What’s Up with these Giant Asian Hornets?

As if 2020 didn't have enough apocryphal stories brewing, we now have the giant Asian Hornets to add to the mix. I've been seeing this story circulating around Facebook and other media sites and thought it was worth exploring and sharing some insight on this nasty looking insect. Having landed...

Perspective is an Amazing Art

“Imagine you were born in 1900. On your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it...

Chinese Demand, Crude Oil Continue to Set the Trend

CORN bears are pointing to what many producers in big production states are calling the best planting conditions they've seen in several years. Bulls are pointing to extremely cool temps in the forecast - possibly below 30 degrees - and some important areas where producers have already been planting into...

What You Need to Know… Big Money Leasing Farmland to Solar Operators

Solar is being installed at an increasing clip across the United States with large-scale projects looking to farms for the massive tracts of land needed for their development. In fact, I've personally spoken with and talked to several landowners who have recently inked longterm leases (10 to 30 years) on...

Sunflower Crop Might Have Some Hidden Potential

Nearly five years ago Aleh Manchulianstau, a food scientist, and co-founder of PLANETARIANS stumbled across defatted sunflower seeds, the dry matter left after oil extraction, which because of its hard, woodlike structure, is either completely discarded by the food industry or fed to cows. Manchuliantsau saw other opportunities for this...

New Report Shows Investing in Agricultural Research Delivers Long-Term Economic Benefits

An interesting new report from the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation (SoAR) shows that investing in agricultural research results in a long-term economic boost for the farm industry. The report comes as U.S. farmers are beset by slew of economic complications and Congress works on additional stimulus measures to address...

Morning Summary 05-01-20

Chew on this Chinese math... U.S. stocks just finish their strongest month since 1987, at the same time the six-week unemployment total is now +30 million, implying a jobless rate of around 22%, the worst since the Great Depression, and more than twice the 10% peak reached in 2009. Consumer...

Bitcoin Bouncing… What You Need to Know About the “Halving”

As most of you know, I still own some Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash off the original split. From what I understand, the next "Bitcoin Halving" is about two weeks away. Industry experts aren't certain of the exact date but many believe it will happen on or around May 12th. Google...

Grain Traders Keeping Close Eye on Livestock, Weather, and Crude

CORN trade is talking perhaps 1 million cattle now backed up in the pipeline awaiting slaughter. Seeing similar complications in both the pork and poultry sectors. There is talk that President Trump is going to mandate that processing plants stay open in order to avoid a food problem here in...