Good morning I’m Tyne Morgan in for Clinton Griffiths. USDA offers no big game-changers in its latest round of reports...and that's our top story on Agday.
Tuesday's reports were the first major reports to be published while the Chicago grain markets were being traded. Pro farmer managing editor Brian Grete analyzes how the market reacted on news of the reports.
WINTER WHEAT PRODUCTION:
Winter wheat production is forecast at just under 1.7 billion bushels, down 1% from the May 1st forecast. Based on crop conditions as of June 1st, the United States yield is forecast at 47.3 bushels per acre, down a third of a bushel from last month. Despite the decline, winter wheat production is still 13% higher than last year.
HOB DAY ONE OKLAHOMA:
Beyond the facts and figures associated with wheat harvest, the process itself is an amazing story of American Agriculture. Where else but in the nation's wheat fields do you see families travel from Texas to the Dakotas to bring-in the golden grain. During the next 5 weeks, Clinton Griffiths will take us to the Great Plains to meet the people and visit the places that symbolize the harvest of beauty.
VIRGINIA SALAD BOWL:
Southwest Virginia is known to many for its bluegrass and country music. But as Norm Hyde with Virginia Farm Bureau shows us, fresh produce is like a sweet sound of music to many farmers' ears. Especially when your county has been called the salad bowl of southwest Virginia.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
In food and your family, many of us groan when we see the final price tag of our grocery trip while in the checkout line. But USDA says on average, Americans spend less money on groceries than any other country. And new reports show compared to 30 years ago, Americans spend even less.
We have good news for all those Dads and Granddads who had children later in life, new research shows children with older Fathers and Grandfathers live longer.