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AgDay Daily Recap -March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 19, 2013

 

COLD SOIL:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING ROLLS AROUND THIS WEEK, AND UNLIKE LAST YEAR, MANY PLANTERS AREN'T DOING THE SAME.

CROPS:

IT HAS BEEN WARM ENOUGH FOR SOUTHERN FARMERS TO GET STARTED. BUT IN THE EAST, ITS NOT JUST COLD BUT FIELDS ARE EXCESSIVLY WET.  THAT'S A STARK CONTRAST TO THE WESTERN CORN BELT WERE STATES LIKE SOUTH DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA HAVE AREAS OF SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT.  WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR USDA'S PROJECTIONS FOR RECORD CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION IN 2013? REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK LOOKS FOR ANSWERS.

COLORADO FIRE:

AN EARLY-SEASON WILDFIRE IN COLORADO SERVES AS A REMINDER OF JUST HOW DRY IT IS.
AN 800-ACRE WILDFIRE IS BURNING NEAR FORT COLLINS. GUSTY WINDS AND WARM WEATHER ARE HAMPERING EFFORTS TO CONTROL THE FIRE. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME EVACUATIONS.

CROP WATCH:
CROPWATCH TAKES US TO WEST-CENTRAL IOWA AND CRAWFORD COUNTY. A FARMER TOLD AGWEB THAT GOT SOME REAL NICE MOISTURE IN RECENT WEEKS - ABOUT TWO INCHES. AND HE SAYS MOST WENT IN GROUND. HE SAYS FARMERS SPIRITS HAVE PICKED UP. AND IN WALSH COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, ONE FARMER SAYS NOT A POUND OF SNOW HAS MELTED YET. THE ROAD DITCHES ARE LEVEL FULL OF SNOW-DRIFTING ONTO THE ROAD SURFACE AND FREEZING, CAUSING VERY ICY DRIVING CONDITIONS. LOOKS LIKE A MAY START AROUND THERE.

SHAMROCK FARMS:

ONE OF THE NATION'S LARGEST FAMILY OWNED DAIRIES IS EXPANDING IN VIRGINA. SHAMROCK FARMS SAYS ITS BUILDING A 50 MILLION DOLLAR STATE OF THE ART FACILITY IN AUGUST COUNTY. THE 130-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IS SLATED TO BE OPEN IN 2014. SHAMROCK SAYS ITS EXPANDING TO HELP MEET DEMAND FOR NEW MILK PRODUCTS BEING USED BY SPORTS TEAMS.

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