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03/03/2015 @ 8:41am
DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)—With very choppy trading Tuesday, the CME Group corn, soybean, and wheat markets closed mostly higher.At the close, the May corn…
Market Starter: Corn Leads Grains Higher in Sideways Trading Action Market Starter: Corn Leads Grains Higher in Sideways Trading Action By: 03/03/2015 @ 8:29am As thoughts of an expanding trucker strike in Brazil have faded, so has the willingness of traders to buy or hold…
Higher Corn, Soybean Prices Expected Tuesday Higher Corn, Soybean Prices Expected Tuesday By: 03/03/2015 @ 7:24am On Tuesday, the CME Group's corn, soybean and wheat markets are expected to start higher. The early calls for the…
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  • New and Revised Disease Fact Sheets - 03/03/2015 11:27 PM

    A new UW Extension disease fact sheet on Aphanomyces root rot has recently been developed and ready for download. You can download the fact sheet by visiting the ‘Fact Sheet’ section of the UW-Madison Field Crops Pathology website or CLICK HERE. Revisions to fact sheets describing symptoms and management of Ergot of small grains and Fusarium head blight of wheat are also now available for download.

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  • Are We Seeing the "Greatest Collapse of Hog Prices Ever"? - 03/03/2015 09:52 PM

    Prices are rapidly rolling from record high prices in 2014 -- driven by massive PEDv death rumors-turned-reality -- down to five-year lows near $45 per hundredweight, landing the hog markets in what may be "the greatest collapse of hog prices ever." Even through PEDv killing millions of pigs, 2014 pork production was only down two percent and is now skyrocketing past hog supply projections in 2015.

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  • PSU Agronomy Scout School: Register Now! - 03/03/2015 08:20 PM

    Penn State Extension: Crop Management Team is proud to announce that we will again be hosting an The Agronomy Scout School is designed for entry level scouts (i.e., non-CCAs with limited or no crop scouting experience, or as a refresher) who will be working for crop consultants, industry agronomists, or ag service providers throughout Pennsylvania or neighboring states.

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  • Be on the Lookout for Snow Molds in Small Grains - 03/03/2015 08:07 PM

    This winter has brought long-term snow coverage in many parts of the Commonwealth, much like the winter of 2014. In conditions like these, we are more likely to see snow molds affecting our wheat, barley or rye plantings. As these areas melt for the first time, you may be able to see the mold itself as a pink, fuzzy growth on dead or dying leaves.

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  • Wheat Growers, North Central Farmers Elevator Pursue Merger - 03/03/2015 07:59 PM

    Two CropLife 100 retailers — South Dakota Wheat Growers (No. The Boards of Directors of both cooperatives have unanimously approved the Letter of Intent, which enables the businesses to work closely together to finalize the agreement prior to a vote of the full membership of each cooperative. We have been focused on ensuring a long-term pathway of success for our members and customers.

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  • Weather Ramping Up To Slow, Cool Start to Spring Planting - 03/03/2015 07:41 PM

    As it stands right now, that's the outlook for corn and soybean planting in the next few weeks in the U.S., as winter slowly loosens its grip over the central portion of the country. In the 11- to 15-day forecast, temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal with less-than-normal precipitation, 2 trends that could help the Midwestern soils wake up from winter and lay the groundwork for this spring's planting window.

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  • Finalizing our New Farm Bill Program Crop Decisions - 03/03/2015 07:39 PM

    As we enhance our understanding of new risk management tools available to us out of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) is a crop insurance product we should consider. SCO can be thought of as an endorsement to our individual plans of insurance as we must have yield protection or revenue protection crop insurance products in place in order to secure SCO coverage.

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  • 10 Tips for Spring Planter Preparation - 03/03/2015 07:23 PM

    Eric Sfiligoj Commodity Classic 2015: Playing The Waiting Game March 2, 2015 There was plenty of future-talk at this year’s event as companies (and growers) are largely in a holding pattern of sorts.

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  • NAWG Officer Team Installed at Commodity Classic - 03/03/2015 04:09 PM

    March 3, 2015 -Washington wheat farmer Bret Blankenship was elected as the new President of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) at the Association's Board of Directors meeting Thursday, February 26. "I'm looking forward to a very productive year for NAWG and America's wheat growers. I have high expectations for my tenure, and I [ ].

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  • Step change for screening could boost biofuels - 03/03/2015 03:58 PM

    Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. Pretreatments are used to break open the cellular structure of the biomass, and enzymes convert the treated biomass into sugars for yeasts to ferment. NCYC has over 4,000 different yeast strains in its collection.

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  • Soy Checkoff Recognizes Market Developer, Biodiesel Board - 03/03/2015 03:30 PM

    United Soybean Board Announces Its Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Oil Awards ST. LOUIS (March 3, 2015) - The United Soybean Board (USB) recently awarded two of its highest honors to a market developer and an organization that have been instrumental in developing major new opportunities for U.S.

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  • Disease, Insect Issues Popping Up in Winter Wheat Crop - 03/03/2015 03:05 PM

    Leaf rust is spreading in wheat plots near College Station, Texas and stripe rust has been found in areas of southern and central Texas, according to Amir Ibrahim, professor of small grains breeding and genetics at Texas A&M AgriLife. French reports that farmers worried about stripe rust have had good success controlling the disease by adding a fungicide during topdress applications of fertilizer.

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  • Spurring production of a sluggish enzyme for crop yields - 03/03/2015 02:58 PM

    "The enzyme Rubisco has baffled scientists for over 50 years, as it is thousands of times less efficient at its job than most other enzymes," said Dr Spencer Whitney from The Australian National University (ANU) who was leader of the research team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.

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  • Corn Turns Higher Tuesday - 03/03/2015 02:41 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa (Agriculture.com)-On Tuesday, the CME Group corn market has turned slightly higher, while soybean and wheat markets remain lower. At 11:00am, the May corn futures are trading 1 1/2 cents higher at $3.89 per bushel. corn futures are trading 1 3/4 cents higher at $4.15. May soybean futures are trading 9 1/2 cents lower at $10.04.

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  • Market Starter: Corn Leads Grains Higher in Sideways Trading Action - 03/03/2015 02:29 PM

    Grain markets surrendered Friday's gains and over in beans, a large portion of last Thursdays strength as well. As we see bean inspections fade, corn continues to pick up a little volume and last week we posted the largest loadings for the marketing year at 50.4 million bushels. This was 41% higher than the previous week and nearly double the 10-week average and brings inspections to date up to 731.66 million bushels.

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  • North Dakota wheat, livestock impacted by cold, lack of snow - 03/03/2015 01:49 PM

    — The lack of snow cover in North Dakota coupled with cold weather continues to be a concern for winter crops. The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop report that only 64 percent of the state's winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition. Extreme cold in recent weeks also has caused concerns among ranchers doing early calving, though cattle and calf conditions are still rated 86 percent good to excellent.

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  • Higher Corn, Soybean Prices Expected Tuesday - 03/03/2015 01:24 PM

    On Tuesday, the CME Group's corn, soybean and wheat markets are expected to start higher. The early calls for the commodities on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, are mostly stronger. Corn is seen opening 2-4 cents higher, soybeans 1-2 cents higher, and wheat 2-4 cents higher. In overnight trading, the May corn futures contract traded 2 3/4 cents higher at $3.90 3/4.

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  • Guiding New Herbicide Systems' Launches - 03/03/2015 01:00 PM

    While Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto may be waiting for final approval for their herbicide-tolerant varieties in a number of countries, company representatives will still be plenty busy this summer. To recap: DowAgroSciences received USDA approval for Enlist corn and soybeans in September— and EPA registration for Enlist Duo herbicide (2,4-D choline and glyphosate) in October.

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  • 3 Things to Watch This Morning, Tuesday, March 3 - 03/03/2015 12:41 PM

    Turnaround Tuesday for the grains again. The same factors -- namely the trucker strike and rainfall in Brazil -- remain in play today, though talk that the strike could be ending soon could curtail any price support for soybeans. I am watching the extended forecasts for the northern Plains, where it now looks warm and dry through the end of March." See the latest grain prices Spring weather nerves already.

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  • Weather Nerves Rattle As Spring Approaches - 03/03/2015 12:12 PM

    It has been a cold February in 2015, with temps much below normal all month which has meant very little snowmelt in corn belt country. If the weather does change, it could impact just how early crops are planted across the corn belt and northern Plains. It also might finally end the discussion of just how large last year's crop was, and how big the carryout will be when we end the marketing year for corn, wheat, and soybeans.

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Farm Markets Chop Around
  • Floor Talk March 3 At the close, the May corn futures settled 3 cents higher at $3.91 per bushel. The new crop Dec. corn futures finished 3 1/4 cents higher at $4.16…

  • Floor Talk March 2 At the close: At the close, the May corn futures settled 5 1/4 cents lower at $3.88 per bushel. the new crop Dec. corn futures finished 4 1/4 cents…

  • Vilsack Extends Yield and Base Acre Deadline Dan Looker, Successful Farming Business Editor, is covering USDA's Tom Vilsack at the Commodity Classic. Just moments ago, Vilsack updated the…