Feed outlook brightens

Predictions of a record corn crop have improved prospects for feed supplies and prices for the 2013-2014 crop year, according to USDA's September Feed Outlook report released earlier this week. FULL STORY »

Different method led to shocking cut to U.S. corn forecast

Don't consider the 1.3 percent drop in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's corn harvest forecast a cut. That was the message from Lance Honig, chief of the crops branch of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, after the department sparked a rally in corn futures with a surprising reduction in its monthly outlook for the U.S. harvest. FULL STORY »

Crop quality sliding due to too much or too little moisture

There is probably no surprise, but Monday’s USDA “Crop Progress and Condition Report” reflected the lateness of the crop and increasing stress for both corn and soybeans. FULL STORY »

Corn conditions a tad better than last year

This year may be wetter than 2012 for some Corn Belt states, but that doesn’t mean corn conditions are much better. FULL STORY »

Prices for corn and soybeans, five years from now

Although challenges to planting the 2013 crop may provide some degree of support to corn and soybean prices, they have quickly faded from the 2012 highs and are threatening to diminish further from the highs that began in 2007. FULL STORY »

Weather stalls corn planting progress

April showers don’t just bring May flowers. They also slow corn planting. FULL STORY »

Whole cottonseed supplies for dairy expected to tighten

Cotton acres are expected to drop nearly 27 percent in 2013 as U.S. cotton producers respond to market signals and plant more corn and soybeans, according to the National Cotton Council’s annual planting intentions survey. FULL STORY »

Alfalfa hay could be cheaper in the West this spring

Alfalfa hay prices in the western U.S. may come down or “soften” this spring, according to one expert. But the reason isn’t the most pleasant. FULL STORY »

Weather continues to dictate crop prices in 2013

The top two factors influencing crop markets in 2013 will be the weather and the potential for a rebound in demand, which diminished last year with drought-driven high prices, Chad Hart told growers at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th Annual Meeting. FULL STORY »

Cottonseed supply up 10% compared to 2011

Total U.S. cottonseed production in 2012 is forecast to reach 5.913 million tons, up from 5.37 million tons in 2011, a 10.1 percent increase, according to the November Crop Production Report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. FULL STORY »

Corn yield now projected at 122 bushels per acre

According to the USDA’s Crop Production report on Oct. 11, corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast and down 13 percent from 2011. FULL STORY »

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