|COW97 Ag News from Brownfield|
|Showery weather across the Heartland|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:17:46 +0000|
Across the Corn Belt, sharply cooler air, along with rain, is arriving across the upper Midwest. Wet conditions continue to hamper upper Midwestern fieldwork; on September 23, topsoil moisture was rated 25% surplus in Iowa and 21% surplus in Minnesota. Meanwhile, scattered showers are also affecting the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, maintaining a sluggish pace for early-season harvest efforts.
On the Plains, cool, breezy, showery weather is slowing a previously rapid pace of winter wheat planting across the northern half of the region.
|A wetter pattern ahead for the Heartland|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:03:08 +0000|
In the West, late-season warmth and mostly dry conditions will promote summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting. Farther east, however, a series of cold fronts will maintain showery conditions and introduce progressively cooler weather across parts of the central and eastern U.S. A Frost Advisory has already been issued for Wednesday morning for portions of western Nebraska and environs. By week’s end, freezes will likely end the growing season across portions of the northern Plains and upper Midwest.
|Harsdorf, state ag administrators support labeling imitation milk and meat|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:02:36 +0000|
State ag department leaders took a stand on two food labeling issues.
Wisconsin’s Secretary of Agriculture Sheila Harsdorf received strong support for her two resolutions at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture conference. She tells Brownfield, “I brought forth along with the Commissioner from North Carolina one on milk labeling and another on cell-based meats basically taking a position of the importance of proper labeling.”
Sheila Harsdorf tells Brownfield she wants it to be easy for consumers to tell the difference between real and imitation meat and dairy products.
|Chlorpyrifos ban appealed|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:55:49 +0000|
The Department of Justice is requesting a rehearing of a district court ruling that would ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue praised the decision saying USDA disagrees with the ruling ordering EPA to revoke tolerances and cancel registrations for chlorpyrifos.
Perdue also says USDA supports EPA’s conclusion that the available scientific evidence does not indicate the need for a total ban on the pesticide.
|Weather a huge impact on northwestern Wisconsin crops|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:55:48 +0000|
Wisconsin’s wet, then dry, then wet again weather is impacting yields. Greg Zwald operates White Pine Berry Farm in St. Croix County near River Falls. He tells Brownfield his part of the state had less than half an inch of rain over a five-week period after a wet planting season. Zwald says some corn didn’t make it. “You could see the stalks had gotten brown above the ears.”
And he says the soil type and lack of rain have led to widely varied yield projections for both corn and soybeans.
|Consumer ed a priority for Bayer Crop Science|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:39:14 +0000|
Educating a disconnected population about the role of science and innovation in addressing food insecurity is a priority for Bayer Crop Science.
In his opening address at last week’s Future of Farming Dialogue at the company’s global headquarters, Bayer Crop Science President Liam Condon said his company looks forward to partnering with others to help educate consumers who are misinformed about modern agriculture practices.
“Some of the practices that are being proclaimed as alternatives to using science and innovation are from a sustainability point of view, not really acceptable.”
Condon believes the sustainability footprint of innovation and how that can ensure a healthy environment and a nutritious, affordable food supply, needs to be better explained.
|Economist examines changing hay market|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:35:46 +0000|
The hay market has changed over the years, and retired Ohio State Ag Economist Dr. Carl Zulauf is looking into what has happened and why.
|South Dakota’s harvest is picking up steam|
|Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:46:33 +0000|
Harvest is starting to pick up steam in South Dakota.
As of Sunday, five percent of the state’s corn had been harvested and 67 percent had reached maturity, up 24 from the five-year average. The crop is rated 63 percent good to excellent.
Soybean harvest reached 12 percent compared to three percent last year. Eighty-three percent of beans have dropped leaves, up 12 percentage points from last year. The crop is rated 61 percent good to excellent.
|Harvest is picking up speed in Nebraska|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:46:10 +0000|
Combines are starting to roll in Nebraska.
As of Sunday, nine percent of corn and 13 percent of soybeans were harvested, both slightly ahead of average. Sorghum harvest stood at six percent.
Winter wheat planting was 53 percent complete, with eight percent emerged.
|Rains slow start of harvest in Iowa|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:41:00 +0000|
Last week’s heavy rains in Iowa delayed the start of harvest in many areas of the state.
As of Sunday, five percent the state’s corn for grain crop was harvested, five days ahead of average. Farmers in southeast Iowa led the way with almost one-fifth of their corn harvested.
Soybean harvest was eight percent complete, also five days ahead of average.
|Secretary Perdue, beef leaders applaud new KORUS trade deal|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:33:59 +0000|
President Trump signed an updated trade deal between South Korea and the U.S. Monday and says the agreement is good for agriculture. “I think our farmers are going to be extremely happy. It was very limited as to what they could do and what they could send and now it’s an open market.”
It’s a deal Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue likes. In a statement, Perdue says the agreement adds to the momentum building for President Trump’s approach to trade, which is to stand strong for America’s interests and strike better deals.
|Near record soybean yields in south-central Nebraska|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:33:35 +0000|
A south-central Nebraska farmer says he’s been very pleased with his irrigated soybean yields so far.
Randy Uhrmacher of Hastings says yields won’t quite match records set in 2016, but they’re coming close.
“Some of the fields are bumping right up against the 2016 yields—high 70’s to low 80’s on most everything that was cut so far,” says Uhrmacher.
He says they had plenty of rain this summer, which helped save on irrigation costs.
|Missouri’s corn harvest nears halfway point|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:29:29 +0000|
Missouri’s corn harvest is nearing the halfway point.
Forty-three percent of the corn crop had been harvested as of Sunday, compared to the 28 percent average. Corn maturity reached 89 percent. The crop is rated only 31 percent good to excellent.
Missouri soybeans are 5 percent harvested. Soybeans coloring reached 77 percent, up 14 percentage points ahead of the 5-year-average. Fourty-one percent of soybeans are dropping leaves. The crop is rated 44 percent good to excellent.
|The US is now the main supplier of EU soybeans|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:27:34 +0000|
The European Commission says that American farmers are now supplying more than half of the European Union’s soybeans.
The U.S. accounts for 52 percent of EU soybean imports, compared to 25 percent last year.
The European Commissioner for Ag says that the increase shows that the EU is delivering on its commitment to increase trade with the US.
Brazil, the EU’s second main supplier, accounts for 40 percent of EU soybean imports.
|Michigan harvest in full swing|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:26:48 +0000|
Cooler weather was ideal last week for Michigan farmers starting corn and soybean harvest.
The USDA says corn is now 87 percent dented, 46 percent mature and condition is 57 percent good to excellent. Soybeans are 62 percent dropping leaves, four percent harvested, and condition is rated 69 percent good to excellent.
Dry beans are 85 percent dropping leaves, 23 percent harvested, and 55 percent good to excellent. Corn silage harvest is 64 complete while sugarbeet harvest is at 27 percent.
|Illinois harvest running well ahead of normal|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:26:20 +0000|
Illinois’ corn and soybean harvests are running well ahead of normal.
As of Sunday, 28 percent of Illinois corn had been harvested, up 18 percentage points from last year and 85 percent had reached maturity. The crop is 79 percent good to excellent.
Seventeen percent of Illinois soybeans have been harvested, up 9 percentage points from last year.
Soybeans coloring reached 93 percent, compared to the five- year average of 81 percent.
|Corn, soybean harvest in Indiana is ahead of the five-year average|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:24:28 +0000|
The USDA says that nearly ideal weather in Indiana last week allowed harvest to progress at a rapid pace.
Growers continue to harvest corn, soybeans, popcorn, processing vegetables, seed corn, and harvest.
According to the latest USDA Crop and Weather report, 81 percent of the corn crop was mature, and 80 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, both ahead of the five-year average.
Eighteen percent of the corn crop has been harvested and soybean harvest is 13 percent complete.
|Warm, dry conditions aid harvest progress in Ohio|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:22:32 +0000|
Farmers were able to make harvest progress in Ohio last week because of warm and dry conditions.
Field conditions also allowed some farmers to plant winter wheat.
According to the latest USDA Crop and Weather report, 69 percent of the corn crop was mature, and 68 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, both ahead of the five-year average. And both corn and soybean harvest is 6 percent complete.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay was nearly 60 percent complete.
|Cattle futures pressured by on feed numbers|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:18:14 +0000|
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed moderately lower, pressured some by Friday’s Cattle on Feed Report. This afternoon’s Cold Storage report, showed an increase in pounds of beef in freezers, will likely add more pressure to the cattle market. However, stronger wholesale values could help keep prices supported. October live cattle closed $.90 lower at $112.17 and December contracts closed $1.45 lower at $117. September feeder cattle closed $.50 lower at $156.45 and October contracts closed $1.77 at $156.30.
|Michigan’s new soy processing plant construction on track|
|Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:16:52 +0000|
A spokesperson for Zeeland Farm Services says their new processing plant is about 15 percent complete and still on track to open next fall.
Grain merchandiser Brian Meeuwsen tells Brownfield the facility plans to start buying some soybeans this winter and, when finished, will process nearly 40 million bushels annually. “We’ll be buying some limited grain probably January or February of next year for this facility, four million bushels of storage capacity here and we’ll be contracting soybeans for this fall anytime now.” He says Zealand Farm Services currently processes about 10 percent of soybeans grown in Michigan and the new Ithaca facility will process about half of the state’s beans, providing a 30-50 cent bump to the basis.