AgDay Daily Recap - June 24, 2011

June 24, 2011 04:56 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 24, 2011

BNSF FLOODING:
GOOD MORNING, CLINTON IS ON ASSIGNMENT. TOPPING OUR NEWS THIS FRIDAY MORNING, DOING BATTLE AGAINST MOTHER NATURE.  BLOATED RIVERS IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS ARE NOW IMPACTING SHIPMENTS OF GRAIN BOUND FOR OVERSEAS PORTS.  BURLINGTON NORTHERN-SANTA FE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CARRIERS OF WHEAT. THOSE TRAINS TYPICALLY HEAD TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, WHERE IT'S SHIPPED OUT OVERSEAS.    BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, SOME OF THEIR MAIN LINES IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MONTANA HAVE BEEN PUT OUT OF COMMISSION.  ACCORDING TO BNSF SPOKESMAN, GRAIN TRAIN SERVICE IS GETTING RE-ROUTED THRU IOWA AND NEBRASKA.  THE MAIN TRACK THRU MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA IS OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO RECORD FLOODING ON THE SOURIS RIVER.  IN MONTANA, FLOODING ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER IS WIPING OUT TRACK.

AERIALS KMOT:
THE SOURIS RIVER IS OVERTOPPING LEVEES AND DOING IT EARLIER THAN EXPECTED.  THAT FORCED RESIDENTS TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY.  THE SOURIS RIVER COMES SOUTH OUT OF CANADA.  IT'S BURSTING AT THE SEAMS DUE TO HEAVY SPRING SNOWMELT AND A DELUGE OF RAIN.  ON WEDNESDAY, THE CITY ORDERED A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF 10,000 RESIDENTS - ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE POPULATION.  YESTERDAY, THE NATIONAL GUARD WARNED THAT NUMBER COULD GO HIGHER

LOUISIANA DREDGING:
THE FLOODING ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER MOVED COUNTLESS-TONS OF SEDIMENT INTO THE RIVER.  IN SOUTHERN LOUISIANA, WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE GULF OF MEXICO, THAT'S CREATING BIG CHALLENGES FOR SHIPS.  THE DRAFT DEPTH IS TWO FEET LOWER THAN ITS USUAL DEPTH, ACCORDING TO AN ASSOCIATION OF SHIP PILOTS.  THAT MEANS SHIPS MUST HAVE LIGHTER LOADS SO THEY DON'T GET CAUGHT-UP.  IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU, AVERY DAVIDSON SAYS ONCE THE RIVER DROPS BELOW FLOOD STAGE, IT COULD BE AN EVEN BIGGER PROBLEM.  AVERY SAYS THERE'S A BILL BEORE CONGRESS THAT WOULD MANDATE THE USE OF MONEY IN THE HARBOR   NAINTENANCE TRUST FUND TO PAY FOR DREDGING IN SOUTHWEST PASS.

OIL RESERVES:
IN AGRIBUSINESS...THE U.S. HAS DECIDED TO RELEASE OIL FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE.  ENERGY SECRETARY STEVEN CHU SAYS OVER THE NEXT 30 DAYS THE U.S. AND ITS PARTNERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY WILL RELEASE A TOTAL OF 60 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL ONTO THE WORLD MARKET.  HALF OF THAT WILL COME FROM THE U.S. RESERVES.  CHU SAYS THE RELEASE WILL OFFSET DISRUPTION IN THE MIDEAST OIL SUPPLY, PRIMARILY DUE TO PROBLEMS IN LIBYA.  THE RESERVES CURRENTLY HOLD 727 MILLION BARRELS. 

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; GIRLS OUTDOORS:
SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW IS TO JUMP RIGHT-IN. THAT'S ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN YOU'RE HEADED TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS.  IN IOWA, THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HOLDS CLASSES - SPECIFICALLY FOR GIRLS - THAT OPENS THEIR EYES TO THE BASICS OF FISHING, HUNTING AND CANOEING.  IN THIS REPORT FROM THE DNR, JOE WILKINSON SAYS THESE GIRLS COULD GET "HOOKED" FOR LIFE.

EUROPE VEGGIES:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE DEATH OF AN ARIZONA RESIDENT WHO RECENTLY TRAVELED TO GERMANY MAY BE LINKED TO THE FOOD-POISONING OUTBREAK IN EUROPE.  THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS THE DEATH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THE ARIZONA RESIDENT HAD A SEVERE E-COLI COMPLICATION.  IF CONFIRMED, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST U.S. DEATH TIED TO THE OUTBREAK.  OFFICIALS HAVE TRACED THE OUTBREAK TO RAW VEGETABLE SPROUTS FROM AN ORGANIC FARM IN GERMANY.

COOLING EGGS:
IN OTHER NEWS, A RESEARCHER AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY SAYS COOLING EGGS AFTER THEY ARE LAID MAY INCREASE THE NATURAL DEFENSES THOSE EGGS HAVE AGAINST BACTERIA SUCH AS SALMONELLA.  ONCE EGGS ARE LAID, THEIR NATURAL RESISTANCE TO PATHOGENS  BEGINS TO WEAR DOWN.  DOCTOR KEVIN KEENER CREATED A PROCESS FOR RAPIDLY COOLING EGGS THAT IS DESIGNED TO INHIBIT THE GROWTH OF BACTERIA SUCH AS SALMONELLA.  THE COOLING PROCESS WOULD SATURATE THE INSIDE OF AN EGG WITH CARBON DIOXIDE AND ALTER PH LEVELS. THOSE CHANGES COULD DEFEND EGG WHITES FROM BACTERIA.  KEENER SAYS EGGS WOULD NEED TO BE COOLED AND STORED AT 45-DEGREES WITHIN 12 HOURS OF LAYING.

   
POSTURE:
DO YOU SLUMP-OVER WHILE OPERATING A TRACTOR? WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE WATCHING T-V? OR JUST WALKING AROUND?  NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MOM'S ADVICE ABOUT 'SITTING UP STRAIGHT' WAS SPOT-ON!  GOOD POSTURE LEADS TO STRONGER CORE MUSCLES - WHICH HELPS PREVENT OTHER PROBLEMS, LIKE BACK INJURIES AND KINEE PROBLEMS.  IN THIS REPORT FROM OHIO STATE MEDICAL CENTER, CLARK POWELL SAYS A NEW DEVICE WILL REMIND YOU OF "MOM".  THE DEVICE IS IN THE PROCESS OF RECEIVING A PATENT AND SHOULD BE ON THE MARKET IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  THEY PLAN TO USE THE DEVICE NOT ONLY TO FINE-TUNE ATHLETES, BUT TO HELP PATIENTS RECOVER IN REHABILITATION.
  
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