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October 4, 2018 | |

Are Perennial Varieties of Conventional Crops Viable?

Back in the early 1980s, a group of visionaries began pursuing what many considered a rather labor-intensive endeavor. They began working with wild plants to create perennial varieties of crops such as wheat, legumes or sorghum. 

This led to the bigger question:

 

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September 25, 2018 | |

US Farmer About To Find Out About Life In Tariffville

The US soybean producer is about to have its first major test of life in Tariffville. Short-term prices will be impacted significantly by weekly export shipments and sales. Typically soybean export shipments peak in Oct and Nov. In the chart above, week 60 on the X axis is Oct 15th. In prior years China was the major recipient, generally taking about 2/3rds of the shipments. Current sales bookings are 16 MMT, 1 MMT less than last year. It's likely the 2018/19 shipment line will be flatter than prior years as sales go to non-Chinese destinations, but the US needs to make hay while the discounts to South American beans are the greatest - that is now. A peak weekly pace of 2 MMT is our goal to support current prices.

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September 21, 2018 | |

How Is Smart Farming Reshaping Agriculture?

There’s no doubt that demands on agriculture are increasing. With the world population continually growing, farmers are faced with the challenges of producing more food without clearing forests or polluting the land and water.

For existing farms to meet these demands, they have to produce more crops. 

And smart farming techniques that include things like GPS-guided drones, high-tech equipment, smart algorithms and genetic engineering are proving hugely beneficial.

 

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September 6, 2018 | |

Is There a Future in Industrial Hemp Farming?

The speculative answer is a resounding yes.

This movement toward industrial hemp farming was awakened back in 2014 when the Farm Bill included a provision that allowed states to initiate research programs on hemp cultivation. 

Of course, at that time, the federal ban on commercial cultivation was still intact. But the provision was taken as an indication that the federal government would ease up on these restrictions. 

This assumption birthed a wave of activity at the state level to legalize industrial hemp and to start promoting it as a viable crop. 

And that’s what’s happened.

 

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