TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 6, 2012
Good morning I’m Tyne Morgan in for Clinton Griffiths. The depth and scope of the 2012 drought continues to intensify.
Meanwhile, our reporting partners at Agweb have been asking farmers to gauge this year’s corn crop. They asked what they think the national yield will be this year. So far, there have been more than 3,300 votes. About half expect the average yield will be 139 bushels to the acre or less. Those votes are highlighted in yellow. About a third expects the yield in the mid-to-upper one-40's, which appear as red on the map. Another 12% expect it to be in the 150's. Remember, USDA's forecast puts the average corn yield earlier this spring at 166-bushels to the acre.
While most of the country is struggling weather-wise, others are doing okay. Mike Hoffman has details in cropwatch.
SOUTH DAKOTA WHEAT HARVEST:
USDA's latest progress report shows nearly 70% of the winter wheat has been harvested nationally, which is well ahead of the 42% normal pace. That’s true in South Dakota as well where 11% of the crop has been cut, AgDay's Michelle Rook took to the field to get a progress and yield report. Michelle says the spring wheat crop was also planted in record time this spring and that harvest will start in just a couple of weeks as well.
The House AG Committee releases its version of the 2012 Farm Bill on Thursday.
AG EQUIPMENT DEMAND: