USDA raises corn stocks projections, lowers soybeans

MarketsFarm — Updated supply/demand estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture came largely in line with expectations, with larger U.S. and world corn and wheat stocks and slight downward revisions to soybean carryout numbers. Expected U.S. corn ending stocks for the current marketing year were raised by 200 million bushels, to 2.035 billion bushels, in […] Read more

Feed weekly outlook: Corn acreage predicted to be flat

MarketsFarm — Experts predict corn acreage will be flat in Western Canada in 2019. While flooding remains a concern to many this spring, years of dry summers have impacted soil conditions to the point where a wet spring may be a welcome reprieve. “I’m more concerned about how much moisture we will have gained because […] Read more

There are several areas on a planter you should focus your attention on before taking to the field.

Use planter checklist before heading to the field

Smooth planter operation requires attention to hydraulics, meters and other parts

Spring planting will be underway shortly, and thorough checks of planting equipment are vital to crop success. Josh Boersen and his father Brad farm cash crops and broiler chickens north of Stratford, and have been doing checks of their planters for many years. Off the top, they emphasize safety first. Every year when they set […] Read more

BASF Ag Solutions to move Canadian head office west

The Canadian arm of BASF Agricultural Solutions plans to relocate its head office to Calgary from Mississauga effective Oct. 1. The crop protection arm of the German chemical company said Wednesday it wants to move the Canadian head office “closer to customers” after closing its deals last year to buy a “range of businesses and […] Read more

Close-up of Sierra Mixe maize aerial roots and mucilage production.

Nitrogen fixing corn?

Genes from Mexican variety could reduce fertilizer bill and environmental footprint

If nitrogen fertilizer wasn’t necessary for growing corn, how much would you save? According to research from the University of Wisconsin, ancient relatives of modern commercial corn might hold another key to developing nitrogen-fixing corn varieties. Why it matters: Corn that fixes a major portion of its own nitrogen could bring significant savings and environmental […] Read more