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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
My other ponder for the week was on carbon trading, also highlighted in the January Top Producer. Ethanol has been ruled as less carbon friendly since twice as many new acres of land will be brought into production in other parts of the world to replace those crop acres used by the US ethanol industry. Yet, cap-and-trade advocates actively promote carbon payments for reforesting North American cropland as a way to reduce global atmospheric carbon. How does this acreage loss not cause the same global crop acreage expansion as ethanol acres? (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
I am a believer in free markets, but the tail is wagging the dog here, we producers have to realize just exactly what we have here , its not any one else’s to decide, this isn't poker, we hold all the cards. How long will it take for a realization amongst farmers that as independent individuals we are easy to manipulate, and that the rest of the market place knows it, and uses it to their advantage, talk about a bluff! , we hold a royal flush and still lose.
-- Waupaca County, Wis.
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-- Vernon, Texas
-- Stanislaus County, Central California
-- Norman County, Minn.
-- Watonwan County, Minn.
Wet, cold weather has required increased feeding of hay and supplements to livestock. (Texas AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Gerald Evers)
Corn in the Penn State variety test plot averaged 208 bpa at 17% over all varieties tested. Range was 188 - 237. That yield was accomplished with residual fertility and 2 ton per acre of broiler litter before no-till planting. That is the second time I have accomplished an independently documented 200 bpa in corn with no commercial fertilizer. Different farm, different year the other time however.
Have locked in and paid for nitrogen fertilizer and seed. At least 25% lower than current year. Basis on corn however is lower than previous years trend at only 20+ - 30+ cents....too much corn still in the field looking for an empty bin.... We can run 40+ - 70+ cents to Chicago.... we can however actually forward price both 2010 corn and beans with our local elevator and defend with a call option if we desire.
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