AgDay Daily Recap -May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 8, 2015

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - EXPERTS FIND U.S. WHEAT IS A MIXED BAG--PICTURES FROM KANSAS AND KENTUCKY. SORGHUM PLANTING IS UNDERWAY AS ACRES ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE. IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...LOOKING AT INPUT COSTS. REALLY FROM AUGUST OF LAST YEAR FERTILIZER PRICES BASICALLY FLAT AND LOOKING FOR A LITTLE BIT OF DIRECTION. AND THIS MICHIGAN CRAFTSMAN GIVES NEW LIFE TO OLD BARNS, WELL PAST THEIR PRIME. TO SEE THEM SMASHED-UP WITH A BOBCAT AND EXCAVATOR AND TOSSED IN A LANDFILL, I THOUGHT WAS A TRAGIC MOMENT FOR ME. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO…
WHEAT TOUR:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. DESPITE PLENTY OF VARIATION IN KANSAS FIELDS, THE NATION'S WHEAT CROP LOOKS LIKELY TO HOLD ON TO DECENTS YIELDS IN RACE TOWARDS HARVEST...AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
KENTUCKY WHEAT:
IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, LIKE NORTHERN KENTUCKY, THE WHEAT CROPS IS STANDING TALL. FIELDS ARE FLOWERING AND MANY GROWERS ARE SPRAYING FUNGICIDES TO COMBAT FUSARIUM. AGRONOMISTS SAY POTENTIAL OF THE CROP TO PRODUCE HIGH YIELDS IS GOOD.
SEVERE WEATHER:
FOLKS IN OKLAHOMA STILL DEALING WITH THE DAMAGE FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S SPATE OF STORMS. MORE THAN A DOZEN TORNADOS SWEPT ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS--FROM TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, KANSAS AND NEBRASKA-- BRINGING DAMAGING WINDS AND FLOODS. AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE WERE INJURED. LET'S TURN TO MIKE HOFFMAN FOR A MUCH-CALMER CROPWATCH, MIKE.
AL UPDATE:
USDA CONFIRMING 11 NEW CASES OF AVIAN FLU IN IOWA, MISSOURI, WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA FLOCKS. THESE CASES TOTALING NEARLY 2 MILLION BIRDS INCLUDING CHICKENS, TURKEYS AND MIXED FLOCKS…USDA SAYS THE ARES ARE BEING DEPOPPULATED AND QUARANTINED. IN IOWA THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE DISPOSAL OF MILLIONS OF BIRDS. ON WEDNESDAY THE DNR ISSUED TEMPORARY PERMITS TO A COMPANY ALLOWING IT TO SET UP SEVERAL LARGE PORTABLE INCINERATORS. LOCAL LANDFILL OWNERS ARE WORRIED THE LARGE NUMBERS OF BIRDS WILL CAUSE CONTAMINATION.
TEASE:
UP NEXT OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER JOIN US FOR THE WEEKLY PROFIT BRIEFING. THEY'LL FOCUS ON FERTILIZER AND FUEL PRICES.
WX:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WE'VE HAD KIND OF SOME WILD WEATHER THIS WEEK. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE EXPECTING ON FRIDAY. WELL ITS STILL KIND OF THE SAME OVERALL PATTERN SO THE CHANCE OF SEVERE WEATHER AGAIN FOR THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IN THE WARM SECTOR. YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE SEPARATION THERE AGAIN WITH THE FRONTS. COLD FRONT CONTINUES TO MOVE EAST SO LETS GO TO THE MAPS. THAT FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS WE HEAD THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY ESPECIALLY THIS AFTERNOON…YOU CAN SEE FROM THE GREAT LAKES DOWN THROUGH THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO OKLAHOMA SOUTHERN KANSAS AND TEXAS AGAIN THIS KIND OF THAT SPOT WHERE WE COULD SEE SEVERE WEATHER ONCE AGAIN. WE ALSO HAVE THIS TROPICAL LIKE SYSTEM OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST. IT MIGHT BE TROPICAL BEFORE IT GETS INLAND. ITS GOING TO BE CLOSE. EITHER WAY ITS GOING TO BE KIND OF WINDY AND ITS GOING TO PUT DOWN SOME HEAVY RAIN IN A SMALL AREA I'M SURE. BACK TO THE WEST JUST SOME LINGERING MOISTURE. A BIG TROUGH OUT WEST SO THAT CONTINUES TO CAUSE SOME AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY SHOWERS RAIN AND SNOW. SOME SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS EVEN INTO THE SIERRA NEVADA'S OF CALIFORNIA COULD HAVE USED A WHOLE BUNCH MORE OF THAT DURING THE WINTER OF COURSE. AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT YOU CAN SEE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DIMINISH BUT THERE'S STILL SOME POCKETS ACROSS PARTS OF THE CORN BELT. SOME DECENT RAINS THERE SHOWING UP ON OUR COMPUTER MODEL IN WYOMING. SOME SNOWS IN WESTERN WYOMING SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA…MONTANA COULD DEFINITELY USE THE MOISTURE SO WE'LL HOPE FOR SOME THERE. AND AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OR WEAK TROPICAL STORM WILL CONTINUE TO COME ON SHORE IN THE CAROLINA ESPECIALLY SOUTH CAROLINA THE WAY IT LOOKS. AND WITH THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS KIND OF SPREADING IN THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES AND OHIO VALLEY THIS TIME AND BACK INTO THE PLAINS WHERE AGAIN WE COULD SEE SOME AREAS OF SEVERE WEATHER…NOW TAKING A LOOK AT A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS…OKLAHOMA TEXAS SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE IN THAT DROUGHT AREA. SO THAT'S SOME GOOD NEWS THERE. ON UP THROUGH THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY HAS BEEN THE FOCUS FOR THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE ADD ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE GET A WHOLE BUNCH IN PARTS OF THIS AREA. THE RED RIVER VALLEY DEFINITELY SHOWING UP IN ALL RED THERE WITH SOME ONE TO TWO INCH AMOUNTS ALL THE WAY INTO THE SOUTHWESTERN GREAT LAKES. BACK INTO NORTHERN COLORADO AND PARTS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES…AS FAR AS TEMPERATURES GO YOU CAN SEE THE DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN THE COOLER AIR TO THE NORTH OF THAT FRONT 50'S AND 60'S. 80'S MAINLY TO THE SOUTH OF THAT FRONT LOW TEMPERATURE TONIGHT WE'RE GOING TO REMAIN MILD ALL THE WAY INTO NORTHEAST DOWN TO THE GULF COAST BUT COOL FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS MUCH OF THE ROCKIES AND HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW AFTERNOON. PRETTY MUCH THE SAME IDEA THE ONLY PLACE THAT WOULD CHANGE A LITTLE BIT WOULD BE THE WESTERN LAKES WHERE THAT COOL AIR SLIPS BACK IN. THERE'S THE JET STREAM…THE BIG TROUGH IS STILL OUT WEST AND YOU CAN SEE ITS CUTOFF FOR AWHILE WHICH MEANS IT DOESN'T MOVE VERY QUICKLY BUT EVENTUALLY WE STILL EXPECT IT TO COME PUSHING THROUGH AND THAT WILL SHOVE THAT COLD FRONT ALL THE WAY OFF TO THE EAST COAST BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK AND THEN IT STARTS TO WARM UP AGAIN WITH A RIDGE BY THE END OF THE WEEK ACCORDING TO OUR COMPUTER MODEL WITH THE TROUGH DIGGING IN AGAIN OUT WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LETS TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FOR SPOKANE WASHINGTON LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND NICE HIGH TEMPERATURES AROUND 70. HURON SOUTH DAKOTA A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH OF 65 AND NASHVILLE TENNESSEE PARTLY SUNNY AND VERY WARM THE AFTERNOON HIGH OF 89 DEGREES.
TRAIN DERAILMENT:
IN CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA, RESIDENTS ARE BACK AT HOME AFTER A FIERY TRAIN CRASH INVOLVING TANK CARS FULL OF CRUDE OIL FROM THE BAKKEN OIL FIELD. ONCE THE FIRE DIED DOWN, CREWS BEGAN REMOVING THE REMAINING OIL FROM THE TANK CARS. THE SIX CARS THAT CAUGHT FIRE WERE PART OF A 109-CAR TRAIN. BNSF SAYS THERE WAS ROUGHLY 180-THOUSAND GALLONS OF OIL ON BOARD. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS STILL LOOKING FOR WHAT CAUSED THE ACCIDENT. AS WE MENTIONED YESTERDAY, THE CRASH OCCURS JUST DAYS AFTER FEDERAL REGULATORS INSTITUTED NEW RULES FOR OIL-HAULING TRAINS.
RFS UPDATE:
THE EPA SAYS IT'S RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD PROPOSALS ARE NOW HEADED TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. THE AGENCY SAYS IT'S COMMITTED TO MEETING THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TIMELINE. THE PROPOSAL INCLUDES VOLUME STANDARDS FOR 2014, 2015 AND 2016. ITS HOPE IS TO ISSUE THE PROPOSALS ON JUNE FIRST AND FINALIZE THEM BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.
FARM MOM OF THE YEAR:
AMERICAN AGRICULTURE OFFICIALLY HAS A NEW MOM. SHELLY BOSHART DAVIS WINNING MONSANTO'S AMERICA'S FARMERS MOM OF THE YEAR CONTEST…THE COMPANY SAYS AFTER A 11 DAYS OF INTENSE ONLINE VOTING SHELLY CAME OUT ON TOP. YOU MAY REMEMBER HER, SHE'S THE DAUGHTER OF THIS YEAR'S TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR FINALIST, STAN BOSHART. SHELLY LIVES IN ALBANY ORGEGON WHERE SHE GROWS GRASS SEED, WHEAT, RADISHES, HAZELNUTS AND BALES AND EXPORTS STRAW. SHELLY IS THE FIRST ORGONIAN TO BE EITHER A REGIONAL OR NATIONAL WINNER.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

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