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DTN Midday Grain Comments 02/20 11:25 Grains Mixed at Midday Overnight gains fade again with wheat remaining the downside leader. By David Fiala DTN Contributing Analyst General Comments Corn is 1 cent lower, soybeans are 4 cents lower, and wheat is 5 to 11 cents lower at midday. Outside markets are mostly positive. CORN Corn trade is narrowly mixed at midday with trade trying to hold gains amid spillover selling pressure from soybeans and wheat. The second crop in Brazil is being planted in good condition for now with planting heading past the halfway point with early rains looking to be good for germination. The energy complex remains near the upper end of the range, with ethanol futures still struggling to extend into the mid $1.30 range, with the weekly report delayed until tomorrow. Corn basis should firm again with more weather disruptions. On the March chart trade has support at the recent $3.68 1/2 low, the lower Bollinger Band at $3.70 7/8, with more notable chart resistance clustered at $3.76-$3.78. The trading range has been tight but we are near a 3-month low. SOYBEANS Soybean trade is 3 to 5 cents lower at midday with selling returning overnight after some early buying with little concrete fresh news. Meal is $1 to $2 lower and oil is flat to 10 points lower. South America weather should maintain the recent pattern in the coming days with Brazil harvest moving along and drier weather in Argentina. Crush margins remain strong with meal holding $300 a ton or better still. Trade talks will continue in the US this week with some progress scored this week according to most sources and the March 1 deadline looming, although there is more talk of an extension. On the March chart resistance is now the moving averages clustered at $9.13-9.15 which we just below, with support at the lows from today at $8.93 with oversold conditions as well. WHEAT Wheat trade failed to sustain early buying again with trade 4 to 12 cents lower with spread trade starting to unwind vs. Chicago today. The US has seen better export business lately, but world prices have followed the US selloff with some Black Sea and French tenders securing business to Egypt today, with selling prices $20 a ton lower than last time. The dollar reversed yesterday with trade looking to see if it becomes a multiday thing with Fed guidance today. Cold weather is expected to keep some stress on the plains in the near term with winter wanting to hang around. On the March KC chart support is low at $4.49 3/4 with resistance the 10-day at $4.91. David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne and a registered adviser He can be reached at dfiala@futuresone.com Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala (BAS) Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.

GRAIN BELT WX ROUNDUP Ohio Morning Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Cleveland Ohio 737 AM EST Wed Feb 20 2019 Values represent highs yesterday...lows over the last 12 hours and precipitation over the last 24 hours ending at 7 AM EST/8 AM EDT. M=Missing Data T=Trace NA=Not Available : .BR CLE 0220 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ :Automated Suface Observation Systems (ASOS) Sites :................................................................... : Station Max / Min / 24-HR / Snow / Snow : Name Temp / Temp / PCPN / Fall / Depth :................................................................... ---NORTHWEST OHIO--- AOH: Lima Allen Apt : 34 / 28 / 0.21 / NA / NA DFI: Defiance Mem Apt : 32 / 25 / 0.05 / NA / NA FDY: Findlay Apt : 34 / 28 / 0.12 / NA / NA TDZ: Toledo Executive Apt: 33 / 26 / 0.00 / NA / NA TOL: Toledo Express Apt : 34 / 26 / 0.02 / 0.4 / 1.0 : ---NORTHEAST OHIO--- CLE: Cleveland Hopkins : 34 / 26 / T / T / T BKL: Burke Lakefront Apt : 30 / 26 / 0.00 / NA / NA LPR: Lorain / Elyria Apt : 31 / 25 / 0.01 / NA / NA HZY: Northeast Ohio Apt : 30 / 20 / 0.00 / NA / NA CAK: Akron-Canton Apt : 32 / 26 / 0.18 / 1.9 / 2.0 AKR: Akron Fulton Apt : 33 / 26 / 0.05 / NA / NA BJJ: Wooster/Wayne Co Apt: 30 / 25 / 0.20 / NA / NA MFD: Mansfield Lahm Apt : 33 / 26 / 0.23 / 0.3 / 1.0 YNG: Youngstown Apt : 31 / 24 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T : ---SOUTHWEST OHIO--- LUK: Cincy Lunken Apt : 38 / 32 / 0.97 / NA / NA CVG: Cincy N. Kentucky : 36 / 32 / 1.04 / M / M HAO: Hamilton : 37 / 30 / 1.42 / NA / NA DAY: Dayton Apt : 34 / 29 / 1.07 / M / 4.0 MGY: Wright Bros Apt : 34 / 30 / 1.02 / NA / NA ILN: Wilmington : 32 / 28 / 0.93 / NA / NA : ---CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST OHIO--- CMH: John Glenn APT : 32 / 29 / 0.58 / M / 2.0 OSU: OSU Apt : 31 / 28 / 0.56 / NA / NA VTA: Newark : 35 / 29 / 0.38 / NA / NA MNN: Marion Apt : 32 / 27 / 0.34 / NA / NA LHQ: Lancaster : 33 / 29 / 0.50 / NA / NA ZZV: Zanesville Apt : 35 / 29 / 0.31 / NA / NA PHD: New Philadelphia : 32 / 27 / 0.21 / NA / NA : .END These Data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore... these data are subject to revision. Final and certified data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Indiana National Weather Service Indianapolis IN 745 AM EST Wed Feb 20 2019 Values represent yesterday's high and low temperatures over the last 12 hours, 24-hour precipitation ending at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT, and snow depth at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT. .BR IND 0220 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Indiana Temperature and Precipitation Stations :................................................................ : Station Max / Min / 24-Hr / Snow / Snow : Name Temp/ Temp/ Precip / Fall / Depth :................................................................ : : EVV : Evansville : 39 / 33 / 1.85 / T / 0 FWA : FORT WAYNE ASOS : 33 / 28 / 0.14 / 0.8 / 1 IND : Indianapolis : 33 / 29 / 0.44 / 1.4 / 1 SBN : SOUTH BEND ASOS : 32 / 26 / 0.01 / 0.3 / 1 : :Automated Surface Observation Stations/Unofficial Data BMG : Bloomington : 36 / M / 0.00 / M / M EYE : Eagle Creek Arpt : 34 / 29 / 0.35 / M / M GSH : GOSHEN ASOS : 32 / 26 / T / M / M LAF : Lafayette : 34 / 29 / T / M / M MIE : Muncie : 33 / 30 / 0.38 / M / M IWX : NORTHERN INDIANA : 31 / 25 / 0.04 / 0.4 / T GEZ : Shelbyville : 33 / 30 / 0.68 / M / M HUF : Terre Haute : 35 / 31 / 0.23 / M / M VPZ : Valparaiso : 36 / 30 / 0.03 / M / M : :U.S. Climate Reference Network/Non-Commissioned Site/Unofficial Data FPCI3: Oolitic 2.6 WSW : 36 / 32 / 1.03 / M / M : :Unavailable parameters are indicated by M. .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by NCEI. Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at the National Centers for Environmental Information /NCEI/ - www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Michigan Temperature and Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Gaylord MI 759 AM EST Wed Feb 20 2019 Yesterday's High Temperature 12 hour Low Temperature ending at 7 am EST 24 hr Precipitation total ending at 7 am EST M= Missing Data T=Trace .BR APX 0220 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :............................................................. : MAX MIN 24 HOUR :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PRECIP :............................................................. :-- Upper Peninsula Stations -- CMX : Houghton County Airpor : 21 / -1 / M P59 : Copper Harbor : 24 / 6 / M IMT : Iron Mountain Airport : 27 / -2 / M MQT : NWS Marquette : 21 / 2 / 0.00 SAW : Gwinn : 25 / 4 / M IWD : Ironwood Airport : 29 / 3 / M ESC : Escanaba : 21 / -5 / M MNM : Menominee : 30 / 6 / M ERY : Newberry : 24 / 0 / M ANJ : Sault Ste Marie : 26 / 7 / T :-- Northern Lower Peninsula Stations -- PLN : Pellston : 26 / -5 / 0.00 TVC : Traverse City : 29 / 12 / 0.00 GLR : Gaylord : 24 / 4 / 0.00 APN : Alpena : 28 / 3 / 0.00 HTL : Houghton Lake : 25 / 7 / 0.00 :-- Southwest Lower Peninsula Stations -- GRR : Grand Rapids : 29 / 19 / T LAN : LANSING : 29 / 16 / 0.00 MKG : Muskegon : 29 / 21 / T AZO : Kalamazoo : 30 / M / 0.00 BTL : Battle Creek : 30 / 23 / 0.00 BIV : Holland : 31 / 20 / 0.00 JXN : Jackson : 29 / 19 / 0.00 BEH : BENTON HARBOR : 34 / 27 / 0.00 :-- Southeast Lower Peninsula Stations -- ADG : Adrian - ASOS : 31 / 25 / 0.00 DET : Detroit City - ASOS : 30 / 20 / 0.00 DTW : Detroit Metro - Asos : 32 / 22 / 0.00 FNT : Flint - ASOS : 28 / 11 / 0.00 PTK : Pontiac - Asos : 29 / 13 / 0.00 MBS : Saginaw - ASOS : 25 / 11 / 0.00 WHK : White Lake : 28 / 12 / 0.00 .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information. Therefore...these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/min Temperatures And Precipitation Table For Southeast And South-central Wisconsin National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI 835 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 .BR MKE 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ High temperatures are for the previous 24 hours ending at midnight last night. Low temperatures are for the previous 12 hours ending at 6 AM. Precipitation and new snow are for the previous 24 hours ending ending at 6 AM. Snow on the ground is as of 6 AM. New Snow on High Low Precip Snow Ground Temp Temp (in.) (in.) (in.) MKE : Milwaukee ASOS: 30 / 25 / 0.01 / 0.1 / 8 MSN : Madison ASOS: 25 / 19 / 0.10 / 1.5 / 6 FLD : Fond Du Lac ASOS: 25 / 10 / 0.00 / M / M SBM : Sheboygan ASOS: 26 / 7 / 0.00 / M / M ENW : Kenosha ASOS: 31 / 23 / 0.00 / M / M RAC : Racine ASOS: 30 / 22 / 0.00 / M / M LNR : Lone Rock ASOS: 28 / 16 / 0.05 / M / M DLL : Baraboo/Dells AWOS: 27 / 17 / M / M / M C35 : Reedsburg AWOS: 26 / 18 / M / M / M MRJ : Mineral Point AWOS: 27 / 21 / M / M / M C29 : Middleton-5 NW AWOS: 28 / 17 / M / M / M JVL : Janesville AWOS: 28 / 23 / M / M / M EFT : Monroe AWOS: 26 / 20 / M / M / M RYV : Watertown AWOS: 27 / 20 / M / M / M UNU : Juneau AWOS: 24 / 16 / M / M / M UES : Waukesha AWOS: 27 / 21 / M / M / M ETB : West Bend AWOS: 28 / 18 / M / M / M BUU : Burlington AWOS: M / M / M / M / M MWC : Milw.-Timmerman AWOS: 30 / 23 / M / M / M .End .BR MKE 0220 C DH07/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ The data below is from NWS official and unofficial COOP weather observers. The data is for the 24 hours ending around 7 AM. In some weather situations, the reported low temperatures may reflect conditions from the previous morning. New Snow on : Obs High Low Precip Snow Ground ID Location Time Temp Temp (in.) (in.) (in.) AFTW3: Afton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 29 / 1 / 0.07 / 1.1 / 4 BABW3: Baraboo-WWTP-COOP : DH0729/ 29 / -7 / 0.12 / 3.2 / 11 BLTW3: Beloit-College-COOP : DH0537/ 25 / 1 / 0.04 / 1.0 / 6 BLNW3: Berlin-2 N-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 27 / -7 / 0.03 / 0.5 / 9 BBDW3: Big Bend-UCOOP : DH0700/ / / 0.04 / 0.4 / 10 BROW3: Brodhead-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 28 / -3 / 0.06 / 0.5 / 5 BFDW3: Brookfield-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 30 / 4 / 0.03 / 0.8 / 7 BGTW3: Burlington-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 28 / -4 / 0.01 / 0.3 / 10 DARW3: Darlington-WWTP-COOP : DH0645/ 27 / -6 / 0.07 / 1.6 / 14 FCDW3: Fond Du Lac-2 SW-COOP : DH0700/ 28 / 4 / 0.03 / 1.0 / 8 GERW3: Germantown-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 30 / 8 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 12 WPKW3: Hales Co-Whitnall-COOP: DH0729/ 34 / 0 / T / 0.1 / 6 HARW3: Hartford-WWTP-COOP : DH0630/ 28 / -4 / 0.04 / 0.5 / 8 HINW3: Hingham-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 10 HORW3: Horicon-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 27 / -6 / 0.05 / 1.2 / 9 JACW3: Jackson-COOP : DH0600/ 30 / -1 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 10 JFNW3: Jefferson-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 28 / -5 / 0.07 / 0.9 / 7 LGEW3: Lake Geneva-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.03 / 1.0 / 8 LKMW3: Lake Mills-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 29 / -4 / 0.08 / 1.4 / 8 LODW3: Lodi-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 28 / -8 / 0.12 / 2.0 / 12 CHMW3: Madison-Charmany-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.15 / 2.5 / 10 MTOW3: Milton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.12 / / MWC : Milw.-Timmerman-COOP : DH0736/ 30 / 1 / T / T / 8 MMCW3: Milw.-Mt Mary Col-COOP: DH0700/ 35 / 9 / 0.02 / 0.5 / MTLW3: Montello-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 27 / -6 / 0.03 / 0.5 / 9 MRBW3: Mt. Horeb-1S-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ / / 0.21 / 2.0 / 11 OCOW3: Oconomowoc-W-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ 29 / -1 / 0.04 / T / 7 GIBW3: Oostburg-N-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 12 PLKW3: Paddock Lake-4NE-UCOOP: DH0700/ 30 / -9 / T / 0.1 / 8 PLLW3: Pell Lake-WWTP-COOP : DH0705/ 30 / -6 / 0.01 / 1.0 / 6 PORW3: Portage-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 29 / 13 / 0.07 / 1.0 / 9 RCHW3: Richfield/Colgate-COOP: DH0600/ 32 / 8 / T / T / 7 ROCW3: Rochester-1S-WWTP-COOP: DH0600/ 30 / -4 / T / T / 9 SAVW3: Saukville-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 29 / -9 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 9 COSW3: Sheboygan-4S-WWTP-COOP: DH0800/ 29 / 6 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 4 SEEW3: So. Mke-WWTP-Lake-COOP: DH0742/ 32 / 11 / 0.01 / T / 9 SLRW3: Slinger-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 28 / -2 / 0.06 / 1.0 / 7 STOW3: Stoughton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 26 / -2 / 0.14 / 2.0 / 8 TAHW3: Taycheedah-UCOOP : DH0720/ 25 / 8 / 0.02 / 1.0 / 8 UGRW3: Union Grove-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 29 / -2 / 0.01 / 0.1 / 8 LOOW3: Waterloo-WWTP-COOP : DH0752/ 27 / -5 / 0.10 / 1.7 / 8 WATW3: Watertown-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 27 / / 0.02 / 0.8 / 6 WTBW3: West Bend-Water-COOP : DH0700/ 29 / 17 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 8 WSTW3: West Bend-NE-Fire-COOP: DH0700/ / / 0.04 / 0.5 / 7 WHTW3: Whitewater-WWTP-COOP : DH0815/ 28 / -4 / 0.08 / 0.9 / 6 .End .BR MKE 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ Data for the 24 hours ending at midnight. New Snow on Obs High Low Precip Snow Ground Time Temp Temp (in.) (in.) (in.) KENW3: Kenosha-WWTP-COOP : DH0000/ 32 / 9 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 5 MKX: Sullivan-3 SE-NWS : DH0000/ 27 / 4 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 6 FDCW3: Fond Du Lac-COOP : DH0000/ 28 / 0 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 7 .End Data below is from the CoCoRaHS network and is for the 24 hours ending around 7 AM. New Snow on Precip Snow Ground (in.) (in.) (in.) ID County Location WSB12: Sheboygan Sheboygan-3 NW : T / T / 10 WSB19: Sheboygan Sheboygan-1 SW : T / T / 12 WSK02: Sauk Rock Springs-3 SW : 0.09 / 2.2 / 13 WCB04: Columbia Portage-6 SW : 0.11 / 1.9 / 11 WCB11: Columbia Poynette-7 NW : 0.08 / 2.1 / 16 WCB01: Columbia Columbus-1 S : 0.09 / 1.8 / WDA39: Dane Madison-4 W : 0.16 / 2.0 / 12 WDA13: Dane Madison-4 W : 0.17 / 1.8 / 12 WDA46: Dane Madison-6.4 W : 0.14 / 2.4 / 13 WDA14: Dane McFarland-1 E : 0.16 / 2.0 / WGN05: Green Monticello-2 SE : 0.14 / 1.3 / 14 WRK15: Rock Beloit-1 SE : 0.06 / 0.5 / WWS04: Washington Kewaskum-2 NW : 0.04 / 1.2 / 6 WWK54: Waukesha Waukesha-1.6 NW : 0.04 / 0.5 / WOZ09: Ozaukee Port Wash.-4 NE : 0.00 / 0.0 / WOZ17: Ozaukee Newburg : T / 0.1 / 10 WMW43: Milwaukee Brown Deer-1 NW : 0.02 / 0.2 / 10 WMW14: Milwaukee Milwaukee-4 NW : 0.03 / 0.5 / 19 WWW01: Walworth East Troy-3 NE : 0.03 / / WWW12: Walworth Elkhorn-SE : 0.03 / 0.3 / WRC03: Racine Racine-2 SW : T / 0.3 / 9 WKN06: Kenosha Kenosha-2 S : 0.00 / 0.0 / 5 WKN11: Kenosha Pleasant Pr.-4 NW : 0.00 / 0.0 / 7 $$ Maximum/Minimum Temperature and Precipitation Table National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 634 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 High temperature yesterday Low temperature last 12 hours Precipitation last 24 hours .BR LOT 0220 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :ID Location High Low Pcpn ORD : Chicago-O'Hare : 35 / 28 / 0.01 CNII2: Chi-Northerly Isle : 30 / 28 / MDW : Chicago-Midway : 33 / 29 / 0.01 LOTI2: NWS Romeoville : 35 / 28 / 0.04 RFD : Rockford : 28 / 25 / 0.06 DPA : DuPage Airport : 33 / 29 / T UGN : Waukegan : 30 / 25 / 0.00 ARR : Aurora Airport : 31 / 28 / T PWK : Wheeling : 33 / 30 / T MLI : Moline : 29 / 27 / 0.13 BMI : Bloomington : 35 / 29 / 0.02 CMI : Champaign : 34 / 31 / 0.07 DEC : Decatur : 34 / 31 / 0.06 LWV : Lawrenceville : 37 / 33 / 0.47 ILX : NWS Lincoln : 33 / 31 / 0.06 MTO : Mattoon : 34 / 31 / 0.12 PIA : Peoria : 33 / 29 / 0.10 SPI : Springfield : 33 / 31 / 0.10 CPS : Cahokia : 35 / 32 / 0.54 UIN : Quincy : 31 / 29 / T MDH : Carbondale : 38 / 32 / 0.75 .END Please note that only the readings for Chicago-O'Hare, Rockford, Lincoln, Peoria, Springfield, and Moline are to be used for climatological purposes. Other stations are supplemental, and should not be used for official climatological data. These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the national climatic data center /NCDC/. Therefore... These data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature And Precipitation Table For Missouri National Weather Service St Louis MO 630 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 12 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 6 AM CST/7 AM CDT .BR LSX 0220 CS DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ :............................................................... : Station | Max | Min | 24-hr | Snow | Snow | : Name | Tmp | Tmp | Precip | Fall | Depth | :............................................................... : CGI : Cape Girardeau : 43 / 34 / 1.01 / / CDJ : Chillicothe : 30 / 29 / 0.39 / / COU : Columbia : 33 / 29 / 0.27 / 0.5 / 1 FAM : Farmington : 35 / M / 1.28 / / JEF : Jefferson City : 33 / 30 / M / / JLN : Joplin : 40 / 32 / 0.25 / / MCI : Kansas City Intl : 29 / 27 / 0.37 / 2.8 / 5 MKC : Kansas City Dwtn : 31 / 29 / 0.48 / / IRK : Kirksville : 30 / 28 / 0.19 / / AIZ : Osage Beach : 34 / 29 / 0.34 / / POF : Poplar Bluff : 39 / 34 / 1.14 / / STJ : St. Joseph : 30 / 27 / 0.39 / / DMO : Sedalia : 32 / 28 / 0.20 / / SUS : Chesterfield : 36 / 31 / 0.33 / / SGF : Springfield : 40 / 34 / 0.45 / 0.1 / 0 SET : St Charles : 35 / 31 / M / / STL : St. Louis : 35 / 30 / 0.51 / 1.0 / 1 VIH : Rolla/Vichy : 31 / 29 / 0.29 / / UNO : West Plains : 38 / 33 / 1.03 / / .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information. (NCEI) Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified data can be accessed at www.ncei.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Central Iowa National Weather Service Des Moines IA 828 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 .BR DMX 0220 C DH00/DC1902200826/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PP/SF/SD : : Values represent highs yesterday...12-hour lows... : and 24-hour precipitation ending at 6 AM Central Time : : Max Min Snow : Location Temp Temp Pcpn Snow Depth : LWD : Lamoni ASOS : 28 / 24 / 0.36 / / AMW : Ames ASOS : 22 / 17 / 0.07 / / DSM : Des Moines ASOS : 24 / 19 / 0.17 / 2.7 / 10 DMX : NWS Johnston* : 23 / 17 / 0.15 / 2.1 / 13 MIW : Marshalltown ASOS : 22 / 16 / T / / EST : Estherville ASOS : 15 / 10 / 0.10 / / FOD : Fort Dodge AWOS : 23 / 15 / 0.04 / / MCW : Mason City ASOS : 18 / 15 / 0.08 / / MSCI4: Mason City* : M / M / M / M / M ALO : Waterloo ASOS : 22 / 19 / 0.32 / 4.0 / 16 OTM : Ottumwa ASOS : 27 / 23 / 0.10 / / : :* Cooperative weather observation site : : : Other Automated Locations : : ...North Central Iowa... AXA : Algona AWOS : 18 / 14 / M / / CAV : Clarion AWOS : 19 / 16 / M / / FXY : Forest City AWOS : 19 / 18 / M / / HPT : Hampton AWOS : 19 / 18 / M / / : : ...West Central Iowa... ADU : Audubon AWOS : 19 / 16 / 0.04 / / CIN : Carroll AWOS : 19 / 16 / M / / DNS : Denison AWOS : 19 / 14 / M / / : : ...Central Iowa... IKV : Ankeny AWOS : 25 / 18 / 0.02 / / BNW : Boone AWOS : 21 / 16 / 0.01 / / GGI : Grinnell AWOS : 24 / 20 / M / / IFA : Iowa Falls AWOS : 22 / 16 / 0.01 / / TNU : Newton AWOS : 25 / 19 / M / / PRO : Perry AWOS : 21 / 18 / M / / NSSI4: Prairie City/NS NWR: 25 / 18 / M / / EBS : Webster City AWOS : 19 / 16 / M / / : : ...Southwestern Iowa... AIO : Atlantic AWOS : 23 / 19 / M / / : : ...South Central Iowa... TVK : Centerville AWOS : M / M / M / / CNC : Chariton AWOS : 27 / 23 / M / / CSQ : Creston AWOS : 25 / 21 / M / / OXV : Knoxville AWOS : 25 / 21 / M / / SSFI4: Lucas/Stephens SF : M / M / 0.01 / / I75 : Osceola AWOS : 27 / 22 / 0.01 / / PEA : Pella AWOS : 26 / 22 / M / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OOA : Oskaloosa AWOS : 26 / 22 / 0.01 / / : .END .BR DMX 0220 C DH0826/DC1902200826/TX/TN/PP/SF/SD : : Values represent the 24 hours ending around 7 AM Central Time : : Cooperative observer and other locations : : Date/Time Max Min Snow : Location DDHHMM Temp Temp Pcpn Snow Depth : : ...Northwestern Iowa... : : ...North Central Iowa... ALGI4: Algona : DD200700/ 23 / -13 / 0.20 / 4.7 / 12 LMLI4: Lake Mills : DD200700/ / / 0.45 / 6.0 / 14 MCWI4: Mason City : DD200700/ 24 / -13 / 0.23 / 4.0 / 12 SWEI4: Swea City : DD200600/ 21 / -16 / 0.40 / 4.0 / 27 : : ...Northeastern Iowa... TRPI4: Tripoli : DD200700/ 24 / -9 / 0.26 / 4.1 / 17 : : ...West Central Iowa... CINI4: Carroll : DD200710/ 24 / -5 / 0.30 / 3.5 / COOI4: Coon Rapids : DD200600/ / / 0.20 / / DNSI4: Denison : DD200700/ 24 / -4 / 0.28 / 4.5 / 16 GTHI4: Guthrie Center : DD200800/ 26 / -8 / 5.00 / 5.0 / 18 RKWI4: Rockwell City : DD200700/ 22 / -17 / 0.32 / 5.0 / 8 RWCI4: Rockwell City : DD200600/ / / 0.10 / / : : ...Central Iowa... BNWI4: Boone : DD200800/ 26 / -4 / 0.36 / 4.6 / 12 CRDI4: Conrad : DD200800/ / / 0.47 / 4.5 / 15 WGCI4: Des Moines Waveland: DD200700/ / / 0.18 / 1.8 / 11 GRWI4: Garwin : DD200600/ / / 0.15 / 4.0 / 19 IWAI4: Iowa Falls : DD200700/ 24 / -11 / 0.45 / 4.0 / 10 MSHI4: Marshalltown : DD200700/ 26 / -17 / 0.29 / 3.0 / 16 MXWI4: Maxwell : DD200600/ / / 0.20 / / MZUI4: Montezuma : DD200700/ / / 0.04 / 1.5 / 11 OGDI4: Ogden : DD200600/ / / 0.20 / / PERI4: Perry : DD200700/ 25 / -11 / 0.28 / 3.5 / 14 STYI4: Story City : DD200600/ / / 0.40 / / TLDI4: Toledo : DD200700/ 25 / -14 / 0.17 / 3.0 / 12 TREI4: Traer : DD200700/ / / 0.23 / 3.5 / : : ...Southwestern Iowa... ADAI4: Adair : DD200600/ / / 0.20 / / ATLI4: Atlantic : DD200700/ 28 / -12 / 0.28 / 4.5 / : : ...South Central Iowa... BCNI4: Beaconsfield : DD200700/ 26 / 4 / 0.15 / 3.0 / 8 CNTI4: Centerville : DD200700/ 28 / 5 / 0.26 / 2.2 / CMBI4: Columbia : DD200600/ / / 0.00 / / 3OI : Lamoni : DD200700/ 27 / 7 / 0.37 / 4.0 / OSEI4: Osceola : DD200700/ 27 / 2 / 0.15 / 1.5 / 6 RADI4: Rathbun Dam : DD200730/ 28 / 4 / 0.11 / 4.0 / 7 : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OSKI4: Oskaloosa : DD200700/ 28 / -3 / 0.06 / 0.5 / 7 : .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control /QC/ by NCDC. Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at the National Climatic Data Center /NCDC/ - www.ncdc.noaa.gov . $$ State Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Bismarck ND 652 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 .BR BIS 0220 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : :VALUES REPRESENT YESTERDAY'S HIGHS...LOWS OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS :AND PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 AM CDT. :ASOS SITES ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY UNDER-ESTIMATE WINTER PRECIP. : :CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS :................................................................ : STATION MAX / MIN / 24-HR / SNOW / SNOW : NAME TEMP/ TEMP / PRECIP / FALL / DEPTH :................................................................ : : CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 0220 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ BIS : Bismarck ASOS : 4 / -6 / 0.03 / 0.5 / 8 JMS : Jamestown FAA : 10 / 1 / T / M / M MOT : Minot FAA : 11 / 0 / T / M / M ISN : Williston WSO : 11 / -14 / 0.00 / M / M N60 : Garrison ASOS : 7 / -7 / 0.01 / M / M MIB : Minot Air Force Bas: 9 / -5 / T / M / 8 GFK : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 6 / -2 / T / T / 13 FAR : ASOS @ Fargo Airpor: 11 / 8 / 0.00 / M / M RDR : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 10 / -2 / M / M / M DVL : AWOS @ Devils Lake : 9 / -5 / T / M / M .END : MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 0220 M DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ DIK : Dickinson Theodore : 7 / -4 / T / M / M HEI : Hettinger ASOS : 4 / -8 / T / M / M .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Center for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table For SD National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 740 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR FSD 0220 C DH00/TAIRZXZ/DH06/TAIRZPZ/PPDRZZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZZ : : Locations in Central Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : ABR : Aberdeen WFO : 14 / 14 / 0.17/ 1.7/ 16 BKX : Brookings : 15 / 11 / M/ M/ M 9V9 : Chamberlain : 18 / 15 / M/ M/ M HON : Huron Airport : 16 / 14 / 0.30/ 3.0/ 9 MDS : Madison AWOS : 14 / 12 / M/ M/ M MHE : Mitchell ASOS : 18 / 15 / 0.06/ M/ M MBG : Mobridge AP : 14 / 12 / 0.09/ M/ M PIR : Pierre Regional A: 16 / 13 / M/ M/ M FSD : Sioux Falls Airpo: 17 / 14 / 0.46/ 7.1/ 12 8D3 : Sisseton AP : 13 / 10 / 0.20/ M/ M ATY : Watertown Regiona: 14 / 9 / M/ M/ M ICR : Winner AP : 23 / 15 / 0.03/ M/ M YKN : Yankton AWOS : 19 / 14 / M/ M/ M .End .BR FSD 0220 M DH00/TAIRZXZ/DH05/TAIRZPZ/PPDRZZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZZ : : Locations in Mountain Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : 2WX : Buffalo : 9 / 0 / 0.00/ M/ M CUT : Custer AP : 12 / -4 / 0.03/ M/ M D07 : Faith AP : 13 / 6 / 0.06/ M/ M PHP : Philip AP : 21 / 1 / 0.01/ M/ M IEN : Pine Ridge AP : M / 4 / T / M/ M UNRS2: Rapid City NWS : 18 / 2 / 0.01/ 0.2/ 4 RAP : Rapid City AP : 19 / 0 / 0.03/ 0.3/ 7 .End These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore...these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Nebraska National Weather Service Hastings NE 645 AM CST WED FEB 20 2019 : Values represent yesterday's highs, lows over the last 12 hours : and precipitation the last 24 hours ending at 6 am CST (5 am MST). .BR GID 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Snow Snow : Station Max / Min / Pcpn / Fall / Depth : ANW : Ainsworth Airport : 19 / 14 / 0.02 / / BVN : Albion Airport : 20 / 15 / M / / AIA : Alliance : 16 / -7 / T / / AUH : Aurora Aiport : 21 / 17 / M / / BIE : Beatrice Airport : 26 / 24 / M / / BTA : Blair Airport : 22 / 19 / M / / BBW : Broken Bow Airport: 19 / 14 / 0.08 / / CDR : Chadron : 22 / 3 / T / / OLU : Columbus Airport : 21 / 16 / M / / FNB : Falls City Airport: 28 / 26 / M / / FET : Fremont Airport : 23 / 21 / M / / GRN : Gordon Airport : 21 / -1 / 0.00 / / GRI : Grand Island Arpt : 20 / 15 / 0.25 / 3.5 / 6 HSI : Hastings Airport : 22 / 15 / 0.14 / 3.1 / 5 HJH : Hebron Airport : 25 / 22 / M / / HDE : Holdrege Airport : 20 / 14 / M / / IML : Imperial Airport : 18 / 5 / 0.04 / / EAR : Kearney Airport : 22 / 10 / M / / IBM : Kimball Airport : 18 / 0 / T / / LXN : Lexington Airport : 20 / 12 / M / / LNK : Lincoln Airport : 23 / 21 / 0.29 / 5.1 / 6 MCK : McCook Airport : 20 / 14 / T / / AFK : Nebraska City Arpt: 25 / 24 / M / / OFK : Norfolk Airport : 18 / 12 / 0.48 / 7.0 / 8 LBF : North Platte Arpt : 19 / 12 / 0.21 / 4.4 / 6 OFF : Offutt AFB : 23 / 20 / 0.24 / 3.0 / 9 OGA : Ogallala Airport : 19 / 3 / 0.02 / / OMA : Omaha/Eppley : 23 / 20 / 0.37 / 4.2 / 9 MLE : Omaha/Millard : 25 / 22 / M / / ONL : O'Neill Airport : 20 / 13 / 0.15 / / ODX : Ord Airport : 22 / 14 / M / / PMV : Plattsmouth Arpt : 24 / 22 / M / / BFF : Scottsbluff : 22 / 0 / 0.06 / / SNY : Sidney : 16 / -2 / T / / TQE : Tekamah Airport : 21 / 18 / M / / TIF : Thedford Airport : 19 / 12 / 0.00 / / VTN : Valentine Airport : 21 / 13 / 0.06 / 1.1 / 4 OAX : Valley NWS Office : 21 / 19 / 0.33 / 6.1 / 8 AHQ : Wahoo Airport : 22 / 19 / M / / LCG : Wayne Airport : 18 / 15 / M / / JYR : York Airport : 21 / 19 / M / / : State Temperature Extremes : : 28 degrees at Falls City Airport : -7 degrees at Alliance : .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for North Central...Northeast and East Central Kansas National Weather Service Topeka KS 710 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 Values represent highs yesterday...lows over the last 12 hours and precipitation over the last 24 hours ending at 6 AM CST/7 AM CDT. .BR TOP 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : ***First Order Climate Stations*** : : Max Min Snow Snow :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn Fall Depth TOP : Topeka Billard Airport : 31 / 27 / 0.32 / 3.2 / 4 CNK : Concordia Airport : 26 / 22 / 0.27 / 3.3 / 5 .END .BR TOP 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : ***Other Automated First Order Stations*** : : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn FOE : Topeka Forbes Field : 31 / 26 / T LWC : Lawrence Airport : 31 / 27 / 0.26 MHK : Manhattan Airport : 30 / 27 / 0.03 EMP : Emporia Airport : 31 / 26 / 0.19 .END ***Other Automated Stations*** : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn MYZ : Marysville Airport : 28 / 25 / M OWI : Ottawa Municipal Airport : 30 / 27 / .END .BR TOP 0220 C DH07/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : ***Cooperative Observer Network Observations*** : Values represent the previous 24 hours : : Obs Max Min Snow Snow :Id Location Time Temp Temp Pcpn Fall Depth CONK1: Concordia 1W : DH0700 / 26 / 11 / 0.20 / 3.5 / 4 OTTK1: Ottawa : DH0700 / 30 / 21 / 0.28 / 2.0 / 2 BLNK1: Blaine : DH0600 / / / 0.25 / 4.8 / 5 NTVK1: Nortonville : DH0400 / / / 0.10 / 3.5 / 7 .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Colorado Temperature And Precipitation Table National Weather Service Pueblo CO 529 AM MST Wed Feb 20 2019 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 18 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 5AM MST Snow depth at 5AM MST .B DEN 190220 M DH05/TX/TN/PP/SD : ...Colorado... : Snow : High Low Pcpn Depth AKO : Akron : 18 / 4 / T / M ALS : Alamosa : 25 / -5 / 0.01 / 1 ASE : Aspen : 20 / 8 / 0.04 / M ITR : Burlington : 19 / 3 / 0.02 / M APA : Centennial Arpt : 18 / 5 / T / M COS : Colorado Springs : 17 / 2 / 0.02 / 1 CEZ : Cortez : 30 / 12 / 0.01 / M CAG : Craig : 14 / -3 / 0.03 / M DEN : Denver Intl Arpt : 20 / 6 / 0.01 / M DRO : Durango : 25 / -12 / 0.09 / M EGE : Eagle : 30 / -2 / M / M FNL : Ft Collins Arpt : 22 / 9 / T / M GJT : Grand Junction : 31 / 9 / 0.06 / 1 GXY : Greeley Airport : 24 / 8 / T / M GUC : Gunnison : 21 / -14 / M / M HDN : Hayden : 13 / 1 / M / M LHX : La Junta : 31 / 10 / T / M LAA : Lamar : 26 / 6 / 0.01 / M LXV : Leadville : 15 / -5 / 0.04 / M LIC : Limon : 16 / -15 / 0.04 / M EEO : Meeker : 20 / 0 / 0.01 / M MTJ : Montrose : 27 / 14 / T / M PUB : Pueblo : 25 / 5 / 0.02 / T RIL : Rifle : 28 / 14 / T / M SPD : Springfield : 22 / 9 / 0.00 / M TEX : Telluride : 18 / 1 / M / M TAD : Trinidad : 31 / 7 / T / M .END From the above reports The highest temperature in Colorado yesterday was 31 degrees in Grand Junction, La Junta and Trinidad. The lowest temperature in Colorado during the past 12 hours was -15 degrees in Limon. $$ OKLAHOMA TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK 610 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY LOW TEMPERATURE PAST 12 HOURS 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 6 AM CST .BR OUN 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : HIGH LOW PCPN : :...WESTERN OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS... LTS : ALTUS AFB : 34 / 21 / M CSM : CLINTON : 28 / 23 / .14 FDR : FREDERICK : 36 / 25 / T GAG : GAGE : 27 / 21 / T GUY : GUYMON : 28 / 19 / T HBR : HOBART : 33 / 27 / .08 FSI : LAWTON/FORT SILL : 34 / 29 / .05 LAW : LAWTON/AIRPORT : 36 / 29 / .04 SPS : WICHITA FALLS : 35 / 28 / .09 : :...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA... END : ENID/VANCE AFB : 30 / 20 / M GOK : GUTHRIE : 32 / 30 / .05 OKC : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILL ROGERS : 33 / 27 / .14 PWA : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILEY POST : 33 / 29 / .13 TIK : OKLAHOMA CITY/TINKER AFB : 33 / 27 / .16 PNC : PONCA CITY : 34 / 30 / .23 SWO : STILLWATER : 34 / 32 / .23 : :...EASTERN OKLAHOMA... BVO : BARTLESVILLE : 40 / 32 / .20 MKO : MUSKOGEE : 43 / 35 / .38 TUL : TULSA/INTL AIRPORT : 39 / 34 / .25 RVS : TULSA/JONES AIRPORT : 38 / 34 / .25 .END THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL QUALITY CONTROL BY THE NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION /NCEI/. THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION. FINAL AND CERTIFIED CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH NCEI. WWW.NCEI.NOAA.GOV . Texas Temperature and Precipitation Table National Weather Service Lubbock TX 624 AM CST Wed Feb 20 2019 Data Through 6AM CST Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 Hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR LUB 0220 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : :ID LOCATION HIGH LOW PCPN : 24HR :...NORTH TEXAS... ABI :Abilene ASOS : 36 / 29 / 0.00 GKY :Arlington : 40 / 38 / 0.25 CRS :Corsicana : 42 / 39 / 0.76 DAL :Dallas Love Field : 40 / 38 / 0.41 DFW :DFW Airport : 39 / 37 / 0.35 DTO :Denton : 38 / 36 / 0.42 AFW :Fort Worth Alliance : 39 / 37 / 0.41 FTW :Fort Worth Meacham : 38 / 36 / 0.42 GGG :Longview : 42 / 38 / 0.47 LFK :Lufkin : 44 / 40 / 0.37 TKI :McKinney : 38 / 37 / 0.38 MWL :Mineral Wells : 38 / 36 / 0.22 PRX :Paris : 38 / 37 / 1.36 TPL :Temple : 41 / 38 / 0.23 TRL :Terrell : 41 / 38 / 1.61 TYR :Tyler : 42 / 38 / 0.59 ACT :Waco : 42 / 38 / 1.31 SPS :Wichita Falls : 35 / 28 / 0.09 :...WEST TEXAS... AMA :Amarillo : 25 / 21 / 0.01 HHF :Canadian Airport : 30 / 17 / 0.00 CDS :Childress : 33 / 21 / 0.00 DHT :Dalhart : 23 / 7 / 0.00 6R6 :Dryden : 57 / 28 / 0.00 ELP :El Paso : 47 / 35 / T FST :Fort Stockton : 41 / 29 / 0.00 GDP :Guadalupe Pass : 45 / 25 / 0.00 LBB :Lubbock : 37 / 22 / T MRF :Marfa : 56 / 26 / 0.00 MAF :Midland : 39 / 27 / 0.00 MUST2:Muleshoe : 30 / 17 / 0.00 ODO :Odessa : 38 / 25 / 0.00 PEQ :Pecos : 41 / 30 / 0.00 PRS :Presidio : 67 / 38 / 0.00 SJT :San Angelo ASOS : 38 / 28 / T INK :Wink : 41 / 24 / 0.00 :...SOUTH TEXAS... ALI :Alice : 58 / 45 / T ATT :Austin Mabry : 45 / 41 / 0.17 AUS :Austin Bergstrom : 46 / 42 / 0.15 BPT :Beaumont : 57 / 49 / 0.07 BRO :Brownsville : 67 / 49 / 0.03 BMQ :Burnet : 40 / 37 / 0.01 CLL :College Station : 48 / 42 / 0.22 CXO :Conroe : 49 / 44 / 0.14 CRP :Corpus Christi : 59 / 46 / 0.01 NGP :Navy Corpus : 60 / 48 / 0.03 COT :Cotulla : 56 / 36 / 0.01 DRT :Del Rio : 56 / 36 / 0.00 GLS :Galveston : 59 / 49 / 0.04 GTU :Georgetown : 42 / 39 / 0.22 HRL :Harlingen : 60 / 47 / 0.07 HDO :Hondo : 52 / 34 / 0.01 HOU :Houston Hobby : 53 / 46 / 0.08 IAH :Houston Bush : 50 / 46 / 0.27 UTS :Huntsville : 46 / 41 / 0.17 JCT :Junction ASOS : 41 / 31 / 0.01 NQI :Kingsville : 59 / 46 / T LRD :Laredo : 59 / 46 / 0.01 MFE :McAllen : 60 / 50 / 0.12 BAZ :New Braunfels : 47 / 38 / 0.10 PSX :Palacios : 59 / 46 / 0.04 LVJ :Pearland : 54 / 47 / 0.04 RKP :Rockport : 58 / 45 / T SAT :San Antonio : 47 / 37 / 0.07 SSF :San Antonio Stinson : 50 / 37 / 0.05 HYI :San Marcos : 46 / 41 / 0.10 DWH :Tomball : 50 / 44 / 0.11 VCT :Victoria : 56 / 44 / 0.02 :...OTHERS... SHV :Shreveport : 45 / 40 / 0.47 TXK :Texarkana : 38 / 35 / 0.86 .END Texas Temperature Extremes: Highest...67 degrees at Brownsville and Presidio Lowest.....7 degrees at Dalhart $$

DTN Early Word Grains 02/20 06:01 Mixed Trade Following Tuesday Selloff March corn is up 3 cents per bushel, March soybeans are down 1 1/4 cents, and March K.C. wheat is up 3/4 cents. By Tregg Cronin DTN Contributing Analyst 6:00 a.m. CME Globex: March corn is up 3 cents per bushel, March soybeans are down 1 1/4 cents, and March K.C. wheat is up 3/4 cents. CME Globex Recap: Global equities are mostly higher Wednesday morning as we await more developments in the trade talks with China and hope to stave off another feud with the EU. Grains are mixed to weaker following the washout Tuesday which saw sizable increases in open interest for corn and wheat. This could be a sign funds were adding to short positions, although without updated CFTC data, we are flying somewhat blind. Thursday's export sales data and Friday's USDA Outlook Forum data will be the next big fundamental inputs for our markets. OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Tuesday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 8.07 at 25,891.32 and the S&P 500 up 4.16 at 2,775.60 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 2.647%. Early Wednesday, the March DJIA futures are down 44 points. Asian markets are higher with Japan's Nikkei 225 up 128.84 (0.6%) and China's Shanghai Composite up 5.57 points (0.2%). European markets are higher with London's FTSE 100 up 11.21 points (0.16%), Germany's DAX up 26.61 points (0.24%) and France's CAC 40 up 8.32 points (0.16%). The March Euro is down 0.001 at 1.140 and the March U.S. dollar index is up 0.086 at 96.435. The March 30-Year T-Bond is up 9/32nds, while April gold is up $2.50 at $1,347.30 and April crude oil is down $0.33 at $56.12. Soybeans on China's Dalian Exchange were down -0.26% while soybean meal was down -1.44%.

FARM MARKET NEWS - CORN REPORT FOR Tue, February 19 Exchange rate was 1.3202 down 0.0039 Chicago corn closed slightly to moderately lower. MAR19 HI 3.76 1/4 DEC19 HI 4.00 3/4 LOW 3.69 LOW 3.95 1/2 CLOSE3.69 3/4 Down 5 CLOSE 3.96 3/4 Down 2 1/2 OLD CROP BASIS NEW CROP BASIS Location Spot 1mt 2mt 3mt U.S. $/bu $/mt Cntrct U.S. $/bu $/mt ELEVATORS +MAY19+MAY19+JUL19 CK Low 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 CK High 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.90 4.87 191.63 CK Avg 1.00 -0.14 4.70 184.93 0.87 -0.30 4.83 190.31 Essex Cty 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Mdsx Low 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Mdsx High 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Mdsx Avg 1.00 -0.14 4.70 184.93 0.85 -0.31 4.82 189.66 Hensall 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Bruce 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Putnam 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Burford 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Port Perry 0.95 4.65 182.96 0.85 4.82 189.66 Norfolk 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Palmerston 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Varna 1.00 4.70 184.93 0.85 4.82 189.66 Trenton 0.95 4.65 182.96 0.85 4.82 189.66 Winchester 1.10 4.80 188.87 1.15 5.12 201.47 North Gower 1.10 4.80 188.87 1.13 5.10 200.68 Huron FOB 1.30 5.00 196.74 0.95 4.92 193.59 Kent FOB 1.25 4.95 194.77 0.90 4.87 191.63 Lamb FOB 1.30 5.00 196.74 0.90 4.87 191.63 Mdsx FOB 1.25 1.25N/A N/A 4.95 194.77 0.95 4.92 193.59 FOB SW Que 1.74 5.44 214.06 1.23 5.20 204.62 Track 1.50 5.20 204.62N/A PROCESSORS Chat-Eth N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.16 5.13 201.86 Jhnstwn-Eth N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.20 5.17 203.44 Aylmer-Eth N/A N/A 1.54 1.55 1.15 5.12 201.47 Sarn-Eth 1.40 1.35 1.40N/A 5.10 200.68N/A Kawartha N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A London-Ing N/A N/A N/A 1.55 1.15 5.12 201.47 Pt.Colb-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cardnl-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.25 5.22 205.40 W O Feed 1.66 5.36 210.99 US Rep 1.81 5.51 216.82 Toledo El. -0.07 3.63 142.97 -0.26 3.70 145.82 TRANSFER Port ColbornN/A 1.15 5.12201 1/2 MID SD CRN 1.00 4.69 3/4 HI SD CRN 1.00 4.69 3/4 *Wet Bid

DTN Closing Grain Comments 02/19 13:41 Corn, Soybeans Plunge; Wheat Scores New Contract Lows Wheat and soybean markets continued their bearish slide Tuesday, this time dragging a stubborn corn market with them. No news is bad news for these markets, which have traded on many unsubstantiated demand rumors for weeks. News that world wheat values plunged again last week, that African swine fever continues to expand in China and has shown up in Vietnam now, added more fuel to the fire. It appears that optimism on China trade talks is not enough to keep markets up.

Market Matters Blog 02/15 12:39 Domestic DDG Prices Steady Infrastructure Funding Remains in Limbo Domestic DDG Prices Lower on Average St. Paul District Corps of Engineers Releases 2018 Lock and Dam Statistics Domestic DDG Prices Slightly Lower on Average Grain Shipments Lead 2018 Great Lakes Seaway Navigation Season Domestic DDG Prices Lower on Average DDG Prices Lower Again Positive Train Control: Did Railroads Meet 2018 Deadline? DDG Prices Continue Lower ****************************************************************************** Domestic DDG Prices Steady OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was steady at $141 per ton for the week ended Feb. 14 versus the prior week. Spot truck values collected by DTN are steady with merchandisers telling DTN the market was quiet the past week. Energy Information Administration data released Wednesday showed plant production rising for the first time in four weeks, as plants are able to manage the winter weather better after the polar vortex presented a challenge for some of their plant equipment, noted a few merchandisers. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Feb. 14 was at 105.35%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.15%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.22, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.43. In their weekly DDGS update, the U.S. Grains Council noted that DDGS indications were mostly unchanged this week on the heels of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Forty-foot containers to Southeast Asia (March delivery) were unchanged. Prices at the U.S. Gulf ticked up as barge logistics continue to complicate nearby delivery, and U.S. rail rates were up $1 per metric ton on average. "With Asian buyers returning to the market following the holiday lull, merchandisers report an uptick in business from especially Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. Additional interest from Egypt and the Mediterranean is being reported as well." Logistics on most of the U.S. river system remain a challenge for barges heading to the Gulf. "Baton Rouge and New Orleans Harbors have had weather related stoppages and slowdowns including high water, rains, and fog since [the] end [of] December. This has been [an] unprecedented period of time without relief," said Tom Russell, Russell Marine Group. "In the Harbor, safety protocols due [to] high water are in place. Added to that, above average rains in the Ohio River Valley, high water on Lower Mississippi and the Nola/Baton Rouge Harbors will be an issue for [an] extended period of time and last months." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 2/14/2019 2/7/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $150 $150 $0 Modified $80 $80 $0 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $150 $150 $0 Wet $80 $80 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $135 $0 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $145 $145 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $136 $138 -$2 Iowa Dry $134 $136 -$2 Michigan Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $134 $137 -$3 Missouri Dry $149 $154 -$5 Ohio Dry $145 $142 $3 South Dakota Dry $145 $143 $2 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $140 $145 -$5 Wet $60 $60 $0 Illinois Dry $145 $150 -$5 Nebraska Dry $140 $145 -$5 Wet $60 $60 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $137 $137 $0 Indiana Dry $135 $135 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $130 $0 Nebraska Dry $130 $130 $0 New York Dry $152 $152 $0 North Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 Ohio Dry $145 $145 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Wisconsin Dry $140 $140 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $150 $150 $0 Iowa Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $135 $0 Nebraska Dry $135 $135 $0 Ohio Dry $160 $160 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 California $197 $197 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $210 $210 $0 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $141 $141 $0 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 2/14/2019 $3.7475 $133.84 Soybean Meal 2/14/2019 $305.50 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $141.00 DDG Value Relative to: 2/14 2/7 Corn 105.35% 106.35% Soybean Meal 46.15% 46.81% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.22 $5.30 Soybean Meal $6.43 $6.43 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Infrastructure Funding Remains in Limbo During the signing of the tax overhaul bill on Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump said, "Infrastructure is by far the easiest," according to a Washington Post article from Jan. 3, 2018. "People want it -- Republicans and Democrats. We're going to have tremendous Democrat support on infrastructure as you know. I could've started with infrastructure -- I actually wanted to save the easy one for the one down the road. So we'll be having that done pretty quickly," the Washington Post quoted the president as saying. Over one year later, there is still no firm plan for how to fund and fix the nation's aging infrastructure. In March 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, an assessment of the condition of the nation's infrastructure across 16 categories (roads, bridges, railroads, inland waterways, etc.). This report card is issued every four years. The overall grade for the entire 16 categories was a D-plus. (https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/) At that time, in regard to the infrastructure report card, Mike Steenhoek, executive director of Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), told DTN: "First of all, it's hard to have an A-plus economy and A-plus agriculture with a D-plus infrastructure. In order to be profitable, it is not sufficient to stimulate supply and demand. It is also essential to stimulate greater connectivity with supply and demand. Transportation infrastructure provides that connectivity." Steenhoek continued: "I like to argue that agriculture has one of the most diverse and elongated supply chains of any industry in existence. We are heavily exposed to and dependent upon our system of roads and bridges, highways and interstates, inland waterways, railroads and ports. Farmers do not have the luxury of locating themselves in proximity to infrastructure. Rather, farmers hope infrastructure locates in proximity to them. Our viability as an industry depends upon having each of these modes being properly maintained and providing seamless transition from one to the other." After President Trump's State of the Union speech last week, in which the president called for a bipartisan effort to address the needs of the nation's infrastructure, I asked Steenhoek again about his thoughts on the subject. Here is what Steenhoek had to say: "While we are very appreciative of the inclusion of transportation infrastructure during the President's remarks, we are particularly hopeful that this intention will soon become an outcome. We encourage the President and Congress to enhance not just the transportation needs of urban America, but also the needs of rural America. "The temptation among our elected leaders is to regard transportation challenges in terms of urban congestion or long commute times. While this is most certainly a frustrating reality for many Americans that should be addressed, we must also be attentive to the addressing the challenges of moving freight, including agricultural freight." The ASCE report card provided proof that our infrastructure is crumbling and is in dire need of funding. The nation's roads received a D-minus, with inland waterways, dams and levees receiving the next lowest grade of D. In 2018, the Soy Transportation Coalition released its "Top 10 Most Wanted List" of infrastructure priorities. Steenhoek told me last week that the STC is hopeful any effort by our elected leaders to address our transportation challenges will include some or all of these priorities. Soy Transportation Coalition's "Top 10 Most Wanted List" of Transportation Priorities: -- Maintenance and rehabilitation of locks and dams to significantly reduce the potential for unexpected, widespread and prolonged failure. Priority should be devoted to ensuring the reliability of locks and dams along the nation's inland waterways. -- Dredging the lower Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico to 50 feet. -- Ensuring the Columbia River shipping channel from Portland, Oregon, to the Pacific Ocean is maintained at no less than 43 feet. -- Permit six-axle, 91,000-pound semis to operate on the interstate highway system. -- Increase the federal fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and index the tax to inflation. Ensure rural areas receive proportionate, sufficient funding from the fuel tax increase. -- Provide greater predictability and reliability of funding for the locks and dams along the inland waterway system. -- Provide block grants to states to replace the top 20 most critical rural bridges. -- Provide grants to states to implement rural bridge load testing projects to more accurately diagnose which bridges are sufficient and which are deficient. -- Ensure full utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for port improvement initiatives. -- Permanent (or at least multi-year) extension of the short-line railroad tax credit. Steenhoek commented that one particular infrastructure investment included on the list that could provide substantial benefit to farmers would be to dredge the lower Mississippi River from 45 feet to 50 feet. A deeper river would allow both larger ships to be utilized and current ships being utilized to be loaded with more revenue-producing freight "The 256-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 60% of U.S. soybean exports, along with 59% of corn exports -- by far the leading export region for both commodities," said Steenhoek. "The STC research highlighted that shipping costs for soybeans from Mississippi Gulf export terminals could decline 13 cents per bushel ($5 per metric ton) if the lower Mississippi River is dredged to 50 feet." The STC research further estimated farmers in the 31 evaluated states could annually receive an additional $461 million for their soybeans due to a more favorable basis resulting from dredging the lower Mississippi River to 50 feet. "All too often, infrastructure projects can only provide a theoretical benefit. Dredging the lower Mississippi River is an example of a tangible investment having a tangible impact on farmers throughout the country," said Steenhoek. None of that matters if our current lock and dam system fails, shutting off commerce on the river system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has said in the past that it is "unable to adequately fund maintenance activities to ensure the navigation system operates at an acceptable level of performance." A failure of significant duration, especially during and after harvest, would have a negative impact on the soybean and grain industries and cause farmers to lose money, affecting their profitability. Steenhoek noted that, in 2013, Congress allocated $4.7 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Program, which is the account responsible for maintaining and improving our nation's locks and dams. The current appropriations bill allocated $6.9 billion -- a 47% increase over five years. "Congress and the Administration need to build on this momentum in order to provide a well-maintained system of locks and dams. A failure at one or more of these sites would have severe consequences on the competitiveness of the American farmer," said Steenhoek. "We sincerely hope a bipartisan effort can produce an infrastructure initiative that benefits the needs of both urban and rural areas of this country," said Steenhoek. "It is time for infrastructure to move from the on deck circle to the batter's box." Here is a link to the STC website: http://www.soytransportation.org/. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Domestic DDG Prices Lower on Average OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was $3 lower at $141 per ton for the week ended Feb. 7 versus the prior week. Spot truck values collected by DTN are steady to lower again this week, even as ethanol plant production dropped by the most in three weeks. Production was down 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 967,000 million bpd with output down 8.5% from a year ago, according to weekly energy data. Buyers are still not ready to increase inclusion rates in rations, but as DDG prices continue to get cheaper, they should return to buying. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Feb. 7 was at 106.35%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.81%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.30, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.43. CIF NOLA distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) prices are firm, as river conditions remain messy. Ice on the Illinois River is causing slowdowns as it moves down river and high water in the Lower Mississippi River, coupled with heavy fog in the Gulf, has slowed barge traffic heading south and slowed and/or stalled vessel loadings in the Gulf. ACBL noted that at the Gulf, the canals will experience wind delays beginning Friday and lasting until Saturday afternoon. "There will be a brief 24-48 hour window of improved conditions, but then fog is expected to roll back in early next week. Expect significant delays in pickup and transit time." The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that U.S. exports of DDGS totaled 1,016,544 mt in November, a little less than October, but up 16% from a year ago. U.S DDGS continue to find broad interest with Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea listed as the top five destinations, accounting for 58% of exports in November. The first eleven months of 2018 showed exports of U.S. DDGS up 9% from a year ago. However, as of Jan.1, 2019, Thailand stopped buying U.S. DDGS because of a new fumigation requirement imposed after beetles were discovered in a shipment in late 2018. Regulations require all DDGS shipments entering the country to be fumigated with methyl bromide, but U.S. shippers prefer to use phosphine. This is the same issue that caused Vietnam imports of DDGS to be stalled for almost one year between fall 2016 and fall 2017, finally ending after Vietnam eased fumigation requirements. Merchandisers told DTN that the Thai Ministry of Agriculture has been quiet on this issue to date. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 2/7/2019 1/31/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $150 $160 -$10 Modified $80 $85 -$5 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $150 $150 $0 Wet $80 $80 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $135 $0 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $145 $145 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $138 $140 -$2 Iowa Dry $136 $143 -$7 Michigan Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $137 $140 -$3 Missouri Dry $154 $158 -$4 Ohio Dry $142 $142 $0 South Dakota Dry $143 $147 -$4 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 Illinois Dry $150 $150 $0 Nebraska Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $137 $137 $0 Indiana Dry $135 $135 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $132 -$2 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $135 -$5 Nebraska Dry $130 $135 -$5 New York Dry $152 $152 $0 North Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 Ohio Dry $145 $145 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Wisconsin Dry $140 $135 $5 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $150 $155 -$5 Iowa Dry $135 $145 -$10 Minnesota Dry $135 $150 -$15 Nebraska Dry $135 $150 -$15 Ohio Dry $160 $160 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $155 -$15 California $197 $200 -$3 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $210 $210 $0 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $141 $144 -$3 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. ** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 2/8/2019 $3.7425 $133.66 Soybean Meal 2/8/2019 $306.10 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $141.00 DDG Value Relative to: 2/7 1/31 Corn 106.35% 107.09% Soybean Meal 46.81% 46.45% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.30 $5.33 Soybean Meal $6.43 $6.53 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** St. Paul District Corps of Engineers Releases 2018 Lock and Dam Statistics In the northern tier of the Upper Mississippi River (UMR), the 2018 shipping season opened on April 11, 2018, the latest start to the shipping season in the UMR not related to flooding. The season ended Dec. 1 2018 as the last tow passed through Lock and Dam 10, located on Mississippi River mile 615.0 near Guttenberg, Iowa. Lock and Dam 10 was constructed and placed in operation November 1937. The northern section of the UMR starts in St. Paul, Minnesota, and runs downriver through Guttenberg. The last stop on the UMR controlled by the St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is Lock and Dam 10. The St. Paul District maintains a 9-foot navigation channel from Minneapolis to Guttenberg. "Keeping this system open is vital to the nation's economy," said the Corps. The Corps noted that Lock and Dam 10, near Guttenberg, was below the 10-year average for combined lockages. Corps staff supported 3,231 combined lockages during the 2018 season. The 10-year average is 3,376. The staff supported 3,608 combined lockages during the 2017 season. There were 2,369 commercial navigation lockages at Lock 10 in 2018. The lockages supported 15,789,297 tons of commodities by the navigation industry. This is the highest amount since 2002. During the 2017 season, Corps staff supported 2,886 commercial lockages and the movement of 18,766,174 tons of commodities. In addition to the commercial lockages, Corps staff locked 1,481 recreation vessels during 851 recreation lockages. To minimize lockages, the Corps tries to include multiple recreation vessels during a single lockage. There were an additional 21 lockages from various government agencies, including the Corps. The USACE St. Paul District said in its 2018 shipping report that navigation statistics fluctuate from year to year, depending on the weather, river flows and the length of the navigation season. A wide range of bulk commercial products, or commodities, travels up and down the Mississippi River, according to the National Park Service (NPS), Minnesota region. Grain accounts for the majority of down-bound tonnage. Eight million tons of Minnesota's corn, soybeans and wheat is shipped annually by barge to New Orleans for export to destinations around the world. Liquid asphalt for roads and roofing is shipped down-river from Twin Cities oil refineries. Canadian potash is transferred from rail to barge and carried to locations where it is distributed for use as fertilizer. Other down-bound commodities include petroleum coke for power generation, scrap metal for reprocessing, petroleum oil, sunflower oil, DDGS, molasses and fly ash, NPS noted. The NPS also noted that principal up-bound commodities in the Twin Cities are led by sand and gravel used in construction and road building. Fertilizer arrives from Florida for application in agriculture and lawn care. Salt from Louisiana is used on roads and in water softeners. Cement for construction is shipped upstream from Iowa. Other bulk commodities carried upriver include slag (used in asphalt shingles), coal, caustic soda (used in industrial and food processes), light oil, liquid ammonia, molasses, steel, pipe and twine. While the final statistics for the entire river system are not available yet due to the government shutdown, the USDA weekly Grain Transportation Report gave an update in their Dec. 13 report. USDA said that as of Dec. 8, calendar year-to-date (YTD) grain barge tonnages through the locking portions of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas rivers, were 35.8 million tons, 5% below the three-year average and 8% lower than 2017. "For most of 2018, calendar YTD corn barge shipments were 22 million tons, up 6% compared to the three-year average. However, the additional corn tonnages were not enough to offset a 17% decline in YTD soybean shipments (12 million tons). Reduced soybean sales to China have contributed to the decrease in soybean barge shipments," noted the USDA. "Barge operators reported 2018 as being one of the more challenging years for navigation in many years," said the USDA. "Flooding and lock repairs throughout the year caused less than ideal navigation conditions, which resulted in increased transit times." Barge rates were above average for most of the year, reflecting higher operating costs due to navigation conditions. SLOW START TO 2019 FOR BARGE TRAFFIC So far, 2019 has not started out well for barge operations on most of the river system that remains open during the winter. High water on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) has slowed barge traffic since December and safety restrictions have been in place on and off. Those ranged from daylight-only-hours transit at certain portions of the LMR and/or reduced tow sizes, usually by at least one string of five barges. Icing has plagued the Illinois River and last week barge lines ceased operations. Icing in the St. Louis Harbor also caused slowdowns the past week and will continue to do so as it flushes through the system. However, conditions were expected to begin improving over the weekend with warmer temperatures and rain expected through the middle of the upcoming week, before the return to colder weather. Tom Russell, Russell Marine Group, told DTN recently that the fall on LMR has been slow and rains mid-January in the Ohio River Valley put areas of the Ohio River near flood stage. "That water will likely keep the LMR charged throughout February," said Russell. The New Orleans and Baton Rouge harbors experienced extended periods of fog during late December and early January, noted Russell. Barge lines noted that higher temperatures moving in over the weekend into the first half of next week will create fog delays once again. "Water levels in the harbor are still on a slow rise and will be near flood stage," said Russell. "The fast-moving rising river drops a lot of sand/silt, which caused vessel groundings and closed the river to traffic from time to time in early January. Safety protocols, which slow barge and vessel traffic, have been in place since December. The fast-moving river caused barge breakaways in fleets throughout the harbor. Heavy sand/silt buildups also created problems with ships heaving and or popping anchor chains. High water also forced the closure of some midstream terminals temporarily." High-water protocols are expected to be in place throughout the month of February for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge harbors. Russell noted that weather and high water will be a problem for logistics from the Midwest to the New Orleans/Baton Rouge harbors "at least" throughout the entire month of February. "Plan for and expect delays, slowdowns and stoppages," said Russell. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Domestic DDG Prices Slightly Lower on Average OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was $1 lower at $144 per ton for the week ended Jan. 31 versus the prior week. Spot truck values collected by DTN are steady to lower again this week, even as ethanol plant runtimes have slowed and extreme cold is covering much of the Midwest. While this should mean more demand for DDG and better prices, buyers continue to turn away from the market thinking prices will go lower still. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Jan. 31 was at 107.09%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.45%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.33, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.53. Informa Economics recently noted that DDG and ethanol traders are closely watching some possible key developments on the China trade policy front. "Chatter suggests it is possible for the U.S. to regain DDGS export access to China and to create new markets for ethanol. In talks this week, U.S. officials are expected to urge China to drop its anti-dumping and countervailing duties on DDGS." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT Previous CHANGE COMPANY STATE 1/31/2019 1/24/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $160 $165 -$5 Modified $85 $85 $0 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $150 $155 -$5 Wet $80 $80 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $140 -$5 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $145 $155 -$10 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $143 $143 $0 Michigan Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $140 $140 $0 Missouri Dry $158 $158 $0 Ohio Dry $142 $142 $0 South Dakota Dry $147 $147 $0 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 Illinois Dry $150 $150 $0 Nebraska Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $137 $140 -$3 Indiana Dry $135 $135 $0 Iowa Dry $132 $135 -$3 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $135 $0 Nebraska Dry $135 $140 -$5 New York Dry $152 $155 -$3 North Dakota Dry $165 $170 -$5 Ohio Dry $145 $145 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Wisconsin Dry $135 $135 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $155 $155 $0 Iowa Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $150 $150 $0 Nebraska Dry $150 $150 $0 Ohio Dry $160 $160 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 California $200 $200 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $210 $215 -$5 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $144 $145 -$1 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. ** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 1/31/2019 $3.7650 $134.46 Soybean Meal 1/31/2019 $310.00 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $144.00 DDG Value Relative to: 1/31 1/24 Corn 107.09% 107.69% Soybean Meal 46.45% 46.43% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.33 $5.37 Soybean Meal $6.53 $6.57 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Grain Shipments Lead 2018 Great Lakes Seaway Navigation Season In a press release on Jan. 17, 2019, the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership noted that, "With total cargo shipments of 40.9 million metric tons during the 2018 navigation season, St. Lawrence Seaway traffic increased nearly 7% year-over-year. Additionally, total vessel transits were up nearly 6% over 2017." The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) said much of the credit for the increase in tonnage can be given to healthy movements of grain, the best on record since the turn of the century. "Marketing efforts under the "Highway H2O" initiative served as a catalyst to spur increased movements of a broad range of cargoes including grain, road salt, stone, cement, gypsum (a soft sulfate mineral) and refined fuels." Hwy H2O is a 3,700-kilometer marine highway that offers shippers direct access to the commercial, industrial and agricultural heartland of North America and includes the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Click this link to read about Hwy H2O: http://hwyh2o.com/home/ "Total tonnage on the St. Lawrence Seaway exceeded the five-, 10- and 15-year averages, making 2018 an exceptionally strong shipping season -- the best in over a decade," said Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. "In particular, we were pleased to see heightened activity on the seaway in December. Overall gains in year-over-year commodity increases were widespread, most notably in U.S. grain export trade. The investments in seaway infrastructure and technology are achieving greater efficiencies for our customers and enhancing the binational waterway's global competitiveness." The following top 10 performing cargoes sustained Seaway traffic well above the five-year average: Cargo Metric Tons Percent Increase* 1. Grain 12.1 million 20% 2. Dry Bulk 10.7 million 3% 3. Liquid Bulk 4.5 million 22% 4. Salt 3.5 million 5% 5. Coal 2.5 million 12% 6. Cement 1.9 million 14% 7. Steel Slabs 750,000 53% 8. Stone 564,000 24% 9. Gypsum 499,000 13% 10. Asphalt 383,000 50% *All performance metrics above based on cargo traffic for the St. Lawrence Seaway only, excluding interlake traffic on the Great Lakes. Percentage increases compared to the same time last year. The Seaway is anchored by domestic trade at the Port of Duluth-Superior, which operates as a global gateway for bulk cargo entering the system, specifically iron ore. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is also celebrating a successful 2018 shipping season on the Great Lakes that ended with the Soo Locks closure on Jan. 15. The Port of Duluth-Superior is the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority's executive director, Deb DeLuca, said in a statement that the season is ending on a strong note. "Through November, grain volume was up 22% compared to last year and iron ore was more than 25% above the five-year average. While coal shipments are down, iron ore is picking up." Another notable event for the Port during the 2018 shipping season was the first shipment of soybeans in a decade. The grain shipping season came to an end on Dec. 15, 2018 when the Federal Rhine was the last saltie (ocean going vessel) to leave the port of Duluth-Superior for the season, enabling the ship to clear Seaway locks well ahead of Christmas. The 656-foot Federal Rhine loaded 21,300 metric tons of durum wheat at the CHS elevator in Superior and is bound for Italy where it will be milled and made into pasta, which likely will be packaged and shipped back to U.S. grocery stores, according to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. While the Federal Rhine was the last saltie to leave the Port of Duluth-Superior for the season, Great Lakes freighters (lakers) would continue to move bulk commodities for another month as long as weather and ice conditions allowed, since the Poe Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, remained open until midnight Jan. 15, 2019. More than 4,500 vessels carrying up to 80 million tons of cargo maneuver through the Soo locks annually. Iron ore, coal, wheat and limestone are among the most frequently carried commodities. Opened in 1969, the Poe Lock is 1,200 feet long. The MacArthur Lock was opened in 1943 and is 800 feet long. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will perform critical maintenance on the lock structures during the winter closure. The MacArthur and Poe locks are dewatered, and crews will be busy with a variety of maintenance projects in preparation to reopen in March, noted the USACE. The locks are scheduled to reopen March 25, 2019, weather permitting. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Domestic DDG Prices Lower on Average OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was $3 lower at $145 per ton for the week ended Jan. 24 versus the prior week. Spot truck values collected by DTN are steady to lower this week, as some buyers have not been active in buying for the past few weeks, expecting the prices may move lower than they recently have. The extreme cold and lower ethanol plant production may give DDG demand a boost in the next few weeks. Informa Economics noted in their weekly DDG update: "Some Iowa hog producers view 105% DDG relative value to cash corn as the line in the sand to start upping levels in rations. Currently, Iowa DDG prices are sitting near 115% on a relative value to cash corn of $3.40 a bushel, which could mean buyers want to see another $10-$15 lower DDG prices to bring back demand." Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Jan. 24 was at 107.69%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.43%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.37, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.57. In their weekly DDGS update, U.S. Grains Council noted that export price indications are mostly up this week in response to a combination of strengthening demand, tightening supply, and, to some extent, logistics at the U.S. Gulf. "February execution is limited but remains available; FOB vessel U.S. Gulf for March delivery is at $214 per metric ton (mt). Barge CIF New Orleans prices gained strength as well while U.S. rail rates were steady to slightly higher. On average, 40-foot containers to Southeast Asian markets were up $5/mt this week from last week as merchandisers reported multiple sales to Vietnam." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 1/24/2019 1/17/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $165 $165 $0 Modified $85 $85 $0 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $155 $155 $0 Wet $80 $80 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $136 -$6 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $140 $140 $0 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $155 $160 -$5 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $143 $145 -$2 Michigan Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $140 $145 -$5 Missouri Dry $158 $160 -$2 Ohio Dry $142 $145 -$3 South Dakota Dry $147 $150 -$3 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 Illinois Dry $150 $150 $0 Nebraska Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $140 $150 -$10 Indiana Dry $135 $145 -$10 Iowa Dry $135 $145 -$10 Michigan Dry $135 $145 -$10 Minnesota Dry $135 $145 -$10 Nebraska Dry $140 $150 -$10 New York Dry $155 $165 -$10 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $145 $155 -$10 South Dakota Dry $140 $160 -$20 Wisconsin Dry $135 $140 -$5 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $155 $155 $0 Iowa Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $150 $150 $0 Nebraska Dry $150 $150 $0 Ohio Dry $160 $160 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 California $200 $200 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $215 $212 $3 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $145 $148 -$3 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. ** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 1/24/2019 $3.7700 $134.64 Soybean Meal 1/24/2019 $312.30 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $145.00 DDG Value Relative to: 1/24 1/17 Corn 107.69% 109.05% Soybean Meal 46.43% 47.41% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.37 $5.48 Soybean Meal $6.57 $6.57 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Lower Again OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was $5 lower at $148 per ton for the week ended Jan. 17 versus the prior week. Spot truck values are lower and buyers have moved away from DDG, resulting in lower inclusion rates. The weekly EIA report showed ethanol plant production increased 51,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.051 million bpd, changing the course of lower production reports seen since the last week of November. This has added more DDG supplies in the market and the market is adjusting prices to keep product moving. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Jan. 17 was at 109.05%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 47.41%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.48, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.57. Informa Economics reported on Jan. 14 that U.S. exports of DDGS to Thailand, a key U.S. market, were halted over fumigation issues. The fumigation situation cropped up after the Khapra beetle was found in shipments of U.S. DDGS in August and again in November, reports said. Merchandisers noted that, currently, Thailand is sticking with its new fumigation regulation of Methyl Bromide treatment at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while the U.S. side wants to use phosphine. Vietnam also halted imports of U.S. DDGS until the two sides work out protocols on fumigation of shipments. The U.S. Census Bureau listed Thailand as one of the top four destinations of U.S. DDGS for the month of October 2018. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT CURRENT CHANGE 1/10/ COMPANY STATE 1/17/2019 2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $165 $165 $0 Modified $85 $85 $0 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $155 $160 -$5 Wet $80 $82 -$2 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $140 $142 -$2 Iowa Dry $136 $145 -$9 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $140 $150 -$10 North Dakota Dry $140 $150 -$10 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $150 -$10 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $160 $170 -$10 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $140 $150 -$10 Iowa Dry $145 $155 -$10 Michigan Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $145 $155 -$10 Missouri Dry $160 $173 -$13 Ohio Dry $145 $155 -$10 South Dakota Dry $150 $160 -$10 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 Illinois Dry $150 $150 $0 Nebraska Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $150 $145 $5 Indiana Dry $145 $145 $0 Iowa Dry $145 $155 -$10 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $145 $145 $0 Nebraska Dry $150 $160 -$10 New York Dry $165 $165 $0 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $160 $160 $0 Wisconsin Dry $140 $140 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $155 $150 $5 Iowa Dry $145 $150 -$5 Minnesota Dry $150 $165 -$15 Nebraska Dry $150 $160 -$10 Ohio Dry $160 $160 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 California $200 $205 -$5 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $212 $216 -$4 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $148 $153 -$5 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 1/17/2019 $3.8000 $135.71 Soybean Meal 1/17/2019 $312.20 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $148.00 DDG Value Relative to: 1/17 1/10 Corn 109.05% 113.86% Soybean Meal 47.41% 48.94% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.48 $5.67 Soybean Meal $6.57 $6.58 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Positive Train Control: Did Railroads Meet 2018 Deadline? In late 2015, Congress extended the deadline for positive train control (PTC) implementation by at least three years to Dec. 31, 2018, with a possible extension to Dec. 31, 2020, if a railroad completed certain statutory requirements necessary to obtain an extension, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). On Nov. 21, 2018, the FRA released the 2018 Quarter 3 Positive Train Control data, showing railroads' continued progress toward meeting the 2018 year-end deadline for fully implementing PTC systems or qualifying for an alternative schedule. Here is a link to the third quarter data: https://www.fra.dot.gov/app/ptc "The progress made over the last year is a testament to what can be accomplished with proper focus and attention. We encourage any railroads seeking an alternative schedule to submit their formal requests in a timely fashion," said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory in the press release. According to the FRA, Quarter 3 data as of Sept. 30, 2018, showed 24 railroads had installed 100% of the PTC system hardware required for implementation. Eleven other railroads had installed between 95% and 99% of the required hardware. "All railroads using radio spectrum-based PTC have acquired sufficient spectrum. In part due to efforts from FRA, Quarter 3 data shows a 67% decrease in the number of "at-risk" railroads, down to five from 15 at the end of 2017. This is also a 44% decrease in at-risk railroads since Quarter 2 of 2018," noted the FRA. FRA considers any railroad that had installed less than 95% of its PTC system hardware to be at risk of not having met either the congressionally mandated deadline of Dec. 31, 2018, or the statutory criteria necessary to qualify for an alternative schedule. Hardware installation is an initial phase of implementation, and only one of six statutory criteria required for an alternative schedule, which has a deadline of no later than Dec. 31, 2020. In a statement released on their website on Dec. 31, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) said that, "The 41 railroads required by Congress to implement positive train control (PTC) systems by Dec. 31, 2018, have submitted documentation that they assert is sufficient to meet the statutory requirements for system activation or the statutory requirements to qualify for an alternative schedule ("extension") for up to two additional years to complete full implementation." AMTRAK CLOSE TO COMPLIANCE On Dec. 18, 2017, a southbound Amtrak Cascades train missed a curve and partly derailed onto Interstate 5 near Tacoma, Washington. The derailment and crash killed three passengers and injured 70 people that were either train passengers or were in cars on Interstate 5 below the overpass. So far, no official cause of the accident has been released, but according to reports, the train entered a curve at 78 miles per hour (mph), well above the 30 mph speed limit. Had PTC been installed, the system may have stopped the accident from happening, because it is designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur. In particular, PTC is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive train speed and/or train movements through misaligned track switches. Amtrak said on their website that all Amtrak-owned or controlled track will have Positive Train Control (PTC) in operation Jan. 1, 2019, except approximately four miles of slow-speed track in the complex Chicago and Philadelphia terminal areas. "We expect to have the Philadelphia area complete this winter and Chicago in early spring. Also, the 135-mile segment of track from Dearborn to Kalamazoo, Michigan, has PTC installed and in the testing phase, however, final vendor and regulatory approvals will occur in late January." Amtrak has also said they are working closely with the "tenant" railroads and are putting them through the same safety risk assessment that they put themselves through. Here is a link to Amtrak's update: https://media.amtrak.com/positive-train-control/ BNSF FIRST U.S. CLASS I RAILROAD TO COMPLETE IMPLEMENTATION Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway Company (BNSF) announced in December 2017 that it had fully installed PTC and was operating under PTC on all mandated subdivisions well ahead of the year-end deadline. However, in mid-June 2018, they submitted a request to the DOT for a two-year extension of the PTC deadline, due to the FRA current interpretation of the law that "full implementation status cannot be achieved until all non-BNSF trains and/or equipment operating on its PTC-equipped lines are also PTC compliant," according to the BNSF website. The FRA approved the extension request in September 2018. "We are actively working with each of the approximately 30 railroads with which we need to be interoperable to identify their needs and how we can be of help. This assistance ranges from technical, operation and regulatory advice to a variety of services such as back office hosting and crew training," noted the BNSF. The BNSF stated that they have achieved interoperability, and activated PTC for several passenger railroads, including Amtrak, Metra, Metrolink, Northstar and Sound Transit where they run on BNSF. "This is an important achievement since one of the primary purposes of PTC is to provide protection where rails run freight and passenger service. We have also accomplished interoperability with short line roads Montana Rail Link, Louisiana & Delta Railroad and Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad." Interoperability is defined as "the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information." (dictionary.com) The DOT in their Dec. 31, 2018, press release said that, "based upon railroad self-reporting, as of the third quarter of 2018, the percentage of track segments completed is 94% for freight railroads and 77% for passenger. This compares to 20% for freight and 13% for passenger as of the third quarter of 2016. 2018 yielded many positive results and highlighted great collaboration between industry and government. However, significant work remains to be done in order to ensure additional field testing, interoperability and full implementation arrive as soon as possible." Here is a link to the DOT statement: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/statement-positive-train-control-im plementation Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Continue Lower OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was $7 lower at $153 per ton for the week ended Jan. 10 versus the prior week. Spot truck values are lower once again as demand has slowed. Feeders have reformulated rations to include more soymeal after DDG prices rose in December, causing sellers to lower prices in order to move product. Even with another week of lower plant production reported by the Energy Information Administration, supplies are not an issue right now. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Jan. 10 was at 113.86%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 48.94%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.67, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.58. Informa Economics reported that rumors suggest China may have purchased an export cargo of DDGS from the U.S. in late 2018. "The price behavior doesn't seem to be corroborating that rumor, with cheaper prices not reflecting much optimism on significant purchases from China," the group stated. Due to the government shutdown, there has been no shipment data released by the government, so there is no way to confirm if that did or did not happen. It would be interesting though if they did buy, given that stiff penalties still remain on U.S. DDGS imports in to China, along with the higher prices we saw in late November in to December. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT Previous CHANGE COMPANY STATE 1/10/2019 1/3/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $165 $180 -$15 Modified $85 $90 -$5 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $160 $170 -$10 Wet $82 $90 -$8 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $150 -$5 Indiana Dry $142 $150 -$8 Iowa Dry $145 $152 -$7 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $150 $150 $0 North Dakota Dry $150 $155 -$5 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $150 $160 -$10 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $170 $170 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $150 $162 -$12 Iowa Dry $155 $175 -$20 Michigan Dry $130 $140 -$10 Minnesota Dry $155 $165 -$10 Missouri Dry $173 $185 -$12 Ohio Dry $155 $160 -$5 South Dakota Dry $160 $165 -$5 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $145 $150 -$5 Wet $60 $60 $0 Illinois Dry $150 $160 -$10 Nebraska Dry $145 $150 -$5 Wet $60 $60 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $145 $155 -$10 Indiana Dry $145 $155 -$10 Iowa Dry $155 $165 -$10 Michigan Dry $145 $155 -$10 Minnesota Dry $145 $160 -$15 Nebraska Dry $160 $170 -$10 New York Dry $165 $175 -$10 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $160 $170 -$10 Wisconsin Dry $140 $145 -$5 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $150 $160 -$10 Iowa Dry $150 $150 $0 Minnesota Dry $165 $160 $5 Nebraska Dry $160 $160 $0 Ohio Dry $160 $160 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $160 -$5 California $205 $225 -$20 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $216 $225 -$9 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $153 $160 -$7 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. ***** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 1/10/2019 $3.7625 $134.38 Soybean Meal 1/10/2019 $312.60 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $153.00 DDG Value Relative to: 1/10 1/3 Corn 113.86% 117.97% Soybean Meal 48.94% 51.17% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.67 $5.93 Soybean Meal $6.58 $6.58 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ******************************************************************************

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