AgDay Daily Recap -August 8, 2013

August 8, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

AUGUST 8, 2013

 

RAIN AND FLOODING:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HEAVY RAINS, THUNDERSTORMS AND FLOODING IS STRETCHING ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY.

CORN HARVEST:

IN THE SOUTH, SOME FARMERS ARE CLOSE TO THE START OF CORN HARVEST. ALTHOUGH IT MAY BE A BIT DELAYED. "NASS" SAYS FOUR PERCENT OF THE CROP IS MATURE, BEHIND THE 13 POINT AVERAGE. IN MISSISSIPPI - IT'S ALSO IN SINGLE DIGITS ON MATURITY. THAT COMPARES TO THE 21-PERCENT AVERAGE. IN TEXAS - 50-PERCENT MATURE.  IN LOUISIANA, CORN IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST CROPS TO GET HARVEST. LSU AGCENTER'S TOBIE BLANCHARD TELLS US WHAT FARMERS SHOULD EXPECT.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S TURN TO OUR "GO-TO-GUY" FOR WEATHER. HERE'S METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN.

TENNESSEE FORAGE:

MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES HAS SEEN AN ABUNDANCE OF RAINFALL THIS SUMMER. THAT ADDITIONAL MOISTURE IS HELPING TO IMPROVE FORAGE CONDITIONS. THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR BEEF PRODUCERS. BUT THE RAIN HAS ALSO MADE IT DIFFICUILT FOR FARMERS TO GET BACK INTO THOSE FIELDS ONCE IT'S CUT. CHUCK DENNEY HAS DETAILS ON FORAGE CONDITIONS IN TENNESSEE.

BEEF EXPORTS:

MEANWHILE, THE LATEST BEEF EXPORT NUMBERS SHOW SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN THE ASIAN MARKETS. THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SAYS JUNE WAS ESPECIALLY STRONG. OVERALL, BEEF EXPORTS ARE UP EIGHT PERCENT IN VOLUME, 21-PERCENT IN VALUE. JAPAN IMPORTS OF U-S BEEF ARE UP 66-PERCENT, HONG KONG IS 156-PERCENT HIGHER WHILE TAIWAN IS UP 400-PERCENT. U-S M-E-F PRESIDENT PHIL SENG SAYS THOSE BIG NUMBERS REFLECT THE EXPANDED ACCESS FOR U-S BEEF IN JAPAN, THE REBOUND IN TAIWAN AND CONTINUED GROWTH IN HONG KONG.

RICE FORDS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, FORD MOTOR COMPANY CURRENTLY USES VARIOUS SOYBEAN PRODUCTS IN THEIR VEHICLES, INCLUDING SOY FOAMS IN SEATS. NOW THE COMPANY IS TRYING ITS HAND AT RICE.

ANALYSIS:

USDA RELEASES IT'S LATEST SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT NEXT WEEK. AS FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL FOUND OUT, MANY ANALYSTS ARE EXPECTING THE OFFICIAL PLANTED ACRES NUMBERS TO START SHIFTING IN BOTH CORN TO SOYBEANS.

ARKANSAS PEACH:

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER FRUITS IS A FRESH, JUICY PEACH. IN FACT, LAST WEEKEND, WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST PEACHES OF THE YEAR TO MAKE A GOOD 'OL FASHION PEACH PIE. IN ARKANSAS, PEACHES HAVE BEEN A STAPLE FOR DECADES. HOWARD COUNTY WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A HOT BED, BUT TODAY, JUST A FEW ORCHARDS REMAIN. KEN MOORE OF ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU INTRODUCES US TO ONE FAMILY KEEPING THEIR PEACHY FAMILY HERITAGE ALIVE.

LETTUCE:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY, ICEBERG LETTUCE SHIPMENTS ARE DOUBLE THE PRICE THEY WERE A YEAR AGO. AND IT'S MOTHER NATURE WHO'S TO BLAME.

CHILD OBESITY:

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, PRESCHOOLERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ALREADY SEEING GRADECARD IMPROVEMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR WEIGHT.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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