Good morning I’m Tyne Morgan, in for Clinton Griffiths who's on the road in wheat country. Farmers are getting an early start on the crop. Meanwhile Wheat Harvest is Oklahoma started more than a week ago. As of Monday, 14% was harvested. And generally speaking, it looks like a very strong crop. 'Nass' says better than half is good and other 20% is excellent. Clinton Griffiths is gauging this year’s Winter Wheat crop. He joins us from Cordell, Oklahoma where producers are pleased.
Hurricane season officially starts one week from today. And the Government's Hurricane watchers expect a "near-normal" season in the Atlantic Basin. NOAA released its annual Hurricane forecast Thursday. Farmers in the Northeast are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene which hit last August. While coastal wind damage was less than feared, interior flood damage inundated farms from North Carolina all up the east coast.
TEMPLE GRANDIN LFTB
In other news - animal welfare expert Doctor Temple Grandin says she supports lean finely textured beef. But she thinks the industry could improve the process. Grandin made her comments to an online section of the Washington Post Newspaper. Grandin wrote in the food blog that she remained mum on the topic because she didn't know much about LFTB.
One of America’s biggest trading partners is right next door in Canada. But what do you know about the Agriculture in that nation? We have an opportunity for you to find-out first hand.
Our partners at Top Producer Magazine are once again hosting a "Frontier Tour". In past years, they've traveled to Brazil and Ukraine. This year it's a lot closer, but no less important.
In Agribusiness today - when China makes grain buys, the market pays close attention, even when they're rumors. And when rumors fly about the possible cancellation of grain buys, there's a similar response. That happened this week when there were rumblings from Asia. Chip Flory and Brian Grete join us from our Profarmer studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa to lay it all out in this week's profit briefing.
INDY 500 MILK
It's an annual event on Memorial Day weekend. Indianapolis is packed with race fans for the Indianapolis 500 race. The tradition after the winning car crosses the finish line is rooted with Indiana Dairy and puts the spotlight on milk. It all started when Louie Meyer requested a glass of buttermilk after he won his second Indy 500 in 1933. That one drink has grown into a refreshing tradition that gives select dairymen a taste of fame. Forgey says don't blink or you may miss him at the end of the race. He says after Sunday, his fame will quickly fade, but the experience is something he'll savor for years. And he’s honored to give the winning drink of milk to this year's race winner.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY
When it comes to an expanding waistline, more consumers are blaming sweets. That’s according to a new survey by International Food Information Council. Grilling season officially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. The USDA is reminding consumers of important food safety tips when grilling this season to ensure food borne illnesses don't bring down your party.
Finally this morning, we made you wait to find out who won the brand new Yamaha Rhino 700.
But the wait is over. That's all the time we have this morning. We're glad you tuned in.
For Clinton Griffiths, Mike Hoffman, Al Pell and Profarmer team, I'm Tyne Morgan. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. And our thanks to all the men and women in the military who served and sacrificed for us all.