AgDay Daily Recap -September 27, 2016

July 11, 2016 02:57 AM
 

HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY-FLOODING POURS INTO PARTS OF IOWA FOLLOWING HEAVY RAINS. PLUS, THE LATEST HARVEST NUMBERS FROM USDA INCLUDING POTATO HARVEST IN NORTH DAKOTA. IN AGRIBUSINESS...IS THERE ANOTHER BUBBLE ABOUT TO BURST IN CHINA? THAT MARKET GOT ALL SCREWED UP AND THEY STARTED PUTTING RESTRICTIONS ON TRADE AND MADE EVERYBODY NOT WANT TO TOUCH IT THESE JAPANESE COWS ARE HELPING SCIENTISTS WITH IMPORTANT RESEARCH. AND LEARNING TO FIGHT ZIKA VIRUS WHILE PROTECTING POLLINATORS.

IOWA FLOODING
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. RESIDENTS IN IOWA'S SECOND LARGEST CITY HOPE FLOODING WILL START TO COME DOWN, SO THEY CAN BEGIN TO CLEAN-UP. BUT FOR FARMERS WITH HARVEST-READY CROPS, IT COULD BE A LONG WAIT BEFORE THEY GET BACK INTO THEIR FIELDS. THAT WAS THE SCENE IN CEDAR FALLS OVER THE WEEKEND AS FLOOD WATER RUSHED THROUGH TOWN. IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD AND WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER HAVE DECLARED DISASTER EMERGENCIES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES. PARTS OF IOWA, WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA STILL DEALING WITH FLOODING FOLLOWING THOSE MASSIVE RAINS LAST WEEK. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE ASKED TO LEAVE LOW-LYING AREAS OF CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. THE FLOODED CEDAR RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CREST 23 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE ON TUESDAY. SEVERAL THOUSAND RESIDENTS OF CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA HAVE LEFT THEIR HOMES, AS THE RISING CEDAR RIVER CLOSES IN. ABOUT FIVE-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN CEDAR RAPIDS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO CLEAR OUT, AHEAD OF THE EXPECTED FLOOD. THEY MAY NOT BE BACK FOR DAYS. "WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH ALL OF OUR ESSENTIAL THINGS. PRETTY MUCH ALL OF OUR CLOTHES ARE WITH US, SO WE HAVE HER BED. OUR BED'S STILL UPSTAIRS SO WHATEVER. THAT'S FINE." THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE CEDAR RIVER WILL CREST ABOUT 23 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE ON TUESDAY MORNING. BUT THE RIVER LEVELS UPSTREAM REACHED THEIR SECOND HIGHEST LEVELS EVER OVER THE WEEKEND, ALTHOUGH THEY WERE STILL FAR BELOW THE RECORDS SET IN 2008. CITIES THAT ALREADY DEALT WITH THE FLOODS ARE SENDING SPARE SANDBAGS. "WONDERFUL FEELING, YOU CAN'T THANK THEM ENOUGH." THE CITY MANAGER SAYS CEDAR RAPIDS HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR A MAJOR FLOOD SINCE THE 2008 DISASTER, WHICH CAUSED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. HE SAYS CITY WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN BUILDING A TEMPORARY LEVEE SYSTEM TO TRY TO CONTAIN THE WATER. SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

ARKANSAS CROP LOSSES
HEAVY RAINS LAST MONTH IN ARKANSAS CONTINUE TO TAKE A TOOL. AG ECONOMISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PUT CROP LOSSES AT 46-MILLION DOLLARS. AND THEY THINK THAT NUMBER WILL CLIMB ONCE FALL HARVEST IS FINISHED AND THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE IS KNOWN. U OF A SAYS RICE CROPS SUSTAINED THE BIGGEST LOSSES -ABOUT 19 MILLION DOLLARS. MANY CROPS WERE AT OR NEAR HARVEST STAGE WHEN THE RAINS AND FLOODING OCCURRED.

USDA CROP PROGRESS REPORT
MEANWHILE USDA RELEASING A FRESH UPDATE MONDAY WITH ITS LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT. IN THE THREE CORN BELT STATES HIT BY THE FLOODING....IOWA CORN HARVEST IS JUST 4 PERCENT...SEVEN POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. MINNESOTA IS THREE PERCENT....SIX POINTS BEHIND. AND WISCONSIN IS TWO PERCENT....TWO POINTS BEHIND. OVERALL CORN HARVEST REACHING 15-PERCENT THIS WEEK. SOYBEAN HARVEST IS RUNNING A BIT BEHIND, BUT NO MAJOR DELAYS. 10-PERCENT IS CUT...THREE POINTS BEHIND. TURNING TO WINTER WHEAT -30-PERCENT IS PLANTED. THAT'S RIGHT ON TARGET. KANSAS WHEAT FARMERS ARE AT 20-PERCENT. OKLAHOMA 25-PERCENT AND TEXAS 30-PERCENT. AND THE CROP HAS STARTED TO EMERGE. EIGHT PERCENT IS OUT OF THE GROUND.

STRUGGLES FOR NORTH DAKOTA POTATO FARMERS
IN NORTH DAKOTA, IT'S BEEN A VERY TOUGH YEAR FOR POTATO GROWERS IN PARTS OF THE STATE. THE 2016 CROP IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER IS BEING DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE WORST EVER BECAUSE OF EXCESSIVE MOISTURE. OUTSIDE OF THE NORTHERN RED RIVER VALLEY, THIS YEAR'S PRODUCTION IS MUCH BETTER AS CLIFF NAYLOR FROM AGDAY AFFILIATE KFYR REPORTS. THIS POTATO FIELD IS A COUPLE HUNDRED MILES WEST OF WHERE A MAJORITY OF NORTH DAKOTA'S SPUDS ARE PRODUCED. IT'S BEEN A PHENOMENAL PLACE TO GROW POTATOES. WE'VE GOT A GREAT AQUIFER HERE AND HAVE GREAT QUALITY GROUND. IT'S SANDY, IT'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR GOOD POTATO PRODUCTION. TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO DAWSON FARMS TOOK A CHANCE ON GROWING IRRIGATED POTATOES OUTSIDE OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY, AND IT'S WORKED WELL. ON DRY LAND IT WAS SO UNPREDICTABLE IF YOU GOT RAIN OR DIDN'T GET RAIN OR AT HARVEST TIME IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE RIGHT MOISTURE THEY GOT A LOT MORE DIRT THAN POTATOES. DAWSON FARMS PLANTED 3000 ACRES OF POTATOES THIS YEAR, THEY'RE YIELDING 40-50-THOUSAND POUNDS AN ACRE. IT'S BEEN A PRETTY GOOD YEAR, WE HAD SOME WEATHER EVENTS, WE STRUGGLED WITH THAT BUT AS FOR THE OVERALL CROP AND CROP HEALTH IT'S EXCELLENT. MOST OF THESE POTATOES WILL BE TURNED INTO FRENCH FRIES. I'VE ALWAYS SAID IDAHO HAS NOTHING O US, THEY'RE ALWAYS THE FRENCH FRY CAPITOL OF THE WORLD BUT NORTH DAKOTA GIVES THEM A GOOD RUN. IT TAKES EIGHT HARVESTERS AND FIFTY PEOPLE TO BRING IN THIS CROP. DAWSON FARMS EXPECTS TO HAVE ALL OF THEIR POTATOES OUT OF THE GROUND BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER. I'M CLIFF NAYLOR, REPORTING FOR AGDAY. THANKS CLIFF. NORTH DAKOTA RANKS FOURTH NATIONALLY IN POTATO PRODUCTION. IN 2015 IT HARVESTED 2 POINT 6 BILLION POUNDS. THIS YEAR ROUGHLY 80-THOUSAND ACRES WERE PLANTED IN NORTH DAKOTA.

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE ON THE FLOODING IN IOWA IN THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. MIKE GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. LET'S START OFF IN IOWA.. A VIEWER SENT US SOME AERIAL SHOTS OF LAPORTE CITY, IOWA. THESE PHOTOS ARE THE RESULTS OFF LAST WEEK'S RAINS BLANKETING MANY FIELDS AND ROADS. STEVE VOLKERT SENT US A PHOTO FROM THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE STATE. HE SAYS HIS PLACE IS IN THE LEFT EDGE OF THE DOWNPOUR. STEVE SAYS THE RAIN BROUGHT HIM A QUARTER-INCH IN FIVE MINUTES.AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF RAIN ESTIMATED ON RADAR OVER THE LAST SEVEN DAYS YOU CAN SEE THE POCKETS IN NORTH EAST IOWA SOUTH EAST MINNESOTA AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN HAVE EIGHT INCHES PLUS AN ALL OF THAT IS NOW DRAINING INTO THE RIVERS WELL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
IS ANOTHER BUBBLE ABOUT TO BURST IN THE CHINESE ECONOMY? ANDY SHISSLER EXPLAINS COMING UP IN ANALYSIS. HOW DOES EXPOSURE TO RADIATION IMPACT LIVESTOCK? THE ANSWERS MAY COME FROM THIS PRIZED HERD IN JAPAN. AND HEAR ABOUT RESEARCH TO PROTECT BEES, WHILE STILL TRYING TO COMBAT THE ZIKA VIRUS FROM BEIGN SPREAD BY MOSQUITOES.

FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA -MAKERS OF VIKING SIDE-BY-SIDES. YAMAHA -REAL WORLD TOUGH. IN AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, LETS SEE HOW MARKETS KICKED OFF THE WEEK FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. GRAIN MARKETS TRADING LOWER HERE ON MONDAY. THERE WERE A LOT OF HARVEST PROGRESS IS BEING EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. THERE WAS A RELATIVELY WET WEEKEND HERE IN THE MIDWEST BUT IT'S GOING TO TURN DRIER AFTER TODAY. STILL CHANCES FOR SHOWERS OFF AND ON BUT NOTHING TO REALLY KEEP THE HARVEST DOWN FOR A DAY OR TWO. AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY EXCITED THE MARKET HERE. CREATED A LOT OF SPECULATIVE SELLING HERE TODAY. BUT THE YIELD REPORTS HAVE BEEN REALLY PRETTY GOOD ESPECIALLY FOR SOYBEANS WHERE THE YIELDS SEEM TO BE COMING IN GANGBUSTERS AND THERE'S ALL SORTS OF IDEAS THAT USDA MAY BE FORCED AGAIN TO RAISE THEIR YIELD ESTIMATES NEXT MONTH IN THE LATEST ROUND OF PRODUCTION UPDATES. LIVESTOCK MARKETS GENERALLY TRADED LOWER THE COURSE OF THE DAY, LED LOWER BY THE LIVE CATTLE AND THE FEEDER CATTLE WHERAS HOGS REALLY DIDN'T DO TO LIVE HOGS FINALLY FIND SOME STABILITY AFTER AN EXTENDED DOWNSLIDE OVER THERE. EVEN THOUGH THE CASH MARKET REMAINED FAIRLY WEAK HERE ON MONDAY, IDEAS ARE THE FUTURES OF OUR GETTING CLOSER TO SUPPORT AREAS AND THEY ARE IF YOU LOOK ON A WEEKLY CHARTS THEIR PRICES ARE ABOUT AS CHEAP AS THEY'VE BEEN FOR THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS. THANKS VERY MUCH JACK SCOVILLE, I'M VICE PRESIDENT PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE ON THE CME GROUP FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKET.

 

ANALYSIS
JOINING US HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK, WE HAVE ANDY SHISSLER WITH S AND W TRADING. ANDY, WE TALK TO YOU QUITE OFTEN WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHINA DUE TO YOUR CONNECTIONS THERE. YOU LOVE ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT E A REAL ESTATE BUBBLE IMPACTING THEIR OVERALL FINANCIAL MARKETS. WE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE IT KINDA GOT RESOLVED. WHERE DO WE STAND TODAY? WHAT'S REALLY INTERESTING ABOUT A YEAR AGO THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT A REAL ESTATE BUBBLE AND INSTEAD THEY HAD A STOCK MARKET BUBBLE AND SO THAT THING BASICALLY THAT MARKET GET ALL SCREWED UP. THEY START PUTTING CONSTRICTIONS ON TRADE AND MADE EVERYBODY NOT WANT TO TOUCH IT. SO THEY PUT CONSTRUCTIONS ON REAL ESTATE BUT THEY'RE STILL WASTING OF MONEY INTO REAL ESTATE. SO, WHAT THEY DID AS ALL THE GUYS WHO WERE GOING TO PUT MONEY IN STOCK MARKET IS NOT ALL BELIEVE IN ANY THE INTEGRITY OF THEIR OWN REAL ESTATE. SO IN THE PAST YEAR, LIKE SHANGHAI HOUSING IS UP FORTY PERCENT, CLOSE TO FORTY PERCENT YEAR TO YEAR WHICH IS INSANE. I THINK BEIJING IS UP IN THE TWENTY EIGHT TO THIRTY RANGE YEAR TO YEAR. SO YOU'RE SAYING THIS IS STILL A CONCERN? THIS IS THE BIGGEST CONCERN OVER NOW. IT WAS A PROBLEM BEFORE AND THAT STOCK MARKET THE WAY THAT THAT WHOLE THING, IT'S LIKE EVERY PROBLEM CREATES THE NEXT PROBLEM WHEN YOU TRY TO DO THE FIX, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW THE FIX IS GOING TO WORK. WELL THEY WANTED REAL ESTATE NOT TO BE AN ISSUE AND RESTRICT CREDIT AND ALL THAT STUFF. AND THE MONEY WENT IN THERE ANYWAY AND FOUND WAYS TO GET INTO IT WHETHER IT'S BLACK MARKET TYPE OF SITUATIONS WITH COMPANIES AND HOW THEY PUT THESE THINGS TOGETHER BUT I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG DEAL SO YOU WANT TO WATCH THE STORY. ANY MARKET GOES UP FORTY PERCENT YEAR ON YEAR JUST LIKE THE STOCK MARKET DID, WOW. THIS IS A DANGEROUS DEAL AND I'M NOT SAYING IT'S GOING TO BLOW UP HERE TOMORROW OR THE NEXT AREA A FEW WEEKS BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE NEW POLICIES TAKEN AGAINST THIS REAL ESTATE MARKET AGAIN SO THIS COULD CAUSE SOME SERIOUS FLUCTUATIONS AND COULD CAUSE AN IMPACT ON OUR STOCK MARKET. WE MAY START TO SEE THINGS POP OVER THERE. IT WOULD BE ABOUT PERFECT TO HAPPEN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS LIKE WRITER ON THE ELECTION. THAT WOULD BE EXCELLENT. BUT I'M JUST SAYING THIS IS A BIG DEAL. A VERY BIG DEAL. ALRIGHT, WELL THANKS FOR THE INSIGHT. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. ANDY SHISSLER WITH S AND W TRADING. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MOMENT. FOR ONE ON ONE MARKETING ADVICE, CALL ANDY SHISSLER WITH S & W TRADING AT 312-506-3888. YOU'RE A FARMER. AND YOU ARE RELENTLESS. WE'RE RELENTLESS TOO. VISIT MYCOGEN-DOT-COM, OR YOUR LOCAL MYCOGEN SEEDS DEALER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR RELENTLESS DEDICATION TO YOU.

NATIONAL WEATHER
OH WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE IT FINALLY FEELS LIKE FALL. I KNOW THE CALENDAR TURNED TO FALL AND IT NOW FEELS LIKE IT. THAT ACTUALLY FEELS A LITTLE BIT LIKE IT. DAYS ARE STILL PRETTY NICE WITH SOME OF THE SUNSHINE BUT A CHILLY NIGHTS IN MOST OF THE MIDWEST. AND THREE DOMES OF HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING THAT WHOLE AREA FROM THE TENNESSEE OHIO VALLEY BACK ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE ROCKIES AND THAT'S REALLY NOT GOING TO MOVE A WHOLE LOT. NOW WE WILL SEE THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE KIND OF WITH A CUTOFF LOW WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT AND THE JET STREAM JUST SINK SOUTHWARD EVERYTHING ELSE KINDA MOVING UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE SOUTHWEST GOING TO CAUSE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS FROM TIME TO TIME ESPECIALLY ACROSS ARIZONA AS YOU CAN SEE TONIGHT. COLD FRONT SLOWLY PUSHING FARTHER SOUTHEASTWARD AND A TROPICAL LIKE SYSTEM WE'VE SEEN SEVERAL OF THOSE THIS SEASON, KINDA LURKING OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST AGAIN. THAT'S GOING TO TANGLE WITH THE A COLD FRONT AND START TO MOVE NORTHEAST ALONG IT. BUT AGAIN THIS IS JUST TO CUT OFF LOW HERE SLOWLY SINKING SOUTHWARD SO YOUR RETURN IS SURE SOME SHOWERS IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES AND EVENTUALLY INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY AS WE HAD THROUGH THE NEXT TWO TO THREE DAYS. HEADING THRU THE DAY TOMORROW YOU CAN SEE THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST NOW FINALLY IS ZIPPING OFF THE NORTHEAST ALONG A COLD FRONT AND AGAIN THAT CUT OFF JUST KINDA SITTING THERE OVER IOWA, ER INDIANA AND OHIO THE WAY IT LOOKS. LAST WEEK WEEK WE THOUGHT THAT BE A LITTLE FARTHER WEST. BUT THAT'S SOME GOOD NEWS THAT IT IS FATHER EAST BECAUSE OF THE FOLKS IN IOWA, MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN DON'T NEED ANYMORE RAIN AT THIS POINT AS WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE FIRST PART OF WEATHER. THERE'S ARE A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS. YOU SEE NOTHING HEAVY THAT STICKS OUT THERE BUT SEVERAL AREAS THROUGHOUT THE EAST HAVE SEEN SOME DECENT RAINS. ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS WE'LL SEE SOME HEAVIER AMOUNTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA, HEAVIER AMOUNTS IN SOUTH TEXAS. OTHERWISE IS GENERALLY LIGHTER RAINS KINDA DROPPING INTO A PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES. THERE ARE THE HIGH TEMPS THIS AFTERNOON. DEFINITELY A TOUCH OF TOUCH OF FALL ANYWAY. FIFTIES AND SIXTIES BEHIND THAT FRONT. 80S INSTEAD OF 90S SHOWING UP BUT TO THE TO  THE SOUTHERN SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY SO THAT'S A BIG CHANGE FROM WHAT YOU'VE SEEN AS WELL. NOT NEARLY AS MUCH HUMIDITY IS EITHER WHEN YOU LOOK AT LOW'S DOWN NEAR SIXTY IN MEMPHIS IN DALLAS NOT BAD AT ALL. LOTS OF FIFTIES AND EVEN A FEW UPPER FORTIES GREAT LAKES. AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THE HIGH TEMPS TOMORROW AFTERNOON THAT BECAUSE OF ALL THE CLOUD COVER IN A SCATTERED SHOWERS REALLY LOOKING THAT THE SIXTIES FOR MOST OF THE CENTRAL CORN BELT. STILL EIGHTIES IN THE SOUTHEAST. THERE'S A JET STREAM. THERE'S A CUTOFF. JUST KINDA SINKS SOUTHWARD AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK. AND IT REALLY DOESN'T MOVE A WHOLE LOT EVEN AS WE HEAD TOWARD A SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. IT MIGHT FINALLY START TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD THEN WE GET A RIDGE COMING BACK IN THE MOST OF THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AND A TROUGH OUT WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS A COUNTRY

REGIONAL WEATHER
NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL IN LARAMIE WYOMING TODAY A SUNNY AND QUITE PLEASANT HIGH TEMP OF SEVENTY THREE DEGREES. OTTUMWA IOWA LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND COMFORTABLE HIGH OF SEVENTY. AND KINGSTON NEW YORK MAYBE A MORNING SHOWER OTHERWISE A MIX OF CLOUDS AND SUN HIGH OF SEVENTY FOUR.

CHUCK GRASSLEY FITNESS
FOLLOWING ON LAST NIGHT'S DEBATES, IT'S NO SECRET CANDIDATE HEALTH IS A  BIG TOPIC THIS YEAR. WELL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, THAT'S IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY KNOCKING OUT 22 PUSHUPS IN SUIT AND TIE, AFTER HE WAS ASKED ABOUT HIS HEALTH.  THE 83 YEAR OLD GRASSLEY SAYS HOPEFULLY THAT ANSWERS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM BEING FIT FOR OFFICE. GRASSLEY IS CURRENTLY RUNNING AGAINST FORMER IOWA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR PATTY JUDGE. NOW THAT'S IMPRESSIVE.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL CHECK IN ON THE DAIRY INDUSTRY INCLUDING A TREND THAT COULD BE POSITIVE FOR WORLD MARKETS. AND LATER, THE CHALLENGE OF FIGHTING ZIKA VIRUS WHILE STILL PROTECTING POLLINATORS. ERE'S THE SECRET TO SELLING OLD EQUIPMENT. PETE'S PICK OF THE WEEK LETS YOU EASILY VIEW CURRENT MARKET PRICES. JUST TEXT PETE TO 31313 TO GET STARTED!

EU MILK PRODUCTION FALLS
ON THE DAIRY REPORT, A NEW REPORT FROM THE E-U SHOWS MILK PRODUCTION FELL FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT MONTH IN JULY. THE LATEST E-U MILK MARKET OBSERVATORY SHOWS PRODUCTION DIPPING NEARLY ONE AND A HALF PERCENT. THAT FOLLOWS JUNE DROP OF MORE THAN 2 PERCENT. 19 COUNTRIES IN THE E-U REPORTED A DROP IN JULY COLLECTIONS COMPARED TO JULY OF 2015. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION RECENT CUT IT'S PRODUCTION FORECAST FOR THE YEAR--EXPECTING VOLUMES TO BE UP LESS THAN ONE PERCENT VERSUS A YEAR AGO.

NEW ZEALAND CATTLE RUSTLING
MEANWHILE IN NEW ZEALAND, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER WE REPORTED A DAIRY FARM HAD SOME 500 COWS STOLEN. POLICE WERE FIRST NOTIFIED OF THE THEFT ON AUGUST 25TH. AN UPDATE NOW, POLICE ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE AND SAY THEY HAVE A PERSON OF INTEREST. ADDITIONALLY A FARM MANAGER WITH THE DAIRY HAS SINCE BEEN FIRED. AUTHORITIES SAY THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR FARMERS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD SYSTEM IN PLACE FOR ACCOUNTING FOR THEIR ANIMALS AND MAKING SURE THOSE RECORDS CAN'T BE TAMPERED WITH. THEY ALSO RECOMMEND BACKGROUND CHECKS ON NEW HIRES. THE FARM SAYS THESE COWS WEREN'T INSURED SPECIFICALLY FOR THEFT. THEY VALUE THE LOSS AT MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS.

JAPAN RADIATION LEVELS ON LIVESTOCK
MEANWHILE IN JAPAN, FOLLOWING THAT COUNTRY'S NUCLEAR DISASTER IN 2011—THE GOVERNMENT CALLED FOR LIVESTOCK IN AFFECTED AREAS TO BE CULLED. BUT SOME OWNERS WERE TOO ATTACHED TO THEIR HERDS TO FOLLOW THROUGH. NOW THEIR ANIMALS ARE HELPING RESEARCHERS STUDY THE LONG TERM EFFECTS OF LOW LEVEL RADIATION ON LIVESTOCK...A FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY. THESE COWS HAVE BEEN GRAZING PASTURE ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF JAPAN'S CRIPPLED FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. RESEARCHERS VISIT EVERY THREE MONTHS TO TEST THE COWS. SO FAR, THE ANIMALS' INTERNAL ORGANS AND REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTIONS HAVE SHOWN NO SIGNIFICANT ABNORMALITY. BUT IT'S TOO EARLY TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THYROID CANCER AND LEUKEMIA.

TEASE
IN THE PUSH TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM THE ZIKA VIRUS, ARE THE CHEMICALSKILLING BEES? WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT RESEARCH TO PROTECT THOSE IMPORTANT POLLINATORS.

KILLING THE BEES
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. CONTROLLING MOSQUITOES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH CAN PLACE OTHER INSECTS SUCH AS BEES AT RISK IF NOT DONE CORRECTLY. RECENT RESEARCH BY THE LSU AGCENTER SAYS THAT RISKS ARE LOW FOR BEES IF PROPER PROTOCOLS ARE FOLLOWED. LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS THIS REPORT. BEES HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ENVIRONMENT BECAUSE THEY ARE PROLIFIC POLLINATORS OF NUTS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, AND THEY PRODUCE HONEY. BUT WITH THE THREAT OF ZIKA VIRUS, MANY CITIES ARE INTENSIFYING THEIR BATTLE IN CONTROLLING MOSQUITOES. KRISTIN HEALY, AN ENTOMOLOGIST WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, HAS LOOKED AT THE EFFECT OF INSECTICIDES USED IN MOSQUITO CONTROL ON BOTH MOSQUITOES AND BEES. WE FOUND THAT MOSQUITOES WERE ONE HUNDRED TIMES MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THESE PESTICIDES, WHICH YOU WOULD EXPECT BECAUSE BEES ARE LARGER-BODIED, SO THEY WOULD BE LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE PRODUCTS WE WOULD USE. ONE CLASS OF CHEMICALS HEALY STUDIED WAS PYRETHROIDS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY USED CHEMICALS FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL. WE FOUND WITH PYRETHROIDS, WHICH ARE THE TYPICAL PESTICIDES APPLIED FROM SPRAY TRUCKS FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL, REALLY HAD MINIMAL EFFECTS OF BEES. ONE WAY TO MINIMIZE THE RISKS TO BEES IS THE TIMING OF THE SPRAYING. THE BEST WAY TO AVOID ACCIDENTAL EXPOSURE TO BEES IS TO SPRAY TWO HOURS AFTER SUNSET OR TWO HOURS BEFORE SUNRISE. THESE PRODUCTS BREAK DOWN SO RAPIDLY THAT WITHIN TWO HOURS, BY THE TIME BEES EXIT THE HIVE IN THE MORNING, THESE PRODUCTS HAVE BROKEN DOWN. HEALY SAID IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR BEEKEEPERS AND MOSQUITO CONTROL AGENCIES TO COMMUNICATE WHEN ANY SPRAYING MAY OCCUR SO THAT PRECAUTIONS MAY BE TAKEN. SHE SAID MOSQUITO CONTROL GROUPS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM MOSQUITO-RELATED DISEASES. THEY LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF MOSQUITOES, WHAT SPECIES ARE ABUNDANT IN AREAS, AND THEY WILL ALSO TEST THESE MOSQUITOES FOR WEST NILE VIRUS AND ZIKA. HEALY RECOMMENDED BEEKEEPERS REPORT ANY LARGE KILLS IMMEDIATELY TO HELP DETERMINE THE CAUSE. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. 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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