AgDay Daily Recap - August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 16, 2018


HEADLINES
CROP SCOUTS PREPARE TO SCOUR THE CORN BELT FOR A MID-SEASON  ESTIMATE OF THE CROPS  "I'M MICHELLE ROOK. WE'LL LOOK AT YIELD PROSPECTS FOR THE 2018 CROP HERE IN MINNESOTA. DETAILS COMING UP." USDA TAPS FUNDS TO HELP A STRUGGLING DAIRY INDUSTRY. IN AGRIBUSINESS...ARE THE CORN LOWS IN? CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE BEEF IS GAINING TRACTION. AND RESEARCHERS IN CALIFORNIA LOOK FOR WAYS AGRICULTURE AND NATURE  CAN BOTH COEXIST. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

PRO FARMER CROP TOUR PREVIEW
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. USDA SAYS THERE'S A RECORD-SIZED  SOYBEAN CROP IN THE MAKING THIS SEASON. LIKEWISE, THERE ARE RECORD-SIZED CORN YIELDS BEING DISCOVERED ACROSS  THE CORN BELT. IS THAT TRUE? THE PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR EXPECTS TO FIND SOME ANSWERS THE HIGHLY REGARDED AND HIGHLY WATCHED CROP TOUR STEPS-OFF THIS  COMING MONDAY. TEAMS OF SCOUTS WILL SCATTER ACROSS THE MIDWEST - FROM OHIO TO NEBRASKA - TO GATHER MORE THAN TWO-THOUSAND CROP SAMPLES FROM BOTH CORN AND SOYBEAN FIELDS. THEIR ROUTES COVER APPROXIMATELY 60-PERCENT OF THE PRIMARY CORN- GROWING REGION OF THE COUNTRY. THE PRO FARMER TOUR RELIES ON 'BOOTS ON THE GROUND' RESEARCH TO  GAUGE CROP CONDITIONS AND POTENTIAL YIELD FROM SEVEN STATES,  COMPARING THE RESULTS TO LAST YEAR'S TOUR. "THE MAIN THING IS, THEY'VE ALWAYS TOUTED THE IDEA THAT LOOK, WE COMPARE ONE CROP YEAR ONE CRAB TOUR TO THE PRIOR CROP HERE, WE'RE NOT COMPARING HOW WE LOOK AT OR HOW USDA LOOKED AT  THE CROPS, WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE COMPARISON IS FROM YEAR TO YEAR ON THE CROP TOUR. AND  THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSISTENCY WITH THE CROP TOUR DATA, YOU CAN USE THAT TO THEN MAKE  A JUDGMENT ON WHETHER OR NOT USDA INFORMATION IS TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW OR JUST RIGHT."WILSON WILL LEAD THE TOUR IN THE WESTERN CORN BELT - COVERING PARTS  OF SOUTH DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA, WHERE USDA IS PROJECTING RECORD CORN  YIELDS. THE SCOUTS THEN TRAVEL WESTERN IOWA AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. THE LATEST USDA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT PEGGED SOYBEAN YIELDS IN  MINNESOTA 2 BUSHELS HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR AT 49 BUSHELS PER ACRES. WHILE THE AGENCY LOWERED CORN YIELD FOR THE STATE BY 3 BUSHELS PER  ACRE COMPARED TO 2017 AT 191 BUSHELS. MICHELLE ROOK TALKED TO FARMERS  ACROSS THE STATE TO SEE IF THEY AGREED WITH THIS PROJECTION.  THE LATEST USDA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT PROJECTS LOWER CORN YIELDS IN  MINNESOTA THAN A YEAR AGO AND MOST OF THE FARMERS WE TALKED TO HERE IN THE STATE WOULD  AGREE.   THE CORN YIELD POTENTIAL HAS BEEN PULLED DOWN BY NITROGEN LOSS AND DAMAGE FROM HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING IN PARTS OF THE STATE.   BRIAN KRUSE, GOLDEN HARVEST SALES REPRESENTATIVE, "THE SOUTHERN TIER OF COUNTIES,  SOUTHERN TWO TIER OF COUNTIES ALONG THE I-90 CORRIDOR CERTAINLY WAS HURT BY TOO MUCH RAINFALL  DURING THE GROWING SEASON."       DOUG MAGNUS, SLAYTON, MN FARMER, "THE CORN CROP IS REALLY VARIABLE. IT GOES FROM  ZERO TO NOT TOO BAD AND SO MUCH OF OUR CORN IS UP AND DOWN AND ALL YELLOW."   THE CROP HAS ALSO BEEN PUSHED, WITH GDUS WELL AHEAD OF AVERAGE, WHICH COULD HURT THE FILL.   DAVE NICOLAI, UNIVERSITY OF MN EXTENSION EDUCATOR, CROPS, "WE WERE AS MUCH AS 12 DAYS AHEAD OF NORMAL IN TERMS OF THE MONTH THROUGH JUNE AND JULY."   AS A RESULT, PRODUCERS IN THOSE AREA ARE EXPECTING LOWER YIELDS.  KIRBY HETTVER, DEGRAFF, MN FARMER, "WE'RE PROBABLY 30-BUSHEL OFF OF WHAT WE PLANNED.   HETTVER, "210 WAS KIND OF THE LOW END OF THE FIELDS THAT WE PLANNED FOR PRODUCTION WISE, SO  YOU KNOW I'M REALLY HOPEFUL FOR 180, 185 FARM AVERAGES."    BOB WORTH, LAKE BENTON, MN FARMER, "AS WE HARVEST THIS FALL WE'RE GOING TO HAVE CORN  FROM ZERO TO 250 ON THE SAME ROUND."  HOWEVER, IT'S A TALE OF TWO CROPS WITH BETTER POTENTIAL TO THE NORTH AND EAST, WITH MORE NORMAL  RAINFALL. DAVE NICOLAI, UNV. OF MN EXTENSION EDUCATOR, CROPS, "IF I GO TO THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STATE  THOUGH I THINK WE HAVE A LOT THAT COULD EASILY INTO THAT 200-BUSHEL RANGE OR BIGGER."    TOM HAAG, EDEN VALLEY, MN FARMER, "NORMALLY WE'RE IN THAT 170 TO 175 REALLY THE TOP  END FOR AN AVERAGE AND RIGHT NOW I'M THINKING WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE IN THAT 190 TO 195."  HOWEVER, THAT MAY NOT MAKE UP FOR THE LOSSES. MEANWHILE, USDA IS PROJECTING SOYBEAN YIELDS IN MINNESOTA AT 49 BUSHELS PER ACRE UP 2  BUSHELS FROM 2017.   JAMIE BEYER, WHEATON, MN FARMER, "OUR BEANS ARE NECK HIGH RIGHT NOW.  SO, WE'RE KIND OF IN THIS POCKET WHERE EVERYTHING IS GOING PRETTY WELL."     HAAG, "WE'VE GOT CLUSTERS GROWING ON TOP THERE'S THE BLOSSOMS THERE AND WITH THIS WARM TEMPS AND THE MOISTURE WE GOT.  I'M HOPING WE CAN BE IN THAT 55 TO 60-BUSHEL RANGE, WHICH  IS A VERY GOOD BEAN CROP FOR US."    BUT AGAIN THERE ARE WET POCKETS THAT WILL HAVE YIELDS BELOW 2017.   GERALD TUMBLESON, SHERBURN, MN FARMER, "THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOWN.  WE USUALLY  RUN AROUND, AVERAGE IN THE 60S BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET THAT THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE  DROWNED OUT AND THE SPOTS THAT DIDN'T COME RIGHT."  SO, WITH HIGH VARIABILITY THE JURY IS OUT ON STATEWIDE YIELDS UNTIL THE COMBINES ROLL THIS FALL.  IN  MINNESOTA I'M MICHELLE ROOK REPORTING FOR AGDAY .  > 

USDA PURCHASING MILK
DAIRY FARMERS ARE GETTING A LITTLE HELP - AND FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE  COUNTRY WILL GETTING FRESH MILK - THANKS TO A BIG PURCHASE BY USDA. THE AG DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCING PLANS TO BUY 11 TO 13 MILLION GALLONS  FOR 50 MILLION DOLLARS. IT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO FOOD BANKS. A PERMANENT APPROPRIATION CALLED SECTION 32 ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT  TO BUY SURPLUS AG PRODUCTS TO ASSIST FARMERS.  THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S BEEN USED TO BUY LIQUID MILK. AS WE'VE BEEN REPORTING HUNDREDS OF DAIRY FARMS HAVE CLOSED THIS YEAR UNDER TOUGH ECONOMIC PRESSURE. DECLINING MILK DEMAND HAS CREATED A GLUT OF MILK AND LOWERED MILK PRICES FOR FARMERS. THE C-E-O OF INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION SAYS THIS WILL HELP PEOPLE ON FOOD BENEFITS - LIKE SNAP - GET BETTER ACCESS TO MILK. "THERE'S NOTHING AS NUTRITIOUS AS A GLASS OF MILK. ONLY ONE IN 10 AMERICANS ARE GETTING THE RECOMMENDED THREE SERVINGS A DAY OF DAIRY ABOUT NEARLY HALF THE HOUSEHOLD SNAP RECIPIENT HOUSEHOLDS HAVE CHILDREN. " THE NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION SAYS THE BUY WILL HELP SPUR  BETTER MARKET PRICES FOR THE INDUSTRY. "FIRST OF ALL BETWEEN NINE AND 13 MILLION GALLONS OF FLUID MILK WILL BE GOING TO FOOD BANKS WHICH IS A CRITICAL NEED ANNUALLY ONLY ABOUT A GALLON PER PERSON PER YEAR IS DONATED TO FOOD. MILK IS DONATED TO FOOD BANKS SO HAVING THAT MILK IN THE PIPELINE TO GO TO THOSE FOOD BANKS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. NOW SECONDLY WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW IT IMPACTS THE MARKET. BUT IF ALL OF THAT FLUID MILK OR A GOOD PORTION OF THAT FLUID MILK COMES OUT OF CHEESE PRODUCTION COULD SEE A SIGNIFICANT BUMP IN CM HE CHEESE. BLOCK PRICES AND MAYBE BARREL PRICES AS WELL." THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYSTHIS PURCHASE IS NOT RELATED TO THE EMERGENCY  ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS LINKED TO THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED TARIFF-AID PROGRAM. THAT SEPARATE PROGRAM HELPS FARMERS HURT BY THE TRADE DISPUTE. DETAILS OF THAT PLAN ARE EXPECTED AFTER LABOR DAY.THE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS THIS PURCHASE IS NOT RELATED TO THE  EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS LINKED TO THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED  TARIFF-AID PROGRAM. THAT SEPARATE PROGRAM HELPS FARMERS HURT BY THE TRADE DISPUTE.  DETAILS OF THAT PLAN ARE EXPECTED AFTER LABOR DAY. 

YOSEMITE CLOSURE
THE VISITOR GATES ARE OPEN AGAIN AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK'S SCENIC  VALLEY. THE PARK WAS CLOSED FOR 20 DAYS BECAUSE OF SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN  THE REGION. SOME OF THE HIKERS AND NATURE LOVERS SAID THEY DON'T MIND THE STILL- HAZY AIR THAT OBSCURED SCENIC VISTAS. PARK OFFICIALS ALSO ADVISED VISITORS TO EXPECT LIMITED LODGING AND  FOOD SERVICES AT YOSEMITE, ONE OF THE BUSIEST NATIONAL PARKS IN THE U.S. YOSEMITE'S CLOSURE CAME AT THE HEIGHT OF TOURIST SEASON, COSTING THE PARK AND NEARBY COMMUNITIES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE PARK DRAWS  MORE THAN 600-THOUSAND VISITORS DURING A TYPICAL AUGUST. 

CROP COMMENTS
GETTING BACK TO CROP CONDITIONS IS OUR OWN METEROLOGIST MIKE  HOFFMAN. HE HAS TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  WE ARE STARTING OFF IN NORTH-CENTRAL TEXAS. AUSTIN MILES SAYS HE WEANED HIS SPRING CALF CROP EARLY AS PART OF A DROUGHT MITIGATION  PLAN. HE SAYS THE AREA IS DRY AND HOPES TO RECEIVE MORE MOISTURE  SOON.  AN UPDATED U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR WILL BE RELEASED TODAY.  SPEAKING OF RAIN,  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN, OKLAHOMA TWEETING WILL  ROGER'S WORLD AIRPORT RECEIVED 4.9 INCHES OF RAIN TUESDAY NIGHT - THE  HIGHEST DAILY RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST. THE PREVIOUS RECORD  WAS 4.6 INCHES BACK IN 2008.  NOW TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECASTING SEE A LITTLE BIT OF WIND WITH THAT SYSTEM IN  THE LOWER GREAT LAKES OHIO VALLEY ALSO DOWN INTO TEXAS AS WE HEAD INTO THE AFTERNOON THOSE WINDS WILL INCREASE IN PLACES BUT IT'S REALLY SPOTTY NO WIDESPREAD WIND EXPECTED. SAME  IDEA TOMORROW MORNING. AND AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY TOMORROW YOU CAN SEE IT  TURNS A LITTLE WINDY HERE ALONG THE EAST COAST AND A FEW SPOTS IN THE PLAINS. WE'LL HAVE YOUR  FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TIPS. 

TEASE
USDA THINKS WE'RE ON PACE FOR A RECORD CORN CROP BUT WHAT ABOUT MARKETS? COULD THE LOWS BE IN? WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT NEXT IN AGRIBUSINESS. AND LATER, TAKE A DIP IN THESE CALIFORNIA STREAMS AS RESEARCHERS LOOK  FOR WAYS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN AGRICULTURE AND NATURE. ADVICE, INFORMATION, IDEAS AND MORE. IF IT'S AG TECH, IT'S IN THE TECH TOOLSHED, YOUR UNBIASED, ONE-STOP SOURCE FOR EVERYTHING AG TECH.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS WHAT GOES UP CAN ALSO COME DOWN, THE GRAIN MARKET  BACK IN THE RED ON WEDNESDAY. LETS FIND OUT WHY FROM OUR FREINDS ON  THE FLOOR. TODAY'S SOYBEANS SLIPPED A LITTLE BIT THAT RECENT LARGE CROP ESTIMATE REALLY HAS CAST A SHADOW  OVERFUT. PLUS THAT 25 PERCENT TARIFF FROM CHINA JUST KEEPS STRAIGHT AND KEEPS A STRANGLEHOLD  ON PRICES. AND THERE'S REALLY NO END IN SIGHT. CORN WAS STEADY TODAY IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S  COMPETING FUNDAMENTAL NEWS THAT KIND OF STALLED THE PRICES OUT SO IT HASN'T REALLY BEEN GOING  UP OR DOWN AND KIND OF LIKE MOVING SIDEWAYS A LITTLE BIT TODAY. CATTLE WAS RISING AS WHOLESALE  BEEF PRICES WERE HIGHER TODAY THEY'RE CLIMBING SIGNIFICANTLY AND UNDERPINNING FUTURES BOX DEMAND IS IMPROVING WITH CHOICE UP 121 AND SELECT OF 161. AND IT'S REALLY STARTING TO SHOW  SOME REAL SIGNS OF LIFE AND MAYBE GETTING THE MARKET STARTING TO MOVE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER  FEEDERS WERE ALSO HIGHER. IT SEEMS THAT MOMENTUM AHEAD IS A REAL POSSIBILITY. NOW HOGS WERE STEADY TODAY THE CONSOLIDATING IN A VERY VERY TIGHT RANGE. THAT REALLY IS GOOD NEWS THAT  THE MARKET HASN'T REALLY FALLEN OFF THE EDGE. THE TREND IS STILL LOWER EVEN THE SHORT TERM AND  THE LONG TERM TREND IS STILL LOWER BUT THOSE OVERSOLD CONDITIONS IS KIND OF STOPPING THE MARKET  FROM FURTHER US FURTHER SELL OFF AND THE INCREASE PACKER MARGINS IS STARTING TO UNDERPIN THE  FUTURES AND REALLY ADDING TO THE PRICE SUPPORT THAT'S OFTEN THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP HERE IN  CHICAGO AND VIRGINIA MCATHEY.  

AGRIBUSINESS
AS CORN PRICES WALLOW AROUND, THERE'S SOME TALK THAT MARKETS ARE  POISED FOR A REBOUND. IN ANALYSIS FROM THE ROAD, TYNE MORGAN ASKS  WHETHER THE LOWS ARE IN. HERE NOW IS STEVE GEORGEY OF ALLANDALE. STEVE WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS CORN MARKET AND WE  SEE THE PRICE FLUCTUATIONS THAT WE'VE HAD THE PAST MONTH DO YOU THINK THAT WE'VE PUT A CORN  LOW IN. OF COURSE YOU CAN ASK ME THAT. BUT YES I FEEL THAT WE PROBABLY HAVE. AND SO WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON IT'S NOT JUST SO MUCH OF WHEREAS THE YIELDS. WHAT KIND OF SITUATION  DO WE HAVE ANY FUNDAMENTAL SIDE. IT'S ALSO WHAT IS THE MEDIA FEEDING US AT THIS POINT ARE WE  GETTING TO A POINT NOW WHERE WE'RE STARTING TO HEAR SOME POSITIVE NEWS NOT JUST NEGATIVE  TARIFF TALK AND NEGATIVE NEWS THAT DRIVES THIS MARKET AND IT WAS ALMOST THIS PANIC AND FEAR THAT HAD PUSHED US TO THE LEVELS THAT WE WERE AT. BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE FUNDAMENTALS  STRICTLY THE FUNDAMENTALS MOVING FORWARD WE PROBABLY ARE UNDERVALUED TO GET BACK TO 350 FOR DECEMBER CORN I THINK WOULD BE PRETTY TOUGH TO DO RIGHT NOW. WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO SEE  SOME MORE NEGATIVE MEDIA NEWS IN ORDER TO PUSH US TO THOSE LEVELS. STEVE WHEN WE LOOK AT  WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH THE WHEAT MARKET. I MEAN DO YOU THINK WE COULD HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR HAPPENED IN THE CORN MARKET IF WE DO START TO REALIZE MAYBE THERE'S SOME ISSUES IN  SOME GROWING AREAS NOT JUST IN THEU.S. YEAH WITH THE WHEAT THOUGH IT IS IT'S GLOBAL AND SO WE  NEED TO LOOK AT THAT AS A GLOBAL SCALE. WE KNOW RIGHT NOW WHEN WE LOOK AT CORN CORN  DEMAND GLOBALLY IS EXTREMELY WHAT WE'VE GOT. ENDING STOCKS OR I SHOULD SAY STOCKS TO USE GLOBALLY ARE REALLY TIGHT. SO WILL WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS DEMAND UNLIKE WHEAT THOUGH WHEAT  LOOKS LIKE WE'VE GOT A FRIENDLY GLOBAL PICTURE BUT WE HAVE A BIG SUPPLY OF WHEAT WE NEED TO  SEE THAT THE DEMAND STEP UP IN ORDER TO REALLY PUSH US TO THAT NEXT LEVEL FOR WHEAT. BUT THE  CHARTS LOOK PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW. AND FOR CORN THOUGH YOU THINK THAT DEMAND IS THERE AND IT  CAN STAY THERE. I DO THINK THAT DEMAND IS THERE. I THINK IT ALSO BECOMES THIS WHERE WHEN YOU  LOOK AT DEMAND SPECIFICALLY WE'RE THE ONES HOLDING ALL THE CARDS. WE HAVE BIG YIELDS WE KNOW THAT WE'VE GOT A BIG CROP COMING AGAIN. BUT WE'VE SEEN SOME ISSUES AROUND THE GLOBE  BUT WE'RE THE STORE WE'RE THE ONES TO GO TO SO IF WE STILL SEE PROBLEMS I BELIEVE THAT DEMAND  IS THERE AND WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO DEAL WITH THAT IN THE FUTURE. ALL RIGHT STEVE TOWARD YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. STAY WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH  MORE HERE ON DAY. 

TEASE
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WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO DAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE MIKE TALKED TO SOME FOLKS IN  OKLAHOMA. IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY JUST GOT TONS OF RAIN IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME YESTERDAY. YEAH.  AND IT'S WITH THIS SYSTEM BUT IT WAS OBVIOUSLY IN AN AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT JUST KEPT  HITTING THE SAME SPOTS. BUT THIS SYSTEM HAS NOT REALLY BROUGHT WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINS BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE PARTS OF IT EVEN CLOSE TO THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE JUST NOT PUTTING DOWN  MUCH RAIN. THIS IS THIS MORNING JOINING IN A LOT OF THE MOISTURE AND MOVING THROUGH THE  CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE OHIO VALLEY WITH JUST SCATTERED ACTIVITY TO THE NORTH AND  NORTHWEST OF THE SYSTEM. NOW THAT DOES INCREASE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AS THE  AFTERNOON HEATING GETS GOING. BUT IT'S STILL MORE OF A SCATTERED SITUATION RATHER THAN WIDESPREAD SOAKING RAINS. YOU CAN SEE SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST  AND THE HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR IN THE SOUTHWEST HEADING INTO  THE MORNING HOURS TOMORROW WE DO HAVE ANOTHER COOL FRONT COMING ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS INTO THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES THAT WILL DRY THINGS OUT AS THIS WHOLE SYSTEM KIND OF  MOVES OFF TO THE EAST AND IT WILL PUSH A LOT OF THAT MOISTURE OFF TO THE SOUTHEAST YOU CAN SEE  BY LATER TODAY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES A  LITTLE BIT MORE ALONG THE FIRST COLD FRONT THOUGH FROM THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE  MID-ATLANTIC STATES FARTHER NORTHWARD AND THE HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY OUT WEST. ONE MORE COOL FRONT NOT A BIG DEAL THOUGH AT THIS POINT COMING THROUGH WESTERN CANADA. PRECIPITATION  ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS LIKE I SAID A LOT OF THE MOISTURE HAS BEEN IN THE SOUTHERN  PART OF THIS SYSTEM. SO FROM ARKANSAS INTO THE OHIO VALLEY OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS ALSO DECENT AMOUNTS. HANDFUL OF FLORIDA CHECKING OUT THE NEXT 36 HOURS. YOU KNOW OVER THE  COURSE OF A TWO AND A HALF A PERIOD A LOT OF AREAS DO GET ONE TO TWO INCHES IN THE OHIO VALLEY  CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND THEN SPOTTY AREAS ELSEWHERE WITH LESSER AMOUNTS OBVIOUSLY IN  NORTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON IN THE 90S STEAMY FROM SOUTHERN KANSAS SOUTHWARD FARTHER NORTH LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE AIR BUT STILL  WARM YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF LOWER 80S ACROSS THE CORN BELT LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT GOING TO  DROP OFF INTO THE A FEW 50S BUT MAINLY 60S ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS BUT FROM CHICAGO  SOUTHWARD. SO KIND OF MUGGY 70 PLUS IN THOSE AREAS. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW THE 90S GET SHOVED A LITTLE BIT FARTHER SOUT WITH THAT FRONT COMING THROUGH. BUT IT'S STILL WARM LIKE I  SAID BEHIND THAT FRONT JUST NOT AS HUMID ACROSS THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS. LITTLE BIT OF A  TROUGH WITH THAT SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH. YOU CAN SEE THAT ON THE JETSTREAM THAT MOVES ON BY  A BIGGER TROUGH LOOKS LIKE IT'S TRYING TO DIG IN AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK. EVENTUALLY DOES ON  OUR COMPUTER MODEL BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK AND THAT'LL BRING A SHOT OF COOLER AIR TO THE GREAT LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST RIDGE STILL CONTINUES SOUTHWEST NORTHWARD. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS  THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HAD TO NIETOS CALIFORNIA FIRST OF  ALL A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE AND HOT HIGH OF 106 HERE IN SOUTH DAKOTA PARTLY SUNNY  A THUNDERSTORM OR TWO PRETTY LIKELY HIGH OF 81 IN GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA PARTLY SUNNY HOT  AND HUMID A HIGH OF 92.  

TEASE
WE'LL CHECK ON THE CATTLE INDUSTRY AND A SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT AFTER  THE BREAK. AND LATER, FISH OR CATTLE. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ONE OR THE OTHER  ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS. WE'RE OFF TO THE GOLDEN STATE FOR A DEEP DIVE INTO THE SEARCH FOR  ANSWERS. 

DROVERS TV
FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DROVERS, CARGILL SAYS MORE THAN 1 MILLION  POUNDS OF BEEF WAS PRODUCED DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF ITS  CANADIAN BEEF SUSTAINABILITY PILOT PROJECT. PROJECT SET FORWARD TO DELIVER A CONSISTENT SUPPLY OF BEEF FROM CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE SOURCES.  IN A STATEMENT, THE COMPANY SAYS VOLUMES NEARLY DOUBLED FROM THE  FIRST QUARTER TO THE THIRD. DURING THE THIRD QUARTER PARTICIPATING CANADIAN PRODUCERS EARNED CREDITS OF $18.52 PER HEAD. "CARGILL SAYS A GROWING NUMBER OF CANADIAN BEEF CATTLE PRODUCERS ARE COMPLETING THE STEPS  NECESSARY TO QUALIFY FOR THE PILOT, WITH THE OVERARCHING GOAL OF ENABLING RETAIL AND FOODSERVICE PARTICIPANTS TO CONSISTENTLY OFFER A SUPPLY OF BEEF FROM CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE SOURCES TO  CONSUMERS"THE STANDARDS WERE RECENTLY DEVELOPED BY THE CANADIAN ROUNDTABLE  FOR SUSTAINABLE BEEF. THE EFFORT FOLLOWS A PROJECT THAT ENDED IN 2016, WHERE MCDONALD'S  CANADA COLLABORATED WITH CARGILL AND OTHER SUPPLY CHAIN STAKEHOLDERS TO DEMONSTRATE THE VIABILITY OF THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM. REACHING ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS DOESN'T MEAN AN EITHER OR OR SOLUTION.  WE'LL SEE HOW RESEARCHERS IN CALIFORNIA ARE LOOKING FOR SUSTAINABLE  ANSWERS IN THE STATES WATERWAYS. 

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. WHILE CALIFORNIA IS DEALING WITH HISTORIC WILDFIRE, RESEARCH CONTINUES  IN THE STATE ON WAYS TO KEEP AND CREATE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES. AND THAT OFTEN MEANS FINDING BALANCE BETWEEN NATURE AND  AGRICULTURE AS SEEN IN THIS VIDEO FROM UC-DAVIS. THE THING THAT'S SO EXCITING ABOUT THIS STREAM IS THAT IT'S SHOWING US THAT THERE'S A NEW PATH FORWARD WHEN WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT MAKING OUR RIVERS BETTER. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT  RESTORATION LIKE WE HAVE TO MOVE PEOPLE OFF WE HAVE TO STOP CATTLE RANCHING WE HAVE TO STOP  AGRICULTURE. BUT THIS RIVER EXISTS LIKE THIS IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ACTIVE CATTLE RANCH. SO THAT TELLS  US THAT THERE'S A PLACE FOR PEOPLE IN THE SOLUTION. IN THIS CASE WE'RE TRYING TO HELP RECOVER A  PARTICULAR SPECIES OF SALMON THAT LIVES IN THE SHASTA RIVER COHO SALMON SALMON AS WE KNOW THEM HAS BEEN AROUND FOR AT LEAST 50 MILLION YEARS. THEY HAVE WEATHERED EXTREME EVENTS  THROUGHOUT THAT HISTORY EARTHQUAKES MEGA DROUGHTS FLOODS AND THE REASON THEY'RE ABLE TO  PERSIST IS BECAUSE SOME DIE OFF DURING TOUGH TIMES. OTHERS HANG ON THE SPECIES AS A WHOLE CAN PERSEVERE TO THE FUTURE. TODAY WE DON'T HAVE THAT DIVERSITY. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT  SALMON ARE FACING IS THERE JUST AREN'T THAT MANY OF THEM ANYMORE. AND AT THE SAME TIME  THERE'S MORE PEOPLE AND LESS WATER. SO AS TIME GOES ON IT BECOMES HARDER TO FIND THAT PERFECT PLACE WHERE WE GET TO SHARE THE WATER WITH ALL THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT AS WELL AS THE  FISH YOU NEED TO SURVIVE TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS. WE NEED A LOT OF BASIC INFORMATION. SO THE  SCIENCE THAT WE DO IS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW MUCH WATER IS IN THE STREAM THAT TELLS  US HOW MUCH WATER WE HAVE TO WORK WITH WHAT TEMPERATURE IS THE WATER THAT TELLS US IF IT'S GOOD WATER OR FISH OR GOOD WATER FOR IRRIGATION WHAT KIND OF HABITAT EXISTS HERE YOU KNOW  WHAT KIND OF DEEP SLOW POOLS WHERE THE FISH CAN SLOW DOWN AND GROW. WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS  HERE. SO ALL OF THAT INFORMATION IS DATA WE'RE COLLECTING WHEN WE COME OUT INTO THE FIELDS AND  SAMPLE BUGS OR MEASURE STREAMFLOW OR MEASURE WATER TEMPERATURE BEING IN PLACES LIKE THIS HELPS ME FEEL LIKE MY SOUL HAS BEEN PLUGGED IN PLACES LIKE THE LITTLE SHASTA. SPEAK TO THE  PEOPLE SOULS WHO LIVED HERE ALL OF THEIR LIVES AND FOR MANY GENERATIONS BEING ABLE TO  PRESERVE IT AND PASS IT ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS IT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS  THAT CAN HELP US MAINTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT AND MAINTAIN OUR OWN NOT JUST LIVELIHOODS BUT HERITAGE. AND THAT'S ALL.

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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