AgDay Daily Recap - August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
AUGUST 29, 2018

HEADLINES

TRADE OR AID? PRODUCERS FROM FARM PROGRESS SHOW WEIGH IN.  WRAPPING UP CORN HARVEST IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA IN ANALYSIS- WHY IS THE CORN MARKET DOWN DURING TALK OF A NEW NAFTA?  PLUS, WHAT'S THE MOST POPULAR APPLE?  THERE'S A NEW KING OF THE CROP AND TAKE A SEAT AT THE THEATRE - IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

SOYBEAN USDA PAYMENTS
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. CLINTON GRIFFITHS IS ON ASSIGNMENT AT  FARM PROGRESS SHOW. WE'LL CHECK IN WITH HIM MOMENTARILY. MUCH OF THE  TALK ACROSS THE SHOW-GROUNDS CENTERS ON USDA'S TARIFF AID PACKAGE.SOME AG SECTORS FEEL THE PROGRAM FALLS SHORT AND COMES NO WHERE CLOSE TO MAKE-UP FOR LOSSES IN EXPORTS. OF THE 12-BILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE, FOUR-POINT-SEVEN BILLION WILL END-UP AS PAYMENTS TO FARMERS TO OFF-SET LOSSES FROM TRADE DISPUTE WITH  FOREIGN BUYERS. THE BIG WINNER IS SOYBEANS. THAT CROP ACCOUNTS FOR THREE-QUARTERS  OF THE PAY-OUT. USDA SAYS SOYBEAN FARMERS WILL RECEIVE A DOLLAR-65 PER  BUSHEL. THE PAYMENT IS BASED ON 50-PERCENT OF A FARMER'S PRODUCTION THIS YEAR.  AND THEY'LL NEED TO SHOW ACTUAL PRODUCTION BEFORE THEY CAN SIGN-UP FOR AIDCHECKS. DOING THE MATH - IF YOU HARVEST 500 ACRES OF SOYBEANS WHICH YIELD 50  BUSHELS AN ACRE, THEN FACTOR-IN THE 50-PERCENT CAP, MULTIPLY A  DOLLAR-65, A FARMER'S PAYMENT WOULD BE 20-THOUSAND-625-DOLLARS. 

PORK PRODUCERS USDA PAYMENT
PORK PRODUCERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE PAYMENTS. THEY AMOUNT TO EIGHT  DOLLARS A HEAD FOR 50-PERCENT OF THE PIGS THEY OWNED ON AUGUST FIRST. THE PORK EXPORT MARKET HAS FELT THE IMPACT OF HIGHER TARIFFS IN CHINA  AND IN MEXICO - TWO OF THE BIGGEST BUYERS OF U-S PORK. THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYING 8 DOLLARS PER HOG IS NOT GOING TO MAKE PRODUCERS WHOLE - BUT IT'S A SHORT TERM FIX. "NO MEANS DOES THIS PAYMENT MAKE OUR PRODUCERS WHOLE BUT IT DOES PROVIDE SOME SHORT- TERM RELIEF IN THE FACE OF RETALIATORY TARIFFS. 25 PERHAPS WHAT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT IS THE FOOD PURCHASE AND DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM. USDA IS COMMITTED TO PURCHASING   559 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PORK PRODUCT TO PUT INTO FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. THAT'S 45 PERCENT OF THEIR TOTAL  EXPENDITUTURES."THE THREE PRONG APPROACH IS THE MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM KNOWN AS DIRECT PAYMENTS TO PRODUCERS, THE FOOD PURCASE AND DISTRIBUTION  PROGRAM BAKER REFERRED TO AND THE AG TRADE PROMOTION PROGRAM TO  GAIN MORE MARKETSHARE.  BAKER SAYING NPPC'S MAIN ISSUE IS FOR WASHINGTON TO FIGURE OUT A QUICK SOLUTION TO THE TRADE DISPUTES.  

CORN GROWERS AND USDA PAYMENTS
ONE OF THE GROUPS FEELING SHORT-CHANGED IS NCGA. UNDER THE PLAN,  CORN GROWERS WOULD RECEIVE A PENNY PER BUSHEL. NCGA SAYS THE AID PACKAGE IS INSUFFICIENT TO EVEN BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE  DAMAGE DONE TO THE CORN MARKET. OTHER FARM GROUPS ARE ALSO SPEAKING OUT ON THE AID PLAN. CLINTON  GRIFFITHS HAS BEEN TALKING WITH SOME OF THE LEADERSHIP. HE JOINS US  FROM FARM PROGRESS SHOW IN BOONE, IOWA. CLINTON. BETSY, GOOD CROWDS HERE AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW BUT IT SEEMS THE BIGGEST  TOPIC OF CONVERSATION— IS NOT PRODUCTION OR THE CROP WE HAVE IN  FIELDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY— ITS TRADE AND THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECENTLY ANNOUNCED TRADE ASSISTANCE. TALKING WITH GRAIN GROWER GROUPS—MUCH OF THE REACTION DEPENDS ON WHICH SIDE OF THE DIAL YOU'RE ON. FOR SOYBEAN GROWERS 1-65 IS A SURE  SIGN OF SUPPORT. "WE HOPE THAT WE'RE GOING TO GET HALF OF IT AFTER OUR 2018 PRODUCTION IS VERIFIED. WE  HOPE THAT THEY SAID THAT WE COULD GET THE OTHER HALF NEXT YEAR DEPENDING ON WHAT THE MARKETS DO. I HOPE WE NEVER GET IT. I HOPE THAT THE MARKETS REBOUND AND COME UP AND  SOME OF THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE DONE BETWEEN THE TWO PRESIDENTS IN NOV AND IT'S ALL OVER. BUT FOR CORN GROWERS AND THE ONE CENT PER BUSHEL PAYOUT—THERE ARE  QUESTIONS AROUND HOW USDA ARRIVED AT THAT NUMBER. "WE COMMISSIONED A STUDY WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AND THEY WENT BACK TO BEFORE  THE TARIFFS WERE ANNOUNCED AND TO PRESENT TIME. THEY TOLD US IN THAT STUDY THAT THERE'S A 44  CENT DECREASE IN THE PRICE OF CORN DURING THAT TIME. WE SENT THE STUDY TO USDA ALONG WITH SOME COMMENTS. THEY KNEW OUR POSITION GOING IN AND WE'RE PRETTY DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY  CAME UP WITH A PENNY FOR CORN."I THINK SOYBEANS WAS IMPACTED MORE I THINK THAT THIS PACKAGE SAYS THAT'S WHAT THEY  RECOGNIZE AND THERE'S NOT MANY CORN FARMERS THAT AREN'T SOYBEAN FARMERS. KIND LIKE IN THE  SOUTH IF YOU'RE GROWING COTTON YOU'RE GROWING PEANUTS. SO THEY MAY NOT GET GET IT ON BOTH  CROPS BUT YOU'RE GOING TO GET SOME SIGNIFICANT HELP ON SOYBEANS.  ONE THING ALL THESE GROUPS CAN AGREE ON, GETTING A TRADE FRAMEWORK  WITH MEXICO IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AG SECRETARY PERDUE IS SUPPOSED TO BE ON SITE LATER TODAY. YOU CAN  BET HE'LL HEAR QUESTIONS FROM TRADE TO THE R-F-S FROM FARMERS HERE AT  FARM PROGRESS.  THANKS CLINTON. 

PRELIMINIARY MEXICO TRADE DEAL
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ARE HAILING THEIR NEW PRELIMINARY DEAL  WITH MEXICO TO REPLACE THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT. BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT WHETHER CANADA WILL BE WILLING TO AGREE  TO A NEW PACT.  "THE PRESIDENT'S OBJECTIVE IS TO HAVE DEALS WITH MEXICO AND HAVE A DEAL WITH CANADA. AND  IF WE COULD DO IT IS ONE DEAL, WE'LL DO IT AS ONE DEAL. IF WE DO IT IN TWO DEALS WE'LL DO IT IN TWO  DEALS.""THIS IS A COMPLICATED AGREEMENT. THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS IN HERE THAT ARE ALL NEW THAT I WOULD THINK THAT CANADA WOULD BE VERY MUCH ON BOARD WITH -STRONGER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, STRONGER  PROTECTIONS. MODERNIZING THE AGREEMENT, SO I'M HOPEFUL THAT THE OPEN ISSUES WITH CANADA  CAN BE RESOLVED QUICKLY."U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER WANTS TO NOTIFY CONGRESS  OF A DEAL BY FRIDAY. SEVERAL U-S LAWMAKERS SAY THEY WILL FIGHT THE  ADMINISTRATION IF IT TRIES TO SEAL A DEAL WITHOUT CANADA. MEANWHILE, CANADIAN OFFICIALS ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON TUESDAY FOR  TRADE TALKS. CANADIAN MEDIA IS REPORTING A NEW CHIEF AG NEGOTIATOR  HAS BEEN NAMED. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN IS JOINING US NOW THIS MORNING WITH A LOOK AT CROP  COMMENTS. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  LET'S START OFF IN BOONE, IOWA WHERE FARM PROGRESS SHOW IS TAKING  PLACE THIS WEEK.  ON TUESDAY, THE SITE WAS TEMPORARILY EVACUATED DUE TO SEVERE  WEATHER.  CLINTON AND TYNE AT THE SHOW SENDING US THIS PICTURE.  TODAY WE'RE IN ROCK COUNTY, MINNESOTA. A FARMER SENDING US THIS PICTURE ON TWITTER OF SUDDEN DEATH  SYNDROME IN SOYBEANS. THE FARMER SAYS THAT AREA HAS RECEIVED A LOT OF  RAIN ALL GROWING SEASON.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE WINDSPEED FORECAST A LITTLE BIT BREEZY FROM THE EASTERN LAKES DOWN IN  OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS EVEN THE START TODAY GETS WINDIER WITH THE STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES AND SOME SPOTS FROM WESTERN NEBRASKA WESTWARD HEADING INTO THE  DAY TOMORROW STARTS TO TURN WINDY IN THE NORTHWESTERN PLAINS AS YOU CAN SEE THERE. AND  CHECKING OUT THE AFTERNOON HOURS IT GETS ONLY WINDIER IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS CENTRAL PLAINS AS  WELL IN PARTS OF THE WEST. I'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP. BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  

LOUISIANA RAINFALL
JUST LIKE THE FOLKS AT FARM PROGRESS WHO ARE DODGING STORMS,  FARMERS IN LOUISIANA ARE WORKING AROUND RAINFALL AS THEY TRY TO  CLOSE-OUT CORN HARVEST. AND AS LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTS, YIELDS ARE VARIED. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES, FARMERS ARE RACING TO GET THIS YEAR'S CORN HARVEST COMPLETED.  THE HARVEST IS RUNNING LATE, AND THAT CAN BE BLAMED ON THE WEATHER. RAIN DELAYED PLANTING, AND NOW IT IS SLOWING THE HARVEST. INCONSISTENT YIELDS ARE ANOTHER BYPRODUCT OF THE WEATHER. DENNIS BURNS: YIELDS ARE ANYWHERE FROM LOW, A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING TO REALLY GOOD. IT KIND OF DEPENDS. IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER WHETHER IT'S IRRIGATED OR NOT. IT JUST KIND OF VARIES ACCORDING  TO THE FIELD. CHAD EVANS FARMS JUST OUTSIDE OF HARRISONBURG IN CATAHOULA PARISH. HE HAS SEEN FIRSTHAND  HOW YIELDS VARY FROM FIELD TO FIELD. CHAD EVANS: THE FIRST CORN WE CUT WAS PRETTY GOOD. WHAT WE'RE IN NOW IS A LITTLE WEAK. EVANS AND BURNS WERE HARVESTING A VERIFICATION FIELD THAT WAS PLANTED LATE BECAUSE OF THE  WEATHER. LATE-PLANTED CORN YIELDS ARE GENERALLY LOWER BECAUSE THE HIGHER NIGHTTIME  TEMPERATURES OF SUMMER DECREASE POLLINATION, MEANING FEWER KERNELS AND SMALLER EARS. THE WEATHER MAY HAVE ALSO AFFECTED THE CROP ROTATION SCHEDULE. BURNS:  SOME OF IT WENT IN AS CORN BEHIND CORN WHEN NORMALLY WE'RE IN A CORN TO SOYBEAN OR CORN TO COTTON ROTATION. THIS YEAR WITH ALL THE RAINS THAT CAME, AND IT BEING LATER, THE FIELDS  THAT DRIED OUT FIRST WERE PERHAPS IN CORN IN 2017, WENT BACK TO CORN. THE 2018 CORN HARVEST IS SHAPING UP TO BE WHAT MANY TERM AS A NORMAL CROP AND WILL  CERTAINLY NOT BE A BIN BUSTER FOR LOUISIANA FARMERS. I THINK WILL PROBABLY BE AN AVERAGE, OVERALL AN AVERAGE CORN CROP. I THINK THERE'S BEEN  ENOUGH LOW-YIELDING AREAS TO OFFSET ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN ABOVE AVERAGE. GROWERS ARE  EXPECTED TO COMPLETE THE HARVEST BY THE END OF AUGUST. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING. 

TEASE
AHEAD IN THE SHOW WE  TAKE A DEEPER DIVE INTO NAFTA AND ITS IMPACT TO  THE CORN MARKET.  LATER, IT'S SHOW-TIME IN THE DAIRY STATE WHERE THE STAGE IS SURROUNDED BY THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF WISCONSIN. DETAILS AS WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. 


FLOOR OF THE CME
LET'S GET A LOOK AT GRAIN MARKETS MID-WEEK. WE HEAD TO THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO .LET'S GET A LOOK AT GRAIN MARKETS  MID-WEEK. WE HEAD TO THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO. TODAY'S SOYBEANS FELL. IT SEEMS THAT THE MARKET IS REALLY EYEING THAT SUPPORT LEVEL DOWN AT 826. NOW WE GET DOWN ABOUT 8 36 TODAY BUT IT'S ONLY 10 CENTS TO GO BEFORE IT REALLY STARTS TO LEVEL OFF. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE THE THE MARKET REALLY STARTED TO SELL OFF AT THE END OF THE SUMMER. THE HARVEST IS HERE. WE WERE EXPERIENCING A LITTLE BIT OF HARVEST PRESSURE RIGHT NOW WHEAT ALSO WAS STEADY KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE BIT MIXED. IT SEEMS LIKE IT STARTED A LITTLE BIT HIGHER ON THAT EGYPT DEMAND AND SO THEY ARE COMING UP REALLY HELPED THAT A LOT. IT LOOKS LIKE THAT THEU.S. WE FINALLY IS IN COMPETITION SOMEWHAT AND SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES ARE LOOKING TO US TO TO FULFILL WHAT THEY NEED. THAT BEING SAID EVEN THOUGH THERE IS BEEN SOME REDUCTION AROUND THE WORLD IT'S NOT REALLY ENOUGH TO KIND OF EAT THROUGH ALL OF THE ALL OF THE SUPPLIES THAT WE HAVE. SO WHILE WE DID GET A LITTLE BIT OF A BUMP TODAY IT KIND OF CAME BACK A LITTLE BIT. WE FINISHED HIGHER. SO THAT'S REALLY A POSITIVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SEVEN DAYS IN A ROW THAT HAS FALLEN SO MAYBE WE FOUND A LITTLE BIT OF EQUILIBRIUM RIGHT NOW. ​

AGRIBUSINESS
IN THIS MORNING'S ANALYSIS, TYNE MORGAN JOINS US FROM THE FARM  PROGRESS SHOW IN BOONE, IOWA WHERE WE DISCUSS GRAIN MARKETS AND  THE RESPONSE TO MONDAY'S NEWS OF A NEW TRADE AGREEMENT WITH MEXICO. HERE NOW IS STEPHEN NICHOLSON RABO AGRIFINANCE. WE SAW A POTENTIAL TRADE DEAL WITH  MEXICO COME OUT THIS WEEK. YOU KNOW STEVE WE REALLY DIDN'T SEE CORN PRICES RESPOND  FAVORABLY. SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF MARKET ANALYSTS THOUGHT IF WE SEE NAFTA HAPPEN. THAT WE WOULD SEE ONE RESPOND WITH A BILATERAL DEAL WITH MEXICO. WHY DIDN'T THAT WASN'T TO BOOST  CORN PRICES. WELL YOU KNOW WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE WHOLE NOW CONDITIONS A LOT OF  BUZZ WERE CARS AND NOT AGRICULTURE AND SO NOW YOU HAVE YOU KNOW THE ONLY THING THAT CAME OUT IN AGRICULTURE WAS WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT ANY MORE. NO NO MORE TARIFFS. WE KIND OF CHECK  THE BOX AND SAID WE DIDN'T DO IT WE DID BEFORE NO TARIFFS NO DUTIES AND JUST CONTINUE TRADING. IT  DOES PROVIDE SOME RELIEF FOR THE MARKETS BUT THE MARKET FUNDAMENTALLY JUST HAS SO MANY  OTHER THINGS HAPPENING IN FRONT OF THIS KEEPING A LOT OF PRESSURE ON COMMODITIES. ALL RIGHT SO  NAFTA ARE A POTENTIAL DEAL WITH MEXICO ISN'T ENOUGH. TO IMPACT CORN PRICES. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE. STEVE. I THINK THAT'S A YOU KNOW THAT'S A REAL QUESTION. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE. I DO  THINK WHEN WE TALK ABOUT YIELDS AND I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF VIEW IS THAT AFTER WE GET THROUGH  THE NEXT COUPLE WE'VE HAD KIND OF A HOT PERIOD RIGHT. CORN YIELDS PROBABLY AREN'T AS HIGH AS  USDA SAID SO THAT THE MARKET NOW IS GOING UP TO WE GET TWO OR THREE BUSHELS BACK THE MARKET MAY WE NEED TO GO UP A BIT. AND I WOULD THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN. THE CONCERN IS NEXT  YEAR GOING FORWARD. SO YOU THINK IF WE SEE A POP IN THIS MARKET IT'S SHORT TIME. YES. IT'S A  SHORT TERM POP. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FARMERS TO MOVE SOME GET SOME SALES ON THE BOOKS  AND MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PRICES COME UP AND WE LOOK AT NEXT YEAR WE GET MORE ACRES AND THEN WE SEE PRICES COME BACK DOWN. ALL RIGHT STEVE THANK YOU SO  MUCH. THANK YOU. AND AGAIN FOR FINANCE WE DO TAKE A BREAK AND WE'LL HAVE A CHECK OF  WEATHER RIGHT HERE ON AGDAY.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE IT LOOKS AS IF THE EASTERN  CORN BELT AND CENTRAL CORN BELT STILL GETTING SOME RAIN. YEAH LOTS OF SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THAT AREA. BIG DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE COMING IN BEHIND THE COLD FRONT THOUGH BRINGING IN MUCH MORE PLEASANT AIR AND BEHIND THAT WE HAVE ANOTHER SYSTEM MOVING  THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF CANADA. AS YOU CAN SEE YOU KNOW THE LOW IN THE  SOUTHWEST HAS KIND OF SHIFTED SOUTHWARD A LITTLE BIT KEEPING A LOT OF THE MOISTURE IN NORTHERN  MEXICO AS YOU'LL SEE HEADING INTO THIS AFTERNOON. COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES  INTO THE WESTERN OHIO VALLEY CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THERE WILL BE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUING ALONG THAT. SOME OF THOSE WILL BE HEAVY AND IN SOME PLACES COULD  BE SEVERE WEATHER AS WELL SPOTTY AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS AS IS TYPICAL IN SOUTHERN PORTIONS  OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE SOUTHEAST. YOU'LL NOTICE THE SOUTHWEST WITH THAT LOW BEINGFARTHER SOUTH NOT REALLY GETTING A WHOLE LOT OF MOISTURE HEADING INTO THE DAY TOMORROW. THEN  WE'LL START OFF WITH THE COOL FRONT. NOT TOO MUCH ACTIVITY ALONG IT FROM THE NORTHEAST DOWN INTO  ARKANSAS. AND YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST THERE AND AS  WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS WE'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SHOWER ACTIVITY MOVING INTO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AND ALSO THAT FRONT WILL KIND OF MOISTEN UP IN THE AFTERNOON WITH MORE  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THERE IS A PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS THESE  HAVE BEEN SOME PRETTY HEAVY AMOUNTS IN SOME AREAS ARE REALLY NEEDED AT SOUTHERN IOWA  NORTHERN MISSOURI. LOOKS LIKE YOU GOT A DECENT AMOUNT IN MOST OF THAT AREA. AND AS WE ADD  IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT SPREADS OFF TO THE SOUTHEAST BUT NOT NEARLY AS HEAVY AS IT WAS JUST PREVIOUSLY LIKE LAST NIGHT AND YESTERDAY. BUT WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH THAT  SYSTEM AS IT COMES EAST BECAUSE THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE SOME HEAVIER SHOWERS AND  THUNDERSTORMS IN PLACES SO COOLER AIR MOVING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON. LOOK AT  THAT 60S AND 70S IN THE WESTERN CORN BELT EASTERN CORN BELT STILL IN THE 80S AT LEAST AS WE  HEAD THROUGH TODAY. BUT IT COOLS DOWN EVEN THERE AS WE HEAD INTO TONIGHT 40S AND 50S NORTHERN GREAT LAKES MOSTLY 50S AND LOW 60S ACROSS THE CORN BELT. THE REALLY MUGGY YEARS  HAVE BEEN SHOVED ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AS YOU CAN  SEE. HIGH TEMPERATURES TOMORROW AFTERNOON LOTS OF 80S TEXAS OKLAHOMA 70S DOMINATE MOST OF THE GREAT LAKES WITH A FEW 60S NEAR SOME OF THE LAKES AND OTHER PARTS OF THE UPPER MIDWEST INTO THE NORTHEAST SO THAT'S SOME COOL AIR EVEN THOUGH THAT TROUGH DOESN'T LOOK THAT IMPRESSIVE. YOU'LL NOTICE THE NEXT TROUGH JUST KIND OF KEEPS ITS ZONAL FLOW AS WE HEAD THROUGH  THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND THE RIDGE POPS BACK UP INTO THE NORTHEAST AND GREAT LAKES BY  THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO OGDEN UTAH. FIRST OF ALL MOSTLY SUNNY RATHER WARM HIGH OF 85  DEGREES. PEORIA ILLINOIS. CLOUDS EARLY THEN SOME SUNSHINE IN LESS HUMID HIGH OF 78 AND  SALISBURY MARYLAND. HOT AND HUMID BUT THERE WILL BE LOTS OF SUNSHINE HIGH AROUND 94.

TEASE
THE MOST POPULAR APPLE IN THE UNITED STATES IS BEING DE-THROWNED FOR  THE FIRST TIME IN 5 DECADES. WHICH VARIETY IS REPLACING IT? AND IS THERE TARIFF ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR THE PRODUCE SECTOR? ALL  THAT AND MORE IN THE PACKER BLOCK.  

PACKER TV
SOME PRODUCE GROUPS ARE REACTING TO THE NEWS OF USDA'S TRADE  MITIGATION PLAN SAYING THE PRODUCE INDUSTRY IS NOT RECEIVING ENOUGH COMPENSATION.  FARM JOURNAL WASHINGTON COORESPONDENT JIM WIESEMEYER REPORTING  USDA IS PURCHASING ROUGHLY 90 MILLION DOLLARS EACH OF APPLES, DAIRY  PRODUCTS AND PISTACHIOS AS AID FOR THE INDUSTRY. WESTERN GROWERS PRESIDENT AND CEO TOM NASSIF SAYING THAT'S NOT  ENOUGH AND TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. "AT FIRST GLANCE IT APPEARS USDA'S MITIGATION EFFORTS WILL FALL  SUBSTANTIALLY SHORT OF MAKING FRUIT, VEGETABLE AND TREE NUT FARMERS WHOLE FOR THE DAMAGES THEY HAVE INCURRED, AND WILL CONTINUE TO  INCUR, AS A RESULT OF THE TRADE WAR WITH CHINA." NASSIF SAYING HE'S PLEASED WITH THE CREATIVE APPROACH TO TARGET AID TO  EXPORTERS BUT DISAPPOINTED OTHER IDEAS WEREN'T ADAPTED IN USDA'S PLAN.  PECAN GROWERS ARE ALSO RECEIVING ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FROM USDA BUT IT'S DUE TO STORMS DAMAGING THE CROP BACK IN 2017. THE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCING THERE WILL BE 15 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF  ASSISTSANCE AVAILABLE FOR PECAN GROWERS TO REPLANT AND REPLACE  TREES THROUGH THE TREE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - ALSO KNOWN AS TAP. GROWERS AND NURSERY TREE GROWERS NEED TO HAVE A CERTAIN MORTALITY  LOS TO BE ELGIBLE. IN ADDITION TO TAP, GROWERS MAY BE ELGIBLE FOR OTHER 2014 FARM BILL  PROGRAMS. THE GALA APPLE IS NOW THE MOST POPULAR APPLE VARIETY IN THE UNITED STATES, DETHROWNING RED DELICIOUS FROM ITS TOP SPOT, ONE ITS HELD FOR  AT LEAST 5 DECADES. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. APPLE ASSOCIATION U.S. GROWERS IN 2018 WILL  PRODUCE OVER 52 THOUSAND BOXES OF GALA APPLES, UP 5-POINT-8 PERCENT  FROM LAST YEAR. GROWERS OF RED DELICIOUS WILL PRODUCE OVER 51  THOUSAND BOXES DOWN ELEVEN PERCENT.  

TEASE
UP NEXT - A VISIT TO THE THEATER SURROUNDED BY NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE  DAIRY STATE.

IN THE COUNTRY
LABOR DAY IS ALMOST HERE. THAT DAY OFTEN MARKS THE END OF THE SUMMER  TRAVEL SEASON. BUT IF YOU'RE STILL ON THE ROAD - AND IT TAKES YOU TO WISCONSIN - YOU CAN CATCH STAGE PERFORMANCES IN THE MOST UN-LIKELY PLACE -- THE GREAT  OUTDOORS. DOOR COUNTY WISCONSIN IS A BIG TOURIST DRAW - LOCATED ON THE THUMB JUTTING OUT INTO LAKE MICHIGAN AND THE WATERS OF GREEN BAY. THAT REGION OFFERS NOT ONE, BUT TWO, OUTDOOR THEATERS. SO YOU CAN GET ENTERTAINED WHILE TAKING IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE STATE. NORTHERN SKY THEATER AND PENINSULA PLAYERS THEATRE. BOTH ARE  LOCATED IN CEDAR FORESTS. "WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME EARLY. WE SAY BRING A PICNIC, SIT DOWN, RELAX. WE'VE GOT  1,000 FEET OF SHORELINE, COME AND WATCH THE SETTING SUN, CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, WITH YOUR FAMILY"" NORTHERN SKY THEATER IS A PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL THEATER TROUPE THAT IS DISTINCTIVE IN THAT IT  PERFORMS SOLELY ORIGINAL MUSICALS THAT ARE SET IN OUR REGION, AND SPECIFICALLY IN WISCONSIN. SO  YOU GET TO SEE ICE FISHERMAN ON STAGE, OR DEER HUNTERS ON STAGE, OR ALIEN PACKER FANS FROM  ACROSS THE GALAXY ON STAGE." THE NORTHERN SKY THEATER HAS SOME RATHER CREATIVE TITLES INCLUDING  "DAIRY-AIRS" AND "MUSKIE LOVE". 

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M BETESY JIBBEN . HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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