The November USDA crop production report on Tuesday delivered bearish news to the crop markets as it forecast larger-than-expected 2015 U.S. corn and soybean harvests with corn now at 13.65 billion bushels and soybeans at 3.98 billion. It also cut 50 million bushels from wheat exports, putting the current crop's total exports at 800 million bushels, the lowest since the 1971/72 crop year. That put ending stocks at 911 million, the highest since 2009/2010.
Above normal temperatures allowed for excellent harvest progress over the past week in Manitoba, with harvest of spring cereal crops nearing completion. Harvest of canola, flax, edible beans and soybeans continues. Sunflower harvest has also started in the Central and Eastern Regions, and grain corn harvest is expected to start shortly in some areas of the province.
Madera County ag producers shattered previous records in 2014, recording the highest-ever crop values, a whopping $2.265 billion. County Agricultural Commissioner delivered the good news to Madera County supervisors at their regular meeting today. Last year’s record production represented an increase of $369 million over 2013’s county crop values.
Warmer, drier weather conditions towards the end of the week and into the weekend allowed for good harvest progress across most of Manitoba. Some areas reported light frost events Thursday and Friday. To date, minimal impact to crops has been reported largely due to temperatures and duration weren’t sufficient to cause damage, and/or crops were at or close to maturity. Soybeans, grain corn and sunflowers are maturing quickly. Silage corn harvest has started, and the first acres of soybeans have also been harvested.
SOUTHEAST: Well over half of the region’s crops are in the bin. Precipitation delayed harvest, which ranged from small amounts to 88 mm. Rain has bleached many cereal crops, and downgrading is expected. Some fields have secondary plant growth and new flushes of weeds. Topsoil moisture conditions for cropland, hayland and pasture are about 85 percent adequate. SOUTHWEST: The area leads the province with about 60 percent of the crop harvested.
Dry conditions with moderate temperatures allowed producers in Illinois 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.23 inches, 0.57 inches below normal for the week ending August 30. The average temperature was 66.5 degrees, 7.0 degrees below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3% very short, 24% short, 67% adequate, and 6% surplus.
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