AgDay Daily Recap - July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 26, 2017


HEADLINES
A FARM BILL CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE AS WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS LISTEN  TO THE NEEDS OF FARM COUNTRY. PLUS DELIVERING ON DICAMBA. IN AGRIBUSINESS...ESTIMATING A NATIONAL YIELD.. CHILIE PEPPERS GROW IN POPULARITY. AND SEE HOW THIS STATE-FAIR MAINSTAY IS SIGNALLING THE IMPORTANCE OF  DAIRY IN THE DIET. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

FARM BILL HEARING
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. CROP INSURANCE , TRADE AND FARM INCOME ALL IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK  AS ANOTHER SENATE AG COMMITTEE HEARING LISTENS TO THE NEEDS OF FARM  COUNTRY. NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US WITH MORE. CLINTON  THE COMMITTEE HEARD FROM PRODUCERS, FARM ORGANZATIONS, LENDERS  AND CROP INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS ON WHAT IS WORKING AND WHAT NEEDS  TO BE ADJUSTED IN THE UPCOMING FARM BILL.  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS PRESIDENT, -VOICING WHEAT  GROWERS NEED TO MAINTAIN REVENUE PROTECTION THROUGH THE ARC  PROGRAM AND ENSURE THE PLC REFERENCE PRICE IS AT A GOOD LEVEL TOO.  THE CURRENT REFERENCE PRICE FOR WHEAT OF $5.50 PER BUSHEL IS FAR BELOW THE COST OF  PRODUCTION. WE URGE YOU TO INCREASE THE WHEAT REFERENCE PRICE THAT IS MORE CLOSELY REFLECTIVE  OF THE MODERN COST OF PRODUCING THE CROP. AS SUCH, WE THINK THE PLC WHEAT REFERENCE PRICE  SHOULD BE SET AT A LEVEL THAT IS CLOSER TO $7 A BUSHEL TO TRULY ENABLE PLC TO FUNCTION AS A  SAFETY NET FOR FARMERS WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH, LIKE THEY ARE TODAY. > "NET FARM INCOME DECLINED TO AN AVERGAE OF 500 DOLLARS IN 2015, THE LOWEST AMOUNT SINCE  THE SERVICE BEGAIN KEEPING RECORDS,"SOME COTTON GROWERS VOCAL ABOUT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES AND WANTING  THE SAME FULL RISK MANAGMENT TOOLS AS OTHER CROPS SINCE COTTON  CAN'T QUALIFY FOR PLC OR ARC PAYMENTS UNDER THIS FARM BILL.  "FOR HTE PAST THREE YEARS, COTTON PRODUCERS HAVE STRUGGLED WITH LOW COTTON   PRICES, HIGH PRODUCTION COSTS AND FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS. WHILE COTTON FUTURES MARKET PRICES  INITIALLY INCREASED FOR A BRIEF PERIOD EARLIER THIS YEAR RELATIVE TO YEAR-AGO LEVELS, PRICES HAVE  NOW RETREATED TOTHE MID TO UPPER 60 CENT RANGE, MEANING MANY COTTON PRODUCERS CONTINUE  TO FACE ECONOMIC AND CREDIT AVABILITY CHALLENGES,"WITH TRADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS WELL PRODUCERS SAY THIS FARM BILL IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. CLINTON.

BAYER-MONSANTO MERGER
BLOOMBERG REPORTING THAT NINETEEN DEMOCRATIC SENATORS ARE ASKING  THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO "CONDUCT A THOROUGH AND IMPARTIAL  ANALYSIS" OF BAYER'S PROPOSED $66 BILLION MERGER WITH MONSANTO.  IN A LETTER SAYING THE DOJ'S ANTITRUST DIVISION SHOULD "CAREFULLY  CONSIDER THE IMPACT THIS MERGER WILL HAVE ON AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES,  FARMERS, AND CONSUMERS."  THE DOJ IS DECLINING TO COMMENT. THE COMPANIES ARE HOPING TO CLOSE THE DEAL YET THIS YEAR.

DICAMBA DRIFT PART 2
CLASS-ACTION LAWSUITS HAVE NOW BEEN FILED IN A DISPUTE OVER THE USE OF  DICAMBA...AND CROP DAMAGE FROM ALLEGED DRIFT OF THE HERBICIDE. BEFORE THE LEGAL ACTION, TYNE MORGAN TALKED WITH MAKERS OF THE  CHEMISTRY ABOUT THE DRIFT ALLEGATIONS AND THE COMPANIES RESPONSE. ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTING PARTNERS AT AG-PRO, FARMERS FROM 10  STATES ARE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THAT POTENTIAL CLASS-ACTION SUIT AGAINST  MONSANTO.  THE COMPANY REJECTS THE CLAIMS. FARMERS IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND PARTS OF THE MIDWEST  SAY SOME OF THEIR FIELDS SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM ALLEGED DRIFT OF THE  HERBICIDE. GLYHPHOSATE RESISTANT WEEDS ARE BECOMING A NIGHTMARE FOR FARMERS. HUGE. I CANNOT KILL  WATER HEMP OR MARESTAIL WITH ROUNDUP ANYMORE. I CAN'T EVEN SLOW HIM DOWN. IT'S BECOMING SO BAD THAT IT'S SHIFTING THE WAY PEOPLE FARM. IT HAS CHANGED EVERYBODY'S  PERSPECTIVE ON HOW THEY SET THEIR WEED MANAGEMENT PROGRAM UP. SO WHEN IT WENT FROM WE  HAVE A FEW TO NOW WEED RESISTANCE IS HOW YOU BUILD YOUR PROGRAM HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE  RESISTANCE OUT THERE TO KEEP THESE WEEDS UNDER CONTROL. YEAH AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE NO WEEDS IN THIS FIELD. LAST YEAR IT WAS FULL OF WATER HEMP. SO RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN A FIELD OF EXTEND SOYBEANS AND YOU CAN SEE THESE END ROWS. THEY DID  NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERE HERE BECAUSE IT'S SO CLOSE TO THE GRASS. THEY SAY THIS IS GLYPHOSATE RESISTANT WATERHEMP. AND THIS IS THE REASON THEY NEED DICAMBA RIGHT NOW. MY FIELDS THERE ARE AS CLEAN AS THEY'VE EVER BEEN. AND LAST COUPLE OF YEARS THERE I CANNOT  SAY THAT. I HAVE A LOT OF TROUBLE KILLING WEEDS LAST YEAR. WHEN I LOOK AT THE FIELDS THERE ARE VERY FEW PRODUCTS - PROBABLY TWO - THAT CAN BRING DOWN  SOME OF THESE FOOT TALL WATER HEMP AND MARE'S TAIL. AND OUR DICAMBA MIXED WITH OUR  GLYPHOSATE HAS BEEN ONE THAT'S DOING IT. CONSIDERING THE NEED AND WITH THE NUMBER OF  DICAMBA DAMAGE COMPLAINTS ON THE RISE. COMPANIES LIKE MONSANTO AND BASF ARE TAKING NOTE. SO WE'RE LOOKING AT DRIFT RETARDANT AGENTS AND NOZZLES AND CLEAN UP PROCEDURES FOR GROWERS. WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH STATES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OFF LABEL PRODUCTS ARE USED AND  THAT'S GOING TO BE KEY. AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP GROWERS BE  MORE AWARE OF THE TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS AND INVERSIONS. SO LOTS TO DO BUT I'M ABSOLUTELY  CONVINCED THAT THESE ARE GOING TO BE GREAT TOOLS AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR  FARMERS. BASF SAYS THEY'RE AWARE OF ISSUES IN THE FIELD ALREADY DEPLOYING MORE THAN 400 FIELD REPS TO  ANSWER QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. THEY'RE ALSO PUTTING MONEY BEHIND GETTING THE RIGHT TOOLS IN FARMER'S HANDS. ONE OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS OF A GOOD EXPERIENCE IS FROM A PROPER APPLICATION STANDPOINT IS  UTILIZE THE RIGHT NOZZLE. AND SO WHAT BASF HAS DONE IS WE'VE INVESTED HEAVILY IN THIS AND  HAVE DISTRIBUTED THOSE NOZZLES TO OUR CUSTOMERS. OVER 600,000 NOZZLES TO DATE BASF. HAS PURCHASEED AND GIVEN TO OUR CUSTOMERS. WHILE USING THE CORRECT NOZZLES WILL HELP WITH  ON TARGET APPLICATION. HAGAR STILL FORESEES POSSIBLE ISSUES IN THE FUTURE. DICAMBA IS DICAMBA. WE CAN CHANGE  WITH SALT. WE CAN CHANGE THE ADDITIVES TO IT. BUT DICAMBA IS STILL DICAMBA. AND YOU CANNOT FORMULATE AROUND THE FACT THAT  SOYBEAN ARE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE. AND IT'S THAT UNDERLYING ISSUE CHALLENGING WHETHER BOTH  TOLERANT AND NON-DICAMBA TOLERANT TECHNOLOGIES CAN CO-EXIST. BOTH BASF AND MONSANTO  HAVE BOOTS ON THE GROUND TODAY WORKING TO FIND SOLUTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR. AND WHILE WOLF IS  FRUSTRATED WITH DRIFT TODAY HE DOESN'T WANT TO SEE THE WEED FIGHTING TOOL GO AWAY. BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT ARE REALLY HAPPENING. THESE ARE HAPPENING  THEY'RE REAL. WE NEED THIS TECHNOLOGY GOING FORWARD. SO LET'S ADDRESS THE ISSUES HEAD ON  AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO. WHAT'S CAUSING THESE PROBLEMS. AND WHILE THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION ISN'T CLEAR CUT. FARMERS LIKE VITKO HOPE THE PRODUCTS  GOOD OUTWEIGH THE BAD. MAKING DICAMBA A VIABLE OPTION FOR YEARS TO COME. THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS NOW INVESTIGATING  COMPLAINTS OF ALLEGED DICAMBA DRIFT.  AS OF MONDAY THERE ARE 46  REPORTED CASES. THAT'S TEN NEW CASES SINCE LAST WEEK. THE STATE  INVESTIGATED THREE CASES IN ALL OF 2016.

CROP COMMENTS
THIS MORNING WE'LL FOCUS ON HAY CUTTING IN THREE DISTINCT LOCATIONS.  MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS FROM THE AGDAY WEATHER-CENTER, MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. CROP COMMENTS IS TAKING US TO ABERDEEN, IDAHO. THIS IS THE SECOND  CUTTING OF HAY THIS SEASON. THIS FARMER SAYS THE SECOND CUTTING IS  BETTER THAN THE FIRST.  DEMAND HAS BEEN GOOD FOR HAY IN THE AREA  WHICH IS REALLY HELPING THE PRICE.  FARMERS IN ELMORE COUNTY ALABAMA ARE ALSO ON THEIR SECOND CUTTING.   A "NASS" CROP REPORTER SAYS IT'S BEEN A GOOD WEEK. STATEWIDE ABOUT  THREE-QUARTERS OF THE HAY FIELDS ARE ON THEIR SECOND CUTTING.  LAST  WEEK IT WAS 45-PERCENT. IN AROOSTOOK COUNTY MAINE, HAY HARVEST HAS FINALLY GOTTEN UNDERWAY. ACCORDING TO THE CROP PROGRESS REPORT JUST 29-PERCENT OF FARMERS  ARE ON THEIR SECOND CUTTING. IT'S USUALLY 60-PERCENT BY NOW. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. THE LOCAL WEATHER CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT NOT ONLY ON YOUR DAY, BUT ALSO ON YOUR CROPS.  START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT WITH YOUR LOCAL FORECAST DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT  WEATHER TO 31313 TO GET STARTED!

TEASE
THE LATEST CROP CONDITION NUMBERS DID LITTLE TO SWAY MARKETS TUESDAY. WE'LL TALK YIELD EXPECTATIONS AND REPORT STRATEGY AFTER THE BREAK. AND STATE FAIR TIME MEANS THE REQUISITE BUTTER SCULPTURE. BUT ONE  STATE IS TAKING A STAND ON CHOCOLATE MILK WITH THEIR BUTTERY DISPLAY.  ARE YOU A GAME CHANGER?  KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?  CHEVRON IS SEARCHING FOR THOSE  PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON THE INDUSTRY.  SHARE YOUR NOMINEE AT CHEVRONDELO DOT COM SLASH GAME CHANGERS!  DELO:  LET'S GO FURTHER.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS PLENTY OF RED ON TUESDAY...LETS FIND OUT WHY FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. SOYBEAN MARKET WAS SHARPLY LOWER ON TUESDAY FOLLOWING A SHARPLY HIGHER START ON MONDAY  NIGHT REALLY KIND OF A ROLLER COASTER TRADE HERE. THE USDA RELEASED A CROP PROGRESS REPORT ON  MONDAY AFTERNOON. THEY TOLD US THAT 57 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP WAS RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. THAT WAS A 4 PERCENT DECLINE ON THE WEEK. SO THE TRADE VIEWED THAT AS BEING  FRIENDLY. SO AFTER THAT REPORT THE MARKET OPENED SHARPLY HIGHER MONDAY NIGHT AND THAT TRADED  20 TO 25 CENTS HIGHER AT ONE POINT ON MONDAY NIGHT. NOW INTO TUESDAY MORNING WE SAW  SOME NEW WEATHER FORECASTS. THE GFS MODEL TOLD US THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE A MUCH WETTER  PATTERN EMERGE OVER A LOT OF THE WESTERN CORN BELT IN PARTICULAR THE DRIEST PORTIONS OF IOWA  COULD SEE A COUPLE INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS. SO THAT WAS SEEN AS BEING  NEGATIVE. THE MARKET DID NOTHING BUT SELL OFF FOR MOST OF THE DAY HERE ON TUESDAY. AND WE  WERE LEFT WITH THE LOWER TRADE THE LIVE CATTLE MARKET WAS LOWER HERE ON TUESDAY FOLLOWING A  LIMIT DOWN TRADE. ON MONDAY WE SAW LIMIT DOWN TRADE ON MONDAY AND BOTH THE LIVE CATTLE  AND FEEDER CATTLE MARKET THE BOX BEEF MARKET SEEMS TO HAVE STABILIZED A LITTLE BIT BUT THIS  WAS AFTER A MULTI WEEK COLLAPSE WHERE WE WENT FROM YOU KNOW NORTH OF 250 AND CHOICE  BOXES DOWN SOUTH TO 10. SO THAT MARKET HAS REALLY COLLAPSED. YOU MAY HAVE FOUND SOME  FOOTING HERE THIS WEEK. WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN HOLD THAT UP INTO MIDWEEK AGAIN. JOE VACLAVIK  FROM CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO.

AGRIBUSINESS
FOLLOWING MONDAY'S CROP PROGRESS REPORT THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF  SPECULATION OVER NATIONAL AVERAGE YIELDS FOR THE MAJOR CROPS. TYNE MORGAN PICKS UP THE DEBATE IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS. HERE NOW JARED CREED JARED YOU KNOW SOME OF THESE PRIVATE FIRMS ARE COMING OUT WITH THE  NATIONAL YOU'LL ESTIMATE ALREADY BELOW KIND OF 160 EVEN SOME FIRMS COMING OUT AND YOU  THINK RIGHT NOW IT IS UNFAIR TO GO BELOW 160 AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME. I WOULD SAY SO. YOU  KNOW IF WE LOOK BACK ABOUT A MONTH AGO I THINK THE DISCUSSION ALREADY WAS GETTING TOWARDS  YIELD. AND AT THAT POINT I SAID LET'S JUST PUMP THE BRAKES HERE FOR A MINUTE. WE'VE GOT WEATHER  COMING IN JULY WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT WE HAD TO REALLY FIGURE OUT WHAT ACREAGE WAS  GOING TO BE FIRST. AND AS WE KNOW A USDA JUMPED CORN ACREAGE BY CLOSE TO A MILLION ACRES.  SO HERE WE ARE SITTING ON JUST UNDER 91 MILLION ACRES OF CORN WITH A HUGE QUESTION MARK  TOWARDS YIELD THIS YEAR. WE KNOW IT'S NOT LAST YEAR. WE KNOW IT'S PROBABLY NOT 2015 EITHER.  AND THAT'S FROM A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT REASONS FROM RAINFALL AND MOISTURE PROFILE AND TEMPERATURES ALL THESE PIECES ARE PLAYING A ROLE. HOWEVER. WE GOT TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND  LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE FOR A MINUTE. YOU KNOW A 25 YEAR TREND ON CORN FOR THE U.S. IS  PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT LESS THAN WHAT A REAL FOUR OR FIVE YEAR TREND IS. SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD  HERE WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO THE MONTH OF AUGUST TO GET ANOTHER U.S. TO THE AIRPORT. AND  THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE US ANOTHER SHOT AT YIELD. WE HAVE TO KNOW THAT IN AUGUST WE MIGHT NOT  SEE BIG SO BECAUSE IN AUGUST ALL THEY'RE GOING TO DO IS USE A IMPLIED YOUR WEIGHT WHICH IS  ABOUT A FIVE YEAR AVERAGE STILL INCLUDES 2012 AND THEN ARE GOING TO GIVE US ACTUAL COUNTS. SO  YOUR COUNTS TIMES YOUR WEIGHT. AND WE'RE GOING TO GET A NEW ESTIMATE YIELD. ARE WE GOING TO  DROP IT. YOU KNOW SUB 165 LIKE SOME PEOPLE WANT TO SAY THAT THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I HAVE A  HARD TIME THINKING THAT'S GOING TO DROP THAT FAR RIGHT OFF THE BAT. PRIMARILY BECAUSE WE  DEFINITELY KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR ACCOUNT ISSUES IN CERTAIN PLACES. BUT LONG TERM. I  DON'T THINK THAT THAT'S GOING TO BE REALLY A BIG STORY UNTIL WE ABANDON THOSE FOR HARVESTING.  AND THAT'S YOU KNOW THAT'S CLEAR OUT DECEMBER-JANUARY TIME FRAME. SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME  YOU KNOW IF YOU IF YOU'D LOCK IN IOWA MINNESOTA AND NEBRASKA ILLINOIS HAD JUST YOU KNOW  SUBPAR TREND YIELDS 25 YEAR TREND IT'S A PRETTY HARD TIME. TAKE YOUR NATIONAL YOU'LL BLOW 164  165. ALL RIGHT. THANKS JARED WE APPRECIATE IT. STAY WITH US. WE'RE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN  JUST A MOMENT. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HUFFMAN LOOKING AT THE ROOT ZONE  MOISTURE MAP. AND MIKE WE CAN REALLY SEE THINGS DRYING OUT ALL ACROSS THE MIDWEST EVEN  INTO THE CORN BELT GROWING REGION. YEAH BIG CHANGES IN JUST A WEEK THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.  AND THAT'S WHY WE LOVE THIS NEW ROOT ZONE MOISTURE MAP FROM NASA BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU  REAL TIME INFORMATION SO YOU CAN SEE THIS POCKET FROM WESTERN ILLINOIS NORTHEAST FROM  MISSOURI INTO SOUTHEASTERN IOWA. MUCH DRIER THIS WEEK. ALSO THE PANHANDLE OF NEBRASKA  BACK INTO WYOMING HAS TURNED DRIER. IT CONTINUES TO BE DRY. FARTHER NORTH THOSE COMPLEXES OF  THUNDERSTORMS JUST KEPT HITTING THE SAME PLACES FROM SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO INDIANA. AND  YOU CAN SEE WHY THOSE AREAS ARE SO WET RIGHT NOW. ALL RIGHT LET'S GO TO THE MAPS THIS  MORNING. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THIS SYSTEM. YOU KIND OF HOPE THAT  THAT'S A LITTLE FARTHER NORTH INTO THE REALLY DROUGHT AREAS OF NORTH DAKOTA NORTHERN SOUTH  DAKOTA. UNFORTUNATELY NO IT'S A LITTLE FARTHER SOUTH ALTHOUGH THOSE AREAS WERE DRYING OUT. SO  WE'LL SEE THUNDERSTORMS FROM NEBRASKA SOUTHERN SOUTH DAKOTA ALL THE WAY INTO THE WESTERN  GREAT LAKES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. HIT AND MISS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN  THE SOUTHEAST AND THE SOUTHWEST PRETTY TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. YOU DO HAVE A  STATIONARY FRONT THOUGH DOWN SOUTH AND THAT WILL HELP IN SOME AREAS GET SOME MOISTURE YOUR  WAY AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW MORNING COULD BE A COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS WITH THIS AREA  OF LOW PRESSURE RIDING ALONG THE FRONT. SO PARTS OF ILLINOIS INDIANA ONCE AGAIN COULD GET SOME  DECENT RAINS AND SEE THUNDERSTORMS FROM NEW ENGLAND ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SOUTH  CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE SOUTHWEST. ALONG THAT FRONT THIS IS PRETTY DRY COOL AIR ONCE AGAIN DIVING  INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS WITH THAT AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST  24 HOURS. LOT OF IT'S BEEN IN THE SOUTHEAST AND ALONG THAT FRONT SO FAR IN THE UPPER MIDWEST.  ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE HOW THINGS ONCE WE GET TO THE FINAL LOOK HERE. YOU  CAN SEE HOW THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME AREAS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AND DECENT  AMOUNTS IN PLACES ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST. BUT I DON'T SEE ANY WIDESPREAD RAIN COMING TO  THOSE AREAS. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON HEAT CONTINUES FROM KANSAS SOUTHWARD LOTS  OF UPPER 90S EVEN SOME TRIPLE DIGITS SHOWING UP THERE 70S AND 80S FARTHER NORTH LOW  TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO STAY MUGGY FROM THE MISSOURI VALLEY SOUTHWARD BUT FARTHER  NORTH ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT FRONT. LOWS ONLY IN THE 60S AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD  THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON STILL HOT AND STEAMING FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO THE SOUTHEAST  A COOLER ONCE AGAIN CONTINUED COOLER ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND THE NORTHEAST HAS BEEN A  TYPICAL PATTERN THIS YEAR. AND THERE'S A JETSTREAM SHOWING YOU THE PATTERN WE HAVE THIS  TROUGH DIVING AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THIS WEEK RIDGE KIND OF SHIFT TO THE WEST  AND BOY IT'S LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE THE TROUGH IS GOING TO HANG ON WELL INTO NEXT WEEK IN  THE GREAT LAKES AND THE NORTHEAST AND THE RIDGE STAYS OUT WEST WHERE IT'S BEEN MOST OF THIS  SUMMER. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FROM  MEDFORD OREGON. LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND HOT THIS AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURE 96 NEWTON  KANSAS PARTLY SUNNY BREEZY AND HOT WITH A HIGH OF 100 IN ONE. AND FINALLY UTICA NEW YORK A  MIX OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE AND PLEASANT HIGHS 77.

TEASE
IF YOU LIKE HOT AND SPICY FOODS LIKE ME, STICK AROUND. THE FOLKS OVER AT THE PACKER HAVE SOME NEW STATISTICS ABOUT CHILI  PEPPERS. AND THIS ART WORK MEANS ONE SURE THING - IT'S FAIR TIME! WE'LL HEAR WHAT THE MESSAGE IS BEHIND THIS BUTTERY DISPLAY.

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, NEW REPORTS PUT THE PRICES OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES  IN CALIFORNIA, DOWN 4 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER. ACCORDING TO THE AUTHORS FROM FUSION MARKETING-- THAT'S THE FIRST  TIME IN MORE THAN 3 YEARS THAT PRODUCE PRICES HAVE FALLEN IN THE  GOLDEN STATE. THE AVERAGE PRICE PER POUND WAS 1-69. IN TERMS OF DOLLAR SALES, FRUITS EDGED OUT VEGGIES...AND ORGANIC SALES  ROSE NEARLY 4 MILLION DOLLARS. CONVENTIONAL PRODUCE SALES FELL 13  MILLION. ALSO FROM THE PACKER - CONSUMER DEMAND FOR CHILI PEPPERS CONTINUES  TO GROW. ACCORDING TO CALIFORNIA-BASED 'WORLD VARIETY PRODUCE', ITS FRESH CHILI  SALES HAS INCREASED TEN-TO-15 PERCENT EACH YEAR FOR THE PAST FIVE  YEARS. THERE'S GROWING DEMAND FOR JALAPENO AND POBLANO PEPPERS WHICH ADD  A NICE KICK TO MEALS. MOST OF THE CHILI PEPPERS COME FROM NEW MEXICO'S HATCH CHILI REGION.  IT'S A 20 SQUARE MILE OF INTENSIVE CHILI PRODUCTION NEAR THE RIO GRANDE. THE PACKER SAYS WHILE THE SOUTHWEST AND THE WEST ARE THE BIGGEST  MARKETS FOR HATCH PEPPERS, SALES ARE SPREADING ACROSS THE U-S AND IN WASHINGTON STATE, POTATO GROWERS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE TO  KEEP THE FEDERAL MARKETING ORDER. USDA SAYS 86 PERCENT OF GROWERS APPROVED THE ORDER.  IT SETS GUIDELINES FOR GRADE, SIZE, QUALITY, AND OTHER REGULATIONS. OHIO'S HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES AND THE BEVERAGE THAT FUELS THEM ARE  BEING CELEBRATED AT THE OHIO STATE FAIR. DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY TO THE BUCKEYE STATE,

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM.WHILE SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE BANNING CHOCOLATE MILK IN THEIR  LUNCHES, THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION IS ENCOURAGING  THEIR ATHLETES TO DRINK IT. AND BECAUSE OF THEIR PRO-MILK STANCE, THIS YEAR'S BUTTER SCULPTURE AT  THE OHIO STATE FAIR HONORS THE GROUP.IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION MIDEAST, CLARK  POWELL WATCHES AS THE BUTTER DISPLAY IS UNVEILED. ONE OF THE OHIO STATE FAIR'S BEST KEPTSECRETS, THE ANNUAL BUTTER SCULPTURE DISPLAY, HAS BEEN UNVEILED.    THIS YEAR, THE TRADITIONAL BUTTER COW AND CALF WILL BE JOINED BY A LARGER-THAN-LIFE BOTTLE OF CHOCOLATE MILK AND FOUR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES. :10  "THIS YEAR'S BUTTER DISPLAY IS A SALUTE TO CHOCOLATE MILK, THE OFFICIAL BEVERAGE OF OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION."  "TO IMMORTALIZE OUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THIS TRADITION IS ONE THAT WE'RE TRULY HONORED TO BE INVOLVED WITH."  SCULPTORS WORKED IN A 46 DEGREE COOLER FOR ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED HOURS TO SHAPE TWO THOUSAND POUNDS OF BUTTER INTO THE FINAL WORKS OF ART.  AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THEY USED TINTED BUTTER TO MAKE THE MILK BOTTLE LOOK EXTRA CREAMY AND CHOCOLATEY. "SINCE WE'RE DOING CHOCOLATE MILK THIS YEAR, THEY CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO MIX A LITTLE COCOA POWDER IN WITH THE BUTTER AND INTRODUCE A NEW COLOR" THE AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION MIDEAST HAS PARTNERED WITH THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOR NEARLY A DECADE TO ENCOURAGE STUDENT ATHLETES TO FUEL UP WITH HEALTHY FOODS, LIKE LOWFAT CHOCOLATE MILK. CHOCOLATE MILK PROVIDES PROTEIN AND EIGHT VITAMINS AND MINERALS TO HELP STUDENT ATHLETES PERFORM THEIR BEST ON AND OFF THE FIELD. "OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICASSOCIATION REMINDS STUDENTS TO FUEL UP WITH CHOCOLATE MILK AND LEAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE."   MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED AT THE DAIRY PRODUCTS BUILDING DURING THE FAIR TO CHECK OUT THESE IMPRESSIVE WORKS OF ART. THIS IS CLARK POWELL REPORTING. OHIO'S POSITION IS COUNTER TO WHAT WE SEE IN THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO.  THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM JUST ANNOUNCED TWO WEEKS AGO THAT IT IS BANNING CHOCOLATE MILK FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS THIS FALL. IT WILL BE BANNED IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS STARTING IN THE SPRING.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. FOR TYNE MORGAN, BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A NICE DAY. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.  ) 

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