AgDay Daily Recap -August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
AUG. 23, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -CROP TOUR 2016 -FIRST DAY FINDINGS. "SOUTH DAKOTA'S CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION WILL BE OFF OF LAST YEAR'S RECORD MARK. WE'LL FIND OUT HOW MUCH TODAY ON AGDAY. " FROM WEST TO EAST--A LOOK AT INDIANA FARM FIELDS AS SCOUTS SET OUT THIS MORNING. IN AGRIBUSINESS...CHECKING ON CORN EXPECTATIONS. BUT SOME OF THE TIP BACK I'M HEARING ABOUT IS NOT LIKE THAT HALF INCH TO INCH IT'S THAT INCH AND A HALF TO TWO INCHES. MILK PRODUCTION CONTINUES ITS TREND HIGHER. AND MEET A 4TH GENERATION FARM FAMILY THAT HELP LEAD THE WAY IN STRING CHEESE.
CROP TOUR BEGINS:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS THE PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR BEGINS DAY TWO IN THE HOOSIER STATE IN THE EAST AND CORNHUSKER STATE TO THE WEST --SCOUTS ARE WORKING TO PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE USDA CROP CONDITIONS AND IN-FIELD REALITIES. AS SCOUTS WORKED ACROSS DAY ONE...UNIFORMITY IS IN QUESTION. "VERY LOW EAR COUNT, TIPBACK AS YOU CAN SEE. IT'LL BE IN THAT 150 RANGE. I THINK WE'VE SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF EVERY THING I THE NAME OF THE GAME IS VARIABILITY WE SAW SOME LODGING AND STANDIBILITY ISSUES ONCE YOU WALK INTO THE FIELDS. OUT WEST WITH POCKETS OF DRYNESS ALSO CREEPING IN --YIELD POTENTIAL IS RAISING EYEBROWS. THE CORN YIELD RIGHT NOW IS RUNNING SIX BUSHEL AN ACRE HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR FOR THIS SAME DISTRICT AND SOYBEAN POD COUNTS ARE ABOUT THIRTY PODS HIGHER AS WELL WHICH IS A MAJOR MAJOR SURPRISE. OTHER ROUTES OUT WEST FOUND CORN DISAPPOINTING BUT BEANS GROWING STRONG. AND THINGS LOOK REALLY GOOD IN THE BEAN FIELDS WE HAD AN AVERAGE POD COUNT OF 1240 VERSUS LAST YEARS 1050 FOR THE STATE. BEFORE WE GET INTO THE HEART OF CROP TOUR COVERAGE, LETS START WITH USDA WEEKLY CROP CONDITION RATINGS.
CROP TOUR OHIO:
SCOUTS ARE SEEING A WIDE-VARIETY OF CROPS IN OHIO. IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN PARTS OF THE STATE--FARMER, MIKE  BERDO SAYS HE WAS SURPRISED AT HOW GOOD THE CROPS LOOKED THE FIRST COUPLE OF STOPS CONSIDERING THE WEATHER THIS GROWING SEASON. BUT, HE'S SEEING A LOT OF TIPBACK IN THESE FIELDS, ANYWHERE FROM ONE TO TWO INCHES AND LOWER EAR COUNTS.
EASTERN LEG OF THE TOUR:
NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN IS COVERING THE EASTERN LEG OF THE TOUR. SHE TALKS WITH FARMERS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S CROP.. "CLINTON, USDA IS ANTICIPATING A LARGER YIELD FOR INDIANA COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S AUGUST 12 REPORT. WHILE FARMERS AREN'T DENYING THIS CROP IS GOOD, OTHERS JUST AREN'T SOLD.""WE'RE DENTED ALREADY." AS EXPECTED, THE CORN CROP IS COMING ALONG IN ARCADIA, INDIANA, BUT A HARVEST SURPRISE MAY BE STANDING IN THESE FIELDS.
"NO ONE IS GOING TO ARGUE THAT IT LOOKS GOOD FROM THE ROAD. BUT AS YOU GET IN IT, THERE'S THINGS YOU CAN FIND THAT IT'S NOT A BIN BUSTER." GEORGE KAKASULEFF IS TALKING ABOUT STRESS HIDING WITHIN HIS ROWS. INCLUDING STALK ROT. "IT'S STARTING THERE AND IT'S WORSE ON THAT ONE. STANDABILITY MAY BECOME AN ISSUE," TIP-BACK AND THE THREAT OF LIGHTER TEST WEIGHTS. "IT MAY BE KNIT-PICKING, BUT I'VE HAD TWO REALLY GOOD YEARS,""WE'VE BEEN SO HOT AT THE FIRST HALF OF AUGUST COMPARED TO A YEAR OR TWO YEARS AGO. MY CONCERN IS THE KERNEL DEPTH AND TEST WEIGHTS," REPORTING FOR AGDAY I'M BETSY JIBBEN.
TOMORROW BETSY WILL TALK TO FARMERS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS AS THE TOUR CONTINUES TO MAKE ITS WAY EAST. NOW TO THE WESTERN CORN BELT.....SCOUTS STEPPED-OFF FROM SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA MONDAY MORNING. TODAY THE TEAMS OF SCOUTS DEPART FROM GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA. FROM TWITTER, TONY MCDONALD SHARES THIS PHOTO WHICH COMPARES SOUTH DAKOTA CORN EARS ON THE RIGHT TO NEBRASKA EARS ON THE LEFT.
FROM THE FIELDS OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
THE SAMPLES WERE TAKEN ABOUT 40 MILES APART. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK REPORTS FROM SOUTH DAKOTA ON A CROP THAT'S BEEN UNDER STRESS THIS YEAR.  PROSPECTS FOR SOUTH DAKOTA'S ROW CROPS ARE DOWN FROM LAST YEAR'S RECORD. CORN IN THE SOUTHEAST WAS PLANTED LATE DUE TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINS AND EVEN CAUSED SOME REPLANT AND PREVENT PLANT, SO THE CROP IS HIGHLY VARIABLE. "OUR CROP GOT PLANTED LATER AND THEN WE TOOK PREVENT PLANT ON A PORTION OF IT."  "I WAS AT ABOUT 185 LAST YEAR. I SUPPOSE WE'LL BE 150 THIS YEAR." , "WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF EMPTY HOLES IN THESE FIELDS THAT YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE FROM THE HIGHWAY AND YOU KNOW IF WE COULD PULL OFF 160 I GUESS THAT WOULD BE A NICE SPOT FOR A YEAR LIKE THIS." THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE HAD TIMELY PLANTING, BUT SOME POCKETS TURNED DRY WHICH WILL ALSO PULL DOWN THE YIELD.  "ALL OVER THE BOARD FROM YIELDS VERY SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR TO SOME THAT ARE CHOPPING SILAGE BECAUSE THEY'VE HAD SO MUCH STRESS." "YOU KNOW LAST YEAR WE HAD SOME PRETTY GOOD CORN YOU KNOW WE WERE PUSHING 200 IN A LOT OF AREAS, YOU KNOW WE'RE PROBABLY EXPECTING 170, 180 CONSERVATIVELY." IN SOUTH DAKOTA I'M MICHELLE ROOK REPORTING FOR AGDAY.
CROP COMMENTS:
 PLENTY OF PHOTOS ON TWITTER TO DOCUMENT THE CROP TOUR. #PFTOUR16 TO FOLLOW ALONG. MIKE HOFFMAN IS USING SOME OF THOSE PHOTOS IN CROP COMMENTS, MIKE.GOOD MORNING CLINTON. SCOUTS OF THE CROP TOUR HAVE BEEN RATHER FORTUNATE WITH WEATHER.THIS IS WHAT THE SCOUTS AWOKE TO YESTERDAY NEAR SIOUX FALLS. PROFARMER'S CHIP FLORY TWEETED OUT THAT PHOTO. THINK HE'S EXCITED TO BE ON TOUR? IN LINCOLN COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA IT'S BEEN AWFULLY DRY AS THESE SOIL CRACKS SHOW.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL CHECK COMMODITY PRICES AND GET REACTION TO RECENT CORN CROP PROJECTIONS. AND LATER, WE'LL LOOK AT WHICH STATES CONTINUE TO PUMP OUT MORE MILK AND WHICH ONES ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP PACE. AND IF YOU'RE PUTTING STRING CHEESE IN YOUR KIDS LUNCHBOX TODAY...STICK AROUND AND MEET ONE OF THE EARLY PIONEERS OF THAT POPULAR SNACK.
JOHN DEER TO SLOW PRODUCTION:
JOHN DEERE SAYS IT'S PLANNING TO SLOW TRACTOR PRODUCTION BY 20%, AND COMBINE PRODUCTION BY 60% DURING IT'S 4TH QUARTER. THE COMPANY CITES LOW COMMODITY PRICES, WEAKENING FARM INCOME AND ELEVATED USED EQUIPMENT LEVELS AS THE DRIVER BEHIND THESE REDUCTIONS. THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IS GIVING THE MERGER BETWEEN CHEM-CHINA AND SYNGENTA A THUMBS UP. THE COMPANY'S SAY THERE ARE STILL A NUMBER OF REGULATORS AROUND THE WORLD THAT NEED TO SIGN OFF ON THE DEAL. IT'S PLANNING TO CLOSE THE TRANSACTION BY THE END OF THE YEAR.
AGRIBUSINESS:
JOINING US HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE BRAD MATTHEWS ROACH AG MARKETING. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CORN CROP RIGHT THERE. WE GOT OUR SCOUTS ON CROP TOUR THIS WEEK...KINDA GOING FROM WEST AND EAST LOOKING AT THIS CROP. OF COURSE USDA'S NUMBER WAS AWFULLY BIG. DO WE THINK IT'S GOING TO HOLD UP? I MEAN IT COULD. MY PERSONAL OPINION IS IT PROBABLY DOESN'T. TALKING TO DIFFERENT GROWERS I WORK WITH THERE IS A LOT OF ISSUES WITH TIPBACK . AND I KNOW THAT'S SOMEWHAT EXPECTED. BUT SOME OF THE TIPBACK I'M HEARING ABOUT IS NOT LIKE THAT HALF INCH TO INCH.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE AS WE LOOK AT WHERE THESE FRONTS ARE I THINK THE JET STREAM SHOWED US A WEEK AGO THAT THIS IS EXACTLY HOW IT SAID SET UP. YEAH A LOT OF TIMES THAT THOUGH THE LONG RANGE MODELS WILL SHOW THAT THE JET STREAM YOU'LL SEE AT LEAST THE GENERALITIES NOT SPECIFICS BUT I LOOK IN TODAY'S WEATHER MAP WE DO HAVE SOME SYSTEMS IN THE WESTERN PLAINS AND THEY'LL BE MOVING SLOWLY EASTWARD OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS WE CAN PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION YOU CAN SEE THE SPOTTY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL PLAINS STATES WILL BECOME A LITTLE MORE NUMEROUS ALTHOUGH YOU'LL NOTICE THERE'S NO WIDESPREAD AREAS OF RAIN THINK THE BEST CHANCE BY THIS AFTERNOON IS GOING TO BE NEAR IN THE NORTH OF THE WARM FRONT ACROSS THE MISSOURI VALLEY FEW SPOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST ESPECIALLY FLORIDA AND SOME IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AS WELL GET THOSE TYPICAL AFTERNOON VARIETY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS POPPING UP AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS TOMORROW YOU MANY TIMES DO GET SOME OF THOSE SMALL COMPLEXES ALONG THE WARM FRONT TO HANG ON THROUGH THE NIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO TOMORROW MORNING THAT'S WHAT OUR MODEL IS SHOWING 
REGIONAL WEATHER:
THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FOR SOME OFFER SPOKANE WASHINGTON TODAY PARTLY SUNNY AND COMFORTABLE HIGH OF SEVENTY NINE DEGREES SAINT LOUIS MISSOURI WARM AND MORE HUMID MAY BE A SPOTTY THUNDER STORM BY EVENING HIGH OF EIGHTY THREE AND NEW BERN NORTH CAROLINA GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND WARM HIGH OF EIGHTY EIGHT.
TEASE:
UP NEXT WE'LL CHECK ON MILK PRODUCTION AND THE LATEST VOLUME NUMBERS FROM USDA. AND LATER....WE VISIT A CHEESE MAKER THAT HELPED "STRETCH" THE BOTTOM LINE WITH A UNIQUE WAY TO PACKAGE MOZZARELLA.
LATEST MILK PRODUCTION NUMBERS:
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT --THE LATEST MILK PRODUCTION NUMBERS FROM USDA SHOW THE INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO INCREASE VOLUMES. JULY MILK PRODUCTION CLIMBING ONE POINT 4 PERCENT.  COW NUMBERS WERE ALSO HIGHER--UP 18-THOUSAND COMPARED TO YEAR AGO. MILK PER COW ALSO HIGHER DURING THE PEAK OF SUMMER HEAT TO 19HUNDRED 20 POUNDS.  CALIFORNIA CONTINUING IT'S SPUTTERING WITH COW NUMBERS OFF 10THOUSAND HEAD COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO. WISCONSIN HOWEVER REPORTING A 2 PERCENT INCREASE IN MILK. MICHIGAN AND SOUTH DAKOTA BOTH CONTINUING THEIR IMPRESSIVE PACE--UP 4 AND A HALF AND 6 PERCENT RESPECTIVELY.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME -ONE MORE DAIRY STORY FOR YOU. WE HELP A WISCONSIN CHEESEMAKER CELEBRATE ITS CENTENNIAL.
IN THE COUNTRY:
BAKER CHEESE IN ST. CLOUD, WISCONSIN IS MARKING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. AND THE FOURTH GENERATION OF THE BAKER FAMILY IS STILL RUNNING THE BUSINESS. IN 1916 FRANK BAKER BOUGHT A TINY LITTLE PLANT IN ST. CLOUD, WISCONSIN, AND STARTED MAKING CHEESE. BY THE 1950'S THE SECOND GENERATION OF BAKERS WERE ACTIVE IN THE COMPANY. ABOUT THAT TIME, THE COMPANY'S FOCUS TURNED FROM CHEDDAR TO MOZZARELLA. DURING THE 70'S, THE THIRD GENERATION JOINED IN...AND STARTED TO MAKE SOMETHING CALLED "STRING CHEESE". NOW, THE FOURTH GENERATION HAS GROWN INTO THE BUSINESS...AND THEY'RE STILL USNG THE LOCAL MILK SUPPLY THEY'VE WORKED WITH SINCE 1916. WE HAVE AN EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH-QUALITY MILK SUPPLY, WE HAVE VERY DEDICATED FARMERS THAT HAVE A LOT OF PRIDE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL SETS IN RUNNING THEIR FARMS TO CONTINUE DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO PROVIDING US WITH THAT HIGH-QUALITY MILK."THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD SAYS BAKER CHEESE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COMPANIES TO STRETCH MOZZARELLA AND MAKE STRING CHEESE AS A SNACK.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR BETSY JIBBEN, MICHELLE ROOK AND MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WEDNESDAY -FIELD SCOUTS START DAY THREE OF THE PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR. WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST CROP ESTIMATES. AND USDA SAYS ILLINOIS IS ON PACE FOR A RECORD CROP. WE'LL TALK WITH FARMERS TO SEE IF THEY'LL HIT THAT TARGET. WATCH US WEEKDAYS ON AGDAY.

 

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