Big demand for flowers = good news for growers


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

After moving above 14-dollars on Tuesday, soybeans, taking a major nosedive on Wednesday. Corn also struggling to drop double digits after inching closer to the 6-dollar mark earlier in the week. Not helping matters, USDA announcing the cancellation of 132-thousand metric tons of U.S. corn, but it’s not known who the buyer was. And that is raising concerns about countries switching to cheaper supplies available from Argentina. Add on top of that, traders are still digesting USDA’s latest report where U.S. corn exports were only raised 50-million bushels.

People may not be able to take their sweethearts on a date as readily this Valentine’s Day, but they can still buy flowers, and that has been a boon for California flower growers. Demand for flowers has risen prior to the holiday, and supply may be limited. Some growers went out of business earlier in the pandemic and air transportation of imported roses has been disrupted. California leads the nation in production of flowers and nursery crops.

It was removed four years ago, but after hearing from fans it’s making a comeback. McDonald’s saying it’s bringing back the drink Orange Hi-C. It has even created a special website where you can track when the drink arrives at a restaurant. The full rollout is expected to be complete by June.

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