AgDay Daily Recap -December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013 03:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 5, 2013

 

TEXAS COTTON PEANUTS:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. COTTON HARVEST WINDS DOWN IN THE LONE-STAR STATE AND GROWERS SAY THE RESULTS WERE MIXED THIS YEAR.

CROP WATCH:

AN ALL OUT BLIZZARD IS LIKELY IN PLACES ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES. COLD IS EXPECTED TO PUSH SOUTHWARD THROUGH COLORADO AND KANSAS. PLACES IN THE ROCKIES HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN MORE THAN 15 INCHES OF SNOW--ANOTHER 6 TO 12 IS LIKELY. THE SAME SYSTEM COULD DROP SOME 22 INCHES IN MINNESOTA. WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE ARTIC AIR AND WIND WILL MAKE TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER PLAINS FEEL LIKE ITS 30 TO 40 BELOW ZERO WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS. USDA METEOROLOGIST, BRAD RIPPEY, SAYING WINTER LIKE WEATHER WILL IMPACT EVERY CORNER OF THE NATION. LET'S TURN TO CINDI CLAWSON FOR CROPWATCH, CINDI.

BEEF TODAY REPORT:

IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT, NOT ONLY IS WASHINGTON IN THE MIDST OF NEGOTIATING A NEW FARM BILL, BUT BUDGET TALKS CONTINUE IN EARNEST. WITHOUT A NEW COMPROMISE, THE GOVERNMENT COULD SHUT DOWN AGAIN IN JANUARY.

EPA HEARING:

MEANWHILE, THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE TODAY AT THE E-P-A. THE AGENCY IS HOLDING A HEARING ON ITS PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE 2014 R-F-S.

EPA ANNOUNCED TWO WEEKS AGO THAT THE AMOUNT OF BIOFUELS BLENDED INTO GASOLINE AND DIESEL SUPPLIES FOR NEXT YEAR SHOULD BE LOWER. THAT ANNOUNCEMENT RE-IGNITED DEBATE BETWEEN CORN GROWERS, LIVESTOCK GROUPS AND THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. MANY OF THOSE INDUSTRIES WILL TESTIFY TODAY ON THE PROPOSAL.

FARM BILL:

CONGRESSIONAL AG COMMITTEE LEADERS SAY THEIR MEETING WEDNESDAY YIELDED QUOTE "GREAT PROGRESS."  SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW, TOLD REPORTERS THE GROUP IS GETTING CLOSER ON EVERY PART OF THE BILL...ADDING THE PLAN IS TO FINISH THE FARM BILL AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. SHE DECLINED TO GIVE SPECIFICS ON THE NUMBER OF CONTENTIOUS ISSUES LEFT TO WORKOUT.

FOOT AND MOUTH:

USDA AG RESEARCH SCIENTISTS SAY THEY'VE DISCOVERED A NEW WAY TO FIGHT FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE.  THEY A PROTEIN CALLED INTERFERONS ARE THE KEY. THEY CAN INSTANTLY PROTECT ANIMALS AGAINST FMD - GIVING VACCINES ENOUGH TIME TO INDUCE THE ANIMAL'S IMMUNE RESPONSE NECESSARY TO FIGHT THE DISEASE.

SOUTH AMERICAN CROPS:

IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY PROFARMER'S SOUTH AMERICAN CROP CONSULTANT DR. MICHAEL CORDONNIER HAS RAISED HIS ESTIMATE OF THE ARGENTINE SOYBEAN CROP BY 1 MILLION METRIC TONS TO 56 MILLION DUE TO HIGHER ACREAGE. THAT CAME AT THE EXPENSE OF THE CORN CROP. HE LOWERED HIS CORN EXPECTATIONS BY 1 METRIC TONS TO 24 M-M-T. HE SAYS IF SOYBEAN ACREAGE INCREASES AND THE SUMMER WEATHER COOPERATES, THE ARGENTINE CROP COULD RISE ANOTHER 2 TO 3 MILLION METRIC TONS.

TEXAS OIL:

AND IN TEXAS, OIL PRODUCTION IS EXPECTED SET A NEW RECORD--IT'S MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. IN SEPTEMBER THE STATE PUMPED OUT 2 POINT 7 MILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE A DAY. THAT'S THE HIGHEST MONTHLY AVERAVE SINCE 1981. THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS -- PRODUCTION HAS BEEN GROWING AT A RATE OF 25 PERCENT A YEAR.

ANGIE MAGUIRE:

SHE'S A WOMAN WORKING IN A LARGELY MALE DOMINATED FIELD. HER EXPERTISE HAS COME FROM INTENSIVE READING AND STUDYING OF THE MARKETS, AND MUCH OF IT WAS SELF TAUGHT. AS TOP PRODUCER KICKS OFF ITS ANNUAL EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE TODAY IN  CHICAGO, NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN INTRODUCES US TO ONE ATTENDEE WHO'S PAVING HER OWN PATH AND HELPING BOTH PRODUCERS AND END USERS ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE.

WISCONSIN CHEESE:

THE NATION'S TOP CHEESE-MAKER CONTINUES TO CHURN-OUT EVEN HIGHER AMOUNTS. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS WISCONSINS DAIRY PLANTS PRODUCED 243 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEESE IN OCTOBER.  THAT'S TWO PERCENT HIGHER FROM OCTOBER 2012, AND 4.5 PERCENT MORE THAN THIS PAST SEPTEMBER. NATIONALLY, 950 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEESE WAS PRODUCED--ALSO ABOUT TWO PERCENT HIGHER FROM A YEAR AGO.

VITAMIN D LEVELS:

AND TOO MUCH TIME IN DOORS MAY BE HURTING YOUR BRAIN POWER. RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY SAY THEY FOUND THAT A DIET LOW IN VITAMIN D MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE BRAIN. THE WORK LOOKED AT MIDDLE AGED RATS...FED A DIET LOW IN VITAMIN D. THEY FOUND THE RATS SHOWED A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE. THE SCIENTISTS SAY THE STUDY SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING ENOUGH VITAMIN D IN YOUR DIET EITHER THROUGH SUPPLEMENTS OR 10 TO 15 MINUTES OF SUN EACH DAY.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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