Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. The 2012 winter wheat harvest is now officially underway on a national scale. In Oklahoma it's also Canola harvest. Yields seem to range from 15 to 50 bushels to the acre with most fields getting about 40. Compared to last year, the canola crop had good moisture levels this year. There’s been an uptick in the number of acres planted this year. Now to corn the crop is all but planted and three quarters has emerged. The big story is condition. As of Monday, 77% is good to excellent in the top 18 corn growing states. State by state - the crop is off to a good start. Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska are all in the upper 70's or low 80's.
North Dakota is 88% good to excellent.
Parts of the Southern Plains were dodging severe weather last weekend. In southwest Oklahoma hail storms took out several fields right in the heat of harvest. Combines are now sitting idle as those storms dumped anywhere from three quarters to three inches of rain. Here's Mike Hoffman with crop conditions from across the country.
The USDA has cleared two California dairy's under quarantine. Both were locked down after the discovery of a cow with a-typical BSE last month. In other news from the dairy industry - even in a sluggish economy, the Wisconsin Dairy industry continues to expand and reinvest.
And an update on AG-Gag legislation in Missouri, the state senate has passed a bill protecting the AG industry from undercover photos or videos. It says anyone with photos or videos of animal abuse or neglect must report it within 24 hours to law enforcement. The original house version of the bill made it a crime to shoot undercover video or pictures and prevented activists from lying on job applications to gain access. Iowa and Utah have both passed similar laws this year.
Now that CME and other exchanges have started switching to 21 hour trading days, there are plenty of questions as to how the industry would be impacted. Farm Director Al Pell says he talked with his market reporters who saw no major impact on the first day. But it may take three-to-four days to come to the forefront. On Friday, Al talked about some other possible changes that could occur and it includes burning the "midnight oil."
ITC FARM MOM:
The 2012 Monsanto Farm Mom of the year comes from the Great Plains. Debbie Lyons-Blythe and her husband raised five kids on their farm - Blythe Angus near White City, Kansas. They raise 250 registered Angus cows and sell registered bulls. But beyond the livestock, Debbie is also a big time blogger. She says the internet is allowing farmers and ranchers to get the "true word" out about agriculture. In this report provided by the American Angus Association, we hear from Debbie about her passion for the business...and the desire to share that story. If you would like to see a longer version of the "I am Angus" video profiling Debbie, go to the American Angus Association's "You Tube" page. And you can join Debbie in the conversation on her Facebook page.
Whether it's Roma, Big Boy, Better Boy or any other variety - Americans love their tomatoes. If you haven't planted your vegetable garden yet, we have some tips on how to prevent disease from impacting your tomatoes.