In this week’s drought monitor, abnormally dry conditions in South Carolina increased slightly from 78 percent to 80 percent of the state. Moderate drought conditions remained the same at 9.6 percent. Counties of Edgefield, McCormick, Abbeville, Greenwood and Saluda along the Georgia border towards the upstate are reporting moderate drought conditions, most of the remainder of the state, with the exception of a few counties in the eastern Midlands are reporting abnormally dry conditions. For more on this week’s drought monitor, click here
South Carolina Markets Stumble
In South Carolina markets on Thursday closing cash grain bids for 2 Yellow Corn was 12 to 13 cents lower, 1 Yellow Soybeans 6 to 27 cents lower, 2 Red Wheat had too few bids to trend. New Crop 1 Yellow Corn had too few bids to trend, New Crop 1 Yellow Soybeans were mostly steady to 6 lower, one location 21 lower, New Crop 2 Red Wheat was mixed; 10 cents lower to 1 cent higher.
At the Orangeburg Stockyards livestock auction on Wednesday, a total of 620 head were sold compared to 425 last week and 556 last year.
As compared to the previous Wednesday: Feeder cattle steady to 2.00 lower.
Slaughter cows and bulls mostly steady.
Science Doesn’t Back Organics as Healthier
Parents who want to reduce their child’s pesticide exposure may look to organic fruits and vegetables – but the American Academy of Pediatrics says that doesn’t mean they’re safer or healthier than conventional equivalents. The academy says science hasn’t proven that eating pesticide-free food makes people any healthier. Without long-term controlled studies – Dr. Janet Silverstein – a co-author of a new report from the academy – says it can’t be said for certain that organic is better. The report echoes a study released by Stanford University last month. The report from the American Academy of Pediatrics is available www.aap.org
Drought Monitor Shows Slight Reduction in Abnormally Dry Conditions in NC
In Thursday’s weekly drought monitor, abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina increased slightly from 74 percent drought free to 72 percent. The two primary areas that are reporting abnormally dry conditions are the southern coastal plain from Hyde County down to Brunswick County, and the central Piedmont from Harnett and Johnston County to the South Carolina border counties of Robeson and Scotland. Mecklenburg, Lincoln, and Gaston Counties are also reporting abnormally dry conditions. Other, more severe drought categories are no longer present in the state. For more on this week’s drought monitor, click here
Law Firms Warn Effect of Prop 37 Will Trickle Down Through Entire Food Production Chain
The Prop 37 ballot initiative in California outlines certain labeling requirements for genetically engineered food products sold in the state. Drawing on the experience in the aftermath of Proposition 65 – which involved chemicals and water – three national law firms are bracing for an onslaught of lawsuits that will result if Proposition 37 passes. The firm Alston and Bird says Prop 65 has led to 16-thousand lawsuits and 500-million dollars in settlements. Their website expects Prop 37 will impact many California businesses – creating an atmosphere favorable to private enforcers and leading to frequent litigation and settlements. Law firms are warning that the measure will expose grocery retailers, food companies, farmers and others to what they call predatory, shakedown lawsuits. California is often a bellwether of things to come, particularly in agriculture, across the US