Jul 12, 2014
Home| Tools| Blogs| Discussions| Sign UpLogin

AgDay Daily Recap -April 4, 2013

April 4, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 4, 2013

 

INNOVATIVE FEED:

AS CORN PRICES BECOME MORE FRIENDLY TO LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS, HAVE MARGINS IMPROVED ENOUGH TO START TURNING PROFITS? OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT IS WHERE WE BEGIN AGDAY. AFTER THE LATEST USDA PROSPECTIVE PLANTING AND GRAIN STOCKS REPORT, CORN PRICES HAVE DROPPED ALMOST A DOLLAR IN JUST ONE WEEK.  DESPITE THE RECENT DROP, FEED PRICES HAVE BEEN SIMPLY TOO MUCH FOR MANY LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. AS OF THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AG SAID THE NATION'S CATTLE HERD AND DWINDLED TO THE SMALLEST IN 61 YEARS.  THIS HAS FORCED SOME CATTLE PRODUCERS TO GET CREATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO ALTERNATIVE FEED, IN ORDER TO HOLD ON TO THE CATTLE THEY HAVE.

DAIRY REFORM:

WHEN THE SENATE TAKES UP THE FARM BILL, NEW YORK SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND PLANS TO INTRODUCE A DAIRY POLICY REFORM PACKAGE.

CROP WATCH:

CROPWATCH THIS MORNING TAKES US FROM THE WOLVERINE STATE TO THE NATURAL STATE, BUT FIRST WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PLANTING PROGRESS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

HYBRID COAL PLANT:

IN A REGION OF THE COUNTRY KNOWN FOR ITS COAL, ONE UTILITY IS GOING BEYOND ITS NATIVE POWER SOURCE. THE VIRGINIA CITY HYBRID ENERGY CENTER IN ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA CAN BURN COAL FROM MINE, SCRAP COAL AND WOODY BIOMASS. LEE POWELL FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHOWS US HOW IT WORKS.

ANALYSIS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, WITH CORN PRICES ON A DOWNWARD SLOPE, IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. BUT IS IT THE RIGHT TIME TO LOCK IN FEED PRICES?  AL PELL TALKS WITH JOE VACLAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS.

FOOD CHAMP:

LEARNING HOW TO COOK IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT AT YOUR LOCAL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION. THEY'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR GENERATIONS. BUT NOW, A PROGRAM IN KENTUCKY INTENDS TO ENCOURAGE THOSE GRADUATES TO SHARE THEIR EXPERTISE. IT'S CALLED CHAMPION FOOD VOLUNTEER. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, JEFF FRANKLIN SHOWS US HOW THESE TRAINEES-TURNED-TRAINERS ARE PAYING IT FORWARD. PARTICIPANTS WHO COMPLETE THE CHAMPION FOOD VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DO NOT OFFICIALLY GRADUATE UNTIL THEY HAVE PAID BACK THEIR FOURTY HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE.

MILITARY DINING:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, REVAMPING THE FOOD MENU IS HAPPENING AT MORE THAN JUST RESTAURANTS. MILITARY DINING FACILITIES ARE ALSO JUMPING ON BOARD.

NEW APPLE:

SPEAKING OF MORE OPTIONS, A NEW APPLE VARIETY COULD SOON MAKE IT TO STORE SHELVES.  WASHINGTON STATE UNIVESRITY HAS CREATED THE NEW APPLE VARIETY, WHICH RIGHT NOW, IS CALLED W-A 38. WSU FRUIT RESEARCHERS SAY THE APPLE IS A CROSS BETWEEN ENTERPRISE AND HONEYSCRIP. IT'S DARK RED AND DOESN'T BROWN EASILY WHEN CUT. THEY SAY IT'S FIRMER THAN HONEYCRISP, YET SWEET WITH A KICK OF TARTNESS.  THE APPLE SEEMS TO ALREADY HAVE HIGH DEMAND WITH 10 WASHINGTON SATE APPLE GROWERS INTERESTED IN GROWING IT. AS FOR THE NAME, AN AD AGENCY WILL BE HIRED TO NAME THE NEW APPLE, AS THEY SAY A GOOD NAME HELPS DRIVE CUSTOMER DEMAND.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONTACT:
We'd love to hear from you! Contact us at 800-792-4329. Or drop an email to inbox@agday.com. You can also check us out on Facebook.

 

See Comments

RELATED TOPICS: Daily Recap

 
Log In or Sign Up to comment

COMMENTS

No comments have been posted



Name:

Comments:

Receive the latest news, information and commentary customized for you. Sign up to receive Top Producer's eNewsletter today!

 
 
The Home Page of Agriculture
© 2014 Farm Journal, Inc. All Rights Reserved|Web site design and development by AmericanEagle.com|Site Map|Privacy Policy|Terms & Conditions