U.S. grains: Soybeans, corn slide as export sales data disappoints

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean and corn futures fell on Thursday on disappointing weekly export sales data and expectations of large South American harvests that should dampen U.S. export prospects, analysts said. Wheat futures were higher on short-covering after a five-session slide and worries that wintry weather in the Dakotas will curb plantings of […] 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


Getting out of the tractor cab to check soil conditions is important to getting 
the crop off to a strong start.

Patience pays off to ensure the best soil planting conditions

Temperature and moisture are the main components to analyze when planting

Spring 2019 will arrive soon and the planting season is quickly approaching. Farmers spend most of their work time in a tractor during planting, but some of the most valuable time is off the tractor, checking soil conditions. “Boots in the field pays for itself every single time, getting out of the cab and double-checking, […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Markets at mercy of weather

MarketsFarm — Traders are bracing for more inclement weather to hit the U.S. Midwest, which in turn could rock commodities. Springtime floods and adverse weather have impacted the majority of the U.S. Plains and Midwest, and those regions expect another snow system before the end of March. Flooding may delay planting dates, causing farmers to […] Read more


China’s battle against Canadian canola looms over soy

MarketsFarm — As headlines are transfixed with China’s ongoing dispute with Canada, some are concerned soybeans will receive the same treatment as canola. “We’ll still use quite a few soybeans in this country as it is,” said Dale McManus, a grain broker with Johnston’s Grain at Welwyn, Sask. However, he clarified, “everything you’re watching about […] Read more