AgDay Daily Recap - June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011 07:46 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 20, 2011

VILSACK FLOOD TOUR:
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK IS PLEDGING SUPPORT TO FARMERS HIT HARD BY THE MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING, BUT WHAT THAT SUPPORT IS - AND HOW MUCH - IS STILL UNCLEAR. THE SECRETARY TOURED FLOOD-RAVAGED WESTERN IOWA AND EASTERN NEBRASKA ON FRIDAY. HE AND SENATORS FROM THE RESPECTIVE STATES SAW FIRST-HAND HOW THE MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING IS WIPING OUT THIS YEARS CROPS FOR FARMERS IN THE LOW-LYING AREAS. THE SECRETARY SAYS 400,000-500,000 ACRES OF CROPLAND WILL BE IMPACTED BY FLOODING.
MOST OF THAT SHOULD BE COVERED IF FARMERS HAD CROP INSURANCE.  FSA OFFICIALS ARE GATHERING INFORMATION ON LOSSES TO TRIGGER A SECRETARIAL DISATER DESIGNATION. THAT SHOULD HELP ADD ASSISTANCE THROUGH OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE SURE. VILSACK SAYS FAMERS CAN GET CROP INSURANCE ON FLOODED ACRES NEXT YEAR AND THAT LOSSES WILL NOT DRIVE UP CROP INSURANCE PREMIUMS. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK IS TOURING THE FLOODED FIELDS WITH VILSACK. WE'LL HEAR FROM HER TOMORROW.

NE FLOOD:
THE STATE OF NEBRASKA IS DEALING WITH ITS OWN FLOODING FROM THE MISSOURI. THE FSA PREDICTS ABOUT 90,000 ACRES ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER COULD POTENTIALLY BE IMPACTED BY FLOODING. STATE LEADERS ARE CALLING FOR A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO HOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HANDLED RELEASES OF WATER FROM FLOOD GATES. CRITICS SAY THE CORPS SHOULD HAVE STARTED RELEASING WATER FROM THE MISSOURI EARLIER TO HELP LESSEN THE IMPACT.

NICK’S ACRES:
AS SOME OF YOU KNOW, NICK DREYER IS A NEWS ANCHOR AT OUR AFFILIATE IN MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA. BUT HE'S ALSO A FARMER. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, HE'S SEEDED WHEAT, BARLEY AND CANOLA ON ABOUT 150 ACRES OF THE FAMILY FARM. BUT LIKE MANY NORTH DAKOTA FARMERS, NICK WON'T HAVE A CROP THIS YEAR.

ETHANOL VOTE:
THE ETHANOL DEBATE TOOK CENTER STAGE IN WASHINGTON LAST WEEK AS THE SENATE VOTED TO REPEAL TAX CREDITS FOR PRODUCING ETHANOL. BY A 73-27 VOTE, THE SENATE VOTED TO REPEAL THE FIVE BILLION ANNUAL SUBSIDY. EARLIER IN THE WEEK, IT REJECTED AN IDENTICAL MEASURE. THE TAX CREDIT, ALSO KNOWN AS VEETC, PROVIDES 45 CENTS A GALLON TO OIL REFINERS WHO MIX ETHANOL WITH GASOLINE. ETHANOL OPPONENTS SAY THE INDUSTRY DOESN'T NEED GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO SURVIVE. THE MEASURE WILL NOW BE ADDED TO ANOTHER BILL FOR FINAL VOTE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SENATE CHOSE TO KEEP A BILL THAT SUPPORTS THE DISTRIBUTION OF ETHANOL THROUGH THE BUYING OF BLENDER PUMPS.

BEEF EXPORTS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS CATTLE PRICES ARE MAKING A SOLID RUN IN THE MONTH OF JUNE. JUNE CONTRACTS FOR LIVE CATTLE ARE UP ABOUT SEVEN DOLLARS. HELPING STRENGTHEN THOSE NUMBERS IS WORLD DEMAND IN THE FORM OF BEEF EXPORTS. A RELATIVELY WEAK U.S. DOLLAR IS HELPING SELL BEEF ACROSS THE BOARD. U.S. BEEF EXPORTS ARE UP MORE THAN 30% YEAR OVER YEAR. FOR THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2011--THE U.S. HAS EXPORTED NEARL 390,000 TONES. THAT'S OUTPACING THE PRE-BSE EXPORTS LEVELS OF 2003. SOUTH KOREA SHIPMENTS ARE UP 157% OVER LAST YEAR, JAPAN ORDERS ARE UP NEARLY 60% AND CANADA IS COMING ON STRONG WITH AN ALMOST 20% INCREASE. IN APRIL CANADA BECAME THE NUMBER ONE EXPORT DESTIMATION OF U.S. BEEF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY.

ANALYSIS:
RICHARD BROCK

IN THE COUNTRY; AERIAL RESEARCH:
SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY TO GET A REAL GOOD LOOK AT YOUR CROP IS WITH A BIRDS-EYE VIEW. OF COURSE, MOST FOLKS CAN'T AFFORD AN AIRPLANE OR A HELICOPTER JUST TO LOOK AT THEIR FIELDS AND ORCHARDS. THAT IS, OF COURSE, UNLESS IT'S A SMALLER VERSION. QUINTEN EYMAN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SHOWS US HOW RESEARCHERS ARE USING UN-MANNED AIRCRAFT FOR STUDIES FROM THE SKY

ARKANSAS HELICOPTER:
MEANWHILE, RESEARCHERS IN ARKANSAS ARE ALSO USING AERIAL TECHNOLOGY TO SURVEY CROPS AND FIELDS. BUT THEY'RE USING A MODEL-SIZED HELICOPTER. THIS MACHINE IS CALLED A MULTI-ROTOR REMOTE SENSING SYSTEM, BASICALLY, A HELICOPTER WITH A CAMERA.
IT'S STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS. IT'LL ALLOW PRODUCERS TO DOWNLOAD STILL PHOTOS. THEN, THE SOFTWARE WILL STITCH THE PHOTOS TOGETHER. AND IT GIVES YOU A COUNT OF HOW MANY PLANTS OR TREES ARE THERE. RIGHT NOW, IT'S PRIMARILY USED FOR TREE NURSERIES, BUT IT COULD HAVE BROADER APPLICATIONS. THIS MACHINE IS NOT AFFORDABLE JUST YET. ROBBINS SAYS THEY HOPE TO HAVE THE REMOTE CONTROL HELICOPTER READY FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT BY 2012. NOW THAT'S PRECISION AG. STILL TO COME IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR NEW BEEF RECIPES, WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE TO LOOK. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

SOY:
A BRIGHT SPOT FOR THE SOY INUDSTRY IS FADING SLIGHTLY. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY US SALES OF SOY SUPPLEMENTS ARE DOWN ABOUT 15 PERCENT THIS YEAR. THIS DATA COMES FROM A GROUP CALLED SPINS. LAST YEAR SOY SUPPLEMENT SALES FELL 26%. THE SPINS TEAM SAYS THEY BELIEVE IT’S DUE TO CONFUSION ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THE PRODUCT. SOME REPORTS HAVE SAID SOY IMPACTS HORMONES IN THE BODY, WHILE OTHER STUDIES SAY IT HELPS WITH BONE AND MUSCLE HEALTH. COMPANIES IN THE SOY SUPPLEMENT BUSINESS SAY THE SPINS REPORT DOESN'T INCLUDE SOME PARTS OF THE MARKET WHICH MAY ACTUALLY BE DOING QUITE WELL.

CHECKOFF ON WEB:
DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO DINE-OUT LESS OFTEN. SO FOLKS ARE PREPARING MORE MEALS AT HOME.  IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE BEEF CHECKOFF, BRIAN BAXTER SHOWS US HOW THE CHECKOFF IS USING THE WEB TO HELP CONSUMERS FIND NEW WAYS TO COOK BEEF.

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