Protein & ethanol sourced from the air we breathe

Can carbon compounds harvested from the air itself be used to manufacture protein and ethanol? Some companies are claiming that such carbon-based products are an environmentally sustainable and economically viable solution to growing consumer needs. Amino-acid proteins can be created via a fermentation process [...]

USDA estimates corn acreage up, soybean down

The USDA Acreage report surprisingly estimates planted corn acreage at 91.7 million acres, a few million acres above pre-report estimates and slightly higher than the June WASDE forecast. On the other hand, soybean planted acreage is estimated at an even 80 million acres, a [...]

U.S. may expand 2018/19 Mexican sugar import quota

Official estimates peg October-May imports of Mexican sugar at 596,739 metric tons raw value (MTRV), down 17.5 percent from the 723,704 MTRV imported during the same months of 2017/18. Year-to-date imports are down 19.6 percent from the average of the three market years that [...]

Hemp-based CBD oil is a lucrative ingredient & more

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in the flowers and leaves of industrial hemp plants that can be extracted and then refined into edible or topical oils. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), derived from cannabis, CBD has no psychoactive effects—in other words, CBD will not get a [...]

U.S. corn & soy condition index slightly low

As of June 23, U.S. corn rose to 89 percent emerged, a 10-point jump from the week prior, but on pace for the slowest year on record. Ohio and Michigan are both more than 30 points behind their five-year emerged averages while Indiana, Missouri, [...]