Soybean meal pricing and world pork production

Let’s start this weeks discussion with soybean meal pricing. In Chicago, September bean meal topped out at $368 per ton on June 11. Yesterday (July 16), it closed at $287.50, an $80/ton price decline in one month. This large drop in price suggests traders in Chicago think world and US stocks of soybeans and the resulting bean meal will be adequate prior to delivery of new crop beans. Read More...

Summer promotion activities

Saturday afternoon and early evening, I volunteered to assist other Minnesota Pork Producers in handing out free pork loin samples. The National Pork Board’s We Care trailer and crew were parked in Kirby Puckett Plaza at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. We barbecued and handed out samples of over 300 pounds of loins donated by Hormel and Co. Read More...

More on summer heat

As we approach the July 4 weekend and holiday, many are glad to have a forecast of seasonably warm with limited moisture. For southern Minnesota, seasonably warm means temperatures in the low 80’s during the day and upper 60’s at night. In the Mankato area, we are still looking for moisture (unlike our producer friends in the eastern cornbelt) as we remain below average for precipitation since April 1. Read More...