AgDay Daily Recap -June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 12, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
TODAY ON AGDAY - A RECORD SETTING MONTH TURNS THE DROUGHT PICTURE AROUND. PLUS TENNESSEE HAY PRODUCERS ARE NOW DEALING WITH A HARMFUL NEW WEED. IT AFFECTS PRICE BUT ALSO THE HORSE INDUSTRY. THAT STORY COMING UP ON AGDAY. IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING 'ARE SOYBEAN PLANTINGS LATE, OR DOES IT JUST FEEL LIKE IT? FARM BURUEAU SAYS IT'S TAKEN TIME TO READ THE NEW WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE AND IT'S NOT PLEASED WITH THE ANALYSIS. THIS GREAT LAKE SHIPWRECK SANCUTARY IS GROWING...A LOOK BELOW AT THE HISTORY UNDER WATER. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO…
DROUGHT MONITOR:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FOR FARMERS STRUGGLING TO FINISH THEIR SPRING PLANTING, THIS MAY COME AS NO SURPRISE, BUT THE MONTH OF MAY WAS THE WETTEST ON RECORD...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
TEXAS FARMERS:
TEXAS RANCHERS ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT REBUILDING THEIR HERDS. MUCH OF THE STATE'S PASTURE AND GRAZING LAND HAS IMPROVED AS WELL. STOCK TANKS ARE FULL AGAIN.
RANGE PASTURE:
NATIONALLY THE PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION IS 63-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
IN TEXAS IT'S 75-PERCENT, OKLAHOMA 66-PERCENT, NEBRASKA AND KANSAS ARE BOTH AT 64%.
COOL CANADA:
ONE DAY AFTER THE "HOUSE" VOTED TO REPEAL THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAW, CANADA'S AG MINISTRY SAYS "THIS MARKS A POSITIVE STEP." BUT MINISTER GERALD RITZ WENT ON TO SAY THE ONLY WAY FOR THE U-S TO AVOID BILLIONS IN RETALIATION IS TO ENSURE SIMILAR LEGISLATION PASSES THE SENATE AND IS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT.
TEASE:
 JUST AHEAD THE PROFARMER TEAM WILL JOIN US FOR A BREAK DOWN OF SOYBEAN PLANTING, AND WHAT A FEW DELAYS COULD MEAN LATER IN THE SEASON.
PROFIT BRIEFING INTRO:
SOYBEAN PLANTING HAS SEEN A FEW CHALLENGES THIS YEAR. WET WEATHER, REPLANTS AND COOL TEMPERATURES TO NAME A FEW. IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING THE FELLAS DISCUSSION PLANTING PROGRESS AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR THE GROWING SEASON AHEAD.
MAY EQUIPMENT SALES:
THE ASSOCIATION OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS SAYS TRACTOR SALES THROUGH MAY ARE DOWN 10 PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. SO FAR 2015 TRACTOR SALES TOTAL 21-THOUSAND 300. FOUR WHEEL DRIVE UNITS CONTINUE TO TAKE THE BIGGEST HIT--OFF NEARLY 50 PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR. SMALLER TWO WHEEL DRIVE TRACTORS ARE UP 4 PERCENT... COMBINE SALES FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR ARE OFF 40 PERCENT COMPARED TO THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 2014.
WOTUS:
 THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU IS ROLING OUT ITS FULL ANALYSIS OF EPA'S FINAL WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE.  IT'S SPENT THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS LETTING LEGAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALISTS COMB THROUGH THE DOCUMENT. IT SAYS THE FINAL RULE IS EVEN WORSE THAN BEFORE..ADDING IT WILL REGULATE LAND, BROADENS THE DEFINITION OF WOTUS MAKING FARMERS MORE VULNERABLE TO ENFORCEMENT, LAWSUITS AND PERMITS.
ALL OF WHICH THE EPA DENIES. ROGER MCEOWEN DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL LAW AND TAXATION SAYS HE BELIEVES ULTIMATELY THIS IS HEADED FOR COURT.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

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