Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. It's the day both campaigns have been waiting for....election day. And from what the polls indicate it could be a close one.
In other news the 2012 corn harvest is nearly over. USDA's crop progress report shows nationally 95% is now in the bin. Three states in the eastern cornbelt, including Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are still in the 70% range. But those are still well ahead of average. A couple other crops to note - cotton harvest sits at 64%. Peanut harvest is 87% and rice is 95%.
mike Hoffman is here now for your Tuesday morning crop-watch, mike.
After surviving the worst drought in fifty years...farmers are adding up their losses. But for many, a miserable summer is merely a precursor a very difficult winter. Linda Russell from AgDay affiliate KYTV in Springfield Missouri revisits a family farm to see how things have changed.
In news from our partners at dairy today - three Wisconsin-based milk co-ops are taking steps to become unified. The boards representing each group have voted to recommend the marriage.
Combined, they would become the largest Midwest dairy marketing cooperative. Dairy Today Editor Jim Dickrell says it's now up to each co-ops membership to approved the merger.
DAIRY TODAY ELITE RODUCER BUSINESS CONFERENCE:
No doubt that will be a hot topic at this year's Dairy Today Elite Producer Business Conference.
It started yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hundreds of the nation’s top herd managers and dairy owners attend the three day event. Speakers will cover everything from dairy policy to cow management to marketing.
Landowners are watching the calendar closely as they try to "close the deal" before 2013 and new tax increases go into effect.
In agribusiness today - the farm sector has enjoyed a big year in exports due - in part - to a weak American dollar. And soybean exports were high on the list of goods heading out of port. How will 2013 shape-up? Farm Director Al Pell discusses Chinese purchases in this morning's analysis.
The horse industry generates more than 30 million dollars a year in Tennessee, and is a rapidly-growing segment of agriculture in the state. Horse owners need the latest information to keep their animals healthy, and now UT's Institute of Agriculture has a new center dedicated to equine research. In this report provided by UT, Chuck Denney takes us on tour of the world class shop. The UT AG research and education center is hosting an open house tomorrow.
EATING OUT LESS:
In food and your family, America’s young people are reversing a trend previous generations seemed to have set in perpetual motion. These 18 to 34 year olds are eating out less.
CHILD SCREEN TIME:
And more research is connecting screen time with eating habits for young kids. This comes from the December issue of pediatrics. The study looked at whether counseling parents of three year olds could reduce the amount of time kids spend in front of TV’s, computers or playing video games. It found while it didn't lesson the amount of screen time, it did lead to kids eating fewer meals in front of the TV. A result that could improve or prevent obesity.