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Midwest/ Eastern Crops Getting a Break from High Temps/ Low Moisture
   2022-07-05 00:01:00.029
Cooler and wetter weather is crossing the Midwest this week at just the right time for corn and soybean crops. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Not Much Relief from Hot/Dry Weather for South Central States and West
   2022-07-05 00:01:00.029
Crops in some areas are gettng some relief from hot and dry weather, but there's no relief in sight for the South Central U.S. or most of the West. (Gary Crawford and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Rains in Midwest Will Help Topsoils/Crops
   2022-07-05 00:00:26.409
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, saying rains in the Midwest will help topsoils and crops.

Actuality: Hot/Dry Weather Will Persist in Texas, Oklahoma and the South
   2022-07-05 00:00:40.176
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, saying hot and dry weather will persist in Oklahoma, Texas and much of the south for at least another week.

Wildfire Situation in Most of the West Better than This Time Last Year
   2022-07-05 00:00:39.601
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, saying that the wildfire situation in most of the West is generally better than this time a year ago.

Actuality: National Ag. Weather Forecast for July 12 - 18
   2022-07-05 00:00:57.391
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with the national agricultural forecast for July twelth through the eighteenth.

Solar Panels Replacing Crops and Livestock on Some Farms
   2022-07-05 00:00:58.723
Some farm conservation experts say they are not against farmers putting solar panels on their farms, but that landowners should be smart about how they do it. (Gary Crawford. American Farmland Trust President John Piotti. Indiana farmer and consultant, Kip Tom)

More Flexibility for Specialty Crop Growers in Crop Insurance Reporting
   2022-07-01 00:01:00.029
USDA has just announced some new crop insurance rules that may help lift one burden that many specialty crop producers have had to deal with. (Gary Crawford and Marcia Bunger, Administrator of USDA's Risk Management Agency)

Weather Trends Behind Western Water Shortage
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.846
What are some of the meteorological conditions of the past two decades behind an increasing shortage of water in the West? (Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey)

Actuality: Weather Factors Behind Western Water Shortage
   2022-07-01 00:00:43.781
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, discusses some of the weather conditions over the last two decades that have contributed to decreasing Western water supplies.

The Need to Learn More about Hemp Pest Threats
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.663
Industrial hemp as a crop has only been legal for a short time, as has the amount of research in areas of pest threats and control strategies. (Rod Bain and Whitney Crawshaw of Colorado State University Extension)

Potential Industrial Hemp IPM Strategies
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.846
Integrated pest management strategies for industrial hemp continue to develop through data collection and related research. (Rod Bain and Colorado State University Emeritus Professor Whitney Crawshaw)

Actuality: Examples of Industrial Hemp Pest Threats
   2022-07-01 00:00:31.085
Colorado State University Professor Emeritus Whitney Crawshaw provides examples of recently identified pest threats to industrial hemp crops.

Studying Recent Ag and Food Cybersecurity Attacks
   2022-07-01 00:01:00.081
One specific motive is most likely behind a recent rash of cyberattacks on farm and food production industries, according to an Extension cybersecurity expert. (Rod Bain and Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University)

Establish Computer System Protocols for Cybersecurity Protection
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.637
What can farms, ranches and ag and food production companies utilize in the way of protocols to keep their computer systems safe from cybersecurity attacks? (Rod Bain and Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University Extension)

What Makes a Dairy Operator a Success?
   2022-07-01 00:00:59.689
There are some characteristics that successful dairy operators seem to have in common, according to an Extension expert. (Rod Bain and Jim Salfer of University of Minnesota Extension)

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Agriculture USA

What Can Be Done About the Western Water Crisis?
   2022-07-05 00:04:59.937
Years in the making, the shortage of water supplies in several parts of the West have led to increased research, and various conservation strategies, to save as much water as possible for a growing list of diverse resource users. Rod Bain looks at the why�s behind the Western water shortage and ways to spread this dwindling supply among water users in this edition of �Agriculture USA�. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Colorado State University Professor Courtney Schultz. Kansas farmer Tom Willis.

Consumer Time

The Weather Whys Behind Western Water Concerns
   2022-07-05 00:02:34.226
Long term weather factors have come together to create water shortages in many locales in the West. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

Close Encounters of the Reptile Kind
   2022-07-05 00:03:00.035
If you should encounter a snake in your yard, or anywhere, what's the best way to handle that encounter? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Maureen Frank, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Texas A and M University. Also classic comedian, W.C. Fields.

Here's What to Do and What Not to Do if You're Bitten by a Snake
   2022-07-05 00:03:00.062
Thousands of Americans are bitten by snakes every year. If it happened to you, would you know what to do? Gary Crawford has this report. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Dr. Maureen Frank, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Texas A and M University. Also, Homer and Jethro.

Don't Be Hooked by Phishers
   2022-07-05 00:03:00.035
Thousands of us are scammed every year as we are caught in the nets of people who are experts at getting us to reveal personal information or to send money. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford and Barbara Stockebrand with Kansas State University Extension.

The Value-Added Versatility of Soybeans
   2022-07-05 00:02:33.182
A variety of products contain some form of soybean, including items you may have never considered. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Belinda Burrier of the United Soybean Board

Agriculture Update

USDA Boosts Corn Planted Acreage Estimates--Lowers Soybeans
   2022-07-05 00:02:30.021
It looks like corn will win the battle with soybeans for acreage this year. Gary Crawford has more. PARTICIPANTS: Gary Crawford. Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cindy Nickerson, USDA Deputy Chief Economist.

What Makes Dairy Operators Successful?
   2022-07-05 00:02:21.191
A dairy extension expert notes some common characteristics shared by successful operations, regardless of size or goals. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Jim Salfer of University of Minnesota Extension

Pork Producers Using Cautious Approach to Production Decisions.
   2022-07-05 00:02:26.677
The nation's pork producers are being very cautious about making production decisions for the future. (Gary Crawford and USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam)

Water Conservation and Farm Profitability in a Drought Plagued Area
   2022-07-05 00:02:29.002
How is a Kansas farmer applying innovations, technologies and strategies to help conserve water supplies while maintaining a profitable operation? Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Tom Willis

Federal Land Management from Ranching Industry Perspective
   2022-07-05 00:02:13.276
The rancher�s use of federal lands for grazing goes beyond feeding livestock by providing a needed management benefit to these public lands. Rod Bain reports. PARTICIPANTS: Rod Bain and Kaitlynn Glover of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association