AgDay Daily Recap - November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 1, 2017


HEADLINES
FEMA'S EXPENSES CONTINUE TO SOAR--WE'LL HEAR FROM LEADERSHIP IN  WASHINGTON. THE I-80 HARVEST TOUR ARRIVES IN THE EAST. I'M BETSY JIBBEN WE'RE IN NORTHWEST OHIO TODAY WHERE SOME OF THE FARMERS ARE STILL HARVESTING  SOYBEANS. WE'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THEIR HOLDUP AHEAD IN THE SHOW." IN AGRIBUSINESS...A BIG  PICTURE VIEW OF THE ECONOMY. THE PACKER TV GOES SMALL-- JELLY BEAN SIZED TOMATOES  AND CREATING A MEAL IN A BOX FOR LOCAL CUSTOMERS. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

FEMA COSTS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE SCARS OF HURRICANES AND  WILDFIRES REMAIN IN THIS COUNTRY - REMINDERS OF WORK THAT MUST STILL  BE ACCOMPLISHED.  AND THAT WORK COMES WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG. THE HEAD OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SAYS THE U-S IS  SPENDING MORE THAN 200 MILLION EACH DAY ON THE RESPONSE TO THREE  MAJOR HURRICANES AND HUGE WILDFIRES. FEMA ADMINISTRATOR BROCK LONG TOLD A SENATE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE THE  CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY HURRICANES IRMA, HARVEY AND MARIA IS  UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORY OF HIS AGENCY.  MUCH OF THE HEARING FOCUSED ON HOW A SMALL MONTANA COMPANY CALLED  'WHITEFISH ENERGY" GOT THE CONTRACT TO REBUILD PUERTO RICO'S POWER  GRID. THAT CONTRACT HAS SINCE BEEN CANCELLED BUT IT RAISES A LOT OF  QUESTIONS. SEN. JON TESTER, (D) MONTANA: "DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IN PUERTO RICO WAS HORRIBLE BEFORE THE  STORMS HIT. ARE WE DOING REPAIRS TO A HORRIBLE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OR ARE WE FIXING A HORRIBLE  DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM?" MAJ. GEN. DONALD JACKSON, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: "SIR, UNDER THE STAFFORD ACT WE  ARE FIXING THE SYSTEM TO GET POWER OUT TO THE PEOPLE AS FAST AS WE CAN." TESTER: "SO WHEN THE THE NEXT HURRICANE HITS, IT IS NOT GOING TO KNOCK DOWN EVERYTHING THAT  WAS KNOCKED DOWN THIS HURRICANE? WE'RE BACK IN THE SAME BOAT?" JACKSON:   "IF YOU HAVE A CATEGORY 4, 5 HURRICANE UNLESS THE LINES ARE BURIED UNDER THE  GROUND, IT'S GOT WIRES DOWN."> TESTER: "EVEN IF IT'S NEW CONSTRUCTION?" JACKSON: "EVEN IF IT'S NEW CONSTRUCTION." LONG THANKED THE LEGISLATORS FOR THE $52 BILLION IN EMERGENCY RELIEF  ALLOCATED SO FAR, BUT SAID RECOVERING FROM THE RECENT SPATE OF  DISASTERS WILL BE TREMENDOUSLY EXPENSIVE.

DICAMBA NUMBERS
FROM NATURAL DISASTERS TO MAN MADE-- NEW NUMBERS ARE OUT ON THE  POTENTIAL TOTAL NUMBER OF DICAMBA DAMAGED ACRES IN 2017. ACCORDING TO KEVIN BRADLEY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, ROUGHLY 3  POINT 6 MILLION SOYBEAN ACRES WERE DAMAGED. THAT COMES FROM SOME 27-HUNDRED COMPLAINTS. THESE LATEST NUMBERS FOLLOW NEW LABEL RESTRICTIONS OUT FROM EPA,  NOW GOVERNING THE HERBICIDES USE IN 2018.

I-80 HARVEST
THE I-80 HARVEST TOUR IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED  CONTROL.  LESS DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.  THE I-80 HARVEST TOUR IS QUICKLY COMING TO AN END FOR US. BUT FOR FARMERS IN THE FIVE TOUR-STATES, THEY HAVE A WAYS TO GO BEFORE  THEY CAN PARK THEIR COMBINES IN THE MACHINE SHED. OUT WEST NEBRASKA FARMERS ARE 22 POINTS BEHIND IN THE CORN HARVEST.  IOWA IS 26 POINTS BEHIND. CONTINUING EAST, DELAYS AREN'T AS SEVERE. ILLINOIS IS ELEVEN BEHIND.  INDIANA IS A DOZEN POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. AND OHIO IS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE BY 13 POINTS. SOYBEAN HARVEST IS CLOSE TO AVERAGE. DELAYS ARE MEASURED IN SINGLE  DIGITS. SOME OF THE DELAYS ARE THE RESULT OF CURRENT WEATHER PROBLEMS.  BUT FOR OTHERS - ESPECIALLY IN THE EASTERN CORN BELT - THE SLOWNESS  STEMS FROM PROBLEMS THIS SPRING WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO RE-PLANT.  BETSY JIBBEN HAS THAT STORY FROM NORTHWEST OHIO. "CLINTON, IT'S REALLY A TALE OF TWO HARVESTS BETWEEN CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST OHIO. WHILE SOME  FARMERS ARE DONE HARVESTING, OTHERS ARE STILL CUTTING SOYBEANS,"HARVEST IS A SLOW MOVING IN ANTWERP, OHIO A REPRESENTATION OF THE WHOLE SEASON. OR JUST LIKE THE BEGINNING OF  THE SEASON.  "WE MARKED WEDNESDAY ON THE CALENDAR TO FINISH UP BUT THE FORECAST DIDN'T WORK UP TO OUR  PLANS,"A LATE START AND POTENTIALLY A RECORD OF REPLANT ACRES FOR THE AREA..  "WE REPLANTED 80 PERCENT OF OUR TOTAL CROP ACRES ON OUR OPERATION,"IT DRAGGED OUT A LONG, GROWING SEASON.  NOW OVERCAST CONDITIONS OVER THE LAST MONTH HOLDS UP SOYBEAN HARVEST TOO.  "EVERYTHING GOT REDONE IN JUNE AND THAT BACKED UP OUR WHOLE SEASON BY 6 WEEKS OR SO,"DESPITE A PLETHORA OF PROBLEMS BARKER SAYS THE SOYBEAN CROP IS AT OR ABOVE HIS AVERAGE YIELD. "USUALLY YOU DON'T GET PARTICULARILY EXCITED ABOUT AN AVERAGE CROP BUT FOR US, WE WEREN'T  PARTICULARILY OPTIMISTIC OF WHAT WE WERE GOIGN TO SEE,"60 MILES AWAY IN PANDORA, OHIO.  JOSH SCHMACHER ONLY HAS ONE MORE CROP TO GO. (FIELD TO HARVEST?) "WE JUST STARTED THE POPCORN HARVEST MAYBE ABOUT AN HOUR AGO,"A CROP HE HOPES WILL BRING IN SOME MORE CASH.  "IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A SPECIALTY CROP. MAYBE MAKES A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY," THOUGH HE'S JUST OVER AN HOUR AWAY FROM BARKER,  SCHUMACHER IS EXPERIENCING A VERY DIFFERENT SEASON WITH LITTLE  REPLANT. "I WOULD SAY 5 PERCENT AT THE MOST AROUND US,"PLANTING WAS TIMELY AND POLLINATION WAS IDEAL.  "THE BEST CORN YIELDS WE'VE EVER HAD. WE WERE OVER 200 OR 220 FOR CORN. THAT'S GOOD FOR US.  SOYBEANS WERE BETWEEN 65 AND 70 PER BUSHEL. WE ARE REALLY HAPPY,"AS FARMERS LIKE BARKER TRY THEIR BEST TO FINISH UP A LONG, DRAWN OUT  HARVEST  "I THINK IT WAS ONE OF HTE MOST CHALLENGING CROP YEARS I'VE HAD IN THE 25 YEARS I'VE HAD  WORKING IN THE OPERATION,"THEY'RE READY TO MOVE FORWARD WHEN HARVEST IS COMPLETE AND NOT  LOOK BACK.  "WE'LL BE GLAD WHEN WE CAN CLEAN THINGS UP AND PUT THIS IN THE BOOKS AND LOOK FORWARD TO  2018,"REPORTING IN OHIO, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  FARMERS SAY IT'S A 'TUG OF WAR' DECISION WHETHER TO HARVEST A WET CROP  OR WAIT EVEN LONGER FOR IT TO DRY. BARKER SAYS HE'S HEARD OF 31  PERCENT MOISTURE WITH THE CORN IN HIS AREA.  SHOE-MACH-ER SAYS HE DOES HIS OWN DRYING WHICH SAVES HIM SOME  COSTS. HOWEVER, HE'S LOOKING AT NATURAL GAS TO SAVE COSTS WITH  PROPANE. 

CROP COMMENTS
HARVEST 17 WITH A FRESH CROP OF KIDS THIS MORNING. MIKE HOFFMAN SHARES THE  DETAILS IN TODAY CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. TUESDAY WAS HALLOWEEN AND WE HAD A CROP OF CUTE KIDS ON OUR  FACEBOOK PAGE. CASSANDRA BURNS SHARING THESE PICTURES--COMBINING HARVEST AND  HALLOWEEN. ACE IS 12 WEEKS OLD DRESSED IN A KNITTED CORN COSTUME. MAVERICK AGE 3 ALSO LOOKING TO GET SOME WORK DONE AS A JOHN DEERE  COMBINE. AND MARY WITTE ALSO SHARING HER SNAP SHOT OF GREAT NIECE MCKENZIE  MILLER. SHE'S DRESSED AS A 'LITTLE' OLD LADY. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. FARM JOURNAL ON AIR IS THE GO-TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.  AGDAY, AGRITALK, U.S.  FARM REPORT AND MORE - 24/7 ACCESS TO ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS. TV AND RADIO...IN YOUR  HANDS, ON DEMAND.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR - DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE FOR THE  FARM ECONOMY. AND SEE HOW A WISCONSIN CHEESEMAKER IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE  HOTTEST TICKET IN HOME-COOKED DINNERS - MEAL IN A BOX! AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS CHECK ON THE HALLOWEEN MARKETS FROM THE FLOOR  OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. CORN MARKET WAS MOSTLY LOWER HERE ON TUESDAY AND REALLY ANOTHER DIRECTIONLESS CHOPPY  TYPE TRADE HERE. VOLATILITY HAS BEEN VERY VERY LOW AS OF LATE. THIS NEARBY DECEMBER FUTURES  CONTRACT SEEMS ATTRACTED TO THAT $3 A 50 CENT PRICE LEVEL AND WE HAVE NOT DRIFTED TOO FAR  AWAY FROM THAT RECENTLY HARVEST HERE IN THE U.S. HAS BEEN LAGGING ITS AVERAGE PACE BY QUITE  A BIT. AND I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE REASON WHY POTENTIALLY THE MARKET HAS BEEN LATE TO POST- HARVEST LOW. YOU KNOW WE HAVEN'T MADE A NEW LOW HERE AND IN A FEW SESSIONS. BUT OVERALL  IT'S HARD TO SAY THAT WE'RE OUT OF THE WOODS SITTING HERE ONLY THREE OR FOUR CENTS REMOVED FROM  CONTRACT LOWS BUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CORN MARKET CONTINUES TO SUGGEST THAT WE'RE OVERSUPPLIED. WE'VE GOT LARGE CARRIES. WE'VE GOT LOW VOLATILITY LEVELS. WE'VE GOT TO LARGE  CARRY OUT PROJECTIONS. SO WE'RE GOING TO NEED SOMETHING CHANGE HERE AND IT'S PROBABLY GOING  TO HAVE TO BE ON THE DEMAND FRONT AGAIN. JOE VACLAVICK FROM CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO.  HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK I HAVE JIM MCCORMICK ALLENDALE INCORPORATED. JIM LET'S TALK  ABOUT SOME OF THE MACRO ISSUES FACING OUR OWN ECONOMY WE GET NUMBERS ON THE GDP LAST  WEEK SECOND QUARTER IN A ROW OR 3 PERCENT GROWTH WHICH THAT'S A GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE.  RIGHT. THAT IS A GREAT PROBLEM. THE ECONOMY'S GROWING RIGHT NOW. WHAT'S INTERESTING RIGHT  NOW IS THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO GET THIS TAX CUT THROUGH. RIGHT. RIGHT. AND REALLY WE DON'T YOU  KNOW YOU COULD ARGUE DO WE NEED IT TO GET TO THESE CUTS BECAUSE ECONOMY IS GROWING BUT  THEY WOULD PUSH IT THROUGH. MY GUESS IS THEY'RE GOING TO THAT COULD COOK THE ECONOMY BACK  INTO A HIGHER GEAR WHICH PAY MORE GROWTH MORE GROWTH. BUT WE'RE ALREADY AT 4 PERCENT  UNEMPLOYMENT. SO WE'RE IN IT FOR SO WHY HIM DO YOU GET TO GROW FROM UNEMPLOYMENT.  UNEMPLOYMENT'S PRETTY MUCH MAXED OUT. YOU KNOW 4 PERCENT IS ABOUT AS LOW AS WE GET. SO  IF YOU GET THAT GROWTH WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPENS YOU'RE GOING TO DRIVE INFLATION. AND WHEN YOU  GET INFLATION THAT'S KIND OF WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE IN A WAY IT DOES HURT YOUR POCKETBOOK. BUT  ON THE OTHER HAND IF WE GET AN INFLATIONARY PLAY THE FUNDS ARE GOING TO COME AT THE GRAIN  MARKET HARD. I BELIEVE THEY'RE ALREADY STARTED LOADING THE LIVESTOCK. THEY'VE ALREADY STARTED  LOADING THE CRUDE OIL. GRAINS ARE RELATIVELY CHEAP SO THEY COULD COME IN OR SAY LOOK I NEED TO  BUY SOMETHING TO LOCK IN INFLATION. WHAT'S CHEAP GRAIN PRODUCTS. SO THAT IN THE LONG TERM  COULD BE VERY BULLISH COMMODITIES. OK. SO AS WE LOOK OUT OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS ARE YOU  BASICALLY WATCHING THIS TAX DISCUSSION IS THE CATALYST TO MAYBE THESE NEXT MOVES IN OUR  ECONOMY. I AM. I MEAN RIGHT NOW I THINK A LOT OF IT'S HYPED INTO THE ECONOMY. I MEAN THE  STOCK MARKET A LOT OF STOCK MARKET RALLIES BEEN ON THESE ON THESE TAX CUTS. IF FOR SOME  REASON THEY FALTER WE COULD SEE A PRETTY HARD CORRECTION IN THE MARKET. AND ACTUALLY THINK  SOMETHING WEIRD EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T GET THE INFLATION PLAY A BREAK IN THE STOCK MARKET THAT  COULD PUT A MARK IN THE GROWING MARKET ALSO JUST FOR THE FACT THAT THE MONEY LOOKS FOR  CHEAPNESS IN THAT RANGE RIGHT NOW. UNFORTUNATELY RELATIVELY CHEAP AS OUR PRODUCERS KNOW.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR INTEREST RATES IF WE SEE THIS CONTINUED THIS THESE THESE STEPS IN THIS  DIRECTION. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS THE ECONOMY STARTS GROWING. THAT SHOULD GIVE THE FED REASON  TO RAISE INTEREST RATES SO THAT WILL KEEP THE INTEREST RATES A LITTLE BIT HIGHER. THAT WILL BE A LITTLE  BIT DRAG. ONE THING THAT HIGHER INTEREST RATES TEND TO DO THOUGH IT TENDS TO DRIVE THAT DOLLAR HIGHER AND THAT KIND OF GIVE SOME OF THE MARKET A LITTLE BIT ACROSS ONES BECAUSE AS THE DOLLAR  DOES GO HIGHER IT DOES KIND OF IMPACT US COMMODITIES BECAUSE MIX MORE EXPENSIVE ON THE  INTERNATIONAL MARKET. NOW A LOT OF THINGS AT PLAY HERE A LOT OF THINGS TO WATCH. JIM THANK YOU  FOR BEING HERE WE'LL BE BACK MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KAWASAKI AND THE NEW MULE PRO-FXR™ SIDE X  SIDE. RIDE LIKE A BOSS WITH HIGH-END STYLING AND RUGGED CAPABILITY. WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE LOOKING AT THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE  MATH AND MIKE IF WE LOOK AT THIS MAP MAYBE IT'S CHANGED DRAMATICALLY OVER THE LAST MONTH.  THIS IS WHY I LIKE THIS ROOT ZONE MOISTURE SO MUCH AS IT SHOWS YOU EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON  BECAUSE IT WENT FROM DRY TO WET IN THE NORTHEAST. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED SINCE  THIS IS TAKEN FROM SATELLITE THROUGH NASA. IT SHOWS THE CHANGES IMMEDIATELY AND THAT WAS  WITHIN ONE WEEK WE SAW THOSE CHANGES. WE'VE ALSO SEEN THINGS NOT NEARLY AS WELL OVER THE  LAST WEEK ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE STILL SOME WET AREAS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.  FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO ALL THE WAY UP INTO INDIANA AND OHIO AND ALSO NEBRASKA OFF TOWARD  THE SOUTHWEST. TAKE A LOOK AT THE MAP THIS MORNING YOU CAN SEE A STORM SYSTEM MOVING  THROUGH EASTERN MONTANA. KIND OF A SHOT OF COLD AIR COMING IN OUT WEST. THIS TIME AROUND.  STILL CHILLY ENOUGH THOUGH FOR SOME SNOW EVEN INTO PARTS OF THE OHIO VALLEY SOME AREAS IN  SOUTHERN INDIANA AND OHIO MAY GET SNOW BEFORE. PLACES FARTHER NORTH TOO IN THIS SITUATION.  HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING THE EAST COAST AS YOU CAN SEE PUTTING THE MAPS INTO MOTION. SEE  THAT MOISTURE FLOWING UP OFF THE GULF. WE'LL JUST CONTINUE TO KIND OF MOVE THROUGH WITH  SCATTERED SHOWERS ANYWAY ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY AND INTO PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST PRETTY  GOOD SNOW COMING FOR MANY PARTS OF MINNESOTA AND NORTHERN WISCONSIN ONCE AGAIN YOU'VE  ALREADY HAD ONE THIS YEAR AND SOME SNOW SHOWERS ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE  NORTHERN ROCKIES HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT. STORM SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS  STATES INTO THE GREAT LAKES NOT A LOT OF THE SNOW BY TOMORROW MORNING SHOULD BE A GENERALLY  NORTH OF THE THE GREAT LAKES THERE BUT YOU CAN SEE SOME RAIN ALONG THE WARM FRONT AND THE  COLD FRONT COMING IN ONCE AGAIN ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS STATES AS A VERY SLOW MOVING STORM  OUT WEST BY THE WAY AND YOU'LL SEE WHY ON THE JET STREAM COMING UP BY LATER TODAY THE FIRST  STORM MOVING NORTH OF THE BORDER. COLD FRONT THAT WILL BE PRODUCING SOME SHOWERS THIS PRETTY  WARM AIR. QUICK SHOT OF WARMER AIR AFTER THE COLD COLD WEATHER THAT YOU'VE SEEN RECENTLY IN  THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS FROM HOUSTON ON UP INTO PARTS OF NORTHERN LOUISIANA AS THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS WE'VE SEEN ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.  WE'RE JUST GOING TO ADD SOME LIGHT AMOUNTS GENERALLY THROUGH THAT STREAM OF MOISTURE FROM  THE GULF OF MEXICO INTO THE NORTHEAST AND LITTLE BIT ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS AS WELL. NOW  WHERE IT'S SNOW THOUGH IT COULD COME DOWN PRETTY GOOD ESPECIALLY HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF  MONTANA AND ALSO WE COULD SEE TWO TO FOUR INCHES PARTS OF NORTHERN MINNESOTA AND NORTHERN  WISCONSIN YUPPIE OF MICHIGAN TAKING A LOOK AT THE HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY ONLY IN THE 30S  AND 40S NORTH 70S BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE GULF COAST LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO DROP BELOW  FREEZING IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES NORTHERN PLAINS AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT MAY STAY THERE IN PLACES  DURING THE DAY TOMORROW BUT PRETTY WARM FOR THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TOMORROW. THERE IS A JET  STREAM YOU CAN SEE THE TROUGH IS KIND OF WANING IN THE EAST. THERE'S THAT CUTOFF LOW. WHY THAT  SLOW MOVING SYSTEM OUT IN THE NORTHWEST AND THAT EVENTUALLY MOVES EAST TO BRING ANOTHER  SHOT OF CHILLIER AIR. MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK FOR THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK  ACROSS COUNTRY NOW. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO LONG VIEW WASHINGTON  FIRST OF ALL CLOUDY AND COOL WITH SOME RAIN. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 60 DEGREES. WACO TEXAS  WARMER WITH CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE HIGH OF 81 IN MY HOMETOWN OF DELPHI INDIANA VARIABLY  CLOUDY AND CHILLY AFTERNOON HIGH AROUND 50 DEGREES. 

TEASE
WE'LL TALK FRUITS AND VEGGIES NEXT ON THE PACKER TV. AND WHAT DO A WISCONSIN FARMER, A CHEESEMAKER AND A CHEF HAVE IN  COMMON ? A CARDBOARD BOX - OF COURSE! WE'LL EXPLAIN WHEN WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED  CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD. 

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, CALIFORNIA GROWERS SEEING A FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT  RULE THAT THEY CAN PURSUE A LAWSUIT AGAINST A USDA RULE THAT ALLOWS  IMPORTS OF ARGENTINE LEMONS. THAT DECISION CAME LAST WEEK, FOLLOWING INDUSTRY CONCERNS ARE  IMPROPER PROCEDURES, POTENTIAL PESTS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  ECONOMIC IMPACT ON U.S. GROWERS. U.S. CITRUS INTERESTS ARE HOPING TO HAVE A FINAL RULING IN EARLY MARCH. DEMAND FOR WEST COAST BELL PEPPERS HAS PICKED-UP AFTER HURRICANE  IRMA DEVASTATED SOME OF THE CROP IN FLORIDA. THAT TIGHT SUPPLY COMES JUST AS ANOTHER ROUND OF BELL PEPPER  HARVEST GEETS UNDERWAY. THIS CROP IS IN OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA WHERE THE GROWER SAYS THE CROP  CONDITION LOOKS BETTER THAN LAST YEAR DUE TO MORE WATER AND LESS  HEAT! "SO FAR IT'S BEEN OK, THERE ARE ALWAYS CHALLENGES. WE HAVE SOME WARMER WEATHER WHICH  BRINGS IN MORE PESTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT IT'S BEEN A DECENT MARKET SO WE'RE HAPPY WITH  THE PRODUCTION AND HAPPY WITH THE MARKET,"> THE GROWER SAYS HIS NUMBER ONE WORRY IS GETTING ENOUGH LABOR TO  HARVEST IT ALL.  IF YOU THINK GRAPE OR CHERRY TOMATOES ARE TOO BIG IN YOUR SALAD, THEN  TRY THIS ONE ON "FOR SIZE". NATUREFRESH FARMS WILL GROW AND MARKET PEARL-SIZED TOMBERRY TOMATOES. THE THE GREENHOUSE GROWER WORKED OUT A DEAL WITH A SEED  COMPANY IN THE NETHERLANDS. IT'S DUBBED THE "WORLD'S SMALLEST TOMATO". THEY ARE ABOUT HALF- TO ONE- CENTIMETER IN DIAMETER....OR ABOUT THE SIZE OF A JELLYBEAN. NATUREFRESH SAYS "THE SNACKING TREND IN NORTH AMERICA HAS EXPLODED  AND WE CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR NEW ITEMS THAT WILL HELP GROW OUR  SNACKING CATEGORY." THE FIRST CROP WILL BE GROWN NEXT SPRING. SEE HOW A WISCONSIN FARMER IS PAIRING HIS LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCE WITH  A CHEF AND A CHEESEMAKER TO HELP TIME-CRUNCHED CONSUMERS. INSTINCT AND N-SERVE NITROGEN STABILIZERS DON'T JUST STABILIZE NITROGEN, THEY MAXIMIZE IT - SO  CORN CROPS GIE THE MAX IN RETURN.  LEARN MORE AT MAXINMAXOUT.COM. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M5 SERIES - BRINGING NEW  LEVELS OF COMFORT TO HARD WORK.  LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM, OR VISIT  YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY. WHAT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SHIFTS IN CONSUMER FOODS? ACCORDING TO  THE RESEARCH FIRM "TECHNOMIC", IT'S MEAL KITS. IT'S ALSO CALLED FRESH FOOD SUBSCRIPTION MARKET. THAT'S WHEN A BOX OF  PRE-MEASURED INGREDIENTS ARE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR. A LOCAL CHEESE SHOP IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN HAS TEAMED-UP WITH A LOCAL  CHEF AND A FARMER TO CREATE THEIR OWN BOXES FOR LOCAL CONSUMERS. WE  GET DETAILS IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING  BOARD. MAGGIE CHRISTIANS AND HER HUSBAND MATTHEW HAVE OWNED NAVIEVE FROMAGERIE SINCE  2014, AND HAVE WORKED HARD TO EDUCATE LOCALS ABOUT WISCONSIN ARTISAN CHEESES. NOW  THEY'RE TAKING CHEESE IN A WHOLE NEW DIRECTION WITH LOCALLY GROWN, FRESH MEAL BOXES. "DOING SOMETHING ENTIRELY LOCAL LIKE THIS IS A CHALLENGE FOR THIS AREA. BUT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN  RECEPTIVE TO IT, AND THERE'S DEFINITELY A GROWING FOODIE COMMUNITY HERE IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN."  TRILOCAL IS A COLLABORATION OF A FARMER UNITING A CHEF AND A CHEESE SHOP OWNER TO DEVELOP  AND PRODUCE A LOCAL RECIPE BOX TO HELP SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.  "LOTS OF  PEOPLE ARE CHANGING THE WAY THEY EAT. SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT USED TO GET CSA BOXES OR  THOUGHT OF THAT AS A CONVENIENT WAY TO GET LOCAL FOOD HAVE STARTED GETTING AT LEAST ONE OR TWO  OF THESE OTHER BOXES A WEEK, AND IT MAKES CSA FARMERS A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS MAINLY BECAUSE  IT'S NATIONALLY DISTRIBUTED SO IT'S NOT FROM WISCONSIN AND IT'S NOT LOCAL." KAT BECKER GROWS THE  PRODUCE, AND CHEF JOE THOMAS CREATES SIMPLE AND TASTY DISHES THAT ARE EASY TO ADAPT FOR  CONSUMERS. HIGHLIGHTING WHAT'S IN SEASON, LIKE HIS GREEN GODDESS GAZPACHO SOUP, AND  ALLOWING THE CHRISTIANS TO ENHANCE THE RECIPE WITH WISCONSIN CHEESE. "IT JUST AMPLIFIES  THE SOUP SO MUCH MORE WHEN YOU HIT THE CHEESE IN THE SPOONFUL WITH THE SOUP, THE CHEESE  JUST BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER. THE CHEESE IS ONE OF THE STARS IN THAT DISH!" AND WHILE THE GOAL IS TO USE FRESH LOCAL FOODS, THE PROGRAM HAS BENEFITS AS WELL. "THIS  IS A NICE WAY TO KIND OF INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO SOME OF THEIR LOCAL PRODUCERS, AND TO SOME OF  THE PRODUCTS THOSE PRODUCERS HAVE TO OFFER." AND THAT'S WISCONSIN DAIRY NEWS. TRILOCAL OFFERED THE RECIPE MEAL BOXES ONCE A MONTH THROUGH  OCTOBER. BUT THEY HOPE TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM THROUGH THE WINTER  MONTHS.  TECHNOMIC EXPECTS THE U-S MARKET WILL GROW BY A FACTOR OF TEN OVER THE NEXT FIVE  YEARS.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN, 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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