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Drought Monitor June 18th vs June 25th (US Drought Monitor)
Yellow = Abnormally Dry, Tan = Moderate Drought

MN Scab Risk Model ( ) 48-hour forecast

MN Crop Progress Report – June 29th (USDA)

  • HRS 98% Jointed, 11 days ahead of last year, 7 days ahead of avg.  
  • HRS 45% Headed, 4 days ahead of last year, 3 days behind normal 
  • HRS Crop Condition – 2% Very Poor, 3% Poor, 16% Fair, 61% Good, & 20% Excellent
  • Top Soil Moisture – 1% Very Short, 11% Short, 71% Adequate, & 17% Surplus 
  • Sub Soil Moisture – 1% Very Short, 7% Short, 78% Adequate, & 14% Surplus

Wheat Harvest 2020 (Erica Oakley, US Wheat Associates) 

  • Sporadic rains across the HRW growing region slowed harvest progress in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and aided crop development in unharvested areas. SRW harvest continues to move forward this week with data from 38 samples. Nearly 13% of the spring wheat crop has headed and remains in good condition, but portions of the growing region could use precipitation. The PNW SW crop received beneficial rains in Idaho and Washington and favorable pre-harvest weather in Oregon. The northern durum growing region continues to need rain.

NAWG Update (Caitlin Eannello) 

  • NAWG Provides Federal Update to MN Wheat Board 

On June 23, 2020, NAWG CEO Chandler Goule and Vice President of Policy and Communications Josh Tonsager provided an update to the Minnesota Wheat Growers Association (MN Wheat) Board of Directors. Goule and Tonsager discussed NAWG’s current activities, including collaborations with other organizations, around COVID-19, and congressional priorities for the upcoming months. NAWG also provided updates on Dicamba, glyphosate, and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). 

  • NAWG Issues Statement in Response to Bayer’s Glyphosate Litigation Settlement 

On June 24, 2020, Bayer announced a total settlement of $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion to resolve outstanding Monsanto litigation, which included the Roundup™ product liability claims. NAWG’s statement in response to Bayer’s announcement can be found here.

  • Judge Rules in Favor of the American Farmer Over California’s Prop 65 Labeling of Glyphosate

On June 22, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb for the Eastern District of California decided in favor of the national agriculture coalition by granting summary judgment and issuing a permanent injunction enjoining the warning requirement of Proposition 65 as to glyphosate which required glyphosate-containing products to be labeled as “known to the state to cause cancer.”  Dave Milligan, NAWG President and Cass City, Michigan wheat farmer, made the statement “From the beginning we made our case based on facts and science and this is a great win for wheat growers and farmers across the United States.”  NAWG has been the lead plaintiff of the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate.  Read NAWG’s statement here.

  • Wheat Industry Applauds Bipartisanship Around the Grain Standards Reauthorization Act

On June 24, 2020, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture held a business meeting to markup the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act (GSA) of 2020. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) released a joint statement to applaud the Committee for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through September 30, 2025.  This extension gives the authorization for the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue providing inspection services and to maintain an official marketing standard for certain grains and oilseeds.

  • Update: NAWG Signed Joint Dicamba Amicus Brief 

On June 17, 2020, NAWG joined several agriculture groups in filing an amicus brief with the 9th Circuit Court urging it to reject efforts to invalidate EPA’s existing stocks order for three dicamba herbicides. On June 19th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced that it would support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) legal authority and deny an NGO petition that sought to invalidate EPA’s Cancellation and Existing Stocks Order issued June 8. 

  • Farmers for Free Trade Holds USMCA Roundtable

On June 30, 2020, Farmers for Free Trade is holding a US-Canada Mexico Implementation Celebration virtual roundtable. This Virtual Farm Roundtable will bring together leaders from the 2019 Motorcade for Trade to celebrate the strong, bipartisan passage of the USMCA and thank our whistle stop hosts and alumni from across the country. NAWG President Dave Milligan will be part of the panelists speaking. Visit here to register.  

US Wheat Price Report (Claire Hutchins)


  • Winter wheat harvest progress across the United States (see below) and technical selling pressured all wheat futures prices week-over-week. CBOT September soft red winter (SRW) futures fell 9 cents to end at $4.76/bu. KCBT September hard red winter (HRW) futures lost 8 cents to close at $4.28/bu. MGE September hard red spring (HRS) futures lost 26 cents to end at $5.09/bu. CBOT September corn futures fell 18 cents to close at $3.19/bu. CBOT September soybean futures lost 18 cents to end at $8.57/bu



  • Commercial Sales:  This week’s commercial sales of 519,000 metric tons (MT) for delivery in 2020/21, through June 18, were up 3% from last week’s 505,000 MT and within trade expectations of 250,000 MT to 650,000 MT. Year-to-date commercial sales for delivery in 2020/21 total 6.85 million metric tons (MMT), 1% behind last year’s pace. USDA expects all 2020/21 U.S. wheat exports will total 25.9 MMT, down 2% from 2019/20, if realized


  • US Wheat Full Supply & Demand Report:


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