Ground Work

Ground Work 2021: Wrapping up Michigan Planting Season

Laurie Isley|Jun 4, 2021

We finished planting soybeans in mid-May, and we terminated all our cover crops prior to crop emergence. Corn planting was completed on May 24. It…


U.S. Soybean Growers, Market Eye February Prices Ahead of Plantings

Rob Hatchett|Feb 25, 2020

February is a crucial month for many U.S. growers of summer crops as prices during this period help to drive planting intentions for the upcoming…


Minimum Freight Rates Increasing 11% to 15%

Alan Barrett|Feb 12, 2020

One of the most provocative items in determining the minimum freight rate (MFRT) was the fact that it must provide a “livable just wage” for…


Secondary Rail Markets Increasing

Alan Barrett|Dec 23, 2019

Farmers in the Upper Plain states are dependent on rail service for soybean export shipments, as rail is the most efficient transportation mode in rural…

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Recapping the 2019 U.S. Soybean Crop Results

Rob Hatchett|Dec 5, 2019

Plantings and Crop Ratings The 2019 U.S. soybean crop has been one that many growers likely won’t soon forget. According to the U.S. Department of…


High Waters Slow U.S. Grain Movement to the Gulf

Rob Hatchett|Feb 2, 2019

According to Federal Grain Inspections Service (FGIS) data, 48.1 percent of grain inspected for export in 2018 left via the Mississippi River. The percentage of…