AgDay Daily Recap -April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 21, 2014

 

NOAA WEATHER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THIS COULD BE A BIG WEEK FOR FARMERS ANXIOUS TO GET PLANTING ON THEIR SPRING CROPS.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

THE NEW DROUGHT MONITOR REFLECTS IMPROVEMENT IN THE CORN BELT, WHILE THE DROUGHT CONTINUES TO INTENSIFY IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. SNOW AND RAIN LAST WEEK HELPED IMPROVE DROUGHT CONDITIONS FROM EASTERN IOWA INTO WISCONSIN. BUT MUCH OF THE STATE IS STILL VERY DRY. THE MONITOR ALSO SHOWS DROUGHT INTENSITY INCREASED TO D3 OVER CENTRAL KANSAS WHILE D2 WAS EXPANDED INTO MORE OF EASTERN KANSAS.

SOUTHERN CROP DAMAGE:

IN THE SOUTHEAST, FRUIT FARMERS ARE STILL ASSESSING DAMAGE FROM LAST WEEK'S COLD SNAP. IT APPEARS THE PEACH CROP - ESPECIALLY IN TENNESSEE- TOOK A REAL BEATING.

PALM TREES:

PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE HAVE LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF PALMS, CITRUS TREES AND OTHER NON-NATIVE PLANTS BECAUSE OF THE INCREDIBLY HARSH WINTER IN THAT AREA. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THIS WINTER, TEMPERATURES IN THIS PART OF FLORIDA DIPPED INTO THE 20'S. THAT'S JUST TOO COLD FOR TREES AND PLANTS DESIGNED TO THRIVE IN TROPICAL CONDITIONS. NOT ALL OF THE TREES WERE LOST. ARBORISTS SAY DEPENDING ON HOW ESTABLISHED THE TREES ARE, THEY COULD GROW-BACK THEIR PALMS.

CROP WATCH:

FARMERS IN PARTS OF MINNESOTA GOT A BIG BLAST OF WINTER. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

IMMIGRATION UPDATE:

THE IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION CONTINUES TO HEAT UP. PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKING CALLS TO GOP MAJORITY LEADER, ERIC CANTOR. MEANWHILE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI HAS PUT OUT A LIST OF 30 HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHE'S HOPING TO TARGET FOR SUPPORT OF A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION PACKAGE.

MOUNTAIN WATER:

MARCH STORMS INCREASED SNOWPACK IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE WEST BUT DIDN'T PROVIDE MUCH RELIEF FOR THE DRY SOUTHERN HALF, ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S NATIONAL WATER AND CLIMATE CENTER (NWCC) IN ITS APRIL 2014 WATER SUPPLY FORECAST. ACCORDING TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), MOST OF IDAHO, MONTANA, WYOMING, AND NORTHERN PARTS OF COLORADO AND UTAH ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE NEAR NORMAL OR ABOVE NORMAL WATER SUPPLIES, ACCORDING TO THE FORECAST. FAR BELOW NORMAL STREAMFLOW IS EXPECTED FOR SOUTHERN OREGON, CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, SOUTHERN UTAH AND WESTERN NEVADA. EARLY APRIL IS COMMONLY REGARDED AS THE TRANSITION FROM SNOW ACCUMULATION TO SNOWMELT, MAKING THE APRIL 1 WATER SUPPLY FORECAST OF KEY IMPORTANCE FOR PLANNING, ACCORDING TO NWCC HYDROLOGIST CARA MCCARTHY. "MANY WATER MANAGERS, RESERVOIR OPERATORS, IRRIGATION DISTRICTS AND HYDROELECTRIC POWER COMPANIES MAKE SIGNIFICANT STRATEGIC DECISIONS BASED ON THE APRIL FORECASTS," MCCARTHY SAID. IN STATES WHERE SNOWMELT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE SEASONAL WATER SUPPLY, INFORMATION ABOUT SNOWPACK SERVES AS AN INDICATOR OF FUTURE WATER SUPPLY. STREAMFLOW IN THE WEST CONSISTS LARGELY OF ACCUMULATED MOUNTAIN SNOW THAT MELTS AND FLOWS INTO STREAMS AS TEMPERATURES WARM. NRCS SCIENTISTS ANALYZE THE SNOWPACK, AIR TEMPERATURE, SOIL MOISTURE AND OTHER MEASUREMENTS TAKEN FROM REMOTE SITES TO DEVELOP THE WATER SUPPLY FORECASTS. FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE MONTH, MANY SNOW TELEMETRY, OR SNOTEL, SITES IN MONTANA, WYOMING, AND PARTS OF IDAHO, WASHINGTON, AND OREGON RECEIVED TWO TO THREE TIMES THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION. THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS IN WASHINGTON WENT FROM EXTREMELY DRY IN JANUARY TO A NORMAL SNOWPACK CURRENTLY AND MONTANA AND WYOMING SNOWPACK IS NOW AT RECORD LEVELS. "THERE'S FLOODING POTENTIAL IN THE MISSOURI RIVER BASIN," MCCARTHY SAID. "THESE AREAS WILL BE MOST VULNERABLE IF SNOW MELTS RAPIDLY DURING A HOT SPELL, OR IF THERE'S EXTREME RAIN WHILE THE STREAMS ARE SWOLLEN WITH SNOWMELT." NRCS' STREAMFLOW FORECASTS ARE ONE OF THE TOOLS USED TO ASSESS DROUGHT CONDITIONS. USDA IS PARTNERING WITH WESTERN STATES TO HELP MITIGATE THE SEVERE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT ON AGRICULTURE. SINCE 1939, NRCS HAS CONDUCTED SNOW SURVEYS AND ISSUED REGULAR WATER SUPPLY FORECASTS. SINCE THE LATE 1970S, NRCS HAS BEEN INSTALLING, OPERATING AND MAINTAINING AN EXTENSIVE, HIGH-ELEVATION AUTOMATED SYSTEM CALLED SNOTEL, DESIGNED TO COLLECT SNOWPACK AND RELATED CLIMATIC DATA IN THE WESTERN U.S. AND ALASKA. THE CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND FORECAST WATER SUPPLIES FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. VIEW THE APRIL SNOW SURVEY AND WATER SUPPLY FORECAST MAP OR VIEW INFORMATION BY STATE. AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW NRCS IS HELPING PRIVATE LANDOWNERS DEAL WITH DROUGHT, VISIT NRCS' DROUGHT RESOURCES. YOU CAN ALSO VISIT USDA'S DISASTER AND DROUGHT INFORMATION PAGE. - SEE MORE AT: HTTP://BLOGS.USDA.GOV/2014/04/14/WATER-SUPPLY-FORECAST-SHOWS-RECORD-SNOW-IN-NORTHERN-PARTS-OF-WEST-PARCHED-IN-SOUTHWEST/#STHASH.ZFBX1HKW.DPUF

RURAL MAINSTREET:

IN AGRIBUSINESS THE LATEST RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX IS OUT FROM CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY.

REGULATION COUNT:

AS FAR AS REGULATIONS, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS 2013 SET A NEW RECORD FOR REGULATIONS. THE FEDERAL REGISTER PUBLISHING MORE THAN 26-THOUSAND PAGES COVERING 3-THOUSAND 659 FINAL RULES. THERE ARE ALSO MORE THAN 25-HUNDRED PROPOSED RULES SITTING IN THE REGISTER WAITING TO BE FINALIZED. NEW ESTIMATES PUT THE OVERALL COST OF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND ITS ECONOMIC IMPACT IS ABOUT $1.9 TRILLION ANNUALLY. THAT'S ROUGHLY THE ANNUAL GDP OF AUSTRALIA, CANADA OR ITALY.

ANALYSIS:

ITS NOT REGULATIONS BUT WEATHER THAT'S THE BIG HOLD UP FOR MANY FARMERS THIS SPRING. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL JOINS US WITH A LOOK AT PLANTING, WHERE IT STANDS, AND WHY IT MAY BE AS IMPORTANT AS EVER THIS YEAR.

MACHINERY PETE:

IT'S MONDAY MORNING AND MACHINERY PETE IS HERE TO HELP CUT-OUT SOME OF THE HOMEWORK WHEN IT COMES TO USED EQUIPMENT, PETE.

INSECT GUY:

WHEN YOU GO CAMPING AT A STATE PARK, YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN THE WARNING SIGNS ABOUT HAULING "OUT OF STATE" WOOD TO THE CAMPGROUND. THERE'S AN IMPORTANT REASON FOR THAT.  VORACIOUS PREDATORS CAN RIDE ALONG INSIDE THE WOOD AND SPREAD TO OTHER REGIONS. IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, THERE'S A HUGE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW WITH A PEST THAT'S KILLING OAK TREES.  IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, RESEARCHER MARK HODDLE TELLS US ABOUT BATTLING BUGS.

GMO LABELING:

THE GENETICALY MODIFIED FOOD LABELING BATTLE CONTINUES TO HEAT UP. WHILE MANY AG GROUPS ARE NOW PUSHING FOR A FEDERAL--STANDARDIZED LABEL. SEVERAL STATES ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THEIR OWN LEGISLATION.

TURKEY TULIPS:

AND FINALLY THIS MORNING - WHEN IT COMES TO TULIPS, YOU PROBABLY THINK OF HOLLAND.  BUT YOU BETTER NOT OVERLOOK ISTANBUL, TURKEY! IT HAS A GROWING TULIP INDUSTRY.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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