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DOANE: Cotton Comment 

Audio: Cotton Conference Call - Ag Marketing Network panel discusses latest USDA report, possible market direction 11-12

Southeast Cotton Harvest Reports: Some progress, but Ida is a concern 11-12

Delta Cotton Harvest Reports: Struggling To Finish The 2009 Crop 11-12

Closing Cotton: Closes Lower in Heavy Dealings 11-12

Closing Grain: Impressive Session for Soybeans 11-12

Closing Rice: Recent Gains Firmed 11-12

U.S. Diesel Fuel Cost Survey 11-12

U.S. Stock Market News 11-12

Texas: Cotton Grower Happy with Average Crops 11-12

Harvest Conditions Need Careful Drying 11-12

Kansas: K-State Scientist Reviews Options for Late-Planted Wheat 11-12

Midday Grain: Soybeans Stronger 11-12

Midday Livestock: Cattle Futures on Defensive at Midday, Pressured by Lower Feedlot Cash  11-12

Linn Corn Commentary: Strikes Again 11-12

Linn Wheat Commentary: Ended Higher 11-12

Linn Soybean Commentary: Drift Higher 11-12

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshops Set for January in Beloit, Hiawatha 11-12

The Pain of Technology Adoption 11-12

Opening Cotton: Extends Sharp Midweek Downturn 11-12

Opening Grains: All Lower Overnight 11-12

Opening Livestock: Lean Hogs Likely to Open Lower 11-12

K. Good's Farm Policy: Climate Issues and Agriculture; Food Security; and Food Safety 11-12

Virginia Cotton: Harvest, Lint Quality and Yield  11-11

Closing Livestock: Cattle Futures Plunge Lower in The Face of Faltering Feedlot Sales 11-11

Arkansas: Clock Ticking for Wheat Growers 11-11

Georgia: Volatile October Sets Record Temps 11-11

New Tech Tractors that Talk 11-11

Farmers' Program, Industry's Gain 11-11

Resistant Weeds in the Future: Harder to Kill in Soybeans, Rice, Corn, Wheat 11-11

Kentucky Producer Wraps Season Up 11-11

Texas: Subsurface Drip Irrigation - If it works here, it will work anywhere 11-11

Georgia Pecans: Moderate deliveries, export interest widens 11-10

Midsouth Pecans: Very light farmer deliveries, slow but steady demand 11-10

Peanuts: USDA reduces 2009 crop estimate by 1%, sees 30% drop from 2008 11-10

Georgia: New Systems Help Water Applications 11-10

Mississippi: Harvest Rains Hurt Crops 11-10

USDA Reports Preview 11-10

Iowa Farmer Sees Crop Rotation Working 11-10

Pesticide Levels Decline in Corn Belt Rivers 11-10

Wet ethanol production process yields more ethanol and more co-products 11-10

Brazil Readies Cotton Retaliation Against U.S. 11-10

Shortage of Dairy-Quality Hay 11-10

Arkansas: Sun Powers Harvest Progress 11-9

Fruit and Vegetables from STAT

More Ag News | Grain Futures Newswire

Sugar, U.S. Nut Markets

Upcoming Events:

(FD: field day; SS: scout schools)

Kansas State University Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking Program (MAST), November 16-17. 

Mississippi: Delta Area Rice Meeting and Dinner, November 19 at 6 p.m., Bolivar County Extension Auditorium, Cleveland.

Texas: Agrilife conducts public training on: prescribed burning; comparison of wheat, oats and triticale; herbicide application equipment, November 19,Schleicher County Civic Center, located just south of Eldorado.

Texas High Plains Ag Conference, December 2, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock. Contact Scott at 806-775-1680, or

Texas 21st Annual Plant Protection Assn. Conference "Application of Agricultural Technology and Management for Changing Times", December 2 & 3, Brazos Center, Bryan.

California: Using Blue Bees In California Almonds, December 7, Masonic Family Center, Chico.

California: Using Blue Bees In California Almonds, December 8, UCCE Stanislaus County Office, Modesto.

Mississippi 2009 Row Crop Short Course, December 7-9, 10 am, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Registration Form.

Alabama Precision Agriculture and Field Crops Conference, December 8, 8 am, Wind Creek Hotel, Atmore.

California: Almond Industry Conference, Dec. 9-10, Modesto.

2009 USA Rice Outlook Conference, December 9-11, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans. For more information, contact Jeanette Davis,

2010 National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 4-7. New Orleans Marriott Hotel and Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference
Tunica, MS - Jan. 12-13.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

North Carolina Southern Cotton Growers/Southeastern Cotton Ginners Annual Meeting, Jan. 20-23, 2 pm, The Westin, Charlotte.

Louisiana 2010 Agricultural Outlook Conference: “Keeping
Louisiana Agriculture Competitive,"
Jan. 21, State Evacuation Facility, LSU AgCenter's Dean Lee REC, Alexandria.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

Louisiana: 75th Annual Livestock Show Feb. 13-20. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales.

RTWG (Rice Technical Working Group) 33rd Conference, Feb. 22-25, Biloxi, MS.

To list an event, contact Owen Taylor




Clock Ticking for Wheat Farmers

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JONESBORO, Arkansas (Nov. 11, 2009)  Arkansas wheat farmers should review their policies now to ensure they are covered if weather prevents them from planting their 2010 crop, said Scott Stiles instructor of agricultural economics for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

“The clock is ticking for ‘prevented wheat planting’ in Arkansas,” he said. “If rains return before month’s end, wheat growers should be familiar with their crop insurance coverage if they are prevented from planting. “

By definition, “prevented planting” is a failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date or during the late planting period specified in a crop insurance policy. 

For Arkansas, the wheat final planting date for crop insurance is Nov. 30.

“Reaching the final planting date does not mean that wheat cannot be planted,” Stiles said.

“There is a five-day late planting period for wheat after the final planting date,” he said. “However, insurance guarantees will be lowered 1 percent per day when wheat is planted during the late planting period.”

Unplanted wheat due to delayed harvest of other crops will not qualify for coverage, Stiles said. “Wheat plantings must have been prevented because rain and moisture prohibited field work.”

Farm-level crop insurance policies, including Actual Production History, APH; Crop Revenue Coverage, CRC; and Revenue Assurance, RA, policies, have late planting and prevented planting provisions.

Group Risk Plan, or GRP, and Group Risk Income Plan, GRIP, policies do not have late or prevented planting provisions. Before GRP and GRIP policies provide coverage, wheat must be planted.

For example, if a farmer has a Crop Revenue Coverage policy at the 75 percent coverage level, a 55-bushel actual production history, and the 2010 Crop Revenue Coverage base price is $5.29 per bushel, before the final plating date, this farmer has an initial guarantee of $218 per acre. This is calculated by his 55-bushel-an-acre production history yield, multiplied by the $5.29 based price, multiplied by the 75 percent coverage level. 

“This final guarantee price could be above the initial guarantee if the Crop Revenue Coverage harvest price is above the base price,” Stiles said. “Harvest prices won’t be known until next year, as this price is the June average for Chicago Mercantile Exchange July soft red winter wheat futures contract.”

If planting does not occur before the final planting date, the guarantee will be reduced as shown below:

  • Dec. 1: $216 per acre ($218 x (1 - .01))

  • Dec. 2: $214 per acre ($218 x (1 - .02))

  • Dec. 3: $212 per acre ($218 x (1 - .03))

  • Dec. 4: $210 per acre ($218 x (1 - .04))

  • Dec. 5: $208 per acre ($218 x (1 - .05))

  • After Dec. 5: $131 per acre ($218 x 60 percent)

After the late planting period ends, the final guarantee will be 60 percent of the original unless the farmer purchased higher coverage. The $131 guarantee after Dec. 5 assumes the farmer did not purchase additional prevented planting coverage. 

Generally, a claim for prevented planting must be made within 72 hours or three days after the end of the late planting period, Stiles said. Producers should refer to their policy provisions or contact their crop insurance agent for more information.

In 2008, Arkansas growers planted about 1 million acres of winter wheat, which dropped to 430,000 acres in 2009, thanks to a decline in wheat prices and a spike in production costs.