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AgDay Daily Recap -May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 21, 2014

 

DROUGHT:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FROM PRAYER VIGILS TO CALLS OF A MODERN DUST BOWL, AREAS OF THE SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN PLAINS ARE IN DESPARATE NEED OF WATER.

WHEAT CONDITIONS:

WHILE WHEAT CONDITION RATINGS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE. OVERALL 44%  IS POOR TO VERY POOR. STATE BY STATE – 67% IS THAT BAD IN TEXAS, 59% IS POOR TO VERY POOR IN KANSAS AND IN OKLAHOMA 78% IS ON THE LOW END OF THE SCALE.

CROP WATCH:

MEANWHILE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, TOO MUCH MOISTURE IS GIVING FARMERS FITS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER. MIKE.

I-80 RECAP:

AFTER A VERY SLOW START TO THE SEASON, CORN PLANTING IS NOW CLOSE TO THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. FOCUSING ON THE FIVE CORE STATES OF THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR, WE SEE ILLINOIS AND INDIANA ARE TEN POINTS AHEAD, BUT OHIO IS TEN POINTS AHEAD. AND TO THE WEST, NEBRASKA IS A BIT AHEAD BUT IOWA IS BEHIND. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN JOINS US WITH AN UPDATE ON CONDITIONS, TYNE.

WRRDA:

ON TUESDAY THE HOUSE VOTED 412 TO 4 IN FAVOR OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL IMPROVE THE NATION'S INLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM. THE WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OR WRRDA WILL HELP FUND WORK ON LOCKS AND DAMS--MANY OF WHICH WERE BUILT IN THE 1920'S AND 30'S. NOW THE SENATE MUST TAKE UP AND PASS A COMPANION BILL BEFORE IT CAN BE SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE.

ANALYSIS:

A TOUGH DAY IN THE MARKETS TUESDAY. THE DOW DOWN ABOUT 150 POINTS WHILE GRAINS WERE LOWER ACROSS THE BOARD. COMMODITY MARKETS CONTIUALLY WATCH PLANTING PROGRESS FOR CUES TO THE FINAL CROP--BUT WHAT CUES DO THE UNPLANTED ACRES SEND. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES PREVENT PLANT AND THE POTENTIAL MAKRET IMPACTS IN 2014.

$100 IDEA:

WHEN THE END OF THE SPRAYER BOOM IS 45 FEET OR MORE AWAY FROM THE OPERATOR, MISTAKES WILL HAPPEN. AFTER REPLACING THE SPRAY NOZZLES SEVERAL TIMES, NEBRASKA FARMER JOHN YON-KEE DECIDED TO BUILD SOMETHING TO PROTECT THEM.
HIS CLEVER FIX EARNED HIM A COUPLE HUNDRED BUCKS FROM THE FARM JOURNAL 100-DOLLAR IDEA CONTEST. THE YOUNG FARMER TALKED WITH PAM FRETWELL.

MOORE, OKLAHOMA:

ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WE WERE GLUED TO OUR TV'S WATCHING A MASSIVE STORM RIP THROUGH MOORE OKLAHOMA. THE DEADLY TWISTER CARVING A 17 MILE WIDE GAP-- KILLING TWO DOZEN PEOPLE.  I'TS ITS PATH, AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IT'S NOW REBUILDING WHILE HOLDING ON TO THE TRAGIC MEMORIES OF THAT DAY.

FOOD FIGHT:

THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSED IT'S PROPOSED SPENDING BILL TUESDAY.
INCLUDED IS A WAIVER FOR SCHOOLS FACING ECONOMIC HARDSHIP AND STRUGGLING TO MEET USDA STRICT NUTRITION STANDARDS.

CHIPOLTE:

TROUBLE IN PARADISE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTING THAT CHIPOTLE SHAREHOLDERS VOTED AGAINST A NEW EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN. LAST THE TWO CO-CEO'S MADE ABOUT 25 MILLION DOLLARS A PIECE. THE NEW PLAN WOULD HAVE CONTINUED THEIR COMPENSATION AT THAT LEVEL. 77 PERCENT OF SHAREHOLDERS VOTED AGAINST IT. THE VOTE IS NOT BINDING.

OLIVE OIL:

NEW RESEARCH SAYS THE SECRET TO THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET MAY NOT BE THE OLIVE OIL. SCIENTISTS SAY IT'S MORE LIKLEY THE COMBINATION OF OLIVE OIL WITH LEAFY GREENS AND OTHER VEGETABLES CREATES A FATTY ACID THAT HELPS LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.
THINGS LIKE SPINACH, CELERY AND CARROTS ARE FILLED WITH NITRATES AND NITRITES.
THAT COMBINED WITH HEALTHY FATS FROM AVOCADO, NUTS AND OLIVE OIL HELP CREATE A COCKTAIL THAT APPEARS TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS LIKE STROKE OR HEART ATTACKS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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