Category: United States

Heavy holdings — This Week in the Grain Market

Grain markets started losing some of their lustre this week as favourable weather didn’t turn out to be so helpful for the bulls. Going into the last week of the quarter and the month, we’re about to get some major reports that the market is preparing for. On Thursday, June 29th, we’ll get Statistics Canada… Read more »

R-CALF rhetoric pushes to have COOL reinstated

Montana-based cattle membership organization R-CALF has launched a multi-pronged attack to convince President Trump to reinstate mandatory country of origin labelling (MCOOL) in the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA. On Agritalk on Thursday, R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard argued for MCOOL on the basis it supports President Trump’s “America first” policy, food safety, and America’s sovereignty, since the… Read more »

Soybean School: Rolling soybeans could boost yield

The idea of rolling soybeans got its start in many areas as producers looked for ways to push stones into the ground to keep them out of the combine at harvest. But could there be a yield benefit? When rolling soybeans, timing is important – both the growth stage and time of day. In this… Read more »

Don’t mess with family — Perdue’s message to the rest of the Trump cabinet

Blood is thicker than water, and you should never mess with family. As I look back on the trilateral meeting between the agricultural leaders from Canada, the United States and Mexico, U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has repeatedly emphasized the word ‘family’. With spouses included, this triple date included local Savannah, Georgia hospitality and even… Read more »

FarmLead launches new basis negotiation feature

FarmLead, North America’s Grain Marketplace, announced today the launch of the FarmLead Basis Negotiation feature on its leading trade platform. The new feature allows buyers and sellers to post and negotiate basis contracts in addition to the existing options of cash contracts. The announcement complements the company’s continued expansion across North America. The new feature… Read more »

Deere introduces ‘smarter’ S7 series combine

John Deere’s new S700 series combine made its Canadian debut at the Farm Progress Show in Regina this week. While the physical appearance hasn’t changed much from the S600 lineup launched in 2012, the new machines feature significant improvements in automation designed to optimize performance, explains Deere’s Les Bobyck in the video below. “The machine… Read more »

Merged Agrium, PotashCorp company to be named “Nutrien”

The company formed from the proposed merger of PotashCorp and Agrium will be known as Nutrien, the companies announced on Wednesday. Both sides say they expect the deal to close in the third quarter of 2017. The new Canadian fertilizer company would have close to 20,000 employees and operations in 18 countries. Its head office… Read more »

If anyone can make online grocery sales work, it’s Amazon

Last last week Amazon made a 13.7 billion USD bid for organic upscale retailer Whole Foods. The announcement sent competing grocer stocks reeling with the potential that Amazon-type competition could create major struggles for Kroger, Walmart and Costco in the long term. Financial market commentator Jim Cramer, stated on CNBC that “this is a game changer…..you cannot… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Choosing the right water volume

Higher water volumes are always best when spraying crops. Right? Actually, that’s a myth. In this episode of Spray Tips Special Edition we find our Sprayers101.com dynamic duo – Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – enjoying a well-deserved coffee break. Enjoying their java, the spray… Read more »

A Father’s Day tribute from the makers of ‘Before the Plate’

Whether it’s making sure the day-to-day chores get done, passing on wisdom, or nudging the business in the right direction, many of us owe a great deal to our dads. In a tribute to fathers this Father’s Day, the makers of the “Before the Plate” documentary took a break from filming (they’re planning to debut… Read more »

MYFB — Ep. 25: Steering through business risk and financial risk (and what’s the difference?)

Risk — a four letter word that drives farmers crazy. As farmers, our chances of success are greatest when we know the risks we’re exposed to and hav emitigated risks that are in our control. To help us dive deeper into the topic of risk – specifically business risk and financial risk – RealAgriculture’s Shaun… Read more »

Where’s your confidence? — This Week in the Grain Market

Grain markets hit the mid-way point of June with more bullish weather driving prices into the green. Canola and soy oil were able to make up some losses from earlier in the week on the news that the U.S. EPA will release new biofuel requirements soon, helping the quota for advanced biofuels (corn-based biofuel needs… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Surprises to the upside and the downside

The cattle market has had more than a few surprises lately. After maintaining momentum to the upside longer than expected, the market saw a quick adjustment to the downside this week, as Anne Wasko highlights in this latest Beef Market Update. “Not that the downtrend wasn’t expected, we’re heading into the summer. We’ve had a… Read more »

TechTour: The Dash to fill the sprayer faster

With only limited good spraying days and plenty of acres to cover, efficiency is critical when it comes to spraying. Driving faster often comes with increased risks and reduced product efficacy, so the best place to make up ground? Reducing the time spent filling. As Derek Friesen of Crystal City, Man. explains in this latest… Read more »

Dow, DuPont merger clears U.S. antitrust approval

Dow and DuPont have reached a proposed agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the companies to proceed with their merger. The deal, which is still subject to court approval, would require DuPont divest some of its crop protection portfolio, while Dow would divest some of its plastic copolymers and ionomers business…. Read more »