Cash Grain Update—Sept. 14
Storage for both corn and soybeans looks unfavorable
Spot corn and soybean basis has made slight gains so far this month. Spot corn moved up half a cent while spot soybeans increased a penny. The Gulf has done little to support both markets as corn basis gained one cent and soybean basis actually lost four cents. Barge rates also hampered...[Read More]
Feed & Grain Expands Newsletter
Introducing Monday edition to provide a
If you’re one of the nearly 9,000 people who receive Feed & Grain’s Industry Watch E-newsletter, thank you for taking the time each week to open and read our offering. Our staff closely follows news on the critical issues that impact the feed and grain industry, and we’re dedicated to...[Read More]
Web Meetings: Work Smarter Not Harder
Utilization of online web meeting tools can be a great edition to your workday and business.
- Meeting with John Doe in Waterloo to go over grain contracts
- Meeting with Bob Doe in Valley to go over 2012 grain programs
- Board meeting in Main Office to discuss new storage facility
- All company safety meeting at Duncan location
- Present 2013 Budget to General Manager in Main...
Organize Your Online Life
EVERNOTE is a software application making its way to the top of the digital organization industry.
Today agricultural professionals spend more time than ever before on the computer reading email, searching the internet, working with software applications and entertaining themselves. Keeping your digital life organized continues to be a challenge with emails you want to keep, web pages you...[Read More]
Food Defense: Is Your Company Secure?
In January, during my visit to Two Rivers Cooperative, general manager Tracy Gatham described the cooperative
Summer 2012 = Climate Change Proof?
Debate heats up over whether it's a fluke or sign of things to come
As I write this post at 8 in the morning in Southern Wisconsin, the mercury has already hit 85 degrees. Nearly all of Indiana, Iowa and Illinois along with the lower halves of Wisconsin and Michigan are under heat advisories and at least ¾ of the country has a hazardous weather outlook,...[Read More]
Organic Valley: A Social Experiment
Organic cooperative discusses its social media crisis communication strategy
Production and animal agriculture producers may or may not be shocked to discover that its organic brethren is also frequently subjected to the wrath of critics — and, often, based on similar accusations. Agvocates of all sorts can learn a thing or two from the crisis communications...[Read More]
Drop the Complexity of Document Management with Dropbox
Advice on how document storage and sharing services can help grain elevator and feed mill managers
Have you ever found yourself needing access to a particular document you had stored on a jump drive or work computer? If you use multiple computers and mobile devices such as phones or tablets there is no doubt this has happened to you.
Dropbox is brilliant technology that gives you secure...[Read More]
The commodity plays double-duty as food and fuel source, but which is best for industry?
As I delve into research for my next Focus on Biofuels article, which will analyze the impact of the EPA’s decision to approve the sale of higher ethanol/gasoline blends, I’m confronted with the fact I’m quite torn on the issue of using corn for fuel.
Evidence both in support of and against...[Read More]
GMO Labeling Gains Popularity
As GMOs face the court the public opinion, are you doing your part to educate the public on agriculture
The 117th edition of the National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) Annual Convention, held in San Francisco in mid-March, drove this sentiment home in its general sessions: While agriculture is one of the greatest growth industries, the coming years will be filled with the unique...[Read More]