AgDay Daily Recap - April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 30, 2018

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USDA'S CHIEF METEROLOGIST SHARES HIS FORECAST PREDICTIONS THROUGH JUNE. <"BROAD OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER IS WE SHOULDN'T HAVE LONG PERIODS OF  EXCESSIVE HEAT IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS OR MIDWEST,"> MIKE HOFFMAN IS RELEASING HIS 90 DAY FORECAST IN ANALYSIS - LOOKING AHEAD AT MARKETS FOR THE  WEEK. MACHINERY SHOWS US THE HOTTEST MACHINERY BUYS ON THE MARKET THAT DON'T HAVE TO BE BRAND NEW.  AND GETTING ONE STEP AHEAD OF FOODBORNE  ILLNESSES. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. 

PLANTING SEASON WEATHER
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS THE NORTHERN STRETCHES OF THE COUNTRY DEAL  WITH ONE OF THE COLDEST APRILS ON RECORD,  PLANTERS ARE SLOWLY STARTING TO UNFREEZE. LATER TODAY, USDA RELEASES A PLANTING PROGRESS  UPDATE AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS THE PACE SHOULD BE  MUCH IMPROVED.  SO WHAT SHOULD FARMERS EXPECT FROM THE  WEATHER THE REST OF THE PLANTING SEASON?  BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS. AS PLANTERS ROLL IN PARTS OF THE CORN BELT... <"THE LAST FEW DAYS NOT HAS GOTTEN PRETTY FIT AND THE FORECAST  CALLS FOR FAIRLY DECENT WEATHER SO WE THOUGHT IT'S TIME TO GET ROLLING!"> LONG OVERDUE AFTER A DELAYED START OF THE YEAR  FROM NEBRASKA < SPRING HAS BEEN A ROLLER COASTER, WE'VE HAD 30 DEGREE  SWINGS"> TO OHIO <"ACCORDING TO THE NEWS, WE'VE BEEN ANYWHERE FROM 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. WE HAD SNOW UP TIL, INCLUDING THIS  MORNING,"> AND THAT COOL WEATHER MAY CONTINUE.  <"DROUGHT MAY NOT BE A BIG FACTOR FOR THE 2018 GROWING SEASON, PARTICULARILY ACROSS HTE MIDWEST AND NORTHERN PLAINS,"> LOOKING AT JUNE, RIPPEY SAYS  NOT TO BANK ON  EXCESSIVE HEAT IN THE CORN BELT SAYING HEAT  WAVES COULD BE BRIEF.  <"BROAD OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER IS WE SHOULDN'T HAVE LONG PERIODS OF  EXCESSIVE HEAT IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS OR MIDWEST,"> MOST OF THE WET CONDITIONS WILL BE ON THE  EASTERN HALF OF THE CORN BELT.  <"WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT SOIL MOISTURE SURPLUSES IN THAT REGION STRETCHING FROM  KENTUCKY AND INTO OHIO AND MICHIGAN,"> <"IF WE CAN KEEP THESE STEADY COLD FRONTS, THAT IS LIKELY TO SUPPLY  RAIN WHICH IS LIKELY TO BE HEAVIER IN EASTERN PRODUCTION AREA,"> EXPERIENCING A MUCH DIFFERENT SITUATION..  MONTHS WITHOUT RAIN AND WILDFIRES ROLLING  THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE IS CREATING EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT ON THE DROUGHT MONITOR.  <WEATHER RIGHT NOW HAS GOT US, WE'RE IN A SEVERE DROUGHT. WE  HAVEN'T HAD DECENT MOISTURE ALL WINTER, AND WER'E APPROACHING PLANTING SEASON AND WE'RE GOING INTO IT DRY. THE OUTLOOK IS NOT  REAL GOOD> RIPPEY DOESN'T BELIEVE THIS YEAR IS A REPEAT OF  2011.  <"THERE WAS MAYBE A LA NINA INFLUENCE A LA NINA INFLUENCE IN  2011. BUT AGAIN, THE WAY IT'S PLAYED OUT, IT'S DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS  IN 2017 AND 2018."> THE SOUTHERN PLAINS RECEIVED RAIN OVER A WEEK AGO.  RIPPEY BELIEVES IT'S A SIGN  THE WEATHER PATTERNS  ARE ALREADY STARTING TO CHANGE- INSTEAD OF 2011,  RIPPEY COMPARES THIS YEAR TO 1995 OR 1996 FOR THE  U.S.  <"THOSE YEARS FEATURED PUNISHING AND SHORT-LIVED DROUGHTS WHICH LASTED 6 OR 7 MONTHS BUT HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON THE WINTER WHEAT  CROP ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS.BUT IN 96 AND AT THE OUTCOME,  WE GOT GOOD RAINS STARTING IN MAY AND CONTINUED ON THROUGH THE  SUMMER."> HE SAYS IT WAS A COOL YEAR FOR CROPS ACROSS THE  SOUTHERN PLAINS, WHICH HELPED COTTON IN TEXAS. <"THE HOPE IS THIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN ANALOG AND IN 96 THE  YEAR WAS GOOD AND WE WERE ABLE TO SALVAGE THE SEASON,"> UNTIL THEN.. PLANTERS STARTING UP AROUND THE CORN BELT AND  FARMING FOR TH BEST THIS SEASON. REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  RIPPEY SAYS HE IS WATCHING NORTHERN MISSOURI  AND SOUTHERN IOWA - TWO AREAS WHICH COULD SEE DRIER CONDITIONS DURING THE GROWING SEASON.  IN A FEW MINUTES AGDAY METEROLOGIST MIKE  HOFFMAN REVEALS HIS 90 DAY FORECAST.  

TRUMP, MERKEL MEET
PRESIDENT TRUMP WELCOMING GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL TO THE WHITE HOUSE FRIDAY. THE SHORT THREE HOURS VISIT EXPECTED TO COVER  KEY ISSUES LIKE INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND  GLOBAL TRADE. EUROPEAN OFFICIALS ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM FROM EU COUNTRIES, INCLUDING  FRANCE, GERMANY AND THE U.K.  SOME COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE EU, WERE GIVEN  TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS THAT ARE SET TO EXPIRE  MONDAY NIGHT.  IF THE TARIFFS ARE IMPLEMENTED, THAT WOULD  TRIGGER RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON A LIST OF  AMERICAN PRODUCTS.  FOLLOWING THE MERKLE AND FRECH PRESIDENT  MACRON'S VISITS TO THE WHITEHOUSE, THE EUROPEAN  UNION SHIFTING TO ALLOW MORE U-S BEEF INTO  EUROPE WITHOUT TARIFFS. IN ORDER TO IMPORT MORE U.S. BEEF, THE E-U NEEDS CHANGE A 2009 AGREEMENT WHICH ALLOWS THE U-S  TO EXPORT ONLY ABOUT 45 THOUSAND TONS OF  HORMONE-FREE BEEF WITHOUT PAYING DUTIES.  PRESIDENT TRUMP VOCAL ABOUT WHAT HE CALLS E-U'S  'UNACCEPTABLE BARRIERS OF TRADE' SAYING U.S.  FARMERS CAN'T EXPORT THEIR PRODUCTS TO THE E-U  AS EASILY AS THEY SHOULD. 

NEONICOTINOIDS
ALSO THE E-U PREPARING TO RESTRICT SOME USE OF CERTAIN NEONICOTINOIDS.  THE MOVE PULLS THE PRODUCT FROM MANY FARMER'S HANDS. THE EU CITING BEE HEALTH AS ITS PRINCIPAL REASON. BAYER--WHICH MAKES NEONICOTINOID PRODUCTS  SAYS SCIENCE SHOWS RESTRICTIONS AREN'T WARRANTED AND RISK FOR BEES IS LOW WHEN LABEL  DIRECTIONS ARE FOLLOWED. BAYER SAYS THE RESTRICTIONS LIKELY MEAN MORE  SPRAY APPLICATIONS, AN INCREASED RISK OF  RESISTANT PEST INSECTS; AND A RETURN TO OLDER, LESS-EFFECTIVE CHEMICALS.  

IP WATCH LIST
THE PRESIDENT AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TAKING A HARD LINE ON THEFT OF U.S. INTELLECTUAL  PROPERTY. NOW, THEY'RE TURNING THEIR SIGHTS FROM CHINA  ANNOUNCING MORE COUNTRIES A WATCH LIST.       USTR RELEASING A NEW REPORT, IDENTIFYING  TRADING PARTNERS THEY FEEL ARE NOT PROTECTING  AND ENFORCING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR DENYING MARKET ACCESS FROM THE U.S. USTR PUTS 36 COUNTRIES ON TWO LISTS - A PRIORITY  WATCH LIST -- WHICH ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT  THREATS AND A WATCH LIST. 12 COUNTRIES ARE ON THE PRIORITY WATCH LIST INCLUDING CHINA, CANADA, INDIA AND RUSSIA.  AN ADDITIONAL 24 COUNTRIES MADE THE WATCH LIST  INCLUDING BRAZIL, PERU AND MEXICO. CHINA MAKING THE PRIORITY WATCH LIST FOR THE 14TH  CONSECUTIVE YEAR. 

WEATHER
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS SOME CROP COMMENTS TO START OFF THE WEEK. HE JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  WE MAY HAVE RECORD OR NEAR RECORD COLD IN  APRIL FOR THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES BUT DOWN SOUTH CROPS ARE OFF AND GROWING. JASE MERRITT SNAPPING THIS PICTURE OF HIS BOYS  OUT ON AN EVENING RIDE AND TO DO A LITTLE CROP  SCOUTING. JASE SAYS IT'S BEEN A WET COLD SPRING IN  NORTHEAST TEXAS. THEY'VE SEEN SOME UNEVEN EMERGENCE BUT CORN IS  FINALLY STARTING LOOK BETTER.   THEIR FIELDS RANGE FROM R3 AND R4 TO JUST  EMERGING 

TEASE
AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A SHARP LOOK AT  MARKETS AS WE HEAD INTO THE BIGGEST PLANTING  MONTH OF THE YEAR. AND LATER MACHINERY PETE STOPS BY. AND NEW GENETIC TESTS ARE HELPING TO IDENTIFY  CONECTIONS WITHIN FOODBORNE DISEASE  OUTBREAKS. 

AGRIBUSINESS
< AT THE AGRIBUSINESS YES WE HAVE MIKE NORTH COMMODITY THE  RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP NOW UNDER BLUE AGRI MARKETING THANK  YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. ALL RIGHT WHAT DID WE LEARN LAST WEEK THAT GIVES US SOME PERSPECTIVE AS WE START A FRESH MONTH.  MICHAEL START WITH YOU. GOOD WEATHER EQUALS FAST MOVING  PLANTER'S EQUALS A LOT OF SEED IN THE GROUND. ABSOLUTELY ABSOLUTELY. WHAT ABOUT YOU. YOU KNOW I GET ALONG THE SAME  LINES. IT DOESN'T SEEM TO PRESSURE THE MARKET. SO THERE ARE SOME  FRIENDLY THINGS UNDERNEATH THIS MARKET TELLS ME YOU'RE GOING TO  SEE SOME BIG SWINGS GOING FURTHER INTO THE GROWING SEASON  WHICH IS A GOOD THING. VOLATILITY IS OUR FRIEND. YOU NEED THE MOVES TO GIVE US OPPORTUNITIES. IS WEATHER OFF THE TABLE HERE. NO  NOT AT ALL. I THINK THE REALITY IS WE DIDN'T PUT A LOT OF STOCK IN THE  SLOW PLANTING PACE BECAUSE TRADERS HAVE LEARNED THAT IF YOU GIVE  THE AMERICAN FARMER EVEN A SMALL WINDOW THEY WILL GET THE CROP  IN THE GROUND AND WE SAW SOME VERY FRIENDLY FORECASTS MARKETS KIND OF STOOD STILL. WE WE RAN REALLY FAST INTO THE FIELD GOT A LOT  PLANTED INTO CHIP'S POINT. WE DIDN'T SEE THE MARKETS CHANGE A  WHOLE LOT IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THAT EITHER AND SO AS WE TALK ABOUT THE ROAD AHEAD THERE ARE STILL SOME HOLDOUT WAITING TO SEE WHAT  WE LOOK AT FOR WHETHER THIS SUMMER WHAT KIND OF ACREAGE AND  YIELD POTENTIAL WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US. THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS THAT THE MARKET STILL VERY HESITANT TO MOVE ON UNTIL IT AS ABSOLUTE AND  CONCRETE DATA AS WE LOOK OUT INTO MAY AND JUNE.  WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING WHAT FOLKS NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT WILL  TO TWO SEPARATE THINGS. I THINK PROBABLY TO CONTINUE THAT POINT  MIKE WAS MAKING AND YOUR QUESTION WHILE I'M GOING WATCH FIRST  HALF OF MAY THE WEATHER RAINFALL IN BRAZIL I THINK THAT'S BECOMING  AN ISSUE IN THE CORN MARKETS MIND. IT'S BEEN VERY DRY. ABOUT 50  PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL THROUGH A FAIRLY WET PERIOD FOR THEM AND NOW SEASONALLY IT GETS INTO THEIR HOT DRY PERIOD. SO THEY  NEED THAT RAINFALL FOR THEIR SECOND CROP CORN. IT'S OVER 2 BILLION BUT  2 BILLION BUSHEL CROP THEY EXPORT A LOT OF THAT. SO I THINK WEATHER  IS STILL FRONT AND CENTER IN THE CORN MARKETS MIND NOT JUST OUR  WEATHER AND HOW THIS CROP GOES IN THE GROUND. BUT BRAZIL'S WEATHER FOR SECOND CROP CORN TO YOUR SECOND POINT WHAT YOU  PRODUCE WOULD BE WATCHING TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RALLIES. WE  KNOW THAT THERE'S ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT POLITICAL TRADE WARS OUT THERE. NAFTA CHINA TWEETS THAT CAN MOVE THE MARKET. BE  WILLING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RALLIES AND LOCK IN MARGIN AND  USE THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO OPEN UP THE TOPSIDE AS APPROPRIATE. ALL  RIGHT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU  LATER THIS WEEK AND KEEP GOING ON THESE MARKETS IS EXCITING. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY, METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE EARLIER IN THE SHOW WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE OUTLOOK IN THE FORECAST GOING INTO JUNE JULY. PRETTY HARD TO PREDICT AT THIS POINT SEEMS LIKE IT IS. I'M NOT GOING ALONG WITH THE FLOW THOUGH. I ARE NOT LOOKING AT HIGH HEAT AND THE DROUGHT JUST EXPANDING. OK I'M A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENT IN THAT. LET'S HOPE SO BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE THE BETTER BETTER OUTCOME. AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE DROUGHT MONITOR NOT A LOT OF CHANGES OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS WE'RE STILL SEEING THE EXTREME AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHTS FOR THE SOUTHEAST PART OF KANSAS SOUTHWEST PART OF KANSAS SORRY PANAHANDLE OF BOTH OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS BACK INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION IT HAS IMPROVED A LITTLE BIT OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS GOING BACK A MONTH CAN SEE OUT OF THAT AREA SHRUNK UP SLIGHTLY. WEEK BY WEEK YOU CAN SEE THINGS OF REMAIN KIND OF DRY THOUGH SOUTHEAST GEORGIA INTO PARTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA. BUT IT JUST KIND OF STAYS THE SAME THROUGH THIS AREA. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE EAST OF THE ROCKIES IN THIS AREA THAT CAN HELP US IN THE LONG RUN BUT IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET OUT OF A DROUGHT LIKE THIS ONE. HERE'S THE JETSTREAM AS WE START THE WEEK. PRETTY GOOD STORM SYSTEM BIG CUTOFF LOW OVER THE NORTHEAST ALSO ALMOST A CUT OFF LOW OVER THE WESTERN AND NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. IN FACT THE MODEL TRIES TO CUT IT OFF OVER THE SOUTHWEST BY WEDNESDAY AS THE RIDGE BUILDS UP AND BRINGS THE HEAT BACK TO THE EASTERN CORN BELT.  THEN AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK THAT TROUGH SLOWLY COMES EASTWARD. SO WE'LL BE COOL THINGS DOWN AGAIN OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK THEN WE CAN GO ZONE ALL OVER THE WEEKEND WITH ANOTHER TROUGH DEVELOPING BY EARLY NEXT WEEK INTO THE NORTHEAST AND THAT MEANS HEAT AGAIN FOR THE WEST. KIND OF A CHANGING JET STREAM AS WE'VE SEEN LATELY. TEMPERATURES THIS WEEKEND GOING ABOVE NORMAL CENTRAL SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ALL THE WAY TO THE EAST COAST BELOW NORMAL FOR WESTERN MINNESOTA DOWN THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST ABOVE NORMAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST PRECIPITATION THIS WEEK THEM GREAT LAKES. MUCH OF THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BACK INTO COLORADO AND SOUTHWARD IN THE NORTHEAST TEXAS ABOVE NORMAL BUT BELOW NORMAL FOR THE EAST COAST IN THE SOUTHEAST SOUTHWEST. WEST COAST NORTHWEST BELOW NORMAL AS WELL MAY TEMPERATURES GOING ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL FOR THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES NORTHWARD ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE SOUTHWEST BUT MOST OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY GROWING AREAS NEAR NORMAL. NO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR JUNE. BUT YOU CAN SEE EAST WEST AND SOUTH ABOVE NORMAL KIND OF THE SAME INTO JULY ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE GROWING AREAS THE CORN BELT NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION NOW ABOVE NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST BELOW NORMAL IN THE NORTHWEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS HEADING TO TWIN FALLS IDAHO TODAY PARTLY SUNNY A COUPLE OF SHOWERS HIGH OF 59 DEGREES. PEORIA ILLINOIS. MUCH WARMER LOTS OF SUNSHINE HIGH UP TO 76 AND FINALLY JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA MOSTLY SUNNY IN THE PLEASANT SIDE HIGH OF 79. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME, MACHINERY PETE IS HERE WITH A LOOK  AT SOME AGING FIXTURES IN FARM COUNTRY. AND LATER, FOODBORNE ILLNESSES CAN BE DANGEROUS BUT NEW TECHNOLOGY IS AIDING IN THE  FIGHT. 

MACHINERY PETE
NOT EVERYTHING IN FARM COUNTRY IS SHINY, NEW OR YOUNG. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE WORK WON'T GET DONE. MACHINERY PETE EXPLAINS.  IT'S BEEN ALMOST THREE DECADES AND I'LL BE COMPILING  AUCTION PRICES FOLKS. I GOT TO TELL YOU THE LONGER I DO THIS THE MORE  I'M JUST AMAZED AT THE POWERFUL CONNECTION BETWEEN MAN AND  MACHINE. THAT WAS REALLY DRIVEN HOME LAST WEEK BY A PAIR OF TWEETS. NOW OF COURSE WE'VE HAD A LATE START TO THE PLANNING  SEASON AND WE SAW A TWEET FROM VAN LARSON IN KANSAS. IT'S A  PICTURE OF HIS FATHER 91 YEARS OLD PULLING A PLANTER AND VAN WROTE THAT DAD STARTED PLANTING PULLING A TWO ROW PLANTER BEHIND TWO  HORSES A COUPLE DAYS LATER WE SAW A TWEET FROM FARMER TENT  BLOGGER AND HERE'S A PICTURE TIM POSTED SAYS OF HIS FATHER. HE SAID DAD'S HAVING TROUBLE GETTING AROUND WITHOUT A WALKER.  FARMER TIM HAD A GENTLE CONVERSATION AS A DAD YOU KNOW.  MAYBE IT'S TIME TO BACK OFF A LITTLE BIT ON THE TRACTOR DUTY OR FARMER TIM'S DAD HAD HIS OWN IDEA AND HE PUT IT ANOTHER STEP ON THE  TRACTOR SO HE COULD JUST KEEP ON FARMING. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE. LAST  THURSDAY UP IN WADINA MINNESOTA WAS A FARM AUCTION BY MY FRIENDS AT OSSIS AUCTIONEERS AND CODY OSTADE SAID YOU KNOW  WHAT YOU SAID PETE. THIS WAS A FARM STATE AUCTION FOR RICHEN  REYMER SAID RICHARD WAS 98 YEARS OLD HE PASSED LAST  NOVEMBER 1ST AND THE FARM RIGHT UP TILL THE DAY HE DIED. NOW ON  RICHARD'S AUCTION WAS THIS JOHN YOU'RE 66 20 COMBINE JUST OVER  4000 HOURS AND IT SOLD FOR FOURTEEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. NOW THIS WAS SHEDDED EVERY DAY. AND RICHARD I TELL YOU WHAT YOU SMILE AND YOU GET OUT  BECAUSE THAT'S 66 20 SOULFUL OVER TWICE THE CURRENT AVERAGE  AUCTION PRICE ON A JOHN DEERE 66 20.  GOOD STUFF GREG. THANKS. 

TEASE
UP NEXT WE'LL LOOK AT SOME NEW RESEARCH HELPING TO KEEP OUR FOOD SUPPLY SAFE.

IN THE COUNTRY
FOODBORNE ILLNESSES AND RECALLS HAPPEN FROM TIME TO TIME AND THE HEALTH IMPLICATIONS AN BE  SERIOUS. A NEW TECHNIQUE THAT RELIES ON GENETICS IS  REVOLUTIONIZING FOOD INVESTIGATIONS AND  IDENTIFYING COMMON CAUSES IN SCATTERED AND  SEEMINGLY UNRELATED ILLNESSES. KATHY YOUNG REPORTS. THE MOST RECENT  E. COLI OUTBREAK INVOLVING  ROMAINE LETTUCE FROM YUMA, ARIZONA HITS CLOSE  TO HOME FOR LAUREN BUSH, WHO GOT EXTREMELY  SICK AFTER EATING A SPINACH SALAD YEARS AGO. "WITHIN LESS THAN A WEEK OF EATING THE SALAD I WAS  HEMORRHAGING//I REMEMBER TURNING TO MY PARENTS AND SAYING I'M  REALLY SCARED. I MEAN DO YOU DO YOU THINK I CAN DIE BEFORE THEY FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS." IT TOOK DOCTORS MORE THAN SIX MONTHS TO FIND  THE SOURCE OF HER FOOD POISONING – E. COLI  BACTERIA IN THE SPINACH. THAT WAS BACK IN 2006. A NEW TECHNIQUE THAT RELIES ON GENETICS IS NOW  CHANGING THE WAY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE  CONTROL AND PREVENTION CONNECTS THE DOTS ON  FOODBORNE ILLNESSES. "SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US WHEN WE'RE DOING AN INVESTIGATION  TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT THE PERSON IN CONNECTICUT TO TEXAS TO  COLORADO TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME OUTBREAK." BY DOING WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING ON DNA  SAMPLES FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE, SCIENTISTS CAN  SEE IF IT'S THE SAME GERM. INITIALLY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS SENT SAMPLES TO  THE CDC, BUT NOW ALL 50 STATES ARE GETTING MONEY  TO HELP THEM SET UP THEIR OWN LABS -- LIKE THIS  ONE IN COLORADO . "ALL IN ALL THE PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH CAN BE ACHIEVED IN LESS  THAN 72 HOURS." SO FAR THE WORK HAS MOSTLY FOCUSED ON LISTERIA. BUT BY THE END OF THE YEAR, LABS ARE EXPECTING  TO BE USING IT IN MORE COMMON CAUSES OF FOOD  POISONING. THE CDC ESTIMATES ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE DIE EACH  YEAR FROM ALL FORMS OF FOOD POISONING  COMBINED. "WE ARE ACTUALLY WORKING TOWARDS SEQUENCING ALL FOODBORNE  BACTERIA IN REAL TIME SO THAT WOULD INCLUDE THINGS LIKE SALMONELLA  AND E. COLI. UPSOUND "SO THE SEQUENCING OCCURS IN THIS AREA." WHILE WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING DIDN'T DETECT  THE CURRENT ROMAINE LETTUCE OUTBREAK, IT WAS  USED TO HELP  LINK THE CASES IN MORE THAN A DOZEN  STATES. "WE CAN SEE THE BACTERIA IN THAT OUTBREAK ARE VERY CLOSELY RELATED TO ONE ANOTHER."    FOR BUSH –WHO STILL SUFFERS FROM COMPLICATIONS– SHE BELIEVES GETTING THE WORD  OUT SOONER COULD HELP COUNTLESS PEOPLE. "THE TURNAROUND TIME IN MY OWN CASE WAS SO LONG.  I MEAN THINK OF ALL THE PRODUCT THAT WAS OUT THERE THAT FAMILIES CONTINUED TO  BUY" THE NEW DNA TESTING COULD TRANSFORM HOW AND  WHEN OUTBREAKS COME TO LIGHT. KATHY YOUNG ASSOCIATED PRESS 

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

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