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Weekly Review

Sideways trade has been the trend this week as traders grapple with the lack of a fresh news story and record tight supplies. The absence of Chinese buying following their Lunar Year holiday has prompted fund profit taking. Concerns of the resurgence of African swine fever have pressured ...

Getting the shot

It turns out that my wife and I and Dolly Parton have a couple of things in common. They aren’t what you’re thinking. Not only do we all know the lyrics of the song “Jolene,” but we all recently received our first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We had been looking forward to ...

Finalizing crop insurance decisions

Thecrop insurance industry’s version of March Madness involves farmers finalizing their crop insurance coverage for their 2021 spring planted crops prior to the March 15 deadline. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) released the spring projected prices for corn at $4.58 per bushel and ...

Crop Watch

Who would have ever believed any weather forecaster that in the middle of the two- week long period of -15 to -20 below if they had predicted temps in the mid-40s to low 60s of higher in late Feb. through early March? There seemed to be a better chance of seeing 40 below rather than 40 above. ...

Midwest Marketing Solution

U.S. pork exports reach record U.S. pork exports reached nearly 3 million tons in 2020, topping the 2019 record by 11 percent. U.S. beef exports were lower year-over-year, dropping five percent. Lamb exports set a record of 20 million metric tons sold, up 27 percent from the previous ...

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Feb. 26, 2021.

Weekly outlook

Ag Outlook Forum predicts corn and soybean carryout for the 2021/22 crop year at 1,552 and 145 million bushels respectively. Those numbers came from using a yield of 179.5 for corn and 50.8 bpa for soybeans along with an estimate of 92 million planted acres of corn and 90 million planted acres ...

Letting go now that you’re gone

After Collin Peterson, the former chairman of the House Ag Committee, lost his Nov. 2020 reelection bid to Republican challenger Michelle Fischbach, the 15-term congressman packed 194 boxes with office material and Capitol Hill memories and returned to his native Minnesota. The memorabilia ...

Trade war is far from won

Former president Donald J. Trump (DJT) alluded to U.S. trade deficits as theft from us. When other countries sold us more that we bought from them he always described it as the U.S. being taken advantage of. He promised to stop that steal and reverse the trend of growing trade deficits, rebuild ...

Teething troubles

A young couple whom my wife and I know have a baby who is nearly a yearling. Teething has been a frequent topic of our conversations. It’s clear from videos of the little guy that he has reached the stage of life where there are only two questions on his mind whenever he encounters ...