AgDay Daily Recap - March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 1, 2017


HEADLINES
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ORDERS EPA TO  REVIEW ITS WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE. PLUS,  NEW WHEAT CONDITION RATINGS  ARE OUT.. IN AGRIBUSINESS...TRADE TALK FROM WASHINGTON. AN UPDATE ON FRUIT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTION ON THE PACKER TV. AND  LOADED FRENCH FRIES MAKE FOR GOOD FOOD IN WISCONSIN. AGDAY-BROUGHT  TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

TRUMP SIGNS EP TO REVIEW WOTUS
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS  DESK. A BUSY DAY IN WASHINGTON AS SEVERAL ISSUES - ALL CRITICAL TO  AGRICULTURE - GET ACTION FROM THE OVAL OFFICE. AND WE BEGIN WITH A  MAJOR DEVELOPMENT INVOLVING JURISDICTION OVER WATER. THE PRESIDENT SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING EPA TO REVIEW THE  "WATERS OF THE U-S RULE".  WOTUS GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BROAD  AUTHORITY OVER BODIES OF WATER. THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN A BATTLE-CRY FOR  MANY GROUPS IN THE AGRICULTURE LOBBY. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRES EPA TO ENSURE THE REGULATION DOES NOT  HINDER ECONOMIC GROWTH.  WHETHER THAT'S LEGISLATIVE LEGAL OR BOTH ITS AN ISSUE THAT JUST NEEDS FIXED. AND THE  CHALLENGES THAT CAN HAPPEN IN SORGHUM IS WITH THINGS LIKE A NEW APHID THAT WE HAVE IN OUR  INDUSTRY IF YOU GET IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE TO HAVE APPROVALS TO GO THROUGH A PESTICIDE  PROCESS THAT'S VERY UNDOABLE AND UNWORKABLE SO WE'RE EXCITED TO SEE OUR GOVERNMENT  CONTINUE TO LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES TO ROLL THAT BACK."NEWLY SWORN-IN EPA ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT SUED THE AGENCY HE  NOW HEADS WHEN HE WAS OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY GENERAL OVER "WOTUS".

RFS CHANGES
ALSO FROM WASHINGTON - IN A STORY THAT SEEMS TO BE CHANGING BY THE  HOUR - -THE EPA IS BEING ASKED TO CHANGE SOME ASPECTS OF THE  RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. AND THOSE PROPOSED CHANGES ARE SETTING- OFF A FIRESTORM BETWEEN VARIOUS PRO-ETHANOL GROUPS. THE REVISIONS WOULD CHANGE WHICH INDUSTRY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR  BLENDING LIMITS OF BIOFUELS INTO GASOLINE AND DIESEL. LOOK FOR THE  LATEST ON AGWEB-DOT-COM. THE CHANGES COULD IMPLY MORE DEMAND FOR BOTH ETHANOL AND  BIOFUELS BY RELAXING SOME OF THE SUMMER RESTRICTIONS ESPECIALLY FOR THE USE OF THOSE RENEWABLE FUELS. RELAXING SOME OF THE GREENHOUSE STANDARDS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPOSED. SOME CHANGES IN HOW THE PROGRAM IS ADMINISTRATED AND PERHAPS SOME MOVES TO RESTRICT SOME OF THE IMPORTS OF BIOFUELS FROM ARGENTINA AND ETHANOL FROM BRAZIL IF AND WHEN THEY OCCUR. ALL THAT CREATED SOME SIGNIFICANT BUYING INTEREST IN THE MARKET TODAY AS I SAID BUT IT FADED AT THE CLOSE.THE MAN WHO WILL HEAD-UP A SIGNATURE ASPECT OF THE TRUMP  ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SWORN INTO OFFICE....AND VOWS TO TAKE ON THE  NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMMEDIATELY. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AD-MIN-I-STERED THE OATH OF OFFICE TO WILBUR  ROSS AS THE NEXT COMMERCE SECRETARY.  THIS IS ONE OF THE CORNERSTONE  POSITIONS FOR THE TRUMP ECONOMICS TEAM. THE SENATE CONFIRMED ROSS ON A 72-TO-27 VOTE. ROSS SAYS THE TRUMP TEAM WILL WORK QUICKLY TO RE-DO "NAFTA" WITH  CANADA AND MEXICO.

WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS
A MILD WINTER IS IMPROVING THE WINTER WHEAT CROP AS IT STARTS TO COME  OUT OF DORMANCY. OVERALL, WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS IN KANSAS AND NEBRASKA DETERIORATED SLIGHTLY IN  FEBRUARY. BUT THEY IMPROVED IN OKLAHOMA, COLORADO AND TEXAS. IN KANSAS 43-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, DOWN ONE POINT FROM THE LAST  REPORTING PERIOD.  NEBRASKA WHEAT IS DOWN THREE POINTS. COLORADO SAW A FOUR POINT GAIN. AND OKLAHOMA IMPROVED TEN POINTS  FROM THE FIRST OF FEBRUARY. WHEAT LOOKS GOOD IN WILSON COUNTY TEXAS - THAT'S JUST SOUTHEAST OF  SAN ANTONIO. STATEWIDE  WINTER WHEAT IS MOSTLY FAIR TO GOOD.  34-PERCENT IS GOOD TO  EXCELLENT, IMPROVING BY FOUR POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. WARM WEATHER AND TIMELY RAINS HAVE HELPED WHEAT DEVELOPMENT. "THE WHEAT CROP IS LOOKING GOOD. OUR AREA IS LOOKING GOOD. I KNOW THE AREA WHERE THERE'S A  LOT OF WHEAT IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS, I'VE TALKED TO SOME OF THE PRODUCERS UP THERE AND THEY  SAY HAVE SOME OF THE BEST LOOKING WHEAT THAT THEY'VE HAD IN MANY MANY YEARS. OVERALL, I'D SAY TEXAS IS IN A PRETTY GOOD PLACE."

AGVOCACY AT COMMODITY CLASSIC
THOUSANDS OF FARMERS AND OTHERS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR WILL  GATHER THIS WEEK FOR THE 2017 COMMODITY CLASSIC IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. THE MAJOR COMMODITY GROUPS CONDUCT THEIR ANNUAL MEETINGS AT THIS  CONVENTION TO SET POLICIES FOR THE YEAR AHEAD. TYNE MORGAN JOINS US FROM A FORUM HOSTED BY BAYER WHICH IS  ENCOURAGING FARMERS TO TELL THEIR STORY, TYNE. THANKS CLINTON. AGVOCACY IS A BUZZWORD THAT STARTED WHEN TALKING ABOUT FARMERS AND  RANCHERS ADVOCATING ABOUT THEIR OWN OPERATION INSTEAD OF LETTING THOSE OUTSIDE OF AGRICULTURE  TELL THEIR STORY FOR THEM. AT THE BAYER ADVOCACY FORUM, BAYER'S HEAD OF NORTH AMERICAN  MARKETING SAYS THERE'S A DIVIDE OF MISINFORMATION WHICH LEADS TO MISTRUST AND THAT'S WHY IT'S  IMPORTANT FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO SHARE THEIR STORY NOW. ITS MORE IMPORTANT NOW MORE  THAN EVER BECAUSE THERE IS A DIVIDE. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DON'T GO TO BED HUNGRY EVERYDAY.  AND THERE ARE PEOPLE, MAYBE THE SAME PEOPLE, THAT BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE  ISN'T MAYBE BENEFITTING THEM LIKE WE NEED THEM TO UNDERSTAND FARMERS LIKE ZACH BAILEY OF  ILINOIS SAY ITS VITAL FOR FARMERS TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH CONSUMERS. AS OUR FARM HAS GROWN  IMMENSELY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND WE'VE GOT LANDLORDS ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.  LITERALLY FROM COAST TO COAST. AN THAT'S REALLY WHERE IT STARTED AS A RELATIONSHIP BUILDING THING.  MORE OF AN EDUCATION TO THEM. VIVIAN HOWARD IS THE STAR OF THE PBS SERIES A CHEF'S LIFE. AND  WORKING TO HELP SHARE FARMERS AND RANCHERS STORIES IN A UNIQUE WAY. AT ABOUT 6 YEARS AGO I  WANTED TO MAKE A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE DYING FOOD TRADITIONS OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.  THINGS LIKE PUTTING UP CORN OR HOG KILLINS OR MAKING COLLARED KRAUT. THINGS THAT PEOPLE DON'T  REALLY DO ANYMORE. SO I REACHED OUT TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHO ALSO GREW UP IN DEEP RUN, NORTH  CAROLINA AND ASKED IF SHE'D HELP AND WE WENT ABOUT MAKING THIS LITTLE DOCUMENTARY THAT  TURNED INTO A TELEVISION SERIES. HOLLENRIGHT SAYS ITS A COMBINATION OF PEOPLE WHO COULD HELP  SHED A POSITIVE LIGHT ON AGRICULTURE AND THE DEMAND FOR PRODUCTION AG TODAY. BECAUSE YOU  CAN'T IGNORE THE FACTS. WE'VE GOT 7.51 BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. WE'VE GOT 800 MILLION  GOING TO BED HUNGRY EVERY DAY. THEY DESERVE FOOD. BUT THE BIGGER PICTURE, WE'VE GOT 9.6, 9.7  BILLION PEOPLE BY 2050. SO 2.5 BILLION MORE MOUTHS TO FEED. IT'S ONLY GOING TO COME THROUGH  INNOVATION IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. CLINTON, WHILE IT'S ALL ABOUT AGVOCACY AT BAYER'S FORUM THIS  WEEK, I DID ASK ABOUT THE PENDING BAYER MONSANTO MERGER. THEY TOLD ME IT'S ON TRACK TO CLOSE  BY THE END OF THE YEAR WITH THE REAL TRANSITION AND MARRYING OF THE TWO COMPANIES TAKING  PLACE ABOUT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. FROM COMMODITY CLASSIC IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, I'M TYNE  MORGAN FOR AGDAY. THANKS TYNE. TYNE WIILL PROVIDE DAILY COVERAGE FROM COMMODITY  CLASSIC ALL THIS WEEK.

CROP COMMENTS
WE'RE FEATURING SOME HOOSIERS THIS MORNING IN CROP COMMENTS. MIKE  HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  LET'S START OFF IN FILLMORE, INDIANA.  MICHAEL MCCAMMACK IS ENJOYING THE NICE TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S BY  DOING SOME WORK OUT IN THE FIELD.  CONTINUING ON IN MILFORD, INDIANA.  A VIEWER SAYS HE'S HAULING GRAIN BEFORE STORMS HIT LATER IN THE NIGHT.  TEMPERATURES ARE MILD AS WELL.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL LOOK AT HOW ALL OF THIS WASHINGTON TRADE  CHATTER COULD IMPACT GRAIN MARKETS. AND HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR FRIES...SMOTHERED, COVERED OR LOADED. WE'LL  DIG IN TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM.

FLOOR OF THE CME
SOME INTERENTING ACTION DURING THE LAST TRADING DAY OF FEBRUARY. WE  GET DETAILS NOW FROM THE FLOOR OF THE  CME IN CHICAGO. " THE HOG MARKET SEEING GOOD DEMAND, MEETING GOOD SUPPLY AND  TRADING A RANGE FOR RIGHT NOW, I FEEL LIKE THIS RANGE CAN CONTINUE.  WHEN GOOD DEMAND AND GOOD SUPPLY COLLIDE, USUALLY YOU GET FAIR  PRICES AND YOU CERTAINLY ARE GETTING GOOD PRICES IN THE MARKET RIGHT  NOW. CATTLE MARKETS SEEING THE FEB CONTRACT GOING OFF THE BOARD  TODAY, APRIL SHOOTING HIGHER TO TAKE OVER THAT LEADERSHIP AND THE  CASH MARKETS REMAIN VERY STRONG BUT THERE IS TALK THAT THE PACKERS  ARE DEEPLY IN THE RED RIGHT NOW AND WILL HAVE TO START TO PULL BACK ON  THEIR PURCHASES FOR LIVE CATTLE. THANKS VERY MUCH. THIS IS JACK  SCOVILLE, VICE PRESIDENT FOR PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE ON THE GROUP  FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FROM THE MARKETS.  WITH ALL OF THE TALK ON TRADE OUT OF WASHINGTON, AT SOME POINT  ANALYSTS THINK IT COULD IMPACT COMMODITY MARKETS.

AGRIBUSINESS
CLINTON GRIFFITHS JOINS US WITH MORE. DAN O'BRYAN FROM TOP THIRD AGMARKETING OUR GUEST HERE TODAY DAN  WE'VE IN AGRICULTURE TRADE OBVIOUSLY CAN BE A PRETTY BIG AND IMPORTANT  PIECE OF THE PUZZLE WE EXPORT PRODUCT 130 TRILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR  THEY'RE SAYING 136 TRILLION DOLLARS EXPORTED IN AG GOODS WHAT DO YOU  WHAT'S YOUR READ ON SOME OF THE RHETORIC COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON  AND WHAT'S YOUR TAKEAWAY. YOU KNOW I THINK IT'S MAKING A LOT OF PEOPLE  IN THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY NERVOUS YOU KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP IS  USING PRETTY STRONG RHETORIC AGAINST MEXICO SPECIFICALLY CHINA AS  WELL TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION POLICY AND BUILDING A WALL AND YOU HAVE  NOW A SENATORS FROM MEXICO TALKING ABOUT MOVING THEIR CORN  PURCHASES DOWN TO SOUTH AMERICA SO I THINK WHAT WHAT WE NEED TO HOPE FOR IS THE FACT THAT THE NOMINATED AGRICULTURE SECRETARY WHO I  THINK IS ONE OF VERY FEW WHO HAS EVER ACTUALLY FARMED AS AN ADULT WILL  BE A A PRO AGRICULTURE PRO FARMER VOICE IN THE PRESIDENT'S EAR AND I  HOPE THAT WHAT A LOT OF THE PRESIDENT IS SAYING IS KIND OF POSTURING  YOU KNOW IS HE MASTERING THE ART OF THE DEAL BEFORE OUR EYES AND  THAT THIS WILL EVENTUALLY WORK OUT INTO TRADE DEALS THAT BENEFIT BOT  MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES BUT I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING THAT WE DO  HAVE A NOMINEE WHO DOES HAVE A SOUND FARMING BACKGROUND AND I THINK  HAVE ROOTS IN THAT INDUSTRY. YEAH IT IS INTERESTING THAT YOU KNOW IN  SPITE OF ALL THE TOUGH TALK THE FIRST QUARTER IN THIS MARKETING YEAR  WAS PRETTY STRONG LIKE WE SAW PRETTY GOOD AG EXPORTS AND PRETTY  GOOD MOVEMENT OF FEED GRAINS AROUND THE WORLD. YEAH YEAH SO I THINK  YOU KNOW AGAIN ANOTHER ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT'S A LONGER TERM  STORY THAT'S GOING TO PLAY OUT BUT YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN A  SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN AND I THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU DON'T WANT  TO BURN BRIDGES THAT YOU NEED TO CROSS SOMETIME DOWN THE ROAD.  ALRIGHT WELL WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE AND  JOINING US WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, TEMPERATURES ARE  FAIRLY WARM OR MILD ANYWAY THROUGHOUT THE CORN BELT BUT YOU SAID  THAT MAY NOT LAST LONG. NO, THIS IS A QUICKER SHOT OF WARMER AIR THAT  WE'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW. THE COLDER AIR IS GOING TO COME BACK FOR TWO  OR THREE DAYS BUT LIKE MOST OF THE WINTER, IT'S NOT GOING TO LAST TOO  LONG.  AND BEFORE THAT COLDER AIR ARRIVES AGAIN, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF PRETTY  STRONG STORM SYSTEMS  HERE. VERY WET STORM SYSTEMS HERE ANYWAY  EVEN SOME SEVERE WEATHER HERE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND THROUGH  THE NIGHTTIME HOURS THROUGH PARTS OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. YOU  CAN SEE THROUGH THE NORTHERN SIDE OF  THIS THOUGH A FAIR AMOUNT OF  SNOW FLYING IN THE GREAT LAKES AND PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS, HIGH  PRESSURE DOMINATING MOST OF THE WEST AND THE SOUTHEAST THIS  MORNING. HEADING THROUGH THE DAY, YOU CAN SEE THIS COLD FRONT. AND  THIS ISN'T THE REAL COLD AIR IT COMES IN ABOUT 12 HOURS BEHIND THE FRONT.  BUT THIS TAKES AWAY MOST OF THE MOISTURE. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON FROM THE MID ATLANTIC DOWN INTO THE  SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, CHANGING OVER TO SNOW FOR MOST OF THE  GREAT LAKES WITH THOSE SYSTEM AND AN ALBERTA CLIPPER DIVING INTO  WESTERN CANADA WILL BE DIVING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE HEAD  INTO LATE TODAY AND INTO THE NIGHT, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT TRACK INTO  THE DAKOTAS AND INTO THE MINNESOTA AREA, LINGERING SNOW INTO THE  EASTERN GREAT LAKES DOWN INTO THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AS WE START THE  DAY TOMORROW. THE COLD FRONT INTO THE SOUTHEAST AND THROUGH THE  REST OF THE DAY, SLOWING DOWN BUT IT IS GOING TO CAUSE SOME SHOWERS  AND THUNDERSTORMS INTO CENTRAL FLORIDA AS WE HEAD INTO THIS  AFTERNOON. THIS CLIPPER IS SPREADING ONE TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW  ACROSS AREAS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AND INTO THE LOWER GREAT LAKES AS  WE HEAD THROUGH LATE IN THE DAY THURSDAY AND ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING  INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST YOU CAN SEE THERE WITH RAIN AND MOUNTAIN  SNOW. A LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE WITH THOSE AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE  EAST. YOU CAN SEE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS SHOWING UP AS A HALF INCH OR  AN INCH AND IN SOME PLACES MORE WITH HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS. ADDING  IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS, IT'S GOING TO PUT DOWN A FAIR AMOUNT FROM  NORTHERN ALABAMA TO GEORGIA ALL THE WAY THROUGH GEORGIA AND  THROUGH THE NORTHEAST. SEEING SOME DECENT AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE AND THEY START TO SEE SOME DECENT AMOUNTS IN THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF WASHINGTON AS WELL. SNOWFALL MAINLY CONFINED TO THE NORTHERN PLAINS  AND MOST OF THE ROCKIES. ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, YOU CAN SEE THE  SECONDARY AREA OF SNOW THERE DIVING ACROSS NORTH DAKOTA,  MINNESOTA, SOUTHERN WISCONSIN AND THE LOWER GREAT LAKES. HIGH  TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON ONLY IN THE THIRTIES IN THE NORTHERN  AREAS AND THE 70S AND 80S IN THE EAST. IT WILL COOL DOWN A LITTLE BIT INTO  THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY AND CENTRAL PLAINS STATES TONIGHT, BUT HIGHS  TOMORROW IN THE 50S AND 60S IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS STILL TEENS AND  TWENTIES IN THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE'LL HEAD TO  MILES CITY, MONTANA FIRST OF ALL, CLOUDY WITH A COUPLE OF SNOW  SHOWERS, HIGH OF 36 DEGREES. MARSHALL, TEXAS, INCREASING SUNSHINE. A  LITTLE COOLER, HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 68 AND FINALLY, IN NIAGRA FALLS, NEW  YORK, WINDY AND MILD, AN AFTERNOON SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM. HIGH OF  55. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, DOES THE WORLD REALLY NEED TO DOUBLE FOOD  PRODUCTION BY THE YEAR 20-50? WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT NEW RESEARCH HAS TO SAY. AND LATER...LOCK AND LOAD-- THESE FRESH FRIES GETTING A TOPPING TREAT  THANKS TO A LITTLE HELP FROM DAIRY. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, THE USDA JUST RELEASING IT'S FRUIT AND NUT REPORT.   IT SAYS THE U.S. FRUIT AND TREE NUTS INDUSTRY IS GENERATING, ON AVERAGE,  MORE THAN 25 BILLION DOLLARS IN FARM CASH RECEIPTS ANNUALLY.  AND THESE CROPS ARE PRODUCED ON LESS THAN 2 PERCENT OF U.S.  AGRICULTURAL CROP LAND AS FAR AS PRODUCTION GOES, USDA EXPECTS PEACHES AND PEARS TO BE LESS  THIS SEASON.  WHILE GRAPES AND APPLES ARE FORECAST TO INCREASE. A BIG APPLE CROP LIKELY TO BE DRIVEN BY GROWERS OUT WEST. IN MICHIGAN GROWERS SAY A BIG CROP LAST YEAR AND EARLY SEASON  PRESSURE IS GOING TO MAKE 2016 A CHALLENGE. BECAUSE IT NEVER GOT COLD AND STAYED COLD, SO A LOT OF THOSE EGGS IN THE GROUND AND  BUGS THAT GO INTO THE GROUND, THEY NEVER GOT FROZE OUT SO THEY'RE GOING TO BE OUT IN FULL FORCE.  IN FACT, I'VE ALREADY SEEN SIGNS OF BUGS AROUND ALREADY. I EVEN SAW A YELLOW JACKET  A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. IT WASN'T MOVING REAL FAST BUT AGAIN, IT'S FEBRUARY AND I SAW A YELLOW  JACKET. APPLES ARE BI-ANNUAL.  SO LAST YEAR WE HAD A NICE, BIG CROP. SO THIS YEAR I WOULD  EXPECT TO HAVE A SMALLER CROP JUST BECAUSE OF THE BI-ANNUAL TENDENCIES. TREE NUTS ARE ALSO FORECAST TO SEE A BIG YEAR. U.S. ALMOND OUTPUT—WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF U.S.  TREE NUT PRODUCTION— IS FORECAST TO HIT A FRESH RECORD OF MORE THAN  2 BILLION POUNDS. WALNUT AND HAZELNUT TREES SHOULD ALSO SEE HIGHER OUTPUTS THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW THE FACT AG KEEPS REPEATING--- "FOOD PRODUCTION MUST  DOUBLE BY 2050 TO FEED THE WORLD'S GROWING POPULATION."  NEW RESEARCH SAYS THAT MIGHT NOT BE ACCURATE. RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN BIOSCIENCE SUGGESTS THAT PRODUCTION LIKELY  WILL NEED TO INCREASE BETWEEN 25 AND 70 PER CENT TO MEET 2050'S GLOBAL  FOOD DEMAND.  THEY SAY THE CLAIM THAT WE NEED TO DOUBLE GLOBAL CROP AND ANIMAL  PRODUCTION BY 2050 IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE DATE-A  AND FINALLY IN FAST FOOD NEWS, THE QUESTION OF DO YOU WANT FRIES WITH  THAT MAY COME FROM A COMPUTER SOON. WENDY'S PLANNING TO INSTALL SELF-ORDERING KIOSKS IN A THOUSAND OF IT'S  STORES NATIONWIDE. THE COMPANY SAYS WAGE INFLATION JUMPED 5 PERCENT LAST YEAR. ITS HOPING THE SELF ORDERING TOUCH SCREENS CAN HELP WITH EMPLOYEE  EFFICIENCY AND CUT DOWN ON LABOR.

TEASE
NEXT - WE VISIT A RESTAURANT IN WISCONSIN THAT SHOWS THE WORD  GOURMET CAN BE APPLIED TO FRENCH FRIES. DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. WITH MARKET PRICES CONSTANTLY CHANGING, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE CURRENT PRICES  STAND. GET MARKET PRICES DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT MARKETS TO 31313 TO  GET STARTED! 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT  KUBOTA.COM. THE FRENCH FRY - WHETHER IT'S CURLY, CRINKLY, OR JUST A PLAIN FLAT FRY - AMERICANS ENJOY THE POTATO DISH. OF COURSE THESE DAYS, THEY WON'T JUST SETTLE FOR KETCHUP AND SALT. IN THIS VIDEO FROM THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD, WE SEE HOW  CHEESE AND A FEW OTHER INGREDIENTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO LOAD-EM UP! DOTTY DUMPLING'S DOWRY IS KNOWN FOR ITS GOURMET CHEESEBURGERS, LARGELY BECAUSE THEY'RE  TOPPED WITH FRESH, LOCAL INGREDIENTS! NOW, IT'S TAKING THE SAME APPROACH WITH FRENCH FRIES."THE MORE THE MERRIER. SO THE MORE INGREDIENTS YOU CAN GET ON THERE THE BETTER IT'S  GOING TO TASTE." SINCE 2003 DOTTY'S HAS BEEN OFFERING LOADED FRIES TO THEIR PATRONS, AND THEY'VE BECOME QUITE  POPULAR! "WE HAVE HOT FRIES, WHICH IS WITH LOUISIANA HOT SAUCE AND CARR VALLEY CRUMBLED  CHEESE WHICH IS REALLY A TOP FAVORITE AS WELL. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE CHILI CHEESE FRIES WHICH  IS WITH HOMEMADE STEAK TIP CHILI AND A HOMEMADE CHEESE SAUCE AS WELL."DOTTY'S IS A  DESTINATION THAT MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE BEFORE SPORTING EVENTS, AND THE RESTAURANT HAS  DISCOVERED THAT SHARABLE APPETIZERS THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY ARE MAKING THESE LOADED FRIES  A COVETED STAPLE ON THEIR MENU."YOU'LL HAVE PEOPLE HAVE THAT AS THEIR MAIN, OFTENTIMES MORE  AS AN APPETIZER TO SHARE. AND THEN YOU'LL ALSO HAVE INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL HAVE A BURGER AND  THAT AS THEIR SIDE!" AND IT WOULDN'T BE AS POPULAR WITHOUT WISCONSIN'S SIGNATURE INGREDIENT- CHEESE! "PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN ARE VERY PROUD OF THEIR STATE, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE  FEATURING THAT AND SUPPORTING WHAT WE LOVE MOST, AND THAT IS CHEESE IN OUR STATE. SO IT'S VERY  IMPORTANT."AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS. )

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

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