AgDay Daily Recap -December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013 03:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 16, 2013

 

SEED ESPIONAGE:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE PLOT THICKENS IN NOT ONE BUT TWO CASES OF TRADE SECRET THEFT INVOLVING SOME OF THE LARGEST SEED MAKERS IN THIS COUNTRY. IN THIS SECOND CASE, TWO AG SCIENTISTS ARE ACCUSING OF CONSPIRING TO STEAL SEEDS FROM A RESEARCH FACILITY. ONE WORKED IN KANSAS. THE OTHER WORKED IN ARKANSAS. THE U-S ATTORNEY IN KANSAS SAYS THE MEN TRIED TO PASS THEM TO A CHINESE DELEGATION THAT VISITED THE U-S THIS YEAR. CUSTOMS AGENTS FOUND STOLEN SEEDS IN THE DELEGATION'S LUGGAGE AHEAD OF THEIR FLIGHT TO CHINA. THIS FOLLOWS CLOSLY ON THE HEELS OF ANOTHER DEVELOPING ESPIONAGE CASE REPORTED LATE LAST WEEK IN IOWA. ON THURSDAY AUTHORITIES ANNOUNCED CHARGES AGAINST MO HAILONG, FOR CONSPIRACY TO STEAL TRADE SECRETS. THE FBI BEGAN FOLLOWING MO IN 2011 FOLLOWING A SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT IN MAY OF THAT YEAR. AT A FARM NEAR TAMA IOWA, MO AND ANOTHER MAN WERE SEEN BY A PIONEER FIELD MANAGER ON HIS KNEES IN FRESHLY PLANTED UNMARKED FIELD. IT WAS PLANTED IN ONE OF THE COMPANIES MOST PROMISING NEW LINES. IN SEPTEMBER MO AND TWO OTHER MEN WERE SEEN NEAR A MONSANTO FIELD IN BONDURANT IOWA. FBI ALSO OBSERVED THE GROUP AT STORAGE UNITS IN ADEL IOWA AND NEW LENOX ILLINOIS. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE MEN SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT A FARM IN MONEE ILLINOIS---BOUGHT AND OWNED BY KINGS NOWER SEED IN MARCH OF 2012 FOR 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE SEED TECH INDUSTRY SAYS THIS WILL LIKELY CHANGE HOW THE WORK IS MONITORED.

CHNA CORN:

MEANWHILE ANOTHER CARGO OF U.S. CORN HAS BEEN TURNED AWAY FROM CHINESE PORT.

OFFICALS IN THAT COUNTRY SAY THEY DETECTED A GM TRAIT NOT APPROVED FOR IMPORT.

THAT MAKES SOME 180-THOUSAND TONNES OF GRAIN THE CHINESE HAVE REJECTED SINCE NOVEMBER. MANY IN THE TRADE ARE WONDERING IF IT'S A POLITICAL STATEMENT-- MILLIONS MORE BUSHELS CORN ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN THE COMING WEEKS.

TRADE TRIP:

A HIGH LEVEL U.S. TRADE GROUP JUST ANNOUNCED PLANS TO VISIT CHINA NEXT WEEK FOR MEETING WITH THAT COUNTRY'S VICE PREMIER. IT INCLUDES THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, TRADE REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL FROMAN AND USDA SECRETARY TOM VILSACK. THE FOCUS IS EXPECTED TO INCLUDE ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, MARKET ACCESS FOR GOODS AND THE REMOVAL OF REGULATORY BARRIERS.

ZILMAX:

FROM THE AGDAY UPDATE FILE MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH SAYS IT IS NOT READY TO RE-INTRODUCE IT'S WELL-KNOWN FEED ADDITIVE ZILMAX INTO THE MARKET PLACE. IT'S BEEN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS SINCE MERCK PULLED THE PRODUCT AFTER TYSON MEATS EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT ANIMAL MOBILITY PROBLEMS. CARGILL FOLLOWED TYSON IN REFUSING CATTLE FED WITH ZILMAX. SINCE THEN, MERCK HAS BEEN INSTITUTING WHAT IT CALLS A "FIVE STEP PLAN FOR ENSURING RESPONSIBLE BEEF". THE ADVISORY BOARD HAS BEEN CONDUCTING ANIMAL SAFETY AND WELL-BEING TRIALS.  MERCK SAYS CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE BUT IT'S TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE WHEN THE COMPANY WILL START OFFERING ZILMAX TO PRODUCERS IN THE U-S AND CANADA.

CROP WATCH:

FROM THE ARIZONA NASS OFFICE, WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON ALFALFA. HARVESTING OCCURRED ON OVER THREE-QUARTERS OF THE ALFALFA ACREAGE ACROSS THE STATE. ABOUT HALF OF THE STATE'S CROP IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ANOTHER 20-PERCENT IS FAIR

RANGELAND IS STRUGGLING WITH JUST 28-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ANOTHER THIRD IS FAIR.

MACHINERY PETE:

MONDAY MORNING - AND TIME FOR MACHINERY PETE. PETE SAYS USED COMBINES ARE HOT RIGHT NOW.

ANALYSIS:

IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO THINK ABOUT NEXT YEARS PLANTING, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU JUST PARKED THE COMBINE, BUT IT'S NEVER TOO SOON TO START PENCILING THINGS OUT. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS.

UGLY SWEATERS:

A DALLAS STORE IS MAKING UNFASHIONABLE COOL BY SELLING TASTELESS AND TACKY HOLIDAY SWEATERS. ITS OWNER IS MAKING MONEY FROM MONSTROUS LOOKING GLITTER TO MACRAME. JOHN MON-ES HAS OUR STORY OF TACKY ATTIRE FROM TEXAS.

CITRUS FIGHTERS:

WITH THE CITRUS GREENING DISEASE CONTINUING TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF THE NATION'S CITRUS INDUSTRY, THE USDA SAYS ITS STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO FIGHT BACK.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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