AgDay Daily Recap -March 7, 2013

March 7, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 7, 2013

 

USDA SEQUESTER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT WAS NO SECRET THE SEQUESTRATION CUTS WERE GOING TO MESSY, BUT IS THE GOVERNMENT WORKING TO MAKE IT WORSE THAN IT HAS TO BE? ITS A QUESTION THE USDA IS ANSWERING.

FARM BILL:

THAT COMMITTEE WILL SOON TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT PASSING A NEW FIVE YEAR FARM BILL.

COLD CALVING:

CALVING SEASON IN NORTH DAKOTA IS JUST GETTING STARTED FOR MANY FARMERS. THE RAIN MIXED WITH SNOW THAT HIT THE STATE THIS WEEK IS TYPICAL MARCH WEATHER.
CATTLEMEN, COWS AND CALVES HAVE SURVIVED SIMILAR WINTER STORMS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY LIKE IT. ONE RANCHER, TIRED OF BATTLING THE ELEMENTS YEAR AFTER YEAR, HAS BUILT A BARN FOR HIS NEWBORNS THAT FEATURES LOTS OF CREATURE COMFORTS. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AFFILIATE KFYR REPORTS.

SNOW STORM:

AFTER THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST GOT PUMMELED, A SNOWSTORM WITH LOTS OF HEAVY WET SNOW MOVED TO THE EAST COAST. FEDERAL OFFICES IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL WERE SHUT-DOWN YESTERDAY. THEY WERE EXPECTING 6-TO-12 INCHES OF SNOW. OF COURSE, THE STORM WAS DUBBED A "SNOWQUESTER," PLAYING OFF THE SEQUESTER DEBATE WHICH CONTINUES TO BLANKET WASHINGTON. NOW HERE'S MIKE HOFFMAN WITH CROPWATCH, MIKE.

CROP WATCH:

WE HAVE BEEN GETTING DECENT MOISTURE, PROBLEM IS IT ALMOST ALL RUNS OFF(FILLED THE PONDS BACK UP). A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WE RECEIVED 1-2" OF RAIN ON TOP OF GROUND THAT WAS THAWED 2-4" ON TOP AND FROZE UNDERNEATH. IT CAUSED SOME RILL EROSION, WHICH WE ALL HATE TO SEE. WE ARE EXTREMELY DRY UNDERNEATH. CORN PLANTERS ARE ROLLING IN TEXAS. JOHN NIENHISER SENT THIS PICTURE FROM ANNA, TEXAS, WHICH IS ABOUT 45 MINUTES NORTH OF DALLAS. IT'S A 36-ROW PLANTER. THEY'RE BUSY PUTTING IN A CORN PLOT.  AS OF MONDAY, 15% OF THE TEXAS CORN CROP WAS PLANTED. THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE IS 9%.

AUSSIE WHEAT:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SAYS IT EXPECTS A 13% INCREASE IN WHEAT PRODUCTION THIS YEAR.

WINTER WHEAT:

A NEW FLOUR MILLING COMPANY HAS BEEN STARTED AND IT INVOLVES THREE VERY RECOGNIZEABLE NAMES. CONAGRA FOODS, CARGILL AND C-H-S ANNOUNCED THEY WILL COMBINE THEIR NORTH AMERICAN FLOUR MILLING BUSINESSES TO FORM ARDENT MILLS. CARGILL AND C-H-S ALREADY HAD A JOINT VENTURE STARTED IN 2002, CALLED HORIZON MILLING. THE JOINED FORCES WILL NOW OPERATE 44 FLOUR MILLS.

ANALYSIS:

USDA RELEASES ITS MONTHLY SUPPLY-DEMAND REPORT TOMORROW AT NOON EASTERN, ELEVEN CENTRAL TIME. AS PART OF THE REPORT, MANY MARKETERS ARE KEEPING THEIR EYES ON OLD-CROP SOYBEANS. PART OF THE PICTURE INVOLVES BRAZIL'S INABILITY TO GET BEANS OUT OF PORT. AGDAY REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK TAKES A CLOSER LOOK IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

MEAT LAB:

STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY MEAT SCIENCES LAB ARE LEARNING A LOT THESE DAYS ABOUT "FARM TO FORK" WHEN IT COMES TO MEAT PRODUCTION. THEY NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AT THE CAMPUS BUTCHER SHOP, WHICH PROVIDES THEM WITH REAL-LIFE LESSONS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. JEFF FRANKLIN HAS DETAILS IN this REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-K COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE. THE U-K BUTCHER SHOP IS ONLY OPEN TWO DAYS A WEEK. SINCE OPENING ABOUT A MONTH AGO, BUSINESS IS SAID TO BE BOOMING.

GLUTEN FREE:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY - ARE YOU TRYING TO REDUCE OR REMOVE GLUTEN FROM YOUR DAILY DIET? YOU'RE APPARENTLY NOT ALONE.

CABBAGE:

ST PATRICK'S DAY IS 10 DAYS AWAY, BUT CABBAGE GROWERS HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR MONTHS!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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