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January 29 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018



Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.


Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]


**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.


Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   


River transportation issues ease; basis could improve

  1.  The fourth paragraph reads: “ The lack of crop movement on the rivers forced a brief run-up in corn bids at the Gulf, which peaked at $4.02 on Jan. 17.”   Answer the following questions.
    1. What does $4.02 represent?  (The cost of a bushel of corn)
    2. What Gulf is referred to in this sentence?  (The Gulf of Mexico)
    3. What rivers are reference in the sentence?  (Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio)
    4. Explain how crops typically move on the river.  (Tows and barges)
    5. Why was there a lack of crop movement on the rivers? (Low water and icing problems)
    6. What economic concept is described in the sentence? (Lack of crop means decreased supply, as demand stay constant, causes price to rise.  This is the economic theory of Supply and Demand)
  2.  Reflecting back on the first two weeks of January, what caused grain tonnage transported on waterways to dip 63% over 2017?  (The extreme cold caused icing on the river and prevented traffic from moving)
  3. Aaron Curtis cites there are “a lot of soybeans left to buy”.   Describe how farmers still have soybeans left from the fall 2017 harvest.   (Answers will vary but should include on farm storage with grain bins, and farmers paying storage fees at local elevators having not yet sold the product.)
  4. Bryce Stremming, a commodity risk consultant believes exports for corn should improve in the next eight to 10 weeks due to U.S. Prices becoming more competitive in the world market.  Explain how U.S. prices will be more competitive.  (Answers will vary but can include trade policies, as well as adequate supply of materials)
  5. Explain why there hasn’t been an issue storing recent record crops.   Include evidence you have seen in your area  (3.9 billion bushels of grain storage has been added in the U.S. in the past decade.--have you seen storage added in your area on farms or at local elevators?)

For More Transportation and Grain Articles check out :

Page 1, Supreme Court rules on WOTUS jurisdiction

Page 9, Monsanto executive believes 450 bushel corn possible by 2050

Page 10, WOTUS and Meterologist:Drought not a threat

Page 14 Prospects for Japanese purchase of US Grain
What role does the state of Illinois play in Grain Storage?  Check:

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