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Trade headwinds blast markets upward

Grain markets started the day session (Thursday) off strong. We discuss what influenced grain markets Thursday, below. AUDIO: Brian Grossman, Zaner Ag Hedge Nearby corn, soybeans and wheat futures ended the day (Thursday) up 4 3/4 cents, 8 1/2 cents and 5 3/4 cents, respectively. Brian Grossman, market strategist with Zaner Ag Hedge, says the […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 02-21-2019

Brazilian agriculture: Six days on the road

This week we are looking at Brazil’s farms and methods of transportation through the reporting of DTN’s Chris Clayton. Trucks are the centerpiece of Brazil’s transportation of agricultural products. It sounds simple, but these vehicles have to drive three days south with their commodities on a two-lane road, then load a back haul of fertilizer […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-21-2019

2019 corn acres versus soybean acres

How many acres of United States cropland will be planted to corn this year? It is a simple question with a complicated answer. As every economist I have ever known would say: “That depends.” A major factor is the estimated profitability of soybeans. Last year, when tariffs went on from Chinese retaliation to our tariffs […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-21-2019

Valent’s Fierce line is controlling water hemp

Water hemp can be a son of a gun. That’s probably the most delicate way of putting it. It has tested some of the best herbicide products out there. Farmers have told me if you are really quiet, you can sometimes hear it laughing at you. Valent says, “no more”. Audio: Full Interview with Mike […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 02-21-2019

Vietnam reports cases of African Swine Fever

A report on Swine Health Dot Org says the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture released a communication confirming that the African Swine Fever Virus has been found in two northern provinces. The area is located about 100 miles from the Chinese border. Outbreaks appeared on three farms, and all of the infected animals have been culled […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 02-21-2019

Reduce feed, improve efficiency with Rumensin

The cold, winter months not only take a toll on us, but livestock as well. An animal health experts offers tips on how to help your herd through winter. His tips neither require loads of money nor sacrificing desirable attributes. Elanco unveiled Rumensin® over 40 years ago, in 1976. Bruce Hoffman, cattle technical consultant with […]
Author: Anna Hastert
Posted: 02-20-2019

Brazilian Road 163 North to Amazon – Completion promised

Brazil lacks infrastructure. Roads in the interior are few and railroads are not existent. But that is slowly changing and appears to be at a point where we might compare it to finalizing a transcontinental railroad across the United States in 1869. The first time I saw the interior of Brazil was in 1983 with […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-20-2019

Can your diet save the planet?

Whether you believe the climate is being changed by human activity or not, it will be a major point in presidential debates of the next two years. Methane from cattle is being examined as a “major” contributor to global warming. A beef industry sustainability director leads with this quote: “It’s not going to amount to […]
Author: Ken Root
Posted: 02-20-2019

U.S. and China trying to find trade solution

Trade talks between the U.S. and China resumed Tuesday as both nations seem optimistic to reach an agreement that would mark the end of a tit-for-tat trade war. Mid-level talks are ongoing, with higher-level talks expected Thursday that will include U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. The two sides “made […]
Author: Staff Editor
Posted: 02-20-2019

Senator Grassley wants to see bipartisan work on tax extenders

There has been talk about environmental issues and their relations to agriculture in the past few weeks. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says an extension of the biodiesel tax credit would be a step in the right direction. Senator Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says the biodiesel tax extender is at the top of […]
Author: Dustin Hoffmann
Posted: 02-20-2019