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AgDay Daily Recap -April 4, 2013

April 4, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 4, 2013

 

INNOVATIVE FEED:

AS CORN PRICES BECOME MORE FRIENDLY TO LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS, HAVE MARGINS IMPROVED ENOUGH TO START TURNING PROFITS? OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT IS WHERE WE BEGIN AGDAY. AFTER THE LATEST USDA PROSPECTIVE PLANTING AND GRAIN STOCKS REPORT, CORN PRICES HAVE DROPPED ALMOST A DOLLAR IN JUST ONE WEEK.  DESPITE THE RECENT DROP, FEED PRICES HAVE BEEN SIMPLY TOO MUCH FOR MANY LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. AS OF THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AG SAID THE NATION'S CATTLE HERD AND DWINDLED TO THE SMALLEST IN 61 YEARS.  THIS HAS FORCED SOME CATTLE PRODUCERS TO GET CREATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO ALTERNATIVE FEED, IN ORDER TO HOLD ON TO THE CATTLE THEY HAVE.

DAIRY REFORM:

WHEN THE SENATE TAKES UP THE FARM BILL, NEW YORK SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND PLANS TO INTRODUCE A DAIRY POLICY REFORM PACKAGE.

CROP WATCH:

CROPWATCH THIS MORNING TAKES US FROM THE WOLVERINE STATE TO THE NATURAL STATE, BUT FIRST WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PLANTING PROGRESS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

HYBRID COAL PLANT:

IN A REGION OF THE COUNTRY KNOWN FOR ITS COAL, ONE UTILITY IS GOING BEYOND ITS NATIVE POWER SOURCE. THE VIRGINIA CITY HYBRID ENERGY CENTER IN ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA CAN BURN COAL FROM MINE, SCRAP COAL AND WOODY BIOMASS. LEE POWELL FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHOWS US HOW IT WORKS.

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