AgDay Daily Recap - June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011 04:50 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 29, 2011

USDA WEATHER OVERVIEW:
METEOROLOGISTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ARE PAINTING A DREARY PICTURE FOR FARM COUNTRY THIS SUMMER. . . AS IF THE SPRING HASN'T BEEN ENOUGH OF A CHALLENGE FOR MANY PRODUCERS.  USDA SAYS THE EXTREME WEATHER IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR MUCH OF THE COUNTRY. THOSE EXTREMES INCLUDE THE SEVERE DRYNESS IN THE SOUTH AND THE FLOODING IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE METEOROLOGIST BRAD RIPPEY HAS BEEN POURING OVER THE MAPS AND HE DOESN'T SEE MUCH OF A CHANGE IN THE SUMMER FORECAST. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WATER WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE ENTIRE MISSOURI BASIN THIS SUMMER AND SO AT LEAST ALONG THE RIVER AND MANY OF ITS TRIBUTARIES THAT WILL BE AN ONGOING PROBLEM FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE UPPER MIDWEST WOULD BE A BREAKDOWN OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC BLOCK AND THAT'S REALLY THE ONLY MECHANISM THAT I CAN REALLY SEE THAT WOULD BRING WARMER, DRIER CONDITIONS TO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE NORTHWEST AT THIS POINT. MEANWHILE, DROUGHT WILL CONTINUE TO HAM-STRING THE SOUTH. RIPPEY SAYS HE DOESN'T REALLY EXPECT TO SEE ANY RELIEF IN THE NEAR TERM FOR THE DEEP SOUTH DROUGHT AREAS. HE SAYS METEOROLOGISTS WILL BE LOOKING TO THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON FOR SIGNS OF POTENTIAL RELIEF FOR THE GULF COAST AND ATLANTIC COASTAL STATES.

MINOT TROUBLES:
MEANWHILE, RELIEF FROM FLOODING IS SLOW IN COMING IN NORTH DAKOTA. AT MORE THAN 4-FEET ABOVE ITS HIGHEST-LEVEL EVER RECORDED, WATER IS SLOWLY BEGINNING TO RECEDE. MORE THAN 4,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE SWAMPED BY THE BLOATED SOURIS RIVER. OFFICIALS SAY IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE THINGS GET BACK TO NORMAL THERE.

RAIL FLOODING:
RAIL SERVICE TO MANY AREAS OF THE MIDWEST AND NORTHERN PLAINS IS BEING INTERRUPTED OR DETOURED BECAUSE OF FLOODING. THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY WAS FORCED TO SHUTDOWN ITS MAIN TRACKS THROUGH MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA BECAUSE MILES OF TRACK ARE WASHED OUT. THE RAIL LINE ALSO HAS PROBLEMS IN MONTANA AND MISSOURI. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR TELLS US HOW GRAIN SHIPMENTS ARE IMPACTED BY NATURE'S FURY. PASSENGER TRAFFIC IS ALSO IMPACTED. AMTRAK LEASES RAIL SPACE FROM BNSF. AMTRAK SUSPENDED PASSENGER SERVICE ON ITS EMPIRE BUILDER LINE BETWEEN SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA AND HAVRE, MONTANA, BECAUSE OF FLOODING ON THE SOURIS RIVER.

PORK OUTLOOK:
IT APPEARS HIGH FEED COSTS OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS ARE NOW BEING PASSED ALONG TO U.S. CONSUMERS SHOPPING FOR PORK PRODUCTS. NOTED AG ECONOMIST CHRIS HURT OF PURDUE UNIVERSITY SAYS RETAIL PRICES THRU MAY OF THIS YEAR HAVE AVERAGE $3.35 A POUND. THAT'S A 14% GAIN FROM THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. HURT SAYS EVERYONE IN THE PORK MARKETING CHANNEL IS SHARING AS PACKER GROSS MARGINS ARE UP 10%, RETAIL GROSS MARGINS ARE UP 14%, AND PRODUCERS HAVE RECEIVED 16% HIGHER PRICES. WE TALKED WITH MARKETS COMMENTATOR GARY WILHELMI ABOUT THE INDUSTRY OUTLOOK.

WILHELMI PORK:
HEAVILY CONTRIBUTING TO U.S. PORK DEMAND IS A RECORD LEVEL OF PORK EXPORTS. NUMBERS THROUGH APRIL SHOW A 19% INCREASE OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 2010. PROFESSOR HURT SAYS THE BIG EXPORT INCREASES THIS YEAR ARE HEADING TO ASIA, LED BY SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN, RUSSIA AND CHINA.

DUPONT ETHANOL:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, DUPONT-DANISCO IS TAKING ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS BUILDING A COMMERCIAL SCALE ETHANOL PLANT THAT USES NOTHING BUT CORN STOVER AS A FEEDSTOCK THE COMPANY HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE A PARCEL OF LAND IN STORY COUNTY, IOWA - EAST OF AMES. DDCE ALREADY RUNS A PRE-COMMERCIAL FACILITY IN TENNESSEE. IT'S A JOINT EFFORT WITH UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE. THAT PLANT PRODUCES CELLULOSIC ETHANOL FROM SWITCHGRASS. BUT THIS FACILITY IN IOWA WILL USE CORN STOVER - DRIED COBS, STALKS AND LEAVES. DUPONT-DANISCO IS WORKING WITH IOWA STATE TO ESTABLISH BEST PRACTICES IN HARVESTING, STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF THE CROP RESIDUE.

BIOENERGY CONFERENCE:
ON TUESDAY WE TALKED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIO-ENERGY SCIENCE CENTER. IT'S PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. HE SAYS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE FUTURE, ETHANOL PLANTS WILL NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROCESS NUMEROUS FEED STOCKS.

ANALYSIS:
BOB UTTERBACK

JOPLIN FFA:
JOPLIN MISSOURI CONTINUES TO PICK UP AFTER A MASSIVE TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH TOWN ON MAY 22. AND AS THE TOWN REBUILD'S THEY'RE GETTING HELP FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. AN EF-5 TORNADO KILLED MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE ON MAY 22. IT CARVED A SIX-MILE LONG, MILE-WIDE PATH THROUGH THE TOWN. THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE LEVELED, INCLUDING JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOL. JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE, THE FFA CHAPTER AT PRINCETON RV HIGH SCHOOL FOUND OUT IT WON FIRST PLACE IN A NATIONAL CHAPTER COMPETITION. THEIR WINNINGS—$1,500 WORTH OF FFA GEAR, SUPPLIES AND TRAVEL MONEY. AFTER SEEING THE DEVASTATION IN JOPLIN THE PRINCETON TEAM DECIDED TO DONATE THEIR PRIZE TO THE JOPLIN FFA STUDENTS TO HELP REBUILD.

IN THE COUNTRY; ROBO CAMP:
IT'S SUMMER TIME - WHICH MEANS SOME KIDS ARE HEADING TO CAMP. BUT ONE CAMP IN MISSOURI IS REPLACING CAMPFIRES AND SWIMMING POOLS WITH MATH AND SCIENCE. AND THESE CAMPERS LOVE IT. KENT FADDIS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION HAS MORE.  THANKS KENT. UP NEXT NEW RESEARCH ON FOOD SAFETY AT THE GRILL...PLUS MAN-MADE MEAT? FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

GRILLING ECOLI:
FOR ME NOTHING SAYS SUMMER BETTER THAN THE SIZZLE OF THE STEAK ON THE GRILL. BUT HOW WELL DOES THAT GRILL DO IN ELIMINATING FOODBORNE PATHOGENS LIKE E-COLI. THAT'S WHAT SCIENTISTS AT THE USDA ARE INVESTIGATING IN TODAY'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING AT HOW WELL E-COLI MOVES FROM THE OUTSIDE OF THE CARCASS INTO THE MIDDLE OF STEAK AFTER IT'S CARVED. THEY FOUND THAT AFTER COOKING PATHOGEN TAINTED MEAT, FROM RARE TO MEDIUM RARE--IN A VARIETY OF STEAK THICKNESSES, THE FOOD IS SAFE. THE HOME GRILL IS EFFECTIVE IN ELIMINATING E-COLI. SCIENTISTS ALSO PUT THE STEAKS THROUGH A MEAT TENDERIZER TO FORCE THE MICROBE DEEPER INTO THE MEAT. YET EVEN GETTING THE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE AS LOW AS 120 DEGREES--OR VERY RARE--WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE THE MEAT SAFE.

TEST TUBE BURGERS:
AND SCIENTISTS IN THE NETHERLANDS ARE DOING THEIR OWN STUDIES ON MEAT. THEY'RE ATTEMPTING TO GROW A HAMBURGER WITHOUT THE STEER. A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS ARE DEVELOPING MEAT PRODUCTS GROWN FROM THE STEM CELLS OF CATTLE. THE TEST TUBE MEAT IS MADE AS THE CELLS MULITIPLY IN A SOLUTION OF NUTRIENTS. THE RESEARCHERS HOPE TO MAKE A BURGER FROM THE MUSCLE TISSUE.  THEY SAY IT SHOULD BE READY IN ABOUT 12 MONTHS. SIMILAR WORK HAS BEEN DONE ON PORK AND FISH. THE TEAM SAYS ONE DAY MAN MADE MEAT WILL HELP FEED A GROWING POPULATION.

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