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AgDay Daily Recap -January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JANUARY 7, 2014

 

FRIGID COLD:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS WHO IS SNOWBOUND. THAT'S A COMMON STORY FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CURRENTLY TRAPPED IN THIS DEEP AND DANGEROUS FREEZE.

DAIRY TODAY REPORT:

KEEPING WITH OUR COVERAGE OF COLD WEATHER - WHEN TEMPERATURES GET BELOW A CRITICAL TEMPERATURE, ANIMALS MUST BEGIN TO USE EXTRA ENERGY TO STAY WARM.
A LIVESTOCK SPECIALIST FROM NORTH DAKOTA STATE SAYS THE CRITICAL TEMPERATURE FOR CATTLE DEPENDS ON THEIR HAIR COAT. FROM FALL TO MIDWINTER, THE HAIR COAT CONTINUES TO GROW AND THE CRITICAL TEMPERATURE FOR CATTLE DECREASES.  WITH A HEAVY WINTER COAT, THE CRITICAL TEMPERATURE FOR CATTLE IS AROUND 18 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. BELOW THAT TEMPERATURE, THE ENERGY DEMANDS FOR A COW TO MAINTAIN HER BODY TEMPERATURE INCREASE. WITH TEMPERATURES IN THIS STORM REACHING BELOW MINUS 30 IN NORTHER TIER STATES, LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS NEED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR MANAGEMENT SCHEMES TO PROTECT THEIR CATTLE. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST A MATTER OF INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF FEED. BUT IF IT'S POOR-QUALITY FEED IT MAY NOT GIVE THE CATTLE THE BOOST THEY NEED DURING COLD SPELLS.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S CHECK IN WITH CINDI CLAWSON WHO IS FILLING IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN. GOOD MORNING CINDI. A TOUGH FEW DAYS FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE AND LIVESTOCK.

TAMING MOTHER NATURE:

IT'S A BIT IRONIC THAT ON THE HEELS OF A BLIZZARD, WE ARE STARTING A NEW SERIES CALLED TAMING MOTHER NATURE.  DEALING WITH WEATHER EXTREMES JUST COMES WITH THE JOB WHEN YOU'RE A FARMER. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT GETS EASIER AS the YEARS GO ON. WHILE IT'S FUELED THE COMMODITY MARKET THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, FARMERS' EMOTIONS HAVE BEEN ON A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. BUT IF FARMERS CAN KEEP THEIR EMOTIONS IN CHECK, IT OFTEN PAYS OFF IN THE END.

ANALYSIS:

WITH A LOT OF FARMERS STILL HOLDING ONTO GRAIN FROM 2013, MANY HAVE HOPE THE PRICES WILL STILL CLIMB HIGHER.  IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS, AL PELL TALKS TO ONE ANALYST ABOUT HIS REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR 2014. AND HERE'S A HINT-- THERE ISN'T A LOT OF TALK ABOUT UPSIDE POTENTIAL.

REMOTE SNOW BLOWER:

AS AMERICANS STILL TRY TO DIG OUT FROM THIS WEEK'S SNOW, SOME ARE TRYING TO ICE THEIR BACK FROM SO MUCH SHOVELING. AN INDIANA MAN ISN'T TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT-- JUST THE SMART WAY. AS ROBERT BUMSTED FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHOWS US, THIS HOOSIER IS PLOWING HIS DRIVEWAY FROM THE COMFORT OF HIS LIVING ROOM.

USDA FOOD BANKS:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, AS SOME AMERICANS TRY TO ESCAPE THE COLD BY GOING TO SOUP KITCHENS, USDA IS ANNOUNCING IT WILL LEND A HELP TO BOTH SOUP KITCHENS AND FOOD BANKS. THE AGENCY IS DOING SO BUYING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM FARMERS AND PROCESSORS.

APPLE COMMENT PERIOD:

THERE'S STILL TIME TO COMMENT ON THE FIRST GENETICALLY ENGINEERED APPLE. USDA SAYS IT'S REOPENING THE COMMENT PERIOD THORUGH THE END OF JANUARY.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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