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FARGO, N.D. — Sunflower growers in the region are another group struggling to get the last of the 2019 crop harvested. Nationally, its estimated about 20% of the sunflower crop is still in the field, but that percentage is higher in the northern Corn Belt.
The disastrous weather in 2019 continues to have a long tail, not just for grain producers but for livestock operations as well. It is currently surfacing in a higher percentage of unbred beef cows this fall and winter than in past years. In fact, livestock auction barns such as Winner Livestock Auction in Winner, S.D., have been busy selling more open or weigh-up cows as a result. Co-owner Frank Volmer says it's one of the worst breeding seasons in many years for cattle producers in the area.
YANKTON COUNTY, S.D. — Residents in four South Dakota townships could make history if they're successful in seceding from Yankton County. The action is being led by farmers who say the Yankton County Commission is no longer allowing them the freedom to operate because of county agricultural zoning rules. Irene farmer Simon Healy helped organize a meeting Jan. 4 in Irene with more than 150 people in attendance to discuss the options.
The much-anticipated set of U.S. Department of Agriculture reports released Friday, Jan. 10, provided a major data dump for the market, but most numbers came in close to trade estimates. USDA released Quarterly Stocks, the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates and U.S. Winter Wheat Seedings. The agency estimated U.S. corn yield at 168 bushel per acre, which was up 1 bushel from December.
The grain markets in 2019 were dominated by headlines tied to the trade war, weather disasters and production concerns across the Corn Belt, as well as weaker demand. The outlook for 2020 is more optimistic on the demand side as the United States is on the cusp of a more positive trade environment. The big unknown is still the weather for the planting and growing season and what that will mean for acreage and crop size.
The livestock industry was caught in a tug of war in 2019 due to big supplies, but strong demand or at least the hope for demand from China. However, market experts are looking for improved trade prospects and increased exports of all proteins in 2020 to chew into some of the supply.
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency released its final rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuels Standard, and it was a huge disappointment for the biofuels industry. The agency flatlined the Renewable Volume Obligations by leaving mandated levels at par with 2019. The National Biodiesel Board is disappointed as the rule maintains volumes for advanced and biomass-based diesel in 2020 and 2021 at current levels. NBB had asked for an increase in the mandated biomass-based diesel volumes, but instead the agency left the volume the same as 2019 at 2.43 billion gallons.
YANKTON, S.D. — Farmers are finally starting to see some light at the end of the trade tunnel, which is creating hope for 2020. After several months of serving as collateral damage from a trade war and waiting for the completion of various trade deals, progress is finally being made.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — After a record setting and challenging growing season, South Dakota farmers are ready to put 2019 in the rear-view mirror and focus on 2020. That was the talk among those attending the 15th annual South Dakota Soybean Association Ag Outlook Meeting in Sioux Falls Dec. 4-5.
The comment period closed on Nov. 29 for the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule on the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Lawmakers and the biofuels industry asked EPA to uphold the RFS and the deal they cut with the president in September.