AgDay Daily Recap - June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011 06:59 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 14, 2011

OKLAHOMA WHEAT HARVEST:
GOOD MORNING. WHEAT HARVEST IS ROLLING ALONG IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. MONDAY'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT FROM USDA SHOWS 22% OF THE CROP IS HARVESTED, UP A DOZEN TICKS FROM LAST WEEK. OKLAHOMA LEADS THE NATION IN ITS HARVEST, WITH 83% CUT. LYNDALL STOUT FROM OKLAHOMA STATE'S SUN-UP HAS DETAILS.

CROP PROGRESS:
THANKS LYNDALL. ARKANSAS AND NORTH CAROLINA HAVE ABOUT 70% OF THEIR WINTER WHEAT HARVESTED. 46% IN TEXAS AND 11% IN KANSAS. NOW TO SPRING WHEAT PLANTING, USDA SAYS 88% IS PLANTED WITH SOME DELAYS IN MONTANA AND NORTH DAKOTA. THREE QUARTERS OF THE CROP HAS EMERGED. NORMALLY, THE ENTIRE CROP HAS EMERGED BY NOW IN THE NORTHERN WHEAT STATES. NOW TO THE COTTON BELT. MOST OF THE CROP IS PLANTED AND SOME HAS STARTED TO EMERGE. BUT THE BIG STORY IS CONDITION, ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. USDA REPORTS 72% IS RATED FAIR TO VERY POOR. MOST OF THE CORN CROP HAS EMERGED. EVEN OHIO IS CATCHING-UP WITH 57% NOW ABOVE GROUND. THAT'S A 36-POINT GAIN FROM LAST WEEK. 69% OF THE CROP BELTWIDE IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

MISSISSIPPI FLOODING:
USDA HAS NOW DESIGNATED 23 COUNTIES IN MISSOURI AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS AFTER HISTORIC FLOODING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WRACKED THE STATE. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS FLOODING HAS CAUSED CROP LOSSES IN AT LEAST 30% OF EACH OF THOSE COUNTIES. COUNTIES IN NEIGHBORING STATES OF ILLINOIS, ARKANSAS, TENNESSEE AND KENTUCKY ARE PART OF THE DESIGNATION.

DTR; COOPERATIVES WORKING TOGETHER:
IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, THE COOPERATIVES WORKING TOGETHER PROGRAM MAY BE EXTENDED TWO MORE YEARS. BUT THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION MUST GET A COMMITMENT FROM A MAJORITY OF PRODUCERS. THOSE PRODUCERS REPRESENT 70% OF THE MILK PRODUCED IN THIS COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY, NMPF IS ASKING FOR A 2 CENT PER HUNDREDWEIGHT CONTRIBUTION. THAT'S DOWN FROM A DIME. THE TWO CENTS WILL FUND CHEESE EXPORT SALES ASSISTANCE, BUT NO MORE HERD BUYOUTS. SINCE 2003, CWT HAS DE-POPULATED 2,800 DAIRY FARMS, CULLING 507,000 COWS. BUT ECONOMIC ANALYSIS BY CWT SHOWS THAT ASSISTING CHEESE EXPORTS HAS A BIGGER BANG FOR THE DOLLARS SPENT. JERRY KOZAK FROM NMPF SAYS THE PROGRAM GIVES FARMERS ACCESS TO THE FASTEST-GROWING MARKETS FOR THEIR MILK, WHICH ARE OVERSEAS.

INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER:
ALSO FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY... NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2012 INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR. SPONSORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION AND DAIRY TODAY, THE ANNUAL AWARD SHOWCASES SOME OF THE MOST CREATIVE AND EFFICIENT PRODUCERS IN THE COUNTRY. THE 2011 WINNER WAS LUKE BRUBAKER OF MOUNT JOY, PENNSYLVANIA. YOU MAY REMEMBER HIS STORY WE SHOWED YOU LAST JANUARY. BRUBAKER'S OPERATION USES A METHANE DIGESTER TO HANDLE ANIMAL WASTE ON HIS 2,000 HEAD HERD. BUT HE ALSO GETS FOOD SCRAPS FROM A LOCAL COLLEGE TO ADD TO THE DIGESTER, WHICH CREATES ENERGY. IT'S INNOVATIVE THINKING LIKE THAT, WHICH PROMPTED THE PANEL OF JUDGES TO AWARD BRUBAKER THE TITLE.
THEY'RE LOOKING FOR DAIRY FARMERS WHO IMPROVE ON-FARM EFFICIENCY THRU PROGRESSIVE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES. THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO THE 2012 DAIRY FORUM IN LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA NEXT JANUARY. GO TO DAIRY TODAY'S HOMEPAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND AN APPLICATION. AND FOR THE VERY LATEST NEWS AFFECTING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, INCLUDING PRODUCTION AND POLICY ISSUES, CHECK OUT WWW.DAIRYTODAY.COM .

IN THE COUNTRY; FRIED PIES:
IT'S FLAG DAY. WHILE NOT A FEDERAL HOLIDAY, TODAY GIVES AMERICANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMEMBER THE ADOPTION OF THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WHAT'S MORE AMERICAN THAN APPLE PIE? NOT MUCH. AND AS CHUCK DENNEY TELLS US IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, FRIED PIECES ARE BOTH TASTY AND NOSTALGIC. THANKS CHUCK...MAKE MINE CHERRY! STILL TO COME, ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR HEALTHIER RESTAURANT MEALS? WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT NEW RESEARCH, NEXT, IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

PAYING FOR HEALTH:
AMERICANS MAY WANT A THINNER WAISTLINE, BUT THEY DON'T WANT A THINNER WALLET. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR HEALTHIER RESTAURANT FOOD? IT APPEARS MOST AMERICANS - ESPECIALLY OLDER FOLKS - DO NOT. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE OF A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE NPD GROUP. THE FOOD MARKETING RESEARCH FIRM FINDS THAT A MAJORITY OF CONSUMERS EXPRESS MORE INTEREST IN HEALTHFUL FOODS, BUT THEY DO NOT EXPECT TO PAY MORE FOR THE MENU ITEMS. NPD SAYS THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF CONSUMERS, OLDER THAN 50 YEARS OLD. 70% SAID THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR HEALTHFUL ITEMS AT RESTAURANTS THEY VISIT. 25% SAID THEY WOULD PAY SOMEWHAT MORE. AND 5% SAID THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO PAY A LOT MORE. IN CONTRAST, NPD FOUND THAT YOUNGER ADULTS APPEAR MORE OPEN TO PAYING MORE FOR HEALTHFUL ITEMS. 44% OF THOSE AGED 18 TO 24 SAYING THEY WOULD EXPECT PRICES FOR HEALTHFUL ITEMS TO BE THE SAME. 41% SAID THEY WOULD EXPECT TO PAY SOMEWHAT MORE. 15% SAID THEY WOULD EXPECT TO PAY A LOT MORE. NPD SAYS ONE OF THE KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE STUDY IS THAT PRICING OF THE HEALTHY OPTIONS NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH PRICING OF OTHER CHOICES ON THE MENU.

PEANUT ALLERGIES:
AND THERE COULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WITH PEANUT ALLERGIES. A UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCHER SAYS HE HAS DEVELOPED A NEW WAY TO STOP THE PROBLEM. THE PROFESSOR USED PULSED ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT TO REDUCE THE ALLERGEN IN PEANUTS BY UP TO 90%. THE BURST OF LIGHT CHANGES PEANUT ALLERGENS SO THAT HUMAN ANTI-BODIES CANNOT RECOGNIZE THEM. THE FLORIDA RESEARCHER THINKS HE CAN CONTROL THE ALLERGEN EVEN BEFORE THE PEANUT PRODUCT GOES TO THE SHELF.

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