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04-03-2014 09:08 PM
At an agricultural conference in Chicago Thursday, the MDA Weather Service released a big 'ole bag of weather nachos for the bears to chew on. Please weigh-in with your perspective on the subject. We would love to hear from you.
Here is the full story: Favorable Summer, Record Crops Ahead
04-03-2014 09:31 PM
Yeah, this story certainly doesn't refer to the current wheat crop suffering through drought. It's making a point about the prospects of corn and beans.
That's a real shame what is going on in your area, though. Sorry to hear it. Any cattle operations worried about a lack of pasture? Also, can you tell me what the latest is on cotton production in Kansas? At one point, more gins were being put up than ethanol plants. What's the latest on that crop in Kansas?
04-03-2014 10:35 PM - edited 04-03-2014 10:56 PM
from MDA website:
MDA was tasked by the U.S. government to develop a worldwide crop modeling system for monitoring crop developments worldwide so the U.S. Government would know the crop production outlook anywhere in the world at any time. This system became the genesis of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS).
company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide
furthermore, so this story serves as a preview of 1st 14-15 production #'s for USDA balance sheets in a couple months....
04-03-2014 11:37 PM
Hobby - you should've sent me those glasses....
I'm not ready for an updated weather long term forecast beyond what I wrote months ago. I suppose I probably should start watching a bit more intently, you know how I love to debunk the "talking heads"...
04-04-2014 12:19 AM
The flip side of that broken record is, unfavorable summer, record prices ahead.
I dunno, but from this vantage point-it could be a 50/50 chance on either. I was always told not to count your chickens before they are hatched. I think it would be a good idea to spread some of THAT wisdom around.
04-04-2014 06:10 AM
Iowa missed it again and Ks and Neb did not fare much better as a whole. The drought for much of the western corn belt is alive and well. Minn got more moisture ... how much good will it do on frozen ground. 30% of the corn soybean belt is still moderately dry to plain parched.
As long as 70% can carry the load we have a bumper crop already as good as in the bin...yea right. Especially Maryland and Kentucky.
04-04-2014 07:35 AM
I am not even going to read the story.........I've read and heard it before. Plus, I've already seen the movie. And for that matter already lived it. Nothing to see here. I would agree that we now need a story about a bad crop and just how high would prices go......
04-04-2014 07:57 AM
Pasture conditions are going to be serious again without significant moisture soon. Traditionally we get decent moisture during the month of April so we should get moisture soon, that being said, we just dodged a two day rain event that missed us completely but some areas of Kansas did receive some moisture according to the radar but I haven't heard any amounts as of yet. Talked to a couple cattle producer a few days ago and they are planning on planting several hundred acres of cover crops for grazing purposes. It's almost to the point of sacrificing crop production to save the cattle herd or sell the herd now while the prices are nearing all time highs. Decisions will need to be made if we continue down this path.