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·         Soybeans used in livestock feed drastically declining

“The soy inclusion rates in the livestock feed have dropped 70% compared to just three decades ago.”


·         What Does Cold Rain and Temperature Swings Mean for Planted Corn?

·         Fall feed prices: Don’t panic yet

·         Beyond Meat burgers may mean big business for Sask. pea, lentil growers



Soybeans used in livestock feed drastically declining


By Rhiannon Branch, Brownfield

May 8, 2019


Soybeans used in livestock feed have taken a significant decline, prompting farmers to focus on both yield and quality. 


“The soy inclusion rates in the livestock feed have dropped 70% compared to just three decades ago.”


Linda Kull with the Illinois Soybean Association tells Brownfield livestock feed is the number one market for US soybeans, but soybean meal is being replaced by synthetic amino acids, corn and DDG’s because the soybean industry has put their main focus on improving yields.


“But the seed companies today do not provide farmers with the feed value scores that are needed to select both high yielding and high quality varieties that matter to the livestock market.”


Kull says farmers can reverse that trend by planting soybeans with a higher nutritional value...


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What Does Cold Rain and Temperature Swings Mean for Planted Corn?


By Sonja Begemann, Farm Journal, Seeds and Crop Production Editor

via AgWeb - May 8, 2019


While millions of corn acres lay unplanted, those farmers who did get in before major rain delays need to keep a close eye on those acres. Damage could occur if kernels are under water for several days or if a cold snap hit your county.


“When a few days of sun and 65-degree weather are followed by rain and highs in the 50s, and then back to sun and higher temperatures, germination and development of corn and soybean seeds can be greatly affected,” said Mark Beamer, EdgeUp agronomist in a recent blog post. He says it’s especially important to look for the cold saturation germ test on your seed bag.


While the typical germination test examines seed growth at 68 to 70 degrees or greater, the cold saturation germ test keeps seed in a germination chamber for seven days at 50 degrees and then four days at 73 degrees, he explained. After this, researchers count the number of abnormal and dead seedlings to determine the percent of seedlings that will grow under stressful conditions.


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Hybrid or variety genetics impact how well or poorly the seed or seedling will grow in less-than-optimal conditions.


“Hybrid genetics provide the basis for tolerance to cold stress,” according to Pioneer research. “High seed quality helps ensure that the seed will perform up to its genetic ability.”


Both what’s within the seed’s DNA, and how it’s treated after harvest impacts it ability to overcome challenging planting conditions. Mechanical damage, inappropriate storage conditions and conditions from the season it was grown can all impact your seed’s success. Check out soybean growing and seed conditions here and corn conditions here.


C: Pioneer


Here’s what Pioneer research says you need to know about corn emergence:


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Fall feed prices: Don’t panic yet

While rain and flooding have delayed planting, there is still time to make a crop.


Burt Rutherford, BEEF Magazine 

May 08, 2019


Expect the hand-wringing and sorrowful predictions to pick up momentum as more USDA Crop Progress reports are released. That’s not to say that the concern is unwarranted. But consume any dire predictions for a harvest disaster with caution.


According to the May 6 Crop Progress report, farmers are running behind schedule. Focusing on corn, which is the main feedgrain for cattle, 23% of corn was planted as of May 5, which was 13% less than last year and 23% less than the 5-year average. 6% emerged, which is 1% less than last year and 7% less than average.


While that’s concerning, don’t panic just yet. As we’ve seen in years past, farmers can drill a lot of seed in a very short time once they get in the fields. And early-maturing varieties are available as well.


Question is, when will they be able to plant? Rain and flooding in the Midwest have kept the planters in the machine shed so far and the forecast is for more, according to Chad McNutt with Livestock Wx.


“Over the past 30 days, parts of the eastern Corn Belt have seen a precipitation surplus of 200% or more,” he tells me. “That translates into 10 inches or more of moisture in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio between the first of April to May 7. The western Corn Belt has been more moderate and has even seen below normal precipitation in Iowa and eastern Nebraska over the last 30 days.”


Remember, however, that this area has been and still is hit hard with flooding.


“Over the next two weeks, precipitation should ease up somewhat for the eastern Corn Belt with totals of 1 inch to 1.5 inches of moisture,” he says. “Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas, however, will see fairly significant rainfall of 3 inches or more during this time.


“Temperatures over the next two weeks will be moderate to below normal across the Corn Belt, which will not be of great help drying things out. All in all, soggy conditions will likely persist for most of the region through May.”


According to Bob Nielsen, Purdue corn specialist, conventional wisdom says the prime planting window to maximize corn yields closes about a week either side of May 10 in Indiana. “But hold on,” he writes. “How absolute are the negative consequences of late-planted corn?”


The answers are not clear cut...


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Beyond Meat burgers may mean big business for Sask. pea, lentil growers

Restaurants, grocery stores now selling more 'imitation meat' made of vegetables


CBC News (Canada) 

May 08, 2019


A new food trend has pulse growers across Saskatchewan excited about a new place to sell their crops.


Meat substitute products, like the well-publicized Beyond Meat burger, are showing up more often in restaurants and on grocery shelves.


The products typically contain protein-rich crops like peas, lentils and chickpeas. While those crops are typically exported to countries like India, some experts say there could be major benefits to processing them closer to home.


"Having some new markets that involve value-added processing should be a boost to the local economy," said Tom Warkentin, a pea breeder and a professor at the University of Saskatchewan.


While some Saskatchewan factories have started extracting protein from peas and lentils, Warkentin said the industry is still relatively small.


More and more companies are getting into the protein business. Film director James Cameron recently expanded an organic pea protein plant set up in Vanscoy, Sask., and French company Roquette is building a $400-million plant in Portage la Prairie, Man.


"You're seeing these investments being made," said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada. "Now the challenge for our industry is, how do we remain the preferred supplier? What is the quality that will ensure that people will come to Canadian farmers first?"


Bacon said crops like peas and lentils will end up in other traditionally-wheat based foods as consumers look for added protein in their food.


"It could be bread or pasta, crackers or cookies or snack foods, and looking at combinations of cereal and pulses," he said. "It gives you a different product gives you a different ability to make protein claims"


He said meat alternatives don't seem to be a fad, citing an increased focus on plant-base protein, especially from the latest version of the Canada Food Guide.


"Certainly, it's a good fit for vegans and vegetarians but also for folks who might want to reduce meat a little bit," he said. "I think it has some staying power."


Cattle industry not concerned ...