AgDay Daily Recap - August 23, 2018

August 23, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 24, 2018

HEADLINES

THE PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR HEADS INTO THE HOMESTRETCH. <SOUTHWEST IOWA IS ON THE DROUGHT MONITOR HOW WILL YIELDS END UP BECAUSE OF IT WE INVESTIGATE LATER IN THE SHOW> <AND IT'S DRYNESS ALSO EATING INTO YIELDS IN ANOTHER KEY I STATE WE'LL HAVE THE UPDATE FORM THE EASTERN LEG OF THE CROP TOUR> IN AGRIBUSINESS...WE'VE TALKED CORN AND BEANS--WHAT ABOUT WHEAT. RESTAURANT BUSINESS IS BOOMING...DETAILS ON DROVERS TV. AND DIGGING THROUGH TRASH IN SEARCH OF TREASURE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

CROP TOUR WESTERN LEG UPDATE
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THE PROFARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR IS IN IT'S FINAL DAY AS SCOUTS WORK  NORTH OUT OF IOWA TOWARD ROCHESTER MINNESOTA. CROP TOUR SCOUTS WORKING THEIR WAY ACROSS STATES WITH PLENTY OF  QUESTION MARKS. IN IOWA, DROUGHT AND DRYNESS HAS PLAGUED THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF  THE STATE. WHILE MINNESOTA HAS ALSO SEEN ITS FAIR SHARE OF WEATHER WOES THIS  YEAR --FROM LATE SNOWS TO HEAVY RAINS AND NOW EXPANDING DRYNESS. BACK-TRACKING TO THE RESULTS FROM DAY TWO OF THE TOUR. SCOUTS IN NEBRASKA TABULATING A CORN YIELD OF 179 (179) BUSHELS TO THE  ACRE. LAST YEAR IT WAS 165 (165). COMPARE THAT TO USDA'S FORECAST OF 196 IN AUGUST. CROP TOUR GENERALLY MISSES USDA'S AVERAGE BECAUSE IT ONLY SAMPLES  ABOUT 40 PERCENT IRRIGATED CORN IN NEBRASKA, VERSUS THE STATE ACTUAL  AVERAGE OF 60 PERCENT IRRIGATED CROP.   SOYBEANS RIGHT AT 13-HUNDRED PODS IN A 3 BY 3 SQUARE. ABOUT TWO HUNDRED HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. (1,131) OUT WEST SCOUTS SET OUT ACROSS SOME OF THE DROUGHT STRESSED PARTS OF IOWA ON WEDNESDAY. BETSY JIBBEN CONTINUES OUR COVERAGE FROM THE WESTERN LEG. CLINTON, THE SCOUTS I WAS WITH TRAVELED THROUGH FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES – BOTH  ABNORMALLY DRY ON THE DROUGHT MONITOR. YET THE SAMPLES ALONG OUR ROUTE SHOW SOMETHING  MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU SEE FROM THE ROAD. TAKE A LOOK AND YOU'LL SEE SOUTHWEST IOWA HAS BEEN DRY THIS GROWING SEASON. THE WEEK BEFORE THE TOUR HERE, WE PUT UP ALL OF OUR THIRD CUTTING HAY. 03 NO RAIN ON  ANY OF OUR HAY THIS YEAR. LITTLE RAIN UNTIL DAYS AGO. SUNDAY NIGHT, THE GAUGE GOES TO 5 AND IT WAS FULL. 26 THERE WERE LOCAL REPORTS OF 7  AND 8 INCHES WHERE WE ARE.THE NEWS OF RAIN AS SCOUTS MAKE THEIR WAY TO SEE THE FIELDS FOR  THEMSELVES. DOES THAT FIELD LOOK BETTER THAN WHAT IT DOES FROM THE ROAD? 19 I WOULD SAY IT  LOOKS BETTER THAN WHAT IT DOES FROM THE ROAD, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. 24 YOU GOT OUT THERE, THE EAR COUNTS ARE GOOD. THE EARS ARE NICE, OBVIOUSLY WHEN YOU PULL THEM OUT, THEY FILL OUT TO THE  END. EXPECTIONS OF A DROUGHT-STRESSED CROP, NOW BROKEN. I FIGURED IT WOULD BE DOWN WITH THE DRIER WEATHER THEY'VE HAD IN MISSOURI BUT  THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH RAIN AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE THAT IT'S WEATHERED IT VERY WELL."  SOYBEANS ALSO SHOWING STRONG POD COUNTS, BETTER THAN THESE SCOUTS  ANTICIPATED. IT'S LIKE A CARPET OUT HERE,  IT'S PERFECT. THERE'S NO WEAK SPOTS. 43 POD COUNTS ARE  VERY GOOD TOO, 11 HUNDRED TO 22 HUNDRED, THERE'S ALSO GOOD SOIL MOISTURE, SO THEY GOT A  GOOD CROP OUT HERE. COUNTIES EAST OF OUR ROUTE ARE UNDER A MODERATE AND SEVERE DROUGHT, COUNTIES WE DIDN'T  SAMPLE ALONG OUR ROUTE. REPORTING IN SOUTHWEST IOWA, I'M BETSY JIBBEN THANKS BETSY. 

CROP TOUR EASTERN LEG UPDATE
ON TUESDAY THE EASTERN LEG ROLLED OUT IT'S EXPECTATIONS FOR INDIANA. IT PEGS CORN YIELDS AT 182 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE. ABOUT 11 BUSHELS HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. (171) WHILE SOYBEAN COUNTS WERE ALSO BETTER THAN 17' AT 1311- PODS IN A 3 BY 3 SQUARE. AGAIN ABOUT A HUNDRED OR SO PODS BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. (1168) ON WEDNESDAY THE EASTERN LEG OF THE TOUR MADE IT'S WAY ACROSS  ILLINOIS. TYNE MORGAN STOPPED IN MCLEAN COUNTY TO VISIT AN AREA KNOWN AS ONE  OF THE BEST GROWING REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY. IT’S A KEY “I” STATE THAT USUALLY BOASTS BIG YIELDS. BUT SCOUTS THIS YEAR AREN’T SEEING THE BOUNTIFUL BUSHELS THAT USDA POSTED IN THE AUGUST REPORT. AS CROP SCOUTS SCOOTED ACROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS ON WEDNESDAY… “8, 6 AND 6. SO IT’S OKAY” IT’S AN AVERAGE CROP COMING TO LIGHT. “HAVING COME THROUGH THIS ROUTE LAST YEAR AS WELL, A LTO OF THE YIELDS HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT, THEY’VE BEEN NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THEY WERE LAST YEAR”AND WHILE EAR COUNTS ARE HIGHER…  “THERE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE AS MUCH WEIGHT, AND AS WE KNOW, THIS YEAR IS GOING TO OME DOWN TO WHAT THE WEIGHT OF THE EARS ARE” A FAR CRY FROM USDA’S CURRENT PROJECTIONS SHOWING A RECORD CROP. “WITH USDA’S NUMBERS AT 207 AND 64, YOU HAVE THE PRENOTION, PREDETERMINED IDEA OF WHAT THINGS WILL LOOK LIKE, AND IT’S A LITTLE BIT DISAPPOINTING” FOR MCLEAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS FAMRER DENNIS WENTWORTH… “NO TIP BACK. THIS IS PERFECTLY POLLINATED, PERFECTLY FILLLED OUT” BUT WHEN YOU TAKE A FEW PACES INTO THE FIELD. <YOU CAN SEE, JUST A TOTALLY DIFFEREANT EAR”YOU SEE  LATER-SEASON MOISTURE BECAME MUTED.. <SO THIS IS A MUCH SMALLER EAR AND WILL HAVE HALF THE KERNELS ON IT AS ONE OF THE BIGGER EARS>AND IT’S THOSE IN-FIELD ISSUES EATING INTO YIELD. “WE WOULD HAVE HPED TO HAVE BEEN IN THAT 240, 250 BUSHEL YIELD ON THE HIGHER END, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN THAT. I THIK WE’RE GOING TO BE IN THAT 2000 PLUS TO 225 AREA. PROBABLY DOWN 10 PERCENT FROM LAST YAER’S AVERAGE”BUT THE BEANS.. “YOU START COUNTING THE NODES AND SEE HOW THEY’RE BRANCHED OUT REAL NICE..LOOK BOUNTIFUL IN SOME FIELDS… WITH TALL PLANTS LOADED WITH PODS. “WE’VE HAD YEARS WHERE WE HAD TALL, TALL BEANS AND THE COMBINES GROWLING TRYING TO GET THROUGH THEM AND NOTING IS COMING OUT IN THE BIN. THAT’S NOT THE CASE THIS YEAR” HE THINKS HIS YIELDS THIS YEAR COULD PUSH 80 BUSHELS PER ACRE IN SOME CASES.   “46 YEARS OF DOING THIS, THAT’S AN INCREDIBLE YIELD FOR US”BUT AS SCOUTS SEARCHED MORE ILLINOIS FIELDS.. “ONE WITH 23 POD COUNT. THAT’S NOT THAT IMPRESSIVE, NOT ON 30 INCH ROWS, NO”MEYER SAYS SOME SOYBEAN FIELDS LOOK BETTER FROM THE ROAD.  “I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE VARIABILITY ON PODCOUTNS HAS BEEN, AS HIGH AS 1200 AND AS LOW AS 500”AND IT’S A VARIABLE CROP THAT MEYER THINKS COULD PREVENT THE STATE’S AVERGE FROM REACHING NEW RECORD YEILDS. REPORTING FROM ILLINOIS, I’M TYNE MORGAN FOR AGDAY. THANKS TYNE.  

TRADE DISCUSSIONS
IN OTHER NEWS, AGRICULTURE WITH NEW HOPE FOR A BREAKTHROUGH IN THE  U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR, AS TRADE OFFICIALS FROM BOTH COUNTRIES MEET IN  WASHINGTON FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO MONTHS TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE  SOLUTIONS. MEANWHILE IN CHINA, PORK IMPORTS FROM CHILE, THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU)  AND OTHERS ARE ON THE RISE AS COSTS FROM THE U.S. INCREASE DUE TO  TARIFFS. THAT'S ACCORDING TO COFCO MEAT HOLDINGS REUTERS ALSO REPORTING A MAJOR CHINESE PIG FARM SAYS A BIG PORTION OF  ITS NEWLY EXPANDED PIG FARMING CAPACITY IS IDLE, DUE TO RISING FEED COSTS INCLUDING SOYMEAL.   

USDA AID PAYMENT
BACK AT HOME, AGRI-PULSE NEWS IS REPORTING THAT THE TRADE AID PAYMENT  FOR SOYBEAN FARMERS HAS BEEN PRELIMINARILY PROPOSED AT $1.65 PER  BUSHEL AND 1 CENT PER BUSHEL FOR CORN FARMERS. AGRI-PULSE SAYS OFFICIALS STRESS THAT THOSE NUMBERS COULD CHANGE  WHILE THE PACKAGE IS REVIEWED AND MAY NOT REFLECT THE FINAL. USDA WOULD NOT CONFIRM OR DENY THESE PROPOSED PAYMENT RATES.

CROP COMMENTS
LETS CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY WITH MIKE HOFFMAN AND TODAY  CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING, ITS BEEN A TOUGH GROWING SEASON FOR FARMERS IN  THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. A FARMER FROM MULESHOE TEXAS SAYS SAYS THEIR AREA IS AS BAD AS THEY'VE EVER SEEN AND THEY'VE BEEN FARMING 1973. THEY SAY ITS COMPARABLE TO 2011. CROPS LOOK TERRIBLE AND WHAT ARE THERE WILL BE VERY SHORT. NOW TAKE A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST IT IS GOING TO TURN PRETTY WINDY ACROSS THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON ALSO BACK INTO PARTS OF COLORADO AND WYOMING. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE AND THE WINDS WILL CONTINUE WITH THAT STORM SYSTEM MOVING INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES DOWN INTO TEXAS FOR TOMORROW MORNING AND THAT WILL ONLY INTENSIFY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FORECAST BUT FIRST HAIR OF SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.  

FARMING THE HORIZON
YOUNG COUPLES JUST GETTING STARTED IN A FARMING CAREER, NEED LOOK NO  FURTHER THAN THE CARRAWAY'S OF MURRAY KENTUCKY FOR INSPIRATION. THE HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM HAS TURNED A LOVE FOR THE FARM IN TO A  PROFITABLE BUSINESS, CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF EVERYDAY LIFE. SCOUTING THE CROP ON A HOT KENTUCKY DAY. YEAH IT LOOKS GOOD. THE LEAVES LOOK GOOD. ASSAEL A LITTLE BIT OF WORM DAMAGE BUT NOT MUCH WATER. MORE THAN ANYTHING IT JUST NEEDS THE MAINS WATER IS A CHANCE FOR CRAIG AND JOANNA CARAWAY TO SEE THE RESULTS OF ANOTHER SEASON'S HANDIWORK. THEIR FARM IN MURRAY KENTUCKY HAS GROWN THANKS TO STEADY STRIDES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THERE HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED. WE JUST GOT A NOTEBOOK OUT AND I SIT DOWN AND I SAID WHAT'S SOME THINGS YOU WANT TO SEE WITH THE FARM. WHAT'S YOUR GOALS LIKE. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO. GOALS WRITTEN AND SET ASIDE LAST FOR TEN YEARS UNTIL JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. I FOUND THAT NOTEBOOK AND I GOT IT OUT AND I SAID YOU GOT A LOOK AT THIS. AND SHE STARTED READING TAMEEM. YOU KNOW AND I'M LIKE WHAT WE'VE DONE WE'VE DONE HOW. WE HAVE DONE EVERY SINGLE THING ON THIS LIST BUT THREE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT STARTED NEARLY TWO DECADES AGO. BY THE TIME WE WENT ON OUR FIRST DAY WE WERE BASICALLY PLAYING IN OUR FEATURE.  I WAS GOING TO GO DO SOMETHING ELSE AND IT WAS IN MY BLOOD AND I JUST FELT IT CALLING ME BACK TAKING A CHANCE TO PARTNER WITH CRAIG'S PARENTS AND SETTING UP A LEASE TO OWN PLAN WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER. THAT HELPS HER WITH TAXES AND IT HELPED US TO TRANSITION AS A STAIR STEP. IT WORKED REALLY WELL FOR US. THEIR VERY FIRST YEAR 2006 WAS A BUMPER CROP. THE VERY NEXT YEAR DROUGHT IN A COMPLETE CROP FAILURE. WE HAD SOYBEANS THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET. MADE ELEVEN POINT SEVEN AS AN AVERAGE IRYN. I HAVE A DEGREE IN AGRONOMY AND I THOUGHT OUR TECHNOLOGY HAD SURPASSED THAT AFTER 2007. YOU NEEDED A BACKUP PLAN. YES. IS THAT FAIR TO SAY. WE DID. SO WE REALIZED THAT BACKO WE COULD IRRIGATED ON A SMALL SCALE AND THAT WOULD WORK THAT COULD BE OUR PLAN B. SO YOU KNOW WE DIDN'T LIVE ABOVE OUR MEANS WE DIDN'T SPEND A LOT OF MONEY EXTRA MONEY THAT WE DIDN'T NEED TO BE SPENDING. WE NEVER BOUGHT BOATS FOR WILLERS ATE ANY KIND OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DID NOT HAPPEN IF IT DIDN'T MAKE MONEY BECAUSE THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM OUR GOALS. AND ONCE HE AND I WERE TRYING NOT TO GET UPSET. SO YOU'LL HAVE TO END UP EDITING THIS. YES I WAS DIAGNOSED IN FEBRUARY 2016 WITH BRAIN CANCER. SO WE HAD TO THROW ALL THAT IN THE MIX. ONCE HE WAS DIAGNOSED WE REALIZED THAT MAYBE THAT WAS ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE. CRAIG WAS GIVEN LESS THAN 14 MONTHS TO LIVE. BEFORE HIS FIRST BRAIN SURGERY THAT DAY. AND IT WAS NOT. WE NEVER SAW IT. THERE WAS NOCONVERSATION. I WISH WAY TO FARM MORE ACRES. I WISH WE'D MADE MORE MONEY WHICH WAY TO BUILD MORE BARNS. WE DIDN'T THINK OF ANY OF THOSE IT WAS THE VACATIONS WHEN INTAKE. AND THE CAMPING TRIPS WE DIDN'T GO ON THE THINGS THAT WE DIDN'T DO BECAUSE OUR LIFE WAS CONSUMED BY WORK. SHE FOUND SPECIALISTS IN HOUSTON HELP CRAIG GET INTO A CUTTING EDGE MEDICAL TRIAL. TWO SURGERIES AND MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF YEARS LATER CRAIG IS STILL FIGHTING STILL FACING THE FUTURE WITH HIS FAMILY. SO DAILY I GET UP AND JUST THANK GOD THAT I'M WAKING UP AND I'M STILL HERE FOR ANOTHER DAY. AND TODAY IT MEANS SAVORING EVERY MOMENT TAKING WEEKENDS OFF GOING TO BALLGAMES AND CAMPING. THOSE GOALS SCRIBBLED INTO A NOTEBOOK TEN YEARS AGO AND THE PLANS FOR DISASTER PROOFING A BUSINESS. NOW JUST A STEP ALONG AN UNCERTAIN PATH WITH IMMEASURABLE RETURNS. WE DIDN'T GET THERE WITH FOCUSING ON THE END. WE GOT THERE FOCUSING ON WHAT WE GOT TO DO TODAY. 

TEASE
SUCH AN INSPIRATION. UP NEXT, WE'LL CHECK ON WHEAT MARKETS IN ANALYSIS. AND PICKING THROUGH A LANDFILL DOESN'T SOUND LIKE MUCH FUN - BUT THE  END RESULT COULD REAP BIG BENEFITS. 

AGRIBUSINESS
WHILE SPRING WHEAT HARVEST PUSHES TOWARD A CLOSE AND WINTER WHEAT  PLANTING GETS READY TO BEGIN, WHAT ARE MARKETS DOING? TYNE MORGAN ASKS THE QUESTION FROM THE ROAD IN TODAY'S ANALYSIS. HERE NOW WITH JOE VALAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN JOE TO WATCH THESE WHEAT PRICES. IT HAS BEEN  A WILD RIDE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SPECTRUM. BUT DO YOU THINK BOTTOM LINE DEMAND IS THERE. WELL  FIRST OFF WE HAD A GLOBAL OR WERE KIND OF IN THE MIDST OF A WHAT I'D CALL A GLOBAL CROP SCARE  EVENT. WE HAD PRODUCTION ISSUES ALL AROUND THE WORLD AUSTRALIA RUSSIA UKRAINE THE EU HERE IN THEU.S. WE'VE HAD ISSUES. SO THE MARKET RAN UP ON PRODUCTION FEARS I THINK WERE TO THE  POINT WHERE WE'VE PROBABLY PRICED IN THE MAJORITY OF THAT. NOW COMES THE QUESTION IS THIS  CAN WE FIND SOME DEMAND FORU.S. WHEAT AND THE LACK OF EXPORT DEMAND OR ACTIVITY OF THE US FOR WHEAT HAS BEEN A CHRONIC PROBLEM FOR YEARS. WE'VE GOT A FLAWED STORAGE SYSTEM IS  WHAT I CALL IT HERE IN THEU.S. IT REALLY INCENTIVIZES THE COMMERCIALS TO NOT SELL THE STUFF. SO LAST WEEK AS A MATTER OF FACT WE SAW SOME REALLY STRONG EXPORT SALES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG  TIME. IF WE CAN SUSTAIN THAT SORT OF PACE THEN WE'VE GOT A STORY ON OUR HANDS BUT I'M NOT  NECESSARILY CONFIDENT THAT'S GOING TO BE THE CASE ANY BUYER SPECIFICALLY THAT YOU'RE WATCHING  SAYING HEY IF THIS COUNTRY RAMPS UP ITS BUYS OF US WHEAT WE COULD BE IN FOR HIGHER PRICES. WILL ANY OF YOUR MAJOR IMPORTERS I MEAN EGYPT FOR EXAMPLE. BUT I JUST MEXICO WOULD BE  ANOTHER ONE. BUT JUST IN GENERAL THE FACT THAT RUSSIA HAS UNDERCUT US FOR SO LONG AS AS KIND  OF OUR COMPETITOR WE'RE WE'VE JUST DROPPED BELOW RUSSIA ON THE WORLD MARKET IN TERMS OF PRICES. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT MAY SPUR SOME BETTER DEMAND. ALL RIGHT. SO OVERALL THOUGH  WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK ON WHEAT PRICES THE REST OF THE YEAR. I GENERALLY THINK THAT CROP SCARES  ARE SELLING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FARMER. SO I'M GOING TO STICK WITH THAT IDEA. THAT'S NOT TO SAY  THAT WE COULDN'T GO MUCH HIGHER SHORT TERM. ALL RIGHT JOE THANK YOU SO MUCH WE APPRECIATE IT. LET'S TAKE A QUICK BREAK HERE ON A DAY AND THEN WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE MAP. RAIN RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. YEAH IT'S A DECENT SYSTEM ACTUALLY ESPECIALLY AHEAD OF THAT WARM FRONT SOMETIMES DURING THAT LATE NIGHT IN EARLY MORNING HOURS. THE MAP THIS MORNING A COOL DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE DOMINATING THE GREAT LAKES. NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ALL THE WAY INTO THE SOUTHEAST. OUT AHEAD OF THAT THEN A COLD FRONT WILL CAUSE A FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA ESPECIALLY. THERE IS A SYSTEM FINALLY STARTING TO PICK UP SOME MOISTURE INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS. HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY IN THE SOUTHWEST. IT'S ALWAYS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. NOW BY TOMORROW MORNING HERE'S WHERE WE GET SOME DECENT RAINS MINNESOTA DOWN INTO PARTS OF IOWA ILLINOIS WISCONSIN BY EARLY TOMORROW MORNING. THAT FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OFF TO THE EAST. AND YOU CAN SEE THE WARM FRONT KIND OF LOSES THE MOISTURE WHICH IS TYPICAL DURING THE AFTERNOON IT MAY REDEVELOP AS IT MOVES FARTHER NORTHEAST. BUT THEN WE GET THE COLD FRONT WITH SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALONG IT HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY IN FLORIDA AND ALSO IN THE SOUTHWEST PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS. YOU CAN SEE THE AREAS THEY'RE ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. THAT SYSTEM GETTING WETTER AND WETTER AS IT COMES TO THE EAST STARTS PICKING UP SOME OF THAT GOLF MOISTURE FLORIDA ENDS UP WITH A DECENT AMOUNT. A LOT OF AREAS AS WELL AND HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY IN THE SOUTHWEST THE HEAT CONTINUES FOR OKLAHOMA TEXAS. FARTHER NORTH THOUGH THIS VERY COMFORTABLE AIR FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS ALL THE WAY TO THE MID-ATLANTIC NORTH EASTWARD LOWS TONIGHT FROM THE GREAT LAKES INTO THE NORTHEAST 50S AND 60S. BUT IT'S GOING TO BE MUGGY FROM KANSAS CITY SOUTHWARD HEADING THROUGH TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THAT HEAT MOVES ON UP INTO KANSAS CITY AND IT'S GOING TO START TO SPREAD NORTHEAST TAKING TAKING BACK THAT COOL AIR THAT WE'VE SEEN FOR A FEW DAYS THERE IN THE IN THE CORN BELT THERE'S THE JET STREAM. YOU CAN SEE THE TROUGH MOVING OFF TO THE NORTHEAST WE START TO SEE ANOTHER PIECE OF A TROUGH WITH THE RIDGE STARTS TO TAKE CONTROL AS WE HEAD INTO NEXT WEEK. AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE EAST WAS A TROUGH OUT WEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS BELLINGHAM WASHINGTON. FIRST OF ALL COOLER WITH CLOUDS AND SOME SUNSHINE HIGH OF 72. JOPLIN MISSOURI CLOUDY A SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM IS A POSSIBILITY. HIGH 78 AND ELMIRA NEW YORK. MORNING FOG THEN SUNNY HIGH AROUND 75. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, A LOOK AT THE RECENT BOOM IN FOOD SPENDING AT  AMERICA'S RESTAURANTS.  AND THE OLD ADAGE - 'ONE MAN'S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE" IS  PROVING TRUE IN EUROPE. 

DROVERS TV
IN OUR DROVERS TV REPORT, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST NUMBERS AT THE  COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, SPENDING AT U.S. RESTAURANTS SURGED OVER THE  PAST THREE MONTHS. IT'S THE BIGGEST SURGE ON RECORD...GOING BACK TO THE START OF RECORDS  IN 1992.  SALES AT FOOD-SERVICE AND DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS ROSE MORE THAN 25  PERCENT IN THREE MONTHS TO $61.6 BILLION "ECONOMISTS SAY THE FIGURES INDICATE "CONSUMERS REMAIN QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR  PERSONAL FINANCIAL SITUATION AND THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK." RESTAURANTS ACCOUNTED FOR 30 PERCENT OF THE JULY INCREASE IN RETAIL SALES BUT JUST 12 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL." HENDERSON SAYS ONE POSSIBLE EXPLANATION IS THAT RESTAURANTS HAVE  RECENTLY HIKED THEIR MENU PRICES TO KEEP UP WITH HIGHER MINIMUM  WAGES AND RENT COSTS.  FOR EXAMPLE, LAST MONTH, MCDONALD'S REPORTED A GAIN IN SAME-STORE SALES, BIT ITS CUSTOMER TRAFFIC STILL FELL IN THE U.S. — SUGGESTING  FEWER DINERS ARE COMING IN BUT THEY ARE SPENDING MORE. LANDFILLS ARE ALL AROUND...SCIENTISTS ARE DEVISING NEW WAYS TO RECOVER  WASTE MATERIALS AND TRANSFORM THEM INTO USEFUL PRODUCTS. THAT'S  NEXT. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M7060. BUILT TO GET THE JOB DONE. SEE KUBOTAUSA.COM OR YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER FOR MORE INFORMATION.LANDFILLS DOT THE COUNTRYSIDE BOTH HERE AND ABROAD. THESE REPOSITORIES OF OUR TRASH MAY ALSO BE A SOURCE OF TREASURE. THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 500-THOUSAND LANDFILLS IN EUROPE AND OUR THROW AWAY CULTURE CONTINUES TO INCREASE THE DEMAND. WITH TONS OF RUBBISH THROWN OUT EVERY DAY MANAGING WASTE IS BECOMING MORE AND  MORE PROBLEMATIC SCIENTISTS IN EUROPE ARE TACKLING THE GROWING ISSUE FROM A NEW ANGLE, LOOKING AT WASTE AS A STARTING POINT FOR NEW MATERIALS. THEY REMOVE COMMON RECYCLABLE MATERIALS SUCH AS METAL, PLASTICS  AND GLASS. BUT THEIR REAL INTEREST IS THE WASTE THAT'S NOT EASILY  RECYCLED. "WE DIG IT UP THE WASTE OF THE LANDFILL, WE TAKE THE EASY RECYCLING PARTS OUT OF THE  LANDFILL, LIKE THE METALS. THEN WE END UP WITH A NOT-SO-EASY RECYCLABLE FRACTION THAT WE GASIFY  IN A PLASMA FURNACE WHICH GIVES US A HYDROGEN STREAM AND A CLEAN MINERAL STREAM."> THAT CLEAN MINERAL STREAM HE SPEAKS-OF CAN BE TURNED INTO A FORM OF CONCRETE....A MORE SUSTAINABLE CONCRETE, 

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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