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Slow Soybean Crush Rate in March

  • April 28, 2011
  • Darrel Good

The soybean market is increasingly looking to prospects for the 2011 U.S. crop for price direction. Still, the projection for small year-ending stocks of soybeans means that the on-going rate…
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Late Corn Planting and Planting Speed

  • April 25, 2011
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

The recent and on-going widespread precipitation in the Corn Belt raises two related issues. One issue is the potential impact on the U.S. average corn yield if a substantial portion…
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Capital Purchases Over the Years

  • April 7, 2011
  • Dwight Raab

Capital purchases have been at high levels for a number of years. The last three years (2008, 2009, and 2010) have seen capital purchases at levels not experienced previously -…
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A New Era in Livestock Prices?

  • April 5, 2011
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

Our post on March 29 provided updated evidence that nominal crop prices entered a new era beginning about January 2007. The increases in price levels that have occurred in this…
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Focus Remains on Corn Demand

  • April 4, 2011
  • Darrel Good

Listen to MP3 podcast The USDA's March 1 Grain Stocks report revealed a surprisingly small inventory of corn. The smaller than expected inventory implies that consumption during the second quarter…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Production of Bioenergy Crops in the Midwest

  • April 3, 2011
  • Madhu Khanna, Atul Jain and Anthony Oliver

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandates that 79 billion liters of biofuels must be produced annually from non- corn starch feedstocks by 2022. Perennial grasses, switchgrass and…
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