Oct 16, 2014

Avoiding a Bumper Harvest Train Wreck

A primer on demands for adequate assurance of performance in the grain trade.

Oct 16, 2014

Delayed Price Dilemma

Advice for grain merchandisers facing rail problems and a record crop year.

Oct 16, 2014

Successful Fundraiser Helps Uncover PEDv Answers

IFEEDER donates $100,000 to study the role of feed in controlling PEDv

Oct 16, 2014

Big Crop Coming: Managing Turning Points

How to identify and meet customers’ needs under changing market conditions.

Oct 16, 2014

Rail Wars

Competition for railcars, track space and locomotives top the grain handling industry’s list of concerns.

Oct 16, 2014

OSHA’s Full Time Enforcement Policy Regarding Temporary Workers

Who is responsible under the law — the staffing agency or the host employer?

Oct 15, 2014

The Showdown Over GMOs and Pesticides in Hawaii

Misguided laws are being enacted in Hawaii through a campaign of fear, charged emotional appeals and deliberate misinformation

Oct 2, 2014

What’s Behind China’s Interest in African Agriculture?

May be a way to eventually break its dependence on imports of U.S. farm commodities

Sep 23, 2014

Confined Spaces: More to Consider Than You Think

Instruct employees to first assess temperature, atmosphere and operator’s skill set.

Sep 16, 2014

Pre-harvest Safety Lesson

Reinforce your safety culture before the busiest season arrives

Sep 9, 2014

Having Tough Conversations to Improve Your Business

Tactics and strategies for critical conversations with your employees

Image by jppi (morgueFile)

Sep 2, 2014

Why Bins Fail

How the most expensive piece of equipment at a site may fail and steps to take to prevent it

Aug 25, 2014

Hidden Giant

Tucked away mere miles from downtown Indianapolis lies ADM's newly expanded Beech Grove, IN, wheat milling facility — the third largest flour mill in the U.S.

Aug 4, 2014

Position Limits, Hedging, and Excessive Speculation

New position limits would have a substantial impact on the agricultural sector

Aug 4, 2014

Wheat Growers Pleased with House Action on Regulatory Relief Bill

Addresses a duplicative permit required for pesticide application

Jul 31, 2014

An October Surprise?

If conditions persist, this year may break records for soybeans and corn.

Jul 31, 2014

Show-and-Tell Season

Summer brings opportunities to show people where food comes from

Jul 31, 2014

Making Sense of PRCS Regulations

How to know if entering your facility's boot pit is an OSHA violation.

Jul 24, 2014

The 2014 U.S. Average Soybean Yield: Headed for a New Record?

Like corn, high soybean yield expectations this year are based on generally favorable growing conditions to date and on the high percentage of the crop rated in good or excellent condition.

Jul 16, 2014

How Burdensome Are Corn Supplies?

A second consecutive large crop would lead to a further build-up in stocks of corn by the end of the 2014-15 marketing year

Jul 10, 2014

The 2014 U.S. Average Corn Yield: Big or Really Big?

High yield expectations are based on generally favorable growing conditions to date and on the high percentage of the crop rated in good or excellent condition

Jul 7, 2014

Kalmbach Feeds Counts on VMSAC Piston Vibrators to Free Up Product Flow and Reduce Bin Damage

Home to a wealth of animal feed processing equipment, including a network of hopper bins holding up to 40 tons each of granular feed

After a trial period, Kalmbach Feeds purchased more than a dozen VMSAC 1200 coated vibrators for use in the MPK Complex.(Courtesy of Cleveland Vibrator Company)

Jun 30, 2014

Competing Water Uses in the West

As water becomes scarcer, the ability of Western states’ water policies to accurately reflect public interest, or adapt to changing public interests, will be tested. The current demand for water to support the oil and gas boom provides an example of this challenge.

Jun 30, 2014

Financial Health of Banks Lending to Agriculture Continues to Improve

The profitability of agriculture the past decade has helped mitigate the nonfarm real estate losses for banks lending to agriculture. However, the increase in regulatory compliance costs impacts the profitability of banks

Jun 23, 2014

Anticipating the Soybean Stocks and Acreage Estimates

Since the magnitude of both the domestic crush and exports during the previous quarter are mostly known, the stocks estimate is expected to reveal the smallest June 1 inventory in 37 years. However, there is always room for some surprise in the June 1 stocks estimate as the magnitude of seed and residual use in the previous quarter is revealed. In addition, the unknown magnitude of imports during May will be reflected in the stocks estimate.

Jun 19, 2014

Potential for U.S. Average Corn and Soybean Yields

The average corn yield set records in 1985, 1986, and 1987 and five more times over the next 26 years

Jun 11, 2014

Importance of Month-End USDA Reports for Corn

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

Jun 6, 2014

Case Study: Concrete Grain Silo Repair

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.

Photo by Restruction Corporation

Jun 5, 2014

Are You Sampling Enough?

Near infrared spectroscopy can be used to determine nutritional content in feed ingredient profiling

Jun 5, 2014

Dust Bowl Dàjá Vu?

Drought plus rail logistics problems spell rough outlook for the Plains

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open: 6.3953
high: 6.4181
low: 6.3257
close: 6.3367

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open: 14.5632
high: 14.6036
low: 14.2836
close: 14.3043

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low: 7.7626
close: 7.8126

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open: 6.5073
high: 6.5348
low: 6.2823
close: 6.3123