Grains

China's Changing Pork Needs: It's Time to Differentiate

We enter 2020 with a host of unusual and unpredictable events. In other words, there is huge opportunity for those who can read the signs of the times. For example, the $717-million trade deal between JBS SA in Brazil and China’s WH Group (parent company of Smithfield Foods in the U.S.) should open tens of thousands of direct marketing opportunities in WH’s established points of sale in China. It will move pork as well as beef and chicken across...

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Early Stress Boosts Soybean Yield

Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie has recorded yield increases of 2 bu. to 5 bu. per acre from rolling soybeans and up to 5 bu. per acre from herbicides. Those results were with soybeans planted at the normal time. But what happens with early-planted soybeans? Planting soybeans early, so they begin to flower before the summer solstice, can boost yield, but it requires a detailed focus on management. While Ferrie’s studies of man-made stress on early-planted soybeans are ongoing,...

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USMCA Clears House

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement with a vote of 385-41, setting up a vote in the Senate early next year. President Trump is expected to sign the agreement after the Senate approves it. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement that President Trump delivered on his promise to replace NAFTA and said USMCA is “huge success” for America’s farmers and ranchers. “This agreement will unleash the bounty of America’s agricultural harvest to two...

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ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm Near You?

As much as the US pork industry hopes African swine fever (ASF) won’t enter the country, the challenge is formidable. An enormous number of food products are confiscated every day at the border, and the number of people traveling to the US from infected countries continues to grow. Both scenarios create a constant threat, but the enduring goal is to keep the virus out of US pork operations. “It’s each country’s responsibility to control ASF,” says Juan LuBroth, DVM, Chief...

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100 Million Acres of Corn in 2020?

A simple equation of the 2019 planted corn acres (90 million) and the total corn prevent plant acres (11.4 million) tops more than 100 million acres. With all the uncertainties around trade, fall fieldwork, African swine fever and farm finances, could farmers lean toward that huge number in 2020? Our stable of market analysts weigh in. “I don’t think we’re going to see 100 million acres of corn, but we certainly are going to see more after so many acres...

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