AgDay Daily Recap -Dec. 24, 2015

December 24, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DEC. 24, 2015


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -WET WEATHER CONTINUES OUT WEST...BUT DROUGHT IS RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT DRINKING WATER IN CALIFORNIA. IN AGRIBUSINESS...PREPARING THE DAIRY FOR 2016. BOTTOM LINE IS IS THERE'S LOT'S OF PRODUCTION ON THE FRONT END LOOKING FOR A HOME ON THE BACK END AND THAT USUALLY CHASES PRICES LOWER. DRONE DETAILS FOR CHRSTMAS. AND TAKE A RIDE WITH THESE NORTH DAKOTA KIDS AS THEY CELEBRATE THE SEASON.
EL NINO PATTERN OF STORMS TAKES TO THE WEST:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.
WHILE THE EAST DEALS WITH RECORD WARMTH, OUT WEST, SNOW AND RAIN ARE POURING INTO THE COUNTRY FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
AN EL NINO PATTERN OF STORMS DUMPING ON THE WESTERN HALF OF THE U.S. ALL THAT RAIN AND SNOW HELPING TO HEAL A DROUGHT STRESSED LANDSCAPE.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THAT SINCE MONDAY, LAKE TAHOE HAS RISEN NEARLY 2 INCHES--THE EQUIVALENT OF NEARLY SIX POINT 4 BILLION GALLONS OF WATER. WINTER STORMS CONTINUE TO SLAM INTO THE SIERRA'S DUMPING SEVERAL FEET OF SNOW ON HIGHER ELEVATIONS. IN CALIFORNIA, THE DEPART OF WATER RESOURCES SAYS IT'S PLANNING TO CONDUCT ITS FIRST MANUAL SNOW SURVEY NEXT WEEK. ELECTRONIC READINGS AT THE SITE SHOW SNOWPACK IS ALREADY HIGHER THAN
NORMAL--112 PERCENT OF AVERAGE. COMPARE THAT TO LAST YEAR WHEN BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND WARM TEMPERATURES DURIN THE WINTER MONTHS COMBINED TO CREATE A HISTORICALLY MEAGER SNOWPACK.
SEVERE DROUGHT, A LACK OF RAIN AND HEAVY GROUNDWATER PUMPING IS CREATING A FRESH CONCERN FOR SOME PLACES IN CALIFORNIA.
URANIUM TRACES FOUND IN DRINKING WATER IN THE WEST:
URANIUM -THE RAW MATERIAL FOR NUCLEAR FUEL FOR POWER PLANTS -IS SHOWING-UP IN DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS IN MAJOR FARMING REGIONS OF THE WEST. IT'S A NATURAL PRODUCT THAT'S MINED FROM THE GROUND. BUT THE DROUGHT MAY BE BRINGING HIGHER CONCENTRATIONS IN DRINKING WATER. TRACY BROWN OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS THE STORY.
CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY... ONE-FOURTH OF THE NATION'S FOOD IS GROWN HERE...THE STATE'S RECORD BREAKING DROUGHT HAS BEEN TOUGH ON FARMERS AND FAMILIES. BUT THERE'S GROWING CONCERN…NOT JUST ABOUT THE WATER…BUT WHAT'S IN IT.
"IT SAID THAT THE WATER HAD HIGH URANIUM BUT IT WAS OKAY, THAT IT WAS OKAY TO DRINK, THAT YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BOIL IT. BUT IT ALSO SAID IF YOU DRINK IT YOU MIGHT GET CANCER." RECENT STUDIES BY THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY FOUND INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS LEVELS OF URANIUM IN THE GROUNDWATER OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY _ THE SAME RADIOACTIVE AND TOXIC ELEMENT USED FOR NUCLEAR FUEL AND ATOM BOMBS "HERE'S THE RAW MATERIAL OF ATOMIC ENERGY." URANIUM IS NATURALLY PRESENT IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY'S SOIL... BUT INTENSIVE IRRIGATION AND THE DROUGHT ARE MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE.
BUT AS DANGEROUS URANIUM LEVELS GROW THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL VALLEY…SO DO THE HEALTH RISKS TO THOSE LIVING THERE. TRACY BROWN, ASSOCIATED PRESS. )
SEVERE WEATHER WORRIES A PROBLEM FOR SOME PLACES TO END THE WEEK.
CROP WATCH:
MIKE HOFFMAN JOIN US WITH A LOOK IN CROPWATCH.
GOOD MORNING CLINTON. RECORD-SETTING WARMTH COVERS MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN CORN BELT, ACCOMPANIED BY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. YESTERDAY DAMAGING STORMS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES WERE REPORTED IN PARTS OF ARKANSAS. ALABAMA, AND THE CAROLINAS. IN BEAUFORT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA -SOME SOY BEANS HAVE YET TO BE HARVESTED BECAUSE OF EXCESSIVE RAINFALL. W-C-T-I TV IN NEW BERN SAYS THAT AREA RECEIVED 60 INCHES OF RAINFALL TO DATE. THE LATE HARVEST PREVENT FARMERS WHO DOUBLE CROP WHEAT. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP WELL THE FIRST STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE EAST TODAY AND ANOTHER WET AND WHITE STORM SYSTEM COMING INTO THE WEST WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. OKAY WHEN WE COME BACK, MIKE NORTH JOINS US AGAIN TO TALK DAIRY MARKETS AND PREPARING THE FARM FOR 2016.
TEASE:
AND LATER DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW ATOP A CHRISTMAS SLEIGH. JOINS THESE NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS FOR RIDE TODAY ON THE IN THE COUNTRY.
AGDAY -BROUGHT TO YOU BY BASF. GROW SMART WITH BASF AND GET THE MOST, ACRE AFTER ACRE, SEASON AFTER SEASON.
CME:
IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER BIG RALLY DAY FOR LIVESTOCK DURING THE TRADING DAY. LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO.
I THINK LIVE CATTLE 135 -136 AS A TRADE. I STILL WANT TO BE A BUYER, BUT NOT UNTIL WE GET INTO MID 120'S. FEEDER CATTLE 165 OR SO. RIGHT NOW WE'RE 163.
I THINK WE WANT TO BE A SELLER. I THINK WE'RE GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE HIGH 140S. I THINK THAT'S WHERE YOU WANT TO BE A BUYER. YOU DON'T WANT TO CHASE UP HERE. THIS IS ALL PURELY SHORT COVERING. THIS IS A QUIET TIRED MARKET. THAT'S GETTING SQUEEZED AT THE MOMENT ON A LIGHT VOLUME DAY.
AGRIBUSINESS:
JOINING US HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK IS MIKE NORTH COMMODITY RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP AND IT SAYS RIGHT THERE IN THE NAME OF YOUR COMPANY RISK RISK IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THE DAIRY MARKET IS DEFINITELY FACING AS WE HEAD INTO 2016.>> ABSOLUTELY YOU KNOW WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE PRODUCT SIDE OF THINGS THE TRANSLATION OF A LOWER PRODUCT MARKET IS LOWER MILK PRICES.>> OKAY.>> AND AS WE TALK ABOUT THE UNITED STATES SITUATION WE STILL ARE NOT FAR FROM PEAK OF COW NUMBERS PRODUCTIVITY AT THE FARM IS HOLDING VERY SIMILAR TO WHERE IT WAS IN 2014 WHICH WAS A BIG YEAR FOR MILK PRODUCTION AND SO A LOT OF MILK IS MOVING INTO THE CHEESE VAT IT'S GOING INTO THE POWDER DRYERS IT'S GOING YOU KNOW WHERE EVER IT CAN FIT RIGHT NOW THERE'S EVEN PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT JUST DON'T EVEN HAVE THE CAPACITY AND MILKS BEING DUMPED SO YOU KNOW BOTTOM LINE IS THERE'S LOT'S OF PRODUCTION ON THE FRONT END LOOKING FOR A HOME ON THE BACK END AND THAT USUALLY CHASES PRICES LOWER.>> OKAY SO WHAT DO OUR PRODUCERS DO TO STAY IN THE GAME HERE BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE SEEMS LIKE IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF TOUGH SITUATION BEFORE IT CAN GET BETTER.>>

NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WE STARTED THE SHOW TALKING ABOUT THE SITUATION OUT WEST AND ALL THAT RAIN AND SNOW THEY'VE GOTTEN LOOKS LIKE MORE ON THE WAY. REALLY IS. WE WERE HOPING FOR THIS NOT SURE WE WOULD GET ALL OF THIS MOISTURE BUT BOY IT JUST KEEPS COMING INTO THE WEST. AND LIKE CLINTON SAID YET ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM MOVING IN OUT WEST RIGHT NOW. THAT'S GOING TO BRING SOME MORE HEAVY RAINS ALONG THE COASTLINE. HEAVY SNOWS INLAND AND SOME OF THE LOWER ELEVATIONS INLAND AS THIS STORM SYSTEM MOVES OFF TO THE EAST.
TEASE:
COMING UP CHRISTMAS MORNING, WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL AGDAY CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON. WE CALL IT "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY". WE'LL VISIT A OLD FASHIONED GRIST MILL THAT LIKES TO GRIND WHEAT THE OLD FASHIONED WAY, BUT AT CHRISTMAS IT'S AN EXPLOSION OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS.
PLUS, DO YOU STRING CRANBERRIES ON YOUR TREE? WE'LL VISIT THE LARGEST CRANBERRY FARM IN THE COUNTRY. AND MEET A FARMER WHO SHOWS HIS SUPPORT TO AMERICA'S TROOPS WITH THE TREES ON HIS FARM. WE HOPE YOU TUNE IN FRIDAY MORNING FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY, RIGHT HERE ON AGDAY. UP NEXT...GIVING THE GIFT OF FLIGHT--MAY NEED A LITTLE CLARITY THIS CHRISTMAS. DRONE DETAILS AFTER THE BREAK.
AND WE'LL GO FOR A HAY WAGON WITH A BUNCH OF SCHOOL KIDS ANXIOUS TO
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS! FIND YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AT MACHINERY PETE.COM AND ENTER
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A YETI COLLER. ONE YETI TUNDRA 35 COOLER IS
BEING GIVEN AWAY EACH WEEK. GO TO WWW.MACHINERYPETE.COM/SURVEY,
COMPLETE THE SURVEY, AND ENTER YOUR INFORMATION. YOU COULD BE NEXT
OWNER OF A MACHINERY PETE YETI COOLER.
DRONES AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT:
COULD THE LATEST AERIAL SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY BE SITTING UNDER THE TREE THIS CHRISTMAS? THE USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS OR DRONES ON FARMS AND RANCHES IS EXPECTED TO RISE. MANY EXPECT AS THE TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES IT COULD INCREASE EFFICIENCIES IN AG PRODUCTION.
DRONES, ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATES MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION OF THEM WILL BE PURCHASED THIS YEAR, WITH MANY OF THOSE AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.
BECAUSE OF THIS THE FAA IS REQUIRING THE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT BE REGISTERED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO IDENTIFY OWNERS AND EDUCATE AMATEUR AVIATORS. THE AGENCY PROHIBITS DRONES FROM FLYING HIGHER THAN 400 FEET AND WITHIN 5 MILES OF AN AIRPORT. IT'S AN EVOLVING INDUSTRY, THERE'S A LOT GOING ON. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GETTING FRUSTRATED WITH MAYBE THE PACE AT WHICH IT'S BEING DEVELOPED BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN SAFE OPERATIONS. WE DON'T WANT AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT HITTING A MANNED AIRCRAFT AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO. THE FAA IS MAKING LEAPS AND BOUNDS TO TRY TO GET THESE INTO THE AIRSPACE. THEY HAVE A REALLY TOUGH JOB TRYING TO ENSURE SAFETY OF THE AIRSPACE WITH ALL OF THESE SYSTEMS FLYING AND NO REAL COMMONALITY BETWEEN A LOT OF THE SYSTEMS. JOSH OLDS IS WITH THE EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY AND UPDATED A STANDING-ROOM CROWD OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS AT ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU'S ANNUAL CONVENTION ON THE LATEST REGULATIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS RAPIDLY GROWING INDUSTRY.

THE TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE AND MORE FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE UTILIZING IT TO MAKE THEIR OPERATIONS MORE EFFICIENT. THAT SITE....REGISTER-MY-UAS DOT FAA DOT GOV. THIS IS KEN MOORE REPORTING.
TEASE:
UP NEXT...TAKE A SLEIGH RIDE THIS CHRISTMAS WITH SCHOOL KIDS IN NORTH DAKOTA.

IN THE COUNTRY:
THE STUDENTS AT LITTLE HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN SAINT ANTHONY NORTH DAKOTA ARE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN A RUSTIC WAY.
ALL 14 STUDENTS IN K-THROUGH-EIGHT -THAT'S RIGHT 14 -PILED INTO AN OLD WOODEN WAGON TO SING CHRISTMAS JINGLES AS A TEAM OF HORSES PULLED THEM THROUGH THE VILLAGE.
OUR OLE FRIEND CLIFF NAYLOR FROM KFYR JUMPS ON BOARD TO SHARE THE CELEBRATION.
IN SAINT
ANTHONY, CLIFF NAYLOR, REPORTING FOR AGDAY. )
CLOSING:
AND JUST A REMINDER -PLEASE JOIN US TOMORROW MORNING AS WE BRING YOU "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY". THIS IS OUR SPECIAL GIFT TO OUR VIEWERS WHO DO AN INCREDIBLE JOB PRODUCING FOOD, FIBER AND FUEL. THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FRIDAY ON AGDAY WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY". WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW WE CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY ACROSS FARM COUNTRY. IT'S A SPECIAL PROGRAM THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY. WATCH ME WEEKDAYS ON AGDAY.

 

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