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AgDay Daily Recap -March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 27, 2013

 

MONSANTO DUPONT LAWSUIT:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. TWO SEED GIANTS HAVE AGREED TO DISMISS LAWSUITS AGAINST EACH OTHER AS THEY COME TO TERMS ON USE OF SEED TRAIT TECHNOLOGY.

WHEAT UPDATE:

IT APPEARS THE WINTER WHEAT CROP IN PARTS OF NORTHERN U-S IS COMING OFF WINTER IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. USDA'S "NASS" JUST ISSUED ITS MONTHLY PROGNOSIS OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP. IN MONTANA - 44 PERCENT IS CALLED GOOD TO EXCELLENT, ABOVE LAST YEARS' 28-PERCENT. 'NASS' SAYS MUCH OF THE STATE'S WINTER WHEAT REMAINS DORMANT BUT 26 PERCENT WAS STARTING TO GREEN. WINTER KILL APPEARS TO BE LOW. AND MANY FARMERS ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT SOIL MOISURE IN THE TOP GROWING AREAS OF THE STATE. IN NORTH DAKOTA - MARCH BROUGHT COLD TEMPS AND DECENT SNOWFALL. THERE'S CONCERN FOR SPRING FLOODING, HOWEVER, NASS SAYS PRODUCERS IMPACTED BY DROUGHT ACROSS THE STATE IN 2012 WELCOMED THE ADDITIONAL PRECIPITATION. ON AVERAGE, PRODUCERS INTEND TO START FIELD WORK BY APRIL 22ND. THAT'S THREE WEEKS BEHIND LAST YEAR. IN COLORADO - OVERALL CROP CONDITION WAS RATED MOSTLY FAIR TO VERY POOR WITH COLD TEMPERATURES AND DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS PARTS OF THE STATE. SPRING WHEAT WAS 7 PERCENT SEEDED BY WEEK'S END COMPARED TO TEN PERCENT ON AVERAGE.

CROP WATCH:

IN EASTERN WASHINGTON STATE - FARMERS ARE MAKING PROGRESS WITH THEIR SPRING FIELD WORK. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS FIELD CONDITIONS IN TODAY'S CROPWATCH, MIKE.

COLORADO FIRE UPDATE:

IT'S BEEN AN EARLY START TO WILDFIRE SEASON. COLORADO FIRE CREWS HAVE NOW FULLY CONTAINED A WILDFIRE WEST OF FORT COLLINS. NOT BEFORE IT BURNED 13-HUNDRED ACRES. THE FIRE CAUSED ONLY MINOR INJURIES AND DIDN'T BURN ANY STRUCTURES.

WILDFIRE PREVENTION ACT:

TO HELP FIGHT FUTURE FIRES, A NEW BILL IS NOW BEFORE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT'S NAMED THE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE PREVENTION ACT...AND IS BEING REINTRODUCED FROM THE LAST SESSION OF CONGRESS.

MEAT PRICES:

CATTLE PRICES HAVE BEEN STRONG--BUT SO FAR THERE HAVEN'T BEEN TOO MANY CHANGES AT THE MEAT COUNTER IN 2013. WELL IT'S COMING SAYS THE USDA. THE ERS SAYS BEEF PRICES ARE LIKELY INCREASE 3-4 PERCENT--ADD THAT TO THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS AND CONSUMERS ARE STARING AT PRICES SOME 20 PERCENT HIGHER. USDA SAYS EXPECT THE JUMP ONCE THE WEATHER WARMS UP AND GRILLING SEASON STARTS.

WEED WARRIOR MISSOURI:

AS WE CONTINUE OUR SPECIAL REPORT - WEED WARRIORS - A NEW APP CREATED BY UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION HELPS YOU NAME THAT WEED. THE MOBILE APP - AVAILABLE ON ANY SMART PHONE - CAN GIVE FARMERS AND  HOMEOWNERS INSTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PESKY WEEDS IN THEIR FIELD. KENT FADDIS WITH THE MU EXTENSION SAYS IT'S ANOTHER TOOL NEEDED FOR ALL WEED WARRIORS.

BRAZIL STRUGGLES:

U.S. SOYBEAN PRICES AND EXPORTS ARE GETTING AN UNEXPECTED BOUNCE THIS SPRING.
BRAZIL CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE GETTING BEANS AND MEAL OUT OF THE COUNTRY. A LACK OF TRUCKS, HIGH FREIGHT COSTS AND RAIN HAVE MADE DELIVERY'S TO PORTS A CHALLENGE IN MARCH. THAT'S PUSHING WORLD CUSTOMERS TO U.S. BEANS AND HELPING HOLD PRICES.

ANALYSIS:

U.S. AG EXPORTS SET RECORDS LAST YEAR--HELP IN PART--TO A WEAK U.S. DOLLAR.
BUT AS THE DOLLAR BEGINGS TO STRENGTHEN WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PRODUCERS.
FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

50 YEAR TEACHER:

THE CLASSROOM HAS RAPIDLY EVOLVED OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS. FROM CHALKBOARDS TO COMPUTERS AND SMART BOARDS, ONE TEACHER HAS SEEN IT ALL. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY CLIFF NAYLOR OF AG DAY AFFILATE KFYR, AFTER 50 YEARS, THE LEARNING CONTINUES BOTH IN HER SHOES AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASSROOM, AND FOR THE STUDENTS BEHIND THE DESKS. WHEN ABERNETHY BEGAN HER CAREER IN EDUCATION, SHE TAUGH FIRST THROUGH FOURTH GRADE IN A RURAL SCHOOL, WHILE HER HUSBAND TAUGHT FIFTH THROUGH EIGTH. THEY LIVED IN AN APARTMENT IN THE SCHOOL AND ALSO DID THE JANITOR WORK.

WHEAT USE:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THE PUSH FOR MORE OR LESS WHEAT IN OUR DIETS HAS BEEN A ROLLCOASTER RIDE OVER THE YEARS.  NOW, THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AG SAYS SIGNALS SHOW WHEAT USAGE IS LEVELING OFF.

ASPARTAME MILK:

WE HAVE A CLARIFICATION TO A STORY WE BROUGHT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO REGARDING ADDING ASPARTAME TO FLAVORED MILK.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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