3. TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HANDLING
DRY PODS TO REDUCE SOYBEAN HARVEST LOSSES
From MSU ANR 10/01/07
“Dry pods are often brittle and that increases the potential for shatter losses at the header,” says Mike Staton, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension educator and Soybean 2010 coordinator. “Shattering accounts for most of the losses that occur during harvest operations and make up as much as 75 percent of total harvest losses.”
Harvest losses of 10 percent of the total yield can easily occur and can reach 15 percent if combine operators don’t pay close attention to equipment adjustments and operation. With careful management, harvest losses can be held to 3 percent or less.
“The best way to prevent shatter losses is to harvest as much of your crop as possible before the moisture level in the beans falls below 13 percent,” Staton says. “When soybeans undergo repeated wetting and drying cycles after initially drying below 13 percent moisture, the pods become more brittle and shatter easily.”
Mechanical damage and split beans are also more likely this year due to the low moisture levels in the beans. Check the clean grain hopper on the combine frequently, and make adjustments as necessary to reduce splits. The following recommendations will help you harvest and market more of your 2007 soybean crop.
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Adverse weather conditions ranging from floods to droughts are forcing
6. Jane Goodall Says Biofuel Crops Hurt Rain Forests. By Timothy Gardner, Reuters, September 26, 2007. From: http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/blog/ Climate Crisis Coalition News Archive.
scientist Jane Goodall said on Wednesday the race to grow crops for vehicle
fuels is damaging rain forests in Asia, Africa and South America and adding to
the emissions blamed for global warming. ‘We’re cutting down
forests now to grow sugarcane and palm oil for biofuels and our forests are
being hacked into by so many interests that it makes them more and more
important to save now,’ Goodall said on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative, former U.S. President Bill
Clinton’s annual philanthropic meeting… Goodall said the problem is
especially bad in the Indonesian rain forest where large amounts of palm nut
oil is being made. Growers in Uganda — where her nonprofit group works to
conserve Great Apes — are also looking to buy large parcels of rain
forest and cut them down to grow sugar cane, while in Brazil, forest is cleared
to grow sugar cane. The Goodall
Institute is working with a recently formed group of eight
rain forest nations called the Forest Eight, or F8, led by
Sep 28, 2007 9:43 AM, By Elton Robinson
Farm Press Editorial Staff
Deteriorating crop conditions in
When asked how big of an acreage response to prices might be expected for next season, market analyst Jonah Ford, speaking at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange September press briefing said, “A whole bunch. I can’t give you a hard number this early in the season. But with the profits farmers can expect to see at these prices, you’re going to see a pretty big shift. The shift has already been priced in, if you look at July 2008 futures.”
At one point in mid-September, December wheat futures at the Chicago Board of Trade were around $8.50 a bushel, with July 2008 coming in around $5.87.
One surprise in USDA’s Sept. 12 world supply and demand estimates was the agency’s projection for Australian wheat production of 21 million metric tons. Most in the trade believe production is actually closer to 15 million metric tons to 19 million metric tons, due to dry weather.
“Most of the Australians are fairly pessimistic on their production, thinking it’s closer to 14 million metric tons to 16 million metric tons,” said Ford, who is senior analyst for Great Pacific Trading Company.
According to a CBOT report,
The upshot is that there is growing end user concern with the price of wheat, according to Ford. “Obviously those who did not get hedged earlier this year are paying a pretty severe price.
“Without fundamental shifts — whether taking millions of acres out of conservation or just having prices so high that it stimulates global production — trendline yields and world production are not keeping up with the expansion of the global economy.”
The situation should carry over to other crops, too, noted Ford. “Those in the soybean business are going to be looking around for acreage next year, and it would probably be a good idea for them to lock in prices on oil and meal.”
Ford did add that if land is taken out of the Conservation Reserve Program and committed to wheat production, “you’ll probably see a knee-jerk reaction initially. Looking at the global supply situation, it may shave 10 percent or 15 percent off respective prices. World demand is still strong and understated by the market.”
The impact of wheat prices on consumer food prices could become a big story next year, too.
Corn prices, while weaker by comparison, will most likely start to improve by March, according to Ford, a situation which should benefit producers with storage capacity. “The demand in corn is still there. Worse case scenario, we’re down to $3.15 to $3.25 on December futures.”
Short-term for corn, “we could be in a sideways trading range for the next few months,” Ford said. “Nonetheless, if we do get upwards of $10 wheat and $10 beans, there will be as much substitution as the world will allow. And that’s going to keep corn prices above $3 and perhaps stimulate a rally going into next year as well.”
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