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AgDay Daily Recap -May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 21, 2013

 

CROP PROGRESS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. GIVE FARMERS CLEAR SKIES AND WARM TEMPERATURES AND THEY CAN MAKE-UP FOR PLANTING DELAYS IN A BIG HURRY. JESH-KEY SAYS WITH THE DELAYS THEY MAY BE OFF THEIR YIELD POTENTIAL BY ONE-TO-TWO PERCENT ON CORN. BUT SOYBEANS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE RIGHT NOW. AND THE USDA'S LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS FARMERS IN THE I-STATES WERE PLANTING FURIOUSLY LAST WEEK. 74 PERCENT OF ILLINOIS' CORN CROP IS NOW PLANTED.  THAT'S A 57 POINT JUMP IN JUST ONE WEEK, NOW ONLY 3 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. IOWA FARMERS JUMPED UP 56 PERCENTAGE POINTS IN JUST A MATTER OF DAYS, NOW SITTING 71 PERCENT PLANTED. THAT'S STILL 21 POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE, BUT A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST WEEK. AND MINNESOTA IS RIGHT ON THEIR HEELS WITH A 52 POINT SURGE LAST WEEK. LOOKING AT ALL 18 STATES, 71 PERCENT OF THE CORN COUNTRY-WIDE HAS BEEN PLANTED, A 43 POINT INCREASE FROM A WEEK AGO. WHILE THE FOCUS SEEMED TO BE ON CORN, THE SOYBEAN CROP ALSO MADE PROGRESS. 24 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S SOYBEAN CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED AS OF SUNDAY, UP FROM JUST 6 PERCENT LAST WEEK.

SEVERE WEATHER:

IT'S BEEN AN INTENSE COUPLE OF DAYS ON THE SEVERE WEATHER FRONT. MASSIVE TORNADOS TOUCHED DOWN IN MULTIPLE STATES FROM SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY. ONE TWISTER SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN NEARLY 2 MILES WIDE.  WORKERS SEARCHED THROUGH THE NIGHT LOOKING FOR THE LOST AND MISSING. EMERGENCY WORKERS HOPE TO HAVE MORE PERSPECTIVE ON THE SIZE OF THE OUTBREAK LATER TODAY.

IOWA TWISTER:

THE TWISTERS THAT WERE REPORTED IN IOWA ON SUNDAY ENDED A STATE-RECORD STRETCH OF TORNADO-FREE WEATHER AT 359 DAYS. BEFORE THIS RECENT STORM, THAT LAST TORNADO IN IOWA WAS MAY 25TH OF LAST YEAR.

NORTH DAKOTA FLOODING:

MEANWHILE, NEAR JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA A FAST-MOVING STORM BROUGHT NORMALLY "FAST MOVING" HIGHWAY TRAFFIC TO A CRAWL. THIS WAS INTERSTATE 94 ON SUNDAY. AS YOU CAN SEE, TRAFFIC WAS STILL MOVING, BUT VERY CAREFULLY, THROUGH THE DEEP WATER. PARTS OF THE STATE - LIKE BISMARCK - RECEIVED ABOUT FOUR INCHES OF RAIN SINCE FRIDAY. HALF OF THE STATE IS UNDER A FLOOD WATCH.

CROP WATCH:

EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS PROGRESS LAST WEEK, WEEKEND STORMS BROUGHT FIELD WORK TO A HALT IN MUCH OF THE WESTERN CORNBELT IN THE PAST THREE DAYS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S CROPWATCH, MIKE.

HOG VIRUS:

USDA SAYS IT'S NATIONAL VETERINARY SERVICES LAB IS WARNING ABOUT A NEW VIRUS SWEEPING THROUGH HOG FARMS. IT SAYS PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA, WHICH ALSO CAUSES VOMITING HAS BEEN FOUND IN IOWA HOGS. THIS IS A NEW VIRUS TO THE US SO IT'S EXPECTED THAT THERE IS NO IMMUNITY. WHILE NOT A THREAT TO HUMANS OR FOOD, APHIS OFFICIALS SAYS THEY'RE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WIDESPREAD THE OUTBREAK IS. ACCORDING TO MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION, THE POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS OF P-E-D HAVE BEEN RECENTLY REPORTED IN SEVERAL STATES, INCLUDING MINNESOTA, IOWA, COLORADO AND INDIANA.

IMMIGRATION:

THE SENATE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY. IN TOTAL, THE BILL IS MORE THAN 800 PAGES IN LENGTH.

ANALYSIS:

IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, NEW ZEALAND HAS BEEN IN A DROUGHT OF LATE, AND THAT'S PUSHED WORLD DAIRY MARKETS HIGHER. AL PELL AND MIKE NORTH OF FIRST CAPITOL AG, JOIN US TO DISCUSS THAT COUNTRIES IMPACT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR PRODUCERS HERE AT HOME.

BUG EYE CAM:

FARMERS ARE KEENLY AWARE OF PEST PRESSURES IN THEIR FIELDS. IMAGINE IF YOU COULD SEE FROM A BUG'S PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THEY'RE FEEDING ON. SCIENTISTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS DEVELOPED A MINIATURE LENS THAT "SEES" LIKE A BEE. TOM RITCHIE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS DETAILS.

NTSB RECOMMENDATIONS:

THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION BOARD'S RECOMMENDATIONS TO LOWER THE LEGAL BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT FOR DRIVERS IS RAISING HACKLES IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY.

SUNSHINE AND ASTHMA:

AND A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE MAY BE GOOD FOR THOSE ASTHMA SUFFERERS OUT THERE.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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