AgDay Daily Recap - May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012 05:57 AM

MAY 23, 2012


Global leaders are being warned that food productivity is not keeping pace with food demand.

That warning comes this morning from Jeff Simmons - president of Elanco. Elanco is one of the largest animal health care firms in the US. Simmons spoke to a business group in Chicago.


Improving water quality and Wetlands from Iowa to the gulf is a priority for USDA. And it's coming at a 32 million dollar price tag.


There are few industries that watch weather as closely as farming. What's the weather psychology right now? We’ll ask one of our market analysts for his perspective. Last week, USDA pushed higher its national average yield for this year’s corn crop by two bushels. The AG Department says because of the early planting season, it expects the average yield will be 166 bushels to the acre. Of course, there's a long growing season ahead and weather is always key.

In this morning's analysis, farm director Al Pell discusses the psychology of those numbers.


On the sparsely populated prairie of the Northern Plains, a small group of musicians is producing a symphony that resonates all over the wheat fields and range lands. The Prairie Symphony fills a cultural void for hundreds of rural folks in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. In this report from our good friend Cliff Naylor, we visit this enthusiastic band of woodwinds and strings as they prepare for their next concert.


With Memorial Day weekend coming up in a few days, the grilling season can officially begin.

And according to the National Chicken Council, you need to make room on the grill for chicken.


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