AgDay Daily Recap - July 11, 2011

July 12, 2011 09:43 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JULY 11, 2011

DURUM WHEAT:
GOOD MORNING. HOLD ON TO YOUR PASTA...PRICES MAY BE GOING UP. THE U.S. WHEAT INDUSTRY SAYS A SHORTAGE OF DURUM WHEAT MAY BE BREWING AS FLOODING IN THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES KEPT MILLIONS OF ACRES FALLOW. THE USDA PROJECTS PLANTED ACRES OF DURUM WHEAT WILL BE THE LOWEST IN 50 YEARS. AND THAT NUMBER COULD GET EVEN SMALLER AS THE DEPARTMENT RESURVEYS PRODUCERS AFTER FLOODING AND HEAVY RAINS KEPT FARMERS OUT OF FIELDS. IN NORTH DAKOTA DURUM WHEAT PLANTING STILL ISN'T DONE AT 78% COMPLETE. IT PRODUCES TWO-THIRDS OF THE NATION'S CROP.  THAT STATE IS DEALING WITH MASSIVE FLOODING. CURRENTLY MORE THAN 6 MILLION ACRES OF FARMLAND CAN'T BE SEEDED. PRICES FOR DURUM WHEAT ARE AVERAGING AROUND $14.40 PER BUSHEL--UP NEARLY 5 DOLLARS FROM LAST WEEK.

FLOODED ELEVATOR:
WHILE THERE WON'T BE AS MANY ACRES PLANTED IN NORTH DAKOTA THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE FLOODING, SOME OF LAST YEARS CROPS SITTING IN A GRAIN ELEVATOR IN THE FLOODED CITY OF MINOT WERE SPARED. IT TOOK A HERCULEAN EFFORT TO SAVE ABOUT A QUARTER OF MILLION BUSHELS OF WHEAT, SOYBEANS AND CANOLA. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR SAYS AS THE SOURIS RIVER WAS RISING, ELEVATOR EMPLOYEES WERE SCRAMBLING TO SAVE THE GRAIN. CLIFF SAYS SINCE FILING THAT REPORT, THE WATER LEVELS AROUND THE ELEVATOR HAVE DROPPED A COUPLE OF FEET. AS FAR AS THE RAIL LINES, BNSF SAYS BOTH MAIN TRACKS IN MINOT ARE BACK IN SERVICE. CUSTOMERS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE 12-24 HOUR TRAFFIC DELAYS OVER THE NEXT WEEK. MEANWHILE, BNSF TRAFFIC IS STILL OUT OF SERVICE IN PARTS OF MONTANA IMPACTED BY THE FLOODING.

COTTON PRICES:
FLOODING ALSO IMPACTED COTTON ACRES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI.  ADD TO IT DROUGHT IN OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST, AND GETTING THIS YEAR'S MASSIVE COTTON CROP TO HARVEST MAY BE A CHALLENGE. NOW PRICES ARE HALF OF WHAT THEY WERE JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO. DECEMBER COTTON FUTURES ARE NOW AROUND $114.00 PER HUNDRED. THAT'S THE LOWEST IT’S BEEN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR.  DESPITE CROP PROBLEMS IN THE U.S., WORLD SUPPLY IS EXPECTED TO BE STRONG. INDIA IS RESUMING EXPORTS AND DEMAND FROM CHINA THE WORLD LARGEST COTTON CONSUMER MAY WEAKEN. CONTINUED ECONOMIC TURMOIL WORLDWIDE IS EXPECTED TO CURB DEMAND FOR THE FIBRE.

CAGED HENS:
THE HUMANE SOCIETY AND THE UNITED EGG PRODUCERS MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT LAST WEEK THAT'S STILL BEING DISCUSSED IN MANY SECTORS OF AGRICULTURE. THE TWO GROUPS ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT THAT THEY'LL WORK TOGETHER TO PUSH FOR A FEDERAL LAW COVERING THE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS ON FARMS. THIS AGREEMENT FOCUSES ON THE TREATMENT OF EGG-LAYING HENS. THEIR PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD REPLACE CURRENT CONVENTIONAL CAGES. IT WOULD DOUBLE THE SIZE OF SPACE FOR EACH BIRD BY THE YEAR 2029. THAT WOULD GIVE PRODUCERS NEARLY TWO DECADES TO MAKE THE TRANSITION. BUT WOULD THE MEASURE GO BEYOND POULTRY? THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS IT'S CONCERNED ABOUT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PRE-EMPT STATE LAWS AND GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WIDE-REACHING POWER THROUGH-OUT ANIMAL AGRICULTURE. THE ANIMAL AGRICULTURE ALLIANCE SAYS QUOTING HERE - "LEGISLATION AT ANY LEVEL IS UNNCESSARY AS A MEANS TO ENSURE FARM ANIMAL TREATMENT, AS ANIMAL CARE IS ALREADY A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE MAJORITY OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS. EARLIER THIS SPRING WE TALKED WITH THE ANIMAL AG ALLIANCE ABOUT FARM ANIMAL WELFARE. THE GROUP SAYS PRODUCERS MUST BE CLEAR IN THEIR POLICIES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AND FARM HANDS.

INBOX:
FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, LARA MERRIFIELD SAYS SHE "THINKS THE INTENT IS GOOD, BUT I DON'T LIKE THE BIG GOVERNMENT TRYING TO SQUEEZE US INTO A MOLD. I THINK THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE CHOICES ABOUT WHERE THEY BUY THEIR FOOD FROM....AND SHE ADDS IT'S A "
SLIPPERY SLOPE FOR SURE!" AND FROM THE AGDAY INBOX...SMALL FARMER BILL CHRISTOPHER OF DWIGHT ILLINOIS WRITES...I UNDERSTAND FARMING AND THE FARMER'S DESIRE TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR BUSINESS BUT, I BELIEVE THAT THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY HAS TAKEN AN EVIL TURN IN RECENT YEARS.  I THINK IN THIS CASE A FEDERAL LAW IS REQUIRED TO AT LEAST MAINTAIN SOME KIND OF STANDARD OF HUMANE TREATMENT.

POET:
IN AGRIBUSINESS THE NATION'S FIRST COMMERCIAL-SCALE CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PLANT IS GETTING SUPPORT FROM THE U.S. ENERGY DEPARTMENT. PROJECT LIBERTY, SPONSORED BY POET LLC NOW HAS A CONDITIONAL LOAN GUARANTEE OF 105 MILLION DOLLARS. THE FIRST EVER CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PRODUCER IS EXPECTED TO CREATE 25 MILLION GALLONS OF EHTANOL PER YEAR AT ITS SITE IN EMMETSBURG IOWA. POET ESTIMATES THE PROJECT WILL BRING ABOUT 200 JOBS AND ADD 14 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE LOCAL FARM ECONOMY. UNLIKE TYPICAL CORN ETHANOL PLANTS, THE POET FACILITY WILL USE CORNCOBS, LEAVES AND HUSKS FROM LOCAL FARMERS FOR FUEL.

ANALYSIS:
DUSTIN JUSTIN

CORN COLLEGE:
WE'RE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER VACATION, BUT IT'S TIME TO HEAD BACK TO CLASS - - IF YOU'RE A CORN OR SOYBEAN GROWER, THAT IS. ONCE AGAIN, FARM JOURNAL IS HOSTING ITS VERY POPULAR CORN COLLEGE. IT'S HELD NEAR BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS IN EARLY AUGUST.
ATTENDEES GET PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON, IN-THE-FIELD EXPERIENCE ON HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR YIELDS AND THE BOTTOM LINE. PRODUCERS WILL LEARN FROM TWO OF THE BEST AGRONOMISTS IN THE BUSINESS - FARM JOURNAL'S KEN FERRIE AND MISSY BAUER. THIS YEAR, THERE ARE NEW CLASSES, ADDITIONAL SESSIONS, PLUS FARM JOURNAL HAS CREATED A NEW SOYBEAN COLLEGE TO BE HELD IN MICHIGAN. TO LEARN ABOUT ANY OF THE SCHOOLS GO ONLINE TO www.agweb.com.

IN THE COUNTRY; FEED THE NEEDY:
SOME YOUNG CHEFS IN THE VOLUNTEER STATE ARE GIVING THEIR TIME AND COOKING ABILITIES TO HELP FEED THE NEEDY IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THE KIDS ARE IN A 4-H SUMMER CAMP THAT TEACHES SKILLS AND SERVICE. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED IN THE KITCHEN AND ON THE SERVING LINE. THANKS CHUCK. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

U.S. PISTACHIOS:
IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE, MORE THAN 21 MILLION PEOPLE SUFFER FROM DIABETES, AND THE NUMBER IS GROWING AT A RATE OF 10 PERCENT ANNUALLY. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, A NEW STUDY SAYS PISTACHIOS MAY HELP DIABETES SUFFERS CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS. THE STUDY BY RESEARCHERS IN UNIVERISTY OF TORONTO FOUND PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES WHO ATE TWO OUNCES OF TREE NUTS--LIKE PISTACHIOS-- IN PLACE CARBOHYDRATES IMPROVED THEIR LONG-TERM BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL AND LOWERED CHOLESTEROL LEVELS. THE SCIENTISTS CALL IT A PROMISING AND EXCITING FINDING IN THE TREATMENT OF THE DISEASE.

FRONT YARD GARDEN:
AND A MICHIGAN WOMAN'S GARDEN IS CAUSING QUITE THE STIR WITH CITY OFFICIALS. THAT'S BECAUSE SHE PLANTED IT IN THE FRONT YARD.  IT'S HAPPENING IN THE MICHIGAN TOWN OF OAK PARK. THAT'S A NORTHERN SUBBURB OF DETROIT. THE OWNER SAYS SHE PLANTED THE VEGETABLE GARDEN IN THE FRONT YARD FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SO FAR THE KIDS LOVE IT. THE CITY HOWEVER DOES NOT. THEY SAY IT VIOLATES CITY CODE..ADDING A VEGETABLE GARDEN DOESN'T FIT THE SUITIABLE PLANT MATERIAL DESIGNATION. THE OWNER DISAGREES AND REFUSES TO MOVE IT. SHE WAS GIVEN A WARNING, THEN A TICKET AND NOW HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR FOR VIOLATING THE CITY'S PLANNING CODE. THE CASE IS HEADED FOR COURT AND IF CONVICTED THE OWNER COULD GET MORE THAN 90 DAYS IN JAIL.

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