AgDay Daily Recap -December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
DECEMBER 22, 2017


AG BANKERS SAY THE RURAL ECONOMY IS SLOWLY IMPROVING. PLUS, WILL COTTON AND DAIRY GET A SAFETYNET SURPRISE. IN AGRIBUSINESS..PREPPING FOR 2018. ARE POINSETTIAS POINSONOUS...WE HAVE NEW RESEARCH  AND REMEMBERING OUR HEROS DURING THE HOLIDAYS.  AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY'S RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX IS OUT AND ITS UP FROM A  YEAR AGO BUT OVERALL THE FARM ECONOMY IS STILL BELOW GROWTH  NEUTRAL.  THE INDEX MEASURES THE STATE OF THE AG ECONOMY BY BANKERS LOCATED IN  10 RURAL STATES THE NEWEST INDEX IMPROVING ELEVEN POINTS COMPARED TO DECEMBER OF  LAST YEAR. IT'S ALSO UP FROM LAST MONTH BY 3 POINTS.  THE BIGGEST GAIN MAY BE THE RETAIL SALES INDEX- WHICH IMPROVED  SIGNIFICANTLY FROM 40.7 IN  NOVEMBER TO 52.4 IN DECEMBER. IT'S THE  HIGHEST DECEMBER RETAIL INDEX RECORDED SINCE 2014.  BANKERS SAY CASH RENTS ON AVERAGED ARE DOWN 10 PERCENT FROM  TWO  YEARS AGO - AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 205 DOLLARS PER ACRE.  "ON AVERAGE, IT'S 190 DOLLARS PER ACRE PER YEAR. NOW THAT'S LOWER IN SOUTH DAKOTA AND  HIGHER IN ILLINOIS. THAT'S DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY. THAT TIME A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WE WERE AT 250  DOLLARS AN ACRE PER YEAR AND THAT'S BEEN DOWN QUITE SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF  YEARS."GOSS EXPECTS THOSE RATES TO DECLINE EVEN MORE IN 2018. A THIRD OF BANKERS ALSO REPORTING A DOWNWARD TREND  IN BANK-FINANCED  FARMLAND PURCHASES OVER THE PAST TWO TO FIVE YEARS. 

CONGRESS DISASTER AID
CONGRESS IS FURIOUSLY WORKING TO FINISH SEVERAL IMPORTANT  RESOLUTIONS BEFORE YEAR'S END.  INCLUDING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO THE KEEP THE GOVERNMENT  RUNNING AND AN 81 BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER AID PACKAGE. INCLUDED IN THAT MEASURE...CHANGES TO THE COTTON AND DAIRY SAFETY  NETS.  IT ADDS COTTON SEED TO THE LIST OF COMMODITIES ELIGIBLE FOR TITLE ONE  CROP PAYMENTS. IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN THE COTTON AND DAIRY WILL CONTINUE WORKING  DESPERATELY TO SEE CHANGES IN THE NEXT FARM BILL. TYNE MORGAN REPORTS. DAIRY FARMERS FACE A GRIM REALITY FOR 2018-CLASS 3 MILPRICES IN THE 14  DOLLAR RANGE.  AND MOST WILL TELL YOU PRICES JUST DON'T PENCIL OUT. DAIRY LEADERS SAY IT'S A PRICE STORY THAT IS PLAYING INTO A BIGGER NEED. A  NEED FOR A BETTER SAFETY NET IN THE NEXT FARM BILL.  "WELL THE TIME THAT THE CURRENT PROGRAM THE MARSHAL PROTECTION PROGRAM AS YOU  KNOW IS NOT WORKING IT'S NOT WORKING AS INTENDED. IT IS THE RIGHT OUTLINE OF A PROGRAM BUT CUTS  THAT WERE MADE IN THE IN THE POLICY HAS WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE 2014 FARM BILL PROCESS  REALLY ENDED UP RENDERING IT INEFFECTIVE."IT'S NOT JUST DAIRY DEMANDING MORE IN A NEW FARM BILL. COTTON GROWERS  ALSO WANT TO SEE CHANGES, ASKING COTTON TO BE INCLUDED IN TITLE 1, OR  THE COMMODITUES PORTION OF THE LEGISLATION.  "OH I THINK WITHOUT A DOUBT WE WILL GET CAUGHT AND BACK AND ELIGIBLE FOR EITHER ARE OR  YOU'LL SEE PAYMENTS MOST LIKELY THE GENERIC ACRES THAT WERE DESIGNATED LAST TIME WILL BE  TURNED BACK INTO SOME KIND OF A COTTON BASE A.. AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE AND I THINK THE REAL  QUESTION IS IS THAT GOING TO PROVIDE ENOUGH MONEY TO REALLY PROVIDE A GOOD SAFETY NET FOR  COTTON. OR DO WE NEED TO LOOK ELSEWHERE."HOWVER, BUDGET LIMITATIONS, SOME FEAR,   COULD STEER CONVERSATIONS  OFF COURSE.  "OH NO QUESTION THE BIGGEST STICKING POINT IS GOING TO BE MONEY. YOU KNOW LOTS OF PEOPLE  HAVE IDEAS FOR NEW PROGRAMS FOR FUNDING OF OLD PROGRAMS FOR TEENAGERS. AND THOSE ARE ALL  WELL AND GOOD. BUT THE FACT IS WE HAVE A FLAT BASELINE. WE HAVE NO NEW MONEY. SO IF WE'RE  GOING TO COME UP AND PROPOSE IDEAS THAT ARE GOING TO COST NEW MONEY WE'VE GOT TO ALSO  PROPOSE SOME IDEAS FOR A WAY TO SAVE MONEY.  FORMER AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK SAYS AGRICULTURE NEEDS TO QUIT  FOCUSING ON THE LACK OF FUNDING IN WASHINGTON, INSTEAD MAKING A CASE  FOR AGRICULTURE'S TOP NEEDS.  THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS IN DERRY. THE FOLKS IN COTTON WILL TELL YOU THEY HAVE A NEED I THINK  BUT ALL PRODUCERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WAY THE PROGRAMS ARE WORKING THE PSC PROGRAM  AND SO FORTH. SO I THINK THE FIRST AND FOREMOST WE OUGHT TO DEFINE WHAT THE NEED IS AND THEN I  THINK WE OUGHT TO BE CHALLENGED TO BASICALLY FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO LEVERAGE THE RESOURCES  THAT ARE AVAILABLE.  HE SAYS ONE EXAMPLE IS THE REGIONAL CONSERVATION PARTNERHSIP  PROGRAM IN THE LAST FARM BILL... A PROGRAM THAT WAS ABLE TO BRING MORE  MONEY INTO CONSERVATION WIHTOUT IDENITFYING THOSE AS FEDERAL  DOLLARS.  AND CANDIDLY I SAID THIS WHEN I WAS SECRETARY AND I'LL SAY IT NOW THAT I'M NOT. WE OUGHT  TO TALK ABOUT IT IN TERMS OF NOT JUST A FARM BILL IT'S A JOBS BILL. IT'S A RESEARCH BILL. IT'S AN  INNOVATION BILL IT'S A CONSERVATION BILL IT'S IT'S A TRADE BILL. AND IF WE THINK IF WE START TALKING ABOUT IT IN ITS TOTALITY I THINK PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THE NECESSITY OF FINDING CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. FINDING CREATIVE SOLUTIONS COULD ALSO BE A CHALLENGE, CONSIDERING THE  TIGHT TIMELINE FOR NOT ONLY CREATING, BUT PASSING A NEW FARM BILL.  "THE RESPONDENTS TO THE POLL ALSO SAID THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A FARM BILL BY AROUND APRIL OF  2018 THEN IT'S GOING TO BE PUNTED TO MINIMUM AFTER THE 2018 ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER BECAUSE  APRIL IS WHEN THE PRIMARY SEASON HAPPENS FOR A NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SPOTS BOTH IN THE  HOUSE AND THE SENATE THAT ARE GOING TO FACE OTHER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES TO CHALLENGE YOU  KNOW SITTING LAWMAKERS WITH SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY AROUND TRADE POSSIBLY SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY  THAT ULTIMATELY."THERE'S UNCERTAINTY  SURROUNDING THE FATE OF A FARM BILL,  DURING A TIME  WHEN COMMODITY PRICES ARE SUFFERING, CREATING A FARM ECONOMY THAT  CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE EVEN AS THE CALENDAR FLIPS TO 2018.   THANKS  TYNE. CONGRESS ALSO FINISHING IT'S MASSIVE TAX REFORM LEGISLATION THIS WEEK. THAT BILL IS NOW HEADED FOR THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. HE'S EXPECTED TO SIGN THE BILL SHORTLY AFTER THE NEW YEAR.

DROUGHT MONITOR
THE JUST RELEASED DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS DRYNESS IS BUILDING ACROSS  THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND INTO THE SOUTH THIS WINTER. THE CURRENT NATIONAL DROUGHT MAP SHOWS OVERALL DROUGHT GREW  SLIGHTLY FROM LAST WEEK. DRYNESS PERSISTS ACROSS MUCH OF THE  CENTRAL PLAINS AND SOUTHERN HALF OF THE U-S. KANSAS, ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND MISSOURI MAKE UP "GROUND ZERO" FOR  DROUGHT RIGHT NOW - WITH EVERY COUNTY IN ALL FOUR STATES UNDER SOME  LEVEL OF SEVERE DRYNESS OR DROUGHT. USDA METEOROLOGIST BRAD RIPPEY SAYS THOSE CONDITIONS LIKELY WON'T  IMPROVE THIS WINTER DUE TO LA NINA. "WE HAVE SEEN DROUGHT EXPANDING AND INTENSIFYING ACROSS A BROAD AREA OF THE COUNTRY MOST  NOTABLY FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS AND ALSO IN  PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND EVEN ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST WE  HAVE SEEN GENERALLY DRY CONDITIONS SO FAR THIS AUTUMN AND WINTER. AND THERE'S NO REASON TO  BELIEVE THAT SHOULDN'T CONTINUE. SO WE DO EXPECT TO SEE DROUGHT TO FURTHER EXPAND AND  INTENSIFY ACROSS BROAD SECTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN UNITED STATES OVER THE NEXT  SEVERAL MONTHS."WHILE LA NINA MEANS DRYNESS ACROSS THE SOUTH, RIPPEY EXPECTS MORE  MOISTURE AND COLDER TEMPS ACROSS MUCH OF THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE  STATE.

CROP COMMENTS
LET'S TURN NOW TO MIKE HOFFMAN WITH A LOOK AT CROP COMMENTS FOR THE  END OF THE WEEK. MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LET'S START OFF WITH BRAYDEN SMITH OF NEBRASKA. BRAYDEN IS USING ONE LAST NICE DAY TO BUILD ELECTRIC FENCE BEFORE  WINTER'S TEMPERATURES ARRIVE.  BELIEVE IT OR NOT - SOME FARMERS ARE STILL OUT IN THE FIELD.  JASON BURKE JUST GOT DONE WITH HIS SECOND CROP HARVEST IN SOUTHERN  ALABAMA! JASON SAYS TEST WEIGHTS ARE LINGING AROUND THE 57 TO 58 MARK.  HOWEVER, MOISTURE CONTENT IS NEARLY 25 PERCENT.  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.

TEASE
WHEN WE  COME WE'LL TALK ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARKETS IN 2018  AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR A NEW YEAR. AND LATER, REMEMBER AMERICAN HERO'S AND THE LOVED ONES WHO WON'T BE  JOINING US THIS CHRISTMAS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

FLOOR OF THE CME
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.  IN AGRIBUSINESS ANOTHER MIXED ON THE COMMODITY FLOOR. LETS SEE HOW THURSDAY'S SESSION CLOSED FROM THE CME IN CHICAGO. WE HAVE SEEN CORN TRADING IN A VERY VERY NARROW RANGE. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT 350 LEVEL KIND OF BEING A MAGNET FOR THE MARKET. THAT WAS A BIG MAGNET FOR THE DECEMBER CONTRACT I THINK WE'LL CONTINUE TO BE FOR THIS MARCH. NOW ON THE SOYBEAN SIDE OF THINGS WE'VE OBVIOUSLY BEEN UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS LEAVING BASICALLY A TECHNICAL GRAVEYARD ON THE CHARTS. FINALLY A LITTLE BIT A LITTLE BIT OF SUPPORT HERE AT THE PSYCHOLOGICALLY SIGNIFICANT 950 LEVEL. WE DO HAVE OPTION EXPLORATION TOMORROW THAT COULD HELP SUPPORT THINGS AND MAYBE EVEN ENCOURAGE A LITTLE BIT OF SHORT COVERING HERE IN THE NEAR TERM. IT'S BEEN ALL OLIVER SLOUP WITH BLUE LINE FUTURES FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME. [34.8]

AGRIBUSINESS
JOHN PAYNE DANIELS AG TRADING OUR GUEST HERE WITH AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY. JOHN AS WE  TURN THE CORNER TO 2018 IS FRONT LOOKING AT WHAT DO WE EXPECT. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING WHAT  ARE YOU WATCHING FOR AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TREAT A NEW FRESH YEAR. WELL I WOULD CERTAINLY  LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT WE KNOW AS FAR AS THE FUNDAMENTAL PICTURE OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE  MARKETS. THE FUNDAMENTAL SUPPLY AND DEMAND CHARTS AND SAFFIOTI NUMBERS. ALL OF THAT IS  UNKNOWN. I LOOK AT BEING PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED. I THINK RIGHT NOW INFLATION IS  SOMETHING THAT'S UNEXPECTED. HIGHER INPUT COST IS SOMETHING THAT'S UNEXPECTED. I WOULD BE  PREPARED FOR HIGHER PRICES IN 2013. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRST QUARTER I DON'T  THINK YOU'RE GONNA SEE SOME SORT OF SHOT OUT BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HAS WORKED IN THE LAST THREE  TO FOUR YEARS HAS BEEN TO SELL AHEAD CONTINUOUSLY SELL AHEAD AND HAMMER THE BACK OF THE  CURVE WITH SALES. RIGHT. AND I THINK WE'RE KIND OF GETTING TO A BUBBLE IN THAT. AND I THINK WE'VE  SEEN THE MARKETS NOW ESSENTIALLY FLATTENED OUT WITH VOLATILITY AND AT SOME POINT THERE'S GOING  TO BE A MOVE THAT'S MADE AND IT COULD BE ON THE BACK OF A COUPLE OF THINGS WITH THAT MARKET  WILL JUMP AND I THINK THAT'S WHY KEEPING SOME GREAT EXPOSURE MAKES A LOT OF SENSE HERE. I  REALLY I KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS YOU KNOW QUESTIONING STORING IT OR NOT I DON'T KNOW IF STORAGE IS  YOUR BEST ROUTE BUT HAVING SOME SORT OF GREATNESS EXPOSURE IN 2018 I'M PRETTY CONFIDENT  WE'RE GONNA SEE HIGHER PRICES. YEAH. SO IF THAT HAPPENS HOW ARE WE GOING TO GO ABOUT  ACCOMPLISHING THAT AND ARE MANAGING OUR MARGINS ON THE ARM THAT KIND OF STUFF. WELL TODAY  THE CMB JUST DROPPED MARGINS FROM 850 DOLLARS A CONTRACT DOWN TO 500 DOLLARS A CONTRACT ON  THE CORN CONTRACT. SO IF YOU'RE SITTING ON 10000 BUSHELS OF CORN AND LET'S SAY SAIDON 320  BASIS 32000 DOLLARS THAT YOU'RE PASSING UP WE TALKED TO AN ANALYST BEFORE HERE WHO IS  MENTIONING INTEREST RATES GOING UP THE COST OF CAPITAL IS STARTING TO RISE THE COST OF STORAGE  REALLY HASN'T BEEN HIGHER. SO IN OUR OPINION AND I KNOW I'M A FUTURES BROKER THIS IS WHAT I DO.  BUT YOU NEED TO BE EFFICIENT WITH YOUR CAPITAL AND IF OWNING CORN IS YOUR GOAL. THERE'S A LOT OF  WAYS TO DO IT. DON'T JUST FEEL THE NEED TO BYPASS AND SIT IN THE BIN AND PAY COMMERCIAL STORES  TODO THAT. ALL RIGHT JOHN APPRECIATE THE INSIGHTS. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A  MINUTE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.

WEATHER
EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME PEOPLE IN STATES ACCUSTOMED TO SNOW START  ASKING IF IT'LL BE A WHITE CHRISTMAS. WE CHECKED WITH USDA METEOROLOGIST BRAD RIPPEY.  LOOKING BACK AT  JUST THE 21ST CENTURY, SNOW COVERAGE FOR DECEMBER 25TH WAS AS LOW  AS 21-PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY IN 2003. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT WAS 63-PERCENT IN 2009. BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S ABOUT A  QUARTER OTHE COUNTRY. HOWEVER THERE ARE SOME SNOW-MAKERS  ACROSS THE NORTH. "... THE WILDCARD AS WE HEAD TOWARD CHRISTMAS IS WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL GET A STORM MOVING  FROM THE MIDWEST INTO THE EASTERN UNITED STATES. IF THAT DOES HAPPEN WE COULD SUBSTANTIALLY  INCREASE SNOW COVER RIGHT AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME BUT WE'RE STILL A FEW DAYS AWAY FROM THIS.  NO GUARANTEE ISN'T WHETHER THAT WILL HAPPEN OR NOT."AND AS WE LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR HERE AND MIKE IT JUST KIND OF MORE THE SAME OF WHAT  WE'VE SEEN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. I KNOW AND IT'S EXPANDED IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BUT THE WORST  AREAS GOTTEN A LITTLE BETTER SO A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENCE THERE BUT OVERALL THERE IS A LOT MORE  COLOR ON THIS MAP THAN THERE WAS THREE OR FOUR MONTHS AGO. YOU CAN SEE THE DRY AREAS HAVE  BEEN EXPANDING. SO LET'S GO BACK A MONTH AND SEE WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE. SEE THE WORST AREAS  REALLY AREN'T TOO MUCH WORSE THAN THEY WERE FROM ARKANSAS INTO MISSOURI BUT THE OVERALL  EXTENT OF THAT DROUGHT AREA HAS EXPANDED OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS AS WE GO WEEK BY WEEK.  YOU KNOW IT IS NOT A LOT OF CHANGE IN WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND EASTERN MONTANA EITHER IT  STAYED PRETTY MUCH THE SAME OVER THE PAST FOUR WEEKS OR SO. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE  WEATHER MAP TODAY THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS. ONE STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH  THE LOWER GREAT LAKES. MOST OF THAT MOISTURE IS IN THE FORM OF SNOW TO THE NORTH OF THAT  SYSTEM AND WE HAVE SCATTERED SHOWERS DOWN INTO TEXAS WITH IT. THERE'S THE ARCTIC AIR AT  LEAST THE INITIAL SHOT OF ARCTIC AIR COMING SOUTHWARD INTO NORTH DAKOTA MONTANA. THERE WILL BE  SNOW IN THE UPSLOPE REGIONS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES JUST A TOUCH OF SNOW ALONG THE COLD  FRONT FARTHER EAST. MORE AND MORE RAIN GETS GOING ALONG THIS COLD FRONT THOUGH IN THE CENTRAL  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY PARTS OF THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE  AFTERNOON. SNOW CONTINUES TO PROGRESS EASTWARD INTO MAINE AS WE HEAD THROUGH TOMORROW  MORNING WITH RAIN ALL THE WAY SOUTH ALONG THE FRONT TO FAR SOUTHERN TEXAS. THE ARCTIC FRONT  THEN AGAIN NOT A LOT OF MOISTURE WITH IT BUT ONLY IN THE UPSLOPE AREAS ARE WE'RE GOING TO SEE  SOME OF THAT SNOW. THAT VERY COLD AIR WILL CONTINUE TO PROGRESS SOUTHWARD. THIS IS ANOTHER  SHOT OF COLD AIR AND THIS SYSTEM ACTS AS A CHANCE OF PUTTING DOWN SOME SNOW OVER TIME  DEPENDING ON THE EXACT TRACK AS WE HEAD INTO CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. THERE IS  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS. NOT A LOT. AS YOU CAN SEE IN MOST OF THIS WAS  IN THE FORM OF SNOW. BUT THE NEXT 36 HOURS ARE COMPUTER MODELS GOING CRAZY OVER PARTS OF  TENNESSEE SHOWING FOUR OR FIVE INCHES OF RAIN IN THOSE AREAS SO THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME  HEAVY RAIN DEVELOPING ALONG THAT SLOW MOVING INITIAL COLD FRONT. TAKE A LOOK AT SNOWFALL IN  PAST 24 HOURS IT'S MAINLY BEEN FROM NEBRASKA AND SOUTH DAKOTA OVER THROUGH MICHIGAN.  ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS IT WILL BE MAINLY THROUGH NEW ENGLAND WITH A LITTLE BIT MORE OVER  THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ROCKIES AS WELL. SO TEMPERATURES HIGHS TODAY ONLY IN THE TEENS AND  20S THE FAR NORTHERN STATES 70S AND EVEN SOME 80S IN SOUTH TEXAS THERE ALONG THE GULF  COAST TOMORROW MORNING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS MONTANA PARTS OF THE DAKOTAS THAT'S THE REAL  COLD AIR COMING IN. AND IT ONLY MAKES IT BACK INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS IN PARTS OF THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AS WELL TOMORROW AFTERNOON. SO THAT'S THE REASON THE JET STREAM JUST BRINGS  THAT INITIAL SHOT OF ARCTIC AIR IN. IT LOOKS LIKE IT RELAXES HERE BUT THIS IS STILL VERY COLD AIR FOR MUCH  OF THE NORTHEAST QUADRANT OF THE COUNTRY. ANOTHER SHOT COMING LATE NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO KINGMAN  ARIZONA. FIRST OF ALL A GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND A BIT MILDER. HIGH BACK UP TO 53 DEGREES.  GRAND FORKS NORTH DAKOTA COLD WITH A BIT OF SNOW HIGHER AROUND 16. AND FINALLY CORBIN  KENTUCKY PERIODS OF RAIN COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES HIGH OF 58. 

TEASE
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU CHASED THE KIDS AND PETS AWAY FROM  POINSETTIAS?  ARE THEY REALLY POISONOUS. WE'LL HEAR FROM ONE MEDICAL  EXPERT. AND WE'LL SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP REMEMBER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO  SERVED THIS COUNTRY WITH DISTINCTION... AND DESERVE TO BE HONORED  DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET.

POINTSETTIAS
POINSETTIAS ARE A POPULAR PLANT THIS TIME OF YEAR FOR DECORATING. BUT  ARE THOSE SHOWY HOLIDAY PLANTS WITH RED AND GREEN FOLIAGE  POISONOUS?. A PEDIATRICIAN AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY CONDUCTED SOME RESEARCH...AND  HER OUTCOMES SHOULD EASE YOUR FEARS.   "AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY PARENTS, WORRY BECAUSE THEY'VE HEARD THAT POINSETTIAS ARE  TOXIC. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, AND I SAY THIS BOTH AS A PEDIATRICIAN AND SOMEONE WHO'S LOOKED  AT ALL OF THE RESEARCH, POINSETTIAS ARE NOT REALLY MUCH OF A RISK.""THEY LOOKED AT MORE THAN 23,000 CASES WHERE POINSETTIA INGESTIONS WERE REPORTED TO THE  POISON CONTROL BUREAU. AND IN NONE OF THOSE CASES WERE THERE DEATHS, OR SERIOUS INJURY. IN  FACT, MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF THEM REQUIRED ZERO MEDICAL CARE WHATSOEVER."STILL THAT DOESN'T GIVE YOU THE "GREEN LIGHT" TO GNAW ON THE PLANT.   DOCTOR VREEMAN SAYS MILD RASHES FROM TOUCHING THE PLANTS OR NAUSEA FROM CHEWING  OR EATING THE LEAVES MAY OCCUR BUT THEY AREN'T DEADLY, FOR HUMANS OR THEIR PETS.  AND SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS....DON'T FORGET TO JOIN US MONDAY FOR OUR  ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL "CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY". TYNE MORGAN AND I WILL SHARE STORIES THAT WILL WARM THE HEART THIS  HOLIDAY SEASON. WE MEET THE FARMERS WHO PLACE CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE WHITE HOUSE.   WE'LL ALSO VISIT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG WHICH IS DECKED OUT FOR THE  SEASON. EVEN MACHINERY PETE WILL JOIN US WITH SOME ADVICE FOR SANTA - IF HIS SLEIGH BREAKS DOWN. GATHER THE WHOLE FAMILY MONDAY FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY.

TEASE
UP NEXT.....A HOLIDAY MESSAGE THAT RESONATES THROUGH-OUT THE COUNTRY  BY REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY SO GALLANTLY.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  LEARN MORE ABOUT  KUBOTA SSV SERIES SKID STEERS AT KUBOTA.COM. OR DEMO ONE AT YOUR  LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY.  CHRISTMAS MEMORIES ARE PART OF THE FABRIC THAT MAKES THIS SEASON SO  SPEACIAL..SO NOSTALGIC. ITS REMEMBERING SPENDING CHRISTMAS EVE OR CHRISTMAS MORNING AT  GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE, PLAYING BASKETBALL OR FOOTBALL ON A COOL DAY  WITH COUSINS...THAT HELPS TO ROUND OUT THE FEELINGS TIED TO THIS  SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR. AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US. PEOPLE WHO REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS BUT NO LONGER IN OUR LIVES. THESE SOME OF THE PEOPLE AND MORE SPECIFICALLY THE VETERANS THAT  WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA FOCUSES ON EACH CHRISTMAS.  THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 14-HUNDRED PEOPLE AND 500 TRUCKLOADS -- MANY OF  THEM HORSE TRAILERS FROM FOLKS IN RURAL AMERICA--STOPPING IN  CEMETERIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN ALL, MORE THAN A MILLION AND A HALF WREATHS WERE PLACED  REPRESENTING A LOVE AND RESPECT FOR MILITARY VETERANS AND THEIR  FAMILIES. IT'S A MOMENT SOME VOLUNTEERS CHERISH AS SACRED--A CHANCE TO  REMEMBER LOVED ONES WHO SERVED SO WELL. SO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON-- TAKE TIME, WHETHER MILITARY OR NOT -- TO  REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONES NO LONGER BAKING IN THE KITCHEN, STOKING  THE FIRE OR BUNDLING UP TO FEED COWS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. THEY MAY  BE GONE BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.

TEASE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU SPENT PART OF  YOUR DAY WITH US. AND DON'T FORGET TO JOINS US AGAIN MONDAY MORNING FOR CHRISTMAS IN  THCOUNTRY. IT'S A LIGHT HEARTED SHOW YOU AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY CAN ENJOY. FOR MIKE HOFFMAN AND ALL OF US HERE AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  HAVE A GREAT DAY IN FARM COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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