GRAINNET News and Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed, Seed and BioFuels Industries USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report: Corn Mature: 9%; Soybeans Dropping Leaves: 5%; Spring Wheat Harvested: 81% Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:45 EDT Pro Farmer 2016 Midwest Crop Tour Wrap Up Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:29:55 EDT Conn Maciel Cary Webinar: Post-OSHA Citation - The Contest Process, Settlement Goals, and Strategy ... Sept. 7, 1 p.m. CT Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:36:12 EDT K-State University Appoints Sarah Sexton-Bowser as Managing Director of Center For Sorghum Improvement Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:05:37 EDT Manhattan, KS - Sarah Sexton-Bowser has been named managing director of the Center for Sorghum Improvement based at Kansas State University. She will start her new role Sept. 12. The center is focused on expanding markets for sorghum and increasing the average national sorghum yield from 61.95 bushels per acre to 100 bushels per acre by 2025 by funding research in such areas as plant breeding and field-level management. Those goals are outlined in an agreement between the United Sorghum Checkoff Board, the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and K-State. “The new Center for Sorghum Improvement has been a long Treasure Valley Renewables Plans $90 Million Sorghum Processing Plant in Parma, ID Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:59:45 EDT KS Farmers' Record Grain Harvest to Further Decrease Grain Prices Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:52:05 EDT International Grains Council Reports 2016-17 Global Grain Harvest to be Largest on Record Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:43:59 EDT USDA Weekly Grains Inspected For Export Report: Corn and Sorghum Up; Wheat and Soybeans Down Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:25:02 EDT Neogen Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report (Video) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:53:53 EDT Pro Farmer Releases U.S. 2016 Corn and Soybean Crop Estimates Report Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:54:24 EDT MS Corn Harvest Delayed by Wet Weather Conditions Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:52:26 EDT UDSA Forecasts U.S. Agricultural Exports to Increase by $6 Billion in FY 2017 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:56:33 EDT Grain Sorghum Board Elects Del Ficke to Fill Board Vacancy Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:29:09 EDT Brief History of Non-GMO Grain Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:49:21 EDT Grain Exports Through Port of Vancouver Continue to Rise Despite Slowing Global Trade Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:19:25 EDT CoBank Report Shows Cooperatives and Ag Retailers Seeing Challenges and Tighter Margins Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:20:44 EDT Denver, CO - August 25, 2016 - Accounts receivable at farm supply co-ops and other ag retailers are growing and so are their challenges, according to a new report from CoBank. After an extended run of impressive financial performances, retailers are adjusting to a tougher economic environment accompanying the down-phase of the current ag commodity cycle. Current headwinds are directly related to a sharp decline in commodity prices that has reduced farm income and tightened farm cash flows. A downturn in fertilizer prices and a spate of mergers and acquisitions in the seed and fertilizer industry have aligned to create ADM Faces Accusation in Trial of Grain Dealer's Ponzi Scheme Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:17:48 EDT Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour: Day Three Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:58:23 EDT International Grains Council August Grain Market Report Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:45 EDT LA Grain Traffic Spared From Devastating Flooding Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:03:38 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's August 25 Grain Transportation Report. While catastrophic flooding has devastated parts of Louisiana, there has not been significant disruptions to grain transportation in the Baton Rouge-New Orleans, LA, area. According to USDA’s August 16 Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin, Baton Rouge experienced 19.24 inches of rain from August 10-13, with more than half (11.24 inches) falling on August 12. The rain-induced flooding closed Kansas City Southern rail service between Baton Rouge and Reserve, LA. However, cargo is being rerouted and customers are experiencing only minimal delays. While the Mississippi River has not experienced flooding, Railroads Ready to Transport Expected Large Canadian Crop Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:01:51 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's August 25 Grain Transportation Report. In addition to the record corn and soybean crops expected in the U.S. for 2016/17, Statistics Canada also anticipates above-average grain production in Canada this year at over 77 million metric tons (mmt) (including barley, canola, corn, oats, soybeans, and wheat). Canada saw record grain production in 2013, with the six crops generating over 89 mmt. Both Class I railroads, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Canadian National Railway (CN), have stated that they are prepared to handle the harvest. For instance, in a recent press release, CP stated it Total Grain Inspections Up 6% From Week Ending Aug. 11; Up 92% From 2015 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:59:40 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's August 25 Grain Transportation Report. For the week ending August 18, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, soybeans) for export from all major export regions reached 2.79 mmt, up 6 percent from the previous week, up 92 percent from last year, and 94 percent above the 3-year average. Inspections of corn and soybeans increased 7 and 24 percent from the previous week, respectively, as demand increased. Wheat inspections, however, were down 17 percent from the previous week as demand weakened from Asia. Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Mississippi Gulf grain inspections increased 22 and 3 Grain Transportation Overview By Sector: 8/25/16 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:58:03 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's August 25 Grain Transportation Report. Export Sales During the week ending August 11, unshipped balances of wheat, corn, and soybeans totaled 17.7 mmt, up 61 percent from the same time last year. Net weekly wheat export sales were .490 mmt, down 19 percent from the previous week. Net corn export sales were .167 mmt, down 72 percent from the previous week, and net soybean export sales were .178 mmt, down 26 percent the past week. Rail U.S. Class I railroads originated 25,232 grain carloads for the week ending August 13, up 5 percent from Second Quarter Corn and Soybean Transportation Costs Down From Last Year Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:55:21 EDT This article is reprinted from the USDA's August 25 Grain Transportation Report. During the second quarter 2016, transportation costs for shipping corn and soybeans from Minneapolis, MN to Japan through the Gulf and Pacific Northwest (PNW) port regions were mostly down from the same time last year. The drop was due primarily to a decrease in barge, rail, and ocean rates (tables 1, 2). Yearto-year ocean rates continued to fall in the PNW and Gulf because of slower shipping activity and excess vessel supply (Grain Transportation Report (GTR) 8/04/16). Transportation costs compared to the previous quarter, however, increased notably from Minneapolis Presence of GMO Wheat in WA Field Remains Mystery Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:57:50 EDT