AgDay Daily Recap -December 22, 2016

July 25, 2016 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 22, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - NEW GIPSA RULES ARE OPEN FOR COMMENT...  THE AG INDUSTRY EXPECTS PLENTY. PLUS A FIRE NO FIRE HOSE CAN REACH...IN  AGRIBUSINESS...CAN THE CATTLE PRICE RALLY LAST. RESEARCHERS HOPE TREATING DEER CAN HELP PREVENT A TICK BORNE  DISEASE IN CATTLE. AND GET IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH THE HISTORICAL  TRAPPINGS OF THIS GREAT AMERICAN BARN. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE  DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

GIPSA RULING
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE PENCILS ARE OUT THE COMMENTS READY AS USDA'S LATEST PROPOSED  GIPSA RULES ARE READY FOR FEEDBACK. THE COMMENT PERIOD ON PROPOSED GRAIN INSPECTION, PACKERS, AND  STOCKYARDS ADMINISTRATION RULES IS NOW OPEN AND RUNS FOR THE NEXT 60  DAYS. THE INTENDED PURPOSE OF THE RULES IS TO PROTECT POULTRY AND  LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS.  IT MAKES IT EASIER FOR PRODUCERS TO SUE LIVESTOCK COMPANIES AND MUCH  HARDER FOR MEAT COMPANIES TO CANCEL CONTRACTS WITH FARMERS.  THE RULES WOULD ALSO GIVE THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AG MORE POWER TO  PUNISH COMPANIES THAT HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF ABUSE.  OPPONENTS OF THE RULE CALL IT OVERREACH ADDING THAT THE INDUSTRY WILL  BE MIRED IN LAWSUITS.  THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS THE RULES ARE AN ATTACK ON  RURAL AMERICA  EVEN AS THE DEBATE OVER THE PROPOSED RULES HEAT UP, TRADERS SAY  THERE COULD BE A BIG IMPACT ON HOW LIVESTOCK ARE MARKETED. WE BUILT VALUE BASED PROGRAM TO INCENTIVE DIFFERENT WAYS TO ACTUALLY  MARKET CATTLE. WITH THE GIPSA RULING WHAT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO FIND IS WE'RE GOING TO MOVE AWAY FROM COMPETITION. SO ULTIMATELY THAT  COMPETITION BECAUSE OF BASE PRICE BEING SET AT THE BEGINNING OF THE  WEEK, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIND COMPETITION INTO THE END OF THE WEEK.  SO IF WE SEE MONDAY PRICES SET AT 110 AND 111 AND WITHOUT ANY LITIGATION  OR PROBABLY CAUSE OR REASON TO BID UP CATTLE INTO FRIDAY BECAUSE THE  PACKER DOESN'T WANT THAT LITIGATION, YOU'RE GOING TO RUN INTO  PROBLEMS FINDING COMPETITION.

PANERA BREAD 5-STEP BROILER CHICKEN PROGRAM
ON THE LIVESTOCK FRONT, THE PANERA BREAD FOOD COMPANY, ANNOUNCING  THIS WEEK, IT WILL BE ADOPTING PRACTICES OUTLINED IN THE GLOBAL ANIMAL  PARTNERSHIP'S BROILER CHICKEN STANDARD.  THAT'S A FIVE-STEP PROGRAM THAT CLAIMS TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVE ANIMAL  LIVESTOCK CARE. THE STANDARD REQUIRES NO CAGES OR CROWDING CRATES BE USED ON  ANIMAL FARMS. IT ALSO REQUIRES OUTDOOR ACCESS FOR ANIMALS, AS WELL AS PASTURE  CENTERED FARMS, WHICH MEANS ANIMALS ARE BROUGHT INDOORS DURING BAD  WEATHER. PANERA IS THE FIRST CHAIN TO ADOPT THESE STANDARDS AND PLANS TO HAVE  THEM IN PLACE BY 2024.

AVIAN FLU UPDATE
ANOTHER UPDATE ON AVIAN FLU.  A NEW OUTBREAK HAS LEFT AUTHORITIES IN ASIAN AND EUROPEAN NATIONS  SCRAMBLING TO DEAL WITH THE DISEASE AND PREVENT FURTHER TROUBLE. AS WE SAID EARLIER IN THE WEEK, U.K. OFFICIALS ARE NOW DEALING WITH THE  FIRST CASE ON THE MAINLAND.  JAPAN IS CULLING ANOTHER 200,000 BIRDS AT A POULTRY FARM. IT HAD ALREADY CULLED OVER A HALF MILLION BIRDS IN THE LAST MONTH.  SOUTH KOREA HAS ALREADY CULLED A RECORD 16 MILLION BIRDS AFTER A  SERIES OF INFLUENZA OUTBREAKS, REPRESENTING A TOTAL OF 20 PERCENT OF  THE NATION'S FLOCKS.  AND GERMANY CULLING 30-THOUSAND TURKEYS AND DUCKS AFTER OFFICIALS  FOUND THE VIRUS AT TWO ADDITIONAL FARMS. THAT HEAVY CULLING COULD DRAW MORE DEMAND FOR EXPORTING U.S. BIRDS.

TPP WITHDRAWL
PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP'S RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE INTENDS  TO WITHDRAW THE U.S. FROM THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IN FAVOR OF  BILATERAL TRADE DEALS, MAY GIVE CHINA NEW IMPETUS TO COMPLETE ITS OWN  REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENT. THE COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP, OR R-CEP<REE-CEP> COULD  CREATE THE WORLD'S LARGEST FREE-TRADE BLOC, COVERING HALF THE  WORLD'S PEOPLE AND 30 PERCENT OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.  TPP, IF RATIFIED, WOULD COVER 40 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S ECONOMY. REE-CEP TALKS JUST CONCLUDED IN INDONESIA WITH THE NEXT ROUND COMING  UP IN JAPAN IN FEBRUARY.

CROP COMMENTS
"CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES."   WE MAY HAVE SEEN SOME PRECIP LATELY BUT DROUGHT IS STILL A CONCERN. MIKE HOFFMAN WITH DETAILS IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. EVEN THOUGH THE NORTHERN TIER STATES ARE  COVERED WITH SNOW, SOME PARTS OF THE GREAT PLAINS ARE AWFULLY  DRY....AND ARE AT RISK FOR WILDFIRES. SUCH IS THE CASE IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.  THIS FIRE IS BURNING NEAR SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA - THAT'S ABOUT 30 MILES  SOUTHEAST OF OKLAHOMA CITY. ACCORDING TO KFOR-TV, THE FIRE HAD CONSUMED 140 ACRES AS OF  WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. NO STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED SO FAR. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED. LIGHT RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...AND  THUNDERSTORMS ON CHRISTMAS FOR THAT PART OF OKLAHOMA. AND SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS....PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ABOUT A "WHITE  CHRISTMAS". COMING UP TOMORROW I'LL SHOW YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO LIVE  OR VISIT TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING SNOW ON THE GROUND ON  DECEMBER 25TH.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT CATTLE MARKETS AND WHERE  THINGS MAY BE HEADED AS THE CALENDAR TURNS TO 2017. IN OUR DROVERS REPORT - GREG HENDERSON LOOKS AT EFFORTS TO PREVENT  THE SPREAD OF CATTLE FEVER TICKS IN TEXAS. A FIRE THAT'S JUST TOO FAR OUT OF REACH FOR EMERGENCY CREWS TO  DOUSE.... AND A GREAT AMERICAN BARN WITH PLENTY OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT AND HISTORICAL  LORE.... "YOU CAN FEEL THE FOREFATHERS WHO CAME, THE GUYS WHO BUILT THIS  BARN. YOU CAN FEEL IT WHEN YOU'RE IN HERE,. "

FLOOR OF THE CME
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA - MAKERS OF VIKING SIDE- BY-SIDES.  YAMAHA - REAL WORLD TOUGH.ONE OF THE BIGGEST MAKERS OF IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT DOESN'T EXPECT A  TURNAROUND IN THE ECONOMY IN 2017. THIS AS LINDSAY CORPORATION REPORTS SHARPLY LOWER REVENUES AND  PROFITS. THE COMPANY SAYS REVENUES FROM THEIR IRRIGATION DIVISION FELL ELEVEN  PERCENT YEAR OVER YEAR. IT EXPECTS FARM WILL CONTINUE TO BE SQUEEZED. IN A COMPANY STATEMENT, LINDSAY CEO RICK PAROD SAYS "AS THE  AGRICULTURAL DOWN CYCLE EXTENDS, WEAKNESS IN DEMAND FOR IRRIGATION  EQUIPMENT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE." IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS CHECK ON MARKETS--WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE  CME IN CHICAGO. WEDNESDAY'S GRAINS AND THEY'RE PRETTY MUCH MIXED ACROSS THE BOARD ACTUALLY WE WOULD CALL BORING  I GUESS WOULD BE THE BEST WORDS TO  PUT TO IT.  I THINK THAT WE'VE SEEN A VERY LACKLUSTER TRADE I THINK THE  WHOLE WEEK HAS BEEN LACKLUSTER AND I DON'T FORESEE MUCH ACTION  GOING FORWARD TO GET US EXCITED. I THINK THE CORN LOOKS TO BE A REASONABLE BUY AROUND THE THREE FIFTY LEVEL. I THINK THAT WHEAT LOOKS  TO BE A REASONABLE BUY AT FOUR BUCKS. I THINK HERE'S THE KEY TO A WATCH,  SOYBEANS HAD A DRAMATIC SELL OFF YESTERDAY. WE'RE UP HIGHER  OVERNIGHT AGAIN WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE HOLDING THOSE GAINS.  WEDNESDAY'S LIVESTOCK WE WERE NOT STRONGLY HIGHER IN CATTLE. IN FACT  WE'RE KIND OF MIXED HERE ON BOTH SIDES OF UNCHANGED HOWEVER IF WE  HAVE REALLY EXTENDED WHAT I THINK IS A LEGITIMATE RALLY. I HOPE YOU'RE  TAKING THE TIME TO HEDGE AND LOCK IN SOME OF THESE GAINS HERE BECAUSE  I EXPECT TO SEE A FAIRLY STEEP SELL OFF COMING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEK. IN THE MEAN TIME I LOOK FOR QUIET TRADE FOR THE RUSH HERE BUT  KEEP AN EYE HERE WE'VE GOT BIG REPORTD ON FRIDAY DURING THE MARKET  SO THAT COULD CREATE SOME ACTION BUT OVERALL I EXPECT MARKET TO BE  QUITE OTHER THAN THE DATA WHICH COULD CREATE A LITTLE BIT MORE ACTION  BECAUSE THE MARKETS ARE GOING TO BE THIN. THAT'S THE WAY I SEE IT. THIS IS  TODD HORWITZ FROM BUBBA TRADING DOT COM COMING TO YOU FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP IN CHICAGO

AGRIBUSINESS
JOE VACLAVIK OUR GUEST HERE THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK HE'S WITH STANDARD GRAIN. JOE AS WE LOOK AT  THE CATTLE MARKETS WE'VE SEEN THOSE NICE LITTLE RUN THERE THROUGH NOVEMBER INTO DECEMBER  STARTING A NEW YEAR DO WE EXPECT THAT TO CONTINUE? I DON'T KNOW IF IT 'S GOING TO CONTINUE UH  WE'VE HAD A A REALLY NICE RUN SO FOR SOMEBODY IN THE CATTLE BUSINESS I THINK THAT THESE CATTLE  FOR YOU KNOW FEBRUARY MARCH PROBABLY MAKING A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY HERE WHICH IS A STARK  CONTRAST TO WHAT MOST PRODUCERS SAW LAST YEAR. SO I THINK IT'S TIME IT DEFINITELY IS A RISK  MANAGEMENT IS MARKETING THE REASON FOR THE CATTLE RALLY IS DEBATABLE. WE HAVE SEEN A SHARP  TURNAROUND IN LIVE CATTLE CASH PRICES. THAT 'S BEEN A STARK DIFFERENCE BOXED BEEF MARKET HAS  IMPROVED THE BIG TIME WE'VE SEE A NICE BOUNCE THERE AND THEN WE'VE GOT THIS WINTER WEATHER  COMING IN HERE THIS WEEKEND WHICH IS IS CONSIDERED TO BE FRIENDLY IS THAT WHY THE MARKETS  RALLYING I'M NOT SURE BUT IT 'S CERTAINLY NOT A NEGATIVE BY ANY MEANS. NOT NEGATIVE. WE KNOW  THAT COLD WEATHER MEANS GAINS AREN'T AS ROBUST. HAVE WE SEEN WEIGHTS COMING DOWN LATELY? BUT YEAH I'VE TALKED TO A NUMBER PEOPLE IN AND THE WESTERN PART OF A COUNTRY THAT HAVE SEEN  THAT YOU'RE GONNA SEE MORE THAT AS AS THESE COLDER TEMPERATURE STICK AROUND. WE'VE HAD  SOME STREAKS OF THREE FOUR FIVE DAYS IN A ROW WHERE IT WILL BE IN IN THE TEENS OR EVEN BELOW  THAT OR SUBZERO SO YEAH ITS GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT BUT ON THE DEMAND SIDE THEM THAT  SEEMS TO BE SOME OF THE KEY HERE FOR CATTLE MARKETS AND BEEF GOING FORWARD INTO SEVENTEEN  IS CAN WE CREATE MORE DEMAND BE IT AT HOME OR ABROAD? THAT 'S GONNA BE KIND OF THE TEST OF  THIS RALLY I THINK. YOU KNOW THE RALLY IS KIND OF IN IN ITS INFANCY FOR THE MOMENT AND WILL THE  DEMAND BE ABLE TO HOLD ON AS THESE HIGHER PRICES CAN EMERGE ONE THING THAT YOU GOTTA NOTE  IS WHAT THE CALENDAR SAYS IN TERMS OF CATTLE SPREADS THAT WE HAVE BIG BIG DISCOUNTS WHEN  THEY GET OUT INTO SPRING AND SUMMER THE JUNE CATTLE CONTRACTS TRADING A GOOD TEN DOLLARS  UNDER THE APRIL SO THAT TELLS YOU THAT YOU KNOW WE MAY BE A LITTLE BIT TIGHT HERE UP FRONT BUT  ONCE WE GET INTO YOU KNOW SECOND QUARTER TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN THINGS ARE LOOSEN UP A  LITTLE BIT. ALRIGHT IT WILL BE SOMETHING TO WATCH THANKS JOE .  WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STANDARD GRAIN AND ITS SERVICES CALL JOE AT 312-462-4438.AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY FARMER'S EDGE.  FOR THE LATEST IN MAKING SENSE OF YOUR DATA - VISIT GROWYOURRETURNS.COM

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER.WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AS WELL IN  THE WEATHER MAP TODAY REALLY THE SOUTHWEST LOOKS LIKE THERE'S A  SYSTEM BREWING DOWN THERE. YEA THAT 'S A DECENT SYSTEM AND WE HAVE  ONE OFFSHORE IN THE PACIFIC THAT 'S GOING TO BE INTERESTING AS WE HEAD  INTO THE CHRISTMAS WEEKEND BUT FARTHER EAST WE HAVE A WEAK SYSTEM  MOVING THROUGH THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES INTO NEW ENGLAND AND THAT  WILL BE CAUSING SOME LIGHT SNOW, NOTHING MAJOR THERE. AND BY THE WAY  LIKE I SAID YESTERDAY THE STATIONARY FRONT IS KIND OF BOTTLING UP THE  ARCTIC AIR. SO IT 'S GOING TO STAY NORTH OF THE CANADIAN BORDER MOST OF  THE TIME OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. HIGH PRESSURE THOUGH MOVING INTO  THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY IS BRINGING IN DRIER AIR AND IT'S PACIFIC AIR.  IT'S NOT ARCTIC AIR SO IT 'S DEFINITELY WARMER THAN THAT YOU FOLKS HAVE  SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME. LOOK AT THIS SYSTEM IN THE SOUTHWEST LOTS OF  RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS ARE WITH THAT ONE ALL THE WAY INTO A  COLORADO, EASTERN NEW MEXICO. A WEAK SYSTEM COMING THROUGH THE  NORTHWEST WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN AND SNOW MAINLY ALONG THE  COASTLINE THERE AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW  HIGH PRESSURE MOVES EAST DRYING OUT MOST OF THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF  THE COUNTRY BUT ALSO KEEPING IT MILDER THAN WE'VE SEEN RECENTLY  SYSTEM AFTER THE NORTH IN CANADA A LITTLE BIT A LIGHT SNOW WITH IT. NOW  THIS STORM SYSTEM REALLY DOES WEAKEN AS FAR AS THE AMOUNT OF  MOISTURE WITH IT. YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT A LIGHT SNOW MAY MIX WITH RAIN  FROM A MISSOURI ON UP INTO A SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA. AND THERE 'S A  POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM COMING IN. LOOK AT WHAT THAT WILL LOOK LIKE HIS  WE HEAD INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS TOMORROW LOTS OF RAIN, LOTS OF  MOUNTAIN SNOW COMING IN WITH THAT SYSTEM AND YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF  RAIN THERE IN THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ON UP INTO THE SNOW AREAS FROM  WISCONSIN INTO MICHIGAN. TAKING A LOOK AT THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE  OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS NOT TOO MUCH EAST OF THE ROCKIES WERE JUST STARTING TO SEE SOME IN THE SOUTHWEST. BUT ADDING IN THE  NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS LOOK AT ALL THAT MOISTURE. OUR MODELS PUTTING  DOWN ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN IN PARTS OF ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO. OF  COURSE THAT WOULD BE SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, MAINLY LIGHT  AMOUNTS AS YOU CAN SEE ACROSS THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND INTO  ENGLAND. AND JUST THE START OF THAT NEXT STORM SYSTEM PUT DOWN SOME  PRETTY DECENT AMOUNT IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AND  LIGHT ARE ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES INTO NEW ENGLAND BUT SOME PRETTY  HEAVY AMOUNTS  PART OF THE FOUR CORNER REGION AND ALSO INTO THE  SIERRA NEVADA'S OVER THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS. HIGH TEMPS STILL A LOT  MORE TRANQUIL THAN WE'VE SEEN RECENTLY. NO MORE ARCTIC AIR FOR NOW  YOU CAN SEE LOWS TONIGHT STAYING ABOVE FREEZING IN PARTS OF THE  CENTRAL PLAINS WHICH IS PRETTY AMAZING AND THEN YOU CAN SEE  TOMORROW MORE THE SAME, LOT OF THIRTIES ACROSS MOST OF THE HIGH  PLAINS INTO THE GREAT LAKES. AND HERE 'S A JET STREAM. YOU CAN SEE HOW  IT'S MORE ZONAL THEN WE HAVE THE STRONG STORM SYSTEM COMING INTO THE  WEST THAT MOVESR OFF TO THE NORTHEAST AND STILL KINDA ZONAL AS WE  HEAD INTO MOST OF NEXT WEEK. THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW  LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL, AUSTIN NEVADA TODAY MOSTLY SUNNY RATHER COLD HIGH TEMPERATURE AROUND FORTY.  BARTLESVILLE OKLAHOMA ARE LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND CHILLY WITH A HIGH OF  FORTY ONE AND CANTON OHIO MOSTLY CLOUDY, BREEZY AND COLD THE  AFTERNOON HIGH OF THIRTY FIVE DEGREES. THANKS MIKE.

MICHIGAN WIND TURBINE FIRE
A RATHER UNUSUAL AND UN-NERVING SCENE PLAYED OUT ON A FARM IN  NORTHERN MICHIGAN. A WIND TURBINE CAUGHT FIRE TUESDAY AND CAME CRASHING DOWN IN A FARM  IN MCBAIN MICHIGAN. THE PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURED THE DRAMATIC VIDEO AS A MASSIVE BURNING  BLADE DETACHED FROM THE TURBINE AND CAME CRASHING TO THE GROUND.EVENTUALLY ALL THREE BLADES CAME OFF THE BURNING TURBINE ON THE  STONEY CORNERS WIND FARM IN MISSAUKEE COUNTY. THERE WERE NO  REPORTED INJURIES. 

TEASE
WE'LL LOOK AT NEW RESEARCH THAT RECOMMENDS EATING MORE RED MEAT. DETAILS NEXT IN OUR DROVERS TV REPORT. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

DROVERS TV
A NEW STUDY OUT OF PURDUE SAYS EATING MORE RED MEAT DOES NOT HURT  YOUR HEART. IN FACT THE RESEARCHERS SAY LARGER PORTIONS OF UNPROCESSED BEEF  AND PORK CAN ACTUALLY BE GOOD FOR BLOOD PRESSURE. THE STUDY WAS A NEW REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF 24 TRIALS FOUND RED MEAT IS  A GOOD SOURCE OF NUTRIENTS FOR PATIENTS...AND THAT EATING MORE THAN  THE RECOMMENDED DAILY AMOUNT DOES NOT AFFECT SHORT TERM HEART  DISEASE RISK FACTORS. THIS MAY SOUND LIKE AN ODD COUPLE BUT RESEARCHERS ARE GOING TO SEE IF  WHITE-TAILED DEER CAN HELP PROTECT CATTLE AGAINST CATTLE FEVER TICKS. CATTLE FEVER IS A BIG PROBLEM IN MEXICO. AND IT'S A CONTINUOUS BATTLE TO  KEEP IT FROM SPREADING ACROSS TEXAS. USDA-APHIS ANNOUNCING PLANS TO LACE DEER FEED WITH A DRUG THAT KILLS  TICKS AND THE PARASITE THEY CARRY. DROVERS EDITORIAL DIRECTOR GREG HENDERSON HAS DETAILS. "CATTLE FEVER TICKS CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTHWARD FROM MEXICO INTO  TEXAS, PUTTING THE STATE'S $11 BILLION CATTLE INDUSTRY AT RISK. A PERMANENT QUARANTINE ZONE IS IN EFFECT FOR A STRIP OF ABOUT 10 MILES  OF U.S. TERRITORY FROM AROUND DEL RIO TO THE GULF OF MEXICO.  TEMPORARY QUARANTINE ZONES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN NORTHERN  CAMERON AND WILLACY COUNTIES, AND EARLIER THIS MONTH, A CATTLE FEVER  TICK WAS DISCOVERED ON A BULL IN LIVE OAK COUNTY, 110 MILES NORTH OF THE PERMANENT ZONE. NOW FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE PROPOSING A NEW PLAN TO HELP CONTROL THOSE  TICKS – FEEDING WILD WHITETAILED DEER BROAD SPECTRUM ANTI-PARASITE  DRUGS. USDA'S ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE WANTS TO  INSTALL GRAVITY-FED FEEDING STATIONS ACROSS A LARGE SWATH OF SOUTH  TEXAS. THE FEEDERS WOULD BE MANDATORY ON BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE  LAND AND ON PRIVATE RANCHES WITH CATTLE WITHIN THE 10-COUNTY TICK  QUARANTINE AREA.  CURRENTLY, APHIS IS PREPARING AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ON THE  PROPOSAL WHICH IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FEDERAL CATTLE FEVER TICK  ERADICATION PROGRAM. COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSAL CAN BE MADE AT THE  APHIS WEBSITE."APHIS SAYS THE ORGANISM DESTROYS RED BLOOD CELLS, CAUSING  ACUTE   ANEMIA,  HIGH  FEVER,  AND  ENLARGEMENT  OF  THE  SPLEEN  AND  LIVER...EVENTUALLY LEADING TO DEATH. AMERICAN FARMERS HARVESTED A LOT OF CORN THIS FALL.  YOU PROBABLY  SAW SOME IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS ON YOUR YIELD MONITOR.  BUT DID YOU SEE  OVER 500 BUSHELS AN ACRE! THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S NCGA YIELD CONTEST DID. IN FACT RANDY DOWDY  OF VALDOSTA, GEORGIA TOPPED OUT AT 521-BUSHELS AN ACRE. WHILE THERE IS NO OVERALL CHAMPION IN THE ANNUAL CONTEST, DOWDY DID  COME IN FIRST FOR THE "OVERALL PRODUCTION" CATEGORY. MEANWHILE THE NATIONAL WHEAT FOUNDATION SELECTED ITS WINNER OF THEIR  INAUGURAL NATIONAL WHEAT YIELD CONTEST. PHILIP GROSS OF WARDEN WASHINGTON TOOK HOME TOP HONORS.  HE HAD A  FINAL YIELD OF 192 BUSHELS AN ACRE.  HIS YIELD WAS 216-PERCENT HIGHER  THAN THE COUNTY AVERAGE. AND THE SORGHUM GROWERS ALSO RECENTLY ANNOUNCING THEIR ANNUAL  YIELD WINNER. THIS YEAR, JIM BOEHLKE OF BELL KEY FARMS IN IDAHO TOPPED THE CLASS. HE TURNED OUT 208 POINT 4 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE UNDER IRRIGATION AND  CONVENTIONAL TILL.  THE NATIONAL SORGHUM PRODUCERS SAY THEY CONTINUE TO INCH EVER  CLOSER TO THEIR CONTEST GOAL OF 250 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE.

TEASE
UP NEXT, WE'LL VISIT A GREAT AMERICAN BARN HELPING SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY  CHEER. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY FARMER'S EDGE.  FOR THE LATEST IN MAKING SENSE OF YOUR DATA - VISIT GROWYOURRETURNS.COM. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M7 SERIES.  LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LARGEST  TRACTOR IN KUBOTA HISTORY AT KUBOTA.COM.  COMING UP TOMORROW MORNING WE'LL HAVE OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY  PRESENTATION OF "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY".  THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY SHOWS HOW SOME OF YOU CELEBRATE THIS  SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR IN RURAL AMERICA.   WE'LL VISIT A CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IN INDIANA....AND IN THIS SNEAK-PEAK, YOU SEE HOW THE DULL FAMILY IS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT PRESERVING THEIR  BARNS. CLASSIC RED SIDING AND WHITE-WASHED TRIM, THIS GREAT AMERICAN BARN IS  IN PERFECT HOLIDAY HARMONY WITH THE GREEN PINES AND FIRS THAT  DECORATE INDIANA HOMES THIS CHRISTMAS. "WE DON'T FOCUS ON SANTA. WE FOCUS ON TRADITION. AND NOTHING SCREAMS TRADITION LIKE THIS OLD BARN." THE DULL FAMILY USES THIS BARN FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS TREE BUSINESS  NORTHWEST OF INDIANAPOLIS. IT DATES BACK TO 1888. KERRY'S IN CHARGE OF  THE DOLLARS, TOM'S IN CHARGE OF THE DREAMS. "HE IS THE VISIONARY ON HOW WE CAN PRESERVE HISTORY AND BRING THAT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT IS SO FAR REMOVED FROM THE FARM AND FROM  HISTORY SOMETIMES. "I'VE ALWAYS HAD AN AFFINITY FOR OLD BUILDINGS. ALWAYS WANTED AN OLD  CABIN SINCE I WAS THAT BIG."ACTUALLY THERE ARE TWO CABINS ON THE FARMSTEAD. BUT THE BIG BARN IS  THE FOCAL POINT. "KNOWING THAT WHAT WENT ON HERE 100, 200 YEARS AGO, AND JUST THINKING  YES, WE CAN CARRY THAT ON IN FUTURE GENERATION AS WELL.""I'VE OFTEN THOUGHT ABOUT THE MAN WHO BUILT THIS BARN, WHEN HE BUILT  IT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WHERE HE MADE HIS LIVELIHOOD, WHERE HE BIRTHED  HIS CATTLE. WHERE HE BIRTHED HIS HORSES, FED HIS SHEEP, HIS LIVESTOCK."> WHILE THE TREE BARN TAKES CENTER STAGE, THIS OLD CONVERTED GRANARY HAS A VITAL ROLE TO THE BUSINESS AS A WREATH-BARN.  IT WAS BUILT IN 1869. " I JUST THINK THIS BUILDING IS QUITE A UNIQUE BUILDING FOR WREATH  MAKING. NOT JUST A POLE BUILDING WITH FOUR WALLS AND THAT'S IT. THERE'S  CHARACTER TO IT." CHARACTER INSIDE AND OUT....RE-LIVING STORIES FROM FARMERS LONG  GONE...CREATING  ONE OF THOSE 'IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK MOMENTS. " THE BARN WAS THE HEART OF THE FARM AND I JUST HAVE A HARD TIME GIVING  THAT UP. .I OFTEN WISHED THESE WALLS COULD TALK BECAUSE I'D LOVE TO  HEAR THE STORIES THEY COULD TELL" DURING THE 2016 INDIANA STATE FAIR, THE DULLS WERE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR  RURAL PRESERVATION EFFORTS. IN 2010 THE DULL'S WON A RENOVATION FOR THEIR BARN THRU A CAMPAIGN  SPONSORED BY CAMPBELL SOUP AND THE NATIONAL FFA.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY  SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

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