AgDay Daily Recap - February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 21, 2017


HEADLINES
SPRING WEATHER ARRIVES EARLY-- WHAT DOES  IT MEAN FOR FIELD WORK. AND PLANTING IS UNDERWAY IN TEXAS...N  AGRIBUSINESS....SOUTH AMERICAN HARVESTS CONTINUE. THIS YEAR THOSE  RAINS ARE LITTLE BIT MORE CENTRALIZED SO IN ALL THE OLD ADAGE RAIN  MAKES GRAIN IT'S BENEFITING EVERYTHING ELSE. NEW FARM BILL HEARINGS  DEBATE THE DAIRY SAFETY NET. AND HARVESTING CRAWFISH AHEAD OF MARDI GRAS IN LOUISIANA.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

SPRING WEATHER IN FEBRUARY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. SPRING IS STILL A MONTH AWAY. BUT  FOR MANY PEOPLE IN THE MIDWEST - THIS WEEK FEELS LIKE SPRING HAS  ALREADY SPRUNG WITH RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES OVER THE  WEEKEND. RECORD TEMPS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR WERE HIT IN CHICAGO, KANSAS CITY  AND MINNEAPOLIS.  THOSE WARM TEMPS MATCH NOAA'S 90 DAY OUTLOOK FOR  TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE MIDWEST.  IT'S FORECASTING ABOVE  AVERAGE TEMPERATURES OVER THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U-S. ONE THING THAT'S REALLY EASY TO TALK ABOUT ABOUT SPRING IS GOING TO BE  THE TEMPERATURES AND IT LOOKS LIKE FOR ALMOST ALL THE COUNTRY IT'S  GOING TO BE A WARM SPRING THAT SHOULDN'T BE THAT MUCH OF A SURPRISE  BECAUSE EXCEPT FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE NORTHWEST IT WAS A  WARM WINTER AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL JUST THAT WILL JUST CARRY RIGHT  NOW THROUGH MARCH APRIL AND MAY THE ONE THING I CAN ALSO SAY ABOUT  WITH THIS WARM WEATHER THAT HAS BEEN OCCURRING AND IS EXPECTED TO  CONTINUE IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY IT DOES MAKE PRODUCERS A LITTLE  BIT ANTSY TO GET OUT AND DO FIELD WORK EARLY ALREADY WE'RE SEEING  FIELDWORK WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE SOUTH AND IT WON'T BE LONG IF IT  STAYS WARM AND IT'S EXPECTED TO FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND START  PLANTING EARLY WHICH AGAIN OPENS UP THAT WINDOW OF CONCERN ABOUT  POTENTIAL FREEZING CONDITIONS IF CROPS ARE PLANTED EARLY AND WE GET A  SHARP COLD SNAP IN THE MIDWEST - WHERE TEMPS ARE HITTING THE 60'S THIS WEEK - FARMERS  ARE GEARING-UP FOR SPRING PLANTING. BUT THEY'RE NOT READY TO JUMP THE  GUN.  WHILE IT'S WARM NOW, WINTER CAN QUICKLY RETURN. THEY'RE ALSO  WORRIED ABOUT THE LACK OF MOISTURE THIS WINTER. WE'VE HAD A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF MOISTURE, BUT THIS REMINDS ME OF THE WINTER OF  2011 GOING INTO 2012 WHERE IT WAS REAL MILD, IT WAS DRY, NOT SAYING WE'RE SETTING UP FOR A  DROUGHT BUT IT JUST REMINDS ME A LOT OF THAT YEAR GOING INTO 2012. WE HAD A LACK OF RAINFALL IN  THE WINTER AND LACK OF SNOW. I THINK THE MOISTURE CONDITIONS ARE FINE BUT WE'VE HAD VERY LITTLE SNOW, WE HAD A  GOOD SNOW LATE DECEMBER AND BEYOND ON, WE'VE HAD VIRTUALLY NOTHING. I DON'T THINK THERE IS  ANY FROST IN THE GROUND AND IT'S THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY AND NO FROST IN THE GROUND."> 24 ANY  RAINS WE GET SHOULD SOAK IN. 29 MOISTURE WISE, WE'RE OK IT'S JUST LACK OF SNOW AND IT'S BEEN  WARM MEANWHILE IN SOUTH TEXAS,  CORN PLANTING IS NOW UNDERWAY. SO IS  SORGHUM. AND COTTON SEEING ISN'T TOO FAR AWAY. OF COURSE CORN PLANTING IN THE CORN BELT IS STILL TWO MONTHS AWAY. BUT IN SOUTH TEXAS - CONDITIONS ARE RIPE...AND PLANTERS ARE RARING TO  GO.ED WOLFF FROM THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU SHOWS US THE INAUGURAL SEEDS  OF SPRING. FIRST IN THE NATION.  A TITLE NOT MANY CAN CLAIM.   BUT FOR CHRIS SPARKS IT'S A TRADITION.  EVERY  YEAR HE AND HIS FELLOW FARMERS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY ARE NUMBER 1.  THE VERY FIRST  FARMERS TO PLANT A SEED.   "WE'RE THE FIRST TO START PLANTING CORN, SORGHUM AND COTTON. WE'LL HARVEST THE FIRST BALE OF  COTTON, AND WE'LL PROBABLY HARVEST THE FIRST BUSHEL OF CORN AND GRAIN SORGHUM." CHRIS & HIS WIFE LAURA FARM JUST NORTH OF HARLINGEN IN CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTIES.  ABOUT  30 MINUTES FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER.  WHILE THERE ARE TONS OF CHALLENGES FARMING IN THE  SOUTHERNMOST PART OF TEXAS.  COLD WEATHER USUALLY ISN'T ONE OF THEM.  "IT'S DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE'VE GOT PEOPLE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE THAT STILL HAVE SNOW OR ICE ON THE GROUND, AND WE'RE IN THE 80S IN SOUTH TEXAS TODAY. THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN US." FARMING IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY IS UNIQUE.  ABOUT THE TIME FARMERS IN THE MIDWEST START  PLANTING.  CHRIS WILL BE HARVESTING.  THIS 3RD GENERATION FARMER TAKES PRIDE IN EVERY SEED HE  SOWS.  NURTURING IT.  CARING FOR IT.  WATCHING IT GROW.  FOR HIM THERE'S NOTHING BETTER.  HE'S  RAISING MORE THAN JUST CORN, GRAIN SORGHUM & COTTON.  HE'S GROWING LIFE.  FOR HIS FAMILY.  AND  FAMILIES AROUND THE WORLD.   "FARMERS MAKE UP LESS THAN 2% OF THE NATION'S POPULATION.  TO KNOW THAT WE PLANT AND  HARVEST OUR CROPS TO FEED NOT ONLY AMERICA BUT THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES.  IT'S AN HONOR TO KNOW  THAT WE'RE THAT 2% THAT DO THAT." HE DOESN'T JUST PLANT SEEDS.  HE SELLS THEM.  HE STARTED WORKING FOR PIONEER A FEW YEARS  AGO.  TO MAKE SURE FARMERS IN THE VALLEY GET THE SEED THEY NEED.  WHEN THEY NEED IT.   CHRIS IS PLANTING MORE CORN THAN LAST YEAR ON HIS FARM.  AND LESS GRAIN SORGHUM DUE TO THE  SUGARCANE APHID.  MANY OF HIS NEIGHBORS ARE DOING THE SAME.  A FEW WELL TIMED RAINS HAVE  HELPED HIS OPTIMISM ABOUT THIS YEAR'S CROP.  BUT DECLINING COMMODITY PRICES HAVE HIM  WATCHING EVERY PENNY.  ONLY TIME WILL TELL.   EVERY SEED IS A GAMBLE.  CHRIS HAS NO GUARANTEES.  WHAT HE HAS IS A LOVE FOR THE LAND.  AND  A RESOLVE ROOTED IN PASSION.  HE'S CHASING HIS DREAM.  WITH THE HELP OF GOOD EMPLOYEES.   AND HIS FAMILY RIGHT THERE WITH HIM. "MY SON HE LOVES THE FARM.  HE ENJOYS IT EVERY DAY.  I WAS THAT WAY WITH MY FATHER.  | HE  ENJOYS COMING OUT TO THE FIELD.  DIGGING IN THE DIRT AND BEING A BOY. | THE BEST KEPT SECRET TO  A FARM IS YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR FAMILY WITH IT" EVERY SEED IS VITAL.  BUT THE MAIN SEEDS HE'S PLANTING ARE IN HIS 3 YEAR OLD SON JACK.  EVERY  DAY SPROUTS A NEW LIFE LESSON.  ONES THAT CAN ONLY BE SOWN IN THE SOIL. WITH THE TEXAS FARM  BUREAU, ED WOLFF, HARLINGEN.WE TALKED WITH CHRIS YESTERDAY. HE FINISHED PLANTING CORN AND  SORGHUM. HE'S ALL DRYLAND DOWN THERE.  THE CORN WILL COME-OUT IN  JUNE.AND WITH STRONGER PRICES IN FIBER, HE'LL PUT A FEW ADDITIONAL ACRES TOWARDS COTTON. PLANTING WILL START ANY DAY.

CROP COMMENTS
CALVING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING FOR SOME PRODUCERS TO THE SOUTH. MIKE  HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE IN THIS MORNINGS CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. CATTLE PRODUCER MATT LANSFORD FROM CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO STARTED  CALVING ON HIS OPERATION EARLY FEBRUARY - THESE SET OF TWINS WERE THE  FIRST BORN! HE IS BOTTLE FEEDING ONE OF THEM. BUT MATT SAYS CALVING CONDITIONS COULDN'T BE BETTER IN THE AREA.  AND JEREMY ELLSAESSER FROM HUGOTON, KANSAS ALSO STARTED CALVING ON HIS  OPERATION EARLIER THIS MONTH. HE SAYS THIS BABY CALF HAD TO COME OUT  OF THE SIDE OF ITS MAMA BUT IT SURE IS A CUTE ONE!! JEREMY SAYS  CONDITIONS ARE UNUSALLY WARM- PERFECT FOR CACLVING. HE'S ALSO IN THE  FIELDS FERTILIZING FOR SUMMER CROPS.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER  AS WE START TODAY YOU CAN SEE A SYSTEM CAUSING SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE GREAT  LAKES ANOTHER COUPLE OF STORM SYSTEMS OUT WEST WE'LL CHECK OUT  YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. THE LOCAL WEATHER CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT NOT ONLY ON YOUR DAY, BUT ALSO ON YOUR CROPS.  START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT WITH YOUR LOCAL FORECAST DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT  WEATHER TO 31313 TO GET STARTED! 

TEASE
ALRIGHT AFTER THE BREAK, WE'LL DIG INTO SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER AND  THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON MARKETS HERE IN THE U.S. AND LATER, BUY THESE IN BULK NOT WITH BEADS---CRAWFISH HARVEST IS  JUMPING JUST IN TIME FOR MARDI GRAS. WE'VE GOT A LOOK AT THIS YEAR'S  HAUL FROM LOUISIANA. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
IN AGRIBUSINESS - THE COMMODITY MARKETS WERE CLOSED MONDAY FOR  PRESIDENT'S DAY. IN SOUTH AMERICA - IT'S HARVEST TIME. USDA'S DEPUTY CHIEF METEOROLOGIST LOOKS AT THE GRAIN CROPS FOR US. "RIGHT NOW IN MOTO GROSSO THE LEADING PRODUCER OF SOYBEANS THEY'RE  HARVESTING EARLIER THAN ON THAN USUAL BECAUSE THEY PLANTED EARLIER  THAN USUAL AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS NOW THEY CAN PLANT THEIR SECOND  CORN CROP AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND WHEN THEY'RE ABLE TO DO THAT THEY'RE  SORT OF HEDGING THEIR BETS AGAINST EARLY END TO THE RAINY SEASON THEY  PLANTED THEIR SOYBEANS THEY'RE COMING OFF ALL INDICATIONS ARE THEY'RE  HAVING A GREAT SOYBEAN CROP AND NOW WE'RE JUST WATCHING TO SEE HOW  BIG THAT SECOND CROP CAN GET." IN ARGENTINA - A WEAK LA NINA DIDN'T PAN OUT - MEANING FEARS OF DROUGHT  QUICKLY DISAPPEARED. "WE'RE HOPING THAT THE RAIN AT LEAST STABILIZE THE CROP FOR THE FARMERS  DOWN THERE SO WE'RE EXPECTING A PRETTY GOOD CROP SO FAR IN  ARGENTINA IT'S JUST GOING WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE AT  THE END OF THE YEAR EXACTLY HOW MANY ACRES THEY ABLE TO HARVEST AND  WHETHER OR NOT THERE REALLY WAS ANY IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE FROM THE  EARLIER PROBLEMS." TYNE MORGAN TALKED ABOUT SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER AND THE POTENTIAL  IMPACT HERE AT HOME DURING LAST WEEK'S FARM MACHINERY SHOW IN  LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY.  HERE'S TYNE. WELCOME BACK HERE NOW WITH JARED CREED OF GAVELON ALRIGHT JAROD LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SOUTH  AMERICAN CROP I MEAN IT FIRST WITH THAT WE'RE HAVE SOME WEATHER SCARES BUT NOW LOOKS LIKE  THE SOUTH AMERICAN PRODUCERS ARE SITTING ON A REALLY LARGE CROP DOWN THERE SO WHEN POSSIBLY  DOES THAT PUT PRESSURE ON OUR MARKETS. SURE SO ABOUT A MONTH AGO MAYBE SIX WEEKS AGO WE  REALLY STARTED GETTING CONCERNED TOO MUCH MOISTURE IN SOUTH AMERICA SPECIFICALLY ARGENTINA  WELL LOW AND BEHOLD. LAST YEAR WE HAD ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF RAIN IN ARGENTINA. THE COVER TO  HAVEN AREA THIS YEAR THOSE RAINS ARE LITTLE BIT MORE CENTRALIZED SO IN ALL THE OLD ADAGE RAIN  MAKES GRAIN IT 'S BENEFITING EVERYTHING ELSE. THERE ARE SOME NAY SAYERS SHARE WHILE BACK  THAT MAYBE I TAKE THE ARGENTINE CROP BELOW FIFTEEN MILLION MECTRIC TON AND MAYBE TAKE THE  CROP BELOW HUNDRED MILLION METRIC TON. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY VERY DANGEROUS  FOR OUR SOYBEAN MARKET AND DEFINITELY DROVE HIGHER PRICES. IF THAT WERE COME TO FRUITION YOU  FAST FORWARD TO TODAY I WOULD SAY THAT YOUR AVERAGE GUESS IS PROBABLY FIFTY FIVE TO FIFTY SIX  MILLION METRIC TONS IN ARGENTINA AND PROBABLY CLIMBING HIGHER. AND THEN BRAZIL HUNDRED SIX  HUNDRED SEVEN PROFIT CLIMBING HIGHER IS WELL ONCE THE CROP COMES IN THE BIN AND THE FARMERS  FOR SPORT ON THE MARKET COULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS ON OUR LOCAL MARKET. AT THE SAME TIME WERE  WAIT FOR THIS ACREAGE ESTIMATE TO COME OUT FROM USDA AND IN IT LOOKS LIKE WE COULD HAVE  SOME SOYBEANS MORE SOYBEANS RECORD NUMBER OF SOYBEANS AGAIN THIS YEAR. PRODUCERS ARE  SAYING POSSIBLY THAT THIS PRICE IS BUYING ACRES THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THAT 'S GONNA BODE WELL  FOR PRICES. IF WE COME OUT WITH WITH WITH THE WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF ACRES OF THE ACRES IT IS  DRIVING THE CONVERSATION WE STILL HAVE TO EXECUTE ON A CONVERSATION WE STILL HAVE TO GET  NINETY TWO PLUS MILLION ACRES OF CORN IN THE GROUND IN THE EIGHTIES SIXTY EIGHTY EIGHT OR  POTENTIALLY MORE MILLION ACRES OF SOYBEANS IN THE GROUND. IT 'S TOO EARLY TO START TALKING ABOUT  PRICE BEING DETRIMENTAL TO THOSE ACRES NUMBERS RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW IN ANOTHER FORTY FIVE  DAYS MARCH THIRTY FIRST WELL KNOW BUT YOU DO NOT THINK THAT THAT SOYBEAN ACRES WILL OUTPACE  CORN NO ABSOLUTELY NOT. I DO NOT THINK THAT HE THINKS THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ALRIGHT JAROD CREED  WITH A GAVELON STAY WITH US. WE HAVE MORE AGDAY WHEN WE COME BACK.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE IF  WE LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP A COUPLE STORM SYSTEMS WORKING ACROSS  THE COUNTRY AGAIN TODAY....AND HITTING THE DROUGHT AREAS... I MEAN THE  LINGERING DROUGHT BECAUSE A LOT OF THOSE AREN'T EVEN THAT BAD  ANYMORE. FIRST STORM SYSTEM SPREADING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  INTO MISSISSIPPI, ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, THAT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST A  COLD FRONT ARE UP TO THE NORTH CAUSING SOME SHOWERS INTO THE GREAT  LAKES AND IT'S ALMOST ALL RAIN. YOU HAVE TO GO PRETTY FAR NORTH INTO  CANADA TO GET INTO SOME OF THAT FROZEN VARIETY AND TWO AREAS OF LOW  PRESSURE OUT WEST CAUSING MOUNTAIN SNOWS AND VALLEY RAIN ONCE  AGAIN. PUTTING THE MAPS INTO MOTION. YOU CAN SEE BY LATER IN THE DAY  TODAY THIS NORTHERN SYSTEMS GO OR MOVE PRETTY QUICKLY AND SO THAT  COLD FRONT WILL MOVE FAST ACROSS EASTERN GREAT LAKES AND EVENTUALLY  THE THE NORTHEAST. BUT THIS SYSTEM SLOWLY SETTLE TO THE A SOUTHEAST.  AND THAT'S LESS THAN A PUT DOWN SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS MAINLY  CLOSER TO THE GULF OF MEXICO. I THINK WITH THAT SYSTEM THERE. AND YOU  CAN SEE THE SECONDARY SYSTEM ON THIS ONE 'S KIND OF LINGERING AS WELL.  IT'S NOT GOING TO MOVE EASTWARD QUITE AS FAST AS THE NORTHERN ONE,  AND YOU CAN SEE BY TOMORROW MORNING THAT ONE SPRINTING THROUGH A  MINNESOTA WITH A FEW FLURRIES UP THAT WAY THE EASTERN FRONT KIND OF  FALLS APART. SO WE SEE A LOT OF CLOUDS, MAY BE SOME SPOTTY SHOWERS  SOUTHEAST SYSTEM ONGOING. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM POISED TO COME IN  OFF THE WEST COAST THAT ONE'S GOING TO COME IN A LITTLE FARTHER NORTH  THEN THE LAST COUPLE HAVE. NONETHELESS ALL THE WAY INTO CENTRAL  CALIFORNIA LOOKING AT SOME MORE SNOW AND VALLEY RAINS ALL THE WAY UP  AND DOWN THE COASTAL AREAS. YOU CAN SEE THIS STATE OF FLORIDA GETTING  LOTS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS WE HAD TO THROUGH TOMORROW  AFTERNOON. SO PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS  HEAVIEST AMOUNTS WITH EASTERN 'S SYSTEM OF BEEN IN THE SOUTHERN  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY HEAVIEST AMOUNTS OUT WEST ONCE AGAIN IN THE SIERRA  NEVADA'S. THAT AREAS HAVE SEEN HEAVY SNOW SO OFTEN THIS WINTER IS JUST  AMAZING. ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS, YOU CAN SEE THAT HEAVY  STUFF THROUGH THE GULF COAST STATES. MUCH LIGHTER ACTIVITY ACROSS  THE NORTH IS THAT WEAKENING COLD FRONT MOVES IN YOU CAN SEE A FAIR  AMOUNTS IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, ESPECIALLY OUT WEST. AND MOST OF  THAT IS IN THE FORM OF SNOW FELL. THERE IS LITERALLY A LITTLE OR NO SNOW EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. LITTLE BIT NEAR THE END OF THIS, THAT WE  START TO SEE INTO THE AREAS JUST EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE INTO  WYOMING AND PARTS OF MONTANA. BUT IT'S TOO WARM FARTHER EAST . AND  THERE IT IS = HIGHS IN THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES FOR HIGHS TODAY  DOMINATING MOST OF THE EAST EXCEPT NEW ENGLAND YOU'RE STILL ON THE  COLD SIDE.  LOW'S TONIGHT CONTINUING TO BE MILD AS YOU CAN SEE THERE.  AND HIGHS TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND MORE THE SAME SEVENTIES ONCE  AGAIN ALL THE WAY UP TO ST LOUIS.. SO AMAZINGLY WARM WEATHER YOU SEE  THAT CUT OFF LOW SLOWLY TRACKING OFF TO THE SOUTHEAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS WEEK. THEN WE SEE THE TROUGH DIGGING OUT LAST COLDER  AIR STARTS TO COME AND AT LEAST THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY AS  WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.  WE HEAD TO SPOKANE WASHINGTON FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY AND CHILLY TIMES OF  RAIN HIGH TEMP OF FORTY ONE. ROLLA MISSOURI MILD WITH CLOUDS AND SOME  SUNSHINE HIGH OF SEVENTY TWO AND SALSBURY MARILYN PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND MILD HIGHER ON FIFTY SEVEN.

TEASE
A NEW FARM BILL IS ON THE WAY...WE'LL HEAR WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR THE  DAIRY INDUSTRY COMING UP NEXT ON OUR DAIRY REPORT. AND LATER, LIVING IT UP CAJUN STYLE. THE CRAWFISH SEASON IS HERE AND  WE'RE OFF TO LOUISIANA TO CHECK ON THE CROP.

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, NEW MEMOS FROM HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY  JOHN KELLY DETAIL PLANS TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS. PART OF THAT PLAN IS HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 10-THOUSAND I-C-E OFFICERS AND  5-THOUSAND NEW CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS. KELLY SAYS A SURGE OF IMMIGRATION AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS PART OF  THE REASON IN CALLING FOR MORE RESOURCES. HE SAYS AGENTS MADE 10 TO 15-THOUSAND MORE APPREHENSIONS ALONG THE  SOUTHERN BORDER BETWEEN 2015 AND 2016. THE DRAFT MEMOS ARE NOW BEING REVIEWED BY THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE  ANY OFFICIAL RELEASE. THE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WILL CONDUCT ITS FIRST FARM BILL  FIELD HEARING THIS WEEK IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS. CONGRESS IS OUT OF SESSION ALL THIS WEEK AS PART OF PRESIDENT'S DAY. IN CONDUCTING THIS HEARING COMMITTEE CHAIR PAT ROBERTS OF KANSAS  SAYS "WE NEED CLEAR DIRECTION ON WHAT IS WORKING AND WHAT IS NOT  WORKING IN FARM COUNTRY, AND WE WILL BE LISTENING TO SEE WHAT NEEDS  TO BE ADJUSTED" IN THE CURRENT FARM LAW. LAST WEEK, THE HOUSE HELD A HEARING IN WASHINGTON D.C. LISTENING TO  EXPERTS FROM THE FARM INDUSTRY. WHILE MANY WARNED ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING THE OVERALL AG  ECONOMY...OTHERD SPOKE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DIFFERENT SEGMENTS  INCLUDING DAIRY...ONE OF THE FEW SECTORS EXPECTING BETTER PRICES IN  THE YEAR AHEAD. SCOTT BROWN --FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION SAYS CASH  RECEIPTS WERE DOWN IN 2016-- BUT SIGN UPS FOR THE MARGIN PROTECTION  PROGRAM WERE MUCH LOWER THAN THE INDUSTRY EXPECTED... ESPECIALLY AT  PROTECTION LEVELS ABOVE 4 DOLLARS. THERE'S GROWING CONCERN THAT THE MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM IS  NOT PROVIDING A STRONG ENOUGH SAFETY NET. IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO  CONSTRUCT A STRONGER SAFETY NET PROGRAM FOR DAIRY WHILE REDUCING  FEDERAL SPENDING.THERE'S A HIGH CORRELATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES  AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SAFETY NET. CHANGES TO MPP OR OTHER ALTERNATIVES WILL LIKELY RESULT IN A MORE EFFECTIVE SAFETY NET ONLY IF  THESE ESTIMATED COSTS RISE. THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IT WAS WORKING ON AN  ALTERNATIVE SAFETY NET PROGRAM CALLED  DAIRY REVENUE PROTECTION. ITS SIMILAR TO THE A-R-C AND P-L-C PROGRAMS FOUND ON THE GRAIN SIDE OF  THE LEDGER. 

TEASE
DID FLOODING IN LOUISIANA LAST SUMMER CREATE PROBLEM FOR MARDI GRAS  REVELERS LOOKING FOR CRAWFISH? WE'LL HAVE THE ANSWER STRAIGHT AHEAD.

IN THE COUNTRY
AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET. IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM.MARDI GRAS AND CRAWFISH - IT'S LIKE THANKSGIVING AND TURKEY.  THEY JUST  GO TOGETHER. WITH MARDI GRAS JUST ONE WEEK AWAY, THERE WERE CONCERNS EARLIER THIS  YEAR THAT FLOODS LAST AUGUST MIGHT HURT THE CRAWFISH CROP. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED THE LSU AGCENTER, CRAIG GAUTREAUX TELLS US  FLOODING PROBLEMS DID NOT ARISE...AND A MILD-WINTER FORCED A FAST- START TO THE SEASON. CRAWFISH PRODUCERS DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THEIR CROP AFTER HISTORICAL RAINS FELL  ACROSS LOUISIANA LAST AUGUST. MANY FEARED THEIR CRAWFISH EMERGED FROM THE SUMMER  BORROWS AND SWAM AWAY. BUT THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE WHAT HAPPENED ACCORDING TO BUYERS  AND PROCESSORS ACROSS THE STATE. ROBERT FLOYED:  I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SIGNS THAT THE FLOOD HAS  AFFECTED THE CRAWFISH CATCH WHATSOEVER. I THINK THE CRAWFISH CROP IS GOING TO BE VERY PLENTIFUL.  MARK SHIRLEY, A SEA GRANT AND AQUACULTURE AGENT FOR THE LSU AGCENTER, MONITORS PONDS IN  SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. HE ALSO HASN'T SEEN ANY RESIDUAL EFFECTS. MARK SHIRLEY: OVERALL, THE  PONDS THAT WERE FLOODED TWO OR THREE OR FOUR DAYS, SEEM TO BE PRODUCING NORMALLY. OUR FEARS  OF A BIG ECONOMIC IMPACT DID NOT COME ABOUT. WHILE THERE WERE SOME ISOLATED PONDS THAT  SUFFERED LOSSES, A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN ACREAGE HAS MORE THAN OFFSET THOSE LOSSES. ONE  REASON FOR THE INCREASE IS RICE PRICES. SHIRLEY: RICE PRICES ARE DOWN, SO RICE FARMERS HAVE TO  DIVERSIFY A BIT MORE. WHERE THEY USED TO HAVE A FEW ACRES IN CRAWFISH IN THEIR TOTAL FARM  OPERATION, NOW THEY'RE PUTTING MORE ACRES INTO THEIR TOTAL FARM. FLOYED: RICE, BEAN,  EVERYTHING BEING IN A DEPRESSED STATE. THERE'S JUST MORE CRAWFISH ACRES THEN THERE NORMALLY  ARE. THAT'S JUST MORE CRAWFISH ON THE MARKET. BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT SURPLUS, FARMERS ARE  GETTING LESS FOR THEIR CATCH, AND PROCESSORS ARE HAVING TO LIMIT THE DAYS FARMERS CAN FISH. DON  BENOIT, A PROCESSOR IN VERMILION PARISH, HAS BEEN ABLE TO SELL ALL OF HIS CRAWFISH BUT IS  REDUCING THE DAYS HIS FARMERS CAN FISH TO PREVENT AN OVERSUPPLY. DON BENOIT: IF WE LET  EVERYBODY JUST GO AND RUN SIX DAYS A WEEK, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO.: THE BIGGEST COMPLAINT  FROM BOTH BUYERS AND CONSUMERS IS THAT WHILE SUPPLIES ARE GOOD, THE SIZE OF THE CRAWFISH  HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT SMALLER THAN NORMAL. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A  GREAT DAY.

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