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AgDay Daily Recap -April 25, 2013

April 25, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 25, 2013

 

FLOODING CONTINUES:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A MAJOR SHIPPING ROUTE FOR GRAIN IN THE MIDWEST IS SHUT-DOWN AS FLOODWATER CONTINUES TO POUR OVER ITS BANKS. MEANWHILE, FLOOD FIGHTERS IN CLARKSVILLE MISSOURI ARE STILL BATTLING TO PROTECT THAT SMALL TOWN ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI. MORE RAIN ON TUESDAY WAS THE LAST THING FLOOD FIGHTERS ACROSS THE MIDWEST WANTED TO SEE, ADDING MORE WATER TO SWOLLEN RIVERS THAT ARE NOW EXPECTED TO REMAIN HIGH INTO NEXT MONTH. UNLIKE OTHER TOWNS AND CITIES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI, CLARKSVILLE DOES NOT HAVE A FLOOD WALL OR LEVEE SYSTEM TO PROTECT IT. MAKESHIFT PROTECTION IS THEIR ONLY OPTION.

DAKOTA SNOW:

WHILE THE RIVER LEVELS IN THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ARE STARTING TO GO DOWN, THERE'S STILL CONCERN ABOUT HOW MUCH SNOW IS STILL ON THE GROUND IN THE DAKOTAS. MORE SNOW FELL ON MONDAY. THERE'S FOUR-TO-SIX INCHES OF WET SNOW ON MOST FIELDS IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA. THAT RUN-OFF WILL DUMP INTO THE MISSOURI RIVER, WHICH EVENTUALLY LEADS INTO THE MISSISSIPPI. WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM MANY FARMERS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA TELLING US THEY'RE A LONG WAY OFF FROM FIELD WORK. THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT FOR SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWS ZERO CORN IS PLANTED. IT'S USUALLY ABOUT FOUR PERCENT BY NOW. OATS ARE 20-PERCENT - ABOUT HALF THE NORM. AND SPRING WHEAT IS SIX PERCENT PLANTED. IT'S USUALLY 40-PERCENT BY NOW.

WHEAT DAMAGE:

FREEZING TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IS KEEPING WINTER WHEAT GROWERS ON EDGE. REPORTS OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE ARE STARTING TO EMERGE THROUGHOUT TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS.

CANADA WHEAT:

A TOUGH YEAR FOR WHEAT GROWERS IN THE STATES HAS CANADIAN FARMERS PLANNING A BIG CROP. NEW ESTIMATES SHOW ACRES ARE ESTIMATED TO INCREASE BY MORE THAN 12 PERCENT TO 26 AND A HALF MILLION ACRES. THAT MEANS THEY'LL BE PLANTING LESS BARELY AND CANOLA. MANY GOVERNMENT OFFICALS AND THOSE IN THE TRADE EXPECTED A MUCH SMALLER CROP THAN THIS SURVEY IS PREDICTING. LIKE THE U.S., PLANTING OF SPRING WHEAT IS ALSO GETTING OFF TO A SLOW START IN CANADA.

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