TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Good morning I’m Tyne Morgan, in for Clinton Griffiths. Texas panhandle farmers struggle and cotton acres could plummet next year. And that's our top story on AgDay.
After five weeks of improving conditions, the latest drought monitor shows that the nation's worst drought in decades is getting worse again. The weekly report shows that 60% of the lower 48 states is in some form of drought. That's up more than a point from the previous week.
The condition of the winter wheat crop seems to mirror the drought monitor. Monday's crop progress report shows winter wheat continues its downward slide. The amount of the crop in the very poor category climbed by two points. Farmers are telling us the same thing. Mike Hoffman joins us now. We talked with USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. He says poor crop conditions on the plains are driving the overall U.S. winter wheat crop to its lowest condition ratings since records of this type began in 1986.
For ranchers who rely on that wheat pasture this winter, it'll be a tough road ahead.
In news from our partners at Dairy Today - with high grain prices, heavier culling and many dairy closures, many farmers believe milk production has fallen further than USDA reports.
MISSOURI CHEESE DAIRY:
Dairy operators are looking for creative ways to set them apart from other dairy producers. In this report from AgDay affiliate KY3 TV, Steve Grant tells us about one dairy farm family which found a wave to keep business from going sour.