AgDay Daily Recap - July 18, 2012

10:57AM Jul 18, 2012
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JULY 18, 2012


Good morning I’m Tyne Morgan. Clinton Griffiths is attending Farm Journal's corn college in Illinois where temperatures reached the upper 90's.The heat and drought and their impact on American agriculture remain as our top story on AgDay. As serious drought conditions continue their devastating grasp over much of the US, the Department of Agriculture has dispatched officials to get a firsthand analysis of the weather extremes. The National Climatic and Data Center says 56% of the US - excluding Hawaii and Alaska - was in moderate to extreme drought at the end of June.  To put that into historic perspective - the last time drought was this extensive was in December 1956 when about 58% was in moderate to extreme drought. In Arkansas – 70% of the state is now in extreme drought. And according to the national weather service, Arkansas had the driest three month period ending in June for the entire country. That drought is impacting crops and livestock both. Ken Moore has details in this report provided by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.


We continue our team coverage of the drought's impact on the livestock sector. Farm Director Al Pell discussed some of the market ramifications with Chip Nellinger of Blue Reef Agri-marketing.


While we've been talking a lot about the serious drought this country is facing, there are parts of the country completely void of drought. Three of the four corners of the US have adequate moisture for crops. Mike Hoffman has details in this morning's cropwatch.


It’s been said dogs are man's best friend. If you have a disability, canines can be much more than just a companion. In this report provided by Cliff Naylor, we learn how a small training facility on the North Dakota prairie, is having a far reach when lending a helping hand. To learn more about the Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation, just go to


In food and your family, the quality of water that cows drink could have a direct impact on dairy products you consume.


The trend of connecting your food to the farmer, who produced it, is a growing one. And USDA is trying to make that connection a little easier.



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