TROPICAL STORM ISAAC:
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Farmers in the south watch and wait to see if "Isaac" takes aim at fields set for harvest. While farmers are hoping for rainfall from the storm to boost soil moisture depleted by drought. There’s concern that heavy rainfall in the south may harm mature corn and soybeans soon to be harvested. Isaac's shift west sent orange juice futures tumbling on Monday. They closed down nine-80 at 129-thirty. Last week prices surged when then-tropical storm Isaac was forecast to potentially hit Florida and its citrus groves.
Meanwhile the sorghum crop - which struggled with a second straight year of drought - may also be in-line for Isaac’s wrath. 82% is harvested in Louisiana. It's about 60% harvested in Texas. In the top eleven sorghum states, just a quarter of the crop is rated as good to excellent.
Overall, the condition rating of cotton improved by two points over last week. 43% is good to excellent. States now in the path of Isaac had ratings all in the upper 60's. In Louisiana, 81% is good to excellent...at least for now. Now to corn 6% is harvested. The five year average is 2% completed. Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee are all well ahead of normal. Harvest has also started in the big three eye states. Of the seven states on the crop-tour, Minnesota was the only state which did not have a significant drop in crop expectations this year. ProFarmer put the statewide average at 152 bushels to the acre. Pro farmer estimates the overall national corn yield at just over 120 bushels an acre, with a total production of ten-point-four billion bushels. That's below USDA's August forecast 10.7 billion. Michelle Rook reports from one of the only garden spots in the cornbelt this year.
Facility resumes operations a week after USDA closed it down amid video allegations of dairy cow abuse. Company still suspended from supplying meat to federal food programs.
Variable rate planting is a growing trend in agriculture. With the main focus being yield, farmers are going to great lengths to make sure everything is precisely planted and nurtured to increase their bottom line. Now AG companies are hoping to cash in too. AgDay's National Reporter Tyne Morgan is here to tell us about a company that is now taking plant precision planting one step further.
SANTA MARGARITA RANCH:
The western United States has a rich ranching history. From Native Americans to the Spaniards, to cowboys punching cattle through the foothills, that legacy has deep roots in the golden state. Tracy sellers of California Bountiful Shows us how three families joined forces to save one historical ranch. The family also planted 900 acres of grapes on the ranch and now run their own winery as well.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
Could Indiana become the next state to ban sales of raw milk? Details in food and your family. The Indiana Board of Animal Health is conducting a "virtual" public hearing on the sale of un-pasteurized milk. Restaurants looking for new menu items may want to start in the ethnic food aisle.