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 >> Logan Hawkes

 >> USDA assists with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts

 >> Ripple effect from Katrina could affect harvest

 >> Hurricanes and nitrogen

 >> IRS will not impose penalty on dyed diesel use

 >> DuPont to donate $1 million

 >> News from the Top of the Hill

 >> Cummins next-generation QSB makes ag debut

 >> Panel addresses looming issues, market opportunities

 >> World Ag Expo adds irrigation seminar pavilion

 >> Crop 1 receives approval on insurance coverage


Cruiser Extreme Pak

Cruiser Extreme Pak, a seed company-applied combination of two separately registered products, offers corn growers superior protection against a broad spectrum of early-season insect pests, as well as enhanced disease protection against all four major fungal groups. Cruiser Extreme Pak allows corn to get off to a fast, vigorous start, resulting in enhanced yield potential.
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Logan Hawkes
09/07/05    Crop News Weekly
Similar to the days following Sept. 11, the last week has been filled with stories of tragedy and sorrow, of heroism and hope. The events following the fateful landfall of Hurricane Katrina have touched the hearts and lives of every American regardless what part of the country they call home. From New York to California, Minnesota to Texas, Americans have been riveted to the radio, television and the Internet for the latest news coverage. We have opened our hearts, our pocketbooks and our homes to aid the recovery efforts. As an industry, agriculture has risen to the call. This week, we take a look at how agencies, private enterprise and individuals of the ag industry have contributed to relief efforts as the terrible story continues to unfold.

Welcome to this week's issue of Crop News Weekly, packed full of reports and information about Hurricane Katrina developments and the world of agriculture-at-large. From news about relief aid to new product reviews, information about the return of produce farming and the latest about the World Ag Expo, you'll find plenty of relevant coverage inside this issue. Happy reading.

USDA assists with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has issued two directives to further meet the food and housing needs of Hurricane Katrina survivors. Johanns authorized states to pre-load electronic food benefit cards with $50 worth of assistance, which will enable displaced residents to immediately purchase food even before their application has been processed to receive complete benefits. These cards can then be distributed to displaced residents as they move from shelters to temporary housing. The food stamp program is administered by states and fully funded by USDA. States are being notified of the authorization and urged to take advantage of it. - by Forrest Laws, Farm Press Daily

Ripple effect from Katrina could affect harvest
The Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River are open to barge traffic, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Coast Guard. But the port itself will remain inoperable until power is restored and operators allowed to return. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee put it as politely as possible, when asked about the situation. "Right now, we are concerned with getting the water out of New Orleans and saving as many lives as possible. I have no idea when the port might reopen." The loss of the port could have a significant ripple effect on the U.S. harvest of corn and soybeans. - by Elton Robinson, Farm Press Daily


CruiserMaxx Pak

A commercially applied combination of two separately registered products, Cruiser® seed treatment insecticide and an ApronMaxx® brand seed treatment fungicide, Cruiser®Maxx® Pak offers soybeans growers first-class protection. It protects against a broad spectrum of seed and foliar-feeding insects and all major seed- and soil-borne disease pathogens providing soybean growers with better plant stands, vigor, quicker canopy and higher yields. Visit to learn more.

Hurricanes and nitrogen
In September 2004, our article Fertilizer Rising looked at how the fertilizer industry was responding to the strain of rising natural gas prices. Now, after hurricane Katrina's hit on the Delta's energy and transportation infrastructure, natural gas futures in the U.S. are $11.69/Mcf and could hit $12 or higher beyond October. In the Middle East, where natural gas is a byproduct of pumping oil out of the ground, the price remains nearly static below $1/Mcf. In the Caribbean, where natural gas price is determined more by the price of ammonia (NH3) in the U.S., the price fluctuates at a level somewhere around $2.50/Mcf. - by Wayne Wenzel, Farm Industry News

IRS will not impose penalty on dyed diesel use
The Internal Revenue Service announced today that, in response to shortages of diesel fuel created by Hurricane Katrina, it will not impose a tax penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway. The relief took effect in Florida, Aug. 25; in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, Aug. 30; and the remainder of the United States on Aug. 31. It will remain in effect until Sept. 15, according to the IRS. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Daily

DuPont to donate $1 million
DuPont announced that it will donate $1 million in cash to agencies supporting Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. The company will focus its aid on particularly hard hit communities, such as those surrounding the DuPont DeLisle and Pascagoula sites, both in Mississippi. DuPont also is prepared to provide product donations used in disaster relief, recovery and rebuilding, such as DuPont Personal Protection products containing Kevlar, Nomex and Tyvek high performance materials; Virkon S disinfectant; RelyOn disinfectant wipes; and Solae energy bars and soy beverages. - from Delta Farm Press


Right now, when you buy Cruiser®Maxx® Pak and Cruiser Extreme™ Pak, we'll give you cash back to start the cycle. $2.50 a bag,* to be exact. And, come harvest time, you'll reap what you sowed and see increased yields, which lead, in turn, to more cash. Simple. To find out how you can cash in on the Bean Counter Bonus Program™, visit or your local seed supplier.
News from the Top of the Hill
Congress Faces Full Agenda - Congress returns next week from its summer recess to face a full agenda. There are a number of issues to address before Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. One of the biggest will be budget reconciliation. The House and Senate Agriculture Committees must produce a list of program cuts and modifications that can achieve $3 billion in savings over five years. A key issue will be how much should be cut from farm programs and the food stamp program. Other agricultural issues for Congress will be the agriculture appropriations bill, mandatory livestock price reporting, and country-of-origin labeling (COOL). A disaster assistance bill targeting the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, is another key issue. The Senate's consideration of President Bush's nomination of John Roberts, Jr. to the Supreme Court will also get a great deal of media attention.

USDA Announces Animal ID Principles - The Department of Agriculture announced guiding principles for the development of a public/private partnership that "enables the private sector to maintain animal movement data as part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)." The four guiding principles are:

  • The system must be able to track of animals from point of origin to processing within 48 hours without unnecessary burden to producers and other stakeholders.
  • The system's architecture must be developed without unduly increasing the size and role of government.
  • The system must be flexible enough to utilize existing technologies and incorporate new identification technologies as they are developed.
  • Animal movement data should be maintained in a private system that can be readily accessed when necessary by state and federal animal health authorities.

    USDA plans a stakeholder meeting later this year to discuss expectations for the private tracking system, user requirements, and system specifications.

    USDA-FDA Complete BSE Investigation - USDA and Food & Drug Administration announced the completion of their investigation of the nation's first domestic case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). They were unable to determine how the 12 year-old Braham cross cow became infected. However, they believe the cow ate contaminated feed prior to the 1997 feed ban.

  • Cummins next-generation QSB makes ag debut
    Cummins, Inc., next-generation QSB engines have been put on display for the first time for the North American agricultural markets. The new engine features increased displacement, rear gear drive, High-Pressure Common-Rail fuel system and other enhancements for superior performance, durability and reduced noise. The engines not only meet the EPA Tier 3 emissions requirements, but are fully capable of moving forward to the future Tier 4 requirements. - from Southeast Farm Press

    Panel addresses looming issues, market opportunities
    Back to farming basics? While the panel discussion was held in Texas, the topic is one that producers from coast to coast should consider. Controversial immigration rule changes, health care needs and a changing produce shopper provided fodder for a forum at the 2005 Texas Produce Convention held on South Padre Island. Producers were told the demand for fresh vegetables and fruits will double in the near future, and that there is room for growth for fruit and produce farmers. - by Andy Bell, Southwest Farm Press

    World Ag Expo adds irrigation seminar pavilion
    Irrigation and water technology seminars will be housed in their own facility for the first time at the 2006 World Ag Expo. Also new is a Top-10 New Product showcase, located in a special center in addition to each winning exhibitor's regular display booth. Both centers will be located on Median Street in the vicinity of Pavilion B, which houses water and irrigation displays. The 2006 World Ag Expo is scheduled for Feb. 14 --16 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California. - from Western Farm Press

    Crop 1 receives approval on insurance coverage
    Crop1 Insurance received notification from the USDA today of its eligibility to continue offering a premium reduction program for farmers to potentially save money through its Premium Discount Plan for the 2005 and 2006 growing season. In 2003, Crop1 introduced the Premium Discount Plan, which has historically provided savings of up to 10 percent on all federally reinsured crop insurance programs except "CAT." The discount amount has varied based on the coverage level and plan that the farmer selects, but historically it has averaged 8.4 percent. - from Farm Press Daily


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