AgDay Daily Recap -May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 28, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY  THURSDAY ON AGDAY THE GOVERNMENT RELEASES ITS 'CLARIFICATION" ON THE CLEAN WATER ACT. FARM GROUPS REACT TO THE REGULATION. IN AGRIBUSINESS....DIVERGING GRAIN MARKETS. THE PETERSON BROTHERS ARE BACK....WITH THEIR VERSION OF T-C-B, AND HORSE POWER STILL DRIVES A POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATION IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN.
OUTBREAK SLOWS:
SOME GOOD NEWS ON THE AVIAN FLU FRONT... ACCORDING TO USDA, THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES OF THE HIGHLY PATHOGENIC DISEASE IS SLOWING. THE FIRST MIDWEST CASES POPPED UP IN MARCH. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY WARMER WEATHER SHOULD HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE.
NOAA HURRICANE FORECAST:
 NOAA'S CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER EXPECTS A 70-PERCENT LIKELIHOOD OF SIX TO 11 NAMED TROPICAL STORMS. THREE TO SIX COULD BECOME HURRICANES. AND THEY EXPECT MAYBE TWO MAJOR HURRICANES. NOAA SAYS EL NINO IS THE MAIN REASON FOR THE SUPPRESSED SEASON. OFFICIALLY THE HURRICANE SEASON BEINGS NEXT MONDAY AND RUN THRU NOVEMBER.
NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER:
 MEANWHILE THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT FORMALLY OPENED THE "NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER" ON WEDNESDAY. THE FEDERAL OFFICE IN TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA IS INTENDED TO HELP IMPROVE FORECASTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE DURING WEATHER-RELATED CRISES LIKE THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT AND FLOODING IN TEXAS.OFFICIALS SAID THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THE CENTER IS SO DETAILED IT INCLUDES THE LOCATION OF MOBILE HOME PARKS, WHICH ARE PARTICULARLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLOOD DAMAGE.STAFFERS COMPILE INFORMATION, LIKE RAINFALL TOTALS AND WATERSHEDS, TO HELP PREDICT TROUBLE SPOTS.
CROP WATCH:
LET'S TURN TO MIKE HOFFMAN FOR SOME COMMENTS FROM THE FIELD, MIKE.
TEASE:
 WHEN WE COME, A LOOK AT WHAT'S CAUSING THE RECENT DIVERGENCE IN GRAIN MARKETS, AND LATER, WE'LL CHECK PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITIONS AS PART OF OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT.
ANALYSIS INTRO:
 MANY YEARS, GRAIN PRICES TEND TO TRAVEL IN THE SAME DIRECTION. THIS YEAR, THAT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE. TYNE MORGAN JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TO EXPLAIN WHY.
 BTR PASTURE CONDITIONS:
WIDESPREAD RAINS ARE HELPING IMPROVE PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITIONS ACROSS CATTLE COUNTRY.
BTR HERD EXPANSION:
THE DRENCHING RAINS IN RECENT WEEKS ARE HELPING PASTURES GREEN UP AHEAD OF THE SUMMER GRAZING SEASON. PARTS OF TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA GETTING BETWEEN 400 AND 500 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL…CENTRAL KANSAS HAS SEEN 125 PERCENT OF NORMAL.THE ADDED MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IMPROVING PASTURE CONDITIONS HELPING STATES HARDEST HIT BY DROUGHT THE PAST FEW YEARS BEGIN INCREASING HERD SIZES.
BTR GMO COW:
ALL THE DEBATE OVER GMO LABELING MAY ONE DAY FIND ITS WAY TO THE BEEF AISLE.
RESEARCHERS IN CHINA SAY THEY'VE SUCCEFULLY RAISED BEEF RICH IN FATTY ACIDS COMMONLY FOUND IN FISH OIL--OMEGA 3'S. THE TEAM INTRODUCING GENES FROM A NEMATODE IN TO FETAL CELLS.THE GENE HELPS WITH THE CONVERSION OF OMEGA 6 FATTY ACID INTO OMEGA 3…THE GOAL IS TO KEEP BEEF AT THE TOP OF THE HEALTHY FOODS LIST.
BTR PETERSON BROTHERS:
 THE PETERSON FARM BROTHERS OF ASSARIA KANSAS ARE BACK WITH A NEW MUSICAL PARODY. THEY JUST RELEASED THEIR LATEST MUSIC VIDEO CALLED "TAKING CARE OF LIVESTOCK". IT'S A TAKE-OFF OF 'TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS' WHICH WAS A BIG HIT FOR BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE IN 1973. THE PETERSON'S ARE HIGHLIGHTING FARMERS AND RANCHERS EFFORTS TO TAKE CARE OF LIVESTOCK ON THEIR FARM.
ITC ISLAND HORSES:
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRADITIONALLY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER VACATION SEASON. AND FOR A HERD OF HORSES IT MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A BUSY SEASON ON MICHIGAN'S MACKINAW ISLAND. THE POPULAR TOURIST SPOT IS FREE OF CARS AND TRUCKS.  SO TEAMS OF HORSES DO THE HEAVY LIFTING OF MOVING PEOPLE AND CARGO. THOSE HORSES SPEND THEIR WINTERS ELSEWHERE IN MICHIGAN. MIKE HOUSEHOLDER REPORTS ON GETTING THE EQUINE BACK TO THE ISLAND.
CLOSE:
  THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

 

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