Editor’s Note

Back in the catbird seat of Southern crops

Imagine that a soybean is a person who upon finding himself emerging in Southern soil that had recently been cleared to make way for him, he might have heard the other crops whispering, “He’s not from around here…” “No, I’m not,” he thought, shifting his big brown eye from field to field. As Dorothy proclaimed in the Wizard of Oz, ... Read More »

Soybean farmers see benefit of lifting Cuban embargo

Recently, the American Soybean Association (ASA) released remarks in which it stated that ASA welcomed legislation introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and backed by a bipartisan group of senators including Sens. Michael Enzi (RWyo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jeff Flake (RAriz.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (DIll.) that would end the United States’ trade embargo with Cuba. In a ... Read More »

Watch For Strong Pricing Opportunities

This month, Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, shares his thoughts about the soybean market. Following are Guidry’s comments from the “Market Situation and Update” April 1 report: Dr. Kurt Guidry: As with the corn market, strong demand to this point in the 2013/14 marketing year continues to improve the supply and demand outlook. While soybean stocks ... Read More »

The soybean market: Two contrasting stories

Dr. Kurt Guidry, an ag economist with LSU AgCenter, shares his thoughts about the current soybean market. Dr. Kurt Guidry:  The soybean market is really shaping up to be a tale of two contrasting stories. On the one hand, there is the very positive supply and demand situation for the 2013 crop and the corresponding 2013/14 marketing year, which is ... Read More »

EDITOR’S NOTE – More soybean acres, slower demand, lower prices?

By Carroll Smith Editor This month, Dr. Kurt Guidry, an agricultural economist with LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge, shares his thoughts about the current soybean market. Following are his comments: Dr. Kurt Guidry: While historically tight supplies for the 2012/13 marketing year have been able to continue to support nearby soybean futures prices, weather concerns and a slowdown in the ... Read More »

EDITOR’S NOTE – Soybeans stage their own rally

By Carroll Smith Editor This month, two well respected economists, Dr. Mark Welch with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Dr. Kurt Guidry with LSU AgCenter, shared their thoughts about the soybean market. Following are their comments: Dr. Mark Welch: Soybeans seem to be marching to their own drummer. Compared to corn, production did not suffer as much last ... Read More »

From the Editor – The World Is Hungry. Please Don’t Dawdle.

By Carroll Smith Editor When it comes to the 2012 Farm Bill, everyone involved in U.S. agriculture agrees that Congress needs to get it right, but, just as importantly, get ‘er done – on time, that is. The American Soybean Association (ASA) recently voiced “its overall support of the draft language and calls on the Committee to approve the mark ... Read More »

From the Editor – FFA: U.S. Agriculture’s Bright Future

By Carroll Smith Editor In 1928, 84 years ago, a national organization was founded by a group of young farmers that would have a profound influence on American agriculture – Future Farmers of America (FFA). Thirtythree young men came together at the first National FFA convention in Kansas City, Mo., that year, and, according to today’s National FFA Organization, “Their ... Read More »

Market Analyst Asks, ‘More Of The Same?’

By Carroll Smith Editor Melvin Brees, the market/policy Extension associate, FAPRI, University of Missouri, writes an insightful grain column each month titled “Decisive Marketing.” Highlights from this column are typically featured each time we publish Soybean South and Corn South. In order to pack in as much useful Southern soybean information as possible early in the growing season, I would ... Read More »