AgDay Daily Recap - March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011 01:42 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MARCH 09, 2011

WINTER WHEAT CONDITION:
HELLO EVERYONE, IT'S NICE TO BE BACK FROM FLORIDA, WHERE I ATTENDED THIS YEARS COMMODITY CLASSIC. MANY OF THE WHEAT GROWERS I TALKED TO ARE EXPRESSING CONCERN ABOUT THIS YEAR’S WINTER WHEAT CROP...AND FOR GOOD REASON. DROUGHT HAS PLAGUED THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS SINCE LAST FALL AND THAT RESULTED IN POOR STANDS AND POOR CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE WINTER. IN MONDAY'S CROP RATINGS ONLY 25% OF THE CROP WAS IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION IN KANSAS. IN OKLAHOMA, JUST 22% IS THAT GOOD. AND IN TEXAS, JUST 18%. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TALKED TO WINTER WHEAT PRODUCERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AT COMMODITY CLASSIC TO GET AN ASSESSMENT OF CROP CONDITIONS AND YIELD PROSPECTS.

ROOK WHEAT CROP:
LAST YEAR'S SOFT RED WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTION TOTALED 404 MILLION BUSHELS WITH HARD RED AT 920 MILLION. EARLY ESTIMATES SHOW PRODUCTION TO BE DOWN THIS YEAR EVEN THOUGH ACREAGE WAS UP NEARLY 10% FROM LAST YEAR.

KORUS FTA:
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION NOTIFIED CONGRESS MONDAY IT’S READY TO WORK ON LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE TO IMPLEMENT THE KOREAN FTA. U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE RON KIRK SAID HIS OFFICE HAS FINISHED PREPARATIONS ON THE FTA. THAT CLEARS THE WAY FOR TECHNICAL DISCUSSIONS ON THE IMPLEMENTING BILL AND DRAFT STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION WHICH IS NECESSARY TO GET THE IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION TO CAPITOL HILL. PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD HAS DETAILS. AMBASSADOR KIRK SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS THE DISCUSSIONS TO COMMENCE "WITHOUT DELAY" SO THAT CONGRESS CAN APPROVE KORUS THIS SPRING. KIRK'S LETTER MADE NO MENTION OF TWO OTHER PENDING FTA'S WITH COLOMBIA AND PANAMA.

USTR CHANGES:
MEANWHILE, TRADE REP KIRK COULD BECOME THE NEXT COMMERCE SECRETARY. OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT PRO FARMER SAY CURRENT COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO BECOME THE NEXT U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CHINA. PRO FARMER SAYS REPORTS HAVE SURFACED THAT KIRK IS THE TOP CANDIDATE TO REPLACE LOCKE.

ANALYSIS:
RICHARD BROCK

IN THE COUNTRY; MUSHROOMS:
ROW CROP FARMERS ARE WAITTING PATIENTLY FOR SPRING TO START PLANTING THIS YEAR'S CROPS. BUT THERE ARE A FEW CROPS THAT DON'T REQUIRE A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER. MUSHROOM FARMERS KEEP THEIR PRODUCT INDOORS AND GROWING YEAR ROUND. TRACY SELLERS OF CALIFORNIA COUNTRY TV SHOWS US HOW ONE FAMILY'S FUNGI FARM IS FEEDING ITS FAMILY BUSINESS. THANKS TRACY. STILL TO COME AN ECO-FRIENDLY WAY TO WEED VEGETABLE CROPS. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

MACHINERY MINUTE; ECOWEEDER:
IF YOU RUN A VEGETABLE NURSERY, OR PREFER ORGANIC PRODUCTION, WE HAVE A TOOL THAT CAN HELP CONTROL WEEDS. THE "THE ECO-WEEDER" IN THIS MORNING'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. AS WE TOURED THE CAVERNOUS EXHIBIT HALLS AT THE NATIONAL FARM MACHINERY SHOW, WE CAME ACROSS THIS BOOTH. A CANADIAN-BASED COMPANY CALLED UNI-VERCO WAS SELLING ITS MECHANICAL WEEDER. THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S IDEAL FOR A VARIETY OF ROW-CROPS, LIKE CABBAGE OR LETTUCE. THE WEEDER IS HOOKED TO A THREE-POINT-HITCH. THE OPERATOR MOVES THE ARMS OF THE WEEDER IN-AND-AROUND PLANTS. MCLEAN SAYS THE ECO-WEEDER COMES IN SINGLE, DOUBLE OR MULTI-ROW VERSIONS. HE SAYS THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT WAS USED TO REMOVE THATCH AROUND STRAWBERRY PLANTS.

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