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AgDay Daily Recap -May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 6, 2014

 

WINTER WHEAT:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS SOME CROPS GET PLANTED OTHERS ARE NEARING MATURITY. HOWEVER, WINTER WHEAT IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IS STRUGGLING ONCE AGAIN.

CROP PROGRESS:

MEANWHILE THE USDA RELEASING ITS LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT MONDAY AFTERNOON.

OKLAHOMA WILDFIRES:

FLAMES ARE TOWERING OVER TREETOPS IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. WHAT STARTED AS A 'CONTROLLED BURN', QUICKLY GOT OUT OF CONTROL. CEDAR TREES ARE FUELING THE FLAMES. TWO BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS FROM OKLAHOMA NATIONAL GUARD HAVE BEEN ON SCENE TO HELP FIGHT THE FLAMES FROM THE AIR. TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN IN THE 90'S. LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN FOR CROPWATCH, MIKE.

CROP WATCH:

GOOD MORNING CLINTON. AS THAT VIDEO SHOWS, IT'S A TINDERBOX IN OKLAHOMA. THERE ARE SIMILAR CONDITIONS IN KANSAS. AND IN RENO COUNTY, KANSAS ONE WHEAT GROWER - FROM WEST OF HUTCHINSON - SAYS THE WHEAT IS ALL HEADED OUT AND ONLY STANDS ABOUT 12 INCHES TALL. AND HE SAYS THEY'VE HAD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES. SUNDAY IT HIT 104 DEGREES. BUT JUST FOUR DAYS PRIOR, IT GOT DOWN TO 34. TYNE MORGAN'S ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK. SHE'S IN ILLINOIS AS PART OF HER I-80 PLANTING TOUR. TYNE SAYS SHE HASN'T SEEN A LOT OF PLANTERS ROLLING DURING HER TRAVELS, BUT SHE DID SPOT THIS FARMER IN NEWARK, ILLINOIS RUNNING HIS PLANTER. THE FORECAST SHOWS A CHANCE FOR SHOWERS THIS WEEK, SO FARMERS WERE TRYING TO GET AS MUCH PLANTED MONDAY AS THEY COULD. TYNE WILL HAVE HER I-80 REPORT TOMORROW ON AGDAY. A PRODUCER FROM BLAINE COUNTY, MONTANA POSTED COMMENTS ON AGWEB. IT SHOWS VERY LIMITED SPRING CROP PROGRESS, AS IT'S BEEN COLD AND WET. HE SAYS THEY NEED THREE WEEKS TO GET CROP IN. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP YOU CAN SEE THE STORM SYSTEM OUT WEST MOST OF THE EAST EXCEPT OF A LITTLE ACTIVITY ALONG THE WARM FRONT IS DRY AT THIS POINT. BUT THAT WARM UP IS GOING TO COVER MOST OF THE CORN BELT LATER THIS WEEK. I'LL HAVE MY FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES.

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