AgDay Daily Recap -June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 17, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
 TODAY ON AGDAY - AG OFFICIALS RELEASE MORE INFORMATION ON HOW AVIAN FLU MAY BE SPREADING. I'VE NEVER SEEN A SPRING THIS WET. SOME TEXAS COTTON PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET THEIR CROP IN BEFORE THEIR INSURANCE CUT-OFF DATE. WE TALKED WITH A COTTON SPECIALIST ABOUT CONDITIONS, AHEAD ON AGDAY. IN AGRIBUSINESS...STRAIGHT TALK FOR FARMERS I MEAN IF EARLIER IN THE YEAR THEY HAVE 450 CORN AND NOW WE ARE AT 350 IT'S NOT EFFECTING MY LIFE ITS EFFECTING THE FARMERS LIFE. AND THIS SCHOOL IN VIRGINA SAYS BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO AN AG EDUCATION. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO…
AVIAN FLU REPORT:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT APPEARS THERE'S NOT ONE SINGLE CAUSE FOR THE SPREAD OF A VIRUS THAT'S STRIKING THE MIDWEST POULTRY INDUSTRY. BUT LAX BIOSECURITY IS NOT HELPING TO CONTROL THE DISEASE...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
TEXAS COTTON:
TROPICAL STORM BILL THAT HIT TEXAS TUESDAY IS THE LATEST WEATHER HEADACHE FOR FARMERS. COTTON GROWERS IN TEXAS ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM RECORD RAINFALL IN MAY. NOW THEY'RE RACING AGAINST THE CALENDAR AND CROP INSURANCE CUT-OFF DATES. AS BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS, NOW IT'S A CHOICE OF WHETHER TO KEEP PLANTING OR SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT CROP.
KANSAS CONDITION:
STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON HAVE BEEN A FAMILIAR SIGHT THIS SPRING IN THIS PART OF KANSAS. AND LIKE OTHERS IN THE PLAINS AND MIDWEST, IT'S BEEN A TOUGH STRETCH TO FINISH SPRING PLANTING. THE 'NASS' OFFICE IN KANSAS SAYS FARMERS HAD ONLY FOUR SUITABLE DAYS LAST WEEK FOR FIELD WORK. TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS 92 PERCENT ADEQUATE TO SURPLUS. WE TALKED TO A FARMER IN POMONA. THAT'S ABOUT AN HOUR SOUTH OF TOPEKA. HE'S ONLY BEEN ABLE TO MUD-IN ABOUT 30 ACRES OF BEANS. HE HAS ANOTHER 500 TO GO. HIS CORN WENT IN OKAY, BUT IT'S STRUGGLING.
CROP INS ENROLLMENT:
THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD BEGINS TODAY FOR FARMERS INTERESTED IN THE NEW CROP PROTECTION PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE AG DEPARTMENT. PRODUCERS CAN NOW SIGN-UP FOR AGRICULTURE RISK COVERAGE - KNOWN AS "A-R-C" AND PRICE LOSS COVERAGE OR P-L-C. THESE SIGN-UPS COVER CERTAIN CROP LOSSES IN 2014 AND 2015. A MAJORITY OF SOYBEAN AND CORN GROWERS SIGN UP PRIMARILY FOR ARC. RICE AND PEANUT GROWERS TYPICALLY SIGN-UP FOR P=L-C. ENROLLMENT ENDS SEPTEMBER 30TH.
STRANDED WORKERS:
THE WALLSTREET JOURNAL REPORTING A COMPUTER GLITCH AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT IS STRANDING THOUSANDS OF FARM WORKERS AT THE BORDER AND KEEPING FARMS UNPICKED. A SPOKESPERSON SAYS THAT UNTIL THE COMPUTER IS FIXED NO VISAS CAN BE ISSUED. THE WESTERN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, THEY KNOW OF MORE THAN 1,000 WORKERS WHO EXPECTED H-2A AGRICULTURAL VISAS THAT ARE STUCK ON THE MEXICAN SIDE OF THE BORDER, WHERE MOTELS ARE OVERFLOWING…ADDING THAT THE PROBLEM IS COSTING BETWEEN 500-THOUSAND 1 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY JUST IN CALIFORNIA ALONE.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME ON THIS MID-WEEK EDITION OF AGDAY, I'LL SLIDE OVER THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WITH TOMMY GRISAFI WHO BROUGHT A DOSE OF STRAIGHT TALK FOR FARMERS LOOKING TO PROTECT PRICES.
TRANS FAT:
THE ADMINISTRATION CRACKING DOWN ON ARTIFICIAL TRANS FATS, CALLING THEM A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH.  THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT WILL REQUIRE FOOD COMPANIES PHASE THEM OUT ALMOST ENTIRELY... DETERMINING TRANS FATS LIKE PARTIALLLY HYDROGENATED OILS-- NO LONGER FALL IN THE AGENCY'S "GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS SAFE" CATEGORY.  THE AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION SAYS MANY OF THOSE OILS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PHASED OUT. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE MOVE WILL PREVENT THOUSANDS OF FATAL HEART ATTACKS EVERY YEAR.
MONSANTO MARIJUANA:
MONSANTO TAKING ITS EYES OFF GRAINS FOR A MOMENT, JUST ANNOUNCING IT’S LATEST GMO CROP---A NEW STRAIN OF MARIJUANA. THE COMPANY JUST GETTING A PATENT FOR IT THIS COMES AS STATES LIKE KENTUCKY CONTINUE TO PREPARE FOR A RETURN TO MORE WIDESPREAD HEMP PRODUCTION. CURRENTLY HOWEVER, FEDERAL LAW SAYS IT'S STILL ILLEGAL TO POSSES, USE, BUY, SELL OR CULTIVATE MARIJUANA.
Q2 DAIRY RABO:
RABOBANK ROLLING OUT IT'S LATEST DAIRY QUARTERLY REPORT. THIS ONE IS FOR SECOND QUARTER. ANALYSTS SAY THE PRICE OF KEY DAIRY COMMODITIES IN THE SECOND QUARTER WERE AT THEIR LOWEST LEVELS SINCE 2009. ADDING THAT STRONG INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIES ARE LIKELY TO SQUEEZE MARGINS EVEN FURTHER…THE LEAD AUTHOR SAYS CLASS III MILK COULD EASILY BE PRICED AT BELOW 15 PER HUNDRED WEIGHTS BY Q4. AND HE SAYS MILK PRICES IN THE U.S. ARE STILL HIGHER THAN IN PLACES LIKE THE NETHERLANDS AND NEW ZEALAND...MAKING IT TOUGH FOR CURRENT PRICES TO HOLD MUCH LONGER.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

 

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