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AgDay Daily Recap -April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 16, 2013

 

CROP PROGRESS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER SPRING STORM IS WORKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BRINGING WITH IT COLD AND SNOW. ELSEWHERE, ABOUT 23% OF THE NATION'S RICE CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED. THAT'S BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE AND LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME.

CROP WATCH:

AS YOU SAW, THE NORTHERN PLAINS GOT SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND AND IT LOOKS LIKE MORE IS ON THE WAY. MIKE HOFFMAN SHOWS US HOW THAT'S SLOWING THINGS DOWN IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.
HIGH SPEED RAIL:

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN BOARDED A HIGH SPEED TRAIN FROM BEIJING TO SHANGHAI THURSDAY AS PART OF AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA. BROWN WANTS TO BUILD A SIMILAR TRANSPORT LINK IN CALIFORNIA THAT STRETCHES FROM SAN FRANSISCO TO LOS ANGELES. BUT THE PROPOSED RAIL LINE RUNS RIGHT THROUGH THE HEART OF CALIFORNIA'S DAIRY COUNTRY.

DAIRY PRICES:

DAIRY PRICES CONTINUED THEIR RALLY MONDAY. THAT'S AFTER A STRONG SHOWING LAST WEEK. CLASS THREE FUTURES FOR APRIL AND JULY WERE UP OVER A DIME. CHEESE BARRELS HAVE CLIMBED ABOUT 15 CENTS SINCE THE END OF MARCH. PUSHING MARKETS HIGHER IS THE CONTINUED DROUGHT IN NEW ZEALAND AND LOWER U.S. MILK PRODUCTION ESTIMATES.

IMMIGRATION:

THERE IS CONSCENSUS ON A NEW FARM WORKER PROGRAM. A GROUP OF SENATORS, LABOR UNIONS AND FARM GROUPS SAY THEY'VE AGREED ON A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR THE PROGRAM...AS PART OF AN OVERALL IMMIGRATION REFORM PLAN. THE FRAMEWORK DEALS WITH UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS, WAGES AND VISA'S. IT WOULD REPLACE THE CURRENT H2-A PROGRAM. AG SECRETARY VILSACK SAYS IT OFFERS A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR AN ESTIMATED 500 TO 700 THOUSAND UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS.

DAIRY FARM BILL:

THE FARM BILL COULD BE TAKEN UP IN WASHINGTON IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. THE FATE OF THE PROPOSED DAIRY SECRUITY ACT COULD BE DECIDED THIS YEAR IF A NEW FARM BILL IS PASSED. AGDAY'S NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN SAYS QUESTIONS STILL SURROUND WHAT THE ACT WOULD MEAN FOR BOTH PRODUCERS AND PROCESSORS.

ALASKA OIL:

IN AGRIBUSINESS ALASKA LAWMAKERS HAVE CUT OIL-PRODUCTION TAXES IN HOPES OF SPURRING OUTPUT. THE LEGISLATURE HAS AGREED TO STOP INCREASING TAX RATES AS OIL PRICES RISE. THE NEW PLAN CREATES A BASE RATE OF 35 PERCENT ON OIL COMPANIES' NET PROFITS.

GOLD:

GOLD PRICES ARE ON THE SLIDE...AND THAT TORPEDOED OTHER COMMODITIES MONDAY. THE PRECIOUS METAL IS DROPPED TO ITS LOWEST MARK IN TWO YEARS. THE DECLINE FOLLOWS DISAPPOINTING CHINESE GROWTH FIGURES MAKING SOME WONDER IF THE BULL MARKET MAY BE OVER.

ANALYSIS:

THE WEATHER HASN'T BEEN KIND TO THIS YEAR'S WHEAT CROP. FROM TOO DRY TO TOO COLD, AND THERE'S A CHANCE OF COLD AGAIN LATER THIS WEEK. AL PELL TALKS TO JIM BOWER OF BOWER TRADING TO SEE THE IMPACT WEATHER IS HAVING ON THE WHEAT MARKET.

DAKOTA TRIPLETS:

CALVING SEASON IS FULL OF SURPRISES. AS WE SAW EARLIER, WEATHER IN NORTH DAKOTA HAS THROWN IN ONE ELEMENT, WITH A COLD, SNOWY AND WET MONTH OF APRIL SO FAR. THE NUMBER OF CALVES BORN IS ALSO UNPREDICTABLE. THIS YEAR HAS PROVED NO DIFFERENT, ESPEICALLY FOR ONE NORTH DALOTA RANCHER WHO EXPERIENCED SOMETHING SO RARE, IT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE 55 YEARS HE'S BEEN IN THE BUSINESS. CLIFF NAYLOR WITH AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR HAS OUR STORY. ACCORDING TO THE HOLSTEIN WEBSITE, THE ODDS OF TRIPLET CALVES BEING BORN IS ONE IN 105 THOUSAND, THE CHANCES OF THE TRIPLETS ALL BEING HEIFERS IS ONE IN TWO MILLION. AND HAVING ALL THREE SURVIVE, BUMPS THE ODDS UP TO ONE IN EIGHT MILLION.

FAMILY FOOD STUDY:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, AS THE ORGANIC TREND GROWS AMONG MOMS, IT APPEARS MISINFORMATION MAY BE FEEDING THEIR INTEREST.

CALL FOR RECIPES:

AND DO YOU HAVE THE PERFECT RECIPE THAT KEEPS EVERYONE RAVING? WE'D LIKE FOR YOU TO SHARE IT. STARTING NEXT MONTH, WE'LL START A WEEKLY RECIPE SEGMENT CALLED "FROM THE FARM FAVORITES." YOU CAN EITHER E-MAIL US AT INBOX AT AGDAY DOT COM, OR SHARE IT ON FACEBOOK. AND IF YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF THE DISH, WE ENCOURGE YOU TO SEND THAT TOO.  IF SELECTED, WE'LL FEATURE YOUR RECIPE ON OUR SHOW.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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