Rural Wrap-Up: Five things you missed last week
Here are five things you missed last week, from Hurricane Ian to a fisherman catching a record-breaking state fish.
1. Hurricane Ian devastated some of Florida’s crops
The Palm Beach County Commissioner posted a video on Twitter showing major losses to corn, beans, and vegetables.
The Farm Bureau said the storm sliced through the state’s citrus and cattle regions with trees knocking down fences.
Right now, ranchers are not really able to account for cattle because the water is high.
2. Renewable diesel could help turbo-charge biofuel growth
U.S. production is projected to increase six-fold by 2030 to 6.5 billion gallons annually.
CoBank Economist, Ken Zuckerberg said two factors are driving the market: the desire for farmers and oil companies to participate in climate-smart fuel development movement and supportive government policy.
3. People are not drinking plant-based drinks as much
The National Milk Producers Federation said plant-based drink sales are down because of consumer behavior changes.
Alan Bjerga said he is not surprised.
“They’re cannibalizing their own audience now. These are all the indications of a maturing market and that image of the scrappy upstart just no longer holds,” said Bjerga.
4. Ukrainian farmers are putting their extra corn to good use
Ukrainian farmers will harvest more corn than they can use domestically this year.
Ukraine is the world’s fifth largest producer of corn, but their domestic consumption is rather low - 230 million bushels per year.
Some producers are preparing to leave corn in the field for wintering - this entails the risk of crop failure and pests. A small portion of producers are also considering burning corn.
5. Tennessee fisherman caught a “Cumberland River Monster”
Micka Burkhart pulled to the surface a monster catch. With a 30-pound test line, he was able to bring in a 118-pound 7-ounce blue catfish. It also measured 54 inches long with a 41-inch girth. The battle took roughly 45 minutes.
Pending review, he may have a new Tennessee record.