AgriTalk: USMEF Celebrates Beef Export Values, Braces For Pork Tariffs

July 12, 2018 11:34 AM
Today on AgriTalk, Chip Flory talks Mississippi River dredging, meat exports, and agronomy.

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) has released a new study about how dredging the lower Mississippi River will benefit farmers. Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the STC weighs in. U.S. meat exports in May have shattered previous value records. Joe Schule, vice president of communications for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, talks about how Asian countries are consuming more U.S. beef and why pork is bracing itself for impacts of tariffs from Mexico. John Propheter, Pioneer agronomist, shares some tips on what farmers can be doing now to manage pests.

Dredging the Mississippi River to Benefit Farmers
According to a new study from the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), 60 percent of U.S. soybean exports and 59 percent of corn exports travel down the Mississippi River. By dredging the lower river shipping channel 5 ft. in depth could allow larger ships to carry more freight to the Gulf of Mexico.

Beef Exports Hit New Value Highs
U.S. beef exports are off to a “remarkable start,” said Joe Schuele, vice president of communications from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). In May, beef exports were valued at $722.1 million, surpassing the previous high made in March 2018. Schuele said consumers in Asian countries will pay more for quality beef. On the pork side, exports were lower compared to last year, but the industry is bracing for tariffs from Mexico.

What Farmers Should Be Doing Agronomically This Summer
There’s still several weeks left in the growing season for the Corn Belt. Jon Propheter, Pioneer agronomist, shares some of the insect pressure farmers are facing. He said the risk of foliar disease has been relatively low, but hot temperatures and high humidity could change.

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