AgDay Daily Recap - August 23, 2011

August 24, 2011 03:40 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 23, 2011

CROP PROGRESS:
CROP SCOUTS ON THE PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ARE GETTING SET FOR THEIR SECOND FULL DAY OF PULLING FIELD SAMPLES FROM THE NATION'S CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS.

TOUR OVERVIEW:
THE SEVEN STATE TOUR IS CLOSELY WATCHED BY MANY IN THE INDUSTRY. NOW IN ITS 19TH YEAR, THE PRIMARY GOAL IS TO PROVIDE THAT INDUSTRY WITH ACCURATE GROWING SEASON INFORMATION ABOUT LIKELY YIELDS IN THE NATION'S CORNBELT. WE'LL HAVE INDEPTH COVERAGE IN A MOMENT, BUT FIRST LETS BEGIN WITH USDA'S WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT.

PROGRESS:
BEGINNING WITH CORN, THE CONDITION RATING DROPPED THREE POINTS FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. 57% IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THAT'S 13 POINTS BEHIND LAST YEAR'S CROP. A THIRD OF THE CROP IS AT THE DENT STAGE. THERE'S ALSO A DECLINE THIS WEEK IN THE SOYBEAN CONDITION - DOWN TWO POINTS. 59% IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THAT'S FIVE POINTS BEHIND THE AVERAGE RATING. AND, 83% IS SETTING PODS AND SORGHUM HARVEST HAS STARTED. 21% IS CUT WITH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS LEADING THE WAY. ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE CROP IS MATURE.  THE NATION'S WINTER WHEAT HARVEST SITS AT 94% COMPLETE. FARMERS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST MADE SOME HEADWAY LAST WEEK, BUT CROPS IN IDAHO, OREGON AND WASHINGTON ARE STILL 20-30 POINTS BEHIND.

TOUR DAY ONE:
THE FIRST FULL DAY OF THE PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR IS NOW IN THE BOOKS. THIS MORNING, THE SCOUTING TEAMS DEPART FROM INDIANA IN THE EASTERN CORN BELT AND GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA IN THE WESTERN CORN BELT. THIS MORNING, SCOUTS IN THE EASTERN LEG WILL START IN FISHERS, INDIANA AND HEAD WEST INTO CENTRAL ILLINOIS. RECAPPING THE FIRST DAY OF THE TOUR, THE EASTERN CORN BELT TEAMS TRAVELED THROUGH WESTERN OHIO WHERE THEY SAW PLENTY OF EVIDENCE OF THE WET, SLOW SPRING.

OHIO OVERVIEW:
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS GROWING SEASON, WE SAW THE PLANTING PROBLEMS MOUNT IN MUCH OF OHIO. AGWEB EDITOR GREG VINCENT SAYS IF THERE'S NOT A LATE FROST, THIS OHIO CROP IS IN TROUBLE.

WCB CHIP PHONER:
IN THE WESTERN CORNBELT, THE TEAMS WILL HEAD OUT THIS MORNING FROM GRAND ISLAND. YESTERDAY, THE TOUR TOOK THEM THROUGH SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA AND INTO NEBRASKA. PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY SAYS THE BIG QUESTION IS - CAN THE WESTERN CORNBELT BUSHELS MAKE-UP FOR LOSSES IN THE EAST.

CHINESE DELEGATION:
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS CROP TOUR? A GROUP OF GRAIN BUYERS AND RESEARCHERS FROM CHINA TOOK PART IN THE TOUR MONDAY. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK HAS OUR STORY FROM SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA.

CROP TOUR PROMO:
WE'LL HAVE DAILY COVERAGE OF THE 2010 PRO FARMER CROP TOUR, BOTH ONLINE AND ON-AIR. BE SURE TO GET REGULAR UPDATES FROM OUR PARTNERS AT www.agweb.com. FOR THOSE FANS OF "TWITTER", MANY OF THE SCOUTS ARE SENDING TWEETS ON CROP CONDITIONS AND YIELDS. YOU CAN CATCH THEIR COMMENTS ON THE SPECIAL CROP TOUR SECTION ON AGWEB.

DTR; WHEAT RATIONS:
WHEAT IS FINDING ITS WAY INTO RATIONS AT THE FEED BUNK. THE EDITORS AT DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE SAY WHEAT IS SELLING AT OR BELOW CORN PRICES MAKING IT AN ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO CORN. OVERALL, A GOOD HARVEST IS KEEPING WHEAT PRICES DOWN.
AND THERE'S MORE WHEAT IN A BUSHEL THAN THERE IS IN CORN--THAT ALSO HELPS LOWER THE OVERALL COST. RICK LUNDQUIST WITH DAIRY TODAY SAYS IF YOU START ADDING WHEAT TO THE RATION--WHICH IS ABOUT 14% PROTEIN-- MAKE SURE IT'S A LONG TERM DECISION. IT TAKES COWS A FEW WEEKS FOR THEIR STOMACHS TO ADJUST. ALSO, WHEAT SHOULD REPLACE NO MORE THAN 30% OF THE CORN.

COPPER THEFTS:
ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, COPPER THEFTS ARE UP 50% NATIONWIDE. AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST TARGETS IS THE AG INDUSTRY. FOR EXAMPLE, CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SPRINKLERS ARE BEING STRIPPED OF WIRING COSTING OWNERS THOUSAND OF DOLLARS. NOW STAINLESS STEEL IS STARTING TO DISAPPEAR. THAT'S A BIG CONCERN FOR DAIRY'S AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WARNS PRODUCERS TO KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON PROPERTY.

ANALYSIS:
MIKE NORTH

IN THE COUNTRY; ASIAN CARP:
YOU'VE SEEN THEM BEFORE--THE FLYING FISH INVADING U.S. RIVERS. ASIAN CARP ARE SLOWLY WORKING THEIR WAY UP STREAM, OUT EATING NATIVE SPECIES AND MAKING LIFE ON THE WATER DANGEROUS FOR BOATERS AND WATER SKIERS. BUT SO FAR THE CARP HAVE BEEN CONFINED TO BIG BODIES OF WATER. AS JOE WILKINSON FROM THE IOWA DNR SHOWS US, THAT'S NO LONGER THE CASE. THANKS JOE, FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

COLLEGE FRUIT AND VEGES:
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR, WHEN COLLEGE KIDS MOVE OUT OF THE HOUSE AND BACK TO SCHOOL. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING WE'VE GOT A NEW STUDY THAT LOOKS AT HOW WELL THOSE YOUNG ADULTS ARE DOING AT EATING A BALANCED DIET. THE RESEARCH WAS DONE AT ORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY--LOOKS AT THE EATING HABITS OF NEARLY 600 COLLEGE STUDENTS. THEY FOUND WHEN IT COMES TO FRUITS AND VEGETABLES MALES WERE GETTING ABOUT 5 SERVINGS A WEEK, FEMALES ATE FOUR SERVINGS. USDA RECOMMENDS 5 PER DAY.
THAT MEANS SOME DAYS THESE COLLEGE KIDS WEREN'T EATING FRUITS OR VEGETABLES AT ALL. THE AUTHORS SAY THIS SHOW'S WE'RE NOT TEACHING YOUTH HOW TO BE SELF-SUSTAINING.

MILK HYDRATION:
AND WHEN YOU'RE KIDS ARE DEHYDRATED WHAT'S BETTER FOR THEM...MILK, WATER, OR SPORTS DRINKS? MCMASTER UNIVERSITY IN CANADA SAYS REHYDRATE WITH MILK. RESEARCHERS THERE FOUND MILK IS MORE EFFECTIVE AT COUNTERING DEHYDRATION THAN SPORTS DRINKS OR WATER ITSELF. THEY SAY MILK PROVIDES PROTEIN, REPLACES SODIUM AND HELPS THE BODY RETAIN FLUID. THE STUDY WAS FUNDED BY THE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA.
 

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