AgDay Daily Recap - June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 14, 2017


HEADLINES
THE NEEDLE MOVES EVER CLOSER ON NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS. PLUS, "I'M BETSY JIBBEN . WHAT DO ECONOMISTS SAY PORK PRICES COULD POTENTIALLY DO LONG-TERM? WE'LL  HAVE THAT STORY FROM DES MOINES, IOWA AT THE WORLD PORK EXPO." IN  AGRIBUSINESS...ACRES OR YIELDS? WHICH MATTER MOST. COULD THE FUTURE OF STRAWBERRY HARVEST BE HANDS FREE? AND THESE 4- HERS ARE LEARNING TO LEND A HELPING HAND TO THEIR NEIGHBORS AND  COMMUNITY.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING  CHEVY SILVERADO.

NAFTA AND POULTRY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH NEGOTIATIONS SET TO BEGIN AT  THE END OF SUMMER ON THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT, AG  GROUPS HAVE SUBMITTED FORMAL COMMENTS ON THE ROLE THE TRADE PACT  HAS ON THEIR INDUSTRIES. MONDAY WAS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE U-S TRADE  REPRESENTATIVES OFFICE ON THE "MODERNIZATION" OF THE 23-YEAR-OLD  TRADE PACT. A CONSORTIUM OF POULTRY GROUPS SAY NAFTA IS THE  MECHANISM THAT HELPS THE U-S SUSTAIN GLOBAL LEADERSHIP IN POULTRY  EXPORTS. THE POULTRY LOBBY SAYS THE U-S EXPORTS THREE-POINT-SEVEN MILLION  METRIC TONS OF CHICKEN PRODUCTS ANNUALLY TO MORE THAN 100  COUNTRIES.... AND MEXICO AND CANADA ARE TWO OF THE BIGGEST IMPORTERS.

FINALIZED U.S.-CHINA BEEF PLAN
IN OTHER TRADE NEWS - THE U.S. HAS FINALIZED DETAILS UNDER A PLAN TO  SEND U.S. BEEF TO CHINA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2003.  USDA HAS POSTED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ITS EXPORT VERIFICATION  PROGRAM FOR U.S. ESTABLISHMENTS SHIPPING TO CHINA, WHICH WILL ENABLE  PACKERS TO APPLY FOR APPROVAL TO EXPORT TO CHINA.  ANALYSTS SAY THERE ARE SOME HURDLES THE U.S. NEEDS TO WORK THROUGH  WITH CHINA IN ORDER TO PUT THAT FIRST SHIPMENT OF BEEF OVERSEAS TO THE  COUNTRY. JOE VACLAVIK, STANDARD GRAIN SAYS "CHINA IS VERY INTERESTED IN TRACEABILITY. THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO TRACE THE ORGIN OF ANY BEEF  THAT THEY IMPORT BACK TO THE U.S. OR AT LEAST CATTLE THAT WERE RAISED ON U.S. SOIL. SO THAT'S ONE  OF THE BIG OBSTACLES HERE. THERE IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF CATTLE RIGHT NOW OR SMALL PERCENTAGE  OF BEEF THAT'S ELGIBLE FOR THIS KIND OF THING UNDER THESE TYPE OF STIPULATIONS. SO, THERE'S SOME NEGOTIATIONS FOURTHCOMING I THINK. BUT IDEALLY, WE'LL GET TO A SITUATION WHERE WE CAN FREELY  EXPORT BEEF TO CHINA AND THAT WOULD HELP THE DEMAND BASE,"

CHINESE PORK
CHINA HAS EMERGED AS A MAJOR BEEF BUYER IN RECENT YEARS, WITH IMPORTS  INCREASING FROM $275 MILLION IN 2012 TO $2.5 BILLION IN 2016.  UNTIL THE BAN TOOK EFFECT IN 2003, THE U.S. WAS CHINA'S LARGEST SUPPLIER  OF IMPORTED BEEF, PROVIDING 70 PERCENT OF THEIR TOTAL INTAKE. THE FRONT AND BACK MONTH CONTRACTS FOR PORK ARE LINGERING NEAR THE 80 DOLLAR MARK, A PRICE SOME DIDN'T EXPECT TO HANG ON THIS LONG.  WITH A FLUSH OF PORK ON THE MARKET, COULD THESE PRICES STAY?  BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS.  A FLUSH OF U.S. PORK IS ON THE MARKET  BUT PORK INDUSTRY EXPERTS SAY THE REASON PRICES  CONTINUE IN THE  GREEN ISN'T BECAUSE OF SUPPLY, BUT DEMAND.  "SO FAR THIS YEAR IN 2017, WE'RE SEEING 15 PERCENT MORE EXPORTS OF PORK,” "AND IT'S ALL GOING TO FOREIGN CONSUMERS. STRONG DEMAND IS SURE HOW WE WOULD EXPLAIN THE  SITUATION OF MORE SUPPLY BUT EVEN HIGHER PRICES," EXPERTS SAY THE INCREASED APPETITE IS GLOBAL. ALSO HIGHER BEEF PRICES  HAVE BEEN POSITIVE FOR PORK DEMAND AND PIG SUPPLIES ARE NOT  GETTING  SMALLER ANYTIME SOON.  "WE'RE PUSHING FOUR PERCENT MORE PORK THIS YEAR AND 4 PERCENT MORE PORK NEXT YEAR. WE'RE  GOING TO BE PUSHING THOSE PER CAPITA OFFERINGS UP THERE AROUND 52 OR 53 POUNDS PER PERSON.  WHICH IIS ABOUT AS HIHG AS WE'VE EVER SEEN,"WHEN IT COMES TO PRICES, MEYER BELIEVES PRICES COULD EVENTUALLY   DECREASE A BIT COME FALL MOSTLY DUE TO SEASONAL BUYING.  "WE HAVE HOGS IN THE UPPER 70S ON A MONTHLY AVERAGE BASIS THIS SUMMER. THAT WOULD BE A  FEW 80 DOLLAR HOGS,"MEYER SAYS PRODUCERS SHOULD CONSIDER TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FUTURES  PRICES RIGHT NOW.  "IF YOUR BALANCE SHEET SAYS YOU CAN'T ST AND MUCH RISK, YOU'RE GETTING A LOT OF GOOD PRICING  OPPORTUNITIES WITH FUTURES RIGHT NOW. 2018? THOSE PRICES LOOK GOOD AS WELL,"HURT IS ALSO EXPECTING CONTINUED STRONG PRICES.  " WE THINK ABOUT 73 DOLLARS ON A LEAN BASIS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER THIS YEAR, THAT COMPARES TO  64 DOLLARS LAST YEAR,""THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE INTO FALL WE THINK,"HE ANTICIPATES HIGHER PRICES ON IN TO THE FOURTH QUARTER.  'SO WHAT WE'RE ANTICIPATING THIS YEAR WHEN WE'RE TALKING 8 TO 9 DOLLAR HIGHER PRICES THAN YEAR  AGO IN THE THIRD AND FOURTH QUARTER VERUS LAST YEAR AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE NEW PACKING  PLANTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ONLINE.""EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE AHANDFUL OF PROCESSING SPACES COMING ONLINE THIS FALL, SOME  ANALYSTS FEEL AS IF IT STILL WON'T BE ENOUGH AND IT WILL ULTIAMTELY PRESSURE PRICES,""IF WE WERE TO FILL ALL OF THESE PLANTS UP BY 2019 WE WOUDL HAVE ABOUT 10 PERCENT MORE  HOGS THAN LAST YEAR PLSU WEIGHT GAINS. THAT'S A RAPID EXPANSION. WE THINK WE'LL EXPORT IT BUT  THE EXPORT MARKET ISN'T LIMITLESS,""96 PERCENT OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION IS OUTSIDE OF THIS COUNTRY, OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. I THINK  THAT'S A STAT WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET." A BALANCING ACT BETWEEN INCREASING PRODUCTION AND EXPANDING TRADE  FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INDUSTRY. REPORTING AT WORLD PORK EXPO IN DES MOINES, IOWA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  MEXICO AND JAPAN ARE BIG EXPORT MARKETS FOR U.S. PORK.  MEYER SAYS OTHERS ARE GAINING STEAM INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, HONDURAS,  THE PHILIPPINES, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND COLOMBIA.

SYNGENTA BAYER ASSETS
ON THE MEGA-MERGER FRONT, BLOOMBERG REPORTING BASF AND SYNGENTA BOTH SUBMITTING PRELIMINARY BIDS FOR BAYER ASSETS. THE COMPANY INTENDING TO OFFLOAD SEVERAL PROPERTIES AS IT SEEKS TO  JOIN FORCES WITH MONSANTO.  THE 66 BILLION DOLLAR TAKEOVER STILL NEEDS REGULATORY APPROVAL. BAYER PLANNING TO UNLOAD, CANOLA, COTTONSEED AND LIBERTYLINK ASSETS.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS A LOOK AT THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING CLINTON. WE'LL START IN PEEVER SOUTH DAKOTA.  LOUIE NIGG SENT US THIS PICTURE ON TWITTER. HE SAYS THEY GOT A SURPRISING 2 INCHES OF RAIN TUESDAY MORNING ON HIS CORN  CROP--BUT EVEN RIGHT AFTER IT WAS TOUGH TO FIND ANY STANDING WATER. USDA SAYS CORN CONDITIONS IN SOUTH DAKOTA ARE ONLY RATED 45 PERCENT  GOOD TO EXCELLENT. AND DOWN SOUTH IN THE LONE STAR STATE, PETER HILL SENDING US A PICTURE  OF SORGHUM NEAR MCALLEN, TEXAS.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM. 

TEASE
WHEN WE  COME BACK WE'LL DISCUSS WHY ACREAGE NUMBERS STILL MATTER  MORE THAN YIELDS--JARROD CREED IS OUR GUEST. TAKING THE HUMAN TOUCH OUT OF STRAWBERRY HARVEST...ON THE PACKER TV. AND A TRIP TO TENNESSEE. "I'M CHARLES DENNEY. SOME TENNESSEE 4HERS SPEND THEIR DAY CLEANING  UP THEIR COMMUNITY AND BUILDING ITEMS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY. THAT STORY FROM SCOTT COUNTY, TENNESSEE COMING UP ON AGDAY." AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS THE GREEN RETURNS TO MARKETS ON TUESDAY. LETS SEE IF HELD ON TO THE RISE---WE GET THE CLOSE FROM THE FLOOR OF  THE CME IN CHICAGO.LIVE CATTLE MARKET WAS SHARPLY LOWER HERE ON TUESDAY AND HAS BEEN UNDER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE HERE RECENTLY YOU KNOW THE FIRST THING I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT IS THE BOX BEEF MARKET WHICH IS ACTUALLY HELD TOGETHER VERY VERY WELL. WE'RE TRADING NEAR SOME MULTI-YEAR HIGHS. SO I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THAT'S THE REASON FOR THE CORRECTION HERE. THE BEEF MARKET HAS HELD TOGETHER VERY VERY WELL AGAIN AND I THINK WE'RE IN THIS IN THREE OR FOUR YEAR HIGHS. SO SOME VERY VERY STRONG TRADE THERE DESPITE WHAT'S BEEN A KIND OF A LOWER CASH CATTLE BOARD HERE ON TUESDAY AND REALLY START OFF THIS WEEK. NOW I THINK WE HAVE SEEN A PRETTY BIG CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP HERE RECENTLY. WE'VE SEEN A NICE LITTLE RALLY IN THE CORN MARKET IT'S BROKEN OUT TO THE UPSIDE OF WHAT HAD BEEN A MULTI-MONTH TRADING RANGE. I THINK YOU'VE SEEN TWO THINGS SOME PRETTY AGGRESSIVE FARMER SELLING. AND I THINK YOU'VE SEEN SOME PRETTY AGGRESSIVE FUND BUYING FUNDS HAVE REDUCED THEIR SHORT POSITION PRETTY AGGRESSIVELY HERE DURING THE LAST 14 DAYS OR SO AND THAT'S KIND OF BEEN THE TREND WE'RE SEEING THE FUND SHORT COVERING BEING MET BY FARMERS SELLING AND FARMERS TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A RALLY IN A MARKET THAT REALLY HAS HASN'T GIVEN THEM MUCH TO WORK WITH HERE RECENTLY. AGAIN JOE VAK TODAY FROM CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO 

AGRIBUSINESS
I'VE GOT JAROD CREED HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT'S REALLY  RUNNING THESE MARKETS OR SHOULD BE DRIVING THESE MARKETS. YOU KNOW A LOT OF TIMES WE WANT  TO START TALKING ABOUT YIELD. BUT YOU SAY IT'S STILL TOO EARLY TO DO THAT. SURE. SO HERE WE ARE  ALMOST TO THE FIRST HALF OF JUNE AND EVERYBODY'S RAMPED UP THAT WE HAD A FEW PLANTING  PROBLEMS AND IT'S GOING TO TRANSLATE INTO YIELD ISSUES RIGHT AWAY. AND I'M NOT GOING TO ARGUE  THAT BUT LET'S TAKE A STEP BACK AND I THINK IT'S PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT MORE IMPORTANT TO STILL  MEASURE HOW MANY ACRES DID WE GET. CAN YOU RELATE TO LAST YEAR. IT WASN'T 170 SOME BUSHEL  CORN YIELD THAT HURT US. THERE WAS THE FACT THAT WE PLAY NINETY FOUR AND A HALF MILLION ACRES  WHICH IS TWO OR THREE MILLION TOO MUCH. RIGHT. SO IN TODAY'S SITUATION YOU KNOW EVERYBODY  STARTED THE YEAR EXPECTING SOMEWHERE PROBABLY 90 TO 92 MILLION ACRES OF CORN SOME JUST  BELOW. AND MOTHER NATURE PLAYED A LITTLE BIT OF A TAIL ON US SO MAYBE WE'RE GOING TO FINISH JUST  BELOW 90. I'D JUST SAY 90 HERE TODAY THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVEN DISCUSSING AND SOME  OF THIS YIELD RIGHT NOW. AND ESPECIALLY AS YOU LOOK AT THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE U.S. FARMER  RIGHT NOW I THINK THERE'S MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE CONCERNED OF WHY ARE WE NOT SEEING THE  MARKET REACT MORE THAN WE HAVE WITH SOME OF THESE WEATHER ISSUES WE'VE HAD. SO I WOULD  ESTIMATE THAT AMERICAN FARMER STILL HAS ROUGHLY 30 PERCENT OF LAST YEAR'S CORN TO SELL. BEFORE  WE GET ON A COMBINE THIS FALL 30 PERCENT IS NOT THAT FAR OFF THE NORM. BUT IT IS FAR OFF THE NORM  WHEN IT'S 30 PERCENT OF THE 15 BILLION BUSHEL CROP LAST YEAR VERSUS THE NORMAL AS YOU KNOW  13 14 BILLION BUSHEL CROP ALBEIT WITH 90 MILLION ACRES WILL STILL GROW ROUGHLY A BILLION BUSHEL  LESS CORN. BUT ALL OF THAT COMBINED HAS TO BE WE GOT TO WALKING ON EGGSHELLS IN THIS SITUATION  ANY TIME THIS MARKET WANTS TO POP WHETHER IT'S ON WEATHER SOMETHING ELSE. WE'VE GOT A  WILLING SELLER AND THE FARMER THE BIGGEST PLAYER IN THE MARKET RIGHT THERE TO KEEP THE LID ON  THINGS FOR NOW. OK. OK. SO HIS REAL QUICK AS YOU GO THROUGH THE REST OF THIS WEEK WHAT ARE  YOU THINKING. BECAUSE WE'RE IN THE HEART. WE'RE IN THE THROES OF THIS KIND OF TYPICAL WEATHER  PATTERN WEATHER MARKET. SURE. AS POINTED OUT PROBABLY PREVIOUSLY WE'RE RIGHT HERE AT THE  PEAK OF SEASONALITY. SO WE HAVE TO MONITOR THAT. WE'VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE'RE NOT GOING  TO TURN THE PAGE AND MOVE ON AS WE HAVE DONE IN YEARS PAST LOWER WEATHER AND SEASONALITY.  THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO DRIVE FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. OKAY. JUNE 30 FIRST BIG REPORT.  AND RIGHT AFTER THAT WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON A FORECAST THAT WE GET ON JULY 4TH AND MOVE  FORWARD FROM THERE RIGHT NOW ACRES JUNE 30 FIRST REPORT AND THEN WEATHER FROM THAT POINT. ALL  RIGHT WE'VE GOT A PLAN. APPRECIATE IT. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY  IN JUST A MINUTE  GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN TALKING ABOUT THIS ROOT ZONE MOISTURE MAP AND BOY YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT'S DRY AND THERE'S SOME SPOTS STARTING TO GET DRY IN ILLINOIS AND IOWA. YEAH THOSE ARE CONCERNS AS WELL SOUTH DAKOTA LIKE WE SHOWED EARLIER IN THE SHOW IS ALREADY HAD SOME RAIN SINCE THIS MAP WAS CREATED FROM NASA. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE SOUTHEAST REALLY CHANGED A LOT AS WE SAID LAST WEEK FLORIDA WOULD GET A LOT OF RAIN AND BOY DID THEY IT'S NOW SHOWING UP AS WET IN THE ROOT ZONE WHERE THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE MOISTURE WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THE DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS LATER IN THE WEEK YOU CAN SEE OUT WEST AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES THAT CONTINUES TO BE WET FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR MOST OF THE WEST EXCEPT FOR SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF ARIZONA. LET'S GO TO THE WEATHER MAPS. WE DO HAVE A SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM MOVING ALONG THE CANADIAN BORDER. HIGH PRESSURE IN THE SOUTHEAST HOT AND HUMID DOWN THERE. HIGH PRESSURE COOLER AND DRIER IN THE NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY ALONG THIS WARM FRONT THOUGH THERE WILL BE AREAS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TODAY FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC ALL THE WAY BACK THROUGH THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES AND INTO THE NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. HEAD OF THE COLD FRONT. SOME MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND THEY'LL CONTINUE A LITTLE BIT DURING THE NIGHTTIME HOURS BUT I THINK A LOT OF THAT WILL FORM DURING THE DAY TOMORROW IN FACT LET'S PUT THE MAPS RIGHT ON INTO MOTION YOU CAN SEE FROM LOUISIANA ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND INTO THE EASTERN OHIO VALLEY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED BEHIND IT. THIS IS PACIFIC AIR IT'S NOT REAL COOL AIR PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE A COLD FRONT RIGHT THERE. IT'S A LITTLE CHILLIER AIR BEHIND THAT FRONT BUT IT'S NOT EXPECTED TO COME VERY FAR SOUTH. NEXT STORM SYSTEM COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CAUSING A FEW AREAS OF RAIN. ALSO THERE'S A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE THE AREAS THAT HAVE GOTTEN SOME DECENT RAIN ADDING IN THE NEXT 36. WE START TO SEE SOME WIDESPREAD AREAS BUT I DON'T SEE ANY WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINS BUT I DO SEE POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE A FAIR AMOUNT OF AREAS THAT GET AT LEAST SOME RAIN OVER THIS THREE DAY PERIOD. SO NOT TOO BAD THERE. TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON 80S AND 90S THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE PLAINS EXCEPT THE WESTERN DAKOTAS THAT EXTENDS OVER INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC COOL IN THE NORTHEAST COOL IN THE NORTHWEST. LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO STAY PRETTY MUGGY FROM THE CENTRAL PLAINS SOUTHWARD TO THE GULF COAST. COOLER THOUGH IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW STILL LOTS OF 80S AND 90S FROM SOUTHERN MINNESOTA SOUTHWARD. OTHERWISE STILL COOL IN THE FAR NORTHEAST AND NORTHERN ROCKIES CONTINUES TO BE COOL AS WELL. THAT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THIS TROUGH THAT'S KIND OF TRYING TO DIG EASTWARD IT COMES INTO THE RIDGE AND GETS BLUNTED A LITTLE BIT BUT YOU'LL NOTICE AS WE SHOWED YOU YESTERDAY TROUGH IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST BY SUNDAY MONDAY AND TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO HOBS NEW MEXICO FIRST OF ALL PARTLY SUNNY HOT AND RATHER HUMID HIGH NEAR 100. TAKE A LOOK AT ST. CLOUD MINNESOTA PARTLY SUNNY RATHER WARM HIGH OF 84 AND FINALLY SALYERSVILLE KENTUCKY. WARM IN HERE WITH A COUPLE OF SHOWERS AND STORMS HIGH OF 84.

TEASE
STILL TO COME WE'LL MEET SOME KIDS LENDING A HELPING HAND THEIR THEIR  COMMUNITY. BUT FIRST THE STRAWBERRIES OF THE FUTURE MAY NOT NEED HUMAN HANDS  AT HARVEST. THIS HARVEST CREW MAY BE ALL THE HELP FARMERS NEED. THE PACKER TV, NEXT.

PACKER TV
IN NEWS FROM THE PACKER - A ROBOTICS COMPANY IS A STEP CLOSER TO  REMOVING THE HUMAN FACTOR FROM STRAWBERRY HARVEST. HARVEST CROO ROBOTICS STARTED RUNNING FIELD TESTS LAST WEEK ON ITS  AUTONOMOUS BERRY HARVESTER, ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY, THE VEHICLE USES 16 PICKING ROBOTS AND  SPANS SIX PLANT BEDS, PICKING THE MIDDLE FOUR.  A PROPRIETARY VISION SYSTEM SELECTS RIPE BERRIES. ROBOTIC ARMS PICK  THE FRUIT AND PLACE IT ON CONVEYOR BELTS. THE BERRIES THEN UNDERGOES  AUTOMATIC INSPECTION FOR GRADING. HARVEST CROO SAYS THE SAME MACHINE WILL BE PUNCHING HOLES FOR  PLANTING THIS FALL.  IN OTHER NEWS, WALMART INVESTING IN NEW CANTALOPE TECHNOLOGY  HOPING TO IMPROVE SALES IN THE OFF SEASON. THE GROCER ROLLING OUT A DESIGNER CANTALOUPE AFTER RESEARCHING  HUNDREDS OF VARIETIES. WALMART SAYS TYPICALLY IMPORTED LATE FALL AND WINTER VARIETIES TASTE WOODY LEADING TO POOR SALES. ITS NEW CANTALOPE -- DEVELOPED WITH RESEARCHERS AT BAYER, IS STILL  GOOD TO EAT WHILE BEING TOUGH ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TREK FROM WARMER CLIMATES. THE DESIGNER CANTALOUPES ARE AVAILABLE IN 200 STORES WITH MORE TO  COME THIS FALL. AND FOLLOWING RECENT NEWS REPORTS, THE ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION IS  STARTING A TASK FORCE TO WORK ON BEST-PRACTICES AND VERIFICATION OF  INTERNATIONAL ORGANIC PRODUCTS.  THE ANTI-FRAUD GROUP WILL SET GUIDELINES TO HELP MAKE SURE  INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAINS SHIP TRULY ORGANIC PRODUCTS.  THE DECISION FOLLOWS RECENT REPORTS OF FRAUDULENT ORGANIC CORN  AND SOYBEANS ENTERING THE U.S. FROM TURKEY.  UP NEXT...CHARLES DENNEY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE HARDEST WORKING  TRACTORS IN AG AT KUBOTA.COM.  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER  TODAY.YOUNG PEOPLE IN ONE TENNESSEE COMMUNITY DID SOME BUILDING AND SOME  CLEANING UP RECENTLY – PART OF A BUSY 'NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE' FOR 4-H.    4-H LEADERS HOPE THIS LESSON IN CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY WILL ENCOURAGE A  LIFETIME OF HELPING OUT.  CHARLES DENNEY FROM THE U-T INSTITUTE OF  AGRICULTURE INTRODUCES US TO CARING KIDS WHO ARE ALSO HANDY WITH  POWER TOOLS.   CALL IT A LITERAL BENCHMARK OF SERVICE.  HERE BRACED TWO-BY-FOURS WITH SOME CAREFULLY  PLACED NUTS AND BOLTS BECOME RESTING SPOTS.  THESE YOUNG BUILDERS ARE SCOTT COUNTY 4-HERS, PUTTING TOGETHER BENCHES – MORE THAN 100  WOODEN SEATS -- THAT WILL GO IN NURSING HOMES, PARKS AND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.  EACH BENCH  TAKES ABOUT A HALF HOUR TO DO, BUT WILL KING SAYS IT'S STILL IMPORTANT TO PUT IN THE TIME.  (WILL KING) "BECAUSE IT'S GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND IT'S REALLY HELPING STUDENTS IF  THEY DON'T WANT TO SIT DOWN, I MEAN WALK. THEY CAN SIT DOWN AND TALK TO THEIR FRIENDS AND ALL  THAT." "NOW THAT YOU HAVE THE LEGS LAID OUT PRETTY MUCH THE WAY THAT YOU WANT THEM, YOU'RE  GOING TO TAKE TWO SCREWS. YOU'RE GOING TO PUT TWO ON EITHER SIDE."  4-H AGENT CASSIE YOUNG  LEADS THE CONSTRUCTION EFFORT, DEMONSTRATING WHAT TO DO, BUT THEN TURNING IT OVER TO THE KIDS.  (CASSIE YOUNG)  "TEACHING KIDS HOW TO USE THEIR HANDS AND HOW TO REALLY MAKE SOMETHING  AND BE PROUD OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. TO LOOK BACK AT THE END OF THE DAY AND SEE WHAT ALL  THEY'VE DONE." YOUNG SAYS 4-HERS LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF SERVICE, AND SOME HANDY SKILLS AS  WELL. "JUST LEARNING HOW TO USE A TAPE MEASURE AND A CARPENTER'S SQUARE. AND THEY ALWAYS  LOOK AT THE CARPENTER PENCIL A LITTLE FUNNY BECAUSE IT'S NOT ROUND LIKE THEY'RE USED TO SEEING IN  SCHOOL, BUT JUST EXPOSING THEM TO NEW SKILLS AND ABILITIES HAS BEEN A PRETTY GREAT  EXPERIENCE." (CHARLES DENNEY)  "THIS CALL FOR COMMUNITY ACTION WENT OUT ACROSS TENNESSEE  AND THE COUNTRY, PART OF THE NATIONAL 4-H DAY OF SERVICE. 4-H LEADERS TEACH THERE ARE 5 STEPS  TO COMMUNITY SERVICE – PREPARATION, ACTION, REFLECTION, CELEBRATION AND FUTURE PLANS." THIS  GROUP ISN'T DONE.  NOW THEY'RE TALKING TRASH. OR RATHER PICKING IT UP.  THEY CLEANED UP BAGS  AND BAGS OF UNSIGHTLY LITTER. "BECAUSE IT REALLY HELPS THE COMMUNITY AND WE NEED TO PICK UP  THE TRASH BECAUSE IT'S REALLY BAD DOWN THE HIGHWAYS." (STACIE KIDD) "THEY ARE GOING TO BE  THE KEEPERS OF SCOTT COUNTY. AND IF THEY LEARN THESE TRAITS NOW AND THEY LEARN THESE  CHARACTERISTICS NOW, THEN WE'LL HAVE A SOLID FOUNDATION." SO WHETHER IT WAS CREATING  SOMETHING NEW - OR TAKING SOMETHING AWAY - IT WAS A FULL DAY OF SERVICE FOR THESE 4-HERS.   AND WHAT WE'RE ALSO BUILDING HERE IS A STRONGER FUTURE FOR A COMMUNITY – A GENERATION WITH  AN ENTHUSIASM TO HELP.  THIS IS CHARLES DENNEY REPORTING.  

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT  DAY. 

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