Sugarbeet harvest in Michigan in the books

Michigan farmers finished what remaining harvest activities they could last week despite wet conditions. The last crop progress report from the Michigan Ag Statistics Office says three days were suitable for fieldwork. Snow cover and poor soil conditions made harvesting any remaining corn virtually impossible. The year finished ahead of average for corn harvest with… Read more »

Reactions to RFS announcement vary

The reaction from ag organizations, biofuels groups and politicians to Monday’s RFS announcement ranged from relief to disappointment to outrage. One of the more positive reactions came from the biofuels advocacy group Growth Energy. “The EPA volumes announced today are a move in the right direction,” said Growth Energy co-chair and POET CEO Jeff Broin, “and they correctly… Read more »

Final renewable fuel requirement “a step in the right direction”

Wisconsin Corn Growers Association president Casey Kelleher says final renewable fuel requirement announced by the EPA on Monday is a step in the right direction. While the number is below what was in the original statue from Congress, it is an increase from the preliminary rule issued last May and it could be zero. Kelleher… Read more »

Minnesota Corn Growers president mixed on RFS change

The president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association says he has mixed feelings about the Environmental Protection Agency’s finalized Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO’s). Noah Hultgren of Raymond tells Brownfield he was pleased to see the numbers announced Monday were a little better than what the EPA proposed earlier this year. “But overall I’m not pleased… Read more »

Minnesota Pork annual meeting postponed

The Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association annual meeting has been postponed due to weather. It has been moved from Tuesday, December first in Mankato to Monday, January 18th at the Minneapolis Hilton. The two groups say more information will be made available as the event gets closer.  

Syngenta reportedly looking for opportunities

Syngenta reportedly is looking for takeover opportunities as it fends off takeover bids.  A Swiss newspaper quotes the Switzerland-based company’s officials who say they are actively considering “takeovers, joint ventures or partial sales.” Syngenta rejected several offers by rival Monsanto including the latest for a proposed $47 Billion dollars three months ago. Syngenta CEO John… Read more »

Argentina to lower export tariffs, report says

Argentina’s new government reportedly will lower the export tariff on soybeans and remove other ag product tariffs when the country’s newly elected president takes office. President-Elect Mauricio Macri promised those cuts in his campaign. According to Clarin dot com, the soybean export tariff will be reduced to 30 percent from 35 percent – and export… Read more »

Lower prices and expenses on the farm in October

The Monthly Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October decreased 9.2 percent from September. Livestock prices were 4.6 percent lower and crop prices dropped 8 percent from the previous month.  Lower producer prices for cattle, eggs, broiler and lettuce more than offset higher farm prices for hogs, milk, sweet corn and strawberries. The Crop… Read more »

A false hope that China was returning to the dairy markets

World hopes that China is going to start importing more dairy products have been dashed by the USDA’s October report.  The collapse of global dairy prices was triggered when China pulled-back on purchases nearly two years ago.  The USDA numbers for September showed year-over-year increases in Chinese purchases of skim milk powder and whole milk… Read more »

EPA announcement leaves both sides wanting more

An official with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) says today’s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard wasn’t all bad news. Ken Parrent, director of biofuels says the updated numbers are an improvement from the original numbers released in late 2013. “However, the EPA still chooses not to adopt the… Read more »