AgDay Daily Recap - January 19, 2018

November 14, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 19, 2018

HEADLINES

A MAJOR BEEF PACKER GETS OUT OF THE FEEDER BUSINESS IN THE U.S. PLUS, THE RISK OF WILDFIRE IS ON THE RISE IN THE PLAINS STATES. IN AGRIBUSINESS..SO WHAT NOW FOR GRAINS? CHECKING SEED TO SOIL CONTACT DURING PLANTER SETUP AND THE CHALLENGES OF BEING HEALTHY IS RURAL AMERICA. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

JBS SELLING FIVE RIVERS, MEAT ALTERNATIVES
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE SHAKE UP CONTINUES AT ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST PACKERS AS J-B-S  CONTINUES TO ADJUST ITS LONG TERM BUSINESS STRATEGY BY WALKING AWAY  FROM THE CATTLE FEEDING SECTOR. "I THINK THE BIGGEST IMPACT FOR THE INDUSTRY AND THE SALE OF FIVE RIVERS IS THAT THEY HAVE A  MILLION CATTLE ON FEED NEARLY A MILLION CATTLE ON FEED. THAT MEANS THEY'D BUY ROUGHLY 5  PERCENT OF THE NATION'S FEEDER CATTLE SUPPLY. THE COMPANY THAT IS BUYING FIVE RIVERS IS  OBVIOUSLY GOING TO WANT TO OPERATE THE BUSINESS FOR PROFIT. SO IN THEIR BEST INTEREST IS NOT TO  HAVE ANY DISRUPTION. CLINTON IT'S A OPERATION THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE OPERATING PRETTY  MUCH THE WAY THAT IT WAS AND WE DON'T SEE ANY DISRUPTION. AS FAR AS THE FEEDER CATTLE PRICES  OR THEIR ACTIVITY IN THE MARKET." GREG WHAT ABOUT THE PACKING INDUSTRY. IT SEEMS THE BIG PACKERS CONTINUE TO STEP AWAY FROM OWNING FEEDER  CATTLE. "NONE OF THE MAJOR PACKERS OWN CATTLE WHICH IS REALLY A FURTHER EVOLUTION OF THE VERTICAL  INTEGRATION THAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY AS PROBABLY FROM A BUSINESS STANDPOINT THEY SEE  NO REASON TO OWN THE CATTLE BECAUSE WE NOW SEE MORE FORMULA AND CONTRACTS WITH PACKERS.  SO IT'S JUST A FURTHER EVOLUTION OF WHAT WE'RE ALREADY SEEING TAKING PLACE IN THE INDUSTRY. " JBS BOUGHT FIVE RIVERS FROM SMITHFIELD FOODS, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST  PORK PRODUCER, IN 2008. SMITHFIELD TELLING REUTERS THIS MONTH, ITS NOW INTERESTED IN GETTING  BACK INTO THE U.S. BEEF AND POULTRY BUSINESSES. JBS LEADERSHIP SAYS THIS ENDS A FLURRY OF GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING  FOLLOWING A FOOD SAFETY SCANDAL AND INSPECTION ISSUES AT BEEF  PROCESSORS...EVENTUALLY SNOWBALLING INTO A GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION  SCANDAL THAT REACHED ALL THE WAY TO THE BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT. THE SCANDAL INCLUDED BRIBERY AND MONETARY FAVORS BROUGHT TO LIGHT  BY JBS'S BAUTISTA BROTHERS--BOTH IN KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AT THE  COMPANY. MEANWHILE, CARGILL -- WHICH ALSO RECENTLY SOLD ITS FEEDING  OPERATIONS-- JUST SIGNED A JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT WITH THE LARGEST  NORTH AMERICAN PRODUCER OF PEA PROTEIN, STEPPING INTO THE PLANT- BASED PROTEIN MARKET.  ACCORDING TO CARGILL, THE AGREEMENT WITH PURIS, IS CALLED A "GAME  CHANGER IN TERMS OF TASTE AND VERTICAL INTEGRATION" IN PLANT-BASED  PROTEIN.  THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES JUST MONTHS AFTER CARGILL INVESTED AN  UNDISCLOSED SUM IN MEMPHIS MEATS, A COMPANY THAT IS DEVELOPING BEEF,  CHICKEN AND DUCK PROTEIN FROM ANIMAL CELLS.  CARGILL JOINS OTHER LARGE MEAT COMPANIES INVESTING IN ALTERNATIVE  PROTEIN SOURCES. 

RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX
THE FIRST RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX OF 2018 HAS A SIMILAR SOMBER TONE TO  ALL OF LAST YEAR - THE FARM ECONOMY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE. CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY'S R-M-I SANK FROM DECEMBER'S WEAK READING...AND  REMAINS BELOW GROWTH NEUTRAL IN THE TEN STATE REGION WHICH MAKES-UP  THE RMI. 40-PERCENT OF THE BANKERS SURVEYED SAY RISING LOAN DEFAULTS WILL BE  THE GREATEST ECONOMIC CHALLENGE IN 2018. DOCTOR ERNIE GOSS SAYS HE SEEMS A GLIMMER OF HOPE, SAYING THE  "NEGATIVES ARE GETTING LESS NEGATIVE." AS FAR AS FARMLAND, THE REVIEWS ARE MIXED. SOME BANKERS SAY VALUES  ARE HOLDING STEADY WHILE OTHERS CONTINUE TO SEE A DECLINE. OVERALL, THE FARMLAND PRICE INDEX REMAINED BELOW 'GROWTH NEUTRAL'  FOR THE 50TH STRAIGHT MONTH.

DROUGHT MONITOR AND WILDFIRE RISK
THE BRAND NEW DROUGHT MONITOR MAP SHOWING MUCH OF THE HIGH PLAINS  HAD SOME FORM OF PRECIPITATION LAST WEEK, BUT NOT VERY MUCH OVERALL  IN THE REGION. EAST CENTRAL KANSAS HAD ABOUT AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION. BUT DRYNESS IN  THE STATE AND EASTERN COLORADO CONTINUES TO EXPAND. THOSE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE FUELING SPECULATION THAT THE WILDIFRE  SEASON COULD BE REPEAT OF LAST YEAR IN THE PLAINS. KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SCIENTISTS ARE WARNING PRODUCERS AND FIRE  MANAGERS THAT DROUGHT IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS IS CAUSING  A HIGHER THAN NORMAL RISK OF WILDFIRE THROUGH APRIL.  TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND KANSAS ARE ALL AT AN ELEVATED RISK.  THOSE THREE  STATES SAW ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION ACRES OF RANCHLAND GET SCORCHED  BY WILDFIRES LAST YEAR. A METEOROLOGIST AT K-STATE SAYS ABOVE NORMAL MOISTURE DURING THE  GROWING SEASON PRODUCED MORE FUEL. AND WITH A DRY-DOWN IN RECENT MONTHS, THOSE PASTURES AND GRAZING  LANDS ARE  REACHING A DANGEROUS LEVEL FOR FIRE. WIND A BIG FACTOR IN FIRE RISK. 

CROP COMMENTS
LETS GET OUR WIND FORECAST FROM MIKE HOFFMAN AND TODAY'S CROP  COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. FROM AGWEB-DOT-COM, WE HEARD FROM A FARMER IN GREENE COUNTY,  ILLINOIS - THAT'S NORTH OF ST. LOUIS. HE SAYS THEY PLANTED SOME COVER CROPS LATE OCTOBER.  THEY NOTICED  RECENTLY THAT WHEAT AND CEREAL-RYE  HAVE NOT SPROUTED. IT'S JUST LYING  IN DRY DIRT.  THE LOCAL METEOROLOGISTS SAY THEY ARE 14 INCHES BEHIND IN NORMAL  RAINFALL DURING THE LAST HALF OF 2017. THE DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS HALF OF ILLINOIS IS AT SOME LEVEL OF  DRYNESS. GREENE COUNTY IS IN MODERATE DROUGHT. AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST FOR TODAY. YOU CAN SEE FAIRLY BREEZY THROUGH THE  SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES AND THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OUT WEST AS WE HEAD THROUGH  THE DAY THEN THAT KIND OF CONTINUES IN THE SAME GENERAL AREAS HEADING TO TOMORROW THE  STRONGER WINDS MOVE INTO THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES AND OTHER PARTS OF THE  NORTHEAST STILL THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SOUTHWEST SEEING SOME PRETTY GOOD WINDS  ESPECIALLY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. I'LL ADD MY FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME  HOMETOWN TEMPS.  ONE DREAM. TWO PRIZES. THREE FIELDS.  SHOW US YOUR FARM AND YOU COULD WIN A $10,000  DONATION FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, PLUS A DREAM SPORTS TRIP FOR YOU.  TO ENTER, VISIT  POWERTODOMORE-DOT-COM.  SPONSORED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL GO BACK TO LAST WEEK'S USDA REPORTS AND  INVESTIGATE WHERE GRAIN MARKETS GO FROM HERE. AND LATER, PLANTING WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. WE'VE GOT TIPS TO  MAKE SURE YOU'RE READY TO ROLL TODAY ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED  CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN CHICAGO AG MARKETS WERE MOSTLY MIXED. LET'S GET AN UPDATE OF  THURSDAY'S CLOSE FROM THE CME. "WE SAW LAST FRIDAY'S USDA REPORT REALLY COME OUT A LITTLE BIT LACKLUSTER OR WE WERE LOOKING  FOR DIRECTIONAL NEWS ON THE BACK OF NEW NEWS BUT WEREN'T ABLE TO GET THAT AND THAT'S WHY  WE'RE SEEING CORN PANIC AND RETREAT BACK INTO THIS RANGE 350 CONTINUES TO BE THE MAGNET AND  WE CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE OPPORTUNITY A COUPLE OF CENTS ON EITHER SIDE  OF THAT UNTIL WE GET A TECHNICAL BREAK OUT OR A BREAK DOWN THE BULLS MUST DEFEND 345 TO 346  ON A CLOSING BASIS. A BREAK AND CLOSE BELOW I THINK OPENS THE DOOR TO SOME ACCELERATED  SELLING PRESSURE TOWARDS 335. NOW ON THE SOYBEAN SIDE OF THINGS WE'RE A LITTLE BIT MORE  OPTIMISTIC 971 IN THE QUARTER IF WE'RE ABLE TO SEE A CONVICTION CLOSE ABOVE THIS LEVEL. I  WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE SHORT COVERING FUNDS ACCELERATE THE MOMENTUM TO THE UPSIDE  TOWARDS 984 TO 986. WHAT YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING AT TOO. THIS HAS BEEN OLIVER SLOUP WITH BLUE LINE FUTURES FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP." 

AGRIBUSINESS
BRIAN BASTING ADVANCE TRADING OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK BRIAN AS WE LOOK AT  THE LATEST USDA REPORT AND WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW WE DIDN'T SEE THE YIELD NUMBER  THAT USDA CAME OUT WITH CORN. 176 I MEAN NO ONE REALLY THOUGHT OH MY GOSH WE'RE GOING TO  BLOW THROUGH THAT TOP AGAIN AND HERE WE ARE. BUT I GUESS THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT IS IS THERE  ENOUGH WORLD DEMAND TO START TO KEEP UP WITH SOME OF THIS SUPPLY THAT WE'RE CREATING. WELL  IT'S A GREAT POINT CLINTON WITH THESE LOWER PRICES THAT WE'VE SEEN FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS AND  FOR WHEAT OVER THE LAST TWO THREE YEARS. WE'VE SEEN DEMAND GROW. SO THE OLD ADAGE LOW  PRICES CURE LOW PRICES IS BEING FELT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF INCREASED CONSUMPTION. BUT FOR THE  TIME BEING INCREASED PRODUCTION HAS OVERWHELMED THAT GROWTH. AND AS A RESULT OUR CARRY OUT  IS BUILDING. BUT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT SLOAN UNDER THE RADAR IS HOW STRONG OUR DEMAND IS. SO  IF THERE IS A WORLDWIDE HICCUP IF YOU WILL A WORLD WIDE ISSUE WITH SUPPLY SOMEWHERE WHETHER  IT HAPPENS IN SOUTH AMERICA OR MAYBE IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION SOMEWHERE THAT STAGE IS  SET FOR SOME VOLATILITY IN THE MARKETS. YEAH WERE YOU SURPRISED WITH USDA'S NUMBER FOR  DEMAND FOR SOME OF THESE GRAINS. NO I THINK THAT THE SOYBEAN EXPORTS FOR EXAMPLE HAVE  BEEN DISAPPOINTING SO FAR THIS YEAR. SO THEY DID BACK OFF THOSE EXPORTS FOR BEANS. I THINK  THERE'S STILL ROOM FOR THAT NUMBER TO COME DOWN A BIT. SO THAT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A CAUTION NOTE  THERE. AND THEN THE CORN DEMAND IS GOOD IT'S SOLID BUT IT'S NOT STELLAR. AND AS A RESULT WE'VE  SEEN LOOKING AT THAT TWO AND A HALF DAY IN OR KERRY OUT DOMESTICALLY FOR CORN. YEAH. YOU KNOW  AND IT IS INTERESTING WITH THE INCREASING HERD SIZES THAT WE'VE SEEN WE'VE SEEN MORE HANSER I'VE SEEN MORE CATTLE WE'VE SEEN MORE DAIRY CATTLE POULTRY CONTINUES TO RISE. HOW THAT I MEAN  THERE HAS TO BE SOME DEMAND OUT THERE REALLY KIND OF TRYING TO CHEW THROUGH SOME OF THIS  SUPPLY. ANOTHER GREAT POINT. WE DO HAVE RECORD NUMBERS OF GRAIN CONSUMING ANIMAL UNITS  RIGHT NOW ANOTHER POINT THERE TO UNDERSCORE WERE LOW PRICES CURING LOW PRICES. SOME OF  THOSE SECTORS ARE HEALING UP FROM WHAT'S IN SOME DAMAGING ISSUES THERE SEVERAL YEARS AGO  NOW WITH CORN AND BEANS. BUT POINT BEING IS THAT WE DO HAVE A GOOD DEMAND BASE. AND SO  ANY TIME YOU HAVE A HICCUP OR A SURPRISE THAT WOULD GIVE THE MARKET A BOOST IF PROPERLY BE  SOMETHING THAT WOULD GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO SELL THAT YOU MAY NOT SEE TODAY.  ALL RIGHT  WELL I'LL TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF OPTIMISM. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MINUTE. ONE DREAM. TWO PRIZES. THREE FIELDS.  SHOW US YOUR FARM AND YOU COULD WIN A $10,000  DONATION FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, PLUS A DREAM SPORTS TRIP FOR YOU.  TO ENTER, VISIT  POWERTODOMORE-DOT-COM.  SPONSORED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE LOOKING AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR  AND MIKE WE DO KIND OF CONTINUE TO SEE THINGS ERODE. YEAH KIND OF A CONCERN OBVIOUSLY A LOT  MORE COLOR ON THIS MAP THAN THERE WAS A YEAR AGO. NO DOUBT. AND MOST OF THE CONCERN IS  ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE SOUTHEAST AND BACK INTO THE SOUTHWEST AS  THAT ENTIRE AREA HAS GOTTEN WORSE AND WORSE OVERALL. I MEAN THERE HAS BEEN EBBS AND FLOWS  HERE AND THERE. IT HAS GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER MONTANA AND THE DAKOTAS BUT YOU'RE STILL  TALKING TO MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT IN MANY PARTS OF THAT AREA. GOING BACK A MONTH YOU  CAN SEE WE WERE ALREADY GETTING PRETTY DRY THROUGH ARKANSAS AND SOME OF THE SURROUNDING  STATES. THAT AREA GOT BETTER AT ONE POINT THREE WEEKS AGO BUT THEN WE'VE EXPANDED THE  AREAS ONCE AGAIN. SO WE JUST BASICALLY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY  AS WE HEAD TOWARD THIS GROWING SEASON UNLESS WE GET SOME PRETTY DECENT SYSTEMS COMING  IN AND ACTUALLY WE DO HAVE SOME PRETTY DECENT SYSTEMS COMING IN OUT WEST. THE NEXT TWO OR  THREE WEEKS INSTEAD OF BEING DRY COLD PATTERN WITH AIR AT THE JETSTREAM COMING SOUTHWARD IT'S  MOVING FROM WEST TO EAST AND THERE GOING TO BE SOME PRETTY DECENT STORM SYSTEMS INVOLVED  IN THAT A COUPLE OF THEM COMING IN OUT WEST RIGHT NOW WITH SOME VALLEY RAINS AND MOUNTAIN  SNOWS. VERY LITTLE GOING ON EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. FEW SHOWERS IN SOUTH TEXAS IN A  COUPLE OF SNOW SHOWERS IN THE NORTHEAST AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. NEXT STORM SYSTEM MOVING  THROUGH SOUTHERN CANADA UP THAT WAY BUT THEN LIKE I SAID THE STORM TRACK KIND OF SWITCHES  SOUTHWARD A LITTLE BIT. HIGH PRESSURE IS STILL ON THE CHILLY SIDE IN THE SOUTHEAST. LATER ON THIS  AFTERNOON THAT EVENTUALLY MOVES EAST IN WITH A SOUTHERLY FLOW OF AIR. EVERYBODY IS GOING TO  WARM UP SOUTH OF THIS FRONTAL SYSTEM AND IN FACT EVEN NORTH OF IT YOU'RE GOING TO BE NEAR OR A  LITTLE BIT ABOVE NORMAL FOR TEMPERATURES FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. TOMORROW MORNING SOME  SNOW IN THE CENTRAL ROCKIES. NEXT STORM SYSTEM SHOWING UP OFF THE NORTHWEST COAST. AND AS  WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW WE'RE GOING TO START TO SEE A FEW SHOWERS DEVELOPING IN  THE SOUTHERLY FLOW COMING OFF THE GULF OF MEXICO INTO THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES.  BUT AS OF LATE IN THE DAY TOMORROW NOT A LOT OF RAIN AS YOU CAN SEE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST  24 HOURS ALL OUT WEST ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 LITTLE BIT. AND SOUTHEAST TEXAS LITTLE BIT THROUGH THE  NORTHERN TIER STATES BUT MOST OF IT FROM THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE WESTWARD AND MOST OF THE  SNOW IS GOING TO OCCUR IN THAT SAME AREA OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE. NOW  AS FAR AS THE SITUATION IN THE TEMP TEMPERATURE CATEGORY YOU CAN SEE 30S AND 40S FOR HIGH  TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON MOST OF THE GROWING REGIONS LOWS TONIGHT STILL VERY COLD IN THE  SOUTHEAST BUT IT'S WARMING UP A LITTLE BIT CROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES AND THE SAME IDEA  AND TOMORROW WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THAT RETURN WARM AIR INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND THAT'S ALL  BECAUSE THE JET STREAM IS SWITCHED AROUND A LITTLE BIT. BIG STORM COMING FROM WEST TO EAST  THERE AS YOU CAN SEE INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK THEN THAT GOES AWAY. ANOTHER RIDGE COMES EAST  ANOTHER BIG STORM COMING IN OUT WEST BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO TWIN FALLS IDAHO. FIRST OF  ALL CLOUDY WITH A BIT OF RAIN AND SNOW. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 40 DEGREES. CHECK IT OUT. GRAND  FORKS NORTH DAKOTA MOSTLY CLOUDY RATHER MILD ACTUALLY HIGHER AROUND 40 IN MONTGOMERY  ALABAMA. A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE ON THE CHILLY SIDE HIGH JUST 46.
TEASE
WE'LL CONTINUE THE PLANTER CONVERSATION NEXT ON FARM JOURNAL  COLLEGE TV. AND LATER-- WE'LL CHECK IN ON THOSE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS-- WHILE  DISCUSSING RURAL HEALTH. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY PROSARO FUNGICIDE FROM BAYER.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
THE FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE REPORT - BROUGHT TO YOU BY INSTINCT AND N-SERVE NITROGEN S- THEY DON'T JUST STABILIZE NITROGEN, THEY MAXIMIZE IT - SO CROPS DELIVER THE MAX IN  RETURN.  LEARN MORE AT MAXINMAXOUT.COM.  MECHANICALLY YOU CAN HAVE THE PLANTER SET UP AND RUNNING. BUT IS IT DROPPING SEED CORRECTLY? MISSY BAUER HELPS ME INVESTIGATE TODAY ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. ALRIGHT MISSY NOW THAT WE FOUND THE SEEDS AND KIND OF GOT THEM UNCOVERED. WHAT ARE YOU  LOOKING FOR HERE. WELL THE FIRST THING I ALWAYS WANT TO CHECK IS GOING TO BE PLANTING DEPTH.  THAT'S GOING TO BE MY MOST IMPORTANT THING. SO I LIKE TO DO THAT A COUPLE DIFFERENT WAYS  BECAUSE I UNCOVER MY SEEDS BASICALLY FROM DIGGING FROM THE TOP DOWN HERE LIKE WE'VE  SHOWN AND I WOULD LAY SOMETHING FLAT ACROSS YOUR UNIFORM OR EVEN WITH WHERE MY GAUGE  HAVE RUN. AND THEN JUST GET AN OVERALL MEASURE. SO HERE I'M RIGHT AT ABOUT 2 INCHES DEEP  FROM THE BOTTOM OF HERE TO THE SEED. RIGHT OVER AND THIS ROW I WAS A LITTLE BIT DEEPER BECAUSE  WE JUST TRYING TO DECIDE REALLY WHERE WE NEED TO BE CLOSER TO TWO AND A QUARTER INCHES OVER  THERE. AND THIS IS OUR SHALLOW ROW AND THIS IS THE SHALLOW ONE JUST AS AN EXAMPLE. YOU KNOW  WHAT WE'D BE LOOKING AT. WHAT IF I GO AHEAD AND SAY SOMETHING FLAT ACROSS HERE DON'T KNOW  WHERE MY SEAT IS. I'M CLOSER TO THAT INCH AND A HALF RIGHT MARK. SO WHEN I WHEN I'M TRYING TO  DECIDE WHERE SHOULD I REALLY BE PLANTING AS A RULE OF THUMB WE LIKE TO BE SOMEWHERE  BETWEEN AN INCH AND THREE QUARTERS AND TWO INCHES OK. BUT WE'VE GOT A COUPLE THINGS WE'VE  GOT TO BE CAUTIOUS. ONE I'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE I HAVE MOISTURES IF I'M AT TWO INCHES AND I  DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MOISTURE THAN MAYBE I'M GOING TO. OK. IF IT'S EARLY IN THE SPRING AND IT'S  REALLY REALLY COLD OUT THEN I MIGHT GET CLOSE TO AN INCH AND THREE CORNERS AT THE SHALLOWEST  MAYBE A LITTLE BIT. LESS THAN THAT RIGHT. NO LESS AN INCH AND A HALF EVER AND BECAUSE YOU  WORRY IS IS PLANTER'S GOING ACROSS THE FIELD LITTLE BIT NOT STAYING I MEAN IT'S GOING TO BE SOME  FLOW. EXACTLY. I ALWAYS CALL IT FLOATERS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF VARIABILITY AS IT'S  GOING THROUGH HERE. AND IF I START OFF AT AN INCH AND A HALF AND I GET A QUARTER INCH FLOATER NOW  I'VE GOT A SEAT HAD AN ENGINE A QUARTER RIGHT WHICH IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE WAY TOO SHALLOW.  IF I AM OVER HERE AT TWO INCHES LIKE I AM HERE AND I HAVE A QUARTER INCH FLOATER I'M SO AT  ANCIENT THREE THAT SEAT STILL GOING TO HAVE A GREAT CHANCE OF PRODUCING A GOOD SOLID  PERFORMANCE. 

TEASE
ALRIGHT WHEN WE COME BACK-- CONNECTING CHORE TIME TO CROSSFIT-- I'LL  EXPLAIN..NEXT. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CORVUS - THE NUMBER ONE PRE-EMERGENCE CORN HERBICIDE. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY.WE'RE A COUPLE OF WEEKS INTO THE NEW YEAR AND THAT BEGS THE  QUESTION...ARE YOU STICKING WITH THOSE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS? ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR IS EATING HEALTHY AND EXERCISING MORE...WHICH  YOU CAN SEE BY THE SURGE IN VEHICLES AT THE LOCAL GYM. PROBLEM IS...LOCAL GYMS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN RURAL AMERICA. I'M  NOT SURE ITS THE ONLY REASON BUT IT MAY BE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR AS TO  WHY RURAL POPULATIONS ARE, OVERALL, LESS HEALTHY THAN OUR BIG CITY  BRETHREN.   ACCORDING TO NUMEROUS STUDIES CITED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  AND HUMAN SERVICES-- RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE HIGHER RATES OF CHRONIC  ILLNESS AND POORER OVERALL HEALTH WHEN COMPARED TO URBAN  POPULATIONS. FOUR OF THE FIVE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN RURAL AREAS ARE  ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC DISEASE-LIKE HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES-AND IN  EVERY CASE THE NUMBERS ARE HIGHER THAN IN METRO AREAS. LIFE EXPECTANCIES ARE TWO YEARS SHORTER.  VEHICLE AND SUICIDE DEATHS ARE HIGHER... RURAL RESIDENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE SMOKERS, ARE LESS LIKELY TO  MAINTAIN A NORMAL BODYWEIGHT, GET ENOUGH EXERCISE AND SLEEP LESS  THAN THEIR URBAN PEERS. THIS NEW MAP FROM USDA SHOWS THAT DEATHS--IN BLUE-- NOW OUTPACE  BIRTHS IN HALF OF THE NATIONS RURAL COUNTIES. SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? YOU KNOW MIXING IN A WORKOUT AFTER A DAY  OF PHYSICAL LABOR DOESN'T ALWAYS SOUND INVITING. BUT HEY...MAYBE WE  JUST NEED A FEW TWEEKS-- CITY FOLKS ARE GETTING FIT ON STUFF WE  ALREADY DO...LIFTING TRACTOR TIRES, SWINGING ROPES, DEAD LIFTING SACKS  OF SAND AND JUMPING ON AND OFF STUFF...THEY CALL IT CROSS FIT-- WE CALL IT  WORK. MAYBE--THAT'S THE PROBLEM. MAYBE WE JUST NEED TO CHANGE OUR  MINDSET-- HONEY, I'M HEADED OUT TO FOR 'CROSSFIT' ...NOT CHORES. THINK  ABOUT IT...AND BE SURE TO STICK WITH THAT NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION...YOUR  HEALTH AND MILLIONS OF HUNGRY PEOPLE MAY DEPEND ON IT.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US HERE-- 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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