AgDay Daily Recap -October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
October 6, 2015

Opening:
A MASSIVE TRADE PACT MOVES FORWARD...
"...PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED THE
TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEGOTIATIONS.."
PLUS, AFTER YEARS OF DROUGHT AREAS OF THE
SOUTHERN PLAINS RECOVER IN 2015.
IN AGRIBUSINESS...CHANGES TO CHINA'S FARM POLICY.
THAT'S WHY WE SAW A LOT OF CORN PURCHASES A FEW YEARS AGO AND
YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SINCE, BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? IF YOU GET
LICENSING AND THERE AREN'T ANY LICENSES TO GET IT APPROVED
AND THIS MICHIGAN FARMER MADE A STARTLING
DISCOVERY WHILE DIGGING IN HIS SOYBEAN FIELDS.
AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG
LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.
Trans-Pacific Partnership:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. 12 COUNTRIES REPRESENTING
40-PERCENT OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AGREE
TO A TRADE PACT THAT WOULD CUT TRADE
BARRIERS ON NUMEROUS ITEMS. BUT IT'S NOW UP TO
CONGRESS AND THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER
NATIONS TO RATIFY THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.

AFTER YEARS OF NEGOTATIONS AND A NINE-DAY
MARATHON TO HAMMER OUT DETAILS, THE UNITED
STATES AND 11 OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE REACHED A
DEAL ON THE T-P-P.
THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP -IF IMPLEMENTED WILL
PROVIDE DUTY-FREE TRADE ON MOST GOODS,
AND REDUCED TARIFFS ON OTHERS.
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PURSUED THE DEAL
AS PART OF A STRATEGY TO LIFT U.S. INFLUENCE IN
FAST-GROWING ASIA AND TO COUNTER CHINA'S
GROWING INFLUENCE.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE AGREEMENT KEEPS
COUNTRIES SUCH AS CHINA FROM WRITING "THE RULES
OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY."

WE THINK IT HELPS DEFINE THE RULES OF THE ROAD
FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION IN A WAY THAT IS
CONSISTENT WITH THE INTERESTS AND VALUES THAT
WE SHARE.
"THE MAGNITUDE AND IMPORTANCE OF RULES FOR 21ST
CENTURY ISSUES CAN'T BE UNDERSCORED ENOUGH
AND I'M VERY PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS
VERY COMPLEX AND AMBITIOUS AGREEMENT"

CHINA -THE WORLD'S SECOND-LARGEST ECONOMY -IS
NOT PART OF THE AGREEMENT, BUT POTENTIALLY
COULD JOIN LATER.
IN A RARE MOVE, THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE U-S
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN IN
AGREEMENT ON THE T-P-P. BUT OPPONENTS -LIKE
LABOR UNIONS -ARE AGAINST THE TRADE PACT. THEY
SAY AMERICAN JOBS ARE AT RISK.
ONE OF THE LAST OBSTACLES IN THE T-P-P DEALT WITH
DAIRY. CANADIAN DAIRY GROUPS WERE CONCERNED
THAT ITS SECTOR WOULD GIVE TOO MUCH ACCESS TO
FOREIGN COMPETITORS WHICH COULD IMPACT ONFARM
PRICES.
IN THE END, CANADA INCREASED ACCESS SLIGHTLY. ITS
GOVERNMENT ALSO PROMISED COMPENSATION TO
CANADIAN PRODUCERS FOR LOSSES THEY MIGHT
SUFFER.
FROM THE U-S, THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS
FEDERATION AND DAIRY EXPORT COUNCIL SAY THEY
WILL BE REVIEWING THE DAIRY PROVISIONS OF THE
PACT IN THE COMING DAYS AND ARE NOT COMMENTING
ANY FURTHER.

EVEN THOUGH THE T-P-P HAS BEEN AGREED UPON BY
THE 12 NATIONS, THE LEGISLATURES IN THOSE
COUNTRIES MUST ALSO APPROVE T-P-P.
THE PRESIDENT MUST WAIT 90 DAYS BEFORE HE SIGNS
IT AND SENDS IT TO CONGRESS FOR A VOTE.
AS PART OF THE TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY,
LAWMAKERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO AMEND OR
FILIBUSTER THE TPP DEAL. IT'S AN UP-OR-DOWN VOTE.
IN SHORT, THERE ARE PLENTY OF HURDLES AHEAD
BEFORE THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IS
IMPLEMENTED.
Crop watch:
CINDI CLAWSON, FILLING IN AGAIN THIS MORNING FOR
MIKE HOFFMAN.
SHE JOINS US WITH TODAY'S CROPWATCH.
CINDI.
HELLO CLINTON.
ALL THAT RAIN IN THE CAROLINA'S NOT GOOD FOR
FARMERS CROPS READY TO COME OUT OF THE
GROUND.
AFFILIATE W-R-A-L TALKING WITH GROWERS IN FOOQUAY-
VAR-EE-NA NORTH CAROLINA.
THEY SAY SWEET POTATOES ARE READY TO COME OUT
OF THE GROUND.
BUT ALL OF THE RAIN AND STANDING WATER IS LIKELY
GOING TO CAUSE THE CROP TO ROT AND DETERIORATE
BEFORE THEY CAN GET EQUIPMENT BACK IN.
THE SAME IS TRUE FOR PEANUTS...AS MATURE CROPS
SIT IN THE SOIL WHERE SOME OF THE NUTS ARE
ALREADY STARTING TO RESPROUT.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN WASHINGTON STATE,
DROUGHT DESTROYING ONE FARMER'S PUMPKIN CROP.
THE GROWER TELING KING-TV HIS PATCH ON WHID-BEY
ISLAND USUALLY PRODUCES 110 TONS.
THIS YEAR IT'S MOSTLY WEEDS.
HE SAYS HES HAVING TO TRUCK IN 50 TONS OF
PUMPKINS TO DUMP IN THE FIELD SO HE DOESN'T LOSE
HIS HALLOWEEN BUSINESS.
LAST YEAR 12-THOUSAND VISTORS CAME TO THE
PATCH.
AND IT APPEARS SOME FARMERS IN CENTRAL TEXAS
ARE "DUSTING IN" THEIR WHEAT SEED. SHAWN GLASS
FARMS NEAR SAN ANGELO, TEXAS. HE SENT THIS
PHOTO SHOWING THE DUST STORM HIS PLANTER IS
STIRRING-UP. HE HASN'T SEEN RAIN SINCE JULY TENTH.
WELL COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT
NATIONAL FORECAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK CLINTON
Crop progress:
USDA RELEASING ITS LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT
MONDAY.
CORN HARVEST GAINING NINE POINTS SINCE LAST
WEEK, NOW SITTING AT 27 PERCENT COMPLETE. THAT'S
5 BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE.
SOYBEAN HARVEST ALSO  ROLLING ALONG.
42 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS CUT, DOUBLE LAST WEEKS
REPORT, AND TEN POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE.
AND SORGHUM HARVEST GETTING STARTED IN THE
SOUTHERN PLAINS.
SO FAR, 43-PERCENT OF THE NATIONS SORGHUM IS IN
THE BIN.
THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 37 PERCENT.

SPEAKING OF SORGHUM STATES, BACK IN 2013  I TOOK
VIEWERS TO NORTH EASTERN NEW MEXICO--WHERE
FARMERS AND RANCHERS--INCLUDING MY FAMILY-WERE
IN THE MIDST OF A HISTORIC DROUGHT.
TODAY, THE SCENE IS MUCH DIFFERENT AND HOPE HAS
RETURNED TO THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT.
OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, JOHN GRIFFITHS HAS
SPENT A LOT OF TIME DRIVING...WATCHING...AND
WAITING.... FOR A YEAR LIKE 2015.
WE GOT IT PLANTED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER AND HAD A COUPLE
GOOD RAINS ON IT AND I THINK ITS COMING ALONG PRETTY WELL.
WINTER WHEAT IS UP, THE GRASS IS GROWING....
AND IRRIGATION WATER IS ONCE AGAIN SPILLING DOWN
A NETWORK OF CONCRETE CHANNELS, PUMPING LIFE
BACK INTO THESE DRY AND DEPLETED SOILS.
FOUR OUT OF THE LAST 5 YEARS WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY WATER FROM
THE CANAL FROM THE RESERVOIR SO THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A DRASTIC
IMPROVEMENT.
ADD TO IT, TIMELY RAINS AND THE LANDSCAPE IS
NEARLY UNRECOGNIZABLE.
TO THIS DATE WE'VE HAD 20 AND A QUARTER INCHES OF RAIN
AND LAST YEAR HAD 9 INCHES THE YEAR BEFORE WE HAD 4 AND THE
YEAR BEFORE THAT WE HAD 4.5 INCHES OF RAIN.
THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE IN JUNE 2013, WHEN MY
DAD SPENT THE SUMMER DIGGING BLOWING DIRT AWAY
FROM FENCE LINES...WHILE HIS COWS SPENT TIME ON
AN ABANDONED WHEAT FIELD.
SO OUR COWS HAVE DONE WELL BUT HAD TO MOVE THEM.
SOMETIMES 4 TIMES IN A YEAR WE WOULD HAVE TO MOVE THEM UP TO
40 MILES TO ANOTHER PLACE. IF WE HADN'T HAD REGISTERED COWS WE
WOULD HAVE WOUND UP SELLING THEM ALL.
TODAY HIS HOME PASTURES ARE RECOVERING...AND
THE DRIVE TO CHECK COWS IS MUCH SHORTER.
IT'S BEEN THE FIRST YEAR IN 5 YEARS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE
OUR COWS AT HOME AND NOT HAVE TO HAVE THEM FARMED OUT
SOMEWHERE.
IT'S BEEN A SIMILAR STORY FOR NEIGHBOR DALLAS
DOWELL.
I'VE HAD BETTER CROPS, I DON'T THINK I'VE HAD PRETTIER CROPS.
PAINTING FIELDS HUES OF RED AND GOLD, THE GRAIN
SORGHUM IS HEADED OUT...AND HARVEST IS QUICKLY
APPROACHING.
WE SHOULD START HERE IN THE NEXT 2-3 WEEKS I THINK
DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER BUT THINGS LOOK LIKE THEY'RE GOING TO
BE CURED OUT AND DRIED DOWN BY THEN.
AFTER CROP FAILURES THREE OF THE LAST FOUR
YEARS, 2015 AND IT'S PLENTIFUL WATER--IS HELPING
CALM NERVES AND REINVIGORATE A COMMUNITY.
WE WENT FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS THERE PEOPLE WERE VERY
DEPRESSED AND JUST KIND OF IN A FOUL MOOD. JUST HARD. AND IF A
RAIN CAME BY AND MISSED YOU YOU WERE REALLY IN A BAD MOOD.
USDA ESTIMATES NEW MEXICO SORGHUM HARVEST
WILL JUMP ALMOST 40 PERCENT THIS YEAR---AND THE
CROP WAS RATED NEARLY 90 PERCENT GOOD TO
EXCELLENT IN MID-SEPTEMBER. HAY IS ALSO MUCH
IMPROVED.
NOT ONLY WERE WE NOT MAKING CROPS BUT WE WERE TRYING TO
HOLD ON TO OUR CATTLE AND SHEEP. AND WE WERE BUYING TRUCK LOADS
OF HAY AND FEED ALL THE TIME. WHERE TODAY WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO
PRODUCE OUR OWN HAY AND OWN GRAIN FOR WINTER FEED.
EVEN AS YEAR END APPROACHES, PRODUCERS HERE
ARE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY CARRYING A LIGHTER
LOAD...
THERE'S ENOUGH RESIDUAL TO HAVE WATER AGAIN NEXT
YEAR...SO WE CAN KIND OF PLAN ON AT LEAST BEING ABLE TO
FARM NEXT YEAR.
A FORECAST THAT SEEMS ALMOST AS FOREIGN AS THE
STANDING WATER AND MUDDY FIELDS.
IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT SO RECENTLY FELT LIKE IT
WOULD NEVER BLOOM AGAIN.
Outro:
SORGHUM HARVEST IS EXPECTED TO START IN THE
NEXT WEEK OR TWO.
UP NEXT WE'RE HEADED OVER TO THE AGRIBUSINESS
DESK...WHERE ANDY SHISSLER SAYS SOME FARM
POLICY DECISIONS IN CHINA COULD REALLY IMPACT
EXPORTS OF SHORGHUM FROM THE U.S.
AND LATER A MICHIGAN FARMER HAS TO SLOW
HARVEST DOWN AFTER HE STUMBLES ACROSS AN
ANCIENT ANIMAL BURRIED IN HIS SOYBEAN FIELD.
THAT STORY TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.
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AgriBusiness Desk with Clinton Griffiths and Andy Shissler:
ANDY SHISSLER OUR GUEST THIS MORNING AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK,
S AND W TRADING. ANDY, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SORGHUM MARKET,
BECAUSE WE KNOW CHINA HAS SEEN A LOT OF DEMAND FOR SORGHUM
OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. DOES THAT CARRY ON, IS THAT GOING TO
HOLD? WE'VE HEARD IT HAS SOFTENED A LITTLE BIT.>> WELL, THERE'S A
REASON IT'S SOFTENED AND IT'S A BIG PICTURE THING AND IT HAS TO DO
WITH ALL THEIR FARM POLICY AND RESTRUCTURING OF EVERYTHING THAT THEY
ARE GOING TO DO INTERNALLY WITH ALL THAT STUFF THIS YEAR. THERE
WASN'T QUOTAS AND LICENSING ON SORGHUM PREVIOUSLY AND SO THAT'S
ALL GOING TO CHANGE AND SO CHINA'S GOT A FAIR AMOUNT OF CORN FOR
A CARRY OUT IN THEIR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW AND THEY CAN'T REALLY ALLOW
THE SORGHUM MARKET TO COME IN HERE AND THE CORN MARKET TO
COME IN HERE UNLICENSED AND THE DDG MARKET UNLICENSED
AGAINST THE CROP THEY HAVE GOT SITTING IN GOVERNMENT STOCKS AND
IT'S LIKE THEY WANT TO EITHER MINIMIZE THE TARGET PRICE FOR CORN IN
THEIR COUNTRY THIS YEAR, SO LOWER IT TOWARDS MORE CLOSELY
RESEMBLES THE GLOBAL MARKET AND THERE WAS NO RESTRICTIONS ON
SORGHUM, SO YOU SAW A LOT MORE DEMAND ON THE SORGHUM SIDE,
THAN THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT REALLY WANTED AND SO THEY HAVE
GOT TO PUT A HAMMER ON THAT. AND THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE SEEN THE
BASIS DROP AND SORGHUM HERE IS LIKE 'WHERE DID ALL THE DEMAND
GO?' I'M LIKE WELL YOU HAVE TO GET SOME SERIOUS PERMISSION TO
BUY SORGHUM NOW AND THAT'S A REALLY BIG BARRIER IN THE DEMAND
MARKET FOR SORGHUM, SO THEY WANT TO REALLY ELIMINATE THE TARGET
PRICE ALL TOGETHER AND GO TO A DIRECT SUBSIDY TO THE FARMER AND
IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO TAKE A COUPLE OF YEARS TO DO IT. I DON'T KNOW
THAT ANY OF THIS STUFF IS ANNOUNCED, BUT THIS IS ALL STUFF THAT'S
GOING ON, BUT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET LICENSING TO BUY ANY
KIND OF CORN PRODUCT TO GO IN THERE OR ANYTHING SIMILAR TO THAT.
YOU DON'T SEE THAT IN SOY BEANS, BECAUSE THEY DON'T GROW VERY
MANY BEANS, SO YOU DON'T HAVE ANY COMPETITION. YOU DON'T HAVE
A BLACK MARKET THAT YOU CAN RUN INTO OR TRY TO SELL STUFF INTO THE
GOVERNMENT STOCKS OR ARBITRAGE FROM U.S. INTO CHINA. IT'S LIKE
THAT'S A BIG ISSUE WITH SORGHUM AND WITH CORN FOR THAT MATTER AND
THAT'S WHY WE SAW A LOT OF CORN PURCHASES A FEW YEARS AGO AND
YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SINCE, BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? IF YOU GET
LICENSING AND THERE AREN'T ANY LICENSES TO GET IT APPROVED AND
THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE, SO THAT COULD BE A BIG ISSUE FOR THE
SORGHUM AND THE CORN DEMAND GOING THROUGH THIS YEAR, BECAUSE
YOU MAY SEE CHINA SELL A LOT OF THOSE PRODUCTS INTO THE
SOUTHEAST ASIAN MARKET AS OPPOSED TO BUYING STUFF OVER HERE.
OK, SO SOMETHING TO BE WATCHING AS WE GO FORWARD.
APPRECIATE IT, ANDY. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A
MINUTE.

FOR ONE-ON-ONE MARKETING ADVICE, CALL ANDY SHISSLER WITH S&W
TRADING AT 312-506-3888.

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National weather:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY CINDI CLAWSON FILLING IN
TODAY. CINDI WE SAW ALL OF THAT RAIN LAST WEEK
OVER ON THE EAST COAST. LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT START
TO DRY OUT JUST A LITTLE BIT. YES LOOKS LIKE THEY
AT LEAST WILL HAVE A COUPLE OF DRY DAYS AND THEY
NEED IT DEFINITELY. HISTORIC FLOODING THAT WAS
ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. SO IT LOOKS LIKE AT LEAST SOME
GOOD NEWS FOR THE SOUTHEAST FOR A FEW DAYS.
FAIRLY DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF THE
COUNTRY I WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAPS HERE. AND
AT LEAST IN THE EARLY GOING TODAY MOST OF THE
RAIN IS GOING TO BE OUT OF THE FOUR CORNERS
REGION WHEN YOU HAVE AN UPPER LEVEL LOW THAT'S
BEEN HELPING TO SHOOT SOME MOISTURE UP THERE.
WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING A COLD FRONT THAT'S
GOING TO BE MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF
STATES. NOT REALLY PACKING MUCH IN THE WAY OF
MOISTURE ALONG IT. A COUPLE OF HIGH PRESSURES
ON EITHER SIDE OF IT. BUT AS WE PROGRESS INTO THE
FUTURE AND AS WE GET INTO WEDNESDAY WE'RE
GOING TO START TO SEE A LOW DEVELOPING OVER
INTO NORTHERN MONTANA AND INTO SOUTHERN
CANADA AND THAT IS GOING TO START TO INTERACT
WITH SOME OF THIS MOISTURE AND WE'LL START TO
PICK UP SOME OF THAT AS IT STARTS TO HEAD INTO
THE NORTHERN PLAINS. SO WE'LL WATCH THE
PROGRESSION OF SOME OF THIS MOISTURE A LITTLE
BIT FURTHER EASTWARD SO WE MIGHT ACTUALLY SEE
SOME MORE RAIN AS WE GET INTO CENTRAL TEXAS ALL
THE WAY UP THROUGH THE PLAINS AND ESPECIALLY
WITH THIS LOW AS IT CONTINUES ITS PROGRESS
FURTHER TO THE EAST. NOW AS FAR AS THE ESTIMATE
OF PRECIPITATION THIS IS THE PAST 24 HOURS AND AS
WE ADD THE NEXT 24 HOURS TO IT ITS REALLY GOING
TO BE THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. YOU CAN SEE THAT
MOISTURE SPREADING OFF TO THE EAST. AND
EVENTUALLY YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME OF THAT
MOISTURE BEING PICKED UP BY THAT LOW IN THE
NORTHERN PLAINS OF COURSE WE'LL BE SEEING MORE
BEYOND THAT TIME FRAME. HERE'S A LOOK AT
TEMPERATURES AND ONE THING YOU'LL NOTICE IS
THAT WE'RE NOT REALLY SEEING ANY EXTREME
TEMPERATURES. EVERYBODY IS AT LEAST
COMFORTABLE OUT THERE. MAYBE A LITTLE WARM IN
THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BUT WE'RE NOT DEALING WITH
THE 90S OR TRIPLE DIGITS ANYMORE AND WE'RE NOT
REALLY DEALING WITH ANYTHING REALLY COLD UP
NORTH. EVERYBODY IS WELL...MODERATE IF YOU WILL.
AND EVEN INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WE SEE THOSE
LOW TEMPERATURES ONLY DOWN INTO THE MID 40'S
FOR THE COOLEST THAT WE SEE. MAYBE SOME HIGHER
ELEVATIONS MIGHT SEE SOME COLDER TEMPERATURES
THERE. BUT MOST FOLKS ARE ACTUALLY PRETTY
COMFORTABLE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ITS
GOING TO CONTINUE INTO TOMORROW AS WELL. AND IF
YOU LOOK AT THE JET STREAM YOU CAN FIND OUT WHY.
MOST OF THE COLD AIR IS ACTUALLY TRAPPED UP INTO
CANADA WE KIND OF HAVE THE ZONAL FLOW GOING ON
AND THAT MEANS WE DON'T REALLY SEE A WHOLE LOT
OF ACTIVE WEATHER ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AS WE
GET TO LATER IN THE WEEK YOU'LL SEE THAT TROUGH
COMING THROUGH AND THAT'S THAT SYSTEM THAT WE
WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT WILL EVENTUALLY MOVE
THROUGH THAT GREAT LAKES REGION. SO STILL NO
REAL COLD COMING IN OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO.
THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST NOW
LETS CHECK OUT THE FORECAST WHERE YOU LIVE.
Regional forecast:
SHIPROCK, NEW MEXICO MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SOME
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TODAY
WITH A HIGH OF 73 DEGREES. WINONA, MISSISSIPPI
MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A HIGH OF 86
DEGREES AND MADISON WEST VIRGINIA MOSTLY SUNNY
AND PLEASANT WITH A HIGH OF 75.

AFTER THE BREAK, IT'S OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT
INCLUDING SOME TOUGH NEWS FOR WORKERS AT A
CHEESE PLANT IN WISCONSIN.
AND LATER FIND OUT WHY A MICHIGAN FARMER IS
SPENDING TIME IN THE DIRT WHEN HE SHOULD BE IN
THE CAB OF HIS COMBINE CUTTING SOYBEANS.
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Dairy Today report:
IN OUR DAIRY TODAY REPORT, OF COURSE THERE
PLENTY OF FOCUS ON THE TRANS PACIFIC
PARTNERSHIP...BUT WORK CONTINUES HERE AT HOME.
ACCORDING TO USDA, U.S. PROCESSORS MAKING 974
MILLION POUNDS IN AUGUST.
THAT'S ABOUT 3 AND HALF PERCENT ABOVE LAST YEAR,
BUT DOWN A BIT FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
BUTTER PRODUCTION CONTINUING TO FALL--TIPPING
SCALES IN AUGUST AT 129 MILLION POUNDS...ABOUT A
PERCENT LOWER THAN LAST YEAR.

IN PLYMOTH WISCONSIN, IT LOOKS LIKE ABOUT 300
PEOPLE WILL BE LOOKING FOR WORK AT THE END OF
THE YEAR.
DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICAN SAYS ITS PLANNING TO
CLOSE IT'S CHEESE PLANT THERE.
IT MAKES BORDEN CHEESE AND OTHER PRIVATE LABEL
PRODUCTS.
DFA SAYS THE FACILITY IS AGING AND COMBINED WITH
DATED INFRASTRUCUTURE AND TECHNOLOGY IT'S HARD
TO JUSTIFY KEEPING IT OPEN.
THAT PLYMOTH FACILITY HAS BEEN IN OPERATION
SINCE 1954.

SPEAKING OF EATING LESS...THE BUREAU OF LABOR
STATISTICS SAYS U.S. PER CAPITA BEEF CONSUMPTION
WILL DROP BELOW 54 POUNDS A PERSON.
THAT'S THE LOWEST MARK SINCE THE DATA STARTED
BEING COLLECTED BACK IN 1970.
STEAKS AT SUPERMARKETS AVERAGING 7-DOLLARS 91
CENTS PER POUND IN AUGUST---JUST FIVE CENTS SHY
OF THE RECORD SET IN JULY.

WHEN WE COME BACK, A JOB DIGGING IN A MICHIGAN
FIELD HAS TURNED INTO A SIGNIFICANT SCIENTIFIC
FIND.
I'LL EXPLAIN, NEXT.
AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA, MAKERS OF
VIKING SIDE BY SIDES. YAMAHA-REAL WORLD TOUGH
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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
In the Country:
A FARMER IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN CAME ACROSS A
RARE FIND IN HIS SOYBEAN FIELD.
HE AND A BUDDY WERE DIGGING DOWN WHEN THEY UNCOVERED
SOME BONES.
AS IT TURNS-OUT THOSE BONES WERE THE REMAINS OF
A WOOLLY MAMMOTH.
A TEAM OF PALEONTOLOGISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY
OF MICHIGAN HAVE RECOVERED A SIGNIFICANT
PORTION OF THE ELEPHANT-LIKE SKELETON.
THE CHIEF "DIGGER" EXPLAINS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF
THIS FIND.
"WHAT WE FOUND HERE IS A PARTIAL SKELETON OF A WOOLLY MAMMOTH.
IT WAS AN ADULT MALE, PROBABLY IN ITS 40S AT THE TIME OF ITS DEATH."
"PROBABLY LIVED BETWEEN 10,000 AND 15,000 YEARS AGO. IT'S NOT
ALL OF THE ANIMAL. IN FACT, IT'S THE SKULL, THE JAW, THE TUSKS, MANY OF
THE VERTEBRAE, NOT ALL OF THEM. MANY OF THE RIBS, NOT ALL OF THEM.
SOME OF THE PELVIS. PART OF ONE SHOULDER BLADE. ACTUALLY, PART OF
THE OTHER SHOULDER BLADE, TOO. ONE KNEE CAP.
"OTHER THAN THAT ONE KNEE CAP AND THE SHOULDER BLADES AND
PELVIS, WE HAVE NOTHING OF THE FORELIMBS OR HIND LIMBS, NO FEET.
SO THOSE ARE PARTS THAT ARE SOMEWHERE ELSE. THEY COULD BE
MORE DISTANT, BURIED HERE AT THE SITE."
"IT COULD BE THAT THEY WERE EATEN RIGHT AFTER THE ANIMAL WAS
ACQUIRED. OUR WORKING HYPOTHESIS FOR WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH
HERE IS A PARTIAL SKELETON. THE PIECES HAVING BEEN BROUGHT TO
THIS PLACE BY ANCIENT HUMANS FOR STORAGE OF CARCASS PARTS IN A
POND. IT WAS THEIR INTENT TO COME BACK LATER AND RETRIEVE THIS
WHEN THEY NEEDED FRESH MEAT."
ONE ELEMENT OF HOW BIG A DEAL IT IS WILL DEPEND ON THE GEOLOGIC
AGE OF THE SPECIMEN WHEN WE GET IT DATED. WE DON'T KNOW THAT
YET. IT MIGHT SORT OF STRETCH BACKWARD IN TIME OUR IDEA OF WHEN
HUMANS WERE HERE IN MICHIGAN AND ACTIVE IN THIS SORT OF WAY."
"I WOULD SAY, BEING ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HUMANS WERE HERE
AND ESPECIALLY IF IT TURNS OUT THEY WERE HERE WELL BACK IN TIME,
THOSE WILL BE THINGS THAT WORK TO MAKE THIS MORE AND MORE
IMPORTANT."
THE FARMER TOLD THE RESEARCHERS THEY HAD TWO
DAYS TO GET THE SKELETON REMOVED BECAUSE HE'S
UNDER THE GUN TO GET HIS BEANS OUT OF THE FIELD.
Close:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE
GLAD YOU TUNED IN.
FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND AL PELL. I'M CLINTON
GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WEDNESDAY ON AGDAY WE MAKE OUR NEXT STOP ON THE I-80 HARVEST TOUR. THIS TIME WE'RE GAUGING THE CROPS OF NORTHERN INDIANA.
AND FIND OUT WHY IT'S BEEN SO DIFFICULT TO GET WHEAT PRICES TO RALLY.
WATCH US WEEKDAYS HERE ON AGDAY.

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