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AgDay Daily Recap -July 16, 2013

July 16, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JULY 16, 2013

 

DROUGHT MONITOR:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FARMERS IN THE CORNBELT HEAD INTO A CRITICAL TIME OF THE SEASON AS TASSELS APPEAR. BUT WILL THEY GET TIMELY RAIN TO HELP WITH POLLINATION?

KANSAS CONDITIONS:

THAT'S ALSO BEEN THE CASE IN WESTERN KANSAS. LAST WEEK FARMERS AT THE 3I SHOW IN DODGE CITY SAY THEY'RE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR. BUT WITHOUT RAIN-- THERE'S LITTLE CHANCE FOR A CROP.

EMERGENCY CRP:

THE KANSAS FARM SERVICE AGENCY IS OPENING UP C-R-P ACRES FOR EMERGENCY HAYING AND GRAZING IN 66 COUNTIES. THAT START TODAY--JULY 16TH. BUT, HAYING AND GRAZING IS LIMITED TO AREAS THAT WEREN'T USED THE LAST TWO YEARS. VISIT A LOCAL F-S-A OFFICE FOR MORE DETAILS.

CROP PROGRESS:

CROP PROGRESS THIS WEEK SHOWS WHEAT HARVEST IS 67 PERCENT COMPLETE. THAT'S A 10 POINT JUMP FROM LAST WEEK AND NOW 4 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. KANSAS IS 98 PERCENT HARVESTED, AND ONLY 1 PERCENT OF OKLAHOMA'S WHEAT CROP IS LEFT TO CUT THIS YEAR. LOOKING AT THE NATION'S CORN CROP, 16 PERCENT IS SILKING. WITH THE LATE PLANTING, IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT'S 19 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. 66 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. WHILE THAT'S A 2 POINT DROP FROM LAST WEEK, THA'TS 35 POINTS BETTER THAN LAST YEAR'S WATER DEPRIVED CORN CROPSOYBEANS ARE RATED 65 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, DOWN TWO POINTS FROM LAST WEEK'S REPORT. BUT 31 POINTS ABOVE LAST YEAR'S CROP CONDITIONS.

CROP WATCH:

AS WE MUCH OF THE CORNBELT HEADS INTO THE SILKING STAGE, FARMERS ARE HOPING THEY GET TIMELY RAINS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN CROPWATCH. HI MIKE.

ROBOTIC LETTUCE PICKER:

AS PRODUCE GROWERS STRUGGLE TO FIND AN ADEQUATE WORKFORCE, MORE AND MORE ATTENTION IS BEING PUT ON TECHNOLOGY TO HELP FARMERS PLANT, TEND AND HARVEST THEIR CROPS. IN CALIFORNIA, A LETTUCE THINNER IS GETTING PUT THROUGH ITS PACES. THE ROBOTIC MACHINE HELPS THIN OUT THE SEEDLINGS. THE A-P'S TERRY CHAY HAS DETAILS FROM CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY.

DAIRY FARM BILL:

THE HOUSE PASSED ITS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL LAST WEEK. ONE ITEM NOT IN THE NEW BILL IS THE DAIRY MARKET STABILIZATION PROGRAM . SENATE AG COMMITTEE CHAIR DEBBIE STABENOW SAYS WHILE IT'S NOT IN THE HOUSE VERSION, SHE'S NOT WRIITING IT OFF.

WISCONSIN MILK BAND:

WISCONSIN MAY BE KNOWN AS AMERICA'S DAIRYLAND, BUT APPARENTLY IT'S NOT PRODUCING ENOUGH MILK TO FULFILL THE NEEDS OF ALL THE CHEESEMAKERS IN THE STATE. THAT'S WHY THE STATE IS MAKING A PUSH TO GROW WISCONSIN'S DAIRY PRODUCTION. ACCORDING TO THE WISCONSIN RADIO NETWORK GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER IS LOOKING TO IMPROVE THE LONG-TERM VIABILITY OF THE STATE'S NOTED DAIRY INDUSTRY. LAST YEAR HE UNVEILED THE 30-BY-20 PLAN. THE GOAL IS TO INCREASE MILK PRODUCTION TO 30 BILLION POUNDS ANNUALLY BY THE YEAR 2020. DURING THE RECENT WISCONSIN FARM TECHNOLOGY DAYS, WALKER SAYS THE STATE'S CHEESEMAKERS ARE IMPORTING TEN PERCENT OF THE MILK THEY NEED TO KEEP-UP WITH THE CHEESE DEMAND. THE STATE IS DISTRIBUTING GRANTS TO HELP INCREASE MILK PRODUCTION. WISCONSIN LEADS THE NATION IN CHEESE PRODUCTION, BUT CALIFORNIA IS THE NUMBER ONE FLUID MILK PRODUCER.

ANALYSIS:

CORN FUTURES HAVE FALLEN LATELY ON EXPECTATIONS OF A REALATIVELY BIG CROP THIS YEAR. HOWEVER--SURVIVING UNTIL HARVEST MAY BE A CHALLENGE FOR MANY END USERS...A PROBLEM THAT'S DRIVING UP BASIS. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL HAS MORE IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

USDA BASEBALL:

THANKS MIKE. SOME OF THE BIGGEST HITTERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WILL HIT THE FIELD TONIGHT FOR THE ALL-STAR GAME. AND IN A WAY, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WILL BE IN THE LINE-UP.

4H CAMP:

FOR MANY ADULTS, SOME OF OUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES INVOLVE GOING TO SUMMER CAMP. TENNESSEE 4-H OPERATES CAMPS ACROSS THE STATE EACH YEAR, AND THOUSANDS OF KIDS ATTEND. CHUCK DENNEY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HAS MORE ON WHAT THEY DO, AND THE FRIENDS THEY MAKE.

TWINKIES ARE BACK:

WERE YOU ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO MOURNED THE LOSS OF THAT SPONGY YELLOW SNACK CAKE KNOWN AS THE TWINKIE? IF SO, IT'S THE "MORNING" OF A NEW DAY! TWINKIES ARE BACK.

WILD WEST AUCTION:

AND FINALLY THIS MORNING - THOUSANDS OF OLD WEST ARTIFACTS ARE ON THE AUCTION BLOCK...AND THE REVENUE COULD HELP PAY-OFF SOME DEBT FOR THE CITY OF HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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