AgDay Daily Recap - June 16, 2011

June 16, 2011 07:05 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 16, 2011

ETHANOL VOTE:
GOOD MORNING, CLINTON IS ON ASSIGNMENT. JUST ONE DAY AFTER THE U.S. SENATE VOTED TO SPARE AN ETHANOL TAX CREDIT, THE ISSUE IS FAR FROM OVER. ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT PRO FARMER NEWSLETTER, THE SENATE WILL RE-VISIT THE ISSUE NEXT WEEK. THE MEASURE WOULD HAVE IMMEDIATELY ENDED THE 45-CENT PER GALLON ETHANOL BLENDERS CREDIT AND THE 54-CENT PER GALLON IMPORT TARIFF. THOSE POLICIES HAVE HELPED SUPPORT THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY. SENATOR TOM COBURN'S ATTEMPT TO STOP FEDERAL SUPPORT WAS DENIED IN A 40-TO-59 VOTE. IT NEEDED 60 VOTES TO PASS. BUT WASHINGTON INSIDERS SAY IT WAS PRIMARILY A MATTER OF VOTING PROCEDURES. CHANGES IN THE ETHANOL BLENDER CREDIT ARE STILL LIKELY THIS YEAR. PRO FARMER NEWSLETTER SAYS THE SENATE WILL RE-VISIT THE ISSUE ON JUNE 24TH. IN DECEMBER, CONGRESS VOTED TO EXTENDED THE BLENDERS CREDIT FOR ANOTHER YEAR. WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE ACTION, IT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31ST.

DEAD ZONE:
THE EXTREME FLOODING OF THE MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVERS THIS SPRING MAY INCREASE THE "HYPOXIC ZONE" IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. THAT'S THE FORECAST BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION - OR NOAA. THE HYPOXIC ZONE IS AN AREA OF THE GULF THAT CONTAINS TOO LITTLE OXYGEN TO SUPORT MARINE LIFE NEAR THE SEA FLOOR. IT'S LOCATED OFF THE COAST OF LOUISIANA AND TEXAS. SCIENTISTS SAY THE SO-CALLED "DEAD ZONE" IS CAUSED BY NUTRIENT RUN-OFF. THIS GROUP OF SCIENTISTS IS PREDICTING THE AREA COULD MEASURE BETWEEN 8,500 AND 9,400 SQUARE MILES. THE LARGEST ZONE MEASURED TO DATE HAS BEEN 8,400 SQUARE MILES.

BTR; SWEET POTATOES:
IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT, TWO HUNDRED HEAD OF CATTLE DIED LAST JANUARY ON A WISCONSIN FARM AFTER THE HERD WAS FED MOLDY SWEET POTATOES. IT'S COMMON PRACTICE FOR SOME PRODUCERS TO FEED PEOPLE FOOD TO THEIR ANIMALS THAT MAY NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. IN THIS CASE, THERE WAS A TOXIN IN THE MOLDY BATCH. THAT SAID, SWEET POTATOES CAN BE SAFELY FED TO CATTLE. IN THIS REPORT FROM MISSISSIPPI STATE EXTENSION, AMY TAYLOR SAYS PRODUCERS CAN LOWER THEIR FEED COSTS BY ADDING THE SPUDS TO THE DIET. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST USDA STATISTICS, NORTH CAROLINA LEADS THE NATION IN SWEET POTATOE PRODUCTION. IT'S FOLLOWED BY CALIFORNIA, MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA. YOU CAN GET MANY MORE UPDATES ON THE BEEF INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MARKET AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AT WWW.BEEFTODAY.COM.

WPX SPECIAL:
PORK PRODUCERS, LIKE ANY LIVESTOCK PRODUCER, ARE DEALING WITH HIGH FEED COSTS. THEY'RE ALSO WONDERING ABOUT EXPORTS AND OTHER POLICY ISSUES. LAST WEEK, PORK PRODUCERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. AND AROUND THE GLOBE, CONVENED IN DES MOINES IOWA FOR THE WORLD PORK EXPO. COMING UP TOMORROW, WE HAVE A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY THAT FOCUSES ENTIRELY ON THE PORK INDUSTRY AND THE ISSUES IT FACES. YOU'LL ALSO MEET A YOUNG PRODUCER FROM OKLAHOMA WHO WAS SHOWING HIS ANIMALS AT THE EXPO. THAT MAY NOT SOUND UNUSUAL, UNTIL YOU HEAR THE FAMILY'S HOME WAS DESTROYED BY A TORNADO JUST A MONTH AGO. THAT STORY ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY, TOMORROW.

AUSSIE WHEAT:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, AUSTRALIA'S VERSION OF OUR "NASS" OFFICE SAYS WINTER SOWINGS ARE OFF TO A GOOD START. AUSTRALIA IS THE TOP EXPORTER OF WHEAT IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE. THE AUSSIE DEPARTMENT OF AG INCREASED ITS MARCH FORECAST ON WHEAT PRODUCTION. IT SAYS GOOD SOIL MOISTURE IN THE EASTERN STATES AND FAVORABLE GRAIN AND OILSEED PRICES HAVE ENCOURAGED AUSTRALIAN PRODUCERS TO INCREASE WINTER CROP PLANTINGS THIS YEAR. THE AREA PLANTED TO WHEAT IS FORECAST TO REACH A RECORD 35-MILLION ACRES, 7% HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

INBOX:
AS WE TOLD YOU YESTERDAY, A LIBERAL WATCHDOG GROUP CALLED THE "ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP" RELEASED A LIST OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLES THAT IT CALLS 'THE DIRTY DOZEN'. THE PRO-ORGANIC GROUP SAYS THE LIST SHOWS THE TOP FRESH FOODS TREATED WITH PESTICIDES, WITH APPLES TOPPING THE LIST. CROP LIFE AMERICA - WHICH REPRESENTS FARM CHEMICAL MAKERS - SAYS EWG IS INCITING CONSUMER CONCERNS FOR NO GOOD REASON. CROP-LIFE SAYS PESTICIDES ARE NEEDED TO PROVIDING AN ABUNDANT FOOD SUPPLY. IT SAYS EWG USED AN UN-SCIENTIFIC METHOD TO MIS-REPRESENT DATA FROM THE AG DEPARTMENT. WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS TO THE INBOX. THE ADDRESS IS INBOX@AGDAY.COM. WE''LL USE SOME OF YOUR COMMENTS ON AGDAY.

IN THE COUNTRY; EXOTIC ANIMALS:
UNUSUAL ANIMALS WERE ON PARADE AT A LIVESTOCK AUCTION EARLIER THIS SPRING IN NORTH DAKOTA. THE SALE FEATURED MANY BREEDS THAT ARE CERTAINLY NOT NATIVE TO THE STATE. OUR OLE' BUDDY CLIFF NAYLOR, FROM AFFILIATE KFYR, CAPTURESS THE ZOO-LIKE ATMOSPHERE OF THE EVENT. PETER LIES - THE GENTLEMAN NEAR THE END OF THE STORY - TOLD CLIFF HE'S NOT READY TO SELL ANY OF HIS SIX BLACK BEARS, BUT THAT MAY CHANGE. CLIFF PROMISES TO CATCHUP WITH HIM LATER THIS YEAR TO FIND OUT WHY HE'S RAISING BEARS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND WHO HE'S SELLING THEM TOO. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

ENOUGH CALCIUM:
ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM IN YOUR DIET? A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY

AVOCADOES:
IF YOU ENJOY AVOCADOES OR GUACAMOLE ON YOUR DINNER TABLE, YOU MAY BE PAYING MORE FOR THEM THIS SUMMER. THE ON-LINE VERSION OF WWW.PACKER.COM SHOWS VERY STRONG DEMAND FOR AVOCADOES. SOME FRUIT IS HITTING $2.50 A PIECE. THE MEXICO AVOCADO SEASON IS WINDING DOWN AND VOLUMES FROM MOST GROWING REGIONS ARE DOWN 20%. THE PACKER ALSO REPORTS THE CALIFORNIA CROP IS SMALLER THAN NORMAL, SO PRICES WILL LIKELY REMAIN HIGH. THE WEBSITE ALSO SAYS GROWERS ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME FINDING ENOUGH PICKERS.

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