“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.
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.
Issue #11 of the Manitoba Crop Report will be available here.
The Manitoba Crop Report is a collaborative effort between MAFRD’s Crops Knowledge Centre & GO Team staff. ”
“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.html
A 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 11th
Keep 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.
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.”
I was interviewed by the New York Times about this study:
Even with the differences and the indications that some antioxidants are beneficial, nutrition experts said the “So what?” question had yet to be answered.
“After that, everything is speculative,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “It’s a really hard question to answer.”
“Excessive moisture in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan has not only caused flooding and complications for farmers on the ground, but also for aerial spray operators.
‘We’re busy here every year at this time, but there is increased demand for the airplanes because the ground sprayers are not able to get on some fields,’ said Jon Bagley, owner and pilot at Westman Aerial Spraying, east of Brandon. ‘So we have picked up extra work, there’s no two ways about it.’
Bagley says right now his business is filled with requests to spray fungicides and herbicides.
‘We probably got the biggest surge in demand right about the time we had that four to five day rain,’ said Bagley. ‘That’s when it was kind of all building and as soon as that ended, a lot of crops were ready for fungicide spraying and a lot of late-seeded crops were ready for herbicide applications.’”
Aerial applicators save the bacon – again.
“The Dow’s re-crossing of the 17,000 point mark on Monday helped instill a mood of cheeriness that aided in pushing up slumping crop futures prices by a few cents.
Monday was a break in the pattern of ever-lower crop futures prices that has gripped the markets since the beginning of July, but few saw signs of a turnaround.
Most traders and market players described the Monday turnaround, which saw North American vegetable oil crops rise almost one percent and wheat types rising about two percent, as a product of profit-taking, with shorts cashing out profitable positions, as well as bargain buying. Few analysts see consistent gains likely in coming weeks, especially with generally good weather in most of the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains.
Friday had seen soybeans drop to two-and-a-half year lows, while wheat and corn fell to four-year lows, making Monday’s rebound closer to a dead-cat bounce than a renaissance.
Canadian crops showed little independent power, even though the production situation on the Canadian Prairies continues to be murky, with thousands of fields and millions of acres suffering the effects of saturation, flooding and associated problems. The true state of most crops on the eastern Prairies is hard to gauge.”