WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Lentil markets are moving as well as can be expected, given our deplorable quality. Overseas end users have now received their initial 2014 crop shipments, and they are not impressed. Processors took the flack on this year’s quality.
Wheat struggled to start last week, but managed to end the week with a strong session. For the week, March Minneapolis dropped 7.75 cents, March Chicago gained 3.5 cents and March Kansas City gave back 11.75 cents.
I want to address several misconceptions expressed in the recent Agweek article on the farm program biologists working in U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service offices (Ag groups act to limit conservation groups, Dec. 1)
Wheat started last week with strong gains, but gave back most of them the rest of the week. For the week ending Dec. 4, March Minneapolis gained 2.25 cents, March Chicago picked up 11.25 cents and March Kansas City dropped 4.5 cents.
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
It’s a world-famous epigram that is said to have been coined by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the 1800s. I think of that saying as I hear experts talk in hushed tones about the times we’re heading into.
On Dec. 3, I had the privilege to share with the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Senate both my experience as a Minnesota farmer working on water management and my thoughts about how we in agriculture can contribute to improved water quality.
The challenge of feeding an additional 2 billion people by 2050 has generated considerable discussion since 2009 when the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization suggested we would need to increase agricultural production by 70 percent between 2005 and 2007 to feed 9 billion in 2050.
Others have used the figure of 100 percent.
Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer
December 08, 2014
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Flax was the only prairie crop to be larger this year than in 2013, yet prices remain stubbornly strong. You can probably find $12.50 to $13 per bushel. That’s below the five-year average price, but above the nine-year average.
Wheat traded higher last week. For the week ending Nov. 26, December Minneapolis gained 15.25 cents, December Chicago gained 14.75 cents and December Kansas City gained 17 cents. As of 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28, wheat trade was 13 to 16 cents higher.
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