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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Decline of wild bees imperils US crops - CSMonitor.com

Decline of wild bees imperils US crops - CSMonitor.com: Wild bees, crucial pollinators for many crops, are on the decline in some of the main agricultural regions of the United States, according to scientists who produced the first national map of bee populations and identified numerous trouble spots....

NW Iowa bucks downward ag land trend (12/23/15)

Spencer Daily Reporter: Local News: NW Iowa bucks downward ag land trend (12/23/15): After dropping sharply in each of the past two years, area farmland took a modest turn upward in 2015, according to a new study of agriculture land values by Iowa State University Extension Service.

Farmland loss is alarming

Farmland loss is alarming: I was wondering, do you know how scarce farmland is? Only four percent of the world is arable — that means farmable — and Iowa has 10 percent of that. It’s kind of crazy, but it’s all true. Also, it takes 500 years to grow one inch of farmland back, and Iowa loses 26,000 acres of farmland every year. After doing all the math, that means Iowa loses 100 farms every month.

How Much Working Capital Do You Need? - Crops - News | Agweb.com

How Much Working Capital Do You Need? - Crops - News | Agweb.com: Maintain your working capital – that’s a given. But how much working capital will you need? Ag economists Michael Boehlje, Michael Langemeier and Ken Foster addressed this question in the December 2015 Purdue Agricultural Economics Report.

Agriculture Ministry launches two mobile apps for farmers - The Hindu

Agriculture Ministry launches two mobile apps for farmers - The Hindu: In a bid to let farmers harvest the best of mobile technology, the Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday launched two mobile apps for farmers here.

Launching the apps, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government would launch a new crop insurance scheme next month, which would aim speedy disposal of claims with very less premiums.

Drop predicted in farmland values - South Bend Tribune: Business

Drop predicted in farmland values - South Bend Tribune: Business: Higher interest rates and low crop prices likely will drive down the value of Indiana farmland in 2016, according to Craig Dobbins, an agricultural economist at Purdue University.
However, any losses should be moderate, he said, and values should fall slowly because there is a limited supply of farmland on the market.

Ag Report: farm land value survey - Story | SiouxlandMatters

Ag Report: farm land value survey - Story | SiouxlandMatters: Iowa State University recently released the results of its annual land value survey.

The survey actually showed that the average price of farmland in Iowa has declined nearly 4% across the state.�

This might be surprising to some, given the fact that agricultural commodity prices and farm income are both down.�

However, Melissa O'Rourke, a farm management specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says the surprise is how little the farmland values did go down.

A Chipotle Education - WSJ

A Chipotle Education - WSJ: The executives at Chipotle Mexican Grill have been, well, dining out for years on their self-styled reputation for “food with integrity.” So their competitors who by implication lack integrity can be forgiven if they indulge in a little Schadenfreude about the company’s recent trouble with food-borne disease.

Real Estate News: Existing-Home Sales Down 10.5 Percent in November, NAR Says : News : Realty Today

Real Estate News: Existing-Home Sales Down 10.5 Percent in November, NAR Says : News : Realty Today: The total existing-home sales in November has dropped by 10.5 percent- the slowest pace in 19 months.

����������� According to the press release of National Association of Realtors in PR News Wire, the total completed transaction of existing homes, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased by 10.5 percent �to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million in November (lowest since�April 2014�at 4.75 million) from a downwardly revised 5.32 million in October.�After the decline of existing home sales in October, sales are now 3.8 percent below a year ago - the first year-over-year decrease since September 2014

AgManager.info: Grain Outlook

AgManager.info: Grain Outlook: Since USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports on December 9th, U.S. and World wheat market prices have moved sideways-to-marginally higher. �For the “new crop” 2015/16 marketing year the USDA projected that 1) World wheat total supplies (947.0 mmt) and total use (717.1 mmt) would be at record high levels, 2) World wheat export trade (161.7 mmt) would be down moderately from a year ago (164.4 mmt) – with World export sales competition occurring in what can be termed a “buyer’s market”, and c) World wheat ending stocks (229.9 mmt – up from 212.1 mmt a year ago) would be record high, with percent ending stocks-to-use (32.1% - up from 30.0% a year ago) at their highest level in 14 years (since MY 2001/02).� The 38-year low in World wheat ending stocks of 128.6 mmt and percent ending stocks-to-use of 20.9% S/U occurred in the last major “short crop” marketing year in MY 2007/08.�

Will You Be Ready to Act on the Rally? | Agweb.com

Will You Be Ready to Act on the Rally? | Agweb.com: “As we look at 2016 … everything seems very dark, very bearish, but I’m optimistic that there’s going to be a few opportunities along the way between market structure and weather and a number of other (factors),” said Mike North of Commodity Risk Management Group, speaking on U.S. Farm Report. “There’s a few things that are hiding in the bushes, so to speak, that could stick their head up and provide some opportunity, but I think we need to be smart about opportunity as we head in to 2016.”

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher on short covering as they slip into the holiday trading comma. Outside markets are a bit stronger with very light volume. New news is sparse as the world prepares for the Christmas Holiday.

Weather is focused on South American crops. Comments from RJ O’Brien’s contact in Brazil suggests the dry to extremely dry area has been reduced to 20% in Mato Grosso and some surrounding areas. He is estimating Brazil’s production could be down 2 mmt from the 100 mmt projected by USDA. Weather forecasts for Brazil in the 11 to 15 day period are expecting good moisture coverage.