rail strike

Congressional Vote on Rail Strike a Welcome Development

Dan Corn, Economy, Legislative, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), Regulation

(NCGA/November 30, 2022) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted to block a national rail strike that would have dire consequences for the nation’s economy. The vote comes as the country continues to struggle with supply-side issues and problems with key transportation hubs, including low-water levels along the Mississippi River. The National Corn Growers Association said the vote was a …

crop production

USDA Collecting Final 2022 Crop Production and Stocks Data

Dan Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Peanuts, Soybeans, USDA-NASS, Wheat

With the 2022 growing season wrapping up, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is busy contacting producers to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseeds stored on their farms. Plus, NASS is surveying grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks. “These surveys are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production …

grain shipments

Mississippi River Grain Shipments Down 78 Percent

Dan Corn, Economy, Exports/Imports, This Land of Ours, USDA-AMS, Wheat

Drought continues to cause a major slowdown in shipping. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) says the number of grain barges being unloaded in New Orleans during September and October dropped significantly. An AMS report says the number of barges is 20-30 percent lower than in recent years. The slowdown coincides with …