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Heat and Drought Intensify

The Heat Continues Across the Country

National Weather Service says it’s been a record breaking heat wave over the last several days.

“We have seen temperatures in excess of 105 degrees. Columbia South Carolina was 107, Bowling Green Kentucky 106, Mason Georgia 106.”

The heat will remain with us for a while.

“The temperatures are very hot. The pattern tells us that these high temperatures will stay with us for the next several days.”

Today temperatures were a few degrees cooler than they have been.

Much of the mid-west faces a drought expanding in size and intensity, damaging crops and raising concern for the threat of fire from fireworks.

“The southern plains and southeastern US, a few more days are likely.”


Corn Acres Planted Reach a Recent High

The USDA says farmers planted 96.4 million acres of corn this year. Its up 5% from last year. It’s the largest number of planted acres since 97 million were planted in 1937.


Cattle Deaths Linked to Cyanide

Experts are investigating the deaths of 15 cattle in central Texas that were grazing on toxic grass this spring. The deaths northeast of Austin, document the first deaths from cyanide being linked to a common Bermuda grass found across the southern US. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.