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Corn & Soybean Digest Farm Industry News
A Prism Business Media Publication October 18, 2006 | 061018   

 >> Logan Hawkes

 >> Immigration 'reforms' could cost farmers, consumers

 >> Balancing agriculture, industry

 >> High levels of carryover nitrogen could save

 >> Farmers' attention on glyphosate-resistant weeds

 >> Thiesse's Thoughts: LDP Strategies

 >> News from the Top of the Hill

 >> Nebraska documents six-year groundwater decline

 >> Road Warrior: Wow! I'm a millionaire!

 >> Nation's average diesel price continues to fall

 >> Bioenergy, safety net top producers' farm bill priorities

 >> Massive rain in the thick of harvest

 >> Complacency as pump prices slide


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Logan Hawkes
10/18/06    Crop News Weekly
By the look of the Jack-O-Lantern hanging from my front porch, I would guess that the end of October is near at hand. It's not my only clue. I have also been enjoying pumpkin bread, pie and assorted muffins the last few days. Plus, the wife has been using the broom a lot more lately. What I mean is, being meticulously clean and terribly efficient, she has been sweeping up the all bread crumbs lately. I like October. But then I turn on the TV to catch up on the news and the warm, harvest mood is shattered when I am reminded midterm election rhetoric is all there is to watch, save sports. Oh thank goodness for sports. How about those Saints?

In the top of the news, we're hearing a lot about immigration laws, reform and enforcement lately, but is anyone really putting the pencil to the economic impact this could bring to American consumers in the future. When the price of food skyrockets and the way we buy fruits and vegetables change, it may be too late for an awakening. Read about this side of the issue this week. Also in the news, unless you've been marooned on a desert island or traveling the outer reaches of the galaxy, you've heard the Viking Range story. If you haven't (or even if you have), catch the full story below. On another front, farmers whose yields have been thinned by drought conditions in recent years may find something valuable in their soil, but they'll have to dig to find it. And there are long-term weed and herbicide issues farmers must consider if they are in farming for the long haul. One is herbicide resistance, and more specifically, glyphosate resistance. Get the skinny on this as well in this issue.

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


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Immigration 'reforms' could cost farmers, consumers
Closing off the U.S.-Mexico border to all but a few legal immigrants could come at a much higher price than the cost of more Border Patrol agents and the concrete for a 700-mile barrier between the two countries. Economists with the American Farm Bureau Federation who have analyzed pending immigration legislation say the bills could lead not only to higher food prices but also to shifts in the sources of supply of fruits and vegetables for American consumers. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Balancing agriculture, industry
Unless you've been marooned on a desert island or traveling the outer reaches of the galaxy, you've heard the Viking Range story: Twenty years ago, building contractor Fred Carl's wife, Margaret, wanted a heavy duty, high performance, commercial-type range for their new home; he found no such appliance was available and set out to build one himself, ending up creating a global empire that now not only includes the world's premier range, but refrigerators and other high-end kitchen appliances, not to mention a spiffy boutique hotel, an advertising agency, and other enterprises. - Hembree Brandon, Farm Press Editorial Staff

High levels of carryover nitrogen could save
Farmers whose yields have been thinned by drought conditions in recent years may find something valuable in their soil, but they'll have to dig to find it, says Dave Mengel, Kansas State University Research and Extension soil fertility specialist. A profile nitrogen (N) test should be taken to a depth of two feet. The samples must be taken before any N fertilizer is applied and before the crop is planted. If the samples are pulled after fertilizer has been applied, it will give misleading results. - Kansas State University


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Farmers' attention on glyphosate-resistant weeds
There are long-term weed and herbicide issues famers must consider if they are in farming for the long haul. One is herbicide resistance, and more specifically, glyphosate resistance. Two or three years ago I wrote all winter on that topic and not many farmers made changes. That was not surprising. Finding practical answers is much more difficult than just writing about the topic. - Ford L. Baldwin, Pratical Weed Consultants, LLC

Thiesse's Thoughts: LDP Strategies
In 2004 and 2005, loan deficiency payments (LDPs) were a big part of harvesttime grain marketing strategies for many farm operators. The extra LDPs in the fall have also been a big plus for the past couple of years from a cash-flow standpoint, adding some much needed crop income late in the year. That extra income was very important to pay for end of year crop expenses, fall anhydrous and fertilizer expenses and for land rental payments that were due late in the year. It doesn't appear that LDPs will be a significant factor in the fall of 2006 for either grain marketing strategies, or for added income for late-year cash flow purposes in the farm operation. - Kent Thiesse, The Corn & Soybean Digest

News from the Top of the Hill
10/13/06    National Hog Farmer
Mandatory Price Reporting Signed Into Law -- President Bush last week signed into law legislation that extends mandatory livestock price reporting until September 30, 2011. The legislation, "Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999," was supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council and the American Sheep Industry Association. (See National Hog Farmer -- September 22, 2006)

Interstate Shipment of State Inspected Meat -- Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) has introduced legislation, "New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act of 2006," that would allow for the interstate shipment of state inspected meat and poultry. In introducing the legislation, Blunt said, "There are 2,000 state-inspected meat processors -- 31 of them in Missouri -- that are prevented from competing in the national marketplaces. Yet, 30 foreign meat producing countries can sell their meats freely across the nation. Our locally produced, state-inspected meats are just as safe. In fairness, this measure will promote the local livestock sector of agriculture without compromising food safety that consumers demand." There are 28 state-run inspection programs. USDA would have to verify that the programs are equal to the federal inspection system for federally inspected plants. This issue has been debated by Congress since the early 1980's.

Senate Passes Animal Terrorism -- Before leaving for the election recess, the U.S. Senate passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. This legislation increases penalties for criminal acts against animal enterprises (laboratories, animal shelter, pet store, breeder, or furrier). It revises criminal prohibitions against damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise to include "intentional damage or loss to any real or personal property and intentional threats of death or serious bodily injury against individuals." This legislation is in response to various attacks by activists against animal enterprises. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Thomas Petri (R-WI).

25 Days Until Election -- There are 25 days left before the November 7 election that will determine who controls the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Be certain to find out where your candidates stand on the important issues affecting American agriculture. There will be many important items considered next year by the 110th Congress, including 2007 farm bill, ban on packer ownership of livestock, mandatory country-of-origin labeling, tax policy, and energy just to name a few. - Scott Shearer

Nebraska documents six-year groundwater decline
Spurred by increasing irrigation use and a seven-year drought, parts of Nebraska are experiencing groundwater declines of more than 30 ft., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) monitoring finds. The groundwater level monitoring program Burbach coordinates collects aquifer water level data from a continually growing number of wells that now numbers more than 5,600. Readings from the wells are generally taken between March 1 and May 1, after aquifers have had time to recover from the previous year's irrigation season and before that year's upcoming irrigation season.

Road Warrior: Wow! I'm a millionaire!
Dave Kohl writes: "In a recent article I expressed that agriculture has a number of millionaires on paper who have never made a dollar. Sitting across the kitchen table from a young farm couple who had been farming for a decade added a new twist to this story. The couple was feeling a little down in the dumps because of high input costs and low commodity prices. Both were working off the farm as their schedules allowed to bring in cash flow to meet debt commitments. They were also diversifying the business and moving toward value-added enterprises to increase profits..." - The Corn & Soyeabn Digest

Nation's average diesel price continues to fall
The average price for a gallon of diesel dropped 4¢ for the week ending Oct. 10, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. reports the national average price dropped to $2.506/gal., or about 64.4¢/gal. cheaper than a year ago. The Rocky Mountain region had the biggest decrease -- 9.5¢ from last week's average of $2.679, while the West Coast fell by 9.2¢ to $2.697. The nation's cheapest diesel is in the Gulf Coast region ($2.446), edging out the Midwest at $2.448. Meanwhile, crude prices fell to their lowest level of the year as futures traded below $58/barrel in New York last week.

Bioenergy, safety net top producers' farm bill priorities
Bioenergy and the structure of safety net programs are of high interest to farmers and ranchers as the next farm bill is debated, according to more than 15,000 farmers and ranchers in 27 states surveyed by Farm Foundation's National Public Policy Education Committee. Producers ranked renewable energy, enhancing opportunities for small and beginning farmers, and assuring a safe and affordable food supply as their top three goals for the next farm bill.

Massive rain in the thick of harvest
The wind has picked up and the water covering Nolan Bower's soybeans is white-capping. As his retrievers splash happily in the field, nipping at bean pods barely above the waterline, a menacing group of thunderheads moves in from the west. If the bottom falls out, Bowers and his son, Trey, will hustle to their 500,000-bushel capacity bins and fire up the backhoe. Right now, the floodwaters are still a few feet from the bins but another inch or two of rain -- to go with the 14 inches dumped here six days earlier -- will necessitate building a levee and pumping the area. - David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Complacency as pump prices slide
As if this country didn't have reasons galore to support an all-out alternative energy effort, the recent circuses surrounding the appearances of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the United Nations only amplified the need. It says something for the state of the world that two guys, who would be no more than obscure minor-nation government hacks were it not for their vast oil resources, can come before a global forum and prance about in the media spotlight, insulting U.S. leaders and acting as if they were political visionaries. - Hembree Brandon, Farm Press Editorial Staff


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