AgDay Daily Recap - January 21, 2011

January 21, 2011 06:45 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JANUARY 21, 2011

DAIRY PRODUCTION:
THERE ARE FEWER DAIRY COWS PRODUCING MILK THESE DAYS, BUT THEY ARE PROLIFIC PRODUCERS! USDA RELEASED ITS YEAR-END AND MONTHLY TOTALS OF U.S. MILK PRODUCTION. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS MILK PRODUCTION ROSE NEARLY 2% FROM 2009 YEAR-END TOTALS. ON A COW-BY-COW BASIS, PRODUCTION CLIMBED 2.8% PER ANIMAL. AT THE SAME TIME, THE NATION'S DAIRY HERD POPULATION DECLINED BY 88,000 COWS. ACCORDING TO THE AG DEPARTMENT, THE BIGGEST STATE GAINER WAS COLORADO, WITH PRODUCTION UP 11%. MISSOURI SHOWED THE LARGEST MILK PRODUCTION DECLINE, DOWN NEARLY 8%. THE NATION'S LARGEST MILK PRODUCER - CALIFORNIA - ALSO SAW AN INCREASE IN TOTAL POUNDS OF MILK PRODUCED…IT'S UP 2.7%. TO PUT THAT IN CONTEXT, THAT INCREASE IN CALIFORNIA IS MORE THAN THE INCREASES SEEN BY COLORADO, ARIZONA, OREGON AND KANSAS COMBINED.

MISSOURI WEATHER:
WHILE FARMERS THROUGH-OUT MUCH OF THE CORN BELT ENJOYED DRY WEATHER TO BRING-IN THE CROP LAST FALL, WET WEATHER PUT A DAMPER ON THE 2010 MISSOURI HARVEST. MISSOURI CORN PRODUCTION IN 2010 WAS DOWN 17% FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE SOYBEAN HARVEST WAS ALSO SMALLER, DOWN 9% FROM 2009. HAY PRODUCTION ALSO FELL BY 9%. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AGRICULTURAL ECONOMISTS SAY DESPITE THE BAD WEATHER MANY MISSOURI
FARMERS STILL HAD A GOOD YEAR BECAUSE OF STRONG CROP PRICES. LAST WEEK, USDA RELEASED ITS 2010 CROP PRODUCTION SUMMARY. IT SHOWED NATIONWIDE CORN PRODUCTION WAS DOWN 5% FROM 2009. THE AG DEPARTMENT LOWERED THE 2010 CORN YIELD BY A BUSHEL AND A HALF FROM ITS NOVEMBER FORECAST. THE 2010 SOYBEAN PRODUCTION WAS DOWN ONLY ONE PERCENT FROM 2009.

FLORIDA CROP DAMAGE:
PRODUCTION ESTIMATES HAVE ALSO FALLEN IN FLORIDA. NEW NUMBERS SAY DECEMBER FREEZES CAUSED MORE THAN 370-MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE TO STATE CROPS. MOST OF THAT ESTIMATE IS FOR VEGETABLES, INCLUDING TRASPORTATION AND LOST RETAIL SALES. THESE ARE USDA NUMBERS. THAT REPORT SHOWED LITTLE DAMAGE TO CITIRUS CROPS. BUT PRODUCERS AND STATE AGENCIES DISAGREE. THE FLORDIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS ESTIMATING FREEZING WEATHER DESTROYED AROUND 2.5 MILLION CARTONS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN DECEMBER. GROWERS SAY DAMAGE TO CITRUS MAY BE SPOTTY AND SPREAD OUT...BUT THERE WAS DAMAGE.

LAVENDER RESEARCH:
THANKS MIKE. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME LAVENDER CROSSED YOUR MIND AS A CASH CROP. IF RESEARCHERS IN NEW MEXICO HAVE IT THEIR WAY, THIS AROMATIC PLANT MAY FIND ITSELF ON THE PRODUCTION LIST. NEW MEXICO STATE RESEARCHERS ARE CONDUCTING VARIETY TRIALS OF LAVENDER AT ITS SUSTAINABLE AG CENTER NORTH OF SANTA FE. THE STATE IS BECOMING INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN FOR ITS LAVENDER AND LAVENDER OIL PRODUCTION. THE CROP IS WELL SUITED FOR NEW MEXICO'S ALKALINE, SANDY AND LOW-FERTILITY SOILS.  IN THE EXTREME CONDITIONS OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO THE PLANTS HAVE TO BE HEARTY. ENGLISH LAVENDER OIL IS THE MOST VALUABLE ON A PER ACRE BASIS. HARSH WEATHER COST SOME NEW MEXICO COMMERICAL PRODUCERS THEIR PLANTS RECENTLY. TO HELP, RESERCHERS ARE NOW TESTING NEW VARIETIES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE.

OHIO BEES:
AND IN OHIO AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, THAT SCHOOL LOST MUCH OF ITS BEE RESEARCH EQUIPMENT IN A TORNADO LAST FALL. IT'S CONSIDERED ONE OF THE PREMIERE BEE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY. WITHOUT MOST OF ITS EQUIPMENT, STAFF AND FACULTY ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP COLONIES ALIVE DURING THE WINTER.

GRAIN PRICES:
IN AGRIBUSINESS THIS MORNING GRAIN PRICES HAD ANOTHER VOLITILE DAY THURSDAY. FOR THE SESSION, CORN TRADED IN A 27 CENT RANGE WHILE SOYBEANS COVERED A 38 CENT STRETCH. COTTON POSTED ANOTHER STRONG DAY UP FOUR DOLLARS CLOSING NEAR 1-53.
ON THE PROTEIN FRONT, CATTLE FUTURES CROSSED A NEW RECORD HIGH THIS WEEK.

CATTLE FUTURES:
THE FEBRUARY LIVE CATTLE CONTRACT PASSED 112 DOLLARS PER HUNDRED ON TUESDAY. THAT'S ITS HIGHEST MARK SINCE CATTLE FUTURES STARTED TRADING IN 1964. BOXED BEEF IS ALSO UP 8% OVER THE LAST FOUR WEEKS. CATTLE AND HOG PRICES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN STRONG DUE TO INCREASED EXPORT DEMAND FROM COUNTRIES LIKE SOUTH KOREA. IT'S DEALING WITH THE WORST FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE OUTBREAK IN ITS HISTORY. GLOBAL ISSUES CONTINUE TO HAVE MAJOR IMPACTS U.S. COMMODITY MARKETS.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; PET EXERCISE:
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE TRY TO LOSE A FEW POUNDS. PERHAPS WE'RE "POOCHIN' OUT A LITTLE AROUND THE WAISTLINE. WELL, OUR POOCHES - - DOGS - - CAN ALSO GAIN UN-NECESSARY WEIGHT. YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND MAY BE THE PERFECT WORK-OUT PARTNER TO HELP YOU AND YOUR PET SHED SOME POUNDS. CHUCK DENNEY HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. THE UT VETS SAY YOU NEED TO SET YOUR DOG'S EXERCISE ROUTINE BASED ON THEIR AGE, SIZE AND BREED. STILL TO COME, A DISEASE PROMPTS QUARANTINE IN SOME CITRUS GROWING STATES. WE'LL HAVE THE DETAILS NEXT IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. BUT FIRST, HERE'S OUR REGULAR FRIDAY INSTALLMENT OF RUBES FRIDAY FUNNIES.

SWEET ORANGE SCAB:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, CITRUS GROWERS IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI AND TEXAS ARE DEALING WITH A NEW FUNGUS IN THIS COUNTRY - - SWEET ORANGE SCAB. LAST JULY, USDA SCIENTISTS CONFIRMED THE FIRST-EVER KNOWN CASE OF THIS CITRUS DISEASE IN THE COUNTRY.
USDA SAYS THE FUNGUS POSES NO HUMAN THREAT. BUT IT DOES CAUSE UN-SIGHTLY SCABS. DISFIGURING THE FRUIT WILL IMPACT PRODUCERS' TRYING TO SELL CROPS ON THE FRESH-FRUIT MARKET. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LSU AGCENTER, TOBIE BLANCHARD TAKES A LOOK AT THE DISEASE AND A FEDERAL QUARATINE NOW IN PLACE.

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