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A Prism Business Media Publication June 21, 2006 | 060621   
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 >> Logan Hawkes

 >> Soybean rust detected in Florida sentinel plot

 >> Thiesse's Thoughts: FSA notes

 >> Color of corn leaf shows needed nitrogen for crop

 >> Fries, burgers and fill 'er up, please

 >> Wildlife resources bump income

 >> Can U.S. agriculture continue to be a global force?

 >> 2002 farm bill 'victory' coming back to haunt

 >> Could castor oil be the next biodiesel?

 >> Farm groups, Goodlatte tell Lamy 'no more give'

 >> Dry weather, distance are barriers for Mexican ASR

 >> USDA begins releasing new farm payment data

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  EDITOR'S NOTE
Logan Hawkes
06/21/06    Crop News Weekly
I hate to sound official so early on but technically today is the official start to the summer season; the longest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere. Some prefer to call it the summer solstice, or the Tropic of Cancer. It depends largely on where you're from and what you were taught. For most of us down on the farm it's just another hard day of work in the fields -- but longer.

In the top of the news this week, there is more evidence of ASR in the U.S. after a sentinel plot in Florida tested positive. Tropical Storm Alberto is being blamed for the spread of ASR spores, but officials say it appears to be an isolated case. In other news, and did you know, according to a university expert, the green color of corn leaves offers a quick check on the most economical level of nitrogen (N) fertilizer to apply to a growing crop. And don't forget, all crop producers that are enrolled in the 2006 DCP Farm Program must file a 2006 Acreage Report to be eligible for DCP payments. The filing deadline is July 15. Elsewhere in the news, there is apparently serious cash to be made in wildlife-related enterprises these days. Discover how you can add a little non-traditional income to the farm budget. Also this week, could castor oil be the next biodiesel? When you mention biodiesel, most people think of soybean or cottonseed oil or something less esoteric like chicken fat. But castor oil? Finally this week, if WTO Director General Pascal Lamy had any illusions about the U.S. position on the Doha Development Round, they were pretty well squashed during his recent trip to Washington. In meetings with the leaders of 11 farm organizations and the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Lamy was told that the United States has given all the ground it will on the five-year-old negotiations.

You'll find these stories and more in this issue of Crop News Weekly. Happy reading.



  FROM OUR MAGAZINES
Soybean rust detected in Florida sentinel plot
06/19/06   
Tropical storm Alberto moved across drought-plagued areas of Florida last week and had the potential of moving soybean rust spores, but only one case of the disease has been reported. The sentinel plot in Martin County, near West Palm Beach, in which soybean rust was documented is near sites where spores were known to have over-wintered. - Roy Roberson, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Thiesse's Thoughts: FSA notes
06/19/06   
Your 2006 Crop Acreage Reports must be filed by July 15 at county FSA offices in order to avoid penalties and late fees. All crop producers that are enrolled in the 2006 DCP Farm Program must file a 2006 Acreage Report to be eligible for DCP payments. Even producers that are not enrolled in the 2006 DCP program will probably want to report their 2006 crop acreage to the county FSA office in order to remain eligible for price support programs through FSA, including CCC crop loans and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for the 2006 crop year. Many crop insurance agents also want farm operators to provide them with a copy of the FSA Acreage Report. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

Color of corn leaf shows needed nitrogen for crop
06/19/06   
The green color of corn leaves offers a quick check on the most economical level of nitrogen (N) fertilizer to apply to a growing crop, a University of Missouri soil scientist says. "Leaf color measurements are more closely related to the most profitable nitrogen fertilizer rates than any soil test," says Peter Scharf, who cooperated in a fertility study with scientists in seven Corn Belt states. Results of the leaf color study are in the current issue of Agronomy Journal, a major scientific publication. The scientists report on 66 N experiments on corn. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

Fries, burgers and fill 'er up, please
06/19/06   
You're on a road trip and do the drive-through at McDonalds in your newly-converted Deep Fried Ride. You give a young lady your order. "I'll take a Big Mac, some fries, a strawberry shake and 25 gallons of waste oil for Old Betsy, please." After you get your burger and fries, you drive around to the back of the restaurant, hook up to the waste oil tank and fill up a dedicated tank in your automobile. When the time is right, you flip a button under your dashboard and your engine starts running on the waste grease. Soon you're headed down the freeway again, a delicious-smelling plume of French fry aroma in your wake. Destination -- perhaps a Burger King in Batesville? - Elton Robinson, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Wildlife resources bump income
06/16/06   
There is serious cash to be made in wildlife-related enterprises these days. In fact, birds like the wood stork, red-throated loon or horned grebe could give the movie The Da Vinci Code a good run for its money. According to a 2000 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior, the economic value of wildlife-related industry in the United States is estimated at $108 billion. This is more than Americans spend on lodging, air travel or even going to the movies. - Elton Robinson, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Can U.S. agriculture continue to be a global force?
06/19/06   
Agriculture Road Warrior Dave Kohl writes: "At a recent agricultural bankers meeting in Little Rock, AK, this question was posed to me: "Can U.S. agriculture continue to be a global force?" My response is a resounding "yes." An agricultural industry that will survive and thrive will have to understand four basic components. Number one will be the consumer, both domestically and globally. Producers will have to understand the global strategy. Assess the consumer from a global context but then localize the strategic advantages of an area on the farm and ranch resource base." - The Corn & Soybean Digest

2002 farm bill 'victory' coming back to haunt
06/16/06   
Agriculture's "victory" in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 may be turning bittersweet for some producers. President Bush signed the 2002 farm bill with some fanfare on May 13, 2002. Representatives of the major farm organizations, including then-National Cotton Council Chairman Kenneth Hood, attended the ceremony. The ink wasn't dry before critics began blasting the president for not vetoing the $179-billion bill. "By nightfall," one farm legislation analyst said recently, "administration officials decided they had made a serious mistake." - Farm Press Editorial Staff

Could castor oil be the next biodiesel?
06/15/06   
Most farmers above a certain age probably received a dose of castor oil sometime in their early lives. From what I remember, we wished we could have poured it anywhere but down our throats. Back then, dumping it in the fuel tank of a tractor or pickup truck would have been the last thing on our minds. But alternative fuel experts are beginning to ask if doing just that might help meet the nation's growing need for biofuels. When you mention biodiesel, most people think of soybean or cottonseed oil or something less esoteric like chicken fat. If they're really into alternative fuels, they might list sunflowers or canola, crambe or flax or the oil from tung nuts or tallow trees. But castor oil? - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Farm groups, Goodlatte tell Lamy 'no more give'
06/15/06   
If WTO Director General Pascal Lamy had any illusions about the U.S. position on the Doha Development Round, they were pretty well squashed during his trip to Washington this week. In meetings with the leaders of 11 farm organizations and the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Lamy was told that the United States has given all the ground it will on the five-year-old negotiations to reform world trade rules. - Forest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Dry weather, distance are barriers for Mexican ASR
06/14/06   
With Asian soybean rust having been found in Mexican soybeans, Tom Isakeit has been on his toes. "We're monitoring sentinel plots scattered from Wesleco to north of Dallas," says the busy Texas A&M plant pathologist. "There's also a couple on the High Plains. As far as an alert system, the sentinel plots are our main focus." There are also spore traps in the state, but Isakeit is less impressed with them. In mid-May, reports emerged that spores trapped in Fort Bend County were "like" those generated by ASR. But they were never positively identified. - David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff

USDA begins releasing new farm payment data
06/14/06   
USDA is releasing new farm program payment information that could help set the record straight about who actually receives a wide array of farm-related government payments and why. Responding to a new Freedom of Information Act request, USDA has begun releasing information from the Farm Service Agency's Permitted Entity File and is scheduled to start providing information from its Section 1614 Database in August. - Farm Press Editorial Staff



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