AgDay Daily Recap -August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 19, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -A NEW DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS  IMPROVEMEST OUT EAST BUT IS IT ENOUGH. PLUS, FIRES AND FLOODS--AN UPDATE ON THE DISASTERS IN THE WEST AND SOUTH. IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...A CROP TOUR PREVIEW. A GREAT AMERICAN BARN WITH A CONNECTION TO CHRISTMAS. AND LEARNING TO GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IN A COLLEGE DORM.
DROUGHT MONITOR:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS IMPROVEMENT THANKS TO A STRING OF SIGNIFICANT RAINS OVER THE PAST 10 DAYS. NATIONALLY MORE THAN HALF--52 PERCENT--OF THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES HAS NO FORM OF DROUGHT OR DRYNESS. A FOUR POINT IMPROVEMENT OVER LAST WEEK. LESS THAN 20 PERCENT COUNTRY IS NOW CLASSIFIED AS HAVING SOME FORM OF DROUGHT. WHILE IN THE MIDWEST, BOTH MICHIGAN AND OHIO SAW SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS. JUST 13 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AREA NOW HAS SOME SORT OF DRYNESS. DROUGHT COVERS JUST 6 PERCENT AND MOST OF THAT IS IN OHIO AND NORTHEAST INDIANA. THAT SAID, OHIO SAW A 20 POINT IMPROVEMENT IN IT'S DROUGHT SITUATION. BUT FARMERS WONDER IF IT'S TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.
DRY WEATHER HURTS ALFALFA GROWERS:
OHIO ALFALFA GROWERS ARE ALREADY FEELING THE PAIN OF DRY WEATHER WITH LIGHTER CUTTINGS. JOE BARKER FROM PAULDING COUNTY, TELLING AGDAY HE'S WAY BEHIND WHERE HE WANTS TO BE WITH ALFALFA PRODUCTION. "NORMALLY WITH OUR THIRD CUTTING, WE'RE HOPING TO HARVEST A TON PER ACRE, THIS YEAR WE WERE HALF OF A TON ON OUR THIRD CUTTING,"BARKER SAYS HE'S USED TO A LIGHTER FOURTH CUTTING. BUT THAT MAY BE NON EXISTENT THIS YEAR. HE'S HOPING ANOTHER SHOWER HAPPENS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. HAY ISN'T THE ONLY FORAGE CROP STRUGGLING. SILAGE IS ALSO TAKING A HIT DUE TO DROUGHT CONDITIONS.
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE:
MEANWHILE OUT WEST, THE WILDFIRE SEASON REMAINS EXPLOSIVE. A FAST-MOVING WILDFIRE EAST OF LOS ANGELES HAS NOW RACED ACROSS MORE THAN 40 SQUARE MILES. SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY DOZENS OF STRUCTURES HAVE BURNED, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE EXACT DAMAGE TOTALS YET. MORE THAN 80-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY'S RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO EVACUATE.
FLOODING IN LOUISIANA:
MEANWHILE, IN THE SOUTH, LOUISIANA IS STILL TRYING TO WRAP IT'S ARMS AROUND THE FLOODING AND DEVASTATION OF TORRENTIAL RAINS. JOHN MONE REPORTS FROM GONZALES LOUISIANA. THE SMELL OF MUDDY WATER HANGS HEAVY IN THE AIR OF SOUTHERN LOUISIANA, SO DO PEOPLE'S HEARTS—"I CRY FOR HER AND HER KIDS, THAT'S WHERE THEY GREW UP AND THAT'S WHERE THEY WERE BORN AND RAISED. HURTS YOU TO YOUR HEART TO SEE IT HAPPEN." LEN MATHERNE WATCHED AS HIS WIFE DORIS TRUDGED THROUGH THE FLOODED STREET, AND CHECKED ON THE HOUSE WHERE SHE'S LIVED FOR MOST OF HER LIFE "WE'VE BEEN HERE 56-7 YEARS, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS THAT ARE WORSE OFF. I CAN'T COMPLAIN ABOUT" AUTHORITIES PAINT A BLEAK PICTURE OF CRISIS— TORRENTIAL RAINS FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEKEND AND ENSUING CATASTROPHIC FLOODS KILLED ELEVEN PEOPLE AND DAMAGED AT LEAST 40THOUSAND HOMES— NUMBERS WHICH COULD RISE. LIKE MANY OF THE DISASTER VICTIMS-JAMES LANE IS NOW FORCED TO REBUILD A SECOND TIME. JOHN MONE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SIOUX INDIANS PROTEST PIPELINE:
MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF THE STANDING ROCK TRIBE OF SIOUX INDIANS MARCHED IN PROTEST OF A PIPELINE NOW BEING BUILT NEAR THE RESERVATION. THE PIPELINE STRETCHES FROM NORTH DAKOTA THROUGH SOUTH DAKOTA, IOWA AND ENDS IN ILLINOIS. THE TRIBE FILED SUIT AGAINST THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR APPROVING CONSTRUCTION PERMITS. A HEARING WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN THE CASE. AND THE DEVELOPERS SAID IT WILL SUSPEND WORK ON THE PIPELINE NEAR THE RESERVATION. BUT WORK CONTINUES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE. THE CURRENT PATH TAKES IT ACROSS THE MISSOURI RIVER NEAR THE STANDING ROCK RESERVATION. THE TRIBE IS WORRIED ABOUT THE PIPELINE POLLUTING THE WATER IF IT RUPTURES.
CROP COMMENTS:
CINDI CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN THIS MORNING AND IS CHECK CROP CONDITIONS IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. LET'S HEAD BACK TO NORTHWEST OHIO FOR THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. HERE'S A PICTURE OF SOME OF THE BEANS IN EAST DEFIANCE COUNTY. THERE ARE A LOT OF 3-PODS HANGING OFF THE STEM. FARMERS HOPE RAINS WILL HELP FILL THE PODS OUT. HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME EAR SAMPLES FROM GILMAN, ILLINOIS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CORN IS MATURING AND EAR IS FILLING OUT NICELY. USDA SAYS 25 PERCENT OF CORN ACREAGE IS DENTED. THAT'S BELOW THE 5YEAR AVERAGE. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK THE TEAM FROM PRO FARMER JOIN US WITH A PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR PREVIEW. THIS FLOCK OF DUCKS IS ON A MISSION TO PROTECT A VINEYARD FROM PREDATORS! AND ONE OF THE HARDEST LESSONS TO LEARN WHEN HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE -HOW TO ESTABLISH GOOD SLEEP HABITS IN THE DORM.
AGRIBUSINESS:
CRUDE OIL PRICES ARE TRENDING HIGHER THIS MONTH...UP 20 PERCENT SINCE THE FIRST OF AUGUST. BRENT CRUDE TRADING ABOVE THE 50 DOLLAR MARK ON THURSDAY. THE LATEST GAINS FOLLOWING SHRINKING STOCKPILES AND FRESH TALKS BY OPEC AND RUSSIA TO FREEZE OUTPUT IN HOPES OF HOLDING PRICES ABOVE 40 DOLLARS PER BARREL. PRICES ARE NOW SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. ALL EYES WILL BE ON FIELD SCOUTS THIS WEEK AS THEY COVER THE CORN BELT DURING THE ANNUAL PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR. CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE GIVE US A PREVIEW IN TODAY'S PROFIT BRIEFING. WELL BRIAN WE ARE HEADING OUT ON OUR TWENTY FOURTH PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR AND I WAS HOPING FOR KIND OF A BORING TOUR THIS YEAR AND THEN USDA THROWS THOSE BIG NUMBERS AT US 175. 1, 48.9 FOR A NATIONAL AVERAGE BEAN YIELD OUT WHEN WE GET OUT THERE THE FACT THAT USDA IS IS WORKING WITH A RECORD EAR WEIGHT ON THAT ONE SEVENTY FIVE POINT ONE NATIONAL AVERAGE CORN YIELD GUYS ARE GOING TO BE EXAMINING THOSE YEARS VERY CLOSELY. FOR BRAIN GRETE FOR ALL THE EDITORS AT PRO FARMER IN CEDAR FALLS IOWA I'M CHIP FLORY.
FARM PROGRESS PITCH:
I WANT TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM AT THE FARM PROGRESS SHOW IN BOONE IOWA LATER THIS MONTH. ON TUESDAY AUGUST 30TH, TYNE MORGAN WILL HOST A MARKETING ROUNDTABLE AT THE CHANNEL EXHIBIT. THAT STARTS AT NOON...AND FIRST 250 PEOPLE TO SHOW UP GET FREE LUNCH. THEN ON WEDNESDAY WE'RE PLANNING A COLLEGE TV EVEN WITH TYNE, CHIP FLORY AND MACHINERY PETE--GREG PETERSON. THAT WILL BE FROM ONE TO TWO ON WEDNESDAY. MAKE PLANS TO BE THERE AND GET MARKETING AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION YOU CAN'T FIND ANY WHERE ELSE.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
"METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN AGAIN TODAY CINDI AS WE LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER SOME BIG IMPROVEMENTS IN PLACES AND SOME IMPROVEMENTS COULD STILL BE COMING YES ABSOLUTELY A LOT OF THE RAIN FELL AFTER THE INFORMATION WAS TAKEN TO ACTUALLY DRAW THIS LATEST U S DROUGHT MONITOR SO I THINK WE'LL SEE SOME CHANGES ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES OVER THE NEXT WEEK
REGIONAL:
 THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST NOW LETS CHECK OUT THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE WHENAMOKA NEVADA A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH OF NINETY ONE DEGREES RIGHT FRIEND NEBRASKA'S AND SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HIGH OF EIGHTY THREE AND GARLAND NORTH CAROLINA SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FOR YOU WITH A HIGH OF EIGHTY FOUR.
AMERICAN BARNS:
 NEXT A GREAT AMERICAN BARN THAT MAY GIVE YOU SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER. AND A TOUGH LESSON TO LEARN AT COLLEGE -HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP. WE'LL HAVE SOME ADVICE.


GREAT AMERICAN BARNS:
HERE WE ARE AT THE PEAK OF SUMMER HEAT AND HUMIDITY. MAYBE IT'S NOT TOO DIFFICULT TO DREAM ABOUT THE COLDER DAYS AHEAD. TODAY'S GREAT AMERICAN BARN SHOULD GET YOU THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS. FARMERS TOM AND KERRY DULL OF THORNTOWN, INDIANA RECEIVED A RURAL PRESERVATION AWARD THIS WEEK FROM INDIANA FARM BUREAU AND THE INDIANA LANDMARKS ORGANIZATION. THE AWARD WAS PRESENTED AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR. THE DULL'S HAVE RESTORED SEVERAL HISTORIC FARM BUILDINGS. THE FARMSTEAD DATES BACK TO THE 1880'S. THE BARNS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THEIR CHRISTMAS TREE FARM WHICH THEY STARTED IN 1985.
DUCK PATROL:
THESE DUCKS ARE STARTING THEIR MORNING COMMUTE TO WORK, JOSTLING FOR TOP BILLING AMONG THEIR COLLEAGUES. THIS DAILY EXCURSION IS KNOWN AS THE "DUCK PARADE" THE BIRDS WERE PRESSED INTO ACTION AS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY METHOD OF PEST CONTROL AT A VINEYARD IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICIA. THE WATERFOWL FEAST ON SNAILS, WORMS AND OTHER EDIBLE PESTS. THE VINEYARD STARTED USING DUCKS IN THE 1980'S WITH JUST SIX. THE POPULATION NOW EXCEEDS A THOUSAND.
TEASE:
JUST IN TIME AS YOU SEND YOUR COLLEGE KID TO SCHOOL. HOW TO GET RESTFUL SLEEP IN A NOISE-FILLED DORM.
IN THE COUNTRY:
ARE YOU SENDING A CHILD OFF TO COLLEGE FOR THE FIRST TIME? ONE OF THE FIRST LESSONS STUDENTS LEARN WHEN THEY ARRIVE ON CAMPUS IS THAT SLEEP CAN BE HARD TO COME BY IN A DORMITORY. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY OHIO STATE'S WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER CLARK POWELL HAS SOME TIPS ON GETTING A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP. ASHLEE CHADWICK KNEW COMING INTO COLLEGE THAT THE COURSES WOULD BE CHALLENGING AND HER SCHEDULE WOULD BE HECTIC. WHAT SHE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE WAS HOW MUCH SHE WOULD HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH SO LITTLE SLEEP. AT OHIO STATE WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER, THIS IS CLARK POWELL REPORTING.
EXERCISING CAN ALSO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT, BUT DOCTOR DAS SAYS YOU WANT TO WORK OUT IN THE AFTERNOON INSTEAD OF AT NIGHT. EXERCISING TOO CLOSE TO BEDTIME CAN ACTUALLY MAKE IT HARDER FOR YOU TO FALL ASLEEP.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR CINDI CLAWSON AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. MONDAY ON AGDAY -WE HEAD OUT FOR THE ANNUAL PROFARMER CROP TOUR. COVERING SEVEN STATES IN FOUR DAYS, SCOUT GET A MID-SEASON ASSESSMENT OF THIS YEARS CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS. TUNE IN WEEKDAYS FOR AGDAY.

 

 

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