• A southeast Minnesota farmer says corn he planted a month ago could really use some heat and sunshine.
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  • The case filed by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) against Argentina and Indonesia biodiesel exports to the U.S. is moving forward. Anne Steckel, head of NBB federal affairs, tells Brownfield Ag News preliminary counter-vailing cash duties are likely this summer, “If the Department of Commerce continues to see… they study the numbers and that we see dumped imports come into the U.S. market, they start collecting these cash deposits. And, the cash deposits are held until the case is finally ruled on which will probably sometime next March.”
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  • Soybeans were steady to fractionally lower. Near term demand should stay strong, but there is increased export competition from South America. The trade also expects at least some increase in U.S. acreage because of the corn planting delays. Still, there’s a lot of uncertainty about just where acreage will end up this year. The USDA’s next acreage update is out at the end of June. Bean meal was mixed, adjusting old crop/new crop spreads, and bean oil was weak.
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  • Missouri’s Senate Agriculture Chairman says the state legislative session’s primary agriculture issue was a measure that addressed off-label use of the herbicide dicamba.
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  • A non-profit ag organization based in the Upper Midwest has spoken out in favor of cuts to federal crop insurance proposed in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget.
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  • USDA Mandatory reported cattle trading was slow on light demand in Kansas on Wednesday. A few sales sold at 132.00 live. Trading remained at a standstill in other areas. Some asking prices are around 136.00 plus in the South, and 215.00 plus in the North. Bids at 132.00 live and 208.00 to 209.00 dressed. The slaughter was estimated at 115,000 head, 1,000 more than last week, and 2,000 greater than a year ago.
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  • The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation says Congress needs to understand how significant the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts would be to agriculture.
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  • Corn demand for ethanol use continues to strong.
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  • A southwest Missouri farmer who’s had to replant because of flooding says he’s stuck in a weather cycle. At the end of April, Kyle Kirby had a thousand acres of corn and 500 acres of soybeans to replant. He’s been able to replant SOME of that, “We’ve got PART of the thousand acres of corn and ALL of the soybeans replanted. BUT, we still do have 300 to 400 acres of corn that we have not been able to replant yet.”
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  • The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance (NAFA) is looking to use checkoff dollars to enhance crop research.
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