CORN  
Delivery Date Cash Price Basis Futures Change Futures Price
History Apr18 3.43 04/23/2018 12:14:00 PM CST -0.35
 1'4
378'0
History May18 3.45 04/23/2018 12:14:00 PM CST -0.33
 1'4
378'0
History Oct18 3.64 04/23/2018 12:11:00 PM CST -0.40
 1'2
403'6
History Nov18 3.64 04/23/2018 12:11:00 PM CST -0.40
 1'2
403'6
 
SOYBEANS  
Delivery Date Cash Price Basis Futures Change Futures Price
History Apr18 9.41 04/23/2018 12:14:00 PM CST -0.79
 -9'0
1019'6
History Oct18 9.44 04/23/2018 12:14:00 PM CST -0.85
 -6'4
1028'4
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Direct cash cattle markets are quiet. The big feature today will be the distribution of this week’s new showlist, which could be steady to larger than last week following light to moderate activity in many of the major feeding areas. Asking prices are not yet established but are expected to be higher after last week’s higher business. Last week’s slaughter was 624,000 head, the largest in about six months, and wholesale business is starting to show signs of improving, with warmer weather and grilling season on the horizon. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.      
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U.S. Corn Planting Progress Twice As Slow As a Year Ago
The U.S. corn planting pace is falling further and further behind, with a few Midwestern states recording no planting at all. CORN In its Weekly Crop Progress Report Monday, the USDA rated corn planting at 3% complete vs. a 5% five-year average and 6% completion a year ago. A year ago, Illinois, the second largest U.S. corn growing state, had 5% of its corn crop in the ground, but so far this year no corn has been planted. Iowa, the No. 1 corn-growing state, had 3% of its crop in the ground a year ago, while none has been planted this year. Like Iowa, Minnesota farmers have not planted any corn yet this year, while 3% was in the ground at this same time a year ago. SOYBEANS Next week, the USDA will start reporting planting progress for soybeans. OATS USDA pegged the U.S. oat crop as 29% sowed vs. a 44% five-year average. WHEAT U.S. winter wheat crop is pegged as 31% good/excellent vs. 30% a week ago and 54% a year ago. USDA reported that only 3% of the U.S. spring wheat has been seeded vs. a 15% five-year average. Source: Successful Farming
New Mobile App Helps Corn Farmers Identify Ear Rot, Mycotoxins
“Mycotoxins,” a mobile app developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, can help corn growers spot dangerous mycotoxin issues and learn what to do about them. The free, informational mobile app is intended for use by corn growers, crop consultants, county Extension agents and others in crop production and seed industries, said Burt Bluhm, associate professor of plant pathology for the Division of Agriculture. It was developed as a collaboration between the division’s department of plant pathology and the department of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University. Mycotoxins like aflatoxin are dangerous health risks to human and animal consumers, Bluhm said, and under strict health regulations, they can cause huge economic losses for corn growers. A 2015 USDA-funded study by researchers at Michigan State University and Iowa State University estimated that aflatoxin, the most problematic mycotoxin disease in the U.S., could cost growers $52 million to $1.68 billion each year. “Aflatoxin and other mycotoxins can be scary for growers and grain merchandisers,” Bluhm said. “They can pop up at any time and result in big economic losses.” Mycotoxins are commonly associated with corn ear rot, Blum said. But not all ear rots produce dangerous mycotoxins. The app includes descriptions and high-resolution images that can help growers identify mycotoxins in their corn based on what they see in their fields. A version of the app for Apple iOS was developed by Alex Zaccaron, a research assistant in Bluhm’s lab. Zaccaron collaborated with developers at other institutions to produce an Android version. The app is self-contained in the download and doesn’t require an internet connection for use in fields where connections may be poor or non-existent. Ear rot identification Modules in the app include “Ear Rot Identification,” containing descriptions and high-resolution photos to help growers identify the most common corn ear rot diseases. Other modules contain information about mycotoxins, on ear rot management and how to store moldy grain. A fifth module has contacts and resources where growers and grain merchandisers can find expertise and assistance in their regions. The app can be used on any Apple or Android smart phone or tablet, Zaccaron said. Bluhm said the app’s information is based on research he and collaborators have done on mycotoxins. The research is supported across multiple agricultural research institutions by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant. Support in Arkansas also comes from the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, he said. Among mycotoxins, aflatoxin is considered the most dangerous for humans and animals, Bluhm said. “It’s carcinogenic and primarily associated with liver cancer,” he said. Other mycotoxins are also considered carcinogenic, Bluhm said. Some of them also can be present in corn, as well as other crops. “A little aflatoxin goes a long way in corn,” Bluhm said. Like many mycotoxins, aflatoxin favors hot, dry weather, Bluhm said. This is counter-intuitive for a fungal disease, many of which favor cool, wet weather. “Corn is most susceptible to it when it is stressed by heat and reduced availability of water,” he said. Fungicides Generally, Bluhm said, fungicides are not effective in curing or eliminating the disease. “It’s a weird disease,” Bluhm said. “The fungus gets down in the kernels and fungicides just can’t get at it.” Bluhm said the U.S. has an effective food safety system that is good at detecting toxins in foods. But the risk may be higher for grains used in animal food or in countries with less stringent food safety procedures. The biggest risk of dangerous mycotoxins in grains grown for U.S. consumption is economic losses for farmers, who may have to discard an entire crop if infections are extreme, Bluhm said. Livestock producers may also face economic risks. The “Mycotoxins” app can help growers be confident in the health and safety of their crops and also to help them mitigate the disease. “They can be confident about knowing that what they find in their fields,” Bluhm said. Source: Delta Farm Press  
Quick Tour Find Average Wheat In Central Kansas
In a normal year, the High Plains winter wheat crop would be much more mature at this point in the growing season. This is anything but a normal year, however. Earlier this week, Daryl Strouts, president and CEO of the Kansas Wheat Alliance, invited me to join him for a quick tour of central Kansas wheat fields. The KWA manages the release of Kansas State University wheat varieties. Near Lindsborg, we met farmer-stockman Duane Johnson, who said the early wheat looked good. Wheat planted behind soybeans, however, doesn’t look so good. The area had been mostly dry from October to April, with a half-inch of sleet and 1.25 inches of rain in late March the only measurable precipitation to fall on the crop. The wheat is at least two weeks behind—good for growers worried about freezing temperatures hurting the wheat. But not so good for wheat growers who were waiting for rain to topdress the crop with nitrogen. A check of wheat fields indicates that the growing point on Johnson’s farm is still below the soil surface. That’s a good place for it to be as freezing temperatures are supposed to hit the region this weekend. Wheat acres are down in McPherson County, according to Johnson, a second-generation certified seed grower. His father, Sidney, started selling seed in the 1950s; Duane recalls bagging 100-pound burlap bags of seed by hand. “People weren’t buying seed last fall. 2016 and 2017 were pretty bad,” he said. “If the price were to pick up a little bit I can see wheat acres hold steady.” Barton, McPherson County stops Near Ellinwood, certified seed grower Mark Ricker agreed that wheat acres are down, with more farmers devoting acres to corn and soybeans. However, Ricker did sell out of certified seed last fall. Ricker said area farmers are seeking locally adapted wheat varieties tolerant to low pH, and those that contain the Clearfield production system to manage grassy weeds. Strouts said there are varieties in the K-State pipeline that meet these qualifications but it will take a few years before there is enough quantity for commercial production. The last stop of the tour was at the Don Neufeldt farm near Inman. Wheat acres are steady in this area. “Wheat is the go-to crop in this area,” Neufeldt said. “This has been as dry a year as we’ve had and there is still something here with the wheat.” Dryland corn and soybeans have not fared well in his area the last few years, he added. In summary Strouts said it’s too early to tell how the central Kansas wheat crop will fare. There are some good fields of wheat, and there are some bad looking fields of wheat. “I don’t see anything that tells me this could be anything other than an average crop,” he said. The Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Winter Wheat Tour will occur throughout Kansas April 30 to May 3. Strouts said it will be interesting to see what that tour shows. In a state that has drought severity from “abnormally dry to severe,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor—and with extreme cold forecast for the weekend—it could be even worse. Source: High Plains Journal
Get Pastures Off To A Good Start For Adequate Feed All Year
It may be a little late in the season for frost seeding pastures, but you can still put that drill to good use. Spring is the perfect time for pasture improvement. If you have an existing stand that just needs a pick-me-up, adding legumes that will provide plenty of nutrition through the dry summer months may be what you need. “If you’re looking for more diversity, this is a good time to address that,” says Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension beef specialist. Clover and some grass mixes will have a chance to get started after heavy grazing last fall. FERTILIZER APPLICATIONS And hold off on the nitrogen for now on fescue pastures. Sellers say phosphorus and potassium may be needed, but it’s best to save the nitrogen for later in the season. Excess nitrogen in the spring can increase alkaloids in fescue and reduce performance. Spring applications of nitrogen on other tall grass species may be effective. As new interseeded forages emerge, the existing grass needs to be grazed to reduce competition. Once the clover or other legumes are established in your stand, they will add nitrogen to the soil, and help maintain pasture growth through the hot season. Research shows 40 to 50 pounds of nitrogen per acre to fescue pastures applied after August 1 will offer the greatest benefit for late-summer and fall grazing and winter stockpiling. University of Nebraska grazing research shows you get 1 pound of calf weight gain for every pound of nitrogen fertilizer applied, as long as you don’t exceed the maximum recommended application. Of course, the first step to any pasture fertilizer routine is soil testing, identifying exactly what nutrients are needed for that particular stand of forage. EXAMINE A PASTURE’S HISTORY Aside from the nutrient profile, it is best to look at pasture improvement in terms of past use. Was your pasture formerly crop ground, and you want to revert back to grazing land? Have you overgrazed or overhayed and need to restore the ground to its more productive state? Is it introduced pasture, meaning the forage plants have been planted there? Or is it native grassland that is simply old and tired? Introduced pastures generally respond to proper fertilization, weed control, and grazing management. The longer a pasture has been overgrazed, the longer it will take to recover. Assessing the mix of plants in the field will help determine if additional seeding is a cure, or if allowing recovery time will get a good growth response and plant diversity. That puts grazing management at the top of your list of moves to make to improve pasture quality and nutrition. DECIDING WHEN TO GRAZE First of all, do not put stock out to pasture in the spring before the pastures are ready. Do the simple cow-tongue test. Just as the cow wraps her tongue around the plants and pulls them to her mouth, grab a handful of plants. If they pull out by the roots rather than breaking off above the ground, the pasture, especially new seeding, is not yet ready for grazing. Also keep in mind the damage a herd can do compacting wet soils. Once the pasture is ready for action, the experts suggest rotating between haying and grazing. ROTATION PLAN Bruce Anderson and Jerry Volesky of Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, add in their publication UNL Beef Profit Tips: “If your pastures aren’t already subdivided into at least four paddocks, your fertilizer dollar might be better spent on developing more cross-fences and watering sites. With continuous grazing, only 25% to 35% of the grass your pasture produced will end up in the mouth and stomach of your livestock. This will significantly reduce the economic return on any fertilizer applied.” Sellers says a rotation plan that moves stock weekly is a good start, but more frequent movement and adequate recovery between rotations is better. Some producers will swear by more time on each paddock, some less. Some suggest mimicking an aggressive hay-harvest schedule with grazing. Sellers emphasizes a grazing system that fits into the producer’s overall operation – and lifestyle. “Good grazing management works for the producer and his life and his grass,” says Sellers. “The important thing is to leave adequate residual grass height, have a significant recovery period, and not put livestock back on too soon.” All agree it is best to leave a 4-inch stand of grass. Grazing or cutting grass too short will limit plants’ ability to collect sunlight and develop strong root systems, ultimately reducing yield. Sellers recommends haying pasture ground if it is not needed in the regular rotation to remove excess growth and maintain forage quality. If some paddocks are hayed, then nutrients will be removed and need to be replaced with fertilizer or other sources. He also warns against the urge to overgraze under drought conditions. In all cases, your stocking rate is perhaps the most crucial factor. The more often you rotate, and the better you manage grass height, the more you can increase production and carrying capacity. Producers who have implemented adaptable managed grazing see improvement over time in plant diversity and production. With a diverse mix of plants and good grazing management, that pasture improvement plan you implement this spring will provide your livestock with adequate feed and nutrition all year long. Source: Successful Farming
Reduce Timing Guesswork for Cotton Planting
When days get warmer and early-blooming trees start popping, growers get the itch to plant, to get back in the field, to start a new cotton crop. To help temper that itch, growers can turn to the online Cotton Planting Forecasting tool to help determine the optimal planting window to assure a strong stand. “Cotton Planting Forecasting is a tremendous tool to use to see what the forecast looks like,” says Kenny Melton, Bayer agronomic service team manager for the West region. “So often, we just think about our immediate conditions when we need to be thinking whether the soil has warmed up and whether current conditions are going to stay. It’s more about the five-day forecast and getting the heat units that are necessary to get your crop up and running.” Developed by agronomists at Bayer in conjunction with the Center for Geospatial Technology at Texas Tech University, this tool provides a beltwide cotton planting forecast for individual counties or areas, based on air and soil temperatures and cotton growing degree day (DD60) conditions. “Optimizing yield starts at planting,” says Scott Asher, Bayer agronomic service team manager for the East region. “This tool is a way to set growers up for a successful season.” To use the tool: Go online to the Cotton Planting Forecasting tool for the East or the West, or visit the Stoneville or FiberMax websites and click on Cotton Planting Forecasting in the toolbar menu Click on your county on the map A report will come up with a summary statement, such as “planting not recommended due to soil temp” or “planting conditions are marginal” The report will include three levels of data:  - The five-day minimum air temps forecasted  - The Mesonet soil temp at 11 a.m.  - The DD60 five-day forecast At this point, a grower also can input the soil temp if a Mesonet soil temp is not available for their county or if they want to use their own soil temperature Planting into optimal conditions is the goal. Planting into close-to-optimal conditions is the reality when growers have a lot of acres to get across and spring weather compresses the planting window. “People want to go in early, and sometimes they have to because they have to manage a large number of acres,” Melton acknowledges. “What we must remember is when we have to replant, we’re really late. It’s better to get that seed down when the temperatures are right and we can get that crop off to a good start.” Source: Cotton Grower
Ag Youth Council Connects City Kids to Life on Farm
LINCOLN ? This week, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC) will introduce elementary-school students in the city to life on the farm. The NAYC?s annual Urban Youth Farm Tour connects students from Lincoln with nearby farmers and ranchers so the children can experience agriculture up close and learn how food is produced. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) sponsors the NAYC.
Planted Acreage, Demand Sources Dictate '18 Rice Market
If U.S. long grain rice producers can limit production to the March 29, 2018, USDA Planting Intentions Report, this should be a reasonably good year for our long grain rice producers. If a new demand source emerges and/or global rice production is off due to a weather event or some other anomaly, it could be a very profitable year if current planting intention are not exceeded. The Bottom Line Long Grain USDA Supply and Demand Estimates 2017/18 long grain rice production is estimated at 127.9 million cwt., 23.1 percent below 2016/17. The 5-year average is 148 million cwt., and the 10-year average 149 million cwt. 2017/18 long grain rice total supply is estimated at 180.4 million cwt., 13.9-percent below 2016/17. The 5-year average is 190 million cwt., and the 10-year average is 191 million cwt. 2017/18 long grain rice domestic and residual use is estimated at 93 million cwt., 7th largest on record, compared to the 5-year average 95 million cwt., and10-year average 94.5 million cwt. 2017/18 long grain rice total export is estimated at 69 million cwt., 9.7 million cwt. below last year, and compared to the 5-year average of 72 million cwt., and 10-year average 73 million cwt. 2017/18 long grain rice total use is estimated at 161 million cwt., 17.4 million cwt below 2016/17, and below the 5-year average 166.7 million cwt., and the 10-year average 167 million cwt. 2017/18 long grain rice ending stocks are estimated at 19.4 million cwt. or 18.3 percent above the previous month’s estimate, 37.4-percent below 2016/17, 4th lowest in the previous 13 marketing periods. The 5-year average is 23 million cwt., and the 10-year average is 24 million cwt. World Rice USDA Supply and Demand Estimates 2017/18 world rice acreage at 161.5 million hectares is the second highest on record. World rice yield at 4.5 metric tons per hectare ties with the record 2016/17 record yield. World rice rough production at 727.3 million metric tons is the 2nd highest on record. World rice milled production is the highest on record at 487.5 million metric tons, with higher production in Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. World trade at 48.6 million metric tons is the highest on record, which in part reflects the changing dynamics of the global rice trade, with higher imports for Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, and the Philippines. USDA raised exports for Brazil, Burma, India, Pakistan, and Thailand. World rice total use at 480 million metric tons is the 2nd highest on record, exceeded only by the previous marketing periods 481 million tons. World rice ending stocks at 144.4 million metric tons is the 2nd highest on record and 78.5 percent above the 2007/08 (10-years previous) and 21.5-percent above 2012/13 (5-years previous). Long Grain Rice Price Outlook The U.S. long grain rice price for the 2015 crop averaged around $11.20 per cwt or $5.04 per bushel; 2016 crop $9.61 per cwt. or $4.32 per bushel; and presently the 2017 crop is estimated at $11.70 per cwt. or $5.27 per bushel. The average price the long grain rice producer receives for their 2018 production will be a function of several factors, with 2018 long grain planted acreage presently at the top of the list. The March 29, 2018, USDA planting intentions report indicated Arkansas long grain rice producers will expand acreage by 16 percent to 1,150,000 acres from 995,000 acres in 2017. U.S. long grain rice producers are expected to expand acreage by 12 percent to 2,030,000 acres from 1,811,000 acres in 2017. If these long grain rice acreage estimates stand, then all things equal, one would expect the 2018 farm price will be below the current estimate for the 2017 average crop price of $5.27 per bushel. If one assumes current demand for the remaining 2017 marketing period, which runs through July 31, 2018, and no new demand source at current price levels, a reasonable price consideration would be around $10.55 per cwt. or $4.74 per bushel for the 2018 average rice price. What is the potential for long grain rice prices to improve by year’s end? First, that will be a key function of final U.S. long grain planted acres, with next key USDA estimate the end of June. Additional immediate soybean price weakness could easily grow U.S. long grain planted acreage by an additional 100,000 plus acres. Assuming current U.S. long grain rice planting intentions materialize, no major global weather events emerge, and no new demand source materializes, the $4.74 per bushel figure is reasonable. Overplanting U.S. long grain rice in 2018 would be a key factor in price weakness. Expanding acreage beyond current March 2018 planting intentions would likely further depress long grain rice prices. Trade War? The U.S. does not export rice to China, and when and if we do sometime in the future, the rice will likely be very high quality rice. Presently, from a trade war perspective with China, we have always had trade challenges and probably always will; the past trade discussions have not been as public as the current verbal exchanges. From the U.S. ag sector perspective, certainly one must be concerned about damaging demand for our ag products with soybeans being a key concern. Also, a key worry for U.S. long grain rice prices related to trade war considerations is the impact on soybean and corn prices. Grain price weakness in general tends to place downward pressure on rice prices. From a big picture perspective: on one hand, Brazil, Russia, India and China, the BRIC countries (also include South Africa), would like to be as self-sufficient as possible. On the other hand, the United States and China have much to gain by a mutually respectful working relationship. That said, it’s hard to see a truly fair trade and/or respectful relationship emerging anytime soon, which is why these public verbal exchanges have emerged. Source: Delta Farm Press
Corn Growing 101
Corn is the number one commodity grown by U.S. farmers and for good reason. For years, the price of corn has risen and technology advances continue to find new ways to use the popular grain grown by hardworking corn farmers. Most of the U.S. corn crop comes from corn farms in the Midwest with Iowa and Illinois growing a third of the total corn crop alone. On this page, you’ll find the basics of planting, growing, and harvesting the most popular grain amongst U.S. farmers. THE EVER-RESILIENT CORN PLANT Corn plants will fight to thrive depending on growing season conditions. When stressed for water, corn plants will send down roots deep enough to reach moisture. In a relatively moist year, corn plants put down strong roots but at more shallow depths. With accidental innovators like Harry Stine pushing out proven research, higher corn yields that correlate directly with higher corn populations is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the future of growing corn. PLANTING CORN When farmers are itching to get into the fields to plant, it’s important to remember that soil temperatures should be at 50°F. for a strong start for corn seed germination. Corn planting time all depends on the seed variety being planted and, of course, weather conditions. If weather works against the seedlings, replanting may be an option. Young corn can’t survive in standing water for over four days and sometimes last only 48 hours before oxygen levels drop off. When contemplating replant, consider previous herbicide applications and take current stand counts throughout the problem areas before you decide if a replant is the best option for your operation. You may want to switch to an earlier maturity hybrid if it’s later in the season. GROWING CORN There’s no official guidebook for how to grow corn because growth is so dependent on weather conditions. If the weather is too cool and wet, Northern Corn Leaf Blight could set in. Hot and dry weather may create the perfect environment for root rot and common smut. Besides these common diseases, there are a plethora of other pests to manage. One way to give corn its best shot at thriving is through proper nutrient management. Choosing the right fertilizer and application dates are key to yield success. Pay close attention to nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), sulfur (S), and zinc (Zn) for healthy corn plants. Plants deficient in N, P, and K, especially, will never reach their full yield potential. Fall applications can be made dependent on location and soil type. If it’s still recommended by your local Extension, remember to wait until the soils are 50°F. and trending cooler. N inhibitors are another way to protect your investment – in both the spring and fall. BIGGER, BETTER CORN HYBRIDS Farmers have never had more choices when it comes to corn hybrids and that won’t change anytime soon. The future is bright for corn traits as corn rootworm-resistant and herbicide-tolerant stacks are in the works right now. Those are just two of the corn stacks pending regulatory approval, but advances are being made every day by agricultural scientists and agronomists. The use of gene editing is the secret sauce behind the impressive corn plants of the future. Unlike genetically modified organism (GMO) technology, gene editing can change the behavior of a plant without introducing any foreign material into the plant. Gene editing is also faster and more accurate than GMO technology, which means faster solutions for issues farmers face in the fields each year. CORN HARVEST When it’s corn harvest time, farmers have little time for much else. When moisture levels are in the 23% to 25% range, combines should be ready to roll. However, adjusting a combine is a balancing act—and one that needs to be performed well in advance. Make these seven tweaks to your combine to ensure a speedy, efficient harvest this year. A number of issues can come into play during harvest. Everything from wet corn to downed corn to freezing conditions and more. If facing downed corn, check out these nine tips for harvesting as many bushels as you can in a tricky situation. Stalk rot flourishes in lodged corn, so prioritize those fields in your harvest schedule. AIMING FOR HIGH CORN YIELDS High yields are the trophy at the end of the marathon that is the growing season. If high-yield factors like nutrients, hybrid type, plant populations, and specific management practices are in place, agronomists see consistent yield increases when applying a fungicide at tassel. However, it can be hard to know what specific factors are helping or hindering your yield goals. Yield contests are perfect resources for finding yield boosters. Although plots are often under intense management, yield contest plots a great way to see what results can come from heavy scouting, sampling, and responding quickly to plant needs. If entering a contest, start with the basics and look for room for improvement. And if watching, take notes! Source: Successful Farming
From Seed To Sip: Midwest Farmers Are Seeing Rise In Popularity Of Craft Distilling
It was here, surrounded by his family’s sea of conventional corn and soybeans, that Iowa farmer Pat Hoffmann’s unconventional idea began to ferment. “This is America’s heartland,” he thought to himself. “This is where the best spirits in the world should be made.” The fourth generation on his family’s farm near Earling, population 420, Hoffmann recognized a growing trend: consumers want to know where their food comes from and gain a sense of connection to the people who grow it. Hoffmann, who farms with his parents, David and Ruth, yearned to produce a finished product from the fields they labored over year after year. “An idea got into my head and I couldn’t let it go,” Hoffmann said. Napa Valley would never truck in Iowa grapes to make their best wines. So why wasn’t Iowa, known for raising an abundance of corn on its fertile farmland, not producing bourbon, whiskey and gin? So, on the footprint of the farmhouse where his father grew up, Hoffmann and his wife, Amy, built a distillery. Last year, the couple released their first spirit—North 40 Vodka—and opened their farm to tourists. “We have the rain, the soil and the knowledge of agriculture,” Hoffmann said. “This is where the best corn is grown. And, when you think of it that way, a distillery makes perfect sense.” Lifting local spirits With consumers seeking craft-made liquor, the Hoffmanns’ Lonely Oak Distillery is among the growing number of craft distilleries popping up across the country as state prohibition-era laws are whittled away. “Wine started it,” Hoffmann said of the trend. “Craft beer has continued it and craft spirits is the next step. I just believe people care about what they eat and what they drink more so now than ever.” For liquor enthusiasts, it has been a rugged road—one hurdled by the Temperance Movement and hatchet-wielding Carry Nation—who smashed her first saloon in Kiowa, Kansas, in 1900. Many states have started to change their laws, which has helped augment the popularity of local spirits. “When I started the business, we couldn’t have tasting rooms,” said Dan Garrison, who has Garrison Brothers Distillery on a farm near Hye, Texas, a community of a few hundred people. Garrison continues to advocate for changes in Texas laws to make distilling more favorable for farm distillers. Even now, he said, customers can only purchase two bottles every 30 days. Still, he said, the industry is growing substantially. He received federal permit No. 29 in 2003. He estimated 1,700 distillers are now operating across the country. The grain-to-glass movement is part of that growing trend, said Bill Owens, CEO of the American Distilling Institute. He estimated there are more than 350 farm distilleries in the United States that source grain from local farmers to make their spirits. Actual farmers making liquor, however, is just a fraction of the industry. Owens estimated there are about 50 such “seed-to-spirit” distillers in the country. Still, Owens said, a decade or two ago, there weren’t any. Booze Hill Farmers like Hoffmann see distilling the grain on their farm as a way to add to the bottom line. But they are also discovering another important byproduct of whiskey and other craft beverages—tourism. On a hill in the former rough-and-tumble cattle town of Dodge City, Kansas, where outlaws were once laid to rest, sits Boot Hill Distillery. Not only are the spirits flowing here, but farmer Hayes Kelman and his staff are also tapping into the city’s wild west tourism industry. They show visitors how spirits are made from the grain he grows on his family’s Sublette-area farm. It’s followed by a trip to the tasting room where they can belly-up to the bar and sip whiskeys, gin and vodka, plus buy a bottle to go. Locals now call the area “Booze Hill.” A brewery sits at the bottom of the inclined street. Kelman, and his father, Roger, and family friend Chris Holovach of Scott City, Kansas, bought the town’s old city building in 2014, which sits on the site of the old Boot Hill Cemetery. They fixed up the 90-year-old building that was on the city’s list to be razed, opening the distillery doors in 2016. There are a handful of other distilleries in Kansas and a few use local grain to make liquor. Hayes Kelman is the only farmer. “There aren’t many who are ‘soil to sip,’” said Kelman. “The moment we plant to the first sip out of the bottle—the entire process has been 100 percent under our control.” Kelman said they use the conventional corn that his family has grown for generations to make their whiskey, vodka and gin products. They grow a variety of other grains, including wheat, rye and barley that go into the recipes also. While the distillery is not on the farm, visitors still see how grain grown there is made into liquor, said Mark Vierthaler who serves as Boot Hill Distillery’s marketing director and is also a distiller there. Guests learn more about the historic thread of Dodge City, which was founded on booze. The first business in town was a whiskey bar outside of Fort Dodge, a frequent stop by travelers and soldiers, Vierthaler said. “Whether you are interested in spirits, whether you are interested in agriculture, whether you are interested in the history of Dodge City and the Old West, I think we are pretty unique where our tours and spirits involve all three of those.” The growing popularity of distilleries also creates an economic boon for local communities as tourists spend money on lodging, other attractions and meals, said Garrison, whose Hye, Texas, distillery draws 25,000 tourists a year to the 65-acre farm. The hour-and-a-half tour includes a trailer ride to the distillery and cookhouse. There are guided tours on horseback some Saturdays. About 30 minutes of the tour is spent at the tasting room, he said. “It’s adding money to the hill country,” Garrison said. Distillery trail Back in Iowa, Hoffmann excitedly talks about his newest product, which will be released in April. Steeple Ridge Bourbon is named for the three parishes they can see from their farm. To be called bourbon, it must be made from at least 51 percent or more corn and aged in new, charred American oak barrels. The Hoffmanns use a mid-1800s heirloom corn called Wapsie Valley and a conventional Pioneer variety to make Steeple Ridge. “My grandfather Fritz Hoffmann sold Pioneer seed corn on this farm years ago and swore that no other seed would ever be planted here,” Hoffmann said with a chuckle, adding he was sure his grandfather would approve of his new venture. So far, Lonely Oak has been a success. In six months, Pat and Amy Hoffmann have gotten North 40 Vodka onto the shelves in liquor stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Connecticut and are working on other states. Meanwhile, visitors can make purchases at the farm. They can also schedule tours of the distillery, see the farm equipment and, during the season, view their growing corn crop. There is also a tasting room and bar to sample spirits. Hoffmann said he wants to educate visitors and let them see the farmer behind the drink. “When you come on a tour, we start with how we plant the crop to how we pour the finished product in the bottle,” he said. Lonely Oak is a mile off the highway on a gravel road, about four miles from Earling. The Hoffmanns could have built their distillery in town, giving it more visibility. However, Hoffmann said, the story is the farm. “What do you give up to gain something?” asked Hoffmann. “One thing we couldn’t give up was our story.” Source: High Plains Journal
Sclerotinia Not A Disease To Ignore
Growing a tolerant canola variety is one way producers can reduce the risk of the fungal disease cutting their yields The word sclerotinia doesn’t sound nearly as scary as blackleg, and unlike clubroot, the sclerotinia fungus doesn’t remain in cropland for 20 years. However, while it isn’t as nasty as those diseases, sclerotinia, also known as white mould, should not be ignored. “The reality is it’s the most ubiquitous and probably the biggest yield grabber when you look (at canola diseases) across Western Canada,” said Angela Brackenreed, a Canola Council of Canada agronomist in Manitoba. “I think it needs to be more top of producers’ mind.” Brackenreed helped organize the canola council’s agronomy workshop, CanoLab, held mid-March in Brandon. This year’s event also featured information on soybean agronomy, and that component was branded as SoyLab. Keith Gabert, a council agronomist in Alberta, and Lone Buchwaldt, an Agriculture Canada plant pathologist, hosted a session in Brandon about managing sclerotinia. Gabert agreed that sclerotinia deserves more attention. “If we could get a handle on it and manage it, it would be a real benefit to the growers.” Sclerotinia infects canola at the time of bloom and thrives under a dense canopy of canola plants, where the micro-climate is warm and humid. The disease causes lesions to form on plant stems, cutting off the flow of nutrients and water in the plant. Research shows that an infected plant reduces canola seed yield by about 50 percent, which means a field with 10 percent infection will lose five percent. Many growers may not worry about that yield loss because sclerotinia usually develops when conditions are close to ideal for maximum canola yields. In other words, producers are willing to accept a five, 10 or 15 percent yield loss if they’re still getting 47 bushels per acre. “It’s penalizing a good crop, which is much more acceptable to a grower than penalizing a poor crop,” Gabert said. “That’s why they tend to tolerate it a little more.” However, those lost bushels add up when conditions are ripe for sclerotinia across an entire region. In 2016, about 15 to 20 percent of canola plants in Manitoba had sclerotinia, and the severity of infection was higher than normal. Assuming it was 20 percent, Manitoba canola yields likely dropped by 10 percent, cutting overall production by 300,000 tonnes. Fungicides are one tool for controlling sclerotinia stem rot and preserving yield. Another is a canola variety that is tolerant of white mould. There are a few canola varieties on the market with sclerotinia tolerance, but Buchwaldt is hoping that number increases over the next few years. Buchwaldt, who works in Saskatoon, has been studying sclerotinia tolerant traits in canola since 2013. She found brassica napus plants in South Korea, Japan and Pakistan that were naturally resistant to sclerotinia. Subsequent testing showed that the genes in the plants from Pakistan were the most tolerant. They stood up to 17 different groups of sclerotinia fungi isolates collected from canola fields across Western Canada. The results were particularly encouraging because the genetic tolerance is based on a number of genes, making it more difficult for the sclerotinia fungus to mutate and defeat the resistance, Buchwaldt said. “It’s very, very unlikely that these isolates will overcome all of these five genes.” Buchwaldt handed the genetics over to canola breeders at life science companies, who are now breeding the traits into canola varieties. One challenge for the breeders will be the nature of brassica napus because it has a higher level of erucic acid than canola. “The plant breeders will have to breed that out while retaining the resistance to sclerotinia,” Buchwaldt said. If development proceeds on schedule, it’s possible that new varieties of canola with sclerotinia tolerance could be on the market in a few years. At this point it’s hard to know if growers will pay extra for such a trait, but the benefits are fairly obvious. “Sclerotinia tolerant varieties will definitively give you a higher yield potential because you have less disease impact,” Gabert said. The trait probably doesn’t make sense in humid parts of the Prairies, such as the Red River Valley, where growers routinely spray canola with a fungicide to ward off sclerotinia. Brackenreed said sclerotinia tolerant varieties are likely more useful in a region where growers are “on the cusp of whether or not they would spray.” “Then you have some of that background protection if you don’t (spray),” she said. “Sclerotinia tolerance is a great tool if you’re unsure about whether you’re going to use that fungicide application.” Canola isn’t the only crop in Western Canada that’s susceptible to sclerotinia, Buchwaldt said. Growing both soybeans and canola, for example, can increase the amount of disease inoculum in the soil and the impact of sclerotinia. “If you have soybeans, sunflowers and lentils and bean in your rotation, then you want a sclerotinia resistant canola.” Source: The Western Producer
Experiment Shows How Corn Compensates
  Corn may not compensate for injury or missing plants as well as soybeans do, but don’t underestimate it. Corn plants will compensate. “The goal of any corn plant is to produce as many viable progeny as possible,” says Dave Nanda, a corn breeder and independent agronomist in Indianapolis. “The hybrid corn plant doesn’t know that the seeds it produces won’t be planted. And it doesn’t care how much yield you get. It will do as much as possible to produce as many viable seeds as it can.” Nanda has stated this theory before. In 2017, working with the Corn Watch ’17 project to follow a field of corn all year long, he set out to prove it. As ear shoots were appearing and pollination was about to begin, Nanda selected plants at random. He purposely removed the main ear on each of those selected plants. “One way the corn plant can compensate is by producing another ear if something happens to the main ear,” Nanda says. “If my theory was right, when we returned in a few weeks, there should have been an ear developing at the first node below where the ear shoot was located.” See and believe Sure enough, four weeks later, there was an ear at the first node below the missing main ear shoot on each stalk where Nanda had removed an ear. The new ears had viable kernels. In most cases, those ears weren’t as large as the original ears would have been, but they were still respectable ears. “The truth is that the plant has the ability to produce an ear at each node down the plant,” Nanda explains. “Sometimes you get a decent second ear in a normal situation if growing conditions are very good. More often, though, most hybrids concentrate on producing one ear which is as long and contains as many rings of kernels around the ear as it can. If late summer and fall conditions are favorable, as they were in 2017, it continues to pump as much starch into those kernels as possible for as long as possible, ensuring that the kernels will be viable.” Late-summer weather that includes enough moisture and relatively cool nights produces excellent kernel development, Nanda says. “That’s what occurred in many cases last year. Many mid-August yield estimates wound up lower than actual yield because at the time the estimate was made, there was no way to know whether the rest of the season would be stressful, average or better than normal.” Nanda has tried the experiment of pulling the main ear from the corn plant to see if it will produce an ear at the next lower node before. The last time he tried it before 2017, pollination was already well underway when he pulled the ear. There wasn’t as much time for the plant to compensate and recover, he says. Those plants still attempted to put on ears at the next node down, but they tended to be smaller nubbins with spotty kernels. Corn plants need time to compensate, Nanda concludes. Source: American Agriculturist
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Midday cash livestock markets
Direct cash cattle markets are quiet. The big feature today will be the distribution of this week’s new showlist, which could be steady to larger than last week following light to moderate activity in many of the major feeding areas. Asking prices are not yet established but are expected to be higher after last week’s higher business. Last week’s slaughter was 624,000 head, the largest in about six months, and wholesale business is starting to show signs of improving, with warmer weather and grilling season on the horizon. Continue reading Midday cash livestock markets at Brownfield Ag News.      
COF report shows more heifers in feedlots
Last week?s cattle-on-feed report showed a higher percentage of heifers in the nation?s feedlots. The number of heifers and heifer calves on feed on April 1st, at 4.2 million, was up 14 percent from a year ago. And USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says heifers were nearly 36 percent of the total feedlot inventory, two percent more than a year ago. ?That percentage of heifers on feed may be reflection of some potential slowing in the expansion of the breeding herd,? Shagam says. Continue reading COF report shows more heifers in feedlots at Brownfield Ag News.      
California court affirms previous glyphosate ruling
A California state appeals court has dealt Monsanto and a coalition of ag groups a legal setback, ruling the state was well within in its legal bounds when it decided to list glyphosate as a possible cancer-causing agent. California?s Fifth Appellate District affirmed a previous court ruling, saying California?s decision to list glyphosate as a possible carcinogen, based on determinations made by an international health organization, did not override the rights of U.S. Continue reading California court affirms previous glyphosate ruling at Brownfield Ag News.      
WinField United: Five agronomy insights that could boost yield in 2018
A recent WinField United news released outlined five agronomy insights that could boost yield in 2018: With a challenging market and an uncertain spring, farmers want to feel confident they’re choosing the right crop inputs and the right management strategies. Using insights derived from two decades of data from thousands of field trials across the U.S., the WinField United agronomy team has released five recommendations for the 2018 growing season that can help farmers increase yields and improve return on input investments. Continue reading WinField United: Five agronomy insights that could boost yield in 2018 at Brownfield Ag News.      
Mexico and EU reach agreement on trade
The European Union and Mexico have agreed in principle to a new trade deal.? That agreement was reached over the weekend, and the European Commission says it includes eliminating or reducing most tariffs.? EU officials say the European poultry, cheese, chocolate, pasta, and pork producers stand to benefit the most. Mexico agreed to the EU?s geographical indications, which will protect products named for their European locations of origin, essentially giving the EU producers exclusive markets for more than 340 food and drink products including Champagne and many cheese varieties. Continue reading Mexico and EU reach agreement on trade at Brownfield Ag News.      
Soybean, corn export inspections stay slow
  The USDA reports that as of the week ending April 19th, corn and soybean export inspections continue to trail their respective expected paces. The 2017/18 marketing year runs through May for wheat and August for beans, corn, and sorghum. Wheat came out at 619,251 tons, up 114,295 from the week ending April 12th, but down 12,798 from the week ending April 20th, 2017. With less than a month and a half to go in the 2017/18 marketing year, wheat inspections are 21,494,298 tons, compared to 23,810,760 late in 2016/17. Continue reading Soybean, corn export inspections stay slow at Brownfield Ag News.      
Do not fear eating fruits and vegetables
The so-called Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables to avoid is released each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) with warnings about the most pesticide-saturated produce. But is it legitimate? This well-known scientist, Kevin Folta, say “NO.” Continue reading Do not fear eating fruits and vegetables at Brownfield Ag News.      
Predicting the next big yielding hybrid
University of Illinois corn breeder Martin Bohn is using a $500,000 USDA grant on research to improve corn breeding efficiency.? It?s hoped that it will bring about the ability to predict the performance of corn hybrids.? Bohn wants to use the corn genome to make breeding faster, more efficient, and more predictive.? He tells Brownfield corn breeding is a numbers game, but that advances in knowledge about mapping the corn genome could make corn breeding more predictive.? Continue reading Predicting the next big yielding hybrid at Brownfield Ag News.      
Beneficial moisture on the southern High Plains
Across the Corn Belt, cold weather and low soil temperatures continue to limit spring planting activities. In addition, snow remains on the ground across large sections of the northern Corn Belt. On the Plains, cloudiness is increasing in advance of an approaching storm system. Any rain that developed later Friday on the southern High Plains may be too late for some drought-damaged wheat but should aid wildfire containment efforts and slightly improve topsoil moisture in preparation for spring planting. Continue reading Beneficial moisture on the southern High Plains at Brownfield Ag News.      
A welcome pattern shift for much of the Corn Belt
A storm system emerging from the Southwest will drift eastward, reaching the Southeast early next week. Highly beneficial rain developed later Friday across the drought-affected central and southern High Plains, with totals of 0.5 to 1.5 inches some areas; however, some locales may largely miss out on the rainfall, and a more widespread soaking is sorely needed. Showers will become heavier farther east, accompanied by locally severe thunderstorms. Storm-total rainfall could reach 2 to 4 inches or more in parts of the Southeast. Continue reading A welcome pattern shift for much of the Corn Belt at Brownfield Ag News.      
IPM works to protect crops and pollinators
  An entomologist says it?s a difficult balance to manage pests while leaving pollinators unharmed. Rick Foster with Purdue University Extension tells Brownfield there are some key best management practices specialty crop growers can use to protect their crops and pollinators.? ?We want people to scout their fields and only treat when they exceed the economic threshold which is an average of one beetle per plant. We want them to use a pyrethroid insecticide.?? In cantaloupes, he says applying pyrethroids at the lowest rate can still provide pest control and be less harmful to pollinators than neonicotinoids. Continue reading IPM works to protect crops and pollinators at Brownfield Ag News.      
Weather forecasts weigh on corn
  Soybeans were lower on commercial and technical selling, posting week to week losses. The stalemate over tariffs with China continues to limit export demand for U.S. beans, even as Brazil?s supply gets tighter and their prices move higher. Still, Brazil won?t be able to supply enough beans to meet China?s needs fully, so Beijing will probably eventually have to return to U.S. beans, at least to some degree. Paraguay could pick up some of the slack. Continue reading Weather forecasts weigh on corn at Brownfield Ag News.      
Peterson co-signs RFS waiver letter to Trump
The ranking members of the House Ag and House Energy committees are asking President Trump to ensure no more RFS waivers are granted until transparency and accountability of the waiver program is improved. Congressmen Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Frank Pallone of New Jersey say in their letter to Trump they are deeply concerned that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is granting waivers to large oil refiners which is not the intent of the Renewable Fuels Standard program. Continue reading Peterson co-signs RFS waiver letter to Trump at Brownfield Ag News.      
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 20, 2018
May corn closed at $3.76 and 1/2,?down 5 and?1/2?cents May soybeans closed at $10.28 and 3/4,?down?8 and 1/2?cents May soybean meal closed at $374.10,?up 80 cents May soybean oil closed at 31.30,?down?11?points May wheat closed at $4.63 and 1/4,?down?13 and 1/2?cents Apr. live cattle closed at $119.35,?up $1.55 Jun. lean hogs closed at $77.55,?down?52 cents May crude oil closed at $68.38,?up 9?cents May cotton closed at 85.47,?up?250?points May rice closed at $12.99,?down 9 cents May Class III milk closed at $14.90,?down 10?cents Apr. Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 20, 2018 at Brownfield Ag News.      
Cattle on feed up 7%, placements and marketings down
  The USDA’s latest set of cattle on feed numbers were very close to what analysts had been expecting. The total number of cattle on feed on April 1st, 2018 was up 7% on the year at 11.729 million head, the second highest for that date since the series of reports started. The steer and steer calf inventory was 4% higher at 7.535 million head and heifers and heifer calves jumped 14% to 4.194 million, an indication that herd expansion might be slowing down. Continue reading Cattle on feed up 7%, placements and marketings down at Brownfield Ag News.      
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Bob Utterback and Brian Basting stop by the agribusiness desk with AgD
Bob Utterback and Brian Basting stop by the agribusiness desk with AgDay host Clinton Griffiths.
If it's Monday, it's time for Machinery Pete on AgDay.
If it's Monday, it's time for Machinery Pete on AgDay.
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Spain, Italy: Tracking the EU Powers in Crop Protection
Three months into 2018, many of results of the Kleffmann end-user panels for 2017 are finalized. They confirm our view from December that the global crop protection market did indeed turn a corner in 2017. Although not earth shattering, this represents an increase of close to 1.8% from the relatively low base of $53.12 billion …
Weather Forecasts Will Likely Play A Role This Week
Grain markets are sensitive to possible planting delays in US corn crop. Weather forecasts are not giving the entire cornbelt the green light for planting due to rain in the southern Midwest and snow melt in the northern areas.
Livestock Roundup (4.22.18)
Will cattle futures rally this week?
Double-Edge Sword of Weather Affects Prices Again
In this week’s audio report, Gulke discusses South America’s soybean crop, the wheat market and Russia’s impact on it, Chinese demand and more. 
Cash fed cattle prices rallied $2 to $4 per cwt.
Cash fed cattle prices rallied $2 to $4 per cwt.
NAFTA talks have been focused until now mostly on the crucial auto sec
NAFTA talks have been focused until now mostly on the crucial auto sector issue, and negotiators are ?making good progress,? said Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.
Brian Basting of Advance Trading, Inc. and Bob Utterback of Utterback
Brian Basting of Advance Trading, Inc. and Bob Utterback of Utterback Marketing are on U.S. Farm Report this weekend.
Weekly Cash Comments - April 20
U.S. Farm Bill Draft Defines Plant Biostimulants for First Time
Definition is a critical step in the legislative process to support the development of new sustainable technologies for agriculture and U.S. farmers.
Top 5 Sustainable Soybean Production Practices
These five sustainable soybean production practices take us back to the basics and remind us what’s really driving yield.
RFD-TV Interview
Oliver Sloup shares what he is looking at in the livestock markets