AgDay Daily Recap -February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 10:02 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 9, 2017


HEADLINES
U.S. PORK  EXPORT VOLUME REACHING AN ALL- TIME HIGH. THE IMPACTS OF DROUGHT ARE STILL LINGERING IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND SOUTHEAST. IN ANALYSIS- MAKING MARKETING DECISIONS IN  2017...WELL I'VE ALWAYS BEEN FAN OF ZIGGING WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE IS  MOVING THE OTHER DIRECTION. BEEF MARGINS IN THE GREEN ANOTHER WEEK.  AND TENNESSEE 4-HERS ARE HELPING THOSE DISPLACED BY FIRES. AGDAY- BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

PORK, BEEF EXPORTS
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON GRIFFITHS WILL JOIN US FROM THE  AGRIBUSINESS DESK IN A FEW MINUTES. NEW DATA FROM THE MEAT SECTOR  SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPORTS...AS PORK SHIPMENTS HIT A NEW HIGH IN  2016. THE U-S MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION JUST FINISHED TABULATING MEAT EXPORTS  FOR THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS. THIS REPORT COMES AS THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES A TOUGH STAND ON TRADE DEALS FOR THE U-S. US-MEF SAYS PORK EXPORT VOLUME REACHED A RECORD TWO-POINT-THREE  MILLION METRIC TONS IN 2016. THAT'S A 8 PERCENT YEAR-OVER-YEAR JUMP.   THE  VALUE INCREASED BY SEVEN PERCENT. PORK EXPORTS ACCOUNT FOR A QUARTER OF TOTAL 2016 PORK PRODUCTION. 2016 BEEF EXPORTS INCREASED 11 PERCENT IN VOLUME, TOTALLING ONE-POINT- TWO MILLION METRIC TONS. VALUE-WISE, BEEF EXPORTS ARE UP ONE PERCENT. USMEF SAYS BEEF EXPORTS ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 14-PERCENT OF TOTAL U-S  BEEF PRODUCTION. AND SO WE SEE INTERNATIONAL MARKETS GROWING. AND WE'RE ALSO DOING A GOOD JOB  DISPLACING SOME OF OUR COMPETITION HERE RECENTLY. WE SEE DEMAND WITH GROWTH AND DISPLACEMENT - TWO FACTORS WHICH HAVE HELPED U.S. BEEF EXPORTS TO GROW AS WELL AS THEY HAVE  IN 2016. SENG SAYS PORK SHIPMENTS TO MEXICO SET A VOLUME RECORD FOR THE FIFTH  STRAIGHT YEAR. MEXICO TOOK IN 730-THOUSAND METRIC TONS OF PORK LAST  YEAR. THE NATIONAL DROUGHT PICTURE HAS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY SINCE THE  BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.  BUT THERE ARE STILL PROBLEM AREAS - LIKE PARTS  OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS. DURING LAST WEEK'S CATTLEMEN'S CONVENTION, I TALKED WITH PRODUCERS  FROM SOME OF THE PROBLEM AREAS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF GETTING  THROUGH WINTER.

DROUGHT MONITOR
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS SHOWING SOME MINOR IMPROVEMENTS BUT  PRODUCERS IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND SOUTHEAST ARE STILL DEALING  WITH DRY CONDITIONS.  "IT'S REALLY DRY IN OKLAHOMA RIGHT NOW. THE CATTLE ARE DOING FAIRLY WELL ON WHEAT PASTURE BUT  WE'VE BEEN IN A DROUGHT THE PAST TWO MONTHS SINCE WE PLANTED WHEAT IN LATE FALL,"TWO MONTHS IN BURTRUM'S AREA BUT A YEAR OF DRYNESS FOR OKLAHOMA  OVERALL.SOME POCKETS OF THE STATE SEEING WILD FIRES DUE TO DROUGHT. THE STATE WAS DROUGHT FREE JUST A YEAR AGO.  "GUYS ARE GETTING GROUNDWORK READY TO PLANT SPRING CROPS. WHETHER THEY HAVE ADEQUATE  MOISTURE TO PLANT THOSE CROPS, I DON'T KONW. NOT ONLY THAT BUT WE HAVE A WINTER WHEAT CROP  THAT'S GOING TO HARVEST LATER THIS SPRING,"PRODUCERS IN MISSISSIPPI SAY THE DROUGHT HAS BEEN TAXING- ESPECIALLY  FOR CATTLEMEN. "WE'VE HAD TO MAKE SOME CHANGES AND ONE THING I'VE DONE IS TALK TO SOME DIFFERENT PEOPLE  AND SEE IF WEANING CALVES EARLIER IS BETTER THAN KEEPING THEM AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THE LACK  OF SOMETHING FOR THEM TO EAT. I HAVEN'T FACED THAT IN YEARS,"HINSHAW SAYS THERE'S A LACK OF FORAGE BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE PRODUCER  AND LOCATION. A MILD JANUARY HELPS.  "I USED UP MY FEBRUARY PASTURE IN NOVEMBER. NOW I HAVE TO FEED HAY AND I THINK I'VE BOUGHT  ENOUGH HAY TO GET ME THROUGH,"MISSISSIPPI'S DROUGHT HAS IMPROVED SINCE THREE MONTHS AGO. BUT HALF  OF THE STATE IS STILL ABNORMALLY DRY. WHEN IT WAS DROUGHT FREE A YEAR  AGO. DESPITE THIS, HINSHAW SAYS SOME PRODUCERS ARE CULLING IN HIS AREA  EARLIER."I KNOW SOME PRODUCERS WHO BAS. HAD TO SELL OUT MOSTLY BECAUSE THEY RAN OUT OF WATER. T HE  POOLS DRIED UP. THEY DIDN'T HAVE WATER,"TENNESSEE SAW SOME GOOD RAINS OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS AS WELL - ERASING SOME DRY CONDITIONS IN THE STATE. BUT PRODUCERS SAY THE FALL DROUGHT STILL HURTS.  "IT REALLY IMPACT ED OUR FALL GRAIZING AND HAY PRODUCTION. I'M AFRAID IF WE HAVE A LONG WINTER,  WE MAY HAVE FARMERS LOOKING FOR HAY STOCKS OR BEING FORCED TO SELL."DESPITE GAINS - LIKE THE OTHER STATES- TENNESSEE WAS DROUGHT FREE A  YEAR AGO."WE HAD A LOT OF FARMERS SELL CALVES EARLIER HTAN THEY WOULD HAVE OR CULLED MORE THAN THEY  WOULD HAVE IN THE FALL BECAUSE WE DID GET SO DRY FOR A FEW MONTHS THERE,"AREAS OF RECOVERY SINCE THE FALL - PRODUCERS HOPE WILL CONTINUE  THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.  A NEW U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS MORNING. 

WASDE AND FEBRUARY CROP PRODUCTION
USDA IS RELEASING ITS WASDE AND FEBRUARY CROP PRODUCTION REPORTS  TODAY. BUT SOME ANALYSTS SAY MARCH IS THE TIME TO WATCH WHEN THE  DEPARTMENT UNVEILES ITS PLANTING INTENTIONS REPORT.  "WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME BIG CHANGES THIS YEAR RELEATIVE TO LAST YEAR  IF THE TRADE IS CORRECT. WE SHOULD SEE A BIG INCREASE IN SOYBEAN  ACREAGE AT THE EXPENSE OF CORN ACREAGE. NOW THE TRADE IS NITORIOUS  FOR MISSING THE MARK ON THESE NUMBERS. LAST YEAR, I BELIEVE, AHEAD OF  THE REPORT, THE TRADE WAS 4 MILLION ACRES TOO LOW ON THE CORN NUMBER  AND TOO HIGH ON THE SOYBEAN ACREAGE NUMBER. SO THESE REPORTS ARE  NITORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO PREDICT."VACLAVIK SAYS WE COULD EXPERIENCE SOME INCREASED VOLITALITY UNTIL THE  MARCH DATE.

CROP COMMENTS
NOW LET'S TURN TO MIKE HOFFMAN FOR THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS.  MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  LET'S START OFF IN NORTHWEST IOWA.  JAY MAGNUSSEN SENT US THIS PHOTO OF HIM FEEDING STEERS RIGHT AFTER  CHURCH. HE SAYS WEATHER IS VARIABLE - GOING BETWEEN 5 AND 45 DEGREES- NOT  GREAT FOR LIVESTOCK.  HE WILL BE CALVING IN 4 WEEKS.  AND AN ABNORMALLY DRY TO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS REMAIN IN KANSAS  DESPITE THE STATE HAVING THE 7TH WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO KSTATE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION.  THE WINTER STORM WHICH PRODUCED ICE AND SNOW IN MID-JANUARY BROUGHT OVER AN INCH AND A HALF OF PRECEIPATION - IT DIDN'T DO MUCH TO  RELIEVE DRY CONDITIONS. JANUARY IS GENERALLY THE DRIEST MONTH OF THE  YEAR. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP WE HAVE A SYSTEM ALONG THE EAST  COAST A BIG HEAVY SNOW IN SOME OF THE BIG CITIES AND ANOTHER BIG STORM  COMING IN OUT WEST WE'LL HAVE DETAILS ON WHERE THOSE TWO STORMS ARE  HEADED COMING UP WITH MY FORECAST BUR FIRST HERE ARE SOME  HOMETOWN TEMPS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS. LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM.

TEASE
STILL TO COME WE CHECK IN WITH CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HE'LL BE DISCUSSING  MARKETING DECISIONS WITH JOHN PAYNE OF DANIELS AG MARKETING. LATER ...HOW A COMMON GRASS IN PASTURES IS CRIPPLING SOME COWS.  DETAILS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DROVERS TV. 'I'M CHARLES DENNEY. BEHIND ME SOME OF THE DAMGE CAUSED BY THE  RECENT FIRES IN GATLINBURG  TENNESSEE. WHAT UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION IS DOING TO HELP. THAT STORY COMING UP ON AGDAY ."GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
THE AG DEPARTMENT IS PROJECTING U-S NET CASH FARM INCOME FOR 2017 TO RISE TO 93-A-HALF BILLION DOLLARS.  THAT'S UP NEARLY TWO PERCENT FROM A  YEAR AGO.  HOWEVER NET FARM INCOME IS FORECAST TO DECLINE TO 62  BILLION DOLLARS, A DIP OF NEARLY NINE PERCENT. COMPARED TO THE RECORD HIGH OF 2013, NET FARM INCOME HAS PLUNGED  NEARLY 50-PERCENT. THE LATEST MONTHLY SUPPLY-AND DEMAND REPORT COMES OUT LATER TODAY.   THE REPORT WILL BE POSTED ON AGWEB-DOT-COM SHORTLY AFTER ITS  RELEASE TIME AT NOON EASTERN. AS WE PREPARE FOR THE REPORT, CLINTON GRIFFITHS DISCUSSES MARKETING  DECISION IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS. JOHN PAYNE DANIELS AG MARKETING OUR GUEST HERE TODAY JOHN FROM TIME TIME WE LIKE TO PICK  FOLKS BRAIN SAY ALRIGHT IF I'M DOING THIS AT HOME WHAT IT ALL SHOULD I BE LOOKING AT SHOULD I BE  USING TO HELP ME MAKE DECISIONS WHAT DO YOU THINK WELL I'VE ALWAYS BEEN FAN OF ZIGGING  WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE IS MOVING THE OTHER DIRECTION AND I WOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THE  COMMITMENT OF TRADERS REPORT THAT COMES OUT EVERY FRIDAY AND THAT IS ESSENTIALLY KIND OF  GAUGE OF HOW THE TRADE IS SET UP. AND SO THE ANALOGY I USE THE POKER TABLE AND ESSENTIALLY  WITH THE CFTC GOES AROUND AND THEY'RE GONNA SAY OKAY WE HAVE THIS AMOUNT OF MISSED THIS  MANY CHIPS THAT ARE PUSHED AND WHEN WHEN WE SEE IT START TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS CLIMB THE  TRACK AND TRACK EVERY DAY EVERY WEEK FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS WHEN THEY GET UP INTO THE KIND OF  HIGH TEN PERCENT WITHIN TEN PERCENT OF THAT HIGH. I THINK IT 'S A GOOD UP TO PULL THE TRIGGER NOW  DOESN'T MEAN THE MARKET CAN CONTINUE TO RALLY. BUT YOU LOOK AT A MARKET LIKE COTTON WERE VERY  VERY LONG HISTORICALLY LONG MARKET LIKE CATTLE WE'VE SEEN THE LONGS REALLY COME IN AND BY  LONGS I MEAN BUYERS SPECULATIVE BUYERS HAVE COME IN AND PUSHED THE PRICE OVER THE LAST  COUPLE MONTHS. SURE IF THAT WOULD END AND THEY WOULD SELL OUT THEY SELL AND THEY DON'T OWN  THE PRODUCT SO THE MARKET FALLS THAT YOU CONTEND THE SINK OTHER SPECULATORS SELL AND YOU SEE  MOMENTUM A TRADE WITH THE OTHER WAY AND THEN THE PRODUCER CAUGHT IN THAT IS WELL MAYBE  THEY'RE SELLING INTO IT TOO. SO I'VE BEEN THINKING THIS IS GONNA HAPPEN IN COTTON WE'VE BEEN  TRADING HIGHS FOR A WHILE BUT LIKE I SAID THE LAST TWO MONTHS WITH BASICALLY BEEN SIDEWAYS SEEN A LOT OF THEIR POPULAR LATELY BUT I THINK IT 'S SOME POINT HERE WHEN THE TRAIN TURNS NEGATIVE  THAT 'S WHEN ALL THOSE FOLKS FOLKS RUSH OUT AND SO THE COMMITMENT OF TRADERS REPORT COMES  OUT EVERY FRIDAY RELEASED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND IT'LL GIVE YOU AN IDEA WHERE WE ARE NO  UPDATE ON THE NEWSLETTER EVERY WEEK. YEAH ABSOLUTELY AND THAT IS THAT SOMETHING THAT I CAN  PULL DOWN MYSELF OR DO I NEED TO GET. NO IT'S FREE FOR EVERYBODY YOU PAY YOUR TAXES.  REGULATORS DO AND THEY ACCUMULATE ALL THESE POSITIONS. AND IT 'S IT 'S THERE EVERY WEEK SO AS  OF LAST TUESDAY WILL GET THE NUMBERS TODAY AND I THINK THOSE NUMBERS WILL POINT TOWARDS A  VERY VERY SHORT POSITION IN WHEAT ARE VERY VERY SHORT POSITION HISTORICALLY IN CORN BEANS  OBVIOUSLY WITH SOME BUYERS AND COTTON WITH SOME BUYERS SO THE STORY IS KIND OF WRITTEN SO ALL THE NEWS WE TALK ABOUT SEE WHO 'S IN IT HOW LONG WE ARE ALL RIGHT. WELL I APPRECIATE THAT THANKS FOR THE PERSPECTIVE WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A DREAM SPORTS TRIP, PLUS A $10,000 DONATION FOR A COMMUNITY  SPACE.  TEXT DREAM TO 31313 TO ENTER TODAY.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE SEEING  SOME ROLLER COASTER TEMPERATURES HERE THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE WINTER AND I THINK A LOT OF  PRODUCERS WANT TO KNOW WHY ISN'T THE COLD AIR NOT STAYING YEAH THERE 'S NO QUESTION I THOUGHT  THIS WINTER WOULD SETTLE INTO A COLD ONE FOR AT LEAST THE MIDDLE OF IT BUT WE'VE HAD THESE BIG  STORMS COMING IN FROM THE WEST. AND THEY JUST KEEP FLOODING THE COUNTRY WITH THAT PACIFIC AIR  SO EVERY TIME THESE COLD AIR MASSES LIKE THIS ONE RIGHT NOW OVER THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL  PLAINS COMES EASTWARD. WE HAVE THE NEXT STORM COMING INTO A SWEEP IT AWAY AND IT 'S  REPLACED BY THE PACIFIC AIR AND AT THIS POINT I DON'T SEE AN END TO THAT PATTERN. MY CONCERN IS THAT THE FIRST PART OF SPRING ENDS UP GOING INTO A COLD PATTERN THEN WE WARM UP AFTER THAT BUT WE'LL OF THOSE FORECASTS OVER TIME OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS BIG SNOW FOR THEY ARE BIG CITIES OF  THE EAST COAST IS A STORM SYSTEM MOVES NORTHEASTWARD HIGH PRESSURE COLD DRY CONDITIONS  OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. AND THE NEXT STORM COMING IN WITH SOME RAIN AND MOUNTAIN  SNOWS OUT WEST PUTTING THE MAPS INTO MOTION YOU CAN SEE THAT A STORM SYSTEM THIS IS MOVING  PRETTY QUICKLY BUT IT IS INTENSIFYING OVER THE WARMER WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC SO BY LATER ON TODAY'S STILL SNOWING PRETTY GOOD IN EASTERN NEW ENGLAND SCATTERED LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS BACK TO THE WEST AND THIS SYSTEM CONTINUES TO COME EASY FOR ME HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE AREA OF LOW  PRESSURE RIGHT IN THE DEVELOPING ALONG THAT FRONT COMING INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA NEVADA AS WE  HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT A HIGH PRESSURE THE CHILLY HIGH PRESSURE MOVES ALL THE WAY THROUGH  FLORIDA LOOKS LIKE IT 'S A LITTLE TURN THINGS A LITTLE BIT COOLER DOWN THAT WAY BUT STILL NOT TOO BAD  THERE 'S A A A MAP AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW CAN SEE THAT FIRST SYSTEM THAT CAME  IN ALONG THE WEST COAST SPREADING A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT SNOW THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST AND  EVENTUALLY INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND THE NEXT SYSTEM STILL A LOT OF MOISTURE OUT WEST NO DOUBT  ABOUT IT LET 'S CHECK THAT OUT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS SOME  MODERATE AMOUNTS IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY SOME HEAVY AMOUNTS ESPECIALLY  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WESTERN WASHINGTON WESTERN OREGON OUT WEST AT HIM IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX  HOURS I MEAN ONCE AGAIN WE'VE SEEN THIS MULTIPLE TIMES THIS WINTER THAT LITTLE AREA THERE OVER  THE SIERRA NEVADA 'S GOES THE PURPLE WHICH IS LIKE SIX TO EIGHT INCHES OF MELTED SLOW IN THOSE  AREAS AND THAT 'S PRETTY AMAZING SO LOTS OF MOISTURE AGAIN OUT THERE MOST OF IT IS IN THE FORM  OF SNOW ON THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. AND THIS SLOW SNOW STORM PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS. NEXT THIRTY SIX YOU CAN SEE IT MOVES OFFSHORE LITTLE BIT A LIGHT SNOW THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST AS WELL CHECKING OUT TEMPERATURES HIGHS ONLY IN THE TEENS AND TWENTIES GREAT LAKES NORTHERN  PLAINS SIXTIES TODAY SO A LITTLE BIT COOLER THAN WE'VE SEEN RECENTLY LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT  SINGLE DIGITS. TO A TEENS IN THE NORTHEAST THIRTIES ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO DIXIE SO THATS PRETTY  COLD FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR IN AND THE WARM UP ALREADY BEGINS OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS  TOMORROW WITH HIGHS BACK INTO THE SEVENTIES THERE 'S THE JET STREAM A TROUGH BRING HIM IN THE  COLD AIR THEN WE GO ZONAL FOR A LITTLE WHILE OUR MODEL CONTINUES THE SHORT CUT OFF INTO THE  SOUTHWEST. BY NEXT WEEK WHICH WOULD MEAN COLDER AIR AGAIN FOR THE GREAT LAKES AND THE  NORTHEAST THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FIRST  OF ALL FOR AUSTIN NEVADA GOOD DEAL OF CLOUDS AND CHILLY TODAY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF FIFTY FOUR  DEGREES SAINT CLOUD MINNESOTA LOTS OF SUNSHINE RATHER COLD HIGH OF FIFTEEN AND FINALLY  BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE AND CHILLIER HIGH AROUND FIFTY  DEGREES.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - WE'LL CHECK ON PROFITS AT THE FEED LOT. PLUS HOW A  COMMON GRASS IS CRIPPLING SOME LIVESTOCK. AND LATER SEE HOW TENNESSEE 4-H IS STEPPING-UP TO HELP THOSE STILL SUFFERING AFTER DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

DROVERS TV
DESPITE SLIGHT DECLINES, CATTLE FEEDING MARGINS CONTINUE TO SEE  STRENGTH - AT 350 DOLLARS ABOVE A YEAR AGO.  ACCORDING TO THE STERLING PROFIT TRACKER, MARGINS WERE ROUGHLY 120  DOLLARS PER HEAD THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  PACKER MARGINS IMPROVED $27 PER HEAD, ERASING LOSSES FROM THE  PREVIOUS WEEK AND LEAVING PACKERS WITH POSITIVE $18 PER HEAD MARGINS. LAST WEEK MARKED THE ELEVENTH CONSECTIVE WEEK OF FEEDYARD  PROFITABILITY. I THINK PEOPLE ARE OPTIMISTIC AND THAT'S RIGHTFULLY SO. THERE'S PROFABILITY. THE COW- CALF PRODUCERS MADE MONEY FOR THE LAST 3 TO 4 YEARS. WE'RE OPTIMISTIC THE CALF GUYS WILL STAY  STRONG ENOUGH THAT THEY'RE STILL PROFITABLE. THE TWO SEGMENTS, THE MARGIN AND FEEDLOT  SEGMENTS AND STOCKER OPERATORS, NOW THE PRICES HAVE RESABLISHED TO BETTER LEVELS. THEY  SHOULD BE MORE PROFITABLE IN THE MARGIN BUSINESS IN 2017,"> ALSO FROM DROVERS - A NUMBER OF CATTLE IN MISSOURI HAVE BEEN LOST THIS  WINTER TO "FESCUE FOOT".DURING EXTREME COLD WEATHER, COWS WILL EAT TOXIC FESCUE, WHICH IS A  WIDELY USED PASTURE GRASS. CONSUMING THE GRASS CAN HAVE CRIPPLING AFFECTS. "UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI FORAGE SPECIALISTS CRAIG ROBERTS SAYS COWS WITH TALL FESCUE CAN  SUFFER FROZEN FEET AND LOST HOOVES. HE REPORTS ONE CASE IN MISSOURI WHERE A PRODUCER LOST 5  COWS FROM A HERD OF 30. THE FUNGUS CAUSES BLOOD VESSELS TO CONTRACT. DURING THE WINTER, THIS  VESSEL CAN SHIFT BLOOD FLOW TO BODILY EXTREMITIES, MEANIGN FEET, TAILS AND EARS CAN FREEZE."> ROBERTS SAYS A COW CAN SURVIVE A LOST TAIL BUT ONCE THE FOOT IS FROZEN  THE HOOF FALLS OFF , THE COW CANNOT BE CURED AND MUST BE PUT DOWN. HE SAYS TOXIC FESCUE CAN ALSO CAUSE ABORTIONS. IT'S ESTIMATED THE  GRASS CAUSES LOSSES OF 900-MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - SEE HOW EXTENSION IS HELPING VICTIMS OF WILDFIRES WHO  LOST EVERYTHING. IN THE COUNTRY IS 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.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM.  THE DEVASTATING FIRES THAT BURNED GATLINBURG AND SEVIER COUNTY LATE  LAST YEAR DESTROYED HOMES, BUSINESSES, THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF  FORESTS – AND CLAIMED 14 LIVES. NOW EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO REBUILD  AND HELP PEOPLE GET THEIR LIVES BACK. IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE U-T INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE,  CHARLES DENNEY HAS MORE ON HOW U-T  EXTENSION IS HELPING WITH SIMPLE GESTURES OF GIVING, COLLECTING AND  KINDNESS. INTERNET VIDEO SHOWS JUST HOW TERRIFYING IT WAS AS PEOPLE DROVE  THROUGH THE GATLINBURG FIRES OF LATE NOVEMBER – FLAMES ON BOTH  SIDES OF THE ROAD. LATER THE REMAINS OF BUILDINGS – AND EVEN SHELLS OF  VEHICLES -- OFFER A STARK AND SAD GLIMPSE OF JUST HOW DESTRUCTIVE THIS  TRAGEDY WAS.PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOMES AND BUSINESSES, AND SOME LOST THEIR LIVES.  "FIRE CAME FROM THE BOTTOM AND THE TOP." MELISSA DOVE AND HER FAMILY  DID MANAGE TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES, BUT THE MOUNTAINTOP CABIN THEY'VE  RENTED FOR EIGHT YEARS IS NOW GONE.  (MELISSA DOVE) "I JUST HAD NO IDEA THAT OUR HOUSE WOULD BURN. I MEAN  EVEN WHEN WE SAW THE FIRE ON OUR STREET, I STILL HAD HOPE AND THE  BELIEF THAT OUR HOUSE WOULD STILL BE THERE." (GLENN TURNER)  "THE  SLOGAN THAT'S GOING ROUND HERE IS MOUNTAIN TOUGH, AND PEOPLE HERE  ARE STRONG."  4-H AGENT GLENN TURNER IS LEADING AN EFFORT TO HELP  PEOPLE LIKE MELISSA, AND SOME 60 SEVIER COUNTY 4-HERS AND THEIR  FAMILIES WHO'VE LOST THEIR HOMES. TURNER COORDINATED A GIFT CARD  COLLECTION – DONATIONS COMING IN FROM SIXTEEN DIFFERENT STATES, AND  TOTALING MORE THAN 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS. ALSO THE STAFF AT THE UT EXTENSION OFFICE PUT TOGETHER CARE BAGS FOR  STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT SEVIER COUNTY SCHOOLS.  GLENN TURNER) "WE'RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE AN INITIAL CONTACT WITH THOSE KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED AND PUT SOME THINGS IN THEIR HANDS THAT  SAY 'YOUR 4-H FAMILY IS THINKING ABOUT YOU." (CHARLES DENNEY) "THIS TRAGEDY WAS ESPECIALLY TOUGH FOR TENNESSEE 4- H. OF THE 14 PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THE BLAZE, TWO OF THE VICTIMS WERE  YOUNG SISTERS. BOTH GIRLS WERE 4-HERS, AND BOTH GAVE SPEECHES AT 4-H  CLUB MEETINGS ABOUT TEN DAYS BEFORE THE FIRE." MEANTIME, UT EXTENSION IS TRYING TO HELP IN OTHER WAYS. AT THE PIGEON  FORGE LIBRARY, CONSUMER EXPERTS HELP RESIDENTS WHO LOST VALUABLE  DOCUMENTS IN THE FIRES. (DR. DENA WISE)  "IT'S A VERY INITIAL PART ACTUALLY  OF PUTTING YOUR LIFE BACK TOGETHER BECAUSE BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR  DRIVERS LICENSES OR PHOTO IDS ARE SO BASIC TO EVERYTHING WE DO."  JOE WAGGONER CAME IN. HE LOST HIS HOME, WHICH INCLUDED THE MILITARY  VET'S RECORDS. BUT MR. WAGGONER SAYS, THAT'S FINE. HE SURVIVED. (JOE  WAGGONER) "IF WE HAD DONE WHAT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT  ABOUT, AND THAT IS 'I NEED TO GET MY GOOD STUFF TOGETHER, MY IMPORTANT  PAPERS TOGETHER,' WE MIGHT NOT HAVE GOTTEN OUT." MR. WAGGONER AND MELISSA DOVE BOTH SAY HOW GRATEFUL THEY ARE FOR  THE SUPPORT AND HELP FROM OTHERS.PAPERS,  BUSINESSES AND HOMES ARE ALL REPLACEABLE. IT WILL TAKE TIME AND  WORK.BUT A SPIRIT SURVIVES HERE, ONE BOOSTED BY GIVING, KINDNESS AND  TOUGHNESS.THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING. ) UT'S INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE AND ITS COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE  HAVE ALSO COLLECTED PET FOOD AS PART OF THE SEVIER COUNTY RELIEF  EFFORT.

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

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