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A look at how disagreeable weather has put a kink into some production plans for 2021

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Midweek Markets with Jacqueline Holland and Ben Potter

Trendline yields for corn have reached an aggressive 179.5 bushels per acre in 2021. Early weather disruptions could make that number a challenge to meet, but the production potential is still there.

Still, crop quality took a spill lower this past week. Corn conditions dropped three points, moving to 65% of the crop rated in good-to-excellent condition. Soybean ratings fell two points to 60% rated in good-to-excellent conditions. And spring wheat faced a much sharper drop, losing ten points to just 27% rated in good-to-excellent condition.

But weather is affecting different regions of the country at a very uneven clip. Parts of the Central and Southern Plains, along with much of the eastern Corn Belt, remain in solid shape for now. In contrast, much of the upper Midwest and Northern Plains face moderate or severe drought conditions.

In this week’s podcast, we talk not only about weather, but also ethanol production trends, export demand and much more.

Listen to Midweek Markets podcast for June 23, 2021:

Farm Futures Market Update · Midweek Markets: What are the odds for trendline yields?


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About the Author(s)

Ben Potter

Senior editor, Farm Futures

Senior Editor Ben Potter brings two decades of professional agricultural communications and journalism experience to Farm Futures. He began working in the industry in the highly specific world of southern row crop production. Since that time, he has expanded his knowledge to cover a broad range of topics relevant to agriculture, including agronomy, machinery, technology, business, marketing, politics and weather. He has won several writing awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association, most recently on two features about drones and farmers who operate distilleries as a side business. Ben is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Jacqueline Holland

Grain market analyst, Farm Futures

Holland grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. She obtained a B.S. in Finance and Agribusiness from Illinois State University where she was the president of the ISU chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association. Holland earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University where her research focused on large farm decision-making and precision crop technology. Before joining Farm Progress, Holland worked in the food manufacturing industry as a financial and operational analyst at Pilgrim's and Leprino Foods. She brings strong knowledge of large agribusiness management to weekly, monthly and daily market reports. In her free time, Holland enjoys competing in triathlons as well as hiking and cooking with her husband, Chris. She resides in the Fort Collins, CO area.

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