AgDay Daily Recap - April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 7, 2017

HEADLINES
SUPER POWERS MEET - WILL AGRICULTURAL TRADE HAVE A  PLACE AT THE TABLE? DILEMMAS IN DAIRY CONTINUE... "I'M MICHELLE ROOK.  DAIRY PRODUCERS IN THE MIDWEST ARE FOCUSING ON NEW FARM BILL, LABOR  ISSUES AS WELL AS MILK PRICES.  I'LL HAVE DETAILS TODAY ON AGDAY ."  RELENTLESS RAIN REMAINS PARKED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO, WHEN DOES  MIKE HOFFMAN THINK IT'LL LET UP? AND WITH ALL THIS RAIN, IS IT ENOUGH TO MOVE THE MARKETS?  IT'S GOING TO BE FRUSTRAITING I THINK FOR A LOT OF GUYS WATCHING WHAT'S  GOING ON WITH THESE MARKETS IF THE WEATHER PATTERN HOLDS PLUS, THE NECESSITIES OF SURVIVAL... LOTS OF TIMES WE WORK ON MAP READING, COMPASS READING AND THAT  DOESN'T WORK ON A PHONE.WE'RE HEADING IN THE COUNTRY TO LOUISIANA WHERE TESTS OF SURVIVAL  CREATES LEADERSHIP ALONG THE WAY.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

TRUMP, JINPING MEETING
GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN. WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH HIS  CHINESE COUNTERPART LATER TODAY IT COULD SET THE TONE FOR TRADE  BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS.  AND BRINGING IT DOWN TO FARM LEVEL, BEEF PRODUCERS HOPE THIS COULD  MEAN GREATER ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S MOST POPULACE COUNTRY. THE PRESIDENT WILL MEET CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING FOR THE FIRST TIME  AT TRUMP'S MAR-A-LAGO RESORT IN FLORIDA. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THIS LOCATION WILL GIVE THE SUMMIT A MORE  INFORMAL FEEL. NORTH KOREA'S SABER RATTLING IS EXPECTED TO TOP THE LIST OF PRIORITIES,  FOLLOWED BY TRADE. DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP REPEATEDLY  COMPLAINED ABOUT CHINA'S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES AND MANIPULATION OF CURRENCY.MEANWHILE, 39 SENATORS SENDING A LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKING  FOR BEEF TO MAKE IT INTO THE CONVERSATION.  THE SENATORS OUTLINING THE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES TO TRUMP, SAYING  REOPENING THE CHINESE BEEF MARKET COULD GIVE ACCESS TO A MARKET  VALUED AT 2 POINT 5 BILLION DOLLARS.  THE GROUP ALSO EMPHASIZING THE QUALITY OF U-S BEEF AS A STICKING POINT  TO OPEN TRADE WITH CHINA.  BUT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI ECONOMIST SCOTT BROWN SAYS THERE ARE  STILL A FEW HURDLES TO OVERCOME.  "THE CHIESE DID ANNOUNCE SEVERAL MONTHS AGO AT THIS POINT THAT THEY WOULD ALLOW U-S BEEF,  BUT WE'VE SEEN NONE TRADE AT THIS POINT. AND I THINK WE STILL HAVE A NUMBER OF ISSUES LEFT,  NUMBER ONE, WE NEED SOME PLANTS CERTIFIED TO BE ABLE TO SHIP PRODUCT TO CHINA BEFORE WE  CAN MOVE ANY U-S PRODUCT AT THIS POINT, AND I THINK IT'S ALL GOING TO TAKE TIME, BUT MAYBE AT  SOME POINT WE DO GET IN THAT CHIENSE MARKET AND THEN THAT'S WHERE WE CAN TALK ABOUT A REAL  BOOM FOR U-S CATTLE PRICES. BROWN SAYS WITH 1 POINT 3 BILLION PEOPLE, THERE'S NO DENYING THE  EXPORT POTENTIAL INTO THE CHNESE MARKET.  WHILE U-S BEEF EXPORTS TO CHINA ARE LIMITED, IT APPEARS U-S PORK  REMAINS IN HIGH DEMAND. U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION IS OUT WITH ITS MONTHLY TALLY. IT SHOWS CHINA AND HONG KONG TOOK IN NEARLY 43-THOUSAND METRIC TONS  OF PORK IN FEBRUARY. THAT'S A FIVE PERCENT INCREASE YEAR-OVER-YEAR. TOTAL PORK EXPORTS ARE UP 15-PERCENT IN VOLUME FROM A YEAR AGO...AS  THE U-S SHIPPED OUT 197-THOUSAND METRIC TONS IN FEBRUARY. TOTAL U-S BEEF EXPORTS REACHED 90-THOUSAND METRIC TONS FOR THE  MONTH. A NINE PERCENT GAIN FROM A YEAR AGO. JAPAN CONTINUES TO AGGRESSIVELY BUY. FEBRUARY EXPORTS TO JAPAN ARE  48-PERCENT IN VOLUME OVER A YEAR AGO.

CONAWAY’S NEW POSITION NO IMPACT ON FARM BILL
HOUSE AG COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPRESENTATIVE MIKE CONAWAY SAYS HIS  NEW JOB TO LEAD THE RUSSIAN-SPYING PROBE WILL NOT EFFECT HIS ABILITY TO  WRITE A NEW FARM BILL. CONAWAY TOOK OVER THURSDAY WHEN HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE  CHAIR DEVIN NUNES TEMPORARILY STEPPED DOWN FROM HIS  LEADERSHIP ROLE. AN AG COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON TOLD AGDAY THAT "CHAIRMAN CONAWAY'S RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WILL NOT IMPACT THE  HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE'S ACTIVITIES OR HIS ANTICIPATED TIMELINE  FOR WRITING AND PASSING A NEW FARM BILL."

DAIRY AND THE FARM BILL
PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN TESTED WITH MILK PRICES FALLING BELOW BREAKEVEN  LEVELS.  AND A SAFETY NET IN THE FARM BILL DID NOT LEND THOSE PRODUCERS  ANY FAVORS.  THAT IS WHY GETTING AN ADEQUATE RISK MANAGEMENT  PROGRAM IN PLACE IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE INDUSTRY. AGDAY'S MICHELLE ROOK HAS THE STORY FROM THIS YEAR'S CENTRAL PLAINS  DAIRY EXPO IN SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA. MICHELLE ROOK STANDUP – TWEAKING THE MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM IN THE NEW FARM BILL,  IMMIGRATION REFORM AND MILK PRICES ARE TOP OF MIND AMONG DAIRY PRODUCERS HERE IN THE  MIDWEST.  11 SEC   THOSE ATTENDING THE CENTRAL PLAINS DAIRY EXPO SAY THEY WANT CONGRESS TO RESTORE THE  MARGIN FORMULA FOR MPP TO THE ORIGINAL LEVELS IN THE 2014 FARM BILL TO MAKE IT EFFECTIVE.   (:23) MARV POST, SOUTH DAKOTA DAIRY PRODUCERS PRESIDENT, "THE COST OF PRODUCTION OF 100  POUNDS OF MILK NEEDS TO BE RESTORED BACK TO THAT FORMULA WHICH IN THE END WAS CUT BY 10- PERCENT."   10 SEC   LAURIE FISCHER WITH THE AMERICAN DAIRY COALITION SAYS SINCE THE CUT WAS BUDGETARY, THEY NEED THE FUNDING RESTORED.   (:38) LAURIE FISCHER, CEO AMERICAN DAIRY COALITION, "THERE'S NOT NEW MONEY SO WE HAVE TO  LOOK AT OTHER AREAS WITHIN THE FARM BILL TO SEE WHERE WE CAN FIND THOSE FUNDS SO WE'LL BE ABLE  TO HAVE A BETTER RISK MANAGEMENT PROTECTION PROGRAM."  12 SEC   AN EVEN MORE PRESSING ISSUE FOR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS LABOR AND THEY WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO  ACT ON IMMIGRATION AND PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE H-2A VISA PROGRAM. (:59) STEVE SCHLANGEN, AMPI CHAIRMAN, "SOME KIND OF A GUEST WORKER PROGRAM WHERE  PEOPLE COULD COME FOR TWO TO THREE YEARS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND STAY HERE AND EARN AN  INCOME, PAY TAXES."  11 SEC    THE DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON THE FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDERS AND WATCHING  TO SEE IF CALIFORNIA COMES INTO THE SYSTEM. (1:16) PHIL PLOURD, DAIRY MARKET ANALYST, BLIMLING & ASSOCIATES, "I THINK THERE'S A BIG  QUESTION AROUND WHETHER CALIFORNIA FARMERS ARE GOING TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD AND VOTE FOR  SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS HANDLERS TO DE-POOL."  8 SEC  PLOURD, "AND I THINK ITS TOO EARLY TO TELL  WHAT THE IMPACT WOULD BE FOR THE MIDWEST OR OTHER AREAS.  5 SEC  AND WHEN IT COMES TO MILK PRICES DAIRY PRODUCERS ARE A BIT MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE OUTLOOK  THIS YEAR.   MARV POST, SOUTH DAKOTA DAIRY PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, "THE PROJECTIONS THAT WE'RE  SEEING IS 2017 IS GOING TO BE BETTER THAN 2016, SO THERE'S SOME MONEY TO BE MADE."    ESPECIALLY WITH LOWER FEED BILLS.  I'M MICHELLE ROOK REPORTING FOR AGDAY. DAIRY GROUP OFFICIALS SAY THEY’RE HOPEFUL FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM EVEN WITH THE LAUNDRY LIST OF PRIORITIES IN THE CONGRESS LIKE HEATH  CARE.    THEY FEAR IF THE LABOR FIX GETS PUSHED INTO AN ELECTION YEAR IT  SIMPLY WON’T GET DONE.   

CROP COMMENTS
IT'S BEEN A WET WEEK FOR A PART OF THE COUNTRY THAT REALLY NEEDED IT.  MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN UPDATE IN THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, TYNE.  THE DROUGHT MONITOR THIS WEEK SHOWS AN AMAZING IMPROVEMENT IN  KANSAS  - WHICH AS WE ALL REMEMBER HAD THOSE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES A  MONTH AGO. 55-PERCENT OF THE STATE IS NOW FREE FROM DROUGHT. JUST  LAST WEEK IT WAS NINE PERCENT. "NASS" SAYS EVERY COUNTY IN KANSAS AVERAGED  AT LEAST ONE INCH OF PRECIPITATION, WITH  MOST  COUNTIES  AVERAGING TWO  TO  THREE  INCHES.  THREE-QUARTERS OF THE STATE NOW HAD ADEQUATE OR SURPLUS TOPSOIL  MOISTURE. AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO SHOT FROM COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA!!THIS ISN'T A CREEK YOU'RE SEEING - ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER  SERVICE THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTY RECEIVED 2-AND-A-HALF TO 4  INCHES OF RAIN WEDNESDAY, PUTTING THE AREA IN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING. THE AREA IS ABOUT 170 MILES OR SO FROM AUGUSTA, GEORGIA WHERE THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT IS HELD THIS WEEK.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. THIS IS MACHINERY PETE - INVITING YOU TO CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE - MACHINERYPETE.COM - OFFERING FARMERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH.  LET MACHINERY  PETE HELP YOU FIND AND VALUE YOUR NEXT PIECE OF USED EQUIPMENT. 

TEASE
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PROFIT BRIEFING
WITH SPRING PLANTING JUST AROUND THE CORNER, FARMERS IN THE MIDWEST  HAVE PLENTY OF SOIL MOISTURE. MAYBE EVEN TOO MUCH. FROM IOWA TO OHIO, TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS ARE ALL NEAR 90-PERCENT  'ADEQUATE OR SURPLUS'. NEBRASKA IS THE OUTLIER WITH 'JUST' 75-PERCENT OF ABUNDANT MOISTURE. SO, IT'S WET OUT THERE, BUT DO THE MARKETS CARE? THE PROFARMER TEAM  TAKES A LOOK. DUDE IT IS WET OUT AND I OH WAIT IT'S APRIL SEVENTH NOT MAY SEVENTH THAT  IS BUT THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF CONCERN. THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF CONCERN OUT THERE THAT WE ARE STUCK IN A WET PATTERN RIGHT NOW IT DOESN'T FEEL  LIKE THE MARKET REALLY MATTERS. BUT THERE 'S SOME ISSUES THAT WE NEED  TO BE THINKING ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT NOT PLANTING DELAYS BUT  POTENTIAL PLANTING DELAYS FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS WELLS FOR A LAKE  SPRING FIELD PREP DELAYS AT THIS POINT IN TIME YES OR YES AND THAT'S THE  KEY. IF WE MOVE FORWARD TO THREE FOUR WEEKS YOU KNOW IF WE'RE SITTING  HERE A MONTH FROM NOW ON WE STILL DON'T HAVE MUCH OF THE AT THE  PLANTING DONE IN THE CORN BELT. NOW THE MARKETS REALLY PAYING  ATTENTION. AT THAT POINT  I'M IN TIME AND YOU LOOK AT THE NEW CROP. CORN  AND SOYBEAN PRICES AND THE FACT THAT THEY'VE PULLED BACK AND  ESPECIALLY IN THE CORN MARKET A YOU KNOW WE DON'T HAVE WEATHER  PREMIUMS BUILTIN AND THE ASSUMPTION IS THAT THE WEATHER 'S GOING TO BE  ABOUT NORMAL THIS YEAR 'S ALL NOW THAT 'S WHEN YOU START TO GET MORE  CONCERNED IN THE MARKET SAY I THINK THAT 'S EXACTLY THE RIGHT POINT TO  MAKE HERE IS THAT WE DO NOT HAVE WEATHER PREMIUMS IN THE NEW CROP  CONTRACTS FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS BUT THERE 'S GONNA BE SOME PEOPLE  OUT THERE SAYING YEAH BUT OH OKAY YEAH BUT WE'VE GOT A BIG CARRY IN  FOR THE TWENTY SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN MARKETING YEAR THAT 'S THOSE BIG  TWENTY SIX TEN SEVENTEEN CARRYOVERS. DOESN'T THAT TAKE SOME OF THE  URGENCY TO PUT THAT WEATHER PREMIUM OUT OF THE MARKET IT DOES AND  AND THAT 'S WHY IT 'S OUT RIGHT NOW BUT  I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE THAT IF  WE DO GET INTO SOME KIND OF PLANTING DELAYS OR SPRING WEATHER ISSUES  THEY WILL REBUILD THAT PREMIUM ATIT JUST MAY NOT BE TO THE EXTENT IT  WOULD BE IS IF WE WERE MUCH TIGHTER ON THE SUPPLY SIDE YEAH BUT THEY  CAN PLANT THE CROP IN TWO WEEKS. THEY CAN BUT I STILL THINK THAT AND IT  MAYBE A SHORT TERM PREMIUM THAT THEY BUILD INTO IT BUT I THINK AT SOME  POINT IN TIME IF WE GET THERE NOT STILL A BIG IF THAT IF WE DO SEE THOSE  DELAYS THAT YOU WOULD SEE THAT PREMIUM BUILT BACK IN EXACTLY OK YEAH  THIS IS AND IT IS A SITUATION THAT WE DON'T WANT AN UNDERESTIMATE  BECAUSE I THINK THE REST THE MARKET MIGHT BE RIGHT NOW THAT YOU KNOW  I DON'T THINK THERE 'S ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT. AND IT 'S AN ISSUE THAT  GOES BACK TO YOUR FIRST POINT. IT 'S NOT JUST PLANTING IT 'S THAT FIELD  PREP THAT WE'VE GOT TO GET DONE. IT 'S GOING TO BE FRUSTRATING. I THINK  FOR A LOT OF GUYS WATCHING WHAT 'S GOING ON IT WITH THESE MARKETS. IF THE WEATHER PATTERN HOLDS THEY'RE GOING TO BE FRUSTRATED WONDERING  WHY THERE 'S NOT MUCH REACTION GOING ON IN PRICE WHAT WE DO TO KEEP  THE EMOTIONS DOWN ON SOMETHING LIKE THAT WELL AND PART OF A THAT  JUMPY NO SIR IT 'S TO GET OUT. THERE WAS ALREADY CAUSED BY THE WARM  CONDITIONS THAT WE HAD THROUGH MARCH YOU KNOW GUYS WANT TO GET  GOING AND NOW WE GET APRIL HERE AND IT'S SOGGY AND IT'S SLOWING US  DOWN SO YOU KNOW I THINK JUST BE PATIENT KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE SOME PREMIUM POINT AND IF THE MARKET THINKS IT 'S IT 'S NECESSARY. BUT IT MAY BE  SHORT LIVED BECAUSE OF THE SUPPLY SITUATION SO WE HAVE TO BE READY  JUMP ON IT. IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY HAVE YOUR TARGETS IN PLACE AND  READY TO GO IN CASE WE GET THAT SPIKE THERE THAT SHORT TERM SPIKE ALL  RIGHT WE'LL GET THROUGH THESE PLANTING DELAYS FOR BRIAN GRAY DAY AND  ALL THE EDITORS AT PRO FARMER IN CEDAR FALLS  IOWA. I'M CHIP FLORY

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK WELL MIKE I WAS IN MISSOURI IN MY HOMETOWN. EARLIER THIS WEEK AND IT 'S  AMAZING HOW FARMERS ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE OF THE RAIN YOU KNOW IT WAS SO DRY  OUT BEFORE COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND NOW THEY JUST CONTINUE TO GET ALL THIS THIS MOISTURE AND  WE'VE HAD FOUR FIVE STORMS THAT WENT FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE GREAT LAKES. IN THAT  WHOLE AREA HAS HAD SO MUCH MOISTURE BUT LET 'S GO BACK ONE MONTH SO LET 'S GO BACK ONE  MONTH AND SEE WHAT THE DROUGHT MONITOR LOOKED LIKE IN YOU CAN SEE A LOT MORE DARK ORANGE  AND REDS FROM THE SOUTHEAST ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS MISSOURI HAS IMPPROVED  THE TIME SO WEEK BY WEEK WE'VE SEEN THAT IMPROVEMENT ESPECIALLY OVER THE LAST TWO WEEK  PERIOD CAUSE YOU CAN SEE THINGS EXPANDED. THERE ARE A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND NOW WE'RE  SEEING EVERYTHING SHRINK AND I THINK THIS WILL SHRINK SOME MORE NEXT WEEK BECAUSE OF THE  RAINS. WE'VE ALREADY SEEN SENSELESS DROUGHT MONITOR WAS TAKEN SO WE HAVE DEFINITELY SEEN  SOME DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS WELL HIGH PRESSURE NOW THROUGH THAT WHOLE AREA OF KEEPING US  DRY FOR TODAY SNOW SHOWERS UP AND DOWN THE APPELLATIONS THIS MORNING RAIN SHOWERS IN  MAINE AND THE FIRST SYSTEM NOW IN THE NORTHERN CANADA THIS WAS A PRETTY POTENT SYSTEM THIS IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AGAIN MOST OF CALIFORNIA  'S OUT OF THE DROUGHT COMPLETELY AS WELL WHICH IS OF JUST AMAZING TO THINK ABOUT COMPARED TO  WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE THE WINTER STARTED THERES LATER ON TODAY HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING  THE ENTIRE CORN BELT 'S SNOW AND RAIN SHOWERS IN THE NORTHEAST MOSTLY SNOW THAT SUMS FOR RAIN  I SHOULD SAY OUT WEST BUT SOME SNOW ON THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HAD  THAT INTO TOMORROW MORNING WELL SEE THIS A SECONDARY COLD FRONT COMING IN THE NEVADA  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GETTING SOME MOITURE STILL SOME LINGERING SNOW SHOWERS IN THE NORTHEAST  LATER ON TOMORROW MOST OF THE COUNTRY EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WILL BE DRY EXCEPT FOR  EASTERN MAINE A FEW SHOWERS OTHERWISE THIS IS SOME DRY AIR DOMINATING MOST OF THE CORN BELT  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS A LOT OF ITS BEEN IN THE NORTHEAST AND  THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CALIFORNIA AS YOU CAN SEE ADDING IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS WELL  CONTINUE TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE NORTHEAST BUT MOST OF THAT 'S ALREADY DONE BUT BOY LOOK  THAT THE MOISTURE THERE ARE MEAN THATS A HALF FOOT OF RAIN OR MELTED SNOW IN SOME OF THE  SIERRA NEVADA AREAS EVEN FARTHER WEST FROM THERE YOU'RE LOOKING AT TWO THREE FOUR INCHES OF  RAIN SNOWFALL ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS MOST OF IT 'S BEEN IN THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES  AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THAT SPREADS A LITTLE BIT MORE BUT MOST OF THAT IN EASTERN CANADA WE  HAD A WHOLE BUNCH OVER THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES YOU CAN SEE TEMPERATURES  WARMING UP OVER THE PLAINS STILL COOL OVER THE NORTH EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT  TREND CONTINUES TOMORROW AS THE WARMTH COMES IN THE WESTERN LAKES AND OHIO VALLEY JET  STREAM SHOWS THE RED BUILDING ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY A STORM SYSTEM GOING AWAY  NEXT ONES NOT TO BE NEARLY AS STRONG IT LOOKS LIKE AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK. RIDGE COMES IN  AGAIN IN THE TROUGH BUILDS OUT WEST THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST WE'LL HEAD TO HELENA MONTANA MILD WAS AN AFTERNOON SHOWER  AROUND HIGH ROUND SIXTY THREE DENTON TEXAS PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND COMFORTABLE HIGH OF  SEVENTY SIX AND FINALLY WILL I GO FARTHER EAST TO ROCHESTER NEW YORK CLOUDY BREEZY 'S NO RAIN AT  TIMES HIGH THIRTY EIGHT. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME, WE HEAD TO THE FIELD WITH CLINTON TO LEARN THE SIGNS  YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING REPLANTING YOUR CROP THIS  YEAR.   AND 4-H CAMP IS MORE THAN JUST SMORES AND SMILES - IT'S ABOUT SURVIVAL! FIND OUT WHY AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
MANY OF YOU MAY BE ANXIOUSLY WAITING TO PLANT, THANKS TO ALL THIS RAIN,  BUT IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT GROWING YOUR BEST BEAN YET.  CLINTON GRIFFITHS JOINS US TODAY FROM THE FIELD.  JOINING US IS SEAN CASTILLE HE'S AN EXTENSION SOYBEAN AGRONOMIST HERE AT PURDUE SEAN LET'S  TALK ABOUT GROWTH STAGES OF BEANS START FROM THE BEGINNING AND LET'S WORK AS WE GROW OK SO  AS WE GO THROUGH WITH GROWTH STAGES WE WANNA TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT 'S EMERGING AND THAT  KIND OF GIVES YOU AN IDEA AS A STAND THAT WE'VE GOT ESTABLISHED. I THINK ABOUT SOME POTENTIAL  MANAGEMENT OPTIONS SO IF THERE 'S A REPLANT NEED YOU WANT TO BE OUT THERE'S AS EARLY AS YOU  CAN SEE HOW WELL THAT STAND IS ESTABLISHED SURE SO FOR INSTANCE WHAT 'S BEHIND US HERE WE'VE  GOT BEAN THEY'RE JUST POPPING THROUGH AND SO THEY'VE GOT THE COTYLEDONS THAT ARE ABOVE THE  SOIL SURFACE AND THEY'VE KIND OF FLIPPED OVER. SO NOW THE GROWING POINT IS IT AS WELL RIGHT AND  SO WHENEVER YOU KIND OF MARCH DOWN THE LINE THOSE ARE ALL EMERGED AND SO BY GROWTH STAGE  WE CALL THIS V E VEGETATIVE EMERGENCE OK ALRIGHT AND SO THIS IS ON THE EARLY SIDE OF DOING  STAND COUNTS. BUT IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA IF YOU GOT ANY ISSUES GOING ON. SO FOR INSTANCE IF YOU  SEE THIS KIND OF SPACE HERE IS THEIR PLANT SUPPOSE TO BE THERE. IS IT DEAD OR DIEING AND NOT  SEEING MUCH OF ANY WELP HERE WE GO HE'S DOWN BELOW JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT DEEP AND SO HE 'S  DELAYED IN EMERGENCE BECAUSE HE HAPPENED TO BE A LITTLE BIT DEEPER THEY PROBABLY COME UP  ANOTHER FOUR OR FIVE DAYS OK SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD THEN WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO GET A BETTER  CHECK OF OUR STAND EXACTLY. THANKS, CLINTON. 

TEASE
WELL, COULD YOU SURVIVE OUT IN THE WILDNERNESS WITHOUT A MAP ON YOUR  PHONE? THESE KIDS IN LOUISIANA CAN. IT'S THE KEY TO SURVIVAL, NEXT. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.  4-H SURVIVOR CAMP IS DESIGNED TO TEACH BASIC SURVIVAL SKILLS TO YOUNG  PEOPLE, BUT IT IS ALSO INSTILLS LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS. LSU  AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS THE REPORT.  MORE THAN 70 4-H STUDENTS FROM ACROSS NORTH LOUISIANA SPENT THREE  DAYS LEARNING HOW TO COOK, BUILD A FIRE AND CONSTRUCT A CAMPSITE. AND  WHILE THEY WERE LEARNING THE SKILLS THEY MAY NEED TO SURVIVE IN THE  WILD, THESE STUDENTS WERE TAUGHT IT IS A LOT EASIER WHEN EVERYONE  WORKS TOGETHER. DONNIE MOON: WHAT WE TRY TO FOCUS ON HERE AT 4-H  SURVIVOR CAMP, WE'RE FOCUSING ON TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION AND  RELATIONSHIP BUILDING FROM KIDS FROM OTHER PARISHES. TEACH THEM HOW  TO WORK TOGETHER AND BECOME A TEAM.THE CAMPERS LEARNED ESSENTIAL  SKILLS THAT WILL BE VALUABLE IF THEY EVER FIND THEMSELVES IN A DIFFICULT  SITUATION. REED DEES: ONE USEFUL THING THAT I THOUGHT WE COULD USE FOR  SURVIVAL IS THE FIRE BECAUSE WE LEARNED TO BUILD FIRES AND HOW TO BUILD  IT UP FROM A MATCH SO THAT WOULD HELP US SURVIVE FROM HYPOTHERMIA  DURING THE NIGHT, SO WE WOULD NOT FREEZE TO DEATH. SARAH HAMMONDS: I  LIVE IN THE WOODS MYSELF, OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, SO IT WOULD BE  HELPFUL FOR ME AS A TEEN, WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF PARENTS BEING OUT OF  THE HOUSE ALL THE TIME DUE TO WORK, TO BE ABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT  THE ENVIRONMENT IN CASE AN ACCIDENT DID OCCUR. ANOTHER GOAL OF THE  CAMP WAS TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS AMONG THE STUDENTS. THE  CAMP'S REMOTE LOCATION HAD VIRTUALLY NO CELLULAR SERVICE, FORCING  THE CAMPERS TO PUT THEIR PHONES AND OTHER DEVICES AWAY DURING THEIR  TIME AT CAMP. JACOBY FULLER: JUST COME OUT HERE AND PUT YOUR PHONE  DOWN FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS AND JUST FISH AND HAVE FUN. AND JUST TALK  TO PEOPLE INTERACT FACE-TO-FACE INSTEAD OF THROUGH TEXT MESSAGES.  ONE THING IS YOU'RE GETTING KIDS TO RELY ON SOME OTHER SKILLS BECAUSE  LOTS OF TIMES WE WORK ON MAP READING, COMPASS READING AND THAT  DOESN'T WORK ON A PHONE.: 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 ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M TYNE MORGAN. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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