2024 Ag Outlook

Nov 09, 2023


Agronomy and grain customers of River Valley Cooperative are invited to an evening of agricultural insights and entertainment hosted by River Valley Cooperative and our valued sponsors at Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, Iowa. Join us as we delve into the ever evolving landscape of grain, energy, fertilizer, and crop protection trends. 
 

River Valley Cooperative appreciates the generous sponsorships our partners contributed for this event. We encourage you to visit the vendor booths outside the conference room from 1-3:00 p.m. before the meeting begins. Visit vendor booths and request their initials on the provided RVC card. Complete six initials, return the card, and be entered in the prize drawings. You must be present to win.
 

The Ag Outlook meeting will kick-off with a welcome message from Tim Burress, CEO of River Valley Cooperative.

Get ready to laugh and learn with keynote speaker, Mike Pearson, as he takes you on an entertaining journey – a look ahead at the outlook for the farm markets—and global trends impacting these markets. 

Mike Pearson was born and raised in South Central Iowa, where he grew to love agriculture on his family’s hog and cattle farm. After graduating from Simpson College, Mike moved to Grinnell, Iowa where he had the chance to build his own cow herd in addition to working as an agricultural lender. Over the next 10 years, Mike left the world of finance and entered the world of media. He's previously hosted "Market to Market" on Public Television, the Ag News Daily podcast, and currently, viewers can find him behind the anchor desk on "This Week In Agribusiness" with Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson, which can be found on RFD TV or hundreds of local stations each weekend. Mike has a lifetime of experience in the world agriculture, until recently farming himself and feeding cattle.

Joe Kerns will also provide an outlook on the industry, and has over thirty years of experience working with producers, suppliers, and mills to support agricultural operations. He assists clients with procurement and risk management activities related to hedging, ingredient purchasing, feed quality control, diet formulation, operational benchmarking, livestock marketing, generational transitioning, and business development. Prior to founding Partners for Production Agriculture, he directed risk management activities for industry leaders such as ADM, Premium Standard Farms, Continental Grain, and Iowa Select Farms.

Currently, he and his team work with livestock producers and allied industry members in 13 states. Clients include packers, producers, veterinarians, researchers, mill operators, and feed ingredient suppliers. He often serves as a keynote speaker for industry events on topics such as commodity markets, nutritional factors impacting production, operational sustainability, leadership, and enterprise ownership. Joe is an alumnus of Iowa State and enjoys spending time with Laura and the kids.

The meeting will conclude with a panel discussion of industry experts, led by Mike Pearson. Joe Kerns, Chris Short, Fertilizer Trading Expert, and Matt Campbell, StoneX will provide their thoughts on industry trends. 

Following the engaging meeting session, we invite you to enjoy refreshments, dinner, and cheer for your team as we screen the Iowa/Iowa State basketball game. Please save the date and register to attend a memorable evening.

To register, visit: https://www.rivervalleycoop.com/resources/ag-outlook 

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Cedar/Scott County, Iowa
Eastern Iowa has been able to get the majority of the crop in the ground in between rain showers. Planting progress is sitting roughly 90% on corn and 60%-70% on soybeans. Early planted corn emerged in 7-10 days thanks to warm temps and ample moisture. One thing to watch this spring is insects and disease pressure being higher than usual due to the mild winter. We have seen that firsthand in our alfalfa crop locally with the alfalfa weevil causing early season damage before the first cutting. Make sure to scout your hay crop if you haven’t and contact your local rep if a insecticide application is needed. 
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Cedar/Scott County, Iowa

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Apr 15, 2024
4/15/2024

Cedar/Scott County, Iowa

Temperatures have come back to the mean after March, which was ahead of schedule. We haven't had a day in April that has been more than 10⁰F above normal. We have received some much-needed moisture in the last couple of weeks. Soil temperatures have growers thinking about planting, but not many wheels have turned so far. The forecast for moisture this week will most likely keep growers out of the field and hoping for better days ahead. This spring's weather has been very conducive for fertilizer and NH3 applications, which has helped growers and retailers be as prepared as possible heading into planting season.