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FARM MARKET NEWS - CORN REPORT FOR Thu, December 13 Exchange rate was 1.3357 up 0.0003 Chicago corn closed slightly lower to steady. MAR19 HI 3.86 1/4 DEC19 HI 4.04 3/4 LOW 3.82 3/4 LOW 4.01 3/4 CLOSE3.84 1/4 Down 1 CLOSE 4.03 3/4 Unchanged OLD CROP BASIS NEW CROP BASIS Location Spot 1mt 2mt 3mt U.S. $/bu $/mt Cntrct U.S. $/bu $/mt ELEVATORS +MAR19+MAR19+MAY19 CK Low 0.85 4.69 184.74 0.85 4.89 192.41 CK High 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 CK Avg 0.89 -0.30 4.73 186.31 0.85 -0.36 4.89 192.41 Essex Cty 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Mdsx Low 0.85 4.69 184.74 0.85 4.89 192.41 Mdsx High 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Mdsx Avg 0.88 -0.31 4.72 185.72 0.85 -0.36 4.89 192.41 Hensall 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Bruce 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Putnam 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Burford 0.85 4.69 184.74 0.85 4.89 192.41 Port Perry 0.85 4.69 184.74 0.85 4.89 192.41 Norfolk 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Palmerston 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Varna 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Trenton 0.90 4.74 186.70 0.85 4.89 192.41 Winchester 1.20 5.04 198.51 1.15 5.19 204.22 North Gower 1.15 4.99 196.55 1.12 5.16 203.04 Huron FOB 1.25 5.09 200.48 0.85 4.89 192.41 Kent FOB 1.20 5.04 198.51 0.90 4.94 194.38 Lamb FOB 1.20 5.04 198.51 0.95 4.99 196.35 Mdsx FOB 1.15N/A N/A N/A 4.99 196.55 0.90 4.94 194.38 FOB SW Que 1.53 5.37 211.51N/A Track 1.38 5.22 205.40N/A PROCESSORS Chat-Eth N/A N/A 1.53 1.47 1.14 5.18 203.83 Jhnstwn-Eth N/A N/A N/A 1.54 1.32 5.36 210.92 Aylmer-Eth N/A N/A 1.50 1.45 1.10 5.14 202.25 Sarn-Eth N/A 1.30 1.35N/A N/A Kawartha N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A London-Ing 1.40 1.45 1.50 1.45 5.24 206.39 1.10 5.14 202.25 Pt.Colb-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A* Cardnl-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.28 5.32 209.34 W O Feed 1.70 5.54 218.28 US Rep 1.80 5.64 222.14 Toledo El. -0.19 3.66 143.91 -0.27 3.77 148.47 MID SD CRN 0.87 1/2 4.71 3/4 HI SD CRN 0.90 4.74 1/4 *Wet Bid

DTN Closing Grain Comments 12/13 13:55 Soybeans End Lower; Initial Purchase Disappoints USDA announced its first significant soybean purchase from China for 2018-19, but January soybeans dropped 13 cents on disappointment that the first sale was only 41.5 million bushels. Wheat prices closed higher with help from slightly higher export sales reported in Thursday's weekly numbers.

DTN Midday Grain Comments 12/13 11:44 Grains Mixed at Midday Wheat leads at midday, with soybeans struggling with some double-digit losses. By David Fiala DTN Contributing Analyst General Comments The U.S. stock market indices are mixed with the Dow futures up 60. The interest rate products are mixed. The dollar index is 15 higher. Energies are mixed with crude up $0.40. Livestock trade is mixed. Precious metals are flat to higher with gold down $2.50. CORN Corn trade is flat to 1 cent higher with quiet midday trade with upside momentum slowing. Corn basis looks to be flat in the near term with better weather improving movement potential. Ethanol margins remain under pressure with energies remaining at the lower end of the range and ethanol futures remaining flat. The weekly export sales were in line with recent week at 903,200 metric tons. Milder weather should allow harvest to wrap up overall, and allow for better movement. On the March chart the 20-, 50-, and 100-day moving averages at $3.77-$3.79 is our chart support area with resistance at the new high scored at $3.87 3/4. SOYBEANS Soybean trade is 9 to 11 cents lower with trade settling back into the range as Chinese purchases are confirmed with more focus switching back to what it would take to significantly reduce our carryout. Meal is $2.00 to $3.00 lower and oil is 25 to 35 points lower. South America continues to make good progress with early harvest approaching fast with a few dry pockets in Brazil drawing more worry. Basis will provide signals on the quantity of nearby cash business getting done with flat to slightly firmer trade so far this week. China purchases look to be in the 1.5 million to 2.0 million metric tons the last couple days with 1.13 confirmed on the daily wire today. The weekly export sales were soft with 792,300 metric tons of beans, 50,500 of meal, and 5,900 of oil. January support is at the 10-day at $9.10, which we are testing at midday. Resistance is the 200-day at $9.37. Wheat Wheat trade is 2 to 9 cents higher with improving exports and better chart momentum and Kansas City trade leading the market. The dollar has firmed slightly this morning with trade remaining near the upper end of the range. Australian harvest will continue in the near term. North American winter wheat is seeing milder weather. Russian/Ukrainian tensions have ramped up again. The weekly export sales were strong at 754,100 metric tons showing some building momentum On the March Kansas City chart support is at the 20-day at $5.00 that we cleared last week with the 50-day at $5.18 the next round up which we are above at midday with only the 100-day above the market now at $5.44. 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 842 AM EST Thu Dec 13 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 1213 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 : 41 / 28 / 0.00 / NA / NA DFI: Defiance Mem Apt : 41 / 24 / 0.00 / NA / NA FDY: Findlay Apt : 42 / 26 / 0.00 / NA / NA TDZ: Toledo Executive Apt: 43 / 31 / 0.00 / NA / NA TOL: Toledo Express Apt : 42 / 29 / 0.00 / M / M : ---NORTHEAST OHIO--- CLE: Cleveland Hopkins : 42 / 37 / 0.00 / M / M BKL: Burke Lakefront Apt : 42 / 35 / 0.00 / NA / NA LPR: Lorain / Elyria Apt : 40 / 33 / 0.00 / NA / NA HZY: Northeast Ohio Apt : 36 / 34 / 0.00 / NA / NA CAK: Akron-Canton Apt : 40 / 33 / 0.00 / M / M AKR: Akron Fulton Apt : 42 / 33 / 0.00 / NA / NA BJJ: Wooster/Wayne Co Apt: 38 / 27 / 0.00 / NA / NA MFD: Mansfield Lahm Apt : 40 / 30 / 0.00 / M / M YNG: Youngstown Apt : 38 / 32 / 0.00 / M / M : ---SOUTHWEST OHIO--- LUK: Cincy Lunken Apt : 50 / 28 / 0.00 / NA / NA CVG: Cincy N. Kentucky : 49 / 36 / 0.00 / 0 / 0.0 HAO: Hamilton : 49 / 32 / 0.00 / NA / NA DAY: Dayton Apt : 46 / 31 / 0.00 / 0 / 0.0 MGY: Wright Bros Apt : 48 / 35 / 0.00 / NA / NA ILN: Wilmington : 46 / 36 / 0.00 / NA / NA : ---CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST OHIO--- CMH: John Glenn APT : 45 / 29 / 0.00 / 0 / 0.0 OSU: OSU Apt : 43 / 28 / 0.00 / NA / NA VTA: Newark : 44 / 26 / 0.00 / NA / NA MNN: Marion Apt : 42 / 28 / 0.00 / NA / NA LHQ: Lancaster : 45 / 28 / 0.00 / NA / NA ZZV: Zanesville Apt : 43 / 31 / 0.00 / NA / NA PHD: New Philadelphia : 40 / 27 / 0.00 / 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 $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Indiana National Weather Service Indianapolis IN 833 AM EST Thu Dec 13 2018 Values represent yesterday's high and low temperatures over the last 12 hours, 24-hour precipitation ending at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT, and snow depth at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT. .BR IND 1213 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Indiana Temperature and Precipitation Stations :................................................................ : Station Max / Min / 24-Hr / Snow / Snow : Name Temp/ Temp/ Precip / Fall / Depth :................................................................ : : EVV : Evansville : 56 / 40 / 0.00 / M / M FWA : Fort Wayne : 45 / 27 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 IND : Indianapolis : 49 / 29 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 SBN : South Bend : 44 / 24 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 : :Automated Surface Observation Stations/Unofficial Data BMG : Bloomington : 52 / 31 / 0.00 / M / M EYE : Eagle Creek Arpt : 48 / 26 / 0.00 / M / M GSH : Goshen Airport : 45 / 23 / 0.00 / M / M LAF : Lafayette : 45 / 22 / 0.00 / M / M MIE : Muncie : 46 / 25 / 0.00 / M / M IWX : Northern Indiana : 43 / 24 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 GEZ : Shelbyville : 51 / 32 / 0.00 / M / M HUF : Terre Haute : 51 / 26 / 0.00 / M / M VPZ : Valparaiso : 46 / 24 / 0.00 / M / M : :U.S. Climate Reference Network/Non-Commissioned Site/Unofficial Data FPCI3: Oolitic 2.6 WSW : 52 / 43 / 0.00 / M / M : :Unavailable parameters are indicated by M. .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by NCEI. Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at the National Centers for Environmental Information /NCEI/ - www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Michigan Temperature and Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Gaylord MI 738 AM EST Thu Dec 13 2018 Yesterday's High Temperature 12 hour Low Temperature ending at 7 am EST 24 hr Precipitation total ending at 7 am EST M= Missing Data T=Trace .BR APX 1213 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :............................................................. : MAX MIN 24 HOUR :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PRECIP :............................................................. :-- Upper Peninsula Stations -- CMX : Houghton County Airpor : 33 / 29 / M P59 : Copper Harbor : 35 / 34 / M IMT : Iron Mountain Airport : 32 / 31 / M MQT : NWS Marquette : 29 / 27 / T SAW : Gwinn : 30 / 28 / M IWD : Ironwood Airport : 32 / 26 / M ESC : Escanaba : 34 / 32 / M MNM : Menominee : 34 / 33 / M ERY : Newberry : 33 / 31 / M ANJ : Sault Ste Marie : 31 / 30 / T :-- Northern Lower Peninsula Stations -- PLN : Pellston : 34 / 31 / 0.00 TVC : Traverse City : 35 / 33 / 0.01 GLR : Gaylord : 31 / 28 / 0.01 APN : Alpena : 36 / 33 / 0.04 HTL : Houghton Lake : 31 / 25 / 0.02 :-- Southwest Lower Peninsula Stations -- GRR : Grand Rapids : 40 / 30 / 0.01 LAN : Lansing : 40 / 24 / 0.01 MKG : Muskegon : 39 / 31 / 0.03 AZO : Kalamazoo : 42 / 32 / 0.01 BTL : Battle Creek : 40 / 31 / 0.03 BIV : Holland : 41 / 33 / T JXN : Jackson : 40 / 27 / 0.04 BEH : Benton Harbor : 45 / 32 / 0.00 :-- Southeast Lower Peninsula Stations -- ADG : Adrian - ASOS : 40 / 25 / 0.00 DET : Detroit City - ASOS : 39 / 34 / 0.07 DTW : Detroit Metro - Asos : 41 / 33 / 0.07 FNT : Flint - ASOS : 39 / 28 / 0.02 PTK : Pontiac - Asos : 38 / 29 / 0.06 MBS : Saginaw - ASOS : 36 / 32 / T WHK : White Lake : 35 / 24 / 0.11 .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 820 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 .BR MKE 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ High temperatures are for the previous 24 hours ending at midnight last night. Low temperatures are for the previous 12 hours ending at 6 AM. Precipitation and new snow are for the previous 24 hours ending ending at 6 AM. Snow on the ground is as of 6 AM. New Snow on High Low Precip Snow Ground Temp Temp (in.) (in.) (in.) MKE : Milwaukee ASOS: 40 / 28 / 0.03 / T / 0 MSN : Madison ASOS: 35 / 20 / 0.04 / 0.4 / T FLD : Fond Du Lac ASOS: 36 / 30 / 0.04 / M / M SBM : Sheboygan ASOS: 37 / 31 / 0.08 / M / M ENW : Kenosha ASOS: 41 / 23 / T / M / M RAC : Racine ASOS: 40 / 28 / T / M / M LNR : Lone Rock ASOS: 34 / 18 / T / M / M DLL : Baraboo/Dells AWOS: 33 / 18 / M / M / M C35 : Reedsburg AWOS: 33 / 18 / M / M / M MRJ : Mineral Point AWOS: 34 / 23 / M / M / M C29 : Middleton-5 NW AWOS: 35 / 20 / M / M / M JVL : Janesville AWOS: 37 / 19 / M / M / M EFT : Monroe AWOS: 34 / 22 / M / M / M RYV : Watertown AWOS: 35 / 23 / M / M / M UNU : Juneau AWOS: 34 / 29 / M / M / M UES : Waukesha AWOS: 34 / 21 / M / M / M ETB : West Bend AWOS: 36 / 30 / M / M / M BUU : Burlington AWOS: 37 / 16 / M / M / M MWC : Milw.-Timmerman AWOS: 37 / 28 / M / M / M .End .BR MKE 1213 C DH07/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ The data below is from NWS official and unofficial COOP weather observers. The data is for the 24 hours ending around 7 AM. In some weather situations, the reported low temperatures may reflect conditions from the previous morning. New Snow on : Obs High Low Precip Snow Ground ID Location Time Temp Temp (in.) (in.) (in.) AFTW3: Afton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 36 / 18 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 ARLW3: Arlington-UW Farm-COOP: DH0800/ 34 / 19 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T BLDW3: Barneveld-WWTP-UCOOP : DH0700/ / / T / T / T BLTW3: Beloit-College-COOP : DH0600/ 33 / 18 / 0.01 / 0.0 / 0 BLNW3: Berlin-2 N-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 34 / 19 / 0.05 / 0.5 / 1 BROW3: Brodhead-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 35 / 16 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 BGTW3: Burlington-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 37 / 19 / 0.01 / T / 0 DARW3: Darlington-WWTP-COOP : DH0550/ 34 / 17 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 FATW3: Ft. Atkins.-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 37 / 18 / 0.03 / T / T WPKW3: Hales Co-Whitnall-COOP: DH0715/ 38 / 18 / 0.02 / 0.0 / 0 HARW3: Hartford-WWTP-COOP : DH0630/ 35 / 27 / 0.06 / / HORW3: Horicon-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 34 / 27 / 0.06 / 0.5 / T JACW3: Jackson-COOP : DH0600/ 37 / 29 / 0.03 / T / 0 JFNW3: Jefferson-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 35 / 20 / 0.02 / T / T LGEW3: Lake Geneva-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 LKMW3: Lake Mills-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 35 / 16 / T / T / T LODW3: Lodi-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 35 / 20 / T / T / T CHMW3: Madison-Charmany-COOP : DH0700/ 34 / 20 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MTOW3: Milton-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.01 / / MWC : Milw.-Timmerman-COOP : DH0706/ 37 / 28 / / 0.0 / 0 MTLW3: Montello-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 34 / 22 / 0.10 / 0.5 / 2 MRBW3: Mt. Horeb-1S-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 NGLW3: New Glarus-1 SW-UCOOP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / T OCOW3: Oconomowoc-W-WWTP-COOP: DH0700/ 37 / 23 / 0.04 / T / T GIBW3: Oostburg-N-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ / / 0.05 / 0.0 / 0 PLKW3: Paddock Lake-4NE-UCOOP: DH0700/ 38 / 19 / T / 0.1 / T PLLW3: Pell Lake-WWTP-COOP : DH0744/ 37 / 17 / T / T / T RCHW3: Richfield/Colgate-COOP: DH0600/ 37 / 29 / 0.05 / 0.2 / T RBGW3: Reedsburg-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 33 / 16 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 2 ROCW3: Rochester-1S-WWTP-COOP: DH0600/ 37 / 20 / T / 0.0 / 0 SAVW3: Saukville-WWTP-COOP : DH0600/ 37 / 26 / 0.07 / 0.0 / 0 COSW3: Sheboygan-4S-WWTP-COOP: DH0800/ 37 / 30 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 SEEW3: So. Mke-WWTP-Lake-COOP: DH0700/ 42 / 27 / 0.01 / / SLRW3: Slinger-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 33 / 14 / 0.06 / 0.0 / 0 TAHW3: Taycheedah-UCOOP : DH0730/ 35 / 29 / 0.03 / 0.0 / 0 UGRW3: Union Grove-WWTP-COOP : DH0800/ 38 / 18 / T / T / 0 LOOW3: Waterloo-WWTP-COOP : DH0750/ 35 / 21 / 0.05 / 0.4 / T WATW3: Watertown-WWTP-COOP : DH0700/ 35 / 25 / 0.02 / 0.5 / T WSTW3: West Bend-NE-Fire-COOP: DH0700/ / / 0.07 / 0.0 / 0 .End .BR MKE 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ Data for the 24 hours ending at midnight. New Snow on Obs High Low Precip Snow Ground Time Temp Temp (in.) (in.) (in.) KENW3: Kenosha-WWTP-COOP : DH0000/ 41 / 29 / T / 0.0 / 0 MKX: Sullivan-3 SE-NWS : DH0000/ 36 / 27 / 0.02 / 0.5 / 0 FDCW3: Fond Du Lac-COOP : DH0000/ 36 / 29 / 0.02 / T / 0 .End Data below is from the CoCoRaHS network and is for the 24 hours ending around 7 AM. New Snow on Precip Snow Ground (in.) (in.) (in.) ID County Location WSB12: Sheboygan Sheboygan-3 NW : 0.05 / 0.0 / 0 WSK02: Sauk Rock Springs-3 SW : T / 0.0 / 3 WCB04: Columbia Portage-6 SW : 0.06 / 0.7 / 2 WCB05: Columbia Portage-7 SW : 0.07 / 0.7 / 3 WCB11: Columbia Poynette-7 NW : 0.00 / 0.0 / WCB01: Columbia Columbus-1 S : 0.06 / 0.5 / WDA13: Dane Madison-4 W : T / 0.0 / T WDA31: Dane Deerfield-1 N : 0.02 / 0.3 / T WJF11: Jefferson Johnson Creek-3 NW : 0.05 / 0.2 / WGN05: Green Monticello-2 SE : 0.00 / 0.0 / T WRK15: Rock Beloit-1 SE : 0.00 / 0.0 / WWS22: Washington Jackson-3 SE : 0.07 / 0.0 / 0 WWK55: Waukesha Hartland-4-NE : 0.07 / 0.4 / 0 WWK54: Waukesha Waukesha-1.6 NW : 0.02 / 0.2 / T WOZ17: Ozaukee Newburg : 0.03 / 0.0 / 0 WWK34: Waukesha Eagleville : 0.02 / 0.3 / 0 WWK16: Waukesha Muskego-1 W : 0.04 / T / T WMW43: Milwaukee Brown Deer-1 NW : 0.08 / T / 0 WMW14: Milwaukee Milwaukee-4 NW : 0.06 / T / 0 WMW23: Milwaukee Greendale-1 NE : 0.01 / / WWW01: Walworth East Troy-3 NE : T / / WWW12: Walworth Elkhorn-SE : 0.01 / / 0 WRC03: Racine Racine-2 SW : 0.01 / 0.0 / T WKN06: Kenosha Kenosha-2 S : T / 0.0 / 0 WKN11: Kenosha Pleasant Pr.-4 NW : T / 0.0 / 0 $$ Maximum/Minimum Temperature and Precipitation Table National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 625 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 High temperature yesterday Low temperature last 12 hours Precipitation last 24 hours .BR LOT 1213 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :ID Location High Low Pcpn ORD : Chicago-O'Hare : 41 / 24 / T CNII2: Chi-Northerly Isle : 42 / 28 / MDW : Chicago-Midway : 43 / 26 / T LOTI2: NWS Romeoville : 42 / 24 / T RFD : Rockford : 36 / 19 / T DPA : DuPage Airport : 40 / 18 / T UGN : Waukegan : 42 / 20 / T ARR : Aurora Airport : 39 / 19 / 0.00 PWK : Wheeling : 42 / 22 / T MLI : Moline : 43 / 22 / 0.00 BMI : Bloomington : 43 / 25 / 0.00 CMI : Champaign : 44 / 26 / 0.00 DEC : Decatur : 45 / 25 / 0.00 LWV : Lawrenceville : 55 / 33 / 0.00 ILX : NWS Lincoln : 46 / 28 / 0.00 MTO : Mattoon : 49 / 27 / 0.00 PIA : Peoria : 43 / 26 / 0.00 SPI : Springfield : 46 / 28 / 0.00 CPS : Cahokia : 55 / 32 / 0.00 UIN : Quincy : 46 / 30 / 0.00 MDH : Carbondale : 55 / 40 / 0.08 .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. $$ Max/Min Temperature And Precipitation Table For Missouri National Weather Service St Louis MO 622 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 12 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 6 AM CST/7 AM CDT .BR LSX 1213 CS DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ :............................................................... : Station | Max | Min | 24-hr | Snow | Snow | : Name | Tmp | Tmp | Precip | Fall | Depth | :............................................................... : CGI : Cape Girardeau : 57 / 43 / 0.11 / / CDJ : Chillicothe : 51 / 30 / 0.00 / / COU : Columbia : 52 / 39 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 FAM : Farmington : 59 / 40 / T / / JEF : Jefferson City : 54 / 32 / 0.00 / / JLN : Joplin : 59 / 51 / 0.00 / / MCI : Kansas City Intl : 51 / 36 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MKC : Kansas City Dwtn : 55 / 41 / 0.00 / / IRK : Kirksville : 47 / 28 / 0.00 / / AIZ : Osage Beach : 56 / 43 / 0.00 / / POF : Poplar Bluff : 55 / 44 / 0.03 / / STJ : St. Joseph : 50 / 28 / 0.00 / / DMO : Sedalia : 50 / 37 / T / / SUS : Chesterfield : 56 / 28 / 0.00 / / SGF : Springfield : 59 / 49 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 SET : St Charles : 53 / 30 / 0.00 / / STL : St. Louis : 55 / 34 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 VIH : Rolla/Vichy : 55 / 35 / 0.00 / / UNO : West Plains : 59 / 44 / 0.00 / / .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information. (NCEI) Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified data can be accessed at www.ncei.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Central Iowa National Weather Service Des Moines IA 833 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 .BR DMX 1213 C DH00/DC1812130832/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PP/SF/SD : : Values represent highs yesterday...12-hour lows... : and 24-hour precipitation ending at 6 AM Central Time : : Max Min Snow : Location Temp Temp Pcpn Snow Depth : LWD : Lamoni ASOS : 47 / 34 / 0.00 / / AMW : Ames ASOS : 36 / 24 / 0.00 / / DSM : Des Moines ASOS : 42 / 29 / T / 0.0 / 0 DMX : NWS Johnston* : 39 / 28 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MIW : Marshalltown ASOS : 34 / 22 / 0.00 / / EST : Estherville ASOS : 29 / 23 / 0.00 / / FOD : Fort Dodge AWOS : 33 / 25 / 0.00 / / MCW : Mason City ASOS : 26 / 24 / 0.00 / / MSCI4: Mason City* : M / M / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 ALO : Waterloo ASOS : 36 / 21 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 OTM : Ottumwa ASOS : 40 / 27 / 0.00 / / : :* Cooperative weather observation site : : : Other Automated Locations : : ...North Central Iowa... AXA : Algona AWOS : 28 / 28 / 0.00 / / CAV : Clarion AWOS : 30 / 27 / 0.00 / / FXY : Forest City AWOS : 28 / 27 / 0.00 / / HPT : Hampton AWOS : 30 / 27 / 0.00 / / : : ...West Central Iowa... ADU : Audubon AWOS : 36 / 19 / 0.00 / / CIN : Carroll AWOS : 34 / 21 / 0.00 / / DNS : Denison AWOS : 36 / 25 / 0.00 / / : : ...Central Iowa... IKV : Ankeny AWOS : 37 / 25 / 0.00 / / BNW : Boone AWOS : 34 / 25 / 0.00 / / GGI : Grinnell AWOS : 37 / 25 / 0.00 / / IFA : Iowa Falls AWOS : 32 / 22 / 0.00 / / TNU : Newton AWOS : 36 / 27 / 0.00 / / PRO : Perry AWOS : 37 / 27 / 0.00 / / NSSI4: Prairie City/NS NWR: 39 / 26 / 0.00 / / EBS : Webster City AWOS : 32 / 25 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southwestern Iowa... AIO : Atlantic AWOS : 36 / 25 / 0.00 / / : : ...South Central Iowa... TVK : Centerville AWOS : 45 / 30 / 0.00 / / CNC : Chariton AWOS : 45 / 32 / 0.00 / / CSQ : Creston AWOS : 43 / 32 / 0.00 / / OXV : Knoxville AWOS : 41 / 28 / 0.00 / / SSFI4: Lucas/Stephens SF : M / M / 0.00 / / I75 : Osceola AWOS : 45 / 33 / 0.00 / / PEA : Pella AWOS : 39 / 28 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OOA : Oskaloosa AWOS : 38 / 27 / 0.00 / / : .END .BR DMX 1213 C DH0832/DC1812130832/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... POCI4: Pocahontas : DD130800/ 31 / 19 / 0.00 / / : : ...North Central Iowa... ALGI4: Algona : DD130700/ 30 / 14 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CLII4: Clarion : DD130600/ 29 / 16 / 0.00 / / DAKI4: Dakota City : DD130700/ 30 / 16 / 0.00 / / 1 FSCI4: Forest City : DD130700/ 28 / 21 / 0.00 / / HPTI4: Hampton : DD130700/ 29 / 22 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 1 LMLI4: Lake Mills : DD130700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 4 MCWI4: Mason City : DD130700/ 28 / 23 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 2 SWEI4: Swea City : DD130600/ 27 / 20 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 6 : : ...Northeastern Iowa... TRPI4: Tripoli : DD130700/ 28 / 21 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T : : ...West Central Iowa... CINI4: Carroll : DD130700/ 35 / 18 / 0.00 / / COOI4: Coon Rapids : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / RKWI4: Rockwell City : DD130700/ 36 / 19 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 2 RWCI4: Rockwell City : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / : : ...Central Iowa... AESI4: Ames : DD130600/ 35 / 20 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 BNWI4: Boone : DD130800/ 35 / 22 / T / / T GRWI4: Garwin : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / GNDI4: Grundy Center : DD130730/ 33 / 23 / 0.00 / / IWAI4: Iowa Falls : DD130700/ 30 / 20 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MSHI4: Marshalltown : DD130700/ 34 / 21 / 0.00 / / MXWI4: Maxwell : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / OGDI4: Ogden : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / PERI4: Perry : DD130700/ 38 / 25 / 0.00 / / STYI4: Story City : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / TLDI4: Toledo : DD130700/ 34 / 21 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 WEBI4: Webster City : DD130700/ 30 / 17 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T : : ...Southwestern Iowa... ADAI4: Adair : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / ATLI4: Atlantic : DD130700/ 38 / 22 / 0.00 / / : : ...South Central Iowa... ALBI4: Albia : DD130700/ 40 / 27 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 BCNI4: Beaconsfield : DD130700/ 45 / 28 / 0.00 / / CNTI4: Centerville : DD130700/ 46 / 24 / 0.00 / / CMBI4: Columbia : DD130600/ / / 0.00 / / KNXI4: Knoxville : DD130800/ 40 / 27 / 0.00 / / 3OI : Lamoni : DD130700/ 49 / 27 / 0.00 / / OSEI4: Osceola : DD130700/ 45 / 26 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 PEAI4: Pella : DD130700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 RADI4: Rathbun Dam : DD130730/ 45 / 27 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OSKI4: Oskaloosa : DD130700/ 38 / 24 / 0.00 / 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 . $$ State Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Bismarck ND 639 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 .BR BIS 1213 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : :VALUES REPRESENT YESTERDAY'S HIGHS...LOWS OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS :AND PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 AM CDT. :ASOS SITES ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY UNDER-ESTIMATE WINTER PRECIP. : :CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS :................................................................ : STATION MAX / MIN / 24-HR / SNOW / SNOW : NAME TEMP/ TEMP / PRECIP / FALL / DEPTH :................................................................ : : CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 1213 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ BIS : Bismarck ASOS : 41 / 33 / T / 0.0 / T JMS : Jamestown FAA : 35 / 31 / T / M / M MOT : Minot FAA : 40 / 28 / T / M / M ISN : Williston WSO : 42 / 26 / 0.01 / M / M N60 : Garrison ASOS : 39 / 27 / 0.00 / M / M MIB : Minot Air Force Bas: 38 / 25 / 0.00 / M / M GFK : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 27 / 26 / 0.07 / 0.5 / 2 FAR : ASOS @ Fargo Airpor: 28 / 25 / 0.03 / 0.1 / 1 RDR : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 28 / 28 / M / M / 3 DVL : AWOS @ Devils Lake : 35 / 30 / 0.03 / M / M .END : MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 1213 M DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ DIK : Dickinson Theodore : 46 / 23 / T / M / M HEI : Hettinger ASOS : 45 / 25 / T / M / M .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Center for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table For SD National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 754 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR FSD 1213 C DH00/TAIRZXZ/DH06/TAIRZPZ/PPDRZZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZZ : : Locations in Central Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : ABR : Aberdeen WFO : 35 / 28 / 0.04/ T/ 0 BKX : Brookings : 31 / 26 / M/ M/ M 9V9 : Chamberlain : 36 / 29 / M/ M/ M HON : Huron Airport : 37 / 26 / 0.06/ 0.0/ 0 MDS : Madison AWOS : 30 / 25 / M/ M/ M MHE : Mitchell ASOS : 35 / 23 / T / 0.0/ 3 MBG : Mobridge AP : 43 / 36 / 0.01/ 0.0/ 0 PIR : Pierre Regional A: 40 / 33 / 0.05/ 0.0/ 0 FSD : Sioux Falls Airpo: 34 / 22 / T / T/ T 8D3 : Sisseton AP : 30 / 26 / 0.01/ M/ M ATY : Watertown Regiona: 29 / 24 / M/ M/ M ICR : Winner AP : 39 / 29 / M/ M/ M YKN : Yankton AWOS : 35 / 19 / M/ M/ M .End .BR FSD 1213 M DH00/TAIRZXZ/DH05/TAIRZPZ/PPDRZZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZZ : : Locations in Mountain Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : 2WX : Buffalo : 38 / 26 / 0.01/ M/ M CUT : Custer AP : 41 / 24 / 0.18/ M/ M D07 : Faith AP : 46 / 28 / 0.02/ M/ M PHP : Philip AP : 46 / 31 / 0.03/ M/ M IEN : Pine Ridge AP : 43 / 20 / 0.10/ M/ M UNRS2: Rapid City NWS : 49 / 33 / T / 0.0/ T RAP : Rapid City AP : 49 / 30 / T / 0.0/ M .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 631 AM CST THU DEC 13 2018 : Values represent yesterday's highs, lows over the last 12 hours : and precipitation the last 24 hours ending at 6 am CST (5 am MST). .BR GID 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Snow Snow : Station Max / Min / Pcpn / Fall / Depth : ANW : Ainsworth Airport : 38 / 31 / M / / BVN : Albion Airport : 43 / 29 / 0.00 / / AIA : Alliance : 43 / 29 / 0.01 / / AUH : Aurora Aiport : 46 / 31 / 0.00 / / BIE : Beatrice Airport : 50 / 25 / 0.00 / / BTA : Blair Airport : 42 / 29 / 0.00 / / BBW : Broken Bow Airport: 41 / 30 / 0.00 / / CDR : Chadron : 42 / 27 / 0.11 / / OLU : Columbus Airport : 42 / 27 / 0.00 / / FNB : Falls City Airport: 50 / 32 / 0.00 / / FET : Fremont Airport : 42 / 26 / 0.00 / / GRN : Gordon Airport : 42 / 28 / 0.00 / / GRI : Grand Island Arpt : 48 / 32 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T HSI : Hastings Airport : 46 / 32 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T HJH : Hebron Airport : 49 / 26 / 0.00 / / HDE : Holdrege Airport : 42 / 32 / 0.00 / / IML : Imperial Airport : 53 / 32 / 0.00 / / EAR : Kearney Airport : 42 / 28 / 0.00 / / IBM : Kimball Airport : 49 / 25 / T / / LXN : Lexington Airport : 41 / 30 / 0.00 / / LNK : Lincoln Airport : 48 / 21 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T MCK : McCook Airport : 43 / 27 / 0.00 / / AFK : Nebraska City Arpt: 43 / 30 / 0.00 / / OFK : Norfolk Airport : 36 / 23 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 2 LBF : North Platte Arpt : 40 / 24 / 0.00 / 0.0 / T OFF : Offutt AFB : 41 / 22 / 0.00 / M / M OGA : Ogallala Airport : 53 / 32 / 0.00 / / OMA : Omaha/Eppley : 40 / 24 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 2 MLE : Omaha/Millard : 42 / 25 / 0.00 / / ONL : O'Neill Airport : 37 / 31 / 0.00 / / ODX : Ord Airport : 41 / 28 / 0.00 / / PMV : Plattsmouth Arpt : 41 / 26 / 0.00 / / BFF : Scottsbluff : 50 / 25 / 0.00 / / SNY : Sidney : 52 / 28 / 0.00 / / TQE : Tekamah Airport : 36 / 19 / 0.00 / / TIF : Thedford Airport : 44 / 35 / T / / VTN : Valentine Airport : 42 / 34 / 0.03 / T / 2 OAX : Valley NWS Office : 41 / 26 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 1 AHQ : Wahoo Airport : 40 / 23 / 0.00 / / LCG : Wayne Airport : 35 / 20 / 0.00 / / JYR : York Airport : 45 / 32 / 0.00 / / : State Temperature Extremes : : 53 degrees at Imperial Airport, Ogallala Airport : 19 degrees at Tekamah Airport : .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Pfannkuch Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for North Central...Northeast and East Central Kansas National Weather Service Topeka KS 629 AM CST Thu Dec 13 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 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : ***First Order Climate Stations*** : : Max Min Snow Snow :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn Fall Depth TOP : Topeka Billard Airport : 54 / 34 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CNK : Concordia Airport : 48 / 29 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 .END .BR TOP 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : ***Other Automated First Order Stations*** : : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn FOE : Topeka Forbes Field : 52 / 36 / 0.00 LWC : Lawrence Airport : 52 / 33 / 0.00 MHK : Manhattan Airport : 57 / 33 / 0.00 EMP : Emporia Airport : 52 / 39 / 0.00 .END ***Other Automated Stations*** : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn MYZ : Marysville Airport : 52 / 28 / M OWI : Ottawa Municipal Airport : 54 / 41 / .END .BR TOP 1213 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 .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Colorado Temperature And Precipitation Table National Weather Service Pueblo CO 529 AM MST Thu Dec 13 2018 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 18 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 5AM MST Snow depth at 5AM MST .B DEN 181213 M DH05/TX/TN/PP/SD : ...Colorado... : Snow : High Low Pcpn Depth AKO : Akron : 52 / 26 / 0.00 / M ALS : Alamosa : 49 / 19 / T / 0 ASE : Aspen : 37 / 3 / 0.04 / M ITR : Burlington : 62 / 32 / T / M APA : Centennial Arpt : 58 / 24 / T / M COS : Colorado Springs : 61 / 26 / T / 0 CEZ : Cortez : 46 / 29 / 0.01 / M CAG : Craig : 34 / 13 / T / M DEN : Denver Intl Arpt : 57 / 25 / 0.00 / M DRO : Durango : 43 / 26 / 0.00 / M EGE : Eagle : 37 / 9 / M / M FNL : Ft Collins Arpt : 48 / 22 / M / M GJT : Grand Junction : 34 / 20 / T / T GXY : Greeley Airport : 47 / 24 / M / M GUC : Gunnison : 24 / 1 / M / M HDN : Hayden : 30 / 9 / M / M LHX : La Junta : 65 / 35 / 0.00 / M LAA : Lamar : 67 / 27 / T / M LXV : Leadville : 35 / 5 / 0.04 / M LIC : Limon : 62 / 23 / T / M EEO : Meeker : 40 / 4 / 0.01 / M MTJ : Montrose : 40 / 15 / T / M PUB : Pueblo : 65 / 31 / T / 0 RIL : Rifle : 33 / 16 / 0.03 / M SPD : Springfield : 60 / 26 / 0.00 / M TEX : Telluride : 37 / 10 / M / M TAD : Trinidad : 61 / 23 / 0.01 / M .END From the above reports The highest temperature in Colorado yesterday was 67 degrees in Lamar. The lowest temperature in Colorado during the past 12 hours was 1 degrees in Gunnison. $$ OKLAHOMA TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK 632 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY LOW TEMPERATURE PAST 12 HOURS 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 6 AM CST .BR OUN 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : HIGH LOW PCPN : :...WESTERN OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS... LTS : ALTUS AFB : 48 / 36 / 0 CSM : CLINTON : 53 / 40 / 0 FDR : FREDERICK : 53 / 40 / 0 GAG : GAGE : 58 / 32 / 0 GUY : GUYMON : 63 / 28 / 0 HBR : HOBART : 54 / 42 / 0 FSI : LAWTON/FORT SILL : 58 / 42 / 0 LAW : LAWTON/AIRPORT : 58 / 40 / 0 SPS : WICHITA FALLS : 60 / 47 / T : :...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA... END : ENID/VANCE AFB : 54 / 40 / T GOK : GUTHRIE : 61 / 50 / 0 OKC : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILL ROGERS : 59 / 48 / 0 PWA : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILEY POST : 60 / 50 / 0 TIK : OKLAHOMA CITY/TINKER AFB : 60 / 50 / 0 PNC : PONCA CITY : 57 / 43 / 0 SWO : STILLWATER : 62 / 50 / .03 : :...EASTERN OKLAHOMA... BVO : BARTLESVILLE : 60 / 47 / 0 MKO : MUSKOGEE : 60 / 53 / .06 TUL : TULSA/INTL AIRPORT : 61 / 53 / .09 RVS : TULSA/JONES AIRPORT : 61 / 53 / .09 .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 722 AM CST Thu Dec 13 2018 Data Through 6AM CST Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 Hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR LUB 1213 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : :ID LOCATION HIGH LOW PCPN : 24HR :...NORTH TEXAS... ABI :Abilene ASOS : 61 / 49 / 0.01 GKY :Arlington : 64 / 60 / T CRS :Corsicana : 63 / 60 / T DAL :Dallas Love Field : 65 / 61 / 0.02 DFW :DFW Airport : 63 / 59 / 0.04 DTO :Denton : 63 / 57 / 0.01 AFW :Fort Worth Alliance : 63 / 58 / T FTW :Fort Worth Meacham : 63 / 57 / 0.01 GGG :Longview : 61 / 58 / 0.09 LFK :Lufkin : 61 / 56 / 0.30 TKI :McKinney : 63 / 60 / 0.03 MWL :Mineral Wells : 63 / 51 / 0.01 PRX :Paris : 59 / 56 / 1.00 TPL :Temple : 64 / 57 / T TRL :Terrell : 62 / 60 / T TYR :Tyler : 62 / 59 / 0.01 ACT :Waco : 65 / 59 / T SPS :Wichita Falls : 60 / 47 / T :...WEST TEXAS... AMA :Amarillo : 69 / 35 / 0 HHF :Canadian Airport : 61 / 35 / 0 CDS :Childress : 57 / 40 / 0 DHT :Dalhart : 63 / 36 / 0 6R6 :Dryden : 61 / 43 / 0 ELP :El Paso : 66 / 44 / T FST :Fort Stockton : 69 / 50 / 0 GDP :Guadalupe Pass : M / M / M LBB :Lubbock : 59 / 38 / 0.03 MRF :Marfa : 65 / M / 0 MAF :Midland : 62 / 49 / 0 MUST2:Muleshoe : 68 / 39 / 0 ODO :Odessa : 67 / 47 / 0 PEQ :Pecos : 71 / 46 / 0 PRS :Presidio : 71 / 45 / 0.11 SJT :San Angelo ASOS : 59 / 47 / 0 INK :Wink : 70 / 47 / 0 :...SOUTH TEXAS... ALI :Alice : 74 / 59 / 0.11 ATT :Austin Mabry : 66 / 58 / 0 AUS :Austin Bergstrom : 67 / 54 / T BPT :Beaumont : 68 / 62 / 0.14 BRO :Brownsville : 78 / 66 / 0.08 BMQ :Burnet : 65 / 53 / 0 CLL :College Station : 66 / 63 / 0.05 CXO :Conroe : 67 / 61 / 0.49 CRP :Corpus Christi : 73 / 63 / 0.05 NGP :Navy Corpus : 70 / 65 / 0.10 COT :Cotulla : 66 / 50 / 0.03 DRT :Del Rio : 58 / 45 / 0 GLS :Galveston : 67 / 62 / 0.34 GTU :Georgetown : 66 / 58 / T HRL :Harlingen : 79 / 64 / 0.44 HDO :Hondo : 64 / 46 / 0 HOU :Houston Hobby : 69 / 64 / 0.09 IAH :Houston Bush : 69 / 63 / 0.68 UTS :Huntsville : 64 / 60 / 0.21 JCT :Junction ASOS : 63 / 47 / T NQI :Kingsville : 77 / 61 / 0.08 LRD :Laredo : 72 / 57 / 0.01 MFE :McAllen : 81 / 65 / 0.29 BAZ :New Braunfels : 66 / 54 / 0 PSX :Palacios : 70 / 63 / 0.22 LVJ :Pearland : 69 / 64 / 0.51 RKP :Rockport : 69 / 63 / 0.01 SAT :San Antonio : 63 / 54 / T SSF :San Antonio Stinson : 66 / 54 / 0 HYI :San Marcos : 67 / 54 / 0 DWH :Tomball : 68 / 63 / 1.87 VCT :Victoria : 71 / 64 / 0.42 :...OTHERS... SHV :Shreveport : 60 / 56 / T TXK :Texarkana : 57 / 55 / 0.06 .END Texas Temperature Extremes: Highest...81 degrees at McAllen Lowest....35 degrees at Amarillo and Canadian $$

DTN Early Word Grains 12/13 05:35 Mixed to Firmer Trade, Soybean Flash Sales Expected March corn was up 1/4 cent, January soybeans were down 1 1/4 cents, and March KC wheat was up 5 cents. By Tregg Cronin DTN Contributing Analyst 6:00 a.m. CME Globex: March corn was up 1/4 cent, January soybeans were down 1 1/4 cents, and March KC wheat was up 5 cents. CME Globex Recap: Financial markets are quiet around the globe this morning, although crude oil has quietly slipped back down to the bottom end of its recent trading range. Media outlets continue to regurgitate talking points related to the trade war, but markets will want confirmation soon to prevent a resumption in selling. Grain markets are mostly firmer this morning with traders eyeing the 8:00am CST mark for any announcements of flash sales of soybeans to China. OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes on Wednesday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 157.03 at 24,527.27, the S&P 500 up 14.29 at 2,651.07 while the 10-yr Treasury yield ended at 2.913%. Early Thursday, DJIA futures are up 20.00. Asian markets were higher with Japan's Nikkei 225 up 213.44 points (0.99%) and China's Shanghai Composite was up 31.90 points (1.23%). European markets are higher with London's FTSE 100 up 0.89 points (0.01%), Germany's DAX up 1.12 points (0.01%), and France's CAC 40 down 0.71 points (0.01%). The euro was up 0.00085 at 1.13800 and the U.S. dollar index was down 0.0350 at 96.9610. December 30-year T-Bonds were unchanged while February gold was down $0.60 at $1249.50 and January crude oil was down $0.27 at $50.88. Soybeans on China's Dalian Exchange closed down 1.00% and soymeal closed down 0.41%.

Market Matters Blog 12/10 09:15 So Long, Farewell, Upper Mississippi River 2018 Shipping Season DTN DDG Weekly Update DDG Prices Continue Higher Impact of Infrastructure and Transportation Costs on Soybeans Harvest 2018 Keeps Going and Going and Going DDG Prices Stronger DDG Prices Higher Olmsted Locks and Dam a Welcome New Neighbor on Ohio River Ag Groups Make Final Plea to FMSCA for Changes to HOS Rule DDG Prices Higher on Average ****************************************************************************** So Long, Farewell, Upper Mississippi River 2018 Shipping Season The Upper Mississippi River (UMR) shipping season is officially over as tows pushing barges, like flocks of geese, headed south for the winter. It's always bittersweet for those of us living near the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, when the last barge heads south for the winter. When I walk along the river this time of year, it's so quiet and calm, as if it has gone to sleep for the next five months. However, during the winter season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) (Corps) doesn't slow down. They keep busy with repairs to various locks that are closed until spring. Corps officials had asked to have all navigation vessels move south of Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau, Wisconsin, no later than midnight on Dec. 1, which required vessels near St. Paul, Minnesota, to depart from there no later than Nov. 30. The last tow to depart from St. Paul, Minnesota, was Motor Vessel Thomas E. Erickson, on Nov. 25, according to the USACE, St. Paul District. Corps engineers began preparations for several winter repairs at numerous locks within the St. Paul District. According to the district website, engineers were scheduled to begin repairs at Lock and Dam 6 on Dec. 2. The locks include Lock and Dam 4, near Alma, Wisconsin; Lock and Dam 5, near Minnesota City, Minnesota; Lock and Dam 5A, near Fountain City, Wisconsin; and Lock and Dam 9, near Lynxville, Wisconsin, with repairs scheduled to begin Dec. 10. The St. Paul District is where the "Mighty Mississippi River" starts its long journey through the middle of the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. The district borders follow the edges of four river basins -- the Mississippi River, the Red River of the North, the Souris River and the Rainy River -- and covers an area of approximately 139,000 square miles. This area includes most of Minnesota, the western half of Wisconsin, the northeastern half of North Dakota and small portions of northeastern South Dakota and northeastern Iowa. The district also shares approximately 500 miles of border with three Canadian provinces. The St. Paul District is responsible for supporting inland navigation by operating 13 locks and dams and by maintaining the nine-foot navigation channel. For now, the river will hibernate until spring when the first tow makes its way through Lake Pepin to signal the beginning of a new shipping season for the UMR. Lake Pepin is a naturally occurring lake and the widest naturally occurring part of the Mississippi River. It is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) downstream from St. Paul, Minnesota. It is a widening of the river on the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, after cutting through ice on Lake Pepin, the first tow of the season, Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter, pushing 12 barges, locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minnesota, on its way to St. Paul. Her journey there signaled the start of the 2018 navigation season in the St. Paul District. The last tow this year to depart the St. Paul District through Lock and Dam 10, the district's southernmost lock near Guttenberg, Iowa, was Motor Vessel Titletown U.S.A. She locked through Lock 10, heading southbound Dec. 1, officially closing the 2018 navigation season. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DTN DDG Weekly Update OMAHA (DTN) -- Distillers dried grains average spot prices from the 40 locations DTN contacted were $8 per ton higher, at $154 per ton for the week ended Dec. 6, versus one week ago. Prices have moved higher four weeks in a row, in part due to an increase in cold weather demand and tighter supplies that continue to pull DDG prices higher. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Dec. 6 was at 115.91%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 49.68%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.70, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.53. The DDG value to cash corn is currently above the two-year average and the cost per unit compared to soymeal moved higher this past week. In their weekly price update, U.S. Grains Council said that, "This week, merchandisers reported sales to Indonesia and Vietnam as those markets continue to stand out as solid destinations for U.S. DDGS. DDGS at the U.S. Gulf are at $215 per metric ton (MT) for December delivery and increasing into deferred months. On average, 40-foot containers to southeast Asian destinations were up $6/MT this week from last week." The U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday that U.S. exports of DDGS totaled 1,018,097 mt in October, a little less than September, but up 1% from a year ago. U.S. DDGS continue to find broad interest with Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand listed as the top four destinations in October. The first 10 months of 2018 showed exports of U.S. DDGS up 9% from a year ago. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 12/6/2018 11/29/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $175 $160 $15 Modified $88 $82 $6 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $175 $165 $10 Wet $85 $80 $5 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $160 $150 $10 Indiana Dry $155 $145 $10 Iowa Dry $155 $145 $10 Michigan Dry $150 $140 $10 Minnesota Dry $155 $145 $10 North Dakota Dry $165 $155 $10 New York Dry $165 $155 $10 South Dakota Dry $155 $145 $10 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $165 $155 $10 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $147 $143 $4 Iowa Dry $160 $152 $8 Michigan Dry $145 $140 $5 Minnesota Dry $157 $147 $10 Missouri Dry $170 $167 $3 Ohio Dry $145 $142 $3 South Dakota Dry $160 $150 $10 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $155 $150 $5 Nebraska Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $155 $135 $20 Indiana Dry $150 $145 $5 Iowa Dry $155 $145 $10 Michigan Dry $150 $140 $10 Minnesota Dry $160 $145 $15 Nebraska Dry $170 $160 $10 New York Dry $160 $150 $10 North Dakota Dry $155 $150 $5 Ohio Dry $150 $145 $5 South Dakota Dry $160 $145 $15 Wisconsin Dry $142 $136 $6 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $145 $139 $6 Iowa Dry $140 $135 $5 Minnesota Dry $145 $145 $0 Nebraska Dry $135 $135 $0 Ohio Dry $145 $140 $5 South Dakota Dry $145 $140 $5 California $220 $212 $8 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $230 $223 $7 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $154 $146 $8 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 12/6/2018 $3.7200 $132.86 Soybean Meal 12/6/2018 $310.00 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $154.00 DDG Value Relative to: 12/6 11/29 Corn 115.91% 113.48% Soybean Meal 49.68% 47.57% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.70 $5.41 Soybean Meal $6.53 $6.46 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Continue Higher OMAHA (DTN) -- Distillers dried grains average spot prices from the 40 locations DTN contacted were $8 per ton higher, at $146 per ton for the week ended Nov. 29, versus two weeks ago. Prices have moved higher three weeks in a row, and merchandisers noted that slowdowns and plant closures has really tightened supplies. Informa Economics noted that, one of the main reasons for the quick jump higher in DDG prices is struggling ethanol plant margins. "A 13-year low in ethanol prices is putting the squeeze on financial health and throttling production potential for the winter." The EIA reported Wednesday that ethanol plant production increased modestly by 6,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1,048 million bpd during the week ended Nov. 23, 1.7% lower than the corresponding week a year ago. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Nov. 29 was at 113.48%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 47.57%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.41, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.46. On a relative value, DDG prices are mostly in line with soymeal, but are slightly higher than normal basis corn values. "Higher prices could start to create more pushback in rations down the line, but for now most traders are leaning bullish," noted Informa. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 11/29/2018 11/15/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $160 $153 $7 Modified $82 $80 $2 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $165 $150 $15 Wet $80 $75 $5 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $150 $145 $5 Indiana Dry $145 $135 $10 Iowa Dry $145 $135 $10 Michigan Dry $140 $140 $0 Minnesota Dry $145 $130 $15 North Dakota Dry $155 $135 $20 New York Dry $155 $145 $10 South Dakota Dry $145 $130 $15 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $155 $145 $10 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $143 $138 $5 Iowa Dry $152 $148 $4 Michigan Dry $140 $137 $3 Minnesota Dry $147 $138 $9 Missouri Dry $167 $158 $9 Ohio Dry $142 $138 $4 South Dakota Dry $150 $140 $10 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $150 $148 $2 Nebraska Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $135 $135 $0 Indiana Dry $145 $135 $10 Iowa Dry $145 $135 $10 Michigan Dry $140 $135 $5 Minnesota Dry $145 $130 $15 Nebraska Dry $160 $145 $15 New York Dry $150 $150 $0 North Dakota Dry $150 $140 $10 Ohio Dry $145 $135 $10 South Dakota Dry $145 $135 $10 Wisconsin Dry $136 $130 $6 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $139 $140 -$1 Iowa Dry $135 $130 $5 Minnesota Dry $145 $130 $15 Nebraska Dry $135 $125 $10 Ohio Dry $140 $140 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $125 $15 California $212 $192 $20 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $223 $206 $17 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $146 $138 $8 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 11/29/2018 $3.6025 $128.66 Soybean Meal 11/29/2018 $306.90 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $146.00 DDG Value Relative to: 11/29 11/16 Corn 113.48% 105.14% Soybean Meal 47.57% 45.19% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.41 $5.11 Soybean Meal $6.46 $6.43 Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Impact of Infrastructure and Transportation Costs on Soybeans Since the 1990s, the United States, the world's leading producer of soybeans, has lost market share to Brazil, noted USDA in its most recent study, "The Impact of Infrastructure and Transportation Costs on U.S. Soybean Market Share: An Updated Analysis from 1992-2017." "U.S. market share declined from 66% in 1992 to 40% in 2017. U.S. competitiveness, relative to South America, declined during a period of strong global growth in soybean demand, however, the United States remains the second-largest exporter," noted USDA. "For the last 17 years, China, the world's largest soybean importer, has been responsible for nearly all of the growth in global soybean trade. In 2017, per-bushel total production costs in the main producing areas of the U.S. Midwest averaged $9.29 per bushel; compared with $7.52 per bushel in Argentina, $7.53 per bushel in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso and $8.01 per bushel in Parana." Although variable costs in the United States are lower, fixed costs due to land values and capital costs are much higher than in Mato Grosso and Parana. "As the largest producer of soybeans in the world, one of the challenges for the United States partially depends on competing countries' ability to improve their infrastructure capacity and reduce their transportation costs," noted USDA. "Differences in transportation costs can make South American soybean exports more profitable than those of the United States, diverting trade from the United States to Brazil or Argentina at key junctures of the most lucrative marketing periods. "Since 2013, Brazil has surpassed the U.S. in soybean exports, becoming the top world soybean exporter", said USDA in the study. "The road ahead for U.S. soybean competitiveness is uncertain. Brazil is intensifying its efforts to increase production and improve transportation infrastructure, and it has gained soybean market share. Brazil's freight rates may also be reduced in the future because of improvements to its transportation infrastructure." Here is a link to the entire USDA study and it is well worth the read: http://www.dtn.com/ag/assets/SoybeanMarketShare19922017.pdf WHAT U.S NEEDS TO DO IN ORDER TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE It's no secret that the aging locks and dams on the U.S. river system are in desperate need of repair and or replacement. Each time locks go down for repair for any reason, commerce on the river is interrupted, causing extra costs for exporters if shipments are late out of the Gulf waiting for late barges to arrive. This is a story told over and over again, and so far, without a good ending. In a December 2016, the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) released a study funded by the soybean checkoff, "Farm to Market -- A Soybean's Journey." The study offered a warning that future production increases, along with infrastructure improvements by South American competitors, could suppress the profitability of the U.S. soybean industry. "Transportation infrastructure gives U.S. farmers a significant competitive advantage over our international competitors, but without investment, we won't enjoy that advantage for long," said Mark Seib, a soybean farmer from Poseyville, Indiana, and director on the United Soybean Board. "We need to focus on investing in our infrastructure now to position ourselves for a competitive and profitable future." "Great nations, as well as great industries, continue to invest in themselves," explained Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the STC. "Investing in infrastructure should not be an isolated incident. It needs to be perpetual. By issuing this report, it is our hope that we will increase attention and focus on the importance of investing in our economy and industry to enable us to remain competitive in the 21st century." The entire study can be found on the front page of the STC website. In May 2018, the STC published another study called "Impact of Dredging the Lower Mississippi River to 50 Feet." The study notes that improving the draft of the lower Mississippi River from 45 feet to 50 feet would increase reliability of river navigation and reduce the impact of low water events. The current depth of 45 feet on the lower Mississippi River is typically dredged to at least 47 feet to ensure the vessel does not hit the bottom of the riverbed. If the proper conditions exist, a Neopanamax vessel can be loaded to 77,000 metric tons under 47-foot depth. According to the study, the impact of a deeper-draft lower Mississippi River will save $5 per metric ton in ocean freight as the average volume loaded increases from 66,000 metric tons to 78,000 metric tons. "The barge river elevator to export elevator will have an additional 13 cent per bushel margin to buy volume. To prevent the volume from flowing to the river, other inland facilities (crushers, unit train loaders, container loaders, etc.) will have to pay up to keep and handle the soybeans." What facilities will be willing to pay depends on how close the facilities are to the river. "In short, an inland elevator will not pay more than the transportation to the river," the study results noted. "Currently the draw area is estimated to be 205 miles based on an average load of 66,000 metric tons. Increasing to 78,000 metric tons per load will extend the draw area to 245 miles. From a basis standpoint, basis will improve 13 cents per bushel for 205 miles from the river and decline steadily until reaching zero at 246 miles. The deeper draft of the lower Mississippi River will increase soybean revenues by close to a half billion dollars annually." This entire study also touches on the impact of corn exports, among other things. The 144-page study is worth looking over and can also be found on the STC website. In October 2018, the latest study done by the STC, with help from the Illinois soybean checkoff program and also found on its website, is titled, "Containerized Exports via the Inland Waterway System: An Opportunity for Agriculture? The study provides clarity on the potential for soybeans, soybean meal and other agricultural products to benefit from a new and innovative approach moving containers for the hauling of global trade via the nation's inland waterway system. "The soybean industry continues to explore opportunities to develop new international customers," said Steenhoek in an email to DTN. "The current trade friction with China has added a sense of urgency in doing so. Containerized shipping provides the potential to access diverse and localized customers that are often unable or unwilling to purchase soybeans in large, bulk quantities." The news release posted on the STC website highlights "an innovative concept that has the potential to diversify our supply chain and allow local grain handlers and perhaps even farmers to more directly participate in the international market," according to Steenhoek. "It should be the goal of the STC to explore opportunities to remove logistical steps between the farmers growing soybeans and the ultimate customers purchasing them," said Gerry Hayden, a soybean farmer from Calhoun, Kentucky, and chairman of the STC. "Every step that is removed allows farmers to realize a higher value for what is produced. We are therefore excited to explore this new approach for transporting containers along our nation's inland waterway system." Steenhoek said that the research for this study highlighted this innovative approach that can "provide a cost-effective, fast and secure transportation option to our international customers. As we interact with our international customers, we increasingly hear a desire for being able to source soybeans and agricultural products more directly from more localized elevators and even specific farmers. "Our customers also routinely express a desire for greater quality preservation and smaller shipping quantities that conform better with the scale of their specific operations. Exploring this new model of containerized shipping via the inland waterway system is a response to this growing customer sentiment. We look forward to utilizing our research to further introduce farmers and agricultural shippers to this innovative opportunity. Ultimately, we hope to see this approach become a reality to the benefit of America's farmers," concluded Steenhoek. The Soy Transportation Coalition will be partnering with American Patriot Holdings, LLC and Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District in establishing working groups among communities and regions along the inland waterway system that are well positioned to benefit from this potentially new supply chain. To inquire further about the working groups, contact Mike Steenhoek at 515-727-0665 or msteenhoek@soytransportation.org Here is link to the Soy Transportation Coalition website where all of their studies are located: http://www.soytransportation.org/ Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Harvest 2018 Keeps Going and Going and Going You've likely seen the TV commercials featuring the cute, pink toy rabbit, wearing sunglasses and blue- and black-striped sandals forever beating a bass drum. He is the Energizer Bunny and is the mascot for Energizer batteries, which the company claims keep going and going and going. He could also be the mascot for harvest 2018. One month ago, I wrote a column about farmers in the Midwest who endured late planting due to April snows, record-setting rainfall in early summer, hailstorms, and then rain and snow delaying harvest through the entire fall. It's been a tough year for farmers in nearly all corners of the Midwest. Loss of crop yield and quality downgrades have cut into an already slim bottom line for farmers this year. I checked in with some of those farmers I had spoken to in early October to see how their harvest was coming along now and what their quality looked like. "We finished up two weeks ago right before we received an inch and a half of rain," said Dave Newby of Bondurant, Iowa. "It was a struggle with breakdowns. Corn yield was our best ever at a 227-bushel (bu) average despite tornado and flood damage; easily our best corn crop despite about 7% damage from a EF-2 July tornado and some flooding issues. Soybeans made 63 bu despite 3 bu to 4 bu shatter loss. Quality was good enough to avoid a big dock with just 2% to 3% damage. We feel fortunate to have narrowly avoided a bigger problem." Newby said now the main concern is having enough good days to finish the tillage, which is only about 20% done. Andy Weisser of Roscoe, South Dakota, said he finished up harvest on Nov. 2, and it was pretty much what he expected. "(The) main thing is it's not how much rain we got, but when we got it," Weisser said. "Yields improved 20 miles north and west of our farm (we don't have any land in those areas.) Our corn averaged 101 bushels per acre (bpa), which is 30 bpa to 40 bpa below average. The stalk health was poor, and I learned a lot about changes I could do to improve if next year is dry like this. Our soybeans averaged 30 bpa, which was 5 bpa to 10 bpa off average." Weisser added, "Soil health history showed! We are on two tough, dry years in a row, so I hope 2019 will give us a break. I guess this job isn't supposed to be easy!" Ryan Wagner of Wagner Farms near Roslyn, South Dakota, told me on Friday, Nov. 16: "We are still working on corn here and have about a good week left. It's been stop and go with the cold and snow, so it's hard to say at this point if a week's worth of work will take a week or a month. Corn yields have been very good outside of the hailed stuff with moisture still in that 18% to 20% range. We finished up soybeans in that open window in late October with good yields, but slightly disappointing relative to phenomenal corn yields we have been seeing. "I don't remember a year where there has been this little of fall fieldwork completed. The first half of October was rainy, and we only had about a two- to three-week window for tillage and fall fertilizer application. Then, the cold and snow shut things down. We only got about half of the fall fertilizer applied that we wanted to, and it looks like we are probably done for the season unless we get a week of warm weather after Thanksgiving." Wagner noted that the quality of some of the soybeans that sat through the snow and rain is a little bit suspect, but not too bad. "Yesterday (Thursday) and the first part of today (Friday) have been very nice. Sounds like some rain/snow moving in later this afternoon and more snow again tomorrow afternoon, then a high of 26 (degrees Fahrenheit) Saturday." Mike Carlson of Red Oak, Iowa, told me on Saturday, Nov. 17: "This nightmare harvest continues on for me. We are not done yet. Got about three days left. Should get done Monday with any luck, but there hasn't been much of that this fall. It's been a challenging harvest. Lots of mud and wet spots to deal with. We've been stuck so many times that I lost track. We've had to deal with snow twice. Like I figured, there are spots we couldn't get harvested because it's too wet. It's been really cold lately, too, so we had to get winter fuel in things also. "I had the worst bean crop since the dry year of 2012. They were the best-looking crummy beans I've ever seen. To look at them, they looked great, but the beans were very tiny and poor quality. We also got docked on a small portion of our beans for damage because of all the rain and snow. The corn crop is very good, however. I would guess at this point it will be one of my best corn crops. I don't really get how the corn can be so good and the beans so bad." Carlson said he can't wait for this harvest to be over. He told me on Sunday that they just had their third snow event of harvest. "They had taken all the snow out of the forecast on Friday, and we get 3 inches of snow on Saturday. Just unbelievable. I hope I never see another harvest like this. It's been just awful." Dennis Bogaards of Pella, Iowa, said they finished harvest Tuesday, Nov. 13. "We did have yield loss in our beans between 5 bpa and 10 bpa," Bogaards said. "Damage in the beans was between 5% and 40%, depending on the variety. This was a new problem for us. I have never seen damaged beans out of the field. It will cause concerns for storage, and I really wonder about seed quality for next year's seed we will be planting. Corn had some damage, but very minor compared to the beans. We had to be very careful of where we combined and tried to keep wagons and grain carts out of the field as they tend to get stuck before the combine and do a lot of compaction." I asked Bogaards if insurance would cover any of the quality loss. "Insurance? Yes and no," Bogaards said. "Insurance covers damage starting at 8%; most of my beans were 5% to 10% damage, and we had one field that was the worst at an average of 30% damage. The way my insurance works is that we average it together, and I had enough beans that were less than 8% to average the bad beans out. So, it will cause some headaches to blend good beans with bad beans on the truck but should be able to get them down to less than 10% damage. "Others that insure fields separately would be able to get insurance help. But, they also pay way more in premiums too. This problem is much more common in the Southern U.S.; we just don't normally get that much rain in the fall and then two weeks of cloudy, damp conditions. I think if we had gotten some sun to help dry the plants out, it would not have been an issue. Even with that much rain." SOUTHERN HARVEST: QUALITY DOWNGRADE FOR SOYBEANS, LATE HARVEST FOR CORN Besides the weather delays in the Midwest, Southern states also saw weather issues that not only delayed their harvest, but also caused some serious quality issues that have created havoc for shippers. In late October, reports surfaced of barges originating from West Memphis, Arkansas and south being rejected at the Gulf due to heavy damage. Significant discounts, on top of already heavy discounts for poor quality, were put in place, and if the beans were bad enough, they were rejected. Some of the rejected barges were reported to have been sent farther north in hopes there would be better-quality beans available to blend off the poor beans. River Gulf Grain, a division of Agrex Inc. located in Bettendorf, Iowa, posted this on their website: "Effective 10/18, we must reject any soybean loads over 5% damage. There is no market for off-grade barges in the Gulf, and there are not enough good beans locally or in the Gulf to blend out." In the USDA weekly Crop Progress report released on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service county agents commented on the current conditions there as of Nov. 11. Brent Griffin, Prairie County said: "Frequent rainfall halted all harvesting last week. Water is standing in many fields with soybean quality continuing to deteriorate." Kevin Lawson, Faulkner County, Arkansas, said, "Rain throughout the county continued to slow soybean harvest." Mike Andrews, Randolph County, Arkansas, said: "Rain slowed harvest last week with only a few fields of soybeans harvested. We need dry weather to be able to dig remaining peanuts that are in the ground and to get those that are dug harvested. There is concern about quality of peanuts going down due to freezing temperatures." Another troublesome result of the unfinished fall harvest in the Southern U.S. has been a delay to winter wheat planting. Mississippi State University Lowndes County Extension agent Reid Nevins anticipates wheat acreage will go down this year there, because two weeks of rain in late October and early November prevented the last of the harvest and wheat planting. In Missouri, soybeans harvested reached 70% as of Nov. 11, 15 percentage points behind average, causing their winter wheat planting to be 10 percentage points behind average. That is a similar story for other Southern states. And it hasn't been just due to rain, but snow as well. As of Nov. 11, U.S. winter wheat planting was at 89%, more than one week behind the 94% average. States furthest behind normal were Arkansas and California at around 15 percentage points behind average, followed by Oklahoma, North Carolina and Kansas at around 10 percentage points behind average. It's like a double whammy to farmers who may not get their fall wheat crop planted because of the delay to their fall crops harvest. Many counties in some of the states mentioned are already past their insurance last plant date. Harvest 2018 has been miserable, to say the least, for many farmers, and for some farmers throughout the U.S., it's still not over. A.J. Worden a farmer from Burlington, Colorado, described it perfectly: "If harvest '18 was a softball tournament, we'd be in the championship game, top of inning number 41." Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Stronger OMAHA (DTN) -- Distillers dried grains average spot prices from the 40 locations DTN contacted were $2 per ton higher, at $138 per ton for the week ended Nov. 15, versus one week ago. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Nov. 15 was at 105.14%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 45.19%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.11, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.43. On a relative value, DDG prices are mostly in line with soymeal, but are slightly higher than normal basis corn values. The EIA reported Thursday that ethanol plant production decreased by a modest 1,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.067 million bpd, the first weekly decline in four weeks, during the week ended Nov. 9. Informa Economics noted that, "Ethanol plant output is expected to be flat to lower in the coming weeks. More plants could idle than previously thought, with margins being very low. Ethanol plants are trying to get a premium out of DDGs to make it worth running." In its weekly distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) price update, U.S. Grains Council noted, "Prices were generally up this week as continued demand from Southeast Asian markets and increased demand for domestic feeding buoyed markets. Merchandisers reported sales to Vietnam as indications for December delivery of 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia are up 4$ per metric ton (mt) on average. At the U.S. Gulf, indications for December delivery were up for the third straight week to $204/mt. U.S. rail rates were up as well." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 11/15/2018 11/8/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $153 $150 $3 Modified $80 $78 $2 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $150 $145 $5 Wet $75 $75 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $135 $134 $1 Iowa Dry $135 $130 $5 Michigan Dry $140 $135 $5 Minnesota Dry $130 $125 $5 North Dakota Dry $135 $130 $5 New York Dry $145 $145 $0 South Dakota Dry $130 $125 $5 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $145 $143 $2 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $138 $138 $0 Iowa Dry $148 $138 $10 Michigan Dry $137 $137 $0 Minnesota Dry $138 $135 $3 Missouri Dry $158 $155 $3 Ohio Dry $138 $138 $0 South Dakota Dry $140 $137 $3 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $148 $145 $3 Nebraska Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $135 $135 $0 Indiana Dry $135 $130 $5 Iowa Dry $135 $130 $5 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $130 $0 Nebraska Dry $145 $135 $10 New York Dry $150 $140 $10 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Ohio Dry $135 $130 $5 South Dakota Dry $135 $130 $5 Wisconsin Dry $130 $130 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $130 $0 Nebraska Dry $125 $125 $0 Ohio Dry $140 $140 $0 South Dakota Dry $125 $125 $0 California $192 $192 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $206 $195 $11 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $138 $136 $2 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 11/15/2018 $3.6750 $131.25 Soybean Meal 11/15/2018 $305.40 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $138.00 DDG Value Relative to: 11/16 11/8 Corn 105.14% 101.95% Soybean Meal 45.19% 44.43% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.11 $5.04 Soybean Meal $6.43 $6.44 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Higher OMAHA (DTN) -- Distillers dried grains average spot prices from the 40 locations DTN contacted were $2 per ton higher, at $136 per ton for the week ended Nov. 8, versus one week ago. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Nov. 8 was at 101.95%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 44.43%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.04, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.44. In its weekly distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) price update, U.S. Grains Council noted, " The market continues to bump along with a lack of bullish or bearish news resulting in several weeks of generally steady prices. This week merchandisers reported sales to Indonesia and Vietnam for November and December delivery. September export numbers show continued strong demand from Southeast Asian markets -- especially Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. "Indications for November delivery of 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia are down slightly this week from last (-1$/MT on average) while containers to Taiwan fell $5/MT. At the U.S. Gulf, indications for November delivery were up for the second straight week; U.S. rail rates were up as well. Prices for January delivery are expected to increase due to higher domestic demand during the winter months." The U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that U.S. exports of DDGS totaled 1,028,254 metric tons in September, also down from August, but up 15% from a year ago. U.S. DDGS continue to find broad interest with Mexico, Vietnam, and South Korea listed as the top three destinations in September. The first nine months of U.S. DDGS exports were up 10% in 2018 from a year ago. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 11/8/2018 11/1/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $150 $145 $5 Modified $78 $75 $3 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $75 $75 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $134 $134 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $125 $125 $0 North Dakota Dry $130 $130 $0 New York Dry $145 $145 $0 South Dakota Dry $125 $125 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $143 $143 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $138 $132 $6 Iowa Dry $138 $132 $6 Michigan Dry $137 $132 $5 Minnesota Dry $135 $133 $2 Missouri Dry $155 $145 $10 Ohio Dry $138 $137 $1 South Dakota Dry $137 $131 $6 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Nebraska Dry $144 $144 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $135 $130 $5 Indiana Dry $130 $130 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $125 $5 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $125 $5 Nebraska Dry $135 $135 $0 New York Dry $140 $140 $0 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Ohio Dry $130 $125 $5 South Dakota Dry $130 $125 $5 Wisconsin Dry $130 $130 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $125 $5 Minnesota Dry $130 $130 $0 Nebraska Dry $125 $125 $0 Ohio Dry $140 $140 $0 South Dakota Dry $125 $125 $0 California $192 $187 $5 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $195 $195 $0 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $136 $134 $2 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 11/8/2018 $3.7350 $133.39 Soybean Meal 11/8/2018 $306.10 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $136.00 DDG Value Relative to: 11/8 11/1 Corn 101.95% 102.30% Soybean Meal 44.43% 42.78% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.04 $4.96 Soybean Meal $6.44 $6.60 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 ****************************************************************************** Olmsted Locks and Dam a Welcome New Neighbor on Ohio River The Locks and Dams 52 and 53 Replacement Project, known as the Olmsted Locks and Dam, opened for business on Aug. 30, 2018, after 30 years of construction and a $3 billion price tag. The project suffered years of delays due to delays in funding and lack of availability of appropriations, cost increases of materials over time, unforeseen engineering problems, river conditions and other issues. Now that it's finished, the project will generate economic net benefits to the nation of more than $640 million annually, and the structures will pay for themselves in approximately four years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) noted on its website. "The Olmsted project consists of two 110- by 1,200-foot locks adjacent to the Illinois bank, and a dam comprised of five Tainter gates, 1,400 feet of boat-operated wickets and a fixed weir," the Corps said. A Tainter gate is a type of radial arm floodgate used in dams and canal locks to control water flow. The Olmsted Locks and Dam replaces the aging structures Ohio River Locks and Dams 52 and 53. There will be a fourfold increase in efficiency, as Olmsted provides for a single project with twin 1,200-foot locks, noted the Corps. Reliability will also be significantly increased, as the existing locks are decades beyond their designed service life. Olmsted will greatly reduce tow and barge delays through the busiest stretch of river in America's inland waterways. According to the USACE, Locks and Dams 52 and 53 in the lower portion of the river are remnants of the original 1929 river navigation system. More than 150 million tons of cargo pass yearly through the stretch of the Ohio River where the Olmsted Locks and Dam are located, more tonnage than at any other place in the U.S. inland navigation system. As a whole, the Ohio River carries more than 280 million tons of commodities a year. "Locks and Dams 52 and 53 on the lower Ohio River are the last of the old wicket dams. The wickets are constructed of heavy timber about 4 feet wide and up to 20 feet long. Raising or lowering the wickets is done by a crew on a steam boiler winch barge and track hoe that moves along the upstream face of the dam," said the Corps. The opening of Olmsted Locks and Dam originally was expected to be in October, but the early opening in August proved to be a blessing. The Waterways Journal reported that, on Aug. 24, 2018, the Louisville Engineer District told the River Industry Executive Task Force that a miter gate problem at Lock 52 almost caused another full closure at the key chokepoint. Late in the day, the district canceled a proposed 48-hour closure, because the Corps had decided to start raising the Olmsted wickets to hold navigation pools due to receding river stages. Locks 52 and 53 have been costly for the barge industry and have hurt farmers during harvest more than once during their lifespan. In fall 2017, they were closed from Sept. 6-14 due to an unscheduled maintenance outage, halting all navigation while project personnel raised the wicket dam. This outage was in addition to the river closure at Lock 53 on Oct. 2 due to a failure of the hydraulics that open and close the lower wicket gate. Then, shortly after that closure, they were closed for nearly one week due to rising water and did not reopen until Oct. 16. That closure caused a backlog of nearly 60 vessels with over 650 barges of all commodities waiting to transit the site, according to the USDA Weekly Grain Transportation Report at that time. The Waterways Journal reported that Marty Hettel, chairman of the Inland Waterways Users board and vice president of government affairs at American Commercial Barge Line, said the failures of Locks 52 and 53 over the past 10 years have imposed costs of about $75 million on shippers. In fact, Lock and Dam 52 cost $2.5 million to $3 million a year to maintain, on average. In fiscal year 2017, from October 2016 to September 2017, the USACE reported that they spent $13.2 million in repairs. By September 2018, the Corps finally bid farewell to Lock 52 and its counterpart, Lock 53, thanks to the smooth opening of Olmsted. Olmsted Lock and Dam operational achievement represents generations of innovation excellence, more than 45 million labor hours and stands as an example of the benefits provided to the nation and the Department of Defense from the work done by USACE on our nation's critical inland waterways. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Ag Groups Make Final Plea to FMSCA for Changes to HOS Rule The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) asked for public comment on their Aug. 23, 2018, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), to determine if Hours of Service (HOS) revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation's highways and roads. The original comment period was supposed to end on Sept. 24, but a number of organizations requested extensions. The current HOS rules are posted here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/summary-hours-service-regula tions Some of these organizations included American Trucking Associations, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Pork Producers Council and the National Tank Truck Carriers, among others. Certain regulations included in the HOS rule are having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking. In order to provide all interested parties with additional time to submit comments, the FMCSA extended the deadline to Oct. 10, 2018. The FMCSA noted on their website that the four specific areas under consideration for revision are: *Expanding the current 100 air-mile "short-haul" exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers. *Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions. *Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8 hours of continuous driving. *Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment. In addition, the ANPRM sought public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14-hour on-duty limitation, filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement, filed by TruckerNation.org. The OOIDA has asked for the elimination of the arbitrary 30-minute rest break and allowing drivers to take rest breaks once per 14-hour duty period for up to three consecutive hours as long as the driver is off-duty. In addition, OOIDA recommended expanding split-sleeper berth flexibility and updating the definition of the "Adverse Conditions" exception and applying it to the 14-hour clock among other HOS changes that would benefit highway safety. OOIDA noted in their comments submitted to FMCSA that it based its comments on feedback from its members, who are predominantly small-business truckers. "Most of the trucking industry is made up of small businesses," said OOIDA President Todd Spencer. "Small-business truckers are the safest and most diverse operators on the road. Yet for far too long, the federal government has failed to grasp the importance of this diversity and continues to burden the trucking industry with a "one-size-fits-all approach that punishes small businesses, stifles competition, and overregulates an industry deregulated by design." FARM BUREAUS AND LIVESTOCK GROUPS WEIGH IN The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Livestock Marketing Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Beekeeping Federation, American Honey Producers Association, and National Aquaculture Association on behalf of the specialized subset of experienced drivers, submitted a petition to FMCSA. These groups pointed out the needed flexibility from certain provisions of the FMCSA HOS rules to accommodate the unique interstate transportation challenges of the U.S. livestock industry. Read more about it here: https://www2.dtn.com/ag/assets/HoS_Exemption_Petition_of%20Livestock_Haulers.pdf The groups asked for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements for livestock haulers and encouraged the Department of Transportation to work with the livestock industry to implement additional fatigue-management practices. Current HOS rules limit drive time to 11 hours and limit "on-duty hours" to 14 hours. Instead, the groups asked that livestock haulers be granted approval to drive up to 15 hours with a 16-hour on-duty period, following a 10-hour consecutive rest period. "Any livestock hauler wishing to operate under the extended drive time would be required to complete pre-trip planning and increased fatigue-management training," noted the petition. "Livestock haulers are highly-trained professionals who take careful steps to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Through this petition, we hope to work with DOT to build on our industry's strong safety record and provide haulers with some additional relief from overly restrictive HOS requirements," said Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "When livestock and other live animals are transported, it's important to get them to their destination safely and without delay or disruption. Safety for the driver and others on the road is a priority. That is why we are petitioning DOT to adopt modern fatigue-management practices that provide the same or greater level of safety while avoiding unintended and unnecessary stress on the animals entrusted to our care," said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation President. Not all participants supported increased flexibility to the HOS rule. In an Oct. 11, 2018, article, Transport Topics reported that at a public listening session, Harry Adler, public affairs manager at the Truck Safety Coalition, urged FMCSA to "strongly consider" safety implications before making changes to HOS rules. At that listening session, Franklin Wood, a father whose daughter died in 1992 on the road to college when a truck hit her disabled vehicle, said flexible rules allow "bad actors more leeway to be reckless," noted the article. "I think even eight hours on the road is a hardship. Backing off of regulations only makes it easier for the ones that will exploit these rules to the detriment of the driving public," Wood said. "Safety was the formation for FMCSA. It's in the name. Making driving more efficient for the carriers is not your responsibility." Now that the extended comment period has ended, it is up to FMCSA to decide what changes or possible exemptions may or may not be made in to law. Given the pros and cons presented by the some 5,021 online comments and others in various listening sessions, the decision will likely not be an easy one. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DDG Prices Higher on Average OMAHA (DTN) -- Distillers dried grains spot prices from the 40 locations DTN contacted were mixed, but the average price was up $1 per ton at $134 per ton versus two weeks ago for the week ended Oct. 25. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Oct. 25 was at 103.93%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 44.03%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $4.96, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.41. DDG prices were steady for the most part as lower corn and soymeal futures are keeping the market from moving much. Supply is not an issue as the EIA reported that ethanol plant production increased 13,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.024 million bpd during the week ended Oct. 19. Four-week-averaged ethanol production was 1.023 million bpd versus 1.009 million bpd during the corresponding four-week period in 2017. In their weekly distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) price update, U.S. Grains Council noted, "Merchandisers report continued steady demand from Indonesia, where interest in U.S. DDGS is expected to increase going forward. Additionally, demand from Bangladesh has remained steady. Indications for November delivery of 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia are down $2/metric tons (mt) this week from last week's figure, while prices at the U.S. Gulf are up from last week. Generally speaking, trade has been slow this week as U.S. merchandisers and buyers from around the globe came together for USGC's Export Exchange conference." USGC president and chief executive officer Tom Sleight noted that, "The U.S. DDGS market is once again on the rise in various parts of the world. Not only are we seeing increases of DDGS purchases in the western Hemisphere -- in Mexico and Canada -- but we are also seeing increases in countries like Indonesia, Vietnam and India." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT CURRENT CHANGE COMPANY STATE 10/25/2018 10/11/2018 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $148 $145 $3 Modified $78 $75 $3 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Dry $145 $145 $0 Wet $75 $75 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Indiana Dry $132 $132 $0 Iowa Dry $130 $130 $0 Michigan Dry $140 $140 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $130 $0 North Dakota Dry $130 $130 $0 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $130 $130 $0 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $142 $142 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $130 $126 $4 Iowa Dry $127 $127 $0 Michigan Dry $132 $134 -$2 Minnesota Dry $132 $130 $2 Missouri Dry $142 $137 $5 Ohio Dry $137 $135 $2 South Dakota Dry $130 $128 $2 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $132 $132 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 Illinois Dry $145 $145 $0 Nebraska Dry $132 $132 $0 Wet $55 $55 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $130 $130 $0 Indiana Dry $130 $130 $0 Iowa Dry $125 $125 $0 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $125 $125 $0 Nebraska Dry $135 $135 $0 New York Dry $140 $140 $0 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Ohio Dry $125 $125 $0 South Dakota Dry $125 $125 $0 Wisconsin Dry $130 $130 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $125 $125 $0 Minnesota Dry $130 $130 $0 Nebraska Dry $135 $135 $0 Ohio Dry $140 $140 $0 South Dakota Dry $125 $125 $0 California $187 $187 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $197 $194 $3 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $134 $133 $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 10/25/2018 $3.6100 $128.93 Soybean Meal 10/25/2018 $304.30 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $134.00 DDG Value Relative to: 10/25 10/11 Corn 103.93% 101.85% Soybean Meal 44.03% 42.52% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $4.96 $4.93 Soybean Meal $6.41 $6.59 Notes: Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG price represents the average spot price from Midwest companies collected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit of protein is cost per ton divided by 27. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ******************************************************************************

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