AgDay Daily Recap - January 13, 2016

August 17, 2016 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 13, 2017

HEADLINES
NEW GRAIN REPORTS FROM USDA SHOW RECORD  HIGHS AND NEAR RECORD LOWS. ON PRO FARMER'S PROFIT BRIEFING...INPUT  EXPECTATIONS.AND THEN OUR EXPECTATIONS AS YOU SAID WERE FOR SOME PRESSURE TO COME INTO THE MARKET AFTER FALL APPLICATIONS WERE COMPLETE AND WE ACTUALLY SAW THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT  FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV TALKS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF  READING SOIL TESTS. AND THIS APPLE PIE IS A FAN FAVORITE AT A BAKERY IN MISSOURI. THE STORY  BEHIND IT, TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

WASDE RESULTS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. GRAIN MARKETS CLOSED HIGHER  FOLLOWING THURSDAY'S DATA DUMP FROM USDA. THE AGENCY RELEASING SEVEN DIFFERENT GRAIN REPORTS THAT SET THE TONE  FOR THE MARKET FOR THE WEEKS AHEAD. USDA TRIMMED THE FINAL TALLY ON THE 2016 CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS, BASED ON SLIGHTLY LOWER YIELDS. LIKEWISE THE AG DEPARTMENT PARED-BACK THE ENDING STOCKS. THOUGH  REVISED DOWNWARD, IT WAS STILL A MASSIVE CROP. CORN PRODUCTION COMES IN AT 15-POINT-ONE BILLION BUSHELS, BASED ON A  AVERAGE CORN YIELD OF 174-POINT-SIX BUSHELS AN ACRE. BOTH OF THOSE ESTIMATES ARE LOWER THAN THE NOVEMBER FORECAST. THIS USDA MAP SHOWS IN BLUE THE STATES THAT INCREASED THEIR YIELDS  FROM LAST YEAR. THE STATES WITH HASHTAGS REFLECT RECORD YIELDS - WHICH WAS NEARLY EVERY STATE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. SOYBEAN PRODUCTION IN 2016 TOTALED FOUR-POINT-THREE BILLION BUSHELS.  THAT'S A RECORD AMOUNT. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE YIELD IS ALSO A RECORD COMING IN AT 52-POINT-ONE  BUSHELS AN ACRE. THAT'S FOUR BUSHELS HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD  SET THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE SOYBEAN MAP IS EVEN MORE STRIKING. RECORD HIGH LEVELS ACROSS NEARLY ALL OF THE  NORTHERN UNITED STATES - FROM THE NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS TO THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS FARMERS ALSO HARVESTED A RECORD AMOUNT OF  SOYBEAN ACRES. WHILE TRIMMING PRODUCTION ESTIMATES, THE AG DEPARTMENT ALSO  LOWERED DOMESTIC CORN ENDING STOCKS BY 48 MILLION BUSHELS...NOW  SITTING AT TWO-POINT-THREE BILLION BUSHELS. THIS NUMBER IS LOWER THAN MANY PRE-REPORT ESTIMATES. ALSO LOWER - U-S SOYBEAN ENDING STOCKS. 60 MILLION BUSHELS LOWER TO  ITS NEW LEVEL OF 420 MILLION. "THE CROP CAME IN LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED, SURPRISINGLY THERE, THE  ENDING STOCKS FORECAST WAS ALSO LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED AS WERE DEC  1 STOCKS, SO ALL THOSE NUMBERS WERE BULLISH AND WE GOT A SRONG  BULLISH REACTION IN THE SOYBEAN MARKET. IN THE CASE OF CORN NOT SO  MUCH SO. WHILE THE CROP ESTIMATE WAS LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED THE  ENDING STOCKS FOR 2016-17 MARKETING YEAR AND DECEMBER 1 STOCKS BOTH  CAME IN HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED. AS A RESULT THE CORN MARKET  STRUGGLED TO FIND BUYER INTEREST DESPITE THE STRONG GAINS IN  SOYBEANS. FOR ALL THE EDITORS AT PROFARMER IN CEDAR FALLS IOWA I'M BRIAN GRETE,"

LOW WINTER WHEAT SEEDINGS
WE EXPECTED IT AND USDA CONFIRMING THAT WINTER WHEAT SEEDINGS FOR  THIS GROWING SEASON ARE NOW NEAR HISTORIC LOWS. USDA SAYS THE SEEDED AREA FOR 2017 IS 32 POINT 4 MILLION ACRES.THAT'S DOWN 10 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR AND THE LOWEST IN EARLY A  CENTURY.  BREAKING IT DOWN, HARD RED WINTER WHEAT ACRES CAME IN A 23 POINT 3  (23.3) MILLION ACRES. RED RED ACRES TOPPED 5 POINT 6 (5.68) AND WHITE WINTER WHEAT IS  FORECAST AT 3 POINT 3 (3.37) SO WHAT DOES ANOTHER 4 MILLION FEWER ACRES MEAN IN FARM COUNTRY? THE LAND THAT WASN'T PLANTED TO WHEAT WILL PROBABLY GO TO SUMMER CROPS PRODUCERS ARE TALKING  ABOUT IF THEY DON'T GET RAIN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO DESTROY  THIS WHEAT AND THEN COME IN WITH SUMMER CROPS. I THINK THAT'S A NUMBER THAT THE MARKET  HASN'T TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION YET WE'VE GOT LOWER PLANTED ACRES BUT PRODUCERS ARE ALSO  TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THESE PLANTED ACRES IN OTHER WORDS A LOWER PERCENTAGE OF HARVESTED  ACRES NEXT YEAR. SO WE'RE AVERAGE HARVEST ACRES ARE 80-82 PERCENT WE COULD SEE HARVESTED  ACRES INTO THE 70 TO 75 PERCENT LEVEL. SO IT MAY EVEN BE LESS THAN WHAT WE'VE SEE WITH THE  SEEDING REPORT. ALL COTTON PRODUCTION REACHED 17 MILLION, 480 POUND, BALES. THAT'S INCREASE  FROM LAST MONTHS FORECAST AND 32-PERCENT ABOVE LAST YEARS OUTPUT. PER BALE YIELD WAS UP SLIGHTLY. AND HARVEST ACRES JUMPED 18 PERCENT  FROM A YEAR AGO.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS A LOOK AT SNOWFALL IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  A VIEWER FROM DAVENPORT, WASHINGTON SENT US THESE PHOTOS ON  TWITTER. THE FIRST PICTURE IS BEFORE THE WINDS CAME THROUGH THE STATE. THE  OTHER IS AFTER.  THE AREA SHOULD WARM UP BY NEXT WEEK.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP YOU CAN SEE A STRUNG OUT STATIONARY FRONT ACROSS THE COUTNRY THAT IS WHERE A LOT OF THE ACTIVITY IS GOING TO BE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND THAT ORANGE AREA MEANS SOME ICE WE’LL TALK ABOUT WITH MY FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPSTHE 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
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT MARKETS AND PRICING TRENDS FOR  FERTILIZER AND INPUTS. ITS THIS WEEK'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING.AND LATER GRAB A FORK OR THREE, THIS APPLE PIE FROM A BAKERY IN  MISSOURI IS SURE TO MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER.  CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS WEDNESDAY BROUGHT MORE PRESSURE TO LIVESTOCK  MARKETS WHILE GRAINS GET A LIFT AHEAD OF THE REPORT. LETS FIND OUT  WHERE THINGS CLOSED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. WE SEE SOME RED IN THE CATTLE MARKET, FEEDER CATTLE, FAT CATTLE  TRADING LOWER, THIS AFTER FAILING TO BREAK OUT IN YESTERDAY'S SESSION. I  THINK THIS PULL-BACK PRESENTS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO THE BUY SIDE. THE  PAST SEVERAL MONTHS WE HAVE BEEN MAKING HIGHER HIGHS AND HIGHER  LOWS WHICH IS TECHNICALLY SIGNIFICANT TO US. LOOKING AT THAT FEBRUARY  CATTLE CONTRACT, 1.16 NEEDS TO HOLD. THAT'S THE 20 DAY MOVING AVERAGE.  IT'S BEEN A SPOT-ON TECHNICAL INDICATOR OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF  MONTHS.  AS FAR AS THE SOYBEANS ARE CONCERNED, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE THE BIG  PERFORMER IN THIS MARKET, I THINK THIS PRESENTS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY.  10.36 IS A 50 PERCENT RETRACEMENT FROM THE RECENT RAIN. LOOKING FOR AN  OBJECTIVIN THAT 10.12 AREA. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT TO ROUND OUT THE WEEK, THAT'S WHAT YOU  SHOULD BE LOOKING AT TOO. THIS IS OLIVER SLOUP WITH IITRADER ON THE  FLOOR OF THE CME. 

PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING
SPRING FIELD WORK MAY FEEL MILES AWAY BUT IT'LL BE HERE SOON ENOUGH. TODAY THE TEAM OVER AT PROFARMER DISCUSS INPUTS AND MORE  SPECIFICALLY FERTILIZER COSTS IN THIS WEEK'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING.  WELL DAVIS THE SEASONAL TENDENCY IS FOR NITROGEN PRICES TO FALL AFTER WE GET THROUGH THE HARVEST SEASON THEN MOVE INTO THE EARLY PART A WINNER DID WE SEE THAT TYPE ACTION IN NITROGEN PRICES THIS YEAR? WELL AS AS MUCH OF THE INDUSTRY 'S BEEN VERY AWARE NITROGEN HAS BEEN ON A DOWN TREND SINCE WELL SINCE BEFORE SPRING APPLICATIONS BUT EVEN YOU KNOW THEN WE SAW A MILD HUMP WITH FALLING PRICES SINCE THEN AND OUR EXPECTATIONS WERE FOR SOME PRESSURE TO COME INTO THE MARKET AFTER FALL APPLICATIONS WERE COMPLETED AND WE ACTUALLY SAW THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT AND IN FACT WHAT 'S SIGNIFICANT IS THAT THE PRODUCT THAT WE SAW IT IN. IT WAS YOUR UREA WHO GAINED ALMOST THIRTY PERCENT IN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME NOW WE SEEN UREA BE A PRICE LEADER IN THE NITROGEN SEGMENT AND STRENGTHEN UREA MAKES US JUST A LITTLE ON EDGE ABOUT WHAT 'S GONNA HAPPEN WITH NITROGEN MOVING FORWARD. YES SO DO YOU THINK THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MAYBE CHEAPER PRICES MOVING FORWARD THROUGH SPRING OR IS THIS THING GOING TO KIND OF HOLD HERE AND MAYBE MOVE UP  AS WE GET CLOSER TO THAT SPRING PLANTING PERIOD. WELL ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE TRY TO FIGURE THIS STUFF OUT IS WE MONITOR THE RELATIONSHIPS THE PRICE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE FOUR NITROGEN PRODUCTS THAT WE SURVEY AND WHAT'S INTERESTING IS AS UREA HAS FIRMED ANHYDROUS AMMONIA HAS FIRMED SLIGHTLY WITH IT BUT NOT QUITE AS WILLINGLY. SO WE'VE SEEN SLIGHTLY NH3 PRICES MEANWHILE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE IS UAN WHICH IS POPULAR FOR SIDEDRESS AND USUALLY DEMAND FOR THAT SORT OF LAGS THE OTHER FORMS OF NITROGEN. SO IT SEEMS LIKE UAN IS TELLING US THE NITROGEN SEGMENT IS VERY UNCERTAIN RIGHT NOW AND LOOKING FOR DIRECTION AND OUR FEAR IS THAT UREA IS GOING TO GIVE THAT DIRECTION AND THAT DIRECTION IS HIGHER. OKAY LETS SWITCH GEARS HERE JUST A LITTLE BIT AND TALK ABOUT P AND K AND WHAT YOU SEE THERE MOVING FORWARD THROUGH THE REST OF WINTER AND INTO EARLY SPRING. POTASH IS THE GREATEST VALUE THAT FERTILIZER HAS TO OFFER US RIGHT NOW COMPARED TO EXPECTED NEW CROP REVENUE. VERY LOW PRICES BASED ON GLOBAL OVERSUPPLY. AND ALTHOUGH NORTH AMERICAN PRODUCERS ARE STARTING TO CHIP AWAY AND MAKING PRODUCTION ADJUSTMENTS THAT WILL HELP PULL BACK THE OVERSUPPLY IN HOPES OF RAISING PRICES ONCE AGAIN STILL THE GLOBE HAS PLENTY AROUND. SO POTASH IS CURRENTLY A VALUE. PHOSPHATE HAS BEEN OVERPRICES FOR MOST OF THIS PERIOD THAT WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING HERE ALMOST ALL THE WAY THROUGH 2016. HOWEVER WE'RE NOT SEEING THAT MOVE MUCH. SO IF WE'RE LOOKING OVER ALL AT THE FERTILIZER SEGMENT POTASH IS STARTING TO COME UP UREA IS THAT KEY NITROGEN DRIVER IS STARTING TO COME UP JUST A LITTLE BIT AND ON THE PHOSPHATE SIDE WE ALMOST COULD EXPECT THAT TO STAY RIGHT WHERE IT IS AND TELL US WHERE THE REST OF THE FERTILIZER SEGMENT WANTS TO FIRM TO SO THEY ALL JOIN TOGETHER AT ONCE AND MOVE ON IN UNISON. OKAY SO NOW WE COVERED THE FERTILIZER LETS FOCUS ON THE FUEL SIDE OF THINGS. CRUDE OIL MARKET OBVIOUSLY A MAJOR DRIVER THERE IN FARM DIESEL PRICES AND PROPANE PRICES SO ON. GIVE US A LITTLE INSIGHT THERE IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AS WE MOVE INTO THE LATE WINTER AND SPRING TIME FRAME. YEAH THANKS TO OPEC THEIR AGREEMENT IN LATE NOVEMBER REALLY PUT SOME LEGS UNDER THAT CRUDE OIL MARKET AND FIRMED PRICES WHICH BROUGHT FARM DIESEL ALONG WITH IT. HERE AGAIN AS WITH FERTILIZER PRICES WE HAD EXPECTED THE DECLINE COMING OUT OF HARVEST AND INTO THE FIRST OF THE YEAR THAT'S USUALLY THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE PICK TO BOOK A REAL GOOD PRICE AS ITS TRENDING DOWNWARD AND LOOKING TO HEAD HIGHER. THIS YEAR WE'VE SEEN DIESEL MOVE HIGH THROUGH THAT PERIOD AGAIN ON THE BACKS ON THAT HIGHER CRUDE OIL, HIGHER HEATING OIL FUTURES BECAUSE OF COLDER WEATHER IN THE NORTHEAST. WE'VE SEEN DIESEL CROSS OVER THE YEAR OVER PRICE TAG HERE JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO AND THAT CAUSES CONCERN FOR US MOVING FORWARD THERE MAY BE SOME OPPORTUNITIES BUT THEY WILL BE SHORT LIVED FOR FARM DIESEL THROUGH THE WINTERTIME. OKAY FOLKS THERE YOU HAVE IT. WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS QUITE A BIT OF UNCERTAINTY FOR BOTH THE FERTILIZER AND THE FUEL SIDE AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE LATE WINTER MONTHS AND INTO THE SPRING TIME FRAME. THERE MAY BE SOME OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE BETTER AHEAD BUT YOU KNOW THERE 'S THAT UNCERTAINTY FOR DAVIS MICHAELSEN AND ALL THE PRO FARMER EDITORS I'M BRIAN GRETE.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LIBERTYLINK SYSTEM, A SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FROM BAYER.WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AS WE LOOK TO THE DROUGHT MONITOR  AND CALIFORNIA THERE ARE PARTS THAT ARE DROUGHT FREE NOW THAT WASN'T THE CASE A YEAR AGO.  YEAH IT IS KIND OF AMAZING. OBVIOUSLY THIS STORMS CAUSING SOME ISSUES THESE PAST FEW STORMS  BUT THE THE BENEFIT IS THE DROUGHT MONITOR AND IF YOU GO BACK A MONTH YOU CAN SEE THE AREA  WAS A LITTLE BIT LARGER IN THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA THE AREA OF EXTREME AND  EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT WAS LARGER AS WELL. AS WE TRACK THROUGH THE LAST FOUR WEEKS YOU'LL NOTICE  AT IMPROVEMENT. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE SOUTHEAST CONTINUES TO  OCCUR IS WELL. OVER TIME AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THERE IS JUST A LOT LESS REALLY BAD DROUGHT  ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW THAN THERE WAS EVEN TWO MONTHS AGO. NOW THERE ARE STILL SOME  CONCERNS. STILL THE SOUTHEAST, SOUTH CENTRAL PLAINS AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IT IS STILL PRETTY DRY  BUT BOY COMPARED TO A YEAR OR TWO AGO A LOT BETTER THERE 'S A STATIONARY FRONT WE HAVE SOME  SHOWERS ALONG IT AND SOUTH OF IT NORTH OF IT IT 'S A LOT OF FREEZING RAIN SOME SLEET MIXED IN AS  WELL SOME SNOW IN THE NORTHERN FRINGE OF THAT NEXT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE EVERYTHING IS MOVING  REAL SLOW AND GET TO THE JET STREAM YOU'LL NOTICE A CUTOFF LOW IN THE SOUTHWEST THAT 'S WHY  EVERYTHING 'S JUST NOT REALLY MOVING TOO MUCH ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS LITTLE BIT OF ACTIVITY THROUGH  THE NORTH BUT THAT 'S JUST NOT CAUSING ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL TWO DOMES OF HIGH PRESSURE  DOMINATING THOSE AREAS AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT SLEET  FREEZING RAIN CONTINUES TO MOVE THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY AND STARTS TO MOVE INTO THE VIRGINIA'S AND THAT STRETCHES ALL WAY BACK TO THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS THAT 'S A PRETTY LONG STRETCH WHERE  WE COULD SEE SOME ICE AND THAT 'S ALL BECAUSE OF THAT OVER RUNNING WARM AIR GOES UP OVER  THAT HEAVY THE COLD AIR AND THAT IS WHERE YOU GET THE LIQUID IN THE CLOUDS AND ALL IT FREEZES AS  IT HITS THE SURFACE AND THAT 'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE THE CASE AS LONG AS THIS SET UP IS THERE  YOU CAN SEE THAT CONTINUES ON INTO THE WEEKEND THROUGH THE FIRST PART OF THE DAY TOMORROW  NEXT STORM SYSTEM NOT NEARLY AS STRONG COMING IN TO THE WEST COAST. A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS SOME DECENT AMOUNTS PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST  ESPECIALLY PENNSYLVANIA AND PARTS OF THE SOUTHWEST ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS YOU  CAN SEE THAT WE DON'T ADD A LOT ACROSS THE THE NORTHEAST OR THE SOUTHWEST ANYMORE BUT WE  DO RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. MAINLY ALONG AND NEAR THAT STATIONARY FRONT  SNOWFALL OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS MAINLY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND WE ADD IN THE NEXT  THIRTY SIX YOU CAN SEE WE DON'T ADD A WHOLE LOT. A LITTLE BIT OF A STRIP THERE ACROSS PARTS OF  INDIANA OHIO AND INTO THE VIRGINIA'S THERE IS THE HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON FROM SINGLE  DIGITS TO THE SEVENTIES WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT HUGE DIFFERENCE FROM NORTH. THE SOUTH  NEGATIVE NUMBERS TONIGHT AND STILL FIFTIES ALONG THE GULF COAST AND MORE THE SAME TOMORROW IT  WILL SLOWLY GET MILDER UP ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS. THERE'S THAT CUT OFF I WAS TELLING YOU  ABOUT ON THE JETSTREAM OTHERWISE WE ARE FLOODING THE LOWER 48 WITH PACIFIC AIR AND THAT'S  GOING TO BE THE CASE UNTIL LATER NEXT WEEEK END WE START TO SEE TA TROUGH DEVELOP OUT WEST.  THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS  THE COUNTRY NOW LETS TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF FROM  GREAT FALL MONTANA A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND COLD TODAY HIGH TEMPERATURE UP TO 24.  HASTINGS NEBRASKA COLD WITH CLOUNDS AND SUNSHINE HIGH OF 23 AND NOXVILLE TENNESSEE MOSTLY CLOUDY AND WARM COULD BE A SHOWER IN SPOTS HIGH OF 61.

TEASE
THE STATE WITH THE HIGHEST CORN YIELDS IN 2016---WASHINGTON STATE. 235  BUSHEL TO THE ACRE AVERAGE. BUT ONLY ON ABOUT 170-THOUSAND ACRES.  WHEN WE COME BACK--TIPS TO HELP YOU GET MORE BUSHELS FROM THE FARM...KEN FERRIES JOINS US FOR FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND LATER TAKE A TRIP TO THE BLUE OWL BAKERY IN MISSOURI TO GET THE  STORY BEHIND ITS FAMOUSE LEVEE HIGH APPLE PIE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY MARKET.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR SOIL IS HEALTHY.  PERHAPS YOU'RE MISSING OUT  ON SOME ADDITIONAL BUSHELS. IN THIS MORNING'S INSTALLMENT OF FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE T-V, KEN FERRIE  TELLS US SOME OF THE CHALLENGES IN PROPERLY EVALUATING YOUR FIELDS. SO I WE KNOW IT 'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE SOIL HEALTH TESTS BUT WE ARE SEEING  SOME INCONSISTENCIES IN THOSE. SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES  THAT FARMERS ARE FACING WHEN WHEN PULLING THEIR SOIL TEST. THE SOIL  HEALTH REPORT CARD OF TRY AND IDENTIFY ON PAPER. I GUESS HOW HEALTHY  YOUR SOIL IS THAT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR US. IF WE'RE LOOKING FOR  SAMPLES THAT WE CAN PULL THAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT FROM DAY TO DAY  HOUR BY HOUR A YEAR THE YEAR THAT TYPE OF THING WITHIN ITSELF AND A LOT  OF THE TEST TO A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF CHECKING YOUR POOREST SOIL  AGAINST YOUR BEST SOIL SO IF I COME OUT HERE TODAY AND I CHECKED MY  POOR YIELDING AREA MY HIGH YIELDING AREA I CAN GET A PULSE OF THE SOIL  HEALTH AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE. WHAT IS A LITTLE BIT TOUGH IS  TO COME BACK A YEAR FROM NOW AND GET THOSE SAME NUMBERS OR A MONTH  FROM NOW. THAT TYPE THING. SOIL HEALTH IS KIND OF DYNAMIC IN ITSELF  CHANGING ALL THE TIME. IN THE TESTS THAT WE HAVE OUT HERE TODAY. THEY  DON'T DO A REAL GOOD JOB OF BEING CONSISTENT WHERE YOU COULD SAY  HERE I AM THIS YEAR, FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I'VE MOVED FROM HERE. THAT'S  GOING TO TAKE SOME WORK. THE TESTS WE HAVE ARE BETTER USED AS  INDICATORS OR INDEXES. LOOKING AT YOUR BEST PART OF THE FARM AND YOUR  WORST PART OF THE FARM AND CAN YOU CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN THEM.  BECAUSE I MIGHT GET A POOR HEALTH SCORE IN THE POORER YIELDING PART OF  THE FIELD AND A HIGH HEALTH SCORE. I COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND THE POOR  YIELDING AREA COULD HAVE A SCORE AS HIGH AS THE HIGH YIELDING DID LAST  YEAR BUT THE HIGH YIELDING WOULD BE HIGHER YET. IT'S MORE LIKE INDEXING  THAT YOU'D SEE FOR INSTANCE USING A YIELD MAP TO KNOW WHERE YOUR BEST  AND POORER SOILS ARE. 

TEASE
THANKS KEN. WHEN WE COME BACK YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE SIZE OF THIS  APPLE PIE. THE STORY BEHIND IT ISN'T TOO BAD EITHER.  CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S BX AND L SERIES COMPACT  TRACTORS - AVAILABLE NOW WITH A SIX-YEAR LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY.   LEARN MORE TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER.  SOMETIMES LIFE'S CHALLENGES CAN LEAD TO LIFE'S GREATEST  ACCOMPLISHMENTS. TRUTH MARY HOSTETTER HAS STACKED AND PACKED INTO THE LAYERS OF ONE  SUPER SIZED APPLE PIE. AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE'S ANDREW MCCREA SWINGS BY MISSOURI FOR A SLICE  OF THE STORY. 1983 WAS A DIFFICULT YEAR FOR MARY HOSTETTER.  SHE WENT THROUGH A SUDDEN DIVORCE AND FOUND  HERSELF NEEDING TO PROVIDE FOR HER TWO VERY YOUNG DAUGHTERS.  SHE HOPED TO FIND A WAY TO  WORK FROM HOME. I THOUGHT IF I COULD JUST STAY AT HOME AND BAKE COOKIES AND BAKE PIES AND THINGS LIKE THAT FOR PEOPLE I MAYBE I COULD MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO STAY IN OUR HOUSE  SHE BEGAN TO GO TO CRAFT SHOWS AND SELL HER COOKIES, PASTRIES AND PIES.  PEOPLE COULD BUY  ITEMS ON THE SPOT BUT ALSO PLACE ORDERS FOR FUTURE EVENTS AND THE HOLIDAYS. BY THE CRISTMAS OF 1984 I HAD ORDERS FOR OVER 30,00 CHRISTMAS COOKIES THAT HAD TO MADE IN  MY HOME  AFTER THE CHRISTMAS OF 1984 SHE FOUND A LOCATION IN KIMMSWICK, MO, ALONG THE BANKS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WHERE SHE COULD OPEN A RESTAURANT AND BAKERY.  SHE QUICKLY BECAME  KNOWN FOR HER AMAZING PIES. A PECAN PIE WITH A POUNDS OF PECANS. THE SHOWCASE OF PIES WAS BRINGING IN QUITE A CROWD.   BUT THEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1993, RAINS  TURNED INTO A DELUGE HERE, AND THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST.  THE BLUE OWL'S LOCATION ALONG THE  RIVER WAS SUDDENLY IN THE PATH OF A 500-YEAR FLOOD.   WE HAD TIME TO BUILD A LEVEE.  THE LEVEE WAS BUILT TO WITHSTAND A 50 FOOT CREST. THE WATER ROSE TO 49.9 FEET.  THE 50 FOOT LEVEE HELD AND THE TOWN AND BLUE OWL WAS SAVED.   WE DECIDED IF WE COULD BUILD A PIE THAT RESEMBLED THE LEVEE THAT SAVED THE TOWN OF  KIMMSWICK, MAYBE THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING REALLY POSITIVE FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY. THE LEVEE HIGH APPLIE PIE AS IT BECAME KNOWN REALLY STOOD OUT IN THE DISPLAY CASE… THE APPLES FOR THE BIG PIE, 18 APPLES, WERE HAND PEELED AND SLICED AT THAT TIME.  THEY WERE  EACH HAND PLACED. THAT'S RIGHT, 18 FULL APPLES SLICED AND HAND PLACED INTO ONE PIE THAT CAN REACH 8 INCHES TALL.   QUITE IMPRESSIVE…AND THEN A CARMEL TOPPING WAS ADDED TO THE OUTSIDE TO RESEMBLE THE  ROCKS AND SANBBAGS THAT TOPPED THE LEVEE. WE SHIP SO MANY APPLE PIES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES  TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE I'M ANDREW MCRAE. WOW LOOKS AMAZING -- APPLES ARE HEALTHY RIGHT?

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

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