Good morning I’m Tyne Morgan, Clinton Griffiths is on assignment in Kansas where wheat harvesters are making quick work of this year’s crop. Overall, 20% of the nation's winter wheat is now harvested. Louisiana farmers have just finished a somewhat disappointing wheat harvest. LSU Agcenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux reports that farmers were able to harvest much earlier but yields were lower than expected. Now to other crops of interest - soybeans are 94% planted. 79% have emerged, both of those categories are well ahead of average, 65% is called good to excellent.
The weather experts at Colorado State University have increased their predictions for this year’s hurricane season in the Atlantic basin. They’ve been estimating the hurricane season for three decades.
In news from our reporting partners at Dairy Today - roughly 10% of upper Midwest dairy farms currently do not meet the 400-thousand somatic cell count that is required to comply with European union dairy export certification. But according to officials from Associated Milk Producers Incorporated and Dairy Farmers of America, these farms typically are smaller dairies. And they account for 4% or less of milk production. Dairy today says all farms must have ASCC level of less than 400-thousand based on a 3 month average.
In its latest forecast, USDA expects agricultural exports for the current fiscal year will reach more than 134 billion dollars. While that's 3 billion higher than the February guess, it's also 3 billion below the final figures of 2011. USDA says pork exports are raised nearly 100 million as greater volumes more than offset a slight decline in unit values. Growing pork shipments to East Asia and North America are supported by a relatively weak dollar and competitive prices.
Keeping with pork - the World Pork Expo runs this week in Des Moines, Iowa.
The gathering is billed as the world's largest pork-specific trade show. More than 20-thousand producers and others in the industry are expected in the gates. For those attending the expo, there's a new mobile app to help guide your way around the grounds. It's available for apple, android and blackberry devices. The new, free, app is designed to help attendees make the most of their expo visit. It includes a list of exhibitors and a map to help you navigate.
Before we move-along, we're sorry to report that a well-known name in AG journalism has passed away. Mark Pearson - who was the long-time host of the Iowa public TV show "Market to Market" - died suddenly over the weekend.
June is dairy month - a time to celebrate that important AG industry. Unfortunately, some people cannot drink milk or eat ice cream without getting sick, so they remove it from their diet. If you consider yourself to be lactose intolerant, experts say you may to consider adding - not subtracting - dairy from your diet. In this report provided by the American Dairy Association, Clark Powell tells us why. It's estimated there may be 30 million or more Americans who are lactose intolerant, though it's hard to know for sure since many are self-diagnosed. If you want to add dairy back into your diet, do it gradually. And of course, be sure to check with your doctor first.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
If you have questions about food safety while shopping, you can now get many answers from your smartphone. USDA just created a virtual food safety expert.