AgDay Daily Recap - December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 13, 2017

HEADLINES

AGDAY FROM THE INAUGURAL FARM JOURNAL AG TECH  EXPO. WE'LL SHOWCASE SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL DRIVE AMERICAN  AGRICULTURE IN THE DECADES AHEAD. WE'LL HEAR FROM DEVELOPERS WHO MAKE THIS TECHNOLOGY POSSIBLE. ALSO THE AG DEPARMENT UNVEILS ITS DECEMBER SUPPLY-AND DEMAND TABLES  FOR GRAINS. PLUS WE'LL ANALYSZE THOSE NUMBERS AND SEE WHERE THEY MIGHT TAKE THE  MARKETS. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

PRO FARMER WASDE REACTION
HELLO AND WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY FROM THE FIRST  EVER AGTECH EXPO IN INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE SHOW AT THE JW MARRIOTT IN DOWNTOWN. WITH SO MANY CHANGES HAPPENING IN TECHNOLOGY THESE DAYS—WHAT  BETTER THAN TO GET EVERYONE INTO ONE PLACE SO FARMERS AND GROWERS  CAN LEARN ABOUT WHAT'S NEW AND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. VENDORS ARE ON HAND WITH HUNDREDS OF FOLKS IN ATTENDANCE SET TO  RACE TOWARD A FUTURE THAT'S CERTAIN TO INCLUDE INCREASING AMOUNTS OF  TECHNOLOGY. BEFORE WE GET TOO FAR INTO THE LATEST AND GREATEST FROM A TECH  PERSPECTIVE—WE BETTER START WITH THE BIGGEST NEWS STORIES OF THE  DAY.  THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE RELEASING ITS DECEMBER SUPPLY AND  DEMAND REPORTS. ENDING STOCKS FOR THE 2017-18 CROP COME IN AT TWO-POINT FOUR BILLION  BUSHELS. IT'S SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN PRE-REPORT ESTIMATES. THE AG DEPARTMENT RAISED CORN USE FOR ETHANOL BY 50 MILLION BUSHELS. SOYBEAN ENDING STOCKS ARE PEGGED AT FOUR-HUNDRED-AND 45 MILLION  BUSHELS. A BIT HIGHER THAN PRE-REPORT ESTIMATES. THE INCREASE IS STOCKS IS DUE TO REDUCED EXPORTS OF U-S SOYBEANS. WHEAT ENDING STOCKS SIT AT 960 MILLION BUSHELS. PROFARMER'S BRIAN GRETE LOOKS THROUGH THE LEDGERS. "WHEN WE BREAK IT DOWN I REALLY DON'T SEE ANYTHING IN THIS REPORT THAT HAS LASTING PRICE  IMPACTS. I THINK THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS THE FAR GREATER IMPACT WILL  BE SOUTHAMERICAN WEATHER AND WHAT HAPPENS THERE HOW THE FUNDS DECIDE TO POSITION  THEMSELVES FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF 2017 AND INTO THE EARLY PART OF 2018."

COTTON, ORANGE PRODUCTION
THE AG DEPARTMENT PUSHED ITS COTTON PRODUCTION FORECAST SLIGHTLY HIGHER TO  21-POINT-FOUR MILLION BALES. IT'S LESS THAN ONE PERCENT ABOVE ITS NOVEMBER FORECAST. AND 25- PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE YIELD FOR COTTON IS NINE-HUNDRED-TWO POUNDS  PER BALE, WHICH WOULD BE A RECORD FOR THE U-S. WE ALSO HAVE NEW NUMBERS FROM THE FLORIDA ORANGE GROVES, A PORTION  THAT SUSTAINED SEVERE DAMAGE HURRICANE DMAGE. THE AG DEPARTMENTS  PUTS THE  FLORIDA ALL ORANGE FORECAST, AT 46 MILLION BOXES. THAT'S A DECLINE OF  EIGHT PERCENT FROM LAST MONTHS ESTIMATE. AND 33-PERCENT LOWER FROM  LAST YEARS FINAL UTILIZATION.

GOOGLE AND AG TECH
WHILE ALL THAT IS HAPPENING HERE AT AGTECH WE'VE GOT SOME OF THE  BIGGEST EXPERTS IN THE THE WORLD ON HAND. IN FACT DURING TUESDAY'S BROADCAST OF AGRITRALK RADIO I SPOKE ONE OF  THE TOP GEOSPACIAL EXPERTS FOR GOOGLE—ED PARSONS ABOUT THE FUTURE  OF INFORMATION AND MORE SPECIFICALLY DATA.  SOMEONE. BRINGING A SIMPLE SOLUTION IS THAT WHERE YOU LEAP OVER THESE EDGE. I THINK  ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. AND THAT WILL BE THE SOLUTION. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE GOOGLE THAT'S DOING  THAT. I THINK YOU KNOW HERE AT THE EXPO THERE ARE MANY MORE LIKELY CANDIDATES THAT THAT WILL  REALLY DO WHAT WE DO GOOGLE WHICH IS FOCUS WITH LASER PRECISION ON WHAT A USER NEED IS YOU  KNOW WHAT'S THE THING THAT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE THAT YOU KNOW MIGHT BE YOU KNOW IT'S  SAVING SOMEONE A FEW MINUTES EVERY DAY. BUT OVER THE PERIOD OF A YEAR THAT MAKES A REALLY  BIG DIFFERENCE. SO YOU KNOW IT'S IT'S A NIGGLY LITTLE THING THAT CAN BE FIXED AND IT'S REALLY  UNDERSTANDING WHAT THAT USER REQUIREMENT IS WILL ALLOW YOU TO GET THE SUCCESS AND I THINK YOU  KNOW IT IN ITS IN THIS ROOM IT'S IT'S THE PEOPLE HERE THE PEOPLE THAT READ YOUR JOURNAL WILL HAVE THAT KNOWLEDGE. GOOGLE AND OTHER MEGA TECH COMPANIES ARE STARTING TO SEE  AGRICULTURE AS AN OPPORTUNITY.

FUTURE OF AG TECHNOLOGY
TYNE MORGAN JOINS US NOW FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE SHOW WITH MORE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY IN AG.  THANKS, CLINTON.  ECONOMIC HEADWINDS WITHIN U-S AG MAY BE STICKING AROUDN FOR A WHILE.  RABOBANK'S FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS RESEARCH GROUP SAYS THE KEY TO  SURVIVAL FOR U-S ROW CROP FARMERS, IS TRANSFORMING THEIR BUSINESS.  ONE WAY TO DO THIS, IS THROUGH ADOPTING NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT DRIVES  GREATER YEILD.S  AND WHILE THERE'S A LOT OF BUZZ AROUND TECHNOLOGY AND WAHT'S THE  LATEST AND GREATEST, AGRICULTURE MAY JUST BE AT THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG  WHEN IT COMES TO FULLY UTILIZING TECHNOLOGY TO GROW EFFICIENCY ON THE FARM.  FROM CONTROLLING IRRIGAITON FROM YOUR PHONE, TO CAPTRUING HARVEST  DATA ON THE GO, TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE.  WE'VE SEEN A PERIOD OF INVESTMENT IN AG TECH, DIGITAL AGRICULTURE, PRECISION FARMING. THERE'S  BEEN TREMENDOUS DOLLARS INVESTED. HOWEVER, THERE'S BEEN A BIT OF A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE  PRODUCT COMING TO MARKET AND THE USE CASES AND THE SUCCESS CASES OF THE TECHNOLOGY. COMPANIES LIKE GOOGLE HAVE EVEN JUMPED INTO AGRICULTURE VIA GOOGLE  VENTURE,, INVESTING IN COMPANIES LIKE THE FARMERS BUSINESS NETWORK. BUT NOT EVERY IDEA BEING LAUNCHED IS WINNING OVER FARMERS'.   KENNETH ZUCKERBERG, THE PRECISION TECHNOLOGY FARMCING TECHNOLOGY THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN CREATED, THAT'S  VARIABLE RATE, GPS, THOSEAREN'T BRNAD NEW. THEIR OUT THERE AND THEIR DOPTION IS PRETTY GOOD.  THE NEW SYSTEMS, FAMR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SYSTEMS THAT ARE ATTEMPTING TO ORANZING  FARMS BETTER WITH ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS, ETC, THOSE ARE VERY EXPENSIVE AND ADTOPTIOM REMAINS  VERY LOWDINO GICOMAZZI IS ONE OF THOSE FAMERS WHO GETS TECHNOLOGY. HE SAYS  THE BUZZ SURROUNDING DRONES IS LOUD, BUT DRONES ARE MORE OF A TOY  THAN A TOOL FOR FARMING.  "PERSONALLY THINK THE ERA OF THE AG DRONE HAS KIND OF GONE BY BECAUSE WITH  SATELLITE DATA AND SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY NOW WE CAN GET IT SO MUCH QUICKER AND CHEAPER THAN  THAN FLYING DRONES."HE SAYS IN TODAY'S FARMING ENVRIONMENT, IT'S BUSINESS SOFTWARE THAT'S  THE MOST USEFUL TECH TOOL ON HIS FARM.  "BUT YOU KNOW SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE IS REALLY MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF THE WAY I FARM AND THE WAY I DO MY BUSINESS. YOU KNOW JUST WHAT I FIND REALLY USEFUL IS THAT BEING A FARMER A FARM BUSINESS IS NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER KIND OF  BUSINESS THAT YOU COULD HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY AND PERSONAL  PRODUCTIVITY. SO THERE'S A LOT OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS OUT THERE USING OFF THE SHELF  BUSINESS FACING PRODUCTS LIKE GOOGLE DRIVE AND EVERNOTE AND ASAUNA ON SLACK, AND  SOFTWARE AND APPS AND CLOUD BASED TECHNOLOGIES THAT PEOPLE WORKING IN ANY OTHER KIND OF  BUSINESS CAN USE."GIACOMAZZI SAYS THERE'S OFTEN A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE PEOPLE  CREATING THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE ONES ACTUALLY USING IT ON THE FARM.  A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY IS BEING DEVELOPED LOOKING FOR A PROBLEM VERSUS PROBLEMS  LOOKING FOR TECHNOLOGY. HE  SAYS IN MANY CASES ADOPTION RATES ARE  SLOW, BECAUSE THE  TECHNOLGY IS AHEAD OF THE CURVE.  BUT I THINK THE KNOW REGULATION AND LABOR PARTICULARLY I THINK IS REALLY GOING TO  DRIVE AUTOMATION. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF A LOT OF INTERESTING THINGS HAPPENING IN ROBOTICS AND  AUTOMATION RIGHT NOW THAT WEREN'T HAPPENING BEFORE. I THINK THAT'S WHERE THE BEST  OPPORTUNITIES IN TECH ARE. THOSE OPPORTUNITIES MAY NOT BE HERE TODAY, BUT HE SAYS IT'S CLOSER  THAN MANY THINK.  I THINK WE'RE KIND OF IN AG TECH 1.0 PHASE RIGHT NOW AND THAT IN ANOTHER FIVE TO 10 YEARS WE'RE GOING TO SEE NEW EMERGING IDEAS IN TERMS OF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE MUCH CHEAPER AND SOLVE PROBLEMS FOR THIS NEXT SORT OF  GENERATION. WHILE MANY ARE FOCUSED ON THE MILLENIAL GENERATION, A NEW SURVEY  REVEALING THE HABITS OF GEN Z, OR 18 TO 22 YEAR OLDS.   AND SO WE WERE KIND OF CURIOUS OF GENERATION Z WHAT WAS THE PERCENTAGE OF  THAT GENERATION THAT HAD A DESIRE OR INTENT TO GO BACK TO THE FARM AND THE ASIAN PRODUCTION  AGRICULTURE. AND THAT NUMBER CAME OUT AFTER THE SERVICE 54 PERCENT. 2:31 THE SURVEY BY OSBORN & BAR AND IT'S AG ADVISORY COUNCIL SHOWS  TECHNOLOGY WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE FOR GEN Z.   THIS GENERATION YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT ONLY COMFORTABLE WITH TECHNOLOGY THEY'RE  IMMERSED IN IT AND REALLY THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO TECHNOLOGY SINCE THEY'VE BEEN HERE  SINCE YOU KNOW SINCE SINCE THEY'VE BEEN ON THIS PLANET. FORDYCE SAYS THAT MEANS GEN Z MAY POTENTIALLY DRIVE AG COMPANIES TO  INTRODUCE TECHNOLOGIES AT A FASTER PACE.   YOU KNOW I GUESS THOSE OF US IN AGRICULTURE WE KIND OF WAIT FOR THE INDUSTRY TO  BRING NEW INNOVATION TO THE MARKETPLACE. WE'RE JUST WE JUST WAIT YOU KNOW AND IT'S HERE IT  COMES AND YOU LEARN HOW TO USE IT. THAT'S ALL GREAT. BUT THIS GENERATION YOU KNOW WHEN  PEOPLE STAND IN LINE FOR TWO DAYS TO GET AN IPHONE 10 THAT IS DEMANDING NEW TECHNOLOGY AND  I THINK THIS GENERATION WILL BE MAYBE THE FIRST GENERATION THAT WILL START DEMANDING NEW  INNOVATION INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY THAT COMES SOONER THAT HAS MORE BENEFITS. > WHILE THE VERDICT IS STILL OUT ON WHETHER SOME TECHNOLOGY ON FARM'S  TODAY PROVIDES AN R-O-I, PRODUCTION PRACTICES WILL CONTINUE TO  CHANGE, EVEN  EVOLVING AS A RESULT OF CONSUMERS' DESIRES.  WE LOVE THIS IDEA THAT WITHOUT US NOBODY IS GOING TO EAT WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO  DO IF WE DON'T GIVE IT TO YOU. RIGHT. I MEAN THIS IS AN ATTITUDE THAT HAS TAKEN DOWN YOU KNOW  MONOPOLIES LIKE KODAK KODAK IS LATE AS THE 1980S HAD 85 PERCENT OF THE OF THE CAMERA  BUSINESS AND 90 PERCENT OF FILM BUSINESS. AND IN 2011 THEY WENT BANKRUPT BECAUSE THEY  MISSED THE FACT THAT FACEBOOK AND APPLE WOULD COME ALONG AND PRODUCE TECHNOLOGIES THAT  WOULD ELIMINATE A NEED FOR THEIR PRODUCTS ENTIRELY. HE SAYS WHILE CONSUMERS WON'T QUIT EATING, THEY MAY STOP EATING  FOODS PRODUCED A CERTAIN WAY. I MEAN THERE'S ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND THAT ARE THERE ARE SIGNS OF  CHANGES IN CONSUMER ATTITUDES THAT WE MAY OR NOT BE WE MAY OR MAY NOT BE RESPONDING TO. HE SAYS THE KEY TO SURVIVAL IS SIMPLE.  WE SURVIVE BY LISTENING AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S IN IT FOR THE OTHER  PEOPLE THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD ULTIMATELY DISRUPT US AND EITHER FIND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM  AND WHAT WE'RE DOING OR FIND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US AND WHAT IT IS THAT THEY BELIEVE.  THE TECHNOLOGY USED TO MEET THOSE NEEDS COULD MAKE FARMING EVEN  MORE EFFICIENT, PUSHING LIMITES TO THE SKY AND SETTING A NEW PATH  TOWARD THE FUTURE.  

CROP COMMENTS
ALWAYS WITH HIS HANDS ON THE FUTURE—METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HE  HAS TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING MIKE.  GOOD MORNING CLINTON. THE AG TECH EXPO LOOKS INTERESTING. IF YOU SEE ANY WEATHER GADGETS,  BE SURE TO GRAB ONE FOR ME! NOW TO CROP COMMENTS.  BETSY JIBBEN IS ON THE ROAD. SHE SNAPPED THIS  PHOTO AT "SILENT NIGHT EVERGREENS" TREE FARM IN ENDEAVOUR, WISCONSIN.   THE FARM SUPPLIED CHRISTMAS TREES FOR THE WHITE HOUSE THIS YEAR. ONE  OF THE TREES IS IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE RESIDENCE. WE'LL SHARE  THEIR FAMILY STORY DURING OUR ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY  SPECIAL, AIRING ON CHRISTMAS DAY. AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. FARM JOURNAL ON AIR IS THE GO-TO APP FOR AMERICAN AGRICULTURE.  AGDAY, AGRITALK, U.S.  FARM REPORT AND MORE - 24/7 ACCESS TO ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS. TV AND RADIO...IN YOUR  HANDS, ON DEMAND.  FARM JOURNAL ON AIR - DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY.  THANKS MIKE.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT  TECHNOLOGY IS HAVING ON MARKETS AND GLOBAL PRODUCTION. AND LATER,  ARE WE STANDING ON THE CUSP OF A TECHNOLGICAL REVOLUTION? I THINK YES — I'LL EXPLAIN. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY CREDENZ SOYBEAN SEED FROM BAYER.  DESIGNED USING SMART  GENETICS WITH TAILORED VARIETIES TO FIT ANY FIELD CONDITION. 

AGRIBUSINESS
RECEIVE A FREE TRIAL OF THE DAILY GRAIN PLAN NEWS LETTER FROM ROACH AG MARKETING.  TEXT  ROACH TO 31313.  START YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BY TEXTING ROACH TO 31313. I FOUND JIM BOWER BOWER TRADING HERE AT THE AG TECH EXPO. JIM LET'S TALK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY  AND THE WAY THAT IT'S CHANGED NOT JUST PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE BUT THE MARKETS IN GENERAL.  YOU'VE WITNESSED A LOT OF THIS IN YOUR TIME. YEAH AFTER 40 YEARS OF TRADING. I SING ABOUT EVERY  SCENARIO THAT YOU CAN THINK OF GOOD AND BAD. BUT I THINK THE DIFFERENCE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS  FROM THAT FROM A TECHNOLOGY STANDPOINT HAS MADE THE DIFFERENCE WITH ALL THE TRAINERS NOT THE BIG ONES AND SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE WITH EVERYBODY IS AFFECTED BY IT IN SOME WAY OR OTHER.  RIGHT FROM A MARKET STANDPOINT. AGAIN I MISS THE OLD BOARD AND TRADE BECAUSE THE RAMONA'S  RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE WITH A LOT OF THE PEOPLE BUT THE FEEDBACK IS THAT THEY'RE LIKE ME  WHEN I GET FEED FROM TECHNOLOGY. SECOND THE SECOND BASE IS ROUND THE CLOCK AROUND THE  WORLD SO YOU GET TO REALLY STAY ON YOUR TOES TO KEEP UP WITH IT. YEAH. FROM THE TRAINING  STANDPOINT JUST THE PRODUCTION STANDPOINT YOU KNOW THESE YIELDS CONTINUE TO GO UP AND I  THINK YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IN THE PAST ABOUT HOW THIS TECHNOLOGY HAS REALLY DRIVEN  THIS INCREASE IN PRODUCTION AND THAT'S IMPACTING OUR PRICES AND PROBABLY ISN'T GOING AWAY. HE  HAS THIS YEAR 2017 WAS PARTICULARLY ORIENTED TOWARDS AN IMPROVEMENT IN HYBRIDS. IT WAS FOUR  OR FIVE HYBRIDS THAT REALLY KICKED OUT REALLY HIGHER THAN MOST THAT WAS DUE TO TECHNOLOGY. AND  ONE FINAL WHERE IOWA FOR NEXT YEAR. THAT'S THE QUESTION. YEAH THE THING IS WE DON'T HAVE ANY  BAD FARMERS ANYMORE. THEY'RE ALL GOOD AND ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE VERY FOCUSED ON  TECHNOLOGY MORE SO THAN ALL THE OLDER GUYS LIKE MYSELF AND THEY I LET THE YOUNGER GUYS WHO  CAN HELP ME WITH IT. BUT IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW IT YOU DON'T USE IT YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO IT YOU'LL  GET LEFT BEHIND. THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S AVAILABLE TO THE FARMERS  AND RANCHERS RIGHT. RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF US TODAY WHAT DO YOU THINK IT TAKES JUST AS  TECHNOLOGY CONTINUE TO WORK ITS WAY INTO OUR EVERYDAY LIFE HERE ON THE FARM. DO YOU THINK IT  IMPACTS THE PRICES AS YIELDS GO UP. WELL THAT'S THE WRONG QUESTION BUT I THINK IN GENERAL THE  WORLD IS A MUCH SMALLER PLACE THAN IT WAS EVEN FIVE YEARS AGO. BUT TECHNOLOGY BILL THE  COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE THE ANALYSIS THAT'S AVAILABLE OUT OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES DOES  MAKE A HUGE PART OF THE PRICE DETERMINATION. SO WE HAVE TO USE THE TECHNOLOGY TO STAY WITH  OUR COMPETITION. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE AWARE WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE CLOCK  AROUND THE WORLD. ALL RIGHT JIM THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE  AGDAY FROM THE AG TECH EXPO IN JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. I'M METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. WE SHOWED YOU THIS BRIEFLY  EARLIER BUT I WANTED TO TAKE A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE AS WE HEAD INTO THE  WINTER YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE A FEW WET AREAS ACROSS THE MIDWEST. WE HAD A LOT MORE A  MONTH AGO SO THINGS HAVE DRIED OUT SOME BUT BOY ARE THEY REALLY DRIED OUT FROM NORTHEAST  TEXAS INTO WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS. THAT WHOLE AREA HAS BEEN EXPANDING THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE  THE DROUGHT MONITOR TO GET WORSE IN THAT AREA AS WELL. YOU CAN SEE SOME WET AREAS HAVE  DEVELOPED IN SOUTH TEXAS AND CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF FLORIDA AS WELL. LET'S TAKE A  LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE EXITING STORM SYSTEM IN THE NORTHEAST STILL  SOME SNOW WITH THAT WHEN MOST OF IT ALONG THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST AND FLORIDA IS OFFSHORE.  THIS ONE'S DIVING ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES IT WILL PUT DOWN THE 1 TO 3 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW  DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE THERE ACROSS PARTS OF WISCONSIN INTO THE GREAT LAKES STATES A  LITTLE BIT OF RAIN ON THE FAR SOUTH AS LITTLE BIT OF UPSLOPE SNOW THERE IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES. HIGH PRESSURE HOLDING LIKE A BIG DAM IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY KEEPING  THINGS FROM COMING EAST HEADING TOWARD TOMORROW MORNING. YOU CAN SEE THAT FIRST SYSTEM  ALREADY GETTING READY TO MOVE OFFSHORE OF THE CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC COAST THERE AND A FEW LAKE  EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS NOT A BIG EVENT IN THIS SITUATION. BEHIND THAT STORM THOUGH AND A WEAK  SYSTEM DIVING THROUGH THE PLAIN STATES THAT WILL SPREAD A LITTLE BIT OF LIGHT SNOW AND RAIN  ACROSS PARTS OF NEBRASKA AND KANSAS AS WE HEAD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. HIGH PRESSURE  THOUGH DOMINATING MOST OF THE LOWER 48. I WILL SAY THIS THOUGH WE MIGHT ACTUALLY START TO SEE  A STORM SYSTEM COMING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AT LEAST A COUPLE OF  WEEKS. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE MOST OF IT HAS BEEN IN NEW  ENGLAND NEXT 24 TO 36. WE'LL HAVE SOME LIGHT SNOW SPREADING SOUTHEASTWARD FROM  MINNESOTA ALL THE WAY INTO PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA A LITTLE BIT OUT WEST TOO. BUT THAT'S  ALL PENNIES INSIGNIFICANT. SEE THAT ON THE SNOWFALL MAP HAD A FAIR AMOUNT OVER THE PAST 24  HOURS. BUT THE NEXT 36 WILL BE MOSTLY ACROSS THE WESTERN AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT  LAKES INTO THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES BUT ESPECIALLY THE MOUNTAINS  PIEDMONT AREA AND WE'RE LOOKING AT A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW IN THE UPSLOPE REGIONS AND A LITTLE BIT  ACROSS THE DAKOTAS BUT NOTHING MAJOR. HIGH TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON THE COLD STUFF GREAT  LAKES IN THE NORTHEAST. PRETTY MILD ONCE AGAIN IN TEXAS LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT THOUGH  BACK DOWN INTO THE 40S THERE SINGLE DIGITS SO ACROSS THE UPPER GREAT LAKES ENDING SEE  HIGHS TOMORROW STILL COLD IN THE GREAT LAKES BUT MILD DOWN SOUTH. THERE'S THE JET STREAM YOU  CAN SEE WE STAY WITH THIS TROUGH PIECES OF ENERGY DIVING IN THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.  THEN IT RELAXES A LITTLE BIT OVER THE WEEKEND. AND HERE'S INTERESTING WILL WE SEE THE TROUGH BY  CHRISTMAS WEEK GO WEST OR WILL IT DIVE BACK INTO THE EAST I'M LOOKING PROBABLY FOR THE EAST.  THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL FOR  PRESCOTT ARIZONA LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND PLEASANT HIGH OF 64 DEGREES. SPENCER IOWA CLOUDY A  BIT OF SNOW AND ICE HIGH OF 37 AND FINALLY RALEIGH NORTH CAROLINA A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE  AND BREEZY. HIGH TEMPERATURE AROUND 42 DEGREES.

TEASE
OKAY WHEN WE GET BACK, WE'LL HIT THE FLOOR HERE AT AGTECH FOR LATEST  AND GREATEST IN TECHNOLOGY HEADING FOR YOUR FARM. AND LATER, THE TECH EXPLOSION ALREADY UNDERWAY.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

UPCOMING FARM TECHNOLOGY
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT WALKING THROUGH THE EXPO IS TO SEE ALL OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT SOON MAY END UP ON A FARM NEAR YOU. BEN THOMPSON:  "YES BUT WE THINK WE CAN DO WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY IS WE THINK WE CAN TAKE IT  OUT INTO THE FIELD MANAGE THE FIELD WE CAN IDENTIFY PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE HAVING NUTRIENT  DEFICIENCIES PEST INFESTATIONS HERBICIDE HERBICIDE RESISTANT WEEDS WAS A BIG ONE AND WE  HOPE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT DATA TO THE FARMERS TO THE GROWERS TO THE AGRONOMISTS AND  ULTIMATELY IMPROVE YIELDS." FROM ROBOTICS TO ATTATCHMENTS FOR YOUR CURRENT MACHINERY. THIS CONCEPTS FROM AMVAC CHEMICAL IS CALLED SIMPAS. IT'S THE NEXT STEP IN VARIABLE RATE TECHNOLOGY—ALLOWING A FARMER TO  APPLY INPUTS IN-FURROW DURING PLANTING IN A VERY SPECIFIC AND PRECISE  WAY. CORY RIDDER: "WE'RE BRINGING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO THE MARKET OF PRESCRIPTIVELY. APPLYING YOUR MICRONUTRIENTS  YOUR FUNGICIDES YOUR INSECTICIDES AT A LOW CONCENTRATED RATE THAT THAT PRESCRIPTIVELY THAT  NOTHING LIKE THAT IS ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW. SO IF YOU THINK OF THE INKJET PRINTER AS IT MAKES  THOSE LITTLE DOTS AS IT GOES ACROSS THE FIELD THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING. SO THE AREAS THAT NEED  THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF THE RIGHT PRODUCT YOU APPLY IN THOSE AREAS THAT DON'T NEED IT YOU DO NOT  APPLY. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK—SOME FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND THE  FUTURE THAT'S ALREADY HERE. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE HARDEST WORKING  TRACTORS IN AG AT KUBOTA.COM.  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER  TODAY.  I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT MY GRANDPARENTS WERE POSSIBLY WITNESS TO THE  GREATEST TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES IN HUMAN HISTORY. FROM HORSES TO CARS, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON--PAPER AND PEN TO  HAND HELD COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET--ITS AMAZING HOW FAR WE'VE  COME SINCE THE 1920'S. BUT HAVE YOU NOTICED THE MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL JUMPS HAPPENING RIGHT  NOW... SELF DRIVING CARS AND EVEN AUTONOMOUS TRACTORS (CASE). JUST THIS WEEK, AN IOWA COMPANY SENT ME INFO ABOUT HOW THEY CAN MAKE  ANY FARM EQUIPMENT YOU OWN AUTONOMOUS.  IN THE U-K AN ENTIRE FIELD WAS PLANTED AND HARVESTED WITH ROBOTS AND  SCOUTED BY DRONE. JOHN DEERE JUST BOUGHT A TECH COMPANY THAT BUILT A SPRAYER THAT ONLY  SPRAYS WEEDS AS IT CROSSES THE FIELD. WE HAVE ROBOTIC MILKERS, ROBOTIC FEED PUSHERS SOON STRAWBERRIES  ARE LIKELY TO BE HARVESTED BY MACHINE, APPLES TOO > WE ALL WANTED HOVER BOARDS, JET PACKS AND FLYING CARS...AND WHILE THAT  HASN'T HAPPENED YET HOVER BIKES --- CAN YOU IMAGINE CHECKING FIELDS ON  THAT...AND FLYING TAXIS ARE NOW ON THE HORIZON--NASA IS EVEN GETTING  INVOLVED. BUT IT'S NOT JUST MACHINES WHAT ABOUT THE MASSIVE ADVANCEMENTS IN THE  BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES---IN JUST A LAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE SEEN HEAVILY  MUSCLED PIGS, ULTRA LEAN PIGS AND EVEN ANIMALS CAPABLE OF GROWING  HUMAN ORGANS. NEW GENE EDITING CRISPR TECHNOLOGY STANDS TO REVOLUTIONIZE WHAT'S  POSSIBLE IN PLANTS, ANIMALS AND HUMANS. ON THE COMPUTER SIDE WHILE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS HELPING DOCTORS  AND BUSINESSES-- THE AG INDUSTRY AND ITS DATA MAY BE A MAJOR FOCUS. NEW ESTIMATES SAY THAT BY 2020, MORE THAN 75 MILLION AGRICULTURAL  CONNECTED DEVICES WILL BE IN USE. WITH THE AVERAGE FARM EXPECTED TO GENERATE MORE THAN 4 MILLION DATA  POINTS EVERY DAY BY 2050. COLLECTING IT AND USING THAT INFORMATION IS THE NEW FRONTIER. SO HOW DO PEOPLE PROCESS THIS INFORMATION--WELL, THERE IS EVEN A RACE  TO BUILD A COMPUTER THAT CAN READ AND INTERFACE WITH THE HUMAN  BRAIN...AND THEY'RE GETTING CLOSE. WHILE THERE ARE STILL KINKS TO WORK OUT AND THIS NEW HIGH TECH WORLD  MAKES SOME PEOPLE NERVOUS (SHOW TERMINATOR) AND MAYBE ITS WARRANTED. (YOU'RE NOT WRONG WALTER) LIKE THE HORSES LEFT IN THE AUTOMOBILE'S DUST-- THESE CHANGES AREN'T  SLOWING DOWN. IT'S OUR JOB TO KEEP UP....JUST LIKE OUR GRANDPARENTS DID.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING FROM THE JOURNAL AG TECH  EXPO. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN. HAVE A GOOD DAY. HIGH STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY, THE CHEVY  SILVERADO IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS GATHERING VEHICLE OF AGDAY TELEVISION.

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