AgDay Daily Recap - December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 20, 2017


HEADLINES
WHILE VOTES PILE UP OVER TAX REFORM...A DISASTER AID BILL MOVES  THROUGH CONGRESS. A KANSAS TOWN WORKS TO REBUILD AFTER DEVASTATING FIRES IN EARLY 2017. IN AGRIBUSINESS...HOLIDAY HAMS.. AND CAN YOU BASE YOUR PESTICIDE PROGRAM ON ... MORE BASS IN THE  VINYARD AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

DISASTER AID BILL
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. WHILE TAX REFORM TAKES CENTER  STAGE WITH HOUSE-PASSAGE OF THE BILL, THE HOUSE ALSO UN-VEILING A  DISASTER AID PLAN TO HELP COVER SOME OF THE COST OF HURRICANES AND  WILDFIRES THIS COUNTRY FACED IN 2017. HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELEASED AN 81-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER AID PACKAGE.  THAT'S ON-TOP OF THE NEARLY 45-BILLION ALREADY SPENT. IF APPROVED, THE MONEY WOULD BE SPLIT AMONG TEXAS, FLORIDA, PUERTO  RICO, THE U-S VIRGIN ISLANDS HIT BY HURRICANES.... AND STATES HIT BY  WILDFIRES THIS YEAR. THIS FUNDING LEVEL IS NEARLY TWICE THE REQUEST THAT THE WHITE HOUSE  MADE.. THE MONEY WOULD BE SPLIT BETWEEN A HOST OF FEDERAL AGENCIES,  INCLUDING FEMA, CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE AG DEPARTMENT.

FLORIDA CITRUS
FLORIDA AG COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM CALLS THE PROPOSED EMERGENCY  FUNDING THE "FIRST BIT OF GOOD NEWS WE'VE HEARD IN MONTHS." FLORIDA'S CITRUINDUSTRY TOOK A HARD HIT FROM HURRICANE IRMA.  PUTNAM'S OFFICE PUT FLORIDA AG LOSSES AT TWO-AND-A HALF BILLION  DOLLARS.

WILDFIRES
FIRE CREWS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CALM WINDS TUESDAY TO BATTLE THE  WILDFIRES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. BUT THOSE SANTA ANA WINDS ARE  EXPECTED TO COME CHARGING BACK TODAY. FIREFIGHTERS CONDUCTED CONTROLLED BURNS TO REMOVE SOME OF THE  BRUSH AND TIMBER. THE FIRES IN VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES ARE  THE THIRD LARGEST IN STATE HISTORY. EIGHT-THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS HAVE  BEEN FIGHTING THE WILDFIRES FOR WEEKS. ON A NATIONAL SCALE - NINE-AND-A HALF MILLION ACRES OF U-S VEGETATION  HAVE BEEN CHARRED THIS YEAR.  "WE'RE IN NEAR RECORD TERRITORY. WE'VE SEEN MORE THAN NINE AND A HALF MILLION ACRES BURNED  NATIONALLY AND ONLY TWO OTHER YEARS IN RECENT HISTORY HAVE TOPPED THAT JUST TWO YEARS AGO.  WE GOT TO ABOUT TEN POINT ONE MILLION ACRES AND THEN BACK IN 2006 WE ENDED THE SEASON  WITH ABOUT NINE POINT NINE MILLION ACRES."RIPPEY SAYS

KANSAS WILDFIRES
THE FEROCITY OF THIS YEAR'S WILDFIRES MAKES THE SEASON  EVEN MORE NOTABLE. INCLUDED IN THAT LIST WAS THE MONTANA FIRES AND THE GREAT PLAINS FIRES  THAT SCORCHED NEARLY TWO MILLION ACRES OF KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS  AND COLORADO IN MARCH. NINE MONTHS HAVE PASSED SINCE THOSE WILDFIRES CHARRED PARTS OF THE  CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS DURING A THREE DAY SPAN OF FURIOUS FIRE. BETSY JIBBEN RETURNED TO ASHLAND, KANSAS RECENTLY TO SEE HOW THE  COMMUNITY IS STILL TRYING TO RECOVER. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER STOP FOR DR. RANDALL SPARE  AS THE ASHLAND VETERINARIAN CONDUCTS PREGNANCY CHECKS FOR WINTER  CALVING.  "SOME COWS IN HARMS WAY, WE'RE JUST NOW PREG CHECKING THEM,"THIS YEAR THERE'S HIGHTENED CONCERN FOLLOWING THE WILDFIRES IN MARCH  THAT BURNED THE MAJORITY OF CLARK COUNTY, KANSAS.  "95 PERCENT OF THE CATTLE WERE LOST OFF 9 RANCHES. THOSE RANCHES ARE SLOWLY ASSESSING WHAT  NEEDS ARE,"DESPITE THE DESTRUCTION AND CATTLE LOSSES DR. SPARE SAYS TODAY'S NUMBERS ARE RIGHT WHERE HE EXPECTS.  "TREMENDOUS GIFT FOR THESE PRODUCERS SINCE REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY I STILL THE NUMBER ONE  PREDICTOR OF PROFITABILITY IN A RANCH,"YET THERE ARE PROBLEMS... SOME OF THE COWS  SUFFERED HOOF AND EVEN UTTER PROBLEMS.  "THERE CONTINUES TO BE A NUMBER OF ORPHANED CALVES JUST BECAUSE THOSE COWS DIDN'T  PRODUCE MILK, BUT IT'S MINIMAL,"CALVES BORN EARLIER IN T HE YEAR SEEM TO BE DOING WELL.  "NOW CALVES THAT ARE BEING BORN DURING HTE FIRE WEIGH 5 TO 600 POUNDS. THEY'VE HAD A  TREMENDOUS SUMMER. THAT CALF WEIGHT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOIGN TO BE OK,"DR. SPARE SAYS REBUILDING IN THIS AREA WILL TAKE T IME AS SOM EOF THE  RANCHERS PRIDE THEMSELVES ON HIGH END GENETICS - THE BEST OF HTE BEST  FOR THEIR STOCK.  "GENETICS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US SO WE CAN'T REPLACE WHAT WE HAD WITH JUST ANYTHING,"30-THOUSAND ACRES OF THIS RANCH IN ASHLAND, KANSAS BURNED IN LESS  THAN TWO HOURS. HALF OF THE COW HERD GONE WITH IT..  BETSCHART SAYS THE FAMILY IS SLOWLY BUYING HEIFERS AND HOPE TO BE  FULLY RESTOCKED BY 2019.  "THE CATTLE LEFT ARE DOING WELL. WE'RE STARTING TO GET IN STOCKERS SO WE'LL RUN IN STOCKERS OVER  THE NEXT FEW YEARS,""WE ARE PURCHASING BRED HEIFERS WE'LL CALVE THIS WINTER AND AFTER THAT OUR PLAN IS TO RESTOCK  FROM WITHIN AND HOLD BACK MORE HEIFERS,""THEY HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY OF  ADDING STOCKER CATTLVERSUS COWS. THEY USE STOCKER CATTLE TO FILL IN THE GAPS AS WE GET RAIN,"OTHERS LIKE BERNIE SMITH IN BEAVER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA HAD COWS  DONATED TO HIM AND PURCHASED SOME THROUGH AUCTIONS.  "THE AREA HAS DONE SOME RESTOCKING. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE YEARS.  WE'RE GOIGN TO HVE TO LET HTE GRASS GET SEEDED BACK,""NOW IF WE CAN HAVE A GOOD WINTER AND SPRING, MAYBE NEXT YEAR, WE'LL BE CLOSER TO  NORMAL."IT'S THAT WILLINGNESS TO GET BACK TO NORMALCY... HELPING DRIVE PRODUCERS AND DR. SPARE FORWARD.  "WE STILL BASE EVERYTHING WE DO ON WHAT HAPPENED MARCH 6. IT KIND OF DEFINES US BUT IT HAS  CREATED TREMENDOUS THANKFULNESS IN OUR HEARTS TOWARDS THE LIVES WE HAVE AND TO THE PEOPLE  WHO HAVE GIVEN US HAY AND MONEY AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE TOLD OUR STORY,"REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS THE WHOLE STATE - 99 PERCENT - IS  SUFFERING FROM ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS. NEARLY 21 PERCENT OF  KANSAS IS IN A MODERATE DROUGHT. 

TRUMP AT AMERICAN FARM BUREAU
LATE WEDNESDAY, THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCING THAT PRESIDENT  TRUMP WILL SPEAK AT THE FARM BUREAU'S NATIONAL CONVENTION NEXT MONTH  IN NASHVILLE. DETAILS ARE YET TO BE RELEASED. BUT FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL SAYS THE PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCED SPEECH IS A SIGN THE NATION'S CHIEF  EXECUTIVE HOLDS AMERICA'S FARM AND RANCH FAMILIES IN HIGH REGARD.

KORUS
FOLLOWING TOUGH TALK FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, SOUTH KOREA SAYS IT'S  NOW READY TO RENEGOTIATE A TRADE DEAL BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. WHILE A DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET, SOUTH KOREA'S TRADE MINISTRY TOLD  PARLIAMENT HE WILL START THE PROCESS TO SET A NEW ROUND OF TALKS. THE KOREA-U-S FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WAS PUT INTO PLACE IN 2012.

MASSACHUSETTS EGG LAW
A SECOND STATE IS NOW BEING SUED FOR ATTEMPTING TO TELL EGG  PRODUCERS HOW TO RUN THEIR OPERATIONS...EVEN THOSE OUTSIDE THAT  STATE'S BOUNDARIES. A GROUP OF 13 STATES HAS FILED SUIT AGAINST MASSACHUSETTS. THE SUIT  CLAIMS THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS EGG-PRODUCTION LAW IS UN- CONSTITUTIONAL. THE LAW BANS THE SALE OF EGGS FROM HENS THAT ARE RAISED IN  CONVENTIONAL HOUSING. IT REQUIRES ONLY CAGE-FREE EGGS BE SOLD IN  MASSACHUSETTS BY 2022, REGARDLESS WHERE THE EGGS ARE PRODUCED. A SIMILAR LAWSUIT WAS FILED AGAINST CALIFORNIA EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE MASSACHUSETTS LAW INCLUDES A BAN AGAINST HOUSING FOR BREEDING  PIGS. WHILE U-S DAIRY PRODUCERS STRUGGLE WITH PRICES, THEY'RE STILL NOT  CUTTING OUTPUT. NOVEMBER MILK PRODUCTION FOR THE TOP 23 STATES SHOWS PRODUCTION  CLIMBED ABOUT ONE PERCENT FROM A YEAR AGO, HITTING THE SCALES AT 16- POINT-TWO BILLION POUNDS. PER COW PRODUCTION CLIMBED NINE POUNDS. AND THE HERD SIZE GREW FROM A YEAR AGO AS WELL.

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN IS BACK IN THE TRENCHES WITH US TODAY. WE START WITH CROP  COMMENTS AND A NEW FORECAST MAP. GOOD MORNING MIKE. GOOD MORNING CLINTON. YES WE'RE GOING TO START TAKING A LOOK AT THE WIND FORECAST EACH DAY  DURING CROP COMMENTS--OR AS MANY DAYS AS WE CAN--BUT FIRST LETS LOOK  AROUND FARM COUNTRY. WELL, YOU KNOW IT'S A RURAL COMMUNITY WHEN THE NEIGHBOR CALLS AND  SAYS THEIR CALVES ARE LOOSE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD!! THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN FOLLETT, TEXAS -HOME OF THE PANTHERS. WITH A  LITTLE HELP, THIS RANCHER GOT HIS CALVES BACK ON THE RANCH IN NO TIME.  AND NOW FOR THE AGDAY WIND FORECAST: 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. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK HOLIDAY HAMS INCLUDING THE LATEST  MOVES IN THE LEAN HOG MARKET. AND CAN MUSIC REALLY KEEP INSECTS FROM INVADING A CROP? A LOOK AT SOME NEW RESEARCH TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY JOHDEERE.  WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE  INVENTORY OF JOHN DEERE CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED TRACTORS, COMBINES AND SPRAYERS?   MACHINEFINDER DOT COM.  SOMETIMES THE BEST NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FLEET ISN'T NEW." 

RECORD CORN CROP
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.  A CHAMPION CORN GROWER HAS BROKEN ANOTHER WORLD RECORD WITH HIS  CROP. DAVID HULA OF CHARLES CITY, VIRGINIA HIT FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-42-POINT TWO  BUSHELS PER ACRE IN THE NATIONAL CORN GROWER ASSOCIATION YIELD  CONTEST. NCGA DOESN'T RECOGIZE JUST ONE OVERALL WINNTER. RATHER IT HAS CHAMPS  IN SIX PRODUCTION CATEGORIES, STILL HULA BESTED THEM ALL WITH HIS ENTRY  IN THE "NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL IRRIGATED" CATEGORY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
THERE WAS PLENTY OF PRESSURE ON GRAINS TUESDAY AT THE CME IN  CHICAGO. LETS SEE HOW THE TRADING SESSION ENDED FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE  FLOOR. SOYBEAN MARKET WAS LOWER HERE ON TUESDAY AND HAS BEEN UNDER QUITE A BIT OF PRESSURE AS  OF LATE. I BELIEVE OUR NEARBY CONTRACTS HAVE LOST PRETTY CLOSE TO 60 CENTS DURING THE LAST EIGHT  OR NINE TRADING SESSIONS. SO A BIG TIME SELL OFF HERE A LOT OF THIS IS RELATED TO SOUTH AMERICAN  WEATHER. WE HAD BUILT SOME WEATHER PREMIUM INTO THE MARKET BECAUSE OF DRYNESS AND HOT  CONDITIONS IN ARGENTINA. THE CONDITIONS HAVE TURNED A LITTLE BIT MORE FAVORABLE HERE WE'VE GOT  SEVERAL RAIN CHANCES IN THE FORECAST. SO THE MARKET VERY VERY QUICKLY ERASING SOME WEATHER  PREMIUM HERE. THIS ALL TIES INTO EXPORTS AND EXPORTS MAKE UP MORE THAN HALF OF THE DEMAND  BASE FOR US BEANS OR ACCORDING TO USDA TWEEZED THEY'LL MAKE UP ABOUT 52 PERCENT OF OUR  TOTAL DEMAND BASED THIS YEAR. NOW IT SHOULD BE SAID THAT U.S. BEANS ARE COMPETITIVE ON THE  WORLD MARKET RIGHT NOW. WE SAW SOME FLASH SALES TO CHINA AND SOME UNKNOWNS HERE THIS  WEEK AND WE HOPE TO SEE MORE OF THAT AGAIN. JOE VACLAVIK FROM CME GROUP. HERE IN

AGRIBUSINESS
JOHN PAYNE DANIEL AG OUR GUESTS HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY. JOHN LET'S TALK ABOUT  THE LEAN HOG MARKET IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE WATCHED WITH INTEREST IN 2017 ESPECIALLY  AS PRODUCTION HAS CONTINUED TO GROW AND EXPAND. 2018 WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS. I THINK THE  DEMAND IS GOING TO REALLY COME BACK TO A LITTLE BIT OF A ROLL OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS WITH CHINA  YOU KIND OF WATCH THAT COPPER PRICE FALLING. I THINK WE'VE SEEN SOME CURRENCY ISSUES OUT OF  CHINA LEAN HOGS VERY VERY CORRELATED WITH THE CHINESE DEMAND MARKETS AND I THINK GIVEN  THE BREAK WE'VE SEEN HERE I THINK FEBRUARY AND APRIL LOOK PRETTY PROMISING GOING FORWARD.  OK. IF THE CATTLE CONTRACTS CAN CONTINUE TO MAYBE PUSH HIGHER AGAIN WE COULD GET BACK INTO  THAT 150 160 RANGE FOR FEEDERS. I THINK DEMAND FOR FEEDER PIGS WILL GO UP AND I THINK GIVEN  THAT WE'VE SEEN SOME MORE PLANTS OPENED UP HERE IN THE U.S. AND THEN THE DEMAND FROM  OVERSEAS CONTINUE TO BE THERE. I THINK HOGS ARE A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY UNCORRELATED PLAY THAT  A LOT OF FOLKS WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU DON'T THINK SUPPLIES ARE GOING TO OVERRUN DEMAND  HERE. I THINK THAT'S PRICED IN AND WE'RE SEEING THAT IN THE SHORT TERM THAT YOU KNOW WE'VE  SEEN THE LIQUIDATIONS COME AND THERE'S CERTAINLY A REASON FOR DISCOUNT HOGS ON RALLIES GIVEN  THAT THE SUPPLIES ARE THERE BUT I THINK WEATHER IS A FACTOR HERE AS WE ENTER THE MIDDLE PART OF  THE WINTER. AND I THINK THAT THE DEMAND AGAIN FROM CHINA THAT YOU GET THESE KIND OF ROLLOVERS  THAT HAPPENED IN THE LIQUIDATIONS OCCUR AND I THINK WE'VE GONE THROUGH A WAVE OF THAT AND  THAT HAPPENS EVERY TWO TO THREE MONTHS AND I THINK NOW THAT WE'VE GOT A LITTLE MORE U.S.  PRODUCTION ON BOARD HERE AS WE ENTER 2018 WE SHOULD SEE SOME GOOD ACTION. I'M PRETTY  EXCITED ABOUT IT. THIS CHEAP GRAIN CONTINUE TO FEED THIS MARKET GROWTH. ABSOLUTELY AND I THINK  CHEAP GRAIN IS I I TALKED TO A LOT OF AG PRODUCERS ON THE ROCKOFF SIDE WHO IS USING THE CORN  WE'RE USING THE SAME. ARE THEY ALL MAKING MONEY WITH IT. ACROSS THE BOARD IT'S YES. CATTLE  CHICKENS THEIR OWN WOOL. ALL RIGHT WELL WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT AS WE GO FORWARD INTO 2018.  THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGADAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE ROOT  ZONE MOISTURE MAP WE CAN SEE WHAT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE DRY WHICH ONES ARE WET AND  REALLY THE SOUTHWEST CONTINUES TO GET WORSE. YEAH IT DOES. AND WE STILL HAVE THAT AREA IN  ARKANSAS INTO ILLINOIS ALTHOUGH THE SOUTHERN END OF THAT. AND YOU GET SOME MOISTURE OVER THE  NEXT 24 HOURS AND WE HAVE A FEW WET AREAS AS WELL ALONG THE GULF COAST LOUISIANA  MISSISSIPPI BACK INTO TEXAS AND THE FAR NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES BUT MOST OTHER  AREAS THERE'S NO EXTREMES REALLY SHOWING UP ON THE ROOT ZONE MOISTURE RIGHT NOW. THERE IS A STORM SYSTEM IN THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PRODUCING SOME RAIN. AND YOU CAN SEE IT'S  FROM OKLAHOMA ALL THE WAY EASTWARD INTO NORTH CAROLINA SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE  WARM SECTOR SOUTH OF THAT AREA OF LOW PRESSURE AND A COLD FRONT AS WELL BUT THAT ALL PUSHES  OFF TO THE EAST BY LATER TODAY. IT'S REALLY THAT IN THE FAR SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY  NORTHERN SYSTEM GOING TO BE PUTTING DOWN SOME SNOW OVER NORTHERN MINNESOTA AND NORTH  DAKOTA BACK INTO THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ROCKIES A LITTLE BIT LINGERING FLURRY ACTIVITY IN THE FAR  NORTHEAST HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT. THEN THIS SYSTEM CONTINUES TO COME EAST. THE SYSTEM  STARTS OFF IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AS OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST JUST A FEW LINGERING SPOTTY SHOWERS  HERE AND THERE SNOW OVER THE NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES AND BACK INTO THE  CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES. NOW AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW THIS SYSTEM WILL  CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST. SO IT LOOKS LIKE AREAS NORTH OF THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL HAVE A  PRETTY GOOD CHANCE FOR A WHITE CHRISTMAS BECAUSE THIS IS A REAL COLD FRONT. AND WHAT I MEAN  BY THAT IS IF YOU'VE BEEN HEARING YOUR LOCAL FORECASTERS SAY IT'S GOING TO SUDDENLY TURN COLD  BEFORE CHRISTMAS THAT'S THE FRONT THAT'S GOING TO START THAT PROCESS AND WE'LL BE WATCHING THAT  FOR YOU. PRETTY HEAVY MOISTURE THERE. HEAVY RAINS OVER PARTS OF SOUTHERN ARKANSAS NORTHERN  LOUISIANA AND NORTHEASTERN TEXAS. THAT'S THE PAST 24 HOURS ADDING IN THE NEXT 36. THIS  SYSTEM DOESN'T PUT DOWN NEARLY AS MUCH BUT NONETHELESS COULD BE AN INCH IN PARTS OF THE  SOUTHEAST ESPECIALLY THE CAROLINAS. MOSTLY LIGHT MOISTURE ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF STATES TO  GET INTO THE NORTHWEST WHERE THEY'VE HAD SOME PRETTY GOOD MOISTURE AS WELL AND YOU STILL WILL  SNOW FALL IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OUT WEST. THAT'S BEEN MOSTLY SNOW OBVIOUSLY ADDING IN THE  NEXT 36 HOURS WILL ACCUMULATE SOME OVER THE CENTRAL ROCKIES AND A LITTLE BIT IN THAT STRIP  ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS INTO THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE GREAT LAKES. HIGH TEMPERATURES  TODAY 20S AND 30S GREAT LAKES 70S BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE GOLF COAST LOWS TONIGHT  GOING TO DROP OFF INTO THE LOW TEENS ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS TEENS ACROSS NEW ENGLAND AS  WELL AND ENDING THE HIGHS TOMORROW. COLD PROCESS IS GOING TO START THERE WE'LL SEE HIGHS ONLY  IN THE TEENS IN THE NORTHWESTERN PLAINS. HERE'S THE JET STREAM AND WATCH THIS DIRECT SHOT OF  ARCTIC AIR. BOOM RIGHT THERE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS YOU MIGHT  SAY WELL IT RELAXES BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK BUT THEY'RE STILL GOING TO BE VERY VERY COLD  THROUGH THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE  A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. HERE'S WHY FLOW OUT OF WASHINGTON TODAY. CLOUDY WITH A BIT  OF SNOW AROUND. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 37 DEGREES. MUSKOGEE OKLAHOMA A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS  AND SUNSHINE. HIGH OF 63 AND CLARKSBURG WEST VIRGINIA MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES IT WILL BE CHILLIER  HIGHER AROUND 43.  THANKS MIKE.

TEASE
ARE YOU BUSY NEXT MONDAY MORNING? YOU MIGHT BE... BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T JOINS US FOR OUR ANNUAL  CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. FROM DECKING THE HALLS OF THE WHITE HOUSE TO TOURING HISTORICAL  HOMES IN VIRGINIA, IT'S A TRADITION YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. JOIN ME AND TYNE MORGAN FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. UP NEXT WE'RE OFF TO CALIFORNIA WERE AVOCADO GROWERS CONTINUE TO  FIGHT WILDFIRES. AND LATER, MUSIC AND SOUNDS MAY SOOTH THE SOUL BUT CAN IT ALSO BE  EFFECT PEST CONTROL? WE'LL LOOK AT THE LATEST RESEARCH TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW DELARO FUNGICIDE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS. ACHIEVE PERSONAL  BEST YIELDS.

PACKER TV
IN NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE PACKER - CROP DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS  ARE STILL BEING DEVELOPED IN VENTURA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA - NEARLY TWO  WEEKS AFTER THE START OF THE SO-CALLED "THOMAS FIRE". TWO CROPS IN PARTICULAR HAVE BEEN AT RISK FROM THE FLAMES - AVOCADOES  AND LEMONS. THE PACKER SAYS VENTURA COUNTY PRODUCES 35-PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA'S  AVOCADO CROP AND 80-PERCENT OF THE LEMON VOLUME. THE COUNTY EXTENSION SAYS LEMON TREES HAVE BEEN LESS AFFECTED BY  THE TREES THAN AVOCADO TREES. THAT'S BECAUSE AVOCADOES GROW ON  HILLSIDES WHERE THE FIRES HAVE BEEN BURNING. AND FLORIDA STRAWBERRY GROWERS ARE GETTING A STRONG START TO THE  2017-2018 SEASON. OUR FRIENDS AT THE PACKER REPORT THERE APPEARS TO BE AMPLE VOLUMES  OF BERRIES. SO FAR THE STATE'S GROWERS HAVE SHIPPED MORE THAN ONE POINT 2 MILLION  12 POUND CARTONS--THAT'S UP ROUGHLY A MILLION CARTONS COMPARED TO  THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. SO FAR, COLD WEATHER HAS NOT CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE CROP.

TEASE
UP NEXT, USING SOUND TO KEEP PESTS AT BAY. AGDAY CONTINUES IN JUST A MINUTE.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA'S M7 SERIES.  LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LARGEST  TRACTOR IN KUBOTA HISTORY AT KUBOTA.COM. LIKE A FORM OF 'PSCYHOLOGICAL WARFARE', SCIENTISTS WITH THE USDA'S  AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ARE USING SOUND  TO CONTROL INSECTS THAT SPREAD DISEASE IN GRAPE VINEYARDS.  IN THIS VIDEO PROVIDED BY USDA, PATRICK O'LEARY SHOWS US THE AFFECTS OF  'TURNING UP THE BASS' ON INVADERS. VINEYARDS IN CALIFORNIA ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM PESTS, LIKE THE GLASSY- WINGED SHARPSHOOTER. THIS PEST SPREADS A BACTERIUM THAT CAUSES  PIERCE'S DISEASE, A DEVASTING DISEASE THAT COSTS THE CALIFORNIA GRAPE  INDUSTRY $104 MILLION ANNUALLY. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  ENTOMOLOGISTS ARE FIGHTING BACK BY USING THE INSECT'S OWN MATING  CALLS TO PREVENT FUTURE DAMAGE. RODRIGO KRUGNER, USDA-ARS: THE APPROACH HERE IS TO DISRUPT THE COMMUNICATION OF THE  INSECT. THE FIRST STEP IS TO IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE THEIR MATING CALLS. WE ALSO LOOK FOR WEAK  LINKS IN THEIR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, SO THESE ARE PLACES THAT WE ARE GOING TO TRY INTERFERE  WITH. WE USE DISRUPTIVE SIGNALS, AND THIS IS DONE MAINLY IN THE LABORATORY. AND THEN VALIDATE  UNDER FIELD CONDITIONS. THESE INSECTS ARE SO SMALL, HUMANS CAN'T HEAR THEIR COMMUNICATION. KRUGNER: THESE ARE FREQUENCIES AND VIBRATIONS THAT ARE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE PLANT – WE  CANNOT HEAR WITHOUT SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT. SO THE RESEARCHERS, WITH USDA'S AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE IN  PARLIER, CALIFORNIA, ARE USING ACOUSTICS TECHNOLOGY FROM THE  AUTOMOTIVE AND AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES TO HELP THEM LISTEN IN. SO FAR,  THE DISRUPTIVE SIGNALS ARE WORKING AND DATA SUPPORT APPLICATION OF  VIBRATIONAL MATING DISRUPTION AS A NOVEL METHOD TO CONTROL GLASSY- WINGED SHARPSHOOTER POPULATIONS. KRUGNER: WE TOOK THEM OUT TO THE FIELD AND WE WERE ABLE TO DISRUPT THE MATING OF VIRGIN  INSECTS IN VINEYARDS. FOR THE US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, I'M PAT O'LEARY.

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. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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