Good Harvest Weather Expected to Stick Around

According to Nutrien Ag Solutions Principal Atmospheric Scientist Eric Snodgrass, the October weather forecast looks good across the Northern Plains. “There’s no evidence that tells me farmers will have a slow harvest.” Hear more from Snodgrass in the weather outlook forum. 

Record Farm Income

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute expects U.S. net farm income to reach a record $148 billion this year. That’s twice the level seen just five years ago. FAPRI says the high commodity prices will buffer the largest ever year-to-year increase in farm production costs.

Dry Bean Crop Advancing

According to the USDA crop progress report, dry edible bean conditions rated 1% very poor, 5% poor, 40% fair, 48% good, and 6% excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 65%, well behind 92% last year and 89% average. Harvested was 18%, behind 35% last year and 31% average.

NASS to Review Acreage Data

USDA plans to review planted and harvested acreage data for corn, soybeans and sugarbeets as it prepares for the September crop production report. If changes are justified, the National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish updated acreage estimates in the September 12 report. This review typically takes place in October, but there is enough information to make the adjustments earlier. In October, USDA will review acreage for canola, dry beans and sunflowers.

Potential Rail Strike a Concern in the Northern Plains

If an agreement for an increase in wage and benefits is not reached by railroads and labor unions by late next week, there is a possibility of strikes and lockouts. If realized, this would affect grain movement out of the Northern Plains. A potential strike happening as harvest picks up the pace in the Dakotas and Minnesota is concerning for grain elevators. “I’d be lying if I said we weren’t concerned,” says Levi Hall, grain division manager, Horizon Resources. “The temporary pause in this negotiating window goes through mid-September. That’s when we’d be in the middle of small grain harvest. Last year, we bought a lot of old durum. There’s a lot of bin space on the farm this year and that’s where a lot of the early grain is going.” Once on-farm storage is filled, grain gets sold to the local elevator where storage is limited. “Right when we start getting hit (with that grain), we’re going to see the railroad start to struggle.”

 

Desiccation Happening in Dry Beans

The dry bean crop is rapidly approaching maturity across the region. “We’ve got an outstanding crop out here due to the added moisture this year and we need to get these desiccation or as some call them harvest aid applications going,” said Ken Diebert, technical service representative, BASF. Timing is the key to the success of the desiccation application.  “We want that crop to be at least 80 percent yellow to brown pods and I would also add no more than 30 percent of the leaves should still be green.”

A Sneak Peek: USDA Support for Climate Smart Funding

Climate-smart agriculture is front-and-center at the USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told attendees at the Farm Progress Show USDA initially planned to use $1 billion from the Commodity Credit Corporation to invest in climate-smart pilot projects. “We asked farmers, agribusinesses and food companies, what would you do? We ended up getting 1,050 applications and the requests totaled more than $20 billion.” Vilsack outlined three projects that may receive funding. One project focuses on beef and bison production South Dakota. “Producing and using climate smart grazing practices. The plan is to quantify, monitor and verify carbon and GHG practices in terms of climate production and educate producers on climate smart production practices.” The Iowa Soybean Association wants to partner with Target, Cargill, PepsiCo and others to help farmers implement climate smart production practices on corn, soybeans and wheat in the next five years. Several states, including the Dakotas and Minnesota, could be targeted for this pilot program. The USDA will formally announce the pilot programs the week of September 13.

House Ag Leader Talks Farm Bill at Farm Progress

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Glenn “GT” Thompson is at the Farm Progress Show, discussing the next farm bill with state agricultural groups and farmers. “There’s only one option in my mind in 2023: reauthorize the farm bill before the current bill expires. I’ve been open about my frustrations for two years, but finally, in June, it seems we lit a fire under the majority party,” says Thompson. “We’ve had more farm bill hearings in Washington D.C., but we haven’t implemented many field hearings yet.” Thompson says additional farm bill field hearings will be important after the upcoming elections in November.

 

Export Sales Report Paused

USDA will not publish its weekly export sales report until mid-September at the earliest. The Agriculture Department pulled the report last week after a technical problem caused uncertainty in the markets. USDA plans to revert to its ‘legacy’ system will it fixes the new system.

Farm Rescue Adds IL to Eligible States in 2023

Farm Rescue, a non-profit organization, currently accepts applications to assist farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. Farm Rescue says operations in Illinois will begin with spring planting assistance in 2023 followed by haying, harvest, commodity hauling and livestock feeding support.