AgDay Daily Recap - September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 03:56 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011

LA NINA RETURNS:
GOOD MORNING. WELL ITS OFFICIAL...LA NINA IS BACK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER SAYS THE WEATHER PATTERN RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS YEAR'S EXTREME WEATHER HAS RETURNED. 2011 HAS BEEN MARKED WITH WILD WEATHER. FROM A COOL WET SPRING, TO FLOODING ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVERS, TO SEVERE DROUGHT IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS, LA NINA HAS REAKED HAVOC ON AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. THE 2011 LA NINA OFFICIALLY ENDED IN JUNE. NOW THE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER SAYS THE COOLER THAN NORMAL WATERS IN THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC HAVE RETURNED AS LA NINA IS EXPECTED TO STREGNTHEN THROUGH THE WINTER. THAT MEANS DROUGHT IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE IN THE DROUGHT STRICKEN STATES OF TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND NEW MEXICO.

MOVING CATTLE:
THIS IS WHAT THINGS LOOK LIKE NEAR THE TEXAS OKLAHOMA BORDER.  IN TEXAS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FROM JUNE TO AUGUST MEASURED NEARLY 87 DEGREES--THAT'S THE ALL DAY AVERAGE--INCLUDING NIGHT TIME TEMPS--IT BEAT A NEW RECORD PREVIOUSLY HELD BY OKLAHOMA SET BACK IN 1934. AGRICULTURE LOSSES IN THE STATE ARE EXPECTED TO TOP FIVE BILLION DOLLARS AND NOW CATTLE ARE MOVING OUT. A LACK OF GRASS, HAY AND WATER MAY PUSH MORE THAN 10,000 COWS OUT OF THE LONESTAR STATE THIS MONTH. MATT FELDER WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU CONTINUES OUR DROUGHT COVERAGE.

USDA REPORTS:
THANKS MATT. LA NINA WEATHER PATTERNS ALSO HAD AN IMPACT ON WEATHER THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST'S GROWING SEASON. LATER TODAY THE USDA RELEASES ITS LATEST SUPPLY DEMAND NUMBERS.  THE TRADE WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE IF IT TRIMS BACK AUGUST'S ESTIMATES...CORN CAME IN A 153 BUSHELS PER ACRE, SOYBEANS JUST UNDER 41.5. BUT HOT, DRY WEATHER DURING POLLINATION AND THE SECOND HALF OF THE GROWING SEASON APPEARS TO HAVE PUSHED YIELDS LOWER. THOSE NUMBERS ARE RELEASED AT 7:30 CENTRAL TIME.
VISIT OUR CORPORATE COUSINS OVER AT www.agweb.com FOR NEWS AND ANALYSIS. OF COURSE WE'LL HAVE COMPLETE COVERAGE ON AGDAY TOMORROW MORNING.

OBAMA SPEECH:
THANKS MIKE. MEMBERS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL SPREAD-OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS WEEK TRYING TO SELL VOTERS ON THE PRESIDENT'S NEW "JOBS" PLAN. THE PRESIDENT WENT BEFORE A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS THURSDAY TO ANNOUNCE THE "AMERICAN JOBS ACT." THE PLAN WOULD COST NEARLY 450 BILLION DOLLARS. THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE MEASURE WOULD CUT THE PAYROLL TAX IN HALF, FOR MOST BUSINESSES. HE ALSO CALLED FOR MODERNIZATION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS AND WATERWAYS, PUTTING THOUSANDS BACK TO WORK.

ROCK KATSCHNIG:
A FARMER FROM WESTERN ILLINOIS HAD A UNIQUE VANTAGE POINT OF THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH THURSDAY NIGHT. ROCK KATSCHNIG FROM HENRY COUNTY ILLINOIS WAS INVITED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO SIT IN HIS GALLERY BOX. YOU MAY REMEMBER MR. KATSCHNIG. HE MADE HEADLINES LAST MONTH WHEN HE QUESTIONED THE PRESIDENT ABOUT GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND ITS IMPACT ON FARMERS. THE EXCHANGE OCCURRED DURING THE PRESIDENT'S STOP AT WYFFELS HYBRID SEED OPERATION IN ATKINSON, ILLINOIS. KATSCHNIG'S QUESTION CENTERED ON EPA REGULATIONS. KATSCHNIG WAS ONE OF ABOUT A DOZEN PEOPLE WHO WAS INVITED TO SEE THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. ROCK TOLD US IT WAS A "WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY" FOR HIM. KATSCHNIG FARMS 3,500 ACRES IN HENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

ANALYSIS:
BRIAN BASTING

IN THE COUNTRY; WEED OLYMPICS:
WE'RE ALMOST A YEAR AWAY FROM THE LONDON GAMES, BUT ALREADY WE'VE HAD AN OLYMPIC COMPETITION HERE IN THE US...THIS ONE INVOLVING PLANTS. MORE SPECIFICALLY PLANTS YOU DON'T LIKE AND DON'T WANT. THE WEED OLYMPICS TOOK PLACE RECENTLY ON THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CAMPUS. CHUCK DENNEY HAS THE PLAY BY PLAY. THE WINNING TEAMS IN THE COMPETITION CAME FROM PURDUE UNIVERSITY AND GUELPH UNIVERSITY IN CANADA. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

PRAIRIE FARMS NEW MILK:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, ONE OF THE LARGEST DAIRIES IN THE MIDWEST HAS RE-FORMULATED ITS FLAVORED MILK FOR THE SCHOOL LUNCH LINE. PRAIRIE FARMS DAIRY SAYS THE NEW RECIPE IS FAT FREE WITH LESS SUGAR.

SCHOOL MILK:
CONCERNS ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY PUT FLAVORED MILK IN THE SIGHTS OF SCHOOLS AND LEGISLATORS AROUND THE COUNTRY. LAST DECEMBER THE HEALTHY HUNGER FREE KIDS ACT SET NEW STRICTER STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS. THAT'S WHEN PRAIRIE FARMS GOT TO WORK. ITS NEW MILK FORMULATIONS COME IN CHOCOLATE, COOKIES AND CREME AND VANILLA. THEY'RE MADE WITH NO CORN SYRUP, NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS, NO GROWTH HORMONES, LESS SUGAR, FEWER CALORIES AND ZERO PERCENT FAT. RECENT STUDIES SHOW REMOVING FLAVORED MILK FROM SCHOOLS DROPS MILK CONSUMPTION BY 35%.

SCHOOL SPUDS:
ALSO FROM THE LUNCH LINE, A SQUABBLE OVER SPUDS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE USDA PROPOSED A LIMIT ON POTATOES IN SCHOOL MEALS. THAT'S HAS POTATO GROWERS HOT AND RASING EYES IN WASHINGTON.  THE USDA MEAL PLAN CUTS BACK ON STRACHY VEGETABLES. BUT THE NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL SAYS THERE ARE HEALTHY WAYS TO FIX THE TUBER WHICH IS BOTH INEXPENSIVE AND NUTRITIOUS. SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS OF MAINE IS CONSIDERING AN AMENDMENT TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FDA APPROPRIATIONS BILL CHALLENGING THE USDA'S LIMIT ON POTATOS IN SCHOOL MEALS. THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

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