AgDay Daily Recap - April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 25, 2018

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ONE YEAR INTO HIS TENURE AS AG SECRETARY, SONNY PERDUE TESTIFIES TO TO THE SENATE AG COMITTEE. ON THE I80 PLANTING TOUR. <"FARMERS IN NORTHWEST INDIANA EXPERIENCED  HISTORICAL FLOODING OVER THE WINTER DUE TO ONE  OF ITS RIVERS. WE HAVE A PLANTING UPDATE FROM  THAT LOCATION AHEAD IN THE SHOW."> IN AGRIBUSINESS... BUILDING DEMAND. AND FROM WASTE TO WALLETS--THIS FANCY LEATHER  IS TURNING HEADS IN MEXICO.  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG  LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO. 

PERDUE TESTIFIES
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE'S LATEST  OUTLOOK PROJECTS REAL GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT  WILL GROW BY 3.3 PERCENT OVER THE NEXT YEAR.  THAT WOULD BE A 15-YEAR HIGH. THE AG ECONOMY HOWEVER IS ON A DIFFERENT PATH. CROSSING THE ONE YEAR MILESTONE SINCE TAKING  THE OFFICE, AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE TESTIFYING IN FRONT OF THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE  ABOUT THE STATE OF THE RURAL ECONOMY. THE CONVERSATION RANGING FROM ECONOMICS TO THE FARM BILL AND EVEN RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE. PERDUE SAYS FARM FINANCES REMAIN A CONCERN. <YOU'RE FOND OF SAYING WE'RE IN A ROUGH PATCH. AND I CERTAINLY  AGREE WITH THAT. BUT I FEAR THAT IT'S MOVED TO LOOK TO THE WHOLE  FORM NOT JUST ONE PATCH IN THE FARM. THERE'S A LOT OF ANXIETY OUT THERE YOU'VE ENUMERATED SOME OF THAT0> THE PANNEL ALSO ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD AND TRADE POLICIES. PERDUE REITERATING HE APPLAUDES PRESIDENT  TRUMP FOR STANDING UP TO CHINA REGARDING THE  TRADE DEFICIT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT  FROM U.S. COMPANIES.  HOWEVER, HE'S ALSO ENCOURAGING THE PRESIDENT  TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH HIS CHINESE  COUNTERPART. <"I HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE PRESIDENT LOOKING ME IN THE EYE AND  SAYING - SONNY, I KNOW FARMERS OUT THERE ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT  WE'RE DOING BUT YOU NEED TO TELL THEM THAT I'M NOT GOING TO LET THEM BE THE CASUALTIES IN THIS TRADE DISPUTE. WE DIDN'T LAY OUT A  PLAYBOOK OF ALL THE AUTHORITIES OF WHAT WE WOULD DO. I'M WITH YOU,  MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D RATHER HAVE TRADE INSTEAD OF AID, BUT AT SOME  POINT, WHEN PEOPLE ARE NOT DOING RIGHT, FARMERS UNDERSTAND THEY  DON'T LIKE THIEVES. THEY DON'T LIKE PEOPLE WHO STEAL OR CHEAT.  THEY LIKE PEOPLE WHO PLAY BY THE RULES AND THAT'S WHAT THE  PRESIDENT IS DOING WITH CALLING CHINA'S HAND."> LAWMAKERS ALSO ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  HELP FOR THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND IMPLEMENTATION  FOR A NEW DAIRY SAFETY NET.  

IMF ON U.S.-CHINA TRADE SPAT
MEANWHILE, TWO OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE CAUTIONING TRADE DISPUTES  COULD PUT HEALTHY, GLOBAL EXPANSION IN DANGER. THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND THE WORLD  BANK WARNING THE U.S. AND CHINA TRADE SPAT  COULD LIMIT GLOBAL GROWTH. U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN EXPRESSING CAUTIOUS  OPTIMISM THE U.S. AND CHINA  CAN WORK OUT ITS TRADE TENSIONS.  MNUCHIN MEETING WITH JAPANESE, CHINESE AND  EUROPEAN LEADERS. WITHOUT SAYING MUCH, MNUCHIN REVEALING TO REPORTERS ONLY THAT QUOTE "PROGRESS HAS BEEN  MADE." 

SORGHUM PRICES
THE TRADE TIFF WITH CHINA ALREADY IMPACTING SORGHUM PRICES. BIDS FOR SORGHUM IN THE GULF OF MEXICO HAVE  NEARLY DISAPPEARED FOLLOWING CHINA'S DECISION  LAST WEEK TO IMPOSE A 179 PERCENT TARIFF ON U.S.  IMPORTS. THAT PROMPTED SOME SHIPS CARRYING U.S. SORGHUM  BOUND FOR CHINA TO CHANGE COURSE. REUTERS REPORTING THAT SAUDI ARABIA HAS BECOME  THE DESTINATION FOR THREE OF THE CARGOS  ORIGINALLY DESTINED TO CHINA. NOW CHINESE SORGHUM IMPORTERS ARE ASKING  BEIJING TO WAIVE THE ANTI-DUMPING DEPOSIT FOR IMPORTS ALREADY AT SEA. ANALYSTS EXPECT MORE SORGHUM TO MAKE ITS WAY  INTO FEED HERE IN THE U.S. AND IN MEXICO. 

NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS
SPEAKING OF TRADE, NEGOTIATORS FROM MEXICO, THE U.S., AND CANADA ARE STILL PUSHING HARD TO GET A  NEW NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IN  PLACE.  NEGOTIATORS MEETING REGULARLY IN RECENT WEEKS,  HOPING FOR BREAKTHROUGHS ON SOME OF THE  TOUGHEST ISSUES.  THOSE REMAINING ISSUES INCLUDE AUTO RULES OF  ORIGIN, LABOR,  DISPUTE SETTLEMENT MECHANISMS  AND DAIRY. US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER SAYS  THE GOAL IS TO HAVE A PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT BY  MAY FOURTH...WITH CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL  BEFORE DECEMBER HOLIDAYS. <I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL SEE A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION HERE  SHORTLY. THAT'S NEVER DONE TILL IT'S DONE. NEVER OVER TILL IT'S OVER.  BUT I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL DO THAT0> MEXICO'S OWN LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS AUGUST  31ST AND ANY AGREEMENT WOULD NEED TO BE DONE  BEFORE THEN. 

OKLAHOMA WILDFIRE UPDATE
RECENT RAINS HAVE EASED FIRE CONCERNS IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA. DAMAGE THE RECENT WILDFIRE OUTBREAK NOW BEING  ASSESSED PUTS CATTLE LOSSES AT MORE THAN 11- HUNDRED.STATE OFFICIALS SAY LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS WHO  LOST ANIMALS IN THE WILDFIRES MAY QUALIFY FOR THE  USDA'S LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM.  LIP PAYMENTS ARE MADE BY CALCULATING 75 PERCENT  OF THE FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR THE AFFECTED LIVESTOCK.  PRODUCERS MUST FILE THE LOSSES DIRECTLY WITH  THEIR COUNTY FSA OFFICE.  

I-80 PLANTING TOUR INDIANA
SOME FARMERS ARE FINALLY KICKING UP DUST IN THE AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB HIGHER IN THE CORN BELT.  THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT, SHOW  NATIONALLY 5 PERCENT OF CORN IS PLANTED AND 2  PERCENT OF SOYBEANS. WHILE IN INDIANA JUST ONE PERCENT OF CORN IS IN  THE GROUND NO SOYBEANS--ACCORDING TO  NASS...BOTH BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVEARGE. WHILE OVERALL IT'S BEEN A SLOW START, PARTS OF THE STATE SAW HISTORIC FLOODING IN FEBRUARY.  BETSY JIBBEN CONTINUES OUR I-80 PLANTING TOUR IN  NORTHWEST INDIANA WHERE FARMERS ARE HAPPY TO  FINALLY BE KICKING UP DUST.  A FEW WORDS SUM UP HOW SPRING IS TREATING  FARMERS IN NORTHERN INDIANA.  <"OH IT'S BEEN LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE: COLD AND WET,"> <"IT'S JUST BEEN WET AND COLD,"> <"IT'S BEEN COLD, WET AND WINDY."> ROUGHLY A WEEK AFTER SNOW BLANKETED THE AREA,  FIELDS ARE STARTING TO DRY. THE SLUGGISH START TO PLANTING MAY BE OVER AS  TEMPERATURES START TO INCH HIGHER. <"I THINK WE TURNED A CORNER HERE. AND IT'S NOT THAT WE AREN'T  GOING TO HAVE SOME SHOTS OF CHILLY AIR, SOME RAIN AND TRACES OF  SOME COLD BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A TYPICAL SPRING PATTERN OVER THE NEXT  FEW WEEKS,"> GOOD NEWS FOR FARMERS LIKE ERIC WAPPEL - A  SWEETER FEELING FOLLOWING A SOUR FEBRUARY WITH MAJOR FLOODING. <"THE KANKAKEE RIVER IS 3 MILES NORTH OF HERE. WE HAD THE WORSE  FLOODING WE EVER SAW. WE HAD A COUPLE OF FARMS RIGHT ALONG THE  RIVER. ONE OF THEM WE ARE STILL PUMPING, TRYING TO GET THE DITCHES  DOWN,"> 6 TO 700 OF HIS ACRES UNDER WATER FOR ALMOST A  MONTH AND A HALF.  <"THE WATER IS LOW IN ALL OF T HESE PICTURES BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T GE T TO IT WHEN IT WAS 2 FEET HIGHER."> <"FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS I THOUGHT I COULD STOP IT BUT AT ONE POINT, I  THOUGHT, THERE'S NO WAY WE COULD OF"> NOW THEY MAY BE SOME OF HIS LAST FIELDS TO PLANT. <"THE ONE FARM, IT MAY BE A COUPLE OF OF WEEKS BEFORE WE GET OVER IT BUT WE SHOULD BE SOMEWHAT ON TIME ON THOSE FARMS  YET."> <"THAT WAS AN AMAZING FLOOD. WE HAD SNOW ON THE GROUND, SEVERAL INCHES, THERE WAS A FROZEN GROUND AND WE GOT A WHOLE  BUNCH OF RAIN ON TOP OF IT. SO THE COMBINATION OF ALL OF THAT LED  SOME OF THE  RIVERS IN NORTHERN INDIANA TO HIT HISTORIC LEVELS."> STILL, WAPPEL BEGAN PLANTING HIS DRIEST FIELDS  OVER THE WEEKEND - WITH BOTH CORN AND SOYBEAN  PLANTERS ROLLING AT THE SAME TIME.    <"I'M NOT TOO WORRIED YET. THE FORECAST LOOKS DECENT AS LONG AS WE CAN GET OUT THERE AND FIRE ON ALL CYLINDERS TO GET SOME ACRES IN, I THINK WE WILL BE FINE,"> THE GROUND ISN'T QUITE FIT TO PLANT FOR JEFF PETERSON HE NEEDS A STRING OF DAYS TO CONTINUE THE FIELD  WORK HE STARTED OVER THE WEEKEND BEFORE HE  EVEN THINKS ABOUT DUSTING OFF THE PLANTER. <"I WOULD SAY WE HAVE A GOOD WEEK AND A HALF OF FIELD WORK,"> <"I ALSO SELL SEED SO I'M TRYING TO GET DELIVERIES DONE"> HE SAYS IT'S NOT A WORRY FOR HIS CUSTOMERS OR  HIM FOR NOW. <"TYPICALLY IN MY IMMEDIATE AREA, WE DON'T GET PLANTING UNTIL THE  LAST WEEK IN APRIL,"> <"AS PETERSON CONTINUES TO DELIVER, HE SAYS NONE OF HIS CLIENTS  HAVE RETURNED THEIR SEED FOR EALIER VARIETIES OR TO SWITCH FROM  CORN TO SOYBEANS JUST YET."> <"OUR PLANTING SEASON GOES ON A LITTLE LONGER MAYBE THAN SOME  OTHER AREAS,"> AS MAY MOVES CLOSER FOR THESE FARMERS, THERE'S OPTIMISM THE REST OF THE GROWING SEASON WILL BE BETTER THAN SPRING.  REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  PETERSON SAYS CORN IS A PROMINENT CROP BECAUSE  THERE'S AN ETHANOL PLANT IN HIS AREA.  WAPPEL SAYS HE'S HEAVY ON CORN ACRES THIS YEAR  FOR ECONOMIC REASONS.  HE THINKS HE'LL GET A BETTER PRICE GIVEN HIS  ACREAGE MIX.  BETTER WEATHER HAS PRODUCERS ROLLING THIS  WEEK. 

CROP COMMENTS
LETS GET AN UPDATE FROM MIKE HOFFMAN AND TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. PETER GILL AND PUTNAM COUNTY, ILLINOIS IS  STARTING UP THE PLANTER THIS WEEK AND HAS THE  PICTURE PROOF TO PROVE IT! USDA SAYS 4 PERCENT OF CORN HAS BEEN PLANTED IN ILLINOIS, THAT'S 16 POINTS BEHIND THE 5-YEAR- AVERAGE! NO SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN PLANTED AS OF  THE WEEK ENDING ON APRIL 22. THAT'S ONLY ONE TICK  BELOW AVERAGE.  AND YOU CAN FORGET THE CORN PLANTER IN  TUMBLETON, ALABAMA, JASON BURKE SHOWING US THE  CORN HE PLANTED MARCH 23RD. HE SAYS  TEMPERATURE IS COOL FOR HIS AREA BUT SOIL  MOISTURE IS IDEAL. HE PLANS TO PLANT COTTON ON  FRIDAY. AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST. YOU CAN SEE KIND OF FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO WEST TEXAS SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO A LITTLE BIT WINDY THIS MORNING THAT MOVES INTO THE RIO GRANDE AREA AND TEXAS CONTINUES THROUGH PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES AND IT BECOMES WINDY OR LATER TODAY AND OVERNIGHT ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS YOU CAN SEE THAT THE NEXT LITTLE COLD FRONT KIND OF MOVING THROUGH SO BY LATER TODAY WE'RE FROM THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS​

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT DEMAND. HOW HARD IS IT TO DEVELOP AND HOW FAST CAN IT  CHANGE. ANALYSIS WITH BRIAN BASTING. AND WOULD YOU TURN THIS (FISH) INTO THESE IN THE NAME OF CONSERVATION?  DETAILS TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER MIXED DAY FOR MARKETS WITH LIVESTOCK SEEING GAINS EARLY. HOW DID IT CLOSE? FOR THAT WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN  CHICAGO. <​AND AS WE LOOK AT LIVE CATTLE OR WE'LL CALL IT FAT CATTLE WHAT DO WE SEE HERE. LOOKS LIKE THE PANIC IS OVER YOU KNOW A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WE HAD THAT MAJOR PANIC TO THE DOWNSIDE BASED ON THE TERRIBLE ACTIVITY BASED ON THE TRADE WARS AND REALLY MORE BASED ON THE BANK WITH THE TRADE WE'RE TALKING THE TARIFF TALK WAS THE REAL FIGHT CROWNING BLOW WHICH PUSHED THE FAT CATTLE DOWN TO ABOUT 97 HORSES AND OUR TRADING IN RATHER THAN NEAR THE 105 LEVEL. OF COURSE THERE WERE BUYERS AT 1 0 3. WE THINK THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE A MINIMUM OF 110 111 HERE BEFORE IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE. AND AS WE LOOK AT TODAY AND OF COURSE WE ASKED THE QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT AND OF COURSE YOU CAN TAKE THAT EITHER WAY BUT IT HAS BEEN ABOUT THE WEATHER THERE'S BEEN SOME AREAS THAT HAVEN'T HAD RAIN FOR OVER 200 DAYS. BUT OF COURSE THEN WE'VE GOT THIS SIDE OF THE EQUATION THAT SAYS THAT WE'VE GOT TOO MUCH SUPPLY ANYWAYS. YOU'VE GOT THE TRADE WARS YOU'VE GOT THE TEARS YOU'VE GOT EVERYTHING GOING ON. IN THE MEANTIME YOU'VE GOT WHEAT THAT IS SITTING IN A GREAT LEVEL AND SHOULD BE LOOKED TO BE BOUGHT. I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OVERALL PICTURE THE WHEAT ITSELF HAS BEEN VERY MUCH MISTREATED AS WE LOOK AT IT. IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE THE THE STEPSISTER OR WHATEVER WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE OVERALL BIG PICTURE. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE THINK THAT BUYING AND SUPPORT IS THE WAY WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR IT. THIS IS TODD HORWITZ COMING TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP IN CHICAGO>

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE BRIAN BASTING  ADVANCED TRADING OUR GUEST HERE. BRIAN LET'S TALK ABOUT THE THE  IDEA OF USING THE CROP THAT WE HAVE BECAUSE CARRY OVER NUMBERS ARE PRETTY PRETTY BIG ESPECIALLY FOR CORN. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S  KIND OF GONE UNDER THE RADAR CLINTON THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IS  WITH A LACK OF VOLATILITY IN THESE MARKETS AND THESE RELATIVELY  CHEAP PRICES FOR EXAMPLE WITH CORN. IS THAT THAT IS ENCOURAGING  GROWTH IN OUR CONSUMPTION. IN OTHER WORDS OUR DEMAND BASE IS BUILT. IT'S NOT JUST CHINA WITHIN IN TERMS OF THE SOYBEAN  CONSUMPTION WHICH IS GREAT TO SEE. WE'VE INCREASED OUR COARSE GRAIN CONSUMPTION WORLDWIDE PLACES IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE  CONSUMING MORE CORN IN DIFFERENT PLACES ACROSS ACROSS ASIA. POINT BEING IS THAT WHERE THE DEMAND BEING SO STRONG ARE  GROWING WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO GROW BIG CROPS HERE IN THE U.S. SO THAT'S GOOD NEWS FROM A PRODUCER STANDPOINT. WE ALWAYS LIKE  THE IDEA OF HEY WE NEED A BIG CROP JUST TO KEEP THINGS MOVING  ALONG. HOW MUCH FUTURE DEMAND IS OUT THERE. CAN WE CONTINUE TO GROW AT THE RATE WE'VE BEEN GROWING. IT'S ALWAYS A BIT OF A  BALANCING ACT CLINTON BECAUSE AS PRICES START TO RALLY FOR  EXAMPLE ON A WEATHER CONCERN OR MAYBE SOME NEW DEMAND  ARE GROWING FASTER THAN EXPECTED WELL THEN THAT'S GOING TO AT  LEAST SLOW DOWN THE GROWTH OF DEMAND BECAUSE THE PRICE IS  HIGHER. SO IT'S ALWAYS A BALANCING ACT. BUT I'D SAY INITIALLY YOU KNOW WITH THE GROWTH WE'VE SEEN THAT'S GOING TO BE WITH US FOR A  WHILE AS PRICES RARELY STAY VERY LOW OR VERY HIGH IT'S USUALLY IN THE  MIDDLE. AND I THINK FOR THE SHORT TERM THAT'S KIND OF FAVORABLE  FROM PRODUCER STANDPOINT THE LACK OF VOLATILITY HAS PROBABLY  HELPED BUILD UP SOME OF THIS DEMAND. IT REALLY HAS. IT REALLY HAS  LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. ALL RIGHT. APPRECIATE. BRIAN THANK YOU SO  MUCH FOR BEING HERE WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE> 

WEATHER
<WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN LOOKING AT THE RUZZO MOISTURE MAP AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE DIFFERENCES WERE MADE WITH THAT RAIN THAT CAME THROUGH LAST WEEK. YEAH JUST A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN. WEST TEXAS PANHANDLE OF OKLAHOMA AND BROUGHT IT BACK TO NORMAL FOR THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE. OF COURSE YOU ARE STILL IN A LONG TERM DROUGHT SOME WET AREAS. TENNESSEE OHIO VALLEY OHIO VALLEY AND THAT AREA CONTINUES ON UP INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND THEN WESTWARD TOWARD MONTANA. VERY DRY AREAS OBVIOUSLY CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ROCKIES INTO PARTS OF CALIFORNIA MID-ATLANTIC STATES LITTLE DRY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY A LITTLE DRY AS WELL. TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP TODAY WE HAVE MULTIPLE SYSTEMS OF THE BIGGEST ONE WETTEST ONE IS THE ONE OVER THE MID-ATLANTIC MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST. IT'S BEEN THAT VERY SLOW MOVER OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS IT'S MOVED FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS STATES EASTWARD. AND YOU CAN SEE MOST OF THAT RAIN A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW ON THE FAR NORTHERN EDGE. THIS SYSTEM IS DIVING SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE PLAINS SO A LITTLE BIT MORE MOISTURE FOR THOSE AREAS THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. YOU CAN SEE BY LATER TODAY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS FROM MISSOURI ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO SOUTHERN TEXAS AND ALSO LOTS OF RAIN ACROSS THE NORTHEAST ESPECIALLY IN THE NEW ENGLAND COLD FRONT EXITING FLORIDA. SO YOU FOLKS DRY OUT FOR THE MOST PART BY TOMORROW MORNING THIS SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH PARTS OF MISSISSIPPI LOUISIANA EVENTUALLY INTO ALABAMA AND GEORGIA STILL DEALING WITH THE NORTHEAST STORM SYSTEM THAT'S BEEN LIKE US AT A VERY SLOW MOVER STILL A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN LATER TOMORROW IN FAR NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND. AND ANOTHER COLD FRONT WEAK SYSTEM DEVELOPS ALONG THAT THAT WILL HAVE A FEW SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST ARE COMING UP OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS IN THE NORTHEAST NEW ENGLAND. A FEW SPOTS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND ALSO AS FAR AS SNOWFALL IS CONCERNED. PROBABLY COULD HAVE TAKEN THIS ONE OUT TODAY. NOTHING IN THE LOWER 48. HEY I THINK WE'VE TURNED THE CORNER NO WINTER ANYWHERE TO SPEAK OF HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. 50S ACROSS MOST OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS YOU HAVE TO GO PRETTY FAR SOUTH THOUGH TO GET INTO THOSE 70S AND 80S. THAT'S WHERE THE REAL WARMTH IS LOWS TONIGHT GOING TO DROP INTO THE 40S A FEW 30S THERE CROSS THE GREAT LAKES EVEN SOME UPPER 20S UP AROUND THE SIOUX. AND YOU CAN SEE 50S AND 60S INTO THE SOUTHEAST AND HIGHS TOMORROW AFTERNOON STARTING TO HEAT UP IN THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S STILL PRETTY WARM OTHERWISE COMFORTABLE ACROSS MOST OF THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY JETSTREAM AGAIN HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WE'RE STILL SEEING A QUICK SHOT OF CHILLIER AIR THERE FOR THE WEEKEND. GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST AND THE REDS BUILDS BACK UP AGAIN. THAT LOOKS PRETTY WARM TO ME BY WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE GREAT LAKES. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL MEDFORD OREGON LOTS OF SUNSHINE. VERY WARM TODAY HIGH OF 85 DEGREES. EL RENO OKLAHOMA PERIODS OF RAIN AND COOLER HIGH OF JUST 58. AND FINALLY HOTEN LAKE MICHIGAN CLOUDS ALONG WITH SOME SUNSHINE HIGH OF 67​>

TEASE
LEAFY GREENS GROWERS IN ARIZONA ARE SPEAKING UP ABOUT A RECENT E COLI OUTBREAK. THAT'S NEXT ON THE PACKER TV. AND IF YOU LOVE BOOTS THESE MEXICAN BEAUTIES MIGHT JUST BE THE NEXT HOT TREND. FISH SKIN KICKS TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. 

PACKER TV
ON THE PACKER TV, THE INVESTIGATION INTO AN OUTBREAK OF E COLI LINKED TO CHOPPED ROMAINE  LETTUCE CONTINUES. MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED ILL ACROSS 16  STATES. THE LETTUCE NOW TRACED TO YUMA ARIZONA. WHILE MUCH OF THE PRODUCTION HAS NOW SHIFTED  TO CALIFORNIA SOME IS STILL COMING IN FROM  FLORIDA AND MEXICO. THE LEAFY GREENS INDUSTRY SAYS THEY'VE BEEN  WORKING CLOSELY WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS. THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IS HOPING A NEW SYSTEM  FOR IDENTFYING FOODBORNE PATHOGENS CAN HELP IN  THE FUTURE. RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING ON A TEST THAT CAN  SEQUENCE DISEASE DNA WITHIN A DAY OR TWO  RATHER THAN THE WEEKS IT CAN TAKE USING CURRENT  METHODS. THE SCIENTISTS HOPE THAT IDENTIFYING PROBLEM PATHOGENS BEFORE THE PRODUCTS MAKE IT TO CONSUMERS WILL HELP CUT DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF  FOODBORNE ILLNESSES IN THE COUNTRY. OUT IN CALIFORNIA'S COACHELLA VALLEY, GRAPE HARVEST IS SET START SOON. GROWERS TELLING THE PACKER THAT THE CROP WILL  BE DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM LAST YEAR. BUT LAST YEAR WAS CONSIDERED A BUMPER CROP. EARLY SWEET GREEN SEEDLESS VARIETIES WILL SHIP  FIRST FOLLOWED BY THE FLAME SEEDLESS VARIETIES. OUTPUT FROM THE 7-THOUSAND ACRE GROWING  REGION IS PROJECTED TO BE 4 TO 4 AND A HALF  MILLION 18 POUND CARTONS.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, MAKING THE MOST OF A FISHY BY PRODUCT FROM MEXICO. 

IN THE COUNTY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA. TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS,  UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. ) A PROJECT TO FIND AN ECOLOGICAL WAY TO DISPOSE  OF STINKING, ROTTING FISH SKINS HAS SPAWNED A  NEW INDUSTRY IN MEXICO. AND WHAT WAS ONCE A WASTE PROBLEM IS NOW A  HIGH FASHION ACCESSORY. TILAPIA FISH FARMING IS GAINING POPULARITY AS AN  ECONOMICAL SOURCE OF PROTEIN. BUT PROCESSING THE FISH FOR FOOD, LEAVES BEHIND  A LOT OF FISH SKINS. RATHER THAN THROW THE SKINS OUT, RESEARCHERS  FOUND A PROVEN WAY OF TANNING THE SKINS FOR USE  IN THINGS LIKE BOOTS, HANDBAGS AND CLOTHING. THE NEW USE ADDS VALUE TO THE FISH INDUSTRY AND  CREATES A SOFT, FLEXIBLE AND DURABLE PRODUCT. BUT IT'S NOT WITHOUT CHALLENGES.  FISH SKINS ARE SMALL AND SO THEY HAVE TO BE CRAFTED INTO ITEMS THAT ARE THE APPROPRIATE  SIZE. RESEARCHERS ARE NOW LOOKING FOR THE BEST WAY  TO STITCH THE SKINS TOGETHER TO MAKE LARGER  PRODUCTS LIKE COATS AND JACKETS. 

CLOSE
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. 

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