AgDay Daily Recap -September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

 

FARM BILL:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. COULD THIS BE THE WEEK WORK MOVES FORWARD ON A NEW FIVE YEAR FARM BILL? LEADERS SAY ITS POSSIBLE

STAHLMAN FARM BILL:

FARM LOBBY, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU HAS BEGUN A TURN UP THE HEAT CAMPAIGN. ITS HOPING TO INCREASE THE PRESSURE ON CONGRESS TO FINISH THE FARM BILL. PRESIDENT, BOB STAHLMAN SAT DOWN WITH AGRITALK LAST WEEK AS WELL. HE AGREES AN EXTENSION IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

WRDA:

IN OTHER LEGISLATIVE NEWS, FUNDING FOR U-S WATERWAYS, INCLUDING LOCKS AND DAMS IS HEADED FOR THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE RELEASED ITS DRAFT OF THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT LAST WEEK.

CROP WATCH:

CROPWATCH THIS MORNING STRETCHES FROM THE SAFFLOWER FIELDS OF UTAH TO THE APPLE ORCHARDS OF NEW YORK. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER WITH DETAILS. MIKE GOOD MORNING.

PEDV RULES:

THE PORK INDUSTRY IS ROLLING OUT NEW GUIDELINES IN HOPES OF STEMMING THE SPREAD OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS OR P-E-D-V.

SORGHUM PURCHASE:

THE U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL SAYS CHINA HAS OPTED TO BUY GRAIN SORGHUM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY. GOOD PRICES, A TIGHT CHINESE CORN MARKET AND RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS IS MAKING THE GRAIN ATTRACTIVE TO FEED MILLERS AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS THERE.

ANALYSIS:

USDA'S FARM SERVICE AGENCY WILL UPDATE ITS PREVENT PLANT ACREAGE REPORT TOMORROW. LAST MONTH, THE AGENCY THREW SOME BIG NUMBERS AT THE INDUSTRY. THE INITIAL RELEASE SHOWED MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION ACRES OF PREVENTED PLANTINGS THIS YEAR. OF THOSE, NEARLY HALF IS CORN. BY STATE - NORTH DAKOTA ACCOUNTS FOR A MAJORITY OF THE LOSSES AT TWO AND A HALF MILLION ACRES, FOLLOWED BY MINNESOTA WITH ABOUT 900-THOUSAND AND 700-THOUSAND IN IOWA.
WILL THOSE NUMBERS CHANGE MUCH IN THE NEXT REPORT? FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES THE POSSIBILITES IN ANALYSIS.

WATERSPOUTS:

WHETHER IT'S OVER LAND OR OVER WATER, IT'S STILL A POWERFUL IMAGE. A LARGE WATERSPOUT APPEARED OVER LAKE MICHIGAN OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN LAST THURSDAY. A STAFF PERSON FROM THE KENOSHA NEWSPAPER CAUGHT THE FUNNEL ON VIDEO. AT ONE POINT, A SECOND FUNNEL DROPPED OUT OF THE CLOUDS. A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGIST TOLD THE KENOSHA NEWS THAT WARMER LAKE TEMPERATURES AND VERY COLD AIR HIGHER UP IN THE ATMOSPHERE COMBINED TO MAKE THE AIR UNSTABLE.

TENNESSEE COUNTY FAIRS:

NEXT YEAR WILL MARK THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXTENSION. FORMALIZED IN 1914, IT ESTABLISHED THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES AND USDA. STAFFERS AT THE LOCAL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION LEVEL JUGGLE MANY DUTIES, INCLUDING WORK ON COUNTY FAIRS. THEY OFTEN DEVELOP PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS TO BE ENJOYED BY FAIR GOERS. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE, CHUCK DENNEY RETURNS HOME TO LOOK AT THE TRADITION OF COUNTY AGENTS AND COUNTY FAIRS.

PISTACHIOS:

FOR GROWERS OF TREE NUTS, IT'S A BUSY TIME AS HARVEST PUSHES ON. PISTACHIO HARVEST STARTED IN CALIFORNIA'S SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. CALIFORNIA GROWS NEARLY ALL THE NATION'S PISTACHIO CROP. FARMERS ARE EXPECTING TO HARVEST ABOUT 550 MILLION POUNDS OF PISTACHIOS THIS YEAR. AS WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER CROPS, THE PISTACHIO HARVEST BEGAN A LITTLE EARLIER THAN USUAL. MARKETERS SAY DEMAND FOR PISTACHIOS REMAINS STRONG, IN BOTH DOMESTIC AND EXPORT MARKETS.

ALMOND GROWER:

MEANWHILE, THE STATE'S ALMOND CROP IS EXPECTED TO BE THE THIRD BIGGEST EVER.  CALIFORNIA ALMOND PRODUCER KEVIN BORROR SAYS HE EXPECTS A LARGE CROP FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. EVEN WITH GROWING SUPPLIES, PRICES REMAIN STRONG THANKS TO DEMAND.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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