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AgDay Daily Recap -May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 21, 2013

 

CROP PROGRESS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. GIVE FARMERS CLEAR SKIES AND WARM TEMPERATURES AND THEY CAN MAKE-UP FOR PLANTING DELAYS IN A BIG HURRY. JESH-KEY SAYS WITH THE DELAYS THEY MAY BE OFF THEIR YIELD POTENTIAL BY ONE-TO-TWO PERCENT ON CORN. BUT SOYBEANS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE RIGHT NOW. AND THE USDA'S LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS FARMERS IN THE I-STATES WERE PLANTING FURIOUSLY LAST WEEK. 74 PERCENT OF ILLINOIS' CORN CROP IS NOW PLANTED.  THAT'S A 57 POINT JUMP IN JUST ONE WEEK, NOW ONLY 3 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. IOWA FARMERS JUMPED UP 56 PERCENTAGE POINTS IN JUST A MATTER OF DAYS, NOW SITTING 71 PERCENT PLANTED. THAT'S STILL 21 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE, BUT A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST WEEK. AND MINNESOTA IS RIGHT ON THEIR HEELS WITH A 52 POINT SURGE LAST WEEK. LOOKING AT ALL 18 STATES, 71 PERCENT OF THE CORN COUNTRY-WIDE HAS BEEN PLANTED, A 43 POINT INCREASE FROM A WEEK AGO. WHILE THE FOCUS SEEMED TO BE ON CORN, THE SOYBEAN CROP ALSO MADE PROGRESS. 24 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S SOYBEAN CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED AS OF SUNDAY, UP FROM JUST 6 PERCENT LAST WEEK.

SEVERE WEATHER:

IT'S BEEN AN INTENSE COUPLE OF DAYS ON THE SEVERE WEATHER FRONT. MASSIVE TORNADOS TOUCHED DOWN IN MULTIPLE STATES FROM SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY. ONE TWISTER SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN NEARLY 2 MILES WIDE.  WORKERS SEARCHED THROUGH THE NIGHT LOOKING FOR THE LOST AND MISSING. EMERGENCY WORKERS HOPE TO HAVE MORE PERSPECTIVE ON THE SIZE OF THE OUTBREAK LATER TODAY.

IOWA TWISTER:

THE TWISTERS THAT WERE REPORTED IN IOWA ON SUNDAY ENDED A STATE-RECORD STRETCH OF TORNADO-FREE WEATHER AT 359 DAYS. BEFORE THIS RECENT STORM, THAT LAST TORNADO IN IOWA WAS MAY 25TH OF LAST YEAR.

NORTH DAKOTA FLOODING:

MEANWHILE, NEAR JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA A FAST-MOVING STORM BROUGHT NORMALLY "FAST MOVING" HIGHWAY TRAFFIC TO A CRAWL. THIS WAS INTERSTATE 94 ON SUNDAY. AS YOU CAN SEE, TRAFFIC WAS STILL MOVING, BUT VERY CAREFULLY, THROUGH THE DEEP WATER. PARTS OF THE STATE - LIKE BISMARCK - RECEIVED ABOUT FOUR INCHES OF RAIN SINCE FRIDAY. HALF OF THE STATE IS UNDER A FLOOD WATCH.

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