AgDay Daily Recap -October 21, 2016

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AgDay Daily Recap -October 21, 2016

TODAY ON AGDAY
OCTOBER 21, 2016


HEADLINES
COMING UP TODAY ON AGDAY - PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THOUGHTS FROM  SURROGATES ON WHERE CANDIDATES STAND ON AG ISSUES. THE FARM  ECONOMY IS SPUTTERING BUT IN AN EXCLUSIVE SIT DOWN AG SECRETARY  VILSACK SAYS CHECKS ARE ON THE WAY. IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...SOUTH AMERICA CROPS. AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE YOU COULD GET YOUR BIGGER PRICE BOOST DOWN THERE IS  IF SOUTH AMERICAN HAS ANY KIND OF PROBLEMS. FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV  IS TESTING NITROGEN TREATMENTS. AND FINDING A FOUNDATION IN THE WINGS  OF A DUCK. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING  CHEVY SILVERADO.

ELECTION TRADE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WITH LESS THAN 20 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE GENERAL ELECTION, BOTH SIDE ARE  STEPPING THEIR EFFORTS INTO THE HOME STRETCH. THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SQUARING OFF IN LAS VEGAS WEDNESDAY  EVENING. 34 MILLION PEOPLE TUNED-IN.THE FINAL OF THE THREE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES SEEING VERY LITTLE  DISCUSSION ON TOPICS RELATED TO AGRICULTURE.  THERE WAS, HOWEVER,  A SHORT MENTION OF TRADE INCLUDING THE  TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AND NAFTA. WEDNESDAY MORNNG'S FARM FOUNDATION FORUM IN WASHINGTON D-C HAD  REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH CANDIDATE TO GIVE MORE SPECIFICS. DURING THE TWO HOUR DISCUSSION, SAM CLOVIS FOR DONALD TRUMP AND  KATHLEEN MERRIGAN FOR SECRETARY CLINTON ADDRESSED AG RELATED  TOPICS IN MORE DETAIL INCLUDING SITTING DOWN WITH ME PERSONALLY TO  DISCUSS TRADE. MISTER TRUMP FAVORS A FAIR TRADE AND FAIR TRADE DEALS SO HOW DOES  THAT PLAY OUT IN THE CURRENT TRADE ENVIRONMENT WE'RE IN? THE  AGRICULTURE BASED ON THE NATURE OF THE PRODUCTS THEY'RE INVOLVED IS  NOT LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY TRADE AGREEMENTS ONE WHERE THE OTHER.  REAL ISSUE THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IS THE BIG PICTURE WHEN IT COMES TO  TRADE AND THE IMPACT THAT THAT TRADE AGREEMENTS HAVE ON ON THE  COUNTRY AT LARGE THAT IS A MUCH LARGER ISSUE IN AND IT ENCOMPASSES  MUCH MORE THAN TAKING A LOOK AT A PIECE OF OUR ECONOMY THAT THAT S  RELATIVELY UNAFFECTED BY THE ACTUAL NATURE OF THE TRADE AGREEMENT WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE BENEFITS WHEN EXPORT  MARKETS ARE THRIVING AND PART OF THAT TOO IS ABOUT BEING A WORLD  CLASS PLAYER, KNOWING ALL OF THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE ON THE WORLD  STAGE. WE DO A LOT OF TRICKY NEGOTIATIONS ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN  FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE OPEN ACCESS TO  DIFFERENT MARKETS. AND I THINK PARTICULARLY WITH HER EXPERIENCE AS  SECRETARY OF STATE SHE'S BEEN TO BE AN INCREDIBLE LEADER ON THAT.  FISCAL 2015 SAW AMERICAN AG EXPORT ROUGHLY ONE HUNDRED FORTY BILLION  DOLLARS WORTH OF GOODS. WHILE FARM GROUPS WANT MORE BOTH  CANDIDATES CURRENTLY STAND AT ODDS WITH THE TRANS PACIFIC  PARTNERSHIP. WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN THE TRADE AGREEMENT AND  IN ITS ENTIRETY. I THINK THE TRANSPARENCY ASPECT OF THIS IS VERY  IMPORTANT. IF ALL OF THESE POSITIONS WERE NEGOTIATED AND WE'RE BEING  ASKED AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SUPPORT A TRADE AGREEMENT, WE  OUGHTA KNOW WHAT'S IN THE TRADE AGREEMENT BEFORE WE WE ALL SAY YES  WE SUPPORT THIS. WELL HE I THINK THERE ARE SOME PLANS FOR THE LAME  DUCK CONGRESS WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THERE BUT WHAT IS PRETTY CLEAR,  THERE'S A REAL DISCONNECT WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ABOUT TRADE. AND  CLEARLY WE NEED AND WHEN I SAY WE IN THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY NEED  TO DO A BETTER JOB COMMUNICATING AROUND WHY TRADE IS IMPORTANT AND  HOW IT DOES SUPPORT OUR RURAL COUNTRYSIDE. WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THOSE CONVERSATION IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

LAND ECONOMY
REGARDLESS OF THE WINNER, THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL INHERIT A  SPUTTERING FARM ECONOMY. ERNIE GOSS OF CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY RELEASING THE OCTOBER RURAL  MAINSTREET INDEX. THE BENCHMARK FELL TO ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE LAST RECESSION--APRIL  2009. THIS IS THE 14TH STRAIGHT MONTH BELOW GROWTH NEUTRAL. BANK CEO ACROSS THE 10 STATE REGION SAY ONE IN FIVE FARMERS WILL SEE  NEGATIVE CASH FLOWS IN 2016. WHILE IN WASHINGTON FOR THE FARM FOUNDATION FORUM I SAT DOWN WITH  AGRICULTURAL SECRETARY TOM VILSACK. I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE FARM ECONOMY AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD. SO WE ARE MAKING THE AGRICULTURAL RISK COVERAGE AND PRICE LOSS COVERAGE PAYMENTS NOW. WE'RE SENDING OUT THE CRP PAYMENTS NOW SO FOLKS ARE GETTING A LITTLE RESOURCE IN THIS FALL TO BE ABLE TO SATISFY THEIR BANKER AND BE ABLE TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS. WE ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE THE DEBT TO EQUITY RATIOS ARE AND HOW MANY FACILITIES ARE IN FACT STRESSED AND WHAT WE SEE NOW IS A DEBT TO EQUITY RATIO THAT'S STILL HISTORICALLY LOW AND WE SEE ROUGHLY 10 PERCENT OF OUR OPERATIONS BASICALLY BEING IN THE HIGHLY LEVERAGED OR EXTREMELY LEVERAGED CATEGORY WHICH MEANS 90 PERCENT ARE NOT. VILSACK SAYS MANY OF THE OPERATIONS THAT ARE STRESSED ARE YOUNG AND  BEGINNING FARMERS. ONE REASON WHY USDA LENT OUT 6 BILLION DOLLARS IN FISCAL YEAR 15 FOR  JUST THE SECOND TIME IN USDA'S HISTORY. LAND OWNERS AND BUYERS COULD SEE ANOTHER YEAR OF DECLINING PRICES,  BUT VALUES ARE STARTING TO STABILIZE HEADING INTO 2017.  THAT'S ACCORDING THE PROFARMER'S ANNUAL LANDOWNER SURVEY RELEASED  THURSDAY. IT SHOWS MORE FARMERS THINK THEY'LL SEE A REDUCTION LESS THAN 10  PERCENT. WITH FEWER THINKING LAND WILL COME DOWN MORE THAN 10  PERCENT. LANDOWNER EDITOR MIKE WALSTEN SAYS, THE EASTERN CORN BELT IS TRAILING  THE WEST BY ABOUT A YEAR WHEN IT COMES TO DECLINING VALUES.  BUT HE EXPECTS PRICES TO FIND A FLOOR IN THE WEST AT THE END OF 2017 AND  INTO 2018. MORE INTERESTINGLY, WE SEE THAT 30 PERCENT OF OUR AUDIENCE ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO THE LAND  MARKET IF HTE RIGHT DEAL COMES ALONG. THAT INDICATES STABILITY OR AN OPPORUTNITY FOR THIS LAND MARKET TO STABILIZE IN THE NEXT COUPLE  OF YEARS."WE WOULD SAY THE PEAK WAS PROBABLY IN LATE 2013, EARLY 2014 FOR FARMLAND. AND WE'RE  PROBABLY SOJMEWHERE 20 TO 25 PERCEN TOFF OF THAT NUMBER TODAY".LANDOWNER ALSO FOUND MORE FARMERS ARE WILLING TO WALK AWAY FROM CASH RENTS. WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY MONDAY ON AGDAY. BUT PROFARMER  MEMBERS CAN VIEW THE FULL RESULTS FROM THE ANNUAL LANDOWNER  SURVEY IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK. 

CROP COMMENTS
CROP COMMENTS IS POWERED BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN, FROM  DOW AGROSCIENCES. LET'S TURN TO MIKE HOFFMAN FOR A LOOK AT CROP COMMENTS. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.LET'S START OFF IN PELLA, IOWA  CHRIS VER MEER SAYS HE'S CUTTING BEANS. THOSE SOYBEANS ARE RUNNING  AROUND 13 PERCENT MOISTURE.  USDA SAYS 62 PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP IS HARVESTED. STILL BEHIND  THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. AND SOME FARMERS HAVE COMPLETED HARVEST!  SAC COUNTY, IOWA FARMER, JEFF FRANK SAYS ANOTHER HARVEST IS IN THE  BOOKS! HE SAYS HE'S SEEING GREAT YIELDS ALL AROUND.  USDA SAYS 33 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP HAS BEEN HARVESTED IN IOWA,  AND IN NEW ENGLAND - THE FALL FOLIAGE IS SPECTACULAR.  THIS IS THE VIEW  FROM THE TRAPP FAMILY LODGE IN STOWE, VERMONT. THOSE ARE THE GREEN MOUNTAINS IN  THE DISTANCE. THE LODGE IS OWNED BY DESCENDANTS OF THE VON TRAPPS  MADE FAMOUS IN THE FILM "THE SOUTH OF MUSIC'. TAKING A LOOK AT THE  DROUGHT MONITOR YOU CAN SEE IT'S STILL VERY DRY IN THE SOUTH EAST  NORTH EAST AND THE FAR WEST WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT  NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEPTEMBER CROP COMMENTS WINNER, TEXAS  PRODUCER, CHRIS HOLY! CHRIS IS A MULTIGENERATIONAL FARMER FROM WACO, TEXAS. HE FARMS CORN,  COTTON, WHEAT AND SOYBEANS WITH HIS DAD, DON. HE HOPES TO PASS ON THE  OPERATION TO HIS THREE DAUGHTERS SOMEDAY. NOW CHRIS HAS WON A 100-DOLLAR GIFT CARD FROM CABELA'S PROVIDED BY  RESICORE, ALL BY SUBMITTING A PHOTO. YOU  HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE THE NEXT WINNER.  TO ENTER, YOU NEED TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY THRU THE WEBSITE, OR EMAIL  YOUR MESSAGE TO CROP COMMENTS AT AGWEB-DOT-COM. AND WE'VE NOW ADDED A TEXT OPTION...TEXT THE WORD 'CROP' ALONG WITH  OUR PICTURE--AND DESCRIPTION TO 31-31-3. STANDARD MESSAGING RATES  APPLY.

TEASE
STILL AHEAD - OUR PARTNERS AT PROFARMER WILL BE HERE TO DISCUSS THE  UPCOMING PLANTING SEASON FOR SOUTH AMERICA. WITH A BIG CROP HERE,  WILL THAT CHANGE THEIR PLANTING INTENTIONS? AND LATER, BUILDING TEST STRIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT FERTILITY  TREATMENT ON WINTER WHEAT. AND ONE PERSON'S FARM ANIMAL IS ANOTHER PERSON'S SERVICE  DUCK....DETAILS IN THE COUNTRY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
AGRIBUSINESS TODAY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY YAMAHA - MAKERS OF VIKING SIDE- BY-SIDES.  YAMAHA - REAL WORLD TOUGH. IN AGRIBUSINESS - LET'S HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO FOR A  LOOK AT THURSDAY'S CLOSE. TODAY IN THE LIVESTOCK MARKET HAD CATTLE REALLY SURGING HIGHER IN TODAY'S SHORT COVERING. SOME  REAL SUPPORT THE MARKET REALLY PUSHED IT PAST WHAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING IN THE DOLDRUMS FOR  THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. IT'S REALLY GETTING THAT ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR MARK. IT HELPS A LOT. BASICALLY RIGHT NOW THE SPREAD BETWEEN THE FUTURES AND THE CASH MARKET AT  THREE DOLLARS WAS JUST TOO WIDE. AND IT WOULD LEND ITSELF TO A REAL SURGE IN THE MARKET. SO  BOTTOM PICKERS REALLY PUSHED THE MARKET UP.  THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME, I'M VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.

PROFARMER
WE'RE ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH HARVEST IN THIS COUNTRY. NOW THE  MARKETS' ATTENTION WILL START TO FOCUS ON SOUTH AMERICA AS FARMERS  PREPARE FOR SPRING PLANTING. CHIP FLORY AND BRIAN GRETE JOIN US FROM  THE PROFARMER STUDIOS WITH A LOOK AT THEIR SEASON AHEAD. BRIAN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS ON FRIDAY AS THE GRAINS WERE WRAPPING  UP TRADE, WE SAW WHAT I WOULD CALL SOME TRADITIONAL HEDGE PRESSURE.  SOME PRE WEEKEND HEDGE PRESSURE COME IN THE MARKET. AND IT'S JUST A  SIGN OF THE NUMBER ONE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF PRODUCT COMING TO THE  MARKET RIGHT NOW WITH HARVEST GOING ON BUT THIS KIND OF PRESSURE IT IS  VERY SEASONAL ISN'T IT? WELL YEAH AND YOU KNOW AS WE MOVE THROUGH  THAT FIRST PORTION OF HARVEST, I THINK IT IS PRETTY TYPICAL. AH BUT WE  TALK ABOUT IN THE PAST, BIG CROP YEARS WE REALIZE THAT THEY'RE MONSTER  CROPS EARLY AND WE TEND TO GET YOUR SEASONAL PRICE PRESSURE EARLY.  AND THEN YOU GET YOUR SEASONAL LOW EARLY AS WELL. AND I THINK THAT'S  THE PROCESS ITS KIND OF UNFOLDING IN BOTH IN THE CORN AND SOYBEAN  MARKETS NOW SO AS WE MOVE INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE HARVEST THAT  YOU KNOW WE SHOULD SEE AN EASING OF THAT SEASONAL PRICE PRESSURE.   YEAH AND AND IT SEEMS LIKE IN MANY CASES IT WITH CORN IN PARTICULAR  WE'VE GOT THOSE FORWARD CONTRACTS AND WE'VE GOT TO DELIVER ON.  WE'VE GOT SOME COMMITMENTS TO DELIVER CORN. SO THAT CORN COMES TO  THE MARKET EARLY IN THE SEASON THEN WE FILL UP THE BIN. AND THEN IF  THERE'S ANYTHING EXTRA OUT THERE, THEN IT COMES TO THE MARKET LATER ON. AND MANY TIMES WE CAN SEE SOME LATE SEASON BASIS PRESSURE ON  CORN TOO. YES AND WE WILL SEE SOME THAT TRICKLE THOSE EXTRA BUSHELS  TRICKLE IN THIS YEAR DEFINITELY, ESPECIALLY IN THESE HIGH YIELDING AREAS  SO YOU KNOW THAT THAT WILL STILL COME INTO PLAY BUT I THINK THE THING  WE'RE SEEING NOW IS THAT DEMAND, IT'S GAINING TRACTION. AND THE WHOLE  PROCESS UNVEILS ITSELF. YOU KNOW BIG CROP DRIVES PRICES DOWN, THE  REALIZATION THAT IT'S A BIG CROP THEN YOU GET YOUR DEMAND AS YOUR  PRICES ARE LOWER AND IT STARTS TO GAIN SOME TRACTION AND THAT'S WHERE  WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW. SO I THINK THAT THAT DEMAND SHOULD PULL US HIGHER  IS WIN MOVE FORWARD HERE.  AND THEN AFTER THAT I MEAN IT'S NOT TOO LONG  BRIAN AND WE'RE GOING TO BE SWITCHING OUR FOCUS AWAY FROM DEMAND  BACK TO THE PRODUCTION SIDE AGAIN WITH WHAT'S GOING ON DOWN SOUTH  AMERICA. AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE YOU COULD ACTUALLY GET YOUR    YOUR BIGGER PRICE BOOST DOWN THERE IS OF SOUTH AMERICA HAS ANY KIND  OF PROBLEMS. AND AND YOU YOU KNOW LA NINA IS HANGING AROUND OUT  THERE AND IT'S GOING TO HIT AT SOME POINT IN TIME. IT'S BEEN MUCH SLOWER  TO DEVELOP THAN MOST FORECASTERS ANTICIPATED BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL  COME INTO PLAY. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF HOW BIG THE EVENT IS IN AND MOST  THEM DON'T LOOK FOR TO BE A MAJOR EVENT THIS YEAR ANYWAY. OK.  WE'VE  GOT THE BIG SUPPLY FACTORED IN. WE'RE STARTING TO RESPOND TO SOME  DEMAND. NEXT WE GOT A SWITCH OUR FOCUS DOWN TO SOUTH AMERICA. FOR  BRIAN GRETE AND ALL THE EDITORS OF PRO FARMER IN CEDAR FALLS IOWA, I'M CHIP FLORY. WITH MARKET PRICES CONSTANTLY CHANGING, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW  WHERE CURRENT PRICES STAND. GET MARKET PRICES DELIVERED RIGHT TO  YOUR MOBILE PHONE, JUST TEXT MARKETS TO 31313 TO GET STARTED!  

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, LOOKING AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR HERE THE  SOUTHEAST CONTINUES TO SEE SOME PRETTY DRY SPOTS. DESPITE THE TROPICAL MOISTURE THAT WENT  EAST  AND WEST OF THERE OVER THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS, THEY JUST HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET A  WHOLE LOT IN THAT PART OF GEORGIA AND ALABAMA. AS WE GO BACK A MONTH, YOU CAN SEE IT WAS  ALREADY DRY THERE BUT THAT HAS BEEN EXPANDING OFF TO THE WEST OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS. AND  YOU CAN ALSO SEE IN NEW ENGLAND IT'S  CONTINUED TO BE VERY DRY IN MOST AREAS IN ACTUALLY  EXPANDED IN PARTS OF THE AREA UP THERE AS WELL. BUT FOR MOST OF THE CORN BELT, NO PROBLEMS  WHATSOEVER WITH DROUGHT. AS YOU CAN SEE, LET'S TAKE A LOOK IN TODAY'S WEATHER MAP OUT NEW  ENGLAND MAY START TO SEE SOME MOISTURE OUT OF THESE TWO SYSTEMS ARE GOING TO BE MOVING  VERY SLOWLY. WE ALSO HAVE  A SYSTEM THAT COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM FOR A LITTLE WHILE THAT SHOULD NOT  AFFECT LAND ANY TIME AS A WAY THE WEATHER MAPS FOR LOOKING LIKE RIGHT NOW. SO LET'S PUT THE  MAPS INTO MOTION. YOU CAN SEE THE A TWO STORM SYSTEMS MOVING A LITTLE BIT THEY'RE GOING TO  COMBINE EVENTUALLY BUT THAT'S JUST A WIDESPREAD AREA OF RAIN THERE FOR MUCH OF NEW ENGLAND. EVEN DOWN IN THE PARTS OF THE MID ATLANTIC. NEXT SYSTEM OUT WEST REALLY HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE  WITH IT. YOU CAN SEE  A COUPLE OF FRONTS. THEY'RE NOT A BIG DEAL SO THE BIG STORY IS HIGH  PRESSURE FROM THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES.DOWN INTO TEXAS SPRING IN THE COOLER AIR BUT PLEASANT AIR FOR MOST OF THE SOUTHERN STATES AND MOST OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY STILL CONTINUING WITH THAT RAIN AS WE HEAD  INTO THE DAY TOMORROW ON THE FIRST PART OF THE WEEKEND AND YOU'LL NOTICE IT SITS T HERE FOR  AWHILE.AND THAT TROPICAL SYSTEM KIND OF EMERGES WITH THE FRONT ITSELF SO THAT WILL ABSENT HERE THE  FOLKS IN NEW ENGLAND MAY NOT BE SEEING QUITE AS MUCH OF A DROUGHT SITUATION IN ANOTHER  WEEK HERE ALTHOUGH IT TAKES AWHILE TO GET RID A LONG TERM DROUGHT. ANOTHER  STORM SYSTEM  ALSO COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. AS WE HEAD INTO THE WEEKEND AS WELL. PRECIPITATION  ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS,  SCATTERED AMOUNTS FROM SOUTH TEXAS ALL THE WAY INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY. THE HEAVIEST  AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN PARTS OF PENNSYLVANIA, NEW YORK. ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 HOURS, YOU CAN SEE IOWA OR OHIO I  SHOULD SAY NOT IOWA OHIO ALL THE WAY IN A NEW ENGLAND, SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS IN PLACES AND WE ALSO SEE SOME OUT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY JUST  STAYING DRY. AND THAT'S THE CASE FOR SNOW AS WELL. YOU CAN SEE JUST A FEW SPOTS IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF  NEW ENGLAND MAY GET A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW AS WE HEAD INTO THIS WEEKEND. HIGH TEMPERATURES  TODAY ONLY IN THE FIFTIES AND SIXTIES FOR MOST OF THE CORN BELT. SEVENTIES BY THE TIME YOU GET TO  THE GULF COAST. SO WE CAN LEAVE IT THERE AND IT'S TURNED A LITTLE COOLER.  LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT, LOTS OF UPPER THIRTIES BUT MAINLY FORTIES FROM THE SOUTHEAST IN THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AND HIGH TEMPERATURE ARE STARTING TO WARM UP AGAIN INTO THE WESTERN PLAINS.  THERE'S THE JET STREAM AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEKEND. YOU CAN SEE SEE THAT TROUGH LINGERS  FOR A WHILE OVER THE NORTHEAST. BUT THE RIDGE BUILD INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT TRIES TO COME EASTWARD WITH A LITTLE  RIPPLE ALONG AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH MOST OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. AND THE BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, FIRST OF ALL LOTS  OF SUNSHINE AND QUITE WARM HIGH OF NINETY DEGREES. HURON, SOUTH DAKOTA, MOSTLY SUNNY AND PLEASANT WAS AN AFTERNOON HIGH OF SIXTY FIVE. AND  FINALLY COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, A MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE AND CLOUDS, COMFORTABLE HIGH SEVENTY FIVE.

GREAT AMERICAN BARN
MIKE, YOU'LL BE INTERESTED IN TODAY'S GREAT AMERICAN BARN.  IT COMES  FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD HOME - DELPHI, INDIANA. THIS "SWEITZER" BANK BARN IS OWNED BY THE SHERRY MEARS FAMILY.  THIS  STYLE BARN IS TYPICALLY BUILT BY GERMAN SETTLERS. THE EXACT YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION IS UNKNOWN, BUT A SIMILAR BARN DOWN  THE ROAD WAS BUILT IN 1863. THIS BARN FEATURES A SEVEN FOOT WIDE OVERHANG. THE LOWER LEVEL WALLS  AND FOUNDATION WERE BUILT WITH ROUGH COARSE RUBBLE STONE. THE  MEARS FARMS IS PART OF A NATIONAL RURAL HISTORIC DISTRICT WHICH  INCLUDES SEVERAL FARMSTEADS. THAT DESIGNATION HELPS PROTECT THE  TRANQUIL AREA FROM DEVELOPMENT. OUR THANKS TO THE MEARS FAMILY AND THE HERITAGE BARNS GROUP OF CARROLL COUNTY INDIANA. STILL TO COME  - IT MAY BE DUCK SEASON WHERE YOU'RE FROM. BUT WE'LL TELL  YOU ABOUT ONE DUCK THAT'S OFF-LIMITS. NEXT WE'RE OFF TO FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TO TALK WHEAT PRODUCTION  WTIH AGRONOMIST PHIL NEEDHAM

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
FOR A BETTER RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND HIGHER YIELD POTENTIAL, HOLD YOUR GROUND WITH AVAIL PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER ENHANCER.  VISIT  VLSCI.COM TO LEARN MORE.THE NATION'S WINTER WHEAT IS QUICKLY EMERGING AND FERTILITY  MANAGEMENT IS ALWAYS AN IMPORTANT PART OF ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY  CROP.WHEAT AGRONOMIST PHIL NEEDHAM JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING TEST  STRIPS FOR EVALUATING DIFFERENT NITROGEN TREATMENTS. ALL RIGHT TODAY WE'RE STANDING IN ONE OF A REPLICATED FERTILITY TRIALS.  THIS IS BASICALLY A LOCATION WITH A REPLICATED TRIAL THAT WE'RE LOOKING  AT DIFFERENT FERTILITY IMPUTS. SO THESE ARE REPLICATED FOUR TIMES  BASICALLY TEN-SEVEN AND HALF INCH ROWS. SO THE WIDTH OF THE PLOT IS SIX  AND A QUARTER FEET WIDE. THEY'RE THIRTY FEET LONG AND AGAIN THE  REPLICATED FOUR TIMES SO WE GET GOOD STATISTICAL DATA. BASICALLY, WHAT  WE'RE TRYING TO EVALUATE HERE, AS WE HAVE GONE IN THE PAST, IS DIFFERENT  WAYS OF APPLYING NITROGEN. FOR EXAMPLE WE'RE COMPARING THREE WHOLE  NOZZLES TO FIVE HOLE NOZZLES TO A SEVEN HOLE NOZZLES TO BROADCAST  NITROGEN. AND HE CAN SEE THE HEIGHT REDUCTION AND THE FOLIAR INJURY  ASSOCIATED WITH SPRAYING LIQUID NITROGEN OVER THE TOP OF WHEAT IN THE  JOINTING STAGE. THIS WAS APPLIED APPROXIMATELY TEN DAYS AGO AND YOU  SEE THE STUNTING AND SOME OF THE FOLIAR LEAF INJURY STILL VISUAL WITHIN  THE CANOPY. SO LOOK AT HOW MUCH SHORTER THIS PLOT HAS THAT HAS FOLIAR  APPLIED, BROADCAST APPLIED, LIQUID NITROGEN TO THIS PLOT COMPARED TO  THE ONES ON EITHER SIDE THAT HAD DIFFERENT FORMS OF NOZZLES OR  IDEALLY STREAM BARS. THE STREAM BARS ARE OBVIOUSLY APPLYING NITROGEN  MUCH MORE EVENLY WITH MUCH LESS YIELD MUCH LESS LEAF INJURY AND  BETTER YIELDS AT HARVEST TIME. WE'VE SEEN THAT BEFORE IN THE PAST. SO  DIFFERENT WAYS OF APPLYING NITROGEN IS BEING STUDIED HERE, SO WE CAN  LEARN AND MAKE THEM BETTER RECOMMENDATIONS TO GROWERS ON WAYS OF  APPLYING FERTILIZER. UP NEXT, A DUCK TALE....WITH A PURPOSE.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S BX AND L SERIES COMPACT  TRACTORS - AVAILABLE NOW WITH A SIX-YEAR LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY.   LEARN MORE TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER. WE'RE NOT SURE THIS WILL BECOME A DUCK "DYNASTY"....BUT THE IDEA IS  GAINING ATTENTION. MEET DANIEL THE DUCK. HE'S A SERVICE DUCK...SOMEWHAT LIKE A SERVICE DOG THAT HELPS PEOPLE  WITH PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL IMPAIRMENTS.  IN THIS CASE, HE HELPS CARLA  FITZGERALD WHO SUFFERS FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. FITZGERALD USES DANIEL TO PROVIDE COMFORT THROUGH-OUT THE DAY. HE GOES WITH ME EVERYWHERE IN THE CAR. THE  PTSD IS A RESULT OF A BAD ACCIDENT CAUSED BY A DRIVER WHO WAS ON THEIR PHONE WHEN THEY  SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE ROAD."SHE DRESSES DANIEL IN A CAPTAIN AMERICA GEAR. IT'S NOT A COSTUME, BUT  MORE OF A DIAPER TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS IN PUBLIC. HE ALSO WEARS SHOES TO PROTECT HIS WEBBED FEET. FITZGERALD SAYS SHE SAYS DANIEL IS VERY SMART AND IN-TUNE WITH HER.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY  SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

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