Corn: The latest WASDE report was released this week along with the Crop Production report. The USDA has decreased the national corn yield by 1 bushel per acre from 174.4 to 173.4. If the final yield does equate to this value, then this will be the largest corn crop on record. Despite the expectations of a very large corn crop, December corn futures have increased by $0.15 since the market’s open on Monday. In fact, corn closed at a three-month high, which is uncommon, especially during harvest. Local corn basis has continued to remain stable over the past week.
Corn: December corn futures have increased since the beginning of the week. This is a continuation of the upward trend we have seen in corn futures since the beginning of September. This is due in part to the realization that the USDA’s yield forecasts were a bit overzealous. That being said, we still do not know the total size of the U.S. corn crop just yet. We are still a ways off from knowing that. The USDA did indicate that the ending stocks as of 9/1/2016 were smaller than expected. Continue reading
The Plant Management Network has released another online presentation in their “Focus on Cotton” series. This new 10 minute video offers suggestions on the steps that growers, pesticide applicators, and beekeepers can take to reduce any negative effects of pesticide applications on honey bees and other pollinators. Link below to watch this presentation narrated by yours truly.
While the earliest planted and maturity soybeans are drying down and being harvested many later planted and maturity soybeans are exhibiting multiple diseases and some pre-mature defoliation may be occurring due to diseases. Continue reading
The University of Tennessee Soybean Disease Field Day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13th, at the Milan Research and Education Center. Continue reading
Corn: Since the market’s open on Monday, December corn futures have increased by $0.18. Corn prices have rallied on the expectation that the USDA will be forced to cut back their national yield projections. USDA is scheduled to release their monthly report and the trade is anticipating that report will include news of a lower corn production forecast. USDA currently has the corn harvest at 15.15 billion bushels. However, Reuters took a survey of analysts that indicated that the average trade estimate for the corn crop is 15.027 billion bushels. Corn harvest is underway in Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of Illinois. Continue reading
A sample from the soybean sentinel plot in Coffee County collected August 29th contained very low levels of soybean rust. Late planted soybeans in the area are at risk and would benefit from a fungicide application. Continue reading
Corn: Corn futures have traded $0.29 lower since the market’s open on Monday morning. Farm Journal has just released the results of the Pro Farmer 2016 Crop Tour. Their estimated national yield for corn is 170.2 bushels per acres. That is less than the USDA August 12th estimate of a national yield of 175.1 bushels per acre. Illinois was projected to have an average yield of 194 bushels per acre for the corn crop planted there. Currently, the USDA estimates the average yield for Illinois to be 200 bushels per acre. Continue reading