AgDay Daily Recap - March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 2, 2018

HEADLINES

TRADE TENSION  AS PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARES HE WILL IMPOSE TARIFFS ON IMPORTED STEEL  AND ALUMINUM "THERE'S TALK ABOUT ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ON ALUMINUM AND STEEL. THAT CAN ROLL RIGHT BACK ON  AG." THE END TO THE SEVENTH ROUND OF NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS ARE NEAR- WHAT'S GETTING ACCOMPLISHED? BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN MEXICO - TAKING A LOOK AT A TOP U.S. TRADE  PARTNERS.  "I'M MICHELLE ROOK HERE IN MEXICO FOLLOWING THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETING TRAIL FOR U.S.  SOYBEANS." IN ANALYSIS - SHOULD PRODUCERS WORRY ABOUT A RECORD AMOUNT OF MEAT SUPPLIES? PREPPING FOR PLANTING ... AND GREG JENNINGS CARRIES THE TEAM ON HIS BACK... AND PROMOTES  AGRICULTURE TOO!  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

TRADE, TARIFFS AND CHINA
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON IS ON ASSIGNMENT.  TRADE DEALS AND TRADE DISRUPTION TOPPING OUR NEWS THIS FRIDAY  MORNING.   AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE TODAY TO MODERNIZE THE 24 YEAR OLD TRADE  PACT KNOWN AS NAFTA, NOW COMES WORD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY  IMPOSE TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM.  THERE ARE FEARS THAT MOVE  COULD TRIGGER TRADE DISRUPTIONS WITH THE BIGGEST SOYBEAN BUYER- CHINA. THE NEWS SPOOKED INVESTORS AS THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE  DROPPING AS MUCH AS 500 POINTS THURSDAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARING THURSDAY HE WILL IMPOSE TARIFFS ON  IMPORTED STEEL AND ALUMINUM. THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT IS EXPECTED  NEXT WEEK.   PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO SET TARIFFS AT 25 PERCENT FOR STEEL AND  10 PERCENT FOR ALUMINUM. THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDED THE TARIFFS LAST MONTH. THAT ANNOUNCEMENT CREATED ANGST IN THE AG SECTOR, WORRIED THAT  CHINA WOULD RETALIATE WITH TARIFFS ASSESSED AGAINST U-S SOYBEANS. "WE ARE VERY WORRIED ABOUT RETALIATORY TRADE MEASURES RIGHT NOW. THERE'S TALK ABOUT  ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ON ALUMINUM AND STEEL. THAT CAN ROLL RIGHT BACK ON AG. THESE OTHER  COUNTRIES AREN'T IDIOTS. THEY KNOW THAT IF WE START TO WACK THEIR INDUSTRY. THEY WILL START TO WACK OURS. AND ONE OF THE EASIEST ONES TO WACK IS AGRICULTURE."CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY ACCUSES THE U.S. OF SKIRTING GLOBAL TRADE  REGULATIONS IN ITS OWN FAVOR.  THE U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYING CHINESE EXPORTERS ARE SELLING  ALUMINIUM FOIL AT 49-TO-ONE-HUNDRED-SIX PERCENT BELOW FAIR MARKET  VALUE AND ARE RECEIVING UNFAIR SUBSIDIES. 

MEXICO, TRADE AND NAFTA
MEANWHILE MEMBERS OF 'FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE' ARE IN MEXICO TODAY  FOR THE NAFTA TALKS.  THEY ATTENDED COMMODITY CLASSIC IN A NAHEIM THIS  WEEK.  F-F-T SAYS THEY ARE ON A MISSION TO MAKE SURE FARMERS ALWAYS HAVE A VOICE AT THE TABLE DURING U.S. TRADE TALKS.  THEY GATHERED FARMER SIGNATURES ON A BANNER AT THE CONVENTION TO  CARRY WITH THEM TO MEXICO CITY. THE SIGNATURES REPRESENT FARMERS' AND COMMODITY GROUPS' SUPPORT  FOR NAFTA. AS FAR AS THE TALKS, NEGOTIATORS FROM THE U.S., CANADA AND MEXICO  FINISHED WORK ON 'REGULATORY BEST PRACTICES' FOR NAFTA. LAST SUMMER, THE U-S TRADE REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE DESCRIBED THAT  CHAPTER AS A WAY TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE  DEVELOPMENT OF REGULATIONS THAT COULD IMPACT THE FLOW OF GOODS  FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER. BLOOMBERG SAYS WHILE THAT REPRESENTS PROGRESS IN THE TALKS, IT'S  ALREADY BEEN SIX MONTHS AND NEGOTIATORS HAVE COMPLETED ONLY FOUR  OF THE 30 CHAPTERS THAT FORM THE BACKBONE OF NAFTA. SOME OF THE THE BIGGEST STICKING POINTS REMAIN, INCLUDING A U-S  PROPOSAL TO REQUIRE MORE AUTO MANUFACTURING IN THE U-S AND DISPUTE  RESOLUTION. DELEGATION OF SOUTH DAKOTA FARMERS JUST RETURNED FROM A TRADE  MISSION TO MEXICO TO TALK WITH THEIR NEIGHBOR AND CUSTOMER TO  SOLIDIFY THIS RELATIONSHIP. MICHELLE ROOK TRAVELED WITH THE GROUP  PARTICIPATING IN THE SOUTH DAKOTA SOYBEAN 'SEE FOR YOURSELF' TOUR.  60-PERCENT OF THE U.S. SOYBEAN CROP IS EXPORTED AND MEXICO IS  OUR NUMBER TWO MARKET, RIGHT BEHIND CHINA. SOUTH DAKOTA FARMERS ON THE SEE FOR YOURSELF TOUR SAW THAT AT THE YUCATAN PENNISULA'S PORT  OF PROGRESO. IT'S SMALL, BUT EFFICIENT GETTING U.S. PRODUCT IN TWO DAYS. 8 SEC PORT OF PROGRESO SHIPPING MANAGER GULBARDO CARRILLO, "LAST YEAR WE IMPORT TWO MILLION  FIFTY TONS OF GRAINS FROM THE UNITED STATES." THE LARGEST PORT IN VERA CRUZ COMPLETES AN EXPANSION IN 2019, ALLOWING GRAIN COMPANIES TO HANDLE PANAMAX SHIPS AND BUY 25-PERCENT MORE THAN THE 500,000 METRIC TON ANNUAL U.S.  SOYBEAN VOLUME."OUR INTENTION IS THAT THE U.S. WILL BE  BY FAR THE BIGGEST PARTNER FOR MEXICO FOR OUR TERMIMAL. WE ARE FOCUSED ON HAVING 90-PERCENT  OF OUR RAW MATERIALS OUT OF THE U.S." SOYBEAN PROCESSORS ALSO BUY FROM THE U.S., AS MEXICAN FARMERS CAN'T GROW ENOUGH BEANS.  "IS 70-PERCENT RIGHT NOW AND WE HAVE LOCALLY 30-PERCENT." 7 SEC THE GROWING LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY INDUSTRY IN MEXICO IS INCREASING DEMAND FOR U.S. OILSEEDS  AND FEED GRAINS.  CRIO PRODUCES 14 MILLION BROILERS AND 1.5 BILLION EGGS A YEAR. THEY HAVE ONE OF THE LARGEST  POULTRY FEED MILLS THE COUNTRY AND SOURCE U.S. MEAL. 7 SEC "THEY BUY PER YEAR, 85,000 METRIC TONS OF SOYBEANS FROM THE U.S. TOTALLY FROM THE U.S., EVERYTHING" 10 SEC THE 450,000-METRIC TON PLANT PREFERS TO BUY FROM THE U.S. VERSES SOUTH AMERICA.DUANTE SAYS, "THEY BUY FROM THE U.S. BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOOD QUALITY AND GOOD PRICE." GCM PRODUCES 1.4 MILLION HOGS AND HAS ONE OF LARGEST PIG FEED MILLS IN MEXICO AND BUY  U.S. INGREDIENTS BECAUSE IT'S A RELIABLE SUPPLY. "BECAUSE THE QUALITY IS VERY STANDARD AND IS HIGH PROTEIN AND ALSO IT IMPARTS  CONFIDENCE OF THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT." AND THEY LIKE MANY LIVESTOCK COMPANIES HAVE EXPANSION PLANS, WHICH WILL PROVIDE FUTURE  EXPORT SALES. IN MEXICO I'M MICHELLE ROOK REPORTING FOR AGDAY. THANKS MICHELLE.

RFS MEETING
BACK HERE AT HOME....AG. SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE  VOWING TO PROTECT THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD AND BIOFUEL POLICY IN  FRONT OF A GROUP OF FARMERS IN CALIFORNIA THIS WEEK BUT ALSO ADMITTING  HE NEEDS SOME SCHOOLING ON THE TOPIC.  " I THINK SOME PEOPLE CONFUSE RIN PRICES WITH DEMAND. I DON'T SEE IT THAT WAY AND I'M WILLING  TO MEET WITH THE LEADERSHIP AND I'M A OPEN BOOK ABOUT BEING EDUCATED - I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND  TEH COLLABORATION BETWEEN RIN PRICES AND DEMAND AND RVO VOLUME MAKE UP AND WORK TOGETHER," THE FORMER GEORGIA GOVERNOR SAYING DURING THE PRESS CONFERENCE  HE'S HAVING CONVERSATIONS AND ATTENDING MEETINGS TRYING TO  UNDERSTAND WHY CORN FARMERS THINK THEY'RE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM  HIGH RIN PRICES.  HE GOES ON TO SAY HE UNDERSTANDS THE MANDATE GOES OUT IN 2022 AND  THE AG INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BE SMART AND UNDERSATND HOW TO BUILD FOR  THE FUTURE RATHER THAN DEPEND ON A LAW WHICH WILL EXPIRE.

INFRASTRUCTURE MEETING
CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ARE NOW UNDERWAY TO ADDRESS ONE OF THE TOP ITEMS ON THE PRESIDENT'S DOMESTIC AGENDA - INFRASTRUCTURE. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO TESTIFIED THURSDAY BEFORE THE SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. CHAO SAYS THE PRESIDENT'S PUBLIC WORKS PLAN IS DESIGNED TO CHANGE  THE WAY ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE BUILT AND MAINTAINED ACROSS THE U.S. BY  PROVIDING "SEED MONEY" TO STIMULATE ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT. WHEN THE PLAN WAS UNVEILED, PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED IT A ONE-POINT-FIVE  TRILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT.  BUT MOST OF THAT MONEY WOULD COME FROM  STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT WOULD "SEED" THE PROJECT WITH 200-BILLION DOLLARS. THE PRESIDENT ALSO WANTS TO REDUCE THE TIME IT TAKES FOR THE  GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE PERMITS.

CROP COMMENTS
CINDI CLAWSON IS FILLING IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN TODAY. SHE JOINS US THIS  MORNING FOR CROP COMMENTS. CINDI.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  WE'RE STARTING OFF TODAY IN SMITHS GROVE, KENTUCKY.  JOE LOWE SAYS CALVING SEASON IS IN FULL SWING ON HIS OPERATION.  HE SAYS THE AREA IS WET BUT WARM. HE HAS ENOUGH COVER TO KEEP THE  CATTLE OUT OF THE MUD.  THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SAYS THE WHOLE STATE IS DROUGHT FREE.  CONDITIONS ARE NICE FOR A HORSEBACK RIDE IN SHICKLEY, NEBRASKA. JEREMY ROW IS GATHERING THE FIRST GROUP OF COWS TO TAKE HOME TO  CALVE. HIGHS ARE LINGERING AROUND 50 AND 60 DEGREES. - BUT THERE'S A  POSSIBILITY OF SNOW EARLY NEXT WEEK.  AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR WIND SPEED FORECAST. WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME PRETTY WINDY  CONDITIONS ESPECIALLY ALONG THE EAST COAST AND ALSO YOU CAN SEE THOSE VERY WINDY  CONDITIONS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES AS WELL. VERY WINDY CONDITIONS CONTINUE AS WE  GET INTO LATER ON FRIDAY ALONG THE EAST COAST WHILE SOME WINDY CONDITIONS START MOVING ONTO  THE PLAINS STATES AS WE GET INTO SATURDAY MORNING. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST.  WE HAVE MORE COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FOR NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN  TEMPS.YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS ON MACHINERY PETE DOT COM. SEARCH EQUIPMENT FROM  DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. ONLY ON MACHINERY PETE DOT  COM.

TEASE
UP NEXT IN ANALYSIS - PRODUCTION LEVELS IN THE PROTEIN SECTOR EXPECT  TO PUSH HIGHER THIS YEAR. HOW WILL MARKETS RESPOND? AND WHILE THE GREEN BAY PACKERS MISSED REACHING THE SUPER-BOWL THIS  YEAR, THEY HAD PLENTY OF SUCCESS IN THE FARM-BOWL! DETAILS WHEN WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.

AGRIBUSINESS
THE U.S. COULD SEE A RECORD AMOUNT PRODUCTION IN THE MEAT CASE  BETWEEN PORK, POULTRY AND BEEF. WILL GLOBAL TRADE PROP UP PRICES? BEFORE LEAVING FOR COMMODITY CLASSIC, CLINTON DISCUSSED THE PROTEIN  SECTOR. PAUL GEORGY OF ALLANDALE OUR GUEST HERE AT AGRIBUSINESS TODAY. PAUL LET'S TALK ABOUT THE  LIVESTOCK SECTOR AND THE IDEA OF PROTEIN PRODUCTION THIS YEAR BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO HEAR  EXPEC RECORDS ALMOST ACROSS THE BOARD. THAT'S RIGHT. AND THE PROTEIN IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO  GROW AND PROTEIN IN COMING FROM MEATS PORK PRODUCTION IS GOING TO BE UP CHICKEN  PRODUCTION'S UP BEEF PRODUCTION IS GOING TO BE UP. AND THAT'S A BIT OF OUR CONCERN AS WE  MOVE FORWARD HERE TO THE SECOND QUARTER IN SOY OR IN BEEF PRODUCTION WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO  GET MORE CATTLE ON FEED. AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING NOW IN RECENT DATA FROM THE USDA WEIGHTS  CONTINUE TO CREEP UP. NOW WHY IS THAT. IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE WE'VE HAD A MILDER WINTER IN  MOST AREAS SO THAT HAS HELPED. AND WE'VE GOT CHEAP CORN PRICES CHEAP CORN PRICES. LET'S  GIVE THEM AN EXTRA COUPLE DAYS LET'S GIVE THEM A COUPLE BUSHEL MORE CORN AND YOU END UP  GETTING LARGER ANIMALS AND MORE MORE MEAT. AND I THINK THAT'S THAT IS A CONCERN I THINK  ALTHOUGH YOU GOT TO LOOK AT THE CATTLE MARKET EVERYBODY'S ANTICIPATING THIS JUNE AND BEING A  VERY TOUGH TIME. I'M NOT SO WORRIED THAT JUNE WILL BE WE MIGHT SEE IT A LITTLE EARLIER THAN THAT  BECAUSE CATTLE HAVE A TENDENCY OF CATTLE PRICES HAVE A TENDENCY OF GETTING IT DONE EARLIER.  OK SO YOU'RE THINKING MORE OF A WET BLANKET REALLY ON TOP OF THESE MARKETS EXPORTS. CAN  THEY OVERCOME ANY OF THIS. EXPORTS I THINK PORK HAS BEEN VERY VERY GOOD. BEEF EXPORTS THIS  LAST WEEK WERE WERE REALLY POOR AND THEY CAN IMPROVE. THE PROBLEM THAT WE'RE RUNNING INTO  THERE WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF GOOD MEAT EXPORTS BECAUSE OF THE OLYMPICS TO THE SOUTH SHORE TO  SOUTH KOREA. SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT. SO WE'RE GOING TO NEED CHINA OR JAPAN TO  STEP UP THEIR PACE AND WITH THE TRADE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MR. TRUMP AND CHINA. WE DON'T LOOK  CAN'T BE TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THERE EITHER. CAN DIAL THAT UP TOO HIGH. ALL RIGHT  APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU SO MUCH WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE CORN HERBICIDE.  A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION.  EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST CINDY CLAWSON. CINDY WHEN WE LOOK AT THE  DROUGHT MONITOR MAP BACK HERE IT LOOKS AS IF DROUGHT IS IMPROVING IN THE SOUTH EAST  POTENTIALLY BUT INTENSIFYING IN THE WEST. YEAH THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAP  AND SHOW YOU WHAT'S GOING ON. YEAH YOU CAN DEFINITELY SEE THE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PAST  FOUR WEEKS ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. WE HAVE WE WERE SEEING THIS ALL  KIND OF FILLED IN WITH DRYNESS TO MODERATE DROUGHT EVEN SOME SEVERE DROUGHT IN SPOTS. BUT  THAT'S IMPROVED WHERE WE HAVEN'T SEEN IMPROVEMENT IS IN MUCH OF THE PLAIN STATES ALL THE  WAY UP INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS A FOUR CORNERS REGION. WE'RE GOING TO BE KEEPING AN EYE ON  THAT AS WE GET INTO NOT ONLY HARVESTING OF WINTER PLANTS ALSO GETTING INTO SPRING PLANTING AS  WELL. ALL RIGHT. AS WE GET INTO YOUR FORECAST FOR THE WEEK WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT TWO  MAJOR AREAS ONE IS IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A STRENGTHENING SYSTEM  THAT'S GOING TO BE VERY WINDY CONDITIONS RAIN AND SNOW AND WE'RE GONNA HAVE ANOTHER  SYSTEM IN THE WEST BRINGING SOME RAIN AND UPPER ELEVATIONS SNOW THERE IN BETWEEN. WE'RE  GOING HAVE A COUPLE OF DAYS WHERE WE HAVE HIGH PRESSURE AND NICE CONDITIONS WHICH WILL BE REALLY NICE FOR SOME OF THOSE FLOOD RAVAGED AREAS. GIVE THEM A COUPLE OF DAYS TO DRY OUT AS  WE GET INTO TONIGHT. WE STILL SEE SOME RAIN AND SNOW IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. VERY  WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THERE. RAIN AND UPPER ELEVATION SNOW IN THE WEST HEADING  INTO YOUR SATURDAY MORNING WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEING MORE OF THE SAME DRIER CONDITIONS IN  THE CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES WITH SOME RAIN AND SNOW OUT IN THE WEST AND WE'LL START TO  SEE THAT SYSTEM PULLING A LITTLE FURTHER AWAY. SO YOU SEE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE SPOTTY BUT STILL A  CHANCE FOR A FEW FLAKES IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES AND HEADING THROUGH THE DAY ON  SATURDAY STILL FAIRLY QUIET FOR MUCH OF THE CORN BELT DOWN INTO THE GULF COAST STATES WHERE WE  HAVE RAIN AND SOME UPPER ELEVATIONS SNOW IN THE WEST. THOSE TWO AREAS WHERE WE'RE REALLY  WATCHING AS FAR AS THE PRECIPITATION THAT WILL CONTINUE ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED  STATES OF THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES INTO THE NORTHEAST AND WE'LL SEE THAT  RAIN AND UPPER ELEVATIONS SNOW CONTINUE TO PUSH TO THE EAST. HERE'S A LOOK AT THE SNOW AND  YEAH YOU'RE GOING TO REALLY SEE THAT SPREADING INTO EASTERN PARTS OF PENNSYLVANIA INTO NEW  YORK AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE WESTERN SYSTEM MOVING ON INTO PARTS OF MONTANA WYOMING  AS WELL. TEMPERATURE WISE A LOT OF 30S AND 40S ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES TODAY 50S  AND 60S ACROSS A LOT OF THE SOUTH GETTING INTO THE 70S THOUGH AS YOU GET DOWN INTO THE DEEP  SOUTH HEADING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WE'LL SEE THOSE TEMPERATURES WELL A LITTLE CLOSER THAN  NORMAL IN MANY LOCATIONS PRETTY COLD THOUGH AS YOU GET UP TOWARDS THE GREAT LAKES AS WE  SEE KIND OF A TROUGH THERE. TEMPERATURES FOR TOMORROW SHOULD BE SLIGHTLY COOLER FOR A LOT OF  THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES. BUT IT'S TAKING SOMEWHAT CLOSE TO NORMAL IN MUCH OF THE NORTHERN  TIER OF STATES. JETSTREAM SHOWS A COUPLE OF TROUGHS ONE MOVING OFF THE EAST BUT WE'LL HAVE  ANOTHER ONE THAT'S GOING TO BE MOVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY SO LOOK FOR SOME STORMY WEATHER  ON AT LEAST THE FRONT SIDE OF THAT AND IT COULD BE A PRETTY COLD FINISH TO THE WEEK IN THE  NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. THAT'S A LOOK AT YOUR NATIONAL FORECAST. NOW LET'S CHECK OUT THE  WEATHER WHERE YOU LIVE. COTTONWOOD IDAHO SHOWER COLDER WITH SNOW SHOWERS TODAY AND A  HIGH OF 34 DEGREES SUNNY AND A TOUCH WARMER IN BUSHY HEAD OKLAHOMA TODAY WITH A HIGH OF  62 DEGREES WINDY WITH SNOW SHOWERS IN BLOOMSBURG PENNSYLVANIA WITH A HIGH OF 41 

TEASE
UP NEXT, PLANTER PREP TIPS FROM FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE T-V. AND WISCONSIN KIDS ARE EXPOSED TO A POSSIBLE CAREER IN AGRICULTURE - AND SOME FOOTBALL STARS ARE POINTING THEM THAT WAY.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
PLANTING SEASON IS UPON US IN THE SOUTH...BUT IT'S STILL A COUPLE MONTHS  AWAY IN THE MIDWEST. IS YOUR PLANTER READY TO GO? IN TODAY'S FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE T-V AGRONOMIST MISSY BAUER TAKES A  CLOSER LOOK AT PREPPING YOUR NO-TILL COULTER. TODAY WE'RE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE NO TILL COULTER ITSELF IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IF  YOU ARE RUNNING A NO TELL COULTER AND A NO TILL SITUATION THAT IT SET PROPERLY. WE TYPICALLY WANT  THESE COULTERS RUN IN ABOUT A QUARTER INCH SHALLOWER THAN THE BOTTOM OF THESE DOVAL DESK  OPENERS SO WE CAN YOU LIES A LEVEL AS LONG AS YOUR MAIN TOOLBAR IS SET AND CHECKED THAT IN  THE SHOP GAUGE REELS ARE REAL COMMON PROBLEM MARIANNE PLANNERS WHAT I FIND IS A LOT OF  PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THEIR GAUGE SET PROPERLY. WHEN YOU CHECK OUT THE SHOP LIFT THEM UP INTO  THAT RUNNING POSITION AND TRY TO PULL OUT ON THEM. THERE SHOULD BE NO SPACE BETWEEN THE  INSIDE OF THIS GAUGE WHEEL AND THE DESK OPENER. IF THERE'S SPACE IN THERE THAN SWOLL CAN GET  IN THERE FROM THE SURFACE DRY SOIL FALLS BACK OUT INTO THE TRENCH BEFORE WE GET IT CLOSED  BECAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH THAT MICROENVIRONMENT. ANOTHER THING THAT'S IMPORTANT ON THIS  LOWER HAVE TO ROW UNIT IS THESE OPENING DESKS. THIS IS WHAT'S GOING TO CREATE THAT TRUE  OPENING FOR YOU WHERE YOUR SEEDS ARE GOING TO DROP DOWN INTO THE BOTTOM OF. SO DEPENDING  ON THE MANUFACTURER MOST MANUFACTURERS ARE GOING SAY WE ONLY ALLOW FOR A HALF INCH AWAY OR  HERE SO YOU WANT TO PULL THESE OFF AND MEASURE FROM THE BACKSIDE WITH THE DIAMETER IT IS IF  YOU'VE HAD MORE THAN A HALF INCH HOLE WHERE THEN WE'RE GOING TO WANT TO REPLACE THOSE. THE  OTHER THING THAT'S IMPORTANT HERE IS MAKING SURE THE POINT OF CONTACT IS SET PROPERLY SO AGAIN  THAT WILL DEPEND ON THE MANUFACTURER AND WHAT THEY RECOMMEND THERE. BUT THE WAY WE CAN  CHECK THAT IS TAKE A BUSINESS CARD AND SLIDE IT IN FROM THE BOTTOM AND ANOTHER ONE IN FROM  THE TOP AND WHERE THOSE COME TOGETHER IS CALLED OUR POINT OF CONTACT ON THE CASE PLAN OR  THEY BE QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT WE ACTUALLY DON'T WANT CONTACT THERE BECAUSE WE'VE GOT A FIRMING  POINT IN THERE THAT'S GOING TO CREATE THAT THE BOTTOM BUT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT'S SET  PROPERLY AS WELL.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - FARMERS AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS BATTLE ON THE GRIDIRON  FOR A GOOD CAUSE. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. FARMING AND FOOTBALL - THERE'S A BIG LINK IN THE "DAIRY STATE".  RECENTLY  SOME FARMERS JOINED FORCES WITH N-F-L PLAYERS TO PROMOTE  AGRICULTURE AS A POSSIBLE CAREER. IN THIS VIDEO FROM THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING BOARD - GET READY TO  RUMBLE AT THE FARM BOWL! IN AN EVENT DESIGNED TO INSPIRE YOUTH TO CONSIDER A CAREER IN MODERN AGRICULTURE, SIX  TEAMS OF FARMERS AND NFL PLAYERS PAIRED UP TO COMPLETE TASKS LOOSELY RESEMBLING THOSE ON  THE FARM. TEAM HUSKERS INCLUDED WISCONSIN DAIRY FARMER AMBER HORN-LEITERMAN AND FORMER GREEN BAY PACKERS WIDE RECEIVER GREG JENNINGS.  "IT WAS AWESOME! IT'S A BIG DEAL. IT'S IT  WAS VERY, VERY MUCH A BIG DEAL AND A LOT OF FUN! AMBER AND GREG COMPETED AS A TEAM THROUGH A SERIES OF TIMED CHALLENGES! AND ONE OF THE  TASKS, THE HAY BALE BACKUP, PROVED TO BE QUITE CHALLENGING FOR GREG! I FLAT-OUT PANICKED.  YOU DID PANIC! I MEAN JUST COMPLETELY; THERE IS NO OTHER…THERE ARE SOME TIMES I DON'T THINK  YOU REMEMBERED WHAT GEAR YOU WERE ON. I DIDN'T AND I'M LIKE, 'YOU'RE GOOD, YOU'RE GOOD… GO…GO'." DESPITE THE SETBACK, JENNINGS AND HORN-LEITERMAN WERE PLEASED WITH THEIR  PERFORMANCE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE AGRICULTURE. "A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHERE  THEIR FOOD COMES FROM, AND WITH THIS MODERN TECHNOLOGY OR MODERN FARMING IT'S ALLOWING US  TO PRODUCE MORE WITH LESS. IT ALSO MEANS LESS PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.  THEY THINK IT COMES FROM A GROCERY STORE, AND THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE. SO THIS REALLY SHEDS A LIGHT  AND GIVING THEM A FACE TO PUT WITH THAT." "MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY IS FARMING IS FUN JUST LIKE  ANYTHING IT'S HOW YOU APPROACH IT, IS YOUR MENTALITY BEHIND IT AND WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. SO  MAKE IT FUN, LET'S HAVE MORE FARMERS OUT THERE." REGARDLESS OF WHO TOOK AWAY THE TITLE OF  FARM BOWL CHAMPIONS, THE DAY WAS FULL OF EXCITEMENT AND INSPIRATION FOR THE NEXT  GENERATION OF AGRICULTURALISTS. AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS.TODAY, LESS THAN TWO PERCENT OF THE U.S POPULATION TOUCHES FARMING.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M BETSY JIBBEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS

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