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USFR Weekly Recap - April 27-28, 2013

April 27, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                             

THIS WEEK ON U.S. FARM REPORT

EPISODE # 2072

APRIL 27-28, 2013   

 

JOHN’S OPEN:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO U-S FARM REPORT, I'M JOHN PHIPPS. I WAS WALKING AROUND WATCHING WATER POUR FROM TILE OUTLETS THIS WEEK DURING YET ANOTHER RAW MARCH DAY THAT SOMEHOW GOT TRANSPLANTED TO APRIL THIS YEAR. THE WIND WAS ABOUT 2O MPH AND THE HUMIDITY HIGH ENOUGH TO HASTEN HEAT LOSS. STANDING WITH MY BACK TO THE WIND AND ROCKING BACK AND FORTH TO KEEP WARM, I WAS FLOODED WITH MEMORIES OF MY TIME AS A PARENT OF A HIGH-SCHOOL ATHLETE. THIS IS TRACK MEET WEATHER. SO FOR ALL YOU DUTIFUL FATHERS AND MOTHERS WHOSE CHILDREN ARE RUNNING, JUMPING AND THROWING INTO A STIFF FRIGID BREEZE, I OFFER MY ADMIRATION TO YOUR STAMINA AND HARDINESS. MEANWHILE, I'M URGING MY GRANDCHILDREN TO JOIN THE CHESS CLUB.

HEADLINES:

THANKS JOHN. FROM SNOW IN THE NORTH, TO SUB-FREEZING TEMPS IN THE SOUTHERN WHEAT BELT, AND FLOODING IN-BETWEEN, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF WEATHER CHALLENGES FACING GROWERS THIS SPRING. WHILE LEVELS ALONG THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ARE STARTING TO GO DOWN, THERE'S STILL CONCERN ABOUT WHAT'S TO COME. SNOW STILL COVERS FIELDS IN THE DAKOTAS AND PARTS OF MINNESOTA. A WARM-UP THIS WEEKEND IS EXPECTED TO CREATE A BIG MELT-OFF. THAT COULD BE ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON ALREADY SWOLLEN RIVER BANKS AND LEVEES. RESIDENTS ALONG THE RED RIVER IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR WEEKS IN ANTICIPATION OF A "TOP FIVE" FLOOD. AND IN THE GREAT PLAINS, THE WINTER WHEAT CROP HAS TAKEN A BIG HIT FROM TEMPERATURES THAT DIPPED INTO THE TEENS THIS WEEK. THE OKLAHOMA WHEAT COMMISSION BELIEVES NEARLY 70-PERCENT OF THE STATE'S WHEAT SUSTAINED SOME LEVEL OF DAMAGE. THE CROP IS HARDY AND AGRONOMISTS SAY THEY'LL NEED SOME WARMER TEMPERATURES TO GET AN ACCURATE MEASURE OF CROP LOSS. AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, CROPS ARE TAKING A BEATING. JUST EIGHT PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT NATIONWIDE IS HEADED. THE AVERAGE IS 19-PERCENT. LAST YEAR, IT WAS 42-PERCENT AT THIS TIME. SPRING WHEAT IS AT SEVEN PERCENT PLANTED, WHICH IS BEHIND THE AVERAGE PACE AND CERTAINLY BEHIND LAST YEAR. AND FOUR PERCENT OF THE NATION'S CORN IS PLANTED. THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 16-PERCENT.

CROP WATCH:

REGULAR VIEWER ROCK KATCHNIG - WHO FARMS IN HENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS - SENT US FOOTAGE THIS WEEK. IT SHOWS THE POWER OF FLOOD WATER ON LEVEES. THIS IS ONE OF SEVERAL BLOWOUTS ON GREEN RIVER. IT WENT FROM A TRICKLE TO A GAPING HOLE IN ABOUT A HALF HOUR. HEADING OUTSIDE THE CORNBELT - IN YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, WE'RE TOLD THAT PLANTERS ARE ROLLING ALL AROUND THERE. GOOD MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE.

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