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AgDay Daily Recap -April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 12, 2013

 

BUDGET:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S A LONG BUDGET PROCESS AHEAD, BUT IT APPEARS LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS COULD ONCE AGAIN GET DISASTER ASSISTANCE.

HORSE SLAUGHTER:

ALSO TUCKED INSIDE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET - A LINE THAT WOULD ONCE AGAIN ELIMINATE LEGAL HORSE SLAUGHTER IN THIS COUNTRY. IN A REPORT IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE BUDGET DOES NOT INCLUDE FUNDING FOR USDA INSPECTORS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES. WITHOUT THOSE INSPECTIONS, THE HORSE MEAT COULD NOT BE EXPORTED. THAT HAPPENED IN 2007, EFFECTIVELY CLOSING THAT INDUSTRY IN THE U-S.

IMMIGRATION RALLY:

IN OTHER NEWS FROM WASHINGTON - THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS AND ACTIVISTS RALLIED IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL. THEY ARE PRESSURING CONGRESS TO APPROVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. THESE PROTESTORS WANT ANY REFORM PACKAGE TO GRANT 11 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS A PATH TOWARDS CITIZENSHIP. SENATORS WRITING A SWEEPING IMMIGRATION BILL HAVE SAID THEY HOPE TO FINISH THEIR WORK THIS WEEK. THE LEGISLATION IS OF VITAL INTEREST AGRICULTURE WHICH STRUGGLES TO FIND A LEGAL WORKFORCE TO WORK IN ORCHARDS AND DAIRIES. OF THE 11 MILLION ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY, SOME ESTIMATES PUT THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL FARM WORKERS AT ONE MILLION PEOPLE.

SATURDAY MAIL:

IT APPEARS SATURDAY DELIVERY OF MAIL WILL NOT BE GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE VOTED TO CONTINUE SATURDAY DELIVERY. BUT THAT STEP WAS MERELY ACADEMIC.

CROP WATCH:

WE GOT SOME PRETTY AMAZING PICTURES FROM SOME OF YOU THAT SHOW THE RESULTS OF THE WINTRY BLAST. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS THOSE FOR YOU IN CROPWATCH.

DAKOTA LAND VALUES:

AS AGDAY FIRST REPORTED LAST WEEK, NORTH DAKOTA SAW AN INCREDIBLE JUMP IN THE PRICE OF FARMLAND. IT SHOT-UP 42-% SINCE LAST YEAR. AND WHILE THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE IS STILL DWARFED BY PRICES YOU WOULD SEE IN IOWA OR ILLINOIS, THE INCREASE STILL GIVES UP-AND-COMING FARMERS STICKER SHOCK. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR HAS OUR STORY.

EQUIPMENT SALES:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY - SALES OF FARM EQUIPMENT ARE REMAINING STRONG. THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER'S RELELASED IT’S MONTHLY "FLASH REPORT."
A-E-M SAYS THE SALE OF ALL TRACTORS IN THE U.S. FOR MARCH 2013, WERE UP 4% COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.  WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR, TRACTOR SALE ARE 11% - OR ABOUT FOUR THOUSAND TRACTORS -  HIGHER THAN THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE BIGGEST DEMAND WAS FOR HIGHER HORSEPOWER TWO WEEK DRIVE TRACTORS. IN THAT CATEGORY ALONE, SAYS ARE UP 32%. COMBINE SALES ARE UP 76% FOR THE MONTH. FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THOSE ARE UP BETTER THAN 50%.

ANALYSIS:

COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, FARMERS ARE BEHIND IN ROLLING THEIR PLANTERS. THE RECENT WINTRY WEATHER IS KEEPING THE MACHINES PARKED.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SAYS AN ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN EASED DROUGHT IN THE PLAINS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT DROUGHT INTENSIFIED IN ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO.
IN THE WESTERN CORNBELT, NEBRASKA SAW WIDESPREAD IMPROVEMENT. BUT IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO GET TOO EXCITED. FOR INSTANCE THE AREA IN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT - THE MOST INTENSE CATEGORY - IS DOWN TO 15% OF THE STATE. THAT'S A 60-POINT IMPROVEMENT. HOWEVER, 94% IS STILL IN EXTREME DROUGHT.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

IN THIS WEEK'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, EDITOR CHIP FLORY AND SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE SAY THE MARKET HASN'T RESPONDED MUCH TO THE IMPROVING MOISTURE PICTURE.

LAWN TRACTORS:

SPRING IS HERE, AND IT'S TIME TO DUST OFF THAT LAWNMOWER THAT'S BEEN PACKED AWAY FOR MONTHS. I WOULD GUESS MANY - IF NOT MOST - OF YOU CAN CHANGE OIL AND SPARK-PLUGS ON YOUR MOWER, SO YOU DON'T NEED TO TAKE IT TO A REPAIR SHOP. BUT IMAGINE IF THE SERVICE TECHNICIANS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO COULD DESIGN THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARM EQUIPMENT? CHUCK DENNEY HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEEE. CHUCK SAYS THE STUDENTS RAISED MONEY FOR THEIR CAMPUS ORGANIZATION - THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. THEY USED FUNDS FROM WORKING ON THE LAWNMOWERS TO ATTEND AN EVENT IN OKLAHOMA.

MEAT CONSUMPTION:

IT'S NO SECRET MEAT CONSUMPTION CONTINUES TO FALL. IT'S BEEN DOING THAT FOR NEARLY A DECADE NOW. BUT SO FAR OVERALL SALES ARE HANGING TOUGH.

CHICKEN CHANGES:

AS PRICES FOR BEEF AND PORK MOVE HIGHER, MORE CONSUMERS ARE SHIFTING TOWARD POULTRY.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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