Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Crop scouts on the Profarmer Midwest crop tour are getting set for their second full day of pulling field samples from the nation's corn and soybean crops.
The 2012 corn harvest is now being published on a national scale. 4% is harvested in nine states. In the big eye states, just Illinois has started with 3%. Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee are all in the high teens, when usually it's just 1% harvested. The condition rating remains un-changed from last week. 23% is good to excellent. 26% is very poor.
WINTER WHEAT HARVEST:
Winter wheat harvest has just about wrapped-up. It's 92% complete. We were in Montana’s golden triangle last week where farmers were enjoying some excellent conditions for wheat harvest. Spring wheat harvest sits at 65% in Montana.
The first full day of the Profarmer Midwest crop tour is now in the books. This morning, the scouting teams depart from Indiana in the eastern cornbelt and Grand Island, Nebraska in the west. In the western cornbelt, the teams will head out this morning from Grand Island, Nebraska. On Monday, the tour took them through southeast South Dakota and into Nebraska. AgDay regional reporter Michelle Rook is on that leg of the tour. We'll have daily coverage of the 2012 Profarmer crop tour, both online and on-air. Be sure to get regular updates from our partners at Agweb.com. For those fans of "twitter", many of the scouts are sending tweets on crop conditions and yields. You can catch their comments on the special crop tour section on AgWeb.
Drought continues to hold yield hostage across the Midwest. Mike Hoffman has details from the crop tour and farmers. He's in the AgDay weather center.
CALIFORNIA DAIRY WOES:
In news from our partners at Dairy Today - economic troubles for dairy producers in California. Western united dairymen says feed costs are at record highs due to the Midwest drought and the ethanol policy. The trade group says many dairy producers are unable to acquire feed unless they pay in advance or pay upon delivery of feed. In some cases, some producers are being asked to sign over a second deed of trust on their property to the feed supplier. Twenty members of the California legislature sent a letter to California AG Secretary Karen Ross calling on her to "expeditiously review" a petition that would grant emergency price relief. If the predictions of some analysts come true, it won't get any better next year for dairy producers. There's concern that seed production will fall short. How does that impact your decisions for 2013 intentions? Farm Director Al Pell has more in analysis.
If the predictions of some analysts come true, it won't get any better next year for dairy producers. There's concern that seed production will fall short. How does that impact your decisions for 2013 intentions? Farm Director Al Pell has more in analysis.
There's plenty of research out there that shows how pets can calm you down, lower your blood pressure, and just make you feel good. But usually we're talking about a cat or dog.
But at a hospital in Lima, Ohio, there's a different kind of four-legged friend that's visiting patients. Sam Shriver from AgDay affiliate WLIO says that particular pet brings plenty of good medicine. Sam says 'mini adventures' is a non-profit organization and relies on donations to help take care of the horses. To learn more, check out their website miniadventures.org.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
Federal food safety agencies are investigating an outbreak of salmonella connected to cantaloupe. At least two people have died from the infection. We told you last week about a study that says strict laws regarding junk food at schools helps lower obesity rates.