AgDay Daily Recap - December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 1, 2017


HEADLINES
EPA RELEASE THE LATEST RENEWABLE FUELS VOLUMES.  PLUS, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS TAKING A TREMENDOUS TOLL ON FARMERS  IN AGRIBUSINESS...FROM MILK TO CHEESE. WE'LL FIND OUT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF TOW STRAPS SAFETY ON FARM  JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND THE IMPACT OF WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

RFS NUMBERS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FINALIZING ITS RENEWABLE FUEL  STANDARDS OF HOW MUCH ETHANOL AND BIODIESEL MAY BE BLENDED INTO THE  GASOLINE SUPPLY - AND THOSE LEVELS ARE ROUGHLY EQUAL TO THIS YEAR'S  NUMBERS  BETSYS JIBBEN HAS MORE. THE EPA MEETING ITS DEADLINE ANNOUNCING ITS RFS STANDARDS FOR FOR  2018 AS WELL AS THE BIOMASS BASED DIESEL FOR 2019.  CORN PRODUCERS RELIEVED AT A VERY SMALL UPTICK IN RENEWABLE FUEL  REQUIREMENTS.  WHILE BIO-DIESEL PRODUCERS SAY THE EPA DID NOT LISTEN TO THEIR PLEA.  TOTAL RENEWABLE FUEL VOLUME COMES IN AT 19-POINT- 29 BILLION GALLONS,  WITH 15 BILLION GALLONS OF THAT COMING FROM ETHANOL.  DIESEL FOR 2018 MOVING AND THE 2019 LEVELS ARE UNCHANGED.  ADVANCED BIOFUELS ALSO REMAINING STATIC  WHILE CELLU LOW SICK ETHANOL IS LOWERED FOR 2018.  EPA ADMINISTRATIOR SCOTT PRUIT  SAYING THE STANDARDS QUOTE - ENSURES STABILITY IN THE MARKETPLACE AND  AND FOLOWS THROUGH WITH MY COMMITMENT TO MEET THE STSATUTAORY  DEAEDLINES AND LEAD THE AGENCY BY UPHOLDING THE RULE OF THE LAW  MOST FARM GROUPS SAYING THEY'RE COMFORTED TO SEE THE EPA KEEP A  COMMITMENT TO AN RFS STANDARD - HOWEVER, THEY'RE DISAPOINTED IN THE  NUMBERS - ESPECIALLY WITH CELLULOSIC. "PART OF THE REASON THAT HASN'T HAPPENED AT THE PACE WE'D LOVE TO SEE IS BECAUSE OF THE  UNCERTANITY IN CONGRESS. 57(TAKE OUT MIDDLE) 4:10 IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT INVESTING MILLIONS  UPON MILLIONS IN CAPITAL TO PRODUCE CELLULOSSIC ETHANOL, YOU HAVE TO SECOND GUESS YOURSELF  BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE NEXT YEAR WILL BRING AS FAR AS MOTIVATION OUT OF CONGRESS,"THE BIODIESEL INDUSTRY SAYING THE EPA HAS FAILED TO RESPOND TO  REPEATED CALLS FOR GROWTH SAYING QUOTE - FLAT NUMBERS WILL HARM  AMERICANS ACROSS SEVERAL JOB CREATING SECTORS BE THEY FARMERS,  GREASE COLLECTORS, CRUSHERS, BIODIESEL PRODUCERS OR TRUCKS AS WELL  AS CONSUMERS  BIODIESEL IS CONCERNING CORN GROWERS MORE THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST. REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE RENWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION SAYING A BIG BULK  OF ADVANCED BIOFUELS AS WELL AS BIO DIESEL AND CELL U LOW SICK ETHANOL  IS COMING FROM CORN ETHANOL PLANTS. 

OPIOD CRISIS IMPACT
A NEW SURVEY COMMISSIONED BY THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU AND NATIONAL  FARMERS UNION REVEALS JUST HOW BAD THE OPIOID CRISIS IS HITTING RURAL  AMERICA...AND FARMERS IN PARTICULAR. THE DATA SHOWS ABOUT HALF OF RURAL AMERICANS HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY  IMPACTED BY THE ADDICTION. BUT IT GETS EVEN WORSE FOR FARMERS. SURVEY RESULTS SHOW THREE  QUARTERS OF FARMERS OR FARM-WORKERS HAVE TAKEN AN ILLEGAL DOSE,  KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS, OR IS DEALING WITH AN OUTRIGHT ADDICTION. BREAKING IT DOWN FURTHER - 16 PERCENT OF FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS  SAY THEY HAVE PERSONALLY STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTION,. THAT'S MORE THAN  THREE TIMES THE RATE IN THE RURAL POPULATION AS A WHOLE. 22-HUNDRED PEOPLE RESPONDED TO THE SURVEY.

BAYER, MONSANTO MERGER
THE BAYER COMPANY CONTINUES TO WORK TOWARD ITS PLANNED TAKEOVER  OF MONSANTO. THE CEO TELLING A CONFERENCE THIS WEEK, THAT THE E-U'S ANTITRUST  REVIEW IS GOING TO QUOTE UNIMAGINABLE DEPTHS. HE'S THEY HAVE NOW DELIVERED MORE THAN 4 MILLION PAGES OF DOCUMENTS  TO THE E-U COMMISSION. DESPITE THE SCRUTINY HE'S STILL CONFIDENT THE DEAL WILL CLOSE EARLY  NEXT YEAR. USDA RELEASING A FRESH DROUGHT MONITOR ON THURSDAY.  MODERATE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT NOW COVERING MORE THAN 21  PERCENT OF THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES. DRYNESS NOW STRETCHES ACROSS MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF THE LOWER 48. POCKETS OF D3 DROUGHT ALSO STARTING TO APPEAR. IN ARKANSAS 15 PERCENT OF THE STATE NOW IN THAT CATEGORY. IT WAS ZERO LAST WEEK.

CROP COMMENTS
OUT IN CALIFORNIA, THE MAPS SHOWING PARTS OF CALIFORNIA STARTING TO  DRYOUT ONCE AGAIN. MIKE HOFFMAN IS BACK AND HAS A LOOK AT COTTON HARVEST IN TODAY'S CROP  COMMENTS..  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  OUR FIRST CROP COMMENT COMES FROM QUENTIN SHIELDKNIGHT IN  SPEARMAN, TEXAS.  QUENTIN IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG WITH COTTON HARVEST- WORK ISN'T SO BAD  WHEN YOU HAVE A SKY LIKE THIS.  USDA SAYS 71 PERCENT OF COTTON HAS BEEN PICKED. 2 POINTS ABOVE THE 5  YEAR AVERAGE.  MOVING OVER TO IOWA,  RYAN HEINIGER SENDING US THIS PHOTO OF THE 3RD GENERATION TEACHING  THE 5TH! TIMES LIKE THESE CREATE LIFELONG MEMORIES ON THE FARM.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR IS THE GO-TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.  AGDAY, AGRITALK, U.S.  FARM REPORT AND MORE - 24/7 ACCESS TO ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS. TV AND RADIO...IN YOUR  HANDS, ON DEMAND.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR - DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY. 

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN AG
THIS WEEK OUR PARTNERS AT TOP PRODUCER MAGAZINE HOSTED THEIR  "EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN AG" CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO. THE MEETING GATHERS WOMEN, MANY OF WHOM ARE THE PRINCIPAL  OPERATORS ON THEIR FARMS. THIS YEAR'S THEME--EMPOWERING AND CONNECTING FARM WOMEN. TODAY, THIS ISN'T JUST A U.S. FARM FOCUS-- IN AUSTRALIA -- NEARLY HALF OF ALL  FARMERS ARE WOMEN. BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN IN RECENT TIMES THEY'VE BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED FOR  THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE. SALLY JONES WALKS AMONG HER DAIRY HERD NEAR MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA.   SHE'S A FARMER AND PROUD OF IT. BUT THAT TITLE - FARMER - IS SOMETHING HER MOTHER NEVER COULD PUT ON  HER RESUME. ""MUM NEVER REFERRED TO HERSELF AS A FARMER. BUT I THINK IT WAS  PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF IMPOSTER SYNDROME AND LACK OF  CONFIDENCE,"WHILE WOMEN HAVE ALWAYS PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN AGRICULTURE. THEY  WERE RARELY OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED. UNTIL 1994 A WOMAN COULDN'T EVEN CALL HERSELF A FARMER ON THE  AUSTRALIAN CENSUS. "MUM HAD AMAZING ENERGY AND ABILITY TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN; JUGGLING  FOUR CHILDREN, A FARM, A FACTORY, RETAIL SHOPS, BOOKWORK, THE WHOLE  BIT," OTHER WOMEN IN AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE REMEMBER A TIME WHEN IT WAS  HARDER. "I STUDIED AGRICULTURE AND AT THAT STAGE THERE WERE VARIOUS  INSTITUTIONS I COULDN'T ATTEND, BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE FACILITIES FOR  WOMEN," TODAY, THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS SAYS WOMEN ACCOUNT FOR  FORTY-NINE PER CENT OF FARMERS. THIS FALL A MUSEUM SHOWCASING WOMEN OF AGRICULTURE OPENED IN  MELBOURNE. IT HELPS TELL SOME OF THE STORIES FROM THE LAND DOWN  UNDER. CATHERINE FORGE IS THE MUSEUM'S CURATOR. " "WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? THERE WAS A LOT OF AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY,  BUT WHERE WERE THE STORIES OF WHAT WOMEN WERE DOING ON FARMS?"BACK AT GIPPSLAND DAIRY, SALLIE JONES AGREES THAT WOMEN IN FARMING  NOW NEED TO HAVE THEIR VOICE HEARD AND HOPES SHE CAN ACT AS AN  INSPIRATION. "I DON'T WANT TO PUT MY IMPOSTER HAT ON AND SAY 'I'M NOT WORTHY, I'M NOT WORTHY', BUT I JUST  HOPE THAT I CAN POTENTIALLY BE AN INSPIRATION TO OTHER WOMEN TO STEP UP AND FIND THEIR VOICE IN  RURAL AREAS."

TEASE
LATER WE'LL CONTINUE OUR WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE FOCUS,  I'LL HAVE SOME THOUGHTS AND PERSONAL INSIGHTS TO THAT I WITNESSED  GROWING UP. BUT FIRST, WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK DAIRY AND CHEESE MARKETS  FROM THE EWA EVENT IN CHICAGO. AND LATER THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOW STRAP WHEN  GETTING PULLED OUT OF THE MUD. RECEIVE A FREE TRIAL OF THE DAILY GRAIN PLAN NEWS LETTER FROM ROACH AG MARKETING.  TEXT  ROACH TO 31313.  START YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BY TEXTING ROACH TO 31313.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS WHILE THE DOW SAW A BIG SURGE IN EARLY TRADE THURSDAY,  COMMODITIES WERE MIXED. LETS GET DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. CORN MARKET TRADED BOTH SIDES OF ONCHANGE SHARE ON THURSDAY BUT DID SPEND MOST OF THE  DAY IN POSITIVE TERRITORY. OUR DECEMBER FUTURES CONTRACT NEARBY DECEMBER GOT INTO THE  DELIVERY PERIOD YESTERDAY AND WE DID HAVE SOME FAIRLY HEAVY DELIVERIES AGAINST THAT  DECEMBER CONTRACT WHICH IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO BE A BEARISH FACTOR. STILL THE MARKET A  LITTLE BIT HIGHER HERE. A LOT OF THE OPEN INTEREST OF COURSE ROLLING OUT OF THAT DECEMBER CONTRACT  AND WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF ACTION A LOT OF VOLUME IN THE SPREADS THE FUNDS OF COURSE HOLDING  A NEAR RECORD SHORT POSITION ROLLING A LOT OF THAT OUT INTO NEXT YEAR IS THE WAY IT LOOKS LIVE  CATTLE MARKET TRADE BOTH SIDES OF UNCHANGED FROM THURSDAY BUT WAS SHARPLY LOWER HERE FOR A  GOOD CHUNK OF THE SESSION. WE HAD SOME OF THE CONTRACTS TOUCH NEAR LIMIT DOWN SO THERE  WAS SOME INTRADAY WEAKNESS HERE CERTAINLY. NOW THE CASH CATTLE MARKET HAS YET TO BE ESTABLISHED. THIS WEEK WE SAW NOTHING CHANGE HANDS ON THE FED CATTLE EXCHANGE YESTERDAY.  LAST WEEK WE HAD CASH CATTLE TRADE IN THE 118 TO 120 RANGE. I THINK A LITTLE BIT OF 120 AND A  HALF. WE DO KNOW THAT THE BOX BEEF HAS BEEN QUITE A BIT WEAKER HERE POSTING SOME 1 MONTH  LOWS THIS WEEK. CHOICE BOXES WERE UNDER 2 0 6 AT THE LAST QUOTE HERE THAT I SAW HERE TODAY  AND MAY HAVE EVEN DRIFTED LOWER AT MIDDAY. SO THE BOX CENTER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE AND  FUTURES KIND OF FOLLOWING ALONG HERE PERHAPS THAT WILL TRANSLATE INTO A WEAKER CASH TRADE HERE  LATER THIS WEEK. AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK FROM THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO.

ANALYSIS
MILK PRODUCTION HAS BEEN STRONG IN 2017. SO HOW IS THAT TRANSLATING TO THE CHEESE MARKET. TYNE MORGAN ASKS THE QUESTION FROM ROAD IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS. HERE NOW NAOMI BLOHM OF STEWART PETERSON NAOMI WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE DAIRY PRICES. YOU KNOW FOR DAIRY FARMERS NOT WHERE WE WE WANT PRICES TO BE. HOWEVER THERE WAS A LITTLE NEWS RECENTLY OUT OF CHINA WHEN IT COMES TO CHEESE WHAT WAS THAT AND HOW WILL THAT IMPACT US. CHINA HAS A REAL STRONG APPETITE FOR PROTEINS RIGHT NOW. CHEESES ONE OF THEM SO THEY ARE LOWERING IMPORT TARIFFS ON CERTAIN TYPES OF CHEESE. SO THAT'S REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A STRONG EXPORT MARKET FOR THAT AREA. AND NOW THIS IS GOING TO ALLOW THAT TO CONTINUE AND GROW A LITTLE STRONGER. SO THAT'S A GREAT GREAT NEWS STORY RIGHT NOW THE REALITY IS THAT WE HAVE A SURPLUS OF CHEESE AND CHEESE PRICES AS OF LATE. THE CASH CHEESE PRICES HAVE BEEN LOWER AND THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN PULLING THAT MILK PRICE DOWN INTO THE LOW $15 AREA WITH SOME OF THE DEFERRED CONTRACTS ALREADY SEEING 14. SO UNFORTUNATELY IT'S A SUPPLY ISSUE. THEY HAVE A LOT OF MILK. THEY HAVE A LOT OF MILK PRODUCTS. BUT HEY MAYBE WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME MORE EXPORTS MAN IN THE FORM SHE AND EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. RIGHT. SO LOWERING THAT TARIFF YOU KNOW HOW BIG OF AN INCREASE DO YOU THINK WE COULD SEE IN EXPORTS TO CHINA. I MEAN ISN'T ENOUGH REALLY TO FIX THIS MESS OF SUPPLY THAT WE HAVE ON OUR HANDS. IT'S ENOUGH TO JUST KEEP THE DOORS OPEN. IT'S I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH OF AN INCREASE IT'S GOING TO DO BECAUSE OF COURSE A LOT OF THAT GOES WITH CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS AS WELL. AND WE HAVE COMPETITION FROM OCEANA. I WOULD SAY THOUGH THAT IT'S GOING TO HOPEFULLY SEE A SMALL INCREASE IN THE EXPORTS. AND ANY BIT THAT WE CAN HAVE CHEESE LATELY HAS LIKE I SAID BEEN LEADING THAT MILK MARKET AND THE EXPERTS IN GENERAL NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET. SO HEADING INTO 2018 KIND OF WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK FOR MILK PRICES. I WOULD SAY WE'RE READY TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A RECOVERY BOUNCE MAYBE ANOTHER 50 CENT RALLY HERE BUT THEN SOME SIDEWAYS TRADING INTO FIRST QUARTER BECAUSE MILK PRODUCTION IS SO STRONG AND THAT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THAT'S GOING ANYWHERE RIGHT AND THEN IT CONTINUES TO BE PRETTY. YEAH UP 1.4 PERCENT IN THE LAST REPORT. ALL RIGHT. WE THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND THEN WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY. ​INSTINCT AND N-SERVE NITROGEN STABILIZERS DON'T JUST STABILIZE NITROGEN, THEY MAXIMIZE IT - SO  CORN CROPS GIE THE MAX IN RETURN.  LEARN MORE AT MAXINMAXOUT.COM. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN AND MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE  DROUGHT MONITOR WE CAN SEE HOW IT HAS DRAINED OUT MANY PARTS AND POCKETS OF THE SOUTHERN  U.S.. YEAH REALLY IS KIND OF CENTERED ON SOUTHWESTERN ARKANSAS BUT IT'S EXPANDED IN ALL  DIRECTIONS JUST LIKE YOU SAID. SO YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THAT HAS BECOME THE FOCUS. THERE STILL  THE PROBLEMS IN WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA IN NORTHEASTERN MONTANA AND THERE'S SOME  DEVELOPING DRYNESS IN THE CAROLINAS DOWN INTO FLORIDA AS YOU CAN SEE. SO THINGS WE'LL BE  WATCHING OBVIOUSLY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THIS IS BACK FOUR WEEKS AGO.  YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH WORSE IT HAS GOTTEN ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE PLAINS  THERE. KIND OF CENTERED FROM TEXARKANA ON UP TOWARDS ST. LOUIS. KIND OF THE WORST AREAS AND  THOSE HAVE BEEN EXPANDING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN BOOM WE SEE THAT EXTREME AREA SHOW UP AS  WELL. SO AGAIN SOMETHING WE'LL JUST HAVE TO WATCH. YOU KNOW THE WEATHER MAP TODAY HAS LOTS  OF AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE ON THEM. NONE OF THEM STRONG EXCEPT THE ONE OFF THE WEST COAST  WHICH ISN'T REALLY MOVING THIS WAY QUICKLY SO YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE AND  NONE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE CAUSING TOO MUCH IN THE WAY OF RAIN. LITTLE BIT IN THE SOUTHEAST  WITH THAT ONE LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF THE FOUR CORNERS ZAHER AND A LITTLE BIT UP ALONG THE CANADIAN  BORDER TO THE NORTH AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. OTHER THAN THAT HIGH PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURES KIND  OF A LITTLE BIT ABOVE NORMAL IN MOST OF THE LOWER 48 FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. NOW THIS SYSTEM  WILL START TO COME IN AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW MORNING WITH SOME RAIN. MOUNTAIN SNOWS OUT  IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GET HEAVIER AND SPREAD SOUTHWARD INTO  CALIFORNIA AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY TOMORROW. THIS SOUTHEASTERN SYSTEM  MOVING OFFSHORE SO DON'T HAVE TO WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THAT WHEN PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE  PAST 24 HOURS. NOT A WHOLE LOT LOWER 48 BUT YOU CAN SAY A LITTLE BIT THERE IN ALABAMA AND  MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN SECTIONS ESPECIALLY ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 WE DON'T HAVE MUCH IN THE  EAST AND WE'RE STARTING TO ADD SOME OUT WEST SNOWFALLS KIND OF THE SAME IDEA. NOT A WHOLE  LOT ANYWHERE BUT THE FAR NORTHEAST FAR NORTHWEST YOU'VE HAD SOME. AND WE'LL ADD SOME MORE  IN THE NORTHWEST EVEN INTO THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EVENTUALLY. HIGH  TEMPERATURES TODAY THESE ARE COMFORTABLE NUMBERS FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR THE FIRST PART  OF DECEMBER 40S AND 50S FOR HIGH 70S BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE GULF COAST. LOW  TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO STAY IN THE 30S AND 40S ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN BELT 50S IN  THE SOUTHEAST. SO NOT BAD AT ALL IN THE SAME IDEA TOMORROW ALTHOUGH WE'LL START TO WARM UP A  LITTLE BIT THERE IN TEXAS INTO OKLAHOMA. HERE'S THE JET STREAM AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING  ABOUT FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW. HERE COMES THE FIRST TROUGH AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK AND THEN  ENERGY JUST FEEDS INTO IT. THIS IS GOING TO BE A SHOT OF REALLY COLD AIR FOR THE EASTERN TWO THIRDS  OF THE COUNTRY BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A  LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL ELY NEVADA SUNSHINE RATHER COOL TODAY HIGH  TEMPERATURE OF 55 DEGREES SPRINGDALE ARKANSAS COMFORTABLE WITH LOTS OF SUNSHINE HIGH OF 62  AND FINALLY SYRACUSE NEW YORK. MOSTLY CLOUDY A MORNING RAIN OR SNOW SHOWER IN SOME  AREAS. HIGH 41.

TEASE
BEING STUCK IN THE MUD WITH MACHINERY IS NO LAUGHING MATTER. NEXT ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV WE'LL DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF TOW  STRAP SAFETY. AND LATER, THE ROLL OF WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE AND HOW THE NUMBERS ARE  CHANGING. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
GETTING STUCK SEEMS TO BE AN UNAVOIDABLE PART OF LIFE ON THE FARM OR  RANCH. BUT DID YOU KNOW PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR WHILE TRYING TO GET UNSTUCK. ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV, PURDUE UNIVERSITY'S FRED WHITFORD DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF USING THE RIGHT STRAPS FOR PULLING STUCK  MACHINERY OUT OF THE MUD. AND WHAT I WANTED TO SHOW YOU WAS YOU KNOW THINGS LOOK THE SAME AND THE IMPORTANCE  HERE IS IS IF WE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE. ABSOLUTE WHAT'S THE  DIFFERENCE. YOU KNOW WELL THEY LOOK A LITTLE THICKER ON ONE SIDE THAN THIS. AND YOU BETCHA.  AND NOTICE THAT THIS ONE HAS AN ATTACHMENT TO IT. IT SURE DOES. SO ANYTIME YOU SEE THINGS  WITH ATTACHMENTS TO IT AND I'VE GOT THESE TERRIBLE ONES HERE I'VE GOT MORE IN THE BACKGROUNDTHESE ARE MEANT FOR HOLDING THE LOADS ON THE TRUCKS AND TRAILERS. OK. THOSE ARE THE TIE  DOWNS TIED DOWN. YES RIGHT. DIFFERENCE. YES. THESE ARE. THEY COME UP THERE THE RECOVERY  STRAPS RECOVERY ROPE USUALLY PEOPLE WITH ROPES AND THE DIFFERENCES THESE WILL ACTUALLY  STRETCH. THESE HAVE NO GIVE. OK. ALL RIGHT. WE HAD TWO YEARS AGO A FARMER DECIDED TO USE  ONE OF THESE TO SHOW HIS SON HOW TO GET UNSTUCK AND HE HAMMERED. HE HAMMERED ON WHAT  HE WAS PULLING. AND WHEN HE GOT TO THE END HE DIDN'T HAVE A SEATBELT OR NOTHING ON IT JERKED  HIM OUT OF THE SEAT AND BROKE HIS NECK. AND HE WILL BE PARALYZED FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.  THERE'S NO GUILT. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS THOUGH WE ALWAYS DO IT. IT'S JUST COMMON PLACE I  GUESS. SO THESE ARE IN FACT WHAT WE CALL RECOVERY STROKE RECOVERY STRAPS AND THE ROPE TO GO  AND THEY'RE RATED AND YOU CAN GET ACTUALLY GET A RATING ON THIS ONE. AND YOU KNOW THEY COME  30000 50000 HUNDRED THOUSAND. SO IF YOU LOOKED AT THIS PIECE OF EQUIPMENT HERE OR AND THIS  BEHIND THE COMBINE HERE MILES AND THEN YOU KNOW YOU THINK OF THE WEIGHT AND YOU'RE TRYING  TO PULL SOME BEAST LIKE THIS OUT. YOU BETTER HAVE SOMETHING MORE OBVIOUSLY THAN THAN THIS.  AND THEY DO MAKE THEM.  POTENTIALLY LIFE SAVING INFORMATION FROM FRED.

TEASE
THANKS...WHEN WE COME BACK, A LOOK AT THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN  AGRICULTURE TODAY. SHOP MACHINERY PETE'S CYBER SALE FROM NOV. 27 TO DEC. 4.  FIND SPECIAL REDUCED PRICE  DEALS ON ALL TYPES OF EQUIPMENT FROM DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  MAKE A PURCHASE AND  RECEIVE $200 EXTRA HOLIDAY CASH – VISIT WWW.MACHINERYPETE.COM/SALE  

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. THIS WEEK, TOP PRODUCER HELD IT'S ANNUAL EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN  AGRICULTURE EVENT IN CHICAGO. AND LIKE ALWAYS ITS A GREAT NETWORKING AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE  FOR THOSE IN ATTENDANCE. AND FRANKLY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR  INDUSTRY. STATISTICS SHOW MORE WOMEN ARE CHOOSING FARMING AS A CAREER. USDA SAYS THERE ARE NEARLY 970-THOUSAND FEMALE FARMERS IN THE U.S. OR  ONE THIRD OF THE NATIONS TOTAL... FARMING MORE THAN 300-MILLION ACRES AND PROVIDING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT  OF 12 POINT 9 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY.  THAT NUMBER OF WOMEN WORKING AS FARMERS HAS NEARLY TRIPLED IN THE  LAST THREE DECADES, CREATING ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SEGMENTS IN  THE INDUSTRY.  ALTHOUGH THE LAST CENSUS OF AG DID SHOW THE NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO  WERE PRINCIPAL OPERATORS FELL 6 PERCENTAGE POINTS TO 14 PERCENT OF  THE TOTAL U.S. FARMER POPULATION. IT MAY ONLY BE A BLIP ON THE GENDER TREND RADAR HOWEVER. A NEW SURVEY OF YOUNG FARMERS AND ASPIRING FARMERS SHOWS 60  PERCENT OF THAT GROUP --THE NEXT GENERATION--ARE FEMALE. I THINK BACK TO MY EXPERIENCES GROWING UP IN AGRICULTURE AND WHILE I  SUPPOSE MEN OFTEN CALLED THEMSELVES A FARMER OR RANCHER, THEIR  WIVES AND OR DAUGHTERS WERE ALWAYS JUST AS INVOLVED. WHEN MY GRANDAD WENT TO A FARM CREDIT MEETING--WHO DID THE CHORES?  MY GRANDMOTHER DID. WHO DROVE THE GRAIN CART, MOWED THE GRASS ALL WHILE TAKING CARE OF  THE KIDS, THE HOUSE AND THE MEALS? THAT WAS MY GRANDMOTHER... THE NOW 96 YEAR YOUNG MATRIARCH SET AN EXAMPLE HER DAUGHTERS ARE  FOLLOWING TODAY AND I HOPE MY DAUGHTER WILL EXEMPLIFY IN THE FUTURE. WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE ISN'T NEW-- BUT ITS ABOUT TIME THEIR WORK GETS  COUNTED APPROPRIATELY.

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. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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