AgDay Daily Recap -April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

APRIL 25, 2014

 

DROUGHT EXPANDS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. EVEN AS FARMERS HOPE FOR CLEAR DRY PLANTING DAYS, IN MANY PLACES DROUGHT REMAINS TOP OF MIND.

EL NINO:

MANY OF THOSE DRY AREAS COULD GET SOME RELIEF IF AN EL NINO WEATHER EVENT CONTINUES TO DEVELOP. THE LATEST RELEASE FROM NOAA SAYS IT EXPECTS THE CHANCES OF A SIGNIFICANT EL NINO DEVELOPING SHOULD BE GREATER THAN 50 PERCENT BY SUMMER. SOME MODELS PREDICT THE IMPACTS STARTING IN MAY.  THAT MEANS BETTER CHANCES FOR RAIN IN THE SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN PLAINS.  NOAA'S MAY TO JULY FORECAST SHOW AN ABOVE AVERAGE CHANCE OF HIGHER RAINFALL IN THE FOUR CORNERS STATES.

CROP WATCH:

LETS CHECK IN NOW WITH MIKE HOFFMAN FOR A LOOK AT WEATHER IMPACTS ON PRODUCERS RIGHT NOW.

PEDV IN MEXICO:

PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS HAS MADE ITS WAY SOUTH OF THE BORDER. ALL STATES IN MEXICO ARE NOW REPORTING CASES OF THE VIRUS ACCORDING TO THE PORK NETWORK.  SO FAR PEDV IS IN ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF THAT COUNTRY'S HERDS. MEXICO'S MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE SAYS THE OUTBREAK WAS LIKELY CAUSED BY U.S. HOG IMPORTS AND OR SOME OTHER SHIPMENTS.

WEST TEXAS INVESTIGATION:

ONE YEAR AFTER A DEADLY FERTILIZER EXPLOSION IN THE TOWN OF WEST TEXAS, SAFETY INVESTIGATORS SAY IT WAS PREVENTABLE. THE U-S CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD RELEASED THE PRELIMINARY FINDINGS OF ITS YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION.

VERMONT GMO LABELING:

VERMONT MAY SOON HAVE THE COUNTRY'S FIRST STATE BILL REQUIRING THE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS. STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS AGREED WITH THE SENATE FORMALLY PASSING A GMO LABELING BILL. IT'S NOW HEADED FOR THE GOVERNOR'S DESK...HE IS EXPECTED TO SIGN IT. THE REQUIREMENTS WOULD TAKE EFFECT JULY FIRST OF 2016. TWENTY-NINE STATES PROPOSED LABELING BILLS EITHER THIS YEAR OR LAST.

TURKEY MEMORIAL:

PETA ACTIVISTS ARE BEING TOLD NO BY THE IOWA TRANSPORTATION BOARD. THE GROUP IS ASKING FOR PERMISSION TO PUT UP A MEMORIAL TOMBSTONE IN HONOR OF 500 TURKEYS THAT DIED IN A RECENT TRUCK CRASH. I-DOT SAYS IT DOES NOT PERMIT MEMORIALS.
THE 10 FOOT TOMBSTONE MOCKUP MENTIONS THE TURKEYS DEATH THEN SUGGESTING PEOPLE TRY A VEGAN DIET.

BAT DISEASE:

A DISEASE THAT HAS KILLED MORE THAN SIX MILLION CAVE-DWELLING BATS IN THE UNITED STATES IS ON THE MOVE AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS ARE WORRIED.  WHITE NOSE SYNDROME - DISCOVERED IN NEW YORK IN 2006 - HAS NOW SPREAD TO 25 STATES. ALEX SANZ HAS OUR STORY ABOUT A DISEASE THAT SHOULD HAVE FARMERS CONCERNED.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

MARKETING YOUR GRAIN OFTEN INCLUDES REACTING TO NEWS EVENTS, LIKE WEATHER.
AND NOW THAT THE WINTER DOLDRUMS ARE PAST MOST OF THE COUNTRY, AND PLANTERS ARE ROLLING, THE NEWS "ROLLS" INTO THE MARKETS. IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE DISCUSS MANAGING THE NEWS IMPACTS.

HAYFEVER:

SPRING TIME MAY BE GREAT FOR GARDENS AND FLOWERS BUT IT CAN BE HARD ON THE OLD SNIFFER. 17 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM HAY FEVER IN THE U.S. IF THAT'S YOU, THERE MAY BE GOOD NEWS. IN REPORT PROVIDED BY NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH, CLARK POWELL SAYS A NEWLY APPROVED THERAPY MAY MAKE TREATMENT EASIER TO SWALLOW.

RECIPE:

TODAY'S "FROM THE FARM FAVORITE" RECIPE COMES FROM DEL LARSON WHO SAYS WE SHOULD TRY THE "DRIED BEEF GRAVY". IT ONLY HAS A FEW INGREDIENTS. IT'S A QUARTER POUND OF DRIED BEEF, TWO TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER, THREE TABLESPOONS OF FLOUR, AND THREE CUPS OF MILK. MELT THE BUTTER IN A SKILLET, TEAR THE DRIED BEEF INTO SMALL PIECES AND STIR INTO THE BUTTER. BROWN THE MEAT LIGHTLY AND STIR IN FLOUR. WHEN THE FLOUR HAS DISSOLVED INTO THE BUTTER, ADD THE MILK, STIRRING CONSTANTLY.
 COOK OVER A LOW HEAT UNTIL THE MIXTURE THICKENS. SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOU CAN POUR OVER POTATOES, TOAST, OR BISCUITS!

BARNS:

TODAY'S GREAT AMERICAN BARN TAKES US TO THE BUCKEYE STATE, AL PELL TELLS US THE HISTORY OF THIS CENTURY-OLD BARN.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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