|COW97 Ag News from Brownfield|
|Hurst on stalled disaster bill|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 21:19:42 +0000|
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst says the stalled disaster bill in the House should not have been held up Friday for a lack of border security funding, “No, I mean it’s a disaster bill. It should be concerned with disaster programs for the many disasters that people across the United States have suffered.” Texas Republican Freshman Chip Roy asked for a roll call vote with most members out of the chamber for the holiday weekend and complained there was no border wall funding in the bill.
|Struggles remain in mixed bag for Missouri farmers|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 21:14:36 +0000|
Corn prices have gone up because of the weather but struggles remain for Missouri farmers. Gary Marshall is CEO of Missouri Corn Growers Association, “Such a difficult time. I think, nationwide, this is perhaps the worst planting season in history. Certainly, here in Missouri we’re down about 1.3 Million acres of corn that still needs to be planted.” And Marshall says farmers are up against crop insurance deadlines that start SATURDAY. One of Missouri Corn’s board members just across the Missouri River at Jefferson City is looking at flooding – as so many other farmers in Missouri are experiencing, “So many breaches up and down the Missouri and the Mississippi River.
|Chinn with Trump at reveal of trade aid package|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 21:08:37 +0000|
Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn stood by President Trump with other ag leaders at the White House Thursday when he announced $16 Billion dollars in more trade mitigation aid for farmers. Chinn says she’s satisfied with the package, “From everything I heard, I think it’s going to be a lot more inclusive for many commodities. It’s going to be based off of your county numbers and what was raised in your county. So I think it’s going to level that playing field.” Chinn says she raised the concern about the many farmers, including those in Missouri who likely won’t be able to plant a crop this year, “With the passing (in the Senate) of the disaster aid package there were some thoughts that maybe if you do take that prevented plant that you’re going to be able to receive some aid from that disaster aid package as well.” She says Trump shared his concerns about the flooding in Missouri and the tornadoes in Eldon and Jefferson City Wednesday night, “When I was talking with the President he expressed to me that he’s been watching everything that’s happening in Missouri and that he was praying for our citizens and he knew that we were tough and we would rebound just fine.” Chinn says Trump understands that agriculture is a long game and the ongoing trade battle with China is worth fighting.
|More severe weather coming to Corn Belt|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 21:02:52 +0000|
There’s more severe weather coming for parts of the Corn Belt this weekend. Brownfield meteorologist Greg Soulje says it’s a similar system that brought tornadoes and thunderstorms into Missouri and Illinois, “Another weather system expected to congeal, coming out of the southwest, organizing in just about the same fashion. Again, severe weather prospects. Parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and then severe weather into Missouri in some of the hard hit areas and probably a little broader, farther reach into the Ohio Valley and the eastern Lakes region.” He says the severe weather will stretch into Wednesday and Thursday of next week, “Again, kind of a double or triple-edged sword if you want to put it in that perspective.
|Another round of weather support|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 20:59:26 +0000|
Soybeans were higher on short covering and technical buying, cementing a week to week gain. Beans went back to watching the weather, expecting more planting delays, but also anticipating at least some switch from corn and spring wheat to soybeans. Still, the uncertainties about Chinese demand could limit switching. African swine fever is expected to drive demand down, but it remains to be seen by how much. Details on several parts of the trade aid package are in question and uncertainties about China are also in the background.
|Hog futures down on cash pressure|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 20:16:25 +0000|
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were mostly lower on profit taking and technical selling, along with spread trade and position squaring ahead of the USDA’s Cattle on Feed report. June was up $.37 at $111.17 and August was down $.20 at $107.95. Feeder cattle were mostly lower on the same factors as the live pit. August was $.20 higher at $143.22 and September was $.12 lower at $143.87. Direct cash cattle markets were at a standstill, with business essentially wrapped up after the light to active trade reported Wednesday.
|Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: May 24, 2019|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 20:12:38 +0000|
Jul. corn closed at $4.04 and 1/4, up 14 and 1/2 centsJul. soybeans closed at 8.29 and 3/4, up 8 and 1/4 centsJul. soybean meal closed at $300.50, up $3.30Jul. soybean oil closed at 27.01, up 23 pointsJul. wheat closed at $4.89 and 1/2, up 19 and 1/4 centsJun. live cattle closed at $111.17, up 37 centsJun. lean hogs closed at $86.42, down $3.00Jul. crude oil closed at $58.63, up 72 centsJul. cotton closed at 68.39, up 91 pointsJul.
|Wet, stormy continues for most of the Heartland|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 20:04:09 +0000|
A barrage of storm systems will continue to emerge from the western U.S., maintaining the likelihood of showers and locally severe thunderstorms across a broad area of the nation’s mid-section. Five-day rainfall totals of 1 to 5 inches or more should occur across the Plains and Midwest, while cool, showery weather will linger across the northern two-thirds of the West. In stark contrast, very warm to very hot, dry weather will cover the South into early next week.
|More of the same across most of the Heartland|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 19:57:22 +0000|
Across the Corn Belt, warm, humid weather prevails in the Ohio Valley. Across the remainder of the Midwest, cool, stormy weather and soggy fields continue to inhibit nearly all spring planting operations, as well as corn and soybean emergence and establishment. Early Friday, some of the heaviest rain is falling in Iowa and environs. On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms are occurring in already saturated sections of Kansas and Oklahoma, maintaining the threat of additional flooding.
|April poultry production up 3% on year|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 19:41:49 +0000|
The USDA says poultry production during April was 4.124 billion pounds, a 3% increase on the year. Chicken made up most of the total at 3.628 billion pounds, followed by turkey at 483.63 million and duck at 11.933 million pounds. The preliminary live weight was also up 3% at 5.450 billion pounds and average live weights were steady to higher for chickens, turkeys, and ducks, with faster slaughter paces for chickens and ducks canceled out a decline on turkeys.
|USDA: cattle placements below most estimates|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 19:35:15 +0000|
The USDA says cattle placements during April were lower than what many analysts were expecting. Placements were up 9% on the year at 1.842 million head, mostly cattle weighing between 700 and 900 pounds, below expectations with weather in some of the major feeding areas keeping in-movement limited and tightening supplies later in the year. These cattle will be marketed in late summer and fall. By weight, placements of cattle weighing less than 600 pounds were 355,000 head, 600 to 699 pound placements were 250,000 head, and placements in the 700 to 799 pound category were 447,000 head, while 800 to 899 pound placements were 495,000 head, 900 to 999 pound placements were 210,000 head, and placements of cattle weighing more than 1,000 pounds were 85,000 head.
|Milk futures lower, cash dairy mixed|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 19:28:38 +0000|
Milk futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed lower ahead of the Memorial Holiday while cash prices were mixed and lightly traded. May Class III milk unchanged at $16.38. June down 13 cents at $16.31. July down 12 cents at $16.52. August down a dime at $16.80. September through January contracts three to nine cents lower. Dry whey up $0.0025 at $0.36. Blocks unchanged at $1.6825. Barrels down $0.0350 at $1.58. Four trades were made ranging from $1.58 to $1.6150. Butter unchanged at $2.3875. Nonfat dry milk down $0.0075 at $1.0450.
|When will it stop raining?|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 18:56:30 +0000|
An ag meteorologist says rain will continue to halt planting progress for a while. “When will it stop raining? I guess the short answer is probably at least not for another week.” Jeff Andresen with Michigan State University says growing degree days are behind for most of the Great Lakes region because of continued cool, wet weather but that’s starting to change. “Our nighttime temperatures have been warmer, so we are starting to accumulate some degree days finally!” He says incredibly active storm systems and severe weather has led to the slowest planting season since records were started in the 80s and could bring even more problems into the field.
|Bill would limit RFS exemptions|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 18:56:23 +0000|
House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has introduced a bill to limit RFS small refinery exemptions. Co-sponsoring the bill are Congressmen Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Dave Loebsack of Iowa, Rodney Davis of Illinois and Roger Marshall of Kansas. The bill would require small refineries to petition for RFS hardship exemptions by June first of each year. And, the EPA would be mandated to account for exempted gallons in the annual RVOs it sets each November.
|Nebraska Farm Bureau appreciates assistance, but ‘prefers open markets’|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 18:51:50 +0000|
Steve Nelson The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau, Steve Nelson, says while trade assistance from the federal government is appreciated and helpful, farmers would much prefer to see trade issues resolved. “The sooner that we can get those done, the better off everyone will be, whether it’s in farming or ranching or other parts of the economy—and we can move past the tariffs and move past the assistance program and let the marketplace work,” Nelson says.
|MFP2 announcement, media reports, create some confusion|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 18:35:12 +0000|
The announcement of the new Market Facilitation Program—which some are referring to as MFP2—combined with what USDA called “inaccurate media stories” earlier in the week, has created some confusion amongst farmers, says Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart. “It’s leading to some confusion, especially as we look at the uncertainty about what the payment rates will be across the country,” Hart says, “and how it plays into the farmer’s planting decision right now, near the end of the planting season, where we’ve struggled to get into the field.” Hart says some farmers may be making decisions thinking that MFP2 looks like the first MFP.
|Illinois State Fairgrounds renovations coming along|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 18:06:01 +0000|
Several fairgrounds renovation projects will be complete for the 2019 Illinois State Fair, with more to come before the 2020 fair. “It has been quoted as having almost $170 million worth of deferred maintenance issues on the fairgrounds.” Warren Goetsch with the Illinois Department of Agriculture says the biggest project has been reconstructing the Coliseum, which was closed before the 2017 state fair. “It is on schedule to be open for this year’s fair.” He tells Brownfield a couple of the “25 series” buildings that house beef, dairy and equine will also be re-roofed by August.
|Michigan Farm Bureau says prevent plant acres should be covered|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 17:53:12 +0000|
Michigan Farm Bureau wants to see prevented plant acres included in the new trade aid package for farmers. Ernie Birchmeier says while the single country rate for farmers from USDA is intended to not sway planting decisions, it probably will. With prevent plant acres not eligible for the program, Birchmeier says the current planting conditions will force farmers to plant more soybeans to qualify for the program which could have long term market impacts. Michigan Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau are urging Congress to include prevent plant acreage in acres recognized by the Market Facilitation Program.
|NPPC president-elect confident U.S. can keep African swine fever out|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 17:48:46 +0000|
The president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council is confident the U.S. can prevent the introduction of African swine fever. Wisconsin pork producer A.V. Roth points to another foreign animal disease that’s been kept at bay by the Department of Agriculture for nearly a century. “USDA has kept out Foot and Mouth for the past 90 years, so I’m very confident.” But he tells Brownfield a career in farming has taught him nothing is certain. To that end, Roth has gone to great lengths to protect his herd.
|Martin County From the Ground Up Farm Crawl|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 17:32:07 +0000|
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Mark Dorenkamp will be on the ground in Martin County, Minnesota on Thursday, July 25 for the Martin County From the Ground Up Farm Crawl (tour of farms.)