Along with battling the worst drought in history, Texas has now added its worst fire season to its record breaking year. News of the severe Texas drought has been replaced with daily updates of hundreds of fires burning over 3.6 million acres.
La Nina describes Pacific Ocean equatorial waters having cooler-than-average temperatures. In the U.S., the weather effects of La Nina include drier conditions in the southern Plains and Midwest, and above-average precipitation during winter in the northern states.
Congress faces a busy agenda when it returns from August recess, but U.S. Meat Export Federation (US- MEF) Chairman Keith Miller says few items can offer as much immediate benefit to the struggling U.S. economy as ratification of pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.
Scout fields to determine where problem areas are and the condition of stalks and ears. Harvest the problem areas first when field conditions are better and before kernels in close proximity to the ground have an opportunity for potential further deterioration.
USDA amended regulations regarding the commercial transportation of horses to slaughter, adding a definition of equine for slaughter and making other changes to protect horses during transportation to slaughter. According to USDA, this action will ensure the humane treatment of the horses.
Producers can expect a similar weather pattern during harvest this year compared to last year, as this will be the second year of a La Nina pattern, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln state climatologist.
As befits the chairman of the worlds largest food-production company, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is counting calories. But its not his diet that the chairman and former CEO of Nestle is worried about. Its all the food that the U.S. and Europe are converting into fuel while the worlds poor get hungrier.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is trying to fend off environmentalists threatening one quarter of their business. Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson is seeking a five-year time out from the U.S. Forest Services (USFS) decision to limit sheep grazing in areas where they come in contact with bighorn sheep.