France Seen Raising Wheat Exports After Avoiding Worst of Weather
Successful Farming – 9/12/2018
France, the European Union’s biggest grain producer, could boost exports of wheat and barley this season after its harvest was less affected by severe weather than other EU states, the country’s farm office said on Wednesday. In its first supply-and-demand outlook for the 2018/19 July-June season, FranceAgriMer projected French soft wheat exports outside the EU at 8.5 million tonnes, up from 8.1 million in 2017/18, while barley exports to non-EU destinations were forecast to rise to 3 million tonnes from 2.5 million. Adverse weather that included torrential rain is expected to have pushed wheat and barley production down by about 5 percent from last year, but yield losses were less severe than in north Europe and grain quality has proved decent, FranceAgriMer said.
Australian Exports Forecast Lowest in a Decade
Ag Fax – 9/12/2018
Australian 2018/19 wheat exports are forecast at 14.0 million tons (July-June trade year), the lowest since 2009/10, due to less production from drought-stricken Queensland and New South Wales. Wheat production is forecast at 20.0 million tons for 2018/19, which would be the lowest since 2007/08. As Australian supplies become tighter, prices have been climbing to levels significantly higher than those of other global exporters.
Farmers in Illinois and Iowa Receive Largest Trade Aid Payments
Brownfield Ag News – 9/12/2018
Farmers in Illinois and Iowa are projected to receive the most trade aid from USDA’s Market Facilitation Program. Politico says Illinois growers are in line for $597 million in direct payments, and producers in Iowa should receive around $578 million. The two states pace the country in corn and soybean production. Payments in Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska are also expected to be above $300 million. The five combined states make up 45 percent of the first round of trade assistance.
Midwest Spring Wheat: Decent Harvest – What About Ergot?
Ag Fax – 9/12/2018
The drought-stricken spring wheat harvest of 2017 is now a distant memory, as farmers overall reported a decent harvest in 2018. But some did face roadblocks along the way. Farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and northwest Minnesota had to wait for the late-spring snow to melt and the ground to thaw, as the calendar days for planting slipped away. On top of that, hail hit some of the spring wheat areas that were hit hard by drought last year, affecting some of the acres that were on tap to produce good yields.
Wheat Growers Celebrate Banner Year, But Uncertainty Looms
The Spokesman-Review – 9/13/2018
The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy this season, as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said Wednesday. Scott Yates, the director of communications for the Washington Grain Commission, and Creston-area farmer Mike Carstensen both were featured speakers Wednesday at the Spokane County Interstate Fair during an afternoon session on wheat. The event was sponsored by The Spokesman-Review, which is hosting a series of speakers as part of its ongoing “A Year in the Fields” project on Washington agriculture.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates