Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. In this new day of electronic grain trading and early-open outcry, the market is eager for a new set of USDA reports.
While corn and soybeans seem to be getting all of the headlines, many of the nation's other crops are faring slightly better. 44% of the nation's cotton crop is good or excellent. That's actually an improvement over this time last year. 70% is squaring, 23% setting bolls. And while corn and beans struggle through the Midwest, spring wheat is hanging on. 71% is good to excellent--about the same as last year. Nearly 90% of the crop is headed.
HARVEST OF BEAUTY:
Nationwide, winter wheat harvest is nearing its completion.
Only South Dakota and Michigan still have a significant number of acres to cut.
Today I’m also wrapping up my tour of wheat harvest through the southern plains.
Our final Harvest of Beauty stop takes us to central Kansas where life on the farm found new meaning this harvest season.
Today's cropwatch takes us from Montana’s wheat fields to Michigan’s' thumb. Mike Hoffman joins us from the AgDay weather-center where farmers are talking about the drought.
The house AG committee is scheduled to begin mark-up today of the 2012 Farm Bill. That's when lawmakers attach amendments to a piece of legislation.
In agribusiness today - the Association of Equipment Manufacturers reports robust sales in June compared to the same time last year.
Just about any place that you find cattle, horses and wide-open spaces, you are likely to find a dude ranch. And chances are you'll find a "dude" or two that wants to live the life of a cowboy. Sometimes those "city slickers" don't come from the city. Sometimes they come from foreign lands. Our buddy, Cliff Naylor, from KFYR-TV takes us to a North Dakota ranch - playing host to Norwegians. Thanks Cliff. Here's their website if you want more information to book your stay at Black Leg ranch.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
Food security is an accomplishment often touted by American agriculture. A new study funded by DuPont puts the US At the top of the list when it comes to having enough to eat. Owning a pet when you first bring home your baby may have some health benefits. That's according to a new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.