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AgWeb Editor Greg Vincent takes a big-picture look at agriculture and current events.

Weather, Markets and Webinars

Mar 24, 2009
Anhydrous was going down in a fury yesterday across much of the Midwest. “The ground is working like a dream,” said one central Illinois farmer. “But it probably won’t last long because we’re supposed to get rain the rest of the week.”
It came last night and it will keep coming for the rest of the week. But that is planting season farm country.
 
This year is a little different than most, however. Many of you tell us you’re undecided about how much of what crop you’ll plant. Even if you're pretty much decided, you're still leaving some wiggle room until you have to make that decision. Weather and fertilizer prices will likely dictate what goes in the ground and when. We’ll try to help you with some of those answers tomorrow afternoon with the Top Producer Pre-Planting and Weather Outlook Webinar.

Questions over acreage for 2009 will create uncertainty in the markets even after the USDA Planting Intentions report is released on March 31. Probably until the June report.

So tune in on your computer tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. CT and here what these experts have to say about the outlook for weather, markets, and the weather markets.

  • Fred Gesser, meteorologist with Planalytics gives his 60-day weather outlook
  • Jerry Gulke, SMS Consulting, will discuss market outlook and how the planting indecision is impacting the markets
  • JC Hoyt, Cash Grain Bids will tell how the impact of a wet spring could have on basis and is having on basis
  • Tim Chrislip, CHS Inc. will talk about fertilizer supplies through planting season and how that may impact what farmers decide to plant.
 
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