AgDay Daily Recap - April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011 09:08 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
APRIL 21, 2011

SPRING WEATHER:
TORNADOES IN THE SOUTH, SNOW IN THE MIDWEST, DROUGHT IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS, WEATHER UNCERTAINTY IS A COMMON THEME TO ALL REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY THIS SPRING. AND ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, THOSE CHALLENGES ARE IMPACTING FARMERS. IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, LIKE OTHER PARTS OF THE CORNBELT, FIELDS ARE SATURATED. USDA SAYS AS OF MONDAY, ZERO CORN HAD BEEN PLANTED IN THE WOLVERINE STATE. OF COURSE, THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS ONLY 2% BY THIS TIME. HOWEVER, SUGARBEET PLANTING IS A DIFFERENT MATTER. ONLY 12% IS IN THE GROUND. THE AVERAGE IS ABOUT 40%. LAST YEAR, PLANTING WAS NEARLY DONE. A PRODUCER IN NEW PORT MICHIGAN SAYS IT'LL BE MID-MAY BEFORE HE CAN GET INTO HIS RAIN SOAKED FIELDS TO PLANT SOYBEANS.

OK DROUGHT:
IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS, INSURANCE ADJUSTERS ARE ZEROING-OUT WINTER WHEAT CROPS. IN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA, NEARLY 70% OF THE CROP IS CALLED POOR TO VERY POOR. NOW PRODUCERS ARE WORRYING ABOUT THEIR SUMMER CROPS, LIKE COTTON. LYNDALL STOUT FROM OKLAHOMA STATE'S 'SUN-UP' PROGRAM TAKES US SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA. 89% OF OKLAHOMA'S TOP-SOIL IS RATED AS SHORT TO VERY SHORT.

BT CATTLE ON FEED:
IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT, TRADERS ARE PREPARING FOR FRIDAY'S MONTHLY CATTLE ON FEED REPORT. OUR PARTNERS AT BEEF TODAY SAY THE INDUSTRY EXPECTS DROUGHT AND POOR PASTURE CONDITIONS IN THE PLAINS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO HIGHER PLACEMENTS IN FEEDLOTS. THE WEIGHT BREAK-DOWNS WILL BE A TELLING SIGN WHEN THE DATA IS RELEASED FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

BT FEED EFFICIENCY:
MEANWHILE, CATTLE FEEDERS WILL WANT THE RESULTS OF A NEW STUDY. USDA HAS AWARDED A FIVE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO DEVELOP DNA BASED TECHNOLOGY TO PREDICT WHICH CATTLE BREED HAS THE BEST GENETICS WHEN IT COMES TO FEED EFFICIENCY. EIGHT UNIVERSITIES WILL COLLABORATE ON THE PROJECT. DATA WILL BE COLLECTED FROM 8,000 CATTLE, REPRESENTING EIGHT BREEDS. RESEARCHERS PLAN TO EVALUATE INTAKE, PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS TRAITS.

BT FORAGE:
AND WITH HIGH FEED COSTS CATTLEMEN WERE HOPING TO PUSH THE POUNDS VIA FORAGE THIS YEAR. BUT THAT MAY BE A CHALLENGE. DROUGHT THROUGH MANY OF THE BIG CATTLE PRODUCING STATES HAS PASTURES AND RANGELAND IN POOR CONDITION. IN OKLAHOMA THIS WEEK, 60% OF PASTURES WERE RATED POOR OR VERY POOR. AND HAY PRICES ARE GOING UP ACROSST HE COUNTRY...ALFAFA IS 20% HIGHER SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR. THERE WILL ALSO BE LESS HAY AVAILABLE DUE TO ROW CROP PRICES. THE USDA SAYS HAY ACREAGE IS DOWN 900,000 ACRES...A 17 YEAR LOW. YOU CAN READ MORE REPORTS AND GET UPDATES ON THE BEEF INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MARKET AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION AT WWW.BEEFTODAY.COM .

EPA JACKSON IN IOWA:
AFTER VISITING TWO IOWA FARMS ON TUESDAY, EPA ADMINISTRATOR LISA JACKSON SAID THERE APPEARS TO BE NO NEED TO PUT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BASIN ON A NUTRIENT RUN-OFF DIET IF FARMERS CONTINUE CONSERVATION MEASURES. JACKSON WAS INVITED BY AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TO TOUR THE FARMS TO SEE WHAT PRODUCERS ARE DOING. IT'S AN EFFORT TO BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EPA AND PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE.  ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT PRO FARMER, JACKSON WAS ASKED IF SHE WAS GOING TO PURSUE A NUTRIENT DIET FOR THE MISSISSIPPI--SIMILAR TO THE ONE BEING PUSHED FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. SHE SAID SHE'S RULING OUT THE NEED TO MOVE DIRECTLY TO A REGULATORY MECHANISM WHEN PRODUCERS ARE WILLING TO DO CONSERVATION MEASURES.

POULTRY EXPORTS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, EXPORTS OF U.S. POULTRY MEAT CLIMBED 15-PERCENT IN QUANTITY THIS FEBRUARY COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH A YEAR AGO. THE FOREIGN AG SERVICE SAYS EXPORTS TOTALED 290,000 METRIC TONS.

TURKEY EXPORTS:
THE FAS SAYS U.S. TURKEY EXPORTS SET AN ALL-TIME RECORD FOR BOTH QUANTITY AND VALUE IN FEBRUARY. EXPORTS WERE 24,000 TONS. THAT'S A 27% INCREASE OVER A YEAR AGO. EXPORTS TO MEXICO - THE TOP US TURKEY MARKET - CLIMBED 44%. THAT INCREASE IS LARGELY ATTRIBUTED TO HIGHER PORK PRICES RELATIVE TO TURKEY, WHICH MAKES IT ATTRACTIVE TO MEXICAN MEAT PROCESSORS.

ANALYSIS:
BOB UTTERBACK

IN THE COUNTRY; CALI CSA:
AS GARDENS GO IN ACROSS THE COUNTRY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE GROWING PRODUCE FOR MORE THAN THEMSELVES. IT'S PART OF MOVEMENT CALLED COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE OR CSA'S.  PEOPLE PAY A SMALL FEE TO GET A PIECE OF THE HARVEST EACH WEEK...HELPING THE FARMER STAY IN BUSINESS. CHARLOTTE FADIPE WITH CALIFORNIA COUNTRY TV GIVES US A TOUR OF ONE SUCH FARM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THANKS CHARLOTTE. FOOD FOR YOUR FAMILY IS COMING UP NEXT.

TACO BELL:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING TACO BELL IS SAYING I TOLD YOU SO AFTER A LAWSUIT CLAIMING ITS MEATY FILLING WASN'T BEEFY ENOUGH TO BE CALLED BEEF-- WAS VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAWN.  THE ALABAMA BASED FIRM WITHDREW ITS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COMPANY FROM U.S. DISTRICT COURT IN CALIFORNIA. A SPOKES PERSON FOR THE GROUP SAYS THEY DROPPED THE SUIT AFTER TACO BELL MADE CHANGES TO ITS MARKETING AND PRODUCT DISCLOSURE. TACO BELL SAYS THE MOVE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT THE HIGH QUALITY OF ITS SEASONED BEEF...WHICH IT SAYS IS 88% BEEF. IT HOPES THE WITHDRAWL RECIEVES AS MUCH PUBLIC ATTENTION AS THE FILING DID.

EATING WHILE PREGO:
AND EXPECTING MOTHERS MAY WANT TO LISTEN UP. A NEW STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL DIABETES SHOWS THAT WHAT A WOMAN EATS DURING PREGNANCY ALTERS THE DNA OF HER CHILD. RESEARCHERS FOUND EATING A DIET LOW IN CARBOHYDRATES--SUGARS OR STARCHES--CHANGED THE CHILD'S GENES. SPECIFICALLY THE ONE'S WHICH ARE INVOLVED IN A CELLS PROCCESSING OF FAT. AFTER LOOKING AT THE LOW CARB DIET, RESEARCHERS DISCOVERED A LINK BETWEEN THOSE GENETIC MARKERS AND AN INCREASED RISK OF OBESITY AT AGE SIX AND NINE.

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