@C - CORN - CBOT
Month High Low Last Chg
Mar '17 370'4 368'2 369'0 0'6
May '17 377'6 375'2 376'0 0'4
Jul '17 384'6 382'4 383'4 1'0
Sep '17 390'2 388'2 389'2 1'0
Dec '17 396'4 394'0 395'2 1'0
Mar '18 404'2 402'0 404'2 1'6
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Month High Low Last Chg
Mar '17 1044'4 1033'0 1038'6 6'2
May '17 1054'6 1044'0 1049'4 6'2
Jul '17 1064'0 1052'6 1058'6 6'4
Aug '17 1061'4 1052'2 1057'0 5'4
Sep '17 1043'6 1033'2 1038'0 4'2
Nov '17 1027'6 1018'0 1022'4 4'2
Jan '18 1027'0 1022'0 1027'0 4'2
@K - HARD RED WINTER WHEAT - KCBT
Month High Low Last Chg
Mar '17 455'2 453'2 454'6 -1'4
May '17 468'4 466'0 467'4 -1'6
Jul '17 480'4 477'6 479'2 -1'6
Sep '17 493'6 492'2 492'2 -2'6
@L - LIVE CATTLE - CME
Month High Low Last Chg
Feb '17 118.000 116.550 117.925 1.400
Apr '17 115.100 113.125 114.925 1.675
@C - COTTON #2 - ICEFU
Month High Low Last Chg
Mar '17 73.90 73.48 73.83 0.35
May '17 75.92 75.55 75.88 0.36
Jul '17 77.00 76.53 76.88 0.41
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Feeder cattle sell mostly steady
Slaughter cattle traded mostly steady last week with limited trade on a dressed basis in Nebraska also steady. Demand was good from both sides of the fence. Cattle feeders are finally in the black and continue to pull cattle on a timely basis if not early, according to USDA Mandatory. Demand for beef remains strong. Encouraging packers to buy. Warmer than normal weather has to help by sending some outside to grill. In the Midwest direct markets live basis steers and heifers traded at 120.00, dressed at 190.00. Continue reading Feeder cattle sell mostly steady at Brownfield Ag News.      
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Iowa, Nebraska Echo National Decline in Number of Farms
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there were 500 fewer farms in Iowa last year and the average farm size rose slightly but the amount of total land in farms remained at 30.5 million acres.
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Rural Mainstreet Index Climbs to its Highest Level Since September 2015
The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained weak with a reading below growth neutral for the 18th straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy. Overall: The index, which ranges between 0 and 100 advanced to 45.8 from 42.8 in January. This is the highest overall index since September 2015. "Weak farm commodity prices continue to squeeze Rural Mainstreet economies. However, the negatives are getting less negative. Over the past 12 months, livestock commodity prices have tumbled by 9.4 percent and grain commodity prices have slumped by 6.3 percent, both an improvement over last month," said Ernie Goss, Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics at Creighton University'sHeider College of Business. Only 14.9 percent of bankers reported that their local economy was expanding. Approximately 34 percent indicated their local economy was in a recession with the remaining 51.1 percent indicating little or no economic growth. According to Todd Douglas, CEO of the First National Bank in Pierre, South Dakota, "What we see in the agriculture industry is that farmers hurt the worst are those who farm small grain crops exclusively." Douglas indicated operators that diversify in cattle, cattle feeding, hogs and other like type lines, are maintaining, or at least not experiencing as large a drop in net worth. Farming and ranching: The farmland and ranchland-price index for February dipped to a frail 33.7 from January's 33.8. This is the 39th straight month the index has languished below growth neutral 50.0. Bankers indicated that farmland prices in their area had declined by an average of 5.1 percent across the region over the past 12 months. But there was a great deal of variation across the region. Pete Haddeland, CEO First National Bank in Mahnomen, Minnesota, for example, reported, "Land values are holding up here. We did not see the big prices increases." He also indicated that farmers harvested great crops last year. The February farm equipment-sales index increased to 20.5 from 16.7 in January. Almost three-fourths of the bankers expect agriculture equipment sales to continue to decline over the next 12 months. Only 4.3 percent expect agriculture equipment sales to increase over the same period of time. Banking: Borrowing by farmers remained above growth neutral for February, but is growing at a much slower pace than for January as the loan-volume index fell to 50.1 from last month's 52.4. The checking-deposit index slipped to 68.1 from 71.9 in January, while the index for certificates of deposit and other savings instruments increased to 46.8 from 43.9 in January. Despite weaker farm income, defaults remain relatively low. As stated by Don Reynolds, CEO of Regional Missouri Bank in Marceline, Missouri, "We are pleased that most of our farm customers have been able to meet payment obligations this year." Hiring: The job gauge rose to 54.3 from January's 52.5. For the region, Rural Mainstreet employment is down by 0.6 percent over the past 12 months. Over the same period of time, urban employment for the region expanded by 1.2 percent. Confidence: The confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, improved to a weak 45.7 from 42.7 in January indicating a continued pessimistic outlook among bankers. "Until agricultural commodity prices begin to trend higher, I expect banker's economic outlook to remain weak," said Goss. Home and retail sales: Home sales moved higher for the Rural Mainstreet economy for February with a reading of 57.8, which is up from January's 52.5. The February retail-sales index increased to 45.8 from January's 39.1. Each month, community bank presidents and CEOs in nonurban agriculturally and energy-dependent portions of a 10-state area are surveyed regarding current economic conditions in their communities and their projected economic outlooks six months down the road. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are included. The survey is supported by a grant from Security State Bank in Ansley, Nebraska. This survey represents an early snapshot of the economy of rural agriculturally and energy-dependent portions of the nation. The Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) is a unique index covering 10 regional states, focusing on approximately 200 rural communities with an average population of 1,300. It gives the most current real-time analysis of the rural economy. Goss and Bill McQuillan, former chairman of the Independent Community Banks of America, created the monthly economic survey in 2005. Colorado: Colorado's Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) rose to 37.1 from 24.9 in January. The farmland and ranchland-price index soared to 66.6 from January's 25.5. Colorado's hiring index for January climbed to 68.2 from January's 55.2. Illinois: The February RMI for Illinois improved to 46.4 from 34.2 in January. The farmland-price index grew to 34.8 from January's 17.9. The state's new-hiring index climbed to 56.7 from last month's 52.4. Iowa: The February RMI for Iowa fell to 46.1 from 50.2 in January. Iowa's farmland-price index for February sank to 40.1 from 48.6 in January. Iowa's new-hiring index for February slipped to a still strong 58.6 from January's 60.1. Kansas: The Kansas RMI for February increased to 40.8 from January's 29.6. The state's farmland-price index slumped to 16.8 from 18.3 in January. The new-hiring index for Kansas slipped to 48.3 from 49.0 in January. Minnesota: The February RMI for Minnesota climbed to 47.5 from January's 39.0. Minnesota's farmland-price index rose to 38.1 from 30.1 in January. The new-hiring index for the state jumped to 57.9 from last month's 53.3. Missouri: The February RMI for Missouri advanced to 55.9 from 51.3 in January. The farmland-price index jumped to 56.2 from January's 19.9. Missouri's new-hiring index rose to 64.4 from 49.6 in January. Nebraska: The Nebraska RMI for February declined to 47.1 from 52.6 in January. The state's farmland-price index rose to 39.3 from January's 37.7. Nebraska's new-hiring index climbed 58.3 from 56.1 in January. North Dakota: The North Dakota RMI for February increased to 38.0 from January's 37.9. The farmland-price index sank to 19.9 from January's 31.2. North Dakota's new-hiring index increased to 38.1 from 34.0 in January. South Dakota: The February RMI for South Dakota fell to a healthy 55.9 from January's 56.9 . The farmland-price index climbed to 59.2 from January's 43.4. South Dakota's new-hiring index advanced to 65.5 from January's 58.2. Wyoming: The February RMI for Wyoming increased to a weak 42.3 from 37.8 in January. The February farmland and ranchland-price index fell to 22.3 from January's 24.5. Wyoming's new-hiring index increased to 46.1 from January's 42.8. Source: AgriMarketing
USDA Forecasts Grain Prices Will Reach Bottom Next Year
Grain prices could reach a long-term bottom next year, according to USDA's long-range projections released Feb. 16: "Marketing year 2017-18 projections suggest the end of the price declines and the beginning of modest increases that are expected to continue through 2026," says the report. It projects a decade of steady growth in demand for U.S. corn but a declining share of global corn trade. For soybeans, "Slowly increasing prices and higher producer returns provide incentives to increase plantings, and producers are expected to plant roughly 85 million acres through the projection period," USDA says. Projections point to a decline in wheat plantings below 50 million acres, with steady U.S. demand and slowly rising exports but a decline in share of global wheat trade. To read the entire report click here. Source: AgriMarketing
Dual-purpose Wheat Growers Should Check for 1st Hollow Stem Stage
Oklahoma producers who plant winter wheat as part of a dual-purpose graze-and-grain management system need to ensure cattle are not grazing past first hollow stem stage of the crop. Producers of dual-purpose wheat should check for first hollow stem stage A dime can be a useful visual tool when measuring first hollow stem stage in a dual-purpose wheat system. (Oklahoma Mesonet photo) David Marburger, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension small grains specialist, explains grazing prior to first hollow stem, often referred to as FHS, typically has a limited effect on wheat yields but extended grazing beyond that stage can greatly reduce yields. “Yield loss from grazing past first hollow stem can be as much as 1 percent to 5 percent per day,” he said. “It comes down to the amount of green leaf tissue left and the weather conditions after grazing. Cool, moist conditions after cattle removal allow for more time for the plants to recover.” FHS occurs when wheat stems begin to elongate and the stem above the roots and below the developing head becomes hollow. Typically, this occurs when the hollow stem portion of the plant is 5/8 inch long. “The occurrence of first hollow stem depends on the wheat variety and on climatic factors such as temperature and precipitation,” Marburger said. To check for FHS, go to a non-grazed area of the pasture and pull four to five plants. Plants must be dug up because much of the hollow stem present will be below the soil surface. “Hollow stem must be measured from a non-grazed area in the same wheat field because the act of grazing delays stem elongation and therefore when first hollow stem occurs,” Marburger said. Good places to find suitable plants are the corners of a pasture or non-grazed areas just outside the fence line. Select the largest tillers on the plants. Split the stems open lengthwise starting at the base. “A sharp razor or box cutter will make the job easier,” Marburger said. “If there is 5/8 inch of hollow stem below the developing wheat head, it’s time to pull cattle off the wheat pasture. If you don’t have a ruler, a dime is a good measuring device for first hollow stem as the coin is about 5/8 inch diameter.” Naturally, early-sown wheat will tend to reach FHS before late-sown wheat. Moderate wintertime conditions such as what Oklahoma has experience in the past few months and adequate rainfall also will promote earlier onset of FHS. A smartphone app, the Mesonet First Hollow Stem Advisor, may prove useful to producers. The app uses 4-inch Soil Temp Under Vegetative Cover to estimate probabilities for the date when FHS is expected to occur. Available on the Mesonet website – http://mesonet.org – the FHS Advisor is located in the Agriculture section, under both the “Crop/Wheat” and “Livestock/Cattle” tabs. A guide on how to use the Advisor is located in the “Learn More” section of the website. “Producers can select their wheat variety and then use maps, charts or graphs to check probability of first hollow stem occurrence,” Marburger said. “This online tool is a great way to better know when it is time to start scouting instead of using a specific calendar date or just going by the weather. The most accurate method of determining first hollow stem stage is still checking your wheat fields often.” For most expected weather and price conditions, extend?ing grazing beyond FHS for wheat intended for grain harvest is not likely to generate more net income than terminating grazing at FHS. Additional information about dual-purpose graze-and-grain wheat systems is available online at http//:osufacts.okstate.edu. Recommended OSU fact sheets include PSS-2147, “First Hollow Stem: A Critical Wheat Growth Stage for Dual-Purpose Producers,” and AGEC-265, “The Effect of Grazing Past First Hollow Stem on Wheat and Stocker Profits.” Source: Oklahoma State University Extension
Be Alert to Risk of Alfalfa Winter Injury
Like many alfalfa growers this year, I’m a little worried about what this winter may do to our alfalfa fields. Alfalfa usually is a dependable crop. It seems to come back year after year. After the nice winters. After the cold winters. And even after the ugly winters. But what about this winter? I’m not good at predictions and I’m not going to tell you that your alfalfa will be fine this spring nor will I predict that it winterkilled, but I will suggest that you check it extra closely this spring to judge how well it made it through this winter. The recent long spell of daytime temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and even some 70s probably awakened at least some alfalfa plants from winter dormancy. When alfalfa plants break winter dormancy they use nutrients stored in their roots and crown and start to grow as if spring has arrived. A return to average winter temperatures forces these plants back into dormancy. Another streak of warm weather could break dormancy again, using more nutrient reserves. If this is followed by more cold weather, eventually the alfalfa plants will exhaust their reserves and be unable to start growing when spring truly does return. Another problem in other areas has been snow followed by melting followed by freezing. Prolonged or repeated formation of ice at or on the soil surface can prevent the exchange of gases between the air and the soil. As alfalfa roots respire during winter they produce some gases that can become toxic to alfalfa plants if too concentrated. The roots also need some oxygen to respire and remain healthy. Without this interchange plants can essentially suffocate. It’s impossible to predict if alfalfa will be hurt this winter. Since weather conditions have been risky, be ready to check your fields and make any necessary adjustments early. Source: Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska CropWatch
Nebraska Ag Update - February 17, 2017
Nebraska Ag Updates
Large Amounts of Stored Grain Need Attention with Safety in Mind
The perfect storm exists for more grain bin accidents in 2017 since farmers are storing more grain on-farm than ever before, says University of Missouri Extension natural resources engineer Charles Ellis. Low prices and surplus grain motivate farmers to store grain longer in hopes for higher prices. Ellis spoke recently at the Audrain County Soils and Crop Conference in Mexico. “We’ve got a lot of grain sitting on the farm that we need to check on,” he says. The U.S. Grains Council reported that the 2016 corn crop contained a higher moisture content and required more drying than the previous year’s crop. Wet grain causes farmers to enter bins more often to check for crusting, spoilage and other issues. Ellis reminds farmers to brush up on grain bin safety during Grain Bin Safety Week, Feb. 19-25. “It’s a good time to review safety practices for farmworkers, family members and farm visitors. Never go in a bin alone or without safety equipment,” he says. Fluctuating temperatures in February also cause concern. Major temperature changes result in condensation inside the bin. To keep grain in condition, Ellis recommends bin aeration when air temperatures change rapidly. Ellis suggests that farmers sample the temperature of bin-stored corn in layers. Odors indicate out-of-condition grain, insect infestation, mold and fungi. All reduce grain quality and market value. Also, check for melting snow on the grain bin roof. Lack of snow on the roof when it is snowing indicates out-of-condition grain. Probing resistance, sprouting, color and bridging tell of moisture problems. Ellis suggests the following resources for farmers with on-farm storage. (Links to all the resources are available at extension.missouri.edu/grainstorage.) The Bin Drying Estimator (Excel spreadsheet) estimates the time needed to dry stored crops. Missouri Crop Resource Guide’s grain management page lists information on grain drying and storage costs, economic returns of grain drying, and grain shrinkage and moisture. The MU Commercial Agriculture Program’s Horizon Point website offers precise weather information to Missouri farmers. The program has information on grain drying and offers an example grain drying report. More information is available in these MU Extension publications: MWPS13, Grain Drying, Handling and Storage Handbook. G1300, Low-Profile Bins for Grain Drying. G1305, Estimating Airflow for In-Bin Grain Drying. G1310, Low Temperature, In-Bin Drying. Source: University of Missouri Extension
More Wetness for the West While Southeast Remains Dry
During this U.S. Drought Monitor week, storms continued to impact the west, including parts of California, bringing more heavy precipitation to much of the region, as snow packs continued to increase and reservoirs continued to fill. Fortunately a respite from the storms came toward the latter half of the week. View Drought Monitor map. On the other side of the country, a strong low pressure system impacted much of the eastern United States, bringing heavy snowfall to central and northern New England on the 9th. Another nor’easter impacted the area on the 12th-13th. Meanwhile, an upper-level low over northern Mexico, along with a surface frontal boundary, resulted in rain and mountain snow from Arizona to western Texas. Precipitation spread across Texas to Oklahoma on the 12th-13th. Not all regions received rainfall. Much of the southeast continued to receive below-normal precipitation while record high temperatures spread across the south during the 11th-12th. The West Storms continued to drop heavy precipitation over parts of California, leading to widespread improvements of the multi-year drought in the state, although some pockets have missed out on the precipitation and water restrictions remain due to low reservoir levels. A few large-scale improvements were made in central and southern California. Drought conditions improved in Monterey and eastern Santa Clara Counties. Western Monterey and most of Santa Clara County are now drought free. Improvements were also made across the San Joaquin Valley, with snowpack well above 100% in the Sierras. Reservoirs are being replenished across most regions. At the foot of the Sequoia National Forest, Lake Isabella’s water level increased 20 percent. Further south, drought conditions broadly improved across San Bernardino and southern Inyo counties. However, Death Valley remains in moderate drought (D1) as the area has received just 35% of its normal precipitation for the water year to-date. The Plains Snowpack around 60 percent of normal as of early February led to the introduction of abnormally dry conditions (D0) in part of central Montana from northern Meager to south and central Fergus counties. In eastern Colorado, moderate drought conditions (D1) were extended to northwest Yuma County, northern Washington County, and southeast Logan County. This area has received below 50 percent of normal precipitation since the beginning of October, and recent weather has been hot and windy. The winter wheat also appears to be in poor condition. Additionally, abnormally dry (D0) conditions were expanded to the northern border of Colorado in Weld County. Midwest On this week’s map, a long swath across central and eastern Missouri was degraded from abnormally dry (D0) conditions to moderate drought (D1). Streamflows in the area have plummeted over the past two weeks to less than 25 percent of normal. The South Dry and very warm conditions prevailed this past week across most of the region, leading to additional drying across the area. However, a storm system on the 12th-13th dropped heavy rainfall in parts of Oklahoma, notably across the south. Some of the rain bands were heavy enough to improve drought conditions in a couple of small swaths in the southeastern portion of the state near the Texas border. In Texas, most of the heavy precipitation, while welcome, fell on areas that were not experiencing drought or abnormal dryness. There was some small expansion of drought in north-central Texas and short-term drought in the far south. Temperatures have been around 4 degrees F warmer than normal for several months. The Southeast On this week’s map, dryness continued to prevail across much of the region along with record high temperatures in some areas on the 12th. The warmth led to signs of early spring, with Bradford pears already in full bloom in North Carolina from the southern mountains to the piedmont. Abnormally dry (D0) conditions were expanded eastward across most of eastern North Carolina, except for the coastal areas. These conditions were extended northward into southeastern Virginia and southward into the northern coastal region of South Carolina. In northern Georgia, conditions worsened and the swath of severe extreme drought (D3) was expanded. Extreme drought conditions in Rabun County were extended east and severe drought (D2) replaced moderate drought (D1) to the east of that area. However, in central Georgia, conditions actually improved a bit, with moderate drought (D1 and abnormally dry conditions contracting several miles northward. In Alabama, extreme drought (D3) conditions across southern Tuscaloosa County to southern Saint Clair County improved to severe (D2), while moderate drought (D1) overtook abnormally dry (D0) conditions in the northwestern corner. Lawrence County also saw degradation of conditions, leading to severe drought (D2) there. In central and south Florida, the dry season has been very dry and moderate drought (D1) was introduced across a broad swath. Rainfall totals since the beginning of October rank among the top ten driest over much of the area. Streamflow and groundwater are beginning to decrease, and the potential for wildfire is rising to concerning levels, according to local officials. Mid-Atlantic On this week’s map, deficient rainfall and abnormally high temperatures led to an extension of Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions across part of southern Virginia from Charlottesville to Roanoke, where there has been only one minor rain even (Feb 8th – 9th) since January 24th. On the 12th, Lynchburg observed its fourth 80+ degree maximum temperature day in February since records began there in 1893 and its first 80-degree day since the 1930s. Abnormally dry conditions also worsened in parts of northern Virginia as an area of Moderate Drought (D1) was extended from southern Maryland southwestward to Charlottesville. The Northeast With two major storm systems dumping heavy snowfall over large areas, most of the region saw normal to above-normal precipitation over the past week and drought improvements were made in several areas. Notably, the drought footprint across Maine decreased substantially with just a small area in the southwest remaining in moderate drought (D1). Conditions in eastern, far western, and part of the Southern Tier of New York, northwestern Vermont, and northern New Hampshire also improved. Recent precipitation has been 200-400% of average. Looking Ahead The NWS WPC 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) calls for much more heavy precipitation to impact the west, from Washington all the way to southern California, with an area in northwestern Washington forecast to receive as much as 10.8 inches of precipitation. Overall wide swaths are expected to receive well over two inches of rainfall. Rainfall may also impact southern Texas. Moving eastward, much of the southeast is forecast to see a quarter to a little over an inch of rain over the seven-day period. Once again, central and northern New England may see heavy moisture during the week, with the heaviest amounts projected over northern New Hampshire. The CPC 6-10 day outlooks call for a high probability of above-normal temperatures across the eastern two-thirds of the United States, and below-normal temperatures forecast to prevail in the west. Below-normal precipitation is forecast for a swath in the southwest covering Arizona, New Mexico, and central to western Texas while above-normal precipitation is expected most everywhere else in the contiguous U.S. Northern Alaska is also expected to receive above average precipitation and below-average temperatures during the period, while the southern tier is forecast to be warmer than average. Source: AgFax
Class Action Suit Filed Against Monsanto for Dicamba Drift Damage
Farmers from 10 states are eligible to join a potential class action against Monsanto from dicamba drift damage. States include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. "They are among the hundreds of farmers throughout the nation who have been victimized by Monsanto's defective Xtend seed system and its purchasers' inevitable use of dicamba, a drift-prone herbicide that has wiped out hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the U.S.," the class action complaint states. Plaintiffs claim Monsanto willfully and negligently released the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend cropping systems without an accompanying, EPA-approved herbicide. Some farmers who planted the cropping system decided to spray non-approved herbicides such as Clarity or Banvel that subsequently damaged neighboring sensitive crops, says the complaint against the company. The lawsuit claims that Monsanto is responsible for the off-label dicamba spraying. "The number of acres affected last year is over 200,000," says Bev Randles, attorney in charge of litigation. "Given the enormity of the farmland affected we expect there will be several hundred farmers who will join the lawsuit." Monsanto disagrees with the claims in the class action. "This baseless lawsuit seeks an unprecedented expansion of the law by attempting to impose liability on a company that did not make the product that allegedly caused the damage, did not sell the product that allegedly caused the damage, and, in fact, warned against the very use of the product alleged in the complaint. If any of the damage alleged in the complaint was actually caused by use of the non-Monsanto herbicide product over Monsanto's Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, that use was illegal and performed by third parties over whom Monsanto has no control. "This suit is simply an attempt to shift responsibility away from individuals who knowingly and intentionally broke state and federal law and harmed their neighbors in the process. The lawsuit is wholly without merit, and we will defend ourselves accordingly," the company said in an emailed statement to AgWeb. The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division under Case No. 1:17-CV-00020. Source: AgriMarketing
Stripe Rust Shows Early in Arkansas Wheat-A Concern Yet?
An estimated 180,000 acres of wheat were planted in Arkansas during the fall of 2016, which was approximately 15,000 acres less than 2015. An extremely dry fall until late November may limited planting for some producers, but a weak grain market was the biggest factor reducing wheat acres this year. An extremely warm October -February has led to excessive growth on many fields, even on fields that were planted relatively late. Overall precipitation has been below average for much of Arkansas this winter. Some of the early-maturing wheat varieties that were planted early have started to joint, but a majority of the wheat has not yet started to joint. The current wheat growth stage is 2 weeks or more ahead of what would be considered normal for this time of year. Arkansas Wheat Disease Update: With the warm temperatures this winter and relatively little cold weather, it is not surprising that foliar diseases are being found. As of this week, stripe rust has been confirmed in 7 counties across eastern Arkansas (see map), but it is likely more widespread than the confirmed areas. Stripe rust has been found this early in past years, so this is not all that unusual, but still is a concern for producers. Even though wheat varieties may be rated as resistant to stripe rust, it can still be found on those varieties at the current growth stages. View map here. The wheat resistance genes to stripe rust become expressed closer to heading (known as adult plant resistance), so a variety that has stripe rust now may be resistant in the end. The concern is that stripe rust strains can change, so a resistant variety last year may not be resistant this year. If stripe rust is found now (especially on a known susceptible variety) it can be easily and economically controlled with propiconazole or tebuconazole foliar fungicides which can be tank-mixed with planned herbicide applications. A fungicide application now will not last season long, but will control stripe rust to preserve yield, limit spread of spores to other fields and allow time to see if the resistance genes kick in. If the variety is truly susceptible, another fungicide application will be needed near heading to protect yield. Current wheat variety disease ratings can be found here. Leaf rust and other foliar disease: Other foliar diseases are showing up in addition to stripe rust. Last week leaf rust was at trace to low levels around the state and septoria tritici blotch and powdery mildew could also be found at low levels in some wheat fields. Fungicide applications for these diseases are not recommended at this time. Typically optimal fungicide application timing for control of foliar disease occurs when the flag leaf emerges (Feekes 8). Source: University of Arkansas Extension
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House Ag Committee Begins Farm Bill Prep Without Ag Secretary
The next farm bill needs to provide an adequate safety net for farmers, whose income has fallen because of lower commodity prices, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said at a hearing today kicking off the 2018 farm bill process. Conaway said Congress should "take to heart" the advice of former committee chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., who said during the last farm bill debate "that a safety net is supposed to be there to help farmers in bad times - not in good times." "Every hole in the current safety net that now requires mending is the result of our not fully heeding that wisdom," Conaway said. "Had we followed his counsel more closely, I doubt that there would be anywhere near the current urgency in writing a new farm bill." Lucas chimed in near the end of the hearing to reiterate his advice - "We don't do farm bills for the good times but we do farm bills to address the bad times" - and predicted that his colleagues would find out how difficult their task is over the next two years. Referring to the tortuous path taken during the last farm bill negotiations, Lucas said, "It is a miracle that we have this farm bill." "It's not perfect," he acknowledged. "No legislative product is ever perfect." But "at least ... we don't have to reinvent the wheel. We have something to work from." There should be plenty to work on. Conaway noted that farmers and ranchers have seen their net income drop 45 percent over the last three years, "the largest three-year drop since the start of the Great Depression." And economists who testified today ticked off a series of indicators showing that farmers are under increasing financial pressure - persistent low commodity prices, increasing debt-to-asset ratios, and declining land values and cash rents. But they also said that there are positive signs: Despite their decline, land values are still relatively strong and are not declining precipitously; debt-to-asset ratios are historically low; energy prices and interest rates remain low; and some commodities should see an uptick this year. "With interest rates still low and farmland values declining relatively slowly, farm debt presents a lower risk to the sector than in the 1980s," USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson said. "Current data suggests interest payments on current debt relative to net farm income is about 20 percent; whereas in 1985 it exceeded 60 percent." Nathan Kauffman, an economist and Omaha Branch Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said that "a farm crisis on the scale of the 1980s still does not appear imminent, as farm loan delinquency rates remain low, and credit availability has generally remained strong." But he added a caveat: "If farm income remains persistently low, if farmland values continue to decline, and if debt continues to rise, it is possible that key indicators of financial stress, such as debt-to-asset ratios, could rise to levels similar to the 1980s over a longer time horizon." The upshot is that this time around, economic conditions may force farmers to take a more active role in writing the farm bill. Last time around, times were good and they largely stayed out of the debate. But during this go-round, "Producers are going to need every bit of the safety net that you can provide them," said Joe Outlaw, a professor and extension economist at Texas A&M University. "With resources being as tight as they seem to be up here (in Washington), you're going to have to be really imaginative to figure out how to spread that money as far as you can." Committee members and witnesses focused a lot of their attention on problems faced by cotton growers and dairy producers. Outlaw said the 2014 farm bill "has worked as intended for all crops except for cotton," noting that the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) "has not provided the protection producers were hoping for." "Not having Title 1 programs to protect from the sustained drop in cotton prices has caused severe financial difficulties only overcome by the occasional record yields," he told the committee. "There has to be some sort of price protection afforded to cotton producers," Outlaw said. Johansson noted that only 29 percent of cotton acres insured in 2015 and 27 percent of cotton acres insured in 2017 carried STAX policies. The Margin Protection Program established for dairy producers also came in for criticism. Peterson noted that dairy producers in his state have told him, "If I'm not going to get any money out of this, I'm not going to do it." "We've got to fine-tune this thing, figure out how to get people to participate," he said. Scott Brown, state agricultural extension economist at the University of Missouri, told the committee that as MPP enters its third full year, "the level of dairy farmer participation in the higher margin coverage levels has continually fallen as premium costs have exceeded anticipated MPP payments." Brown said that about two-thirds of U.S. milk production was enrolled in the catastrophic $4/hundredweight level of coverage. In his written testimony, he said, "That catastrophic level of coverage is a pretty low safety net with margins not falling below that level since 2009. No region of the country has shown an appetite for much buy-up beyond the $4 level." Speaking to the committee, he was blunter: "Four dollars is about as good a safety net as a concrete floor. It doesn't provide much protection." But Brown noted that fixing the program will be a challenge because of widespread pressure to keep federal spending low. "It is extremely difficult to construct a stronger safety net program for dairy farmers while reducing federal spending remains a priority," he said in his testimony. Source: AgriMarketing
Scientists Discover Perennial Hybrid of Wheat, Wheatgrass
With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment. Salish Blue is just one variety of a new perennial grain species, ×Tritipyrum aaseae. It’s the first new species to be named by wheat breeders at WSU in 122 years of breeding. Colin Curwen-McAdams, a graduate research assistant at the WSU Bread Lab at Mount Vernon, and Stephen Jones, wheat breeder and director of the lab, describe development of the species in a recent issue of Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10722-016-0463-3). Perennial grains add value Unlike bread wheat, which is planted and dies in a single generation, perennial grains hold the promise of bearing seed for multiple harvests. At the same time, perennial hybrids can bring ecological benefits to grain production. “Perennial grains add value in ways other than just being wheat,” said Curwen-McAdams. “What we need right now are crops that hold the soil, add organic matter and use moisture and nutrients more efficiently. That’s the goal of this breeding program.” Breeding Salish Blue, which was developed as a potential food and dairy forage crop for the Pacific Northwest, gives farmers new options. “We’re working with farmers to determine what Salish Blue will do and how it will fit with their rotations,” said Jones. Named for early WSU professor For the past century, breeders around the world have been trying to develop a perennial grain crop from wheat and its wild relatives. Development of Salish Blue caps 21 years of work by WSU scientists to stabilize bread wheat-wheatgrass hybrids through classical plant breeding without using gene modification. Combining wheatgrass with bread wheat, which contains three separate genomes, posed a challenge. “It’s incredibly difficult to get what qualities you want, and hold on to them over generations, while not bringing along other things that aren’t desirable,” said Jones. The new species is named after professor Hannah Aase, who explored wheat genetics as a botanist and cell biologist at Washington State College, now WSU, from 1914 to 1949. She died in 1980. “The work Dr. Aase did was important but largely overlooked,” said Curwen-McAdams. “She was trying to answer the question of where wheat comes from. We wanted to honor her and bring her back to the forefront.” Clear names share knowledge In their paper, Curwen-McAdams and Jones call for breeders and geneticists to contribute to nomenclature – how species are named – to advance the science of grain hybrids. “We wanted to lay out a strategy for naming these combinations, and then name one ourselves to show how it’s done,” said Curwen-McAdams. “It’s no longer wheat or a wild species. Naming this as a new species lets us think about how it fits into our agriculture.” Source: Washington State University
Scientists Discover How Nematodes Hijack Soybean Plants
How are cyst nematodes intruding into soybean plants? University of Missouri researchers recently found that the parasites are secreting “mimicked” peptides they create that act like the soybean plant’s signaling systems. Soybeans are a major component for two-thirds of the world’s animal feed and more than half the edible oil consumed in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cyst nematodes jeopardize the healthy production of this critical global food source by “hijacking” the soybean plants’ biology. “Cyst nematodes are one of the most economically devastating groups of plant-parasitic nematodes worldwide,” said Melissa Goellner Mitchum, a researcher in the Bond Life Sciences Center and an associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at MU in a recent release. “These parasites damage root systems by creating a unique feeding cell within the roots of their hosts and leeching nutrients out of the soybean plant. This can lead to stunting, wilting and yield loss for the plant. We wanted to explore the pathways and mechanisms cyst nematodes use to commandeer soybean plants.” About 15 years ago, Mitchum and colleagues unlocked clues into how nematodes use small chains of amino acids, or peptides, to feed on soybean roots. Using next-generation sequencing technologies that were previously unavailable, Michael Gardner, a graduate research assistant, and Jianying Wang, a senior research associate in Mitchum’s lab, made a remarkable new discovery—nematodes possess the ability to produce a second type of peptide that can effectively “take over” plant stem cells that are used to create vital pathways for the delivery of nutrients throughout the plant. Researchers compared these peptides with those produced by plants and found that they were identical to the ones the plants use to maintain vascular stem cells, known as CLE-B peptides. “Plants send out these chemical signals to its stem cells to begin various functions of growth, including the vascular pathway that plants use to transport nutrients,” Mitchum said. “Advanced sequencing showed us that nematodes use identical peptides to activate the same process. This ‘molecular mimicry’ helps nematodes produce the feeding sites from which they drain plant nutrients.” To test their theory, Xiaoli Guo, a post-doctoral researcher in Mitchum’s lab and first author of the study, synthesized the CLE-B nematode peptide and applied it to the vascular cells of Arabidopsis, a model plant system used in plant research. They found that the nematode peptides triggered a growth response in Arabidopsis much in the same way as the plants’ own peptides affected development. Next, the team “knocked out” the genes Arabidopsis plants use to signal to their own stem cells. Here, the nematodes didn’t do as well because the parasites were unable to signal to the plant and the nematode’s feeding site was compromised, Guo says. “When a nematode attacks the root, it selects vascular stem cells that are located along the root,” Mitchum said. “By knocking out that pathway, we reduced the size of the feeding site that nematodes use to control the plant. This is the first time we’ve been able to show that the nematode is modulating or controlling the vascular plant pathway. Understanding how plant-parasitic nematodes modulate host plants to their own benefit is a crucial step in helping to create pest-resistant plants. If we can block those peptides and the pathways nematodes use to overtake the soybean plant, then we can enhance resistance for this very valuable global food source.” The study “Identification of cyst nematode B-type CLE peptides and modulation of the vascular stem cell pathway for feeding cell formation,” recently was published by PLOS Pathogens. Source: AgDaily
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Feeder cattle sell mostly steady
Slaughter cattle traded mostly steady last week with limited trade on a dressed basis in Nebraska also steady. Demand was good from both sides of the fence. Cattle feeders are finally in the black and continue to pull cattle on a timely basis if not early, according to USDA Mandatory. Demand for beef remains strong. Encouraging packers to buy. Warmer than normal weather has to help by sending some outside to grill. In the Midwest direct markets live basis steers and heifers traded at 120.00, dressed at 190.00. Continue reading Feeder cattle sell mostly steady at Brownfield Ag News.      
Wisconsin?s premises ID program needs funding
Wisconsin?s mandatory livestock premises identification program is facing financial hardship.? Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium President Keith York tells Brownfield they can?t presently charge fees, and federal funds have dried up. ?“Our projections are in a year from June, we will run out of money, so we need to find more funding in some way or form before next year.”   The consortium gets 250-thousand dollars a year from the State of Wisconsin, but York says?annual costs are about 450-thousand.? Continue reading Wisconsin’s premises ID program needs funding at Brownfield Ag News.      
Pipestone prepares to open Wisconsin sow facility
A new pork production facility will open next month in southwestern Wisconsin.? Blake?s Point Sow Farm is part of Pipestone System, which has more than a dozen hog farms in Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, and South Dakota. Pipestone Vice President Dr. Barry Kerkaert tells Brownfield Blake?s Point is the company?s first Wisconsin farm?and will play a key role for the other farms. “The purpose of this farm is really like the maternity ward of production. ? Continue reading Pipestone prepares to open Wisconsin sow facility at Brownfield Ag News.      
Midday cash livestock markets
Slaughter cattle traded mostly steady last week with limited trade on a dressed basis in Nebraska also steady. Demand was good from both sides of the fence. Cattle feeders are finally in the black and continue to pull cattle on a timely basis if not early, according to USDA Mandatory. Demand for beef remains strong. Encouraging packers to buy. Warmer than normal weather has to help by sending some outside to grill. In the Midwest direct markets live basis steers and heifers traded at 120.00, dressed at 190.00. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.      
Farmers aware of VFD requirements but may still need guidance
An Ohio veterinarian says livestock producers are adapting well to the new veterinary feed directive – but there are some adjustments that need to be made. Dr. Michelle Michalak is a large animal vet in West Central Ohio. “We’re out in the field and having to educate people a little bit on the fact that we do need to have a valid client, patient relationship with them. That means we normally have to make a farm visit, and have knowledge about the farm before we can write that VFD” says Michalak. Continue reading Farmers aware of VFD requirements but may still need guidance at Brownfield Ag News.      
Managing debt key to long-term viability
A grain market analyst says how farmers manage debt is often indicative of the long-term viability of their operation. Al Kluis is president of Kluis Commodities in Wayzata, Minnesota. “There’s an old saying that most people take on debt in the good times and try to pay it off in the bad times.? And I think if you can plan ahead to try and not be in that position, your farm is going to do better over the next 20 to 30 years.” He tells Brownfield many farmers are trying to pay off debt while profit margins remain down. Continue reading Managing debt key to long-term viability at Brownfield Ag News.      
CAUV reform returns to Ohio Assembly
Ohio legislators continue to review the tax formula for farm ground. Cliff Hite is Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee and a sponsor of Senate Bill 36 ? Reforming Current Ag Use Value of Ohio farmland. He says the bill is similar to a measure considered in the last General Assembly. “It’s time to have this discussion about the differentiation in tax increases from a farmers vs a residential area. Continue reading CAUV reform returns to Ohio Assembly at Brownfield Ag News.      
Number of Michigan farms declining
USDA?s latest summery of farms and farmland says the number of small-sized farms in Michigan is declining. The National Ag Statistics Service says Michigan had 51,400 farms in 2016, 100 less than the year before. The loss came from farms with economic sales of less than $10,000 and an average of about 40 acres. Total land in Michigan farms remained steady at 9.95 million acres and the average farm size gained an acre to 194. Continue reading Number of Michigan farms declining at Brownfield Ag News.      
Ag reacts to Scott Pruitt?s confirmation as EPA chief
Two Democrats have voted with Republicans to confirm the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the nation?s new EPA Administrator.? Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, both from energy-producing states, voted in favor along with all Republicans but one; Susan Collins of Maine, who voted against him. Ranking Senate Ag Committee leader Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says she voted against the former Oklahoma Attorney General because she?s concerned with the direction EPA could take under his leadership with his long history of opposing federal environmental programs as well as the Renewable Fuel Standard, ?The President promised us a farmer-friendly EPA and yet his nominee to lead the agency wants to dismantle one of the most successful drivers in rural America,??Stabenow says. Continue reading Ag reacts to Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as EPA chief at Brownfield Ag News.      
Walker signs Oostburg cheese plant exemption
The first new law of Wisconsin?s new legislative session allows a Sheboygan County cheesemaker to expand. Governor Scott Walker approved an exemption to a state law that keeps communities from having more than 12-percent of their tax base in a tax incremental financing district. This exemption allows the Village of Oostburg to give incentives and tax breaks to Masters Gallery Foods.? They will build a 150-thousand square foot cheese packaging and distribution plant.? Continue reading Walker signs Oostburg cheese plant exemption at Brownfield Ag News.      
Cattle trade steady to higher
USDA Mandatory reported negotiated cash cattle trade and demand was moderate on Friday in the Southern Plains. Live sales were steady at 120.00, with some sales in Kansas reported to be 1.00 lower at 119.00 Trade and demand was moderate in Nebraska, with live sales steady to 1.00 higher at 120.00, and dressed sales steady at 190.00. Trading was light in Iowa on moderate demand. Compared to last week live sales were 1.00 to 2.00 higher at 119.00 to 120.00, while dressed sales were steady at 190.00. Continue reading Cattle trade steady to higher at Brownfield Ag News.      
Pork production expanding in Eastern Corn Belt
A pork producer says farms in Michigan and surrounding states are expanding to meet the needs of the new Clemens Food Group pork processing plant. Lee Carte of Carte Farms in Central Michigan tells Brownfield a lot of thought is put into where and how to expand pork facilities to meet the needs of a new processing plant in Coldwater, near the Indiana/Ohio border.? ?There?s a lot of siting issues in this state that you have to follow and we encourage every producer, no matter what industry to do that, so that the industry is not tarnished by putting barns in wrong spots.?? He says their farm alone has already marketed an additional 15,000 gilts for farms in the region expanding and it?s only the beginning with Clemens set to open this September. Continue reading Pork production expanding in Eastern Corn Belt at Brownfield Ag News.      
Mexico may pay high premium to source South American grain
A market analyst says Mexico?s talk this week to cease US grain purchases in response to rhetoric from the Trump Administration – may be easier said than done. Dale Durcholz with Illinois-based AgriVisor says Mexico will need to consider the costs of imported grain from Brazil and Argentina. “And then you step back and go, ‘at $4.00 corn, is someone willing to pay at 10 to 12 percent premium?” says Durcholz. Continue reading Mexico may pay high premium to source South American grain at Brownfield Ag News.      
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: February 17, 2017
Mar. corn closed at $3.68 and 1/4,?down 5?and 1/4?cents Mar. soybeans closed at $10.32 and 1/2,?down 11?and?1/4 cents Mar. soybean meal closed at $339.60,?down?$2.40 Mar. soybean oil closed at 32.89,?down?63?points Mar. wheat closed at $4.41,?down?6 and 3/4?cents Feb. live cattle closed at $117.92,?up $1.40 Apr.?lean hogs closed at $70.77,?up?95 cents Mar. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: February 17, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.      
Former NRCS chief Weller finds right fit at Land O?Lakes
Former NRCS chief Jason Weller says he wants to help farmers become more productive and efficient in his new role with Land O?Lakes. As senior director of the global food and agribusiness?s SUSTAIN team, Weller plans to put his eight years of natural resource and conservation experience to work. “For me, what was most rewarding was that in the heart of NRCS-if you were to really break down its DNA at its very core-it was about working one on one with farmers to help them be successful.” He tells Brownfield Land O?Lakes is a farmer-owned and farmer led organization with a culture similar to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Continue reading Former NRCS chief Weller finds right fit at Land O’Lakes at Brownfield Ag News.      
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