AgDay Daily Recap - February 2, 2018

February 2, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 2, 2018

HEADLINES

DROUGHT EXPANDS AND THAT HAS THE CATTLE INDUSTRY WORRIED. PLUS, AN OUTLOOK ON BEEF IN 2018. THE CHALLENGES OF STARTER FERTILIZER ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND SUPER SIZE THE SUPER BOWL FEAST. FOOD BY THE NUMBERS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

DROUGHT MONITOR EXPANSION
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. ITS STILL WINTER BUT THE NATION'S CATTLEMEN ARE ALREADY CONCERNED  ABOUT THE GROWING THREAT OF DROUGHT IN CATTLE COUNTRY. AND HERE'S WHY. WE'VE SEEN AN EXPANION OF DROUGHT IN THE BIGGEST CATTLE PRODUCING  STATES.  IN KANSAS D1-AND-D2 LEVELS TAKE-UP MORE COUNTIES ON THE MAP.  65-PERCENT OF THE STATE IS EXPERIENCING SOME FORM OF DROUGHT....13  POINTS WORSE THAN LAST WEEK. METEOLOGISTS WHO WRITE THE MONITOR REPORT SAYS WELLS ARE DRYING UP,  CREEKS AND SPRINGS WERE GOING DRY, AND PONDS WERE NEAR 2012  DROUGHT LEVELS,. IN OKLAHOMA - 21-PERCENT IS NOW IN D-3 OR EXTREME DROUGHT. THAT'S SEVEN POINTS WORSE THAN LAST WEEK. AND IN TEXAS THE OVERALL DROUGHT PICTURE BROADENED, AND IT GOT SLIGHTLY MORE INTENSE WITH SEVEN PERCENT OF THE STATE IN EXTREME  DROUGHT. MEANWHILE WATER REGULATORS IN CALIFORNIA SAY THE SNOWPACK IN THE  SIERRA MOUNTAINS IS STILL DISMAL AT THIS POINT OF THE "WET SEASON". SURVEYORS FOR THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES  CONDUCTED ITS MONTHLY MEASUREMENT. IT SHOWS CURRENT SNOWPACK AT  THIS LOCATION IS A THIRD OF NORMAL FOR THIS DATE. THAT SNOWPACK MELTS IN THE SPRING AND HELPS FILL RESERVOIRS WHICH  PROVIDE WATER TO MANY AG-PRODUCING REGIONS OF THE STATE. AND  ACCORDING TO THE D-W-R THOSE RESERVOIRS REMAIN FULLER THAN USUAL - THANKS TO LAST YEAR'S RAIN AND SNOW IN THE NORTHERN COUNTIES OF THE  STATE. THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WORSENED SLIGHTLY IN THE LATEST DROUGHT  MONITOR REPORT. ABOUT 45-PERCENT OF THE STATE IS AT SOME LEVEL OF DROUGHT. ANOTHER 30  PERCENT IS ABNORMALLY DRY.

DROUGHT’S IMPACT ON CATTLE
A LACK OF RAINFALL AND DEVELOPING DROUGHT IS RAISING CAUTION FLAGS  FOR AMERICAN CATTLEMEN. BETSY JIBBEN IS IN PHOENIX AT THE 2018 CATTLE INDUSTRY CONVENTION AND  NCBA TRADESHOW.  SHE JOINS US WITH MORE ON THIS YEAR'S WEATHER WORRIES. ANOTHER STRING OF WARM DAYS STICKS AROUND IN THE SOUTHWEST "WE'RE IN THE 80S THIS WEEK HERE IN PHOENIX AND I THINK WE'VE ONLY HAD 2  MEASURABLE RAINS THIS WINTER. WHICH IS VERY UNUSUAL." PINAL FEEDING COMPANY, ONE OF THE LARGEST CATTLE FEEDING OPERATIONS  IN THE SOUTHWEST, IS PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. BUT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER JOHN HOFFERTH ISN'T WORRIED JUST YET. "BUT HONESTLY, IT REALLY HASN'T AFFECTED US TOO MUCH. YOU STILL SEE THESE FARMERS  GROWING THE CROPS THEY'VE ALWAYS GROWN,  THEY ARE NOT TAKING ANY CROPS OUT. CATTLE  NUMBERS IN THIS AREA ARE HIGHER THAN THEY'VE BEEN IN YEARS. YOU DON'T SEE MANY EMPTY PENS  HERE. CATTLE FEEDING IN THE SOUTHWEST HAS BEEN VERY GOOD.USDA'S LATEST CATTLE INVENTORY REPORT SHOWS  THE  300,000 FEWER CATTLE ARE ON WHEAT PASTURE IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS YEAR.  BUT SOME ECONOMISTS SAY THEY'RE NOT ALARMED YET AND DON'T THINK THIS IS A START OF ANOTHER DROUGHT IN 2011 OR 2012. AGAIN, THAT WAS A TENSE DROUGHT ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS LOCATED IN OUR BIGGEST  AREA OF BEEF CATTLE IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THAT WAS AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF MULTIPLE YEARS  WITH LACK OF PASTURE AND RANGE. 48 I THINK WE WOULDN'T WANT TO RAISE EXCESSIVE CONCERNS."IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO LAST LONGER THAN A YEAR. THE LAST DROUGHT PROVED THAT IT TAKES  MORE THAN A YEAR OF REALLY DRY CONDITIONS IN CATTLE COUNTRY TO FORCE THAT LIQUIDIZATION."AT THIS JUNCTURE, I DON'T THINK WE'RE LOOKING AT ANYTHING NEARLY AS SERIOUS AT WHAT WE  LOOKED AT IN 2011 OR 2012. THE PRODUCERS I TALK WITH, YEAH, THEY'RE SEEING THE STRESS, THEY'RE USING UP HAY AT A  FASTER RATE, EITHER THAN WHAT WE DID THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS BUT THEY'RE NOT IN THAT CRITICAL POINT  YET. IF THEY'RE TO STRAIGHTEN OUT NOW, I THINK WE'RE FINE. IF THAT ISSUE COMPOUNDS INTO THIS  SUMMER, WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. CENTRAL TO SOUTHERN KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND THE NORTHERN PART OF  TEXAS EXPERIENCING DROUGHT CONDITIONS TOO. WE ACTUALLY LOOK A LOT LIKE WE DID AT THIS TIME IN 2011. IN FACT IN SOME WAYS WE'RE A LITTLE BIT  DRIER EVEN AT THAT POINT IN TIME. THE WHEAT PASTURE OF COURSE IS KIND OF A WRITE OFF AT THIS POINT  IT'S BEEN A VERY DISAPPOINTING YEAR. AND NOW WE'RE STARTING TO THINK AHEAD TOWARDS SPRING.  GROWING CONDITIONS FOR FORAGE WE'VE GOT LOTS OF TIME TO FIX THINGS. BUT IF WE DON'T FIX THINGS IN  ANOTHER 60 TO 80 DAYS THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN WE'RE GOING TO HAVE POTENTIALLY A VERY SERIOUS  SITUATION.  HOFFERTH'S PATIENT WAIT FOR RAIN IN HIS AREA ISN'T SLOWLY THE COMPANY  DOWN .RIGHT NOW WE'RE VERY FULL. IN OUR IMMEDIATE FUTURE, WE DON'T SEE THOSE NUMBERS  GOING DOWN. AS HE HAS HIGH HOPES A DROUGHT WON'T LINGER AGAIN. I'M STILL HOPING FEBRUARY IS GOING TO BRING SOME. SO STILL NOT A CONCERN HUH? SO STILL  NOT A CONCERN. NOT YET.HURT SAYS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S FORECAST GOING ON INTO THE  SPRING SUGGESTS THE DROUGHT IS GOING TO STAY IN PLACE AND EXPAND – AGAIN, SHORT OUTLOOK OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS BUT SOMETHING TO  WATCH. CLINTON. THANKS BETSY.

POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS AT NCBA
CATTLEMEN AND OTHER FARM GROUPS WEIGHING IN ON THE PRESIDENT'S  PERFORMANCE FOLLOWING THIS WEEK'S STATE OF THE UNION. OUR OWN FARM JOURNAL PULSE POLL ASKED THE QUESTION...WHEN IT COMES  TO ISSUES IMPACTING AGRICULTURE, DO YOU APPROVE OF THE JOB PRESIDENT  DONALD TRUMP IS DOING? 77 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS APPROVE. 23 PERCENT DISAPPROVE. THE TEXT BASED SNAP POLL HAD ROUGHLY 900 RESPONSES SCATTERED  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. TRADE IS A MAJOR UNKNOWN FOR THE ADMINISTRATION IN 2018. HOWEVER, CATTLEMEN APPLAUDING ARIZONA SENATOR JEFF FLAKE'S DECISION  TO DROP HIS HOLD ON THE NOMINATION OF GREGG DOUD TO BE THE CHIEF  AGRICULTURAL NEGOTIATORS FOR THE USTR. THE SENATE STILL HAS TO APPROVE DOUD'S NOMINATION. CATTLEMEN SAY WITH TALKS CONTINUING ON NAFTA, THE KOREA-US TRADE  AGREEMENT, AND ACCESS TO MANY OTHER MARKETS -- IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT THE SENATE MOVE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE." ON THE TRADE FRONT COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS TELLING  REPORTERS THAT NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS ARE "FAR FROM BEING COMPLETED."  WHILE NOTING THAT PROGRESS WAS MADE ON EASIER PROVISIONS, HE SAYS  "VERY LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE ON THE HARD ISSUES," INCLUDING AUTOMOTIVE  TRADE AND AGRICULTURE.  THE NEXT SERIES OF TALKS ARE TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 26TH IN MEXICO CITY. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH A CLOSER LOOK AT A COUPLE OF DROUGHT  INDUCED WILDFIRES IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. IT COULD BE A LONG WILDFIRE SEASON THIS SPRING IN THE CENTRAL PLAIN....AS  CLINTON POINTED OUT IN THE DROUGHT MONITOR. WILDFIRES HAVE SCORCHED HUNDREDS OF ACRES IN WESTERN OKLAHOMA IN  RECENT DAYS, DAMAGING FENCES AND EQUIPMENT AND ENGULFED AT LEAST  ONE BIG STRUCTURE NEAR EDMUND. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE COMBINATION OF DRY AIR, WINDY  CONDITIONS AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY CONTINUE TO CREATE  CRITICAL WILDFIRE CONDITIONS ACROSS WESTERN OKLAHOMA. MEANWHILE A BRUSH FIRE ALSO ERUPTED TUESDAY NEAR PHOENIX, ARIZONA - WHERE THE CATTLEMEN'S CONVENTION IS NOW UNDERWAY. THE FIRE'S IN PINAL <PIH-NAL> COUNTY. IT'S ABOUT 50 ACRES IN SIZE. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY SAYS WINDY  CONDITIONS ARE HAMPERING FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS. THE FIRE IS NOT ENDANGERING ANY STRUCTURES SO FAR.  FIREFIGHTERS EXPECT IT'LL CONTINUE TO GROW AS IT'S BURNING THROUGH THE  INVASIVE 'SALT CEDAR' WHICH CAN QUICKLY BURST INTO FLAMES. HERE'S THE WIND SPEED FORECAST AND ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN SEE IS IT'S KIND OF WINDY IN THE  GULF COAST AREA ATLANTIC SEABOARD AREA PARTS OF THE PLAINS INTO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AND THAT  WILL CONTINUE AS THE SYSTEM ACROSS THE PLAINS MOVES EAST WE'LL SEE THE WINDIER CONDITIONS  SETTING UP FROM THE LOWER GREAT LAKES INTO OKLAHOMA AS WE HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW  AFTERNOON. AND THAT WILL CONTINUE AS YOU CAN SEE DOWN INTO TEXAS. ALSO TURNING TO WINDIER  TOMORROW AFTERNOON IN THE EASTERN ROCKIES WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FORECAST COMING UP.  BUT FIRST HERE'S SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
WHEN WE RETURN, WE'LL HEAD BACK OUT TO PHOENIX WITH BETSY JIBBEN AND  AN OUTLOOK ON CATTLE MARKETS FOR 2018. AND LATER, THE CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH USING STARTER FERTILIZER. PLUS, EATING THROUGH THE SUPERBOWL-- FOOD BY THE NUMBERS ON TODAY'S  FARM SENSE.

AGRIBUSINESS
EVERY YEAR THE ANALYSTS AT CATTLEFAX ROLL OUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS FOR  THE INDUSTRY IN THE YEAR AHEAD. BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US FROM PHOENIX WITH THE 2018 RESULTS. I'M HERE NOW WITH KEVIN GOOD SENIOR MARKET ANALYST WITH CATTLEFAX AND TODAY KEVIN AND I ARE  GOING TO DIGEST SOME OF THE KEY POINTS WITH THE 2018 MARKET OUTLOOK THAT CATTLEFAX JUST  RELEASED. SO KEVIN FOR SOME OF THE PRODUCERS WHO COULDN'T BE HERE IN PHOENIX TODAY AT THE  CONVENTION WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY POINTS YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT. I THINK THERE'S A NUMBER OF  KEY HIGHLIGHTS. YOU STARTED OUT TALKING ABOUT 50000 FOOT VIEW. YOU THINK THERE ARE SOME  POSITIVES AND SOME CHALLENGES. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE DEMAND'S EXCELLENT FOR OUR PRODUCT AS  WE THINK ABOUT BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND FROM A GLOBAL STANDPOINT. THOSE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS AS  WE THINK ABOUT THAT ASPECT. ECONOMY IS DOING WELL DOMESTICALLY AND GLOBALLY OUR PRODUCTS  PERFORMING EXTREMELY WELL ON A CHALLENGE STANDPOINT THOUGH WE'RE IN BIGGER NUMBERS AND AS  WE THINK ABOUT EXPANSION THE LAST FOUR YEARS FOR CATTLE AS WELL AS PORK AND POULTRY SUPPLIES  THAT ARE VERY LARGE. SO THAT'S A HEADWIND. WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF SUPPLY TO CHEW THROUGH  HOPEFULLY DEMAND STAYS GOOD AS WE GO FORWARD. AND ALSO YOU KNOW THE TRADE ASPECT IS WE  THINK ABOUT THAT ALL PROTEINS HAD A VERY GOOD YEAR 2017 TO INCREASING TRADE. HOPEFULLY THAT  TREND CONTINUES IN 18 TO OFFSET SOME OF THAT PRODUCTION INCREASE. I SAW SOMETHING HOW 2017  WAS THE SECOND MOST PROFITABLE YEAR IN THE BEEF INDUSTRY. VERY INTERESTED BECAUSE YOU THINK  ABOUT 2017 WE PRODUCED MORE PRODUCT NOT ONLY BEEF BUT PORK AND POULTRY AND OUR PRICES  ACTUALLY AVERAGED A LITTLE BIT HIGHER FOR US WE THINK FED CATTLE AND SO WITH THAT BEING SAID  WHAT'S IT TELL YOU ABOUT DEMAND DEMAND WAS BETTER IN 17 THAN 16. AND SO THAT WAS MORE  DOLLARS FLOWING BACK INTO OUR INDUSTRY ENOUGH SO THAT WE CAN SAY THAT AT 17 WAS PROBABLY THE  SECOND MOST PROFITABLE FOR OUR INDUSTRY. EXCELLENT. GOOD STUFF THERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH  KEVIN. REALLY APPRECIATE THE TIME. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AG DAY IN JUST A MOMENT.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE WE KNOW ABOUT THE GROUNDHOG  BUT WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT SPRING AND HOW SOON IT'S GOING FOR. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE AN  EARLY SPRING. OK. OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. WEST OF THERE YEAH YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME  WARM WEATHER COMING UP IN THE SOUTHEAST YOU CAN GET SOME WARM DAYS AS WELL. BUT TODAY  IT'S TURNING COLDER IN THOSE SAME AREAS THAT I TALKED ABOUT RIGHT A FEW SECONDS AGO. HIGH  PRESSURE BUILDING INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY OHIO VALLEY. MISSOURI VALLEY MISSISSIPPI VALLEY  EVERYBODY IS TURNING COLDER WITH THIS COLD FRONT ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO THE GULF COAST REGION.  THERE ARE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS ALONG THAT IN THE SOUTHEAST. TURNING TO SNOW  MID-ATLANTIC STATES ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE FAR NORTHEAST. THEN WE LOOK TO THE WEST NOW THE  COLDEST AIR WITH THIS SYSTEM BECAUSE OF THESE STORMS COMING BY BY QUICKLY RIGHT BEHIND IT.  NOT GOING TO GO REAL FAR SOUTH SO WHAT YOU'LL NOTICE IS IT TURNS CHILLIER IN THE SOUTHEAST BUT NOT  REAL COLD. THE REAL COLD STUFF IS GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS THAT'S WHERE A LITTLE BIT OF  SNOW WILL BE COMING IN LATER TODAY INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES WESTERN WISCONSIN NEXT  MAIN STORM SYSTEM THEN MOVING THROUGH MONTANA WITH SOME SNOW THAT'S KIND OF DIVING  TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST. YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD INTO SATURDAY MORNING A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW  ACROSS MICHIGAN CENTRAL GREAT LAKES A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW ACROSS THE DAKOTAS. ANOTHER STORM  SYSTEM GETTING READY TO COME INTO WESTERN CANADA AND BY LATER IN THE DAY TOMORROW THAT  SNOW IS INTO NORTHERN ILLINOIS INDIANA AND OHIO. BUT MOST OF IT'S ACROSS WISCONSIN MICHIGAN  INTO THE SOUTHWEST ONTARIO REGION IN THE NEXT SYSTEM ALREADY SPREADING SNOW ACROSS  MONTANA INTO THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE A THEME OVER THE NEXT  WEEK AS THE COLDER AIR REALLY COMES INTO THE FAR NORTHERN STATES. WE'LL HAVE A LITTLE STORM  SYSTEM DRIVING ALONG THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THAT REAL COLD AIR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24  HOURS FROM THE SOUTHEAST INTO THE NORTHEAST AS YOU CAN SEE ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 WE DON'T  ADD A WHOLE LOT MORE THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH. THESE THESE ARE JUST SCATTERED SHOWERS AWAY IT  LOOKS MOISTURE FROM WASHINGTON MONTANA SPREADING SOUTHEASTWARD ON THE LIGHT SIDE ACROSS  THE DAKOTAS INTO THE NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND THAT'S MAINLY SNOW. THE NEXT 36 HOURS  IS PRETTY MUCH ALL WE'RE GOING TO SEE ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES. NOTHING REAL HEAVY  BUT THERE WILL BE SOME AREAS HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE ROCKIES AND DOWNWIND FROM SOME OF  THE GREAT LAKES. HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE APPALACHIANS THAT DO GET A DECENT AMOUNT OF  SNOW. TEMPERATURES AS YOU CAN SEE THE COLDEST AIR GOING TO STAY TO THE NORTH CHILLIER BUT NOT  TOO BAD. INTO THE SOUTHEAST LOWS TONIGHT THOUGH WILL DROP NEAR FREEZING NORTHERN PORTIONS OF  MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA AND GEORGIA. YOU CAN SEE SINGLE DIGITS THOUGH. FARTHER NORTH NORTHERN  GREAT LAKES NORTHERN PLAINS AND NOW WILL BE THE HIGH FOR TOMORROW. NORTHERN PLAINS BACK  INTO THE 30S IN THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY. SO COLDER BUT NOT AS COLD AS WE'VE SEEN SO FAR THIS  WINTER. THERE IS THE JET STREAM AND YOU CAN SEE THESE PIECES OF ENERGY KIND OF DIG THE  TROUGH. THEN IT FLATTENS OUT SO YOU FOLKS IN THE SOUTHEAST DON'T GET REAL COLD OUT OF THIS. AND  AS YOU CAN SEE WE CONTINUE TO SEE MORE AND MORE ENERGY TRYING TO DIVE INTO. IT'S GOING TO BE  COLDER ACROSS THE EASTERN TWO THIRDS OF THE COUNTRY FOR A WHILE. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL PROVO UTAH A MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE AND CLOUDS TODAY HIGH OF 51 DEGREES. WAUSAU WISCONSIN. VERY COLD WITH SUN AND  CLOUDS HIGHER AROUND 7:00 AND NASHVILLE TENNESSEE. MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES TURNING COLDER  HIGHER AROUND 34 DEGREES. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, TIPS FOR USING STARTER FERTILIZER ON FARM JOURNAL  COLLEGE TV. AND LATER, AMERICAN'S WILL EAT MILLIONS OF CHICKEN WINGS DURING THE  SUPERBOWL. WE'LL LOOK AT FOOD BY THE NUMBERS.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
STARTER FERTILIZER IS A GREAT WAY TO GET A CROP UP, OUT OF THE GROUND  AND GROWING. BUT IT CAN ALSO CAUSING ISSUES. ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV, MISSY BAUER SHARE SOME OF THE  CHALLENGES OF USING STARTER FERTILIZER. ANY TIME WE START MOVING THAT QUOTE THAT STARTER CLOSER TO THE SEEDS THE CLOSER TO THE SEED IT  GETS THE MORE CONCERNED WE HAVE TO BE ABOUT POTENTIAL. BURN STARTERIS A SALT. SO WE COULD  HAVE SOME INJURY THAT ACTUALLY OCCURS THERE. SO IN THIS EXAMPLE HERE IS WHERE WE'VE RAN  SOME INFERO OR POP UP ANYTIME IT GETS ACTUALLY ON THE SCENE. THAT'S WHERE MY BIGGEST RISKS  ARE GOING TO BE. OK. SO WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS FIELD IS THE RATE GOT A LITTLE TOO HIGH FOR THE SOIL  TYPE. AND THAT'S SOMETHING YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND WHAT ARE YOUR SOILS LIKE. IF WE'RE ON  REALLY GOOD GROUND MAYBE YOU CAN HAVE A HIGHER RATE. IF IT'S PRETTY SANDY SOILS IN YOUR RATE  NEEDS TO BE LOWER BUT YOU NEED TO RESPECT THAT. BASED ON SOIL TYPES. OKAY AND SHOW US  SOME EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE BURN HERE JUST SO WE HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHAT TO  LOOK FOR WHEN YOU LOOK ACROSS THE FIELD AS A WHOLE AND IT WILL KIND OF COME THROUGH HERE BUT YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF IT IN THIS CASE CORN THAT'S MISSING. SO THERE'S SOME CORN THAT  NEVER COME UP. AND YOU'LL ALSO NOTICE THAT THERE'S A LOT OF SMALL PLANTS YOU SEE A PLANT THAT'S  REAL SMALL COMPARED TO OTHER ONES MAYBE BIGGER BUT JUST A LOT OF UNEVENNESS AND VARIABILITY  IN THE STAND AND UNTIL WE START DOING SOME DIG ANYONE REALLY KNOW MAYBE WHAT THE ISSUE OR  THE CAUSE WAS. ONCE I STARTED DIGGING PLANTS UP OUT HERE AND STARTED INSPECTING ON THE ROOT  SYSTEM BECAUSE WHEN WE GET BURN OR INJURY FROM STARTER YOU WILL ACTUALLY SEE WHERE SOME OF  THE MAIN RADICALS THAT COME OUT OF HERE OF THE ROOT SYSTEMS ACTUALLY WILL BE BROWN IN THE VERY  TIP THERE. RIGHT. OR WE GOT THE BROWN OR THE BLACK THERE YOU CAN SEE IT ON THIS ONE IT WAS  ACTUALLY THE MAIN RADIKAL THAT CAME OUT GOT HIT FROM THE STARTER TOO MUCH SALT AND ACTUALLY BURNED. TURN IT ALL BROWN THERE. THIS WAS BAD ENOUGH THAT THE CORN NEVER ACTUALLY FINISHEDEMERGING OR GOING THROUGH THAT GERMINATION PROCESS. IT'S GOT A FEW ROOTS THAT TRIED TO SHOOT  OFF HERE BUT THIS NEVER CAME UP. SO THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THE BLANKS THAT ARE OUT HERE. HERE'S  ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT BURN. IT'S ALL BROWN IN HERE BURNT THEIR MAIN RADIKAL  OFF THE PLANT DID COME UP WITH THIS PLANT IS GOING TO DIE YOU KNOW. RIGHT. SO YOU'LL SEE YOUR  STAND KIND OF GOING BACKWARDS ON US. SO WE'RE STARTER BURN YOU'RE LOOKING IN AT THE BASE OF  THE ROOTS THE MAIN TIP OF THE RADICAL AND SEA. ARE WE ACTUALLY WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT ME  ALMOST A BROWN COLOR THERE AND YOU DON'T HAVE GOOD ROOT GROWTH. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, THE BIG GAME MEANS A BIG SPREAD OF FOOD. SUPER BOWL SNACKS BY THE NUMBERS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
THIS WEEKEND WHILE THE BIG GAME IS ON T-V NO DOUBT YOU'LL BE ENJOYING  THE FRUITS OF AGRICULTURE'S LABOR. WHETHER YOU'RE THERE FOR FOOTBALL OR THE COMMERCIALS, NO DOUBT  FOOD AND MORE FOOD WILL BE WITHIN ARMS REACH. USDA SAYS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY RUNS NECK AND NECK WITH THANKSGIVING AS  AMERICA'S BIGGEST DAY OF EATING. BY THE NUMBERS-- THE NATIONAL CHICKEN COUNCIL PROJECTS THAT FANS WILL EAT 1.35 BILLION WINGS THIS WEEKEND --THAT'S AN ALL-TIME HIGH. UP 1.5%, OR 20 MILLION WINGS, FROM LAST YEAR. TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, THAT'S 394 MILLION FEET OF CHICKEN WINGS-- ENOUGH TO CIRCLE THE EARTH THREE TIMES OR PUT 625 WINGS ON EVERY SEAT  IN ALL 32 NFL STADIUMS. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA AVOCADO COMMISSION,  NEARLY 140 MILLION POUNDS OF AVOCADOS WILL BE CONSUMED DURING THE  SUPER BOWL... MOSTLY BE IN THE FORM OF GUACAMOLE.  IT'S ALSO ONE OF THE BIGGEST PIZZA-EATING DAYS OF THE YEAR WITH AN  ESTIMATED 12.5 MILLION PIZZAS SOLD.  AND DON'T FORGET THE ELEVEN MILLION POUNDS OF POTATO CHIPS AND 29  MILLION POUNDS OF TORTILLA CHIPS TO BE EATEN ALL WASHED DOWN WITH SOME 335 MILLION GALLONS OF BEER.  THOSE FOOTBALL PLAYERS AREN'T THE ONLY ONE'S GETTING A PAYDAY THIS  WEEKEND.  SEE YOU'RE NOT PIGGING OUT-- YOU'RE SUPPORTING AMERICAN AGRICULTURE! 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. AND  DON'T FORGET THAT TODAY IS GROUND-HOG DAY! SO WE'LL HEAR IN A FEW HOURS IF WE CAN EXPECT SPRING TO START  SOON....OR IF WINTER WILL LINGER! FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. 

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