Putting America’s Land Usage Into Economic Perspective

America has one of the largest landmasses in the world at its disposal with over 3.8 million square miles, and that's without taking into account either Alaska or Hawaii. In an interesting article recently published by the World Economic Forum, they raised the question of how America's land actually gets...

Nine Generations Later Americas Oldest Distillery Still Running

Laird & Company is synonymous with apple spirits, producing the vast majority of all Applejack and American Apple Brandy on the market. The Laird family began distilling in America in 1698 after Alexander Laird emigrated from County Fife, Scotland, where he had already perfected his distilling technique. Apples were the...

What I’ve Been Hearing About the Locust…

What I've Been Hearing About the Locust... The UN's Food & Agriculture Organization said recently that the number of locusts in East Africa could expand 500 times by June. The desert locust may be the most dangerous yet. From what I understand, just a single small locust swarm, if it comes...

What’s Expected from the USDA Ag Outlook?

Corn traders have all eyes on the USDA Ag Outlook numbers. The trade seems to be looking for a planted acreage number between 93 and 95 million with an average yield of around 176 bushels per acre and total U.s. new-crop production north of 15 billion bushels. If you want...

What You Need to Know About Growing Hemp in 2020

USDA in late January closed the public comment period on its interim final rule for hemp production but there remains a great deal of confusion about the guidelines as the 2020 growing season quickly approaches. Many growers viewed 2019 as an "educational opportunity" on many fronts. And a lot of...

The Biggest Cow-Calf Ranch in the U.S.

If you're thinking it's in Texas, Kansas or South Dakota, you're wrong! Deseret Ranches is located in Central Florida and belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is located about 50 miles southeast of the Orlando International Airport and 19 miles west of Cape Canaveral,...

What’s Driving Global Protein Demand?

Plant-based protein demand is growing and while most people think vegans are the driving force behind it we actually have to thank the "flexitarians", those who switch between eating both meat and meatless meat. Flexitarians have multiple approaches to their diets, meaning some limit their meat choices to items that...

Why I’m Making a Move on Fertilizer

Fertilizer prices here at home had been moving lower for several months, but I've started noticing a few ticking higher compared to last month i.e. anhydrous and UAN32. I'm not sounding any alarms, but I do think we need to take notice and pay attention for a moment, especially with the coronavirus still...

From the Field – South Dakota

The little bit of snow and 50 miles per hour wind is going to shut everyone down for at least a few days. I wanted to further report on what we are seeing. When the guys first got out there and started picking corn, the moisture was around 20-21% and...

Morning Summary 02-12-20

Stock bulls are extremely happy to see the 10th record close for the S&P 500 and the 12th record close for the Nasdaq already in this new year. Bears continue to question how much higher the bulls can run amid the large degree of global economic uncertainty being generated by China's coronavirus...