AgDay Daily Recap -July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JULY 25, 2013

 

EPA:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.   LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE POLITICAL AISLE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM RELEASING PRIVATE INFORMATION ABOUT FARMERS.

SUE AND SETTLE:

ON ANOTHER FRONT, REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY'S GENERAL FOR A DOZEN STATES ARE SUING THE EPA FOR DOCUMENTS RELATED TO ITS LEGAL APPROACH WITH GREEN GROUPS.

INSURANCE COSTS:

AND AS A FARM BILL SPUTTERS THROUGH CONGRESS, DEBATE CONTINUES OVER THE CROP INSURANCE SAFETY NET. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS ROLLED OUT HOW MUCH AMERICAN'S ARE PAYING FOR FARMERS TO BE PROTECTED. THEY BROKE IT OUT ON A PER MEAL COST--AND COSTS HAVE GONE UP. AMERICANS NOW SPEND TWO CENTS PER MEAL ON CROP INSURANCE--THAT UP 100 PERCENT FROM THE PENNY THEY SPENT FROM 2000 TO 2011.

CYCLOSPORA:

THE CENTER'S FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS INVESTIGATING AN OUTBREAK OF THE PARASITE CYCLOSPORA. SO FAR IT'S SICKENED NEARLY 300 PEOPLE IN 8 STATES.  10 PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO THE HOSPITAL

CROP WATCH:

CROPWATCH THIS MORNING TRAVELS FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST TO DIXIE. MIKE HOFFMAN FOLLOWS IT ALL FROM THE AGDAY WEATHERCENTER. GOOD MORNING MIKE.

PASTURE RANGE CONDITION:

IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT, THE LATEST PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITIONS FROM USDA SHOW IMPROVEMENTS OVER LAST YEAR. AS OF THIS WEEK, 44 PERCENT WAS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. 28 PERCENT POOR TO VERY POOR. WHILE ITS STILL REPRESENT A LARGE PART OF THE COUNTRY, IT'S ABOUT HALF WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR, WHEN 55 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S PASTURES WERE IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION.

CATTLE INVENTORY:

PEEL SAYS DON'T LOOK FOR HERD INVENTORY NUMBERS START CLIMBING JUST YET.

HE THINKS 2013 WILL BE ANOTHER NET LIQUIDATION YEAR ALTHOUG ITS LIKELY TO BE A BOTTOM. HE'S LOOKING FOR A REBOUND TO BEGIN IN 2014 AND BEYOND. PURDUE ECONOMIST CHRIS HURT AGREES. ALTHOUGH HE SAYS PRICES NEED TO BE HIGHER--IN THE 1-75 TO 2 DOLLAR RANGE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.

CATTLE MARKETS:

MEANWHILE GRILLING SEASON HAS BEEN LACK LUSTER THIS SUMMER. BOXED BEEF HAS FALLEN BACK INTO THE 186 RANGE--FROM HIGHS IN THE 200'S JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.

ANALYSTS EXPECT BEEF AND CATTLE PRICES TO REBOUND AND PUSH HIGHER AS MARKETS HEAD INTO THE FALL--MOSTLY DUE TO FEWER CATTLE IN THE NATIONAL HERD.

ILLINOIS LAND OWNERSHIP:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY - THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS IS EVALUATING HOW LAND OWNERSHIP HAS CHANGED IN RECENT YEARS. THEY USED DATA FROM THE FARM BUSINESS FARM MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION. IT SAYS BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012, THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT AWAY FROM SHARE RENTAL ARRANGEMENTS. BUT MORE CASH-RENT DEALS AND MORE LAND PURCHASES. BUT IT HASN'T BEEN A HUGE JUMP. IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS, 19-PERCENT OF THE FARMLAND IS OWNED BY THE GRAIN FARMER. IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS IT'S 14-PERCENT. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FARMERS OWN 21-PERCENT OF THEIR FARMED-LAND. THAT'S UP JUST ONE PERCENT FROM FIVE YEARS AGO.

ANALYSIS:

WEDNESDAY ROLLED IN ANOTHER DOWN DAY FOR U.S. GRAINS, WITH DECEMBER CORN DROPPING TO 4-80. IT'S LOWEST POINT IN NEARLY 3 YEARS. IN ANALYSIS THIS MORNING, FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL TALKS ABOUT THE CHANGING MINDSET FOR FARMERS IN 2013.

PANDA COW:

THANKS MIKE. A WASHINGTON STATE FARMER HAS BEEN BREEDING MINIATURE COWS FOR SEVEN YEARS, HOPING TO RE-CREATE BLACK AND WHITE MARKINGS IN THE PATTERN OF A PANDA. WELL, HE SUCCEEDED.

MICHIGAN STATE CHERRIES:

RESEARCHERS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE ROOT-STOCK FOR THE STATE'S CHERRY GROWERS. IT'S BIG BUSINESS, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE WESTERN COAST OF MICHIGAN. THE STATE PRODUCES 250 MILLION POUNDS OF CHERRIES ANNUALLY.  THE STATE IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR 75-PERCENT OF ALL TART-CHERRY PRODUCTION IN THE COUNTRY, KRAIG EHM FROM MICHIGAN STATE TELLS US ABOUT THE RESEARCH RESULTS WHICH ARE PROVING TO BE VERY GOOD.

VEGGIES:

IF YOU CAN'T GET PEOPLE TO BUY AND EAT FRESH VEGETABLES ON THEIR OWN, HOW ABOUT GETTING A PRESCRIPTION? NO, WE'RE NOT KIDDING. TWO HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE NOW WRITING PRESCRIPTIONS FOR FRESH PRODUCE.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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