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Agriculture Spring Prep

Agriculture Spring PrepReady for Spring? Spring in the U.S. means different things to different frames and ranches. What do those on the ranch or farm do to prepare for the seasonal changes? This #AgChat brings in questions about the time of year and what decisions need to be made before the next season arrives.

Biofuels Causing Tension in the Feed Grain Markets?

Feed Grain and Ethanol The weather is seriously stressing many crops this year. Corn, specifically, is also being stressed because of the demand for biofuel (ethanol) and livestock animal feed.



Dr. Thomas E. Elam, FarmEcon LLC, released a presentation and detailed analysis of why the USA Renewable Fuel Standard, in this current weather and economic environment, needs to have flexibility in its application [background via EPA]. Dr. Elam's key point: Ethanol policy has increased and destabilized corn and related commodity prices [detailed analysis paper PDF] [summary slide deck PDF].



Dr. Bob Wisner, Iowa State University, and Joel Newman, President and CEO of American Feed Industry Association, provide some highlights of the report titled "Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding". This is a another report that highlights the conflicts of having corn being used as a feed grain and a source of energy (ethanol): "Biofuels: A Major Driver of the Changing Feed Cost Environment" is one of the first executive summary points [audio] [report PDF].

Grain in Bottles or Feed?

Economic Grain Situation and Outlook
What is it with the Grain Situation? I am NOT opposed to ethanol. I do prefer it aged in oaken barrels or pretty glass bottles! sums up how Dr. Meyers feels about corn used in ethanol. This presentation (with lots of charts for the data included) shares some other thoughts about the markets, grain, and the future of animal feed [video].

DairyCast Update for July 9th, 2012, Flex-Fuel Vehicles May Cause More Corn To Disappear

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Dr. Elwynn Taylor - Weather Outlook

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What's Up With The Weather? High temperatures across the USA have been a departure from the 1981 2010 average. The persistent heat from the summer of 2011 had more than 70 days over 100 degrees in some spots across the USA and every state has had temps over 100 degrees. What are the impacts on agriculture going forward? What should we do?