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AgDay Daily Recap -May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 6, 2013

 

ARKANSAS SNOW:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. SOME FARMERS IN THE SOUTH ARE STILL ASSESSING THEIR CROPS AFTER A COLD BLAST SWEPT THE REGION.

MISSOURI WEATHER:

UP TO A HALF A FOOT OF SNOW FELL IN PORTIONS OF WESTERN MISSOURI. PETERS ORCHARDS IN WAVERLY, MISSOURI SENT US THIS SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON. THEY SAY THEIR GRANNY SMITH APPLES WERE IN FULL BLOOM MAY 1ST. TWO DAYS LATER THE SAME ROW OF TREES WAS COVERED WITH A BLANKET OF SNOW. AREA ORCHARDS ARE STILL ASSESSING THE DAMAGE TO THIS YEAR'S APPLE CROP.

KANSAS WHEAT TOUR:

MEANWHILE FREEZING TEMPERATURES CLOSED THE WEEK IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. AREAS SAW TEMPERATURES DIP IN THE MID AND LOW TWENTIES LAST WEEK--FREEZING A WINTER WHEAT CROP THAT'S ALREADY BEEN HIT FOUR TIMES PREVIOUSLY. IN KANSAS, LAST WEEK'S HARD RED WINTER WHEAT TOUR PUT THE PROJECTED STATEWIDE AVERAGE AT 41 BUSHELS PER ACRE. TOTAL HARVEST IS 313 MILLION BUSHELS...DOWN ABOUT 18 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.

USDA WEATHER:

WITH WHAT'S SHAPING UP TO BE ONE OF THE COLDEST SPRINGS IN HISTORY, IT'S A BIG REVERSAL FROM WHAT MANY METEOROLOGISTS WERE PREDICTING BACK IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. SO WHERE IS THE WEATHER HEADED FROM HERE. BOB ELLISON WITH THE USDA HAS MORE.

CROP WATCH:

LAST WEEK BROUGHT COLD WEATHER TO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. THIS WEEK THEY'RE HOPING FOR A WARM UP. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER, IN TODAY'S CROP WATCH. GOOD MORNING MIKE.

EGG BILL:

FARM BILL DISCUSSIONS ARE LIKELY TO RESUME THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON. AT THE FOREFRONT, A DEBATE OVER CAGE SIZES FOR LAYING HENS.

PRODUCER DATA:

THE NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIAITON SAYS EPA HAS NOW ADMITTED TO ALSO RELEASING TOO MUCH INFORMATION ON LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS IN MONTANA AND NEBRASKA. THIS TIES BACK TO PREVIOUS COMPLAINTS FROM FEBRUARY WHEN PRODUCERS PERSONAL INFORMATION IN 10 OTHER STATES WERE GIVEN TO SEVERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ACTIVIST GROUPS. NCBA IS DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM THE AGENCY.

WEST TEXAS:

INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF A DEADLY TEXAS EXPLOSION WHICH KILLED 14 PEOPLE AND LEFT MORE THAN 370 PEOPLE INJURED. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE PLAYERS UNION ARE HELPING VICTIMS OF THE WEST TEXAS DISASTER. THEY ANNOUNCED A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION TO THE "POINT-WEST" FUND. THE FUNDS WILL SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE FIRE AND EXPLOSION, EITHER BY LOSS OF LIFE OR HOME.  M-L-B IS ENCOURAGING FANS TO DONATE TO POINTWEST BANK FUND THROUGHOUT ALL NATIONAL TELECASTS ON THE MAJOR SPORTS NETWORKS.  TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP, GO TO MLBCOMMUNITY.ORG.

EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS:

STOCK MARKETS RALLIED TO RECORD HIGHS TO END THE WEEK. DRIVEN UP MOSTLY BY THE LATEST JOBS INFORMATION FROM WASHINGTON. ACCORDING TO THE LABOR DEPARTMENT, U.S. EMPLOYERS ADDED 165-THOUSAND JOBS IN APRIL AND REVISED HIRING NUMBERS FROM THE PREVIOUS TWO MONTHS. THE GAINS TRIMMED UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES TO 7 POINT 5 PERCENT--THE LOWEST RATE IN FOUR YEARS. THE DOW CLIMBED ABOVE 15-THOUSAND. THE S&P ALSO SET NEW RECORDS.

ANALYSIS:

SO WHAT DOES THE RETURN OF A STRONG U.S. STOCK MARKET MEAN FOR COMMODITIES?
FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL HAS THAT IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

ROLLOVER APP:

ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF FARM DEATHS IS A TRACTOR ROLL-OVER. NOW THERE'S A NEW APP FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE TO HELP FIREFIGHTERS LOCATE THE ACCIDENT. RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI DEVELOPED THE APP WHICH USES SENSORS AND G-P-S. ONCE DETECED, IT SENDS AN AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY EMAIL AND PHONE MESSAGE TO FAMILY OR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. THE MESSAGE INCLUDES COORDINATES OF THE ACCIDENT LOCATION. THE APP IS NOT AVAILABLE YET. RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING FOR AN INVESTOR TO MAKE IT COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE.

HERRITAGE HOGS:

AS THE LOCAL MOVEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW, IT'S GIVING NEW FARMERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING UNIQUE. THAT'S THE CASE FOR ONE NEBRASKA PORK PRODUCER. IT'S QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY THAT'S CREATING HIS NICHE'. AS NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN TELLS US, IT'S GOING BACK TO HERILOOM PORK THAT'S CARVING OUT HIS SPECIALTY.

STRAWBERRIES:

YOU MAY OR MAY NOT, ITS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY MONTH. ACCORDING TO USDA AMERICAN'S NOW CONSUME TWICE AS MANY STRAWBERRIES THAN THEY DID JUST TWO DECADES AGO.

HEART ATTACK PREDICTER:

THE NUMBER ONE KILLER IN AMERICA IS HEART DISEASE. BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD KNOW YOUR RISKS FOR PROBLEMS UP TO SEVEN YEARS BEFORE A HEART ATTACK HAPPENS.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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