AgDay Daily Recap - June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 27, 2017


HEADLINES
CHECKING CROP CONDITIONS AND FRESH NUMBERS FROM USDA. "I'M BETSY JIBBEN. USDA SAYS LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF INDIANA'S CORN CROP  IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. WE'LL TAKE YOU TO KOKOMO, INDIANA WHERE  FARMERS HAVE REPLANTED SEVERAL TIMES.. "THE INDIANA CROPS ARE AS  RAGGED AS I'VE SEEN THEM IN MY LIFETIME," IN AGRIBUSINESS... WHEAT IN THE  NORTHERN PLAINS. THE DAIRY REPORT LOOKS AT GLOBAL DAIRY PRODUCTION.  AND PEELING BACK THE LAYERS OF SWEET ONION PRODUCTION IN TEXAS.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

OPENING OF CRP ACRES IN DROUGHT AREAS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS NORTHERN TIER STATES ENTER A  NEW WEEK OF DROUGHT, THE AG DEPARTMENT GIVES THE GO AHEAD FOR  PRODUCERS IN THOSE STATES TO GRAZE LIVESTOCK ON LAND EARMARKED FOR  THE CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SONNY PERDUE AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY  GRAZING ON C-R-P LANDS IN MONTANA, NORTH DAKOTA AND SOUTH DAKOTA. ALL  OR PARTS OF THESE STATES ARE EXPERIENCING SEVERE OR EXTREME  DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THOSE STATES ENTERED THE D-THREE CATEGORY LAST  WEEK WHICH TRIGGERS THE EMERGENCY GRAZING POLICY. SECRETARY PERDUE SAYS - QUOTING HERE - "WITHOUT ALTERNATIVE FORAGE  OPTIONS LIKE GRAZING CRP LANDS, LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ARE FACED WITH  THE ECONOMICALLY DEVASTATING POTENTIAL OF HERD LIQUIDATION." AND AS WE HAVE SHOWN YOU HERE ON AGDAY, SOME PRODUCERS HAVE  ALREADY TAKEN THAT STEP. USDA SAYS EMERGENCY GRAZING CAN BEGIN IMMEDIATELY AND RUNS THROUGH  SEPTEMBER 30TH UNLESS CONDITIONS IMPROVE. LOOKING AT PASTURE CONDITIONS - THE CROP PROGRESS RPEORT SHOWING 53- PERCENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA PASTURE....AND 61-PERCENT NORTH DAKOTA  PASTURE IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION. IN SOUTH DAKOTA - SPRING WHEAT'S CONDITION RATING HAS REALLY  PLUMMETED - WITH 62-PERCENT POOR TO VERY POOR.  IN NORTH DAKOTA - 27-PERCENT IS POOR TO VERY POOR - A DROP OF ANOTHER  THREE POINTS. AND IN MONTANA - 36-PERCENT POOR TO VERY POOR. OVERALL IN THE TOP SIX STATES - 40-PERCENT OF SPRING WHEAT IS GOOD TO  EXCELLENT.

INDIANA CROP PROGRESS
USDA SAYS ABOUT HALF OF THE INDIANA CORN CROP AND IS RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT WITH THE SOYBEANS NOT IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE EITHER.  WE VISITED THE CENTRAL PART OF THE STATE TO SEE THE CROP FOR  OURSELVES. HERE'S BETSY JIBBEN. JUST DRIVE AROUND KOKOMO, INDIANA AND YOU CAN SEE THE CROPS ARE  VARIABLE.  "WELL ONE WORD COULD DESCRIBE THIS GROWING SEASON THUS FAR AND THAT'S CHALLENGE."AN ARRAY OF CROP CONDITIONS WITHIN A MATTER OF MILES.. FROM CORN ANKLE TALL TO OTHERS CHEST HIGH SOYBEANS FLOWERING <SHOW CLIPS LIKE 6834 RANGE> TO OTHERS REPLANTED MANY TIMES. <SHOW 6842 AREA> "FARMERS SAY THE PLANTING DATE VARIED FROM APRIL TO JUNE. AND YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE FIELDS."”THE INDIANA CROPS ARE AS RAGGED AS I'VE SEEN THEM IN MY LIFETIME."> MIKE SILVER IS THE SR. GRAIN MERCHANDISER FOR KOKOMO GRAIN IN INDIANA.  HE SAYS THE TEMPERATURES TURNED COLD AND THE AREA HAD EXTREME  RAINFALL IN APRIL AND MAY - WELL OVER THE AREA'S AVERAGE. WITH THE SUN HARDLY PEAKING OUT OF THE CLOUDS.  "IN THIS AREA I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY 35 TO 40 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP WAS REPLANTED AT LEAST  ONCE. LIKE I SAY, SOME OF IT TWICE AND  THREE TIMES,"SILVER SAYING HE'S TRAVELING EXTENSIVELY ACROSS THE STATE VISITING  DIFFERENT LOCATIONS,  HE BELIEVES IT'S NOT JUST HIS LOCATION THAT'S STRUGGLING. . "I'D SAY IF ANYTHING, USDA MAY HAVE US RATED A LITTLE HIGHER THAN WE ACTUALLY ARE.""YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TRAVEL THAT FAR TO SEE THAT KIND OF VARIATION,"HOWARD ELLER FARMS IN WESTERN HOWARD COUNTY, INDIANA.  HE SAYS THE AREA SAW DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL.  "WE DID GET LESS RAIN. THE LAST FIELD OF CORN I PLANTED,  THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN APRIL, IT RAINED 4  INCHES THE LAST 24 TO 36 HOURS. AND I KNOW  OF A GUY WHO LIVED SOUTH OF ME WHICH GOT 8  INCHES OF RAIN. SO HE HAD TO REPLANT THE WHOLE FIELD, I DIDN'T,"HE IS A LUCKY ONE -ONLY REPLANTED SECTIONS OF LOW SPOTS IN HIS FIELD.  FORTUNATELY, HE PLANTED EARLY WHICH MAY HAVE SAVED SOME TOP-END.   RUNNING TWO PLANTERS HELPED TOO.  "EACH FIELD HAS SOME PROBLEMS PROBABLY RANGING FROM 5 TO 15 PERCENT OF THE FIELD IS NOT  GOING TO PRODUCE VERY MUCH CROP,"HE SAYS THE CROP NEEDS SOME GROWING DEGREE DAYS AND MODERATE  RAINFALL TO FINISH OUT . HE SAYS SOYBEANS HOLD MORE PROMISE. "THE SOYBEANS I THINK, DEPENDING ON WHAT HAPPENS IN JULY AND AUGUST, THOSE PROBABLY HAVE  HTE POTENTIAL TO BE PRETTY GOOD. DEPENDING ON HOW THE FALL COMES WITH THE LATER PLANTED  BEANS,"YET, THIS YEAR'S STRUGGLE IS MUCH MORE THAN CROP CONDITION. SILVERS  SAYS FARMERS  ARE FEELING THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE AS WELL. "I'M ALSO IN THE CROP INSURANCE BUSINESS AND THE REPLANT CLAIMS THIS YEAR ARE THE HIGHEST  I'VE EVER SEEN. AND TYPICALLY WE DO NOT GET REPLANTS IN THIS AREA. IF WE DO, IT'S SMALL  ACREAGES."KNOWING THERE'S STILL TIME TO PRODUCE A CROP...  "IF I WASN'T OPTIMISTIC, I WOULDN'T BE FARMING,"BUT WISHING THE WORST IS OVER DURING THIS GROWING SEASON WHILE  PRAYING FOR A LATE FROST.  "I SUSPECT FOR THE BALANCE OF THE SUMMER, WE WILL CONTINUE TO LAG IN CROP CONDITION AND  AGAIN, IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGING SUMMER AS WE ADVANCE,"REPORTING IN KOKOMO, INDIANA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THE AREA HAS RECEIVED RAINFALL IN AMOUNTS RANGING FROM A HALF INCH TO  NEARLY 4 INCHES IN A 20 MILE RADIUS AROUND KOKOMO JUST AFTER OUR VISIT.  SILVER SAID HE ANTICIPATED MORE SOYBEAN ACRES IN THE AREA THIS YEAR.  NOW, HE EXPECTS EVEN MORE SOYBEANS SINCE SOME FARMERS SWITCHED  LAST MINUTE OR REPLANTED CORN FIELDS THEM DUE TO A WET SPRING.  LOOKING AT CORN - THE CONDITION RATING IS UNCHANGED FROM LAST WEEK.  67-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

COTTON PROGRESS
THE MID-SOUTH IS LEADING THE WAY. KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE ARE BOTH IN  THE MID TO UPPER 80'S. AND WE GOT OUR FIRST SILKING REPORT OF THE SEASON. IT'S FOUR PERCENT.  THE AVERAGE IS FIVE PERCENT. TURNING TO SOYBEANS - IT'S DOWN A SINGLE POINT FROM LAST WEEK. 66- PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLN ET. AND NINE PERCENT OF THE CROP IS STARTING TO BLOOM - THAT'S TWO POINTS  AHEAD OF AVERAGE. AND COTTON SAW A DROP IN CONDITION - NOW 57-PERCENT IS GOOD TO  EXCELLNET. COTTON HAS BEEN THROUGH THE RINGER IN THE SOUTH PLAINS AND  SOUTHEAST.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE IN THIS MORNING'S CROP  COMMENTS.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  COTTON IS SEEING ITS SHARE OF ROLLER COASTER WEATHER IN THE U.S.  THIS PHOTO IS FROM RUTLEDGE, TENNESSEE. HERE'S A DROWNED OUT FIELD  BECAUSE THE AREA RECEIVED JUST TOO MUCH RAIN.  THERE'S A POSSIBILITY FOR MORE RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR THE UPCOMING  WEEKEND.  IT'S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SITUATION WEST OF LUBBOCK, TEXAS.  A VIEWER SENDING US A PICTURE OF A  WHAT HE SAYS IS A DEAD COTTON FIELD  IN THE LONE STAR STATE. THE COTTON SAW DAMAGE BECAUSE OF HOT, DRY  CONDITIONS.AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  THIS IS MACHINERY PETE - INVITING YOU TO CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE - MACHINERYPETE.COM - OFFERING FARMERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH.  LET MACHINERY  PETE HELP YOU FIND AND VALUE YOUR NEXT PIECE OF USED EQUIPMENT. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE WHEAT MARKET AND HOW DROUGHT  AND DRY WEATHER COULD IMPACT MARKETS EVEN DURING HARVEST. LATER WE PEEL BACK SOME OF THE LAYERS OF ONION PRODUCTION IN THE  LONE STAR STATE. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS PLENTY OF GREEN IN VARIOUS MARKETS MONDAY.  LETS GET DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. IN GENERAL THE MARKET REALLY TRYING TO ABSORB LAST WEEK'S JUST  COLLAPSE ESPECIALLY IN THE CORN MARKET TRADERS ACT LIKE THE CORN  CROP IS MADE. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR AN INCREASE IN CROPS RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. IT'S REALLY WAY TOO EARLY. A LOT OF TRADERS TYPICALLY THINK  THAT THE CROP IS POLLINATED IN LATE JUNE AND EARLY JULY AND THAT WE'VE  GOT JUST PERFECT WEATHER FOR THIS YEAR. BUT SO MUCH OF THE CROP IS  STUNTED AND SLOW GROWTH AND VERY SMALL. AND YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF  REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE IT COULD GO EITHER WAY. THERE'S A RIDGE  PATTERN THAT MIGHT DEVELOP INTO LATE NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK  FOLLOWING A LOT OF THIS CORN WAS NOT GOING TO BE POLLINATED TILL THE  THIRD OR FOURTH WEEK OF JULY. THE WORLD NUMBERS COULD CONTRACT  SIGNIFICANTLY IF WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF AN ISSUE HERE IN THE U.S.  LIVESTOCK MARKETS ON A VERY STRONG RALLY TODAY THAT PORK CUT OUT  VALUE HIT UP TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE OCTOBER 2014. THE MARKET  LOOKING AT THE LARGEST INCREASE ON RECORD FROM THE SECOND QUARTER  TO THE THIRD QUARTER FOR BEEF PRODUCTION. ALSO A VERY LARGE INCREASE  IN PORK PRODUCTION FROM THE SECOND QUARTER THIRD QUARTER. SO WE  GOT A LOT OF SEASONAL FACTORS AGAINST THE MARKET. THE BREAK IN THE  SUMMER COULD BE EVEN GREATER THAN SEASONAL BECAUSE OF THIS SURGE IN PRODUCTION. SO EXPORTS ARE GOING TO BE VERY KEY FOR THIS MARKET.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS I HAVE ELAINE KUB AUTHOR OF MASTERING THE  MARKETS ELIANE LET'S TALK ABOUT THE WHEAT MARKET BECAUSE PARTLY IT'S  BEEN EXCITING BECAUSE WE'VE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPTICK IN THE WHEAT  MARKET BUT CAN IT HOLD. WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE. ABSOLUTELY. I THINK  IT COULD KEEP GOING THIS RALLY THAT'S BUILDING IN THE MINNEAPOLIS  CONTRACTS CERTAINLY COULD. NOW THIS IS LATE JUNE AND ORDINARILY WE'D  BE TALKING ABOUT KANSAS CITY HARD RED WINTER WHEAT. THAT'S USUALLY  WHAT'S GOING ON HARVEST RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S VERY VARIABLE AND  PROBABLY LOTS OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT THERE BUT IT'S REALLY BEEN  OVERSHADOWED BY THE DROUGHT THAT'S GOING ON IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS  SOUTH DAKOTA NORTH DAKOTA. THAT IS THAT IS A LEGITIMATE LOSS OF ACREAGE OUTRIGHT AND DEFINITELY A LOSS OF YIELD ANYWHERE THAT THE  FIELDS ARE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE HARVESTED. SO. SO THAT'S A REAL  THING. AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH ACTUAL RATIONING PRICES.  WE COULD BE HEADED TOWARDS $8 OR MORE TO REALLY RATION DOWN THE  DEMAND FOR THIS VERY SMALL QUANTITY OF HARD RED SPRING WHEAT. THAT  WILL BE HARVESTED THIS YEAR. YEAH AND YOU'RE IN SOUTH DAKOTA AND  YOU'RE SEEING A LOT OF THIS FIRSTHAND WHERE THIS WHEAT CROP IS JUST  NOT THERE AND THEY'RE ZEROING OUT ACRES ALREADY. RIGHT. EXACTLY. IS  THERE ANY GOING TO MAKE AND I GUESS THE PEOPLE THAT DO GET A CROP ARE  GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT HOLDING THE CARDS. YES SO THERE'S. SO SOUTH  DAKOTA IF YOU LOOK EVEN AT THE DROUGHT MAP YOU KNOW THERE'S AREAS  THAT ARE VERY SERIOUS DROUGHT AND THEN PRETTY SOON THERE'S THERE'S A  KIND OF A LINE WHERE YOU DO START TO GET SOME MOISTURE AND IT TENDS TO  BE THE LINE WHERE YOU STOP GROWING SPRING WE'D ALSO BUT I THINK THERE  WILL BE FIELDS THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUAL FIELDS WHERE SOMEONE IS GOING  TO DO WELL. YOU KNOW IF WE DO WE HAVE GONE A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THERE  OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO. IF WE GET A LITTLE MORE IS IT TOO LATE TOO  LITTLE TOO LATE IT IS TOO LATE FOR THE SPRING WHEAT CROP. YES BECAUSE IT  WAS DROUGHT STRESSED IT PREMATURELY HEADED AND BASICALLY IT'S ON THE  SAME STORY WITH THE HAY CROP TOO AS YOU KNOW. IF WE DIDN'T GET THAT  RAIN IN MAY THE TONNAGE IS JUST KIND OF GONE AT THIS POINT. SO AS WE HEAD  INTO THE REST OF THE WHEAT CROP IN KANSAS CITY WE AS THEY'RE GOING  THROUGH HARVEST HERE CAN THE MINNESOTA ISSUE PULL ANY OF THOSE  THOSE MARKETS UP. YES IT CAN. ESPECIALLY IN THE CASH MARKET WHEN YOU  START LOOKING FOR SUBSTITUTE PROTEIN THE MILLERS WILL START LOOKING  FOR HIGH PROTEIN WINTER WHEAT TO SUBSTITUTE IN. BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT IT  NECESSARILY IS GOING TO BE REFLECTED ON THE FUTURES MARKETS BECAUSE  IT'S GOING TO BE MORE OF A CASH PROTEIN SPREAD. WELL IT'S PRETTY  DYNAMIC  WEAPPRECIATE THE PERSPECTIVE WE'LL BE BACK MORE AGDAY IN  JUST MINUTE  GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE  YOU SAY THERE MAY BE SOME CHANCES FOR THOSE FOLKS IN THE NORTHERN  PLAINS WAITING ON RAIN. YEAH SOMETIMES YOU GET THESE COMPLEXES OF  NIGHTTIME THUNDERSTORMS THAT DEVELOP AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT. THIS  ONE LOOKS LIKE A SITUATION THAT WE COULD HAVE A COUPLE OF NIGHTS OF  THAT SO WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH IT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. OF COURSE  IS PROBABLY NOT LOOKING LIKE THIS MORNING IS GOING TO SEE TOO MUCH  AHEAD OF THAT WARM FRONT BUT ALONG THE FRONTAL SYSTEM YOU'LL SEE  SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. SAME THING WITH THE  STATIONARY FRONT DOWN ACROSS FLORIDA INTO SOUTHERN AND  SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF TEXAS YOU CAN SEE BY LATER TODAY THIS FIRST  COLD FRONT MOVING OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC SEABOARD JUST SPOTTY ACTIVITY  THEN WITH THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE COMING INTO THE BLACK HILLS OF  SOUTH DAKOTA HEADING THROUGH THE NIGHTTIME HOURS TONIGHT. THERE'S  ONE OF THOSE BLOSSOMING AREAS OF THUNDERSTORMS. SOMETIMES WE JUST  CALL THOSE NOCTURNAL THUNDERSTORMS BECAUSE THEY DEVELOP AT NIGHT  AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT THAT CAN PUT DOWN SOME PRETTY GOOD RAINS CAN  CAUSE SOME SEVERE WEATHER AS WELL. BUT IT'S GENERALLY A BIG RAINMAKER  FOR THE AREAS THAT DO END UP GETTING IT. THEN THOSE TEND TO DIE OFF  DURING THE DAY AS THE DAY GOES ON BUT YOU'LL SEE SCATTERED ACTIVITY IN  THE AFTERNOON AHEAD OF THAT SYSTEM AS WELL AND THAT WILL PROBABLY DO  IT AGAIN AS IT COMES EASTWARD INTO PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES AS WE HEAD  INTO. LOOKS LIKE THURSDAY MORNING THE WAY IT LOOKS RIGHT NOW. NOW  LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS.  MOST OF IT HAS BEEN IN THE SOUTHLAND FROM SOUTHERN TEXAS GULF COAST  AREA OF LOUISIANA INTO PARTS OF FLORIDA. OTHERWISE IT'S JUST HIT AND MISS  MOSTLY MISS. UP ACROSS THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AS YOU  CAN SEE IT ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE AND  WE'RE GOING TO ADD IT ALL AT ONCE HERE INSTEAD OF GRADUALLY BRINGING IT  ON BUT YOU CAN SEE OUR COMPUTER MODELS SHOWING TWO TO THREE  INCHES OF RAIN WITH THAT COMPLEX FOR PARTS OF IOWA AND NORTHERN  MISSOURI INTO WESTERN ILLINOIS. AND WE CAN JUST CONTINUE TO ADD SOME  MORE ALONG THAT STATIONARY FRONT FARTHER THROUGH THE SOUTH. THERE  ARE THE TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON IS GOING TO START TO WARM UP  AGAIN FOR THE SOUTHWESTERN PLAINS WITH A FEW 90S SHOWING UP FOR  TRIPLE DIGITS STILL SHOWING UP IN THE DESERT SOUTHWEST NOT AS HOT AS IT  WAS. BUT NONETHELESS IT'S TYPICAL HEAT FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR HIGHS ONLY  IN THE 60S FOR THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES AND IN NEW ENGLAND. SO STILL ON  THE COOL SIDE THERE LOWS TONIGHT 50S AND 60S FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THE  OHIO VALLEY ON UP INTO THE GREAT LAKES FROM THE NORTHEAST STILL 70S ALONG THE GULF COAST INTO THE SOUTHWESTERN PLAINS AND HIGHS  TOMORROW AFTERNOON. ONCE AGAIN 80S AND 90S FOR THE SOUTHERN TWO  THIRDS OF THE PLAINS BUT COOLER MORE PLEASANT WEATHER FARTHER TO  THE NORTH AND EAST. ALL BECAUSE OF THAT JET STREAM SHOWING THE  TROUGH OVER THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST THAT KIND OF GOES  AWAY. SO WE DO SEE THINGS GETTING MORE TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE  YEAR ALTHOUGH THAT TROUGH OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS OVER THE  WEEKEND WILL COOL THINGS DOWN AGAIN. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL  WE HAD TO HOBBS NEW MEXICO VARIABLY CLOUDY A THUNDERSTORM IN SOME  AREAS. HIGH TEMPERATURE AROUND 90. MOORHEAD MINNESOTA PARTLY SUNNY  BREEZY AND COMFORTABLE HIGH OF 80. AND FINALLY COLUMBUS GEORGIA A  GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE ON THE WARM SIDE. HIGH AROUND 90 

TEASE
THE DAIRY REPORT IS NEXT INCLUDING A LOOK AT WHAT'S HELPING PROP UP  PRICES EVEN AS PRODUCTION INCREASES. AND LATER, WE'RE OFF TO THE LONESTAR STATE TO MEET A FAMILY GROWING  PRIZED SWEET ONIONS IN TEXAS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

DAIRY REPORT
ON THE DAIRY REPORT - DESPITE RISING STOCKS, GLOBAL DAIRY PRODUCT  PRICES CONTINUE TO PUSHG HIGHER FROM FIRST QUARTER LOWS. OUTPUT IS ON THE RISE IN MAJOR PRODUCING PLACES LIKE EUROPE, NEW  ZEALAND AND THE U.S. EVEN IRELAND'S MILK PRODUCTION JUMPED 40 PERCENT IN MARCH. RISING COMPONENT PRICES ARE HELPING KEEP MILK CHECKS HIGHER. PLUS, EXPORTS OF BUTTERFAT AND CHEESE ARE HELPING DRIVE DEMAND...EVEN  AS PRODUCTION REMAINS HIGH. THE MILK SECTOR IN NEW ZEALAND SHOWING SIGNS OF GROWTH AFTER  SEVERAL DOWN-YEARS. ACCORDING TO AGRIMONEY-DOT-COM MILK PRODUCTION IN NEW ZEALAND WILL  RISE IN 2017-18 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS. THAT OUTLOOK IS BASED ON PROJECTIONS FROM FONTERRA DAIRY  COOPERATIVE WHICH RELEASED ITS FIRST FORECAST FOR THE MARKETING  YEAR. FONTERRA SAYS VOLUMES WILL REMAIN BELOW RECORD HIGHS DUE TO  LINGERING FINANCIAL WORRIES IN THE INDUSTRY. THE CO-OP EXPECTS PRODUCTION TO BE UP THREE-POINT-TWO PERCENT YEAR  OVER YEAR. SPEAKING OF PRODUCTION, THE LATEST USDA REPORT SHOW DAIRY COW  SLAUGHTER IS UP. IN MAY PROCESSING WAS 5 AND A HALF PERCENT HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. SO FAR FOR 2017, COW KILL UP ABOUT 33-THOUSAND HEAD ABOVE 2016. IT'S BEEN HOT IN THE SOUTHWEST. ARIZONA SEEING CONSISTENT DRY HEAT INTO TRIPLE DIGITS--LAST WEEK TEMPS  CLIMBING NEAR 120 DEGREES. HOWEVER, HERD MANAGERS SAY COWS CONTINUE TO HANDLE TEMPERATURES QUITE WELL. LOW HUMIDITY--COMBINED WITH SHADED HOUSING AND EVAPORATIVE  COOLING...HELPS KEEP COWS COMFORTABLE. FARMS WITH FANS AND MISTERS CAN CUT TEMPS AT LEAST 40 DEGREES-- AND SO FAR, MILK PRODUCTION ISN'T DECLINING. THEY SAY, THE CHALLENGE WILL COME LATER IN THE SUMMER WHEN HUMIDITY  AND DEW POINTS INCREASE.


TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, THE SUN AND HEAT GROWING TEXAS ONIONS. WE'LL  MEET THE LEGACY BEHIND THESE FAMED FIELDS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE HARDEST WORKING  TRACTORS IN AG AT KUBOTA.COM.  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER  TODAY.  WHILE EAST TEXAS AND THE GULF STATES RECOVER FROM THE HEAVY RAINS OF  TROPICAL STORM CINDY, TO THE WEST IT'S DRY. ..AND IT'S ONION SEASON. ED  WOLF AND THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU REPORTS ON THE LEGENDARY SWEET  ONION...AND THE FAMILIES THAT GROW THEM. SWEET TEXAS ONIONS. FROM THIS FIELD TO YOUR TABLE. J CARNES' FAMILY HAS BEEN GROWING THE  VERSATILE VEGETABLE FOR THREE GENERATIONS. A LEGACY HE'S PROUD TO CONTINUE. "IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY AND TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH YOUR FATHER AND HIS FATHER AND  HOPEFULLY MY SONS WILL HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. ITS A TRADITION WE HAVE HERE IN TEXAS." J'S GRANDFATHER MOVED TO UVALDE IN THE 1950S. THIS AREA OF THE LONE STAR STATE IS KNOWN AS  THE WINTER GARDEN. FARMERS CAN GROW ALL KINDS OF CROPS ALL YEAR LONG. J RAISES EVERYTHING  FROM CAULIFLOWER TO CABBAGE TO COTTON. BUT LIKE HIS GRANDDAD, THE ROOT OF HIS FARM IS THE TEXAS  ONION. "IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A SWEET TEXAS GROWN ONION YOU CAN FIND IT IN THE STORES FROM MARCH ALL  THE WAY UP TO THE 4TH OF JULY. IT'S GOT A VERY HIGH WATER CONTENT A HIGH SUGAR CONTENT AND A  LOW PYRUVIC ACID CONTENT SO ITS SOMETHING PEOPLE LOOK FOR ANNUALLY." WITH THE 1015 TEXAS SWEET ONION NOT AS MANY TISSUES ARE NEEDED. LOW PYRUVIC ACID MEANS  LESS TEARS. IT'S A MUCH MILDER VEGGIE. THE SWEET BULBS NOT ONLY TOP A TEXAS HAMBURGER BUT  MANY TIMES ARE EATEN RAW. LIKE AN APPLE. A UNIQUE TEXAS TASTE. "THE TEXAS ONION HARVEST GOES FROM EARLY TO MID MARCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH JUNE. | AS THEY  START TO DRY OUT THEN YOU'LL COME OUT HERE WITH A CREW AND YOU'LL START CUTTING AND HARVESTING.  IT'S A LONG PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH." THE SAME THINGS THAT MAKE THE TEXAS ONION A STATE FAVORITE ALSO MAKES IT HARDER TO HARVEST.  THE ONION'S UNIQUE MAKEUP MEANS MACHINE HARVESTING IS OUT OF THE QUESTION. SO TEXAS'  NUMBER ONE VEGETABLE HAS TO BE PICKED THE OLD FASHIONED WAY. "THEY'LL HARVEST IN THE WHITE BUCKETS THAT YOU SEE OUT HERE. THEY WILL GO INTO THE BINS. THEY  YELLOW GREEN AND GRAY BINS. THE BINS ARE THEN PICKED UP AND THEN LOADED ON A TRUCK AND  THEN TAKEN UP TO THE SHED." AT THE SHED THEY WILL BE SORTED, GRADED, PACKED AND SHIPPED OUT TO GROCERY STORES AND  RESTAURANTS ALL OVER THE STATE AND BEYOND. ONIONS FROM J'S FARM END UP AS FAR AWAY AS  PUERTO RICO & CANADA. BUT MOST WILL BE ENJOYED IN THE LONE START STATE. WHICH IS FITTING. THE  1015 SWEET ONION IS THE OFFICIAL VEGETABLE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS. EVERY ONION IS PULLED FROM THE GROUND WITH LAYERS OF PRIDE. BUT FOR J IT'S NOT JUST AN ICONIC  CROP. IT IS A FAMILY HERITAGE. ONE HE LIVES OUT EVERY DAY. "WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT TEXAS AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE TEXAS FARMER OR YOU THINK ABOUT THE  TEXAS RANCHER IT'S BASED ON FAMILY OPERATIONS. FOR IT TO SURVIVE FOR THE NEXT CENTURY THAT THE  WAY ITS GOT TO BE." WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, ED WOLFF, UVALDE

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. 

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