AgDay Daily Recap - September 14, 2011

September 15, 2011 03:47 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

FREEZE WATCH:
GOOD MORNING. AS FARMERS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST WAKE THIS MORNING, MANY OF THEM WILL BE CHECKING THE THERMOMETER AND LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW FOR EVIDENCE OF A FREEZE. VARIOUS WEATHER MODELS SHOW THE POTENTIAL FOR FROST AND HARD FREEZE CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NORTHERN CORN BELT FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS. LET'S CHECK IN FIRST WITH AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? THANKS MIKE. A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF THE CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS HAVE NOT REACHED MATURITY YET. IN NORTH DAKOTA, 7% OF CORN IS MATURE, OR SAFE FROM FROST. IT'S 10% IN MINNESOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA AND WISCONSIN. ALL OF THOSE STATES ARE BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE RANGING FROM 5-10 PERCENTAGE POINTS. BUT THE BIGGEST MATURITY PROBLEM IS IN SOYBEANS. THOSE DELAYS RANGE FROM 10-24 POINTS BEHIND.

MARKET IMPACT:
CONTINUING OUR TEAM COVERAGE, PRO FARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY JOINS US NOW, CHIP...

SUPER COMMITTEE:
THE FOCUS IN WASHINGTON CONTINUES TO BE ON THE BUDGET AND GETTING THE DEFICIT UNDER CONTROL. AFTER NEARLY LETTING THE GOVERNMENT GO INTO DEFAULT IN AUGUST, THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS PULLED TOGETHER A DEBT CEILING DEAL IN THE ELEVENTH HOUR. THE SO-CALLED "SUPER COMMITTEE" NOW HAS UNTIL CHRISTMAS TO FIND THE NEEDED CUTS IN SPENDING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK LOOKS AT THE THIS MEANS FOR AGRICULTURE AND THE WRITING OF THE UPCOMING FARM BILL.

NCGA PROGRAM:
THANKS MICHELLE. AS THE SUPER COMMITTEE LOOKS FOR WAYS TO CUT THE DEFICIT, THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION RELEASED A FARM-PROGRAM PROPOSAL FOR THE NEXT FARM BILL. THE AGRICULTURE DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - OR ADAP - WOULD MODIFY AND REPLACE THE EXISTING "ACRE" PROGRAM. NCGA BELIEVES THEIR IDEA WILL SAVE MONEY, SIMPLIFY COMMODITY PROGRAMS AND HELP FARMERS MANAGE RISK. IT WOULD ALSO REPLACE THE EXISTING DIRECT PAYMENT PRORGRAMS. NCGA'S PUBLIC POLICY TEAM DREW-UP THE PLAN THAT IS A REVENUE-BASED RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL, PROVIDING FARMERS A SAFETY NET WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST.

MACHINERY MINUTE; TRACTOR SALES:
IN MACHINERY MINUTE THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS' RELEASED ITS MONTHLY "FLASH REPORT." FOR THE YEAR SALES OF ALL TRACTORS ARE SLIGHTLY BEHIND LAST YEAR COMING IN AROUND 113,000. PURCHASES OF SMALLER TRACTORS ARE DOWN THIS YEAR, BUT THE BIG GUYS, FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRACTORS, ARE UP 6% IN 2011. COMBINE SALES ARE DOWN ABOUT 4%.

MACHINERY MINUTE; JOHN DEERE:
WHEN WEATHER'S MOVING-IN THAT COULD DELAY HARVEST, WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR A GRAIN CART TO UN-LOAD THE COMBINE? MORE AND MORE EQUIPMENT MAKERS ARE MAKING THAT POSSIBLE. JOHN DEERE, FOR INSTANCE, JUST UNVEILED ITS NEW 'MACHINE SYNC' TECHNOLOGY. THE SYSTEM ALLOWS YOU TO SET-UP A HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS NETWORK IN THE FIELD. COMBINE OPERATORS CAN THEN CONTROL TRACTORS AND GRAIN CARTS FOR AUTOMATED ON-THE-GO UNLOADING. FARM JOURNAL'S MARGY FISCHER HAS DETAILS FROM THE JOHN DEERE ROLL-OUT.

MACHINERY MINUTE; KINZE:
OF COURSE, DEERE IS NOT ALONE. LAST WEEK WE SHOWED YOU AS IOWA-BASED KINZE MANUFACTURING UNVEILED ITS "AUTONOMOUS" TECHNOLOGY AT THE FARM PROGRESS SHOW WHICH ALSO LINES-UP GRAIN CARTS TO A COMBINE WITHOUT AN OPERATOR IN THE TRACTOR.

CLEAN DIESEL:
IN RELATED MACHINERY NEWS, SALES OF CLEAN DIESEL AUTOMOBILES ARE UP NEARLY 40% THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM AND WWW.HYBRIDCAR.COM, DIESEL SALES JUMPED UP IN AUGUST. RESEARCHERS SAY THE REASON IS FUEL EFFICENCY-- DIESEL ENGINES ARE 20-40% MORE EFFICENT. THE STUDY EXPECTS MORE THAN 7% OF ALL CARS SOLD WILL RUN ON DIESEL BY 2017.

POTASH:
IN AGRIBUSINESS POTASH AMERICA, SAYS IT'S BOUGHT 39 MINERAL CLAIMS IN SODAVILLE NEVADA. THE FERTILIZER COMPANY SAYS THE AREA CONTAINS CLAY THAT HOLDS MOST OF THE RARE EARTH MINERALS AND TRACE ELEMENTS NECESSARY FOR PLANT NUTRITION.
POTASH AMERICA SAYS IN THIS FORM, THE ELEMENTS EASILY TRANSFER FROM THE SOIL TO THE PLANTS. IT PLANS TO ENTER THE SOIL AMENDMENT BUSINESS WITH THE PURCHASE.

ANALYSIS:
BRIAN BASTING

IN THE COUNTRY; YOUTH ENERGY:
SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION AROUND THE COUNTRY AND AMERICA'S TEACHERS ARE WORKING HARD TO GET OUR KIDS ENGAGED IN THE CLASSROOM. ONE WAY TO GET STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT LEARNING IS TO GET THEM OUT OF THEIR DESKS AND INTO EXPERIMENTS. LSU AGCENTER'S 4-H PROGRAM IS TEACHING TEACHERS HOW TO CONDUCT MORE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS WHILE CREATING EXCITEMENT. THANKS TOBIE. STILL TO COME, U.S. PRODUCE IS SETTING RECORDS ON THE EXPORT MARKET. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

PRODUCE EXPORTS:
IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY U.S. FRUITS AND VEGES ARE GETTING A CHANCE TO SEE THE WORLD. PRODUCE EXPORTS ARE ON PACE TO SET A NEW RECORDS NEXT YEAR. ACCORDING TO USDA ESTIMATES, IN FISCAL YEAR 2012 WHICH STARTS OCTOBER 1ST AND RUNS THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR--U.S. GROWERS COULD EXPORT NEARLY SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. THAT'S 400 MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN THIS YEAR AND ABOUT A BILLION MORE THAN 2010. FUELING THE GAINS ARE EXPORTS TO JAPAN, EUROPE AND CANADA AIDED BY A WEAK U.S. DOLLAR. ON THE FLIP SIDE THE U.S. IS LIKELY TO IMPORT MORE THAN 12 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FRESH PRODUCE. ALSO FROM THE USDA, THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IN MARCH IT WILL BEGIN TESTING FOR SIX MORE STRAINS OF E-COLI BACTERIA IN RAW BEEF. USDA BELIEVES THE BIG-SIX ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN 110,000 ILLNESSES PER YEAR—36,000 FROM BEEF. CURRENTLY THERE IS JUST ONE STRAIN BANNED--E COLI 0156-H7. THAT STRAIN WAS BARRED IN THE 90'S. PROCESSORS SAY THEY'RE ON BOARD BUT SOME IN THE BEEF INDUSTRY WORRY ABOUT THE COSTS OF THE MEASURE.

CONTACT PAGE:
WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! CONTACT US AT 800-792-4329. OR DROP AN EMAIL TO INBOX@AGDAY.COM. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK US OUT ON SOME OF THAT NEW TECHNOLOGY, AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/AGDAY.
 

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