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AgDay Daily Recap -September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

 

CORN HARVEST:

AROUND THE COUNTRY, CORN HARVEST IS QUICKLY WORKING ITS WAY NORTH. IN KANSAS WHICH HAS THREE PERCENT HARVESTED. THAT'S A DOZEN POINTS BEHIND NORMAL. LIKEWISE IN MISSOURI - JUST THREE PERCENT IS HARVESTED. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 18-PERCENT BY NOW. IN ARKANSAS, IT REACHED 43-PERCENT, 20 PERCENTAGE POINTS BEHIND. IN KENTUCKY, COMBINES ARE JUST STARTING WITH FIVE PERCENT in the BIN. IT'S NORMALLY AT 22-PERCENT. AND IN TEXAS, CORN HARVESTED 60-PERCENT WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE AVERAGE PACE.

OKLAHOMA WHEAT PLANTING:

AS WE REPORTED YESTERDAY, WINTER WHEAT IS ALREADY GOING IN THE GROUND. TO-DATE, 5 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS PLANTED. WASHINGTON STATE IS THE FARTHEST ALONG, WITH 20 PERCENT PLANTED. COLORADO HAS 13 PERCENT IN THE GROUND. KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS ARE JUST GETTING STARTED.

CROP WATCH:

WE'LL BEGIN IN YANCEY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. A CROP REPORTER SAYS LAST WEEK WAS THE DRIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR. THEY HAD AN ABUNDANCE OF MOISTURE THIS SUMMER. AS SUCH SOME OF THE STATE'S CORN CROP IS SHALLOW-ROOTED. AND NOW IT'S STRUGGLING WITH A DRY PERIOD AND THE ROOTS AREN'T FINDING MOISTURE. FROM AUGLAIZE COUNTY, OHIO - NEAR LIMA - A FARMER SAYS HE HARVESTED 15 ACRES OF 102 DAY CORN OVER THE WEEKEND. MOISTURE RAN FROM 21 ON THE HIGHER GROUND TO 28 DOWN IN THE BLACK GROUND. THE YIELD IN THAT SMALL PATCH WAS 218 BUSHELS AN ACRE. HE'S PLEASED WITH THOSE NUMBERS. AND FROM OTTER TAIL COUNTY, MINNESOTA, A FARMER TOLD US HE'S HAD ONLY A HALF INCH IN ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS. AND THEN THEY GOT FIVE INCHES OF RAIN SUNDAY, BUT IT'S JUST TOO LATE TO HELP THIS YEARS CROP, BUT WILL BENEFIT PASTURES AND ALFALFA. HE SAYS HIS DRY LAND BEANS AREN'T WORTH COMBINING.

VILSACK NFU:

AG GROUPS HOPE TO TURN UP THE HEAT ON CONGRESS IN ORDER TO FINISH WORK ON A 2013 FARM BILL.
SENATE AG COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN DEBBIE STABENOW IS CALLING ON THE HOUSE TO ANNOUNCE THEIR CONFEREES. SHE SAYS IT'S TIME TO STOP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD...SHE DOES NOT FAVOR ANOTHER EXTENSION.

FARM BILL DAIRY:

LOST IN THE DEBATE OVER FINISHING THE DEBATE...THE ACTUAL FARM BILL. THE ONE FULL OF PROGRAMS AND POLICY CHANGES.  DAIRY TODAY EDITOR JIM DICKRELL SAYS IN THE END IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE MILK MONEY THAT GETS THE WORK DONE.

LUCAS UNDER FIRE:

HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FRANK LUCAS ISN'T IN FAVOR OF AN EXTENSION EITHER. HE TOLD THE HAGSTROM REPORT THAT RECENT TALK OF A TWO YEAR EXTENSION MAY BE AN ATTEMPT TO SLOW THE BILL DOWN UNTIL HE CAN BE REPLACED AS CHAIRMAN. LUCAS SAYS HE'LL FIGHT TO STAY IN HIS SEAT AND SEE THE BILL FINISHED.

AGRITALK DEBATE:

OUR CORPORATE COUSINS OVER AT AGRITALK ARE IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK. ALONG WITH DISCUSSIONS ON THE FARM BILL, HOST MIKE ADAMS WILL MODERATE A DEBATE ON THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. NATONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION'S COLIN WOODALL WILL GO TOE TO TOE WITH BOB DINEN OF THE RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION. IT'S A CONVERSATION YOU WONT WANT TO MISS...IT HAPPENS THURSDAY MORNING AT 11 EASTERN, 10 A.M. CENTRAL TIME. TUNE IN OR LISTEN ONLINE AT AGRITALK.COM.

ANALYSIS:

WITH CROPS DRYING DOWN AND CORN PRICES FALLING SOME PRODUCERS COULD SEE INDEMNITY PAYMENTS--SOMETHING MANY WEREN'T EXPECTING JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL HAS MORE.

MOUSTACHE BATTLE:

SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER SNIDELY WHIPLASH. HE WAS THE ARCH ENEMY OF DUDLEY DO-RIGHT OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTIES - A VERY POPULAR CARTOON IN THE EARLY 60'S. SNIDELY HAD THAT SIGNATURE MOUSTACHE. THIS PAST WEEKEND, CAREFULLY SCULPTED FACIAL HAIR - LIKE SNIDLEY'S - WAS CELEBRATED. NOEL LAG-RUM FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAKES US TO THE NATIONAL BEARD AND MOUSTACHE CHAMPIONSHIPS!

OBESITY SURGERY KIDS:

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SAYS BARIATRIC SURGERY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS AN OPTION FOR SEVERELY OBESE CHILDREN. BUT IT SAYS MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED. IN THE TRADE MAGAZINE "CIRCULATION" THE MEDICAL GROUP SAYS OVERALL CHILDHOOD OBESITY RATES ARE STARTING TO LEVEL OFF, BUT SEVERE OBESITY HAS INCREASED

LIGHT MILK:

JUST ABOUT EVERY FOOD ITEM - IT SEEMS - HAS A LIGHTER VERSION. SO WHY NOT "LIGHT MILK". DAIRY PROCESSOR "WHITE WAVES' HAS APPARENTLY COME-UP WITH A RECIPE FOR THE LIGHTER-MILK.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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