U.S. corn stockpiles in the 2011-2012 marketing year will fall to 20.3 million metric tons, the lowest level in 16 years, and prices will rise 9 percent in six months, according to Goldman Sachs.
Corn futures have already declined 11 percent in the last year, and may drop to $5.25 per bushel at the end of 2012. “Corn prices will remain high relative to other crops in coming months in order to secure sufficient acreage gains in the U.S. to help rebuild U.S. inventories,” said New York-based analyst Damien Courvalin.
Soybean futures have dropped 15 percent in the last year and wheat has dropped 26 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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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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