@C - CORN - CBOT
Month High Low Last Chg
Sep '17 374'4 373'0 373'4 0'6
Dec '17 387'6 386'2 386'4 0'4
Mar '18 399'2 398'0 398'2 0'4
May '18 403'6 402'6 403'2 0'4
Jul '18 408'6 407'4 407'6 0'2
Sep '18 410'0 410'0 410'0 1'0
@S - SOYBEANS - CBOT
Month High Low Last Chg
Aug '17 992'6 987'4 988'2 -0'4
Sep '17 997'6 992'2 993'4 -0'2
Nov '17 1004'4 998'6 999'6 -0'4
Jan '18 1012'4 1007'4 1008'4 -0'2
Mar '18 1015'6 1011'2 1012'0 -0'2
May '18 1019'4 1016'0 1016'0 -0'4
Jul '18 1024'0 1020'6 1020'6 -1'4
@K - HARD RED WINTER WHEAT - KCBT
Month High Low Last Chg
Sep '17 480'0 475'4 480'0 4'4
Dec '17 507'0 502'4 507'0 4'4
Mar '18 524'4 520'0 524'4 4'2
May '18 533'6 533'6 533'6 0'0
@L - LIVE CATTLE - CME
Month High Low Last Chg
Aug '17 114.900 113.000 114.300 1.125
Oct '17 114.225 112.175 113.375 0.600
@C - COTTON #2 - ICEFU
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Oct '17
Dec '17 68.63 68.46 68.57 0.17
Mar '18 68.22 68.17 68.20 0.08
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Indiana farmers share their farm bill priorities
Indiana farmers shared their thoughts on the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill debate at the Indiana Ag Policy Summit. As discussions about the 2018 Farm Bill continue, a panel of Indiana farmers expressed their concerns that budget cuts will diminish their risk management tools. Anngie Steinbarger farms in Central Indiana and works in the crop insurance industry.? She says her biggest worry is that budget cuts will put the Harvest Price Option for crop insurance on the chopping block.? Continue reading Indiana farmers share their farm bill priorities at Brownfield Ag News.      
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Tour to Estimate North Dakota Wheat Crop Shortage
Loaded in vans, a number of farmers, seed company representatives, wheat millers and more are touring the state this week to get a better idea of just how much wheat will be available. Spring wheat prices have been enjoying a multi-week rally since drought conditions have taken a toll on about 50 percent of the Northern Plains, especially North Dakota where most of the nation’s wheat is grown. Other large wheat producers in Canada’s Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba provinces have taken a hit as well as drought conditions creep further north and west. This lack of a crop has left millers and bakers with a protein problem, and some are willing to pay a premium to get their hands on what little supply could be available. The crop scouts will start in Fargo today, fanning out to cover western Minnesota, central North Dakota and possibly eastern South Dakota, before ending in Bismarck. On Wednesday, they’ll visit western and northwestern North Dakota, ending in Devils Lake. They’ll pick up northeastern North Dakota Thursday. According to U.S. Wheat Associates, while winter wheat crops planted mostly in more southern regions of the nation had good quality and yields, protein levels in the fields harvested so far were low — almost a full percentage point below normal. While the standard loaf of bread could be made sans spring wheat, it would lose those qualities that make it more moist and spongy, said North Dakota State University crop economist Frayne Olson. Cookie and cracker makers don’t really need it, but spring wheat is especially important for makers of bagels, pizzas, frozen doughs and other high-end products. Meanwhile, according to in-field survey results for July released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the national average for spring wheat yields is estimated at 40.3 bushels per acre, compared to 47.2 bushels per acre last year. North Dakota’s estimated averages are down from 46 bushels per acre to 38 bushels per acre, likely helped along by fields in the northeast corner of the state unaffected by the drought. And quality, according to the latest USDA numbers, is rated at 19 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 29 fair, 29 good and 3 excellent. Montana’s average is estimated to have dropped from 36 bushels per acre to 26 bushels per acre. “I suspect in August they’ll be down even more,” said Olson, adding that farmers didn’t plant a lot of wheat this year with a poor price outlook and “comfortable” supplies. “We still had spring wheat in the bin,” he said. Coupled with the drought, supplies are now dramatically lower, and many are surprised by how much less wheat was planted in the first place. Cows or crop Olson said he has a friend who is a medium-sized producer in central North Dakota. In the fields where he was able to plant early, his estimated yields are good — near 40 bushels per acre. But in others, he might be lucky to get 10 bushels, and he has a small beef herd to consider. Beef producers, especially those who rely on their herds as their main source of income, in central and western North Dakota are choosing instead to bale their wheat crops rather than combining and hauling the minimal yields to the elevator. Those hard core livestock producers are doing whatever they can to maintain as much of their herd as possible, according to Olson. They’ve already culled their herds and some are selling calves early, but it’s still not enough for many to be able to feed their animals through the winter. So they’re making the decision to sacrifice what little crop they have to keep the cows. “There’s no good answer,” Olson said. “The only choices they have are bad choices that are tough to make.” So they choose the one that inflicts the least amount of financial damage. Lincoln Roth, who raises cattle and backgrounds calves near New Leipzig, is selling down his 150-head cow herd to about 100. He usually backgrounds, feeding up 900 head, but this year he won’t be taking care of any animals but his own. And he still doesn’t have nearly enough feed. So when he estimated his wheat fields, aside from one that produced 20 bushels per acre, were only going to bring 5 to 10 bushels per acre, he baled them up. He thinks about one-fourth of the acres planted in his area were baled. One of his neighbors chose to bale a field of barley he knew wouldn’t make malting quality barley. And as the wheat scouts move through, Roth estimates everyone who planned to bale up crops rather than harvest will be finished. Insurance helps some What will provide Roth some relief is that he insured his wheat fields at about 60 percent to 70 percent of average production. Crop insurance pays farmers for bushels they don’t produce, Olson explained. So a farmer, who, on average, produces 40 bushels per acre and insures for 70 percent, will start receiving safety net payments when their yield drops to 28 bushels per acre or less. In this instance, if the farmer only produced 10 bushels an acre, insurance would cover the 18 bushel per acre gap. The farmer can then choose to feed those other 10 bushels or try to sell them at the elevator. “Crop insurance is a big deal to those who have wheat,” Olson said, especially as the futures market that the insurance payments are based on move higher, expected to end at or above $7 per acre. This doesn’t make the farmers whole, but it does bring them close to breaking even. An eye on the Corn Belt Aside from beef producers, the other group likely to struggle most are those with a lot of corn and soybean acres — which amounts to a higher portion of the population as wheat plantings are down. It’s been hot and dry in the Corn Belt recently, at a time when rain is the most needed for corn and soybeans. Some rain in Illinois and Iowa has taken a bit of the pressure off, Olson said, while Missouri and Nebraska are expected to get drier. “It’s going to be a weather market for the next two weeks,” said Olson, pointing to with market prices fluctuating with changes in the forecast. But without a major dry spell, North Dakota corn and soybean producers suffering from the drought won’t see much help from crop insurance. Source: Jessica Holdman, The Bismarck Tribune
Heat Advisories, Flash Floods Expected in Much of Midwest Wednesday
Heat advisories have been issued again for much of Missouri and Arkansas and the eastern halves of Kansas and Oklahoma along with parts of Illinois, Texas, Louisiana and three other states, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in Missouri will be in the mid-90s today but heat indexes are expected to top 107 degrees Fahrenheit, the NWS said in an early report on Wednesday. The hottest weather will be in northeastern Arkansas where an extreme heat warning has been issued as indexes are expected around 110 degrees today. Further north, flood warnings abound in parts of Iowa and Illinois along with flood watches. Several waterways including the Mississippi and Illinois rivers have breached their banks and are still rising after a major rain event earlier this week. The Mississippi River at Illinois City is at 15.3 feet and steady and is expected to fall below flood stage tomorrow. Thunderstorms are expected to move east into Indiana and Ohio where fields have already been inundated with precipitation, according to the NWS. Source: Agriculture.com
Texas Sorghum: Headworm Control ? Consider Sugarcane Aphids
Sugarcane aphid is just beginning to build in fields in select counties on the Southern High Plains, and as of this writing I know of no fields that have required treatment. The sugarcane aphid distribution map can be found here. So far the aphids are building fairly slowly. This article is posted in the Sugarcane Aphid News site because sugarcane aphids should be considered if headworm control becomes necessary. The less than good news is that fairly high numbers of headworms (corn earworm + fall armyworm) are being found in panicles. I was in a field in northeastern Crosby county last week that had 1-3 medium to large worms per head, and this field was later treated. Katelyn Kesheimer, IPM Agent in Lubbock and Crosby counties, just reported a field near Shallowater in Lubbock County that had a large number of worms. Stan Carroll, the Research Technician who runs the cotton bollworm/corn earworm traps at the Lubbock Center, told me this morning that he emptied the traps Tuesday night and had a high number of moths in them when he checked them Wednesday morning. We are therefore experiencing a big flight of cotton bollworms/corn earworms. The good news, if you can call it that, is that the fall armyworm trap captures are still well below average. Insecticide selection for headworms is complicated now that we have sugarcane aphid or the threat of sugarcane aphid in the system. Most of our older insecticides like pyrethroids, Sevin, Lannate etc. will provide control, but they will also eliminate the beneficial insects from the field and leave it more open to damage by the sugarcane aphid. Newer insecticides like Blackhawk and Prevathon will preserve the beneficial insects, but they are more expensive than the older products. Besiege is a combination product; it has the same active ingredient as Prevathon but with a pyrethroid as well. Besiege will not preserve beneficial insects. If a headworm treatment is needed then the risk of sugarcane aphid will have to be factored into the choice of insecticides. As an additional complication, we think our corn earworm is still susceptible to pyrethroids in spite of some slippage downstate, but we know that fall armyworm is less susceptible to pyrethroids, especially the larger worms. One good thing is that headworms do not require the high gallons per acre of spray that sugarcane aphids do, so applications can be made with 3-5 GPA – but check the label for the specific product you intend to use. Treatment thresholds are based on the size of the worms, number of worms per acre, heads per acre, control cost and value of the crop. For example, in the table below a treatment would be justified at 14,000 large worms (longer than 1/2 inch) per acre when the cost of control was $10/acre and the grain value was $7.00/cwt. To put this in perspective, if the field had 28,000 plants per acre, this would be one large worm per two plants. The online headworm threshold calculator is here. View earworm control thresholds here. Source: Pat Porter, Texas AgriLife Extension
Assessing the Possibility of Below Trend U.S. Corn Yield
Following an increase in stock-to-use levels in 2016/17, and given USDA projections for total use to decline 1.5 percent in 2017/18, the fundamentals driving the corn market at this point in the growing season are weather-driven supply expectations, more commonly known as mother nature. Adverse changes in temperature or precipitation would indicate a shorter crop than projected, while favorable weather would point toward another bumper crop. The former is more likely. USDA is currently projecting for corn yields to drop 2 percent in 2017/18 to 170.7 bushels per acre. Weather expectations drove new-crop corn prices to contract highs of $4.16 per bushel in early July. Following the June Acreage report and July World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, more favorable temperatures and precipitation led to prices falling toward $3.90 per bushel. Put simply, the market is trading on the weather premium. Weather Driving Corn Prices While day-to-day changes in the weather are leading to more variability in corn prices, there is growing sentiment in the industry that the drought in the High Plains and the excessive rainfall experienced during planting and early in the growing season will ultimately lead to corn yields below USDA’s current projection of 170.7 bushels per acre. Some in the trade are even anticipating a corn yield this year at or below the linear trend of 166.8 bushels per acre. Consider the following industry forecasts: Informa Economics recently updated their corn production forecast to 13.9 billion bushels, below USDA’s estimate of 14.3 billion bushels, with an average yield of 166.2 bushels per acre. GRO-intelligence recently revised their yield projections from 164.2 to 160 bushels per acre. Prior to the July 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, the average trade estimate was for a corn yield of 166.8 to 170.7 bushels per acre. Finally, based on an informal online survey conducted by AFBF’s Market Intel, 69 percent of survey respondents estimated a final corn yield below 165 bushels per acre and 31 percent were above. Based on current crop conditions alone, there’s little question the 2017/18 corn yield will fall short of the record yield of 2016/17. USDA’s July 24, 2017, Crop Progress report indicated that 62 percent of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition, 14 percent below last year, Figure 1. As a percentage of 2016’s corn production volume, 87 percent of the corn production area is in poorer conditions than last year. Additionally, 69 percent of the corn production area has crop conditions that are at least 10 percent worse than last year. The High Plains and “I-states” represented nearly 50 percent of U.S. corn production in 2016 and have crop conditions ranging from -19 to -34 percentage points below last year. Thus, 2017 yields are likely to turn toward -- or go below – the trend. Uncertainty Remains The impact on corn production, given expectations for harvested acres of 83.5 million acres, varies depending on yield expectations. A short crop could potentially pull down ending stocks. For every one bushel decline in crop yields, total production declines by 83.5 million bushels – holding harvested area constant. Thus, an average crop yield of 166 bushels per acre, relative to USDA’s projection of 170.7 bushels per acre, could result in a 500 million bushel decline in ending stocks given USDA’s projections of harvested area, consumption and beginning stocks. However, the natural hedge comes in to play with lower crop yields. The natural hedge is the regional yield-price relationship that works to offset yield losses with higher prices -- thereby helping to smooth farm revenue across marketing years. If national average yields decline, national average prices are very likely to increase. Using empirical data as a guide, the likely consumption category impacted by higher corn prices is exports – feed and residual use and ethanol are less impacted. Reduced exports in the face of higher corn prices would reduce consumption and could potentially offset the impact of lower crop yields on carryout stocks. A substantial yield shock may be needed to significantly reduce ending stocks. During the droughts of 1998 and 2012, corn yields were observed 28 percent and 22 percent below the linear trend, respectively. The flood of 1993 saw yields 18 percent below trend, but those growing conditions differ from 2017. Crop conditions at this point in the growing season raise concerns for crop yields. However, 2017 is not 2012, nor 1988. Currently, the crop in good-to-excellent conditions is at 62 percent and is well above the conditions observed during the drought years of 1988 and 2012 at 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively, as of week 29, Figure 2. A 20 percent decline in yields below trend, i.e. 134 bushels per acre, seems unlikely at this point. A less substantial yield shock is more likely in 2017 given current crop conditions. For example, a 5 percent yield shock below a linear trend would result in an average U.S. crop yield of 159 bushels per acre and would represent a billion bushel decline in production relative to current projections. Implications USDA’s weather-adjusted trend yield model indicates that the elasticity in corn yields is more sensitive to July weather than May planting progress. July temperatures above the average level of 74 degrees negatively impact corn yields, while July rainfall above 3.9 inches generally increases yields (although the relationship is non-linear). While weather concerns remain, keep in mind that the key pollination period continues through the end of July. For late-planted corn, the pollination period may extend into August. Rains or cooler temperatures in the coming days could quickly change these expectations and would drive prices lower. For soybeans, the key periods of the growing season continue through August, but similar yield concerns are present. Source: John Newton, American Farm Bureau Federation
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North Dakota in Worst Drought Since 2006
North Dakota is in the worse statewide drought since 2006, according to Adnan Akyuz, professor of climatological practice at North Dakota State University and North Dakota’s state climatologist. The U.S. Drought Monitor published July 20 shows more than 6 percent of North Dakota is in an exceptional drought. “This is the first time since Aug. 15, 2006, the state experienced the ‘exceptional drought’ status,” Akyuz says. Counties that are in the exceptional drought area are Divide, Mountrail, Ward, McLean, Dunn, Stark, Mercer, Oliver, Morton, Grant, Hettinger, Slope, Bowman and Adams. The only counties that are drought-free in the state are Grand Forks and Nelson, and parts of the counties adjacent to them. This area of northeastern North Dakota received near-average rainfall during the last 90 days, according to Akyuz. Since the onset of the drought in mid-May, dry locations continued to stay dry. Based on the accumulated rainfall since March 1, Bismarck received only 4.47 inches of rain, making March 1 to July 20, 2017, the fourth driest since record-keeping started in 1875. Conditions in eastern North Dakota were not as dire. Fargo, for example, received 6.09 inches of rain during the same period, making it the 15th driest March 1 through July 20 since record-keeping started for Fargo in 1881. “Dry soil is causing air temperatures to be higher than they would be if the soil were moist,” Akyuz says. “Warm air temperature is increasing the moisture demand for the air, causing the soil to parch even further. This is a feedback of a wicked cycle that western North Dakota is trying to get out of. “It is unfortunate that no immediate relief from Mother Nature is on the horizon during the next three-month period,” he adds. “Even if the rains return, it will be too late for the regions experiencing irreversible damage.” Visit http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ to see the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map. Source: North Dakota State University 
Southern Rust Confirmed in 5 Kentucky Counties
Southern rust of corn, caused by the fungus Puccinia polysora, was confirmed by the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL) this week on samples from Caldwell County and Graves County. This is the first confirmation of southern rust in Kentucky in 2017, and the impact of this finding for Kentucky corn farmers will depend on current crop growth stage. UPDATE: Three more counties were added on July 20: Fulton, Hickman, and Christian. Fields that are between tasseling (VT) and milk (R3) growth stages may benefit from a fungicide application if southern rust is present. If fields have already received a fungicide application, they should be scouted to determine disease severity prior to a second application. More details on symptoms and signs of southern rust and recommendations for fungicide use can be found in a previous Kentucky Pest News (KPN) article that can be accessed here. If you suspect you have southern rust in your field, work with local county Extension agents to submit samples to the PDDL for proper identification. Confirmations will be posted on the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) as discussed in a previous KPN article that can be accessed here. On the map, red counties/parishes indicate that southern rust has been confirmed by university/Extension personnel. Source: Carl Bradley and Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky Extension Plant Pathologists 
Corn and Soybean Conditions Drop
Corn, soybeans and spring wheat all posted lower condition ratings, as expected, in USDA's latest weekly report as either hot and dry weather or excessively wet conditions took a toll on crops. Corn dropped two points to 62% good/excellent. Ratings dropped a few points in Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota, but improved a little in Illinois. Soybeans dropped 4 points to 57% good/excellent with notable declines in Illinois, 59% vs 67% a week ago, and Nebraska, 59% vs 63%. Iowa soybeans slipped to 62% from last week's 63%. The Illinois report showed abundant precipitation across the northern third of the state where creeks and rivers have flooded following recent storms. It also showed below-average growing degree days there. Iowa had trouble with excess rain in northeast and drought conditions in the south-central part of the state. "Major flooding occurred over parts of northeast Iowa where torrential rains fell Friday and Friday night while parts of the moderate drought area in south central Iowa received no rain at all. For the most part the heavier rains fell in what were already the wetter portions of the state," the report said. Spring wheat declined for the eighth straight week, the latest being a one-point drop to 33% good to excellent as slippage in Idaho, Montana and Washington more than offset some improvement in Minnesota and stable readings in North and South Dakota. Idaho reported hot, dry conditions in the southwest area where a high of 104 was recorded. Winter wheat was 84% harvested to lead the five-year average by four points. The Kansas harvest was done versus the 99% average. Nebraska's harvest was at 93% versus the 77% average. In other tallies, USDA had corn silking at 67% versus the 69% average and the dough stage was 8% versus the 13% average. Soybeans setting pods reached 29% versus the 27% average. Iowa corn was 4% in the dough stage versus the 8% average, Illinois was at 7% versus the 22% average and Nebraska was at 9% versus the 12% average. Nationally, sorghum was 38% headed versus the 42% average. The crop was rated 59% good/excellent versus 63% a week ago. Source: Farm Futures Magazine
Significant Fertilizer Movement as Applications Wrap Up
For the second straight week, retail fertilizer prices are showing significant movement after five months of holding mostly steady, according to fertilizer retailers surveyed by DTN. Prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were lower the second week of July 2017 compared to a month earlier. As the fertilizer application season wraps up for this growing season, retail prices are beginning to decrease with lower demand. Anhydrous is 10% lower compared to last month while urea is 5% less expensive. Anhydrous had an average price of $451 per ton while urea was at $321/ton. The remaining six fertilizers had just slightly lower prices compared to last month. DAP had an average price of $436/ton, MAP $467/ton, potash $340/ton, 10-34-0 $431/ton, UAN28 $235/ton and UAN32 $268/ton. On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.35/lb.N, anhydrous $0.28/lb.N, UAN28 $0.42/lb.N and UAN32 $0.42/lb.N. Retailers report fertilizer prices are pushing lower as the application season wraps up and as retailers prepare to refill their fertilizer stocks. Steve Lias, general manager of Farmers Elevator Company located in Humboldt, South Dakota, told DTN nitrogen products in particular are moving lower right now. “I think we are seeing urea and other nitrogen products significantly lower because of the new domestic supplies we now have in place,” Lias said. “We pull from Port Neal’s (Iowa) new facilities, and we do our own hauling now.” Lias said he thinks some retailers may hold off on their summer fill activities for a bit just to see how low prices fall. The danger of this, of course, is prices could always go the other direction, he said. Longer term, Lias said, he believes nitrogen does not have much upside pressure while phosphorus fertilizers could hang around at their current levels. “I think if there is one fertilizer which could be higher come fall it might be potash,” he said. “We are already so low I could easily see a $20-per-ton increase to the price by then.” Prices of all retail fertilizers are lower compared to a year earlier. Five of the eight major fertilizers are double digits lower. 10-34-0 is 20% lower from a year ago while anhydrous is 17% less expensive, UAN32 is 13% lower, UAN28 is 12% less expensive and urea is 11% less expensive. DAP is 7% lower, MAP is 6% less expensive and potash is 5% lower. DTN collects roughly 1,700 retail fertilizer bids from 310 retailer locations weekly. Not all fertilizer prices change each week. Prices are subject to change at any time. DTN Pro Grains subscribers can find current retail fertilizer price in the DTN Fertilizer Index on the Fertilizer page under Farm Business. Retail fertilizer charts dating back to 2010 are available in the DTN fertilizer segment. The charts included cost of N/lb., DAP, MAP, potash, urea, 10-34-0, anhydrous, UAN28 and UAN32. Source: Russ Quinn, DTN Staff Reporter 
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As Labor Becomes Scarce, California Agriculture Turns to Mechanization
Driscoll's is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won't let photographers within telephoto range of it. But if you do get a peek, you won't see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO - a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its computer-driven sensors, graspers and cutters missing 1 in 3 berries. Such has been the progress of ag-tech in California, where despite the adoption of drones, iPhone apps and satellite-driven sensors, the hand and knife still harvest the bulk of more than 200 crops. Now, the $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers. California will have to remake its fields like it did its factories, with more machines and better-educated workers to labor beside them, or risk losing entire crops, economists say. "California agriculture just isn't going to look the same," said Ed Taylor, a UC Davis rural economist. "You're going to be hard-pressed to find crops grown as labor-intensively as they are now." Driscoll's, which grows berries in nearly two dozen countries and is the world's top berry grower, already is moving its berries to table-top troughs, where they are easier for both human and machines to pick, as it has done over the last decade in Australia and Europe. "We don't see - no matter what happens - that the labor problem will be solved," said Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll's of the Americas. That's because immigrant farmworkers in California's agricultural heartlands are getting older and not being replaced. After decades of crackdowns, the net flow across the U.S.-Mexico border reversed in 2005, a trend that accelerated through 2014, according to a Pew Research Center study. And native-born Americans aren't interested in the job, even at wages that have soared at higher than average rates. "We've been masking this problem all these years with a system that basically allowed you to accept fraudulent documents as legal, and that's what has been keeping this workforce going," said Steve Scaroni, whose Fresh Harvest company is among the biggest recruiters of farm labor. "And now we find out we don't have much of a labor force up here, at least a legal one." Stated bluntly, there aren't enough new immigrants for the state's nearly half-million farm labor jobs - especially as Mexico creates competing manufacturing jobs in its own cities, Taylor said. He has calculated that the pool of potential immigrants from rural Mexico shrinks every year by about 150,000 people. Not surprisingly, wages for crop production have climbed 13% from 2010 to 2015 - a higher rate than the state average, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of Labor Department data. Growers who can afford it have begun offering savings and health plans more commonly found in white collar jobs. And they're increasingly turning to foreign guest workers, recruiting 11,000 last year, which is a fivefold jump in just five years, The Times found. None of that will solve the problem, economists say. Changing what we grow and how we grow it is all that's left. Response has been uneven, at best. Vast areas of the Central Valley have switched from labor intensive crops such as grapes or vegetables to almonds, which are mechanically shaken from the tree. The high-value wine grape industry has re-engineered the bulk of its vineyards to allow machines to span the vines like a monorail and strip them of grape clusters or leaves. Fresno's raisin industry, however, has a tougher problem to solve on a tighter profit margin. To fully mechanize, it may have to change not just its vineyard design, but the grape variety itself, much like the tomato industry developed a tough skinned Roma to withstand mechanical harvesters. When labor shortages and price shocks hit in the early 2000s, growers altered vineyards so that machines could shake partially withered Thompson seedless grapes onto paper trays, a method that can slash more than 80% of labor costs, according to U.C. Davis researchers. Eliminating trays entirely, however, requires a grape that can dry slowly on the vine before September rains hit. Thompsons mature too late. The Sunpreme, developed by a retired USDA plant scientist in the Central Valley, may soon be widely available, said Matthew Fidelibus, a UC cooperative extension advisor. It may be too late to mechanize asparagus. The crop, among the most labor-intensive in the state, has gradually shifted to Mexico since trade barriers made it cheaper to grow there, casting a nostalgic pall over Stockton's asparagus festival. Last year, farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta area harvested only 8,000 acres of the signature spear, which is depicted on water tanks and town emblems throughout the region. In 2000, they harvested 37,000 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "We're headed toward zero pretty soon," said Cherie Watte Angulo, executive director of the California Asparagus Commission. Grown on perennial beds that last a decade or so, asparagus must be selectively harvested every day during its 90-day season. Machines have utterly failed to duplicate human judgment and dexterity. This season, a grower's cooperative in the Stockton area tested a prototype harvester from Washington state that uses sensors to select only the mature stalks. "I'll keep it simple: the machine didn't work," said Bob Ferguson, who hosted the machine on his 162 acres of asparagus beds. "He took it back up to Washington." Even Driscoll's AgroBot, among the more advanced prototypes in California fields, was picking only a bit more than half the ripe berries in its trials this spring in Camarillo. "We think we are very close, but every day we try to make the next step. We see new things we need to solve," said Juan Bravo, the Spanish inventor who is counting on Driscoll's continued backing for his 10-year endeavor. So far, the Watsonville, Calif., company is into AgroBot for the long-haul, said Michael Christensen, Driscoll's research and development director, who watched Bravo tinker with the machine's three dozen arms before setting it to another crawl. Vertical rods slid left and right, guiding four-fingered graspers to precise coordinates set by a camera and computer. Soon, a stream of ripe berries emerged on a conveyor, mixed occasionally with green-tipped fruit. "In some ways, you can look at it as every pound picked is part of the solution," Christensen said. The rest of the fruit industry has its eye on AgroBot's trials, even as it looks to other start-ups such as Abundant Robotics, which hopes to duplicate the dexterity, judgment and perception of human apple pickers. Soft Robotics, based in Cambridge, Mass., boasts that its graspers can pick up a cupcake without damaging the icing. Frank Maconachy is skeptical of solutions imported from tech centers. His company, Ramsay Highlander, started as a greasy machine shop in the Salinas Valley and slowly migrated toward Silicon Valley instead. The company, with $15 million in annual sales, builds a fleet of computerized and sensor-driven machines for the lettuce and produce industry - and he is working with AgroBot's U.S. competitor for strawberry picking, Harvest Croo, based in Plant City, Fla. An early generation of robotic machine uses a band saw to mow whole rows of baby lettuce and other greens. But when produce giant Taylor Farms tried it on romaine heads, a slight height variation in the beds put the saw right across the heart of the heads, leaving nothing but shredded leaves, Maconachy said. Maconachy developed a cutter using high-speed water jets. It now cuts all the romaine heads cleanly, and can be adapted for cabbage and celery. "That machine took the work of 30 people and brought it down to about 12 people," Maconachy said. Cutting iceberg heads, especially large ones, remains problematic - it is planted so densely and the heads are so heavy it is difficult to maneuver cutters and graspers into beds. Maconachy thinks he has that engineering problem solved, but can't raise the capital to develop it. Ironically, plant scientists may have to reverse their cross-breeding to the original "iceberg" head, nicknamed from the tons of ice it took to keep it cool for cross-country train trips. The crisphead variety used to be more bulb-shaped, which would give cutters and graspers more room to work, Maconachy said. Rick Antle, chief executive of Tanimura & Antle, is whittling away at the labor on the planting side. He showed off his own robotic bet, called Planttape. The machine - equally homely as AgroBot - raced down a lettuce field outside Salinas, laying down a long strand of seedlings strung together on a bio-degradable tape, like 9-volt batteries in a 50-caliber machine gun belt. That was twice the speed of its 35-year-old predecessor, and it required less than a tenth of the labor. To prove his point, Antle ran the old machine, which required three times the workers, on a nearby celery field. "That was it, for 35 years," Antle said. Lettuce growers usually plant seed, which can be unreliable, every few inches, then thin the field to fit the maximum number of heads at the optimal spacing. That means scores of workers in the spring have to walk row after row, moving inch by inch to pull seedlings over with a hoe - one of the oldest tools of agriculture. The computer-guided "See and Spray" machine, developed by Silicon Valley start-up Blue River Technology, can do the work of 20 of those laborers before noon. It is one of five robotic thinners deployed on thousands of acres of summer lettuce in the Salinas Valley. Diego Alctantar, 25, operated the tractor pulling See and Spray across a recently planted lettuce field near Gilroy. A computer guided jets of fertilizer-infused water to desiccate seedlings according to a kill-or-skip pattern that left nine-inch gaps between heads. Source: Los Angeles Times
National
Indiana farmers share their farm bill priorities
Indiana farmers shared their thoughts on the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill debate at the Indiana Ag Policy Summit. As discussions about the 2018 Farm Bill continue, a panel of Indiana farmers expressed their concerns that budget cuts will diminish their risk management tools. Anngie Steinbarger farms in Central Indiana and works in the crop insurance industry.? She says her biggest worry is that budget cuts will put the Harvest Price Option for crop insurance on the chopping block.? Continue reading Indiana farmers share their farm bill priorities at Brownfield Ag News.      
AAI/NFU send Bayer/Monsanto merger report to DOJ
The American Antitrust Institute and the National Farmers Union are among three groups that have sent the US Justice Department a report on the proposed merger between Bayer and Monsanto.? The groups? letter says the deal would likely harm competition, farmers and consumers. Their analysis focused on three major markets:? cottonseed containing genetic traits, markets for crop traits such as herbicide tolerance and insect resistance, and, the effect of the merger on research and development. Continue reading AAI/NFU send Bayer/Monsanto merger report to DOJ at Brownfield Ag News.      
Dow takes issue with chlorpyrifos bill
Dow AgroSciences takes issue with a bill introduced by five Democrats in the U.S. Senate to ban its pesticide chlorpyrifos. Dick Durbin of Illinois is one of the sponsors of the Protect Children, Farmers and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act. A statement provided to Brownfield Ag News from Dow: Current regulatory safety standard for chlorpyrifos rests on five decades of experience in use, health surveillance of manufacturing workers and applicators, and more than 4,000 studies and reports examining the product in terms of health, safety and the environment. Continue reading Dow takes issue with chlorpyrifos bill at Brownfield Ag News.      
Groups pleased by Brazil?s delay on ethanol tariff
Brazil has put a 30-day delay on deciding whether to impose a 20-percent import tariff on U.S. ethanol. The US Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) have issued a joint statement saying they are encouraged by Brazil?s postponement. The proposal would allow just over 132-Million gallons before the tariff would be triggered. Bob Dinneen, head of the RFA, says if approved, the tariff would hurt Brazilian and U.S. Continue reading Groups pleased by Brazil’s delay on ethanol tariff at Brownfield Ag News.      
Farm advocate warns against too much food labeling
A farm advocate says the public needs more information about genetically modified foods but warns food labels might not help. Kim Bremmer?with Ag Inspirations says simply putting everything on the food label isn?t wise. ?“People that are very anti-GMO technology, that head up some very anti-GM groups have been very clear in saying the first step to getting any type of technology like this eradicated is to get it labeled so we can market against it.” Bremmer says many food labels now make claims of ?no GMO? or ?gluten free? for products that naturally don?t have gluten or no genetically modified variety. ? Continue reading Farm advocate warns against too much food labeling at Brownfield Ag News.      
AGCO to acquire Precision Planting
AGCO has agreed to acquire Precision Planting from The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of the Monsanto Company. AGCO Director of Investor Relations Greg Peterson tells Brownfield while Monsanto might be looking to divest the company, the technology will add value to AGCO White planters and other equipment.? ?I think it?s a nice coincidence that Precision Planting?s parent might be looking to divest, but that?s not why we?re doing this acquisition process.? Continue reading AGCO to acquire Precision Planting at Brownfield Ag News.      
Direct cattle business underway, lower than last week
Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures were higher on an oversold bounce. Cash and wholesale business during the session were bearish, but contacts were due for at least some kind of recovery, technically. August was up $1.12 at $114.30 and October was $.60 higher at $113.37. Feeder cattle were mostly modestly higher on spread trade, the modestly higher corn, and oversold signals. Nearby contracts were weak, August was down $.05 at $146.47 and September was $.07 lower at $147.07, while the other months were firm. Continue reading Direct cattle business underway, lower than last week at Brownfield Ag News.      
Rains focusing on the western Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, showers are returning to the upper Midwest, including already soggy areas of southern Minnesota. However, rain is also overspreading some previously dry areas of the western Corn Belt, providing a boost in soil moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans. In Iowa, where rain is arriving, topsoil moisture was rated 52% very short to short on July 23. On the Plains, a large cluster of storms provided generally beneficial overnight rainfall in parts of South Dakota and Nebraska. Continue reading Rains focusing on the western Corn Belt at Brownfield Ag News.      
Milk futures, cash dairy mostly higher
Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mostly higher on near term demand expectations and spread trade. August was up $.07 at $16.38, September was $.05 higher at $16.78, October was up $.02 at $16.99, and November was $.04 higher at $17.04. Cash cheese blocks were unchanged at $1.7075. The last unfilled bid was on one load at $1.70. The last uncovered offer was for one load at $1.7075. Continue reading Milk futures, cash dairy mostly higher at Brownfield Ag News.      
Soybeans, corn up on rain total uncertainties
Soybeans were modestly higher on?speculative and technical buying. Rain fell overnight Tuesday into Wednesday?in parts of the Midwest, with more expected over the next few days, mostly in central and eastern sections. While the precipitation was definitely welcome in parts of the region, it could cause some flooding and may miss some of the drier areas. There?s a long way to go yet in this growing season, but there are a lot of questions about impact of weather and how the crop will end up averaging out, nationally. Continue reading Soybeans, corn up on rain total uncertainties at Brownfield Ag News.      
Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 26, 2017
Sep. corn closed at $3.72?and 3/4,?up 4?cents Aug. soybeans closed at $9.88?and 3/4,?up 7 and 1/4?cents Aug. soybean meal closed at $319.80,?up $1.50 Aug. soybean oil closed at 33.73,?up 23?points Sep. wheat closed at $4.77 and 3/4,?up?3 and?3/4?cents Aug. live cattle closed at $114.30,?up $1.12 Aug.?lean hogs closed at $82.00,?up?55 cents Sep.? Continue reading Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: July 26, 2017 at Brownfield Ag News.      
Elyssa McFarland ? Soil Health Partnership Field Manager
Elyssa shares how the Soil Health Partnership is improving soil health across the nation, economically and environmentally. This means a better bottom line for farmers. Listen to Elyssa?s podcast: Continue reading Elyssa McFarland ? Soil Health Partnership Field Manager at Brownfield Ag News.      
Mike Shuter ? Madison County, Indiana
Mike and his sons have been no-tilling for 35 years, strip-tilling for 15 years and using cover crops for 8 years. He shares why he joined the Soil Health Partnership along with other practices his operation has been utilizing to grow soil health. Listen to?Mike?s podcast: Continue reading Mike Shuter – Madison County, Indiana at Brownfield Ag News.      
Marc Bertness ? Sioux Rapids, Iowa
Marc and his family have been farming the same land since 1874. Listen to Marc’s podcast to see what he is doing to continually improve the quality of his soil for future generations. Continue reading Marc Bertness – Sioux Rapids, Iowa at Brownfield Ag News.      
A cooler pattern ahead for the Corn Belt
As a cold front passes through the mid-section of the country, cooler weather will follow. Showers and thunderstorms could provide limited drought relief on the northern Plains, but heavier rain will fall in parts of the Corn Belt. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches across the eastern half of the U.S., with somewhat lower amounts expected across the northern and southern Plains. Elsewhere, monsoon-related showers in the Southwest and environs will contrast with hot, mostly dry weather in the Pacific Coast States. Continue reading A cooler pattern ahead for the Corn Belt at Brownfield Ag News.      
World
Arizona Man Gets 68 Years in Prison in Nevada Standoff Case
A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago.
California's Booming Almond Crop Hits 1 Million Acres
California's almond boom has hit 1 million acres, covering a total area bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
How The Internet Of Things Is Digitizing Agriculture, Speeding Up Rural Development in India
The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution in India is catching on with increasing government and venture capital investments pouring into supporting startups working on real-use cases addressing unique challenges like traffic management, surveillance and safety, smart homes in urban settings, and more, writes Uday Dodla on IndianTimes.com. There is also a growing opportunity in the agriculture sector that stands to improve lives, and make India a true leader in agricultural IoT and revolutionize the way farmers plant, fertilize and harvest in the next decade. And the time is right, thanks to advances from chipmakers, that are making the computer and connectivity hardware and software technologies more affordable. The agricultural sector that employs 50% of the country?s population claims a huge impact on the overall growth of the country. This sector can reap the benefits of the huge potential of IoT-driven solutions to improve supply chains and farming practices, which together can have the impact of improved yield and higher monetization for the sector. Large farmers are now deploying ?precision farming? techniques that use field sensors to monitor farming operations. Read the full story on IndianTimes.com.
India?s ?Protectionist Bent? for Agricultural Products Delaying FTA with Australia
Australian trade minister Steve Ciobo has said India has adopted a ?reasonably protectionist bent? for its agricultural products, delaying any achievement in the talks for the long-pending Free-Trade Agreement (FTA), according to FinancialExpress.com. ?I?m still engaging constructively with India on a regular basis, but I?m just not making the headway there that we?d like to see because India is adopting a reasonably protectionist bent when it comes to some of their agricultural products. So we just have to keep chipping away,? Ciobo told a TV channel recently. ?India is a high priority for me, but it takes two to tango,? Ciobo said adding that, ?At this point in time, I?m not seeing a willingness from India that would reflect a desire to achieve an FTA.? He said India is the world?s largest democracy and there is a lot of agricultural interests that India had challenges in terms of trying to liberalize that segment of the market. ?So it is a key priority, but it?s just hard work, so you roll your sleeves up and you keep chipping away,? the minister said. Highlighting that Australia was eyeing to strike free trade agreements which were comprehensive and high in ambition, Ciobo said, ?If for example, we were only able to get 70 or 75 per cent of coverage of products, then that?s not a great starting point for negotiations.? ?So, you know, I continue to engage with India,? he said. Currently, Australia has been eyeing to conclude FTA negotiations including Indonesia, Hong Kong, Peru, Pacific Alliance countries, and the European Union. Former trade minister Andrew Robb had started free trade negotiations with India and managed to conclude three other deals with China, Japan, and Korea. Read the full story on FinancialExpress.com.
Gowan Crop Protection Completes Acquisition of Agrotechnology in Chile
Gowan Crop Protection Ltd., an affiliate of Gowan Co., L.L.C., has announced the completion of its acquisition of Agrotechnology S.A. in Chile. The now wholly-owned subsidiary of GCP will be named Gowan Chile SpA. In March 2011, Gowan purchased a majority interest in Agrotechnology (AGT), partnering with PEERCO. Originally, AGT specialized in the biological business, however, over time AGT has complemented its portfolio with Gowan?s proprietary and exclusive licensed products. Sergio Comparini, Gowan South America Regional Manager, said, ?Gowan Chile is prepared to join a sophisticated market devoted to the export of fresh fruit crops and wine. Our unique portfolio, combined with our highly professional team, are assets that will allow us to provide value to growers in Chile.? Daniel Rowlands, Gowan Chile General Manager, added, ?Our goal is to build up and add new products to offer real and sound solutions to Chilean agriculture.?
DuPont Pioneer, Evogene Form Research Collaboration for Development of Corn Biostimulant Products
DuPont Pioneer and Evogene Ltd., a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics for the food, feed and biofuel industries, announced today that they have entered into a multiyear collaboration. The scope of the agreement includes the research and development of microbiome-based seed treatments in corn. The goal of the collaboration is to provide farmers with innovative biostimulant seed treatment products that protect and maximize corn yield by leveraging each other?s relevant market-leading technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont will provide access to its extensive seed treatment application technology and product development expertise. Evogene will apply its predictive computational biology platform to decipher plant/microbiome interactions along with its microbial formulation and fermentation technologies. The combination of these key capabilities increases the opportunity to fully activate the potential of the emerging field of microbiome-based seed treatment products. ?This is an important step forward in our efforts to discover, develop and provide advanced seed-applied technologies,? said Neal Gutterson, vice president, Research & Development, DuPont Pioneer. ?Our relationship with Evogene is consistent with our history of collaboration to advance science-based customer solutions and our open innovation strategy.? Ofer Haviv, Evogene’s president and CEO added: “We believe microbiome-based biologicals will be an important and valuable tool for farmers in driving agricultural productivity. Evogene?s biological predictive technology platform drives research and development of such novel ag-biological solutions and generates significant positive outcomes. We are extremely pleased and proud to collaborate with agriculture leader DuPont Pioneer ? a collaboration which will improve our potential for success and reduce our time to market.? Ag-biologicals represent a growing approach for driving agriculture productivity and are increasingly adopted by farmers to complement the existing solutions of improved seed traits and crop protection chemistry. The bio-stimulant market is an evolving segment with immense potential and estimated by MarketsandMarkets in 2016 at over $1.6 billion with a projected annual growth rate of approximately 10%.1 Microbiomes are microbial communities that reside on or within the plant’s immediate microbial environment and play a significant role in plant health. Bio-stimulants are agricultural biologic products, which increase crop yield and resilience to environmental (abiotic) stress by enhancing desirable plant characteristics and promoting efficient use of nutrient inputs. By leveraging the understanding of the complex plant/microbiome interaction, the parties will work to develop a next generation of biostimulant products aimed at demonstrating high standards for performance and consistency criteria across a range of corn varieties and global locations. Product development efforts under the collaboration will utilize, as a starting point, Evogene?s proprietary microbe combinations which are already identified and validated in field testing to have significant positive impact on key crop characteristics, including yield productivity as previously disclosed by Evogene in 2016. The multi-year collaboration has an extension option if certain milestones are met. Pioneer will obtain worldwide marketing rights for any products, with milestone payments and royalties to be paid to Evogene. Specific financial terms and additional details of the agreement were not disclosed. ___________________________________________________________ 1 Based on the report of Market & Markets, May 2016
Why It's Unfair to Peg National Corn Yields Below 160
After the USDA released its weekly crop progress report on Monday, there’s been a lot of speculation over the national average yields for the major crops. Some firms have been estimating the average national yield for corn will be less than 160 bushels per acre.
How To Navigate Farm Change In A Mad World
California dairy producer Dino Giacomazzi says tomorrow’s top operators must recognize the lethal effect of disruptors that can break a farming business. 
Ag Groups Gather in Washington to Discuss Concerns on 2018 Farm Bill
Crop insurance, trade and farm income are in the spotlight in Washington D.C. as another Senate Agricultural Committee hearing listens to the needs of farm country.
Canada Quickly Moving from Customer to Competitor
Canada’s new milk price give’s Canadians an edge in both the domestic and world market    
NMPF Meets with FDA on Dairy Food Labeling
Mislabeling of imitation dairy products misleads the public into buying nutritionally inferior foods, says NMPF.
Syngenta Reports 2017 Half-Year Results
Innovation and productivity savings have partially offset weak market conditions for Syngenta in the first half of 2017. The company reports sales of $6.9 billion, which was 2% lower compared with the first half of 2016. Meanwhile, sales of new products were up 33% compared with H1 2016. Syngenta CEO Erik Fyrwald said: ?The first half of the year marked a historic moment in Syngenta?s history with the closing of the transaction with ChemChina. With the support of ChemChina, we are fully focused on our objectives of strengthening our leadership in Crop Protection and of becoming a strong number three in Seeds. We are ready to drive the determined execution of our new strategies for these businesses and have put in place a simplified organization aligned to best meeting the needs of our customers. In the first half of 2017, despite adverse weather and low commodity prices, our sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and in North America were unchanged at constant exchange rates, with new products continuing to make a significant contribution. Our Latin America sales declined significantly again as the industry faces low commodity prices, and there are high channel inventories in Brazil. We continue to drive productivity and efficiency savings, partially offsetting the impact of the difficult market conditions on our profitability. Looking ahead, we will be focused on profitable market share growth and on our ambition ? to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture, providing seeds and crop protection innovations to enhance the prosperity of farmers, wherever they are. In the first half of 2017, our innovations in Crop Protection enabled us to partially offset the impact of weak market conditions. Innovation is also a key driver for our Seeds business, and I am delighted that we recently received import approval in China for the Agrisure Duracade trait. Obtaining the regulatory approval opens up new opportunities for our corn seed portfolio, giving US growers access to exciting new hybrids as well as the latest in corn rootworm technology.? Regional sales performance Sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East were unchanged at constant exchange rates despite cold weather and low disease pressure, which contributed to a late start to the season in Northern and Central Europe. The impact of these conditions on Crop Protection volumes was partially offset by the successful launches of SOLATENOL in France and other European countries. In North America, sales were unchanged after a strong second quarter which was mainly driven by corn trait royalty income and growth in soybean seed sales. Fungicides also performed well across the region, reflecting the ongoing success of TRIVAPRO, based on SOLATENOL. In Latin America, sales declined by 18%. High channel stock levels in Brazil reduced the demand for crop protection products. Seedcare sales continued to expand driven by CRUISER and the successful launch of FORTENZA. In Asia Pacific, sales were one 1% lower. The decline in the second quarter was largely due to a change in sales taxes in India, which shifted sales into the third quarter, and dry conditions in Australia. ASEAN performed strongly, benefiting from a good performance in fungicides, notably AMISTAR and SCORE.
Morning Market Audio 7/26/17
Technical Support Provides Hope For Bounce
Grain markets have calmed after the selloff on Tuesday due to pressure from weather forecasts, fund selling, and overall long liquidation. This afternoon Allendale will present the summer outlook for corn, soybeans, and wheat - get registered now.
Study Offers Warning for Florida Farmers from Global Warming
Florida strawberry growers already have experienced a dress rehearsal for the impacts of climate change during the past two seasons.