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AgDay Daily Recap -March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 12, 2014

 

SMALL FARMS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE LATEST DATA FROM THE USDA SHOWS THE AVERAGE AGE OF AN AMERICAN FARMER CONTINUES TO CLIMB--NOW 59 YEARS OF AGE...THAT'S GOT SOME IN THE INDUSTRY WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE. WHICH IS WHY THE DEPARTMENT OF AG IS ROLLING OUT A WHOLE HOST OF PROGRAMS TO HELP YOUNGER FOLKS GET STARTED.

FARM BILL SAVINGS:

CLOSE TO 9-BILLION DOLLARS OF SAVINGS IN THE NUTRITION TITLE OF THE FARM BILL MAY NEVER HAPPEN - AS KEY STATES FIND WAYS AROUND THOSE LIMITS.

VIRGINIA LAW:

VIRIGINA IS TAKING A STAND FOR THE STATE'S AG INDUSTRY. THE GOVERNOR SIGNING A BILL THAT FOCUSES ON INCREASING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND DECREASING REGULATIONS ON FAMILY FARMERS.

CROP WATCH:

WINTER ISN'T OVER JUST YET. ANOTHER FRONT IS BRINGING HARSH CONDITIONS TO PARTS OF THE MIDWEST THIS WEEK. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER WITH THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH.

GEESE:

WHILE SHE WAS THERE, THOUSANDS OF GEESE SWARMED MANY FIELDS AND SEEMED A LITTLE CONFUSED. SO, WE REACHED OUT TO MISSOURI ORNOTHOLOGIST PAUL MCKENZIE. HE TOLD US FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL IS THE TYPICAL MIGRATION PERIOD FOR GEESE. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR THE COLD WEATHER IS DISRUPTING THEIR FLIGHT PATTERNS. SO, SNOW GEESE AND ROSSES GEESE ARE DELAYING THEIR FINAL PUSH NORTH UNTIL IT WARMS UP. MCKENZIE SAYS THEY'VE SPOTTED ANYWHERE FROM A HALF A MILLION TO 2 AND A HALF MILLION GEESE IN A SINGLE AREA THIS YEAR. BUT ONCE the WEATHER FINALLY BREAKS, THE GEESE WILL ALL GET BACK TO FLYING AND MAKE THE FINAL TREK NORTH.

FMC SPLIT:

IN AGRIBUSINESS FMC CORPORATION SAYS ITS PLANNING TO SEPARATE INTO TWO INDEPENDENT PUBLIC COMPANIES. ONE WILL INCLUDE THE COMPANY'S AG CHEMICALS AND NUTRITION SEGMENT. THE OTHER IT'S MINERALS DIVISION. FMC STOCKS CLIMBED MORE THAN FIVE DOLLARS MONDAY BUT FELL BACK TUESDAY FOLLOWING A DOWN GRADE BY ANALYSTS.

ANALYSIS:

IT WAS A MIXED DAY IN LIVESTOCK MARKETS. CATTLE FUTURES PRICES FELL BACK AS GRAINS REBOUNDED. LEAN HOGS HOWEVER CONTINUE TO CLIMB ON DECLINING PRODUCTION...TOUCHING AN ALL TIME HIGH TUESDAY. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL TAKES A LOOK AT RECENT PRICE RALLIES IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

$100 IDEA:

MANY OF YOU RUN A-T-V'S OR SOME KIND OF UTILITY VEHICLE ON YOUR FARM.  OF COURSE, TIRE PUNCTURES CAN OCCUR. AND WHEN YOU RUN THROUGH A HARVESTED CORN FIELD, STALK STUBBLE CAN REALLY WEAR DOWN THE TIRES. INDIANA FARMER TREG SHIDLER  CAME-UP WITH A SOLUTION - A STALKER CRUSH. FARM JOURNAL'S PAM FRETWELL TALKED TO TREG ABOUT HIS CLEVER FIX. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO TREG SHIDLER. TREG SAYS IT TOOK ABOUT SEVEN HOURS TO BUILD THE STALK CRUSHER. THE STEEL PIPE FOR THE FRAME CAME FROM HIS SCRAP HEAP. IF YOU HAVE A 100-DOLLAR IDEA, BE SURE TO SUBMIT IT TO FARM JOURNAL. THE ADDRESS IS ON YOUR SCREEN AND IN THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN ALSO SUBMIT YOUR IDEA ONLINE AT AGWEB.COM/IDEAS.

IN THE COUNTRY:

IN BARNEVELD WISCONSIN THE GAFFNEY FAMILY IS RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CATTLEMEN AND WOMEN. THE FAMILY MOVED FROM NEBRASKA IN 1976 AND CONVERTED A DAIRY OPERATION INTO AN ANGUS RANCH. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION THE GAFFNEY'S SAY THEY'RE READY FOR SPRING BUT CALVING SEASON IS STILL A LITTLE WAYS OFF.

PHONE:

YOU KNOW THESE DEVICES ARE PRETTY HANDY AND HELP KEEP US CONNECTED WITH WHATS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD. BUT IS IT HURTING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS?

MCDONALDS SALES:

AND A MAJOR FAST FOOD CHAIN SAYS SALES DIPPED IN FEBRUARY, BUT IT WASN'T BECAUSE OF HEALTHIER DIETS. MCDONALDS SAYS THE SLUMP IS DUE TO THE SEVERE WINTER WEATHER. GLOBAL SALES FOR MCDONALDS CAME IN DOWN POINT 3 PERCENT, BUT U-S SALES DROPPED NEARLY 1.5 PERCENT. THIS FOLLOWS LOWER SALES IN BOTH DECEMBER AND JANUARY. THE U-S IS BY FAR MCDONALD'S BIGGEST MARKET.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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