AgDay Daily Recap -June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 20, 2017


HEADLINES
CHECKING ON CROP PROGRESS FROM USDA-- INCLUDING CONDITIONS IN THE  NORTHERN PLAINS. IN AGRIBUSINESS... TRACKING DAIRY MARKETS. AND PUTTING  PAWS ON GUARD. THESE TEXAS CANINES ARE PROTECTING THEIR FLOCKS FROM  PREDATORS IN THE LONE STAR STATE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE  DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

CROP PROGRESS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER AN EARLY RUN-UP OF SUMMER  TIME HEAT IN THE CORN BELT LAST WEEK, GRAIN TRADERS WATCH THE CROP  PROGRESS REPORT TO SEE IF THE CONDITION RATINGS FELT THE AFFECTS. STARTING WITH CORN 67-PERCENT IS CALLED GOOD TO EXCELLENT. THE  COMBINED TOTAL IS UNCHANGED FROM LAST WEEK. BUT THERE WAS A TWO  POINT SHIFT INTO THE EXCELLENT CATEGORY. A ONE POINT IMPROVEMENT IN THE THREE 'EYES'. AND MINNESOTA SAW A THREE  POINT GAIN WITH 81-PERCENT NOW GOOD TO EXCELLENT. IN THE EAST, INDIANA CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH 45-PERCENT IN GOOD TO  EXCELLENT SHAPE. TURNING TO SOYBEANS, 67-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT...A ONE POINT  IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST WEEK. 89-PERCENT HAS EMERGED, FIVE POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. WINTER WHEAT HARVEST SAW DECENT GAINS OVERALL FROM LAST WEEK. 28- PERCENT IS NOW IN THE BIN. THAT'S UP 11 POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. TEXAS HARVESTERS SAW MINIMAL GAINS - UP JUST TWO POINTS. BUT THE  HARVEST IS WELL AHEAD OF AVERAGE AT 74% COMPLETED. AND KANSAS SAW A  18 POINT GAIN, NOW REACHING 22-PERCENT HARVESTED. AND SPRING WHEAT CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE OVER MUCH OF THE NORTHERN  TIER STATES. 41-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. MINNESOTA IS THE EXCEPTION WITH 89-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. BRAD MATTHEWS/ROACH AG MAREKTING; "MINNEAPOLIS WHEAT,YOU TAKE A  LOOK AT WHAT IS ON AND IT'S ALREADY TIPPED OVER. I MEAN IT'S BEEN AN ON  FIRE SOMEONE ALMOST PARABOLIC. NOW CAN IT KEEP GOING? WELL IT DEPENDS  ON HOW BAD IT IS. SURE YOU COULD KEEP GOING. KANSAS CITY AND CHICAGO  ARE BEING DRUGGED FOR THE RIDE ON THE LAST COMMITMENT OF TRADERS  REPORT, THE FUNDS WERE STILL SHORT OVER 100 THOUSAND SO I'M GUESSING  IT'S LESS THAN THAT NOW. BUT YES THERE'S STILL MORE FOR THEM TO GET OUT  OF. AND IF WE END UP HAVING A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A PRODUCTION ISSUE  THERE AS WELL. YEAH YOU MEAN FOR WHEAT TO RALLY ANOTHER DOLLAR. IT'S  NOT UNCOMMON WITH THE WAY THE WHEAT MARKET IS IN THE THIN MARKET AND  WHEN IT GOES IT GOES."

SOUTH DAKOTA DROUGHT
SOUTH DAKOTA GOV. DENNIS DAUGAARD HAS DECLARED A STATEWIDE  EMERGENCY BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN HIS STATE.  THE MOST RECENT DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS 80-PERCENT OF THAT STATE AT  SOME LEVEL DRYNESS OR DROUGHT. AS PART OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, SOUTH DAKOTA WILL EASE HAYING AND  TRANSPORTATION RESTRICTIONS TO ASSIST AG PRODUCERS. MEANWHILE IN NORTH DAKOTA, STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER DOUG  GOEHRING GOT A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS. GOEHRING SAYS THERE WAS A FOUR-TO-FIVE INCH RAINFALL DEFICIT FROM MARCH 10-TO- JUNE 10 IN CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA.  HE SAYS IT IS 'HEART-BREAKING' TO SEE LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS LINED UP FOR  ALMOST A MILE AT AUCTION MARKETS. WITH A LACK OF ADEQUATE GRAZING AND  FEED, THEY'RE SELLING THEIR GENETICS THAT TOOK YEARS TO BUILD. THERE HAVE BEEN CALLS TO OPEN CRP TO EARLY HAYING AND GRAZING. 

ETHANOL INTERESTS
U.S. ETHANOL INTERESTS APPLAUDING CHANGES TO BLEND REQUIREMENTS IN  MEXICO. THE MEXICAN ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION JUST ANNOUNCING IT WILL  INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF ETHANOL THAT CAN BLENDED INTO MEXICAN GAS  SUPPLIES FROM LESS THAN 6 PERCENT TO 10 PERCENT. THAT COVERS ALL BUT THREE OF THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST METRO AREAS. BOB DINNEEN WITH THE RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION THE DECISION MEAN  MEXICO WILL HAVE BLEND LEVELS CONSISTENT WITH FUEL SOLD AND USED  THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.  ADDING THAT IT SHOULD HELP DRIVE TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN THE NORTH  AMERICAN ETHANOL INDUSTRY. 

BUSY WEEK FOR SEC. SONNY PERDUE
ANOTHER BUSY WEEK FOR AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE. HE'S PLANNING HIS FIRST VISIT TO HIS HOME STATE OF GEORGIA IN HIS NEW  OFFICIAL CAPACITY. HE'LL BE MEETING WITH HIS MEXICAN AND CANADIAN COUNTERPARTS FOR A  TOUR OF THE GEORGIA PORT AUTHORITY AND A FARM IN VIDALIA.  THIS IS THE FIRST FACE TO FACE MEETING OF THE AG CHIEF'S SINCE THE NAFTA  DISCUSSIONS BEGAN IN EARNEST. 

BRICS NATIONS CLIMATE GROUP
FIVE NATIONS WITH SOME OF THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD  ARE ATTEMPTING TO ALIGN THEIR VIEWS ON KEY GLOBAL ISSUES, LIKE TRADE  AND CLIMATE AS THE U-S WITHDRAWS FROM MULTI-NATIONAL DEALS. COLLECTIVELY, THEY ARE KNOWN AS THE 'BRICS NATIONS'. OFFICIALS FROM  BRAZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA, CHINA AND SOUTH AFRICA ARE MEETING IN BEIJING THIS  WEEK. THE FOREIGN MINISTERS ARE DISCUSSING THE IMPACT OF THE U-S  WITHDRAWING FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORDS AND THE TRANS PACIFIC  PARTNERSHIP. TOGETHER THE BRICS COUNTRIES ACCOUNT FOR ROUGHLY 40 PERCENT OF THE  WORLD POPULATION AND 20 PERCENT OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. ALL FIVE COUNTRIES ARE MEMBERS OF THE G20, ALTHOUGH THEIR ECONOMIC  PROSPECTS HAVE DECLINED SOMEWHAT AMID CRISES IN BRAZIL AND SOUTH  AFRICA AND THE EFFECT OF SANCTIONS LODGED AGAINST RUSSIA BY THE WEST.

CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL SHOOTING UPDATE
WE HAVE AN UPDATE THIS MORNING ON TYSON FOODS' LOBBYIST MATT MIKA  WHO WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES DURING LAST WEEK'S SHOOTING AT THE  CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL PRACTICE. A TYSON SPOKESMAN SAYS MIKA REMAINS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT A  WASHINGTON HOSPITAL, FOLLOWING SEVERAL SURGERIES. IN A STATEMENT, THE FAMILY SAYING "WHILE WE KNOW THERE WILL BE DIFFICULT  AND CHALLENGING DAYS AHEAD FOR MATT AND OUR FAMILY, THE PHYSICIANS  AND SPECIALISTS AT MATT'S SIDE EXPECT A FULL RECOVERY."

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HELPING EASE US INTO THE WEEK. HE HAS A LOOK AT CROP  COMMENTS ON THIS TUESDAY MORNING. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  OVER IN BURT COUNTY, NEBRASKA, MATT NELSON IS TRYING TO BEAT THE RAIN  AS HE SIDE-DRESSES SOME FERTILIZER.  MATT SAYS  AND PAUL GROSS SENDING US THESE PHOTOS FROM ISABELLA COUNTY,  MICHIGAN.  FARMERS WERE WAITING FOR A RAIN  TO PLANT EDIBLE BEANS OVER A WEEK  AGO. HE SAYS FARMERS ARE STILL ON HOLD - HE TOOK THIS PICTURE AFTER 3  INCHES OF RAIN.  SOME PRODUCERS RECEIVED ANOTHER 4 INCHES RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM.

TEASE
UP NEXT WE'LL DIG INTO THE DAIRY MARKETS INCLUDING PRICING POTENTIAL  AND EXPORT SALES. AND RANCHERS IN THE LONE STAR STATE ARE RELYING ON MAN'S BEST FRIEND  TO PROTECT THEIR INVESTMENTS IN LIVESTOCK. DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE  COUNTRY. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS IT WAS A WILD START TO THE TRADING WEEK. LETS GET DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. A TWO SIDED DAY IN WITH CATTLE GOING LOWER AND THE HOGS GOING HIGHER. CATTLE GOING LOWER DESPITE SOME VERY STRONG BEEF CUT OUT VALUES THAT IMPLIED IMPLY THAT THE WHOLESALE MARKET IS HOLDING VERY STRONG. BUT THE MARKET REALLY MORE CONCERNED ABOUT A. THE CHART FORMATIONS WHICH WITH A LOWER CLOSE TODAY WOULD IMPLY A BREAKOUT TO THE DOWNSIDE FROM A SIDEWAYS TRADE. THERE HAS BEEN THIS BREAKOUT HAS BEEN DEVELOPING OVER THE PAST FEW SESSIONS AND B. IDEAS ARE THAT WE'LL SEE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN AND CATTLE AVAILABLE TO THE MARKET AS WE START TO MOVE TO MOVE TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SUMMER AND INTO THE FALL. IT'S BEEN A MIXED DAY IN THE GRAIN MARKETS WITH SOYBEANS AND WHEAT TRADING HIGHER IN THE DAY LED BY WHEAT AND ALSO RICE TRADING SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER ON THE DAY. BUT CORN REALLY TRADING A LITTLE BIT LOWER ON THE DAY. ALSO THE LACK OF THE MARKET'S ABILITY TO REALLY SUSTAIN A RALLY HERE OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO IMPLIED TO MANY TRADERS HERE THAT THE FARMERS HAD SOLD A LOT OF CORN INTO THE CASH MARKET AND THAT THE CASH MARKET WAS REALLY WELL LOADED WITH CORN RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S PROBABLY TRUE. THANKS VERY MUCH. THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE VICE PRESIDENT OF PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE ON THE CMA GROUP FOR SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKETS.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK I HAVE BRIAN DOHERTY OF STEWART  PETERSON. BRIAN LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS DAIRY MARKET YOU KNOW THE WASDE  REPORT CAME OUT THEY'RE ANTICIPATING BETTER MILK PRICES THAN THE REST  OF THIS YEAR AND NEXT YEAR. WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THIS MARKET IS MAYBE  STARTING TO PLAY INTO IT. WELL A WEAKER DOLLAR THAT'S ONE IS CERTAINLY  AND WE'RE EXPORTING GOOD DEMAND GOOD ECONOMY YOU LOOK AT THE  STOCK MARKET WE CONTINUE TO PUSH INTO NEW HIGHS PRACTICALLY ON A  WEEKLY BASIS SO LOOKS LIKE WE'RE SEEING SOME BETTER MONEY FLOW  BETTER ECONOMIES AND PEOPLE ARE JUST EATING. LOOKS LIKE MORE CHEESE  EATING MORE IN GENERAL. TO COUNTER THAT THOUGH THE DAIRY PRODUCER  HASN'T CUT BACK. WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT SIGNIFICANT PRODUCTION, HIGH  EFFICIENCY, AMPLE FEED GRAINS, AMPLE HAY. SO FAR THIS YEAR MAYBE NOT IN  THE NORTHWEST SO MUCH BUT THE BIG DAIRIES IN THE CENTRAL MIDWEST IN  PARTICULAR IN MY HOME STATE OF WISCONSIN. AMPLE FEED SUPPLIES RIGHT  NOW AND QUALITY FEED SUPPLIES. SO THAT THAT MEANS PROBABLY BIG  PRODUCTION YET. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT LIKE THE LAST FIVE MONTHS OF THE  YEAR YOU CAN LOOK AT A $17 AVERAGE PRICE ON THOSE MONTHS SO IF YOU  HAVEN'T SOLD CONSIDER SELLING 25 PERCENT SCALE UP INTO THIS. ONE THING  WE CAN SAY WITH SOME CERTAINTY LOOKING BACK THAT EACH OF THESE  RALLIES WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT HISTORY THEY'VE PROVEN TO BE A SELL  OPPORTUNITY. AND SO WE WANT TO WARN AGAINST THOSE BIG DROP OFFS. THE  PRODUCTION IS THERE THAT THAT CAN HAPPEN. AS WE YOU KNOW WE TALK A  LOT ABOUT THE COMPONENTS IN THE CHEESE AND THAT KIND OF STUFF REALLY  DRIVING THIS MARKET. HOW DO WE KNOW IF EXPORTS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE  TO HANG STRONG. I MEAN THIS IS DOLLAR SUPPORTIVE OF THAT. WELL WE THINK  THAT THEY WILL. THERE'S THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK THAT TODAY THAT THEY  WON'T. AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COMPONENTS OF COURSE THE  PRICING DIFFERENTIAL THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. BUT CHEESE IS IN HIGH  DEMAND RIGHT NOW. IT'S PROVIDING A GOOD BASE FOR MILK PRICES. LIQUID  MILK OR YOU KNOW THAT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT STORY IF YOU'RE IN  DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. BUT AS WE LOOK FORWARD WE REALLY  LIKE TO DEMAND BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND WORLDWIDE. THE THING TO WATCH  REALLY THOUGH IS WHAT THE GRAIN MARKETS DO. IF THEY START TO RUN TIGHT  IN INVENTORY OR BEEF PRICES RALLY BACK SO MAYBE WE'LL SEE SOME COW- CULL LIQUIDATION. BUT RIGHT NOW I WOULD STILL SELL INTO THE RALLIES AND  BUY PARTS OR SELL CALLS. ALL RIGHT GOOD ADVICE. APPRECIATE IT BRIAN  THANKS FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL BE BACK MORE WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A  MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. AND  MIKE NOT A LOT OF RAIN SET UP ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY HERE  BUT COOLER TEMPERATURES. YEAH A BIG DIFFERENCE IN WHAT WE WERE SEEING LAST WEEK SO THERE'S NO  DOUBT ABOUT THAT. NOT IN THE TROPICS. THAT'S A DIFFERENT STORY. IN FACT  WE HAVE A SYSTEM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO THAT MORE THAN LIKELY WILL BE AT  LEAST A TROPICAL STORM BEFORE TOO LONG AND WE'RE GOING TO SHOW THAT  AS AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE. ON MY WEATHER MAP. BUT MORE THAN LIKELY  OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO WE'RE GOING TO SEE THIS BECOME A TROPICAL  STORM OR EVEN A HURRICANE AS IT HEADS TOWARD THE TEXAS GULF COAST  THE WAY IT LOOKS. FARTHER NORTH THOUGH AGAIN LIKE CLINTON SAID THIS IS  ALL COOLER DRIER AIR THAN WE'VE BEEN SEEING. LITTLE IMPULSE KIND OF  ROTATING AROUND A BIG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN EASTERN CANADA CAN  PRODUCE MAINLY SOME AFTERNOON VARIETY SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSHOWERS. MOST OF THOSE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ANYTHING LIKE  SEVERE BUT THEY COULD BE HEAVY FOR FIVE OR 10 MINUTES AS THEY KIND OF  COME ON THROUGH. SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE'LL WATCH FOR. YOU CAN SEE  THERE'S KIND OF TWO FRONTS CAUSING THAT OTHERWISE HIGH PRESSURE  DOMINATING. NEXT FRONT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL PRODUCE A LITTLE  BIT OF MOISTURE AS IT COMES INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. AS WE HEAD INTO  THE DAY TOMORROW AND YOU CAN SEE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THE  AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OR TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE AS WE HEAD  THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. IT DOES LOOK LIKE THAT IS PROJECTED  TO MOVE TOWARD THE TEXAS GULF COAST SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A BIG  CONCERN FOR THOSE AREAS ESPECIALLY IF THIS BECOMES A HURRICANE THEN  YOU'RE TALKING DAMAGE. BESIDES THE HEAVY RAIN. SO THAT'S SOMETHING  WE'LL BE WATCHING FOR YOU THIS WEEK. BUT YOU CAN SEE MAINLY AFTERNOON  VARIETY THUNDERSTORMS. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THAT COLD  FRONT WILL BE SCATTERED. SAME THING ALONG THE SECOND COLD FRONT  THROUGH THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE WESTERN PLAINS AND EASTERN  PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24  HOURS. MOST OF IT'S BEEN IN THE GULF COAST AREA AND ON UP THE EASTERN  SEABOARD ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE HOW WE DO ADD A  LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE HERE AND THERE ACROSS THE CORN BELT BUT THE  VAST MAJORITY IS GOING TO BE ALONG THE GULF COAST WITH THAT SYSTEM  COMING NORTHWARD INTO THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GOLF. HIGH  TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. LOOK AT THAT 60S AND 70S MAINLY  THROUGHOUT THE GREAT LAKES INTO PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND 80S THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST EVEN SOME 70S SHOWING UP 90S BEEN SHOVED  BACK TO THE SOUTHWESTERN PLAINS AND TRIPLE DIGITS IN PARTS OF THE FAR  SOUTHWEST. LOOK AT THE LOW IN PHOENIX ON OUR COMPUTER MODEL 94  DEGREES. AND AS YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME WE ARE GOING TO  SEE THINGS THAT CONTINUE TO STAY VERY WARM IN THE SOUTHWESTERN  PLAINS WESTERN PLAINS BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHWEST. THIS IS GOING TO  BE A HEAT WAVE FOR SOME OF THE FOLKS DOWN THERE. THERE'S THE JET  STREAM KEEPING IT COOL FOR THE GREAT LAKES AND THE NORTHEAST FOR  MOST OF THIS WEEK. MORE ENERGY DIVING INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE HEAD TOWARD THE WEEKEND SO THAT'S GOING TO  KEEP THINGS ON THE COOL SIDE. MUCH OF THE CORN BELT COOLER THAN  NORMAL. NOT NECESSARILY REAL COOL. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF OFFERED  GILLETTE WYOMING PARTLY SUNNY AND MUCH WARMER. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF  91 WACO TEXAS MOSTLY SUNNY HOT AND HUMID HIGH OF 95 IN PERU INDIANA  PARTLY SUNNY AND COMFORTABLY WARM THE HIGH AROUND 80.

AVOCADO THEFT
THE RISE OF AVOCADO PRICES IS MAKING THEM A TARGET FOR THEFT. THREE WORKERS IN OXNARD CALIFORNIA WERE JUST ARRESTED AND CHARGED  FOR STEALING UP TO 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF AVOCADOS.  ACCORDING TO THE COUNTY SHERIFF, THE MEN WERE SELLING THE FRUIT OUT  OF A RIPENING FACILITY...FOR ABOUT HALF PRICE. THE MEN WERE CAUGHT ON VIDEO SURVEILLANCE MAKING SALES AND  POCKETING THE CASH. A BOX OF AVOCADOS CURRENTLY GOES FOR ABOUT 50 DOLLARS.

TEASE
THE DAIRY REPORT LOOKS AT NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPORTS. AND LATER, MAN'S BEST FRIEND CAN BE TONS OF HELP OUT ON THE RANGE.  WE'LL HEAD TO THE LONE STAR STATE TO SEE HOW THESE COW DOGS ARE  HELPING THE WORK GET DONE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, FIRST BEEF NOW DAIRY HEADING FOR CHINA'S PORTS. THE U.S. AND CHINA SIGNING A FRESH MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING THAT  SHOULD INCREASE U.S. DAIRY'S ACCESS TO CHINESE MARKETS. CEO OF THE DAIRY EXPORT COUNCIL, TOM VILSACK, SAYS THE NEW AGREEMENT  HOLDS POTENTIAL FOR MILK, CHEESE, INFANT FORMULA AND DAIRY  INGREDIENTS.  HE SAYS CHINA IS ALREADY THE WORLD'S LARGEST DAIRY IMPORTER AND  OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH ARE TREMENDOUS. LAST YEAR THE U.S. SHIPPED ABOUT 380 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DAIRY TO  CHINA. THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWING INCREASING DROUGHT AND DRYNESS  IN THE MIDWEST. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MAP-- IT'S A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THE DROUGHT.  THE DARK GREEEN AREAS REPRESENT MAJOR HAY AREAS.  USDA SAYS 15-PERCENT OF THE NATION'S ALFALFA HAY ACREAGE IS WITHIN AN  AREA OF DROUGHT.  AND AS YOU CAN SEE NEARLY ALL OF NORTH DAKOTA AND MUCH OF SOUTH  DAKOTA HAY FIELDS ARE IN THAT AREA. NORTH DAKOTA HAS ABOUT ONE-AND-HALF MILLION ACRES OF ALFALA. BUT IT'S  "ALL HAY" ACREAGE HITS TWO-POINT-SEVEN MILLION ACRES. DAIRY FARM WORKERS CALLING OUT ICE CREAM MAKER BEN AND JERRY'S OVER  THE WEEKEND. WORKERS PROTESTING AT IT'S WATERBURY FACTORY SATURDAY CALLING FOR  BETTER PAY AND LIVING CONDITIONS ON THE FARMS THAT SUPPLY MILK TO THE  FACILITY. BEN AND JERRY'S HAS LONG BEEN AN ADVOCATE OF SOCIAL ACTIVISM. IN 2015, IT AGREED TO JOIN A PROGRAM CALLED MILK WITH DIGNITY-- THAT AIMS  TO ENSURE FARMS PROVIDE WORKERS FAIR WAGES AND DECENT HOUSING. THE PROGRAM LEADERS AND THE COMPANY ARE STILL NEGOTIATING THE TERMS  OF THAT AGREEMENT. ABOUT 85 PERCENT OF THE MILK IT USES FOR NORTH AMERICAN ICE CREAM  COMES FROM ROUGHLY 80 VERMONT DAIRIES.

TEASE
UP NEXT, HELP FROM AN EXTRA HAND OR PAW OR FOUR.  TEXAS COW  DOGS...NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  LEARN MORE ABOUT  KUBOTA SSV SERIES SKID STEERS AT KUBOTA.COM. OR DEMO ONE AT YOUR  LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY.  A SHEEP'S BEST FRIEND. BUT "RUFF" ON PREDATORS.  TEXAS FARMERS ARE TURNING TO LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN DOGS TO HELP  PROTECT THEIR FLOCKS FROM A GROWING PREDATOR PROBLEM.  ED WOLFF WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU HAS MORE.  A SHEEP'S BEST FRIEND. GUARD DOGS HAVE BEEN USED FOR CENTURIES AROUND THE WORLD TO PROTECT  SHEEP & GOATS. AND FOR DECADES IN THE US. BUT NOT AS MUCH IN THE LONE STAR STATE. BUT  RISING PREDATOR PROBLEMS ARE FORCING TEXAS RANCHERS TO RETHINK THESE ANCIENT ALLIES.  "WE GOT TO THE POINT WHERE WE WERE LOSING MATURE EWES AT A RATE OF ALMOST ONE A DAY TO  COYOTES AND WE HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE WENT AND BOUGHT A FEW GUARD DOGS AND  TURNED THEM OUT. OVERNIGHT WE SAW A BIG REDUCTION IN PREDATION ON OUR FLOCK."  COLBY RAISES HAIR SHEEP NEAR MENARD. HE'S ONE OF THE RANCHERS IN WEST TEXAS WHO'VE TURNED  TO LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN DOGS TO HELP SAVE HIS ANIMALS. TRAPPING WASN'T ENOUGH. HELICOPTERS  WEREN'T ENOUGH. BUT WITH THE HELP OF THESE K-9 PROTECTORS HE'S GONE FROM SURVIVING TO  THRIVING.   "THE PRESENCE OF THE DOG OUT THERE IF YOU'RE A 20 POUND COYOTE AND YOU'RE COMING UP  AGAINST AN 120 POUND PYRENEES DOG THE MATH JUST DOESN'T ADD UP. SO IT'S A BIG RISK ON THE  PART OF THE PREDATOR TO ATTACK THAT LIVESTOCK ANIMAL WHEN THE DOG IS PROTECTING THEM."  DR. TOMECEK AND HIS COLLEGES AT AGRILIFE EXTENSION & RESEARCH HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE  HELPFUL HOUNDS FOR 7 YEARS.  THEY RECENTLY HELD A FIELD DAY TO SHARE THEIR FINDING WITH TEXAS  SHEEP & GOAT RAISERS. THEIR RESEARCH WAS NOT NECESSARILY BY CHOICE BUT OUT OF NECESSITY.   "THE FIRST YEAR WE OPERATED THE MARTIN RANCH WE HAD A 20 PERCENT LAMB CROP AND THAT WAS  NOT SUSTAINABLE. I HAD USED GUARD DOGS BEFORE SO WE GOT GUARD DOGS. | AND NOW WERE UP TO  120 PERCENT LAMB CROP AND ALSO WE'RE 120 PERCENT KID CROP. WE SIMPLY WERE NOT ABLE TO  RAISE THAT."  DR. WALKER'S TEAM BELIEVES THESE SAME KINDS OF RESULTS ARE POSSIBLE ON RANCHES ACROSS THE  STATE. MOST TEXAS SHEEP & GOATS ARE RAISED WITHIN LARGE FENCED RANGES. NOT HERDED. SO  MANY RANCHERS THOUGHT DOGS WOULDN'T WORK FOR THEM. BUT RESEARCHERS ARE PUSHING BACK.  USING MODERN TECHNOLOGY, LIKE GPS, TO HELP ANSWER MANY OF THE QUESTIONS AND RESERVATIONS  ON RANCHER'S MINDS.  "THE DOGS DO VARY IN THEIR TRAVEL BUT THEY EASILY COVER 500-1000 ACRES IN ANY TYPICAL DAY. SO  THEY'RE COVERING A LOT OF COUNTRY AND WE'RE FINDING THAT THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL IN BIG PASTURES."  IN THE SAME WAY THAT A PET PUPPY WILL BOND WITH A FAMILY IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF LIFE, THESE  DOGS BOND WITH THE FLOCK THEY ARE GOING TO PROTECT. THEY CREATE A CANID TERRITORY AROUND THE  FLOCK. CAUSING OTHER CANINES LIKE COYOTES AND EVEN OTHER DOGS TO STAY AWAY. PLUS, THEY BARK  WHEN SOMETHING GET TOO CLOSE.  "A DOG BEING ON A PASTURE DOESN'T MEAN THAT A COYOTE WALKS UP TO A FENCE AND SAYS NO  THERE'S A DOG IN THERE I CAN'T CROSS THE FENCE LINE RATHER THEY STILL USE THE RANCH YOU'RE NOT  PUSHING ALL THE PREDATORS OFF THE AND ON TO THE NEIGHBOR'S BUT THEY MOVE AROUND THE LIVESTOCK  AND AROUND THE DOGS."  THE NUMBER OF COYOTES IN TEXAS HAS SKYROCKETED IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. BUT SO HAS THE  DEMAND FOR SHEEP & GOATS. THERE'S MORE RESEARCH TO BE DONE. BUT WHETHER AKBASH,  MAREMMA, ANATOLIAN OR GREAT PYRENEES. WHATEVER THE BREED OR MIX. LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN  DOGS STAND READY TO SERVE AND PROTECT. WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, ED WOLFF, MENARD.

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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