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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue talked over the weekend about his willingness to make changes in National Ag Statistics Service methods of crop data collection.

A Farm Journal article says during 2019 and it’s many challenges, many farmers were openly questioning the crop projections that were coming from NASS throughout the year. Perdue admits that he had some concerns about their crop reports and the survey methods NASS uses. “In fact, it was kind of paranoia in light of all the prevented planting and other kinds of things that were falling on us,” he recalled. “We got a little conspiratorial too, thinking NASS was also out to get us.” He thinks the NASS numbers that took the market by surprise last June might have been more correct than the market ultimately was in its reaction.

However, that doesn’t mean Perdue thinks the methodology for estimating crop size couldn’t be improved. “We’re going to get better,” Perdue says. “If you’ve got an idea about how we can better use electronics, or maybe an app for better surveys, we’d love to hear about it. We’re open to the kind of ideas of using modern technology to get you the best data that you can use to make plans for your farm.”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will re-contact respondents who previously reported acreage not yet harvested in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in the spring, once producers are able to finish harvesting remaining acres. If the newly collected data justifies any changes, NASS will update the Jan. 10 estimates in a future report. Stocks estimates are also subject to review since unharvested production is included in the estimate of on-farm stocks.

When producers were surveyed for the Crop Production 2019 Summary there was significant unharvested acreage of corn in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; and soybean acreage not yet harvested in Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. The unharvested area and expected production were included in the totals released on Jan. 10.

As a result of this work, NASS may release updated acreage, yield, production, and stocks estimates for corn and soybeans later this spring. Because farmers’ ability to complete harvest is impacted by winter weather, timing of the re-contacts and subsequent publication schedule will be announced at a later date.

OMAHA, Neb. and AMES, Iowa, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, and Farmers Edge, a global leader in digital agriculture, announced a plan to connect and digitize two million irrigated acres by the end of 2021. The companies will integrate their digital platforms to provide their growers and dealer networks with a first-of-its-kind, fully connected crop management solution. The expanded partnership will also focus on a collaboration in data science, machine learning, and AI-driven analytics to deliver highly precise water-based insights and predictive models, setting a new standard in agriculture.


As part of the strategic initiative, Farmers Edge will provide Lindsay access to both high-resolution satellite imagery and the most comprehensive field-centric dataset available in the industry. Syncing Lindsay’s market-leading irrigation management platform—FieldNET Advisor®—with the Farmers Edge fully-integrated, AI-driven farm management platform—FarmCommand®— creates an exclusive opportunity for growers to access digital tools that deliver real-time information to control pivots and monitor crop health, along with advanced predictive models to help identify issues, including: seeding or application errors, tile drainage, weather damage, pests, disease, and more. The combination of the two digital platforms enables growers to make more informed water management decisions to optimize applications and yield potential.

Adding another layer of connectivity to its suite of solutions, Farmers Edge will provide Lindsay’s FieldNET Pivot Watch™—a remote irrigation monitoring solution that includes proprietary IoT sensors that connect to any center pivot—and FieldNET Advisor to help growers better understand when, where, and how much to irrigate.

“This integration of platforms enables growers to use tools like high-resolution satellite imagery to see a visual indication of variation in crop health across a field from the convenience of their laptop or smartphone. The connected farm strategy also enables growers to collect all aspects of field data and feed that information into FieldNET Advisor and FarmCommand. Once that data is collected, the platforms can provide AI-powered insights to ensure the most accurate decisions are being made on the farm,” said Albert Maurin, product manager for irrigation software at Lindsay Corporation. “We are excited to bring growers this evolution of our partnership with Farmers Edge, and we will continue to leverage our industry partners to deliver innovative irrigation solutions to our customers.”

“Our goal at Lindsay is to help growers increase water and energy efficiency and profit while exercising more sustainable farming practices, and we firmly believe digitization in agriculture is key to that,” said Randy Wood, president of global agricultural irrigation at Lindsay Corporation. “Farmers Edge is very much aligned with that vision, and we’re confident that by connecting our platforms through this strategic partnership, we’ll reach our goal of two million digitized and connected irrigated acres by the end of 2021.”

“At Farmers Edge, we’re focused on creating a digital agricultural ecosystem that’s centered around a fully connected farm. Farmers Edge has thousands of connected machines, weather stations, and in-field sensors across the globe, but we have yet to bring a crucial asset—center pivots,” said Wade Barnes, CEO and co-founder of Farmers Edge. “Having access to FieldNET Pivot Watch is a key component for achieving this goal.  The ability to add pivot irrigation data into our unique field-centric datasets, and then move that information into FieldNET Advisor is extremely exciting. The power of the insights and analytics from the partnership will change how farms use irrigation, and we’re eager to bring this type of industry changing technology to two million irrigated acres by 2021.”

8:30 a.m.        Registration

9:00 a.m        Welcome – Gary Lesoing, Nebraska Extension Educator

9:05 a.m        The Mental Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Farming

                          Dave Welsch – Certified Organic Farmer since 1993 – Milford, NE

Discussion on how to prepare mentally for the complexity of an organic farming operation.  Items discussed include managing multiple crops (adding small grains and forages) and a more diverse equipment line; how to be prepared for peer pressure from neighbors or simply how to be prepared for having a few weeds in your once weed free fields; and the importance of everyone in the operation being on board with transitioning to organic farming will also be discussed.

9:35 p.m.       Farming System Strategies for Success in Organics

                          Joel Gruver – Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainability Ag – Western Illinois University

10:05 a.m.      Break

10:20 a.m.      Farming System Strategies for Success in Organics – continued

11:15 a.m.       Weed Management in Organic Row Crops

                          Joel Gruver – Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainability Ag – Western Illinois University

12:00 p.m.      Lunch 

 12:45 p.m.     Organic Certification- From Application to Certification Decision

                         Clayton Blagburn, Certification Specialist – OneCert Organization Inc.– Lincoln, NE

An overview of the organic certification process, National Organic Program Regulations, and some resources available to producers considering organic certification.  The presentation will highlight the requirements of an Organic System Plan, what to expect at inspection, record-keeping requirements, and certification time frame.  There will also be opportunity to ask questions for more discussion with a local certification agency.

1:30 p.m.      Organic Grain Marketing

                         Alex Wolf, Scoular Organic Grain Manager – Omaha, NE   

An overview of the supply and demand fundamentals of the organic market, including a breakdown of the various demand sectors and how the market has grown over time.  We’ll also go over how producers can find organic markets and the basics of contracting.


2:00 p.m.       The Importance of Cover Crops in an Organic Rotation

                          Jim Starr, Joel & Jim Starr Partnership – Hastings, NE

Cover crops can provide enough N to grow organic crops that rival conventional crops in both yield and weed control.   They also can provide erosion control and increase organic matter and biology in the soil.  The cover crops make the organic rotation work       

2:30 p.m.       Speakers Panel

3:00 p.m.       Evaluation

3:15 p.m.         Adjourn


Use the link below to reserve your seat to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the program and for meal planning purposes.  Pre-register by Tuesday, January 29, 2020.


All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Friday, January 24, 2020.


The Kansas Commodity Classic is the annual convention of Kansas’ top crops – corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans, and will take place at the K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kan., with registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thanks to the generous support of the Kansas corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybean associations and our sponsors, registration is free for farmers and friends.


The Kansas Commodity Classic will be emceed by Greg Akagi, farm director for WIBW. The morning session will open at 8:30 a.m. with welcome remarks.


Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers will kick off the event with an update from the Kansas Governor’s office.


John Feldt, Founder and President of Blue Water Outlook, will provide a weather outlook. Blue Water Outlook provides a wide variety of information to help provide informed decisions for farm management. Blue Water Outlook is focused along two primary areas of emphasis: Water Resources Insight and Intelligence and Decision Support Services.


Elected officials have been invited to give updates from Washington, including the Senate Ag Committee, a trade outlook, Farm Bill update and other pertinent issues affecting Kansas farmers.


Dr. Allan Gray, Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University, will end the day with a presentation on “Capitalizing on the Greatest Sustainability Story in History.” He currently holds the position of Land O’Lakes Chair in Food and Agribusiness. Gray works with food and agribusiness managers in the center’s professional development seminars and workshops, while also continuing to teach. Gray’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision making in uncertain environments and simulation. He also works on the Large Commercial Producer Survey, conducted every five years by the center, which explores the attitudes and buying behaviors of large commercial producers.


The Kansas Commodity Classic is hosted by the Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Kansas Soybean Association. Signature sponsors are Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas Wheat Commission. Industry sponsors at the platinum level are Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Kansas Department of Agriculture. Sponsors at the gold level are Ag Risk Solutions, Corteva and Syngenta. Sponsors at the silver level are AgriGold, Fairbanks Scales & Perten Instruments, Hannebaum Grain, KCoe Isom, KFB Health Plans and Midland Genetics & Polansky Seed.


Thanks to these generous sponsors, the January 24 event is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested for food count purposes.


Visit www.kansascommodityclassic.com to register.


Grains saw a bounce in the corn, China deal still needs to be inked out.  South America has good weather in Brazil-putting added pressure to bean demand, Argentina has been hot & dry.  Soybeans have had some oversold levels.  Bullish to the beans.  Basis to remain strong going into 2020.  COF report out on Friday & cash cattle thoughts.


A quarterly report to the Farm Credit Administration last week suggests commodity prices will mostly remain low next year. The report cites large global supplies of crops in storage, saying that will limit attractive price opportunities for U.S. farmers.

For the next three years, soybean prices are projected at roughly $8.50 a bushel, with corn at $3.70 a bushel. The report says livestock and dairy returns are likely to be positive in early 2020, but trade risks remain elevated. Meanwhile, the report says that while it’s been a difficult year in 2019 for farmers and ranchers, facing trade disruptions, weather extremes and low prices.

Crop insurance indemnities, farm programs, and Market Facilitation Program payments continue to provide financial support to the farm economy. The report says farm financial conditions may become more challenging next year without stronger markets, or more aid payments.

Further, the Farm Credit System remains financially sound, according to FCA, and lenders continue to have the risk-bearing capacity to respond to the credit needs of agriculture.