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AgDay Daily Recap -January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 17, 2014

 

DROUGHT MONITOR:

ON THURSDAY, THE AG DEPARTMENT DESIGNATED PORTIONS OF 11 WESTERN AND CENTRAL STATES AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS BECAUSE OF DROUGHT. THE LIST INCLUDES COUNTIES IN COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, NEVADA, KANSAS, TEXAS, UTAH, ARKANSAS, HAWAII, IDAHO, OKLAHOMA AND CALIFORNIA. AS USUAL, THE DESIGNATION MEANS ELIGIBLE PRODUCERS CAN QUALITY FOR LOW INTEREST EMERGENCY LOANS. THE DESIGNATION IS ANNOUNCED JUST AS THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR REPORT IS ISSUED. EVEN THOUGH THERE'S BEEN A COUPLE OF MAJOR SNOW-STORMS IN THE NATION'S MID-SECTION IN THE PAST MONTH, THE MOISTURE DID LITTLE TO REDUCE LONGER-TERM DEFICITS. THE DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 180 DAYS HAS TOTALED LOCALLY LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF NORMAL FROM EAST-CENTRAL MISSOURI INTO CENTRAL ILLINOIS,  SIMILAR PRECIPITATION DEFICIENCIES ARE ALSO NOTED ACROSS IOWA AND ALONG THE MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN BORDER. CALIFORNIA IS GROUND ZERO FOR DROUGHT RIGHT NOW. MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS IN THE D-THREE CATEGORY - EXTREME DROUGHT. ON THE SCALE --THAT'S THE SECOND WORST CATEGORY. THAT'S A 35-POINT DECLINE FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. JUST ABOUT ONE PERCENT OF THE STATE IS FREE OF DROUGHT.

TEXAS:

WHILE THE DROUGHT IS IMPROVING IN TEXAS, THE DRY CONDITIONS STILL LINGER AND THAT MEANS THE MOISTURE SITUATION IS FAR FROM IDEAL.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO A TEXAS FARMER AND RANCHER WE VISITED THIS WEEK JUST SOUTH OF SAN ANTONIO.

PREVENT PLANT:

MEANWHILE, THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY RELEASED ITS FINALY TALLY OF PREVENT PLANT ACRES IN THE COUNTRY FROM 2013. THE NUMBERS SEEMED TO CHANGE LITTLE FROM EARLIER ESTIMATES. THE YEAR-END ACREAGE LOSSES ARE EIGHT-POINT-THREE MILLION ACRES. MUCH OF THAT WAS DUE TO THE SOGGY SPRING WHICH PREVENTED FARMERS IN THE WESTERN CORNBELT FROM PLANTING. BREAKING IT DOWN FOR YOU - PREVENT PLANT ACRES IN CORN TOTALLED THREE-POINT-SIX MILLION ACRES. SOYBEAN LOSSES TOTALLED ONE-POINT-SEVEN MILLION AND WHEAT WAS TWO MILLION. STATE BY STATE, NORTH DAKOTA HAD THE BIGGEST OVERALL LOSSES AT TWO-POINT-EIGHT MILLION ACRES.

CROP WATCH:

IT MAY BE THE DEAD OF WINTER BUT THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF FUEL FOR FIRES.
A BLAZE IN CALIFORNIA IS THREATENING HOMES. AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

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