The U.S. harvest pace remains ahead of normal but trails 2022.
USDA's latest weekly crop update says corn is 81 percent harvested, compared to 85 percent a year ago and the five-year average of 77 percent.
The U.S. soybean harvest is 91 percent complete as of Sunday, faster than the usual pace of 86 percent but behind last year's 93 percent.
Winter wheat acreage is 90 percent planted, compared to 91 percent a year ago and 89 percent normally. Most of the crop is rated in fair to good condition.
The sorghum harvest advanced to 85 percent, a few percentage points faster than the average of 81 percent.
Cotton is 55 percent harvested nationwide, and the rice harvest is mostly complete.
Source: National Association of Wheat Growers news release
Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is thrilled to see the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit permanent injunction that prohibits California's Proposition 65 warning requirement related to glyphosate. Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's permanent injunction enjoining Proposition 65 warning requirement for glyphosate.
"NAWG members knew we had a strong case and the decisions were based on the facts and science surrounding the safety of the product," said NAWG President and Oregon wheat farmer, Brent Cheyne, "NAWG has been engaged in this legal battle as lead plaintiff challenging the California requirement for six years. California's Proposition 65 requirement threatened the use of glyphosate by requiring false and misleading labels on products that may contain glyphosate. We are pleased to see this action taken today by the court."
Additional plaintiffs include the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, the Agricultural Retailers Association, Associated Industries of Missouri, Iowa Soybean Association, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CropLife America, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, South Dakota Agri-Business Association and United States Durum Growers Association.
by Keith Good, University of Illinois' FarmDoc project
Bloomberg writer Hallie Gu reported yesterday that, "Cold snaps are hitting China's northeastern region, disrupting harvesting of grains from corn to rice and bolstering prices.
"Extreme weather patterns from heavy rains to scorching temperatures have battered various agricultural producing regions in China this year, damaging quality and threatening output.
The weather woes in the top grains belt pose a fresh test of the country's drive to achieve food security. China is the world's largest corn and soybean importer.
"Heavy snowstorms are hitting parts of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Inner Mongolia this week, which would could hurt drying, storage and transport of autumn grains, the National Meteorological Center said in a report on Monday."
The Bloomberg article explained that, "Harvesting of corn and soybeans in the northeast is coming to an end and supplies are ready to hit the market. However, rain and snow, brought by the cold snaps, are impacting the logistics and sale of grains like corn, while farmers are holding off from sales, which could stabilize prices, Holly Futures said in a report on Monday."
Meanwhile, Reuters writer Dominique Patton reported late last week that, "Dozens of U.S. agriculture industry representatives gathered in Beijing on Thursday to meet Chinese counterparts amid growing U.S. efforts to bolster farm trade even as political ties between their two countries remain strained.
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Ag groups are applauding a circuit court ruling that vacates a rule restricting the use of a commonly used pesticide.
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association president Bob Worth tells Brownfield the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the EPA's ban on chlorpyrifos.
"There are other products, but they just don't work nearly as good as this. So this is really good news for us as farmers."
American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall says the decision sends a message to EPA that it must use sound science when drafting rules.
Worth says he scrambled during the growing season to find an alternative product to control soybean aphids.
"It was very difficult to find one that worked. It did work, but was it as good? No. So that's another reason that we are excited about having this product back."
But Worth says he is concerned about chlorpyrifos being available for the 2024 growing season because manufacturers were told to stop making the pesticide.
"It might be available legally for 2024, but are we going to be able to physically have it available for us? That's going to be a big challenge."
American Sugarbeet Growers Association president Nate Hultgren says growers experienced much higher costs without chlorpyrifos last year, and the court ruling allows the industry to safely use the crop protection tool to help keep farmers economically viable.