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News and Notes from SMBSC Research Director, Mark Bloomquist
We have had a variable crop due to the moisture conditions we’ve had all summer long. We are looking at starting our pre-pile harvest on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. We are continuing to fight Cercospora. It’s been a nemesis for us for several years in a row and our wet and humid weather conditions this past season have brought the disease on again. We are vigorously trying to stop it.
While Cercospora pressure is higher than it was in 2017, it still isn’t quite as bad as the 2016 growing season. In 2016, we had fields turning brown earlier in the season than we do right now. The variability of our crop this year has made the spraying a lot more difficult.
By Troy Krause
The final results for the region’s sugar beet crop have not yet been determined, but those who have seen the numbers are looking at this year’s yield with a smile.
“Farmers had a good year,” said Todd Geselius, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC) vice-president of agriculture. “It may even be a record.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, the average sugar beet yield in 2016 across the state was 30 tons per acre. Estimates for 2017 show at least a half-ton increase over that.
In addition, the sugar beets that have been processed are showing a good sugar content. The average sugar content is in the 16.3 percent range, but this year the beets coming in are higher than that.
So, with a good crop in from the fields, it makes sense for those who are processing those beets into sugar to ensure they are still in good condition when they travel from the sites where they have been piled to the plant.
Unlike corn or beans that go to the elevator and are shielded from the elements, sugar beets are hauled from the field to a number of SMBSC sites throughout the region. Those sugar beets are then piled and await further transport.
In the past, those piles were at the mercy of the elements. When the pile got too hot, there was spoilage. If they froze and then thawed there was spoilage.
The key for those working with the harvested sugar beets was finding a way to maintain a consistent climate for them as they sat.
Prior to the 2016 harvest, officials at SMBSC began working on a plan that would address that issue, and as a result it installed a system that when in use keeps the pile of sugar beets frozen.
Along the sides of the pile located a few miles west of Redwood Falls one will notice this system. Geselius said the technology works to keep the sugar beets cold regardless of the external temperature through the use of fans and a series of tubes to push air throughout the pile maintaining that cold temperature.
“Cold beets store better,” said Geselius, adding while one can see the fan units the tubes are placed in culverts below the pile.
Geselius added the technology has been installed at other sites in the region as well, adding after one year of use they appear to be a good investment.
In previous years there was an assumed loss due to fluctuations in the temperature where the sugar beet piles were placed, but with this new technology those loss numbers are expected to drop dramatically.
“We think this is going to be a very useful piece of technology,” said Geselius.
The technology allows the cooperative to keep the beets in the piles for a longer period of time. Geselius said in the past the rule of thumb was that the beets in a pile could not be there beyond March 1. With this new technology they could remain piled up into May.
“After May it gets too warm,” said Geselius.
The technology has been placed permanently at the sites, because officials at SMBSC are confident they are going to make a positive impact on the final result – the amount of sugar being processed at the Renville County plant.
The SMBSC is 100 percent owned by shareholders, with approximately 500 shareholders /growers in involved. There are about 375 people employed full-time through the cooperative, with an added 475 seasonal employees brought on during the harvest season.
To learn more about SMBSC and the process of getting sugar from sugar beets, visit its Web site at www.smbsc.com.
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December 13, 2017 at 02:01PM
By Mikkel Pates | Forum News Service
Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on Nov. 30 introduced an amendment that would retain the "Domestic Production Activities Deduction" for agriculture. If the amendment gets added to the Senate bill and the bill passes, it would preserve lawmakers' ability to bring up the topic in reconciliation with the House.
The provision is called the Section 199 tax deduction. As co-ops like Minn-Dak pay their shareholders for their beets, the individual shareholders are allowed to deduct a portion of that from their income taxes.
Minn-Dak flows through $4 million to $7 million in deductions to its shareholder-growers. The impact for a 500-acre Minn-Dak grower is about $15,000, Wickstrom says. The issue will likely be a point of discussion at the co-op's Dec. 5 annual meeting in Fargo.
American Crystal Sugar Co., based in Moorhead, Minn., is working on the same issue. "Valley-wide, we estimate that the loss of Section 199 will result in an annual net tax increase for our shareholders of $9 (million) to $14 million just for American Crystal," says Kevin Price, American Crystal's vice president of government affairs.
That's an $11 million to $21 million annual hit for the Red River Valley in sugar beets alone. Other co-ops have a similar problem.
"Of course the timing couldn't be worse given the ag economy with depressed commodity prices. Our growers need all the tools that they have. This would be a fairly significant hit for them," Wickstrom says, adding, "Sometimes these bills move forward without an understanding as to what the impact is going to be for those involved."
He says individual cooperatives, as well as the National Council of Farm Cooperatives, are working to educate elected representatives.
$1B of $1.5T
Jon Doggett, executive vice president of the National Corn Growers Association, says the co-op deduction is one of the important issues within the tax bill. The NCGA is one of 160 groups who have signed a letter urging the House Ways and Means Committee not to take that provision out because it's important to the cooperatives.
"A lot of our members are co-op members," he says. "We're pushing on that one, but that's going to be a heavy, heavy lift because it costs money to put that back in."
Doggett thinks that's about $1 billion out of a reform package worth $1.5 trillion. He says the problem with these kinds of bills is that they solve one problem but create another problem for someone else.
"You can rob Peter to pay Paul, but sooner or later Peter is going to get pretty upset," he says.
Doggett, who spoke on a panel at the Northern Ag Expo in Fargo on Nov. 29, says agriculture needs to be wary of being cut as conservative members look to sequestration — across-the-board spending cuts — to offset the trillion-dollar tax cuts.
The NCGA sees pluses and minuses within the tax bill but is not taking a position on it.
"It's a marginal plus for most of our growers," he says, noting the organization doesn't take a position on the overall bill because there are different versions that can change quickly.
"When we get to a final, final bill, we may may take a look at it and make that decision," he says.
Other important pieces include how farmers can expense new and used farm equipment and how they use cash accounting and depreciation schedules.
Doggett thinks the tax bill and appropriations bill schedules will have a big influence in determining what's in a new farm bill and when it's passed. He thinks the earliest a farm bill will be addressed will be February or March, but it's likelier in the summer.
"There are even a few folks very quietly saying we could use another extension," he says.
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December 4, 2017 at 04:40PM
In Minnesota, producers are forecast to bin 18.9 million cwt, a 12 percent increase from last year. They are expected to harvest 45,500 acres, up 3,500 acres from last year.
The increased forecasts come after a relatively dry year in the Red River Valley, at least compared with last year. Excessive rain in 2016 prevented farmers from harvesting some of their crops, especially in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota.
The Red River Valley has had average to slightly above-average rainfall, though parts of it are "abnormally dry," according to the U.S. Drought Monitor website.
Still, potato yields in North Dakota and Minnesota are estimated at 340 cwt per acre (up 40 cwt from last year) and 415 cwt per acre (up 15 cwt from 2015), respectively, according to the USDA. The quality of potatoes also is expected to be better than recent years, industry leaders said.
Sugar beet production in Minnesota is projected to hit a record high of 12.7 million tons, up 2 percent from the record set last year, according to the USDA. North Dakota should hit 6.5 million tons, up 4 percent from last year, forecasters predicted. Yields for both states should be up slightly from last year with about 31 tons per acre, according to the report.
Acres harvested this year were up 3 percent from last year in North Dakota, with harvesters there combing through 209,000 acres this season, according to the USDA. Minnesota is expected to harvest 411,000 acres of beets, about 6,000 less than last year.
Harvesters had an easier time bringing in the beet harvest, with the weather cooperating to allow producers to wrap up early in mid- to late October, industry leaders said. Sugar content was up from last year, with industry leaders saying the beet harvest had quality plants.
American Crystal Sugar Co. is projecting a stronger initial payment for this year's crop compared with 2016, according to a recent report from Forum News Service. A shareholder letter put those numbers at $46 per ton, minus $4 for unit retains.
The same letter said 2016 crop payments came at $42.45 per ton.
Corn, soybeans expected to dip
Farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota have most of their corn harvested for the season, but they are behind last year's pace, according to the USDA.
North Dakota producers are about 76 percent done with the corn crop as of Saturday, according to the NASS progress report released Monday. That's compared with 83 percent last year and the five-year average of 85 percent.
Minnesota farmers, who harvested 79 percent of their crop as of Saturday, were about 12 days behind the five-year average and well behind the 93 percent harvested at that time last year, NASS said.
The soybean harvest wrapped up in early November, about the same time as last year, according to the USDA.
The USDA predicted last week North Dakota corn producers would bring in 427 million bushels, down 17 percent compared with 2016's harvest. Minnesota should produce 1.45 billion bushels, down 6 percent from last year.
Yields in Minnesota are forecast to average 190 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from 2016, according to the report. North Dakota's average yields are estimated to drop by 24 bushels per acre from last year to 134 bushels per acre, according to the USDA.
Soybean production in North Dakota and Minnesota is forecast at 249 million bushels and 373 million bushels, slightly below last year's production, according to the report. Average yields for the crop in Minnesota should see no change with 46 bushels per acre, while North Dakota's yields are forecast at 35 bushels per acre, down about 6 bushels per acre from last year, the report said.
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October 20, 2017 at 07:16PM
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the sugarbeet crop progress report for week ending Oct. 15th.
North Dakota is 89% complete with the 2017 sugarbeet harvest. That is now ahead of the five-year average of 81% and is an increase from 61% completed last week.
Minn-Dak Pre-Pile Underway — Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative vice president of agriculture Tom Knudsen says it will be a short sugarbeet pre-pile campaign this year. If conditions look favorable the first week of October, the cooperative will transition into harvest. Knudsen says 2017 could be another record-breaking year for tonnage. “Right around 32 tons. That’s starting to drift south. We’ll see what impact the rain has. We’d like to stay at or below 30 tons, because anything more will be too much to swallow. We’d likely have to leave those in the field. We’ll confirm as harvest moves forward and see where we end up.”
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