Red River Farm Network News


Green Wheat Stalling Harvest — Custom combiner Craig Wolf is in the Rolla and Rolette, North Dakota area. He says there’s a lot of wheat that needs to be cut. “There are spots that it’s laying down. The yields are there, but we’re having problems with protein not being good. There’s some vomitoxin and a little bit of ergot in it.” Wolf says there’s a lot of wheat in that area that isn’t ripe yet. “I figured this would happen. They got the earlier stuff in and now we’re up against the later stuff. I’m seeing some that are ten days to two weeks away from being harvested because of the green in it.”

75 Percent Damage on 75 Percent of the FieldsDairyland Seeds District Sales Manager Keith Rekow is seeing quite a bit of freeze damage in northern South Dakota and south-central North Dakota. “I’ve seen quite a bit from the Langford to Pierpont to Groton, South Dakota area. Temperatures weren’t really that low. We go to 34 or maybe 32, we thought, and yet there’s a lot of damage on soybeans. In North Dakota, there was some damage by Cogswell. The Oaks area was kind of spotty. Up by Ellendale and south on Highway 281 to Aberdeen it was very evident. I’d say 75 percent of the fields have 75 percent damage. It’s mostly going to be the top part of the beans. A couple guys also had some corn damage.”

Decent Canola Yields — Dakota Agronomy Partners sales agronomist Mike Benjamin says harvest is progressing slowly in the Minot, North Dakota area. “We’ve been rolling on wheat for a little while. Finally the weather straightened out for us. Canola has been coming off for over a week now. We actually did quite a bit with the airplane this spring because it was so wet. Guys are finding out it’s yielding pretty decent.”

Canola Yields Vary Greatly — Rolla, North Dakota farmer Tim Mikelson says there are some quality issues with the wheat. “Some winter wheat had good quality and some had high vomitoxin. The spring wheat has been very good as far as vomitoxin. Test weights have been good.” Mikelson says canola yields have been all over the board. “I’ve heard anywhere from a ton canola to 2,600 or 2.700 on some of the early stuff. The late stuff looks good but there are some issues with lodging and not being able to swath it.”

Long, Drawn Out Harvest — This is the latest Harlan Klein has ever harvested wheat. The Elgin, North Dakota farmer says it’s gone very slowly this year. “There’s a nice crop out here, but it’s tough to get. It’s starting to go down now because it’s mature and has been standing too long. Test weights have been hanging in there at 59 and 60. It’s wet. We’re taking it at 15 percent moisture.” Klein says some of early wheat is bleached, and he’s had some sprout damage, and the protein content has struggled to get into the 14 percent range. He thinks his later spring wheat is better.

FSA Planted Acres — The Farm Service Agency’s updated planted acreage numbers are lower than expected. Corn areas is up 1.5 million acres from last month, to 84.8 million acres, or 6.8 million below the National Ag Statistics Service’s estimate. Soybean acres increased 1.55 million from August, to 80.8 million, four million below NASS. Wheat acres are 607,000 above last month. The FSA data suggests 4.33 million acres did not get planted this spring. Unplanted corn acres increased 42,000 acres from last month; soybeans are up 14,000, and an additional 20,000 acres of unplanted wheat were added. The FSA acreage data is still incomplete; it will be updated at least twice more.

Australia Cuts Wheat Export Forecast — Australia has cut its forecast for wheat exports to a five-year low, flagging reduced harvest expectations and an expected drop in Chinese import needs. The government’s commodities bureau reduced its export estimate by 555,000 tons, to 18.1 million tons. This represents a decline of 234,000 tons from last year. 

China Signs Soybean Import Agreement — At the Midwest Shippers Association conference in Milwaukee Monday, ten buyers from China signed an agreement to buy 4.8 million tons of US soybeans, or 176 million bushels. That volume of beans is currently valued at approximately $2.3 billion.

EU Overtaking US as Largest Wheat Exporter — According to US government forecasts, the large European Union wheat crop has put the EU on track to overtake the US as the world’s biggest wheat exporter. The large amount of feed wheat in France after a rain-soaked harvest will shake up EU export patterns as northern EU countries take over a large percentage of French markets for milling wheat. 

Palmer Amaranth Found in SDSouth Dakota State University extension has confirmed the finding of Palmer Amaranth in the central part of the state. It was found in a sunflower field in Buffalo County. SDSU Extension Weed Science Coordinator Paul Johnson says they don’t know if South Dakota has a long enough growing season for Palmer Amaranth to produce viable seed. But, Johnson says, it was found next to the Missouri River so the area may provide a favorable microclimate for overwintering. In other states, Palmer Amaranth has shown resistance to several different herbicides.

Fertilizer Prices Creeping Up — According to Rabobank’s third quarter report, fertilizer prices are slowly rising, driven by bother intentional and unintentional supply reductions across the board. Seasonal demand is unlikely to cause any prolonged rise in prices, while bearish sentiment in global commodity markets is leading to reluctance towards stock accumulation across the fertilizer chains. Rabobank believes that bearish commodity prices will have limited impact on input use in the short term, while the medium-term picture could see farmers reducing fertilizer applications as margins come under more pressure. Rabobank thinks logistical bottlenecks are likely to become the key driver for US fertilizer prices in the coming quarter. 

Growth in Farm Debt, Assets and Equity Expected to Moderate — USDA says the rate of growth in farm assets, debt and equity is forecast to moderate this year, the result of an expected decline in net farm income, higher borrowing costs and moderation in the growth of farmland values. The value of farm assets is expected to rise 2.3 percent this year, while farm sector debt is expected to increase 2.7 percent. Even with the expected slowdown in asset growth, the farm sector’s financial position remains strong due to the historically low level of debt relative to assets and equity.

Dayton Would Welcome F-M Diversion Construction DelayMinnesota Governor Mark Dayton has responded to a recent letter from the head of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority. Dayton welcomed any construction delay on the river channel until after the Environmental Impact Statement is completed. In addition, Dayton said he would work to make sure the EIS is completed as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the North Dakota State Water Commission has released $100 million to support the diversion project. 

NASDA Urging Congress to Bring Section 179 Back Up — The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is urging Congress to bring the Section 179 tax deduction back to the levels seen in 2010-through-2013. At that time, the tax deduction was at $500,000. Today, the beneficial deduction is at $25,000. The policy recommendation passed unanimously by NASDA members. 

Revamping Government Review Process — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is drafting legislation to revamp the US government’s review process for foreign companies buying American companies. Stabenow’s action follows a PBS Newshour investigation into the purchase of Smithfield Foods by a Chinese company. Stabenow describes this as a food security and a national security issue. 

Conservation Innovation Grants — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has awarded $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The National Corn Growers Association will receive a $998,000 grant to help producers in seven states, including Minnesota, focus on soil health. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will receive $190,000 to optimize soil health through innovative cover crop management. The National Grazing Lands Coalition will get $280,000 to utilize outreach and grazing to improve conservation and soil health in five states, including North Dakota.

Zoetis Gets Implant Approval for Heifers — An implant that has been used in steers for the past 12 years is now approved for use in feedlot heifers. The Zoetis product called Synovex Choice is designed to optimize weight gain in cattle.         

Joint Venture Finding Success — BASF, Cargill and Novozymes are finding success in their joint development project. The three companies have been working together for the past two years, developing technologies to produce a bio-based acrylic acid. This chemical can be used in a variety of consumer products, including super absorbent polymers used in diapers. After the initial success, BASF, Cargill and Novozymes are working on developing the product on a scaled-up basis. 

Kemps Fined — Kemps LLC has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $57,000 to end a dispute with the EPA over its Fargo dairy processing facility. Kemps allegedly violated the Clean Air Act by failing to submit a risk management plan. In addition, that plan is now in place. 

SDSU Alumni Honors — South Dakota State University will honor distinguished alumni at its Legends and Leaders awards banquet October 24. The award recipients include South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and South Dakota Corn Growers Association executive director Lisa Richardson, former SDSU Foundation chairman and National Farmers Union Insurance president Jacob Krull and former president of the American Meat Science Association and current faculty member at Colorado State University David Anderson. 

Awards to be Presented at Women in Agribusiness Summit — During the Women in Agribusiness Summit in New Orleans next month, three recipients will receive the Demeter Award of Excellence. The Leader of the Year is Kay Kuenker of Dow AgroSciences. Andrea Mariela Grobocopatel, who is the co-founder of GRUPO LOS GROBO, is the Innovator of the Year. Agrium is the Company of the Year. The award was named for Demeter, the goddess of the harvest from ancient Greek mythology.

New WISHH Committee Members Elected — Sixteen soybean growers from 11 states have been elected to the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Committee. New officers include Monica McCranie of South Dakota, who was elected treasurer. Other WISHH Committee members include Ron Bunjer of Minnesota, Art Wosick of North Dakota, and alternate Rick Albrecht of North Dakota. David Iverson from South Dakota recently completed his term on the WISHH committee.   

Last Week's Trivia — A colony is the term for the bee family unit. Lyle Orwig of Charleston-Orwig buzzed in first with the correct answer. Dennis Sabel of Minnesota Farm Bureau, retired seedsman Bob Hobbs, Dan Filipi of American Federal Bank, and UM Extension Educator Patrick Jirik earn runner-up honors. Recognition also goes to Rene Scheurer of Betaseed, Brian Brandt of Rabo AgriFinance, Kevin Stiles of Midwest Dairy Association, NDSU Extension dairy specialist JW Schroeder, farm business management instructor Steve Metzger, Brad Hertel of Meridian Seeds, David Fraser of US Potato Board, Thoreson Steffes Trust Company farm manager Kirk Johnson and Nobles County feedlot officer Alan Langseth.