The lack of storage for the current corn harvest which is now under way is still a major issue, as I’ve mentioned before. While corn is sitting at $3.42 on the futures market, the actual cash price being paid at grain elevators is well under $2.00. At one facility it was down to $1.73 according to AgWeb.
This puts the price of corn below the cost of production, and farmers who don’t have the storage space to deal with their own crop and hold it until cash prices get better are in serious problems.
Corn isn’t alone in being knocked. soybeans are getting hit too, with cash prices falling below the farmers’ break-even point.
A combination of three factors is driving the cash price down; lack of storage, lack of transportation, and enormous amounts of the 2013 crop still in storage from last year.
Ah, you say, this whole price thing makes no sense! If farmers are getting only $1.75/bushel, why is the commodities price for December corn still sitting at almost $3.50?
Well, join the club. This is one of the reasons why I thought the commodities market for corn would fall to $2.75 or lower by this time.
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I have the AL-82 version of this things and they’re right, you can heat a small room with one of these puppies. They aren’t exactly “green” technology. I ran a separate 25 amp, 240 volt line into the office just to feed mine. The amount of heat it pumps out is astonishing.
I took the plunge and ugraded both the Macbook Pro and my iMac to Yosemite. I had an anxious moment when Yosemite reported that it didn’t support my big Wacom Cintiq any longer, but I found an updated driver and tried that and just had Photoshop CS6 running on it and it seems to be working again.
As for Yosemite itself, differences are, on the surface, mostly cosmetic. Apple has continued the trend it began with IOS 7 with making the the OS far more, frankly, ugly and cartoonish, getting rid of the 3D icons, shading, etc.
Safari, the web browser, has been turned into a bizarre, unintuitive piece of garbage which, frankly, it was before the upgrade. It’s worse now. I’ve been using Chrome almost exclusively anyway.
At the moment it seems to be Apple’s usual mixture of interesting innovation and dumbing down the user interface so it looks like it was designed for a 7 year old.
This comes as no surprise. Behemoth sunspot AR2192 has unleashed an X1-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast in this extreme UV image of the sun on Oct. 19th (0500 UT):
A pulse of ultraviolet and X-radiation from the flare caused a brief but strong HF radio blackout on the dayside of Earth, mainly over Asia and Australia. Also, the explosion probably hurled a CME into space. This possibility has not yet been confirmed by SOHO coronagraph data. If a CME is forthcoming, it will probably sail wide of Earth due to the sunspot’s location near the sun’s eastern limb.
Big sunspots tend to produce big flares, and clearly AR2192 is no exception. More X-flares are likely as AR2192 turns toward Earth in the days ahead. Also, if you have a solar telescope, point it at the sun. This active region is a real beauty.
I really want to get a solar telescope. The sun is the most active body in the solar system and it’s fascinating to observe. I haven’t had a scope I could use on the sun since I was back in high school.
Dogs hate the smell of pigs. There’s a “pig perfume” spray that can be used as a training tool to stop dogs from barking. Studies show that most dogs are completely dumbfounded by the spray, which stops them in their tracks. Source
I’ve never seen any evidence of this in any of my dogs… Lily loves going after the pigs. She only stopped once they got big enough to chase her back.
You’re right. The notion of dogs hating the smell of pigs is complete nonsense. Most dogs think pigs are A) dangerous, B) mobile dog toys, or C) delicious.
I got the new Razer Blade laptop successfully linked to the Kenwood TS-990! FLDIGI runs just fine and dandy on it. I even got the secondary display hooked up, although it took a trip to Walmart to get a HDMI cable and an adaptor.
I’m really pleased with the Razer. It may be small, but it’s breathtakingly fast, and the display is astonishingly good. I do wish it had more ports. It only has 3 USB ports, and I have all three in use in this configuration. But it’s working and I’m happy :)
BTW: 10 meters is hot at the moment. I’m seeing damn near wall to wall PSK signals down on 28.120
Apple has released the latest incarnation of OSX, Yosemite, and I’m going to take the plunge and upgrade my Macbook Pro and see what happens. 5.16 gig download. Sheesh… Keep your fingers crossed.
Farm land prices have been stagnant or even falling a bit over the last year or two, and with corn down to $3.48 as of this morning, it’s helping to push land values even lower. We’ve been seeing sales that indicate drops in value of as much as 30%! While that’s an exception, we’re going to continue to see land prices shrink, I think, along with the cost of land rent.
It’s basic economics. With corn down around $3.48, you can’t afford to pay $300 - $400 or even more an acre.
Land prices never reached the $10,000+ range up here in Wisconsin except in rare circumstances, because we really aren’t in the corn belt. Most of the farmland up around here is being used to support dairy cattle operations, not cash cropping. But even so, I’ve still been seeing prices shrinking. I saw one parcel going for $4,800 an acre, which is pretty low even for around here, and I rarely see anything going for more than $7,500 any more.
While I still have mixed feelings about selling the farm, I’m glad we did it when we did. We got out when the farmland market was pretty close to it’s peak. If we’d waited a year or so longer we never would have got what we did for it.
I’ve had an AMEX card for ages now. I’m not really sure any more how I ended up with one because I’m not exactly their typical client and I rarely use the thing. But I do find some of their mailings enormously entertaining. Even for them this is a bit over the top. Some kind of exclusive private travel club with access to exclusive destinations that the peasants can only dream of, and I can join it for just $17,500! Wow, what a deal! And if I charge it on my AMEX card they’ll give me $500 off the joining fee!