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September 11, 2013 | Views on the News |

Grain Companies Get Down to Business

Organizations continue to invest in the future

September is here and it’s posed to be a big month. What the media is calling a “flash drought” is creeping through the Corn Belt and looks to make the coming harvest more difficult than anyone would like. The farm bill may get put on the back burner now that congress is back in session due...

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September 10, 2013 | FBN Insights |

Corn Basis Drops Sharply

Corn basis dropped 15 cents as new crop supplies become more available in northern states

This week we saw corn drop 15 cents between Tuesday, September 3rd and Thursday, September 5th. Basis was pulled lower by the southern harvest and grain movement up river. Soybeans picked up a penny during that same time period in a lull before harvest pressure begins to weigh on the market.

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September 03, 2013 | Views on the News |

Worries and Plans for the Future

Companies make plans as they wait for the harvest

The last few weeks of August brought a lot of announcements of new investments in infrastructure.. Showing that, at least for now, the agriculture market doesn’t seem to be slowing down, on the national stage. As Labor Day passes and harvest season inches closer, the agriculture community...

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August 27, 2013 | Views on the News |
August 26, 2013 | FBN Insights |

Soybean Basis Drops After Sharp Rally in the Futures Market

Corn basis improved 3 ¼ cents on average supported by tight stocks and a less dramatic rally in the futures market

Soybean basis dropped sharply, falling 25 cents throughout the country. The explosive rally in the futures market helped increase farmer selling causing grain buyers to back off old crop basis. Corn basis improved 3 ¼ cents on average throughout the country supported by tight stocks and a...

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August 20, 2013 | Views on the News |

Summer Heat Dries Up the Flow of News

Important news for feed and grain industries still trickles through

Early this month I read a blog that said August was a notoriously slow news month.  Congress is on summer hiatus, farmers are in the field and it seems like much of the country is taking that last summer vacation before school starts. Going through the headlines this week was a struggle to...

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August 19, 2013 | FBN Insights |

More Basis Volatility in the Grains

The national average corn basis slipped 2 cents this week while soybeans pushed 8 cents higher

Cash market volatility continued this week as tight near-term supplies combined with an outlook for ample production in the coming months keep buyers moving basis erratically. For the week, corn posted an average gain of 2-cents a bushel, while soybeans were up 8 cents on average.

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August 13, 2013 | Views on the News |

Another Death Darkens This Weeks Top News Stories

Fraud, acquisitions, RFS and a petri dish burger round out the list

We are now in the fifth week of the new Views on the News, and things are starting to fall into place. The goal has always been to have Views done on Monday or Tuesday but in past weeks, the realities of the magazine business have kept me short of that goal.  Anyone who has missed any past...

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August 08, 2013 | Views on the News |
August 05, 2013 | From the Field | Elise Schafer

Turning a Page

Feed & Grain is sold to American Farm Bureau Federation.

Feed & Grain has a new home. We’re now very proud to be part of a significant entity serving American agriculture — the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Few can appreciate managing change like you, our loyal Feed & Grain readers. In the more than two decades spent in the industry, I’ve...

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