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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

Few alterations seen in new global supply/demand report

IGC expecting more corn grown this year

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — There were few notable changes in the latest monthly supply-and-demand report from the International Grains Council (IGC) on Thursday. One of the more significant alterations was its 1.42 per cent increase to total global production from that in 2019-20, at nearly 2.216 billion tonnes. It also raises its estimate for this marketing year’s […] Read more


Arkansas confirms first-ever glufosinate-resistant broadleaf

Researchers find Palmer amaranth strains in two counties

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers in the southern U.S. have found what they say is the first broadleaf weed in the world to beat the active ingredient in BASF’s Liberty herbicide. The University of Arkansas last week announced its ag researchers had found glufosinate-resistant Palmer amaranth in crops in two eastern Arkansas counties across the Mississippi River from Memphis. […] Read more



ICE weekly outlook: Volatility day-to-day in bullish canola market

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — The ICE Futures canola market saw some large price moves during the week ended Wednesday, hitting fresh contract highs in many months before profit-taking came forward to weigh on values. With canola trading at historically high price levels, the potential volatility in the marketplace can go to extreme levels without much explanation, analyst[...]
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Soybean planting showing leaf injury symptoms caused by a “bleaching” herbicide.

Pest Patrol: Crop injury from herbicide residues more common in 2020

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2020, a few farmers observed leaf injury in their soybean crops. The injury caused parts of the leaf to turn white, then yellow (see photo at top). This injury is typically caused by “bleaching” herbicides. It was odd, though, because the bleaching herbicide had been applied to the previous year’s corn crop, and it[...]
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ICE weekly outlook: WASDE spillover boosts canola

Canola may soon become price-sensitive, analyst says

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Sharp increases in soybean, corn and wheat futures on Tuesday, following the release of the latest supply and demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in turn spilled over into canola. The most significant factors in USDA’s world agricultural supply and demand estimates (WASDE) were further reductions to ending stocks for[...]
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Yu Wang, a post-doctoral researcher (left), and Dr. Stephen Long, professor at University of Illinois, make up part of a team studying the effects of light quality on yield in soybeans.

Bringing soybeans into a more favourable light

Illinois researchers investigate transitory shadows to brighten soybean yields

Reading Time: 4 minutes One phrase often heard when the talk turns to getting more bushels out of a crop is the advice to “control the controllable.” Speakers making presentations use the term as a call for growers to streamline their focus on a select number of management practices. Factors such as planting depth, row width, weed, disease and[...]
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