Nebraska wheat crop is hurting

The weekly crop progress report for Nebraska shows that Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is hurting.

The crop is rated 49 percent poor to very poor, 38 percent fair and 13 percent good to excellent.  Typically, the crop rates 69 percent good to excellent by this time of year.

Wheat emergence stands at 83 percent, well behind the 98 average, due to dry soils.

The report show the state’s corn harvest is nearing completion at 97 percent.  Most corn remaining to be harvested is in western counties where some producers are struggling to harvest lodged crops due to those high winds in mid-October.

Sorghum harvest is 94 percent complete, also well ahead of average.

October milk price should average $21.10

The U.S. milk price should average $21.10 per hundredweight for October, up $1.50 from September. The National Ag Statistics Service says all of the 23 major milk-producing states will see at least a $1.00 increase from September with Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin increasing $1.60. California is up $1.58. Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Mexico each gain $1.50.

Commercial disappearance of dairy products during the first eight months of 2012 is 134.9 billion pounds, 2.7 percent more than the same period in 2011. Compared to a year ago, butter use is up 4.4 percent, American type cheese disappearance is 2.2 percent higher, other cheese disappearance is 2.3 percent higher and nonfat dry milk use is 36 percent above a year ago. Fluid milk disappearance is 1.8 percent lower.

The national weighted average advertised price for organic milk in half-gallons was $3.48 last week, down 12 cents from two weeks ago. That compares to an average of $2.21 for a half-gallon of conventional milk. That puts the organic-to-conventional spread at $1.27 down 80 cents from two weeks ago.

Corn is 87% harvested in Wisconsin

A pretty dry week allowed the combines to roll in Wisconsin last week. The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office shows the corn-for-grain crop is 87 percent combined compared to 77 percent a week ago and 56 percent normally in the bin by this date. Soil moisture declined a bit with 50 percent now rated short to very short, 47 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. The East Central and Northeast Districts are the wettest.

While yields were below normal in the southern half of the state, quite a different story in the northern half where average to above-average yields are prompting some to haul corn south where storage is available.

A lot of corn stalks being baled for supplemental forage. Hay and roughage supplies are listed as 50 percent short, 44 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

Read the full NASS report here:

Illinois harvest progresses amid dry wx

With very cool and dry conditions last week, Illinois harvest progressed at a good rate. Fall tillage is mostly finished while fertilizer applications are underway.

Ninety-eight percent of the state’s corn harvest is finished, ahead of last year and the five year average.

Soybean harvest increased to 96 percent, also ahead.

Ninety-six percent of the winter wheat crop planting is done and nearly three-fourths of the crop has emerged. 95% of the winter wheat condition is fair to good.

Sorghum harvest is 93 percent finished while pasture conditions are 30 percent very poor to poor and nearly 70 percent fair to good.

South Dakota remains short of soil moisture

According to South Dakota’s office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, producers around the state spent last week finishing up harvest, doing fall tillage, and fertilizing, along with hauling grain and hay and moving cattle to stubble fields.

33% of the winter wheat crop has emerged, compared to 95% a year ago and the five year average of 93% with a big chunk of the state continuing to suffer from drought.

52% of the crop is rated poor to very poor with 44% fair and 4% good.

84% of topsoil and 90% of subsoil remain short to very short of moisture.

52% of South Dakota is short to very short of feed and 75% is short to very short of stock water.

74% of cattle and 79% of sheep are in good to excellent shape.

Missouri soybean harvest takes a big jump

Nearly 900-thousand acres of soybeans were harvested in Missouri last week, which had virtually no rain. The Missouri Ag Statistics field office says harvest as of Sunday was 79 percent complete, a week behind last year but on pace with normal. Ninety-six percent of soybeans were mature, also a bit behind last year.

Cotton and sorghum harvest are a few days behind last year but ahead of the five-year average.

Eighty-three percent to winter wheat was planted, ahead of average. Emergence is ahead of normal and the same as last year at 60 percent. Ninety-one percent of the Missouri winter wheat crop is in fair to good condition.

Temperatures last week were three to seven degrees below average in the state.

Both corn and soybean harvest winding down

Last week’s rainfall slowed harvest progress as some areas of the state received heavy showers.  Corn harvest is nearing completion as 89 percent of the crop has been harvested – well ahead of last year and the five-year average.  By area, both the north and central portion of the state have 87 percent harvested while the southern region is 95 percent complete.  The average moisture content of the corn is 18 percent.

Soybean harvest is also 89 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year and on pace with the five-year average.  Bean harvest is 91 percent complete in the north, 89 percent in the central region and 87 percent complete in the south.  The average moisture content is 13 percent.

Ninety-three percent of the winter wheat acreage has been planted and 72 percent is emerged.  Seventy-two percent of the crop is rated good to excellent compared to 68 percent last year.

Soil moisture continues to benefit from the late season rainfall as 88 percent of the top soil and 61 percent of the sub soil moisture is rated surplus to adequate.

Soybeans, corn post losses

Soybeans were lower on commercial and fund selling, along with the higher dollar. The trade’s watching weather in South America with forecasts showing improved planting and development conditions. USDA reports 93% of this year’s soybean crop has been harvested as of Sunday, compared to 91% last year and the five year average of 86%. Soybean meal was mostly lower and bean oil was down with both pits seeing spillover pressure from beans. Deferred meal contracts were supported by a better long term fundamental outlook.

Corn was lower on fund and commercial selling. Corn’s also watching South American weather and there was no fresh supportive news to start out the week. In any event, even if the near term demand outlook is neutral, the long term fundamentals for corn remain supportive. According to the Ag Department, 95% of corn is harvested, compared to 85% a year ago and 71% on average. Ethanol futures were lower.

The wheat complex was mixed in consolidation trade. The trade’s continuing to watch U.S. winter development, the Black Sea export pace, and crop losses around key producing areas of Australia. Cooperative Bulk Handling, via Dow Jones Newswires, estimates Western Australia’s crop at 8.5 million to 9.3 million tons, compared to 15 million a year ago because of drier than normal weather. USDA states 92% of the winter wheat crop is planted, compared to 92% last year and 90% on average, with 73% emerged, compared to 73% a year ago and 74% on average, and 39% in good to excellent condition, down 1% on the week due to continued drought conditions in the hard red winter region. European wheat was up on good demand and the lower Euro. Iraq’s Grain Board issued a tender for 50,000 tons of wheat and 30,000 tons of rice with the U.S. listed as an acceptable origin for both.

Iowa corn, soybean harvests nearly wrapped up

Iowa’s office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reports 99% of soybeans and 98% of corn have been harvested with most of what’s remaining for both crops in the southern third of the state.

With most farmers done harvested, the office adds fertilizer application has been a popular activity, along with repairing fences and installing terraces and grassed waterways.

69% of topsoil and 93% of subsoil is short to very short of moisture, so more precipitation ahead of the ground freezing would be welcome for most of the state.

69% of pastures and rangelands are in poor to very poor condition and 42% of the state is short of hay.

Only 19% of Iowa has seen moderate to heavy grain movement from farm to elevator.

Estate planning program in north-central Illinois

A program to help farmers with estate planning will be offered at the University of Illinois Extension office in Oregon, Illinois next week.

The “Plan Your Farm Estate” is offered by the U of I Extension – Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle County unit – on the evening of Thursday, November 15th, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

While acknowledging that few people look forward to estate planning, the U of I says it’s extremely important to “help ensure a smooth transition between (farm and land) owners.”