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CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soy prices to continue climbing

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Prices on the Chicago Board of Trade will probably continue to climb, especially for corn and soybeans, according to Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities. “The basis remains strong and when the basis is strong, as far as I am concerned, that means the futures should be strong,” he said. Although CBOT bids have […] Read more

Cattle are an important part of the rotation on Agripastos Farm.

Conservation tillage driving Brazil’s corn and soybean explosion

No-till farm group says no-till is the key to long-term sustainable agriculture

Reading Time: 4 minutes Crop production in Brazil has made dramatic gains in recent decades — and there’s potential for plenty more, say advocates of no till and conservation tillage in the country. In fact, members of the Brazilian Federation of No-Till Farming say no till is the key to achieving a long-term sustainable agriculture without additional deforestation. Soybean […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soybeans retreat off highs

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade have backed off of highs hit earlier in the week. That’s due mainly to harvest activity putting pressure on prices, according to Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at McHenry, Illinois. Corn crops across the U.S. are currently only 11 per cent harvested, […] Read more

Managing for higher yield often entails higher plant densities and fertility as well as timely use of fungicides.

Risk versus reward in the quest for higher corn yields

More quality criteria are steadily creeping into the conversation on corn

Reading Time: 5 minutes Farming is known for its learning moments, and one key lesson to come out of the 2018 growing season was that the chase for higher yields doesn’t come without risks or hazards. Or, as is said with maybe equal justification, no good deed goes unpunished. The past 10 years have seen incredible growth in corn […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: U.S. dollar, weather hurt prices

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Growing strength in the U.S. dollar has hurt commodity prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), according to Terry Reilly, grains analyst for Futures International in Chicago. The impetus for the gain was comments from U.S. President Donald Trump, who remarked a trade deal with China could come sooner rather than later. […] Read more

Ontario farmers grow corn acres, and a successful livelihood

Amos family in Ontario’s extreme northwest a good example of the pioneering spirit

Reading Time: 6 minutes In 1990, nearly 30 years ago, Amos Brielmann moved his family from Germany to the Rainy River District between Fort Frances and the Manitoba border. They settled on a farm near Pinewood, first working on a beef cattle operation just north of the village. Slowly, they began buying the farm and maintaining the herd and […] Read more


Fields of unharvested corn were common around parts of Ontario, with many fields affected by Gibberella ear rot, leading to issues with DON.

Researchers discover a way to eliminate almost all DON toxicity in corn

A detox for contaminated corn may be just around the corner

Reading Time: 5 minutes As farmers think back to the challenges of the 2018 growing season, learning to deal with DON is probably top of mind. Indeed, it really was one of, if not THE worst year ever for managing the impacts of deoxynivalenol. Not only did growers have trouble harvesting their infected corn, but delivery also became a […] Read more

Tar spot infection in a field last September in Illinois, where symptoms appeared late in the season.

Tar spot comes to corn

First identified in the U.S. in 2015, there is so much to learn about tar spot and its impact

Reading Time: 6 minutes The alarm bells were ringing. In just one year, Asian soybean rust could move in and devastate huge tracts of beans. Palmer amaranth swept north from the mid-south in 2010 to Michigan in only two years. It’s not that crop pathologists and weed specialists were trying to alarm growers as much as make them aware […] Read more


StatsCan forecasts near-record corn crop

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Canada’s corn crop is forecast to be the second largest on record despite a delayed start to spring planting, as yields showed an improvement from earlier forecasts, according to updated production estimates Thursday from Statistics Canada. Using a combination of satellite imagery, previous survey data, and agro-climatic data, the latest Statistics Canada report […] Read more

Standing sell orders may be a wise corn marketing strategy this fall.

Why the 2019 corn growing season is far from over

There’s still plenty of production risk as we head toward October, so watch for market opportunities

Reading Time: 5 minutes When I plant corn I often think of the journey it will undergo to reach maturity. In Canada, the winter snows are still fresh in our memories when corn planters head to the field. Often times, the weather is cold as the seed is placed in the soil in some precision way. After the corn […] Read more