As soybean planting begins there is a lot discussion about the potential for some acres swinging into soybeans.  Peter Gredig and I had a great discussion on it this morning over the phone. Peter indicated to me that from his discussions with retailers and other farmers most of the swing into soybeans will be from… Read More

The corn crop in Argentina holds major influence over corn prices worldwide. Argentina is the fourth largest corn growing country worldwide. According to the USDA foreign agriculture service the projected crop for 2012-13 is projected to be 23.6 million metric tonnes. The 2011-12 crop was badly affected by drought conditions spread across a large corn… Read More

All farmers try to take advantage of early good conditions to try and plant early.  Many farmers calculate the risk of replanting and take the gamble that they are comfortable with.  A late spring frost could wreck havoc on the corn plant if the growing point was impacted. What makes 2012 different is that a… Read More

We’ve talked before about the importance of soil tilth in contributing to corn yields. The logic behind it is fairly simple. The easier it is for root structure to grow and spread out, the more access to nutrients, water, etc. Not only that, but the effect compounds itself over time as those roots decay and… Read More