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Recent Vegetative Maps

Published on Monday, July 31, 2017

These days, everyone is making guesses about what the US corn crop will yield.  The USDA will weigh in with their estimate on August 10th when they reveal the monthly WASDE report.  This report will contain actual field data incorporating ear weights, kernel counts, and plant stands.  In the time leading up to this release, analysts, private information groups, and others ...

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Forward Looking Fertilizer Opportunities

Published on Monday, July 24, 2017

A review of the last several weeks in the grain markets includes no shortage of noise surrounding weather and yield.  This time of year, that is to be expected.  However, successfully capturing opportunities in our markets is about filtering out the noise to notice what is happening.  We take it upon ourselves to always be surveying the landscape for different things that come into ...

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The Potential for Yield

Published on Monday, July 17, 2017

While weather has caught much of the attention in recent weeks, the real issue lies with yield.  Weather is only significant because of its potential impact on the final yield of a given crop.  Will it positively or negatively impact planting?  Will germination suffer?  How will the crop pollinate?  How will pod setting go?  All of the answers to these questions are i...

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Breaking Down The "Drought"

Published on Monday, July 10, 2017

There has been no shortage of discussion about weather in recent days.  There is no shortage of pictures depicting the drought that is ongoing in the western Dakotas and eastern Montana.  See July 4 US Drought Monitor map. Social media has well noted the dire situation that many producers have unfortunately experienced.  Adding to this discussion, forecasts are showing 90-100 degree...

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Grain Market Fireworks

Published on Monday, July 3, 2017

Our Independence Day celebration is seldom complete without a fireworks show.  While many Americans will be watching the skies for such a display, those close to agriculture are watching the markets.  In fireworks fashion, grain markets have gone straight up in recent days.  See Charts. Wheat continues to lead the pack with the most ooh's and aah's, as dry weather continues to rock ...

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