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N.D. Declares Drought Emergency

Posted by feww on August 15, 2012

87 percent of ND experiencing drought conditions

Gov. Dalrymple’s drought emergency declaration includes 49 of the state’s 52 counties and the five Indian reservations.

“We are seeing significant crop losses, both in yield and quality,” said Dalrymple. “Drought conditions also have reduced hay and other livestock feed sources and will contribute to water supply shortages.”

Map of the Agricultural Weather Assessments for U.S. Corn Conditions for the week ending August 4, 2012. Source: USDA

  • As of August 7, 2012 portions of 20 ND counties were experiencing severe drought condition.
  • According to USDA Crop Progress, as of August 12  30 percent of the pasture and range in the state was in poor condition and a further 13 percent listed as being in very poor condition.
  • “Durum wheat development was listed at 28 percent across the state, significantly lower than the last four-year average of 56 percent,” said a report.

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U.S. Corn Production Falls 13 Percent

Posted by feww on August 10, 2012

Damage to corn and soybean crops worse than expected: USDA 

U.S. growers set to produce 13 percent less corn than 2011. Corn production is forecast at 10.8 billion bushels, a fall of 13 percent from 2011 and the lowest production since 2006, USDA reported.

Farmers had expected record harvest earlier this year having planted the largest acreage in 75 years.

  • Yields are forecast to average 123.4 bushels per acre, down 23.8 bushels from 2011, based on crop conditions as of August 1.
  • The yield is expected to be the lowest average since 1995.
  • Production 2012: 10,778,589,000 bushels [2011: 12,358,412,000 bushels]
  • Area harvested for grain (forecast): 87.4 million acres (down 2 percent from the June forecast but up 4 percent from 2011).
  • Fifty percent of U.S. corn crop was in very poor or poor condition in the week ending August 5, 2012.
  • Corn prices have surged 61 percent since June this year.

Map of the Agricultural Weather Assessments for U.S. Corn Conditions for the week ending August 4, 2012. Source: USDA


Soybean production is forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, a fall of 12 percent from 2011.

  • Yields are expected to average 36.1 bushels per acre, down 5.4 bushels from 2011.
  • Production forecast for 2012: 2,692,014,000 acres  [2011: 3,056,032,000 bushels]
  • The average yield is expected to be the lowest since 2003.
  • Area for harvest (forecast):  74.6 million acres, down 1 percent from June but up 1 percent from 2011.
  • Source: Crop Production (August 2012);  USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service

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U.S. corn production may fall on flooding, heat, drought

Posted by feww on June 28, 2011

Severe flooding in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins have damaged 2.5 million acres of U.S. farmland: Report

Flooding in the Midwest and Northern Plains may lead to a fall in corn production in 2011, according to the CEO of Cargill, the world’s largest commodities trader.

“Clearly, we have lost acres with the flooding,” Greg Page, chief executive of Cargill Inc., told journalist during a visit to Kiev, the Ukraine capital. “Certainly our company is fighting the floods on the Missouri River.

“You could certainly be talking about 300m-400m bushels [lost,]”  Page said.

“The price of corn shot to a record high this month amid surging demand from emerging markets and rising consumption of the grain by the ethanol industry. US corn inventories are set to fall to their lowest since the mid-1990s, according to the US Department of Agriculture.” Said a report.

Added to the problem of flooding in key corn-growing states like Ohio and Indiana, is the worsening drought and soaring temperatures in the southern United States.

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