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2018 Kansas and North Dakota Wheat Crop Tour



This year OMIC Portland Branch staff joined both the 2018 HRW Crop Tour in Kansas as well as the 2018 Spring Wheat & Durum Crop Tour in North Dakota.

In Kansas, on the HRW Crop Tour, which took place between April 30 – May 3rd, scouts saw some fields affected by low moisture just at the crop was entering it’s heaviest water use period. Below normal rainfall coupled with colder temperatures had left the crop way behind in development.

As for the SW & Durum Crop Tour in North Dakota from July 23 – 26, tour participants saw below-average yield potential in this year’s crop, which is strikingly different from a government forecast for a record-tying yield. Spring wheat is prized by millers and bakers for its high protein content, and wheat experts were cautiously optimistic about the current crop’s protein potential. Scouts reported seeing some fields affected by Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) otherwise known as scab. FHB, caused by the fungal plant pathogen Fusarium graminearum (Gibberella zeae), is a devastating disease of wheat and barley. Diseased spikelets exhibit symptoms of premature bleaching shortly after infection. The fungus produces a mycotoxin known as deoxynivalenol that poses a significant threat to the health of domestic animals and humans. Disease forecasting models may help to optimize FHB management by targeting fungicide and biocontrol applications. So as FSB was present in some fields, tour participants also mentioned that they saw a lot of spraying for it; and never felt that more than a handful of fields had a serious scab problem.

For more information you can click on below related news links some of which were written by print reporters who actually joined the tours.

REUTERS
Crop tour sees below-average U.S. spring wheat yield prospects
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-wheat-tour/crop-tour-sees-below-average-us-spring-wheat-yield-prospects-idUSKBN1KH03V

AGWEEK
Wheat Quality Council tour results indicate no ‘big whopper’ in area wheat
http://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/4476653-wheat-quality-council-tour-results-indicate-no-big-whopper-area-wheat

For more information regarding crop tours and wheat harvest conditions, you can visit WQC web page at http://www.wheatqualitycouncil.org/

Written by cradut

July 30th, 2018 at 8:06 pm

2018 late “spring” has US Wheat, Corn prices to “spring” upwards



Recent market trends for US Wheat and corn futures. Click below links to read more about it.

Marketwatch
Corn, wheat prices jump as USDA pencils in tighter supplies
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/corn-wheat-prices-jump-as-usda-pencils-in-tighter-supplies-2018-06-12

FARM FUTURES
WASDE jump-starts corn, wheat prices.
http://www.farmfutures.com/afternoon-recap/afternoon-market-recap-june-12-2018

REUTERS
GRAINS-WHEAT, CORN JUMP AHEAD OF USDA DATA; SOYBEANS PLUMB NEW LOW
https://www.agriculture.com/markets/newswire/grains-wheat-corn-jump-ahead-of-usda-data-soybeans-plumb-new-low

Written by cradut

June 13th, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Increased Grain Shipments



Yes we have been busy on the inspections side of things…very busy actually. Our inspection team handled the work load and overcame challenges to deliver services to our customers without any major issues.

From tdn.com, click on below link
Port profits surge with increased grain shipments

http://tdn.com/news/local/port-profits-surge-with-increased-grain-shipments/article_1c53f389-4697-55ed-a5e7-48e012d614a7.html

Written by cradut

September 12th, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Winter weather woes continues to cause headaches…



This has been a bad winter all around, bad for commuters bad for public services workers and bad for grain deliveries, and it still continues into the month of March. Click below for further information.

Bad weather delays grain ships on Columbia River
http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/bad-weather-delays-grain-ships-on-columbia-river-66942.aspx?source=Little4

Export grain buyers shifting to Gulf ports as PNW delays persist
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/freight/class-i/export-grain-buyers-shifting-to-gulf-ports-as-pnw-delays-persist.html

Written by cradut

March 18th, 2017 at 5:15 am

Ships pile up on the river / Cargo slow to arrive



January 26, 2017

The unusually brutal 2017 winter weather has caused havoc for people on the roads as well as ship traffic. We’ve seen schools and businesses close as a result of hazardous road conditions. We’ve also had to deal with inspection cancellations, and high congestion on the Columbia River. Ships battle the harsh winter seas to get to the entrance of the river and then forced to start drifting outside for days, while agents frantically work to find an anchorage spot. Meanwhile vessels that make it in end up laying idle for weeks because terminals are not receiving cargo due to trains and trucks inability to move because of heavy snow and freezing conditions. There are reports of rail tracks covered in high snow with instances of rail cars actually being buried halfway in deep snow. The waiting time for vessels on the river this winter has been as much as 30 days with some ships having to wait even longer. Adding insult to injury the Columbia Snake River System (CSRS) has scheduled closures for extended maintenance this year through March 20, 2017 during which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make essential renovations to all the navigation locks on the Columbia River and the Snake River. No barge traffic will be able to pass during this time.

Some news links below further explain the situation with some information of the NW grain market

Mother Nature Unkind to Grain Shippers, End Users, Exporters
https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/perspectives/blogs/market-matters-blog/blog-post/2017/01/23/mother-nature-unkind-grain-shippers

Storms slow delivery of goods, ships stacked up on Columbia River
http://www.kgw.com/news/local/storms-slow-delivery-of-goods-ships-stacked-up-on-columbia-river/393032439

Columbia River Snake River System
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article126922824.html

Northwest grain market summary
http://www.capitalpress.com/Markets/20170102/northwest-grain-market-summary

Written by cradut

January 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

High yields not enough storage space



Written by cradut

November 18th, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Snake River Upgrade / Fall Harvest



Current events regarding wheat harvest and Columbia River maintenance. Click on links below

From WORLD-Grain.com
USW readies customers for Columbia Snake River System upgrade
http://www.world-grain.com/articles/news_home/World_Grain_News/2016/08/USW_readies_customers_for_Colu.aspx?ID=%7B5A8093B1-632E-4637-885A-A79C0DD2141B%7D

Elevators grapple with wheat storage
http://www.parsonssun.com/state_national/article_2e1e2dcc-6e40-11e6-8261-33d7da56b4da.html

Record crops, low prices lead to biggest sustained Kansas wheat harvest in many years
http://cjonline.com/news/2016-08-28/record-crops-low-prices-lead-biggest-sustained-kansas-wheat-harvest-many-years

Written by cradut

August 31st, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Japan’s grain supply & related news from around the web



From around the web. Click on below direct link to the entire article.

From foodbusinessnews.com
Japan, South Korea halt wheat imports over G.M.O. concerns
http://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/news_home/International/2016/08/Japan_South_Korea_halt_wheat_i.aspx?ID=%7BA43B4181-3802-4E0B-BBEE-37446FD8777D%7D&cck=1

From organicauthority.com
Unapproved GMO Wheat Found Growing in Washington State
http://www.organicauthority.com/unapproved-gmo-wheat-found-growing-in-washington-state/

From worl-grain.com
Japan’s corn imports increase
http://www.world-grain.com/articles/news_home/World_Grain_News/2016/06/Japans_corn_imports_increase.aspx?ID=%7B7E8E7116-25D7-4F09-BFF9-9F0C234C0E93%7D&cck=1

Written by cradut

August 17th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Bulk carrier hit object grounded in Columbia River



Written by cradut

March 25th, 2016 at 3:13 pm

US Wheat Associates – Wheat Letter, February 25, 2016



US Wheat Associates – Wheat Letter – February 25, 2016
http://www.uswheat.org/newsEvents/doc/5AA976ECB876DB4585257F640076E2DF?OpenDocument

Written by cradut

February 25th, 2016 at 11:27 pm