Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:21 AM CDT Reports railroads submitted to the Surface Transportation Board appear to bolster claims by elevators that the railroads are giving priority to oil shipments over grains. Meanwhile, rail backlogs seem to get a little bigger each week in the upper Midwest as harvest continues.
Tue Sep 30, 2014 08:10 AM CDT Agriculture industrial reports on wet and dry ethanol milling, flour milling, oilseed crush and cotton suffered from the Census Bureau's budgetary axe in 2011, but USDA announced on Monday it's ready to put the reports on 2015 calendar.
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:59 AM CDT Uncertainty surrounding rail car deliveries to grain elevators in the upper Midwest could turn the fall harvest into a "disaster," according to one South Dakota elevator manager.
Thu Sep 4, 2014 04:17 PM CDT Sometimes when I get on a roll with a project (or two), and I lose focus on my regular tasks, like keeping the blog fresh. Here are just a few interesting snippets from my overflowing notebook.
Wed Aug 27, 2014 05:19 PM CDT Tuesday's U.S. spring wheat trade saw basis levels for high protein milling wheat gain as much as $1.75/bushel, a sign that protein is potentially poised to be a growing issue.
Fri Aug 8, 2014 02:17 PM CDT With a large corn and soybean harvest looming and an abundant wheat crop expected in the Northern Plains, farmers and elevators are nervous that the delay in rail car placements will continue and storage will fill up on the farm and at the elevator, forcing some to store grain on the ground.