AgDay Daily Recap - March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 15, 2017


HEADLINES
FRESH ACREAGE ESTIMATES AND WHAT IT MEANS  FOR PRICES. PLUS, "IT'S THE AFTERMATH OF THE WILDFIRE THAT SWEPT THROUGH KANSAS  WE'LL HAVE REACTION FROM RANCHERS AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AHEAD ON AGDAY" IN AGRIBUSINESS..WEATHER AND WHEAT. AVOCADO GROWERS IN CALIFORNIA EXPECT A SMALLER CROP IN 2017. AND  THERE NO FROZEN CHICKEN HERE--WE'LL TELL YOU WHY THIS POULTRY IS SO  WELL DRESSED TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE  DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS REPORT PREDICTIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS USDA PREPARES TO RELEASE ITS  HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS REPORT LATER THIS MONTH,  PRIVATE BROKERAGE FIRMS ARE RELEASING THEIR OWN FORECASTS. AND IT  APPEARS SOYBEANS WILL BE THE LEADER. ALLENDALE, INCORPORATED EXPECTS U-S FARMERS WILL INCREASE THEIR SOYBEAN ACRES TO  THE HIGHEST LEVEL EVER - 88-POINT NINE MILLION ACRES. THAT'S ABOUT FIVE MILLION  ABOVE LAST YEARS LEVELS. EVEN THOUGH SOY ACREAGE IS HIGHER, ALLENDALE'S PRODUCTION ESTIMATE IS LOWER  BASED ON THE EXPECTATION OF NORMAL WEATHER AND TREND-LINE YIELDS. ALLENDALE EXPECTS CORN AND WHEAT WILL BE LOWERED.  CORN ACRES COME IN JUST OVER 90 MILLION ACRES. THAT'S ABOUT FOUR  MILLION FEWER ACRES THAN LAST YEAR. THE 'ALL-WHEAT' TALLY IS ABOUT 46 MILLION ACRES, DOWN MORE THAN FOUR  MILLION. THAT'S THE LOWEST AMOUNT OF WHEAT IN ABOUT A CENTURY. "WE DON'T LOOK FOR ANY SERIOUS REACTION TO TO PRICES RIGHT OFF THE BAT  HERE THIS SIMPLY IS IS ACREAGE NUMBERS WHICH ARE FOR THE MOST PART  CONFIRMED WITH THE TRADE OR EVEN EXPECTING HERE FOR MOST OF THESE  NUMBERS IN TERMS OF PRICE IMPACT AND WHAT NOT WE DO LOOK AT CORN TO  HAVE SOME PRESSURE HERE ESPECIALLY ONCE WE GET INTO THAT PLANTING  SCENARIO AND WE DO LOOK FOR DECEMBER CORN TO REACH DOWN TO THAT  3.40 RANGE BY THE TIME WE PRE SUMMER LOW IN OTHER WORDS IN THE MONTH  OF JUNE AS FAR AS SOYBEANS WE SUGGEST THIS MARKET WILL CONTINUE  FALLING UNTIL WE HIT OUR CURRENT DOWNSIDE TARGET ON THE NOVEMBER  WHICH IS 8.84 FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE."

ALABAMA AVIAN FLU
AG OFFICIALS IN ALABAMA ARE BANNING THE TRANSPORTATION OF CERTAIN  POULTRY AS THE STATE INVESTIGATES THREE POSSIBLE CASES OF AVIAN FLU. THIS INVESTIGATION COMES A WEEK AFTER POULTRY TESTED POSITIVE FOR  HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN FLU IN NEIGHBORING COUNTIES IN TENNESSEE. THE ALABAMA STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS ONE CASE INVOLVES A COMMERICAL  OPERATION IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY. ANOTHER CASE IS A BACKYARD FLOCK IN MADISON COUNTY. THAT COUNTY IS  ADJACENT TO THE TENNESSEE COUNTY WHERE THE FIRST AVIAN CASE WAS  DETECTED.THE STATE ALSO COLLECTED SAMPLES FROM POULTRY AT A FLEA MARKET IN  JACKSON COUNTY,  SAMPLES HAVE BEEN SENT TO USDA LABS FOR TESTING.

WILDFIRE UPDATE
THE WILDFIRES THAT BURNED SOME 23-HUNDRED SQUARE MILES MAY BE OVER FOR NOW--BUT RANCHERS IN THOSE FOUR STATES STILL NEED HELP. CARGILL CORPORATE ANNOUNCING IT'S DONATING 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS  WORTH OF FENCING TO HELP REBUILD THE ESTIMATED 100 THOUSAND MILES  THAT WAS DESTROYED. OUR OWN BETSY JIBBEN IS IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS THIS WEEK AS  RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE. CLINTON. THE WILDFIRES MAY BE OUT IN KANSAS BUT THE NEED FOR HELP IS FAR FROM OVER.RANCH  FAMILIES SAY THAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSISTANCE NOW. MORE THAN EVER. I FEEL LIKE THE  SENSATIONAL PICTURES OF BURNED ANIMALS AND FIRE TAKING THE GRASS IN HOMES BEING BURNED  AGAIN. ARE GOING TO GO AWAY AND PEOPLE ARE GONNA STOP. I MEAN IT'S JUST NOT AS EXCITING  ANYMORE BUT NOW IS WHEN NOW AND EVEN NOW A YEAR LATER IS WHEN IT 'S REALLY GOING TO BE  WHEN PEOPLE NEED HELP. STILL IT 'S GONNA BE HARD TO FEED ANIMALS YOU KNOW NOT EVERYBODY  CAN FIND GRASS FOR THEIR LIVESTOCK THINGS LIKE THAT SO I ACTUALLY THINK IN THE EYES OF THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED IT 'S WORSE NOW THAN IT WAS WHEN IT WAS BURNING. BUT NOW THEY KNOW HOW BAD IT  IS AND THEY KNOW HOW HARD IT IS GONNA BE TO COME BACK FROM THAT. THE FIRES ARE OUT BUT NOW  THE AFTERMATH THIS WAY AND EVERYBODY'S GONNA HAVE TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY AND THEY'RE GOING  START REALIZING THE TRUE EFFECTS FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR DAYS THE PRODUCERS DIDN'T KNOW WHAT  THEY HAD LEFT ALIVE WHAT THEY WERE GONNA HAVE TO PUT DOWN SOME THERE 'S NO GRASS OVER  THERE ANYMORE AND SO NOW AT THIS POINT THEY'RE GONNA HAVE TO START MAKING A PLAN WHAT TO DO  WHERE TO GO FROM HERE HOW TO START REBUILDING IF THEY CAN REBUILD NOW BOX. PARENTS WERE  AFFECTED BY THE FIRE. IN FACT THEY LOST EIGHTY FIVE PERCENT OF THEIR REPLACEMENT HEIFERS WHICH IS  QUITE A LOSS SINCE THEY WERE ARTIFICIALLY INSEMINATED REPORTING IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS. I'M BETSY JIBBEN. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY WITH OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS  AT AGWEB DOT COM - FORWARD SLASH - WILDFIRES.

TRUMP MEETING WITH CHINESE PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WILL HOST CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING (SHE- GIN-PING) IN APRIL AT TRUMP'S MAR-A-LAGO RESORT IN FLORIDA.  THE TWO-DAY MEETING IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 6TH AND 7TH.  REUTERS SAYS THE PLANNED SUMMIT WOULD FOLLOW A STRING OF OTHER  RECENT U.S.-CHINA MEETINGS, AND CONVERSATIONS SEEKING TO REAFFIRM  TIES FOLLOWING STRONG RHETORIC FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAINST CHINA. THE MEETING IS ALSO SEEN AS A POTENTIAL STEP TO CALMING TRADE TENSIONS  BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS.  "OBVIOUSLY THE PLOWS HAVEN'T GOTTEN ALL THE WAY THROUGH YET AND I ONLY LIVE A COUPLE OF MILES  AWAY AND WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO BLIZZARD, WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS.">

NEW ENGLAND SNOW STORM
FAMILIES IN NEW ENGLAND ARE TRYING TO DIG OUT THIS MORNING FOLLOWING A  MASSIVE SNOW STORM. RESIDENTS IN ALTAMONT, NEW YORK ARE WORKING HARD TO STAY AHEAD OF A  SLOPPY, LATE-SEASON STORM. PARTS OF THAT ARE EXPECTED TO SEE ANYWHERE FROM A FOOT TO TWO FEET  OF SNOW. THE POWERFUL NOR'EASTER GROUNDED MORE THAN 5,000 FLIGHTS, CLOSED  SCHOOLS IN CITIES BIG AND SMALL AND PROMPTED DIRE WARNINGS TO STAY  OFF THE ROADS. THOUSANDS LOST POWER. A WARM FEBRUARY SEEMED TO LULL MANY INTO LOOKING BEYOND WINTER. BOB CLIFFORD, ALTAMONT RESIDENT, AFTER COMING BACK FROM GROCERY RUN:  "THE WINTERS SEEM TO BE UPSIDE DOWN NOW. JANUARY AND FEBRUARY ARE NICE AND THEN MARCH  AND APRIL SEEM TO BE MORE WINTRY THAN THEY WERE IN THE PAST."FROM ONE WEATHER EVENT TO ANOTHER.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN TAKES US BACK TO KANSAS TO KICK OFF CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE HEARD FROM BETSY WHO'S IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS COVERING THE  DEVASTATING WILDFIRES. SHE SENT THIS PHOTO FROM CLARK COUNTY, KANSAS  - ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT COUNTIES.  DONATIONS OF HAY BALES HAVE BEEN  ROLLING INTO THE REGION. THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SAYS THEE BRIDGES IN CLARK COUNTY WERE  DESTROYED IN ADDITION TO MILES OF FENCING, UTILITY POLES AND OTHER  STRUCTURES. IN TEXAS.  THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT SHOWS 75 PERCENT OF  WINTER WHEAT IS FAIR TO GOOD. SOME PRODUCERS IN THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN  HIGH   PLAINS  REPORTED  THAT  THEIR  WHEAT  FIELDS  WHERE  JOINTING.   AND ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE STATE'S CORN IS NOW PLANTED. AND FROM WEST CARROLL PARISH IN LOUISIANA, A NASS CROP REPORTER SAYS  PERIODIC SHOWERS HAVE KEPT FIELDS JUST WET ENOUGH TO DELAY CORN  PLANTING.  COOLER TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST FOR NEXT WEEK AND WET  GROUND WILL PROBABLY DELAY PLANTING A LITTLE WHILE LONGER.  AND NOW SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 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! 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL CHECK ON THE WEATHER AND IT'S POTENTIAL  IMPACT ON THE WHEAT CROP IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. PLUS THESE LADIES IN MASSACHUSETTS ARE TAKING "HUMANE TREATMENT" TO A  WHOLE NEW LEVEL IN A CHICKEN COOP. PAMPERED POULTRY - LATER ON AGDAY. 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.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER MIXED DAY IN MARKETS INCLUDE A DROP IN OIL PRICES DURING TUESDAY'S TRADE. LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. GRAIN MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO WERE MIXED TO LOWER ON TUESDAY. WE'VE HAD SOME PRESSURE ACROSS THE GRAIN COMPLEX HERE RECENTLY AND I THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER REASONS FOR THAT. FIRST THING IN ALL SOUTH AMERICAN CROP ESTIMATES HAVE INCREASED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. WE'VE SEEN THE ESTIMATES FOR BOTH BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA CORN SOYBEAN PRODUCTION INCREASED DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS SO THE TRADE BELIEVES NOW MORE THAN EVER THAT WE'RE GONNA SEE OUR EXPORTS OUT OF THE COUNTRY DROP OFF A LITTLE BIT. WE'VE ALSO SEEN SOME GENERAL COMMODITY WEAKNESS. THE CRUDE OIL MARKET HAS FALLEN SHARPLY DURING THE LAST FOUR - FIVE TRADING DAYS. A GOOD EIGHT TO NINE DOLLARS PER BARREL FROM A  PERCENTAGE STANDPOINT THAT 'S A BIG DROP. I THINK SOME OF THEIR WEAKNESSES BLED INTO THE COMMODITY MARKETS. LIVESTOCK MARKETS IN CHICAGO. MOSTLY MIXED ON TUESDAY. WE HAD A LOWER TRADE IN THE CATTLE AND FEEDER CATTLE MARKET AFTER OUR RALLY HERE THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. HOG MARKET WAS HIGHER. CATTLE MARKET'S BEEN INTERESTING, THERE'S BEEN A VERY STRONG CASH TRADE. MOST OF THE CASH TRADE LAST WEEK CAME IN THE MID TO EVEN UP FOR ONE TWENTY'S IN SOME AREAS OF THE COUNTRY WHICH IS A FAR CRY FROM THE NEARBY FUTURES WHICH WERE DOWN NEAR 117 OR 118 HERE ON TUESDAY. AGAIN JOE VACLAVIK STANDARD GRAIN FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP.

AGRIBUSINESS
A WARM FEBRUARY AND NOW COOLER TEMPERATURES TO START MARCH HAVE  FOLKS IN WHEAT COUNTRY ON EDGE.  LATE LAST WEEK, TYNE MORGAN CAUGHT  UP WITH JOE VACLAVIK AT AN EVENT TO DISCUSS.  HERE NOW WITH JOE VACLAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN 'S JOE LET 'S TALK ABOUT THIS WHEAT MARKET WE  HAVE HAD SUCH A MILD WINTER IT 'S REALLY PROPELLED THIS WHEAT CROP TO BE IT 'S MUCH MUCH FASTER  THAN NORMAL ARE YOU WORRIED THAT WE COULD HAVE DAMAGE IN WHEAT COUNTRY IT 'S POSSIBLE I  THINK THAT THE RISK IS ELEVATED BECAUSE OF THAT IT 'S IT 'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS MAYBE HELP  THE MARKET TO HOLD SOME OF THESE HIGHER PRICES THAT WE'VE SEEN HERE RECENTLY AND ALSO THAT A  LOT OF DRYNESS YOU KNOW A LOT OF OKLAHOMA LOT OF WESTERN KANSAS IS DRY A LOT OF H R W COUNTRY  'S DRY AND SO YEAH I THINK THAT WE'VE GOT AN ELEVATED WEATHER RISK HERE AT THE SAME TIME THE  ACREAGE STORY IS SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ACREAGE IS DOWN SO IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE  CREATING A BULLISH STORY AT LEAST HERE DOMESTICALLY I DON'T KNOW IF I'D CALL IT BULLISH BUT I'D I'D CALL  IT A FRIENDLY RELATIVE TO WHAT WE HAD YOU KNOW THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS WE'RE PROBABLY MOVING  TOWARDS A SITUATION HERE WE'RE GONNA HAVE A SLIGHTLY TIGHTER ENDING STOCKS SITUATION AFTER  SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN SO THINGS ARE ARE STILL ON A NEGATIVE WE STILL GOT A BURDENSOME SUPPLY  BASE MAYBE NOT AS MUCH SO AS WE HAVE HAD RECENTLY HOW ABOUT EXPORTS HOW HAVE WHEAT  EXPORTS BEEN AND IS THAT CREATING A FRIENDLY STORE IN WITH AS WELL LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN EXPECTED  AS OF LATE I WOULD SAY WE'VE SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF IMPROVEMENT THE PROBLEM WITH THE US IS THAT  WE'VE JUST GOT SUCH STIFF COMPETITION ON THE WORLD MARKET THE BLACK SEA REGION HAS REALLY  BEEN DOING SO MUCH BUSINESS IN AND IT 'S AT OUR EXPENSE ESSENTIALLY BEEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER  AND IF YOU GET SOME BETTER EXPORTS COMBINED WITH A WEATHER PROBLEM IN THESE HIGHER PRICES  HERE STILL SO YOU THINK THEY WILL SEE HIGHER PRICES OR DO YOU THINK MAINLY WE'LL JUST HAVE A  SIDEWAYS TRADE IN THIS WHEAT MARKET I THINK A US WEATHER SCARE COULD COULD ADD TO THIS RALLY  THAT WE'VE SEEN ALREADY CERTAINLY THIS THIS IS THE TIME YEAR FOR IT IF IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. AND SO  IF THAT HAPPENS HOW SHOULD GROWERS PREPARE GET SOME TARGET ORDERS IN BE READY TO SELL THE  WEATHER RALLY THAT 'S THAT 'S THE WAY MARKET GRAIN. WEATHER RALLIES ARE GENERALLY MARKETING  OPPORTUNITY ARE RIGHT JOE VACLAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH JOE PLEASE STAY WITH  US WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MOMENT  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT STANDARD GRAIN AND ITS SERVICES CALL JOE  AT 312-462-4438.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP  HERE MID WEEK, SO WE'VE HAD BIG STORMS OUT IN THE EAST. WE'VE HAD SOME STORMS IN THE WEST  WHAT DO WE EXPECT FOR THE WEEKEND WELL LOOKS LIKE THE STORM IN THE EAST IS GOING TO BE  MOVING AWAY AND THINGS LIKE ACTUALLY TURN A LITTLE MILDER AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEK  ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW SOME CHILLY DOMES OF HIGH PRESSURE  DOMINATING THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY FROM NORTH THE SOUTH. THAT ONE BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW  BUT DOWN SOME PRETTY HEAVY SNOW IN PARTS OF NORTHWESTERN INDIANA. THEN THERE 'S A STORM  SYSTEM STARTING TO MOVE AWAY BUT IT 'S GONNA BE MOVING AWAY PRETTY SLOWLY IT 'S GONNA BE  SITTING OVER THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF CANADA FOR A WHILE. THE COLD FOR A WELL PAST FLORIDA 'S PRETTY  CHILLY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. MANY PARTS OF FLORIDA. WARMER TEMPERATURES COMING ACROSS THE  WEST. I WILL BE MOVING INTO THE PLAIN STATES AND YOU CAN SEE THE RAIN AND WARM IN A MOUNTAIN  SNOW IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE NIGHTTIME HOURS TONIGHT HIGH PRESSURE  CONTINUES TO MOVE EASTWARD. SHUTTING OFF THAT ONE MAIN BAND OF A LAKE EFFECT SNOW OVER LAKE  MICHIGAN FROM A SHIFTING SOME OF IT INTO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES. AND IT REMAINS CHILLY IN THE  SOUTHEAST. RAIN AND SLOW START TO TAPER OFF OF THAT SYSTEM IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. THE SNOW  FINALLY ENDS FOR ALMOST GOOD, THERE 'S STILL A FEW SPOTS AS WE HAD THROUGH LATE IN THE DAY  TOMORROW. NORTHERN PORTIONS OF NEW ENGLAND. SOME OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. OTHERWISE FROM  THE GREAT LAKES HOLD OFF COAST HIGH PRESSURE GIVING YOU FOLKS LOTS OF SUNSHINE. SOME CLOUDS  TOO MANY SPRINKLES AHEAD OF THIS WARM FRONT. YOU CAN SEE THE NEXT COLD FRONT NOT MAKING HER  BIG PROGRESS TOWARD THE SOUTH SO IT 'S GONNA STAY PRETTY WARM IN THE SOUTHWEST. CHECKING OUT  PRECIPITATION AND A LOT OF THIS MELTED SNOW. OBVIOUSLY BUT THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD NOT DOWN TO  WHEN YOU CAN SEE ONE TO TWO INCHES IN MUCH OF NEW ENGLAND EASTERN NEW YORK PARTS OF THE  PACIFIC NORTHWEST ADDED IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS WILL ADD SOME MORE IN THE NORTHEAST BUT IT  IS TAPERING OFF. OFF WELL AT A FAIR AMOUNT IN SOME OF THE COASTAL AREAS OF WASHINGTON OREGON  AND THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS MAY BE OF WESTERN MONTANA. SNOWFALL IT 'S BEEN A BIG ONE  ESPECIALLY NORTHWEST OF THOSE BIG CITIES IN NEW ENGLAND AND NEW YORK WASHINGTON D C MOST OF  THAT OCCURRED IN THE NORTHWEST OF THOSE BIG CITIES LEAST THE HEAVIEST STUFF. YOU CAN SEE THAT  WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH EASTERN CANADA SOME SNOW STARTS TO BREAK OUT PARTS OF THE  HIGHER ELEVATIONS. OF THE ROCKIES AND CHECKING TEMPS AND THIS AFTERNOON WERE LOOKING FOR  HIGHS IN THE TWENTIES GREAT LAKES OF NEW ENGLAND ALL IN THE FIFTIES ALL THE WAY DOWN THEGULF  COAST PRETTY CHILLY FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR LOWS TONIGHT AGAIN A DROP OFF INTO THE TEAMS ACROSS  THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES IN THE NEW ENGLAND FORTIES EVEN SOME UPPER TWENTIES AND NORTHERN  FLORIDA. THAT CALLED FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. AND IT START TO WARM UP A LITTLE BIT ESPECIALLY  ACROSS THE PLAINS TOMORROW. ALL BECAUSE THAT STORM SYSTEM SLOWLY MOVES AWAY THE RIDGE  BUILDS EASTWARD. WE GO THE MORE OF A ZONAL FLOW EVEN SEE OVER TIME AS WE HAD IN THE NEXT  WEEK THAT A WARM THINGS UP BUT IT'LL STILL BE CHILLY MUCH OF THE TIME GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST.  THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. HEADED OUT TO  SANTA FE NEW MEXICO. FIRST OUR GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND MILD TODAY HIGH TEMPERATURE OF  SEVENTY CEDAR RAPIDS IOWA LOTS OF SUNSHINE RATHER COOL COLD. I SHOULD SAY HIGH OF THIRTY AND  GREENSBORO NORTH CAROLINA PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY ON THE WINDY SIDE HIGH OF THIRTY NINE

TEASE
WINTER WEATHER AND HELPING AND HURTING SOME PRODUCE GROWERS  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK NEXT ON THE PACKER TV. AND THIS KNITTING CLUB SEEMS TO HAVE ALL KINDS OF TIME ON THEIR HANDS - BECAUSE YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY'RE KNITTING...AND WHO'S GOING TO WEAR IT. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, CALIFORNIA AVOCADO GROWERS EXPECT A MUCH SMALLER  CROP THIS HARVEST SEASON. THE CALIFORNIA AVOCADO COMMISSION SAYS BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST  GROWERS EXPECT TO SHIP ROUGHLY HALF AS MUCH FRUIT AS THEY DID IN 2016. SO FAR AVOCADOS LOOK TO BE GOOD QUALITY BUT HARVEST HAS BEEN SLOW  DUE TO WEATHER AND PRODUCTION IS DOWN. ANALYSTS SAY THEY EXPECT AVOCADO PRICES REMAIN RELATIVELY FIRM.  THIS MONTH USDA SAYS TWO LAYER  CARTONS OF CALIFORNIA HASS AVOCADOS  WERE ABOUT DOUBLE LAST YEAR'S PRICE.  ALL OF THAT STORMY WEATHER IN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA IS ENTICING  DEMAND FROM INDOOR FARMS. NEW YORK BASED BRIGHT FARMS WHICH HAS GREENHOUSES IN ILLINOIS,  VIRGINIA AND PENNSYLVANIA SAYS IT'S SEEN RETAIL ORDERS GO UP RECENTLY. MUCH OF IT LEAFY-GREEN DEMAND...LIKE LETTUCE AND SPINACH.  ANOTHER INDOOR GROWER SAYS ITS GROCERY CUSTOMERS HAVE DOUBLED ORDERS IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS. INDOOR GROWERS SAY THEY'RE BEING ASKED TO FILL IN SUPPLY GAPS MORE  OFTEN AS THE TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES. MEANWHILE ON THE OTHER COAST IN FLORIDA, GROWERS SAY THEY EXPECT  OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND VOLUME ON MOST CROPS THIS SPRING. FAVORABLE GROWING WEATHER IS A BIG PART OF THE  IMPROVEMENT... FOLLOWING A TOUGH 2016. HEAVY RAINS HURT YIELDS ON LATE WINTER EARLY SPRING CROPS LIKE  LETTUCE AND RADISHES. THIS SEASON GROWERS SAY CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN NEARLY IDEAL. PLUS - YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW PAMPERED SOME POULTRY HAS BECOME. IN  THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  DISCOVER THE POWER BEHIND THE M6 SERIES AT  KUBOTA.COM. A LATE-SEASON WINTER STORM IS POUNDING THE NORTHEAST WITH HEAVY  SNOW AND HIGH WINDS. SO FOLKS CAN'T PUT THEIR WINTER COATS AWAY JUST  YET... BUT DO YOU REALLY NEED TO PUT SWEATERS ON - READY FOR  IT? ...POULTRY! THAT'S RIGHT. A RETIREMENT HOME KNITTING-CLUB IN SUBURBAN BOSTON IS  MAKING SWEATERS FOR CHICKENS.  APPARENTLY THESE BREEDS SHED THEIR FEATHERS AND GROW NEW PLUMAGE  IN THE WINTER MONTHS. OTHERS ARE IMPORTED FROM TROPICAL CLIMATES. NOREEN NASSIR HAS DETAILS OF THIS 'PLUCKY' PROJECT. NEW ENGLAND WINTERS CAN BE DIFFICULT TO WEATHER OUTSIDE.  ESPECIALLY FOR THESE MOLTING CHICKENS.... BUT THANKS TO THIS GROUP OF  WOMEN AT A MASSCHUSETTS RETIREMENT HOME.... LIBBY KAPLAN: "I THOUGHT IT WAS  THE MOST FOOLISH THING I HAD EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE," THEY'VE KNIT TOGETHER A  SOLUTION. ROSEMARY GELEP: "NEVER THOUGHT OF IT THAT A CHICKEN WOULD WEAR A SWEATER."  NOW THE CHICKENS PROUDLY STRUT THEIR HANDMADE SWEATERS. I MEAN, IT'S  NOT A PANTSUIT -- IT'S JUST A SWEATER HERE." (ROOSTER CROWS) THE LADIES TEAMED UP WITH WITH A LOCAL NON-PROFIT AFTER ITS DIRECTOR  ASKED THE RETIREES TO HELP WITH THE PROJECT.  ERICA MAX, MARY M.B. WAKEFIELD CHAIRTABLE TRUST, PUTTING ON SWEATER: "HE'S A SERAMA ROOSTER -- A VARIETY THAT'S NATIVE TO MALAYSIA, WHERE IT'S QUITE A BIT WARMER." NANCY KEARNS,  KNITS CHICKEN SWEATERS: "THAT'S ONE THING THAT WE DO HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME NOW THAT WE'RE  RETIRED AND WE USE OUR TALENTS, I GUESS, IN WHATEVER WAYS THEY CAN BE USED AND MAKES US  HAPPY 'CAUSE WE DON'T WANNA BE, YOU KNOW, JUST SITTING IN OUR ROCKING CHAIRS. WE HAVE WORK  TO DO." FOR LIBBY KAPLAN, THE TASK HELPED HER OVERCOME HER FEAR OF  BIRDS. LIBBY KAPLAN: "OOH, DON'T MAKE NOISE, CHICKY" "WHEN THEY SAID THEY WERE GONNA MAKE THE SWEATERS FOR THE CHICKENS// EVERYBODY I TOLD LAUGHED AT ME. THEY COULDN'T BELIEVE  IT, BUT WE MADE THE SWEATERS FOR THE CHICKENS AND I'M GLAD THAT WE DID." THE SWEATERS  COME IN DIFFERENT SIZES, COLORS, AND PATTERNS. AND THE LADIES GET TO  DRESS THE FUSSY HENS - AND ROOSTERS - THEMSELVES. "I THINK THIS MIGHT BE A  LITTLE LARGE FOR HER, BUT WE'LL SEE." "WELL THAT'S OK, IT'S A PRETTY COLOR!" THE NOVELTY ISN'T LOST ON THEM. ROSEMARY GELEP, KNITS CHICKEN SWEATERS: "THEY'RE SO CUTE, YOU KNOW,  AND SHARED SEVERAL PICTURES." FOR BARBARA WIDMAYER -- WHO'S BEEN A LITTLE  RUFFLED BY THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE - THE SWEATERS PROVIDE A  WELCOME DISTRACTION. BARBARA WIDMAYER, KNITS CHICKEN SWEATERS: "TO BE HONEST  WITH YOU, THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON THESE DAYS THAT'S KIND OF CONTENTIOUS IN THE WORLD, IT WAS ACTUALLY VERY CALMING TO ME TO WORK ON THIS." A TEAM EFFORT TO KEEP THESE BIRDS  STAY FASHIONABLY WARM. NOREEN NASIR, ASSOCIATED PRESS. 

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

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