AgDay Daily Recap- February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 1, 2017


HEADLINES
CATTLE INVENTORY NUMBERS CONTINUE TO  CLIMB..WE'LL LOOK AT PRODUCER SENTIMENT AROUND CURRENT PRICES. A NEW  DAIRY PROTECTION PLAN EMERGES. IN AGRIBUSINESS...COMPARING 2017 GRAIN  PRICES TO LAST YEAR. FOOD MARKETERS ARE PREPPING THEIR MESSAGING FOR THIS WEEKEND'S  SUPER BOWL. AND TEACHING KIDS THE TRADES OF THE FUTURE. AGDAY- BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

CATTLE HERD LEVELS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. JUST A HANDFUL OF YEARS AGO, THE U.S. CATTLE HERD WAS AT LEVELS NOT  SEEN SINCE THE 1950'S. TODAY, NEW INVENTORY NUMBERS FROM USDA SHOW THE REBUILDING  CONTINUES. AS OF JANUARY FIRST ALL CATTLE AND CALVES TOTALED 93-POINT-POINT-SIX  MILLION HEAD, UP TWO PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO. THAT REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF ONE-POINT-SIX MILLION HEAD. BY STATE - TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA OVERALL INVENTORIES ARE UP FOUR  PERCENT, NEBRASKA IS UNCHANGED, KANSAS UP TWO PERCENT AND MISSOURI  IS UP SIX PERCENT. THE CALF CROP IS BIGGER THAN A YEAR AGO.  THE NEW ESTIMATE IS JUST OVER 35 MILLION HEAD, A THREE PERCENT  INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR. AS CATTLE NUMBERS REBOUND, MARKET PRICES CONTINUE TO FEEL THE  PRESSURE. LAST FALL LIVE CATTLE FUTURES EVEN TRADED UNDER A DOLLAR.  NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN RECENTLY VISITED A SALE BARN IN SOUTH- CENTRAL MICHIGAN TO SEE IF PRODUCER'S MOODS HAVE CHANGED WITH THE  NEW YEAR.FEEDER AND FAT CATTLE FILL THE BARN EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE LAKE  ODESSA LIVESTOCK AUCTION... "THIS IS MY WEEKLY SALE, I'M HERE EVERY WEEK," THE AUCTION IS PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF DAIRY COUNTRY- AN INDUSTRY  WHICH HAS EXPLODED IN THE STATE.  IT'S AN AREA SEEING GROWTH IN NUMBERS, BUT A DECREASE IN HOLSTEIN  PRICES..."STEERS A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WERE 1.40 AND NOW 80 CENTS? GUYS ARE LOSING MONEY BIG TIME,"OWNER VERN LETTINGA HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR DECADES..  HE SAYS THE MOOD ISN'T IMPROVING MUCH LATELY, NO MATTER WHAT'S SELLING "THE MOOD OF THE PRODUCER IS NOT GOOD. THE PRICE OF FEEDER CATTLE ARE LOW COMPARED TO A  YEAR AGO. MOST FAT CATTLE, A LOT OF PRODUCERS ARE NOT RECEIVING BACK WHAT THEY DID FOR FEEDER  CATTLE.""RIGHT NOW, WE'VE SEEN PACKERS HAVE A BIT OF BEEF ALREADY FORWARD CONTRACTED, WHICH IS  WHY WE'VE SEEN SOME TIGHTNESS IN THE BEEF SUPPLY HERE UP FRONT. THAT'S WHY WE'RE SEEING  CASH HEAD STEADILY HIGHER. THEY DO HAVE A LACK OF CATTLE FORWARD CONTRACTED INTO THE MARCH  TIMEFRAME."VANDYKE SAYS THE MARKET HAS SOME POTENTIAL STEAM IF THE TIGHTNESS REMAINS."I WOULD PROBABLY PUT FATS AT 1.30 ON THE HIGH SIDE. THAT'S OVER THE NEXT QUARTER IF WE  CONTINUE TO SEE PRODUCT MOVE AND WE CONTINUE TO SEE THE TIGHTNESS MOVE FORWARD IN THE  SPRING. I ALSO DON'T DOUBT THAT WE COULD BE DOWN AT A BUCK" BUT HE QUESTIONS HOW QUICKLY THAT RISK COULD POTENTIALLY HAPPEN. "THE DEFERRED MONTHS ARE SAYING RIGHT NOW, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE MUCH ABOVE A BUCK BY  THE TIME SUMMER COMES AROUND. WE'LL SEE IF THEY'RE RIGHT."SO FAR, BUSINESS IS TIGHT FOR A LOT OF SALE BARNS.  "OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, OUR NUMBS ARE HLDING PRETTY STEADY. OUR RETURN TO OPERATE THIS  SALE HAS BEEN DOWN ABOUT 35 PERCENT.. (TAKE OUT MIDDLE AND START 32) THAT DOESN'T LEAVE US  MUCH MONEY TO OPERATE ON," BUT THAT STEADY CATTLE VOLUME IS WELCOME BY LOCAL BUYERS.  "THE NUMBERS ARE GOOD. THERE ARE CATTLE AROUND TO BUY,"TIEMEYER SAYS CATTLE WERE 2 TO 3 DOLLARS HIGHER A HUNDRED WEIGHT ON  THIS JANUARY NIGHT DUE TO WEATHER.  "ON THE HIGHER MARKET, WE'RE ABLE TO GET MORE MONEY WITH THE CATTLE WE SELL"AND IF YOU DON'T BUY CATTLE, YOU CAN'T MAKE ANY MONEY,"> BUT HE'S SEEN HIS SHARE OF VOLITALITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.  "WE'VE SEEN SWINGS FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT 5-DOLLARS A HUNDRED IN THE MEAT. THAT'S  EXTREME," DESPITE THOSE PRICES... BUYERS, SELLERS AND SPECTATORS WILL CONTINUE TO GATHER  "I'VE BEEN AT THIS ALL MY LIFE. AS LONG AS I'M HEALTHY ENOUGH TO BE HERE, SURE, I'LL BE HERE,"> BECAUSE IT'S MORE THAN AN OCCUPATION- IT'S A LIVELIHOOD.  REPORTING IN LAKE ODESSA, MICHIGAN, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

DAIRY PUSHING BACK ON CANADA
THE NATION'S DAIRY INDUSTRY IS PUSHING BACK ON CANADA'S RECENT TRADE POLICIES. THEY SAY THE MOVE IS EFFECTIVELY BLOCKING AMERICAN DAIRY IMPORTS INTO THE COUNTRY. A GROUP OF 17 DAIRY COMPANIES FROM 25 STATES SAY IT'S A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS. THEY'RE ASKING STATE AND FEDERAL LEADERS TO STEP IN. THE COMPLAINT CENTERS AROUND NEW PLANS BY CANADA TO SUBSIDIZE SOME DAIRY PRODUCTS IN ITS DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL MARKETS. AND STARTING TODAY, CANADA IS PREPARED TO EXPAND THE PRODUCT LIST AND IT'S REACH. THE GROUP SAYS THE CANADIAN POLICY'S COULD DISRUPT SKIM MILK POWDER MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD BY DUMPING EXCESS MILK POWDER ON GLOBAL MARKETS.

DAIRY REVENUE INSURANCE
SPEAKING OF DAIRY, FARM BUREAU, FARM BUREAU INSURANCE AND FOLKS  FROM ACADEMIA ARE HARD AT WORK ON A NEW TYPE OF DAIRY REVENUE  INSURANCE. THE PLAN OFFERS REGIONAL PROTECTION AGAINST BOTH MILK PRICE AND  PRODUCTION DECLINES. IT'S BEING CALLED DAIRY REVENUE PROTECTION OR DAIRY - R-P. UNLIKE THE CURRENT MARGIN PROTECTION PROGRAM, IT FOCUSES ON  PROTECTING REVENUE...SIMILAR TO CROP INSURANCE. THERE ARE SOME ISSUES RELATED TO WHERE YOU WANT TO DAIRY IN TEH UNITED STATES. A LOT OF  DAIRIES PURCHASE ALL THEIR FEED OTHERS GROW A FAIR PORPORTION OF THEIR FEED, WHEN YOU HAVE PROGRAM THAT OPERATES PURELY OFF OF FEED PRICFES AND NOT OFF THE COST OF PRODUCING THAT FEED,  IN SOEM CASES IT MAY NOT BE A VERY GOOD SAFETY NET FOR THOSE PRODUCERS THA TPRODUCE THEIR OWN FEED. SO BEING ABLE TO BE MORE FLEXIBILITY DEPENDING ON WHERE YOUA RE IN THE COUNTRY. I WOLL SAY FLEXIBILITY CREATES COMPLEXITY AND SOMETIMES PRODUCERS DON'T LIKE THAT COMPLEXITY  EVEN THOUGH IT OFFERS MORE FLEXIBILITY.DAIRY- R-P INSURANCE CONTRACTS WOULD BE QUARTERLY AND COULD BE  BOUGHT UP TO 15 MONTHS OUTS. THE CONCEPT IS HEADED FOR THE USDA'S RISK MANGEMENT AGENCY LATER  THIS SPRING. YOU CAN READ MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PLAN FROM OUR PARTNERS AT MILK  MAGAZINE.

FORMER AG SECS TALK DOW DUPONT MERGER
TWO FORMER AG SECRETARIES ARE SPEAKING THEIR MIND AND LENDING  SUPPORT TO A PENDING MEGA MERGER BETWEEN DOW AND DUPONT. MIKE JOHANNS AND DAN GLICKMAN WRITING AN OP-ED SAYING THAT THE COST  OF DEVELOPING NEW TECHNOLOGY IS RISING. AND IN ORDER FOR FARMERS TO FEED MORE PEOPLE AND STAY IN BUSINESS, IT  TAKES A BIGGER BUSINESS -- DEDICATED TO WORKING FOR FARMERS-- TO MAKE  REAL GAINS. I RECENTLY SPOKE TO AN ANALYST AT RABOBANK WHO SAYS RECENT MERGER  DISCUSSIONS AREN'T SURPRISING. HE SAYS LIKE OTHER INDUSTRIES-- FOLLOWING A DOWNTURN IN MARKETS,  BUSINESSES TYPICALLY TURN TO CONSOLIDATION IN SEARCH OF VALUE FOR  SHAREHOLDERS. WHILE THEY BELIEVE MANY OF THESE DEALS WILL GO THROUGH-- THAT DOESN'T  MEAN THE COMPANIES WON'T HAVE TO ANSWER A LOT OF TOUGH QUESTIONS REGARDING COMPETITION, JOBS AND BENEFIT TO FARMERS. I THINK THE U.S. FARMER IS GOING TO BE JUST FINE. I THINK IN TERMS OF OWN ECONOMICS OF THEIR BUSINESS, YES, THERE IS A NEED TO HAVE GREATER SCALE. YES THERE'S A NEED TO CONSOLIDATE, YES,  THERE'S A NEED TO PRODUCE MORE WITH LESS INPUTS. BUT I THINK THE PARTY THAT'S LIKELY TO GET SQUEEZED ARE DISTRIBUTORS. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF AG, DIRECT SELLING, SELLING PRODUCT FROM MANUFACTURER DIRECTLY TO CONSUMER THAT'S NOT A FAD. THAT'S A TREND. AND I THINK THE CHALLENGE FOR RETAILERS AND DISTRIBUTORS WILL BE TO BE CLOSER TO MANUFACTURING SO THEY CAN DERIVE MORE VALUE ADD. THAT PRESSURE ON RETAILERS, IS LIKELY TO INCLUDE COOPERATIVES AS  FARMERS AND MANUFACTURES WORK MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER. THE AG DEPARTMENT UPDATED ITS MONTHLY LOOK AT WHEAT CONDITIONS -SHOWING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN OKLAHOMA, BUT A DECLINE IN TEXAS. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN HAS DETAILS IN THE AGDAY WEATHER CENTER. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. STARTING IN KANSAS - 44-PERCENT IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT. UNCHANGED FROM  LAST MONTH. THE ENTIRE STATE HAD MEASURABLE RAINFALL, SO SOIL  MOISTURE IS MOSTLY ADEQUATE. OKLAHOMA 33-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, IMPROVING BY EIGHT POINTS.  SOIL MOISTURE IS DESCRIBED AS "ADEQUATE TO SHORT" TEXAS  - 29-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, A DECLINE OF 12 POINTS FROM  EARLY JANUARY. THE STATE IS NEARLY DROUGHT FREE. 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
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK CROP PRICES AND WHY ONE ANALYST THINKS  COMPARING 2017 TO 2016 DOESN'T PAINT TOO BAD A PICTURE. PLUS, TECHNOLOGY MAY PUSH TO A NEW LEVEL IN YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM.  DETAILS LATER ON AGDAY, THE NEXT GENERATION OF HEAVY DUTY ENGINE OILS ARE HERE.  INTRODUCING DELO 400 WITH  ISOSYN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.  THE NEW DELO 400 PRODUCT LINE IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN  EVER.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS FOLLOWING MONDAY'S TOUGH TRADE--WE SAW MORE GREEN  IN COMMODITIES TUESDAY. LETS GET DETAILS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. GRAIN MARKETS IN CHICAGO WERE MIXED TO LOWER ON TUESDAY IN A VERY  QUIET TRADING SESSION. IN GENERAL TO START OFF THIS WEEK THE MARKET 'S  BEEN UNDER PRESSURE. WE SAW A SHARP SELL OFF IN THE SOYBEAN MARKET  ON MONDAY AND A LITTLE BIT OF FOLLOW THROUGH HERE ON TUESDAY THE  CORN MARKET SOLD OFF MONDAY A LITTLE BIT OF A REBOUND HERE ON  TUESDAY BUT IN GENERAL THINGS ARE UNDER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE. I THINK THERE 'S A COUPLE REASONS FOR THAT FIRST ONE MAYBE THE WEATHER  SITUATION IN ARGENTINA. YOU KNOW SOME OF THE CROP ESTIMATES FOR  SOYBEANS IN PARTICULAR ACTUALLY STARTING TO COME BACK UP I THINK  THERE ARE CONCERNS OR JITTERS REGARDING TRADE A TRADE WITH MEXICO IN  PARTICULAR YOU KNOW MEXICO IS A BIG BUYER OF U.S. CORN IS A MATTER OF  FACT THIS MARKETING YEAR THEY GOT MORE ON SALES ON THE BOOKS THAN  ANYBODY  I BELIEVE IS IN REGARD TO U S EXPORTS SO WHEN THE TRUMP  ADMINISTRATION MINISTRATION GOES AFTER MEXICO AND START TALKING ABOUT  IMPORT TAXES AND THINGS THAT NATURE I THINK THE MARKET BECOMES A  LITTLE BIT OF A LITTLE BIT WORRIED SO I THINK THAT MAYBE THE OTHER THING  GOING ON HERE THIS WEEK AGAIN. JOE VACLAVIK STANDARD GRAIN FROM THE  FLOOR OF CME GROUP.

AGRIBUSINESS
WE GOT UP WITH MATT BENNETT OF BENNETT CONSULTING AT TOP PRODUCER  SEMINAR 'S TWENTY SEVENTEEN MATT AS WE LOOK IN TWENTY SEVENTEEN LETS TALK ABOUT CORN AND SOYBEANS COMPARED THOSE TO LAST YEAR BECAUSE  YOU KNOW YOU START COMPARING THE LAST YEAR AND IT'S SOME RAISE  EYEBROWS ABOUT ABSOLUTELY A LOT OF PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN TELLING ME A  LITTLE FRUSTRATED WITH PRICES I'M LIKE I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING  ABOUT NECESSARILY HERE. 'S WHY YOU LOOK AT CORN PRICE FOR NOT A WHOLE  LOT ABOUT LAST YEAR I UNDERSTAND THAT BUT FROM A PROFITABILITY  STANDPOINT WHEN WE LOOK AT INPUT COSTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW LAST  YEAR SPECIALLY. WHEN I WORKED OFF A FERTILISER YOU KNOW A LOT OF THE  PRODUCERS THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO YOU GUYS ANYWHERE FROM THIRTY  TO SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS PER ACRE IN P AND K COMBINED. SO WHEN YOU  START THROWING NUMBERS INTO PROFITABILITY SPREADSHEET YOU  UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'RE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE PROFITABLE THAN LAST YEAR  ON CORN I KNOW THERE WASN'T WHOLE LOT OF CORN PROFIT LAST YEAR ALSO  MEANS YOU'RE OUT. YOU'RE A BUCK FORTY ABOUT VISORS PLANES SERVICED I DON'T KNOW WHAT MORE WE COULD REALLY NECESSARILY ASK FOR. WE HAD  THE BIGGEST. SOYBEAN YIELDS WE'VE SEEN LAST YEAR NATIONALLY LARGEST  ACREAGE. BUT YET WE'RE ALL IN ABOUT FORTY IN THE LAST YEAR AND SO  I DON'T  I MAKE THE ASSUMPTION WORKING UNDER THE SAME THING ALL OVER AGAIN  THIS YEAR I REALLY WANT TO TAKE WHAT WE'VE GOT AND DO SOMETHING WITH  THAT. AHEAD A TIME JUST IN CASE THE BOTTOM FALLS I NEED TO HAVE A PLAN  FOR THAT ALRIGHT START PLANNING FOR IT RIGHT. ABSOLUTELY WE NEED TO BE  ABLE TO SET SOME HEDGES IN PLACE PUT FLOORS IN THE MARKET IF NOTHING  ELSE IF IT GOES UP GREAT GREAT. IF IT DOESN'T WE'RE COVEREDOK APPRECIATE  IT THANK YOU WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. FOR ADVICE ON THE BEST WAY TO BE PROFITABLE ON YOUR FARM, CONTACT  MATT AT 217-273-1133.

WEATHER
ADD STRATEGO YIELD FUNGICIDE AT THE EARLY SEASON RATE TO YOUR POSTEMERGENCE HERBICIDE  TANK MIX. YOU'LL GET HEALTHIER FIELDS, HIGHER YIELDS AND A HIGHER RETURN ON INVESTMENT. WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE. MIKE  WATCHING THE WEATHER MAP HERE, LOOKING AT SOME SNOW MAY BE COMING  IN THE NORTH. YEAH LOOKS LIKE IT. NORTHERN ROCKIES ESPECIALLY, THAT  STATIONARY FRONT IS GONNA KEEP THE SNOW COMING DOWN AND ALSO  ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST. WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOME  SNOW SHOWERS ANYWAY. HIGH PRESSURE THOUGH IS CONTROLLING THE  SOUTHEAST AND THE SOUTHWEST AS YOU CAN SEE. WE WILL HAVE A COLD AIR  MASS COMING SOUTHWARD AND IN FACT THE THAT'S FAIRLY COLD AIR BEHIND  THIS COLD FRONT. BUT IT 'S GOING TO BE STALLING OUT YOU'RE GONNA FEEL THE BRUNT OF IT ALL THROUGH THE SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE  COUNTRY. EVEN THOUGH THE FRONT MAY COME THROUGH. SCATTERED SNOW  SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES,  PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND AS WELL. SNOW'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO COME  DOWN PRETTY GOOD IN THE NORTHERN ROCKIES NEAR THE STATIONARY FRONT.  VERY COLD AIR TO THE NORTH OF IT MUCH WARMER END TO THE SOUTH AND IT  JUST KIND OF SITS THERE FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS. NEXT STORM SYSTEM'S A  SLOW MOVER BUT IT IS GOING TO START TO BRING IN SOME MOISTURE. INTO THE WEST COAST AND YOU CAN SEE THAT STARTS TO COME IN DURING THE  NIGHT TONIGHT AND INTO TOMORROW MORNING WITH RAINS AND MOUNTAIN  SNOWS OUT THERE. HIGH PRESSURE COLD HIGH PRESSURE MOVING INTO THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AND AGAIN THAT COLD FRONT 'S DOWN IN THE CENTRAL  GEORGIA AND ALABAMA MISSISSIPPI. BUT YOU'RE STILL NOT GONNA FEEL THE  REAL BRUNT OF THAT COLD AIR FROM THE TENNESSEE RIVER VALLEY  SOUTHWARD. IT WILL TURN CHILLIER NORTH OF THAT FRONT THOUGH. AND AS  WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY TO THE TOWER TOMORROW WE ARE  LOOKING AT JUST SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS NORTHERN EASTERN GREAT LAKES IS A GENERAL BEYOND THE LIGHT SIDE. THE HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES  HIGHER ELEVATIONS NORTHERN ROCKIES AS WELL AS THE SIERRA NEVADA'S BUT  SOME HEAVIER RAINS COMING INTO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OUT THERE. LET'S  CHECK OUT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS A  SCATTERED LIGHT AMOUNTS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST  GENERALLY LIGHT ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKIES WITH THE HIGHER  ELEVATIONS ACTUALLY A FAIRLY HEAVY AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED. YOU CAN EVEN  SEE THAT THE MOISTURE THERE. OUR MODEL IS SHOWING A ONE TO TWO INCHES  OF LIQUID IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WHICH IS A WHOLE BUNCH OF SNOW IN  THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES. SPEAKING OF SNOW IT'S ALL BEEN  ON THE LIGHT SIDE GREAT LAKES AND THE NORTHEAST OUT IN THE NORTHERN  ROCKIES ALREADY BEEN FAIRLY HEAVY. WE ADD IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS  AND THEN YOU CAN SEE WE CONTINUE TO ADD MORE MORE SNOW THERE WE  START TO ADD SOME IN THE SIERRA NEVADA'S. THERE'S THE HIGH TEMPS FOR  THIS AFTERNOON ONLY TEENS FAR NORTHERN PLAINS. SEVENTIES BY THE TIME  YOU GET TO THE GULF COAST LOWS TONIGHT IN SINGLE DIGITS IN THE FAR  NORTHERN AREAS. IT TURNS COLDER IN THE OHIO VALLEY STILL FORTIES AND  FIFTIES DOWN SOUTH AND SEVENTIES FOR HIGHS AGAIN TOMORROW. BUT  YOU'RE LOOKING AT SINGLE DIGIT HIGHS IN THE FAR NORTHERN PLAINS. AND  THAT'S ALL BECAUSE OF THIS BIG ROTATION IN THE JET STREAM OVER HUDSONBAY AND THAT YOU CAN SEE THAT WILL CONTINUE TO KINDA GO ZONAL FOR A  WHILE AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK SO IT LOOKS LIKE THINGS DO WARM UP  TEMPORARILY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT  SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR RAWLINS WYOMING MOSTLY  CLOUDY AND A BIT OF SNOW HIGH TEMP OF THIRTY FIVE DEGREES. WINONA  MISSISSIPPI A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE AND WARM HIGH OF SEVENTY  AND FINALLY HARTFORD CONNECTICUT BREEZY WITH TIMES OF SUN AND  CLOUDS ARE HIGH FORTY TWO. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - SEE WHAT'S AVAILABLE TO HELP YOUR CHILD BECOME THE NEXT  WHIZ KID. BUT FIRST, WE SEE HOW A COUPLE OF POPULAR FOODS ARE GEARING-UP FOR  THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHUP ON THE GRIDIRON...WITH SOME CLEVER  COMMERCIALS. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

PACKER TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE PACKER - THE AVOCADO INDUSTRY IS  TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE SUPER BOWL THIS WEEKEND.   THE  CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS A BIG WIN FOR AVOCADO CONSUMPTION.  LAST YEAR AN  ESTIMATED 139 MILLION POUNDS OF AVOCADOES WERE SOLD.  MUCH OF THAT IS  TURNED INTO GUACAMOLE. NOT TO MISS AN OPPORTUNTY, THE BRAND "AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO" SENT  OUT A SNEAK PEAK OF THEIR COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGN. THAT'S COMEDIC ACTOR JON LOVITZ WITH THE NOT-TO-SUBTLE MESSAGE OF THE  VIRTUES OF AVOCADOS. LOVITZ WAS RECENTLY "TERMINATED" ON NBC'S CELEBRITY APPRENTICE. AND 'WONDERFUL PISTACHIOS' IS ALSO SET TO RUN A NEW COMMERCIAL IN  SUPER BOWL FIFTY ONE. THE "GET CRACKIN' CAMPAIGN FEATURES ERNIE THE  ELEPHANT.  THIS PARTICULAR COMMERCIAL SEEN HERE HAS BEEN OUT FOR A  COUPLE MONTHS. IT STARS RICHARD SHERMAN OF THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. OF  COURSE, THEY'RE NOT AT THE BIG GAME THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE PACKER, THIS WILL BE THE THIRD TIME WONDER PISTACHIOS  HAS RUN AN AD DURING THE SUPER BOWL. THE AGRICULTURAL MARKETING RESOURCE CENTER SAYS ABOUT 98 PERCENT  OF U-S PISTACHIOS ARE PRODUCED IN CALIFORNIA WEAK COMMODITY PRICES SPILLED OVER INTO THE AG-TECH WORLD. A STUDY  FROM AN INVESTMENT FIRM KNOWN AS AG-FUNDER SAYS GLOBAL INVESTMENTS  IN AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY FELL 30-PERCENT LAST YEAR. AGFUNDER SAYS INVESTOR INTEREST IN AG COMPANIES FOCUSED ON  TECHNOLOGY DROPPED-OFF IN 2016. WEAK GRAIN PRICES PUT A DRAG ON U-S FARM INCOME, MEANING EQUIPMENT  SALES SLUMPED. SO VENTURE CAPITALISTS WERE STEERING AWAY FROM  DRONES, ROBOTICS AND BIOENERGY. HOWEVER, AGFUNDER SAYS INVESTORS REMAINED INTERESTED IN CROP  BIOTECHNOLOGY AND FARM MANAGEMENT TOOLS. AGFUNDER ALSO SAYS INVESTORS WANT TO SEE HOW THE BIG MERGERS - LIKE  BAYER AND MONSANTO, AND DOW AND DUPONT - PLAY OUT IN THE MONTHS  AHEAD.

TEASE
UP NEXT SEE WHAT THE NEXT GENERATION OF EQUIPMENT MAKERS ARE  LEARNING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM. FUTURE GENERATIONS OF ENGINEERS AND EQUIPMENT MAKERS ARE NOW IN  OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. AND THEIR LEARNING GOES WELL BEYOND THE A-B- C'S. IN FACT, CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS FIVE YEARS OLD ARE LEARNING HOW TO  WRITE CODE FOR COMPUTERS. THE BRITISH EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED THIS TRADE  SHOW IN LONDON. IT OFFERS THE LATEST TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM.   AND THE OFFERINGS ARE  FAR-CRY FROM GOOD OLE' FASHIONED TINKER TOYS AND A BASIC LEGOS KIT. ONE SUCH EXHIBIT IS THE ALPHA ROBOT. IT HELPS CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO  BUILD AND PROGRAMME OBJECTS LIKE THIS ALARM CLOCK TO DE-MYSTIFY  COMPUTERS. THE PROCESS ENABLES THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHY THINGS APPEAR ON THEIR  SCREENS - AND HOW COMPUTERS CAN BE CODED TO MAKE THINGS OPERATE. "IN EVERY CLASS THIRTY PERCENT OF ALL THE CHILDREN ARE WHAT YOU CALL KINESTHETIC LEARNERS. IT  MEANS THEY WERE BORN SO THAT THEY LEARN BEST BY PUTTING THEIR HANDS ON THINGS. SO IF YOU PUT  THEM IN YOUR CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON THINGS,  YOU'RE DEPRIVING THEM OF THEIR PRIMARY LEARNING PROCESS."> EXHIBITORS SAY THE IDEA IS TO GET EARLIER AGE GROUPS TO START  ASSEMBLING THE ROBOTS AND UNDERSTANDING HOW THEY WORK. PLAYING WITH THEM INCREASES THEIR GRASP OF BASIC CODING TASKS. TODDLERS ALREADY USE TOUCHSCREENS AND PLAYING GAMES ON TABLETS AND  SMARTPHONES, THESE ROBOTS ARE AIMED AT GETTING THEM TO THE NEXT  STAGE. 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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