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AgDay Daily Recap -June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JUNE 6, 2013

 

MONSANTO UPDATE:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. COULD THE CASE OF GMO WHEAT THAT APPEARED IN AN OREGON FIELD BE A CASE OF SABOTAGE? THE MAKER OF THAT SEED IS RAISING THAT QUESTION. MONSANTO SAYS SO FAR IT'S TESTED 30 THOUSAND SAMPLES OF 50 VARIETIES OF WHITE WHEAT. THAT EQUATES TO ROUGHLY 60 PERCENT OF ALL THE WHITE WHEAT ACRES IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON. SO FAR IT HAS DISCOVERED NO PRESENCE OF ITS "ROUNDUP READY" HERBICIDE TOLERANT TRAIT. THE COMPANY'S CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER SAYS THEY'VE EVEN TESTED FOUNDATION SEED AND FOUND NOTHING.

FARM BILL:

ON TUESDAY, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID FILED A CLO-TURE MOTION TO BEGIN FORCING AN END TO DEBATE.

TEXAS DROUGHT:

A COMPLETED FARM BILL IS LIKELY TO RENEW HELP TO RANCHERS STRUGGLING THROUGH HISTORIC DROUGHT IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND SOUTHWEST. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN RETURNS TO THE TEXAS PANHANDLE THIS MORNING, WHERE CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE.

CROP WATCH:

IN SAUK COUNTY, WISCONSIN, ONE FARMER TOLD US HE JUST FINISHED PUTTING IN THE BEANS. THEY FINISHED CORN ON THE 22ND OF MAY. HE'S THANKFUL TO BE DONE AT THIS TIME COMPARED TO OTHER PRODUCERS. IN PALO ALTO COUNTY, IOWA, THEY GOT ANOTHER INCH AND A HALF OF RAIN ON THEIR ALREADY WATERLOGGED SOIL. THE LAST TIME THEY WERE IN THE FIELD IS MAY 16TH. YOU KNOW IT'S TOUGH WHEN THE FARMER SAYS " HE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEW YEAR'S WHEN IT'S ALL OVER" IN COLORADO "NASS" SAYS WARM SPRING TEMPERATURES IN LOCALIZED AREAS HAVE PUSHED DEVELOPMENT OF SOME CROPS, BUT THERE IS ALSO A LINGERING CONCERN ABOUT A WATER SUPPLY SHORTAGE.  RIGHT NOW 61-PERCENT OF TOPSOIL IS SHORT TO VERY SHORT... DETEIORATING ANOTHER SEVEN POINTS FROM LAST WEEK

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