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AgDay Daily Recap -January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 14, 2014

 

FARM BUREAU CONVENES:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH AN UN-FINISHED FARM BILL IN WASHINGTON, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION IS MARSHALING ITS MEMBERS TO PUSH LAWMAKERS TO FINISH THE DEAL.

MONSANTO:

IN WASHINGTON, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT SAYS IT WON'T HEAR A LAWSUIT FILED BY ORGANIC GROWERS AGAINST MONSANTO. THE ORGANIC SEED GROWERS AND TRADE ASSOCIATION FILED WHAT THEY CALL A PRE-EMPTIVE LAWSUIT AGAINST MONSANTO--HOPING TO ENSURE PROTECTIONS FROM LEGAL ACTION IF GMO TRAITS CROSS POLINATED WITH THEIR ORGANIC CROPS. A LOWER COURT THREW OUT THE CASE, RULING IN MONSANTO'S FAVOR AFTER IT PROMISED NOT TO SUE ORGANIC FARMERS FOR TRACE CONTAMINATION. THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT DECISION IS GOOD ENOUGH AND REFUSED TO HEAR A CHALLENGE.

CORN CROP:

USDA RELEASED THE FINAL TALLY OF THE 2013 CORN CROP ON FRIDAY. AS WE FIRST REPORTED, USDA CONFIRMED IT WAS A LARGE CROP, BUT NOT AS BIG AS PREVIOUS ESTIMATES. THE CROP SAW BIGGER THAN AVERAGE YIELDS IN STATES THAT ARE OUTSIDE THE CORNBELT.

WINTER WHEAT:

AS FAR AS WINTER WHEAT SEEDINGS, USDA'S REPORT ON FRIDAY SHOWS OVERALL PLANTED ACRES IS DOWN THREE PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR. COLORADO AND MONTANA WHEAT ACRES ARE UP. BUT BETWEEN OKLHOMA AND KANSAS, THERE WAS A MILLION ACRE LOSS ACCORDING TO USDA DATA. OKLAHOMA STATE GRAIN MARKETING SPECIALIST KIM ANDERSON ISN'T SO SURE.

CROP WATCH:

A WEEKEND WARM-UP IS TAKING PROTECTIVE SNOWCOVER OFF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP IN THE PLAINS. AT THIS TIME OF YEAR - WITH STILL THE POTENTIAL FOR A COLD SNAP - THAT'S WHAT WHEAT GROWERS DON'T NEED TO HEAR. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS THIS MORNING IN CROPWATCH.

DAIRY TODAY REPORT:

IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, IT LOOKS LIKE 2013 WAS A RECORD YEAR FOR EXPORTS.
COOPERATIVES WORKING TOGETHER CALLS 2013 A BANNER YEAR.

HAY PRICES:

ACCORDING TO U.S.D.A HAY PRICES FELL SLIGHTLY IN DECEMBER. IN IT'S LATEST REPORT, THE U.S. AVERAGE ALL HAY PRICES CAME IN AT 168 DOLLARS A TON. THAT'S MORE THAN 20 DOLLARS CHEAPER THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO. ALFALFA PRICED AT 187- SOME 30 DOLLARS CHEAPER THAN LAST YEAR. WHILE PRICES WERE MOSTLY DOWN, IN ARIZONA, HAY PRICES CLIMBED BY ABOUT 20 DOLLARS FROM NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER.

EQUIPMENT REPORT:

EQUIPMENT SALES ENDED THE YEAR STRONG. ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER'S MONTHLY "FLASH REPORT" SALES OF TRACTORS IN DECEMBER WERE UP 2% COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. FOR THE YEAR, TRACTOR MAKERS SAW A 9% GAIN. THE BIGGEST GROWTH -- SALES OF LARGER TWO WHEEL DRIVE-- HIGHER, HORSE POWER MACHINES. COMBINES GAINED 10 PERCENT ON THE YEAR.

CARGILL:

AND CARGILL ROLLED OUT ITS EARNINGS REPORT MONDAY. THE COMPANY SAYS SECOND QUARTER PROFITS ARE UP BY NEARLY A THIRD--THANKS TO A BIG HARVEST AND LOWER FEED COSTS. EARNINGS TOTALED MORE THAN A HALF BILLION DOLLARS. HOWEVER ON THE YEAR-- EARNINGS ARE OFF ABOUT 20%.

ANALYSIS:

LAST WEEK THE LABOR DEPARTMENT RELEASED IT'S LATEST JOBS DATA. IT SHOWED THE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBER FALLING TO SIX POINT 7%. HOWEVER MUCH OF THAT CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO A DECLINE IN THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF WORKING ADULTS. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN RETURNS WITH MORE FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK.

BARNS:

VERY FEW STRUCTURES BETTER REPRESENT THE HISTORY OF RURAL AMERICA THAN THE BARN. WHETHERED AND RUGGED, MANY STOOD THE TEST OF TIME - SERVING FARMERS BY PROTECTING EQUIPMENT, STORING GRAIN, OR HOUSING LIVESTOCK. AND WHILE THEY MAY NOT BE AS FUNCTIONAL AS MODERN FACILITIES, THEY DO SERVE A PURPOSE - AS A LINK TO OUR HERITAGE. THAT'S WHY AGDAY WOULD LIKE TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THESE ICONS BEFORE THEY DISAPPEAR FROM THE LANDSCAPE. WE ARE LAUNCHING A NEW WEEKLY REPORT LATER THIS SEASON CALLED "GREAT AMERICAN BARNS". AND WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. IF YOU HAVE A CLASSIC BARN, PLEASE SEND US A PHOTO AND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT ITS PAST.. WE MIGHT SHOWCASE YOUR BARN ON AGDAY. YOU CAN MAIL IT TO US - THE ADDRESS IS ON YOUR SCREEN - OR SEND AN EMAIL WITH AN ATTACHED PHOTO AND SOME HISTORY. THAT EMAIL ADDRESS IS GREATAMERICANBARNS@AGDAY.COM.

ICE CASTLES:

AN ELABORATE ICE CASTLE IS LURING TOURISTS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE'S LOON MOUNTAIN, WITH FROZEN TOWERS RANGING FROM EIGHT TO 20 FEET IN HEIGHT AND CHANGING LIGHT SHOWS THAT SPARKLE IN THE EVENING. JILL CRAIG HAS DETAILS FROM THIS WINTER-TIME PLAYGROUND.

MAC AND CHEESE:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY - AS THE NUMBER OF MACARONI-AND-CHEESE SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CONTINUES TO GROW SO DO DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THIS POPULAR CLASSIC. IN THIS FEATURE PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN MILK BOARD BOARD, WE VISIT A RESTAURANT THAT SPECIALIZES IN DISTINCTIVE MACARONI AND CHEESE CREATIONS.

PECAN SHELL:

PECANS MAKE A GOOD ADDITION TO COOKIES, BREADS AND PIE BUT NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS IT MIGHT HELP IN THE MEAT AISLE. THE INSTITUTE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGISTS SAYS PECAN SHELL EXTRACTS PROVED EFFECTIVE IN PROTECTING MEATS FROM LISTERIA CONTAMINATION. THE STUDY LOOKED AT BOTH ROASTED AND UNROASTED EXTRACTS. THE TESTS WERE DONE ON POULTRY SKIN AND OTHER BACTERIA. IN ALL CASES, THE PECAN SHELL EXTRACTS KEPT BACTERIA FROM GROWING ON THE POULTRY SKIN. THE RESEARCHERS SAY IT APPEARS TO BE A NATURAL SPOILAGE PREVENTER.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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