Grazing the Net
Greg Henderson and Friends
Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining.
Why Cowboys Smell Bad
Mar 19, 2014
We sat next to a cowboy last week who exhibited a severe case of microbial conversion of the apocrine secretions into short chain fatty acids like isovaleric acid and volatile sulphur compounds like 3-sulphanylhexan-1-ol. Yeah, he had body odor. Mix that with whatever was on his boots and you understand why we moved across the room. We can't fix the smell from the stuff we step in, but apparently we can change the odor of our bodies. Stop eating tomatoes. That's what Irish biochemist J.C.M. Stewart says in a new article published in Medical Hypotheses, a peer-reviewed journal. Stewart believes the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes is the smelly culprit. Hmm ... is it possible to develop a GMO tomato that would make us smell like honeysuckle?
Drought Worries Continue
We spent much of the winter huddled near the stove, and recognize most folks in the East experienced much colder temperatures. California, however, received a lot of warm with their dry. The state is coming off of its warmest winter on record, aggravating an enduring drought.
But the drought remains American agriculture's number one worry as farmers head to the fields this spring. The California Farm Water Coalition, for instance, says farmers will idle 800,000 acres this year due to a lack of water.
Staggering. But the California drought may be overshadowing the continuation of the historic drought in the southern Plains. The National Climactic Data Center says a swath of central Texas, parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, recorded their driest January-February on record in 2014.
Check out the National Drought Monitor.
Profits Abound in Beef Market
March has been a profitable month for both cattle and hog producers, and rising beef and pork prices have helped packers record positive margins the past couple of weeks. Feedyard margins exceeded $240 per head last week. Check out the Sterling Beef and Pork Profit Trackers.
GMO Answers That Consumers Want
When it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Americans most want to know whether they cause cancer. That's according to the results of a survey commissioned by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information. Randomly selected respondents were contacted by phone and given a list of 23 questions about GMOs. Of those questions, respondents were asked to pick those they were most interested in having answered. Global market research company Ipsos conducted the survey.