Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Dry conditions are keeping some farmers from "dusting in" their winter wheat.
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In Arkansas, some rice farmers are growing a second rice crop this year. That's because they were able to take-off the first crop earlier than normal. Ken Moore has details in this report provided by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
On Wednesday the USDA releases its latest WASDE report. Many expect the department to continue lowering feed demand.
Class three milk prices continue to inch lower. According to analysts at FC Stone, market demand remains uncertain. In August the September class 3 contract closed above 19-60. Today it's nearly a dollar lower. Analysts say the fourth quarter may improve thanks in part to heavy culling of dairy cows. As of last month, dairy cow slaughter rates were up more than 5% over last year. Nearly 2 million head were taken out of production.
This year's drought has sent not only grain prices higher but hay prices as well. That's why extension experts are stressing the importance to reducing loss.
Outside the cornbelt, some farmers are seeing very respectable yields. Mike Hoffman has details in cropwatch.
Raisin harvest is now underway in California’s San Joaquin Valley. 35-hunded growers in California supply the entire nation with all the raisins we consume. There are mechanical pickers available, but some growers still do it by hand. And as you would expect, it's a labor-intensive process. Tracy Sellers has details in this report from California Bountiful TV. Thanks Tracy. California's "NASS" office projects a 13% decline this year in raisin production.
Fruits had the most significant growth last quarter--up more 5%-- led by berries, cherries and avocados. Value-added fruits were up in sales and price climbing about 9%. Vegetables on the other hand were down a little more than one % in volume and value. They also saw average retail prices fall by about 3%. Organic vegetables increased dollar sales nearly 15 % and organic fruit increased dollar sales by 20.
Finally this morning - corn mazes are a popular way to earn some extra income on the farm. And you might not believe just how far some people will go with their designs.