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

Some bad news for the beer Crop, drought conditions in the West are hitting the grains used to make beer extremely hard. Those Northwestern crops, including barley are getting scorched this year, along with spring wheat and Durum wheat which is used in making pasta.

Take a look at these graphs, first for barley conditions, the red line there shows this year’s crop. You can see it’s the worst year so far based on records going back to 2001 with 80-percent of the acres in drought. The latest crop progress report showing 39-percent of the crop is rated poor to very poor.

Solar farms are soaring according to the U.S Energy Information Administration. A new report says for the first time ever, solar power is expected to exceed wind power by next year…that’s thanks to rapid growth in large-scale U-S solar farms. The E-I-A is estimating both wind and solar capacity will hit 15-percent of US power generation by 2022. A robot could soon be delivering food to your door.

Grubhub plans to roll out suitcase-sized rovers to 250-US colleges this fall. The six-wheeled robots have the capacity to carry as much as 44-pounds. They’ve already been tested on the streets of Moscow and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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