AgDay Daily Recap -May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 02:57 AM
 

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.

WATER WARS:

MORE THAN 200 MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SENT A LETTER LAST WEEK TO EPA ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY AND THE ARMY CORPS JOHN MCHUGH.
THE LETTER ASKING THEM TO WITHDRAW THE PROPOSED WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE - ACCORDING TO THE HILL.  THE LAWMAKERS SAY THE NEW RULE - WHICH SEEKS TO CLARIFY WHICH BODIES OF WATER EPA AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CAN REGULATE - WOULD BE PARTICULARLY DAMAGING TO THE AG INDUSTRY.  EPA DISAGREES--CITING THEIR WORK WITH USDA TO DEVELOP THE PLAN.

CANADA WHEAT STOCKS:

CANADA'S GOVERNMENT JUST RELEASED ITS VERSION OF THE GRAIN STOCKS REPORT FOR WHEAT. AND THERE'S A LOT UP THERE. "STATISTICS CANADA" SAYS WHEAT STOCKPILES ROSE NEARLY 47% FROM A YEAR EARLIER. THE TALLY COMES IN AT 21.3 MILLION METRIC TONS AS OF MARCH 31ST. CANADA IS THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST EXPORTER OF WHEAT.

CANADA RAIL:

AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING, GRAIN COMPANIES ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME GETTING THAT HUGE CROP OUT OF CANADA BECAUSE OF A RAIL CAR AND TRAIN SHORTAGES.
AND NOW ONE OF THE BIG GRAIN PLAYERS IS TAKING LEGAL STEPS TO FORCE MORE GRAIN HOPPERS INTO PLACE.  ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN REUTERS, LOUIS DREYFUS COMMODITIES IS COMPLAINING TO CANADIAN TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS. DREYFUS WANTS THE GOVERNMENT TO COMPEL CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY TO FULFILL ITS CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS.

ANALYSIS:

MILK PRICES HAVE BEEN STELLAR TO START THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. BUT CAN THEY HOLD? FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL JOINS US FOR A LOOK AT THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND WHERE MARKETS ARE HEADED FOR Q-2.

HORSE RACER:

THE HORSE RACING SEASON IS UNDERWAY WITH THE RUNNING OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY THIS PAST WEEKEND. "CALIFORNIA CHROME" CAPTURED THE BIG WIN. IT'S BEEN FOUR DECADES SINCE SECRETARIAT WON THE KENTUCKY DERBY. AND THOUGH THAT FAMED HORSE IS NO LONGER AROUND, HIS BLOOD LINES CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE RACING. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE VIRGINIA FARM BUREAU, DAVE MILLER TAKES US TO THE VIRGINIA TECH "MARE CENTER" WHERE THE SON OF SECRETARIAT REIGNS.

HEALTHY MESS:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, USDA'S RECENT HEALTHY MANDATES TO THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM ARE STILL GETTING MIXED REVIEWS.

BACON:

WHILE THE HOG INDUSTRY DEALS WITH A VICIOUS VIRUS, THERE 'IS' SOME VERY GOOD NEWS FOR PRODUCERS RIGHT NOW - HUGE DEMAND FOR BACON. AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BACON AS JUST A BREAKFAST SIDE-DISH.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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