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AgDay Daily Recap -March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 14, 2014

 

PLANTING INTENTIONS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT APPEARS U-S FARMERS COULD BE UPPING THE BEAN CROP THIS YEAR.

FARMERS:

AND THE AG DEPARTMENT WILL RELEASE ITS PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS REPORT ON MONDAY MARCH 31ST. MEANWHILE, DURING TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR LAST MONTH, I TALKED WITH FARMERS ABOUT WHAT THEY EXPECT TO SEE IN THIS NEW GROWING SEASON.

TOLMAN RETIRES:

THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION IS STARTING A SEARCH FOR ITS NEXT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. CURRENT C-E-O RICK TOLMAN IS STEPPING DOWN THIS FALL. THE NCGA SAYS TOLMAN HAS DECIDED TO STEP-DOWN FROM THE POST AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. HE JOINED THE CORN GROWERS GROUP IN 2000.

MISSOURI RIVER:

CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS REPRESENTING STATES IMPACTED BY THE MISSOURI RIVER ARE CALLING ON THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO RELEASE IT'S PLAN FOR SPRING FLOODING. THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE WORK HAS BEEN DONE SINCE THE FLOODING IN 2011. THEIR CONCERN IS ESTIMATES OF SNOWPACK IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ROCKIES IS COMPARABLE TO LEVELS IN 20-11.

WIND FARM BIRD DEATHS:

THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE IS ISSUING A SUBPOENA FOR INTERNAL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AT WINDFARMS. IT'S PART OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THE COMMITTEE SAYS IT LOOKS LIKE THE ADMINSTRATION IS PICKING AND CHOOSING WHAT VIOLATIONS TO ENFORCE. AS WE REPORTED IN NOVEMBER, DUKE ENGERY PLEADED GUILTY TO KILLING EAGLES AND OTHER PROTECTED BIRDS...AGREEING TO PAY A ONE MILLION DOLLAR FINE. YET THE REPORT SAYS FEDERAL SCIENTISTS FOUND WIND ENERGY FACILITIES KILLED AT LEAST 67 GOLDEN AND BALD EAGLES IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S CHECK IN WITH MIKE HOFFMAN. HE HAS YOUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER ON THIS FRIDAY MORNING. GOOD MORNIGN MIKE.

ZILMAX STUDY:

TEXAS TECH AND KSTATE RESEARCHERS ARE RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MORTALITY RATES ASSOCIATED WITH BETA-AGONISTS. THIS AS THE POPULAR GROWTH PROMOTER ZILMAX REMAINS SIDE-LINED FOLLOWING ANIMAL WELFARE AND MOBILITY ISSUES.

FRESH PRODUCE SALES:

UNITED FRESH PRODUCE SAYS SALES OF FRUITES and VEGETABLES WERE UP NEARLY 5 PERCENT LAST YEAR. OVER THE PAST YEAR ALL OF THE TOP 10 FRUITS SAW VOLUME INCREASES. THE REPORT ALSO SAYS THAT EVEN WITH THE HIGHER PRICES SALES VOLUMES OF ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES SAW GROWTH.

LEAN HOGS:

LEAN HOGS TRADED SHARPLY HIGHER THURSDAY...THE APRIL CONTRACT SPENDING ANOTHER DAY LIMIT UP..CLIMBING 3 DOLLARS TO NEAR 119.  THAT'S A NEW LIFETIME CONTRACT HIGH. JUNE HOGS NOW ABOVE 127. CASH HOG SALES WERE ALSO UP...WHILE PORK CUTOUT VALUES WERE LOWER.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

HOG PRICES PUSHED HIGHER THURSDAY. MUCH OF THAT SURGE IS BASED ON A VIRUS THAT'S KILLED MILLIONS OF PIGLETS SINCE LAST APRIL.  OF COURSE, CATTLE MARKETS HAVE BEEN MUCH HIGHER AS A RESULT OF DROUGHT OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. SO WE'RE SEEING RECORD PORK PRICES, PLUS RECORD PRICES FOR BOXED BEEF AND CATTLE. WHERE DOES IT ALL GO TO FROM HERE? AND WHAT IS THE TOP? PROFARMER EDITOR BRIAN GRETE AND MARKET RALLY RADIO HOST CHIP FLORY JOIN US FROM The PROFARMER STUDIOS WITH THIS WEEK'S PROFIT BRIEFING.

CHEESE TASTER:

IF YOU'VE EVER GONE TO A CHEESE JUDGING COMPETITION, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED A FEW JUDGES WEARING RED HATS.  IT IS A VERY PRESTIGIOUS HONOR TO BE CHOSEN TO WEAR A RED HAT, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST, A WOMAN HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THIS HONOR.  THE WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS INTRODUCES THE INDUSTRY'S NEWEST HEAD CHEESE.

RECIPE:

TODAY'S "FROM THE FARM FAVORITE" IS SELECTED FROM 1977 FARM JOURNAL COOKBOOK. ONE OF OUR SHOW DIRECTORS - ANNA - LOANED IT TO US. THE RECIPE IS FOR A SIDE-DISH CALLED INDIANA BAKED BEANS. YOUR TAKE FOUR POUNDS OF DRIED BEANS - NAVY OR PINTO WILL WORK. FOUR QUARTS OF WATER, ONE CUP BROWN SUGAR FIRMLY PACKED, TWO TABLESPOONSS OF SALT, THREE AND A HALF TEASPOONS OF PREPARED MUSTARD, TWO CUPS OF KETCHUP, ONE CUP MOLASSES, ONE AND A HALF CUPS OF CHOPPED ONION, THREE QUARTER OF A POUND OF SALT PORK SLICED. SOAK THE BEANS IN WATER IN A LARGE KETTLE OVER NIGHT. THE NEXT DAY COVER AND SIMMER BEANS FOR AN HOUR OR UNTIL ALMOST TENDER. ADD THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS EXCEPT THE PORK. BRING TO A BOIL. POUR BEANS INTO CASSEROLE DISHES AND MIX SALT PORK INTO THE BEANS. COVER. BAKE AT THREE HUNDRED DEGREES FOR FIVE HOURS. YOU'LL NEED TO ADD BOILING WATER DURING BAKING TO KEEP BEANS FROM DRYING OUT. FROM THIS POINT, THE RECIPE SAYS YOU CAN SPLIT THE DISH INTO SMALLER CONTAINERS AND FREEZE UPTO SIX MONTHS, SO YOU CAN ENJOY LATER.

BARNS:

WE RETURN NOW TO THE DAIRY STATE TO VISIT A GREAT AMERICAN BARN IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. NO DAIRY IN THIS BARN, BUT PLENTY OF BEEF. HERE'S AL PELL.

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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