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AgDay Daily Recap -February 27, 2013

February 27, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

FEBRUARY 27, 2013

 

SUBSIDY INVESTIGATION:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT'S TIME TO INSURE GLOBAL TRADING PARTNERS ARE KEEPING THE PLAYING TABLE LEVEL AND FAIR.

WINTER STORM:

A DASTARDLY WINTER STORM IS LIVING UP EXPECTATIONS THIS WEEK. AS IT CHURNS NORTH, PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND MIDWEST ARE STILL TRYING TO DIG OUT.

KANSAS CROP AND PASTURE:

AS I MENTIONED THAT MOISTURE IS GOOD NEWS FOR PARCHED FIELDS AND PASTURES IN KANSAS. THE STATE'S NASS OFFICE REPORTS AREAS OF THE STATE RECEIVED ANYWHERE FROM LESS THAN 2-TENTHS OF AN INCH TO OVER 2.5 INCHES MOISTURE IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO. THIS IS HELPING TO IMPROVE KANSAS' WINTER WHEAT CROP. BEFORE THE STORM, 36% OF THE CROP HAD BEEN RATED POOR TO VERY POOR, WITH ONLY 1% IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. RANGE AND PASTURE CONDITIONS WERE 83% POOR TO VERY POOR.

TEXAS CROP AND PASTURE:

MEANWHILE, FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE NEEDED THE MOISTURE.
ALTHOUGH, THE REMAINDER OF THE STATE, REMAINED RELATIVELY DRY. THE LATEST TEXAS CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWED 45% OF THE WHEAT CROP IN THE LONESTAR STATE IS POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION. TOP SOIL MOISTURE IS STILL LACKING. 63% IS SHORT TO VERY SHORT.

CROP WATCH:

WHETHER IT'S FEEDING YOUR HERD OR JUST PLOWING THE ROAD, THE STORM BROUGHT SOME CHALLENGES TO FARMERS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROPWATCH, MIKE.

IOWA:

LAST WEEK, WE INTRODUCED YOU TO A GROUP FROM IOWA. THESE COLLEGE BUDDIES ARE BACK HOME, AND FARMING WITH FARMILY.  BUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP IS NOW MORE OF A PEER NETWORK HELPING EACH FIND THEIR PLACE IN THE FAMILY OPERATION. AGDAY'S TYNE MORGAN REINTRODUCES US TO THIS NEW CROP OF FARMERS AND GIVES US A GLIMPSE INTO A NETWORK THAT SEEMS TO COME NATURALLY.

ANALYSIS:

BIOFUEL AND ETHANOL PLANTS THEMSELVES ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT THE 2013 CROP. AT LAST WEEK'S USDA AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK FORUM, ECONOMISTS ROLLED OUT THEIR FORECASTS FOR THE YEAR. ACREAGE FOR CORN AND BEANS ARE DOWN, WHILE YIELDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE NEAR TRENDLINE. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL ASKS THE QUESTION IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

HARVEY HOUSE:

LONG BEFORE MCDONALDS STARTED SERVING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF BURGERS, EVEN BEFORE DAIRY QUEEN AND BURGER KING, A MAN INVENTED TWO CONCEPTS THAT ARE NOW PART OF OUR DAILY LIFE: FAST FOOD AND CHAIN RESTAURANTS. IN THE DAYS OF THE TRAIN THERE WAS THE HARVEY HOUSE. A NEW CONTRIBUTOR TO AGDAY, TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER BOB PHILLIPS, SHARES HARVEY HOUSE STORY. THANKS BOB AND WE WELCOME HE AND HIS STORY TELLING TO THE AGDAY PROGRAM. WE'LL BE FEATURING MORE BOB'S TEXAS TALES IN THE COMING WEEKS...SO DON'T MISS IT.

GMO LABELING LAWS:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, THE DEBATE OVER LABELING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS IS NOTHING NEW. BUT THE BATTLE IS BREWING AGAIN.

SLEEP SWITCH:

AND SLEEP REALLY DOES THE BODY GOOD. ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH, SLEEPLESS NIGHTS ARE ROBBING YOU OF HUNDREDS OF HELPFUL GENES.  THE STUDY SHOWS IF YOU GET FEWER THAN SIX HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, THE BODY WILL SWITCH OFF CERTAIN GENES. IN TURN, THIS RAISES THE RISK OF SEVERAL ILLNESSES INCLUDING OBESITY AND HEART DISEASE. RESEARCHERS SAY LITTLE SLEEP SIMPLY DOESN'T ALLOW YOUR BODY ENOUGH TIME TO FULLY REPLENISHING ITSELF.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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