AgDay Daily Recap -August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012 05:57 AM

AUGUST 20, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. While many Midwest farmers measure the results of a  disappointing corn crop, some corn growers in Texas are pleased with the turnaround in the southern plains. And that leads our drought-watch coverage. This year about half of the Texas crop is called good or better. Another third is fair. In this report from the Texas Farm Bureau, Nathan Smith tells us about this big turnaround year for Texas corn growers.


As the country struggles to deal with this year's record drought, many eyes are watching the southern pacific for the return of El Nino. For parts of the southern plains this is the second consecutive summer with a lack of rain. Climatologists in Oklahoma say they expect patterns start changing in late September and October.


Let's get your first look at the weather on this Monday morning. Cindi Clawson is here for Mike Hoffman. She has some rather dismal yield numbers in cropwatch, Cindi.

Despite the high heat across the nation's midsection in July, milk production did not decline as some analysts predicted. According to USDA's monthly milk production report, cows produced about 18-hundred pounds per head. That's seven pounds higher than last year. Overall, milk production climbed just seven-tenths. The herd size shrunk from June, but it's still 29-thousand higher than last year. Of the six states reporting production declines, five were in the west.


USDA also released its cattle on feed report. It showed the number of cattle and calves on feed remained generally flat from a year ago. However, the number of cattle heading into feedlots was lower than the trade expected. USDA estimates 1.9 million cattle went into feedlots last month, down 10% from last year. Analysts were expecting more cattle to hit the feed bunk but it appears producers are doing everything they can to keep cattle on their farms and ranches rather than sell them to feedlots.


As the ethanol industry takes a beating over the renewable fuels standard, they did chalk-up a win last week.


If you see a group of strangers walking into corn or soybean fields in the Midwest, don't be alarmed. It could be field scouts taking part in the Profarmer Midwest crop tour. The seven state scouting tour steps-off this morning.


In agribusiness today - if you shift away from cotton, chasing those attractive corn prices, what's the likelihood you'll switch back? Farm Director Al Pell takes a look in this morning's analysis.


The school bell is ringing - a signal that it's time for students to return for fall classes. But for some kids, there were opportunities to learn during the summer months, and they did just that through agriculture. In this report provided by the University of Tennessee, Chuck Denney says the non-farm kids were learning about science, technology, engineering and math down on the farm. Thanks chuck. UT extension hopes to expand this effort to more school systems with the continued growth of stem curriculums statewide.


If you buy oranges based on how good they look, you may have a difficult time finding any that suit your taste.


There could be a limited number of grapes dried for raisins this year. This comes after two years of a bountiful crop for California growers.



We'd love to hear from you! Contact us at 800-792-4329. Or drop an email to You can also check us out on Facebook.


Back to news


Spell Check

No comments have been posted to this News Article

Corn College TV Education Series


Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!


Market Data provided by
Brought to you by Beyer