AgDay Daily Recap -April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 28, 2017


HEADLINES
FEARS OF LOSING NAFTA CAPTURE THE AG INDUSTRY'S ATTENTION. PLUS SUGAR  BEET PLANTING IN MICHIGAN. IN THE PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING...WAITING  FOR MARKET DIRECTION. ON FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV, KEN FERRIE DISCUSSES HOW TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING YOUR PLANT TESTS PLOTS ON THE  FARM. AND THE LAMB IN THIS ARTIFICIAL WOMB MAY ONE DAY SAVE HUMAN LIVES  BORN TOO SOON. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING  CHEVY SILVERADO.

TRUMP AND NAFTA
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE U-S AGRICULTURE LOBBY SEEMS  TO BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE WALKED BACK  COMMENTS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE  AGREEMENT. FARM GROUPS WENT INTO PANIC MODE WHEN AT ONE POINT WEDNESDAY, IT  APPEARED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO WITHDRAW FROM NAFTA WAS IMMINENT. BUT AS THURSDAY ARRIVED, THE ADMINISTRATION SEEMED TO BACK OFF FROM  WITHDRAWAL. INSTEAD THE U-S WOULD RENEGOTIATE WITH CANADA AND  MEXICO. BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US WITH MORE. PRESIDENT TRUMP BACKED AWAY THOSE STATEMENTS FOLLOWING  PLEASANT AND PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LEADERS OF CANADA  AND MEXICO.  BUT BEFORE HIS LATE NIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT, AG GROUPS ACTED  QUICKLY  CALLING FOR NAFTA TO BE MAINTAINED. MANHATTAN, ILLINOIS FARMER, JOHN KIEFNER HAS A PLANTER IN THE FIELD BUT  TRADE ON HIS MIND. "WELL, WE'RE DEFINATELY LOOKING AT LOWER COMMODITY PRICES AND WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT HIGH  INPUTS. SO WE NEED EVERY EXPORT, EVERY CONSUMPTION OF EVERY BUSHEL WE PRODUCE."KIEFNER WAS UPSET WHEN HE HEARD NEWS THE WHITE HOUSE WAS  POTENTIALLY CONSIDERING  PULLING OUT OF NAFTA - WONDERING WHAT WOULD  HAPPEN TO HIS GRAIN PRICES SINCE MEXICO IS THE  NUMBER ONE IMPORTER OF  U.S. CORN. HE WASN'T THE ONLY ONE WITH CONCERNS. "WE SAID 'HANG ON A SECOND. THERE'S A LOT TO LOSE HERE.' WE HAVE A HUGE MARKET FOR US AG. IT'S OUR NUMBER ONE MARKET FOR U.S. CORN, ITS OUR NUMBER 2 MARKET FOR U.S. SORGHUM AND ITS  OUR NUMBER ONE MARKET FOR US BARLEY. DDGS ITS OUR NUMBER 2 MARKET FOR DDGS AND WE SAID  HEY, WAIT A SECOND THERE'S A LOT AT STEKE HERE IN THIS MARKET PLACE" THE U.S. GRAINS COUNCIL IS ONE OF MANY AG GROUPS  CALLING FOR A PAUSE - SAYING THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN  WITHDRAWING AND MODERNIZING THE DEAL.  OTHER AG GROUPS RESPONDING TOO.  "IN FACT, MEXICO AND CANADA ARE NOW OUR NO. 2 AND NO. 4 MARKETS..."> <"ABANDONING NAFTA AND GOING BACK TO PRE-NAFTA TARIFFS WOULD BE FINANCIALLY DEVASTING TO  U.S. PORK PRODUCERS."WHILE CORN GROWERS SAY THEY ARE MARKETS THEY'LL NEVER RECOVER. "WITHDRAWING FROM NAFTA WOULD BE DISASTEROUS FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE...THIS DECISION  WILL COST AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS MARKETS THAT WE WILL NEVER RECOVER."SLEIGHT SAYS TALK ABOUT MEXICO IMPORTING MAJORITY OF ITS GRAIN FROM  SOUTH AMERICA HAS QUIETED DOWN- BUT IT WAS HIS BIGGEST WORRY WHEN HE  HEARD THE NAFTA NEWS. I DON'T THINK YOU'LL SEE MEXICO STOP BUYING FROM THE U.S. THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT  IF YOU SEE A TEN PERCENT DROP IN PURCHASES, OR 15 PERCENT,  YOU'LL SEE A FIRST IMPACT ON  INTERNAL BASIS PRICES SOFTENING AND YOU'LL SEE PROBLEMS WITH WHERE WE'RE GOING TO TAKE GRAIN  AND THAT ALL COMES INTO PLAY 00""WE NEED OUR DEMAND BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE LIKE TO PLANT AND WE LIKE TO GROW A LOT OF CORN  AND BEANS."FARMERS LIKE KIEFNER PLANT CROP IN 2017, THEY'RE COUNTING ON  CONTINUING DEMAND COME HARVEST.  SLEIGHT SAYS IF NAFTA IS RENEGOTIATED - THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT HE'D LIKE  TO CHANGE.IF HE HAD A WISH LIST - IT WOULD BE UPDATES ON BIO TECH, AND FI-TOE SANITARY AGREEMENTS. THANKS BETSY.

DOLLAR-PESO EXCHANGE
THERE WAS SOME IMMEDIATE IMPACT TO THE WHITE HOUSE TALK. THE DOLLAR- PESO EXCHANGE RATE PLUNGED IMMEDIATELY - IT HAS SINCE RECOVERED.  SLEIGHT SAYS A FALLING PESO COULD  MAKE US GRAINS A LOT MORE  EXPENSIVE.  WHILE MANY AG GROUPS VOICED STRONG CONCERN ABOUT EVEN THE THOUGHT  OF PULLING OUT OF NAFTA, OTHER AG GROUPS THINK THE 20 YEAR OLD TREATY  NEEDS A SECOND LOOK. 

SUGAR BEET PLANTING
FROM DAIRY FARMERS TO SUGARBEET GROWERS, SOME SAY IT'S A FLAWED  TRADE DEALS PUSHING PRICES LOWER. TYNE MORGAN VISTED NORTHEAST MICHIGAN THIS WEEK, WHERE IT'S MORE  THAN JUST PLANTING ON FARMERS' MINDS.  WE'RE STANDING ON THE FIRST PASS OF 2017. FOR THE HERFORD FAMILY IN ELKTON, MICHIGAN, PLANTING IS RUNNING  ABOUT A WEEK BEHIND.. WITH THE GENETICS AND THINGS WE HAVE OUT THERE TODAY, WE'RE ABOUT 10 DAYS FROM GETTIN GREALLY WORRIED. WHILE CONCERNS AREN'T REALLY SURFACING YET, MORE RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST THIS WEEKEND. ABOUT 60 MILES TO THE SOUTHWEST, PLANTING IS ALSO LAGGING. BUT THIS  FARMER HOPES A SHORT-TWO DAY WINDOW WITH SUNSHINE WILL BRING SOME  MAJOR PLANTING GAINS.  WE PLANTED A FEW BEETS IN WHAT I WOULD CALL OUR REGULAR TIMELINE, ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO, AND  NOW WE'RE BACK IN THE FIELDS. AND WE'RE MABYBE 2 WEEKS LATER THAN WE'D LIKE TO BE, BUT  CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE AND IT LOOKS LIEK THE WEATHER IS GOING TO HOLD A COUPLE DAYS HERE SO  WE CAN MAKE SOME GOOD PROGRESS.WHILE THE WEATHER'S BEEN WET, IT'S ALSO BEEN A MILD.  WHEN IT GEST 60 DEGREES IM FEBRUARY IN MICHIGAN, IT'S NOT THOSE BEET PILES NEED TO BE  FREEZING, AND IT JSUT GOT WARM 45 DAYS TOO EARLY AND C UASED SOME LOSS. THAT LOSS ALSO EATING INTO PRICE I'D SAY FROM 4 YEARS AGO OR SO WHEN WE WERE AT THE HIGH, WE'RE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT CUT IN  HALF OUR SUGAR BEET PAYMENT WAS THIS YEAR. SOME OF THE REASONS ARE THE SUGAR SUPPLY'S BEEN HIGHER, THE QUALITY OF HTE CROPS BEEN  LOWER AND THERE'S SOME TRADE AGREEMTENS IN PLACE NOW THAT OUR INDUSTRY IS WORKING ON WITH  OUR GOVERNMENT AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN IRON OUT SOME OF THESE DETAILS AND PRODUCE A BETTER  CROP AND HAVE MORE PLACES TO MARKET OUR PRODUCT.IT'S TRADE THAT'S A KEY CONCERN FOR SUGARBEET GROWERS AROUND THE  COUNTRY. THE INDUSTRY BLAMING PROCESSED SUGAR COMING INTO THE U-S  UNDER THE RADAR, PRESSURING PRICES ON THE FARM.  A LOT OF IT THE EXCESS SUGAR THAT'SBEING DUMPED ON OUR MARKET, SOME OF THE TRADE  NEGOTATIONS WE'VE HAD IN TEH PAST AREN'T BEING HONORED. WHILE THESE FARMERS ARE HOPEFUL RENOGTIATING NAFTA COULD APPLY  PRESSURE TO THE PAIN, IT'S A GOOD GROWING SEASON THEY'RE REALLY  BANKING ON.  WE'RE STILL CONFIDENT WITH THE TIMEFRAME OF WHEN WE'RE PLANTING RIGHT NOW AMD WITH SOME OF  THE RAIN IN THE FORECAS TTHAT WE'LL GET A GOOD START, GET CROP UP AND GOING. WE'RE CAUTIOSULY OPTIMISITC, WE'VE HAD SOME WEAHTER ISUES IN STORAGE HTE LAST TWO YEARS, IF  WE GO BACK TO MAYBE A NORMAL WINTER WHERE WE HAVE LESS SHRINK AND WE CAN PRODUCE A  QUALITY CRP, THAT ALONE WILL BOOST OUR PROICE BACK TO THE FARMER. THANKS, TYNE. USDA SAYS NATIONALLY, 36 PERCENT OF THE SUGARBEET CROP IS PLANTED, 8  POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. MICHIGAN TRAILS THE MOST, WITH PLANTING 28  POINTS BEHIND AVERAGE. 

WILDFIRE SUSPECT ARRESTED
IN COLORADO AUTHORITIES HAVE ARRESTED MAN THEY SUSPECT STARTED THE  FIRE THAT BURNED MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND ACRES IN EARLY MARCH. OFFICIALS SAY THE 39 YEAR OLD IS ARRESTED ON ARSON AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AFTER HE WAS WELDING ON A METAL FEED TROUGH IN A DRY  CORNFIELD DURING THE 50 MILE PER HOUR WINDS. THE FIRE NORTHEAST OF STERLING BURNED ACROSS MORE THAN 20 MILES. THE ARREST WARRANT SAYS A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY PINPOINTED THE LOCATION  AND IGNITION POINT. COLORADO AND THREE OTHER STATES EXPERIENCED THOSE THREE MASSIVE  WILDFIRES WHERE MANY FARMS AND RANCHES LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS  IN FENCING. TAKE A MOMENT TO HEAD OVER TO WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND DOT ORG TO LEAR  ON A NATIONAL SCALE,

DROUGHT MONITOR
DROUGHT HAS BEEN DISAPPEARING AT A RAPID RATE THIS  SPRING.  ACCORDING TO USDA METEOROLOGIST BRAD RIPPEY  THE LATEST  DROUGHT MONITOR  OF THE CONTINENTAL 48 STATES SHOWS THE SMALLEST  DROUGHT - D1 TO D4- COVERAGE ON RECORD. JUST SIX-POINT-ONE PERCENT.  THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF SEVEN-POINT-SEVEN WAS SET ON JULY 6, 2010. RIPPEY SAYS WE'RE ALSO EXPERIENCING THE LEAST AMOUNT OF D-2 TO D-4 AT  JUST OVER ONE PERCENT. THE PREVIOUS LOW WAS ONE-POINT THREE PERCENT. WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON FIELDWORK TO THE NORTH AND THE COTTON CROP INTHE SOUTH.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH DETAILS. MIKE GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  HERE'S A LOOK AT THE COTTON CROP IN SOUTH TEXAS.  DAVID O-KER SAYS COTTON LOOKS REALLY GOOD- AND HE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE PLANTING IT. HE'S SEEING AN INCREASE OF COTTON ACREAGE IN HIS AREA THIS  YEAR.  USDA SAYS 12 PERCENT OF COTTON ACRES ARE PLANTED IN THE LONE STAR  STATE, JUST 2 POINTS SHY OF THE 5 YEAR AVERAGE.  NORTH IN LANSING, MICHIGAN,  ROBERT REESE SAYS PLANT 2017 IS SLOW MOVING.  HE SAYS SOILS ARE EXTREMELY WET AND THE TEN-DAY FORECAST ISN'T TOO  FAVORABLE.  ROBERT SAYS HE HAD A VERY SMALL WINDOW FOR FALL TILLAGE LAST YEAR.  NOW, HE'S TRYING TO FINISH WHAT HE DIDN'T GET DONE. <AD LIB>... AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  HERE'S THE SECRET TO SELLING OLD EQUIPMENT. PETE'S PICK OF THE WEEK LETS YOU EASILY VIEW  CURRENT MARKET PRICES. JUST TEXT PETE TO 31313 TO GET STARTED! 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE NEXT USDA REPORT AND HOW IT COULD SET PRICE DIRECTION. ITS OUR WEEKLY PROFARMER PROFIT BRIEFING. PLUS SEE HOW THE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL FOR THE TINIEST OF PREMATURE  BABIES IS ADVANCING TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL,...THANKS TO RESEARCHERS AND  PREEMIE LAMBS. IN THE COUNTRY - LATER ON AGDAY. FAST PACE WITH DESIGN-MATCHED TRANSMISSIONS FOR INTUITIVE  STEERING...PERFECT CUT FOR A CARPET-LIKE FINISH...AND SWEET RIDE WITH A  COMFORT-FOCUSED SEAT.  GRASSHOPPER MOWERS ARE COMMITTED TO THE  CUT.

PROFIT BRIEFING
IN AGRIBUSINESS PLANTING PROGRESS AND WEATHER SEEMS TO BE DRIVING  MARKETS AS OF LATE. THE CREW OVER AT PROFARMER SAY THEY EXPECT MORE DIRECTION THE  COMING WEEKS. FIVE THERE FOR BRIAN FARMERS HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON THE NEW CROP  GROWING SEASON. THE MARKET HAS BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT. THEY'RE  STARTING TO THINK MORE MORE ABOUT THE NEW CROP FUNDAMENTALS. BUT  ONCE MAY 10TH COMES NEW CROP FUNDAMENTALS ARE GOING TO BE DRIVING  THE OLD CROP PRICES EXACTLY WILL GET YOU KNOW WE GET THERE ALL THE  PROJECTIONS MOVING FORWARD TO SEVENTEEN EIGHTEEN WE'VE GOT A GOT A GLIMPSE OF THAT AND WE KNOW FROM THE OUTLOOK FORUM WHERE USDA'S  HEAD IS ON THAT BUT THIS WILL HAVE THE AT THE ACREAGE NUMBERS FROM THE  MARCH PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS PLUGGED IN MORE LIKELY IT'LL HAVE A TREND  LINE YIELDS PLUGGED IN FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS ALTHOUGH THEY COULD DO  JUST THAT BASED ON THE THE PLANTING PACE IF IT FALLS FAR ENOUGH BEHIND  A MOVE FROM CORN 'S PERSPECTIVE EXACTLY OK NOW THAT THE MARKET WILL  BE FOCUSED ON THE NEW CROP THE FUNDAMENTALS BUT THEY'RE STILL A LOT OF OLD CROP CORN THAT NEEDS TO MOVE OUT THERE AND THOSE BUSHELS  SITTING IN THE BIN ARE STILL GOING TO BE INFLUENCED BY THE OLD CROP  FUNDAMENTAL   OH DEFINITELY AND YOU KNOW YOU TALK ABOUT THE AMOUNT  OF CORN AND SITTING OUT THERE I THINK IN THAT SOMEWHAT LIMITS ARE RALLY  POTENTIAL SO IF WE DO GET FUNDS WANT TO COVER UP SOME SHORT  POSITIONS IN AND THINGS LIKE THAT AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PLANTING  SEASON INTO EARLY PORTIONS OF THE GROWING SEASON WERE BY GOING TO  SEE THOSE FARMER SALES SOMEWHAT A CHOKE OFF THE RALLY 'S DEATH AND  THE OTHER THING THAT I CAN SEE THOSE THOSE BUSHELS OUT THERE DOING IS  LIMITING OUR UPSIDE POTENTIAL IN BASIS DEFINITELY AND YOU KNOW WE TALK  ABOUT A BASIS IN AND HOW IT PERTAINS TO THE OVERALL STRUCTURE OF THE  MARKET BUT WE'VE SEEN THE BASIS IS WRONG UNDER THAT THREE YEAR  AVERAGE BECAUSE WE HAVE MORE SUPPLY THAN WHAT WE'VE HAD IN YEARS  PAST AND I THINK THAT'LL CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD  THROUGH OKAY THE YEAR. OK WE'VE GOT THIS WHAT FORECAST IT SOUNDS LIKE  SOME OF THE PLANTING DELAYS IN SOME AREAS AGAIN A STRETCH IN THE  MIDDLE OF MAY THE VERY BUSY TIME AND THAT BUSY TIME IS WHEN SOMETIMES  WE GET OUR BEST SELLING OPPORTUNITIES. YEAH AND I THINK THAT WHAT THE  FUND SHORT IN SEVERAL WAYS THEY ARE RIGHT NOW ON THE CORN MARKET  THAT WE MAY SEE HIM COVER UP SOME OF THOSE SHORT AND GIVE US SOME OF  THAT UPSIDE DOWN PRICE MOVEMENT IN HERE AND THAT IN MID MAY TIME  FRAME IS CRITICAL THAT IS BASHFUL WHEN IT COMES TO CORN PLANTING  BECAUSE THAT 'S WHEN THAT OPTIMAL WINDOW STARTS TO SHUT AND THAT 'S  ONE THAT THE MARKET CAN START TO SUBTRACT FROM BUSHELS. YOUNG MAN  IN A MAJOR DEGREE BUT A BUSHEL HERE A BUSHEL THEIR OWN THEY START  TAKING THAT OFF A TREND LINE AND THEN YOU LOOK AT THE CORN PLANTING  NUMBERS AT WHICH IN AS OF MARCH WERE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM YEAR  AGO. AND NOW YOU START TO WONDER THE NEW CROP BALANCHINE THAT  STARTS TO TIGHTEN UP JUST A LITTLE BIT EXACTLY THAT 'S WHERE THAT NEW  CROP OF FUNDAMENTAL OUTLOOK IS GOING TO BE SO IMPORTANT EVEN FOR  THE OLD CROP OK ONE LAST THING PICK A PRICE PUT YOUR PRICE TARGET IN AT  THE ELEVATOR YOU'RE GONNA BE BUSY PUT THAT TARGET IN THERE AND PUT  THE ORDER AND TO MAKE THE SALE WHEN THE BOAT WHERE THE MARKET GETS  THERE EXACTLY YOU KNOW YOU PICK THAT PRICE FOR A REASON YES STICK WITH IT WHEN IT GETS TO THAT POINT ALRIGHT FOR BRIAN GRETE AND ALL THE  EDITORS OF PRO FARMER IN CEDAR FALLS IOWA I'M CHIP FLORY. 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 WITH MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE THIS DROUGHT MONITOR HAS GONE DOWN. WOW, LIKE 6 PERCENT, BARELY COVERING ANY DROUGHT. YEAH, IT'S AMAZING AND IF I  SHOW YOU LAST WEEK COMPARED TO LAST WEEK THE REDUCTION OF ORANGE IN THE SOUTHEAST IS PRETTY  AMAZING.THAT'S WHEN IT COMES TO EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT AREAS BUT LET'S GO WEEK BY WEEK. YOU  CAN SEE THREE WEEKS AGO IT DROPPED A LITTLE BIT, TWO WEEKS A LITTLE BIT MORE ONE WEEK AGO IT DROPPED TO THAT AND WATCH WHAT HAPPENS JUST IN THE LAST WEEK. WE SEE A MAJOR REDUCTION THERE IN KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE ESPECIALLY BUT IT KIND OF SLIPS  SOUTHWARD SO IT'S STILL NOT GETTING ANY BETTER IN FLORIDA OR PARTS OF FLORIDA AND FAR SOUTHERN  PORTIONS OF GEORGIA AS YOU FOLKS HAVEN'T RECEIVED AS MUCH RAIN AS OTHER PLACES. STORM SYSTEM MOVING AWAY INTO EASTERN CANADA WITH A FRONT GOING OFF THE EAST COAST. THESE ARE THE NEXT TWO SYSTEMS. THE FIRST ONE WILL NOT HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE WITH IT. THE SECOND ONE  WILL HAVE A TON OF MOISTURE WITH IT. RIGHT NOW IT'S PUTTING DOWN SNOW IN MOST OF WYOMING AND THE  PANHANDLE OF NEBRASKA AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF TODAY WE CAN SEE THAT WEAKER  AREA PUTTING SHOWERS INTO THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND PARTS OF THE OHIO VALLEY INTO THE  SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES. THE SECONDARY SYSTEM WILL DIVE SOUTHWARD INTO THE FOUR CORNER REGION AND SO WE'LL SEE SOME  SHOWERS DOWN THAT WAY HEADING THROUGH THE NIGHTTIME HOURS TODAY AND INTO TOMORROW MORNING, YOU CAN SEE HOW  ONCE THIS THING DIVES INTO NORTHERN TEXAS, IT'S GOING TO PICK UP LOTS OF GULF MOISTURE THE NORTHERN SYSTEM KIND OF PULLING AWAY WITH SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS INTO THE NORTHEAST BY  THAT POINT. THAT NEXT COLD FRONT NOT REALLY A BIG DEAL OVER LOW MOISTURE WITH IT BUT LOOK AT THAT  MOISTURE BEGIN TO GET GOING THERE TOMORROW AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW AND SATURDAY AS WE START THE WEEKEND WE  WILL SEE LOTS OF RAIN FOR THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS FURTHER  SOUTHWARD IN THE UPSLOPE REGIONS INTO NEW MEXICO AND RAIN EVEN SNOW IN NEW MEXICO.  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND ADDING ON THE NEXT 36 JUST STARTS TO GET GOING. A LOT OF THIS RAIN  WILL BE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. SO THIS JUST TAKES US PAST 7 PM ON SATURDAY. WIDESPREAD AREAS OF HEAVY RAIN THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AND SNOWFALL ESTIMATES,  MOST OF THAT IS OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES AND THAT'S DONE BUT WE'LL SEE MORE OVER THE  PANHANDLE OF NEBRASKA AND YOU CAN SEE THINGS SPREADING SOUTHWARD FROM THERE. HIGHS  TODAY ARE VERY WARM SOUTH OF THAT FRONT FORTIES AND FIFTIES BY THAT FRONT. THAT'S WHERE THINGS ARE GOING TO STAY AND CHILLY IN THE NORTHERN  PLAINS, NOT EXTREMELY COLD, SAME IDEA TOMORROW. HERE'S THE JETSTREAM THEN. YOU CAN SEE THAT SYSTEM PULLING AWAY.  THERE'S THE MAIN ONE COMING IN AND WHY IT PULLS UP SO MUCH GULF MOISTURE WITH IT THAT PULLS  AWAY AS SOME CHILLY AIR COMES IN FOR MOST OF THE CORN BELT FOR MOST OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL, LET'S  HEAD TO BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA. IT'S MOSTLY SUNNY AND COMFORTABLE, WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF  78. REDFIELD, SOUTH DAKOTA, IT'S RATHER CHILLY WITH A HIGH OF 51. AND MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH  CAROLINA IS SUNNY, BREEZY AND WARM WITH A HIGH OF 80. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK KEN FERRY DISCUSSES ON FARM PLOTS DURING FARM  JOURNAL COLLEGE TV. AND FIND OUT HOW SCIENCE-FICTION MEETS SCIENCE REALITY AT THIS  RESEARCH HOSPITAL. AND THEIR RESULTS COULD HELP SAVE THE LIFE OF  COUNTLESS PREEMIE BABIES.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
EARLIER THIS YEAR, I SAT DOWN WITH FARM JOURNAL FIELD AGRONOMIST KEN  FERRY TO DISCUSS PLANTING SEASON AND HOW TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING IT  EASIER TO DO YOUR OWN TEST PLOTS AT THE FARM. I THINK BACK WE DO A LOT OF RESEARCH TRIALS AND FIELD TRIALS THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THIRTY YEARS. YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT IT TOOK TO PUT IN A  PLOT THIRTY YEARS AGO YOU HAD A COUNT ROWS RUN MEASURING WHEELS  AND THEN FLAG IT MARK IT AND THEN HARVEST IT TAKE TO SCALE CART WAY  AHEAD IN THE END IT HAD ITS FOUR STRIPS ACROSS THE FIELD YET FOUR STRIPS  OF DATA THAT SAID AT THE WORKER DIDN'T WORK RIGHT NOW WHAT WE CAN DO  AT THE FARM LEVEL IS IS REALLY AMAZING WE CAN BUILD THE MAP AHEAD OF  TIME HOW WE WANT TO TEST SOMETHING AS A FARMER WE CAN GO OUT THERE IN PUT DIFFERENT REPLICATIONS IN AT DIFFERENT TIMES WITH THE AUTO STAIRS  AND WE CAN MAP BUT WHERE WHEN AND WHAT WE CALL IT COLLECT THE DATA  NOW WE PLAY WITH THEIR YIELD MONITORS AND WE LOOK AT IT BY  MANAGEMENT ZONE BY TEST WEIGHT BY MOITURE BYTHEY'RE JUST SO MANY  THINGS TOPOGRAPHY THAT YOU COULD YOU COULD SPEND HOURS IN I SAID IN  ONE FIELD THAT WE WOULD HAVE HAD MAYBE FIFTEEN MINUTES ON IT FOR  SURE. SO HOW HOW MUCH A FARMER CAN DO FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT BENEFIT TO TEST SOMETHING SEE SOMETHING HERE TO SHOW YOU GET AN IDEA  TAKE IT HOME PUT IT OUT THERE. HE COULD NOW PUT IT OUT IN THE FIELD  FOLLOW IT THROUGH HARVESTED AT THE END. AND ACTUALLY MAKE HIS OWN  DECISIONS OFF OF STUFF THAT WAS RIGHT THERE ON HIS OLD FORM AND WE DO  THAT WITH A LOT OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND IT'S PRETTY POWERFUL WHEN THEY  DO IT THEMSELVES AND ACTUALLY SAY YES I DID THAT AND I KNOW IS A  REPLICATED RESPONSE. WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN A TON OF WORK TWENTY  FIVE YEARS AGO NOW JUST TAKES A LITTLE PLANNING AND SOME SOFTWARE TO  ANALYZE. KEN ALSO THINKS ITS A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP THOSE IMPORTANT PLOTS NEAR THE  HOUSE SO YOU CAN KEEP AN EYE ON THEM.

TEASE
NEXT - SEE HOW SCIENTISTS ARE TRYING TO IMPROVE THE SURVIVABILITY OF  PREMATURE BABIES... THE TECHNOLOGY MAY JUST SURPRISE YOU.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M5 SERIES - BRINGING NEW  LEVELS OF COMFORT TO HARD WORK.  LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM, OR VISIT  YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY.  SCIENCE HAS COME A LONG WAY TO HELP THE SURVIVABILITY OF PREMATURE  BABIES.  IN THIS FARM JOURNAL AG-TECH REPORT, WE SEE HOW A PREEMIE  FARM ANIMAL IS HELPING TO SET THE COURSE FOR THE FUTURE. RESEARCHERS AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA SAY THEY HAVE  CREATED AN ARTIFICIAL WOMB TO IMPROVE CARE FOR EXTREMELY PREMATURE  BABIES. IN EARLY-STAGE ANIMAL TESTING, PREMATURE LAMBS APPEAR TO HAVE GROWN  USING THE DEVICE.THE RESEARCHERS CREATED A FLUID-FILLED TRANSPARENT CONTAINER TO  SIMULATE HOW FETUSES FLOAT IN AMNIOTIC FLUID. "THEY DIRECTLY PUT THEM INSIDE THIS FLUID-FILLED CONTAINER THAT THEY'RE CALLING THE BIO BAG.  INSIDE THE BIO BAG, THE ANIMALS WERE ABLE TO TAKE IN THE SUBSTITUTE AMNIOTIC FLUID. IT WOULD  COAT THEIR LUNGS JUST LIKE THEY WERE STILL IN MOM, AND THE MECHANICAL PLACENTA WAS ATTACHED  TO THE UMBILICAL CORD.THE LAMB'S HEART PUMPED THE BLOOD THROUGH THE BODY, INTO THE  UMBILICAL CORD, INTO THE MACHINE THAT WOULD MAKE SURE IT WAS FULLY  OXYGENATED, AND THEN BACK INTO THE BODY. TODAY, PREMATURE INFANTS WEIGHING AS LITTLE AS A POUND ARE HOOKED TO  VENTILATORS AND OTHER MACHINES INSIDE INCUBATORS. CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA IS AIMING FOR A GENTLER SOLUTION, TO  GIVE THE TINIEST PREEMIES A FEW MORE WEEKS COCOONED IN A WOMB-LIKE  ENVIRONMENT IN HOPES OF GIVING THEM A BETTER CHANCE OF HEALTHY  SURVIVAL.

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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