AgDay Daily Recap - August 16, 2011

August 16, 2011 04:16 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 16, 2011

CROP PROGRESS:
GOOD MORNING. CORN HARVEST OF THIS YEARS CROP HAS MOVED INTO HIGH GEAR FOR GROWERS IN THE SOUTH.

LOUISIANA CORN:
IN LOUISIANA, FARMERS ARE ABOUT HALF-WAY THROUGH THE CROP - AND FOR MANY GROWERS IT'S DISAPPOINTING. ACCORDING TO THE LSU AGCENTER, LOUISIANA FARMERS PLANTED 570,000 ACRES. SOME ACRES WERE LOST TO THE DROUGHT. OTHERS WERE LOST TO FLOODING. LSU SAYS THE DRY WEATHER KEPT MOST DISEASE AND PEST PROBLEMS UNDER CONTROL. THEY DID SEE SOME CASES OF AFLA-TOXIN, WHICH FAVORS DROUGHT-STRESSED CORN, BUT THE NUMERS ARE LOW.

CROP PROGRESS:
ON A NATIONAL SCALE, 17% OF THE CORN CROP IS DENTED. IT'S BEHIND AVERAGE, BUT A GAIN OF TEN POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. JUST OVER HALF OF THE CROP IS AT DOUGH STAGE. AS FAR AS CONDITION, 60% IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT, THAT'S NINE POINTS BEHIND LAST YEARS CROP. NOW TO SOYBEANS, 94% IS BLOOMING, WHICH IS THE AVERAGE PACE. 70% IS SETTING PODS, WHICH IS BEHIND BY EIGHT POINTS. AND USDA PUTS THE CONDITION RATING AT 61% GOOD TO EXCELLENT, THAT'S EIGHT POINTS BEHIND LAST YEAR. THE PEANUT CROP CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE. JUST 43% IS CONSIDERED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. 36% IS FAIR.  ALTHOUGH VIRGINA IS AN EXCEPTION. 85% HAS THOSE FAVORABLE RATINGS. WINTER WHEAT PRODUCERS IN SOME PARTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ARE FINALLY MAKING HEADWAY WITH HARVEST. THEY'VE STRUGGLED THIS SEASON TO GET STARTED. MONTANA IS NOW AT 62%, JUST FIVE POINTS OFF THE AVERAGE PACE. BUT IDAHO, OREGON AND WASHINGTON ARE ALL ABOUT 30 POINTS BEHIND.

MINNESOTA CROP CONDITION:
WHILE CROP CONDITION RATINGS IN THE EASTERN CORNBELT STRUGGLE, THERE ARE BETTER NUMBERS IN THE WESTERN CORNBELT, ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHERN STATES. IN MINNESOTA, FOR EXAMPLE, ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS ARE CALLED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TALKED WITH GROWERS AT FARMFEST ABOUT THEIR OPTIMISTIC VIEW OF THE CROPS.

DAIRY TODAY REPORT; MILK PRODUCTION:
LOST AMONG THE GRAIN REPORTS FROM USDA LAST WEEK, THE AG DEPARTMENT LOWERED ITS U.S. MILK PRODUCTION FORECAST FOR 2011. THAT'S OUR TOP STORY IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT. THE REASON FOR THE LOWER PRODUCTION? THE HEAT. USDA SAYS RECENT HOT, HUMID WEATHER AND RELATIVELY HIGH PRICED FEED MAY CONSTRAIN THE GROWTH IN MILK PER COW. STILL, THE JULY CATTLE REPORT INDICATED THAT PRODUCERS ARE HOLDING RELATIVELY LARGE NUMBERS OF DAIRY REPLACEMENT HEIFERS, WHICH WOULD SUPPORT A HIGHER FORECASTED DAIRY HERD. USDA ALSO RAISED ITS ALL-MILK PRICE FORECAST TO 20.30 TO 20.50 PER HUNDREDWEIGHT FOR 2011.

DAIRY TODAY REPORT; IDAHO CORN:
SCIENTISTS AT USDA ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE CORN PRODUCTION IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. CORN IS A RELATIVELY NEW CROP FOR THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. WITH IDAHO'S GROWTH IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, A LOT MORE CORN IS GETTING SHIPPED-IN BY THE TRAIN LOAD. IDAHO'S DAIRY INDUSTRY RANKS FIFTH IN CASH RECEIPTS.
USDA WANTS TO SEE HOW TO IMPROVE CORN-GROWING CONDITIONS IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY TO HELP LOWER THE COSTS TO SHIP-IN CORN FOR FEED. SCIENTISTS FROM THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE IN IDAHO CONDUCTED A TWO-YEAR STUDY TO SEE IF FARMERS WHO USE CONVENTIONAL TILLAGE AND FERTILIZER APPLICATION METHODS COULD INCREASE CORN YIELDS BY BANDING FERTILIZER WITH STRIP TILLAGE INSTEAD. THEY ALSO TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION EROSION ON SLOPES. IN THEIR FIELD PLOTS, THEY IMPROVED CORN YIELDS BY AS MUCH AS 26% BY USING STRIP TILL AND KNIFING-IN THE FERTILIZER. AND DON'T FORGET, FOR THE VERY LATEST NEWS AFFECTING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, INCLUDING PRODUCTION AND POLICY ISSUES, CHECK OUT WWW.DAIRYTODAY.COM.

ANALYSIS:
MIKE FLOREZ

IN THE COUNTY; 4H FAIR:
IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER THAN FAIR SEASON. FUNNEL CAKES, ROASTED EARS OF CORN, LIVESTOCK SHOWS AND MORE. COUNTY AND STATE FAIRS ARE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. IN TENNESSEE THE 4-H LIVESTOCK EXPO IS A TRADITION NOW CELEBRRATED BY SECOND AND EVEN THIRD GENERATIONS. CHUCK DENNEY TELLS US ABOUT THE TIMELESS LESSONS KIDS LEARN WHEN THEY CARE FOR AN ANIMAL. SOME GREAT LESSON'S THERE..THANKS CHUCK. STILL TO COME THIS MORNING, WE'VE GOT AN UPDATE ON FRUIT AND CITRUS PRODUCTION IN THE U.S. AND OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH CHANGING UP THE WAY THEY DO MEAT INSPECTION. I'LL EXPLAIN COMING UP IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

CANADA MEAT INSPECTION:
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN CANADA IS WASHING ITS HANDS OF MEAT INSPECTION. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, CANADA SAYS IT’S TURNING THE WORK OVER TO THE PROVINCES STARTING IN 2014. HERE IN THE U.S. THE FED'S AT THE USDA, AND FDA HANDLE THE WORK.  CANADA HAS BEEN USING A SIMILAR SYSTEM TO MONITOR ITS 60 SLAUGHTERHOUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY. BUT IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS, THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY WILL TURN INSPECTIONS OVER TO ALL PROVINCES. THAT MEANS THEY'LL HAVE TO HIRE AND TRAIN THEIR OWN STAFF TO DO THE JOB. A FEW OF THE PROVICES HAVE HAD THEIR OWN INSPECTORS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THE MOVE IS A COST CUTTING MEASURE--IT SHOULD SAVE ROUGHLY 4 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

FRUIT PRODUCTION:
SOME FRUIT GROWERS HERE IN THE U.S. ARE POISED TO HAVE A BIG YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE USDA U.S. GROWERS WILL PICK 9.5 BILLION POUNDS OF APPLES THIS YEAR. THAT'S 2% HIGHER THAN 2010. PEAR AND LEMON PRODUCTION IS ALSO EXPECTED TO BE HIGHER WHILE THE AMOUNT OF GRAPES, GRAPEFRUIT AND PEACHES ARE EXPECTED TO COME IN BELOW YEAR AGO TOTALS.

ORANGE EXPORTS:
DOMESTIC ORANGE PRODUCTION IS PROJECTED TO BE UP ABOUT 500 TONS AND THAT'S HELPING EXPORTS. ACCORDING TO EXPERTS AT PARAMOUNT CITRUS...ORANGE EXPORTS ARE UP ROUGHLY 15% YEAR OVER YEAR...HELPED IN PART, BY A WEAK U.S. DOLLAR. IN CALIFORNIA A COOL SPRING IMPROVED FRUIT QUALITY...ALLOWING THE FRUIT TO HOLD UP BETTER WHILE ON THE TREE.

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