AgDay Daily Recap - March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011 01:42 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MARCH 11, 2011

WASDE Supply Demand Report
USDA RELEASED ITS MONTHLY SUPPLY-DEMAND FIGURES WITH VERY FEW CHANGES TO THE FEBRUARY DATA.  BUT IT RAISED ESTIMATES OF THE CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS IN BRAZIL.
USDA'S WORLD AG OUTLOOK BOARD SHOWS MARCH CORN NUMBERS UNCHANGED FROM FEBRUARY, WITH ENDING STOCKS AT 675 MILLION BUSHELS.  USDA ALSO LEFT UN-CHANGED THE SOYBEAN ENDING STOCKS AT 140 MILLION BUSHELS.  IN ITS WHEAT SUPPLY AND DEMAND TABLE, USDA RAISED 2010-11 ENDING STOCKS BY 25 MILLION BUSHELS, UP TO 843 MILLION BUSHELS.
USDA SAYS THE INCREASE IS DUE TO A CUT IN THE AMOUNT OF WHEAT EXPORTED FROM THIS COUNTRY.


Global Grain supplies
IN THE GLOBAL LEDGER, CORN PRODUCTION FOR THIS GROWING SEASON WAS LOWERED DUE TO PROBLEMS IN MEXICO AND INDIA. MEXICO HAD A HARD FREEZE LAST MONTH, WHICH DESTROYED ABOUT 25-PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY'S TOTAL CORN PRODUCTION.  BUT THOSE REDUCTIONS WERE OFF-SET BY HIGHER PRODUCTION IN BRAZIL. USDA RAISED BRAZIL'S CORN PRODUCTION BY TWO MILLION TONS.  PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY HAS DETAILS.


Planting Intentions
THE NEXT BIG REPORT SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IS THE PLANTING INTENTIONS SURVEY.
IT’S SET TO COME OUT AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.  RECENTLY AT COMMODITY CLASSIC IN TAMPA BAY FLORIDA, I SPOKE WITH PRODUCERS ABOUT THEIR INTENTIONS FOR THE UPCOMMING YEAR.  PLANTING SEASON IS EITHER UNDERWAY OR JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND FOR MOST PLANS ARE ALREADY IN PLACE.  HELPING MAKE THAT DECISION ARE PRICES ON THE BOARD.
THE USDA'S PLANTING INTENTIONS REPORTS IS SCHEDULED TO HIT DESKS ON MARCH 31ST.

Pesticide Rule
THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE PASSED A BILL WEDNESDAY THAT WOULD STOP EPA REGULATORS FROM REQUIRING PERMITS FOR FARMERS AND OTHER PESTICIDE APPLICATORS.
MEANWHILE, EPA ASKED THE SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS TO EXTEND AN APRIL 9TH DEADLINE TO IMPLEMENT A FEDERAL PESTICIDE PERMITS PROGRAM. EPA ASKED FOR A OCTOBER 31ST DEADLINE.  MANY FARM GROUPS ARE OPPOSED TO THE PERMIT PROGRAM. THE PERMIT WOULD REQUIRE SOME FARMERS TO OBTAIN AN EXTRA PERMIT FOIR SPRAYING PESTICIDES.
THE EPA WAS FORCED TO CREATE THE PROGRAM AS A RESULT OF A 2009 COURT DECISION WHICH SAID EPA COULD NOT EXEMPT PESTICIDE USERS FROM THE CLEAN WATER ACT.
DON PARRISH WITH THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION SAYS THE RULES WILL BE BURDENSOME.  PARRISH SAYS THEY DON'T JUST WANT A DELAY, THEY WANT TO GET RID OF THE RULE SINCE EPA IS OVER REACHING THEIR AUTHORITY.

Heifer Survey
iN AGRIBUSINESS THE USDA IS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE RAISING CUSTOM DAIRY HEIFERS.
THE NATIONAL ANIMAL HEALTH MONITORING SYSTEM IS CONDUCTING THE NATIONS FIRST STUDY OF THIS INDUSTRY.  IT HOPES TO EVALUATE CUSTOM DAIRY HEIFER RAISERS ON CURRENT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, FACILITIES AND FIND POTENTIAL FUTURE CHALLENGES.  A NATIONAL STUDY HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE FOR THE US DAIRY HEIFER-RAISER INDUSTRY.  THE USDA IS LOOKING FOR HELP FROM 21 OF THE BIGGEST DAIRY STATES.  THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE WILL BE ASKED TO FILL OUT A SINGLE QUESTIONAIRE.  CONTACT YOUR STATE ANIMAL HEALTH OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Analysis Gary Wilhelmi
HE'LL OFFER HIS "ALWAYS INSIGHTFUL" PERSPECTIVE OF THE USDA SUPPLY-DEMAND REPORT.


In the Country
Kentucky Artists
WHETHER IT'S THE RURAL LIVING THAT BRINGS OUT A PERSON'S INNER ARTIST OR THAT MANY ARTISTS PREFER RURAL LIVING...ONE THING IS TRUE, ART HAPPENS THERE.  BUT FOR THE CREATIVE HANDS MAKING THESE LITTLE WONDERS THE CHALLENGE REMAINS IN THE MARKETING.  JEFF FRANKLIN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY SHOWS US HOW ONE EASTERN KENTUCKY TOWN IS HELPING ITS ARTISTS SET UP SHOP.


Food and yoru family
Sodium consumption
AGE DOESN'T DETERMINE HOW MUCH SODIUM YOU CONSUME.  THAT REPORT STARTS US OFF IN THIS MORNING'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.  ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION FROM THE NPD GROUP, A MARKET RESEARCH COMPANY, ALL GENERATIONS IN THE US ARE CONSUMING MORE SALT THAN DIETICIANS RECCOMEND.  ITS SAYS THE SUGGESTED DAILY SODIUM INTAKE SHOULD BE 23 HUNDRED MILLIGRAMS FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON AND 15-HUNDRED FOR PEOPLE OVER 50.
ACCORDING TO AN NPD SURVEY SENIORS BETWEEN 55 AND 65 YEARS OF AGE ARE CONSUMING NEARLY 32-HUNDRED MILLIGRAMS OF SODIUM. ABOUT THE SAME AS PEOPLE IN THEIR LATE 40'S AND EARLY 50'S.  THE HIGHEST CONSUMPTION WAS MILLENIALS OR AMERICANS IN THEIR 20'S...THEY WERE CONSUMING NEARLY 35-HUNDRED MILLIGRAMS OF SODIUM ON AVERAGE PER DAY.  THE AUTHORS SAY, LOWERING SODIUM INTAKE WILL BE HARD DUE TO ITS IMPORTANCE IN TASTE.  Link: http://www.npd.com/press/releases/press_110308.html


Tomato consumption
I'M SURE YOU'VE GOT PLANS FOR NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH...IT'S UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW.  MANY OF THE NATION'S LARGEST FOOD MAKERS ARE ON BOARD INCLUDING CONAGRA FOODS.
IT'S TOUTING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOES.  THE RED VEGETABLE IS HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS, VITAMINE C, FIBER AND POTASSIUM.  AND YOU MIGHT BE WELL SERVED TO GET THOSE TOMATOES FROM A CAN.  ACCORDING CONAGRA RESEARCHERS, TOMATO PASTE, SAUCE AND SPAGHETTI SAUCE HAVE SEVEN TIMES MORE OF THE ANTIOXIDANT LYCOPENE THAN RAW TOMATOES DO.  Link: http://media.conagrafoods.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=202310&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1538119&highlight
 

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