Monthly Archives: June 2008

Agro Industry Suffers Severe Irony Event

By David L. Brown I have to chuckle, except that it isn’t funny at all. I receive a magazine called AgriMarketing that covers the agro-products industry. I featured the magazine’s cover a few months ago when it named Ethanol as … Continue reading

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No More Gushers — Post Peak Oil is Here

By David L. Brown I wrote here a few days ago that when oil breaks the $140 barrier there will be no stopping it from going to $150. Well, it’s happened, as Reuters reports this morning: LONDON (Reuters) – Oil … Continue reading

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Evidence Mounts for Climate Tipping Points

By David L. Brown We have written much here about the possibility of the global climate reaching tipping points, the result of feedback effects that might culminate in sudden and dramatic changes in temperature, weather patterns, rainfall, and other factors. … Continue reading

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Say Hello to Five Dollar Gasoline

By David L. Brown Here is an image from California to help put the effects of the Oil Peak into perspective. Remember way back when, in those distant days of yore when we were talking about the possibility of four … Continue reading

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More Wet Weather Moving Into Farm Belt?

By David L. Brown Just a brief post to alert readers to the possibility of a resumption of rainy conditions across the farm belt. This is the current radar weather map for the United States as of 9 p.m. June … Continue reading

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Chinese Get Trotters Into Trough, Root

By David L. Brown This news just in from AgWeb.com: China to Purchase U.S. Soybeans Sara Muri, AgWeb Crops Online Editor Chinese officials have pledged to purchase more than $4.5 billion worth of U.S. soybeans, equaling about 10% of U.S. … Continue reading

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Corn Prices Soar as Bad News Spreads

By David L. Brown The flooding in the Midwest is just the last straw for hopes of a decent corn crop in 2008, and the markets have responded by sending the price of corn to over $8 a bushel. Here … Continue reading

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Good News from Our Very Best Friends

By David L. Brown There’s good news today. According to FoxNews.com, the end of high oil prices is in sight, and we owe our thanks to the fearless leader of the United Nations and those humanitarian folks who run Saudi … Continue reading

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Report from the Ethanol Front in Missouri

by Val Germann Yesterday I made my way to an annual family reunion in north-central Missouri, crossing the Missouri River twice in so doing. Below is the way it looked late yesterday morning at Waverly, about 70 miles downstream from … Continue reading

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An Image from Dante’s Vision of Hell?

By David L. Brown The weather across the farm belt is proving to be uncooperative, dashing farmers’ hopes of bringing in a bumper crop to fill the widening gap between the world food supply and hungry population. Yesterday we wrote … Continue reading

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