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FARM MARKET NEWS - CORN REPORT FOR Tue, May 22 Exchange rate was 1.2799 down 0.0003 Chicago corn closed slightly higher. JUL18 HI 4.07 DEC18 HI 4.25 LOW 4.01 LOW 4.19 1/4 CLOSE4.04 3/4 Up 2 CLOSE 4.23 1/4 Up 2 1/4 OLD CROP BASIS NEW CROP BASIS Location Spot 1mt 2mt 3mt U.S. $/bu $/mt Cntrct U.S. $/bu $/mt ELEVATORS +JUL18+SEP18+SEP18 CK Low 0.75 4.80 188.87 0.75 4.98 196.15 CK High 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.80 5.03 198.12 CK Avg 0.83 -0.23 4.88 192.15 0.76 -0.33 4.99 196.48 Essex Cty 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Mdsx Low 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Mdsx High 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Mdsx Avg 0.85 -0.22 4.90 192.81 0.75 -0.34 4.98 196.15 Hensall 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Bruce 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Putnam 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Burford 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.80 5.03 198.12 Port Perry 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.80 5.03 198.12 Norfolk 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Palmerston 0.75 4.80 188.87 0.75 4.98 196.15 Varna 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.75 4.98 196.15 Trenton 0.85 4.90 192.81 0.90 5.13 202.06 Winchester 1.04 5.09 200.29 1.10 5.33 209.93 North Gower 0.94 4.99 196.35 1.00 5.23 205.99 Huron FOB 1.05 5.10 200.68 0.85 5.08 200.09 Kent FOB 1.05 5.10 200.68 0.80 5.03 198.12 Lamb FOB 1.00 5.05 198.71 0.80 5.03 198.12 Mdsx FOB 0.90 0.90N/A N/A 4.95 194.77 0.80 5.03 198.12 FOB SW Que 1.38 5.43 213.67N/A Track 1.30 5.35 210.52N/A PROCESSORS Chat-Eth N/A N/A N/A 1.19 0.90 5.13 202.06 Jhnstwn-Eth N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Aylmer-Eth N/A 1.20 1.20 1.25 1.00 5.23 205.99 Sarn-Eth N/A 1.15 1.20 1.25 N/A Kawartha N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A London-Ing N/A 1.25N/A 1.30 1.00 5.23 205.99 Pt.Colb-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cardnl-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.10 5.33 209.93 W O Feed 1.43 5.47 215.48 US Rep 1.52 5.57 219.18 Toledo El. -0.06 3.98 156.82 -0.26 3.98 156.55 MID SD CRN 0.77 1/2 5.00 3/4 HI SD CRN 0.80 5.03 1/4 *Wet Bid

DTN Closing Grain Comments 05/22 13:49 Winter Wheat Pushes Higher Not only did winter wheat contracts lead grains higher, helped by a forecast for hot temperatures this weekend, they led gains for all commodities on Tuesday, except natural gas. Corn and soybeans posted modest gains on a day that offered another good opportunity for row-crop planting.

DTN Midday Grain Comments 05/22 11:27 All Grains Higher at Midday Wheat leads trade higher across the board at midday. By David Fiala DTN Contributing Analyst General Comments The U.S. stock market indices are mixed with the Dow down 10 points. The interest rate products are firmer. The dollar index is 10 points lower. Energies are firmer with crude up 0.40. Livestock trade is mostly lower. Precious metals are firmer with gold up 1.00. CORN Corn trade is 2 to 4 cents higher at midday with trade finding fresh buying as we move back towards the contract highs with support from weather and trade optimism. Warm weather should dominate the week, with near-term rains looking to miss wider swaths of the belt. The second crop areas of Brazil are trending back drier in the near term. Ethanol margins remain stable with the energy complex near the upper end of the range, with Memorial Day demand just around the corner, and futures edging back to $1.52 gallon. The weekly crop progress report showed planting at 81% complete, same as average, and 50% emerged, 3 percentage points ahead of average. On the July chart we moved back above the 20-day at $3.99 1/2 with the next level of support is 50-day at 3.94 which we tested to start the week, with resistance at the recent high at $4.08. SOYBEANS Soybean trade is 2 to 4 cents higher at midday, with trade working to consolidate the gains from yesterday while South American supplies limit upside for now. Meal is 1.50 to 2.50 lower and oil is 20 to 30 points higher. South America's recent pattern should remain intact near term, with the Real and Peso remaining near record lows to boost export competiveness, with harvest moving towards the home stretch in Argentina with quality concerns remaining. Crush margins have narrowed but remain positive, with meal struggling to rally again here today. Weekly crop progress reflected the fast early pace with soybeans 56% planted, vs. 44% on average, and 26% emerged vs. 15% on average. On the July chart, trade is back just above the 200-day at $10.16 with the next level of support the recent low at $9.93, and the 20-day at 10.26 the next level of resistance, which we are just above at midday with the 50-day at $10.38 the next round up. WHEAT Wheat trade is 15 to 22 cents higher at midday reversing the losses from Monday with the weaker dollar and drier forecast for the Plains. Warmer weather should help to boost maturity with the crop still behind normal, but catching up with another week of heat likely to add stress to the heading crop. Spring wheat should see better progress with warmer weather helping to catch up emergence. The Black Sea area will continue to dominate export trade with weather issues limited for the moment but some dryness so far with concerns starting to build. Black Sea values are at $202 a ton. Weekly crop progress had conditions unchanged on good to excellent at 36% with poor to very poor 1 percentage point lower at 35%, with 61% headed vs. 74% on average. Spring wheat was 79% planted, 1 percentage point behind average, with emerged at 37%, 15% behind average. On the July Kansas City contract support is the 20-day at 5.33, with the upper Bollinger Band at 5.65. 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 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.

GRAIN BELT WX ROUNDUP Ohio Morning Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Cleveland Ohio 817 AM EDT Tue May 22 2018 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 0522 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 : 81 / 61 / 0.65 / NA / NA DFI: Defiance Mem Apt : 68 / 54 / 0.15 / NA / NA FDY: Findlay Apt : 78 / 60 / 0.09 / NA / NA TDZ: Toledo Executive Apt: 64 / 56 / 0.04 / NA / NA TOL: Toledo Express Apt : 66 / 54 / 0.18 / M / M : ---NORTHEAST OHIO--- CLE: Cleveland Hopkins : 71 / 57 / 0.74 / M / M BKL: Burke Lakefront Apt : 66 / 54 / 0.51 / NA / NA LPR: Lorain / Elyria Apt : 73 / 63 / 0.70 / NA / NA HZY: Northeast Ohio Apt : 75 / 56 / 0.04 / NA / NA CAK: Akron-Canton Apt : 79 / 65 / 1.65 / M / M AKR: Akron Fulton Apt : 80 / 65 / 0.29 / NA / NA BJJ: Wooster/Wayne Co Apt: 78 / 63 / 0.73 / NA / NA MFD: Mansfield Lahm Apt : 79 / 63 / 0.87 / M / M YNG: Youngstown Apt : 78 / 63 / 0.59 / M / M : ---SOUTHWEST OHIO--- LUK: Cincy Lunken Apt : 87 / 67 / 1.41 / NA / NA CVG: Cincy N. Kentucky : 86 / 67 / 0.85 / M / M HAO: Hamilton : 86 / 68 / 0.24 / NA / NA DAY: Dayton Apt : 84 / 65 / 0.74 / M / M MGY: Wright Bros Apt : 86 / 67 / 0.29 / NA / NA ILN: Wilmington : 85 / 65 / 0.68 / NA / NA : ---CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST OHIO--- CMH: John Glenn APT : 83 / 65 / 0.82 / M / M OSU: OSU Apt : 82 / 64 / 1.21 / NA / NA VTA: Newark : 82 / 65 / 1.34 / NA / NA MNN: Marion Apt : 82 / 65 / 0.95 / NA / NA LHQ: Lancaster : 80 / 65 / 0.60 / NA / NA ZZV: Zanesville Apt : 81 / 65 / 0.23 / NA / NA PHD: New Philadelphia : 83 / 64 / 0.84 / 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 $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Indiana National Weather Service Indianapolis IN 845 AM EDT Tue May 22 2018 Values represent yesterday's high and low temperatures over the last 12 hours, 24-hour precipitation ending at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT, and snow depth at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT. .BR IND 0522 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Indiana Temperature and Precipitation Stations :................................................................ : Station Max / Min / 24-Hr / Snow / Snow : Name Temp/ Temp/ Precip / Fall / Depth :................................................................ : : EVV : Evansville : 83 / 66 / 0.05 / M / M FWA : Fort Wayne : 68 / 56 / 0.05 / M / M IND : Indianapolis : 83 / 64 / T / 0.0 / 0 SBN : South Bend : 63 / 58 / 0.70 / M / M : :Automated Surface Observation Stations/Unofficial Data BMG : Bloomington : 84 / 63 / 0.73 / M / M EYE : Eagle Creek Arpt : 82 / 65 / 0.01 / M / M GSH : Goshen Airport : 62 / 58 / 0.30 / M / M LAF : Lafayette : 78 / 63 / 0.02 / M / M MIE : Muncie : 82 / 67 / 0.05 / M / M IWX : Northern Indiana : 62 / 56 / 0.20 / M / M GEZ : Shelbyville : 85 / 67 / 0.21 / M / M HUF : Terre Haute : 82 / 63 / T / M / M VPZ : Valparaiso : 71 / 56 / 0.01 / M / M : :U.S. Climate Reference Network/Non-Commissioned Site/Unofficial Data FPCI3: Oolitic 2.6 WSW : 82 / 62 / M / M / M : :Unavailable parameters are indicated by M. .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by NCEI. Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at the National Centers for Environmental Information /NCEI/ - www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Michigan Temperature and Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Gaylord MI 908 AM EDT Tue May 22 2018 Yesterday's High Temperature 12 hour Low Temperature ending at 8 am EDT 24 hr Precipitation total ending at 8 am EDT M= Missing Data T=Trace .BR APX 0522 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :............................................................. : MAX MIN 24 HOUR :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PRECIP :............................................................. :-- Upper Peninsula Stations -- CMX : Houghton County Airpor : 74 / 49 / 0.00 P59 : Copper Harbor : 71 / 42 / 0.00 IMT : Iron Mountain Airport : 72 / 49 / 0.00 MQT : NWS Marquette : 75 / 47 / 0.00 SAW : Gwinn : 72 / 50 / M IWD : Ironwood Airport : 75 / 47 / M ESC : Escanaba : 61 / 46 / M MNM : Menominee : M / M / M ERY : Newberry : 73 / 41 / M ANJ : Sault Ste Marie : 77 / 47 / 0.00 :-- Northern Lower Peninsula Stations -- PLN : Pellston : 74 / 49 / 0.00 TVC : Traverse City : 70 / 49 / 0.03 GLR : Gaylord : 68 / 52 / 0.01 APN : Alpena : 67 / 52 / 0.00 HTL : Houghton Lake : 64 / 50 / 0.06 :-- Southwest Lower Peninsula Stations -- GRR : Grand Rapids : 58 / 52 / 0.74 LAN : Lansing : 64 / 51 / 0.41 MKG : Muskegon : 59 / 52 / 0.90 AZO : Kalamazoo : 62 / 56 / 0.42 BTL : Battle Creek : 62 / 53 / 0.76 BIV : Holland : 58 / 54 / 0.65 JXN : Jackson : 64 / 51 / 0.45 BEH : Benton Harbor : 61 / 55 / 0.43 :-- Southeast Lower Peninsula Stations -- ADG : Adrian - ASOS : 65 / 52 / 0.74 DET : Detroit City - ASOS : 66 / 53 / 0.31 DTW : Detroit Metro - Asos : 67 / 54 / 0.51 FNT : Flint - ASOS : 65 / 50 / 0.16 PTK : Pontiac - Asos : 64 / 51 / 0.30 MBS : Saginaw - ASOS : 65 / 51 / 0.18 WHK : White Lake : 63 / 49 / 0.54 .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 839 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 .BR MKE 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ High temperatures from airport ASOS/AWOS are for the 24 hours ending at 1 AM today. Low temperatures are for the 12 hours ending at 7 AM today. Precipitation and new snow are for the 24 hours ending at 7 AM today. Snow on the ground is as of 7 AM today. :....................................................New Snow on :...........................................Pcpn. snow ground :...............................High low (in.) (in.) (in.) MKE : Milwaukee ASOS: 54 / 47 / 0.54 / 0.0 / 0 MSN : Madison ASOS: 59 / 52 / 0.44 / 0.0 / 0 FLD : Fond Du Lac ASOS: 55 / 50 / 0.34 / M / M SBM : Sheboygan ASOS: 52 / 47 / 0.39 / M / M ENW : Kenosha ASOS: 57 / 48 / 1.26 / M / M RAC : Racine ASOS: 53 / 46 / 0.92 / M / M LNR : Lone Rock ASOS: 61 / 55 / 0.60 / M / M DLL : Baraboo/Dells AWOS: 57 / 51 / M / M / M C35 : Reedsburg AWOS: 58 / 51 / M / M / M MRJ : Mineral Point AWOS: 61 / 55 / M / M / M C29 : Middleton-5 NW AWOS: 60 / 53 / M / M / M JVL : Janesville AWOS: 63 / 54 / M / M / M EFT : Monroe AWOS: 59 / 52 / M / M / M RYV : Watertown AWOS: 57 / 50 / M / M / M UNU : Juneau AWOS: 56 / 49 / M / M / M UES : Waukesha AWOS: 54 / 45 / M / M / M ETB : West Bend AWOS: 52 / 46 / M / M / M BUU : Burlington AWOS: 58 / 49 / M / M / M MWC : Milw.-Timmerman AWOS: 52 / 46 / M / M / M .End : - - - - - - - - - - - - .BR MKE 0522 C DH07/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : The data below is from NWS official and unofficial co-op weather : observers and Badger Weather Net (HAM) weather observers. : : Data is for the 24 hours ending around 7 am. In some weather : situations...reported low temperatures may reflect conditions : from the previous day. : New Snow on : Obs Max. Min. Pcpn. Snow Ground :ID Location time temp temp (in.) (in.) (in.) AFTW3: Afton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 61 / 49 / 0.46 / 0.0 / 0 ALLW3: Allenton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.42 / 0.0 / 0 ARGW3: Argyle-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.47 / 0.0 / 0 ARLW3: Arlington-UW Farm-COOP: DH0800/ 58 / 49 / 0.41 / / BABW3: Baraboo-WWTP-COOP : DH0630/ 60 / 52 / 0.79 / / BLDW3: Barneveld-WWTP-UCOOP : DH0700/ / / 0.80 / 0.0 / 0 BLGW3: Belgium-1 NW-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ 50 / 46 / 0.50 / 0.0 / 0 BLTW3: Beloit-College-COOP : DH0530/ 58 / 47 / 0.55 / 0.0 / 0 BLNW3: Berlin-2 N-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 56 / 46 / 0.34 / 0.0 / 0 BROW3: Brodhead-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 62 / 49 / 0.21 / 0.0 / 0 BFDW3: Brookfield-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 54 / 46 / 0.29 / 0.0 / 0 BSVW3: Brownsville-WWTP-UCOOP: DH0700/ / / 0.40 / / BGTW3: Burlington-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 56 / 46 / 0.66 / / CLIW3: Clinton-WWTP-COOP : DH0705/ 61 / 51 / 0.28 / 0.0 / 0 DARW3: Darlington-WWTP-COOP : DH0608/ 60 / 50 / 0.52 / 0.0 / 0 DLNW3: Delavan-WWTP-COOP : DH0755/ 59 / 49 / 0.28 / 0.0 / 0 FATW3: Ft. Atkins.-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 58 / 49 / 0.39 / 0.0 / 0 FCDW3: Fond Du Lac-2 SW-COOP : DH0600/ 55 / 48 / 0.30 / / GATW3: Grafton-1 S-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 52 / 48 / 0.61 / 0.0 / 0 WPKW3: Hales Co-Whitnall-COOP: DH0720/ 55 / 43 / 0.53 / / HARW3: Hartford-WWTP-COOP : DH0630/ 54 / 48 / 0.44 / / HORW3: Horicon-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 55 / 48 / 0.58 / 0.0 / 0 JACW3: Jackson-COOP : DH0600/ 53 / 47 / 0.52 / / JFNW3: Jefferson-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 58 / 49 / 0.63 / / LGEW3: Lake Geneva-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.65 / / LODW3: Lodi-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 60 / 52 / 0.72 / 0.0 / 0 CHMW3: Madison-Charmany-COOP : DH0700/ 59 / 46 / 0.41 / 0.0 / 0 MDDW3: Middleton-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.41 / / MTOW3: Milton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.47 / / MWC : Milw.-Timmerman-COOP : DH0716/ 54 / 43 / 0.30 / 0.0 / 0 MMCW3: Milw.-Mt Mary Col-COOP: DH0700/ 54 / 47 / 0.45 / / MONW3: Monroe-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 61 / 49 / 0.35 / 0.0 / 0 MRBW3: Mt. Horeb-1S-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ / / 0.80 / 0.0 / 0 NOFW3: N. Freedom-Vill-UCOOP : DH0701/ / / 0.47 / 0.0 / 0 OCOW3: Oconomowoc-W-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ 57 / 49 / 0.41 / 0.0 / 0 ONCW3: Oconomowoc-South-UCOOP: DH0819/ / / 0.36 / / GIBW3: Oostburg-N-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.48 / / PLLW3: Pell Lake-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ / / 0.61 / 0.0 / 0 PORW3: Portage-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 63 / 47 / 0.78 / / RCHW3: Richfield/Colgate-COOP: DH0600/ 54 / 47 / 0.65 / / RBGW3: Reedsburg-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 59 / 52 / 0.43 / 0.0 / 0 ROCW3: Rochester-1S-WWTP-COOP: DH0600/ 56 / 45 / 0.60 / 0.0 / 0 SACW3: Sauk City-WWTP-COOP : DH0612/ / / 0.68 / 0.0 / 0 SAVW3: Saukville-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 50 / 46 / 0.72 / 0.0 / 0 COSW3: Sheboygan-4S-WWTP-COOP: DH0800/ 50 / 45 / 0.47 / 0.0 / 0 SEEW3: So. Mke-WWTP-Lake-COOP: DH0744/ 51 / 47 / 0.61 / 0.0 / 0 SLRW3: Slinger-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 52 / 47 / 0.54 / 0.0 / 0 STOW3: Stoughton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 58 / 49 / 0.36 / 0.0 / 0 TAHW3: Taycheedah-UCOOP : DH0615/ 55 / 48 / 0.35 / / UGRW3: Union Grove-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 56 / 47 / 0.68 / 0.0 / 0 LOOW3: Waterloo-WWTP-COOP : DH0724/ 58 / 50 / 0.49 / 0.0 / 0 WATW3: Watertown-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 57 / 50 / 0.46 / / WSTW3: West Bend-NE-Fire-COOP: DH0700/ / / 0.52 / / .End .BR MKE 0522 C DH00/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : Data for the 24 hours ending at midnight :........................................................New Snow on :...............................Obs Max Min Pcpn. snow ground :...............................Time temp temp (in.) (in.) (in.) HSFW3: Hustisford-WWTP-COOP : DH0000/ 55 / 50 / 0.44 / 0.0 / 0 MKX: Sullivan-3 SE-NWS : DH0000/ 57 / 44 / 0.35 / / FDCW3: Fond Du Lac-COOP : DH2330/ 55 / 46 / 0.25 / / .End ------------------------------------------------------------------- Data below is from CoCoRahs volunteer pcpn.reporters in southern Wisconsin. Data is for the 24 hours ending around 7 AM. :......................................................New Snow on :............................................. Pcpn. snow ground :............................................. (in.) (in.) (in.) ID County Location WSB12: Sheboygan Sheboygan-3 NW : 0.43 / / WSK02: Sauk Rock Springs-3 SW : 0.56 / / WLF05: Lafayette Benton : 0.30 / / WCB04: Columbia Portage-6 SW : 0.84 / / WCB05: Columbia Portage-7 SW : 0.71 / / WCB11: Columbia Poynette-7 NW : 0.68 / / WCB01: Columbia Columbus-1 S : 0.37 / / WDD04: Dodge Beaver Dam-1 SW : 0.46 / / WDD03: Dodge Horicon-2 NE : 0.57 / / WDA39: Dane Madison-4 W : 0.42 / 0.0 / 0 WDA13: Dane Madison-4 W : 0.37 / 0.0 / 0 WDA45: Dane Madison-6 W : 0.49 / / WDA46: Dane Madison-6.4 W : 0.43 / / WDA03: Dane Madison-5 SW : 0.41 / / WDA31: Dane Deerfield-1 N : 0.36 / 0.0 / 0 WDA33: Dane Oregon-SW : 0.32 / 0.0 / 0 WJF10: Jefferson Palmyra-2 N : 0.40 / / WJF05: Jefferson Whitewater-1 NW : 0.38 / / WGN05: Green Monticello-2 SE : 0.24 / 0.0 / 0 WRK07: Rock Janesville-5 N : 0.45 / / WWS22: Washington Jackson-3 SE : 0.57 / / WWS17: Washington Hartford-2 SE : 0.62 / / WWS23: Washington West Bend-1 NW : 0.46 / / WWK55: Waukesha Hartland-4-NE : 0.46 / / WWK54: Waukesha Waukesha-1.6 NW : 0.37 / / WWK57: Waukesha Dousman-3 SE : 0.30 / / WOZ17: Ozaukee Newburg : 0.63 / / WOZ16: Ozaukee Grafton-SE : 0.63 / / WWK26: Waukesha Oconomowoc-5 SE : 0.35 / / WWK34: Waukesha Eagleville : 0.50 / / WWK47: Waukesha New Berlin-2 NW : 0.41 / / WWK35: Waukesha New Berlin-1 SE : 0.35 / / WWK16: Waukesha Muskego-1 W : 0.43 / 0.0 / 0 WMW43: Milwaukee Brown Deer-1 NW : 0.47 / / WMW14: Milwaukee Milwaukee-4 NW : 0.44 / / WMW23: Milwaukee Greendale-1 NE : 0.68 / / WWW01: Walworth East Troy-3 NE : 0.45 / / WWW12: Walworth Elkhorn-SE : 0.70 / 0.0 / 0 WWW10: Walworth Delavan-3 SW : 0.66 / / WRC12: Racine Racine-2 NNE : 1.04 / / WRC03: Racine Racine-2 SW : 0.90 / 0.0 / 0 WKN06: Kenosha Kenosha-2 S : 1.31 / 0.0 / 0 WKN11: Kenosha Pleasant Pr.-4 NW : 1.40 / / WKN18: Kenosha Twin Lakes-WWTP : 0.59 / / $$ Maximum/Minimum Temperature and Precipitation Table National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 734 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 High temperature yesterday Low temperature last 12 hours Precipitation last 24 hours .BR LOT 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :ID Location High Low Pcpn ORD : Chicago-O'Hare : 64 / 54 / 1.94 CNII2: Chi-Northerly Isle : 58 / 49 / MDW : Chicago-Midway : 65 / 56 / 1.24 LOTI2: NWS Romeoville : 68 / 59 / 0.75 RFD : Rockford : 62 / 56 / 0.23 DPA : DuPage Airport : 64 / 57 / 1.28 UGN : Waukegan : 54 / 50 / 1.33 ARR : Aurora Airport : 69 / 59 / 1.32 PWK : Wheeling : 59 / 53 / 1.58 MLI : Moline : 78 / 54 / 0.02 BMI : Bloomington : 78 / 64 / 0.02 CMI : Champaign : 78 / 64 / 0.04 DEC : Decatur : 77 / 67 / T LWV : Lawrenceville : 83 / 68 / T ILX : NWS Lincoln : 79 / 61 / T MTO : Mattoon : 77 / 66 / T PIA : Peoria : 79 / 63 / 0.35 SPI : Springfield : 81 / 63 / T CPS : Cahokia : 80 / 67 / T UIN : Quincy : 80 / 59 / 0.05 MDH : Carbondale : 80 / 64 / 0.01 .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. $$ Max/Min Temperature And Precipitation Table For Missouri National Weather Service St Louis MO 731 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 12 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 6 AM CST/7 AM CDT .BR LSX 0522 CS DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ :............................................................... : Station | Max | Min | 24-hr | Snow | Snow | : Name | Tmp | Tmp | Precip | Fall | Depth | :............................................................... : CGI : Cape Girardeau : 80 / 64 / 0.01 / / CDJ : Chillicothe : 74 / 54 / 0.00 / / COU : Columbia : 79 / 57 / 0.00 / / FAM : Farmington : M / M / M / / JEF : Jefferson City : 80 / 58 / 0.00 / / JLN : Joplin : 80 / 61 / 0.00 / / MCI : Kansas City Intl : 72 / 56 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MKC : Kansas City Dwtn : 73 / 60 / 0.00 / / IRK : Kirksville : 77 / 52 / 0.00 / / AIZ : Osage Beach : 78 / 56 / 0.00 / / POF : Poplar Bluff : 81 / 67 / 0.00 / / STJ : St. Joseph : 74 / 55 / 0.00 / / DMO : Sedalia : 77 / 57 / 0.00 / / SUS : Chesterfield : 82 / 64 / 0.07 / / SGF : Springfield : 80 / 62 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 SET : St Charles : 81 / 65 / 0.01 / / STL : St. Louis : 81 / 66 / 0.02 / / VIH : Rolla/Vichy : 81 / 58 / 0.00 / / UNO : West Plains : 82 / 64 / 0.00 / / .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information. (NCEI) Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified data can be accessed at www.ncei.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Central Iowa National Weather Service Des Moines IA 824 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 .BR DMX 0522 C DH01/DC1805220823/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PP/SF/SD : : Values represent highs yesterday...12-hour lows... : and 24-hour precipitation ending at 7 AM Central Time : : Max Min Snow : Location Temp Temp Pcpn Snow Depth : LWD : Lamoni ASOS : 72 / 56 / 0.00 / / AMW : Ames ASOS : 70 / 54 / 0.00 / / DSM : Des Moines ASOS : 74 / 60 / M / 0.0 / 0 DMX : NWS Johnston* : 71 / 58 / M / 0.0 / 0 MIW : Marshalltown ASOS : 65 / 53 / 0.01 / / EST : Estherville ASOS : 62 / 52 / 0.05 / / FOD : Fort Dodge AWOS : 66 / 52 / T / / MCW : Mason City ASOS : 61 / 51 / T / / MSCI4: Mason City* : M / M / M / M / M ALO : Waterloo ASOS : 62 / 56 / 0.07 / 0.0 / 0 OTM : Ottumwa ASOS : 73 / 53 / 0.01 / / : :* Cooperative weather observation site : : : Other Automated Locations : : ...North Central Iowa... AXA : Algona AWOS : 63 / 54 / 0.02 / / CAV : Clarion AWOS : 64 / 54 / 0.03 / / FXY : Forest City AWOS : 63 / 52 / 0.07 / / HPT : Hampton AWOS : 63 / 52 / 0.00 / / : : ...West Central Iowa... ADU : Audubon AWOS : 72 / 52 / 0.00 / / CIN : Carroll AWOS : M / M / 0.00 / / DNS : Denison AWOS : 68 / 55 / 0.00 / / : : ...Central Iowa... IKV : Ankeny AWOS : 70 / 57 / 0.00 / / BNW : Boone AWOS : 68 / 55 / 0.00 / / GGI : Grinnell AWOS : 66 / 57 / 0.04 / / IFA : Iowa Falls AWOS : 65 / 54 / 0.00 / / TNU : Newton AWOS : 68 / 57 / 0.03 / / PRO : Perry AWOS : 73 / 54 / 0.00 / / NSSI4: Prairie City/NS NWR: 70 / 57 / 0.00 / / EBS : Webster City AWOS : 66 / 52 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southwestern Iowa... AIO : Atlantic AWOS : 72 / 57 / 0.00 / / : : ...South Central Iowa... TVK : Centerville AWOS : 75 / 55 / 0.00 / / CNC : Chariton AWOS : 73 / 59 / 0.00 / / CSQ : Creston AWOS : 75 / 57 / 0.00 / / OXV : Knoxville AWOS : 72 / 57 / 0.01 / / SSFI4: Lucas/Stephens SF : 75 / 56 / 1.16 / / I75 : Osceola AWOS : 74 / 57 / 0.00 / / PEA : Pella AWOS : 72 / 57 / 0.10 / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OOA : Oskaloosa AWOS : 70 / 55 / 0.01 / / : .END .BR DMX 0522 C DH0823/DC1805220823/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... ESTI4: Estherville : DD220700/ 62 / 53 / 0.06 / / POCI4: Pocahontas : DD220800/ 66 / 52 / 0.03 / / : : ...North Central Iowa... CLII4: Clarion : DD220600/ 64 / 54 / 0.02 / / DAKI4: Dakota City : DD220700/ 65 / 52 / 0.04 / / FSCI4: Forest City : DD220700/ 62 / 53 / 0.00 / / HPTI4: Hampton : DD220700/ 63 / 54 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 LMLI4: Lake Mills : DD220700/ / / 0.10 / / MCWI4: Mason City : DD220700/ 60 / 53 / 0.01 / 0.0 / 0 SWEI4: Swea City : DD220700/ 63 / 51 / 0.11 / / : : ...Northeastern Iowa... TRPI4: Tripoli : DD220700/ 60 / 52 / 0.60 / 0.0 / 0 : : ...West Central Iowa... AUDI4: Audubon : DD220800/ 70 / 52 / 0.00 / / CINI4: Carroll : DD220700/ 71 / 52 / 0.00 / / COOI4: Coon Rapids : DD220700/ / / 0.00 / / DNSI4: Denison : DD220700/ 68 / 56 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 GTHI4: Guthrie Center : DD220800/ 74 / 53 / 0.00 / / RKWI4: Rockwell City : DD220700/ 68 / 55 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 RWCI4: Rockwell City : DD220700/ / / 0.10 / / : : ...Central Iowa... AESI4: Ames : DD220600/ 69 / 54 / 0.02 / / BNWI4: Boone : DD220800/ 70 / 54 / 0.01 / / GRWI4: Garwin : DD220600/ / / 0.01 / 0.0 / 0 GRII4: Grinnell : DD220700/ 65 / 53 / 0.03 / 0.0 / 0 GNDI4: Grundy Center : DD220725/ 63 / 54 / T / / IWAI4: Iowa Falls : DD220700/ 64 / 53 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MSHI4: Marshalltown : DD220700/ 65 / 52 / 0.03 / / MXWI4: Maxwell : DD220700/ / / 0.00 / / OGDI4: Ogden : DD220700/ / / 0.00 / / PERI4: Perry : DD220700/ 73 / 55 / 0.00 / / STYI4: Story City : DD220700/ / / 0.00 / / TLDI4: Toledo : DD220700/ 63 / 53 / T / 0.0 / 0 WEBI4: Webster City : DD220700/ 66 / 50 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 : : ...Southwestern Iowa... ADAI4: Adair : DD220700/ / / 0.20 / / ATLI4: Atlantic : DD220700/ 74 / 55 / 0.00 / / CRNI4: Corning : DD220700/ 75 / 56 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 GRNI4: Greenfield : DD220700/ / / 0.00 / / : : ...South Central Iowa... BCNI4: Beaconsfield : DD220700/ 71 / 57 / 0.00 / / CNTI4: Centerville : DD220700/ 75 / 53 / 0.00 / / CMBI4: Columbia : DD220700/ / / 0.10 / / 3OI : Lamoni : DD220700/ 74 / 58 / 0.00 / / OSEI4: Osceola : DD220700/ 74 / 53 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 PEAI4: Pella : DD220700/ / / 0.02 / 0.0 / 0 RADI4: Rathbun Dam : DD220700/ 75 / 56 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OTWI4: Ottumwa : DD220700/ / / 0.01 / 0.0 / 0 : .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 . $$ State Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Bismarck ND 757 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 .BR BIS 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : :VALUES REPRESENT YESTERDAY'S HIGHS...LOWS OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS :AND PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 AM CDT. :ASOS SITES ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY UNDER-ESTIMATE WINTER PRECIP. : :CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS :................................................................ : STATION MAX / MIN / 24-HR / SNOW / SNOW : NAME TEMP/ TEMP / PRECIP / FALL / DEPTH :................................................................ : : CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ BIS : Bismarck ASOS : 74 / 48 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 JMS : Jamestown FAA : 74 / 50 / 0.00 / M / M MOT : Minot FAA : 80 / 53 / 0.00 / M / M ISN : Williston WSO : 80 / 48 / T / M / M N60 : Garrison ASOS : 76 / 44 / 0.00 / M / M MIB : Minot Air Force Bas: 79 / 50 / 0.00 / M / M GFK : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 78 / 50 / 0.00 / M / M FAR : ASOS @ Fargo Airpor: 74 / 53 / 0.00 / M / M RDR : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 78 / 50 / 0.00 / M / M DVL : AWOS @ Devils Lake : 74 / 52 / 0.01 / M / M .END : MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 0522 M DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ DIK : Dickinson Theodore : 76 / 50 / 0.00 / M / M HEI : Hettinger ASOS : 74 / 43 / 0.00 / M / M .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Center for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table For SD National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 740 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR FSD 0522 C DH01/TAIRZXZ/DH07/TAIRZPZ/PPDRZZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZZ : : Locations in Central Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : ABR : Aberdeen WFO : 74 / 47 / 0.00/ M/ M BKX : Brookings : 64 / 51 / 0.06/ M/ M 9V9 : Chamberlain : 76 / 56 / 0.00/ M/ M HON : Huron Airport : 70 / 52 / 0.03/ 0.0/ 0 MDS : Madison AWOS : 63 / 52 / 0.10/ M/ M MHE : Mitchell ASOS : 72 / 53 / T / 0.0/ 0 MBG : Mobridge AP : 75 / 50 / 0.00/ M/ M PIR : Pierre Regional A: 75 / 52 / 0.00/ M/ M FSD : Sioux Falls Airpo: 68 / 46 / T / 0.0/ 0 8D3 : Sisseton AP : 68 / 53 / 0.00/ M/ M ATY : Watertown Regiona: 63 / 51 / 0.05/ M/ M ICR : Winner AP : 76 / 60 / 0.00/ M/ M YKN : Yankton AWOS : 72 / 56 / 0.19/ M/ M .End : : Locations in Mountain Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : 2WX : Buffalo : 77 / 52 / 0.00/ M/ M CUT : Custer AP : 71 / 48 / T / M/ M D07 : Faith AP : 73 / 51 / 0.00/ M/ M PHP : Philip AP : 77 / 51 / 0.00/ M/ M IEN : Pine Ridge AP : 76 / 48 / 0.00/ M/ M UNRS2: Rapid City NWS : 73 / 53 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 0 RAP : Rapid City AP : 74 / 48 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 0 .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. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Nebraska National Weather Service Hastings NE 724 AM CDT TUE MAY 22 2018 : Values represent yesterday's highs, lows over the last 12 hours : and precipitation the last 24 hours ending at 7 am CDT (6 am MDT). .BR GID 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Snow Snow : Station Max / Min / Pcpn / Fall / Depth : ANW : Ainsworth Airport : 73 / 55 / 0.00 / / BVN : Albion Airport : 74 / 60 / 0.02 / / AIA : Alliance : 72 / 43 / 0.00 / / AUH : Aurora Aiport : 75 / 62 / 0.00 / / BIE : Beatrice Airport : 80 / 65 / 0.12 / / BTA : Blair Airport : 76 / 60 / 0.00 / / BBW : Broken Bow Airport: 73 / 56 / 0.00 / / CDR : Chadron : 76 / 47 / 0.00 / / OLU : Columbus Airport : 75 / 61 / 0.01 / / FNB : Falls City Airport: 78 / 59 / 0.00 / / FET : Fremont Airport : 77 / 62 / 0.00 / / GRN : Gordon Airport : 74 / 46 / 0.00 / / GRI : Grand Island Arpt : 75 / 63 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 HSI : Hastings Airport : 76 / 61 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 HJH : Hebron Airport : 80 / 64 / 0.00 / / HDE : Holdrege Airport : 76 / 61 / 0.00 / / IML : Imperial Airport : 82 / 52 / 0.00 / / EAR : Kearney Airport : 74 / 61 / 0.00 / / IBM : Kimball Airport : 72 / 48 / 0.00 / / LXN : Lexington Airport : 77 / 60 / 0.00 / / LNK : Lincoln Airport : 78 / 59 / T / 0.0 / 0 MCK : McCook Airport : 79 / 57 / 0.00 / / AFK : Nebraska City Arpt: 77 / 58 / 0.00 / / OFK : Norfolk Airport : 76 / 60 / 0.01 / 0.0 / 0 LBF : North Platte Arpt : 78 / 52 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 OFF : Offutt AFB : 77 / 55 / T / 0.0 / 0 OGA : Ogallala Airport : 79 / 52 / 0.00 / / OMA : Omaha/Eppley : 77 / 61 / 0.01 / 0.0 / 0 MLE : Omaha/Millard : 78 / 60 / 0.00 / / ONL : O'Neill Airport : 75 / 62 / 0.00 / / ODX : Ord Airport : 72 / 56 / 0.00 / / PMV : Plattsmouth Arpt : 77 / 60 / 0.00 / / BFF : Scottsbluff : 74 / 50 / 0.00 / / SNY : Sidney : 77 / 49 / 0.00 / / TQE : Tekamah Airport : 73 / 58 / 0.00 / / TIF : Thedford Airport : 76 / 53 / 0.00 / / VTN : Valentine Airport : 78 / 54 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 OAX : Valley NWS Office : 76 / 61 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 AHQ : Wahoo Airport : 78 / 58 / 0.00 / / LCG : Wayne Airport : 75 / 58 / 0.01 / / JYR : York Airport : 75 / 64 / 0.00 / / : State Temperature Extremes : : 82 degrees at Imperial Airport : 43 degrees at Alliance : .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information (formerly known as 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 North Central...Northeast and East Central Kansas National Weather Service Topeka KS 718 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 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 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : ***First Order Climate Stations*** : : Max Min Snow Snow :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn Fall Depth TOP : Topeka Billard Airport : 78 / 59 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CNK : Concordia Airport : 76 / 63 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 .END .BR TOP 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : ***Other Automated First Order Stations*** : : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn FOE : Topeka Forbes Field : 79 / 59 / 0.00 LWC : Lawrence Airport : 77 / 56 / 0.00 MHK : Manhattan Airport : 80 / 61 / 0.00 EMP : Emporia Airport : 77 / 59 / 0.00 .END ***Other Automated Stations*** : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn MYZ : Marysville Airport : 79 / 61 / M OWI : Ottawa Municipal Airport : 77 / 55 / .END .BR TOP 0522 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 BLVK1: Belleville : DH0700 / 79 / 54 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CCRK1: Clay Center : DH0700 / 79 / 55 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CONK1: Concordia 1W : DH0700 / 76 / 54 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 OTTK1: Ottawa : DH0700 / 76 / 57 / 0.00 / M / M MCFK1: Mcfarland : DH0700 / / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 .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. $$ Colorado Temperature And Precipitation Table National Weather Service Pueblo CO 645 AM MDT Tue May 22 2018 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 18 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 6AM MDT Snow depth at 6AM MDT .B DEN 180522 M DH06/TX/TN/PP/SD : ...Colorado... : Snow : High Low Pcpn Depth AKO : Akron : 77 / 53 / 0.00 / M ALS : Alamosa : 66 / 34 / 0.12 / 0 ASE : Aspen : 71 / 39 / 0.00 / M ITR : Burlington : 83 / 52 / 0.00 / M APA : Centennial Arpt : 79 / 46 / 0.00 / M COS : Colorado Springs : 81 / 47 / 0.00 / 0 CEZ : Cortez : 82 / 52 / T / M CAG : Craig : 80 / 37 / 0.00 / M DEN : Denver Intl Arpt : 79 / 48 / 0.00 / M DRO : Durango : 74 / 40 / 0.02 / M EGE : Eagle : 77 / 40 / M / M FNL : Ft Collins Arpt : 79 / 51 / 0.00 / M GJT : Grand Junction : 85 / 58 / 0.00 / 0 GXY : Greeley Airport : 78 / 50 / 0.00 / M GUC : Gunnison : 71 / 37 / M / M HDN : Hayden : 74 / 45 / M / M LHX : La Junta : 86 / 56 / 0.00 / M LAA : Lamar : 89 / 56 / 0.03 / M LXV : Leadville : 61 / 27 / 0.00 / M LIC : Limon : 81 / 45 / 0.00 / M EEO : Meeker : 79 / 43 / 0.00 / M MTJ : Montrose : 81 / 48 / 0.00 / M PUB : Pueblo : 83 / 45 / 0.00 / 0 RIL : Rifle : 83 / 46 / 0.00 / M SPD : Springfield : 83 / 59 / 0.00 / M TEX : Telluride : 66 / 43 / M / M TAD : Trinidad : 76 / 50 / 0.03 / M .END From the above reports The highest temperature in Colorado yesterday was 89 degrees in Lamar. The lowest temperature in Colorado during the past 12 hours was 27 degrees in Leadville. $$ OKLAHOMA TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK 710 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY LOW TEMPERATURE PAST 12 HOURS 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 7 AM CDT .BR OUN 0522 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : HIGH LOW PCPN : :...WESTERN OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS... LTS : ALTUS AFB : 84 / 64 / 0 CSM : CLINTON : 81 / 63 / 0 FDR : FREDERICK : 84 / 66 / 0 GAG : GAGE : 83 / 61 / 0 GUY : GUYMON : 85 / 61 / 0 HBR : HOBART : 84 / 63 / 0 LAW : LAWTON/AIRPORT : 83 / 63 / 0 SPS : WICHITA FALLS : 83 / 65 / 0 : :...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA... GOK : GUTHRIE : 81 / 62 / 0 OKC : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILL ROGERS : 80 / 62 / 0 PWA : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILEY POST : 82 / 65 / 0 TIK : OKLAHOMA CITY/TINKER AFB : 81 / 65 / T PNC : PONCA CITY : 82 / 65 / 0 SWO : STILLWATER : 84 / 60 / 0 : :...EASTERN OKLAHOMA... BVO : BARTLESVILLE : 81 / 58 / 0 MLC : MCALESTER : 85 / 64 / 0 MKO : MUSKOGEE : M / 66 / 0 TUL : TULSA/INTL AIRPORT : 85 / 64 / 0 RVS : TULSA/JONES AIRPORT : 85 / 64 / 0 .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 730 AM CDT Tue May 22 2018 Data Through 7AM CDT Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 Hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR LUB 0522 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : :ID LOCATION HIGH LOW PCPN : 24HR :...NORTH TEXAS... ABI :Abilene ASOS : 86 / 63 / 0 GKY :Arlington : 86 / 64 / 0 CRS :Corsicana : 86 / 67 / 0 DAL :Dallas Love Field : 89 / 71 / 0 DFW :DFW Airport : 89 / 68 / 0 DTO :Denton : 87 / 67 / 0 AFW :Fort Worth Alliance : 87 / 68 / 0 FTW :Fort Worth Meacham : 91 / 69 / 0 GGG :Longview : 90 / 68 / 0 LFK :Lufkin : 87 / 69 / 0.29 TKI :McKinney : 87 / 67 / 0 MWL :Mineral Wells : 87 / 64 / 0 PRX :Paris : 88 / 67 / T TPL :Temple : 85 / 66 / T TRL :Terrell : 87 / 66 / T TYR :Tyler : 87 / 69 / 0 ACT :Waco : 88 / 66 / 0 SPS :Wichita Falls : 83 / 65 / 0 :...WEST TEXAS... AMA :Amarillo : 80 / 58 / 0.03 HHF :Canadian Airport : 83 / 63 / 0 CDS :Childress : 82 / 64 / 0 DHT :Dalhart : 82 / 58 / 0.10 6R6 :Dryden : 89 / 70 / 0 ELP :El Paso : 93 / 65 / 0.41 FST :Fort Stockton : 89 / 69 / 0 GDP :Guadalupe Pass : 79 / M / 0.14 LBB :Lubbock : 80 / 61 / 0 MRF :Marfa : M / M / 0 MAF :Midland : 87 / 68 / 0 MUST2:Muleshoe : 80 / 56 / 0.08 ODO :Odessa : 85 / 67 / 0 PEQ :Pecos : 93 / 69 / 0 PRS :Presidio : 97 / 67 / 0.17 SJT :San Angelo ASOS : 87 / 64 / 0 INK :Wink : M / M / 0 :...SOUTH TEXAS... ALI :Alice : 90 / 71 / 0 ATT :Austin Mabry : 88 / 72 / 0 AUS :Austin Bergstrom : 86 / 67 / 0 BPT :Beaumont : 88 / 71 / 1.45 BRO :Brownsville : 92 / 76 / 0.07 BMQ :Burnet : 86 / 70 / 0 CLL :College Station : 87 / 68 / 0.76 CXO :Conroe : 86 / 67 / 0.01 CRP :Corpus Christi : 85 / 73 / 0.02 NGP :Navy Corpus : 84 / 79 / 0.22 COT :Cotulla : 92 / 72 / 0 DRT :Del Rio : 91 / 71 / 0 GLS :Galveston : 86 / 77 / 0.11 GTU :Georgetown : 86 / 68 / T HRL :Harlingen : 93 / 72 / 0.02 HDO :Hondo : 88 / 71 / T HOU :Houston Hobby : 87 / 69 / 1.96 IAH :Houston Bush : 85 / 70 / 0.39 UTS :Huntsville : 87 / 71 / 0.19 JCT :Junction ASOS : 86 / 68 / 0 NQI :Kingsville : 90 / 72 / 0.34 LRD :Laredo : 96 / 73 / 0 MFE :McAllen : 93 / 76 / 0 BAZ :New Braunfels : 87 / 68 / T PSX :Palacios : 82 / 73 / 0.94 LVJ :Pearland : 88 / 71 / T RKP :Rockport : 83 / 77 / 0.07 SAT :San Antonio : 89 / 70 / T SSF :San Antonio Stinson : 90 / 72 / 0 DWH :Tomball : 87 / 69 / 0.25 VCT :Victoria : 87 / 70 / 0.14 :...OTHERS... SHV :Shreveport : 90 / 70 / 0 TXK :Texarkana : 88 / 66 / 0 .END Texas Temperature Extremes: Highest...97 degrees at Presidio Lowest....56 degrees at Muleshoe $$

DTN Early Word Grains 05/22 05:55 A Much Quieter Morning July corn was 2 cents higher, July soybeans were 1 cent higher, and July Kansas City (HRW) wheat was 6 cents higher. By Darin Newsom DTN Senior Analyst 6:00 a.m. CME Globex: July corn was 2 cents higher, July soybeans were 1 cent higher, and July Kansas City (HRW) wheat was 6 cents higher. CME Globex Recap: Not surprisingly, markets in general were much quieter overnight into Tuesday morning than 24 hours ago. Most notably, DJIA futures were only up 60 points rather than 200 points-plus. On the other hand, the U.S. dollar index was weaker providing new support to gold and sparking continued buying in crude oil. The grain and oilseed complex was quietly higher across the board. OUTSIDE MARKETS: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 298.20 points (1.2%) higher at 25,013.29, the NASDAQ Composite gained 39.70 points (0.5%) to 7,394.04, and the S&P 500 rallied 20.04 points (0.7%) to 2,733.01 Monday. DJIA futures were 62 points higher early Tuesday morning. Asian markets closed mixed with Japan's Nikkei 225 down 42.03 points (0.2%), Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed, and China's Shanghai Composite up 0.51 point. European markets were trading mostly higher with London's FTSE 100 up 3.85 points, Germany's DAX up 2.87 points, and France's CAC 40 down 4.90 points. The 10-year Treasury yield was 3.065% with June 30-year T-Bonds 3/32 lower at 141'05. The euro was 0.0034 higher at 1.1825 as the U.S. dollar index lost 0.21 to 93.33. June gold gained $3.50 to $1,294.40 while crude oil added $0.31 to $72.55. China's Dalian soybean and Malaysian palm oil futures were both higher overnight.

Market Matters Blog 05/21 10:44 Export Outlook for U.S. DDGS Challenging, but Promising High Water Temporarily Closes Two Mississippi River Locks DDG Prices Steady Will a Late Start to Planting Affect Expected Spring Wheat Planted Acres? DDG Prices Steady Canadian Pacific Weekend Strike Postponed; U.S. Rivers Still Rising DDG Prices Slightly Higher First Tow, First Saltie of 2018 Shipping Season Arrive in Minnesota DDG Prices Continue to Move Higher Brazil's Bull Rally in Soybeans ****************************************************************************** Export Outlook for U.S. DDGS Challenging, but Promising Alvaro Cordero, manager of global trade for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), told attendees at the 22nd Annual Distillers Symposium on May 16 that one of the biggest challenges facing distillers dried grain with solubles (DDGS) has been China. Go back to January 2017 when China's Ministry of Commerce (in a final ruling following a year-long trade probe) slapped harsh anti-dumping duties and tariffs on U.S. DDGS imports. Anti-dumping duties were set at a range from 42.2%-to-53.7%, while anti-subsidy tariffs will be between 11.2%-and-12%. Preliminary penalties assessed in late September 2016 of an anti-dumping penalty of 33.8% and an anti-subsidy tariff of 10%-to-10.7% had already shut off most DDGS exports to China. However, the final ruling of an increase to those penalties pretty much signaled an end to DDGS heading to China. Those penalties, applied to both U.S. distillers dried grains with or without solubles, caused U.S. exports to China to fall from 5.4 million metric tons (mmt) in 2015 to 3.3 mmt in 2016. On November 9, 2017, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it would allow U.S. DDGS to be imported without charging an 11% value-added tax (VAT). However, the fact that penalties imposed earlier in the year remained in force, dampened any prospect of increased exports to China. At the time the VAT was removed, DDGS exports to China totaled a mere 739,000 metric tons (mt) for 2017. The U.S. Census Bureau said on May 3, 2018, that U.S. exports of DDGS totaled 905,558 mt in March, down 12% from a year ago. Mexico was the top export destination again in March, accounting for 17% of the total, followed by Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. The first three months of the year, DDGS exports were down 13% in 2018 from a year ago. As you can see, China's absence is obvious. Cordero said there is still uncertainty facing U.S. DDGS exports. "In 2018, the U.S. faces additional challenges both on tariff and non-tariff barriers," said Cordero. Another challenge he noted are restrictive government policies abroad such as fumigation, GMO and other trade barriers that affect both bulk and container exports. However, Codero noted that domestic consumption is higher and that has kept prices firm for quite some time. USGC has been tireless in its pursuit of other buyers for U.S. DDGS and has been successful in educating other countries as to the value of U.S. DDGS in their feed rations. USGC has said that the success of their efforts is the result of identifying leading companies in the market, learning the unique concerns and barriers to greater DDGS use, extensive technical preparation, and effective communication with existing and potential customers all over the world. One example is the increase of DDGS to South Korea. South Korea currently ranks as the second largest market for U.S. DDGS in the current marketing year (September 2017-March 2018), purchasing 639,000 mt, a 6% increase year-over-year, according to a recent report by USGC. South Korea was the third largest market for U.S. DDGS in 2016-17, setting a new record for the fifth year in a row at 979,000 mt. Following significant work by USGC to introduce and advocate for it in South Korea, DDGS is now considered an established and superior feed ingredient there, with 96% of local feed producers using it in their rations. USGC has said it will continue working to increase U.S. DDGS exports to South Korea and other countries through additional educational programs aimed at protecting existing market share, increasing the inclusion rates in animal diets, and expanding business opportunities between U.S. suppliers and other buyers. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** High Water Temporarily Closes Two Mississippi River Locks Above average precipitation in the south and the Ohio River Valley have kept the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) at high water levels for an unprecedented period of over 60 days. Tom Russell, Russell Marine Group said that, "High water safety protocols have slowed barge traffic movements from St. Louis to New Orleans. The system has been stressed due to delayed logistics." Farther north, as the record spring snows melted, filling the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota, river terminals there were unable to load barges until recently when the water finally started to recede. High water and minor flooding on the UMR and Middle Mississippi River (MMR) caused transit delays and tow sizes to be reduced out of St Paul. As the water flowed south, flooding caused the closure of Locks 16 (Muscatine, Iowa) and Lock 17 (New Boston, Illinois) on Friday, May 11, and were expected to remain closed until Monday, May 14, causing major delays to barge traffic in the area. Until floodwaters recede below 18 feet, lock 17 will remained closed. The National Weather Service Quad Cites noted May 14 that, "With the recent rainfall on top of the progressing routed snow melt water, river crests may again be approaching major flood category. The Mississippi River at Muscatine was at 18.27 feet and steady; flood stage is 16.0 feet. The Mississippi River at New Boston was at 17.99 feet and receding; flood stage is 15.0 feet." On top of those closures, high water safety protocols have slowed barge traffic movements from St. Louis to New Orleans. Russell said that, "As long as there are no extreme rain events, water levels will fall enough to allow safety protocols to be lifted by the second or third week of May. When safety protocols are lifted, logistics from Cairo to the Baton Rouge/New Orleans Harbors will improve. Barge deliveries to terminals in the Port will be faster and daylight-only docking and undocking of vessels loading midstream will be lifted." FLOODING CONTINUES TO PUT STRAIN ON AGING LOCK AND DAMS Every time parts of the U.S. river system floods, more pressure is placed on the already aging locks and dams. Mike Cox, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District's Operations Division, has said in the past that nearly all of the locks and dams on the UMR, including the Illinois Waterway, are experiencing varying levels of problems due do the age of the infrastructure. As those locks and dams continue to deteriorate, especially when damaged by floods, the USACE has made it clear that it is "unable to adequately fund maintenance activities to ensure the navigation system operates at an acceptable level of performance." Many times, only temporary repairs can be made, prolonging the possibility that a lock and dam could fail completely, shutting down the river for an extended period of time. When that happens, especially during harvest, farmers end up bearing the losses that would come from the inability of river terminals to load and transport their corn and soybeans to the Gulf for export. The most recent "temporary fix" was made at Lock and Dam No. 11 in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 24, when cracks were discovered at a mitre gate connection point during a routine inspection. Aaron Dunlop, USACE operations manager for the Mississippi River Project, said that inspectors preparing for an upcoming mitre gate change found the crack. Fortunately, there were already plans for new mitre gates to be installed. This closure came less than two weeks after the first tow finally reached St. Paul, Minnesota, to open the 2018 shipping season, already well behind schedule. The 24-hour closure caused a backlog of barges that had been working their way north. On May 1, for the first time in 80 years, new permanent gates were finally installed by the USACE. All four mitre gates were originally installed in late 1930 when Lock and Dam 11 was built. There have been intermittent closures as crews work to replace the four 110-ton gates and American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL reported that the lock would closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 11 to install the gates. A study funded by the Mid-America Freight Coalition noted that the USACE estimated that backlogged maintenance costs for locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers total more than $1 billion. The study concluded that, "Given the age and maintenance backlog, a failure at any of these facilities, especially the southernmost, would divert some of the transport of agricultural products to trucks, which in turn, would add more stress on the nation's highways, many of which are also in need of repair." Here is a link to the entire study: http://midamericafreight.org/2017/10/mafc-releases-report-looking-at-the-impact- of-upper-mississippi-river-lock-and-dam-shutdowns-on-state-highway-infrastructur e/ President Trump noted in his January 30 State of the Union address that he was approving funding of $1.5 trillion for the rebuilding of bridges, highways, locks and dams, airports and other projects. In Trump's "Legislative Outline For Rebuilding America" posted on the White House website on Feb. 12, 2018, he said that, "My administration is committed to working with the Congress to enact a law that will enable America's builders to construct new, modern, and efficient infrastructure throughout our beautiful land." Here is the link to the February 12 release of Trump's infrastructure plan: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/INFRASTRUCTURE-211.pdf Fast forward to May 10 when CNBC reported that White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told reporters that all of President Donald Trump's talk of a massive, trillion-dollar upgrade to America's infrastructure, from "Infrastructure Week" declarations to a 53-page plan unveiled three months ago, won't produce "a specific piece of legislation" in 2018. It goes without saying that this news is devastating for not only our waterways, but also to roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, railways and subways, airports, and harbors -- all of which are in some need of repair. In fact, in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the nation's infrastructure received an average grade of D+. The report is an assessment of the conditions of the nation's infrastructure across 16 categories and is done every four years. Here is a link to the 2017 report card: https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/making-the-grade/report-card-history/ Of the 16 categories graded by the ASCE, six of those are essential to the success of agriculture shipments. Those categories are bridges, which were graded C+, ports C+, railroads B, roads D-, levees D and inland waterways D. Without any specific financial help from the government, it may not be long before we see the "D" grade become an "F," and should that happen, the consequences could be devastating to the agriculture community -- especially to farmers whose prices and livelihood rely on timely movement of their grain. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Steady OMAHA (DTN) -- The average distillers dried grains (DDG) spot price from the 39 locations DTN contacted was $172 per ton for the week-ended May 10, up 5 cents versus two weeks ago. Merchandisers noted that, overall, prices were supported by tight supplies in some areas. A California merchandiser said prices were strong there thanks to Mexico being a large buyer recently. The U.S. Census Bureau said on May 3 that U.S. exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) totaled 905,558 metric tons (mt) in March, down 12% from a year ago. Mexico was the top export destination again in March, accounting for 17% of the total and followed by Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia. The first three months of the year, DDGS exports were down 13% in 2018 from a year ago. Based on the average of bids collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week-ended May 10 was at 121.01%, and the value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 44.05%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $6.37, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $8.22. Soymeal prices moved lower this past week, causing DDG per-protein unit cost to lose some advantage, but DDG still remains a better value. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) noted in its weekly market price update, "Barge CIF NOLA values are lower this week, giving back only some of last week's $13/mt gain. FOB Gulf values followed a similar pattern this week, dropping after last week's $8/mt gain. Netbacks for those with river access remain near two-year highs." River conditions were expected to get messy once again starting Friday. American Commercial Barge Line noted that Upper Mississippi River Locks 16 (UM 457) and Lock 17 (UM 437) were expected to close on Friday, May 11, and were expected to remain closed until the middle of next week due to already high water issues. An additional 2 to 3 inches of rain was expected over the weekend, which could push the closure back to late next week. This would be a complete closure; major delays are expected to develop in both directions. On the international front, USGC noted that exporters are reporting that prices remain firm in Asia. "Buyers are calling frequently, hoping for lower prices that simply aren't coming yet. Merchandisers suggest that eventually buyers will be forced to cover their position/needs, and hint that this will occur at higher prices. Prices for 40-foot containers CNF Southeast Asia are presently valued at $242.50/mt." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 5/10/2018 4/26/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $180 $170 $10 Modified $90 $85 $5 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $180 $175 $5 Indiana Dry $175 $170 $5 Iowa Dry $175 $170 $5 Michigan Dry $175 $170 $5 Minnesota Dry $170 $160 $10 North Dakota Dry $170 $165 $5 New York Dry $175 $170 $5 South Dakota Dry $170 $160 $10 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $165 $163 $2 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $175 $170 $5 Iowa Dry $165 $160 $5 Michigan Dry $180 $175 $5 Minnesota Dry $170 $165 $5 Missouri Dry $185 $180 $5 Ohio Dry $175 $170 $5 South Dakota Dry $165 $155 $10 ` ` United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $168 $168 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $178 $175 $3 Nebraska Dry $168 $168 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Indiana Dry $175 $175 $0 Iowa Dry $165 $160 $5 Michigan Dry $170 $170 $0 Minnesota Dry $170 $160 $10 Nebraska Dry $165 $170 -$5 New York Dry $180 $180 $0 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $165 $155 $10 Wisconsin Dry $170 $160 $10 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $178 $170 $8 Iowa Dry $170 $155 $15 Minnesota Dry $175 $160 $15 Nebraska Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $180 $170 $10 South Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 California $238 $235 $3 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $245 $234 $11 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $172 $167 $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 5/10/2018 $3.9475 $140.98 Soybean Meal 5/10/2018 $390.50 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $172.00 DDG Value Relative to: 5/10 4/26 Corn 121.01% 121.14% Soybean Meal 44.05% 44.04% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $6.37 $6.19 Soybean Meal $8.22 $7.98 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 ****************************************************************************** Will a Late Start to Planting Affect Expected Spring Wheat Planted Acres? Spring came late this year as snow and cold temperatures stalled planting of the wheat that bears its name. Farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and northwest Minnesota had no choice but to wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw, as the calendar days for planting slipped away. During the past week, I reached out to farmers and elevator managers in South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota, asking if they have started planting and if the late start may change spring wheat planting intentions in their area. In its March 29 Planting Intentions report, USDA forecast that spring wheat acres would increase 15%. But as of April 30, spring wheat planted in North Dakota was at 3%, behind 17% last year and 22% for the five-year average, according to NASS. Minnesota spring wheat planted was reported as only 2% complete, compared with 20% last year, and the five-year average of 34%. In South Dakota, the state furthest behind, spring wheat planted was 12%, well behind 83% last year and 63% for the five-year average. SOUTH DAKOTA UP AGAINST INSURANCE FINAL PLANT DATES Jerry Cope, who does the grain marketing for Dakota Mill and Grain Inc. in Rapid City, South Dakota, told me that, "Six months ago, spring wheat intentions were low in western South Dakota with projected year-over-year declines. Intentions spiked along with the price spike to over $6.00 on the board. The late spring had many nervous that they would not get all the spring wheat planted as wanted. "A late warmer and drier trend, along with fields working well over the last 10 days, has been accompanied by a late surge of spring wheat plantings ahead of the May 5 insurance cutoff in South Dakota. Four out of five farmers I talk to indicate they got all the spring wheat planted that they wanted, and seed sellers said they also saw a late surge in calls for seed wheat. The insurance cutoff date for spring wheat is May 5 in southern South Dakota and May 15 to the north." On May 3, Ryan Wagner of Wagner Farms in Roslyn, South Dakota, said, "Corn acres planted might be more than wheat acres seeded by the end of the day. Wheat is on hold because the soybean stubble is too wet with frost still coming out. Wheat stubble with grazed cover crop is nice and dry, mellow and warm enough to plant." Wagner went on to say, "It looks like we're on hold on wheat for a few days and will work on corn on this wheat stubble/cover crop tomorrow. Very little activity in my immediate area so far this week, but plenty of fieldwork being done in the James River valley to my west and the Minnesota River valley to my east. I'm guessing things will really start to ramp up this weekend, though; the forecast looks good for a solid week out, so we should be in good shape." Wagner reported back on Saturday, May 5, and said he was back to wheat while the corn planter sits. "Monday we will get both rigs going and try to spray some burndown as well. Next week will be a very busy week around here." Tim Luken, manager Oahe Grain in Onida, South Dakota, told me that his farmers started planting spring wheat there on April 27. "Warm 80-degree, windy weather has helped dry things out this past weekend, and it will be balls to the wall, go, go, go from here out," said Luken. "I have not heard of any spring wheat abandonment due to late spring yet, because it doesn't take long to plant with the equipment they have these days. I would say, weather permitting, in the next 10 days, spring wheat will be in. Farmers will go right into corn followed by beans and sunflowers. "The winter wheat is greening up very nicely, and I do not see any winter kill in the area this year. Should be a year of no issues for crop adjusters to zero-out fields this year. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture has been recharged, and as of now, looks to be in good shape. I did talk to a famer on Tuesday and he said he was done with spring wheat (1,900 acres) and is now planting corn." Insurance final plant dates in South Dakota are May 5 for the southern part of the state and May 15 for the northern area. Dates are specific to the location of each county in the state. MINNESOTA FINALLY THAWS OUT Tim Dufault, who farms in Crookston, Minnesota, told me on May 2 that spring planting had finally begun in the Red River Valley. "It is a later-than-usual starting date after the eighth coldest April on record, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Once the snow finally went away, the ground has dried up quickly and allowed field work to begin just about everywhere in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. We started seeding April 28, about seven days later than normal. With cooperative weather and no more breakdowns, we could finish spring wheat seeding by May 8. This would still be a favorable planting window to achieve good wheat yields. "As of right now, I don't know of any acres switching crops. If we should get a prolonged weather delay in the first week or two of May, I think wheat and corn acres would quickly switch to soybeans," Dufault said. Brian Kjesbo, who farms in Wendell, Minnesota, in the west-central part of the state told me on May 4 that, "For spring wheat, I'd say seedings are over 50% complete in our area with many now transitioning into corn and sugar beet planting. There have been a number of positive factors supporting spring wheat acres thru the winter. Sugar beet cooperatives are pushing for a return to spring wheat prior to beets for quality, weed and disease management. In addition, the combination of really strong yields, quality, and price last year for eastern spring wheat growers encouraged folks to look at a return to wheat. However, the later-than-ideal spring has pulled some intended acres back away from wheat in recent weeks." On May 3, Danny Pinske, manager of Pro-Ag Farmers' Cooperative in Hoffman, Minnesota, told me, "We are just starting to go in this area. Some corn planted and some wheat on the lighter soils. If the weather holds, it will be balls to the walls this weekend! Still hearing wheat acres will be up a small amount. I am wondering if there will be a few more corn acres at the current price level. Maybe taking from beans? Planting weather is the key for the upcoming week." Insurance final plant dates in Minnesota are May 15 for the southern part of the state, May 31 for the middle, central part of the state, and June 5 for the northern area. Dates are specific to the location of each county in the state. NORTH DAKOTA FARMERS LOOKING FOR THE FINISH LINE Mark Rohrich of Rohrich Farms in Ashley, North Dakota, told me on April 30 that he had just started planting. "We will plan on moving forward with the acres planned, and in the area, I think for now, most people are at the same feeling at least until May 15 or so. Chance of rain tonight, but it looks like decent weather in the near term, so things should move along. Still some water in spots that I think the frost is holding up." "Getting a good start on spring wheat," Keith Brandt, general manager of Plains Grain and Agronomy LLC in Enderlin, North Dakota, said on May 2. "Still dealing with frost in the ground that's preventing some field work, and I see that going away by early in the week. No corn or soybeans planted in our area. Some corn will be planted by the weekend with the big push next week." An elevator manager in eastern North Dakota told me on May 2 that not much was done the first half of this week like he thought could be. "Planting stage is like only 5% on grains and 10% on beets yet. Not a lot of ground is ready around our trade area," he said. "Fertilizer spreading is at a snail's pace and hoping by the weekend, a lot more will be ready to go. It's pretty hard to say it'll go in at Mach speed with the fertilizer spreading unable to keep up to it." He mentioned that they had rain last Monday night through Tuesday morning all around his area, but amounts varied. The Fargo area only received one-tenth of an inch but a half-inch just north, northeast of Fargo. "West of here, like Clifford up through Reynolds to Grand Forks, was a swath of an inch. My area only saw four-tenths of an inch," he noted. "The dirt was really moving on Sunday night, so rain was needed. It's amazing how quickly that top inch or so went powder dry, yet just below that it's too wet to go on yet. It was pretty fortunate rain, especially for those in central North Dakota that got a good shot coming off the dryness last year. Frost is coming out and this rain will speed that up and hold the blowing dirt for a day or two." The eastern North Dakota elevator manager told me that farmers will get the crop planted, most likely in the next 10-to-14 days. "However, due to rotations and which ground is ready first, they will be jumping around on what's being planted to start with. The concern will quickly be issues with overly dry topsoil. It's not all going to be planted quick enough to beat how quick the seed beds will get to dry. No doubt there will be some issues with germination in some areas and very likely dirt will continue to blow out. Up north in the northeast corner of North Dakota, they are about 40% done with beets with some having most of their wheat planted, but there is also talk of how dry the topsoil is. On the hill to the west in the Langdon area, they are the same stage as us -- barely able to start yet," he concluded. Over in the north-central part of the state, Jeff Kittell, merchandiser for Border Ag and Energy in Russell, North Dakota, told me, "Our area is just getting into full swing at this point, and I don't see any acres being switched. The biggest problem we are seeing right now is the availability of NH3 because everywhere in the state hit the fields at the same time and there are just not enough trucks and hours to keep up with demand to load farmers' tanks." Out in the northwestern part of state in Parshall, 60 miles from Minot, Blase Hendrickson said, "We just wrapped up this evening (May 3) with spring wheat. We have not changed any acres or plans for the year yet in terms of spring wheat. For our area, guys are just getting started in general, but no one seems to be in a rush; I'd swear everyone thinks it's April 3 and not May 3. However, there are lots of wet areas still in fields and the ground is still quite cold, so that might have something to do with it." Insurance final plant dates in North Dakota are May 31 for the southern half of the state and June 5 for the northern half. Dates are specific to the location of each county in the state. FINAL THOUGHTS "Overall, planting progress has been very uneven with some making great progress and others who haven't started yet," said Wendell, Minnesota, farmer Kjesbo. "The bottom line is less spring wheat than originally intended, but still up year on year. The underlying bearish nature of global wheat fundamentals, stronger-than-expected soybean prices, and positive outlook for corn prices also has tempered some wheat enthusiasm." "Spring wheat acres will be down from NASS numbers in March," said Brandt, the Plains Grain and Agronomy LLC general manager. "We could see total spring wheat acres down 250,000-to-300,000 acres. I'd say the biggest drop would be in South Dakota and the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota." "It's hard to believe only two weeks ago, we had blizzard conditions with snow from 6 inches to 19 inches. And today, May 2, it is 80 degrees. Crazy weather," said Oahe Grain manager Luken. Finally, given the severe drought conditions in North and South Dakota last summer, Hendrickson, the Parshall, North Dakota farmer, summed up what is most critical this year in those states: "We are going to need very timely and ample rains this year to have a good crop." Here is a link to USDA weekly statistics by state crop progress reports: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/index.php. The next report is due out on Monday, May 7, and will show planting progress through Sunday, May 6. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Steady OMAHA (DTN) -- The average distillers dried grains (DDG) spot price from the 39 locations DTN contacted was $167 per ton for the week ended April 26, unchanged versus a week ago. Prices were mixed, but a merchandiser said that, overall, prices were supported by plant maintenance slowdowns. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that U.S. ethanol production was estimated at 985,000 barrels per day (bpd) for the week ending April 20. Production tapered off seasonally because of plant downtime for maintenance. Based on the average of bids collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week-ended April 26 was at 121.14%, and the value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 44.04%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $6.19, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $7.98. Soymeal prices rose this past week, keeping DDG prices the better value of the two protein feeds. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) noted in its weekly market price update that, "Barge CIF NOLA DDGS values fell $4/metric ton (MT) for nearby shipment and $2 to $3/mt for June/July. Easing transportation constraints helped lower prices in this market, as well as in the rail-delivered PNW market. FOB Gulf values are $6/mt higher for May shipment and $4 higher for June/July. "Internationally, merchandisers are reporting some foreign buyers are becoming frustrated with DDGS prices remaining high for so long, buoyed by firm soybean meal markets. This has led to some weakness in CIF Southeast Asia prices, which fell $2/mt this week. Prices for most Asian destinations are lower, but product for Myanmar and Bangladesh is steady/higher." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 4/26/2018 4/19/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $170 $175 -$5 Modified $85 $90 -$5 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Indiana Dry $170 $170 $0 Iowa Dry $170 $170 $0 Michigan Dry $170 $180 -$10 Minnesota Dry $160 $165 -$5 North Dakota Dry $165 $170 -$5 New York Dry $170 $175 -$5 South Dakota Dry $160 $165 -$5 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $163 $163 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $170 $170 $0 Iowa Dry $160 $160 $0 Michigan Dry $175 $170 $5 Minnesota Dry $165 $165 $0 Missouri Dry $180 $180 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 ` ` United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $168 $168 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Nebraska Dry $168 $168 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Indiana Dry $175 $175 $0 Iowa Dry $160 $160 $0 Michigan Dry $170 $170 $0 Minnesota Dry $160 $155 $5 Nebraska Dry $170 $165 $5 New York Dry $180 $180 $0 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 Wisconsin Dry $160 $160 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $170 $170 $0 Iowa Dry $155 $155 $0 Minnesota Dry $160 $160 $0 Nebraska Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 California $235 $235 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $234 $238 -$4 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $167 $167 $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 4/26/2018 $3.8600 $137.86 Soybean Meal 4/26/2018 $379.20 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $167.00 DDG Value Relative to: 4/26 4/19 121.14% 122.40% Soybean Meal 44.04% 44.73% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $6.19 $6.19 Soybean Meal $7.98 $7.86 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 ****************************************************************************** Canadian Pacific Weekend Strike Postponed; U.S. Rivers Still Rising Rail shippers in Canada and the U.S. could be heard breathing a sigh of relief late Friday evening after the CP announced it had come to what may be just a temporary agreement with the two unions that had planned to strike April 21. If that strike occurs, it will disrupt rail movement in and out of Canada and the western U.S. because they rely on service from the CP. The CP announced April 20, "This evening, we reached an agreement with both the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which averts the potential work stoppage of 12:01 a.m. ET tomorrow, April 21, 2018. As such, CP's embargoes for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations has been cancelled effective immediately. CP will immediately begin to execute a safe and structured start-up of its train operations in Canada." However, it does not appear that a strike is completely off the table. The Minister of Labor directed the Canadian Industrial Relations Board to administer a ratification vote on each of the company's final offers to members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (Teamsters) and the IBEW, according to the CP. According to CBC Canada, Teamsters Canada President Doug Finnson said in a statement, "CP succeeded in delaying the inevitable. The government will bring this ridiculous offer to our members and we strongly recommend that members vote against it. I would like to reassure our members that we have given nothing up." The Teamsters and the IBEW only agreed to postpone a strike until after the vote, but Finnson said, "CP has exhausted all of its possibilities and will have to eventually face its workers." Finnson described CP as victims "of their own aggressive behavior," with the union charging that Teamsters had filed thousands of contract violations grievances and multiple unfair labor practice complaints against its employer, according to CBC. Until the unions vote and accept an offer by the CP, the threat of a strike is still imminent. Stay tuned. MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES STILL FLOODING Since the end of February, commerce on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio rivers has been hampered by high water. Heavy rains and snow melt caused massive flooding and while there has been some relief, flood warnings have now been issued again for parts of the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois, and the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and all the way in to the Gulf. Tom Russell, Russell Marine Group told DTN that, "High water safety protocols on the Ohio River and Lower Mississippi River from Cairo to New Orleans have been in place since March. As long as extreme rain events do not occur, the current forecasts indicate water levels will fall sufficiently to lift safety protocols sometime during the second half of May." On April 22, The NWS issued a flood warning, saying it continues for the Ohio River at Cairo until April 29. At 10 p.m. Sunday, the stage was 43.2 feet. Flood Stage is 42 feet. The Forecast is for the river to continue rising to near 44.9 feet by early April 27 morning. The river will fall below flood stage early April 29. Russell said that high water and safety protocols that mandate tow size reductions, daylight-only operations and extra tug power remaining in fleets have severely stressed the system from St. Louis to New Orleans. "Barge transit times from St. Louis to New Orleans have increased by additional five-to-seven days. Barge rates spiked due to lack of turn-around time." By midweek, barge freight rates did back off, mainly for the next week forward, although bids on the nearby were 25% lower versus Monday. A barge line noted that the lack of any grain moving was one of the reasons shippers have lowered bids. However, by the end of the week, some shippers did buy offers that were posted for the rest of April and interest started to pick up for May. Basis along the river was stronger in many spots by April 20, thanks in part to cheaper freight, but empties are still slow to return northbound out of the Gulf. CIF NOLA bids remained firm, as logistics in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans harbors remain backed up and extremely congested. This has been the case for more than six weeks. According to the NWS, the flooding will continue for at least the next few weeks. On April 21, the NWS issued a continuing flood warning for the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge until May 8. NWS said at 9 p.m. Sunday the stage was 37.3 feet. Flood stage is 35 feet. The forecast is for the river to continue to fall to below flood stage by Tuesday afternoon. The impact is at 36.0 feet, river traffic and industrial activity on the river side of the levees will be greatly affected. Navigational safety regulations will be strictly enforced. Meanwhile, the impact at 35 feet is river islands from Red River Landing downstream to Baton Rouge will be inundated. Russell said that, "In port, barge deliveries to grain terminals now take four to six days. Ships are slow to load due to the conditions and incidents of high-water related accidents. Anchorage space has been reduced due to high water. An oil spill two weeks ago in New Orleans closed the river for a few days. That stoppage caused port gridlock that pilots are still trying to work through. Arriving ships are being held off SWP (southwest pass) for one or two days, waiting for available anchorage space." Farther north, at the head of the Upper Mississippi River corridor in St. Paul, Minnesota, the river is expected to rise to 14.3 feet (minor flood stage is 14 feet) by April 29. So far, major flooding (17 feet) is not expected, but the Twin Cities just experienced their largest April snowfall on record, and for the entire month of April as of the 18th, they received 26.1 inches, breaking the previous record of 21.8 inches in 1983. Also, since the start of 2018 the Twin Cities broke another snowfall record, receiving 70.3 inches as of April 18. As long as the snowmelt remains on a slow pace and no heavy rains show up in the next few weeks, we should be in good shape in St. Paul. However, as the river fills up in St. Paul, it has to move south, which will only add to the already high water still present in the Lower Mississippi River to the Gulf. Here's a link to the NWS for all U.S. flood gauges: https://water.weather.gov/ahps/forecasts.php Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow Mary Kennedy on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Slightly Higher OMAHA (DTN) -- The average distillers dried grains (DDG) spot price from the 39 locations DTN contacted was $167 per ton for the week ended April 19, up $1 per ton versus a week ago. A few merchandisers did say the market does feel like it wants to move lower heading in to May. That will all depend on supply availability and feeder demand as we head to warmer temperatures. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that ethanol plant production continued lower, dropping 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.009 million bpd during the week ended April 13. DDG bids were higher in the plants where supplies have been tightened by either spring maintenance or slower production. Based on the average of bids collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended April 19 was at 122.40%, and the value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 44.73%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $6.19, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $7.86. Even with soymeal prices weaker this week, DDG still remains the best value per unit of protein. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) noted in its weekly market price update that, "Barge CIF NOLA prices fell this week while FOB NOLA prices decreased as well. Logistics issues across the Midwest sent rail-delivered PNW prices $3/metric tons (MT) higher and FOB Lethbridge, Alberta values $12/MT higher. Prices for product CIF Southeast Asia were steady/higher, rising $2/MT on average. Prices for shipments to Taiwan led the way with $4/MT gains, while product for the Philippines and Malaysia rose $3/MT." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE 4/12/ COMPANY STATE 4/19/2018 2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $175 $170 $5 Modified $90 $85 $5 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Indiana Dry $170 $170 $0 Iowa Dry $170 $170 $0 Michigan Dry $180 $175 $5 Minnesota Dry $165 $165 $0 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 New York Dry $175 $175 $0 South Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $163 $160 $3 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $170 $170 $0 Iowa Dry $160 $155 $5 Michigan Dry $170 $170 $0 Minnesota Dry $165 $160 $5 Missouri Dry $180 $180 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 ` ` United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $168 $163 $5 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $175 $172 $3 Nebraska Dry $168 $163 $5 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Indiana Dry $175 $175 $0 Iowa Dry $160 $160 $0 Michigan Dry $170 $170 $0 Minnesota Dry $155 $155 $0 Nebraska Dry $165 $165 $0 New York Dry $180 $180 $0 North Dakota Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $155 $155 $0 Wisconsin Dry $160 $160 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $170 $170 $0 Iowa Dry $155 $155 $0 Minnesota Dry $160 $160 $0 Nebraska Dry $170 $170 $0 Ohio Dry $170 $170 $0 South Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 California $235 $235 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $238 $236 $2 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $167 $166 $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 4/19/2018 $3.8200 $136.43 Soybean Meal 4/19/2018 $373.30 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $167.00 DDG Value Relative to: 4/19 4/12 122.40% 119.56% Soybean Meal 44.73% 43.29% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $6.19 $6.15 Soybean Meal $7.86 $8.07 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 ****************************************************************************** First Tow, First Saltie of 2018 Shipping Season Arrive in Minnesota Spring has yet to arrive in Minnesota. This past weekend, Minnesota broke a snowfall record for April, with over 13 to 25 inches falling from the Twin Cities to the southern part of the state. Minnesota farmers have yet to get in their fields, meaning they have planted zero crops. The Minnesota Twins canceled four of their first 10 home games because of snow, Minnesota High Schools have shortened their spring sports seasons and not a single one of Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes have yet to declare "ice out." Finally, on April 11, after cutting through ice on Lake Pepin, the Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter, pushing 12 barges, locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minnesota, on its way to St. Paul. The St. Paul District maintains a 9-foot navigation channel and operates 12 locks and dams to support navigation from Minneapolis to Guttenberg, Iowa. This was the latest start to the shipping season in the UMR not related to flooding. The USACE noted that the earliest date for an up-bound tow to reach Lock and Dam 2 was March 4 in 1983, 1984 and 2000. The average start date of the navigation season is March 22. The latest arrival date unrelated to flooding was April 8, 2013. Historic flooding in 2001 delayed the arrival of the first tow until May 11. Farther north, up in Duluth, the first saltie (oceangoing ship) of the 2018 commercial navigation season, the Federal Weser, arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior late on on April 12. Here is a video of the ship arriving in the dark, heading under the Duluth aerial lift bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5fmtimSpQY. According to a press release by the Duluth Port Authority, the Federal Weser was expected to start loading 21,400 metric tons of durum wheat bound for Algeria April 16 in the morning at the CHS terminal on the Superior side of the harbor. If all goes according to plan, departure could be late April 17 or April 18. "Some of the world's highest-quality grains move from farmers' fields in Minnesota and North Dakota through the Port of Duluth-Superior to customers in countries across Europe, North Africa and points beyond," said Kate Ferguson, director of business development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. "When it comes to shipping everything from agricultural products and iron ore to heavy equipment and project cargoes, the Port of Duluth-Superior literally links the heartland of North America to the world." The Federal Weser is the first of a half-dozen salties that will make their way to the Twin Ports via the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System during the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, as Minnesota digs out of another weekend snowstorm, those of us who live here have concluded that our official seasons of 2018 are: winter, summer, fall, winter. Spring will not make an appearance this year. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow Mary Kennedy on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Continue to Move Higher OMAHA (DTN) -- The average distillers dried grains (DDG) spot price from the 39 locations where DTN collected bids was $166 per ton for the week ended April 12, up $4 per ton versus a week ago. The domestic and export markets continue to strengthen due to tight supplies and strong demand. The EIA noted that ethanol plant production fell 4,000 barrels per day (bpd) on the week to 1.034 million bpd during the week ended April 6. A merchandiser told me that the price strength may continue as supplies could get tighter with some plants heading in to spring maintenance. Based on the average of bids collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended April 12 was at 119.56%, and the value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 43.29%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $6.15, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $8.07, keeping DDG competitively priced in feed rations. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) noted in its weekly market price update that, "On the export market, FOB NOLA DDGS are $10/metric ton (mt) higher and valued at 136% of FOB NOLA corn. The DDGS/corn ratio is at its highest point in at least two years as international DDGS demand remains robust. The difference between FOB NOLA-Barge CIF NOLA values widened again this week, increasing netback to merchandisers with river access, which should keep pulling product to the export market. Prices for DDGS CIF Southeast Asia rose $12/mt on average this week." The shipping season on the Mississippi River is now 100% open after the Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter, pushing 12 barges, locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minnesota, on its way to St. Paul on Wednesday, April 11, after cutting though ice on Lake Pepin. The St. Paul District maintains a 9-foot navigation channel and operates 12 locks and dams to support navigation from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Guttenberg, Iowa. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this was the latest start to the shipping season in the Upper Mississippi River not related to flooding. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 4/12/2018 4/5/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $170 $170 $0 Modified $85 $85 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $175 $175 $0 Indiana Dry $170 $165 $5 Iowa Dry $170 $160 $10 Michigan Dry $175 $170 $5 Minnesota Dry $165 $160 $5 North Dakota Dry $170 $165 $5 New York Dry $175 $175 $0 South Dakota Dry $165 $160 $5 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $160 $160 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $170 $165 $5 Iowa Dry $155 $150 $5 Michigan Dry $170 $165 $5 Minnesota Dry $160 $150 $10 Missouri Dry $180 $170 $10 Ohio Dry $170 $165 $5 South Dakota Dry $155 $150 $5 ` ` United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $163 $163 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $172 $172 $0 Nebraska Dry $163 $163 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $175 $170 $5 Indiana Dry $175 $170 $5 Iowa Dry $160 $155 $5 Michigan Dry $170 $165 $5 Minnesota Dry $155 $150 $5 Nebraska Dry $165 $160 $5 New York Dry $180 $175 $5 North Dakota Dry $170 $165 $5 Ohio Dry $170 $165 $5 South Dakota Dry $155 $150 $5 Wisconsin Dry $160 $155 $5 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $170 $167 $3 Iowa Dry $155 $155 $0 Minnesota Dry $160 $155 $5 Nebraska Dry $170 $155 $15 Ohio Dry $170 $165 $5 South Dakota Dry $165 $165 $0 California $235 $225 $10 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $236 $234 $2 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $166 $162 $4 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 ** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 4/12/2018 $3.8875 $138.84 Soybean Meal 4/12/2018 $383.40 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $166.00 DDG Value Relative to: 4/12 4/5 119.56% 116.46% Soybean Meal 43.29% 42.23% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $6.15 $6.00 Soybean Meal $8.07 $8.08 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 ****************************************************************************** Brazil's Bull Rally in Soybeans As USDA reports go, Tuesday's USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was a bit of a sleeper with no major surprises revealed. USDA's 550 million bushel estimate of U.S. ending soybean stocks for 2017-18 seemed a little too bullish to be true, as USDA just showed on March 29 that U.S. soybean demand was down 6% from a year ago in the first half of 2017-18. Tuesday's ending stocks estimate means soybean demand will have to be up 8% in the second half of the season just to meet USDA's expectations. That is a tall order after China just proposed a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans last week. As we often point out here at DTN, USDA estimates are one thing and the market's own actions are another. But this time around, the two may be closer than most suspect, as a variety of soybean prices are showing strong bullish behavior in the face of troublesome fundamental concerns. The most surprising bullish behavior is coming from Brazil where the FOB soybean price traded at $11.83 on Wednesday, just one day after Brazil's government agency, CONAB, raised its soybean crop estimate to a record-high 115.0 million metric tons (4.23 billion bushels). USDA followed with the same assessment a few hours later. That $11.83 happens to be the highest such price for Brazil since July 2016 and is 43 cents above the FOB price in New Orleans. As odd as it is to see a new high price cited along with a record crop estimate, USDA's Oilseeds: World Markets and Trade offered some explanation Tuesday (https://bit.ly/2hvLUru). USDA reduced its estimate of Brazil's ending soybean stocks from an already tight 49 mb (1.325 mmt) to an even tighter 27 mb (738,000 mt) for the current 2017-18 local season. In other words, the combination of China's insatiable demand and Argentina's drought is squeezing nearly every soybean out of Brazil, and the result is an unusual bull market rally in Brazil at harvest time. If the U.S. and China were more politically at ease, we would normally expect China to take advantage of cheaper U.S. prices and buy more soybeans from the red, white and blue, but in the current environment, China seems to be doing all it can to avoid the U.S. The question may soon become: How big of a price difference between the U.S. and Brazil does there have to be for China to come back to the U.S. market? Since the latest report of weekly U.S. export sales for the week ending March 29, USDA has announced 47.5 mb (1.292 mmt) of old-crop soybean sales to either China or unknown destinations. Thursday morning's weekly report from USDA will show more and promises to be interesting. It is possible that China's government already knew the country would soon need more soybeans from the U.S. on April 4 when they proposed a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans. It is also fair to wonder if that pressure led China's President Xi Jinping to say on April 11 that China would "protect the lawful (intellectual property) owned by foreign enterprises in China" ("China's Xi announces plans to 'open' China ..." by Everett Rosenfeld and Huileng Tan, CNBC.com, April 10, 2018, at https://cnb.cx/2ICkVE3). Protection of intellectual property was a key complaint of the U.S., which led to the recent spate of increased tariffs, some enacted, but most still proposed. In spite of China's reluctance, U.S. soybean prices are also showing bullish behavior, especially in the new-crop months when China typically relies on the U.S. for soybeans. Wednesday's closing soybean prices showed the November contract 7 3/4 cents above the March, a bullish sign of commercial willingness to secure new-crop supplies early. And commercial firms aren't the only ones interested in securing new-crop soybean supplies. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Argentina bought a total of 8.8 million bushels (240,000 mt) of new-crop soybeans from the U.S. -- rare purchases from the world's largest exporter of soybean meal. It may be difficult to believe that roughly a week after China's tariff news broke, the market for new-crop soybeans is showing this much bullish behavior. But as it now stands, the trend in new-crop soybeans is up as the bullish evidence is outweighing the market's bearish fears. Todd Hultman can be reached at Todd.Hultman@dtn.com ******************************************************************************

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