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    Which Way Will Your Tip: More Corn Or Soybeans?

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     by John Vogel
     on April 2, 2014

    Here in the Northeast, corn and soybean markets are more keyed to feed needs and specialty markets than in the Midwest. So your acreage mix of corn and soybeans probably won't flux as much. But the prices that you buy and sell corn, soybeans and bean meal for will greatly impact profitability. And, even contract prices for these commodities are impacted. So it behooves you to stay on top of what's happening. Right? That's why I want to tip you off to a free (yes, entirely free…

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    Corn Belt Crop Update: Northeast Corn Development Leads Midwest

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     by John Vogel
     on June 21, 2013

    Last week, I reported on Corn Belt crop progress as seen during my travels across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. In brief, I've never seen so much erosion damage or so widespread ponding in soils typically tiled and well-drained in the Corn Belt. On this week's return trip, a lot more corn was just beginning to poke up through the dirt, and most planter were finishing up soybeans. Even so, I've never seen a Corn Belt corn crop so delayed in development. That's…

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    Imagine If Only 60% Of Your Corn Crop Was Emerged

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     by John Vogel
     on June 13, 2013

    You've no doubt heard about all the rains and crop planting delays that Midwest farmers have been struggling with. And I've seen a lot of the damage during the last couple days of driving I-70 across Ohio and Indiana, I-74 across Illinois and across Iowa. USDA was right in cutting back projected corn and soybean yields. Wet spots and standing water damage increased gradually as we drove westward from western Ohio. I've never seen so much erosion damage or so widespread…

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    The Perfect 'Bug' Storm

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     by John Vogel
     on June 7, 2011

      We're finally into the growing season where corn product companies are looking for every prime example of their product's superiority. And when they find one, they can't wait to tell the world about it. Last week, after an urgent email invite, I pulled into the ditch along a well-traveled highway to check out a corn plot gone wrong – or right, depending on who's looking at it. Remember, nobody wants the neighbors or anyone to see a disaster next to a road where everybody can see…

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    These Times Try Farmers' Souls

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     by John Vogel
     on April 29, 2011

    You may be reading this out of pure boredom, waiting until Mother Nature finally gives you a break in her spring monsoon. Much more than usual is riding on the outcome of this year's crops. You can almost taste the sweetness of selling corn at $7-plus – unimaginable even 8 months ago. But each day of field work delay from here to mid-May will slowly begin taking away from returns on those last-planted acres. If you're a milk or beef producer, you're in an even tighter time squeeze…

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    Get Out And Scout, Kemo Sabe!

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     by John Vogel
     on June 1, 2010

    This weekend, most of the Northeast’s corn and soybeans were out of the ground. In fact, the warm, humid weather has a lot of corn fields ready to start shooting skyward. While it’s invigorating to watch (and hear?) the corn grow, getting out there and observing what’s happening throughout the fields is hugely important. That’s because weeds and insects also rapidly develop with the warm weather. You are your best early warning system for trouble. And the sooner you…

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    Beware of the Perils of Passion

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     by John Vogel
     on March 21, 2010

      This may not be about what you think it’s about. (This Web site is an agricultural one, and fairly conservative of thought.) But read on.   With the rapid escalation of “Spring Fever”, young men’s fancy turns to mud racing and older men’s fixate on planting. The passion of this season, the farmer’s zeal, the push to see new crop push up is not unlike flipping on a lightning-speed browser or downing a quart of Red Bull. The mental rush of spring and its intoxicating fuel…

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    Northeast Crop Prospects Improve

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     by John Vogel
     on September 4, 2009

    In September’s American Ag, we reported that much of the Northeast badly needed at least a couple weeks of warm, sunny weather. And the last couple weeks of warm sunny weather have been a God-send to just about all farmers, not just those “reving” their silage chopper engines. That’s the bottom line of roadside conversations I’ve had with farmers while road-running for the magazine.   Farmers in Vermont and Massachusetts tell us that their crop progress for corn and vegetables are still…

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    Tough Start for Grain Crops

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     by John Vogel
     on June 17, 2009

    After a five-day trip into the Midwest for a family reunion, I’m back at my computer with much to report. First and foremost, I’d have to say that Northeast farmers have been blessed with good weather this spring – and Midwest farmers haven’t. That’s bound to push up corn, soybean and wheat prices this summer.    Much of the corn that I saw from the mid-sections of Ohio to western Iowa was at least two weeks behind the garden spots of southeast Pennsylvania, the Hudson Valley and western New…

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    Another Crop Rally Coming?

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     by John Vogel
     on September 5, 2008

    Hurricane Hanna may be heading up the East Coast. But any deluge will be too late to help most crops crying “Water! Please! Water!”   In early August, I suggested that we’d get a September surprise with USDA’s upcoming crop report. I suggested that corn and soybean yields might higher than August’s report. That was before the August rains – the ones that didn’t fall.   Except for one good rain, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware were staring at a record low rainfall for August. That’s…

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