Almost perfect – but not quite. That’s how many Midwest farmers would describe the weather so far in April. Temperatures have been amenable, but precipitation has put more than a few planting schedules on pause.
While use in agriculture remains small, sales of zinc-infused fertilizers from companies including Mosaic Co. are growing. Farmers are trying to boost yields by reviving soils deprived of nutrients by overuse and a changing climate.
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As corn pokes through the soil it’s susceptible to a wide variety of attacks. From insects to disease, attacking organisms see young corn as easy prey—and an attack could be detrimental to yield.
While soybean acres gained major ground per USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, overall crop acres will be less than years past.
Although economics in the heart of the Corn Belt favor a switch to more soybeans and less corn, experts in the I-States of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa say rotational considerations and core crop competencies will keep the shift from being too dramatic.
While rain pours in parts of the Midwest farmers in southern states are moving right along with corn and cotton planting. This week put Texas ahead of planting average while other states are just getting started.
From 2015 to 2016, no major acreage shifts shook the so-called Great Lakes states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Will that consistency hold another year?
If weather stays on track, farmers in the north can expect to get planting started earlier, which could lead to more opportunities for corn acres in some states.
Depressed wheat prices and dry weather conditions are top of mind for farmers in the Great Plains this spring.
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Ahead of the March 31 USDA Prospective Plantings report, several other entities are making their own educated guesses regarding U.S. row crop acres. The latest to do so is MetLife Agricultural Finance, which expects farmers to up their soybean acres by 3.3% from 2016.
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Producers and grain marketers alike are anxiously awaiting USDA’s Planting Intentions report on March 31. Will soybeans reach the rumored 90-million-acre mark? Maybe.
If you haven’t bought fertilizer this year, anticipate higher prices for all major nutrients. As spring’s fertilizer needs rise so have prices, but not above 2016 levels, says David Widmar, economist at Purdue University and author at Agricultural Economics Insight.
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Soybeans have shocked and surprised many producers over the past few years, partly from yield improvement and acreage growth. Industry leaders are looking toward the future, searching for a way to continue to drive value for growers based on quality.
The South American harvest season is coming to an end, and they soybean crop is predicted to be better than originally expected. Last week, Informa Economics boosted their estimate from 106.5 MMT to 108 MMT. USDA predicts 104 MMT of soybeans coming out of Brazil.