AgDay Daily Recap - November 2, 2010

November 2, 2010 10:22 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 2, 2010

ELECTION DAY:
AFTER MONTHS OF POLITICKING AND POSTURING, IT'S NOW UP TO THE AMERICAN VOTER TO DETERMINE WHO WILL CONTROL CONGRESS. MOST PRE-ELECTION POLLS SEEM TO INDICATE THAT REPUBLICANS WILL RE-GAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE…AND ADD SOME SEATS IN THE SENATE. THIS WILL CERTAINLY IMPACT COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS THAT AFFECT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD TELLS US WHAT THE OUTCOMES COULD MEAN.

MERRIGAN:
THANKS ROGER. I RECENTLY SPOKE WITH USDA DEPUTY SECRETARY KATHLEEN MERRIGAN AT THE AGDAY STUDIOS. SHE'S WORKED IN TWO ADMINISTRATIONS, FIRST THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION AND NOW UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. SHE SAYS CHANGES IN CONGRESS CAN HAVE AN INDIRECT IMPACT ON THE USDA. 36 OF THE 100 SEATS IN THE SENATE, AND ALL-HOUSE SEATS, ARE UP FOR CONSIDERATION TODAY. BE SURE TO STICK WITH AGDAY AND OUR PARTNERS AT PRO FARMER TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOMES WILL MEAN FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.

CROP PROGRESS:
FOR MOST FARMERS IN THE CORNBELT, THEY WOULD PROBABLY RATHER FORGET LAST YEARS WEATHER-IMPACTED HARVEST. AND THEY CERTAINLY CAN, KNOWING THAT THIS YEARS HARVEST IS QUICKLY WRAPPING-UP. USDA SAYS 91% OF THE NATION'S CORN CROP IS NOW HARVESTED. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME ONLY 24% WAS DONE. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE, PUTS CORN SHELLING AT 61%. COMBINES ARE STILL RUNNING IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, BUT EVEN IN THOSE STATES HARVEST IS WELL AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE PACE FOR THE REGION. AS FAR AS SOYBEANS, THE CROP IS ALMOST ENTIRELY OUT OF THE FIELD WITH 96%. THIS TIME LAST YEAR IT WAS ONLY 50%. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 79%. SORGHUM HARVEST IS 82% COMPLETED - - DOUBLE LAST YEAR. WHEN IT COMES TO WINTER WHEAT, 92% IS NOW PLANTED. MOST GROWERS IN NORTHERN STATES HAVE PUT AWAY THEIR SEEDERS FOR THE SEASON. IN ARKANSAS, ONLY ABOUT HALF IS PLANTED. CALIFORNIA AND NORTH CAROLINA ARE ABOUT A THIRD PLANTED. NATIONWIDE ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF THE CROP HAS EMERGED. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE TOP PRODUCING WHEAT STATE IN THE COUNTRY...AIM NORTH.  NORTH DAKOTA IS CLAIMING THAT PRIZE FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.
THE NORTH DAKOTA WHEAT COMMISSION SAYS THEIR STATE BEAT OUT KANSAS BY 15 MILLION BUSHELS. HIGH YIELDS ARE HELPING CARRY THAT CROWN...INSPITE OF FEWER PLANTED ACRES THAT LAST TWO YEARS, NORTH DAKOTA HAS AVERAGED MORE THAN 44 AND HALF BUSHELS PER ACRE. AMAZINGLY, THAT'S 32% HIGHER THAN AVERAGE FOR THE PREVIOUS DECADE...WHEN GROWERS WERE HARVESTING 34.4 BUSHELS AN ACRE.

LEGACY:
COMING UP THURSDAY, IT'S TIME FOR OUR MONTHLY PROGRAM THAT HELPS FARM FAMILIES PLAN FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. WE OFFER "LEAVE A LEGACY" AS A LEARNING TOOL TO FAMILIES WHO WANT TO BE PREPARED TO TRANSITION THE FARMING OPERATION. THURSDAY'S EPISODE WILL FOCUS ON JUST ONE FAMILY AND ONE BUSINESS - - THE HALVERSONS OF NORTH DAKOTA. THEY OWN BLACK GOLD, ONE OF THE BIGGEST SUPPLIERS OF CHIP-POTATOES IN THE COUNTRY. THE COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY MORE THAN 80 YEARS AGO. NOW, IT HAS PROPERTIES IN ELEVEN STATES. THE SUCCESSION PLAN IS WELL UNDERWAY. SHOW HOST KEVIN SPAFFORD WILL VISIT WITH BLACK GOLD CEO GREGG HALVERSON. GREGG CONSIDERS HIMSELF SIMPLE, BUT DON'T BE MISTAKEN. HE IS VERY-BUSINESS SAVVY. WILL THAT BUSINESS-SKILL SHOW-UP IN GREGG'S SON, WHO IS ALREADY TAGGED AS THE CEO IN TRAINING? WE'LL TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THIS FAMILY IN TRANSITION, COMING UP THURSDAY ON LEAVE A LEGACY.

MARKETING RALLY:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, I'D LIKE TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN THE 2010 MARKETING RALLY. IT TAKES PLACE ONE MONTH FROM TODAY NEAR CHICAGO. WE'VE ASSEMBLED 16 OF THE TOP GRAIN MARKETERS IN THE COUNTRY TO GIVE FARMERS VITAL INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE MARKETING DECISIONS. MANY OF THEM YOU SEE EVERYDAY ON AGDAY. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. GO TO MARKETING RALLY DOT COM TO LEARN MORE.

ANALYSIS:
GREG WAGNER

AEM ADVOCATES FOR AEM:
DO YOU KNOW SOMEBODY WHO IS A BIG ADVOCATE FOR AGRICULTURE? IF SO, THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU. AEM WILL RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO SUPPORT FARMERS AND RANCHERS THROUGH THEIR WORK. THE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE AG CONNECT EXPO COMING UP IN JANUARY IN ATLANTA. THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS FOR "ADVOCATES FOR AGRICULTURE IS THIS FRIDAY. THE AWARDS WILL RECOGNIZE THREE CATEGORIES - - AG WOMAN OF THE YEAR, COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND NEXT GENERATION OF AG. STARTING NOVEMBER 22ND, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO BROWSE THE NOMINEES ONLINE AND VOTE FOR A WINNER. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TH WWW.AGCONNECT.COM . THE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS GET A FREE TRIP TO AG CONNECT EXPO.

IN THE COUNTRY; ORGANIC EGGS:
GROWING UP IN NEW MEXICO MY PARENTS KEPT A STEADY SUPPLY OF LAYING HENS ON HAND. OUR GOAL WASN'T PRODUCTION PER SE...INSTEAD WE KEPT HENS FOR THE EGGS. AROUND THE COUNTRY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE CONSIDERING RAISING THEIR OWN EGG LAYING HENS. BUT IS IT WORTH THE COST? OR MIGHT IT BE CHEAPER TO JUST BUY THEM AT THE STORE? REPORTER CARA RESTELLI CALCULATES THE PROS AND CONS IN THIS REPORT FROM KY3 NEWS IN SPRINGFIELD MISSIOURI. AND IF YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT JUMPING INTO THE EGG BUSINESS, THE USDA WANTS TO HELP. THE DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING A WEBINAR ON RAISING HEALTHY BIRDS. IT HAPPENS THIS WEEK, NOVEMBER 5TH. MUCH OF THE FOCUS WILL BE ON RAISING HEALTHY BACKYARD POULTRY. WE'LL HAVE A LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE LATER TODAY, WWW.AGDAY.COM UNDER SHOW INFO.  FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

PEANUTS AND PREGNANT:
PEANUT ALLERGIES HAVE ALTERED LUNCH ROOMS AROUND THE COUNTRY. WITH SO MANY KIDS HIGHLY SENSITIVE, SCHOOLS ARE DILLIGENT IN THEIR MISSION TO KEEP PEANUTS OFF PROPERTY. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY TODAY, NEW RESEARCH IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE POSSIBLE ORGIN OF THAT ALLERGY. U.S. RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING LINKS TO SUGGEST THAT ALLERGY MAY ACTUALLY START IN PREGNANCY. THE STUDY LOOKED AT MORE THAN 500 INFANTS WITH SUSPECTED EGG OR MILK ALLERGIES--AND INDICATOR OF INCREASED RISK FROM PEANUTS. BLOOD SAMPLES SHOW THAT MORE THAN A QUARTER OF THE YOUNGSTERS HAD A STRONG SENSITIVITY TO PEANUTS.
THAT LED TO QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW OFTEN THE MOTHER ATE PEANUTS DURNING PREGNANCY. RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT THE AMOUNT OF PEANUTS CONSUMED WAS A STRONG PREDICTOR OF PEANUT SENSITIVITY IN THEIR KIDS. SCIENTISTS ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT THE STUDY DOESN'T MEAN "DON'T EAT PEANUTS DURING PREGNANCY," BUT IT DOES INDICATE MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE.

RESTAURANT BIZ:
AND FROM FOOD AT HOME TO FOOD OUTSIDE THE HOME. THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IS REPORTING GOOD NEWS. IT SAYS MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING OUT TO EAT AGAIN--AND THAT'S GOT FOOD SERVICE COMPANIES SMILING. SALES ARE UP MORE THAN 4% IN SEPTEMBER OVER THE SAME MONTH A YEAR AGO. THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SAYS THAT'S ENOUGH TO PULL MOST OF THE INDUSTRY OUT OF THE RED. EMPLOYMENT IS ALSO UP--MORE THAN 30,000 POSITIONS FOR THE MONTH. RESTAURANTS SAY TRAFFIC, OR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF THE BUSINESS, IS UP ABOUT 40% AND THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO EVEN BETTER NUMBERS AS THE HOLIDAYS DRAW NEAR.

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