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dependable. now for the markt related news, a major trade pact that could incrase both u-s agriculture exports and imports is nearing its final phase of completion. the trade ministers from the 12 member nations signed the trans pacific partnership in auckland this week. the trade pact is five years in the making, but isn't a done deal. each of the countries now need to sign off on t- ppl, including u-s congress. and legislators think it won't be brought up until after the november election the 5 billion dollar panama canal expansion is scheduled to be completed in april, btu now officials are pushing that date back several months. construction is 96 percent complete, with a new completion target of june. the contractor is still working on fixing the massive locks found to have leaks last fall. the u-s dollar posted its biggest two day drop in nearly 7 years this week. the weakness is over
to slow growth world wide. south africa is looking at record wehat and corn imports. that's as the country faces one of the worst droughts on record, knocking out 25 percent of the country's production. usda pegs corn imports at 3 million tonnes, twice the amount originally forecast. brazil is looking at a lower soybean harvest this year. the country's official crop bureau cut its soybean forecast by 1 point 18 million tonnes, to just under 101 million tonnes. most of that coming from mato grosso's volatile weather. while lowered, it would still be a record crop. those are the headlines...meteorologist mike hoffman joins us now with weather. mike, some pretty severe weather for many of our viewers this past week. do we get a break next week? thanks, tyne. the short answer is yes, because we won't see any severe thunderstorms this week and we are not going to see a blizzard. however, the eastern two-thirds of the country going to be very
a lot of snow and maybe the northeast as well. drought monitor shows the only problem area out west doesn't really want to improve too much, but it is slowly,ever so slowly shrinking, the extreme and exceptional drought areas, but a huge difference compared to what we have seen the past couple of years, no real issues with drought, most of the eastern two-thirds of the country. let's go day by day: storm system in the greaty lakes, fairly strong snow system here, but it's moving so slowly it's mainly going to be a lake effect for those areas, snow all the way down into the southern appalachians, some rain showers along the cold front and then it is very dry to the west, very cold in the central part of the country , mild in western sections, by wednesday that is the same storm system over the eastern great lakes, still swirling, still putting down very heavy lake effect snows and it looks like a secondary cold front then will be dropping through the central plains and the tennessee valley with another shot of cold air and still mild and dry mainly out west, except for a few showers in the pacific northwest, by
will be weaker, but it still has some very cold air behind it, so some lake effect, well let's just say general snow showers along the great lakes there and then you can see finally another system coming in out west after the reprive for most of this week. we will be back in our next half hour with a longer range outlook. thanks, mike. with so much travel recently, john phipps was kind enough to take over my roundtable duties from north dakota this week. so, after the break, we're off to fargo for the north dakota soybean expo > us farm report from the
in, no sitting in for tyne morgan, here for the round table at the northern soybean expo. and with us we have tommy grisaffi from advance trading, we have dwayne bosse and we have mike north. and we'll get to our questions right away but i think gentlemen, let's start with the elephant in the room , little joke there. what is at stake for agriculture do you think, in this election cycle. we're officially into it. well regardless of your political views are you can't get away from it. and so we all have a political connection and it's there was an interesting turn of events this week, and you know, the american public got to voice their opinion, and what i learned, and what i think it will tie into agriculture is not matter how loud and obnoxious you are or how much money you spend on an election, this is still america and the people voted. and so being the loudest guy on stage
could you mean, tommy? (laughter) >> i have no idea, but we all have something at stake, and this election's more important than anyone in your life, in my opinion. >> well, there are some serious things at stake, and, mike, i know dairy farmers are watching this very closely. >> absolutely, one of the big issues among the dairy industry is immigration and being able to make sure that we have a stable, ongoing work force as we move forward, and the reality of it is there have been too many things supplanting that in the recent years that give great concern as we go forward over what those new to legislation legislative actions might look like and what comes from the top down on that particular issue alone. >> and the other thing, i think, especially for soybean growers
big impact on who wants to trade with us. >> yeah, that's correct. especially up in north dakota most of our soybeans go straight over to the pnw and directly to china, so obviously if we have a leader in office that is going to have good relationships with our trading partners, that will mean good things for us as producers as well. >> i think in general we always, as americans, have something at stake in elections, but there are some specific topics that got a lot of coverage, and the ethanol and senator cruz, that whole issue didn't play out like i thought. >> no senator, cruz, it was fascinating to watch in the election. he came across with a lot of poise the last few days, and he started talking softly. and when trump got louder cruz got softer, and i think people heard that voice and they rallied around him, and i think he changed his views on ethanol. i'd imagine you'd have to if you're driving through iowa and hitting all 99 counties. >> did he? did he change his views? if you really parse that what's your thinking, duwayne? >> well, personally, honestly, i'm not listening to too much of what they say right now because
office. sometimes i've seen it before > especially in iowa. >> right. i don't know, remember, i mean, he is from texas. that's oil country. i'm a little nervous, i guess, on his ethanol stance, to be honest with you. >> right. and i would agree. i think at this point in time they're all a little bit chameleon on some of those issues, and the reality is, is when you're in iowa you're a fan of ethanol if you're running for a political office. >> well, you touched on i'm sorry, go ahead. >> trump said he's going to buy a farm. that's the >> land prices are going to blip up there in iowa, and as long as he's on that side of the river, works for me. [ laughter ] >> we touched on oil, and if you read the press and even economists are starting to take a look at it. we never thought we would be saying this, but is this oil in the $30 range, is it actually hurting the global economy? and that's some economists are saying it's killing commodities. mike? >> absolutely. i think as you look around in developing countries that rely on oil as a
have the wallet that they did a few years ago, and as we look at what it means to our internal infrastructure. you talk about ethanol, plant profitability is below the zero line when you look at the forecast ahead. the reality is if you're a corn farmer that's not good news. and as you talk about what's going on just in the state of north dakota, and what's happened in the balkan and all of the activity that was once there. >> right. >> all of these things have an impact, and they ripple back through the entire economy. >> my concern with energy is, is that crude oil will probably stay low price all yearlong. right now like i said, ethanol, they're making they're not making money, they're losing a little bit, but they're still operating. now, we get a spike in corn prices this summer because of drought talk, which we've heard a lot about that. >>
tot you by the north dakota soybean council. our world is growing> u.s. farm report from the 2016 northern soybean expo is brought to you by the north dakota soybean council. our world is growing. >> well, we're back in fargo at the northern soybean expo with tommy, duwayne and mike. and we just mentioned the (d word, and at the top producers seminar last week, tommy, a guy came out and said, it looks like 2012 again, $6.50 corn, and that was everything, that's all people remembered. is that rolling across the minds of a lot of the
between stupid and illegal and we could possibly have him arrested, you know. [ laughter ] >> he's soft. setting people up you're on fire today. >> we're here in north dakota. we're at depressed prices. we have multiple commodities. you even told me about commodity i'd never heard of. all at 16?year lows, and so there's nothing like dangling that carrot in front of the producer. there's nothing you guys want to hear more than we're going to go up, and we might. my question to you is, are you in the right position to ride that wave up? >> did it freeze a lot of guys marketing plans right there saying, well, wait? >> absolutely. and that's the unfortunate part, right, because as we talk about things like crude oil and we talk about macroeconomics and we talk about world supplies in a normal?growing year. if we don't get that drought and things take a normal course of action, and your marketing plan was, i'll sell when the drought shows up, you are in trouble with a capital tf, and that is as tommy points out almost criminal to put that out there as some sort of a guarantee for somebody that's waiting for a better price. >> well, what we've got, i think, is a lot of guys are talking to their bankers right now. it's not a happy
yeah, $6.50 definitely makes it work. but the thing is there's a lot of lower prices than that that could still make it work too as well. i'm actually fine with the whole weather scare talk. normally every year we do have some sort of event, but notice i mentioned scare. we don't actually have to end up with a corn yield of 150 to have high prices. all we need is somewhere in the middle for the funds, the large traders to think we're going to have a lower corn yield. what will happen to prices when we spike up? the new producers need to be set and ready to lock those prices in then because if it rains next week or somebody says, well, that weather man's way off, and we drop back down later, you guys need to lock in your profit, which means game plan rights now. >> aren't they heavily short on the speculative side? so you at least you'd get a short covering they were, they covered a lot last week, and what's amazing they covered, i want to say, at least 100,000, and corn only went up a penny and a half. >> a few cents. that's scary. >> yeah, that is a little discouraging. >> and we saw this last summer. the reality is we
spring. we had all the wate late all of the talk was crop is in disaster. it's flooded. there's prevent plant. we're not going to get a yield. 90 cents later after the after the funds roll out of a short position we're at $4.50 corn. it lasts for a matter of a week and a half and it's gone. >> got 20 minutes as i recall. >> it seems like it, and the reason why the market does that now is we shifted from a demand?driven bull market in corn to a supply?driven market. now, what i mean by that is the only time you're going to see a spike rally is when the supply is threatened in the u.s. and like i said it doesn't have to actually end in a drastic drought. we just need it to be threatened somewhere in between, so you're going to have spikes just like last year, in my opinion. >> okay, what size spike would you sell? >> go ahead, mike. [ laughter ] >> over to you. >> so here's the thing is everybody's waiting for the silver bullet. everybody wants the big rally, but i think if we're wise about how we respond to the markets, we're
tools out there than a cash sale that help us manage through movement in the marketplace, so options are a beautiful compliment to your selling program, but as you're working through even this rally, if there's profit on the table, and i'm talking to guys that are finding it here, why not sell some? >> can i take it one level further, what mike said? let's separate fact from fiction. it's the month of february. we're setting the crop insurance level. let's be realistic where those are. as of today the second day of the month it's $3.90 corn and $8.90 beans. i have a view a little stronger than mike's, and i respect them. let's not just protect profit. let's lose less money than our neighbor. >> on the same line as far as the outlook for this next year, soybeans are probably a little bit bigger, bearish picture out there obviously fundamentally, so i don't mind selling on our farm, our soybeans below our cost of production just a little bit, and i'm counting on that corn price to rally enough to make money on it, but i'm going to have target prices set in place and sell them when they get there and not get emotional like
you some numbers. >> okay. >> i'd be selling 20 to 30?cent rallies in corn. we're already in one. start now. soybeans i'd be selling anywhere from 40 to 60?cent rallies in soybeans. we're already there. start selling. work your way into this market now. don't be waiting, you know, the whole point of this conversation among all of us is have a plan in place now. start acting now. don't wait for that silver?bullet drought start acting now. don't wait for that silver?bullet drought right, we had to go to $3.50 corn before we had the rally. >> all right. brave man, we've got it on tape. and we'll be back
same problem-- you're caught long. let's not kid ourselves what your position is. the whole world knows it. there's people out there to help you. number one person's going to help you in this room is yourself. identify the problem, move on. we're a lot closer to planting '16 than we are of, you know, we're getting there. so let's move the '15 bushels. let's talk about plant '16. let's have a plan. >> okay. duwayne? >> on the same lines as what tommy said. you know, i have gone on record saying that i am a believer in some sort of weather event scare for 2016, but on our farm i'm not going to hold 2015 bushels all the way into that weather scare. i'm looking at moving all of our beans now, actually all our beans are gone. if we do get the weather scare i'm talking about i'm selling next year's crop. not two years of production. >> good. mike? >> well, on top of that the reality is most people are sitting waiting, and you don't want to be in the herd when the herd moves. you want to be out in front, so be examining what your basis opportunities look like in combination with this rally that
in that regard so that when the opportunity finally shows itself and the herd starts running, the basis doesn't widen out and it all disappears. you need to start taking action right now. move that old crop, look at option strategies in concert with that, and start planning some things for new crop in terms of sales and coverage. >> thank you, mike and all of you. don't freeze up. that's our word from north dakota. thank you very much. receive a free trial of the daily market letter and gain knowledge about current market conditions from the professionals at bower trading. view the markets like never before. go to bowertrading.com.
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thanks, john. also, if you'll be at the national farm machinery show next week, john and i will both be there for our u.s. farm report taping. that happens thursday at 2:30 eastern we hope to see you there. up next, the extreme volatility in the cattle markets has top officials asking c-m-e why. we'll investigate after the break.
from the studios of farm journal broadcast, this is u.s. officials are pressing c-m-e to answer why. we'll give you a slice of americana, when andrew mccrea shares the story of clabber girl in american countryside. and a viewer has a question for john about trade. now for the headlines, more consolidation within the ag industry, but this time, it's a chinese based company jumping head first into the seed business. chemchina announcing its buying syngenta with a 43 billion dollar cash offer. syngenta says the existing management will stay in place and continue to be based in switzerland, with offices in the u-s. the deal still has to clear
syngenta will need to divest part of its business. iowa senator chuck grassley says the purchase is something he plans to take a close look at as chair of the senate judiciary committee. there are also questions about national security and whether the company's locations would be too close to u.s. military bases. in response, the national farmers union expressed concern of such a move saying, quote, in this case, syngenta would be owned by a company controlled by the chinese government. for an increasingly consoidated sector of agriculture, this is of particular concern since state-owned business frequently do not act in economially rational or predictable ways. speaking of china, monsanto receiving chinese approval for its roundup ready 2 extend soybeans this week. that means the product that has resistance to both roundup and dicamba will be available fo rthe 2016 growing season. even though it cleared hurdles in china, the use of dicamba over the top still is waiting epa approval.
but according to the label, it must be done 30 days prior to planting. epa administrator gina mccarthy being asked to testify in front of congress next week. the house hearing is to look at the agency's possible overeach, and impacts on teh rural economy. the house ag committee says mccarthy will be asked to explain her recent decisions. speaking of epa, bayer crop science is telling the agency it will not voluntarily pull it's belt insecticide from shelves. its registered for use on 200 crops but is mostly used on tree nuts. epa says it's worried about its impact on invertebrates that live in the sediment along rivers, lakes and streams. bayer says 7 years of testing and monitoring shows no impact and it's questioning epa's data and it's support for production agriculture. cotton won't be elibile for p-l-c or a-r-c payments. that's despite efforts by certain ag groups, including farm bureau, to convince ag secretary tom vilsack to classify the crop as an oilseed. currently cotton is covered under staxx and are not currently eligible for those programs as outlined in the new
make the change. instead, congress would not only need to authorize coverage, but come up with the 1 billion dollars to fund those payments. house agriculture chairman mike conaway says usda does have the authority to make a declaration it was a sad day in kentucky last week weekend, as the blue grass stockyards suffered a massive fire. it's still undetermined what caused the 70 year- old structure to burn to the ground. university of kentucky says now many livestock producers are left without a place to market their cattle. just last year, the stockyards sold 100 thousand cattle. those are the headlines...meteorologist mike hoffman joins us now with weather. mike, how's february shaping up? well, tyne thank you very much. we are definitely looking at an active weather pattern for the next ten days or so and then we kind of go zonal with mild weather flooding most of the lower 48 to end february. but to start off you can see this huge trough and storm system is going to be swirling over the great lakes for about a two-three day period here,
the continental divide to all parts of the country it also brings a fair amount of snow in the track that that storm takes, one up the eastern sea board, the other one sitting over the great lakes. you can see as we head through this week though it continues to bring cold air into the northeast and the great lakes, but we may as we head into next week go zonal and start to warm up in many part of the country. my thirty day outlook for temperatures: still below normal for the southern half of the lower 48 above normal north dakota back to the west coast, precipitation over the next 30 days above normal--kind of el nino still for the southern tier of states below normal ohio valley, great lakes and also the northern portions of the rockies, tyne? thanks, mik. usda just releasing its semi annual cattle inventory report. it shows the the nation's herd now at 92 million head. that's three percent higher than a year ago...and the largest cattle herd since 2011. herd rebuilding, global trade, and market access were all big topics at this year's cattle industry convention held last week in san diego california. but the biggest issues for
was on site last week at the convention where even the c-m-e showed to discuss trade in 2015. that's this week's farm journal report. more than 6-thousand cattlemen and women made the trek out west. but amid the hats, the boots and anticipation are questions about the future. time it was just unbelievable how much equity we lost in this industry in a 100 days. 5:11 what moore is referring to is the massive drop in cattle futures the last quarter of the year falling 16 percent in just a few months the biggest drop in more than 3 decades. i said it wasn't the cattle i bought last week that look too high. the cattle i bought 5 minutes ago look too high. that's environment we're trying to live in and do business in and it's a struggle. it's a fight. it's an emotional roller coaster and its very very stressful. 7:07 it's that volatility that has folks in the industry now asking what's going
pressure in the markets especially when we've seen limit up and limit down days and they've happened within a matter of minutes of opening. so the question has been what has caused that? the ncba and others are asking for a second look...from cme. we're investigating and we've already offered a couple of ideas and the cme has been very willing to come to the table and work with us and one of the things we've asked for is that they place messaging limits on cattle futures contracts basically putting a limit on the number of times an individual firms can trade. that did not exist before we asked for it. messaging is either adding an order adjusting an order or deleting an order. 53:46 do too much and traders will face a fine. cattlemen are hoping to figure out if high frequency trading is behind the volatile swings looking at the data, cme says it's cattle future's market sees just 10 percent of trades done by high frequency computers. in contrast, it says the new york stock exchange sees 80 percent of trade happening that way. the cme group says messaging limits is just one step-- other tools are available and could be
trading hours. 57:59 because as long as we are seeing that in the marketplace we have producers who aren't going to use these tools because in some cases they are just more of a liability than an asset. since the calendar turned prices have stabilized somewhat. cattlefax says it expects that to continue through the year. what do you see...where do we stand in this market? (question) we think prices in 2016 aren't going to be a lot different than where we closed up late in 2015. you know fat cattle market probably averages 130, 135, feeder cattle may be 165, calves are 195, so yes that is well off our highs, but still from a historical perspective it still should be strong enough in the cow, calf side to see continued expansion again this year.> at the end of the week we finally got feb trading at last week's cash levels...a bit above. is that a
start seeing feb contracts start trading above the april. there again if you're going to be in a bull market it's got to led by the nose. 57:04 optimism...after a turbulent year...that 2016 will return with greener pastures... as long as we can get the kind of money that we're getting for our cattle today. even today..we'll be alright. 6:06 and if not, producers here are ready. 9:05 you've got to be taking care of business every second of everyday. cant' lay off one second or you're on the wrong side of it. that's the way it works. in san diego california. i'm clinton griffiths reporting. thanks, clinton. when we come back, john phipps.
as americans can raise cattle poultry pork and crops in a manner to which we can supply and sell among ourselves and keep our dollars at home. yet we sell to exporters and send our products out of the country to make more money and then buy back some of our own product at a higher price in the name of imports. just as people say about oil why don't we become self sufficient and buy our own product." thanks for writing, wesley - and for including your address! the textbook answer for your question is that trade allows nations to produce the goods and services they are most efficient at and exhange them for stuff they can't make as easily. in the end both countries are better off. self- sufficiency is a sure path to
north korea. this bedrock belief of modern economics has mounds of data and math to back it up, but just in the last few months some new surprising new studies are adding an asterisk to this dogma of economics. i will talk more about this soon, but the bottom line is while trading nations overall are better off, within each country the losers - people who make things other countries are much better at - suffer far greater and more permanent losses than economists had assumed. so while soybean growers are much better off due to trade with china, textile workers have been devastated in the u-s. it turns out labor is not nearly as flexible as economists thought. laid-off clothing workers cannot begin to move to silicon valley and switch to programming careers, for example. at the very least staunch free-traders like me need to take very seriously this
trade with attention to those whose lives are seriously disrupted. hanks, john. send any questions or comments to john by either email, or facbook or twitter. when we come back, it's a baking powder brand that's probably in your cupboard, but how the family got their start is pretty intriguing. andrew mccrea has that story when we come back.
1800s. this weekend, andrew mccrea takes us to terra haute indiana to show us a slice of americana that still lives on today. in the early 1800s, francis hulman immigrated from germany to the united states. he soon sent a letter to his brother herman to come join him. the brothers eventually began a dry goods business on what was then the frontier of the nation in terre haute, in in 1850 "they started a wholesale grocery, importing coffee, spices, and that grew into general merchandise, and producing their own foods. and in the 1870's started producing baking powder - one of which was clabber girl brand which is ubiquitous now in every grocery store in the united states" the museum here in the hulman's hometown shares the story of the rise of that business a corporation that continues to thrive today. "this is a morse code device. so, you didn't have to know morse code. you could just push the button
when francis, his wife and daughter died in a tragic ship fire on their return from a trip home to germany, herman was left to operate the family business. the iconic clabber girl baking powder began to be produced in the late 1800s. it was a name that evolved as they began to market the product. "clabber means sour milk. so the acid in the sour milk is what interacted with the bicarb, to create the gas effect. so what they first came out with was milk brand. and then it moved to clabber brand, and then this progression as it moves through, this is the final iteration." clabber girl proved to be a great product, but in the early 1900s it was difficult to distribute and sell any product far beyond one's place of business. there were hundreds of independent baking powder manufacturers. but in the 1920,s herman's grandson tony, developed a sales tactic that brought clabber girl national attention. "so he sent fellas out in little panel trucks to call on every meat market and
farms and give the lady of the house a can of baking powder and then put a barn post sign up. and then would send out a semi trailer full of product. the the sales guys would come back like bees to the hive and load up with their product." the hulman's success grew far beyond baking powder though. in fact, one of tony hulman jr.'s next ventures was a favorite pastime. "and they were big into racing bicycles. so, tony hulman, jr. was a fan of automobile racing. and he had actually seen races at the 500 track, or the indianapolis motor speedway, prior to the war, world war two." the hulman family purchased the indianapolis 500 track in 1945. it became a place to advertise clabber girl and to promote the development of auto racing. "the track has changed a bit. it has changed considerably, today's headquarters here in terre haute continues to produce those long-standing brands, "much has
company. the iconic clabber girl name is still well known, and hulman family enterprises such as the indianapolis 500 are known the world round. its been a recipe of success, for this company that dates to the days before the civil war. traveling the countryside in terre haute, indiana - i'm andrew mccrea." thanks, andrew. you can hear more of andrew's stories on my farm radio or by visiting american countryside dot com. al pell joins us when we come back .
farm haul swiss shot at an over 100 horse power tractor. and i have had one in the back of my mind for quite awhile, i have been collecting them for a long time. it kind of intrigued me to try and get ahold of one of their first over hundred horses. i have had this one for only about four years now. it came out of indiana and it didn't look like that...it was kind of in three trailers, but it turned out to be pretty good. it wasn't too hard to take apart--it was mostly taken apart. the hard part was figuring out how to put it back together. little by little and trial and error, we got it to look like a tractor again and run like a tractor again. and we did everything to it there were all the bearings, the seals, the engine. i plow with it when it calls for. i mostly now, i use it on the
make sheep beds. it came from a very large farm in indiana. they grew i believe wheat and they used it to pull a big harrow. i found that if i keep busy life is better, so in the winter nothing grows, so i grow a tractor now. this week, we are paying tribute to the friendship baptist church of mountain grove, missouri. the congregation celebrated 150 years in 2015. a special thanks to wilda todd for sharing their church with us. now, if you have a special church you want to share, we want to hear about it. you can email those in, or send us a message on facebook or twitter. we know some of you like to still use the mail for submissions. so, we've added
snowstorm swept across the rockies, plains and even great lakes this week, leaving major interstates closed, and shutting down aiports. but our viewers made the best of it. kenny told us after the wind calmed down, the kids were able to play. he's in northeast nebraksa where wind gusts pushed passed 50 miles per hour in some places. that made it hard to tell how much snow they actually received, but official totals show anywhere from a foot to 15 inches. looks like tyler and wyatt are having fun with the snow almost as tall as them. and over in iowa, karl setzer didn't escape the snow either. we heard reports of snow falling two inches an hour over there. and mike, remember that blizzard that hit the east coast a couple weeks ago? well, our
friends in new jersey received over two feet of powder. r-w-v video on facebook. they raise minature hereford cattle. check out baby thelma. she ran outside to play without realizing how deep teh snow was. so, she got stuck, called her mom for help, who made a path down the fence line and escpaped the deep snow. mothers always to the resuce, montherly nature. you're right. okay, we've had blizzards the past two weeks. any blizzards this week? ummm... there's going to be a lot of snow and a lot of cold through the middle of hte country. great lakes probably get the most snow, so we'll have to watch this storm track because it could change quickly. okay my question, is it srping yet? no yea, exactly. as always, we want to hear from you, send comments to mailbag-at-u-s-farm-report-dot-