AgDay Daily Recap December 28, 2016

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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 28, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - INSECTS ARE ATTACKING WOODLANDS - COULD IT IMPACT THE LUMBER INDUSTRY? IN ANALYSIS- LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2016. A NEW RULE COULD IMPACT THE WAY YOU RECORD INJURY AND ILLNESS TO FARM WORKERS ON YOUR OPERATION. AND A 'GIFT' OF LOVE AND CARE TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

FOREST PESTS
GOOD MORNING, I'M BETSY JIBBEN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A MASSIVE AMOUNT  OF FOREST PESTS ARE EXPECTED TO PUT ALMOST TWO THIRDS OF AMERICA'S FORESTS AT RISK BY 2027. THE PESTS ARE COSTING SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR FOR DEAD TREE REMOVAL AND JEOPARDIZING LONGSTANDING U.S. INDUSTRIES WHICH RELY ON TIMBER. THE TOLL ON THE NATION'S SPRAWLING FORESTS IS READILY APPARENT... THOUGH THE CULPRIT IS NOT ALWAYS VISIBLE. INVASIVE INSECTS LIKE THE SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE AND THE EMERALD ASH BORER ARE ATTACKING TREES, FROM THE NORTHEAST TO CALIFORNIA TO FLORIDA. ONE STUDY FOUND ALMOST TWO-THIRDS OF U-S WOODLANDS WILL BE AT RISK BY 2027, CAUSING A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PROBLEM..SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DAVID ORWIG, HARVARD UNIVERSITY'S FOREST ECOLOGIST: "THIS SHOULD BE A DARK GREEN CANOPY AND THIS SHOULD BE VERY SHADED UNDERNEATH AND SO THE FACT THAT WE CAN SEE SO MUCH GRAY AND BROWN FROM THE TWIGS, IT'S STRIKING."IN MASSACHUSETTS, HEMLOCK TREES ARE BEING KILLED BY THE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ALDEGID, A SAP-SUCKING BUG NO BIGGER THAN A SPECK OF PEPPER. INCREASED GLOBAL TRADE MEANS MORE BUGS AND BLIGHTS ARE GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY ON PLANTS OR PACKAGING MATERIAL. DROUGHTS LEAVE TREES WEAKER.SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) DAVID ORWIG, HARVARD UNIVERSITY'S FOREST ECOLOGIST: (PARTIALLY COVERED) "MANY OF THESE PESTS CAN BUILD UP VERY LARGE NUMBERS ON INDIVIDUAL TREES WITHIN A FEW YEARS' TIME. AND SO THE TREE CAN'T REALLY FIGHT THAT OFF THROUGH ANY NATURAL RESISTANCE AND WE JUST DON'T HAVE ANY EFFECTIVE NATIVE PREDATORS." SCIENTISTS ARE SCRAMBLING FOR SOLUTIONS. IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, WILLIAM POWELL LEADS A TEAM GROWING TREES TO FEND OFF CHESTNUT BLIGHT. THE FUNGUS HAS KILLED BILLIONS OF AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREES IN THE LAST CENTURY. MANY OF THESE TREES HAVE BEEN GENETICALLY TWEAKED WITH A GENE FOUND IN WHEAT. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) WILLIAM POWELL, NEW YORK STATE'S COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND FORESTRY: (PARTIALLY COVERED) "WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH TRANS-GENICS IS WE'RE TAKING THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE AND ONLY ADD A COUPLE OF GENES, AND THEREFORE NOTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED. THE ONLY THING WE'RE ADDING IS GENES TO MAKE IT BLIGHT RESISTANT." POWELL BELIEVES SIMILAR GENETIC MODIFICATIONS CAN FIGHT OTHER KILLER PESTS SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) WILLIAM POWELL, NEW YORK STATE'S COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND FORESTRY: "THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF GENETIC ENGINEERING COULD BE APPLIED TO EMERALD ASH BORER, TO HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID, TO THOUSAND CANKER DISEASE OF WALNUT, SUDDEN OAK DEATH." OTHER SOLUTIONS BEING EXPLORED INCLUDE CROSS BREEDING VULNERABLE BREEDS AND PLANTING TREES FAR FROM THEIR NORMAL RANGES TO ESCAPE PESTS. STILL OTHERS PROPOSE RESTRICTING IMPORTS OF LIVE TREES AND SHRUBS. BUT THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES. BREEDING TAKES DECADES AND GENETICIALLY ENGINEERED TREES NEED FEDERAL APPROVAL. SUCCESS MEASURED NOT IN YEARS - BUT IN GENERATIONS. MICHAEL HILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

DROUGHT MONITOR
DROUGHT IS ALSO IMPACTING TIMBER. USDA IS REPORTING MORE THAN A HUNDRED MILLION DEAD TREES IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA BECAUSE OF A 5-YEAR DROUGHT IN THE AREA. SPEAKING OF PESTS, THOSE EXTRA INGREDIENTS OFTEN USED IN PESTICIDES ARE SET TO BE ELIMINATED. THE AGENCY TAKING ACTION TO REMOVE 72 INGREDIENTS FROM ITS LIST OF IN-ERT INGREDIENTS APPROVED FOR USE IN PESTICIDES. THE DECISION MEANS, MANUFACTURERS WISHING TO USE THESE INGREDIENTS IN THE FUTURE WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE EPA WITH STUDIES OR INFORMATION TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR SAFETY. AS COLLEGE STUDENTS SPEND TIME AT HOME, THIS STUDY MAY BE OF INTEREST. ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, WOMEN HOLD JUST 23 PERCENT OF THE TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT U.S. LAND-GRANT UNIVERSITIES, . ALTHOUGH THE 23 PERCENT IS NEARLY DOUBLE THE 12 PERCENT REPORTED IN 2005.MOISTURE IS PROVIDING SOME RELIEF TO DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS PARTS THE SOUTHEAST AND WEST. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, RAINFALL HAS BEEN HEAVY ENOUGH TO ERADICATE DROUGHT IN PARTS OF SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA, SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA AND WESTERN FLORIDA. EVEN THOUGH MORE OF THE SUNSHINE STATE IS CONSIDERED ABNORMALLY DRY. YET, SOUTHEAST THE AREA IS STILL SEEING SOME RAIN DEFICITS OF 10 TO 20 INCHES YEAR TO DATE. OVERALL, DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN CALIFORNIA HAVE IMRPOVED JUST SLIGHTLY. METEROLOGISTS SAY THAT RELIEF IS SHOWN IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE. <" WE'VE SEEN SIGNIFICANT RELIEF ACROSS THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE. WE'VE CONTINUED TO SEE THAT PATTERN THIS WINTER SO FAR WITH A LOT OF SNOW IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE. BUT SOTHERN CALIFORNIA IS GOING TO GET A GLANCING BLOW. REALLY, WE HAVE THIS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IMPROVEMENT AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS STILL MIRRORED IN A 5 YEAR DROUGHT,">MANY ARE ALSO KEEPING AN EYE ON THE DROUGHT WHICH IS LINGERING IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH AND PLAINS AND ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT TO HARD RED WINTER WHEAT. .<" THE MARKET ISN'T GOING TO GET TOO CONCERNED ABOUT THIS STUFF THIS EARLY IN THE BALL GAME BUT FAST FORWARD TWO OR THREE MONTHS, IF WE'RE STILL DRY IN PARTS OF KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND NEBRASKSA, TEXAS PANHANDLE AND THOSE AREAS, THE MARKET WILL START TO TAKE NOTICE.">

CROP COMMENTS
< "CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES."   > EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THE U.S. IS DEALING WITH DROUGHT. FREEZING RAIN, SNOW AND HIGH WINDS SWEEPING ACROSS THE MIDWEST IS CREATING QUITE A STORM. EVEN THOUGH PARTS OF INTERSTATE 94 IN NORTH DAKOTA AND 90 IN SOUTH DAKOTA HAVE RE-OPENED, THOUSANDS IN NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA, MICHIGAN AND NEBRASKA ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER. CINDI CLAWSON HAS A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 'LESS THAN IDEAL' WINTER WONDERLAND CONDITIONS. CINDI GOOD MORNING, BETSY. MANY HAVE BEEN WITHOUT POWER FOR DAYS IN NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA DUE TO THESE WINTER STORMS. HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FROM LAURIE KNEELAND IN SUMMIT, SOUTH DAKOTA. POWER LINES SNAPPED IN HALF DUE TO THE WINTER STORMS. SHE'S BEEN WITHOUT POWER FOR DAYS. JASON FRERICHS IS ALSO LOCATED IN THE AREA WITHOUT POWER. HE SAYS LUCKILY HE HAS A GENERATOR TO START THE TRACTOR TO FEED THE COWS IN THE MORNING. HE'S BEEN WITHOUT POWER SINCE CHRISTMAS. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
THERE SEEMS TO BE A MARKETING LESSON WE LEARN EVERY YEAR. AFTER THE BREAK WE DISCUSS WHAT WE'VE LEARNED THIS YEAR AND HOW TO APPLY IT TO 2017.AND  HAVE THE LATEST PRODUCE NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE PACKER. AND CHARLES DENNEY IS SHOWING US ONE TENNESSEE COMMUNITY GIVING BACK TO THOSE IN NEED:"I'M CHARLES DENNEY. VOLUNTEERS IN TENNESSEE HELP THE NEEDY STAY WARM AND CREATE HOLIDAY CHEER BY PRODUCING BEAUIFUL QUILTS. THAT STORY FROM WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE COMING UP ON AGDAY." AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY MARKET.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS CHECK ON MARKET ACTION THIS FINAL WEEK OF 2016. WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO FOR DETAILS. GRAIN MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO ARE SHARPLY HIGHER ON TUESDAY FOLLOWING A LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND. WE HAD SHARP GAINS IN THE CORN MARKET, SOYBEAN MARKET AND ALSO IN THE WHEAT MARKET. NOT A WHOLE LOT OF CHANGE OVER THE WEEKEND ON THE WEATHER FRONT. THERE IS SOME TALK ABOUT DRIER AND WARMER CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHERN THIRD OR SO OF BRAZIL IN THE CORN AND SOYBEAN GROWING AREAS THERE. THAT MAYBE SOMETHING THAT COULD ADD SOME PREMIUM BACK IN THE SOYBEAN MARKET AND THE CORN MARKET PERHAPS. ANOTHER THING THIS WEEK IS THAT ITS A SHORT HOLIDAY WEEK. OFTENTIMES YOU'LL OFTEN SEE A THIN HOLIDAY TRADE THAT'S MORE EASILY MANIPULATE AND PERHAPS WE HAVE SOME POSITION SQUARING GOING ON AHEAD OF THE YEARS END. ASIDE FROM THE BRAZIL WEATHER ISSUE, NOT A WHOLE LOT HAS CHANGED REALLY. AS A MATTER OR FACT, SOME EARLY SOYBEAN HARVEST HAS BEGUN IN BRAZIL DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IT'S REALLY GOING TO ACCELERATE AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. ALL EXPECTATIONS FOR RIGHT NOW ARE FOR A RECORD CROP OUT OF BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA COMBINED. JOE VACKAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN ON THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP.?

AGRIBUSINESS
AS WE PREPARE FOR ANOTHER YEAR, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REFLECT ON THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2016. CLINTON GRIFFITHS JOINS US FROM THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. BRIAN SPLITT WITH ALANDALE OUR GUEST HERE THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. BRIAN LET'S TALK ABOUT TWENTY SIX TEEN AS WE LOOK BACK OVER THE YEAR THERE 'S GOTTA BE SOME THINGS THAT REALLY STOOD OUT TO YOU THAT WAS MOMENTS THAT WERE KEY MOMENTS AND IN OUR LIVES. I THINK I'LL REMEMBER THIS SPRING OF TWENTY SIXTEEN AND THAT SOYBEAN RALLY FOR THE REST MY BROKERAGE CAREER AND TAUGHT ME SOME LESSONS. AND JUST HOW FAST DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL SOYBEAN BALANCE SHEETS REALLY CAN MOVE. AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD RECORD PRODUCTION, HEMISPHERE TO HEMISPHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND YOU GET ONE LITTLE HOOK UP WITH SOME FLOODING IN ARGENTINA OR WHATEVER THE SITUATION MAY BE, AND YOU CAN SEE A TWO DOLLAR MOVE RATHER QUICKLY. AND AS A PERCENTAGE, AND YOU LOOK AT SOME THE SALES WE'VE HAD RECENTLY, ONE WEEK SALES, TWO MILLION TIMES OKAY SO THAT 'S ALMOST SEVENTY FIVE MILLION BUSHELS WERE TALKING. EXPECTED CARRY OUT OF NOT QUITE FIVE HUNDRED MILLION BUSHELS AS A PERCENT, THAT 'S A LOT. AND THAT 'S THAT MUCH PRODUCT MOVING IN ONE WEEK NOW THAT COULD ALSO COMPOUND THE OTHER WAY TO WHERE IF WE HAVE LARGE CROPS HERE AND WE SEE THE DEMAND CHANGE WHERE MAYBE CHINA IS FRONT AND LOADING THEM AND RIGHT NOW AHEAD OF THEIR CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND AHEAD OF OUR INAUGURATION , AND TRYING TO BEAT THEIR RACE TO WHAT 'S GONNA HAPPEN WITH TRADE POLICY AND THEN WE GET A BIG SOUTH AMERICAN CROP, IT CAN GO BACK THE OTHER WAY JUST AS FAST. SO THAT SAID THE SOYBEANS OR A FAST MOVER I THINK THAT MEANS THAT WHENEVER WE MAKE A MAJOR DECISION AND BEANS YOU HAVE TO USE OPTIONS TO COVER THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT I WOULD TAKE AWAY. IT'S SO FUNNY WE SAY HERE A YEAR AGO AND MOVES WERE SO SOUR. EVEN LEADING IN THE PLANNING. YOU KNOW FOLKS WERE JUST NOT EXCITED ABOUT THE START OF TWENTY SIXTEEN AND THEN WE HAD THAT MOVE. WE HAD THAT APRIL MAY RALLY INTO JUNE AND THEN ALL THE SUDDEN THINGS JUST CHANGED. AND I COULD SEE YOU COULD JUST THIS IS A GLOBAL MARKETPLACE AND IT 'S NOT ABOUT US ALL THE TIME. IT 'S GOOD GOOD LESSON TO LEARN IN TWENTY SIXTEEN THROUGH SEVENTEEN THIS PERSON A BRAND THAT WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST MINUTE

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CORVUS PRE-EMERGENCE CORN HERBICIDE FROM BAYER.  THE ONLY HERBICIDE TO OFFER THREE LEVELS OF DEFENSE AGAINST WEEDS - BURNDOWN, RESIDUAL AND REACTIVATION WITH RAIN. WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON. CINDI, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THERE ARE A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS STILL WITHOUT POWER. DO YOU SEE ANY WEATHER RELIEF IN THAT AREA ANY TIME SOON? WELL THE GOOD NEW IS THAT IT DOES GET BETTER. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE QUITE AS COLD AS WHAT WE SAW OVER THE WEEKEND. IT WILL BE A LITTLE BIT QUIETER WEATHER-WISE. WE HAD SOMEBODY ELSE AT THE STATION DEALING WITH THIS AS WELL. HE WAS STUCK AT THE AIRPORT IN MINNEAPOLIS FOR THREE DAYS. NEVER MADE IT HOME TO FARGO. HE HAD TO GET ON A PLANE AND FLY RIGHT BACK. A LOT OF FOLKS WERE SUFFERING FROM THE WEEKEND STORM. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT TODAY AND SHOW YOU WHAT'S GOING ON. THE WEATHER MAP LOOKS PRETTY BUSY BUT THERE'S REALLY NOT A TON OF MOISTURE AT LEAST IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS. NOTICE WE HAVE SEVERAL FRONTS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. FIRST WE HAVE ONE IN THE GREAT LAKES. WE'LL STILL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW WITH THAT, WE HAVE ONE THAT'S DRAPED ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A LOW IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS THAT DOESN'T HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE UNTIL WE GET THAT FURTHER TO THE EAST. WE STILL DO HAVE A COLD FRONT IN PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS GETTING INTO THE UPPER MIDWEST. AGAIN, NOT A TON OF MOISTURE UNTIL THAT GETS FURTHER TO THE EAST. AS WE PUT THIS INTO MOTION YOU'LL BE SEEING EVERYTHING MOVE TO THE EAST BUT NOT A TON OF RAIN OR SNOW COMING DOWN. ONCE THESE SYSTEMS PICK UP SOME OF THAT GULF MOISTURE, WE'LL START TO SEE THE MAP LIGHTEN UP A LITTLE BIT. WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING IN TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BRINGING SOME RAIN AND SNOW. AS WE HEAD INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY MORNING NOTICE HOW WE'LLL SEE THAT RAIN SNOW SPREADING INTO THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES AS THESE FRONTS KIND OF START TO MERGE A LITTLE BIT. WE'VE GOT TWO LOW PRESSURE CENTERS WHERE YOU'LL SEE A CONCENTRATION OF THAT MOISTURE. NOTICE HOW MUCH OF THE PLAIN STATES AND OUT WEST TEND TO STAY DRY AS WE GET INTO WEDNESDAY AND INTO THE EARLY PART OF THURSDAY WITH HIGH PRESSURE IN CONTROL. IT'S GOING TO BE IN THE EAST AND IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST THAT WE REALLY START SEEING SOME OF THAT RAIN AND SNOW. TALKING ABOUT THE PRECIPITATION, I SEE NOT A WHOLE LOT AS WE GOT INTO THE FIRST PART OF THE 24 HOUR PERIOD. WE REALLY SEE THAT LIGHTING UP AS THAT MOISTURE GETS PICKED UP FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. AS FAR AS SNOW FALL, NOT A WHOLE LOT. WE'LL SEE THAT SPREADING INTO THE GREAT LAKES AREA BUT THAT'S MAINLY ABOUT IT. THAT'S WHERE THE BEST MOISTURE IS IN THOSE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE WEST. TEMPERATURES A LITTLE BIT MORE TAME AS WE SEE A LOT OF 30S AND 40S IN MUCH OF THE NORTHERN TIER OF THE U.S. STILL SOME 70S AND 80S IN THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND AS WE HEAD INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS, ANYWHERE FROM TEENS TO 20S AND 30S WE STILL HAVE SOME 60S IN THE SOUTH. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST, NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE. BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA SUNNY AND A LITTLE WARMER FOR YOU WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 58 DEGREES. JACKSON MISSISSIPPI SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE WITH A HIGH OF 72. AND CAVE SPRING VIRGINIA SUNNY AND COOLER WITH A HIGH OF 52 DEGREES.

TEASE
COMING UP A NEW RULE COULD IMPACT THE WAY YOU RECORD ILLNESS AND INJURY ON YOUR FARM. AND ONE TENNESSEE COMMUNITY IS STITCHING A GIFT OF LOVE AND CARE TO THOSE IN NEED. STAY WITH US.   THE LOCAL WEATHER CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT NOT ONLY ON YOUR DAY, BUT ALSO ON YOUR CROPS. START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT WITH YOUR LOCAL FORECAST DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT WEATHER TO 31313 TO GET STARTED!  )

PACKER TV
A NEW RULE COULD CHANGE THE WAY EMPLOYERS RECORD INJURY AND ILLNESS TO FARM WORKERS. THE RULE RELEASED EARLIER THIS MONTH BY THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION WILL GO INTO EFFECT MID JANUARY. IT SAYS EMPLOYERS NEED TO KEEP GOOD AND ACCURATE RECORDS ON ANY EMPLOYEE INJURIES OR ILLNESSES. AND THEY NEED TO FILE THOSE RECORDS FOR UP TO 5 YEARS OVER THE NEW LAW. MANY FARMERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE REGULATIONS, PARTICULARILY IF THEY HAVE MORE THAN 10 EMPLOYEES. THIS RULE COULD COME UNDER REVIEW BY LAWMAKERS. THERE ARE FAR MORE CALIFORNIA SEEDLESS GRAPES IN STORAGE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR ACCORDING TO USDA'S WESTERN FRUIT REPORT GRAPE COLD STORAGE SUMMARY, AS OF MID DECEMBER, THERE WERE ABOUT 2-POINT-43 MILLION PACKAGES OF THE STATE FRUIT IN COLD STORAGE COMPARED TO THE 1-POINT 36 MILLION ON THE SAME DATE IN 2015 - THAT'S A 79 PERCENT INCREASE. ACCORDING TO OUR FRIENDS AT THE PACKER - GRAPE SUPPLIES ARE DOWN, AND THERE WERE POCKETS OF QUALITY ISSUES. THE MARKET WAS ALSO ACTIVE WITH GREEN GRAPES. WHILE DROUGHT IS IMPROVING IN SOME AREAS,THE DRY CONDITIONS FROM A YEAR AGO ARE IMPACTING SOME CROPS IN THE SOUTHEAST.ONE PEACH COMPANY SAYS OVERALL, THE 2016 CROP WAS HURT  BY A VERY MILD WINTER AND LIMITED DORMANCY. <"I'VE BEEN GROWING PEACHES FOR THIRTY YEARS. MAY 5 I WAS REPORTING OUT THERE WE HAD A FULL CROP. AT THE END OF HTE MONTH, I WAS CALLING RETAILERS TELLING THEM WE WERE DOWN TO 60 PERCENT OF OUR CROP. JUST NEVER REALIZED THAT COULD HAPPEN,">THE OPERATION'S HEADQUARTERS IS IN RIDGE SPRING, SOUTH CAROLINA.

TEASE
ONE TENNESSEE COMMUNITY IS TAKING THE SPIRIT OF GIVING TO HEART IN AN UNIQUE WAY. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
OFTENTIMES THE HOLIDAYS ARE A KEY TIME OF GIVING BACK TO THOSE IN NEED. ONE TENNESSEE COMMUNITY IS DOING JUST THAT BY SEWING QUILTS WITH LOVE AND CARE FOR THE NEEDY DURING THE COLD WINTER. CHARLES DENNEY HAS THE STORY. AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH, SANTA'S WORKSHOP GETS REALLY BUSY. AND IF YOU'RE AN ELF, YOU'D BETTER BE GOOD WITH YOUR HANDS. THESE LADIES ARE WITH UT EXTENSION'S FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLUB IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, AND THE TALENTED MEMBERS OF A LOCAL QUILTING AND EMBROIDERY GROUP. "ANY TIME I HAVE MATERIALS GIVEN TO ME LIKE THE WOOL BLENDS, I PIECE THOSE AS WELL." THESE VOLUNTEERS GIVE THEIR TIME AND SKILL TO MAKE QUILTS THAT WILL BE DONATED TO THE NEEDY IN THE WINCHESTER AREA. ALREADY A NUMBER OF QUILTS ARE DONE, AND OTHERS ARE STILL BEING MADE. BETTY HASKELL) "IT MAKES US FEEL GOOD TO GIVE SOMEBODY SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN USE. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE GOING TO PUT UP ON A SHELF. YOU'RE GOING TO USE IT." KATHY KNAPPER IS VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND CAN'T SEW. BUT SHE DOES HELP OUT BY IRONING. KATHY SAYS SHE FEELS A RESPONSIBILITY TO CARE FOR OTHERS, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR. "JUST TO KNOW THAT OUR SOCIETY IS CHANGING AND WE HAVE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE ONE PAYCHECK FROM BEING HOMELESS OR ARE HOMELESS. AND I FEEL VERY BLESSED. AND IT'S JUST PART OF GIVING BACK." "THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR FOR THIS PROGRAM, AND VOLUNTEERS HAVE PRODUCED MORE THAN 150 QUILTS. THE LADIES WORK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND JUST ABOUT ALL THE MATERIALS THEY USE WERE DONATED." JAMES CANTRELL STOPPED BY TO THANK THE FCE CLUB FOR THEIR WORK. HE HEADS THE FOOD PANTRY "FEED THE NEED" IN FRANKLIN COUNTY - WHERE THE DONATED QUILTS WILL GO. "BLESS YOUR HEART. THEY GET ENJOYMENT OUT OF IT. WE GET ENJOYMENT OUT OF IT. THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED IT ARE GETTING SOMETHING TO KEEP THEM WARM." AND THERE'S THE PRACTICALITY HERE, AN ACT OF HOLIDAY CHARITY THAT GOES WAY BEYOND SEWING PRETTY COLORS IN A PATTERN. A QUILT OFFERS WARMTH AND PROTECTION, AND PERHAPS COULD EVEN BE A LIFE-SAVER. "THIS IS A VERY PRACTICAL PROJECT. OUR QUILTS ARE A LITTLE LARGER THAN LAP SIZE. IT'S MEANT JUST TO SHOW A LITTLE LOVE, TO HELP KEEP THEM WARM, TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO CUDDLE WITH. A GENTLEMAN LAST YEAR HUGGED MY NECK AND SAID 'THIS IS MY ONLY BLANKET." MARY BETH HENLEY SAYS THAT ALONE TELLS HER THIS PROJECT IS WORTHWHILE. SOON THIS PRETTY QUILT WILL BE WRAPPED AROUND THE SHOULDERS OF SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT - A GIFT THAT WAS PIECED TOGETHER WITH HOLIDAY KINDNESS. THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING.

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

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