AgDay Daily Recap May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 16, 2017


HEADLINES
WE'LL CHECK CROP PROGRESS TO SEE IF PLANTERS WERE ABLE TO CATCH UP  LAST WEEK. COTTON CONTINUES TO CLIMB -- IN AGRIBUSINESS...DAIRY MARKET EXPECTATIONS. PLUS, EXPORTS AND UPDATES  FROM THE MILK AISLE ON OUR DAIRY REPORT. AND WORK BEHIND A PLOW KNEW NO GENDER AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. STORIES FROM YESTERYEAR TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

USDA CROP PROGRESS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS MARKETS OPEN THEY'LL BE LOOKING CLOSELY AS USDA LATEST CROP  PROGRESS REPORTS CHECKING ON THE MAJOR MARKETS PLANTING PROGRESS  OVER THE PAST WEEK. FIELD CONDITIONS ARE MIXED ACROSS THE HEART OF THE CORN BELT. IN NORTHERN INDIANA SOME LOCATIONS ARE NOW FIT TO PLANT WHILE OTHERS  ARE STILL WET WITH PONDS OF STANDING WATER. THE PLANTING PACE PICKED UP MOMENTUM ACROSS LARGE PARTS OF THE  MIDWEST FOLLOWING IMPROVED WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LESS TORRENTIAL RAINS. USDA SAYS RIGHT NOW 71-PERCENT OF THE NATION'S CORN IS PLANTED. THAT'S ONE POINT AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. STATEWIDE THERE WERE HUGE GAINS IN THE WESTERN CORN  BELT. IOWA JUMPED 33 POINTS IN ONE WEEK'S TIME WITH 85-PERCENT NOW PLANTED.  NEBRASKA PUSHED 30 POINTS HIGHER. AND MINNESOTA SOARED BY 49-POINTS. A THIRD OF THE CORN CROP HAS EMERGED, FIVE POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. ON SOYBEAN PROGRESS-- 32 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS NOW IN THE GROUND.  THAT'S RIGHT ON PACE WITH THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. EASTERN CORN BELT STATES ARE BEHIND IN SOY PLANTING, BUT WESTERN  STATES ARE NOW AHEAD. AND DOWN SOUTH 33 PERCENT OF THE COTTON CROP IS NOW PLANTED. THAT'S FOUR POINTS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. IN TEXAS 24 IS PLANTED. WHILE IN MISSISSIPPI IT'S 51 PERCENT.

COTTON FUTURES
MEANWHILE, THE COTTON  MARKET IS ON FIRE-- TAKING A 180 TURN FROM JUST  TWO YEARS AGO.  COTTON FUTURES SEEING A BIG BOOST IN RECENT DAYS.  THE JULY CONTRACT NOW TRADING ABOVE 3 YEAR HIGHS - NEARING THE 85  MARK ON MONDAY.  EVEN THE NEW CROP -- DEC- CONTRACT TOPPING 75 DURING THE FIRST TRADING  DAY OF THE WEEK. ANALYSTS BELIEVE THIS RALLY ISN'T COMING FROM THE NEW CROP MARKET BUT  POTENTIALLY THE EQUITY SIDE. HOW HIGH CAN IT GO? IF YOU LOOK BACK AT 2010, THIS THING RALLIED FOR MONTHS AFTER AN  EVENT LIKE THIS OCCURED AND WE SAW MAJOR MOVEMENTS. I DON'T KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS WITH JULY COTTON STILL AROUND SO I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S A LOT OF SELLING ON THE PRODUCER SIDE. I THINK  THERE'S A SUPPLY PROBLEM IN THE U.S. AGAIN, THIS IS MORE OF A GLOBAL PROBLEM AND MORE OF A  TRANSPORTATION ISSUE AND FOLKS IN POINT B NOT GETTING A CERTAIN PRODUCT BY POINT 1. PAYNE SAYS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST TRADERS ON THE PHYSICAL SIDE IS  SEEING A MAJOR QUARTERLY LOSS. THE COMPANY COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR  CONTRACTS DELIEVERED OVERSEAS ON THE JULY CONTRACT. (HE'S TALKING  ABOUT NOBLE GROUP. AS BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS, THE PICTURE FOR COTTON IS CHANGING FAST.  SHE'S CHECKING BACK IN WITH A GIN SHE VISITED IN THE FALL OF 2015 TO SEE  JUST HOW MUCH. JUST LIKE THE COTTON MARKET,  MUCH HAS CHANGED AT THE BOGUE CHITTO GIN IN MACON, MISSISSIPPI OVER  THE YEARS. THIS WAS BACK IN THE FALL OF 2015, WHEN THE OUTLOOK FOR COTTON  ACREAGE, PRICES AND EXPORTS WAS BLEAK. BUT HUERKAMP SAID EVEN THEN COTTON WAS THE EXCEPTION IN MACON,  MISSISSIPPI. THE GIN STARTED CONSTRUCTION IN 2012 - RARE FOR THE INDUSTRY AT THE  TIME."WE WERE WITHOUT A COTTON GIN. 12 WE HAD TO HAUL AT LEAST 2 COUNTIES AWAY,"> THE ONLY WAY WE COULD INCREASE IN COTTON ACREAGE FOR THE AREA. THE ONLY WAY YOU COULD  CONTINUE TO INCREASE ACRES IS TO BUILD A GIN RIGHT HERE.">  AND THE NEW FACILITY ISN'T DONE GROWING JUST YET.  NOW, IT'S IN THE PROCESS OF A NEAR 2 MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION WHICH  WOULD INCREASE THE FACILITY BY A THIRD TO MAKE MORE ROOM.  HUERKAMP SAYS THE STOCKHOLDERS ARE FORECASTING A 40 PERCENT INCREASE  IN ACREAGE FOR 2017.  THAT COULD MEAN BETWEEN 110 TO 120 THOUSAND BALES HAVE THE POTENTIAL  TO MOVE THROUGH THE GIN - DEPENDING ON YIELD.  THAT WOULD BE HANDY THIS YEAR AS THE INDUSTRY IS FACING A  "I THINK IF WE LOOK AT THE MARKET WE'RE SEEING THE BIG RUN IN OLD CROP CONTRACTS AND NOT AS  MUCH IN THE NEW CROP CONTRACTS. AND I THINK THAT SHOWS SOME OF THE TIGHTNESS WE'RE SEEING IN  THE CURRENT SUPPLY AND DEMAND BALANCE SHEET FOR THE 2016 CROP COMPARED TO WHAT THE  MARKET MAY SAY IS THE SITUATION IN 2017."A LOT OF FIREWORKS IN THE MARKET RIGHT OR AT LEAST THE PRICE ACTION WE'RE SEEING IS ON THE  OLD CROP CONTRACTS, NOT ON DECEMBER,"ACCORDING TO USDA, THE 2017/18 U.S. COTTON CROP COULD TOP 19 MILLION  BALES. THAT WOULD BE A "SHARP INCREASE" IN NEXT SEASON'S ENDING STOCKS.  HOWEVER, THE EXPORT FORECAST IS SET TO INCREASE ON HIGHER-THAN- EXPECTED EXPORT SALES. YES, I DO THINK WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE STRONG SHIPMENTS BUT WE ARE GOING TO SEE SALES  SLOW DOWN BECAUSE I THINK MOST OF  THE CROP  CERTAINLY A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE CROP HAS  ALREADY BEEN SOLD AT THIS POINT SO OLD CROP SALES WILL SLOW DOWN, CERTAINLY A SIGNFICANT PORTION OF THE CROP HAS LAREADY BEEN SOLD AT THIS POINT SO OLD CROP SALES WILL SLOW DOWN. SHIPMENTS  COULD CONTINUE AND I THINK ONE THING THE MARKET IS LOOKING AHEAD TO IS AS WE LOOK AT THAT  FORWARD CROP SALES, WE ARE SEEING NEWW CROP EXPORT SALES OCCUR. THAT WILL GIVE US A GOOD  GAUGE WHAT DEMAND WILL LOOK LIKE TEH NEXT MARKETIN YEAR,"THE COTTON  MARKET MAY HAVE CHANGED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS..  BUT THE MENTALITY SHARED BY HUERKAMP AND OTHER COTTON GROWERS  STAYING THE SAME..ONE THING ABOUT COTTON GROWERS, WE LOVE TO RAISE COTTON. IT'S SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WE  LOVE TO DO IT. IT'S IN OUR BLOOD,"NOW GROWERS JUST HAVE MORE OF AN INCENTIVE TO PLANT IT WHILE THEY SEE  BETTER PROFITS.REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. THANKS BETSY.  ADAMS BELIEVES THE RUN IN COTTON PRICES WON'T SWING A TON OF ACRES  THIS LATE IN THE GAME BECAUSE MOST FARMERS ARE SET ON THEIR SEED AND  INPUT PURCHASES.  HOWEVER, HUERKAMP SAYS PRODUCERS ARE MOVING SOME SOYBEAN ACRES  TO COTTON IN HIS AREA. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN KEEPING AN EYE ON FIELDS. HE JOINS WITH CROP COMMENTS. MIKE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON WE HEARD FROM A FARMER IN SEN-UH-KUH (SENECA) COUNTY, OHIO. HE SAYS HE  PLANTED SOME CORN IN APRIL, BUT NOTHING SINCE THE 28TH. NO SOYBEANS  HAVE BEEN PLANTED. THEY'VE HAD HEAVY RAINS EVER SINCE THE END OF APRIL.  THE CORN THAT HAS EMERGED IS VERY YELLOW.  PERHAPS THINGS WILL TURN  AROUND THIS WEEK WITH WARMER TEMPS IN THE CORN BELT. AND JEREMY WILSON IN NORTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA SAYS HE'S FINISHING UP  SPRING WHEAT. HE'S PLANTING CORN AND SOYBEANS NOW. HE SAYS  CONDITIONS ARE IDEAL EXCEPT RAIN IS COMING.  BUT RAIN IS COMING. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM.

TEASE
WE'LL HEAD OVER TO THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK AFTER THE BREAK FOR A REVIEW  OF THE CURRENT DAIRY SITUATION. PLUS MEET SOME FARMERS WHO REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN HORSES  PROVIDED THE POWER BUT WOMAN PROVIDED THE SKILL BEHIND THE PLOW.  AND NOW THEIR PIONEERING STORY ON THE PRAIRIE IS BEING TOLD. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS...CATTLE PAUSE---BUT SOYBEANS CLIMB...LETS SEE HOW  MARKETS FINISHED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. HI IT'S BEEN A MOSTLY LOWER DAY IN THE GRAIN MARKETS BOTH CORN AND WHEAT PRICES TRADING LOWER PRICES DOWN DOUBLE DIGITS SAYS THE WEATHER SEEMS TO GET BETTER IN THE MIDWEST AND IN THE GREAT PLAINS WEATHER IN THE GREAT PLAINS IS FEATURING SOME PRETTY BIG HEAT. TEMPERATURES OF 90 DEGREE PLUS ARE EXPECTED IN THE GREAT PLAINS FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE WEEK AND THAT MIGHT ACTUALLY TURN OUT TO STRESS THE WEEK CROPS A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN OH. HELP THEM OUT. LIVE STOCK MARKETS TRADING TRADING LOWER AT LEAST THE CATTLE MARKET IN THE FEEDER CAL MARKET TRADING SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER HERE SO FAR TODAY AND CLOSING LOWER ON THE DAY DUE MOSTLY TO FILE THROUGH SELLING SEEN THAT DEVELOPED LAST FRIDAY THE SELLING ON IDEAS THAT PERHAPS THE MARKET HAS PEAKED OUT. WE DID SEE SOME LOWER PRICES PAID AND THE LIVE CATTLE MARKETS LAST WEEK STILL WELL ABOVE THE FUTURES PRICES BUT IDEAS ARE THAT THE CASH MARKET PROBABLY HAS TOPPED UP AND WILL START TO TRY AND LOWER. AND THE FUTURES MARKET TRADERS SEEM READY TO TRY AND RAISE THAT MARKET LOWER. SO LOOK FOR LOWER PRICES HERE LATER ON THIS WEEK ONCE THE AUCTION MARKETS GET GOING IF THOSE MARKETS START TO FIRM UP AGAIN LOOK FOR A VERY VERY SHARP RALLY TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK IN THE CATTLE MARKET. THANKS VERY MUCH. THIS IS JACK SCOVILLE VICE PRESIDENT PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE ON THE CME GROUP FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKET.

AGRIBUSINESS
NAOMI BLOHM STEWART PETERSON OUR GUEST. HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS  DESK TODAY NAOMI LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DAIRY MARKET WHERE DO WE SIT IS  FAR AS PRODUCTION GOES AND FUNDAMENTALS AND PRICE EXPECTATIONS FOR  TWENTY SEVENTEEN YEAH WE'RE ACTUALLY IN A GOOD SPOT THANKFULLY AND  EVEN WITH THE REALLY AMPLE SUPPLIES THAT WE HAVE IN TERMS OF MILK  PRODUCTION IN THE COUNTRY. THE MOST RECENT MILK PRODUCTION REPORT  SAID PRODUCTION WAS UP ONE POINT SEVEN PERCENT. SO PRODUCTION IS NOT  THE ISSUE AND GOING FORWARD IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE TO SEE  SINGH 'S A GOOD SUPPLIES AM ONE THING IN WISCONSIN THAT ARE FOR OUR  PRODUCERS ARE KIND OF A A LITTLE NERVOUS OF OUR ALFALFA CROP HAD SOME  SUBSTANTIAL WINTERKILL TO IT INTERESTING AND SO THAT MIGHT BE  SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS LOCAL WISCONSIN. SNIPPETS OF DAIRY PRODUCTION  BECAUSE YOU KNOW ALFALFA 'S WHAT REALLY IS REALLY WONDERFUL FOR THE  MILK PRODUCTION ON A COW SO IT WITH THEM HAVING THE THERE DIFFERENT  TYPES OF THINGS AS A SUBSTITUTE. THAT 'S SOMETHING THAT COULD MAYBE  BRING WISCONSIN PRODUCTION DOWN A LITTLE BIT. SO THAT 'S SOMETHING  WE'RE WATCHING THERE. BUT THANKFULLY THE CHEESE DEMAND IS JUST  AMAZING RIGHT NOW. AS CASH MARKETS ARE SO STRONG A SO  I I'M NOT EVEN  SURE IF IT WAS A MATTER OF SOME PEOPLE MAY BE JUST AND HAVE THEIR  NEEDS MET OR MAYBE IT WAS FINALLY ON SALE ENOUGH SO THEY'RE LIKE OK  GREAT LET 'S BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT ON UP BUT THAT WAS GIVEN THE MARKET  SOME SUPPORT LATELY AND THE GLOBAL DAIRY TRADE AUCTION HAS BEEN  ACTUALLY PRETTY DECENT THE NUMBERS ARE UP ABOUT THREE PERCENT OF  THE MOST RECENT REPORT IN SO THERE 'S SOME SUPPORT OF THE TONES OUT  THERE FOR MILK BUT THERE 'S A BALANCE OF REALLY GOOD SUPPLIES BUT HEY  DEMAND IS FANTASTIC RIGHT NOW SO THAT 'S A WONDERFUL THING GOING  FORWARD THINKING THAT THE THE NEARBY MILL CONTRACTS PROBABLY STAY IN  A SIXTEEN TO SIXTEEN FIFTEEN RATE IS SIXTEEN FIFTY RANGE IN A SHORTER  TERM DEFERRED CONTRACTS SO LOOKING A LITTLE BIT MORE SUPPORTIVE AND  AND LOOKING MORE LIKE THEY CAN HIT THE SEVENTEEN DOLLARS LEVEL AND  THEN OF COURSE KEEPING AN EYE ON PRODUCTION GOING FORWARD. THAT IS  THE BIGGEST COMPONENT BECAUSE AGAIN THANKFULLY DEMAND RIGHT NOW IS  PRETTY GOOD AS YOU LOOK OUT THERE GLOBALLY AND YOU KNOW WE TALKED A  LOT ABOUT THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SOME OF THESE OTHER COUNTRIES JUST  PRODUCING TONS OF MILK IS AS THAT KIND OF PULLED BACK A LITTLE BIT AND I THINK WE HAVE WE SEEN THAT IN SOME ASPECTS. BUT THERE 'S THERE 'S NOT  ANY TIME URGENCY THAT NO PRODUCTION IS CRASHING BY ANY MEANS. OK. SO  I AM WORD IS KEEPING AN EYE ON WHAT 'S HAPPENING PRIMARILY HERE IN  UNITED STATES AND OF COURSE AND THAT DEMAND AND OF COURSE THEY  EXPORT MARKETS. WE WANT TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE BUTTER DEMAND IN THE  WAY DEMAND POWER DEMAND AND THINGS LIKE THAT OK WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON  IT WITH THE THANK YOU WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. TO DISCUSS MARKETING STRATEGIES CALL 800-334-9779 OR VISIT STEWART- PETERSON DOT COM.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN AND MIKE AS WE  LOOK AT THIS WEATHER MAP TO START THE WEEK I THINK EVERYBODY WANTS TO  KNOW MORE RAIN OR LESS RAIN EXPECTED FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY.  WELL THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO GET SOME RAIN EVENTUALLY IS  GOING TO BE SPREADING FARTHER EAST BUT IT'S A WARM UP THAT WE HAVEN'T  SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF SO FAR THIS SPRING. AND OF COURSE THAT'S MAINLY IN  EASTERN CORN BELT WHERE THINGS ARE FINALLY WARMING UP BEHIND THIS  WARM FRONT. BUT FARTHER WEST YOU'VE HAD SOME WARM SPELLS BUT NOW  YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THIS SLOW MOVING SYSTEM INCHING ITS WAY  EASTWARD. GULF OF MEXICO MOISTURE IS GOING TO GET INVOLVED AND SO WE  ARE GOING TO START TO TURN WETTER AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME. ALSO THIS  A FAIRLY WET SYSTEM COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST THAT'S GOING TO  SPREAD INTO PARTS OF NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA IN THIS CASE AS WELL. AND  EASTERN CANADA STILL GETTING SOME SHOWERS FROM THAT SYSTEM THAT'S  BEEN ON OUR WEATHER MAP FOR OVER A WEEK NOW. THERE'S LATER ON TODAY  YOU CAN SEE THESE TWO STORM SYSTEMS KIND OF MOVING NORTHEAST OF THE FRONT REALLY ISN'T MOVING FARTHER TO THE WEST OR AT LEAST NOT  QUICKLY. WE'LL SEE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP PARTS OF THE  CENTRAL PLAINS OUT AHEAD OF IT DURING THE NIGHTTIME HOURS TONIGHT.  THOSE KIND OF DIE OFF AS THEY MOVE ON OFF TO THE NORTHEAST. AND YOU  CAN SEE BEHIND THIS SECOND AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS THE COLD FRONT  WILL START TO MOVE EAST. SO SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING  LATE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW FROM EASTERN TEXAS ALL THE WAY INTO THE  CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY NOT A LOT OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE CLOSER TO  THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND A LOT OF THIS MOISTURE IS GOING TO BE  SPREADING THROUGH NORTHERN SECTIONS OF THE PLAIN STATES AND INTO  THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES. YOU CAN SEE SOME RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW  WITH THAT SYSTEM COMING ACROSS THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES.  TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS MAINLY  ALONG THAT WARM FRONT IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO WISCONSIN. ADDING  IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE POCKETS WHERE HEAVIER  THUNDERSTORMS KIND OF DEVELOP ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. BUT THE  MAJORITY OF THIS SYSTEM IS REALLY GOING TO BE FOCUSED FOR THE NORTH  THE NORTHERN PLAINS NORTH EASTERN PLAINS ESPECIALLY INTO THE  WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND SNOWFALL WHILE YOU WILL GET SOME RAIN OUT IN  THE WEST. YOU CAN SEE AS WE ADD IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WE'RE GOING TO  ADD OR PILE UP SOME MORE I SUPPOSE YOU COULD SAY PARTS OF THE HIGHER  ELEVATIONSOF IDAHO MONTANA AND DOWN INTO THE CENTRAL ROCKIES. TAKE A  LOOK AT HIGHS TODAY 80S IN A HUGE AREA FROM MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWARD  EVEN SOME 90 SHOWING UP IN THE SOUTH EAST. YOU CAN SEE THE COOLER  WEATHER IN THE NORTHEAST BUT THE CHILLY STUFF IS OUT WEST WITH THE  TROUGH. AND YOU CAN SEE LOWS TOMORROW MORNING ONLY IN THE 30S 40S OUT THERE BUT STILL VERY MILD IN THE PLAINS AND STILL VERY MILD  TOMORROW FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY. TAKE A LOOK AT  THE JET STREAM AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THE BIG RIDGE FOR THE BIG WARM  UP. SEE A COUPLE OF PIECES OF ENERGY THEY'RE ROTATING THROUGH THE  WESTERN TROUGH. EVENTUALLY BY THIS WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK  THAT DOES START TO MOVE EASTWARD AND THE PATTERN STARTS TO GO INTO  FLUX AGAIN. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR ELKO NEVADA TODAY CLOUDY WITH  PERIODS OF RAIN. HIGH OF 56 DEGREES. HASTINGS NEBRASKA PARTLY SUNNY  AND QUITE WARM IN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM HIGH OF 89 AND VAN WERT  OHIO PARTLY SUNNY BECOMING VERY WARM HIGH TEMPERATURE UP TO 85  DEGREES. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, OUR DAIRY REPORT WITH A LOOK AT EXPORTS AND  TRADE. PLUS A FARMING FLASHBACK... WHEN HORSE-POWER WAS JUST THAT - HORSEPOWER. AND THE FARMER BEHIND THE PLOW HELD A PIVOTAL ROLE NO  MATTER THE GENDER.

DAIRY REPORT
THE U-S DAIRY INDUSTRY IS HOPEFUL THE NEW U-S TRADE REPRESENTATIVE  TAKES QUICK ACTION ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE DAIRY SECTOR. ROBERT LIGHTHIZER WAS SWORN IN MONDAY. HIGH ON HIS LIST OF PRIORITIES INCLUDE RENEGOTIATING NAFTA, EXPANDING  MARKET ACCESS IN ASIA AND PREVENTING THE LOSS OF COMMON FOOD NAMES. THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCER FEDERATION'S CEO JIM MULHERN SAYS THEY'RE  URING LIGHTHIZER TO FOCUS ON PROTECTING THEIR NUMBER ONE DAIRY  MARKET--MEXICO. IN THE FIRST QUARTER, U.S. DAIRY EXPORTS TO MEXICO WERE UP 10 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DAIRY EXPORT COUNCIL SAYS. OVERALL, Q-1 SHIPMENTS WERE 14 PERCENT HIGHER BY VOLUME. THE BEST PACE IN 3 YEARS. EXPORTERS SEEING GAINS TO NEARLY ALL MARKETS AND ACROSS NEARLY ALL  PRODUCT CATEGORIES, WITH ONLY BUTTERFAT AND WHOLE MILK POWDER  LAGGING. TOTAL DAIRY EXPORTS WERE VALUED AT $1.32 BILLION WITH MARCH EXPORT  VALUES IT'S HIGHEST IN 22 MONTHS. THE U-S DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS LAUNCHED A NEW CAMPAIGN TO BOOST  CONSUMPTION AND TO FEND-OFF NON-DAIRY 'MILK-LIKE' PRODUCTS. IT'S CALLED "UNDENIABLY DAIRY". THE 'INNOVATION CENTER FOR U-S DAIRY' LAUNCHED THE MULTI-YEAR  CAMPAIGN.THE CENTER SAYS WITH SO MANY OTHER CHOICES IN THE DAIRY AISLE - INCLUDING PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS - NOW IS THE TIME FOR ONE VOICE TO TELL  THE DAIRY STORY.

TEASE
UP NEXT MEET SOME WOMEN NOT AFRAID TO GET THEIR HANDS WORN AND  CHAPPED BEHIND A PLOW - AND THE STORIES THEY SHARE ABOUT LIFE ON THE  PRAIRIE.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  CHECK OUT KUBOTA'S RTV-X-1140, A RUGGED  UTILITY VEHICLE WITH SEATING FOR FOUR.  SYOP BY YOUR LOCAL DEALER TODAY, OR VISIT KUBOTA.COM.  A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, "WOMEN'S WORK" OFTEN INCLUDED HITCHING UP A  TEAM OF HORSES AND MUSCLING A TWO-OR FOUR-BOTTOM PLOW ACROSS A  FIELD. THE PIVOTAL ROLE FARM WIVES PLAYED IN AGRICULTURE AT THE TURN OF  THE CENTURY IS ILLUSTRATED IN A NEW BOOKED ENTITLED "WOMEN BEHIND THE  PLOW." CLIFF NAYLOR TELLS US HOW PIONEER MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS GOT  THEIR HANDS DIRTY AND CALLOUSED DURING PLANTING AND HARVEST  SEASONS.   IT TOOK TEAM WORK TO PUT A CROP IN THE GROUND WHEN ANIMALS WERE USED TO DRAG PLOWS BACK  AND FORTH UNTOLD TIMES, TO SEED HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF WHEAT, BARLEY OR OATS.  "IT WASN'T EASY  BUT IT WORKED" VIOLET DIEGEL, WISHEK, ND.  VIOLET DIEGEL REMEMBERS HER SISTERS DIDN'T ENJOY  TAKING TURNS HOLDING THE REIGNS WHEN IT CAME TO USING HORSEPOWER.  WHEN FRIEDA KETTERLING WAS TEN YEARS OLD, SHE WAS ASSIGNED THE TASK OF GETTING TEAMS OF HORSES READY TO DO A DAY'S  WORK.  "TAKE THE HARNESS AND PUT THE COLLAR ON FIRST AND PUT THE HARNESS ON THEIR BACKS, CLOSE  ALL THE BELTS AND HITCH THEM TO THE WAGON, OH YEAH, WE ALWAYS DID THAT." FRIEDA KETTERLING,  WISHEK, ND.  ALICE KRAMER SAYS HORSES, WERE USED EVERY DAY FOR A LOT MORE THAN JUST  PLOWING.  "THEY CUT HAY WITH HORSES, WE USED TO RAKE WITH HORSES, WE HAULED ALL THE HAY  HOME WITH HORSES."  ALICE KRAMER, LINTON, ND  ALICE, FRIEDA AND VIOLET ARE THREE OF THE 20  FARM WIVES FEATURED IN A "WOMEN BEHIND THE PLOW." "THESE WOMEN CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE GROWTH OF THE STATE IN THE EARLY HOMESTEAD DAYS,  YET YOU NEVER REALLY HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THEM, THEY DON'T BRAG ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, THEY  DON'T EVEN THINK THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WERE WORTHWHILE, SO WE DECIDE TO GIVE THEM THE CREDIT  THEY DESERVE."  SUE BALCOM, AUTHOR.  IN ADDITION TO LENDING A HELPING HAND DURING PLANTING  AND HARVEST SEASONS, WOMEN WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OTHER DAILY CHORES LIKE COOKING AND  RAISING CHILDREN. "I REMEMBER I HAD A CHILD AND I'D HAVE TO RUN BACK AND FORTH TO THE HOUSE TO  CHECK ON HER, SHE WAS IN HER CRIB, AND I WAS OUT IN THE BARN MILKING COWS."  VIOLET DIEGEL. WISHEK, ND.  "WOMEN BEHIND THE PLOW" TOOK THREE YEARS TO WRITE AND FEATURES MORE THAN  400 VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT ILLUSTRATE WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE BEFORE ELECTRICITY AND TRACTORS  REDUCED THE WORK LOAD FOR FAMILIES LIVING ON A FARM.   I'M CLIFF NAYLOR, REPORTING FOR AGDAY.WOMEN BEHIND THE PLOW" IS AVAILABLE ON LINE AT DAKOTA-BOOK-NET-DOT- COM.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND BETSY JIBBEN. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT  DAY. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS. 

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