10-12-17 US Senator Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Expand Sodsaver Initiative

US Senator Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Expand Sodsaver Initiative

Legislation Would Close Crop Insurance Yield Substitution Loophole Nationwide

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with Senators John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Tim Walz (D-MN), last week introduced companion versions of the bipartisan American Prairie Conservation ActContinue reading

10-12-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

10-12-17 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for October 2017…

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Based on October 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 184.15 million bushels, up 15 percent from last year’s 160.29 million bushels, according to the October 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 1.27 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are up 50,000 acres from the September forecast and 100,000 acres above the 1.17 million acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 145.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast and 8.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of October 1, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Corn harvested for grain was 5 percent complete, compared with 8 percent last year and the 5-year average of 13 percent.
Sorghum production in 2017 is forecast at 20.63 million bushels, down less than 1 percent from the 20.75 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 375,000 acres this year, down 35,000 acres from the September forecast and down from the 415,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 55.0 bushels per acre, up 4.0 bushels from the September 1 forecast and up 5.0 bushels from last year. As of October 1, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 1 percent complete, compared with 5 percent last year and the 5-year average of 8 percent.
The initial forecast of all sunflower production is estimated at 114.0 million pounds, up 26 percent from the 2016 crop of 90.50 million pounds. All sunflower yield is expected to average 1,295 pounds per acre, up 2 pounds per acre from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 88,000 acres, up from the 70,000 acres harvested last year. As of October 1, Colorado’s sunflower crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.
Alfalfa hay production in Colorado is forecast at 2.73 million tons, up from the 2.38 million tons produced in 2016. Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 700,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 20,000 acres from 2016. Alfalfa hay yield is expected to average 3.90 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 3.50 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 3.90 tons per acre. Producers expect to harvest 710,000 acres of other hay in 2017, up 10,000 acres from last year. Other hay production is estimated at 1.35 million tons, up 13 percent from the 1.19 million tons a year ago. Other hay yield is expected to average 1.90 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 1.70 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 1.90 tons per acre.
Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 1.03 million tons, up 11 percent from the 927,000 tons produced in 2016. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 27,600 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 35.4 tons per acre, down 0.3 ton per acre from the September 1 forecast but up from last year’s yield of 33.6 tons per acre. As of October 1, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 22 percent excellent. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 6 percent complete, compared with 7 percent last year and the 5-year average of 20 percent.
Dry bean production for 2017 is forecast at 1.12 million hundredweight, up 49 percent from the 751,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 2,000 pounds per acre, up 220 pounds per acre from the August 1 forecast and up from 1,750 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 56,000 acres this year, up 13,000 acres from the 43,000 acres harvested last year. As of October 1, Colorado’s dry bean crop condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 40 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Dry bean harvest was estimated to be 55 percent complete, compared to 52 percent last year and the 5-year average of 51 percent.

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10-12-17 CWC: In memory of Wallace “Wally” Stealey

Wallace “Wally” Stealey Passes Away at 83

“Wally spoke to the guy on the street with the same respect he gave a governor.” said Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace, calling Stealey his mentor, adding, “Wally lived a hundred lives,” said his widow, Sharon Stealey. “He was a cowboy growing up in Ridgeway, then he joined the Marine Corps for three years, and then he became a political science professor and finally a lobbyist.” Politics came naturally to him. “He liked people and he loved a good political fight,” she said.

-Pueblo Chieftain

“Wallace Rozell “Wally” Stealey, who helped launch the political careers of many Democrats and was a legend as a Colorado lobbyist, died at his Pueblo home Friday morning, October 6th, 2017, of congestive heart failure. He was 83. Continue reading

10-12-17 USDA releases October 2017 WASDE Update..

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The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:


Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:


The next release of the WASDE report will be November 9, 2017

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.

10-12-17 Inside the BARN with CO Egg Producers Executive Director Bill Scebbi

Inside the BARN with CO Egg Producers Executive Director Bill Scebbi

Bill Scebbi
Colorado Egg Producers
Executive Director

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 12, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s CO Egg Producers Update is their new Executive Director Bill Scebbi and we will be discussing several topics pertinent to the egg industry such as:

  • Bill Scebbi’s background
  • Oct 13th is World Egg Day
  • CEP and the 2017 Pedal the Plains
  • Egg Production Details
  • Egg recipes for the upcoming holiday season
  • & More

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10-12-17 Celebrate World Egg Day on October 13th

Celebrate World Egg Day on October 13th

CEP mascot, Eggbert, celebrates World Egg Day every year!

What Is World Egg Day?

World Egg Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday in October and was first celebrated in 1996. Since then, people around the world have continued to celebrate eggs as an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein and their vital role in feeding people around the world.

Every day, egg farmers across the globe join together in their commitment to provide high-quality eggs to help feed the world’s hungry. Here at home, America’s egg farmers continue to balance their operations with firm commitments to the people they feed, the animals they care for and the environment we all share.

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Trump Calls Trudeau a Friend During NAFTA Talks

President Donald Trump called Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, (true-doh) a “great friend” as tensions rise amidst the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations this week. However, as Bloomberg reports, Trump showed no signs of retreat regarding NAFTA, saying “It’s possible we won’t be able to make a deal and it’s possible we will.” Farm and industry groups were raising alarms this week amidst plans for agriculture negotiations during the current round of discussion, and talks that the U.S. may be pushing it’s NAFTA partners to walk away from the agreement. The American Farm Bureau Federation this week joined Farmers for Free Trade to defend the agreement. The agenda for the current round of negotiations includes discussions on financial services, labor rules, agriculture, digital trade, and investment and energy, according to the agenda. Trudeau met with Trump to “emphasize the importance” of the agreement to the three member countries. Trudeau also met with the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Britain Could Join NAFTA If Brexit Deal Fails

If the North American Free Trade Agreement survives the renegotiation effort, The United Kingdom may be interested in joining the pact. Reuters-London reports Britain could join a formal trade alliance with the United States, Canada and Mexico if the European Union refuses to finalize a post-Brexit trade deal by 2019. Reuters says that if Britain did join NAFTA, exporters to the EU and North America would have to produce goods in accordance with the two separate sets of rules, according to trade analysts. Britain, whose regulation has been within the EU for over 40 years, would also have to shift towards the North American model for trade. That comes as the BBC reports the profitability of the average U.K. farm could be cut in half after Brexit. In 2014, the U.K. was reported to rely on the EU for 27 percent of its food imports. Just four percent of food items in the U.K. originated from North America, and 54 percent of food consumed in the U.K., originated in the U.K.

Report Recommends Changes for NASS Data Collection

A new report suggests the Department of Agriculture should develop a new system for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. USDA contracted with the National Academy of Sciences three years ago to audit how USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service collects data. The report highlighted that NASS could make several changes over time to improve the accuracy of its reports, as well as develop guidelines that make data collection more transparent and reproducible, according to DTN. Specifically, USDA asked the academy to look at how NASS does county-level crop estimates as well as cash-rent estimates. The report says a vision for NASS in 2025 should focus on changing the Agricultural Statistics Board to models that incorporate multiple data sources. NASS uses multiple data sources through the board. However, the report says the current process is” inherently subjective and neither transparent nor reproducible.” A USDA NASS spokesperson called the report a “real opportunity” for improvements.


USDA Suspends CRP Enrollment

The Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would process many pending eligible offers for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program. USDA also announced it would suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year. All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through September 30th, 2017, except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative, will be approved, according to USDA leadership. However, acceptance of most offers going forward will be suspended to provide time to review CRP allocation levels, and to avoid exceeding the statutory cap of 24 million acres. The CRP acreage cap is a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill. Current enrollment is about 23.5 million acres nationwide. The suspension will continue until later in the 2018 fiscal year.

Perdue Traveling to Europe

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is in Europe this week participating in the G-7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Italy. Perdue will also deliver remarks at the World Food Day observance in Rome, and engage in policy dialogue with his counterparts in London and Madrid. The European Union is a top agricultural market for U.S. exports. However, Perdue says, that “while he values the relationship” with the EU, “there is work to be done” to address trade barriers. Perdue was expected to meet with his counterpart in Britain Thursday, then take part in the G-7 meetings starting Sunday. Perdue will then travel to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, where he and the other G-7 agriculture ministers will join Pope Francis at the World Food Day observance Monday. The trip will wrap up in Spain early next week, where Perdue will meet with his counterpart in Madrid.

Irma Damage to Cattle Industry in Florida Estimates over $200,000

The Florida Department of Agriculture said this week that damages to the states beef cattle industry are estimated at 237.5 million in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Florida surveys cattle ranches after the category four hurricane hit the state, and found more than 100 dead animals reported, along with 187,000 calves waiting to be shipped to out-of-state feedlots. Forage crops were severely damaged and floods and widespread damage to ranch infrastructure. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports total crops losses to beef cattle producers in Florida are estimated to be $14 million. Of the more than 18,000 beef cattle ranches in Florida, an estimated 6,000 suffered significant damages to structures, fences, and equipment, and have large amounts of storm debris that must be cleaned up. Florida estimates fencing needs will cost the states ranch operators $24 million, and infrastructure repairs will cost $90 million.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service