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AgDay Daily Recap -August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013
 
 

TODAY ON AGDAY

AUGUST 21, 2013

 

CROP CONDITION:

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. RETURNING HEAT AND DRYER WEATHER ARE TAKING A TOLL ON CROPS THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST. NOW, ITS STARTING TO SHOW UP IN CROP CONDITIONS.

CROP TOUR:

WE BEGIN OUR COVERAGE WITH THE RESULTS FROM DAY ONE. IN OHIO, CORN YIELDS CAME IN AT AN AVERAGE OF 171 BUSHELS PER ACRE. JUST UNDER THE USDA'S ESTIMATE OF 172 LAST WEEK. BEAN POD COUNTS WERE 12-HUNDRED 83 IN A 3 BY 3 SQUARE. CROSS COUNTRY IN SOUTH DAKOTA, CORN YIELDS TIPPED THE SCALES AT NEARLY 162 BUSHELS PER ACRE. A WHOPPING 24 BUSHELS HIGHER THAN USDA FORECAST. POD COUNTS CAME IN JUST ABOVE ONE THOUSAND IN A 3 BY 3 SQUARE. ON TUESDAY, THE TWELVE TEAMS ON THE EASTERN LEG, LEFT FISHERS INDIANA PULLING SAMPLES FROM WESTERN INDIANA HEADED FOR BLOOMINGTON ILLINOIS. THIS MORNING, THEY'LL DEPART FOR IOWA CITY AND ANOTHER INTENSIVE DAY OF SCOUTING. NATIONAL REPORTER TYNE MORGAN IS ON THAT LEG OF THE TOUR. SHE SPENT MONDAY AND TUESDAY IN INDIANA SURVEYING CROPS. USDA SAYS THREE QUARTERS OF THE STATE'S CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS ARE GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  SO IS THAT WHAT SCOUTS ARE SEEING FROM THE ROAD, TYNE? THANKS TYNE. NOW TO THE WESTERN LEG, SCOUTS SPENT THEIR SECOND DAY IN NEBRASKA. AFTER LEAVING GRAND ISLAND THE TEAMS TRAVELED TO NEBRASKA CITY WHERE THEY SPENT THE NIGHT. TODAY CREWS ARE PUSHING TOWARD SPENCER IOWA. LEADING THAT LEG OF THE TOUR IS PROFARMER EDITOR CHIP FLORY. HE SAYS SO FAR THINGS ARE ABOUT WHAT HE EXPECTED. REGIONAL REPORTER MICHELLE ROOK CAUGHT HIM FIELD-SIDE FOR HIS TAKE ON THE HUSKER STATE. THE STATE OF NEBRASKA IS FORECAST TO HAVE A HUGE CROP THIS YEAR. USDA PUTS THE AVERAGE NEAR 161 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE. BUT, AS OUR CREWS FOUND OUT, NOT EVERY FIELDS IS IN TIP TOP SHAPE.

INTERNATIONAL SCOUT:

WHILE U.S. MARKETS ARE WATCHING THE TOUR INTENTLY, IN RECENT YEARS IT'S STARTED GAINNING INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION. ONE SCOUT FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER SAYS IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD WHAT HE SAW LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME.

CROP WATCH:

THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE CROP TOUR'S BORDERS ARE FOLLOWING ALONG AND POSTING THEIR OWN YIELDS EXPECTATIONS. AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HAS MORE IN TODAY'S CROP WATCH.

ANALYSIS:

ACROSS THE COUNTRY FARMERS ARE CLOSLY WATCHING TEMPERATURES AND HOPING THEIR CROPS MATURE BEFORE A FROST OR FREEZE. GIVE US A PREDICTION? THAT'S WHAT THE INDUSTRY IS ASKING FOR INCLUDING FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS.

NORTH DAKOTA VINYARD:

WHEN YOU THINK OF WINE COUNTRY, NAPA VALLEY IN CALIFORNIA, THE HILLS OF FRANCE OR ITALY COME TO MIND. NOT AMERICA'S NORTHERN PLAINS. BUT AS ONE FARMER IS FINDING OUT GRAPES GROW PRETTY WELL IN THE SOILS OF NORTH DAKOTA. MICK CARE FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KVLY HAS OUR STORY.

FAST FOOD WALK OUT:

UPSET OVER LOW WAGES--FAST FOOD WORKERS IN SEVERAL CITIES HAVE WALKED OFF THE JOB. NOW THEY'RE CALLING FOR A NATIONAL STRIKE.

GLUTEN:

THE GLUTEN FREE INDUSTRY HAS SURGED IN RECENT YEARS. IT'S NOW A 4 BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. GLUTEN FREE IS AN IMPORTANT DIET CHOICE FOR THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE--IT'S AN AUTO IMMUNE DISORDER TRIGGERED BY EATING GLUTEN. BUT CURRENTLY IT ONLY AFFECTS 1 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION. EXPERTS SAY THOSE WHO ARE ABSTAINING FROM GLUTEN WHO DON'T HAVE CELIAC DISEASE ARE NOT ACTUALLY GAINING ANY HEALTH BENEFITS. IN FACT, THEY COULD BE LOSING OUT ON MANY IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FOUND IN WHEAT.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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