“Back in the day, it would take 12 hours with a two-row, horse-drawn planter to do what it takes 10 minutes to accomplish with the planters today. You’ll enjoy this interesting “look back” at corn planting.
Planting conditions are still weighing on corn futures. U.S. corn plantings reportedly were 19% complete on Sunday, which matched industry expectations. However, forecasts for extended dryness and surging short-term progress appears to be weighing on prices, since the industry expects plantings to zoom ahead this week. However, prices bounced around midsession, which may have reflected improved country bids. May corn futures edged up 0.25 cent to $3.61/bushel late Tuesday morning, while December skidded 0.75 to $3.825.
Many of the readers of my blog have tunnel ventilated wean-finish or grow-finish facilities. Others have seen these type of facilities and have questions about how they function in terms of meeting the heat removal needs of growing pigs. A common question I get asked – how much temperature variation is ‘normal’ for these facilities?
Farrow-to-finish margins continued on a slow, but steady, march toward the black last week, reaching negative $8.14 per head, compared to negative $10.67 per head, according to the Sterling Pork Profit Tracker. Lean hogs were up slightly, reaching $65.22 per hundredweight, compared to $64.44 the previous week.
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The Arkansas-based chicken and meat giant also said it is working on ways to curtail such on-farm drug practices at its other protein businesses, which include pork and beef.
Chipoltle Mexican Grill Inc. announced that the 46 different ingredients it will be using in the future are all free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This chain of 1,800 restaurants is the first large-scale chain of restaurants, fast food or sit down, to make this claim.