AgDay Daily Recap - April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 16, 2018


HEADLINES
WILDFIRES ROLL THROUGH OKLAHOMA WHILE WINTER WHEAT STRUGGLES  UNDER THE WEIGHT OF BAD WEATHER. IN AGRIBUSINESS...MEATING DEMAND. ARGENTINA OPENS UP IT'S BORDERS TO US. PORK. AND COLD TEMPERATURES SLOW CRAWFISH HARVEST IN LOUISIANA. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

OKLAHOMA WILDFIRES
LITTLE NEW RAIN, NON-EXISTENT SOIL MOISTURE, AND ABUNDANT FUEL IS ONCE  AGAIN CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR WILDFIRES IN NORTHWEST  OKLAHOMA. GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  THE NUMBERS CAN QUICKLY CHANGE,  BUT HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND THERE WERE 21 WILDFIRES ACTIVELY  BURNING IN OKLAHOMA.  THEY'VE CONSUMED ABOUT A QUARTER MILLION  ACRES. OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR  52 OF 77 OKLAHOMA COUNTIES. RIGHT NOW THE FIRES ARE PRIMARILY LOCATED IN THREE COUNTIES - DEWEY,  LOGAN AND WOODWARD. OKLAHOMA IS AT A MAJOR FIRE RISK DUE TO DROUGHT IN THE STATE AND WIND  CONDITIONS. ADDING TO THE PROBLEM, THERE WAS SO MUCH MOISTURE LAST YEAR THAT  GRASS AND PASTURE GREW. BUT ONCE THE DROUGHT SET-IN SIX MONTHS AGO,  IT LEFT AN ABUNDANT FUEL SUPPLY. JEROD DANIELS IS ABOUT 90 MILES FROM THE FIRE, BUT HE SAYS HE'S STILL  LIVING ON HIGH ALERT THIS SPRING. "AND AS YOU DRIVE YOU'LL SEE SPOTS THAT HAV CAUGHT ON FIRE. IT'S VERY REAL. IT'S SOMETHING YOU  KIND OF LOOK AROUND EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NOT SMOKE ON THE HORIZON. YOU MAKE  SURE, THAT AM I GOING TO BE THE NEXT ONE CAUGH IN THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY OF A FIRE WITH CATTLE.  AND PART OF THAT, ALL THE RAIN, THE VEGETATION WE WERE ABLE TO BUILD WITH THE GRASS IS JUST SITTING  THERE. SO IT'S KIND OF A TINDER BOX, AND WHEN YOU GET THESE WINDS THAT ARE BLOWING 40 MILES PER HOUR, 50, IF YOU GET A FIRE, YOU JUST CAN'T STOP IT. IT'LL ALMOST HAVE TO RUN ITNO SOMETHING THAT  WON'T BURN BEFORE IT STOPS." HE SAYS THIS YEAR THE DROUGHT FEELS EERILY SIMILAR TO 2011. 

DROUGHT CONDITIONS, WHEAT
DROUGHT IS TIGHTENING ITS GRIP ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST AS EXTREME  CONDITIONS SPREAD FROM OKLAHOMA TO UTAH, ACCORDING TO A NEW  FEDERAL DATA RELEASED THURSDAY. ON THE SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS, OKLAHOMA REMAINS GROUND ZERO FOR THE  WORST DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF  THE STATE IS FACING EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS — THE WORST  POSSIBLE CLASSIFICATION. MOST OF COLORADO ALSO IS UNDER SEVERE DROUGHT AND ALMOST ALL OF THE  TEXAS PANHANDLE IS SEEING EXTREME DROUGHT OR WORSE CONDITIONS.THE FEDERAL DROUGHT MAP SHOWS DRY CONDITIONS HAVE INTENSIFIED  ACROSS NORTHERN NEW MEXICO AND EXPANDED IN ARIZONA. FROM DROUGHT TO EARLY SEASON FREEZES, WHEAT GROWERS HAVE NO  SHORTAGE OF CHALLENGES GETTING A WINTER WHEAT CROP THIS YEAR. THIS WEEKEND, GROWERS IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS ENDURED THEIR SECOND  COLD SNAP IN A WEEK. AND WHILE EXTENT OF THE INJURY FROM BOTH IS STILL UNKNOWN, TYNE MORGAN SAYS THE WHEAT CROP IN THE PLAINS IS  STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE.  IT'S A STRUGGLING WHEAT CROP IN THE PLAINS, ADDING TO THE ANXIETY FOR  KANSAS WHEAT FARMERS, LIKE JUSTIN KNOPF.  "WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS ON OUR WHEAT CROP THIS YEAR THA'T SBEEN DIFIFULT FOR IT TO  GET THROUGH" THE SALINE COUNTY FARMER  WATCHES WHEAT GET PUT TO THE TEST EVERY  YEAR. BUT 2018 IS PUSHING WHEAT'S LIMITS.  "IT'S A RESLILENT CROP, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL THAT'S ADDING TO THE  STRESS OF RAISING A PROFITABLE CROP THIS YEAR"THE WEATHER UNLEASING ANOTHER ROUND OF POSSIBLY FATAL WEATHER THIS  PAST WEEKEND, WHEN A HARD FREEZE BLANKETED THE STATE. " IT WULD HAVE BEEN A DEVASTATING FREEZE HAD THE CROP HAD NORMAL MATURITY THIS TIME OF YEAR"KANSAS STATE WHEAT SPECIALISTS SAY THE FARTHER SAID THE FARTHER  SOUTH YOU TRAVEL IN TEH STATE, THE FURTHER ALONG THE CROP IS. AND SO THE SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE  STATE IS AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF INJURY..  "WE WERE BELOW THAT 24 THRSHOLD FOR HAT PART OF THE STATE FOR ABOUT 6 HOURS OR SO, I THINK THAT  CAN HURT, WE CAN SEE SOME OF THE PRIMARY TILLERS GET SLAUGHTERED OFF IN THAT PART OF THE STATE"AND THE BIGGER RISK OF DAMAGE SITS IN OKLAHOMA RIGHT NOW, AS CONCERNED FARMERS EVEN CANCELLED NEW CROP WHEAT CONTRACTS THIS  "1 PERCENT OF OKLAHOMA WAS HEADED ALREADY, MORE OF IT WAS IN THE BOOT STATGE WHERE WE'D  LOOK AT 24 DEGREEES FOR 2 HORUS AS BEING A CRITICAL TEMPAERATUE. AND TEMPS DROPPED DOWN IN THE LOW 20S IN MANY FO THOSE AREAS OF OKLAHOMA,"OKLAHOMA STATE'S DAVID MARBURGER SAYS SCARS ARE STARTING TO SHOW UP."WE ARE STARTING NOW TO SEE SOME INJURY SYMPTOMS, SUCH AS LEAF TIP BURNING."BUT HE SAYS IT'S STILL TOO EARLY TO DEPICT THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE IN  OKLAHOMA THIS YEAR.  "IT'S THE HARDEST THING TO DO, BUT IT'S BEST TO WAIT A WEEK IF IT'S STILL COOL, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT LONGER THAN A WEEK, AND THEN GO OUT AND ASSESS WHAT TYPE OF INJURY DID WE GET ON THIS CROP."IT'S A DELAYED CROP THAT'S ALREADY STRUGGLING AS DROUGHT WORSENS  ACROSS BOTH OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS.  "AFTER THOS RAINS FINISHED IN OCTOBER, IT STOPPED RAINING EVERY SEINCE. WE'VE HAD THE DRIEST  WINTER ON RECORD FOR MUCH OF KANSS." KNOPF SAYS DESPITE THE DRYNESS, HE'S NOT SEEING A TOTAL LOSS. "I THINK WE'RE GOING OTO HARVEST EVERYING. BUT YIELDS ARE GOING OT BE VARIABLE AND I WOULD  SAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A PERCENTAGE OF ACRS THAT'S  GOING TO BE BELOW AVERAGE"T'S THAT DISAPOINING STORY PLAYING OUT FOR WHEAT GROWRS ACROSS THE  PLAINS.  "THE DROUGHT HAS STILL TAKEN AWAY A LOT OF THE YIELD POTENTIAL. AND THAT'S GOING TO HURT THE  CROPS ABILITY TO COME BACK FROM THIS SPRING FREEZE DAMAGE"KNOPF KNOWS POOR YIELDS MAY BE INEVETABLE THIS YEAR.  WE'RE GOING TO BE IN A REAL DICEY SITUATION AS WE HEAD WARMER TEMPERATURES.... AND IF RAINS SWEPT THE STATE TODAY, LULLATO SAYS SOME OF HTE STATE'S  CROP ISN'T SALVAGABLE.  "IF WE HAVE SOME RAIN SOONS, WE CAN STILL HAVE  DECENT CROP, BT IN PARTS OF THE STATE,  SOUTHWEST KANSAS, I BELIEVE WE ALREADY HURT OUR YIELD POTENTIAL"IT'S THAT POTENTIAL ALSO LOST IN PARTS OF OKLAHOMA.  "YOU'VE GOT A THIRD OF HTE STATE THAT'S IN DEPICABLE, DESPERATE CONDITIONS. AND THEY'RE LOOKING  AT YIELDS 10 BUSHELS PER ACRE."A DISASPOINTING FINISH TO THE FINAL CHAPTER OF WHAT'S BEEN A TRYING AND  CHALLENGING YEAR.  A NEW CROP CONDITION RATING IS DUE OUT LATER TODAY. LAST WEEK, WINTER WHEAT CONDITIONS WERE SOME ON THE WORST ON  RECORD. 

CROP COMMENTS
SCIENTIST SAY THE CLIMATE BOUNDARY SEPARATING THE EAST AND WEST  UNITED STATES HAS SHIFTED 140 MILES EAST THAT DIVIDING LINE IS WHERE RAINFALL NATURALLY BEGINS TO PICK UP. THE BOUNDARY WAS FIRST DISCOVERED IN THE LATE  1800'S ALONG THE  100TH MERIDIAN AND HAS MOVED CLOSER TO THE 98TH MERIDIAN NOW CUTTING THROUGH EAST-CENTRAL TEXAS, ALONG THE WESTERN BORDERS OF  ARKANSAS, MISSOURI, AND IOWA, BEFORE SHIFTING NORTHWEST THROUGH  NORTH DAKOTA.  THE NORTHERN PLAINS IS WAITING OUT A BLIZZARD. DAVID HARKER FROM AGDAY  AFFILIATE WNDU-TV FILLS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN TODAY AND JOINS US NOW WITH  AN UPDATE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  RANDY UHRMACHER NEAR HASTINGS, NEBRASKA SAYS HE PACKED HIS  EQUIPMENT AWAY FOR A BLIZZARD! RANDY SAYS HE'S LUCKY BECAUSE HE GOT  MAJORITY OF HIS FIELD WORK DONE IN THE FALL. HE'S JUST WAITING ON  WARMER WEATHER TO START TO PLANT NOW.  AND MATT BRAUN OVER IN DENNISON, MINNESOTA SENT US THIS PICTURE ON  FRIDAY. DURING THAT TIME, A LITTLE COLD AND RAIN DIDN'T STOP A TRACTOR  PARADE AT THE RANDOLPH SCHOOL.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, A LOOK AT PROTEIN PRODUCTION IN 2018 AND THE  CHANCE CONSUMERS CAN KEEP PACE. PLUS MACHINERY PETE IS HERE. "STICK AROUND FOLKS. COMING UP WE'RE GOING TO TALK USED SKID STEER VALUES."AND COLD WEATHER IS CREATING CHALLENGES THIS SPRING FOR PRODUCERS - AND NOT JUST FARMERS TRYING TO GET SEED IN THE GROUND. IN THE COUNTRY  IS NEXT. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS SEE HOW MARKETS CLOSED LAST WEEK. WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME FOR DETAILS. TODAY'S SOYBEANS WERE LOWER IT SEEMS THAT THE CHINESE IMPORTS WERE 11 PERCENT LOWER  FROM LAST YEAR STARTING TO PRESSURE THAT MARKET. THERE HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF LACKLUSTER TRADE  AND SOME PROFIT TAKING HERE AT THE END OF THE WEEK KIND OF PUSHING THE MARKET A LITTLE BIT  LOWER. ALSO CORN WAS DOWN. I THINK THAT SPILLOVER SELLING FROM SOYBEANS AND EVEN FROM WE  WAS DOWN A LOT AS WELL AS REALLY PRESSURING THOSE FUTURES. NOW WHEAT WAS REALLY FALLING IT SEEMS THAT THE RAIN IN THE PLAINS RELIEVES SOME OF THE CROP STRESS. THE BIG STORMS THAT DID  FINALLY COME IN THIS SHORT TERM TECHNICAL NUMBERS ARE REALLY TURNING BEARISH. HOWEVER I DON'T  BELIEVE THAT IT'S ENOUGH TO REALLY MITIGATE ALL THE DAMAGE THAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED OVER THE OVER THE LAST THE LAST SEASON HERE FOR WINTER WHEAT. TODAY CATTLE WAS MIXED. IT SEEMS THAT  THE BETTER SALES AND THE GROWING SUPPLIES KIND OF COMPETED WITH EACH OTHER AND THEY REALLY  PUSHED THE FUTURES SIDEWAYS. HOWEVER TRADERS ARE CONCERNED THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT LOWER BEEF PRICES AHEAD AND WE'RE STILL AWAITING THE SEASONAL SPRINGTIME BOOST THAT WE NORMALLY  GET AT THIS TIME. THE FEEDERS ALSO WERE VERY STEADY IT SEEMS THAT THE LOWER CATTLE WEIGHTS AS  WELL AS THE TPP TALKS ARE REALLY DRIVING THE MARKETS KIND OF GOING BACK AND FORTH. THAT'S ALL  FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO AND VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.

AGRIBUSINESS
THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE'S OFFICE AND USDA ANNOUNCE THAT PORK IS  ELIGIBLE FOR EXPORT TO ARGENTINA. IT'S THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1992. THE U.S.MEF SAYS ARGENTINA'S PER CAPITA PORK CONSUMPTION HAS GROWN  NEARLY 60 PERCENT SINCE 2011. ARGENTINA IS THE THIRD-LARGEST PORK-IMPORTING COUNTRY IN SOUTH  AMERICA. IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE A RECORD YEAR FOR PROTEIN PRODUCTION. CAN CONSUMER CONSUMPTION KEEP UP? HERE'S TYNE MORGAN FROM THE ROAD WITH TODAY'S ANALYSIS. HERE NOW IS SCOTT BROWN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI. SCOTT WHEN WE LOOK AT 2018 AND WE SEE THESE HERDS GROW. DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE RECORD PROTEIN PRODUCTION IN 2018. YEAH  ABSOLUTELY WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT RECORDS IN MANY CASES ONLY BEEF WHERE WE HAVE TO GO  BACK A LONG TIME NOT TO SEE A RECORD RECORD PORK PRODUCTION PROBABLY RECORD POULTRY PRODUCTION. LIKELY WE'RE GONNA PUT RECORD MEAT CONSUMPTION IN FRONT OF US CONSUMERS THIS  YEAR. SO THEN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR PRICES. I MEAN LAST YEAR WE SAW REALLY LARGE  PRODUCTION YET DEMAND WAS REALLY GOOD. AND YOU KNOW WE KIND OF KEPT THIS BALANCE. BUT I HISTORY WHERE WE COMPARE 2017 WARHEAD INCREASES IN PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION AND HIGHER  PRICES. WE'VE NEVER BACK TO BACK THAT WE'VE NEVER SEEN THE BACK TO BACK YEAR LIKE THAT SO  IT'S HARD TO SAY 2018 WE CAN REPEAT IT AGAIN. HOWEVER CONSUMER DEMAND FOR MEAT PRODUCTS  HAS BEEN VERY STRONG OF LATE. AND IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE A LITTLE DIFFERENT WORLD THAN WE'VE BEEN  IN THE PAST SO WE HAVE TO HOPE THAT THAT DEMAND STRENGTH CONTINUES ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THIS  COUNTRY I THINK HAS BEEN HELPFUL THE ECONOMY BEING STRONGER HAS CERTAINLY PROVIDED MORE DOLLARS BACK ON ME PURCHASES. BUT WITH THESE TALKS ON TARIFFS AND OTHER YOU KNOW OTHER OTHER  EXPORTING NEWS THAT THAT'S REALLY BEING TALKED ABOUT RIGHT NOW. DO YOU THINK THAT DEMAND CAN  CONTINUE. YEAH I DON'T KNOW. SO THIS IS WHERE WE NEED THE FLOODGATES WIDE OPEN IF YOU WILL IN TERMS OF JUST THE AMOUNT OF SUPPLIES WE HAVE IF ANY OF THOSE DEMAND GATES CLOSE TRADE FOR EXAMPLE. IT'S LIKELY A VERY TOUGH WORLD FOR REALLY ALL MEATS AS WE LOOK AHEAD. AND WHEN YOU  OOK AT THAT PORT HERE SPECIFICALLY WHAT COST DO YOU THINK PORK PRODUCERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO  PAY NOW LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT'S PRIMARILY GOING TO BE PORK RIDING  MEATS THAT SUFFER AS A RESULT OF THOSE TARIFFS. YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO LOSE ANOTHER FOUR TO  FIVE DOLLARS A HOG OFF OF THOSE ALREADY LOW PRICES ALREADY LOW PRICES SO THEN I MEAN ARE FOR  MOST PRODUCERS ARE THEY EVEN BREAKING EVEN AT THIS POINT. I THINK WE'VE SEEN A REAL SWITCH SPECIALLY WITH SOME HIGHER FEED COSTS THAT WE FACE SO FAR IN 2018 THAT WHAT WE HOPED MIGHT  BE A AT LEAST A BREAK EVEN YEARS START TO SEE SOME RED INK ALREADY. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU  SCOTT. WE APPRECIATE IT. TAKE A BREAK AND THEN WE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MOMENT.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY ON THIS MONDAY MORNING DAVID HARKER IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN TODAY.  DAVID LOOKING AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR BOY YOU CAN REALLY SEE WHERE IT'S SO INTENSE RIGHT NOW.  YEAH WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT THOSE WILDFIRES THAT WE'VE SEEN ALL ACROSS THE CENTRAL  PLAINS AND THE SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES IT CONTINUES TO BE QUITE A MESS. BUT THERE IS RELIEF IN  STORE THAT RELIEF IS GOING TO COME IN THE FORM OF RAIN SHOWERS FOR THE NORTHERN CENTRAL PLAINS AS WELL AS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES. YOU KNOW BOTH AREAS ARE DEALING WITH THE DROUGHT THE  MORE EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT THERE IN OKLAHOMA NORTHERN TEXAS AND SOUTHERN KANSAS. NOW  THAT RELIEF IN THE FORM OF RAIN SHOWERS WILL COME QUICKLY IN THE NEXT SIX TO 10 DAYS NOTICE ON  THE SCREEN THE PRECIPITATION THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE INCLUDING AREAS NOT ONLY IN THE CENTRAL  PLAINS STATES NORTHERN PLAINS STATES BUT EVEN OUT WEST AS WELL AS ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE GREAT LAKES. WE'RE TALKING MORE RAINFALL IN SOME AREAS NEAR THE GREAT LAKES COULD EASILY  SEE THREE OR FOUR INCHES OF RAINFALL. WE'VE GOT BELOW NORMAL WHEN IT COMES TO PRECIPITATION  ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD THE ATLANTIC COASTAL STATES AND THERE IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AS  WE TAKE A LOOK AT TEMPERATURES OVER THE NEXT SIX TO 10 DAYS WELL BELOW NORMAL AND THAT MEANS THE PRECIPITATION TO THE NORTH PROBABLY IN THE FORM OF SNOW SHOWERS MAY HAVE EVEN  NOTICED THAT FROM THE PAST WEEKEND IT'S NOT UNTIL YOU GET INTO SOUTH TEXAS AND SOUTHERN  FLORIDA THAT'S WHERE WE SEE THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE ALL THAT MUCH IN THE FORM OF PRECIPITATION LIKE WE JUST SHOWED YOU AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT  THE 30 DAY TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL UP TO THE NORTH. THAT COULD MEAN MORE WINTERFEST.  WHETHER THAT'S IF THAT WERE TO BE THE CASE WHEN WE TALK PRECIPITATION WE'LL SHOW YOU THAT MAP  IN JUST A MOMENT. IT'S OUT IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AS WELL AS IN THE SOUTH WESTERN CORNER OF  THE UNITED STATES THAT WE SEE THE ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES COMING IN AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION JUST LIKE I HAD MENTIONED ABOVE NORMAL WHEN WE TALK GREAT LAKES DOWN  THROUGH THE ATLANTIC COASTAL STATES. YOU MAKE YOUR WAY OFF INTO CENTRAL AS WELL AS WESTERN  TEXAS STRETCHING UP INTO SOUTH DAKOTA BELOW NORMAL. WHEN WE TALK PRECIPITATION NOW THAT'S AS OPPOSED TO THE SIX TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK WHICH SHOWS A BIG BULL'S EYE OF ABOVE NORMAL  PRECIPITATION. SO ANYTHING WE GET EVEN IF IT'S IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS IS GOING TO HELP IN THE RELIEF  FOR THOSE WILDFIRES THAT WE'VE REALLY BEEN WATCHING VERY SO CLOSELY. I KNOW AS A PREVIOUS WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER THAT THOSE THINGS CAN TAKE OFF VERY QUICKLY. SO BE MINDFUL THAT RELIEF IS  COMING. IT MAY COME A LITTLE EARLIER RATHER THAN LATER BUT THEN AGAIN AS MENTIONED ANYTHING  WILL HELP YOU GET INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS STATES NORMAL PRECIPITATION AS WE LOOK TO THE NEXT  30 DAYS. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECAST OUT THERE FOR HOBSON MONTANA AFTERNOON RAIN SHOWERS AND A HIGH OF 54 DEGREES. WE MOVE IN THE WINNSBORO LOUISIANA. SUNSHINE IS  LIKELY THAT WILL CONTINUE FROM THE WEEKEND WITH 67 DEGREES. AND AS WE MOVE TO JAMESTOWN  NEW YORK RAIN WITH 44.

TEASE
IT'S MONDAY AND THAT MEANS MACHINERY PETE. HE'S TALKING SKID-STEERS, WHEN WE COME BACK. AND LATER CRAWFISH PRODUCERS AND GRAIN GROWERS HAVE SOMETHING IN  COMMON THIS SPRING. COLD WEATHER IMPACTING PRODUCTION. DETAILS LATER  ON IN THE COUNTRY. 

MACHINERY PETE
MACHINERY PETE HAS BEEN SIFTING THROUGH HIS BOOKS AND HE FOUND SOME  INTERESTING PRICING FOR SKID STEERS. HERE'S PETE. OK FOLKS TODAY LET'S TALK ABOUT USED SKID STEERS. NOW HERE'S A LOOK AT OUR JUST RELEASED FIRST  QUARTER 2018 MACHINERY USED VALUES INDEX REPORTS SPECIFICALLY ON THE USED SKID STEER SECTOR.  AND YOU CAN SEE MY RATING HERE IS AT EIGHT POINT FOUR ON A ONE TO 10 SCALE BASED ON ALL THE  AUCTION SALE PRICE THAT I'VE BEEN COMPILING FOREVER ACTUALLY. EIGHT POINT FOUR IS AN ALL TIME  HIGH FOR USED.SKID STEER VALUES AND FOR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS ONE TO TEN SCALE SIX POINT OH IS  WHAT I CONSIDER STABLE OR NORMAL. NOW YOU CAN TELL BY THE RISING INDEX WE'VE HAD STRONG AUCTION PRICING. NOW WE'RE ALSO SEEING A TREMENDOUS SPIKE IN SEARCH TRAFFIC AT OUR MACHINERY  PEACOCK ON ONE SIDE AND FOR SKID STEERS IN THE FIRST QUARTER WE SAW FORTY FOUR POINT SEVEN  PERCENT JUMP IN SEARCH TRAFFIC VERSUS THE FOURTH QUARTER. AND IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR WE  ACTUALLY HAVE SEEN A NINETY FOUR POINT FIVE PERCENT JUMP IN SEARCH TRAFFIC TO USE SKID STEERS  AGES VERSUS EARLY 2017. NOW LAST WEEK ON THE SHOW HERE I MENTIONED THIS 2008 BOBCAT S330 1953 HOURS SOLD ON A FARM AUCTION IN SOUTH CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA. APRIL 4TH FOR THIRTY TWO  THOUSAND DOLLARS. SECOND HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE EVER. COUPLE OTHER RECENT EXAMPLES ON THE  JOHN DEERE SIDE. HERE'S A PICTURE OF A 2013 ON YOUR 326E 251 HOURS ON IT SOLD ON A CONSIGNMENT AUCTION IN THE CENTRAL INDIANA MARCH 30 FIRST WENT FOR THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND  DOLLARS. THIRD HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE EVER ON 326E. AND A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE THAT FARM STATE  AUCTION MARCH 2ND IN EAST CENTRAL IOWA THIS 2012 JOHN YOUR 326D 231 HOURS ON IT ONE FOR  THIRTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS. THAT IS A RECORD HIGH AUCTION PRIZE EVER.CRAWFISH SEASON IS UPON US. BUT PRODUCERS HAVE HAD SOME WEATHER  CHALLENGES. DETAILS NEXT. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE. VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.A COLD WINTER MEANT A SLOW START TO THIS YEAR'S CRAWFISH SEASON, BUT  WARMER WEATHER HAS SPURRED BOTH GROWTH AND THE NUMBER OF CRAWFISH BEING CAUGHT. LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS THIS  REPORT. SNOW IN DECEMBER AND RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES IN JANUARY PUT A CHILL ON THE BEGINNING  OF LOUISIANA'S CRAWFISH SEASON.  WHILE THE COLD WEATHER DID NOT REDUCE THE POPULATION, IT  KEPT CRAWFISH FROM FEEDING AND REACHING MARKET SIZE. MARK SHIRLEY: CRAWFISH DID NOT GROW IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY. SO THEY MISSED THREE OR FOUR,  MAYBE FIVE MOLTS, SO A LOT OF CRAWFISH ARE JUST NOW GETTING TO A GOOD MEDIUM SIZE. WITH WARMER WEATHER AND INCREASING WATER TEMPERATURES, MORE CRAWFISH ARE ON THE MARKET,  AND THE QUALITY IS IMPROVING. ALLEN MCLAIN JR.:  WE'VE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE. OUR CATCH HAS BEEN VERY CONSISTENT. WITH THE WARMER WEATHER WE'VE BEEN HAVING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, THE CATCH HAS REALLY INCREASED.  THE SIZE IS GETTING VERY GOOD. PEAK DEMAND FOR CRAWFISH IS TYPICALLY DURING THE LENTEN SEASON. WITH DEMAND EXPECTED TO  DROP AND SUPPLY INCREASING, CONSUMERS COULD SOON SEE A BREAK IN THE COST. AND THEY ALSO  GET A FRESH PRODUCT. MCLAIN JR.: NOW THAT THE HUGE DEMAND FOR CRAWFISH IS OVER WITH LENT, THE PRICE SHOULD COME  DOWN A LITTLE BIT. WE'LL CATCH IT TODAY. IT'LL BE IN THE BUYER'S HAND THIS AFTERNOON, AND IN SOME  RESTAURANTS TONIGHT, AND OTHER'S TOMORROW MORNING. MOST OF THE STATE'S CRAWFISH PRODUCTION COMES FROM PONDS THAT WERE RICE FIELDS HARVESTED  LAST SUMMER. CRAWFISH ACREAGE HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED IN RECENT YEARS AND IS EXPECTED  TO BE AROUND 250,000 ACRES THIS YEAR. SHIRLEY: BECAUSE RICE PRICES WERE DOWN, A LOT OF RICE FARMERS HAVE DIVERSIFIED AND PUT IN  MORE ACRES OF CRAWFISH. SO THAT'S REALLY THE MAIN REASON WHY WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN  ACRES THE LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS. WHEN POND PRODUCTION BEGINS TO DECREASE IN MAY, WILD CAUGHT CRAWFISH FROM THE  ATCHAFALAYA BASIN WILL HELP MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. 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 DAVID HARKER AND ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A  GREAT WEEK IN FARM COUNTRY. 

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