Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. How will the market react to the results of the ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour? For 20 years, our partners at Profarmer have led scouts through seven of the top corn and soybean states in the country. Because USDA has twice lowered its projections of the corn crop this year, there's been a lot of interest in this tour. While harvest will be early in much of the Midwest, it will also be challenging. The scouts saw a large amount of corn on both legs of the tour with weak stalks. As far as quality, test weights were light and kernel size small. First we'll start with corn estimates. Profarmer estimates the overall national corn yield at just over 120 bushels an acre, with a total production of 10.4 billion bushels. That’s 2 billion bushels fewer than last year's tour. For soybeans, Profarmer puts the crop at 2.6 billion bushels with an average yield of 34.8 bushels to the acre. That’s a half billion fewer bushels than the 2011 ProFarmer estimate. AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan was on the tour. She talked with Profarmer senior market analyst Brian Grete. He led the tour in the eastern corn belt. We invite you to join us this Friday morning for a special edition of AgDay that will focus completely on the crop tour. We’ll be recapping the numbers and provide insight as to how this will impact American agriculture. The 2012 crop tour in review - this Friday on AgDay.
Reports are already coming about livestock dying from toxic forage. In Arkansas, university officials confirm more than 50 cattle died from drought stressed forage. In most of the cases high prussic acid levels were found in Johnson grass, Sorghum or Sudangrass. Livestock health experts continue to warn producers about high nitrate levels in drought stressed corn silage.
Cropwatch this morning gives us an update on wheat harvest in the northern plains. And we're also hearing from a Texas farmer about crop potential this year. Mike Hoffman has details in cropwatch.
Louisiana's sweet potato crop has had favorable growing conditions, and farmers are hoping for a good harvest. Also two new sweet varieties could give growers options for next year's crop. LSU Agcenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.
KANSAS STATE DAIRY:
Dairy producers its seems are getting squeezed from all sides. Feed costs are high, milk prices have been down, and those not in AG complain about the environmental footprint. But, one family in Kansas, recently decided to invest in a system that addresses all of those problems. This report by our good friends at Kansas State University explains how.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
In food and your family...studies show many kids gain weight during the summer months--and school--believe it or not-- can help them get back on a healthy track. Clark Powell tells us how in this report from the American Dairy Association.