Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. Another week of nearly rain-free conditions and another plunge of the crop condition report from USDA. In just one week, we saw a 15-point-decline in the Illinois corn crop. There are similar declines in Indiana. The western cornbelt is mostly steady. At 59%, the winter wheat harvest is double the average pace. We're getting reports of some states are 40-to-50 percentage points ahead. None of the states across the northern tier of the US have started.
CROP ROTATION ARKANSAS:
In Arkansas, winter wheat harvest has wrapped-up. In fact, statistically, it's been over for two weeks. And because the wheat got-out so early, it's giving farmers a good chance to double-crop. Ken Moore has details from Arkansas,
In our Dairy Today report, a ruling that may impact farm labor in the southwestern US.
On Monday the US Supreme Court upheld part of an Arizona law allowing police officers to check the immigration status of people pulled over on routine traffic stops.
As talks heat up around the Trans-Pacific partnership, Canada’s dairy industry might be caught in the middle. The nation's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, agreed to put Canada’s supply management system on the table in order to be a part of the talks.
The country has had a supply management or quota system in place since the 1970s...and not just for dairy but eggs and poultry too. A new report from the University of Calgary says the policy is costing Canadian consumers nearly 5 billion dollars a year. Many believe eliminating the supply management practices would increase exports.
USDA says dairy cow slaughter is on the rise. The department reports 251-thousand dairy cows were sent to slaughter in May. That's 4.6% higher than the previous month and 14% more than the same time last year. Despite the increase in harvest numbers, the AG department says there are still more dairy cows on US Farms than a year ago.
Before this land became the United States, farming was already an established industry in Virginia. Tobacco was one of the biggest crops, but times and consumer demand - have changed. And as a result, farmers have adapted to that demand. They've also had to adapt to one of their biggest challenges - farming near the Chesapeake Bay. Sherri McKinney has details in this report from the Virginia Farm Bureau.
WINE IMPROVES HEALTH:
If you like to relax and unwind after a long day with a glass of wine, you're doing more than just your mind good. A new study shows it's good to drink a couple glasses of wine each day.
GINGER CURBS APPETITE:
If you are worried you eat too much, a new study suggests you may want to reach for ginger.