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AgDay Daily Recap -June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014
 
 

 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 17, 2014
 
OPEN HEADLINES:

COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - A NEW USDA REPORT SHOWS THE NATION'S CROPS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE IN FIELDS ACROSS THE MIDWEST.    IN AGRIBUSINESS…THE BEARS ARE BACK. THERE ARE SEASONAL TIMES OF YEAR WHERE YOU CAN BE VERY AGGRESSIVE BEAR AND VERY COMFORTABLE AND THERE ARE TIMES WHERE YOU GOT TO BE VERY CONSERVATIVE.   PLUS, WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN CALIFORNIA.   AND THIS MISSOURI MAN IS MAKING IT HIS LIFES WORK SOLVING TURF TROUBLE.

CROP PROGRESS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A NEW CROP PROGRESS REPORT IS OUT AND SOME MARKET ANALYSTS ARE SAYING THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CORN CROPS IN FIVE YEARS….AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.

LEININGER FARM:

AS JOE LEININGER'S SPARYER ROLLS OUT TO THE FIELD, HE KNOWS HE HAS A BUSY WEEK AHEAD. I'M GOING TO BE RUNNING THE SPRAYER ALL WEEK LONG JUST TO TRY AND GET SOME WEEDS OUT OF THE BEANS AND START SPRAYING SOME SEED CORN TODAY AS WELL. COMBATTING WEEDS HAS BEEN A BIG PROBLEM THIS YEAR. THAT'S BECAUSE ONE THING HAS BEEN CONSTANT ON THESE SANDY SOILS-- RAIN.   THERE ARE SOME SPOTS OUT THERE THAT HAVE GOTTEN TOO WET. WE'RE SEEING OME YELLOW CORN, SOME YELLOW BEANS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, IN OUR LOCATION, LOOKS GREAT TODAY. THE START TO SPRING WASN'T SO SMOOTH. COLD, DAMP CONDITIONS POSTPONED A LOT OF WORK. THE WINTER KIND OF DRUG ON AND POSTPONED US FROM GETTING GINT HE FIELDS AND GETTING THIGNS PLANTED TO GET AN EARLIER START THAN TYPICALLY WHAT WE LIKE.   LEININGER SAYS THAT MEANT A LOT OF CATCH-UP THIS SPRING. LONG HOURS, LONGER DAYS, WORK THROUGH THE WEEKENDS. BUT WITH ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT OF SIDE DRESSING NITROGEN ON HIS CORN, AND A GOOD MIX OF RAIN AND SUNSHINE THE PAST MONTH, HIS OUTLOOK FOR THIS YEAR REMAINS STRONG. I HOPE IT JUST DOESN'T DRY OFF WE REALLY LIKE THE HEAT, BUT HOPEFULLY NOT TOO HOT. AS LONG AS THE RAIN KEEPS SHOWING UP, I'LL BE HAPPY WITH THT. I'LL TAKE ANY CONDITIONS AS LONG AS WE GET THE WATER. FROM MISHAWKA, INDIANA, I'M TYNE MORGAN FOR AGDAY.

CROP PROGRESS:

IN THE WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS REPORT, USDA SHOWS 76-PERCENT OF THE NATION'S CORN IS RATED AS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THAT'S UP ONE POINT FROM LAST WEEK. 97-PERCENT HAS EMERGED. SOYBEANS ARE 73-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, A POINT DOWN… 83-PERCENT HAS EMERGED, SIX POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. NOW TO THE SOUTH - LOOKING AT COTTON ONLY ABOUT HALF IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. RICE -IS 69-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. WINTER WHEAT HARVEST REACHED 16-PERCENT, FOUR PIONTS BEHIND. KANSAS WHEAT HARVEST IS NOW UNDERWAY WITH TWO PERCENT IN THE BIN. BUT IT'S USUALLY 19-PERCENT BY NOW.

NEBRASKA DAMAGE:

FATHER'S DAY KEPT MANY FATHERS - AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS - BUSY AFTER POWERFUL STORMS MOVED ACROSS NEBRASKA. THE STORM BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN, HAIL AND TORNADOES.

CROP WATCH:

CLINTON… I WAS IN NEW MEXICO LAST WEEK VISITING THE FAMILY. AND I CAN TELL YOU FIRST HAND HOW MUCH BETTER THINGS LOOK AFTER GETTING SOME RECENT RAIN. IT'S STILL PLENTY DRY IN THE SUBSOIL. BUT IT'S BETTER. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS SOME VISUAL PROOF IN CROPWATCH. GOOD MORNING MIKE.

CALI WILDFIRES:

IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA A WILDFIRE IS BURNING MOSTLY OUT OF CONTROL IN AND AROUND THE SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST. POWERFUL WINDS ARE FANNING THE WILDFIRE NAMED "SHIRLEY' IT'S ABOUT 30 MILES NORTHEAST OF BAKERSFIELD, THE FIRST STARTED FRIDAY. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THE WINDS HAVE BEEN ERRATIC SO THAT'S MAKING IT TOUGH TO GET AHEAD OF THE FIRE. MORE THAN ELEVEN-HUNDRED FIREFIGHTERS ARE BATTLING THE BLAZE IN STEEP, RUGGED TERRAIN.

SALMON DROUGHT:

IN PARCHED CALIFORNIA, YOUNG CHINOOK SALMON ARE HITTING THE ROAD - NOT THE RIVER - TO GET TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. TERRY CHEA TELLS US ABOUT THE ANNUAL MIGRATION THAT'S "DETOURED" BECAUSE OF DROUGHT.

DTR T TIP:

AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK IS IN EUROPE THIS WEEK DISCUSSING THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP...OR T-TIP.

HE SAYS SO FAR THE TRIP HAS ALLLOWED FOR FRANK DISCUSSIONS WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS INCLUDING TALKS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATORS.

DTR UTTERBACK:

MEANWHILE DAIRY PRICES CONTINUE TO BE STRONG. IN VERMONT, APRIL MILK PRICES SET A RECORD FOR PRODUCERS THERE. PRICES AVERAGED 24 DOLLARS PER HUNDRED.

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