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AgDay Daily Recap -May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013
 
 

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MAY 1, 2013

 

PLANTING DELAYS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. USDA MAY NEED TO RE-CONSIDER RE-NAMING ITS CROP PROGRESS REPORT AFTER ANOTHER SLOW WEEK IN THE NATION'S CORNBELT.

I-80 TOUR:

WE ARE MORE THAN HALF WAY ACROSS OUR INTERSTATE 80 PLANTING TOUR, AND NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN HAS YET TO SEE PLANTING TAKE PLACE DURING HER FOUR PREVIOUS STOPS. HER NEXT STOP - NORTHERN INDIANA. WITH TEMPERATURES ON THE RISE, AREA FARMERS MAY GET A SMALL WINDOW TO PLANT TODAY AND TOMORROW.. BUT WITH RAIN IN THE FORECAST THE REST OF THE WEEK, IT LOOKS LIKE PROGRESS COULD BE LIMITED. WHILE CORN AND SOYBEAN FUTURES RALLIED MONDAY ON WEATHER CONCERNS. PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY SAYS THE MARKET WILL ADJUST, AS IT UNDERSTANDs AT SOME POINT THIS YEAR, THE PLANTING REPORT WILL SHOW 100 PERCENT PLANTED.  BUT LATER PLANTING COULD MEAN FEWER CORN ACRES.

CATTLE PRICES:

CATTLE FUTURES FOUND A SLIGHT FOOTING ON TUESDAY....RISING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE SESSIONS. THE DRIVER, A SLOWLY IMPROVING DEMAND FOR U.S. BEEF. WHOLESALE BEEF PRICES HIT A SIX WEEK HIGH ABOVE 1-94 A POUND AND ITS ON TRACK FOR THE BIGGEST MONTH GAIN SINCE OCTOBER. THE CHANCE OF WARMER WEATHER AND UPCOMING MEMORIAL HOLDAY SHOULD BOOST MEAT DEMAND.

CROP WATCH:

WHILE IT'S BEEN A LOT OF WAITING FOR FARMERS THIS SPRING, THERE ARE FEW POCKETS OF PROGRESS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE LUCKY ONE'S IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

ANALYSIS:

THE SLOW PACE OF PLANTING IS JUST THE FIRST OF, I'M SURE, MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD FOR THE 2013 GROWING SEASON. BUT IS IT TOO EARLY TO EXPECT A BULL MARKET TO START SHOWING UP. AL PELL TALKS WITH BOB UTTERBACK ABOUT WHAT TECHNICAL INDICATORS GROWERS SHOULD BE WATCHING.

ROBOTICS:

IN RECENT YEARS WE'VE SEEN F-F-A AND 4-H CLUBS PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREPARE OUR KIDS FOR CAREERS OF THE FUTURE. THEY WILL BE COMPETING AGAINST STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES FOR THE SAME JOBS. ONE WAY TO PREPARE THE ADOLESCENTS IS THROUGH A ROBOTICS COMPETITION CALLED "FIRST" - FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. "FIRST" SHOWS US HOW SCIENCE CAN BE FIERCE ON THE ARENA FLOOR. EVEN BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL EVENT, THOUSANDS OF KIDS BATTLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN REGIONAL COMPETITIONS. THESE DEDICATED STUDENTS WORK MANY LONG DAYS AND NIGHTS, ON TOP OF THEIR SCHOOL WORK, TO BUILD THESE ROBOTS. GOOD JOB! UP NEXT, FIND OUT WHY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY BE A "BUZZ" KILL WHEN IT COMES TO CHEWING GUM.

U.S. ALLERGIES:

MIGRATING TO THE U-S MIGHT PUT IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AT HIGHER RISK FOR DEVELOPING ALLERIGES. THAT'S THE LATEST PROGNOSIS IN THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

CAFFEINE GUM:

CAFFEINE ISN'T JUST FOR COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINKS ANYMORE. A GROWING NUMBER OF FOOD COMPANIES ARE ADDING IT TO SNACKS AND FOODS. FOR INSTANCE WRIGLEY'S INTRODUCED CAFFEINATED GUM THIS WEEK. AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR "ALERT ENERGY" PROMISES THE RIGHT ENERGY RIGHT NOW. IN RESPONSE, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL BE WATCHING CLOSELY OF THE MARKETING OF CAFFEINATED-ENHANCED FOODS. CHICAGO-BASED WRIGLEY'S SAYS EACH STICK CONTAINS THE CAFFEINE EQUIVALENT OF A HALF CUP OF COFFEE.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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