AgDay Daily Recap - September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

HEADLINES

THE DAIRY DILEMMA - TRADE UNCERTAINY AND ANEMIC PRICES.,,BUT  OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOME. "ONE INDIANA DAIRY BUSINESS IS CHANGING THIS MONTH AND IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH AN OPPORTUNITY  WITH WALMART. WE'LL EXPLAIN IN THE SHOW.""WALMART HAS DEFINATELY GOING TO MAKE A DAIRYMEN EASIER." COULD THIS WEEK BRING ANOTHER HEAVY TARIFF BLOW TO CHINA...AND HOW  WILL THE COUNTRY RESPOND? IN ANALYSIS....COULD DISEASE IN CHINA'S PORK SECTOR PRESENT  OPPORTUNITIES FOR U-S PRODUCERS? MACHINERY PETE IS NOT JUST A LAND-LUBBER... AND MAKING COWS ECO-FRIENDLY WITH HELP FROM THE SEA. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO. 

WALMART DAIRY PLANT
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE DAIRY INDUSTRY HAS SEEN IT'S FAIR SHARE OF ISSUES OVER THE PAST  YEAR. WILL A NEW MONTH BRING FRESH RESOLUTION TO SOME OF THE BIGGEST  CHALLENGES? FROM UNCERTAINTY AROUND TRADE DEALS, TO RETALIATORY TARIFFS, FALLING MILK PRICES AND INCREASING PRODUCTION, DAIRY HAS FELT ITS SHARE OF  BUMPS IN 2018. NAFTA NEGOTIATORS FOCUSING SQUARELY ON DAIRY DURING DISCUSSIONS  LAST WEEK...INCLUDING TALKS AROUND MARKET ACCESS. ONE OF THE ISSUES RECENTLY HAS BEEN PROCESSORS CANCELLING  CONTRACTS. IN INDIANA, A NEWLY OPENED MILK PROCESSING PLANT OWNED BY WALMART IS CHANGING HOW SOME DAIRY FARMERS ARE DOING BUSINESS. NATIONAL REPORTER, BETSY JIBBEN STOPPED AT ONE FARM THAT'S CHANGING  ITS BUSINESS MODEL BECAUSE OF IT.  BRIAN HOUIN USED TO SPENDING TIME IN THE CALF BARN.  IT WAS HIS EVERYDAY ROLE WHEN HE CAME BACK TO THE OPERATION IN 2003.  MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FARM'S BEGINNING. "MY GRANDFATHER STARTED THE DAIRY IN 1945 AFTER WORLD WAR II. " BRIAN RETURNED TO THE FARM IN PLYMOUTH, INDIANA WHO HE NOW CO-OWNS  WITH WITH HIS WIFE, JILL.  THEY'RE MILKING 48-HUNDRED COWS ON 3 DIFFERENT FACILITIES IN BOTH A  CONVENTIONAL PARLOR  AND WITH ROBOTS -A LARGE INVESTMENT THEY ADDED A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.  "IT WAS DEFINATELY A RISK. WE KNEW IF WE WANTED TO STAY COMPETITIVE LONG-TERM THAT WE  NEEDED TO DO THIS."LIKE OTHER DAIRIES,  THEY ARE FEELING THE IMPACTS OF  MILK PRICES, DROPPING DEEP IN THE RED  AND STAYING. WITNESSING DAIRIES LEAVING THE BUSINESS - "IN YEARS PAST, I THINK DAIRIES WERE ON A THREE YEAR CYCLE AND A LOT OF DAIRYMEN THOUGHT THE FALL OF 2017 THINGS WERE GOING TO TURN AROUND," BUT WITH PROCESSORS AND CO-OPS DROPPING CONTRACTS, WHO-YINS FEARED IT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM UNTIL THEIR DAIRY WAS VICTIM AS WELL - WHEN DMS - THEIR MILK MARKETING CONTRACTOR "WE GOT A LETTER LAST  APRIL THAT DMS WOULD NO LONGER BE IN BUSINESS SO THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT  NERVE RACKING,"DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA - WHO OWNED DMS - STEPPED UP AND AND OFFERED THE HOUINS A CONTRACT AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO ELSEWHERE. "DFA TREATED US FAIR AND WE APPRECIATED THAT OPPORTUNITY,""BUT SOON AN OPPORTUNITY FELL INTO THEIR LAPS. IT WAS AN OFFER THEY COULDN'T REFUSE.""STARTING SEPTEMBER 1, OUR MILK WILL BE GOING TO WALMART,"WALMART OPENED A PROPRIARITY PLANT IN NEAR FORT WAYNE, INDIANA.  THE COMPANY IS PLANNING ON BOTTLING IT'S OWN MILK, ELIMINATING THE CO- OP, PROCESSOR OR MIDDLE MAN - TAKING MILK STRAIGHT FROM THE DAIRY AND  TO ITS PLANT. "WALMART HAS DEFINATELY GOING TO MAKE A DAIRYMEN EASIER.""THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OF MANY PEOPLE I'M SURE THAT ARE GOING TO BE CONTRACTS TOGETEHER WITH TO SUPPLY THAT PLANT. AND IN THE WAKE OF DEANS DROPPING PRODUCERS, THIS IS WELCOMED NEWS."NORTH SAYS A PLANT BUYING FROM DAIRYMEN IS NOT  NEW. COMPANIES LIKE WALMART ARE CHOOSING TO BUY STRAIGHT FROM THE  SOURCE FOR MARKETING REASONS AND TO SECURE VOLUME TO KEEP A PLANT  OPERATIONAL. "THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THERE IS MILK COMING INTO THAT PLANT EVERY SINGLE DAY. 49 THE BEST  WAY THEY CAN DO THAT IS SIGN A CONTRACT WITH A FARMER."NORTH SAYS SOME PLANTS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUY 'SPOT MILK,' LOADS  OTHER PROCESSORS DON'T HAVE ROOM FOR AT THE TIME. IT'S USUALLY CHEAPER BUT CAN BE A RISK HE EXPECTS COMPANIES TO MIRROR WALMART AND INSTEAD BUY STRAIGHT  FROM THE PRODUCER - IF MILK SUPPLIES BECOME TIGHTER BECAUSE COMPANIES CAN'T TAKE A CHANCE OF BEING LOW ON MILK. "AS WE GET INTO A TIGHTER SITUATION, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THAT THERE'S MORE OF OF A RUSH BACK TO DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS. IT COULD BE WITH AGAIN, WITH A SUPPLY CO OP OR LIKE WE SEE WITH  WALMART, A FARMER DIRECTLY."THOUGH THE HARD WORK FOR WHO-YIN HASN'T CHANGED..  "BACK IN 2003, I DIDN'T HTINK T HIS WAS GOING TO BE POSSIBLE,"WHAT HAS - IS FINDING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AS IT ADJUSTS AND SEARCHES FOR A 'NEW NORMAL.'  REPORTING IN PLYMOUTH,  INDIANA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THE HOUINS SAY THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE FOR THEM IS TO BE ABLE TO SAY  TO CONSUMERS WHERE THEIR MILK IS GOING AND WHERE A CONSUMER MAY BUY IT.  THEY SAY IT'S GOING TO BE THE SOLD UNDER THE 'GREAT VALUE' BRAND.  

U.S.-CHINA TRADE RELATIONS
NOW TO TRADE, WE COULD SEE THE BIGGEST STICK YET IN THE TRADE BATTLE  WITH CHINA...AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK. THE PRESIDENT IS SAID TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF PLANS TO MOVE AHEAD WITH  TARIFFS ON $200 BILLION IN CHINESE IMPORTS.  BLOOMBERG REPORTING TRUMP IS TELLING AIDES HE INTENDS TO GO THROUGH WITH THE TARIFFS THIS WEEK ONCE PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE PROPOSAL IS  DONE. OTHER REPORTS INDICATING THEY MAY BE ANNOUNCED BUT TAKE EFFECT AT A  LATER DATE. AND THE TIMETABLE WAS VERY IMPORTANT. WE WERE ON THEIR SIDE. WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE  TRYING TO DO. BUT HOW LONG CAN WE STAND THE DOWN ECONOMY AND HOW LONG IS THAT RUNWAY. AND WE'RE GOING TO STICK WITH THEM AND THAT THIS THIS MITIGATION PACKAGE THATU.S. DEBT IS RALA  WILL HAIL THE TRADE TREATY IN MEXICO WILL HELP. AND WE JUST CAN'T STOP. BUT WE'VE GOT TO BE ON  THE AGGRESSIVE SIDE. AND PART OF THAT MITIGATION PACKAGE IS TO EXPAND MARKETS. 

USDA TARIFF ASSISTANCE
SIGN-UP FOR FARMERS TO APPLY FOR TARIFF ASSISTANCE BEGINS TODAY.  USDA'S FARM SERVICE AGENCY WILL ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE  PAYMENTS.  FARMERS WILL NEED TO SHOW EVIDENCE OF  THEIR PRODUCTION IN ORDER TO  COLLECT. EACH PAYMENT IS CAPPED AT  120 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER PERSON.  IN ADDITION TO FARMER AID, THE PROGRAM HAS MONEY SET ASIDE TO  PURCHASE COMMODITIES  TO USE DOMESTICALLY AND FOR TRADE PROMOTION  TO DEVELOP NEW MARKETS.  FARMERS SAY EXTRA AID WILL HELP DURING LENDING SEASON.  "FARMERS RIGHT NOW ARE THANKFUL FOR ANYTHING THEY CAN GET. I MEAN HOPEFULLY THAT'S GOING TO  PARLAY INTO SOMETHING THAT KEEPS THEM AFLOAT. AND IT'S ALSO GOING TO GIVE OUR BANKING INDUSTRY  A LITTLE BIT OF CERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON BECAUSE THERE'S JUST A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY AND AND  WHEN IT COMES TO RAISING DIFFERENT CROPS AND AS FARMERS GET READY TO GO INTO THE FALL AND PAY  THOSE BANK OFF AND GET READY TO GO INTO THE NEXT YEAR. YOU KNOW HAVING ALL THE AVAILABLE INCOME OR AT LEAST WHAT CAN BE AVAILABLE IS SOMETHING TO BE HUGE GOING FORWARD. > DAVIE STEPHENS--AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION." THERE MAY BE A SECOND PAYMENT PERIOD IF WARRANTED. TRADE TENSIONS ARE ADDING URGENCY TO FARM BILL NEGOTIATIONS, SET TO  BEGIN TOMORROW.  WORK REQUIREMENTS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM REMAINS STILL ONE OF THE MAIN DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE  HOUSE AND SENATE.  NUTRITION ASSISTANCE ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF THE FARM  BILL'S FUNDING AND COSTS TAXPAYERS MORE THAN 70 BILLION A YEAR.  

CROP COMMENTS
DAVID HARKER IS JOINING US ONCE AGAIN FOR CROP COMMENTS THIS MORNING.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LET'S START OFF IN YORK COUNTY, NEBRASKA.  NATE DOREMUS SHOWING US HAILED OUT SOYBEANS DUE TO A BIG STORM IN  HIS AREA. HE SAYS HAIL WAS NOT WIDE SPREAD - NEIGHBORS JUST DOWN THE ROAD DIDN'T HAVE DAMAGE.  AND A FARMER IN STEARNS COUNTY, MINNESOTA WRITING ON AG WEB-DOT-COM THERE'S A POSSIBILITY OF A BIG CROP IN POCKETS OF MINNESOTA BUT THE AREA IS WET.  HE SAYS MINNESOTA HAS RECEIVED TOO MUCH RAIN THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE GROWING SEASON AND THE CROP IS BEHIND IN MATURITY.  NOW, USDA IS RELEASING ANOTHER CROP PROGRESS REPORT LATER TODAY.  AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET A LITTLE RELIEF FROM THE RAIN A LITTLE DRYING TREND MAY NOT BE A BAD THING. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR NOTICE ON THE SCREEN THE BIG POCKETS OF  DROUGHT STILL SITTING IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION ALTHOUGH SOME AREAS REALLY NEED TO DRY OUT AND  WE'LL HAVE THE DETAILS COMING UP FOR NOT ONLY THE WEEK AHEAD BUT AS WELL AS THE NEXT 30 DAYS. THAT'S COMING UP LATER. FOR NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TIPS.  

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'RE GOING TALK LEAN HOG MARKETS AND THE  POTENTIAL AFRICAN SWINE FEVER IN CHINA COULD IMPACT PRICES HERE AT  HOME. PLUS"THE MOST AMAZING TRACTOR I'D HAVE EVER HAD WAS LAST WEEK. STICK AROUND FOLKS I'LL TELL YOU  ABOUT IT.PLUS RESEARCHERS LOOK TO THE SEA....TO SEE....IF SEAWEED CAN CONTAIN  COWS GASSY EMISSIONS. 

AGRIBUSINESS
ELAINE KUB AUTHOR OF MASTERING THE GRAIN MARKET IS OUR GUEST HERE ON AGDAY TO DAY ELAINE  AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS LEAN HOG MARKET YOU KNOW WHERE WE'RE HERE IN IOWA AT THE FARM  PROGRESS SHOW LOTS OF HOGS ARE RAISED HERE. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHINA. WHAT IS WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PEOPLE HERE AT HOME. SO THE BIG HEADLINES IS THE  ARRIVAL OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER IN ASIA NOT JUST CHINA I THINK THEY ALSO DISCOVERED IT IN SOUTH KOREA. BUT THE NUMBER OF HOGS THAT HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN AFFECTED THERE SO FAR IS MINUSCULE.  SO IT'S JUST THE SCARINESS OF THOSE HEADLINES AND THE POTENTIAL THAT MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD THAT COULD TURN INTO A REALLY LARGE EPIDEMIC. THAT IS WHAT WOULD MAKE THE MARKETS EXCITED  ABOUT IT BUT SO FAR OBVIOUSLY WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY BULLISH RESPONSE IN THEU.S. HOG FUTURES. YEAH AND PART OF OUR CHALLENGE HERE AT HOME IS WE'VE JUST GOT A LOT OF HUGS. YES WE HAVE LOTS  AND LOTS OF HUGS LOTS OF PORK IN INVENTORY SOME HICCUPS IN THE PROCESSING OF THOSE HOGS. SO  THERE IS A LOT OF SLACK IN THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND OF HOGS DOMESTICALLY THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE  TAKEN UP. AND. ADDRESSED BEFORE THEU.S. HOG MARKET COULD RESPOND TO ANY SORT OF A RUMOR FROM ASIA. OK. SO AS WE LOOK AT PRICES FOR LEAN HOGS WE'VE BEEN JUST KIND OF WAFFLING AROUND  IN THAT 50 DOLLAR MARK DO YOU EXPECT THAT TO CONTINUE. I DO. I FEEL THAT THE HOG MARKET HAS  BEEN PRESSURED SO FAR ALREADY AND FRANKLY YOU KNOW THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL AND RETAIL  CONSUMERS DO TEND TO GO BY MEAT AND MEAT TENDS TO PERFORM WELL WHEN THE ECONOMY IS PERFORMING WELL AND AT THESE PRICES YOU MENTIONED THAT OCTOBER HOG CONTRACT BOUNCING  AROUND AROUND 50 DOLLARS. THIS IS A PRICE WHICH IS GENERALLY HISTORICALLY A GOOD PRICE. THE  CHEAP PRICE TO BE BUYING. OK. SO YOU EXPECT THAT TO CONTINUE. ANYTHING THAT FOLKS SELLING HOHENSEE WILL BE CONSIDERING MOVING THROUGH 2018. WELL I THINK THERE IS. AND WHEN WE HAVE  TO ADMIT THAT THERE IS CERTAINLY RISK THAT THAT ASIAN SWINE FEVER AFRICAN 20 FEVER COULD BECOME  A BIGGER STORY. SO I THINK THERE IS RISK THAT WE COULD CONTINUE TO BOUNCE ALONG AS THESE VARIOUS PRICES FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. SO I THINK RISK PROTECTION DOES MAKE SENSE LONG YOU  KNOW FARTHER OUT MAYBE FARTHER OUT OF THE MONEY PUT THAT WOULDN'T COST TOO MUCH MONEY.  THAT'S NOT A TERRIBLE IDEA IN THIS ENVIRONMENT WHERE THERE ARE THESE RISKY THINGS OVER OUR  SHOULDERS. ALL RIGHT. APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. WE'LL BE BACK. 

WEATHER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE JET STREAM MAP AS WE'RE INTO THE NEW WEEK AND THE NEW MONTH AS  WELL SEPTEMBER ALREADY STARTING OUT DRY ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHEAST. WE'VE GOT THIS BIG DOME  OF A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE THAT IS SITTING OVER THE EASTERN SEABOARD AND A DIP IN THE JET STREAM OUT WEST. NOW WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT MORE RAIN SHOWERS COME FOR SOME OF THAT RELIEF  OF THE DROUGHT STRICKEN AREAS IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. WE WILL SEE SYSTEM AFTER SYSTEM ROLL  THROUGH BUT MINIMAL CHANCES OF SHOWERS ESPECIALLY TOWARD THE EASTERN HALF OF THE NATION. SO  WE MOVE THROUGHOUT TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY AND WHAT YOU'RE LIKELY TO NOTICE IS THE DRY CONDITIONS PERSISTING IN SOME LOCATIONS OF THE ATLANTIC COASTAL REGION UP INTO THE NORTHEAST  REALLY NOT GOING TO SEE A BIG PRECIPITATION EVENT AT LEAST UNTIL WE GET A BIT LATER ON IN OUR  FORECAST PERIOD SEVEN TO 10 EVEN UPWARDS OF I WILL SAY 20 TO 30 DAYS OUT. NOW NOTICE HOW  THE JET STREAM MORE BECOMES HORIZONTAL. SO IT'S THE HEAT. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WARMTH THAT WILL  BE BUILDING ALL ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES. NEXT SYSTEM ROLLING IN AS WE LOOK TO THE NEW WEEKEND AND YEAH THAT NEXT SYSTEM COULD PROVIDE MORE RAIN SHOWERS TO  AREAS UNFORTUNATELY TO THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT DON'T NECESSARILY NEED  IT. LET'S TALK ABOUT TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK OVER THE NEXT SEVEN TO 10 DAYS. WE'VE GOT ABOVE NORMAL CONDITIONS ALL UP AND DOWN THE EASTERN SEABOARD AND IT ALSO STRETCHES INTO SOUTHERN  CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS FOUR CORNERS REGION. AS MENTIONED THAT'S THE DROUGHT STRICKEN AREAS THAT  DON'T NECESSARILY NEED TO SEE ANY MORE HEAT. NOTICE BELOW NORMAL CONDITIONS UP IN THE NORTHEAST AND THAT'S WHAT'S ALSO GOING TO BE THE CASE WHEN WE TALK PRECIPITATION BELOW  NORMAL ON THAT SIDE. PRECIPITATION DOES TEND TO PICK UP ESPECIALLY IN THE GREAT LAKES AND DOWN INTO SOUTH TEXAS AS WELL. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF GULF MOISTURE THAT WILL BE BUILDING OVER THE  COURSE OF THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE PEAK OF THE HURRICANE SEASON. IT  TENDS TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE ACTIVE. SO THAT IS SOMETHING WE'LL BE WATCHING FOR MORE SCATTERED  SHOWERS AND STORMS COULD BE A BIT WET IN THE FLORIDA PENINSULA EVEN AS WE LOOK TO THE NEW WEEKEND. NOW ONCE WE GO 30 DAYS OUT HERE'S WHAT WE'RE NOTICING A LOT MORE OF THE HEAT  STRETCHING UP THE ENTIRE WESTERN COASTLINE UP INTO THE NORTHWEST. IT REMAINS NORMAL OR EQUAL  CHANCES OF ABOVE AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. WHEN WE TALK PRECIPITATION A LITTLE BIT  MORE RELIEF FOR THE MONSOONAL SEASON THERE IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION BELOW NORMAL IN THE NORTHWEST. AND AS WE TRANSITION TO THE EASTERN SEABOARD THE ATLANTIC COASTAL REGIONS IT DOES  GET WET BELOW NORMAL WHEN WE TALK 30 DAYS OUT THERE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. WE'LL BE WATCHING THE TROPICS VERY CAREFULLY AS WE LOOK TO THE NEXT 20 TO 30 DAYS. NOW LET'S GO AHEAD  AND TAKE A LOOK SOME LOCAL FORECAST. WE'RE REMAINING SUNNY AND HOT OUT THERE IN RIPLEY  CALIFORNIA WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 103. MOVING TO NORTH DAKOTA SCRANTON TO BE EXACT 77 WITH SUNSHINE AND MONTICELLO FLORIDA. SHOWERS AND STORMS LIKELY WITH A HIGH OF 87. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, A QUICK TRIP AROUND THE GROUNDS OF FARM  PROGRESS SHOW WITH MACHINERY PETE. AND LATER, RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING AT SEAWEED'S ABILITY TO CUT  EMISSIONS FROM THE NATION'S CATTLE. 

MACHINERY PETE
MACHINERY PETE IS A FARM SHOW FANATIC AND THIS YEAR AT FARM PROGRESS  SHOW HE FOUND A THINGS WORTH SHARING. HERE'S PETE. WELL HEY A LOT OF FUN LAST WEEK AT THE FARM PROGRESS SHOW DESPITE THE RAIN THAT WASHED OUT  THE SHOW TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND TURNED THE SHOWGROUNDS INTO A MUDBATH TUESDAY  AFTERNOON AND MONDAY MORNING ACTUALLY REMINDED ME OF COVERING A FARM AUCTION UP HERE IN  THE UPPER MIDWEST. IN MARCH WHEN THE GROUND GETS A LITTLE GREASY SHALL WE SAY BUT IT'S NOT SOME COOL STUFF. LAST WEEK AT THE SHOW I GOT AN UP CLOSE LOOK AT CATERPILLAR'S NEW FIVE SEATER TV. I THINK THAT WILL DO VERY WELL IN THE MARKET THAT'S COMING OUT TO RIGHT NOW. YOU GOT TO LOOK  AT LANE CODAS NEW HYDRAULIC SINGLE POINT HOOK UP FOR THE BACK OF TRACTORS THAT WAS TURNING A  LOT OF HEADS AT THE SHOW. AND THEN OF COURSE THE IDEAL COMBINE BY FENT AND GOOD FOLKS. THEY GO REALLY HAD PEOPLE TALKING. I ACTUALLY MET A FARMER I KNOW FROM SOUTHERN MINNESOTA WHO  CAME OUT OF THE CAB AND IT WAS JUST GUSHING AND SAID PETE YOU TO CHECK OUT THAT CAB IT'S JUST  AMAZING BUT PROBABLY THE THING I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT THE SHOW WAS THE FLOATING TRACTOR  FOLKS IF YOU SAW THE VIDEO I POSTED THIS WAS COURTESY OF OUR FRIENDS AT METAS EG TIRES AND OF  COURSE FLOTATION IS A HUGE ISSUE COMPACTION OF ALL THE WET HARVEST CONDITIONS AND THEY RIGGED  UP A NEW HOLLAND FOR 110 TRACTOR WITH THEIR BIG TIRES AND THEY CALL ME UP IN THE GAS AND WE DROVE THIS THING INTO THE WATERWAY ON THE EDGE OF THE SHOWGROUNDS EIGHT FEET DEEP. AND THIS  TRACTOR FLOATED FOLKS OUT IT WAS AN AMAZING SENSATION. I POSTED THE VIDEO AND HAD A COMMENT  ON SOMEONE'S HEAD. YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE A HECK OF A MANURE PIT AGITATOR. I TELL YOU WHAT  FOLKS. THAT'S ONE RIDE. I AIN'T GOING ON.THANKS GREG, CAN SEAWEED MAKE CATTLE MORE ECO FRIENDLY? THESE  RESEARCHERS THINK SO. WE'LL GET DETAILS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RESEARCHERS ARE STUDYING WHETHER FEEDING  SEAWEED TO DAIRY COWS WILL REDUCE THEIR EMISSIONS OF METHANE,  EARLY RESULTS ARE SHOWING PROMISE. AND MORE STUDIES ARE PLANNED. TERRY CHEA FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOOKS AT THIS UNIQUE USE OF  OCEAN ALGAE. IT'S BREAKFAST TIME AT THIS DAIRY FARM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS. BUT THIS CATTLE FEED CONTAINS AN UNUSUAL INGREDIENT: SEAWEED. BREANNA ROQUE, UC DAVIS PROJECT COORDINATOR "WE MIX IT WITH MOLASSES, SO IT'S A NICE LITTLE SWEET TREAT FROM THEM. WE TRY TO MIX IT AS WELL  AS WE CAN INTO THEIR FEED. WE HAVE SOME COWS THAT WILL PICK IT OUT, AND WE HAVE SOME COWS THAT WILL GO RIGHT FOR THE SEAWEED." UC DAVIS IS TESTING WHETHER SEAWEED CAN REDUCE EMISSIONS OF METHANE -- A POTENT GREENHOUSE GAS THAT'S RELEASED WHEN CATTLE BURP, PASS GAS  OR MAKE MANURE. DAIRY FARMS AND OTHER LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS ARE MAJOR SOURCES OF METHANE. THAT'S WHY CALIFORNIA IS REQUIRING THEM TO CUT EMISSIONS BY 40  PERCENT BY 2030. ERMIA KEBREAB, UC DAVIS DAIRY SCIENTIST "SO REDUCING METHANE ULTIMATELY MEANS REDUCING GREENHOUSE GASES AND REDUCING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, SO IT AFFECTS EVERYBODY AROUND THE GLOBE." BEFORE FEEDING SEAWEED TO THE COWS, UC DAVIS RESEARCHERS TEST IT IN  THIS LAB, WHERE THEY CAN MEASURE EMISSIONS IN FERMENTERS THAT  SIMULATE CATTLE STOMACHS. MATTHIAS HESS, UC DAVIS MICROBIOLOGIST "WE CAN TEST THE EFFECT OF DIFFERENT FEED ADDITIVES ON THE GUT MICROBIOLOGY." THEY ALSO TEST MILK SAMPLES FOR FLAVOR AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE.THE METHANE CONTENT OF THE COWS' BREATH IS MEASURED WHEN THEY STICK  THEIR HEADS IN THESE FEEDING MACHINES. THE FIRST STUDY OF THE SEAWEED DIET ONLY INVOLVED A DOZEN COWS, BUT  EARLY RESULTS SHOW PROMISE AND LARGER STUDIES ARE PLANNED. ERMIA KEBREAB, UC DAVIS "SO FAR IT'S VERY ENCOURAGING. WE'VE SEEN OVER 30 PERCENT REDUCTION IN METHANE EMISSIONS,  BUT AGAIN THE NUMBERS ARE NOT FINAL YET." AROUND THE WORLD, DAIRY SCIENTISTS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO REDUCE  CATTLE EMISSIONS BY SPICING UP THEIR DIET. THEY'VE TRIED GARLIC, OREGANO, CINNAMON AND EVEN CURRY - WITH MIXED RESULTS. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, RESEARCHERS ARE STUDYING HOW A COW'S  BREED - AS WELL AS WHAT AND HOW MUCH THEY EAT - AFFECTS THEIR  EMISSIONS, WHICH THEY MEASURE WITH THIS TREAT-DISPENSING DEVICE. FEI SUN, UW-MADISON RESEARCHER "WHILE THE COWS ARE IN THERE THE MACHINE DRAWS AIR FROM THE BREATH OF THE COW AND THE  MACHINE CONTINUOUSLY MEASURES THE CONCENTRATIONS OF THE METHANE IN THE AIR." MICHEL WATTIAUX, UW-MADISON DAIRY SCIENTIST "REALLY WHAT DRIVES THE EMISSION FROM THE COW IS HOW MUCH THE COW EAT BECAUSE THE MORE THE COW IS GOING TO EAT, THE MORE SHE NEEDS THE PROCESS THAT FEEDS AND THE MORE METHANE  SHE'S GOING TO PRODUCE." RESEARCHERS HOPE SEAWEED AND OTHER FEED ADDITIVES CAN HELP REDUCE  THOSE EMISSIONS AND MAKE DAIRY FARMS MORE CLIMATE FRIENDLY.  TERRY CHEA, ASSOCIATED PRESS, DAVIS, CALIFORNIA 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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