USFR Weekly Recap - December 12-13, 2015

December 12, 2014 03:30 AM
 

U.S. Farm Report

DEC. 12-13, 2015

Opening:
FROM THE STUDIOS OF FARM JOURNAL BROADCAST, THIS IS U.S. FARM REPORT. 
OPENING HEADLINES:
WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I’M CLINTON GRIFFITHS IN FOR TYNE MORGAN, AND HERE'S WHAT'S AHEAD.
MARKET MEASUREMENTS... NEW SUPPLY DEMAND NUMBERS ROLL OUT FROM USDA. IN ROUNDTABLES...FOCUSING ON FUNDAMENTALS.
IN JOHN’S WORLD...
"FINISHING THE JOB, IT COULD BE HALF THE PROBLEM."
BETTER BEEF-- RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATE THE CALVES OF CLONES FOR IMPROVEMENTS ON THE RAIL
AND A TREE FOR TRIGGER--BAXTER BLACK DISCUSSES GIFT GIVING FOR THE COWBOY'S BEST FRIEND. 
DUPONT AND DOW ANNOUNCE MERGER:
NOW FOR THE NEWS THAT MOVED THE MARKETS THIS WEEK...THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY AND DUPONT SAY THEY'RE JOINING FORCES. A MERGER THAT MAKES IT ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHEMICAL AND SEED  COMPANIES IN THE WORLD.
IN A PRESS RELEASE, BOTH AG GIANTS SAYS THEIR BOARDS OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE AGREEMENT.   THE NEW COMPANY WILL GO BY THE NAME DOW DUPONT...AND WILL SPIN OFF THREE FULLY INDEPENDENT PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.  ANALYSTS SAY ITS A MUST FOR REGULATORY REASONS. THE SPLIT EXPECTED TO CREATE AN AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSE--COMBING  SEED AND CROP PROTECTION FROM BOTH PIONEER AND DOW.  ANALYSTS SAY THE NEW COMPANY WOULD SELL ALMOST A FIFTH OF THE WORLD'S PESTICIDES AND MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF AMERICA'S CORN AND SOYBEAN SEEDS. THE COMBINED DOWDUPONT COMPANY WOULD HAVE A MARKET SIZE OF  ROUGHLY 130 BILLION DOLLARS.  THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU IS WARY OF MASS LAYOFFS OR REDUCED  RESEARCH SPENDING--ULTIMATELY MEANING LESS CHOICE FOR FARMERS.
USDA RELEASES SUPPLY AND DEMAND NUMBERS:
USDA RELEASING IT'S LATEST WORLD SUPPLY AND DEMAND NUMBERS THIS WEEK.
THE REPORT WITHOUT MANY SURPRISES FOR MARKET WATCHERS.  USDA LIFTING NEW-CORN ENDING BUSHELS TO NEARLY ONE-POINT-EIGHT BILLION. THAT'S UP 25 MILLION FROM LAST MONTHS ESTIMATE.   IT CUT CORN EXPORTS BY 50 MILLION,  BUT BOOSTED ETHANOL DEMAND FOR CORN BY 25 MILLION BUSHELS. SOYBEAN AND WHEAT STOCKS WERE BOTH UN-CHANGED. 
ARGENTINA FACTORED INTO WASDE REPORTS:
ARGENTINA ELECTIONS FACTORING INTO THE LATEST WASDE REPORT. IT PUSHED HIGHER GRAIN EXPORTS FOR THE COUNTRY THE SAME WEEK AS NEW  PRESIDENT MAURICO MACRI TOOK OFFICE. HE RAN ON PROMISES TO ELIMINATE OR CURTAIL EXPORT TAXES ON GRAINS. USDA RAISED ARGENTINE WHEAT EXPORTS BY A MILLION TONS TO SIX MILLION.
EXPORT SALES BOOSTING GRAIN PRICES A BIT THIS WEEK. CORN FUTURES CLIMBING TO A FIVE WEEK HIGH AT ONE POINT ON STRONG  EXPORT SALES....USDA SAYS DECEMBER 3RD NET CORN SALES TOPPED 1 (1.1) MILLION METRIC TONS...BEATING TRADE EXPECTATIONS. SOYBEANS ALSO EDGING HIGHER WITH OILSEED SALES TOTALLING 1 POINT 5 MILLION METRIC TONS.  WHEAT FUTURES GETTING A BOOST FROM INVESTOR ACTION--SHORT  COVERINGS PUSHING WHEAT NEAR A THREE WEEK HIGH.  ALL COTTON PRODUCTION IS FORECAST TO FALL 20 PERCENT THIS YEAR TO 13 MILLION 480 POUND BALES. PER ACRE YIELDS ALSO EXPECTED TO BE LOWER. PRODUCTION IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY TOPICS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK AT A  HOUSE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING IN WASHINGTON.  COTTON GROWERS AND BANKERS EXPRESSING THE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES  FACING THE INDUSTRY IN THE YEAR AHEAD.  U.S. COTTON ACREAGE IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1983 HOWEVER WORLD PRODUCTION AND CARRY OVER PUSHING PRICES TO THEIR  LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2009.  "THE WORLD CARRY OVER IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS FAR AS ON THE BALANCE SHEET. WE'RE CARRYING ALMOST A WHOLE CROP CARRYOVER RIGHT NOW 37 THAT'S KIND OF A SCARY THING.
CATTLE PRICES STILL STRUGGLING:
MEANWHILE CATTLE PRICES CONTINUE TO TAKE IT ON THE NOSE. DECEMBER LIVE CATTLE FUTURES TRADING BELOW 1-20 THIS WEEK. JANUARY FEEDER FALLING BELOW 1-49.  THE STERLING PROFIT TRACKER SAYS FEED YARDS ARE NOW IN UNCHARTED TERRITORY.  AMERICAN CATTLE FEEDERS NOW LOSING MORE THAN 6-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER HEAD.  LAST WEEK'S 5-AREA CASH PRICE WAS A DOLLAR 23 PER POUND....BREAKEVENS  WERE CALCULATED ABOVE 1-70. 
NOVEMBER IS RECORD MONTH FOR FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES:
ALSO ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, NOVEMBER A RECORD MONTH FOR FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES.  CHINA'S CENTRAL BANK CONTINUING TO SELL OF RESERVES--MOSTLY U.S.  
TREASURY'S--ELIMINATING MORE THAN HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS SINCE JUNE OF 2014.  ANALYSTS SAY THE HEAVY SELLING IS AN EFFORT TO BATTLE INFLATION AS INVESTORS ABANDON THE YU-ON AMID A TURBULENT ECONOMY.  JAPAN ALSO WHITTLING DOWN IT'S RESERVES...WITH SHARP SELLING IN  NOVEMBER. 
EL NINO:
EL NINO KICKING INTO HIGH GEAR OUT WEST. TORRENTIAL RAINS HAVE PUMMELED PARTS OF THE WEST COAST, CAUSING MUDSLIDES, FLOODING ROADS AND KNOCKING OUT POWER. THE SNO-QUAL-MEE RIVER LEFT ITS BANKS IN RURAL KING COUNTY.  THAT'S EAST OF SEATTLE.  DAIRY'S AND CATTLE OWNERS SPENDING THE WEEK MOVING STOCK TO HIGHER GROUND MORE STORMS ARE EXPECTED.  WEATHER 1:
THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES...METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON IS IN FOR MIKE HOFFMAN THIS WEEK. CINDI THE END OF LAST WEEK SEEMED TO BE MORE ACTIVE? HOW ABOUT WEATHER IN THE WEEK AHEAD? WELL CLINTON, I THINK WE ARE STILL GOING TO SEE SOME ACTIVE WEATHER THIS WEEK, BUT LET'S START OFF WITH THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR. WE HAVE SEEN SOME BIG CHANGES, OBVIOUSLY IN THE NORTHWEST, WHERE WE CONTINUE TO BREAK AWAY FROM THAT DROUGHT, ESPECIALLY BY THE COAST AND CALIFORNIA IS GETTING A LITTLE BETTER, STILL PRETTY BAD, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO THERE, BUT ONE THING THAT WE MIGHT NOTICE IS THAT WE ACTUALLY DON'T HAVE ANY DROUGHT IN NEW MEXICO OR TEXAS AND IT'S BEEN YEARS SINCE WE HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN THAT HAPPEN. WE DO SEE DROUGHT EXPANDING A LITTLE BIT INTO THE GREAT LAKES, INTO INDIANA AND INTO MICHIGAN, SO IT IS GETTING A LITTLE BIT DRIER IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. HEADING THROUGH THE WEEK, WE DO EXPECT TO SEE SOME PRETTY GOOD RAINS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW, ESPECIALLY IN THE UPPER GREAT LAKES, SOME SUNSHINE IN THE NATION'S MID-SECTION, ANOTHER SYSTEM THOUGH BRINGING SOME RAIN AND UPPER ELEVATION SNOW TO MUCH OF THE ROCKIES, BUT NOTICE A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THERE, WITH ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING ON SHORE THERE. BY WEDNESDAY, WE ARE GOING TO BE SEEING, YEP, MORE RAIN AND UPPER ELEVATION SNOW FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND THAT SYSTEM THAT WAS OFF IN THE WEST MOVING THROUGH THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY, SO LOOK FOR RAIN SOME SNOW OVER TOWARDS THE GREAT LAKES, WITH SOME SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPERATURES, GOT SOME FAIRLY TRANQUIL WEATHER THOUGH ON WEDNESDAY IN MUCH OF THE PLAINS STATES AND DOWN INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION, AS FAR AS FRIDAY GOES A LITTLE BIT OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW POSSIBLE IN THE GREAT LAKES, SOME RAIN DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST, BUT MOST OF THE COUNTRY ACTUALLY SEEING SOME QUIET CONDITIONS FOR A CHANGE. I WILL HAVE MORE WEATHER COMING UP IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR.
THANKS CINDI. 

TEASE:
STAY WITH US, MIKE FLOREZ AND JOE VACLAVIK JOIN ME NEXT FOR THIS WEEK'S ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION.  <YOU'RE WATCHING U.S. FARM REPORT WITH HOST TYNE MORGAN, COMMENTATOR JOHN PHIPPS, AGRIBUSINESS DIRECTOR AL PELL AND METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. U.S. FARM REPORT. TRUSTED. TIMELY. 
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NO DOUBT YOU'VE NOTICED A FEW OFJOHN'S PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN HIS SHOP.  IN JOHN'S WORLD, AND LIKELY IN YOURS, THE FINAL PRODUCT IS WORTHWHILE BUT THE JOB OF FINISHING IS OFTEN ARDUOUS AT BEST.  JOHN. 
JOHN’S WORLD:
AS SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN CHECKING OUT OVER MY SHOULDER, I HAVE BEEN  MAKING SLOW PROGRESS ON THE SLANT FRONT DESK FOR MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW.  AT THIS POINT – ROUGHLY TWO YEARS BEHIND SCHEDULE – MY FITFUL PROGRESS HAS BEEN LESS A SOURCE OF CONCERN THAN AN RUNNING GAG AT FAMILY GATHERINGS.
BUT I AM ENTERING THE PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS THAT I HAVE BEEN SLOW TO LEARN HOW TO ENJOY: FINISHING. ONE BIG REALIZATION FOR ME OVER THE YEARS IN THE SHOP HAS BEEN WHEN THE CUTTING AND GLUING AND ROUTING IS DONE, YOU ARE ONLY ABOUT HALFWAY TO COMPLETION. THERE REMAIN MANY INCREDIBLY DULL HOURS OF SANDING, STAINING AND FINISHING. 
THESE STEPS AREN'T NEARLY AS MUCH FUN AS INFLICTING STEEL ON CELLULOSE AND THERE AREN'T MANY SHORTCUTS TO MAKE THEM FASTER EITHER. WORST OF ALL, A MISTAKE AT THIS FINAL STAGE CAN MAKE ALL YOUR EFFORT UP UNTIL NOW MUCH LESS IMPRESSIVE. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE EVER BUILT A HOUSE MAY RECOGNIZE THIS MISTAKE AS SIMILAR TO THINKING YOU'RE ABOUT DONE WHEN THE FRAMING IS COMPLETED.  FARMERS FACE A SIMILAR FINISHING PROBLEM. AFTER THE CROPS ARE HARVESTED AND THE MACHINES ARE STORED, YOU MAY BE FACING SOME LONG DELAYED PAPERWORK. THE FINAL ACCOUNTING CAN SEEM LIKE AS MUCH WORK AS THE ACTUALLY GROWING THE CROP. WHILE I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE FAR MORE DILIGENT ABOUT KEEPING FINANCIAL RECORDS UP TO DATE, SOME OF US DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO KEEP GOING DAY-TO-DAY, AND AT THE END OF THE YEAR CONDEMN OURSELVES TO A CONSIDERABLE TASK OF SUMMING UP THE SUMS. YEARS LIKE 2015 MAY BE A LITTLE WORSE BECAUSE MAYBE WE SUSPECT WHAT THE BOTTOM LINE IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND DON'T MIND POSTPONING THE CONFIRMATION AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. 
BUT FINISHING A DESK OR FINISHING THE NUMBERS MAY BE SHOWING US WHAT THE FUTURE OF OUR WORK IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE. TECHNOLOGY AND TOOLS ARE DECREASING THE TIME AND EFFORT FOR ACTUAL PRODUCTION, SO SOON THE FINISHING "TOUCHES" COULD BE THE BIGGEST PART OF GETTING THE JOB DONE. THIS REALIZATION MAY BE ONE REASON I STRETCH OUT THE SAWDUST PART MORE THAN NECESSARY JUST TO DELAY THE POLYURETHANE TEDIUM. HERE'S HOPING YOUR EFFORTS TO COMPLETE YOUR WORK IN 2015 ARE CHARACTERIZED BY PATIENCE, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, AND A WELL-CRAFTED CONCLUSION TO A YEAR OF HARD WORK. AND HERE'S HOPING YOU DON'T HAVE ANY DRIPS, GOUGES OR BLOTCHES.  PERSPECTIVE...FROM JOHN'S WORLD. THANKS JOHN. 
TEASE:
STILL TO COME IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR OF U.S. FARM REPORT: 
RESEARCHERS IN WEST TEXAS ARE LOOKING AT THE CALVES OF CLONES FOR POTENTIAL IN THE FEEDYARD.
BAXTER BLACK HAS GIFT GIVING TIPS FOR YOUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS. AND AL PELL FIRES UP AN OLD JOHN DEERE 50.
STAY WITH US...WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
OPENING HEADLINES:
FROM THE STUDIOS OF FARM JOURNAL BROADCAST, THIS IS U.S. FARM REPORT. 
HERE'S WHAT'S AHEAD ON U.S. FARM REPORT.
COOL BORDERS--CANADA AND MEXICO PREPARE RETALITORY TARRIFFS OVER THE U.S. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAW.  FUTURE FEEDERS--COULD CLONING REALLY RESULT IN HIGHER QUALITY BEEF AT  THE GROCERY STORE? RESEARCHERS HOPE TO FIND OUT.  A LAWSUIT LEGACY--WHAT DOES THE SAW IN JOHN'S SHOP HAVE TO DO WITH CLASS ACTION CASH?
AND DEARLY BELOVED-- A JOHN DEERE 50 WORKS ITS WAY INTO THIS WEEK'S TRACTOR TALES.  NOW FOR THE HEADLINES...THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION OPENING THE DOOR FOR TRADE RETALIATIONS AGAINST THE U.S. THIS WEEK OVER COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN MEAT LABELING.  THE WTO ANNOUNCING MONDAY IT WOULD ALLOW MEXICO AND CANADA TO ENACT RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON U.S. GOODS TOTALLY JUST OVER $1 BILLION DOLLARS.   THAT'S MUCH LESS THAN THE NEAR 3 AND HALF BILL THE COUNTRIES ASKED FOR.  CANADA AND MEXICO HAVE SET A MEETING FOR DEC. 18 TO ASK FOR THE GO AHEAD ON TARIFFS.   MEXICO HAS PLEDGED TO ENACT $228 MILLION IN TARIFFS ON U.S. PRODUCTS CANADA COULD IMPOSE $780 MILLION.  A PREVIOUS CANADIAN LIST OF PRODUCTS INCLUDED BEEF, PORK, APPLES, RICE,  AND CORN.  
DUCK TESTS POSITIVE FOR AVIAN FLU, BUT NO OTHER CASES HAVE BEEN FOUND:
ALSO THIS WEEK, THE USDA CONFIRMIING H5 AVIAN FLU IN GENETIC MATERIAL COLLECTED FROM A WILD DUCK IN OREGON.   MEATING PLACE REPORTS THE APHIS ANNOUNCEMENT NOTED THAT THE SAMPLE SIZE IN OREGON WAS TOO SMALL TO DETERMINE THE EXACT STRAIN OF THE VIRUS OR WHETHER THE BIRD FLU VIRUS WAS HIGH PATHOGENIC OR LOW PATHOGENIC. THE HUNTER-HARVESTED MALLARD DUCK WAS FOUND IN NOVEMBER IN A NORTH-CENTRAL OREGON COUNTY. APHIS STATED THAT NO STRAINS OF THE HIGH PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA VIRUS THAT CAUSED THE DEATHS OF 48 MILLION BIRDS LAST SPRING AND SUMMER HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN COMMERCIAL OR BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCKS SINCE JUNE 17TH.  GENE EDITING IN SWINE MAKES THEM RESISTANT TO PRRS:
THE SWINE INDUSTRY CELEBRATING BIG NEWS OUT KANSAS STATE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI.  RESEARCHERS DEVELOPING PIGS RESISTANT TO THE PORCIINE REPRODUCTIVE AND RESPIRATORY SYNDROME--ALSO KNOWN AS THE PRRS VIRUS.  THAT VIRUS ALONE HAS COST THE PORK INDUSTRY MORE THAN 10 BILLION  DOLLARS SINCE ARRIVING IN THE COUNTRY BACK IN THE 1980'S. THE BREAK THROUGH CAME WHEN SCIENTISTS TARGETED A GENE THAT  PRODUCES A KEY PROTEIN.   "WE USED SOME OF THESE NEW GENETIC EDITING TECHNOLOGIES TO DISRUPT THAT GENE SO THAT THERE  IS NO PROTEIN PRODUCED. THESE PIGS ARE LACKING A SINGLE PROTEIN AND THEY APPEAR TO BE  PERFECTLY HEALTHY. WHEN WE CHALLENGED THEM WITH THE PRRS VIRUS, WITH OUR COLLABORATORS AT  KANSAS STATE, THE PIGS ACTED LIKE THEY NEVER SAW THE VIRUS. THEY WERE IN A PEN WITH OTHER WILD TYPE PIGS THAT GOT SICK, THAT COUGHED, THAT COUGHED ON THESE PIGS, BUT THESE PIGS SHOWED NO SIGN OF INFECTION."  "TO PUT IT IN A NUTSHELL, WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE PIGS THAT ARE RESISTANT TO AN OTHERWISE INCURABLE DISEASE, AN UNTREATABLE DISEASE. THIS COULD SAVE THE INDUSTRY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR."?>  THE RESEARCHERS SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY.  THAT SAY IT COULD BE ABOUT 5 YEARS BEFORE THE ANIMALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS. 
CHIPOTLE MAKES APOLOGY STATEMENT AFTER FOOD SAFETY ISSUES:
CHIPOLTE'S CEO IS SAYING SORRY IN THE WAKE NEW FOOD SAFETY CONCERNS. FOUR WEEKS AGO IT WAS AN E-COLI OUTBREAK OUT WEST, NOW CHIPOTLE IS  LINKED TO AN OUTBREAK OF NORO-VIRUS.  DOZENS OF PEOPLE INCLUDING AT LEAST 80 BOSTON COLLEGE STUDENTS GOT SICK AFTER EATING AT A CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT IN BOSTON.   "WE WON'T CONSIDER OPENING THE RESTAURANT UNTIL WE DETERMINE THAT IT'S GOT A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH." CHIPOTLE SAYS IT BELIEVES THE ILLNESSES ARE AN ISOLATED NORO-VIRUS OUTBREAK, NOT CONNECTED TO THE E-COLI CASES THAT HAVE BEEN LINKED TO CHIPOTLE IN NINE STATES.  ITS WORKING ON NEW FOOD SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR ALL OF ITS RESTAURANTS AND SUPPLY CHAIN. 
USDA LATEST SUPPLY AND DEMAND REPORT IMPLICATIONS FOR ORANGE PRODUCERS:
FROM OUR NEWEST REPORTING PARTNERS AT THE PACKER...USDA'S LATEST  SUPPLY DEMAND REPORT SHOWING BIG IMPLICATIONS FOR FLORIDA ORANGE GROWERS.  PRODUCTION TOTALS PUTTING THE ESTIMATE FOR THE 2015-16 CROP TO 69  MILLION BOXES.  THAT'S NEARLY 30 PERCENT LESS THAN LAST SEASON AND THE SMALLEST MORE THAN 50 YEARS.  THE SHARP DECLINE DUE MOSTLY TO CITRUS GREENING. THE LAST TIME PRODUCTION WAS AT THAT LEVEL WAS BACK IN 1963 AND 64.  THE BACK AND FORTH CONTINUES OVER LAND ALONG THE RED RIVER IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS. 
RED RIVER  COULD BECOME FEDERAL PROPERTY:
REPRESENTATIVE MAC THORNBERRY INTRODUCED H.R. 21-30--THE RED RIVER PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION ACT.  THE BILL SEEKS TO SETTLE A DISPUTE OVER 90-THOUSAND ACRES SPANNING MORE THAN 100 MILES OF THE RED RIVER.  THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT SAYS THE AREA COULD BE CONSIDERED PUBLIC DOMAIN.  THAT WOULD ESSENTIALLY TAKE THE LAND....MAKING IT FEDERAL PROPERTY.  CATTLEMEN AND THE PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL SAY THOSE PEOPLE HAVE OWNED, MANAGED AND PAID TAXES ON THAT PROPERTY FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS IN  SOME CASES.  THEY CALL THE MOVE A LAND GRAB. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WILL VETO THORNBERRY'S BILL.  IN LEIU OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE GATHERING IN PARIS THE USDA RECENTLY RELEASING CROP PROJECTIONS FOR AMERICAN FARMERS. LOOKING 25, 45 AND 65 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE IT EXPECTS IRRIGATED  FARMLAND TO STEADILY DECLINE...LOSING UP TO SEVERAL MILLION ACRES.  TO THAT END, THE REPORT ALSO PREDICTING CROPPING OPTIONS WILL CHANGE-- IT SAYS BY 2080 CORN ACRES COULD FALL MORE THAN 16 PERCENT, SOYBEANS DROP 14 PERCENT WHILE WHEAT ACTUALLY INCREASE 11.  OF COURSE THE REPORT SAYS MUCH OF THE FINAL OUTCOME DEPENDS ON THE CLIMATE. 
WEATHER 2:
THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST CINDI CLAWSON JOINS US AGAIN WITH OUR LONGER RANGE FORECAST. CINDI IT'S BEEN A PRETTY MILD START TO  DECEMBER.
OK, YOU ARE NOT KIDDING, IT'S BEEN VERY, VERY WARM. WE STILL CONTINUE TO SEE SOME WARMTH, AT LEAST IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY, BUT WE ARE GOING TO SEE SOME PRETTY BIG TROUGHS MOVING THROUGH AND THAT WILL REALLY COOL THINGS DOWN FOR A LOT OF FOLKS, ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTH EASTERN UNITED STATES.
WE ARE GOING TO SEE SOME SYSTEMS THAT BRING US SOME COLD AIR AND EVEN SOME SNOW CHANCES FOR PARTS OF THE NORTH CENTRAL, NORTH EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY. BY NEXT WEEKEND THOUGH, IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A WARM UP IN THE EAST BUT STILL COOL TEMPERATURES IN MUCH OF THE NORTHWEST.
NOW, AS FAR AS OUR 30 DAY TEMPERATURES ARE CONCERNED, WE REALLY HAVEN'T SEEN MUCH CHANGE.
WE ARE LOOKING AT VERY WARM TEMPERATURES, ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTHEAST, BUT ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE GULF COAST STATES, FOR MOST OF THEM ANYWAYS, ALL THE WAY UP TO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. IT LOOKS  LIKE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THE COOL SIDE DOWN TOWARDS THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AND THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES. HERE'S A LOOK AT YOUR PRECIPITATION FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS, IT LOOKS LIKE WET ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC, THE GULF COAST STATES, INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION AND OF COURSE ALONG THE NORTHWESTERN COAST, THE WEST COAST, A LITTLE DRY FOR THE NORTHERN PLAINS.  LAST WEEK WE HEARD ABOUT PLANS IN CHINA TO BUILD A FACTORY THAT ROLLS  OUT A MILLION CLONED CATTLE A YEAR. 
FARM JOURNAL REPORT:
IN THE U.S. LIVESTOCK CLONES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR QUITE SOMETIME.  AND IN TODAY'S FARM JOURNAL REPORT, TYNE MORGAN TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT NEW RESEARCH INTO CLONES AND THEIR POTENTIAL TO IMPACT THE FEEDYARD.  A THICK BLACK COAT, NICE DEPTH OF BODY.... THESE MAY LOOK LIKE YOUR TYPICAL CALVES, BUT IT'S THEIR GENETICS THAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE.  <THESE ARE NOT CLONED ANIMALS, THESE ARE PRODUCTS OF CLONED ANIMALS.">  YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE FIRST CALVES TO BE BORN TO TWO CLONED ANIMALS AND THE PRODUCT OF RESEARCH AT WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY'S RANCH  JUST SOUTH OF AMARILLO.   <WE'RE SELECTING FOR A GENOTYPIC TRAIT, INSTEAD OF A PHENOTYPIC TRAIT LIKE A LOT OF CLONING PROJECTS HAVE DONE. >  THAT MEANS THE RESEARCHERS WANT THE ANIMALS FOR THE QUALITY OF THEIR MEAT.   <WE WANTED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE BEEF CARCASS IN THE NATIONAL, THE PRIME YIELD GRADE 1 CARCASS, IT HAPPENS .03 PERCENT OF THE TIME IN THE POPULATION, SO WE WANTED TO SEE IF WE COULD IMPROVE THAT. JUST THE SLIGHTEST BIT WOULD HELP OUT THE INDUSTRY">  <SINCE THE CLONES AREN'T ENTERING THE FOOD CHAIN, THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A NORMAL BREEDING PROJECT.">  THE PROJECT STARTED IN 2012 BY CLONING THEIR FIRST BULL NAMED ALPHA. <WE TOOK A CARCASS OFF THE LINE, AND IT WAS A PRIME YIELD GRADE 1 CARCASS, WE TOOK A TISSUE CELL FROM THAT CARCASS, FROM THE MUSLCE AND WE CLONED THAT ANIMAL ON THE PRIME YIELD GRADE 1 TRAIT.">  FROM THERE, THEY HAD THREE HEIFFERS FROM THAT SAME DNA LINE. THAT GROUP THEY CALL GAMMA. . AND THESE CALVES ARE A PRODUCT OF BOTH DELTA AND GAMMA. <WITH GENETICS IT TAKES MANY, MANY YEARS TO GET TO A PRODUCT THAT YOU WANT WITH TYPICAL AND TRADITIONAL BREEDING TECHNIQUES. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE TOOK THE CARCASS OFF THE LINE AND WE'RE KIND OF WORKING BACKWARDS ON THAT. SO WE GET THE FINISHED PRODUCT THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR QUICKER THAN TRADITIONAL METHODS.>  WHILE CARCASS QUALITY WAS THE GOAL,  THE UNEXPTED OCCURRED...<THEY'VE JUST BEEN REALLY, REALLY HEALTHY CALVES>"
<TO BE A PRIME YIELD GRADE 1 MEANS THEY COULD HAVE NOT OF EVER REALLY STUMPED THEIR TOE,  GOTTEN SICK, HAD ANY TREATMENTS, 
<THEIR VIGOR AT BIRTH WAS OUTSTANDING, THEY'RE RATE OF GAIN HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD. I WEIGHED ALL  SUMMER, EVERY TWO WEEKS TO GET GROWTH DATA ON THEM, AND THEIR AVERAGE DAILY GAIN HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING, UP NEAR 3 ON MOST OF THEM, ALL THROUGH THE SUMMER'>  THE HOPE IS TO MAKE THE DNA AVAILABLE FOR REPRODUCTIVE PURPOSES ACROSS THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY.   <THE HOPE IS THAT AT SOME POINT WE WOULD HAVE NUMEROUS BULLS AND COWS THAT PRODUCERS ACROSS THE NATION COULD GET SEMEN AND EGGS FROM AND BE ABLE TO PRODUCE SOME OUTSTANDING CALVES AND GENERATIONS BEYOND THAT.">  WHILE THAT STILL MAY BE YEARS IN THE MAKING, THE POSSIBILITY IS THERE. <IF THE PRODUCT DOES NOTHING MORE THAN SHIFT A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF CATTLE  TOWARDS THE CHOICE QUALITY GRADE, IT'S SUCCESSFUL">  <I THINK IT'S REALLY PROMSING. I MEAN IF YOU CAN TELL A PRODUCER, I MEAN AS PRODUCERS KNOW,  WHEN THEY TAKE SOMETHING TO HARVEST OR EVEN A FEEDLOT, THEY GET PAID AT HARVEST FOR DIFFERENT PREMIUMS ON PRIME, HIGH CHOICE WHATEVER THEY'RE LOOKING FOR. SO IF YOU CAN SAY, HEY, WE'RE GOING TO PROMISE THAT MORE OF YOUR ANIMALS ARE GOING TO GRADE BETTER, THEN IT WILL BE A HUGE DEAL FOR HTE PRODUCER.">  AS THE SUN RISES, BRINGING A NEW DAY, IT'S THE PROSPECT OF BETTER QUALITY CATTLE THAT'S HELPING THIS UNIVERSITY IMPROVE THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY. REPORTING FROM CANYON TEXAS, I'M TYNE MORGAN WITH U-S FARM REPORT. >  THANKS TYNE. 
TEASE:
WHILE CLONING WORK HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR DECADES, IT WAS THE 1996 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SCOTLAND--OF DOLLY THE SHEEP --THAT BEGAN A CASCADE OF ADVANCES IN THE TECHNOLOGY. NEXT WEEK THE FARM JOURNAL REPORT TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CATFISH INDUSTRY AND RECENT CHANGES IN FEDERAL OVERSITE.  STAY WITH US, JOHN PHIPPS IS NEXT.  "THE VIPTERA LAWSUIT, IS IT JUST FREE MONEY?" JOIN US THIS YEAR AS WE TALK TO GROWERS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S GROWING SEASON AND THE DECISIONS THEY'RE MAKING ON THEIR JOURNEY TO HARVEST HEALTHY FIELDS HIGHER YIELDS. 
CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
DISCUSSIONS AND LAWSUITS CONTINUE IN REGARDS TO SYNGENTA AND IT'S VIPTERA SEED TRAITS.
AND OF COURSE VIEWERS WANT TO KNOW WHAT JOHN PHIPPS THINKS ABOUT IT. HIS ANSWER FROM THE CUSTOMER SUPPORT DESK. JOHN. 
THIS WEEK WE HAVE A PROBLEMATIC QUERY REAGRDING THE SYNGENTA VIPTERA LAWSUIT FROM A VIEWER WHO ASKED TO REMAIN NAMELESS:  MY QUESTION IS: IF WE WERE UPSET AT SYNGENTA THEN INSTEAD OF SUING THEM SHOULDN'T WE JUST QUIT BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS?  WOULDN'T 20,000 FARMERS REFUSING TO PURCHASE ANY SYNGENTA PRODUCT DO MORE HARM THAN A LAWSUIT?  IF ONE OF THESE LAWSUITS EVENTUALLY GRINDS THROUGH OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND A LARGE SETTLEMENT IS AWARDED, THEN WON'T SYNGENTA JUST PASS THAT ALONG TO THE FARMER IN HIGHER SEED AND CHEMICAL PRICES?  SURELY DUPONT AND ALL OTHER SEED COMPANIES WOULD  HAVE TO RAISE THE COST OF THEIR PRODUCTS TO COVER THE COST OF ANY FUTURE LITIGATION?   I HAVE AVOIDED ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE. THE ANONYMOUS VIEWER WAS NOT THE FIRST TO ASK MY OPINION, ALTHOUGH I DOUBT ITS VALUE. AND THE REASON FOR MY RELUCTANCE IS LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.
HE IS REFERRING TO ONGOING LITIGATION EFFORTS AGAINST SYNGENTA REGARDING THE PREMATURE RELEASE OF A PARTICULAR TYPE OF GM CORN THAT WAS NOT APPROVED IN CHINA, ALLEGEDLY RESULTING IN A LOSS OF MARKET SHARE FOR AMERICAN PRODUCERS.  WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.   BACK IN 2004 I SIGNED UP FOR THE STARLINK CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT KIND OF ON A WHIM. WHILE I HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF OUR EXCESSIVELY LITIGIOUS LEGAL SYSTEM, WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO IT I THREW THOSE PRINCIPLES OUT THE WINDOW AS FREE MONEY APPEARED TO BE A POSSIBLE OUTCOME. WAS I IN FACT ECONOMICALLY HARMED BY THE TRADE KERFUFFLE THAT RESULTED? THOSE INJURIES ARE EASY TO IMAGINE AND HARD TO PROVE.  IN THE END, HOWEVER, MY SLICE OF THE 70-ODD MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT AMOUNTED TO ABOUT $3 ACRE OR TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, THIS 10" LEFT-TILT JET CABINET SAW, WHICH I HAD BEEN LONGING FOR FOUR YEARS. WHAT'S WEIRD IS I STILL THINK OF IT THAT WAY – NOT QUITE LIKE FINDING A WALLET FULL OF MONEY AND NOT TRYING TO RETURN IT, BUT CLOSE.  WHILE I AGREE THAT SUCH LAWSUITS ARE PERHAPS MORE ABOUT LEGAL FEES THAN JUSTICE, I AM EVIDENCE OF THE LURE OF UNEARNED WEALTH. THE IDEA OF PUNISHING VENDORS BY NOT BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS ONLY WORKS IF YOU ARE BUYING THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. IN FACT, ANY RETALIATION METHOD HAS A  DOWNSIDE. AND YES, THESE COSTS, LIKE ALL COSTS EVENTUALLY COME FROM  SALES OR OUT OF SHAREHOLDER POCKETS.  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THE CURRENT LAWSUITS WILL BUY ANYONE A TABLE SAW, BUT IF HISTORY IS ANY GUIDE MANY OF US WILL BE SIGNING ON JUST IN  CASE. AND IF THERE IS A SETTLEMENT, I SUSPECT WE'LL BE JUST AS CONFLICTED  ABOUT THE OUTCOME AS I AM ABOUT THIS FAITHFUL COMPANION. 
<MISS ANY OF TODAY'S SHOW? HEAD TO USFARMREPORT.COM TO WATCH THE PROGRAM ONLINE. U.S.  FARM REPORT, THE SPIRIT OF COUNTRYSIDE. >  TEASE:
TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING GIFTS...AND WHILE SHOPPING FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE IS ALWAYS A REWARDING CHALLENGE--WHAT ABOUT THOSE DEAR FRIENDS OF THE FOUR LEGGED VARIETY. 
BAXTER BLACK:
BAXTER BLACK HAS SOME THOUGHTS...
ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT QUESTIONS EVERY CHRISTMAS FOR HORSE LOVERS IS WHAT TO GET FOR THAT  FAMILY MEMBER THAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY--HE'S ALWAYS THERE WHEN YOU NEED HIM AND UNDERSTANDS YOU BETTER THAN ANYONE. NO. IT'S NOT YOUR HORSE CLINICIAN, OR YOUR BARISTA, OR PILATE'S PERSONAL TRAINER. NO, IT IS YOUR HORSE. THIS IS NOT TO DIMINISH YOUR AFFECTION OR YOUR  HUBBY, OR YOUR CHILDREN, OR YOUR PARENTS, OR YOUR GAL PALS, BUT IN THOSE RELATIONSHIPS IT'S YOU WHO GIVES THE MOST. YOU KNOW THAT YOU CALM THEIR FEARS, YOU RUB THEIR NECKS, YOU LET THEM CRY ON YOUR SHOULDER, BUT WHOSE SHOULDER DO YOU CRY ON? AND WHO DO YOU TELL YOUR DEEPEST SECRETS TO? AND WHO NEVER CALLS YOU SILLY OR TELLS YOU THAT YOU SNORE OR TALK BACK? NOT YOUR DOG, THAT'S FOR SURE. DOGS ARE TOO NEEDY. AND CATS AREN'T MUCH BETTER, THEY'RE MORE LIKE HUSBANDS. YOU POUR YOUR HEART OUT TO THEM AND BOTH OF THEM LOOK AT YOU THE SAME WAY WHEN YOU'RE DONE--BLANK. NOW, I KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE  AN AQUARIAN OR A GERBIL OR WIND CHIMES TO TURN TO IN TIMES OF NEED, BUT IN MOST CASES THEY MIGHT AS WELL TALK TO A 2 BY 4--AT LEAST A 2 BY 4 DOESN'T FIDGET, BUT A HORSE IS THE BEST LISTENER YOU WILL EVER FIND. HE NEVER QUESTIONS YOUR RIDICULOUS WORRIES OR BAD HABITS OR YOUR DREAMY WISHES, YOU CAN LEAN ON A HORSE. TRY LEANING ON A CAT. HORSES CAN TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE. SURE, DOGS WILL TAKE YOU FOR A WALK, BUT IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME. TRY STROKING A GOLDFISH OR FEEDING A COW OUT OF YOUR HAND OR  TALKING TO A PARROT ALL DAY, WHOSE ONLY VOCABULARY IS...GIMME FIVE. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR A DOG IS EASY--SOMETHING TO CHEW ON, FOR A CAT SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH. BUT A HORSE WOULD RATHER THAT YOU GOT SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF. NEW CHAPS JOG PURRS, HAT, BOOTS, AND BRAIDED RAINS, SEE THAT'S HOW YOUR HORSE THINKS. HE WANTS YOU TO LOOK GOD, HE WANTS YOU TO FEEL PRETTY AND TO SHINE AND PEOPLE COULD LEARN A LOT FROM HORSES. THIS IS BAXTER BLACK FROM OUT THERE.  
A SPECIAL PART OF THE FAMILY. THANKS BAXTER. OF COURSE YOU CAN SEE, HEAR AND READ MORE FROM BAXTER ONLINE AT BAXTER BLACK DOT COM.
YAMAHA GIVE AWAY:  HEY A QUICK REMINDER...CHRISTMAS IS COMING--NOW JUST A COUPLE WEEKS AWAY. 
AND THIS YEAR WE'RE GIVING OUR VIEWERS A CHANCE AT A BEAUTY OF A GIFT...A  YAMAHA KODIAK 700 JUST LIKE THIS ONE.
WHETHER YOU'RE AN OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST OR JUST NEED A SPEEDY WAY TO GET AROUND THE FARM OR RANCH--THE KODIAK 700 IS A GREAT FIT.  IT'S YAMAHA'S NEWEST MODEL COUPLING COMPACT SIZE WITH PLENTY OF 'MUSCLE' -- FIT FOR ANY TERRAIN.   IT ALSO SPORTS A 13-HUNDRED POUND TOWING CAPACITY.   TO WIN, YOU HAVE TO ENTER ONLINE AT US FARM REPORT-DOT-COM.   LOOK FOR THE KODIAK 700 ON THE HOMEPAGE. ENTRIES CLOSE SOON. WE'LL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER THE WEEK OF DECEMBER  18TH.   GOOD LUCK.                                             &nbs​p;          
WHEN WE COME BACK, TRACTOR TALES AND OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE...PLEASE STAY WITH US. 
TRACTOR TALES:
WELCOME BACK TO U.S. FARM REPORT. 
FOR TODAY'S TRACTOR TALES, WE'RE HEADING OUT TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR A LOOK AT SOME CLASSIC IRON.  GETTING THIS JOHN DEERE 50 LOOKING GOOD AND RUNNING PROPERLY WAS NO EASY TASK FOR LEON MEYERS.  
BUT WITH HARD WORK, AND A FEW OF HIS OWN MODIFICATIONS ALONG THE WAY, HE MADE THIS TRACTOR SOMETHING TO REMEMBER.  I GOT A JOHN DEERE 50 HERE I RESTORED OH ABOUT 5-6 YEARS AGO.  IT HAD A TRICYCLE FRONT END ON IT WHEN I BOUGHT IT.  AND WHEN I PRETTY WELL GOT IT READY TO PAINT AND EVERYTHING A GENTLEMAN FROM WAPTU COUNTY  BOUGHT A CORN PICKER AND HE HAD A TRACTOR HE WANTED TO PUT ON IT BUT  HE DIDN'T HAVE A WIDE FRONT END AND I SAID HEY, WE TRADED THIS STRAIGHT ACROSS AND THAT WAS A GOOD DEAL FOR ME AND GOOD DEAL FOR HIM.  HAD TO GET THE ENGINE BORED OUT, HAD TO GET THE HEADS REDONE HAD TO GET THE  TRANSMISSION GONE THROUGH.  BUT NOW IT'S HAD THE 90 THOUSANDTHS OUT  TO GET ALL THE RUST OUT OF THE BORE.  IT HAD SAT FOR 8 YEARS  WITH A RUST,  WATER RUNNING DOWN IT.   BUT ANYWAY ITS A GREAT TRACTOR NOW.  WE DO  HAVE A PLOWING DAY IN THE SPRING, OUT IN THE FARMING COUNTRY AND ANYONE THAT WANTS TO GO OUT THERE AN PLOW CAN.   I’VE JUST GOT ABOUT 8 ACRES AND  IVE PULLED HARROW WITH IT AND DONE SMALL WORK BUT WITH COW PASTURES YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANY PLOWING SO IT HAS SKIDDED SOME LOGS AROUND ONCE IN A WHILE AND STUFF LIKE THAT.  BUT IT'S KINDA THE HANDY THING AROUND THE PLACE IN CASE I NEED A TRACTOR.  I WAS RAISED IN IDAHO WITH MY DAD HAD A JOHN DEERE D.  WE FARMED THREE HUNDRED AND SOME ACRES, DRY FARM.  WHICH YOURE ONLY WORKING HALF OF IT EACH YEAR.  SO I SPENT A LOT OF YEARS ON THAT D TRYING TO GET ALL THE WORK DONE.   EVERY SPRING JUST TO GET PLANTED AND EVERYTHING SO I PUT A LOT OF YEARS OUT IN THE FIELD WHEN I WAS A KID.>  AND FROM OUR FRIENDS OUT EAST, WE HAVE A SPECIAL TRIBUTE FROM PATRICK EIMERS<EYE-MERS>.   THIS IS HIS GRANDFATHER'S 1941 H. ROBERT EIMERS <EYE-MERS> BOUGHT IT NEW IN WESTFIELD NEW YORK TO  GROW CUCUMBERS ON HIS FARM IN RIPLEY.    PATRICK AND HIS FATHER MERL RESTORED THIS TRACTOR IN 2006, FINISHING THE WORK IN 2009.    WHILE IT'S WORKING DAYS ARE DONE, THE EIMERS <EYE-MERS> BRING IT OUT TO  PLAY FROM TIME TO TIME.    BY THE WAY, THEY STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE WITH GRANDPA ROBERT'S SIGNATURE!    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PHOTOS AND FAMILY HISTORY WITH US. 


CHURCH SALUTE:
THIS WEEK, WE'RE PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE LANCASTER CHRISTIAN CHURCH LOCATED NEAR SIGOURNEY, IOWA.   THIS SMALL COUNTRY CHURCH CELEBRATED 100 YEARS IN THE 19-50'S-- THE BUILDING BURNED DOWN IN THE 70'S, WAS REBUILT AND IS STILL SERVING THE COMMUNITY.  OUR THANKS TO KAREN ROUNCE-VILLE FOR SUBMITTING THE CHURCH.  EVEN THOUGH SHE MOVED OUT OF STATE AND NO LONGER ATTENDS, SHE SAYS SHE HAS FOND MEMORIES FROM HER TIME THERE AS A LITTLE GIRL.   AS ALWAYS WE WANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR HOME CHURCH AS WELL...SALUTES CAN BE SENT VIA EMAIL TO MAILBAG AT US FARM REPORT DOT COM OR REACH US THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.  STAY WITH US - CROPWACH IS NEXT.  YAMAHA:
ENTER TO WIN THIS YAMAHA KODIAK 700 EPS A GREAT TOOL TO HAVE ON THE FARM. JUST GO TO USFARMREPORT.COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK TO GET DETAILS. DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 16 SO DON'T DELAY.  WE WRAP THINGS UP THIS WEEK WITH CROPWATCH.  CROP WATCH:
LETS START IN JACKSON COUNTY IOWA. FARMERS TELL OUR PARTNERS AT AGWEB THAT IN EAST CENTRAL IOWA THE 5 TO 10 PERCENT OF CORN HARVEST IS DRAGGING ON.  FIRST IT WAS 10 INCHES OF SNOW NOW SEVERAL DECENT RAINS ARE KEEPING FIELDS WET--EVEN IN THE MILD TEMPERATURES.  THIS FARMER SAYS FOLKS ARE PUSHING HARD TO TRY AND GET DONE. SCOTT SIMMONS SENT US A PHOTO OF SOME COTTON LEFT ON THE SOUTH PLAINS. 
HE SAYS THERE ISN'T A LOT LEFT IN THE FIELDS, BUT MORE THAN HE EXPECTED. SIMMONS SAYS THE AREA RECEIVED SOME RAIN OVER THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS. NOW GROWERS ARE RUNNING HARD TO FINISH THE HARVEST. MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF TEXAS COTTON IS NOW HARVESTED.  BRENDA COX SENT THIS PHOTO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. SHE LIVES IN MOUNTAIN HOME ARKANSAS...WHERE LIFE IS OBVIOUSLY HARMONIOUS.  SHE SNAPPED A PICTURE OF HER DOG ENJOYING A LITTLE CHOW WITH RESIDENT  CHICKENS.  JAN HOADLEY ALSO CAUGHT A PERFECT PET PICTURE...  HER KITTY CAT ON A LAZY DAY A TOP A ROUND BALE NEAR HER HOME IN NAH-VOO,ALABAMA.  AND ANNE-LOUISE KRAMBECK SHOWING A LITTLE OF GOD'S WORK IN THE SNOW.   FEEDING CATTLE AS THE FLAKES FALL.   THANK YOU FOR SHARING AND OF COURSE IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE FRIENDS, FAMILY OR FARM ON CROP WATCH BE SURE TO SNAP AND SEND A PICTURE WITH A SHORT DESCRIPTION TO MAILBAG AT US FARM REPORT DOT COM. OR YOU POST IT TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR FIND US ON TWITTER. AND THAT IS GOING TO WRAP US UP FOR ANOTHER WEEK HERE ON U.S. FARM REPORT. 
CLOSING:
FOR TYNE MORGAN, CINDI CLAWSON AND ALL OF US HERE AT THE FARM...THANKS FOR WATCHING AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK. AS ALWAYS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, SEND COMMENTS TO MAILBAG-AT-U-S-FARM-REPORT-DOT-COM OR CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.  AND THAT IS GOING TO WRAP US UP FOR ANOTHER WEEK HERE ON U.S. FARM REPORT. FOR TYNE MORGAN, CINDI CLAWSON AND ALL OF US HERE AT THE FARM...THANKS FOR WATCHING AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK. 

PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS, THIS WEEKEND ON U.S. FARM REPORT. IT’S THE LATEST SUPPLY DEMAND NUMBERS FROM THE USDA. AND SEE HOW RESEARCHERS IN WEST TEXAS ARE USING THE OFF SPRING OF CLONED CATTLE TO MAKE BETTER BEEF. THIS WEEKEND ON US FARM REPORT.

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