Autonomy Demonstration – Sept 8th

We are hosting an Autonomy demonstration on Sept 8th, running with no formal agenda from 9 am until approx. 4 pm.

The location is the NW corner of Bentpath Line and Downie road, just west of Haggerty Creek about 1 mile.

We will be demonstrating the Raven OmniDrive system (Formerly SmartAg), the autonomous grain buggy system, using a JD S670 combine and a JD 8260R tractor, which enables the combine operator to summon and unload into a grain buggy without the need for a driver in the tractor.

This will be a simulated harvest – driving the combine down the field, and letting the grain buggy come to the combine, and return to the loading area.  A similar approach could be used with a produce cart etc.

In addition, we will be demonstrating the combined use of the OmniPower (formerly DOT) autonomous spreader, being used in sync with a terragator at the same time, in the same field.

The demonstration will be show efficiencies in using multiple machines in the same field, with a single operator.

We will also have on hand the Naio Oz autonomous weeding robots, as well as the completed RoamIO autonomous soil scanning robot.

Again, it is an informal agenda, we will demonstrate as people arrive.

USDA Report March 9th, 2021

USDA report released today at noon.

Jacob Willemse has provided some commentary on it after reviewing the market notes:

The USDA released their monthly supply and demand report today. Similar to February’s report, they opted to keep the majority of their estimates unchanged.

Corn ending stocks were left completely unchanged this time around at 1.502 billion bushels, while trade was looking for a slight reduction. The main surprise here is the continued conservative estimates for corn exports. Last week exports were reported at 89.5% booked, with 42% already shipped. While we are very close to meeting and exceeding projected exports, the current pace has slowed considerably in the past few weeks, and the lack of shipments raises some concerns over cancellation. Corn prices took a hit upon the release of the report but rebounded by the end of the day to end right about where they started.

Soybeans carried the same story as corn with ending stocks unchanged while trade was looking for a reduction. Exports continue to be way ahead of schedule for soybeans, with 98.2% booked and 75% shipped. It is a lot harder to see the argument for keeping soybean exports this low. The amount of completed shipments greatly reduces the risk of cancellation, and even with export sales slowing it won’t be long before exports could beat the USDA’s estimate. Similar to corn, soybean prices dropped upon the release of the report, and rebounded by the end of the day.

On the wheat side, ending stocks also remained unchanged. Although there was worry over winterkill in the plains after the cold snap in February, most of the concern has since been alleviated.

Read the full story here:

 

USDA March 9th 2021

USDA Report, Supply and Demand Feb 9th, 2021

USDA Summary February 9th, 2021

The USDA released their February estimates for supply and demand. Although many were expecting some big changes out of this report, the USDA opted for inaction, leaving most of their numbers unchanged.

Read the commentary:

USDA Feb 9 2021

Precision Training on Raven Products

Based on feedback from our customers, we are pleased to offer a Training Series on Raven products.

This will be a combination of 6, 1 hour long sessions using the Zoom platform.

All sessions will be recorded, so registered users will be able to go back and view later on if they wish.

If you would like to participate, call or email us to register, info@haggertycreek.com.

All sessions start at 1:30pm, EST.

Session 1:  A free session discussing Raven RS1 steering.

February 16th 2021

We wanted to do a group session, on the features and benefits of the Raven RS1 steering system.  The existing Raven Smartrax systems have done their service for many years, and the time is right to upgrade those to the newest equipment.  We will go over the key benefits, and spend some time on the upgrade path for sprayers, floaters and tractors making the upgrade.  A benefit of updating a sprayer or high clearance spreader will be the ability to in corporate the highly anticipated Raven Vision Steering system.  This system allows the machine to follow existing corn or other crop rows and tram lines hands free, ignoring the A-B line.  It works up to 100% canopy without the need for mechanical feelers.  And, it now will automatically steer the machine on the headlands for easier row finding in crop.

Session 2:  A free session discussing the Raven Rate Control Module, known as the RCM

February 23rd 2021

We wanted to share some of our key findings with the RCM, the ISOBUS rate controller from Raven, that is replacing both the older Raven ISO ECU and in most cases, the proprietary Raven CANBUS system.  The Raven RCM is easy to use, and has a wide range of capability, from basic monitor only, to multi product, multi boom applications

We will use a Raven CR7 display to show you how to configure an RCM for a corn planter, an aircart, a liquid applicator and a granular spreader.  We will also touch on how to integrate internal scales on your cart, as well as row and spreader clutches and valves for section control.

Lastly, we will do a brief summary of cabling options, for older systems converting from Raven SCS consoles, for new systems using the full range of options, to John Deere systems running an JDRC2000 controller.

Session 3:  A free session giving an overview of Raven Autonomy

March 2nd 2021

Haggerty is excited to be the Ontario Autonomy dealer, and we want to share with you the release of the Raven Autocart system.  Autocart will allow farmers to make their grain buggies and produce carts fully autonomous, freeing up valuable farm labour for other tasks.

We will touch on the ordering process, what vehicles are eligible, and our planned roll out for 2021.

In this session we will also give an update on what DOT has been up to, spreading fertilizer and other things. Since we can’t go to the London Farm Show, this is our next best alternative.

Session 4:  Paid Session on the Raven Viper 4+ GRANULAR APPLICATIONS  ($10 fee Paypal)

March 8th 2021

As the flagship Raven field computer, the Viper 4+ has rapidly taken over most of the custom applicator rigs in the Province.  We thought it important to provide some training on how to make full use of the field computer capability.  This will include proper machine shed setup, training on how to setup product profiles for accurate tracking of materials applied, and the use of the Grower Farm Field functionality for recording applications.  These will be done using strictly Granular Applicator examples, such as Airflows and Dry bulk spreaders, both pull type and self propelled.

We will also review the use of the Street Map function, and how it relates to Boundary Maps and guidance lines.

Job Sync, an exciting new feature, will also be discussed along with a review of Slingshot functionality, including file transfer, Rx maps, and troubleshooting.

Session 5:  Paid Session on the Raven Viper 4+ SPRAYER / LIQUID APPLICATIONS ($10 fee Paypal)

March 9th 2021

As the flagship Raven field computer, the Viper 4+ has rapidly taken over most of the custom applicator rigs in the Province.  We thought it important to provide some training on how to make full use of the field computer capability.  This will include proper machine shed setup, training on how to setup product profiles for accurate tracking of materials applied, and the use of the Grower Farm Field functionality for recording applications.  These will be done using strictly Liquid Applicator examples, such as Sprayers and pull type applicators.

We will also review the use of the Street Map function, and how it relates to Boundary Maps and guidance lines, and spray/no spray zones.

Job Sync, an exciting new feature, will also be discussed along with a review of Slingshot functionality, including file transfer, Rx maps, and troubleshooting.

Session 6:  Maintenance and Troubleshooting, including Legacy Products ($10 fee Paypal)

March 16th 2021

We can’t forget about the basics of rate control!  Speed, Flow, and Boom.  In this session we will touch on the Raven SCS consoles such as a 440 and 450.  We will show you how to quickly diagnose common issues with any machine, including speed problems, flowmeter (or granular encoder), and valves / clutches.

We will also demonstrate the proper cleaning of Sidekick Pro injection systems, with a step by step teardown.

Lastly, we will cover the maintenance and inspection of Hawkeye PWM nozzles.

USDA Report January 12th, 2021

USDA Summary January 12th, 2021

The USDA released their monthly supply and demand estimates, quarterly grain stocks estimates, and wheat acreage estimates today. A few surprises in these numbers led to an exciting end to the marketing day.

 

Corn ending stocks came in at 1.552 billion bushels, down from last months estimate of 1.702 billion bushels and over 40 million bushels lower than the average trade estimate. This drop is mostly accounted for in a surprise 3.8 bu/ac reduction in average yield. To add to the bullish news, quarterly grain stocks were estimated at 11.321 billion bushels, over 600 million bushels lower than trader’s average estimate. The markets responded very positively to this report. After entering the midday 3 cents above open, it ended the day up its limit of 25 cents!

 

Moving forward, attention will be turned back to South American weather patterns as they approach their harvest. Over the past few months, a series of dry spells has raised concern over their corn and soybean crops. Argentina had even briefly put a ban on all corn exports to secure domestic supply. They later removed the ban and put a 30,000 metric-ton/day cap in place instead. Early crop quality reports have not been promising, but forecasts have looked better recently; we will have to wait and see.

 

Soybean ending stocks were estimated at 140 million bushels, 35 million less than last month and right on trader’s estimate. A slight reduction in average yield, and a slight increase in domestic crush and exports accounted for this change. We currently have over 90% of forecasted exports booked, and 65% shipped; an increase in exports was more than warranted. Quarterly stocks came in just over trade’s estimate at 2.92 billion bushels. Soybean prices entered the midday 14 cents above open and ended 45 cents up.

 

Like corn, South American weather will be the focus for beans in the coming weeks. Right now, the concern is that lackluster Brazilian and Argentine production will drive more sales to the US. With ending stocks creeping lower every month, additional sales could seriously jeopardize domestic supply. After a few recent sales made to China, and initial yield reports in Brazil coming in on the lower side, this concern is certainly a possibility. That being said, forecasts have begun to look better. If things start to turn around, we could see a huge drop in price in the blink of an eye. Again, we will have to wait and see what happens; proceed with caution.

 

Wheat ending stocks were reported at 839 million bushels, down from last month’s 862 million and below trader’s estimate of 859 million. Quarterly stocks came in at 1.673 billion, and planted acres at 32 million. Wheat prices followed corn and beans today, entering the midday 16 cents above open before closing 30 cents higher.

 

Compared to corn and soybeans, wheat prices have had a much bumpier ride in the past few weeks. News that Russia may be increasing their wheat export duty from 30 euros/MT to 50 euros/MT combined with today’s bullish reports gave certainly gave wheat a nice boost.

Sourced from MID-CO COMMODITIES INC. market commentaries.

USDA Jan12 2021

Dec 10 USDA Report

Posted by Jacob Willemse

USDA Summary December 10th, 2020

The USDA released their monthly supply and demand report today. While they didn’t update any of their production estimates, they did make some small adjustments on the demand side.

Corn ending stocks were unchanged from last months report at 1.702 billion bushels. Trade estimates ranged from 1.550 – 1.775 billion bushels, averaging out at 1.691. While no one was expecting a large decrease, seeing ending stocks unchanged is a disappointment. Corn was up 3 cents prior to the release of the report and ended today 1 cent below open.

Corn prices have been turbulent over the past two weeks. With covid cases on the rise, the main fear is that another round of wide-spread lockdowns could reduce ethanol usage of corn. So far only a few areas have actually locked down, and with the release of several covid vaccines hopefully it will stay that way. Right now its uncertain which way things will go.

Soybean ending stocks came in 15 million bushels lower than last month at 175 million bushels. Trade estimates ranged from 120 – 190 million bushels and averaged out at 168. This reduction is represented by an increase in domestic crush usage from last repot. While the reduction in ending stocks was welcome, they didn’t drop enough to meet trader’s expectations. Prior to the report’s release soybean prices were up 15 cents, but by the end of the day they were down 4 cents.

Soybeans have seen a good amount of pressure lately. Exports have slowed significantly in the past few weeks. Rumors have been circulating that China is looking to book a few more cargos, but so far we haven’t seen any confirmation. In addition, South American growing areas have seen some much-needed rainfall. With today’s report showing higher than expected ending stocks, there isn’t a lot of supporting bean prices. Trade will watch for rain in South America going forward, as even with recent rains their crop isn’t made yet.

Wheat ending stocks came in at 862 million bushels, 15 million lower than last month’s report and 12 million below the average trade estimate. Some good news to end off today’s report, as wheat prices closed 13 cents above open.

Sourced from MID-CO COMMODITIES INC. market commentaries.

USDA Dec10 2020

USDA WASDE Report November 10th, 2020

The USDA updated their estimates for grain production, demand, and ending stocks today. The report came with some major changes, and many surprises to the markets

Corn ending stocks saw a 465-million-bushel reduction, from October’s estimate of 2.167 billion bushels down to 1.702 billion bushels. This reduction came from a drop in average yield, a drop in total production, and a 325-million-bushel increase in projected exports.

Trade analysts were expecting a decrease in ending stocks, but their guess ended up being over 300 million bushels too high at 2.033 billion bushels. With such a major shock, the markets rallied soon after the report was released. Before the report corn was sitting around 3 cents higher than open, and by market close it was 15.5 cents up. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine also adds to the hope that ethanol demand for corn will make a recovery into next year.

Bean ending stocks ended up seeing a 100-million-bushel decrease, from 290 million bushels in October down to 190 million. The reduction was almost entirely caused by the supply side, as average yield was reduced by 1.2 bpa which corresponded to just under a 100 million bushels drop in total production.

Exports were unchanged at 2.2 billion bushels. We currently have 81% of that estimate on the books with 10 months left to book the rest. It’s possible bean exports are underestimated; we will have to watch closely in the coming months to see if this is the case.

Similar to corn, the bean prices saw a good rally after the release of the report as trade overestimated ending stocks. While midday beans prices were up 8 cents over opening price, by the end of the day they were up 33 cents. According the recent reports Brazil is out of beans until their harvest early next year, meaning the US is the only major supplier for the world. This combined with dwindling US stocks has certainly helped support the price of beans.

Wheat ending stocks also saw a reduction, although not to the scale of beans or corn with only a 6-million-bushel drop. This helped wheat prices gain a few extra cents, as it closed 10.5 cents higher than the open.

Below you will find a summary of the numbers.

With files from Mid-co and Saputo.

USDA Nov10 2020 (002)

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2020 Corn Plot Results

Decided to take the corn plot off yesterday.  It was planted on May 27th.  For fertility, we used SmartN upfront plus 250lbs of corn starter.

All of the varieties were standing perfectly.  It was interesting to see the slight changes in final population.

In general terms, the flagship Pride and Dekalb varieties had final stands of 34-35,000, which is basically what we dropped.

2 of the NK varieties, along with the experimental Pride had noticeably lower final population (still 32,000+) but the fact that I could see it made me wonder why that would occur.  Dekalb 52-84 also had lower population, but that was something I expected.  Althougth it is has been an excellent performer for other areas, we have never had good luck with that variety in the area immediately around Haggerty.

That being said, the lower populations did not affect the yield as much as I would have thought.

The frost event in September has definitely taken the shine off the test weight, although I was pleasantly surprised that most were grade 3, and as such I think they will finish at 2 once dried.

Raccoons ate their share of several varieties.  Of interest, similar to what we have found in the past, they really liked NK 9738 (along with the other NK varieties).  Maybe this is why NK corn is liked by livestock producers?  Makes you wonder why one would be tastier to the wildlife than others.

They also really liked Pride experimental XP20101G5 as well.

Thanks to Ryan Snobelen from Pride Seeds for assisting and to Dekalb for the weigh wagon.

127196 Harvest Report

USDA Ending Stocks Update, October 9th, 2020

The USDA updated their supply and demand estimates today. All good news but no major surprises to the markets.

Corn ending stocks were adjusted, lowered from 2.503 billion bushels to 2.167 billion bushels. The primary factor driving for this was a rather massive reduction in beginning stocks from two weeks ago.  While bullish, the markets already had a premium built into the price to reflect this news.  Average yield and harvested acres also saw slight reductions.

The general consensus is that corn has been carried by momentum in beans and wheat over the past few weeks. Moving forward, we will likely need some fresh good news to maintain the upward trend.

Bean ending stocks were dropped from 460 million bushels to 290 million bushels. Similar to corn, the primary factor behind this was the reduction in beginning stocks. Aside from this, the USDA increased their export estimate by 75 million bushels.  Average yield was unchanged at 51.9, and harvested acres saw only a slight reduction from 83 million to 82.3 million.

The recent bean rally has been fueled by a few factors. A lack of rain in South America has delayed their planting season up to this point. If their bean crop is reduced enough, this could trigger China to start buying US crop again.  Related to this, there is additional speculation that China will start another string of buying as they exit their weeklong holiday. A few sales to China this week seem to support these rumors.  The current forecasts for Brazil have rain coming to the northern and central regions this coming week.  It’s hard to say how much this will impact the markets, only time will tell.

Wheat ending stocks also saw a reduction from 925 million to 833 million bushels. The primary factor behind this was reduction in beginning stocks, same as beans and corn.

Wheat prices have found support in dry weather in Russia, which has hindered their potential production.

Overall, the markets did a good job in their predictions prior to the report. Corn went into the report 5 cents higher and ended the day 8 cents higher. Beans saw no change, as they went into the report 15 cents above opening and ended 15 cents above opening. Only wheat saw a major shock, as they went from up 7 cents to down 1 cent after the report was released. In the end, the biggest surprise was that there wasn’t any surprise.

See the summary chart, attached:

USDA Oct 9 2020