AgDay Daily Recap - September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011 04:20 AM

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

Good morning. As winter wheat seeding moves forward in this country, it appears the size of the global crop could reach new highs for 2012. There are some private estimates that indicate the world wheat sowings could increase to their highest levels in at least ten years. According to a report in, world-wide wheat sowings are forecast to jump 1.5%. That increase is based on a prediction from the international grains council. The IGC is forecasting U.S. sowings will surge 6%, or about three million acres. But right now, wheat growers in the central and southern plains are slow in planting due to the continuing drought.

As of Monday, 26% of the U.S. winter wheat crop was planted. That's nine points behind average. In Kansas, it's 20%, just three points off the normal pace. Oklahoma farmers have about 11% seeded. Emergence is another consideration. Zero is out of the ground in Oklahoma. It's usually 8% by now. In Texas, 14% is seeded. 1% has emerged.

This morning, we begin an eight week long tour across the Midwest. We are gauging this year’s corn and soybean crops from Ohio to Nebraska. We call it the I-80 harvest tour. We selected - at random - growers from eight locations who live within the interstate 80 corridor. Our first stop takes us to Whiteside County, Illinois where farmer Don Koster says he's pleasantly surprised with outcomes this year. Don says he was getting 200 bushel corn. He also planted soybeans on 500 acres. As he makes his plans for next growing season, he's not so sure that he'll plant any soybeans and put all of his acres to corn. Be sure to check in next Wednesday as we continue our coverage of the I-80 harvest tour.

Don isn't alone, many farmers across the country are giving corn after corn a try. But the University of Illinois says stepping out of rotations may not always pay. Agronomists with the University of Illinois Extension say yields of corn following corn are down for a second straight year compared to corn following soybeans. In 2010 the drop was attributed to weather, this year the picture isn't so clear. Farm journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie says corn after corn isn't the right fit for everyone.

Ken says growing corn after corn requires a different kind of management. He says residue management, fall tillage and disease considerations are much more important in corn after corn fields.

In our machinery minute with winter around the corner many ATVs are headed for a parking spot in the barn. Snow, mud, and sand can keep these work horses sidelined. A company from South Dakota says they've got the cure. J-Wheelz are a light-weight, bolt-on, dual-wheel system that adds more surface area to ATV tires helping them get through tough patches on the farm. They even come with closed cell marine foam inserts providing extra buoyancy in wet conditions. J-Wheelz are finding customers around globe including Canada and Russia.

In agribusiness this morning, a new study from Purdue University says cash rents are going up again next year. This year, in 2011, cash rents went up 13%--that's the third largest single year increase in the 37 year history of the Purdue survey. Al Pell continues that conversation in this morning's analysis.

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Going green could hit all the "right notes" when it comes to saving money for farmers. An energy reduction program called "maestro" is intended to help lower energy costs on farms in the show-me state. "MAESTRO" stands for Missouri Agricultural Energy Savings Team. In this report provided by "Mizzou", Kent Faddis explains how the program works. Thanks Kent. If you would like to learn more about MAESTRO, check-out the program on-line. That address is Food and Your Family is next.

In Food and Your Family the USDA and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are out promoting their replacement for the food pyramid. The “myplate” approach was just recently adopted. USDA is starting a messaging campaign encouraging Americans to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.  One vegetable not on the list are potatoes. New lunch menu guidelines severely limit the spud and other starchy vegetables on kid’s plates to two servings per week. Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Udall of Colorado--both of big potato growing states--say they're planning strip funding for implementing the program out of the appropriations bill. A house bill already prohibits using funds for the program.

And are your kids ready for school on a daily basis? A new study from the CDC says maybe not. Researchers found nearly 70% of kids reported getting an insufficient amount of sleep on school nights. Those same sleepy students were also more likely to participate in behaviors that risk their health. Insufficient sleep is associated with things like getting into fights, using cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana even being sad or contemplating suicide.
The CDC says schools should consider a later start-time.

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