AgDay Daily Recap - July 23, 2012

July 23, 2012 05:57 AM

JULY 23, 2012


Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Time is running out for congress to act on a 2012 Farm Bill before the August recess.


In our continuing drought-watch coverage, the severe conditions are forcing many producers in western Kentucky to make some tough decisions about their crops. More than three quarters of the state's corn crop is rated poor to very poor. In this report provided by the UK College of Agriculture, Jeff Franklin says rain will do little to save this crop.


Clinton, while some crops haven't been able to survive the drought, it seems like weeds are thriving. Weed scientists says little water has caused weed control to be poor. Farmers in the mid-south and southeast seem to be weathered in weed control. Take it from them. When it comes to Palmer Amaranth, you have to stop it before it starts.


USDA says the nation's cattle herd is at its lowest level in nearly 40 years. As of July 1st all cattle and calves totaled just under 98-million head. That's 2% lower than a year ago. USDA says this is the lowest all cattle and calves inventory for this date since the series began in 1973.


As drought stretches across the map, crops are struggling in all corners of the US. Mike Hoffman has our first look at farm country in this morning's crop watch.


Later today USDA will release its weekly crop progress report. The market has been watching those numbers very closely, as we saw last week. Grain prices hit new highs as crop conditions continue to dive. Farm director Al Pell has more in analysis.


The Midwest drought lowered river and stream levels down this summer.  While that can have a negative effect on boaters, it does help reveal clutter left in the river. That makes it easier to clean-up. In Iowa, tons of garbage was picked-up by volunteers taking part in the states' project 'aware'. Joe Wilkinson has details in this report provided by the DNR. Thanks Joe. Joe says the group also works with landowners along the river to help clean-up flood debris on their property.


In food and your family - will posting nutritional information on the menu help you make healthier choices at restaurants? Not necessarily. That seems to be the bottom line of a new study released by the academy of nutrition and dietetics.



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