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CORN TALK June / July 2016

A Publication for North Dakota Corn Growers Association Members











It’s already June and the 2016 corn crop by all accounts is planted with very positive early season growing reports. Let’s hope that we can keep the adequate rainfall coming. Corn plantings in North Dakota are estimated (by USDA-NASS) to total 3.4 million acres in the 2016 crop year. This would be the third highest planted corn acreage in North Dakota. Thankfully the corn price has rebounded a bit in the past few weeks, and we are hopeful the upward trend in price continues into the future. The next estimated corn planted acreage report by NASS will be issued on June 30. A more detailed acreage report is posted by FSA in August. Corn has become a high value crop in North Dakota, with recent years having crop sales at or above $1.0 billion in the state, not counting the value added from corn by-products. The goal of ND Corn is to continue to increase the value of corn in the state including supporting the increased uses of the crop which should provide good value to each producer and user of the crop. As I continue my work in the ND Corn organizations I continue to learn about the corn industry and players that work in and around the industry. It takes a passionate group of corn grower leaders, in both North Dakota and across the United States, to make the corn organizations work as effectively as they do. Be assured the ND Corn Council and Grower board members have the best interest of the growers in their minds when working on promotion, marketing and policy goals. One area of rising interest and importance is the need to demonstrate to our consumers that our producers grow corn (and other crops and livestock) both efficiently and responsibly. You will continue to see more discussions on this subject from commodity groups and commodity industries. Some of my highlights of the past few months at ND Corn include but are not limited to: • Fiscal Year 2017 Research Summit – this was held in January with research participants demonstrating to the ND Corn Research Board their planned research projects. Those projects included growing more


productive and efficient corn, monitoring and solving growing issues with diseases, soils, and finding new uses for corn and corn by-products, livestock feeding and human consumption. The ND Corn Council approved research grants of over $300,000 after this summit. We look forward to reviewing the progress and results of these projects. • 2016 CornVention – This is ND Corn’s annual meeting of producers. The meeting went well and was well attended with speakers covering the markets, weather and USDA programs. We are especially interested to find out if Mick Kjar’s long range forecast for this summer holds true! • 2016 Commodity Classic – this is one of two National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) sponsored meetings where delegates of each state corn group meets to hash out new objectives or restate recurring policies and goals. The ND Corn delegation was able to reinforce the need for NCGA to promote the retention of the current crop insurance policy and prevent plant program rules without replacement or reductions. • ARC-CO – we have worked with our congressional delegation, NCGA, other state corn organizations and other ND commodity organizations to bring attention to the need to resolve the current yield policy in the ARC program. ND Corn will continue to work with USDA and other commodity groups to help educate producers of the importance of completing the annual county NASS yield surveys. The NASS county surveys for corn run from October 15 to January 15. If mailed a survey, please respond! • Corn’s partners – we have continued to work with our local and national commodity groups to find new and efficient ways to develop partnerships to enhance agriculture across the State and the US. • Affiliations with National Corn Growers, US Grains Council and US Meat Federation are very important to ND corn growers bottom line. I have been able to meet with the leaders of these organizations. In each meeting I am impressed with the push to enhance the value of each bushel of corn grown and marketed. Their affiliations make a difference in your bottom line. Here is hoping you experience a positive 2016 crop and livestock season.

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WHERE CAN WE MOVE THE NORTH DAKOTA CORN PILE? SCOTT GERMAN, NDCUC CHAIRMAN Hope this newsletter finds all our producers with favorable growing conditions. I was once told the person that can help you the most is “the man in the mirror.” We as corn farmers are always looking for a better price for our corn. To meet that goal, we need to find ways to cut supply and/or increase demand. As I look at the demand side of the “corn pile” we basically have 3 sectors to choose from: livestock feed, ethanol fuel, and exports (feed and ethanol). These 3 sectors account for 82% usage of all corn production in the 2015 crop year. The remaining 18% of corn is used in food, seed and industry. Ethanol: Production in North Dakota has exploded in the last 10-12 years. With over 40% of North Dakota corn being processed into ethanol, I believe our ethanol market is nearing maturation. Exports: One hundred and ten shuttle car trains have become common place in North Dakota. Yet with our export market, there are too many factors out of a farmers control such as weather, fluctuations in the dollar, political rhetoric, transportation costs, rail availability or competitiveness in the world market. This makes the export market difficult to predict. So that leads me to the 3rd sector- corn used as livestock feed. In the US, 39% of all corn is used for livestock feed.


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However, in our state the feed usage is much lower. When you look at the livestock industry in North Dakota, “sad” is the first word that comes to my mind. We feed less than 2% of our annual corn production. To put that in perspective, in 2015, North Dakota produced 328 million bushels of corn, approximately 2% of corn used for livestock feed would fit in 19 unit trains. Our entire state’s corn used as feed production fits in 19 unit trains!! We as producers can do nothing but wish, hope or grab the bull by the horns (no pun intended) to change this level of usage by livestock. How can we help this trend? For those not familiar with the North Dakota livestock industry here is data to represent what we could do with an increased level of livestock in our state: Swine Industry: • In today’s swine industry piglets are usually weaned at 12 -15 days old. • At that age they will start consuming corn, DDGs, and soybean meal. One pig from 15 to 280 lbs. will consume approximately 550 lbs. of corn, 37 lbs. of DDGs and 100 lbs. of soybean meal. • According to 2015 ND NASS statistics the total hog production totaled 738,000 head; for comparison, Iowa produced 49 million head in 2012! (US Census of Ag). Oddly enough, of those 49 million head 94% were raised on family farms. • Of those 738,000 head of ND hogs produced, only 138,000 head were finished in North Dakota with the rest shipped to other states to finish. That’s less than 3.5 unit trains of corn used to feed the 138,000 head of hogs.

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ND CORN PILE (CONT.) Dairy Industry: • The dairy industry in North Dakota has approximately 90 dairies with 16,000 cows. (2015 NASS data). • A high producing dairy cow will consume 106 bushels of corn per year. (U of ILL Extension). • ND’s entire dairy industry consumes less than 4 unit trains of corn. (Note - Wisconsin has about 1.27 million lactating cows.) Beef Industry: • Beef producers and ranchers in North Dakota raised 883,000 calves in 2015. • The latest statistical data shows only 60,000 head are finished in North Dakota. • According to SDSU Extension, it takes 2,800 lbs., or 50 bushels, of corn to finish out the average steer calf. • Mathematics tells me that’s about 41,000,000 million bushels of corn demand for the beef industry alone that we’re sending out of state! So the point of my article is there is tremendous opportunity in our state for animal livestock to grow. It is our choice as corn producers to accept the prices we get (basis levels) or grab that bull by the horns and increase demand for our own product. Here is one way “shared risk” has worked in my family. My dad wanted his family to come back to farm but didn’t have enough land to support 2 families. At the risk of being admitted to an institution for the mentally insane he built a 4,500 head hog finishing unit. This facility was built with a symbiotic working relationship with a large company partner. By teaming up with this company, it allowed the transfer of virtually all the risk over to that entity, which made lenders much easier to work with. Over the past 18 years my dad was able to not only have his son come back to the farm and hog operation, but this success has led his grandson(s) to be interested in the family operation as well. I would be happy to provide my dad’s phone number to anyone wanting more information on starting a 4,500 head hog finishing site.


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the environment? Does the public not understand the effect on their wallets and the value to rural America?


Legislation and EPA Lately folks in congress have proposed new legislation to make 9.7 % ethanol the new limit. That would be a huge blow to the ethanol industry and farmers. We know we can produce the amount of corn needed to meet and exceed the 9.7% ethanol blends! We have several fuel stations in the state and US selling fuel levels of E-15 to E-85 right now.

Hello to all and hoping this finds you with a good looking corn crop. As a corn farmer, I would hope that you’re aware of how much of our ND corn goes to ethanol. With North Dakota’s five ethanol plants using 160 million bushels of corn, I think we can say that ethanol is a good use of the bushels we produce each year. The value that ethanol has added to a bushel of corn in North Dakota is invaluable to our farm cash flow. I have a few thoughts on the use of ethanol on your farm and in personal travel, along with comments about EPA’s recent release of 2017 Renewable Fuel Standards. How about using more ethanol on your farm? What are we doing as corn growers to promote ethanol usage? Most of us have received additional revenues come to our farms and rural economy because of ethanol. Are we having our fuel provider mix mid-level blends like E-20, E-30, or E-85 and delivering it to our bulk tanks? It’s easy to pick up the phone and say “my bulk tank is empty, fill it up,” knowing you are going to get standard E-10. Over the last couple years, I’ve been specifying that I want my bulk tank filled with E-30. This isn’t difficult for my fuel provider since they have E-85 in bulk and blend it with E-10 to get me my mid-level blend. I have found in my vehicles and farm equipment that using E-30 is the sweet spot related to both cost and fuel economy. If you haven’t tried this out yet, please do. Ethanol blend fuel is a great use for all farmers, especially those who are producing large amounts of corn. How about using higher ethanol blends in your travels? While traveling south to visit my wife’s family, the midlevel pumps are easily accessible, with no wait. I look at the prices of the various blends. I can see that I’m usually $.30-.70 ahead by pumping E-30 over E-10, saving even MORE over straight gasoline. While I’m excited to save money fueling up, I’m alarmed at how many people are over spending and not buying ethanol blends higher than E-10. Is it because big oil has done a good job of scaring everyone away? Is it that we as farmers and organizations haven’t educated the public well enough? Do they not understand that ethanol is safe to use and that it is good for

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Recently EPA recently announced the 2017 RFS volume of corn used for ethanol at 14.8 billion gallons. This is still below the level required by law of 15.0 billion gallons of corn ethanol. ND Corn along with NCGA and other State corn affiliates are working to have EPA reconsider this level of ethanol production. You can be involved too by writing to EPA on this subject. To pursue this fix, a hearing was held by EPA on June 9, 2016. To show our support for a change by EPA and to try have them increase the level of corn ethanol to 15.0 billion gallons, ND Corn had a Board of Directors member (Kevin Skunes) testify to EPA in Kansas City, about the value of ethanol to his operation and to all corn farmers in North Dakota. In closing, I ask you that the next time you’re fueling up “using the yellow hose” and see someone not capitalizing on saving money and the environment, walk up to them and have a short conversation. Let them know how they can help themselves save money and rural America. On a side note, grower and board member Andy Braaten reminded everyone at his daughter’s graduation party that American Ethanol “pays for college.” Now THAT is a great message to share with others on the value of ethanol. Let’s hope the rain comes when needed and have great growing weather this summer!


COMMODITY INVESTMENT IN SOIL HEALTH MAKES A DIFFERENCE ON-FARM ABBEY WICK - NDSU EXTENSION SOIL HEALTH SPECIALIST Each year, the ND Corn Council invests checkoff dollars in NDSU research and extension projects, with the goal of getting ND corn growers the information they need to make on-farm decisions. Soil health has been a priority for funding to help growers manage problem soils (e.g. salinity) and adopt practices like reduced tillage and cover crops. When this information ends up in the right hands, it can make a big difference for farming operations. The Corn Council’s own, Terry Wehlander, has shown how commodity funded research and extension projects have influenced practices he is using on-farm. Terry came to his first NDSU Soil Health Café Talk in 2013 that was funded in part by the ND Corn Council. He was looking to get some ideas on how to manage the salinity in his fields, a discussion which led to Terry setting up a demonstration site by DeLamere with NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist, Abbey Wick. The demo site was on a quarter that had historically been a productive field, but productivity was declining over time because of salts moving into the field. He had tried almost everything to manage this quarter, with the exception of no till and cover crops. He abandoned tillage on the field and put in his first cover crops to remediate ditch effect salinity along the field edge. He also planted cover crops in the remainder of the field to use excess moisture and improve drainage in a prevented plant situation. He used a base mix of radish, turnip, dwarf essex rapeseed and barley on a Terry takes his nephews down into a soil pit to show them how he’s majority of the field and building soil health on the farm. then added sorghum x sudangrass and sunflower to that base mix along the ditch to use additional moisture.


Using cover crops and no-till, his field improved remarkably fast within one growing season. In the saltiest part of the field along the ditch, cover crops were establishing where corn and soybeans would not grow. This led to higher water use and better drainage with root development. The residue he was building on the surface also reduced evaporation, the force that pulls salts towards the surface. On the rest of the field, the radish and turnip were punching holes through compacted layers to help water to move down through the soil and at the same time capturing nutrients from deep in the soil profile to bring them back to the surface. The fibrous roots of the barley and dwarf essex rapeseed were building soil aggregates and creating better pore space for water and air movement. Earthworms came back into the field and five or six worms could be found in every shovel full of soil. Seeing this progress is what led to Terry’s adoption of cover crops on other quarters and his continuation of using a no-till/vertical till management approach on his farm. Since the first cover crops went in, Terry has continued working with NDSU on that field and also other parts of his farm. In 2015, he included winter wheat and barley into his corn-soybean rotation on a couple of his more challenging fields, giving him another opportunity to include cover crops following small grains. He also seeded radish with his winter wheat to work

Wehlander’s field before, during and after using cover crops.

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COMMODITY INVESTMENT (CONT.) on getting better drainage in one of his fields. This cropping season, he will likely try inter-seeding cover crops into some of his corn.

At a field day, Terry speaks to the group (following his grandpa Roger) telling the history of the farm and current management practices.

Seeing changes on-farm as a result of commodity funded research and demonstration projects is just one way to have an impact. Terry has taken it a step further to reach other growers and agronomists by speaking at events like the Advanced Crop Advisors meeting, the Conservation Tillage Conference and going to Soil Health Café Talks in Milnor, Jamestown and Wahpeton to share the ways he’s tweaking his own system to build soil health. He has also held numerous field days on his farm, reaching other farmers and ND State College of Science (NDSCS) students with approaches he is using. He is now mentoring a group of NDSCS students on how to get these soil health building practices going on their own farms. Other growers are adopting practices he is using because he is showing that it works and he’s sharing what he’s doing with others. This is how the commodity check off dollars are meant to have an impact!

NASS STUDY TO FOCUS ON CORN, DAIRY PRODUCTION USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is beginning to collect data from over 100,000 farmers and ranchers for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, including farm financial well-being, chemical usage, and various farm characteristics. In 2016, the survey will take a closer look at corn production and both organic and conventional milk production in the US. ARMS is a joint effort of NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service. The information obtained through the survey influences national and state policy-making decisions and is used to calculate the farm sector portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The survey also collects detailed information on production practices, costs, and returns for 13 principal commodities on a rotating basis. The last time ARMS focused on corn and dairy was in 2010. “The 2014 Farm Bill introduced important changes in agricultural policy by expanding the range of crop insurance options while eliminating several commodity support programs,” said Barbara Rater, director of NASS Census and Survey Division. “Data from the 2016 ARMS will be used to assess the crop insurance choices made by farmers, helping policymakers better understand the impact of crop insurance offerings on farm production decisions and financial outcomes.” NASS is already working with producers on the first phase of this survey. The survey is conducted in three phases from May 2016 through April 2017. The first phase screens participants to make sure they accurately represent the entire U.S. farm sector. During the second phase, NASS will collect information on production practices and chemical use for specific commodities. The final phase will survey producers on cost of production, farm income and production expenditures. The survey can be completed online at http://agcounts. and NASS representatives are available by phone. Producers can also complete and mail the paper form.

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UTILIZING PRECISION AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY Nolan Berg Precision Systems Agronomist Peterson Farms Seed

How many growers have the capability to utilize precision agriculture technology on their farm, but choose to ignore the benefits? I think the number is much higher than it should be.

available at virtually any time during the season. If an image of a field is needed immediately, a grower can obtain that image with a UAV. Although satellite imagery is updated as frequently as weekly, the odds are there will be cloud cover in at least some of the satellite images. I’ve found tremendous value in using UAV imagery inseason. Imagery taken in-season can be used to determine areas of the field that are stressed. An agronomist should inspect the areas in question to determine or confirm a problem. For example, a UAV image shows yellowing corn. After visual inspection and soil testing, an agronomist attributes the yellowing to nitrogen deficiency. The imagery

The term “precision agriculture” is broad – it can range from manually switching seeding rates in the planter to full automation of variable rate fertilizer, seeding rates, and hybrid. As new ag technology becomes more readily available, more affordable, and easier to use, farmer acceptance will grow. A recent study conducted by the University of NebraskaLincoln asked growers about their adoption of precision agriculture. About 80% of those surveyed have implemented technologies including yield maps, soil sampling, GPS systems, cell phone with internet access, and high speed internet. Only 68% reported utilizing variable rate seeding and hybrid and/or variable rate fertilizer rate. According to this same study, a much lower percentage of growers (about 30%) reported using satellite or aerial imagery. As a UAV specialist, this is an area in which I believe growers can see remarkable benefit! In my work over the past several years, I’ve seen large improvements in the way we determine zones and rates for precision practices when precision ag technologies are used. Traditionally farmers have used outdated soil maps and uncalibrated yield maps to create variable rate maps. Aerial imagery from UAVs add a layer of data that is


can then be used to create a variable rate prescription to sidedress more nitrogen in the yellowing areas. Using variable rate application of nitrogen increases efficiency as nitrogen is placed where the crop needs it most. The cost of the sidedress application is comparable to a traditional flat rate, but sidedressing is far more efficient in increasing yields. Technology is here to help, and growers should embrace it. While it may seem daunting because of rapid change, precision methods are becoming easier to use and more accurate every day. New mobile apps also help bring the technology directly to the field via your smart phone, making recording and sharing scouting information virtually instant.

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research summary DDGS Prove to be a Valuable Ingredient in

Beef Cattle Rations Summary

Coordinated studies were recently conducted by Ag Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta, and North Dakota State University (NDSU) at its Carrington and Fargo, ND, locations to compare the effects of low- and medium-fat levels in dried distiller grains with solubles (DDGS) on feedlot performance. The studies measured dry matter (DM) intake, average daily gain (ADG) and feed efficiency at the growing phase and DM intake, ADG, feed efficiency and carcass traits at the finishing phase. Results of the trials indicated: Growing phase – No difference in any of the areas of performance, with the exception of: • An increase in DM intake (P=0.002) and ADG (P=0.03) with low-fat DDGS in the Lethbridge trial. Finishing phase – No difference in any of the areas of performance, with the exception of: • An increase in feed efficiency (P=0.03) with medium-fat DDGS in the Lethbridge trial.

Benefits of DDGS

• Excellent source of

protein and energy

• Incomparable palatability

• Competitively priced

• Highly versatile and safe feed

Based on this data, producers should feel confident in their use of DDGS as a foundational ingredient in beef cattle rations.

Research Details

A total of 395 feeder cattle were used in the three locations – Lethbridge (160), Carrington (154) and Fargo (81). The Carrington and Fargo trials used corn- or barley-based diets, and the Lethbridge used barley as the grain source. All studies used corn silage. The oil content of the two types of DDGS were 4-5% (as fed) for low-fat and 8-9% (as fed) for medium-fat for all trials. The DDGS used in all three trials was sourced from the same ethanol plants. DDGS inclusion rates in the Carrington and Fargo trials were 25% (DM basis) for both growing and finishing phases. DDGS inclusion rates for the Lethbridge trial were 10% and 20% in the growing ration and 5% and 10% (all DM basis) in the finishing ration.

Why is Oil Removed from DDGS?

Ethanol plants remove a portion of the corn oil (fat) in DDGS for higher-value biodiesel and feed fat markets, which has resulted in the increased variability in the oil content of DDGS. Partial removal of oil from DDGS allows for greater concentration of the remaining constituents such as protein, fiber and minerals.

Additional Information The complete NDSU study results can be found at: • Chanda Engel, NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center 701-652-2951 • • Kendall Swanson, NDSU Animal Science Department 701-231-7661 •

Studies supported by: NORTH DAKOTA


The Ag Canada final report can be found at: in the resources tab • Martin Huenerberg, Ag Canada, Lethbridge • 403-359-6985 • • Gabriel Ribeiro, Ag Canada, Lethbridge • 403-317-2228 • Scientists involved in these studies have no conflict of interest in any of the grant organizations.

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EXTRACTING MORE YIELD Orval Swenson Technical Service Rep. Loveland Products

Loveland Products recently introduced a foliar nutritional product called NutriSync M. A unique feature of NutriSync M is that it contains a compound called inositol. Inositol is a sugar-like carbohydrate that is naturally found in plant cells. Inositol plays an important role in the development of crops including corn. Inositol is essential in the production of plant cell walls. It is involved in the storage and transport of auxin plant hormones and has been shown to contribute to the reduction of salt stress in plants. Inositol is also an essential component of the signaling pathways involved in a plants ability to respond positively to various stressful environmental conditions.

IBA is an auxin, produced in the leaves and shoots, and travels downward in the plant to the roots where it stimulates root and root hair growth. Increased root hairs improve the capability of plants to take up soil nutrients and water during the growing season. Kinetin is a cytokinin and is produced in the root tips and travels up the plant directing seven physiological functions of plant growth including cell division. Radiate can be applied infurrow at planting or as a foliar at low rates to corn during the early vegetative crop stage. It can be tank mixed with most products including glyphosate or mixed with various starter fertilizers. Radiate has been proven to improve early season vigor, reduce early season stress, increase root mass, and optimize yield potential. NutriSync M and Radiate can be applied alone or together to obtain even greater nutrient uptake and utilization resulting in better overall corn performance and an excellent return on investment.

The addition of inositol to foliar applied nutrients also has other plant benefits. Inositol allows nutrients to enter the leaf without the plant expending energy. Once the nutrients are inside the plant inositol acts as a transport mechanism moving the applied nutrients, as well as other nutrients in the plant, to specific sites where vigorous growth is occurring. If the nutrients are not used or are no longer needed at a specific location, inositol remobilizes and transports the nutrients to other areas where they are needed ensuring that they are being efficiently utilized by the plant. NutriSync M, in addition to inositol, contains boron, manganese, and zinc and can be applied from the early vegetative stage to the early reproductive stage. The micronutrients and inositol in NutriSync M help improve corn vigor and yield potential. NutriSync M has been tested in replicated research and field trials to ensure that it is effective, has excellent crop safety, and is compatible with most spray tank mixes including glyphosate. Another Loveland product that can boost corn yield is Radiate. Radiate is blend of two plant growth regulators, indolebutyric acid (IBA) and kinetin, in an optimum ratio.


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NEW MAGUM ROWTRAC IS A VERSATILE WORKHORSE Kip Hines Marketing Specialist Titan Machinery

Farmers looking to squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of their equipment these days are turning to the new Case IH Magnum Rowtrac tractor. Magnum Rowtrac is the perfect fit for any farm because of reduced wheel tracks, better flotation, easy maneuvering, and more flexibility. The tracks provide the traction and power, while the wheels give drivers maximum turning capabilities. “I’ve had a blast. This is a lot of fun,” says Jim Lilleberg who has been in the field demoing the versatility of the Magnum Rowtrac for several customers this spring. Lilleberg is the returning store manager at Titan Machinery- Moorhead and has used a 380 Magnum tractor to pull a 24R-22 Yieldtrac planter and a 50-foot Case IH T200 field cultivator. “I’ve been showing the value of eliminating wheel tracks and compaction while cultivating and planting,” says Lilleberg. “We can’t control the weather, but we can put the seeds into the best growing environment possible,” he adds. There’s a reason the Magnum Rowtrac has been an AE50 award winner for engineering innovation. When traditional tires simply aren’t enough, Magnum Rowtrac is a fixed-frame row crop workhorse that turns like a traditional tractor, while floating like a tracked machine. Soil type and weather can make short planting and harvesting windows even shorter, Magnum Rowtrac can help you start sooner, work longer, and enjoy better yield potential. “It’s been a pleasure to drive,” says Scott Rosevold. He farms wheat, beets, and soybeans near Mayville, ND. Rosevold has been driving his Magnum Rowtrac since January 2015. “The cab is comfortable and the visibility is good. We haven’t been able to put it to a full test yet in all possible conditions, but so far it’s living up to our high expectations,” Rosevold added. He says his main

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motivation for his tractor purchase was for lifting beets. Rosevold says the tracks give him the floatation he needs without running duals, and they also give him machine control when the fields get greasy and the rows are only 22 inches wide. It’s not just a row-crop w a r r i o r, because Magnum Row trac can tackle m a n y dif ferent jobs on the farm with incredible ease, including tillage and large grain carts. Whether you grow beets, potatoes, soybeans, wheat, or corn - the Magnum Rowtrac adapts to fit the way you farm. With 5 different track widths and seven different rowspacing options from 20”-40”, it is the most adaptable rowcrop tractor. Whether 340 or 380 horsepower- power shift or CVT transmission- Magnum Rowtrac outperforms two-track options by providing better handling and ride, less rutting and berming, and full power on the ground in curves and turns. “I just wanted to see if it could do it, and it pulled that 50-foot cultivator at over 7 mph with only 2-3% slip” says Lilleberg. He had heard the tractor could pull larger discs, rippers, and cultivators, but he needed to experience it himself to be able to confidently tell customers about it. “Now I know,” adds Lilleberg, “This is a complete farm machine.” In addition to the agronomic advantages of the Magnum Rowtrac, Lilleberg says it is extremely quiet and smooth to operate from a comfortable cab. Part of the reason for the positive field experience for Lilleberg could be attributed to the award-winning CVT transmission he’s operating. It’s the best in the industry for mechanical, and therefore fuel efficiency. With its versatility and efficiency, it’s easy to see how the Magnum Rowtrac could become the MVP of any farm machinery lineup.



(Frank Casey, NDSU; Nate Derby, NDSU)

Conservation Tillage on Clay Soils

(Aaron Daigh, NDSU; Jodi DeJong-Hughes, UMN)

Equipment for Inter-seeding Cover Crops

(Fargo Aire, Dawn, RDO, Montag; Abbey Wick, NDSU)

Crop Response on Saline Soils and the Bottom Line (Dave Ripplinger, NDSU; Tom DeSutter, NDSU)

Disease and Pest Management on Saline Soils

(Phil Glogoza, UMN; Berlin Nelson, NDSU; Jason Harmon, NDSU)

Conservation Tillage on Loam Soils

(Aaron Daigh, NDSU; Jodi DeJong-Hughes, UMN)

Social: Bagg Bonanza Farm Mooreton, ND



Come see your commodity work! The tour will showcase projects funded by ND and MN commodities including conservation tillage, salinity/sodicity management, cover crops in rotation and many other research project updates. The tour will also feature

Wehlander Farm, DeLamere ND Planting Soybean and Sunflower into Cereal Rye (Abbey Wick, NDSU; Jodi DeJong-Hughes, UMN)

Using Cover Crops and Perennials on Saline Acres (Chandra Langseth, NDSU)

innovative farmers and industry leaders from the region. Register online:

Speich Farm, DeLamere ND Sodic Soil Management

(Tom DeSutter, NDSU; Amit Chatterjee, NDSU)

Weed Management CEUs will be available

(Liz Stahl, UMN)

A Block of rooms has been reserved at the AmericInn (701-642-8365) and the Baymont Inn (701-642-5000) in Wahpeton, ND. We request that all attendees plan to attend both days and all attendees are required to ride the bus. No additional vehicles will be permitted.


JUNE 29th & 30th research investment at

Langseth Farm, Barney ND


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ND CORN CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT The 14th Annual ND Corn Classic Golf Tournament will be held August 3, 2016 at the Maple River Golf Course in Mapleton, ND. This event is a great opportunity for networking, marketing and fun! Golfer registration and sponsorship opportunities are available now. Teams of 4 golfers can register by completing the registration form at, or the registration form included in this issue on page 22. Registration fees include green fees, cart, box lunch and steak dinner. The prices for golfing are as follows:

ACE FLY-IN RECAP On April 13-14 in Washington, D.C., NDCGA board members Jeff Enger, Mike Clemens and Kevin Skunes attended the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-In to promote Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) and E15 success on Capitol Hill. Nearly 70 ACE members attended over 125 meetings with lawmakers from 36 states to convey the importance of the RFS and bipartisian legislation to extend Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 and higher ethanol blends.

• ND Corn Growers Association members: $100/person • Non-members: $125/person • 2 mulligans and 2 putts in the putting contest: $20/person • Steak dinner with no golf: $20/person Hole, cart and meal sponsorships are available for purchase. Sponsorships are available until filled or July 22, 2016. Sponsors can register by completing the sponsorship form on our website or the form included in this issue on page 24. Sponsorship fees are as follows: • *Hole Sponsorship: $250 (recognition on hole green) • Cart Sponsorship: $150 (recognition displayed on a cart) • Meal Sponsorship: $500 (recognition on banner) *For Executive or Principal level corporate sponsors of NDCGA, a hole sponsorship is included as part of your sponsorship benefits. Please contact our office if interested in upgrading your sponsorship.

Senator John Hoeven, NDCGA director Jeff Enger, Vicki Enger and POET-Big Stone Ethanol board member Mark Lounsbery.

NDCGA representatives were able to meet with Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer regarding the RFS and RVP. While these representatives are supportive of the RFS, Senator Heitkamp expressed concerns on the outcome if representatives were to vote today. More work is needed in education on the important role that the RFS has on corn prices for farmers and the value ethanol plays with air quality. Congressman Cramer supports the efforts of the RVP waiver and is cosponsoring legislation (H.R. 1736) that is currently in the Energy & Commerce Committee for consideration. In 2015, ethanol production in North Dakota exceeded 400 million gallons and produced 1.3 million tons of dried distiller grains from approximately 40% of the corn produced by growers in the state.

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SUMMER MARKETS-VOLATILITY IS COMING! Kent Beadle Marketing Manager Russell Consulting Group

In our previous issue, we talked about a possibility of a rally to $4.00 which did eventually occur during the month of April. Hopefully that you took advantage of that brief rally to market some of last year’s production. The spate of volatility that we have seen in April and onward to the time of this writing has been driven by some changes to the US and world balance sheets that are important and could impact price movement over the course of the summer. We will briefly cover these changes and talk about what this summer could bring. The first major change is a potential shortfall in Brazilian 2nd crop production due to the hot and dry conditions they experienced during pollination in April. On the May USDA World Supply and Demand report, Brazilian production was lowered by 3 MMT from 84 to 81 MMT. In addition, production in Argentina was lowered by 1 MMT due to the impacts of excess rainfall in that country. South Africa is a 3rd major exporter who already had its production reduced due to drought. Production in those 3 countries combined is down 9.8 MMT or 385 million bushels from the previous year’s production.

2016-2017 is 1.9 billion bushels, up another 175 million from this year’s estimate. The USDA sees demand for feed growing in 2016-2017 due to larger animal numbers and reasonable feeding profitability. Ethanol demand is to grow modestly as a result of more miles driven in the US due to cheap prices and also due to strong world demand for US ethanol. We also want to make note of the fact that while world ending stocks of corn remain steady at about 207 MMT, ending stocks in China is 109 MMT, over ½ of the total. We have seen very little demand for those supplies, likely because those stocks are overpriced by the Chinese government, and because those stocks are to a large extent of such a poor quality that they have little to no utility whatsoever. This means that world ending stocks are functionally much smaller than the estimate. The net effect of these world production shortfalls and the strong US demand is that our tolerance for a shortfall

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The lower world production becomes the driver for the 2nd major change in the US balance sheet and that is the large jump in export estimates for this crop year as well as the next. On the May USDA Supply and Demand report for 2015-2016, exports were raised by 75 million bushels from 1.65 billion up to 1.725 billion bushels. Export sales have been strong over the past weeks, and in fact the average weekly export sales of corn between February 1st and April 31st was the largest in over 25 years. The USDA sees that pace continuing and the initial USDA forecast for exports for

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in US production this summer is not nearly has high as many thought it would be just 8 weeks ago. Therefore, we need a little more weather premium that initially expected. In our last report, we discussed the changing weather pattern, with our recent El Nino giving way to a possible La Nina by the end of the summer. This potential still exists, and the USDA currently sees the probability of a La Nina developing between June and August at just over 50%. Should this result in lower yields as it has done in other similar years, we could see ending stocks back down into an area that could give us some summer fireworks.

Tim Kozojed, Hillsboro, and Kyle Speich, Milnor, were elected to the NDCGA Board of Directors at the NDCGA Annual Meeting on February 3.

We believe that our recent volatility is the beginning of what is going to be a very active summer of price volatility. The recent rally in soybeans has likely stole acres away from corn and removes part of the bearishness of the March 31st acreage report. The June acreage and stocks numbers from the USDA will likely be the next major market movers from the USDA. Crop conditions and weather forecasts will also provide volatility, especially as we get closer to the July reproductive period and the August ear fill. Any signs that the transition to a possible La Nina is bringing hot/ dry conditions to the Corn Belt will result in some sharp spikes similar to what we have recently experienced in soybeans. We believe that the probability is good that these spikes will once again pierce the $4.00/bu mark, and could easily challenge $4.25-$4.50. Any realization that yields are not just threatened but are actually being reduced, and we could see prices well beyond that level. Please be clear we are not forecasting a drought. But we do believe that the world corn situation has tightened enough that we should have volatility this summer that will give us marketing opportunities. This material has been prepared by a sales or trading employee or agent of CHS Hedging, LLC and should be considered a solicitation. This communication may contain privileged and/or confidential information and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized dissemination, distribution, and/or use of this communication is strictly prohibited. CHS Hedging, LLC makes no representation or warranty regarding the correctness of any information contained herein, or the appropriateness of any transaction for any person. There is a risk of loss when trading commodity futures and options.

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Kozojed will serve as a director for District 2. He farms with his father, Mike, sister Teresa and brother-in-law Ben. They grow soybeans and corn on just over 5,000 acres. Tim and Ben also own Bloomfield Enterprises, selling equipment like trailers, conveyors, fertilizer spreaders and seed tenders. Tim and his wife Mia, a nurse practitioner, have four children. Speich will represent District 5 on the board. He farms with his brother, Tyler and father, Bruce. They raise corn, soybeans, sunflowers, alfalfa and wheat on 3,000 acres. The Speichs calve about 300 cows a year and also sell Pioneer seed.



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The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its partners at Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) are ramping up their efforts to promote U.S. ethanol as the clean-burning source of fuel to buyers and endusers around the globe. Through business-to-business working groups, technical workshops, trade missions and interaction with overseas media, these groups are reaching out to customers and regulators to show them the benefits of ethanol. These efforts are building on last marketing year’s sales to global customers of more than 870 million gallons (3.2 billion liters) of U.S. ethanol valued at almost $2 billion, the second largest quantity of U.S. ethanol shipped overseas. While this success is a good starting point, there is still much work to be done. “Ethanol exports are critical to U.S. farm profitability,” said USGC President and CEO Tom Sleight. “While the U.S. ethanol industry awaits higher domestic blend rates, exports have shown tremendous potential for demand, which is why the Council and its members, such as North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, are working together to develop new markets for U.S. ethanol overseas.” To maximize ethanol promotion work overseas, the Council and its partners have assessed how best to build on specific opportunities and constructed a plan of work focused on enforceable government mandates, regulations affecting local ethanol production environmental concerns and even public acceptance. The plan continues to evolve as the Council gets more market information and builds networks globally. “While our plans are always pivoting in order to fit the global market needs, we feel that our current strategy is making a positive impact quickly,” Sleight said. In 2016, the Council and its partners are focused on expanding programs into four key first tier markets: China, India, Mexico and Japan. These markets have the potential for increased usage of ethanol because they have growing automobile ownership, increasing fuel demand and very low ethanol inclusion rates.


In China, this work focuses on how air and water quality in that country could be improved through the use of ethanol. An ethanol working group with participants from both China and the United States is working together to host a series of seminars and meetings with national and provincial energy officials, key ethanol producers, environmental protection officials and researchers on vehicle emissions and to increase awareness of the favorable environmental impacts of using ethanol. Following a USDA-led ethanol trade mission in 2014 and the first round of environmental workshops in 2015, the country has sharply increased its imports since the fall of 2015. During the first seven months of the current marketing year, U.S. ethanol exports to China have totaled more than 134 million gallons (507.6 million liters) worth $227 million. This USGC escorts a Peruvian ethanol team in a US ethanol plant. is up from virtually nothing during the same period a year before and makes China virtually tied with top market Canada so far this year. In India, petroleum-based gasoline is also having a very negative impact on air quality, smog and carbon emissions that could be reduced with a higher blend rate of biofuels. There, the Council and its partners are cooperating with Indian industry partners to pursue enforcement of existing blend mandates. In Mexico, the Council and its partners are encouraging the implementation of nationwide use of ethanol in fuel and promoting increased ethanol imports as a method of decreasing gasoline imports. To accomplish this, USGC staff in Mexico is working with the Mexican Department of Energy and the Mexican Congress to learn more about their energy goals and provide information on U.S. ethanol production and specifications.

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ETHANOL EXPORTS (CONT.) In Japan, the groups are working to engage the ministry responsible for Japan’s biofuel policy as the government decides if U.S. corn bioethanol should be included in a 2017 rewrite of that country’s biofuel policy. During the past few years, the greenhouse gas profile of U.S. ethanol has improved substantially, which is critical information for Japanese regulators as they consider U.S. corn-based ethanol for use in their country. The Council and its partners are also operating programs in Canada, Peru, Colombia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan, focusing on building demand for U.S. ethanol in these markets that show near-term potential through activities such as market assessments, buyers teams, workshops and providing valid information. This aggressive global outreach to promote ethanol will continue to lay the groundwork for sales in the near term and far into the future, creating new and robust demand for U.S. grain farmers. “The Council sought out and built new demand for U.S. grains products all over the world for more than 50 years,” Sleight said. “Our work in ethanol is a logical extension of what our global network does to promote U.S. corn, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and more. We are excited to see this program grow.” The ND Corn Council is a proud sponsor of the US Grains Council with three board members, Bart Schott, Andrew Braaten, and Anthony Mock serving on action teams.

NDCUC CONTRACTS WITH NDSU The ND Corn Council has contracted with NDSU for assistance with its research program. Grant Mehring, assistant professor in the Plant Science department will be responsible for providing administrative and technical support to the ND Corn Council. Mehring will provide oversight on the Council’s eleven funded research projects. Mehring will ensure ND Corn research is bringing value to ND corn producers with advancements in the areas of soil science, corn hybridization and corn diseases. Mehring received his doctorate from NDSU in plant science in 2016. He has spent four years as a research specialist at NDSU under Dr. Joel Ransom, with two of the years funded to help lead a revamped corn hybrid testing program for eastern North Dakota. Mehring graduated from Fargo South High School in 2005. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Jamestown in 2009. The NDCUC will benefit from Grant’s technical expertise, his enthusiasm for ND agriculture and his energy that he’ll bring to the job.

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 12, when the ND Corn Council will be sponsoring a race night at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. The Red River Valley Speedway is back in business at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds after a 4 year hiatus. ND Corn Council members will be at the race with promotional items and to cheer on our racers, Jason Strand of E85 Racing and Jarrett Carter. Join us for a night of fun for the whole family! Learn more about the Red River Valley Speedway on their website www.redrivervalleyspeedway. com and about E85 Racing at

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AGRONOMY OUTLOOK: SIDE-DRESSING & FIELD SCOUTING Dean Colling Legend Sales Agronomist Legend Seeds

Remember, urea is subject to volatilization if rain does not fall within three to four days after application. As much as 30% of broadcast urea can volatilize if there is no rainfall within approximately 10 days after the application. Note: Application of dry products, such urea, “over the top” can result in foliar damage. Typically, this damage is an aesthetic concern and rarely translates into yield reduction.

Whether you’re adding nutrients or scouting for pests, timing is everything when it comes to field management. Depending on what stage of development your corn crop is in, it could be time to side-dress. I recommend applying nitrogen to corn before the V8 stage because ear set is determined by the plant around V8, so we don’t want the plant to scrimp on production due to lack of nutrients. The other reason is the fact that the largest portion of the total nitrogen uptake by corn occurs during the eighth leaf to VT (tasseling) development stages. Research has shown that if applications are done around V6, it is very rare to see yield loss due to N stress. This is because most soils can provide sufficient N to satisfy the demands of young corn plants. However, if no nitrogen, or very little, was applied pre-plant then side-dress earlier V2-V4 to avoid N stress. Soil’s impact on side-dressing decisions Soil type heavily influences a grower’s side-dressing decisions. High clay soils should have a planned splitapplication of nitrogen fertilizer due to the risk of nitrogen loss by denitrification. Fine-textured sandy soils also have high risk of nitrogen loss due to leaching. Injection into the soil or dribbling the nitrogen fertilizer between rows are the best ways to side-dress because this application can reduce volatilization of urea and protect the crop from foliar damage. Using dry Urea granules will have the least impact on leaf burn compared to UAN or dry products such as ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate. It is best to apply when the foliage is dry.


For corn growers including a rotation of soybeans in this year’s crop, here are some pests to watch out for. Scout for Aphids in Soybean Fields I recommend growers begin scouting their soybean fields for aphids every 7 to 10 days from (depending on geography) late July thru early September or until the crop is well into the R6 stage of soybeans. Scout fields more frequently (every 3-4 days) as aphid populations approach the threshold. Yield loss by soybean aphid is greatest when soybeans are in the early R stages (R1-R2), when flowers can abort and impact pod establishment. Peak infestations during the pod fill stage (R3) and beyond can result in smaller seed size and a reduction in seed quality. Early-season aphid infestations tend to concentrate on the newly emerging leaves and upper trifoliates of the plant and tend to migrate to the middle or lower leaves to avoid heat. What to look for when scouting: Look at 20-30 random plants across the field. Avoid field edges. Estimate the number of aphids per plant in that field. A minimum of two field visits is required to confirm that aphid populations are increasing. Before applying an insecticide to control aphids, scout for spider mites to ensure that populations are not present. If they are, select the appropriate insecticide that will kill the mites and the aphids, so that the mite population is also controlled and will not flare up shortly after application. Soybean aphid 101 Soybean aphids are small, pale green to yellow and may be winged or wingless. They can be found on the underside

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of leaves and stems. The soybean aphid is a pest originally from Asia. The soybean aphid survives as eggs on the twigs of buckthorn species. Aphids have piercing-sucking mouthparts that suck juices and nutrients from the plant. Lower populations of aphids can live and feed on soybeans without causing yield loss. Once populations reach threshold levels, especially in dry years when the plants are stressed, aphids can cause the plants to abort flowers, become stunted, reducing pod and seed production and quality. Scouting for Two-Spotted Spider Mite in Soybeans I encourage growers to begin scouting for two-spotted spider mites around the same time as aphids. Damage is more severe in hot, dry weather. Infestations tend to occur shortly after wheat harvest and when municipalities mow road sides. Infestations usually move in from the edge of fields as hot spots. Under hot, dry, windy conditions, infestations can spread very quickly. What to look for When Scouting: Look for tiny white stipples on the upper surface of leaves in the mid-canopy. Pull these leaves from the plant and shake them onto a white piece of paper to see the actual mites moving around. You will need a 10X hand lens to actually see the mites because spider mites are barely visible to the naked eye. Adults are eightlegged, yellowish-brown, with two dark spots.



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of leaves through stylet-like mouthparts. Each feeding site causes a stipple. Severe stippling causes yellowing, curling and bronzing of the leaves Plate 86. Eventually, the leaf will dry up and fall off. Upon close examination, fine webbing on lower surfaces of the foliage can be seen.

If rain is in the forecast, delay spraying. Prolonged wetness will usually reduce the number of mites to insignificant levels.

Since spider mites are an arachnid, it’s important to use a treatment specifically formulated for them. A common mistake growers make is assuming an aphid treatment will control spider mites as well. The wrong insecticide can cause spider mites to flare up rather than control them.

Two-Spotted Spider Mites 101 Spider mite females can reproduce without mating. Spider mites generally over-winter as adult females in sheltered areas, such as plant debris and field margins. Mites feed on individual plant cell contents on the underside

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Membership Form ND Corn Growers Association 1411 32nd St South, Ste 2 – Fargo, ND 58103 Phone: (701) 364-2250 Fax: (701) 298-7810

To become a member of the ND Corn Growers Association, complete the following and mail to the above address. Name: ________________________________________

Farm/Company________________________________ I want membership in Farm/Company name: Yes


Address: ______________________________________ City/State/Zip: _______________________________________ County ___________________________


Phone Number (Home): _________________________ Phone Number (Cell/Business) __________________________ Spouse’s Name: _______________________________ Recruiter Name: _____________________________________ This membership form enables ND Corn Producers to receive a free ND Corn Growers Association membership if the promotional checkoff is paid at the following levels: ____ ____

I have paid the promotional check-off for at least 12,000 bushels of corn entitling me to a free 1-year membership. I have paid the promotional check-off for at least 24,000 bushels of corn entitling me to a free 3-year membership. Or


I have not paid the minimum promotional check-off on corn, but wish to become a member. (Circle one): 1 Year = $35 3 Years = $85 New Membership __________ Renewal __________

With a ND Corn Growers Membership you will automatically become a member of the National Corn Growers Association.

By signing below, I certify that I have sold and checked off the above numbers of bushels of corn within one year of this date. I authorize and assign payment of the above checked dollars for a membership in the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. Signature: ____________________________________________Date:________________________________________


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PROPOSAL ON ARC-CO On March 28 and 29, a delegation from ND Corn traveled to Washington D. C. to discuss various farm bill issues with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In addition, discussions were held with the staff from Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp and Congressman Cramer. Specifically targeted in the farm bill implementation discussions was the 2014 ARC-CO program. The issue of concern in ARC-CO is the yield cascade methodology used by FSA for determining yields under the ARC-CO program. ND Corn offered to policy change to FSA that would revise the current yield cascade policy and would allow the local State Committee to set yields for counties that did not receive a yield from NASS rather than having the yields set by the Washington, D. C. FSA office. This policy proposal has not been enacted by FSA, however is under consideration.





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ND Corn Classic Maple River Golf Course • August 3, 2016 Golfer Registration Form Registration: 11 a.m. Shotgun Start: Noon Dinner: 5 p.m.


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Registration fee includes green fees, cart, box lunch and steak dinner. ND Corn Growers Association Member/Qualifying Member: $100/person * Non-Member: $125/person Ribeye Steak Dinner (No Golf): $20/person Two mulligans and two putts in the putting contest: $20/person

Total Registration Fee: Please remit payment with this registration form. This form will serve as your invoice. * A qualifying member has paid the promotional checkoff for at least 12,000 bushels of corn in North Dakota.

Payment Information Make checks payable to: NDCGA Type of Credit Card: Name on Card: Credit Card #: Expiration Date:

Return this form along with payment or credit card information to: NDCGA 1411 32nd St. S. • Ste. 2 Fargo, ND 58103

CVN: For more information, please contact Katelyn at 701-364-2250 or Alternate day for inclement weather will be on August 24, 2016.


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Exports of corn and corn products added $74.7 billion in value to the United States’ economy in 2014, according to an Informa Economics IEG study commissioned by the National Corn Growers Association.

The National Corn Growers Association is now accepting entries in the 3rd annual Fields-of-Corn photo contest.

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The contest seeks photos to help tell the story of farming field corn in America by capturing highresolution photos of growing corn from seed to harvest, the women and men that grow it and their families.

• In 2014, U.S. corn and corn product exports were valued at $17.6 billion–8.3% of the nation’s corn and corn products production value. • The economic “ripple effects” of these corn and corn products exports created $74.7 billion in economic output, $29.8 billion in gross domestic product (GDP), and 332,787 full-time equivalent jobs in the national economy. • For every $1 million in exports of corn, ethanol, DDGS, corn gluten feed and the corn equivalent of meat exports, 18.9 jobs and $1.7 million of GDP are added within the U.S.

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ND Corn Classic Maple River Golf Course • August 3, 2016 Sponsorship Opportunity! Hole, cart and meal sponsorships are available for the 14th Annual ND Corn Classic Golf Tournament. Sponsorships are available until all opportunities are reserved. Sign up today and take part in this perfect summertime networking and marketing event! Deadline is July 22, 2016 for sponsorships.

*Hole Sponsorship: $250 (recognition on hole green) Cart Sponsorship: $150 (recognition displayed on a cart) Meal Sponsorship: $500 (recognition on banner)

Total: Please remit payment with this registration form. This form will serve as your invoice. * If you are currently an Executive or Principal level corporate sponsor of NDCGA, a hole sponsorship is included as part of your sponsorship benefits. If you would like more information on how to upgrade your sponsorship, please contact our office.

Company Information Company Name: Contact Name: Street Address: City, State & Zip: Phone: Email:

Payment Information Make checks payable to: NDCGA Type of Credit Card: Name on Card: Credit Card #: Expiration Date:

Return this form along with payment or credit card information to: NDCGA 1411 32nd St. S. • Ste. 2 Fargo, ND 58103

CVN: For more information, please contact Katelyn at 701-364-2250 or Alternate day for inclement weather will be on August 24, 2016.


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AARSVOLD COMPLETES TERM James Aarsvold, Blanchard, ND, was recognized at the NDCGA Annual Meeting for his work on the NDCGA Board of Directors.

Thank you for your support!


James started his first term in July 2008 and will officially end his second term on July 1, 2016. Board members of NDCGA may serve up to two terms. The NDCGA would like to thank James for his hard work and dedication to NDCGA.



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NDCGA Board of Directors District 1 – Carson Klosterman: Wyndmere (President) District 1 – Andrew Braaten: Barney District 2 – Randy Melvin: Buffalo (Vice President) District 2 – Tim Kozojed: Hillsboro District 3 – Darren Kadlec: Pisek District 3 – Paul Thomas: Velva District 4 – Robert Hanson: Wimbeldon District 4 – Ryan Wanzek: Jamestown District 5 – Justin Halvorson: Sheldon District 5 - Kyle Speich: Milnor District 6 – Chris Erlandson: Oakes (Secretary/Treasurer) District 6 – Bart Schott: Kulm District 7 – Anthony Mock: Kintyre District 7 – Clark Price: Hensler

ND Corn Utilization Council District 1 – Arnie Anderson: Hankinson District 2 – Jason Rayner: Finley (Vice Chairman) District 3 – Paul Belzer: Cando District 4 – Dave Swanson: New Rockford District 5 – Terry Wehlander: DeLamere (Secretary) District 6 – Scott German: Oakes (Chairman) District 7 – Paul R. Anderson: Coleharbor

Director-at-large – Mike Clemens: Wimbledon Director-at-large – Jeff Enger: Marion Director-at-large – Kevin Skunes: Arthur Director-at-large – Larry Hoffmann: Wheatland

NDCGA Industry Directors Vern Anderson –­ Livestock Consultant, Carrington Gary Geske – Latham Hi Tech Seeds, Enderlin Ray Kotchian – Prairieland Ag Inc., Fargo Tom Cook – Cargill, Wahpeton

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