Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Early spring has producers working hard planting summer crops, but the threat from cold weather continues to linger.
CATTLE ON FEED:
The USDA says the number of cattle on feed is up 2% from over a year ago.
Placements were way down--falling 6% year over year.
By rail or by boat, infrastructure plays a vital role in the transportation of the nation's crops, including oilseeds.
LOUISIANA LAND VALUES:
It's no secret strong commodity prices are helping push land values higher.
In the northern states, prices are up more than 20% in 2011--the highest rate of increase in some 35 years. Down south, land prices and cash rents have been slower to respond. LSU Agcenter's Tobie Blanchard says those higher commodity prices are now influencing southern rental costs.
LAST LIVESTOCK AUCTION:
The auctioneer gavel came down for the final time last month at the Farmer's Livestock Exchange in Bismarck, North Dakota. After 56 years, the gates of the sales barn closed for good. Cliff Naylor from affiliate KFYR-TV reports on how the last call is going to impact a lot of people. The owner turned 65 this year and decided it was time to retire and spend more time with the family. Unfortunately, he could not find a buyer to take-over.
CANCER FIGHTING FOODS:
If you are anxiously awaiting those summer fresh fruits and vegetables, you aren't alone. And if you need ammunition on why you should consume even more of the fresh produce, we have just the news.
DAIRY STROKE RISK:
And Swedish researchers say vegetables aren't the only health benefitting foods.
They found low-fat dairy may lower risk of stroke.