Archive for November 26, 2008

National Agricultural Summary 11/17 – 11/23/2008

Corn: The Corn Belt remained mostly dry and cold. By week’s end, 89 percent of the corn acreage was harvested, 10 points behind last year and 8 points behind the 5-year average. Harvest was complete in the Southeast and Tennessee Valley, and was nearly complete in the Ohio Valley. However, in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, harvest remained 10 or more points behind the usual pace. Major delays were evident in North Dakota and South Dakota, as producers were reaping their crop 40 and 22 points behind the average, respectively.

Winter Wheat: Emergence of winter wheat had occurred on 92 percent of the acreage, 4 points ahead of last year and 1 point ahead of the 5-year average. Emergence was complete in Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota. In California, Missouri, North Carolina, and Oregon, one-tenth or more of the acreage emerged during the week. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the winter wheat was rated in good to excellent condition, a 1-point decline from the previous week.

Cotton: Nationally, 73 percent of the cotton acreage was harvested, 7 points behind last year and 3 points behind the 5-year average. Harvest was complete in Arkansas and Missouri, but was 10 or more points behind in California, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Elsewhere, harvest was within 7 points of the usual pace.

Sorghum: By November 23, producers had harvested 88 percent of the sorghum crop, 10 points behind last year and 3 points behind the 5-year average. Harvest was complete in the Delta and nearly complete in New Mexico. Meanwhile, producers in Nebraska and Oklahoma were harvesting 21 and 14 points behind the average pace, respectively.

Other Crops: Sunflower harvest was 85 percent complete, 13 points behind last year and 12 points behind the 5-year average. Harvest was delayed when compared with the normal pace in all producing States, and was farthest behind in South Dakota.

Source:  USDA.

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Multiple Simultaneous Terror Attacks in City of Mumbai, Hostages Taken, Multiple Casualities, Fight Ongoing

Wonder if it’s Al Qaeda or ISI? This looks to be a major terrorist attack with British and American tourists targeted for hostage taking.

Read Times of India and Ace of Spades for more coverage. Watch Fox News and CNN for further coverage.

It could and probably will also happen again here.

MUMBAI: Two terrorists carrying guns tonight took 15 people, half of them foreigners, hostage on the roof of the luxury Taj Hotel, one of the hostages who managed to escape said.

Two youths in their 20s came to the restaurant of the hotel and took 15 people to the roof of the hotel, Rakesh Patel, a businessman from London who lives in Hong Kong, told a TV channel giving the first eyewitness account of what happened in the five-star hotel in South Mumbai.

“The two young boys came to the restaurant and took us upstairs. We were taken to the 18th floor from where we escaped”, he said.

Replying to a question, Patel said the terrorists wanted to know if any one of the hostages was carrying American and British passports.

They clearly wanted foreigners, he added.

ATS (anti-terrorism squad) chief Hemant Karkare was killed in Mumbai. Additional Commissioner Ashok Tampte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar died at attack in Metro Cinema.

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Some Cancers May Just Go Away on Their Own

Don’t take my word for it! Read the review in the New York Times about a study being published in The Archives of Internal Medicine.

How do you know if your cancer will just go away or kill you? That’s the question they haven’t figured out the answer to as yet.

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If Temperatures Are Adjusted for the ENSO and AMO, What’s Left?

Read all about the CO2 driven global warming that isn’t at Watts Up With That.

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