AgDay Daily Recap - August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011 05:37 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY:
AUGUST 26, 2011

CROP TOUR FINISHES:
AFTER TRAVELING THOUSANDS OF COLLECTIVE MILES, GATHERING THOUSANDS OF SAMPLES, THROUGH SEVEN STATES - THE 2011 PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR IS NOW IN THE BOOKS. STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED IS THE OFFICIAL PRO FARMER CROP ESTIMATE. THOSE NUMBERS WILL BE RELEASED THIS AFTERNOON. AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING ALL WEEK, THE BIG QUESTION GOING INTO THE TOUR - WAS THE WESTERN CORN BELT ABLE TO COME-UP WITH THE BUSHELS OF CORN NEEDED TO OFFSET BIG LOSSES IN THE EAST?

ECB WRAPUP:
AS WE HAVE ALL WEEK, WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE OF THE PRO FARMER CROP TOUR. WE BEGIN THIS MORNING WITH EASTERN TOUR DIRECTOR BRIAN GRETE.

WCB WRAPUP:
NOW TO THE WESTERN LEG. SCOUTS SAW A LOT OF DAMAGED CORN IN SOUTHWEST IOWA. PRO FARMER LOWERED THE FIELD POTENTIAL BY 18%, IN THAT REGION OF THE STATE. THE FURTHER NORTH THEY TRAVELED - ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STATE - YIELDS IMPROVED, BUT NOT GREATLY.

GREG VINCENT NO BIG CROP:
THANKS. CHIP SAYS THE SOYBEAN CROP IN IOWA IS LOOKING GOOD. IT SHOULD FINISH STRONG, IF IT GETS A BIT MORE RAIN. AGWEB EDITOR GREG VINCENT CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE OF THE CROP TOUR. HE TALKED WITH SOME IOWA FARMERS WHO SAYS THERE ARE DECENT YIELDS, BUT THEY FALL SHORT OF WHAT THEY EXPECTED THIS GROWING SEASON. THANKS GREG. DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT www.agweb.com LATER TODAY FOR THE OFFICIAL PRO FARMER CROP TOUR ESTIMATES. UNTIL THEN, YOU CAN GET A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN OF WHAT THE FIELD SCOUTS FOUND THIS YEAR.

MACHINERY MINUTE; DEERE ROLLOUT:
IN TODAY'S MACHINERY MINUTE, JOHN DEERE CALLS IT THEIR MOST SIGNIFICANT LAUNCH IN COMPANY HISTORY...AND IT'S BEEN AROUND FOR 174 YEARS. THE COMPANY UNVEILED ITS 2012 NEW-EQUIPMENT LINE-UP IN INDIANAPOLIS THURSDAY. THE ROLLOUT INCLUDES NEW COMBINES, NEW LARGER HARVEST HEADS, NEW FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRACTORS AND OTHER UTILITY EQUIPMENT. THE NEW POWERED EQUIPMENT ARE INTERIM TIER-FOUR COMPLIANT WITH EPA REGULATIONS. THE COMPANY SAYS SMART IRON IS A BIG PART OF THEIR FUTURE, WHICH INCLUDES TELEMATICS. THAT TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS FOR WIRELESS CONNECTIONS FROM THE FIELD TO THE OFFICE. WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT EACH OF THE NEW ROLLOUTS NEXT WEEK.

HAY HAULERS:
DROUGHT IS SENDING MORE CATTLE NORTH TO GREENER PASTURES.  MEANWHILE, HAY IS HEADED SOUTH. THE BILLINGS GAZETTE SAYS HAY GROWERS ARE TRUCKING THE FORAGE SOME 1,400 MILES TO TEXAS WHERE PRICES ARE SKYROCKETING. IN THE DROUGHT, LOCAL HAY CROPS ARE COMING IN SHORT AND BEING EATEN UP BY STARVING COWS.  OTHER STATES ARE ALSO PITCHING IN. THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND ITS DOT ARE ISSUING SPECIAL HAY HAULER PERMITS ON LOADS HEADED WEST. SOUTH DAKOTA'S GOVERNOR SIGNED A SIMILAR PERMIT WHICH ALLOWS FOR BIGGER TRUCK LOADS TO HELP STRUGGLING PRODUCERS.

ANALYSIS:
GARY WILHELMI

IN THE COUNTRY; NOLA RESTAURANT:
USDA HAS A BIG CAMPAIGN TO PUSH CONSUMERS TOWARD LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCTS - "KNOW YOUR FARMER", IS WHAT THEY CALL IT. SOME RESTAURANTS ARE TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING. MORE AND MORE CHEFS ARE GETTING TO KNOW LOCAL FARMERS WHO CAN PROVIDE FRESH INGREDIENTS. AVERY DAVIDSON FROM THE LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU TELLS US HOW IT'S WORKING IN CAJUN COUNTRY. THANKS AVERY. WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE SKIP BREAKFAST? HOW TO BREAK THAT BAD HABIT, NEXT IN FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY.

HEALTHY BREAKFAST:
IF YOUR CHILD DOESN'T TAKE TIME TO EAT BREAKFAST, YOU MAY SEE THE AFFECTS AS THE SCHOOL YEAR GOES ON. SKIPPING BREAKFAST OR MAKING POOR FOOD CHOICES CAN NOT ONLY PACK ON THE POUNDS, IT CAN IMPACT THEIR GRADES. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION, CLARK POWELL SAYS BREAKFAST DOESN'T HAVE TO TAKE MUCH TIME. FOR MORE QUICK RECIPE IDEAS, GO TO WWW.DRINK-MILK.COM. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

CONTACT PAGE:
WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! CONTACT US AT 800-792-4329. OR DROP AN EMAIL TO INBOX@AGDAY.COM. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK US OUT ON SOME OF THAT NEW TECHNOLOGY, AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/AGDAY.
 

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