AgDay Daily Recap -Jan. 8, 2016

January 8, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JAN. 8, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY USDA ROLLS OUT FRESH DIETARY GUIDELINES...AND KEEPS MEAT ON THE MENU.
IN AGRIBUSINESS...."FORECASTING" YOUR INPUTS.
WE’LL TALK WEATHER AND WHAT IT MEANS TO FERTILIZER AND FERTILIZER IN PROFARMER'S PROFIT BRIEFING. A JUDGE ORDERS A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PORK CHECK OFF PURCHASE OF A POPULAR SLOGAN. AND THIS GIANT CHICKEN IS EATING ITS WAY TOWARD A NEW WORLD RECORD.
REVISED DIETARY GUIDELINES SAY LEAN MEAT PART OF A HEALTHY DIET:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE BEEF INDUSTRY IS CELEBRATING NEWLY REVISED DIETARY GUIDELINES. THE GOVERNMENT SAY LEAN MEAT IS OKAY, SO ARE EGGS, BUT WATCH THAT SUGAR!
EVERY FIVE YEARS, THE GOVERMENT UPDATES THE RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHAT TO EAT TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. IN THE NEWEST GUIDELINES, THERE'S LESS ATTENTION ON SODIUM INTAKE AND CHOLESTEROL. BUT IT OFFERS NEW ADVICE ON SUGAR CONSUMPTION. AND, IT DOES NOT EXPLICITLY ENCOURAGE CONSUMERS TO EAT LESS MEAT. IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE BEEF CHECKOFF, BRAD BULLA EXPLAINS BEEF IN THE NATION'S DIET.
THE 2015 DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS HAVE BEEN FINALIZED AND ONCE AGAIN LEAN BEEF IS RECOGNIZED AS A KEY PART OF A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET. THE BEEF INDUSTRY HAS BEEN ENGAGED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS TO ENSURE THE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS COMMITTEE HAD THE LATEST NUTRITIONAL EVIDENCE ON BEEF.
 "I WAS REALLY GLAD TO SEE THE NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES RECOGNIZE ALL THE STRONG SCIENCE THAT SUPPORTS THE ROLE THAT BEEF PLAYS IN A HEALTHY DIET. THERE HAVE BEEN TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE ON THE VALUE AND NUTRITION OF BEEF AND TODAY NOT ONLY DO YOU GET TO ENJOY THE GREAT TASTE OF BEEF BUT YOU ALSO CAN BE VERY CONFIDENT THAT IT'S VERY HEALTHY FOR YOU." IT'S IMPORTANT THAT AMERICANS EAT A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET AND CALORIE-FOR CALORIE, BEEF IS ONE OF THE MOST NATURALLY NUTRIENT-RICH FOODS.
"NUMBER ONE BEEF IS VERY HIGH IN ZINC AND ZINC IS USED IN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT OFF SICKNESS AND OVERCOME ILLNESS. IT'S ALSO VERY HIGH IN IRON. YOUR BODY NEEDS IRON TO MAKE RED BLOOD CELLS TO KEEP YOU FROM BEING ANEMIC. THEN WE HAVE THE B COMPLEX VITAMINS.
I'M BRAD BULLA REPORTING.
FARMERS AND RANCHERS STILL RECOVERING FROM WINTER BLIZZARD, WHICH LEFT MANY HEAD OF CATTLE DEAD:
 MEANWHILE, THERE'S LITTLE TO CELEBRATE IN THE SOUTHWEST AS DAIRY FARMERS AND CATTLE RANCHERS STILL TRY TO RECOVER FROM THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD. OFFICIALS WITH TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION ESTIMATE FOUR-THOUSAND FEEDLOT CATTLE DIED FROM THE STORM. ANOTHER EIGHT-THOUSAND STOCKER CATTLE PERISHED ON THE HIGH PLAINS.
FLOODING ALONG MISSISSIPPI FORCES FARMERS TO SELL GRAIN:
MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING IS PUSHING DOWNSTREAM. ERIC DOZA FARMS ABOUT 100 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ST. LOUIS, NEXT TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. DOZA SAYS HE WAS 'SPARED' FROM WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A MASSIVE FLOOD ON HIS FARM.
DOZA SAYS WATER LEVELS NEAR THIS LEVEE HAVE DECREASED, SITTING AT 39POINT-8 FEET THURSDAY... BUT LEVELS ARE STILL MUCH HIGHER THAN THE 12 TO 13 FEET LEVELS HE USUALLY SEES.
THIS RIVER SHOULD BE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THOSE TREES OUT THERE IN IT'S BANK. THAT'S WHERE IT SHOULD BE.
A LOT OF FARMERS IN DOZA'S AREA EMPTIED AND SOLD ALL OF THEIR GRAIN IN A MATTER OF DAYS, FEARING FLOOD WATERS WOULD DESTROY THEIR BINS AND CROPS. COMING UP MONDAY ON AGDAY, WE TALK WITH FARMERS ABOUT SELLING ALL AT ONCE AND THEIR SPREAD SHEETS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.
CROP WATCH:
HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE TO EAT AWAY AT DROUGHT STRESS IN MANY CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS THOSE DETAILS IN THIS MORNING'S CROPWATCH.
GOOD MORNING CLINTON.
THE NEW DROUGHT MONITOR CAME OUT YESTERDAY. AND IT REVEALS SOME PRETTY REMARKABLE CHANGES. LET'S START IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. WASHINGTON STATE HAS SEEN A HUGE IMPROVEMENT. JUST A QUARTER OF THE STATE HAS MODERATE DROUGHT.  JUST  THREE MONTHS AGO 68-PERCENT OF THE STATE WAS IN EXTREME DROUGHT. OREGON LIKEWISE HAS IMPROVED. WE SAW DROPS IN ALL CATEGORIES. THIS WEEK SIX PERCENT IS STILL IN EXTREME DROUGHT.
BUT LAST WEEK AT THIS TIME IT POSTED 40-PERCENT EXTREME. IN THE EASTERN CORNBELT, INDIANA AND OHIO DRY CONDITIONS IMPROVED. LAST WEEK HALF OF INDIANA WAS CONSIDERED ABNORMALLY DRY. THIS WEEK IT'S DOWN TO 12-PERCENT. OHIO HAD SIMILAR CHANGES. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THAT DROUGHT MONITOR ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT'S ALSO IMPROVED A LITTLE BIT IN CALIFORNIA BUT STILL A GOOD HALF OF THAT STATE IS STILL IN EXTREME OR EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT.

 

TEASE:
 WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. STILL TO COME, WE'LL CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT WEATHER AS WE FOCUS ON HOW LAST WEEK'S HEAVY RAINS IN THE MIDWEST MAY ALTER INPUT PRICES ON FERTILIZER. OUR PARTNERS FROM PROFARMER HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO THAT FOR US. PLUS, THIS SUPER-SIZED CHICKEN IS GUNNING FOR A RECORD. YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH HE TIPS THE SCALES.
CME:
A HECTIC DAY ON WALL STREET AS TRADERS RESPOND TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IN CHINA. IN GRAINS -IT WAS A MOSTLY "MIXED' DAY.
LET'S HEAD TO THE CME FOR AN UPDATE.
BEEN A CHOPPY WEEK FOR THE MEATS AND REALLY TAKING IT ON THE CHIN AS WELL ALONGSIDE THE GLOBAL MARKETS ACROSS THE BOARD, SEEING A LOT OF WEAKNESS IN CHINA. AND WHY DO I BRING UP CHINA? BECAUSE CHINA IS THE NUMBER TWO ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AND THEY DRIVE A LOT OF THE SUPPLY FUNDAMENTALS AND A LOT COMMODITIES INCLUDING THE MEAT MARKET. A COUPLE OF KEY LEVELS WE ARE LOOKING AT IS 132 THAT'S A 50 DAY MOVING AVERAGE THAT'S THE FEBRUARY LIVE CATTLE CONTRACT THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT THERE.
AGRIBUSINESS:
WELL IT SORT OF DEPENDS ON YOUR SOIL TYPE AND YOUR REGION. NOW IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF MISSOURI THERE, WHERE THEY HAVE HAD SUCH HISTORIC FLOODING THIS YEAR THEY ARE USUALLY DEALING WITH A LOT SANDIER OF SOILS AND FARMERS THERE PREFER TO GO WITH THE UREA IN THE SPRING THAT THAT THEY WILL INTEGRATE INTO THE SOIL, JUST SIMPLY BECAUSE APPLYING NITROGEN IN THE FALL THERE IS TOO RISKY, BECAUSE OF THEIR SOIL TYPE. NOW IF WE FLIP IT OVER TO THE EASTERN SIDE, WE ARE TALKING THE ILLINOIS AREA, WHERE THEY HAVE ALSO HAD SOME PROBLEMS, MUCH RICHER SOILS THERE AND FARMERS DID LOOK TO APPLY SOME FALL NITROGEN THERE. FOR DAVIS MICHAELSON AND ALL THE EDITORS HERE AT PROFARMER HERE IN CEDAR FALLS, IOWA--I'M BRIAN GRETE.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE. MIKE IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE ENDING THE WEEK MESSY IN A LOT OF PLACES. I THINK THAT'S TRUE, WITH ANOTHER SYSTEM LINGERING OFF THE WEST COAST BUT IT'S THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AND THE SECOND ONE COMING THROUGH THE FOUR CORNER REGION, BOTH WILL BE MESSY LIKE YOU SAID. AND AS ALWAYS, IT DEPENDS ON WHICH SIDE OF THE STORM YOU'RE IN WHETHER YOU GET THE RAIN, ICE OR SNOW. BUT OBVIOUSLY THE COLDER AIR IS OFF TO THE NORTHWEST. THIS FIRST STORM SYSTEM OVER NORTHERN MISSOURI THIS MORNING, THAT WILL BE TRACKING TOWARDS THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES. RAIN OUT AHEAD OF IT, MAYBE A QUICK LITTLE PERIOD OF SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN RIGHT AT THE START OF IT FOR SOME OF YOU FOLKS IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES AND INTO NORTHEAST INDIANA AND PARTS OF OHIO.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL, FOR EUGENE, OREGON, MORNING FOG AROUND THEN SOME SUNSHINE. THE HIGH IS AROUND 47. LUBBOCK, TEXAS IS PARTLY SUNNY, MAYBE AN AFTERNOON SHOWER. THE HIGH IS 50. AND FINALLY, MANSFIELD, OHIO IS CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL LIGHT RAIN. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IS 43 DEGREES.
TEASE:
THE FIGHT OVER THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE MAY NOT BE OVER. WE'LL HAVE DETAILS NEXT. AND LATER THIS IMPRESSIVE CHICKEN IS GROWING UP FAST AND TURNING A FEW HEADS IN THE PROCESS. JUST WHEN POLICY WATCHERS THOUGHT THE FIGHT OVER THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE WAS OVER, A NEW LAWSUIT HAS EMERGED. TRANSCANADA --THE COMPANY BEHIND THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE IS FILING A LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RECENT REJECTION OF THE PIPELINE. TRANSCANADA CONTENDING IT'S A VIOLATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT OR NAFTA. A SEPARATE LAWSUIT ALSO ALLEGING THE PRESIDENT VIOLATED CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY IN DENYING THE PERMIT. THE COMPANY SEEKS MONETARY DAMAGES FOR WHAT IT CALLS AN ARBITRARY REJECTION BY THE WHITE HOUSE--A MOVE IT CALLS SIMPLY SYMBOLIC.
SLOGAN PURCHASE LAWSUIT:
USDA NOW HAS THE GREEN-LIGHT TO REVIEW A COURT CASE INVOLVING PORK BOARD SPENDING.
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES SUED USDA 3 YEARS AGO. HSUS SAYS BUYING THE SLOGAN "PORK THE OTHER WHITE" FROM THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL WAS MIS-USE OF CHECKOFF DOLLARS. NOW A FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUED AN ORDER TO INVESTIGATE THE TRANSACTION.
AG LAW EXPERT ROGER MCEOWEN SAYS A LAWSUIT LIKE THIS COULD BLEED INTO OTHER AG SECTORS.
TEASE:
YOU MAY NOT NEED FRIES WITH THIS BIG MAC--UP NEXT WE'LL MEET THE BIRD BEHIND THE MONIKER AND FIND OUT HOW CLOSE IT IS TO SETTING A NEW RECORD.

IN THE COUNTRY:
AFTER 12-YEAR-OLD DAKOTA RODGERS BEGAN A PROJECT TO RAISE A GROUP OF  CHICKENS FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, HE DECIDED TO KEEP ONE AND NAME IT BIG MAC. NINE MONTHS LATER, THAT BIRD IS JUST SHY OF A NEW WORLD RECORD BY JUST A FEW "QUARTER POUNDERS".
JOHN MONE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAS THE STORY OF A SUPERS-SIZED CHICKEN.
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SIMPLE 4-H CLUB PROJECT. RAISE A GROUP OF CHICKENS AND BRING THEM TO MARKET AT THE LOCAL FAIR. TURNS OUT... A 12YEAR-OLD BOY IN FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS...ENDED UP WITH THE MCDADDY OF THEM ALL. FAR FROM PALTRY... THE PLUMP POULTRY RECENTLY TIPPED THE SCALES AT 23.47 POUNDS ALMOST DOUBLE THE NORMAL SIZE OF A MALE BROILER CHICKEN. BIG MAC IS MORE OF A WADDLER THAN A TROTTER.
"A PENGUIN." DAKOTA RODGERS ONLY INTENDED TO RAISE THE BIRDS FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS, WHEN THEY TYPICALLY BECOME SOMEONE'S DINNER—
"YOU GOTTA COME OUT EARLY AND FEED HIM AND CHANGE HIS WATER."
JOHN MONE ASSOCIATED PRESS FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS.
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 GRIFFITSH. AS FLOOD WATERS ROSE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, MANY
FARMERS ALONG THE MIGHTY RIVER SCRAMBLED TO REMOVE THEIR PRECIOUS
GRAIN. AND SOME WERE FORCED TO SELL AT PRICES THEY DIDN'T WANT. WE'LL
HAVE THAT STORY MONDAY ON AGDAY.

 

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