AgDay Daily Recap -May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013 04:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

MAY 31, 2013

 

WHEAT DISCOVERY:

GOOD MORNING I'M AL PELL IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WHEAT PRICES FELL THURSDAY ONE DAY AFTER THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE DISCOVERY OF UN-APPROVED BIOTECH WHEAT.

WHEAT SAFETY:

THE WHEAT GROUPS SAY THEY'RE WORKING WITH AUTHORITIES IN THE U-S AND JAPAN TO ASSURE CUSTOMERS OF THE INTEGRITY OF U-S WHEAT. OFFICIALS SAY THE RESEARCH ON G-E WHEAT STOPPED IN 2005. THEY CONSIDER THIS WHEAT SPECIMEN "ROGUE" OR 'VOLUNTEER'. THE DEPARTMENT OF AG SAYS THERE'S NO CONCERN ABOUT THE G-E WHEAT GETTING INTO THE COMMERCIAL SUPPLY. EVEN IF IT DID, USDA HAS NO CONCERNS ABOUT FOOD SAFETY. STILL, THE AGENCY SAYS IT IS TAKING THE SITUATION "VERY SERIOUSLY" AND HAVE LAUNCHED A FORMAL INVESTIGATION. EVEN BEFORE NEWS BROKE ABOUT THE G-E WHEAT DISCOVERY IN OREGON , THE WHEAT INDUSTRY HAS BEEN DISCUSSING WHETHER BIOTECH WHEAT COULD BE ACCEPTED BY CONSUMERS. IN 2009 THE NATIONAL ASSOCATION OF WHEAT GROWERS CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ITS MEMBERS.  AT THAT TIME, 76-PERCENT WERE SUPPORTIVE OF G-E WHEAT. BUT CAN THE INDUSTRY CONVINCE CONSUMERS - THAT'S THE BIG QUESTION.

TEXAS WEATHER:

SUSPENDED WHEAT EXPORTS IS JUST THE LATEST CHALLENGE FOR WHEAT GROWERS. IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IT'S THE LACK OF MOISTURE, ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS. THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS JUST HOW INTENSE THE DROUGHT REMAINS. 60-PERCENT OF THE STATE IS IN SEVERE DROUGHT. THE PANHANDLE IS EVEN WORSE. CONDITIONS THE PAST TWO DAYS HAVEN'T HELPED - WINDY AND HOT WHICH FURTHER ZAPS ANY MOISTURE. TYNE MORGAN TALKED WITH ONE GROWER NEAR PLAINVIEW, TEXAS ABOUT HIS CROP, TYNE.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

THE DROUGHT MONITOR SPLITS THE COUNTRY NEARLY IN HALF. FROM IOWA TO LOUISIANA AND POINTS EAST ARE NEARLY DROUGHT FREE. WHILE THE PLAINS AND MUCH OF THE WEST ARE IN SOME LEVEL OF DROUGHT. AND THE NORTHERN TIER STATES ARE ALSO GENERALLY FREE FROM DROUGHT.

ILLINOIS COLLEGE FLOOD:

MEANWHILE, THE POWER OF FLOOD WATER WAS CAPTURED BY A SECURITY CAMERA AT A COLLEGE IN WESTERN ILLINOIS. WATCH THIS. YOU CAN SEE THE FLOOD WATER AT CARL SANDBURG COLLEGE AS IT QUICKLY RISES. AND THEN IT BUSTS THROUGH THE GLASS DOORS. AT ONE POINT, THE WATER WAS THREE FEET HIGH INSIDE THE BUILDING. THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS ASSESSING THE DAMAGE TO THE OFFICE SPACE. THEY HOPE TO RE-OPEN FOR A SUMMER SESSION.

CROP WATCH:

HEAVY RAINS THIS WEEK IN ILLINOIS CAUSED THE SUMMER FLOODING, WHICH HAS ALSO KEPT FARMERS OUT OF THEIR FIELDS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN CROPWATCH. GOOD MORNING MIKE.

PROIFIT BRIEFING:

THE DROUGHT IS NOW GONE IN THE HEART OF THE CORNBELT. CONSTANT RAINFALL HAS RECHARGED SOIL. BUT IT'S ALSO CREATED BIG DELAYS IN PLANTING FOR SOME FARMERS THAT COULD LEAD TO A SHIFT IN ACRES. BUT JUST HOW MUCH? PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY AND SENIOR MARKET ANALYST BRIAN GRETE JOIN US FROM THE PRO FARMER STUDIOS TO DISCUSS THE WEATHER IMPLICATIONS ON ACREAGE.

BEEF CHECKOFF:

ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT'S MARATHON TIME. AT MANY OF THOSE EVENTS A GROUP KNOWN AS "TEAM BEEF" IS COMPETING. AND WHEN THEY'RE NOT RUNNING, THEY'RE SHOWING HOW BEEF IS ON THEIR TRAINING TABLE. SHARON ALSETH HAS DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE BEEF CHECKOFF.

FROM THE FARM RECIPE:

IN OUR WEEKLY "FROM THE FARM FAVORITES", WE HAVE A RECIPE FROM CLAIRE HODGKINS IN PERHAM, MAINE!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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