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AgDay Daily Recap -October 22, 2013

October 22, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

OCTOBER 22, 2013

 

CROP PROGRESS:

AS THE HUM RETURNS TO WASHINGTON AND THE USDA, WE GET OUR FIRST LOOK AT CROP PROGRESS IN MORE THAN TWO WEEKS.

SUGARBEET HARVEST:

IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY OF EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA AND WESTERN MINNESITA, THE SUGAR BEET HARVEST GOT UNDER WAY TWO WEEKS AGO. AND MANY FARMERS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A LOT OF WET FIELDS. MICK CARE FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KVLY-TV HAS DETAILS.

CROP WATCH:

JUST ACROSS THE RED RIVER - A FARMER FROM RICHLAND COUNTY NORTH DAKOTA SAYS THEY GOT ANOTHER INCH OF RAIN THIS WEEKEND ON TOP OF THE 11 INCHES WE HAVE HAD IN THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. ONLY FARMERS IN SANDY SOIL OR HAVING TRACK EQUIPMENT ARE GOING. FARMERS LOOKING FOR A HARD FREEZE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST SHOULD SEE IT THIS WEEK. NOT ONLY COLDER TEMPS, BUT SNOW. BEV VOL-PONE FROM DANBURY, WISCONSIN SHARED THIS PHOTO. THEY SAW ABOUT TWO INCHES OF SNOW ON MONDAY.

AND IN DALLAS COUNTY IOWA, A FARMER WRITES ON AGWEB THAT -HE WENT BACK AND REFIGURED BEAN YIELDS AFTER THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN ENDED--AND GUESS WHAT...THEY ARE STILL BAD. HIS BEAN YIELDS SHOW NOTHING OVER 42 AND MOST IN THE LOW TO MID 30'S. PERHAPS THERE'S A BIT OF SARCASM IN THAT POST.

JENSEN UPDATE:

TWO COLORADO FARMERS ARE EXPECTED TO ENTER GUILTY PLEAS TODAY ON FEDERAL CHARGES STEMMING FROM CONTAMINATED CANTALOUPE. 33 PEOPLE DIED IN 2011 AFTER EATING THE MELON TAINTED BY LISTERIA. ERIC AND RYAN JENSEN WERE CHARGED WITH INTRODUCING ADULTERATED FOOD INTO INTERSTATE COMMERCE. THE DENVER NEWSPAPER THE TWO MEN WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO THOSE CHARGES. AND NOW THERE'S A NEW TWIST, THE PAPER SAYS THE JENSENS FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST A FOOD LAB WHICH INSPECTED THE FARM. THE JENSENS CLAIM THOSE INSPECTORS DID NOT TELL THSM THEIR PROCESSING EQUIPMENT WAS AT RISK FOR CONTAMINATION.

MASTITIS TEST:

AND A NEW QUICK TEST COULD HELP THE DAIRY INDUSTRY TACKLE A 2 BILLION DOLLAR PROBLEM...MASTITIS. A COMPANY CALLED ADVANCED ANIMAL DIAGNOSTICS IS ROLLING OUT AN ON FARM RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TEST. IT ALLOWS FOR EARLY DETECTION OF SUBCLINICAL MASTITIS OR IT ALERTS FARMERS OF INFECTIONS IN DAIRY COWS LONG BEFORE THEY EVEN HAVE SYMPTOMS.THE COMPANY SAYS THE EARLY STAGES OF MASTITIS CAN GO UNDETECTED WHILE REDUCING PRODUCTION, HURTING MILK QUALITY AND REDUCING ANIMAL HEALTH. THE MAKERS OF THE TEST SAY IT CAN GIVE RESULTS IN ABOUT 3 MINUTES.

RECORD BEEF:

ON THE CATTLE LEDGER, BEEF PACKERS ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND ENOUGH CATTLE. AS WE REPORTED LAST WEEK, THAT DID INDEED PUSH CASH FED CATTLE PRICES TO A NEW RECORD HIGH. USDA SAYS THE LIVESTOCK TRADED AT 128-131 DOLLARS PER HUNDRED--THAT'S UP 2 FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

PEEL CATTLE:

IN THE MEANTIME, ONE OF THE BIGGEST IMPORTERS OF BEEF TO THE U.S. ISN'T SHIPPING AS MANY CATTLE THIS YEAR. IN IT'S LATEST GOVERNMENT DATA, MEXICO EXPORTS TO AMERICA ARE DOWN NEARLY 50 PERCENT...COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S HISTORIC SURGE. BY THE END OF THE YEAR, OKLAHOMA STATE'S DERRELL PEEL SAYS MEXICAN IMPORTS COULD BE DOWN 800-THOUSAND HEAD.

AUSTRAILIA:

U.S. BEEF EXPORTS ARE HOLDING STRONG IN 2013. NOW THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS ITS LOOKING TO WORK OUT A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SOUTH KOREA. AND THEY WANT IT DONE IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS. THE AUSTRALIAN BEEF INDUSTRY SAYS IT COULD LOSE NEARLY A BILLION AND HALF DOLLARS TO THE U.S. IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS.

CHINA SORGHUM:

IT CHINA, ANOTHER HISTORICAL DAY FOR U.S. COMMODITIES. THE COUNTRY RECEIVED AND UNLOADED IT'S FIRST EVER BULK SHIPMENT OF GRAIN SORGHUM. SORGHUM GROWERS HOPE THIS IS JUST BEGINNING. THE U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL SAYS CHINA COULD END UP BUYING A BIG SHARE OF THE 2013 CROP--RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ABOUT 20 PANAMAX SHIPS WORTH OF U.S. SORGHUM ALREADY SOLD--ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE U.S.'S EXPECTED PRODUCTION.

WHEAT PRICES:

IN THE MARKETS, ANALYSTS ARE WATCHING TO SEE IF WHEAT PRICES CAN CONTINUE TO RALLY. LATE LAST WEEK, THE GRAIN HIT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN FOUR MONTHS. THE RUN UP IS CAUSED IN PART BY ARGENTINA'S PRODUCTION OUTLOOK. IT'S THREATENING TO CURB EXPORTS AFTER THE CROP STARTED COMING IN MUCH SMALLER THAN EXPECTED.

ANALYSIS:

BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY WORLD SITUATION DRIVING PRICES. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL HAS MORE IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

SEEDS OF HOPE:

DRUG ADDICTION NOT ONLY WRECKS FAMILIES BUT COMMUNITIES AS WELL. A COUNTY IN MISSOURI IS REACHING OUT TO THESE TROUBLED INDIVIDUALS IN A CREATIVE WAY. KENT FADDIS WITH UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION TAKES A LOOK AT HOW A COMMUNITY GARDEN IS CHANGING LIVES.

WORLD FOOD PRIZE:

GLOBAL LEADERS GATHERED IN DES MOINES, IOWA LAST WEEK FOR THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE. ATTENDEES RECOGNIZE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPING TOOLS TO FEED A PLANET WHERE THERE ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF MOUTHS TO FEED.
THEY ALSO DISCUSS ISSUES VITAL TO WORLD HUNGER.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
      
                                
                                                        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                
 
                                 

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