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AgDay Daily Recap -March 1, 2013

March 1, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 1, 2013

 

COMMODITY CLASSIC:

GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS WHO'S ON ASSIGNMENT AT THE 2013 COMMODITY CLASSIC. AN IMPROVED MOISTURE SITUATION IS SETTING A BETTER TONE AMONG ROW CROP PRODUCERS. AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

CHANGE IN THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC CLASS WILL ALTER WHAT U.S. FARMERS WILL BE PRODUCING IN THE FUTURE. THAT'S THE OUTLOOK FROM ONE OF THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT THE BAYER CROP SCIENCE AG ISSUES FORUM WHICH WAS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH COMMODITY CLASSIC.

TUMBLEWEED:

THE POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM THAT BROUGHT 19 INCHES OF SNOW TO THE TEXAS PANHANDLE WAS PACKING A LOT OF WIND. AND IT DELIVERED SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO A HOMEOWNER IN WEST TEXS. 60-MILE AN HOUR WINDS PUSHED HUNDREDS OF TUMBLEWEEDS AGAINST A HOME IN MIDLAND, TEXAS. HOMEOWNER JOSH PITMAN SHOT VIDEO ON HIS IPHONE. TUMBLEWEEDS WERE STACKED ONE ATOP THE OTHER, BLOCKING SOME DOORWAYS. PITMAN SAYS HE RECENTLY TORE DOWN A FENCE THAT WOULD HAVE PROTECTED HIS HOME FROM THE RAMBLING WEEDS.

CROP WATCH:

CLINTON IS, INDEED, ON THE JOB IN FLORIDA. HE VISITED THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CITRUS RESEARCH CENTER IN LAKE ALFRED. RESEARCHERS ARE TELLING CLINTON THAT IT'S BEEN A WARM DRY WINTER. SO FAR WEATHER IS HAVING LESS IMPACT ON ORANGE YIELDS THAN THE CITRUS GREENING EPIDEMIC SWEEPING THE STATE. HE'LL HAVE A STORY ABOUT THAT RESEARCH NEXT WEEK. AND WE'RE STILL GETTING PLENTY OF PHOTOS SHOWING THE AFTERMATH OF THE RECENT SNOWSTORMS IN THE CENTRAL U-S. THIS ONE CAME FROM LINDSEY BENNE WHO IS THE FARM JOURNAL ART DIRECTOR. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN NEAR MEXICO, MISSOURI. LAST WEEK, THEY GOT TEN INCHES OF SNOW. AND THE MOST RECENT STORM BROUGHT SIX MORE. OBVIOUSLY IT MAKES LIFE A BIT MORE CHALLENGING WHEN FEEDING THE HERD.

MACHINERY EXPORTS:

THE EXPORT BUSINESS FOR U-S MADE AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT SEEMS TO BE BOOMING.
A NEW REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS SHOWS EXPORTS POSTED A 16 PERCENT GAIN LAST YEAR. THE AREA THAT DROVE THE MOST GROWTH MAY SURPRISE YOU-- IT'S AFRICA WITH 33 PERCENT GROWTH. TOTAL EXPORTS LAST YEAR CAME IN JUST UNDER 13 BILLION DOLLARS.

IMPLEMENT SALES:

EQUIPMENT SALES ARE ALSO CLIMBING HERE AT HOME. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY CLIFF NAYLOR OF AG DAY AFFILIATE KFYR IN BISMARK, NORTH DAKOTA, SURGING FARM IMPLEMENT SALES ARE FUELING ONE UNQIUE FARM IMPLEMENT ASSEMBLY PLANT.

PLANTING INTENTIONS:

DID YOU CHECK YOUR MAILBOX YESTERDAY? CHANCES ARE YOU RECEIVED A SURVEY FROM THE NATIONAL AG STATISTICS SERVICE. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN "NASS" ASKS FARMERS ABOUT THEIR PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR THE YEAR. THE AG DEPARTMENT WILL SURVEYS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GROWING. "NASS" SAYS AFTER THE DROUGHT-HAMPERED SEASON OF LAST YEAR, IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO UNDERSTAND PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR THIS YEAR. YOU CAN RESPOND ON NASS'S SECURE WEBSITE OR MAIL THE FORMS BACK.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

WHERE ARE YOUR INVESTMENTS GOING THESE DAYS? ARE YOU PUTTING THEM TOWARDS RISKIER ASSETS OR ARE YOU TAKING A MORE CONSERVATIVE APPROACH? PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY AND SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE JOIN US FROM THE PRO FARMER STUDIOS TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK IN 'THE MONEY FLOW'.

DIABETES EXERCISE:

NEARLY 26 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE LIVING WITH DIABETES. WHILE IT'S A STRUGGLE, A HEALTHY DOSE OF GOOD DIETING AND EXERCISE CAN HELP THOSE WITH DIABETES KEEP THE DISEASE IN CHECK. CHUCK DENNEY WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNEESSEE EXTENSION SHOWS US WHY IN ONE TENNESSEE TOWN, PEOPLE ARE MOVING INTO A LIFESTYLE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.

WALNUTS:
IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE RISK OF HAVING DIABETES, YOU MAY WANT TO ADD WALNUTS TO YOUR DIET.

OVERALL WELL BEING LIST:

AND IF YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOU'RE OVERALL WELL-BEING, START PACKING FOR YOUR MOVE TO PARADISE... OR HAWAII. THE ANNUAL GALLUP-HEALTHWAYS WELL-BEING INDEX SHOWS HAWAII WILL KEEP IT'S TOP SPOT ON THE LIST. THE RESULTS COME FROM RESIDENTS WHO TAKE THE SURVEY. RANKINGS ARE BASED ON PHYSICAL HEALTH, OUTLOOK ON LIFE, JOB SATISFACTION AMONG OTHER FACTORS. UTAH, MINNESOTA, COLORADO AND MONTANA ARE ALSO AT THE TOP OF THE LIST.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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