Nebraska Edition | June 20, 2019

By Susan Payne, — Roseann Moring and Joseph Morton of the BH News Service contributed to this report. President Donald Trump visited Council Bluffs Tuesday to celebrate a “victory” with Iowa and Nebraska farmers at the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy plant. The victory included his administration’s recent move to lift a ban on selling gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol — E15 — during summer months and allow the fuel year- round. Iowa and Nebraska are the No. 1 and 2 ethanol producers. Sales of ethanol drive business for corn farmers and ethanol refining plants. Sixth generational farmer Kevin Ross from Minden took a stand publicly during the event, thanking Trump on behalf of his farming family. “In those conversations you heard the benefits of E15 and best of all, you listened,” Ross said, speaking to the crowd of a more than 1,000 invitation-only attendees. “You delivered on E-15, but we have more work to do … This is a win for the seventh generation on my farm and U.S. citizens.” Trump toured flood-recovery efforts at the Offutt Air Force Base with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the 55th Wing commander, Col. Michael Manion, before heading to SIRE around 3:15 p.m. Arriving at SIRE, he toured the plant with Mike Jerke, president and CEO of SIRE; Steve Wellness, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of Renewable Fuels Association; and Karol King, chairman of SIRE’s board of directors. “He is no stranger to our great state,” Sen. Joni Ernst said, as she welcomed Trump to the stage. “Thank you for keeping your promise to Iowa, Nebraska and all of our states across the Midwest, and a promise kept to our farmers.” In an earlier release from Sens. Ernst, Chuck Grassley and Reynolds, they said thousands of Iowans have contacted them to say they need E15 to keep farming, that his directive to EPA to finalize the year-round sales of E15 will allow for an open marketplace with more fuel options, encourage competition and drive down fuel costs. Randy Gard, executive director of Bosselman Enterprises in Grand Island, Nebraska, urged more people in the Midwest to sell the product. “With only 10% of the convenience stores in Nebraska offering E15, there’s a huge market opportunity. Numbers don’t lie,” Gard said. Officials from Growth Energy, a biofuels trade group, said they expect the new E15 rule to spur development in places like Nebraska and Iowa. “It’s a huge boost for rural communities at a time when they so desperately need it,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, a biofuels trade group. Skor, who was mentioned in Trump’s speech, said in an interview that the previous rules around E15 caused logistical issues for sellers and that she expected to see more gas stations offering the product. During the event, Trump made references to officials “not believing in ethanol” and that now “the rich harvest of Farm and Ranch Publishers - Central Nebraska Publications Sales Representatives Todd Smith • Kathy Larson Production - Travis Davis Important Notice: The publisher does not assume any responsibility for the contents of any advertising herein, and all representations or warranties made in such advertising are those of the advertisers and not the publishers. 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Whitney said it took time for soil temperatures to be warm enough for planting and producers with livestock had weather-related struggles while caring for their cows and calves this spring. Crop options The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency has crop insurance-related prevented planting payments for corn not planted by May 25 and soybeans not planted by June 10. Payment rates are 55 percent of production value for corn and 60 percent for soybeans. “The government really wants people to plant if they can,” Whitney said, so if an applicant is surrounded by neighbors who planted crops by those dates, he must verify why he couldn’t plant. Whitney said corn can be planted — or in some cases, replanted — in June, but the later date will affect grain yields and decisions about using the crop for grain or forage. He added that Extension educators suggest switching to medium-season hybrids, not short-season varieties. Sorghum is a late-planting option in cornfields. It usually is planted later because the optimum soil temperature is 10 degrees warmer than for corn. Whitney said both are “grass” crops, so preparations for corn should allow sorghum planting. However, it still is important to read and follow label directions on products used in the fields, such a pre-emergent herbicides. Broadleaf crops like soybeans and sunflowers are not options for unplanted cornfields because of the herbicides used. Farmers in the prevented planting program must plant cover crops. “You may be limited on what you can plant,” Whitney said, because full payments require no harvesting or grazing before Nov. 1. “We want to keep the soil cover. If you just idle it and there’s nothing there, we can lose a lot of soil to erosion,” he said, adding that additional cover crop benefits are weed control, soil nutrients for the next crop and water storage. Whitney said considerations for farmers looking at options for unplanted fields start with confirming what is acceptable under their crop insurance and reviewing each field’s herbicide history to avoid surprises. “Run the numbers on what the scenario would be and make the best decision ... also consider livestock in the situation,” he said, to determine if grazing a crop is an option. Waiting on the sun Emerged corn and soybean plants haven’t thrived. Whitney said corn plants took three weeks to emerge in some fields, compared to the more normal 10-day emergence. He explained that a soybean’s growing point is above the soil when the plants emerge, while corn must be 6-8 inches tall before the growth point is above ground. Both need warm weather and sunshine to grow. And they still will need water during the growing season. The wet spring has filled the fields’ soil moisture profiles ahead of irrigation season. Whitney said a full profile usually stores 2 inches of water per foot - with half available to the plant roots. In early growth stages, plants may need ¼ -inch per week, which increases to ½ -inch as plants grow. Extension educators encourage farmers to use technologies, such as soil moisture sensors, to determine when irrigation water applications are needed. “At this stage, if you have a full profile, you probably have two weeks before you need to put on more water,” Whitney said. Continued from front page ‘Everything is growing slow’... Trump touts E15 expansion during Council Bluffs visit: 'The best thing that ever happened to farmers is me' Continued on page 19 President Donald Trump, right, smiles as Randy Gard, Nebraska Ethanol Board petroleum representative and chief operations officer for Bosselman Enterprises, at podium speaks about his business and the ethanol industry during the president’s stop at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Photo by Joe Shearer