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.