AgDay Daily Recap -November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
OCTOBER 6, 2014

OPEN HEADLINES:
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY THE IMPACT STORIES FROM ELECTION 2014. HERE IN IOWA WE UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICAS GREATEST DOESN'T COME FROM ITS GOVERNMENT, BUT IT DOES COME FROM OUR PEOPLE. COMPLETE COVERAGE OF HOW VOTER'S DECISIONS COULD CHANGE AG POLICY. IN AGRIBUSINESS....THE U.S. DOLLAR STRENGTHENS...WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR AG EXPORTS. EUROPE IS IN TROUBLE THE DOLLAR IS STRENGTHENING I THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACT ON EXPORTS. MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH SAYS ZILMAX IS SAFE BUT ITS NOT QUITE READY FOR A RETURN TO FEEDLOTS. PLUS, NOT MUCH BEATS THE BEAUTY OF A FARM POND, WE'VE GOT TIPS FOR THOSE CONSIDERING BUILDING THEIR OWN.AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY CHEVY SILVERADO 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR.
ELECTION RECAP:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH REPUBLICANS TAKING CONTROL OF THE U-S SENATE, THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS WILL SEE A BIG CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP AND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION THAT IMPACTS AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. AND THAT'S OUR TOP STORY ON AGDAY.
AG COMMITTEES:
ACCORDING TO PROFARMER WASHINGTON CONSULTANT JIM WIESEMEYER THERE WILL BE OTHER CHANGES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE AG COMMITTEES. DEMOCRATS FROM THE SENATE WHO WILL BE DEPARTING - TOM HARKIN OF IOWA, WHO RETIRED,  AND JOHN WALSH OF MONTANA, WHO STEPPED OUT OF THE RACE AFTER BEING APPOINTED TO FILL OUT THE TERM OF SENATOR MAX BAUCUS. ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, SAXBY CHAMBLISS OF GEORGIA AND MIKE JOHANNS FROM NEBRASKA ARE RETIRING.
ERNEST IOWA:
ONE OF THOSE NEWLY AQUIRED SEATS THAT REPUBLICANS WRESTLED AWAY FROM THE DEMOCRATS WAS IN IOWA. JONI ERNST - WHO GREW-UP ON AN IOWA FARM - DEFEATED DEMOCRAT BRUCE BRALEY. ERNST TAKES THE SEAT HELD BY DEMOCRAT TOM HARKIN SINCE 1985, WHO AS WE JUST MENTIONED IS RETIRING. NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US NOW...WITH MORE ON THE ERNST WIN.
GMO LABEL VOTE:
THANKS BETSY. A BAN ON BIOTECH CROPS IN HAWAII MAY END-UP IN COURT AFTER VOTERS IN MAUI COUNTY APPROVED A MORATORIUM ON G-M-O CROPS TUESDAY. MONSANTO AND DOW AGROSCIENCES BOTH OPERATE SEED PRODUCTION PLANTS ON THAT ISLAND. THE TEMPORARY BAN WOULD GIVE THE COUNTY MORE TIME TO ANALYZE THE IMPACT OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS TO THE ENVIRONMENT. THE TWO SEED COMPANIES SAY THEY'RE LOOKING AT ALL OPTIONS.
HONEY PRODUCTION:
NEW NUMBERS FROM USDA SHOW U.S. HONEY PRODUCTION CONTINUES TO FALL. IT'S DOWN ABOUT 35 PERCENT FROM WHAT IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO. PART OF THAT IS FALLING PRODUCTION ON A PER COLONY BASIS. COLONIES USED TO AVERAGE ABOUT 80 POUNDS EACH--IT'S NOW A RECORD LOW AT 56 POUNDS IN 2012. PRICES HOWEVER...HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED IN THE LAST DECADE OR SO.
TEASE:
STILL TO COME SOME MARKETS SAW A POST ELECTION BUMP AND THE U.S. DOLLAR CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN. WE'LL TELL YOU HOW THAT COULD IMPACT EXPORTS HERE AT HOME.
ANALYSIS INTRO:
FOLLOWING TUESDAY'S ELECTIONS, THE U.S. DOLLAR INDEX CLIMBED TO ITS HIGHEST POINT IN MORE THAN 4 YEARS, AND WHILE ITS POSITIVE IN SOME INSTANCES, AS FARM DIRECTOR AL PELL FOUND OUT A STRONG DOLLAR COULD TAKE A BITE OUT AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS.
AL.
WX:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. NOW WE'RE HAVING SOME COLD WEATHER HERE BUT YOU SAY IT'S NOT GOING TO STAY. HERE'S THE THING, THESE SYSTEMS WERE COMING QUICKLY WEST TO EAST. THERE ARE SOME SIGNS THIS COULD HAPPEN IN 6 TO 10 DAYS THAT THE COLD WILL STAY AND LAST THROUGH NOVEMBER, BUT AS OF NOW, THINGS ARE MOVING EASTWARD AND WE WILL SEE THOSE COLD SHOTS OF AIR KEEPING US BELOW NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN BELT BUT IT DOESN'T COME IN TO STAY. THERE'S THE TWO AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE. THE MAIN ONE IS IN THE VIRGINIAS. THAT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE TOWARD THE NORTHEAST. THE SECOND ONE WILL FUNNEL ONE INTO IT AND IT WILL MERGE INTO THE EAST COAST. THE COLD FRONT THEN WILL PRODUCE SOME SHOWERS IN THE SOUTHEAST BUT MOST OF IT IS REALLY IN THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS IN TEXAS AS THAT CONTINUES TO SHIFT SOUTHWARD. AGAIN, THIS IS PRETTY COLD AIR, BUT RIGHT BEHIND IT IS THE NEXT SYSTEM. IT'S A WARM FRONT IN FRONT OF IT. THAT WILL SPREAD INTO THE WESTERN PLAINS AS WE HEAD INTO THE NIGHTTIME HOURS. TONIGHT, THERE IS A STORM SYSTEM IN THE NORTHEAST. THIS MORNING THERE WILL BE SOME RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS. ALSO A LITTLE LAKE EFFECT SNOW AS WELL IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY AS WE START THE DAY ON FRIDAY. AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW, WE SEE THE NEXT SYSTEM. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE WITH IT, BUT IT DOES KEEP IT FROM BECOMING TOO COLD. IT TRIES TO WARM US UP FOR A DAY AND PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS STATES AND IT COOLS US BACK DOWN AGAIN. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES THROUGHOUT THE LAST 24 HOURS- SOME DECENT AMOUNTS SOUTHEAST AND SOUTHERN TEXAS AND SOME SCATTERED RATHER HEAVY AMOUNTS INTO PARTS OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AND ESPECIALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS. THAT WILL MOVE NORTHEAST OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS INTO NEW ENGLAND. SOUTH TEXAS WILL GET SOME MORE. WE WILL SEE MORE IN THE NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF TALK ABOUT SNOWFALL. WE HAVE HAD SOME MINOR ACCUMULATIONS PARTS OF MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA. WE DON'T ADD TOO MUCH IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS EXCEPT FOR NEW ENGLAND. THEY MIGHT GET SEVERAL INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON, ONLY IN THE 40'S IN THE LARGE AREA IN THE GREAT LAKES, INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY, 60'S IN THE TENNESSEE VALLEY, 70'S AND 80'S INTO THE FAR SOUTHEAST. YOU CAN SEE THE TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL DROP PRETTY GOOD, 30'S INTO NORTHERN DIXIE. THERE IS SOME PRETTY COLD AIR FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. 60'S AND A FEW 70'S TURN INTO THE SOUTHWESTERN PLAINS BUT IT'S STILL PRETTY CHILLY ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES. PRETTY GOOD CUT-OFF THERE TO THE NORTH OF THE LOWER 48 WILL CONTINUE TO FUNNEL THAT COLD AIR IN. YOU CAN SEE NEAR THE END OF IT. THAT MAY BE A TROUGH THAT DIGS IN AND STAYS FOR AWHILE.THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. AS WE HEAD TO BILLINGS, MONTANA THERE'S A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE AND PLEASANT HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 65 DEGREES. MOST OF IOWA IS PARTY SUNNY AND WINDY AND TURNING COLDER. THE HIGH IS 47. A THUNDERSTORM IS LIKELY IN NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA WITH A HIGH OF 76.
BTR ZILMAX UPDATE:
IN OUR BEEF TODAY REPORT, MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH SAYS ITS MAKING PROGRESS ON THE REVIEW OF ZILMAX. IT PULLED THE GROWTH ENHANCER FROM SHELVES LAST YEAR FOLLOWING ANIMAL WELFARE AND MOBILITY QUESTIONS BY SOME OF THE NATIONS LARGEST PROCESSORS.

 

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