Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. The federal government now says what farmers and ranchers know all-too-well. It's a record-hot summer.
The trade believes that the USDA will further cut their yield estimate for corn. Last month, the AG department lowered it to 146 bushels an acre. But how much it changes Friday is anyone's guess. Farm Director Al Pell talked with one trade speculator about the credibility of USDA numbers. The report comes out Friday morning at 7:30 central time. Be sure to click on Agweb.com for the data and analysis.
While USDA is preparing to release its yield projections, some farmers are already seeing yield results first-hand. AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan takes us to the show-me state where the heat has pushed this year's crop to be ready a month early.
A wide range of harvest reports in the south. Mike has more in cropwatch.
In our beef today report Rabo-Bank expects any rebound in fed cattle prices will be countered by higher feed prices. That said - the AG banker says there are a few positive notes for the battered beef industry. While America’s ranchers keep a close eye on the cattle situation, so is the competition to the south. Oklahoma State’s livestock marketing specialist, Derrell Peel recently traveled to Brazil for a conference on beef production. He says many of the South American nations are facing the same challenges as US Producers.
Building a toy model is like painstakingly piecing together a 3D puzzle. In North Dakota, there's a small-scale craftsman who has honed his skills over many years. And what he's doing now is nothing short of amazing. Our buddy Cliff Naylor reports on a master modeler who specializes in building miniature military might.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
In today's food and your family - serving up success at the dinner table. New research conducted in Australia concludes that young children who are fed a diet rich in foods, such as legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables, have slightly higher IQ's compared to toddlers who consume a diet high in snack foods. And finally this morning, the marketing folks at Kellogg’s Corn Flakes have decided the entire women's US gymnastics team needs to be on the cereal box.