AgDay Daily Recap - December 27, 2010

December 27, 2010 08:33 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 27, 2010

CASH RENTS:
MOST FARMERS HAVE LOCKED IN THEIR CASH RENTS FOR 2011. ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT LAND-OWNER NEWSLETTER, MOST FARMERS SETTLED THOSE NEGOTIATIONS BEFORE CORN SPIKED ABOVE FIVE DOLLARS. WITH COMMODITY PRICES SURGING THE PAST FEW MONTHS, FARMERS WHO DID NOT LOCK-IN THOSE LAND-COSTS, TALKS WITH OWNERS COULD GET INTERESTING. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, TODD GLEASON GIVES US AN IDEA ON WHAT ILLINOIS FARMERS WILL BE PAYING.

LAND VALUES:
THANKS TODD. ON THE OWNER SIDE OF THE EQUATION, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT YOUR TENANT IS FINANCIALLY STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE THE PAYMENT. MEANWHILE, FARMLAND VALUES SAW A BIG RISE THIS YEAR. FOR INSTANCE, WE REPORTED LAST WEEK THAT IOWA FARMLAND VALUES CLIMBED 16% THIS YEAR. AND AS GRAIN PRICES CLIMBED, SO DID THE PRICES OF GOOD QUALITY FARMLAND. RESULTS OF IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY'S LAND VALUES REPORT SHOWED THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE PRICE FOR FARMLAND WAS $5064. THE HIGHEST COUNTY AVERAGE WAS $7100.

CORN COLLEGE:
WITH THE POPULARITY OF FARM JOURNAL CORN COLLEGE. . . AND BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR CORN. . . FARM JOURNAL IS TAKING THE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS OUTSIDE THE CORN BELT. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, IT'S BEING OFFERED IN THE SOUTH. FIRST STARTED FOUR YEARS AGO, CORN COLLEGE IS A SPECIAL CLASS LED BY FARM JOURNAL FIELD AGRONOMISTS. IT OFFERS HANDS-ON TRAINING ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR BOTTOM LINE, BY LEARNING NEW TECHNIQUES TO BE USED IN THE FIELD. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES FOR CORN GROWERS IN THE SOUTH. OUR EXPERTS HAVE CREATED A CUSTOMIZED CURRICULUM FOR THE SOUTHERN FARMER. CORN COLLEGE FOR THE SOUTH TAKES PLACE ON JANUARY 7TH AND 8TH IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA IN CONJUNCTION WITH AG-CONNECT EXPO. WE'LL PUT A LINK ON OUR HOMEPAGE. YOU CAN ALSO GET THE INFORMATION BY GOING TO WWW.AGCONNECT.COM AND CLICKING ON THE EDUCATION TABS.

AGWEB POLL:
WE TALKED ABOUT CASH RENTS EARLIER IN THE SHOW. THE FOLKS AT AGWEB WANT TO KNOW WHAT INPUT IS SHOWING THE BIGGEST PRICE INCREASE? SEED, CROP PROTECTION, FERTILIZER, OR LABOR? AS ALWAYS, GO TO www.agweb.com TO CAST YOUR VOTE. HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF LAST WEEK'S POLL WHICH ASKED ARE YOU PLANNING TO MAKE ANY EQUIPMENT PURCHASES IN THIS YEAR TO EASE YOUR TAX BURDEN. HALF OF YOU SAID "NO". 43% SAID "YES". AND ABOUT 7% SAID "YOU DON'T KNOW"

SWINE I.D.:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE NATIONAL PORK BOARD SAYS 92% OF ALL U.S. SWINE PREMISES NOW HAVE A NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED PREMISES IDENTIFICATION NUMBER - OR PIN. THE ORGANIZATION SAYS THE PIN IS THE CORNERSTONE FOR MORE RAPID AND ACCURATE TRACEABILITY.
THE PORK BOARD SAYS THIS MILESTONE REPRESENTS NEARLY 66,000 PREMISES. NEARLY HALF OF THESE FARMS WERE REGISTERED OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS IN A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PORK INDUSTRY AND USDA. AS YOU MAY KNOW, USDA ATTEMPTED A NATIONAL ANIMAL I.D. SYSTEM, BUT IT NEVER GOT SUPPORT THROUGH-OUT THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY.

ANALYSIS:
BRIAN BASTING

IN THE COUNTRY; MINNIE LOU ANGUS RANCHER:
WHEN IT COMES TO RANCHING, MINNIE LOU BRADLEY DOESN'T MINCE WORDS. SHE AND HER HUSBAND STARTED THE BRADLEY THREE RANCH ABOUT SIX DECADES AGO. SHE'S PROUD OF HER HERD. . .AND OF THE INDUSTRY. IN FACT, SHE IS THE FIRST AND ONLY FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION. SHE'S RECOGNIZED AS A PIONEER IN THE BRANDED-BEEF BUSINESS. IN HER OWN WORDS, MINNIE LOU TELLS US WHAT THE LAND, THE ANIMALS AND THE PEOPLE MEAN TO THIS COUNTRY. OUR THANKS TO THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION FOR SHARING MINNIE LOU'S STORY WITH US. STILL TO COME, FIND OUT WHICH FRUIT OUR AGING POPULATION SHOULD EAT TO PROTECT THEIR "THINKING" SKILLS.

BLUEBERRIES:
BLUEBERRIES MAY HELP AGING AMERICANS KEEP THEIR MIND SHARPER, LONGER. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT A DIET WITH BLUEBERRIES FOR ONE MONTH MAY SLOW AND EVEN REVERSE THE DECLINE IN MENTAL FUNCTION ASSOCIATED WITH AGE.
BLUEBERRY CONSUMPTION HAS ALREADY BEEN LINKED TO A REDUCED RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. NOW, RESEARCHERS SAY THE BENEFITS COULD EXTEND TO THE BRAIN FUNCTION OF ANY AGING ADULT. EARLIER THIS YEAR, RESEARCHERS FOUND WHEN PATIENTS DRANK ABOUT 16 OUNCES OF BLUEBERRY JUICE FOR THREE MONTHS, THERE WAS IMPROVED LEARNING AND WORD-LIST RECALL. THIS NEW STUDY WAS CONDUCTED ON RATS USING A MAZE. THE RESULTS WERE SIMILAR. THERE WAS IMPROVED THINKING WITH BLUEBERRY CONSUMPTION.

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