Dr. Steve Meyers - Economic Grain Situation and Outlook

Economic Grain Situation and Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyers, Paragon Economics, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

How Are Global Feed Economics Effecting Biofuel World?

Global Feed Economics in a Biofuel World Dr. Chris Hurt shares some economics updates and what producers need to consider on their feed management as 2012 moves forward. Key take away: Swine producers have the financial ability to outbid ethanol producers for corn. This is forcing ethanol plants to shrink in capacity or shut down. Also, foreign trade is becoming a key component for the industry.

Can World Supply China Corn?

China to add to squeeze on world corn supply China's growth means that many of its raw materials to sustain the growth must come from other parts of the world. To help gauge Chinese demand for materials, many companies and governments rely on estimates from the China National Bureau of Statistics and other sources, like U.S. Government agencies. If, however, the estimates are wrong one way or the other by a larger than expected margin, the commodity markets start to react, and cause some companies to loose business and revenue.
China's National Bureau of Statistics said that farms produced a record corn crop in 2011 of 191.8 million tonnes. But enthusiastic local officials often overstate the size of crops in China to impress central authorities and win bigger subsidies.

What Are Global Perspectives on Commodity Price Spikes?

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The Diane Rehm Show brought together four experts on world economies and agriculture to address the current commodity prices and their impact on food, fuel, and fiber.

How Will Corn and Ethanol Play in 2011?

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

Issues With Corn As Food Vs Fuel In 2011?

Corn production and demand are coming together to increase corn prices. This is great for corn growers but not great for those that depend on corn for animal feed. Adding ethanol into the mix again put corn in the middle of the food versus fuel debate.

Ethanol is consuming corn at a rate that is only 10 percent less than that of livestock and poultry demand. And more than one bushel of corn out of three produced in the US will be converted to ethanol in the current marketing year. That is going to cause concern about the amount of corn we will produce and whether it will be enough to meet demand with minimal rationing. And that causes concern for the traders.

Dr. Robert Wisner, University Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, states "Corn supplies will be tight and some rationing of demand likely will be needed in the year ahead." This is not a great situation for those in animal agriculture without hedges and other risk mitigation actions in play.

CropVillage 0206 - What is Ahead In The USDA March 31st Planting Intentions Report?

mp3CropVillage 0206 Show Notes:
  • Kansas State grain market economist, Dan O'Brien, looks ahead to the USDA's March 31st planting intentions report and the impact of this growing season on feed prices.

CropVillage 0191, Gibberella In Midwest Corn Crop Bad News For Livestock Feeders

Download mp3CropVillage 0191 Show Notes:

  • Serious Gibberella mold on this year's crop puts producers in a harvest-time storage quandry.  What will you do when the 'strip test' is positive? 

CropVillage 0182, Watch For Corn Molds On The Ear In Your Field

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  • Purdue's professor of plant pathology Dr. Charles Woloshuk discusses mold development in the field with suggestions to watch out for a recent reappearance of an old problem.

CropVillage 0179, Tracking The Crop - Midwestern Corn Development Report

Download mp3CropVillage 0179 Show Notes: Elwynn Taylor's Weather Tweet Sheet mentioned by Roger.
  • Iowa State's Roger Elmore discusses the crop progress in this important midwestern corn state.
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