GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries American Soybean Association Commends President Trump's Decision to Focus on NAFTA Modernization Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:56:29 EDT Washington - April 27, 2017 - The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed an announcement from President Donald Trump late Wednesday that the United States would remain a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The announcement came following reports that the White House was readying an executive order to withdraw from the agreement, prompting significant concern and swift action from ASA and other farm groups that recognize the importance of NAFTA and agreements like it. Instead, the White House announced that it will engage with Canada and Mexico in a renegotiation of the major trade pact, which has KS Growers Watch Winter Wheat Crops For Freeze Damage Following Cool Temperatures Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:29:36 EDT Northern Plains Region Wheat Planting Slowed Amid Cool and Wet Conditions Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:27:41 EDT Port of Brownsville Receives First Grain Shipment Since 2010 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:36:11 EDT Total Grain Inspections Up 10% From Week Ending April 13; Up 45% From 2016 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:32:48 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's April 27 Grain Transportation Report. For the week ending April 20, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from major U.S. export regions reached 2.7 million metric tons (mmt), up 10 percent from the previous week, up 45 percent from the same time last year, and 33 percent above the 3-year average. The increase in total grain inspections was driven by increased corn and soybean inspections, which increased 9 and 42 percent, respectively, from the previous week. Wheat inspections decreased 11 percent from the past week. Compared to the previous week, grain Union Pacific Railroad Plans to Invest $57 Million in NE Rail Infrastructure Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:30:36 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's April 27 Grain Transportation Report. In an April 24 news release, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) noted its plans to spend $57 million in infrastructure investments in Nebraska this year, with $53 million to maintain railroad track. According to the press release, UP invested more than $638 million in the State from 2012 to 2016. Nebraska is typically the Nation’s third largest producer of grain and oilseeds (behind Iowa and Illinois). In 2016, Nebraska farmers harvested 2.08 billion bushels of corn, soybeans, and wheat, up 6 percent from the 3-year average. Rail is an important BNSF Continues Efforts to Improve Rail Service Performance in Pacific Northwest Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:27:32 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's April 27 Grain Transportation Report. Last week, BNSF Railroad (BNSF) said it was continuing to improve service performance in the PNW and address congestion at area terminals and facilities. In its service bulletin, BNSF wrote, “Overall car velocity in our Northwest Division has increased by more than one-third from the lowest year-to-date levels reported in early February. "While still underperforming versus the levels reported from the previous April, our aggressive efforts to deploy additional resources and take actions, such as modifying some service plans, have been key to driving productivity improvements.” The railroad also noted Grain Transportation Overview By Sector: 4/27/17 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:26:04 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's April 27 Grain Transportation Report. Export Sales For the week ending April 13, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans totaled 28 mmt, up 48 percent from the same time last year. Net weekly wheat export sales were .414 mmt, down 2 percent from the previous week. Net corn export sales were .756 mmt, up 2 percent from the previous week, and net soybean export sales were .211 mmt, down 48 percent from the past week. Rail U.S. Class I railroads originated 21,566 grain carloads for the week ending April 15, down 9 percent from the previous Bulk Ocean Freight Rates Rise During First Quarter Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:22:04 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's April 27 Grain Transportation Report. Ocean freight rates for shipping bulk grains increased during the first quarter of 2017, compared to the previous quarter and the same period a year earlier. However, the rates were lower than the 4-year average. The rates for shipping bulk grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan averaged $36.45 per metric ton (mt), an 8 and 57 percent increase from the previous quarter and the same period last year, respectively, but 6 percent lower than the 4-year average. The cost of shipping from the Pacific Northwest (PNW) to Japan U.S. Drought Conditions Fall to Record Low of 6.1% of Lower 48 States Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:04:54 EDT MDA Weather Services Reports Possibility of Cold Damage to Western Plains Wheat Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:17 EDT Gaithersburg, MD - April 26, 2017 - Colder temperatures are currently moving into the central and northern Plains as the jet stream takes a dive to the south, with the coldest conditions expected to occur this weekend. Temperatures are currently expected to bottom out in the upper 20s to near 30 F in the western quarter of Kansas and far western Oklahoma on Sunday morning, with mid 20s possible in eastern Colorado and far western Nebraska. “Temperatures below 30 F would likely result in some spotty damage to jointing wheat,” said Don Keeney, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for MDA Weather Services. U.S. Drought Monitor: Drought Conditions Further Reduced in Midwest Amid Rainfall Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:45:52 EDT Canadian Pacific Railway Grain Cars Derail Near Thunder Bay, Ontario Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:44:16 EDT U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight Issues Statement on Potential NAFTA Withdrawal Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:38:32 EDT Washington, D.C. - A statement from U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight: "We are shocked and distressed to see news reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "Mexico and Canada are among our largest and most loyal grain export markets, and our organization has worked closely with partners in both countries for more than 30 years. "An executive order as reported will have an immediate effect on sales to Mexico, market prices and the profitability of U.S. farmers, who are already facing below cost GEAPS and K-State University to Offer Four Grain Handling and Processing Courses in May Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:10:41 EDT Minneapolis, MN - April 25 - Registration is now open for four courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) Distance Education Program. Three of the courses will help grain handling professionals develop skills to work more safely and efficiently, and two of the courses will build the skills of grain processing professionals. These online courses run from May 30 – June 30, and registration closes Tuesday, May 23. Courses are open to anyone, even if they are not a GEAPS member or a student enrolled at K-State. Online registration and more USDA 2017 Crop Production Historical Track Records Report Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:40:47 EDT USDA Seeks Nominations For United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board of Directors Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:19:44 EDT U.S. Farmers Find Vomitoxin in Corn Harvested in 2016 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:18:57 EDT USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:45:33 EDT Canadian National Railway Reports 1Q 2017 Net Income of $884 Million; Up From $792 Million in 1Q 2016 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:32:27 EDT American Soybean Association Welcomes Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:58:54 EDT Washington, DC - April 25, 2017 - The American Soybean Association (ASA) on Monday congratulated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Trump Administration by the U.S. Senate. ASA President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore said, “The USDA plays the most crucial of government functions for farmers across the country, and we are glad that Secretary Perdue is finally on board. "We look forward to seeing the remaining political positions filled at the Department as well, and to working with Secretary Perdue and his team in the months and Syngenta Defends GMO Corn Varieties as Marger Moves Blame to China Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:52:52 EDT Man Dies While Cleaning Grain Hopper in Sherwood Park, Saskatchewan Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:15:59 EDT AFIA President and CEO Newman Commends Senate Decision to Confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:38:52 EDT Statement by Joel G. Newman, President and CEO, American Feed Industry Association, Regarding Perdue's Confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture The American Feed Industry Association released the following statement in response to former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's confirmation as secretary of agriculture: "The American Feed Industry Association applauds the Senate's decision today to confirm Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture. "We expect Sec. Perdue's government and agriculture experience to align with the industry's initiatives, and plan to provide our industry's input and support on various issues including trade and the impending farm bill. "During the hearings, Sec. Perdue committed himself to working diligently Wheat Growers Congratulate Sonny Perdue on Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:31:32 EDT The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers congratulates Sonny Perdue on being confirmed as the new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "Secretary Perdue will do a great job advocating for farmers across the country, and we look forward to working with him over the next four years," said KAWG President Ken Wood. The Secretary will be tasked with working with Congress to develop the next five-year Farm Bill, which provides the critical farm safety net. Trade is another important issue for farmers, whose abundant production feeds the hungry throughout the world. "Agriculture is facing many challenges right now," said Kansas Wheat CEO Justin Gilpin. "It