AgDay Daily Recap - November 30, 2010

November 30, 2010 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
NOVEMBER 30, 2010

CROP PROGRESS:
WE KNOW SOME SOUTHERN PRODUCERS ARE STILL HARVESTING CROPS. BUT WITH THAT SAID, USDA HAS RELEASED ITS LAST NATIONAL CROP PROGRESS REPORT FOR THIS SEASON. THAT REPORT FOLLOWS THE MAJOR COMMODITIES THROUGH THE GROWING SEASON. COTTON HARVEST HAS ALL BUT WRAPPED-UP IN MOST STATES. AS OF MONDAY, 91% OF THE NATION'S CROP WAS HARVESTED. THAT'S A FIVE POINT GAIN FROM LAST WEEK AND TEN POINTS OVER THE AVERAGE PACE. GROWERS IN KANSAS, SOUTH CAROLINA AND TEXAS ARE STILL CUTTING THIS YEARS CROP. THE BIGGEST DELAY IS IN ARIZONA WITH 63-PERCENT IN THE COTTON BUGGY. THE ONLY OTHER CROP GETTING REPORTED THIS MORNING IS WINTER WHEAT. USDA SAYS 94% HAS EMERGED. OF THE TOP 18 WHEAT-PRODUCING STATES, ALL OF THEM ARE AT-OR-ABOVE THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. CALIFORNIA IS 26 POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. THE QUALITY RATING REMAINS THE SAME AS LAST WEEK WITH 47% GOOD OR BETTER. WELL OVER A THIRD OF THE CROP IS DESCRIBED AS FAIR.

SUGARCANE HARVEST:
ONE OF THOSE CROPS STILL BEING HARVESTED IS SUGARCANE. AND SO FAR, PRODUCERS SEEMED PLEASED. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, HEAVY FALL RAINS AND HURRICANES HAMPERED THE HARVEST. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE LSU AGCENTER, TOBIE BLANCHARD SAYS GROWERS ARE SEEING SOME VERY GOOD YIELDS.

FERTILIZER COSTS:
PRODUCERS WHO ARE WRITING THEIR CROP PLANS RIGHT NOW WILL HAVE TO FIGURE FOR HIGHER INPUT COSTS. AS WE REPORTED YESTERDAY ON AGDAY, 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. CITING COSTS IN INDIANA, PURDUE SAYS A TON OF AMMONIA IS GOING FOR ABOUT 736-DOLLARS A TON. IN APRIL, IT WAS 520. I RECENTLY DISCUSSED THESE HIGHER INPUTS WITH ILLINOIS FARMER AND AGDAY ANALYST BRAD HARDING.

AGWEB POLL:
NOW TO LAST WEEK'S AGWEB POLL QUESTION WHICH ASKED "HAVE WE SEEN THE HIGH FOR CORN PRICES THIS YEAR?" ABOUT 40% OF THOSE WHO VOTED SAID YES. BUT NEARLY 60% SAID "NO". WHICH LEADS RIGHT INTO THIS WEEK'S AGWEB POLL QUESTION. THE EDITORS ASK "HOW HIGH WILL CORN GET BEFORE PLANTING SEASON?" HERE ARE YOUR CHOICES - - NOT MUCH HIGHER THAN NOW. 6.00 TO 6.50 A BUSHEL, 6.51 TO 7.00 DOLLARS A BUSHEL OR MORE THAN SEVEN DOLLARS. GO TO www.agweb.com AND SCROLL DOWN THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE SCREEN. THAT'S WHERE YOU CAN CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THIS VERY UN-SCIENTIFIC POLL.

ANALYSIS:
BRAD HARDING

IN THE COUNTRY; LEVALLEY RANCH:
THIS MORNING, WE'RE HEADED TO COLORADO WHERE THE LE-VALLEY FAMILY HAS BEEN RAISING ANGUS FOR YEARS. BUT THEIR MISSION IS NOT ONLY TO RAISE GOOD QUALITY CATTLE, BUT TO PROVIDE SAFE-HAVEN FOR GAME BIRDS, SUCH AS SAGE GROUSE. WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR EFFORTS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION AND THE COLORADO BEEF COUNCIL, THAT VIDEO IS JUST ONE OF MANY PRODUCED BY THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION WHICH PROMOTE THE ANGUS BREED. TO SEE MORE OF THOSE "I AM ANGUS" VIDEOS GO TO THEIR WEBSITE - - WWW.ANGUS.ORG AND CLICK ON THE VIDEO LINK. STILL TO COME, TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO TAKE CARE OF US. STRESS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY, NEXT IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH.

HEALTH STRESS:
IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH, MOST OF US WILL EXPERIENCE SOME LEVEL OF BURN-OUT AT SOME POINT IN OUR CAREERS. BUT FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN MEDICINE, BURNOUT CAN HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. IF DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE STRESSED AND OVERWHELMED, IT CAN IMPACT PATIENT CARE. WHICH IS WHY ONE HOSPITAL IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IN THIS REPORT FROM OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, CLARK POWELL TELLS US ABOUT THIS INNOVATIVE PROGRAM. EXPERTS SAY THIS PROGRAM COULD SERVE AS A NATIONAL MODEL TO FOCUS MORE ATTENTION ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. DURING THE PROGRAM, RESEARCHERS WILL CONDUCT STUDIES TO BETTER DETERMINE WHICH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WORK BEST AND WHICH TO RECOMMEND TO OTHER HOSPITALS.

GMO APPLES:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, A CANADIAN BIO-TECH FIRM IS ASKING USDA TO APPROVE A GENETICALLY MODIFIED APPLE. ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE COMPANY SAYS THE GMO APPLE WON'T TURN BROWN AS QUICKLY AFTER IT'S SLICED. THE COMPANY - OKANAGAN SPECIALTY FRUITS - SAYS IT LICENSED THE TECHNOLOGY FROM AN AUSTRALIAN FIRM THAT USES IT ON POTATOES. THE APPROVAL PROCESS CAN TAKE YEARS. OF COURSE, ANOTHER QUESTION IS WOULD CONSUMERS BE WILLING TO BUY AND EAT GMO APPLES? BACK IN 2009, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CONDUCTED A STUDY ON THE TOPIC. IT SHOWED PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR LOCALLY GROWN APPLES THAN GMO. HOWEVER, IN A SECOND QUESTIONNAIRE, CONSUMERS PREFERRED THE GM APPLES, BUT ONLY WHEN THEY WERE DESCRIBED AS "REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT", INSTEAD OF THE PHRASE GENETICALLY MODIFIED.

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