One of the world's largest, and fastest growing economies - China - is fighting a problem that so far has eluded the United States. Inflation is rampant in the country, and to get it under control, the government there has raised its reserve requirements. Any financial moves in the country can impact world financial markets.
Meanwhile, USDA's crop progress report, issued Monday afternoon, shows that this year's crop is progressing faster than trade expectations. Market Analyst Arlan Suderman talks about these developments with Pam Jahnke, Wisconsin Farm Report. You can listen to their conversation using the audio player on this page.
Arlan Suderman is Market Analyst for Farm Futures magazine and FarmFutures.com. He has served on the staff of Farm Progress Cos. since May 2000, providing market analysis and commentary for its family of 18 state and regional publications. His Afternoon Recap provides market analysis on this site each afternoon that the grain trade is open. Suderman also provides real-time market commentary via Twitter at twitter.com/ArlanFF101. Suderman brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the table after completing his Certified Crop Advisor status in 1997 while serving in the Kansas Extension Service.
Pam Jahnke is Farm Director of the Wisconsin Farm Report that is carried on 16 stations in Wisconsin. Known as the "Fabulous Farm Babe" Pam studied broadcast journalism and broad area agriculture at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. After college, Pam moved into her chosen field, doing farm broadcasting, radio and television, from Green Bay to Eau Claire, WI - and she's never looked back. Pam often says she feels like farm broadcasting and communicating on behalf of food producers is exactly what she was made for. Pam has been named "Friend of Agriculture" by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture for her assistance in raising awareness of the "Harvest of Hope" program. She has also served as president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.