Farmweek 07 03 2017 E Edition Page 1

Periodicals: Time Valued Monday, July 3, 2017 Two sections Volume 45, No. 27 It's time to scout for Japanese beetles. The insects are invading soybean fields around the state. page 4 An Effingham-based program unites high school students with local business/community leaders. page 5 Livestock 4-H ambassadors plan outreach opportunities, including multiple fair activities. page 8 EPA, Corps to repeal, replace WOTUS rule BY DEANA STROISCH FarmWeek Agricultural groups, including Illinois Farm Bureau, last week celebrated the administration's plans to rescind the con- troversial "waters of the U.S." rule. But the work's not over. As directed by President Donald Trump's February executive order, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers proposed two, separate rulemaking steps: First, the 2015 rule must be rescinded and the regulatory language in place before the 2015 rule would be re-codified. "This action, when final, will not change the cur- rent practice with respect to how the defi- nition applies," EPA said in a news release. Second, the definition of "waters of the U.S" will be re-evaluated and revised. Trump directed the agencies to review the final rule for consistency with the follow- ing policy: "It is in the national interest to ensure that the nation's navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles played by Congress and the states under the constitu- tion." Each new rule will require a separate comment period. "Farm Bureau would like to thank Presi- dent Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt for their quick work in dismantling the rule," said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. "Illinois Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the administration and other stakeholders to write a new rule that pro- tects our nation's farmers without penaliz- ing farmers." The rule, developed by the EPA and Army Corps under President Barack Oba- ma's administration, went into effect in August 2015. Various trade associations, states and environmental groups quickly challenged the final rule. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a nationwide stay while it decides whether it has jurisdiction over the matter. Under Obama, EPA maintained the rule more clearly defines which waters fall under federal jurisdiction and helps protect the country's drinking water. IFB and other SALUTING FREEDOM Healthy corn plants seem to wave in a salute of patriotism in Livingston County. First featured in FarmWeek May 29, the field has grown rap- idly from seedlings to head-high corn, debunking the saying, "knee-high by the Fourth of July." (Photo by Catrina Rawson) See WOTUS , page 3 Soybean acreage estimate falls short of corn; market rallies BY DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek The crop markets finished last month on a high note due to a combination of USDA estimates and weather con- cerns. Futures prices Friday jumped about 30 cents for wheat, a quar- ter for soy- beans and by a dime for corn as USDA esti- mates of soy- bean acres, stocks and wheat acres came in below trade expectations. USDA, in its much-antici- pated June 30 acreage report, pegged U.S. soybean plantings at a record 89.5 million acres, up 7 percent from last year, and corn plantings at 90.9 mil- lion acres, down 3 percent from last year. "I think the trade got in a game of leaning, thinking (soybean plantings) would be over 90 million acres and maybe even above corn," Dale Durchhholz, AgriVisor senior analyst, told the RFD Radio Network . "I think that's why we saw such a big response in beans (prices)." The only year U.S. farmers planted more soybeans than corn remains 1983, which was due to heavy participation in the government's acreage reduction program that year. Meanwhile, USDA pegged all wheat acres this season at 45.7 million, down 9 percent from last year. All wheat plant- ings are the lowest since USDA began keeping those records in 1919. "There's less wheat acres in production than the trade was banking on," Brian Hoops, analyst with Midwest Market Solutions, said during a tele- conference hosted by the Min- neapolis Grain Exchange. "Spring wheat is getting more bullish." Weather issues are also keeping traders from getting too comfortable. The forecast last week called for tempera- tures to heat up after the holi- day. "The big element that's kept the market firm is the fact that when we get in the Northern Plains, it could get into triple- digit temperatures (this month)," Durchholz said. "We've still got a weather game influencing spring wheat. And it's given life to corn and bean (prices, too)." Darin Newsom, DTN sen- ior analyst, believes prices could continue to rally if the weather turns hot and dry. See Crop Report , page 2

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