According to research from the University of Illinois, excess leucine in pig diets can decrease protein synthesis and reduce feed intake.
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Given greater oil-extraction efficiencies at corn-ethanol plants, the resulting co-products, DDGS, are lower in fat. That means less energy for pigs consuming DDGS as part of their diet.
While December futures prices struggle to break through $4, the potential for a smaller crop holds the promise of a price rally despite weak demand.
Research shows reducing protein in diets for weanling pigs may reduce diarrhea, comparable to pigs fed antibiotic growth promoters to help reduce diarrhea.
USDA’s August crop production forecast delivered a shock to corn markets with much larger production than expected. Market participants continue to question the crop size, says agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
Strengthening basis levels indicate supply issues to come if the dry, hot weather persists over large areas of the Corn Belt, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs.
As the U.S. administration continues to negotiate a trade deal with China, the prospect of a resolution looms larger for corn and soybean export potential in 2019.