AgDay Daily Recap - April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 25, 2017


HEADLINES
IN WASHINGTON LEADERS RETURN TO WORK AND THAT INCLUDES CONFIRMING A  BOSS FOR USDA. SOME FARMERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT FINDING ENOUGH HANDS  FOR HARVEST. IN AGRIBUSINESS...CAN WHEAT RALLY? THE DAIRY REPORT LOOKS  AT TEMPERED EXPECTATION FOR MILK MARKETS.  AND PLANT A TREE FOR ARBOR  DAY. THESE TENNESSEE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING TO DIG DEEP FOR FUTURE  FORESTS. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

CONGRESS BACK IN ACTION
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER A TWO WEEK RECESS,  CONGRESS RETURNS TO WASHINGTON THIS WEEK WITH A FULL SCHEDULE AND  SEVERAL PRESSING MATTERS. ONE OF THOSE MATTERS-- CONFIRMING THE PRESIDENT'S PICK TO RUN USDA. THE FULL SENATE VOTING TO CONFIRM FORMER GEORGIA GOVERN SONNY  PERDUE LATE MONDAY. PERDUE WAS CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE AG  COMMITTEE AT THE START OF THE MONTH BUT GOT HUNG UP BEHIND THE  CONFIRMATION OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NEIL GORSUCH. 

IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION
CONGRESS WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSING BUDGETS AND FUNDING INCLUDING  PAYING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WALL ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. SOME FARMERS AROUND THE U-S ARE WORRIED THAT THE ADMINISTRATIONS  CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL DEPRIVE THEM OF THE WORKERS  THEY NEED.AMERICAN AG DEPENDS HEAVILY ON FOREIGN LABOR TO PLANT, RAISE AND PICK  CROPS. KRYSTA FAURIA HAS THE STORY. NO GRAPES YET ON THESE VINEYARDS, BUT A COUPLE OF WORKERS GET THE  FIELDS READY AT THIS OREGON WINERY.  PATRICIA DUDLEY, VINEYARD PRESIDENT: "THE  TYPE OF GRAPES THAT WE GROW HERE IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY ARE NOT YOUR EVERYDAY TABLE-READY.  WE'RE MAKING A LUXURY PRODUCT HERE. THAT'S WHAT THE OREGON WINE INDUSTRY IS BASED ON AND  IT DOES NOT REQUIRE MECHANIZATION." BUT NOW AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S STRICTER IMMIGRATION POLICY UNFOLDS….FARMERS HERE ARE GETTING  WORRIED THEY WON'T HAVE THE MANUAL LABOR NEEDED DURING HARVEST  SEASON. FEARS AMPLIFIED AFTER U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS  ENFORCEMENT AGENTS ARRESTED 11 FARMWORKERS IN WOODBURN, OREGON  IN FEBRUARY. FOUR OF THEM NOW FACE POSSIBLE DEPORTATION, SENDING  CHILLS THROUGH THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY IN THE AREA AND ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. MARIANA ALVAREZ FLOREZ, FARMWORKER: "THE FIRST THING I DO IN THE MORNING IS, AS A  MEXICAN, I SIGN THE CROSS IN THE NAME OF GOD…" "THE FEAR IS LIKE A BARRIER I HAVE TO  OVERCOME BECAUSE I HAVE RENT AND BILLS WAITING. SO I HAVE TO GO LOOK FOR WORK TO HAVE A  PLACE FOR MY CHILDREN AND I." FARMERS ARE TELLING WORKERS TO BE CAREFUL.  SOUNDBITE, MOSES MALDONADO, FARMWORKER "THEY ALL ADVISE US. STAY AWAY, DON'T GO OUT,  DON'T GET DRUNK., DON'T DO NOTHING ILLEGAL BECAUSE THEY NEED US. THEY WORRY TOO." U.S.  AGRICULTURE RELIES HEAVILY ON HUMAN LABOR. A SURVEY BY THE U.S.  DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOUND THAT IMMIGRANTS WORKING IN THE  COUNTRY ILLEGALLY MAKE UP 67 PERCENT OF FARMWORKERS IN FRUITS AND  NUT FARMS, 61 PERCENT IN VEGETABLES AND 35 PERCENT IN NURSERIES. JEFF  STONE, OREGON ASSOCIATION OF NURSERIES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: "THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT LOT  OF FAMILIES ARE MIXED. THAT MEANS YOU MAY HAVE A FULLY DOCUMENTED NURSERY WORKER BUT  MAYBE THEIR WIFE OR PARENTS ARE UNDOCUMENTED, WHEN THESE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS COME  ABOUT ANY TIME YOU'RE DRIVING FROM WOODBURN TO PORTLAND, YOU'RE LIVING IN FEAR." THE  NATION'S AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY BRACING FOR A HUMAN AND ECONOMIC TOLL  IN THE WAKE OF AN IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN. KRYSTA FAURIA, ASSOCIATED  PRESS.

PLANTING PROGRESS
PLANTING PROGRESS FOR THE MAJOR GRAINS WAS BEHIND LAST WEEK. CORN PLANTING HAS RECOVERED FROM SOME DELAYS AND NOW SITS ALMOST  AT THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE OF 18-PERCENT. BUT IT STILL LAGS LAST YEARS PACE OF 28-PERCENT. BY STATE - A THIRD OF THE ILLINOIS CORN CROP IS PLANTED. THAT'S SIX POINTS  AHEAD. BUT WITH JUST EIGHT PERCENT PLANTED, IOWA IS SIX POINTS BEHIND. NOW TO SOYBEANS - OVERALL SIX PERCENT IS PLANTED - THAT'S TWICE THE  FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. BY STATE - MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA LEADING THE WAY. BOTH ARE DOUBLE  THE AVERAGE PACE. COTTON - ELEVEN PERCENT PLANTED....JUST A POINT BEHIND AVERAGE. IN TEXAS, 12-PERCENT IS SEEDED - TWO POINTS BEHIND. AND WINTER WHEAT IS ADVANCING QUICKLY. 32-PERCENT HAS REACHED  HEADING STAGE....NINE POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA RE BOTH NEARLY 20-POINTS AHEAD OF AVERAGE. IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS JEREMY WOLF SHARED THIS DRONE FOOTAGE OF  PLANT 17. HE SAYS THEY'RE MAKING GOOD PROGRESS AND EVEN ON TRACK TO FINISH  EVERYTHING IN APRIL. HE'S SEEING A LOT OF CORN POP UP IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND STANDS  LOOK INCREDIBLE EVEN AT 55 MILES AN HOUR. AND JAKE MICHAEL IN ROSSVILLE INDIANA--THAT JUST TO THE EAST OF  LAFAYETTE.  HE SAYS THEY'VE BEEN MISSED BY A FEW RAINS AND THAT'S HELPING FIELD  WORK ROLL ALONG. JAKE SAYS SO FAR THESE FIELDS ARE WORKING UP LIKE A GARDEN. IT SEEMS LIKE IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME. WE GET SOME DECENT  WEATHER AND FARMERS GET ANXIOUS TO GET INTO THEIR FIELDS. MUCH OF THE MIDWEST FIELDS HAVE ABUNDANT MOISTURE. AND IN SOME  CASES - TOO MUCH. IF YOU'RE IN THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT - YOU  SHOULDN'T WORRY YET. WE NEED A FEW MORE WEEKS BEFORE WE START GETTING PANICKED ABOUT NOT GETTING A CORN CROP  IN."SO, MAY 20TH FOR CORN AND AROUND MAY 30TH FOR SOYBEANS AND I DON'T THINK WE ARE IN ANY  DANGER RIGHT NOW. "LOUISIANA IS USUALLY THE FIRST STATE IN THE COUNTRY TO PLANT SOYBEANS.  AND THIS YEAR IS NO EXCEPTION. FAVORABLE WEATHER IS HELPING LOUISIANA FARMERS GET THIS YEARS CROP IN  THE GROUND DURING THE OPTIMUM TIME FOR THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. A MILD WINTER AND WARM SPRING HELPS. WE'VE HAD ADEQUATE RAINFALL. THE TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN GREAT. A LOT OF  PRODUCERS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THOSE WARMER TEMPERATURES AND DID PLANT EARLY. > IF WE CAN GET OUR SOYBEANS IN BEFORE WE GET TOO MANY GENERATIONS OF OUR STINK-BUG  PROBLEMS, THEN THAT CAN GO A LONG WAY IN REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY PRODUCERS HAVE TO  SPEND ON CONTROLLING INSECTS.  WHILE WE'RE EXPECTING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SOYBEAN ACREAGE THIS  SPRING, LOUISIANA WILL ONLY BE UP SLIGHTLY. LEE-VEE EXPECTS ONE-AND-HALF MILLION ACRES OF SOYBEANS - MAKING IT  LOUISIANA'S LARGEST CROP IN TERMS OF ACREAGE. 

CATTLE ON FEED
THE APRIL CATTLE ON FEED REPORT FROM USDA SHOWS 10 POINT 9 MILLION  HEAD IN THE NATIONS LARGEST FEEDLOTS.  THAT'S SLIGHTLY ABOVE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME. HEIFER NUMBERS WERE UP 5 PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR WHEN  RANCHERS WERE RETAINING REPLACEMENTS. PLACEMENTS WERE UP 11 PERCENT--AND HIGHEST SINCE THE NUMBERS  STARTED BEING COLLECTED IN 1996. MARKETINGS OF FED CATTLE WERE 10 PERCENT HIGHER.

CROP COMMENTS
WHILE SOME ARE PLANTING, OTHERS ARE COVERED IN SNOW.  MIKE HOFFMAN IS BACK THIS MORNING AND HAS AN UPDATE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  IT LOOKS A LOT LIKE WINTER IN WARWICK, NORTH DAKOTA.  AUSTIN LANGLEY SAYS A SURPRISE SPRING STORM IS HALTING ANY THOUGHTS  OF SEEDING AND MAKING FOR COLD CALVES.  AUSTIN SAYS IT'S TOUGH ON THE LITTLE BABIES WITH WINDS BLOWING AT 20  MILES PER HOUR. HE GETTING THEM OUT OF THE COLD AND INTO THE BARN. MOTHER NATURE IS TREATING LA-HARPE, ILLINOIS DIFFERENTLY.  MATT SWANSON STARTED TO PUT UP HAY OVER THE WEEKEND.  HE SAYS THE TEMPERATURES ARE NICE-LINGERING IN THE 60S AND 70S.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  THE LOCAL WEATHER CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT NOT ONLY ON YOUR DAY, BUT ALSO ON YOUR CROPS.  START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT WITH YOUR LOCAL FORECAST DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT  WEATHER TO 31313 TO GET STARTED! 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE ON THE WHEAT MARKETS AND THE SEARCH  FOR A PATH TO HIGHER PRICES. AND 4-H'ERS GET READY TO DIG-IN FOR ARBOR DAY. IN THE COUNTRY - LATER ON AGDAY. I'M BETSY JIBBEN, COMING UP TOMORROW ON AGDAY, WE TAKE OUR I-80 PLANTING TOUR TO INDIANA WHERE FARMERS TALK ABOUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS, ACREAGE MIX AND PLANTING CONDITIONS FOR THE  UPCOMING SEASON. THAT'S TOMORROW ON AGDAY." 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 SOYBEANS SEE A BOUNCE TO START THE WEEK--AT LEAST IN  EARLY TRADE.LETS SEE HOW MARKETS CLOSED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. GRAINS MARKETS HAVE GENERALLY TRADED IN THE MIXED TONE TODAY WITH  THE WHEAT MARKET, THE SOFTER MARKET, CORN SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN AND  SOYBEANS TRADING HIGHER. SOYBEAN TRADING HIGHER ON THE WEAKNESS OF  THE U.S. DOLLAR. THE US DOLLAR DOWN AT ONE POINT A THOUSAND POINTS, OR  ABOUT ONE FULL PENNY ON THE INDEX. AND THAT'S CREATED SOME BUYING IN  THE SOYBEANS. VERY STRONG EXPORT INSPECTIONS FOR CORN AND ANOTHER  ALMOST A MILLION AND A HALF TONS, THAT'S TWO WEEKS IN A ROW. CORN  DEMAND HAS BEEN VERY VERY GOOD HERE. DESPITE THAT THE CORN MARKET  REALLY MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PLANTING PROGRESS, WHICH IS EXPECTED  TO BE SLOW IN THE DATA AGAIN.THE WHEAT MARKET HAS REALLY BEEN THE  WEAK SISTER ALONG WITH RICE MARKET. BEEN MORE A  DEMAND FOCUS AND OF  COURSE, THESE RAINS THAT ARE COMING THRU THE MIDWEST WILL ALSO BE  HITTING THE GREAT PLAINS AND THE DELTA AND PROVIDE SOME VERY GOOD  GROWING CONDITIONS FOR WHEAT AND CORN AS WE MOVE FORWARD. REALLY  NOTHING GOING ON TO PUSH THE MARKET A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT ONE  DIRECTION OR ANOTHER BUT IT DOES SEEM THE MARKETS DO NOT WANT TO  BREAK MUCH MORE AND WE COULD SEE MORE FURTHER BUYING IF THE MARKET  STABILIZED THIS WEEK.  THANKS VERY MUCH THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE. I'M VICE  PRESIDENT OF PRICE FUTURES GROUPS HERE ON THE CME GROUP FLOOR WITH  SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKET.

AGRIBUSINESS
KEVIN DULING WITH KD INVESTOR 'S OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS  DESK TODAY. KEVEN LETS TALK ABOUT THIS WHEAT MARKET. IT 'S, IT 'S NOT BEEN  TERRIBLY EXCITING TO SAY LEAST. IT'S BEEN WORSE THAN EXCITING. IT IS HAS  BEEN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR A LONG TIME, AND OUR EXPECTED  ACRES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOWN THIS YEAR AND THEY ARE. IS THAT GOING  TO CHANGE? IS GONNA HELP THE PICTURE YES THE MARKET ONCE THE BIG RAIN  EVENTS HIT THE PLAINS IT BASICALLY SAID OK. WE DO NOT NEED RECORD  YIELDS AND SO DOWN WE'VE GONE. THE HEDGE FUNDS HAVE PILED ON IT. THEY  WENT FROM A THREE HUNDRED MILLION SHORT TO PUSHING NINE NOW OR  EIGHT FIFTY TO NINE WHICH IS JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING IN THE CHICAGO MARKET AND WE DON'T HAVE A LARGE CATALYST TO KICK HIM OUT YET I THINK  YOU WILL SEE THAT. YOU'RE GONNA SEE WORLD PRODUCTION FALL AND IN  EUROPE WELL NOT EUROPE YET. EUROPE 'S GONNA GAIN FROM LAST YEAR, THE  BLACK SEA'S GONNA FALL AUSTRALIA 'S GONNA FALL QUITE A BIT. THE U S IS  GONNA FALL FROM LAST YEAR SO PRODUCTION'S GOING TO DROP DEMAND IS  GOING TO INCREASING AGAIN IT ALWAYS DOES SO LONG TERM YOU'LL SEE A  MUCH BETTER PICTURE. WE GET A FIRST LOOK AT THAT IN MAY WHEN THE IN THE  NEXT WASDE REPORT COMES OUT. OK WHAT WE'VE BEEN WATCHING FOR A  WHILE IS THE STOCKS IN CHINA. HOW DOES THAT FIT INTO THIS PICTURE? IT  REALLY MAKES IT A CHALLENGE AND THE REASON I SAY THAT IF YOU LOOK AT THE  STOCKS TO USAGE IN THIS NEXT YEAR WITH THE PRODUCTION ESTIMATES WE'RE  CURRENTLY USING FROM THE OTHER COUNTRIES IT 'S GONNA BE THE SECOND  TIGHTEST OR TIGHTEST EVER AMONG...MINUS CHINA..MINUS CHINA WHEN YOU  TAKE THEM OUT OF THE PICTURE... RIGHT. SO IF YOU THROW THEM BACK IN THE  PICTURE YOU'RE LOOKING AT OVER FIFTY ONE PERCENT OF THE WORLD CARRY  OUT RIGHT THERE. AND YET THEY'VE HAD IMPORTS THIS YEAR EXCEEDING MORE  THAN THEY BOUGHT LAST FIVE YEARS SO THE IMPORTS ARE ROLLING AND YET  THEY HAVE ALL THE STOCK SO I GUESS IT 'S OFF GRADE. THAT WOULD BE MY  PRESUMPTION SO WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT THIS WINTER IF THEY CAN EXPORT OR  NOT WHICH I ASSUME THEY WON'T. SO TO ME YOU KNOW THIS IS FINALLY AND  WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME.  I THINK WE'RE FINALLY ABOUT TO SEE  THE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. I THINK GOING GROWERS WOULD  APPRECIATE HEARING THAT THERE MIGHT BE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.  WE'LL BE BACK MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. TO TALK TO KEVIN ONE ON ONE OIR TO RECEIVE A FREE ONE MONTH SAMPLE  CALL TODAY AT 541-980-4554.

WEATHER
WELCOEM BACK TO AGDAY WITH MIKE HOFFMAN TALKING ABOUT SNOW I BELIEVE  IS WHAT YOU SAID. WE'RE EXPECTING SPRING AND SUMMER! IN THE EAST, YES.  THAT WEATHER WILL HOLD BUT IN THE WEST, IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY. NOW A GOOD CHUNK OF THE SNOW IS ACTUALLY IN THE MOUNTAINS BUT YOU  CAN SEE SOME OF THAT COMING INTO THE BLACK HILLS AND A LITTLE IN  NORTHERN MINNESOTA, MIXING IN WITH THE RAIN. IT'S FAIRLY COLD IN THESE  COLD FRONTS BUT IT'S FAIRLY WARM FARTHER EAST AND THAT OVERALL  PATTERN IS GOING TO HOLD FOR A LITTLE WHILE. WE'LL SHOW YOU THE  JETSTREAM COMING UP ON A WET SYSTEM MOVING UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD  TAHT'S BEEN GIVING PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST RAIN OVER THE LAST COUPLE  OF DAYS. THAT WILL MOVE UP INTO THE MID ATLANTIC SPREADING A LOT OF RAIN  INTO PENNSYLVANIA AND YOU CAN SEE PARTS OF MINNESOTA SOUTHWESTWARD  INTO THE MOUNTAINS SEEING SOME RAIN THERE WILL BE SOME SNOW IN THE  HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND ALSO IN THE FAR NORTHERN SECTIONS OF MINNESOTA  AND THE NEXT COLD FRONT WILL COME INTO THE WEST COAST BY LATER IN THE  DAY. BY TOMORROW MORNING, WE WILL SEE SYSTEMS HAD A LINKING UP IN THE  ONE LONG COLD FRONT. THE NORTHERN PART OF THIS REALLY ISN'T GOING TO  COME SOUTHWARD TOO MUCH. THE SOUTHERN PART WILL START TO WEAKEN AS IT COMES FATHER EAST.  BUT YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE AREAS OF RAIN AND A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW IS  LOCATED AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW  YOU CAN SEE THE SECOND SYSTEM HAS THAT COLD AIR A LITTLE FURTHER  SOUTH. WE'RE LOOKING AT SNOW INTO CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA,  NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN AND THE U-P OF MICHIGAN. THE NEXT COLD FRONT BRINGING IN THAT MOUNTAIN SNOW OUT WEST.  CHECKING OUT PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS, A LOT OF IT IN PARTS  OF NORTH CAROLINA BUT ALSO ACROSS THE PLAINS AS WELL. IT ALL DEPENDS  ON WHERE YOU LIVE IF YOU'RE IN ONE OF THOSE STRIPS THAT GET THOSE  AFTERNOON SHOWS. AND WESTERN OREGON AND WASHINGTON GETTING  THOSE DECENT AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL ESTIMATES MAINLY CONFINED TO THE  MOUNTAINS AND A FEW SPOTS LIKE I SAID, FURTHER EAST. SOUTHERN CANADA  GETTING A FAIR AMOUNT. YOU CAN SEE THAT SYSTEM IS GOING TO SPREAD  EASTWARD INTO QUEBEC EVENTUALLY BUT FOR THE MOST PART, CENTRAL  EASTERN SYSTEMS, IT'S WAY TOO WARM FOR THAT SNOW. YOU CAN SEE WHY.  70S AND 80S AND SOME 90S SHOWING UP IN PARTS OF SOUTH TEXAS THERE.  TEMPERATURES TONIGHT, PRETTY COLD WITH FREEZING IN THE  NORTHWESTERN PLAINS BUT FROM CHICAGO SOUTHWARD, SIXTIES AND  SEVENTIES FOR LOWS AND WARM AIR CONTINUES. YOU CAN SEE THAT DIVIDING LINE, THAT FRONT THAT'S NOT MOVING QUICKLY EASTWARD. HERE'S THE JET  STREAM AND WHY IT'S NOT COMING EAST FOR AWHILE. YOU SEE SOME OF IT  COMES EASTWARD. A LITTLE BIT OF A COOL DOWN AND THE RIDGE BUILDS BACK  UP INTO THE WEEKEND. BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK WE  MAY GET THAT TROUGH COMING FURTHER EAST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS.  FIRST OF ALL FOR BILLINGS, MONATANA, CLOUDY WITH A SHOWER POSSIBLE AND  49 DEGREES. BUFFALO, TEXAS IS PARTLY SUNNY, WARM AND HUMID WITH A HIGH  OF 86 AND CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA IS WARMER WITH CLOUDS AND A LITTLE  SUNSHINE. THE HIGH IS AROUND 70.  WHEN WE RETURN...WE'LL LOOK AT MILK PRICES AND ADJUSTED POTENTIAL FOR  2017.

TEASE
I'M CHARLES DENNEY. TENN 4H'ERS PUT SHOVEL TO DIRT AND FUTURE FOREST  APPEARS. WE'RE PLANTING TREES AT A CONVENIENT CENTER.  COMING UP ON  AGDAY.

DAIRY REPORT
IN OUR DAIRY REPORT...SHORTLY AFTER BEING SWORN IN, NEW AG SECRETARY  SONNY PERDUE IS HEADED FOR WISCONSIN. HE'S EXPECTED TO BEGIN WORK ON THE CURRENT TRADE ROE WITH CANADA  THAT'S SEEN PROCESSORS LOSE EXPORT MARKETS AND DAIRY FARMS  DROPPED. THE TRADE ISSUE HAS SPARKED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WAS MENTIONED AT  LEAST TWICE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP LAST WEEK. MEANWHILE SPOT MARKETS SEEING SOME EXCITING ACTION TO END LAST WEEK. AT THE CME SPOT CHEESE BARRELS TRADING FOUR AND HALF CENTS HIGHER-- BLOCK CHEESE AND BUTTER GAINED AS WELL. THAT HELPED CLASS III PRICES MOVE HIGHER. HOWEVER, WISCONSIN DAIRY ECONOMIST BOB CROPP SAYS HE'S PULLING BACK  ON HIS FORECAST FOR THIS YEAR. HE'S EXPECTING CLASS III PRICES TO AVERAGE 16-40 FOR THE YEAR--THAT'S OFF  ABOUT A DOLLAR FROM A PREVIOUS PREDICTION. CROP POINTS TO AN EARLY SPRING FLUSH AND SLUGGISH COMMODITY PRICES  ARE TO BLAME. PART OF THAT PRICING PRESSURE COMES FROM HIGHER DAIRY COW NUMBERS. HERD NUMBERS WERE UP NEARLY 60-THOUSAND IN MARCH YEAR OVER YEAR. HOWEVER COW CULLING IS ALSO HIGHER--UP ABOUT 1 PERCENT THAN A YEAR  AGO THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER. PART OF THE REASON FOR THE INCREASE, A LARGER NUMBER OF DAIRY  REPLACEMENTS COMING ONLINE.IT'S PLANTING SEASON - NOT ONLY FOR CROPS, BUT TREES!

TEASE
WE'LL MEET SOME TENNESSEE 4-H'ERS WHO ARE ADDING MORE ARBORS TO THE  STATE'S VAST FORESTS....AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE HARDEST WORKING TRACTORS IN AG AT  KUBOTA.COM.  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY. ARBOR DAY IS THIS FRIDAY. ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO PLANT A TREE.  IN FORESTED AREAS SOME TREES POP UP ON THEIR OWN, WHILE OTHERS  REQUIRE HELP FROM HUMANS.   4-HERS IN ONE COMMUNITY ARE DIGGING DEEP INTO A FORESTRY PROGRAM  FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE. UT'S CHARLES DENNEY HAS MORE ON PLANTING TODAY FOR FUTURE BEAUTY. THE ROOT-KNOTTED GROUND RELUCTANTLY BREAKS APART THIS SPRING DAY. BUT SHOVEL TO DIRT, AND A  COMMUNITY GROWS IN APPEARANCE. ON THE HEELS OF ARBOR DAY - AND WITH HELP FROM THE  FORESTRY SERVICE - 4-HERS IN NEWPORT ARE PLANTING REDBUDS. MEGAN CHENEY: "I HAVE A VERY  DEEP APPRECIATION FOR COCKE COUNTY. I THINK IT'S SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE TO LIVE, AND I THINK WE  NEED TO DO AS MUCH AS WE CAN AS A COMMUNITY TO KEEP IT BEAUTIFUL AND KEEP IT AS GREAT A  PLACE AS IT IS."THESE YOUNG LADIES ARE PROUD OF THEIR HOMETOWN, AND PLANT TREES TO MAKE IT AN  EVEN BETTER PLACE.  THEY'RE LEARNING TOO.  AUBRIE STRANGE HAS AN INTEREST IN FORESTRY – A  PROJECT SHE'S WORKED ON IN 4-H. AUBRIE STRANGE: "I LIKE BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY TREES. I LIKE  BEING ABLE TO TELL MY LITTLE SISTER WHAT THE TREES AROUND OUR HOUSE ARE. I JUST LIKE HAVING THE  KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT EVERYTHING IS HERE, AND WE HAVE SO MUCH FORESTS AROUND US, IT'S JUST  GOOD TO KNOW." "THIS SPOT IS ONE OF THE COUNTY CONVENIENCE CENTERS. ORGANIZERS CHOSE THIS  AREA FOR THE PLANTING BECAUSE IT HAD SOME OPEN AREAS THAT COULD USE A LITTLE SHADE AND A  LITTLE BEAUTY." ORGANIZERS SAY THE TREES COULD SERVE AS A BUFFER TO BUSY INTERSTATE 40 JUST FEET  AWAY. THIS PROJECT WAS PART OF A COUNTY-WIDE EFFORT TO PLANT HUNDREDS OF TREES, FIVE SPECIES IN  ALL, IN YARDS, PARKS AND ALONG ROADWAYS. SARAH ORR: "TREES ARE GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.  THEY CATCH A LOT OF RAIN WATER AND STORM WATER, REALLY GOOD FOR OXYGEN AND THOSE KINDS OF  THINGS, ASIDE FROM THEIR ANESTHETIC BEAUTY. SO IT'S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT." UT EXTENSION  AND "KEEP COCKE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL" WERE PARTNERS IN THE TREE PROJECT. NEWPORT IS A FOOTHILLS  MOUNTAIN TOWN, FRAMED BY THE SMOKIES. AND LOCAL LEADERS ARE TEAMING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE  THE LOOKS OF THE AREA. MEKA HENDERSON: "OUR JOB IS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT LITTER  PREVENTION, AND NOT THROWING THE LITTER OUT AND JUST TAKING PRIDE IN THE AREA WHERE YOU'RE AT  THAT TIME, AND IF YOU SEE TRASH, PICK IT UP AND HELP OUT." THE REDBUGS ARE TWIGS NOW, BUT SHOULD SPROUT TO TWENTY FEET WITH RAIN, SUN AND TIME. MEANTIME A SPIRIT OF SERVICE TAKES ROOT  HERE, AND A YOUNGER GENERATION PLANTS THEIR MARK ON A PRETTIER AND PROUD FUTURE.THIS IS  CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING. THE PROJECT IN NEWPORT WAS A CONTINUATION OF THE LARGEST TREE  PLANTING IN STATE HISTORY – MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND TREES STATEWIDE, COORDINATED BY THE TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL.

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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