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Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor

Thursday 07/02/15

Record Trading Volumes in Ag
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 set volume records in futures and options markets as well as the electronic cash market.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:27AM CDT 07/02/15 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/29/15

Additional Rains Add Insult to Injury Caused by Tropical Storm Bill
Tropical Storm Bill dumped 4 or more inches of rain in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. More rains following that storm have added to flooding problems in those states.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:06PM CDT 06/29/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/22/15

Tropical Storm Bill Adds to Already High Water Conditions
As Tropical Storm Bill came up from the Texas coast last weekend and became a tropical depression, it moved through waterlogged states, adding more water to the already high rivers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:43AM CDT 06/22/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/17/15

Cotton's Acreage Conundrum
Will declining cotton acreage in the U.S. and China be enough to make a dent in stubbornly high global stockpiles?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:46PM CDT 06/17/15 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/15/15

STB Reviews Rail Transportation of Grain, Rate Regulations
A recent STB hearing allowed grain shippers, ag organizations and railroad companies to express their opinions about improving procedures to set fair shipping rates.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:23PM CDT 06/15/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 06/12/15

TAS Orders Available Starting Monday
CME Group is rolling out a new futures order type for agriculture products next Monday to help smooth the transition to electronic-only trade, and experts believe the new trade at settlement (TAS) order type has beneficial aspects for the grain industry.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:02AM CDT 06/12/15 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/08/15

Rivers Fill Up, Wheat Condition Worsens, Harvest Slows
Too much precipitation has waterway grain movers watching the situation and following safety protocols, but it is affecting winter wheat quality and harvest.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:00PM CDT 06/08/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 06/02/15

Will Farmers Keep 2014-15 Corn Through the Next Harvest?
More than 25% of the respondents to a recent DTN 360 Poll said they're willing to roll the dice and see if holding 2014-15 corn into the new-crop marketing year will fetch a better price.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:41AM CDT 06/02/15 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/01/15

Even Still, All is Not Quiet at the Western Ports
An agreement has been reached in the labor dispute at West Coast ports, but issues surrounding truck inspections remain and market fallout from the months of transport problems lingers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:49AM CDT 06/01/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 05/29/15

USDA: Ag Exports at $140.5 Billion
USDA's latest forecast for agricultural exports in fiscal 2015 shows a $12 billion year-over-year decline to $140.5 billion, which is the third highest on record but the lowest estimate since 2012.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:54AM CDT 05/29/15 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 05/18/15

ATA Reports Trucking Revenues Grow in Spite of Shortage
The U.S. trucking industry is short of drivers, and the problem is likely to get significantly worse over the next decade, according to a recent University of Tennessee report.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:23PM CDT 05/18/15 by Mary Kennedy | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
The shortage is not just in transportation. Why should people even attempt to work when S.S. Disability and welfare benefits seem to pay more than working for a living.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:35AM CDT 05/22/15
Many farmers in my area have chosen to buy their own semis for hauling their grain. The ability to haul grain directly to ethanol plants bypassing grain merchandisers at $200.00 a load that can easily equate to an extra 10 to 20 thousand dollars a year in added profits. Not losing valuable harvest time waiting for coop trucks is another incentive. As for corporate companies , the shortage of drivers wasn't created by a lucrative welfare system but as the article points out it was by the inability, or choice of corporations not to pay a suitable wage for a valuable service rendered by today's drivers.
Posted by Mike Durey at 6:51PM CDT 05/25/15
 

Monday 05/11/15

Railroads, Shippers Weigh in on Making Weekly Reports Permanent
Debate over how transparent railroad companies should be about their service performance continues as the Surface Transportation Board weighs whether to make weekly reports by Class I carriers a permanent requirement.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:56AM CDT 05/11/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 05/04/15

U.S. River Levels Improving
Lower Mississippi River levels are falling slowly but are still high, so safety protocols are in place and will likely remain in place for the balance of May.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:59AM CDT 05/04/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 04/29/15

New Daily Price Limits Effective May 1
New daily prices limits for some grain and oilseed products go into effect on the May 1 trading day.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:00PM CDT 04/29/15 by Katie Micik | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 04/27/15

Better Weather, Lower Grain and Oil Prices, More Power Help Railroads Improve Service
Milder weather, lower prices for grain and oil and more locomotives have helped railroads improve placement of railcars this spring.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:01AM CDT 04/27/15 by Mary Kennedy | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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  • Record Trading Volumes in Ag
  • Additional Rains Add Insult to Injury Caused by Tropical Storm Bill
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  • Cotton's Acreage Conundrum
  • STB Reviews Rail Transportation of Grain, Rate Regulations
  • TAS Orders Available Starting Monday
  • Rivers Fill Up, Wheat Condition Worsens, Harvest Slows
  • Will Farmers Keep 2014-15 Corn Through the Next Harvest?
  • Even Still, All is Not Quiet at the Western Ports
  • USDA: Ag Exports at $140.5 Billion
  • ATA Reports Trucking Revenues Grow in Spite of Shortage
  • Railroads, Shippers Weigh in on Making Weekly Reports Permanent
  • U.S. River Levels Improving
  • New Daily Price Limits Effective May 1
  • Better Weather, Lower Grain and Oil Prices, More Power Help Railroads Improve Service
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