CropVillage update for April 10, 2009, Assessing EPA's Recent Dust Ruling

Update for April 10, 2009

Just viewed a report that ammonia prices in Tampa, FL, while up slightly the past three weeks are still 48% below year ago prices. Conversations of late indicated dealers are looking to mix last year’s high-priced, non-applied product with lower priced ammonia available this year to mitigate the makings of a disaster. Tanks rolling across much of the midwest show the deals have been made.

End of March's USDA report calling for 1% fewer corn acres, mainly due to those higher fertilizer costs. However, soybean acres came in some 3 million under the early trade estimates. A lot of producers and traders now wondering what those planter boxes will really hold. Summary link and original PDF link.

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  • Link to blogBlog: Making the Toughest Decisions, By Don Tyler . "The current economic crisis has put some producers in a position that they have never before seen…the need to cut salaries or even lay off some employees. Family businesses tend to have close relationships with the people who work for them due to hiring predominantly local people who are often long-term family friends, the long and irregular work hours, the tough weather conditions, and their closeness to the land and livestock." Read more.
  • Link to blogBlog: Head in the Oven, Rear End in the Freezer and Calling it a Nice Average Temperature, By Dennis DiPietre. "The externality crowd (the politicizers, activists and interest groups who believe that agricultural producers are pushing a multitude of costs off on the globe and their community without paying for them), should take a look in the mirror. When a small group of the population, such as those who have a true willingness to pay for things like country of origin labeling, organic food, locally produced food, carbon-neutral food, etc. gain the political clout to force the costs of these attributes on everyone (willing to pay or not), they have used the government to structuralize a huge cost externality. Which is to say, they have forced others to pay for attributes only they demand. " Read more.
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