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AgDay Daily Recap -September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

 

DROUGHT MONITOR:

BUT THE MIDWEST SAW AN OVERALL DECLINE FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THE EASTERN CORNBELT SAW THE BIGGEST INTENSIFICATION. IN INDIANA - FOR EXAMPLE -- THE PERCENTAGE OF THE STATE THAT ENTERED INTO ABNORMALLY DRY CATEGORY NEARLY DOUBLED - FROM 44-PERCENT LAST WEEK TO 82-PERCENT THIS WEEK.
ILLINOIS ALSO SAW A SIZEABLE JUMP.

EYE IN THE SKY:

AS OUR EYE IN THE SKY REPORT SHOWED US YESTERDAY, DROUGHT CONTINUES OVER THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT.

SPATIAL ANALYSIS:

IT COULD BE A DILEMMA FOR MANY FARMERS - WHAT TO DO WITH AN UNDER-PERFORMING TRACT OF LAND? HOW CAN YOU MANAGE IN-CONSISTENCY FOUND IN FIELDS? UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION IS TESTING SEED AND CROP VARIETIES ON HISTORICALLY GOOD LAND, AS WELL AS FAIR TO POOR ACREAGE. CHUCK DENNEY HAS MORE IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE.

CROP LAND:

ACCORDING TO USDA'S FARM SERVICE AGENCY, THERE’S MORE CROP LAND TO LOOK AT THESE DAYS. THE AGENCY SAYS BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012 SOME 620 SQUARE MILES OF GRASSLAND, FOREST AND OTHER LANDS WERE PLOWED, CLEARED AND CONVERTED TO CROPLAND. THAT'S ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF HOUSTON TEXAS. USDA SAYS THEY THINK THE NUMBERS ARE UNPRECEDENTED. MUCH OF THE CONVERSION IS TAKING PLACE IN THE WESTERN CORN BELT. USDA'S DATA SHOWS THAT NEBRASKA HAD NEARLY 55-THOUSAND ACRES TURNED BETWEEN 2011 AND 2012. THAT'S MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE.
HOWEVER, IT'S NOT JUST A PLAINS OR MIDWEST PRACTICE. FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA AND GEOGIA ALSO MADE THE TOP TEN LISTS OF STATES CONVERTING LAND TO CROPS.

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