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AgDay Daily Recap -July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JULY 2, 2013

 

ARIZONA BLAZE:

MEANWHILE, RISING TEMPS, DRY BRUSH AND HEAVY WINDS CREATED A FATAL WILDFIRE IN ARIZONA. ITS HAPPENING NEAR YARNELL ARIZONA ABOUT 85 MILES NORHTWEST OF PHOENIX. SO FAR THE FIRE HAS BURNED 2000 ACRES AND DESTROYED 200 HOUSES. TOWN HAS BEEN EVACUATED AS HIGH WINDS WHIP THE BLAZE THROUGH AREA. OFFICIALS CHARACTARIZED THE FIRE AS OUT OF CONTROL. 19 FIRE FIGHTERS HAVE DIED MAKING IT THE DEADLIEST WILDFIRE IN 30 YEARS.

CROPWATCH:

THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ISSUED IT'S DROUGHT OUTLOOK FOR JULY.  IT SHOWS IMPROVEMENT IN A PARCHED NEW MEXICO WHERE CURRENTLY THE MAJORITY OF THE STATE'S PASTURE AND RANGE LAND IS IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION. THE NEWS ISN'T SO POSITIVE FOR THE REST OF THE WESTERN-US.  IT'S SHOWS PERSISTING OR EVEN INTENSIFYING DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN MORE THAN 15 WESTERN STATES. MEANWHILE NORTH AND EAST--THINGS REMAIN SOGGY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAD DETAILS IN TODAY'S CROPWATCH.

CROP PROGRESS:

MORE WET WEATHER DRENCHED CROPS ACROSS THE EASTERN CORN BELT LAST WEEK. HERE'S HOW CROPS STACK UP IN THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT.

WHEAT:

IN USDA'S QUARTERLY GRAIN STOCKS REPORT FRIDAY, THE AGENCY SAYS WHEAT STOCKS ARE DOWN 3 PERCENT. AGDAY NATIONAL REPORTER TALKED TO BOB UTTERBACK OF UTTERBACK MARKETING SAYS the U-S WHEAT PRICES IS ABOVE THE WORLD PRICE, AND OVERALL YIELDS ARE COMING IN BETTER THAN EXPECTED. UTTERBACK TOLD TYNE HE'S AFRAID WHEAT PRICES COULD BE THE FIRST TO BOTTOM. IF WHEAT PRICES DO HEAD LOWER, THAT'S ALL THE MORE REASON TO FOCUS ON YIELDS. GROWING MORE BUSHELS PER ACRE WAS THE GOAL FOR ATTENDEES AT A RECENT WHEAT COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN. DETAILS THIS MORNING FROM KRAIG EHM IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.

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