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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 6/18/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

The USDA crop report on June 12th showed more bean acres and less corn acres with corn usage and exports coming in higher than expected. Russia, France and Australia have some large dry regions which could hurt wheat crop yields. The US is coming into the summer growing season where weather is critical. The trade wars have heated up with China and NAFTA negotiations have gone south.

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 6/6/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Trucker strike in Brazil over high fuels costs the last 2 weeks dried up supplies at ports and feed mills. Spot buyers came to the US for beans and this supported prices. Over 70 million birds destroyed in Brazil as farms had no feed. Argentinian crop pegged at 36 million where most traders had it estimated and this will mean more business for the US. Hard to say what will happen to Ag products as president Trump proceeds with tariffs and the trade war. Now that we have the crop planted next up is the growing season and a bunch of weather moving forward. 

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EXPERT VIEW: Now's the time for side dress fertilizer application

By Scott Firlus, United Cooperative Western Agronomy Operations Manager

Side dress time is here for early planted crops, and will be coming soon for all crops, as the heat and rain are stimulating crop growth. I like to start side dressing corn around V-4, to get over the acres comfortably between the rows. As the corn gets over 12 inches it can grow two to three inches a day in hot weather with good soil moisture.

 

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EXPERT VIEW: Are your Calves hitting the mark?

By Carrie Warmka, United Cooperative Feed Nutritionist

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association has a list of benchmarks for raising calves. They can be summarized into the following six goals:

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United Cooperative donates $5,000 to Rural Health Initiative

Before the formation of the Rural Health Initiative (RHI), farmers were an unseen commodity in doctor's offices around Shawano, Outagamie and Waupaca counties. "Farmers were the original self-employed workers. They've always paid self-insured premiums, and as a result make choices to not go to the doctor when they need to," said Rhonda Strebel, executive director of the RHI.

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EXPERT VIEW: Maximize yield potential with soybean herbicide

By Eric Smith, United Cooperative area seed and agronomy specialist

Due to low commodity prices and net returns over the past two to three years, a large amount of time and “expert” comment has been focused on what areas of a crop management plan to cut. This article gives you a few reasons why NOT to hit the easy button on soybean chemistry.

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 5/21/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Corn and bean planting needs to be completed to have potential to max out yields. Weather will be key as it is every summer for crop development. Corn and bean crops in Argentina and Brazil are down adding to the pressure for the US to have a big crop. Australia showing signs of drought that could hurt their wheat crop. Trade negotiations with China are critical with US agriculture the biggest loser in a trade war with China. It looks like NAFTA trade agreement will be reached keeping exports to Mexico and Canada.

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EXPERT VIEW: Alfalfa Fungicide

By Pat Van Deurzen, United Cooperative Master Agronomist

It’s that time of year again, and although alfalfa has gotten off to a slower start with the late winter weather in April, it is time to look at making spring a spring fungicide application of Priaxor fungicide to your alfalfa fields to promote better plant health, forage quality and enhance yield in first crop.  As we look at first crop being one of our biggest crops of the year, it is crucial that we give it the best advantage and increase our production on your alfalfa acres.

 

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EXPERT VIEW: High Yield Alfalfa Management

By Pat Van Deurzen, United Cooperative Master Agronomist

Plant early – You only get one chance to place your seeds in the ground, make sure your planter is doing a good job getting seeds into the soil.  Remember, seed to soil contact is critical for germination.

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 5/7/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Weather is the key and we need to get the corn crop planted soon or yields could get hurt. A wet spring could mean more beans being planted. The wheat crop in southern plains needs rain and higher wheat prices drag corn higher. It looks like the US and China will work out their trade differences and this should be friendly to markets. A settlement for NAFTA is close and that will also be positive. Argentina buying beans from the US to cover their shortages for this year. Plenty of positives in the market so we will need supplies to cover demand. Any hiccups with crop development and prices will climb fast.

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