Top Of The Morning News: November 26, 2012 | KCUR

Top Of The Morning News: November 26, 2012

Nov 26, 2012

Low water causes problems for barges on the Mississippi River.  The current crop of Kansas Christmas trees was unaffected by this year’s drought, but it is hurting corn exporters.  These stories & more from KCUR.

Low Water Means Freight Problems On The Mississippi River

The Army Corps of Engineers began shutting down flow from a South Dakota reservoir which feeds into Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis. The overall lack of water is expected to cause big problems moving freight on the river.  Learn more about the water woes here.

Christmas Trees Still Strong in Kansas Despite Drought

There will still by many Kansas-grown Christmas trees for sale this year, despite the drought conditions in the state.  Find out why any harm to the crops won’t be felt for a few years here.

Small Business Saturday Encourages Buying Local

Holiday shoppers are being encouraged once again this year to support small, local businesses. Small Business Saturday is important for a number of reasons.  Find out more here.

Drought Spells Tough Time For US Corn Exporters

The Midwest drought devastated the normally robust corn harvest, which has led to higher corn prices and plummeting corn stocks. In a normal year, the U.S. exports more than 1 billion bushels of corn to markets worldwide, but with low domestic supply it’s a tough year for corn exporters – the USDA predicts U.S. corn exports will be at a 40-year low this year.  Read more here.