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'Crazy' corn planting; 9 fuel-saving tips
March is half over, but it feels more like mid-May out there in much of the nation's midsection. It's got some farmers out getting an early start on spring fieldwork. But, will the early spring stick around? See how it is expected to unfold.
The early start to fieldwork doesn't bide well for everyone. There are still a lot of moisture extremes out there, and those short of water could be challenged by a dry outlook for the next 10 days to 2 weeks, forecasters say.
Will this spring's quick start mean farmers will plant more corn? If the moisture situation improves for those most stressed by dry conditions, that could happen, one agribusiness leader said this week. Is it enough to persuade you to change up your acreage?
If you are already getting into the field, one thing that could stress your crop budgets this spring could be fuel. But, there are ways to get more out of every gallon you use. Check out these ways to trim your fuel bill this spring.
The corn market felt a bullish jolt this week on the news of a big export purchase from an unknown buyer. Was it China? That was the rumor before the buy was confirmed, and analysts say it may be the first of several that could help fuel higher prices down the road.
But, later this week, the corn market got a bearish push lower when officials said Wednesday there's a 'glut of supply' despite ethanol production being at a 5-month low. If you market grain to an ethanol plant, does this change your marketing plans?
With the kind of volatility pacing the grains lately, and factors like China's grain demand and production problems around the world, does it make sense to revisit the idea of a global grain reserve? Some Agriculture.com Marketing Talk members discuss it this week.
One thing's sure in the land market these days, though. That's the direction of the market has no signs of switching away from its skyward climb. And, a new survey out this week shows land appraisers and farm managers see that trend continuing for at least the next 5 years.
With so much serious news in agriculture right now, it's easy to take everything too seriously. Take a break from it all and get a chuckle from Bob Lang's latest batch of Corn Time cartoons!
Mid-March is more like mid-May in much of corn & soybean country this week.