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AgDay Daily Recap -March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 14, 2013

 

FEBRUARY WEATHER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. SPRING IS JUST A WEEK AWAY, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN OLE' MAN WINTER WON'T PULL OFF A FEW SURPRISES.

SEVERE WEATHER PREP:

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO BEGIN THINKING ABOUT SPRING AND THE START OF THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS ALSO PLANNING TO ROLL OUT NEW TECHNOLOGY IN HOPES OF SAVING LIVES. AP REPORTER ROBERT RAY LOOKS AT THE FUTURE OF RADAR THROUGH THE EYES OF AN INDIANA TORNADO SURVIVOR.

CROP WATCH:

WINTER WEATHER IS SETTING US UP AN INTERESTING SPRING. CINDI CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, ONCE AGAIN TODAY.  SHE DETAILS IN THIS MORNING CROP WATCH.

CROP INSURANCE RING:

AND FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO UNRAVEL A MASSIVE CROP INSURANCE FRAUD RING IN NORTH CAROLINA. AUTHORITIES SAY A GROUP OF AGENTS, ADJUSTERS, BROKERS AND FARMERS WORKED TOGETHER TO STEAL ROUGHLY 100 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNMENT BACK PROGRAM. SO FAR, 41 DEFENDANTS HAVE EITHER PLEADED GUILTY OR REACHED PLEA AGREEMENTS. IT APPEARS THE CROPS IN QUESTION WEREN'T DAMAGED AT ALL, AND THE DEFENDANTS USED ALIASES TO SELL THE WRITTEN OFF HARVESTS FOR CASH.

FARM BILL:

THE AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SAYS IT'S REVISING ITS STANCE THE FARM BILL. THE GROUP SAYS IT WILL SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT INCLUDES EXTENDING THE CURRENT COUNTER- CYCLICAL PROGRAM. ASA SAYS IT RECOGNIZES FARMERS IN DIFFERENT REGIONS HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES.

SOW STALLS:

A NEW SURVEY OF U.S. PORK PRODUCERS SHOWS MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE WITH SOWS HAVE ALREADY MOVED AWAY FROM GESTATION STALLS--OR ARE PLANNING TO CHANGE TO MORE OPEN SYSTEMS. ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THOSE SURVEYED SAY THEY WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE STALL SYSTEM.

GRAZING RESEARCH:

AND RESEARCHERS IN AUSTRALIA ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THIS HERD OF GRAZING CATTLE. THEY'RE USING SENSORS TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH A COW CONSUMERS. THEY'RE HOPING TO TRANSLATE THE DATA INTO EFFICIENCY AND MANAGEMENT INFORMATION.

LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN:

THE LESSER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN COULD FIND ITSELF PLACED ON THE LIST OF "THREATENED" WILDLIFE. IF THAT HAPPENS, FARMERS AND RANCHERS THROUGH-OUT THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS COULD BE AFFECTED.

WHITE NOSE SYNDROME:

ALSO FROM THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE - DISCOURAGING NEWS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST A DISEASE THAT'S KILLED MILLIONS OF BATS. THREE MORE STATES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST WITH CONFIRMED CASES OF WHITE NOSE SYNDROME. THIS WEEK GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA WERE ADDED. ILLINOIS RECEIVED ITS CONFIRMATION LAST WEEK.

ANALYSIS:

IN AGRIBUSSINESS TODAY, A RETURN TO NORMAL GROWING WEATHER AND TRENDLINE YIELDS COULD PUT MASSIVE DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON GRAIN MARKETS. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL CAUGHT UP WITH IOWA FARMER, AGWEB CONTRIBUTOR AND MARGINS EXPERT CHRIS BARRON FOR HIS TAKE ON MAKING MONEY IN 2013.

ALBINO BISON:

THE ASTRONOMICAL ODDS OF PRODUCING AN ALBINO BUFFALO ARE BEING BROUGHT DOWN TO EARTH BY ONE VERY FORTUNATE BISON RANCHER. WHEN WHITE CLOUD WAS BORN NEAR MICHIGAN, NORTH DAKOTA, BACK IN 1996, SHE WAS THE ONLY KNOWN ALBINO BUFFALO IN THE WORLD, BUT SINCE THEN, FIVE OTHER CALVES WITHOUT PIGMENTATION HAVE BEEN PRODUCED FROM HER BLOOD LINE. NOW, A WHOLE HERD OF THE GENETICALLY UNIQUE ANIMALS MIGHT ONE DAY ROAM THE PRAIRIE. CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR REPORTS. CLIFF SAYS THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE BUFFALO AND ALBINO BISON. TRUE ALBINO BUFFALO HAVE PINK EYES, WHILE WHITE BUFFALO HAVE BROWN EYES. ALL THE WHITE BISON THAT HAVE ORIGINATED FROM THE MICHIGAN, NORTH DAKOTA, HERD ARE TRUE ALBINOS.

OIL ROASTED PEANUTS:

IF YOU ENJOY A HANDFUL OF ROASTED PEANUTS, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'VE MADE A HEALTHY CHOICE. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SAYS ITS APPROVING OIL ROASTED SALTED PEANUTS TO BE CERTIFIED AS HEART HEALTHY.

OREGANO ON TOMATOES:

IF YOU LIKE TO COOK ITALIAN-STYLE, THEN YOU'RE PROBABLY A BIG FAN OF OREGANO. BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT HERB MIGHT ALSO FIGHT SALMONELLA?

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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