TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 1, 2012
Good morning I'm Tyne Morgan, in for Clinton Griffiths. Big gains are made in fields across the country. Nick Dreyer - who's the news anchor at our affiliate in Minot, North Dakota - is also a farmer, who gets a lot of help from his dad. Over the past couple of years, we asked Nick to document his growing season. We call it Nick's acres. This morning, he's happy to report planters are rolling...but not on all of his land.
Get ready for a weather shift. Summer-like warmth is expected to return to the Midwest this week.
Temperatures are expected in the 80's - 15 degrees above normal. The warm-up may help farmers in the western cornbelt and upper Midwest who've been waiting for more seasonable temps before starting to plant. This is especially true in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Illinois farmers got some badly needed rain over the weekend. The Illinois state water survey shows accumulations from Friday thru Sunday showed statewide anywhere from a quarter inch to one inch fell. Central Illinois has been particular short in moisture. That area received about three quarters of an inch over the weekend. Monday brought some additional showers as well. The US drought monitor shows that part of the state has been considered abnormally dry, or "d-zero".
Meanwhile in the central plains, the wheat quality council begins its annual hard red winter wheat tour. Just as they have for 20 years, scouts will be inspecting the Kansas wheat crop for its potential. Because of the above average temperatures in winter and spring, the wheat crop is about three weeks ahead. The tour will release its statewide yield estimates on Thursday. Agweb's Sara Schafer is on-tour. Be sure to check out here daily coverage on Agweb.
Crop Watch begins in Huntington County, Indiana. A farmer told Agweb that we finished planting corn last Tuesday. That's the earliest he's ever finished corn, some of the earliest planted is just now starting to emerge. And he's about three quarters finished with his soy crop. We are very dry, but the soil has been about perfect condition for planting.
USDA releases its 2011 dairy totals showing big gains across the board - from production to cash receipts.Meanwhile, ongoing discussions are occurring regarding the dairy portion of the 2012 farm bill. Agday's Al Pell spoke with analyst Mike North on why he believes this program would not be good for the dairy industry, especially the impact on u-s dairy exports. As we just talked about, the 2012 farm bill includes some possible changes to dairy policy. In this morning's analysis, Al Pell talks with one opponent who says exports would suffer.
Do you remember the time you bagged your first big fish? The smile on your face was a "Kodak moment". Well, the folks at the Iowa DNR are trying to create those moments again. They are stocking small lakes and ponds in 20 Iowa cities with trout. As DNR’s Joe Wilkinson tells us the agency wants to "hook" some young anglers on the sport. Joe says the urban trout stockings were scheduled for late winter. But the mild season changed that plan. He says the trout should all be caught before the waters get too warm.
It seems there's a bandwagon among US fast food chains to require pork suppliers to move to crate-free production methods. One fast food chain however has put its foot down and decided against jumping on board. Meanwhile, the national pork producer’s council is still addressing another issue with HSUS. The animal activist group filed a complaint with the FTC regarding the pork council's we care initiative and pork quality assurance program.
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