AgDay Daily Recap - October 13, 2010

October 13, 2010 10:13 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
OCTOBER 13, 2010

WRDA FUNDING:
PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED A 50 BILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO FIX THE NATION'S AGING TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. HOWEVER, THE PROPOSAL DOES NOT INCLUDE AGRICULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE. IN PARTICULAR, THERE'S NO MENTION OF THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2007 -- OR WRDA. FARM GROUPS HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED FOR SEVERAL YEARS THAT CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE FAILED TO MAKE AGRICULTURAL A PRIORITY. RURAL ROADS, FREIGHT FAIL AND THE U.S. BARGE SYSTEM ARE ALL IN DIRE NEED OF REPAIR. IN THE CORNBELT, THERE ARE LIMITATIONS TO THE SIZE OF BARGES THAT CAN GO THROUGH LOCK AND DAM SYSTEMS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AG GROUPS SAY THE U.S. WILL LOSE ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE IN THE GLOBAL EXPORT MARKET. WRDA FUNDING WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR THE REPAIR OF THE LOCKS AND DAMS ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. WASHINGTON INSIDERS SAYS THE POLITICAL WILL TO MOVE WRDA AND EVEN THE EXPIRING HIGHWAY BILL WON'T EXIST UNTIL NEXT YEAR. IN 2007 THE DEMOCRATICALLY CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE VOTED TO OVERRIDE PRESIDENT BUSH'S VETO OF THE LEGISLATION WHICH HE SAID LACKED "FISCAL DISCIPLINE". NEIMEYER ADDS THAT WITHOUT MAKING AGRICULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE A PRIORITY THERE IS NO WAY FOR THE PRESIDENT TO REACH HIS GOAL OF DOUBLING EXPORTS OR CREATE NEEDED JOBS.

CROP PROGRESS:
DELAYED 24 HOURS BY COLUMBUS DAY, USDA RELEASED ITS WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT ON TUESDAY. IT SHOWED FARMERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE VERY DRY CONDITIONS AND MAKING BIG GAINS ON THE SOY HARVEST. USDA SAYS 67% OF THE SOYBEAN CROP IS NOW CUT. THAT'S UP 30 POINTS FROM A WEEK AGO. IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WHERE WE SAW THIS FARMER MAKING SHORT-ORDER OF HIS FIELDS, THE HARVESTED SOYBEAN ACRES INCREASED MORE THAN 40 POINTS IN A WEEK. WE SAW SIMILAR GAINS IN NORTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, AND IOWA. IN MINNESOTA, THERE WAS A 53-POINT GAIN. MEANWHILE, FARMERS HAVE HIT THE HALF-WAY MARK IN THE CORN HARVEST. 51% IS IN THE BIN. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS THE CROP CONDITION INCREASED TWO CLICKS OVER LAST WEEK. WINTER WHEAT SEEDING IS ALSO MOVING ALONG QUICKLY. USDA SAYS 70% IS PLANTED. THAT'S IN-STEP WITH THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. 38% OF THE CROP HAS EMERGED.

DEEP TILLAGE:
WITH HARVEST PROGRESSING QUICKLY, FARMERS IN THE MIDWEST ARE MAKING PROGRESS WITH THEIR FALL TILLAGE. IN SOME CASES, PRODUCERS ARE GETTING A CHANCE TO RELIEVE COMPACTION IN THEIR FIELDS CAUSED BY LAST FALLS WET HARVEST AND THE HEAVY RAINS THIS PAST SUMMER. TODD GLEASON HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.

STATE BY STATE:
STATE BY STATE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN AGRICULTURE. IN NORTH DAKOTA, UPS CAN NOW CALL ITSELF A CATTLE CARRIER. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE SHIPPING GIANT IS FLYING ABOUT 170 BRED COWS AND HEIFERS TO KAZAKHSTAN IN THE BELLY OF 7-47 FREIGHTER. THE COUNTRY IS HOPING TO USE THE WINTER-HARDY NORTH DAKOTA CATTLE HELP REBUILD ITS BEEF INDUSTRY. THE KAZAKHSTAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO TAKE DELIVERY OF ABOUT 2,000 HEAD BY THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER. STARTING A BUSINESS PLAN COULD MEAN SOME SERIOUS COIN FOR MISSOURI DAIRY FARMERS.  THE STATE IS PROVIDING A 5,000 DOLLAR GRANT FOR THOSE WHO SIGN UP BY NOVEMBER. THEY HOPE THE INCENTIVE AND CREATION OF A BUSINESS PLAN WILL HELP SUSTAIN THE STATE DAIRY INDUSTRY.  MISSOURI ESTIMATES IT’S LOST ABOUT 30% OF ITS DAIRY FARMS AND DAIRY COWS IN THE LAST 8 YEARS. AND IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, THE {FAW-KEER} LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE SAYS IT WILL REBUILD. THE NEARLY 50 YEAR OLD AUCTION HOUSE BURNED TO THE GROUND LAST MONTH. HIGH WINDS DROVE THE BLAZE THAT KILLED 20 ANIMALS...AND DESTROYED THE FARMER OWNED AUCTION HOUSE. THE NEW FACILITY WILL COST ABOUT 1.3 MILLION DOLLARS TO COMPLETE.

KIP CULLERS:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, SOYBEAN GROWING CHAMP KIP CULLERS HAS DONE IT AGAIN. THE MISSOURI FARMER BROKE HIS OLD WORLD RECORD. DUPONT SAYS CULLERS HARVESTED 160.6 BUSHELS AN ACRE ON HIS SOYBEAN TEST PLOTS THIS YEAR. IF YOU'RE WONDERING...HE PLANTED PIONEER 94-Y-71.

MARKETING RALLY:
I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT NOW TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO THE 2010 MARKETING RALLY COMING THIS DECEMBER JUST OUTSIDE CHICAGO. THIS SECOND ANNUAL EVENT WILL BRING TOGETHER SIXTEEN OF THE BEST MARKETING MINDS IN AGRICULTURE - INCLUDING MANY OF THE ANALYSTS YOU SEE RIGHT HERE ON AGDAY. IT'S A GREAT CHANCE TO SHARPEN YOUR MARKETING SKILLS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. THE TWO-DAY EVENT IS SET FOR DECEMBER 1ST AND 2ND AT THE PHEASANT RUN RESORT IN ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS. FOR ALL THE DETAILS, GIVE US A CALL OR HEAD ONLINE TO WWW.MARKETINGRALLY.COM . I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US.

ANALYSIS:
MARK GOLD

IN THE COUNTRY; OPERATION COOK:
IT’S NO SECRET OUR OWN POOR EATING HABITS ARE AFFECTING TO THE NEXT GENERATION. ONE OUT OF THREE KIDS IN THE COUNTRY ARE CONSIDERED OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE. BUT THERE IS A MOVEMENT A FOOT TO TAKE BACK OUR CHILDRENS HEALTH. THE LSU AGCENTER IS ONE SUCH ORGANIZATION. 4H NUTRITION AGENTS ARE TEAMING UP TO HELP YOUNGSTERS LIVE HEALTHIER. LSU AGCENTER'S TOBIE BLANCHARD RECENTLY VISITED A CLUB MEETING WHERE GOOD HEALTH WAS ON THE MENU. THANKS TOBIE. STILL TO COME ON AGDAY...CAN SPECIAL PACKAGING ACTUALLY FIGHT FOOD BORN ILLNESS...NEW RESEARCH SAYS YES. WE'LL HAVE DETAILS COMING UP ON FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

MEAT PACKAGING:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING A GERMAN COMPANY SAYS ITS NEW PLASTIC WRAP MAY HAVE BIG FOOD SAFETY IMPLICATIONS.  THEY'RE DEVELOPING WHAT THEY CALL, "AN ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVE PACKAGING FILM". THE FILM KILLS MICROGANISMS ON THE SURFACE OF THE MEAT...HELPING IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY AND EXTEND SHELF LIFE.  IT'S AN AREA MANY FOOD FIRMS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON. THE FRAUN-HOFER INSTITUTE IN GERMANY SAYS ITS ACTIVE PLASTIC WRAP USES SORBIC ACID. SORBIC ACID HAS BEEN USED FOR YEARS AS A PRESERVATIVES IN FOOD AND DRINKS MOSTLY TO PREVENT THE GROWTH OF MOLD, YEAST, AND FUNGI. IN TESTS THE FILM ACTUALLY REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF E-COLI PRESENT ON PORK THAT HAD BEEN PURPOSELY TAINTED. THE SCIENTISTS ARE HOPING TO USE THE PACKAGING ON MEATS, FISH, AND CHEESES.

BIG PUMPKIN:
AND THERE'S A NEW WEST-COAST PUMPKIN CHAMPION. RON ROOT OF CITRUS HEIGHTS, CALIFORNIA WON THE SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF. THIS IS THE 37TH YEAR FOR THE WEIGH-OFF HELD IN HALF-MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA. ROOT TOOK HOME THE TOP PRIZE WITH HIS 1535 POUND GIANT GOURD. ORGANIZERS SAY ROOT USED SEED FROM A PREVIOUS BEHEMOUTH AND SPECIALLY-PREPARED SOIL TO GROW THE PUMPKIN. OF COURSE, TIMELY FERTILIZER APPLICATIONS, WATER AND HAND-POLLINATION CERTAINLY HELPED. ROOT POCKETS MORE THAN $10,000 FOR FIRST PLACE. MORE THAN 14 ENTRIES HAD PUMPKINS WEIGHING OVER A HALF TON.


 

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