AgDay Daily Recap - October 28, 2016

August 11, 2016 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
OCTOBER 28, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP ON AGDAY-COULD A LA NINA DRIVE WEATHER THIS WINTER FOR THE LOWER 48? IN AGRIBUSINESS...IS ANYONE MAKING MONEY IN AG?  PLUS, A GREAT AMERICAN BARN FROM MICHIGAN... FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV SHOWS YOU HOW NOT TO PINCH YOUR YIELDS IN THE SPRING. AND A REMINDER FOR FALL HUNTERS TO BE SAFE ON THE STAND. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.                                                                                                                                                                    

DROUGHT MONITOR
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WHILE RAINY WET WEATHER HAS HELPED SOME PARTS OF THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES, PARTS OF THE SOUTH  CONTINUE TO DRY OUT. THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWING DROUGHT CONDITIONS INTENSIFYING IN PARTS OF THE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST--STRETCHING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WESTWARD TO EASTERN TEXAS. IN THE SOUTH MORE THAN 57 PERCENT OF THE AREA IS NOW FACING SOME FORM OF DROUGHT OR DRYNESS. MEANWHILE, THE NORTHEAST AND AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAVE HAD RAINFALL OVER THE PAST WEEK HELPING EASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WITH MOST OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON STATE NOW SEEING MAJOR IMPROVEMENT.                                                                                                                                                            

LA NINA HYPE
THE NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER RELEASED ITS 90 DAY OUTLOOK FOR THE U.S. AND LA NINA IS BACK IN THE PICTURE ONCE AGAIN. BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US WITH A CLOSER LOOK. CLINTON, THIS PAST SUMMER, THERE WAS SO MUCH HYPE ABOUT A POTENTIAL NATION-WIDE DROUGHT FROM LA NINA. WE SAW POCKETS BUT NOTHING WIDESPREAD. NOW, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS LA NINA IS MAKING A COMEBACK...JUST LATER THAN EXPECTED. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S 90 DAY OUTLOOK IS A LA NINA BASED FORECAST.. BRINGING THE CONVERSATION TO THE FOREFRONT ONCE AGAIN. "IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE HEADING TO LA NINA FOR THE FALL AND WINTER OF 2016 AND 2017," RIPPEY SAYS THE REASONS ARE WET WEATHER AND MILD DRY CONDITIONS. <"WE'VE SEEN SO FAR IN OCTOBER AS MUCH AS FIVE TIMES THE NORMAL PREC. FO RHTE MONTH TO DATE. THIS IS A HALLMARK OF A DEVELOPING LA NINA AS THAT WET WEATHER IN THE NORTHWEST."> <"WE'VE SEEN VERY WARM CONDITIONS STRETCHING THE SOUTH AND SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE SOUTHEAST. WITH THAT COMES VERY DRY CONDITIONS UNFORTUNATELY,"> HE SAYS ITS TOO EARLY TO TELL LA NINA'S ARRIVAL AND IMPACT, MAKING A POTENTIAL WIDE-SPREAD DROUGHT HARD TO FORECAST. <"YOU HAVE TO REALIZE THERE IS A LOT OF OCEAN. OUTSIDE OF THE PACIFIC. SO WE COULD SEE SOMETHING IN NORTH PACIFIC HELPING DRIV EHT ECLIMATE MORE THAN EQUATORIAL ZONE."> FOR THIS WINTER, HE'S EXPECTING A WARM, DRY FORECAST FOR THE  SOUTHERN U.S. STATES AND COLDER, WETTER FORECAST FOR THE NORTHERN AREAS.  <"THIS WINTER FOR HTE NATION AS A WHOLE WILL BE COLDER THAN LAST. THAT'S TRUE FOR ACROSS THE NORTHERN U.S. WHERE WE SW OUR SECOND WARMEST WINTER IN THE NORTHEST BUT A STRONGER NORTHERN JET STREAM AND WE'LL SEE STRONGER COLD FRONTS MOVING DOWN. IT MAY NOT BE BONE SHATTERING COLD BUT IT WILL LIKELY BE MUCH COLDER THAN LAST WINTER."> RIPPEY SAYS HE'S ANTICIPATING SOME WET SPOTS IN THE NORTHWEST, NORTHERN ROCKIES AND GREAT LAKES REGION. HE SAYS A LA NINA FORECAST USUALLY MEANS MORE SNOWPACKIN THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADAS. THANKS BETSY.

FARMERS TO SUPPORT TRUMP
WITH THE 2016 ELECTION JUST DAYS AWAY NOW, NEWPOLLING OF FARM COUNTRY IS OUT FROM AGRIPULSE. IT SHOWS, 55 PERCENT OF THOSE SURVEYED SAY THEY'LL SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP. 18 PERCENT FAVOR HILLARY CLINTON. 2 PERCENT ARE BACKING LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE GARY JOHNSON. THAT STILL LEAVES 15 PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS UNDECIDED. AND 8 PERCENT REFUSED TO ANSWER. OF THOSE POLLED,  18 PERCENT OF FEMALES SAY THEY'RE STILL UNDECIDED. ACCORDING TO AGRIPULSE-AN OVERWHELMING 86 PERCENT SAID THEY WERE SOMEWHAT OR VERY DISSATISFIED WITH HOW THE ELECTION IS GOING IN THIS  COUNTRY.

DECAYING RIVER INFRASTRUCTURE
ALSO IN TRADE NEWS, THE NATIONAL CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION SAYS DECAYING RIVER INFRASTRUCTURE IS BECOMING A MAJOR CONCERN FOR CORN FARMERS. THIS COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE MID-AMERICA FREIGHT COALITION RELEASING A STUDYING FINDING LOCK   FAILURES WOULD COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOST JOBS AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. USDA SAYS AN INTERRUPTION AT LOCK AND DAM 25 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FOR EXAMPLE, WOULD RESULT    IN A LOSS OF MORE THAN 7-THOUSAND JOBS, ONE-POINT-THREE BILLION DOLLARS OF LABOR INCOME AND 2-POINT-4 BILLION DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ANNUALLY. NCGASAYS UPGRADING NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FOR CONGRESS.

RICE SEED ESPIONAGE
THE WAVE OF SEED ESPIONAGE CASES IS STILL GOING. YOU MAY REMEMBER A STORY WE FIRST REPORTED A COUPLE YEARS AGO...ABOUT A RICE RESEARCHER IN ARKANSAS. WHEN-GWEEYANHAS PLED GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO THE FBI. THE 61 YEAR OLD  SCIENTIST WORKED FOR USDA AT A RESEARCH CENTER IN STUTTGART, ARKANSAS. HE ADMITTED THIS WEEK THAT HE KNEW ABOUT PLANS TO STEAL SAMPLES OF RICE SEED DURING A CHINESE DELEGATION VISIT IN 2013, WITH PLANS TO SEND THOSE SEEDS BACK WITH THE DELEGATION. U-S CUSTOMS FOUND STOLEN SEEDS IN  LUGGAGE AS THE GROUP PREPARED TO FLY BACK TO CHINA. SENTENCING WILL HAPPEN LATER THIS MONTH, AS HE FACES UP TO 20 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON. ANOTHER SEED BREEDER IS ALSO AWAITING TRIAL.

CROP COMMENTS
GOOD MORNING, CLINTON. MIKE VIESETH SENT US THIS PHOTO FROM SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA. HE SAYS HARVEST IS GOING WELL. QUITE A SURPRISE AFTER RECEIVING 28 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE AUGUST FIRST. HE SAYS THERE ARE SOME WET SPOTS STILL. YET SOYBEAN YIELDS ARE GREAT AND CORN IS AVERAGE IN HIS AREA. OVER IN NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA. ALEX HOLZWARTH SAYS HE IS HALFWAY DONE HARVESTING CORN. YIELDS ARE GREAT IN THE AREA IN CORN, SOYBEANS AND WHEAT! USDA SAYS SOUTH DAKOTA IS 10 POINTS BEHIND THE 5-YEAR-AVERAGE WITH HARVESTING CORN AT 47 PERCENT COMPLETE. AD LIBAND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.

TEASE
ALRIGHT SO...IS ANYONE MAKING MONEY IN FARMING THIS YEAR? I ASKED TOMMY GRISAFI THAT QUESTION NEXT IN  AGRIBUSINESS.  AND LATER, KEEPING THE PINCH ROW PROBLEM OUT OF YOUR FIELD COULD SAVE YOU BIG BUSHELS COME HARVEST.

FLOOR OF THE CME
LET'S SEE HOW THE MARKETS CLOSED ON THURSDAY. FOR THAT, WE HEAD TO THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO. WE ARE SEEING SOME GREEN ACROSS THE BOARD, CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, ALL CATCHING A BID HIGHER IN THE MARKET THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON SESSION WHICH IS VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE FOR THIS DECEMBER CORN   CONTRACT. WE'RE ABOVE THE 100 DAY MOVING AVERAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JUNE 24. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT. THIS KIND OF BUILDS US ANOTHER LEG TO THE UPSIDE. IF WE CAN GET ABOVE LAST WEEK'S HIGH OF 3.59 AND A QUARTER, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF RESISTANCE UNTIL 3.66 AND A QUARTER WHICH IS A KEY LEVEL GOING BACK AND FOURTH BETWEEN THE HIGH AND LOW. WE ARE SEEING BUYING ACROSS THE BOARD WHICH IS NICE TO SEE CONTINUATION WITH LIVE CATTLE, FEEDER CATTLE AND LEAN HOGS. ALL COMING UP AGAINST SIGNIFICANT RESISTNACE LEVELS. DECEMBER LIVE CATTLE AT 1.05 IS A BIG LINE IN THE SAND FOR US. THIS IS GIVING US OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELLERS TO SELL BACK IN. HOWEVER, IF WE ARE ABLE TO STABILIZE BETWEEN 105 BETWEEN A COUPLE OF CONSECUTIVE SESSIONS, I THINK WE COULD BE PUTTING IN A NEAR TERM BOTTOM. UNTIL THEN, THE BEARS REMAIN IN CONTROL IN THIS MARKET. THE SAME IS SAID WITH THE FEEDER CATTLE MARKET. 1.25 FOR THE NOVEMEBER FEEDERS. THAT'S BIG RESISTANCE LEVELS. WOULD LIKE TO SEE A COUPLE OF CONSECUTIVE CLOSES ABOVE THAT LINE IN THE SAND TO GET US CONTINUATION FORWARD. THIS HAS BEEN OLIVER SLOUP WITH IITRADER COMING TO YOU FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME.

AGRIBUSINESS
TOMMY GRASAFI IS OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. ALRIGHT, TOMMY, I THINK THE QUESTION WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT AGRICULTURE IS ARE FARMERS MAKING MONEY THIS YEAR? GREAT QUESTION. IT'S BEEN A WILD RIDE EVEN THOUGH PRICES ARE LOWER IN CORN AND WHEAT, WITH THE AMOUNT OF BUSHELS SOME OF THE CUSTOMERS I WORK WITH ARE PRODUCING, THEY'RE MAKING MONEY. THE COMBINATION OF FORWARD SALES FOR THE FEW MONTHS WE WERE AT HIGHER PRICES, SOME BASIC BUT PROTECTION, A FLOOR THEY BOUGHT THE CROP INSURANCE, IT'S A TOOL THEY DIDN'T USE IT ON THE REVENUE SIDE. AND THEN THE BUSHEL SHOWED UP. AND SO A FARMER GOES INTO THE SPRING OR WINTER THINKING THEY CAN'T MAKE MONEY WITH 4 DOLLAR CORN AND THEY NEED 4.20. BUT THEY'RE ABOVE THEIR APH IN  BUSHELS AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN, THEY'RE IN THE GREEN. ON THE BEANS, IT'S AN AMAZING PERCENT ABOVE THEIR APH. HOW MUCH MONEY WAS IN WEALTH WAS CREATED THROUGH EXTRA BEAN YIELD? JUST TAKE AN AVERAGE THOUSAND ACRE FARMER WITH A 40 APH, ALL OF THE SUDDEN THEY HAVE 50 BUSHELS AN ACRE. THAT'S A LOT OF SOYBEANS. IT'S ABOUT NINETY GRAND EXTRA RIGHT THERE TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE THAT YOU DID NOT KNOW THE DAY BEFORE THAT COMBINE WENT IN THE FIELD THAT THOSE BEANS WERE THERE. NOT EVERYONE HAS THAT MANY EXTRA BEANS BUT I THINK THEY'RE OUT THERE AND AT THE CUSTOMERS I'M WORKING WITH ARE MAKING MONEY IN ROW CROPS THIS YEAR. WHEAT IS STILL A PROBLEM AND THE CATTLE IN THE DAIRY AND THE LIVESTOCK GUYS HAVE IT THE WORST THIS YEAR. OK YOU KNOW ONE THING WE TALK A LOT ABOUT FROM AN AGRONOMY STANDPOINT IS IT IN LOWER PRICES, WE NEED TO GROW MORE. IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE MISSING THAT MARK THIS YEAR. THE NUMBER ONE RULE TO BETTER MARKETING IS GROW THE BUSHELS. IF SOMEONE HAS HAIL OR A TORNADO OR GREEN SNAP, ALL THE GREAT MARKING THE WORLD SECOND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE FARMER HAS TO DO THEIR JOB MOTHER NATURE NEEDS TO PARTICIPATE FOR THOSE COMBINED WITH BETTER MARKETING AND BETTER CASH SALES LEAVE TO A SUCCESSFUL FARM OPERATION IN 2016.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR,   WE CAN SEE THERE IN THE SOUTHEAST WHERE IT'S GETTING A LITTLE WORSE. YEAH, LIKE YOU MENTIONED, IF YOU LOOK AT A LA NINA, I MEAN YES SOMETIMES THAT PRODUCES DRY WEATHER DOWN THERE. BUT I THINK LA NINA  IS GOING BE A PRETTY MINOR FACTOR IN THIS WINTER WEATHER. WE WILL BE CHECKING OUT OVER THE COMING DAYS. OF COURSE, WE'RE STILL TRYING TO SORT OUT WHETHER WE WILL GET A LA NINA ON HOW STRONG IT WILL BE AND I CAN'T SEE HOW A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW THE NEXT THREE FOUR FIVE MONTHS PLAY OUT. BUT RIGHT NOW YOU CAN SEE THE DRY AREAS IN THE SOUTHEAST. LET'S GO BACK A MONTH. YOU CAN SEE IT WAS ALREADY GETTING DRY IN THE  NORTHEAST. THIS AREA IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WAS JUST STARTING TO GET DRY AS WE GO THROUGH THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS, YOU CAN SEE HOW IT GETS DRIER AND DRIER AND SO THAT IS A CONCERN. THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. IT HASN'T GOTTEN ANY WORSE IN THE ATLANTA AREA OR AT LEAST IN THOSE SURROUNDING AREAS. IT'S JUST STAYED WITH A SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT IN PLACES.NEW ENGLAND HAS IMPROVED, WESTERN WASHINGTON, WESTERN OREGON HAS IMPROVED AS WELL OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS. THERE'S OUR MAP AS WE STARTED THE DAY  TODAY. HIGH PRESSURE IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND THE NORTHEAST WITH THE RAIN AND SNOW. HEADING OUT TO SEA EVENTUALLY ALL THOSE KILLINGS REMAIN IN EASTERN NEW ENGLAND AS WE HEAD INTO THE EARLY PART OF TONIGHT, SOME PRETTY COLD AIR WITH THIS HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM COMING INTO SOUTHERN CANADA. THAT IS GOING TO COME REAL FAR SOUTH IN  THE U.S. THE NEXT STORM SYSTEM HAS PUT DOWN A FAIR AMOUNT OF RAIN AND STILL GOING TO TODAY IN CALIFORNIA BUT AS IT COMES ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS IT REALLY DOES DRY OUT YOU CAN SEE SOME  LINGERING SHOWERS, MAINLY NORTH OF THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AS IT HEADS INTO THE PLAINS STATES TOMORROW MORNING. AND AS WE START THE WEEKEND ON SATURDAY YOU CAN SEE THAT SECONDARY FRONT HOLDING IN THE SOUTHERN ONE BUT AGAIN, IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE VERY WARM FOR THIS TIME IN HERE SOUTH OF THE FRONTAL SYSTEMS AND YET ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING IN AND OUT WEST. THAT WILL EFFECT CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS WE HAVE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE WEEK. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OF THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS, NEW ENGLANDD HAS RECEIVED THE MOST ALTHOUGH YOU CAN SEE SOME DECENT AMOUNTS IN PARTS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. ADDING ON THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS, WE  WILL ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE IN EASTERN NEW ENGLAND THAT LITTLE STRIP OF MOISTURE COMING ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS. AND ALSO WILL ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE WEST COAST AREAS. SNOW   FALL OUT MAINLY CONFINED TO THE NORTHEAST. STILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT    MORE TO GO ESPECIALLY FOR EASTERN NEW ENGLAND AND UP INTO MAINE, ESPECIALLY THOSE AREAS GOING TO SEE SEVERAL INCHES OF THE WHITE STUFF AND A FEW SPOTS IN THE WEST WILL SEE SOME IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. HIGH TEMPERATURES REALLY WARMING UP OVER THE PLAINS STILL CHILLY FROM THE EASTERN LAKES AND NEW ENGLAND. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT  I CAN ONLY DROP OFF INTO THE SIXTIES FROM CHICAGO ALL THE WAY TO THE GULF COAST. YOU CAN SEE THIRTIES AND FORTIES NORTHEAST AS WELL AS THE   NORTHERN ROCKIES AND LOOK AT THE WARMTH EXPANDING INTO THE OHIO VALLEY AND SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THERE'S A JET STREAM YOU CAN SEE INTO THE STORM SYSTEM OFF THE NORTHEAST COAST, RIDGE BUILDS IN AND LITTLE RIPPLES ARE IN  FOR A WHILE AS YOU CAN SEE MOVING FROM WEST TO EAST. BIG COLD THEN COLD AIR UP TO THE NORTH. NO SIGNS OF COMING SOUTHWARD FOR ANY PROLONGED PERIOD ALTHOUGH LATE NEXT WEEK COULD GET A SHOT IN THE NEW ENGLAND AS YOU CAN SEE THERE. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS A COUNTRY NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FOR MOORCROFT, WYOMING TODAY A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH TEMPERATURE OF SIXTY EIGHT DEGREES. DECATUR, ILLINOIS WARMER WITH PARTLY SUNNY SKIES HIGH OF THE SEVENTY TWO. AND AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA LOTS OF SUNSHINE WILL CALL IT COMFORTABLY WARM HIGH TEMPS ARE AROUND EIGHTY TWO.

GREAT AMERICAN BARNS
TODAY'S GREAT AMERICAN BARN COMES FROM A MICHIGAN MAN WHO CARES A LOT FOR THE HERITAGE BARNS IN THIS COUNTRY. CHARLES LEIK  IS THE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL BARN ALLIANCE. HE RETIRED FROM A CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL BANKING AND NOW ENJOYS SPENDING HIS SUMMERS ON THE FARM WHERE HE WAS BORN IN PORTLAND, MICHIGAN. THE PROPERTY HAS BEEN IN THE FAMILY SINCE 1984. THE BARN DATES BACK TO THE 1930'S. IT IS CONSTRUCTED OF SAWN AND PLANED YELLOW PINE. THE INTERIOR LAYOUT WAS A GRADE-LEVEL DRIVE-THROUGH WITH STABLES ON EITHER SIDE AND HAY STORAGE ABOVE. IT ALSO HOUSED A FEW DAIRY COWS. SOME RATHER AGGRESSIVE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO RENOVATE THE INTERIOR AND EXTEND IT'S LIFE. CHARLES SAY THE BARN WAS RE-ROOFED THIS SUMMER. IT GOT A FRESH COAT OF PAINT... KEY FACTORS INPRESERVING CLASSIC BARNS.                                                                                                                                                                     

TEASE
STILL TO COME AGRONOMY TIPS THAT COULD HELP GROW YOUR BUSHELS. ITS OUR WEEKLY FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV TIPS. AND LATER, IF HUNTING SEASON HAS YOU EXCITED TO BAG   A BUCK, DOCTORS HAVE AN IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER BEFORE CLIMBING THAT TREE STAND.  

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV WE'VE TALKED FOR YEARS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PLANTING PASS. THIS MORNING FARM JOURNAL FIELD AGRONOMIST KEN FERRIE TAKES A LOOK AT PINCH ROWS AND THE IMPACT IT CAN HAVE ON HARVEST. AS OF TODAY WERE WERE TAKING OUT WHAT WE CALL A PINCH ROW PLOT. WE'RE LOOKING AT THE EFFECT, THE WEIGHT OF ALL THE MACHINES HAVE THAT BEEN THROUGH THIS FIELD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SO, THINGS HAVE REALLY CHANGED FOR EFFICIENCY. WE HAVE SIZED UP THESE MACHINES TO GO FASTER, TO GO FURTHER IT MORE DONE IN A DAY AND THAT'S REALLY HELPED. BUT WE GOT BIGGER PLANTERS. WE HAVE BIGGER SPRAYERS. WE HAVE BIGGER SIDE DRESS MACHINES AND OF COURSE WHIP ON A MUCH BIGGER TRACTORS, WHICH ALL MEANS WEIGHT. INSTEAD OF HAVING INDIVIDUAL BOXES ON A CORN PLANTER, NOW WE HAVE CENTER FIELDS. SO WE BRING ALL THE WEIGHT THAT USED TO BE  EXPANDED OUT ACROSS THIRTY, FORTY FEET AND WE'RE BRINGING IT BACK TO ONE LOCATION. ON TOP OF THAT, A LOT OF THESE PLANTERS, BECAUSE OF THEIR FOLDING MECHANISMS, WE ONLY HAVE ONE CENTRAL TANK FOR STARTER FERTILIZER. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF WEIGHT AND THEN IN THAT CASE THE WAIT IS SITTING RIGHT IN THE CENTER THE PLANTER AND SO IS THE WEIGHT OF THE TRACTOR. AND ALL THE ROADS THAT GET CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DUELS OF THE TRACTOR AND BETWEEN A TRACTOR TIRE AND THE PLANNER TRACTOR WITH WHAT WE CALL PINCH ROWS, WE COMPRESS THAT SOIL SO HARD.  IT'S HARD FOR OXYGEN AND WATER TO MOVE THROUGH THOSE SOILS. IT IMPACTS YIELDS. IN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO, AS WE'VE SEEN THREE BUSHEL LOST TO THOSE SIX ROWS BEHIND THE IMPLEMENT UP TO SIXTY BUSHEL LOSS WHEN WE'RE IN WET FIELDS  IN WET CONDITIONS. TODAY, WERE WORKING AT SOME NEW TECHNOLOGY IN THIS IS MAINLY IN THE CORN PLANTER.  SO WHAT WE'VE DONE OUT HERE IS WE TOOK A CENTER FULL PLANNER. WE FILLED  BOTH TANKS WITH SEED. WE FILLED THE STARTER TANK COMPLETELY FULL OF WATER TO GIVE US EXTRA WEIGHT. AND AS WE GO ACROSS THERE, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TURN THE WEIGHT TRANSFER ON AND OFF. THE WEIGHT TRANSFERS BASED THEY SAID THE CYLINDERS THAT TAKE THE CENTER OF THAT PLANNER AND THEY PUSH IT OUT BACK OUT TO THE WINGS. KIND OF LIKE LIFTING YOURSELF UP ON A SET OF PARALLEL BARS. SO, WE CAN ACTUALLY TRANSFER THE WAY BACK OUT TO WHERE IT USED TO BE OUT ON THE WINGS AND WE HAVE A BIGGER FOOTPRINT FOR THAT PLANTER AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO SEE HERE TODAY IS WHAT THE EFFECT THAT THAT IS GOING TO BE IN YIELD. SO, WE HAVE THE ABILITY HERE TO TRANSFER DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF WEIGHT. SO WE DID FROM ZERO TRANSFER WEIGHTS IN THIS PLOT, ALL WAY UP THE SIX SEVEN HUNDRED POUND TRANSFER WEIGHT ITSELF AND AS WE HARVEST TODAY, WE'RE LOOKING AT AN AREA HERE WITH NO WEIGHT ON IT OR NO PINCH ROWS  AND THIS RIGHT SAID OVER HERE HAS A SET OF PINCH ROWS UNDER IT WHICH WILL IMPACT THE YIELD. IT'S ONLY ONE IMPLEMENT AND THIS CASE THE PLANTER. BUT THIS IS NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT JUST BASICALLY BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE PLANTER WORLD. AND FOR THE MOST PART, NOW WE CAN ORDER IT ON THE PLANTER THAT WE PURCHASE WE CAN ALSO REDUCE PINCH ROW WEIGHT IF WE GET RID OF THE DUELS ON THE TRACTOR. SO IT'S A LESS OF AN ISSUE ON A TRACK TRACTOR COMPARED A WHEELED UP, DUELED UP TRACTOR WITH WEIGHTS. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THATIF WE'RE IN NO TILL OR STRIP TILL WE TEND TO HAVE LESS ISSUES WITH THE PINCH ROW THAN WE DO WITH CONVENTIONAL OR VERTICAL TILLAGE ITSELF. SO THAT'S WHAT THIS PLOT IS HERE TODAY. WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH IT'S WORTH AND WHAT THE ROI ON THE TECHNOLOGY IS GOING TO BE. THANKS KEN.

TEASE
UP NEXT A SAFETY REMINDER BEFORE HITTING THE TREE STAND THIS HUNTING SEASON.  

HUNTING SAFETY
HUNTING SEASON IS HERE. WHETHER YOU LIKE TO HUNT DEER OR PHEASANT, USE FIRE ARM OR BOW; DOCTORS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH SAY THE LEADING CAUSE OF HUNTER INJURY IS FALLING FROM TREE STANDS. DOCTORS SAY THEY SEE AN AVERAGE OF 40 TO 50 HUNTING RELATING INCIDENTS A YEAR, MAJORITY OF THEM ARE HUNTERS FALLING FROM TREE STANDS. AND USUALLY NONE OF THE HUNTERS ARE WEARING A SAFETY HARNESS. DOCTORS SAY A FALL FROM JUST 10 FEET UP COULD BE DEVASTATING. <"THOSE INJURIES CAN BE QUITE SEVERE. EVERYTHING FROM A BROKEN LEG TO A BROKEN SPINE TO A DEVASTING HEAD INJURY THAT'S NON RECOVERABLE."> AS MOST HUNTERS KNOW, M-U IS ENCOURAGING MAINTAINING THREE POINTS OF CONTACT WITH THE LADDER, KEEPING A CELLPHONE OR RADIO HANDY AND WEARING APPROPRIATE HUNTING ATTIRE. MOST OF ALL BE SAFE AND SLOW DOWN.

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

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