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AgDay Daily Recap -April 25, 2013

April 25, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 25, 2013

 

FLOODING CONTINUES:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A MAJOR SHIPPING ROUTE FOR GRAIN IN THE MIDWEST IS SHUT-DOWN AS FLOODWATER CONTINUES TO POUR OVER ITS BANKS. MEANWHILE, FLOOD FIGHTERS IN CLARKSVILLE MISSOURI ARE STILL BATTLING TO PROTECT THAT SMALL TOWN ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI. MORE RAIN ON TUESDAY WAS THE LAST THING FLOOD FIGHTERS ACROSS THE MIDWEST WANTED TO SEE, ADDING MORE WATER TO SWOLLEN RIVERS THAT ARE NOW EXPECTED TO REMAIN HIGH INTO NEXT MONTH. UNLIKE OTHER TOWNS AND CITIES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI, CLARKSVILLE DOES NOT HAVE A FLOOD WALL OR LEVEE SYSTEM TO PROTECT IT. MAKESHIFT PROTECTION IS THEIR ONLY OPTION.

DAKOTA SNOW:

WHILE THE RIVER LEVELS IN THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ARE STARTING TO GO DOWN, THERE'S STILL CONCERN ABOUT HOW MUCH SNOW IS STILL ON THE GROUND IN THE DAKOTAS. MORE SNOW FELL ON MONDAY. THERE'S FOUR-TO-SIX INCHES OF WET SNOW ON MOST FIELDS IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA. THAT RUN-OFF WILL DUMP INTO THE MISSOURI RIVER, WHICH EVENTUALLY LEADS INTO THE MISSISSIPPI. WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM MANY FARMERS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA TELLING US THEY'RE A LONG WAY OFF FROM FIELD WORK. THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT FOR SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWS ZERO CORN IS PLANTED. IT'S USUALLY ABOUT FOUR PERCENT BY NOW. OATS ARE 20-PERCENT - ABOUT HALF THE NORM. AND SPRING WHEAT IS SIX PERCENT PLANTED. IT'S USUALLY 40-PERCENT BY NOW.

WHEAT DAMAGE:

FREEZING TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IS KEEPING WINTER WHEAT GROWERS ON EDGE. REPORTS OF SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE ARE STARTING TO EMERGE THROUGHOUT TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS.

CANADA WHEAT:

A TOUGH YEAR FOR WHEAT GROWERS IN THE STATES HAS CANADIAN FARMERS PLANNING A BIG CROP. NEW ESTIMATES SHOW ACRES ARE ESTIMATED TO INCREASE BY MORE THAN 12 PERCENT TO 26 AND A HALF MILLION ACRES. THAT MEANS THEY'LL BE PLANTING LESS BARELY AND CANOLA. MANY GOVERNMENT OFFICALS AND THOSE IN THE TRADE EXPECTED A MUCH SMALLER CROP THAN THIS SURVEY IS PREDICTING. LIKE THE U.S., PLANTING OF SPRING WHEAT IS ALSO GETTING OFF TO A SLOW START IN CANADA.

CROPWATCH:

SPRING IS OFFERING A HOST OF CHALLENGES FOR FARMERS. MIKE HOFFMAN TAKES A LOOK IN THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH, MIKE.

COLD WEATHER:

IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT, COLD SPRING WEATHER CONTINUES TO WREAK HAVOC ON CATTLEMEN AND WOMEN. FROM WINTER SNOWS, ICE, EVEN FLOODING IT'S BEEN TOUGH START TO 2013 AND CALVING SEASON. FOR SOME PRODUCERS, ITS FORCED LIQUIDATIONS DUE TO A LACK OF FEED STOCKS. HAY REMAINS EXPENSIVE, AND PASTURES ARE SLOW TO GREEN UP DUE TO PROLONG COLD WEATHER. PEEL SAYS THE COLD WEATHER HAS PUT A CHILL ON CATTLE MARKETS FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS. HOWEVER FEEDER CATTLE PRICES MAY BE STARTING TO SHAKE LOOSE. FUTURES CONTRACTS FOR AUGUST AND BEYOND HAVE RALLIED MORE THAN FOUR DOLLARS TO 150 PER HUNDRED. THAT'S STILL NEARLY 15 DOLLARS BELOW THAT CONTRACT'S JANUARY HIGH.

VET EXCESS:

A NEW STUDY FROM THE AMERICAN VERTERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIAITON SAYS THERE ARE TOO MANY VETS IN THE COUNTRY. AN EXCESS SUPPLY THE EQUIVALENT OF 11-THOUSAND FULL TIME VETERINARIANS. AVMA SAYS THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE THAT MANY UNEMPLOYED VETS, BUT THAT ROUGHLY 12 AND A HALF PERCENT OF VETERINARIANS TIME AND SKILL IS GOING UNUSED. WE ASKED THE AVMA IS THIS TRANSLATED TO LARGE ANIMAL VETS TOO. IN RECENT YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN WARNING ABOUT A COMING SHORTAGE OF LARGE ANIMAL PRACTIONERS. AVMA SAYS IT'S TRUE MANY RURAL AREAS ARE UNDERSERVED BUT THERE'S A DISCONNECT IN DEMAND...ESPECIALLY AT TODAY'S PRICES. THE ASSOCIATION SAYS IT HOPING TO DO MORE RESEARCH ON THE LARGE ANIMAL SIDE OF THE BUSINESS, IN THE COMING YEARS.

ANALYSIS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, CATTLE PRICES HAVE RALLIED THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. BUT ARE STILL BELOW HIGHS FROM A FEW MONTHS BACK.  COULD THAT CHANGE ONCE TEMPERATURES WARM UP? FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL AND JIM BOWER DISCUSS WHERE PRICES ARE HEADED FOR CATTLE MARKETS IN THIS MORNIG'S ANALYSIS.

FARMERS MARKET BOOTCAMP:

IN SPRING, WE HAVE THE OPTION OF BUYING AND COOKING MANY DELICIOUS FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. AND A GREAT PLACE TO FIND THOSE TASTY ITEMS IS A TENNESSEE FARMERS MARKET. GROWERS AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO SELL THEIR PRODUCE AT FARMERS MARKETS RECENTLY ATTENDED A "BOOT CAMP" TO ARM THEMSELVES WITH BETTER BUSINESS SKILLS. CHUCK DENNEY HAS MORE IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE. TENNESSEE HAS MORE THAN 120 FARMERS MARKETS STATEWIDE. USDA SAYS THERE ARE 78-HUNDRED FARMERS MARKETS NATIONWIDE. THAT'S AN INCREASE OF NEARLY TEN PERCENT FROM PREVIOUS YEAR.

NATURAL FOOD:

EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY SEE THE PHRASE "ALL NATURAL" ON PACKAGED FOODS, DO YOU EVEN CARE ANY MORE? NEW RESEARCH SEEMS TO INDICATE PEOPLE ARE GETTING RATHER WORN-OUT ON THE ADVERTISING.

AVOCADOES:

CINCO DE MAYO IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. AND THE AVOCADO INDUSTRY SAYS "BUENO". THE CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU SAYS CALIFORNIA FARMERS SAY THEY EXPECT A LARGER CROP THIS YEAR.  THE CALIFORNIA AVOCADO HARVEST BEGINS TO HIT ITS PEAK ABOUT NOW. THE CALIFORNIA AVOCADO COMMISSION ESTIMATES THE NEW CROP COULD REACH 515 MILLION POUNDS, UP 11 PERCENT FROM LAST SEASON. THE COMMISSION ESTIMATES MORE THAN 50 MILLION POUNDS OF AVOCADOS WILL BE CONSUMED DURING CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVITIES.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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