AgDay Daily Recap - September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011 06:09 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
SEPTEMBER 7, 2011

WASDE FORECAST:
GOOD MORNING. IN ADVANCE OF USDA'S NEXT SUPPLY-DEMAND REPORT, PRIVATE FIRMS ARE RELEASING THEIR FORECASTS FOR THIS YEARS CROP. THE LATEST NUMBERS COME FROM ILLINOIS-BASED ALLENDALE INCORPORATED.

ALLENDALE FORECAST:
IN ITS 22ND ANNUAL CROP SURVEY, ALLENDALE EXPECTS THE U.S. CORN CROP TO HIT 12.46 BILLION BUSHELS WITH AN AVERAGE YIELD UNDER 148 BUSHELS AN ACRE. THIS ESTIMATE REFLECTS A 3% DECLINE FROM AUGUST. ALLENDALE SAYS THIS IS THE LARGEST SEPTEMBER DECLINE IN CORN PRODUCTION SINCE 1995. ON SOYBEANS, ALLENDALE IS SUGGESTING THE CROP WILL JUST MAKE THREE BILLION BUSHELS WITH AN AVERAGE YIELD OF 40.7 BUSHELS AN ACRE. IT'S ALL WHEAT FORECAST IS PEGGED AT JUST OVER TWO BILLION BUSHELS WITH AN AVERAGE YIELD OF 43.7 BUSHELS AN ACRE. THEIR FORECAST IS BASED ON SURVEYS CONDUCTED IN 24 STATES. IT WAS CONDUCTED DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF AUGUST.

CROP PROGRESS:
NOW TO THE WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT. USDA SAYS THE CONDITION OF THE U.S. CORN CROP CONTINUES TO DECLINE. IT DROPPED ANOTHER TWO POINTS FROM LAST WEEK'S REPORT. 52% IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. IN THE KEY CORN STATES, WE SAW A FOUR POINT DROP IN IOWA, THREE IN INDIANA, ONE IN ILLINOIS, TWO IN NEBRASKA AND OHIO. USDA'S REPORT SHOWS 18% OF THE CROP IS MATURE, CLOSE TO THE AVERAGE. AND 71% IS DENTED. TURNING TO THE COTTON CROP. THIS REPORT REFLECTS THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE IRENE ALONG THE EAST COAST. IN VIRGINIA, IT PLUMMETED FROM 90% GOOD TO EXCELLENT IN LAST WEEK'S REPORT TO 40% GOOD TO EXCELLENT. MOST THE CROP WAS SHIFTED INTO THE FAIR CATEGORY. HARVEST IS JUST GETTING UNDERWAY WITH 7% IN THE BIN.

DAKOTA WHEAT HARVEST:
SPRING WHEAT IS NOW 68% COMPLETE, 13 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. IN THE WHEAT FIELDS OF NORTH DAKOTA, SOME FARMERS ARE POOLING THEIR RESOURCES TO HARVEST WHEAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR SAYS TEAM WORK IS NECESSARY TO SPARE THE CROP FROM ANY ADDITIONAL WEATHER DAMAGE.

MACHINERY MINUTE; KINZE:
IN MACHINERY MINUTE THIS MORNING, WE TRAVEL BACK TO THE FARM PROGRESS SHOW. THE KINZE COMPANY--KNOWN FOR ITS PLANTERS--IS SHOWING OFF NEW PLANTER TECHNOLOGY THAT'S OPERATOR OPTIONAL.  YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS PROMOTIONAL VIDEO THE CAB IS EMPTY AND YET THE WORK CONTINUES. KINZE SAYS THE FUTURE OF FARMING IS HAPPENING NOW. THEY'RE USING SENSORS AND TECHNOLOGY ALREADY BEING SEEN IN CARS AND OTHER BIG EQUIPMENT TO MAKE FARMING, HANDS-FREE. THE COMPANY BEGAN WORK ON THE AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM JUST TWO YEARS AGO.

ANALYSIS:
BOB UTTERBACK

911 SPECIAL PROMO:
COMING UP THIS FRIDAY WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE OF AGDAY, AS WE REMEMBER 9/11 THROUGH THE EYES OF THE OGONOWSKI FAMILY.  JOHN OGONOWSKI WAS THE PILOT OF AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11, THE FIRST AIRPLANE TO HIT THE TWIN TOWERS NEARLY A DECADE AGO.  BUT JOHN WAS ALSO A FARMER. HIS FAMILY, POLISH IMMIGRANTS TO MASSACHUSETTS AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY, HAVE BEEN WORKING AMERICAN SOIL FOR MORE THAN 10O YEARS. IT WAS A LOVE JOHN SHARED, AND ONE HIS FAMILY KNOWS HE WAS THINKING ABOUT ON THAT TRAGIC DAY.

IN THE COUNTRY; KENTUCKY FOOD CENTER:
IN EASTERN KENTUCKY, ONE OF THE LOCAL EXTENSION OFFICES HAS CREATED A REGIONAL FOOD CENTER. IT'S LIKE A FARMERS MARKET ON "STEROIDS". THE GOAL IS TO HELP PRODUCERS WITH AN IDEA TO SEE THAT IDEA BECAME A REALITY. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, JEFF FRANKLIN SAYS ORGANIZERS HOPE THE REGIONAL FOOD CENTER CAN STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. . .AND ADD SOME VALUE TO FARM PRODUCTS. JEFF SAYS THE COST OF THE REGIONAL FOOD CENTER WITH THE KITCHEN AND ITS EQUIPMENT WAS ABOUT $700,000. FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.

SMOKING NUMBERS:
IN NEWS THAT COULD AFFECT YOUR FAMILY, NEW DATA FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INDICATES THE NUMBER OF SMOKERS IN THIS COUNTRY HAS DROPPED. IN A BRAND NEW REPORT, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS FEWER AMERICAN ADULTS ARE SMOKING CIGARETTES. AND IT SAYS DAILY SMOKERS ARE SMOKING FEWER CIGARETTES EACH DAY. THE REPORT COVERS THE YEARS 2005 TO 2010. IT SHOWS 19.3% OF ADULTS SMOKE. THAT'S DOWN FROM 20.9% FIVE YEARS AGO. IN REAL NUMBERS, THAT'S ABOUT 45 MILLION AMERICANS WHO LIGHT-UP. WHILE THE CDC DATA SHOWS FEWER AMERICAN ADULTS ARE SMOKING, THE CURRENT RATE OF DECLINE IS SLOWER THAN THE PERIOD FROM 2000-TO-2005.

FOOD STAMPS AT RESTAURANTS:
AND WITH MORE PEOPLE ENROLLED IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM--FORMERLY KNOWN AS FOOD STAMPS--MORE BUSINESSES ARE OPENING THEIR REGISTERS. NEW STATS FROM THE USDA SHOW THE NUMBER BUSINESSES APPROVED TO ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS GREW BY A THIRD IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. THE LIST INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM CONVENIENCE AND DOLLAR DISCOUNT STORES TO GAS STATIONS AND PHARMACIES. NOW RESTAURANTS ARE LOOKING TO GET APPROVED. CURRENTLY THE SNAP VOUCHERS AREN'T APPROVED FOR PREPARED FOODS... USDA SAYS FOOD STAMP BENEFIT COSTS WENT FROM $28.5 BILLION ANNUALLY IN 2005 TO NEARLY $65 BILLION LAST YEAR.

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