AgDay Daily Recap -April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 19, 2017


HEADLINES
U.S. LEADERS HEAD FOR JAPAN. "WE SEEK TRADE THAT IS FREE AND WE SEEK TRADE THAT IS  FAIR." PLUS, A PLANTING UPDATE FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE. " I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  WARMER TEMPERATURES ADN BLOWING WINDS DRIED DOWN SOILS IN  NORTHWEST OHIO. THAT'S GETTING FARMERS ONE STEP CLOSER TO PLANT 2017.  WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY AHEAD ON AGDAY," IN AGRIBUSINESS.. THE BUSINESS OF  THE FARM BILL. KEN FERRIES BREAKS DOWN THE BASICS OF STARTER FERTILIZER ON FARM  JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND JOIN THESE CALIFORNIA SNOW SURVEYORS AS THEY  BRAVE THE ELEMENTS IN THE GOLDEN STATE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE  DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

JAPAN-U.S. TRADE RELATIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS VICE PRESIDENT PENCE ARRIVES IN  JAPAN TO FURTHER FORGE THE ECONOMIC TIES BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS,  JAPAN SAYS IT WILL TAKE THE LEAD TO FINISH THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP  - EVEN WITHOUT THE UNITED STATES. THE VICE PRESIDENT ARRIVED IN TOKYO TUESDAY AS PART OF A TEN DAY ASIAN  TRIP. HE FIRST MET WITH JAPAN PRIME MINSTER SHINZO ABE TO DISCUSS  TENSIONS WITH NORTH KOREA. LATER HE MET WITH JAPAN'S FINANCE MINISTER WHEN THE TWO NATIONS  FORMALLY LAUNCHED THE U-S-JAPAN ECONOMIC DIALOGUE.  IT'S THE FIRST  STEP TOWARDS NEGOTIATING A BILATERIAL TRADE AGREEMENT.SHORTLY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY, HE SEVERED THE  U-S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP. THE PRESIDENT SAYS  HE PREFERS TO NEGOTIATE WITH INDIVIDUAL NATIONS. VICE PRESIDENT PENCE SAYS DESPITE THE U-S WITHDRAWL FROM T-P-P, THE  ECONOMIES OF THE U-S AND JAPAN ARE INTERTWINED. "TODAY I THINK GIVES EVIDENCE OF THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS DETERMINED TO  REACH OUT TO OUR PARTNERS HERE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC AND AROUND THE WORLD TO AT LEAST BEGIN TO  EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDING TRADE ON A BILATERAL  BASIS."THE U.S. MAY BE OUT OF THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP-- BUT JAPAN ISN'T. IT'S TRYING TO REVIVE THE TPP WITHOUT THE UNITED STATES.  THE DEAL THAT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE WORTH MORE THAN $4 BILLION TO U.S.  AGRICULTURE-- HAS JAPAN TRYING TO AMEND THE 11 NATION DEAL, CUTTING  OUT THE U.S., AND MOVING FORWARD.  TOKYO AIMS TO HOLD A TPP MINISTERS MEETING IN VIETNAM IN LATE MAY TO  CONSIDER WAYS AN 11-MEMBER PACT COULD WORK.  THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND IS WARNING THAT PROTECTIONIST  POLICIES AND EFFORTS TO DO AWAY WITH MULTI-LATERAL TRADE PACTS COULD  THREATEN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. BUT DESPITE THAT CONCERN,  THE I-M-F IS  STILL OFFERING A SUNNIER OUTLOOK FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017. THE I- M-F PREDICTING THAT THE WORLD ECONOMY WILL GROW THREE-AND A HALF  PERCENT THIS YEAR. THAT'S UP FROM THE FROM 3-POINT-ONE PERCENT DURING  PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LAST YEAR IN OFFICE. THIS LATEST OUTLOOK IS A SLIGHT UPGRADE FROM ITS FORECAST IN JANUARY.

I-80 PLANTING OHIO
THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR - 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.  THE NATION'S CORN BELT IS GETTING OFF TO A SLOW START THIS PLANTING  SEASON. AS WE CHECK THE FIVE STATES ALONG THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR  ROUTE, ONLY NEBRASKA IS HITTING THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE OF THREE  PERCENT PLANTED. THE OTHER STATES - IOWA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA AND OHIO ARE ALL BEHIND THE FIVE  YEAR AVERAGE. A MAJORITY OF OHIO FARMERS HAVE YET TO PUT THEIR PLANTERS IN THE FIELD  ACCORDING TO USDA'S LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT  BUT THAT COULD CHANGE THIS WEEK.  BETSY JIBBEN TAKES THE I-80  PLANTING TOUR TO NORTHWEST OHIO WHERE  AFTER A TOUGH COUPLE OF GROWING SEASONS, FARMERS NEED A GOOD CROP  IN 17'. IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL, ISN'T IT?"> ABOUT A WEEK AGO - JOE BARKER WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU - HE WOULDN'T BE  PLANTING CORN ANYTIME SOON.  "TEN DAYS AGO WE HAD 3 AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN RIGHT HERE. WE HAD STANDING WATER IN A LOT  OF PLACES,"THOSE APRIL SHOWERS BROUGHT SPRING WEATHER TO ANTWERP, OHIO OVER  THE WEEKEND.  "WHAT ARE CONDITIONS LIKE AS WE HEAD INTO PLANT 2017? WE'VE HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENT IN THE LAST FOUR DAYS OR SO. WE WERE BLESSED WITH A REALLY AGGRESSIVE WARM WIND AND THAT REALLY DRIED US OUT,"YET, BARKER ISN'T IN A HURRY TO ROLL HIS PLANTER ON OHIO'S HEAVY CLAY  LIKE MANY OF THE STATE'S FARMERS, HE'S EXPERIENCED A TOUGH COUPLE OF  GROWING SEASONS  FROM TOO WET TO TOO DRY.  THAT'S WHY HE'S MEETING WITH HIS CROP CONSULTANT HOPING TO PRODUCE  GOOD YIELDS IN 2017.  "IF WE GET A LITTLE LATER IN THE MONTH OF APRIL, THEN WE KIND OF INSURE OURSELVES FOR A LITTLE  BETTER SUCCESS RATE,""IT'S IMPORTANT FOR A LOT OF FOLKS I WORK FOR THAT THEY HAVE A GOOD SEASON IN 2017,"JOSH SCHUMACHER IS CHECKING THE SEED SPACING ON HIS PLANTER.. SEEING  IF EVERYTHING IS READY TO GO..  "WE'RE GOING TO PLANT LESS SEEDS SO HOPEFULLY SAVE ON SEED COSTS,"HE COULD HIT THE FIELDS IN PANDORA, OHIO AT ANY TIME.  "IT'S DRYING UP NICE. THEY'VE BEEN WETTER. WE GOT AN INCH WHEN THEY GOT THREE OR FOUR INCHES  SO WE'VE REALLY BEEN PRETTY LUCKY,"LIKE BARKER, HE SAYS 2017 IS AN IMPORTANT YEAR FOR THE STATE'S FARMERS  WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES IN THE PAST.  "IT'S VERY CRUCIAL WE HAVE A GOOD YEAR THIS YEAR. 34"  START AT 50 I WOULD SAY GUYS BETTER GET  THINGS RIGHT AGAIN AS FAR AS THEIR FINANCES," "WHEAT WAS VERY PROMINENT IN NORTHWEST OHIO ROUGHLY 10 YEARS AGO. BUT THESE  FARMERS ARE PRODUCER LESS** LIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, "I THINK FOR THIS 2017 SEASON, WE'RE ABOUT 5 PERCENT OF OUR TOTAL ACRES IN WHEAT,""WE DO NOT HAVE WHEAT THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME... (TAKE OUT AND START AT  4:42) STRICTLY DUE TO PRICE,"THE FOCUS IS ON SOYBEANS FOR BOTH OF THESE FARMERS. "WE WENT BEANS AFTER BEANS ON A FEW FIELDS JUST BECAUSE OF PRICE,"> "WE FORWARD CONTRACTED SOME BUT BY THE WAY IT LOOKS, NOT AS MUCH AS WE SHOULD HAVE,""I'M GOING TO BE HEAVIER BEANS THAN OUR HISTORY HAS EVER BEEN FOR THIS 2017 SEASON. "I FORWARD CONTRACTED A PRETTY GOOD CHUNK 2 MONTHS AGO. WE WERE BLESSED AND HIT SOME  NUMBERS THAT HIT OUR TARGETS,IT'S AN AREA OF THE BUCKEYE STATE WHERE FARMERS SAY PATIENCE.... "I'VE NEVER HAD A SEASON WHERE I THOUGHT, "GOSH, I WISH I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SO PATIENT." AND PREPARATION MAY PAY OFF.. "DID YOU GET THE OTHER ROWS TO PLANT OK THO?"AS THEY HOPE FOR A BETTER CROP IN 2017.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  SHOE-MOCK-ER HAS BEEN A SEED SALESMEN SINCE 2011.  HE SAYS THIS YEAR HE SOLD THE LEAST AMOUNT OF WHEAT TO CUSTOMERS  SINCE HE STARTED. 

FROM THE ASHES TEASE
RECENT RAINS ARE HELPING PASTURES RECOVER IN COLORADO, KANSAS,  OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS FOLLOWING THE WILDFIRE OUTBREAK IN MARCH.  SHORTLY AFTER THAT FIRE WE PROFILED RANCHERS AND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY  THE BLAZE IN A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY CALLED 'FROM THE ASHES'. THIS FRIDAY MORNING, WE'RE PLANNING TO RUN AN ENCORE PRESENTATION. AND WE'LL MAKE A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDING INFORMATION ON HOW  YOU CAN HELP SOME OF THE FAMILIES STILL TRYING TO RECOVER.  FROM THE ASHES' - JOIN US FRIDAY, HERE ON AGDAY .

CROP COMMENTS
APRIL SHOWERS ARE KEEPING SOME FARMERS OUT OF THE FIELDS. CINDI  CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN AND HAS A LOOK IN CROP COMMENTS.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  THE AGDAY CREW IS IN GRABILL, INDIANA THIS WEEK. JIM SMITH ISN'T READY TO  PLANT JUST YET - HE SAYS CONDITIONS ARE STILL TOO WET IN HIS AREA.  USDA SAYS 68 PERCENT OF ACRES ARE ADEQUATE AND 26 ARE SURPLUS WITHIN  THE HOOSIER STATE.  AND MARK HERZBERG NEAR VILLISCA, IOWA IS SEEING SOME SHOWERS IN HIS  AREA THIS WEEK.  MARK SAYS MOST FIELD PREPARATION AND FERTILIZER IS DONE. VERY FEW  ACRES ARE PLANTED YET ACCORDING TO USDA, 2 PERCENT OF CORN ACRES WERE PLANTED IN IOWA THE  WEEK ENDING APRIL 16. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE UP COMING FARM BILL DEBATE AND  WHAT TO EXPECT IN WASHINGTON. PLUS WE HEAD TO THE HIGH PEAKS OF THE SIERRA'S TO SHOW YOU HOW  TREACHEROUS SNOW SURVEYING CAN BE. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS CHECK ON MARKET CONDITIONS AND TUESDAY'S TRADES  FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN THE WINDY CITY. THE SOYBEAN MARKET WAS SHARPLY LOWER HERE ON TUESDAY. WE ARE SITTING IN MOST CONTRACTS WITHIN ABOUT TEN CENTS OF SOME FRESH TWELVE MONTH LOWS SO THE MARKET NOT ACTING VERY WELL HERE TO START OFF THE WEEK. YOU KNOW THE FIRST BIG CONCERN HERE AMONG TRADERS IS IS THE SUPPLY BASE WE HAD A RECORD PRODUCTION OUT OF THE U S IN TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND SOUTH AMERICA IS IN THE PROCESS OF HARVESTING A RECORD CROP THERE SO BETWEEN YOUR YOUR TWO MAJOR PRODUCERS HERE GLOBALLY OR JUST LOOKING AT MASSIVE OUTPUT WHICH IS REALLY BURNDENING THE MARKET THAT 'S WHY WE'VE SEEN SO MUCH DOWNSIDE IN THIS MARKET RECENTLY. THE LEAN HOG MARKET WAS SHARPLY LOWER HERE ON TUESDAY AND IS A MATTER OF FACT IT FELL INTO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE OCTOBER. WE'VE SEEN A DETERIORATING CASH MARKET WE SEE IN A FUTURES MARKET THAT AGAIN IS INTO SOME MULTI MONTH LOWS SO THINGS LOOKING KINDA UGLY HERE REALLY TO START OFF THE WEEK. AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK OF CME GROUP IN CHICAGO

AGRIBUSINESS
IN ANALYSIS THIS MORNING, TYNE MORGAN LOOKS FORWARD TO THE 2018 FARM  BILL AND CHALLENGES OF GETTING THE WORK DONE. HERE NOW WITH PAT WESTOFF HE'S THE DIRECTOR OF FABRI BUT ALSO  ECONOMIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PAT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THE  FARM BILL A LOT AND KIND OF LOOKING AT THE CURRENT FARM BILL AND WHAT  COULD HAPPEN KIND OF DO YOU THINK THE FARM BILL DISCUSSIONS ARE GOING  TO BE EVEN TOUGHER THIS GO AROUND. I THINK THEY COULD BE WE HAVE LOTS  OF DYNAMICS RIGHT NOW THAT COULD CAUSE A MUCH MORE CHALLENGING  FARM BILL DEBATE BUDGET SITUATION IS IF ANYTHING GETTING WORSE THAN IT  WAS PREVIOUSLY WE HAVE LOTS OF OTHER HEAD WINDS AT US THESE DAYS AND  I THINK THE POLITICAL CHALLENGES ARE AS SEVERE IF NOT MORE SEVERE THAN  THEY WERE LAST TIME AROUND. SO I KEEP HEARING FROM PRODUCERS WE  NEED A VIABLE SAFETY NET THIS TIME AROUND AND CROP INSURANCE WE KNOW  LAST TIME HAD A MAJOR TARGET ON IT'S BACK IS THAT THAT TARGET STILL THERE  OR DO YOU THINK MAYBE THAT THAT CONVERSATION IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT  THIS GO AROUND. THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE PEOPLE CHALLENGING NOT JUST  CROP INSURANCE BUT OTHER TRADITIONAL FARM PROGRAMS AS WELL AND I  THINK THOSE THOSE ARGUMENTS CAN BE EVEN MORE LOUD AND EVEN MORE  DIFFICULT LAST. BUT FUNDING WILL BE AN ISSUE THIS TIME. FUNDING WILL BE AN  ISSUE THIS TIME A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE TO TO SEE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR  CERTAIN WHAT THEY PERCEIVE TO BE PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT FARM BILL  WHERE'S THAT FUNDING GOING TO COME FROM IT'S NOT AT ALL CLEAR INDEED WE COULD HAVE A CHALLENGE BECAUSE WE COULD BE TALKING ABOUT LESS  FUNDING FOR THE NEXT FARM BILL. I'VE HEARD SOME PEOPLE TALK AND WE  HEARD ABOUT IT LAST TIME ABOUT SEPARATING THE FOOD AND FARM PORTION  OF THE FARM BILL RIGHT A MAJOR DEBATE IN YOUR ANALYSIS WHEN YOU'VE  LOOKED AT IT IS IT WISE TO SEPARATE THOSE TWO FROM EACH OTHER. YEAH I'M  NOT GOING TO RECOMMEND WHAT THEY SHOULD DO BUT I WILL JUST NOTE IT  HAS PROVEN VERY DIFFICULT TO COME UP WITH THE VOTES FOR A FARM BILL ON  THE HOUSE SIDE YOU KNOW COMING TO 218 VOTES FOR ANYTHING HAS PROVEN  TO BE DIFFICULT IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AND NOT HAVING A COALITION  THAT REACHES BOTH THE TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS AND THE TRADITIONAL INTERESTS MAKE MORE OF A CHALLENGE. ALRIGHT THANK YOU SO  MUCH PAT STAY WITH US WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MOMENT. 

WEATHER
CINDI CLAWSON JOINING US AGAIN. CINDI, WE HAVE THIS MOISTURE MAP AND A BOY DOES IT SHOW WHAT 'S DRY AND WHAT 'S WET IT REALLY DOES IT GIVES US A VERY VERY GOOD PICTURE OF WHAT 'S GOING ON AT THE SURFACE. FARMERS CAN REALLY USE THIS TO MAKE SOME GOOD DECISIONS AND AGAIN I THINK IT JUST GIVES A BETTER PICTURE OF WHAT 'S ACTUALLY GOING ON IN THE HERE AND NOW. SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK. I THINK IT REALLY GIVES A GOOD PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THINGS HAVE BEEN IN THE SHORT TERM. YOU COULD SEE WHERE THE STORM SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN TRACKING MUCH OF THE GREAT LAKES AND INTO PARTS OF THE CORN BELT. SOME OF THESE AREAS LIKE IOWA AND INDIANA WHERE WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT IN CROP COMMENTS THAT IT IS TOO WET. WELL, THAT IS SHOWING UP HERE ON THIS MOISTURE MAP AND YOU CAN REALLY SEE THE DRYNESS IN THE EAST. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE WET WEATHER THAT HAS BEEN IN THE WEST THAT WE FINALLY ARE SEEING SOME WETTER CONDITIONS OUT THERE AFTER SEVERAL YEARS A VERY VERY DRY WEATHER. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAP FOR TODAY . WE HAVE YET MORE RAIN THAT 'S GOING TO BE MOVING THROUGH PARTS OF THE CORN BELT TODAY. LOW PRESSURE RIGHT OVER NORTHERN GREAT LAKES, THAT WHOLE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH TO THE EAST WILL SEE MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IN PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS HEADING INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST AS WELL. WE'LL SEE IT ANOTHER FRONT COMING IN TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST A LOOK FOR SOME RAIN SOME HIGH ELEVATION SNOW THERE AS WELL. AS WE HEAD THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT  MORE RAIN ACTIVITY FOR PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST AND OF COURSE THE UPPER MIDWEST AND THE GREAT LAKES WITH THAT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TRAILING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE DOWN THROUGH THE PLAINS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY ON THURSDAY EVERYTHING JUST KIND OF PUSHES OFF TO THE EAST. SO WE WILL SEE A LITTLE BIT MORE MOISTURE ESPECIALLY FOR THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE CORN BELT HEADING INTO PARTS OF THE MID ATLANTIC STATES AND WE'LL SEE SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER IN THE NORTHWEST AS WELL. NOW THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS MOST OF THE MOISTURE HAS BEEN WITH THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM, UP IN THE GREAT LAKES. OF COURSE WE HAD SOME UNSETTLED OF WEATHER IN THE WEST AND SOME IN THE SOUTHEAST AS WELL. THAT 'S KIND OF SOME MORE WELCOME MOSITURE. AS YOU ADD ON THE NEXT TWENTY FOUR HOURS TO IT, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHERE THOSE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS ARE TRACKING IN THE UPPER MIDWEST AND INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND SOME OF THAT WET WEATHER AS YOU GET INTO THE NORTHEAST AS WELL. HERE 'S A LOOK AT THE SNOW AND YOU CAN SEE IT 'S MOSTLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND UP NORTH OF THE BORDER. PARTS OF MAINE WILL BE SEEING SOME SNOW AS WELL IN THE NEXT TWENTY FOUR HOURS. HERE IS A LOOK AND WE SEE DEFINITELY SOME WARM TEMPERATURES IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL UNITED STATES, A LITTLE COOLER AT FIFTY 'S NOT TOO BAD INTO THE NORTHWEST SCHOOL FOR FORTY THREE OVER IN BANGOR, MAINE AS WE HEAD DOWN TO OUR LOWS TONIGHT SEE A LOT OF SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER STATES. IT'S COOLER NORTH OF THOSE FRONTS AS WE SEE THIRTIES AND FORTIES. THAT 'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST NOW LET 'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE.  YELM, WASHINGTON RAIN IS LIKELY FOR YOU TODAY WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SIXTY DEGREES. JEWELL, IOWA WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HIGH OF SIXTY NINE AND COTTONDALE, FLORIDA MOSTLY SUNNY FOR YOU WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF EIGHTY SIX DEGREES.

TEASE
KEN FERRIE IS HERE FOR A SPECIAL FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. WE'LL TALK STARTER FERTILIZER AFTER THE BREAK. AND TAKE A RIDE WITH THESE SNOW SURVEYORS IN CALIFORNIA AS THEY  MEASURE A RECORD YEAR IN THE GOLDEN STATE.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE
WE'RE CHANGING THINGS UP TODAY, AND MOVING WEEKLY FARM JOURNAL  COLLEGE TV SEGMENT FROM FRIDAY TO WEDNESDAY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, I SAT DOWN WITH KEN FERRIE FOR AN EVENT AT  COMMODITY CLASSIC TO DISCUSS A FEW KEYS TO STARTER FERTILIZER. STARTER FERTILIZER 'S DIFFERENT FOR MOST FARMERS THE NOMENCLATURE IS  AT THE SAME SO FARMER WILL TELL ME AT A MEETING WELL  I'M PUTING ON  STARTER FERTILIZER ALL I ASK HIM WHAT'S HIS BLEND AND HE SAID  I'M USING  THIRTY TWO PERCENT IF YOU JUST USE A STRAIGHT NIGHT URGING IN MY  PERSPECTIVE THAT BE A NITROGEN RESPONSE IS LOOKING FOR STARTER THE  RESPONSE IS TYPICALLY ABOUT PHOSPHOROUS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE LAST PERSON TO START A RESPONSE THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH THE HIGHER THE  POUNDS OF MATERIAL YOU PUT ON THE STRONGER THE RESPONSE TYPICALLY IS  BUT THE CHALLENGES FROM EMERGENCE TO THIGH HIGH INCHES MATTER 'S A  SITUATION WHERE MY TWO INCHES AWAY TO REGIONS WHERE MEN FOR THE  QUICKEST RESPONSE IS TO PUT IT IN THE FERTILE BUT THAT ALSO BRINGS A  CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RISK WITH IT GETTING IT GOOD FURROW CLOSURE WE  ALLOW ANY AIR POCKETS IN THERE YOU GET THE KEY QUALITY THAT  I OWN IT  AND THEN THE SALT LOAD OF YEAR FOR LEISURE BECOMES AN ISSUE SO IT  TENDS TO RESTRICT YOUR RATE TO KEEP THE RATE DOWN NOT TO GET THE  BURN 'S OWNER TWO BY TWO APPLICATIONS WILL BE GET A RATE HIGHER FORTY  THREE TEAM IN THE ARK TWO BY TWO APPLICATIONS OUT THERE IN FURROW  APPLICATION BECAUSE THE RATE OF FIVE IN A TWO BY TWO APPLICATION THEN  YOU CAN USE A HIGHER SALT LOW COST STARTER WHEN YOU GO IN FURROW  WORLD IN QUALITY BECOMES A CONCERN AS YOU CAN BURN UP THE CROP 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, THE TOUGH TASK OF MEASURING SNOW PACK IN THE  HIGH SIERRA'S.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA'S BV4580 ROUND BALER. LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY. THE ACTIVE SNOW SEASON HAS COME TO A CLOSE IN THE SIERRA NEVADAS. THE  SNOWFALL TOTALS ARE ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS. AND WHILE WE OFTEN SHOW YOU THE "STAGED" MEDIA EVENT NEAR LAKE TAHOE  TO GAUGE SNOWPACK, OTHER SNOW MEASUREMENTS ARE MUCH MORE  RIGOROUS. SNOW SURVEYORS OFTEN ENDURE HIGH WINDS AND ROUGH  TERRAIN TO MEASURE SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS. BRIAN MELLEY HAS THE STORY  FROM THE SNOWY SIERRAS. TWO YEARS AGO, THIS SNOW SURVEY TEAM HIKED IN RUNNING SHOES UP TO  THIS VERY SPOT IN CALIFORNIA'S SIERRA NEVADA. THIS YEAR, THEY'RE ON SKIS. ANN KLINEFELTER, SNOW SURVEYOR: "IT'S BEEN AMAZING.  UNPRECEDENTED.''THE TEAM FOUND DEEP SNOW CONTAINING NEARLY DOUBLE THE  WATER CONTENT OF AN AVERAGE YEAR. NEAR-RECORD SNOWFALL LIKE THIS IS  WHY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN DECLARED AN END TO THE DROUGHT  EMERGENCY. DESPITE NEWER TECHNOLOGIES, INCLUDING SATELLITES AND  AIRPLANE-MOUNTED LASERS, TREKKING ON SKIS TO MEASURE SNOW AT  REGULAR INTERVALS IS STILL ONE OF THE MOST ACCURATE WAYS TO DETERMINE  HOW MUCH RUNOFF WILL FLOW FROM THE MOUNTAINS. JOHN DITTLI, SNOW SURVEYOR:  "WE'VE BEEN MEASURING MORE IN THE, CLOSE TO 50 PERCENT, THIS SNOW IS HALF WATER.''  SURVEYORS HAVE BEEN MEASURING SNOWPACK THIS WAY FOR MORE THAN A  CENTURY. IT'S A CONNECTION FELT BY THE CREW AT NIGHT WHEN THEY REST IN  HISTORIC CABINS. "THE LOG BOOKS GO WAY BACK AND IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO GET INTO A  CABIN, YOU PULL OUT THE OLD LOG BOOK AND READ ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE MEASURING BACK IN THE  '60S AND EARLIER.'' TO GET TO THE HIGH COUNTRY FOR THE LAST READING OF THE SEASON, THE  CREW BATTLED HIGH WINDS AND SNOW ONE DAY...FOLLOWED BY SUNNY, BLUE SKIES THE NEXT. IT'S BOTH A JOB AND AN  ADVENTURE. "I PUT IN FOR ANNUAL LEAVE  AHEAD OF TIME FOR WHEN THE SURVEY WINDOWS ARE AND THIS IS MY VACATION." THEIR WORK  HELPS FORECASTERS DETERMINE HOW MUCH WATER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO  CITIES, FARMS AND FOR HYDROELECTRICITY. AND DURING HIGH SNOW YEARS,  HELPS DAM OPERATORS KNOW HOW MUCH WATER TO STORE AND HOW MUCH TO  LET GO TO PREVENT FLOODING. "RIGHT NOW THEY STILL NEED US TO DO, TO DO GROUND  TRUTHING FOR THE DEPTH BUT ALSO TO MEASURE THE DENSITY.'' ENSURING CREWS CONTINUE  THIS TRADITION TO CONFIRM AND VERIFY READINGS TAKEN WITH NEW  TECHNOLOGY.BRIAN MELLEY, IN CALIFORNIA'S HIGH SIERRA NEVADA,  ASSOCIATED PRESS.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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