TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 30, 2012
Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. With little good news in crop and drought conditions, one of the big analytical firms revises its grain forecasts.
This afternoon, USDA will release its latest crop progress report. We've had nothing but a steady decline in major crops and rangeland since May. A third of the Midwest states and 40% of the high plains are in extreme drought. We have drought-watch team coverage this morning, including national reporter Tyne Morgan reporting from Florida. But we'll begin with Linda Russell in southwest Missouri where wells are running dry.
MISSOURI WATER WELLS:
Last week Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced an emergency program intended to help farmers and ranchers get water. Linda Russell from affiliate KYTV in Springfield, Missouri has our story.
DAIRY COWS MISSOURI:
The ongoing drought is poised to devastate the Missouri dairy industry. That's according to the state's own dairy association.
Now to Florida. Last year a good hay crop allowed farmers to provide bales to hard-hit Texas ranchers. This year, however, those bales are staying closer to home.
We've heard about Illinois and Indiana farmers mowing down their unproductive corn crops. Others are chopping for silage, but some have actually started harvesting for grain. Mike Hoffman has proof in cropwatch.