AgDay Daily Recap - June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011 03:13 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
JUNE 7, 2011

CROP PROGRESS:
GOOD MORNING. THE U.S. SOYBEAN CROP IS FINDING ITS WAY FROM PRODUCER'S PLANTERS BUT AT A PACE WELL OFF ITS NORMAL CLIP.  IN THE USDA'S LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT, 68% OF SOYBEANS ARE IN THE GROUND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS OVER 80% FINISHED. A SLOW WET START TO CORN PLANTING PUSHED SOYBEANS TO THE BACK BURNER IN MANY STATES. BIG SOYBEAN COUNTRY LIKE INDIANA, MICHIGAN, NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA AND TENNESSEE ARE AT OR LESS THAN 50% DONE. OHIO, WHICH IS FACING HISTORIC DELAYS IN ITS PLANTING SEASON IS ONLY ABOUT A QUARTER COMPLETE. SOYBEAN PLANTING OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS HAS AVERAGED NEARLY 90% COMPLETE. THE OHIO CORN SITUATION ISN'T MUCH BETTER. 58% IS IN THE GROUND. USUALLY PLANTING IS ALL BUT DONE. NATIONWIDE, 94% OF THE CORN CROP IS IN THE GROUND AND ALMOST 80% HAS EMERGED. SUNFLOWER PLANTING IS ALSO DRAGGING. 28% IS DONE, ABOUT HALF OF NORMAL. NORTH DAKOTA IS USUALLY ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY THROUGH SUNFLOWER PLANTING, RAIN AND FLOODING HAS BROUGHT DELAYS. IT'S ONLY ABOUT 25% PLANTED. SPRING WHEAT IN THAT STATE IS ALSO BEHIND AT 69% COMPLETE. TYPICALLY IT’S ALL BUT DONE. NATIONALLY ABOUT 80% IS IN THE GROUND. FROM SPRING TO WINTER WHEAT, HARVEST IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. NATION WIDE 10% IS IN THE BIN, FOUR POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. OKLAHOMA LEADS THE WAY WITH 45% CUT. DROUGHT STRESS IS PUSHING HARVEST 20 POINTS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. THE CROP IN BOTH OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS IS RATED ABOUT 80% POOR TO VERY POOR.

ALLENDALE WASDE:
WHEN USDA RELEASES ITS SUPPLY-DEMAND FIGURES ON THURSDAY, ALLENDALE INCORPORATED EXPECTS TO SEE LOWER CORN AND WHEAT PRODUCTION ESTIMATES. THAT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE, DUE TO THE VARIOUS WEATHER CHALLENGES FARMERS HAVE FACED SINCE LAST FALL. ALLENDALE EXPECTS CORN WILL HIT 13.4 BILLION BUSHELS, DOWN 85 MILLION FROM USDA'S PREVIOUS ESTIMATE. IT ALSO EXPECTS A ONE BUSHEL DROP IN AVERAGE CORN YIELD. WHEAT PRODUCTION WAS ALSO LOWERED TO ABOUT TWO BILLION BUSHELS...A DROP OF 20 MILLION. SOYBEANS REMAIN UNCHANGED.

MISSOURI DAMAGE:
IN THE WESTERN CORNBELT AND NORTHERN PLAINS, SEVEN STATES ARE FACING SERIOUS FLOODING FROM THE MISSOURI RIVER. AND FOR ONE - MISSOURI - THIS IS THE FOURTH MAJOR WEATHER CATASTROPHE TO HIT THE SHOW-ME STATE WITHIN THE PAST SIX WEEKS. AND THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS MAY BE FELT FOR YEARS. IT STARTED WITH A TORNADO THAT STRUCK ST. LOUIS ON APRIL 22ND. IT SEVERELY DAMAGED THE CITY'S AIRPORT AND DESTROYED 100 HOMES. FOUR WEEKS LATER, THE CITY OF JOPLIN WAS HIT, KILLING 144 PEOPLE. THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE DESTROYED. IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE STATE, THE SOUTHEAST CORNER WAS INUNDATED BY THE FLOOD WATERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. MORE THAN 130,000 ACRES OF FARMLAND WERE FLOODED WHEN THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS INTENTIONALLY BREECHED A LEVEE. AND THE CURRENT WEATHER BATTLE IS THE MISSOURI RIVER FLOODING. RIGHT NOW, IT'S IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE STATE, BUT IT WILL MAKE ITS WAY ACROSS THE STATE AS THE MISSOURI DUMPS INTO THE MISSISSIPPI.

DAKOTA FLOOD NAYLOR:
NOW TO NORTH DAKOTA, WHERE FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO RISE, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS OPENED THE GATES ON SEVERAL DAMS THAT CONTROL THE FLOW OF THE RIVER. THOUSANDS OF HOMEOWNERS ARE PILING SANDBAGS AND BUILDING DIKES TO HOLD BACK THE SURGING WATER. NOT FAR FROM THAT FRANTIC PACE IN TOWN, FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE ALSO TAKING STEPS TO PREVENT HUGE LOSSES. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR-TV HAS OUR STORY.

DT ILLEGAL WORKERS:
IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON ARIZONA'S EMPLOYEE VERIFICATION HAS SOME DAIRY GROUPS TAKING NOTICE. THE EDITORS AT DAIRY TODAY MAGAZINE SAY THERE'S CONCERN IF MORE STATES FOLLOW SUIT, A LARGE PORTION OF THE U.S. DAIRY WORKFORCE COULD PROVE TO BE UNDOCUMENTED. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED FIVE TO THREE SAYING ARIZONA IS ABLE TO REQUIRE ALL EMPLOYERS IN THE STATE TO USE E-VERIFY--A FEDERAL ELECTRONIC IMMIGRATION STATUS CHECK--ON JOB CANDIATES. THE COURT ALSO SAID ARIZONA CAN REVOKE THE LICENSES OF BUISINESSES HIRING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THAT HAS SOME DAIRY PRODUCERS WORRIED OTHER STATES WILL FOLLOW. ACCORDING TO DAIRY TODAY, IT'S BELIEVED A MAJOR PERCENTAGE OF DAIRY EMPLOYES IN THE U.S. ARE UNDOCUMENTED. DAIRY PRODUCERS WORRY THEY'LL STRUGGLE TO HIRE A RELIABLE WORKFORCE.

DT MILK ALLERGIES:
IF YOUR CHILD HAS MILK ALLERGIES, YOU MAY WANT TO FEED THEM BAKED GOODS THAT CONTAIN MILK. A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT CHILDREN GIVEN COOKED MILK - BAKED INTO MUFFINS OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL MONTHS - SAW THEIR SYMPTOMS DISAPPEAR FASTER THAN CHILDREN WHO SIMPLY AVOIDED MILK PRODUCTS. MILK ALLERGY IS NOT THE SAME AS LACTOSE INTOLERANCE, WHICH IS AN INABILITY TO DIGEST MILK PRODUCTS. KIDS WITH MILK ALLERGIES CAN HAVE NEGATIVE REACTIONS, SOME SEVERE. RESEARCHERS BELIEVE HEATING THE MILK CHANGES THE MAKE-UP OF PROTEIN. AND DON'T FORGET, FOR THE VERY LATEST NEWS AFFECTING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY, INCLUDING PRODUCTION AND POLICY ISSUES, CHECK OUT WWW.DAIRYTODAY.COM .

ANALYSIS:
MIKE NORTH

IN THE COUNTRY; DIETARY GUIDELINES ROOK:
THE FOOD PYRAMID HAS BEEN SET-ASIDE AND NOW USDA WANTS YOU TO THINK ABOUT A PLATE WHEN PREPARING A HEALTHY, WELL-BALANCED MEAL. THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE UNVEILED THE NEW ICON LAST WEEK. IT'S PART OF THE DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS TO CURB THE GROWING RATE OF OBESITY. THE PLATE IS CUT INTO FOUR SECTIONS, AND ONE OF THE SECTIONS IS SET ASIDE FOR PROTEIN, LIKE LEAN MEAT. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK SAYS THE BEEF INDUSTRY IS PLEASED WITH THE ENDORSEMENT. MCNEILL SAYS WITH THESE NEW GUIDELINES AND MANDATORY NUTRITION LABELING, SHE THINKS THE BEEF INDUSTRY HAS A REAL OPPORTUNITY TO TOUT ITS HEALTH BENEFITS. SHE SAYS CONSUMERS MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN HOW LEAN BEEF ACTUALLY IS. STILL TO COME FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY LOOKS AT SOME NEW FUNDING TO PROMOTE FARMERS MARKETS.

EUROPE VEGGIES:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, GERMAN OFFICIALS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR AN EXACT CAUSE OF A DEADLY E-COLI OUTBREAK. OVER THE WEEKEND, HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNED PEOPLE NOT TO EAT ANY VEGETABLE SPROUTS FROM ONE ORGANIC FARM IN THE NORTHERN REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY. BUT SUBSEQUENT TESTS SHOW THAT FARM WAS NOT THE CAUSE OF THE OUTBREAK. STATE AG OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN HALF OF THE SAMPLES TAKEN FROM THE FARM TESTED NEGATIVE. TESTING ON THE OTHER SAMPLES IS STILL UNDERWAY. THE E. COLI OUTBREAK IN GERMANY HAS KILLED AT LEAST 22 PEOPLE AND SICKENED MORE THAN 2,300 PEOPLE ACROSS EUROPE. IN THIS COUNTRY, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS THERE ARE FOUR SUSPECTED CASES OF THE E-COLI INFECTION. THOSE PEOPLE HAD RECENTLY TRAVELED TO GERMANY.

FARMERS MARKET FUNDING:
LOCAL FARMER'S MARKETS ARE GETTING A BOOST FROM THE USDA.
THE DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING GRANTS TO COMMUNITIES IN HOPES OF INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF LOCAL FOODS. DEPUTY AG SECRETY KATHLENE MERRIGAN SAYS THE USDA IS OFFERING ABOUT 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE FARMERS MARKET PROMOTION PROGRAM. SHE SAYS THIS YEAR THE MONEY WILL FOCUS IN THE COUNTRY'S FOOD DESERTS.
THOSE ARE AREAS AND NEIGHBORHOODS LACKING ACCESS TO GROCERY STORES AND FRESH FOODS. THE MONEY WON'T JUST BE FOR FARMERS MARKETS, COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AG PROGRAMS AND ROADSIDE STANDS ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE. INTERESTED FARMERS OR RANCHERS CAN APPLY FOR THE FARMER'S MARKET PROMOTION PROGRAM GRANTS ONLINE. THE DEADLINE IS JULY FIRST.

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