AgDay Daily Recap - May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011 03:45 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
MAY 9, 2011

MISSOURI FLOOD COVERAGE:
GOOD MORNING. RURAL MISSOURI CONTINUES TO WAIT FOR FLOODWATERS TO RECEED AFTER THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS BLEW A LEVEE LAST WEEK. IT HAPPENED NEAR BIRDS POINT OR CHARLESTON...THAT’S IN THE FAR SOUTH EAST CORNER OF MISSOURI.
WHILE THE MOVE MAY HELP SAVE TOWNS ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI FROM FLOODING, WHERE THE WATER'S WENT ISN'T ANY LESS DRAMTIC. THE LEVEE BREACH FLOODED ABOUT 130,000 ACRES OF FARMLAND IN WHAT LOCALS CALL THE SPILLWAY. WATER IS COVERING ROADS, FLOODING FIELDS AND POURING INTO HOMES IN THE AREA. THE USDA SAYS IT WILL HELP WITH THE LOSSES. FARM JOURNAL'S PAM FRETWELL WAS IN THE AREA LAST WEEK AND SHE SPOKE WITH PRODUCERS ABOUT THE FLOOD AND WHAT'S NEXT.

CROP PROGRESS:
THANKS PAM. LATER TODAY THE USDA WILL RELEASE ITS WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT. MANY EXPECT BIG GAINS IN PLANTING WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI...BUT OUT EAST COOL WET FIELDS CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM. DRIER CONDITIONS HAVE MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY RUNNING PLANTERS AT FULL SPEED DAY AND NIGHT. THOSE THAT GOT CORN SEED IN THE GROUND EARLY...MAY BE WONDERING IF THE CROP WILL EVER COME UP. THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SAYS AS OF MAY FIRST ONLY 30% HAD EMERGED IN THAT STATE. INSTEAD TALK OF A SWITCH TO WHEAT OR ANOTHER CROP IS STARTING TO SURFACE. BUT FARMERS WHO ARE WAITING FOR BETTER CONDITIONS SAY THEY STILL HAVE TIME. OUT WEST WINTER WHEAT STANDS ARE STRUGGLING.
MEGA-GROWER KANSAS IS PREDICTING 100 MILLION FEWER BUSHELS AT HARVEST THIS YEAR...COMPARED TO LAST. COMBINE THAT WITH HOT-DRY CONDITIONS IN THE EU AND WHEAT MARKETS ARE HOLDING STRONG. ENGLAND SAW ITS HOTTEST APRIL IN THE LAST 352 YEARS.

MONSANTO RIB:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, THERE'S A NEW APPROACH TO INSECT REFUGE MANAGEMENT FOR CORN PRODUCERS. MONSANTO'S GENUITY BRAND IS NOW OFFERING A PRODUCT CALLED SMARTSTAX REFUGE IN BAG COMPLETE CORN. IT ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR FARMERS TO PLANT A SEPARATE, STRUCTURED REFUGE IN FIELDS USING THE TECHNOLOGY. GENUITY SAYS PRODUCERS SAVE FIELD TIME AND NO LONGER NEED TO BUY OR "KEEP-SEPARATE" TRAIT AND REFUGE CORN SEED. A FULL LAUNCH FOR REFUGE IN BAG CORN IS PLANNED FOR THE 2012 GROWING SEASON. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL VISITED WITH COMPANY OFFICIALS WHO POINTED OUT IN A YEAR WHERE PRODUCERS MAIN CONCERN IS SIMPLY GETTING THE CROP IN THE GROUND, THE R-I-B COULD PROVE BENEFICIAL.

ANALYSIS:
BILL BIEDERMANN

IN THE COUNTRY; LOCAL SCHOOL LUNCH:
FROM LOCAVORES, CSAs, TO FOOD REVOLUTIONS AND KNOW YOUR FARMER KNOW YOUR FOOD PROGRAMS...LOCALLY GROWN IS GETTING LOTS OF BUZZ. BUT ITS NOT JUST INDIVIDUALS TRYING OUT THIS TREND.  LINDA RUSSELL FROM AFFILIATE KY-3 SHOWS US HOW SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS ARE FINDING A WAY TO FEED THEIR PATRONS WITH THE HELP OF LOCAL FARMERS. THANKS LINDA. THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI'S FARM TO INSTITUTION PROJECT ESTIMATES ABOUT 10% OF SCHOOLS IN THE STATE ARE USING AT LEAST SOME LOCALLY GROWN FOOD. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY-- AND INBOX ANSWERS FROM AL WHEN WE RETURN.

GLUTEN FREE FOODS:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WITH GLUTEN SENSITIVITY IS ON THE RISE, RESULTING IN BOOMING BUSINESS FOR THE GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCT INDUSTRY. HOWEVER THE STANDARDS FOR WHAT PRODUCTS CAN BE CONSIDERED GLUTEN-FREE ARE LAGGING BEHIND. IN 2004 CONGRESS ISSUED A FOUR-YEAR DEADLINE FOR THE FDA TO ISSUE A DEFINITION FOR GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS. THE DEADLINE CAME AND WENT, BUT FDA HAS YET TO TAKE ACTION LEADING TO CONCERN THAT SOME COMPANIES MIGHT FAIL TO TEST THEIR PRODUCTS, OR MIGHT ALLOW SMALL AMOUNTS OF GLUTEN IN PRODUCTS THAT ARE LABELLED GLUTEN-FREE. THE GLUTEN-FREE INDUSTRY EXPLODED TO $2.6 BILLION IN REVENUE LAST YEAR, UP FROM $100 MILLION IN 2003.

AGDAY INBOX:
AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING, MANY PEOPLE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS DECISION TO BREACH THE LEVEE IN SOUTHERN MISSOURI. IT SPARED A TOWN, BUT CAUSED DAMAGE TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES AND ABOUT 100 HOMES. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL IS HERE WITH THE AGDAY INBOX, AL.

CONTACT PAGE:
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