Three Fifty Corn?! Thuree Five Zero!
May 13, 2013
Three Fifty Corn? Thuree Five Zero!
All the angst about delayed planting may mean less corn than we'd like, but USDA still thinks we'll get more than enough. Last week's WASDE report cut its yield projections from its last guess, but still projects plenty of corn.
It was enough that Jerry Gulke used the $3.50 number in his outlook for new crop corn prices. He says it will take $3.50 to $4 corn to "buy back demand." Wouldn't that be nice for feeder prices?
CO2 hits dinosaurian levels
The big news last week was that carbon dioxide levels have reached the highest point in 300 million years. That's serious stuff on the global warming front, and it provided lots of scary fodder for the press.
Eat more bugs. No. Seriously.
Who says we can't feed the teeming billions of the future? The UN says we just need to eat more insects and they say industrial agriculture is just the outfit to develop the production systems. (Once we work the bugs out, of course.)
So if eating arthropods is good for the world, that must make this French chef and his crickets not so much eccentric as avant garde, we suppose
We know this constitutes a potential competitor for beef, but we remain confident that, well, bugs ain’t beef. They eat horses in France and the Peruvians like the occasional guinea pig. But they all prefer beef. We suspect the same will be true long after the New York Times’ food critics have declared dung bettle soufflé the wave of the future.
NPR delivers the poop on biosolids as fertilizer
Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?
The news here: Bankers think
This committee of bankers, wise and studied men, no doubt, think there just may be some bit of a bubble--a bit of irrational exuberance, perhaps--in these land prices. You think?
Iowa's sue-the-farmer ruling
Montana's wolf kill debates howl on
But the Canadians have a better idea.
You just scrape up the road kill and do a copter drop to the predators. Maybe the Montanas could furnish some dead wolves.
We continue our search for good burger advice
Politico says the "powerful" beef lobby has won one on the Farm Bill
We continue our search for good press for ag gag laws. Again, no luck.
Hey, we're foreigners there, so they’re saying we’re good workers!
NPR's take on crop insurance
An economic upswing?
Beef board at Wine and Food festival
Ted Turner's good buffalo deal
Paul McCartney's daughter does a vegetarian book
Curing the hiccups