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KHRT Agriculture News - 04/01/19

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released their 2019 Prospective Planting Report.....

    FARGO, N.D. - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released their 2019 Prospective Planting Report.

    North Dakota other spring wheat producers intend to plant 6.70 million acres, up 2 percent from 2018. Area planted to durum wheat is expected to total a record low 750,000 acres, down 32 percent from last year. Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 90,000 acres, up 6 percent from last year.

    Soybean planted acreage is expected to be 6.50 million acres, down 6 percent from last year.

    Corn planted acreage is expected to be a record high 4.05 million acres, up 29 percent from 2018.

    All hay acreage to be harvested is expected to total 2.60 million acres, down 3 percent from last year's acreage.

    Canola planted acreage is expected to be 1.57 million acres, down 1 percent from last year.

    Sunflower producers expect to plant 480,000 acres, up 10 percent from 2018. Oil varieties account for 420,000 acres, up 6 percent from a year ago. Non-oil varieties made up the balance at 60,000 acres, up 46 percent from a year ago.

    Barley producers intend to plant 530,000 acres, up 13 percent from last year.

    Dry edible bean acreage intentions are estimated at 600,000 acres, down 6 percent from 2018. Beginning in 2019, chickpeas are excluded from the dry edible bean estimates.

    All chickpea planted acreage intentions are estimated at 75,000 acres, down 34 percent from last year. Large chickpea account for 65,000 acres, down 32 percent from last year. Small chickpea made up the balance at 10,000 acres, down 46 percent from last year.

    Dry edible pea planting intentions are estimated at 265,000 acres, down 29 percent from last year.

    Lentil intentions are estimated at 160,000 acres, down 14 percent from last year.

    Flaxseed planted acreage is expected to total 290,000 acres, up 76 percent from last year.

    Sugarbeet growers expect to plant 203,000 acres, up slightly from last year.

    Oat intentions are estimated at 260,000 acres, down 13 percent from last year.

    Estimates in this report are based on a survey conducted during the first two weeks of March.

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    FARGO, N.D. - USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has also released the Grain Stocks Report, based on March 1st measurements.

    North Dakota corn stocks stored in all positions totaled 247 million bushels, down 5 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks of 180 million bushels are up 9 percent from 2018, but off-farm stocks of 66.7 million bushels are down 30 percent from last year.

    All wheat stored in all positions totaled 235 million bushels, up 49 percent from a year ago. Onfarm stocks of 155 million are up 70 percent from 2018, and off-farm stocks of 79.9 million bushels are up 19 percent from last year.

    Durum wheat stored in all positions totaled 32.0 million bushels, up 50 percent from a year ago.

    Barley stored in all positions totaled 31.3 million bushels, down 5 percent from 2018. On-farm stocks are 14.5 million bushels, down 3 percent from last year and off-farm stocks, at 16.8 million bushels, are down 6 percent from last year.

    Soybeans stored in all positions totaled 123 million bushels, up 55 percent from last year. Onfarm stocks, at 69.0 million bushels, are up 77 percent from a year ago and off-farm stocks, at 53.8 million bushels, are up 34 percent from 2018.

    Oats stored in all positions totaled 3.28 million bushels, up 21 percent from last year. On-farm stocks, at 2.70 million bushels, are up 17 percent from a year ago and off-farm stocks of 579,000 bushels, are up 42 percent from 2018.

    All sunflowers stored in all positions totaled 434 million pounds, down 38 percent from 2018. Oil sunflower stocks are 352 million pounds, down 42 percent from last year. Non-oil sunflower stocks of 82.0 million pounds, are down 16 percent from a year ago.

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    WASHINGTON - As of March 1, there were 74.3 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2 percent from March 2018, but down slightly from December 1, 2018, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

    Other key findings in the report were:

    - Of the 74.3 million hogs and pigs, 67.9 million were market hogs, while 6.35 million were kept for breeding.

    - Between December 2018 and February 2019, 33.0 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up 3 percent from the same time period one year earlier.

    - From December 2018 through February 2019, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.70 pigs per litter.


    - U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow between March and May 2019, and 3.19 million sows farrow between June and August 2019.

    - Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 23.5 million head. North Carolina and Minnesota had the second and third largest inventories with 8.90 million and 8.70 million head, respectively.

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - Farmers see a fresh crop on the rise with the federal government's proposal to allow ethanol-blended gasoline to be sold year-round. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule change that would lift the summertime prohibition on use of E15, or gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The ban was put into place because of concerns that the blends contribute to smog.

    But Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, says those findings are out of date and restrict biofuels. He thinks this proposal would be good for farmers.

    "This would create more demand and it would convert more corn into ethanol, maybe help the corn prices," Watne explains. "And then, of course, if we could even take that further up to E30, we'd get a much better blend, a lot cleaner emissions and then that would be a huge demand increase that would really help farmers."

    Farmers unions are hoping the rule can be finalized in time for the summer driving season. The ethanol blending ban goes into place on June 1 and lasts through Sept. 15. Ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy says adopting this rule could increase corn demand by 2 billion bushels.

    Some conservation groups are raising concerns about increased carbon pollution from agricultural production of biofuels. But Watne highlights the tight spot farmers are in right now, starting with waivers for ethanol blending given out to oil refineries that have hurt demand.

    "And then we have this huge trade war that's going on," he points out. "It's not resolved with Canada and Mexico yet. We have a huge one with China. And even though we talk about soybeans, with the price of soybeans being down, it drags the price of corn, wheat and all our other commodities down."

    Comments on the proposal must be submitted to the EPA by April 29. The agency will hold a public meeting on the proposal on March 29 in Michigan.

 

 

 

   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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