“Weather conditions continue to stay corn- and soybean-friendly, and the latest USDA Crop Progress data show that weather remains behind a steady climb in overall field conditions.Monday’s weekly USDA report shows a 1% improvement in corn conditions nationwide. Now, 76% of the crop is in good or excellent condition. The numbers are led by Illinois, where USDA estimates 81% of the crop is in the top two condition categories. Meanwhile, soybean conditions were unchanged overall, with a 1% gain in the segment of that crop rated “excellent” and a 1% slip in that rated “good,” Monday’s report shows.”
US Weather outlook is good for crops.
“There was a potential opportunity last night for grain markets to get enough of a bullish injection to sustain some kind of rally.If weekly US Department of Agriculture US crop progress data showed even some hint of setbacks, futures might get the ammunition they needed to rally for two successive sessions, something they have not done since last month. But the USDA’s report showed no such setbacks. Most crops held their fine condition and where there were ratings changes, such as in corn, they improved, with the proportion of the US seen as in “good” or “excellent” health rising by 1 point to 76%. That vies with 1999 as the best condition rating of the past 20 years.”
“The following MAFRD weather maps illustrate Percentage of Normal for GDD, CHU and Precipitation Accumulations for data collected through the Manitoba Ag-Weather Program from May 1, 2014 to July 13, 2014, as well as Accumulated Precipitation from July 7th o July 13th.Percentage of Normal Growing Degree Days (GDD) – May 1st to July 13th Percentage of Normal Corn Heat Unit (CHU) Accumulation – May 1st to July 13th Percentage of Normal Accumulated Precipitation – May 1st to July 13th Accumulated Precipitation – July 7th to July 13th For more information on the Manitoba Ag-Weather Program, visit MAFRD’s website at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/manitoba-ag-weather.html For individual station data, visit http://tgs.gov.mb.ca/climate/CurrentConditions.aspx Submitted by: Mike Wroblewski, MAFRD Ag Meteorologist”
“Weekly Provincial Summary
- Favourable weather conditions in some areas of Manitoba are advancing crops, as well as allowing crops impacted by excess moisture to continue their recovery. However, continuing wet and flooded conditions in other areas of Manitoba continue to impact crop stands and yield potential.
- Generally, the early seeded crops are rated in better condition than the late seeded crops, although impacts of excess moisture are also evident in early seeded fields. As fields continue to dry, the impact of the excessive moisture to crop stands become more evident.
- Producers are assessing crop stands and yield potentials to justify further input costs in some fields.
- Rainfall, high humidity and excessive moisture and flooding continue to impact first cut haying operations, although producers in some areas were able to make progress.
“A Manitoba Insect and Disease Update for the week of July 7-11, 2014 has been posted at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/seasonal-reports/insect-report-archive/insect-report-2014-07-09.htmlA few quick highlights from the update:”
- Rust spots fall rye
- Blackleg canola
- Cereal leaf beetle
“Below is a map estimating the emergence of wheat midge based on growing degree days: Wheat Midge Emergence Watch – May 1st to July 11thKeep in mind when interpreting the map that in the research that produced the model used for these maps that it was noted that emergence was 2–8 days later than expected at sites receiving more than 145 mm rain in May and June. So we are likely in the very early stages of emergence of wheat midge, with most still yet to emerge. Also attached is an emergence map for Macroglenes penetrans, an important parasitoid of wheat midge. Note – disregard last weeks map for Macroglenes penetrans. There were some errors in the model used that have now been resolved. Note how emergence of the parasitoid is slightly ahead of wheat midge. Wheat Midge Paratazoid Emergence Watch – May 1st to July 11th Visit the Insect Pages of our MAFRD website . Submitted by: John Gavloski, MAFRD Entomologist”
“Senator Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) was a guest on yesterday’s AgriTalk radio program with Mike Adams where the discussion focused on regulatory issues associated with water and EPA rules.An unofficial FarmPolicy.com transcript of yesterday’s AgriTalk conversation is available here. Mr. Adams noted yesterday that, ‘Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, was in Missouri last week answering farmers’ questions about the EPA’s proposed rule for the Clean Water Act, the Waters of the U.S. Rule, as it’s being called, and she told us she’s trying to reach out, open some dialogue, listen to farmers and trying to bring some clarity to the issue. Well, today I talked with Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and I asked him what did he think of EPA Administrator McCarthy’s visit to his state and her message to those that she had a chance to talk with about this rule.’”
“Are organic foods more nutritious? And is this the right question?I received a press release last week announcing the release of a new meta-analysis of more than 300 studies comparing organically produced foods to those produced conventionally. The results show that organic foods have:
- Less pesticides: this is to be expected as they are not used in organic production.
- Less cadmium: this also is to be expected as sewage sludge, a probable source of cadmium, is not permitted in organic production.
- More antioxidants: this is news because some previous studies did not find higher levels of nutrients in organic foods.”