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1/15/2014 We are working on putting the crew together for 2014. Email us for an application and employee manual which will answer many of the questions you have about what to expect and what we expect from you. The ideal candidate is 18-28 years of age and able to run a full harvest season from April-May (depending on your background and experience) through November. Farm experience is good but not necessary if you have an interest and common sense. If you can come in with a CDL (commercial drivers license) that’s good, if not we work on licensing in April.
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Larger Wheat Supply Pressures Prices
January 14, 2014
By: Fran Howard, AgWeb.com Contributing Writer
Fewer acres than expected were seeded to wheat, but first-quarter disappearance of wheat was not as good as anticipated, according to the Jan. 10 crop reports released by USDA. Short-term, softer demand will have a dampening affect on wheat prices.
“Short-term, we have ample wheat supplies,” says Frayne Olson, agricultural economist with North Dakota State University in Fargo. “World wheat stocks were also higher.”
USDA increased world carryout stocks of wheat to 185.4 million metric tons, up from December’s estimate of 182.78, primarily due to large supplies in Canada, according to USDA’s January World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
Olson thinks wheat prices will fall further before bottoming out.
Wheat Seedings Unexpectedly Fall
“Longer term there is some positive news for wheat,” says Olson. “The decline in wheat seedings was a surprise. I was expecting to see a slight increase in winter wheat seedings.”
Seedings of winter wheat of 41.89 million acres were 3 percent below the previous year, according to USDA’s Wheat Seedings report released Jan. 10.
Only hard red winter (HRW) wheat seedings increased. The 2014 HRW seeded area is forecast at 30.1 million acres, up 2 percent from 2013, with producers in Colorado, Montana and North Dakota planting significantly more acres. At the same time, though, producers in Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota reduced acreage.
Area seeded to soft red winter (SRW) of 8.44 million acres was 16 percent lower than a year ago, while durum wheat seedings were 6 percent lower.
“The decline in soft red winter wheat was fairly significant,” says Olson. The drop in SRW wheat seedings, compared with last year, means producers in the eastern Corn Belt are planning to plant other crops, most likely soybeans.
Quarterly Wheat Stocks Dwindle But Carryout Up
Quarterly wheat stocks as of Dec. 1 totaled 1.46 billion bushels, down 12 percent from a year ago. Indicated use of wheat for the September–November period of 407 million bushels was 6 percent less than the comparable period a year ago, according to USDA’s Grain Stocks report.