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A Prism Business Media Publication November 8, 2006 | 061108   
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 >> Logan Hawkes

 >> Response plans in place for ag disasters

 >> NCGA proposal would replace non-recourse loan

 >> Farmers had plenty to fret over on Nov. 7

 >> U of I robots go solar

 >> News from the Top of the Hill

 >> Asian soybean rust travels Mid-South

 >> The future of alternative energy sources

 >> Researchers identify drought-resistant soybean lines

 >> How do you spell Conservation Security Program?

 >> Where are energy prices going?

 >> Impacts from late/delayed planting of soybeans

 >> Another U.S. brand makes switch to soybean oil

 >> Equipment manufacturers predict 2007 retail trends

 >> IPNI to address global crop production

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  EDITOR'S NOTE
Logan Hawkes
11/08/06    Crop News Weekly
By the time you open this e-letter chances are good all the final results will be in, all the votes tallied in the midterm elections, and you will know whether the Republicans or the Democrats will sway majority rule over the House and Senate. All bets were off when the polls opened nationwide Tuesday. Experts say it largely depends on voter turnout, and whether new, electronic voting systems perform to standard. If you ask me, that in itself sounds a little scary. Sure, even with paper ballots mistakes can and do happen. But with paper ballots, they can be recounted with a degree of accuracy. The new system certainly gives conspiracy theorists ammunition and inspiration. It does make you wonder, regardless which side of the political fence you find yourself on, was George Orwell on target?

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Response plans in place for ag disasters
11/06/06   
Of the many tragedies caused by a chain of powerful tornados that swept though eastern Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel and west Tennessee on April 2, 2006, little has been said about the effect of the high winds on livestock. Animals not killed in the initial storm often wandered off when fences were destroyed -- some onto highways to be killed or maimed in accidents, or euthanized because there was no way to contain them. - Elton Robinson, Farm Press Editorial Staff

NCGA proposal would replace non-recourse loan
11/03/06   
The National Corn Growers Association's revenue assurance proposal would generate more farm program payments on some corn farms in the Midwest and result in lower payments on others if it was incorporated into the next farm bill. It would also "stabilize" farm revenues by providing more benefits in years when revenue from the market is low and less when revenue from the market is adequate with less risk of violating World Trade Organization rules, according to a National Corn Growers Association analysis. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

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Farmers had plenty to fret over on Nov. 7
11/03/06   
Jon Tester is a farmer who's running against Montana Sen. Conrad Burns in the Nov. 7 election. (By the time you read this, you should know the winner.) Tester may be one of the few candidates who took six days off from campaigning in September to harvest grain. If he wins (won), he will be one of the few in Congress who farm for a living. (Three senators -- Larry Craig, R-Idaho; Charles Grassley, R-Iowa; and Ken Salazar, D-Colo. -- and a handful of House members list themselves as farmers or ranchers. Burns is a broadcaster.) - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

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U of I robots go solar
A solar-powered robot with 20/20 vision, on a search-and-destroy quest for weeds, will soon be moving up and down the crop rows at the experimental fields at the University of Illinois. What's more, this robot has the potential to control weeds while significantly reducing herbicide use. The robot uses GPS for navigation, and there are two small cameras mounted on a frame on top of the machine to give the robot depth perception, just like a human, says Lei Tian, agricultural engineer at the U of I. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

News from the Top of the Hill
11/03/06    National Hog Farmer
US Beef to Korea -- The first shipment of U.S. beef in three yearshas arrived in South Korea. The shipment is from Creekstone Farms Premium Beef. The nine-ton shipment will now go through quarantine inspections. USDA in September announced that South Korea had reopened its market to U.S. boneless beef but industry has been concerned about South Korea's zero tolerance on bone chips. The U.S. exported $49 million in boneless beef to South Korea in 2003.

Revenue-Based Safety Net for Corn -- The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has released its preliminary analysis on the impact of their revenue-based safety net program for corn growers. According to NCGA, the revenue-based program would include maintenance of current calculation methods for direct payments; change the nonrecourse loan program to a recourse loan program; create a base revenue program (BRP); and modify the current countercyclical program into a revenue countercyclical payment (RCCP). The analysis compares four corn farms using the 2002 farm bill and NCGA's revenue-based program. NCGA said, "The 2002 farm bill has done a good job, but is expiring at a time when we have a new era of agriculture. NCGA's farm bill proposal could fit very well into agriculture's future and be just as accepted as the 2002 farm bill today."

USDA Appoints Beef Board -- USDA announced the appointments to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board. The following were appointed representing cattle producers: Judy E. Prosser, AZ.; I. Jack Cowley and Richard L. Nock, CA; Roger L. Evans, CO; Jeffrey L. Clausen and Robert L. Johnson, IA; Jerald L. Bohn and Don H. Hullman, KS; T. Barrett Porter, LA; Charles E. Markley, MI; Aquilla M. Ward, Mid-Atlantic; John C. Schafer, MN; Charles R. Hull, MS; Jerry R. King, MO; Kristy L. Lage and David C. Lamb, NE; Preston T. Wright, NV; Margaret D. McKeen, NM; Roger M. Pendleton, NC; Lucinda M. Williams, Northeast; Bill D. Boyer, OK; Allen L. Walth and Myron J. Williams, SD; Jennifer A. Senn, Southeast; Robert J. Reviere, Jr., TN.; Peter F. Case, Justin P. Dauer, Charles A. Kiker III, and Walter E. Lasley, TX; Richard V. Nielson, UT; Mark E. Riechers and Nancy L. Thomas, WI.; Dianne S. Kirkbride, WY. Appointed to represent importers were: Lawrence I. Bryant, VA, Greg E. Silpe, CT, and Michelle A. Gorman, MD. - Scott Shearer

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Asian soybean rust travels Mid-South
11/03/06   
Finding recent cool, wet weather to its liking, Asian soybean rust is stretching its legs in the Mid-South. The disease has recently traveled steadily northwards from Louisiana up the Mississippi River into the Bootheel and west Tennessee. While the Mid-South soybean crop is long finished and ASR's arrival is too late to damage yields, Extension researchers have been tracking it closely. - David Bennett, Farm Press Editorial Staff

The future of alternative energy sources
11/02/06   
What are the different sources of energy that the U.S. consumer uses? Fossil fuels continue to fill the bulk of America's needs for energy. The renewable energy sources included are biomass (wood, wood waste, municipal solid waste, landfill gas, ethanol and other biomass); geothermal; wind; solar (solar thermal and photovoltaic); and conventional hydropower. - Lamar James, Arkansas Extension Service

Researchers identify drought-resistant soybean lines
11/02/06   
Recent soybean checkoff-sponsored research may give U.S. soybean farmers another tool to manage one of the weather challenges that plague them -- drought. The discovery of two new lines of drought-resistant soybeans "is more than just an insurance policy against drought conditions," says Tom Sinclair, University of Florida researcher. "These lines will help increase yields even in years with no obvious drought. These genes could be yield enhancers in most every year."

How do you spell Conservation Security Program?
11/02/06   
The Conservation Security Program "just doesn't get any respect" from Congress or the Bush administration, according to environmentalists who have begun pushing for a higher profile for the CSP in the new farm bill. Since a House-Senate conference committee included the legislation in the 2002 farm law, congressional leaders and USDA have treated it like a stepchild, cutting a total of $4 billion in funding from the CSP while touting the environmental benefits of conservation programs. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Where are energy prices going?
11/01/06   
What's going on with gas and oil prices? Crude oil prices hovering around $58 per barrel are now down significantly since almost making $80 in July. Arkansas consumers are enjoying much lower fuel prices at the pump than they've been used to paying. But strong global growth continues to fuel an increasing demand for oil, and we haven't seen the last of high oil prices and volatile price swings, warns Bobby Coats, Arkansas Extension agricultural policy economist. - Lamar James, Arkansas Extension Communications Specialist

Impacts from late/delayed planting of soybeans
11/01/06   
Many of my previous articles have touted planting soybeans early in the Mid-South to achieve greater yields and returns. However, there are other reasons for planting early that, if not achieved, may result in increased costs and/or lost income. When planning for early planting, producers select top varieties from an early maturity group. If planting is delayed to late May and beyond, these early-maturing varieties may be unsuitable. - Larry G. Heatherly, Freelance Writer

Another U.S. brand makes switch to soybean oil
11/01/06   
According to Qualisoy, a soybean industry initiative helping market healthier, more functional soybean products to the food industry, Yum Brands Inc. represents the second major U.S. brand to switch to low-linolenic soybean oil. Yum Brands Inc. announced Oct. 30 that the company's 5,500 KFC restaurants across the U.S. will switch from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil to low-linolenic soybean oil. KFC will use a Qualisoy-approved variety of this enhanced oil. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

Equipment manufacturers predict 2007 retail trends
10/31/06   
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released its 2007 "ag outlook" report, which provides farm machinery manufacturers' predictions for overall business volume in the U.S. and Canada. Agricultural machinery manufacturers participating in the survey expect the industry overall to experience flat or a slowing in retail sales of 2-wheel-drive tractors in 2007, with the greatest decreases in the over-100-hp category, and with U.S. sales slightly more robust than Canada. - The Corn & Soybean Digest

IPNI to address global crop production
11/06/06    AgPR
A new global, scientific, agronomic organization called the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) has been recently established by a resolution adopted unanimously by IPNI's founding members. The Board of Directors of the Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI) has committed its scientific staff to the new global IPNI organization. By the end of 2006, PPI will be fully integrated into IPNI. Thereafter, PPI will no longer exist.

Scheduled to officially begin operations January 1, 2007, IPNI will immediately have effective scientific programs in place in North America, Central and South America, China, India, and Southeast Asia. IPNI anticipates promptly establishing such programs in Western and Eastern Europe as well as in the Middle East.

Dr. Terry L. Roberts of Norcross, Georgia, will serve as the first president of IPNI. Dr. Paul E. Fixen of Brookings, South Dakota, will be Coordinator, Americas Group, and Dr. Adrian Johnston of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will be Coordinator, Asia Group.

Founding members of IPNI are: Agrium Inc.; Arab Potash Company; Belarusian Potash Company; Bunge Fertilizantes S.A.; CF Industries Holding, Inc.; Intrepid Mining, LLC; K+S KALI GmbH; Mosaic; PotashCorp; Saskferco; Simplot; Sinochem Hong Kong Ltd.; Spur Ventures Inc.; SQM; Terra Industries Inc.; and Uralkali. - AgPR



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