AgDay Daily Recap - July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011 04:26 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JULY 14, 2011

TEXAS DROUGHT:
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE, CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS OFF FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. TEXAS FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE NO STRANGER TO DRYNESS. BUT THE DROUGHT THIS YEAR HAS REACHED A LEVEL FEW HAVE EVER SEEN. THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR NOW SAYS NEARLY THE ENTIRE STATE – 98% - IS IN SOME STAGE OF DROUGHT. 90% IS CATEGORIZED AS EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT. JUST THE ONE SMALL WHITE SPOT IN THE NORTHEAST AREA OF THE STATE IS FREE OF SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT. THE TEXAS AGRI-LIFE EXTENSION SAYS IN MANY AREAS OF THE STATE, IRRIGATORS ARE EXPERIENCING SEVERE DRAWDOWN OF AQUIFERS -- PUMPING ONLY AIR IN SOME CASES. PRODUCERS IN OTHER REGIONS WERE ABANDONING CORN IN ORDER TO HAVE ENOUGH WATER TO SAVE COTTON. IN MOST PARTS OF THE STATE, DRYLAND CROPS HAVE COMPLETELY FAILED.

WILDFIRES:
THE DRYNESS HAS BEEN EVIDENT FOR MONTHS. DURING THE TYPICALLY WETTER MONTHS OF WINTER, PRECIPITATION WAS SPARSE. THAT LED TO MASSIVE WILDFIRES THROUGH-OUT THE STATE. DAMAGES ARE HIGH. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, MATT FELDER TAKES A LOOK AT THE DAMAGE THAT'S LEFT BEHIND. BACK IN MAY, THE TEXAS AGRI-LIFE EXTENSION RELEASED AN EARLY ESTIMATE OF LOSSES ASSOCIATED WITH JUST THE WILDIFIRES. THE EXTENSION SAYS IT WOULD EASILY HIT 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS. THOSE NUMBERS ARE LIKELY TO GO UP.

FAPRI FLOOD MISSOURI:
MEANWHILE, ECONOMISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PROVIDED AN ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF THE CROP LOSSES FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE STATE. AS YOU MAY REMEMBER, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS INTENTIONALLY BREACHED A LEVEE, SWAMPING 130,000 ACRES OF FARMLAND. THE ECONOMISTS SAY THE FLOODING CAUSED 85-MILLION DOLLARS IN DIRECT CROP LOSSES ALONE IN THAT ONE REGION. WHEN YOU INCLUDE THE AGGREGATE EFFECTS, LIKE IMPACT ON EQUIPMENT DEALERS AND GRAIN ELEVATORS, THE IMPACT IS DOUBLE. BROWN RECOGNIZES SOME PRODUCERS WERE ABLE TO STILL PLANT SOME CROPS AFTER THE FLOODWAY CLEARED. BUT SINCE THE LEVEE SYSTEM IS NOT REPAIRED, CURRENT PLANTINGS MAY ALSO BE AT RISK.

BTR CATTLE RISKS:
OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT LOOKS AT CATTLE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE TWO SAME WEATHER CHALLENGES - DROUGHT AND FLOOD. WE BEGIN WITH FLOODING. KANSAS STATE RESEARCHERS SAY CATTLE PRODUCERS IN AREAS ALONG THE FLOODED MISSOURI RIVER NEED TO WATCH FOR SIGNS OF ANTHRAX BACTERIA TO THEIR HERDS. K-STATE SAYS FLOOD WATERS FROM THE DAKOTAS CAN CARRY ANTHRAX SPORES. ANTHRAX OCCURS NATURALLY JUST ABOUT EVERY SUMMER. THE RESEARCHERS SAY CATTLE MIGHT SWALLOW THE DEADLY ANTHRAX WHEN THEY MOVE ONTO GRAZING LAND THAT WAS ONCE-COVERED BY FLOOD WATERS. CATTLE, BISON, SHEEP, GOATS AND HORSES ARE ALL SUSCEPTIBLE.

BTR CATTLE RISK DROUGHT:
MEANWHILE, PRODUCERS WHO TRY TO SALVAGE THEIR DROUGHT STRICKEN CORN CROPS BY CUTTING AND BALING FOR FEED NEED TO BE CAREFUL. ACCORDING A REPORT FROM DTN, DRYLAND CORN CROPS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATES THIS YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FIRST SIGN OF NITRATE POISONING MAY BE DEAD CATTLE. QUOTING A VETERINARIAN FROM ALABAMA THE REPORT SAYS TOO HIGH OF A NITRATE LOAD IN FEED WILL OVERLOAD THE BLOODSTREAM IN RUMINANT ANIMALS. THEY WARN THAT OTHER CROPS, LIKE SORGHUM, SOYBEANS AND BERMUDA GRASS CAN ALSO ATTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATES. YOU CAN GET MANY MORE UPDATES ON THE BEEF INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MARKET AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AT WWW.BEEFTODAY.COM.

ANALYSIS:
RICHARD BROCK

IN THE COUNTRY; PEACE GARDEN:
ALONG THE BORDER, WHERE NORTH DAKOTA-USA MEETS MANITOBA-CANADA, THERE'S A MASSIVE GARDEN TAKING ROOT. IT'S CALLED THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN. IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN PLANTING THE TENS-OF-THOUSANDS OF ANNUALS NEEDED TO FILL THE BEDS. OUR OLE FRIEND CLIFF NAYLOR, WHOSE BEEN BUSY COVERING THE FLOODING FOR US IN NORTH DAKOTA, WAS ABLE TO TAKE A BREAK AND FIND SOME PEACE IN THE GARDEN. IF YOU'RE A SMALL GROWER, IT MAY BE HARD TO BATTLE IN THE MARKET AGAINST THE BIG BOYS. NEXT IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT A NEW TOOL THAT MAY HELP.

EU FOOD LABELING:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, EUROPEAN REGULATORS ARE READY TO BROADEN COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAWS. RIGHT NOW, THE EU REQUIRES CONSUMERS KNOW WHERE THEIR BEEF COMES FROM. UNDER THE NEW LAWS, IT WILL INCLUDE POULTRY, PORK AND LAMB. ALSO, NEW LABELING MUST SHOW ENERGY CONTENT, FAT, SUGAR AND SALT IN PRE-PACKED FOODS. FOOD COMPANIES HAVE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE YEARS TO MAKE THE SWITCH TO NEW LABELS,

FOOD HUB:
IN OTHER NEWS, DOES THE SIZE OF A FARM LIMIT A PRODUCER'S ABILITY TO BRING LOCAL FOODS TO LOCAL PEOPLE? USDA SAYS IT SHOULD NOT. SO, THE DEPARTMENT'S AG MARKETING SERVICE CREATED A NEW ONLINE TOOL TO HELP SMALLER PRODUCERS AND GROWERS FIND MARKETS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS. USDA SAYS SMALLER PRODUCERS OFTEN FACE BIG CHALLENGES GETTING THEIR PRODUCTS EFFICIENTLY OFF THE FARM AND INTO THE MARKETPLACE. THIS GOES BEYOND SELLING YOUR GOODS AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET. THE AG MARKETING SERVICE CREATED THE "FOOD HUB WEB PAGE" TO CONNECT GROWERS WITH BUYERS WHO SERVE LOCAL AND REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS. IN THE NEW FOOD HUB, PRODUCERS, BUYERS, AND OTHERS CAN NOW ACCESS A CENTRAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR RESOURCES, NEWS AND INFORMATION. YOU CAN ACCESS THE FOOD HUB THRU THE WEBSITE - - WWW.AMS.USDA.GOV.

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