Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Soybeans charged into new territory yesterday. And that's our top story on AgDay.
The Profarmer Midwest crop tour has reached its half-way point. Today, crews from both sides of the cornbelt will head into Iowa - the nation's top corn and soybean growing state. On Tuesday, the eastern leg of the Profarmer crop tour, scouts headed out from Fishers, Indiana and traveled north and west. Eastern tour director Brian Grete says they found stronger corn yields than they saw on Monday in the eastern part of the state on his route. But as they moved into Illinois - yields dropped-off again. As far as soybeans, late season rains did not materialize to help the pod count. Meanwhile, on the second day of the western leg, scouts toured southeast Nebraska - in an area from Grand Island to Nebraska City. Tour Director Chip Flory says there was an improvement in yields as more fields were under pivot. The tour heads into Iowa later today. 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.
Obviously the drought has taken a toll on Midwest crops. But other parts of the country are getting showers that hamper harvest. Mike Hoffman has details from the AgDay weather center.
CALI SLAUGHTER HOUSE:
USDA inspectors shut down a slaughterhouse in California after undercover video shows what regulators call inhumane handling violations. The AG department is looking into whether cattle that were too sick to stand or walk were slaughtered at Central Valley Meat Company. Downer cattle as they're called are banned because of BSE concerns. The undercover video was shot by an animal rights group.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it will start taking public comments about the renewable fuels standard. Several governors - on behalf of poultry and livestock groups - have asked the E-P-A to temporarily waive the R-F-S which sets the mandate on ethanol made from corn. Once it's posted in the federal register, there's a 30 day public comment period. Our partners at Profarmer say by law the agency has until November 13th to make a decision on the waiver, meaning EPA could act on the requests after national elections on November 6th.
FARM PROGRESS LUNCH:
The farm progress show in Boone, Iowa is just around the corner - and once again we are inviting you for lunch. Our "lunch and learn" event is set for Tuesday, August 28th at the Agco exhibit lot. Along with lunch, we'll be talking markets with a panel of veteran experts. Space is limited. To secure your reservation, let us know how many tickets you need by sending an email to "inbox-at-agday.com." or you can give us a call at 574-284-3159.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
The southern lawyer famous for his part in bringing down big tobacco is setting his sights on food.
Don Barrett says people have the right to know what they're eating. And speaking of healthy foods, its healthy drinks dominating the new beverage market.