Crop & Feed

Hog profits may still return with lower feed prices

The prospects for a return to profitability have brightened once again, but due to an entirely different reason: much lower feed prices. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: The four-ton sow

We now have production systems talking about the four-ton sow: 8,000 pounds of live weight sales per inventoried female. This goal is similar to the 30-pig goal of a few years ago, which was thought to be impossible. FULL STORY »

Corn, soybean, and wheat acreage trends surprising

Let’s begin with a quiz about the Corn Belt. Which state is increasing its corn acreage the most rapidly? Next question. FULL STORY »

Hog Outlook: Retail meat cuts renamed

The National Pork Board and the Beef Checkoff are working to modernize and standardize the names for retail meat cuts. Rather than the generic pork chop, the new plan is to sell porterhouse chops, ribeye chops and New York chops. FULL STORY »

Midwesterners open to wind farms, especially in rural areas

Indiana residents are overwhelmingly receptive to wind farms in their communities, even in areas that have rejected turbine development, according to Purdue University studies. FULL STORY »

Would you fund your own crop insurance program?

Crop insurance premiums for 2013 will be minimally different from last year. They will be less than 2012 because of the re-ratings by USDA’s Risk Management Agency, but not reflect any increase because of higher indemnity payouts from the 2012 drought. FULL STORY »

Corn growers: Assess wireworm risk prior to planting

Corn growers need to scout their fields to determine wireworm populations before planting so they don't miss the optimum treatment window, a Purdue Extension entomologist says. FULL STORY »

Trading limits for CBOT corn revert to 40 cents

The daily trading limit for Chicago Board of Trade corn futures and options will revert to 40 cents a bushel for Tuesday's session, while limits for oats will widen, CBOT's parent CME Group said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Should you pellet your diets today?

With high feed ingredient prices there is renewed interest in pelleting swine diets to capture feed efficiency improvements. Historic data in the literature suggests upwards of a 7 percent improvement in feed conversion and 5-6 percent improvement in daily gain when corn-soybean meal-based diets were pelleted. FULL STORY »

Another surprising corn stocks estimate

The USDA’s quarterly estimates of U.S. corn inventories have become a source of substantial surprises for the corn market. FULL STORY »

Missouri ‘Right to Farm’ bill moves closer to law

Just a few more hurdles remain before Missouri’s ‘Right to Farm’ bill becomes law. FULL STORY »

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