AgDay Daily Recap - October 14, 2010

October 14, 2010 10:06 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
OCTOBER 14, 2010

EPA E15 DECISION:
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR HIGHER CONCENTRATIONS OF ETHANOL FOR NEWER VEHICLES. THE LONG-AWAITED DECISION ALLOWS THE NATION'S GASOLINE SUPPLY TO BE BLENDED WITH 15% ETHANOL. FOR NOW, EPA SAYS CARS BUILT SINCE 2007 CAN HANDLE THE HIGHER ETHANOL CONTENT. THE ETHANOL INDUSTRY HAS MAINTAINED THAT THERE IS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT A 15% ETHANOL BLEND IN MOTOR FUEL WILL NOT HARM ENGINE PERFORMANCE. BUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY, SMALL ENGINE MANUFACTURERS AND LIVESTOCK GROUPS HAVE ARGUED AGAINST AN INCREASE. MCCARTHY SAYS TO AVOID CONFUSION FOR DRIVERS, EPA ALSO PROPOSED A RULE TO LABEL GAS PUMPS SELLING E15. IT ALSO CALLS FOR A SURVEY OF RETAILERS EVERY THREE MONTHS TO ENSURE THEIR GAS PUMPS ARE PROPERLY LABELED.

RFA REAX:
FOR THE MOST PART, REACTION TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS PREDICTABLE. THE RENEWABLE FUEL ASSOCIATION SAYS EPA'S DECISION TO APPROVE JUST NEWER VEHICLES "WILL DO LITTLE TO MOVE THE NEEDLE AND EXPAND ETHANOL USE TODAY....AND IT WILL ONLY CREATES CONFUSION FOR RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS ALIKE."

PORK PRODUCERS:
THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS IT'S WITHHOLDING COMMENT ON RAISING THE BLEND RATE, BUT THE GROUP SAYS "ANY UPWARD PRESSURE ON CORN PRICES WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON PRODUCERS." GIVEN USDA'S CROP REPORT WHICH LOWERED THE EXPECTED CORN YIELDS WHICH SENT PRICES HIGHER.

ROGER ANALYSIS:
AGAIN, THIS DECISION ONLY PERTAINS TO CARS BUILT FROM 2007 AND AFTER. A DECISION ON OLDER CARS ISN'T EXPECTED UNTIL DECEMBER. EPA SAYS IT'S EXPECTING ANALYSIS DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BY MID-NOVEMBER. AFTER THAT, EPA WILL MAKE ITS DECISION. IN THE MEANTIME, THERE ARE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS. PRO FARMER WASHINGTON EDITOR ROGER BERNARD CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE.

STATE BY STATE:
HERE ARE TODAY'S STATE BY STATE HEADLINES. IN OHIO, THE STATE HAS SET A NEW WEIGHT LIMIT FOR TRUCKS HAULING GRAIN AND OTHER GOODS. THE PRODUCT MUST BE IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS AND HEADED FOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS. THESE TRUCKS PLUS CARGO CAN NOW WEIGH UP TO 94,000 POUNDS ON STATE ROADWAYS. THAT'S UP FROM THE PREVIOUS LEGAL LIMIT OF 80,000 POUNDS. THE NEW RULES START ON OCTOBER 28TH. IN CALIFORNIA, THE STATE PLANS TO SEE MORE PISTACHIOS SOON. TREES PLANTED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS ARE NOW REACHING CROP-BEARING AGE. THAT HAS PISTACHIO MARKETERS SAYING THEY'LL START PROMOTING THE NUTS MORE HEAVILY TO AMERICAN CONSUMERS. THE HIGHER SUPPLY WILL ALSO INCREASE EXPORTS TO OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA AND INDIA. AND IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, WLBT TV REPORTS DROUGHT IS AFFECTING CATTLE PRODUCTION. PRODUCERS SAY IT'S THE DRIEST THEY'VE SEEN SINCE 2000. GRASS FIRES AND WITHERING PASTURES HAVE GROWERS ALREADY LOOKING FOR FEED ALTERNATIVES. HAY, GRAIN AND WATER ARE BEING HAULED IN BY SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT. PRODUCERS HOPE A FEW RAINS COME SOON TO HELP GROW MORE GRASS BEFORE WINTER.

KUBOTA VERMEER:
KUBOTA TRACTOR CORPORATION AND VERMEER CORPORATION HAVE FORMED A STRATEGIC MARKETING ALLIANCE THAT PROVIDES KUBOTA DEALERS WHO ALSO SELL VERMEER FORAGE EQUIPMENT FINANCING FOR VERMEER EQUIPMENT BY KUBOTA CREDIT CORPORATION. THIS AGREEMENT ALLOWS FOR VERMEER BALERS, RAKES, AND OTHER HAY TOOLS TO BE PURCHASED, SERVICED AND FINANCED AT ONE DEALERSHIP LOCATION. CHECK OUT THE COMPANY WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION.

EQUIPMENT SALES:
IN ITS MONTHLY FLASH REPORT, THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER'S SHOWS THE SALE OF ALL TRACTORS IN THE U-S FOR SEPTEMBER 2010, WERE UP NEARLY THREE-PERCENT COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. YEAR TO DATE TOTALS ARE ALSO UP MORE THAN 2%. SMALLER TRACTOR SALES WERE DOWN, BUT LARGER TWO WHEEL DRIVE TRACTORS SHOT-UP 47%. SELF-PROPELLED COMBINE SALES ARE ALSO UP FROM A YEAR AGO.

AEM ADVOCACY:
IN AGRIBUSINESS, THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS IS NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ITS "ADVOCATING FOR AGRICULTURE AWARDS". IT'S PART OF THE 2011 AG CONNECT EXPO. NOW IN ITS 2ND YEAR, AG-CONNECT EXPO DRAWS VISITORS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO SEE THE NEWEST EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO FARMERS. THIS YEARS SHOW WILL BE HELD IN ATLANTA ON JANUARY 8TH-THRU-THE 10TH. CHARLIE O'BRIEN SAYS AEM WANTS TO SHOWCASE PEOPLE WHO ADVOCATE FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS. AG-CONNECT WILL ACCEPT NOMINATIONS THROUGH NOVEMBER 5TH. ON-LINE VOTING WILL THEN BEGIN TO ALLOW YOU TO HELP DETERMINE THE AG ADVOCATES IN THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES. THE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS GET A FREE TRIP TO THE EXPO IN ATLANTA.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT, GO TO THEIR WEBSITE WWW.AGCONNECT.COM .

ANALYSIS:
JIM HEMMINGER

IN THE COUNTRY; IOWA PELICANS:
OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS ARE PUTTING IN LONG HOURS THESE DAYS.  THE FALL MIGRATION UNDERWAY. IN IOWA PELICANS ARE NEAR THE PEAK OF THEIR VISIBILITY AROUND RESERVOIRS AND LARGER RIVERS.  JOE WILKINSON FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THESE BIG POUCHED AVIATORS ARE NOT JUST A SPRING AND FALL VISITOR...MANY ARE FINDING A HOME IN THE HAWKEYE STATE. THANKS JOE. WHITE PELICANS COME THROUGH IOWA ON THEIR WAY TO THE GULF COAST NEAR TEXAS AND MEXICO. STILL TO COME ON AGDAY...CAN SCHOOLS TRICK KIDS INTO EATING HEALTHIER FOODS. THE USDA SAYS IT'LL SPEND MILLIONS TO FIND OUT...NEXT ON FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

USDA FOOD TRICKS:
CAN YOU TRICK KIDS INTO MAKING SMARTER EATING CHOICES? THAT'S WHAT THE USDA IS WILLING SPEND TWO MILLION DOLLARS ON TO FIND OUT. IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY--THEY'RE CALLING IT FOOD PSYCHOLOGY AND THE MONEY WILL GO TO RESEARCHERS TO STUDY THE BEHAVIOR OF KIDS USING THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. THEY HOPE THAT DOING THINGS LIKE...HIDING THE CHOCOLATE MILK BEHIND THE PLAIN MILK AND PUTTING APPLES AND ORANGES IN NICE BASKETS RATHER THAN STAINLESS STEEL BINS...WILL CAUSE KIDS TO MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES. SCHOOLS WHO HAVE TRIED TO FORCE FEED FRUITS HAVE VEGETABLES HAVE ONLY MET RESISTANCE. NOW EXPERTS HOPE TO ENTICE RATHER THAN INSSIST.

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