AgDay Daily Recap - January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 20, 2017


HEADLINES
UNDER THE WIRE, THE TRUMP TEAM PICKS A  SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. PLUS, A CHECK OF THE RURAL ECONOMY  REVEALS CONTINUED CONCERN. IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...THE  RAMIFICATIONS OF FEWER WHEAT ACRES. THE QUESTION NOW BECOMES  WHERE THEY GOT A SHIFT TO WHICH CROPS ARE MOST LIKELY TO PICK UP ACRES  AND SO ON.KEN FERRIE DISCUSSES ADDING ORGANIC MATTER TO IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH.  AND...'A MICHIGAN RODEO DRILL TEAM IS GETTING READY TO LOAD UP AND RIDE  IN THE INAUGURAL PARADE. DETAILS AHEAD IN THE SHOW.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO  YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

SONNY PERDUE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITHIN HOURS THE COUNTRY WILL BE  FACING A NEW DIRECTION AS THE TRANSFER OF POWER IS COMPLETE AND  DONALD J TRUMP BECOMES THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WHILE MUCH OF THE ACTIVITY ON THIS INAUGURATION DAY INVOLVES POMP  AND PAGEANTRY, THERE'S STILL PLENTY OF WORK TO BE ACCOMPLISHED ON  CAPITOL HILL. .....AND THAT INCLUDES THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS FOR PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP'S CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE. THE TRUMP TEAM ANNOUNCED FORMER GEORGIA GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE  GOT THE NOD. MOST MAINSTREET AG GROUPS - LIKE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU, NCGA, NCBA  AND THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL - EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR PERDUE. THE GROUPS SAY PERDUE HAS BROAD EXPERTISE IN THE GRAIN BUSINESS. HE'S  ALSO A TRAINED VETERINARIAN, GIVING HIM WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE  LIVESTOCK SECTOR. THE AG SECRETARY WAS THE LAST CABINET POSITION NAMED BY THE TRUMP  ADMINISTRATION. HE'S THE FIRST SOUTHERNER TO LEAD THE AG DEPARTMENT IN MORE THAN 20  YEARS. PERDUE WILL GO BEFORE THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE FOR HIS CONFIRMATION  HEARING. BUT A DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET. SENATOR PAT ROBERTS OF KANSAS CHAIRS THAT COMMITTEE. IN A PREPARED  STATEMENT CHAIRMAN ROBERTS SAYING "AS WE WRITE A NEW FARM BILL, THE  SECRETARY MUST UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE OPERATING IN A NEW LANDSCAPE.  EVERYONE IN FARM COUNTRY IS HAVING A HARD TIME. " ROBERTS GOES ONTO SAY THE COUNTRY NEEDS A SECRETARY WHO CAN  RECALL THE 1980S AND WILL DO EVERYTHING WITHIN THEIR POWER TO MAKE  SURE WE DO NOT RETURN TO THOSE CONDITIONS. AS PERDUE MOVES IN HE WON'T BRUSH PAST FORMER AG SECRETARY TOM  VILSACK. VILSACK LEFT HIS POST A WEEK AGO. HE TOLD REUTERS THE REASON HE STEPPED DOWN A WEEK EARLY WAS TO SAVE  TAXPAYERS A FEW BUCKS. ADDING THAT HE PLANNED TO TAKE HIS FAMILY TO MEXICO AND DIDN'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE TO PAY FOR A SECURITY DETAIL DURING HIS TRAVEL. VILSACK SAID HE LEFT EXTENSIVE BRIEFING BOOKS AND ELECTRONIC  INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGENCY FOR PERDUE.

BAYER MONSANTO
AFTER MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT-ELECT,  BAYER IS PROMISING BILLIONS OF  DOLLARS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SPENDING IN THE U-S WHICH WOULD  LEAD TO JOB CREATION. BAYER AND MONSANTO HAVE A 66-BILLION DOLLAR MERGER ON THE TABLE BUT  THE COMPANIES STILL AWAIT REGULATORY APPROVAL. INCOMING WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SEAN SPICER SAYS BAYER PLANS  TO SPEND EIGHT-BILLION DOLLARS IN NEW U-S-BASED RESEARCH. THERE'S ALSO  A COMMITTMENT TO KEEP ALL CURRENT MONSANTO EMPLOYEES, WHICH TOTALS  ABOUT NINE-THOUSAND. THE RESEARCH JOBS COULD ADD THREE THOUSAND MORE.

GRASSLEY
SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY OF IOWA IS WORRIED RISING SEED AND CHEMICAL  COSTS. "YOU HAVE LESS COMPETITION, PRICES GO UP, AND THE CONSUMER GETS HURT. IN THIS PLACE, THE CONSUMER IS THE FARMER BUYING INPUTS. AND THEN THERE'S ALSO ANOTHER ANGLE THAT I HAVEN'T MADE MY KEY POINT, BUT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE THAT IF YOU HAVE THESE MERGERS, YOU'LL HAVE LESS RESEARCH IN AG AND THAT'S BAD FOR THE PRODUCTIVITY OF AGRICULTURE." GRASSLEY CHAIRS THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHICH IS HOLDING THE  CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR THE NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL. GRASSLEY SAYS  HE WOULD EXPECT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE  SURE ANTI-TRUST LAWS ARE NOT BEING IGNORED WHILE INVESTIGATING THE  MERGER. THE OUTGOING ADMINISTRATION LEAVING BEHIND MORE LAST MINUTE  REGULATIONS.

ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS FOR ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION
THIS TIME USDA RELEASING IT'S ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS FOR ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION.THE AMENDMENT TO THE ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION ACT OF  1990 -- STRICTLY  DICTATES HOW ORGANIC PRODUCERS MUST RAISE LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY. IT SPECIFIES WHICH STANDARD PRACTICES ARE ALLOWED AND PROHIBITED IN  ORGANIC FARMING.THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL CALL THE REGULATION OVERREACH  AND SETS STANDARDS THAT AREN'T BASED ON SCIENCE AND ARE OUTSIDE THE  SCOPE OF THE ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION LAW. THE REGULATION WAS CLEARED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET  WEDNESDAY, THE LAST STEP BEFORE BECOMING FINAL.

MAIN STREET INDEX
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY IS OUT WITH ITS LATEST RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX.   AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE MAY SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD - WITH THE SAME  LACKLUSTER NEWS IN RURAL AMERICA, FOR THE 17TH STRAIGHT MONTH, THE R-M-I REMAINED BELOW GROWTH  NEUTRAL. A THIRD OF THE BANKER SURVEYED SAY SOARING LOAN DEFAULTS  REPRESENTED THE GREATEST RURAL MAINSTREET BANKING THREAT FOR 2017. AND 90=PERCENT SAY THE LOW AGRICULTURE COMMODITY PRICES  REPRESENTED THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE RURAL ECONOMY FOR 2017. MOST PRODUCERS ARE GETTING BACK TO REALLY LOOKING AT THE PROFITIBALITY EFFECT OF THEIR  MANAGEMENT DECISIONS. THAT'S A POSITIVE. WE NEEDED TO SEE THA TCOMIG BACK INTO PLAY. BUT I THINK THEYR'E ALSO VERY CONCERNED GIVEN TEH FACT WITH CURRENT PRICE LEVELS, THEY ARE BELOW COST  OF PRODUCTION FOR THE MOST PART. THE R-M-I SHOWS THE FARMLAND PRICE INDEX FOR JANUARY ROSE SLIGHTLY, BUT IT'S STILL  ANEMIC. THIS IS THE 38TH STRAIGHT MONTH THE INDEX HAS HOVERED BELOW GROWTH NEUTRAL.

CROP COMMENTS
STORMS OUT WEST HAVE CREATED A LOT OF HAVOC. BUT THEY'VE ALSO  GENERATED IMPORTANT WATER FOR THE DROUGHT-PLAGUED WEST. MIKE  HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN CROP COMMENTS. AFTER THOSE POWERFUL WINTER STORMS IN CALIFORNIA, THE STATE'S  DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND WATER OUTLOOK HAVE IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY.  A  THIRD OF THE STATE IS NOW CONSIDERED DROUGHT-FREE.  OF COURSE, THE  SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE IS IN POOR SHAPE. THE GOOD NEWS IS - WATER  RESERVOIRS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE ARE FILLING-UP. AS SUCH  THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCCES HAS INCREASED ITS  OUTLOOK FOR WATER ALLOCATIONS BY THE STATE WATER PROJECT.THE STATE NOW EXPECTS TO FILL 60-PERCENT OF REQUESTS FROM WATER  CONTRACTORS. AND WITH MORE RAIN AND SNOW IN THE FORECAST, D-W-R  COULD RAISE THE ESTIMATE EVEN HIGHER. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WATER  YEAR, IT WAS JUST 20-PERCENT. NOW TAKING A LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR  YOU CAN SEE THE EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AREA IN CALIFORNIA HAS SHRUNK TO  ALMOST NOTHING AND IT'S GONE IN THE SOUTH EAST WE'VE SEEN  IMPROVEMENT IN BOTH AREAS I'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST  HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, THE FELLA'S AT PROFARMER BREAK DOWN THE IMPACT  OF FEWER WINTER WHEAT ACRES IN FARM COUNTRY. AND LATER, THESE MICHIGAN TEENS ARE PREPARING FOR THE RIDE OF THEIR  LIVES...AS THEY SADDLE UP FOR INAUGURATION DAY IN WASHINGTON D.C. BETSY  JIBBEN REPORTS TODAY ON IN THE  COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  A UNIQUELY PWERFUL FORMULATION.   EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.

PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING
IN TODAY'S PRO FARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, THE TEAM LOOKS AT WHAT FEWER  WINTER WHEAT ACRES MEAN TO FARM COUNTRY. WELL BRIAN IN THE JANUARY REPORTS USDA DELIVERED THE LOWEST WHEAT SEEDINGS ESTIMATE SINCE IS  IT NINETEEN O NINE CORRECT NINETEEN O NINE DOWN THREE POINT EIGHT MILLION ROUGHLY FROM LAST  YEAR. SO YOU KNOW BIG IMPLICATIONS. I THINK THERE BECAUSE NOT ALL THOSE ACRES ARE GOING TO BE  FALLOWED YOU KNOW WE'RE GONNA SEE SOME OF THOSE ACRES GO AND OTHER CROPS. THE QUESTION  NOW BECOMES WHERE THEY GOT A SHIFT TO WHICH CROPS ARE MOST LIKELY TO PICK UP ACRES AND SO  ON I YOU KNOW I THINK THAT JUST BASED ON WHERE THEY'RE LOCATED CORN PROBABLY PICKED UP  ACRES. SORGHUM PICKS UP ACRES OF COTTON DEFINITELY PICKS UP ACRES OF SOME OF THOSE LOST  WINTER WHEAT ACRES. SOYBEANS WILL PICK UP SOME BUT WERE IT WERE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE  SOUTHERN PLAINS IN IN THOSE AREAS WERE TALKING MORE CENTRAL SO KANSAS COULD SEE SOME  NEBRASKA COULD SEE SOME INCREASE IN SOYBEAN ACRES FOR THE SOUTH. THE MAT PROBABLY NOT A  LOT TO BE HONEST NOW ON THE INPUTS SIDE WE'VE SEEN INPUTS IN PARTICULAR UREA NITROGEN FOR  WHEAT SORT OF GET SOME STRENGTH HERE A LITTLE BIT IS IT THE COST OF PRODUCTION ISSUE. IS IT A  DEMAND ISSUE IS THERE TOO MUCH OLD CROP ON HAND THAT THE GROWERS LOOKING TO OTHER OTHER  THINGS TO DO WITH THEIR ANCHORS I I THINK IT 'S ALL THE ABOVE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU I MEAN NOW  THERE 'S THERE 'S A SHIFT OUT OF WE DON'T NEED MORE WHEAT ACRES AND SO WE SEE THAT SHIFT OUT OF  WHEAT QUITE HONESTLY IT 'S TAKEN LONGER THAN IT SHOULD HAVE. WE SAW OTHER A BIG SHIFT IN IN  TWENTY SIXTEEN AND AGAIN IN TWENTY SEVENTEEN. BUT WITH RECORD AND SUPPLIES AROUND THE  WORLD THE GLOBAL ENDING STOCKS FOR SIXTEEN SEVENTEEN HEFTY U S CARRY OVER. WE JUST DON'T NEED  MORE WHEAT ACRES AT THIS POINT IN TIME THE BATTLE BETWEEN CORN AND BEANS IS REALLY HEATING  UP BUT IF YOU LOOK AT FUTURES YOU GOT A NARROWED DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE THE NOVEMBER FUTURES ON THE FRONT MONTH BEAN FUTURES MEANWHILE DECEMBER CORN FUTURE 'S REALLY OUR  PRESSING ON UP INTO THE THREE NINETIES AREA IS IT AN ISSUE A PRICE THAT 'S GONNA GET A BUY  SOME ACRES OVER HERE FOR CORN OR BEANS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER WELL I THINK THE BEAN MARKET 'S  ALREADY BOUGHT SOME ACRES CURRENTLY WERE TRADING THAT NEW CROP SPREAD BETWEEN NOW AND  THE THEIR PRICE RATIO BETWEEN NOVEMBER SOYBEANS AND DECEMBER CORN FUTURES IS ABOUT TWO  POINT SIX TO HERE LATE THE WEEK IN AND SO YOU KNOW I THINK IT 'S FROM THAT STANDPOINT THE BEAN  MARKETS ALREADY BOUGHT SOME ACRES I I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY MORE IT WILL BUY AT THIS POINT IN  TIME IF THEY GET EVEN WIDER AT THE MARKETS ALREADY TELL ON PRODUCERS TO PLANT MORE SOYBEANS  IN FAVOR OF CORN WITH THAT SAID WE ALSO KNOW THAT WHEN WE GET TO THE SPRING TIMEFRAME WEATHER WISE IF WE HAVE GOOD DAY LAST SPRING CONDITIONS IT 'S AN EARLY SPRING PRODUCERS ARE  ABLE TO GET THE FIELD THE U S PRODUCER FAVORS CORN OVER SOYBEANS HISTORICALLY THAT 'S OUR  NATIONAL CROP AND WHAT WE WOULD GET MORE CORN ACRES THAN WHAT ARE INTENDED SO THAT 'S KIND  OF THE FOCAL POINT I THINK MOVING FORWARD IS YOU KNOW THE PRICE RATIO ALREADY DONE WHAT'S IT 'S  DONE ITS BOUGHT THE ACRES FROM HERE FORWARD AND IT 'S PROBABLY A WEATHER SITUATION AND  WHETHER OR NOT GUYS HOW MANY ACRES THEY HAVE THAT ARE UNCOMMITTED AT THIS POINT TIME OR  THEY HAVEN'T MADE THE DECISION ON EXPORT DEMAND FOR BEANS PRETTY STABLE ALL THE WAY UP AND  DOWN THE PRICE SCALE THAT MAY BE ATTRACTED TO GROWERS AS WELL IT MAY ADD THAT THEY WERE  LOOKING AT FROM EXPORT DEMAND SOUTH AMERICA 'S GROWN A BIG CROP OBVIOUSLY RECORD CROP  EXPECTED OUT OF BRAZIL ARGENTINA HAS SOME ISSUES RIGHT NOW AS WE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT  TWENTY SIXTEEN SEVENTEEN THE SECOND HALF OF THE MARKETING YEAR AS WHAT WE HAD LAST YEAR  AND FIFTEEN SIXTEEN WHERE SOUTH AMERICA JUST HAD A TERRIBLE FINISH AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE BEAN 'S TO EXPORT. AS A RESULT OUR EXPORT WINDOW REMAINED OPEN RIGHT THROUGH THE END OF THE  MARKETING YEAR AND THAT WE REALLY TRIMMED IN A CARRY OVER THAT POINT IN TIME ALRIGHT WELL IT 'S  MID JANUARY BUT WERE ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO SPRING STARTING THE WORK OUT. SOME OF THEQUESTIONS AND LOOKING FOR SOME ANSWERS ON ACREAGE MIXES ARE FOR THE UPCOMING PLANT FOR ALL  THE EDITORS HERE PRO FARMER IT 'S DAVIS MICHAELSEN.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CREDENZ SOYBEAN SEED FROM BAYER.  WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE. MIKE WE LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR THAT EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IS ALMOST COMPLETELY GONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I KNOW AND THERE'S MORE RAIN AND SNOW IN THE FORECAST FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ALSO MORE FOR THE SOUTHEAST SO WE CONTINUE TO SEE IMPROVEMENT IN THE DROUGHT. AND IF WE GO BACK A MONTH YOU CAN SEE THAT CHANGE. YOU CAN SEE A MUCH LARGER AREA IN THE SOUTHEAST INCLUDING THAT EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AREA AND A MUCH LARGER AREA OVER CALIFORNIA HAS TAKEN A LONG TIME IN CALIFORNIA TO IMPROVE THINGS WHICH YOU CAN SEE AS WE GO WEEK BY WEEK OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS THINGS JUST CONTINUED TO SHRINK IN THE SOUTHEAST AND ALSO IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS AREA HAS SHRUNK A LITTLE BIT OVER THE LAST WEEK OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS A LETS HOPE THAT CONTINUES BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME PRETTY DRY AREAS THERE IN SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA LET 'S GO TO THE WEATHER MAPS. BOY SEVERAL AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE ON THE MAP BUT WE STILL HAVE MORE COMING OUT OF THE PACIFIC SO YOU CAN SEE SOME RAIN IN THE GREAT LAKES DOWN INTO THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS SNOW ON THE EASTERN ROCKIES RAIN AND SNOW COMING IN THE WEST AGAIN AND YOU CAN SEE BY LATER ON TODAY THAT STORM SYSTEM IS PUTTING DOWN A HEAVY AMOUNT A RAIN KIND OF UNUSUAL FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND HEAVY AMOUNTS OF SNOW IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS EVEN INTO THE FOUR CORNER REGION AND FARTHER SOUTH A DEVELOPING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE THAT ALONG THE GULF COAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT BECAUSE OF SOME BIG SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THAT DEVELOP IN PARTS OF MISSISSIPPI GEORGIA AND EVENTUALLY OR ALABAMA AND EVENTUALLY INTO GEORGIA. EVEN SEE BY TOMORROW MORNING THIS A SECOND SYSTEM KIND OF CATCHING UP WITH THAT FIRST COLD FRONT AND IT WILL CATCH UP WITH THAT AS WE HAD THAT THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW WITH SOME SHOWERS SHOWING UP AGAIN IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS THERE PRETTY GOOD RAINS IN THE SOUTHEAST. WITH THAT SYSTEM ALONG THE GULF COAST AND YET ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM HEADING FOR THE WEST COAST. IT'S JUST ONE AFTER ANOTHER AT THIS POINT AT LEAST FOR NOW WE MAY SEE THAT CHANGE IN ABOUT A WEEK. PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS FROM LOUISIANA ALL THE WAY INTO INDIANA ONE TO TWO INCH AMOUNTS PRETTY COMMON IN THOSE AREAS YOU'LL SEE SOME AMOUNTS START TO SHOW UP AGAIN IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BUT LOOK AT OUR COMPUTER MODEL PUTTING DOWN HEAVY AMOUNTS ALL THE WAY DOWN IN THE BAJA CALIFORNIA HEAVY AMOUNTS IN NOT PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST ESPECIALLY OF THE CLOSER YOU GET TO THE GULF OF MEXICO.  SNOWFALL AMOUNTS THEN HAVE ALL BEEN TO THE WEST. EVERYTHING 'S MILD TO THE EAST ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS WILL ADD HUGE AMOUNTS AGAIN TO THE SIERRA NEVADA'S AND OUR COMPUTER MODEL KIND OF UNUSUAL. THEY'RE EVEN TAKING THINGS IN THE NORTHERN MEXICO IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY TWENTIES AND THIRTIES TO THE NORTH SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES TO THE SOUTH. AND THOSE NUMBERS JUST CONTINUE ALL MILD TEMPERATURES FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR LOWS AND HIGHS AS WE HEAD EAST OF THE ROCKIES WITHIN THE ROCKIES IT 'S STILL FAIRLY COLD ESPECIALLY THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THERE 'S A JET STREAM IN TO SEE MULTIPLE LITTLE RIPPLES HERE AND IT 'S KIND OF A CHAOTIC JETS STREAM FOR A WHILE IS WE HEAD INTO THE NEXT WEEK THAT IT STARTS TO SHOW A TROUGH DEVELOPING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY THAT COULD BE SIGNS OF COLDER AIR TO COME. THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HAD A WINNEMUCCA NEVADA FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY WAS SOME LIGHT SNOW HIGH TEMPERATURE OF THIRTY FIVE DEGREES BOWLING GREEN KENTUCKY WARMER WITH CLOUDS AND SOME SUNSHINE HIGH OF SIXTY FIVE IN COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA. VARIABLY CLOUDY. A THUNDERSTORM. IN SOME AREAS HIGH SEVENTY FOUR HEALTHY SOIL NEEDS ORGANIC MATTER TO HELP HOLD WATER.

TEASE
UP NEXT ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW TO INCREASE THAT  ORGANIC MATTER ON YOUR FARM. AND LATER, THESE YOUNG LADIES IN MICHIGAN ARE PREPARING FOR A HISTORIC  RIDE. THEIR STORY COMING UP ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES - COMBINING THE PROVEN CONTROL OF A NEW 2-4-D AND GLYPHOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS  LIKE NEVER BEFORE. 

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
WE CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION ON SOIL HEALTH TODAY WITH FARM JOURNAL  AGRONOMIST KEN FERRIE AND PART OF GOOD HEALTH IS INCREASING ORGANIC  MATTER. BUT GETTING THAT DONE..CAN BE A CHALLENGE. SO ALTHOUGH WE MAY HAVE SOME INCONSISTENCIES ULTIMATELY OUR GOAL IS TO IMPROVE OUR SOIL  HEALTH. SO HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR 'S ORGANIC MATTER AND IN ONE TO TWO YEARS THAT'S A TOUGH  JOB TO ACTUALLY CHANGE ORGANIC MATTER IN ONE TO TWO YEARS WE CAN CHANGE THE THE ACTIVE  PORTION OF OUR ORGANIC MATTER AND THAT 'S GONNA TAKE IT AND COVER CROPS AND CHANGING OF THE  ROTATION TYPE OF THING WHICH YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GROW THAT CARBON TO PUT IT IN THERE AND  FEEL IT IS JUST LIKE WE'RE DOING HERE WITH THE WITH THE RIGHT COVER CROP THAT WE HAVE IN THIS WERE  ADDING ORGANIC MATTER TO THIS WHOLE PICTURE. SO INSTEAD OF JUST A CORN SOYBEAN ROTATION WE HAVE ANOTHER GREEN CROP IN THERE TO BUILD SOME ORGANIC MATTER PULL UP THOSE NUTRIENTS AND  CYCLING AND THIS ORGANIC MATTERS AND THIS IS RESIDUE THAT 'S BEEN CYCLED IN ORGANIC MATTER AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW. SO IT 'S TOUGH HERE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS TO MAINTAIN ORGANIC MATTER WITHOUT  DOING NO TILL BUT EVEN WITH NO TILL IT 'S IN A CORN SOYBEAN STATION WILL WRAP UP BY ADDING SOME  OF THE COVER CROPS INTO THE PICTURE YOU CAN BUILD MORE CARBON BY BUILDING MORE CARBON BUT  WE'RE NOT TALKING. ONE TO TWO YEARS MAKING BIG DIFFERENCES WERE TALKING ABOUT DECADES. THAT  TYPE OF THING AND BE A LONG TERM PROCESS TO ACTUALLY MOVE THE NEEDLE ON THE SOIL TEST IN ITSELF. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'RE OFF TO MICHIGAN TO GET IN LINE AS THIS DRILL  TEAM PREPARES FOR A PRESIDENTIAL SIZE EVEN AT THE NATION'S CAPITOL. THAT  STORY NEXT.

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. AT TODAY'S INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES, A MICHIGAN RODEO DRILL TEAM IS  LOADING UP THEIR HORSES-- REPRESENTING THEIR STATE,  AND HONORING  THEIR COUNTRY IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY.  BETSY JIBBEN EXPLAINS HOW THEY PLAN TO BE PART OF HISTORY IN WASHINGTON D.C.  IT'S ANOTHER NIGHT OF PRACTICE FOR THE MID AMERICA COWGIRLS RODEO  DRILL TEAM."FIRST WE'RE GOING TO WARM UP AND WORK ON OUR LINES AND SPACING,"THE TEAM PERFORMS CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINES AND RIDES IN PARADES.  "BUT THIS IS NOT A REGULAR PRACTICE FOR THE RODEO DRILL TEAM. THEY ARE PREPARING TO RIDE IN THE  INAUGURAL PARADE,"A PRACTICE PREPARING FOR POMP AND PAGENTRY.   THE RODEO DRILL TEAM - WHICH PERFORMS CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINES AND RIDES  IN PARADES- WILL LOAD UP 18 OF THEIR HORSES AND HEAD TO D.C.   TO RIDE DOWN PENNSLYVANIA AVENUE IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF PARADE  GOERS AND TEH NEWLY SWORN IN PRESIDENT.  "IT'S A HUGE HONOR, I KNOW I'M GOING TO REMEMBER IT FOREVER, AND THIS IS MY FAVORITE HORSE SO  ITS GOING TO BE REALLY COOL TO DO IT WITH HIM,""I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM TO GO ON THIS TRIP. IT'S THE BIGGEST TRIP WE'VE BEEN A  PART OF YET,""I ASKED THE GIRLS IF I PUT THE APPLICATION IN AND THERE'S THAT REMOTE CHNCE WE'RE SELECTED  HOW MANY ARE INTERESTED.. WELL, I HAD A PRETTY GOOD RESPONSE."THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN IN THE MAKING SINCE PRESIDENT  OBAMA'S FIRST INAGURATION. THE GIRLS PUT IN AN APPLICATION IN 2008, BUT THE TEAM DIDN'T HAVE A LARGE  RESUME AND WASN'T ACCEPTED THAT YEAR. SINCE THEN, THE TEAM PERFORMED AT THE INDY 500, AND KENTUCKY DERBY- ADDING TWO IMPRESSIVE BULLET POINTS TO THAT RESUME AND EARNING THEIR  WAY TO THE INAGURATION.  "EVERYONE IS FOCUSED ON WHAT WE HAVE AHEAD OF US, I'M VERY PROUD OF THIS GROUP,""I HOPE THEY LOOK BACK AND CHERISH EVERY MINUTE OF IT." FOR THESE HORSE LOVERS, "MY MOM WOULD CARRY ME ON A HORSE BEFORE I COULD EVEN WALK,""IT'S SO CALMING. IT'S SO WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH A HORSE,"SADDLING UP AND HEADING DOWN THE ROAD FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. IS SURE  TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST RIDES OF THEIR LIVES... "WHENEVER I CARRY AN AMERICAN FLAG INTO A GRAND ENTRY, RODEO OR FUNCTION, AND YOU'RE  STANDING THERE AND THEY'RE PLAYING THE NATIONA LANTHEM, IT'S A FEELING THAT'S SO HARD TO  DESCRIBE UNTIL YOU GET OUT THERE AND DO IT,"

CLOSE
REPORTING IN THREE OAKS, MICHIGAN, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THANKS BETSY.  THE MID AMERICA COWGIRLS RODEO DRILL TEAM HAS A GO FUND ME PAGE  ONLINE TO HELP WITH EXPENSES.  WE WISH THEM LUCK TODAY, AND WE WISH ALL OF OUR LEADERS LUCK AND  WISDOM AS THE COUNTRY BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER.  THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, BETSY JIBBEN. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY  IN AMERICA'S FARM COUNTRY. 

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