AgDay Daily Recap -October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

OCTOBER 24, 2013

 

WASHINGTON WRDA:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER YEARS OF DROWNING IN GOVERNMENTAL RED-TAPE, IT APPEARS FUNDING TO FIX AGING LOCKS AND DAMS COULD GET A LIFE PRESERVER.

FARM BILL CONFERENCE:

THE FIRST CONFERENCE MEETING ON A NEW FARM BILL WILL HAPPEN NEXT WEEK. CONFERENCE CHAIR FRANK LUCAS SAYS THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEDNESDAY AT ONE P.M. ONCE THE CONFERENCE APPROVES A FINAL BILL EACH RESPECTIVE CHAMBER WILL VOTE ON THE LEGISLATION. IF PASSED IT WILL HEAD TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE.     

SUNFLOWER SNOW:

MANY AREAS OF NORTH DAKOTA ARE INCHING VERY CLOSE TO SETTING RAINFALL RECORDS FOR 2013. AND THE TIMING COULDN'T BE WORSE AS FARMERS STRUGGLE TO BRING IN THEIR SUNFLOWER AND SOYBEAN CROPS.
CLIFF NAYLOR HAS DETAILS.

SUNFLOWER:

THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS JUST FIVE PERCENT OF THE NORTH DAKOTA SUNFLOWER CROP IS HARVESTED. IT'S USUALLY ABOUT A THIRD. SOUTH DAKOTA IS ALSO BEHIND, AS IS COLORADO. BUT KANASAS IS RUNNING AHEAD OF AVERAGE. OVERALL, THE HARVEST IS 20 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE.

CROP WATCH:

WEATHER MAY HAVE SLOWED HARVEST IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY BUT NOT EVERYWHERE. OUR OWN METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH. MIKE GOODMORNING.
TEXAS VS NEBRASKA CATTLE:

AS THE MOISTURE SITUATION CONTINUES TO IMPROVE IN PORTIONS OF THE CORN BELT AND PLAINS, MUCH OF TEXAS STILL REMAINS IN SOME TYPE OF DROUGHT. AND MANY PROJECTIONS SAY THE REBUILDING PROCESS WILL BE SLOW.

PURDUE CATTLE FUTURES:

MEANWHILE, PURDUE ECONOMIST CHRIS HURT SAYS THE RECENT SURGE IN CATTLE PRICES COULD CONTINUE THROUGH THE UPCOMING MONTHS. HE SAYS A COMBINATION OF TIGHT SUPPLIES AND NOW STRONG DEMAND FOR THOSE WANTING TO REBUILD HERD NUMBERS, IS PROVIDING STRENGTH TO CATTLE FUTURES. HURT THINKS DOWNSIZING WILL CONTINUE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR DUE TO HIGH CATTLE PRICES AND AGRESSIVE BIDDING BY FEEDLOTS AND PACKERS.

PASTURE AND RANGE:

MEANWHILE COOLER WEATHER IS BLANKETING THE MIDWEST THIS WEEK, BRING WITH IT THE FIRST HARD FREEZE FOR MANY PLACES. WITH IT COMES THE END OF THE GRASS GROWING SEASON.

ANALYSIS:

CATTLE FUTURES CONTRACTS WERE MOSTLY LOWER WEDNESDAY AFTER A STRONGER DAY IN GRAINS. THAT SAID, RIGHT NOW ALL SIGNS POINT TO BULLISH CATTLE MARKET IN THE MONTHS TO COME. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL HAS MORE FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK

AG CAREERS:

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THERE'S INCREASING INTEREST IN FOOD PRODUCTION, THE GREEN INDUSTRY, AND THE ECONOMICS TIED TO THESE FIELDS. iN OTHER WORDS - CAREERS IN AGRICULTURE. SOME TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARNED ABOUT JOB POSSIBILITIES HERE IN A RECENT PROGRAM. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY REPORTS ON WAYS TO MAKE A LIVING ON - AND OFF - THE FARM.

FUEL UP FOR FOOTBALL:

THE CLEVELAND BROWNS AND CINCINNATI BENALS MAY BE RIVALS ON THE FIELD, BUT THEY ARE JOINING FORCES IN AN UNLIKELY PLACE - THE KITCHEN.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
      
                                
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