Farm Futures

Farmers to plant more soybeans next year, stand pat on corn

Recent increases in market prices are making soybeans more attractive, and farmers will respond by expanding soybean acreage by nearly 5 percent in 2021 while holding steady on corn acreage, said Farm Futures on Wednesday.

Farmers lean toward more corn and wheat, less soy in 2018

After setting back-to-back records for soybean plantings, U.S. farmers indicated in a survey that they will plant more wheat and corn while cutting back on soybeans in 2018, said Farm Futures. Soybeans nearly matched corn, the most widely grown crop in the nation, in acreage this year with farmers believing the oilseed would be more profitable than corn.

Branstad covers for Perdue, as USDA makes first crop projections of the year

Traders believe U.S. farmers are stampeding into soybeans this year and are looking for confirmation at USDA's two-day Agricultural Outlook Forum, which opens this morning with speeches by President Trump's nominee for U.S. ambassador to China and the House Agriculture chairman, Michael Conaway of Texas. This is the first time since 1995 that the secretary of agriculture will not speak at the forum.

Farmers lean toward record soybean plantings for 2017

U.S. soybean plantings will be record-large for the second year in a row in 2017 if growers follow through on their stated plans, said Farm Futures magazine. In an email survey, farmers said they intend to plant more soybeans, cotton and sorghum next year while cutting back on corn and wheat.

For corn, soy and wheat, ‘no quick price recovery’

Farm-gate prices for corn, soybeans and wheat, the three most widely planted crops in the country, "have declined sharply from record levels set in recent years and no quick price recovery is expected," says the University of Missouri think tank FAPRI in an update of its agricultural baseline.

Somewhat smaller U.S. crops but little lift for low prices

Corn and soybean growers will harvest smaller crops than projected by the government, according to a private survey of 1,300 growers, but that will mean little relief for depressed market prices.

Camelina and soybeans, a potential cash combo in Midwest

Camelina, an oilseed that is little-known in the Midwest, could be a profit-turning partner with soybeans in the upper Midwest, says a study highlighted by the American Society of Agronomy.

More farmers are worrying about paying their bills

Some 44 percent of farmers worry about paying back their debts, up sharply from 28 percent in 2012 when grain prices were at record highs, says Farm Futures, based on its survey of 1,300 farms.

Farmer survey points to record soy plantings, sorghum surge

U.S. growers intend to plant a record amount of land with soybeans this spring, and to boost the acres of sorghum, now in high demand for export to China, according to Farm Futures magazine's survey of 1,297 growers in 41 states during the first half of March. Its estimates of 87.25 million acres of soybeans and 8.4 million acres of sorghum are higher from forecasts by Kansas State University and the think tank FAPRI.

Low petroleum prices will reduce cost of food production

Oil prices are likely to stay low throughout this year, says Rabobank, and should eventually benefit consumers through lower food prices, according to Farm Futures.

Brazil is forecast to reap a record-setting soybean crop

Brazil, No 2 to the United States as a soybean producer, will reap a record 95.5 million tonnes of the oilseed, forecasts USDA - 10 percent than its previous crop.

Big US shift to soybeans in 2015, says farmer survey

Growers plan "a massive shift into soybeans" and away from corn in 2015, according to an email survey of 1,650 farmers by Farm Futures that concluded a few days ago.

Biggest increase on hog breeding inventory since late 1990s

Hog farmers "are significantly ramping up pork production," says Farm Futures, pointing to the 4 percent increase in the breeding inventory in the three months ending on Dec 1 vs the same period in 2013.

Crop growers face more financial stress in 2015

Economists at the annual Ag Bankers Conference said crop growers will face more stress in 2015, says Farm Futures. "Some farmers may need to restructure debt to keep cash flowing the next two years, says...

Corn harvest, despite big leap, lags far behind normal pace

Corn growers harvested nearly one-fifth of the U.S. corn crop last week - around 2.9 billion bushels - last week but the harvest is far behind its usual rate, says the weekly Crop Progress report.

Barge system may be next bottleneck for grain

Transportation consultant Walter Kemmsies is skeptical the barge industry will be able to move the huge corn and soybean crops being harvested this fall, said Farm Futures, based on an interview at a grain industry meeting in New Orleans.

Lowest corn, soy prices in years if crops set records

Commodity prices will tumble if U.S. farmers harvest record corn and soybean crops this fall, says Farm Futures.

US soy yield could top 46 bushels an acre for first time

U.S. soybean yields could exceed 46 bushels an acre for the first time this year, according to separate forecasts. The record, set in 2009, is 44 bushels. Based on current conditions, Commodity Weather Group said yields would average 46.1 bushels an acre, which would mean a record crop of 3.88 billion bushels, said Farm Futures.

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