Cornwill – Newlyn Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:08:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cornwill – Newlyn 32 32 Heat catches planting delays in Minnesota Tue, 21 Jun 2022 20:48:15 +0000


Heat catches planting delays in Minnesota

There are concerns that extended delays in corn planting in parts of the Midwest could limit yield potential.

Austen Germolus, a farmer in northwest Minnesota, said he couldn’t start planting until late May, but recent heat is helping the harvest catch up.

“It was cold (this spring), the trees hadn’t even put leaves (and) the ground was cold. And once (time) turned around, it turned around pretty quickly. And once you planted your crops, it didn’t take long for them to sprout (and emerge) from the ground. So I think everything went normally even though it was late.

He tells Brownfield a few 100-degree days and nice rain on Monday night makes him confident about pollinating the corn once July rolls around.

“We will be on the right track. Usually we like to say “knee high by 4th of July” with corn, and I’d say a large majority of corn will be in that state or beyond.

Germolus says many farmers in his area have considered opting for a shorter maize season, but most “stick to their plan” despite the late start to planting.

It’s Fly-In time! | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 18 Jun 2022 05:20:25 +0000

LOCK HAVEN — Attention Lock Haven…

The 36th annual Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven air travel takes place next week, Tuesday, June 21 through Saturday, June 25, and there’s a variety of things to look forward to.

This year’s event is expected to attract approximately 350 aircraft flown by pilots from across the country. Forums will be held, corn will be boiled, music will be played for all who wish to attend and entry will be free all day Saturday – so come along!

The Poker Run and Lycoming Engines tours will take place on Thursday June 23rd. Pre-registration for the Lycoming Engines Tour will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, at transport. Pre-registration for the Poker Run tour will be available all day Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22 at Camp FUBAR.

Both tours take place on Thursday, June 23.

The event is also thrilled to host the Greg Koontz and Alabama Boys Thrilling Air Show, an adventurous addition to the Fly-In that everyone is looking forward to.

Here is a brief overview of the Fly-In activity schedule:

— Tuesday, June 21: Registration gates and indoor and outdoor vending machines open at 9 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Admission becomes free and corn boiling begins. Ending the evening at 7 p.m., the musical artists, Rockin’ Rockers, will play until 10 p.m.

— Wednesday, June 22: Registration gates and indoor and outdoor vending machines open at 9 a.m. The first will be moderated by Dr. Paul Shuch titled, “Ground reference maneuvers.” The second will be moderated by Paul Babcock titled, “Classic Piper fender repair.” At 1 p.m., attendees can choose to attend the Greg Koontz Thrilling Air Antics Show, a forum moderated by Jim Dyer titled, “Help support the classics” or they can choose to check both. At 2 p.m., located at the pavilion, crafts for children will take place. A forum is also planned at 2 p.m. moderated by John Hoffman entitled, “Meet the Cub Club.” At 5 p.m., admission becomes free and the corn broth begins. At 7 p.m., musical hosts Kristi Jean and Her Ne’er-Do-Wells will perform to close the second night of the event.

— Thursday, June 23: Departure for the Lycoming Tour will be at 8:45 a.m. Registration gates and indoor and outdoor vending machines will open at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. the Poker Run Fly-Out will depart and a forum moderated by Dr. Paul Shuch titled, “The Riddle of the Crosswind” will take place. At 11 a.m. there will be a forum moderated by Paul Babcock titled, “Getting FAA field approvals.” A Kiwanis and Rotary meeting and lunch at the Piper Aviation Museum will be held at noon with guest speaker Tim Chopp. After lunch, at 1 p.m., Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys will win again. There will also be a forum held at 1 p.m. moderated by Don Wade titled, “C-85 Stoker Engine and Finishing Techniques for Metal and Fabric.” The children’s crafts will take place again at 2 p.m. at the pavilion. There will be an additional forum hosted at 2 p.m. hosted by Clyde Smith Jr. titled, “The History of the PA-18, L-4, L-18 and L-21.” At 3:00 p.m. there will be an on-site landing briefing at the tower followed by an on-site landing contest at 3:30 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. admission becomes free and the bubbling corn begins. Ending Thursday night at 7 p.m., musical artists, The Lindy Sisters, will perform.

— Friday, June 24: Registration gates and indoor and outdoor vending machines will open at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., a forum moderated by Dr. Paul Shuch titled, “Talk to the Tower” will take place. Registration for the aviation items auction will take place at the pavilion at approximately 11:00 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., the auction will begin at the pavilion. At noon, Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys Thrilling Air Show will perform for the last time. At 1 p.m., registration will take place for the Bomb Drop. The children’s crafts will once again take place at 2 p.m. at the pavilion. At the same time, the last forum of the day will take place moderated by Clyde Smith Jr. titled, “Restoration of bagpipe players in fabric”. The bomb drop is expected to take place at 3 p.m. Friday. At 4:30 p.m., the golf ball release will take place. At 5 p.m., admission becomes free and the corn broth begins. At 7 p.m., musical entertainment provided by Western Range will close the evening.

— Saturday, June 25: On the last day of the Fly-In event, registration gates and indoor and outdoor vending machines will open at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Young Eagles airplane rides will take place for children ages 8 to 17. At 10 a.m. there will also be another forum moderated by Dr. Paul Shuch titled, “Become an IACRbat!” At 4:00 p.m. Gary’s Cub Pub opens and at 5:00 p.m. the awards banquet featuring keynote speaker, Tim Chopp, and musical performer, Phil Reeder, will be held in the Vendor’s Blue Building.

Sentimental Journey Executive Coordinator Kim Garlick says the event is a “Family oriented, popular, Fly-In that brings a lot of people together.” The team hopes to see many of you there!

If you would like to attend a forum this year, all forums will be held in the first floor conference room of the Piper Museum.

For a more detailed Fly-In program, membership form requests and additional Fly-In event information, please visit the Sentimental Journey website.

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Some areas affected by flooding, hail damage – AgFax Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:25:27 +0000 Corn damaged by hail. Photo: University of Minnesota

While parts of western Iowa appear to be lacking rain or receiving small amounts of rain, other parts of the state received more than 3 inches of rain last week and experienced flooding. Unfortunately, some areas, especially southwest and south-central Iowa, also suffered extensive hail damage, which resulted in some fields being replanted.

Where conditions were favorable last week, there was a lot of post-herbicide application, spreading and closing of the first cut of hay. Read on to hear what ISU’s extension field agronomists are hearing and seeing across the state.

Northwestern Iowa

Gentry Sorenson (Region 2): “Rainfall has been patchy for the week with around 0.5 inches of rainfall across the region. Post herbicide application was before the rain with the main focus being on corn post applications. The corn is in the V5 to V6 growth stage.The lateral nitrogen treatment of the corn is in progress as growers work to complete as the corn is growing rapidly.

“The soybeans are at an average growth stage of V2. Post-emergence soybean applications have just begun as the deadline for applying dicamba after soybean emergence is June 20. Phone calls and field calls were for herbicide application, late season nitrate testing, and cover crop shutdown.

Northeastern Iowa

Josh Michel (Region 5): “Post-emergence herbicide applications and side dressing applications were the main activities carried out last week as farmers took breaks between scattered rain showers. Over the past week, most of the region has received 1.0 to 1.5 inches of rain, but some isolated areas in parts of northern Allamakee and Winneshiek counties have received up to 3 inches of rain.

“In addition, over the weekend, a strong line of storms moved through southern Buchanan County delivering up to 4 inches of rain to isolated areas. About 90 percent of the corn has emerged and can be scaled from VE to V5 in some early planted fields. Many fields received post-emergent herbicide applications as well as parallel fertilizer applications.

“Now is the time to look for real army worms, as I have had a few calls for a feed. About 80 percent of the soybeans have emerged and can be staged from VE to V3. Like corn, many fields of soybeans received their first post-emergent herbicide applications.

“Many oat fields are coming out and doing well so far. The end of the first alfalfa harvest ends. The new regrowth after the first harvest looks good so far due to constant rain showers. Pastures continue to look good, although very warm temperatures this week will put a strain on cool season grasses.

“Recent calls and questions from the field have focused primarily on weed management, herbicide applications, small grain and forage management, and questions about fertilizer applications.”

Southwest Iowa:

Aaron Saeugling (Region 10): “Heavy rain and hail covered parts of southwestern Iowa last week, causing extensive damage to fields. Replanting began this week with soybeans and corn being replanted in parts of Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Adams, Montgomery and Union counties.

“The smaller maize will survive because the growing point was under the ground. Soybean stands have been reduced to less than 50,000 in many fields, warranting replanting in many cases. Corn growth stages range from V2 to V7 and soybeans from V1 to V4. Some narrow row beans planted early should close the rows by the end of the week. Early and narrow row corn will also close the row this week as well.

“Most of the corn poles are coming out and the urea has been applied or will be soon. With warm temperatures forecast, I expect crops to pick up some growth due to seeding later this year.

“Insects to watch include black cutworm damage in the fields, and I expect Japanese beetles to appear in the coming weeks. Although moisture conditions are adequate now, we will need rainfall in late June and early July this year due to shallower root systems.

East-Central, Southeast, and South-Central Iowa:

Rebecca Vittetoe (Region 8): “Overall the crops are looking really good in this part of the state. The corn is mostly at the V4 to V6 stages, with some V7 corn. Soybeans mostly fall into growth stages V1 to V3. Field activities over the past week included nitrogen application, post-emergence herbicide applications and hay placement.

“We had rain last week with totals ranging from 0.5 inches to some isolated areas receiving over 2 inches. Some areas had corn leaning due to some winds that accompanied the rain, but it appears to have straightened out nicely.

“The pest issues were mainly black cutworms, but as you scout, keep your eyes peeled for stalk borers entering the corn and Japanese beetles soon starting to emerge. One of the biggest concerns as we head into this week is the hot temperatures, the wind, and the hard balancing act after herbicide applications.

“Questions or field calls over the past week included herbicide applications, insects (mostly black cutworms), herbicide injury symptoms, and some sulfur deficiency in corn.”

Virgile Schmitt (Region 9): “Precipitation last week in the counties I cover was extremely variable, ranging from 0.2 to over 3.0 inches. In general, temperatures over the past week in the counties I cover were a one degree below to three degrees above normal Most corn is V5 to V6 and looks good to excellent.

“A lot of fertilizer spreading and post-emergent herbicide spraying has taken place in the past week. Most soybeans are V1 to V3 and also look good to excellent. The alfalfa harvest is almost complete and the oats are coming out. The calls over the past week were mostly about weed management and herbicide damage.

Clara Bell Probasco (Region 11): “Much of south-central Iowa received heavy rain this past week. Along with a few of the rain systems, a few small pockets of hail occurred where soybean fields had suffered enough damage to replant or knock down additional soybeans.

“The vast majority of corn fields were well below the V5 stage, avoiding damage to the growing point. Rainfall amounts were observed between 1.5 inches and over 4 inches. Corn fields can be seen in stages from V1 to V6 and soybean fields are seen between VE and V3.

“There has been bean leaf beetle activity throughout the region as well as a few sporadic cases of black cutworm. Be sure to continue to monitor fields for pest damage! »

Day 3: Kansas Wheat Harvest Report Thu, 16 Jun 2022 01:27:17 +0000

Kansas Wheat

Kansas wheat farmers are in the cab and now cutting across a wide swath of the state, battling short, thin stands as they strive to maximize bushels delivered to the elevator. Quality continues to be a welcome positive note, with protein reflecting drought stress and heavy test weights.

“The humidity has been quite dry; warm winds took care of that,” said Levi Benjamin, who runs the Bucklin branch of Offerle Coop Grain & Supply Co.

With no rain in the forecast, he expects the harvest to go quickly in Edwards County. Bucklin took the first load of wheat on Monday, taking 40,000 bushels so far. The humidity was around 9 percent. The proteins were quite variable, ranging from 10.5 to 14%. Test weights are averaging just over 60 pounds per bushel, thanks to a few inches of rain that arrived too late to help yields, but improved final quality.

Benjamin noted that the wheat is coming in first from the continuous wheat fields, which growers expected would be a disaster after the region received no moisture to speak of all of late fall and the winter.

“I always say we grow better wheat in a dry year,” said Sumner County farmer Tim Turek. “We only needed one rain, and we would have hit it. But it’s the one we were missing. »

Turek was harvesting 40 bushels per acre of wheat south of Wellington on Wednesday, which he said “isn’t bad for as thin as he is.” By the end of March, this field seemed to be yielding 20 bushels better, but it didn’t rain when the wheat was ear. The rain fell during the filling of the grain, which made it possible to complete the wheat.

The AP EverRock field, planted after corn, will be reserved for seed wheat. Forty bushels per acre will likely be Turek’s agricultural average this year, although the wheat planted behind the soybeans doesn’t look quite as good.

Harvesting started for Turek on June 12, but will go faster than most with the short, fine wheat, which should be finished in about two weeks. Despite the climatic challenges that limit yield, the quality is excellent. Test weights average 60 pounds per bushel and better, and protein ranges from 11.5% to 14%.

His daughter Paige just returned to join him last fall as the fifth generation on the farm. With plenty of acres of wheat to cut between Tim, his brother and his dad, they have a custom cutter arriving at the end of this week to help them finish the harvest.

Farmers in Kingman and Sedgwick counties are also waiting for custom teams, about half of which have yet to arrive. Some farmers, however, have opted to harvest their own wheat due to the extreme increase in fuel costs.

Even with the wait, Garden Plain Co-op’s 10 sites received wheat on June 13, having made the first load two days earlier around the Belmont site, according to Shawn Talkington, operations manager.

Yields per area are expected to average below the five-year average, depending on location and the amount of rainfall they have received. Test weights average over 62 pounds per bushel and protein is north of 13% for many fillers. Talkington said the height of the straw is very short, noting that in about half the territory the wheat is only at bale height.

SY Rugged has been a good variety, yielding up to 10 bushels per acre more than other varieties. Double crop wheat yields 10 bushels less than fallow fields. The CoAxium varieties have also been excellent for the region, controlling the rye and resulting in a noticeable decrease in impurities.

Although yields are down this year, acres have increased, so they expect to bring in around five million bushels, which would be near their five-year average. By the end of Tuesday, they were about 10% of the way there.

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The 2022 Harvest Report is brought to you by the Kansas Wheat Commission, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Grain and Feed Association. To follow harvest updates on Twitter, use #wheatharvest22. Tag us at @kansaswheat on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share your harvest story and photos.

How To Grow Corn | Wild + Whole Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:50:58 +0000

About 10,000 years ago in what is now southern Mexico, subsistence farmers began experimenting with a bushy wild grain called teosinte. Over generations, they selectively bred for larger and larger starch-filled kernels until they developed the ubiquitous grain we now call corn. Corn has a bad reputation in the United States due to its use as a sweetener in the form of high fructose corn syrup, but as a whole grain it has a similar nutritional profile to whole wheat.

Whole grain corn is an excellent staple crop and is consumed daily by hundreds of millions of people around the world. In our house, corn is a regular part of the plate in the form of tortillas, cornbread, oatmeal, pupusas, etc. We devote significant amounts of space in our subsistence gardens to grain corn where it grows alongside its sister beans and squash. If you’re striving to produce more of your own food in North America, this is a borderline necessity in your vegetable garden. Read on to learn everything you need to know to grow a successful corn crop this year!

Types of corn

The fresh sweet corn you eat at summer barbecues is what comes to mind for many Americans when we hear the word “corn,” but it’s just one of many varieties. The four main types of corn are flint, meal, tooth, and sweet.

Flint corn is a dense, hard-shelled variety bred for short northern winters. It is packed with starchy carbs and protein. Maybe you’ve never heard of flint corn before, but you’re probably already familiar because that’s where popcorn comes from. This type of corn is also great for grinding into grits and cornmeal or just tossing it into whole stews and cooking for hours.

Flour corn is a soft-shelled variety bred for drier, warmer conditions in the southwest. It has a nutritional profile similar to that of flint corn. It is the most common type of corn used to make corn tortillas, tamales, pupusas, and other staple foods.

Dent corn is actually a cross between flint corn and flour corn and gives you some hybrid vigor. The nutrient profile is similar to the other two, but it forms massive cobs and produces more calories per acre than any other grain crop on Earth. It’s the strain that many of our chemical companies have tweaked a bit so they can patent its DNA – funny when you think of the 10,000 years of work that went into it. Many old varieties like Wapsi Valley, Bloody Butcher and Hickory King are still available in their original forms.

The last type, sweet corn, is mainly different from the others in that it is picked and eaten unripe. The sugary milky liquid that pops from the kernels of sweet corn is what dries to a starch in other types of corn. As the name suggests, sweet corn is bred to have a very high sugar content and basically nothing else. Nutritionally, it’s not as valuable as other types of corn, but it makes a delicious snack nonetheless.

Growth conditions

Depending on the type of corn you’re growing, harvest days vary greatly, but every type of corn likes it hot. Most of the information you’ll find online says to wait to plant your corn seeds until the soil has warmed to 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Assuming you’re one of the many gardeners who doesn’t own a soil thermometer, it’s probably not very useful. As a general rule, the ground will usually be warm enough for your corn to germinate successfully around the average last frost date in your growing area. Plant your corn where it can grow in full sun and, depending on the temperature, it needs about an inch of rain or irrigation water per week.

To grow conventional corn blocks, space your plants about 6 to 12 inches apart in rows and 2 to 3 feet between rows. Try to maximize the number of rows to form as many squares as possible, this will help with pollination later in the season. To grow traditional mounds, as used in the Three Sisters method, pile soil into a circular mound, approximately 2 feet wide and 6 inches high, and plant three corn plants per mound. Leave 2 to 3 feet of space between the center of each mound to allow room for the climbing gourds to spread out at their base. Remember that corn is pollinated by the wind, so if you’re only growing a handful of plants, you’ll probably have to hand-pollinate to get full cobs. If your block of corn contains at least 16 plants, they should be able to pollinate themselves naturally.

Corn needs a lot of nitrogen to produce a good crop, so you’ll probably benefit from amending your beds with a slow-release fertilizer like manure or feather meal before planting your corn. To reduce the amount of fertilizer needed, you can grow a cover crop of legumes like beans, peas, or clover in the spring, then mow or till them into the ground before planting your corn. If you are using the three sisters method, the beans provide nitrogen as they grow along with the corn.

Pests and diseases

The main insect pests that attack corn in most of the United States are European corn borers and corn earworms. These moths lay their eggs on the corn and their larvae tunnel through the stalk or eat the fresh corn kernels as they develop. Often the damage is not too severe and you can simply cut off the damaged ends of the ears. Moths usually overwinter in corn stalk residue. A very effective management strategy is therefore to remove the stems from your garden from the previous year and compost or burn them to control the population.

Cutworms can also be a problem for young emerging corn plants. If you ever arrive at your corn plot to find that a number of seedlings seem to be cut off at the base and are lying on their side, you’re probably dealing with cutworms (or a rival gardener). In a small patch you can manage them by scanning the ground and physically removing the caterpillars, but if the problem is larger you can apply a treatment of the biological pesticide Spinosad.

Chipmunks and other small rodents will sometimes dig up newly planted corn seeds for a little snack, so you’ll enter your garden to find a series of freshly dug holes where your corn seeds were once buried. To prevent this, you can either cover your corn field with bird netting until the plants are about 2 inches tall, or start your corn in seed trays and transplant them into the garden.

The most common disease affecting corn in the Americas is a fungus called ‘Corn Smut’ in the United States and ‘Huitlacoche’ in Mexico. Although calling it a disease is actually a matter of perspective, as it is considered a delicacy in some parts of Mexico. Many people intentionally infect their cornfields in order to grow this delicious fungus. Back home, we’d be disappointed if our whole field was infected, but we don’t mind finding a few cobs exploding with the bulbous fungus.

Harvest and use

If you are growing a variety of sweet corn, you will want to plan your harvest carefully to maximize the sugar content. Generally, sweet corn should be ready to harvest when the silks emerging from the tip of the cob begin to turn brown. You can also remove the husk to reveal the kernels and pop some with your fingernail. If they are nice and full and a white liquid erupts when popped, they are ready to harvest.

For flint, flour, and dentcorn, you can just hang them on the plant until dry. Be careful, however, not to leave them too long because we are not the only animals that like to eat corn. We like to let our ears fully ripen, then pluck them as soon as the husks turn brown and dry. They can then be hung indoors to continue drying. Once dry, corn will keep indefinitely and you can use it as needed to fill your belly throughout winter and spring.

From barnyard to barnyard: Lodi class gives tips on raising chickens | New Sat, 11 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000

Over the past two years, residents have embraced new hobbies and interests due to COVID-19 closures and stay-at-home mandates.

One of them, according to Cherie Sintes-Glover, raised chickens.

While the idea of ​​Lodians raising chickens within city limits seems outlandish, Sintes-Glover said it’s more than likely that everyone has at least one neighbor raising poultry on their property.

“During COVID, people thought if they were home, they might as well try something new, maybe start a garden and raise a few chickens for eggs,” Sintes-Glover said. “But they have an added benefit, which is being able to watch ‘chicken TV’ from their own backyard. And that has given them another opportunity to socialize online about their new hobby.

Municipal code in the city of Lodi allows residents to keep up to five chickens in backyard pens, as long as feed is properly stored and sanitary conditions are maintained.

Since the city’s chicken ordinance was updated in 2015, Sintes-Glover said co-op sales have increased and it’s been hard to find chicks in grocery stores.

Urban chicken consultant, poultry health inspector and veteran 4-H chef for more than 20 years, Sintes-Glover is now giving Lodians the opportunity to learn how to properly care for chickens with a course offered by the city ​​parks, recreation and culture. Services.

She will be teaching Backyard Chicken Keeping 101 on June 14 and 21 at Hutchins Street Square from 6:30-8 p.m.

The course is designed for those considering raising their own backyard chickens or those wanting a refresher on the basics.

Students learn everything there is to know in the first year of raising chickens, from choosing chicks and setting up a brooder to moving into the big chicken coop and laying the very first ones eggs.

A Backyard Chicken Keeping 102 course will be offered July 12 and 19 and will cover common chicken foods as well as how to recognize health issues in a flock.

From what to keep in your home poultry first aid kit to keeping your chickens cool in the deadly summer heat, the course will cover all the common myths and the best practice.

“It’s my favorite class because we get past all the misinformation you often find online,” she said. “Social media can be helpful, but you want to know why and how to effectively treat your chickens.”

Although raising chickens doesn’t sound too complicated, Sintes-Glover said it’s important to learn the basics and be familiar with what you might need.

If you want the best eggs possible, she recommends feeding the chickens a good quality ration and making sure they have plenty of fresh, cool water, especially in the summer months.

“People often think that scratch corn will be enough, but that’s not the case when you look at what chickens need nutritionally,” she said. “And scratches should never be given to chickens during the summer months when temperatures exceed 90 degrees.”

Indeed, chickens have a higher normal body temperature, she said, and feeding them corn and other treats can raise their body temperature to dangerous levels. Heat stress is a common problem in the valley, where days can reach over 110 degrees.

“Chickens can handle the colder months once they’re fully feathered, just like any wild bird,” she said. “But bring in our hot summers and that’s when we need to take some precautions to help them regulate their body heat and stay cool.”

Sintes-Glover has taught dozens of classes on raising backyard chickens in a variety of venues and has been a frequent guest on KSTE/KFBK radio’s popular gardening show “Get Growing” with Fred Hoffman.

She also provides one-on-one consultations to chicken owners who need a helping hand with everything from barn location to assessing health issues in their flocks.

Sintes-Glover said fresh eggs aren’t the only benefit of keeping chickens in a backyard.

These egg producers also eat insects and pests in the yard and garden while providing hours of entertainment for their owners.

And with the cost of food skyrocketing, including eggs, she expects to see more people explore the idea of ​​raising backyard chickens if they haven’t already taken the plunge. .

“Raising chickens can have initial start-up costs, but since chickens lay an average of 475 eggs in their lifetime, it’s often worth the investment,” she said. “And nothing beats a garden-fresh egg for breakfast.”

USDA maintains forecast for use of corn in ethanol in 2022-2023 Fri, 10 Jun 2022 23:12:53 +0000

The USDA maintained its 2022-23 forecast for corn use in ethanol production in its latest Global Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on June 10.

USDA forecasts for corn acreage and yield are unchanged. The agency currently expects 89.5 million acres of corn to be planted in 2022-23, with a harvested area of ​​81.7 million acres and a yield per harvested acre of 177 bushels. The agency said it will release its acreage report on June 30, which will provide survey-based guidance on planted and harvested acreage.

Opening stocks increased by 45 million bushels, mostly reflecting lower expected exports for 2021-22. Exports are reduced by 50 million bushels, based on shipments reported by the US Census Bureau through April and export inspection data for May.

The USDA currently forecasts that 5.375 million bushels of corn will go to ethanol production in 2022-23, a forecast maintained from May’s WASDE. About 5.375 million bushels of corn were destined for ethanol production in 2021-22, compared to 5.033 million bushels in 2020-21.

Feed, seed and industrial use (FSI) is up 5 million bushels as projected increases in the amount of corn used for glucose, dextrose and starch are partially offset by lower corn syrup high fructose corn. These ISP usage changes are applied for 2022-’23. With no further changes in usage in 2022-23, ending stocks are increased by 40 million bushels. The average farm price for the season received by growers is unchanged at $6.75 a bushel.

Maize production is increased for Ukraine, reflecting a higher area based on data reported by the government. The main changes in world trade for 2022-23 include higher maize imports for the EU, but reductions for Morocco, Jordan and Peru. Foreign ending stocks of corn increased from last month, mainly due to increases for Ukraine and Russia. Global maize ending stocks, at 310.5 million tonnes, were up 5.3 million from last month.

May inflation sizzles to its highest level in 3.5 years Tue, 07 Jun 2022 16:34:22 +0000
A few stores in a supermarket in Makati City. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ RUSSELL PALMA

INFLATION ACCELERATED in May to its highest level in three and a half years, fueled by soaring food and transport prices, the statistics agency said on Tuesday.

Overall prices for consumer goods and services accelerated 5.4% year-on-year in May, faster than 4.9% in April and 4.1% a year ago, according to preliminary data from Philippine Statistics. . Authority (PSA) showed.

This corresponded to the median estimate in a Business world poll conducted last weekend. It also reached the midpoint of the 5-5.8% forecast range given by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the month.

Headline inflation rate in the Philippines

It was the second month in a row thatflation exceeded the central bank’s 2-4% target range.

The inflation print in May was the fastest pace in 42 months or since the 6.1% year-on-year growth recorded in November 2018.

“The path of inflation continues to be driven primarily by supply-side factors amid volatile global commodity prices. Supply chain disruptions could also contribute to inflationary pressures and thus justify closer monitoring to enable rapid intervention to stop the emergence of further second-round effects,” BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said in a statement.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased by 0.4%. However, it increased by 0.5% on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis.

Inflation has averaged 4.1% a year so far this year, still below the central bank’s revised forecast of 4.6%.

At a Tuesday press briefing, National Statistician Claire Dennis S. Mapa said May’s inflation was driven by higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, utilities and transportation.

Prices for high-weight food and non-alcoholic beverages jumped 4.9% year on year in May, fueled by the 15.2% rise in vegetables, tubers, etc. and 6.2% in Iffish and seafood.

“We saw (in April) that increased transport costs had a ripple effect on the food basket. This month we have seen that there is now a large effect,” Mr. Mapa said in Filipino, adding that they had not seen any supply issues.

Mr. Mapa also pointed out that the rice inflation was well managed. Rice inflation fell 0.3% in the National Capital Region (NCR) and rose 1.8% in regions outside the NCR.

Transportation costs also rose 14.6% in May as pump prices continued to climb amid global market volatility. Gasoline rose 47.2%, while diesel jumped 86.2%.

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has pushed oil prices above $100 a barrel amid supply concerns. Russia is the world’s second largest supplier of crude oil. Since the beginning of the year, the prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene have increased by 23.85 pesos, 30.30 pesos and 27.65 pesos per liter respectively, according to the energy department.

Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels rose 6.5% in May, down from 6.9% in April but more than 1.7% a year ago. The main contributors to this segment were electricity (17.6% in May versus 19.5% in April) and liquefied petroleum gas (33.7% versus 33.4%).

The food-only index posted a 5.2% increase in May, up from 4% the previous month and up 3.7% from a year ago.

During this time atflation experienced by poor households jumped 4.3% in May against 3.8% in April. However, it was below 4.5% in May last year.

“The balance of risks to the inflation outlook now tips to the upside for 2022 and 2023. Upside pressures emanate from the potential impact of higher oil prices, including on transport fares, as well as than the continued shortage of domestic pork and fish supply. Meanwhile, downside risks are mainly related to the potential impact of a weaker than expected global economic recovery,” Mr. Diokno from BSP.

Bank of the Philippines Chief Economist Emilio S. Neri, Jr. attributed the faster rate of inflation to higher food and transportation prices.

“Food and transport were the main contributors to the rise, which means a second round effThe effects of rising oil, corn, wheat and fertilizer prices are beginning to be felt.ffects should start in the coming months,” he said in an email interview.

The Department of Labor said a minimum wage increase from P30 to P110 will be implemented in 14 areas from this month.

“The strength of economic growth and demand indicators in the Philippines disproves that this episode of inflation is purely supply-side,” Neri said, noting the need to hike more aggressively to combat inflationary expectations.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the extension of an executive order that lowers tariff rates for imports of rice and pork, as well as tariff reductionsffs on maize will help facilitateflshareholder pressures. Executive Order (EO) No. 171 also temporarily removed the 7% customs duty on coal imports, with the aim of lowering electricity prices.

Diokno said the central bank will continue to review theflgrowth and growth prospects ahead of the June 23 political meeting.

“The pace and timing of any further monetary policy action by the BSP will be guided by the data results, consistent with the price of the BSP and Iffinancial stability objectives,” Mr. Diokno said.

The Monetary Board raised the benchmark interest rates for the Iffirst time since 2018 by 25 basis points (bps) on May 19 to stifle the rise inflshareholder pressures.

“[The central bank] may have to raise (rates) further to avoid a further weakening of the peso which, in turn, will lead toflation to accelerate further,” Mr. Neri said.

ING Bank NV Manila’s chief economist, Nicholas Antonio T. Mapa, said he expects BSP to continue to rise in future meetings “to get a head start.”

He said inflation would likely be high for the rest of the year, peaking at 6.8% in the fourth quarter and averaging 4.8% for the year.

“Given this outlook, a 25 basis point hike is fully expected, while a more vigorous 50 basis point hike may actually be needed to get ahead of the curve,” Mapa said.

Mr. Neri’s projects inflation to settle above 4.5% this year, “all the more so if the conflICT in Eastern Europe persists.

In a note sent to reporters, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. chief economist Michael L. Ricafort said another quarter-percentage-point hike would help temper rising inflation expectations and prevent inflation from skyrocketing. — MIUC

CBOT Agricultural Futures Drop | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide Sun, 05 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000

CBOT agricultural futures fell last week on news that a maritime grain export corridor may be cleared for Ukraine with Turkey as the destination.

As the Russian-Ukrainian conflict rages and could continue into 2023, the duration of the conflict will have significant implications for commodity markets, including supplies and prices of fertilizers, food and energy.

Chicago-based research firm AgResource doubts Ukrainian corn will have access to Black Sea ports, though the speculative community has no choice but to liquidate until there is clarity.

AgResource remains bullish as the US summer weather pattern is expected to form over the next three weeks, adding to the upside in the grain market.

Central US weather conditions are favorable, but most extended range models are forecasting warm and dry conditions, indicating that there will be significant weather warnings.

The U.S. ethanol industry has responded to cheaper corn and seasonally higher gasoline consumption, with spot ethanol production revenues about US$0.09 per gallon above of all costs, which is rare. Spot markets reflect a tightening of global balance sheets, not an easing.

Even minor additions or subtractions to the global exportable surplus will trigger rapid and violent price reactions from the CBOT.

Wheat futures ended sharply lower this week, with CBOT futures down $2.30 a bushel from the mid-May high. Recent price action shows how sensitive the market is and will be to perceived changes in supply and demand.

Proposals for a Humanitarian Grain Export Corridor in Ukraine and the release of some 4-5 million metric tons of old-crop Ukrainian supplies dominated price discovery last week, leading to a long, massive and widespread sell-off. .

However, AgResource maintains that the chances of this corridor being created do not exceed 5%, because Russia demands the lifting of sanctions. Without any concrete proof that this agreement will progress in the short term, the market must again subtract significant tonnages from the world exportable surplus.

The results of Egypt’s tender this week confirmed that the supply of Russian wheat will be rather difficult due to the lack of insurable freight. Additionally, weather threats remain intact in Europe, China and south-central Canada.

An early seasonal bottom is forming in wheat futures. A quick recovery awaits post-harvest as millers and importers battle for available supplies.

Soybean futures traded in the red for most of last week and were down 34.5 cents at Friday’s close. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that national soybean plantings have reached 66% completion, while progress this week is expected to reach 78-82% completion.

US and South American export premiums continue to trade well above last year. At the same time, bumper old crop sales in the United States are near record high at 365 million bushels and new crop sales are record high at 445 million bushels.

The United States is expected to export a record volume of soybeans over the next 12 months. This keeps the outlook for soybeans up on record demand. Key support remains below $16.50 for the July contract and $14.50 for the November contract. Any threat to US soybean yield in 2022 would push soybean production to new highs above $18.00.
Source: Xinhua

Muddy boots mean good and bad news for farmers Sun, 05 Jun 2022 09:50:00 +0000

This optimism also increases the likelihood that barley will receive protective fungicide treatments. “We will continue to research wheat, but we are on the verge of lowering yields as to whether we would recoup the cost and benefit of application,” Arnusch said.

The corn crop is on the watch list this week. Arnusch said emergence was not ideal in some fields due to crusting of the soil. Recent rain might help fill in the gaps, although these plants are several days behind.

As soon as fields are dry enough to walk through, scouting for western corn rootworm in young corn will be first on the to-do list. The farm uses traits to protect against the pest, but resistance is well documented in many areas and Arnusch likes to keep tabs on feeding levels.

“We know with traits that the rootworm has to ingest a bit of the root to get the dose. We’ve already found a few early instar larvae and want to track them,” he said. Colorado State University has conducted on-farm studies on possible resistance to underground protein traits, as well as chemicals used to control beetles above ground.

“So far we haven’t seen any resistance, but we’re changing the traits to try to avoid that,” he said. “The root worm is the one that really requires detective work.”

This farm is experiencing the first harvest of sorghum or milo since 1958. Arnusch said cold fronts that moved through the area caused soil temperatures to drop and did not promote emergence. said.

Arnusch called friends with experience growing milo in other states to find out what to look out for this season. “We’re going to dig a lot. We’re going to do a lot of reconnaissance. We’re going to do a lot of walking in the field. We’re trying to learn everything we can to learn about this culture and try to be ready,” he said. he says.

The sorghum was also planted in two different management configurations – 30 inch rows and 7.5 inch centers. Narrower rows will be treated much like a cereal crop – where crop residue is maximized to retain weeds and beverages provided by flood irrigation. Sorghum in 30 inch rows will be treated more like a maize crop with light cultivation done between the rows which could be used for furrow irrigation.

“We’ve heard a lot of opinions, but the jury is still out and we’re looking for the style of management that best rewards us,” he said.

All of these thoughts and questions swirl around as Arnusch drives and watches the crops. Behind the wheel – whether it’s a truck or a tractor – is his place of reflection. Don’t ask it for a music playlist because it uses quiet ride time to process. The younger generation may have the earbuds; he’s too busy counting blessings to swing it.

“Most of the on-farm income comes from our seed production and our distillers grain. Barley is important to us in both of these sales areas and having this decent crop really makes me feel good right now” , he noted.


Are the rains erratic if you live locally? Garrabrant fields collected nearly 2 inches of precipitation towards the end of the week, while those just 10 miles away received a quarter inch.

“I’m a little soggy right now,” he said. He planted about 75% of his maize crop, but reported that soybean planting was still lagging behind in his area. “It doesn’t take long to plant once we start, it’s finding those windows that’s hard,” he said.

“I’m happy with how everyone’s crops look in this region, but I’m not as happy with mine,” he added.

The latest USDA-NASS crop progress report shows that Ohio corn is 72% planted and 51% emerged. The progress of soybean planting was 56%, while 29% was emerged. Statewide, topsoil moisture conditions were rated as insufficient at 1%, adequate at 52%, and excess at 47%.

The inability to drain the fields has prompted Garrabrant to alter a set of plans so far. Last fall, he planted 70 pounds per acre of a mix of cereal rye, clover and other species as an introduction to the cover crop concept. He intended to mow and bale the lush cover for cattle feed. Too many weather delays caused him to abandon this idea and plant green instead.

“It was interesting because it wasn’t really part of the plan to plant in something as thick and tall as that. And it really put the technology of the planter to the test,” he said. declared. The drill is equipped with automated row downforce, row cleaners and an aggressive no-till closing wheel.

“I was impressed with the quality of the planting I was getting. I had no problems packing. The closing wheels really seemed to seal the trench,” he said. “While I’m glad it’s planted and how it was planted, I’m a little nervous about the nitrogen-retaining grass.”

He hoped the added residue would allow him to return to the field more quickly to burn cover. He planned to add 28% (nitrogen) to his herbicide mix as a carrier.

“I still have to make sure everything is compatible in the pot test,” he said. On the wish list for next year is to add 2×2 fertilizer placement capabilities.

For this year however, he plans to set aside that corn. “I don’t know if the cover will allow a knife or coulter to slice through the thick cover. I have a Y-toolbar for my sprayer if I need to go in that direction”, did he declare.

Beans struggled to come out of the ground in some areas, he reported. Recent rains have probably contributed to this situation. So far, most farmers seem to be sticking to their cultivation plans, he said.

Like Arnusch, Garrabrant enjoys field work and time behind the wheel. “I’m pretty picky about the work I do and like to stay focused on what’s going on behind me. So I don’t listen to a lot of music or anything else on the pitch. I want to know if there is a problem that arises or something that needs my attention,” he said.

“I don’t have Cadillac taxis either. So I guess all the banging and banging is my music,” he said.

Managing the stress of weather delays also draws a measured response from the young farmer. “I try to keep in mind that there are things in my control and things out of my control.

“What’s out of my control will always be out of my control and something will come out of it,” he said.

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