By Alison Rice, Markets and News Editor, AgWeb.com
Which crop price could gain the most from La Niña? As the current El Niño weather pattern goes into the history books as one of the strongest in memory, grain analysts and farmers are wondering if the forecasted La Niña will "play nice."
According to the annual Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) results, all growers surveyed in the Corn Belt planted at least one refuge in a bag product, and many growers planted exclusively refuge-in-a-bag products.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's victory on Monday in corn-rich Iowa could represent a major blow to the nation's controversial biofuels program, reflecting its waning influence over politicians even in the U.S. farm heartland.
By Ben Potter, AgWeb.com Social Media and Innovation Editor
Agriculture has not provided many hot-button issues for the candidates of the 2016 presidential election to discuss – with one exception. Because the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is oft-argued, and because the candidates are spending so much time in Iowa, where roughly 25% of the nation’s ethanol is produced, the question has come up here and there.
By Christopher Seifert, Data Science at Granular, Inc., and Bruce Sherrick, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
Farmland markets have received a great deal of attention as farm income has come under pressure due to lower and more volatile commodity prices, and as recent actions by the Federal Reserve have led to increased concern about capitalization rates for real assets such as farmland.
Faced with unappealing prices for most major crops, farmers in the southern U.S. Plains are struggling with what to plant this year. The region, stretching from Texas to Nebraska, is traditionally one of the world's leading producers of wheat and cattle.