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AgDay Daily Recap -May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 20, 2014

 

CYBERSPYING:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. The U-S CRACKS DOWN ON THE THEFT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AS THE LONG-ARM OF THE LAW STRETCHES TO CHINA.

SEED CASE:

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT HAS ALSO ENTERED INTO THE AGRICULTURAL ARENA.
AS WE FIRST REPORTED THIS PAST WINTER SIX CHINESE NATIONALS WERE INDICTED BY A FEDERAL COURT IN IOWA FOR ALLEGED THEFT OF SEED TECHNOLOGY.

CROP PROGRESS:

THE PLANTING FRENZY WE WITNESSED TWO WEEKS AGO SEEMED TO SLOW-UP A BIT THIS PAST WEEK.  HERE'S WHAT USDA IS SEEING IN THE WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT.

CROP WATCH:

SOME OF THOSE PLANTED ACRES MAY GET ANOTHER PASS. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

MILK PRODUCTION:

USDA IS OUT WITH ITS MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION NUMBERS. THE DATA REPRESENTS THE TOP 23 PRODUCING STATES. TOTAL MILK IN APRIL WAS 16-POINT-THREE BILLION POUNDS, UP ABOUT ONE PERCENT FROM APRIL OF LAST YEAR. MARCH PRODUCTION NUMBERS WERE REVISED HIGHER. PRODUCTION PER COW HIT JUST OVER 19 HUNDRED POUNDS. THAT WAS THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN ELEVEN YEARS. THE BIGGEST MILK PRODUCING STATE - CALIFORNIA - IS UP ONE AND A HALF PERCENT. WISCONSIN IS DOWN LESS THAN A POINT. TEXAS SAW THE BIGGEST GAIN - UP NEARLY NINE PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO.

BIG DAIRY:

MEANWHILE NEW E-R-S ANALYSIS SHOWS THE COST OF PRODUCING MILK IN THE U.S. CONTINUES TO FALL...ESPECIALLY FOR THE BIG GUYS. LOOKING AT 2013 THE AVERAGE TOTAL ECONOMIC COSTS IS 60 PERCENT LOWER FOR LARGE DAIRIES--THOSE WITH ONE THOUSAND HEAD OR MORE--COMPARED TO DAIRY'S WITH FEWER THAN 50 COWS. LOTS OF FACTORS WENT INTO THE CALCULATION INCLUDING THAT ON AVERAGE LARGER DAIRY'S SAW THEIR COWS PRODUCE SOME 8-THOUSAND MORE POUNDS OF MILK EACH YEAR...THAN THEIR SMALLER COUNTERPARTS.

NORTH DAKOTA DAIRY:

MEANWHILE IN NORTH DAKOTA THE STORY IS SIMPLY THE NUMBER OF DAIRY FARMS. THAT STATE NOW WITH FEWER THAN 100 DAIRY'S IN TOTAL. MEMBER OF THE NORTH DAKOTA DAIRY COALISTION ARE WORKING WITH THE STATE AND OTHER COMMODITY GROUPS TO TRY AND BOOST INCENTIVES. STAKEHOLDERS SAY THEY DON'T WANT TO RELY ON OUTSIDE SOURCES FOR MILK SUPPLIES.

DAIRY EDUCATOR:

AS THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS TO WIND-DOWN, IT'S A GOOD TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EFFORT OF TEACHERS. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATORS RECENTLY NAMED WISCONSIN TEACHER, CRAIG KOHN, AS ITS OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEMBER. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD, WE HEAR WHAT MISTER KOHN BRINGS TO THE CLASSROOM - AND IT'S NOT JUST HIS DEDICATION.

ANALYSIS:

SOYBEANS MARKETS TRADED AGAINST THE GRAIN MONDAY. NEW CROP BEANS UP ABOUT 20 CENTS ON THE DAY. BUT CAN THOSE PRICES HOLD? FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL TAKES A LOOK AT THE BEAN MARKET AND THE PRESSURE ON PRICES IN THE COMING MONTHS.

TENNESSEE WETLANDS:

WILDLIFE CAN THRIVE EVEN IN AN URBAN AREA IF CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT. THAT'S EVIDENT FROM A UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE RESEARCH PROJECT WHERE FACULTY AND STUDENTS BUILT A WETLAND NEAR THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS.  UT'S CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US HOW HUMANS AND CRITTERS CAN CO-EXIST.

BEEF RECALL:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY - A BIG RECALL WE NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT. THIS INVOLVES NEARLY 2 MILLION POUNDS OF GROUND BEEF.

SCHOOL LUNCHES:

CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES ARE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD LET SCHOOLS OPT OUT OF THE USDA'S NEWLY MANDATED HEALTHIER LUNCH PROGRAMS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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