Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. While parts of nation have enjoyed recent rains, it's still not enough to pull us from the depths of drought. The drought of 2012 continues to be our top story on AgDay. The US drought monitor shows the area of the country that's covered by the drought has increased only slightly in the past week. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the severity.
In the southeast, there was a very slight improvement in the drought after some local showers, but they were spotty at best. Mike Hoffman has details in cropwatch.
The quality of the nation's cotton crop is improved over last year. At the start of the week, nearly 50% of cotton was rated either good or excellent.
As of this week, the nation’s rice crop is holding together. 69% rated good to excellent. That’s slightly better than last year. Just over half of the crop is headed--more than 20 points ahead of the average maturity at this time. Louisiana leads the way with 87%.
Louisiana rice crop is maturing early this year thanks to a mild winter and spring. But these weather conditions also may have helped a rice disease thrive. LSU AGcenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.
In machinery minute - a trade group representing equipment makers is encouraging Congress to act quickly to end trade restrictions with Russia.
WOMEN IN AG:
A national study of 70 land-grant universities found that women outnumber men in undergraduate programs that focus on agriculture.
With continuing drought throughout the primary corn-growing states, market analysts believe it's possible this year’s corn crop will produce under 11 billion bushels of corn. That's at least two billion less than early-season forecasts. That reduction will have an obvious impact on the demand ledger.
And for those of you who subscribe to the Profarmer Newsletter, here's what you can expect today when it comes out. The guys will take a “deep dive" into soybean's S&D balance sheet. They'll also offer tips on how to handle crop insurance payment revenues. And find out why the renewable fuels standard must be allowed to work.
The 2012 Summer Olympics will officially begin tonight with the opening ceremonies. These amazing athletes have been training for years to reach this pinnacle of their careers. Have you ever wondered what foods fuel these athletes? And, are there any lessons in their diets that we can all learn from?In this report provided by the Soy-Foods Association of North America, Sharon Alseth says soy products are part of the training table. If you're interested in learning more about soy foods - related health benefits - head to the Soy-Foods Association's website – Soyfoods. org
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
USDA may have stopped another social media avalanche.
On Wednesday AG-vocates began posting a statement on the USDA's website supporting meatless Mondays. If you haven't eaten for quite a while, but are you most likely to grab - healthy foods or snacks?