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AgDay Daily Recap -April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 23, 2013

 

FLOODING:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN, RIVERS THROUGH-OUT THE MIDWEST ARE CLIMBING OUT OF THEIR BANKS AND TEAMS OF VOLUNTEERS ARE SETTING-UP SAND-BAG PATROLS.

CROP PROGRESS:

AFTER ANOTHER WET WEEK, PLANTING PROGRESS IS FALLING BEHIND. THE USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT CAME OUT LATE MONDAY.

SOYBEAN PLANTING:

WHILE FIELD WORK HAS BEEN SLOW UP NORTH. DOWN SOUTH, RECENT RAINS ARE KEEPING FARMERS OUT OF THEIR FIELDS AS WELL. IN LOUISIANA, AGRONOMISTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO GET SOYBEANS IN THE GROUND. TOBIE BLANCHARD WITH THE LSU AG CENTER REPORTS.

WHEAT FREEZE:

MEANWHILE WINTER WHEAT GROWERS IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ARE BRACING FOR FREEZING TEMPERATURES AGAIN THIS WEEK. IT COULD DROP AS LOW AS 14 DEGREES IN PLACES, ADDING MOSTLY INSULT TO INJURY. MANY FARMERS ARE STILL WAITING TO SEE HOW MUCH DAMAGE WAS DOWN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS FOLLOWING FREEZING TEMPERATURES AT THE OF MARCH AND FIRST OF APRIL.

DROUGHT UPDATE:

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS THE RECENT RAIN AND SNOW IS HAVING AN IMPACT. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 MONTHS, MODERATE DROUGHT OR WORSE IS NOW BELOW 50 PERCENT FOR THE CONTINGUOUS UNITED STATES. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER FOR CROPWATCH, MIKE.

CROP WATCH:

GOOD MORNING CLINTON. YOU'RE RIGHT WE'VE WATCHED THOSE DROUGHT AREAS ERODE OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, INCLUDING PARTS OF NEBRASKA. AND FROM LANCASTER COUNTY, NEBRASKA, ONE FARMER POSTED ON AGWEB THAT IT RAINED MOST OF YESTERDAY MORNING. HE SAYS IT WAS JUST GETTING DRY ENOUGH TO DO SOME SPRAYING ON BEAN GROUND, NOW IT WILL BE A WHILE AGAIN. OF COURSE, HE'S NOT COMPLAINING. MOISTURE IS WELCOME AS THEY ARE STILL VERY DRY FROM TWO-TO-FOUR FEET IN HIS SOIL PROFILE. SOIL TEMP IS ONLY ABOUT 41 DEGREES. IN YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, WE'RE TOLD THAT PLANTERS ARE ROLLING ALL AROUND THERE. GOOD MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE.

MILK PRICE:

IN DAIRY TODAY, AS WASHINGTON GETS READY TO TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT A FARM BILL--THERE ARE PLENTY OF DEBATES LEFT TO BE HAD. FOR DAIRYMEN AND WOMEN, THE MILK PRICING SYSTEM CONTINUES SEE MUCH DISCUSSION.

MILK DELIVERY:

MEANWHILE A COUPLE GALLONS OF MILK ARE GETTING A BOSTON POLICE OFFICER A LOT OF LOVE ONLINE. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN LAST WEEK WHILE THE CITY WAS ON LOCK DOWN. IT SHOWS AN OFFICER DELIVERING MILK TO A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN...IN THE MIDST OF THE INTENSE ONGOING MANHUNT. THE PIC HAS SINCE GONE VIRAL WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SHARES ON FACEBOOK. THE OFFICER IS WITH THE BROOKLINE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

CATTLE ON FEED REPORT:

THE LATEST USDA CATTLE ON FEED REPORT IS OUT. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS PLACEMENTS INTO FEEDLOTS WERE 6 PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR. THAT'S MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THE TRADE WAS EXPECTING...MOST ANALYSTS EXPECTED PLACEMENTS TO BE DOWN YEAR OVER YEAR. NOW THERE'S DEBATE OVER WHY SO MANY CATTLE WERE PUT IN FEEDLOTS THIS MARCH. ON THE INVENTORY FRONT OR THE ACTUAL TOTAL NUMBER OF CATTLE AND CALVES ON FEED-- NUMBERS WERE DOWN 5 PERCENT. MARKETINGS WERE ALSO DOWN.

ANALYSIS:

COMMODITY MARKETS STARTED THE WEEK DOWN PRETTY MUCH ACROSS THE BOARD MONDAY. ANALYSTS CONTINUE TO WATCH WORLD ECONOMIES INCLUDING CHINA FOR MARKET SIGNALS. AL PELL AND GREG HUNT DISCUSS HOW THAT COUNTRY IS EVOLVING AND THE CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD.

OSTRICH BASEBALL:

THE MAJOR LEAGUES HAVE YOUR CUBS, MARLINS, DIAMONDBACKS. BUT MINOR LEAGUES USUALLY HAVE SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE CREATIVE WITH THEIR CRITTERS. THEY'RE TRYING TO DEVELOP "MAJOR" ATTRACTIONS AND GET MORE PEOPLE TO THE BALLPARK. FOR INSTANCE, WHEN THE READING, PENNSYLVANIA 'FIGHTIN PHILS' RE-BRANDED, THEY CHOSE AS THEIR MASCOT THE GANGLY, AWKWARD OSTRICH. THE A-P'S LEE POWELL TRIES TO EXPLAINS WHILE ALSO TRYING TO AVOID THE FLIGHTLESS BIRD'S BITE

CATFISH:

U.S. SENATOR THAD COCHRAN OF MISSISSIPPI IS COMING TO THE AID OF CATFISH PRODUCERS IN HIS STATE. COCHRAN SAYS HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE FOREIGN IMPORTS GO THROUGH THE SAME INSPECTION REQUIRED BY DOMESTIC PRODUCERS.

FOOD BANK BOAT RACE:

SOME COURAGEOUS SAILORS HIT THE "HIGH SEAS" THIS WEEKEND IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI TO HELP FEED THE NEEDY.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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