DIS Insights

  • Will Low Hog Prices Continue in 2019?

    posted by Chris Mandt on Thursday, February 07, 2019 2018 saw decreased hog prices received for most months compared to 2017. This was partially due to trade disputes that have remained.

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  • Utilizing Crop Progress Good and Excellent Condition Ratings for forecasting Iowa Corn and Soybeans Yield – Part 2

    posted by Jing Tang on Friday, January 25, 2019 Our last article has emphasized that a good understanding of corn and soybean yields are important for the State of Iowa. So, we conducted a series of studies to analyze how to utilize crop condition ratings for forecasting Iowa corn and soybean yield. From the last article we know using the Final Crop Good and Excellent Condition Ratings to forecast Corn and Soybean Yield for the State of Iowa is a good approach.

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  • Utilizing crop progress good and excellent condition ratings for forecasting Iowa corn and soybeans yield – Part 3

    posted by Jing Tang on Friday, January 25, 2019 In this series of articles, we studied the relationship between the crop progress Good and Excellent condition ratings and the corn and soybean yields for the State of Iowa from 1986 to 2018. The final condition rating is a good predictor to forecast the Trend Adjusted (TA) Yield for both corn and soybeans; to have more details check the first article of the series.

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  • Corn Crush for Fuel Ethanol 2016-2018

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Friday, January 25, 2019 In this short report, we look at the amount of corn and sorghum crushed for fuel ethanol production. This data analysis work is based on the Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report published by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS).

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  • Utilizing Crop Progress Good and Excellent Condition Ratings for forecasting Iowa Corn and Soybeans Yield -- Part1

    posted by Jing Tang on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 US corn and soybean production in 2018 is estimated to be 14.6 billion bushels and 4.6 billion bushels, respectively. Iowa is ranked first in the United States for corn production and second in soybean production according to the USDA state ranking report published in May 2018.

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  • Looking Back on 2018

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Monday, January 14, 2019 With the upcoming close of a successful 2018, we recognize that we are undoubtedly blessed as we prepare to look back at the many great things that happened here at Decision Innovation Solutions this past year.

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  • 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 07, 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 by Sampath Jayasinghe 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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