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AgDay Daily Recap -July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014
 
 

 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY8, 2014
 
OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY A LOOK AT CROP CONDITIONS AND SO FAR ITS GOOD NEWS FOR YIELDS--NOT SO GOOD FOR PRICES. IN AGRIBUSINESS MORE DAIRIES USING BEEF GENETICS IN THEIR BREEDING PROGRAMS. THIS AERIAL TECHNOLOGY IS QUICKLY BECOMING COMMON ON FARMS...WILL IT LAND ON YOUR LAND SOON? TINY IN SIZE, BUT TICKS CAN CAUSE BIG HEALTH PROBLEMS. AGDAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY SILVERADO-THE2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.
CROP PROGRESS:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. LIKE THE FIREWORKS YOU WATCHED OVER THE WEEKEND, GRAIN PRICES ARE FIZZLING AS CROP CONDITIONS REMAIN MOSTLY POSITIVE...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
BOWERS ON BEANS:
 THE BEAN CROP IS MOSTLY GOOD TO EXCELLENT RIGHT NOW. LAST WEEK USDA PROJECTED RECORD SOYBEAN ACREAGE. IF CONDITIONS REMAIN STRONG, THAT COULD MEAN A VERY LARGECROP. BUT FARMERS IN THE MIDWEST KNOW THAT THE CRITICAL MONTH IS AUGUST.
DTR IMMIGRATION:
IN DAIRY TODAY, AS IMMIGRANTS FLOOD AMERICA'S SOUTHERN BORDER, IMMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION REFORM CONTINUES TO BE AT AN IMPASSE. THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION SAYS U.S. DAIRY FARMERS CONTINUE TO FACE WORKFORCE CHALLENGES.ADDING THAT THE LACK OF A LEGISLATIVE FIX IS BAD NEW FOR AMERICA'S CONSUMERS DEPENDING ON FOOD…
DTR BEEF GENETICS:
HIGH BEEF AND FEEDER CATTLE PRICES MAY BE INFLUENCING DAIRY HERD MANAGERS.

ACCORDING TO GENEX COOPERATIVE, OVER THE PAST 30 MONTH, THE GROUP HAS SOLD MORE THAN 300-THOUSAND UNITS OF BEEF SEMEN TO DAIRY HERDS. THE ABILITY TO BUY SEXED SEMEN ALONG WITH OTHER FERTILITY OPTIONS IS ALLOWING DAIRYS MORE FREEDOM TO CAPTURE RETURNS IN THE BEEF MARKET. GENEX SAYS LIMIOUSIN CROSS GENETICS SEEM TO BE WORKING WELL ALTHOUGH OTHER BREEDS INCLUDING SEMMENTAL, ANGUS, AND GELBVIEH ARE BEING USED AS WELL.

LSU FIELD:
WHETHER IT'S CATTLE OR CROPS, THERE'S GROWING INTEREST IN THE USE OF UN-MANNED AERIAL VEHICLES - OR DRONES - IN TODAY'S MODERN AGRICULTURE. THOSE MACHINES PROVIDE FARMERS A CHANCE TO SEE PROBLEMS IN THEIR FIELDS BEFORE THEY GET OUT OF CONTROL. FIELD DAYS THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY ARE SHOWCASING THE TECHNOLOGY. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE LSU AGCENTER, TOBIE BLANCHARD SHOWS US HOW DRONES ARE NOW A BIG DRAW AT RESEARCH STATIONS.
FARM JOURNAL DRONE COLLEGE:
IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN IF A UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOUR FARM, YOU MAY WANT TO ATTEND THE FIRST EVER FARM JOURNAL DRONE FLY-IN. IT'S SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY JULY 17TH AT THE CORN COLLEGE CAMPUS IN HEYWORTH, ILLINOIS. THAT'S NEAR THE CITY OF BLOOMINGTON.ATTENDEES WILL LEARN AGRONOMIC PRACTICES INCLUDING THERMAL IMAGERY AND NDVI, LEGAL AND SAFETY ISSUES AND GET FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE FROM FARMERS ALREADY USING DRONES. TO LEARN MORE, GO TO AGWEB-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE FARM JOURNAL TAB. AND LOOK FOR "UPCOMING EVENTS".

TEASE:

HAVE YOU PURCHASED HAY LATELY? THEN YOU KNOW HOW STEEP SOME OF THOSE PRICES ARE. STILL TO COME FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL IS JOINED BY JIM BOWER OF BOWER TRADING. THEY'LL FOCUS ON THE HAY MARKETS.
HAY PRICES:
IN AGRIBUSINESS THE LATEST USDA NUMBERS SHOW SLIGHT DROP IN HAY PRICES LAST MONTH.

ALFALFA HAY FELL 2 DOLLARS TON AND ALL-HAY PRICES FELL. OVERALL, HOWEVER, THE FORAGE IS STILL EXPENSIVE. THE AVERAGE ALFALFA PRICES SITTING AT 222 DOLLARS PER TON....THE ALL HAY AVERAGE 197....IN CALIFORNIA THOSE PRICES WERE 264 DOLLARS PER TON. THE LOWEST PRICES FOR HAY... NORTH DAKOTA AND MISSOURI JUST 90 DOLLARS A TON…

ANALYSIS INTRO:
HERE WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT THE HAY AND FORAGE MARKET...OUR OWN FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL...WITH JIM BOWER GENTLEMEN….
ANALYSIS BOWER:
JIM BOWER TRADING IS OUR GUEST HERE ON AGDAY AND JIM LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HAY NOW 2 YEARS AGO THE WEST WHERE THEY RAISED CATTLE COULDN'T HAVE ENOUGH HAY TO FEED THEIR CATTLE THAT CAUSED SOME LIQUIDATION IN THAT SORT OF THING AND PEOPLE WERE SHIPPING IT IN ALL THE WAY FROM THE EAST COAST IN ORDER TO FEED WHAT THEY HAD WHAT'S THE SITUATION. WELL I'M NOT A HAY BROKER BUT I DO TRADE WITH AND TALK A LOT AMONGST MY TRAVELS PARTICULARITY WITH THE HORSES ABOUT HAY AND OF COURSE THE LAST 2 YEARS IN TEXAS OKLAHOMA COLORADO IT WAS A DISASTER THEY SIMPLY JUST COULDN'T BUY RAIN IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE AND A LOT OF THEM WERE FORCED TO LIQUIDATE OUT THEIR HERDS AND BASICALLY SLOW DOWN THEIR OPERATIONS UNTIL IT BECAME MORE AVAILABLE I'VE BEEN IN TEXAS I'VE BEEN IN MONTANA AND THINGS HAVE GREENED UP AND IN FACT MONTANA IS ABOUT AS GREEN AS I'VE EVER SEEN IT FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR AND THE HAY UP THERE LOOKS  ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL I MEAN IT'S  JUST PICTURESQUE AND THEY'VE HAD A LOT OF RAIN AND IT LOOKS GREAT THINGS AREN'T GREAT IN TEXAS OKLAHOMA, COLORADO BUT THEIR CERTAINLY BETTER THAN THEY WERE ONE OR TWO YEARS AGO AND THEIR STARTING TO BE A LITTLE BIT ON THE RECOVERY SO I THINK THAT INDUSTRY HAS STARTED TO STABILIZE A LITTLE BIT I THINK THE BIGGER PROBLEM THOUGH IS AND CERTAINLY YOU CAN LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP AND SEE IT PRETTY CLEARLY AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THAT KINDA GOES ALL THE WAY UP INTO WESTERN CANADA THAT WHAT WE'RE SEEING ALL THAT SMOKE AND HAZE IN PART OF WEST THAT'S ALL THOSE FOREST FIRES AND DRYNESS AND DROUGHT THAT WERE SEEING ALL THE WAY FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ALL THE WAY UP SO HAY AND HAY PRICES ARE STILL A MAJOR ISSUE FOR THOSE END USERS PARTICULARLY THE DAIRY HERDS IN CALIFORNIA AND END USERS ARE THE WAY UP THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES SO WE'VE KINDA SHIFTED THE PROBLEM AWAY FROM TEXAS OKLAHOMA COLORADO OUT TO THE WEST AND SO THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME PREMIUM PRICES PAID THERE FOR WATER AND FOR HAY BUT CERTAINLY IN MONTANA ALL THE WAY DOWN TO TEXAS TO ME FROM WHAT I SAW IT LOOKED A LOT BETTER. OKAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH JIM BOWER TRADING HERE ON AGDAY BACK WITH MORE IN A MOMENT.
ANALYSIS:
FOR A FREE TWO WEEK TRIAL TO JIM'S DAILY GLOBAL MARKET LETTER, CALL BOWER TRADING TOLL FREE AT 1-800-533-8045.
WX:
WELOME BACK TO AGDAY MIKE WE'VE HAD LOTS OF RAIN THROUGH MANY PARTS OF THE COUNRY THE LAST FEW WEEKS. WHAT ABOUT THIS WEEK? MORE OF THE SAME OR ARE PATTERNS CHANGING? NO REALLY A LARGE DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE COMING IN TO MOST OF THE CORN BELT. SO WE SAW A LITTLE LESS RAIN OVERALL ACROSS THE CORN BELT LAST WEEK. EVEN LESS COMING THIS WEEK WITH THAT DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE COMING IN. COLD FRONT HOWEVER FOR TODAY IS STILL GOING TO BE THE FOCUS FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. OHIO VALLEY EVENTUALLY INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME. HIGH PRESSURE ALSO OVER THE GULF COAST CONTINUES TO BASICALLY PUMP UP THE HUMIDITY LEVELS ALONG THE GULF COAST AS IT SPINS A LITTLE BIT CLOCKWISE THERE.SO THAT IS REALLY BRINGING IN THE MOISTURE OBVIOUSLY TO TEXAS. EVEN SOME AREAS THAT NORMALLY DON'T GET REAL HUMID ARE FAIRLY HUMID BACK INTO THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ANYWAY. THERE'S THE COLD FRONT BY LATE TODAY. YOU CAN SEE EASTERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE OHIO VALLEY THE ARKANSAS OKLAHOMA SOME AREAS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THAT. AND THE HIT AND MISS AFTERNOON VARIETY THUNDERSTORMS WITH THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OUT TO THE WEST. AND AGAIN WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT MORE MOISTURE NOT EVEN..ESPECIALLY FROM THE GULF BUT ALSO FROM THE PACIFIC AS IS MORE NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR INTO THE SOUTHWEST WHICH WILL PRODUCE A LITTLE BIT MORE SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY EACH AFTERNOON OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. HIGH PRESSURE THOUGH BUILDING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS, CENTRAL PLAINS EVENTUALLY INTO THE GREAT LAKES WILL REALLY DRY THINGS OUT. THIS IS A COOL DRY DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT'S JUST KIND OF SETTLES INTO IOWA AND MINNESOTA. SO EVEN THOUGH OUR MODEL IS SHOWING A FEW UP POPUP SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS HERE AND THERE THIS IS MOSTLY DRY AIR AND ITS NOT GOING TO BRING A WHOLE LOT OF MOISTURE TO YOUR AREAS. NOW OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS WE'VE SEEN SOME DECENT AMOUNTS. PARTS OF THE NORTHEASTERN PLAINS, WESTERN GREAT LAKES MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BUT ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE THE VAST MAJORITY OF IT IS OFF TO THE SOUTH AND EAST OF YOU FOLKS. FROM THE NORTH EAST ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO THE DIXIE AND THEN A FEW SPOTS BACK ACROSS TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA INTO THE FOUR CORNER REGION WHICH IS ALL GOOD NEWS IN THOSE AREAS. THE HEAT CONTINUES TODAY THIS AFTERNOON ANYWAY ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN PLAIN STATES. BUT LOOK AT THE COOL AIR TO THE NORTH AND LOOK AT THE COOL TEMPERATURES COMING SOUTHWARD. WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME 40'S AND 50'S THE FAR NORTHERN STATES. EVEN 60'S FOR LOWS DOWN INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW AFTERNOON, THESE ARE PLEASANT 80'S ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND 60'S AND 70S ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES. THE HEAT REALLY DOES GET SQUASHED TOWARD THE GULF COAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW. THERE'S THE TROUGH THAT'S BRINGING IT ALL. NOW YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK, THIS WILL SLOWLY DEMINISH AS WE HEAD TOWARD THE WEEKEND. RIDGE KIND OF BUILDS IN TEMPORARILY TO THE EAST...THEN THEY GET SHOVED BACK WEST BY ANOTHER TROUGH COMING SOUTHWARD AND THAT'S KIND OF TYPICALY PATTERN THAT WE'RE SEEING HERE. YOU CAN HAVE 2-3 DAYS OF WARMS INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY BUT THEN IT STARTS TO COOL DOWN ONCE AGAIN. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LETS TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL SEATLE WASHINGTON PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM TODAY... HIGH TEMPERATURE IN THE AFTERNOON 83 DEGREES…ABILENE TEXAS MOSTLY SUNNY HOT AND HUMID… HIGH UP TO 95 AND FINALLY BLOOMING ILLINOIS VARIABLY CLOUDY MAYBE A SHOWER AND STORM HIGH OF 80.
TEASE:
AHEAD ON AGDAY THERE'S A BOOM GOING ON IN THE SPECIALTY FOODS MARKET...DETAILS TODAY ON FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY... BUT FIRST.
BB COVER CROPS:
LEARN MORE ABOUT COVER CROPS AT AGWEB'S COVER CROPS SECTION - SPONSORED BY COVER CROP SOLUTIONS - HOME OF THE TILLAGE RADISH. VISIT AGWEB.COM/COVERCROPS.
ITC TICKS:
TICKS ARE A NUISANCE TO PEOPLE AND PETS, BUT CAN ALSO TRANSMIT SERIOUS, AND SOMETIMES FATAL, DISEASES. ONE DISEASE IN PARTICULAR - KNOWN AS HEARTLAND VIRUS - IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING.

WILDLIFE RESEARCHERS WITH U-T'S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE ARE WARNING PEOPLE TO TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT TICK BITES THIS SUMMER - AND TO LEARN TO IDENTIFY CERTAIN SPECIES IF YOU ARE BITTEN.

CHUCK DENNEY HAS MORE ON TICK IDENTIFICATION AND AVOIDANCE.

ITC TAG:
CHUCK MENTIONED THE MISSOURI CASES FROM 2013. FIVE PEOPLE IN THE SHOW-ME STATE WERE DIAGNOSED WITH HEARTLAND VIRUS. THEY ALL SHOWED FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS. AND HAD TO BE HOSPITALIZED...ONE PERSON DIED, BUT HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY HE SUFFERED FROM OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS, SO IT IS NOT KNOWN IF HEARTLAND VIRUS WAS THE CAUSE OF DEATH OR HOW MUCH IT CONTRIBUTED TO HIS DEATH. BACK IN 2009, TWO FARMERS IN NORTHWEST MISSOURI ALSO GOT ILL AFTER TICK BITES. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS THE TREATMENT THEY RECEIVED DIDN'T RESPOND TO THE MEDICATIONS. THAT'S WHEN DOCTORS REALIZED IT WAS A NEW FORM OF VIRUS WHICH IS NOW KNOWN AS HEARTLAND VIRUS....FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY IS NEXT.
POTATOES:
THE ON-AGAIN, OFF-AGAIN SHIPMENTS OF U-S POTATOES TO MEXICO APPEARS TO BE "ON" AGAIN.

ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE PACKER-DOT-COM U-S SHIPPERS WERE ALLOWED TO ONCE AGAIN START MOVING POTATOES YESTERDAY. BUT THE LENGTH OF THE ZONE WHICH ALLOWS THE POTATOES IS LIMITED TO 16 MILES. YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST MONTH, THE ZONE WAS ELIMINATED COMPLETELY. BUT AFTER A LAWSUIT WAS FILED BY MEXICO GROWERS, A BAN WAS PUT IN PLACE. SHIPMENTS ARE NOW ALLOWED, BUT IN LIMITED LOCATIONS ALONG THE BORDER. THE NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL EXPECTS SHIPMENTS TO RISE FROM 30-MILLION TO 100-MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY.

RFD PROMO:

CLINTON… TUESDAY ON AGDAY, THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT AND WHAT IT COULD MEANS FOR HARVEST AND PRICES. HAY PRICES ARE HOLDING STEADY...WILL THEY STAY HIGH OR FALL BACK TO NORMAL. AND LOOK OUT FOR TICKS THIS SUMMER. JOIN 8 EASTERN ON RFD.
STATION PROMO:
"I FELL NINE FEET ONTO MY HEAD. THREE BRAIN BLEEDS AND BROKE MY BACK." WHAT GOT HIM TO CLIMB BACK ON? THE ANSWER WEDNESDAY ON AGDAY…
 

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