TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 15, 2012
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Unseasonably heavy rains in the Southeast and Northwest, but dry and warm weather in the Nation's Midsection accelerates drought conditions from Colorado to Indiana. In Missouri, Climatologists say weather trends are setting up the state for increasing dryness. In May the state only averaged 2.3 inches of rain--the 8th driest on record dating back to 1895. It's typically the wettest month. Experts are calling it a flash drought and it’s impacted much of the middle US.
Dry weather in many parts of the corn belt may have growers wondering about plant diseases.
Industry experts say even though humidity and moisture are low, many plant diseases may still be present, waiting for conditions to change. That means fungicide applications may still be a valuable tool for plant health.
Speaking of drought, one area that's used to dealing with little to no rainfall is the Texas Panhandle. Last year's drought in the Southern Plains had the biggest impact on the Texas Cattle herds. Agday's national reporter Tyne Morgan tells us why Ranchers fear the aftermath of the drought will be felt for years.
Strong markets are keeping farmland flipping.
According to a new report by the Farmers National Company, selling and buying of farmland is on a record setting pace.
In this morning's profit briefing, our partners at Profarmer discuss the fundamentals of the beef and pork sectors. They also look at the un-changing crop yield crop forecast from USDA.
Editor Chip Flory and news editor Julianne Johnston join us from our Profarmer studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa for this week's profit briefing.
For subscribers to the Profarmer Newsletter, here's what you can expect when it comes out later today.
The team will dig into the details of Tuesday’s USDA reports. They also give perspective on the Senate's Farm Bill debate. The Analysts will take a close look at China's demand for US grains. And, there's a special monthly supplement of the Crop Tour Newsletter. This is a bonus feature that anyone can read at Profarmer.com.
For most kids, summertime means a break from school. Days spent playing outdoors and soaking up the sun. But a group of Missouri Highschoolers traded their days at the pool to help teach other kids how science can help feed the world. Kent Faddis has more on students teaching students about Biotechnology in this report provided by the University of Missouri .
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
This probably comes as no surprise, but it cost more this year to raise a child from birth.
And finally this morning, the lactose-free dairy market has doubled in the last five years.
That's all the time we have this morning. We're glad you tuned in.
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