How Long Will This Last?

This seems to be the biggest question being asked and the answers are varying wildly. I suspect this is what really has Wall Street spooked. We all understand that "containment" is somewhat a foregone thought and that the powers that be are desperately trying to "reduce the curve" of immediate...

Three of My Top LifeHacks to Help Stay Positive

I certainly don't want to sound Pollyannaish and/or unrealistic. In fact, I've always hated the "rah-rah folks who seem to have blinders on and simply opt to ignore the negatives. I also know how hard it is to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems like...

Weather Concerns Take Back Seat to Coronavirus, Oil Rout

Traders are gearing up for U.S planting season. Bulls are pointing to overly wet conditions and the possibility of extreme flooding in many parts of the U.S. Traders are specifically keeping a close eye on the banks of the Mississippi River in parts of Illinois and Iowa, as well as...

Things are Getting Very Real and Very Close to Home

Not wanting to be a "doom and gloom" promoter but things are starting to get very real and hitting very close to home. My daughter is still in self-quarantine (good news no temperature). The entire country of Italy is on lockdown. St. Patrick’s Day parades are canceled across Ireland. U.S....

If You’re In The Livestock Business… Pay Close Attention

When the stock market shakes out and investors are forced to reposition and reallocate funds, we often see new industries and new concepts more rapidly evolve and prosper. Jacob Bunge wrote an interesting article last week that pertained to "plant-based" meat companies lowering prices and working towards becoming more competitive....

Cool Farming Apps for 2020

While you can always download and ditch an app later when its value comes up short, saving precious minutes experimenting with something that ends up as an empty promise can get frustrating. We've scoured the web in search of the best farming apps to make your life a bit easier...

Van Trump Family Update… and Corona Thoughts

As many of you know, my daughter Kennedy has been in Italy working to finish her degree in architecture. It's actually required at her school that she studies in Rome and travels around Europe to gain a better perspective of the various styles of architecture. She was super excited about...

Will China Turn to U.S. Soybeans as Brazil Struggles with Logistical Hiccups?

Soybean bulls are pointing to rising export tariffs for Argentine "soybeans, meal and bean oil". There are also some logistical complications brewing in portions of Brazil that we are closely monitoring. This time period between more readily available South American supply might provide a little opportunity for U.S. soybeans. I...

Startup Develops a Pollinator Robot that Could Replace Bees

Pollinator populations around the globe continue to decline, a scary problem when you consider that we depend on them for about three-quarters of our crops. Israeli startup Edete believes it has a viable solution with its new mechanical pollination machine, which the company calls "a safety net for the world's...