There hasn’t been an awful lot of good news flooding the grain markets in recent months.
A glance at a chart of commodity prices over, say, 100 or more years reveals periods of surging prices followed by a period of moderation in prices. Once prices moderate, they may stay relatively low for an extended time.
The Midwest has experienced a little bit of every weather condition possible this past year, which can be stressful on forage stands.
CEDAR RAPIDS — A free market think tank made a seven-figure ad buy to alert caucus goers of the environmental impact of corn ethanol and that Iowans don’t care about it as a voting issue.
Weather will likely be a key focus of the corn and soybean markets.
Syngenta said its board of directors unanimously recommended that shareholders approve a $43 billion offer from ChemChina, which is China’s largest chemical corporation and ranks 265th on the Fortune 500.
AMES — A new study from a multidisciplinary team led by Iowa State University agronomists shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently lose money and could influence farmers to change how they use some of the acres they devote to corn and soybeans.
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — Sonny Beck believes sharing knowledge with farmers is partly responsible for the explosive growth of the seed company he runs.
The total costs of corn and soybean production in Iowa are expected to fall, respectively, by 6 percent and 2.5 percent in 2016.
MT. VERNON, Ill. — A growing number of insects partying in corn and soybean fields could be laughing at seed treatments designed to control them. That is, of course, if they were able to laugh.