AgDay Daily Recap - August 25, 2011

August 25, 2011 03:18 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 25, 2011

CROP TOUR:
GOOD MORNING. FIELD SCOUTS FROM THE 2011 PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ARE NOW IN THE HOME-STRETCH. TEAMS THAT STARTED IN OHIO AND NEBRASKA ARE NOW IN IOWA. THEIR FINAL DESTINATION IS MINNESOTA.

ECB RECAP:
WE'LL BEGIN IN THE EASTERN LEG OF THE TOUR. THE SCOUTS ARE HEADING OUT THIS MORNING FROM CORALVILLE, IOWA. TODAY, THEY'LL GAUGE THE CROPS IN EASTERN AND CENTRAL PARTS OF THE STATE. THEY SPENT MUCH OF WEDNESDAY IN ILLINOIS. CROP TOUR DIRECTOR BRIAN GRETE SAYS THE YIELD POTENTIAL IS ALL OVER THE BOARD.

GREG VINCENT:
AS SCOUTS TRAVELED ACROSS ILLINOIS, THEY HAD A DIM VIEW OF THE CROPS POTENTIAL. LIKE INDIANA, THE WORD VARIABILITY WAS COMMONLY USED. AGWEB'S GREG VINCENT CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE.

WCB RECAP:
THANKS GREG. NOW TO THE WESTERN LEG. THE TEAMS OF FIELD SCOUTS WILL DEPART FROM SPENCER, IOWA THIS MORNING. THEIR TREK TODAY WILL TAKE THEM THROUGH WESTERN IOWA INTO SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. WE TALKED WITH TOUR DIRECTOR CHIP FLORY ABOUT HIS PERCEPTIONS OF THE NEBRASKA CROP.

WCB SOYBEANS:
AS FAR AS THE SOYBEAN CROP, CHIP SAYS NEBRASKA HAS A GOOD CROP. IT'S CLOSE TO LAST YEARS YIELD. HE SEES LITTLE, IF ANY, DISEASE PRESSURE.

FLOODED ROAD:
AS FAR AS THE SOYBEAN CROP, CHIP SAYS NEBRASKA HAS A GOOD CROP. IT'S CLOSE TO LAST YEARS YIELD. HE SEES LITTLE, IF ANY, DISEASE PRESSURE.

BTR DERREL PEEL:
CATTLE CONTINUE TO MOVE OUT OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AS THAT AREA STRUGGLES WITH DROUGHT. AUCTION VOLUME IN OKLAHOMA ALONE IS RUNNING ABOUT 300 PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. DERRELL PEEL WITH OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY SAYS THE SHEAR VOLUME OF CATTLE BEING SOLD AND MOVED IS STRESSING THE INDUSTRY IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. WHILE FEEDER CATTLE PRICES HAVE REMAINED STRONG, CULL COW BIDS ARE RUNNING SLIGHTLY LOWER...OVER THE LAST MONTH. REGARDLESS, PEEL BELIEVES THE BOTTOM IS IN AND ALL OF THESE EARLY SALES WILL HELP MARKETS LATER IN THE YEAR. DERRELL ALSO SAYS, HE'S GETTING A LOT OF REPORTS OF CATTLE MOVING NORTH OF I-70...TO GREENER PASTURES.
HE EXPECTS MANY TO STAY THROUGH NEXT SUMMER. YOU CAN GET MANY MORE UPDATES ON THE BEEF INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MARKET AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AT WWW.BEEFTODAY.COM.

ANALYSIS:
MIKE NORTH

IN THE COUNTRY; GARDEN MAILBOX:
REMEMBER THE GOOD OL' DAYS BEFORE TEXTING WHEN PEOPLE USED TO WRITE LETTERS? THAT RUSTY MAILBOX USED TO BE A LIFELINE TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD. IT ALSO HAS BEEN A PALLETT OF CREATIVITY. IN TENNESSEE HORTICULTURE EXPERTS RECENTLY DEIGNED A UNIQUE DISPLAY WHERE OLD MAILBOXES ARE MIXED WITH VINES FLOWERS AND PLANTS. CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US HOW IMAGINATION CAN OPEN A BOX OF POSSIBILITIES. THANKS CHUCK. STILL TO COME THIS MORNING, GROWING SHRIMP IN THE DESERT.

COTTON SEED SHRIMP:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY RESEARCHERS AT ONE STATE UNIVERSITY SAY THEY'RE HOPING TO GET LOCAL PRODUCERS INTO THE SHRIMPING BUSINESS FROM THE LAND-LOCKED DESERT SOUTHWEST. SCIENTISTS AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY ARE WORKING ON A SYSTEM TO GROW PACIFIC SHRIMP INDOORS. AND THEY'RE FEEDING THIS FUTURE FOOD COTTON SEED MEAL. COTTON SEED MEAL IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN TRADITIONAL COMMERCIAL SHRIMP FEED. THEY'RE HOPING TO PROVE THE SHRIMP CAN SURVIVE AND GROW ON THE MEAL--MAKING IT A VIABLE BUSINESS FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS. SO FAR, THE RESEARCH USING 50 GALLON TANKS AND A CLOSED LOOP WATER RECYCLING SYSTEM SEEMS TO BE WORKING.

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