July 26, 2013 | Views on the News | | Views: 158

Remember: Safety First

Last weeks' news dominated with grain bin deaths

Welcome to the second week of the new Views on the News. I hoped to have this recap done earlier in the week, but I've been busy getting the August/September issue of Feed & Grain ready for you, so this post will be straight to the point.

This week’s top stories are…

  1. Illinois Man Dies in Grain...
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July 24, 2013 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 292

A Bittersweet Summer

Feed & Grain's new editor shares personal happiness, sorrow over recent tragedies.

A Bittersweet Summer

I recently celebrated my five-year anniversary as a full-time employee of Cygnus Business Media, Feed & Grain magazine's former parent company, and nearly simultaneously reached another milestone in my career: being named editor of Feed & Grain.

Over the past five years, I have worked for...

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July 23, 2013 | From the Field | Elise Schafer | Views: 151

Technology as a Service

Spotting a trend within the ag retail sector

Technology as a Service

At the recent Interconnectivity Conference, held June 26 and 27 in Altoona, IA, several important themes were discussed that will directly impact your business. While I am sure many of you are aware of these trends and needs, there were a few key aspects that need to be tied together.

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July 18, 2013 | Views on the News | | Views: 127

Introducing the New Views on the News

Steven Kilger explains the the new format, along with last week's federal goings-on

I’m going to start this blog by introducing myself. My name is Steven Kilger, the new assistant editor here at Feed & Grain. I'm also the guy who’s been putting together our Industry Watch newsletter for about a month or so. I read agricultural-related news for about half of my work day,...

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July 11, 2013 | Editor's View | Elise Schafer | Views: 155

Are You Emailing Correctly?

Old but good communication advice for feed and grain business managers

In flipping through old issues of Feed & Grain, I ran across a Manager's Notebook from 2007 that, although only six years old, had me nearly laughing at how archaic it sounded. It was about effective communication for feed and grain businesses, and had a section dedicated to email. The...

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May 06, 2013 | Grain Hedge Insights | | Views: 130

Corn Basis Finds Strength From Ethanol

Corn, soybean basis rebounded this week

Both corn and soybean basis levels found strength this week as tight farmer selling and the prospects of a late harvest next fall push basis levels up. Spot corn basis was up 2 cents a bushel while soybean basis climbed nearly 4 cents a bushel for the week.

In corn, basis levels at ethanol...

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April 29, 2013 | Grain Hedge Insights | | Views: 125

Grain Basis Slips

Flooding along the Illinois river continued to negatively impact basis across the U.S this week.

Cash grain markets felt pressure this week from river flooding and the inverse carry in the futures market. For the week, US average corn basis slipped 3 cents a bushel while average spot soybean basis was off 2 cents a bushel.

Flooding along the Illinois River left many grain elevators shut...

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March 27, 2013 | Editor's View | Jackie Roembke | Views: 286

Food Fight

As GMOs face the court of 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...

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March 25, 2013 | From the Field | Elise Schafer | Views: 161

Bright Spots and Low Lights

Panama Canal expansion bodes well for U.S. grain, while weather, aging infrastructure holds us back

After attending presentations at the 2013 GEAPS Exchange, three elements stood out that I’d like to tie together for you to think about:

  1. Weather woes will continue

Dr. Elwynn Taylor from Iowa State University made some projections about our current drought situation. Here’s my take:...

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March 19, 2013 | Grain Hedge Insights | Elise Schafer | Views: 129

Basis Along River Ticks Lower

Average soybean basis across the US was down 1 cent on account of declining river markets, while corn basis remained unchanged on the week.

Average soybean basis across the US was down 1 cent on account of declining river markets, while corn basis remained unchanged on the week.

Soybean plants gained one cent on the week but weakness along the river pulled basis lower throughout the country. Soybean basis at the gulf dropped 3...

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