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AgDay Daily Recap -March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 25, 2013

 

PLANTING INTENTIONS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S TOO COLD FOR MIDWEST FARMERS TO BE HITTING THE FIELDS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN MOST DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING IN THE GROUND.

AGWEB SOYBEANS:

IN ADVANCE OF THE PLANTING INTENTIONS REPORT, OUR PARTNERS AT AGWEB ARE COMPILING AN ASSORTMENT OF NEWS STORIES AND ANALYSIS THAT GIVE AN INDICATION OF WHAT WE MIGHT SEE FROM THOSE USDA REPORTS.

SOUTHERN PLANTING:

CORN PLANTING HAS STARTED ACROSS THE SOUTH. IN TEXAS ABOUT HALF OF THE CORN IS PLANTED. MISSISSIPPI IS IN THE TEENS. GEORGIA FARMERS HAVE JUST STARTED WITH FIVE PERCENT SEEDED. IN LOUISIANA ABOUT 60-PERCENT IS PLANTED, EASILY DOUBLE THE AVERAGE PACE. STILL, FREQUENT RAINS IN LOUISIANA THIS WINTER PUT SOME FARMERS BEHIND.

WEED WARRIOR:

TO CONTROL THE INSECTS THAT LEVY MENTIONED, FARMERS ALSO NEED TO CONTROL WEEDS WHICH PROVIDE SAFE HAVEN FOR PESTS.  ALL ACROSS FARM COUNTRY GROWERS ARE BATTLING INCREASED WEED PRESSURES. OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS WE'RE GOING TO VISIT THE FRONT LINES OF THIS BATTLE - LOOKING AT RESEARCH FROM LAND GRANT SCHOOLS. WE BEGIN WITH THE EXPERTS AT LSU AGCENTER. HERE'S TOBIE BLANCHARD.

SEED SUPPLY:

FOR THOSE FURTHER NORTH WHO AREN'T PLANTING YET, LAST-MINUTE SEED DECISIONS ARE STILL BEING MADE. LOWER PRODUCTION DURING LAST YEAR'S DROUGHT, IS MAKING IT HARD FOR SOME FARMERS TO GET THE EXACT VARIETY THEY WANT.  AS NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN TELL US, SEED COMPANIES ARE WELCOMING THE SOUTH AMERICAN CROP JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING.

CROP WATCH:

AS YOU JUST SAW WITH THE SNOW IN MICHIGAN, OLD MAN WINTER KEEPS HANGING AROUND. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS OUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER IN THIS MORNING'S CROP WATCH.

CATTLE ON FEED:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, USDA ROLLED OUT ITS LATEST CATTLE ON FEED REPORT.

ANALYSIS:

FROM THE FEED YARD TO THE MILKING BARN. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL IS JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK, FOR A QUICK LOOK AT THE STATE OF DAIRY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR PRODUCERS.

CASH REGISTER:

THE DAYS OF WASTING COUNTLESS MINUTES IN LONG LINES WAITING TO CHECK OUT COULD BE OVER. THANKS TO NEWER TECHNOLOGY, CASH REGISTERS ARE DISSAPEARING. TEDD SHAFFREY OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHOWS US WHY THE NEW TREND GETS HIGH MARKS IN CUSTOMER SATISFACTION. CASH REGISTERS WERE INVENTED TO ELIMINATE EMPLOYEE THEFT OR EMBEZZLEMENT. AND THE FIRST MACHINE DATES ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1879.

SALT DEATHS:

WE ALL KNOW TOO MUCH SALT IS BAD FOR US, BUT A NEW STUDY SAYS ITS THE MAIN CULPRIT BEHIND 10 PERCENT OF ALL U.S. DEATHS.

IOWA FOOD DONATIONS:

LEGISLATORS IN THE STATE OF IOWA WANT TO ENCOURAGE FARMERS TO DONATE TO THE STATE'S HUNGRY. AN IOWA SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVED A BILL THAT GIVES FARMERS A TAX BREAK FOR DONATING PRODUCE TO THEIR LOCAL FOOD BANKS. ITS PART OF A BIGGER ISSUE REGARDING THE FUNDING FOR IOWA'S FOOD BANK ASSOCIATION. IT SAYS ROUGHLY 13 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S RESIDENTS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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