NAWG Weekly Updates, May 12, 2022

NAWG NEWS

NAWG Requests Extension of Crop Insurance Planting Deadlines

Spring wheat-producing states have continued to experience abnormally wet conditions making spring planting difficult. On Tuesday, NAWG sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack requesting an extension of crop insurance planting deadlines by one month to allow time for more optimal planting conditions. Farmers that can’t get into the field to plant their crops until after the deadline must either choose not to plant or run the risk of having an uninsured crop that fails. Neither of these choices is optimal for farmers or the consumers that depend on this supply. To read the full letter, click here.

NAWG CEO Discusses Severe Weather Impacts on Farmers

Farmers across the nation are experiencing severe weather conditions ranging from significant drought to too much water. With crop insurance deadlines and seasonal challenges approaching, growers all over are hoping the weather will cooperate in order to have a decent crop this year. The Wall Street Journal took a look at the impacts the weather is having on growers. “Over 68% of the winter-wheat crop in the U.S. is in a severe drought, while spring-wheat states are stuck with excessive moisture,” said Chandler Goule, NAWG CEO. “The lack of moisture in the winter wheat and excessive moisture in the spring will affect yields and quality if we don’t see an immediate change in the weather.” Read the full story here.

NAWG Farm Bill Survey Wrapped Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in NAWG’s Farm Bill Survey. NAWG heard from over 250 wheat growers from across the country about how the 2018 Farm Bill is functioning and what is on farmers’ minds going into the 2023 Farm Bill. The feedback, thoughts, and ideas will significantly benefit our policy committees as they continue to develop policy proposals ahead of Farm Bill reauthorization.

GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY NEWS

Administration Announced Actions to Boost Production

On a visit to a farm in Kankakee, Illinois, President Biden announced several new administrative actions intended to boost production, lower food prices, and help feed the world. The plan includes increasing the number of counties eligible for double cropping insurance, cutting costs for farmers by increasing technical assistance for technology-driven “precision agriculture” and other nutrient management tools, and double funding for increasing domestic fertilizer production. For more information, click here.

Congressional Hearings on FY 2023 Budget and Appropriations Process

On Tuesday, Secretary Vilsack was before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture to discuss President Biden’s FY 2023 budget. Secretary Vilsack spoke about the priorities outlined in the President’s budget. Also, he took questions on several issues, including the implementation of critical disaster aid for farmers in 2020 and 2021. As part of a Continuing Resolution passed last fall, Congress authorized $10 billion in disaster aid for farmers and ranchers who experienced drought and other natural disasters. In February 2020, NAWG sent Secretary Vilsack a letter urging timely implementation of this disaster aid program and highlighting past implementation challenges related to WHIP+ and QLA. To watch or learn more about the hearing, click here

WASDE Report

The new USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report published today showed increased uncertainty of agricultural supply and demand conditions in the region and globally. In particular, for U.S. wheat, WASDE anticipates the short-term impacts to reduce supplies, exports, domestic use stocks, and higher prices. Exports are projected at 775 million bushels, which is 10 million bushels lower than that April WASDE. The projected season-average price is $10.75 per bushel, up from $7.60 in April. The report expects wheat cash and futures prices to remain elevated through the first part of the marketing year. The global wheat outlook is for lower supplies and consumption, increased trade, and lower ending stock. The global production forecast is at 774.8 million tons, down 4.5 million tons from the previous month. To find the full report, click here

Strong Interest Shown in First Round of Climate-Smart Practices

On Tuesday, Secretary Vilsack announced the USDA received over 450 proposals for the new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. The proposals range from $5 million to $100 million each, and the first round of funding closed on May 6. However, a second funding round remains open through June 10. It would cover pilot projects that benefit climate-smart commodity production, help a representative cross-section of production of agriculture, and include small and/or historically underserved producers. For more information about the proposal, click here

U.S. Drought Monitor Update

U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) this week saw continued improvements on the map across the Pacific Northwest and the northern Plains in response to another round of weather during the past week. In the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and the northern half of the Intermountain West, a series of disturbances starting last weekend brought cold temperatures and significant snowfall accumulations to higher elevations. Storm totals ranged from 6 to 18+ inches, providing a much-needed boost to mountain snowpack levels. In addition to the late-season snowfall, temperatures plummeted well below normal levels. In the northern and central Plains, isolated showers, and thunderstorm activity led to continued modest improvements in drought-related conditions. Meanwhile, in the southern Plains and Texas, the first heat wave of the season brought 90 to 110+ deg F temperatures to the region as well as periods of critical fire-weather conditions. In eastern portions of the southern Plains, isolated heavy rainfall accumulations (3 to 8+ inches) helped to ease drought conditions. However, drought-stricken areas of western Kansas and Oklahoma largely missed out on recent storm events. In the Midwest, light to moderate rainfall accumulations (1 to 5 inches) were observed in the southern and western portion of the region this week with most of the region remaining drought-free. In the Mid-Atlantic, rainfall accumulations ranging from 2 to 4 inches across areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and northern Virginia helped to improve drought-related conditions on the map. To read the full drought summary, click here.

NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION NEWS

Northern Crops Institute Supports Yield Contest

Northern Crops Institute (NCI) is a collaborative effort among Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota to support the promotion and market development of crops grown in this four-state region. NCI is an international meeting and learning center that brings together customers, commodity traders, technical experts, and processors for discussion, education, and technical services. Situated on the campus of North Dakota State University, in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, this unique facility is only minutes from the farm fields that yield much of the world’s food. NCI’s mission is to support regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern grown crops. NCI is a sponsor for the National Wheat Yield Contest with an in-kind donation of lab analysis. Mark Haugland, industry director of NWF and Anne Osborne, NWF project manager recently visited NCI to discuss their work and logistics of getting the winner’s hard red wheat or durum samples to the lab.  Thanks to David Boehm at NCI for a great tour and thank you for your support of the contest. Check out their lineup of webinars on their website here.

National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest! The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Winter Wheat entries are due May 16, and Spring Wheat entries are due August 1. Read more about the contest here, or to enter, go online to yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.

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