AgDay Daily Recap - May 4, 2011

May 4, 2011 02:47 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MAY 4, 2011

LEVEE BREACH:
THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LOW LYING FARM FIELDS IN MISSOURI ARE NOW FLOODED AFTER THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS BLEW A HOLE IN A LEVEE NEAR BIRDS POINT, MISSOURI. A COURT RULING CLEARED THE WAY FOR THE CORE TO DETONATE THE EXPLOSIVES. A RAPID, SUCCESSION OF EXPLOSIONS SENT FLOOD WATERS POURING TOWARD FARM LAND LATE MONDAY NIGHT. WE SLOWED DOWN THIS VIDEO SO YOU COULD SEE IT A SECOND TIME. ENGINEERS ALSO CREATED TWO ADDITIONAL HOLES FURTHER DOWN-STREAM TO ALLOW WATER TO FLOW BACK INTO THE RIVER. THE INTENTIONAL FLOODING WAS TO REDUCE PRESSURE ON THE LEVEE SYSTEM HOLDING BACK FLOOD WATER FROM INUNDATING THE TOWN OF CAIRO, ILLINOIS. THAT'S WHERE THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS MEET. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 70 YEARS SINCE THE RIVERS GOT THIS HIGH IN THAT AREA. AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TELLS AGDAY THAT FARMERS IN THE FLOODWAY WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE. THE FLOODWAY IS 35 MILES LONG AND COMPRISES ABOUT 130,000 ACRES. 90 HOMES WILL BE HIT BY THE FLOOD WATER.

SOUTHERN DAMAGE:
VILSACK ALSO SAYS FARM PRODUCERS IN TORNADO-RAVAGED ALABAMA HAVE A NUMBER OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO HELP WITH THEIR RECOVERY. THOSE PROGRAMS CAN HELP WITH DEBRIS REMOVAL, FENCE REPAIR, LIVESTOCK AND CROP LOSSES. ACCORDING TO THE ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATION, MORE THAN 200 POULTRY HOUSES WERE DESTROYED AND ANOTHER 500 WERE DAMAGED. MEANWHILE IN MISSISSIPPI, THE STATE'S NUMBER TWO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEK'S STORM. THE STATE'S TIMBER INDUSTRY IS SECOND, ONLY TO POULTRY. ACCORDING TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, THE DAMAGE IS SO WIDESPREAD THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY ESTIMATES YET ON DOLLAR VALUE OR VOLUME OF TIMBER LOST. MSU SAYS SOME ROW CROP PRODUCERS IN NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI ALSO HAD SOME LOSSES, ESPECIALLY WHEAT.  THE WINTER WHEAT HARVEST USUALLY BEGINS IN LATE MAY. HEADED AND FULLY DEVELOPED WHEAT IS VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO HAIL DAMAGE. ACCORDING TO ONE COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT, THE REAL DAMAGE TO FIELDS WAS DEBRIS LEFT BEHIND.

SHEEP PRODUCTION:
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST NASS NUMBERS THERE ARE MORE THAN 5.5 MILLION SHEEP IN THE U.S. THAT'S DOWN 2% FROM LAST YEAR AND THOSE DECLINING NUMBERS ARE ONE REASON LAMB PRICES HAVE SHOT THROUGH THE ROOF. U.S. DOMESTIC LAMB PRICES ARE UP MORE THAN 70% THIS YEAR...AND SHEEP-MEAT PRODUCTION IS EXPECTED TO FALL TO THE LOWEST LEVEL EVER RECORDED. THESE DWINDLING HERDS ARE EVERYWHERE...INCLUDING NORTH DAKOTA. RETHA COLCLASURE FROM AFFILIATE KFYR REPORTS. THANKS RETHA. WITH U.S. SUPPLIES DWINDLING AND DEMAND FOR LAMB ON THE RISE...FOR PRODUCERS, MANAGING THE HERD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. EXTENSION EXPERT, JODIE PENNINGTON, WITH LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN MISSOURI SAYS NOW'S THE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO FORAGE. PENNINIGTON SAYS FOR SHEEP AND GOATS ON FESCUE--WAIT UNTIL THE GRASS IS AT LEAST FOUR INCHES TALL. IF IT'S SHORT FEED HAY FOR A LITTLE WHILE LONGER. AS THE WEATHER WARMS, TAKE SOIL TESTS AND FERTILIZE ACCORDINGLY. CLIP PASTURES IF NEEDED TO KEEP GRASS IN THE PROPER GROWING STAGE. FEED ON HIGH SPOTS DURING WET PERIODS.  AND ROTATE PASTURES AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH. THE MOVEMENT WILL HELP MINIMIZE INTERNAL PARASITES.

ANALYSIS:
BRIAN DOHERTY

IN THE COUNTRY; ANDY BOY PRODUCE:
PRODUCE AT THE GROCERY STORE COMES IN ALL SHAPES, SIZES AND BRANDS. OUT WEST--ANDY BOY PRODUCE--HAS BEEN SERVING FRESH VEGES SINCE THE MID-1920'S. STARTED BY TWO SICILLIAN IMMIGRANTS, TODAY IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST OPERATIONS IN THE SALINAS VALLEY.
TRACY SELLERS OF CALIFORNIA COUNTRY TV SHOWS US HOW THE FAMILY IS TAKING LESSONS FROM THE PAST TO ENSURE SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE. THANKS TRACY. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

CALCIUM INTAKE:
IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT BONE HEALTH, THEN YOU BETTER "BONE-UP" ON YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CALCIUM. DETAILS IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY. IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT AMERICANS ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH CALCIUM IN THEIR DIETS. A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL LOOKED AT CALCIUM INTAKE BOTH IN YOUR DIET AND THROUGH SUPPLEMENTAL SOURCES. CALCIUM PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN PROMOTING BONE HEALTH AND PREVENTING OSTEOPOROSIS. THEY STUDIED 9,500 ADULTS. THEY FOUND CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT-USE INCREASED WITH AGE IN BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. BUT THEY SAW A BIG DROP IN THE NUMBER OF OLDER AMERICANS WHO GET CALCIUM BY WHAT THEY EAT.

LIGHTING IMPACT:
WHEN YOU GRAB FRESH PRODUCE AT YOUR SUPERMARKET, MANY OF US TAKE ITEMS FROM THE BACK... ASSUMING IT HAS THE LATEST EXPIRATION DATE. BUT A USDA-STUDY SHOWS OTHERWISE. IT SEEMS THAT SOME FRESH PRODUCE WHICH RECEIVES THE GREATEST EXPOSURE TO LIGHT IN THE STORE CAN IMPROVE ITS CHEMICAL MAKE-UP. FOR THE STUDY, USDA RESEARCHERS EXPOSED SPINACH LEAVES TO FLUORESCENT LIGHT FOR 24 HOURS, LIKE IN A GROCERY STORE. THEY FOUND THE LIGHT HELPED INCREASE THE LEVELS OF SEVERAL VITAMINS.
ON THE DOWN-SIDE, THE SCIENTISTS DID SEE SOME ADDITIONAL WILTING.

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