We’ve been talking on AgDay for a few months about the likelihood of El Nino returning once La Nina passes. NOAA upped those chances even more this week.
As we just reported, persistent dryness is causing some concern in the cornbelt. Don't forget to share your field conditions with us. You can send those remarks and photos to "crop-comments-at Agweb.com. Meteorologist Cindi Clawson has been looking at some of those comments. She joins us from the weather-center.
The Farm Bill cleared its first procedural hurdle in the senate. The lawmakers voted Thursday to proceed to consider the measure. The current 5 year bill is set to expire in September. This legislative step was approved 90-to-eight. It needed 60 votes to move forward. The Senate version saves 23 billion dollars over a 10-year period from current spending levels. Some of those savings would come from eliminating direct payments.
Last year there was an empty feeling in North Dakota when many farmers were not able to seed a lot of their land because of the wet conditions. It was the same for news reporter and farmer Nick Dreyer who wasn't able to plant a single acre in 2011. This year, seed is in the ground and it's even early. We get an update on Nick's acres.
As we discussed earlier in the show, drought is starting to intensify in the key corn growing states.
How will the market react? That's the focus of today's Profarmer profit briefing. Chip Flory and Brian Grete join us from our Profarmer studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa to look at the weather issues that are starting to build in the nation's cornbelt. Meanwhile coming out today in the newest edition of the weekly Pro-Farmer newsletter, the team gets you ready for June 12th supply & demand and crop production reports. They look at the impact of china's buys of old-crop US soybeans....and get perspective on the Senate Farm Bill debate from Washington consultant Jim Wiesemeyer.
In early summer, we've got lots of healthy produce at your grocery store or growing in our gardens. And while it's one thing to have fruits and vegetables available - it's another to have delicious recipes to prepare them. In this report provided by UT’s Institute of Agriculture Chuck Denney shows us some clever food preparation of what's growing-on. The culinary cooking classes also include sessions on meats, desserts and recipes from other countries and cultures.
WISCONSIN DAIRY BREAKFAST:
Dietitians - and more importantly mom - say you need to start your day by eating a healthy breakfast. Studies show that children who follow that advice will perform better in the classroom than children who skip.