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AgDay Daily Recap -April 8, 2013

April 8, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 8, 2013

 

RICE PRODUCTION:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE AG DEPARTMENT EXPECTS A HUGE CORN CROP WILL BE PLANTED THIS YEAR - AND THAT MEANS SOME CROPS WILL BE LOSING ACRES. ONE OF THOSE CROPS IS RICE.

PLANTING PROGRESS:

AS OF LAST MONDAY'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT, RICE PLANTINGS WERE 14% COMPLETED IN THE SIX STATES WHICH GROW RICE. THAT'S THREE POINTS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. CALIFORNIA FARMERS HAVE NOT STARTED PLANTING RICE YET. TEXAS AND MISSOURI ARE IN SINGLE DIGITS. ARKANSAS AND MISSISSIPPI ARE IN THE TEENS. LOUISIANA LEADS THE BUNCH WITH ABOUT A THIRD OF THE CROP IN THE GROUND. HOWEVER THAT'S WELL BEHIND LAST YEARS EARLY START. WE GET AN UPDATE NOW FROM TOBIE BLANCHARD AT THE LSU AG-CENTER.

CROP WATCH:

TOBIE MENTIONED HOW WET IT'S BEEN IN LOUISANA. THAT'S A SIMILAR STORY THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES, ESPECIALLY GEORGIA. THAT STATE SAW RECORD RAINFALL IN LATE WINTER, PROVIDING GOOD MOISTURE FOR PLANTING. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER.

TYSON SETTLEMENT:

VIOLATIONS OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT WILL COST TYSON FOODS NEARLY FOUR MILLION DOLLARS.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO BOTH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

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