AgDay Daily Recap - August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 03:53 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 24, 2011

CROP TOUR OVERVIEW:
GOOD MORNING. PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR HAS REACHED ITS HALF WAY POINT. TODAY, CREWS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE CORNBELT WILL HEAD INTO IOWA HEADED TOWARD THEIR EVENTUAL DESTINATION OF MINNESOTA.

TOUR ECB:
ON THE EASTERN LEG, THE 60 SCOUTS WILL HEAD-OUT FROM BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS. RECAPPING THEIR JOURNEY THRU OHIO, THE SCOUTS THINK CORN YIELD WILL BE DOWN 6% FROM A YEAR AGO. THE SOYBEAN CROP - BASED ON POD COUNT - IS UP ABOUT 4%. BUT THEY QUICKLY POINT-OUT AN INCREASE IN POD COUNT FROM THE TOUR DOES NOT GUARANTEE A BIGGER YIELD. IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE LATE-SEASON CONDITIONS. EASTERN TOUR DIRECTOR BRIAN GRETE SAYS THE ROUTES HE TOOK REVEALED A ROUGH CORN CROP - A VICTIM OF THE DROUGHT AND HEAT.

GREG VINCENT INDIANA:
ONE COMMON THEME TO THE EASTERN CORN BELT IS CROP VARIABILITY. THE SCOUTS SAY THEY SAW THAT IN OHIO AND IT CONTINUED INTO INDIANA. THAT'S ONE REASON WHY FIELD SCOUTS ON THE PRO FARMER TOUR GO PAST THE END-ROWS TO GAUGE THE CROPS. AGWEB'S GREG VINCENT IS ON THE TOUR FOR US.

TOUR WCB:
THANKS GREG. NOW TO THE WESTERN TOUR. IN SOUTH DAKOTA, CORN YIELD IS DOWN ABOUT 2% FROM LAST YEAR, BUT THEY'RE STILL ENCOURAGED BY WHAT THEY SEE. THE SCOUTS ON THE WESTERN LEG OF THE TOUR SAYS SOUTH DAKOTA SOYBEAN POD COUNTS ARE DOWN ABOUT 12%, BUT THEY SAY THAT CROP COULD STILL FINISH STRONG. IN NEBRASKA, THEY SAID THE EAR COUNT IS A FACTOR.

CROP WATCH:
WHILE SOME OF THE FIELD SCOUTS ARE SEEING LESS-THAN-IDEAL CORN YIELDS IN THE EASTERN CORN BELT, THEY'RE STILL NOWHERE NEAR SOME OF THE PALTRY YIELDS IN KANSAS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROPWATCH, GOOD MORNING MIKE. CLINTON, WE HEARD FROM A GROWER IN CENTRAL KANSAS. HE SAYS HE JUST FINISHED HARVESTING 1,200 ACRE OF DRYLAND CORN THAT AVERAGED EIGHT BUSHELS AN ACRE. HE SAYS MANY FIELDS OF SOYBEANS ARE ABANDONED WITH NO SEED FILL AT THIS TIME. AND NOW, THE CONCERN IS THE LACK OF RAIN FOR THE UPCOMING WINTER WHEAT SEEDING. IN BEADLE COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, CORN FOR THE MOST PART LOOKS REAL GOOD. BEANS ARE COMING AROUND ALSO. THE GROWER SAYS FOR THAT AREA, THE CROPS ARE "ON PAR" FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYONE. NOW TO THE NORTHERN COUNTIES OF MAINE, POTATO FARMERS ARE GETTING READY FOR HARVEST. THE FSA OFFICE SAYS SOME HAVE ALREADY STARTED. THEY'RE ALSO MONITORING FOR LATE-BLIGHT PROBLEMS, BUT OVERALL THE CROP LOOKS GOOD. AND IN COLORADO, SUMMER POTATOES WERE RATED IN GOOD TO FAIR CONDITION WITH 25% HARVESTED AT THE END OF LAST WEEK. FALL POTATO HARVEST BEGAN WITH 10% HARVESTED AND THE CROP RATED IN MOSTLY GOOD TO FAIR CONDITION. SUNFLOWERS ARE RATED IN GOOD CONDITION.

SILENCER CHUTE:
IN MACHINERY MINUTE LIKE THE TRACTOR IS TO THE FARMER, THE SQUEEZE CHUTE IS TO THE CATTLEMAN. A GOOD CHUTE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN TREATING OR MANAGING A HERD WHEN IT COMES TO BOTH SPEED AND SAFETY. RECENTLY AT FARM FEST IN MINNESOTA I RAN ACROSS THE SILENCER HYDRAULIC CHUTE. IT'S A LOW POWER HYDRAULIC SYSTEM THAT FOCUSES ON VIRTUALLY NOISE FREE OPERATION. BOTH THE FRONT AND BACK GATES ARE FULL OPEN--ALLOWING CATTLE TO FREELY WALK IN AND OUT OF THE CHUTE.
IT ALSO HAS HYDRAULIC NECK EXTENTENDERS. THE PIVOTING, PADDED BARS GIVE OPERATORS FULL ACCESS TO THE AREA FOR TREATMENT.  THE SILENCER IS BUILT ON THE IDEA THAT A QUIET NOISE FREE ENVIRONMENT LEADS TO CALMER CATTLE AND LESS CHANCE OF INJURY.
THE CHUTES ARE MADE IN LORRAINE KANSAS.

ANALYSIS:
RICHARD BROCK

IN THE COUNTRY; SHOW SUPPORT:
GETTING INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURE ISN'T ALWAYS AS EASY AS ONE MIGHT EXPECT...ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS WHO LIVE IN TOWN. THEY MIGHT BE IN 4-H OR FFA AND WANT AN ANIMAL TO SHOW AT THE FAIR--BUT IT’S HARD TO KEEP SHOW PIGS IN THE BACKYARD OF A CITY CULDESAC.
WELL, CINDI CLAWSON FROM AFFILIATE WNDU FOUND ONE FAMILY OPENING THEIR BARN TO HELP KIDS LEARN LESSONS FROM THE FARM.  THANKS CINDI. COMING UP AN APPLE FUNGUS IS CAUSING HEADACHES FOR PRODUCERS. THAT'S NEXT ON FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

APPLE SCAB:
WE ALL LIKE TO EAT THAT POLISHED SHINNY APPLE YOU GET FROM THE STORE..GETTING ONE MAY BE TOUGHER IN THE FUTURE. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, A FUNGUS THAT CAUSES NASTY POCKMARKS IS FIGHTING BACK AND OFTEN WINNING. APPLE SCAB IS A FUNGUS THAT CAUSES THOSE SCARS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRUIT. ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY, JUST ONE LESION CAN REDUCE AN APPLES VALUE BY 85%. FOR DECADES GROWERS HAVE SPRAYED FUNGICIDES TO COMBAT APPLE SCAB. NOW IT APPEARS THE FUNGUS IS GAINING RESISTANCE. NEW RESEARCH SHOWS ENTIRE CLASSES OF CHEMICALS ARE NO LONGER WORKING IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

NYC SODA FOOD STAMPS:
AND IN NEW YORK CITY, LAST OCTOBER, MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AND GOVERNOR DAVID PATERSON ASKED THE USDA TO ALLOW THEM TO BLOCK THE USE OF FOOD STAMPS TO BUY SODA AND OTHER SUGARY DRINKS. THE LEADERS SAY OBESITY RATES HAVE BALLOONED IN NEW YORKS POOREST HOUSEHOLDS. USDA HAS NOW GIVEN ITS ANSWER.  IN A LETTER FROM SECRETARY VILSACK, THE USDA SAYS IMPLEMENTING SUCH A RULE WOULD BE TOO COMPLICATED AND QUESTIONED ITS EFFECTIVNESS. MAYOR BLOOMBERG CALLS THE DECISION DISAPPOINTING.

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