AgDay Daily Recap -March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 21, 2016


OPENING HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY -WESTERN STATE ASKS FOR DROUGHT HELP WHILE IN CALIFORNIA DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE AROUND BUILDING UNDERGROUND TUNNELS TO HELP MOVE WATER FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. IN AGRIBUSINESS...NEW CROP SALES. IF YOU CAN'T SELL IT AT A PROFIT YOU MIGHT AS WELL HOLD ON TO IT AND TAKE YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOSS TAKE IT LATER. MACHINERY PETE SAYS TRACTORS AREN'T THE ONLY HOT ITEMS AT AUCTION. AND THE ALLURE OF THESE NORTH DAKOTA FISHING LURES.
FARMERS ASK CONGRESS NOT TO LEAVE THEM HIGH AND DRY:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.
FARMERS FROM DROUGHT-STRICKEN STATES IN THE WESTERN U.S. ARE CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS DROUGHT LEGISLATION THIS YEAR. SUPPORTERS ASKING THE COMMITTEE TO FIND A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION TO THE IMMEDIATE-AND LONG-TERM IMPACTS OF THE DROUGHT.
AIM FOR IMPROVEMENTS AMONG WATER INFRASTRUCTURE:
AMONG THE RECOMMENDATIONS.. THE PROMOTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY IN WATER AND SPECIES MANAGEMENT, REAL-TIME MONITORING AND DATA COLLECTION, AND NEW FINANCING TOOLS TO ENCOURAGE INVESTMENTS IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. CURRENTLY, SEVERAL BILLS ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN WANTS TO RESTRUCTURE THE STATE'S WATER SYSTEM BY BUILDING TWO MASSIVE UNDERGROUND TUNNELS TO DIVERT WATER TO FARMS AND CITIES IN THE SOUTH.
HISTORIC DROUGHT IMPACTS SIZE OF ACRES IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA:
BUT HIS ADMINISTRATION FACES STRONG OPPOSITION FOR THE $15.7 BILLION PROJECT. TERRY CHEA HAS DETAILS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. WORKERS ARE GETTING READY FOR THE GROWING SEASON AT THIS CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FARM. BUT IT WILL BE A SMALLER HARVEST THIS YEAR. THE FARM LEFT ABOUT 27-HUNDRED ACRES UNPLANTED BECAUSE OF THE STATE'S HISTORIC DROUGHT. "ABSOLUTELY, THE LACK OF WATER IS WHY THIS FIELD WAS LEFT FALLOW LIKE YOU SEE IT." IT'S A FAMILIAR SCENE THROUGHOUT THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY --THE NATION'S MOST PRODUCTIVE FARMING REGION. THAT'S WHY MANY FARMERS HERE SUPPORT GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN'S AMBITIOUS PLAN TO RE-ENGINEER CALIFORNIA'S WATER SYSTEM --TO BETTER WITHSTAND DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE.
CURRENT WATER PUMPS ARE UNRELIABLE, HARMFUL TO FISH:
ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF STATE RESIDENTS GET THEIR WATER FROM THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA --WHERE POWERFUL PUMPS TO FUNNEL WATER TO CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. BUT OFFICIALS SAY THE SYSTEM IS UNRELIABLE, INEFFICIENT AND HARMFUL TO NATIVE FISH THAT ARE
DISTURBED BY THE PUMPING. 
OBSTACLES FOR WATER PROJECT APPROVAL THAT CALLS FOR ALTERNATIVE TO WATER PUMPS:
THE PROJECT WOULD REDUCE RELIANCE ON THE PUMPS. IT CALLS FOR TWO MASSIVE, 35-MILE LONG TUNNELS TO DIVERT WATER FROM THE SACRAMENTO RIVER AND TRANSPORT IT UNDER THE DELTA TO CANALS THAT SEND WATER SOUTH. "ULTIMATELY I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THE STATE HAS TO DO. IF THEY DON'T DO IT NOW, THEY'LL LOOK BACK ONE DAY AND GO, 'WE REALLY SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT.'"
BUT THE BROWN ADMINISTRATION FACES MANY OBSTACLES AS IT TRIES TO WIN APPROVAL FOR THE NEARLY $16 BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT – INCLUDING CONVINCING LOCAL WATER AGENCIES TO HELP PAY FOR IT. FARMERS IN THE DELTA WHERE THE TUNNELS WOULD BE BUILT SAY THE CONSTRUCTION WOULD DISRUPT FARMING, TRAFFIC AND TOURISM FOR YEARS. THEY ALSO FEAR THE PROJECT WOULD REDUCE FRESHWATER FLOWS IN THE DELTA AND WORSEN ITS WATER QUALITY.
DANGERS STILL POSED TO WILDLIFE AND WATER QUALITY:
ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND BIOLOGISTS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE PROJECT'S IMPACT ON NATIVE FISH SUCH AS THE ENDANGERED DELTA SMELT, WHICH HAS DECLINED SHARPLY DURING THE DROUGHT.
COMPLICATED TASK AS CALIFORNIA SEEKS A RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY FOR ITS THIRSTY CITIES AND FARMS. TERRY CHEA, ASSOCIATED PRESS, FIREBAUGH, CALIFORNIA.
CURRENT GOVERNORS FATHER INSTITUTED WATER PROJECT OF HIS OWN:
 A BIT OF IRONY -IN THE 1960S, THEN-GOVERNOR PAT BROWN -WHO IS THE CURRENT GOVERNOR'S FATHER -OVERSAW A PROJECT TO PULL WATER FROM THE SOUTHERN AREA OF THE DELTA. BUT THE WATER PUMPS ALTERED THE FLOW, PULLING MIGRATING FISH OFF COURSE, INCLUDING DELTA SMELT. MEANWHILE, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES HAS BOOSTED ITS WATER DELIVERY ESTIMATE. THANKS TO AN ABUNDANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW IN MARCH, THE STATE SAYS IT SHOULD DELIVER 45-PERCENT OF REQUESTS TO WATER CONTRACTORS. IN DECEMBER, D-W-R EXPECTED TO ALLOCATE ONLY TEN PERCENT.
ANDERSON VS. EPA:
HERE'S A TWIST -AN INDUSTRY COALITION INCLUDING THE WHEAT, SOYBEAN AND CORN GROWERS, AND THE AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSOCIATION --ARE ASKING A FEDERAL COURT TO ALLOW THEM TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT ANDERSON VS EPA. BROUGHT BY A NUMBER OF PLAINTIFFS INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS, REQUESTS A COURT ORDER REQUIRING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO REGULATE SEEDS TREATED WITH NEONICOTINOIDS AS PESTICIDES.
THE AG COALITION SEEKS TO DEFEND EPA'S CURRENT METHOD OF REGULATION.THEY CALL THE TREATMENTS VITAL TECHNOLOGY IN PROTECTING PLANTED SEEDS AND SEEDLINGS AS THEY EMERGE.


“AG-GAG” LAW BREEDS SUSPICION OF FARMERS:
IN OTHER LEGAL NEWS, RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA...SAY LAWS DESIGNED TO PROHIBIT HIDDEN-CAMERA FILMING SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE TRUST IN AGRICULTURE BY U.S. CONSUMERS. THEY SAY THE SO-CALLED "AG-GAG" LAWS THAT CRIMINALIZE SECRET RECORDINGS AND OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT UNDER FALSE PRETENSES--IS MORE LIKELY TO BREED SUSPICION OF FARMERS THAN TO SHIELD THEIR PUBLIC IMAGE. A DECLINE IN TRUST WAS NOTED ACROSS MULTIPLE DEMOGRAPHICS, REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL IDEOLOGY OR AREA OF RESIDENCE.
‘HELP WANTED’ IN CANADIAN AGRICULTURE:
WHAT INDUSTRY IN CANADA IS HAVING THE HARDEST TIME FINDING WORKERS? IT APPEARS TO BE AGRICULTURE. NEW RESEARCH OUT OF CANADIA SHOWS ITS FARMING SECTOR HOLDS THE COUNTRY'S HIGHEST JOB VACANCY RATE AND IT'S COSTING THE INDUSTRY THREE PERCENT IN VALUE. AG CANADA REPORTS THE GAP BETWEEN LABOR DEMAND AND THE WORKFORCE NOW SITS AT 59-THOUSAND. AND THAT NUMBER COULD CLIMB TO 114-THOUSAND BY THE YEAR 2025.
U.S. ALSO SEARCHES FOR AG WORKERS:
IT'S A SIMILAR PICTURE IN THE U-S. ACCORDING TO A LAND O LAKES NATIONAL  SURVEY, ONLY 3 PERCENT OF COLLEGE GRADUATES AND 9 PERCENT OF MILLENNIALS HAVE OR WOULD CONSIDER A CAREER IN AGRICULTURE. HEALTH CARE AND TECHNOLOGY RANKING THE HIGHEST IN CAREER INTEREST.  76 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS DO NOT THINK OR ARE NOT SURE IF A CAREER IN AG PAYS WELL. USDA SAYS MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND AG JOBS GO UNFILLED EACH YEAR.
CROP COMMENTS:
 LET'S TURN TO MIKE HOFFMAN FOR AN UPDATE WITH THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. MIKE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. LET'S START OFF NORTH IN ONTARIO, ROSALEA JERSEYS SENT US THIS PHOTO OF A HAPPY HEIFER COMFORTABLE AFTER BREAKFAST. WEATHER HAS BEEN WARM-50 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, BUT THE DAIRY SAYS IT'S STARTING TO COOL DOWN AGAIN WITH LOWS DANGLING AROUND THE FREEZING MARK. HEADING JUST A LITTLE SOUTH TO LAKE MICHIGAN. HERE'S A PHOTO FROM SILVER BEACH LOCATED AT ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN. THERE IS NO ICE ALONG THIS SHORELINE BUT TEMPERATURES ARE HOVERING AROUND THE FREEZING MARK AS WELL.
DROUGHT MONITOR:
 AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR YOU CAN SEE IT CONTINUES TO BE WORSE IN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA BUT THOSE AREAS CONTINUE TO SHRINK SOME DRY ARES STARING TO SHOW UP IN A COUPLE OF SPOTS IN THE PLAINS BUT MOST AREAS NOT DOING TO BAD SO FAR I'LL HAVE MY FORECAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK BUT NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL HEAD OVER THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TO TALK WITH BILL BIEDERMAN ABOUT A RECENT GROWER SURVEY AND WHERE PRODUCERS SIT IN TERMS OF SELLING THE 2016 CROP.
AND LATER MACHINERY PETE. HOTTEST THING IN THE USED FARM EQUIPMENT MARKET, FOLKS?
ANYTHING 15 YEARS OLD AND OLDER, WITH AN ENGINE THAT IS IN REALLY GOOD CONDITION. STICK AROUND AND WE WILL TALK ABOUT IT
PLUS, MEET A CRAFTSMAN WHOSE ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS A BIG DRAW FOR FISH AND FISHERMEN, ALIKE.
FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME:
IN AGRIBUSINESS IT WAS BUMPY END TO THE WEEK FOR COMMODITIES. LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. FRIDAY IN THE GRAIN MARKET, WE FINISHED WITH A WHIMPER. THE MARKET WAS SOMEWHAT OF A MIXED BAG. WE HAD CORN AND WHEAT REALLY OFF THE MARKET A LITTLE BIT. SOME SURPRISE SELLING, WHEAT REALLY WAS DOWN TO THE 57 LEVEL. WE THOUGHT THERE WOULD BE SOME FOLLOW THROUGH SELLING. BUT IN THE END, THE MARKET REALLY CAME BACK AND ENDED UP A PENNY AND A HALF. SAME THING WITH CORN. IT WASN'T OFF AS MUCH AS WHEAT BUT IT STILL RALLIED BACK. SOYBEANS WERE UP OVER 9 DOLLARS AGAIN.
I'M VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.
AGRIBUSINESS:
JOINING US HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE BILL BIEDERMAN ALLENDALE INCORPORATED. BILL LETS TALK ABOUT A RECENT SURVEY THAT ALLENDALE RELEASED. YOU LOOKED AT THE ACREAGE BUT THERE WERE ALSO A LOT OF OTHER QUESTIONS THAT YOU ASKED OF GROWERS OUT THERE. WHAT STOOD OUT TO YOU AS INTERESTING? I THINK THE MAIN THING THAT WAS THE LACK OF SALES MADE FOR NEW CROP. OKAY EXPLAIN THAT. WHY DO WE THINK. WELL YOU KNOW USUALLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR GOING INTO THE MARCH 30TH REPORT, MOST FARMERS ON AVERAGE ARE ABOUT 25-30 PERCENT SOLD FROM NEW CROP.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, PLENTY OF MARCH MADNESS I GUESS ON THE WEATHER FRONT NOT JUST ON THE HARDWOOD. YOU HAD TO BRING THAT UP, DID YOU? PURDUE BLEW ANOTHER ONE. WHAT CAN YOU SAY? PLENTY OF RAIN IN SOME SPOTS. ESTIMATED RAIN AS YOU CAN SEE, LOTS OF IT IN THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AS WE ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT. REALLY IT'S WIDE-SPREAD THROUGH THE EASTERN PLAINS AND PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES. AND DOWN TO THE SOUTH. AT LEAST NOT AS MUCH IN THE SOUTH.
THANKS MIKE. WHEN YOU HAVE A CRAVING FOR A STEAK -AND YOUR FAVORITE  BUTCHER SHOP IS CLOSED -WHAT DO YOU DO?
BEEF VENDING MACHINES:
WELL, FOR BEEF-EATERS IN PARIS, YOU CAN STOP BY THIS VENDING MACHINE! THE OWNERS OF THIS FRENCH BUTCHER SHOP INSTALLED THE FIRST MEAT VENDING MACHINE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL.
THE VENDING MACHINE, WHICH COST 21-THOUSAND U-S DOLLARS, IS STOCKED WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF MEATS, PATE, AND READY-MADE MEALS. PRODUCTS BOUGHT FROM THE MACHINE COST 30 CENTS MORE THAN THOSE BOUGHT INSIDE THE SHOP ACCORDING TO THE SHOP OWNERS.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, MACHINERY PETE TAKES A LOOK AT MACHINERY TRENDS OUTSIDE OF THE TRACTOR CAB. AND MEET A NORTH DAKOTA DECOY MAKER WHOSE HANDCRAFTED LURES LOOK LIKE PIECES OF ART.  GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST. VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS DOT COME SLASH RADIATE. SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.
MACHINERY PETE:
MACHINERY PETE SAYS TRACTORS AREN'T THE ONLY EQUIPMENT SETTING TRENDS... HE'S SEEING STRONG PRICES FOR OTHER IMPLEMENTS IN GOOD CONDITION.
GREG. WELL I'VE WRITTEN BLOGGED AND TALKED A LOT LATELY ABOUT HOW USED TRACTORS 10-15 YEARS OLD AND OLDER, REALLY GOOD CONDITION, LOWER HOURS--HOW THEY ARE RED HOT AND PRICES ARE GOING UP. WELL, IT IS NOT JUST TRACTORS THAT I'M SEEING THIS WITH. BASICALLY, IT IS ANYTHING WITH AN ENGINE, SO A COUPLE RECENT EXAMPLES FOR YOU: LAST THURSDAY, I COVERED A FARM AUCTION UP IN NORTHEAST MICHIGAN WHERE THIS 2001 ROGATOR, 854 SPRAYER, WITH 2,205 HOURS, SECOND OWNER, 800 GALLOON, 90 FOOT BOOM, SOLD FOR $58,000 AND THAT IS THE HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE I HAVE SEEN IN FOUR YEARS, BUT AGAIN, HOW OLD IS IT? IT IS 15 YEARS OLD.
TEASE:
UP NEXT....MEET THE ARTIST BEHIND THESE HAND-CRAFTED FISHING LURES. HEAD TO AGWEB TODAY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BRAND NEW, HOT WATER, POWER WASHER FROM HOTSY. NOTHING CLEANS LIKE A HOTSY.
IN THE COUNTRY:
SPRING HAS "SPRUNG". ICE FISHING SEASON IS QUICKLY MELTING AWAY. AND SOON, SPORTSMEN WILL BE HEADING TO THEIR FAVORITE RIVER, STREAMS AND LAKES. BUT FOR A MARRIED COUPLE IN NORTH DAKOTA, FISHING SEASON -OR SHOULD I SAY FISHING 'LURE'-SEASON IS A YEAR-ROUND ENDEAVOUR.
CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR SAYS THE SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS HAS SPAWNED A WORLDWIDE FEEDING FRENZY FOR THEIR HAND-CRAFTED MERCHANDISE. THIS SIMPLE BASEMENT WORKSHOP DOESN'T APPEAR TO HAVE MUCH ALLURE, BUT IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU'LL DISCOVER WHAT FISH AND FISHERMEN CAN'T RESIST. FISH DECOY MAKING IS AN ART. THE PEOPLE WANT MY SIGNATURE ON THE BOTTOM, THEY WANT TO KNOW IT WAS CARVED BY ME.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN,  I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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