AgDay Daily Recap - January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 5, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - A NEW CONGRESS... HAS AG GROUPS GEARING  UP ON FOR LEGISLATING IN 2017. PLUS, RESEARCHERS ARE USING WEATHER  TOOLS TO TRACK THE POTENTIAL FOR AVAIN INFLUENZA. IN  AGRIBUSINESS....SORTING OUT THE ACREAGE MIX. SO WE DO LOOK FOR A DECREASE IN CORN AND INCREASE IN BEANS BUT MAYBE NOT AS DRASTICALLY AS SOME OF THE OTHER FIRMS ARE LOOKING.PLUS, DRIVERS TO WATCH IN 2017 WHEN FIGURING OUT CATTLE PRICES. AND  DAIRY HELPING THIS HOT COCO GO DOWN SMOOTH IN WISCONSIN. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

FARM BILL UNDERWAY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE NEW CONGRESS IS SETTING  PRIORITIES AND A TIMELINE FOR ACTION THEY HOPE TO TAKE ON CAPITOL HILL  UNDER A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AND WHILE IT'S NOT A HIGH PRIORITY RIGHT  NOW, THE LENGTHY PROCESS OF WRITING THE NEXT FARM BILL COULD GET  UNDERWAY. HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WILL BEGIN INTRODUCING LEGISLATION ON  JANUARY 30TH TO REPEAL A SERIES OF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS. WHILE HOSTING VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE ON CAPITOL HILL, HOUSE  MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY SAYS THE EARLY FOCUS WILL BE ON  ENVIRONMENTAL RULES, SUCH AS REGULATIONS ON METHANE EMISSIONS. MCCARTHY SAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE GOES AFTER SPECIFIC AGENCY RULES, IT  WILL TACKLE THE REGULATORY PROCESS ITSELF TO GIVE CONGRESS MORE  CONTROL. FROM REGULATIONS TO LEGISLATION, SOME FARM STATE LAWMAKERS ARE  DISCUSSING PLANS TO START WORK ON THE NEXT FARM BILL. FOR COTTON GROWERS, THE CURRENT 2014 FARM BILL INCLUDES THE NEW  'STAX' PROGRAM WHICH OFFERED REVENUE PROTECTION. THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR COTTON- SEED TO BE DESIGNATED AS AN OTHER OIL SEED, THEREFORE MAKING IT A  "COVERED COMMODITY" UNDER THE CURRENT FARM BILL. "WE BELIEVE THAT WOULD BE A WAY TO PROVIDE ASSISTNACE TO COTTON  PRODUCERS THRU THE FSA DELIVERED PLC AND ARC PROGRAMS UNDER THE  FARM BILL. THAT'S ONE OF THE EFFORTS WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO. WE WORKED  ON IT 2016 AND WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR AVENUES IN 2017. HOPEFULLY WE  CAN FIND SOME WAY TO ADDRESS THAT IN ADVANCE OF THE NEXT FARM BILL.  BUT IF NOT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT BEING AN ALTERNATIVE FOR THE  NEXT FARM BILL AS WELL. "ADAMS SAYS THE INDUSTRY WAS FORTUNATE THAT USDA APPROVED THE  "COTTON GINNING COST-SHARE PROGRAM" IN EARLY 2016. IT WAS A ONE-TIME ONLY PROGRAM. ADAMS SAYS WHILE IT HELPED PRODUCERS,  IT DIDN'T FILL ALL THE HOLES IN THE BALANCE SHEET.

TRACKING THE AVIAN FLU
IF YOU TRACK SEVERE WEATHER, THEN YOU'RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH THE  PURPOSE OF DOPPLER RADAR. AS IT TURNS OUT, DOPPLER IS PULLING "DOUBLE DUTY".  IT CAN TRACK  MIGRATORY WATERFOWL, WHICH ARE OFTEN THE CARRIERS OF AVIAN FLU. BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE ON THIS TECHNOLOGY.  WEATHER RADAR TECHNOLOGY USED TO PREDICT RAIN OR STORMS IS NOW  USED BY SOME RESEARCHERS TO TRACT MIGRATORY WATERFOWL IN REAL TIME.  THE GOAL IS TO MONITOR THE THE BIRD'S PATTERNS AND NOTIFY USDA AND  PRODUCERS IF WATERFOWL ARE NEAR...AND COULD BE CARRYING A  DEVASTATING DISEASE. THE AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK KILLED MORE THAN 48 MILLION BIRDS FROM 2014 TO 2015. NOW RESEARCHERS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIAS DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES ARE TRYING TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ANOTHER OUTBREAK BY FOLLOWING WATERFOWL MIGRATORY PATTERNS WITH A DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR. "THEY CAN NOT ONLY MONITOR BIRDS BUT DENSITY OF BIRDS AND NUMBER OF BIRDS WHICH MEANS THE NUMBER OF BIRDS IN A CUBIC KM OF AIRSPACE. THEY CAN ALSO MONITOR THE DIRECTIONALITY AND SPEED OF THE BIRDS.">RESEARCHERS LIKE PITESKY ARE USING RADARS. ONE OF THEM IS NEXRAD - A TYPE OF DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR OPERATED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. A RADAR BEAM IS USED TO DETECT BIRD MOVEMENTS IN THE AIR LIKE IT WOULD WITH RAINDROPS. "IF WE GET A REALLY INTENSE SIGNAL, THAT RELFECTS ANYWHERE FROM ABOUT ONE THOUSAND BIRDS PER CUBIC KM AND IF WE GET A WEAK SIGNAL, WE CAN DETECT DOWN TO 60 OR 70 BIRDS PER CUBIC KM OF AIRSPACE,"> HOWEVER PITESKY SAYS WATERFOWL POPULATIONS MAY HAVE DIFFERENT HABITATS BASED ON HOW MUCH PRECIPA TION AN AREA HAS RECEIVED IN A GIVEN YEAR. THAT'S WHY A RADAR IS HELPFUL TO SEE EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE FLYING. "WATERFOWL POPULATIONS MOVE DEPENDING ON THINGS LIKE DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE WITH RESPECT TO IF THERE'S WATER THERE OR NOT WATER THERE AND HOW WATER IS MANAGED,"> HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: A DARKER RED SHOWS A HIGH AMOUNT OF POPULATION DENSITY OF WATERFOWL. DARKER BLUE COLORS REPRESENT LESS DENSITY. "YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE COLOR THERE AND THAT LIGHT BLUE COLOR REFLECTS SOME BIRDS USING THAT AREA. THAT LITTLE SLIVER OF AREA FOR RESTING. VERY LITTLE UP HERE COMPARED TO DOWN THERE.">A NEW WAY TO FOLLOW WILD BIRDS - AND HOPEFULLY REDUCE A - I IN THE FUTURE. PITESKY HOPES HE CAN DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY AND RELEASE IT ON A  MONTHLY OR EVEN WEEKLY BASIS ONLINE. THEN, HE HOPES TO FOCUS ON HOW  A-I IS GETTING INTO COMMERCIAL POULTRY FACILITIES. 

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES.  SURVEYORS PLUNGED A POLE INTO THE SIERRA NEVADA SNOWPACK TUESDAY  AND TOOK THE FIRST MANUAL MEASUREMENT OF WHAT'S CALLED THE WET  SEASON OUT WEST. THIS SNOWPACK PROVIDES ABOUT A THIRD OF CALIFORNIA'S AVAILABLE WATER  FOR DRINKING AND FARMING WHEN IT MELTS THIS SPRING. CALIFORNIA'S DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES FOUND WATER CONTENT IS  ABOUT HALF OF NORMAL AT THIS LOCATION NEAR LAKE TAHOE. FRANK GEHRKE, CHIEF OF THE CALIFORNIA SNOW SURVEY PROGRAM: "WHILE THAT SEEMS PERHAPS A LITTLE GLOOMY, KEEP IN MIND THAT WE HAD PRETTY MUCH BARE  GROUND HERE, THERE WAS A FEW PATCHES OF SNOW AND MOST OF THE SNOW THAT WE MEASURED  TODAY CAME DOWN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND IT'S CONTINUING TO COME DOWN."> THIS LOCATION GETS MEASURED MANUALLY ONCE A MONTH. THE STATE ALSO  HAS ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENTS AT 105 LOCATIONS IN THE  MOUNTAIN RANGE  TO GET A MORE ACCURATE VIEW OF SNOWPACK. BECAUSE OF A WET OCTOBER, THE STATE'S WATER RESERVOIRS ARE AT 98- PERCENT OF HISTORIC AVERAGE. NOW LET'S TURN TO MIKE HOFFMAN FOR THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS.  MIKE.GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  JOHN SKINNER FROM WARREN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA SENT US THIS PHOTO.  HE SAYS THE WEATHER HAS BEEN FAIRLY SEASONABLE, WHICH IS NICE FOR OUR  LIVESTOCK. HOWEVER, WE DID EXPERIENCE FLFURRIES AND A FREEZE AROUND  CHRISTMAS.  AND JASON LAKAMP FROM MURRAYVILLE, ILLINOIS SENDING US THIS PHOTO OF  SOME LIVESTOCK OUTSIDE ON A MILD WINTER DAY.  TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO WARM UP IN THE AREA BY EARLY NEXT WEEK. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP YOU CAN SEE A COUPLE OF SYSTEM OUT IN THE WEST ATHAT’S GOING TO BE MOVING EAST GIVING SOME FOLKS SNOW THAT DON’T SEE IT VERY OFTEN I’LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS

TEASE
IT MAY BE WINTER BUT HAVE YOU DECIDED WHAT'S GOING IN THE GROUND NEXT  SPRING? WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT AND THE ACREAGE MIX NEXT IN AGRIBUSINESS. PLUS WE'LL STOP BY A WISCONSIN SHOP THAT RELY'S ON DAIRY PRODUCTS TO  ROUND OUT THE FLAVORS IN IT'S SIGNATURE HOT CHOCOLATE. A TASTY TREAT  LATER ON IN THE COUNTRY. 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! 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS SEE WHERE MARKETS STAND AT MID-WEEK...FOR THAT  WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO.  WEDNESDAY'S LIVESTOCK, WELL, IT IS KIND OF A MIXED MARKET. WE GOT FEEDERS DOWN, WE HAVE FATS UNCHANGED AND WE HAVE HOGS HIGHER. OVERALL, WE'RE SEEING THE PATTERN WE'RE LOOKING FOR. AND HOGS OF COURSE, STARTING TO TAKE SOME PRESSURE HERE AND LOOK TO BE SELLING OFF AND WE'RE STARTING TO SEE SOME MOVEMENT DOWN. OUR FIRST TARGET HERE WE'LL LOOK FOR IS 60 BUT THERE'S A CHANCE WE MAY GO BELOW 60. WEDNESDAYS GRAINS AND WE'RE HAVING SOME EXCITEMENT, A LITTLE BIT OF A RALLY BUT OF COURSE, IT'S STILL A HOLIDAY WEEK AND I WOULDN'T GET OVERLY EXCITED HERE. I THINK THE KEY THING TO WATCH THOUGH IS SOYBEANS.  THAT THE KEY NUMBER FIRST WAS TEN BUCKS AND WE'RE BELOW AND NOW ABOVE AND AS LONG AS WE CAN STAY ABOVE 10, I THINK WE'RE OK.  10.20.  I DO THINK IT'S GOING  TO BE A GOOD YEAR BUT AGAIN EVERY GOOD YEAR THERE ARE THERE ARE TIMES OF STRESS AND TURBULENCE IN BETWEEN THERE. CORN AND WHEAT LOOKED TERRIFIC AND THEY'VE BOTH BEEN ABLE TO HOLD WITH THEIR LEVELS. I  STILL LOOK THAT WHEAT WILL BE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE AND HAVE THE MOST ADVANTAGE  OF WHAT 'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THAT 'S REALLY LOOKS OVERALL BULLISH BUT AGAIN WE ARE IN A HOLIDAY WEEK SO IT'S HARD TO GET TOO EXCITED RIGHT NOW. THIS IS TODD HOROWITZ FROM BUBBATRADING.COM COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME GROUP IN CHICAGO.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE BRIAN SPLITT WITH ALLENDALE INCORPORATED. BRIAN, IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT THE ACREAGE  MIX. IT SEEMS LIKE THAT DYNAMIC IS REALLY CHANGING GIVEN THE YIELDS WE  SAW IN 16 AND THE PRICES WE ARE EXPECTING IN 17. IS THAT HOW YOU'RE  READING IT? OUR TREND FOR NEXT YEAR FROM THE ALLENDALE PERSPECTIVE IS  WE AGREE WITH THE GENERAL TREND RIGHT NOW THAT WE WILL SEE AN  INCREASE IN SOYBEAN ACRES AND A DECREASE IN CORN ACRES, MAYBE AS OF  RECENTLY NOT SO MUCH OF A DECREASE IN CORN IS IN SOME OF THE OTHER  EXPECTATIONS MIGHT BE. WE HAVE SEEN INPUT COSTS COME DOWN THE PRICE  OF DECEMBER CORN HAS BEEN MAINTAINING SOME STABILITY IN THE UPPER  THREE EIGHTIES AND LOWER THREE NINES ON THE UPPER AND WE SEE THE  RALLIES TO THE UPPER END OF THE RANGE. AND I THINK FOR PRODUCERS THAT  ARE IN A POSITION TO MAXIMIZE THEIR YIELD FOR WHATEVER CROP IF IT IS THEIR  YEAR IN THE ROTATION AGO CORN THEY WILL GROW CORN AND IT 'S OK AT THESE  LEVELS. SO WE DO LOOK FOR A DECREASE IN CORN AND INCREASE IN BEANS  BUT MAYBE NOT AS DRASTICALLY AS SOME OF THE OTHER FIRMS ARE LOOKING  FOR THOSE DECISIONS ALREADY MADE OR WHAT 'S GONNA DRIVE US OVER THE  NEXT COUPLE MONTHS IS WE MAKE THESE DECISIONS? I DO THINK THAT A LOT  OF PRODUCERS HAVE THESE DECISIONS MADE BUT WHEN I TALK TO PRODUCERS  AND WE DO A PLANTING INTENTIONS SURVEY EVERY YEAR AND IT SEEMS LIKE  THERE ARE PRODUCERS THAT HAVE THE ROTATION AND SO WHAT DRIVES THEIR  DECISION IS WHAT CAN I GET THE MOST BUSHELS FOR THIS CROP AND  SOMETIMES THAT MEANS THAT YOU KNOW WE HAD CORN AFTER CORN AFTER  CORN SO WE NEED TO GO BEANS A SHARE OTHER PRODUCERS ARE GONNA LOOK AT PURE ECONOMICS AND RIGHT NOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE  ECONOMICS FOR SOYBEANS AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ECONOMICS FOR  CORN, THAT 'S WHY THE RECENT MENTALITY IS HEY WE'RE GONNA GO HEAVY  BEANS. INPUTS ARE A LOT LESS FOR SOYBEANS, TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS AN  ACRE LAST HAD TO GROW THE CROP SO AS FAR AS ASKING YOUR BANKER FOR MONEY, RIGHT. SO I I THINK IN ALL THESE THINGS ARE GONNA BE MOVING PARTS  AND AND SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER OVER THE NEXT MONTH MONTH AND A  HALFCOULD ALSO CHANGE OUR ACREAGE MIX UP. IF THERE IS A CHANGE TO THE  WORLD BALANCE SHEET EXPECTATIONS BECAUSE OF SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER, THAT CAN VERY QUICKLY DRIVE SOME DIFFERENT PLANNING  DECISIONS. OK ONLY SOMETHING TO WATCH OVER THE NEXT MONTHS. THANKS  FOR BEING HERE. MORE AGDAY IN A MOMENT. 

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM  BAYER.WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMA.N MIKE, I KNOW  THE FOLKS OUT IN DENVER GETTING READY FOR THE STOCK SHOW  EXPERIENCING A LITTLE COLD WEATHER HERE TO START THE WEEK. YEAH, THIS  IS ARCTIC AIR THAT COMES SOUTH. NOW WE'RE GONNA HAVE A STORM SYSTEM  KIND OF TREADING THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PART OF THAT COLD AIR AND THAT  MEANS IT 'S GOING TO BE MOVING THROUGH ALL PARTS OF TEXAS AND INTO THE  SOUTHEAST THAT'S GIVING SOME AREAS OF SNOW PRETTY FAR SOUTH. BUT LET'S CHECK OUT THE MAP THIS MORNING YOU CAN STILL SEE SOME SCATTERED  SNOW SHOWERS IN THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT  LAKES. SOME OF THAT MOISTURE SPREADING QUICKLY EASTWARD KIND OF BEEN  THE OVERWHELMING PART OF THAT COLD AIR. YOU CAN SEE ACROSS MISSOURI INTO THE OHIO VALLEY GIVING A COUPLE, THREE INCHES OF SNOW IN THOSE  AREAS. THAT WILL CONTINUE TO KIND OF TRACKING EASTWARD AS A MAIN AREA  OF LOW PRESSURE KIND OF IN TWO BATCHES HERE ONE PIECE OF THAT MOVES  IN THE SOUTHERN TEXAS BY LATER IN THE DAY TODAY. YOU CAN STILL SEE A BIG  UPPER AIR DISTURBANCE BASICALLY IN THE COLD AIR BEHIND THAT FRONT  PRODUCING SOME SNOW IN THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY BY LATE IN THE DAY  TODAY, STILL LIKE THE EFFECT ON GOING AS WELL. VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR HERE.  ONE MORE SHOT COMING WITH THAT NEXT COLD FRONT MOVING THE MAPS IS  WE HAD THROUGH TONIGHT THEN WE'LL SEE THIS STORM SYSTEM START TO  MOVE THROUGH THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND SO  WELL NORTH OF THAT IN THE REALLY COLD AIR WE'RE GONNA START TO SEE  SOME SNOW DEVELOP IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY ON INTO SOUTHERN ARKANSAS AND NORTHERN DIXIE AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EASTWARD NOW, AT  THE MOMENT, IT 'S PROBABLY NOT GONNA PUT DOWN HUGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW  IN PARTS OF MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA AND GEORGIA BUT EVEN A LITTLE BIT CAUSES  SOME PRETTY MAJOR PROBLEMS IN THOSE AREAS. SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE  WILL HAVE TO BE WATCHING ON THE EXACT TRACK OF THAT SYSTEM BUT YOU CAN SEE THE NEXT BATCH OF COLD AIR COMING IN FOR ONE MORE SHOT OF  ARCTIC AIR BEFORE WE START TO SEE A WARM UP AGAIN. WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT IN THE JET STREAM COMING UP. THERE 'S A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE  PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS. MOST OF THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS OBVIOUSLY IN THE  HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE ROCKIES. ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX, YOU CAN  SEE THIS IS FAIRLY LIGHT AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE BUT IT PUTS DOWN SOME  DECENT SNOW SAME THING IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST AND EVEN SEE THOSE  HEAVIER AMOUNTS AGAIN MAINLY THE SIERRA NEVADAS LOOKING AT SNOWFALL  AGAIN THAT MAINLY IN THE SIERRA NEVADAS BUT ALSO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS  OF THE UTAH COLORADO AND THIS NOW WILL PUT DOWN TWO TO FOUR INCHES  RIGHT OFF THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THAT PROBABLY MISSOURI AND THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY AS THAT SNOW CONTINUES TO COME EAST AND THERE 'S AT A  LIGHT AMOUNT OF SNOW THROUGH PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST. TEMPERATURES  BOY VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR, EVEN FOR JANUARY IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS BUT  STILL SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES DOWN ALONG THE GULF COAST  LOWS TONIGHT GOING WAY BELOW ZERO SOME PLACES PROBABLY BE BELOW  MINUS TEN IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND YOU CAN SEE TOMORROW NOT A BIG  IMPROVEMENT IT STILL VERY COLD FOR MOST OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY.  THERE 'S A JET STREAM AGAIN SEE WHY ITS TURNED COLD. BUT WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.  WE TEND TO SEE AFTER THAT LAST SHOT OF COLD AIR, WE GO MORE ZONAL FOR A WHILE AND WE GET AND UP WITH THAT SPLIT FLOW. SO THERE CAN  BE SOME VERY COLD AIR THROUGH THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES BY LATER  NEXT WEEK BUT MILDER IN THE SOUTH THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL  FORECASTS. WE HAD A KALISPELL, MONTANA, FIRST OF ALL VERY COLD, TIMES  OF SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH OF JUST NINE DEGREES LUFKIN, TEXAS, MOSTLY  CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS SOME SPOTTY HIGH OF SIXTY ONE, IN MANCHESTER,  NEW HAMPSHIRE, PARTLY SUNNY BREEZY AND CHILLY HIGHER ON THIRTY TWO.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL DIG INTO THE CATTLE INDUSTRY AND FIND OUT  WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE WATCHING AS CLUES TO PRICES IN 2017. AND LATER, WE'RE OFF TO THE DAIRY  STATE WHERE NOTHING TASTES BETTER  IN THE WINTER THAN A PIPING CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE.  WE'LL MEET A BUSINESS  SERVING UP THIS SAVORY GOODNESS ONE MUG AT A TIME. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST,  WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY MARKET. 

DROVERS TV
ON DROVERS TV, A NEW YEAR AND NEW REGULATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK OWNERS.  THE F-D-A'S NEW VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE IS NOW OFFICIALLY ACTIVE. IT ENDS OVER THE COUNTER PURCHASES OF FEEDS CONTAINING MEDICALLY  IMPORTANT ANTIBIOTICS. TO GET THEM--YOU'LL NEED SIGN OFF FROM A VETERINARIAN. ACCORDING TO DROVERS, HERE'S THE LIST OF MEDICALLY IMPORTANT  ANTIBIOTICS CURRENTLY USED IN CATTLE FEEDS FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES  THAT NOW REQUIRE A VFD . FEEDS CONTAINING ANTIMICROBIALS NOT CONSIDERED MEDICALLY IMPORTANT,  SUCH AS IONOPHORES, DO NOT REQUIRE A VFD. FOLLOWING A SOLID RALLY IN CATTLE PRICES TO END 2016, FUTURES HAVE BEEN  MIXED--TO LOWER-- IN THE NEW YEAR. DROVER'S EDITOR GREG HENDERSON SAYS THERE ARE THREE FACTORS THAT  WILL IMPACT CATTLE PRICES IN 2017.  FIRST IS CONSUMER DEMAND AND PREFERENCE--WHICH SEEMS TO POINT TO A  SHIFT TOWARD FLAVOR AND SLIGHTLY FATTIER CUTS. SECOND IS THE ECONOMY AND PERSONAL INCOMES COMBINED WITH LOWER  RETAILS PRICES. A THIRD FACTOR WILL BE INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND THE VALUE OF THE US DOLLAR. AMERICA'S LIVESTOCK INDUSTRIES ARE DEPENDENT ON EXPORT MARKETS - 20% OF US PORK, 16% OF US CHICKEN AND 10%  OF ALL BEEF CURRENTLY IS EXPORTED.  MANY OF OUR FOREIGN CUSTOMERS ARE EXPERIENCING RISING  INCOMEHENDERSON SAYS THE BIGGEST FACTOR FACING EXPORT EXPANSION IS THE  VALUE OF THE U.S. DOLLAR. ADDING THAT MANY ANALYSTS EXPECT THE DOLLAR TO REMAIN STRONG  RELATIVE TO FOREIGN CURRENCIES.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL HEAD FOR WISCONSIN TO CUDDLE UP WITH A  GOURMET CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE. 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. 

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. IF YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION INCLUDES LAYING OFF CHOCOLATE, THIS NEXT  STORY PROBABLY ISN'T GOING TO HELP YOU MUCH.  SORRY FOLKS. :) BUT SINCE WINTER IS IN FULL SWING, THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN A CUP OF  HOT CHOCOLATE TO HELP WARM YOU UP!  IN THIS VIDEO FROM THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD, WE VISIT A SHOP  IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN THAT'S SERVING UP GOURMET HOT CHOCOLATE! WALK INTO SJÖLINDS (SHOO LIHNZ) CHOCOLATE HOUSE IN MOUNT HOREB,  WISCONSIN, AND YOU'LL BE IN CHOCOLATE HEAVEN. “CHOCOLATE HAS BECOME MORE TRENDY. I THINK THAT'S FAIR TO SAY. AND THE  MORE KINDS OF CHOCOLATE THAT YOU TRY, I THINK IT MAKES YOU CURIOUS AND  YOU WANT TO TRY EVEN MORE." IT IS WORTH A TRIP TO SJÖLINDS JUST TO SAVOR  THE MANY DIFFERENT FLAVOR VARIATIONS OF GOURMET HOT CHOCOLATES. "WE  HAVE NINE DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF HOT CHOCOLATE. AND WE HAVE A COUPLE  OF BASES THAT WE START WITH. WE HAVE A VERY DARK HOT CHOCOLATE AND TO  THAT WE ADD VANILLA BEANS FOR ONE KIND, WE HAVE ONE THAT HAS GINGER  AND PEANUT BUTTER AND SOME ALLSPICE." GOURMET HOT CHOCOLATE MAY BE  ONE OF ITS SIGNATURE ITEMS, BUT BECAUSE SJÖLIND'S CAREFULLY ROASTS ITS  OWN BLEND OF COCOA BEANS YOU'LL FIND OTHER CHOCOLATE TREATS. "WE DO  SOME HOME-MADE MARSHMALLOWS TO GO WITH OUR HOT CHOCOLATE, AND  THEN WE MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF BEAN TO BAR CHOCOLATE  INCLUDING A COUPLE OF DARK MILK CHOCOLATES." INCORPORATING REAL  WISCONSIN DAIRY PRODUCTS INTO ALL THE CHOCOLATE THEY MAKE GIVES A  DISTINCTIVE TASTE. SOMETIMES YOU JUST WANT A STRONG DAIRY FLAVOR, AND  YOU CAN KIND OF USE THE CHOCOLATE MORE AS A BACKGROUND TO HELP YOU  TASTE THOSE, SOFT, LUSCIOUS, SMOKE FLAVORS. AND SOMETIMES YOU USE  DAIRY TO HELP ROUND OUT THE CHOCOLATE FLAVOR." SO IF IT'S DAIRY RICH  CHOCOLATE THAT YOU'RE CRAVING, YOU MAY WANT TO PAY SJÖLINDS A VISIT!  "JUST THE AMAZING AMOUNT OF BUTTER AND CREAM THAT WE USE IN OUR  BAKING, IT WOULD BE A MUCH SADDER WORLD WITHOUT WISCONSIN DAIRY  PRODUCTS." AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN,  I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT  DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY  SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

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