AgDay Daily Recap - August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011 03:38 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 30, 2011

CORN SOY PRICES:
GOOD MORNING. ONE DAY AFTER THE PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR UNVEILED ITS FINAL NUMBERS, DECEMBER CORN PRICES HIT NEW HIGHS.  PROFARMER SAYS IT EXPECTS U.S. CORN TO TALLY 148 BUSHELS PER ACRE, FIVE BELOW THE LAST USDA ESTIMATE OF 153. ON MONDAY GRAIN MARKETS SURGED AT THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE. CORN HIT A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR DECEMBER CONTACTS CLOSING NEAR 7.70 A BUSHEL.  THE PREVIOUS HIGH HAPPENED BACK IN 2008 WHEN DEC PRICES HIT 7.65.  SOYBEANS WERE ALSO UP. NOVEMBER BEAN CONTRACTS ENDED THE DAY AT A SIX MONTH HIGH NEAR 14.30 A BUSHEL. THAT'S INSPITE OF A POSITIVE REPORT FROM THE PRO-FARMER TOUR. SCOUTS PUT THE U.S. SOYBEAN CROP AT JUST UNDER 3 POINT 1 BILLION BUSHELS ON AN AVERAGE OF JUST LESS THAN 42 BUSHELS AN ACRE. SLIGHTLY ABOVE USDA'S ESTIMATES. PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY SAYS OVERALL THE CROP IS DISEASE FREE, INSECT FREE AND SIMPLY NEEDS A DRINK.

DTR; HURRICANE:
OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT BEGINS WITH A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE IRENE. OF COURSE, DAMAGE REPORTS ARE STILL COMING IN. BUT WE KNOW TWO DAIRY OPERATIONS NEAR ALBANY, NEW YORK WERE OVERWHELMED BY FLOOD WATER. BOTH WERE OWNED BY CABOT CHEESE. DAIRY TODAY SAYS A HERD OF 120 COWS AT ONE OF THE OPERATIONS WAS SWEPT AWAY BY FLOOD WATER. IN VERMONT, THE PROBLEM IS WASHED OUT BRIDGES, MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR MILK PICK-UP. THERE ARE ALSO WIDE-SPREAD POWER OUTAGES. BUT DAIRY TODAY SAYS MANY OF THE OPERATIONS HAVE A GENERATOR BACK-UP.

DTR; ALFALFA:
A NATURAL DISASTER OF ANOTHER SORT IS WREEKING HAVOC COAST TO COAST. HISTORIC DROUGHT IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IS PUSHING HAY PRICES TO RECORD OR NEAR RECORD LEVELS. WEATHER PROBLEMS, COMPETITION FROM OTHER HIGH PRICED CROPS AND LOW STOCKS ARE ALL ROLLING THEIR WAY INTO THIS HAY CRISIS. DROUGHT IN TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS HAS SUPPLIES TIGHT. USDA SAYS DAIRY QUALITY HAY IN SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS SOLD FOR ABOUT 280 DOLLARS A TON. LAST YEAR IT WAS CLOSER TO 130. THE SAME IN TRUE IN CALIFORNIA WHERE A COOL WET SPRING HURT YIELDS.

TEXAS HAYLINE:
IN TEXAS, THE STATE'S AG COMMISSIONER IS REACHING OUT TO OTHER STATES LOOKING FOR HAY. THE STATE UPDATED ITS "HAY HOTLINE" TO HELP CONNECT RANCHERS WITH HAY PRODUCERS ACROSS THE NATION.  LETTERS WERE SENT TO AG SECRETARIES AND COMMISSIONERS IN OTHER STATES, LOOKING FOR HAY DONATIONS FOR TEXAS RANCHERS. HE'S ALSO SEEKING GRAZING LAND. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ON-LINE VERSION AT WWW.TEXASAGRICULTURE.GOV/HAYHOTLINE. THERE'S ALSO A PHONE NUMBER, WHICH IS 877-429-1998. WE'LL REPEAT THESE NUMBERS AT THE END OF THE SHOW. MANY TEXAS RANCHERS HAVE BEEN CULLING THEIR HERDS, BUT THEY'RE STILL HOLDING ONTO SOME OF THEIR LIVESTOCK. WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO STRETCH THEIR FEED? WE'LL TAKE A LOOK, TOMORROW ON AGDAY.

HAYLAND:
MEANWHILE, IN NORTH DAKOTA. IT'S THE OPPOSITE PROBLEM. TOO MUCH FLOODING MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A HAY CROP. SOME OF THE BEST HAY-LAND IN THE STATE IS UNDER WATER. NICK DREYER FROM AFFILIATE KMOT-TV TALKS TO A RANCHER WHO DIDN'T GET MUCH OF HIS CROP SEEDED. . . AND WILL HAVE A HARDER TIME KEEPING HIS CATTLE FED THIS WINTER.

WORLD DAIRY ENTRIES:
SO HOW GOOD ARE YOUR DAIRY CATTLE? THE COMPETITION TO FIND OUT SAYS IT’S LAST CALL. DAIRY CATTLE EXHIBOTORS PLANNING TO COMPETE AT THE WORLD DAIRY EXPO NEED TO GET THOSE ENTRY FORMS IN. ENTRIES NEED TO BE IN BY SEPTEMBER FIRST TO AVOID LATE FEES. YOU CAN STILL ENTER FOR THE OCTOBER SHOW UP UNTIL ANIMAL CHECK-IN BUT IT'LL COST YOU MORE. YOU CAN GET MORE DETAILS AT WWW.WORLDDAIRYEXPO.COM. FOR THE VERY LATEST NEWS AFFECTING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY CHECK OUT WWW.DAIRYTODAY.COM.

BECK DAYS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST REGIONAL SEED COMPANIES IN THE COUNTRY IS CELEBRATING A MILESTONE THIS YEAR. BECK'S HYBRIDS OF ATLANTA, INDIANA IS MARKING 75 YEARS IN THE SEED BUSINESS. BECK’S SELLS ITS PRODUCT TO GROWERS IN INDIANA, OHIO, ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN AND KENTUCKY. THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE COMPANY HELD ITS ANNUAL FIELD DAYS EVENT, CALLED "BECK-NOLOGY DAYS". COMPANY VICE PRESIDENT SCOTT BECK SAYS EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS IN INDIANA IMPACTED SEED PRODUCTION THIS YEAR. BECK HYBRIDS STARTED IN 1937.

ANALYSIS:
BRIAN GRETE

IN THE COUNTRY; WISCONSIN DAIRY APPRENTICE:
SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A TRADE IS OTJ - - ON THE JOB TRAINING. IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A DAIRY FARMER, A UNIQUE PROGRAM IS WISCONSIN IS HELPING TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION.  WE GET DETAILS IN THIS REPORT FROM THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DAIRY GRAZIERS PROGRAM, CHECK OUT WWW.GRASSWORKS.ORG. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK-OUT WWW.WISCONSINAPPRENTICESHIP.ORG. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, GOOD NEWS FOR YOU CHOC-A-HOLICS OUT THERE. WE'VE KNOWN THERE ARE HEALTH BENEFTIS TO EATING CHOCOLATE, NOW A NEW STUDY SAYS EATING LOTS OF CHOCOLATE IS EVEN HEALTHIER. THE RESEARCH DONE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN THE U.K. LOOKED AT MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE. SCIENTISTS SAY THERE APPEARS TO BE A POTENTIAL LINK BETWEEN CHOCOLATE CONSUMPTION AND THE PREVENTION OF HEART DISEASE. THEIR ADVICE...IF YOU AREN'T EATING CHOCOLATE REGULARLY...START. THEY FOUND THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ATE THE MOST CHOCOLATE REDUCED THEIR RISK OF HEART DISEASE BY NEARLY 40%, -- DIABETES AND STROKE BY ABOUT 30%.

LEGACY:
ALMOST AS GOOD AS CANDY--SUN DRIED TOMATOS ARE MAKING A SPLASH AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS.
AND THIS WEEK ON LEAVE OF LEGACY WE'RE PROFILING THE BIGGEST PRODUCER IN THE COUNTRY. MOONEY FARMS PRODUCES AND SELLS BELA SUN LUCI AND SEVERAL OTHER BRANDS OF SUN DRIED TOMATOS.
THIS MASSIVE OPERATION WAS STARTED BY A CALIFORNIA WOMAN AND HER THREE KIDS AFTER NEARLY LOSING THE FARM BACK IN THE 1980'S.
TODAY THE PRODUCT CONTINUES TO GAIN RECOGNITION, INCLUDING BEING CHOSE BY WOMEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TOP 125 FOODS WOMEN SHOULD EAT...THAT'S OUT OF A LIST OF 40,000 POSSIBILITIES.

TEXAS HAY HOTLINE:
AS WE TOLD YOU EARLIER, TEXAS RANCHERS ARE DESPERATE FOR HAY. THE STATE IS LOOKING FOR HELP FROM OTHER STATES. HERE'S THE INFO. FOR THE TEXAS HAY HOTLINE. THE WEBSITE IS WWW.TEXASAGRICULTURE.GOV/HAYHOTLINE. THE PHONE NUMBER IS 877-429-1998.

CONTACT PAGE:
WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! CONTACT US AT 800-792-4329. OR DROP AN EMAIL TO INBOX@AGDAY.COM. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK US OUT ON SOME OF THAT NEW TECHNOLOGY, AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/AGDAY.
 

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