USFR Weekly Recap - Jan. 09-10, 2016

January 14, 2016 03:30 AM
 

TODAY ON U.S. FARM REPORT
JAN. 09-10, 2016

OPENING HEADLINES:
<FROM THE STUDIOS OF FARM JOURNAL BROADCAST, THIS IS U.S. FARM  REPORT.>  WELCOME TO U.S. FARM REPORT. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS, IN FOR TYNE MORGAN,  AND HERE'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON IN THE NEXT 60 MINUTES.  FINICKY FINANCIALS...GLOBAL MARKETS START 2016 ON SHAKY GROUND IN JOHN'S WORLD, HEARTFELT FELT THANKS FOR THE FORECAST.  "HERE'S TO MIKE AND ALL THE WEATHER PEOPLE OUT THERE.  YES...HERE'S TO MIKE.  HAIL TO THE  CHIEF...A PREVIEW OF THE UPCOMING FARM BUREAU PRESIDENTIAL  ELECTION.  AND BAXTER BLACK...PERSPECTIVE FROM THE SALESMAN'S SIDE. 
BUMPY START FOR 2016 MARKETS:
NOW FOR THE NEWS THAT MOVED THE MARKETS THIS WEEK... IT WAS A BUMPY  START TO 2016 FOR MAJOR MARKETS THIS WEEK.  INCLUDING THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE TRADING AT LEVELS IT HASN'T  SEEN SINCE EARLY OCTOBER.  HELPING TO TRIGGER THE SELL OFF-- FRESH PANIC SELLING IN THE CHINESE  STOCK MARKET.  THAT MARKET SEEING MULTIPLE DAYS OF 7 PERCENT DROPS AND SUSPENDED  TRADING.   USDA ALSO READJUSTING IT'S EXPECTATIONS FOR THE CHINESE MARKET.  CURRENTLY ABOUT 17 PERCENT OF ALL U.S. AG EXPORTS FIND THEIR WAY TO  CHINA.  USDA IS NOW REVISING THAT DOWN-- EXPECTING THE COUNTRY'S GDP TO FALL  TO ROUGHLY 6 PERCENT.  ADDING THAT IN 2015 EXPORTS TO CHINA WERE DOWN 4 BILLION DOLLARS OR 13 PERCENT.  IT EXPECTS THAT TO FALL EVEN FURTHER IN THE NEW YEAR.
OIL PRICES TRICKLE LOWER:  OIL PRICES ALSO TRICKLING LOWER DURING THE WEEK--DROPPING INTO THE  LOW 30'S FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS.  WEST TEXAS INTERMEDIATE AND BRENT CRUDE BOTH DOWN 12 PERCENT IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR.  ANALYSTS SAY IT'S LIKELY PRICES COULD FALL TO 25 DOLLARS A BARREL.  OIL COMPANY STOCKS ALSO FEELING THE PRESSURE. 
CHINA CHOOSES BRAZIL FOR SOYBEAN PURCHASE:
CHINA CONTINUES TO BUY SOYBEANS FROM BRAZIL LEAVING U.S. SALES LUKE WARM.  SO FAR IT'S BOUGHT 169 MILLION BUSHELS.  LAST YEAR IT WAS 230 MILLION AT THIS POINT.  CORN SHIPMENTS ARE ALSO LOWER IN GENERAL--ABOUT 10 PERCENTAGE  POINTS BEHIND THE AVERAGE PACE.  WHILE PARTS OF BRAZIL HAVE SEEN DECENT RAINS IN RECENT WEEKS, OUR  REPORTING PARTNERS AT PRO-FARMER SAY DROUGHT REMAINS VERY SERIOUS  ISSUE IN PARTS OF BRAZIL.   THE LEADING SOYBEAN STATE OF MATA GROSSO IS VERY DRY...HOWEVER THREE QUARTERS OF MATO GROSSO SAW BETWEEN 3 AND 8 INCHES OF RAIN IN THE LAST 10 DAYS.
TRADERS WATCH BRAZIL CLOSELY:
 WHILE THE CENTER WEST DISTRICT - WHICH IS BRAZILS LARGEST SOYBEAN REGION - HAS A RAINFALL DEFICIT.  IT'S ABOUT 60-PERCENT OF NORMAL. TRADERS IN CHICAGO ARE WATCHING CLOSELY.  <"FORECASTS FOR NORTHERN BRAZIL DO CALL FOR RAINS OFF AND ON OVER  THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY WILL GET AT LEAST SOME RAIN  OUT OF IT. BUT UNTIL NOW THE RAINS HAVEN'T BEEN THAT BENEFICIAL. IN MATO GROSSO THE STATE GOVERNMENT DID SAY THAT ALMOST HALF OF THE CROP IS IN POOR TO VERY POOR CONDITION, SO DEFINITELY SOME LOSSES THERE.">  METEORLOGIST SAY EL NINO APPEARS TO BE PAST IT'S PEAK. 
ARGENTINA POLICY CHANGES:
COMPETITION ALSO CONTINUES TO POUR OUT OF ARGENTINA ALTHOUGH MAYBE  NOT AS QUICKLY AS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAD HOPED.   ITS CROP EXPORTS JUMPED 2 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS OF DECEMBER FOLLOWING POLICY CHANGES BY THE NEW PRESIDENT. 
MONSANTO LAYOFFS
A SIGN OF THE ECONOMIC TIMES, MONSANTO SAYS IT PLANS TO ELIMINATE ANOTHER ONE THOUSAND JOBS.  ITS PART OF A COST-CUTTING PLAN DESIGNED TO DEAL WITH FALLING SALES.  FIRST QUARTER NUMBERS SHOW SALES OFF 22 PERCENT.  THESE NEW LAY-OFFS WILL BRING MONSANTO'S PLANNED CUTS TO 36-HUNDRED JOBS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THAT'S ABOUT 16-PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE.

WINTER WHEAT CROPS:
 USDA RELEASING ITS MONTHLY CONDITION REPORT ON WINTER WHEAT CROPS IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS. THE RANGE FROM 54 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT IN KANSAS UP TO 77 PERCENT IN OKLAHOMA WHERE RECORD RAINFALL FELL IN DECEMBER.  THE NORTHERN STRETCHES WERE ALSO IN THE LOW TO MID-70'S GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  CATTLE FEEDER MARGINS IMPROVED ABOUT 50 PERCENT OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS ACCORDING TO THE STERLING MARKETING'S PROFIT TRACKER.  PRODUCERS ARE STILL ASSESSING DAMAGES AND LOSSES FROM THE MONUMENTAL CHRISTMAS STORM IN EASTERN NEW MEXICO AND THE TEXAS  PANHANDLE. 
WEATHER CONDITIONS TO IMPACT CATTLE PERFORMANCE IN OKLAHOMA:
OKLAHOMA STATE'S LIVESTOCK MARKETING SPECIALIST DERRELL PEEL EXPECTS  SAYS FEEDLOT PERFORMANCE WILL TAKE A HIT...BUT THAT REGIONS'S NOT  ALONE.  " PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANT OR JUST AS  IMPORTANT ACROSS MUCH OF THE CENTER OF THE COUNTRY, CONDITIONS ARE PRETTY WET AND MUDDY. CATTLE ARE STRUGGLING IN THAT, PERFORMANCE WILL BE IMPACTED. THE DIRECT  IMPACT ON THE MKT WILL BE IN TERMS OF REDUCED WEIGHTS ON FEEDLOT CATTLE." 
NATIONAL WEATHER:
THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW  WITH WEATHER... MIKE IT LOOKS LIKE PLACES ARE GOING TO BE COLD TO START THE WEEK.  THAT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, CLINTON, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE--COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON COMING FOR MOST OF YOU.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, DUSTIN JOHNSON AND GREG HUNT JOIN ME TO DISCUSS A BUMPY WEEK IN GLOBAL MARKETS.  STAY WITH US.  <U.S FARM REPORT- SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES. COMBINING THE PROVEN WEE CONTROL OF A NEW 2-4-D AND GLYHPOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS LIKE NEVER BEFORE. >  <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. TRADITION.>  JOHN’S WORLD:
IN JOHN'S WORLD THIS WEEKEND, JOHN PHIPPS IS TIPPING HIS HAT TO THE WEATHER MEN
AND WOMEN IN OUR LIVES THAT ARE --AS JOHN PUTS IT-- GAINING OUR TRUST ABOUT THE FUTURE.
JOHN.                                        ​;                  
IF WE COULDN'T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE WEATHER, THERE WOULD BE A LOT LESS CONVERSATION ON THE FARMS OF AMERICA. IT FRUSTRATES US NOT BE HAVE  MORE CONTROL OF THE BIGGEST FACTOR IN CROP PRODUCTION.  WEATHER AND MARKETS ARE CHAOTIC SYSTEMS IN THE MATHEMATICAL SENSE, AND UNTIL RECENTLY, THEY HAVE DEFIED PREDICTION EFFORTS. THERE IS CONSIDERABLE GOOD NEWS ON ONE FRONT, HOWEVER – WEATHER FORECASTS  HAVE QUIETLY GOTTEN MUCH BETTER. THANKS TO ENORMOUS LEAPS IN COMPUTING POWER, INGENIUOUS NEW MODELING TECHNIQUES, AND THE ABILITY TO CAPTURE HUGE AMOUNTS OF DATA IN REAL TIME, FORECASTS ARE NOW VASTLY IMPROVED FROM JUST THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. 
TEASE:
STILL TO COME IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR OF U.S. FARM REPORT…MEETING THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE NATION'S LARGEST  FARM LOBBY.  PLUS, BAXTER BLACK AND A PROPANE POWERED 58' MOLINE.  WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.                                          FROM THE STUDIOS OF FARM JOURNAL BROADCAST, THIS IS U.S. FARM REPORT.  
OPENING HEADLINES:
WELCOME BACK TO U-S FARM REPORT. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  WE HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD THIS WEEKEND.   WEATHER WOE'S....FROM BLIZZARDS TO THE WEST AND FLOODING IN THE SOUTH--AMERICAN PRODUCERS HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL.  PICKING A PRESIDENT...FARM BUREAU ELECTIONS ARE NEXT WEEK. WE HAVE A CANDIDATE PREVIEW.  SUPER SALESMAN...BAXTER BLACK AND PERSPECTIVE FROM THE POINT OF SALE.  AND PROPANE POWER--A 58' MOLINE ROLLS THROUGH TRACTOR TALES.
 FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE FORCING FARMERS TO SELL GRAIN AND BUILD FLOOD GATES: NOW FOR THE HEADLINES...FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO BE A CONCERN IN SOUTHERN STATES AS THE REMNANTS OF RECORD DECEMBER RAINS ROLL DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI.  WATER LEVELS INCREASED ALMOST 50 FEET 100 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ST. LOUIS,FORCING LOCALS TO BUILD FLOOD GATES. (FARMERS SAY)  THAT PROMPTED MANY FARMERS TO SELL GRAIN AND MOVE MACHINERY TO HIGHER GROUND.   WHILE THE FLOOD IS A CONCERN DOWNSTREAM, GRAND TOWER ISLAND, MISSOURI FARMER, ERIC DOZA SAYS HE WAS 'SPARED' FROM WHAT COULD HAVE  BEEN A MASSIVE FLOOD ON HIS FARM. 


SNOW PACK REACHES ABOVE HISTORICAL LEVELS:
HEAVY SNOWS ARE ALSO HELPING WITH SNOW PACK--CURRENTLY ABOVE  HISTORICAL AVERAGES.  HIGHER ELEVATIONS ARE ALSO SNOW THAT SHOULD HELP BUILD-UP RESERVOIRS FOR RUN-OFF NEXT SPRING. LAST WEEK, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES  CONDUCTED THE WINTER'S FIRST SNOW SURVEY.  THE MANUAL SURVEY FOUND A SNOW DEPTH OF NEARLY 55 INCHES - 16 INCHES MORE THAN THE AVERAGE DEPTH MEASURED IN THAT LOCATION SINCE 1965.  THE DEPARTMENT IS ENCOURAGED BY THE HIGHER-THAN-AVERAGE WATER  CONTENT. BUT THEY'RE NOT READY TO CELEBRATE JUST YET. IF WE BELIEVE THE FORECASTS, THEN THAT EL NINO IS SUPPOSED TO KICK IN AS WE MOVE ONTO THE REST OF WINTER AND ONTO THE SPRING....WHICH  BECOMES CRITICAL AS WE LOOK AT RESERVOIR STORAGE."  >
IN NORMAL YEARS, THE SNOWPACK SUPPLIES ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA'S WATER NEEDS.  
LONGER RANGE FORECAST:
THAT'S IT FOR NEWS...METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH A LONGER LOOK WEATHER. MIKE WE'RE SEEING SOME COLDER AIR IS THAT GOING TO BE A NEW PATTERN?  CLINTON, IT DEFINITELY LOOKS THAT WAY. WHEN YOU SEE A PATTERN LIKE THIS AND IN FACT THERE IS ROTATION IN THIS UPPER LEVEL VORTEX, SOME PEOPLE CALL THIS THE POLAR VORTEX AND THAT RARELY GETS DOWN INTO THE UNITED STATES, BUT IT DOES BRING THE COLD AIR SOUTHWARDAND THAT'S THE SITUATION WE ARE GOING TO START THIS WEEK WITH.
NEW DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISE FOR LOWER SUGAR INTAKE:
IN WASHINGTON POLICY-- THE GOVERNMENT ROLLS OUT NEW DIETARY GUIDELINES.   IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS EVERY FIVE YEARS.  IN THE NEWEST GUIDELINES, THERE'S LESS ATTENTION ON SODIUM INTAKE AND CHOLESTEROL.   INSTEAD OFFERING NEW ADVICE ON SUGAR CONSUMPTION.   AND, IT DOES NOT EXPLICITLY ENCOURAGE CONSUMERS TO EAT LESS MEAT...SOMETHING LIVESTOCK GROUPS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT.  "SINCE 1980 WE HAVE REDUCED THE EXTERNAL FAT ON OUR BEEF 81%. NOW THE INTERNAL BEEF IS LESS FAT TOO AND TODAY WE HAVE 38 CUTS THAT QUALIFY AS LEAN BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT." 
AFBF CANDIDATES:
AND NEXT WEEK--FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS, 
THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION WILL ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT TO  REPLACE BOB STALLMAN. NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN GIVES US A PREVIEW OF THE FOUR CANDIDATES VYING FOR JOB.  
FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT, BOB STALLMAN, IS STEPPING DOWN - OPENING THE DOOR FOR ANOTHER TO TAKE HIS SPOT. NOW, FOUR OTHER CANDIDATES HOPE TO FILL HIS SPOT IN REPRESENTING ALL IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE:CANDIDATE, ZIPPY DUVALL, HAS DEEP ROOTS IN GEORGIA'S AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY.  THE GEORGIA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT IS A LIFELONG DAIRY FARMER,WHO NOW MAINTAINS A BEEF HERD AND BROILER OPERATION. HE WAS FIRST ACTIVE IN FARM BUREAU DURING THE '70S AFTER HIS FATHER ENCOURAGED HIM TO GET INVOLVED.
"HE ENCOURAGED ME TO MANAGE TIME WITH MY FARM AND ALSO ENCOURAGED ME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
DUVALL HAS BEEN GEORGIA FARM BUREUA PRESIDENT SINCE 2006, HOLDING POSITIONS AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL.HE HAS A BIG FOCUS ON HELPING YOUNG FARMERS:
"WE WORRY ABOUT HOW WE BRING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BACK TO THE FARM AND HOW
WE TRANSFER THOSE FARMS TO THE NEXT GENERATION."
PART OF THAT HELP INCLUDES FOCUSING ON FARM POLICY.
"NOW I HEAR ABOUT REGULATIONS AND WATERS OF THE U.S., THE CLEAN WATER ACT,
CLEAN AIR ACT AND DANGEROUS SPECIES AND WHAT THAT DOES."
CANDIDATE, KEVIN ROGERS, HAS TIES TO THE SOUTHWEST.
HE'S A FOURTH GENERATION FARMER FROM ARIZONA. ROGER PRODUCES COTTON,
ALFALFA, WHEAT, BARLEY AND CORN  WITH HIS RELATIVES IN THE STATE.
"IT'S NICE THE FAMILY IS INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURE STILL TOGETHER.">
ROGERS IS A LONG-TIME MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU, SERVING AS PRESIDENT FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.
"I LIKE TO DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS. MY PLATE IS ALWAYS CHANGING AND ROTATING."
ROGERS HOPES TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT AGRICULTURE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL.
"THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE OUT THERE TO GO EDUCATE, SO EDUCATION IS A BIG PART OF IT."
"AND WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH PEOPLE YOU MAY DISAGREE WITH ON ISSUES, LEADERSHIPS IN DIFFERENT AREAS, ANIMAL RIGHTS ISSUES, ISSUES WITH THE EPA."
BARRY BUSHUE'S BACKGROUND STEMS FROM THE PACIFIC-NORTHWEST. HE OPERATES ON A CENTURY-OLD FARM JUST EAST OF PORTLAND.  BUSHUE SELLS VARIETY CROPS FROM FLOWERS TO VEGETABLES TO BERRIES TO THE PUBLIC AND HOSTS EVENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY.
"RIGHT NOW WITH THE GROWING POPULATION, WITH THE NEED FOR DIVERSE AGRICULTURE, OREGON IS VERY PROUD OF
ITS DIVERSE AGRICULTURE. WE RAISE OVER 230 COMMODITIES."
HE'S BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE OREGON FARM BUREAU SINCE 1999 AND VICE PRESIDENT
OF AMERICAN FARM BUREAU SINCE 2008- BUT HAS HELD ROLES IN BOTH THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL FOR MUCH LONGER.
"OREGON EXPORTS ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF ITS AG CROPS. INCREASED TRADE HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY.
A STATE LIKE OREGON HAS SIGNED MEAT AND BLUEBERRY CONTRACTS, POTATO CONTRACTS, INTERNATIONALLY
CONTRACTS, MUCH OF THAT GOES THROUGH THE PORT OF PORTLAND,">
HE WAS  ALSO  APPOINTED BY USDA SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TO SERVE ON A BIOTECH ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
" GE TECHNOLOGY IS ONE OF MANY TOOLS. IT'S A VERY VALUABLE TOOL. IT IS NOT GOING TO REPLACE TOOLS BUT IT SHOULDN'T BE REPLACED WITH OTHER TOOLS EITHER. "
IF ELECTED FOR THE TOP SPOT, BUSHUE BELIEVES HE WILL BE
EFFECTIVE IN MEETING CHALLANGES AMERICAN FARMERS FACE.
CANDIDATE DON VILLWOCK IS AN ADVOCATE FOR AGRICULTURE IN THE HOOSIER STATE.
HE FARMS IN SOUTHWEST INDIANA PRODUCING WHITE CORN, SEED SOYBEANS, WHEAT, POPCORN AND ALFALFA.
"AGRICULTURE IS THE LARGEST INDUSTRY IN INDIANA. WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT."
VILLWOCK HAS HELD ALMOST EVERY POSITION INDIANA FARM BUREAU OFFERS FROM
COUNTY PRESIDENT-TO DISTRICT DIRECTOR -TO  VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT
LEADING THE STATE ORGANIZATION FOR OVER A DECADE FROM 2002 TO 2016.
VILLWOCK SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO ENERGIZE THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY.
"WE REALLY NEED AN ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP TO FEEL EMPOWERED TO FEEL
EDUCATED AND FEELING COMFORTABLE STEPPING FORWARD WITH THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT THEM."
VILLWOCK BELEIVES HIS EXPERIENCE IN FARM POLICY AND DIVERSIFIED
CROP BACKGROUND MAKES HIM A GOOD FIT FOR PRESIDENT.
REPORTING FOR U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.    
TEASE:
UP NEXT CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND HUMBLE PIE FROM US AND JOHN PHIPPS. 
"TIME FOR A FEW CORRECTIONS."
CUSTOMER SUPPORT:
SO ON CUSTOMER SUPPORT THIS WEEK, LET'S CONSIDER THIS A CORRECTION EDITION. FIRST, IN A CRUEL TWIST OF IRONY, JUST AFTER I HAD TALKED ABOUT DISCUSSING GEOGRAPHY MORE ON CUSTOMER SUPPORT, WE MADE A SLIGHT CARTOGRAPHICAL ERROR DURING THE CHURCH SALUTE.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK THERE'S NO MISTAKING BAXTER BLACK AND HIS FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON THE COWBOY WAY OF LIFE.  SIT TIGHT WE'LL RETURN IN JUST A MOMENT.  <MISS ANY OF TODAY'S SHOW? HEAD TO USFARMREPORT.COM TO WATCH THE PROGRAM ONLINE. U.S.  FARM REPORT, THE SPIRIT OF COUNTRYSIDE. > 
BAXTER BLACK:
I HAD SOLD A MAGIC BOLUS TO A FARMER. IT WAS GUARANTEED TO RID HIS HERD OF FLIES.
IT WOULD PASS OUT WITH A PUCKY AND IF EVERYONE GOT LUCKY, IT WOULD KILL THE EGGS
THE FLIES LAID IN THE PIES. HE HAD BOUGHT ENOUGH TO DO A HUNDRED CRITTERS.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, AL PELL JOINS US FOR TRACTOR TALES AND OUR COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE...  NEXT WEEK...WE START A NEW MONTHLY SPECIAL REPORT.  A LOOK AT THE MACHINERY MARKET WITH GREG PETERSON--YOU MAY KNOW HIM AS MACHINERY PETE.  MACHINERY PETE:
WE'LL KICK THE SERIES OFF AT AN AUCTION IN LONDON OHIO. MACHINERY INSIGHT YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS--NEXT WEEK AS WE GO ON THE ROAD WITH MACHINERY PETE.  TRACTOR TALES:
WELCOME BACK TO TRACTOR TALES.   WE’VE GOT A 1958 PROPANE-POWERED MINNEAPOLIS MOLINE.  THIS MODEL GB IS ONE OF 4 MOLINES OUR COLLECTOR OWNS.   
WE MET HIM IN NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA DURING A VISIT TO THE BIG SKY  STATE.
CHURCH SALUTE:
TODAY'S COUNTRY CHURCH SALUTE GOES TO...THE FINNISH APOSTOLIC  LUTHERAN CHURCH IN EMBARRASS, MINNESOTA.  IT'S THE OLDEST EXISTING CHURCH IN THE COMMUNITY....BUILT IN 1906...JUST A YEAR AFTER THE TOWN WAS INCORPORATED.  THE COMMUNITY IS LARGELY OF FINNISH HERITAGE. 
CROP WATCH:
WELCOME BACK TO U-S FARM REPORT.   MIKE WE'RE SEEING SOME OF THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON POUR INTO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY THIS WEEK.  THAT'S RIGHT CLINTON. IN FACT ALVIN BERNING SENT THIS PHOTO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.  HE LIVES ON THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE STATE IN SHELBY COUNTRY NEAR INDIANA.  ALVIN SAYS HIS WHEAT FIELD ISN'T COVERED IN SNOW AND TEMPERATURES   DIPPED DOWN TO 8 DEGREES THE MONRNING HE SNAPPED THIS PHOTO.  SHEILA THE SHEEP IS SHORN:
AND FINALLY TAKE A LOOK AT THIS - I DON'T THINK COLD WILL BOTHER SHEILA  THE SHEEP, LOST FOR SIX YEARS IN THE AUSTRALIAN WILDERNESS  SHE DISAPPEARED IN A DENSE FOREST NEAR HOBART IN THE TASMANIA STATE BACK IN 2010.  SHEILA WAS RESCUED BY LOCAL MAN WHO FOUND HER ON THE SIDE OF A ROAD. 
CLOSING:
FOR TYNE, JOHN, AL AND MIKE, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING U-S FARM REPORT.  AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME STAND IN WHILE TYNE HAS BEEN ON LEAVE-- RUMOR HAS IT SHE'LL BE BACK IN THE CHAIR NEXT WEEK. THANKS AGAIN AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK IN FARM COUNTRY.  

PROMO:
IM CLINTON GRIFFITHS, THIS WEEKEND ON U.S. FARM REPORT--- A ROCKY START  TO NEW YEAR MARKETS.  PLUS, WINTER WEATHER LEAVING ITS MARK FROM WEST TO EAST. AND A FARM BURUEA ELECTION PREVIEW. JOIN ME THIS WEEKEND ON RFD. 
 

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