Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. One of the leading industry forecasters has further reduced the projected size of this year’s corn and soybean crops.
Meanwhile, USDA just released its latest crop progress report which shows a sizeable jump in corn harvest. It now sits at 10% nationwide. The five year average is 3%. Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas are all 25-to-35% points ahead of the average pace.
Meanwhile AgDay National Reporter Tyne Morgan has been tallying some of the losses we've seen so far from the storm.
As Tyne pointed out, the storm brought some needed moisture to the Midwest, which will help re-charge the soil. Now let's get your first look at farm country weather. And for that, here's Mike Hoffman.
The drought has many Midwest ranchers in search of hay. In Missouri, ranchers are turning to suppliers in the southern U.S., which is increasing the risk for red imported fire ants. These ants are aggressive and already cause millions of dollars in damage each to producers in the south. Currently fire ants aren't a problem in Missouri, but with so much imported hay, the University of Missouri extension is worried that could change.
Healthy prices over the past year have encouraged farmers in the southeast to plant more acres of peanuts. There's been such an increase in Arkansas, that one peanut processor built a new collecting and drying facility in the state. Ken Moore has details in this report provided by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
Families in eastern Kentucky - still reeling from the devastating tornados that struck the area in March are continuing to get back on their feet. They are still rebuilding homes. And thanks to the cooperative extension, they are re-stocking their pantries and food shelves. Jeff Franklin has the story in this report provided by the University Of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Nellie Buchanan says if you want to try canning at home, just like with cooking, start with something simple, like pickles and jam and you will have great success.
FOOD AND YOUR FAMILY:
In lieu of the sputtering economy, the number of people using Snap benefits, the program formally known as Food Stamps, set a new record in June with 46.7 million people enrolled. New research into the 27 billion dollar organic foods industry.