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Dec '16 358'0 357'2 357'4 0'0
Mar '17 366'4 365'6 366'0 -0'2
May '17 373'0 372'4 373'0 0'0
Jul '17 379'4 379'0 379'2 -0'2
Sep '17 386'0 386'0 386'0 0'2
Dec '17 393'2 392'4 393'0 0'0
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Nov '16 1017'0 1012'4 1017'0 2'6
Jan '17 1027'6 1023'2 1027'4 2'4
Mar '17 1034'0 1029'4 1034'0 2'6
May '17 1038'6 1034'2 1038'6 2'4
Jul '17 1042'2 1038'2 1042'0 1'6
Aug '17 1042'4 1031'2 1037'4 1'4
Sep '17 1021'2 1017'4 1021'2 2'0
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Dec '16 419'4 417'0 419'4 2'4
Mar '17 437'0 435'2 437'0 2'0
May '17 450'6 444'2 447'0 0'4
Jul '17 458'0 458'0 458'0 -0'2
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Oct '16 104.675 103.250 104.125 1.075
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Mar '17 70.21 70.14 70.14 -0.14
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Study details hypothetical closure of major river locks
The USDA has released a report detailing the economic impact of a hypothetical closure of locks on the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River. Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek says these scenarios bring to light how?a lock failure would negatively impact the profitability of U.S. farmers. “The reality is, we operate in an industry with very tight margins.? So we just don’t have the ability to absorb cost escalations due to a transportation challenge, bottleneck or failure.? Continue reading Study details hypothetical closure of major river locks at Brownfield Ag News.      
Jury Acquits Leaders of Oregon Standoff of Federal Charges
The leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted Thursday in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.
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National Ag Statistics Service reported this afternoon that harvest ...
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Temporary Grain Storage Solutions
If you are caught short on storage and can’t get a bin put up prior to harvest, there is another option besides taking grain to the elevator and suffering market-low prices. You can successfully hold grain outdoors for a couple of months until a new bin is ready. The key is creating a temporary holding area that minimizes quality losses. “Sufficiently dry corn (15% moisture or less) stored in piles only during cooler fall and winter weather does not usually need to be covered and aerated,” says Dirk Maier of Kansas State University. “It’s when grain is stored into the following spring and summer that tarp covers are used and provisions need to be made for aeration." Thus, you will want to wait to pile grain outdoors until the last of the harvest. That crop will have dried down to 15% or less in the field and will be cooler (50°F. to 60°F. is ideal). By waiting until the end of harvest, the grain won’t be exposed as long to rain while a new bin is finished. Optional indoor storage spaces Before resorting to outdoor piling, consider potential spaces in farmstead buildings. “Existing buildings can be used to store grain for three months if the grain is not piled against the outside walls,” says Timothy Herrman of Kansas State University. Or, “with modifications, grain may be piled up to 4 feet deep along the walls for temporary storage. In the final analysis, the most economical answer for strictly short-term storage is to pile grain on the floor and peak the pile as much as possible.” Another storage alternative is to invest in a grain bagging system. A 10-foot-diameter bag, for example, can store about 60 bushels per foot. If grain is put in a bag, it should be dry and cool, advises Ken Hellevang, of North Dakota State University. The cost of a single-use storage bag is around 5¢ to 7¢ per bushel plus loading and unloading equipment, which can cost between $50,000 and $165,000. Estimating storage space Outdoor storage is not without cost, however. To avoid excessive spoilage losses, you need to invest in site preparation. Good drainage and the way a pad is created are crucial to success, Hellevang points out. The first step is estimating how much area you need to hold crop overflow. A detailed area estimation table can be found on page 6 of the Kansas State University publication Emergency Storage of Grain: Outdoor Piling (publication MF-2363). You can access that free report on the Web at bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/mf2363.pdf. When sizing up space, include area for conveying equipment and maneuvering trucks and trailers. Trucks need ¼ to ½ acre (or a 130-foot diameter) to turn around. Creating the pad After the storage size is calculated, select a location that is well drained. The storage pad itself should be crowned under the pile, Hellevang advises. A 1% to 2% slope offers good drainage. Create the pad by mixing lime, fly ash, or cement in the soil prior to compacting it to reduce water permeability. Technically, the amount of compression necessary for a good pad should approach 95% of the standard proctor density. This value can be measured by the engineering firm using a density gauge. Hellevang also advises placing 6-mil plastic on the surface to prevent ground moisture from wetting grain. What about aeration? If you are concerned about the center of the pile heating up, you can locate ventilation ducts so they’re positioned parallel to the long axis of a rectangular pile. Positioning ducting this way cools the pile’s core and also makes it easier to remove the corn later. To aerate, use low-velocity fans that provide approximately 0.1 cubic foot of air per minute per bushel for dry grain (under 15%). Ducts placed at the front and back ends of the pile should extend approximately 70 feet beyond the grain. For large piles (length of the long axis is greater than 200 feet), ventilation of the pile core may be accomplished by running ducts in from the sides and intersecting at the center of an 80-foot duct running parallel to the long axis, thus forming a T-shape. Achieve maximum slope Finally, when building the pile, keep the drop distance from the spout of the auger to the pile at a minimum. Doing so will achieve maximum slope. The maximum angle of repose and pile height occurs when grain rolls down the side of the pile. You may want to cover the pile with plastic tarps if the fall is wet and if the pile is left exposed for several months. Hellevang says just 1 inch of rainfall evenly distributed across a pile could potentially rewet the top 12 inches of grain to near 9% moisture. Source: Dave Mowitz, Agriculture.com
Pigweed ? When Do Post-Harvest Herbicide Strategies Fit?
To reduce future populations of Palmer amaranth (pigweed), hit them where it hurts with a post-harvest herbicide program. The program can be used behind corn, soybeans, cotton or any crop where there is time for pigweeds to emerge and make seed after harvest. Varying approaches also fit into tactics aimed at marestail (horseweed), particularly in the Midwest. “If farmers have a really clean crop, they can put out fall residuals and have an entire year where little or no pigweed is going to seed,” says Bob Scott, Extension weed scientist with the University of Arkansas. “That can significantly impact pigweed’s soil seed bank.” Scott says it might take two or three years of a post-harvest program for a farmer “to visually see depletion in the amount of pigweed in a given field. You have to stay on top of it. If you run one contaminated combine or you let a field of pigweed go to seed one year, you’re right back at ground zero.” University of Tennessee weed scientist Larry Steckel said West Tennessee farmers have been using a post-harvest herbicide program for seven years or more. “In West Tennessee, we’re cutting corn in August and September, and we don’t get a first frost until October. So in that 8 to 10 weeks, pigweed can produce a lot of seed. Corn is drying down, the sun is hitting the ground and pigweeds really start to take off,” Steckel said. Fall Pigweed Control From A Farmer’s Perspective One farmer making post-harvest herbicide applications is Steve North, who farms cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat in Pemiscot County in Missouri and Dyer and Lake Counties in West Tennessee. North will make a 2-ounce application of Valor after harvest of soybeans and cotton to control pigweed. Earlier, at corn harvest, he adds paraquat to the tank, when small pigweeds have emerged and are growing. For corn, North makes the application in early October, and for cotton in November. While North does have PPO-resistant pigweeds in his fields, Valor, a PPO, is still fairly effective on them when used pre-emergence, he says. In early spring, North will burndown with Valor and Roundup to control winter annuals such as bluegrass, henbit and chickweed. “The Valor holds until around the first of April. After that, pigweeds start coming on through again,” North says. North says he definitely sees fewer of the persistent pests in the spring thanks to the post-harvest herbicide program and the early burndown. On-Farm Tests Confirm Effectiveness Behind Corn In 2012, Steckel put in a large test plot on a cooperating farmer’s field to study the efficacy of the program in corn, and added a second location in 2013. The study also looked at the impact of the post-harvest herbicide program on a subsequent wheat crop. In the two-year study, three applications of paraquat alone or tank-mixed with Dual on corn stubble controlled 91% of existing pigweed, but did not control regrowth. Paraquat mixed with a residual provided an additional 4% to 7% control. Wheat injury was evident in a second location in 2012, but not in 2013. Wheat grain yield was not adversely affected by any herbicide application. “If you’re going to come back with wheat, there are only two herbicides, Sharpen or Valor, that you can use,” Steckel said. “With Valor, plant back is 30 days. Sharpen can be put out behind the planter pre-emergence. A lot of growers like the flexibility of Sharpen because they can plant wheat or the cover crop at any time.” Best of all, the fall herbicide program reduced pigweed seed production versus the check by roughly 12 million seeds per acre, a clear success, said Steckel. Today, the program is recommended for corn producers in West Tennessee, and has been implemented by numerous west Tennessee farmers. Here’s more on Steckel’s post-harvest study. One downside: these post-harvest herbicide applications come at crunch time for many farmers. “They’re rushing, trying to get the crop out and get the wheat sowed. It’s hard to shake somebody loose to go spray. But it does pay off,” Steckel notes. That payoff is greater under a lighter pigweed infestation. “With a heavy infestation, 12 million seeds are like a few leaves in a forest,” Steckel observes. Scott adds that post-harvest herbicide applications should be an extension of a farmer’s in-season weed control program. Otherwise, a farmer can quickly wipe out gains. “You can keep a field clean all year, and then blow it if you cut your corn in late August and a lot of pigweed come through because you didn’t do anything to control them,” he says. Scott says post-harvest herbicide applications for pigweed fit well with two University of Arkansas Extension projects, the harvest weed seed control and zero tolerance programs. Midwest Perspective: Parallel Horseweed Programs In Illinois, fall herbicide applications are typically directed at horseweed, according to Aaron Hager, associate professor of weed science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “That’s where we are going to have the biggest challenge the following spring, primarily getting horseweed controlled before planting soybeans.” Hager says post-harvest weed control programs are focused on preventing horseweed from producing seeds, but the more important objective is to take horseweed out before they grow to an unmanageable size by the following spring. “If we target horseweed in the fall at a small stage of growth using a herbicide rate that is effective, we don’t have as much of a headache the following spring,” Hager said. “On the other hand, if we take out all the winter annual vegetation, there can be times when you see some of your summer annual species emerge a little sooner,” Hager adds. Source: AgFax
2016 PrecisionAg Vision Conference: 7 Takeaways From Phoenix
Our inaugural PrecisionAg Vision Conference, held last week in Phoenix, AZ, is officially in the books. Having convened just over 200 stakeholders that hail from every aspect of the food production value chain over three days to discuss and debate the “promise of data-driven agriculture”, the event clearly delivered on its pledge to provide “a global-view of precision agriculture” to attendees. Hell, we may have ventured beyond global into the stratosphere during the Networking Roundtable discussions (and the cocktail receptions) alone, but that’s a story for another day. Anyways, as we caffeine-addled and road-weary journalists often do after these types of events, there were a few random thoughts and themes that stick out from the high-level sessions, at least in this author’s mind. So now, here are seven noteworthy (or perhaps not-so-noteworthy, depending on your own evaluation of the week’s discussions) thoughts from throughout the week: Uncover the next Uber: Syngenta Global Head, Product Development – Oilseeds, Dr. Joseph Byrum made the comment that precision ag needs to find the “next Uber,” and the idea of an Uber for Ag definitely stuck with our audience throughout the week. Just as Uber revolutionized how some of us get from point A to point B with a simple mobile interface that leverages widely adopted and now inexpensive technologies (smartphones, GPS) in a new way to create new efficiencies, there is hope that a simple, yet life-changing new technology platform will emerge to lead the precision agriculture world over and above the current sub-20% adoption rate that many estimate the industry is currently stuck at in the U.S. Create Tomorrow’s Smart Farm via a Connected Sensor ‘Ecosystem’: There are too many one-off, standalone sensor technology platforms (drones, moisture sensors, NDVI, etc) that have limited integration across the farmscape. Simply put, producers are in most cases sitting back and waiting for that one groundbreaking sensor system that feeds data into every level of the organization in a way that makes management decisions simple and intuitive. The industry needs to find a way to deploy a connected ecosystem of different sensors in a total systems approach, across multiple equipment colors and farm management information systems (FMIS) software. Admittedly we’re not quite there yet, but tomorrow’s Smart Farm is not as far off as we once thought either. Large Food Processors Driving Precision Adoption: Representatives from Campbell Soup as well as Smithfield Foods participated in Wednesday’s “Food Manufacturing and Precision Ag: The Emerging Link” panel. Campbell Soups’ Dr. Daniel Sonke, Manager of Agriculture Sustainability programs, talked about the processed-foods giants’ ongoing quest for transparency and sustainability at every level of its supply chain, and how the data collection process is no longer an “opt-in” type of deal, but is quickly becoming mandatory for any producer that wishes to market grain or animal product to one of the large multinational food processing companies. Then there was Smithfield agronomist Rachel Grantham, who discussed the GreenSeeker leasing program the pork-processing giant offers to its grain growers – Smithfield also makes ADAPT-N fertilizer-use modeling software algorithms available to growers – to allow its grain growers to sustainably variable rate their nitrogen throughout the year. It is no longer the Yeoman’s work of the early adopter independent consulting agronomist or the rogue techie down at the local equipment dealership pushing growers to dive into the data collection world, but now a producer’s overall bottom line in a market increasingly dominated by large conglomerate food processing companies is for the most part going to depend on it going forward. Venture Capital Bubble About to Burst? The update from the Venture Capital world in agriculture was also quite interesting, featuring Kyle Welborn of Cultivation Capital, Ryan Rakestraw of Monsanto Growth Ventures, and Rob Trice, The Mixing Bowl and Better Food Ventures. According to the panelists, although venture capital investing in emerging agriculture technologies is widely reported as being up, much of that funding activity (about 30% of the $1.2 billion invested in ‘ag tech’ over the first half of 2016) is focused on emerging food delivery service providers like Uber Eats and Thrive Market, and those urban consumer-focused startups aren’t going to revolutionize the way we grow food in the Midwest or anywhere else, really. Trice himself worries that we will soon see a general pull-back from Venture Capital firms on ag tech sector capital disbursements, saying “we’ve had a lot of money that’s come in and I don’t think we’ve had the revenue growth to keep those companies afloat, so you should expect consolidation in ag tech.” That may in fact be a good thing for the industry, as the venture capital guys have a hard time identifying the next big thing in agriculture with so many similar outfits seeking funding from Silicon Valley and beyond. Small Data Matters too: Bombastic yet brilliant University of San Francisco professor Bill Schmarzo (also of Dell EMC Global Services) is known by many as the “Dean of Big Data” for his course The Big Data MBA. Schmarzo shared that “some feel there is only value in Big Data; I don’t think so. Small data brought us here, and it has tremendous value.” Our fearless leader Executive Editor Paul Schrimpf’s own takeaway from Schmarzo’s address was that ag tech managers and program admins at the retail level need not be “afraid of the cycle of trying, failing, learning, and trying again.” There is a certain value-added proposition in allowing employees the freedom and creativity to try new things and fail, and who knows if that next crazy idea might just turn out to be the next Uber for Ag. Ag Retailers & Cybersecurity: If Schmarzo is truly the “Dean of Big Data,” you could perhaps call retired U.S. Air Force Major General Dale Meyerrose the “Czar of Cybersecurity.” Meyerrose has under his belt three decades of military service where he was well-known as a cybersecurity pioneer, and he now consults for large industry groups such as U.S. retail and healthcare on cybersecurity issues. Having helped the U.S. retail chain recover and move on from 2014’s rash of holiday season data hackings, Meyerrose wonders if farming data will be the “next big target” for hackers. His warning that ag retailers need to stay on top of the number of employees with total administrator privileges (simplistic information phishing attacks on Insiders, as Meyerrose dubs them, account for the vast majority of corporate hacking events) on its computing networks should be heeded. No More Silos: With apologies to the fine folks over at WinField and its Answer Tech Data Silo (and it should be noted that WinField is not the only large U.S. farming company with a data silo – AGCO, for example, keeps its two streams of data – machine and agronomic – in entirely separate storage and processing systems it calls “pipelines”), it appears silo’ing data (keeping different data layers (such as imagery versus yield data) apart during the storage and analysis stage) is going the way of Blackberry smartphones and Google Glass – in a few years it very well may be a thing of the past. Without data aggregation across multiple years, cropping regions and operations, the data itself may have limited usefulness and insight power. According to the aforementioned Dean of Big Data, we all need to get out of our silos and start combining and aggregating these massive data sets to get the kind of unique decision-making insights many of us are seeking. Source: PrecisionAg.com
Can Consumers' Skepticism of Ag Technology Be Changed?
Food in America is safer, more available and more affordable than ever before. Yet despite all of this, consumers remain skeptical of the technology necessary to feed the world. Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, says this presents a great challenge to agriculture today and steps must be taken to engage consumers so they will see the need and benefits of technology in agriculture and food production. “People are skeptical of institutions, and food and agriculture has become an institution,” Arnot said Sept. 28 at the Ag Biotech Summit sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center at the Friday Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In the age of social media, mistrust of institutions has become the norm. Arnot said transparency is no longer optional. Steps must be taken to build trust.  “It is a basic consumer expectation for the entire system. It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re on the farm, you’re a food processor, a technology company, a restaurant or retailer, people want you to be more transparent,” he said. “If you’re not transparent, either you don’t have a good story to tell or you have something to hide. In ag, it’s going to be a cultural challenge for us because our mantra has always been ‘we have nothing to hide, but it’s none of your business.’ We have to get over that. We have to be much more willing to share who we are and what we do in a way that protects the intellectual property and all of the things you are working on. But in that concept, we have to find ways to be more transparent,” Arnot emphasized. Arnot said there are three elements of building trust: influential others, family and friends and credentialed individuals people respect. In the past, agriculture has primarily relied on credentialed individuals to build trust. “We operated under the assumption that the public is going to be logical and rational. If you simply give them enough data, they’ll come to our side of the argument. If they’ve not yet come to our side of the argument, it must be that we’ve not given them enough data so we’ll go do some more research. If they still haven’t come to our side of the argument, we’ll go do some more research. And we’ve repeated that pattern for decades, assuming that there’s some magic combination of data, of science and numbers that we can give people where it will simply overwhelm the scales and they will come to our side of the argument,” Arnot said. Arnot emphasized the importance of shared values in building trust. He said consumers are asking “can I count on you to do what’s right?” The Center for Food Integrity recently completed a three-year survey of 6,000 consumers where they were asked questions about sustainability, on-farm practices, worker treatment, food safety, nutrition and other issues. “We found that shared values are three to five times more important than demonstrating technical competency in building trust,” Arnot said. He said this is important to remember in such hot button issues as genetically modified grains and animal welfare. “Historically our response has always been that science says we can. But can and should or not the same question. Can is a question about competency. Should is a question about values and ethics,” he said. Scientific verification cannot be substituted for ethical justification, he said. They are entirely separate concepts. Arnot said giving people more information about science and economics to increase their knowledge does very little to influence how they feel or what they believe. “People are much more likely to make their decisions based on how they feel and what they believe and not simply what they know,” he said. In today’s digital age, people are more engaged to seek out information that is most relevant to them. Due to social media, communication is now much more insular and tribal, Arnot said. “The way people are accessing information today is from online sources, from family and from others. They synthesize all of those sources of information in a way that is aligned with their values to create a new opinion and to create a belief around whatever the issue happens to be,” Arnot explained. Arnot told the story of a woman named Heidi who was part of a consumer panel convened by the Center for Food Integrity in Orlando, Fla. In the panel, she expressed concern about the safety of genetically modified organisms and was asked how she came to the conclusion that GMOs aren’t safe. “She said she is part of a mom’s group,” Arnot. “That’s a big consensus. You don’t need doctors and scientists confirming it when you have hundreds of moms. That’s our reality today; that’s the world in which we live:  where it is the mom’s group and Heidi and her social group that are going to determine whether or not you or able to use that technology.” Arnot said engaging consumers requires talking about shared values, citing the quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “People really don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” “You have to open the digital door to biotech,” Arnot said. “You have to find ways to make it relatable and make a connection with people to give them an opportunity to understand the larger societal benefits of the work you are doing and find ways to do that that still allow you to protect your intellectual property. That’s not an impossible problem to solve but you have to be committed.”  Source: John Hart, Southeast Farm Press
Fall-Applied Herbicides: Which Weed Species Should be the Target?
Herbicides applied in the fall often can provide improved control of many winter annual weed species compared with similar applications made in the spring. Marestail is one example of a weed species that is often better controlled with herbicides applied in the fall compared with the spring. An increasing frequency of marestail populations in Illinois are resistant to glyphosate, and recently we confirmed resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides also is present in Illinois populations. Targeting emerged marestail with higher application rates of products such as 2,4-D in the fall almost always results in better control at planting compared with targeting overwintered and often larger plants with lower rates of 2,4-D in the spring. One question typically posed is whether or not a fall application needs to include one or more herbicides that provide residual control of winter annual weed species. Typically, the earlier the fall application is made (say, early October) the more benefit a soil-residual herbicide can provide since emergence of winter annual weeds is often not complete. However, delaying the herbicide application until later in the fall (say, mid-November) often diminishes the necessity of a soil-residual herbicide since most of the winter annual weeds have emerged and can be controlled with non-residual herbicides. Applying a soil-residual herbicide late in the fall in hopes of having a clean field prior to planting is akin to gambling on the weather. Cold winter conditions can reduce herbicide degradation in the soil and increase herbicide persistence. This might not always be favorable since, depending on the residual herbicide, increased persistence also can cause injury to the following crop. A more moderate winter and early spring warming will increase herbicide degradation, which could result in the need for a burndown herbicide to control existing vegetation before planting. We recommend fall-applied herbicides target fall-emerging winter annual species, biennials and perennials. We do not recommend fall application of residual herbicides for control of any spring-emerging annual weed species. We are aware some products have 2(ee) recommendations that suggest the product will control certain summer annual weed species following application in the fall. Particularly concerning to us is that “pigweed species” are listed on at least one product label. The extension weed science program at the University of Illinois does not recommend fall-application of residual herbicides to control Amaranthus species the next spring for the following reasons: Inconsistent performance: as previously described, the performance consistency of soil-residual herbicides applied in the fall is greatly dependent on weather and soil conditions after application. Our data suggest the greatest and most consistent control of Amaranthus species either at planting or several weeks after planting was achieved when residual herbicides were applied in the spring, not in the fall. Increased selection for herbicide-resistant biotypes: soil-applied herbicides are not immune from selection for herbicide-resistant biotypes (please see the April 16, 2013 article titled: “Herbicide Resistance: Are Soil-Applied Herbicides Immune?”). Following a fall application, the concentration of herbicide remaining in the spring when Amaranthus species begin to germinate will be much lower compared with the same product rate applied closer to planting. Populations of several summer annual broadleaf weed species in Illinois demonstrate resistance to herbicides from more than one site-of-action herbicide class. Their effective management requires an integrated approach that often includes soil-residual herbicides. Applying these herbicides when they will be most effective against these challenging summer annual species is a critical component of an integrated management program. Source: Aaron Hager, University of Ilinois Extension
Nebraska Ag Update - October 26, 2016
Nebraska Ag Updates
Soybean Yields in Illinois
In recent years, soybean yields in Illinois have been exceptional, leading to questions on whether technologies have caused a "jump" in soybean yields. While the 2016 state yield will be an outlier, it is too early to say that a new regime of soybean yields exists. Relative to corn yields, soybean yields must increase more to have the same relative yields as in the early 1970s. Read the entire story here.
Harvest Reaches Average Pace, 76% of Soybeans, 61% Corn
This year's U.S. corn and soybean harvests continue to move close to the respective average paces. Development rates during the growing season and harvest paces have varied widely from state to state and even within the states, but a number of states made good progress over the past week and the USDA is projecting record corn and soybean production this year. The USDA says that as of Sunday, 61% of U.S. corn is harvested, compared to the five year average of 62%, and soybeans are 76% harvested, matching the typical timeline. Both harvests are far enough along that the USDA has discontinued the national condition ratings for the season. U.S. winter wheat planting is a little slower than normal at 79%, while emergence is ahead of average at 60%. In the first rating of this season, 59% of U.S. winter wheat is in good to excellent condition, 12% more than in the first rating last season. 45% of U.S. pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, down 1% on the week. Source: AgriMarketing
Despite Soft Economy, Investment in Ag Technology Reaches Record $25 Billion
Investments by companies and venture capitalists in agricultural technology reached a record of as much as $25 billion globally in 2015, and that figure will probably grow again this year, according to a private report. Real-time data analytics, sensors and robots are raising the prospect of the "next green revolution" and are spurring start ups, according to the report released Tuesday by Boston Consulting Group and AgFunder, which connects investors with agricultural companies and proposals online. The investments include research and development, deals, partnerships, equity stakes and technology centers. Early-stage funding from venture capital firms reached $3 billion globally, up from $900 million in 2013 and $400 million in 2010, the groups said. "The total dollars were impressive," said Decker Walker, Boston Consulting Group's managing director in the Chicago office and one of the report's authors. "It is striking that it's happening at a time when farmer income is declining." Slumping grain, meat and dairy prices have eroded agriculture incomes, sparking more farmers to adopt so-called precision-agriculture methods to help increase efficiency. Companies including Deere & Co. are joining the race to create new products for the market that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. estimates could be worth $240 billion by 2050. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report last week that the new technologies are helping to boost profits. Some Optimism "There is clearly some optimism despite the shrinking farmer wallet size," Walker said. The technologies encompass everything from granular data analysis that enhances planting decisions to drones that provide field views around the clock. The report's findings reflect a survey of more than 50 executives from seed, fertilizer, meat, grain and farm-equipment companies as well as 15 venture-capital investors. The surge in technology may be coming later than other industries because past challenges have included a lack of connectivity on vast, remote farms, Walker said. The perception of agriculture being a "sleepy industry" that's slow to adopt technology is changing, he said. About 80 percent of large U.S. farmers are using GPS devices to steer their tractors, while 70 percent to 80 percent use yield mapping to determine the most productive areas of their land, the USDA estimates. Crop protection and seed companies have invested the highest percentage of revenue in "agtech," according to the private report. Still, the agribusiness investments are often "cautious" and "defensive," meaning they are geared to boost core businesses rather than create new ones, according to the report. About 58 percent of the venture capital firms said they expect their investments in start ups to lead to sales to larger agricultural companies, rather than disrupt the big players, Walker said. To "win" in this area, companies should focus products and services around their customers, identify who in the firm is responsible to scout out new investments and ensure access to early-state technologies, according to the report. Source: AgriMarketing
High Plains reaps benefits of Ag partnership
High Plains Ag students got another opportunity Oct. 18 to take advantage of the partnership they share with Orthman and Plains Equipment Group as they went out and harvested 1.1 acres of corn near the school and learned about soil sampling at the same time.?From Orthman's standpoint obviously the intent of any event with kids is to further their education, but also philosophy on the direction agriculture is going,? said Orthman regional product specialist Pat McNaught.Read more in this week's print or e-editions. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive High Plains reaps benefits of Ag partnership 1/5Give High Plains reaps benefits of Ag partnership 2/5Give High Plains reaps benefits of Ag partnership 3/5Give High Plains reaps benefits of Ag partnership 4/5Give High Plains reaps benefits of Ag partnership 5/5 No votes yet
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Prepare Sprayer for Storage to Avoid Costly Problems in Spring
It is very likely that you will not be using your sprayer again until next spring. To avoid potential problems and save yourself from frustration and major headaches in the spring, it would be wise to give your sprayer a little bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) this fall. Although this is a busy time of year, taking time to winterize your sprayer before temperatures fall below freezing will allow you to avoid issues such as cracked pumps, or pumps that cannot work at full capacity. Here are some important things you need to do with your sprayer this time of the year. Rinsing It is very likely that you did the right thing when you used the sprayer the last time: you rinsed the whole system (tank, hoses, filters, nozzles) thoroughly. If you did not, make sure this is done before storing the sprayer. A sprayer that is not rinsed thoroughly after each use, and especially after the spraying season is over, may lead to several problems such as cross-contamination of products applied for different crops, and clogging of nozzles. Once the nozzles are clogged, it is extremely difficult to bring them back to their operating conditions when they were clean. Leaving chemical residues in nozzles will usually lead to changes in their flow rates, as well as in their spray patterns, resulting in uneven distribution of chemicals on the target. Depending on the tank, proper rinsing of the interior of the tank could be easy or challenging. It will be very easy if the tank is relatively new and is equipped with special rinsing nozzles and mechanisms inside the tank. If this is not the case, manual rinsing of the tank interior is more difficult, and poses some safety concerns such as inhaling fumes of leftover chemicals during the rinsing process. To avoid these problems, either replace the tank with one that has the interior rinse nozzles, or install an interior tank rinse system in your existing tank. For effective rinsing of all the sprayer components, circulate clean water through the whole sprayer parts several minutes first with the nozzles off, then flush out the rinsate through the nozzles. Rinsing should be done preferably in the field, or on a concrete chemical mixing/loading pad with a sump to recover rinse water. Regardless, dispose of the rinsate according to what is recommended on the labels of the pesticides you have used. Always check the label for specific instructions. However, most labels recommend the following procedure: If rinsing is done on a concrete rinse pad with a sump, put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. If the rinsing is done in the field, make sure you are not flushing out the rinsate in the system in one area. It is best to further dilute the rinse water in the tank and, spray it on the field on areas where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearby. Cleaning Rinsing the system with water as explained above may not be sufficient to get rid of chemicals from the sprayer. This may lead to cross-contamination problems. Residues of some pesticides left in the sprayer may cause serious problems when a spray mixture containing these residual materials is applied on a crop that is highly sensitive to that pesticide. To avoid such problems, it is best to clean and rinse the entire spraying system with some sort of a cleaning solution. Usually a mixture of 1 to 100 of household ammonia to water should be adequate for cleaning the tank, but you may first need to clean the tank with a mixture containing detergent if tank was not cleaned right after the last spraying job was done. Some chemicals require specific rinsing solution. There is an excellent Extension publication from University of Missouri which lists many commonly used pesticides and the specific rinsing solutions required for them. It is available online. Check it out here. However, you should always check the product label to find out the most recent recommendations on cleaning agents. Cleaning the outside of the sprayer components deserves equal attention. Remove compacted deposits with a bristle brush. Then flush the exterior parts of the equipment with water. A high pressure washer can be used, if available. Wash the exterior of the equipment either in the field away from ditches and water sources nearby, or a specially constructed concrete rinse pad with a sump. Again, the rinsate should be disposed of according to the label recommendations. As I mentioned earlier, most labels recommends the same practice: put the rinsate collected in the sump back in the tank, dilute it with water and spray it in the field where there is no potential for the rinsate to reach ditches and other water bodies nearb Winterizing Check one more time to make sure there is no liquid left inside any of the sprayer parts to prevent freezing. The pump, the heart of a sprayer, requires special care. If you do not winterize your pump before temperatures fall below freezing, you may end up with a pump that is cracked and/or not working at its full capacity. After draining the water, add a small amount of oil, and rotate the pump four or five revolutions by hand to completely coat interior surfaces. Make sure that this oil is not going to damage rubber rollers in a roller pump or rubber parts in a diaphragm pump. Check the operator’s manual. If oil is not recommended, pouring one tablespoon of radiator rust inhibitor in the inlet and outlet part of the pump also keeps the pump from corroding. Another alternative is to put automotive antifreeze with rust inhibitor in the pump and other sprayer parts. This also protects against corrosion and prevents freezing in case all the water is not drained. To prevent corrosion, remove nozzle tips and strainers, dry them, and store them in a dry place. Putting them in a can of light oil such as diesel fuel or kerosene is another option. Storage Find ways to protect your sprayer against the harmful effects of snow, rain, sun, and strong winds. Moisture in the air, whether from snow, rain, or soil, rusts metal parts of unpro?tected equipment of any kind. This is especially true for a sprayer, because there are all kinds of hoses, rubber gaskets and plastic pieces all around a sprayer. Yes, the sun usually helps reduce moisture in the air, but it also causes damage. Ultraviolet light softens and weakens rubber materials such as hoses and tires and degrades some tank materials. The best protection from the environment is to store sprayers in a dry building. Storing sprayers in a building also gives you a chance to work on them any time during the off-season regardless of weather. If storing in a building is not possible, provide some sort of cover. When storing trailer-type sprayers, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage. Finally, check the condition of all sprayer parts one more time before leaving the sprayer behind. Identify the parts that may need to be worked on, or replaced. Check the tank, and hoses to make sure there are no signs of cracks starting to take place. Check the painted parts of the sprayer for scratched spots. Touch up these areas with paint to eliminate corrosion. By the way, don’t forget to cover openings so that birds don’t make a nest somewhere in your sprayer, and insects, dirt, and other foreign material cannot get into the system. Source: Erdal Ozkan, Ohio State University 
Cotton Inches Fractionally Higher
U.S. cotton crop conditions improved slightly as harvest reached 39%, USDA’s progress report showed. Cash online grower sales increased to 1,538 bales. Cotton futures, down five sessions in a row, inched fractionally higher in subdued dealings on this so-called “turnaround Tuesday.” December hovered up 13 points to 68.90 cents, trading within a tiny 37-point range from 69.14 to 68.77 cents on a contract volume of 1,455 lots. It posted the high on the opening overnight. March also was up 13 points, ticking at 69.35 cents on a turnover of 537 lots. In outside markets, U.S. dollar index futures rose 0.250 to 99.000, while Dow Jones futures ticked down 2.00 points and S&P futures traded flat. Crude oil dropped 21 cents to $50.31, Brent crude dipped 20 cents to $51.26 and December gold gained $4.20 to $1,267.90. December corn was flat, November soybeans down 0.2% and December Chicago wheat and December Kansas City wheat both up 0.1%. Earlier, stock markets in Asia were mixed, up 0.8% in Japan’s Nikkei 225, up 0.1% in China’s Shanghai Composite Index, down 0.2% in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and down 0.5% in South Korea’s Kospi. In Europe, Germany’s DAX added 0.3% and France’s CAC 40 rose 0.1%. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.4%. China’s Zhengzhou cotton futures gained ground and prices closed higher on the China National Cotton Exchange. India’s MCX cotton futures advanced in early trading. On the crop scene, U.S. conditions improved slightly during the week ended Sunday as harvesting advanced nine percentage points to 39% completed, USDA’s progress report showed after the close Monday. The harvest pace was even with a year ago but two points behind the five-year average. Boll opening expanded four points to 93%, behind 95% a year ago but slightly above the average of 92%. Cotton in good to excellent condition edged up a point to 48%, while poor to very poor dropped a point to 16%. A year ago, good-excellent was 47% and poor-very poor also 16%. The DTN cotton condition index rose three points for the week to 121 and was up a point from a year ago. Crop ratings in Texas were steady at 44% good to excellent and 19% poor to very poor, compared with 38% and 19% a year ago. The harvest gained six points to reach 25% complete, behind 34% last year and 31% on average. Bolls opened at a six-point clip, reaching 90%, compared with 93% and 89%, respectively. Forty-seven percent of Georgia’s crop was off the stalk, up from 32% on average, and 52 was good to excellent, down a point on the week and from 67% a year ago. North Carolina’s crop improved to 35% good to excellent and the harvest lagged seven points behind average at 20%. In cotton futures Monday, December finished modestly lower on light volume, settling back below its 18-day moving average. The December-March spread traded from 35 to 47 points carry and widened five points to settle at 45 points on a volume of 3,236 lots. March-May traded from 48 to 58 points carry and widened six points to close at 56 points on 899 lots. In cash online trading, grower-to-business sales increased to 1,538 bales from 272 bales on The Seam. Gross average prices fell to 67.43 cents from 69.20 cents (corrected), reflecting a dip to 12.60 cents from 12.70 cents in gross premiums over loan repayment rates. Business-to-business trading, inactive on Monday, totaled 616 bales on gross prices averaging 64 cents and gross premiums of 15.10 cents. The Cotlook A Index of world values fell 65 points to 78.45 cents, widening the premium over the prior-session December futures settlement by eight points to 9.38 cents. Source: AgFax.com  
Study details hypothetical closure of major river locks
The USDA has released a report detailing the economic impact of a hypothetical closure of locks on the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois River. Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek says these scenarios bring to light how?a lock failure would negatively impact the profitability of U.S. farmers. “The reality is, we operate in an industry with very tight margins.? So we just don’t have the ability to absorb cost escalations due to a transportation challenge, bottleneck or failure.? Continue reading Study details hypothetical closure of major river locks at Brownfield Ag News.      
Farmland still solid long-term investment
An executive with Farm Credit Mid-America says despite some softening in land values farmland is still a good investment in the long term. Dennis Badger, vice-president of collateral risk management says a recent Farm Credit Mid-America survey showed a decline of nearly 6 percent in Indiana and a slight increase of .4 percent in Ohio.? ?Most folks would look beyond the next 1 to 2, even 3 year period where profits would be low ? if not slightly negative,? he says.? Continue reading Farmland still solid long-term investment at Brownfield Ag News.      
Demand supports soybeans, corn
Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Weekly export sales were strong, topping 70 million bushels, and the USDA reported new sales of 396,000 tons to China and 129,000 tons to unknown destinations. Both are for delivery this marketing year. USDA?s expecting record production to go along with that strong demand. Soybean meal was higher and bean oil was lower on the commercial adjustment of product spreads. Corn was higher on commercial and technical buying. Continue reading Demand supports soybeans, corn at Brownfield Ag News.      
USDA finances more rural electric projects
The USDA has announced a new round of financing for rural electric projects?a total of three-point-six billion dollars in loans to fund 82 projects in 31 states. Speaking Wednesday at the United Electric Cooperative in Savannah, Missouri, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the loans will help finance energy efficiency projects, renewable fuels systems and smart grid technologies. ?Not only do these resources help provide greater stability and reliability, but they also enhance economic opportunity, they support job creation, and they support the small businesses, the farmsteads, and the small communities that give rise to new opportunities in rural areas,? Vilsack said. Continue reading USDA finances more rural electric projects at Brownfield Ag News.      
ROTC provides great opportunities for FFA members
The commander for the 7th Brigade of the Army?s ROTC program says the National FFA Organization instills the leadership skills that are beneficial to the nation?s military. Colonel Lance Oskey says the FFA members he meets have the desired level of commitment the Army seeks.? ?Both to their school and to something more than just their school community ? like the FFA organization,? he says.? ?That sort of commitment marries well with the commitment we seek with service towards something bigger than yourself.? Continue reading ROTC provides great opportunities for FFA members at Brownfield Ag News.      
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 27, 2016
Dec. corn closed at $3.57 and 1/2,?up?3 and?1/2?cents Nov. soybeans closed at $10.14 and 1/4,?up?4 and 1/4?cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $327.60,?up $8.50 Dec. soybean oil closed at 35.11,?down?61?points Dec. wheat closed at $4.14 and 1/2,?up?3?cents Oct. live cattle closed at $104.12,?up?$1.07 Dec.?lean hogs closed at $45.37,?up $1.17 Dec. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: October 27, 2016 at Brownfield Ag News.      
2016 Aquaculture Conference
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Ken Anderson will be on the ground in Ames, Iowa November 17 for the 2016 Aquaculture Conference hosted by The Coalition to Support Iowa?s Farmers (CSIF.)       Continue reading 2016 Aquaculture Conference at Brownfield Ag News.      
AFAN annual meeting
Brownfield Anchor/Reporter Ken Anderson will be on the ground for the November 21 Annual Meeting of AFAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture In Nebraska annual meeting.? It will be held in Lincoln.   Continue reading AFAN annual meeting at Brownfield Ag News.      
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Awards $45 Million in Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop New Products
EAU CLAIRE Wis., Oct. 27, 2016 ? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $45 million to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide develop new product lines. USDA is investing in 325 projects through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.
Pork belly gaining in popularity
Love bacon? Pork belly when cured becomes bacon, but there?s so much more that can be done with the boneless meat cuts. HEALHTY LIVING PROGRAM – Pork belly gains popularity Continue reading Pork belly gaining in popularity at Brownfield Ag News.      
Disconcerting alliances in animal ag
Commentary. I often tell our competitors in agricultural?media that there might not be a reason?to work together, but there’s never a reason we shouldn’t talk about it. ?Usually when I see a couple of former enemies become friends, my heart sings a bit.? The liaisons I?ve seen lately are more likely to make my heart sink than sing. Attorneys with Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Continue reading Disconcerting alliances in animal ag at Brownfield Ag News.      
Midday cash livestock markets
USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was limited on light to moderate demand in the Southern Plains and Nebraska on Wednesday. Live sales in the Texas Panhandle from 103.00 to 104.50. Kansas and Nebraska had a few early live sales from 103.00 to 105.00. On Thursday live bids are from 102.00 to 103.00. Asking prices range from 105.00 to 106.00 live and 165.00 plus dressed. Cattle futures were trading higher in the morning with the October live contract pushing over $104.00 for the first time since late September. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.      
Examining above-trend soybean yields in Illinois
A farm management specialist with the University of Illinois is examining the cause and long-term viability of above-trend soybean yields across the state. Gary Schnitkey says 70 to 80 bushel yields are being reported this year, and USDA is projecting a record yield average of 62 for Illinois. He tells Brownfield a combination of technology and good weather are probably responsible for the bump. “We’ve had some new technologies (like) fungicides and new insertions of RoundUp Ready at different points, and those all probably lead to higher soybean yields.? Continue reading Examining above-trend soybean yields in Illinois at Brownfield Ag News.      
Vilsack remains hopeful on TPP
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack remains hopeful on passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The ag secretary was in Savannah, Missouri Wednesday to announce a new round of USDA financing for rural electric projects. During a news conference, Brownfield asked Vilsack if he feels caught in the middle between a President who is pushing for passage of TPP and Hillary Clinton?the candidate he supports?who opposes TPP. ?I don?t feel caught in the middle. Continue reading Vilsack remains hopeful on TPP at Brownfield Ag News.      
Ag groups launch Straight Talk campaign about GMO?s and sustainability
A coalition of agricultural groups has launched a campaign on the important role GMOs play in improving sustainability in the food production system. USFRA CEO Randy Krotz tells Brownfield the move is fueled by Dannon?s recent announcement that it plans to source milk only from dairy farmers that use non-GMO feed. ?Krotz says the Straight Talk campaign announced Thursday is an effort to show food companies like Dannon how important GMO?s are to sustainability.? Continue reading Ag groups launch Straight Talk campaign about GMO’s and sustainability at Brownfield Ag News.      
Jury Acquits Leaders of Oregon Standoff of Federal Charges
The leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted Thursday in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West.
Strong Exports Drive Market Rally
Strong export sales are driving up soybeans and wheat futures, according to analysts. Corn futures also are on the rise, despite slipping sales.  
Corn Ends High-Range Amid Technical Buying
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Farmers Vie for $200+ Million in USDA Energy Funds
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the USDA is investing more than $200 million towards rural businesses – including farms and ranches – to help them save energy costs via renewable energy. The money comes in a variety of loan and grant options.
Farmers To Aggressively Defend Bio Tech, Sustainable Practices
  Dannon's announcement of a line of non-GMO yogurt was the tipping point.
WHO Ordering Experts to Withhold Glyphosate Findings
The World Health Organization is asking its scientific experts not to share documents related to its findings on glyphosate.
Producers: Cattle Prices are Impacting Operation Decisions
Cattle markets continue their turbulent prices over the past months as prices declined 12 to 13 percent for all classes of cattle. This week, however, the trend is different.
Brazil Slows Down Soybean Expansion
Brazil’s expansion of soybean acres this year may be the lowest in a decade, according to a South American grains analyst.  
Soybeans Reach 2-Month High
Crop Consulting Helping Farmers Be More Profitable 10-27 audio part 2
In today's world of massive amounts of data, it's sometimes hard to know where to start. Today I again talk with Jay Nelson, a crop consultant out of Reynolds, Il on how he tries to help farmers understand their farms so they can improve their profitability.
Technical Buying Steps Up After Closing Over $10.00
Grain markets are higher ahead of the export data release later this morning and follow through technical buying in soybeans. New sales in corn and wheat announced overnight is also providing support.
Indian Lentil Buyers Renegotiate as Price Slumps on Crop
Some importers defaulted on contracts, citing poor quality.  
Arkansas Scientist Pleads in Rice Seed Theft Case
A former USDA scientist has plead guilty to stealing seeds.
Arby's to Test New Venison Sandwich
As Arby’s brags in its slogan, “We have the meats.” And that doesn’t mean its standard menu fare of roast beef and turkey. Lately, the fast food chain has venison on its mind, and plans to test a new venison sandwich at 17 of its restaurants in six states.