AgDay Daily Recap -April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 26, 2017


HEADLINES
SPRING WEATHER CREATING A STOP AND GO START FOR PLANT 17.  "I'M BETSY  JIBBEN. SOME INDIANA FARMERS ARE IN THE FIELDS WHILE OTHERS SAY THEIR AREA IS JUST TOO WET.  WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY AHEAD ON AGDAY," SONNY PERDUE TAKES HIS SEAT AT  SECRETARY OF AG. "I 'VE BEEN WAITING TO SEE Y'ALL AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'VE BEEN WAITING TO SEE ME TOO RIGHT?" IN AGRIBUSINESS...THE BIG PICTURE ECONOMY. AND A  SMALL KANSAS TOWN SAYS THANK YOU...AN UPDATE FROM THE WILDFIRES  REGION AND INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY  THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

PLANTING WEATHER
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AFTER  A COUPLE OF WARM AND DRIER  DAYS IN PARTS OF THE CORN BELT, FARMERS GOT A CHANCE TO DO SOME  PLANTING. BUT AT MIDWEEK SHOWERS ARE MOVING ACROSS THE  MIDWEST...ADDING NEW MOISTURE TO SOIL THAT'S ALREADY SEEN ADEQUATE OR  SURPLUS LEVELS. BUT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THESE STORMS BEING SPREAD OUT NOT  HITTING THE SAME PLACE OVER AND OVER AGAIN I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO  BECOME A MAJOR CONCERN LIKE WHAT WE SAW IN YEARS LIKE 2008 AND 2011  WHERE WE HAD EXTENSIVE AND WIDESPREAD PLANTING DELAYS THE OTHER  FACTOR WORKING IN OUR FAVOR AT THIS POINT IS THAT MAY SEEMS TO BE THE FORECAST AND THE JET STREAM PATTERN SEEM TO BE SETTING UP IN A WAY  THAT COULD BRING SOME DRYER WEATHER INTO THE MIDWEST DURING THE  MONTH OF MAY AND THAT WOULD CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE A RAPID PACE OF  PLANTING IF WE GOT A LITTLE BIT DRIER WEATHER MOVING IN.

I-80 PLANTING TOUR
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.  PLANTING PROGRESS FOR THE FIVE STATES ALONG THE I-80 PLANTING TOUR ARE  MIXED THIS WEEK. STARTING IN THE WEST NEBRASKA CORN PLANTING IS SIX POINTS AHEAD OF  AVERAGE. IOWA IS SIX POINTS BEHIND. ONTO ILLINOIS - NEARLY A THIRD IS PLANTED, SIX POINTS AHEAD. INDIANA IS NEAR AVERAGE AT 15-PERCENT. WHILE OHIO IS A TICK BEHIND.[TAKE :I80 PLANTING TOUR   AND AS YOU WOULD EXPECT VERY LITTLE SOYBEAN PLANTING HAS STARTED IN  THE MIDWEST. AS WE MENTIONED INDIANA CORN PLANTING IS SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF THE FIVE  YEAR AVERAGE. SOYBEAN PLANTING IS RIGHT ON PAR. BUT NOT EVERY AREA IN THE STATE IS READY FOR PLANT 2017.  BETSY JIBBEN  HAS AN UPDATE FROM TWO VERY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN THE HOOSIER STATE.  "CLINTON, SOME INDIANA FARMER HAVE BEEN BUSY PLANTING WHILE OTHERS ARE WAITING ON THEIR  CHANCE TO GET IN THE FIELDS.""WE'RE BEHIND. NOT QUITE BEHIND THE 8 BALL YET BUT WE'RE BEHIND,"> SOILS ARE STILL  DAMP IN GRABILL, INDIANA. "WE'RE WET BUT WITH SUN LIKE THIS, THAT'LL DRY US OUT BEFORE TOO LONG AND GET THE PLANTERS  ROLLING,"SMITH WORKED SOME GROUND FOR ALFALFA LAST WEEK BUT RAIN STOPPED  FIELDWORK FOR NOW. RAIN PUT FIELD WORK TO A STOP. SMITH SAYS THE GROUND IS TOO WET TO  PLANT."THE BIGGEST DEAL IS WE'VE HAD RAIN EVENT THEN ANOTHER RAIN EVENT THAT'S KEPT US OUT OF THE  FIELD LONG ENOUGH TO NOT GET ANYTHING ACCOMPLISHED," BUT LIKE OTHER INDIANA  FARMERS HUGGING THE OHIO BORDER, JIM SMITH HAS MORE ON HIS MIND THIS  YEAR THAN THE DATE ON THE CALENDAR. "WE GOT 2015 WHERE WE ONLY PLANTED 40 PERCENT OF OUR CROP. AND AS WE WERE TALKING, THIS  FIELD DIDN'T GET PLANTED. LAST YEAR WE WERE IN THAT MICRO-DROUGHT SO WE DIDN'T HAVE APH YIELDS  ON CORN SO WE'RE ANXIOUS FOR A GOOD GROWING SEASON FOR 2017,">  IT'S MORE PRESSURE ON FARMERS TO HAVE A GOOD YEAR. BUT THE BANKING COMMUNITY IN OUR AREA IS I WOULDNT' SAY WORRIED- BUT WATCHING IT. WE NEED  A GOOD CROP,"TO HELP SOME OF THAT STRESS, SMITH IS TAKING WHEAT COMPLETELY OUT OF  THE EQUATION.. AND FORWARD CONTRACTING A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF SOYBEANS. "10 DOLLAR GUARANTEE ON SOBYEANS? THAT'S PRETTY NICE BUT WE'RE HEAVY SOYBEANS WITH HOW  THE ROTATION WORKED,"AND HE'S NOT SKIMPING ON INPUTS..  WE DIDN'T PUT FUNGICIDE ON BEANS OR CORN LAST YEAR AND I THINK THAT REALLY HURT."IT'S A  VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION IN FRANKLIN, INDIANA.  SCOTT HENDERSON WAS  BUSY PUTTING DOWN ANHYDRUS AMMONIA WITH HIS FAMILY EARLY APRIL.  "I'D SAY IT'S BEEN ABOUT RIGHT. WE HAVE ENOUGH TO FILL OUR SOIL RESERVE I GUESS,">  SINCE THEN,  HE STARTED TO PLANT MID APRIL - RIGHT ON TIME.  OVER HALF OF HIS  CORN AND A THIRD OF HIS BEANS IN THE GROUND.  THE FIELDS BECAME TOO  DRY. AND THEN LAST WEEK'S RAIN PUSHED THEM OUT OF THE FIELD.  "WE NEED NO RAIN, SUNSHINE AND GOOD FAITH,"  HENDERSON IS NOT SWAYED BY PRICE  THIS YEAR. HE'S STICKING WITH HIS REGULAR 50-50 CORN AND BEAN ROTATION.. "I DON'T WANT TO PLANT BEANS ON BEANS. IDONT' WANT TO DO THAT,""I KNOW THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER TECHNOLOGY WISE BUT WE'VE HAD THREE YEARS OF 70 BUSHEL  BEAN AVERAGES AND THAT OUTTA CHANGE. SOMETHINGSGOTTA GIVE. WE'RE DUE FOR ANOTHER DRY YEAR. AT LEAST IN AUGUST AND THAT'S WHEN YOU WILL SEE YIELDS GO DOWN,"> AS SMITH STANDS ON A FIELD LEFT BARE IN 2015..."THIS SECTION, THIS 640 ACRE SECTION WAS THE ONLY IN THE COUNTY THAT HAD NO CROP PLANTED ON IT  ALL BECAUSE WE WERE TOO WET,"> IT'S REMINDER OF PAST PLANTING CHALLENGES BUT IT ALSO LENDS OPTIMISM  TO THE FUTURE.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

SONNY PERDUE IN OFFICE
NEARLY 100 DAYS SINCE HIS NOMINATION, FORMER GEORGIA GOVERNOR SONNY  PERDUE IS NOW ON THE JOB AS THE HEAD OF USDA. FOLLOWING THE SENATE'S 87 TO 11 VOTE CONFIRMING PERDUE, HE WAS SWORN  INTO OFFICE ON TUESDAY. FELLOW GEORGIAN AND SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS DOING  THE HONORS.PERDUE ALSO HELD HIS FIRST MEETING WITH USDA EMPLOYEES IN WHICH THE  31ST SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE REMOVED HIS COAT AND TIE--SAYING HE WAS  A FARMER FIRST WHILE ROLLING UP HIS SLEEVES..ADDING HES READY TO GET  TO WORK. "THIS JOB AT USDA IS ABOUT WORK. IT'S ABOUT GETTING STUFF DONE BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE DEPENDING ON US. THAT'S THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE TODAY IS, AS A DEPARTMENT, MY VISION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS TO BE THE BEST RUN, BEST MANAGED, BEST REGARDED AGENCY IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THE BESGT REPUTATION. CAN WE DO THAT?"PERDUE'S NEXT BIG TASK WILL BE FILLING MORE THAN A DOZEN SUBCABINET POSTS. SECRETARY PERDUE IS SLATED TO SPEND MUCH OF HIS WEEK IN WISCONSIN-- LOOKING AT THE RECENT EXPORT ISSUES WITH CANADA AND SEARCHING FOR  WAYS TO HELP DAIRY FARMERS THAT MAY BE IMPACTED IN THE COMING DAYS. SAYING IT'S UNRELATED, ON MONDAY, THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT  ANNOUNCING PLANS TO IMPOSE NEW TARIFFS ON CANADIAN SOFTWOOD LUMBER IMPORTS. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT'S DETERMINED THAT CANADA HAD BEEN IMPROPERLY SUBSIDIZING THE SALE OF SOFTWOOD LUMBER PRODUCTS TO THE UNITED  STATES.THOSE TARIFFS COULD COST CANADIAN WOOD COMPANIES MILLIONS OF  DOLLARS.

CHRIS SOULES ARRESTED
IOWA FARMER AND FORMER BACHELOR STAR, CHRIS SOULES, HAS BEEN  ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY LEAVING THE SCENE OF A DEADLY ACCIDENT. THE IOWA STATE PATROL REPORTS A PICKUP TRUCK REAR-ENDED A TRACTOR ON  HIGHWAY 45 IN BUCHANAN  COUNTY MONDAY NIGHT. THE DRIVER OF THE TRACTOR DIED--66-YEAR-OLD  KENNETH MOSHER, A FARMER FROM AURORA, WHICH IS ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTH  OF SOULES' FARM IN ARLINGTON . ALCOHOL WAS FOUND AT THE SCENE, AND INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO  DETERMINE WHOSE IT WAS THE 35 YEAR OLD SOULES WAS CHARGED TUESDAY FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF  A FATAL ACCIDENT.CARRIES A PENALTY OF UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.  HE WAS RELEASED AND WILL WEAR AN ELECTRONIC MONITORING ANKLE  BRACELET UNTIL HIS TRIAL. HE STARRED IN ABC'S REALITY SHOW THE BACHELOR BACK IN 2015--WHERE HE  SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT FARMING AND RURAL AMERICA.

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS TAKES US TO THE SOUTHEAST. MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US FROM  THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER, MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE'RE STARTING IN MARION COUNTY ALABAMA THIS MORNING.  A "NASS" CROP  REPORTER THERE SAYS WHEAT REALLY HEADED OUT THIS WEEK.  PASTURES  ARE STILL GREENING AND STARTING TO GROW.  HAY HARVEST ISN'T TOO FAR  AWAY. KENTUCKY'S WINTER WHEAT CROP IS ADVANCING QUICKLY AS WELL. THE CROP  PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS 45-PERCENT OF THE CROP IS HEADED.  THAT'S  TWICE THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. AND IN PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, THE CROP REPORTER SAYS CORN  PLANTING IS THE MAIN ACTIVITY RIGHT NOW. THERE WERE A FEW LIGHT  SHOWERS, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO RESTORE MOISTURE LEVELS. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
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FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS FINANCIAL MARKETS DID WELL ON TUESDAY.  LETS SEE HOW COMMODITIES FAIRED--DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME. LIVE CATTLE MARKET WAS HIGHER ON TUESDAY AFTER A LOWER TRADE ON  MONDAY USDA ISSUED THEIR MONTHLY CATTLE ON FEED REPORT THIS PAST  FRIDAY AND THE REPORT WAS A LITTLE BIT BEARISH SAID IT RESULTED IN SOME  SELLING PRESSURE ON MONDAY BUT WE COULD QUICKLY ERASED A GREAT DEAL  OF THOSE LOSSES HERE ON TUESDAY SO THE MARKET NOT ACTING NEARLY HAS  AS POORLY AS IT COULD BE GIVEN THEIR CATTLE ON FEED REPORT WE HAVE A  PLACEMENT NUMBER IN PARTICULAR THAT WAS VERY NEGATIVE AND THAT 'S  PARTLY DUE TO THE VERY STRONG CASH MARKET THAT WE HAVE FOR THE  MOMENT THINGS ABOUT HOLDING TOGETHER VERY VERY WELL IN THE UPPER ON  TWENTIES UP IN THE LOW ONE THIRTY TWO THE CASH CATTLE MARKET IS AS LET  THIS THING AND WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN HOLD TOGETHER AGAIN THIS WEEK AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK FROM CME GROUP IN CHICAGO

AGRIBUSINESS
DAN HUEBER WITH THE HUEBER REPORT OUR GUEST HERE AT THE  AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY DAN LET 'S TALK ABOUT KIND OF THE OVERALL  ECONOMY AND MAYBE THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR AND HOW ALL THESE PIECES  ARE PLAYING IN THE COMMODITY MARKETS RIGHT NOW THIS SPRING WHAT ARE  YOU SEEING YOU KNOW I THINK TO A CERTAIN EXTENT THERE 'S BEEN CAN A  LOST IN THE SHUFFLE HERE RECENTLY THERE 'S BEEN A LOT OF EXCITEMENT A  COURSE NEW ADMINISTRATION COMES IN AND HYPED UP EXPECTATIONS ON  BOARD THE DOLLARS GOING TO BE STRONG THAT REALLY COURSE PUSHED A  LOT OF MONEY BACK INTO THE EQUITIES MARKETS THINKING BOY THIS MEANS A  BIG PICKUP IN BUSINESS AND YOU KNOW I THINK IT REALLY DETERED OR TOOK  AWAY THE EMPHASIS FROM WHAT WAS GOING AND COMMODITIES CERTAINLY  TOOK SOME MONEY AWAY FROM THAT NOW COURSE HERE EVEN A WEEK AGO  YOU HAD PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM MAKING THE STATEMENT THAT VINO MAY BE A  STRONG DOLLAR ISN'T SO GREAT AFTER ALL THE DOLLAR NOW AND YET WE'VE  WE'VE SEEN A BACK OFF A LITTLE BIT BUT  I REALLY THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT  BOTH OF THOSE MARKETS IT WILL KIND KIND OF I SHOULD SAY KIND OF TRULY  HYPED UP ON EXPECTATIONS IF WE SAW REVERSAL OVER THERE I MEAN I THINK THAT WOULD BRING INSTANT STIMULATION BACKING OF THE COMMODITY  SECTORS THE AG SECTOR COURSE NEEDED THE MOST IN THEIR CRUDE OIL OR  WHAT NOT IT HAS HELD IN RELATIVELY WELL GOLD IS ACTUALLY HAD A A A PRETTY  GOOD RALLY IN THE LAST WEEK WERE TWO OFF OF THE TENSIONS WITH THE  NORTH KOREAN THAT EVERYTHING BUT BUT AGAIN IT 'S NOT A WHOLESALE  CHANGEOVER BRINGING MONEY BACK INTO COMMODITIES AND I THINK IT 'S  PROBABLY NOT THAT FAR OFF ARE SEEING THAT HAPPEN HERE IN THE  SPRINGTIME WELL WE KNOW THE FUNDS HAVE REALLY KIND OF TIPPED THE BOAT  IN ONE DIRECTION ON THE SHORT SIDE AND WHAT HAPPENS AS A SOME OF THAT  CHANGES YOUR I D AND AGAIN WILL IT CHANGE OR CAN I DO THINK IS INEVITABLE  FOR ME I THINK THEY HAVE REALLY POURED A LOT OF MONEY THERE AND AGAIN  WE WE DO DOESN'T MATTER THE MARKET WHEN YOU WHEN YOU PUSH THAT  VOTE SO HEAVY ONE SIDE WERE IT'S REALLY LISTENING OVER IT 'S GONNA HAVE  TO RIGHT ITSELF IN YOU KNOW THERE 'S AN OLD ADAGE THAT NO HITTER F  EVERYONE THINKING THE SAME WAY NOBODY 'S THINKING I THINK THAT KIND OF  THAT THAT I HEAR IT EASY TO JUST KEEP POURING MONEY INTO COMMODITIES  AS WE KNOW THE FUNDAMENTALS ARE BEARISH AND YOU KNOW THE YOU YOU  SET YOURSELF UP FOR SURPRISE THERE NOW GRANTED THE YEAR THE MOST  LIKELY A SCENARIO WHERE THE SURPRISE WOULD COME IS WEATHER OR NOT  QUITE TO A WEATHER MARKET YET BUT WERE YOU TWO WERE WITHIN WEEKS OF  THAT BE IN FRONT OF CENTER HERE ONCE AGAIN IT 'S WELL YEAH I THINK  EVERYBODY'S SALIVATING HOPING THAT BILL THAT WOULD GIVE THE CROP  PLANTED BUT THEY'D ALSO LIKE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO SELL FOUR  COURSES ON SOMEBODY ELSE 'S PROBLEM THAT 'S RIGHT THAT 'S RIGHT  EXACTLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE DAN WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE LOOKING AT THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE MAP YOU COULD SEE THE EAST COAST ACTUALLY IMPROVING SOME BUT LOOK WHERE IT 'S GETTING WORSE RIGHT THERE ON THE BORDER OF MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS. I AGREE WITH YOU THAT 'S A SPOT THAT 'S REALLY COME OUT I'M AMAZED WITH THIS SO THIS PRODUCT BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO REALLY CHANGE QUICKLY LIKE THE SOIL DOES CHANGE QUICKLY WITHIN A WEEK OR TWO YOU CAN SEE THE A DRY AREA STILL IN PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST BUT BIG CHANGES ON THE IMPROVEMENT SIDE IN KENTUCKY TENNESSEE AND MUCH OF THE CAROLINA'S BUT LETS GO OF THE WEATHER MAP AND HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING IN THOSE AREAS THAT GOT A LOT OF RAIN OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND AND HOPEFULLY WITH THIS WET SYSTEM COMING THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY SOME OF THE DRY AREA CLINTON TALKED ABOUT IN PARTS OF MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS GETS A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN YOU CAN SEE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS PRETTY LIKELY IN THAT AREA DURING THE DAY TODAY AS THAT SYSTEM SLOWLY COMES EASTWARD WITH AN EXTRA AREA OF LOW PRESSURE KIND OF FEEDING UP IN THE MAIN ONE EAST COAST STORM FINALLY MOVING IN NEW ENGLAND BY LATER TODAY AND ALONG THE WEST COAST TWO AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE EACH OF THEM COMING EASTWARD ESPECIALLY THAT SOUTHERN ONE TO A PUT DOWN SOME MORE MOISTURE IN THE FORM OF RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS FOR A MANY PARTS OF THE ROCKIES YOU CAN SEE BY TOMORROW MORNING WE'RE LOOKING AT THOSE SHOWERS FROM THE PANHANDLE FLORIDA ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND YEAH ON THE WESTERN FRINGE OF THAT PROBABLY SOME SNOW.  NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF WISCONSIN IN THE FAR NORTH WESTERN GREAT LAKES HEADING THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW THEN YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT BECOMES ONE BIG STORM UP IN CANADA THAT'S GING TO BE A PRETTY GOOD SNOWSTORM THERE THE NORTHWEST OF LAKE SUPERIOR AND NO SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS ARE SO UP AND DOWN THE APPELLATIONS WITH THAT COLD FRONT AND THAT NEXT SYSTEM COMING IN THE PARTS OF KANSAS NEBRASKA WITH SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS MOISTURE OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS YOU CAN SEE SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS THERE IN SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS AND WESTERN MISSOURI ALSO IN THE PARTS OF THE EAST COAST ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS AGAIN OUR COMPUTER MODEL PUTTING DOWN SOME DECENT AMOUNTS IN THE AREA THAT COULD REALLY USE IT THERE THAT WAS JUST STARTING TO DRY OUT OVER THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS SO THAT 'S SOME GOOD NEWS OTHER THAN THAT THAT 'S THE MAIN AREA AS YOU CAN SEE AS FAR AS SNOW GOES IT 'S MAINLY IN THE ROCKIES AND MAINLY TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST OF THE GREAT LAKES ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX YOU CAN  SEE THAT WE DO ADD SOME THERE AROUND LAKE SUPERIOR PRETTY MUCH IN ALL DIRECTIONS IS EXCEPT SOUTHEAST OF THERE. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON ONLY IN THE THIRTIES AND FORTIES NORTHERN PLAINS 80'S FROM OHIO SOUTHWARD TO THE GULF COAST NINETIES IN SOUTHERN TEXAS LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT TO BE IN THE THIRTIES IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS DROPPING INTO THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES DOWN IN THE TEXAS STILL SIXTY SOUTHEAST AND YOU CAN SEE THAT COOLER AIR KIND OF COMES INTO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI AND PARTS OF THE OHIO VALLEY AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW BECAUSE OF THIS TROUGH YOU CAN SEE KIND OF TRIES TO COME INTO THE GREAT LAKES THEN A RIDGE BUILDS BACK IN FOR THE EASTERN CORN BELT BUT THAT 'S A WET SYSTEM FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY MOVING THROUGH THE MIDDLE AND UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS HEADING TO BURNS OREGON FIRST OF ALL CLOUDS AND WHEN NEEDED A COUPLE OF SHOWERS AROUND HIGH TEMPERATURE OF FIFTY TWO HANNIBAL MISSOURI A THUNDERSTORM OR TWO LIKELY POSSIBLY HAVING A HIGH OF SIXTY NINE AND FINALLY KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE MOSTLY SUNNY AND VERY WARM HIGH OF EIGHTY FIVE

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'RE OFF TO THE LONE STAR STATE FOR RED POTATO  HARVEST AND THE PACKER TV. AND LATER, THIS SMALL KANSAS TOWN TURN TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO SAY THANK  YOU...MORE ON HOW YOU CAN HELP THE FAMILIES HURT BY THE MARCH  WILDFIRES TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. 

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, RED POTATO HARVEST IS UNDERWAY IN THE LONE STAR  STATE. BLACK GOLD FARMS SAYS HARVEST STARTED THE THIRD WEEK OF APRIL AND IT'S  ONE OF THE BEST THEY'VE SEEN.  THIS IS THEIR SIXTH YEAR FOR GROWING RED POTATOES IN TEXAS AND ITS  CONSIDERED A DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENT.  TEXAS REDS IT'S WHAT MAKES IT REALLY UNIQUE IS THE FACT THAT IT'S FRESH  NOW IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT TO GROW RED POTATOES IN TEXAS AND WE HAVE A  HISTORY OF BLACK GOLD OF GROWING POTATOES IN REALLY DIFFICULT  GROWING REGIONS AND DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR AND SO WE LIKE IS WE  CAN GO DIRECTLY TO STORAGE CROP IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY TO TEXAS CROP FIELDS ARE BEING DUG, HAULED IN TO BE SORTED AND WASHED BEFORE  HEADING STRAIGHT TO SHELVES AT A LOCAL STORE. SHIPMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO RUN THROUGH JUNE. AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE BAMBOO A COMMERCIAL CROP IS UNDERWAY IN THE  LOWER MISSISSIPPI DELTA.  THE FIRST ACRE OF GIANT BAMBOO WAS JUST  PLANTED IN YAZOO COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI.   THE COMPANY BEHIND THE PLANTING IS CALLED "ONLY MO-SO". ON THIS PLOT  THERE ARE 500 PLANTS PER ACRE.  THE FIRST TWO YEARS CONSISTS OF WATERING AND FERTILIZING.  IN YEARS  THREE AND FOUR THERE IS A PARTIAL HARVEST. THE FIRST FULL HARVEST  USUALLY COMES IN THE FIFTH YEAR. "WE'RE HOPING THAT IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING GOOD FOR THIS AREA, FOR SMALL FARMERS ESPECIALLY.  WE DON'T HAVE MANY SMALL FARMERS ANYMORE. WE NEED SOMETHING FOR SMALL FARMERS AND  SMALL ACREAGE." ONCE FULLY GROWN THE BAMBOO PLANTS ARE PROJECTED TO BE UP TO 80  FEET TALL WITH A DIAMETER OF THREE TO SIX INCHES.  THE RAW MATERIAL HAS A VARIETY OF USES, INCLUDING HOUSE CONSTRUCTION  AND TOOLS. SOME CAN ALSO BE USED FOR MAKING PAPER AND FABRIC. AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, YOU NEED A TEMPERATE CLIMATE FOR BAMBOO TO  GROW.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK AND UPDATE FROM THE FIRE RAVAGED PLAINS AND A  THANK YOU FROM A SMALL KANSAS TOWN.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  CHECK OUT KUBOTA'S RTV- X-1140, A RUGGED UTILITY VEHICLE WITH SEATING FOR FOUR.  SYOP BY YOUR  LOCAL DEALER TODAY, OR VISIT KUBOTA.COM.  ) IN EARLY MARCH NEARLY ONE POINT 6 MILLION ACRES BURNED IN THE  SOUTHERN PLAINS. SINCE THAT TIME, THE AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY  HAS JUMPED IN TO HELP FAMILIES AND RANCHER REBUILD. WHICH IS WHY THE SMALL TOWN OF ASHLAND CAME TOGETHER SAY THANK YOU. THEY CREATED A YOUTUBE VIDEO WHERE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SHARE  THEIR STORIES OF APPRECIATION. THEY SAY THE ROAD TO RECOVERY WILL BE LONG, BUT THE REBUILDING--BOTH  PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY HAS BEGUN.  THIS FIRE HAS TRULY BEEN A BLESSING FOR OUR FAMILY AND JUST FRANKLY AND  ME PERSONALLY HAS RESTORED MY FAITH IN MANKIND I HAVE A MUCH BETTER  OPINION OF PEOPLE THAN I DID A MONTH AGO REALIZING THAT PEOPLE ARE  GOOD AND THAT PEOPLE DO CARE AND LIKE WE'VE SAID BEFORE WE'RE NOT  REAL GOOD ACCEPTING HELP BUT WE'VE NEEDED TO ACCEPT HELP AND MY  GOODNESS HAVE WE RECEIVED A LOT OF HELP WE WERE AT THE GARDINER'S RANCH SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRE...TO WITNESS  THE DEVASTATION FIRSTHAND.  THEY TELL US SO FAR THEY'VE REPLACE 6 TO 7 MILES OF FENCE AND  TEMPORARILY REPAIRED THE PERIMETERS. THEY SAY REALISTICALLY THEY HAVE ANOTHER 250 MILES TO REPLACE OR  REPAIR. WHICH IS WHY THE HOWARD G BUFFETT FOUNDATION HAS CHALLENGED  DROVERS AND THE FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION TO HELP. BUFFETT OFFERING  TO MATCH UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS IN RELIEF AND THE MONEY WILL GO HELP  RANCHERS AND FARM FAMILIES REBUILD FENCING--EITHER THROUGH MATERIALS  OR HELPING PAY FOR LABOR.  GO TO WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND DOT ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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

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