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AgDay Daily Recap -April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 30, 2013

 

COLD WET SPRING:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ANOTHER WEEK PASSES AND FOR MUCH OF THE MIDWEST, PLANTERS REMAIN PARKED.

CROP PROGRESS:

THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM USDA PUT THE CORN CROP AT JUST 5% PLANTED. NORMALLY WE'RE ABOUT A THIRD DONE. LAST YEAR--IN A WARM DRY START, PLANTERS HAD PUT NEARLY 50% IN THE GROUND. PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY SAYS THIS IS EXACTLY WHY PRICES HAVE RALLIED. CHIP SAYS ANOTHER MOVER IS SPRING WHEAT. 12% IS PLANTED. IT'S 25-PERCENTAGE POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. AND NEARLY 60 POINTS BEHIND LAST YEAR. WINTER WHEAT – 14% HAS HEADED. ON AVERAGE, A THIRD WOULD BE AT THAT STAGE. LAST YEAR, IT WAS WELL OVER HALF.

FARGO FLOODING:

EVEN THOUGH SANDBAGGING CONTINUES, THERE'S ENCOURAGING NEWS THIS MORNING FROM FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS UPDATED THE FLOOD FORECAST FOR THE RED RIVER. METEOROLOGISTS HAVE LOWERED EVEN FURTHER THEIR CREST PREDICTION. THE RED RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CREST AT 35-AND-A-HALF FEET TOMORROW. THAT'S DOWN FROM A WEEKEND PREDICTION OF 37 FEET. THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE WAS 38-TO-40 FEET. OUR AFFILIATE IN FARGO SAYS THE MAIN FACTOR IN THIS CHANGE IN THE WATER LEVEL FROM WILD RICE RIVER, WHICH FLOWS INTO THE RED RIVER. THAT SAID, A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT

CROP WATCH:

IT'S NOT ONLY THE MIDWEST SEEING SATURATED FIELDS. PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH ARE DEALING WITH PLANTING DELAYS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER, MIKE.

WATER QUALITY:

NEIGHBORING STATES ARKANSAS AND OKLAHOMA HAVE AGREED TO CONDUCT A THREE-YEAR STUDY TO RESOLVE THE ONGOING ISSUE OF SETTING WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR THE ILLINOIS RIVER WATERSHED. THIS DISAGREEMENT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES AND IT'S BEEN AT THE CENTER OF LAWSUITS AND COUNTER-SUITS. THE THREE YEAR LONG STUDY WILL FOCUS ON PHOSPHOROUS LEVELS IN THE WATERWAY. KEN MOORE HAS DETAILS FROM THE ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU.

FOREMOST FARMS:

IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, WISCONSIN CHEESE CO-OP FOREMOST FARMS HAS PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE. IT'S ONE OF WISCONSIN'S LARGEST DAIRY COOPERATIVES. THE BUSINESS IS CONSOLIDATING WORK FROM TWO PLANTS AND LAYING OFF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE. FOREMOST SAYS IT WILL NOT BE DOWNSIZING THE VOLUME OF CHEESE IT PRODUCES....WHICH LAST YEAR HIT A RECORD OF 525 MILLION POUNDS.

IMMIGRATION AMNESTY:

LAST WEEK SAW MUCH DEBATE SURROUNDING THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE IN WASHINGTON D.C. THIS WEEK WILL LIKELY SEE JUST AS MUCH AS BOTH SIDES BEGAN TO JOCKEY FOR VOTES.

HORSE SLAUGHTER:

IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT AGRI-TALK RADIO, IT APPEARS A HORSE-SLAUGHTER FACILITY IN NEW MEXICO IS A STEP-AWAY FROM STARTING OPERATIONS. THE COMPANY - VALLEY MEAT - FILED SUIT AGAINST USDA, COMPELLING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE INSPECTORS FOR THE PLANT. WITHOUT THE INSPECTORS, THE FACILITY COULD NOT OPERATE. AS AGRI--TALK LISTENERS FOUND OUT YESTERDAY, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS EXPECTING TO ISSUE A "GRANT OF INSPECTION". THAT MOVE WOULD FORCE USDA TO ASSIGN INSPECTORS TO THE PLANT.

ANALYSIS:

LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ARE HOPING FOR WEATHER TO CLEAR SO AMERICA'S FARMERS CAN GET CROPS PLANTED. A GOOD YEAR LIKELY MEANS LOWER FEED COSTS. AL PELL TALKS WITH PURDUE AG ECONOMIST CHRIS HURT ABOUT THE POTENTIALLY IMPROVED OUTLOOK FOR PORK PRODUCERS.

VERTICAL FARMING:

IN THESE DAYS OF RISING LAND VALUES, FARMERS WOULD LIKE TO GET MORE PRODUCTION FROM THE SAME ACREAGE. ONE SOLUTION COULD BE 'INDOOR VERTICAL FARMING' - PLANTING UP, INSTEAD OF OUT. IT'S A HOT TREND IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. NOW ONE INDOOR FARM IS TAKING IT TO NEW LEVELS IN A GIANT WAREHOUSE JUST OUTSIDE CHICAGO AND ONE OTHER BENEFIT - YOU DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE WEATHER VERY OFTEN. THE A-P'S MARTHA URBAN SHOWS US HOW THIS INDUSTRY IS REALLY TAKING ROOT. RIGHT NOW, "FARMED-HERE" HAS TWO LARGE STRUCTURES WITH SIX LEVELS OF GROWING BEDS. A THIRD STRUCTURE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THEY USE BOTH AQUAPONIC AND AERO-PONIC FORMS TO GROW THEIR GREENS.

PORK FOR BREAKFAST:

IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR TEENAGER EATING SUGARY SNACKS DURING THE DAY, YOU MAY WANT TO GIVE THEM PORK FOR BREAKFAST. THAT'S A CONCLUSION OF A STUDY PAID FOR BY THE PORK CHECKOFF. THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI'S DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITION.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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