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  • Picking the Right Data Analysis Tool Yields Improved Risk Reduction

    posted by Jing Tang on Thursday, September 20, 2018 Nowadays, more and more people pay attention to data and information and how to use them in a proper way. Analyzing data includes not only collecting raw data but also how to convert the numbers to inform a company's strategy and decision making. A small improvement in data analysis can lead to a big financial return for companies.

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  • Historical Harvest Progress – How much can we harvest in a week?

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, September 06, 2018 In Iowa, the two largest weeks for harvest progress were in 1993 and 2013, when 30% of Iowa's corn crop was harvested in one week. Since 1990, every year has had a week where at least 15% of the Iowa corn crop was harvested, and 23 out of those 28 years have had a week with 20% or more harvested in one week's worth of time.

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  • What This Internship Has Taught Me

    posted by KateyJayne Dennis on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Decision Innovation Solutions end of summer internship experience blog

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  • Daily Ethanol Prices Analysis 2017-2018 Data Update

    posted by Jing Tang on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 For the first dataset, gasoline's price is higher than ethanol price, the correlation between daily ethanol price and gasoline price

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  • Chinese Fuel Ethanol Production 2018 Outlook

    posted by Jing Tang on Monday, August 13, 2018 The Chinese government indicated that the expected fuel ethanol production will be 4 million Metric tons (1.339 billion gallons) per year during the 13th Five-Year Plan. In 2017, ethanol production stands for 2.6 million tons (0.871 billion gallons) per year, increased 0.5 million tons (0.167 billion gallons) per year, from 2.1 million tons (0.703 billion gallons) in 2016.

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  • July 2018 Crop Conditions Update

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Monday, August 06, 2018 According to the July 30th USDA/NASS Iowa Crop Progress & Condition report, the Iowa corn crop is rated 78% Good/Excellent, 16% Fair, and 6% Poor/Very Poor. 96% of the Iowa corn crop is currently silking, and 31% has hit the dough stage.

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  • Corn Profitability

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Corn has been grown across Iowa for more than 150 years, more than 30,000 kernels are planted per acre, and state-average corn yields can be close to 200 bushels per acre in a good year and near 300 bushels per acres on high CSR land. Additionally, what used to take days to plant can now be done in minutes

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  • USDA's 2017/18 Corn Export Forecast: Second-Largest on Record

    posted by Patricia Batres-Marquez on Monday, July 23, 2018 Although 2018/19 corn exports are forecast down 175 million year-over-year, exports are expected to continue a strong pace in 2018/19 marketing with a forecast volume of 2.225 billion bushels. The forecast was increased by 125 million bushels from June 2018 .

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  • Pork Price Expectations: 2018 and 2019

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 Expectation for losses in the hog industry were estimated to be more than $25 per head by the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, in the report from the University of Illinois. Additionally, profit per head in 2017 was, on average, $4 per head, the expectation for 2018 is that number falling to losses of $11 per head, and then further to $14 per head in 2019. With trade deals in flux, and with the export market representing more than 20 percent of US pork production any major cha

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  • Iowa Farm Bankruptcy Trends

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 From 2001-2017, Iowa averaged about eight Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings per year. In 2017, that number rose to a record high during this time frame of 18 filed. As you can see below, the U.S. and Iowa trends in Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings follow a very similar pattern, with both seeing spikes around 2003 and 2010. 2013 and 2014 bankruptcies were lower for both the U.S. and Iowa, however both have seen much higher bankruptcy filing numbers the past three years likely due to declining cash recei

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  • I Learn Something New About Protein Everyday

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Monday, June 25, 2018 At this point the US is a net importer of seafood. However, there are a lot of things happening in breeding, feed composition, consumer trends and production technology that will support future growth in USA production of seafood.

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  • June 2018 Crop Conditions

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, June 07, 2018 Crop conditions according to the June 4th USDA/NASS Crop Progress report.

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  • 2018 Iowa Crop Progress by Crop Reporting District (CRD)

    posted by KateyJayne Dennis on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Iowa Crop Progress Reported Weekly. 5/27/2018

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  • 2018 Iowa Cash Rental Rates by County

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, May 31, 2018 The 2018 average cash rental rates for corn and soybean acres ranged from $126/acre in Clarke County to $290 in Grundy County according to the ISU Cash Rental Rates Survey.

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  • 2018 Planting Progress by State

    posted by KateyJayne Dennis on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Planting Progress Updated Weekly. 5/27/2018

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