GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries http://www.grainnet.com New Discovery Will Enhance Yield and Quality of Cereal and Bioenergy (Science Daily) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:32:23 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/New_Discovery_Will_Enhance_Yield_and_Quality_of_Cereal_and_Bioenergy__Science_Daily_-144777.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/New_Discovery_Will_Enhance_Yield_and_Quality_of_Cereal_and_Bioenergy__Science_Daily_-144777.html How Many Acres of Corn Are Needed in 2015? (Farmdoc Daily) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:29:17 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/How_Many_Acres_of_Corn_Are_Needed_in_2015___Farmdoc_Daily_-144776.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/How_Many_Acres_of_Corn_Are_Needed_in_2015___Farmdoc_Daily_-144776.html Department of Agriculture Amends Crop Insurance Rules to Aid Drought-Stricken Farmers (Eagle Pass Business Journal) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:16:56 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Department_of_Agriculture_Amends_Crop_Insurance_Rules_to_Aid_Drought_Stricken_Farmers__Eagle_Pass_Business_Journal_-144772.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Department_of_Agriculture_Amends_Crop_Insurance_Rules_to_Aid_Drought_Stricken_Farmers__Eagle_Pass_Business_Journal_-144772.html University of Missiouri Extension Rural Safety and Health Specialist: Grain Storage Issues This Fall Create Safety Risk (Cattle Network) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:01:15 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/University_of_Missiouri_Extension_Rural_Safety_and_Health_Specialist__Grain_Storage_Issues_This_Fall_Create_Safety_Risk__Cattle_Network_-144764.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/University_of_Missiouri_Extension_Rural_Safety_and_Health_Specialist__Grain_Storage_Issues_This_Fall_Create_Safety_Risk__Cattle_Network_-144764.html Central Illinois Farmers Deal With Wet Fields and Record Crops (WAND) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:45:46 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Central_Illinois_Farmers_Deal_With_Wet_Fields_and_Record_Crops__WAND_-144752.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Central_Illinois_Farmers_Deal_With_Wet_Fields_and_Record_Crops__WAND_-144752.html Iowa State University Ag Engineer: Mid-Harvest Grain Storage Update (Agriculture.com) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:39:16 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Iowa_State_University_Ag_Engineer__Mid_Harvest_Grain_Storage_Update__Agriculture_com_-144751.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Iowa_State_University_Ag_Engineer__Mid_Harvest_Grain_Storage_Update__Agriculture_com_-144751.html Wade Mittelstadt Named GROWMARK Vice President, Financial and Risk Management Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:24:55 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Wade_Mittelstadt_Named_GROWMARK_Vice_President__Financial_and_Risk_Management-144750.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Wade_Mittelstadt_Named_GROWMARK_Vice_President__Financial_and_Risk_Management-144750.html Wade Mittelstadt has been named GROWMARK Vice President, Financial and Risk Mangement, effective Dec. 1, 2014. He succeeds Mike Woods, GROWMARK Vice President and CFO. Mittelstadt graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in accounting/finance, and has earned his CPA certification. Mittlestadt joined the GROWMARK System as controller/CFO for AgVantage FS in 1994. He was named the GROWMARK Western Region business manager in 2007, and the next year moved into the Treasury Division as corporate cash/foreign exchange manager, ultimately becoming assistant treasurer. In September 2010, Wade was named manager of AgVantage FS retail division. He is a USDA Announces Funding For Rural Broadband and Telecommunications Infrastructure Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:05:09 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USDA_Announces_Funding_For_Rural_Broadband_and_Telecommunications_Infrastructure-144748.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USDA_Announces_Funding_For_Rural_Broadband_and_Telecommunications_Infrastructure-144748.html Washington, Oct. 22, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas. "Modern telecommunications and broadband access is now as essential to the businesses and residents of rural America as electricity was in the 1930s," Vilsack said. "USDA is committed to ensuring that rural Americans have robust broadband and telecommunications systems." "The investments we are announcing today will provide broadband in areas that lack it, help rural-serving public television stations begin using digital broadcasts, and support other telecommunications infrastructure improvements." USDA is providing assistance through the Community Connect K-State Grain Marketing Specialist: Ag Lenders Concerned About Soybean Prices (Corn and Soybean Digest) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:31:49 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/K_State_Grain_Marketing_Specialist__Ag_Lenders_Concerned_About_Soybean_Prices__Corn_and_Soybean_Digest_-144744.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/K_State_Grain_Marketing_Specialist__Ag_Lenders_Concerned_About_Soybean_Prices__Corn_and_Soybean_Digest_-144744.html LaSalle County, IL Soybean Farmer Answers 100 Bushel Challenge Set By Illinois Soybean Association Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:21:26 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/LaSalle_County__IL_Soybean_Farmer_Answers_100_Bushel_Challenge_Set_By_Illinois_Soybean_Association-144743.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/LaSalle_County__IL_Soybean_Farmer_Answers_100_Bushel_Challenge_Set_By_Illinois_Soybean_Association-144743.html Bloomington, Ill.—October 14, 2014—For Dan Arkels, Peru, Ill., it has turned out to be more than a great year. He recently harvested a record-breaking 103.95 bushels of soybeans per acre on his 30-acre LaSalle county test plot. Arkels' yield was verified by an independent agronomist as part of the Illinois Soybean Association's (ISA's) 100 Bushel Challenge program. "In my world, this is like winning the World Series," explains Arkels. "Someone needed to prove it's possible to raise 100-bushel soybeans in Illinois, and I was lucky in that I had the right growing season to do it." Arkels is not Minnesota Soybeans In, But Corn Lags (Post Bulletin) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:08:51 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Minnesota_Soybeans_In__But_Corn_Lags__Post_Bulletin_-144742.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Minnesota_Soybeans_In__But_Corn_Lags__Post_Bulletin_-144742.html Canadian Wheat Board's Colonsay Elevator Reaches Latest Milestone With Concrete Pour Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:58:49 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Canadian_Wheat_Board_s_Colonsay_Elevator_Reaches_Latest_Milestone_With_Concrete_Pour-144733.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Canadian_Wheat_Board_s_Colonsay_Elevator_Reaches_Latest_Milestone_With_Concrete_Pour-144733.html Winnipeg—CWB today announced the pouring of the concrete slip for its state-of-the-art grain elevator located near Colonsay, Saskatchewan is now underway. The 130-foot (40-meter) elevator pour began Wednesday, October 15 and is expected to finish six and a half days later on Tuesday, October 21. When complete, the elevator will feature 42,000 tonnes of storage, cleaning facilities and a 134-car loop track that will facilitate fast and efficient car loading at over 1,600 tonnes per hour. "The Colonsay elevator was the first CWB elevator construction project announced in Saskatchewan and the slip pour is a significant milestone," said Gord Flaten, Vice-President, Export Exchange 2014: Bullish Outlook For Feed Grains, Global Food Trade Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:54:22 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Export_Exchange_2014__Bullish_Outlook_For_Feed_Grains__Global_Food_Trade-144732.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Export_Exchange_2014__Bullish_Outlook_For_Feed_Grains__Global_Food_Trade-144732.html Washington, D.C., Oct. 21, 2014—The outlook is good for global agricultural producers and agricultural trade, according to Curtis Jones, the global director of economic analysis for Bunge Global Agribusiness, who spoke Tuesday to the 450 attendees of the Export Exchange 2014 conference in Seattle, Washington. Delivering the keynote address, Jones said a rising population and rapidly growing incomes in the emerging economies will continue to support robust demand for feed grains and other agricultural products. He noted that growth in agricultural imports will continue to be led by countries in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Demand growth in these Featured Sessions: Emerging Technologies in Agriculture and The 2014 Farm Bill at NGFA Country Elevator Conference & Trade Show, Dec. 7-9 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:49:36 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Featured_Sessions__Emerging_Technologies_in_Agriculture_and_The_2014_Farm_Bill_at_NGFA_Country_Elevator_Conference___Trade_Show__Dec__7_9-144728.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Featured_Sessions__Emerging_Technologies_in_Agriculture_and_The_2014_Farm_Bill_at_NGFA_Country_Elevator_Conference___Trade_Show__Dec__7_9-144728.html Argentina Agribusiness Releases 4Q 2014 Report Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:13:28 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Argentina_Agribusiness_Releases_4Q_2014_Report-144685.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Argentina_Agribusiness_Releases_4Q_2014_Report-144685.html New Global Yield Gap Atlas Will Help Find Spaces in Crop Production (News Observer) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:09:17 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/New_Global_Yield_Gap_Atlas_Will_Help_Find_Spaces_in_Crop_Production__News_Observer_-144697.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/New_Global_Yield_Gap_Atlas_Will_Help_Find_Spaces_in_Crop_Production__News_Observer_-144697.html Ohio State University Crop Expert: Getting Late to Plant Wheat (Ohio's Country Journal) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:01:49 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Ohio_State_University_Crop_Expert__Getting_Late_to_Plant_Wheat__Ohio_s_Country_Journal_-144705.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Ohio_State_University_Crop_Expert__Getting_Late_to_Plant_Wheat__Ohio_s_Country_Journal_-144705.html Grain Elevator Catches Fire in Shiawassee County, MI Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:00:34 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Grain_Elevator_Catches_Fire_in_Shiawassee_County__MI-144708.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Grain_Elevator_Catches_Fire_in_Shiawassee_County__MI-144708.html USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:18:37 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USDA_Weekly_Weather_and_Crop_Bulletin-144714.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USDA_Weekly_Weather_and_Crop_Bulletin-144714.html No Export Bonanza This Year From Record U.S. Harvest Due to Large International Harvests (Reuters) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:27:47 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/No_Export_Bonanza_This_Year_From_Record_U_S__Harvest_Due_to_Large_International_Harvests__Reuters_-144715.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/No_Export_Bonanza_This_Year_From_Record_U_S__Harvest_Due_to_Large_International_Harvests__Reuters_-144715.html USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected By Severe Weather Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:21:00 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USDA_to_Launch_New_Farm_Bill_Program_to_Help_Provide_Relief_to_Farmers_Affected_By_Severe_Weather-144710.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USDA_to_Launch_New_Farm_Bill_Program_to_Help_Provide_Relief_to_Farmers_Affected_By_Severe_Weather-144710.html Washington, Oct. 21, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. Spring crops eligible for APH Yield Exclusion include corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Nearly three-fourths of all acres and liability in CIMMTY Scientists Ship Two Tons of Wheat Seed Samples Around The World to Improve Seed Varieties (Reuters) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:33:14 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/CIMMTY_Scientists_Ship_Two_Tons_of_Wheat_Seed_Samples_Around_The_World_to_Improve_Seed_Varieties__Reuters_-144706.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/CIMMTY_Scientists_Ship_Two_Tons_of_Wheat_Seed_Samples_Around_The_World_to_Improve_Seed_Varieties__Reuters_-144706.html Vulcan County, AB Council Gives Letter of Support For Mossleigh, AB Grain Elevator Restoration (Vulcan Advocate) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:19:11 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Vulcan_County__AB_Council_Gives_Letter_of_Support_For_Mossleigh__AB_Grain_Elevator_Restoration__Vulcan_Advocate_-144703.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Vulcan_County__AB_Council_Gives_Letter_of_Support_For_Mossleigh__AB_Grain_Elevator_Restoration__Vulcan_Advocate_-144703.html Syngenta Lawsuit Against Bunge Over GMO Corn Strain Revised on Appeal (Star Tribune) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:11:10 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Syngenta_Lawsuit_Against_Bunge_Over_GMO_Corn_Strain_Revised_on_Appeal__Star_Tribune_-144701.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/Syngenta_Lawsuit_Against_Bunge_Over_GMO_Corn_Strain_Revised_on_Appeal__Star_Tribune_-144701.html American Soybean Association Responds as WTO Issues COOL Ruling: Calls on USDA to Suspend COOL Rule Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:07:13 EDT http://www.grainnet.com/articles/American_Soybean_Association_Responds_as_WTO_Issues_COOL_Ruling__Calls_on_USDA_to_Suspend_COOL_Rule-144699.html http://www.grainnet.com/articles/American_Soybean_Association_Responds_as_WTO_Issues_COOL_Ruling__Calls_on_USDA_to_Suspend_COOL_Rule-144699.html Oct. 20, 2014—In response to this morning’s ruling from the World Trade Organization that finds the United States’ implementation of mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for imported meat to be noncompliant with WTO rules, American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser of Corning, Iowa, has released the following statement: “This morning’s decision from the WTO only solidifies what we in the industry already knew to be true: that mandatory country of origin labeling in its current state is an unworkable burden on soybean farmers’ largest customers—the animal agriculture industry. “What’s worse is that the fallout from this rule following the finding of