AgDay Daily Recap -July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

JULY 26, 2013

 

GRAIN PRICES:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S BEEN A RELATVIELY PLEASANT WEATHER WEEK ACROSS MOST OF THE COUNTRY'S MIDSECTION. HOWEVER, GOOD GROWING CONDITIONS ARE EATING INTO POTENTIAL PROFITS.

LOUISIANA HARVEST:

ACCORDING TO USDA, LOUISIANA FARMERS ARE CLOSE TO THE START OF CORN HARVEST. AS OF MONDAY, 12-PERCENT OF THE CROP IS MATURE. THAT'S SEVEN POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. 87-PERCENT HAS REACHED THE DENT STAGE. FARMERS THERE ARE READY.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

A NEW DROUGHT MONITOR IS OUT FROM THE FOLKS OVER AT NOAA. AREAS IN SOME FORM OF DROUGHT NOW COVER 58 PERCENT OF THE CONTINGOUS UNITED STATES. PARTS OF THE OZARKS ARE FEELING A REPEAT OF LAST SUMMER. SOME CROPS ARE BURNING-UP FROM A SECOND SUMMER OF DROUGHT. JUST TEN PERCENT OF ARKANSAS IS DROUGHT FREE. HALF OF THE STATE IS IN THE MODERATE DROUGHT CATEGORY. LINDA RUSSELL FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE K-Y-THREE-TV TAKES US TO ONE OF ARKANSAS' DRIEST COUNTIES WHERE SUNNY SKIES ARE BAKING FIELDS AND PASTURES.

CROP WATCH:

GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE'LL START IN LUCAS COUNTY, IOWA. CROP COMMENTS POSTED ON AGWEB SAY THAT ON SOME FIELDS, CORN IS JUST WAIST HIGH WHEN IT WOULD USUALLY BE ABOUT NINE FOOT BY NOW. BEANS ARE ABOUT A HALF FOOT TALL AND GETTING WEEDY. RECENT RAINS HAVE DONE LITTLE TO CLOSE-UP WITH ONE-INCH WIDE GROUND CRACKS. IN ADAMS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA - A CROP REPORTER SAYS FRUIT CROPS ARE CONTINUING TO MATURE WITH FRUIT SIZING UP NICELY. PEACHES CONTINUE TO BE HARVESTED AND EARLY APPLES WILL SOON BE HARVESTED.  STATEWIDE THE CROPS ARE 75-TO-80 GOOD TO EXCELLENT. WE ALSO HEARD FROM A FARMER IN WESTERN SUMNER COUNTY, KANSAS. HE SAYS SOME RECENT STORMS BROUGHT 80 MILE AN HOUR WINDS. HE LOST HALF OF HIS MACHINE SHED. THE TIN WAS SCATTERED FOR A MILE THROUGH HIS FIELDS.

PROFIT BRIEFING:

AS WE MENTIONED AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW, MANY FACTORS ARE COMBINING TO PUSH GRAIN PRICES LOWER. AND THAT'S THE FOCUS OF TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING. HERE TO SORT-OUT THE NUMBERS IS PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY AND SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE. THEY JOIN US FROM THE PRO FARMER STUDIOS.

PANDA COW:

A WASHINGTON STATE FARMER HAS BEEN BREEDING MINIATURE COWS FOR SEVEN YEARS, HOPING TO RE-CREATE BLACK AND WHITE MARKINGS IN THE PATTERN OF A PANDA.
WELL, HE SUCCEEDED.

CREEK RESTORATION:

TRANQUIL CREEKS AND STREAMS OFTEN PASS THROUGH FARMS ON THEIR WAY TO MORE POPULATED AREAS.  AS OWNERS WILL TELL YOU, WHEN LIVESTOCK GET UNLIMITED ACCESS TO A WATERWAY OR THERE ARE NO EROSION CONTROLS IN PLACE, SEDIMENT AND MANURE CAN END-UP DOWNSTREAM. THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE'S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE IS WORKING WITH FARMERS TO PROTECT THESE WATERWAYS. CHUCK DENNEY HAS MORE ON IMPROVING WATER QUALITY THROUGH MANAGEMENT.

FROM THE FARM RECIPE:

IN THIS MORNING'S FROM THE FARM FAVORITE RECIPE OF THE WEEK--I'M PULLING OUT A FAMILY FAVORITE. ZUCHINNI BREAD AND IT'S GOOD THING WE LIKE IT BECAUSE OUR GARDEN IS PUMPING OUT TRUCK LOADS.

TACO BELL:

IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MORNING, IF YOU KIDS LIKE A RESTAURANT BECAUSE OF THE KIDDIE MENU--YOU MAY BE CHECKING AN OPTION OFF THE LIST.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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