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This Week in Agribusiness, March 7, 2020

Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson hear about what went down at the Commodity Classic and hear hopeful signs about the 2020 season.

Part 1

Note: The video automatically plays through all show parts once you start.

Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson start off the show with Mary Kay Thatcher a lobbyist with Syngenta, who says she expects there to be more trade aid and his hopeful for a pull back on regulations. Naomi Blohm from Total Farm Marketing joins Max and Orion to talk about expectations among producers for the 2020 growing season, where she’s seeing some optimism.

Part 2

Naomi Blohm from Total Farm Marketing rejoins Max and Orion to talk about international trade’s effect on market prices, especially with Canada, Mexico and China. In the Colby Ag Tech segment Chad Colby visits with Matt Foes of Sheffield, Illinois who is finally able to have good enough weather to perform maintenance on tiling systems in the spring. Patrick Haggerty discusses biosecurity with Dr. Alan Rudolph of Colorado State University who is looking to data analysis to help in agriculture. Dr. Cassandra Jones of Kansas State University says that African Swine Fever is spreading faster than the speed of research. Dr Dan Kovich says that for the farmer, biosecurity starts on the farm.

Part 3

Max and Orion introduce a report from Steve Bridge who talks with Michael Berry of Koch Industries who discusses fertilizer application and keeping it in the field. National Young Farmer winners Brad and Ashley Bonk of Deleware discuss their operation.

Part 4

Max reports from the Commodity Classic on awards from Dekalb-Asgrow showing success in a tough year. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje joins Max and Steve to look at the forecast for the week ahead.

Part 5

Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje returns to take a look at the long-range weather picture.

Part 6

In Max’s Tractor Shed, Max introduces a 1950 Oliver 88 owned by Oliver Schaefer of Greenville, Illinois who built tractor pull sleds. Orion Samuelson profiles Wrightstown, Wisconsin whose members who love group trips. Member Bret Geurts touts their Big Buck contest which supports the community through donations.  In the Samuelson Sez segment, Orion takes on food studies, wondering where all these odd food stories show up that seem to be designed to stoke fear and raise hopes.

Part 7

Max Armstrong is looking at the Brush Bull, a new mower from Woods Equipment, whose Anthony Welty tells us more. 

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