Wisconsin crops look very good

It was a great week to make hay in Wisconsin last week; the weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service shows six days suitable for field work last week. The sunshine and heat were perfectly-timed for pollination in both corn and soybeans. Topsoil moisture is still in very good shape with 9… Read more »

Iowa’s crops benefit from rain

Timely and beneficial rains fell across much of Iowa late last week, further improving prospects for the state’s corn and soybean crops. “The continued pattern of rain showers and storms moving across the state means crops generally have plenty of moisture, which is not usually the case in late July,” said Iowa secretary of agriculture… Read more »

Comment period for RFS ends today

Today is the deadline to submit comments on EPA’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Megan Kuhn with Indiana Corn says over the weekend the Indiana Corn Growers Association was at the Brickyard 400 helping farmers and users of ethanol submit comments in support of the RFS.  “What’s a better time to get folks… Read more »

Nebraska’s row crops right on schedule

The combination of warm conditions with scattered rain facilitated good crop development last week across much of Nebraska. At week’s end, corn silking stood at 83 percent, slightly ahead of the five-year average. Eleven percent of the crop was in the dough stage. On soybeans, 77 percent of the crop was blooming and 33 percent… Read more »

Dow expresses interest in Syngenta’s seed business

The CEO of Dow says the company would be interested in Syngenta’s seed business if Monsanto were to acquire Syngenta. In a recent interview with Bloomberg Business, Andrew Liveris said Dow would consider the opportunity to expand its seed business. “If there’s a round of consolidation that makes sense for our shareholders, we will be… Read more »

Illinois grain company files for Chapter 11

An Illinois grain shipping company has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming problems caused by China’s rejection of corn shipments that began in late 2013. According to Dow Jones, a letter from the president of Trans Coastal Supply Company of Decatur, Illinois to employees said the company had been led to believe by Syngenta that… Read more »

Wisconsin to develop pollinator protection plan

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on the development of a pollinator protection plan in Wisconsin. The goal is to improve understanding of factors affecting pollinator health, increase communication among stakeholders and identify voluntary actions state residents can take. The first of three stakeholder meetings will be held August… Read more »

Next step for GMO labeling measure is U.S. Senate

A measure to institute a nationwide GMO labeling standard has yet to be introduced in the U.S. Senate, but that’s the next step before the bill becomes law.  The Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act passed the House Thursday with bi-partisan support as well as bi-partisan opposition. Forty-five Democrats supported the bill, and 12 Republicans… Read more »

DuPont Pioneer not expecting seed issues related to wet weather

The business director at DuPont Pioneer is not anticipating any seed issues resulting from wet weather in parts of the Corn Belt. Patrick Yockey says the company grows products across a number of locations. “That’s part of our risk-management strategy to help ensure that we don’t have those critical shortages.” He tells Brownfield DuPont Pioneer also… Read more »

Corn prices likely to remain at current levels

The price of corn continues to be a concern. Wells Fargo ag economist Michael Swanson says “Four dollar to $4.50 corn will not be unusual.”  He says there is increased pressure from the global marketplace.  “Look at the crop the Brazilians are growing – they can grow a lot of corn at $4.00 and $4.50,”… Read more »