AgDay Daily Recap - August 3, 2011

August 3, 2011 03:17 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 3, 2011

FARM PRODUCTION EXPENDITURES:
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. CLINTON IS ON ASSIGNMENT. TOPPING OUR NEWS THE COST TO GROW A CROP AND RAISE A HERD CONTINUES TO CLIMB. IF THERE IS GOOD NEWS - THE LATEST FIGURES SHOW IT'S ONLY SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN 2009. THE AG DEPARTMENT RELEASED ITS ANNUAL REPORT ON FARM PRODUCTION EXPENDITURES. THE REPORT COMPARES 2010 TO 2009 EXPENSES. THEY TOTALLED 289-BILLION DOLLARS, UP SIX-TENTHS OF A PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE BIGGEST INCREASES WERE FOR TRACTORS AND SELF-PROPELLED MACHINERY. THEY'RE UP 17%. CASH RENT IS UP 14.5%. FERTILIZER CLIMBED 4.5%. REMEMBER, THAT'S FROM 2009 TO 2010. IN A STATE BY STATE BREAKDOWN, CALIFORNIA HAD THE HIGHEST TALLY OF FARM EXPENDITURES AT 30-BILLION DOLLARS, FOLLOWED BY CORN-RICH IOWA AND THEN TEXAS.

KINZE AUTOMATION:
IN MACHINERY MINUTE, FIRST IT WAS "NO HANDS" NEEDED TO OPERATE A TRACTOR. NOW, IT'S "NO- BODY". KINZE MANUFACTURING UNVEILED NEW TECHNOLOGY THIS WEEK THAT FURTHER REMOVES HUMAN INPUT TO ROW-CROP PRODUCTION. THE IOWA-BASED EQUIPMENT MAKER HAS ANNOUNCED THE "KINZE AUTONOMY PROJECT." SIMPLY PUT, THE SYSTEM HELPS OPERATE SELF-PROPELLED EQUIPMENT WITHOUT SOMEONE IN THE CAB. THEY DEMONSTRATED THE TECHNOLOGY IN FRONT OF ITS DEALERS. KINZE OPERATED A GRAIN CART, BEING PULLED BY A TRACTOR. IT RAN NEXT TO A COMBINE LIKE DURING HARVEST. KINZE SAYS IT CONDUCTED EXTENSIVE "OBSTACLE DETECTION" TO ENSURE THE ABILITY TO STEER AROUND FENCE POSTS, FARM ANIMALS AND OTHER VEHICLES. WHILE OTHER INDUSTRIES, LIKE MINING AND MILITARY ALREADY USE SIMILAR TECHNOLOGY, KINZE SAYS AS FAR AS FARM EQUIPMENT, THIS TAKES IT TO A NEW LEVEL.

FORD RECALL:
A POPULAR PICK-UP IN FARM COUNTRY IS UNDER RECALL. FORD IS RECALLING MORE THAN A MILLION PICKUP TRUCKS BECAUSE THEIR GAS TANKS CAN FALL OFF AND CAUSE FIRES. THE RECALL COVERS F-150, F-250 AND LINCOLN BLACKWOOD PICKUPS. THE RECALL INVOLVES CERTAIN MODELS BUILT FROM 1997 TO 2004. ACCORDING TO PUBLISHED REPORTS THE PROBLEM OCCURRED IN COLD WEATHER STATES WHICH USE ROAD SALT. THE CORROSIVE SALT CAUSES THE METAL STRAPS HOLDING UP THE TANKS TO RUST AND EVENTUALLY BREAK.

MM AEM HIGHWAYS:
A TRADE GROUP THAT REPRESENTS THE MAJOR FARM EQUIPMENT MAKERS IN THIS COUNTRY SAYS IT'S TIME FOR THIS COUNTRY TO INVEST IN ITS INFRASTRUCTURE - SUCH AS ROADS AND BRIDGES. AND IT SAYS THOSE IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD BE PAID FOR BY PEOPLE WHO USE THOSE HIGHWAYS. THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS RECENTLY RELEASED A "POSITION PAPER" ON THE CONDITION OF U.S. HIGHWAYS. IT'S CALLING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF A FEDERAL INTERSTATE USER FEE. AEM PRESIDENT DENNIS SLATER SAYS WITH NO-ONE IN CONGRESS WILLING TO PUSH FOR A GAS TAX, ANOTHER FUNDING SOLUTION IS NEEDED. AEM SAYS ALL VEHICLES USING INTERSTATES - NOT JUST TOLLWAYS - SHOULD PAY A FEE WHICH WOULD BE COLLECTED THROUGH ELECTRONIC MEANS, LIKE AN "E-Z PASS" SYSTEM. THERE WOULD BE NO TOLLBOOTHS. THE MONEY WOULD GO INTO A HIGHWAY TRUST FUND TO PAY FOR REPAIRS.

SOYBEAN COLLEGE:
THANKS CINDI. THE TWO-DAY SOYBEAN COLLEGE WRAPPED-UP YESTERDAY IN COLDWATER, MICHIGAN. WHILE FARM JOURNAL LAUNCHED "CORN" COLLEGE SEVERAL YEARS AGO, THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR "SOYBEAN" COLLEGE. FARMERS FROM 15 STATES, MEXICO AND CANADA TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE HANDS-ON CLASS WORK TO IMPROVE THEIR BOTTOM LINE. KIP CULLERS - WHO HAS THE WORLD RECORD IN SOYBEAN YIELD - WAS A GUEST SPEAKER. THE SOUTHERN MISSOURI FARMER TALKED ABOUT HIS FIELDS THIS YEAR WHICH HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THE LACK OF RAIN. KIP ENCOURAGED THE STUDENTS AT SOYBEAN COLLEGE TO TRY NEW THINGS ON THEIR CROPS, SUCH AS NEW SEED OR CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAY GIVE YOUR CROP THAT EXTRA BOOST.

ANALYSIS:
CHRIS HURT

NAFB HALL OF FAME:
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FARM BROADCASTING HAS ANNOUNCED ITS NEXT CLASS OF HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES. FOR US AT AGDAY, IT'S BITTERSWEET. THE NAFB COMMITTEE ADDED FORMER AGDAY BUSINESS DIRECTOR LINDSAY HILL TO THIS YEARS CLASS. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, LINDSAY DIED IN AN AUTOMOBILE CRASH EARLIER THIS SPRING. LINDSAY HILL BEGAN HER BROADCASTING CAREER IN OHIO WHERE HER FAMILY STILL FARMS. IN 2010 LINDSAY WAS ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF NAFB. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED AT THE NAFB'S ANNUAL CONVENTION THIS FALL.

GLUTEN LABELING:
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING A NEW LOOK AT HOW TO LABEL FOODS "GLUTEN FREE." DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. THE AGENCY PROPOSED STANDARDS IN 2007 FOR LABELING FOODS THAT DON'T HAVE THE CEREAL PROTEIN BUT THEY WERE NEVER FINALIZED.  GLUTEN IS FOUND IN WHEAT, RYE AND BARLEY. IT CAN INFLAME THE SMALL INTESTINE IN PEOPLE WHO HAVE CELIAC DISEASE. THE FDA SAID TUESDAY THAT IT WILL SEEK NEW COMMENTS ON THOSE STANDARDS, WHICH SET A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF GLUTEN THAT A PRODUCT CAN CONTAIN TO BE LABELED "GLUTEN FREE." RIGHT NOW, THE AMOUNTS OF GLUTEN IN "GLUTEN FREE" ITEMS CAN VARY WIDELY.

WISH FARMS:
ONE OF THE BIGGEST STRAWBERRY GROWER-SHIPPES IN THE COUNTRY IS CHANGING ITS NAMES. WISHNATZKI FARMS IS NOW SIMPLY CALLED "WISH FARMS". WE VISITED WISH FARMS LAST MARCH DURING THE STRAWBERRY HARVEST IN PLANT CITY, FLORIDA. THE COMPANY SAYS THE MOVE IS TO REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH ITS BRANDING. AS GROWERS KNOW, BUILDING BRAND RECOGNITION AMONGST CONSUMERS IS A TOP PRIORITY. ACTUALLY THE COMPANY INTRODUCED THE NEW LABEL LAST YEAR...AND NOW MADE IT OFFICIAL TO CHANGE THE COMPANY NAME TO MATCH IT. THE COMPANY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 90 YEARS.

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