AgDay Daily Recap -December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 03:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

DECEMBER 9, 2013

 

WINTER STORM:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ACROSS THE COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE SHOVELING SNOW AND SCRAPING ICE - EVIDENCE OF THE ARCTIC EXPRESS FROM CANADA  - THAT LEFT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE DARK AND IN THE COLD.

CROP WATCH:

THE STORM BROUGHT SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN TO THE WEST TEXAS REGION, COATING ROADS - AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE - WITH A LAYER OF ICE. WE RECEIVED NUMEROUS PHOTOS FROM VIEWERS. JUSTIN HULSEY FROM SANGER, TEXAS SAYS THEY GOT TWO INCHES OF ICE ON FRIDAY. SLEET CAME DOWN FOR TWELVE HOURS. POWER OUTAGES ARE COMMON. AND STEPHEN SEXTON SENT THIS PHOTO TAKEN IN MCKINNEY, TEXAS. THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS BRADFORD PEAR IS ABOUT TO SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE. WALLACE WILLOUGHBY SNAPPED THIS PHOTO AS HE CREPT ALONG INTERSTATE 55 IN THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL.

NORTH DAKOTA:

SNOWS IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS ARE KEEPING FARMERS FROM FINISHING HARVEST IN THE DAKOTAS. THE NASS DIRECTOR FOR NORTH DAKOTA SAYS HE'S HEARING FARMERS MAY HAVE TO LEAVE SOME CORN AND SUNFLOWERS IN THE FIELD UNTIL SPRING. THE LATEST ESTIMATES PUT CORN HARVEST AT 92 PERCENT COMPLETE, WELL BEHIND LAST YEAR WHEN EVERY THING WAS CUT, BUT AHEAD OF AN 83 PERCENT AVERAGE. SUNFLOWERS HARVEST STANDS AT 87 PERCENT COMPLETE, WELL BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE.

COLD WHEAT:

MEANWHILE THE ICE STORM HAS WINTER WHEAT GROWERS WORRIED. UP TO 15 PERCENT OF THE SOFT RED CROP IN THE NORTHERN DELTA IN PLACES SAW UP TO AN INCH OF ICE. 

WHILE HARD RED WINTER WHEAT COUNTRY-- IN KANSAS AND SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA -- MAY ALSO TAKE A HIT DUE TO THE COLD TEMPERATURES AND A LACK OF INSULATING SNOW. HOWEVER ANALYSTS DON'T EXPECT A SPIKE IN PRICES.

CANADA WHEAT:

PART OF THAT INCREASE IN GLOBAL PRODUCTION COMES FROM OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH. THAT COUNTRY IS REPORTING RECORD CROPS NEARLY ACROSS THE BOARD.

CANADIAN WHEAT FARMERS ARE REPORTING PRODUCTION NEARLY 40 PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR. AVERAGE YIELDS FOR HARD RED WINTER CLIMBED TEN BUSHELS PER ACRE THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD TO 51 THE CANOLA CROP IS ALSO SITTING ON RECORD YIELDS WITH PRODUCTION CLIMBING 30 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR.

EUROPE WEATHER:

EUROPE IS ALSO DEALING WITH POWERFUL WEATHER. AT LEAST SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED ACROSS EUROPE IN A STORM THAT BROUGHT HIGH WINDS, FLOODING AND SNOW.

THE STORM ZEROED-IN ON POLAND WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 90 MILES AN HOUR. SCORES OF FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED AT AIRPORTS IN POLAND, SWEDEN, DENMARK, NORWAY, AND GERMANY. IN THE UK, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED ALONG THE EASTERN ENGLISH COAST AS THE COUNTRY CONFRONTED ITS WORST TIDAL SURGE IN 60 YEARS CAUSED BY THE STORM.

FARM BILL:

THIS WEEK MAY BE IT FOR LAWMAKERS TO REACH SOME SORT OF FINAL FRAMEWORK FOR A NEW FIVE YEAR FARM BILL.

MEAT EXPORTS:

EXPORTS OF U.S. MEAT ARE ON A BLISTERING PACE. THE US MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION RELEASED IT'S LATEST NUMBERS FROM OCTOBER.

MACHINERY PETE:

MACHINERY PETE USUALLY LIKES TO TALK ABOUT GREAT DEALS AND TRENDS WITH USED COMBINES AND TRACTORS. BUT RECENTLY HE FOUND STRONG DEMAND OF FORAGE EQUIPMENT.

ANALYSIS:

BINS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE QUITE A BIT MORE GRAIN IN STORAGE THAN LAST YEAR.  JUST AHEAD OF TOMORROW'S CROP REPORT, NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN ASKS ONE OF OUR PROFARMER EXPERTS WHAT TO DO WITH THE OLD CROP THAT REMAINS UNSOLD.

WINE TRAIL:

IT'S BECOMING A POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATION.  A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY TO SEE VINEYARDS AND TASTE WINE ATTRACTS PEOPLE FROM HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY. A NEW WINE TRAIL NEAR KANSAS CITY IS MAKING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT ON RURAL COMMUNITIES.   KENT FADDIS WITH UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION HAS MORE.

HEALTHY EATING COST:

WE ALL KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING HEALTHY BUT FOR SOME FOLKS THE COST MAKES IT AN EVER BIGGER CHALLENGE.

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE:

MANY FAMILIES LIKELY SPENT THE WEEKEND WORKING ON A TRADITIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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