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AgDay Daily Recap -May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 13, 2014

 

MAY SNOW:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. PLANTING COMES TO A HALT IN PARTS OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND MIDWEST AFTER A MIXTURE OF WINTRY - AND WICKED - WEATHER MOVES ACROSS THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. WINTER STORM WARNINGS WERE STILL IN EFFECT MONDAY IN PARTS OF COLORADO AND WYOMING BECAUSE OF THE SPRING SNOWSTORM. THE STORM STARTED SUNDAY AND BROUGHT THREE FEET OF SNOW IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE ROCKIES. INTERSTATE 80 WAS SHUT-DOWN FOR AWHILE BECAUSE OF THE CONDITIONS.

NEBRASKA DAMAGE:

WHILE WESTERN NEBRASKA HAD SNOW, CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEBRASKA HAD SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. RESIDENTS IN KEARNEY NEBRASKA SAY A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AND CAUSED SOME DAMAGE TO OUT-BUILDINGS AND HOMES. LARGE HAIL AND STRONG WINDS WERE SEEN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE.

CROP PROGRESS:

BEFORE THE STORMS MOVED THROUGH, NEBRASKA FARMERS HAD MADE DECENT PROGRESS IN GETTING THEIR CROPS IN THE FIELD.

TEXAS WILDFIRES:

THIS WILDFIRE IN TEXAS PANHANDLE IS ANOTHER GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION OF HOW DRY IT IS IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THIS FIRE STARTED SUNDAY NEAR THE TOWN OF FRITCH WHICH IS ABOUT 30 MILES NORTHEAST OF AMARILLO, TEXAS. OUR AFFILIATE IN AMARILLO SAYS MORE THAN 100 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AS FIRE CHEWED THOUGH 22-HUNDRED ACRES.

CROP WATCH:

IF THE WILDFIRES WEREN'T ENOUGH, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO SAYS THE PANHANDLE WAS FACING THE POTENTIAL FOR RECORD COLD OVERNIGHT. TEMPS COULD DIP INTO THE UPPER 20'S AND LOW 30'S LAST NITE. LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH METEOROLGIST MIKE HOFFMAN, MIKE.

WESTERN DAIRY MAN:

A TRADE GROUP REPRESENTING CALIFORNIA DAIRY PRODUCERS IS WORRIED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GETTING TOO MUCH AUTHORITY OVER BODIES OF WATER YOU WOULD FIND ON OR NEAR FARMS. WESTERN UNITED DAIRYMAN HAS JOINED OTHER AG GROUPS WHO ARE OPPOSED TO A PROPOSED RULE CHANGE TO THE CLEAN WATER ACT.  THOSE GROUPS SAY THE CHANGES WOULD GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MORE AUTHORITY BY EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF "NAVIGABLE WATERS."

EPA WATERWAYS:

LAST WEEK 231 HOUSE MEMBERS SENT A LETTER TO EPA ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ASKING THE AGENCIES TO WITHDRAW THE CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL.  AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK HAS THE LATEST FROM THE NATION'S CAPITOL.

ANALYSIS:

LAST WEEK'S USDA SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT HAD SOME INTERESTING NUMBERS ON SOYBEAN PRODUCTION. NEW CROP SOYBEANS PROJECTED TO HIT THREE-POINT-SIX BILLION BUSHELS.  THAT WOULD BE A RECORD IF IT PROVES TRUE. THE NATIONAL SOYBEAN YIELD CAME IN MORE THAN 45 BUSHELS AN ACRE WITH ENDING STOCKS AT 330 MILLION BUSHELS.
FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES THE PRICE IMPACTS, IN PARTICULAR BASIS AND HOW'S PLAYING OUT IN SOYBEANS.

4H SEWING:

THE AGE-OLD TRADITION OF SEWING STILL TEACHES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT SKILLS, EVEN IN THIS MODERN ERA. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, CHUCK DENNEY TELLS US HOW THESE NIMBLED-FINGER 4-H'ERS ARE USING THEIR SEWING SKILLS TO MAKE GIFTS FOR OTHER KIDS.

ALCOHOL STUDY:

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZIATION JUST ISSUED A WARNING, ABOUT ALCOHOL. NEW RESEARCH SHOWING ALCOHOL KILLS MORE THAN 3 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE EACH YEAR.

GRAPE SKIN:

MEANWHILE SOME 26 MILLION AMERICANS ARE DIABETIC--THAT'S DOUBLED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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