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CORN TALK December/January 2017

A Publication for North Dakota Corn Growers Association Members









A SOLUTION FOR OUR RECORD YIELDS SCOTT GERMAN, NDCUC CHAIRMAN I hope you all had a safe and bountiful harvest in 2016. This year’s corn crop will go down in the record books for North Dakota. The United States Department of Agriculture reports North Dakota’s production at over 500 million bushels, a whopping 154 bushels average per acre yield on 3.3 million acres. That shatters the old record yield by almost 20 bushels an acre. As I talk with some of my fellow producers they are amazed at some of the yields they are seeing. I’ve heard many producers say it was the best year ever.

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Storage of this huge crop has become a challenge for producers and commercial elevators alike. As I drive around the country there are more corn bags and piles than I have ever seen. Many elevators were forced to go to cash or contract only at harvest time because they just didn't have room. With this large crop it is more imperative than ever that we find and promote additional uses for North Dakota corn.

Encourage your friends and neighbors to consider a livestock operation to diversify their farming operation. A livestock operation is a great option for someone who would like to return to the farm but is finding it difficult with high land valuations. If you aren’t interested in a livestock operation be a welcoming member of your communities. Livestock operations add value to our local economy and create use for our piles of corn.

In early December we will be having our annual research summit, in which researchers will present funding requests for a variety of projects. The Council will be looking for projects that can help create uses for these piles of corn.

The Council recently held its annual research summit in early December. We received proposals on projects in agronomy, livestock and value-added projects. One of our main criteria in selecting from these projects is in creating a market for our record yields of corn. We have selected projects that we believe will be beneficial to you, the ND corn producer. We know that we have to invest today’s research dollars to help build future demand for our product. Look for articles in future newsletters where we highlight individual research projects.

In addition to funding research projects, the Council is a member of the newly formed North Dakota Livestock Alliance. This organization is in its infancy and brings both crop and livestock commodity groups together to further promote livestock in our state. The commodity groups met on November 10, 2016 and formed a steering committee to move this organization along. This new organization will be one that is proactive in assisting producers with the various stages of developing the industry. If you are producer with any interest in developing livestock whether pigs, cattle, or poultry on your farm feel free to contact the


According to the National Beef Council it takes 2.6 pounds of corn to produce 1 pound of beef, live weight. That is only $.13 worth of corn to make one pound of beef, when corn is $3.00 per bushel. Additionally it takes 3.6 lbs. of corn to produce 1 pound of pork, live weight, or $.19 per pound at the current 3.00 per bushel price. It takes 2.0 pounds of corn to produce 1 pound of chicken, or $.10/pound with $3.00 corn. My point is even with lower commodity prices for meat there are tremendous opportunities to add on-the-farm value to a bushel of corn. We are all looking for a better basis for our corn and our local communities can benefit from livestock.

In closing, I’m hopeful to see you at the North Dakota Corn Growers Association’s 2018 Farm Bill meetings in January. We are also excited for the 2017 CornVention on February 8th. Both events are discussed further in this newsletter. Wishing you and your families a prosperous 2017.

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MOVING FORWARD CARSON KLOSTERMAN, NDCGA PRESIDENT The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is looking forward to rolling up our sleeves in the next few months to work with new leadership in North Dakota and Washington, D.C. The North Dakota Legislature holds their bi-annual legislative assembly starting in January and running into April. A new governor, Governor Doug Burgum, will be in place for the legislative work. The NDCGA will have a presence in Bismarck this winter to ensure issues of importance to North Dakota farmers and ranchers are addressed with the North Dakota legislature and with Governor Burgum. Some important topics heading into the winter are: the State budget, property taxes, roads, bridges and infrastructure, research funding, and regulatory reductions. In Washington D.C., the new congress starts work in January with President-elect Trump being inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Again, NDCGA will be working with our policy experts in Washington as well as our National Corn Growers Association and United States Grains Council to ensure effective policy and regulation are enacted. We are working on immediate relief on certain regulatory issues such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) work on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and the herbicide Atrazine, to name a few. We are also continuing our efforts to find a way to convince the Trump administration that trade is an invaluable tool to increase profits on the farms and ranches across the country. We are hopeful to help

the administration to institute sound judgement in trade agreements. Top federal issues that we will be working on include crop insurance and potential cuts, reduction in agriculture based federal regulations, tax issues, and the 2018 Farm Bill. We continue to work on issues affecting you and your farming operations. The Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) decision to reduce the level of prevent plant coverage in 2017 from 60% to 55% is not a welcomed change but we did prevail in our suggestion to keep the 1 in 4 rules in place and the ability to allow a buy of 5% to 10%, if requested. In addition, we have asked RMA to expand the number of counties offering corn insurance in North Dakota. Another successful result is the recent decision by EPA to increase the Renewable Fuel Volume for corn based ethanol from 14.8 billion gallons to 15.0 billion gallons. This should help our ethanol partners grow their industry, which of course creates more demand for corn. To prepare for the 2018 Farm Bill, NDCGA will be holding Farm Bill and membership meetings on January 18 and 19. The discussions include the current farm bill and how it is working or not working, discussions on what is needed in the 2018 Farm Bill, and current issues in North Dakota affecting NDCGA members. We are pleased to announce that the meetings will include staff members from the North Dakota Congressional offices from Washington D.C. The location and times of the events are found in this newsletter. I would also like to encourage you to invite us to join you at an event in your area to discuss NDCGA priorities and for us to hear from you on important issues. We look forward to seeing you at 2017 CornVention and our annual NDCGA meeting on February 8th at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. I hope you and your family have an enjoyable winter season.


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CORN MARKETING 2016-2017: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY Kent Beadle Marketing Manager Russell Consulting Group

The 2016 corn crop was a record in both yield and production, with the best yields relative to trend line skewed to the upper Midwestern states of Minnesota and North Dakota. With good to excellent crops of wheat and soybeans as well, this will provide some challenges to our marketing over the next 12 months. This article will talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding what you are likely to experience trying to market this crop. First, the good. Yields have been running extraordinarily strong over much if not most of North Dakota. Only some pockets that were extremely wet saw yields trimmed from what they could have been. Some areas have yields that are more than 40-50 bushels per acre above APH. Officially, the USDA on the November report increased North Dakota corn yields by a whopping 17 bushels per acre to record 154 bushels per acre. This is 21 bushels above my trend line that takes into account yields since 1980 and it is 22 bushels above the state record. Even with cash corn prices that are currently $2.50 plus or minus, it represents over $50 per acre of revenue to the average North Dakota farmer. Those of you who have the storage space to keep these bushels off of the market, can hedge them at about a 24 cent carry to the July futures contract, and also can anticipate some improvement in the basis (that is now in the UGLY category) which could increase your gross dollars per acre revenue on your corn crop significantly. On to the bad. Futures prices have dropped about 15 cents per bushel since the release of the November report, which is not too surprising considering the increase in US ending stocks to 2.4 billion bushels. The truth is that prior to the break, futures at rallied about 40 cents per bushel off of the contract low, despite our supplies that are more than adequate. Some of this was seasonal, and some of it had to do with short covering from a large speculative position that peaked at over 200,000 contracts short at the time that the lows were made in late August. What do we expect futures prices to do over time? Well, with a carryout the


size that we are currently carrying, we have a hard time being too friendly to prices. However, we do have some reasons for optimism. First, our demand base as grown significantly. What this means is that even though ending stocks are higher, those stocks as a percentage of usage are not as high as they might seem. The more world demand that we can build, the more sensitive the market can be if those supplies are threatened. A weather problem in South America this winter or in the US next summer could still rally futures prices. In addition, we have seen uncommon strength in the soybean market, despite the large increase in carryout supplies in that commodity. This “corn/soybean ratio”, has moved to favor the planting of soybeans next spring. Fewer acres of corn combined with exceptionally strong demand makes the market even more susceptible to weather rally if it were to occur next summer in the US. We think the most likely scenario going forward is a

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CORN MARKETING (CONT.) nearby futures price between $3.15 and $3.50 between now and next March, with the possibility of a rally to $4.00 into spring planting should the acreage mix prove to favor corn over soybeans. Should La Nina be stronger than currently expected (a possibility but not a high probability), a move to $4.50 where we have peaked each of the past two years would likely occur on any forecasts of hot dry weather during the growing season. Finally, if the forecasts for hot and dry develop into something close to reality, futures could rally even further. Finally the “ugly.” Basis levels are on the poorer side of normal as strong yields resulted in farmer storage being filled to the maximum, and additional bushels being forced in commercial storage that filled up quickly thereafter. Basis levels are nothing more than a reflection of “local” supply and demand. And in North Dakota and neighboring Minnesota; current supplies are significantly higher than current demand, and it is going to take some time for that situation to rectify itself. Historically, when we get into a situation like this, basis levels are their widest at harvest, but they take a longer time than normal to recover. Eventually, the ethanol plants, the exporters, and the feed lots do run through the supplies that they own and they have to go to the

market to buy more. And with the fundamentals for futures prices suggestion that a big futures rally is not likely to come, it will be a tightening of the basis that may get some physical corn to move. However, growers this year are likely to be monitoring basis closely and I would be setting objectives 10-15 cents worse than I usually set them in a normal year. To sum up the situation, growers in North Dakota received a bonus in the form of yield that is providing gross dollars per acre that they did not anticipate they would receive. However, that bonus is offset by futures prices that are mediocre, and basis levels that are historically poor. We strongly encourage the use of hedging strategies to lock in carrying charges by selling deferred futures on any rallies, and then monitoring basis levels for improvements to lock in cash sales. If you follow this plan, you may come out OK on your marketing plan despite an overall price structure that remains depressed. 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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START SMALL TO GO BIG IN SOIL HEALTH DR. ABBEY WICK - NDSU EXTENSION SOIL HEALTH SPECIALIST Farmers using soil health building practices on their farms, like no-till and cover crops, often start small and scale it up gradually. This is a solid approach to avoid from getting overwhelmed, to adjust the system to fit your farm, to learn as you go and to make the practices stick. As Lee Briese, an independent consultant with Centrol Ag says, “try it on 20 acres, not 200.” This is great advice and should be followed by any farmer trying new practices on-farm. Tony Wagner, a farmer in the Jamestown area, has used this exact approach as he got into no-till and cover crops and continues to use this approach as he tries new things. He will typically try something on 40-60 acres before he goes whole farm. Tony shared some of what he’s tried at a small scale that he’s now taken to the whole farm. So, I will share what he’s tried and learned.

easily seen and this is how he got his start in no-till on his farm. Residue management on sandy pea ground was easy, figuring out residue management on their high clay soils that were in wheat or other crops proved to be a challenge. This leads to the next phase of trials on-farm answering the question: “what do we do with this residue?” Managing Residue: With all transitions to no-till, residue needs to be managed using multiple tools – including equipment modifications, sometimes new equipment purchases and also use of crop rotations/cover crops to help decompose residue and use the moisture underlying the residue. This may sound complicated, but when taken step by step, like Tony did, it becomes less overwhelming. The residue following a wheat crop has been an issue on their farm, as it is for most no-till farmers. The problem is that wheat stops using moisture early and the combine leaves an uneven mat of residue, making for wet soils at planting the following year. The first thing Tony did was adjust settings for the straw coming out the back of the

Tony checks his soil health under soybeans planted into cereal rye

Getting into No-Till: The first field Tony went no-till on was some sandy pea ground in 2003 – he says he just got tired of watching it blow after tillage. They used to do tillage on every acre, but it was this particular field that got him thinking about what should be done differently. At the time, there wasn’t much information on the transition to no-till, at least not nearly what there is now. So he and his dad stuck to one rule: they would not drive any tractors on that field unless they were putting seed or fertilizer in the ground. That eliminated any tillage practices and helped them stick to going no-till. The benefits of reducing soil erosion were


Cover crops growing under stripper head wheat residue

combine. He wanted an even spread because he didn’t have tillage as a tool anymore to spread the residue across the field. After adjusting the combine, which can only get you so far, Tony tried a drag across the field after straight cutting the wheat. Again, he tried using this approach on a single

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field first. That didn’t work as well has he hoped because as Tony puts it, the drag just made “muskrat houses”. So he recently invested in a stripper head to combine his wheat. This leads to less residue going out the back of the combine, leaves residue standing and attached to the soil. Standing residue attached to the soil is easier to manage than having it as a mat on the ground. The same goes for corn stalks Tony does not use a chopping head and leaves his stalks standing. On the flip side of having too much residue is not having enough residue to keep the soil covered, like after a pea crop. This is where Tony got into cover crops. Incorporating Cover Crops: It all started, again on pea ground, when Tony got the idea to try double cropping peas on a few acres. It was a light soil and he wanted to get some soil cover, build organic matter and fit in another short season crop. He then realized that double cropping peas was not the answer, but to add a cover crop following peas would be a better option. A cover crop would help hold the sandy ground in place and build organic matter to improve soil water holding capacity.

Cover crops growing on sandy ground following pea harvest

On sandy ground, following peas, Tony is now using a cover crop mix of oats (32 lbs/ac), radish (0.75 lbs/ac) and volunteer peas. He uses oats so that he can rotate to wheat the following year and terminate any volunteer oats in his wheat with a wild oat herbicide. On one field, he calls the “sand box,” he has developed dark, rich sandy soils with excellent aggregation using this approach plus no-till. It’s tough to build aggregates in sandy soil (because there isn’t enough clay to bind the soil particles together) and he’s

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succeeded in building some stable aggregates by building organic matter and using roots to hold soil particles together. Tony has also played around with using cereal rye versus winter wheat as a cover crop. His choice of what to use started on his heavier ground where he battles herbicide resistant kochia. He put in a side by side trial on one of his fields of winter wheat next to cereal rye. He saw that the cereal rye did a better job of controlling resistant weeds, especially kochia, through competition and also an alleleopathic effect. This is where cereal rye leaks a chemical out of the root that slows

Organic matter is built in sandy soils using no-till and cover crops

the growth of kochia. This is an excellent “mode of action” and many farmers are incorporating cereal rye to clean up some of their fields. He also noticed that the cereal rye was tougher in the winter and has earlier growth in the spring. Another benefit Tony noticed was that cereal rye is a little more tolerant of salts than winter wheat. This led Tony to the idea of “planting green,” where he would seed soybean directly into living cereal rye. If he could get cereal rye planted into his wheat stubble, he could set himself up to do this the following spring with his soybean. So, he tried it on 40 acres and then 60 acres and now is using this approach on over 1,000 acres. The approach Tony has taken of trying a new management on a few acres before taking it whole farm has served him well. He recommends this approach to anyone who is looking to reduce tillage, manage their residue differently and also incorporate cover crops. Get familiar with your system under these new practices on a small scale before investing the whole farm.



for our area’s corn maturity needs.

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When walking fields during pollination, I observed very nice cob girth on most ears. Even when the stand count in some fields did not hit the target population, the girth I consistently observed, led me to believe there was a chance at a good crop. The warm temperatures and calm weather through pollination helped the crop fill in well, with kernels produced to the very tip of the cob. That equates to higher yield.

2016 was a year for the record books! Across the board, save the areas that received the unlucky shots of hail or were deluged with too much rain, we’ve heard nothing but good things about this year’s corn crop. The only complaint? Having to scramble to find a place to put it all! Corn genetics have improved significantly over the last several years. Hybrids are bred to handle different soil types, weather extremes, diseases while building stalks and roots that will take whatever the soil gives them. In 2016, our corn plants hung in there when Mother Nature was somewhat angry - and took advantage of what she gave them when she settled down. So why was this year so successful for the majority of farmers, no matter the region? In order to understand the ‘why’ of great yields, one needs to start at the beginning of the season and work towards harvest. The 2016 planting season got off to a great start, with very good soil conditions and warm April weather. Corn fields were planted at a record pace across North Dakota with an early completion date. Farmers were out of the field early, with the promise of a longer growing season ahead. Parts of southeast North Dakota went without any significant rain well into late June. And some corn stands suffered. Just the opposite, in northeast North Dakota, fields were hammered by heavy rain. Many growers in the east felt the ravages of at least some hail and wind damage resulting in some degree of green snap. Corn loves tropical-like temperatures and this year we were blessed with an abundance of sunny days. With highs in the mid 80’s and overnight lows in the 60’s, we accumulated the right amount of GDU’s (Growing Degree Units) quickly


While running a combine in Traill county harvesting our 71D83, I was thrilled with how well it was yielding. But, I was puzzled because the crop looked just as it had during every other year. But this year, the grain cart operator was “as busy as a one-armed wallpaper hanger.” All through harvest, I encountered fields running around 200 bu/A with the appearance of only an average, successful crop? The question was on everyone’s mind – why was this crop so great? Kernel count per pound was part of the answer. When I ran this test on a sample the first time, I was amazed when it came to 78,250 kernels per bushel! When doing pre-harvest yield estimates, I had been using 90,000 kernels per bushel! The kernel weight of that sample of our 75K85 kernel weight equated to 15% heavier kernels than a normal year. If the sample had been the “normal weight”, it would have yielded around a 175 bu/A. The next question to ask is what factors from this year made the kernel weight 15% heavier. It is tough to know exactly what factors contributed, but looking over the 2016 from planting to harvest gives us a few hints. The longer than average growing season (starting in April) could play into the heavier kernels, as well as the warmth and humidity which allows for better soil mineralization, freeing up more plant food from the soil. Also, as noted earlier, corn likes it warm but not hot. The plant shuts down when the temperature reaches the 90’s. We had very few days in the 90’s during the growing season. Whatever the cause, reports of pleased growers came in from all corners of our region with one thing in common: record yields. When asked about success, one doesn’t always question or look for the ‘why’ in the equation. But for me, knowing the ‘why’ will help in the future to tell the average from the record-breaking.

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GRAIN DRYING AND STORAGE TIPS KENNETH HELLEVANG-NDSU EXTENSION Farmers are finishing harvest as we transition from a nice warm fall to cooler temperatures and precipitation coming as snow. Following is some guidance on drying and storage during this transition.

• Heating and grain deterioration will occur if the grain exceeds a safe storage moisture content, and grain in a bag cannot be cooled with aeration. The average temperature of dry grain will follow the average outdoor temperature. • Selecting an elevated, well-drained site for the storage bags.

Natural Air Drying In-bin air-drying becomes inefficient as outdoor air temperature decreases. Turn the drying fans off when outside temperatures average below about 40 degrees. Transition to cooling the grain for winter storage. Do not operate the fans when it is raining, snowing, or foggy.

• Preparing the ground surface so the bag is not punctured during placement.

Cooling Stored Grain The grain should be cooled whenever the average outdoor temperature is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the grain. It should be cooled to near or below 30 degrees for winter storage in the northern states.

• Monitoring the grain temperature at several places in the bags. Wildlife can puncture the bags, creating an entrance for moisture and releasing the grain smell, which attracts more wildlife.

Cool grain with aeration to reduce the insect infestation potential. Insect reproduction is reduced at temperatures below about 60 F, insects are dormant below about 50 F, and insects can be killed by extended exposure to temperatures below about 30 F. Cooling grain as outdoor temperatures cool reduces moisture migration and the condensation potential near the top of the grain pile. In addition, grain moisture content and temperature affect the rate of mold growth and grain deterioration, with the allowable storage time approximately doubling with each 10-degree reduction in grain temperature. Storing in Bags Storing grain in poly bags is a good option, but it does not prevent insect infestations or mold growth in damp grain. Grain placed in bags should be dry and cool. Recommendations include: • Placing grain in bags at recommended storage moisture contents based on grain and outdoor temperatures. Corn can be stored at 15% to 18% as long as the corn is near or below 30 degrees going into storage and average outdoor temperatures are near or below 30 degrees. Corn that will be stored into spring and early summer should be at 14% moisture or lower.

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• Placing the bags, north and south, so solar heating is similar on both sides. Sunshine on just one side heats that side, which can lead to moisture accumulation in the grain on the cool side.

Grain Piles Grain frequently is stored short term in outdoor piles. However, precipitation is a severe problem in uncovered grain. Just a 1-inch rain will increase the moisture content of a 1-foot layer of corn by 9 percentage points. This typically leads to the loss of at least 2 feet of grain on the pile surface. Snow on the pile may melt and wet the grain, or it is mixed with the grain during unloading A 1-foot loss on the surface of a 25-foot-high cone-shaped pile is about 13 percent of the grain. This is a loss of $39,000 if the grain value is $4 per bushel. If creating outdoor piles: • Use a cover to prevent water infiltration. A combination of restraining straps and suction from the aeration system holds grain covers in place. Aeration and wind blowing on the pile will not dry wet grain adequately to prevent spoilage. • Place the pile so the storage floor is higher than the surrounding ground to minimize moisture transfer from the soil into the grain and assure that there is good drainage around the pile. • Properly sized and spaced ducts should be placed on the ground under the pile to pull air through the grain. Place perforated ducts on the grain under the cover to provide a controlled air intake for the aeration system and provide airflow near the cover to minimize condensation problems. For more information, do an online search for NDSU grain drying and storage.


NDCUC HOSTS ALGERIAN TRADE TEAM On September 15th, the ND Corn Council hosted an Algerian trade team in association with the United States Grains Council (USGC). The USGC is an partner organization of ND Corn and National Corn Growers, whereby the USGC works with USDA to export corn, livestock and ethanol to world markets. USGC invited key corn/feed grain importers from Algeria with participants who are employed as managers or directors of the procurement and financial departments of their companies. ND Corn’s Larry Hoffmann and Grant Mehring spent the afternoon with Algerian representatives: Amar Boudiab, General Manager, ECI Boudiab; Younes Aouine, Procurement Manager, Group ONAB; Rabea Darenfed Financial Manager, Group ONAB; Malek Djebaili, Consultant for Algeria, U.S. Grains Council; and Hugh Ballem and Carmen Figueroa, Interpreters, MD Translation. The group toured the Agronomy Seed Farm, Maple River Grain and Tharaldson Ethanol, all in Casselton. At the

Agronomy Seed Farm, they toured the seed cleaning and handling facilities, harvesting equipment and the corn plots. Discussions were held on grain quality, yield, handling, and the harvest equipment. In the trial plots, Grant explained the purpose of some of the experiments, how the test plot system worked and characteristics of a desirable corn plant. At Maple River Grain, Jeremy Rolf, grain merchandiser, explained their pricing system, gave an overview of their operation and watched a truck being weighed, probed, sample tested and discussed the pricing, handling and transportation of commodities. At Tharaldson Ethanol, the group toured the facility with Ryan Carter, operations manager, and Brad Kjar, merchandiser. Items discussed were the amount of corn and ethanol products produced, efficiency of the plant, raw product purchasing and byproduct selling including the destination of the by-products. Great discussion was held on the dried distillers grains appearance, composition and end users and pricing. A great thanks to the participants from the Agronomy Seed Farm, Maple River Grain and Tharaldson Ethanol.

IT’S TIME FOR COMMODITY ELECTIONS! In 2017, the ND Corn Council will be seeking corn farmers to serve as a member of the Council representing Districts 6 and 7, as well as county corn representatives in each of the counties in these districts. Members of the Council serve the corn farmers of North Dakota by influencing how checkoff dollars are invested. District 6 includes LaMoure and Dickey counties. District 7 includes McKenzie, Golden Valley, Slope, Bowman, Billings, Dunn, Stark, Hettinger, Adams, McLean, Mercer, Oliver, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Sheridan, Burleigh, Emmons, Wells, Kidder, Logan and McIntosh counties.

the election meetings in the official newspaper of the county for two consecutive weeks. Any producer who resides in the county who did not request a refund during the preceding year may vote in the election. These election meetings are currently being planned for District 6 and District 7. Meeting information is as follows: District 7: March 14 at 11 AM Ramada Bismarck, 1400 E. Interchange Street, Bismarck District 6: March 15 at 11 AM Omega Room, First State Mall, 100 1st Ave. SW, LaMoure

To serve as a member of the Council, farmers must first be elected to serve as a county corn representative in the county they reside. The county corn representatives are nominated and voted on by farmers during county election meetings, which are conducted by county extension agents.

Once elected as a county corn representative, these representatives shall elect one among themselves to serve as the council member from that district for a term of 4 years. These representatives can serve up to 2 terms on the Corn Council.

County extension agents are required to publish notice of

Contact your county extension agent for more information if interested in serving as a county corn representative.


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7:30 – 8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Welcome ND Corn Council and Growers Association

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Mick Kjar, Meteorologist “Forecasting the 2017 Growing Season”

9:30- 10:00 AM

Vendor Recognition and Trade Show

10:00 –11:30 AM

Getting Started with Soil Health - Panel - Dr. Abbey Wick – NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist - Terry Wehlander – Farmer, Delamere, ND - Scott Huso – Farmer, Sharon, ND - Mark Huso – Huso Crop Consulting and Soil Testing - Lee Briese – Centrol Crop Consulting

11:30 –1:00 PM

Lunch Introduction of NDCGA Scholarship Recipients Annual ND Corn Growers Association Meeting

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Peterson Farm Brothers “Advocating for Agriculture through Social Media”

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Trade Show

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Dr. Bill Wilson “Dynamic and Structural Changes in World Commodity Trading and Logistics”

3:30 PM

Grand Prize Drawing: Must be a ND Corn Grower Member and be present to win!

MEET THE 2017 CORNVENTION SPEAKERS MICK KJAR Raised on a beef cattle and grain farm in the Sheyenne Valley grasslands of southeast North Dakota, Mick spent his youth growing up around cows and corn. Although farming has always been a part of his life, listening to the tractor radio while cultivating corn on a tractor with a steel seat got Mick interested in a career in broadcasting. So after graduating from Wyndmere, ND high school in 1968 and a few years at Concordia College and North Dakota State University, he headed off to radio school in 1972 and has been on the radio in the Midwest for 44 years. From 1988 until September of 2015 he was Mick in the Morning on Valley News Live television in Fargo. Mick says he got into weather forecasting to provide farmers with an accurate 3 day forecast, he’s still working on that. Since 2008 his show Farm Talk has been on Ag News 890 and is now carried by a number of stations across North and South Dakota. Mick and Lucy live in West Fargo, have been married since 1973 and have four children, six granddaughters and 1 great grandson. Mick’s favorite things to do include woodworking and spending time in the garden growing vegetables and flowers and going to Farm shows to visit with farmers and agri-business companies.

WILLIAM WILSON Dr. William W. Wilson received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980. Since then he has been a Professor at North Dakota State University in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with periodic sabbaticals at Stanford University. Recently, he was named as a University Distinguished Professor at NDSU. In 2016 he was named the CHS Chair in Risk Management and Trading at NDSU, an endowed position. His focus is risk and strategy as applied to agriculture and agribusiness with a particular focus on procurement, transportation and logistics, international marketing and competition. He teaches classes in Commodity Trading, Risk and AgriBusiness Strategy and has taught his Risk Class at Purdue University; and is a visiting scholar at Melbourne University where he visits 2 times/year and advises PhD students in risk and agbiotechnology. He has created the NDSU Commodity Trading Room, a state of the art facility for teaching and research in commodity marketing, logistics and trading. He routinely has projects and/or overseas clients which currently include US, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, China, and Australia. He regularly advises a number of large Agribusiness firms, several major railroads, and several major food and beverage companies and/or governments in other countries. He served as a Board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange for 12 years, on the FGIS Advisory Board, and currently serves as a Board member of several regional firms and NCH Capital. He was recognized as one of the top 10 Agricultural Economists in 1995 and more recently as one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by Research Papers in Economics.

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MEET THE 2017 CORNVENTION SPEAKERS LEE BRIESE Lee has been working as an independent crop consultant in south central North Dakota since 1999. He currently provides agronomic advice for nine different cash crops grown on over 85,000 acres annually. Lee is working with growers on customized strategies to incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage and precision agriculture in order to address the challenges of soil degradation, pest management and economic profitability. He holds a M.S. in soil science and a B.S. in crop and weed science from North Dakota State University and recently began working towards a Doctor of Plant Health degree at the University of NebraskaLincoln.

SCOTT HUSO Scott Huso started farming in 2008 with business partner Tim Brakke in the Aneta, ND area. Scott raises wheat, barley, canola, pinto beans, soybeans and corn. His farm is mostly minimum-till, but he is working on new methods to allow more no-till application for row crops, and various methods of fertilizer application in a no-till system. Scott remains goal oriented in respect to no-till. He is trying to increase biological activity and organic matter in the soil in order to reduce the amount of fertilizer necessary for raising crops. Scott and Tim have fields that have been no-till for 15 years.

MARK HUSO Mark Huso is an Independent Crop Consultant, starting Huso Crop Consulting in 2011. Huso Crop Consulting works primarily in Nelson county, but also Ramsey, Walsh, Grand Forks, and Griggs counties. Mark works with a diverse crop group including wheat, barley, durum, canola, corn, edible beans, flax, soybeans, and sunflowers. Cover crops started to get introduced in Mark’s area as an answer for “Prevent Plant” acres during some substantial wet years to help absorb excessive moisture. Mark now is starting to work with cover crops to help in salinity management and to transition acres to a minimum – no tillage situation. Mark graduated from NDSU in 2000 and worked as a sales agronomist prior to starting Huso Crop Consulting.


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MEET THE 2017 CORNVENTION SPEAKERS TERRY WEHLANDER Terry is a 5th generation farmer in Sargent County, ND, using vertical-till and no-till with cover crops. He grows corn, soybean, wheat and barley and includes cover crops where he can, whether it be after small grains or interseeded in corn. Terry is active on county boards and also the Secretary/Treasurer for the ND Corn Council.

ABBEY WICK Abbey is the state-level soil health specialist with NDSU Extension. She works primarily with management of salt-affected soils, reducing tillage, and incorporating cover crops in rotation. She works with many farmers who are using innovative practices – allowing her to learn alongside them as they figure out the best options for farmers in the Northern Plains. Abbey also develops state-wide “train the trainer” programs for county agents and other educators so that she can reach more farmers with information.

PETERSON FARM BROTHERS The Peterson Farm Brothers are 3 brothers from central Kansas who create social media content to promote agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 40 million total views. The brothers grew up and still work on a family farm near Assaria, KS with their parents and sister. All 3 brothers attend or attended Kansas State University. Greg graduated in 2013, majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. Nathan graduated in 2016, majoring in Agriculture Technology Management. Kendal is a sophomore majoring in Agribusiness. Because of their online success, the brothers have had many opportunities around the world to promote agriculture. However their goal is still to operate the family farm together after college.

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ETHANOL INDUSTRY Economic Impact The North Dakota ethanol industry contributes more than $640 million annually to the state’s economy. In addition, ethanol production in North Dakota contributed nearly $1.9 billion to the state’s agriculture retail industry in 2013. Employment North Dakota ethanol plants employ more than 225 workers directly in high-paying positions such as chemists, engineers, accountants, managers, as well as support staff. The industry also supports more than 10,000 jobs across all sectors of the economy. Rural Economic Development Each North Dakota ethanol plant is located in a community with a population of less than 2,500 and contributes an average of 49 jobs and an average annual payroll of $3.3 million to the community. In addition, the plants purchase the majority of their corn from North Dakota farmers and sell distillers grains to North Dakota livestock producers. Production The five North Dakota ethanol plants have the capacity to produce nearly 450 million gallons of ethanol per year, which is more than a ten-fold increase over the past decade. Consumption Over the past five years E-85 sales have increased by 54 percent and total ethanol-blended fuel sales have increased by more than 78 percent. Approximately 10 percent (42 million gallons) of ethanol produced annually in North Dakota is blended with gasoline and sold within the state, while the remaining 90 percent was shipped primarily to the east or west coast. Corn Use North Dakota ethanol plants use approximately 160 million bushels of corn annually with more than 80 percent of the corn purchased from North Dakota farmers. Forty to 60 percent of North Dakota’s total corn production annually is purchased by North Dakota ethanol plants. Co-products Each bushel of corn processed by North Dakota ethanol plants produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol, 18 pounds of livestock feed (dried distillers grains) and 18 pounds of carbon dioxide. North Dakota ethanol plants produce nearly 1.3 million tons of dry distillers grains annually. Infrastructure North Dakota is a national leader in the establishment of biofuel infrastructure due to the ND Biofuel Blender Pump Program (2009-2013). The state was the ninth to offer E15. The number of flex fuel vehicles (FFV) in the state has increased by 250 percent from 34,630 in 2011 to 121,500 in 2015. This information was compiled by the North Dakota Ethanol Council from sources including the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association and North Dakota State University.


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2016 CORN HYBRID TESTING FOR EASTERN ND IN REVIEW JOEL RANSOM - NDSU EXTENSION AGRONOMIST FOR CEREAL CROPS Record high corn yields were achieved in 2016 in North Dakota. Though this is no longer news, it does provide a backdrop for the type of performance we observed in our corn hybrid trials this season. These trials are organized into three zones with three experimental sites in each zone, though only two locations are reported for the Central Zone as we had data collection errors that impacted the location in Steele County. The results of these trials are further divided into early and late groupings so that the performance of a hybrid within a zone can be better compared with hybrids of similar relative maturities. The data can be viewed at the NDSU Corn Hybrid Testing website: There is also an option at this website of downloading an excel file with all of the test results. The following table highlights the average yields obtained in the trials this year and compares them to those obtained last year. Average and range of yields for each of the zones comprising the corn hybrid testing program for eastern North Dakota in 2016 compared to 2015 2016 Test Location

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Range in Yield

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In each of the tests, yields in 2016 were 10 to 27 bu/acre higher than those in 2015. The increased yields obtained in trials this year relative to last were similar to those reported by many growers. It is not easy to pinpoint one factor


that lead to these exceptional yields. No doubt favorable temperature coupled with adequate soil moisture and above average solar radiation were contributing factors. In one of our experiments where we analyze yield components, we found that this year kernel numbers per ear where significantly greater and kernel weight less than last year. These data illustrate the capacity that corn has to add extra yield by expanding the size of its primary ear when condition are favorable. The results from some of our fertility trials also point to the fact that mineralization of nitrogen from the soil was much higher this year than is typical, as yields obtained in the unfertilized plots far exceeded expectations. It is also interesting to note that the difference between the highest and lowest yielding hybrids within a test this year was generally much narrower than that observed last year. It is not easy to speculate why this was case, but it appears that much of this narrowing was due to the lowest yielding hybrids within a test performing relatively better than the lowest yielding hybrids within the same test last year. Since most of the hybrids tested were not the same both years we cannot rule out that the hybrids tested in 2016 were better performing as a whole than those tested in 2015. A more likely scenario, in my opinion, is that since conditions were so favorable for corn development in 2016, we were not able to separate out those hybrids that were more negatively impacted by the stresses that were limiting yield in 2015. If that is the case, using data from last year will be more effective in sorting out hybrids that are more stress tolerant from those that are not than using this year’s data for the same purpose. This season we were also able to obtain some data on the relative resistance of the hybrids tested to green snap. At the Traill County trial site near Hillsboro, there was significant green snap at about the 12 leaf stage. Shortly after we counted all of the plants broken as a result of this event, which ranged from 5 to 20%. Obviously these are data from a single location, but I think it does give a pretty

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good picture of those hybrids that are more susceptible to green snap than others. These hybrids should be avoided in future plantings if there is a comparable hybrid without this weakness. Interestingly, the average yield at this site was still greater than 200 bu/acre, but 48 bu/acre lower yielding than the Cass County site near Prosper, which did not have noticeable green snap. Another feature of this year’s testing was the inclusion of conventional hybrids in one location within each zone; Grand Forks in the north, Cass County in the central, and Sargent County in the south. Generally speaking, these hybrids performed similarly to the GMO entries, with no clear pattern of being lower or higher yielding than the GMO entrants. In two of the tests they were the top yielding hybrids. In the late maturing test of the southern zone, all four of the conventional hybrids were at or near the bottom of the rankings. I have described the results of the hybrid testing program this year in general terms. Next is the plug for how the results from these trials can be used to improve the

Favorable growing conditions in 2016 resulted in increased yield partially from ears with greater kernel numbers (more kernels per row with good kernel filling towards the tip of the ear).

profitability of corn production on your farm. These trials clearly demonstrate the difference in the yield potential of hybrids that are currently available and adapted to your corn growing region. Obviously, selecting a hybrid that will produce 20 or more bu/acre yield than another with similar management has the potential for greatly improving your bottom line. Though the relative performance of a

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hybrid this year will not guarantee how it will perform next year, multi-locational trial data, like those produced by this program, greatly improves your chances of selecting a superior performing hybrid. Selecting hybrids that are top performers across the three locations will likely be among the highest yielding next year. You can have even more confidence in a hybrid that had relatively high yield across locations, and if included had relatively high yield last year as well. Stability of performance over locations and years is usually a good indication of stress tolerance and the hybrid’s potential to do relatively well in coming seasons, across a range of environmental challenges. I did not discuss grain moisture and how those data might be used in selecting a hybrid, as there were little differences between hybrids this year in moisture at harvest. With the above average temperatures in September and October, field drying rates were high and masked any inherent differences in moisture content and drying rate among the hybrids. Though it was not an issue this year, grain moisture should be considered when selecting a hybrid as drying cost can greatly impact profitability. Finally, we have had personnel changes in the Corn Hybrid Testing Program at NDSU. Grant Mehring finished his PhD and left the program in June. Grant was the first research specialist in the program and did much to establish the procedures and processes that are used to ensure a successful program and that meaningful data are generated. He was hired for a position in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU which include working the with the North Dakota Corn Council on their research program, so we will still have easy access to his experience and advice. In August, Darin Eisinger was hired to replace Grant. He has a B.S. in Science Education and a M.S. in Natural Resource Management, both from NDSU. He has worked as a teacher and as a conservationist with the Cass Soil Conservation District. We gratefully acknowledge the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council for their financial assistance in funding a portion of his position. We also acknowledge the seed companies that enter hybrids each year and whose entry fees make conducting this research possible.


MYCOGEN SEED RELEASES 4 NEW HYBRIDS FOR ND PRODUCERS Bruce Due Commercial Agronomist Mycogen Seeds

This has been a year for the record books for crops in our region, corn being no exception. When looking back on the production year of 2016, many things went very well for many growers. We were able to get an early start on planting and then the rains came often and late, and in some cases, too much rain. This late moisture combined with good corn growing temperatures allowed for traditional yield goals to be shattered. Most of that extra yield came from very large kernel size due to little late season stress and excellent test weight. The post-harvest data has been interesting to review and several new products will be making their way into the Mycogen Seeds product offering. Mycogen Seeds has 4 new hybrids that set record yields and will be available for North Dakota growers to plant in the 2017 growing season. These hybrids offer top yield performance and bring stability as an added benefit. MY87B11 is an 87 day Agrisure® GT hybrid that was a top yielder in many plots that had 85 to 90 day corn. It has the added benefit of being drought tolerant and can be planted using a wide range of populations. This hybrid can work on most soil types and produces very good quality corn. MY92D54 is a 92 day Agrisure 3000GT hybrid and is also available as a straight Agrisure GT hybrid. It shows very good tolerance to field stress and yet can produce large yields of quality corn when conditions are good. It can be planted using a wide population range depending on yield goal and is especially suited to fields with variable ground. MY94T25 is a 94 day hybrid available with Agrisure Viptera® 3110 trait package for above ground protection.


MY94T25 is best suited for medium to high yield type environment’s and can be planted using a wide range of population depending on yield goals. It has good roots and plant agronomics and produces very good quality corn with a very good top end yield potential. MY01C77RA is a 101 day hybrid that moves north very well and carries SmartStax® Refuge Advanced® traits with good stress tolerance and grain quality, good roots, and can be planted at variable populations depending on yield goal. It has very good late season dry down making it a very good choice for growers working with 97 to 100 day corn. Be sure to visit with your local Mycogen Seeds Dealer or Representative and get your order placed and include one of these new exciting products.


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2018 Farm BillBill Survey 2018 Farm Input

Complete the survey (both sides) and return to us by fax at (701) 298-7810 or mail at 1411 32nd St. S., Ste. 2, Fargo, ND 58103 1. What policy issues should be NDCGA’s highest priorities? (Rank top 5 with 1 as highest) Biotechnology/GMO Environmental Regulation Trade Big Data Ethanol Policy Transportation Infrastructure Crop Insurance Livestock Water Quality/Conservation Farm Bill Title 1 (ARC/PLC) Taxes Other 2. From a legislative or policy perspective, how do you feel NDCGA can best help your profitability? (Rank 1-6 with 1 as highest) Improve Farm Bill Safety Nets Pursue Pro-Ethanol Legislation Improve/Protect Crop Insurance Improve Tax Environment Fight/Reduce Environmental Regulation Promote Free Trade Agreements 3. With funding constraints in mind, please rank the following Farm Bill program areas in interest to you: (Rank 1-6 with 1 as highest) Title 1 Programs: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Crop Insurance Conservation Programs (CRP, EQIP) Trade (Market Access Program, Foreign Market Development Program) New and Beginning Farmer Programs Research Funding

4. Are you enrolled in: (check one) ARC PLC Neither 5. If enrolled in ARC or PLC, what is your level of satisfaction? (circle one) 1





Please explain:

6. Currently, ARC-CO (county level) relies on county reported NASS yields to calculate payments. However, many counties lack enough survey responses to report a NASS yield. What yield data should be used to calculate ARC-CO? NASS-survey RMA-Crop Insurance Other 7. In your opinion, Title 1 Farm Bill programs should be based on: (check one) Price Yield Revenue


8. In the last Farm Bill, eligibility for crop insurance was linked to conservation compliance. Have you experienced challenges due to this structure? Yes No Please explain:

9. The federal government should continue to subsidize crop insurance premiums for farmers: Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t Know/No Opinion 10. Please rank the following conservation programs based on value to your operation (1 being highest, 3 being lowest) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Environmental Quality Incentive Program Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

13. I would be willing to accept more conservation requirements on my farm in return for continuing to receive federal assistance from farm program payments and assistance with crop insurance premiums: Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t Know/No Opinion 14. Currently the Farm Bill authorizes the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) at $200 million and $34.5 million, respectively. NDCGA should support raising these authorized spending levels: Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t Know/No Opinion 15. What is the biggest political challenge you see for corn farmers in the next five years?

11. In the 2014 Farm Bill, the CRP cap was lowered from 32 million acres to 24 million acres. Do you support: Increasing CRP acreage Decreasing CRP acreage Leaving the cap at 24 million acres 12. There may be efforts to expand conservation compliance requirements to remain eligible for farm programs and/or crop insurance subsidies. Rank the following issues (by negative impact) that may be required in the future to stay in compliance (Rank 1-6, with 1 as biggest negative impact to you, 6 as smallest negative impact to you) Improve Farm Bill Safety Nets Pursue Pro-Ethanol Legislation Improve/Protect Crop Insurance Improve Tax Environment Fight/Reduce Environmental Regulation Promote Free Trade Agreements

16. Identity research project topics that are important to your farming operation:

(ie: corn diseases, water management, soil health, etc.)

2015 ARC-CO PAYMENTS In October, USDA’s Farm Service Agency released 2015 crop year ARC and PLC payments under the 2014 Farm Bill. The payments as of November 8, 2016, totaled $437 million in North Dakota of which $325 million was issued in the form of ARC payments and $112 million issued in the form of PLC payments. The 2015 ARC-CO payments to North Dakota corn producers exceeded $120 million. In North Dakota, 3.1 million acres of corn base reside on farms across the state,

with 2015 ARC-CO corn payments being made in every one of the 53 counties in the state. The ARC-CO payment is made on farms that participated in the annual ARC and PLC program. Total 2015 ARC and PLC payments in the United States exceeded $7.0 billion. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) was pleased to see that all 53 counties receive corn yields from Farm Service Agency that allowed for payment, even though many counties did not receive a yield from NASS surveys. The NDCGA working with the ND Congressional Offices and NCGA, asked for revised policy for determining yields under the 2015 ARC-CO program, whereby unpublished yield data from NASS could be used for calculating payments. NDCGA received confirmation from WDC that this policy was utilized to the extent practical. The NDCGA is also supporting Senator John Hoeven’s efforts to amend the county yield setting policy used by FSA for the 2016 crop year. In addition the NDCGA, along with the NCGA are publicizing the need for producers to complete and return NASS surveys of yield data, if received. The NASS yield data is used for many USDA programs offered by FSA and RMA.

ND CORN TEAM MEMBERS SELECTED TO NATIONAL ROLES The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently announced its slate of farmer leaders who will serve the industry as members of action teams and committees in the fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1. The North Dakota Corn representatives who were selected to have key roles in developing national corn strategies are: • Carson Klosterman, a Wyndmere, ND farmer and North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) board member and President, has been appointed to the NCGA Stewardship Committee • Larry Hoffmann, a Wheatland, ND farmer and NDCGA board member, has been appointed to chair the NCGA Corn Productivity Committee • Randy Melvin, a Buffalo, ND farmer and NDCGA board member and Vice President, has been appointed to the NCGA Risk Management Committee

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• North Dakota Corn Executive Director Dale Ihry, has been appointed to serve on the NCGA Risk Management Committee, working on farm bill and crop insurance issues. Another NDCGA board member and NCGA Board member, Kevin Skunes, an Arthur, ND farmer was recently appointed by NCGA to be the First Vice President of NCGA for FY2017. Skunes becomes the president of NCGA in FY2018. These North Dakota representatives and the other corn member volunteers will actively shape the future of the corn industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities that guide NCGA. The action teams and committees will have their first set of meetings in St. Louis in December.


2017 RMA POLICY CHANGES The Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced that the prevent plant payment factor for corn will be reduced from 60% to 55% effective for the 2017 crop season. The announcement culminates a review by RMA of the prevent plant program for seven crops, of which only corn was determined to have reduced coverage starting in 2017. RMA’s review of the prevent plant policy was a follow-up of a 2013 government audit whereby it was indicated from a report completed by Agralytica, that several crops prevent plant payment factor should be reduced, with corn recommended having a reduction from 60% to 50%. RMA was considering that change effective for the 2016 crop year. NDCGA, working along with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), responded to the RMA study’s proposed changes to prevented planting coverage, by contracting for a study by agriculture economists from the University of Illinois (IFAR) to evaluate the analysis conducted for RMA by Agralytica. The IFAR study conducted in 2015 showed that the prevented planting coverage levels and

the program as a whole, are working as intended without significantly high loss ratios. After reviewing comments from NCGA and other organizations, in 2015, RMA decided additional time and consideration was needed before taking final action to address the OIG report’s recommendations. The NDCGA has continued to work with NCGA and the North Dakota congressional offices to ensure that RMA took a measured review of the proposed prevent plant payment factor change. Just in North Dakota alone, in a year of significant prevent plant corn acres, producers could have risk protection reduced by several million dollars. The NDCGA worked with RMA to enhance the 2017 insurance program. A few highlights from the recently released 2017 actuarial data for ND corn include the addition of Golden Valley county as an insurable non irrigated corn county, an increase of T-Yields in many counties (ie: increase from 110 bu/acre to 129 bu/acre), and reduction of premium rates in many counties due to lower loss ratios. Check with your crop insurance agent for the changes to your farming operation.

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We are now accepting entries for the 2017 ND Corn Photo Contest! Entries in previous contests have been excellent and we look forward to receiving more entries in 2017.


Rules: • Photographs must be taken in North Dakota • Photos must depict the corn industry • Photographs must be taken by an amateur Photographs must be emailed to by Friday, January 6, 2017. Please include your full name and phone number so that we may contact you if you’re chosen a winner. Cash prizes will be awarded to the entries chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Submitted photographs may be used in ND Corn marketing and promotional pieces.

NDCGA SCHOLARSHIPS The ND Corn Growers Association will offer (10) $1,000 scholarships to senior high school graduates and college students that belong to NDCGA. If not currently a member, registration information, including our new student membership, can be found on our website. Scholarship winners will be recognized at the noon luncheon at CornVention on February 8, 2017. One winner will be chosen from each of the seven grower districts plus three overall winners from all scholarship applications. Scholarship applications are available on our website, www., now. Scholarships will be rated on the following: • • • • • •

Academic transcript Resume Activity participation Career plans Letters of Recommendation Being an ND Corn Grower Association member

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COUNTY CORN REPRESENTATIVES Corn Council District 1 County



Arnie Anderson

Corn Council District 5 District Rep. x

Corn Council District 2 County



Patrick Skunes


Jason Rayner


Steve Doeden

District Rep. x

Corn Council District 3 County





Justin Halvorson


Terry Wehlander




Scott German


Steve Rupp

District Rep.


Name Mike Howe

Randy Simon


Paul Smetana


Jonathan Oderman




Jeff Brown


Mike Muhs


Lance Hagen


BJ Wehrman


Brian Benz

Grand Forks

Greg Amundson


John McCrory


Jason Schiele

Golden Valley

Rick Stoveland


Nevis Hoff




David Steffan


Darwyn Mayer


Joel DeWitz




Dennis Erbele


Nick Schmaltz


Ken Meidinger


Paul Becker






Paul Anderson




Bryan Aalund


Paul Belzer


Ken Miller


Clark Price


Jordan Miller




Ryan Brooks


Duane Zent


Richard Lies


Gary Neshem




Corn Council District 4 County



Jeff Enger


Bill Smith


David Swanson


Troy Haugen


Kevin Haas


District Rep. x

Corn Council District 7


Timothy Zikmund


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FARM BILL AND MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is holding 2018 Farm Bill and Membership meetings on January 18 and 19, 2017, with participation by each of the three North Dakota Congressional Offices: Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and Representative Cramer. The purpose of these meetings is to gain insight from our membership on what they believe worked well in the 2014 Farm Bill and priorities and goals of the 2018 Farm Bill. The meetings will include an overview of issues that our Congressional delegation is working on in the upcoming months. The goal is to share our membership’s ideas to each of our Congressional leaders and our NCGA officials as we begin work on 2018 Farm Bill. All farmers and ranchers are encouraged to attend these meetings to provide input on current and future farm policy to our NDCGA team and Congressional leaders. If unable to attend the meetings, members are encouraged to share their ideas via the survey on page 22-23 of this issue. This survey is also available on our website at


The meetings will be held as follows: January 18, 8 AM, Fargo: Cambria Hotel & Suites, Ballroom C 825 East Beaton Dr., West Fargo January 18, 1 PM, Grand Forks: Hilton Garden Inn 4301 James Ray Dr., Grand Forks January 19, 8 AM, Devils Lake: Fireside Inn & Suites, Sunset Room 215 Highway 2 E., Devils Lake January 19, 1 PM, Jamestown: Fairfield Inn & Suites 930 25th St. SW, Jamestown NDCGA and the ND congressional offices look forward to your attendance and hearing your ideas at the meetings.

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ND Corn Utilization Council

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: Wimbledon 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

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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