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AgDay Daily Recap -November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

NOVEMBER 19, 2013

 

TORNADO CLEANUP:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. CLEAN-UP CONTINUES TODAY THROUGH-OUT THE MIDWEST AFTER TERRORIZING LATE-SEASON STORMS ROAR THROUGH THE HEARTLAND.

CROP WATCH:

CLINTON THE INTENSITY OF THAT STORM - ESPECIALLY FOR THE MIDWEST IN LATE NOVEMBER - IS CERTAINLY UNUSUAL. (AD LIB IF YOU WISH) ....AND WE RECEIVED PHOTOS ILLUSTRATING SOME MORE OF THE STORM'S FURY. THIS IS ONE FROM DAVE KESTEL IN MANHATTAN. HE IS ONE OF THE FARMERS WE PROFILED DURING OUR I-80 TOUR. THIS SILO IS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES FROM HIS FARM. DAVE SAYS THE STORM DROPPED AN INCH OF RAIN IN JUST MINUTES. PERRY HARLOW FROM KINSMAN, ILLINOIS SHARED THIS PHOTO. KINSMAN IS ABOUT 75 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CHICAGO. HE GATHERED-UP THESE CHUNKS OF ICE THAT FELL SUNDAY. HE PLACED A QUARTER ON THAT PLATE TO GIVE IT SOME PERSPECTIVE.

CROP PROGRESS:

THANKS MIKE...THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT IS STARTING TO WIND-DOWN FOR ANOTHER GROWING SEASON. CORN HARVEST REACHED 91-PERCENT THIS WEEK, FIVE POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. AT 95-PERCENT COMPLETED, SOYBEAN HARVEST IS BUT WRAPPED-UP.
THERE ARE A FEW DELAYS IN TENNESSEE AND KENTUCKY. COTTON HARVEST REACHED 68-PERCENT, WHICH IS SEVEN POINTS BEHIND THE AVERAGE PACE. OF ALL THE CROPS REMAINING ON THE REPORT, SUNFLOWERS HAVE THE BIGGEST DELAY. IT'S 20 POINTS BEHIND. AS OF MONDAY, 65-PERCENT IS HARVESTED. AND WINTER WHEAT - STATISTICALLY IT'S ALL PLANTED IN THE MAJOR STATES. IT'S HEADING INTO WINTER AT 63-PERCENT GOOD TO.

LSU WHEAT PLANTING:

WINTER WHEAT PLANTING IS IN THE HOME-STRETCH. TOBIE BLANCHARD FROM THE LSU AGCENTERLOOKS AT THE PLANTING SEASON IN LOUISIANA.

MEAT EXPORT UPDATE:

THANKS TOBIE. FROM THE MEAT SECTOR - EXPORTS OF U-S BEEF THIS YEAR ARE RUNNING AHEAD OF THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SAYS THERE'S BEEN A BIG INCREASE IN EXPORTS TO JAPAN, MEXICO AND HONG KONG. AS SUCH, ALL U-S BEEF EXPORTS ARE UP ONE PERCENT IN VOLUME FROM LAST YEAR. PORK, HOWEVER, IS NOT HAVING THE SAME SUCCESS. WHILE EXPORTS ARE HIGHER TO CHINA. THE U-S HAS SEEN ITS SHARE OF PORK EXPORTS TO RUSSIA DECLINE. OVERALL, PORK EXPORTS ARE DOWN FIVE PERCENT IN VOLUME. THE ANALYSIS IS BASED ON DATA FROM U-S-D-A THROUGH SEPTEMBER.

YOGURT CHEESE ARIZONA:

THE DAIRY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO HANG TOUGH IN THE DESERT SOUTHWEST. BECAUSE OF THAT, A COMPANY PLANS TO OPEN A NEW GREEK YOGURT PLANT IN CASA GRANDE THIS WEEK. THE 100-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY WILL USE MILK SUPPLIED FROM MANY OF THE 175-THOUSAND COWS IN THAT STATE. ARIZONA RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION IN MILK PER COW PRODUCTION. THE PLANT WILL OPEN NEXT TO ANOTHER NEW FACILTY. IN SEPTEMBER IT BEGAN PUMPING OUT BLOCKS OF CREAM CHEESE.

ROBOT HERDSMAN:

THERE'S ALWAYS BEEN GREAT LORE IN THE IDEA OF USING DOGS TO HERD CATTLE. OF COURSE PEOPLE DO IT AS WELL. NOW RESEARCHERS DOWN UNDER HOPE TO ONE DAY HERD CATTLE USING AN ALL-TERRAIN ROBO.

DOW 1600:

IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER RECORD DAY FOR THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE.

ANALYSIS:

WITH CORN PRICES DOWN NEARLY 40 PERCENT THIS YEAR ALONE, 2014 IS LIKELY TO REQUIRE A KEEN EYE ON MARGINS. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL DISCUSSES THAT FROM AN INPUTS PERSPECTIVE IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

MISSOURI SUNFLOWERS:

WHEN WE RUN A STORY ABOUT SUNFLOWERS - IT USUALLY INVOLVES SOME STARK DATA ABOUT THE CROP, THE YIELDS AND THE QUALITY OF THE FIELDS. AFTERALL, THAT'S WHAT MANY FARMERS WANT TO KNOW. BUT IF YOU TAKE A STEP BACK - AND GIVE IT A MOMENT - AND JUST LOOK AT THE CROP AT MID-SEASON, YOU CAN SEE THE BEAUTY BEHIND THOSE STALKS AND SEEDED-HEADS OF GRAIN. STEVE GRANT FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE K-Y-TV IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI HAS THE STORY OF A CROP THAT POETS AND PAINTERS HAVE PORTRAYED FOR YEARS.

HEALTHY SCHOOL SNACKS:

AS KIDS WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SEMESTER, NEW RESEARCH MAY SHOW THAT THE PUSH TO HEALTHIER SNACKS AT SCHOOL ARE PAYING OFF AT HOME.

WATER:

MEANWHILE THE NPD GROUP SAYS WATER IS NOW THE TOP BEVERAGE CONSUMED AMONG ADULTS. IT'S A TREND MANY HOPE WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO AMERICA'S CHILDREN. THE NPD GROUP'S SURVEY SHOWS WATER NOW ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL DRINKINGS. TAP OR FILTERED WATER IS THE TOP BEVERAGE AT LUNCH AND DINNER--THAT IS STILL CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY SOFT DRINKS.

 

 
 
 


 
  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
      
                                
                                                        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                
 
                                 

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