AgDay Daily Recap - February 2, 2011

February 3, 2011 04:34 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
FEBRUARY 2, 2011

BLIZZARD:
HELLO EVERYONE, CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT, OR AT LEAST HE HOPES TO BE. HE'S HEADED TO DENVER FOR THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S CONVENTION. OF COURSE, LIKE MANY OF YOU, HE'S CAUGHT-UP IN THIS BIG WINTRY STORM THAT STRETCHES FROM NEW MEXICO TO THE MIDWEST...AND POINTS EAST.

BLIZZARD MAP:
FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER, METEROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN SAYS NINE STATES - FROM OKLAHOMA TO OHIO - ISSUED BLIZZARD WARNINGS ON TUESDAY. IN THE PLAINS, HEAVY SNOW, BITTER COLD, AND HIGH WINDS CREATED CHALLENGES FOR RANCHERS AND THEIR HERDS.

OKLAHOMA SNOW:
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE NEAR STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA YESTERDAY AS THE STORM CHARGED THROUGH. A SIMILAR SCENE PLAYED-OUT ACROSS THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY. MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES FELL BELOW ZERO DEGREES IN EASTERN COLORADO AND WESTERN KANSAS, AND PLUNGED TO NEAR 40 DEGREES BELOW IN NORTHERN MONTANA. USDA SAYS BITTERLY COLD AIR IS A THREAT TO EXPOSED WINTER WHEAT ON THE HIGH PLAINS. A PATCHY, SHALLOW SNOW COVER IS PROVIDING SOME LIMITED PROTECTION.

WHEAT CONDITION:
BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVED, WINTER WHEAT WAS ALREADY IN ROUGH SHAPE IN THE PLAINS. THE STORM COULD PROVIDE SOME BADLY NEEDED MOISTURE, BUT THERE'S CONCERN ABOUT WINTER-KILL. USDA'S "NASS" OFFICE IN TEXAS REPORTED ON MONDAY THAT MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATE’S WINTER WHEAT CROP WAS RATED IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION. IN OKLAHOMA, THE "NASS" REPORT SHOWS 40% OF THE WHEAT CROP IS POOR TO VERY POOR. USDA SAYS JANUARY IS THE SIXTH DRIEST PERIOD SINCE 1921. THE STATE RECEIVED ON AVERAGE, NOT EVEN A QUARTER OF AN INCH. IN KANSAS, USDA SAYS 37% OF THE WINTER WHEAT IS CALLED POOR TO VERY POOR.

WEATHER CATTLE MARKETS:
BEFORE THE STORM, THE DRY CONDITIONS HAD BEEN FAVORABLE FOR CATTLE AS LIVESTOCK PENS AND LOTS HAVE NOT BEEN MUDDY. CALVING IS STARTING IN MOST AREAS OF KANSAS. AS FAR AS THE MARKET IMPACT, OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT PRO-FARMER NEWSLETTER SAY WINTER-WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL SLOW LIVESTOCK TRAVEL TO A NEAR HALT. THAT COULD RESULT IN LATE-WEEK CASH CATTLE TRADE. IT ALSO MAKES THE CASH HOG SITUATION FOR LATER IN THE WEEK MORE UNCERTAIN. PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY HAS MORE.

ANALYSIS INTRO:
WALL STREET AND THE COMMODITY MARKETS CONTINUE TO WATCH DEVELOPMENTS IN AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF PROTESTS IN EGYPT. OF COURSE, FARMERS KNOW THAT MARKET CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE DRAMATICALLY DUE TO CIVIL UN-REST, A NEW CROP REPORT OR THE WEATHER. IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS, CLINTON GRIFFITHS TALKS WITH MARK GOLD ABOUT "BEING PREPARED."

ANALYSIS:
MARK GOLD

IN THE COUNTRY; INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER:
THE CAFETERIA AT A COLLEGE IN SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA HAS A LITTLE LESS FOOD-WASTE TO DEAL WITH THESE DAYS. ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE HAS AN ARRANGEMENT WITH A LOCAL DAIRY FARMER WHO TURNS THE TABLE-SCRAPS INTO ENERGY THROUGH HIS METHANE DIGESTER. THAT DIGESTER IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL ON HIS DAIRY FARM AS A WAY TO HANDLE ANIMAL WASTE. THE CAFETERIA WASTE IS JUST AN ADDED BENEFIT. THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL IS ONE REASON WHY LUKE BRUBAKER WAS DECLARED THE INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION AND OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE. CLINTON GRIFFITHS TAKES US TO MOUNT JOY, PENNSYLVANIA. A BIG PART OF GETTING HEALTHY IS GETTING OFF THE COUCH. STILL TO COME, WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW SOME HEALTHY HABITS AT WORK CAN HAVE BENEFITS AS WELL. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

FOOD GUIDELINES:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THE DEPARTMENTS OF AG AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELEASED THEIR REVISED AND RECOMMENDED DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR THE COUNTRY. THE FOCUS IS ON THE NATION'S OBESITY PROBLEM AND TOOK AIM AT SALT AND SATURATED FATS. THE GUIDELINES TALKED A LOT ABOUT INCREASING YOUR INTAKE OF FRUITS, VEGETABLES, POULTRY AND SEAFOOD. BUT, IT DID NOT PUT MUCH ATTENTION ON RED MEAT...AND BEEF PRODUCERS TOOK EXCEPTION. THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION SAYS LEAN BEEF CAN BE PART OF A HEALTHY DIET. NCBA SAYS THERE ARE 29 CUTS OF BEEF THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS "LEAN."

SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE:
OF COURSE, AN IMPORTANT PART OF ANY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS TO GET SOME EXERCISE. SITTING AROUND TOO MUCH CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR LIFE. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE LSU AGCENTER, TOBIE BLANCHARD TALKS WITH A NUTRITIONIST ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MOVING-MORE THROUGH-OUT THE DAY. . . AND NOT JUST AT THE GYM.

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