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AgDay Daily Recap -January 17, 2013

January 17, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 17, 2013

MEETING:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE FOUR DAY FARM BUREAU ANNUAL MEETING IS NOW IN THE BOOKS...AND THE DELEGATES HAVE THEIR MARCHING ORDERS. AND IN SOME CASES, IT INVOLVES ENERGY.

RMA PAYOUTS RECORD:

AS EXPECTED U-S CROP INSURANCE INDEMNITIES FOR 2012 CROPS SET A NEW RECORD OF 11-AND-A-HALF BILLION DOLLARS. . .AND THERE ARE MORE CHECKS TO GO. THAT MARK SHATTERS THE RECORD SET IN 2011. ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY SEVEN OF THE ELEVEN BILLION GOES TO PAY FOR LOST CORN CROPS. OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER NEWSLETTER SAY IT'S EXPECTED THE PAYOUT LEVELS COULD REACH 16 BILLION DOLLARS.

CITRUS FREEZE UPDATE:

MEANWHILE DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS ARE STILL BEING MADE IN CALIFORNIA'S PRIMARY CROP PRODUCTION AREA FOLLOWING FIVE DAYS OF RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES. AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING, THE CENTRAL VALLEY - WHICH STRETCHES FROM FRESNO TO BAKERSFIELD - SAW TEMPS DIP INTO THE 20'S. CITRUS CROPS HAVE BEEN AT RISK, ESPECIALLY MANDARINS. FARMERS HAVE BEEN USING WIND MACHINES TO HELP PROTECT THE CROP. EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING, TEMPS WERE DOWN AGAIN - BUT NOT FOR AS LONG OF A PERIOD. WE TALKED WITH THE CALIFORNIA CITRUS MUTUAL ASSOCIATION WHICH REPRESENTS 39-HUNDRED GROWERS. C-C-M SAYS EARLY ASSESSMENTS SHOW SOME DAMAGE, BUT IN ISOLATED AREAS. THE FULL EXTENT WON'T BE KNOWN FOR WEEKS.

AUSSIE WEATHER:

IT'S NOT RECORD COLD, BUT RECORD HEAT IN AUSTRALIA. AND IT'S PUTTING STRESS ON SUMMER CROPS. USDA SAYS TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT SPREADS OVER SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND AND NEW SOUTH WALES, DRYLAND CROPS ARE STRUGGLING AND DEVELOPMENT OF IRRIGATED CROPS ISN'T MUCH BETTER, THE TEMPS ARE ENABLING WHEAT GROWERS TO GET AHEAD OF THE WINTER WHEAT HARVES.

CROP WATCH:

BACK HOME IT'S COLD AND STILL PLENTY DRY FOR MANY FARMERS. CINDI CLAWSON JOINS US THIS MORNING FOR CROPWATCH.

LIVESTOCK TRACEBILITY RULE:

AS WE'VE REPORTED, THE USDA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED A FINAL LIVESTOCK TRACEBILITY RULE. THE PROGRAM WAS SEVERAL YEARS IN THE MAKING AND THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE PUSH BACK FROM PRODUCERS CONCERNED ABOUT A MANDATORY SYSTEM. UNDER THE NEW RULES STATES AND TRIBES CAN USE SYSTEMS WORK BEST FOR THEM AND THEIR PRODUCERS. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK TALKED TO PRODUCERS AND STATE VETERINARIANS ABOUT HOW CURRENT PROGRAMS WILL FIT INTO THE NATIONAL SYSTEM.

ANALYSIS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO GET AHEAD AND STAY AHEAD IN YOUR MARKETING DECISIONS FOR 2013? WITH CONCERNS OF A LINGERING DROUGHT, SOME PRODUCERS ARE HESITANT TO MAKE SOME MOVES. AL PELL HAS MORE IN ANALYSIS.

DIGESTER COOKING:

NO DOUBT BY NOW WE'VE ALL HEARD ABOUT DIGESTERS AND THEIR ABILITY TO TURN LIVESTOCK WASTE INTO USABLE ENERGY. BUT IT'S A TECHNOLOGY THAT SO FAR HAS BEEN RELATIVELY LIMITED LARGE COMMERICAL OPERATIONS. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING WAYS TO HARNESS THAT ENERGY FOR EVERYDAY USE. THE ENGINEERING STUDENTS SAY THEY USE A ONE TO ONE RATIO OF WEEDS OR ORGANIC MATTER AND WATER TO CREATE THE GAS.

MCDONALD’S APPLES:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY APPLE SLICES ARE QUICKLY GAINING POPULARITY AT FAST FOOD JOINTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. FOR MOST KIDS AND PARENTS ALIKE ITS SOMETHING THEY CAN AGREE ON.

POPCORN MARKET:

AND ANALYSTS KEEPING AN EYE ON THE POPCORN INDUSTRY SAY MARKETS LOOK STRONG IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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