AgDay Daily Recap -October 11, 2012

October 11, 2012 05:57 AM

OCTOBER 11, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Will USDA up its forecast of this years major crops? The market will be watching...

1988 VS. 2012:

Through-out the summer, we heard plenty of comparisons of this year’s drought to the benchmark set in 1988. An economist from the University of Illinois decided to put the crops  in the big "eye" states side-by-side. Todd Gleason shows us how the years stack-up.


It's not only winter wheat seeding time, but some growers are putting-in their onions. That's one of our stops in cropwatch.


While USDA continues to figure out how it wants to address a national animal ID system to help track disease outbreaks, the state of Texas is moving forward with its own plan.


Questions about demand and high prices at the retailer are filling the beef supply chain with uncertainty. According to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the number of steers and heifers on the rail are down nearly 6½% year to date. Packers have slowed slaughter schedules in an effort maintain margins. Demand is mixed as well. A dip in pork and poultry prices the last couple of months gave retailers a chance to feature meats outside of beef.


And could potatoes be an inexpensive source of cattle feed this winter. Drought and pasture concerns continue to plague producers across the country. Extension beef cattle specialist, Carl Dahlen at North Dakota State University says it might be harder to find distillers grains this year, but cull potatoes could be plentiful. He says the dry weather and disease cause a lot of the starchy tubers to be malformed. Potato warehouses usually throw them out. He says cattle can be fed potatoes and they're similar to barely on a dry matter basis. There are some things to consider, so be sure to read up on it before throwing them in the bunk.


An aquatic weed called Giant Salvinia can be quite a nuisance. The free-floating plant can clog waterways. Now scientists are having success using weevils to control the green invader. Tobie Blanchard has details from the LSU Agcenter.


Walk a few steps at any Tennessee fair, and you'll probably smell something good cookin.' 4H'ers in one community use their annual fall fair - and barbequing skills - to fund their clubs and summer camps. In this report provided by the University of Tennessee, Chuck Denney says the 'Chicken Shack" specializes in delicious food, and teaching kids valuable lessons about hard work. Money raised at the 'Chicken Shack' also goes to send kids to 4H electric camp on the UT campus in Knoxville, and to fund a trip to Washington DC for a youth conference.


If you're lucky, that summer of garden of yours might still be eeking out one last tomato. Good news for your health. A new study says eating tomatoes can cut a person's chance of stroke in half. And a good diet is something most of us strive for, but not all of us accomplish.



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