AgDay Daily Recap -October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
OCTOBER 29, 2015

OPENING HEADLINES:
AG LENDING SPIKES AS COMMODITY PRICES STAY LOW.
WORKING TO STAY IN BUSINESS IS OUR TOPIC AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK.... AND WE ARE LOOKING AT THE D-16 PRICES UNDER LAST YEAR'S SPRING INSURANCE PRICE, SO PROFITABILITY IS EVEN TIGHTER THAN WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT LAST YEAR MORE BACK AND FORTH OVER WASHINGTON BUDGET CUTS TARGETED AT CROP INSURANCE. PLUS OUTDOORS ON THE FARM. WE EXAMINE THE ROLE OF BUCK MANAGEMENT IN SUCCESSFUL OUTFITTERS. THAT HERD HAS GOT TO BE MANAGED TOO. AND THAT IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE FINEST LINES WE WALK. AND THIS HUNTING DOG IS LOOKING FOR A TINY PEST THAT CAN CAUSE BIG DAMAGE TO THE HORTICULTURAL INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIA.
AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.
DEMAND FOR SHORT- TERM FINANCING RISES AS LOW COMMODITY PRICES NEAR 20 YEAR HIGH:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. DEMAND FOR SHORT-TERM FINANCING CONTINUES TO PUSH HIGHER AS FARM INCOME DWINDLES FROM LOW COMMODITY PRICES. AND THAT NEED IS APPROACHING A 20 YEAR HIGH.
THE KANSAS CITY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK JUST RELEASING A RECAP OF ITS THIRD QUARTER LENDING.
THE K-C FED SAYS BOTH THE NUMBER OF OPERATING LOANS AND THE VOLUME INCREASED IN THE THIRD QUARTER.
LOANS USED TO PAY CURRENT OPERATING EXPENSES CLIMBED 24-PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. THE FED BANKERS SAY INCREASED DEBT LEVERAGE AND REDUCED LIQUIDITY HAVE CONTINUED TO INTENSIFY CONCERNS ABOUT FUTURE FINANCIAL STRESS FOR SOME AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS.
ECONOMIST ERNIE GOSS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING YOUR BANKER.
'THE TRUST AND THE BANKER WHO LIVES IN THAT COMMUNITY, KNOWS THE FARMER, KNOWS THE CONDITIONS, AND THERE'S A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP THAT GOES BACK DECADES IN MANY CASE.
THE LENDER IN THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS THAT IT IS LONG-TERM. WE SEE THE EBS AND FLOWS AND OVER LONG TERM, AGRICULTURE IS A VERY STRONG, VERY SOLID INDUSTRY THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE GROW OVER THE DECADES TO COME.."
THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS COVERING THE CONCENTRATION OF AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTRY ALL REPORTED SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN LOAN DEMAND IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS, IT'S THE SAME STORY WE'RE HEARING FROM FARMERS THIS HARVEST SEASON. MANAGING OPERATING DOLLARS IS STACKING UP AS A REAL CHALLENGE.
THERE'S OPTIMISM ABOUT THE YIELDS BUT THE PRICE AND ECONOMICS AND THE COST STRUCTURE OF EVERYTHING WE BUY HAVEN'T CHANGED MUCH. OUR FERTILIZER AND SEED EXPENSE STILL HIGH. OF COURSE OUR EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY THAT DOESN'T CHANGE. COUNTER TO WHAT THE ECONOMISTS ARE SAYING. THEY ARE SAYING THE RENTS HAVE REDUCED AND THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE RENTAL STRUCTURES. WE DON'T SEE THAT IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.
CROP INSURANCE BUDGET CUTS ON HOLD:
A PROPOSED BUDGET DEAL TO CUT THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN CROP INSURANCE SUPPORT....INCLUDING LOWERING MARGINS FOR COMPANIES HANDLING THE PROGRAM...LOOKS TO BE ON HOLD. HOUSE AG COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP RELEASING A STATEMENT LATE WEDNESDAY SAYING THEY'VE REACHED AN AGREEMENT TO AVOID CUTS TO THE SAFETY NET PROGRAM.
HOUSE AG COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY SAYS FARMERS AND RANCHERS DID THEIR PART IN REIGNING IN THE NATION'S DEBT WITH SAVINGS IN THE 2014 FARM BILL.
CONAWAY SAYS -QUOTING NOW -"IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE DO NOT UNDERMINE THEIR TRUST BY ATTACKING THE PRIMARY TOOL THEY USE TO MANAGE THE TREMENDOUS RISKS INVOLVED IN PRODUCING FOOD AND FIBER.
HIGHWAY BILL EXTENSION APPROVED:
ALSO ON WEDNESDAY THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVING THE SHORT TERM HIGHWAY BILL EXTENSION. THAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION ALSO GIVES RAIL COMPANIES ANOTHER THREE YEARS TO FINISH INSTALLING POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEMS.
WITHOUT THE EXTENSION THE RAIL INDUSTRY WARNED OF POSSIBLE SHUTDOWNS AND DELAYS ACROSS THE NATION'S FREIGHT NETWORK.
A SIMILAR BILL PASSED THE HOUSE EARLY THIS WEEK. ITS NOW HEADED TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FROM WASHINGTON TO FARM FIELDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY...LET'S CHECK ON CROP PROGRESS.
CROP PROGRESS:
FOR THAT WE TURN TO METEORLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN WITH TODAY'S CROPWATCH. LET'S START OFF CROPWATCH IN NORTHEAST OREGON. IN THIS PHOTO, BRETT RUDD IS DIGGING PEPPERMINT ROOTS. NOW ACCORDING TO THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR, 67 PERCENT OF THE STATE IS IN AN EXTREME DROUGHT. THAT INCLUDES THE NORTHEAST CORNER. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, ONLY 35 PERCENT OF THE STATE WAS IN THE EXTREME DROUGHT CATEGORY. AND DERICK RICKER SENT THIS PHOTO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OF RETFORD FARMS. THE FARM IS NEAR OWENDALE MICHIGAN. YOU CAN SEE THEIR SUGAR BEET HARVEST WORKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE FIELD. USDA SAYS MICHIGAN'S SURGAR BEET HARVEST IS 53 PERCENT COMPLETED...THAT'S 13 POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE.
AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP MULTIPLE COLD FRONTS OBVIOUSLY AFFECTING THE LOWER 48 WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN JUST A LITTLE WHILE COULD MORE CHANGES BE COMING TO THE BIG AGRIBUSINESS INDUSTRY?
DUPONT PIONEER:
DUPONT PIONEER LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN REGARDING CHANGES TO ITS AG BUSINESS.
REUTERS REPORTING INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDWARD BREEN TELLING REPORTERS
 "WE WILL DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR OUR SHAREHOLDERS TO CREATE VALUE FOR THEM."
ALTHOUGH WHETHER THAT MEANS A MERGER OR DIVESTING THE AGRICULTURE BUSINESS...IS STILL UNKOWN.
BREEN DID NOT COMMIT EITHER WAY... THE COMPANY'S FARM UNIT, ACCOUNTED FOR 22 PERCENT OF DUPONT'S TOTAL REVENUE IN THE THIRD QUARTER.
DUPONT EXPECTS 2015 SALES TO FALL BY 11-12 PERCENT. MEANWHILE, THE MONSANTO COMPANY ANNOUNCING PLANS TO SHUTTER THREE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS IN 2016.
THE CENTERS ARE IN WISCONSIN, CONNECTICUT AND NORTH CAROLINA. TWO FOCUS ON SEED TRAIT DEVELOPMENT AND THE NORTH CAROLINA PLANT DOES PLANT SCREENING AND PHENOTYPING.
THE MOVE EXPECTED TO ELIMINATE ABOUT 90 JOBS. THE COMPANY CURRENTLY RESTRUCTURING OPERATIONS AND IMPLEMENTING SOME COST CUTTING MEASURES.
TEASE:
UP NEXT WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF STAYING IN BUSINESS NEXT YEAR.
AND STICK AROUND AS WE BRING TO A CLOSE 'OUTDOORS ON THE FARM'. AS USUAL IT INCLUDES A HUNT. BUT WE ALSO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BUCK MANAGEMENT.
AND LATER MEET A SPECIAL HUNTING DOG HELPING SAVE A PLANT INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIA.
AGDAY SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES -COMBINING THE PROVEN CONTROL OF A NEW 2-4-D AND GLYPHOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
AGRIBUSINESS:
MATT BENNETT, BENNETT CONSULTING OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY. MATT, AS WE MAKE PLANNING DECISIONS GOING INTO NEXT YEAR, YOU ARE PROBABLY LOOKING AT TRYING TO GET THAT PENCIL AWFULLY SHARP HEADING INTO 2016, RIGHT?> BY ALL MEANS, I THINK WHENEVER WE WERE SITTING HERE LAST YEAR IN THIS SITUATION, OBVIOUSLY THINGS HAD CHANGED A LITTLE BIT A LOT OF GUYS HAD A REALLY GOOD CROP LAST YEAR, BUT GUYS DIDN'T MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY MIGHT MAKE FOR THAT SORT OF CROP. WE HAVE EATEN IN SOME EQUITY; EVERYBODY PRETTY MUCH KNOWS THAT, SO THIS YEAR IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT YET. SOYBEAN PRICES AREN'T QUITE AS HIGH AS WHAT THEY WERE LAST YEAR, SO IT'S NOT AS MUCH OF  SLAM DUNK FOR SO MANY GUYS WHO PLANT SOYBEANS, BUT AS FAR AS CORN GOES INPUT PRICES REALLY HAVEN'T COME DOWN AND WE ARE LOOKING AT THE D-16 PRICES UNDER LAST YEAR'S SPRING INSURANCE PRICE, SO PROFITABILITY IS EVEN TIGHTER THAN WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT LAST YEAR, SO BOTTOM LINE IS FOR ME, I'M PROBABLY GOING TO BE WAITING JUST A LITTLE BIT AS FAR AS MAKING ANY MARKETING DECISIONS, BUT AS FAR AS MY CROP ROTATIONS GO THAT'S A TOUGH BALL GAME AND IT DEPENDS ON WHAT SITUATION YOU ARE IN.> YEAH, HOW LONG CAN WE WAIT TO MAKE THIS DECISION? TILL AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR? WE ALWAYS TRY TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS EARLY ENOUGH TO GET THE RIGHT VARIETY.>RIGHT. THERE ARE ALWAYS SWING ACRES OUT THERE AND THIS YEAR IN THE BULK OF THE MIDWEST GUYS MAY BE TO ALL THE TILLAGE WORK THEY CAN POSSIBLY DO. I THINK A LOT OF GUYS CAN GO EITHER WAY IF THEY REALLY NEED TO, BUT AS FAR AS YOUR FERTILIZER GOES, GUYS ARE MAKING THOSE DECISIONS NOW. YOU CAN HOLD OFF ON FERTILIZER MOST GUYS WANT TO DO THAT IN THE FALL AND I THINK MOST GUYS ARE MAKING THE DECISIONS NOW, BUT CERTAINLY THERE'S GOING TO BE PROBABLY MORE SWING ACRES NEXT YEAR THAN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN SOME TIME.> WHAT IS THE BANK TELLING US TO DO?> WELL, I THINK BANKERS ARE PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS BASED UPON EVERYTHING YOU READ AND ABOUT ANY MAGAZINE THAT YOU READ AND I THINK THAT BANKERS ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT WHAT GUYS RATIOS ARE, SO I THINK WE ALL NEED TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE BETTER  BUSINESS MEN THAN WE HAVE BEEN, ESPECIALLY SOME OF THE GUYS MY AGE AND YOUNGER, THEY MAYBE HAVEN'T WENT THROUGH THE TOUGHER TIMES YET, I THINK THEY NEED TO PULL ASIDE MAYBE SOME OF THEIR ELDERS AND SAY 'HEY, HOW DID YOU GET THROUGH THE 70S AND 80S?' BECAUSE WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO GET THROUGH THAT IS PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST TIME IN A LOT OF OUR CAREERS.> YEAH, MAYBE A TIME TO MAKE A DECISION ON KEEP THE BOAT OR SELL THE BOAT, RIGHT?> UH, YEAH, MAYBE SOME OF THE OUTSIDE THINGS THAT GO ON MAYBE OUR LIVING EXPENSE. YOU KNOW SOME OF THE UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN SAYING 'HEY, GUYS WE GOT TO CUT BACK JUST A LITTLE BIT'. AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT FOR SOME TIME AND IT'S SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO.> ALL RIGHT, IT'S GOING TO BE A TOUGH YEAR. THANKS, MATT, APPRECIATE IT. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY RIGHT AFTER THIS.
FOR ADVICE ON THE BEST WAY TO BE PROFITABLE ON YOUR FARM CONTACT MATT AT 217-4592711.
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NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINING UP NOW. NOW MIKE, I THINK I COUNT FIVE COLD FRONTS AND ZERO WARM FRONTS ON THIS MAP. WELL IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE COLD AIR IS TRYING TO COME SOUTH. NONE OF THIS IS REAL BRUTALLY COLD JUST SO YOU KNOW. BUT YOU CAN SEE THERE IS SOME SNOW MIXING IN IN PARTS OF WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN WITH THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE PULLING IN SOME FAIRLY COLD AIR. AGAIN, NOT BRUTALLY COLD FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE FIRST COLD FRONT CAUSING SOME SHOWERS AND SOME PRETTY GOOD RAINS. SOME OF THAT, THE REMNANTS OF PATRICIA IN THE FAR NORTHEAST. SCATTERED SHOWERS DOWN INTO FLORIDA AS YOU CAN SEE. A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS OUT WEST. WE HAVE A COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHWEST, PRODUCING SOME RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS AND THIS DEVELOPING SYSTEM IN THE SOUTHWEST, THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG RAIN MAKER AS IT MOVES INTO THE PLAINS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. SO AS WE PUT THE MAPS INTO MOTION, SECOND FRONT, AGAIN, THAT'S THE ARTIC FRONT MOVING INTO THE SOUTHEAST. THIS IS GOING TO BE CHILLY AIR FOR YOU FOLKS DOWN THERE. YOU HAVE SUNSHINE AT LEAST BEHIND THE FRONT. SHOWERS INCREASING IN PARTS OF ARIZONA, WESTERN NEW MEXICO, ON UP INTO UTAH WITH THAT SYSTEM DOWN THERE. AS YOU CAN SEE, AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW MORNING, THAT WILL MOVE INTO THE NORTHEAST PORTIONS OF NEW MEXICO. THAT WILL START TO DRAW IN SOME GULF MOISTURE WITH IT. HIGH PRESSURE KEEPING IT CHILLY THEN BUT MAINLY DRY ACROSS THE EASTERN 2/3RDS OF THE COUNTRY. THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES, WE WILL HAVE A FEW LAKE EFFECT SHOWERS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE MORNING SHOWERS. THOSE SHOULD BE DRYING AS THE HIGH MOVES EAST. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT BEHIND THIS, THIS IS JUST A QUICK TWO DAY SHOT OF COLDER AIR BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS SYSTEM COMING IN. THE AIR BEHIND THIS NEXT FRONT IS ACTUALLY MORE FROM THE PACIFIC THAN FROM THE ARCTIC. AND EVEN THOUGH IT'S SHOWN AS A COLD FRONT, IT'S DEFIANTLY NOT GOING TO BE COLDER THAN WHAT'S IN FRONT OF IT. IT'S A GOOD RAIN MAKER THERE DEVELOPING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BY LATE TOMORROW. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA INTO NEW ENGLAND. AS WE HEAD ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, YOU CAN SEE WE WON'T ADD A WHOLE LOT MORE IN THE NORTHEAST, BUT WE ARE GOING TO START TO ADD SOME DECENT AMOUNTS IN WEST TEXAS. THAT'S THE AREA THAT LAST WEEK WAS GETTING DAZED WITH RAIN. THAT EVENTUALLY MOVED FARTHER EAST THIS ONE WILL AS WELL. IT WON'T BE AS HEADY AS LAST WEEK BUT NONETHELESS, PRETTY HEAVY RAINS. 40S FOR A HIGH TEMPERATURE ACROSS THE NORTHERN STATES, 60S AND 70S DOWN IN THE GULF COAST REGION. YOU CAN SEE LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT, LOTS OF 30S AND 40S ALL THE WAY INTO NORTHERN DIXIE. THAT'S PRETTY CHILLY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW, STILL ON THE COOL SIDE FOR MOST OF THE CORN BELT. AS FAR AS THE JET STREAM IS CONCERNED, THERE'S THAT BIG TROUGH. AGAIN, LOOK HOW QUICKLY THAT MOVES AWAY. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND THEN WE GO ZONAL WITH SOME SYSTEMS MOVING FROM WEST TO EAST AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: WE CONTINUE TO SEE A BIG TIME WARM-UP BY THE CORN BELT AND THE SOUTHEAST. A BIG-TIME COOL DOWN OUT WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
 FOR AUSTIN, NEVADA TODAY, VARIABLY CLOUDY. MAYBE A SHOWER IN SOME AREAS. THE HIGH IS 47. GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA IS MOSTLY SUNNY AND RATHER COOL WITH A HIGH OF 52. FINALLY, HEADING TO CAMBRIDGE, OHIO, PARTLY SUNNY AND WINDY AND COOL. THE AFTERNOON HIGH IS 53.
TEASE:
LATER, FIND OUT HOW A LABRADOR IS AUSTRALIA IS A "HERO' TO THE HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY. PLUS, WE WRAP-UP 'OUTDOORS ON THE FARM' WITH OUR ANNUAL HUNT. BUT THIS TIME CHIP IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!
NOW IT'S MY TURN ON OUTDOORS ON THE FARM. WE HEADED OUT TO THE BLIND, NEXT'.
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OUTDOORS ON THE FARM:
'OUTDOORS ON THE FARM' IF THERE'S NOT AN ACTUAL HUNT INVOLVED. BUT INSTEAD OF CHIP FLORY, IT'S HIS SON THOMAS WHICH WE'RE FOLLOWING. WE TAKE YOU NOW TO BRADFORD, ILLINOIS WHERE SHARKEY OUTFITTERS HAS BEEN RUNNING DEER HUNTS FOR 15 YEARS.
IT'S A WORKING FARM WHERE THE GRAIN OPERATION IS THE MAIN INCOME DRIVER. BUT THE OUTFITTING NOW PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN THE OVERALL BUSINESS PLAN. AND AS CHIP TELLS US BUCK MANAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO KEEP THE OUTFITTING SUCCESSFUL FOR YEARS TO COME.
WITH THE STEAK SIZZLING IN THE CAST IRON, MY SON, TOM AND OUR HOST ROB SHARKEY DISCUSS STRATEGY FOR THE NEXT DAY'S HUNT. > IF YOU ARE HERE IN THE MORNING, YOU SEE HIM HERE IN THE MORNING, YOU GO CHASE AND SIT IN THIS BLIND AND GUARANTEE HE WILL BE HERE. YOU HAVE GOT BLINDS HERE, YOU HAVE GOT STANDS HERE. THAT'S WHAT I DO LIKE ABOUT THIS BLIND, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE.> ROB SHARKEY WORKS TO GIVE HIS CURRENT HUNTERS THE EXPERIENCE THEY WANT IN THE FIELD AND TO PROVIDE FUTURE GUESTS WITH A CHANCE TO STICK A MATURE BUCK. TO DO SO, HERD MANAGEMENT IS KEY TO HIS BUSINESS PLAN. > THAT HERD HAS GOT TO BE MANAGED TOO. AND THAT IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE FINEST LINES WE WALK, BECAUSE WE RENT GROUND TO HUNT. FARMERS WANT THE DEER GONE, BECAUSE THEY DO DAMAGE THE CROP. BUT WE WANT TO MANAGE THE HERD, WHICH BRINGS IN SOME MINIMUM BUCK SIZE, SOME KILLING OF DOES. NOT KILLING THE BUTTON BUCK. > NOW, WE HAVE GOT THE PLAN IN PLACE FOR TOM'S HUNT, IT'S TIME FOR SERIOUS BUSINESS-DINNER IS UP.> THE KEY IS MIXING THE BEANS AND THE POTATOES.> WITH THE SUN JUST STARTING TO TURN BLACK TO GRAY LIGHT, TOM IS HEADED OUT TO ONE OF SHARKEY OUTFITTERS PREMIER SPOTS. THE CORN WAS JUST HARVESTED AT THIS SPOT, AND THE TREE LINE CREATES THE EDGE ENVIRONMENT THAT DEER LOVE.> WE ARE OUT IN THIS CORN FIELD OUT HERE. WE GOT OUT HERE ABOUT 6:15, THERE WERE DEER OUT HERE FEEDING ALREADY. OUT HERE DURING THE NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING, BECAUSE THERE WAS A FULL MOON LAST NIGHT AND IT'S NO GOOD FOR DEER HUNTERS AND THEY ARE OUT HERE ALL NIGHT EVERY NIGHT. IF THERE ARE NO BUCKS THAT COME ALONG, WE MIGHT TAKE A NICE BIG DOE. > NOW ROB, RENTS LAND FROM OTHER FARMERS AND HE DOES HOST DEER HUNTS ON THAT RENTED GROUND, SO IT'S A BALANCE OF PROTECTING THE CROPS OF OTHER FARMERS AND STILL GIVING OUTDOORSMEN A CHANCE FOR SUCCESS.> OUT HERE IT'S ALL ABOUT MANAGEMENT, IT'S A BUCK FACILITY IF YOU WOULD. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE COME OUT HERE TO DO, THEY COME OUT HERE TO KILL THE BIG BUCKS, SO YOU CAN'T REALLY KILL THE LITTLE BUCKS.
SO HOPEFULLY IN ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS THEY ARE GOING TO BE AS BIG AS THE BIGGER ONES RIGHT NOW.> TOM, I KNOW WE DIDN'T DROP ONE ON THE GROUND, BUT WE SAW A LOT OF DEER OUT THERE. > OH, YEAH THERE WERE A LOT OF DEER. YOU HAVE GOT A GOOD PROGRAM OUT THERE ABOUT MANAGING DEER, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG BUCKS OUT THERE, SO YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT KILLING THEM YOUNG AND THEY ARE PICKING UP THE DOES FROM THE BUTTON BOX, WHICH THAT CAN BE A PROBLEM ON A LOT OF THE FARMS.> YEAH, EXACTLY WHEN YOU SEE THAT MUCH HORN OUT THERE EVEN ON A YOUNG DEER, EXACTLY RIGHT, THEY ARE NOT KILLING THE BUTTONS AND ROB TALKED ABOUT HOW THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY REALLY, REALLY TRY TO AVOID.> WELL, I TELL YOU WHAT IT HAS BEEN A FUN COUPLE OF DAYS OUT HERE WITH YOU ROB. WE HAVE COVERED MANAGING THE GROUND FOR FARMING AND FOR WILDLIFE. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT A MANAGING THAT DEER HERD, COMBINING THOSE TWO BUSINESSES--THE OUTFITTING BUSINESS WITH THE FARMING BUSINESS. AND OF COURSE, TOM HAS HAD A BLAST IN THE BLIND. ANY TIME THAT HE CAN GET OUTDOORS ON THE FARM, YOU KNOW THAT'S WHERE HE IS GOING TO BE. ROB, THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING US OUT HERE. GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING. BLESS YOU.
THANKS CHIP. AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO ROB AND EMILY SHARKEY FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEND TWO FULL DAYS ON THEIR FARM DURING THE PEAK OF HARVEST. LEARN MORE AT SHARKEY OUTFITTERS DOT COM.
AND CHIP ALSO WANTS TO THANK SILVER EAGLE HARLEY DAVIDSON-YAMAHA IN WATERLOO, IOWA FOR THE USE OF THE VIKING. IT'S AN INDISPENSABLE TOOL DURING THESE TRIPS.
TEASE:
UP NEXT WE'LL MEET A HUNTING DOG WITH A UNIQUE NOSE. FIND HOW SHE'S HELPING PROTECT A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS IN AUSTRALIA.
COUNTRY MUSIC PICKED EXCLUSIVELY FOR AND BY YOU -THE AMERICAN FARMER. THE MUSIC YOU WANT AND THE AG INFORMATION FROM FARM JOURNAL YOU NEED. THE FARM -ON MY FARM RADIO.
(IN THE COUNTRY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ALL NEW KUBOTA SSV SERIES SKID STEERS. YOU ASKED FOR A QUALITY SKID STEER AND WE DELIVERED. VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TO TEST DRIVE ONE TODAY)
DOG HAS A NOSE FOR PESKY ANTS:
A BLACK LABRADOR IN AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN TERRITORY HAS A UNIQUE SKILL. AND THAT SKILL PROTECTS THE REGIONS LUCRATIVE HORTICULTURE SECTOR.
"WILLOW" IS CALLED THE WONDER DOG. SHE'S TRAINED TO BE THE ONLY DOG IN THE WORLD ABLE TO SNIFF OUT A CERTAIN TYPE OF ANT KNOWN AS THE 'BROWSING ANT'.
THIS VARIETY FORMS MULTI-QUEEN SUPER COLONIES CAPABLE OF OVERWHELMING AND EATING NATIVE AND BENEFICIAL ANTS. AND DOING SO COULD HARM THE 35-BILLION DOLLAR HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY. BROWSING ANTS ARE FOUND IN TIMOR AND MALAYSIA AND ALSO SEEM TO THRIVE IN AUSTRALIA. "HAVING CLOSE PROXIMITY HERE IN DARWIN TO OUR ASIAN NEIGHBOURS, THAT DOES POSE A RISK FOR US AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BE ABSOLUTELY VIGILANT AND THAT'S HOW WE REALLY FOUND THESE BROWSING ANTS BECAUSE THEY WERE REPORTED, SOMEBODY FOUND THEM AND SAID; 'THIS DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT'.
ONCE SNIFFED OUT BY WILLOW, DEADLY BAIT IS LAID FOR THE ANTS TO DELIVER BACK TO THEIR QUEEN, EVENTUALLY STERILIZING HER AND TURNING THE COLONIES INTO "ZOMBIES".
THE UNASSUMING LITTLE INSECT WAS DISCOVERED FEASTING ON A CASE OF BEER IN DARWIN'S PORT THIS AUGUST. THAT LED TO PARTS OF THE PORT BEING LOCKED DOWN FOR QUARANTINE.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. CHANCES ARE, YOU HAVE VISITED YOUR LOCAL COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE. IT'S FULL OF FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL HUMANS. TOMORROW WE'LL VISIT ONE TENNESSEE EXTENSION OFFICE THAT MAY HAVE A 'GHOSTLY' OCCUPANT. IT'S HALLOWEEN HI-JINKS FRIDAY ON AGDAY.
FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FRIDAY ON AGDAY OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER LOOK AT THE HARD RED WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS IN THE GREAT PLAINS.
AND A GHOSTLY VISITOR AT ONE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE. JOIN US WEEKDAYS HERE ON AGDAY.

 

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