AgDay Daily Recap - May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012 05:57 AM

MAY 8, 2012


As planters roll through fields, Agronomists say it may be a year to tweak that fertility program.

Many farmers skipped pre-plant nitrogen applications thanks to the early spring

Now nitrogen is going down between rows with a side dress application.


The nation's leading corn state got a big dose of rain water over the past several days. It brought planting to a halt for many growers, but is also brought some badly needed moisture to the northwest corner of the state. It also helped out southern Minnesota. Both of those areas were quite dry this winter. The next US drought monitor update will come out Thursday when we'll get an update on drought. The storm system was fairly widespread in the Corn Belt. Mike Hoffman has more in Crop Watch.


In news from our partners at Dairy Today - last week processors and co-ops reported somatic cell counts to USDA. New requirements now stand at a 400-thousand that's a three month rolling average. The new standards help maintain the industry's exports. Also from Dairy Today - a new report questions whether less confinement of livestock and poultry will lead to healthier animals and great food safety. The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, or CAST says much more research is needed to find those answers.


Coming up Thursday morning, USDA will release the crop production report, as well as the supply demand report. As always we'll be keeping our eyes on the data for you. In advance of the report, farm director Al Pell discusses some potential scenarios to watch for.


A southwest Michigan man loves to travel. And that passion for the road, as well as the game of golf, helped define a distinctive new career for him - producing hard liquor! What’s the connection?  Frank Waugh from Agday affiliate WNDU-TV has our story of the Journeyman Distillery. Bill says there are only about 300 distilleries in the US and that there are even fewer all organic ones, like Journeyman. If you want to learn more, you can actually take a tour by signing up on their website –


Eating healthier is a goal most are striving for. But it's also a good idea for our children. That's the premise behind the Kid’s Live Well program which launched less than a year ago. That's all the time we have this morning. We're glad you tuned in.



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