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CBOT weekly outlook: High U.S. corn prices cut into ethanol production

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Upcoming reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are expected to steer Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) futures, at a time when high corn prices in the U.S. may be cutting into ethanol production in that country. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report released on March 3, 849,000 barrels of ethanol […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Weather wreaks havoc on crops

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Unusual weather, both in North and South America, has significantly affected commodities this week at the Chicago Board of Trade, according to a broker. A brutal cold snap, extending from northern Canada to the U.S.-Mexico border, has slowed down soybean crushing, halted production at ethanol refineries and raised energy prices in the U.S., […] Read more

The goal with the stay-green gene is to prolong photosynthesis without blocking movement of carbon and nitrogen to the seed.

Finding more green for corn crops

These results from a 119-year-old experiment could strengthen corn stalks and boost yields

Reading Time: 5 minutes What’s your definition of a “long-term” research project? Depending on its goals and its methodologies, five years might seem like a long time. Something like 10 or 20 years could be a real stretch. But here’s an experiment dating back 119 years that’s in a different category altogether, and it has just produced a new […] Read more


Continuous corn and reliance on weaker resistance to corn rootworm has led to yield losses in silage corn.

Getting to the root of corn rootworm

How alarmed should you be about the threat of corn rootworm due to the expansion of continuous corn acres?

Reading Time: 6 minutes For a large percentage of growers in Eastern Canada, corn production isn’t just one crop in the rotation, it’s the main crop in that rotation. For others — mostly livestock producers — it’s the only crop. That dominance is creating concerns as the incidence of resistance of corn rootworm becomes a more-pressing issue. Even so, […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: WASDE unexpectedly bearish for corn

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade immediately turned sour after Tuesday’s release of the monthly supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By the time trading closed for the day, soybeans had recovered from losses incurred shortly after the report’s release to finish in double-digits on the plus […] Read more


The black spots of tar spot may look like alternaria or insect droppings but they cannot be removed from the leaf.

Tracking tar spot in Ontario

Scouting is the foundation for managing this challenging new disease

Reading Time: 7 minutes In case you haven’t heard, tar spot in corn is finally part of the landscape in Ontario. Tar spot been plastered across the U.S. farm media for the past three years. Advisors, researchers and extension personnel in Ontario have been saying it’s inevitable that, given the diseases’s ease of transmission and rapid spread in the […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soybeans may see seasonal slowdown

However, more upside remains possible

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Corn and soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade, now trading at their highest levels in years, could come under some pressure over the next month, although the longer-range outlook remains strong, according to a broker. Crop insurance levels in the U.S. are based in part off of new-crop futures prices during […] Read more



Getting ready for the season’s research plots.

The challenge of even crop emergence

It’s a frequent subject but it’s also a source of conflict for many corn growers

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the days before the COVID-19 pandemic, talk during winter meetings and even well into spring centred on three key discussion points with corn: plant when the ground is fit, plant to moisture and pay attention to the critical weed-free period. Each comes under the heading of “giving your corn crop the best start,” because […] Read more