AgDay Daily Recap -September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

 

CROP PROGRESS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IF YOU BELIEVE USDA NUMBERS, THEN FARMERS ARE STARTING TO HARVEST A BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED CORN CROP. WHERE DID THOSE INCREASES COME FROM?

NEBRASKA CONDITIONS ROOK:

MUCH OF THE CORN INCREASE CAME FROM WESTERN CORN BELT AND PLAINS WITH YIELD JUMPS IN SOUTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA AND KANSAS. THERE WERE ALSO SIGNIFICANT INCREASES ACROSS THE SOUTH. IN NEBRASKA MORE THAN HALF OF THE CROP IS UNDER IRRIGATION WHICH GENERALLY BUFFERS THE IMPACT OF THE STRESS.
REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK LOOKS AT THE PROSPECTS.

CROP PROGRESS:

ACCORDING TO USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT 22 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS NOW MATURE. THAT'S NEARLY 20 POINTS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. ALL OF THE MAJOR CORN PRODUCING STATES ARE BEHIND IN MATURITY EXCEPT FOR TEXAS. JUST 15 PERCENT OF THE IOWA CROP IS MATURE. 5 PERCENT IN MINNESOTA. AS FAR AS HARVEST GOES FOUR PERCENT OF THE NATIONS CORN CROP HAS BEEN CUT. TEXAS AND NORTH CAROLINA ARE LEADING THE CHARGE. THE CORN BELT IS JUST GETTING STARTED. THE CROP CONDITION WAS MOSTLY UNCHANGED. TO SOYBEANS, 26 PERCENT IS DROPPING LEAVES.

CROP WATCH:

THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF FRUSTRATION OVER USDA'S LATEST NUMBERS, AS EVIDENT BY THE CROP COMMENTS ON AGWEB. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS A SMALL SAMPLE IN CROPWATCH, MIKE.

WISCONSIN FARM EQUIPMENT:

IN THE DAIRY STATE, A STUDY GROUP INVESTIGATING CURRENT - AND IN SOME CASES OUTDATED - TRAFFIC REGULATIONS INVOLVING FARM EQUIPMENT IS SET TO RECOMMEND CHANGES TO THE WISCONSIN STATE LEGISLATURE.

FARM SAFETY WEEK:

AND AS HARVEST GETS ROLLING BE SURE TO THINK SAFETY FIRST. AND THIS WEEK IS A NICE REMINDER. THE PRESIDENT HAS OFFICALLY PROCLAIMED THIS WEEK, AS NATIONAL FARM SAFETY AND HEALTH WEEK. THE PROCLAMATION SAYS AND QUOTE, AS THE FALL HARVEST SEASON BEGINS WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GENERATION OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE DEVOTED THEMSELVES TO SUPPLYING THE BASIC MATERIALS THAT MAKE OUR COUNTRY WORK.

CHESAPEAKE BAY:

THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SAYS IT'S DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED WITH A COURT RULING THAT GIVES EPA MORE AUTHORITY TO CONTROL POLLUTION RUN-OFF FROM ENTERING THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. ON FRIDAY A FEDERAL DISTRICT JUDGE IN PENNSYLVANIA SAID THE E-P-A CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH ITS PLANS TO INSTITUTE A "TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOAD" TO PROTECT THE EAST COAST BAY. ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU AND PENNYLVANIA FARM BUREAU FILED SUIT AGAINST E-P-A FOR TRYING TO ESTABLISH A POLLUTION DIET WHICH WOULD HAVE AFFECTED FARMERS IN SIX STATES THAT ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE WATERSHED. THE JUDGE RULED EPA IS WITHIN ITS RIGHTS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT.

CANADA BEES:

CANADA'S HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS PROPOSING TIGHTER RULES FOR THE USE OF A PESTICIDE THAT IS SUSPECTED OF KILLING HONEY BEES. NEO-NICOTINE-OID IS A COMMON TREATMENT APPLIED TO CORN AND SOYBEAN SEEDS. CANADA'S FEDERAL HEALTH AGENCY OPENED A 90 DAY COMMENT PERIOD ABOUT ITS USE.

MICHIGAN POTASH:

FORGET RUSSIA AND BELARUS, THE KALAMAZOO GAZETTE REPORTS MICHIGAN MAY SOON BE THE LARGEST POTSASH SUPPLIER IN THE MIDWEST. A POTASH DEPOSIT HAS BEEN REDISCOVERED IN WESTERN MICHIGAN. THE 14-THOUSAND ACRE BED IS SAID TO BE WORTH 65 BILLION DOLLARS AT CURRENT MARKET PRICES. A COMPANY CALLED MICHIGAN POTASH OWNS THE MINERAL RIGHTS, IT EXPECTS TO START PRODUCTION IN MID-2014.

NORTH DAKOTA BOOM:

MEANWHILE, MINERAL MINING IN NORTH DAKOTA IS STILL BOOMING. OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION IN THE STATE HIT A RECORD IN JULY...PUMPING OUT MORE THAN 108-THOUSAND BARRELS A DAY. MORE THAN 93-HUNDRED WELLS ARE NOW IN PRODUCTION ALONG THE BAKKEN AND THREE FORKS FORMATIONS. IT’S NOW THE SECOND LARGEST PRODUCERS OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS BEHIND TEXAS.

ANALYSIS:

CORN AND SOYBEAN PRICES FELL AGAIN MONDAY AFTER RISING EXPECTATIONS FOR RAIN THIS WEEK ACROSS LARGE PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THE TRADES SEES THE RETURN OF RAINS AS A STABILIZING FACTOR FOR YIELDS. IF FARMERS DO HARVEST A LARGE CROP, ESPECIALLY OF CORN, THAT COULD START IMPACTING OTHER SECTORS, INCLUDING LIVESTOCK. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES THOSE IMPACTS WITH BOB UTTERBACK IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

DAIRY WOMAN:

WE'RE JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY FROM WORLD DAIRY EXPO WHICH TAKES PLACE IN MADISON, WISCONSIN. EACH YEAR SEVERAL STAND-OUT DAIRY PRODUCERS ARE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO THE INDUSTRY. THIS YEAR, KAREN SCHAUF - WHO HAPPENS TO FARM IN WISCONSIN - WAS NAMED DAIRY WOMAN OF THE YEAR. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD, WE LEARN THAT DAIRY RUNS DEEP IN KAREN'S SOUL.

CYCLOSPORA:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS RELEASING AN UPDATE ON THIS SUMMER'S OUTBREAK OF CYCLOSPORA. AS OF THIS MONTH NEARLY 650 PEOPLE IN 24 STATES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED ILL.

RETAIL BREAKFAST SALES:

AND NEW NUMBERS ON SALES OF BREAKFAST FOOD SHOWS MORE PEOPLE ARE EATING THEIR FIRST MEAL OUTSIDE OF THE HOME.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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