Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Hurricane Sandy barrels through the northeast and damage estimates will soon begin to mount.
While we won’t get the latest crop progress, as of last week Virginia only had a quarter of its cotton crop harvested...what’s left is now at risk. And roughly half of the peanuts were still in the ground. Both crops had quality ratings in the mid 90's.
NEW YORK BROADCASTER:
Residents all along the East Coast spent the last week getting prepared. I spoke earlier with Tom Cassidy of the AG Radio Network. He covers farm country from New York to Maryland. He says after last year's bout with Irene, farmers are being proactive.
It's not just the East Coast preparing for this massive storm. Sandy is expected to blow inland for hundreds of miles. Tyne Morgan is in the AgDay weather center with Mike Hoffman.
CROP INSURANCE RECORD:
Early estimates say more than 60 million American’s will likely be impacted by Sandy. Damages are already being forecast in the range of 2 to 100 billion dollars.
Anaerobic digesters are becoming a more common tool on the nation's dairy farms. They convert massive amounts of manure into renewable energy. But because of the cost -about a million dollars - it’s usually limited to larger dairy operations. However a company in Wisconsin has developed a version that may work on smaller farms. We get details from the Wisconsin milk marketing board.
In agribusiness today - Brazil plans to increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation's fuel supply. The country will raise the mandated level to 25% from the current 20%. Reuters says Brazil will implement the higher level next June. The country has lowered the levels due to a shortage of the biofuel, which is made primarily of sugarcane. However, it appears the sugarcane industry is now able to meet the higher demand.
OIL GAS PRICES:
Hurricane Sandy is already impacting oil and gasoline prices. According to BusinessWeek, the New Jersey coast is home to more than six large refineries. All of which were in the storm's path. In preparation, two-thirds of the East Coasts' total refining capacity shut down. That's 1.2 billion barrels a day.
When you made your 2012 crop plans last fall, who could have predicted such an intense drought this year? Obviously, the weather forced major changes for many farmers. Farm Director Al Pell discusses the impact of planning when it goes awry.
A group of golfers are determined not to let life's challenges get in the way of their favorite game... Even if that includes a drastic physical change to their bodies. In this report provided by the University of Missouri, Latisha Hickem shows us how the extension service is helping these golfers overcome adversity to enjoy time on the greens. More golf courses could benefit financially if they broaden play opportunities for the 54 million American’s with disabilities. Latisha says currently only 10% play, but 35% would like to play. For more information, check out the Missouri Amputee Golf Association website.
As Americans’ diets shift away from the traditional meat and potato meals, sales of bread products have plummeted.
We've all heard the warnings about smoking. But new research shows quitting before the age of 40 could be life saving for women.