HiWett Demonstration Video

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Those of you who attended our Research Farm Tour a couple weeks ago will remember the demonstration we did using HiWett Super Spreader. Corey and I put this video together for those of you who couldn't make it to the tour or haven't seen HiWett in action.

Hiwett is a "new generation organosilicone blend specifically designed for deposition and coverage." The blended nature of HiWett means it retains excellent spreading capability while reducing the danger of stomatal flooding which has caused some of the tissue damage we have sometimes seen with the pure silicone super spreaders. HiWett Has an especially good fit with low spray volumes and target plants that particularly difficult to wet due to hairy leaves that don't allow water droplets to reach the leaf surface.

Check out the video below to see HiWett Super Spreader in action and note that we used the same spray bottle and the same five pumps for both the Water+Spray Tracer and the Water+HiWett+Spray Tracer treatments. The difference in coverage is significant!



Talk with your CPS Fieldman if you have any questions or want more information on where HiWett might fit best in your program.




The New South Valley Extension Agent


Clare Sullivan Introduction/Bio

Clare Sullivan is very excited to be starting as the new Southern Willamette Valley Field Crops Extension Agent.  Clare recently moved to Oregon from the Fraser Valley of British Columbia where she worked for the Ministry of Agriculture.  Originally from Ontario, Clare has studied and worked within B.C. agriculture for the last 10 years and is very familiar with the Pacific Northwest.

Clare’s passion for agricultural research began during her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and quickly grew as she worked with local farmers on nutrient and integrated pest management.  She pursued her interest in soil management by completing a master’s in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012.  In Saskatchewan Clare engaged local growers through field research that evaluated new techniques for reduced tillage, the management of green manures, and nutrient availability and uptake.  During her time on the prairies she also presented at several grower field days and scientific conferences.

Most recently, Clare coordinated a region-wide soil study with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture in the Fraser Valley.  Since 2012 she worked closely with 100 growers from six different cropping systems to evaluate nutrient management practices.  The project was a great opportunity to work with a diversity of growers and also industry and government representatives. 

Without Extension in Canada, this move to work in the US has been a long-time goal for Clare.  Field work, objective research, collaboration, innovative problem-solving, accountability to growers, and a focus on local research needs are all aspects of the job that have drawn Clare to Extension.  She is highly anticipating working with South Valley growers, field reps and OSU faculty on the agronomic issues at hand.  Clare is particularly interested in exploring integrated approaches to weed, pest and nutrient management.  Being fluent in French and Spanish, she also welcomes any chance to combine her language skills with work.

As a newbie to the Willamette Valley, Clare is looking forward to being closer to surf, exploring the outdoors, meeting new people, and maybe finally learning to play the banjo.

















Grain Market Commentary, Dan Steiner.

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Here's some good weekend reading for you. A few weeks ago Dan Steiner from PGG posted a commentary on the grain markets giving us a broader outlook on the grain markets. Being that we don't operate in a major wheat producing region, we usually have to try a little harder to get plugged in to what the markets are doing. This is great timing with our local harvest just right around the corner. So a big thanks, again, to Dan for sending us another write-up!


Dan Steiner
Pendleton Grain Growers
US: Spring has given way to early summer though this week it feels like SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! Wet, drizzly, windy, cool temps seem more like what we SHOULD have had in April/ May…Now that it is harvest time, the Southern Plains are finally getting rain (about 3-6” so far this month already). Timing is TERRIBLE with harvest trying to move along. Yields are predictably low with LOTS of 5 bpa reports coming in. Those growers with 30 bpa are the outliers this year. Corn has, for the most part gotten planted. With the size of today’s drills and GPS it is possible for US farmers to plant up to 25% of the corn crop in 7-10 days! Weather has been nearly ideal until the last week or so. Now we are hearing of TOO much rain/ cool weather and the market is finally starting to get a little concerned. More on this in the marketing section.
WORLD: One reason for the sharp drop since the last report is the world growing conditions. We simply have NO place in the world that is experiencing any sort of large production concern. The weather has, for the most part, been very good! EU will boost production, Eastern Europe is up, Ukraine and Russia are leaning toward record cereal production and even China is thinking they are on the way to record production. Aussie has trimmed their production estimates a little for the upcoming harvest although the guesstimate is pretty meaningless since it is mid winter there today, and there is simply too much time before their crop will be known 
Marketing: Markets are off hard since we last talked. The fact that the specs have sold 600 myn bu of corn and 200 myn bu of Chicago in the last 6 weeks (now creating an oversold position) is the main reason. Since the last writing we have seen SWW values drop .79/ bu for harvest delivery. HRW is down .96/ bu and DNS is down .79/ bu. Granted when we left off last time we were stressing that the severely OVERBOUGHT condition of the futures and opportunity to make some sales…today we are on the other end of the spectrum. SWW production in the State will be down. Washington will also be down. SWW values will remain strong vs. futures unless for some odd reason (what I like to refer to as a ‘Black Swan’ event) start to rally exceedingly hard (back toward levels we saw in April/ May). Better marketing days are ahead! 
Odds-n-Ends:  As we mentioned earlier, corn for the most part got planted. Next big report comes out of the USDA on the 30th. Actual planted acres will be somewhat interesting. We saw that perhaps 95% of the corn was planted (according to USDA). That implies about 4.5 myn acres weren’t planted as of June 1. June 1 was the ‘witching hour’ when prevent plant kicked in, in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. Which means about 2 myn acres either did NOT get planted or planted after prevent date (not too likely) implies a change in production for ’14 of about 300 myn bu!



***Rules for Commodity traders: # 14 When the plate of cookies comes around, take a couple……#25..Bulls make money, Bears make money…pigs go broke!

Tangent Research Farm Tour Review

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Last week the Tangent crew hosted our 5th annual tour of the research farm we have out on Hwy 34. The weather was fantastic, which has not always been the case. Here are a few pictures from the tour.






One of the trials we have this year is a wheat rotation study. 


Last year we had plots of peas, annual ryegrass, white clover, and a fallow area.




In the fall we planted wheat across these four areas to simulate cover crops or previous crops

We only applied spring fertilizer to half of the trial area in order to see what we can learn about the fertility following various crops.


All these plots will be taken to yield so check with your CPS Fieldman for the results of this study.


Grower Appreciation BBQ This Friday

YOU are invited to our annual Grower Appreciation BBQ this Friday evening, June 20th, from 6-8pm at Tangent Elementary School. We look forward to this event every year as a way to say thank you to our customers.

Please join us for some great barbecued meat, salads, pies, activities for the kids, door prizes, and give us the opportunity to serve you and say thanks.

We hope to see you there!