AgDay Daily Recap - April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011 02:42 AM

April 12, 2011

Hello everyone Clinton is off this morning. Topping our news, USDA released its weekly crop progress report late Monday afternoon. The report tracks the growing season of the major crops. With the market looking for big crops to keep pace with demand this year, a lot of attention will be placed on the report to see if farmers are making progress or facing setbacks. Some field work is underway in northern Indiana. At the Blad farms in St. Joseph County, they were wrapping-up up some tillage that didn't get finished in the fall. There are only a handful of reports, including corn planting. USDA says three percent is now in the ground, which is the five year average pace. In the corn belt, Illinois leads with four percent planted. Texas has 55-percent planted. Cotton plantings are on pace with the five year average. Seven percent is seeded. In Texas, eleven percent is planted. Of course, the big question is can the crop get enough water. Winter wheat ratings continue to drop. Overall 36-percent is called poor to very poor. That's a four point decline from last week. In Kansas, 37-percent, Oklahoma 60-percent and in Texas 66-percent rates that poorly.

On Monday, the national weather service issued "red flag warnings" in those wheat states, as well as Colorado and New Mexico, because of the lingering drought and fire risk. In Texas, firefighters and smokejumpers have battled more than 600 fires statewide in recent days. Meanwhile states of emergency continue in Oklahoma and Kansas due to the extreme drought. Good morning Lindsay. A grower from Coles county, Illinois say he just couldn't resist the temptation to get into his fields. On Friday he planted 40 acres of corn, expecting a nice warm-up over the weekend. But he got more than an inch and a half of rain on Saturday...and more on Monday. He says you would think I would have learned my lesson in the past. From Billings, Montana, a producer says he's trying to plant malt barley, but it's been very wet with cold weather. This is latest to plant grain in many years around here. And a farmer from York county, Pennsylvania, says he started planting corn by this time last year. But not this year. They're still several weeks away from his planter rolling.

In this morning's dairy today report, the USDA's latest supply demand forecast estimates milk prices two dollars per hundred higher in 2011. The report forecast the all milk price would average between 18-15 and 18-65. Last year it was sixteen-29. It also called for slightly lower overall, milk production. The report says higher feed costs are having a major impact on the industry...only slight herd growth is expected in 2011. UT feed costs will eat into most of those potential profits. Wild price swings are nothing new to the dairy industry. Jim Dickrell, editor of dairy today magazine, says in the last couple of years there's been more discussion about using supply management programs to control u.s. milk production...thus controlling price. Dickrell reports data from Cornell University shows supply management may not be the best tool. You can read more from this article and news about the dairy industry at dairy today dot com.

This morning we continue our special series called weed warriors. It's part of a project we're doing with our partners at Farm Journal. We're profiling some of the front line weed researchers at state schools. We have two reports this morning. We'll see what combination of herbicides are showing the most promise in research at the University of Missouri. But we begin with a look at palmer amaranth in this report from the LSU AgCenter. Thanks to Kent and Tobie for those reports. We'll have more weed warriors throughout the week. And you can find a link to farm journal's weed warrior project on our website...agday dot com. It'll be under the show info heading.

When it comes to the current grain markets, the only thing that's certain is the “uncertainty". Over the past six months, we've witnessed the market do things like no other time in recent memory. Farm Director Al Pell has details in this morning's analysis.

In food and your family researchers may have cracked open a new solution for controlling parasites in egg production. In the past pesticides have been used to rid hens of mites, such as the ones shown on this egg, but scientists may have an alternative - using one parasite to eliminate another. Researchers at the University of California-Riverside found that by introducing lice to the hens, the lice prey on the mites, thus ridding them of the parasite. The flock is then removed from the facility, the lice left behind die, and the flock will be pest free. Parasites like fowl mites can reduce a hen's egg production by more than 5 percent.

If the rising price of food and fuel is causing you to curb your spending habits, you're not alone. According to the market research firm the NPD group, more consumers are trying to stretch their dollars by using coupons, stocking up on sale items, buying more private labels and shopping at discount stores. The researchers say with increased spending on groceries and gasoline, value and price are once again top-of-mind with the majority of consumers.



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