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AgDay Daily Recap -May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 10, 2013

 

DROUGHT MONITOR:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. MOST OF THE NATION'S CORN BELT IS DROUGHT FREE, BUT NOW THE CHILE BELT IS IN DEEP TROUBLE.

TEXAS DROUGHT CATTLE:

TEXAS IS PROUD TO HAVE THE LARGEST CATTLE HERD IN THE NATION, BUT WITH THE CURRENT LACK OF RAIN, CATTLE NUMBERS ARE SHRINKING. ED WOLFF WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU VISITS ONE SOUTH TEXAS RANCHER DETERMINED TO WEATHER THE DUSTRY DROUGHT.

OKLAHOMA STATE SLAUGHTER:

OKLAHOMA STATE LIVESTOCK MARKETING SPECIALIST DERRELL PEEL SAYS REBUILDING THE HERD IS STILL ON HOLD. USDA NUMBERS SHOW BEEF COW SLAUGHTER OVER THE LAST 4 TO 5 WEEKS IS UP ABOUT 11% OVER LAST YEAR.

CROP WATCH:

IT'S A BATTLE BETWEEN DROUGHT AND DRY IN SOME AREAS AND TOO MUCH MOISTURE IN OTHERS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS A LOOK AT HOW FARMERS ARE COPING IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

FARM BILL:

OUR PARTNERS OVER AGRITALK SPOKE WITH LEADERS ON THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE THURSDAY. THEY SAY SO FAR ALL SIGNS INDICATE THEY'LL COMPLETE WORK ON A NEW FARM BILL BY THE SEPTEMBER DEADLINE.

EPA STANDOFF:

AND THAT'S NOT THE ONLY SHOW DOWN IN WASHINGTON. REPUBLICANS ON THE SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE ARE BOYCOTTING THE VOTE ON A NEW HEAD OF THE EPA. PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMInATED GINA MCCARTHY EARLIER THIS YEAR. IN A LETTER TO COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN BARBARA BOXER, THE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WILL NOT ATTEND THE NOMINATION MARKUP BECAUSE OF A LACK OF RESPONSE TO RECENT REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION. THE LETTER SAYS THE GROUP MADE FIVE REQUESTS--THERE HAS BEEN ADEQUATE TIME TO RESPOND AND TO DATE FOUR OF THE REQUESTS HAVE BEEN STONEWALLED.

MICHIGAN HUNTING:

IN THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE GOVERNOR SIGNED A BILL WEDNESDAY OPENNING THE DOOR FOR THE FIRST GRAY WOLF HUNT. THE PREDATOR'S POPULATIONS HAVE SEEN A RESSURGENCE SINCE BEING NEAR EXTINCTION ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO. THIS WILL MAKE MICHIGAN THE SIXTH STATE TO AUTHORIZE HUNTING WOLVES SINCE FEDERAL PROTECTIONS WERE REMOVED IN THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND NORTHERN ROCKIES A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

FARM JOURNAL SCAM:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, WE'VE GOT A QUICK NOTE FROM OUR PARENT COMPANY, FARM JOURNAL. IT SEEMS TWO MEN HAVE BEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS NEAR THE TOWN OF GRIDLEY ASKING RESIDENTS IF THEY WOULD ANSWER SURVEY QUESTIONS FOR FARM JOURNAL. FARM JOURNAL SAYS THEY DO CONDUCT SURVEYS BUT ITS ALWAYS DONE OVER THE PHONE, THROUGH EMAIL OR ATTATCHED TO THE MAGAZINE. THEY'LL NEVER SHOW UP AT YOUR HOUSE UNANNOUNCED. ILLINOIS AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE SCAM.

LAND SHIFTS:

AND FROM OUR PARTNERS AT FARM JOURNAL, IT'S DATABASE TEAM HAS FOUND IN 2012, A THIRD OF THE NATIONS FARMLAND CHANGED EITHER THE OWNER OR OPERATOR COMPARED TO 2011. FARM JOURNALS DATA TEAM SAYS THE AGING FARMING POPULATION COUPLED HIGH FARMLAND PRICES ARE DRIVING UNPRECEDENTED SHIFTS IN OWNERSHIP AND DECISION MAKER ROLES.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

CORN PLANTING IS ON THE SLOWEST PACE SINCE 1984. THAT HAS MANY WONDERING THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE AT THE END OF THE YEAR. ITS ONE THING ANALYSTS AND TRADERS WILL BE WATCHING WHEN THE USDA'S SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT COMES OUT LATER TODAY. HERE WITH OF PREVIEW OF FRIDAY'S REPORT IS PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY AND SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE. THEY JOIN US FROM THE PRO FARMER STUDIOS.

TREE CLIMBER:

URBAN FORESTRY IS A GROWING TREND - AS MANY CITIES AROUND TENNESSEE LOOK TO BRING MORE TREES BACK TO POPULATED AREAS. THE FORESTRY PROFESSIONALS WHO DO THIS WORK MUST KNOW SCIENCE, BUT ALSO THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF TREE CARE. CHUCK DENNEY SHOWS US SOME UT FORESTRY STUDENTS WHO ARE CLIMBING HIGH TO LEARN. THE UT URBAN FORESTRY STUDENTS ALSO LEARN CHAINSAW SAFETY AS PART OF THEIR INSTRUCTION.

RECIPE:

WE'RE KICKING OFF A NEW WEEKLY SEGMENT TODAY CALLED FRESH FROM THE FARM FAVORITES. TODAY'S RECIPE COMES FROM BILL BURNETT OF GOSHEN INDIANA.

CAFFEINE GUM UPDATE:

AND A QUICK UPDATE TO A STORY WE TOLD YOU ABOUT EARLIER REGARDING CAFFINATED GUM.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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