AgDay Daily Recap - May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 25, 2018

HEADLINES

CROP PRICES ROLL TO NEW HIGHS...CAN THE TREND CONTINUE. BRAZILIAN TRUCKERS STRIKE OVER FUEL COSTS PUTTING SOME EXPORTS ON  HOLD. IN AGRIBUSINESS.. SORTING OUT THE FINAL ACREAGE MIX. MISSY BAUER IS MANAGING PESTS ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE  AND MEET THE DAIRYWOMAN HELPING THE INDY 500 WINNER CELEBRATE WITH A  COLD GLASS OF MILK.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO. 

GRAIN MARKETS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS CROP PROGRESS MOVES FORWARD, AND GLOBAL TRADE ISSUES COME INTO  VIEW, MAJOR GRAINS MAKE FRESH MARKET MOVES DURING THURSDAY'S TRADE. NOVEMBER SOYBEANS AND DECEMBER CORN FUTURES CONTRACTS TRADING RIGHT AT THEIR LIFE OF CONTRACT HIGHS EARLY ON THURSDAY. THE MARKET PULLING BACK AS THE DAY WENT ON BUT TRADERS SAY DECEMBER  CORN NEAR 4-25 IS A MAJOR MILESTONE FOR GROWERS AS PLANTING  PROGRESS ROLLS FORWARD. MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF TECHNICAL SELLING HERE. I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE'S ANY NEWS NECESSARILY  THAT HELPED TO PUSH THE MARKETS LOWER LATE IN THE DAY. BUT NEVERTHELESS BOTH MARKETS UNABLE  TO PUSH THROUGH THEIR PREVIOUS HIGHS. THE RALLY THIS WEEK IN THE SOYBEAN MARKET HAS BEEN  LARGELY ATTRIBUTED TO THE CHINA NEWS. YOU KNOW IT WAS REPORTED ON SUNDAY THAT THE U.S. AND  CHINA WOULD DROPPED TARIFFS ON EITHER SIDE THAT HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED. AND THE IMPORTANT ONE TO US OF COURSE IS THE SOYBEAN TARIFF. CHINA HAD ANNOUNCED IN APRIL THAT THEY'D INSTITUTE A 25  PERCENT TARIFF ON BEANS THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. SO THE TRADE IS VERY MUCH CONVINCED THAT  CHINA WILL BE BACK TO THE U.S. SOYBEAN MARKET.

CHINA AGRICULTURE BUYING
CHINA ENCOURAGING IT'S STATE GRAIN BUYERS TO RETURN TO THE U.S.  MARKET. PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCING A PUSH TO HAVE CHINA IMPORT 25 BILLION  DOLLARS IN U.S. AG PRODUCTS. THAT WOULD BE NEARLY DOUBLE IT'S CURRENT BUY. AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE SAYS IT WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT AND WOULD  LIKELY TAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO REACH THAT LEVEL. TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN ALSO SAYING CHINA COULD DOUBLE  ITS ENERGY PURCHASES OVER THE NEXT THREE TO FIVE YEARS OR BETWEEN  $50 & 60 BILLION A YEAR.  CHINA'S MINISTRY OF COMMERCE POSTING A STATEMENT SAYING: "CHINA WELCOMES HIGH-QUALITY, COMPETITIVE AMERICAN PRODUCTS." THE PORK INDUSTRY KNOWS GROWING THE MARKET IS GOING TO TAKE TIME. 'WE KNOW THAT THERE'S OVERSUPPLY IN CHINA. THE DOMESTIC MARKET IS SATURATED IN CHINA. SO  WE WEREN'T ANTICIPATING THAT WE'D BE SELLING A LOT OF PIGS IN CHINA THIS YEAR ANYWAY. BUT OVER  THE LONG TERM ITS A VERY IMPORTANT MARKET FOR US. IT HAS GREAT POTENTIAL. SO OBVIOUSLY WE DON'T  WANT TO HAVE MARKETS THAT AREN'T AVAILABLE TO US ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.'

LIVESTOCK ELD
ALSO IN WASHINGTON, LIVESTOCK HAULERS AND CATTLEMEN APPLAUDING A  NEW BIPARTISAN BILL THAT CHANGES RECENT ELECTRONIC LOGGING AND  HOURS OF SERVICE RULES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THE TRANSPORTING LIVESTOCK ACROSS AMERICA SAFELY ACT EXEMPTS  LIVESTOCK HAULERS FROM MANDATORY HOURS OF SERVICE AND REST TIMES  THAT SUPPORTERS SAY PUT LIVESTOCK AT RISK ESPECIALLY DURING THE  SUMMER AND WINTER. 'ONCE DRIVERS ARE OUT OF THEIR HOURS THEY CAN'T JUST PULL OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND  WAIT UNTIL THEIR CLOCK RESTARTS. AS WE WELL THERE'S NO REST STOP FOR CATTLE. YOU CAN'T LOAD AND  UNLOAD OR UNLOAD AND THEN LOAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR TRIP. SO ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET THESE  CATTLE TO THEIR DESTINATION AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE BECUASE THERE ARE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVES.'CURRENTLY LIVESTOCK HAULERS ARE OPERATING UNDER AN EXEMPTION.  THAT EXEMPTION EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30TH.  

BRAZIL’S DIESEL PRICES
THAT'S THE SOUND IN BRAZIL AS TRUCKERS IN SEVERAL STATES BLOCK ROADS  AND HIGHWAYS IN PROTEST OF HIGHER DIESEL PRICES.  PRICES HAVE RISEN STEADILY OVER THE LAST YEAR. THE BLOCKADES HALTING ASSEMBLY LINES, CAUSING DELAYS IN GRAIN  SHIPMENTS AND LEADING TO SHORTAGES OF FOOD AND FUEL.  BEEF GIANT JBS ALONG WITH NEARLY 80 PORK AND POULTRY PLANTS ARE HALTING PRODUCTION DUE TO THE STRIKE-- THAT IMPACTS ABOUT 50-THOUSAND  TONES OF MEAT EXPORTS. EARLIER THIS WEEK, STATE OIL COMPANY PETROBRAS ANNOUNCING IT WOULD  MAKE A SMALL PRICE CUT. TRUCKERS SAY IT'S NOT ENOUGH. 

RURAL HEALTHCARE BILL
RURAL HEALTHCARE IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK.  THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HOLDING A HEARING ON RURAL HEALTH CARE  IN AMERICA ON CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNTIES.  SENATORS DISCUSSED THE TOPIC OF MEDICARE, AND THE STRUGGLE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE HEALTHCARE ON LIMITED RESOURCES AND HOW RURAL HOSPITALS ARE UNDER HUGH FINANCIAL PRESSURE. "SINCE 2010, 83 RURAL HOSPITALS HAVE CLOSED THEIR DOORS AND HUNDREDS MORE ARE IN DIRE  STRAITS."WYDEN SAYING IF THE LOCAL HOSPITAL GOES UNDER, THAT MEANS LESS  EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS OPEN DURING A CRISIS. 

FARM BILL
GOP LEADERS SETTING A LATE JUNE DEADLINE TO REVISIT THE RECENTLY FAILED  FARM BILL. BUT FIRST ITS PROMISED TO VOTE ON IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION.THE PRESIDENT ALREADY WEIGHING IN.  HE SAYS HE WON'T SIGN ANYTHING UNLESS IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR A WALL  AND VERY STRONG BORDER SECURITY.  WASHINGTON WATCHERS SAY PASSING IMMIGRATION IS GOING TO BE A TALL  ORDER. 'AS LONG AS THE CONSERVATIVES IN THE HOUSE GET TO VOTE ON THEIR CONTROVERSIAL IMMIGRATION  REFORM BILL BY REP. BOB GOODLATTE REPUBLICAN FROM VIRGINIA THEN YOU'LL HAVE MORE HOUSE  REPUBLICANS VOTE FOR THE FARM BILL AND IT LOOKS LIKE ENOUGH TO YOU TO GET IT THROUGH CONGRESS''I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THE SENATE IS GOING TO PASS OUR FARM BILL AND  IT'S GOING TO GO TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IF THEY WANT A NEW FARM BILL, THEY'LL HAVE TO  ACCEPT THE SENATE BILL. IF THEY DON'T ACCEPT THE SENATE BILL, THEY WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO EXTEND  THE 2014 FARM BILL THROUGH THE YEAR 2019. 'FARM JOURNAL POLICY ANALYST JIM WEISMEYER SAYS MULTIPLE PROGRAMS  WILL RUN OUT OF FUNDING IF THERE'S AN EXTENSION OF THE CURRENT FARM  BILL.  GRASSLEY BELIEVES THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE WILL RELEASE IT'S VERSION  THE FIRST OR SECOND WEEK OF JUNE.

CROP COMMENTS
FOLLOWING THE COSTLIEST HURRICANE SEASON ON RECORD LAST YEAR, IT  APPEARS 2018 COULD BE AN ANOTHER ACTIVE YEAR. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ISSUING ITS  FORECAST WHICH CALLS FOR TEN-TO-16 NAMED STORMS IN THE ATLANTIC AND  CARIBBEAN BASINS. FIVE-TO-NINE COULD DEVELOP INTO HURRICANES. AND ONE-TO FOUR COULD TURN INTO MAJOR HURRICANES, LIKE LAST YEARS' HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA. 'NOAA' SAYS LOSSES FROM THOSE STORMS TOTALLED TWO-HUNDRED-15 BILLION  DOLLARS. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS PHOTOS FROM THE FARM TO WRAP UP THE WEEK AND  TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  BOB BIRDSELL SENDING US SOME SOME HAIL DAMAGE ON ONE OF THE COUNTY  FIELDS IN STANBERRY, MISSOURI.  USDA'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT SAYS 84 PERCENT OF CORN IS EMERGED IN  MISSOURI, 15 POINTS ABOVE THE 5 YEAR AVERAGE.  AND ONE OF OUR VIEWERS FROM VIRDEN, ILLINOIS SHOWING US  THIS PICTURE  ON TWITTER.. THE FARMER HAD FOUR INCHES OF RAIN NEARLY A WEEK AGO.  SOYBEANS HE PLANTED ON MAY 11 ARE STRUGGLING AFTER THE DOWNPOUR.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST. NOT A LOT THIS MORNING THE HIGHEST LEVELS WILL BE  IN NEW ENGLAND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. NOW WE'LL GET SOME IN THE SOUTHWEST. THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND AS WE HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW NOT A LOT OF WIND TO START ONCE  AGAIN. BUT AS IS TYPICAL THIS TIME OF YEAR WE'LL SEE THOSE WINDS INCREASE FROM THE NORTHERN  PLAINS ESPECIALLY INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST.  WE'LL HAVE DETAILS ON YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. BUT FIRST HERE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT PLANTING AND THE ENDING ACREAGE  MIX IN FARM COUNTRY. AS THE "GREATEST RACING SPECTACLE" GETS READY TO RUN IN INDIANAPOLIS,  WE'LL MEET THE DAIRY FARMER WHO GETS THE HONOR TO CELEBRATE WITH THE  CHAMP WITH A COLD CHUG OF MILK. 

AGRIBUSINESS
TED SEIFRED ZANER AG HEDGE OUR GUEST HERE AT THAT AGRIBUSINESS DESK TED LET'S TALK ABOUT  CORN ACRES AND THEN THERE IS A LOT OF SPECULATION BEFORE WE STARTED PLANNING ABOUT HOW MUCH  BEANS WOULD GET IN THE GROUND. HOW MANY CORN ACRES WILL GET IN THE GROUND. DO WE HAVE TO HIT A CERTAIN TARGET HERE TO MAKE ALL OF THIS WORK. YEAH THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION CLINTON. YOU  KNOW WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE PLANTING INTENTIONS SURVEY THERE WAS ABOUT A MILLION POINT TWO  ACRES THAT JUST WEREN'T ACCOUNTED FOR. THEN YOU KNOW WE HAD LOSS FROM YEAR TO YEAR OVER THE  BIG THREE. THE IDEA WAS IF WE GOT OFF TO A GREAT START IN PLANTING WE MIGHT SEE THEM SEE SOME OF THOSE ACRES COME BACK. WE DID NOT GET OFF TO A GREAT START IMPLANTING. APRIL WAS ONE  OF THE COLDEST APRILS WE'VE EVER SEEN SET RECORDS IN MANY AREAS. SO WE'RE KIND OF WE'RE  TRYING TO CATCH UP NOW WITH CATCH UP VERY QUICKLY. BUT THE QUESTION IS WILL WILL WEATHER ALLOW  US TO PLANT ANY MORE ACRES THAN WHAT WE WERE ORIGINALLY INTENDING. AND HOPEFULLY THE ANSWER IS YES BECAUSE FOR CORN IT 88 MILLION ACRES THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE A RATHER TIGHT BALANCE  SHEET ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT WE'VE SEEN DOWN IN SOUTH AMERICA. ARGENTINA'S  CROP HAS BEEN WELL PUBLICIZED HAD ITS ISSUES RIGHT. BRAZIL IS NOW STARTING TO HAVE SOME MAJOR  ISSUES AND IF THAT CONTINUES WE MIGHT BE SEEING QUITE A BIT MORE EXPORTS THIS YEAR THAN WE  SAW LAST YEAR AND MORE THAN WHAT THE TRADE IS CURRENTLY EXPECTING. SO ANY STEPS COULD SHRINK PRETTY QUICKLY. I THINK CORN REALLY NEEDS TO GET TO 89 90 MILLION ACRES THE MARKET. THE  BOARD IS TRYING TO BUY THAT RIGHT. I WAS GOING TO SAY IS IT TRYING TO GET SOME OF THAT IN THERE.  YEAH THE STRENGTH IN CORN IS DURING PLANTING IS SORT OF RARE AND THAT IS TRYING TO ENTICE AS MANY  OF THOSE ACRES AS POSSIBLE. THE QUESTION IS IS WHETHER GOING TO ALLOW US TO DO THAT OR NOT WE'LL HAVE TO SEE. NOW AS YOU LOOK OUT TOWARD THE HARVEST PICTURE HERE WHERE DOES THE  PLANTED ACRES GET US AND CARRY OUT TOWARD YOU KNOW AT THE END OF 2018. WELL LOOK AT IT THIS  WAY IF WE IF WE YIELD THE USDA IS TRAMLINE YIELDS 174 RIGHT WHICH IS REALLY STRONG IS REALLY  STRONG. AND EACH ACRE WE GAIN EACH MILLION ACRES WE GAIN I SHOULD SAY WOULD ADD ABOUT 174 MILLION BUSHELS TO THE BALANCE SHEET. SO IF WE SWING AT 2 MILLION ACRES IT COULD BE A SWING OF  ALMOST 3 300 MILLION BUSHELS. SO WE WANT TO TRY TO ADD TO THAT BECAUSE WE MIGHT BE SEEING  150 TO 250 MILLION BUSHELS MORE ON EXPORTS THAN WHAT WE WERE ORIGINALLY EXPECTED.  INTERESTING INTERESTING DYNAMIC AS WE GET THROUGH PLANTING SEASON. THANKS. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY JUST AFTER THIS.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE LOOKING AT THE DROUGHT  MONITOR AND MIKE WE CAN DEFINITELY SEE WHERE THAT DROUGHT CONTINUES TO LINGER WHERE IT'S  BUILDING AND WHERE WE SAW IMPROVEMENT WHICH IS IN THE SOUTH THE SOUTHEAST DEFINITELY SAW IMPROVEMENT ONLY THREE LITTLE SPOTS OF MODERATE DROUGHT LEFT BUT THAT'S NOT THE CASE IN MANY  PARTS OF THE PLAINS. THE WORST AREAS CONTINUE TO BE OBVIOUSLY THE TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA  PANHANDLES PARTS OF SOUTH WESTERN KANSAS IN THE PLAINS STATES THAT'S BEEN EXPANDING A LITTLE  EASTWARD INTO NORTHERN MISSOURI SOUTHERN IOWA PARTS OF ILLINOIS. IT ALSO CONTINUES TO KIND OF BE  VERY DRY IN SOUTH TEXAS. AND WHILE WE WERE IMPROVING THINGS OVER THE DAKOTAS WE'RE SEEING THINGS ACTUALLY EXPAND A BIT MORE NOW. YOU HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF RAIN LATELY AND THAT IS A  DEFINITE CONCERN. OBVIOUSLY THE DROUGHT CONTINUES BACK INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AS WELL.  WIDESPREAD EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IN THAT AREA. GOING BACK FOUR WEEKS YOU CAN SEE HOW THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED A LOT IN THOSE BAD AREAS BUT WE NEED IT TO IMPROVE. IT HAS  IMPROVED IN THE SOUTHEAST LIKE WE POINTED OUT. IT'S KIND OF COME AND GONE IN DIFFERENT PLACES  IN SOUTH TEXAS AS YOU CAN SEE. AND LIKE I POINTED OUT IT'S STARTING TO EXPAND AGAIN  UNFORTUNATELY ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS INTO THE NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY. HERE'S THE  MAP THIS MORNING AND YOU SEE A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE SOUTHEAST THAT WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR  SOME AFTERNOON MAINLY AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH PRESSURE FROM SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES  AND OHIO VALLEY TO THE EAST COAST KEEPING THINGS DRY. LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE WITH TWO FRONTS  THROUGH THE NORTH AND A VERY SLOW MOVER IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PUTTING DOWN SOME RAIN IN THAT AREA AND NORTHERN HALF OF CALIFORNIAN WESTERN NEVADA LATER TODAY EVEN PARTS OF OREGON  GETTING SOME MOISTURE OUT OF THAT WHEN YOU CAN SEE THE HIT AND MISS THUNDERSTORMS  SOUTHERN IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THERE CAN BE SOME COMPLEXES OF THUNDERSTORMS FORM IN THIS SITUATION IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS AND THOSE CAN KIND OF TAKE OFF TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST  OUR MODEL TRYING TO HINT AT ONE COMING INTO ILLINOIS WHICH WOULD BE GOOD FOR PARTS OF ILLINOIS  THAT COULD USE THE RAIN THERE THERE'S TOMORROW MORNING HAVEN'T MOVED THINGS AROUND A WHOLE  LOT. AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DURING THE DAY TOMORROW EITHER AS YOU CAN SEE JUST THOSE HIT AND  MISS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY INTO MUGGY AIR TO THE SOUTH. THE STATIONARY FRONT EAST OF THE COLD FRONT AND ALSO OUT WEST PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES PAST 24 HOURS. MOST OF THE  HEAVIER STUFF HAS BEEN IN THE SOUTHEAST WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE SOME MORE OF THAT. AS YOU CAN  SEE AND THAT WILL EXPAND INTO PARTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY IN PARTS OF THE WEST. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY VERY HOT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY STILL COOL OUT WEST AND THAT'S GOING TO BE THE CASE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AS WELL MUGGY FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS AND THE HEAT CONTINUES DURING THE DAY TOMORROW IN THOSE SAME AREAS A LITTLE BIT COOLER  IN THE NORTHEAST. THAT'S BECAUSE OF A LITTLE TROUGH TRYING TO DIG IN THERE. BUT THE RIDGE STILL KIND OF HOLDING AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND. THAT FOUR CORNER CUTOFF MOVES INTO THE  NORTHERN PLAINS NORTHERN LAKES BY LATER NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S  TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS BISMARCK NORTH DAKOTA. FIRST OF ALL LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND  HOT TODAY HIGH OF 90 VICKSBURG MISSISSIPPI MUGGY WITH A SHOWER THUNDERS FROM PRETTY LIKELY HIGH OF 88 IN ERIE PENNSYLVANIA A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE IT'LL BE PLEASANT THE AFTERNOON HIGH  AROUND 80.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT PEST MANAGEMENT DURING THE  GROWING SEASON. AGRONOMIST MISSY BAUER IS HERE FROM FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND LATER, HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS, WE'RE OFF TO THE INDY 500 TO MEET THE  WOMAN AND HER COWS HELPING THE WINNER CELEBRATE VICTORY THIS  WEEKEND. 

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
THE CROP IS IN, EMERGENCE IS UNDERWAY, NOW COME THE PESTS. ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV THIS MORNING,  MISSY BAUER TALKS ABOUT  PEST MANAGEMENT DURING THE SEASON. NOW WE'RE IN A FIELD WHERE THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF INSECT PRESSURE OUT HERE AGAINST BOTH FROM  GRUB'S AND FROM CUTWORMS. THAT'S CORRECT. AND NOTICE A FIELD WHICH A LOT OF TIMES CUTWORMS  PRESSURE MIGHT BE HEAVIER IN A NO ENVIRONMENT. YOU KNOW I THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR SYSTEMS  LIKE AND MAYBE POINT IN THE DIRECTION WITH YOUR SCOUTING BOAT. WE DID SOME EARLY SEASON LAW  TRAPS WHICH GIVE US AN INDICATION OF WHEN WE SHOULD BE OUT HERE TO DO THE TIMING WHAT WE LOOK FOR IS THE PEAK FLIGHT IN THE MOTH PATTERNS AND THE MOSQUE COME IN AND LAY THEIR EGGS.  THEN WE TRACK HEAT UNITS FROM THE TIME THAT WE SEE THAT PEAK FLIGHT TO GIVE US AN IDEA OF  WHEN WE WOULD EXPECT START SEEING CUTTING PLANTS. OK. WE DON'T WANT TO BE OUT HERE TOO LATE  RIGHTLY. RIGHT. AND WHEN YOU DEAL SOMETHING LIKE CUTWORMS IT'S A PRETTY LOW THRESHOLD THRESHOLD ABOUT 3 PERCENT OF PLANTS BEING FED ON OR OR CAUGHT. SO WHEN YOU START LOOKING  NOW HERE IF YOU DID A STAY IN COUNTY YOU HAD 30000 PLANTS. SO 30 IN A ROW THOUSANDS OF AN  ACRE THERE'D BE ONE CUT PLANT THAT JUST ONE. WOW. EXACTLY AND WE'VE GOT SOME PINK CLOGS IN HERE JUST KIND OF SHOWING WHERE SOME PLANTS HAVE BEEN CUT OR DAMAGED. THERE'S DEFINITELY  ABOVE THRESHOLD IN THE SNOW TO BLOCK THAT WE HAVE RIGHT GRUB'S ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THOUGH RIGHT. YEAH GRUBS ARE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT GRUBS ARE A LOT EASIER TO HANDLE ON THE FRONT SIDE. SO  BEFORE WE PLANT AS FAR AS WITH INSECTICIDES SEE TREATMENTS SOMETIMES CAN BE A LITTLE WEAK A  LOT OF LABELS JUST SAY SUPPRESSION FOR A SEED TREATMENT FOR WHITE GRUBS. SO IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT A HISTORY OF WHITE GRUBS IN CERTAIN AREAS AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE YOU NEED TO  DO SOMETHING AT THE TIME OF PLANTING.

TEASE
IT'S TYPICALLY A FARM SENSE FRIDAY, BUT TODAY WE'RE OFF TO THE RACES AND  THE INDY 500. 

IN THE COUNTRY
ACCORDING TO USDA, THERE ARE ROUGHLY 180 THOUSAND DAIRY COWS IN  INDIANA. THIS WEEKEND, THE DAIRY FARMER ON ONE HOOSIER FARM WILL STAND OUT IN A  VERY SPECIAL WAY...AS THE OFFICIAL MILK PROVIDER FOR THE WINNER OF THE  INDY 500.  NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN STOPPED BY THE FARM WHERE THE  EXCITEMENT IS PALPABLE. STATIONED IN LA PORTE COUNTY IS TRIPLE M DAIRY...  WHERE MILKING AND OTHER FAMILIAR CHORES TAKE PLACE...  WHAT MAY SET THIS PARLOR A PART IS IT'S LONGEVITY..  1909 THIS FARM STARTED,"AND THE WOMAN WHO HELPS RUN IT. "SHE CAME BACK IN THE PARLOR. SHE MISSED US!""THERE'S LUKE. HI HONEY." WHO ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND LUKE  "THIS IS THE 4H PEN. SO THE ONES THAT THE KIDS TAKE TO THE FAIR. WE KIND OF KEEP SEPERATE.""UNIQUE, UTOPIA, THERE'S BLOSSOM,"MAKE UP THE OPERATION WITH THEIR CATTLE  AND KIDS. THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND,   KIM WILL REPRESENT THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AS THE OFFICIAL MILK WOMAN OF  THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, CONTINUING THE TRADITION OF AN INDIANA DAIRY  FARMER HANDING A COLD GLASS OF MILK TO THE WINNING DRIVER IN VICTORY  LANE.  A TRADITION THAT DATES BACK TO 1933 WHEN WINNER LOUIS MEYER  REQUESTED A COLD GLASS OF BUTTERMILK TO QUENCH HIS THIRST. "THE WORLD SEES THE GUY TAKING THE BIG DRINK OF MILK AT THE END OF THE RACE. ANYTIME WE CAN  BRING AWARENESS TO MILK IS GREAT. PERSONALLY, FOR ME, I'M HOPING TO BE ON DANCING WITH THE  STARS AFTER MY BIG DEBUT. I'D TOTALLY DO IT IF THEY ASK," IT'S A PLATFORM WHICH FITS HER PASSION AND INFECTIOUS PERSONALITY.  WILL YOU VOTE FOR ME? ."MINICH MAY TEASE ABOUT THE FAME AND FORTUNE "YOU KNOW, I TOLD MY KIDS, THIS IS PROBABLY THE LAST TIME THEY'RE EVER GOING TO THINK I'M COOL.  I'M VERY EXICTED AND HONORED TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT,BUT JOKES ASIDE,  SHE UNDERSTANDS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SHARING THE INDUSTRY AND THE  PASSION SHE MARRIED INTO YEARS AGO. "LUKE AND I MOVED UP HERE ABCK IN 2009 AND JOINED INTO THE FAMILY BUSINESS AND WE'RE ABLE  TO RAISE OUR FAMILY HERE. IT'S BEEN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, A MESSAGE SHE CONTINUES TO CONVEY AS A NURSE PRACTIONER OFF THE  FARM.  "I'M ABLE TO TALK TO MY PATIENTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CALCIUM IN MILK, I FEEL COMFORTABLE  DOING THAT NOW BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S SAFE AND I KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM,"NOW THE WOMAN WHO GREW UP IN THE SUBURBS...  "I GREW UP ABOUT AN HOUR FROM THE TRACK. I USED TO GO WITH MY DAD TO THE TIME TRIALS." WILL SOON HAVE A REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT CONNECTION TO THE TRACK. "OH IT'S PRETTY EXCITING. I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. IT'S A GREAT WAY TO REPRESENT DAIRY. IT'S FUN FOR OUR FAMILY,"FROM THE SPOTLIGHT AND BACK BEHIND THE SCENES - THIS YEAR'S INDY 500  MILKWOMAN IS READY FOR THE RACE.  REPORTING IN LA PORTE COUNTY, INDIANA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THE INDY 500 DRIVERS ANSWER A SURVEY AHEAD OF THE RACE ABOUT WHICH  TYPE OF MILK THEY PREFER-- WHOLE, 2 PERCENT OR SKIM.  KIM WILL AWARD THE WINNING DRIVER WITH THE BOTTLE WHILE THE ROOKIE MILK MAN, PROVIDES THE WINNING CHIEF MECHANIC AND TEAM OWNER WITH  THEIR BOTTLES ON RACE DAY. 

CLOSE
FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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