AgDay Daily Recap - August 14, 2018

August 14, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 14, 2018

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THE PUSH TO FINISH A FARM BILL. I'M MICHELLE ROOK. HOW WILL THE SENATE AND HOUSE FARM BILLS GET CONFERENCED TOGETHER? WE'LL FIND OUT HERE FROM FARMFEST. IN AGRIBUSINESS...NEW CROP AND OLD CROP CORN. MICHIGAN DAIRY FARMERS PREPARE FOR A NEW PROCESSING PLANT  AND PUTTING TOGETHER PIECES OF PREHISTORIC HISTORY-- AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

FARM BILL
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE U.S. SENATE RETURNS THIS WEDNESDAY FROM A SHORTENED AUGUST  RECESS. ON THE DOCKET-- FINISHING A NEW FARM BILL...BY GETTING IT OUT OF  CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THE COMMITTEE INCLUDES 9 MEMBERS FROM THE SENATE AND 47 MEMBERS  FROM THE HOUSE.  MICHELLE ROOK TALKED TO AG COMMITTEE MEMBERS AS WELL AS FARM GROUP  LEADERS ABOUT HOW THE TWO VERSIONS OF THE FARM BILL WILL BE MELDED  INTO ONE. THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BILL VERSIONS INCLUDE PAYMENT LIMITS, CRP PAYMENTS AND ACREAGE CAPS. AND OF COURSE THE BIG ONE IS SNAP REFORM. AND HOUSE AG RANKING MEMBER COLLIN PETERSON SAYS THAT FIGHT WILL MAKE OR BREAK THE CONFERENCE PROCESS. MN REP. COLLIN PETERSON (D): THE BIGGEST STUMBLING BLOCK IF WE DON'T GET A BILL IS  BECAUSE OF FOOD STAMPS. THE SENATE IS NOT GOING TO DO WHAT THE HOUSE WANTS AND I TOLD  CONAWAY THAT TWO MONTHS AGO. HOWEVER, HE SAYS THE PRINCIPALS HAVE AGREED TO COMPROMISE. PETERSON: THE FOUR OF US HAVE ALL, YOU KNOW MADE A COMMITMENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO  FIGURE OUT HOW TO RESOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES AND GET THIS DONE. SENATE AG COMMITTEE MEMBER AMY KLOBUCHAR SAYS THE ANSWER IS THE SENATE FARM BILL,  WHERE THEY SAVED A BILLION DOLLARS IN THE NUTRITION AREA. MN SENATOR AMY KLOBACHAR (D), WE FOUND A WAY TO SAVE A BILLION DOLLARS ON THE FARM BILL IN THE NUTRITION AREA. ONE BY CUTTING BACK ON SOME BONUSES THAT WERE GIVEN TO VENDORS THAT WAS $500 MILLION AND THEN ANOTHER $500 MILLION THAT WAS DUE TO DOUBLE BENEFITS." REPRESENTATIVE TIM WALZ WAS NAMED TO THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, BUT SAYS IT WAS A HIGHLY POLITICAL PROCESS. MN REP. TIM WALZ (D), I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF GEOGRAPHIC BALANCE. I  DON'T THINK WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF COMMODITY BALANCE IN SOME OF THIS AND THAT'S NOT THE WAY  IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE. HOWEVER, PETERSON SAYS IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER IN THE LONG RUN. PETERSON: THE CONFEREES THAT ARE ON THE BILL OUTSIDE OF THE COMMITTEE HAVE ALMOST NOTHING TO  SAY ABOUT IT. SO THIS IS ALL WINDOW DRESSING. FARM GROUP LEADERS SAY LAWMAKERS ARE MOTIVATED TO REACH AN AGREEMENT, WITH IT BEING AN  ELECTION YEAR. JULIE ANNA POTTS, AMERICAN FARM BUREAU EXEC VP: THE FACT THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER  MITCH MCCONNELL IN THE SENATE IS ON THE CONFERENCE, PUT HIMSELF ON THE CONFERENCE  COMMITTEE, YOU KNOW, HE'S GOT A BIG INTEREST IN GETTING THIS FARM BILL DONE. THERE'S ALSO A SENSE OF URGENCY WITH THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS IN AGRICULTURE. BOB WORTH, MINNESOTA SOYBEAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION: I MEAN WITH THE UNCERTAINTY OF  THE TARIFFS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S GOING ON WE NEED THE CERTAINTY THAT WE HAVE A FARM BILL  AND WE KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE SO WHEN WE GO TO THE BANK AT LEAST THEY KNOW THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE CROP INSURANCE IN PLACE, EVERYTHING'S IN PLACE. AND BOTH PETERSON AND WALZ ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT PASSAGE. TIM WALZ: SO I JUST THINK WHAT WE'RE ENDING UP DOING IS THAT I THINK LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE, I  THINK SPEAKER RYAN IS GOING TO ALLOW THAT THING TO COME BACK WITH THE SENATE COMPROMISE AND I THINK WE'LL GET IT PASSED IN A REALLY GOOD BI-PARTISAN NUMBER. THE HOPE THEN IS THE PRESIDENT WILL SIGN THE BILL EVEN IF THERE AREN'T SUFFICIENT REFORMS. AT  FARMFEST IN REDWOOD COUNTY MINNESOTA, I'M MICHELLE ROOK.THANKS MICHELLE. 

NAFTA 2.0
THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS HOPING TO GET A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S  DESK BEFORE THE CURRENT FARM BILL EXPIRES ON SEPTEMBER 30. ALSO IN WASHINGTON, WORK CONTINUES THIS WEEK BETWEEN THE U.S. ON  MEXICO ON NAFTA. THE PRESIDENT TURNING TO TWITTER TO TOUT NAFTA PROGRESS. ON FRIDAY TWEETING THE "DEAL WITH MEXICO IS COMING ALONG NICELY.  AUTOWORKERS AND FARMERS MUST BE TAKEN CARE OF OR THERE WILL BE NO  DEAL," ADDING THAT CANADA WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO RE-ENTER THE TRI-LATERAL TALKS. THE PRESIDENT FOLLOWING WITH THREATS OF AUTO TARIFFS ON CANADA IF THE  NAFTA 2 POINT OH DEAL ISN'T FINISHED. THE PRESIDENT'S TRADE WORK PLAYING INTO HIS APPROVAL RATINGS IN FARM  COUNTRY. 

FARM JOURNAL PULSE POLL
IN A NEW EXCLUSIVE FARM COUNTRY POLL 23-HUNDRED FARMERS SHARING  THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE SURVEY ASKING THE QUESTION "HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PRESIDENT  TRUMP-" RESPONSES SHOW 52 PERCENT OF FARMERS ARE REMAIN FAVORABLE TOWARD  THE PRESIDENT. 43 PERCENT ARE UNFAVORABLE--5 PERCENT VOTING NEITHER. BUT COMPARE THAT TO THE PRESIDENT'S TALLY IN FARM COUNTRY DURING THE  2016 ELECTION WHEN HE ENJOYED 70 TO 80 PERCENT FARMER SUPPORT. AND WHEN ASKED IF THEY WOULD VOTE TO REELECT PRESIDENT TRUMP, 54  PERCENT SAY YES, 46 PERCENT OF PULSE RESPONDENTS SAY NO. YOUNGER FARMERS HOWEVER, ARE MORE POSITIVE--ROUGHLY TWO THIRDS  FAVOR REELECTING PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHILE FARMERS OVER THE AGE OF 65-- NEARLY THE OPPOSITE--57 PERCENT SAY  THEY WOULD NOT REELECT THE PRESIDENT. IN IOWA, 54% OF ALL IOWA FARMERS SAY THAT THEY WOULD NOT VOTE FOR  PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN. PART OF THAT STEMMING TRADE, PART OF QUESTIONS AROUND SUPPORT FOR THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. ACTING EPA ADMINISTRATOR ANDREW WHEELER IS HEADED FOR THE IOWA STATE  FAIR THIS WEEK.  WHEELER WAS INVITED BY IOWA'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION...HOPING FOR MORE SUPPORT ON THE RFS...AND TO PRESS ON YEAR-ROUND SALES OF E15. 

MONSANTO GLYPHOSATE RULING
LATE LAST WEEK, A JURY RULING AGAINST MONSANTO -- ORDERING THE  COMPANY TO PAY $289 MILLION TO A MAN WHO SAYS THE WEED KILLER,  ROUNDUP, CAUSED HIS CANCER.  THE COMPANY SAYS IT WILL APPEAL THE DECISION.  MEANWHILE MONSANTO SUITOR-- BAYER SAW ITS STOCK PRICES DIP ABOUT 10  PERCENT DURING TRADE MONDAY.  

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
ALSO IN CALIFORNIA, USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE VISITING FIRE FIGHTERS  IN THE GOLDEN STATE. THAT STAT HAS BEEN BATTLING A HISTORIC BLAZE NEAR REDDING CALIFORNIA. THE AG SECRETARY AND DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR SECRETARY RYAN ZINKE MEETING WITH FIREFIGHTERS AND LOCAL LEADERS. PERDUE SAYS MORE THAN 7-THOUSAND FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL ARE  CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN FIRES ACROSS THE U.S. 

CROP PROGRESS
USDA ROLLING OUT ITS LATEST CROP PROGRESS REPORT MONDAY. USDA SAYS 73 PERCENT OF THE NATIONS CORN CROP IS IN THE DOUGH STAGE. THAT'S 17 POINTS AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. 70 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT--DOWN A POINT FROM  LAST WEEK BUT WELL AHEAD OF LAST YEAR'S 62 PERCENT. 84 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE NOW SETTING PODS...THAT'S 12 POINTS AHEAD. 66 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT--DOWN A POINT FROM LAST  WEEK. BUT STILL AHEAD OF LAST YEAR'S 59 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT MARKS. AND 77 PERCENT OF THE NATION'S COTTON IS NOW SETTING BOLLS RIGHT ON PACE WITH THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE (78%).13 PERCENT OF BOLLS ARE OPENING. AS FAR AS CONDITIONS GO--ONLY 40 PERCENT OF COTTON ACRES ARE GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. MORE THAN 20 POINTS OFF LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME. (61) 

CROP COMMENTS
LETS KEEP OUR EYE ON CROP PROGRESS WITH METEORLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN  AND TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. YES HARVEST IS UNDERWAY DOWN SOUTH. CHRIS COOPER POSTED THIS TO VIDEO TO TWITTER. HE SAYS YIELDS ON THIS  FIELD ARE AMAZING. THE CROP LOOKED GOOD FROM THE GROUND AND NOW IT LOOKS EVEN BETTER ON THE YIELD MONITOR...AS YIELDS HIT 400 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE. AND RUSSELL BOENING OF POTH TEXAS ALSO SHARING THIS PHOTO ON  TWITTER. HE HAS HIS CATTLE OUT GRAZING MILO STALKS. BOENING SAYS THIS WAS IRRIGATED MILO THAT THEY HARVESTED THE GRAIN  FROM, THEN TURNED THE COWS IN.  IT'S BEEN VERY HANDY DURING THIS YEAR'S DROUGHT.  OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS HIS AREA HAS SEEN ABOUT A .5 INCH OF RAIN. HE SAYS THEY'RE THANKFUL, BUT ARE HOPING FOR MORE.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT BREEZY UP AND DOWN THE PLAINS AS WE START THE DAY TODAY AND OF COURSE THAT INCREASES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  AFTERNOON HEADING THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW WILL START OFF JUST A LITTLE BIT BREEZY IN SOME OF  THE SOUTHERN AREAS LIKE TEXAS AND THEN IT WILL INCREASE A LITTLE BIT WITH THAT STORM SYSTEM  MOVING THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND INTO THE LOWER PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS.  

TEASE
MONDAY MARKETS FIGHTING BACK AFTER LAST WEEK'S USDA REPORT.  WE'LL TALK NEW AND OLD CROP CORN WHEN WE COME BACK. AND LATER, THIS PUZZLE OF PETRIFIED BONE IS WELL ON IT'S WAY TO BEING A MUSEUM MARVEL IN MICHIGAN. DON'T MISS THE 2018 FARM PROGRESS SHOW … AUGUST 28TH THROUGH  AUGUST 30TH … IN BOONE, IOWA. VISIT FARM PROGRESS SHOW-DOT-COM FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE. 

GAS PRICES
GASOLINE PRICES APPEAR TO HAVE PEAKED FOLLOWING THE END OF THE U.S.'  SUMMER DRIVING SEASON.  OPEC AND SAUDI ARABIA ARE SIGNALING MORE SUPPLY IS ON THE WAY.  HOWEVER, NEW U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN MAY DAMPEN ANY INCREASE IN GLOBAL OIL SUPPLIES. THERE'S ALSO THE COMING REFINERY SWITCH FROM THE SUMMER GAS  FORMULATION TO THE WINTER FORMULATION WILL REDUCE GASOLINE SUPPLIES, LIKELY KEEPING A FLOOR UNDER PRICES. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
LETS SEE HOW MARKETS HANDLED TRADE ON MONDAY...FOR THAT WE TURN TO  OUR FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR IN CHICAGO. SOYBEANS WERE CONSOLIDATING A LITTLE BIT. THE MARKET ACTUALLY DID MAKE ANOTHER NEW LOW  AFTER THAT ALL OUT COLLAPSE ON FRIDAY AFTER THE REPORT. BUT IT HAS REBOUND SOMEWHAT AND IT'S UP A FEW CENTS WITH THE USDA SAYING THEY'D CROP IS A RECORD CROP EXPECTED TO BE LARGE. THAT  ALSO ADDED TO THE FIVE PER PERCENT DROP THAT WE HAD AND THAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST IN THREE  YEARS THAT WE HAD ACTUALLY ON FRIDAY HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO RECOVER. NOW CORN ALSO WAS SLIPPING A LITTLE BIT. THAT RECORD CROP IS JUST ADDING TO THAT BEARS SENTIMENT ACROSS THE BOARD.  IT SEEMS THAT THE FUTURES CONTINUE TO TRADE LOWER AS THE FUNDAMENTALS JUST POINT DOWNWARD. THE KANSAS CITY CHICAGO AND THE MINNEAPOLIS WE ALL DOUBLE DIGIT LOWER AND THAT'S IN SPITE OF  ALL THE UNCERTAINTY THAT'S STILL AROUND WITH THE MARKET STILL HAS A LOT OF ROOM TO MOVE. ON THE  UPSIDE BUT SINCE THAT RALLY WE HAVE NO SPACE TO MOVE ON BOTH SIDES. WHAT DOES THAT TELL US  THAT VOLATILITY IS HERE TO STAY. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT ALL SUMMER LONG. THE KETTLE WAS  FALLING IT SEEMS THAT THE QUIET CASH TRADE IS REALLY WEIGHING ON FUTURES A LITTLE BIT THAT THE BIDS  MAY NOT COME UNTIL MAYBE WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY SO THERE'S NOT MUCH HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP I'M VIRGINIA MCGATHEY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
FRESH CROP NUMBERS ARE IN ABOUT YIELDS AND PLANTED ACRES BUT YOU  STILL HAVE TO MARKET THAT CROP. TYNE MORGAN HAS MORE FROM THE ROAD. HERE NOW WITH KIM HOLSAPPLE WITH TOTAL GRAIN MARKETING KIM YOU'RE IN ILLINOIS THAT YOUR FOOTPRINT. REAL QUICK. HOW GOOD IS THE CROP THIS YEAR IN ILLINOIS. LET'S TALK CORN FIRST. WELL IN  OUR PARTICULAR TERRITORY IT'S AS GOOD AS IT'S EVER BEEN. I MEAN FROM A VISUAL STANDPOINT IT'S VERY  VERY GOOD. SO WE'VE GOT A BIG CROP I THINK THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IN GENERAL IS GOING TO BE A BIG  CROP WHETHER IT'S A RECORD OR NOT I DON'T KNOW BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG ONE. AND WHAT ARE THE  POTENTIAL WITH SOYBEANS RIGHT NOW. WELL THEY LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY'VE EVER LOOKED. I THINK ACTUALLY SOYBEANS PROBABLY GOT A BETTER CHANCE OF BEING A RECORD THAN WHAT THE COURT DOES  BUT THEY LOOK FANTASTIC AND WE HAVE SOME MOISTURE I'M TALKING OUR GEOGRAPHICAL AREA  ANYWAY. WELL SOME OF THOSE PRODUCERS PREPARE FOR A BIG CROP THIS YEAR IN YOUR FOOTPRINT. YOU KNOW SOME STILL HAVE OLD CROP TO MOVE IN. SO WHAT ARE YOU TELLING YOUR PRODUCERS RIGHT NOW.  WHAT'S TIME WE'RE RUNNING. WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME IN THIS CROP IS ACTUALLY MATURING VERY  EARLY THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A LOT OF HEAT EARLY WITH THE HEAT THREE DAYS OF STACKING UP SO THE CROP IS MATURING VERY EARLY THIS YEAR SO WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME LEFT ON THE OLD CROP WE'VE  HAD A 50 PERCENT RETRACEMENT IN PRICE. I'M SAYING LET'S USE THAT TO MAKE THE SALES THAT WE  NEED TO TO FINISH THIS ALBUM. HOW IS BASES HOLDING UP RIGHT NOW CONSIDERING THAT THE MARKET  KNOWS THAT WE COULD BE SETTING ON A PRETTY BIG CROP. YEAH IT'S HOLDING UP FAIRLY WELL THE SOUTH  EAST FEEDERS ARE STILL HANGING IN THERE SO WE'VE GOT SOME REALLY GOOD RAIL BEDS RIGHT NOW THE  DOMESTIC MARKET MAYBE A LITTLE BIT WEAKER THAN NORMAL. BUT OVERALL IT'S HANGING IN FOR THE  PRODUCERS. ANY STRATEGIES THAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING PRODUCERS USE RIGHT NOW HEADING INTO HARVEST YOU NEED TO GET RID OF THAT OLD CROP CORN. YEAH I MEAN AS FAR AS THE OLD CROP OR JUST  TRYING TO GET IT CLEANED UP WE'RE REALLY NOT DOING ANY STRATEGY IS THERE A NEW CROP THAT WE'RE  TRYING TO GET SOME FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE SALES ON AN THAT OR CASE WE'LL BE BUYING SOME CALLS TO  PROTECT THOSE SALES. AND DO YOU SUGGEST THAT RIGHT NOW CONSIDERING THAT MAYBE WE COULD HAVE SOME UPSIDE POTENTIAL IN CORN. ARE YOU SUGGESTING PRODUCERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT TO  THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ALREADY 30 35 PERCENT SOLD. I'M SAYING NO GOOD IF YOU GOT ZERO PERCENT  SOLD. GET UP OF THAT 30 35 PERCENT LEVEL IF YOU WANT TO GET MORE AGGRESSIVE AND THAT'S WHY I  RECOMMEND THE CORPSES TO PROTECT THOSE SALES. SO YOU WANT 30 PERCENT OF THE CROP SOLD AT THIS NEW CROP THAT'S RIGHT YES. IF THEY HAVEN'T DID IT WE NEED TO GET IT DONE IMMEDIATELY YES.  ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK  HERE ON AGDAY AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE.YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS ON MACHINERY PETE DOT COM. SEARCH EQUIPMENT FROM  DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. ONLY ON MACHINERY PETE DOT  COM. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN AND MIKE IT LOOKS LIKE WE  HAVE A STORM SYSTEM RIGHT THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY COULD HIT MISSOURI. MAYBE IT'S TOO LITTLE  TOO LATE THOUGH. HOPEFULLY THERE'S SOME FOLKS OUT THERE STILL HANGING YOU STILL NEED IT FOR THE  LONG TERM DROUGHT SITUATION BUT YEAH THIS IS A NICE LITTLE SLOW MOVING WET SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. I SUPPOSE YOU COULD SAY ABOUT A MONTH AND A HALF AGO  THAT'S A SYSTEM THAT YOU REALLY DIDN'T NEED IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.  WATCH HOW SLOW THAT IT DOES MOVE AND IT HAS A FAIR AMOUNT OF MOISTURE WITH IT. ALSO I WANT TO NEW ENGLAND PUTTING DOWN SOME DECENT RAINS AS WELL JUST SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS ALONG  THIS COOL FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE UPPER GREAT LAKES NORTHERN PLAINS. HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY  OUT WEST AS IS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR HEADING INTO THE MORNING HOURS TOMORROW WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT DECENT RAINS WHEN YOU'RE AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT YOU CAN GET SOME  WIDESPREAD STEADY RAINS AHEAD OF THE WARM FRONT EVEN AT NIGHT. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE  LOOKING AT FOR TOMORROW MORNING HEADING THROUGH THE DAY THEN THAT WHOLE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO MOISTEN UP THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WITH WIDESPREAD AREAS OF SHOWERS AND EVEN  SOME SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS SCATTERED STUFF ALSO IN THE SOUTHWEST AND THE SYSTEM IN THE  NORTHEAST MOVING AWAY IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF CANADA. NOW TAKE A LOOK AT PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE SOME DECENT AMOUNT PARTS OF KANSAS  EASTERN OKLAHOMA SPOTTY INTO TEXAS ALSO PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST AND FLORIDA ADDING IN THE  NEXT 36 HOURS. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT SYSTEM JUST CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH LOTS OF AREAS GETTING ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN OUT OF THAT ACROSS PARTS OF MISSOURI ILLINOIS  INDIANA AS THAT PUSHES OFF TO THE EAST. NOW WE KIND OF HOPE FOR THESE AREAS THAT ARE SHOWING  UP GETTING MISSED NOT TO GET MISSED WITH THIS SYSTEM IT REALLY SHOULD BE A FAIRLY WIDESPREAD  RAIN EVENT JUST NOT. NOT OVERLY HEAVY BUT AT LEAST A DECENT SOAKER. TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON YOU'RE LOOKING AT A LOT OF 70S AND 80S AND 70S WHERE IT'S RAINING BUT 80S ELSEWHERE  ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN BELT LITTLE BIT COOLER FAR NORTH AND OF COURSE IT'S STILL MUGGY DOWN IN  THE SOUTHEAST AND MOST OF TEXAS HEADING INTO TONIGHT. LOTS OF LOWS IN THE 60S AND IN THE  NORTHEAST MID-ATLANTIC AS WELL AS THE NORTHERN PLAINS. BUT THERE IS THIS LITTLE AREA OF KIND OF  MUGGY 70S ON UP INTO THOSE CHICAGO ANDST. LOUIS AREAS. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW AFTERNOON LOTS OF 90S THROUGH THE SOUTH AGAIN. BUT YOU'RE TALKING 70S AND 80S ACROSS MOST OF  THE MIDWEST AS FAR AS THE JET STREAM GOES. SCUSE ME YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE LITTLE TROUGHS  MOVING THROUGH THINGS AND TROUGH STILL TRYING TO FORM IN THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. KIND  OF INTERESTING THOUGH AS WE HEAD THROUGH TIME IT REALLY CUTS DOWN ON THE RIDGE OUT WEST. WE'LL  SEE WHAT THAT EVOLVES TO BUT THAT'S NEXT TUESDAY SHOWING A WIDESPREAD TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER STATES. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL  FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL REDDING CALIFORNIA HAZY SUNSHINE AND HOT HIGH OF 98 DEGREES. GRAND  ISLAND NEBRASKA. COOLER PERIODS OF RAIN WITH THAT STORM SYSTEM HIGH OF 76 AND FRANKFORT KENTUCKY PARTLY SUNNY AND RATHER WARM HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 87.  

TEASE
THERE HASN'T BEEN MUCH TO CELEBRATE IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY LATELY - WHAT WITH TRADE FIGHTS AND LOW MILK PRICES. NEXT - FIND OUT WHICH STATE HAS ACTUALLY HAS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. THAT'S IN OUR FARM JOURNAL MILK REPORT. AND THEN...COMPLETING A COMPLEX PUZZLE - THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE  MAKING. 

DAIRY REPORT
SOME MICHIGAN DAIRY PRODUCERS ARE CELEBRATING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF  A NEW CHEESE PROCESSOR COMING INTO THE STATE. AND FOR GOOD REASON. THE STATE HAS SEEN DRAMATIC GROWTH IN MILK PRODUCTION"WE'VE GOT AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL, WONDERFUL DAIRY INDUSTRY. IT'S OVER 1700 FARMS, PRIMARILY  FAMILY FARMS, MANY CASES BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS.".> MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER TOUTING THE STATE'S DAIRY INDUSTRY WHICH HAS WITNESSED EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. ACCORDING TO USDA DATA MILK PRODUCTION IN MICHIGAN IS UP ABOUT THAN  TWO BILLION POUNDS TO MORE THAN ELEVEN BILLION POUNDS - THAT'S AN  INCREASE OF 22.6%. COWS NUMBERS ARE UP BY 47-THOUSANAND HEAD TO 427-THOUSAND COWS.  THAT'S AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 12 PERCENT.  ANNUAL MILK PRODUCTION PER COW IS UP 22-HUNDRED POUNDS - UP NINE PERCENT TO MORE THAN 26-THOUSAND POUNDS A YEAR.  "IF YOU DON'T HAVE A MARKET RIGHT HERE YOU HAD TO SHIP IT SOMEPLACE ELSE AND THOSE THAT  WAS VERY EXPENSIVE. SO TO BE HONEST WITH YOU OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS WE'VE HAD A CHALLENGE FOR DAIRY FARMERS. IT'S BEEN A TOUGH HAUL."WITHIN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS - IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED - A NEW MILK PROCESSING PLANT WILL OPEN IN ST. JOHN'S, MICHIGAN. IT'S A JOINT EFFORT OF GLANBIA NUTRITIONALS, DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA  AND SELECT MILK PRODUCERS. "THE SIZE OF THIS PLANT IS JUST PHENOMENAL. I MEAN, WE'RE LOOKING AT 20% PLUS OF THE TOTAL  MILK PRODUCTION OF STATE OF MICHIGAN GOING THROUGH THIS FACILITY. SO IT IS HUGE. THAT MUCH PRODUCT IS NOT BEING SHIPPED OUT OF STATE NOW THAT'S BEING PROCESSED HERE IN THE STATE."  ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT FARM JOURNAL'S MILK THE PLANT WILL  PROCESS EIGHT MILLION POUNDS OF MILK A DAY. THE OWNERS INTEND TO  EMPLOY 250 PEOPLE WHEN IT'S FULLY OPERATION - WHICH WOULD COME IN THE  YEAR 2020. THEY'VE ALSO ENTERED AN AGREEMENT WITH PRO-LIANT DAIRY INGREDIENTS TO PROCESS THE WHEY CO-PRODUCTS. PRO-LIANT SAYS IT INTENDS TO BUILD A SEPARATE PLANT ON THE SAME SITE IN  ST. JOHN'S. " WE'RE GOING TO HOPEFULLY LIFT UP THE LIVELIHOODS OF DAIRY FARMERS HERE WE'RE GOING TO AFFECT  PEOPLE ON FARM, WE'RE GOING TO AFFECT THE RURAL COMMUNITIES, WE'RE GOING TO AFFECT ST. JOHN'S  AS A PARTNERSHIP ON A TEAM,"THE STATE OF MICHIGAN OFFERED FINANCIAL INCENTIVES AND TAX ABATEMENTS  TO SECURE THE DEAL. "THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS EVENT, IT'S IT'S HUGE TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN AND TO EVERY DAIRY  FARMER IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN. YEAH, SO THIS PLANT IS BEING BUILT HERE IN ST. JOHN'S, BUT IT'S  GOING TO AFFECT EVERYBODY AND HOW THEIR THEIR PRICE OF THEIR MILK IS, IS CREATED. "THE ESTIMATED COST OF THIS PROJECT - 470-MILLION DOLLARS. 

TEASE
UP NEXT - THE A MASSIVE PUZZLE - IN THE SHAPE OF A DINOSAUR. IN THE COUNTRY IS NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BE THE ALL-NEW KUBOTA SIDEKICK. A UTILITY VEHICLE THAT LETS YOU  CLIMB MORE, COVER MORE, TOW MORE AND ENJOY MORE. VISIT KUBOTAUSA.COM. WHEN UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUS THIS  SEPTEMBER THEY'LL BE GREETED BY AN IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY OF DINOSAUR  BONES. AND SOME OF THEM WERE FOUND IN A PEAT BOG IN NEIGHBORING INDIANA. A PAIR OF MASTODON SKELETONS THAT STOOD IN A UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN  NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM FOR DECADES ARE BEING REASSEMBLED AND  ERECTED INSIDE THE SCHOOL'S NEW BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES BUILDING NEXT DOOR. THE SKELETON OF THE FEMALE OWOSSO MASTODON WAS TAKEN APART THIS  SPRING AFTER STANDING INSIDE THE  NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM SINCE 1947. SHE EVENTUALLY WILL STAND BESIDE THE CAST OF A BUESCHING (BUSH'-ING)  MASTODON, WHICH WAS DISCOVERED NEAR FORT WAYNE INDIANA. "WE WANT SOMETHING IMPRESSIVE TO GREET VISITORS AS THEY COME THROUGH THIS DOOR. WHAT WE  HAVE SELECTED FOR THAT ROLE IS OUR MASTODON COUPLE, AN ADULT MALE AND AN ADULT FEMALE.""PART OF THE PUBLIC'S FASCINATION WITH THESE ANIMALS IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE THEM ANYMORE. AND  YET, OBVIOUSLY, THEY WERE HERE SO RECENTLY. WE HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL FOSSIL RECORD OF THEM IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD ESPECIALLY."> ....QUITE THE PUZZLE. BOTH WILL BE PLACED INSIDE A FIVE STORY ATRIUM WHICH  OPENS NEXT SPRING ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CAMPUS. 

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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