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AgDay Daily Recap -August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

AUGUST 27, 2013

 

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A LATE SUMMER HEATWAVE IS PUSHING INTO THE PLAINS THIS WEEK BRINGING WITH IT SCORTCHING HEAT AND LITTLE RAIN.

FARM PROGRESS:

IN DECATURE ILLINOIS, THOUSANDS WILL BE ON HAND FOR THE ANNUAL FARM PROGRESS SHOW. WHILE THE AG INDUSTRY SHOW'S OFF THE LATEST IN SEED, FARM AND EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 90'S. THE HEAT IS A MIXED BLESSING FOR MANY FARMERS. HIGHER TEMPS WILL SPEED ALONG MATURITIES BUT A LACK OF RAIN COULD HURT AN ALREADY TEPID SOYBEAN CROP.

CALIFORNIA FIRE:

IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, DROUGHT AND HOT WEATHER HAS FIRE FIGHTERS BATTLING AN ENORMOUS BLAZE. SO FAR MORE THAN 225 SQUARE MILES HAVE BURNED--CONTAINMENT IS ESTIMATED AT JUST 7 PERCENT. CREWS INCLUDE, NEARLY 20 AIRCRAFT AND 28-HUNDRED FIRE FIGHTERS WORKING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL. THERE'S CONCERN THE FIRE AND ASH COULD IMPACT THE DRINKING WATER FOR THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO.

CROP WATCH:

SPEAKING OF WATER - IF YOU'RE HEADED TO THE FARM PROGRESS, BE SURE TO TAKE PLENTY OF WATER. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROPWATCH. GOOD MORNING MIKE.

CROP PROGRESS:

THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT THIS MORNING SHOWS ANOTHER DECLINE IN THE NATION'S CORN CROP. 59-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT, DOWN TWO POINTS FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THIS IS THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK OF DECLINES. AS FAR AS MATURITY - 23-PERCENT HAS DENTED, WHICH IS HALF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. ALL THREE OF THE BIG EYE STATES SHOW SIGNIFICANT DELAYS IN THE DENTING STAGE. 70-PERCENT HAS REACHED DOUGH STAGE, NINE POINTS BEHIND. LOOKING AT SOYBEANS - THEY ALSO SAW A DROP IN CONDITION. USDA SAYS 58-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THAT'S DOWN 4 POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. NOW TO SORGHUM - 56-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ANOTHER THIRD IS FAIR. 28-PERCENT HAS REACHED MATURITY WHICH IS RIGHT ON PAR. AND A CROP WE DON'T LOOK AT VERY OFTEN - BARLEY. 66 PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. AND HARVEST HAS SURPASSED THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE WITH 58-PERCENT NOW CUT.

BARLEY HARVEST:

IN MONTANA BARLEY HARVEST IS JUST GETTING UNDERWAY. BING VONBERGEN--THE CURRENT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS PRESIDENT, ALSO FARMS BARLEY. HE SAYS THE BARLEY CROP IS HAVING A RELATIVELY GOOD YEAR.

CUSTOM CUTTER:

MEANWHILE, IN NORTH DAKOTA CUSTOM CUTTERS SAY THE CROPS THEY ARE HARVESTING THERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST THEY'VE SEEN. CREWS WORKING THEIR WAY NORTH FROM TEXAS SAY THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY AND YIELDS OF WHEAT AND BARLEY FROM STATE TO STATE. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR REPORTS.

FONTERRA:

IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DAIRY TODAY - NEW ZEALAND IS TRYING TO INSURE CHINA THAT IT IS TAKING AN AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO INSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR VARIOUS DAIRY PRODUCTS.

COWS ON FEED:

THE USDA RELEASES IT'S JULY CATTLE ON FEED REPORT. LAST MONTH INVENTORY'S AT FEEDLOTS WITH A THOUSAND HEAD OR MORE WAS DOWN SIX PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR. PLACEMENTS WERE OFF 10. ANALYSTS SAY IT'S BULLISH--WELL BELOW WHAT THE INDUSTRY EXPECTED. FEWER CATTLE AVAILABLE FOR SLAUGHTER IS EXPECTED TO PUSH PRICES HIGHER AT THE END OF THIS YEAR AND FIRST OF NEXT.

HURRICANE STATS:

SO WHERE ARE ALL OF THE HURRICANES? THAT'S QUESTION MANY ARE STARTING TO ASK. THROUGH AUGUST, THERE HAVE BEEN NO HURRICANES IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN, THE CARIBBEAN OR THE GULF OF MEXICO. HURRICANE SEASON TYPICALLY PEAKS ON SEPTEMBER 10TH. THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 25 OTHER YEARS SINCE THE 1850'S WHERE THE FIRST HURRICANE DEVELOPED AFTER SEPTEMBER 1.

HURRICANE RECOVERY:

SOME FARMERS IN THE NORTHEAST ARE STILL TRYING TO RECOVER FROM TROPICAL STORM IRENE...AND IT'S BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE THAT STORM CAME ASHORE. MATT SMALL OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAKES US TO SCENIC VERMONT WHERE WE MEET A VEGETABLE GROWER WHO IS HOPING HER NEW FARM CAN STILL TAKE ROOT.

FOOTBALL AND FOOD:

DOES HOW YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM PERFORMS IMPACT WHAT YOU EAT AFTER THE GAME? NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS IT DOES.

WILD BILL REVOLVER:

A PIECE OF OLD-WEST HISTORY IS GOING-UP ON THE AUCTION BLOCK THIS FALL.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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