46% of U.S. facing drought conditions

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Sixty percent of the nation’s cow herd is in fields that are in some sort of drought or dryness and that’s forcing cows to the processor in numbers not seen in a decade. The latest drought monitor showing 46-percent of the country is now in some level of drought much of it out west. However, there’s growing concern from North Dakota to Texas about drought intensifying as summer weather arrives. Some pastures aren’t greening up and that’s already forcing cows to slaughter. The high cost of grain is also complicating matters.

Feedyards are pushing to keep calves out in the pasture longer hoping to get cattle to heavier weights so they haven’t feed them as long that’s been difficult given the current pasture situation. If you love cherries, this may be your year. The first estimate from Northwest Cherries is expecting this year’s crop to be 20-percent bigger than last year’s at an estimated 24-million cartons. Harvest is expected to begin June 1st. Only about a day behind last year.

What started as a joke, apparently is about to become a reality. You’re looking for the world’s first pickle-flavored hard seltzer. It’s cal ed “Afternoon Delight”. It comes a year after a company cal ed Brumate first teased the drink on social media as an April Fools day joke. The response caused them to make it for real. But it’s a limited release with only 10-thousand, 12-packs being made available.

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