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7/28/20 - U.S. crops continue to impress as far as yield capability in spite of below normal rainfall much of the summer for much of the U.S. Temps have also been above normal for most of the last six weeks, which normally can hurt a crop as well. But despite some obstacles, the 2020 crop so…

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In late June 2020, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration issued Interim Guidance for “Protecting Seafood Processing Workers from COVID-19” (IG-PSPW) (https://tinyurl.com/yb…

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Researchers from SDSU and the Ecdysis Foundation under the direction of Jon Lundgren continue to work on improving our understanding of the role of dung beetles and other insects in pasture management and the relationship between forage quality, livestock, soil health, insects, and chemical …

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7/07/20 — It’s that time of year again — the time when there are three important market factors for grains: Weather, weather and weather. We could sell 50% more exports per week in summer, and the impact of that pales in comparison to the effect on supply and demand with weather. For example…

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The late June USDA Acreage Report is always highly anticipated, because it becomes the first “hard data” after the March USDA Plantings Intentions Report to give an indication of crop production levels for a given growing season. Many times, the June USDA Report can have a big impact on grai…

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On the Fourth of July we celebrate the declaration of our nation’s independence with picnics and fireworks and with the great American tradition of going to furniture stores and taking advantage of their low, low prices on mattresses. The Fourth is essentially an all-you-can-eat potluck matt…

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For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by July 4th”, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of course, most farmers a couple of generations ago had much lower yield goals for their corn than the farmers of today. Today, “…

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6/23/20 — Weather forecasts have improved recently, and markets that were rallying have stalled almost immediately. They are waiting to see how this more recent pattern of cooler and wetter weather will play out. Will it just be a temporary period in an otherwise dry summer? Or will it be a …

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There has been much talk lately about our nation’s flagging economy. To hear some say it, the economy is like a man crawling across a vast desert under a burning sun, mumbling through parched lips, “Water! Water! But first, can you tell me whether or not this store has been restocked with to…

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6/16/20 — The last few weeks have brought an increasing chance that 2020 crops will be adversely affected by drought. We are in an extremely dry pattern, with almost no rain in the Corn Belt the past week at a time of year when the highest rainfall amounts typically fall. Farmers are becomin…

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The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released on June 11 was pretty much “non-eventful” from a grain marketing standpoint, with very little change from the May estimates. The number of 2020 planted corn and soybean acres, the national average yields, and the…

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