TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Good morning. Clinton's on assignment. Before we start on this Veteran's Day, we'd like to thank the military veterans out there who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces of this country. We appreciate your sacrifice in the name of freedom. Now to our top story - the nation's wheat supply. The ag department this week reduced the estimated size of the 2011 U.S. wheat crop by eight million bushels. But USDA kept its consumption forecast unchanged. This reduction was based on updated production estimates for the states resurveyed following the September 30 small grains report. The re-survey was necessary because a significant amount of wheat acreage was un-harvested in September. USDA lowered its estimates for hard red spring wheat and durum.
INTERNATIONAL DURUM FORUM:
Wheat is a staple of North Dakota agriculture. But spring wheat production was cut by 30% and durum by 50%t this year. Not only was it weather issues, but competition from other crops. This week the wheat outlook and international durum forum was held in Minot, North Dakota. I was there conducting a panel discussion. I'll have a report from there in a moment. But first Nick Dreyer from AgDay affiliate KMOT-TV reports on the states' wheat outlook. Peterson says wheat is off by two dollars a bushel over the past few months. He says the grain is 150-dollars a ton cheaper than last year. He says his office is encouraging foreign buyers to lock-in some of the contracts.
SOUTHERN CORN COLLEGE:
Thanks Mike. We've seen increased corn acres in the south. If you're one of those growers and you want to improve your yields, we have just the place. Farm Journal is taking its very popular "Corn College" on the road this winter to Mississippi. The sessions will be hosted by some of the best agronomists in the business - Farm Journal's Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer. During Corn College, Ferrie and Bauer will help farmers learn how to implement the systems approach to corn production. They'll show farmers how to grow more bushels and better manage soil density, disease, insects and soil fertility. The following day, farmers will learn how to tune their planter for peak performance from the hitch pin to the closing wheel. The class will be held at Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The dates are January tenth and eleventh. You can register for one or both events. For more information about Corn College events, visit the homepage www.farmjournalcorncollege.com.
In agribusiness it appears the U.S. Supreme Court will block a California law that would require meatpackers to immediately euthanize livestock that cannot walk to slaughter. In 2009, California voters approved a law that bars the purchase, sale and butchering animals that can't walk. In response, the national meat association filed suit saying the state law would violate a federal statute that sets national standards for meat safety. A federal judge agreed, but it was overturned by a federal appeals court. Now, it'll be up to the Supreme Court. The federal standard gives USDA-approved inspectors the final word on what to do about "non-ambulatory" livestock.
IN THE COUNTRY; FARM HORTICULTURE:
At this time of year, green-thumbers in the north have probably put their perennial flower gardens to bed for winter. But in the south, some gardeners are still enjoying a full bouquet of color. Landscapers and greenhouse owners are looking at varieties being tested by university researchers. Tobie Blanchard has details on the horticulture field day at the LSU Ag-Center. There are countless "get-healthy" messages in the media. But are they getting across to people? We'll take a look in food and your family.
EATING HEALTHY USDA:
In food and your family - it's hard to avoid the messages. You're surrounded by them in the media. Obesity rates, un-healthy living, too much of this, too much of that. So the department of agriculture wanted to find out if the message is getting thru to people. In this report from USDA, Bob Ellison tells us about a study to get some answers.
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