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CBOT weekly outlook: Corn waits for news

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – Commodities on the Chicago Board of trade were range-bound and “starving for news” at midweek. Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodity Brokers in Illinois noted that the December corn contract started the month at US$3.88 per bushel, and was currently at US$3.8850. “It went absolutely nowhere,” he said. Snowstorms in North Dakota, South Dakota, […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Harvest activity drops commodities

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade were mostly lower Wednesday amid a slower news week and harvest activity putting pressure on prices. “We’ve had a quieter week,” said Steve Georgy of Allendale Inc. at McHenry, Ill. “The market starts to fall of its own weight as we’re in harvest season.” Harvest activity, […] Read more



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