U.S. corn and soybean crops are being harvested more quickly than anticipated, putting potential pressure on prices in the cash market as farmers sell more of their stock due to concerns over diseases such as aflatoxin that could hurt quality, according to analysts.
The corn harvest was 26 percent complete as of September 16, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress report, compared with an expected 24 percent based on a Reuters poll of 11 analysts, and up from a predicted 15 percent the week of September 9. Farmers harvested 10 percent of the soybean crop, compared with expectations for 9 percent and up from a predicted 4 percent. "These are extremely rapid harvest paces," said Karl Setzer, a commodity trading advisor with MaxYield Cooperative. "In all reality, the harvest could be over by the end of September or first week of October." The harvest, he said, is currently running roughly 30 days ahead of normal.
According to the USDA report, the corn harvest in Illinois was 36 percent complete as of September 16, up from 21 percent on September 9. In Iowa, the harvest was 22 percent complete, up from 10 percent. For soybeans, the harvests in Iowa and Illinois were at 6 percent and 3 percent complete, respectively. The southern harvest stood with Louisiana at 52 percent and Mississippi at 58 percent.
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extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
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