AgDay Daily Recap - September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017


HEADLINES
PUSHING INTO HARVEST - CAN LATE SEASON HEAT SPEED MATURITY. "I'M MICHELLE ROOK HERE AT HUSKER HARVEST DAYS. WE'LL LOOK AT CROP PROGRESS HERE IN NEBRASKA AND WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN FOR GRAIN DRYING. THAT'S COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY. ">SECRETARY PERDUETOURS THE HURRICANE HIT SOUTH. IN AGRIBUSINESS...WAKING UP WHEAT MARKETS PRICE EXPECTATIONS IN OUR DAIRY REPORT. AND A CROP OF A LIFETIME-- NOW JUST A MEMORY FOR THIS TEXAN FOLLOWING HURRICANE HARVEY. AGDAY-PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

NEBRASKA CROP MATURITY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. NEBRASKA FARMERS HAVE BEEN A BIT SPOILED THE PAST FEW HARVEST SEASONS BECAUSE LITTLE GRAIN HAD TO BE DRIED. BUT THAT MAY BE CHANGING THIS YEAR. IN SOME AREAS OF THE STATE, CORN MATURITY IS LAGGING. MICHELLE ROOK REPORTS ON THE VARIABILITY IN THE NEBRASKA CROP. WEATHER WAS MORE FAVORABLE FOR CROP DEVELOPMENT HERE IN NEBRASKA DURING THE WEEK OF HUSKER HARVEST DAYS, BUT GENERALLY GROWING DEGREE DAYS HAVE BEEN RUNNING BEHIND, WHICH MAY MEAN A BIT MORE GRAIN DRYING FOR FARMERS THIS FALL. IT STARTED LAST SPRING WITH PROBLEMS DURING THE PLANTING SEASON. TONY JOHANSON, OAKLAND, NE, "WELL THIS YEAR SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE BEHIND NORMAL. WE HAD A REALLY WET SPRING HERE IN NEBRASKA. THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE STATE REALLY STRUGGLED GETTING THE CROP INTO THE FIELD AND GETTING IT EMERGED. WE HAD A LOT OF REPLANT SCENARIOS COMING IN THIS YEAR." AGRONOMIST KEVIN KELLER SAYS ADD TO THAT THE HUGE VARIABILITY IN THE CROP AND THE LACK OF LATE-SEASON HEAT, WHICH HAS ALSO SLOWED DEVELOPMENT. KEVIN KELLER, TECHNICAL AGRONOMIST ASGROW/DEKALB, "I WOULD SAY WE'RE PROBABLY ABOUT AT LEAST A WEEK TO TWO WEEKS OFF IN SOME AREAS." SO, WITHOUT SOME HELP FROM MOTHER NATURE HE SAYS FARMERS MAY HAVE TO TURN ON THEIR GRAIN DRIERS THIS FALL, AFTER SEVERAL SEASONS OF BEING IDLE. KELLER, "IF IT DOESN'T STAY WARM AND IT COOLS BACK OFF TO SOME MORE MILD TEMPERATURES I WOULD ANTICIPATE A LITTLE BIT OF DRYING."  AS A RESULT, THERE WAS MORE INTEREST IN GRAIN DRYING SYSTEMS AT HUSKER HARVEST DAYS, AS FARMERS CAN DRY ON THE FARM FOR AROUND A PENNY A POINT, WHICH IS LESS THAN COMMERCIAL DRYING. AL ARNDT, SUPERB GRAIN DRIERS, "IF HE'S GOING TO GO THE ELEVATOR AND PAY FIVE OR SIX CENTS A POINT TO DRY AND HE'S GOT 5 OR 6 POINTS TO TAKE OUT THAT'S GONNA COST 25 TO 30-CENTS A BUSHEL TO DRY, SO IT IS QUITE A SAVINGS TO HAVE YOUR OWN DRIER." BUT EVEN ON-FARM DRIERS MAY COST A LITTLE MORE TO RUN THIS FALL WITH THE RECENT HURRICANES CINCH MUNSON, PROPANE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION COUNCIL, "THIS YEAR PRICES ARE A LITTLE HIGHER. GASOLINE'S MOVED UP, DIESEL HAS MOVED UP, PROPANE   TENDS TO MOVE WITH IT AND SUPPLIES ARE PERHAPS A LITTLE TIGHTER THAN THEY'VE BEEN IN PAST YEARS." SOME OPTIONS FARMERS ARE LOOKING AT TO AVOID DRYING COSTS INCLUDE, FIELD DRYING, AIR DRYING IN THE BIN OR DELIVERING WET CORN. PAUL HAY, UNL EXTENSION EDUCATOR, "ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN DO IS PICK UP THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME WET CORN CONTRACTS, SOME OF THESE ARE OFFERED THROUGH SOME OF THE ELEVATORS, SOME OF THESE ARE OFFERED THROUGH SOME OF THE ETHANOL PLANTS." DENNIS GERGENBACH, BERTRAND, NE, "SOME OF THEM HAVE GOTTEN NEW FEEDLOTS IN THERE AND THERE THEY CAN UTILIZE WET CORN, WHICH IS GOOD. 7 SEC SO IT'S STILL GONNA BE A CHALLENGE TO GET CORN DRY AND WE MAY JUST HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL IT DRIES IN THE FIELD." STILL, FARMERS ARE HOPING MOTHER NATURE WILL COOPERATE AND THEY CAN AVOID THIS ADDED COST IN THE TIGHT MARGIN ENVIRONMENT. GREG GREVING, CHAPMAN, NE, "IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO DRY CORN AND WITH THE PRICE OF COMMODITIES RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF MONEY TO SPEND ON SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT'S AN EXPENSE WE REALLY DON'T NEED RIGHT NOW." IN GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA I'M MICHELLE ROOK REPORTING FOR AGDAY.

CROP PROGRESS
THE NEBRASKA CORN CROP -LIKE THE REST OF THE MIDWEST IS STRUGGLING TO FINISH. USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWING NEBRASKA CORN IS SIX POINTS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IN MATURITY. MINNESOTA IS 23-POINTS BEHIND. ILLINOIS 20 POINTS BEHIND.  OVERALL, JUST A THIRD OF THE CROP IS MATURE -13 POINTS BEHIND. CORN HARVEST IS STILL IN SINGLE DIGITS AT SEVEN PERCENT. THAT'S FOUR POINTS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. THE SOYBEAN CONDITION DROPPED A POINT FROM LAST WEEK WITH 59-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. AND HARVEST IS JUST STARTING IN THE MIDWEST. OVERALL SOY HARVEST IS FOUR PERCENT. AND WINTER WHEAT PLANTING IS LAGGING A BIT. 13-PERCENT IS SEEDED, TWO POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE.

PURDUE SURVEYING HURRICANE DAMAGE
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SONNY PERDUE IS TRAVELING THE STATES HARD-HIT BY HURRICANES THE PAST THREE WEEKS. ON MONDAY HE MET WITH FLORIDA'S AG COMMISSIONER. WHILE ASSESSING THE DAMAGE TO CITRUS AND VEGETABLE CROPS THE AG SECRETARY SAID "PEOPLE OF AG ARE USED TO HARD WORK, INVESTING SWEAT & CAPITAL. THEY WILL RECOVER AND USDA WILL HELP." PERDUE MET WITH FLORIDA CITRUS PRODUCERS AND TOOK AN AERIAL TOOK OF CITRUS COUNTRY. HE ALSO TALKED WITH VEGETABLE, DAIRY AND SUGAR PRODUCERS. PERDUE SAYS USDA WILL SPEED-UP HELP AND ASK CONGRESS FOR ADDITIONAL AID. AS AGDAY FIRST REPORTED LAST WEEK HURRICANE IRMA WAS JUST THE LATEST ASSAULT ON THE FLORIDA CITRUS INDUSTRY. GROWERS HAVE BEEN BATTLING AGAINST CITRUS GREENING FOR TWO DECADES...AND HAVE SEEN ORANGE PRODUCTION DROP 70-PERCENT DURING THAT TIME. SECRETARY PERDUE ALSO VISITED HIS HOMESTATE OF GEORGIA WITH A PECAN CROP THAT WAS VICIOUSLY ATTACKED BY IRMA. EARLY ESTIMATES PUT THE CROP LOSSES AT 30-PERCENT. THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA EXTENSION SAYS THE STORM WAS THE MOST DAMAGING WIND EVENT EVER SEEN BY THE GEORGIA PECAN INDUSTRY. U-G-A SAYS THE STORM BROUGHT DAMAGE TO VIRTUALLY EVERY PECAN ORCHARD IN THE STATE, SIGNIFICANTLY WEAKENING WHAT WAS A STRONG 2017 PECAN CROP. THE MOST DAMAGE WAS SUSTAINED TO ORCHARDS NEAR VALDOSTA WHERE SOME GROWERS REPORTED THOUSANDS  OF TREES ON THE GROUND. PERDUE WILL BE IN TEXAS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY TO ASSESS CROP DAMAGE FROM HARVEY. AS WE'VE REPORTED COTTON DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE IN THE COUNTIES WHERE THE STORM MADE LANDFALL. WE'LL HEAR FROM ONE GROWER LATER ON AGDAY.

COTTON DAMAGE BY HARVEY
DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE HARVEY STILL BEING TABULATED.HOWEVER, NEW REPORTS OUT OF KANSAS THAT HARD RED WINTER WHEAT IS ONCE AGAIN HEADED FOR GULF COAST PORTS. RAILROAD TRACKS SUFFERING DAMAGE IN THE STORM. RAIL LINES NOW INSPECTED AND REPAIRED--TERMINALS RESUMING SHIPMENTS OF WHEAT TO DESTINATIONS ABROAD.

NAFTA TALKS
FROM REUTERS--NEW TALKS AROUND NAFTA INCLUDING A POSSIBLE MEXICAN COUNTER PROPOSAL TARGETING PORK. MEXICAN NEGOTIATORS SAYING IF THE U.S. PUSHES FORWARD ON IN SEASON PROTECTION FOR U.S. PRODUCE --LIMITING IMPORTS FROM MEXICO -- THEN MEXICO MAY SET IT'S OWN LIMITATIONS INCLUDING POSSIBLE VOLUME LIMITS ON PORK. THE NEXT ROUND OF RENEGOTIATIONS ON THE 20 YEAR OLD TREATY BEGIN LATER THIS WEEK IN CANADA.


CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN IS BACK AGAIN TODAY. HE HAS OUR LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY AND CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING MIKE. IN CHEYENNE COUNTY, NEBRASKA A FARMER TELLING AGWEB THAT WHEAT PLANTING HAS STARTED. THEY'RE HOPING FOR SOME RAIN TO GET STANDS UP. THIS FARMER SAYS IT'S BEEN DRY ONLY A LITTLE MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE JANUARY. AND FRANK MCCARTY OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY ARKANSAS TWEETED OUT THIS PHOTO. NO THOSE TIRES AREN'T BALD, THEY'RE JUST CAKED IN MUD DURING RICE HARVEST. STATEWIDE, MORE THAN HALF OF THE CROP IS CUT...WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH ON TARGET. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOME TOWN TEMPS. HERE'S THE SECRET TO SELLING OLD EQUIPMENT. PETE'S PICK OF THE WEEK LETS YOU EASILY VIEW CURRENT MARKET PRICES. JUST TEXT PETE TO 31313 TO GET STARTED!

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE WHEAT MARKET AND WHY JIM BOWER THINKS IT MAY BE A SLEEPER FOR 2018. AND LATER, IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR HURRICANE HARVEY TO WIPE OUT OF SOME THE BEST COTTON THESE TEXAS GROWERS EVER RAISED. THEIR STORY--FROM THE HEART OF THE STORM...TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY WE HAVE JIM BOWER BOWER TRADING. JIM AS WE TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE MARKETS YOU'VE    BEEN FOCUSED A LITTLE BIT ON THE WHEAT MARKET WHICH WE HAVEN'T TALKED A WHOLE LOT ABOUT HERE. YES IT'S KIND OF A SLEEPER MARKET YOU DON'T GET MUCH CHATTER OR MARKET TALK ABOUT WE BECAUSE IT'S BEEN KIND OF ON THE BACKBURNER COMPARED TO CORN AND SOYBEAN SOIL OIL. SURE. AND THE STOCK MARKET YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I THINK YOU KNOW LOOKING AT IT LOOKING WAY OUT AHEAD I THINK THE WORST IS BEHIND US NOW. YOU KNOW WHEAT IS A VERY VERY GLOBALLY PRICED COMMODITY. AND A LOT OF THINGS AFFECT THE PRICE OF WHEAT    NOT ONLY FROM THE U.S. STANDPOINT BUT CERTAINLY FROM AN INTERNATIONAL STANDPOINT AS FAR AS THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR SUPPLY DEMAND EXPORT AND SO FORTH. BUT I THINK WHEAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT AND STEP BACK FROM IT FROM A ROPE FROM A GLOBAL STANDPOINT AND I UNDERLINE THE WORD GLOBAL IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE WE'VE PUT IN SOME SOME SOME SIGNIFICANT MARKET ACTION ENOUGH TO WARRANT BEING PRETTY AGGRESSIVE ME BUYING SOME WHEAT AND HOLDING OUT INTO 2018. OK IT BE EVEN 2019 AS LONG AS RISK CAPITAL. BUT KEEP IN MIND AUSTRALIA AND ARGENTINA TWO OF THE WORLD'S MAJOR WHEAT EXPORTERS ARE HAVING SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS PARTICULARLY AUSTRALIA AND OF COURSE THEY PROVIDE WHEAT FOR CHINA AND THAT COULD BE A GOOD MARKET THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO PICK UP A PIECE. NOW THE OTHER THING IS FROM A U.S. STANDPOINT IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE WE SHOULD DRAW ACRE'S DOWN AGAIN. RIGHT. THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU BECAUSE THERE'S OTHER ALTERNATIVES. CORN AND SOYBEANS ARE CHICK PEAS OR LENTILS THERE'S SORGHUM THERE'S MYLO. WHEN YOU GET WHEN YOU GET DOWN IN THE THREE 350 CASH LEVEL OR LOWER THERE'S NO MONEY THERE. THE MARKET IS GOING TO FORCE THEM TO MAKE A DECISION. SO WHEN YOU USUALLY WHEN THAT HAPPENS THAT'S OK. THAT'S KIND OF THE START OF THE TURN. SO WHETHER WE GET A BIG MOVE I DON'T KNOW BUT I THINK THE WORST IS BEHIND US SO I'M MUCH MORE CAUTIOUS APPROACH THAN NORMAL BECAUSE IT'S BEEN SUCH A BAD MARKET ACTION. BUT BUT I THINK THINGS ARE HAPPENING UNDERNEATH THE SERVICE TO MAKE THINGS BETTER. DOWN THE ROAD AND WE'RE WATCHING IT VERY VERY CLOSELY. I THINK THE FOLKS THAT ARE PUTTING WHEAT IN RIGHT NOW MIGHT LIKE TO HEAR THAT. THANKS JIM. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL BE BACK AND MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CREDENZ SOYBEAN SEED FROM BAYER. WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HUFFMAN WATCHING ANOTHER HURRICANE APPROACHED THE UNITED STATES BUT YOU DON'T THINK THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE QUITE AS BIG AS THE LAST COUPLE. NO DEFINITELY NOT. THIS ONE IS COMING INTO CHILLIER WATER THAN NORMAL OFF THE NORTHEAST COAST AND SO JOSE REALLY SHOULD WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM WHCH WOULD BE MORE LIKE IT NOREASTER' FOR YOU FOLKS IN THE NORTHEAST BUT AT LEAST IT IS GOING TO MOVE AFTER BEING ON THE MAP FOR A WEEK AND A HALF TO TWO WEEKS OUT IN THE ATLANTIC IT'S FINALLY GOING TO MOVE OFF TO THE NORTH AND EVENTUALLY WEAKEN. BUT IT IS GOING TO CAUSE A LOT OF RAIN AND SOME DECENT WINDS ALONG THE NORTHEAST COAST. A WEAK LITTLE SYSTEM ALONG A WARM FRONT COMING IN THROUGH THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY AS YOU CAN SEE THAT THAT WILL CAUSE SOME SHOWERS AND PERHAPS THUNDERSHOWERS. PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS SHOULD BE MAINLY SCATTERED EVEN BY THIS AFTERNOON AND NOT A WHOLE LOT ON THE MAP PRETTY STRONG STORM SYSTEM IN SOUTHERN CANADA WILL BE BRINGING IN ANOTHER STRONG COLD FRONT INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE HEAD INTO THE MORNING HOURS TOMORROW. HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE ALONG THE GULF COAST. VERY LITTLE GOING ON IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING IN OUT WEST AS YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW SOME MORE RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS. CHECKING OUT THE RAINFALL ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE THE AMOUNTS. SOME AREAS HAVE BEEN GETTING A HALF INCH TO AN INCH ACROSS THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO PARTS OF ILLINOIS AND INDIANA ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE'LL CONTINUE TO ADD IT EASTWARD ACROSS THOSE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AS THE NORTHERN PLAINS GET A LITTLE BIT    WITH THE WARM FRONT AND THAT NEXT SYSTEM COMING IN OUT WEST AND WE'RE GOING TO ADD IN THE SNOWFALL ESTIMATE MAP FOR THE REST   OF THE NEXT SIX MONTHS PROBABLY YOU CAN SEE THE SNOW FALL. OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS SOME AREAS GET SEVERAL  INCHES IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES. THERE'S THE HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY STILL IN THE 90S FROM KANSAS SOUTHWARD. WE'RE LOOKING AT 70S PRETTY PLEASANT ACROSS MOST OF THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST AND THE CHILLY AIR IS NOW OUT WEST WITH HIGHS ONLY IN THE 40S AND 50S AND SOME OF THOSE HIGHER ELEVATIONS LOWS TONIGHT IN THE 40S EVEN IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS SO SOME OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS BELOW FREEZING 70S THOUGH PRETTY MUGGY FROM MISSOURI SOUTHWARD AND THAT HEAT CONTINUES TOMORROW IN THOSE AREAS. BUT THE CHILLY AIR STARTS TO MOVE INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AS WELL. HERE'S THE JET STREAM AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THE TROUGH COMING INTO THE NORTHWEST WILL KIND OF SHIFT EASTWARD BUT IT'S NOT COMING ALL THE WAY. THE RIDGE IS DEFINITELY HOLDING AND IT LOOKS LIKE FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND KEEPING THINGS WARM FOR MOST AREAS EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI AND CHILLY FARTHER WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. HEADING TO TACOMA WASHINGTON. FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY PERIODS OF RAIN TODAY HIGH OF 61 DEGREES. WACO TEXAS PARTLY SUNNY HOT AND HUMID HIGH OF 95. AND ERIE PENNSYLVANIA WILL SEE A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE THE AFTERNOON HIGH OF PLEASANT 78.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, OUR DAIRY REPORT LOOKS AT UPDATED PRICE EXPECTATIONS FROM USDA. PLUS COTTON GROWERS IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS WERE GROWING THE CROP OF A LIFETIME...UNTIL HURRICANE HARVEY STORMED ASHORE. THAT STORY STILL TO COME ON AGDAY. VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.

DAIRY REPORT
USDA LATEST SUPPLY DEMAND REPORTS CALLING FOR LIKE SLIGHT INCREASE IN CLASS THREE MILK BUT LOWERING THE FORECAST FOR THE ALL MILK PRICE. THE 2017 PRICE DROPPING FROM 17-90 TO 17-70..PER HUNDRED. NUMBER CRUNCHERS ALSO EXPECTING MILK PRODUCTION IN 2017 TO CONTINUE TO RISE. USDA SAYS INCREASES IN MILK PER COW WILL MORE THAN OFFSET A SLOWING PACE OF EXPANSION. ON THE GOOD NEWS FRONT, FEED COSTS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN DOWN IN THE NEAR TERM. BOTH CORN AND BEANS SEEING REDUCTIONS WHILE BEAN MEAL PRICES EXPECTED TO AVERAGE BETWEEN 290 AND 330  PER SHORT TON. ON THE CONSUMER SIDE OF THE BUSINESS-- WHOLE FAT DAIRY PRODUCTS SEEING SALES INCREASE. USDA ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICES SAYS SINCE 2014 SALES    OF WHOLE MILK HAVE RISEN 10 PERCENT...AND MAY BE ON TRACK TO SURPASS 2 PERCENT SALES THIS YEAR. GIVEN RECENT HEALTH STUDIES, FULL FAT PRODUCTS CONTINUE TO SEE INCREASED SALES. HOWEVER AS A WHOLE, TOTAL FLUID MILK SALES CONTINUE TO FALL-- BUT-- FLAVORED MILKS AS A SUB-CATEGORY-- DID SEE A SLIGHT UP TICK AND CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD A FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER. THE CALIFORNIA'S PRODUCER REVIEW BOARD FINALIZING ITS QUOTA RECOMMENDATIONS LAST WEEK. A NEW DAIRY QUOTA PROGRAM IS NEEDED IF CALIFORNIA DAIRY FARMERS VOTE TO JOIN THE FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER SYSTEM. CURRENTLY, THE CALIFORNIA STATE MILK ORDER REGULATES BOTH MILK PRICING AND THE QUOTA PROGRAM JOINTLY. THIS SEPARATE QUOTA REGULATION ALLOWS CALIFORNIA TO CONTINUE ITS QUOTA PROGRAM ALONG SIDE A FEDERAL ORDER. THE PROPOSAL IS HEADED FOR CALIFORNIA'S SECRETARY OF AG, WITH A PRODUCER REFERENDUM EXPECTED NEXT MONTH.

TEASE
AS DEVASTATING AS HURRICANE HARVEY WAS, IT WAS QUICKLY OVERSHADOWED BY IRMA. BUT THAT DOESN'T LESSON THE SEVERE BLOW THAT TEXAS COTTON GROWERS FELT...AND ARE STILL FEELING. THAT STORY NEXT ON IN THE COUNTRY.

IN THE COUNTRY
AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE SHOW, AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE WILL VISIT SOUTHEAST TEXAS LATER THIS WEEK TO SURVEY DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND BY THE FURY OF HURRICANE HARVEY. WHAT HE'LL SEE IS THE THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF BARE STALKS FROM COTTON FIELDS THAT DID NOT GET HARVESTED BEFORE THE STORM MADE LANDFALL. HE'LL ALSO SEE FIRST-HAND BALES AND MODULES SHREDDED BY THE WIND AND RAIN. IN THIS VIDEO FROM THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, WE HEAR FROM A GROWER WHO HAD A 'CROP OF LIFETIME' BEFORE IT WAS DESTROYED BY A 'STORM OF A LIFETIME.' LIKE I'VE ALWAYS TOLD THE YOUNG ONES, "IF YOU MAKE MONEY SAVE IT. THE BAD ONE'S COMING." THE YIELDS WERE ABOVE NORMAL. WHAT WE PICKED, SOME WAS OVER THREE, SOME TWO AND THREE-QUARTERS. AND I'VE HAD YIELDS AT THAT LEVEL, BUT NOT OVER BASICALLY EVERY ACRE THAT'S GROWING HERE. THAT WAS THE BIG DIFFERENCE. TALK TO THE FARMERS, THEY SAY THIS WAS THE CROP OF A DECADE FOR THEM. THAT'S REALLY THE CROP THAT FOLKS WERE GONNA MAKE A PROFIT OFF THIS YEAR. RIGHT UP UNTIL THIS HAPPENED. ONE WEEK AHEAD WE WERE PICKING COTTON AS FAST AS WE COULD. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE TO GET ALL OF THAT OUT OF THE FIELD BEFORE IT HIT, SO THERE WAS 24 HOUR LONG SHIFTS GOING ON THROUGH THIS AREA. WE'D BATTEND DOWN EVERYTHING WE COULD AND LEFT. WENT TO LA GRANGE. WE DON'T HAVE FLOOD ISSUES HERE. THEY'RE SAYING WE HAVE A LITTLE LESS THAN FIFTEEN INCHES. I HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT HOW YOU MEASURE IT WHEN THE WIND'S BLOWING AT 130 MILES AN HOUR BUT THAT'S WHAT I WAS TOLD. IT LOOKED LIKE A BOMB WENT OFF. COTTON MODULES TORN APART, BUILDINGS TORN APART, THE DAMAGE TO THE POWER LINES AND TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH HERE IS PRETTY AMAZING. THE EYE-WALL PASSED THROUGH THIS AREA WHICH MEANS WE HAD THE STRONGEST WINDS. AND AS SLOW AS THAT STORM WAS MOVING WE HAD THOSE WINDS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. I'VE GOT SOME FIELDS THAT WE DIDN'T GET TO. THEY APPEAR TO BE PICKED RIGHT NOW AFTER THIS. I'VE GOT SOME MODULES TOTALLY DESTROYED… IN THE FIELD. CROP WAS HARVESTED BEFORE THE STORM HIT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE LOSING IT NOW. THE CONVENTIONAL MODULES, THE LARGE RECTANGULAR ONES, MANY OF THOSE ARE HEAVILY DAMAGED. WE LOST THE TOP OFF OF THAT WITH THE WIND. AND THEN WE GOT A LOT OF RAIN ON TOP OF THOSE MODULES, COMBINED WITH WATER SEEPING UP FROM THE BOTTOM. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH WE'LL BE ABLE TO GIN IN THE END. I DON'T THINK WE'LL KNOW THAT FOR A FEW WEEKS YET. BUT I DON'T THINK IT'D BE MUCH. YOU SEE A LOT OF THE ROUND BALES WHICH IN APPEARANCE LOOK GOOD, BUT DEPENDS ON HOW WET THEY ARE. THEY MAY NOT BE AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK. FARMING ON THE GULF COAST, THIS IS ALWAYS A RISK AND EVERYONE KNOWS THAT, YOU JUST HOPE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. FOLKS THAT ARE 30, 40 MILES TO THE SOUTH HAVE NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER. YOU'RE JUST UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO BE IN THE PATH OF ONE OF THESE STORMS. YOU JUST NEED TO GET OUT OF THERE, SAVE YOUR FAMILY AND WHAT YOU CAN THERE AND THEN COME BACK AND REPAIR WHAT YOU CAN AFTER THE FACT.

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

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