AgDay Daily Recap - July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011 06:18 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JULY 6, 2011

TEXAS COTTON DROUGHT:
HELLO EVERYONE. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT. 21 DAYS AND COUNTING. . . THAT'S THE CURRENT STRING OF DAYS SINCE THE THERMOMETER FIRST HIT TRIPLE DIGITS IN LUBBOCK, TEXAS. THREE WEEKS OF ONE-HUNDRED PLUS TEMPERATURES. AND IT'S TAKING A SIGNIFICANT TOLL ON AGRICULTURE. ADD TO THAT, THE LACK OF A DECENT RAINFALL. IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE, SOME PRODUCERS HAVE HAD VERY LITTLE-IF ANY-RAIN SINCE LATE OCTOBER. AGDAY'S ERICA GOSS EXPLAINS HOW PRODUCERS ARE COPING WITH THIS ROUGH SUMMER AND THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON THE REGION'S ECONOMY.

CROP PROGRESS:
THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT WAS DELAYED BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAY. ON TUESDAY, USDA SAID JUST 14% OF TEXAS COTTON IS GOOD. THE REST IS FAIR OR WORSE. A THIRD IS CALLED VERY POOR. THRUGHOUT THE COTTON BELT, 28% OF THE CROP IS CALLED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. MEANWHILE, USDA IS STARTING TO REPORT "SILKING" STAGE FOR CORN. IT SAYS 6% HAS REACHED THAT STAGE. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 12%. IN THE BIG "EYE" STATES, ALL THREE ARE BEHIND. IN ILLINOIS, 8% HAS SILK. NORMALLY, IT'S 21%. STATISTICALLY, THERE'S ZERO CORN WITH SILK IN IOWA AND INDIANA. WE'RE ALSO GETTING THE FIRST USDA REPORT ON SOYBEANS STARTING TO BLOOM. 8% IS AT THAT DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE. USUALLY, IT'S AROUND 18%. AS FAR AS CONDITION, 66% IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT, MOSTLY GOOD.

MACHINERY MINUTE BROADBAND:
IN MACHINERY MINUTE...DO YOU FIND YOURSELF A BIT 'DISCONNECTED' WITHOUT ADEQUATE INTERNET SERVICE. NEARLY ONE OUT OF EVERY THREE HOMES IN RURAL AMERICA DO NOT ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF BROADBAND - OR HIGH SPEED - SERVICE. IN THIS DAY OF VOLATILE GRAIN MARKETS, FARMERS ARE LEFT AT A DISADVANTAGE. THE AG DEPARTMENT AND THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATION COMMISSION RELEASED A REPORT TO CONGRESS LAST WEEK THAT TALKS ABOUT THE NEED TO PLACE NEW EMPHASIS ON BRINGING BROADBAND TO RURAL COMMUNITIES. THE FCC SAYS THERE HAS BEEN IMPROVEMENT, BUT THERE'S A LONG WAY TO GO. THE AGENCY SAYS THERE ARE 26 MILLION AMERICANS WHO LACK BROADBAND ACCESS, AND 75% OF THESE FOLKS LIVE IN RURAL AREAS. DURING A GATHERING OF THE NATIONAL RURAL ASSEMBLY, AN FCC COMMISSIONER COMPARED THE LACK OF BROADBAND TO RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN THE 1920S. ACCORDING TO A RECENT ISSUE OF FARM FUTURES MAGAZINE, 94% OF FARMERS SURVEYED USE THEIR COMPUTER FOR EMAIL. 65% USE IT TO PREPARE A BALANCE SHEET. NEARLY 60% TRACK GRAIN SALES AND CONTRACTS. JUST 10% USE IT FOR "FACEBOOK".

CORN FUTURES LIMIT:
WE'VE WITNESSED THE GREAT FLUCTUATION IN COMMODITY PRICES THIS YEAR. LAST WEEK CORN WENT LIMIT DOWN IN REACTION TO TWO KEY USDA REPORTS. THE CME HAS PROPOSED TO INCREASE DAILY PRICE LIMITS IN CORN FUTURES AND OPTIONS. THE EXCHANGE WILL HOST A MEETING LATER THIS MONTH TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL. IN APRIL, CME PUT-IN A REQUEST WITH THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION TO INCREASE THE DAILY PRICE LIMIT. ON JULY 19TH, YOU CAN ATTEND A MEETING IN CHICAGO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL. THE CME WILL ALSO HOST A WEBINAR.

ANALYSIS:
ANDY SHISSLER

IN THE COUNTRY: WILD GOOSE CHASE:
SOME FOLKS IN THE HAWKEYE STATE WENT ON A "WILD GOOSE CHASE" RECENTLY. THEY'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO REDUCE A CONFLICT BETWEEN HUMANS AND THOSE SOMETIMES-PESKY CANADA GEESE. THE RE-BOUNDING GOOSE POPULATION HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY TROUBLESOME IN URBAN SETTINGS. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE IOWA DNR, JOE WILKINSON TELLS US ABOUT A GOOSE ROUND-UP, WHICH MAY PROVIDE SOME IMPORTANT CLUES ON HOW TO MANAGE THE FLOCK.  FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

ECOLI IN STREAM:
WHEN FARM RUN-OFF ENDS-UP IN A STREAM, HOW LONG WILL PATHOGENS SURVIVE? YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. SCIENTISTS FOR USDA HAVE BEEN STUDYING HOW LONG E-COLI PATHOGENS WILL SURVIVE IN THE BED OF A FARM-POND OR STREAM. SOME E-COLI CONTAMINATIONS CAUSE ILLNESS. ACCORDING TO THE AG DEPARTMENT, E-COLI PATHOGENS WHICH SETTLE INTO THE BOTTOM CAN SURVIVE FOR MONTHS IN UNDERWATER SEDIMENTS. THEIR LAB STUDIES SUGGEST THAT NON-PATHOGENIC STRAINS OF E. COLI CAN SURVIVE MUCH LONGER IN UNDERWATER SEDIMENTS THAN IN THE WATER COLUMN ITSELF. THE SCIENTISTS ALSO THINK E-COLI CAN OVERWINTER IN THE SEDIMENT. THEY'LL USE THIS INFORMATION TO PREDICT HOW FARM PRACTICES AFFECT WATER QUALITY ON THE WATERSHED.


BIGGER PORTIONS:
AND FINALLY THIS MORNING, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF OPINIONS ON HOW TO FIGHT OBESITY. AND HERE'S ANOTHER ONE. SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SAY EFFORTS TO REDUCE OBESITY SHOULD FOCUS ON REDUCING THE NUMBER OF MEALS, SNACKS AND PORTION SIZES. THEIR SCIENTISTS STUDIED DIETARY DATA THAT GOES BACK FOUR DECADES. THEY FOUND THAT AVERAGE TOTAL DAILY ENERGY INTAKE INCREASED FROM ABOUT 1,800 CALORIES IN 1977 TO 2,300 CALORIES IN 2003. THAT'S AN INCREASE OF 571 CALORIES. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAILY EATING OCCASIONS INCREASED FROM 3.8 TO NEARLY FIVE TIMES A DAY. THIS RESEARCH IS CONDUCTED BY THE UNC GILLINGS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH.
 

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