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Commodity Communicator Weekly

June 1, 2012


 Commodity    Date
June 05
 Conference Call  9:00 AM Bruce Tencleve
Horticulture June 05  Conference Call  8:00 PM Bruce Tencleve
Forestry  June 06  Baucum Nursery, Little Rock 10:00 AM Matt King
Beef Cattle  June 07   Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM Travis Justice
Equine June 07   Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM Travis Justice
Poultry June 07  Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM  Bruce Tencleve
Swine June 07   Agora Conf. Center – Conway   9:30 AM  Evan Teague
Rice   June 18  Rice Research & Ext. Center – Stuttgart
10:00 AM   Brandy Carroll
Soybeans June 18   Rice Research & Ext. Center – Stuttgart  10:00 AM   Brandy Carroll
June 18  Rice Research & Ext. Center – Stuttgart  10:00 AM   Matt King
Cotton June 19 
 Conference Call   8:00 AM  Gene Martin
Aquaculture  June 21   Conference Call   1:00 PM  Gene Martin

. . . . .The Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Marketing Service has posted data from the 2010 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary. The 2010 PDP report confirms that food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues.
USDA initiated the PDP in May 1991 to test commodities in the U.S. food supply for pesticide residues. Since passage of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, one of PDP’s focuses has been on testing foods that are most likely consumed by infants and children. AMS partners with cooperating state agencies to collect and analyze pesticide residue levels on selected foods. In implementing the FQPA, EPA uses data from the PDP to enhance its programs for food safety and help evaluate dietary exposure to pesticides.
In 2010, surveys were conducted on a variety of foods including fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, oats, eggs, catfish, baby food, groundwater and treated and untreated drinking water. Similar to previous years, the 2010 report shows that overall pesticide residues found on foods tested are at levels well below the tolerances set by EPA. The report does show that residues exceeding the tolerance were detected in 0.25 percent of the samples tested. For baby food—included for the first time in this report—the data showed that no residues were found that exceeded the tolerance levels. Some residues were found with no established tolerance levels but the extremely low levels of those residues are not a food safety risk, and the presence of such residues does not pose a safety concern.

SYNGENTA SETTLES ATRAZINE LITIGATION. . . . .Syngenta recently reached an agreement in principle to settle lawsuits filed by several community water systems related to the herbicide atrazine. Syngenta acknowledged no liability as part of the settlement.  The settlement does not change the regulatory status of atrazine or its current labeled uses.  Farmers will still be able to use atrazine in accordance with label directions. Details about the settlement are available onlineSyngenta new release     

. . . . .As glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth continues to spread throughout the Mid-South, Southeast, and more recently in the lower Mid-West, there is an increasing need for new or little used herbicide mechanisms of action (MOA) in agronomic crops to help control glyphosate-resistant weeds. Fluridone (trade name Brake®), was evaluated by Eli Lilly in the 1970s. It showed excellent tolerance in cotton but was not tolerated by soybeans or corn - hence, fluridone was never developed for agronomic use, but is marketed for aquatic weed control by SePRO Corporation under the name Sonar®. “Fluridone is a carotenoid biosynthesis inhibitor and this MOA is used very little in cotton,” explains Dr. Robert L. Nichols, Senior Director, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated. Registration of fluridone for use in cotton would help diversify the exposure of weeds to herbicide MOAs. “In December of 2011 and January of this year, Cotton Incorporated, SePRO, the National Cotton Council and the USDA/ARS/OPMP developed a strategy to evaluate fluridone in 2012, predicated on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granting a Section 18 for limited use in cotton,” adds Nichols. The exemption will allow cotton producers to utilize the product on limited acreage for emergency situations involving herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth and, will provide sufficient acres in 2012 to evaluate its current crop safety and potential use in cotton weed management. Thanks to the unified and concerted effort of these organizations, EPA granted the Section 18 for use of fluridone on 1,000 acres of cotton in Arkansas and South Carolina. Due to fluridone’s cost in aquatic weed control, weed scientists have raised concerns about the product’s price. At a possible use rate of 0.2 lb a.i./acre, the per acre cost would be approximately $38 an acre. “While this is expensive, fluridone may have exceptional efficacy as a pre-emergence herbicide,” adds Nichols. Herbicide costs in cotton are presently about $60-$70/acre plus $30 in tech fees. Fluridone might replace approximately half such costs, and diversify the MOAs used in cotton. “Future weed management costs might be reduced with further optimization of programs using fluridone,” concludes Nichols. Cotton Newsletter
SMITH EXPLAINS HOW TO WIN 'BATTLE OF THE TURNROWS'. . . . .University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Weed Scientist Ken Smith says the war against herbicide-resistant pigweed needs to include turnrows and ditches. He gives his battle plan in this new video:

4-STATE DAIRY DAYS . . . . .The 4-State Dairy Days will be June 14-16 at the Benton County fairgrounds in Bentonville, Ark.  Events will include a ‘Skill-A-Thon’, ‘Quiz Bowl’, and ‘Dairy Judging’.  A Dairy Camp will also be June 14 & 15 before the Dairy Days events take place. For more information, please contact Tim Crawley at 479-524-2893 or

CELLULOSIC ETHANOL RAMPS UP. . . . .An 80-acre field of stover stacked six bales high will be required to feed DuPont’s 28-million-gallon cellulosic ethanol plant.   Dairy producers buying feed and competing for land have little good to say about ethanol made from corn.  There may be a glimmer of relief on the horizon as two commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants rise from the Iowa prairie and become operational next year.  These plants alone won’t replace the 5 million bushels of corn now flowing into ethanol plants.  But they could produce 16 billion gallons of ethanol by the end of the decade. "Once we get the first plants going, we’ll be able to ramp up quickly," says John Pieper, director of cellulosic ethanol development for DuPont Industrial Biosciences.  "We can make a lot of ethanol out of corn stover, and anything we do will take the pressure off of grain."  Poet Ethanol Products and its Dutch partner, Royal DSM, broke ground on a 25-million-gallon cellulosic plant at Emmetsburg, Iowa, earlier this year.  DuPont, parent of Pioneer Hi-Bred, hopes to build a 28-million-gallon plant near Nevada, Iowa, later this year. The cellulosic conversion process has proven itself in smaller pilot plants.  DuPont produced 250,000 gal. of cellulosic ethanol from corn stover last year in its Vonore, Tenn., demonstration plant. As corn yields increase, so do stover yields.  A 210 bu. per acre crop yields 5 tons per acre, and a 295 bu. per acre crop yields 7 tons per acre. "More than 4 tons per acre becomes a challenge to manage, and right now tillage is the only means to deal with it," Heggenstaller says.  Removing some of the stover means the soil warms up sooner in spring, seed placement is more uniform, less nitrogen is immobilized, fewer insect pests and corn pathogens survive winter, and the amount of tillage can be reduced.

CORN WEBINAR THURSDAY AT 11:00 AM. . . . .Recordings of the weekly corn producer webinars are available online at  The first two webinars covered fertilizer timing, nutrient deficiencies, insect threats and more.  The series will continue throughout the growing season on Thursdays at 11a.m.  To join the conference, follow the instructions below:

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OIE ADOPTS LIVESTOCK WELFARE STANDARDS. . . . .The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) adopted new general guidelines for animal welfare in livestock production and wording on the welfare of cattle bred for meat. The new guidelines contain criteria and indicators to measure the welfare of beef cattle, nutrition of feed, lighting for cattle that do not have access to natural light, bedding and other aspects of cattle breeding conditions, the organization said. The OIE also decided on new texts regarding responsible use of antibiotics in food animals.

MISSOURI PASSES AG-GAG BILL. . . . .The Missouri Senate has become the latest to pass bill SB 631, which prohibits taking photographs or videos on farms without permission. The law also requires witnesses who possess evidence of animal abuse report it to the law within 24 hours. (

. . . . .The Rhode Island Senate has voted to give animals a court advocate in cases in which the welfare of an animal is involved.  The RI Senate approved the legislation earlier this week. It now moves to the House, which is already considering its own version of the bill.  It would allow a state veterinarian or a representative of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to act as a court advocate in animal abuse or neglect cases.

SMALL DAIRIES GO UNDER AS MILK PRICES SINK AGAIN . . . The MacLaren brothers are third-generation dairy farmers, but they will likely be the last in their family. After working all their lives on the hillside farm in Vermont that their grandfather bought in 1939, rising to milk cows at 3 a.m., even in blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, they decided to call it quits, auctioning off their roughly 200 cows and equipment ranging from stalls and hoof trimmers to tractors and steel pails. The sale marked the end of the last dairy farm in Plainfield — a small town that once had several dozen — and the 14th dairy farm to go out of business in Vermont this year. A few small dairies have opened, but overall, the number of farms continues to drop in a state long known for its milk and cheese. Farmers say they can't make ends meet when milk prices are low and feed and fuel costs keep going up. (Excerpt from the Associated Press)

To read the entire article, click on the following link: CNBC - Small Dairies Struggle.       

. . . The Arkansas Pollution Control & Ecology Commission, the governing body that oversees the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, adopted two changes to Regulation 5 at its last commission meeting. The first change provides an exemption from Regulation 5 permit requirements if you are operating under NPDES CAFO permit. The second change removed the continuing education requirements from waste management plan.

. . . Poultry Partners is hosting an informational meeting concerning the recent court settlement as it relates to poultry litter applications in the Lake Eucha watershed in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Speakers will be Jim Reese, Secretary of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and Dr. Andrew Sharpley, Professor of Crops, Soil & Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The meeting time and location is as follows:

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.
429 South 9th Street (Jay Community Center)
Jay, Oklahoma

All poultry growers and land/cattle owners are encouraged to attend. You will be able to ask questions and comment on how this agreement will affect you and your agriculture operation. For more information, call Bev Saunders at 918-326-0325.

To view the press release, click on the following link: Poultry Partners - Lake Eucha Settlement

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