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DOANE: Cotton Comment 

Audio: Cotton Conference Call - Ag Marketing Network panel discusses latest USDA report, possible market direction 11-12

Southeast Cotton Harvest Reports: Some progress, but Ida is a concern 11-12

Delta Cotton Harvest Reports: Struggling To Finish The 2009 Crop 11-12

Closing Cotton: Closes Lower in Heavy Dealings 11-12

Closing Grain: Impressive Session for Soybeans 11-12

Closing Rice: Recent Gains Firmed 11-12

U.S. Diesel Fuel Cost Survey 11-12

U.S. Stock Market News 11-12

Texas: Cotton Grower Happy with Average Crops 11-12

Harvest Conditions Need Careful Drying 11-12

Kansas: K-State Scientist Reviews Options for Late-Planted Wheat 11-12

Midday Grain: Soybeans Stronger 11-12

Midday Livestock: Cattle Futures on Defensive at Midday, Pressured by Lower Feedlot Cash  11-12

Linn Corn Commentary: Strikes Again 11-12

Linn Wheat Commentary: Ended Higher 11-12

Linn Soybean Commentary: Drift Higher 11-12

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshops Set for January in Beloit, Hiawatha 11-12

The Pain of Technology Adoption 11-12

Opening Cotton: Extends Sharp Midweek Downturn 11-12

Opening Grains: All Lower Overnight 11-12

Opening Livestock: Lean Hogs Likely to Open Lower 11-12

K. Good's Farm Policy: Climate Issues and Agriculture; Food Security; and Food Safety 11-12

Virginia Cotton: Harvest, Lint Quality and Yield  11-11

Closing Livestock: Cattle Futures Plunge Lower in The Face of Faltering Feedlot Sales 11-11

Arkansas: Clock Ticking for Wheat Growers 11-11

Georgia: Volatile October Sets Record Temps 11-11

New Tech Tractors that Talk 11-11

Farmers' Program, Industry's Gain 11-11

Resistant Weeds in the Future: Harder to Kill in Soybeans, Rice, Corn, Wheat 11-11

Kentucky Producer Wraps Season Up 11-11

Texas: Subsurface Drip Irrigation - If it works here, it will work anywhere 11-11

Georgia Pecans: Moderate deliveries, export interest widens 11-10

Midsouth Pecans: Very light farmer deliveries, slow but steady demand 11-10

Peanuts: USDA reduces 2009 crop estimate by 1%, sees 30% drop from 2008 11-10

Georgia: New Systems Help Water Applications 11-10

Mississippi: Harvest Rains Hurt Crops 11-10

USDA Reports Preview 11-10

Iowa Farmer Sees Crop Rotation Working 11-10

Pesticide Levels Decline in Corn Belt Rivers 11-10

Wet ethanol production process yields more ethanol and more co-products 11-10

Brazil Readies Cotton Retaliation Against U.S. 11-10

Shortage of Dairy-Quality Hay 11-10

Arkansas: Sun Powers Harvest Progress 11-9

Fruit and Vegetables from STAT

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Sugar, U.S. Nut Markets

Upcoming Events:

(FD: field day; SS: scout schools)

Kansas State University Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking Program (MAST), November 16-17. 

Mississippi: Delta Area Rice Meeting and Dinner, November 19 at 6 p.m., Bolivar County Extension Auditorium, Cleveland.

Texas: Agrilife conducts public training on: prescribed burning; comparison of wheat, oats and triticale; herbicide application equipment, November 19,Schleicher County Civic Center, located just south of Eldorado.

Texas High Plains Ag Conference, December 2, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock. Contact Scott at 806-775-1680, or

Texas 21st Annual Plant Protection Assn. Conference "Application of Agricultural Technology and Management for Changing Times", December 2 & 3, Brazos Center, Bryan.

California: Using Blue Bees In California Almonds, December 7, Masonic Family Center, Chico.

California: Using Blue Bees In California Almonds, December 8, UCCE Stanislaus County Office, Modesto.

Mississippi 2009 Row Crop Short Course, December 7-9, 10 am, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Registration Form.

Alabama Precision Agriculture and Field Crops Conference, December 8, 8 am, Wind Creek Hotel, Atmore.

California: Almond Industry Conference, Dec. 9-10, Modesto.

2009 USA Rice Outlook Conference, December 9-11, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans. For more information, contact Jeanette Davis,

2010 National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 4-7. New Orleans Marriott Hotel and Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference
Tunica, MS - Jan. 12-13.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

North Carolina Southern Cotton Growers/Southeastern Cotton Ginners Annual Meeting, Jan. 20-23, 2 pm, The Westin, Charlotte.

Louisiana 2010 Agricultural Outlook Conference: “Keeping
Louisiana Agriculture Competitive,"
Jan. 21, State Evacuation Facility, LSU AgCenter's Dean Lee REC, Alexandria.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

Louisiana: 75th Annual Livestock Show Feb. 13-20. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales.

RTWG (Rice Technical Working Group) 33rd Conference, Feb. 22-25, Biloxi, MS.

To list an event, contact Owen Taylor




Harvest is a 24/7 Affair

AgFax.Com - Your Online Ag News Source

By Mary Hightower

HARRISBURG (November 4) – After a month of watching promising crops succumb
to fungus and other ills caused by record rainfall, Arkansas farmers
were running combines and pickers full tilt this week to reap what’s
left in the fields before the next rain falls.

“As long as the weather holds, guys will be going 24/7,” Jeremy
Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas
Division of Agriculture, said Wednesday. “They were harvesting around
my house last night ‘til around 9 p.m.”

The combines are equipped with an array of lights to cut through the
rural dark—an eerie sight.

“If they could fly, some might think it was a UFO,” Ross said.

The mud harvest is having another side effect: “There is a rotten
ground or sour smell in fields that some describe as ‘hogpen
smell’,” said Don Plunkett, Jefferson County extension staff
chair for the U of A Division of Agriculture. The smell is due to
anaerobic bacteria at work in the soaked soil.

Meanwhile, Gov. Beebe announced Wednesday that USDA is making disaster
assistance available to Arkansas farmers in six additional counties:
Johnson, Logan, Newton, Ouachita, Scott and Searcy. Eligibility for
emergency low-interest loans continues for farmers in 54 other counties.

Ross said that while visiting northeastern Arkansas on Tuesday, he saw
lots of combines and pickers in the fields.

“Only saw one stuck in the mud,” he said, adding that several
low-lying fields still had standing water in the middle and many of
the ditches and rivers were still full.

For all their effort, some growers may see precious little.  Cotton
growers have seen hard-locked bolls, sprouts in the bolls, boll rot,
discoloration and other conditions that, in some cases, have nearly
halved their yields to 700 or 800 pounds of lint per acre.

Soybean growers who had great stands in September, are now harvesting
beans damaged by fungus, germination, split pods and other problems that
will cut deeply into the per-bushel price.  In southeastern Arkansas,
some growers were lucky to get $3 a bushel when non-discounted prices
were running around $10.

One Prairie County grower alone lost 3,000 acres of soybeans, said
Brent Griffin, Prairie County extension staff chair for the U of A
Division of Agriculture, adding that the grower was able to salvage his
rice. Ironically, the grower’s flooded fields are proving a boon to

“Ducks are already hitting the fields feeding in an area that has
some of the best hunting in Arkansas,” he said. Duck season in
Arkansas runs Nov. 21-29, Dec. 10-23, and Dec. 26, 2009-Jan. 31, 2010.

Corn growers, who also had a good-looking crop in September, are faced
with plants that have lodged as stalks weakened in the humidity.

One of the saving graces in corn “is that they’re propped up and
not laying in the water,” Plunkett said. Another is that some of the
ears are bottoms up, allowing the shuck to shed rain like an umbrella,
instead of allowing water to pool next to the ear, he said.

Dew can cut into the farmers’ 24/7 harvest ambitions.

“As night comes on the dew begins to settle onto soybean hulls, rice
heads and cotton,” Plunkett said. “Once cotton lint gets moist from
dew picking has to stop. If soybean or rice gets too moist harvest might
stop as well due to higher moisture levels.”

Beyond the harvest, there is anxiety about the future for some farmers.

 “Some growers expect to go out of business in this region, based on
the heavy damage to their soybean and cotton crops,” Ross said.

With the pickers running long hours and filling trucks, elevators
typically offer extended hours during harvest, “but 24/7 service would
only be an emergency measure,” said Scott Stiles, extension
economist-risk management, for the U of A Division of Agriculture.

Some elevators at Memphis, Tenn., and Helena-West Helena, were keeping
long hours too, receiving trucks from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and offering
moisture tests of samples until 10 p.m.

“Given the current circumstance, I’m pretty sure most elevators are
open on the weekends if weather permits harvest,” Stiles said.

“They will try to accommodate the farmers.”

Farmers are keeping their eyes on the weather and river forecasts.
According to the National Weather Service at North Little Rock, the next
chance for rain is Monday.

The National Weather Service said flood warnings were continuing along
the White and Cache rivers.  The Cache River is slowing declining, but
even at Monday’s forecast level of 10.6 feet at Patterson, it’s
still well above the 8-foot flood stage.  The White at Newport is
expected to decline to 26.2 feet on Monday, just inches above the flood
stage.  The White at Clarendon, however, was expected to rise to 30.5
feet on Monday, still well above the 26-foot flood stage.
In southeastern Arkansas, where many of the state’s waterways drain
en route to the Mississippi, farmers faced a longer wait for dry

“It all comes this way,” Plunkett said.