AgDay Daily Recap -September 23, 2016

July 7, 2016 02:57 AM
 

HEADLINES

TODAY ON AGDAY--HARVEST HANGUPS. HEAVY RAINS DRENCHES PARTS OF THE COUNTRY JUST AS COMBINES START TO ROLL. COULD U.S. BEEF BE HEADED FOR CHINESE PORTS? IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, HARVEST MARKETS. WE'VE GOT HARVEST STARTED IN THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT AND SO FAR IT'S KIND OF A MIXED BAG. FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE IS MONITORING WHEAT NUTRIENTS BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND. AND CALIFORNIA DAIRY FARMERS ARE DIVERSIFYING THEIR OPERATIONS BY GROWING ALMONDS. WE'LL EXPLAIN ON AGDAY.

CORN BELT RAINS DELAY HARVEST
AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HARVEST COMES TO A SLOPPY HALT IN PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AS VERY HEAVY RAINS SOAK THE REGION. AND THIS MAY JUST BE THE BEGINNING OF A LONG STRETCH OF RAIN THAT WILL PUT HARVEST BEHIND. MUCH OF SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA HAS BEEN UNDER A FLOOD WATCH OR WARNING AFTER TORRENTIAL RAIN SWAMPED THE REGION. THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION POSTED THIS FOOTAGE OF FLOODED HIGHWAY 14 NEAR THE TOWN OF WASECA. YOU CAN SEE HOW HEAVY RAIN POOLED INTO THIS AREA WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY HARVEST-READY CROPS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS OFFICIAL RAIN TOTALS HIT AT LEAST THREE INCHES. BUT WE RECEIVED REPORTS OF SOME RAIN GAUGES FILLING-UP OVER A FOOT. TIM MALTERER FROM JANESVILLE, MINNESOTA SAYS HE RECEIVED 13 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS ON HIS FARM. HE SAYS HE THINKS THIS RAIN EVENT CAME EARLY ENOUGH THAT DAMAGE SHOULD BE MINIMAL. BUT THE LONGER THEY'RE OUT OF THE FIELD, THE WORSE IT'LL BE. THE SAME STORM HIT PARTS OF WISCONIN WITH SIMILAR RAIN TOTALS. ALL OF THIS RAIN IS LIKELY TO END UP IN RIVERS AND STREAMS RAISING THE POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING DOWNSTREAM. RAISING THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD FLOODING DOWN STREAM. THE ARMY CORPS SAYS IT'S KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON LEVELS. IF IT GETS ABOVE A CERTAIN LEVEL, THEN THERE'S PREPARATIONS WE HAVE TO DO. WE'LL WATCH THE FORECAST AND MAKE THAT JUDGEMENT. IF IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE TO TAKE ACTION, WE WILL. RIGHT NOW IT'S NOT FORECASTED TO GO ABOVE ANYTHING WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE SPECIFIC ACTION OTHER THAN TO TAKE OUR DAM OUT OF OPERATION. SO THEN WHAT WE MEAN BY THAT IS IT'S A FREE-FLOWING RIVER AGAIN. WE'RE NOT HOLDING WATER BACK. EASTERN IOWA FARMERS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING RAINDROPS EVEN BEFORE THIS LARGE RAIN EVENT. WHILE THEY ARE ROLLING IN THE FIELDS, FARMERS SAY THEY'VE ALREADY HAD TO PARK THEIR MACHINERY A COUPLE OF TIMES THIS HARVEST DUE TO RAIN. SEEMS LIKE IT RAINS EVERY THREE DAYS AND FOGGY EVERY MORNING. WE'VE BEEN IN QUITE THE PRECIPITATION ROTATION IT SEEMS LIKE. 24 > IT WOULD BE NICE TO BREAK THIS RAIN CYCLE. EVERY 4 TO 5 DAYS WE'VE BEEN GETTING A MEASURABLE AMOUNT OF RAIN AND I THINK WE CAN GET BACK TO A DRIER PATTERN. WE'RE HOPING THAT WE CAN HAVE 7,8,9 DAYS IN A ROW TOGETHER WITHOUT RAIN VERSUS FOUR OR FIVE. 57 > JUDISCH SAYS HE RECEIVED 2-AND-A-HALF INCHES OF RAIN THURSDAY MORNING. FARMERS RECEIVED ROUGHLY 12 TO 13 INCHES OF RAIN JUST 40  MILES FROM HIM WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE ON THE WAY. WHILE THE RAINFALL LET-UP THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS A POTENT COLD FRONT WILL SWING THROUGH THE REGION BY SUNDAY MORNING, BRINGING ADDITIONAL ROUNDS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN OVER THE  WEEKEND. OUR OWN MIKE HOFFMAN SAID ON THURSDAY THAT THE UPCOMING WEEK COULD BE A MESS. "HERE IS THE JET STREAM A VERY SLOW MOVING TROUGH YOU CAN SEE THAT'S  WHAT THE SYSTEM COMING INTO THE PLAINS AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS IT DIVES INTO THIS CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND SITS THERE LATER NEXT WEEK. THAT COULD BE BAD NEWS FOR THOSE OF YOU TRYING TO GET SOME CROPS OUT OF THE FIELD IN THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN CORN BELT.>  PROBLEMS ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE UPPER MIDWEST. NOAA SAYS THAT SYSTEM COULD ALSO BRING SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL AS FAR  SOUTH AS TEXAS. THE UNTIMELY RAIN COULD DAMAGE OPEN COTTON BOLLS WHICH SITS AT 31PERCENT  STATEWIDE. COTTON HARVEST IS NINE PERCENT. NOW AN UPDATE ON LAST MONTHS FLOODING IN LOUISIANA. USDA DECLARING ELEVEN PARISHES AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS. THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS 12 ADJACENT PARISH ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR  ASSISTANCE FROM FARM SERVICE AGENCY. THE LSU AGCENTER'S LATEST ESTIMATE PUT CROP LOSSES AT 277-MILLION DOLLARS. MONDAY ON AGDAY WE'LL CHECK ON SWEET POTATO HARVEST IN LOUISIANA. IT'S THE FOURTH LEADING PRODUCER IN THE U-S. FIND OUT HOW MUCH IMPACT THE RECORD RAINFALL HAD ON THAT CROP.

CHINA ALLOWING U.S. BEEF
AFTER 13 YEARS, NEW INDICATIONS THAT CHINA MAY BE PREPARING TO LIFT ITS LONG STANDING BAN ON U.S. BEEF.  ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CATTLEMAN'S BEEF ASSOCIATION, AN ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT INDICATES THEY WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING U.S. BEEF FROM ANIMALS UNDER 30 MONTHS OF AGE. THE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY A CHINESE OFFICIAL DURING A SPEECH IN NEW YORK THIS WEEK. CHINA'S BAN ON U-S BEEF STARTED IN 2003 AFTER THE B-S-E SCARE. IT IS CURRENTLY THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST BUYER OF BEEF. THE OFFICIAL SAID CHINA RECOGNIZES THE US HAS VERY GOOD BEEF, SO WHY SHOULD IT DENY CUSTOMERS THAT CHOICE. NCBA CALLS THE STATEMENT POSITIVE BUT SAY THERE ARE TECHNICAL NEGOTIATIONS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO FORMALLY APPROVE EXPORT CERTIFICATES.

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES. AS WE MENTIONED... COMBINES ARE ROLLING BUT DODGING RAIN DROPS. CINDI CLAWSON HAS AN UPDATE IN THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. LET'S START OFF IN COGGIN, IOWA. THIS CREW IS ON THE MOVE -TRYING TO GET SOYBEANS OUT OF THE FIELD BECAUSE THEY'RE FIGHTING RAINDROPS. FARMERS NORTH OF CEDAR FALLS, IOWA TOLD US THEY RECEIVED ROUGHLY 13 INCHES OF RAIN OVERNIGHT EARLIER IN THE WEEK WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE. MOVING OVER TO BURROWS, INDIANA. JASON SCOTT SAYS HARVEST IS SLOW GOING SO FAR. THAT'S DUE TO RAIN, TOO MUCH DEW AND HUMIDITY IN THE MORNING. USDA SAYS AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 7 PERCENT OF INDIANA'S CORN CROP AND 2 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP HAS BEEN HARVESTED. MYFARMTV IS THE GO TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. THE BEST NEWS, MARKET ANALYSIS AND STORIES FROM RURAL AMERICA IS NOW IN YOUR HANDS. WATCH IT ON YOUR PHONE, TABLET, OR DESKTOP ANYWHERE ANYTIME. DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY.

TEASE
THE TEAM FROM PRO FARMER JOIN US NEXT WITH A LOOK AT EARLY HARVEST RESULTS AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR MARKETS. AND LATER, WE'LL CHECK IN ON ALMOND HARVEST IN CALIFORNIA WHERE DAIRY FARMERS ARE HOPING TO SHAKE UP THEIR BALANCE SHEETS BY ADDING THE HIGH DEMAND TREE NUTS TO THEIR PRODUCT MIX.

AGRIBUSINESS
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA -MAKERS OF VIKING SIDEBY-SIDES. YAMAHA -REAL WORLD TOUGH. WE KNOW SUMMER CROP HARVEST IS UNDERWAY IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. IN TODAY'S PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING, CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN  GRETE JOIN US TO DISCUSS THE EARLY RESULTS AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR MARKETS. BRIAN WE'VE GOT HARVEST STARTED IN THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT AND AND SO FAR IT'S IT'S KIND OF A MIXED BAG ON CORN BUT BOY IT SURE FEELS LIKE IT IS LEANING UP. YET IN I A LOT OF TALK IS YOU KNOW IT'S BIGGER THAN LAST YEAR, NOT QUITE AS BIG AS TWENTY FOURTEEN, AND AND THAT'S WHAT WE FOUND ON CROP TOUR. I MEAN THAT MATCHES RIGHT UP WITH WITH OUR NUMBERS THERE COMING OUT OF THAT THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST. LET'S LOOK AT TWO DIFFERENT STATES IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS WHERE WE GET A GOOD READ ON FROM FROM WHAT'S TAKEN PLACE SO FAR WHAT DO YOU HEARING OUT OF ILLINOIS? ABOUT THOSE THOSE LONG ALONG THOSE LINES YOU KNOW. IT'S NOT AS GOOD AS WHAT THE RECORD WAS IN TWENTY FOURTEEN EVEN THOUGH THAT'S WHERE USDA STILL HASN'T ESTIMATED AT THAT TWO HUNDRED A BUSHEL PER ACRE BUT IT'S BETTER THAN WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR SO I I THINK THAT WHAT WE WILL PROBABLY SEE IN ILLINOIS COME DOWN A LITTLE BIT FROM WHERE USDA IS CURRENTLY AT. YET NOW LET'S GO OVER TO NEBRASKA.SOME OF DRY LAND YIELDS ARE GOOD BUT NOT GREAT. OKAY. MAYBE EVEN BELOW A.P.H. - THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS WHAT'S OUT THERE IN THOSE IRRIGATED FIELD. AND OF COURSE THERE HASN'T BEEN A LOT OF IRRIGATED CORN STARTED YET BUT IT IT FEELS LIKE THAT DRY LAND YIELD IN NEBRASKA, IT MIGHT IT'S NOT PUSHING UP AS MUCH AS I'D THOUGHT IT MIGHT. AND THEN HERE IN IOWA I THINK THERE'S SOME STRANGE THINGS GOING ON AT LEAST IN OUR PART OF THE WORLD. THE LIGHTER SOILS APPEARED TO BE YIELDING EVEN BETTER THAN THE HEAVIER NORMALLY HIGHER YIELDING SOILS YET IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE ABOUT BE THE CASE BUT YOU LOOK BACK OVER THE SUMMER AND WE HAD A LOT OF CONSISTENT RAINS. A LOT OF THESE ONE AND ONE HALF INCH RAINS. IT WASN'T TOO HEAVY, YOU KNOW, BUT WE NEVER WENT ANY EXTENDED PERIOD. SO MAYBE SOME THOSE HEAVIER SOILS WITH THE HOLDING CAPACITY DID GET A LITTLE BIT SATURATED AND SOME LIGHTER SOILS THAT TYPICALLY DRY OUT HAD ENOUGH RAINFALL IN A TIMELY MANNER TO KEEP THEM WELL SUPPLIED WITH MOISTURE. NOW WE'VE HEARD A LITTLE BIT A DISAPPOINTING YIELDS ESPECIALLY OUT IN NEBRASKA IN SOME CORN YIELDS BUT THESE EARLY BEAN YIELDS DUDE. THEY'RE BIG. THEY'RE REALLY BIG. AND YOU SEE PICTURES OF THOSE DRIED DOWN SOYBEANS AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THEY LOOK LIKE A PHOTO SHOP BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST LOADED TOP TO BOTTOM WITH ALL THESE PODS AND THEY'RE BIG PODS AT THAT. IT'S A RECORD YIELD THIS YEAR ON SOYBEANS IT'S JUST A MATTER OF HOW BIG IT IS I THINK AT THIS POINT IN TIME IN AND DAY YOU KNOW WE MIGHT NOT KNOW UNTIL A YEAR FROM NOW IN SEPTEMBER OF SEVENTEEN HOW BIG IT ACTUALLY WAS. OK A BIG CROP ALREADY FACTORED IN BEAN PRICES? I THINK SO. I THINK THERE'S PROBABLY A LOW BIT MORE RISK MAYBE ON SOYBEANS THAN ON CORN THAT WE DROP AND TAKE OUT  THAT SEPTEMBER ONE LOW BUT EVEN WITH THAT SAID IT IT'S BIG SUPPLY VERSUS BIG DEMAND RIGHT NOW. AND I THINK BIG SUPPLY WILL WIN SHORT TERM. BIG DEMAND WILL EVENTUALLY WIN IN LONG TERM. OK IT'S VERY EARLY IN THE PROCESS BUT WE'RE STARTING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS CORN AND SOYBEAN CROP. WE'VE GOT AN UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN AHEAD OF US WE'VE GOT TO GET TO AT LEAST A THIRD HARVESTED ON BOTH CORN AND SOYBEANS BEFORE WE CAN REALLY START TO ZERO IN ON WHAT THE SCALE TICKETS ARE TELLING US. FOR BRIAN GRETE AND ALL THE EDITORS AT PRO FARMER IN CEDAR FALLS IOWA ON CHIP FLORY.

NATIONAL WEATHER
CINDI CLAWSON FILLING IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN TODAY. AND SHE HAS OUR FRIDAY FOOTBALL FORECAST AS WE LOOK AT SOME STATE SCHOOLS AND UPCOMING GAMES. OF COURSE A BIG WEEKEND FOR FOOTBALL AND SO WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE FORECASTS. WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE. THAT'S A NOON KICKOFF BUT THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR SHOWERS. IF YOU ARE HEADING THERE, YOU MIGHT BRING A PONCHO JUST IN CASE. BY THE FOURTH QUARTER WE'RE LOOKING AT SEVENTY ONE DEGREES SO A VERY COMFORTABLE FOOTBALL GAME THERE. FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE A LITTLE WARMER FOR YOU. A THREE THIRTY KICKOFF NINETY TWO DEGREES AT KICKOFF. WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING EIGHTY TWO BY THE FOURTH QUARTER. BUT IT ISN'T LOOKING LIKE ANY WEATHER PROBLEMS FOR YOU. THEN AS WE HEAD INTO ARKANSAS AT TEXAS A AND M, GOING TO BE SEEING SOME CLOUDS. WILL BE WARM AND HUMID KICKOFF AT EIGHTY ONE. FOURTH QUARTER AT SEVENTY SEVEN DEGREES. THAT IS A NIGHT GAME. WHILE ON TO THE FORECAST NOW A  LOT OF A LOT OF EYES HAVE BEEN ON THE NORTH CENTRAL UNITED STATES AND EVEN INTO SOME OF THOSE PLAINS STATES. WE HAVE A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT'S GOING BE BRINGING SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FROM MONTANA DOWN INTO PARTS OF COLORADO. YOU CAN SEE THE COLD FRONT STRETCHING DOWN INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. BUT THIS FRONT HAS NOT MADE A LOT OF MOVEMENT AND THAT'S WHAT'S HELPED TO DRIVE SOME OF THAT HEAVY RAIN IN PARTS OF THAT WE'VE HEARD OF MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN AND THE OTHER PORTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS THAT HAVE BEEN BRINGING SOME REALLY REALLY HEAVY RAIN. HIGH PRESSURE IS KEEPING THINGS PRETTY HIGH AND DRY IN MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST AND INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. NOW AS WE GET THIS MOVING AND WE'RE GONNA SEE THE COLD FRONT DIP A LITTLE BIT FURTHER TO THE SOUTH AND REALLY THE WHOLE FRONT DOESN'T MAKE A TON OF OF MOVEMENT. WE'LLL CONTINUE TO SEE THE THREAT FOR RAIN IN THE DAKOTAS AND MINNESOTA BACK INTO PARTS OF MONTANA, AND ALSO INTO WYOMING. AND AS WE HEAD INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WE'RE GONNA SEE THAT LOW CONTINUING TO MOVE NORTH AND EVENTUALLY GONNA SEE THIS PUSHING A LITTLE BIT FURTHER TO THE EAST AND IT WILL PICK UP A LITTLE BIT SOME GULF MOISTURE AS WE GET INTO SATURDAY. SO IT'S SOMETHING DEFINITELY THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE WATCHING IN THE PLAINS STATES AND MUCH OF THE CORN BELT AS WELL. HERE'S A LOOK THEN AT YOUR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE IT'S BEEN KINDA ALONG THAT COLD WAR BUT ESPECIALLY CLOSER TO WHERE THAT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS AND ADDING ON THE NEXT TWENTY FOUR HOURS, YOU COULD SEE REALLY RIGHT AROUND THAT LOW IS WHERE WE SEE THE HEAVIEST AND WHEN IT STARTS TO PICK UP THAT GULF MOISTURE INTO PARTS OF THE PLAINS STATES. ALRIGHT LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES BOY WHAT A DIFFERENCE WE HAVE NINETIES ALONG THE GULF COASTS AND FIFTIES FOR HIGHS AS YOU GET INTO PARTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THE FALL LIKE WEATHER RIGHT ALONG  THE BORDER WITH CANADA. HEADING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WE'RE  GOING TO BE SAYING THOSE TEMPERATURES ON THE COOL SIDE, CLOSE TO FIFTY DEGREES IN PARTS OF THE WEST AND EVEN INTO THE PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST. IT'S STILL PRETTY WARM AND MUGGY IN THE NATION'S MID SECTION. AND THEN INTO TOMORROW CAN BE KINDA SIMILAR WITH THAT HEAT REMAINING IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. A QUICK LOOK AT THE JET STREAM WE HAVE THAT CUT OFF LOW. ALL EYES ARE ON THAT WE'RE GOING TO WATCH THAT  CONTINUING TO PULL ACROSS TO THE EAST SO WE'RE GONNA BE SEEING SOME FAIRLY STORMY WEATHER IN SOME OF THE AREAS THAT HAVE A LOT OF RAIN OVER THIS PAST WEEK. AND IT STILL LOOKS LIKE SOME WARM WEATHER FROM THE NATION'S MIDSECTION BY THE END OF THE WEEK. THAT'S LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST NOW LET'S CHECK ON SOME LOCAL CITIES.

REGIONAL WEATHER
CUTBANK, MONTANA CLOUDY AND WARMER WITH SOME RAIN FOR YOU TODAY ESPECIALLY IN THE EARLY HALF OF THE DAY WITH A HIGH OF FIFTY SIX DEGREES. HOT IN NEWPORT ARKANSAS TODAY WITH A LOT OF SUNSHINE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF NINETY ONE DEGREES. AND WELCH WEST VIRGINIA LOOK FOR SOME FOG THIS MORNING OTHERWISE WARM.

TEASE
NO GREAT AMERICAN BARN TODAY -BUT WE DO WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ! DO YOU HAVE A BARN DEEPLY ROOTED TO YOUR FAMILY HISTORY? WE'D LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT IT. SEND YOUR STORY AND A PHOTO TO GREAT AMERICAN BARNS AT AGDAY DOT COM. WHEN WE COME BACK THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING PLANT HEALTHY BY CHECKING NUTRIENT LEVELS IN WHEAT. AND LATER, DROUGHT OR NOT, ALMONDS CONTINUE TO THRIVE IN CALIFORNIA. WE'LL CHECK IN ON HARVEST AT A LOCAL DAIRY--DETAILS STILL TO COME.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
FOR A BETTER RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND HIGHER YIELD POTENTIAL, HOLD YOUR GROUND WITH AVAIL PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER ENHANCER. VISIT VLSCI.COM TO LEARN MORE.AS WINTER WHEAT GOES IN THE GROUND AND STARTS TO EMERGE, FARMERS ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON PLANT HEALTH. TODAY ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV, WHEAT AGRONOMIST PHIL NEEDHAM DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING NUTRIENT LEVELS BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND. SO WITHIN THE WHEAT FIELD THAT WE'RE STANDING IN, ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO WE TOOK SOME SOIL SAMPLES AND SOME TISSUE SAMPLES. AND BASICALLY WHAT WE DID WITHIN THIS FIELD WE PULLED SOIL CORES WITHIN SPECIFIC REGIONS AND ACCOMPANIED THOSE WITH A TISSUE TEST FROM THE SAME REGIONS WITHIN THIS FIELD ON OFTENTIMES THEY START REVEALING SOME DEFICIENCIES THAT YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE IN A SOIL TEST. SO I GUESS WHAT I'M SAYING IN IN THIS EXAMPLE -PHOS, POTASH, MAGNESIUM, CALCIUM IS GENERALLY HIGH IN THIS REGION BORON AND ZINC WE'RE GOOD. SULPHUR IN THE SOIL TEST IN THIS EXAMPLE WAS AT A LITTLE ON THE LOW SIDE. UH MANGANESE WAS HIGH. IRON WAS GOOD. COPPER WAS A LITTLE ON THE LOW SIDE BUT STILL OK. SO FROM A SOIL PERSPECTIVE MOST OF THE NUTRIENT PROFILE ACTUALLY LOOKED REALLY GOOD. HOWEVER WHEN WE START LOOKING AT A PLANT TISSUE ANALYSIS, SOME OF THE NUTRIENTS AND WE KNEW NITROGEN WAS LOW BECAUSE THIS FIELD WE STARVED A LITTLE LONGER TO TRY AND DUMP SOME OF THE TILLERS OFF. BUT IN ADDITION TO THE NITROGEN BEING LOWER, POTASH WAS A LITTLE LOWER, MAGNESIUM WAS A LITTLE LOWER, ZINC WAS LOW AND COPPER WAS LOW. OFTENTIMES ESPECIALLY IN NO TILL CONDITIONS, WE OFTEN SEE THAT THE SOIL'S A COOLER. WITH STUDIED THIS QUITE QUITE A BIT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND WE OFTEN SAY THAT SOIL TEMPERATURES ARE FIVE, SEVEN, EIGHT FAHRENHEIT COOLER. THAN CONVENTIONAL SOILS. NOT OFTEN HAS A BIG IMPACT ON NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY ESPECIALLY PHOSPHATE, ESPECIALLY MICRONUTRIENTS SO WHEN WE LOOK AT PLANT TISSUE ANALYSIS, COMPARING IT TO SOIL TEST VALUES, THERE'S DEFINITELY SOME NUTRIENTS IN THIS PROFILE WHICH A LOW, DESPITE THE FACT OF THE SOIL LEVEL SHOW ADEQUATE OR  ABOVE. SO IT GIVES US A PERSPECTIVE AN ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVE MORE INFORMATION TO HELP DO A BETTER JOB MANAGING A FIELD BECAUSE WE CAN SEE IN THIS EXAMPLE WE NEED TO PUT NITROGEN ON WE KNOW THAT. BUT IT APPEARS THAT ZINC AND COPPER WITH IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IS LOW. AND THOSE ARE NUTRIENTS THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT MAYBE DOING SOME FOLIAR WORK. MAYBE PUT ON ON SOME ZINC AND COPPER THROUGH THE SPRAY NOZZLE WHEN WE'RE APPLYING A LATER SEASON FUNGICIDE FOR EXAMPLE. WE'RE SEEING GOOD SUCCESS WITH FOLIAR ZINC PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY WHEN TISSUE OR SOIL TESTS OR BOTH SHOW UP LOW. SO WOULD BASICALLY TRY TO DO A BETTER JOB MANAGING FIELDS BY GATHERING AS MUCH GOOD INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS.

TEASE
THANKS PHIL--GREAT ADVICE THERE. WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL SEE HOW A CALIFORNIA DAIRYMAN IS DIVERSIFYING HIS RISK WITH ALMONDS.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY -BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S BX AND L SERIES COMPACT TRACTORS  AVAILABLE NOW WITH A SIX-YEAR LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY. LEARN MORE TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER. ALMOND HARVEST IS IN PROGRESS IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. GENERALLY THE EARLIER VARIETIES ARE READY IN MID-AUGUST AND HARVEST  CONTINUES THROUGHOUT OCTOBER. NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN VISITS A PRODUCER IN CHOWCHILLA, CALIFORNIA ABOUT THIS YEAR'S CROP AND WHY DAIRYMEN ARE JUMPING INTO THE BUSINESS. HARVESTERS ARE BUSY IN CHOWCHILLA, CALIFORNIA... AS THE ALMOND INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO GROW. "IT'S EXPLODED HERE THE LAST 10 TO 15 YEARS. AS FAR AS ACREAGE AND YIELDS,"IT'S AN INDUSTRY THAT DOES NOT COME NATURALLY TO PRODUCER GREG HOOKER. LIKE MANY DAIRYMEN IN CALIFORNIA, HE SAW AN OPPORTUNITY AND WENT FOR IT. "ALMONDS HAVE PAID FOR THE MILK CHECK AND VISE VERSA," "THE PRICE HAS COME DOWN ALMOST 50 PERCENT FROM ITS PEAK BUT IT'S PROFITABLE, PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST PROFITABLE CROPS TO GROW IN CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME,"HOOKER ISN'T THE ONLY DAIRYMEN GETTING INTO ALMONDS. A REPRESENTATIVE WITH WESTERN UNITED DAIRYMEN ESTIMATES 30 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA DAIRYMEN ARE DIVERSIFYING WITH A NUT CROP.  DESPITE A SLIGHT DECLINE, HOOKER SAYS HE'S EXPERIENCED RECORD PRICES THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. "THE CO'OPS ARE SAYING AT THIS PRICE DEMAND HAS PICKED UP AS WELL. SO IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'VE REACHED SOME TYPE OF EQUILIBRIUM AT THE PRICE WE'RE AT NOW," "A LOT OF DAIRYMEN HAVE ALMONDS. AS A DIVERSITY. (TAKE OUT INBETWEEN) THERE ARE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW DIFFERENT CROPS HERE, WHETHER IT'S VEGEABLES, NUTS AND CORN,"THE ALMOND BOARD OF CALIFORNIA SAYS THIS YEAR'S CROP IS FORECAST TO EXCEED 2 BILLION POUNDS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013. "LAST YEAR WE SUFFERED A LITTLE DUE TO THE DROUGHT. SOME AREAS DID. WE DID PRETTY GOOD. BUT THIS YEAR ITHINK IS GOING TO BE A RECORD CROP,"THE BOARD SAYS GROWERS HAVE REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF WATER IT TAKES TO GROW A POUND OF ALMONDS BY 33 PERCENT BUT DROUGHT AND WATER REMAIN A CONCERN. "LAST YEAR WE FALLOWED 15 PERCENT OF OUR FARMGROUND. SO THAT'S FARM GROUND THAT WE OWNED. WE'RE PAYING PROPERTY TAXES ON AND WE'VE INVESTED IN AND WE COULDNT' GROW A CROP T HERE BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE THE WATER." DAIRYMEN LIKE HOOKER ARE ALSO REAPING AN ADDED BONUS-A BY-PRODUCT TO FEED THEIR LIVESTOCK. "THIS IS THE HULL. IT'S THE FRUIT. THSI IS WHAT COWS WILL EAT. WE'LL FEED A LOT OT COWS AND HEIFERS,"> A COMPLIMENTARY CROP THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BER VIABLE INTO THE FUTURE. "WE'LL LET THEM LAY ON THE GROUND DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER FOR A WEEK OR SO,"REPORTING IN CHOWCHILLA, CALIFORNIA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. THANKS BETSY. THE CALIFORNIA ALMOND BOARD SAYS THE STATE'S 2015 ACREAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 1,110,000 ACRES LOCATED FROM CHICO TO BAKERSFIELD. HOOKER SAYS HE'S HARVEST AROUND 3 THOUSAND POUNDS OR A LITTLE BETTER PER ACRE.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND CINDI CLAWSON I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION)

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