AgDay Daily Recap -March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014 01:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MARCH 5, 2014

 

COLD WEATHER:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THIS FIRST WEEK OF MARCH LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE MID-WINTER. FOR FARMERS ANXIOUS TO GET IN THEIR FIELDS OR IN THE MIDDLE OF CALVING SEASON, IT SEEMS LIKE THE WINTER THAT WILL NEVER END,

LIVESTOCK IMPACT:

LAST MONTH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE CHALLENGING FOR LIVESTOCK PROCUERS. USDA'S NASS OFFICE SAYS CATTLE AND CALF CONDITIONS ARE HOLDING STEADY. JUST FOUR PERCENT WAS RATED POOR. WHILE 70% OF CATTLE AND CALVES ARE GOOD. HAY FORAGE SUPPLIES ARE 88 PERCENT ADEQUATE. SO FAR ABOUT 18% OF THE HERD HAS CALVED OUT...BUT IT'S COLD WORK ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS.

WINTER WHEAT:

WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS HAVE REMAINED FAIRLY STABLE SINCE THE LAST USDA REPORT RELEASED A MONTH AGO. BUT THE TERM 'STABLE' IS RELATIVE. WE'LL BEGIN IN THE NORTHERN WHEAT BELT. IN MONTANA WINTER WHEAT CONDITION SAW AN IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST MONTHS REPORT. 53% IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT COMPARED TO 46%. 38% IS FAIR. IN NORTH DAKOTA – 47% IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT IS FAIR.

CROP WATCH:

LET'S GET OUR FIRST LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WEATHER. AND THIS MORNING IT INCLUDES A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT TO HELP MIKE HOFFMAN. GOOD MORNING MIKE.

BAYER SEED:

IN AGRIBUSINESS, CANADA IS TRYING TO HELP SAVE POLLINATORS, INCLUDING HONEY BEES. AND IT WILL BE ON FARMERS' SHOULDERS STARTING THIS SPRING .

ANALYSIS:

THE "WHAT-IF'S" DON'T USUALLY MAKE A GOOD MARKETING PLAN. ESPECIALLY IN A YEAR WHERE MANY ANALYSTS SEE A LOT OF DOWNSIDE RISK. IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS, TYNE MORGAN TALKS TO MARK GOLD ABOUT WHAT MARKETING STRATEGY WILL HELP MINIMIZE THAT RISK IN 2014.

VETS ON CALL:

IN A BIG DAIRY STATE LIKE WISCONSIN, VETERINARIANS ARE KEPT VERY BUSY CHECKING THE HEALTH OF THOSE HERDS. AND FOR ONE VET IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, WHEN HE FINDS THE HEARTBEAT OF A YET-TO-BE-BORN CALF, IT PUTS A SMILE ON HIS FACE. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY ESSEX T-V, WE TAG ALONG FOR A DAY WITH DOCTOR ROB FARRUGGIO.

TENNESSEE WINE:

TENNESSEE WINE DRINKERS WILL SOON BE ABLE TO BUY THEIR LIBATIONS AT SUPERMARKETS. THE STATE'S GOVERNOR SAYS HE WILL SIGN A BILL WHICH WAS JUST APPROVED BY LAWMAKERS ON MONDAY.

GOT MILK:

FANS OF THE GOT MILK SLOGAN WILL BE PLEASED TO HEAR THE PHRASE ISN'T DISAPPEARNING COMPLETELY.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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