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USDA announced details for enrollment in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will authorize up to $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially help offset the financial impacts that U.S. farmers and ranchers have incurred as a result of the COVID-19 p…

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05/19/20 — The 2020 growing season has begun, and it looks like we’ll have an early planted corn and soybean crop, but just about everything else is later than normal in development. Corn planting was almost complete by May 18, with soybeans over half done which is early on both counts. Howe…

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The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released on May 12 projected a large increase in U.S. corn ending stocks by the end pf the 2020-21 marketing year. From a grain marketing standpoint, the report was widely regarded as “mixed” for the balance of the 2019-2…

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Many of this spring’s graduation plans have been kyboshed by the coronavirus situation. Which is too bad because graduation is a young person’s best opportunity to harvest cash from friends, neighbors, relatives, and even random strangers you happen to pass on the street.

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05/12/20 — On May 12, USDA released their first 2020/21 numbers, with very few surprises included. They used the March acreage intentions of 97 million acres of corn and 83.5 million acres of soybeans. At trend yields of 178.5 bu corn and 49.8 bu/acre soybeans, that gives us a 16 billion bu …

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05/05/20 — The world is now focused on reopening the economy after a few months of an essential shutdown in most areas that was costly to many industries. Some industries won’t fully recover for years, and that leaves mortgages, payments and loans counting on “normal” in jeopardy. That pain …

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04/28/20 — Commodity markets have been dominated the past few months by COVID-19. Finally, spring planting is beginning while the coronavirus seems to be fading as the flu season comes to an end. That’s great news for the wheat market, which has had some good news the past few weeks. But for…

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Like the start of a big race, or the beginning of a Championship game, many farmers in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa initiated of full-scale field work during the week of April 20-26. Most farm operators across the region reported almost ideal planting conditions; however, rainfall in…

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04/21/20 — In universities all across the world, it is indisputable that the impossible just happened. Negative commodity values are now possible, violating the rule taught in all major universities that the lowest commodity prices can go is zero. But what devious devices can we dream up now…

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04/14/20 — We are finally seeing the COVID-19 pandemic starting to shrink, as less new infections are occurring daily than the previous day, meaning in 14 days we will have fewer of the infected people to spread it going forward. Finally, the drastic social distancing programs implemented ac…

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The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released on April 9 increased the projected 2019-20 U.S. corn and soybean ending stocks. The higher corn ending stocks were primarily due to a reduction in the annual bushels of corn used for ethanol production, while the…

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There’s a brittle beauty to this year’s spring. Amid the swaying daffodils, cotton clouds, and already roaring tractors and dust-shaking planters hides a deadly virus with a special fondness for those of us in rural America.

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