AgDay Daily Recap - March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011 02:42 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MARCH 15, 2011

U.S. Exports
U.S. AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS ARE OFF TO A FAST START AFTER SETTING RECORDS IN 2010.
JANUARY EXPORTS OF PORK AND BEEF ARE WELL ABOVE NUMBERS FROM A YEAR AGO LED BY PURCHASES FROM THE PACIFIC RIM. DUE TO A FOOT AND MOUTH OUTBREAK IN SOUTH KOREA US PORK EXPORTS TO THAT COUNTRY WERE UP 128 PERCENT IN VOLUME.  JAPANESE PORK EXPORTS WERE UP NEARLY 30 PERCENT AND SHIPMENTS TO CHINA TOTALED MORE THAN 19 THOUSAND METRIC TONS. THAT'S UP ABOUT 90 PERCENT FROM WHAT IT WAS IN 2008--THE LAST YEAR THE US MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION HAS SOLID NUMBERS.  U.S. BEEF EXPORTS ARE ALSO IN LINE FOR A STRONG YEAR.  CANADA, THE SECOND LARGEST MARKET FOR US BEEF SAW EXPORT VOLUME GO UP 17 PERCENT IN JANUARY.

Japan Demand
WHILE EXPORTS TO JAPAN WERE SOLID IN JANUARY--MANY EXPECT DRAMATIC SHIFTS AFTER LAST WEEK'S MASSIVE EARTH QUAKE.  JAPAN IS THE U.S. THIRD LARGEST MARKET FOR AGRICULTURAL GOODS.  ACCORDING TO THE A-P, FOUR OF THE COUNTRIES LARGEST PORTS WERE DAMAGED AND UNLOADING U.S. CORN FROM SHIPS ALREADY IN THE AREA HAS BEEN HALTED.  THE TSUNAMI SWEPT ACROSS A LARGE PART OF THE NORTHERN REGIONS FARMLAND.
MANY AREAS WERE FLOODED OR DESTROYED BY THE TIDAL SURGE.  ESTIMATES SAY AS MUCH AS 20 PERCENT OF THE NATIONS LIVESTOCK FEED OUTPUT COULD BE RUINED.  ABOUT A FIFTH OF JAPAN'S ANIMAL FEED COMES FROM THE REGION HARDEST HIT BY THE QUAKE AND TSUNAMI.

China Drought
AND JUST NORTH IN CHINA, THE USDA SAYS DROUGHT IS EXPECTED TO CUT CHINA'S WHEAT CROP BY 4 PERCENT. IT EXPECTS ABOUT 110 MILLION METRIC TONS.  LAST MONTH A U-N REPORT WARNED OF SEVERE DROUGHT IN CHINA'S NORTHERN PLAINS WHICH GROWS ROUGHLY 80 PERCENT OF THAT COUNTRY'S WINTER WHEAT.  EXPERTS IN THE COUNTRY SAY YIELDS WILL BE DOWN BUT STILL EXPECT HIGHER OVERALL PRODUCTION.  IN THE MEAN TIME CHINA HAS TURNED TO IMPORTING MORE FEED WHEAT THAN CORN.  DROUGHT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE LITTLE IF NO IMPACT ON CHINA'S CORN CROP.  OUTPUT IS EXPECTED TO BE SIX AND HALF PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.

House Vet Bill
SOME FARM GROUPS ARE ASKING THE SENATE TO TAKE-UP LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP OFF-SET THE SHORTAGE OF LARGE-ANIMAL VETERINARIANS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.  LAST WEEK, THE HOUSE PASSED A MEASURE THAT WOULD CREATE A RE-PAYMENT PROGRAM FOR VETERINARY SCHOOL LOANS. THE MEASURE WOULD EXPAND THE NUMBER OF VETS WORKING IN LIVESTOCK AND FOOD ANIMAL PRACTICES AT A FEDERAL, STATE OR TRIBAL LEVEL.  THE BILL WOULD AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT AND ADD VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH AS ONE OF THE PROFESSIONAL GROUPS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS TO TRAIN THE PUBLIC HEALTH VETERINARIAN WORKFORCE.  THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU IS URGING THE SENATE TO FOLLOW THE HOUSE'S VOTE.  ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THERE ARE 25-HUNDRED NEW VETERINARY GRADUATES EACH YEAR, BUT THAT INCLUDES THOSE WORKING IN SMALL ANIMAL FIRMS.  THE FARM BUREAU SAYS THAT'S NOT ENOUGH TO MEET THE DEMAND IN THE FOOD SECTOR.

Crop Watch
TIME NOW TO CHECK IN WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN FOR YOUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER. GOOD MORNING MIKE.  GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE HEARD FROM A NEBRASKA GROWER WHO'S EAST OF LINCOLN. HE SAYS MOST OF THE WINTER WHEAT IN HIS COUNTY HAS NOT EMERGED, INCLUDING HIS OWN FIELDS. THERE ARE SNOW DRIFTS BEHIND THE WIND BREAKS AS OF TODAY. HE WOULD GUESS THAT HE NEEDS AT LEAST TWO REALLY GOOD DRYING WEEKS AWAY FROM ANY FIELD WORK.

Derry Brownfield
A FARM BROADCASTING LEGEND HAS DIED.  DERRY BROWNFIELD, CO FOUNDER OF THE BROWNFIELD NETWORK PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY OF A HEART ATTACK LAST WEEKEND AT HIS HOME IN MISSOURI.  HE WAS 79.  DERRY CO-FOUNDED THE BROWNFIELD NETWORK IN 1973.

Analysis
IN ANALYSIS THIS MORNING, AL PELL AND GUEST ANDY SHISSLER DISCUSS HOW WORLD MARKETS AND CHINESE CURRENCY MAY BE ON A COLLISION COURSE.

ITC: Turkey Litter Boiler
WHETHER ITS BIOFUELS, WIND OR SOLAR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE IS FIRMLY ROOTED IN SUPPLYING THE NEXT GENERATION OF POWER.  THAT INCLUDES POULTRY SCIENTISTS AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY.  THEIR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY IDEA...USING TURKEY LITTER AS A MEANS FOR POWER.  JAMIE CUROTT (KER-ROT) SHOWS US A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ON ONE PENNSYLVANIA FARM THAT'S YIELDING PROMISING RESULTS, BOTH ECONOMICALLY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY.
THANKS JAMIE.  YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE LITTER INCINERATOR SLASH HOT WATER BOILER PROJECT AT PENN STATE BY GOING TO THEIR POULTRY EXTENSION WEBSITE.
WE'RE NOT DONE WITH POULTRY...COMMING UP IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY WE'VE GOT A FOUR POUND EGG ONE PRODUCER IS PRETTY HAPPY ABOUT.
 

Food and your Family: The Big Egg
YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE LITTER INCINERATOR SLASH HOT WATER BOILER PROJECT AT PENN STATE BY GOING TO THEIR POULTRY EXTENSION WEBSITE. WE'RE NOT DONE WITH POULTRY...COMMING UP IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY WE'VE GOT A FOUR POUND EGG ONE PRODUCER IS PRETTY HAPPY ABOUT. 

Coffee reduces stroke
YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE LITTER INCINERATOR SLASH HOT WATER BOILER PROJECT AT PENN STATE BY GOING TO THEIR POULTRY EXTENSION WEBSITE.  WE'RE NOT DONE WITH POULTRY...COMMING UP IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY WE'VE GOT A FOUR POUND EGG ONE PRODUCER IS PRETTY HAPPY ABOUT.

A STUDY REPORTED IN the JOURNAL "STROKE" SUGGESTS DRINKING COFFEE MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF STROKE IN WOMEN.  IT SHOWED DRINKING MORE THAN ONE CUP A DAY CUT THE RISK OF STROKE BY 22 TO 25 PERCENT.  THE STUDY WAS DONE IN SWEDEN AND FOLLOWED NEARLY 35-THOUSAND WOMEN FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS.   THEY ALSO FOUND MORE IS NOT NECESSARILY BETTER. DRINKING MORE THAN ONE OR TWO CUPS DID NOT OFFER MORE PROTECTION.

 

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