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FARM MARKET NEWS - CORN REPORT FOR Tue, June 18 Exchange rate was 1.3395 down 0.0021 Chicago corn closed moderately lower. JUL19 HI 4.58 DEC19 HI 4.71 1/2 LOW 4.42 3/4 LOW 4.56 3/4 CLOSE4.49 3/4 Down 5 CLOSE 4.63 Down 5 1/2 OLD CROP BASIS NEW CROP BASIS Location Spot 1mt 2mt 3mt U.S. $/bu $/mt Cntrct U.S. $/bu $/mt ELEVATORS +SEP19+SEP19+DEC19 CK Low 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 CK High 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.25 5.88 231.49 CK Avg 1.40 -0.09 5.90 232.17 1.22 -0.27 5.85 230.17 Essex Cty 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 Mdsx Low 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 Mdsx High 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.25 5.88 231.49 Mdsx Avg 1.40 -0.09 5.90 232.17 1.23 -0.26 5.86 230.50 Hensall 1.43 5.92 233.16 1.25 5.88 231.49 Bruce 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 Putnam 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.25 5.88 231.49 Burford 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 Port Perry 1.35 5.85 230.21 1.15 5.78 227.55 Norfolk 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 Palmerston 1.45 5.95 234.14 1.30 5.93 233.45 Varna 1.40 5.90 232.17 1.20 5.83 229.52 Trenton 1.35 5.85 230.21 1.15 5.78 227.55 Winchester 1.30 5.80 228.24 1.20 5.83 229.52 North Gower 1.25 5.75 226.27 1.20 5.83 229.52 Huron FOB 1.72 6.22 244.77 1.25 5.88 231.49 Kent FOB 1.65 6.15 242.02 1.20 5.83 229.52 Lamb FOB 1.60 6.10 240.05 1.15 5.78 227.55 Mdsx FOB 1.65N/A N/A N/A 6.15 242.02 1.20 5.83 229.52 FOB SW Que 1.91 6.41 252.25 1.31 5.94 233.85 Track 1.88 6.37 250.87N/A PROCESSORS Chat-Eth N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Jhnstwn-Eth N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Aylmer-Eth N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Sarn-Eth N/A 1.60 1.50N/A N/A Kawartha N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A London-Ing N/A N/A 1.90 1.95 1.30 5.93 233.45 Pt.Colb-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.30 5.93 233.45 Cardnl-Ing N/A N/A N/A N/A 1.35 5.98 235.42 W O Feed 2.02 6.52 256.74 US Rep 2.15 6.65 261.70 Toledo El. 0.27 4.77 187.61 -0.07 4.56 179.64 TRANSFER Port ColbornN/A 1.40 6.03237 2/5 MID SD CRN 1.22 1/2 5.85 1/2 HI SD CRN 1.25 5.88 *Wet Bid

DTN Closing Grain Comments 06/18 13:58 Corn, Wheat Rally Stalls; Soybeans Finish Little Changed Wheat and corn fell on Tuesday in a correction of the rally that began in mid-May. Better than expected conditions on wheat, impressive early yield data and a warmer and drier late June outlook sent that market lower. With corn planting advancing to 92% done, uncertainty over the accuracy of that number and increased prevented planting estimates led to two-sided corn trade, while recent gains have priced U.S. corn out of world markets.

DTN Midday Grain Comments 06/18 11:19 Grains Mixed at Midday Trade is mostly lower at midday, with soybeans edging back positive. By David Fiala DTN Contributing Analyst General Comments The U.S. stock market indices are firmer with the Dow 360 higher. The dollar index is 15 higher. Interest rate products are lower. Energies are firmer with crude 2.15 higher. Livestock trade is mostly higher. Precious metals are firmer with gold 11.80 higher. CORN Corn trade is 5 to 7 cents lower at midday with trade firming back from dime lower trade overnight with bull spreading returning. The forecast looks to continue the recent pattern into the first part of the week, before potential pattern changes into the end of the month. Ethanol margins will remain tight, with the blenders being squeezed more, with ethanol futures at the upper end of the recent range, holding 1.62. The weekly crop progress showed planting progress at 92% vs. 100% on average, with emergence at 79% vs. 97% on average, with 59% good to excellent, and 10% poor to very poor, up 1% from last week. On the July nearby chart support is the 10-day at $4.32, with the new high printed Monday at $4.64 resistance. SOYBEANS Soybean trade is flat to 2 cents higher at midday with trade fading from the initial gains after the progress report. Meal is $2.00 to $3.00 lower and oil is 20 to 30 points higher. Crush margins remain solidly positive overall with meal just above $320, with meal softening relative to oil. NOPA crush disappointed at 154.8 million bushels. World export demand remains slow, and the South American currencies cheap but firmer today. Field work will likely be slowed again in many areas with more insurance days passing for soybeans before potential more open weather at the end of the month. Weekly crop progress showed planting at 77% vs. 93% last year, and emergence at 55% vs. 84% last year. The July chart support is the 100-day at $8.95, with next resistance the $9.21 overnight high. WHEAT Wheat trade is 5 to 10 cents lower at midday with the winter wheats seeing bigger selling after failing to hold gains yesterday. The Kansas City/Chicago spread is swing back to Chicago again today. The heavy rains are slated more for the north and east parts of the winter wheat belt while harvest should build elsewhere, with heat expected to help push things along to the west. The dollar moved back above 97 on the index as well. Black Sea area weather remains mixed with world values soft. Hard red wheat is working into feed rations in some areas with the bounce in corn values, and reduced quality may increase feeding on that front. Weekly crop progress showed winter wheat 64% good to excellent, and 10% poor to very poor, with 89% headed vs. 94% on average, and 8% harvested vs. 20% on average. Spring wheat was 77% good to excellent, and 2% poor to very poor, down 4% on the week, with 95% emerged vs. 97% on average. On the July Kansas City chart, support is the 100-day at $4.55. then the 10-day at 4.62, with the upper Bollinger Band at $4.92 as resistance. David Fiala is a DTN contributing analyst and the President of FuturesOne and a registered adviser He can be reached at dfiala@futuresone.com Follow him on Twitter @davidfiala (BAS) Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.

GRAIN BELT WX ROUNDUP Ohio Evening Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Cleveland Ohio 819 PM EDT Mon Jun 17 2019 Values represent today's highs and lows over the last 18 hours and precipitation over the last 24 hours ending at 7 PM EST/8 PM EDT. M=Missing Data T=Trace NA=Not Available .B CLE 0617 ES DH19/TAIRZS/TAIRZI/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ :Automated Surface Observation Systems (ASOS) Sites :................................................................... : Station Max / Min / 24-HR / Snow / Snow : Name Temp/ Temp/ PCPN / Fall / Depth :................................................................... ---NORTHWEST OHIO--- AOH: Lima Allen County Apt : 75 / 62 / T / NA / NA DFI: Defiance Memorial Apt : 72 / 61 / 0.00 / NA / NA FDY: Findlay Apt : 73 / 61 / 0.00 / NA / NA TDZ: Toledo Executive Apt : 72 / 60 / 0.00 / NA / NA TOL: Toledo Express Apt : 75 / 62 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 : ---NORTHEAST OHIO--- CLE: Cleveland Hopkins : 71 / 62 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 BKL: Burke Lakefront Apt : 67 / 60 / 0.00 / NA / NA LPR: Lorain / Elyria Apt : 70 / 60 / 0.00 / NA / NA HZY: Northeast Ohio Apt : 73 / 57 / 0.00 / NA / NA CAK: Akron-Canton Apt : 77 / 65 / 0.81 / 0.0 / 0 AKR: Akron Fulton Apt : 76 / 66 / 1.28 / NA / NA BJJ: Wooster / Wayne Co Apt : 73 / 64 / 0.28 / NA / NA MFD: Mansfield Lahm Reg Apt : 71 / 64 / 0.77 / 0.0 / 0 YNG: Youngstown Apt : 76 / 63 / T / 0.0 / 0 : ---SOUTHWEST OHIO--- LUK: Cincinnati Lunken Airpo: 83 / 66 / 0.32 / NA / NA CVG: Cincy N. Kentucky Apt : 81 / 66 / 0.78 / M / M HAO: Hamilton - Butler Count: 81 / 67 / 0.52 / NA / NA DAY: Dayton International Ai: 78 / 68 / 0.21 / M / M MGY: Dayton - Wright Bros Ap: 81 / 67 / 1.34 / NA / NA ILN: Wilmington Airborne Apt: 79 / 65 / 0.24 / NA / NA : ---CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST OHIO--- CMH: John Glenn Airport : 78 / 67 / 0.07 / M / M OSU: Ohio State University A: 77 / 67 / 0.15 / NA / NA VTA: Newark-Heath Apt : 79 / 68 / 0.07 / NA / NA MNN: Marion Apt : 74 / 65 / 0.26 / NA / NA LHQ: Fairfield County Apt : 80 / 66 / 0.04 / NA / NA ZZV: Zanesville Apt : 78 / 66 / 0.07 / NA / NA PHD: New Philadelphia Apt : 77 / 67 / 0.69 / 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 climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ BM Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Indiana National Weather Service Indianapolis IN 845 AM EDT Tue Jun 18 2019 Values represent yesterday's high and low temperatures over the last 12 hours, 24-hour precipitation ending at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT, and snow depth at 7:00 a.m. EST/8:00 a.m. EDT. .BR IND 0618 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Indiana Temperature and Precipitation Stations :................................................................ : Station Max / Min / 24-Hr / Snow / Snow : Name Temp/ Temp/ Precip / Fall / Depth :................................................................ : : EVV : Evansville : 84 / 71 / 0.53 / M / M FWA : FORT WAYNE ASOS : 76 / 63 / T / M / M IND : Indianapolis : 75 / 68 / 0.12 / 0.0 / 0 SBN : SOUTH BEND ASOS : 69 / 58 / 0.00 / M / M : :Automated Surface Observation Stations/Unofficial Data BMG : Bloomington : 78 / 68 / 0.22 / M / M EYE : Eagle Creek Arpt : 77 / 69 / 0.06 / M / M GSH : GOSHEN ASOS : 73 / 59 / 0.00 / M / M LAF : Lafayette : 74 / 64 / 0.00 / M / M MIE : Muncie : 79 / 70 / 0.65 / M / M IWX : NORTHERN INDIANA : 71 / 59 / 0.00 / M / M GEZ : Shelbyville : 77 / 68 / 1.71 / M / M HUF : Terre Haute : 75 / 67 / 0.17 / M / M VPZ : Valparaiso : 72 / 57 / 0.00 / M / M : :U.S. Climate Reference Network/Non-Commissioned Site/Unofficial Data FPCI3: Oolitic 2.6 WSW : 79 / 67 / 0.72 / M / M : :Unavailable parameters are indicated by M. .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by NCEI. Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at the National Centers for Environmental Information /NCEI/ - www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Michigan Temperature and Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Gaylord MI 849 AM EDT Tue Jun 18 2019 Yesterday's High Temperature 12 hour Low Temperature ending at 8 am EDT 24 hr Precipitation total ending at 8 am EDT M= Missing Data T=Trace .BR APX 0618 ES DH00/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :............................................................. : MAX MIN 24 HOUR :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PRECIP :............................................................. :-- Upper Peninsula Stations -- CMX : Houghton County Airpor : 67 / 47 / 0.04 P59 : Copper Harbor : 67 / 43 / 0.35 IMT : Iron Mountain Airport : 75 / 55 / M MQT : NWS Marquette : 73 / 53 / 0.02 SAW : Gwinn : 75 / 55 / M IWD : Ironwood Airport : 72 / 46 / M ESC : Escanaba : 68 / 54 / M MNM : Menominee : 70 / 56 / M ERY : Newberry : 74 / 54 / M ANJ : Sault Ste Marie : 76 / 52 / 0.00 :-- Northern Lower Peninsula Stations -- PLN : Pellston : 75 / 49 / 0.00 TVC : Traverse City : 72 / 52 / 0.00 GLR : Gaylord : 74 / 53 / 0.00 APN : Alpena : 72 / 45 / 0.00 HTL : Houghton Lake : 74 / 49 / 0.00 :-- Southwest Lower Peninsula Stations -- GRR : Grand Rapids : 70 / 56 / 0.00 LAN : LANSING : 69 / 59 / 0.00 MKG : Muskegon : 70 / 60 / 0.00 AZO : Kalamazoo : 71 / 59 / 0.00 BTL : Battle Creek : 69 / 58 / 0.00 BIV : Holland : 71 / 57 / 0.00 JXN : Jackson : 70 / 55 / 0.00 BEH : BENTON HARBOR : 69 / 57 / 0.00 :-- Southeast Lower Peninsula Stations -- ADG : Adrian - ASOS : 71 / 56 / 0.03 DET : Detroit City - ASOS : 71 / 57 / 0.00 DTW : Detroit Metro - Asos : 73 / 58 / 0.00 FNT : Flint - ASOS : 72 / 60 / 0.01 PTK : Pontiac - Asos : 73 / 59 / 0.00 MBS : Saginaw - ASOS : 71 / 55 / 0.00 WHK : White Lake : 71 / 55 / 0.00 .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information. Therefore...these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/min Temperatures And Precipitation Table For Southeast And South-central Wisconsin Including COOP Observers National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI 855 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 .BR MKE 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ High temperatures are for the previous 24 hours ending at 1 AM. Low temperatures are for the previous 12 hours ending at 7 AM. Precipitation is for the previous 24 hours ending at 7 AM. High Low Precip Temp Temp (in.) MKE : Milwaukee ASOS: 64 / 51 / 0.00 MSN : Madison ASOS: 75 / 56 / 0.00 FLD : Fond Du Lac ASOS: 75 / 57 / 0.00 SBM : Sheboygan ASOS: 68 / 50 / 0.00 ENW : Kenosha ASOS: 68 / 51 / 0.00 RAC : Racine ASOS: 63 / 50 / 0.00 LNR : Lone Rock ASOS: 74 / 57 / 0.00 C35 : Reedsburg AWOS: 73 / 58 DLL : Baraboo/Dells AWOS: 73 / 59 UNU : Juneau AWOS: 73 / 55 ETB : West Bend AWOS: 68 / 50 MRJ : Mineral Point AWOS: 79 / 59 C29 : Middleton-5 NW AWOS: 74 / 55 RYV : Watertown AWOS: 74 / 53 UES : Waukesha AWOS: 70 / 48 MWC : Milw.-Timmerman AWOS: 66 / 50 EFT : Monroe AWOS: 71 / 58 JVL : Janesville AWOS: 73 / 55 BUU : Burlington AWOS: 67 / 47 .End .BR MKE 0618 C DH07/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ 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. ID Location Obs High Low Precip Time Temp Temp (in.) AFTW3: Afton WWTP : DH0700/ 73 / 55 / 0.00 BABW3: Baraboo WWTP : DH0724/ 75 / 54 / 0.00 BEAW3: Beaver Dam WWTP : DH0700/ 74 / 53 / 0.00 BLGW3: Belgium WWTP : DH0700/ 64 / 50 / 0.00 BLTW3: Beloit College : DH0535/ 73 / 55 / 0.00 BLNW3: Berlin WWTP : DH0700/ 71 / 55 / 0.00 BROW3: Brodhead WWTP : DH0600/ 73 / 56 / 0.00 BFDW3: Brookfield WWTP : DH0800/ 69 / 50 / 0.00 BGTW3: Burlington WWTP : DH0600/ 68 / 51 / 0.00 DARW3: Darlington WWTP : DH0625/ 70 / 54 / 0.00 DLNW3: Delavan WWTP : DH0750/ 72 / 52 / 0.00 FCDW3: Fond Du Lac 2 SW UCOOP: DH0700/ 72 / 56 / 0.00 GERW3: Germantown WWTP : DH0700/ 68 / 48 / 0.00 GATW3: Grafton WWTP : DH0700/ 68 / 51 / 0.00 HARW3: Hartford WWTP : DH0630/ 72 / 52 / 0.00 JACW3: Jackson : DH0600/ 71 / 51 / 0.00 JFNW3: Jefferson WWTP : DH0830/ 73 / 54 / 0.00 LGEW3: Lake Geneva WWTP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 LKMW3: Lake Mills WWTP : DH0600/ 74 / 55 / 0.00 LODW3: Lodi WWTP : DH0700/ 76 / 55 / 0.00 CHMW3: Madison UW Charmany F.: DH0700/ / / 0.00 MTOW3: Milton WWTP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 MONW3: Monroe WWTP : DH0700/ 71 / 54 / 0.00 MTLW3: Montello WWTP : DH0700/ 72 / 55 / 0.00 MRBW3: Mt. Horeb WWTP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 NGLW3: New Glarus 1 SW UCOOP : DH0700/ / / 0.00 OCOW3: Oconomowoc WWTP : DH0700/ 74 / 51 / 0.00 ONCW3: Oconomowoc UCOOP : DH0758/ / / 0.00 PLLW3: Pell Lake WWTP : DH0723/ 68 / 51 / 0.00 PORW3: Portage WWTP : DH0800/ 74 / 56 / T RBGW3: Reedsburg WWTP : DH0800/ 74 / 57 / 0.00 RCHW3: Richfield/Colgate : DH0600/ 76 / 51 / 0.00 ROCW3: Rochester WWTP : DH0500/ 70 / 49 / 0.00 SAVW3: Saukville WWTP : DH0600/ 64 / 47 / 0.00 SEEW3: South Milwaukee WWTP : DH0700/ 62 / 51 / 0.00 SLRW3: Slinger WWTP : DH0700/ 70 / 48 / 0.00 STOW3: Stoughton WWTP : DH0700/ 75 / 56 / 0.00 TAHW3: Taycheedah UCOOP : DH0645/ 74 / 53 / 0.00 UGRW3: Union Grove : DH0700/ 65 / 48 / 0.00 LOOW3: Waterloo WWTP : DH0723/ 75 / 55 / 0.00 WATW3: Watertown WWTP : DH0700/ 73 / 54 / 0.00 WTBW3: West Bend : DH0730/ 72 / 51 / 0.00 WSTW3: West Bend Fire Dept. : DH0700/ / / 0.00 WHTW3: Whitewater WWTP : DH0741/ 73 / 51 / 0.00 .End .BR MKE 0618 C DH00/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ Data for the 24 hours ending at midnight. Obs High Low Precip Time Temp Temp (in.) KENW3: Kenosha WWTP COOP : DH0000/ 61 / 52 / 0.00 MKX: Sullivan NWS COOP : DH0000/ 72 / 53 / 0.00 FDCW3: Fond Du Lac COOP : DH0000/ 72 / 53 / 0.00 .End Data below is from the CoCoRaHS network and is for the 24 hours ending around 7 AM. Precip (in.) ID County Location WGL02: Green Lake Princeton 3 SE : 0.00 WGL04: Green Lake Green Lake 1 E : 0.00 WSB12: Sheboygan Sheboygan 3 NW : 0.00 WSB14: Sheboygan Sheboygan 3 N : 0.00 WSB19: Sheboygan Sheboygan : 0.00 WSK02: Sauk Rock Springs 3 WSW : 0.00 WSK15: Sauk Reedsburg : 0.00 WLF05: Lafayette Benton : T WCB04: Columbia Portage 6 WSW : 0.00 WCB11: Columbia Poynette 6 WNW : T WDA46: Dane Madison 6 W : 0.00 WDA03: Dane Madison 5 SW : 0.00 WDA13: Dane Madison 4 WSW : 0.00 WDA39: Dane Madison 4 W : 0.00 WDA33: Dane Oregon : 0.00 WJF02: Jefferson Watertown 2 ESE : 0.00 WJF17: Jefferson Johnson Creek 3 SSW : 0.00 WJF13: Jefferson Ft. Atkinson : 0.00 WJF10: Jefferson Palmyra 2 N : 0.00 WGN05: Green Monticello 2 SE : 0.00 WRK07: Rock Janesville 5 N : 0.00 WRK12: Rock Janesville 3 W : 0.00 WRK15: Rock Beloit 1 ESE : 0.00 WWS15: Washington West Bend 5 SE : 0.00 WWS02: Washington Jackson 1 SSE : 0.00 WWS27: Washington Richfield 3 WNW : 0.00 WWK33: Waukesha Oconomowoc Lk 1 ESE : 0.00 WWK54: Waukesha Waukesha 2 NW : 0.00 WWK47: Waukesha New Berlin 2 WNW : 0.00 WWK35: Waukesha New Berlin 1 ESE : 0.00 WWK34: Waukesha Mukwonago 5 W : 0.00 WWK20: Waukesha Mukwonago : 0.00 WWK16: Waukesha Muskego 1 W : 0.00 WOZ17: Ozaukee Newburg : 0.00 WOZ16: Ozaukee Grafton : 0.00 WMW43: Milwaukee Brown Deer 1 NW : 0.00 WMW18: Milwaukee West Allis 1 SSE : 0.00 WMW14: Milwaukee Milwaukee 4 NNW : 0.00 WMW50: Milwaukee Milwaukee 6 SSW : 0.00 WMW23: Milwaukee Greendale 1 ENE : 0.00 WWW12: Walworth Elkhorn : 0.00 WWW14: Walworth Darien 2 NNE : 0.00 WKN18: Kenosha Twin Lakes 2 NE : 0.00 WKN11: Kenosha Pleasant Prairie 4 NW: 0.00 WKN06: Kenosha Kenosha 2 S : 0.00 .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 $$ Maximum/Minimum Temperature and Precipitation Table National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 737 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 High temperature yesterday Low temperature last 12 hours Precipitation last 24 hours .BR LOT 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ :ID Location High Low Pcpn ORD : Chicago-O'Hare : 67 / 54 / 0.00 CNII2: Chi-Northerly Isle : 59 / 53 / MDW : Chicago-Midway : 68 / 57 / 0.00 LOTI2: NWS Romeoville : 74 / 57 / 0.00 RFD : Rockford : 72 / 55 / 0.00 DPA : DuPage Airport : 74 / 56 / 0.00 UGN : Waukegan : 63 / 50 / 0.00 ARR : Aurora Airport : 72 / 52 / 0.00 PWK : Wheeling : 67 / 54 / 0.00 MLI : Moline : 71 / 56 / 0.00 BMI : Bloomington : 70 / 59 / 0.00 CMI : Champaign : 73 / 63 / 0.00 DEC : Decatur : 71 / 62 / T LWV : Lawrenceville : 79 / 68 / 0.13 ILX : NWS Lincoln : 71 / 61 / 0.00 MTO : Mattoon : 71 / 66 / 0.11 PIA : Peoria : 71 / 62 / 0.00 SPI : Springfield : 72 / 63 / 0.00 CPS : Cahokia : 79 / 70 / 0.34 UIN : Quincy : 69 / 66 / 0.00 MDH : Carbondale : 81 / 69 / 0.01 .END Please note that only the readings for Chicago-O'Hare, Rockford, Lincoln, Peoria, Springfield, and Moline are to be used for climatological purposes. Other stations are supplemental, and should not be used for official climatological data. These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Center for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore... These data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncei.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature And Precipitation Table For Missouri National Weather Service St Louis MO 738 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 12 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 6 AM CST/7 AM CDT .BR LSX 0618 CS DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ :............................................................... : Station | Max | Min | 24-hr | Snow | Snow | : Name | Tmp | Tmp | Precip | Fall | Depth | :............................................................... : CGI : Cape Girardeau : 82 / 70 / 0.13 / / CDJ : Chillicothe : 82 / 63 / M / / COU : Columbia : 72 / 64 / 0.35 / 0.0 / 0 FAM : Farmington : 81 / 66 / 0.21 / / JEF : Jefferson City : M / M / M / / JLN : Joplin : 81 / 62 / 0.21 / / MCI : Kansas City Intl : 82 / 62 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MKC : Kansas City Dwtn : 86 / 67 / 0.00 / / IRK : Kirksville : 76 / 57 / 0.00 / / AIZ : Osage Beach : 70 / 65 / 1.14 / / POF : Poplar Bluff : 79 / 69 / 0.27 / / STJ : St. Joseph : 83 / 63 / 0.00 / / DMO : Sedalia : 74 / 61 / 0.89 / / SUS : Chesterfield : 76 / 71 / 0.67 / / SGF : Springfield : 80 / 63 / 0.44 / 0.0 / 0 SET : St Charles : M / M / M / / STL : St. Louis : 75 / 69 / 0.11 / 0.0 / 0 VIH : Rolla/Vichy : 74 / 65 / 0.09 / / UNO : West Plains : 81 / 68 / 1.50 / / .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information. (NCEI) Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified data can be accessed at www.ncei.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Central Iowa National Weather Service Des Moines IA 856 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 .BR DMX 0618 C DH01/DC1906180855/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PP/SF/SD : : Values represent highs yesterday...12-hour lows... : and 24-hour precipitation ending at 7 AM Central Time : : Max Min Snow : Location Temp Temp Pcpn Snow Depth : LWD : Lamoni ASOS : 81 / 60 / 0.00 / / AMW : Ames ASOS : 80 / 65 / T / / DSM : Des Moines ASOS : 80 / 65 / 0.00 / M / M DMX : NWS Johnston* : 79 / 65 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MIW : Marshalltown ASOS : 78 / 64 / 0.00 / / EST : Estherville ASOS : 74 / 59 / 0.70 / / FOD : Fort Dodge AWOS : 78 / 62 / 0.63 / / MCW : Mason City ASOS : 73 / 60 / 0.32 / / MSCI4: Mason City* : M / M / M / M / M ALO : Waterloo ASOS : 79 / 65 / 0.00 / M / M OTM : Ottumwa ASOS : 76 / 57 / 0.00 / / : :* Cooperative weather observation site : : : Other Automated Locations : : ...North Central Iowa... AXA : Algona AWOS : 75 / 59 / 1.76 / / CAV : Clarion AWOS : 77 / 64 / 0.80 / / FXY : Forest City AWOS : 73 / 59 / 0.55 / / HPT : Hampton AWOS : 75 / 63 / 0.27 / / : : ...West Central Iowa... ADU : Audubon AWOS : 82 / 64 / 0.58 / / CIN : Carroll AWOS : 84 / 64 / 0.47 / / DNS : Denison AWOS : 82 / 64 / 0.09 / / : : ...Central Iowa... IKV : Ankeny AWOS : 79 / 66 / 0.00 / / BNW : Boone AWOS : 79 / 64 / 0.08 / / GGI : Grinnell AWOS : 78 / 61 / 0.00 / / IFA : Iowa Falls AWOS : 74 / 65 / 0.24 / / TNU : Newton AWOS : 79 / 63 / 0.00 / / PRO : Perry AWOS : 82 / 66 / 0.07 / / NSSI4: Prairie City/NS NWR: 79 / 62 / 0.00 / / EBS : Webster City AWOS : 77 / 64 / 1.27 / / : : ...Southwestern Iowa... AIO : Atlantic AWOS : 82 / 64 / 0.01 / / : : ...South Central Iowa... TVK : Centerville AWOS : 77 / 55 / 0.00 / / CNC : Chariton AWOS : 79 / 63 / 0.00 / / CSQ : Creston AWOS : 81 / 61 / 0.00 / / OXV : Knoxville AWOS : 79 / 61 / 0.00 / / SSFI4: Lucas/Stephens SF : 81 / 61 / 0.00 / / I75 : Osceola AWOS : 84 / 61 / 0.00 / / PEA : Pella AWOS : 80 / 61 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OOA : Oskaloosa AWOS : 79 / 59 / 0.00 / / : .END .BR DMX 0618 C DH0855/DC1906180855/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 : DD180800/ 79 / 58 / 1.60 / / RINI4: Ringsted : DD180700/ / / 0.56 / 0.0 / 0 : : ...North Central Iowa... ALGI4: Algona : DD180700/ 80 / 58 / 1.21 / 0.0 / 0 CLII4: Clarion : DD180605/ 78 / 59 / 0.92 / / DAKI4: Dakota City : DD180700/ 77 / 59 / 1.52 / / FSCI4: Forest City : DD180700/ 76 / 58 / 0.78 / / HPTI4: Hampton : DD180700/ 76 / 58 / 0.17 / 0.0 / 0 LMLI4: Lake Mills : DD180700/ / / 0.25 / / MCWI4: Mason City : DD180700/ 71 / 57 / 0.15 / 0.0 / 0 SWEI4: Swea City : DD180600/ 74 / 59 / 1.05 / 0.0 / 0 : : ...Northeastern Iowa... TRPI4: Tripoli : DD180700/ 76 / 60 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 : : ...West Central Iowa... CINI4: Carroll : DD180700/ 85 / 64 / 0.71 / / COOI4: Coon Rapids : DD180700/ / / 0.90 / / DNSI4: Denison : DD180700/ 81 / 61 / 0.10 / 0.0 / 0 GTHI4: Guthrie Center : DD180800/ 83 / 63 / 0.10 / / RKWI4: Rockwell City : DD180700/ 80 / 62 / 3.03 / 0.0 / 0 RWCI4: Rockwell City : DD180700/ / / 2.50 / / SACI4: Sac City : DD180700/ 81 / 60 / 0.97 / 0.0 / 0 : : ...Central Iowa... AESI4: Ames : DD180600/ 79 / 59 / 0.03 / / AKYI4: Ankeny : DD180700/ 80 / 63 / 0.00 / / BNWI4: Boone : DD180800/ 79 / 62 / 0.19 / / CLUI4: Clutier : DD180700/ / / 0.00 / / CRDI4: Conrad : DD180800/ / / 0.00 / / WGCI4: Des Moines Waveland: DD180700/ / / T / 0.0 / 0 GRWI4: Garwin : DD180600/ / / T / / GNDI4: Grundy Center : DD180720/ 77 / 59 / T / / IWAI4: Iowa Falls : DD180700/ 75 / 59 / 0.45 / 0.0 / 0 MSHI4: Marshalltown : DD180700/ 79 / 57 / 0.00 / / MXWI4: Maxwell : DD180700/ / / 0.00 / / NWTI4: Newton : DD180700/ 79 / 58 / 0.00 / / OGDI4: Ogden : DD180700/ / / 0.20 / / PERI4: Perry : DD180700/ 83 / 61 / 0.07 / / STYI4: Story City : DD180700/ / / 0.10 / / WEBI4: Webster City : DD180700/ 72 / 59 / 1.15 / / : : ...Southwestern Iowa... ADAI4: Adair : DD180700/ / / 0.00 / / ATLI4: Atlantic : DD180700/ 84 / 62 / 0.04 / / CRNI4: Corning : DD180700/ 82 / 59 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 GRNI4: Greenfield : DD180700/ / / 0.00 / / : : ...South Central Iowa... BCNI4: Beaconsfield : DD180700/ 80 / 60 / 0.00 / / CNTI4: Centerville : DD180700/ 79 / 53 / 0.00 / / CHRI4: Chariton : DD180700/ 78 / 57 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CMBI4: Columbia : DD180700/ / / 0.00 / / IDAI4: Indianola : DD180700/ 81 / 60 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 KNXI4: Knoxville : DD180800/ 79 / 61 / 0.00 / / 3OI : Lamoni : DD180700/ 80 / 59 / 0.00 / / OSEI4: Osceola : DD180700/ 83 / 59 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 PEAI4: Pella : DD180700/ / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 RADI4: Rathbun Dam : DD180700/ 84 / 56 / 0.00 / / : : ...Southeastern Iowa... OSKI4: Oskaloosa : DD180700/ 80 / 59 / 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 . $$ State Temperature And Precipitation Summary National Weather Service Bismarck ND 729 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 .BR BIS 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : :VALUES REPRESENT YESTERDAY'S HIGHS...LOWS OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS :AND PRECIPITATION FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 AM CDT. :ASOS SITES ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY UNDER-ESTIMATE WINTER PRECIP. : :CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS :................................................................ : STATION MAX / MIN / 24-HR / SNOW / SNOW : NAME TEMP/ TEMP / PRECIP / FALL / DEPTH :................................................................ : : CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ BIS : Bismarck ASOS : 72 / 48 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 JMS : Jamestown FAA : 66 / 52 / T / M / M MOT : Minot FAA : 69 / 45 / 0.00 / M / M ISN : Williston WSO : 72 / 44 / 0.00 / M / M N60 : Garrison ASOS : 65 / 42 / 0.00 / M / M MIB : Minot Air Force Bas: 67 / 40 / 0.00 / M / M GFK : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 66 / 47 / T / 0.0 / 0 FAR : ASOS @ Fargo Airpor: 65 / 49 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 RDR : ASOS @ Grand Forks : 63 / 49 / 0.06 / M / M DVL : AWOS @ Devils Lake : 61 / 52 / T / M / M .END : MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE STATIONS .BR BIS 0618 M DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ DIK : Dickinson Theodore : 70 / 47 / 0.02 / M / M HEI : Hettinger ASOS : 70 / 48 / 0.00 / M / M .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Center for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table For SD National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 740 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR FSD 0618 C DH01/TAIRZXZ/DH07/TAIRZPZ/PPDRZZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZZ : : Locations in Central Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : ABR : Aberdeen WFO : 73 / 49 / 0.08/ M/ M BKX : Brookings : 68 / 49 / M/ M/ M 9V9 : Chamberlain : 73 / 55 / 0.01/ M/ M HON : Huron Airport : 73 / 47 / 0.05/ 0.0/ 0 MDS : Madison AWOS : 68 / 50 / 0.23/ M/ M MHE : Mitchell ASOS : 74 / 52 / T / 0.0/ 0 MBG : Mobridge AP : 73 / 55 / 0.01/ M/ M PIR : Pierre Regional A: 74 / 48 / 0.01/ M/ M FSD : Sioux Falls Airpo: 77 / 59 / T / 0.0/ 0 8D3 : Sisseton AP : 71 / 51 / 0.01/ M/ M ATY : Watertown Regiona: 70 / 46 / 0.03/ M/ M ICR : Winner AP : 73 / 51 / 0.02/ M/ M YKN : Yankton AWOS : 79 / 64 / T / M/ M .End : : Locations in Mountain Time Zone... : : MAX MIN SNOW SNOW :ID LOCATION TEMP TEMP PCPN FALL DEPTH : 2WX : Buffalo : 74 / 52 / 0.07/ M/ M CUT : Custer AP : 62 / 44 / 0.30/ M/ M D07 : Faith AP : 71 / 56 / 0.00/ M/ M PHP : Philip AP : 73 / 44 / T / M/ M IEN : Pine Ridge AP : 68 / 50 / 0.25/ M/ M UNRS2: Rapid City NWS : 67 / 51 / 0.00/ 0.0/ 0 RAP : Rapid City AP : 67 / 46 / 0.00/ M/ M .End These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Centers for Environmental Information /NCEI/. Therefore...these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for Nebraska National Weather Service Hastings NE 734 AM CDT TUE JUN 18 2019 : Values represent yesterday's highs, lows over the last 12 hours : and precipitation the last 24 hours ending at 7 am CDT (6 am MDT). .BR GID 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : Snow Snow : Station Max / Min / Pcpn / Fall / Depth : ANW : Ainsworth Airport : 76 / 57 / 0.57 / / BVN : Albion Airport : 82 / 61 / 0.46 / / AIA : Alliance : 74 / 52 / 0.08 / / AUH : Aurora Aiport : 82 / 64 / 0.46 / / BIE : Beatrice Airport : 85 / 65 / 0.01 / / BTA : Blair Airport : 80 / 66 / 0.21 / / BBW : Broken Bow Airport: 78 / 60 / 1.45 / / CDR : Chadron : 69 / 50 / 0.07 / / OLU : Columbus Airport : 83 / 64 / 0.45 / / FNB : Falls City Airport: 84 / 64 / 0.00 / / FET : Fremont Airport : 83 / 66 / 1.38 / / GRN : Gordon Airport : 70 / 53 / 0.07 / / GRI : Grand Island Arpt : 84 / 63 / 0.44 / 0.0 / 0 HSI : Hastings Airport : 81 / 64 / 0.08 / 0.0 / 0 HJH : Hebron Airport : 83 / 66 / 0.00 / / HDE : Holdrege Airport : 80 / 62 / 0.50 / / IML : Imperial Airport : 79 / 59 / 2.18 / / EAR : Kearney Airport : 81 / 62 / 0.58 / / IBM : Kimball Airport : 74 / 55 / 0.37 / / LXN : Lexington Airport : 81 / 60 / 1.07 / / LNK : Lincoln Airport : 84 / 65 / 0.03 / 0.0 / 0 MCK : McCook Airport : 79 / 61 / 0.42 / / AFK : Nebraska City Arpt: 84 / 67 / 0.00 / / OFK : Norfolk Airport : 80 / 64 / 0.04 / 0.0 / 0 LBF : North Platte Arpt : 79 / 61 / 0.32 / 0.0 / 0 OFF : Offutt AFB : 82 / 68 / 0.02 / M / M OGA : Ogallala Airport : 79 / 61 / 0.42 / / OMA : Omaha/Eppley : 82 / 67 / 0.06 / 0.0 / 0 MLE : Omaha/Millard : 84 / 68 / 0.08 / / ONL : O'Neill Airport : 78 / 59 / 0.10 / / ODX : Ord Airport : 81 / 59 / 0.27 / / PMV : Plattsmouth Arpt : 84 / 67 / 0.00 / / BFF : Scottsbluff : 76 / 53 / 0.06 / / SNY : Sidney : 75 / 56 / 0.46 / / TQE : Tekamah Airport : 84 / 66 / 0.08 / / TIF : Thedford Airport : 79 / 59 / 0.50 / / VTN : Valentine Airport : 80 / 61 / 0.47 / 0.0 / 0 OAX : Valley NWS Office : 81 / 63 / 0.19 / 0.0 / 0 AHQ : Wahoo Airport : 82 / 65 / 0.16 / / LCG : Wayne Airport : 78 / 64 / M / / JYR : York Airport : 82 / 63 / M / / : State Temperature Extremes : : 85 degrees at Beatrice : 50 degrees at Chadron : .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. $$ Kelley Max/Min Temperature and Precipitation Table for North Central...Northeast and East Central Kansas National Weather Service Topeka KS 725 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 Values represent highs yesterday...lows over the last 12 hours and precipitation over the last 24 hours ending at 6 AM CST/7 AM CDT. .BR TOP 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ : : ***First Order Climate Stations*** : : Max Min Snow Snow :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn Fall Depth TOP : Topeka Billard Airport : 86 / 64 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CNK : Concordia Airport : 88 / 66 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 .END .BR TOP 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : ***Other Automated First Order Stations*** : : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn FOE : Topeka Forbes Field : 86 / 60 / 0.00 LWC : Lawrence Airport : 84 / 62 / 0.00 MHK : Manhattan Airport : 88 / 63 / 0.00 EMP : Emporia Airport : 85 / 63 / 0.00 .END ***Other Automated Stations*** : Max Min :Id Location Temp Temp Pcpn MYZ : Marysville Airport : 84 / 63 / M OWI : Ottawa Municipal Airport : 82 / 64 / .END .BR TOP 0618 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 BLYK1: Baileyville : DH0700 / 83 / 64 / 0.00 / M / M BLVK1: Belleville : DH0700 / 86 / 63 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CCRK1: Clay Center : DH0700 / 87 / 64 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 CONK1: Concordia 1W : DH0700 / 84 / 61 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 EPRK1: Emporia 3NW : DH0700 / 80 / 64 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MHTK1: Manhattan KSU : DH0700 / 86 / 64 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 MNPK1: Minneapolis : DH0700 / 87 / 63 / 0.05 / M / M OTTK1: Ottawa : DH0700 / 82 / 62 / 0.05 / M / M WAMK1: Wamego 4W : DH0700 / 85 / 62 / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 BRPK1: Blue Rapids : DH0700 / / / 0.00 / M / M BRMK1: Bremen 1E : DH0700 / / / 0.00 / M / M HOYK1: Hoyt : DH0700 / / / 0.00 / M / M MCFK1: Mcfarland : DH0700 / / / 0.00 / 0.0 / 0 .END These data are preliminary and have not undergone final quality control by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Therefore, these data are subject to revision. Final and certified climate data can be accessed at www.ncdc.noaa.gov. $$ Colorado Temperature And Precipitation Table National Weather Service Pueblo CO 645 AM MDT Tue Jun 18 2019 High temperature yesterday Low temperature past 18 hours 24 hour precipitation ending at 6AM MDT Snow depth at 6AM MDT .B DEN 190618 M DH06/TX/TN/PP/SD : ...Colorado... : Snow : High Low Pcpn Depth AKO : Akron : 76 / 56 / 0.57 / M ALS : Alamosa : 74 / 43 / 0.25 / 0 ASE : Aspen : 70 / 45 / 0.03 / M ITR : Burlington : 82 / 59 / 0.35 / M APA : Centennial Arpt : 68 / 55 / M / M COS : Colorado Springs : 71 / 53 / T / 0 CEZ : Cortez : 78 / 42 / T / M CAG : Craig : 72 / 52 / 0.04 / M DEN : Denver Intl Arpt : 75 / 55 / 0.08 / M DRO : Durango : 75 / 40 / T / M EGE : Eagle : 71 / 51 / M / M FNL : Ft Collins Arpt : 73 / 54 / 0.24 / M GJT : Grand Junction : 80 / 54 / 0.24 / 0 GXY : Greeley Airport : 75 / 57 / 0.14 / M GUC : Gunnison : 68 / 43 / M / M HDN : Hayden : 67 / 50 / M / M LHX : La Junta : 87 / 59 / 0.08 / M LAA : Lamar : 86 / 58 / 0.98 / M LXV : Leadville : 61 / 39 / 0.09 / M LIC : Limon : 74 / 53 / 0.00 / M EEO : Meeker : 72 / 51 / 0.35 / M MTJ : Montrose : 78 / 47 / 0.04 / M PUB : Pueblo : 83 / 53 / 1.67 / T RIL : Rifle : 80 / 54 / 0.21 / M SPD : Springfield : 79 / 54 / 0.57 / M TEX : Telluride : 63 / 41 / M / M TAD : Trinidad : 80 / 53 / T / M .END From the above reports The highest temperature in Colorado yesterday was 87 degrees in La Junta. The lowest temperature in Colorado during the past 12 hours was 39 degrees in Leadville. $$ OKLAHOMA TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK 732 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 HIGH TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY LOW TEMPERATURE PAST 12 HOURS 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION ENDING AT 7 AM CDT .BR OUN 0618 C DH01/TAIRZX/DH07/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : : HIGH LOW PCPN : :...WESTERN OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS... LTS : ALTUS AFB : 89 / 69 / T CSM : CLINTON : 87 / 67 / T FDR : FREDERICK : 90 / 70 / 0 GAG : GAGE : 87 / 63 / T GUY : GUYMON : 84 / 61 / .04 HBR : HOBART : 89 / 69 / 0 FSI : LAWTON/FORT SILL : 87 / 67 / 0 LAW : LAWTON/AIRPORT : 91 / 68 / 0 SPS : WICHITA FALLS : 89 / 67 / 0 : :...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA... END : ENID/VANCE AFB : 87 / 68 / 0 GOK : GUTHRIE : 86 / 66 / 0 OKC : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILL ROGERS : 84 / 63 / 0 PWA : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILEY POST : 86 / 67 / 0 TIK : OKLAHOMA CITY/TINKER AFB : 85 / 65 / 0 PNC : PONCA CITY : M / 65 / 0 SWO : STILLWATER : 87 / 65 / 0 : :...EASTERN OKLAHOMA... BVO : BARTLESVILLE : 85 / 62 / .01 MKO : MUSKOGEE : 83 / 65 / 0 TUL : TULSA/INTL AIRPORT : 84 / 65 / .02 RVS : TULSA/JONES AIRPORT : 84 / 66 / .01 .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 738 AM CDT Tue Jun 18 2019 Data Through 7AM CDT Values represent Highs yesterday...Lows over the last 12 Hours and Precipitation over the last 24 hours .BR LUB 0618 C DH00/TAIRZX/DH06/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ : :ID LOCATION HIGH LOW PCPN : 24HR :...NORTH TEXAS... ABI :Abilene ASOS : 89 / 65 / 0.25 GKY :Arlington : 88 / 68 / 0.00 CRS :Corsicana : 86 / 69 / 0.00 DAL :Dallas Love Field : 89 / 74 / 0.00 DFW :DFW Airport : 87 / 70 / 0.00 DTO :Denton : 87 / 67 / 0.00 AFW :Fort Worth Alliance : 88 / 71 / 0.00 FTW :Fort Worth Meacham : 87 / 69 / 0.00 GGG :Longview : 87 / 68 / 0.00 LFK :Lufkin : 85 / 67 / 0.00 TKI :McKinney : 87 / 69 / 0.00 MWL :Mineral Wells : 88 / 66 / 0.00 PRX :Paris : 82 / 67 / 0.00 TPL :Temple : 85 / M / 0.00 TRL :Terrell : 86 / 68 / 0.00 TYR :Tyler : 85 / 68 / 0.00 ACT :Waco : 87 / 68 / 0.00 SPS :Wichita Falls : 89 / 67 / 0.00 :...WEST TEXAS... AMA :Amarillo : 83 / 59 / 0.03 HHF :Canadian Airport : 86 / 64 / 0.00 CTLT2:Castolon-Big Bend NP : 102 / 73 / 0.00 CDS :Childress : 88 / 66 / 0.01 DHT :Dalhart : 84 / 55 / 0.35 6R6 :Dryden : 90 / 71 / 0.05 ELP :El Paso : 97 / 67 / 0.00 FST :Fort Stockton : 91 / 64 / 0.00 GDP :Guadalupe Pass : 89 / 62 / 0.00 LBB :Lubbock : 89 / 63 / T MRF :Marfa : 89 / 57 / 0.55 MAF :Midland : 94 / 69 / 0.00 MUST2:Muleshoe : 86 / 57 / 2.11 ODO :Odessa : 93 / 67 / 0.00 PEQ :Pecos : 95 / 71 / 0.00 PRS :Presidio : 102 / 74 / 0.00 SJT :San Angelo ASOS : 91 / 70 / 0.19 INK :Wink : 97 / 68 / 0.00 :...SOUTH TEXAS... ALI :Alice : 93 / 75 / 0.00 ATT :Austin Mabry : 90 / 72 / 0.00 AUS :Austin Bergstrom : 91 / 71 / 0.00 BPT :Beaumont : 87 / 72 / 0.01 BRO :Brownsville : 94 / 79 / 0.02 BMQ :Burnet : 87 / 72 / 0.00 CLL :College Station : 87 / 74 / 0.00 CXO :Conroe : 86 / 70 / 0.00 CRP :Corpus Christi : 95 / 76 / 0.00 NGP :Navy Corpus : 88 / 79 / 0.00 COT :Cotulla : 98 / 75 / 0.00 DRT :Del Rio : 91 / 76 / 0.00 GLS :Galveston : 80 / 71 / 0.11 GTU :Georgetown : 87 / 71 / 0.00 HRL :Harlingen : 92 / 76 / 0.00 HDO :Hondo : 89 / 69 / 0.10 HOU :Houston Hobby : 89 / 75 / 0.05 IAH :Houston Bush : 89 / 74 / 0.00 UTS :Huntsville : 89 / 76 / 0.00 JCT :Junction ASOS : 90 / 71 / M NQI :Kingsville : 92 / 75 / 0.00 LRD :Laredo : 100 / 79 / 0.00 MFE :McAllen : 98 / 80 / 0.00 BAZ :New Braunfels : 91 / 71 / 0.06 PSX :Palacios : 89 / 80 / 0.00 LVJ :Pearland : 88 / 74 / 0.06 RKP :Rockport : 89 / 79 / 0.00 SAT :San Antonio : 89 / 71 / 0.06 SSF :San Antonio Stinson : 91 / 73 / 1.07 HYI :San Marcos : 88 / 69 / 0.03 DWH :Tomball : 88 / 73 / 0.00 VCT :Victoria : 91 / 74 / 0.00 :...OTHERS... SHV :Shreveport : 85 / 69 / 0.00 TXK :Texarkana : 84 / 68 / 0.00 .END Texas Temperature Extremes: Highest...102 degrees at Presidio and Castolon Lowest....55 degrees at Dalhart $$

DTN Early Word Grains 06/18 06:03 Grains Lower as Bout Profit-Taking Hits July corn is down 8 1/2 cents, July soybeans are down 3 3/4 cents, and July K.C. wheat is down 10 cents. By Tregg Cronin DTN Contributing Analyst 6:00 a.m. CME Globex: July corn is down 8 1/2 cents, July soybeans are down 3 3/4 cents, and July K.C. wheat is down 10 cents. CME Globex Recap: Equities are mostly higher around the globe Tuesday morning with traders also taking note of the U.S. Dollar Index trading back above its 50-day moving average and early June highs. Markets will be watching the 2-day FOMC meeting of the Federal Reserve very closely. Markets do not expect a rate cut at this meeting, but one is overwhelmingly expected at the July meeting. Sharp weakness in grains overnight led by corn and Kansas City wheat. Our markets have been on a tear, and this week will see July option expiration Friday, which could allow prices to correct slightly. In addition, traders are putting less stock in the weekly crop progress reports as most aren't sure if the percentages are still counting total intentions from March or what producers will actually get seeded. The next big focus will be the June acreage and stocks report on the 28 with volatility expected to ramp up in the coming sessions. OUTSIDE MARKETS: Previous closes Monday showed the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 22.92 at 26,112.53 and the S&P 500 up 2.69 at 2,886.98 while the 10-Year Treasury yield ended at 2.086%. Early Tuesday, the June DJIA futures are up 56 points. Asian markets are mixed with Japan's Nikkei 225 down 151.29 (-0.72%) and China's Shanghai Composite up 2.54 points (0.09%). European markets are higher with London's FTSE 100 up 41.09 points (0.56%), Germany's DAX up 93.61 points (0.77%) and France's CAC 40 up 59.43 points (1.1%). The September Euro is down 0.004 at 1.130 and the September U.S. dollar index is up 0.163 at 97.215. The September 30-Year T-Bond is up 23/32nds, while August gold is up $5.20 at $1,348.10 and July crude oil is down $0.24 at $51.69. Soybeans on China's Dalian Exchange were down -1.05% while soybean meal was down -0.38%.

Market Matters Blog 06/17 11:20 Flooding Keeps Chokehold on Barge Traffic, Stalling Grain Shipments DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Strengthens HRW Wheat Begins New Crop Year Bonus Target Contract: A Marketing Alternative Fit for the Current Environment Barge Traffic Stalled by Historic Flooding on Mississippi River System DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Sharply Higher DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Higher Lower Mississippi River Still in Flood Stage; Barge Movements Remain Slow DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Steady US Surface Transportation Board Getting Back on Track ****************************************************************************** Flooding Keeps Chokehold on Barge Traffic, Stalling Grain Shipments The long, record-breaking flooding of 2019 on the Mississippi River system has taken a toll on farmland, personal property and the many cities and towns that line the rivers. It has also disrupted commerce on the rivers that depends on barges to move product, especially fertilizer, grain and oilseeds, to and from the Gulf of Mexico and other points along the way. Only 12 barges have made it to St. Paul, Minnesota, the northernmost point on the Upper Mississippi River, so far this shipping season. The Motor Vessel Aaron F. Barrett, pushing 12 barges heading to St. Paul, Minnesota, locked through Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings on April 24. Since then, flooding and ensuing lock closures have kept most of the entire Upper Mississippi River closed. Most recently, the closure of the St. Louis Harbor shut down barges from moving up or downriver through there. Upper Mississippi River Locks 11 through 27 from the Illinois-Wisconsin boarder to St. Louis have been closed on and off over the past three months due to flooding conditions. As of June 16, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reported Lock and Dam 24, Lock and Dam 25, Mel Price Locks and Dam, Locks 27 and Costello Lock and Dam were still closed. Projected opening dates run from June 16 to as late as June 23. Here is a link to the USACE St. Louis District reporting lock closures and other flood information: https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Home/Flood-Fight/. The St. Louis Harbor is closed until the river level recedes below 38 feet, which is not expected to occur until June 20, according to current forecasts. Mississippi River levels at St. Louis crested for the second time this year at 45.7 feet on June 10, 3.9 feet lower than the record level of 49.6 feet set on Aug. 1, 1993. On Sunday, June 16, the river stage was at 42.7 feet. Here is a link to the National Weather Service hydrograph for current and future river stage forecasts at St. Louis: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=eadm7. The Lower Mississippi River remains open below St. Louis, but barge traffic continues to be disrupted by reduced tow sizes and transit time due to restrictions of daylight-only hours under some bridges between St. Louis and the Gulf. Barges are also subject to no-wake zones that also slow their transit time to the Gulf. "The system and everything within are stressed and upside down," said Tom Russell, Russell Marine Group. "Barge logistics are totally out of balance. Empty barge availability in New Orleans is limited and costly, and ships are backing up in New Orleans waiting for cargo deliveries. Roads and bridges in flooded areas limit rail and truck movements." In the Southwest Pass (SWP), there is congestion due to safety protocols and high water. These protocols include daylight-only docking/undocking at midstream terminals when water levels are above 12 feet and extra tug power remains in barge fleets at all times, said Russell. "At 16 feet and above, all vessel movement will be daylight only from mile marker 233 through 90.5. Vessels anchoring in that area with a draft of 35 feet or greater will maintain a pilot on board while at anchor." Other safety protocols are also in place when New Orleans experiences heavy fog. "Midweek, there were 15 to 20 ships in queue waiting entry," said Russell. "There are five dredges working in the SWP to maintain draft. Due to heavy flows and strong current, shoaling and sandbars are a major issue." The Southwest Pass is one of the channels at the mouth of the Mississippi River that empties into the Gulf of Mexico at the southwestern most tip of the Mississippi River. Shoaling and sandbars will be problematic throughout the entire river system where flooding has been ongoing. In the St. Paul district, dredging continues because of shoaling and is expected to continue most of the 2019 shipping season, according to the USACE St. Paul. This may add to slowdown in traffic once barges are able to move through the river system again. The USACE St. Paul District reported on June 14 that there are currently three active channel-dredging operations in the Mississippi River, and two contract mechanical-dredge crews are mobilizing to begin the week of June 17. BASIS, BARGE FREIGHT HIGHER; LOADED BARGES REMAIN STUCK ABOVE ST. LOUIS According to USDA's weekly Grain Transportation Report, flooding continues to reduce the amount of barged grain on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. "So far this year, 13,194 barges of grain have been unloaded at ports on the lower Mississippi River. This is 15% fewer than last year, and 13% below the three-year average. Year-to-date tonnages of down-bound grain, at locking portions of the Mississippi, Ohio and Arkansas Rivers, were 10 million tons, 29% lower than last year and 35% lower than the three-year average." Corn and soybean deliveries to New Orleans are near six-year lows, according to USDA, as hundreds of barges full of corn and soybeans have been kept waiting up river until water recedes. American Commercial Barge Line reported in their daily newsletter on June 14 that they currently have 629 barges destined to areas affected by adverse river conditions. As of June 15, the Mississippi River at New Orleans was holding steady at 16.6 feet, and current predictions show that it will not drop below 16 feet until late July. "The river stage in New Orleans is now in the longest sustained flood stage level on record," added Russell. That record could likely continue as weekend forecasts called for scattered showers in the Gulf area. Here is a link to the National Weather Service hydrograph for current and future river stage forecasts at New Orleans: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=norl1. Cash basis for corn and soybeans on the Upper Mississippi River have strengthened for July and August delivery in anticipation of the river being nearly back to normal, allowing terminals to load out barges to move up and down river through St. Louis once again. Barge freight in that same area is high for the first two weeks of July and stays strong through the month, as there will be a big demand for empties. Basis has also been stronger in the Lower Mississippi River area as buyers need to get corn and soybeans to the Gulf for waiting ships. "Sooner or later, flood waters will recede," said Russell. "However, the consequences and repercussions will be felt for some time before returning to normal." Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Strengthens OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was $4 higher this week versus the prior week, at $137 per ton for the week ended June 13. DDG prices in the Eastern Corn Belt are more firm compared to other areas and, while Upper Midwest values are mixed, that may change once the Upper Mississippi River opens. While water is receding there, the river remains closed farther south where there are still seven locks closed. The biggest closure remains at St. Louis where water levels are at 43.7 feet as of midday June 14 and need to go below 38 feet, which may not happen until June 19. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended June 13 was at 86.79% and is below the five-year average. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 42.59%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.07, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.77. Ethanol supply in the United States moved sharply lower during the first week of June, falling to 11-month lows according to the recent Energy Information Administration report. EIA reported ethanol plant production gained 52,000 bpd or 5% to 1.096 million bpd, reversing up from a four-week low. In its weekly update, the U.S. Grains Council noted DDGS indications were higher again this week. "DDGS indications for FOB vessel Gulf are higher this week at $222/mt for July delivery. Indications for 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia decreased $3/mt, on average, Merchandisers report new sales to Indonesia and continued strong interest from buyers in Vietnam." ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 6/13/2019 6/6/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $145 $142 $3 Wet $75 $74 $1 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $145 $135 $10 Wet $75 $65 $10 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $150 $145 $5 Indiana Dry $145 $140 $5 Iowa Dry $135 $130 $5 Michigan Dry $145 $145 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $125 $10 North Dakota Dry $135 $130 $5 New York Dry $155 $155 $0 South Dakota Dry $135 $115 $20 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $135 $135 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Iowa Dry $135 $135 $0 Michigan Dry $130 $130 $0 Minnesota Dry $135 $135 $0 Missouri Dry $140 $140 $0 Ohio Dry $150 $150 $0 South Dakota Dry $145 $145 $0 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $120 $120 $0 Wet $45 $45 $0 Illinois Dry $140 $135 $5 Nebraska Dry $120 $120 $0 Wet $45 $45 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $140 $130 $10 Indiana Dry $140 $135 $5 Iowa Dry $135 $130 $5 Michigan Dry $135 $130 $5 Minnesota Dry $130 $125 $5 Nebraska Dry $130 $125 $5 New York Dry $150 $145 $5 North Dakota Dry $140 $140 $0 Ohio Dry $150 $145 $5 South Dakota Dry $130 $125 $5 Wisconsin Dry $130 $120 $10 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) Call Indiana Dry $140 $140 $0 Call Iowa Dry $125 $125 $0 Call Minnesota Dry $125 $125 $0 Call Nebraska Dry $135 $135 $0 Call Ohio Dry $150 $150 $0 Call South Dakota Dry $130 $130 $0 Call California Dry $205 $205 $0 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $215 $205 $10 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $137 $133 $4 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 6/13/2019 $4.4200 $157.86 Soybean Meal 6/13/2019 $321.70 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $137.00 DDG Value Relative to: 6/13 6/6 Corn 86.79% 88.56% Soybean Meal 42.59% 42.10% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $5.07 $4.93 Soybean Meal $6.77 $6.65 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 ****************************************************************************** HRW Wheat Begins New Crop Year Despite challenging growing conditions in many areas during the 2018 harvest, the 2018 hard red winter (HRW) wheat crop had generally good kernel characteristics, according to the final U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) harvest report on Oct. 2, 2018. "Overall, 93% of composite, 91% of Gulf-Tributary and 98% of Pacific Northwest (PNW)-Tributary samples graded U.S. No. 2 or better. Test weight averages were at 60.9 lb/bu, above the five-year average of 60.3 lb/bu and above the prior year average of 60.5 lb/bu. The average wheat falling number was 373 seconds, which was comparable to the 2017 and five-year averages, and indicates sound wheat." (Falling number test is a determination of sprout damage in the wheat.) The USW report also noted the average protein in 2018 of 12.4% (12% moisture basis) was significantly higher than the prior year and equal to the five-year average. Protein content distribution varied by growing region; the Gulf-Tributary average was 12.7% and the PNW-Tributary average was 11.7%. Approximately 12% of the samples tested were less than 11.5% protein, 29% between 11.5% to 12.5% and 60% were greater than 12.5%. Here is a link to my 2018 HRW wheat harvest story on Aug. 20, 2018, that gives a good rundown of how the winter wheat growing areas around the U.S. fared: https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/blogs/market-matters-blog/blog-post/201 8/08/20/2018-hard-red-winter-wheat-harvest . In USDA's September 28, 2018, Small Grains Summary report, USDA noted winter wheat yields in Kansas were at 38 bushel per acre (bpa), down from the 2017 yield of 48 bpa. The yield in Oklahoma was at 28 bpa versus 34 bpa in 2017. Lower planted acres and drought conditions in Kansas, Oklahoma and many of the other key winter wheat states caused the lower yields in 2018. On Dec. 6, 2018, Kansas Wheat reported acres in Kansas would likely be lower than the prior year, possibly reaching new 100-year lows in the state. The 7.7 million planted acres in fall 2017 were the third lowest in a century. "Abnormal weather patterns in October and November contributed to the decrease in acres planted. According to the Kansas Mesonet, there was record precipitation throughout the state in October and below average temperatures in November," said Kansas Wheat. "The wet fall led to the state being essentially drought-free for the first time in years, but it also kept farmers out of the fields during fall harvest and wheat drilling time." In the Feb. 8, 2019, Winter Wheat Seedings report, USDA estimated that HRW wheat seeded area was expected to total 22.2 million acres, down 3% from seedings in 2018. Planted acreage was down versus the prior year across most of the growing region, with the largest declines in planted acreage estimated in California, Kansas and Oklahoma. Record low acreage was seeded in Nebraska, noted USDA. WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR HRW WHEAT FLAT PRICE? I asked Dan Maltby, a former HRW wheat buyer in Kansas City (KC) and currently a consultant for Risk Management Group in Minneapolis, for his price insight on last crop year and the year ahead. "The past year was not a good one for U.S. HRW wheat producers unless they sold everything the first week of August 2018. Prices steadily eroded about $1.50 over the next 10 months," said Maltby. "This year, unfortunately, we might have already had the one marketing opportunity; although I don't yet think it's dead because there are three opportunities remaining that could help." Maltby said the first one involves corn planted acres and yield versus demand destruction. "This will take a while to play out and, unfortunately, may very well have done its thing IF corn acres were to yield 171 bpa," he said. Given the late planting, we are all well aware that this is anybody's guess at this point. "Second would be if spring wheat country stays dry; if so, expect the rally to be quick, and ultimately, probably fade," added Maltby. Maltby said the third opportunity would be a Russian drought. "If that happens, then KC wheat will go much higher and stay up there much longer. The problem is that it is difficult to get reliable information from over there." There is Australia, which is still dry and will probably stay dry, said Maltby. "But, Australian droughts don't seem to have the same rally power for KC wheat as Russia, Canada or this year, corn." Summing up his three opportunities, Malby said, "Both No. 2 and No. 3 are great until it rains, and then, no prisoners are taken on the way down." OLD-CROP BASIS STRENGTHENS OVER QUALITY CONCERNS IN NEW CROP Given the relentless rains and storms in the Southern Plains over the past month, it is likely the new-crop wheat will face some quality issues and lower protein than last year's crop. The KC spot market basis is already showing strength for milling quality old-crop HRW wheat, as mills are concerned about the potential for weather related problems in the new crop, especially in Oklahoma and Kansas. The DTN national average cash basis for the 2018-19 crop year ended above the maximum five-year average, much the same as the 2017-18 crop year. So far, early in the new-crop year of 2019-20, the DTN national average basis remains above the five-year average as well. This will likely remain the pattern given the potential quality issues. In their June 10, 2019, weekly harvest report, USW said rainstorms continue to hit the Great Plains and Midwest, significantly slowing harvest. "Harvest is 22% complete in Texas and 1% in Oklahoma. In Kansas, there are increasing concerns about yield loss and impact from water; harvest is not expected to begin for another one to two weeks." USW noted conditions have improved in Colorado and USDA estimates 80% of the crop there is in good-to-excellent condition. "HRW wheat conditions are also good in the Northern Plains and in Washington state. Harvest is still one or more weeks behind normal throughout the HRW wheat growing region as warmer weather is needed." The bottom line is that until all U.S. new-crop bushels are harvested, graded and in the bin, nobody can determine with 100% certainty what the new-crop quality is as it stands in the field. Given the current weather forecast, it could be a while before we get a good handle on new-crop quality because it may continue to deteriorate as it waits to be harvested. According to the DTN forecast for the week ahead, DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Mike Palmerino noted scattered light to moderate showers and thunderstorms with locally heavier in central Kansas. In northwest Kansas, northeast Colorado and southwest Nebraska, scattered to light showers are forecast. Dry conditions or just a few light showers are expected elsewhere. "Near to above normal rainfall in the Southern Plains increases disease pressure on maturing wheat, lowers crop quality and disrupts the early harvest," added Palmerino. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** Bonus Target Contract: A Marketing Alternative Fit for the Current Environment As corn producers look to capitalize on the recent 90-cent rally in December corn futures from the mid-May contract low, one notable cash contract stands out. I know the contract as a "bonus target," which is a moniker I created while at DeBruce Grain in Kansas City. It may also be known as a "premium offer" contract. In this contract, a farmer decides to capitalize on the recent rally by selling some of his anticipated production on new-crop corn. Suppose he is one of the lucky ones who planted corn in a timely fashion and feels comfortable forward selling some of the corn, even though there may be more upside in store. Here is how the bonus target contract could work: As recently priced, the farmer sees December corn futures at $4.43 and the new-crop basis from the local cash grain elevator is 35 cents under December futures. Let's say the farmer has 5,000 bushels of new-crop corn to sell. The net cash price of $4.08 delivered to the elevator is enticing when compared to the mid-May price of $3.29. However, the producer would like to get a $4.25 cash price for his new-crop. The local grain merchant suggests that there is a way to receive $4.25, but it entails the potential for a commitment to sell another, similar-quantity, of new-crop corn during harvest time. That contract is the bonus target. Following the example, the farmer makes a commitment to sell 5,000 more bushels of new-crop corn at $5.00 for a net cash price of $4.65 a bushel. The local grain firm is willing to sell a $5.00 December call option for 19 cents and assumes the risk for any margin requirement. In this example, the firm takes 2 cents of the option premium and gives the farmer a "bonus" of 17 cents. That brings the net cash price of the farmer's first sale to $4.25 ($4.08 plus 17 cents). What's the catch? In return for the 17-cent "bonus," the producer promises to sell and deliver another 5,000 bushels of new-crop corn if December corn is above the $5.00 option strike (or target) price on Nov. 22, the day the option expires. The producer can establish both the target price and the expiration given several choices. In our example, the target is $5.00, and the expiration is Nov. 22, 2019. Even though options are involved, the farmer never has to worry about meeting margin calls -- that is the responsibility of the cash grain firm. The farmer never sells options or futures. The net effect of this strategy is that the farmer receives a 17-cent per bushel bonus or premium above the local cash price and has the potential to sell another 5,000 bushels at a price that is 57 cents per bushel higher than December corn was at contract inception. Before choosing this kind of contract, you will want to carefully examine the terms and conditions at your local grain firm. Here are some disadvantages to consider: -- Until the option expires on Nov. 22, there is no guarantee the second sale will be made. -- The futures price of corn can exceed the target prior to expiration and fall back below later, in which case a second sale is not guaranteed. -- Basis can change at any time and one may want to consider a separate contract to lock in basis. -- The futures price on the second sale will never be higher than the target chosen at inception. Also, it's important to keep in mind that no more than 20% to 25% of new-crop production should be committed to the bonus target in the event that futures go much higher. So, in conclusion, if you have seen a sharp rally in corn and would like to sell some corn -- either old-crop or new-crop; if you feel confident in your production, and if you would like to get a bonus above the current market price and have a chance to sell new-crop corn at a price level that is well above the current price, a bonus target contract could be for you. However, although you feel that prices could work higher, there is also bearish risk to consider. There is a lot of growing season ahead and increased export competition from South America. The bonus target could be helpful to your marketing plan, if you understand the benefits and costs. Check with your local grain merchant to see if such a contract is available. Comments above are for educational purposes and are not meant to be specific trade recommendations. The buying and selling of grains and grain futures involve substantial risk and are not suitable for everyone. Dana Mantini can be reached at dana.mantini@dtn.com Follow Dana Mantini on Twitter @mantini_r ****************************************************************************** Barge Traffic Stalled by Historic Flooding on Mississippi River System It has been a rough year for commerce on the Mississippi River system, and it continues to worsen as nonstop rains keep adding to already swollen rivers. Many areas are already cresting for a third time, meaning they have dropped below flood stage, only to rise again. Barge logistics on the Mississippi River have been slowed or entirely stopped due to weather-related flooding since January of this year, and it is still happening as we start June. Currently, flooding and high water have closed the Upper Mississippi from St. Louis to Minneapolis, the Illinois River, and Arkansas River to all barge traffic. As of May 31, American Commercial Barge Line reported that nearly all the locks in the Upper Mississippi River were closed. The Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota has been in flood stage since March, with flood stage there at 14 feet and moderate flood stage at 15 feet. As the river moved south through the St. Paul District, after having been in flood stage since March, sand and sediment was washed through the channels creating shoaling, a sandy elevation of the bottom of the river, constituting a hazard to navigation. In response, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul has been busy dredging the channels to maintain the navigation channel and enable safe travels for tows pushing barges to the Port of St. Paul once water levels decrease and locks reopen further downstream. The St. Paul District is responsible for maintaining 243.6 miles of navigation channel to a depth of at least 9 feet on the Mississippi River from Minneapolis at river mile 857.6 to Guttenberg, Iowa, at river mile 614.0, and 40.6 miles on three tributaries: the Minnesota, St. Croix and Black rivers. The district is also responsible for supporting inland navigation by operating 13 locks and dams and by maintaining the 9-foot navigation channel. George Stringham, Public Affairs USACE St. Paul, told me dredging is currently taking place at five locations in the district. We talked about the continued flooding along the entire Mississippi River system and tributaries, and how it has stalled barges from coming up to St. Paul since the first tow of the season arrived with 12 barges on April 24. Stringham also mentioned that while the severe flooding in the summer of 2014 caused them to dredge through most of the summer, the continued flooding in 2019 will likely keep them dredging in the St. Paul District through the rest of the navigation season. The Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul has now crested for a third time this year. It crested at 20.19 feet on March 31, the seventh highest crest on record. It hit a secondary crest of 17.64 feet on April 24, and on June 1, it crested at 15.84 feet. By May 8 of this year, the river had spent 42 consecutive days above flood stage, surpassing the previous record of 33 days, set in 2001. Here is a link to the current stage of the Mississippi River in St. Paul: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mpx&gage=stpm5 ST. LOUIS HARBOR CLOSED AGAIN On the afternoon of May 23, the U.S. Coast Guard once again shut down the Mississippi River at St. Louis when it rose above 38 feet, stopping barge traffic from moving into or out of the harbor for the second time this year. In 2019, the Mississippi River at St. Louis has been above flood stage for 78 consecutive days as of June 2, with no end in sight. The record for flood duration was in 1993: For five total months, area rivers were at or above flood stage, including one stretch of 98 days in a row, according to National Weather Service data. On June 2, the Mississippi River at St. Louis was at 43.71 feet, on its way to the second crest of 46 feet. NWS in St. Louis said at 46 feet, this would be the second highest crest on record there. Here is a link to the current stage of the Mississippi River in St. Louis: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=eadm7 "The Lower Mississippi (below St. Louis) is open to traffic, but is at flood stage from Cairo to New Orleans with safety protocols in effect. Water level in New Orleans is at 16.4 feet and holding, with strict flood stage protocol in place until levels drop below 16 feet," Tom Russell, of the Russell Marine Group, told me. Expectations are that the river will not drop below 16 feet until sometime later in the second half of June. "The river stage in Nola is now in the longest sustained flood stage level on record," added Russell. Here is a link to the current stage of the Mississippi River in New Orleans: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=norl1 THE SPILLWAYS On May 10, the USACE New Orleans District reopened the Bonnet Carre Spillway for a second time, which was unprecedented during the same flood event. This is the first time this spillway has been opened in two consecutive years (2018/2019), and the first time it has been opened twice in the same year. As of May 31, there were 168 bays open. According to the USACE, a decision to operate the Bonnet Carre Spillway is made when existing conditions, combined with predicted river stages and discharges, indicate that the mainline levees in New Orleans and other downstream communities will be subjected to unacceptable stress from high water. Included in the complex decision process are environmental considerations, as well as hydrologic, structural, navigational and legal factors. The spillway is located in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, about 12 miles west of New Orleans. The second spillway operated by the USACE New Orleans District is the Morganza Floodway (Spillway) located in the Lower Mississippi River at river mile 280, near Morganza in Pointe Coupee Parish above Baton Rouge. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had intended to open the spillway on June 2, but on May 30, changed the opening date to June 6. Army Corps spokesman Ricky Boyett said in a radio interview with WWL New Orleans that the decision was made due to a change in forecasts that show the Mississippi River won't reach an elevation that threatens overtopping the Morganza structure until at least June 9, compared to the prior model showing a June 5 threat. Unlike the Bonnet Carre Spillway, which is not a threat to homes and cropland, "the Morganza Spillway only opens in extreme situations due to the fact houses and crop land are flooded," said Russell. This would only be the third time the spillway has been opened since its completion in 1954. Should the USACE decide to open the spillway, a barge will be moved into place in Morgan City where the barge will be sunk to assist with flooding in Bayou Chene, according to local news reports. KALB-TV News in Alexandria, Louisiana, reported officials said that without a barge or a floodgate in place, Assumption, St. Mary, lower St. Martin, Iberville, and Terrebonne parishes would likely flood. "Sinking the barge days before the spillway (opens) will help water levels go down in the Morgan City and backwater-flooded areas. The gradual opening of the gates will allow water in the Atchafalaya Basin (to) rise slow enough to nudge wildlife to higher ground without a sudden inundation," noted KALB. In March 2019, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state would begin construction on a permanent Bayou Chene floodgate to prevent having to sink additional barges, which serve as temporary floodgates. Here is a link to more information on the Morganza Spillway: https://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Mississippi-River-Flood-Control/Morganza -Floodway-Overview/ MORE RAIN AND START TO HURRICANE SEASON WILL EXASPERATE FLOODING It appears that the flooding in the U.S. will not be gone anytime soon. DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Joel Burgio noted in his weather comments that a secondary weak southern branch trough is forming for the Central Plains, the South and east Midwest, and the Delta later in the six- to 10-day period. "These troughs are likely to spread showers and thundershowers through the southern and eastern Midwest, and the Delta regions during the outlook period, maintaining the wet pattern for the Midwest and redeveloping the wet pattern over the Delta," said Burgio. "The first of these troughs is already east of the Central/Southern Plains region early in the outlook period. However, the second trough will bring showers and thunderstorms back to this area later in the period. The southeast U.S. ridge continues to show signs of weakening during the outlook period. This likely means less hot weather and greater chances for scattered thundershowers in the region during the six- to 10-day outlook period." As for hurricane season, Russell noted that it begins in early June and runs until October. "The most active period is late-July, August and early September, with the current forecast calling for 14 tropical storms, six Hurricanes and two to three intense hurricanes," said Russell. "There is danger for New Orleans should a hurricane impact while water levels on the Mississippi River are high. A surge of water from the Gulf could run up the river and possibly top the levees, causing city flooding." The flooding on the Mississippi River system has now entered record territory in more places than I mentioned above. The longest record now belongs to Baton Rouge, which on May 20 officially broke the 1927 record of being in flood stage for 135 days. On June 2, the river there was at 43.1 feet (flood stage is 35 feet), and it is expected to rise to a crest of 44.5 feet on June 10. That means that, as of June 2, the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge has been in flood stage for 148 days. Here is a link to the current stage of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=btrl1&wfo=lix The financial toll on everyone who is affected by this flooding on the entire Mississippi system cannot even be assessed yet, because there has been no end to it, and there is much uncertainty as to when it will end. Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Sharply Higher OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was up $10 per ton on average this week versus the prior week, at $133 per ton for the week ended May 30. The DTN National Corn Index was 23 cents higher since the last price update, giving support to the DDG market. Ethanol supply in the U.S. reversed lower in the week ended May 24 following the first build in nearly a month, while plant production reversed down from the highest level of 2019, according to data released midmorning Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended May 30 was at 85.36% and is below the five-year average. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 40.62%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $4.93, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.89. In their weekly update, U.S. Grains Council noted that DDGS indications were mixed this week. "DDGS indications for FOB vessel Gulf are higher this week ($215 per metric ton), driven by rising grain prices. Bids for product delivered to Asian markets are below offers as buyers wait to determine the longevity of the recent commodity rally. Exporters are defending offers as U.S. commodities are competitive on the world market. Otherwise, DDGS indications were up across the board. Indications for 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia are up $4/mt, on average, with Malaysia seeing the largest jump from last week's figure." It is still a mess on the U.S. river system with no barges moving in the Upper Mississippi River above St. Louis because the harbor there is still closed. There are 15 locks closed between Lock and Dam 12-27, including Mel Price Lock and the Louisiana Bridge at mile 282. The latest prediction is that those areas will likely remain closed through June 11 and the St. Louis Harbor could be closed at least until June 15. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 5/30/2019 5/23/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $140 $130 $10 Wet $72 $68 $4 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $135 $135 $0 Wet $65 $63 $2 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $145 $130 $15 Indiana Dry $140 $130 $10 Iowa Dry $130 $115 $15 Michigan Dry $145 $135 $10 Minnesota Dry $125 $110 $15 North Dakota Dry $130 $120 $10 New York Dry $155 $145 $10 South Dakota Dry $115 $100 $15 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $130 $120 $10 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $140 $125 $15 Iowa Dry $135 $125 $10 Michigan Dry $130 $120 $10 Minnesota Dry $135 $125 $10 Missouri Dry $140 $130 $10 Ohio Dry $145 $135 $10 South Dakota Dry $145 $130 $15 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $120 $120 $0 Wet $45 $45 $0 Illinois Dry $135 $135 $0 Nebraska Dry $120 $120 $0 Wet $45 $45 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $130 $120 $10 Indiana Dry $135 $120 $15 Iowa Dry $130 $120 $10 Michigan Dry $130 $120 $10 Minnesota Dry $125 $115 $10 Nebraska Dry $125 $118 $7 New York Dry $145 $140 $5 North Dakota Dry $140 $130 $10 Ohio Dry $145 $130 $15 South Dakota Dry $125 $115 $10 Wisconsin Dry $120 $115 $5 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $140 $125 $15 Iowa Dry $125 $115 $10 Minnesota Dry $120 $110 $10 Nebraska Dry $135 $115 $20 Ohio Dry $150 $140 $10 South Dakota Dry $130 $120 $10 California Dry $205 $180 $25 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $205 $193 $12 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $133 $123 $10 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. ** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 5/30/2019 $4.3625 $155.80 Soybean Meal 5/30/2019 $327.40 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $133.00 DDG Value Relative to: 5/30 5/23 Corn 85.36% 88.36% Soybean Meal 40.62% 41.39% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $4.93 $4.56 Soybean Meal $6.89 $6.26 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 ****************************************************************************** DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Higher OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was up $2 per ton on average this week versus the prior week, at $123 per ton for the week ended May 23. The DTN National Corn Index was 19 cents higher since the last price update, giving support to the DDG market. Feed traders are keeping a close eye on grain prices, as corn and soymeal prices have been moving higher on delayed planting concerns. If grain prices continue to rally, that could provide some spillover support for DDG and all feed ingredient markets. EIA Wednesday reported a third straight weekly increase in ethanol plant production, with output up 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) on the week to 1.071 million bpd, the highest level of 2019. According to the data, the last time output breached 1.070 million bpd was the final week of August 2018. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended May 23 was at 88.36% and is below the five-year average. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 41.39%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $4.56, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.26. In their weekly update, U.S. Grains Council noted that DDGS indications were mixed this week. "Merchandisers report that international buyers are waiting for prices to settle after recent volatility, with close attention being paid to corn and soybean meal futures. Indications for 40-foot containers to Southeast Asia are unchanged from last week, on average, with Indonesia seeing a drop and Malaysia seeing an increase. Domestically, FOB vessel Gulf indications for the nearby are up this week to $201 per metric ton; U.S. rail rates are up as well." It will once again be hard to move containers to the Gulf after Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at St. Louis on May 23 from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184 when the river rose above 38 feet. The river was at 39.26 on May 24 and is expected to crest at 42 feet, 2 feet above major flood stage, by May 28. There are eight locks closed on the UMR: 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, Mel Price and 27. On top of that, the USACE St. Paul District said they have three dredging crews working to clear the sediment caused by flooding in some of the channels above Lock and Dam 11, with another two starting May 24, to enable tows to get to the Port of St. Paul once water levels decrease and locks reopen further downstream. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 5/23/2019 5/16/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $130 $130 $0 Wet $68 $68 $0 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $135 $130 $5 Wet $63 $60 $3 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $130 $130 $0 Indiana Dry $130 $130 $0 Iowa Dry $115 $115 $0 Michigan Dry $135 $135 $0 Minnesota Dry $110 $115 -$5 North Dakota Dry $120 $120 $0 New York Dry $145 $145 $0 South Dakota Dry $100 $110 -$10 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $120 $120 $0 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $125 $125 $0 Iowa Dry $125 $125 $0 Michigan Dry $120 $120 $0 Minnesota Dry $125 $125 $0 Missouri Dry $130 $130 $0 Ohio Dry $135 $130 $5 South Dakota Dry $135 $125 $10 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $120 $115 $5 Wet $45 $45 $0 Illinois Dry $135 $131 $4 Nebraska Dry $120 $115 $5 Wet $45 $45 $0 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $120 $120 $0 Indiana Dry $120 $120 $0 Iowa Dry $120 $115 $5 Michigan Dry $120 $120 $0 Minnesota Dry $115 $110 $5 Nebraska Dry $118 $110 $8 New York Dry $140 $140 $0 North Dakota Dry $130 $120 $10 Ohio Dry $130 $130 $0 South Dakota Dry $115 $110 $5 Wisconsin Dry $115 $115 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $125 $120 $5 Iowa Dry $115 $115 $0 Minnesota Dry $110 $105 $5 Nebraska Dry $115 $110 $5 Ohio Dry $140 $135 $5 South Dakota Dry $120 $120 $0 California Dry $180 $177 $3 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $190 $190 $0 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $123 $121 $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 5/23/2019 $3.8975 $139.20 Soybean Meal 5/23/2019 $297.20 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $123.00 DDG Value Relative to: 5/23 5/16 Corn 88.36% 89.39% Soybean Meal 41.39% 40.08% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $4.56 $4.48 Soybean Meal $6.26 $6.36 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 ****************************************************************************** Lower Mississippi River Still in Flood Stage; Barge Movements Remain Slow The good news for the week was the reopening of the St. Louis Harbor to barge traffic, but it could close again as flooding continues with more rain expected to add to the misery there all the way down to New Orleans. The St. Louis Harbor reopened to barge traffic on May 16, but the latest predictions are that it could rise again and reach 38 feet on May 25-26. If that happens, the harbor would close from mile 179-184 with long-term projections saying it could last until June 5-9, according to American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL). Relentless rains in the Midwest and Delta region are creating havoc on the already swollen Mississippi River. Mississippi River forecasts are based on rainfall that has occurred and that which is forecast to occur over the next 48 hours, according to the National Weather Service. On the Upper Mississippi River, all closed locks and two bridges have been reopened. But long-term projections are showing the Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, possibly closing again on May 20 as a result of the upcoming rain event and remaining closed until June 8-13, according to ACBL. Locks 16, 17, and 20 are also predicted to close again around May 20, and are expected to remain closed until June 6-8 if more flooding occurs. Farther north in St. Paul, Minnesota, they are hoping for more barges to show up now that the locks are open. The first tow of the season, pushing 12 barges, arrived on April 24. The lock closures south of the St. Paul District have prevented any other tows from reaching St. Paul. That has been evident in weekly barge rates published by USDA in that there are no freight rates quoted for this portion of the river as of May 14. There have also been incidents of shoaling in the St. Paul District as water levels receded. Shoaling is a result of the flooding depositing silt, creating sandy elevations in channels, which could cause grounding of vessels unless dredged. On the Illinois River, heavy rains have created several no-wake restrictions that will be in place until May 22, slowing transits in those areas until it is lifted. Current projections have the Hardin, Illinois, area closing again on May 24-25, with concerns of the river overtopping the levees, according to ACBL. In addition, tows coming off the Illinois River in to St. Louis are restricted to 12 barges. In Cairo, Illinois, the Ohio River was at 46.7 feet on Sunday, May 19, slightly below the moderate flood stage of 47 feet. The Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is in moderate flood stage at 41.2 feet and forecast to slowly fall before rising next weekend, according to the NWS. The level at Thebes, Illinois, is currently in moderate flood stage at 39.6 feet and forecast to slowly fall before slightly rising next weekend. LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER STILL FLOODING The Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Mississippi, continues to be above flood stage, and on Sunday, May 19, the river was at 49.8 feet, very close to major flood stage of 50 feet. Tows are only allowed to pass through the Vicksburg Bridge (LMR Mile 435) during the daylight to avoid any accidents. In Baton Rouge, the second opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway became the first time the spillway was opened twice during the same flood event. After heavy rains in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys increased river stages, the USACE opened the spillway on Feb. 27, 2019, in order to keep the volume of the Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second (cfs). On April 11, the spillway was closed, but river stages remained high. Heavy rains across the valley prompted a second opening of the spillway May 10 and by May 16, the USACE New Orleans District reported that there were 138 bays open and holding. While many cities along the river have come close to or have broken water level records, perhaps the biggest record to be broken will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1927, the river stayed above flood stage in Baton Rouge for 135 days, and on May 21, it will surpass this mark and become the longest ever on record that Baton Rouge has been in flood stage. In fact, current predictions have the Mississippi River staying above flood stage of 35 feet into at least early June. As of May 19, the river there was at 43.83 feet and is expected to crest this week at 44 feet. In its weekly Grain Transportation Report, USDA noted that, as of May 11, calendar-year-to-date grain barge tonnages through the locking portions of the Mississippi, Ohio and Arkansas rivers, were 8.8 million tons. This is 32% below the three-year average and 24% lower than last year. "For most of 2019, above-average rainfall has caused high water conditions that have disrupted traffic. Typically, by mid-May, there is continuous barge traffic (both up and down river) on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Gulf of Mexico. This year, navigation has been blocked by the closure of several locks above St. Louis and by low bridge clearances in certain areas due to high water," said USDA. Now, imagine what this has meant for farmers who rely on the rivers to move their soybeans and corn to market. They are already feeling the negative financial effects of the long trade war between China and the U.S. The dispute has created a loss of U.S. exports to China, causing farmers to have to store more of their grain, especially soybeans, longer than they normally do. This means that marketing opportunities have been lost and some of the stored soybeans have gone out of condition, downgrading the quality. As the flooding continues to hamper or slow river terminals from loading barges to head down to the Gulf for export, some farmers are unable to haul grain to their river elevators. It has also stopped barges from moving to the north -- barges that would normally be bringing fertilizer to farmers for spring planting. Many farmers have said that not only is this causing a rise in fertilizer prices, but many suppliers who can't get more product are rationing supplies. It's been a rough year so far for all ag-related businesses, and it isn't over yet, according to the current river forecasts. Here is a link to the NWS north-central river forecast: https://www.weather.gov/ncrfc/ Here is a link to the NWS Lower Mississippi River forecast: https://www.weather.gov/lmrfc/ Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ****************************************************************************** DTN Weekly DDG Average Price Steady OMAHA (DTN) -- The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was steady on average this week versus the prior week, at $121 per ton for the week ended May 16. Prices were mixed and the strength in the corn market at the end of the week was supportive. DDG prices may find pressure if the corn market reverses lower as ethanol plant production continues to rise while demand slows. However, with delays in corn planting continuing as heavy rain falls on already soaked fields in Midwest over the next seven days, it is unlikely corn prices will fade. The EIA said Wednesday that during the week ended May 10, ethanol plant production ramped up 15,000 barrels per day (bpd), or 1.4%, to 1.0151 million bpd, the fourth highest weekly output rate in 2019, while 7,000 bpd less than a year ago. Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended May 16 was at 89.39% and is below the five-year average. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 40.08%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $4.48, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.36. The flooding along the Mississippi River has been plaguing sellers who ship DDGS for export on the river down to the Gulf. The St. Louis Harbor opened on May 16, along with most of the locks above there that had been closed because of flooding. The USACE in St. Paul has noted shoaling is creating problems above mile 615, closing parts of the river to be dredged. The Lower Mississippi River in to the Gulf is still in flood stage, and expectations are this will continue in to June, as more rain this weekend will add to the high water. ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION CURRENT PREVIOUS CHANGE COMPANY STATE 5/16/2019 5/9/2019 Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300) Missouri Dry $130 $130 $0 Wet $68 $70 -$2 Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493) Missouri Subject Dry $130 $130 $0 Wet $60 $60 $0 CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066) Illinois Dry $130 $125 $5 Indiana Dry $130 $125 $5 Iowa Dry $115 $110 $5 Michigan Dry $135 $130 $5 Minnesota Dry $115 $110 $5 North Dakota Dry $120 $115 $5 New York Dry $145 $140 $5 South Dakota Dry $110 $105 $5 MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253) Kansas Dry $120 $115 $5 POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799) Indiana Dry $125 $130 -$5 Iowa Dry $125 $120 $5 Michigan Dry $120 $125 -$5 Minnesota Dry $125 $125 $0 Missouri Dry $130 $125 $5 Ohio Dry $130 $130 $0 South Dakota Dry $125 $125 $0 United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521) Kansas Dry $115 $125 -$10 Wet $45 $55 -$10 Illinois Dry $131 $135 -$4 Nebraska Dry $115 $125 -$10 Wet $45 $55 -$10 U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640) Illinois Dry $120 $120 $0 Indiana Dry $120 $120 $0 Iowa Dry $115 $115 $0 Michigan Dry $120 $120 $0 Minnesota Dry $110 $110 $0 Nebraska Dry $110 $110 $0 New York Dry $140 $140 $0 North Dakota Dry $120 $120 $0 Ohio Dry $130 $130 $0 South Dakota Dry $110 $110 $0 Wisconsin Dry $115 $115 $0 Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas (210-345-3362) (210-345-3362) Indiana Dry $120 $125 -$5 Iowa Dry $115 $120 -$5 Minnesota Dry $105 $110 -$5 Nebraska Dry $110 $110 $0 Ohio Dry $135 $135 $0 South Dakota Dry $120 $125 -$5 California Dry $177 $175 $2 Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074) California Dry $190 $190 $0 *Prices listed per ton. Weekly Average $121 $121 $0 The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTN collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and California are not included in the averages. ** VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEAL Settlement Price: Quote Date Bushel Short Ton Corn 5/16/2019 $3.7900 $135.36 Soybean Meal 5/16/2019 $301.90 DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $121.00 DDG Value Relative to: 5/16 5/9 Corn 89.39% 98.34% Soybean Meal 40.08% 42.41% Cost Per Unit of Protein: DDG $4.48 $4.48 Soybean Meal $6.36 $6.01 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 ****************************************************************************** US Surface Transportation Board Getting Back on Track Since Oct. 1, 2017, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) has been looking lean, with only two commissioners on hand. When President Donald Trump took office, he nominated Commissioner Ann D. Begeman, a Republican, to become acting chairman, with former chairman, Democrat Dan Elliot, becoming vice chairman. At that time, the STB consisted of three commissioners: Begeman and Elliot, along with Democrat Ann Miller. On Sept. 30, 2017 after former STB chairman and then STB member Dan Elliott resigned, only two members remained. While there is no quorum requirement for voting at the STB, meaning Begeman and Miller could continue to decide cases, a voting tie would be considered a negative result. However, at the NGFA Transportation conference in July 2018, Begeman told participants that rulemaking issues were on hold until the new members are confirmed, because they "need to be decided by all five members, not just two." The 2015 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act created two new seats to make the STB a five-person agency, but since that time there have been no White House nominations under Obama or Trump to fill the extra two vacancies. In March 2018, President Trump did nominate two Republicans to be on the Board: Patrick Fuchs, a senior staff member of the Senate Commerce Committee and Michelle Schultz, associate general counsel for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). On July 6, 2018, President Trump nominated Martin J. Oberman, a Democrat and attorney from Chicago. All were awaiting review and confirmation by the Senate. On Jan. 1, 2019, the day after former Commissioner Deb Miller's term expired, Begeman became the only commissioner on the STB. Then, on Jan. 3, the Senate confirmed two new STB commissioners, Fuchs and Oberman, but the Senate did not advance the nomination of Schultz, thus leaving the STB with only three commissioners. NEW BOARD GETS TO WORK ON UNFINISHED BUSINESS There have been many issues left hanging for years as the STB went through changes. One of them, the rail rate case process, has been under discussion since late 2013. Begeman spoke at the July 25, 2018, National Grain and Feed (NGFA) Ag Transportation Summit in Washington, D.C, and said that most shippers are painfully aware that the current methodology used to challenge freight rail rates is unreasonable, time consuming and extremely costly for a shipper to file. In Jan. 2018, Chairman Ann Begeman formed a rail rate reform task force to recommend improvements to the STB's existing rate review processes and to propose new rate-review methodologies that are more attuned to the realities of the current transportation world. Sixteen months later, on April 29, 2019, the task force completed a staff report providing its recommendations for possible changes to the rate review methodologies and processes used by the STB. The STB simultaneously made the report available to the public: https://www.stb.gov/__85256593004F576F.nsf/0/A35993C296D44A93852583EB0050D594?Op enDocument The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) issued a press release commending the STB for issuing the completed staff report of its rail rate reform task force. "Based upon an initial review, the NGFA believes the task force has produced a thoughtful, succinct and good-faith document that contains an accurate portrayal of the systemic problems with each of the STB's existing methodologies and procedures available to rail customers to exercise their legal right to challenge unreasonable rail rates." The NGFA said it is "evident from the report that the task force listened and earnestly evaluated comments and input made by the NGFA and other rail stakeholders during its year-long process of reaching out to rail customers and carriers alike." The NGFA also commended Chairman Begeman, who in an April 29 statement accompanying the release of the task force report, cited rail rate reform as her "top priority" and further stated that the "only option not on the table is one where we (the STB) do nothing," something that the NGFA wholeheartedly agreed with. The NGFA also commended the task force for recognizing the statutory constraints imposed by Congress on railroads' ability to "differentially price" their traffic by charging higher rates to some customers of similar traffic compared to others, once the carriers attain revenue adequacy. The NGFA in 2011 had developed and proposed to the STB a new, simplified rate-challenge methodology intended to be workable for agricultural shippers and receivers. NGFA said it looks forward to participating fully in future STB forums that are expected to be organized to solicit feedback on its task force report and ways to refine, build upon and pursue its recommendations. NGFA said it would provide additional reaction, input and recommendations concerning the task force report at that time. Another issue, reciprocal switching, has been brewing since July 2016 and is perhaps the most contentious among the industry. Reciprocal switching refers to situations in which a Class I railroad that has physical access to a specific shipper's facility switches traffic from the facility to another railroad that does not have physical access, in exchange for compensation in the form of an access fee/switch charge. "This is a complicated issue," Begeman said at the 2018 NGFA Transportation Summit. "We need to make sure we know what we're doing so there are no unintended consequences." Begeman added, "I want good rail service to where a shipper wants to go for the price they are willing to pay and don't have to worry about reciprocal switching costs." "Shippers can contact my office at any time through the STB Rail Customer and Public Assistance Program," said Begeman. "This program solves problems in ways ranging from a simple answer to a telephone inquiry to lengthy informal mediation efforts." Topics include questions on rates and other charges, railroad-car supply and service issues, claims for damage, interchange issues, employee complaints and community concerns. Begeman said that this program has been "successful for shippers." Here is a link to more information on the STB Rail Customer and Public Assistance Program: https://www.stb.gov/stb/rail/consumer_asst.html "We can't fix everything," Begeman said, "but we sure will try." Here is a link to the STB website where you will find links to all of the current issues the STB is working on: https://www.stb.gov/stb/index.html Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn ******************************************************************************

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