AgDay Daily Recap -Jan. 26, 2016

January 26, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JAN. 26, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY THE EAST COAST DIGS OUT FROM A RECORD SETTING STORM.
THE ELECTION SEASON HEATS UP IN FARM COUNTRY...IT'S ONE WEEK UNTIL IOWA.
IN AGRIBUSINESS...CHECK UP ON CRUSH MARGINS.
"THIS MONTH MIGHT BE ALRIGHT. MIGHT BE FEBRUARY OR MARCH BEFORE THINGS START TO SOFTEN UP A BIT."
PLUS MEET THIS YEAR'S INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR.
MESSY EAST COAST STORM CLEAN-UP ENSUES:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE MASSIVE WINTER STORM THAT DUMPED SNOW ON THE EAST COAST MAY BE OVER. NOW THOSE IN THE AREA -FROM FARM TO CITY -ARE DEALING WITH A MESSY CLEANUP.
SNOWPLOWS MOVED THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.. AS SNOW DIDN'T STOP UNTIL EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
SOUTHERN MARYLAND RECEIVED BETWEEN 15 AND 30 INCHES OF SNOW.


GREENWOOD, DELAWARE RECEIVED AN ESTIMATED 12
TO 15 INCHES-.
FARMERS WEATHER THE STORM:
RICHARD WILKINS FARMS IN THE AREA. WILKINS SAYS HE HAD TO USE SOME COUTNRY BOY INGENUITY TO PREVENT AN OLD TV TOWER FROM BLOWING OVER IN THE 60 MILE AN HOUR WINDS.
HE SAYS DURING THE WORST WINTER HE EVER RECALLED, IT SNOWED 75."
AND DELAWARE POULTRY PRODUCER AARON THOMPSON SENT US THESE PHOTOS.
HE RECEIVED AN ESTIMATED 18 INCHES OF SNOW ON HIS OPERATION WITH 50 MILE PER HOUR WINDS.
THOMPSON ENDED UP PLOWING SOME OF THE SECONDARY ROADS, SO THE FEED TRUCKS COULD GET TO HIS OPERATION ON TIME.
DAIRIES LEFT WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO DUMP MILK:
THE KENTUCKY DAIRY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAURY COX, SAYS THE STORM IS FORCING SOME PRODUCERS TO DUMP MILK IN HIS STATE. THE STORM FIRST BROUGHT ICE, FOLLOWED BY A FOOT OF SNOW.
COX SAYS A DAIRY BARN AND SEVERAL CHICKEN BARNS COLLAPSED. HE SAYS THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF HIS STATE CONSISTS OF MOSTLY FREESTALL OR COMPOSTBEDDED PACK BARNS.
A LOT OF KENTUCKY COUNTIES WERE UNABLE TO CLEAR THE ROADS QUICKLY. COX SAYS MILK TRUCKS HAD A HARD TIME GETTING TO DESTINATIONS. AS A RESULT, 'A LOT OF MILK WAS DUMPED.'
SOME OPTIMISM IN CONQUERING AVIAN FLU IN INDIANA:
INDIANA STATE VETERINARIAN BRET MARSH SAYS HE'S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK IN HIS STATE.
TESTS CONTINUE TO TURN UP NEGATIVE BUT HE SAYS THE WORK IS FAR FROM OVER.
WEEKLY TESTING AND MONITORING OF COMMERCIAL POULTRY FARMS IN THE 10-KILOMETER CONTROL  AREA WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.
IN ADDITION, STATE AND FEDERAL TEAMS HAVE VISITED MORE THAN 1,000 RESIDENCES IN THE CONTROL AREA TO IDENTIFY SMALL-BACKYARD FLOCKS FOR TESTING.
TESTS OF THOSE 96 IDENTIFIED FLOCKS, WHICH ARE NEARLY COMPLETE, HAVE ALL PROVEN NEGATIVE.
ANIMAL FEED DECREASES, WHILE GRAIN STOCKS INCREASE:
SPEAKING OF LIVESTOCK, SLOWING DEMAND FOR ANIMAL FEED IS POISED TO LEAVE THE WORLD WITH A BIGGER HOARD OF GRAINS THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL GRAINS COUNCIL.
CARRYOVER STOCKPILES OF GRAINS--EXCLUDING RICE-WILL INCREASE NEARLY 2 PERCENT IN 2015 AND 16.
THAT'S THE HIGHEST IN ALMOST THREE DECADES AND ONE MILLION TONS MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS FORECAST.
NEW REPORT ON FUTURE TRADE:
JUST IN TIME FOR THIS WEEK'S CATTLE INDUSTRY CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO, RABOBANK IS ROLLING OUT A NEW REPORT ON THE FUTURE TRADE.
THE RABOBANK REPORT SAYS TRADE DYNAMICS ARE CHANGING FOR THE U.S. BEEF INDUSTRY.
IT SEES INCREASING COMPETITION, GROWING DEMAND FROM CHINA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE RISING IMPORTANCE OF TRADE AGREEMENTS.
THE REPORT SAYS U.S. WILL LIKELY REMAIN THE GLOBAL STANDARD FOR QUALITY AND SUPPLY STABILITY BUT OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE BRAZIL ARE LIKELY TO GET MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE COMING YEARS.
MUCH OF THE INCREASE IN GLOBAL DEMAND IS EXPECTED TO COME FROM CHINA.
CROP COMMENTS:
LET'S SEE HOW FOLKS ARE SURVIVING IN FARM COUNTRY. FOR THAT WE HEAD OVER TO THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER WITH TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS.
<MIKE HOFFMAN SPEAKS>
GOOD MORNING CLINTON.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS SHUT-DOWN MONDAY SO THE METEOROLOGISTS FROM USDA DIDN'T HAVE THEIR NORMAL WEATHER UPDATES. HOWEVER ON FRIDAY THEY REPORTED MILD WEATHER IN MONTANA IS ERODING WINTER WHEAT'S PROTECTIVE SNOW COVER. 
AND THEY SAID A SHALLOW SNOW COVER GOES INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS. HOPEFULLY, WE DON'T GET AN ARCTIC BLAST TO DAMAGE THAT CROP.
IN THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAIN RANGE, THE  AVERAGE WATER CONTENT OF THE HIGH-ELEVATION SNOWPACK HAS CLIMBED TO 17 INCHES, NEARLY 115 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. OBVIOUSLY THAT SNOWFALL IS GOOD NEWS SINCE THE SNOWPACK REPRESENTS A THIRD OF THE STATE'S FRESH WATER SUPPLY DURING ANY GIVEN YEAR. IT'A ALMOST A HUGE SOURCE OF IRRIGATION WATER.
IOWA CAUCUS ONLY DAYS AWAY:
ONE WEEK FROM THIS MORNING WE SHOULD KNOW WHO WON THE IOWA PRESIDENTIAL CAUCUS. IOWA VOTERS HOLD THEIR FIRST-IN-THE NATION CAUCUS NEXT MONDAY. 
OVER THE WEEKEND, REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER DONALD TRUMP WAS INTRODUCED AT A RALLY IN PELLA IOWA BY LONG TIME IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY.
THE CAMPAIGN SAYS IT WAS NOT AN OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENT. SENATOR GRASSLEY'S OFFICE TOLD AGDAY THAT THE SENATOR HAS BEEN TO IOWA CAMPAIGN EVENTS FOR ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES. THE OFFICE SAYS GRASSLEY WILL NOT BE ENDORSING A CANDIATE PRIOR TO THE CAUCUS.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT CRUSH MARGINS AND SEE HOW IT MAY BE IMPACTING THE SOYBEAN MARKET.
AND LATER TRAVEL WITH US TO FARM COUNTRY IN WISCONSIN. WE'LL STOP IN AT THIS YEAR'S MOST INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARM TO FIND OUT HOW THEY'RE MANAGING FOR SUCCESS.
CME:
LETS SEE HOW MARKETS OPENED THE WEEK. FOR THAT..WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO.
GRAIN MARKETS HAVING A STRONGER DAY HERE TODAY. WITH ALL MARKETS TRADING HIGHER AT THE CLOSE OF THE DAY. THE WEAKEST MARKET WAS THE RICE MARKET WHICH PROBABLY HAD THE BEST NEWS OF ALL. CHINA FINALLY APPROVED A PROTOCOL TO LET U.S. RICE TO BE IMPORTED INTO THE COUNTRY. THAT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. TO SEE THAT PASS, I THINK IT'S SIGNIFICANT NEWS INDEED. HOWEVER, NOW WE NEED TO START SEEING SALES. THAT MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO GET GOING ON. THE CORN, WHEAT AND SOYBEANS ALL ENJOYING HIGHER DAYS WITH WHEAT AND CORN THE STRONGER OF THE THREE MARKETS. BUT ALL THREE OF THEM RALLYING TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY. A MIXED TONE IN THE LIVESTOCK MARKETS HERE TODAY WITH THE CATTLE MARKETS MOVING LOWER BUT THE HOG MARKETS HOLDING UP. CATTLE MARKETS INITIALLY STARTED HIGHER ON THE DAY. AND A LITTLE BIT OF A SURPRISE TO THE TRADE BECAUSE OF THE COLD STORAGE REPORT AND CATTLE ON FEED CONSIDERED NEGATIVE.
AGRIBUSINESS:
JOINING US HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY WE HAVE JOE VACLAVIK, STANDARD GRAIN. JOE LET'S TALK ABOUT CRUSH, CRUSH DEMAND, DEMAND FOR SOYBEANS AND HOW THAT STARTED OUT THIS YEAR. SO TO PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE, THE DOMESTIC PROCESSOR HERE IN THE U.S., THE SOYBEAN CRUSHER, THEY ACCOUNT FOR A GOOD 50% OF DEMAND OF SOYBEAN BASE. CRUSH DEMAND RECENTLY THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAS BEEN VERY VERY GOOD. WE'VE HAD SOME RECORD NUMBERS EVEN RECENTLY OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. BUT CRUSH MARGINS MOVING FORWARD, AND CRUSH MARGINS IS SOMETHING THEY ACTUALLY TRADE ON THE BOARD OF TRADE, IS SOMETHINGS THAT'S REALLY DETERIORATED AS OF LATE.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
NOW OBVIOUSLY THIS SNOWSTORM NOTHING LIKE THAT ONE WE SAW THIS PAST WEEKEND. NONETHELESS, WE ARE LOOKING AT LIGHT SNOWS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES, SOME SHOWERS DOWN INTO THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, PARTS OF TEXAS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON WE SEE SOME SHOWERS AND PERHAPS A THUNDER SHOWER MOVING THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE'LL HEAD TO PAIGE, ARIZONA FIRST OF ALL. A LOT OF SUNSHINE BUT COOL TODAY. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS 48. DEVIL'S LAKE NORTH DAKOTA, IS MOSTLY CLOUDY AND COLD. THE HIGH IS AROUND 20. AND LONDON, KENTUCKY IS MOSTLY CLOUDY. THERE IS A CHANCE FOR A SHOWER. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS AROUND 43.

TEASE:
A SAFETY WARNING IS GOING OUT FOR THOSE WHO ENJOYED PRE-CHOPPED BAGGED SALAD.
AND LATER THIS WISCONSIN DAIRY IS TURNING HEADS FOR IT'S INNOVATIVE WAYS. WE'LL MEET THE INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR, TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.

LISTERIA OUTBREAK LINKED TO SALAD:
IF YOU HAVE A BAG OF SALAD IN THE FRIDGE YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT.
DOLE FRESH VEGETABLES SAYS LISTERIA IS BEING REPORTED IN MULTIPLE STATES.
THE CULPRIT APPEARS TO BE IT SPRINGFIELD OHIO PRODUCTION FACILITY.
IF YOU HAVE A DOLE BRANDED OR PRIVATE LABELED PACKAGED SALAD BAG LOOK FOR A PRODUCT CODE BEGINNING WITH THE LETTER A IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE PACKAGE.
IF YOU FIND IT...THROW IT OUT.
MULTIPLE ILLNESSES INCLUDING ONE DEATH HAVE BEEN LINKED TO THE OUTBREAK.
ALL-DAY MCDONALD’S BREAKFAST BOOSTS SALES:
MCDONALD'S INTRODUCTION OF ITS ALL-DAY BREAKFAST HELPED TO LIFT SALES BY FIVE POINT SEVEN PERCENT IN THE U-S. THIS MARKS THE SECOND STRAIGHT QUARTER OF DOMESTIC GROWTH AS IT FIGHTS TO WIN BACK CUSTOMERS.
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST HAMBURGER CHAIN SAYS GLOBAL SALES ROSE 5 PERCENT AT ESTABLISHED LOCATIONS. 
MCDONALD'S IS WORKING TO TURNAROUND ITS BUSINESS UNDER CEO STEVE EASTERBROOK, WHO TOOK OVER LAST MARCH.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHANGES UNDER EASTERBROOK WAS TO MAKE BREAKFAST FOOD LIKE THE EGG MCMUFFIN AVAILABLE AROUND THE CLOCK IN THE U-S.
MISSING: BULL SEMEN:
CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS ARE IN SEARCH OF A NITROGEN TANK WITH THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF GENETIC MATERIAL.
THE THREE TANKS WERE STOLEN FROM A TRUCK IN TURLOCK.
INSIDE, 35-HUNDRED UNITS FROM HIGH END BULLS HEADED FOR THE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION CHUTE. THE THEIF ALSO STOLE GASOLINE FROM THE TRUCK. THE OWNER THINKS ITS UNLIKELY THEY KNOW THE VALUE OF WHAT WAS STOLEN.
TEASE:
UP NEXT WE'LL MEET THE COUNTIES MOST INNOVATIVE DAIRY FARMER. A VISIT TO HIS WISCONSIN DAIRY FARM WHEN WE COME BACK.
IN THE COUNTRY:
EVERY YEAR THE INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION AND OUR PARTNERS AT FARM JOURNAL'S
DAIRY MAGAZINES AWARD A PRODUCER WHOSE INNOVATIONS STICK OUT AMONG THE REST.
THIS YEAR'S WINNER HAS ADAPTED ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION. TODAY WE INTRODUCE YOU TO WISCONSIN DAIRY PRODUCER BOB NAGEL.
HOLSUM DAIRIES IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL OPERATION.
"IT IS NOT A TRADITIONAL FAMILY FARM WHERE IT'S A SINGLE FAMILY DOING THE WORK. WE ARE MUCH LARGER SCALE. IT'S A FARM MADE UP OF A LOT OF FAMILIES."
THAT'S A LOT OF FAMILIES INVOLVED IN TWO DAIRY OPERATIONS, WITH 82,000 COWS AND 2600 HEIFER CALVES. BOTH HOLSUM IRISH AND ELM ARE NOW PRODUCING 190 MILLION POUNDS OF MILK ANNUALLY.
IT WAS ONCE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ANOTHER, NOW VETERNARIAN BOB NAGEL.
AT ITS BEGINNING-THE PARTNERS VOWED TO LIVE BY THE WORDS, 'REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.'
AND THEY TOOK IT TO HEART.
THE ECONOMIC PAYBACK MAY HAVE TAKEN TIME, BUT THE ENVIONMENTAL PAYBACK STARTED IMMEDIATELY.
NAGEL IS HONORED THIS WEEK AT THE 2016 DAIRY FORUM IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.
FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WEDNESDAY ON AGDAY WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THE POSSIBLE ACREAGE BATTLE THIS SPRING, RICH NELSON FROM ALLENDALE JOINS ME FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THEIR ACREAGE ESTIMATES. WATCH US WEEKDAYS HERE ON AGDAY.

 

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