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Tuesday 12th February 2013.
Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor


Will Better Weather, More Acres Push Corn Prices Sharply Lower?

Greetings - I'm just back from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) meeting held in sunny Tampa, Florida. Having spent the winter in Chicago, I actually forgot what it felt like to be warm and toasty.

First, let me share some grain insights from US-based CattleFax, whose analysts spoke at NCBA.

Record-high prices have incentivized increased production globally. US corn stocks-to-use levels remain historically low as well as around the world.

CattleFax expects world soybean stocks-to-use levels to hold near the 10-year average, but US stocks-to-use levels will remain historically low. They expect world wheat stocks-to-use levels to hold near the 10-year average in the US and globally. They expect corn stocks-to-use levels to range from 5 to 7 percent through April 2013, but said levels have the potential to reach 10 to 12 percent for the 2013-2014 market year.

CattleFax said demand rationing for US corn exports will continue amid more competitively priced supplies outside the US. And continued rationing of corn for ethanol is expected.

Corn prices are expected to remain historically high through the first half of 2013, but better weather conditions and an increase in production should pressure corn prices sharply lower by fall 2013.

Speaking at the CattleFax session, meteorologist Art Douglas, Creighton University, forecast a warm, dry spring across the US Southwest. The Midwest spring is expected to be warm with normal to slightly above normal precipitation, which will support early field work. However, by late spring, a cooler and wetter pattern could slow down late planting and early germination of the crop. In the Plains, winter wheat precipitation is expected to be spotty through June and a very dry May could keep yields below normal.

Another hot topic… all of American agriculture has been a buzz about Dodge Ram's Super Bowl TV commercial, which was a tribute to American farmers. Everyone at NCBA was talking about it; writers have been blogging about it. And as of Monday evening as I'm writing, 11 million viewers had watched the 2 minute video on YouTube.

Late American radio legend Paul Harvey says, "On the eighth day, God said he needed a care-taker, so God created a farmer." Harvey continues on talking about a farmer's life, while imagery depicts the history and lifestyle of farming up through the current age of larger, high-tech family farms.

Regardless of what country you live in, I hope you'll watch it. It shows what farming is all about - that you don't do it for the money. You do it because of a love for the land, your animals, and mostly, for your children and grandchildren. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what it's all about.

Click here to view the "Farmer" commercial.

Have a great week!

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