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AgDay Daily Recap -March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 7, 2014

 

EL NINO:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. DROUGHT AND DRYNESS ACROSS THE WEST AND SOUTHERN PLAINS HAS COST THE U.S. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.
THAT COULD CHANGE IF A PACIFIC WEATHER MAKER CONTINUES TO FORM.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

MEANWHILE THE DROUGHT MONITOR ROLLED OUT THURSDAY. CONDITIONS IMPROVED SLIGHTLY ACROSS THE CONTINGUOUS UNITED STATES. JUST OVER 53 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY IS EXPERIENCING SOME FORM OF DROUGHT. THAT'S DOWN ABOUT A POINT FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK...THANKS TO SEVERAL WINTER STORMS. THE REPORT SAYS EARLIER IN THE WEEK MORE THAN HALF OF THE LOWER 48 WAS COVERED IN SNOW.

CROP WATCH:

GOOD MORNING, I'M MIKE HOFFMAN. A FARMER FROM SHERIDAN COUNTY, KANSAS POSTED SOME COMMENTS ON AGWEB. HE SAYS IT IS EXTREMELY DRY THERE. THEY'VE HAD A LOT OF COLD & WIND, VERY LITTLE SNOWFALL. THOSE CONDITIONS ARE WHAT'S TAKING POTENTIAL BUSHELS OUT OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP.

COTTON ACRES:

IT WON'T BE LONG AND FIELD WORK WILL START IN EARNEST...ESPECIALLY DOWN SOUTH.
THIS YEAR THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL EXPECTS ACREAGE TO BE UP ABOVE 11 MILLION. IN TENNESSEE COTTON ACREAGE HAS FLUCTUATED IN RECENT YEARS. CHUCK DENNEY WITH THE UT INSTITUTE OF AG REPORTS THAT THE TENNESSEE CROP MAY BE RELATIVELY SMALL BUT THE QUALITY IS HIGH.

NEBRASKA EGG SUIT:

FIVE STATES HAVE NOW JOINED MISSOURI IN A LAWSUIT THAT CHALLENGES CALIFORNIA'S EGG PRODUCTION STANDARDS. IN 2008 CALIFORNIA VOTERS APPROVED A MEASURE THAT REQUIRES LARGER CAGES FOR EGG-LAYING HENS.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

THE U-S IS MOVING TOWARDS ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA FOR ITS ACTION IN UKRAINE. THE GRAIN MARKETS ARE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION AS UKRAINE IS THE WORLD'S NUMBER THREE EXPORTER OF CORN AND AND NUMBER FIVE IN WHEAT.  IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE JOIN US TO LOOK AT WHERE THE INSTABILITY IN THE BLACK SEA REGION COULD TAKE THESE MARKETS.

WHOOPING CRANES:

RARE AND ENDANGERED BIRDS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK IN LOUISIANA. THANKS TO HELP FROM THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES AND THE LSU AGCENTER.. WHOOPING CRANE NUMBERS ARE ON THE RISE. LSU AGCENTER CORRESPONDENT TOBIE BLANCHARD REPORTS.

RECIPE:

FARM JOURNAL MAGAZINE FOCUSES ON STRICT PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE THESE DAYS. BUT THERE WAS A TIME WHEN IT INCLUDED USEFUL INFORMATION FOR GARDENERS AND HOMEMAKERS. THE COMPANY EVEN PUBLISHED COOKBOOKS. AND YOU MIGHT EVEN HAVE ONE AROUND YOUR KITCHEN. AND THAT'S WHERE WE FOUND TODAY'S "FROM THE FARM FAVORITE" RECIPE. IT'S CALLED A "NOBBY APPLE CAKE". HERE ARE THE INGREDIENTS:
THREE TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER, ONE CUP EACH OF SUGAR AND SIFTED FLOUR, ONE EGG, ONE TEASPOON BAKING SODA, A HALF TEASPOON EACH OF SALT, GROUND CINNAMON AND GROUND NUTMEG, THREE CUPS DICED PARED APPLES, A QUARTER CUP OF CHOPPED WALNUTS AND ONE TEASPOON OF VANILA. CREAM TOGETHER BUTTER AND SUGAR AT MEDIUM SPEED UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY. ADD THE EGG AND MIX IT WELL. SIFT TOGETHER THE REST OF THE DRY INGREDIENTS AND ADD IT TO THE CREAMY MIXTURE. THE BATTER WILL BE VERY STIFF. ADD APPLES, WALNUTS AND VANILLA. STIR WELL AND SPOON IT INTO A GREASED EIGHT INCH SQUARE BAKING PAN. BAKE AT 350 FOR 40 MINUTES. IT MAKES NINE SERVINGS.

BARNS:

VIEWER JOHN BELL'ORK WANTED TO SHARE HIS BARN WITH US. HE'S NOT A BIG ROW-CROP FARMER. IN FACT, HE CALLS HIMSELF A "GRASS FARMER". AL PELL HAS DETAILS THIS MORNING.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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