AgDay Daily Recap -June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 1, 2017


HEADLINES
CROP CONDITIONS STATE BY STATE AND WORRIES ABOUT FERTILITY. PLUS, AN  UPDATE ON PENDING TRADE NEGOTIATIONS. IN AGRIBUSINESS...THE DEMAND OF ETHANOL. ON DROVERS TV, WORKING OUT  THE DETAILS FOR SHIPPING BEEF TO CHINA.  AND RESEARCHING AND ANCIENT FISH IN LOUISANA AND IT'S CONNECTIONG TO  HUMANS. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

CROP CONDITIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. COMMODITY MARKETS BALANCING BACK OUT FOLLOWING TUESDAY CROP  PROGRESS REPORT SHOWING 65 PERCENT OF THE NATIONS CORN CROP IS  RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THOSE NUMBERS HAVE FARMERS, TRADERS AND ANALYSTS MUMBLING  FOLLOWING WEEKS OF HEAVY RAIN AND REPLANTS IN SOME MAJOR CORN  GROWING AREAS. OUR FRIEND ARLEN SUDERMAN POSTING ON TWITTER, THAT FIRST CORN  RATINGS WERE BELOW 70% GOOD TO EXCELLENT IN 9 OF PAST 20 YEARS.  5 OF THOSE 9 YEARS PRODUCED FINAL YIELDS ABOVE THE 30-YEAR TREND LINE. WHILE FIRST RATINGS AS LOW AS 63% GOOD TO EXCELLENT PRODUCED ABOVE- TREND YIELDS TWICE AND MATCHED TREND A THIRD TIME IN THAT PERIOD. "THE CROP RATING THAT 65% OF THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT THAT IS OFF FROM THE 72% OF LAST YEAR. THERE'S 91% OF THE CORN IS IN RIGHT NOW BUT THAT'S STILL WELL BEHIND WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR. SO THERE ARE LOT OF ISSUES IN PLAY. IT LOOKS LIKE OUR VOLATILITY WILL PICK UP. WE HAD SOME BIG TIME VOLUME TODAY IN CORN. SO EVERYONE, THIS HAS GOT EVERYONE'S ATTENTION. THERE COULD BE A LOT MORE ACTIVITY TO COME GOING FORWARD. STATE BY STATE THE CORN CROP IS THE "HAVES" VERSUS "HAVE-NOTS"...AND IT'S  DIVIDED BY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. IN THE WEST AND NORTHWESTERN CORN BELT - IOWA IS 73-PERCENT GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. NEBRASKA 76-PERCENT AND MINNESOTA AT 68-PERCENT. BUT TO THE EAST ABOUT HALF OF THE ILLINOIS (52) IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  INDIANA IS 43-PERCENT AND OHIO IS 49-PERCENT. IN THOSE AREAS DRYING OUT FROM HEAVY RAINS, ARE CONCERNS ABOUT  NITROGEN LOSS. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AGRONOMIST EMERSON NAFZINGER SAYS ITS A BIT TOO  EARLY TO WORRY. IF SOILS DRY OUT, THE RAINS STOP AND THE SUN SHINES CONDITIONS SHOULD  IMPROVE. ADDING THAT SOME OF THE COLOR ISSUES MAY BE DUE TO COOLER TEMPS AND  ABUNDANT RAIN. IF BY THE MIDDLE OF JUNE SOME OF THE CROP HAS REALLY GREENED UP NICELY AND SOME HAS NOT,  THEN WE MIGHT NEED TO THINK ABOUT THOSE THAT HAVEN'T AND DETERMINE IF ENOUGH NITROGEN IS  MISSING TO CAUSE THIS TO TAKE PLACE." I WOULD BE VERY RELUCTANT NOW TO MAKE A DECISION THAT WE NEED TO GO PUT MORE NITROGEN ON,  ESPECIALLY IF WE'VE ALREADY PUT THE FULL AMOUNT ON. IF WE STILL NEED TO SIDE-DRESS AND WE ADD  10, OR 15, OR 20 POUNDS I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. BUT I THINK IT IS PREMATURE TO DECIDE  SO MUCH OF THE NITROGEN IS GONE THAT WE PUT OUT THERE THAT WE NEED TO GO BACK AND PLAN TO  PUT MORE ON AT THIS POINT."

SPRING WHEAT
SPRING WHEAT IS OFF TO A STRONG START ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER STATES  AND INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. OVERALL 62-PERCENT IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. BUT SOME INDIVIDUAL  STATES SHOW MUCH STRONGER NUMBERS. IDAHO - THREE QUARTERS IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. A THIRD OF THE STATE'S  WHEAT IS EXCELLENT. IN MINNESOTA - 96-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. WIDESPREAD SHOWERS ACROSS TEXAS LAST WEEK SLOWED-UP WINTER WHEAT  HARVEST. 22-PERCENT IS NOW CUT, UP JUST TWO POINTS IN THE WEEK. IT'S SEVEN POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE, IN OKLAHOMA WINTER WHEAT HARVEST STRUGGLING TO GET STARTED. IT'S  THREE PERCENT - SEVEN POINTS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. COTTON PLANTING IS ON PACE - JUST ONE TICK BEHIND THE 5 YEAR AVERAGE IN  THE TOP PRODUCING STATES. THAT'S ACCORDING TO USDA. 

MORE COTTON ACRES
PLANTING IS PICKING UP HERE IN PERRYTON, TEXAS, WHERE PRODUCER RYAN  JOHNSON HAS BEEN ROLLING HIS PLANTER SINCE MID MAY.  JOHNSON SAYS THE AREA HAS SEEN RAIN, AND SNOW OVER THE LAST 60 DAYS  SINCE THE WILDFIRES ROLLED THROUGH THE AREA BUT THE EXCESS MOISTURE MAY ENTICE FARMERS TO GROW MORE COTTON.  "THE ONESSWITCHING LAST MINUTE ARE GOING TO BE COTTON GUYS. THEY MAY SAY NOW THAT WE  HAVE MOISTURE, IT'S WORTH A TRY. GUYS WHO HAVEN'T GROWN COTTON BEFORE ARE LOOKING AT IT AS AN  OPPORTUNITY WITH SUB SOIL MOISTURE TO TRY TO RAISE SOME DRYLAND COTTON,"GIN MANAGERS IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE ARE PREPARING AND EXPECTING AN INCREASE IN COTTON ACRES THIS SEASON AS WELL.  THIS HAS BEEN A PHENOMENAL YEAR FOR MOISTURE, DEEP MOISTURE, THE KIND OF MOISTURE  WE CAN PLANT COTTON AND EXPECT TO MAKE A CROP. WE'RE GETTIN GIT IN AND UP. WE'VE HAD RAIN  DELAYS AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING NERVOUS WE'RE AT THE END OF OUR PLANTING WINDOW BUT I DON'T  KNOW HOW MANY DRYLAND ACRES WILL BE OUT THERE BUT I GET CALLS EVERYDAY SAYING, 'HEY, I  PLANTED 700 ACRES OF DRYALND COTTON.' THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T SPELL COTTON LAST YEAR."KEY SAYS HE CREDITS THE POTENTIAL INCREASE IN COTTON ACRES DUE TO  PRICE, WEATHER AND LAST YEAR'S RECORD CROP IN THE PANHANDLE. 

USDA POLITICAL POSITIONS EXPECTED SOON
ALSO FROM USDA, NOMINEE'S FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S POLITICAL POSTS ARE EXPECTED SOON.  THERE ARE NEARLY A DOZEN POLITICAL POSITIONS THAT REQUIRE  CONFIRMATION BY THE U.S. SENATE, AND NEARLY 200 POLITICAL APPOINTEES  YET TO BE ANNOUNCED.  SOURCES TELLING POLITICO THAT PERDUE HAS MADE HIS PICKS AND THOSE  PICKS COULD BE ANNOUNCED THIS MONTH. PERDUE ALSO CONTINUING A BUSY TRAVEL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK. HE'S SLATED TO ATTEND THE MONTANA AG SUMMIT ALONG WITH A TEAM OF  MEXICAN BARLEY AND MALT IMPORTERS, VISITING THE U.S. AS PART OF A TRIP  ARRANGED BY THE U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL. 

NAFTA/TPP TRADE AGREEMENTS
CANADA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER TELLING LAWMAKERS THIS WEEK  NEGOTIATIONS OVER NAFTA WILL START IN MID-AUGUST, WHICH IS THE EARLIEST  POSSIBLE ACCORDING TO U.S. LAWS.  THAT LEAVES ONLY A FEW MONTHS BEFORE POLITICAL OBSTACLES START  POPPING UP, CAUSING POTENTIAL DELAYS.  CANADIAN PRESS REPORTS PRE-NEGOTIATION CONSULTATIONS WILL TAKE  SEVERAL MONTHS.  ALSO ON TRADE, THE 11 REMAINING MEMBER NATIONS OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC  PARTNERSHIP ARE MOVING ON WITH FINALIZING THE AGREEMENT WITHOUT THE  UNITED STATES. THE COUNTRIES AGREEING ON A NOVEMBER  10TH DEADLINE AT THE RECENT  ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION LEADERS' SUMMIT IN VIETNAM.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH A LOOK AT MORE CROP COMMENTS. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LAUREN TURLEY FROM WEBSTER COUNTY, KENTUCKY SENDING US THIS PHOTO.  SHE SAYS  ACCORDING TO USDA, THE WEEK ENDING MAY 28, KENTUCKY HAD ALMOST 4  DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK.  AND A VIEWER FROM BRANCH COUNTY, MICHIGAN WRITING TO AGWEB.  THE FARMER SAYS THIS PLANTING SEASON HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE. THE AREA  HAD 8 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE HTE LAST WEEK IN APRIL AND ONLY 12 FIELD  WORKING DAYS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. THE PRODUCER SAYS HE PLANTED  IN JUNE BEFORE BUT THE YIELD IMPACT IS GOING TO BE SEVERE.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  THIS IS MACHINERY PETE - INVITING YOU TO CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE - MACHINERYPETE.COM - OFFERING FARMERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH.  LET MACHINERY  PETE HELP YOU FIND AND VALUE YOUR NEXT PIECE OF USED EQUIPMENT. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE DEMAND SIDE OF THE LEDGER AND  TALK ETHANOL IN TODAY'S AGRIBUINESS. PLUS THIS FISH HAS A SNOUT THAT LOOKS MORE LIKE AN ALLIGATOR. BUT IN  SOME WAYS IT COULD BE MORE HUMAN THAN FISH! FIND OUT WHY AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS MARKETS WERE MIXED AT MIDWEEK. LETS GET THE CLOSE FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR. SOYBEANS WERE STEADY TODAY A FUTURES WERE REALLY STABILIZING AFTER A  FOUR DAY SELL OFF THE MARKET REALLY STARTED TO MOVE SIDEWAYS OR JUST  KIND OF SOME CONSOLIDATING BUYING CORN ON THE OTHER HAND HAD A  REALLY BIG REBOUND WE'RE UP TEN CENTS AT ONE POINT THE USDA THE  SURPRISE BULLISH CROP REPORT CROP PROGRESS REPORT REALLY GAVE THE  MARKET A BIG BOOST TODAY WAS UP TEN CENTS AT ONE POINT THE CATTLE  MARKET WAS REALLY FIRM TODAY THE FUTURES WE'RE STILL STAYING STRONG  IN SPITE OF THE BEARISH NEWS THAT CAME OUT WHOLESALE BEEF PRICES  WERE A LITTLE BIT LOWER THERE HAS BEEN A GROWING CATTLE SUPPLIES IN  THE PIPELINE THAT YOU WOULD THINK WOULD HAVE BEEN WEIGHING THE  MARKET DOWN THE HOG MARKET IS STILL CLIMBING AGAIN IT LOOKS LIKE THIS  RALLY THAT STARTED BACK APRIL 24TH CONTINUES AGAIN HOGS SUPPLIES WERE  TIGHT TODAY WITH SEASONABLE THE SEASONAL TIGHTENING OF THE WHOLE  MARKET RIGHT NOW LIGHT WEIGHT ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED AND THAT'S REALLY  KEEPING THE MARKET TO MOVE TO AGAIN TO ANOTHER NEW HIGH TODAY IT  CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE THIS IS IT'S HARD TO SELL THIS MARKET AS IT CONTINUES  TO MOVE HIGHER THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP I'M VIRGINIA  MCGATHEY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
TYNE MORGAN JOINING US THIS MORNING WITH AN UPDATE ON THE ETHANOL  INDUSTRY AND ITS IMPACT ON DEMAND.  HERE NOW WITH TED SEIFRIED OF ZANER AG HEDGE WERE HERE THE INDIANAPOLIS FIVE HUNDRED  SPEEDWAY. THESE CARS RUN ON ETHANOL SO WE NEED TO TALK ETHANOL FOR A LITTLE BIT TWENTY  SEVENTEEN. TED. DO YOU THINK THAT IT COULD BE AN INTERESTING YEAR FOR ETHANOL YOU GOT THINGS ON  ALL SIDES OF THE EQUATION WERE LIKELY LOSING SOME EXPORTS OF BOTH ETHANOL AND DDGS TO CHINA  AND POSSIBLY POSSIBLY BRAZIL. BUT WE SHOULD BE PICKING UP SOME IMPORTS OR EXPORTS TO INDIA AND ALSO DOMESTICALLY AS YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN A BIG PROPONENT. OF BUILDING THE E EIGHTY FIVE  DEMAND BASE. I REALLY THINK WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT I THINK THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. HOWEVER INCREASING THE BLEND IS ANOTHER WAY TO GET MORE ETHANOL DEMAND DONE IT LOOKS LIKE  E FIFTEEN 'S GETTING MORE TRACTION THAN IT EVER HAS BEFORE. IF WE CAN GET RVP VAPOR PRESSURE  EXTENDED A WAIVER EXTENDED TO BLENDS ABOVE AND BEYOND E TEN THAT COULD REALLY INCREASE  AFTER ALL THE MAN IN CONSUMPTION HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THAT COULD BE VERY GOOD FOR US  ALL CURRENTLY THE USDA HAS ETHANOL DEMAND OR ETHANOL PRODUCTION GOING UP FIFTY MILLION BUSHEL  I HOPE THAT 'S OPTIMISTIC BRIBING I HOPE THAT 'S A CONSERVATIVE I HOPE IT 'S BETTER THAN THAT BUT  TED WE'VE TRY TO INCREASE IT TO E FIFTEEN SO WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT NOW IS THAT THIS NEW  ADMINISTRATION REALLY WHAT 'S CHANGED THAT YOU THINK WE COULD ACTUALLY GET THESE ONE IS  HIGHER NOW I THINK IT 'S A COMBINATION OF TIME AND THE FACT THAT THE CONSUMER 'S GOTTEN A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA AND THAT WE'VE EDUCATED A LITTLE BIT MORE BUT ALSO THINK THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS A LOT TO DO WITH WHAT ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THESE CHEAPER GASOLINE PRICES  HOW HAS THAT IMPACTED ETHANOL OR CONTINUED TO IMPACT ETHANOL DEMAND YEAH THAT'S A DOUBLE  EDGED SWORD BUT I THINK THE BEST WAY TO LOOK A BIT FOR THE BLEND IS THAT IF WE ARE LOOKING AT LOW  GAS PRICES AND WE'RE LOOKING AT INCREASED CONSUMPTION THEN FOR INCREASING THE BLEND THEY  CAN INCREASE OUR ETHANOL CONSUMPTION IS WELL IT DOESN'T BODE WELL FOR E EIGHTY FIVE  CONSUMPTION NECESSARILY BUT THAT 'S A DIFFERENT STORY ALL RIGHT. TED SEIFRIED WITH ZANER AG.  THANKS SO MUCH SAY WITH THAT WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MOMENT.  FOR PROFESSIONAL MARKETING ADVICE SPECIFICALLY TAILORED TO YOUR  NEEDS CALL ZANER AG HEDGE AT 312-277-0113. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE A I KNOW WERE WRAPPING UP SPRING  AT SOME POINT WE'RE GONNA START SUMMER HERE ON WHERE IN JUNE HAVE YOU SEEN ANY CHANGES  IN PATTERNS THAT ALL THE PATTERN IS TRYING TO CHANGE WHEN IT 'S STILL KIND OF A COOL ONE FOR A  NORTHEASTERN QUADRANT OF THE COUNTRY WHICH INCLUDES PARTS OF THE CORN BELT. YOU SEE HIGH  PRESSURE DOMINATING MOST OF THE CORN BELT THIS MORNING EXCEPT FOR SOME AREAS OF THE  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN PARTS OF KANSAS AND NEBRASKA OUT AHEAD OF THAT. NEXT ONE  FRONT WHICH IS BASICALLY THE COLD FRONT TURNING AROUND SO FOR A WHILE HERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE  A VERY SLOW MOVING WEATHER PATTERN VERY SLOW MOVING AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE MOVING ACROSS  THE LOWER GREAT LAKES OHIO VALLEY INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY KEEPING THINGS DRY FOR A CHANGE  FOR AT LEAST TWO OR THREE DAYS BEFORE THAT NEXT SYSTEM STARTS TO COME EASTWARD WE ALSO HAVE  KIND OF A DISTURBANCE IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE OVER PARTS OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY. WE'VE  BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS. IT WILL CAUSE SOME AFTERNOON MAINLY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. BUT  THERE WILL BE SOME MORNING ACTIVITY AS WELL AS YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE. PARTS OF WEST TEXAS  TOMORROW MORNING ALSO A A TROPICAL LIKE SYSTEM COMING INTO THE WESTERN GULF. NO SIGNS OF THAT  DEVELOPING. BUT NONETHELESS. IT IS STARTING TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD TURN NORTHWARD. I SHOULD  SAY WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH THAT ONE FRONTS THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST WILL STILL CAUSE SOME SHOWERS  AND THUNDERSTORMS ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS PARTS OF FLORIDA SOUTHERN GEORGIA  AND THE GULF COAST AREAS AS WELL AND THERE 'S THAT WARM FRONT CAUSING A FEW AREAS OF  SHOWERS. MAYBE A THUNDER SHOWERS AS IT MOVES INTO THE WESTERN LAKES AND NORTHERN  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TOMORROW AFTERNOON PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR  HOURS A MAJORITY OF THE HEAVY STUFF HAS BEEN IN THE GULF COAST REGION NOT EVERYWHERE BUT  DEPENDS ON WHO GOT THE HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS. ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS YOU CAN  SEE HOW IF THINGS DO OUR PROGRESS WAS SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS PARTS OF LOWER MISSISSIPPI  VALLEY A FEW SPOTS IN FLORIDA. BUT YOU CAN SEE HOW LITTLE RAIN FOR A CHANGE ACROSS MOST OF THE  MIDDLE AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY EXCEPT IN MAINE TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON.  BACK IN THE EIGHTIES FOR THE HIGH PLAINS DAKOTAS NEBRASKA. KANSAS SEVENTIES WARMING UP  ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY SOUTH WESTERN GREAT LAKES LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT AND WE PRETTY  PLEASANT AS YOU CAN SEE ACROSS MOST OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY PRETTY MUGGY DOWN ALONG  THE GULF COAST. AND THEN TOMORROW AFTERNOON. OUR MODEL THAT RED AREA IS ACTUALLY SHOWING  SOME NINETIES DEVELOPING OVER THE DRY SOILS OF PARTS OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA. SO  THAT COULD BE AN ISSUE AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME AS YOU CAN SEE THERE. LOTS OF EIGHTIES SELL FOR  MUCH OF THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY JET STREAM AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK. STILL  THAT COOL AIR MASS OVER THE NORTHEAST THAT CUT OFF LOW AND YOU CAN SEE THAT KIND OF HANGS  AROUND GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST FOR MOST OF THE TIME OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO WITH  ANOTHER LITTLE SYSTEM DIPPING IN A LOOKS LIKE BY LATER NEXT WEEK. THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS WELL HEAD TO BURNS OREGON FIRST OF ALL A  MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE TO BE A THUNDERSTORM IN SPOTS HIGH OF SEVENTY ONE. DENTON  TEXAS WARM AND HUMID A COUPLE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AROUND HIGH OF EIGHTY EIGHT  AND MANSFIELD OHIO BEAUTIFUL GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE HIGH OF SEVENTY FOUR. 

DATES IN JEOPARDY
DATES ARE A MAJOR EXPORT PRODUCT FOR TUNISIA. BUT AN OUTBREAK OF THE  RED PALM WEEVIL COULD JEOPARDIZE THE INDUSTRY. THE BEETLE HAS SPREAD FROM ASIA TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND NOW THREATENS  THE DATE PALM TREES IN TUNISIA. THE INVADER BORES HOLES IN TREE TRUNKS AND LAYS EGGS. ONCE MATURE,  THE LARVAE BURROW INTO THE TRUNK AND THE PALMS TURN BROWN. A STATE AG RESEARCHER SAYS THIS INSECT IS VERY FERTILE. IT CAN LAY ABOUT  300 EGGS. IT MOVES ABOUT 10 MILES A DAY. TUNISIA EXPORTS 100-THOUSAND TONS OF THE FRUIT ANNUALLY.

TEASE
NEGOTIATORS ARE TRYING TO WORK ON TECHNICAL DETAILS ON A TRADE DEAL  THAT COULD BOOST DEMAND FOR U-S BEEF. WE GET DETAILS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DROVERS. AND FISHERY STUDENTS ARE WRANGLING SOME TOUGH LOOKING CUSTOMERS  TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR SURVIVABILITY AS A SPECIES.  "GOIN' FOR GAR",  LATER ON AGDAY.

DROVERS TV
NEGOTIATIONS - WHICH WOULD LEAD TO A RE-START OF BEEF EXPORTS TO  CHINA - ARE SAID TO BE MOVING FAST. REUTERS IS REPORTING THAT FINAL DETAILS COULD BE IN PLACE BY EARLY THIS  MONTH. THE TWO SIDES ARE FACING A DEADLINE THAT WOULD SEE BEEF SHIPMENTS  STARTED BY MID-JULY. OUR PARTNERS AT DROVERS SAY CHINA WILL ACCEPT U-S  FRESH, CHILLED BEEF PRODUCTS, AS WELL AS FROZEN. NEGOTIATORS ARE WORKING ON FINAL, TECHNICAL DETAILS. AS PART OF THE  DEAL, U-S BEEF WOULD BE TESTED FOR GROWTH PROMOTING HORMONES. GREG HENDERSON/DROVERS: "CHINA WILL TEST ALL BEEF FOR RESIDUES UPON  ENTRY, AND THERE WILL BE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN SYNTHETIC AND NATURALLY  OCCURRING HORMONES. IF TRACES OF SYNTHETIC HORMONES ARE FOUND THE  MEAT WILL BE REJECTED. TRACES OF NATURALLY OCCURRING HORMONES SUCH  AS ESTRADIOL ARE FOUND, THE MEAT WILL BE REJECTED IF THE LEVELS ARE  ABOVE THOSE NATURALLY OCCURRING IN CATTLE. "HENDERSON SAYS CHINA HAS ALSO AGREED TO AMEND THEIR TRACEABILITY  REQUIREMENTS FOR U-S BEEF. UNDER THE PROPOSAL CHINA WILL ONLY  REQUIRE THE ANIMALS' BIRTH FARM AND SLAUGHTER PLANT TO BE  DOCUMENTED.CHINA WILL ACCEPT BEEF FROM ANIMALS 30 MONTHS OF AGE OR YOUNGER, A STANDARD THAT THE MAJORITY OF U.S. FED CATTLE ALREADY MEET.   FEEDER CATTLE FUTURES FINDING STRENGTH THIS WEEK ON NEWS OUT OF  INDIA. THAT GOVERNMENT BANNING THE TRADE OF CATTLE FOR PURPOSES OTHER  THAN DAIRYING OR FIELD WORK, EFFECTIVELY OUTLAWING BEEF PRODUCTION  FROM THE WORLD'S LARGEST HERD.  INDIA HAS 300 MILLION HEAD OF CATTLE AND EXPORTED 1.3 BILLION TONS OF  BEEF LAST YEAR, MOSTLY TO OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES. 

TEASE
AS AGDAY CONTINUES WE LOOK AT EFFORTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AN ANCIENT  FISH. . .AND THEIR CLOSE TIES TO HUMANS. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE HARDEST WORKING  TRACTORS IN AG AT KUBOTA.COM.  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER  TODAY. SCIENTISTS AT THE LSU AQUACULTURE RESEARCH STATION ARE CONDUCTING  RESEARCH ON ALLIGATOR GAR TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THIS  ANCIENT FISH. WHILE THEIR NUMBERS ARE HOLDING STEADY IN LOUISIANA, THEY  ARE BECOMING LESS COMMON IN OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. LSU  AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS THE STORY.  ALLIGATOR GAR HAVE UNDERGONE FEW EVOLUTIONARY CHANGES THROUGHOUT HISTORY. RESEARCHERS ARE  STUDYING THE GAR AT THE LSU AGCENTER AQUACULTURE STATION FOR GENETICS AND REPRODUCTIVE  PURPOSES.  ALLYSE FERRARA: THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO PERSIST FOR SO LONG, AND WE WANT TO TRY TO  FIGURE OUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THOSE THINGS, PARTS OF THEIR GENETICS, THEIR PHYSIOLOGY, THEIR LIFE  HISTORIES THAT HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO SURVIVE SO WELL. CHRIS GREEN, A SCIENTIST AT THE STATION,  HAS STUDIED THE GAR FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. PART OF HIS WORK INVOLVES LOOKING FOR WAYS TO  BUILD ON EXISTING RESEARCH RELATED TO FISH PRODUCTION AND INCREASE THE SPAWNING SUCCESS OF  THE GAR. CHRIS GREEN: WE ALL KIND OF SHARE THOSE RESOURCES, WHAT WORKS BEST AND DEVELOP  WAYS TO MOVE FORWARD MAKING FISH SPAWN, MAKING THE BABIES, AND MAKING THOSE BABIES  GROW UP AND THEN BE STOCKED OUT INTO OUR WATERS. SURPRISINGLY, GAR COULD BE CONSIDERED  MORE CLOSELY RELATED TO HUMANS THAN FISH. THIS OPENS UP AN AVENUE OF RESEARCH ON GAR THAT  MAY BENEFIT PEOPLE. FERRARA: THEY'RE BASICALLY MORE GENETICALLY SIMILAR TO HUMANS THAN THEY  ARE TO OTHER FISHES, AND SO WE CAN USE INFORMATION FROM THOSE TELEOSTS FISHES AND USE THE  GAR TO KIND OF TRANSLATE IT TO BE MORE APPLICABLE TO HUMAN MEDICINE. CAPTURING THE GAR  PROVED TO BE A CHALLENGE, WITH SOME WEIGHING MORE THAN 50 POUNDS. AS PART OF THE  RESEARCH, THEY WERE IDENTIFIED, WEIGHED AND THEN INJECTED WITH A HORMONE THAT WOULD  STIMULATE REPRODUCTIVE PROCESSES. ANOTHER UNIQUE FEATURE IS GAR BREATH AIR WHEN WATER  TEMPERATURES BECOME HOT. GREEN: FOR SOME REASON, THEIR GILLS ARE NOT AS EFFECTIVE, SO THEY  HAVE TO SWITCH OVER TO AERIAL RESPIRATION. THEY COME UP AND LIKE THIS, THEY PHYSICALLY HAVE TO  OPEN THEIR MOUTHS TO SUCK IN AIR JUST LIKE WE HAVE TO BREATHE. THE FISH WERE PLACED IN HOLDING  TANKS WHERE THEY WILL SPAWN IN 24-48 HOURS.  WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG  GAUTREAUX REPORTING.

CLOSE
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. 

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