TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 2, 2012
Agday has a few more stops left on this year's I-80 planting tour. This week brings us to Northern Indiana. Both farmers I talked to this week were planting soybeans when we stopped by. In the latest USDA crop progress report, it shows 28 percent of Indiana’s soybeans are in the ground. The average is just four percent. But it's not all about soybeans this year for each of them; corn is king on each of their farms in 2012.
Crop Watch this morning begins in Norton County Kansas, near the Nebraska state line. The wheat quality council is taking its annual hard red winter wheat tour. This is one of its stops. Agweb editor Sara Schafer is on the tour. She says this field looked thick and healthy. The crop is about three weeks ahead.
A South Korean delegation is touring the united states in response to last week's BSE case in a California dairy cow. According to the US Meat Export Federation, South Korea is the 4th largest export market for US beef. The group will visit USDA, tour dairy farms and slaughterhouses.
AGRIBUSINESS – MARK GOLD:
Just ahead in Agribusiness, Mark Gold from top third Ag marketing joins us to explain the potential downside of such aggressive and early planting this spring. Corn planting is more than half way done. And it's double that five year average. So with an early planting and if weather cooperates, it could be a huge crop out there. Farm director Al Pell discusses what could happen if that happens.
FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL:
Up next, college kids are volunteering their time to help ease the pain after a national tragedy.
More than 150-thousand trees will be planted at the memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed on 9-11. Volunteers from several states and universities are taking part. The work not only helps beautify a new national memorial, but it will also help re-forest the land. Jeff franklin has details in this report provided by the UK college of Agriculture. Volunteers are expected to eventually plant 150 thousand trees on the flight 93 memorial site, which will save the national park service about $1.5 million in labor costs.
As the economy tanked, the number of people using private or store label foods saw a steady increase. But now it appears it may have topped-out.
GRAPES REDUCE ANXIETY:
When you have a stressful day and feel anxiety coming on, consider grabbing a handful of grapes to help calm your nerves.
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