STC: Rail service for ag better, but can still use improvement
Freight rail service during the 2014 harvest has improved slightly from the performance of many Class I railroads last year, at least in Great Plains states, according to a research project sponsored by the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) and the University of Minnesota.
Michigan hosting January talks on choosing a crop protection
Michigan State University extension and other groups are hosting presentations on farm bill Title 1 programs at numerous dates and locations across the state. Full list of locations and times can be found at http://events.anr.msu.edu/FarmBill1415
For many years, good value meant low price and acceptable quality. But some time in the last 10 years, consumer studies began to show quality trumps price when shopping for beef. The higher beef prices trended, the more important quality became.
Market guessing at potential yield loss for corn still in-field
Some producers across the United States have simply decided to leave their crops in the fields until they can be directly delivered. This is especially the case on corn, where the crop is standing fairly well. A lack of storage and interior logistics are also a few of the reasons we have yet to see some cornfields harvested.