AgDay Daily Recap - April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011 08:30 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
APRIL 15, 2011

DROUGHT:
GOOD MORNING. HIGH COMMODITY PRICES, HIGH CATTLE PRICES, A STRONG AGRICULTURE ECONOMY ARE MEARLY DUSTY DREAMS IF CROPS DON'T GET IN THE GROUND. DROUGHT HAS SET IN ACROSS THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST, BRINGING WITH IT SOME OF THE DRIEST WEATHER SINCE THE DUST BOWL. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR REPORT AND METEROLOGISTS AT ACCUE-WEATHER, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS ARE IN THE DRIEST FOUR MONTH PERIOD SINCE THE 1930's.
CATTLE PRODUCERS-- IN THE THROWS OF CALVING SEASON-- MAY STRUGGLE TO INCREASE HERD SIZES. PASTURES AND RANGELANDS ARE DRYING OUT. WILDFIRE BURNED NEARLY 250,000 ACRES IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE LAST WEEK. EXTREME DROUGHT IS NOW IMPACTING AREAS IN LOUISIANNA, ARKANSAS, TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA AND COLORADO.

WHEAT DROUGHT:
WINTER WHEAT THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES ISN'T FAIRING MUCH BETTER. CROP CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO WORSEN AND GROWERS ARE NOW CONCERNED WITH WESTERN KANSAS. WITH OUT MOISTURE--SIGNIFICANT PARTS OF THE CROP MAY BE LOST. MANY FARMERS ARE CONSIDERING ABANDONING POOR STANDS FOR SPRING AND SUMMER CROPS.

LINDSAY PKG:
WHILE SOUTHERN STATES CONTEND WITH DROUGHT, UP NORTH, COOL WET WEATHER IS PRESENTING ITS OWN CHALLENGES. INDIANA CLIMATETOLOGISTS SAY LA NINA IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN THIS SPRING-- BUT THOSE COOL, WET CONDITIONS MAY REMAIN THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. AGRIBUSINESS DIRECTOR LINDSAY HILL TALKED TO AN INDIANA FARM FAMILY..LIKE SO MANY OTHERS..IS ITCHING TO GET THIS YEAR'S POTENTIALLY, HIGHLY PROFITABLE CROP IN THE GROUND.

LAND PRICES:
THANKS MIKE. WE'LL CHECK BACK IN WITH YOU LATER IN THE SHOW.  FARM LAND VALUES HAVE BEEN NOTHING MORE THAN ASTOUNDING IN THE PAST YEAR...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE CORN BELT. PARTS OF IOWA AND ILLINOIS HAVE SEEN DOUBLE DIGIT PRICE JUMPS SINCE LAST SEASON. IN AREAS OF IOWA, LAND PRICES ARE UP MORE THAN 20%.  THAT HAS BANKS AND INDUSTRY FINANCIAL PLAYERS CONCERNED ABOUT A BUBBLE AND BUST SITUATION. WHERE IF CROP PRICES FALL, LAND POURS BACK ON THE MARKET AS FARMERS STRUGGLE MAKE PAYMENTS. MIKE WALSTEN, EDITOR OF LAND OWNER NEWSLETTER, SAYS ALL INDICATIONS SHOW--THIS TIME, PRODUCERS AREN'T OVEREXTENDING. WALSTEN SAYS EXPECT THE BULL RUN TO SLOW WHEN COMMODITY PRICES START TO FALL AND-OR IF INTEREST RATES BEGIN TO RISE.

EPA SPILLS:
LAND OWNERS AND AG PRODUCERS MAY WANT TO MAKE NOTE OF A COUPLE OF NEW RULES FROM THE EPA. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS DAIRY FARMERS DON'T HAVE TO TREAT MILK SPILLS THE SAME AS PETROLEUM SPILLS. THAT MEANS THEY WON'T NEED A CERTIFIED SPILL PREVENTION PLAN FOR STORED MILK.  OIL BASED PRODUCTS IS ANOTHER STORY. THE EPA SAYS ANY AG PRODUCER STORING MORE THAT 1300 20 GALLONS OF FUEL OR OTHER PETROLEUM PRODUCT WILL NEED A WRITTEN PLAN FOR PREVENTING AND HANDLING THOSE SPILLS. IT'S PART OF A FEDERAL SPILL PREVENTION CONTROL COUNTERMEASURE SET TO TAKE AFFECT NOVEMBER 10TH.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; FIT 4H:
A NEW STUDY FROM TUFTS UNIVERSITY SAYS ON AVERAGE 4-H KIDS ARE HEALTHIER THAN THEIR PEERS. IT SAYS REGARDLESS OF BACKGROUND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EDUCATION IN 4-H IS HELPING YOUTH MAKE BETTER CHOICES. ONE MISSIOURI 4-H FAMILY HAS TAKEN THE FIT AND FITNESS CHALLENGE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. KENT FADDIS HAS THEIR STORY IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSIOURI EXTENSION.  THANKS KENT...GREAT INSPIRATION FOR SPRING. AND SPEAKING OF STAYING FIT, FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

ANTIBIOTICS IN POULTRY:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY MICROBIOLOGISTS AT THE USDA SAY THEY'VE DISCOVERED WHAT COULD BE AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO ANTIBIOTICS IN POULTRY. THE SOLUTION MAY LIE IN YEAST EXTRACTS.  THE EXTRACTS APPEAR TO BOOST A BIRDS IMMUNE SYSTEM HELPING IT FIGHT OFF DISEASE. THERE IS A DOWNSIDE HOWEVER, AS THE IMMUNE RESPONSE RAMPS UP, BODY WEIGHT GOES DOWN. RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKIING FOR A BALANCE. ANTIBOITIC ALTERNATIVES ARE NEEDED AS REGULATIONS ON USAGE TIGHTEN AND FOR PRODUCERS RAISING POULTRY IN ORGANIC SYSTEMS.

POTATO CONSUMPTION:
FROM POULTRY TO POTATOS. A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SAYS CHILDREN WHO EAT NON-FRIED POTATOES HAVE A MORE NUTRITIOUS DIET OVERALL. IN FULL DISCLOSURE, THE STUDY WAS FUNDED BY THE U.S. POTATO BOARD. IT LOOKED AT DATA FROM MORE THAN 11,000CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 18. FOCUSING ON MEALS WITHOUT FRIED POTATOS, RESEARCHERS FOUND LUNCHES AND DINNERS CONTAINING POTATOES ALSO SERVED MORE OTHER VEGETABLES.
THE STUDY FOUND CHILDREN WHO ATE POTATOES HAVE A MORE NUTRIENT-DENSE DIET. RESERACHERS SAY, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN THE PREVALENCE OF OVERWEIGHT OR OBESITY IN CHILDREN WHO DO AND DO NOT EAT POTATOES.

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