Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. A new presidential poll - focusing specifically on rural America, says it'll be a tough match to the end...
FARM BUREAU POSITIONS:
Meanwhile, the two candidates recently spelled out their positions on agricultural issues for the American Farm Bureau. Both candidates shared their views on a host of topics, including farm policy, energy, labor and trade. You can read the position papers on the farm bureau's homepage FB.org.
DTR FARM BILL:
Also from Washington - Congress left town without finishing the 2012 Farm Bill. House speaker John Boehner says it will not be addressed until after the November election. What happens to dairy policy when the current Farm Bill expires this weekend. Dairy Today Editor Jim Dickrell has details.
In other news the quick harvest pace continues this week. USDA's crop progress report shows
39% of the nation's corn crop has been harvested, compared to the five year average of 13%.
In the western cornbelt, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are all at least 30 points ahead. According to the latest USDA crop progress report, 80% of Missouri’s corn crop is already harvested. That's 47 points ahead of normal. As AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan shows us, despite a challenging year, harvest is better than expected. Soybean harvest is also making big strides. Nationally, 22% is harvested. It's usually still in single digits. Minnesota and the Dakota’s are 40-to-50% points ahead. Winter wheat planting seems to be on the mark. USDA says a quarter of the crop has been seeded. That's just two points behind average. Kansas and Oklahoma are right on their five year average. Texas is a bit ahead of that. Colorado, Idaho and Montana wheat growers are bit off pace.
Crop watch this morning begins in wheat country. Mike Hoffman has details from the AgDay weather center.
OUTDOORS ON THE FARM:
There's no doubt Chip Flory likes to have some fun 'outdoors on the farm', but sometimes he addresses a serious issue - like farmer's generosity. We have two examples this morning - - sharing of time with kids and sharing to help a hungry world.
In food and your family if you opted for the snooze button this morning as you struggled to get out of bed this morning, don't plan on being any more well rested as you go about your day.
If you always have chocolate on the brain, it may not be your fault.