Archive - 2018

  • Fall 2018: Crop Supply, Demand, and Storage Capacity

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 The last Crop Progress report released by USDA on November 26, 2018, indicated the top 18 corn and soybeans producing states were 90 percent and 91 percent harvested, respectively. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released by USDA on December 10, 2018, projected 2018/19 corn production at 14.626 billion bushels, which if realized, would be the second largest after 2016 (15.148 billion bushels). In addition, USDA projected soybean production this marketing year ma

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  • Alabama Hurricane Michael Economic Loss

    posted by Rachel Sonnabend on Thursday, December 13, 2018 The Alabama Hurricane Michael was a Category 4 storm that made landfall on October 10, 2018. Due to 155 miles per hour winds, Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane to hit the continental United States since 2004. Eight counties in southeastern Alabama were specifically impacted; Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Russell.

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  • Iowa Fertilizer Price Trends: November 2018

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Friday, November 30, 2018 Iowa fertilizer prices are down significantly from 2012, however fertilizer prices have been on the rise since late 2017. In 2012, urea prices were near $800/ton, but have since declined to $366/ton as of November 2018. Liquid nitrogen 32% has averaged about $344/ton from 2012-2018, but is currently $258/ton.

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  • Feed Mills are a Critical Link in the Food Chain

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Saturday, November 17, 2018 Over the past 4 years, our team at Decision Innovation Solutions has had the opportunity to work with all levels of the livestock, poultry and aquaculture production industry.

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  • U.S. Soybean Outlook: 2018/19 Lower Production and Exports and Higher Ending Stocks

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 USDA's November 8, 2018, edition of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE) contains the latest forecast for the 2018/19 soybean marketing year

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  • Prediction of 2018 Corn and Soybean Production and Yields

    posted by Jing Tang on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 In Iowa, the harvesting season for both corn and soybean is underway. “U.S. farmers are expecting higher production of soybeans, while expecting a slightly decreasing corn production”, saying by the Newsletter from USDA published on Aug 10th, 2018.

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  • US Fats and Oils: Inedible Grease Market Analysis

    posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 Yellow grease (YG) and choice white grease (CWG) are marginal value commodities. YG can be many products such as used cooking oil, lower quality fat from slaughter houses and rendering plants. CWG is mainly rendered porcine fat. Both YG and CWG are used to produce livestock and poultry feed as a fat source. They are also used in biodiesel production as feedstocks.

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  • Fall Rainfall Records

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Saturday, October 20, 2018 We are now a little over halfway through October and Iowa corn harvest progress is only at 17% and soybean harvest progress is 19% complete, which are both behind the 5-year averages of 24% and 51%, respectively. Many are wondering, how does this fall rainfall compare to other years?

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  • Iowa is a Leader in the Wind Energy Industry

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Monday, October 15, 2018 By the end of the second quarter of 2018, Iowa added 4 MW of new wind power capacity for a total of 7,312 MW. Based on the newest data from the U.S. Department of Energy, in terms of wind power capacity installed, Iowa is the third in the nation after Texas and Oklahoma.

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  • Final 2017 ARC-CO Payments

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Monday, October 15, 2018 2017 ARC-CO payments were issued by USDA's Farm Service Agency on October 4, 2018. As shown on the maps below, Iowa counties received final payment rates ranging from $6.48 to $64.39 per acre for corn and $0.42 to $49.96 per acre for soybeans.

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  • What Goes into Animal Feed Leads to Multiple Projects

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Monday, October 15, 2018 What began as a single project for a national commodity organization has now officially blossomed into four repeats of that project along with many others which have spun off that original project in 2014.

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  • U.S. Pork Exports Increased Increased in July While Mexico and China Tariffs Continued

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, October 4, 2018 U.S. pork muscle cut export volume increased 6 percent to 1.165 million metric tons (MT) during the first seven months of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

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  • Our Approach to Managing Client Projects

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, September 27, 2018 Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) has the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients who all have their own unique needs. The team of professionals at DIS bring a wide range of skills and experience into each client's project.

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  • Picking the Right Data Analysis Tool Yields Improved Risk Reduction: Distillers Corn Oil Market

    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 6, 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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