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The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture showed only slight changes to the balance sheet for corn, soybeans and wheat. But the estimates left in place a lot of uncertainty about the effects of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The WASDE said the outlook for 2022-23 U.S. wheat this month was for increased supplies, unchanged domestic use and exports, and higher stocks. Supply estimates were raised on higher production, with all wheat production projected at 1,737 million bushels—up 8 million bushels from the May report. The National Agricultural Statistics Service raised winter wheat production to 1,182 million bushels as increases for soft red winter and white winter more than offset a reduction for Hard Red Winter. Read more

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A proverb states that two wrongs don’t make a right, but scientists with the Agricultural Research Service are finding that when it comes to cattle feed, two negatives can be a positive. Read more

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The largest, highest quality analysis of data ever conducted reveals that genetically modified Bt corn has little impact on nontarget insects and other organisms, especially compared to growing conventional corn. This study was published in Environmental Evidence by a USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist and his Swiss colleagues. Read more

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Grain futures have pushed dramatically higher in recent months thanks to a combination of tight United States ending stocks for nine grain and oilseed commodities, along with smaller than expected soybean production in South America, a dynamic wheat rally fueled by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and inflation concerns. Read more

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In a spring planting season of shortages, anxiety and world market disruptions, the Environmental Protection Agency had some good news for soybean, corn and cotton growers. Farm groups hailed the EPA’s decision, announced March 29, that it has issued updated supplemental labels for the herbicides Enlist One and Enlist Duo that remove geographic restrictions for two listed species, the American Burying Beetle and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Read more

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “the most disruptive thing I’ve seen in my 35-year career.” That was the remark of Paul Hughes, chief agricultural economist and director of research and agribusiness at IHS Markit, now part of S&P Global, at the opening of a webinar on the invasion’s implications for the wheat, corn and vegetable oil markets. Read more

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Ukraine was the breadbasket of the old Soviet Union, and since the latter’s breakup it has become Europe’s and the Middle East’s breadbasket as well. Up to 70% of its land is arable; it’s the world’s largest concentration of fertile farmland outside the United States’ Great Plains and Mississippi River basin. Read more

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Researchers at Bayer are making a big bet on short stature corn. At a video press conference Feb. 18, representatives of Bayer, touted their research and development product pipeline. Bayer is one of the world’s biggest agricultural research firms; with an annual research budget of more than $2 billion, it has deployed more than 500 new crop varieties and traits across many plants and crops including corn, soybeans, and cotton.

Bob Reiter, head of research and development for the Crop Science Division at Bayer,  said short stature corn has generated “more interest [among customers] than any product we have ever offered.” That’s partly because it’s more than just a single trait or product. “We’re bringing an entire system to the grower,” he said. Bayer, which has previously called SSC a “game-changer,” sees the sales potential for SSC peaking at $1 billion in annual sales by the 2030s. Read more

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Market volatility is likely going to be intense for corn and soybean futures in the coming weeks. The dramatic price swings from 2021 will be equally dramatic for 2022. More is at stake now with nine grain and oilseed commodities with tight ending stocks and all are competing for acres. Let’s focus on soybeans and corn, and potential price scenarios. Read more

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Net returns to farmland were very high in 2021 on average—but growers should not expect to repeat those result in 2022. That was one take-away from the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released Jan. 12, according to Michael Langemeier, associate director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University. Read more

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Syngenta Seeds, Downers Grove, Illinois, unveiled new data from the 2021 harvest, indicating the NK Field Forged series outperformed the competition with higher yields. After a demanding growing season that tar spot, high corn rootworm pressure, damaging winds, Dakota droughts and Mississippi floods made even more challenging, the NK seed brand’s success at harvest is proving why it’s the fastest growing seed brand in the United States. Read more

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A report by the Government Accountability Office released dated November but released in December claims that under the Donald Trump administration, tariff relief payments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to corn farmers were unbalanced and in excess of calculated damage from tariffs. Read more

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Kansas Corn STEM has announced the dates of its popular 2022 Seed to STEM workshops for middle school and high school science teachers and is now accepting applications. Seed to STEM Track 1.0 and Track 2.0 will both be available at the June 13 to 14 workshop in Salina and the June 16 to 17 workshop in Topeka. These free workshops are for 6th through 12th grade Kansas science teachers. Read more

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As the year wound down, corn growers have a lot of balls to keep track of in the air—or maybe knives. Nathanael Thompson, associate professor of agriculture economics at Purdue University, had three pieces of advice for corn growers: Read more

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Global and domestic demand for wheat slowed slightly as both supplies and prices increased, according to the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Dec. 9.

The outlook for 2021-22 United States wheat in December was for slightly lower supplies, unchanged domestic use, reduced exports, and higher ending stocks. Supplies are lowered on decreased imports with a weaker-than-expected pace for hard red spring wheat. Read more

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Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group will present a virtual cover crop field day on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. CST. The event will feature live conversation with Alison Robertson, professor and extension field pathologist in agronomy at Iowa State University, and Mark Licht, assistant professor and extension cropping systems specialist in agronomy at Iowa State University. Read more

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The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer slipped 5 points in November to a reading of 116 as producers continue to be pessimistic about both the current and future outlook of the agricultural economy. The Index of Current Conditions declined 7 points in November to a reading of 128, and the Index of Future Expectations fell 4 points to 110. Read more

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