USDA SAYS HALF THE U.S. CORN CROP IS POOR OR VERY POOR.

nina | August 10th, 2012 - 9:00 am

USDA reported 59 percent of the nation’s pastures were in poor or very poor condition in the week ended Aug 5, compared to 57 percent a week ago and 38 percent at this time last year. 

It rated just 16 percent of U.S. pastures in good or very good condition, down from 17 percent a week ago and compared to 39 percent at this time last year.

 
Corn
In its weekly Crop Progress report, USDA increased its estimate of corn fields in poor or very poor condition to 50 percent from 48 percent a week before and just 16 percent this time last year. The agency reduced its estimate of cornfields in good or excellent condition to 23 percent from 24 percent a week ago and 61 percent at this time last year.

Soybeans
U.S. soybean fields also continued to show signs of stress. USDA rated 39 percent of the soybean crop in major producing states in poor or very poor condition, up from 37 percent a week ago and compared to just 13 percent at this time last year.

The agency maintained its estimate of soybean fields in good or excellent condition at 29 percent, compared to 61 percent at this time last year.

Already 71 percent of the soybean crop has advanced to the critical pod-setting stage, up from 55 percent a week ago. The five-year average for this time of year is 53 percent.

meatingplace.com, 8.7.12

WASHINGTON STATES LARGEST FRESH-MARKET APPLE CROP.

nina | August 9th, 2012 - 9:00 am

Despite the hail that put a dent in the 2012 Washington apple crop, it is still on track to be one of the largest fresh-market crops in the state’s history.
 

About 109 million boxes are expected to ship from Washington this season, according to an Aug. 7 estimate from the Yakima, Wash.-based Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association and the Wenatchee, Wash.-based Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association.

Because of a July 20 hailstorm, that’s down from previous estimates of about 120 million cartons. But 109 million boxes should still be enough to make up for some of the damage suffered by apple growers east of the Mississippi.

Nevertheless, overall U.S. fresh-market volumes will still be down, thanks to huge losses in Michigan and elsewhere.

All of this should translate into strong demand and pricing for Washington’s apple industry.

The Aug. 7 estimate could change by several million boxes in either direction as the season progresses.

The Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association will release its estimate Aug. 17.

Source:  Packer.com 8.7.12

NATIONAL PRICE OF GASOLINE.

nina | August 8th, 2012 - 9:00 am

National Price of Gasoline.
The latest national price of gasoline rose $0.014 compared with the previous week, and the current price is $0.203 less than it was a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The national price of diesel rose $0.013 compared with the previous week, and is $0.141 less than last year’s figure.

Based on IFDA’s formula that a penny increase in the price of fuel translates into $1 million of additional expenses for the entire industry, this week distributors are paying $1.4 million more for gasoline and $1.3 million more for diesel than last week.

RECIPES FROM GOVERNOR O’MALLEY’S “GO LOCAL” EVENT IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND.

nina | August 3rd, 2012 - 9:00 am

These two recipes were prepared by Saval’s own Chef Bryan Bernstein for the Governor’s “Go Local” Event in Annapolis, Maryland on July 19, 2012. CORNMEAL DUSTED FRIED OYSTERS Ingredients: Dry: 1 cup Corn Flour 1 cup Corn Meal 1 cup All Purpose Flour 1 1/2 TBS Salt 1 TBS Pepper 1 tsp Cayenne 1 tsp Thyme […]

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