TODAY ON AGDAY
OCTOBER 17, 2012
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Pollsters will be out in force today to see which Presidential candidate will get a bump in the polls as a result of last night’s debate.
In other news - farmers are planting the winter wheat crop in a timely manner, but dryness is impacting how quickly that crop is coming out of the ground. Just 36% has emerged, 8 points behind average. The U.S. drought monitor shows 80% of Oklahoma under extreme drought - the second most-intense level of drought. USDA says extremely dry conditions persist across the northwestern half of the plains. And it's being seen in the winter wheat emergence numbers. Colorado is 21 points behind, Montana is 28 behind and Nebraska is 30 points behind.
Unlike wheat, the nation's corn crop is way ahead. Harvest in one of the top corn producing states is nearly 60 points quicker than the average pace. AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan takes us to Iowa where yields are surpassing expectations.
Cropwatch has two widely different views of harvest. Cindi Clawson has details from the AgDay weather-center.
FOOD FOR ALL:
Living in a valley in the mountains of Idaho creates challenges. But those challenges are where the Salmon, Idaho FFA chapter is thriving. We profile those efforts in this morning's Food For All feature --a new program from National FFA. Tyne Morgan is back to show us how the Salmon chapter is fighting hunger, starting at home. Again this project is just one of 140 grants given to FFA chapters nationwide in an effort fight hunger. Support comes from Farmers Feeding the World, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the National FFA organization. Join Tyne tomorrow as she takes us to Kentucky where FFA members are recruiting the National Guard to help combat hunger overseas.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
Farmers in the state of Montana can be confident in the market for it’s barely crops. The world's largest brewer says it will continue to purchase malt barely from Montana growers. And scientists in Wisconsin think they've found a way to keep the perfect potato looking and tasting that way even after a stint in the freezer.
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