As the crop-ravaging rootworm grows immune to Monsanto's Bt corn, farmers go back to spraying pesticides to protect their crops.
By Matthew Bradbard: New crop corn futures are off 15% YTD and prices are 23% below their September 7th highs. I do not like picking bottoms, but I think we are close enough to wade into a bullish trade. December 13' futures traded within 3 cents of contract lows overnight. Show More Summary
By T. Marc Schober: Improved weather opened up a window for farmers to plant the 2013 crop, resulting in a 43% increase in week to week corn acres planted. Farmers in the Corn Belt will see increased moisture at the beginning of this week, favoring developed crops but slowing down planting the remainder of the crop. Show More Summary
A drought simulator looms over a crop of corn at the Bradford Research Farm at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, on August 26, 2011. [AP File Photo] Americans understand that one of our great national strengths is innovation. Show More Summary
Warm and dry weather in the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday will help boost corn plantings that have fallen to a record low pace, which poses a threat to production prospects, an agricultural meteorologist said. "Today will be the best day," said Andy Karst, meteorologist for World We …
By T. Marc Schober: Wet and cold weather persisted throughout the Corn Belt last week, although some farmers have been able to plant due to improving, regional, conditions. Anxious farmers sowed 16% of the 2013 corn crop last week alone. Show More Summary
While the alarmists wail over 400PPM of CO2, and push doom and gloom crop failure scenarios, in the real world where people risk money and livelihood, the news is far, far, better. Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-25/world-grain-harvest-seen-jumping-7-by-igc-on-corn-crop-surge.html Of course Paul Ehrlich thinks the … Continue reading ?
By T. Marc Schober: Planting delays continue throughout the Corn Belt but improved weather over the next week is giving hope to a drenched region. If wet weather persists, there is cause for alarm as yields start to drop considerably as corn is planted after April. Show More Summary
Kazakhstan plans to reduce the planting acreage for wheat and rice crops and increase the growing-area for priority crops like corn and grain plus oil-bearing crops and forage crops.
There have been dramatic changes in the transgenic composition of GE corn and soybeans over the last five years, coupled with a substantial increase in reliance on pesticides and Bt toxins. Compared to the first five years of commercial use (1996-2000), today’s GE corn and soybeans in the U.S. require: About twice as much herbicide... Continue Reading
BELLE GLADE, Fla. — After recovering from a freeze, Florida sweet corn grower-shippers are entering peak spring production. In late April, Florida growers began harvesting the crop that was stunned by a March 4 freeze. They say the freeze only delayed the start of production, which normally begins in mid-April.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the height of harvest, south Florida celebrated its corn heritage at the 13th Sweet Corn Fiesta.
Planting progress continues to be slowed by wet and cold weather in most of the major corn producing states. According to USDA, just 5% of the U.S. corn crop was planted as of Sunday, only a percentage point of difference … Continue reading ?
By T. Marc Schober: Corn, soybean, and wheat prices increased by double digits today due to the cold weather preventing farmers from planting. Planting delays may thwart estimates of the U.S. producing in 2013 the largest corn crop on record. Show More Summary
By Matthew Bradbard: Having been a proponent of bullish grain plays for several weeks now, I'm happy to see new crop wheat and corn on the verge of breaking above significant downtrend lines. These have acted as resistance for two quarters, so a break above should produce a meaningful move higher. Show More Summary
Remember when they said “only” excess embryos would be used in research? It was always bunk, and now an article in the New England Journal of Medicine has called for allowing embryos to be made to order and sold like a corn crop. What would justify this form of nascent human trafficking? From, ”Made to Order Embryos [...]
The American Farm Bureau Federation wants growers of apples, potatoes, tomatoes, grapes and sweet corn to use a program typically available only to program crops such as cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans.
Corn production was down last year thanks to drought. This year, conditions are too cold and wet for farmers to plant the crop. Without a break in the clouds pretty soon, there may be another shortage of the crop at harvest time.
By James Roemer: Weather is a key currently in such markets as sugar, corn, orange juice, wheat and natural gas. We have seen sugar prices and the ETF (CANE) fall to new lows, due in part to the big Brazilian sugar crop and the fact I continue to see ideal harvest weather in Brazil. Show More Summary