Importance of Month-End USDA Reports for Corn

Importance of Month-End USDA Reports for Corn

| Darrel Good

The USDA will release its quarterly Grain Stocks and Acreage reports on June 30.  These reports provide important fundamental information that will set the tone for the corn market going into the critical stage of the growing season

Case Study: Concrete Grain Silo Repair
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Case Study: Concrete Grain Silo Repair

June/July 2014 | Online Exclusive | By Timothy Gumina and Luis Estenssoro

In 2011, A co-op in Sidney, NE, discovered chunks of concrete within one bin of their eight-bin grain silo structure. Upon further investigation, they found a large crack and concrete spalls in the silo wall where the subject bin is connected to an adjacent bin.

A Plan with a Purpose
Tim Belstra (left), chairman of Belstra Milling Co., Inc., and Mark Zuchowski, special projects manager. (Photo by Steve Davidson)

A Plan with a Purpose

June/July 2014 | Cover Story | Steve Davidson

A three-phase design plan modernized a northern Indiana feed mill to meet the region’s demand growth for the ‘next 20 years.’

Accuracy of USDA Forecasts of Corn Ending Stocks

Accuracy of USDA Forecasts of Corn Ending Stocks

| Darrel Good and Scott Irwin

While there are obvious limitations to the explanatory power of a single price factor in a market in which price is determined by the dynamics of a number of supply and demand factors, the corn market clearly reacts to the USDA forecast of marketing year ending stocks contained in monthly WASDE reports.

OEM Donations Drive KSU Feed Mill Forward
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OEM Donations Drive KSU Feed Mill Forward

| Online Exclusive | Baldor Electric Company

Kansas State University Feed Science and Management program, includes a modern, automated 5-ton-per-hour production and teaching feed mill and a biosafety level 2 teaching and research feed mill. This 142-foot-tall, state-of-the-art facility opened in October 2013.

Second Guessing USDA Projections for Corn

Second Guessing USDA Projections for Corn

| Darrel Good

Marketing year 2013-14 ending stocks are projected at 1.146 billion bushels, 185 million bushels less than last month's projection and 741 million less than the November 2013 projection.

Industy Braces for Rules Rollout
PHOTO BY WALINGA USA, INC.The rule would require feed transporters to keep records of previous cargoes and intervening sanitary measures for 12 months or more.

Industy Braces for Rules Rollout

April/May 2014 | Cyndie Shearing Sirekis

The FDA's proposed transportation rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act will likely be costly to implement, with no better result than how business is currently done.

Off-the-Chart Profitability of Ethanol Production

Off-the-Chart Profitability of Ethanol Production

| Scott Irwin

The high profits were driven by a drop in corn prices that substantially exceeded declines in ethanol and DDGS prices.  It was also argued in the same post that there were logical reasons to suspect that the extended run of profits was unlikely to continue.  Just the opposite occurred, as ethanol production profits subsequently exploded off-the-chart.  Today's post will examine the spike in the profits of ethanol producers in recent months and the reasons behind it....[Read More]

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