AgDay Daily Recap - November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010 02:29 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 29, 2010

2011 FARMING COSTS:
AS YOU MAKE YOUR PLANS FOR THE 2011 GROWING SEASON, THERE'S ONE THING THAT'S CERTAIN - - IT'LL COST YOU MORE. WITH THE HIGHER GRAIN PRICES THAT ROW CROP PRODUCERS ARE ENJOYING THIS YEAR, THEY'LL ALSO HAVE HIGHER INPUT COSTS IN THE YEAR AHEAD. PURDUE UNIVERSITY JUST RELEASED ITS 2011 CROP COST AND RETURN GUIDE. IT'S PROJECTING DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES IN VARIABLE COSTS, SUCH AS FERTILIZER, SEED, PESTICIDES, FUEL AND MACHINERY. USING INDIANA AS AN EXAMPLE, THE PURDUE GUIDE EXPECTS INPUTS ON ROTATIONAL CORN TO CLIMB 13%. IF YOU GROW CORN-AFTER-CORN, IT ESTIMATES A 14% HIKE. MUCH OF THE INCREASE WILL BE TIED TO THE RECENT SURGE IN FERTILIZER PRICES. IN APRIL A TON OF AMMONIA WENT FOR 520 DOLLARS. THIS MONTH, IT’S 736 A TON.

CANADIAN BEEF:
CANADIAN BEEF PRODUCERS ARE REVELING IN NEW MARKET ACCESS TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. BOTH SIDES AGREED TO DUTY FREE ACCESS FOR THE CANOOK PRODUCERS. AFTER WHAT BOTH SIDES CALL A TOUGH NEGOTIATION, CANADA NOW HAS DUTY FREE ACCESS TO THE EUROPEAN UNION FOR 20,000 TONS OF BEEF ANNUALLY. MARKET GROUPS ESTIMATE THAT'S WORTH ABOUT TEN MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR. ONE STICKING POINT IN THE NEGOTIATION WAS BEEF FROM ANIMALS GIVEN GROWTH HORMONE. THIS NEW 20,0000 TON QUOTA IS FOR HORMONE FREE BEEF ONLY.

RUSSIAN POULTRY:
RUSSIA IS ALSO MAKING HEADLINES WITH ITS IMPORT QUOTAS.  THE COUNTRY PLANS TO CUT POULTRY IMPORTS BY 50% IN 2011--TO 350,000 METRIC TONS. THAT'S ALMOST 40% LESS THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED. RUSSIA HAS BEEN LOWERING IMPORTS TO TRY INCREASING NATIONAL PRODUCTION OF POULTRY.

STATE BY STATE:
STATE BY STATE, HERE ARE THE DAYS HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN COLORADO, THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT IS DEALING WITH A FLURRY OF RABID ANIMALS. SO FAR STATE LABS HAVE CONFIRMED RABIES IN 138 ANIMALS...MOSTLY IN BATS AND SKUNKS. HEALTH OFFICIALS REMIND ANIMALS OWNERS TO KEEP RABIES VACCINES UP TO DATE. IN THE PRAIRIE STATE THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IS DOUBLING THE SIZE OF ITS NORTHWEST AGRICULTURE RESEARCH CENTER. THE FACILITY LOCATED NEAR MONMOUTH, IS ADDING ANOTHER 160 ACRES. THE CENTER FOCUSES ON RESEARCHING CROP YIELDS AND OTHER DATA GENERATION. AND IN NEBRASKA, VALMOUNT INDUSTRIES IS MOURNING THE PASSING OF ITS FOUNDER. ROBERT DAUGHERTY DIED LAST WEEK AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS. HE'S CONSIDERED THE PIONEER OF CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION.  DAUGHERTY LICENSED THE RIGHTS FROM THE INVENTROR IN 1953 AND BEGAN MANUFACTURING THE SPRINKLERS AT VALLEY WHERE HE WAS PART OWNER...CHANGING AGRICULTURE AROUND THE WORLD.

SWEET POTATOES:
IT'S BEEN IDEAL WEATHER FOR SWEET POTATOE HARVEST THIS YEAR.  FARMERS IN LOUISIANNA GOT CROPS OUT OF THE GROUND AND ON THE TABLE JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING. AS TOBIE BLANCHARD FROM THE LSU AGCENTER REPORTS, THIS CROP WILL ALLOW FARMERS TO STAY IN BUSINESS. A NEW SWEET POTATO PROCESSING PLANT JUST OPENED NEAR DELHI LOUISIANNA. THAT FACILITY WILL MAKE SWEET POTATO FRIES.

ANALYSIS:
MIKE FLOREZ

IN THE COUNTRY; ATV SAFETY:
ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES CAN BE USEFUL FOR FARM WORK...AND THEY'RE FUN TO RIDE. BUT BEFORE YOU MOUNT-UP, YOU NEED TO PUT SAFETY FIRST! IN TENNESSEE, 4-H LEADERS ARE TEACHING ATV SAFETY TO KIDS.  IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY UT, CHUCK DENNEY SAYS HAVE A GOOD TIME, BUT BE SENSIBLE. THANKS CHUCK. WHEN AGDAY CONTINUES, WE'LL LOOK AT SOME NEW GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ON HOW MANY CANNED FRUITS AND VEGGIES WE'RE EATING. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

CANNED FRUITES AND VEGGIES:
IN TODAY'S FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THE USDA UPDATED ITS REPORT ON CANNED FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION IN THE U.S. IT FOUND THAT IN 2008 THE AVERAGE AMERICAN CONSUMED 10 POUNDS OF CANNED FRUIT AND NEARLY 40 POUNDS OF CANNED VEGETABLES.  IT ALSO FOUND HIGHER INCOME HOUSEHOLDS OR THOSE HEADED BY OLDER PERSONS SPENT SIGNIFICANTLY MORE ON CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAN LOWER INCOME OR YOUNGER HOUSEHOLDS. BY REGION, SOUTHERNERS SPENT THE MOST ON CANNED VEGETABLES WHILE MIDWESTERNERS SPEND THE MOST ON CANNED FRUIT.

CATFISH PRODUCTION:
ALSO FROM THE USDA, DEPARTMENT SCIENTISTS SAY THIS CONTRAPTION SEEN ON THE LEFT, COULD INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF FARM RAISED CATFISH IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S CALLED A SEE-SAW OR VERTICAL LIFT EGG INCUBATOR. SCIENTISTS SAY THE METHOD ALLOWS MORE OXYGEN TO THE EGGS AND IMPROVES HATCHING RATES. THEY ESTIMATE THE SYSTEM USES HALF AS MUCH WATER AND SPACE AS CONVENTIONAL METHODS.

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