AgDay Daily Recap - June 1, 2011

June 1, 2011 03:31 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 1, 2011

CROP PROGRESS:
GOOD MORNING. WITH MUCH OF THE NATION'S CORN CROP PLANTED, NOW THE ATTENTION WILL FOCUS ON EMERGENCE AND CONDITION OF THE CROP. USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT WAS DELAYED BECAUSE OF THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY. FARMERS WHO ARE BEHIND SCHEDULE WORKED THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN, FARMERS ARE SEEDING THEIR CROPS AS THEY CAN. WE SAW PRODUCERS TRYING TO BEAT SOME HEAVY SHOWERS THAT WERE MOVING IN. AT THE PIPKORN FARMS IN OZAUKEE COUNTY, A FIELD HAND WAS DRILLING IN SOYBEANS IN THIS NO-TILL FIELD. HE SAID THIS PARTICULAR PATCH IS A HEAVIER SOIL AND TAKES AWHILE TO DRY DOWN. USDA SAYS 80% OF CORN AND HALF OF THE SOYBEANS ARE NOW PLANTED IN THE DAIRY STATE. OVERALL 86% OF THE CORN CROP IS PLANTED, NOW JUST NINE POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. TWO-THIRDS HAS EMERGED, WHICH IS 12 POINTS BEHIND, AND 63% IS CALLED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. NOW TO SOYBEANS, ABOUT HALF OF THE CROP IS PLANTED. THAT'S 20 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. 27% HAS EMERGED. THE PROBLEM CHILD IN THE CORNBELT IS OHIO. 19% OF THE CORN IN THE BUCKEYE STATE HAS BEEN PLANTED. THAT COMPARES TO 93% AVERAGE. 9% HAS EMERGED. NORMALLY IT'S ABOUT THREE QUARTERS. THERE ARE SIMILAR DELAYS IN SOYBEANS. 7% IS IN THE GROUND. IT'S USALLY AT 75%. OTHER CROPS TO NOTE - - ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE COTTON CROP IS PLANTED. THAT'S CLOSE TO AVERAGE. ABOUT HALF OF THE SORGHUM CROP IS IN...ALSO CLOSE TO THE AVERAGE PACE. AND ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP IS NOW HEADED.

WHEAT HARVEST:
THE HARD RED WINTER WHEAT HARVEST HAS MOVED TOWARDS CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. INDUSTRY GROUP – U.S. WHEAT ASSOCIATES - SAYS ALL AREAS OF NORTH TEXAS AND SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA ARE REPORTING VERY GOOD QUALITY GRAIN, BUT WITH EXTREMELY LOW YIELDS, AVERAGING IN MID TO UPPER TEENS. TEST WEIGHTS ARE AVERAGING OVER 60 POUNDS A BUSHEL, WITH SMALLER KERNELS.  NOW TO LOUISIANA, WHERE FARMERS WERE ABLE TO HARVEST THE STATE'S WHEAT CROP AHEAD OF SCHEDULE THIS YEAR. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LSU AGCENTER, TOBIE BLANCHARD SAYS FARMERS WERE ABLE TO HARVEST THE GRAIN AHEAD OF THE FLOODS THAT POURED INTO LOUISIANA.

LSU WHEAT HARVEST:
LSU SAYS IT HAD EXPECTED SOME FARMERS TO DOUBLE-CROP COTTON RIGHT BEHIND THEIR WHEAT. BUT BECAUSE OF THE FLOODWATERS, THOSE ACRES MIGHT NOT GET PLANTED.

FARM BILL:
THE FIRST FIELD HEARING FOR THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE ON THE 2012 FARM BILL WAS HELD YESTERDAY AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. AND THE WITNESSES WHO TESTIFIED REPRESENT THE DIVERSE AGRICULTURAL BASE IN THE STATE. IT RANGED FROM ROW CROP PRODUCERS AND LIVESTOCK TO FRUIT GROWERS. COMMITTEE CHAIR, SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW, POSTPONED THE HEARING FROM ITS ORIGAINAL SCHEDULED DATE IN APRIL BECAUSE OF BUDGET DEBATE IN WASHINGTON. STABENOW WAS JOINED BY RANKING REPUBLICAN PAT ROBERTS AT THE HEARING IN HER HOME STATE. SHE CALLS THE FARM BILL A "JOBS BILL"...AND SAYS A TOUGH BUDGET SITUATION WILL BE A RE-OCCURING THEME AS THEY WRITE THIS PIECE OF LEGISALATION. PRODUCERS ARE CONCERNED. SENATOR ROBERTS SAYS ONE OF THE BIG CHALLENGES IN WRITING THE FARM BILL WILL BE THE NEED TO MAINTAIN WHAT HE CALLS A "TOP NOTCH" CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. HE MADE THOSE COMMENTS WHILE TELLING THE AUDIENCE ABOUT THE SEVERITY OF THIS YEARS WHEAT CROP IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS.

WTO COOL:
THE NATION'S LARGEST CATTLEMEN'S GROUP SAYS THE "COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING" LAW WAS A BAD IDEA FROM THE BEGINNING... AND IT'S NOT SURPRISED THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AGREES. AS WE FIRST REPORTED, WTO HAS ISSUED A PRELIMINARY RULING AGAINST THE U.S. ON ITS LABELING LAW OF IMPORTED MEAT AND FRUIT. SIX MONTHS AFTER "COOL" WAS INSTITUTED, CANADA AND MEXICO FILED A COMPLAINT WITH WTO, CALLING THE U.S. LAW AN ILLEGAL, NON-TARIFF TRADE BARRIER. WHILE PROPONENTS OF "COOL" BELIEVE RESTRICTING IMPORTS WOULD IMPROVE PRICES OF U.S. FEEDER CATTLE, NCBA SAYS IT ACTUALLY HURTS THE MARKETPLACE. WTO WILL REPORTEDLY MAKE THE RULING PUBLIC SOMETIME IN SEPTEMBER. THE UNITED STATES WILL HAVE TWO MONTHS TO DECIDE WHETHER IT WANTS TO APPEAL THE WTO'S DECISION. WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING. IS IT GOOD POLICY OR A TRADE BARRIER? SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO THE AGDAY INBOX. YOU CAN EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS TO INBOX@AGDAY.COM , OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON FACEBOOK.

ANALYSIS:
MARK GOLD

IN THE COUNTRY; CHILDREN’S GARDEN:
THE CHILDREN OF KENTUCKY NOW HAVE A NEW PLACE TO APPRECIATE NATURE'S GLORY. A CHILDREN'S GARDEN IS NOW OPEN AT THE ARBORETUM ON THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CAMPUS. IN THIS REPORT FROM UK, JEFF FRANKLIN TAKES US ON TOUR. JEFF SAYS A NON-PROFIT GROUP - FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM - RAISED THE 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE PROJECT. IT HOPES TO RAISE MORE MONEY TO PUT SOME FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE CHILDREN'S GARDEN. STILL TO COME, IF YOU MAIL-ORDERED SOME BABY CHICKS AROUND EASTER, YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF A MULTI-STATE DISEASE OUTBREAK. DETAILS, NEXT, IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

CHICKS SALMONELLA:
IF YOU PURCHASED BABY CHICKS THRU THE MAIL RECENTLY, THOSE YOUNG BIRDS COULD MAKE YOU SICK. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL HAS LAUNCHED A INVESTIGATION FOLLOWING AN OUTBREAK OF SALMONELLA ALTONA IN SEVERAL EASTERN AND MIDWESTERN STATES. AS OF LAST WEEK, THERE WERE 25 PEOPLE INFECTED IN ELEVEN STATES. THE COMMON LINK APPEARS TO BABY CHICKS AND DUCKLINGS THAT WERE SENT THROUGH THE MAIL. THE CDC SAYS THEIR INVESTIGATION HAD LED THEM TO A SINGLE MAIL-ORDER HATCHERY THAT HAS NOT BEEN PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED YET. ACCORDING TO THE AGENCY, THE ILLNESSES BEGAN BETWEEN FEBRUARY 25TH AND APRIL 25TH. OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO GOT SICK, ABOUT HALF WERE HOSPITALIZED. THE CDC SAYS THE PATIENTS REPORTED BUYING THE LIVE POULTRY FOR BACKYARD FLOCKS TO PRODUCE EGGS OR AS PETS.

BLUEBERRIES:
YESTERDAY, WE TOLD YOU ABOUT BLUEBERRY RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY USDA THAT MAY SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF THE FRUIT SPLITTING. DAMAGED FRUIT CAN LEAD TO LOSSES OF ABOUT 500 DOLLARS AN ACRE.  TODAY, MORE ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE CROP. LABORATORY HAMSTERS THAT WERE FED RATIONS SPIKED WITH BLUEBERRY PEELS AND OTHER BLUEBERRY-JUICE-PROCESSING LEFTOVERS HAD BETTER CHOLESTEROL HEALTH THAN HAMSTERS WHOSE RATIONS WERE NOT ENHANCED WITH BLUEBERRIES. THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED BY A USDA CHEMIST. THE SCIENTIST SAYS HAMSTERS-AND HUMANS HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. THE LIVER IN BOTH MAKES CHOLESTEROL AND HELPS GET RID OF EXCESSIVE LEVELS OF IT. THAT'S WHAT MAKES THIS RESEARCH SO SIGNIFICANT. STILL, FURTHER RESEARCH IS NEEDED TO CONFIRM WHETHER THE EFFECTS OBSERVED IN HAMSTERS HOLD TRUE FOR HUMANS. THE RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT ALL OF THE HAMSTERS THAT WERE FED BLUEBERRY-ENHANCED RATIONS HAD FROM 22-27% LOWER TOTAL PLASMA CHOLESTEROL THAN HAMSTERS WITHOUT THE BLUEBERRY RATIONS.

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