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ALL WESTERN IOWA LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 27TH IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY.Take time to honor all of our military service personnel who have given their lives to keep our country safe. Remember that today’s advanced seed treatments contain insecticide. Include seed treatment awareness in your safety briefing for yourself and employees. Even the dust from moving seed can be hazardous to your health if it’s inhaled. Please be aware and use a safety approved mask when loading treated seed. Safety equipment required for handling treated seed is generally listed on the MSDS sheets. Educate yourself before handling any toxic substance and always“Think Safety First”. Grain
Did the soybean crushers really buy enough beans on the recent rally to cover their nearby needs? It’s a question many basis traders are asking. As the crusher switched bidding off the July contract to the August contract the basis begin a rapid free-fall. There were a few signs that this could be occurring as soybean meal basis, last week, started going the wrong direction for the crusher and many beans across the country were priced around the $15 level. It could be tough for the bean basis to bounce back in the near term. On the corn front, 53% of the crop was planted in one week across the nation which tied a record. Many areas around the country still need to get a few acres in the ground before the next wet weather hits. The market is paying slight attention to this fact but will again closely monitor the weekly crop progress reports which will be released on Tuesday following the Memorial Day holiday. Thank-you to all Veterans who gave their service to our country!!! Agronomy
Last week we saw a lot of corn planting going on and some soybean planting. This week we are again experiencing uncooperative weather conditions. Corn that was planted before the snow seems to be emerging quite well considering what the seed went through. We still have a little time to finish spring planting though so please wait for planting conditions to improve for best emergence results.
If you haven’t been out to check on some of those early fields we suggest now would be a good time to do that. We’ve had a few people asking about volunteer soybeans in corn fields already this year. If you have volunteer soybeans sprouting in the field and have applied a corn pre-emerge such as Balance Flex, Harness Xtra, or other herbicides with broadleaf control do not panic. The soybeans are sprouting on the surface and are living on the cotyloden leaves, once the tap root gets into the soil and absorbs some herbicides the beans will not survive since the herbicides are shoot and root absorbed. If you did not use a pre-emerge that controls broadleaf’s you will need to apply something like 2,4-D or apply your post emerge herbicide earlier than planned to control the soybeans
It’s almost time to start scouting for Black Cutworms. With scouting advisory dates based on peak moth detection times for Central and Western Iowa the last week of May seems key most time to start monitoring your fields. For scouting tips and cutworm identification help go to: 2013 Black Cutworm Scouting Advisoryhttp://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2013/0517sissonjessehodgson.htm
With more weeds becoming glyphosate-resistant or surviving glyphosate-only applications, corn growers continue to rely on residual herbicides to manage tough weeds and protect their yields. By eliminating weed pressure early, growers can protect corn during critical stages of development as well as optimizing yield potential. Scout corn fields for these five weeds in 2013: http://www.westerniowacoop.com/index.cfm?show=10&mid=33
Be sure to click on the "Agronomy News"section of the web page for more newsworthy articles on planting recommendations
Western Iowa Coop Agronomists are available daily to help you prepare for your 2013 crop season. Call or stop by today and let us help you plan your crop strategy for this year. Petroleum
Travel this Memorial Day holiday is predicted to rise only slightly due to a sluggish economy. Crude and refined products headed lower as the week ended due to bearish demand coming out of China. Bearish manufacturing data and inventory reports on crude and refined products have also put pressure on the markets. Initial claims for unemployment benefits from the Department of Labor dropped 23,000 to 340,000 leaving investors trying to digest the news as a possible firming job market. Look for crude to challenge the 200-day moving average support level of $92.29.
As our crop season shifts into high gear we would like to take this opportunity to request that farmers please pay attention to your petroleum needs and place your fuel orders in a timely manner so our tank wagon drivers can plan their days and get orders all filled in a timely manner. Your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.
Click on “This Week in Energy” for more current energy news. http://www.eia.gov/oog/info/twip/twip.asp Be sure to click on the “Petroleum News” section of our web page for current petroleum prices and the NEW addition of daily futures contract prices.
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Did You Know?
In 1934 the Taylor Grazing Act gave U.S. Department of the Interior power to regulate grazing on public lands in the West
Answer Plot Training Session #1 Blencoe, Iowa Friday, June 7th, 2013 9AM-Noon
(Registration begins @8:30 AM)
You’re invited to come learn local
agronomic information, from local
experts, along with how our local
and national research will help you
obtain maximum bushels out of this
season’ crop. Event Speakers:
Steve Barnhart-WinField Regional Agronomist
Eric Bartels-WinField Regional Product Manager
Rick Behrens-WinField R7 Specialist
Starting May, 13, 2013 AGP, Sgt Bluff will be starting its annual downtime. Revised loading and unloading hours will be in affect during this time. Please note the posted schedule below: Date Beans Meal May 20/23rd7am/4pm 24 hrs May 24thclosed closed May 25/26thclosed 24 hrs Week of May 27th 7am/4pm 24 hrs
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