AgDay Daily Recap - December 29, 2010

December 29, 2010 05:32 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
DECEMBER 29, 2010

DAIRY PRICES:
GOOD MORNING. IT’S BEEN A TOUGH ROAD FOR AMERICA'S DAIRY'S THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. AFTER THE COLASPE OF MILK PRICES IN 2009, PRODUCERS SPENT 2010 TRYING TO RECOVER. A NEW YEAR IS AROUND THE CORNER, AND THE USDA SAYS IT EXPECTS MILK PRICES TO HOLD STEADY IN 2011. THE DEPARTMENT OF AG'S REPORT SAYS IT EXPECTS INCREASING DOMESTIC DEMAND AND STRONG EXPORTS. COMBINE THAT WITH RELATIVELY STEADY PRODUCTION AND U.S. DAIRYMEN SHOULD SEE PRICES SIMILAR TO 2010. THE REPORT PREDICTS CLASS FOUR MILK PRICES TO BE SLIGHTLY LOWER, WHILE CLASS THREE AND ALL MILK PRICES UNCHANGED IF NOT A BIT HIGHER. FINANCIAL PRESSURE WILL COME IN THE FORM OF HIGHER FEED COSTS. 16% PROTEIN MIXED DAIRY RATION IS EXPECTED TO COST 20% MORE THAN IT DID IN 2010.

LOUISIANA MILK:
LOW PRICES HAVE MADE SURVIVAL TOUGH ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.  THE SAME IS TRUE IN LOUISIANA...WHERE LOW MILK PRICES COMBINED WITH HIGH FEED, FUEL AND INPUTS COSTS SQUEEZED MARGINS EXTRA THIN. TOBIE BLANCHARD WITH THE LSU AGCENTER SAYS RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE DAIRY OPERATIONS MORE EFFICIENT.

CORN STALKS:
THANKS TOBIE. PRODUCERS LOOKING TO KEEP THOSE CATTLE FED THROUGH THE WINTER HAVE A LOT OF OPTIONS. ONE TRADITIONAL CHOICE HAS BEEN CORN STALKS. BUT FORAGE SPECIALISTS SAY MANY TIMES TODAY'S STALKS AREN'T CUTTING IT. THIS COMES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA EXTENSION. THEY SAY IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO FIND TODAY'S CORN STALKS DON'T PROVIDE THE NUTRITION THE SAME FEED STUFF DID 20 YEARS AGO. EXPERTS SAY MODERN TECHNOLOGY MAY BE TO BLAME. COMBINES ARE MUCH MORE EFFICIENT AT COLLECTING GRAIN...LEAVING ONLY ABOUT 2% BEHIND...WHERE IT USED TO BE FOUR. ALSO, NEW TOUGHER STALKED VARIETIES MAY ALSO BE LESS PALATABLE AND HARDER TO DIGEST FOR CATTLE.

DDGS CHINA:
TECHNOLOGY IN THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY HAS PROVIDED LIVESTOCK FEEDERS AROUND THE WORLD AN ALTERNATIVE. DRIED DISTILLERS GRAINS OR DDGS HAVE FOUND BIG MARKETS IN CHINA. IMPORTS ROSE FIVE FOLD LAST YEAR. NOW CHINA IS OPENNING AN ANTI-DUMPING INVESTIGATION INTO U.S. SHIPMENTS OF DDGS. THE COUNTRY SAYS DOMESTIC ETHANOL PRODUCERS ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE U.S. FEED. THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE IS REVIEWING SALES FROM JULY 2009 TO JUNE OF 2010.

SOYBEAN MARKET:
CHINA HAS ALSO BEEN A MAJOR MARKET FOR U.S. SOYBEANS.  A RECENT INCREASE IN INTEREST RATES TO SLOW INFLATION IN THAT COUNTRY APPEARS TO BE HAVING LITTLE AFFECT ON U.S. SOYBEAN MARKETS. SOYBEANS PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB TO THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS IN 2 YEARS CLOSING NEAR $13.75 A BUSHEL ON THE CHICAGO JANUARY CONTRACT. HELPING PROP THOSE PRICES UP...WEATHER CONCERNS IN SOUTH AMERICA. LA NINA IS BEING BLAMED FOR A LACK OF RAIN IN BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA. ARGENTINA IS THE WORLD'S THIRD LARGEST SOYBEAN EXPORTER. ANALYSTS EXPECT DOWNGRADES TO THAT COUNTRY'S CROPS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

ANALYSIS:
MARK GOLD

IN THE COUNTRY; CALIFORNIA WALNUTS:
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU STOPPED TO APPRECIATE THE WALNUT.  BUT IF YOU'RE EATING ONE, IT'S ALMOST CERTAIN THAT NUT CAME FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GOLDEN STATE ACCOUNTS FOR 99% OF THE U.S. SUPPLY OF WALNUTS AND TWO THIRDS OF THE WORLD CROP. TRACEY SELLERS OF CALIFORNIA COUNTRY TV TAKES US TO ONE WALNUT GROVE WHERE THE NUTS ARE JUST THE BEGINNING. THANKS TRACEY. STILL TO COME, HOW EATING MORE DAIRY MAY CUT YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING DIABETES. THAT'S NEXT ON FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

DIABETES AND DAIRY PRODUCTS:
IF YOU'RE AT RISK FOR DIABETES, THERE MAY BE SOME HELP IN THE DAIRY COOLER. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. A NEW STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH SUGGESTS THAT EATING WHOLE-FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING TYPE-TWO DIABETES. THERE'S A NATURAL SUBSTANCE IN DAIRY PRODUCTS CALLED "TRANS-PALM-IH-TOE'-LAY-ICK" ACID. THE ACID CANNOT BE MADE NATURALLY BY THE HUMAN BODY. THEY STUDIED 3,700 PEOPLE. THOSE WITH HIGHER LEVELS OF THE ACID WERE 60% LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP OF TYPE TWO DIABETES. THE SCIENTISTS SAY THE STUDY IS OBSERVATIONAL ONLY AND DID NOT ESTABLISH ANY CAUSE-EFFECT RELATIONSHIP. THEY SAID CLINICAL TRIALS WOULD NEED TO BE CONDUCTED.

MISSOURI DIABETES:
FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES - - OR JUST WATCHING THEIR WAISTLINE - - THE HOLIDAYS CAN BE TOUGH. THERE'S AN ABUNDANCE OF SWEETS AND TREATS AT EVERY GATHERING. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, A CLASS TAUGHT BY THE EXTENSION SERVICE HELPS DIABETICS, AND THOSE AT RISK, TO BETTER MANAGE THEIR MEALS. KENT FADDIS HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY MIZZOU.

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