06-30-16 USDA-NASS: Acreage Report…

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ACREAGE – JUNE 2016

Colorado principal crop planted acreage, which includes acres planted to all major crops and those expected to be cut for all hay, is up less than 1 percent from 2015 to 5,992,000 acres, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Colorado corn producers planted 1,250,000 acres of corn this year of which they intend to harvest 1,100,000 acres for grain, up from 950,000 acres harvested in 2015. This is an increase of 16 percent from last year’s harvested grain acreage and a 14 percent increase in planted acreage for all purposes. Sorghum plantings, at 390,000 acres, decreased 11 percent from the previous year and acreage expected to be harvested for grain, at 340,000 acres, decreased 15 percent.

Oat seedings are set at 45,000 acres, unchanged from last year, with producers planning to harvest 12,000 acres for grain, up 2,000 acres from acreage harvested for grain in 2015. Barley planted area, at 60,000 acres, is 8 percent less than last year’s acreage. Expected harvested acres, at 57,000 acres, are 10 percent below 2015.

Winter wheat producers planted 2,250,000 acres in the fall of 2015 for harvest in 2016, down from 2,400,000 acres planted for the previous year’s crop. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain is down 20,000 acres from last year to 2,120,000 acres. Spring wheat seedings, at 8,000 acres, are unchanged compared with a year ago. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 7,000 acres, also unchanged from last year. Proso millet seedings are expected to total 280,000 acres this year, up 4 percent from 2015.

The area to be harvested for hay is expected to increase 50,000 acres from a year ago to 1,500,000 acres. Alfalfa hay harvested acreage is expected to increase 50,000 acres to 750,000 acres and all other hay harvested acreage is expected to be unchanged at 750,000 acres. All sunflower planted area, at 79,000 acres, is 6,000 acres above last year. Oil type varieties totaled 70,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2015 while non-oil type varieties are set at 9,000 acres, down 4,000 acres. Harvested acres are expected to total 65,000 acres for oil type and 8,000 acres for non-oil.

Sugarbeet plantings increased 500 acres from last year to 28,000 acres. The expected harvested area, at 27,600 acres, is 300 acres above last year. Acres planted to dry beans, at 45,000 acres, are down 10 percent from last year. Harvested acres are expected to total 42,000 acres. Fall potatoes located in the San Luis Valley showed a 2 percent decrease in planted acres from 51,900 acres last year to 50,900 acres this year. Fall potatoes located outside the San Luis Valley in Colorado (included in Summer Potatoes prior to 2013) totaled 5,700 planted acres, down from 600 acres last year.

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06-30-16 USDA-NASS-CO Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – June 1, 2016

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on June 1, 2016 were 1.36 million bushels, down 40 percent from June 1, 2015, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey and June Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm all wheat stocks in Arizona on June 1, 2016 were 2.42 million bushels, Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

COLORADO

All corn stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2016 were 41.66 million bushels, up 40 percent from June 1, 2015, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey and June Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 22.00 million bushels, up 57 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 19.66 million bushels, up 25 percent from a year ago. Off-farm sorghum stocks were 1.14 million bushels, up from 62,000 bushels on June 1, 2015. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 50,000 bushels, down 12 percent from last year. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 5.21 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year.

All wheat stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2016 were 28.23 million bushels, up 62 percent from June 1, 2015. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 4.80 million bushels, up 60 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 23.43 million bushels, up 63 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

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06-30-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Colorado State University Wheat Test Plot Harvest Underway near Burlington, CO…

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Colorado State University Wheat Test Plot Harvest Underway

(Burlington, Colo.) – Colorado State University Wheat Testing Harvest is underway.  Pictured are two test plot combines used for wheat research.  Approximately 2000 wheat varieties are being evaluated at the Burlington testing Site.  The site is located on the Randy Wilks farm, south of Burlington.  As a result of extensive testing and wheat breeding work, Avery, a new Colorado State University Hard Red Winter wheat has been released to growers.

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06-30-16 NFU Board Passes Resolutions on Farm Economy, Consolidation in Ag Inputs

06-30-16 Colorado’s Small Acreage Newsletter’s Summer Edition…

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CLICK HERE to view the entire 2016 Summer Newsletter

Check out the summer edition of Colorado’s Small Acreage Newsletter.

Inside this Edition:

  • Rainwater Collection Bill
  • Lower Population of Grasshoppers Predicted
  • Colorado Wetland App Now Available
  • Canada Thistle and Field Bindweed
  • Hiring a Weed Control Contractor
  • Landowners Can Receive Federal Assistance to Protect Forestlands
  • Soil: It’s Alive! STEM Kit and Curriculum
  • Q & A on Small Acreages
  • Help Slow the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

 

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06-30-16 CWC News: Energy Valuation Rule to Increase Costs for Families, Reduce Energy Revenue…

 

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Energy Valuation Rule to Increase Costs for Families, Reduce Energy Revenue

Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016) –Today the Department of the Interior released the final rule for assessing the value of the coal, oil, and natural gas produced on federal and tribal lands. The new regulations, combined with other actions taken by the Obama Administration, will lead to lost jobs and a decline in energy production.

Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement in response:

“These regulations mark the latest attack by the Obama Administration on energy production that supports local schools, jobs, and infrastructure while providing affordable and reliable energy to millions of American families,” said Chairman Lummis. “The President’s campaign to bury American energy potential under mountains of red tape will kill jobs and drive up families’ electric bills while threatening the billions of dollars in royalties that states, tribes, and the federal government already collect annually from energy production. While the President and his Administration claim that they care about fair returns for the taxpayer, they continue to move towards a keep it in the ground strategy that will ensure no return at all.” Continue reading

06-30-16 Colorado FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2016…

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Colorado FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2016

(Denver, Colorado) – June 30, 2016 – Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Leland Swenson announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2016.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Swenson. Continue reading

0630-16 USDA Announces $8.4M to Support a Diverse Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers…

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USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support a Diverse Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, is administered by the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO).

“Diverse experiences, background and education are vital to a healthy agricultural sector that continues to meet the challenges of a changing world and the demands of markets at home and abroad,” said Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse. “The 2501 Program is an important part of how USDA partners with land-grant universities, Tribal colleges, Tribes, nonprofits and other community-based organizations to grow the next generation of agricultural innovators and entrepreneurs that keep American agriculture the most productive anywhere.” Continue reading

06-30-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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06-30-16 CO Corn News: Wellington the next stop on July 5th for Kum & Go’s promotions offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon…

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Kum & Go logoWellington the next stop on July 5th for Kum & Go’s promotions  offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon

After going through thousands of gallons in only a few hours at a time during recent weeks, Kum & Go’s E85 promotions continue this summer along the Front Range, and will be headed to Wellington next week.

Kum & Go is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and Front Range Energy to host this series of events, drawing attention to ethanol, E85 and Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and informing the public of their many benefits.

The next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the Kum & Go in Wellington, at 8150 Sixth St. Continue reading

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Senate GMO Labeling Bill Clears First Hurdle

The U.S. Senate Wednesday night cleared a procedural vote on the GMO labeling compromise by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts. The Senate voted 68-29 in favor of the vote, clearing the way for considerations on the Senate floor. Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the bill “will have the votes” to pass the Senate, likely next week. Senator Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, echoed Stabenow’s comments after the vote saying he looks forward to the Senate acting on the bill next week. Still, Politico reported it’s unclear how many Democrats may ultimately support the bill. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week he plans to put a hold on the bill. Other Democrats want the bill to include mandatory on-package requirements, rather than giving food manufacturers the option of on-package labels, or smart labels that direct consumers to more information. However, it’s not too late for lawmakers to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate. Though the state law takes effect Friday, the Vermont attorney general has said he will not start enforcing the law until the beginning of 2017.

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Stabenow: GMO Labeling Bill Will Pass Senate

While lobbyists continue to pressure the U.S. Senate this week to consider the GMO labeling compromise introduced by the Senate Agriculture Committee, the committee’s ranking Democrat says the bill is more likely to pass after July 5th. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says the compromise between her and the Senate Agriculture Committee chair Pat Roberts “will have the votes” when it comes up for consideration by the Senate. Still, Politico reports even though some Democrats have said they will back the bill, it’s unclear whether it has enough votes. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week he plans to put a hold on the bill. Other Democrats want the bill to include mandatory on-package requirements, rather than giving food manufacturers the option of on-package labels, or smart labels that direct consumers to more information. However, it’s not too late for lawmakers to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate. Though the state law takes effect Friday, the Vermont attorney general has said he will not start enforcing the law until the beginning of 2017.

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Nobel Prize Winners Urge Greenpeace to End GMO Opposition

More than 100 Nobel Prize winners are asking Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms. A letter by the Nobel laureates asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of rice. Supporters say the rice strain could reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in children in the developing world. Richard Roberts, chief scientific officer of New England Biolabs, helped organize the letter campaign. Roberts stated the current stance on GMO’s by Greenpeace is “damaging, and is anti-science.” Greenpeace International’s website says the release of GMOs into the natural world is a form of “genetic pollution.” Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, a cell biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, told the Washington Post, “I find it surprising groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change…can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.”

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EU Promises Review of Any Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The European Union’s antitrust agency this week says it will conduct a strict review of Bayer AG’s proposed $62 billion purchase of Monsanto and similar mergers by rivals. Dow Jones reports the comments are unusually early and come before the EU has received formal notification of a deal. In a letter to the European Parliament, an antitrust official told lawmakers “our final decision must strictly and impartially apply European merger control rules.” In a review of a potential deal, the EU will consider the impact of a merger on prices, the variety of available seed products along with research and innovation. The European Commission has the power to block deals or demand the parties submit remedies, such as divesting assets, to ease any competition concerns. Monsanto said this week the company is still in discussions with Bayer and other companies regarding “alternative strategic options,” while also announcing lower-than-expected sales for the sixth straight quarter. Monsanto rejected the initial proposal by Bayer earlier this year.

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Mexico Could Pass Japan as Top U.S. Corn Importer

Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports buying patterns for U.S. corn have shifted, with U.S. corn export sales to Mexico helping to offset light purchases by more traditional buyers like South Korea. Mexico is well positioned to take over the top buyer role of U.S. corn from Japan as Japan is on pace to buy the second smallest amount of U.S. corn since 1999. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that South Korea’s purchases through mid-month are also the second lowest in a decade. The data also highlights how the rise of suppliers like Ukraine and Brazil has shifted global grain flows. There is also concern the recent boost in demand among Asian buyers could stall due to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and its impact on the currency market.

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European Commission Extending Glyphosate License

The European Commission is extending its approval of the herbicide ingredient glyphosate. The Commission will extend the license for 18 months, a move that was earlier proposed to allow time for more research on glyphosate. The Commission announced the extension after several rounds of failed talks within the European Union. The license was set to expire June 30th (today) without action. Expiration would have barred the use and sale of glyphosate throughout the EU and require a phase-out of products containing glyphosate. American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins says the extension “gives U.S. farmers and exporters the assurance that they will at least have access to the European market for that period of time.” Some fear the ban of glyphosate could lead to export issues between the U.S. and the EU.

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SNAP Participation Decreasing

The Agriculture Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, served an average of 45.8 million people per month in fiscal year 2015. USDA says the percent of Americans participating in the program declined from 15 percent in 2014 to 14.2 percent in 2015, marking the second consecutive year of a decline in the percent of the population receiving SNAP. Between 2014 and 2015, 39 States and the District of Columbia saw a decrease in the percent of residents receiving SNAP benefits, while 11 states experienced no change or small increases. The percent of state populations receiving SNAP benefits ranged from a low of 5.6 in Wyoming to a high of 21.7 in New Mexico, reflecting differences in need and program policies. Southeastern States have a particularly high share of residents receiving SNAP benefits, with participation rates of 16.4 to 21.3 percent.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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