AgDay Daily Recap - June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011 08:04 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 6, 2011

MISSOURRI RIVER:
GOOD MORNING, CLINTON IS ON ASSIGNMENT. TOPPING OUR NEWS, FARMERS AND FAMILIES FROM MONTANA TO MISSOURI ARE WATCHING AND WAITING AS THE MISSOURI RIVER CONTINUES ITS STEADY CHARGE SOUTHWARD. THE BIG MO HAS ALREADY SHOWN ITS ABILITY TO DISRUPT LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS. THE SHARP RISE OF THE UPPER MISSOURI IN MONTANA, MOVED INTO NORTH DAKOTA, FOLLOWED BY SOUTH DAKOTA LAST WEEK. IT FORCED OFFICIALS TO RELEASE UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNTS OF WATER FROM A SERIES OF DAMS THAT NORMALLY CONTROL THE FLOW OF THE RIVER. ACCORDING TO KTIV-TV - OUR AFFILIATE IN SIOUX CITY, IOWA - THE FLOW OF THE WATER THRU ONE LOCAL DAM IS EXPECTED TO HIT 150,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. THE PREVIOUS HIGH WAS HALF THAT, ABOUT 70,000 CUBIC FEET. THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN AT HIGH LEVELS FOR WEEKS. IT'S ALMOST A CASE OF "DEJA VU", AS WE WERE TELLING A SIMILAR STORY JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO AS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ROSE TO NEW LEVELS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. AND NOW WITH THE MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING, IT'S THE OPPOSITE CORNER OF THE SHOW-ME STATE THAT'S NOW FACING THE SAME STRUGGLES. EVENTUALLY, THE MISSOURI DUMPS INTO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, ADDING PRESSURE TO A RIVER THAT'S JUST NOW STARTED TO RETREAT FROM HISTORIC LEVELS IN MISSOURI, ARKANSAS, MISSISSIPPI, TENNESSEE, AND LOUISIANA

PP EXTENSION:
MEANWHILE, THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY HAS EXTENDED THE REPORTING DEADLINE FOR FARMERS IN FIVE STATES WHO WILL FILE FOR PREVENTED PLANTING. THE NEW DEADLINE TO REPORT IS JULY 15TH IN MONTANA, THE DAKOTAS, WISCONSIN AND OHIO. NOW, THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE PREVENTED PLANTING DEADLINES SET BY EACH STATE. BUT IT DOES GIVE PRODUCERS MORE TIME TO FILE THE PAPERWORK.

LOUISIANA WILDLIFE:
WHEN THE MISSISSISSIPPI RIVER BROKE ITS BANKS LAST MONTH, NOT ONLY WERE HOMES AND FARMSTEADS DESTROYED, BUT SO WERE WILDLIFE HABITATS. AND THOSE ANIMALS WERE LOOKING FOR HIGHER AND DRYER GROUND. AS AVERY DAVIDSON TELLS US IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU, THOSE MIS-PLACED ANIMALS ARE FEEDING ON CROPS THAT SURVIVED THE FLOOD. WHEN THE FLOODED DELTA REGION FINALLY DRIES OUT, LANDOWNERS WILL FACE CHALLENGES PREPARING IT FOR PLANTING. THE MISSISSIPPI STATE EXTENSION OFFERS ADVICE THAT'S RELEVANT IN ANY STATE. IT SAYS LANDOWNERS OF FLOODED ACREAGE MUST MANAGE A VARIETY OF ISSUES, INCLUDING OXYGEN-DEPLETED SOILS, NUTRIENT LOSS, CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION AND SOIL COMPACTION. WHILE MANY WILL BE TEMPTED TO WORK IN THE FIELDS AS SOON AS THE WATER RECEDES, THE EXTENSION URGES GROWERS NOT TO DO THIS. DRIVING HEAVY EQUIPMENT ON WET SOIL CAN COMPACT SOIL 10 TO 20 INCHES BELOW THE SURFACE.

JOBLESS:
A DOUR PICTURE WAS PAINTED FRIDAY WHEN THE LABOR DEPARTMENT RELEASED THE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR MAY. THE U.S. ADDED MUCH-FEWER-THAN-EXPECTED JOBS IN MAY. NONFARM PAYROLLS ROSE ONLY 54,000, PUSHING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO 9.1%. INVESTORS HAD EXPECTED JOB GROWTH WOULD CLIMB BY 170,000. OUR MARKET ANALYSTS AT PRO FARMER NEWSLETTER SAY THE MARKET TOOK NOTICE AS THE DOW CLOSED DOWN NEARLY 100-POINTS. PRO FARMER SAYS LIVESTOCK TRADERS HAVE BEEN GAUGING ECONOMIC DATA FOR SIGNS OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE -- AND THIS POOR REPORT IS NOT A GOOD SIGN FOR SUMMER RED MEAT DEMAND.

ANALYSIS:
BRIAN BASTING

DOODLE BUG:
IF YOU DO AN INTERNET SEARCH FOR THE WORD "DOODLE BUG", IT BRINGS UP A LONG LIST OF OPTIONS. HOW ABOUT A DIVINING ROD, USED TO FIND HIDDEN WATER? OR IT COULD BE A WOOD-LOUSE, WHICH IS A RATHER NASTY LOOKING BUG. IT'S ALSO THE NAME GIVEN TO AN EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT. BUT FOR OUR PURPOSES, A DOODLE-BUG IS AN AUTOMOBILE MODIFIED FOR USE AS A TRACTOR DURING WORLD WAR II. WE FOUND ONE IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN...AND THE OWNER SAYS IT'S ONE-OF-A-KIND. DUANE SAYS BACK IN THE DAY, IT WOULD HAVE COST YOU ABOUT THREE-HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A CONVERSION KIT TO BUILD A DOODLE BUG. UP NEXT, FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, PLUS SOME OF YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT A FOOD LABELING LAW. DETAILS IN THE AGDAY INBOX.

ELANCO AND HEIFER INTERNATIONAL:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY "ELANCO ANIMAL HEALTH" IS TAKING A STAND AGAINST WORLD HUNGER. THE INDIANA-BASED FIRM HAS SET A GOAL TO ELIMINATE HUNGER FOR 100,000 FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD. THE COMPANY HAS FORGED A PARTNERSHIP WITH HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. THAT NON-PROFIT GROUP HELPS TO PROVIDE LIVESTOCK TO POOR COMMUNITIES AND TEACH THEM TO RAISE THEIR OWN FOOD. ELANCO IS PROVIDING MONEY AND TECHNOLOGY IN THIS ENDEAVOUR. ANOTHER ASPECT OF HEIFER'S PROGRAM IS TO CONNECT COMMUNITIES WITH THE FARM MARKET ECONOMY.
 

COOL WTO:
IMPLEMENTED IN 2008, "COOL" REQUIRES RETAILERS TO SHOW ON THE PACKAGE WHERE MEATS, FRESH FRUITS AND NUTS COME FROM. CANADA AND MEXICO FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE WTO, SAYING THE LABEL LAW IS AN ILLEGAL, NON-TARIFF TRADE BARRIER. THE WTO IS EXPECTED TO ISSUE ITS FINAL RULING THIS FALL. WE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE LAW.

AGDAY INBOX:
MARY WOODWARD FROM ILLINOIS WRITES "FOR MOST OF THE POPULATION THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING FOR FOOD PRODUCTS WILL NOT MAKE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE IN THEIR PURCHASES. BUT I FOR ONE LIKE TO KNOW THAT THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN HAS SOME RESEMBLANCE OF AN INSPECTION PROGRAM IN PLACE FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF MY FOOD."
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WALTER SUDOL - REMSEN, NEW YORK....AS A FORMER FARMER AND NOW A MORE SKEPTICAL CONSUMER, I BELIEVE ALL FOOD PRODUCTS SHOULD HAVE LABELS INDICATING THE ,COUNTRY AS WELL AS
STATE/PROVINCE/REGION OF SAID COUNTRY. WITH THE CONTINUING ATTACKS OF TERROR ON ORDINARY CITIZENRY, WE MUST BE MORE VIGILANT.
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J-W CARROLL FROM KATY,TEXAS SAYS "I AM 100% IN FAVOR OF ALL REGULATIONS INVOLVED WITH C.O.O.L. ! IN FACT,
I DON'T THINK THE RULES OF C.O.O.L. GO FAR ENOUGH. I FEEL IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER TO SAY THAT INTERNET SALES MUST PROVIDE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ON THE SALES VEHICLE.

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ALSO FROM TEXAS, JASON KING IN HOUSTON SAYS "I ALWAYS LOOK FOR PRODUCE, MEAT, & DAIRY PRODUCTS FROM THE USA AND WILL PAY MORE FOR IT."
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AND FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE....
SARA LEONARD GREIER WRITES "I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU......BUT I WANT TO KNOW WHERE MY FOOD COMES FROM!"

CONTACT PAGE:
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