AgDay Daily Recap -November 27, 2015

November 24, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
NOV. 27, 2015

OPENING HEADLINES:
A PLETHORA OF SPECIALTY CROPS.
WE TAKE YOU BACK TO SPEARMINT HARVEST-A CROP THAT'S SOLD ON ITS OIL.
"THE MINT DISTILL IS THE WHOLE MEAT AND POTATOES OF THE WHOLE OPERATION IF YOU WILL."
WE'RE OFF TO MICHIGAN TO LEARN ABOUT HOPS AND ITS THRIVING DEMAND.
"IF I COULD PUT IN ANOTHER 50 ACRES TOMORROW, IT WOULD BE SOLD."
AND PACIFIC COAST FARMERS FIND A NEW NICH... THEY HOPE WILL BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE WINE INDUSTRY.
"IT TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND BECAUSE ALL I KNEW OF COFFEE WAS THAT IT GREW ON THE EQUATORIAL BELT OF THE WORLD."
CROP PROGRESS:
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. ROW CROP FARMERS HAVE WRAPPED UP HARVEST, AND SOME
MUCH EARLIER THAN NORMAL.
BUT TODAY, WE'RE FOCUSING ON SPECIALTY CROPS THAT WE'VE COVERED THIS YEAR. AND WE BEGIN WITH ONE THAT YOU TASTE EVERY TIME YOU CHEW GUM OR BRUSH YOUR TEETH.
SWIFTLY MOWING PASS AFTER PASS, CHANCES ARE, YOU RECOGNIZE THE MACHINERY, BUT NOT THE FIELD OF GREEN UNDERNEATH IT.
"THE HAY IS GETTING OVER MATURE, IT'S TIME AS WE SAY TO PUT IT IN THE BARREL."
SPEARMINT HARVEST OF THE SEASON IS UNDERWAY:
NORTHERN INDIANA GROWER, RANDY MATTHYS SAYS THE FIRST SPEARMINT HARVEST OF THE SEASON IS WELL UNDERWAY, YET HE'S RUNNING A LITTLE BEHIND.
"WE'RE PROBABLY 10 TO 15 PERCENT OFF YIELD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF LATE HARVEST AND ALL OF THE RAINS."
HE GOT A LATE START DUE TO AMPLE RAINFALL.  A FULL WEEK OF FIELD WORK HAS CERTAINLY HELPED.
"IT CAN HANDLE A LOT OF WATER, BUT IT CAN'T SIT IN WATER."

WHILE THAT SOUNDS LIKE MOST CROPS, THE MINT IS A PERENNIAL CROP.
MATT-U.S. SAYS IT'S KNOWN TO THRIVE WHEN GROWN NEAR THE 41ST LATITUDE LINE. AND THERE'S LESS THAN 300 GROWERS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
"THE OIL IS THE CROP. IT'S NOT ALL THIS MINT HAY. WE'RE GETTING THE OIL OUT OF THIS HAY."
IT'S NOT THE CROP COMPANIES WANT, BUT THE OIL IT PRODUCES. HE SAYS THIS CROP IS FAIR BUT SHOULD BE PRODUCING MORE OIL. LATE-SEASON RAINS COULD RISK BUSTING THE OIL
"THERE'S A POINT IN THE PLANT'S LIFE WHERE WE'RE AT PEAK OIL CONTENT. YOU WANT IT THERE. IT PEAKS OUT AND DECLINES. I THINK WITH ALL THE RAINS, WE'RE ON THE DECLINE SIDE OF THAT."
"AFTER THE SPEARMINT IS MOWED, MATTHYS SAYS IT USUALLY LAYS FOR ABOUT 48 HOURS TO MAKE SURE IT'S NOT TOO WET OR DRY. BEFORE HE COMES TO CHOP IT AND PUT IT IN THE MINT TUB."
WHEN THE MINT TUBS ARE ALL FULL, UP TO 7 TONS OF CROP, THEY ARE TRANSPORTED HERE, TO THE MINT DISTIL, WHERE HARVESTING CONTINUES.
"THE MINT DISTILL IS THE WHOLE MEAT AND POTATOES OF THE WHOLE  OPERATION IF YOU WILL."
ONE HOSE SUPPLIES STEAM, WHILE OTHER TUBES VAPORIZE OIL OUT. THE TUBE CARRIES VAPOR TO THE CONDENSING AREA, WHICH SEPERATES OIL AND WATER.
"OIL BEING LIGHTER THAN WATER WILL SEPARATE AND FLOAT TO THE TOP WITHIN THESE SEPARATOR CANS."
ALL TO BE PUT IN THE BARREL, TO SOON BE MADE INTO EVERYDAY PRODUCTS.
"ANYTHING WE PRODUCE IS PRETTY MUCH UNDER CONTRACT WE WORK WITH A DEALER OR HANDLER AND THEY IN TURN  WILL CONTRACT TO WRIGLEYS OR COLGATE, THE BIG USERS,">
WHILE THE EQUIPMENT AND STEAMER, RUNS FOR HOURS MATTHYS WILL SOON MOW ANOTHER PASS IN THE FALL TO HARVEST ANOTHER SMALL CROP, WITH A BIG JOB. )
NOW MATTHUS HAS TWO SPEARMINT HARVESTS A YEAR. THE SECOND WRAPPED UP LATE SEPTEMBER.
MATTHUS SAYS HE RECEIVED AVERAGE YIELDS-BUT HE WAS PLEASED WITH THE RESULT. IN FACT, HE WAS WORRIED HE WOULDN'T PRODUCE ENOUGH OIL, BUT HE PRODUCED OVER HIS CONTRACT.
ORGANIC GREEN BEAN FARMERS GROWS HEALTHY HABITS IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE:
IN AN AREA FULL OF COTTON AND CORN, ONE TEXAS PANHANDLE FARMER IS TRYING SOMETHING UNIQUE, BY HELPING HUNGRY TEXANS EAT MORE VEGETABLES. JESSICA DOMEL WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU HAS THE STORY.
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN. THE HARVEST BEGINS. AT LEAST IF YOU GROW GREEN BEANS LIKE ROBERT GORDON. THIS IS HIS FIRST YEAR GROWING THE DINNERTIME FAVORITE. AND THIS CONVENTIONAL FARMER IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW.
"LAST YEAR WE DECIDED TO PUT IN ORGANIC. YOU KNOW I THOUGHT WE MIGHT BE CRAZY DOING THIS. OUR FIRST PLAN WAS TO GO WITH ORGANIC CORN. I HAD A CONTACT WITH DEL MONTE AND THEY WERE INTERESTED IN RAISING GREEN BEANS UP HERE SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING."
ROBERT FARMS WITH HIS TWO SONS JARED AND KENT IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. THIS FIELD OF BEANS WAS A PASTURE UNTIL THIS YEAR. THEY PLANTED 500 ACRES IN JULY. NOW 60 DAYS LATER THEY'RE READY.
ROBERT GORDON
"THEY HARVEST EVERYTHING AT NIGHT. THEY START ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER SUNDOWN. THEY CHECK THE TEMPERATURE ON THE BEAN. ONCE IT GETS TO A CERTAIN POINT THEY START HARVESTING AND THEY'LL RUN UNTIL 8. 9 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. TILL IT STARTS WARMING UP."
WHEN IT COMES TO GROWING ORGANIC MUCH IS DIFFERENT AND MUCH IS THE SAME. LIKE ANY FARMER, THEY STILL USE PESTICIDES, FERTILIZERS AND FUNGICIDES. THEY JUST CAN'T BE SYNTHETIC. ONE OF THE MAIN CHALLENGES IS THERE'S NO ORGANIC HERBICIDES. SO KEEPING THE FIELDS CLEAN IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S NO ONE TO HELP.
BUT THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE THIS YEAR WAS WEATHER. SPECIFICALLY HAIL.
"IT MAKES YOU SICK. BECAUSE EVERYTHING LOOK SO GOOD AND THEN IN ONE NIGHT. WHAT I THOUGHT WOULD BE DESTROYED. BUT THEY HAVE COME OUT SOMEWHAT WELL."
FROM HERE THE BEANS WILL MAKE THE 630 MILE TRIP TO THE DEL MONTE PLANT IN CRYSTAL CITY. THEN THEY'LL END UP ON A STORE SHELF NEAR YOU. IF YOU BUY COSTCO BRAND ORGANIC GREEN BEANS, THEY MAY HAVE BEEN GROWN RIGHT HERE.
"I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE. YOU CAN GROW BEANS TWO YEARS IN A ROW BUT YOU GET DISEASE PROBLEMS ESPECIALLY BEING ORGANIC. | IT'S GOING TO WORK REALLY GOOD IN A ROTATION WITH ORGANIC CORN AND WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO DO SOME ORGANIC WHEAT."
HIS DECISION TO GROW ORGANIC IS ABOUT CUSTOMER DEMAND NOT A PARTICULAR WORLDVIEW. ON OTHER PARTS OF HIS FARM HE GROWS CORN AND WHEAT USING CONVENTIONAL METHODS. IT'S ABOUT RESPONDING TO THE MARKET. AND THE DIVERSITY OF TEXAS AGRICULTURE CONTINUES TO SHINE.
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOW, THE HARVEST BEGINS. AT LEAST THAT'S IF YOU GROW GREEN BEANS LIKE ROBERT GORDON. THIS IS HIS FIRST TIME GROWING THE DINNER-TIME FAVORITE AND THIS CONVENTIONAL  FARMER IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW.
"WE THOUGHT WE WOULD PUT IN ORGANIC AND THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE CRAZY DOING THIS. OUR
FIRST ORGINAL PLAN WAS TO GO ORGANIC CORN. WE CONTRACTED AND THEY WERE INTERESTED WITH GROWING GREEN BEANS UP HERE, SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING."
ROBERT FARMS WITH HIS TWO SONS JERROD AND TENT IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. THIS FIELD OF BEANS WAS A PASTURE UNTIL THIS THIS. THEY PLANTED 500 ACRES IN JULY AND 60 DAYS LATER, THEY'RE READY.
"AND WE HARVEST EVERYTHING AT NIGHT. WE START ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER SUNDOWN. WE CHECK THE TEMPERATURE ON THE BEANS. ONCE IT GETS TO A CERTAIN POINT, THEN WE START HARVESTING AND WE RUN UNTIL 8 OR 9 IN THE MORNING WHEN IT STARTS WARMING UP."
WHEN IT COMES TO GROWING MUCH IS DIFFERENT AND MUCH IS THE SAME. LIKE ANY FARMER, THEY STILL USE PESTICIDES, FERTILIZERS AND FUNGICIDES. THEY JUST CAN'T BE SYNTHETIC. ONE OF THE CHALLANGES IS THERE'S 'NO ORGANIC HERBACIDES. SO KEEPING THE FIELDS CLEAN IS TOUGH. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE IS NO ONE TO HELP. BUT THEIR BIGGEST CHALLANGE THIS YEAR. SPECIFICALLY: HAIL.
"HAIL MAKES YOU SICK BECAUSE EVERYTHING LOOKS SO GOOD. BUT IN ONE NIGHT, I THOUGHT EVERYTHING WOULD BE DESTROYED. BUT THEY CAME OUT SOMEWHAT WELL."
FROM HERE, THE BEANS WILL MAKE THE 630 MILE TRIP TO THE PLANT IN CRYSTAL CITY, THEN THEY'LL END UP ON A STORE SHELF NEAR YOU. IF YOU BUY A COSTCO  BRAND ORGANIC GREEN BEANS, CHANCES ARE, THEY MAY HAVE BEEN GROWN HERE IN THE PANHANDLE.
"YOU CAN GROW BEANS TWO YEARS IN A ROW BUT YOU GET DISEASE PROBLEMS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE ORGANIC. IT'S GOING TO WORK WELL IN A ROTATION WITH ORGANIC CORN."
HIS STANCE ON ORGANIC IS ABOUT CONSUMER DEMAND AND NOT NECESSARILY A WORLD VIEW. ON OTHER PARTS OF THE FARM, HE GROWS CORN AND WHEAT WITH CONVENTIONAL METHODS. IT'S ABOUT RESPONDING TO THE MARKET. THE DIVERSITY OF TEXAS AGRICULTURE CONTINUES TO SHINE.
WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, JESSICA DOMEL, GORDON SAYS HE RECIEVED A YIELD OF TWO TONS ON HIS ORGANIC GREEN BENAS. THAT'S QUITE A BIT LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED. HE BLAMES THE YIELD LOSS TO SOME HAIL DAMAGE. WITHOUT THE WEATHER SCARE, THE YIELD COULD HAVE BEEN 6 TO 8 TONS.
TEASE:
COMING UP ON AGDAY,
CALIFORNIA FARMERS ARE HOPING TO ADD COFFEE TO THE LIST AS ANOTHER COMMODITY GROWN IN THE STATE. WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITY.
AND CANOLA ISN'T TYPICALLY GROWN IN KENTUCKY, BUT ONE FARMER IS GIVING IT A TRY. WE TAKE A LOOK AT HIS SEASON AHEAD ON AGDAY.
COFFEE CROP TAKES ROOT IN CALIFORNIA:
CALIFORNIA FARMERS GROW THE MOST DIVERSE ASSORTMENT OF CROPS IN THIS COUNTRY.
ONE COMMODITY 'NOT' ON THE LIST IS COFFEE....UNTIL NOW.
A CALIFORNIA FARMER HAS CREATED A COFFEE GROWING OPERATION WELL OUTSIDE THE TRADITIONAL MOUNTAINOUS RAIN FOREST REGIONS.
HAVEN DALEY SHOWS US HOW FARMERS HOPE TO CREATE A NEW INDUSTRY AS VIBRANT AND SUCCESSFUL AS THE WINE INDUSTRY.
(IT'S HARVEST TIME ON THIS COFFEE FARM. BRIGHT RED CHERRIES THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME A FANCY POUR OVER CUP BY YOUR LOCAL BARISTA. BUT THESE ARE NOT THE TROPICAL MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL OR SOUTH AMERICA...OR ANYWHERE ELSE YOU'D EXPECT COFFEE TO COME FROM. IT'S A FIVE-ACRE HILLSIDE NEAR SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA.
ONCE THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE TO GROW THIS FAR FROM THE EQUATOR, GOOD LAND ORGANICS WAS THE FIRST TO FIGURE OUT THAT COFFEE TREES CAN ACTUALLY THRIVE ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COASTLINE.
IT'S A VERY UNIQUE GROWING CONDITION BECAUSE OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN, THE COLDER CLIMATE COMING INTO THE DESERT SO WE HAVE A LOT OF FOG THAT COMES IN.
BUT THE CRITICAL QUESTION...HOW DOES IT TASTE?
EXCELLENT...ACCORDING TO SEVERAL TRADE ASSOCIATION RATINGS AND REVIEWS...AND THESE
VISITORS WHO CAME TO THE FARM FOR A TASTING AND TOUR.
IT TASTES VERY WELL. IT TASTES VERY SIMILAR TO THE CENTRAL AMERICANS I'VE TASTED. IT TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND BECAUSE ALL I KNEW OF COFFEE WAS THAT IT GREW ON THE EQUATORIAL BELT OF THE WORLD.
SINCE THEY'RE NOT MASS PRODUCED, THE BEANS ARE EXPENSIVE...MORE THAN 60 BUCKS A POUND. BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED THE FARM FROM SELLING THE BEANS AS QUICKLY AS THEY CAN PROCESS THEM TO COFFEE CONNOISSEURS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
I THINK THE COFFEE INDUSTRY IS EVOLVING. I FEEL LIKE WE'RE IN THE WINE INDUSTRY IN THE 80'S.
BUT GROWING COFFEE IN CALIFORNIA ISN'T EASY. IT TOOK ABOUT A DECADE TO GET THE PROCESS JUST RIGHT. UNLIKE TRADITIONAL COFFEE GROWN IN RAINFORESTS, THIS FARM HAS TO STRATEGICALLY IRRIGATE TO DEAL WITH THE DROUGHT. THE OWNER IS PARTNERING WITH OTHER COASTAL CALIFORNIA FARMS WITH SIMILAR CONDITIONS TO EXPAND PRODUCTION.
WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO START AN INDUSTRY HERE. WE HOPE THIS WILL BE A PREMIUM, WELL RECOGNIZED GROWING REGION IN THE NEXT DECADE OR DO. WHICH COULD REALLY GET CALIFORNIA COFFEE OFF THE GROUND. HAVEN DALEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, GOLETA, CALIFORNIA.)
TEASE:
STILL TO COME, A COMMON CROP IN CANADA IS CATCHING ATTENTION DOWN HERE. FIND OUT WHY YOU COULD SEE THE YELLOW FLOWERS OF CANOLA IN THE BLUE-GRASS STATE.
ONE CROP THAT WAS VIRTUALLY NON EXISTANT A DECADE AGO IN MICHIGAN IS EXPERIENCING A BUSINESS BOOM.
WE HAVE THE STORY AHEAD ON AGDAY.
CANOLA IS AN IMPORTANT CASH CROP IN CANADA.
FARMERS USUALLY HARVEST ABOUT 19 MILLION ACRES A YEAR. IN COMPARISON THE U-S PLANTS JUST ONEAND A HALF MILLION ACRES.
AND MOST OF THOSE STATES BORDER CANADA. BUT A FARMER IN THE BLUE GRASS STATE THINKS HE CAN MAKE A "GO" OF IT. JEFF FRANKLIN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HAS OUR STORY.
KENTUCKY MIGHT BE A NEW HOME FOR CANOLA CROP:
KENTUCKY IS ONE STATE THAT'S NOT WIDELY KNOWN AS A CANOLA PRODUCING STATE.
THE BLUESS GRASS STATE HAD JUST OVER 42 HUNDRED ACRES OF WINTER CANOLA INSURED LAST YEAR, BUT JUMPED TO OVER 10-THOUSAND ACRES IN 2015.
ONE FARMER IS JOINING THE TREND, BRINGING BACK HIS TRADITION OF GROWING THE CROP IN CANADA DOWN SOUTH.
JEFF FRANKLIN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY HAS THE STORY.
IT IS ALMOST HARVEST TIME FOR THIS CANOLA CROP LOCATED AT AUSTIN IN BERRON COUNTY IN KENTUCKY. THE CANOLA IS IN FULL BLOOM WITH BRIGHT YELLOW FLOWERS. BUT WHEN WE WERE THERE FOR THE STORY, THE SEED PODS WERE JUST BEGINNING TO DEVELOP.
"IT LOOKS GOOD. IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD."
TERRY WORKINGTON (SP) IS WORKING 300 ACRES OF THE CANOLA THIS YEAR. THAT'S A CROP HE GREW UP WITH IN HIS NATIVE CANADA. HE FIRST TRIED GROWING WHEAT HERE BUT GAVE IT UP WITH THE CROP HE FELT MOST COMFORTABLE WITH.
"AS TIME WENT ON, I'VE NEVER HAD THE BEST TIME WITH WHEAT RIGHT HERE. IT MAY BE THAT I HAVEN'T LEARNED WHAT TO DO."
"BUT THE CANOLA IS MORE OF AN ADVANTAGE FOR PROFIT FOR ME. I HAD A LOT OF INTEREST GROWING UP IN MANITOBA."
VISITING HIS FARM WAS AGRONOMIST, KERRY KNOT (SP), WHO WANTS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GROWING CANOLA IN KENTUCKY BUT SEES A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR THE CROP.
"CANOLA IS A REALLY GOOD OPTION, IN TERMS OF AN AGRONOMIC ROTATION TO ADD A BENEFIT OR DIVERSIFY FOR PRODUCERS. I THINK IT COULD HELP THEM IN THE LONG-RUN TO STAY AFLOAT.:
NOW IT'S JUST WHETHER WE CAN GET INTO A NO-TILL SYSTEM SINCE KENTUCKY IS A NO-TILL STATE.
WORKINGTON IS RAISING CANOLA ON A NO-TILL SYSTEM AND HAS BEEN DOUBLE-CROPPING WITH CORN. BUT THIS YEAR HE'S GOING TO TRY CANOLA WITH EARLY SEASON SOYBEANS. HE SAYS HAVING A PLACE NEARBY TO TAKE HIS CROP IS EASIER AND MORE PROFITABLE.
"YEAH, THAT'S EXCITING BECAUSE WE CAN HAUL IT THERE. WITHIN A WEEK OR TWO, WE CAN GET A CHECK. THAT'S EXCITING. THAT'S A LOT MORE LOCAL."
RYAN CALLBACK IS AN AGRONOMIST WHO IS PARTNERING WITH WORKINGTON. HE SAYS KENTUCKY FARMERS CAN GROW SOME OF THE HIGHEST YIELDS OF CANOLA IN NORTH AMERICA. IN THE VINICITY, THAT'S 50 OR 60 BUSHELS PER ACRE.
"FROM A PRODUCTION STANDPOINT, A KENTUCKY FARMER REALLY HAS AN EDGE ON THIS AND ON DOUBLECROP BEANS HERE IN NORTH AMERICA. IF THE MARKET IS HERE LOCALLY, THERE'S A DEMAND FOR THE MEAL FOR THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY WITH THE POULTRY AND LIVESTOCK. FROM A FUNDAMENTAL BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE, THERE IS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY HERE."
THE MEAL FROM THE CRUSHED CANOLA SEEDS HAVE PRIMARLY BEEN USED AS POULTRY FEED IN KENTUCKY. IT'S ALSO GOOD FOR DAIRY CATTLE AND INCREASING THEIR MILK PRODUCTION. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT, I'M JEFF FRANKLIN REPORTING.
NEXT ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY, WE'LL LOOK AT THE CROP YEAR FOR TWO HOLIDAY CLASSICS OFTEN FOUND ON YOUR DINING TABLE.
AND HOPS ARE KNOWN TO THRIVE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, BUT ONE STATE IS TRYING TO GIVE THE CROP A NEW HOME.
(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.)
SWEET POTATOES:
SWEET POTATOES ARE KNOWN AS A HOLIDAY STAPLE. AND SINCE THE EARLY 70'S NORTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN THE NUMBER ONE PRODUCING STATE.
IT CARRIES HALF THE LOAD FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. JOHN BARNES, AN ORGANIC SWEET POTATO GROWER IN THAT REGION SAYS IT WAS A STRUGGLE TO OVERCOME A COLD, WET SPRING EARLY ON. BUT PHEMONIAL PRODUCTION AND STRONG DEMAND IS HELPING WITH THE COMMODITY.
"RIGHT NOW, WE'RE HOPING COMMODITY PRICES REBOUND A LITTLE BIT. WE JUST HOPE PEOPLEC CONTINUE TO LOVE SWEET POTATOES. THAT SEEMS TO BE GOING WELL. DEMAND? DEMAND IS INCREASING, YEP,"> 
NOW THE STATE AVERAGES NEARLY 50 PERCENT OF THE U.S. SWEET POTATO SUPPLY. CRANBERRY HARVEST WRAPPED UP EARLIER THIS MONTH IN MASSACHUSETTS-JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
THE CAPE COD CRANBERRY GROWERS' ASSOCATION SAYS THIS YEAR'S CROP COULD BE CLOSE TO A RECORD IN MASSACHUSETTS. THAT'S CREDITED TO FAIRLY GOOD WEATHER.
THERE WAS A CONCERN THE AREA WAS TOO DRY LATE IN THE SEASON-BUT THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN BROUGHT IN SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN TO THE AREA FOR THE CROP.
THE ASSOCATION SAYS THE OVERALL U.S. CRANBERRY CROP IS PEGGED TO BE LOWER THIS YEAR.
THAT'S DUE TO SOME WEATHER ISSUES IN WISCONSIN. THAT COULD HELP WITH THE OVERSUPPLY SITUATION WITHIN THAT INDUSTRY.
VIRGINIA FARMER GROWS MOON SHINE:
ONE VIRGINIA FARMER IS USING HIS CORN CROP TO PRODUCE SOME MOONSHINE!
CHUCK MILLER OF BELMONT FARMS DISTILLERY IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE 'GRANDFATHERS OF CRAFT DISTILLERIES IN THE U.S.' ON HIS FARM, HE GROWS HIS OWN CORN, HARVESTS, STORES AND GRINDS THE CROP. THAT'S ALL BEFORE FOLLOWING A UNIQUE FAMILY RECIPE TO PRODUCE THE CORN MASH INTO 100 PERCENT CORN WHISKEY.
(CHUCK MILLER SAYS, "WE STILL RAISE OUR OWN CORN RIGHT HERE. WE PLANT OUR CORN, YOU CAN SEE OUR CORN CROP COMING IN, IT'S OFF TO A GOOD START, WE HAD A LOT OF RAIN (*TOOK SOME OUT HERE*) SO ALL THE GRAIN WE USED IN OUR PRODUCTS IS RAISED RIGHT HERE ON THE FARM."))
VIRGINIA LIGHTNING IS ONE OF THE DISTERILLY'S SIGNATURE PRODUCTS. ONE OF THE THE DISTERILLY'S SIGNATURE PRODUCTS IS VIRGINIA LIGHTNING.
THE MICHIGAN HOPS INDUSTRY MAY BE SMALL, BUT IT'S GAINING MOMENTUM. WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE STATE'S HARVEST AND ITS BUSINESS BOOM.
IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.
IN THE COUNTRY:
WHEN YOU THINK OF MICHIGAN AGRICULTURE, MANY THINK OF A DIVERSITY. BUT HOPS IS A CROP THAT'S GAINING GROUND.
THE MICHIGAN HOP ALLIANCE SAYS ROUGHLY 400 ACRES OF HOPS WERE HARVESTED THIS YEAR-BUT THOSE ACRES ARE EXPECTED TO DOUBLE AS EARLY AS NEXT YEAR.
WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE SMALL INCREDIENT IN BEER PRODUCTION THAT'S BOOMING IN THE MICHIGAN BREWING INDUSTRY.
'VINES' CLIMBING INTO THE SKY A SURE SIGN HOP HARVEST IS HERE…THESE LONG STRANDSBELONG TO THAT PERRIENIAL PLANT...GROWING VERTICALLY, SOMETIMES OVER A FOOT PER DAY.. ALL SUPPORTED BY ROPE OR TWINE.
"WE TIE EVERY SPRING, PUT IT IN THE GROUND WITH A CLIP, TRAIN THAT FIRST VINE AND AWAY IT GOES,"
PAM MILLER STARTED UP HOPYARDS OF KENT IN GREENVILLE, MICHIGAN IN 2011, AS A WAY TO OCCUPY HER TIME DURING RETIREMENT…
SHE WAS PREVIOUSLY IN THE ROSE BUSINESS... A DIFFERENT CROP, SIMILAR CRAFT.
"IT IS A FLOWER, NOT A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE,"
LIKE OTHER HARVESTS-HOPS ARE ON A TIMELINE-A STRICT ONE...EACH VINE NEEDS TO BE PICKED, DRIED AND STORED WITHIN 24 HOURS…
MICHIGAN FARMERS HAVEN'T ALWAYS GROWN HOPS. GROWERS LIKE PAM ARE ANSWERING BREWER'S
REQUESTS BECAUSE OF THE BOOMING INDUSTRY.
"WITH WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT NOW, THERE'S A WINDOW OF 8 YEARS BEFORE WE COULD BEGIN TO FILL THE ORDER OF MICHIGAN ALONE. THERE'S OVER 200 LICENSED. IF I COULD PUT IN ANOTHER 50 ACRES TOMORROW, IT WOULD BE SOLD."
AND PART OF THAT GROWTH IS LOCATION RELATED. PAM IS ONE OF OUR OLDEST GROWERS AND SHE'S BEEN GROWING SINCE 2011. THE BUSINESS ONLY GOES BACK TO '08."
"45 PARALLEL AROUND THE WORLD IS KNOWN AS BEST CONDITIONS… AND WE ARE A LITTLE SOUTH.. PARTS OF GERMANY ARE ON THE 45TH PARALLEL AND THAT'S THE BIGGEST BEER PRODUCING COUNTRY. THE PLANT NEEDS FOUR SEASONS,">
WE'RE THE EXACT LAT LINE THEY WERE OUT WEST. WE HAVE TONS OF WATER. WHAT DON'T WE HAVE OUT WEST? WATER. WE HAVE 1/67 OF OUR WATER WITH THE GREAT LAKES. THAT'S A BONUS FOR US."
"FOR HOPS, IT'S NOT THE CONE GROWERS ARE AFTER.. IT'S THE OIL INSIDE OF IT."
WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT, THE BEST WAY TO 'PICK' THE HOPS IS TO CUT THE VINELIKE CROP, GATHER AND PILE INTO TARPS..
IT'S BROUGHT TO THE HARVESTER OR PICKER...
THE MACHINE FEASTS ON THE REST OF THE VINE… THAT WILL BE SPREAD ON FIELDS LATER... THE HOPS ARE PULLED OFF INTO BOXES…OR ROLLED DOWN AN ASSEMBLY LINE.
AFTER A NIGHT OF DRYING…THE HOPS NEED TO BE PLACED IN BAGS FOR COLD STORAGE…
"WE'LL BRING IT DOWN TO THIS FLOOR LEVEL AND STAY FOR THE DAY. WE NEED TO GET IT DOWN TO WHAT THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE IS,"
<NATS OF THEM STEPPING ON BAGS TO FIT IT ALL IN,"
PAM AND HER CREW HEAD BACK TO THE FIELD TURNING ROWS OF TALL VINES INTO A PALLETT PLEASING REFRESHMENT…
CLOSING:
WELL THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING.
WE'RE SURE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR EVERYONE HERE AT AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M BETSY JIBBEN. MONDAY ON AGDAY, MACHINERY PETE IS HERE WITH THE LATEST IN FARM EQUIPMENT DEALS. PLUS WE'LL HAVE SPOT-ON MARKET ANALYSIS FROM OUR EXPERTS IN CHICAGO. FOR NEWS THAT MATTERS, TUNE IN DAILY FOR AGDAY.

 

 

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