AgDay Daily Recap -December 29, 2017

December 29, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 29, 2017


HEADLINES
COLD AND DROUGHT DOMINATE THE WEATHER TO END 2017. PLUS, SUGARCANE HARVEST CONTINUES IN THE SOUTH. IN AGRIBUSINESS...DISCUSSING WHEAT MARKETS.. MEET A TEXAS TOY MAKER WORKING HARD TO FILL HIS HOLIDAY ORDERS. AND IS AN ELECTRIC PICKUP IN YOUR FUTURE? AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

COLD AND DROUGHT
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  AREAS FROM NEW ENGLAND TO THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AND GREAT LAKES ARE DEALING WITH FRIGID WEATHER, WITH  HIGHS IN THE TEENS AND SUB-ZERO LOWS. AND IT APPEARS WE'LL WELCOME  THE NEW YEAR WITH THOSE SAME BONE-CHILLING TEMPERATURES. YOU CAN ALMOST FEEL THE COLD COMING THROUGH YOUR T-V OF LAKE  SUPERIOR IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA. STEAM IS RISING FROM THE WARMER LAKE  WATER. ABOUT THREE HOURS NORTH IN INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MINNESOTA, THE  TEMPERATURE PLUNGED TO 37 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. THAT'S NOT WIND-CHILL  FACTORED IN. THAT'S AIR TEMPERATURE....SHATTERING A 93 YEAR OLD RECORD. MEANWHILE IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS, THE PROBLEM IS  DROUGHT. THE JUST RELEASED DROUGHT MONITOR MAP SHOWS THE ENTIRE  HIGH PLAINS REGION IS WIDELY COVERED BY SOME LEVEL OF DRYNESS OR  DROUGHT. IN KANSAS DROUGHT LEVELS GREW WORSE FROM LAST WEEK WITH NEARLY  NINE PERCENT IN SEVERE DROUGHT. LAST WEEK IT WAS TWO PERCENT. ABOUT A THIRD OF THE STATE IS IN MODERATE DROUGHT. USDA METEOROLOGIST BRAD RIPPEY SAYS THE EFFECTS OF LA NINA ARE QUITE  APPARENT. "SO GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD A MUCH MORE TYPICAL LA NIÑA WE HAVE SEEN DROUGHT  EXPANDING AND INTENSIFYING ACROSS A BROAD AREA OF THE COUNTRY MOST NOTABLY FROM SOUTHERN  CALIFORNIA THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS AND ALSO IN PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH  THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND EVEN ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST WE HAVE SEEN GENERALLY DRY  CONDITIONS SO FAR THIS AUTUMN AND WINTER AND THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT SHOULDN'T  CONTINUE. SO WE DO EXPECT TO SEE DROUGHT TO FURTHER EXPAND AND INTENSIFY ACROSS BROAD  SECTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN UNITED STATES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS."BACK TO COLD WEATHER - METEOROLOGISTS AT THE MOUNT WASHINGTON  OBSERVATORY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HAD SOME FREE-TIME ON THEIR HANDS. THEY  CONDUCTED AN EXPERIMENT TO ILLUSTRATE THE COLD. A STAFF MEMBER DUMPED A PITCHER OF BOILING WATER INTO THE AIR WHICH  IMMEDIATELY TURNED INTO SNOW. THE THERMOMETER READ 34 DEGREES  BELOW ZERO. OF COURSE THIS KIND OF COLD IS NOTHING TO PLAY WITH.

SUGARCANE HARVEST
WHILE YOUR FIELDS MAY BE QUIET, THE LOUISIANA SUGARCANE HARVEST IS  STILL RUNNING. IN FACT IT MAY BE EXTENDED WELL INTO JANUARY. CRAIG GAUTREAUX FROM THE LSU AGCENTER SAYS AN EXCEPTIONAL CROP IS  FORCING A LATE RUN AT THE SUGARCANE GRINDING PLANTS. LOUISIANA'S SUGARCANE GRINDING SEASON IS A THREE-MONTH MARATHON OF CUTTING AND HAULING  SUGARCANE TO THE MILL IN ALL TYPES OF WEATHER CONDITIONS. THIS YEAR'S HARVEST IS A LITTLE  DIFFERENT-BOTH IN LENGTH AND IN WEATHER. SOME MILLS ARE EXPECTED TO RUN AS LATE AS JANUARY  20TH MAKING IT A FOUR-MONTH JOURNEY. KENNETH GRAVOIS:  THAT'S VERY LATE. THAT MAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE NERVOUS GOING THAT LATE, BUT  WE'VE HAD A GOOD CROP. WE'RE SITTING ON A RECORD CROP HERE IN LOUISIANA. LAST YEAR, LOUISIANA'S SUGARCANE CROP PRODUCED A RECORD FOR SUGAR RECOVERY PER TON OF CANE.  THE ALL-TIME RECORD FOR SUGAR PER ACRE WAS MORE THAN 8,400 POUNDS IN 2012, AND GRAVOIS EXPECTS THAT RECORD TO BE BROKEN. THIS YEAR WE HAVE GOOD SUGAR RECOVERY. IN ADDITION TO THAT WE HAVE GOOD TONS OF CANE PER  ACRE. SO, WE HAVE SUGAR AND TONNAGE AND THAT'S A GREAT COMBINATION. WEATHER ALWAYS PLAYS A FACTOR IN PRODUCING A SUCCESSFUL CROP. LAST YEAR'S DRY HARVEST GOT  THIS YEAR'S CROP OFF TO A GOOD START, AND RAIN CAME JUST WHEN THE CROP NEEDED IT.

WE JUST HAD TIMELY RAINS. WE DIDN'T HAVE TOO MUCH RAIN. WE DIDN'T HAVE TOO LITTLE RAIN. IT LOOKS  LIKE THIS CROP WAS IRRIGATED FOR MOST OF THE YEAR. THIS YEAR'S CROP EVEN SURVIVED A SNOWSTORM AND THE COLD WEATHER THAT CAME WITH IT. THE DURATION OF THE FREEZE WASN'T THAT LONG, AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE ESCAPED SOME OF THE MOST  DAMAGING ASPECTS OF THAT. THIS SEASON WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ITS EXTENDED GRINDING SEASON, A SOUTH LOUISIANA  SNOWSTORM, BUT MOSTLY FOR ITS PHENOMENAL SUGAR CONTENT. IT'S A LONG SEASON OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HARVEST SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND YOU GO  WELL INTO JANUARY. IT'S GOOD TO SEE THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING.THANKS CRAIG.

CHINA QUALITY GUIDELINES
AS WE'VE REPORTED, AMID QUALITY AND FOREIGN MATERIAL CONCERNS FROM  CHINA--NEW GUIDELINES ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED FOR SOYBEAN SHIPMENTS  FROM THE U.S. U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORTS MUST HAVE LESS THAN 1 PERCENT FOREIGN MATERIAL. THOSE TOUGHER QUALITY RULES ARE SET TO TAKE EFFECT ON JANUARY 1.  HOWEVER A NEW REUTERS REPORT SAYS HALF OF U.S. SOYBEANS EXPORTED  TO CHINA THIS PAST YEAR--WOULD NOT HAVE MET THE NEW RULES FOR ROUTINE  DELIVERY. THE CHANGES COULD MEAN MORE PROCESSING WHICH RAISES THE COST OF  THE SOYBEANS. AND COMPETION FOR THOSE HUNGRY MOUTHS TO FEED WITH SOYBEANS IS  ALSO ON THE RISE--PARTLY TO DO LOWER PROTEIN CONTENT THIS YEAR. A BLOOMBERG REPORT SAYS THIS YEAR'S PROTEIN CONTENT AVERAGED 34  POINT 1 PERCENT PER BUSHEL. THAT TIES THE 2008 LOW WHICH IS THE LOWEST PROTEIN PERCENTAGE SINCE  USDA BEGAN KEEPING TRACK. BRAZILIAN BEANS TYPICALLY AVERAGE ABOUT 37 PERCENT PROTEIN.

TRADE COMPLAINTS
AND SPEAKING OF TRADE, ACCORDING TO NEW GOVERNMENT FIGURES, TRADE  COMPLAINTS BY U.S. AG INDUSTRY AGAINST FOREIGN COMPETITORS ARE  SOARING UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP-- NOW AT LEVELS NOT SEEN IN MORE THAN  15-YEARS.  THERE HAVE BEEN 79 NEW TRADE INVESTIGATIONS SINCE JANUARY 2017,  INCLUDING DISPUTES OVER ARGENTINE BIODIESEL AND SPANISH OLIVES.  IT MAKES 2017 THE BUSIEST YEAR FOR ANTI-DUMPING AND SUBSIDY CASES AT  THE U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SINCE 2001. 

CROP COMMENTS
CINDY CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN AGAIN TODAY AND HAS TODAY'S CROP  COMMENTS AND WIND FORECAST. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WHILE THE COLD BLAST CAN BE DANGEROUS...AND MAKES FARM CHORES  RATHER DIFFICULT, IT CAN ALSO CREATE SOME SCENIC VIEWS. LANDON FRIESEN OF  CRYSTAL CITY, MANITOBA POSTED SOME PHOTOS. LANDON SAYS IT WAS  ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR CLEARING SOME SNOW. AND GREG THYKESON OF PORTLAND NORTH DAKOTA POSTED THIS  AERIAL VIEW FROM THE GRAIN BIN. THEY WERE MOVING SOME CORN PRIOR TO THE NEXT ANTICIPATED SNOW FALL.  THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN LAST WEEK. 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. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK WHEAT MARKETS WITH JOE VACKLAVIK. AND LATER, THE PRESENTS MAY BE OPEN BUT THE WORK ISN'T DONE FOR THIS  TEXAS TOY MAKER. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY PROSARO FUNGICIDE FROM BAYER.

AGRIBUSINESS
JOE VACLAVIK STANDARD GRAIN OUR GUEST HERE AT AGRIBUSINESS TODAY. JOE LET'S TALK ABOUT THESE  WHEAT MARKETS BECAUSE AS WE LOOK AT THE END OF LAST WEEK IT WAS KIND OF LEADING CORN IT FELT  LIKE THAT MARKET IS DRYING THIS IS IT WEATHER WHAT'S BEHIND THESE MOVES THAT WE'VE SEEN. WELL  THE MARKET OVERALL HAS STILL ACTED VERY POORLY. WE'RE SITTING YOU KNOW IN SOME OF THESE WINTER  WHEAT CONTRACTS WHAT 10 15 CENTS IS NOT GREAT. SO IT'S NOT LIKE WE'VE HAD A REAL SUBSTANTIAL  RALLY. WE'VE HAD SOME BEARISH NEWS RECENTLY. WE SAW LARGER PRODUCTION ESTIMATES OUT OF  CANADA OUT OF THE EU OUT OF RUSSIA WHICH PUSHED OUR PRICES LOWER INITIALLY. AND WHAT THAT  WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS WE'VE BECOME COMPETITIVE ON THE WORLD MARKET AND WE'VE SEEN A  LITTLE BIT MORE EXPORT BUSINESS HERE RECENTLY. WE'VE ALSO GOT SOME DEVELOPING DRYNESS IN THE  U.S. SOUTHERN PLAINS WHICH THE MARKET DOESN'T REACT TO THIS EARLY IN THE GROWING SEASON. IT'S  MORE OF A LATE WINTER EARLY SPRING THING WHEN WE EMERGE FROM DURHAM. IT'S SOMETHING  PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. FUNDS ARE RECORD SHORT. WE'VE GOT THE END OF THE YEAR COMING UP. SO  IS THERE SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL I THINK YOU CAN MAKE THAT CASE AT LEAST STILL TOO  EARLY YOU THINK TO TALK ABOUT MAYBE ADDING ACRES IN THE NEXT YEAR SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ON  DROUGHT COMPETITION FROM THE GLOBAL MARKET. STILL TOO EARLY ON THAT SUFFERS. WELL ABE BRIDGES  IS WIDELY BELIEVED TO BE LOWER. AGAIN ALL WE'RE GOING TO BE LOWER I THINK WE WERE A 108 YEAR  LOWS LAST YEAR AND WE'RE GOING TO BE LOWER YET AGAIN THIS YEAR AND IT'S SIMPLY BECAUSE WE  DON'T HAVE PRICES THAT CAN SUPPORT THE PRODUCTION. WE'RE KIND OF THE THE LOW COST OR I'M SORRY  THE HIGH COST RESIDUAL SUPPLIER IN THE WORLD MARKET IF YOU WANT TO PUT IT THAT WAY WE CAN FILL  THE GAPS HERE AND THERE BUT WE'RE OVERPRICED. I MEAN THEY'VE GOT A CHEAPER CHEAPER  PRODUCT OUT OF THE BLACK SEA REGION THAT'S REALLY BEEN OUR BIG PROBLEM HERE SO YOU'VE GOT TO  HOPE WE CUT BACK ACREAGE ENOUGH TO HELP AT LEAST FIX THIS TO SOME EXTENT AND WORK INTO  SOME BETTER PRICES. HAVE YOU HEARD ANY DIFFERENCE ON ON QUALITY AND PROTEIN. I MEAN I'VE  HEARD SOME ISSUES OUT OF THE BLACK SEA REGION WITH THAT WHEAT THAT THE US IS BEING  ACCEPTED THERE BUT AGAIN JUST SLIVERS OF HOPE HERE. YEAH THERE WERE SOME SOME HIGH  PREMIUMS IN THE CASH MARKET FOR BETTER PROTEIN WHEAT IN THE US RECENTLY AND THAT'S NOT  ANYTHING THAT'S TOTALLY. YOU KNOW STRANGE BUT OVERALL YEAH I MEAN WE'VE GOT TO HOPE WE  REDUCE ACREAGE ENOUGH MAYBE RUN INTO A WEATHER PROBLEM SOMEWHERE GENERALLY WITH WE  YOU NEED A COUPLE OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME. AND I THINK WE'RE IN THE PROCESS AND PEOPLE  SAY FOR A LONG TIME I THINK WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF CARVING OUT SOME KIND OF LONG TERM BOTTOM  THAT MIGHT TAKE A LONG TIME TO CARVE OUT THAT LONG TERM BOTTOM. ALL RIGHT WE'LL CONTINUE TO  WATCH THE WHEAT MARKET APPRECIATE IT JOE. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY JOHN DEERE.  WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE  INVENTORY OF JOHN DEERE CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED TRACTORS, COMBINES AND SPRAYERS?   MACHINEFINDER DOT COM.  SOMETIMES THE BEST NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FLEET ISN'T NEW." 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE A CINDI CLAWSON LOOKING AT THE COLD SNAP THAT WERE EXPECTING  OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO AND IT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S GOING TO GO PRETTY FAR SO. OH YEAH. I MEAN IT'S  JUST THIS ARCTIC BLAST THAT IS IT JUST IT'S LIKE A BAD HOUSEGUEST THAT JUST WON'T LEAVE RIGHT. WELL  LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON. YOU'VE GOT A COLD FRONT IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. LOW  PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE GREAT LAKES THAT'S GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE SOUTH BRINGING A LITTLE  MORE SNOW TO THAT AREA. AND WE HAVE A STATIONARY FRONT ALL THE WAY BACK INTO THE NORTHWEST  SO WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME OF THAT HIGHER ELEVATION SNOW LOWER ELEVATION RAIN AND  WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEE A WHOLE LOT OF CHANGE THERE'S NOT A TON OF FAST MOVEMENT WITH THAT. SO  LOOK FOR SOME WET WEATHER CONTINUING INTO THE NORTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AS WE PUT THIS THE  MOST AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM THAT FRONT MOVING TO THE EAST WE'RE  GOING TO SEE ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF ENERGY MOVING INTO THE GREAT LAKES AREA OF THE CENTRAL  AND EASTERN CORN BELT. WATCH FOR SOME SNOW THERE AND THEN WE'LL SEE AGAIN LAKE EFFECT  SNOW KICKING UP BACK BEHIND THERE. MOST OF THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES IS ACTUALLY GOING TO  BE ON THE DRY SIDE AS WE HEAD INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. WE'LL SEE THAT SNOW CONTINUING OFF TO THE  EAST AGAIN. NOT A LOT OF CHANGE IN THE NORTHWEST. WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING A FAIR AMOUNT OF  SNOW ESPECIALLY FROM MONTANA INTO THE WESTERN PARTS OF WYOMING AND EVEN INTO IDAHO AS WE  SEE THOSE FRONTS KIND OF STICKING NEARBY. AND KEEP IN THAT MOISTURE COMING BUT LOOK HOW FAR  SOUTH THIS FRONT GOES IT'S LIKE A BLUE NORTHER WHERE WE GET THAT COLD AIR DIPPING ALL THE WAY  DOWN INTO TEXAS. SO WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING A VERY COLD PERIOD OF TIME FOR MOST OF THE  NATION'S MIDSECTION AND EVEN INTO THE EASTERN UNITED STATES AS THAT COLD FRONT CONTINUES TO  PUSH ON OFF TO THE EAST SO MOST OF THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO BE SEEING BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE WARM AREA JUST KIND OF HANGING OUT IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES. ALL  RIGHT LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION. MOST OF IT'S GOING TO BE OVER HERE IN THE PACIFIC  NORTHWEST WHERE YOU SEE THAT RAIN AND SNOW AND YOU CAN SEE THAT TRAIL WHERE WE HAVE THAT  CLIPPER SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO BE MOVING BASICALLY ALL ACROSS TO THE EAST COAST. NOW AS FAR AS  SNOWFALL CAN MOST OF THAT IN THE NORTHWEST AS WELL BUT WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME OF THAT TRAILING  THROUGH AS YOU COULD SEE THAT SYSTEM THERE SO A LOT OF FOLKS GOING TO SEE AT LEAST A COUPLE OF  INCHES OUT OF THAT AS IT MOVES ON OFF TO THE EAST. BUT OBVIOUSLY THE HEAVY SNOWS ARE GOING TO  BE IN THE UPPER ELEVATIONS INTO THE NORTHWESTERN UNITED STATES. TAKE A LOOK AT THE  TEMPERATURES. HIGHS OF ONE BELOW IN BISMARCK. THIS IS COLD AIR FOR A LOT OF FOLKS ESPECIALLY UP  HERE IN THE GREAT LAKES BUT THAT COLD AIR IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO SINK ONTO THE SOUTH. SO WE'RE  GOING TO DEAL WITH SOME REALLY COLD AIR. LOOK AT THAT 19 BELOW TONIGHT IN BISMARCK AND JUST  IMAGINE THE WINDCHILL IT'S GOING TO BE MUCH COLDER THAN THAT. AND THEN AS WE GET INTO  TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT COLD AIR GO EVEN FARTHER WITH AND WITH BELOW ZERO HIGHS  EVEN DOWN AS FAR AS OMAHA. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK ON THE  WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE. WELLINGTON UTAH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE TODAY AND A TOUCH WARMER WITH  A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 48 DEGREES. INDEPENDENCE IOWA VERY COLD WITH SOME SNOW A HIGH OF  ONLY NINE DEGREES. AND THEN BROADWAY. NORTH CAROLINA SUNNY AND WARMER FOR YOU WITH A  HIGH OF 44. 

TEASE
COMING UP NEXT WEEK, WE'RE REVISITING MY RECENT TRIP TO MEXICO AHEAD  OF THE NEXT ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS SLATED FOR CANADA IN LATE JANUARY. WE'LL TALK TO THE PEOPLE IMPACTED IN AGRICULTURE BY THE RESULTS  INCLUDING A VISIT TO A BREWER WHO WARNS BEER PRICES COULD GO UP WITH  NAFTA GOES AWAY. A SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY--NEXT TUESDAY--JANUARY SECOND HERE ON  AGDAY. THE AUTOMAKER KNOWN FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES WANTS TO GET INTO THE  PICK-UP BUSINESS. ARE YOU READY FOR THAT ON YOUR FARM? BUT FIRST A TEXAS TOYMAKER WHO PUTS "PURPOSE" INTO HIS FARM-FRIENDLY  TOYS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL. 

TEXAS TOY MAKER
IN CASE YOU'RE HAVING A LATE CHRISTMAS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, OR  PLANNING AHEAD FOR NEXT CHRISTMAS, WE HAVE A TOY SHOPPE YOU NEED TO  HEAR ABOUT.  IT'S WAY UP NORTH ... NORTH-TEXAS THAT IS. IN THIS REPORT FROM THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU, ED WOLFFE SAYS THIS  TOYMAKER CREATES FARM TOYS THAT ARE BUILT TO LAST. WAY UP NORTH LIVES A TOY MAKER. HE'S WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK MAKING SURE EVERY CHILD  ON HIS LIST HAS A TOY TO OPEN ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. HE DOESN'T HAVE A LONG WHITE BEARD OR A  RED SUIT. BUT HE IS JOLLY. IN FACT HE'S THE HAPPY TOY MAKER. "IT'S AWESOME. IT DON'T GET NO BETTER THAN TO BE SANTA'S HELPER. I LOVE IT." YOU WON'T FIND HIS WORKSHOP AT THE NORTH POLE BUT IN HAPPY, TEXAS. JUST SOUTH OF AMARILLO.  HE'S BEEN BUILDING THESE HAND CRAFTED CREATIONS FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS. AND IT ALL STARTED WITH  HIS TWO BOYS. JERRY FARMED & RANCHED WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE. SO THE TOYS HIS SONS REALLY  WANTED COULDN'T BE BOUGHT AT THE STORE. THEIR FIRST REQUEST…A BLUE DOCTORING CHUTE. "IT JUST SEEMED LIKE ALL THE TRACTORS ALL THE WHEEL CORALS. ANYTHING THE BOYS WOULD SEE OUTSIDE  HERE THEY DECIDED THEY WANTED IN THE HOUSE TO PLAY WITH. AND WHEN YOU COULDN'T FIND THEM I  JUST HAD TO BUILD THEM." IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE JERRY'S HOUSE BECAME POPULAR WITH THE NEIGHBOR KIDS. THE LOCAL  CHILDREN LOVED PLAYING WITH HIS HOMEMADE TOYS. SOME SPENDING ALL DAY AT THEIR PLACE. THERE  WAS SOMETHING ABOUT HIS TRUCKS AND CATTLE PINS THAT CAPTURED THEIR IMAGINATION. "THERE WAS ONE KID THAT CAME TO THE HOUSE ALL THE TIME. AND HE WOULD JUST COME OVER AND  NOBODY KNEW WHERE HE WAS. HIS MOM DECIDED IF JERRY WOULD MAKE THE TOYS FOR EVERYBODY  ELSE THEN MAYBE HER SON WOULD STAY HOME." SO IN 2006 JERRY STARTED MAKING TOYS FOR EVERYONE. HE BUILT ABOUT 50 WHEEL CORRALS THAT FIRST  YEAR. NOT KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT. BUT EVERY YEAR SINCE THE DEMAND HAS GROWN…AND GROWN.  LAST YEAR HE SENT AROUND 4,000 TOYS TO HOMES & FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. "IT'S A LOT OF FUN WHEN MOM SENDS A VIDEO BACK OF THE KID OPENING THE PRESENT OR PLAYING WITH  IT OR WHATEVER. WE GET A LOT OF DADS THAT PLAY WITH IT BEFORE THE KIDS GET IT. EVERYBODY IN THE  FAMILY ENJOYS PLAYING WITH THE TOYS." JERRY'S WIFE PATRICE MAKES ALL THE ANIMALS & PEOPLE. FROM BULLS & CALVES, CHICKENS & HORSES  TO COWGIRLS & RODEO CLOWNS. SHE MOLDS & HAND PAINTS EVERYONE. JERRY BUILDS EVERYTHING FROM  PICKUP TRUCKS, SEMIS & TRAILERS TO LOADING CHUTES & RODEO ARENAS. EVEN A FEEDLOT. EVERY TOY  IS CRAFTED WITH CARE. THEY WORK LIKE THE REAL THING. AND THEY'RE MADE TO LAST. THE KIND CHILDREN  CAN ONE DAY PASS DOWN TO THEIR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. "I JUST THINK THAT A FARM KID OR A RANCH KID GROWING UP WITH THIS STUFF CAN LEARN HOW THEIR  PARENTS DO THINGS AND BE MORE INTERESTED IN AGRICULTURE CAUSE WE NEED KIDS TO BE INTERESTED  IN AGRICULTURE." JERRY'S SONS ARE NOW HELPING HIM IN THE WORKSHOP. HIS TOYS ARE IN THE HOMES OF RANCHERS,  TRUCKERS, EVEN PROFESSIONAL RODEO COWBOYS. AFTER TWO DECADES OF BUILDING TOYS HE KNOWS A  LITTLE OF WHAT SANTA GOES THROUGH. HE'S EVEN BEEN KNOWN TO DELIVER A TOY TO A CHILD'S HOME  ON CHRISTMAS DAY. THERE'S NOTHING HE LIKES BETTER THAN SEEING A SMILE ON A CHILD'S FACE. AND  IT BRINGS HIM JOY TO KNOW HIS HANDIWORK MAKES KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TRULY HAPPY. FOR TFB NEWS, ED WOLFF, HAPPY, TEXAS.

TEASE
FROM TOY TRUCKS TO WORK TRUCK..WILL THIS PICKUP BE THE FARM TRUCK OF  TOMORROW. MY THOUGHTS...NEXT.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M5 SERIES - BRINGING NEW  LEVELS OF COMFORT TO HARD WORK.  LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM, OR VISIT  YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY. OIL PRICES TOUCHED A TWO AND A HALF YEAR HIGH THIS WEEK. THE LAST TIME FUEL COSTS WERE UP SIGNIFICANTLY THE IMPACTS WERE  WIDESPREAD...ESPECIALLY IN FARMING. AND IT LEAD TO SOME INNOVATIONS. COMPANY'S LIKE TESLA WERE FORMED AND TOOK OFF. THE ELECTRIC CAR BUILT BY ELON MUSK CONTINUES TO GAIN A FOLLOWING FOR  IT'S LACK OF FUEL AND BATTERY INNOVATIONS. THAT SAME COMPANY ROLLED OUT A FULL SIZED TRACTOR TRAILER EARLIER  THIS YEAR..HOPING TO GET A FOOT IN THE TRANSPORTATION DOOR. AND JUST THIS WEEK, C-E-O MUSK HINTING AT AN ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK. THIS IS THE ONLY DRAWING THE COMPANY HAS EVER RELEASED OF WHAT LOOKS  LIKE A 1950'S ROLLER SKATE SLASH PICKUP HYBRID. EVEN THOUGH FULL PRODUCTION IS PROBABLY 5 TO 10 YEARS OUT, I'M NOT  SURE--GIVEN CURRENT TECHNOLOGY -- AN ELECTRIC TRUCK WILL FIND MANY  BUYERS IN FARM COUNTRY. AND FOR SOME OF THE SAME REASONS SMALLER FUEL EFFICIENT CARS AREN'T  HAULING CATTLE AND BALES OF HAY TODAY.THE FARM TRUCK IS A WORK HORSE-- FROM FEED TO TRACTOR TIRES,  LIVESTOCK AND EQUIPMENT-- YOU CAN'T PULL A GOOSENECK WITH A PRIUS.  HASHTAG TRADEMARK. HAULING SHEETROCK ACROSS TOWN IS ONE THING, PULLING EQUIPMENT OR  CATTLE AN HOUR DOWN A DIRT ROAD--IS ANOTHER.MAYBE I'M WRONG, MAYBE THE COMPANY WILL INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE,  THE SUPPLIERS, MECHANICS AND POWER CHARGERS IN RURAL AMERICA--BUT  GIVEN THE FACT WE'RE STILL STRUGGLING TO GET INTERNET AND KEEP  DOCTORS...IT MAY JUST BE A FUTURISTIC WISH FOR NOW.  BUT I'VE BEEN WRONG BEFORE...AND BETTING AGAINST MUSK HAS PROVEN A  SOUR GAME. UNTIL THEN I'LL PARK THE ELECTRIC PICKUP NEXT MY HOVERBOARD AND JET  PACK IN THE GARAGE.

CLOSE
AND THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR CINDY CLAWSON AND ALL OF US HERE 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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