Analyst more optimistic on corn

There’s a huge difference in farm profitability depending on whether long-term corn prices are at US$3-$3.25 or $4-$4.25. That’s why many analysts are seriously debating what prices farmers should base their long-term farm decisions upon. Currently, many American farmers are losing money or just breaking even and need to make decisions for the long term. […] Read more

Guidance system takes on tall corn

FARGO, N.D. — The latest generation of GPS steering devices eliminates the need for all other guidance systems, right? Maybe not. Dribbling between-row nitrogen or running a combine in tall corn can present issues that GPS has difficulty handling, according to Carol Paquin of Reichhardt Electronic Innovations in Sabin, Minnesota. “As good as GPS guidance […] Read more

Syngenta ordered to pay millions over GM corn

(Reuters) — A U.S. jury has ordered Syngenta AG to pay $217.7 million to more than 7,000 Kansas farmers over its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn before China approved importing it. Today’s verdict by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas, was announced by lawyers for the farmers, who blamed the […] Read more

More corn expected for Manitoba

Corn acres are expected to jump this spring in Manitoba, thanks to record yields last fall. Myron Krahn, president of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association, said producer enthusiasm is sky high and seed dealers are reporting strong sales this winter. With a normal spring, acres could increase by 10 to 20 percent, Krahn said following […] Read more

Chinese firm begins testing GMO corn seeds in U.S. greenhouse

CHICAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – A Chinese biotech seed firm has planted genetically modified corn seeds in the United States at a greenhouse designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company said, an early step toward launching China’s first GMO corn products in the United States. Beijing-based Origin Agritech Ltd said on Wednesday that […] Read more

U.S. corn, soybean harvests bigger than expected — USDA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its already record forecast for U.S. corn and soybean harvests on Wednesday, with gains keyed by increased yield estimates in major production states such as Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio. The market expected a soybean increase, but thought corn would be smaller. The bumper harvest […] Read more

Soybean, corn yields high in Ontario, despite drought

Southern Ontario suffered through weeks of blazing heat and no rain this summer, causing many farmers to fret about crop yields. They shouldn’t have worried because soybean and corn yields are just fine. “If you’re basically west of Toronto, (soybean) yields turned out phenomenally. The high 50s (bushels per acre) and low 60s are quite […] Read more

Researchers study corn hybrids for drier regions

DuPont scientists look for ways to balance improved drought tolerance with better yields to suit Western Canadian fields

Manitoba corn acres increased more than 30 percent this year, rising to 325,000 from 250,000 in 2015. The growth, based on Statistics Canada data, is a positive sign for the corn industry and proponents of the crop, who envision a future with millions of acres in Western Canada. Many companies and plant scientists are developing […] Read more

Analyst questions USDA corn estimates

Market prices have adjusted to account for the United States Department of Agriculture’s projections of yield from last month’s report, but are they right? Does it matter? Bryce Knorr analyzes markets for the American Farm Futures information service. He told farmer audiences in packed tents at last week’s Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, that […] Read more

VIDEO: La créme de la corn

TABER, Alta. — Sunrise is still a few hours away when the people who provide the famous Taber corn start picking ears for that day’s sales. Among them are members of the Jensen family, who market Jensen’s Taber Corn throughout Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Ditto members of the Johnson family, who […] Read more