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.
Yesterday, we talked a lot about demand in China and the impact it's having on U.S. markets. In today's analysis, South America is the topic of conversation as Al Pell talks to Jim Hemminger of Top Third AG Marketing.
In college towns across the country, tons of trash is generated each weekend during football tailgating season. But how much of that trash ends up in the recycling bin? In this report from the University of Missouri, Kent Faddis visits with a group of students who are looking to answer that question. While my Tigers took it on the chin this past weekend, the real winner is this recycling program. Mizzou is on pace to top last season’s recycling efforts of 14 tons.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
In food and your family, instead of having to choose between biotech or organic food, why not opt for both. That's the foundation of a new report from the USDA on co-existence. How many subscriptions do you get a month? Maybe a few magazines, your local newspaper. How about for food?