USDA officials are working on a trade program as planting season
continues across most of the country. The wet spring has led to expectations of
higher prevented planting acres than normal. Those farmers could lose out on
trade-aid payments if USDA structures the aid program based on actual
production as the department did in 2018.
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Farmers took advantage of the short period of drier weather last
week, but, nationwide, corn planting progress stood at only 49% complete as of
Sunday, May 19, according to Monday's USDA NASS Crop Progress report.
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For most of 2019, inclement weather has disrupted barge traffic along
the Mississippi, Ohio and Arkansas rivers. This has caused year-to-date grain
barge tonnages through the locking portions of the rivers to fall below the
three-year average and last year, according to USDA.
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Wet weather in the Corn Belt at a critical time likely means less
overall corn production (through both yield losses and outright acreage losses)
and more soybean production. However, predicting the acreage numbers or the
market reaction remains a weeks-long project as we wait to find any insurable
planting window even into June.
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Continued heavy rain and flooding are widely forecast for much of the
Midwest and Plains through the end of May.
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