WASDE: Corn, soybean yields, & production lower

USDA estimates 2019/20 U.S. corn harvested acreage at 82.0 million acres, unchanged from the August WASDE report. The corn yield estimate is 168.2 bushels per acre (bpa), down 1.3 bpa from August. Accordingly, corn production is forecast at 13.799 billion bushels, down 102 million [...]

Corn starch bioplastics could be useful in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading an effort to ban plastics in India. On Oct. 2, plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws, and other single-use plastic packaging will become banned in India, according to multiple sources. Modi’s goal is to ban single-use plastics [...]

Comparing the 1995/96 & the 2019/20 corn crops

Planting of the 1995/96 crop was the slowest in decades—until the 2019/20 new crop saw even slower planting. The 1995/96 crop was 77 percent planted by Jun. 2, while the 2019/20 crop was only 67 percent planted, a 10-point difference. Aside from planting progress [...]

WASDE: New crop corn acreage & production forecasts increased

USDA forecasts U.S. corn acreage to increase to 83.6 million, up 1.2 million acres from the June WASDE report and the same figure reported on the June 28 Acreage report. The corn crop yield remained at 166.0 bushels per acre, 10.4 bpa less than [...]