AgDay Daily Recap -December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 29, 2014

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - IT'S A LOOK AT AMERICA'S ENERGY SECTOR AND THE IMPACT ON RURAL LIVING. COAL TOWNS IN APPALACHIA STRUGGLE WITH A SHIFTING INDUSTRY...IN AGRIBUSINESS...A CLOSER LOOK AT FALLING OIL PRICES. THIS IS ALL ABOUT OPEC TRYING TO DRIVE OUT THE US PRODUCER. AND MEET A FARMER THAT'S GIVEN UP LIFE ON THE BATTLEFIELD FOR TIME IN THE FARM FIELD. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY SILVERADO 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.
US COAL PRODUCTION:
WHILE JOBS IN THE COAL INDUSTRY ARE VANISHING, OUTPUT SEEMS TO BE HOLDING STEADY OR CREEPING A LITTLE HIGHER. THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION SHOWS COAL PRODUCTION AT 909 MILLION SHORT TONS. E-I-A EXPECTS THE YEAR-END TOTAL TO BE UP 1 POITN 2 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. AND THE FORECAST FOR 2015 IS FLAT.
NY FRACKING:
MEANWHILE, IN NEW YORK STATE OFFICALS ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER IT'S NOW TAKING ACTION TO BAN LARGE-SCALE HYDRAULIC FRACKING IN THE STATE. THIS IS BASED ON A STUDY CONDUCTED BY ACTING NEW YORK STATE HEALTH COMMISSION HOWARD ZUCKER. HYDROFRACKING IS A METHOD IN WHICH WATER, SAND AND CHEMICALS ARE PUMPED INTO THE GROUND AT A HIGH PRESSURE IN ORDER TO RELEASE NATURAL GAS. ZUCKER SAYS THE DATA FOUND QUESTIONS AND HAZARDS TO PUBLIC HEALTH...THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY OBVIOUSLY DISAGREES.
POET PLANT:
EARLIER THIS YEAR, HISTORY WAS MADE IN IOWA WITH THE RIBBON CUTTING ON PROJECT LIBERTY. A 20 MILLION GALLON A YEAR CELL-U-LOSS-SICK CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PRODUCTION FACILITY…AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK WAS AT THE EVENT.
CROP WATCH:
GROWING CROPS TAKES ENERGY. SO LET’S SEE HOW PRODUCTION IS GOING IN THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN…
ANALYSIS INTRO:
WE'RE TALKING ENERGY THIS MORNING AND NO MARKET IS MORE DRAMATIC RIGHT NOW THAN OIL. FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL AND PETER MEYER HAVE MORE.
WX:
AND WELCOME BACK AFTER A FAIRLY MILD MONTH OF DECEMBER SO FAR, WE'RE GOING TO SEE A SHOT OF VERY COLD AIR COMING SOUTHWARD AND YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT ON THE JET STREAM SET UP WHEN A PIECE OF IT IS COMING DUE SOUTH. THAT'S GOING TO CARVE OUT A TROUGH AS WE HEAD INTO THIS WEEK. SOME COMPUTER MODELS EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE WITH THIS, AS IT PUTS SOME VERY COLD AIR, PROBABLY THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON INTO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS STATES AND EVENTUALLY THAT WORKS ITS WAY INTO THE SOUTHEAST. HOW FAR IT GETS INTO THE SOUTHEAST, IS A LITTLE BIT UP IN THE AIR. SO IT MAY NOT EVEN QUITE REACH FLORIDA. FOR THE MOST PART, YOU CAN ALSO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF ACTIVITY DOWN IN THE SOUTH WEST, WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH THAT. THAT COULD PRODUCE SOME MOISTURE IN THE SOUTH WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.  OKAY, SO TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK, WE'LL GO BELOW NORMAL, ALMOST TO THE WEST COAST. PARTS OF CALIFORNIA NEAR NORMAL BUTT BELOW NORMAL FROM THE WEST COAST ALL THE WAY TO THE APPALACHIANS…ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE PENINSULA OF FLORIDA, TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION FOR THIS COMING WEEK. WE'LL GO ABOVE NORMAL FOR MUCH OF TEXAS, EXCEPT THE PANHANDLE, AND THEN MOST OF THE SOUTH EAST RIGHT ON UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD, EASTERN GREAT LAKES, EASTERN OHIO, AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS. LOOKS FAIRLY WET, AND THEN BELOW NORMAL FROM THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS ALL THE WAY TO THE WEST COAST. A LOT OF THAT'S BECAUSE OF THAT COLD AIR DIVING SOUTHWARD. NOW THE THIRTY DAY OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES, THIS WILL TAKE US INTO THE LATTER PARTS OF JANUARY, BELOW TEMPERATURES EXPECTED FOR MOST OF THE MID-WEST, THE CORN BELT, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GULF COAST INCLUDING MUCH OF TEXAS, NEAR NORMAL FOR MOST OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD, ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SOUTH WEST AND THE WEST COAST, PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT THIRTY DAYS FROM EASTERN TEXAS TO MAINE, AND EVERYTHING TOWARDS THE SOUTH EAST EXCEPT FAR SOUTHERN FLORIDA. ABOVE NORMAL THERE FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CANADIAN BORDER LOOKS BELOW NORMAL. AND THEN ABOVE NORMAL ALSO, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS, FOR CALIFORNIA, MUCH OF ARIZONA, AND THE WEST COAST. THAT'S THE LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.FIRST OF ALL FOR NEEDLES, CALIFORNIA A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE TODAY...HIGH AROUND SIXTY DEGREES…GO OVER TO FORT STOCKTON, TEXAS, MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES AND MILD WITH A HIGH OF SIXTY ONE, AND FINALLY, FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA, MAYBE A SHOWER OR TWO, HIGH OF SEVENTY SEVEN.
MACHINERY PETE:
THANKS, GREG. YOU CAN STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST DEALS BY FOLLOWING PETE ON TWITTER OR LIKING HIM ON FACEBOOK. IN ADDITION TO HIS WEEKLY SEGMENT ON AGDAY, HE'S ALSO FEATURED EVERY WEEK ON AGRITALK AND AGWEB DOT COM.
CLOSE:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.

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