8:44 am
Tue August 21, 2012

USDA: Corn Harvest Ahead of Schedule

This year's corn harvest is ahead of schedule with four percent in already, compared with just one percent at this time last year.  The harvest is three to four weeks ahead of schedule in most of the corn belt because an unusually warm spring allowed farmers to plant earlier.  Most then expected a good year, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been reducing its estimates of the nation's harvest amid a severe drought centered over the Midwest.

9:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

USDA Officials Visit Drought Stricken Region

Farmers around the Midwest are seeing their crops and livestock die in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in the region in years. The drought was recently upgraded in severity to “Exceptional Drought,” the highest level on the drought severity scale. United States Department of Agriculture officials are looking at ways to help out farmers. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Karis Gutter toured the region last week to meet with farmers. WKMS’s Shelly Baskin spoke with Gutter about what he learned.

8:19 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Severe Drought State of Emergency Declared

Drought and high temperatures have led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a state of emergency in our region.   

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