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AgDay Daily Recap -April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 30, 2013

 

COLD WET SPRING:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ANOTHER WEEK PASSES AND FOR MUCH OF THE MIDWEST, PLANTERS REMAIN PARKED.

CROP PROGRESS:

THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM USDA PUT THE CORN CROP AT JUST 5% PLANTED. NORMALLY WE'RE ABOUT A THIRD DONE. LAST YEAR--IN A WARM DRY START, PLANTERS HAD PUT NEARLY 50% IN THE GROUND. PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY SAYS THIS IS EXACTLY WHY PRICES HAVE RALLIED. CHIP SAYS ANOTHER MOVER IS SPRING WHEAT. 12% IS PLANTED. IT'S 25-PERCENTAGE POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. AND NEARLY 60 POINTS BEHIND LAST YEAR. WINTER WHEAT – 14% HAS HEADED. ON AVERAGE, A THIRD WOULD BE AT THAT STAGE. LAST YEAR, IT WAS WELL OVER HALF.

FARGO FLOODING:

EVEN THOUGH SANDBAGGING CONTINUES, THERE'S ENCOURAGING NEWS THIS MORNING FROM FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS UPDATED THE FLOOD FORECAST FOR THE RED RIVER. METEOROLOGISTS HAVE LOWERED EVEN FURTHER THEIR CREST PREDICTION. THE RED RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CREST AT 35-AND-A-HALF FEET TOMORROW. THAT'S DOWN FROM A WEEKEND PREDICTION OF 37 FEET. THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE WAS 38-TO-40 FEET. OUR AFFILIATE IN FARGO SAYS THE MAIN FACTOR IN THIS CHANGE IN THE WATER LEVEL FROM WILD RICE RIVER, WHICH FLOWS INTO THE RED RIVER. THAT SAID, A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT

CROP WATCH:

IT'S NOT ONLY THE MIDWEST SEEING SATURATED FIELDS. PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH ARE DEALING WITH PLANTING DELAYS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER, MIKE.

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