AgDay Daily Recap - June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 05:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 19, 2012

CROP PROGRESS:

Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. There are no signs of crop improvement in the eastern cornbelt. Parts of the western cornbelt got some showers, but most of the eastern half did not. Plus farmers in the southeast are enjoying plentiful topsoil moisture. Mike Hoffman has your cropwatch. Thanks Mike. Coming up tomorrow, we continue our look at the 2012 wheat harvest. It's part 2 of our series, harvest of beauty, a look at the farms, farmers and communities as they bring in this year's crop.

GESTATION STALLS:

Another day, another major restaurant announces their plan to eliminate the use of gestation stalls in its supply chain. Sonic drive-in says it plans to eliminate the use of the stalls by its pork suppliers within 10 years. Although the company says it hopes to reach that goal in 5.

DTR MILK PRODUCTION:

In news from our partners at Dairy Today - the nation's dairy herd continues to churn-out a larger supply of milk.

ANALYSIS:

The industry seems to use the word "volatility" a lot these days to describe the grain markets. But there is a good reason. On Friday, farm director Al Pell discussed the reasons behind the ruckus.

WHEAT PLOTS:

Oklahoma became a state in the year 1907. At that point, the state's first land-grant university was already 15 years into one of its earliest studies. It was a look at soil fertility, as the red dirt transitioned from grass covered prairie to farm fields covered in wheat. As Oklahoma State University's Dave Deken tells us, today, that test is running in the same soil it started in more than a century ago.

MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION:

In food and your family - if you want to use some real maple syrup, it's probably going to cost you more. Those unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April took a toll on sap production.

DAIRY VITAMIN OBESITY:

And new research says a vitamin found in milk may become a new weapon in the fight against obesity.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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