Fran HowardContributing Writer



Articles By Fran Howard

Nov 27, 2017

Canadian Imports of U.S. Butter Plunge

Canadian producers ramp up milk production in effort to meet internal demand.

May 06, 2016

Canada Running Out of Wheat

As of March 31, year-over-year stocks of wheat, canola, and soybeans were lower, while inventories of corn, barley and oats were larger, according to Statistics Canada’s Stocks of Principal Field Crops report, released Friday, May 6.

May 03, 2016

Louisiana Producers Facing Yield Losses in Soybeans

If it doesn’t stop raining soon in the Bayou State, fields intended for soybeans and cotton could also go unplanted.

Apr 21, 2016

Canadian Farmers Intend to Plant More Pulses

Canadian farmers intend to plant more peas, lentils, barley, and corn this spring but fewer acres of wheat, canola, soybeans, and oats compared to a year ago, according to Statistics Canada’s Principal Field Crop Areas’ March Farm Survey.

Apr 21, 2016

Missouri Farmers See Quick Start to Planting

After a dicey planting season last year in Missouri, producers plan to return to their normal rotations by planting as many acres of corn and soybeans this year as they did two years ago.

Apr 15, 2016

Rice Might Steal 400,000 Acres This Spring

Rice, whose plantings are dwarfed by the millions of corn, soybeans, and cotton acres in the U.S., could see its acreage climb this spring. The grain is projected to steal more than 400,000 acres from other commodities this year, according to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report.

Apr 08, 2016

Will Growers Stay With Corn or Switch to Sorghum?

Since USDA conducted its annual Prospective Plantings survey, however, market and soil conditions have changed enough that some of those acres in the Western Corn Belt could shift back into sorghum.

Apr 04, 2016

Rains May Force Delta Farmers to Shift Corn Acres to Other Crops

The recent rains that fell on Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas likely wreaked more damage on fields still soggy from the torrential rains that fell in mid-March.

Mar 25, 2016

Higher Crude Oil Prices Could Lift Powder Prices

Nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder prices tend to rise and fall with crude oil prices.