AgDay Daily Recap -March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 15, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -FLOODING COVERS WIDE STRETCHES OF THE SOUTH FOLLOWING HISTORICAL RAINS. ARKANSAS IS NOW ONE OF THE TOP PEANUT PRODUCING STATES AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS BELIEVE PRODUCTION OF THE "GOOBERS" IS HERE TO STAY. IN AGRIBUSINESS...DIGGING INTO INTERNATIONAL MILK MARKETS. A NEWLY PUBLISHED STUDY SAYS YOUR TEENS HAVE A BIOLOGICAL EXCUSE TO SLEEP IN.
PLENTY OF MOISTURE IN SOIL FOR SOON TO BE PLANTING SEASON:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S STILL A BIT EARLY FOR PLANTERS TO ROLL IN THE SOUTH. BUT WHEN THEY DO, THERE SHOULD BE PLENTY OF SOIL MOISTURE AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS SOAK A WIDE REGION OF THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. RESIDENTS FROM ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI AND TEXAS -AND NEIGHBORING STATES -ARE STILL COPING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF RECORD RAINFALL. IN SOME CASES, TWO FEET OF RAIN FELL IN FIVE DAYS.
FLOODING ALONG THE SABINE RIVER:
RECORD FLOODING IS ALREADY OCCURRING ALONG A STRETCH OF THE SABINE RIVER, AND WILL MOVE DOWNSTREAM THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS ALONG THE TEXAS/LOUISIANA BORDER. THE LITTLE TOWN OF DEWEYVILLE, TEXAS HAS BEEN INUNDATED WITH FLOOD WATER THREE FEET ABOVE ITS PREVIOUS RECORD. "THEY COME IN USUALLY DISCOURAGED AND SAD THAT THEY'VE HAD TO LEAVE AND NOT KNOWING WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO RETURN TO."  "WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LONG TERM IS, WE'RE TOLD IT COULD BE SEVERAL WEEKS."A RESERVOIR IN THAT AREA WAS REACHING CAPACITY, SO EMERGENCY MANAGERS OPENED THE FLOOD GATES WHICH CAUSED THE SABINE RIVER TO FLOOD DOWN STREAM. NEIGHBORING ARKANSAS WAS NOT SPARED THE WRATH OF THIS LATE WINTER RAIN STORM. THE HEAVY RAINS SWAMPED A VARIETY OF LOW-LYING FIELDS.
RAIN COULD SPUR INCREASE OF PEANUT ACRES IN ARKANSAS:
THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE SHARED THESE PHOTOS. THEY SAID PHILLIPS COUNTY -WHICH BORDERS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SOUTH OF MEMPHIS -RECEIVED ELEVEN INCHES OF RAIN. IT'S TOO WET -AND TOO EARLY -FOR MUCH PLANTING IN ARKANSAS. BUT WHEN CONDITIONS ARE RIPE, WE COULD SEE A LARGE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEANUT ACRES PLANTED IN THE NATURAL STATE.
GOOD GOOBER YEAR:
ARKANSAS HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOP 10 PEANUT PRODUCING STATES IN THE NATION. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU, KEN MOORE SAYS INDUSTRY OFFICIALS BELIEVE PRODUCTION OF THE "GOOBERS" IS HERE TO STAY.
FROM COTTON TO PEANUTS:
THE SANDY SOILS OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WHICH ARE IDEAL FOR COTTON PRODUCTION ARE ALSO SUITABLE FOR GROWING PEANUTS. WHEN COTTON PRICES PLUMMETED IN 2011 AND PEANUT INDUSTRY OFFICIALS WERE LOOKING FOR NEW FARMERS TO OFFSET A SHORTAGE OF PRODUCTION IN OTHER STATES, A NUMBER OF FARMERS IN RANDOLPH AND LAWRENCE COUNTIES SHIFTED ACREAGE TO PEANUTS, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PRICES THAT NEARED $1,000 A TON. TWO BUYING POINTS WERE BUILT TO CLEAN, GRADE AND STORE THE NUTS AFTER HARVEST. THOUGH THE PRICE HAS DROPPED BY MORE THAN HALF THE PAST FEW YEARS, YIELDS HAVE BEEN GOOD ENOUGH TO ALLOW THE STATE TO ACHIEVE THE STATUS OF A MAJOR PEANUT PRODUCER. FOR THAT WE NEEDED TO PRODUCE 10,000 TONS FOR A THREE YEAR PERIOD. WE DID THAT SUCCESSFULLY AND HAVE CONTINUED TO REACH THAT MARK AND EXCEED THAT MARK FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. SO, THE PRODUCTION'S HERE TO STAY.
PEANUT PRODUCTION EXPANSION PREDICTED:
TRAVIS FASKE, A PLANT PATHOLOGIST WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SYSTEM DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE SEES ROOM FOR POSSIBLE EXPANSION. THESE GROWERS HAVE BEEN GROWING FOR THEM THE LAST 3 OR 4 YEARS. THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE. THEY'VE BOUGHT INTO IT.
PEANUTS HAVE OFFERED A WAY FOR FARMERS TO TURN FARM AROUND:
I THINK AS YOU MENTIONED THE PEANUTS ARE HERE TO STAY. THINK THEY'RE A GOOD  CROP, THEY OFFER US JUST ANOTHER YOU KNOW IT IS STILL A NICHE, BUT FOR SOME GROWERS IT'S MUCH MORE THAN A NICHE. FOR GUYS THAT HAVE THE RIGHT SOILS THE PEANUTS HAS BEEN A WAY FOR THEM TO TURN THEIR FARM AROUND. THIS IS KEN MOORE REPORTING.
PROSPECTIVE PLANTING REPORT:
 ARKANSAS DID NOT MAKE "NASS" TOP TEN LIST FOR PEANUT PRODUCTION LAST YEAR. WE COULD SEE A CHANGE THIS YEAR WHEN USDA RELEASES IT'S PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS REPORT ON MARCH 31.
GEORGIA LEADS THE NATION. IT PLANTED 785-THOUSAND PEANUT ACRES LAST YEAR, WHICH IS NEARLY HALF OF ALL PEANUT ACRES IN THE U-S.
OIL PIPELINE APPROVED:
THE LAST STATE PERMIT NEEDED FOR A CRUDE OIL PIPELINE STRETCHING FROM THE BAKKEN OIL FIELDS IN NORTH DAKOTA TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS HAS BEEN APPROVED. THE IOWA UTILITIES BOARD AND THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO GRANT DAKOTA ACCESS A PERMIT ON THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE WITH SOME TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
LAWSUITS EXPECTED:
THE APPROVAL GIVES DAKOTA ACCESS-A SUBSIDIARY OF TEXAS-BASED ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS-THE POWER TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN ON A LIMITED BASIS-TO BUILD ON PRIVATELY-OWNED LAND. LAWSUITS ARE EXPECTED TO CHALLENGE WHETHER THE BOARD HAS AUTHORITY TO GRANT EMINENT DOMAIN TO A COMPANY BUILDING A PIPELINE FOR PROFIT. THE 11-HUNDRED MILE PIPELINE COULD CARRY HALF A MILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL A DAY.
TPP UPDATES:
 THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES TO MAKE HEADLINES... IN JAPAN... RATIFICATION NOW GETTING UNDERWAY.  THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCING PLANS TO SUBMIT 11 BILLS TO IT'S PARLIAMENT AIMED AT RATIFYING TPP --ACCORDING TO THE U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL. THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO PASS THE BILLS DURING THE CURRENT SESSION THAT ENDS JUNE FIRST TO AVOID MAKING TPP AN ISSUE DURING THE JAPANESE GENERAL ELECTION.
VILSACK TO VISIT CUBA WITH OBAMA:
 USDA SAYS SECRETARY TOM VILSACK WILL TRAVEL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA TO CUBA LATER THIS MONTH. THE TRIP WILL BE THE FIRST VISIT BY A SITTING U.S. PRESIDENT IN NEARLY 90 YEARS TO CUBA.
USDA SAYS VILSACK WILL USE THIS SECOND TRIP TO CUBA TO DISCUSS OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION IN AGRICULTURE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL ANNOUNCE MORE EASING OF TRADE AND  TRAVEL RESTRICTION ON CUBA MARCH 17TH.
CROP COMMENTS:
MIKE HOFFMAN IS BACK. HE HAS AN UPDATE ON CALVING SEASON DURING TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. MIKE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. LET'S START OFF NORTH OF PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA.
MIKE FINLEY SENT US THIS PHOTO FROM HIS RANCH OF A CALF FROM A FIRST CALF HEIFER. HE HAS 10 MORE FIRST TIME HEIFERS LEFT TO CALF. HE SAYS THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GREAT THUS FAR! MOVING OVER TO WESTERN NEBRASKA, A VIEWER POSTED TO AGWEB.COM, THAT WHEAT IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
TEASE:
WHEN IT COMES TO WEEDS. WHEN WE RETURN, TYNE MORGAN AND NAOMI BLOHM JOIN US TO DISCUSS DAIRY MARKETS. A NEWLY PUBLISHED STUDY SAYS YOUR TEENS HAVE A BIOLOGICAL EXCUSE TO SLEEP IN AND SCHOOLS MAY WANT TO BE MORE ACCOMMODATING. DETAILS LATER ON IN THE COUNTRY.
AGRIBUSINESS:
IN ANALYSIS TODAY, TYNE MORGAN JOINS US FROM THE ROAD TODAY AND A LOOK AT WORLD DAIRY MARKETS AND THE IMPACTS HERE AT HOME. WE ARE HERE WITH NAOMI BLOOM WITH STEWART PETERSON. NAOMI, LET'S LOOK AT THIS DAIRY MARKET. WE HAVE HAD THIS SITUATION OF OVERSUPPLY.  HOW DO WE EAT THROUGH SOME OF THAT? WHAT'S BEEN A BENEFIT RIGHT NOW FOR OUR MARKETS IS THAT OUR EXPORTS HAVE BEEN STRONGER, SURPRISINGLY STRONGER. THEY WERE UP ABOUT NINE PERCENT OF ALL DAIRY EXPORTS RECENTLY WHICH IS WHAT GAVE THE MARKET A LITTLE BIT OF A BOUNCE HERE LATELY. SO IF WE CAN SEE THAT TREND CONTINUE THAT WILL BE SUPPORTIVE. WE STILL HAVE A STRONG EXPORT MARKET FOR THE AWAY PRODUCT. WE STILL HAVE STRONG EXPORT MARKET FOR THE POWDER, BUTTER STILL A LITTLE BIT, THE ONLY THING THAT IS DOWN IS CHEESE, BUT WE LAST WEEK WE HAD A REALLY BIG DAY FOR THE CHEESE MARKET AND IT WAS A THREE FIVE CENT BOUNCE IN CHEESE WHICH DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A LOT, BUT FOR CHEESE THAT IS A REALLY BIG DEAL AND FOR THE CHEESE MARKET THE CASH PRICE HAD BEEN REALLY, REALLY DOWN.
TEASE:
THIS IS MACHINERY PETE -INVITING YOUR TO CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE MACHINERYPETE.
COM -OFFERING FARMERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH. LET MACHINERY PETE HEL YOU FIND AND VALUE YOUR NEXT PIECE OF USED EQUIPMENT.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY AND WELCOME BACK TO MIKE HOFFMAN. TAKING A LOOK AT WEATHER FOR US TODAY. MIKE, WE HAD A BIG WEEK LAST WEEK, WE HAD LOTS OF RAIN. WE HAD LOTS OF RAIN. WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS WEEK? IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER SLOW-MOVING SYSTEM BUT THIS WENT A LOT FARTHER NORTH.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, TODAY, PARTLY SUNNY AND COOL. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 66. MANKATO, MINNESOTA IS COOLER WITH SHOWERS AND MAYBE EVEN A THUNDERSTORM. THE HIGH IS 55. IN LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, THERE'S A MIX OF SUNSHINE AND CLOUDS. THE HIGH OF 75. MAYBE FROM EVENING THUNDERSTORMS.
TEASE:
OUR DAIRY REPORT IS UP NEXT INCLUDING A LOOK AT THE GROWING IMPACT OF LOWER GLOBAL DAIRY PRICES. AND LATER THE BENEFITS OF HOME SCHOOLING MAY BE EYE OPENING--SAYS A NEW STUDY. I'LL EXPLAINS TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.
DAIRY REPORT:
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT, USDA ROLLING OUT IT'S ESTIMATED FLUID MILK PRODUCTS SALES REPORT. IT SHOWS CONSUMERS OVERALL, BOUGHT SLIGHTLY LESS CONVENTIONAL AND ORGANIC MILK IN 2015. (DOWN 1.3% AND 1.4%)
WHOLE, FLAVORED MILK JUMP, WHILE SKIM SALES FALL:
ON THE CONVENTIONAL SIDE HOWEVER, SALES AND WHOLE AND FLAVORED WHOLE MILK JUMPED MORE THAN 11 (11.2) PERCENT LAST YEAR. SKIM MILK SALES DROPPED 10 PERCENT.
THE ORGANIC SIDE, NEARLY A MIRROR IMAGE. STRONGER WHOLE MILK SALES CAUSING LESS CREAM TO HEAD TO BUTTER CHURNS AS BUTTERFAT STAYED WITH THE MILK..PULLING THE EQUIVALENT OF 25 MILLION POUNDS OF BUTTER OUT OF THE SYSTEM.
DAIRY PRICES LOW IN NEW ZEALAND:
LOWER GLOBAL MILK PRICES RAISING FLAGS IN NEW ZEALAND. THE COUNTRY'S PRIME MINISTOR SAYING UP TO 10 PERCENT OF DAIRY'S COULD CLOSE IF PRICES DON'T REBOUND SOON.
OTHERS SAY THE POSSIBILITY OF DEFAULT COULD BE AS HIGH AS 25 PERCENT OF FARMS. MEANWHILE THE EUROPEAN UNION IS FACING SIMILAR STRESS FROM LOWER PRICES GLOBALLY. EU AGRICULTURE MINISTERS ARE MEETING THIS WEEK TO ADDRESS THE MARKET CRISIS, FOR BOTH DAIRY AND PORK. THE DAIRY INDUSTRY STARTING TO LOOK AT INCENTIVES AND PENALTIES AS A WAY TO REGULATE PRODUCTION. EUROPEAN MILK PRODUCTION CLIMBED 5 PERCENT SINCE MILK QUOTAS WERE ELIMINATED A YEAR AGO. SOME COUNTRIES AND COMPANIES ARE STARTING TO IMPOSE THEIR OWN LIMITS.
SCOUT MILK MISSION:
AND IF YOU LIKE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES THE BOY SCOUTS THINK THEY'VE GOT A WINNING IDEA. WHY NOT SERVE THOSE THIN MINTS WITH A COLD GLASS OF MILK. THE SCOUTS MILK MISSION, AS IT'S CALLED...IS ONLY 100 YEARS IN THE MAKING.
IT WAS STARTED BY THE CALIFORNIA MILK PROCESSOR BOARD'S GOT MILK CAMPAIGN...JUST THIS YEAR. THE KIDS EARNED BADGES AND RAISED FUNDS FOR THEIR TROOPS IT'S THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE EFFORT...AND WE'LL SEE HOW IT CATCHES ON.
TEASE:
 STILL TO COME, AN ADVANTAGE TO HOMESCHOOLING THAT MIGHT JUST BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR OTHER SCHOOLS. HOW LETTING CHILDREN SLEEP IN, PAYS OFF -NEXT ON AGDAY..
IN THE COUNTRY:
THE MERITS OF HOMESCHOOLING HAVE BEEN DEBATED FOR DECADES, BUT THERE IS ONE AREA IN WHICH HOMESCHOOLED CHILDREN CLEARLY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE. A NEWLY PUBLISHED STUDY SHOWS THAT CHILDREN WHO ARE TAUGHT AT HOME GET MORE SLEEP THAN THOSE WHO GO TO PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
AND THE BENEFITS ARE EYE OPENING. WITH DETAILS, HERE'S CLARK POWELL.  IT WAS ONLY AFTER HE UNDERWENT SLEEP THERAPY THAT CAELIN JONES FELT LIKE HE COULD FULLY FUNCTION IN THE MORNINGS. FOR YEARS HIS ALARM WENT OFF AT SIX, BUT FOR HOURS HIS MIND STRUGGLED TO CATCH UP. I WOULD GET TO SCHOOL AND PRETTY MUCH BE THE SAME AS ALL THE OTHER KIDS. WE WERE ALL JUST BLEARY EYED AND KIND OF LIKE 'WHY ARE WE HERE AT THIS TIME? I DON'T WANT TO BE HERE! THAT'S NOT AN UNCOMMON ATTITUDE FOR TEENAGERS, BUT IT MAY NOT ENTIRELY BE THEIR FAULT.
AT NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH IN DENVER, THIS IS CLARK POWELL REPORTING.
CLOSING:
EXPERTS SAY SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MOVED START TIMES BACK REPORT LESS TARDINESS AMONG TEENAGERS AND HIGHER GRADUATION RATES.
THEY INSIST THAT THIS STUDY DOESN'T MEAN THAT THOSE WHO ARE HOMESCHOOLED ARE BETTER STUDENTS, NECESSARILY, BUT THEY ARE MORE RESTED THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND TYNE MORGAN. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WEDNESDAY ON AGDAY - - OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER LOOK AT SOUTH AMERICA CROP PRODUCTION AND THE SITUATION INVOLVING THE COUNTRYS' CURRENCY.  HOW DOES THAT IMPACT U-S FARMERS?  ANSWERS WENDESDAY ON AGDAY.
 

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