CROP REPORTS, CORN KINGS, AND A MULE NAMED DOLLY

Ever since the September USDA Crop Report was recently released I’ve been giving a lot of thought to corn. In case you missed it, U.S. corn production for 2014 is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both the August report and from 2013. More impressive is the predicted average yield of 171.7 […]

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HIGH-STAKES ESPIONAGE IN THE CORN FIELD

Stealing trade secrets has been a part of the business and international scene for a long time. I suspect such activity has made some people very rich when they don’t get caught and some lawyers very rich when they do. Just last year Wisconsin made the national news scene when an employee at the Medical […]

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SMUT IN THE CORN FIELD

Smut is one of those words that evokes a myriad of thoughts: a corn fungus, a highly valued food delicacy, those elusive magazines displayed behind the convenience store counter. Because I’m not looking for early retirement, we’ll leave deliberation on that third thought for another writer; however, smut as a valued part of the balanced […]

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CARLY SIMON, ZACH GREINKE, AND $6 CORN

“We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway. And I wonder if I’m really with you now Or just chasing after some finer day. Anticipation, Anticipation Is making me late Is keeping me waiting.” Some of you “Children of the ‘70’s” need no explanation for the above song […]

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