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AgDay Daily Recap -June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JUNE 5, 2013

 

GE WHEAT SUIT:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE GMO WHEAT FOUND ON AN OREGON FARM FIELD IS HEADED FOR COURT. THE FIRST LAWSUIT HAS NOW BEEN FILED IN THE CASE. AGDAY ASKED MONSANTO ABOUT THE LAWSUIT.  IT SAYS THE COMPANY HAS PROVIDED TESTING METHODS FOR THE ROUND UP READY WHEAT TRAIT TO THE USDA, JAPAN, KOREA, TAIWAN AND THE E.U. PER REQUESTS. IT ALSO SAYS THE COMPANY'S PROCESS FOR CLOSING OUT ITS ORIGINAL WHEAT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WAS GOVERNMENT DIRECTED, RIGOROUS, WELL DOCUMENTED AND AUDITED. NEITHER SEED LEFT IN THE SOIL OR WHEAT POLLEN SERVE AS AN EXPLANATION TO THESE RECENT FINDINGS. MONSANTO SAYS GIVEN THE CARE UNDERTAKEN, NO LEGAL LIABILITY EXISTS AND THE COMPANY WILL PRESENT A VIGOROUS DEFENSE.

SOUTH KOREA:

MEANWHILE, SOUTH KOREA SAYS IT HAS NOT DETECTED ANY GMO WHEAT IN ITS INITIAL TESTING OF GRAIN AND FLOUR FROM OREGON. ACCORDING TO REUTERS, KOREAN MILLERS SUSPENDED IMPORTS LAST WEEK UNTIL GOVERNEMENT TESTS COULD BE DONE.

SURFACE MOISTURE:

DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU FARM IN THE GREAT PLAINS - YOUR FIELDS COULD BE PARCHED OR SATURATED, OR MAYBE SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN. WE HAVE TWO REPORTS THIS MORNING THAT COVER BOTH EXTREMES. THIS MAP FROM "NASA" CLEARLY ILLUSTRATES THE CHALLENGES. THE BLUE IN NORTH DAKOTA SHOWS HOW MUCH OF THE STATE HAS SURFACE WATER.  AND DUE SOUTH IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE, WE SEE NOTHING BUT BROWN.

DRY TEXAS:

IN TEXAS, FARMERS ARE CHANGING 'HOW' THEY FARM IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN TAKES US TO THE TEXAS PANHANDLE WHERE THE DROUGHT IS STILL NOT RELEASING IT'S POWERFUL GRIP AFTER THREE YERS.

WET DAKOTA:

NOW TO THE OTHER END OF THE PLAINS. RECORD RAINFALL DURING MAY HAS PREVENTED PLENTY OF NORTH DAKOTA FARMERS FROM COMPLETING FIELD WORK THIS SPRING.  THE CROP INSURANCE DEADLINE TO SEED SOME SMALL GRAINS HAS PASSED WITH MANY PRODUCERS UNABLE TO GET ALL THEIR ACRES PLANTED.  NOW THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO GET ROW CROPS IN THE GROUND IS ALSO BEGINNING TO CLOSE. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR-TV REPORTS.

CROP WATCH:

CLIFF SAYS THOSE PRODUCERS FARM ABOUT 60-MILES WEST OF BISMARCK. DURING MAY BISMARCK RECEIVED SEVEN-POINT-THREE INCHES OF RAIN - THAT'S FIVE INCHES ABOVE NORMAL MAY RAINFALL. AND IT'S A RECORD WHICH HELD SINCE BEFORE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. LET'S CHECK IN WITH MIKE HOFFMAN FOR CROPWATCH, MIKE.

ANALYSIS:

WHEAT HARVEST IS PICKING UP STEAM IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. OUT IN TEXAS ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF THE CROP HAS NOW BEEN CUT. OKLHOMA HAS STARTED AND IN KANSAS SOME AREA FARMERS ARE STILL OPTIMISTIC, ALTHOUGH ONLY 28 PERCENT OF THAT STATE'S CROP IS RATED GOOD OR EXCELLENT. AL PELL DISCUSSES WHEAT CONDITIONS AND MARKET MOVERS IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

STANDING DESK:

THIS TIME OF YEAR, FARMERS SPEND A LOT OF TIME SITTING AS CROPS GET PLANTED, HARVESTED, SPRAYED OR SIDE DRESSED. BUT NOW DOCTORS SAY TOO MUCH SITTING IS BAD FOR YOUR LONG-TERM HEALTH. ITS ALREADY CHANGING THE WAY OFFICES ARE BEING BUILT. KENT FADDIS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION EXPLAINS.

SNAP:

ITS NO SECRET A RECORD NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE NOW ON FOOD ASSISTANCE. AND ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY BY THE NPD GROUP, THOSE CUSTOMERS HELPED PROP UP THE GROCERY INDUSTRY DURING THE LATEST RECESSION.

MILK CONSUMPTION:

AND NEW RESEARCH FROM ERS FOUND THE AMOUNT OF FLUID MILK AMERICANS ARE DRINKING CONTINUES TO FALL. BACK IN THE 1970'S PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION ABOUT A CUP A DAY. TODAY IT'S CLOSER TO TWO THIRDS OF A CUP PER DAY. THE REPORT FOUND IT'S NOT HOW MUCH A PERSON IS DRINKING THAT'S CHANGED. THE CHANGE IS IN HOW OFTEN. AS A WHOLE, AMERICANS ARE DRINKING MILK LESS OFTEN.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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