration by Beck's Hybrid's, Kinze and Raven. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Karl Wolfshohl)
Wed Mar 5, 2014 04:57 PM CST In a webinar on Wednesday breaking down the new commodity programs, a University of Illinois economist said the initial conclusions show most Midwest corn and soybean farmers would reach the 10% benchmark cap on the county-based ARC revenue guarantees. Yet, prices would remain above the reference prices needed to trigger payments under the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.
Mon Mar 10, 2014 02:31 PM CDT USDA offers special education programs and incentives to help aid smaller, more diversified farm operators. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the support initiative Monday after speaking to members of the National Farmers Union.
Thu Mar 6, 2014 01:47 PM CST Six states now are suing the attorney general and agriculture secretary of California, arguing the Golden State is violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution with a state statute imposing hen-layer space requirements for all eggs sold in California.
Corn growers in the AgriSolutions database averaged sizable returns four out of five crop years between 2008 and 2012, but are expected to see much thinner margins in 2013 and 2014 thanks to high production costs. (Chart courtesy of AgriSolutions)
Mon Mar 10, 2014 09:57 AM CDT Six states now are suing the attorney general and agriculture secretary of California, arguing the Golden State is violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution with a state statute imposing hen-layer space requirements for all eggs sold in California.
Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:07 AM CDT Most of the megatrends affecting your future aren't ag-specific. Watch 12 factors that could have a disproportionate influence on your inputs, credit lines and export markets.
Reports, like objects in the sky, aren???t always what they appear to be. (Photo UFO Nachtaufnahme by Stefan Xp, CCA SA)
Newsom on the MarketUFO or Weather Balloon? You Decide3/10 2:28PM What we saw and what we thought we saw in soybeans following the March USDA supply and demand report wasn't necessarily the same thing.