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WORLD AGRICULTURAL SUPPLY AND DEMAND ESTIMATES

Mon, 13 Oct 2003 18:03:29 GMT



Issued monthly, WASDE provides the most current USDA forecasts of U.S. and world supply-use balances of major grains, soybeans and products, and cotton, and U.S. supply and use of sugar and livestock products.

Released at 8:30 a.m. ET. There is no charge for the electronic version.

Released Friday, October 10, 2003






Arizona Extension ACIS

Mon, 13 Oct 2003 17:58:56 GMT

***Many new presentations have been added to ACIS.  These include presentations on powdery mildew in melons, surfactants and adjuvants and herbicide efficacy, thrips management in vegetables, weed control in alfalfa, innovations in insect control, insect management in lettuce, reduced-risk insecticides, and insect management in drip irrigation and seed crops.  These can all be found by clicking the "Presentations" button in the middle of our home page at http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/

***A new Special Local Needs Registration has occurred for greenhouse tomatoes.  You can find this and other SLN, 24Cs at http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/pesticides/SLN/slntable.html

***A great new Lygus bug identification publication has been produced by the University of California.  You can get to it from the link on our home page at http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/

*** The classic guide to nitrogen management in arizona, aptly titled "Nitrogen Fertilizer Management in Arizona" in now available on ACIS.  You can find a link to it from our home page http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/ or from any of the soil management pages that can be found under each of the commodity sections.

***The August IR4 New Products/Transitional Solution is now linked to our Pesticides>Regulatory page at http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/pesticides/regulatory.html#reg

***The October 6, 2003 Alfalfa Report is available on ACIS at http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/counties/yuma/alfalfareports/alfalfareports.html




Arizona Extension Events

Mon, 13 Oct 2003 17:54:13 GMT

***Events coming up: ( http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/counties/all/events.html )

  • October l5, 2003 Cotton Field Day Maricopa Agricultural Center 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road Maricopa, AZ. For more information call 520-568-2273.
  • October 21 & 22, 2003 Agricultural Best Management Practices Program Enrollment Workshops, Multiple locations - Eloy, Coolidge, Maricopa, and Casa Grande. Presented by the Arizona Department of Water Resources. For more information call Dennis Kimberlin at 520-836-4857 Ext 20 or Michael Hanrahan at 602-417-2400 Ext. 7290.
  •  October 28 & 29, 2003 Agricultural Best Management Practices Program Enrollment Workshops, Multiple locations - Queen Creek, Tempe, Buckeye and Phoenix. Presented by the Arizona Department of Water Resources. For more information call Dennis Kimberlin at 520-836-4857 Ext 20 or Michael Hanrahan at 602-417-2400 Ext. 7290.
  • November 18, 2003 Worker Protection Standard, Agricultural Pesticide, Train the Trainer Workshop (ADA), Yuma County Health Department, 2200 West 28th Street, Yuma, AZ. 4 hours of CEUs will be offered. Pre-register by calling:(928) 341-1775 OR (928) 341-1784.
  •  Noviembre 20, 2003 Taller de Entrenamiento Para Capacitar Entrenadores en la seguridad de Pesticidas Agricolas, (ADA), Dept. de Salud, Condado de Yuma, 200 Oèste de la calle 28, Yuma, AZ. Se ofreceran 4 horas de educación continua (CEU's) Para Pre-inscripcíon llamar al: (928) 341-1775 o (928) 341-1784.





Southern California Hay Prices

Sun, 12 Oct 2003 00:29:09 GMT

Oct 10, 2003 California Weekly Hay Report Southern California: FOB Barn/Stack: 15,275 Tons Delivered: 3,600 Compared to last week, Premium and Supreme Alfalfa not tested. Fair and Good Alfalfa steady to firm in limited test. Demand light, however more interest for hay going to heifers and/or low end production string. Supplies moderate to heavy. Retail and stable hay steady, demand light to moderate. Supplies light to moderate. Exporters mostly just picking around at various hay stacks looking for something that might work. Chino Valley-Los Angeles: Delivered dairy, Alfalfa Grade tons price range avg price Premium 400 120.00-125.00 123.00 Good 1,425 105.00-120.00 115.14 Fair 900 80.00- 95.00 84.39 Good/Forage mix 50 160.00 160.00 Premium/Retail/light 175 140.00-150.00 145.00 Good/Prem/Retail/light 150 125.00-135.00 130.00 Premium/Stable/heavy 75 135.00 135.00 Good/Stable/heavy 100 105.00 105.00 Antelope Valley-Mojave Desert: Alfalfa, FOB producers Grade tons price range avg price Premium/Retail/light 150 120.00-130.00 126.67 Good/Prem/Retail/light 200 100.00-125.00 116.25 Good/Retail/light 150 80.00-100.00 93.33 Imperial Valley: Alfalfa, FOB producers Grade tons price range avg price Premium 1,800 85.00- 95.00 87.92 Good 3,270 70.00- 85.00 77.49 Fair 2,650 60.00- 70.00 67.42 Good/Prem/Retail/light 400 90.00-100.00 91.88 Good/Retail/light 50 85.00 85.00 Good/Prem/Stable/heavy 1,030 80.00- 88.00 83.07 Blythe-Parker: Alfalfa, FOB producers Grade tons price range avg price Premium 200 100.00 100.00 Good 110 75.00 75.00 Good/Prem/Retail/light 50 95.00 95.00 Good/Retail/light 125 85.00 85.00 Good/Stable/heavy 510 75.00 75.00 5,205 tons of other hay. Fair Alfalfa, light weeds, grass and/or rain damage 85.00 delivered. Timothy hay, retail accounts 170.00- 176.00 delivered; racetracks 245.00 delivered. Bermuda hay, kick outs, 70.00 delivered. Green chop Alfalfa 33.00 per ton delivered feed bunk. Antelope Valley, Mojave Desert: Premium Forage mix hay to retail accounts 7.00-9.25 per bale FOB. Good to Premium Forage mix hay, retail accounts, 5.00-6.50 per bale FOB. Premium Alfalfa hay to retail accounts 5.50-6.50 per bale FOB. Good to Premium Alfalfa hay to retail accounts 5.00-5.50 per bale FOB. Good Alfalfa hay to retail accounts, 4.00-5.00 per bale FOB. Imperial Valley: Good Alfalfa, dairy accounts, 65.00 FOB Arizona. Fair Alfalfa, dairy accounts, 50.00 FOB Arizona. Fair Alfalfa, light weeds, grass and/or rain damage 45.00-62.00 FOB. Utility Alfalfa, major weeds, grass and/or rain damage 35.00-45.00 FOB. Alfalfa, export accounts, 70.00-80.00 FOB. Alfalfa/Bermuda mix, dairy accounts, 50.00 FOB. Alfalfa straw, export accounts, 40.00 FOB. Bermuda hay, grassy, 42.00 FOB. Bermuda, retail accounts, 95.00 FOB. Bermuda, export accounts, 70.00-80.00 FOB. Klein grass, export accounts, 90.00-100.00 FOB. Sudan hay, export accounts, second cutting, 70.00-95.00 FOB. Blythe, Parker: Fair Alfalfa, light weeds, grass and/or rain damage 45.00-50.00 [...]



Dairy program to reduce production gains ground

Fri, 03 Oct 2003 16:46:07 GMT

The dairy industry's $60 million program to reduce the milk supply - and help boost milk prices - has gained widespread participation from dairy farmers who are being paid to curtail milk production and sell their cows



NORTH AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL MARKET INTEGRATION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE FOOD AND FIBER SYSTEM

Fri, 03 Oct 2003 16:18:23 GMT

Economic change and market dynamics have fundamentally altered the structure and performance of agricultural markets in the United States, Canada, and Mexico within the last 25 years. Many factors have helped shape the current North American food and fiber system, including technological change, domestic farm policies, international trade agreements, and the economic forces of supply and demand. Ratification of NAFTA, for example, helped spark a surge in trade and investment among the United States, Canada, and Mexico, deepening integration of North American agriculture. In recent years, efforts to further integrate the continental market seem to have slowed. Broadening the scope of NAFTA to include institutional reforms that lead to a more unified system of commercial law, the establishment of common antitrust and regulatory procedures, harmonization of product standards, and increased coordination of domestic farm, market, and macroeconomic policies would deepen market integration and enhance market efficiency and growth within North America.




Extension Events

Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:52:50 GMT

September 24, 2003 Ag Production MeetingParker, AZ. For more information contact Eric Norton enorton@ag.arizona.edu at the La Paz County Cooperative Extension Office (928) 669-9843. September 24, 2003 Horticulture Integrated Pest Management Seminar Pinal County Cooperative Extension Office Cooperative Extension Conference Room, 820 E. Cottonwood Lane, #C, Casa Grande, AZ 85222 3 CEUs Granted For more information contact Lisa at (520) 836-5221, ext 208 lelliott@ag.arizona.edu or Richard D. Gibson gibsonrd@ag.arizona.edu Extension Agent, AG. September 25, 2003 Southwest Issues in Agricultural Labor Maricopa Agricultural Center 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road, Maricopa, AZ 85239 (520) 568-2273. 8:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Trent Teegerstrom, tteegers@ag.arizona.edu Research Specialist, Ag & Resource Economics. September 26, 2003 Southwest Issues in Agricultural Labor Yuma County Cooperative Extension 2200 W. 28th St. Suite 102, Yuma, AZ 85364 928-726-3904. 8:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Trent Teegerstrom, tteegers@ag.arizona.edu Research Specialist, Ag & Resource Economics. October 2, 2003 Annual Crops Field Day Safford Agricultural Center 2134 Montierth Lane, Safford, AZ 85546. 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. For more information contact Lee Clark at (928) 428-2432.



LIVESTOCK, DAIRY, AND POULTRY OUTLOOK

Fri, 19 Sep 2003 15:29:27 GMT

Timely livestock, dairy, and poultry information, focusing on current production, price, and trade statistics for each of the sectors.



FEED OUTLOOK

Fri, 19 Sep 2003 15:26:26 GMT

Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Focuses on corn; also contains information on sorghum, barley, oats, and hay.



USDA ERS magazine September edition

Thu, 18 Sep 2003 18:35:58 GMT

Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS' research and analysis. The magazine covers the economics of agriculture, food and nutrition, the food industry, trade, rural America, and farm-related environmental topics. Available on the Internet and in print, Amber Waves is issued in print five times a year (February, April, June, September, and November). The Internet edition, or "e-zine," includes links to web-only resources.



Arizona Extension Events

Tue, 12 Aug 2003 16:16:04 GMT

***Events coming up: ( http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/counties/all/events.html ) August 13, 2003 Weed Contest & Training (University of AZ) Maricopa Agricultural Center 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road Maricopa, AZ. For more information contact Pat Clay pclay@ag.arizona.edu. August 19, 2003 Pre-Season Vegetable Workshop For more information contact the Yuma County Cooperative Extension Office (928) 726-3904. Mohammed Zerkoune, zerkoune@ag.arizona.edu Extension Agent, Agriculture. August 19, 2003 Ranching With Drought: How to Handle Risk in the Livestock Industry Benson, AZ. For more information contact Kim McReynolds kimm@ag.arizona.edu (520) 384-3594 and/or Dean Fish dfish@ag.arizona.edu (520) 281-2994. August 20, 2003 Hands-on Computer Applications Workshop for Crops Graham County. For more information contact the Graham County Cooperative Extension Office at (928) 428-2611. Randy Norton, rnorton@ag.arizona.edu Extension Agent, Field Crops August 26, 2003 Hands-on Computer Applications Workshop for Crops Parker, AZ.For more information contact the La Paz County Cooperative Extension Office (928) 669-9843. Eric Norton, enorton@ag.arizona.edu Extension Agent, Field Crops. August 27, 2003 Water BMP Program Information Workshop (An Alternative Water Conservation Program for Irrigated Agriculture) Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ. 9:00-11:00 a.m. For more information contact the Arizona Department of Water Resources 1-800-352-8488. August 27-28, 2003 Invasive Weed School (University of AZ) (PDF file, 111KB), 10th Annual Maricopa County Summer Short Course, University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office, 4341 E. Broadway, Phoenix, AZ, 602-470-8086. CEUs offered. Registration will be limited and there will be a fee. For more information contact Kai Umeda (ext. 314) kumeda@ag.arizona.edu or Pat Clay (ext. 313) pclay@ag.arizona.edu.



Arizona Weeds

Tue, 12 Aug 2003 15:55:55 GMT

***The Second Annual Arizona Weed Contest and Training Symposium (see Events below) is taking place at the Maricopa Ag. Center this Wednesday!  This event includes items such as weed identification, herbicide identification by symptom, simulated production problems, and equipment calibration. For more information contact Pat Clay pclay@ag.arizona.edu. 602-470-8806 ext. 313. ***A new Arizona weed photo library has been added to ACIS! You can view it at http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/images/database/weeds/weedphotos.html You can also reach it from the main "Weed" page and any of the crops' weed pages.



MANURE MANAGEMENT FOR WATER QUALITY: COSTS TO ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS OF APPLYING MANURE NUTRIENTS TO LAND

Sun, 22 Jun 2003 01:26:17 GMT

Nutrients from livestock and poultry manure are key sources of water pollution. Ever-growing numbers of animals per farm and per acre have increased the risk of water pollution. New Clean Water Act regulations compel the largest confined animal producers to meet nutrient application standards when applying manure to the land. The additional costs for managing manure have implications for feedgrain producers and consumers as well.



livestock, dairy and poultry outlook monthly USDA ERS report

Sun, 22 Jun 2003 01:18:40 GMT

Milk production, pounded by low milk prices, has seen growth slow considerably. April output in the 20 major States was within 1 percent of a year earlier for the first time since October 2001. However, easing in milk production owed more to very weak growth in milk per cow than to a turnaround in milk cow numbers. A likely recovery in milk per cow probably will offset some of the projected loss of milk cows in coming months.



Imperial Agricultural Briefs -- June 2003 -- Cooperative Extension

Sat, 21 Jun 2003 22:41:05 GMT

INSECTICIDE EFFICACY AGAINST BEET ARMYWORK AND ALFALFA CATERPILLAR ON ALFALFA IN 2002....Eric T. Natwick COMMON DISEASES OF ALFALFA...Thomas A. Turini MELON VINE COLLAPSE; CAUSE AND MANAGEMENT OPTIONS....Thomas A Turini DRINKING WATER FOR LIVESTOCK...Juan N. Guerrero MANAGING CUTTING SCHEDULES FOR STAND LONGEVITY...Herman Meister PARTS PER BILLION, PARTS PER SCHMILLION...Keith S. Mayberry WATER CONSERVATION/LAND FALLOWING -FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...Khaled M. Bali CIMIS REPORT...Khaled M. Bali and Steve Burch



No Common Ground on Agriculture at WTO

Sat, 21 Jun 2003 22:24:42 GMT

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) - Frustrated by inaction, the head of the World Trade Organization said Saturday he hasn't seen the ``political will'' among government ministers to resolve differences over opening international trade on farm products. Three months after they missed a self-imposed deadline to agree on a blueprint for agriculture, the ministers at an informal meeting of World Trade Organization members struggled to find any common ground over the future of trade in agricultural goods.



Talks Collapse on U.S. Efforts to Open Europe to Biotech Food

Fri, 20 Jun 2003 14:23:41 GMT

Talks between the United States and the European Union over opening up Europe to genetically modified foods broke down in Geneva today, the Bush administration announced, heightening trans-Atlantic tensions. American officials said they would soon request that the World Trade Organization convene a panel to hear their case, in an effort to end a ban that farm groups say is depriving agricultural businesses of hundreds of billions of dollars a year.



FED CATTLE RETURNS UP

Thu, 12 Jun 2003 03:05:00 GMT

Cattle feeders have enjoyed several months of profitability.  In fact, through May estimated cattle feeding returns (based on feeding a 750 pound steer) were positive for six consecutive months, the longest positive string since 1999.  Estimated monthly average returns this year have exceeded $50.00 per steer sold in January, February, and May.  Estimated returns will moderate in the summer as fed cattle prices move seasonally lower.  Feeding returns could turn negative this fall depending on how high feeder cattle prices are this summer.  Still, 2003 looks to be a positive return year for most cattle feeders. 



IMPROVED PASTURE AND RANGE

Thu, 12 Jun 2003 03:02:32 GMT

Most major cattle producing regions of the U.S. are not at least a full month into their traditional spring/summer grazing season.  Overall U.S. pasture and range conditions continued to improve compared to a year ago.  However, in some regions pasture and range condition prospects are somewhat uncertain due to limited subsoil moisture reserves.



SOW SLAUGHTER UP, HOG SLAUGHTER DOWN, PRICES UP

Thu, 12 Jun 2003 02:58:39 GMT

Federally Inspected (FI) hog slaughter posted a year-to-year decline in April.  On a monthly basis, that was the first year-to-year decline since November 2002.  FI hog slaughter continued to be below the year prior in May.  In recent weeks, FI sow slaughter has been running just slightly above a year ago, still, relative to the breeding hog inventory reported by USDA-NASS in the quarterly Hogs and Pigs report for May 1, 2003, the slaughter level indicated liquidation of sows but at a rate that is not as high as intended to occur earlier this year.  Slaughter barrow and gilt prices in May were the strongest posted since 2001. 



Cows in condos? Proposal plans large dairy farm

Mon, 09 Jun 2003 21:03:45 GMT

A plan is in the works to build the West's largest cow town, a nearly 2,000-acre gated community in the Mojave Desert where 600 dairy farmers and their families would live alongside about 90,000 cattle.



Cattle industry plans high-tech I.D. system

Mon, 09 Jun 2003 20:23:51 GMT

PIERRE -- Within a couple of years, South Dakota ranchers will be able to stick a computer button in a calf's ear, implant a microchip into its body or take an image of its retina.



In The Cattle Markets by Darrell R. Mark, Ph.D.

Mon, 09 Jun 2003 20:04:32 GMT

Should We Hold Our Breath, Or Breathe A Sigh Of Relief? The events of the past two weeks have many in the cattle business wondering whether they should dare enjoy the soaring live cattle and beef prices or be bracing for the next ?boot? to fall.  The expected seasonal decline in slaughter cattle prices, which would have put prices in the low to mid $70s, has not yet materialized.  In fact, fed cattle are likely to trade at or above $80 this week.  This is noteworthy in that fed cattle prices during the first week of June have only traded above $75 five times in the last thirty years.  Prices have never surpassed $80 during the first week of June.           Both positive supply and demand factors are supporting current high price levels.  Year-to-date beef production is about 1% lower than last year, carcass weights are 3% lighter than a year ago, and feeders are aggressively marketing cattle (year-to-date marketings as a percentage of the cattle on feed inventory are 5.6% higher than last year).  The ban on Canadian beef imports for the past two weeks has also been supportive to U.S. cattle prices.  On the demand side, retail choice and all fresh beef demand was up about 1.3% and 0.9%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2003 compared to first quarter 2002.  Wholesale beef demand was also up 3.7% during the first three months of the year.  Both have remained strong in recent months, and early indications are that the BSE case in Canada has not caused beef demand to falter in the last two weeks.



Weeds

Wed, 04 Jun 2003 15:22:09 GMT

*August 13, 2003 Weed Day (University of AZ) Maricopa Agricultural Center 37860 W. Smith-Enke Road Maricopa, AZ. For more information contact Pat Clay pclay@ag.arizona.edu. *August 27-28, 2003 Invasive Weed School (University of AZ) (PDF file), 10th Annual Maricopa County Summer Short Course, University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office, 4341 E. Broadway, Phoenix, AZ, 602-470-8086. CEUs applied for. Registration will be limited and there will be a fee. For more information contact Kai Umeda (ext. 314) kumeda@ag.arizona.edu or Pat Clay (ext. 313) pclay@ag.arizona.edu. Agenda (PDF file) at: http://ag.arizona.edu/crops/counties/all/meetings/2003/shortcourse082703.pdf



In The Cattle Markets by Darrell R. Mark, Ph.D.

Wed, 07 May 2003 17:34:14 GMT

Imports of beef into the U.S. during February were up about 18% compared to last year, measured on a carcass weight basis.... Beef exports on a carcass weight basis were up 7.4% in February compared to last year and up 11% from two years ago...... Last week, slaughter cattle prices were about steady compared with the week before....