AgDay Daily Recap -September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

 

PREVENT PLANT ACRES:

FSA INCREASED IT'S PREVENT PLANT NUMBERS FROM AUGUST, BUT WAS IT ENOUGH

RICE GROWER:

SOME RICE GROWERS ALSO HAD A PROBLEM GETTING A CROP IN THE GROUND. IN ARKANSAS FOR INSTANCE, NEARLY 300-THOUSAND ACRES OF RICE COULD NOT GET SEEDED. TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY - THAT'S ABOUT A THIRD OF THE RICE CROP IN THE TOP-RICE-PRODUCING STATE.

CROP WATCH:

ACCORDING TO USDA LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT, A THIRD OF THE NATIONS RICE CROP IS NOW HARVESTED. MISSOURI, MISSISSIPPI AND ARKANSAS ARE ALL SIGNIFICANTLY BEHIND ON THAT FRONT. CONDITION WISE, HOWEVER, 73 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S RICE IS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. SWITCHING GEARS 37 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S SORGHUM IS NOW MATURE. ABOUT A THIRD BEEN HARVESTED THUS FAR. SORGHUM CONDITIONS ARE TRACKING WITH BOTH CORN AND BEANS. 54 PERCENT IS RATED AS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ANOTHER THIRD IS FAIR.

MIDWEST OUTLOOK:

A DRY FALL AND AN AVERAGE WINTER. THAT'S THE LATEST PREDICITON FROM CLIMATE SCIENTISTS THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI. THEY SAY A WEAK LA NINA PERIOD MAY STICK AROUND THROUGH AUTUMN--HELPING STEAR THE JET STREEM WEST AND NORTH. BUT THAT SHOULD FADE BY THE WINTER MONTHS BRINGING WITH IT AN AVERAGE SEASON TO END 2013.

ANTIBIOTIC OVERUSE:

OFFICIALS AT THE CDC ISSUED A NEW REPORT TUESDAY ON THE THREAT OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPER BUGS. THE NUMBERS SHOW 23-THOUSAND PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR FROM ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT INFECTIONS, THE REPORT SEEMED TO PLACE MORE EMPHASIS ON THE OVER PRESCRIPTION OF ANTIBIOTICS BY DOCTORS--SAYING UP TO HALF OF ALL PRESCRIPTIONS IN PEOPLE ARE NOT NEEDED. THE REPORT DID DISCUSS THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN FOOD ANIMALS--ADVISING THAT THE USE OF THE DRUGS FOR GROWTH PROMOTION SHOULD BE STOPPED.

ANALYSIS:

USDA ALSO RELEASED IT'S WORLD STOCKS REPORT. IT SAYS CORN STOCKS WILL BE UP 20 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR. ALLENDALE SAYS WITH RECORD PRODUCTION IN THE PIPELINE, THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK CORN WILL STAY ABOVE FIVE DOLLARS. ALLENDALE EXPECTS PRICES TO DROP INTO THE FOUR DOLLAR RANGE IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL TALKED ALLENDALE'S BILL BIEDERMAN ABOUT PRICES AND WHAT HE SEES IN THE MONTHS AHEAD

HOLSTEIN RUM:

WHEN YOU LIVE IN NORTHWEST IOWA, AND YOU WANT TO START A BUSINESS, DON'T OVERLOOK THE OBVIOUS - CORN. AFTERALL, THAT'S WHY ETHANOL PLANTS HAVE POPPED-UP ALL OVER IOWA - ACCESS TO THE FEEDSTOCK. THAT'S ONE REASON WHY THE BRU-NELLE FAMILY LAUNCHED THEIR PRODUCT LINE - CORN-BASED RUM. AL JOENS FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KTIV-TV TAKES US TO HOLSTINE IOWA TO VISIT THE SMALL DISTILLERY.
GMO FOOD SALES:

IT APPEARS DEMAND FOR NON-GMO FOODS MAY BE ON THE RISE. THE MARKET RESEARCH FIRM 'PACKAGED FACTS' JUST RELEASED THE RESULTS OF A MARKET STUDY ON GMO FOODS. IT SAYS SALES OF NON-GMO FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALES IN THE U-S WILL HIT ABOUT 178 BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR. THAT'S ABOUT A QUARTER OF ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALES. AND SALES COULD REACH 30-PERCENT WITHIN FIVE YEARS. ONE RESEARCHER FOR THE MARKET FIRM SAYS A VARIETY OF FACTORS, SUCH AS MANDATORY GMO LABELING, COULD SPUR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NON-GMO SALES. IN THIS REPORT, PACKAGED FACTS ACKNOWLEDGES THAT MUCH OF THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY THINKS GMO'S POSE NO THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH. HOWEVER, THERE CONTINUES TO BE CONCERN FROM ACTIVIST GROUPS ABOUT THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.

FOOD ALLERGY SALES:

VERY REAL FEAR--IS THE DANGER OF FOOD ALLERGIES FOR KIDS. A NEW STUDY OUT OF CHICAGO FOUND THAT THE COST OF CHILDHOOD FOOD ALLERGIES TOTALED NEARLY 25 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. THAT INCLUDES MEDICALS COSTS, HEALTH CARE AND COST OF SPECIAL FOODS AND DIETS. FOOD ALLERGIES IMPACT ABOUT 8 PERCENT OF CHILDREN.
PEANUTS, MILK AND SHELLFISH WERE THE MOST COMMON.

ALMOND AMAND DEBATE:

EARLIER IN THE SHOW YOU MET CALIFORNIA FARMER GREG SON-REE. IN ADDITION TO RICE, HE ALSO GROWS A CROP MANY PEOPLE KNOW AS ALMONDS. BUT WHEN YOU LISTEN TO GREG, HIS PRONUNICATION OF THE TREE-NUT LOSES THE LETTER 'L'...HE EXPLAINS TO AGDAY PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE BYERS THAT THERE'S A PERFECTLY GOOD REASON FOR THAT.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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