AgDay Daily Recap -November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 02:57 AM
 

TODAY ON AGDAY
NOVEMBER 19, 2015


OPENING HEADLINES:
THE EGG INDUSTRY STARTS TO RECOVER FROM AVIAN FLU, PLUS THE ATLANTIC FLYWAY ASSESSES BIOSECURITY MEASURES. IN AGRIBUSINESS...LOOKING AT PRICES TO GUIDE PLANTING IN 2016.
UNFORTUNATELY, THIS A YEAR WHERE IT ALMOST SEEMS THE OPPOSITE, WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY TRYING TO BUY ACRES. IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF THESE MARKETS ARE TRYING TO GIVE AWAY ACRES. WINTER ARRIVES IN FORCE...AND BIG IRON GOES TO BATTLE...SEE HOW FARM EQUIPMENT IS MAKING ITS WAY INTO ROBOT WARS TODAY IN THE COUNTRY.
BIOSECURITY PRACTICES IN POULTRY PRODUCTION MAY HELP KEEP FUTURE AVIAN  FLU OUTBREAKS FROM SPREADING:
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH WATERFOWL AT THE HEIGHT OF THE MIGRATORY SEASON, COMMERCIAL EGG, HEN AND TURKEY PRODUCERS REMAIN VIGILANT AGAINST THE POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF AVIAN FLU.
MEANTIME, EGG PRICES START TO SETTLE BACK DOWN AFTER THE OUTBREAK EARLIER THIS YEAR.
OCTOBER RETAIL EGG PRICES DROPPING 5 PERCENT TO 2-80 A DOZEN...THAT'SDOWN FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH'S ALL TIME HIGH OF 2-96 IN SEPEMBER.
THE NUMBER OF LAYING HENS NOW RISING FOR THE 3 STRAIGHT MONTHS. THE POULTRY INDUSTRY LOST 48 MILLION BIRDS TO AVIAN INFLUENZA IN 2015...38 MILLION OF THOSE WERE EGG LAYERS.
ONE AREA SPARED DURING THIS LAST AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK WAS THE ATLANTIC FLYWAY. AND ONE REGION OF THE FLYWAY IS THE "BROILER BELT" -STRETCHING FROM DELAWARE TO GEORGIA, AND THEN WEST FROM THERE.
DELAWARE, IN PARTICULAR, IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE OLDEST AREAS FOR POULTRY PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES.
NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN VISITS WITH A POULTRY OPERATION IN THE STATE ABOUT ITS OWN BIOSECURITY PRACTICES.
DELAWARE POULTRY PRODUCERS AARON AND JOHNATHON THOMPSON SAY AS THE SEASONS CHANGE, THERE'S NOT MUCH WORRY TO TWEAK THEIR BIOSECURITY PRACTICES.
WE HAVEN'T HAD TO CHANGE ANYTHING BECAUSE WE'VE ALREADY HAD SUCH GREAT EXISTING GUIDELINES. WHEN THINGS HAPPEN, YOU'RE ALREADY PREPARED AND KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THAT WAS TO COME, THAT'S BECAUSE THEIR OPERATION, LOCUST-LANE-HARTLEY , IS LOCATED WITHIN THE ATLANTIC FLYWAY -AN AREA THAT'S KNOWN AS THE GRANDDDADDY OF POULTRY OPERATIONS.
THIS IS BASICALLY THE BIRTHPLACE OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS SO IT'S KIND OF ONE OF THE OLDEST AREAS. THEIR FLYWAY WAS SPARED DURING THE H5N2 AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK
THAT STARTED IN 2015, KILLING OVER 50 MILLION BIRDS NATIONWIDE. BUT THE AREA DEALT WITH A SIMILAR OUTBREAK BACK IN 2004.
I BELIEVE IT'S PURE LUCK THAT IT DIDN'T GO THROUGH LAST TIME.
*LUCK OR NOT, THE TWO BELIEVE THEIR BIOSECURITY IS STRONG AND IF THE VIRUS WERE TO HIT, IT SHOULDN'T SPREAD AS FAST AS IF DID LAST SPRING. THE TWO BROTHERS HAVE SUPPLIED FOR PERDUE FARMERS SINCE 2009. IN TURN, THEY APPLY PERDUE'S BIO SECURITY BEST PRACTICE STANDARDS TO THEIR OPERATION.
*THE BIO-SECURITY IS SCALED BY A NUMBER SYSTEM. LEVEL ONE INCLUDES DEDICATED FOOTWEAR AND VESTS. LEVEL TWO IS SIMILAR BUT DEDICATED FOOTWEAR PER HOUSE. DOORS ARE LOCKED AND WATER IS SANITIZED. DISINFECTING IS HEIGHTENED WITH LEVEL THREE. THAT INCLUDES CLEANING UP MANURE AND SPILLD FEED.
IF YOU'RE AT A LEVEL THREE, AND AN AREA IS IN A LEVEL THREE, THEY DON'T EVEN ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TO OTHER PUBLIC PLACES WHERE OTHER POULTRY PRODUCERS WOULD BE. THAT'S SOMETHING THEY ASK OF YOU.
LUCKILY, WE HAVEN'T BEEN TO LEVEL THREE. WE'VE BEEN TO LEVEL TWO.
THE THOMPSON'S SAY THE SUPPLIERS AND FEED TRUCK DRIVERS HAVE THEIR OWN SET OF RULES THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW.
WHAT THEY'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR IS THE ORDER THEY VISIT THE FARMS IN FROM YOUNGEST TO OLDEST. FROM UNINFECTED TO INFECT OR NON-VACCINATED TO VACCINATED.
DESPITE THE SECURITY, THERE IS A WORRY. THERE ARE A LOT OF MAN-MADE PONDS, SOME EVEN 100 FEET AWAY FROM THE BARNS THAT ARE HOME TO CANADIAN GEESE.
SO WE CALL THEM RESIDENTS. IF WE GET SOME MIGRATORY GEESE COMING IN AND INFECT THE RESIDENT GEESE, THEN WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THEY COULD BE HERE.
*FOR NOW, THEY HOPE THEIR SECURITY PRACTICES ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO KEEP THEIR FLOCKS HEALTHY AND SAFE FOR ANOTHER SEASON.
REPORTING FOR U.S. FARM REPORT, I'M BETSY JIBBEN
PERDUE ENCOURAGES ENCLOSED COMPOSTING. THE THOMPSON'S BUILT AN ENCLOSED COMPOSTING BUILDING WITH WALLS AND GATES TO KEEP WILD BIRDS OUT.
TPP:
AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK WILL TRAVEL TO JAPAN THURSDAY TO MEET WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS ABOUT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.
VILSACK SAID THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST MEETING WITH BOTH MINISTERS AND THAT HE INTENDS TO "UNDERSCORE HOW THE TPP WILL STRENGTHEN TRADE THROUGHOUT THE PACIFIC RIM REGION, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS IN THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SECTORS.
U.S. CHINA JOINT COMMISSION ON COMMERCE AND TRADE:
AND THIS WEEKEND VILSACK WILL JOIN COMMERCE SECRETARY PENNY PRITZKER, TRADE REPRESENTATIVE MICHAEL FROMAN AND CHIEF AGRICULTURE NEGOTIATOR DARCI VETTER IN CHINA FOR THE U.S.-CHINA JOINT COMMISSION ON COMMERCE AND TRADE.
WOTUS CONFLICT:
 IOWA GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD IS JOINING A GROWING CHORUS OF STATES SUING THE E-P-A OVER "WOTUS".
IOWA JOINS 13 OTHER STATES IN A FEDERAL SUIT WHICH ATTEMPTS TO PERMANENTLY BLOCK IMPLEMENTATION OF THE "WATERS OF THE U-S" RULE.
BRANSTAD SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RULE SEEMS MORE CONCERNED WITH FEDERAL CONTROL OVER LOCAL WATER BODIES THAN ACTUALLY IMPROVING WATER QUALITY.
CROPWATCH:
IN CROPWATCH TODAY MKE HOFFMAN SHOWS US THAT HARVEST MAY BE NEARLY OVER BUT THE WORK IS FAR FROM DONE.
MIKE.
LET'S START OFF CROPWATCH IN NORTHCENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA. ANDY W. OFF TWITTER SENT US THIS PHOTO.
HE SAYS THE GROUND IS A LITTLE WET BUT HE'S TRYING TO FINISH UP SPREADING FERTILIZER. HARVEST MAY BE DONE, BUT HE'S STILL BUSY!
CONTINUING ON TO SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA. A VIEWER ON AGWEB POSTED SOYBEANS TURNED OUT WELL ON HIS OPERATION WITH A 42 BUSHELS PER ACRE AVERAGE. CORN WENT IN BEFORE THE HUGE GROWING SEASON RAINS. THAT YIELD WAS DISAPPOINTING.
USDA SAYS 96 PERCENT OF CORN IN IOWA IS HARVESTED. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP DOUBLE BARREL COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AND WELL THAT'S BRING THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON AND A SNOW COMING FROM THE WEST FROM THAT SEASON OUT THERE WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT AND HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP.
TEASE:
UP NEXT WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT COMMODITY PRICES AND HOW THEY COULD IMPACT PLANTING DECISIONS IN 2016.
AND LATER -FIND OUT WHY ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE MAY FOCUS LESS ON FARM EQUIPMENT AND MORE ON BATTLING 'BOTS.
CME:
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS SEE HOW MARKETS FINISHED TRADE ON WEDNESDAY. FOR THAT WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO.
WEDNESDAY'S GRAIN TRADE ALL LOWER AND UNBELIEVABLY QUIET VOLUME. IT'S ALMOST AS IF MARKETS WERE CLOSED TODAY. AGAIN, AS WE ALL KNOW, I'M BEEN VERY POSITIVE. YOU'VE GOT LOWER PRICES HERE. WE HAVE CORN HOVERING AROUND THE $3.60 LEVEL. WE'VE GOT BEANS HANGING IN THE $8.50 TO $8.60 LEVEL. WHEAT IS HANGING IN THE $4.80 LEVEL. BUT AGAIN, BUYING LOOKS TO BE ABOUT HALF OF NORMAL. THERE'S A NUMBER OF REASONS THAT WE WOULD SEE THIS TYPE OF ACTION. BUT THE BIGGEST THING I THINK FOR WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS, THE SELLERS ARE EXHAUSTED AND THERE'S NOT MUCH LEFT TO SELL.
WEDNESDAY'S LIVESTOCK, WE SAW THE BOUNCE, WE THOUGH WE WOULD SEE.NO SURPRISE BUT AGAIN, AS IN THE GRAIN MARKETS ARE LIGHT HERE. AND CERTAINLY, WHEN WE GET INTO OVERSOLD CONDITIONS. YOU EXPECT TO SEE A BOUNCE AND LIVE CATTLE UP NEAR THE LIMIT. BUT AGAIN, I THINK WE'RE COMING TO AN AREA THAT WE WANT TO SELL WITH $1.34 AND $1.35. FEEDERS ARE ACTING WELL AGAIN. BUT AGAIN, WE'RE AT $1.34 BUT I THINK WE COULD GET BACK TO $1.68 TO BE A SELLER, ALTHOUGH MY CONVICTIONS ARE THE SAME, I'M MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE NOW, SITTING AND OBSERVING THE MARKETS UNTIL WE GET SOME ACTION. THAT'S THE WAY I SEE IT. THIS IS TODD HOROWITZ AT BUBBATRADING.COM TO TALK TO BRIAN SPLITT ONE ON ONE CALL ALLENDALE INCORPORATED AT 800-551-4626 OR EMAIL HIM AT SPLITT@ALLENDALE-INC.COM.
TEASE:
ARE ATTITUDES CHANGING ABOUT BRAZIL’S CROP PRODUCTION POTENTIAL? WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT IN PROFARMER'S PROFIT BRIEFING, FRIDAY ON AGDAY.
THIS IS MACHINERY PETE INVITING YOU TO CHECK OUT MY NEW WEBSITE MACHINERYPETE.
COM -OFFERING FARMERS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF USED EQUIPMENT LISTINGS TO SEARCH. LET MACHINERY PETE HELP YOU FIND AND VALUE YOUR NEXT PIECE OF USED EQUIPMENT.
NATIONAL WEATHER:
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, WE KIND OF WATCH THIS STORM WORK ITS WAY THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. BIG SNOWS OUT OF THAT ONE, NOW POSSIBLY ANOTHER ONE. YEAH, THIS ONE IS COMING OUT OF THE COLD AIR THAT'S MOVING INTO THE CORN BELT RIGHT NOW. THAT'S PUT A STREAK OF SNOW FROM WEST TO EAST. AND THAT SYSTEM IS STARTING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST THIS MORNING AND YOU CAN SEE SOME DECENT SNOWS IN SOME ELEVATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN WASHINGTON, OREGON AND IDAHO. FARTHER EAST, A SECONDARY COLD FRONT, THIS IS THE ARCTIC COLD FRONT, SPREADING THE COLDEST AIR THIS SEASON INTO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS. THE LEADING COLD FRONT HAS ALL THE MOISTURE WITH IT. THAT WILL PRODUCE ONCE AGAIN, ALL THE SHOWERS AND AND THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF IT. IT'S PRETTY MILD AHEAD OF THAT COLD FRONT. DOUBLE-BARREL COLD FRONT MOVES EASTWARD AS WE MOVE LATER TODAY. THE FIRST ONE IS ALMOST OFF THE EAST COAST. HIGH PRESSURE SETTLING IN OVER MISSOURI AND IOWA. THAT STORM SYSTEM IS STREAKING THROUGH WYOMING AND MONTANA. THAT'S ALSO THE REST OF IDAHO. THAT'S THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS TODAY. AS WE HEAD THROUGH TONIGHT, YOU CAN SEE BY MORNING, THAT SNOW COMING OUT IN PARTS OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA, ALL DEPENDS ON THE STREAK THAT THE SNOW COMES. BUT YOU CAN SEE ANOTHER COLD FRONT COMING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. WE'RE GETTING A DIFFERENT WEATHER PATTERN THAN WHAT WE'VE SEEN MOSTLY THIS FALL WHERE IT'S COLDER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY THAN MOST OF THAT COLD BEING OUT WEST. HEADING THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW, YOU CAN SEE THAT SNOW TRACK THROUGH CENTRAL AND NORTHERN IOWA, SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. THAT'S EVENTUALLY INTO WISCONSIN AND ILLINOIS.
AGAIN, THE TRACK MAKES THE BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW MUCH SNOW IS GOING TO FALL. IT'S BEEN PRETTY WET OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS IN THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTHEAST. ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, I KNOW THE TOTAL WILL STILL BE THE SAME. AS WE ADD ALL THAT, YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF MOISTURE IN THE EASTERN QUARTER OF THE COUNTRY. THEN THERE'S MOISTURE IN THE WEST WITH THAT SYSTEM THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. SNOWFALL AGAIN THIS ONE HAS SOME MISSING DATA. THE TOTALS WILL BE CORRECT. YOU CAN SEE AS WE ADD ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, THAT STREAK OF SNOW OUR COMPUTER MODEL IS FORECASTING THE HEAVIEST AMOUNT PRETTY CLOSE TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA STATE LINE.
THAT'S ALSO MINNESOTA, IOWA STATE LINE INTO SOUTHERN WISCONSIN, EVENTUALLY NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND FARTHER EAST FROM THERE. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON SEEING 30S AND 40S ACROSS THE NORTHERN TERRIFF STATES. THAT'S STILL PRETTY MILD IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST AS YOU CAN SEE THERE AND THEN THE COLD CONTINUES TO SPREAD SOUTHEAST WITH LOTS OF TEENS AND TWENTIES FOR LOWS TOMORROW MORNING. NORTHERN PLAINS INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY. HIGHS TOMORROW AFTERNOON IN THE COOL SIDE. THAT'S FROM COAST TO COAST. ONLY THE FAR SOUTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST ON THE MILD SIDE. THERE'S THE BIG TROUGH THAT WE'VE BEEN WATCHING THAT LOSES ITS INFLUENCE. WE HAVE ANOTHER SHOT OF COLD AIR THERE AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND. AND THEN WE CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF A RIDGE TRYING TO COME BACK UP AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THANKSGIVING BUT THAT WILL MOVE EASTWARD AS WELL. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
REGIONAL WEATHER:
NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE'LL HEAD TO PRESCOTT, ARIZONA.
THERE'S A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND COOL TODAY. THE HIGH IS 64. FORT DODGE, IOWA IS MOSTLY SUNNY, WINDY AND COLDER. THE HIGH IS 40. FINALLY, STATESBORO, GEORGIA, TIMES OF RAIN, MAYBE EVEN A THUNDERSTORM. THE HIGH IS AROUND 75.

TEASE:
I AIN'T KNOW NO OTHER WAY TO COME. I DIDN'T KNOW ANY OTHER WAY, SO I'M HERE NOW AND I'M
STUCK. UP NEXT PICTURES FROM THAT WINTER STORM AS TRAVELERS AND CATTLEMEN
TRAVERSE THE SUDDEN CHANGE IN THE WEATHER.
PLUS -FROM TRACTORS TO TRANSFORMERS, MEET SOME ENGINEERS WHO PUT THEIR ROBOTIC SKILLS TO THE TEST NOT ON A CORN FIELD, BUT THE BATTLE FIELD.
COLORADO COLD AND SNOW A SHOCK TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS ALIKE:
THAT'S IT, I'VE GOT TO GO TO LIBERAL, KANSAS, AND THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO GO. SO I CAME THIS WAY NOT REALIZING THAT THEY WERE SHUTTING THE ROADS DOWN, THAT IT WAS THAT BAD.
THIS WAS THE SCENE ALONG I-70 AS HEAVY SNOWS AND STRONG WINDS STRANDED VEHICLES AND SHUT DOWN HIGHWAYS IN EASTERN COLORADO THIS WEEK.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAID WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 60 MPH CREATED BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS. THE FALL STORM A CONCERN FOR SOME CATTLEMEN AFTER MILD TEMPERATURES THE LAST FEW WEEKS. OBVIOUSLY THAT TAKES A TOLL ON LIVESTOCK. IT'S EARLY IN THE SEASON AND WE'VE HAD SOME VERY WARM WEATHER IN ADVANCE OF THIS SYSTEM SO IT'S A BIT OF SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM FOR HUMANS AND ANIMALS ALIKE TO SEE THESE WIND DRIVEN SNOWS. IN FACT SOME OF THESE AREAS WERE IN THE 60'S AND 70'S JUST A DAY OR TWO BEFORE THE STORM HIT.
RIPPEY SAYS THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTH AND EAST THROUGH THE WEEK. ADDING THE SYSTEM'S INTENSITY SHOULD WEAKEN--LESSENING THE CHANCE OF MORE SEVERE WEATHER.
COLD WEATHER WON’T HELP FEED YARDS:
SNOW AND COLD WEATHER ISN'T GOING TO HELP FEED YARDS WITH EFFICIENCY. THAT PART OF THE INDUSTRY STILL STRUGGLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF A FALLING CATTLE MARKET.
STERLING MARKETING SAYS FEEDERS WERE EXPERIENCING AN AVERAGE PER HEAD LOSS OF 518 DOLLARS.
THE EXTREME LOSSES ALREADY IMPACTING FEEDER CATTLE PRICES---PULLING PRICES LOWER ON SOFTENING DEMAND FALLING CATTLE PRICES AND INCREASING SUPPLIES ARE STARTING TO FIND THEIR WAY TO THE MEAT COUNTER.
THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS SAYS RETAIL GROUND BEEF 1 PERCENT TO 4-08 A POUND--THE LOWEST SINCE AUGUST OF 2014.
THIS YEAR'S AVERAGE PRICE IS STILL NEARLY 2 DOLLARS PER POUND HIGHER THAN THEY WERE IN 2010.
CHOICE STEAK PRICES ALSO FALLING IN OCTOBER TO AN AVERAGE OF 8-80 PER POUND.
TEASE:
WHEN WE COME BACK, BATTLING ROBOTS ARE NO LONGER JUST FOR THE BIG SCREEN. DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY.
IN THE COUNTRY:
SOME OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST ENGINEERING STUDENTS IN THIS COUNTRY ATTEND LAND GRANT SCHOOLS. MANY WILL EVENTUALLY WORK FOR BIG FARM EQUIPMENT MAKERS.
BUT SOME HAVE DREAMS OF A DIFFERENT KIND. THEY WANT TO BUILD THINGS THAT DON'T HAVE AN AGRICULTURAL APPLICATION. INSTEAD THEY WANT TO "RUMBLE IN THE ARENA" WITH FIGHTING ROBOTS.
TERRY CHEA HAS OUR STORY
IN THIS CORNER, WEIGHING 12,000 POUNDS AND STANDING 15 FEET TALL –THE MARK TWO, CREATED BY CALIFORNIA-BASED MEGABOTS.
AND IN THIS CORNER, WEIGHING 9,000 POUNDS AND HOVERING AT 13 FEET -KURATAS, MADE BY TOKYO-BASED SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRY.
THESE GIANTS ARE PREPARING FOR AN INTERNATIONAL BATTLE FOR ROBOT SUPREMACY ---AFTER THE AMERICANS CALLED OUT THE JAPANESE.
WE HAVE A GIANT ROBOT. YOU HAVE A GIANT ROBOT. YOU KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. WE CHALLENGE YOU TO A DUEL.
THE JAPANESE SAID BRING IT ON, AND THE FIRST GIANT ROBOT DUEL OF ITS KIND IS SET FOR NEXT YEAR.
WE CAN'T LET ANOTHER COUNTRY WIN THIS. GIANT ROBOTS ARE JAPANESE CULTURE. YEAH, I'LL FIGHT. ABSOLUTELY.
THE FOUNDERS OF MEGABOTS BUILT THE MARK TWO TO FULFILL THEIR BOYHOOD DREAMS OF WATCHING MASSIVE MACHINES FIGHT.
WE WANT TO BRING THE GIANT ROBOTS FROM SCIENCE FICTION AND MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES TO LIFE BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY.
BUT THIS HULKING GLADIATOR ISN'T QUITE READY FOR COMBAT.
OUR CURRENT ROBOT, THE MARK II, LOOKS PRETTY INTIMIDATING. THE TRUTH IS, IT'S PRETTY SLOW, IT'S TOP-
HEAVY, IT'S RUSTY, AND IT NEEDS A SET OF ARMOR UPGRADES TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN HAND TO HAND
COMBAT.
TO TURN THE MARK II INTO A REAL FIGHTING MACHINE,THE MEGABOTS TEAM RAISED MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN --AND ENLISTED HELP FROM NASA, SOFTWARE MAKER AUTODESK AND AN ASSORTMENT OF ENGINEERING EXPERTS.
"WE'RE ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT THAT TEAM USA CAN BEAT JAPAN. WE'VE ASSEMBLED THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THIS COUNTRY. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET OUR COUNTRY DOWN."
WIN OR LOSE, IT'S ALL PART OF A PLAN TO TURN ROBOT GLADIATOR TOURNAMENTS INTO BIG-TIME ENTERTAINMENT.
SOMETHING ROBOT ENTHUSIASTS ARE EAGERLY ANTICIPATING.
ATHLETICISM AUGMENTED BY NO-HOLDS BARRED ENGINEERING -WITH HALF INCH THICK PLATE STEEL,GIANT HYDRAULIC MOTORS AND TANK TREADS AND ROCKET LAUNCHERS -I MEAN HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG ITH THAT? I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A SMASH HIT.
A HIGH-TECH SPECTACLE THESE ROBOT BUILDERS HOPE WILL INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF ENGINEERS.
TERRY CHEA, ASSOCIATED PRESS, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA.
CLOSING:
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.
FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND BETSY JIBBEN. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
PROMO:
I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FRIDAY ON AGDAY -ARE ATTITUDES CHANGING ABOUT BRAZILS CROP PRODUCTION POTENTIAL? WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT IN PROFARMER'S PROFIT BRIEFING. FOR NEWS AND ANALYSIS THAT AFFECTS YOUR BUSINESS, WATCH US ME WEEKDAYS HERE ON AGDAY.

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