AgDay Daily Recap -August 7, 2012

August 7, 2012 05:57 AM

AUGUST 7, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths.  USDA says it could start publishing the corn harvest in the National Crop Progress Report starting next Monday. If you think that's early - you're right.


The industry is gearing-up for some major reports that USDA will release this Friday. These are the first survey-based estimates for the corn and soybean crops.


While drought burns up crops, the risk of wildfire continues to rise. The fight in the west and southern plains has already begun.  Mike Hoffman joins us with details in this morning's cropwatch.


Thanks Mike. You mentioned Louisiana. They've had a pretty good growing season this year. Their corn, cotton, sorghum and rice crops are mostly good or better. The researcher’s at LSU AG center are always looking for ways to enhance crop production and increase profits for farmers. Craig Gautreaux reports that there are some challenges facing growers but there are also opportunities.


The severe drought across a majority of the country has also led to reports of the two-spotted spider mite through-out the cornbelt.


In our dairy today report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says the dairy isn't immune to this year's record drought. That comes from its latest agriculture and rural analysis report.

Dairy product production is already pulling back. According to USDA's latest report, the US Produced 137 million pounds of butter in June. That's about 3% lower than June of last year but production has dropped off more than 16% just since may. Total cheese output tipped the scales at just under 900 million pounds, also down since may. Dry milk powders are down between 15 and 25% over last year. And Cornell food scientists are on spoiler alert. The researchers have pinpointed the microbes that cause milk to spoil and curdle even when first heated and then refrigerated. The scientists say the bacteria is able to survive milk's heat treatment, also known as pasteurization. In fact, the team found raising the temperature of the milk during pasteurization can often stimulate the bacteria shortening shelf life and making spoilage worse.

That same bacteria also grows in a refrigerated environment. The researchers say understanding the problem can help protect the quality and shelf life of dairy products.


In past generations moonshiners set-up shop in the Ozark Mountains, cooking batches of corn-based mash, which eventually became whiskey.They tried to stay one-step ahead of the law. These days, you can still find a moonshiner. But it's all legal. AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan takes us to southern Missouri where the corn is cookin'. Jim says his "moonshining" is legal since he paid for a permit and pays his hard-liquor taxes. Learn more at


In food and your family - the ever-growing role of vitamin D in our diets. And now scientists say it could help limit the severity of illnesses in children. A study was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It shows how vitamin D deficiency further complicates the recovery of critically ill kids. Vitamin D deficiency is common among very sick children, and it is associated with worse outcomes and longer hospital stays. A fight is brewing in California over food labeling. In November state residents will vote on the California right to know genetically engineered food act...or proposition 37.




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