AgDay Daily Recap - February 28, 2017

July 22, 2016 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
FEBRUARY 28, 2017


HEADLINES
THE PRESIDENT LAYING OUT HIS PRIORITIES FOR THE NATION'S  GOVERNORS..AND IT INCLUDES POTENTIAL REGULATORY ROLLBACK. MICHIGAN FRUIT GROWERS WORRY THE FEBRUARY WARM UP COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR THIS YEAR'S CROPS. IN AGRIBUSINESS...HOLDING OUT FOR FOUR FIFTY CORN... THE NATION'S DAIRY FARM NUMBERS CONTINUE TO FALL... AND DIGGING OUT A TREASURE ON THIS EAST COAST BEACH.  THE STORY BEHIND  THIS BURRIED JEEP--TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

TRUMP MEETING WITH GOVERNORS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  THE PRESIDENT ROLLS OUT HIS PROPOSED BUDGET PLAN TO THE NATION'S  GOVERNORS. AND IT SHOWS WHAT THEN-CANDIDATE TRUMP PROMISED TO DO - BEEF-UP  MILITARY SPENDING. AND AT THE SAME TIME, IT TAKES AIM AT SOME REGULATORY  PROCESSES. SPEAKING TO A MEETING OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION,  PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HIS FIRST BUDGET WILL FOCUS ON "PUBLIC SAFETY"  AND "NATIONAL SECURITY."  HIS UPCOMING BUDGET INCREASES SPENDING TO  MILITARY BY 54-BILLION DOLLARS. THE SPENDING PLAN ALSO HAS CORRESPONDING CUTS TO DOMESTIC  PROGRAMS...SUCH AS SPENDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION  AGENCY. THE PRESIDENT ALSO TOLD THE GOVERNORS THAT HE PLANS FOR HIS  ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE QUICKLY ON ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS. THOSE  DELAYS, HE SAYS, CAN OFTEN CAUSE THE LOSS OF JOBS. "EVERYBODY WANTS THEM AND THEY COULDN'T GET THEM OUT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND WE  WILL GET THEM OUT. NOW, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE GOING TO BE APPROVED. BUT THEY'LL BE  REJECTED QUICKLY - ONE WAY OR THE OTHER - THEY'LL EITHER BE REJECTED QUICKLY OR THEY'RE GOING TO  GET APPROVED. I WOULD SAY MOST WOULD BE APPROVED, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO KNOW. I WOULD SAY  MOST WOULD BE APPROVED, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO KNOW. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WAIT NINE YEARS OR  ELEVEN YEARS, SOME OF THE HORROR STORIES THAT I'VE HEARD." 

RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRUMP
SPEAKING OF PROJECTS, MORE THAN 200 FAR GROUPS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER  ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS A PRIORITY.IN THE LETTER, IT STRESSES THE BROAD NEEDS FACING FARM COUNTRY. ADDING THAT  IT'S NOT JUST HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, HARBORS OR PORTS  FOR SOME OF THE FOLKS WORKING ON THIS VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE, AN  INCREASE IN FUNDING COULD HELP COVER PAST DUE IMPROVEMENTS. "THERE HASN'T BEEN A LOT OF INVESTMENT, MAJOR DOLLAR INVESTMENT SINCE THE MAJOR REHABS ON THESE LOCKS IN THE 80S AND 90S. THAT DESIGN LIFE IS PAST TEH 25 YEAR TIME FRAME. IT'S TIME TO RESTART AGAIN. WE NEED FUNDING BEYOND WHAT THAT MEANS HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS TO  MAKE SURE THESE REMAIN A VIABLE ASSET."BETSY JIBBEN RECENTLY VISITED THIS LOCK AND DAM IN THE ROCK ISLAND  DISTRICT. SHE'LL HAVE MORE ON RECENT REPAIRS IN THE COMING DAYS.

CLOGGED BARGES
SPEAKING OF THE RIVER, A CLOG OF IDLED RIVER BARGES ARE MAKING TRAVEL  DIFFICULT ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI FROM ST LOUIS TO NEW ORLEANS. U.S. BARGE COMPANIES SAY DEMAND FOR THESE BARGES IS HISTORICALLY  WEAK. THESE VESSELS EXPANDED RAPIDLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT FALLING  SHIPMENTS OF COAL IS PUSHING BARGES IDLE...TIED UP AND STORED ALONG  THE BANKS OF THE RIVER.

PERDUE CONFIRMATION
ALSO IN WASHINGTON, THE WAIT CONTINUES FOR A NEW AG SECRETARY. DURING A FARM BILL FIELD HEARING LAST WEEK, KANSAS SENATOR PAT  ROBERTS SAID THE AG COMMITTEE HAS NOT RECEIVED THE REQUIRED  PAPERWORK FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED IN ORDER TO SCHEDULE A CONFIRMATION  HEARING. INSIDERS SAY A VOTE IS LIKELY IN EARLY-TO-MID MARCH. 

MICHIGAN FRUIT FARMERS NERVOUS ABOUT WARM TEMPS
MICHIGAN FRUIT FARMERS ARE NERVOUS ABOUT THE WEATHER.  TEMPERATURES CLIMBED TO NEAR 70 LAST WEEK BUT MANY PLACE SAW SNOW  OVER THE WEEKEND. IT'S NOT IDEAL WEATHER FOR THE STONE FRUIT CROPS AND THE FARMERS THAT  GROW THEM. BETSY JIBBEN REPORTS. IT'S COMMON FOR BILL TEICHMAN WITH TREE-MENDOUS FRUIT IN EAU CLAIRE,  MICHIGAN TO TRIM TREES THIS TIME OF YEAR. WHAT'S UNUSAL IS THE WARM WEATHER IN FEBRUARY.  "RIGHT NOW, I'M CONCERNED. I'M GOING TO WATCH THINGS BUT I'M NOT WORRIED BECAUSE WE STILL  HAVE A NICE CROP,"THAT CONCERN STEMS FROM A FAIRLY MILD FALL AND WINTER, WITH LITTLE  SNOWFALL...TEMPERATURES NEARING THE 70S IN FEBRUARY....  " IN FACT, WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1930 TO FIND A SIMILIAR FEBRUARY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN WHERE THEY HAD MULTIPLE DAYS IN A ROW OF 60 PLUS. THEY HAD 7 STRAIGHT IN 1930. WE'RE GOING TO  GET 7 OR 8 THIS YEAR,"STONE FRUIT LIKE PEACHES, CHERRIES AND APRIOCOTS COULD BE IMPACTED  THE MOST BY WARM WEATHER IF CROP COME OUT OF DORMANCY AND BUD  EARLY. THE THREAT OF A SPRING FREEZE WILL LOOM LARGE.  "SEE, THERE'S NOT ANY SWELLING AS OF YET,"KENNY STOVER WITH STOVERS FARM MARKET AND U PIC IN -- MICHIGAN SAYS IT  DOESN'T TAKE MUCH TO GET THE SAP MOVING IN THE TREES, SENDING BUDS  INTO MOTION. "WE SAY YOU HAVE TO GET THROUGH MOTHERS DAY BEFORE YOU'RE HOME FREE AWAY FROM ANY HARD  FREEZES TAHT COULD POTENTIALLY WIPE YOU OUT," STOVER SAID HE RECEIVED SOME SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 20S. BUT  IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. HE DIDN'T SEE ANY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE BUT IS AFRAID HE COULD SEE SOME BUDS SWELL BY THE END  OF THE WEEK. "IT'S IF WE STRING TOGETHER 10 TO 12 DAYS IN THE MID-SIXITIES WITH RAIN ALONG THE WAY, I THINK  THAT SENDS THINGS INTO MOTION EARLY. "TEICHMAN SAYS TEMPERATURES DIPPED DOWN INTO THE TEENS IN HIS AREA OVER THE WEEKEND.  HE DOESN'T EXPECT TOO MUCH DAMAGE FROM BUT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES WITH PLUM AND  APRIOCOT BUDS. FRUIT NEEDS A CERTAIN NUMBER OF CHILLING HOURS EACH WINTER TO PUT  THEM INTO DORMANCY... STOVER FEELS THE TREEES AREN'T AS 'SLEEPY' AS THEY SHOULD BE BECAUSE  OF THESE MILD WINTER WITH LITTLE SNOW. "I FEEL THE TREES AREN'T AS DORMANT AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN OTHER YEARS ESPECIALLY WITH THE LITTLE  RAIN WE'RE GETTING ALONG THE WAY. THIS COULD SPELL TROUBLE,"OTHERS SAY THE TREES IN THE AREA DID SEE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF COLD - BUT  JUST BARELY. "SO IF WE BREAK DORMANCY AND GO INTO A SEASON THE TREES WILL BE NORMAL BECAUSE THEY'VE  HAD ENOUGH COLD TEMPERATURES,"BUT PRODUCERS SAY THE REAL FEAR IS TEMPERUATRES DIPPING TOO LOW  TOO FAST. "I THINK THERE COULD BE DAMAGE AT 10 DEGREES. IT CAN SNOW AT 33 OR 32 DEGREES. THE SNOW  ISN'T AS SIGNIFICANT. THE MOST SIGNICANT PART IS HOW RAPIDLY IT GETS COLD,"UNLIKE WHAT HAPPENED BACK IN 2012 - WHEN TEICHMAN UPROOTED DEAD  TREES DUE TO DAMAGE. "WE LOST 2/3RDS OF OUR PEACH TREES, QUITE A FEW APPLE TREES AND PLUMS."THIS IS THE THE FIRST YEAR HE WILL HAVE A PEACH CROP OFF THE NEW TREES.  "BUT PRODUCERS SAY IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL WHETHER THIS YEAR IS A  REPEAT OF 2012, BECAUSE IT'S ONLY FEBRUARY AND A LOT CAN HAPPEN THIS  SPRING.""IN 2012, TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE 80S FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS IN MARCH. THIS ISN'T NEAR WHERE  WE WERE IN 2012. WE HAVE 2 OR 3 WEEKS TO GO BEFORE WE CAN GAUGE THAT.""PUT IT THIS WAY, WE ARE SO EARLY IN THE SPRING, IT IS LIKELY WE GET ANOTHER FREEZE."UNTIL THE SEASON PROGRESSES, PRODUCERS LIKE TEICHMAN WILL CONTINUE  TO PREPARE FOR ANOTHER YEAR... AND BE AT THE MERCY OF MOTHER NATURE...  "SO UNTIL THE CHECK CLEARS, YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF SEASON YOU'RE GOIGN TO  HAVE,"REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

CROP COMMENTS
IT WAS ONE WEATHER EXTREME TO ANOTHER ACROSS THE U.S. OVER THE  WEEKEND. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS A LOOK IN THIS MORNING'S CROP COMMENTS.  MIKE. GOOD MORNING, CLINTON LET'S START OFF IN AN AREA WITH COLDER CONDITIONS - IN IOWA.  MATT RAASCH IN ODEBOLT, IOWA SAYS WATER FROZE TO THE FENCE CAUSED BY STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS OVER THE WEEKEND.  HE SAID IT WAS HARD TO GAUGE SNOWFALL BECAUSE IT DRIFTED IN THE AREA.  CONDITIONS ARE A LITTLE WARMER IN ARKANSAS.  MATT CARTER SAYS HIGHS ARE IN THE 60S AND 70S THIS WEEK - BUT TEMPS  DIPPED DOWN TO THE 20S THE OTHER NIGHT.  MATT SAYS THE GRASS IS GROWING AND UNFORTUNATELY, WEEDS ARE  SHOWING UP TOO.  AND NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM. EVEN THOUGH IT'S ALMOST MARCH, WE THOUGHT WE'D UNVEIL OUR JANUARY  CROP COMMENTS WINNER. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JANUARY CROP COMMENTS WINNER, ALEX  HOLZWARTH OF HAZEL, SOUTH DAKOTA.  HOLZWARTH FARMS OVER 4-THOUSAND ACRES THAT INVOLVES A WHEAT, CORN  AND SOYBEAN ROTATION.  THIS IS THE 21-YEAR-OLD'S FIRST YEAR OF FARMING, OUTSIDE OF BEING A HIRED  HAND. HOLZWARTH SAYING HE'S LOOKING FORWARD  TO MAKING SOME OF HIS OWN DECISIONS.  GOOD FOR YOU, ALEX! CONGRATULATIONS.  HE WON A 100-DOLLAR GIFT CARD FROM CABELA'S PROVIDED BY RESICORE, ALL  BY SUBMITTING A PHOTO.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT BEING LONG THE CORN MARKETS AND  HOW CARRYOUT MIGHT BE A PLAYER IN MARKET ACTION IN 2017. AND LATER WE'LL VISIT A WELL KNOWN MASSACHUSETTS BEACH WHERE A PIECE  OF MOTOR HISTORY WAS INTERRED BY DECADES OF SAND AND SURF. HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A DREAM SPORTS TRIP, PLUS A $10,000 DONATION FOR A COMMUNITY  SPACE.  TEXT DREAM TO 31313 TO ENTER TODAY.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS GRAINS SEEING RED ONCE AGAIN...WHILE LIVESTOCK SPEND  MUCH OF MONDAY IN THE GREEN. LETS SEE HOW THINGS CLOSED FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. GRAIN MARKETS IN CHICAGO LOWER ACROSS THE BOARD ON MONDAY. WE HAD  SOME PRESSURE IN THE CORN, SOYBEAN AND ALSO IN THE WHEAT MARKETS.  TUESDAY, THE 28TH IS THE FIRST NOTICE DAY FOR THE MARCH FUTURES  CONTRACTS AND IN ALL THREE OF THESE CONTRACTS, CORN, SOYBEANS AND  WHEAT, WE HAD SOME WIDER THAN NORMAL BASIS LEVELS.  NOW IN THE GRANDER AREA OF THINGS THE CORN MARKET AND WHEAT MARKET  HAVE TRENDED HIGHER SINCE DECEMBER. YOU CAN PROBABLY ARGUE THE  CORN MARKET HAS TRADED HIGHER SINCE AUGUST WHEN WE FOUND A VERY  EARLY HARVEST  LOW SO THE FUNDS ARE INTERESTED IN THESE MARKETS.  THEY'VE AQUIRED A PRETTY BIG LONG POSITION IN THE CORN MARKET, JUST IN  THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE WEEKS. LIVESTOCK MARKETS HERE IN CHICAGO MIXED ON MONDAY, MOSTLY HIGHER  TRADE IN THE CATTLE MARKET BUT ALSO IN THE FEEDER CATTLE MARKET. WE  ALSO SAW A TWO SIDED TRADE IN THE CATTLE MARKET. WE HAD A CATTLE ON  FEED REPORT THIS PAST FRIDAY WE SAW AS MOSTLY NEUTRAL. NO MAJOR  SURPRISES THERE. WE DID SEE A BIG SELL-OFF ON FRIDAY AHEAD OF THAT  REPORT. PERHAPS THE TRADE IS REBOUNDING A LITTLE BIT MORE. MAYBE THERE  WERE EXPECTATIONS FOR SOME BEARISH NUMBERS WHICH DIDN'T COME  THROUGH.  AGAIN, THIS IS JOE VACLAVIK, STANDARD GRAIN, COMING TO YOU FROM THE CME  FLOOR IN CHICAGO. 

AGRIBUSINESS
DUSTIN JOHNSON AGYIELD OUR GUEST HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY DUSTING LET'S TALK ABOUT  PRICING AND IS SPECIFICALLY PRICING CORN AND TWENTY SEVENTEEN BECAUSE WE HOPE FOR A LOT OF  THINGS BUT THAT DOESN'T ALWAYS MATERIALIZE TALK US THROUGH IT YEAH SO I TALK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE  IT 'S THE LAST TWO YEARS WE'VE BEEN CONDITIONED TO HOLD OUT FOR THAT FOUR FIFTY FUTURES LEVEL ON  THE DEC'S AND IT'S BEEN LIKE CLOCKWORK YOU KNOW WE GET INTO THE SUMMER MONTHS THE FUNDS  START TO GET LONG CORN PUSHED THE PRICES UP IT CREATES A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY FROM PRODUCERS  BECAUSE THEY STILL IN DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO GROW YET BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE HOLDING  OUT FOR THOSE LEVELS JUST BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'VE SEEN LAST COUPLE YEARS AND I WOULD LIKE TO  POINT OUT THAT WERE WERE MAKING A SERIES OF LOWER HIGHS AND LOWER LOWS FOR A REASON WE'RE  BUILDING STOCKS OF THIS PERIOD BY ALL MEANS WE\RE PROJECTED TO BUILD STOCKS AGAIN AND UNDER  THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES A TREND LINE YIELD SO TOO ME I THINK THAT WE HAVE ACTUALLY LOWER THE  BAR A LITTLE BIT LIKE FOR AS FAR AS PLANNING FORWARD AND AND NOT DISCOUNT THE FACT THAT A WEATHER  EVENT COULD ALWAYS COME BUT JUST GET ENOUGH OF THAT COST REDUCTION SECURED AT LOAN OR  SOMEWHAT OF THE LOWER PRICE THAN FOUR FIFTY FUTURES BECAUSE THAT 'S WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE HOLD OUT FOR NOW AND I WOULD SAY IF WE LOWER THE BAR A LITTLE BIT WE COULD ACTUALLY PROBABLY IMPROVE  REVENUES ARE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES YEAH GET PROTECTED GET IN THERE IN A LOCK IN A LITTLE  BIT OF OH YOU KNOW COVERING YOUR COST BUT THERE 'S ALWAYS ROOM TO COME IN AS THESE WEATHER  EVENTS HAPPEN RIGHT YEAH I MEAN THE INSURANCE THE GREAT THING ABOUT INSURANCES THAT ADJUSTS  WITH THAT THE HARVEST PRICE SO WE'VE SEEN IN YEARS WHERE WEATHER EVENTS HAPPEN EVEN THE  GUYS THEY'RE HEDGED A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU FACTOR IN INSURANCE AND THE AMOUNT THEY HAVE  NOT HEDGED YET THEY'RE STILL GONNA COME OUT AHEAD THAT 'S USUALLY NOT THE PROBLEM THE LOW   YIELD HIGH PRICED SCENARIO IS USUALLY NOT THE PROBLEM IT 'S USUALLY THE HIGH YIELD LOW PRICE  SCENARIO WHERE THAT THE REVENUES ARE STILL NOT BEING MET FOR THE HIGH COST PRODUCTION  SITUATION THAT WE'RE STILL IN YEAH REAL QUICK WHEN WE NEED TO START MAKING THESE DECISIONS  RIGHT NOW WELL I MEAN WE JUST HAD A REALLY GOOD RALLY YOU KNOW WE JUST RALLIED TWENTY CENTS IN  CORN IN THE GRATE IT WENT INTO THE CROP INSURANCE PERIOD TO DO THAT BUT YEAH I MEAN THE IT 'S THAT THE ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR FLOOR HUNDRED DOLLARS ON THE FLOOR ARE YOU GOING TO WAIT FOR TO TURN  INTO TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS ARE GONNA PICK IT UP ALRIGHT TIME TO PICK IT UP ALRIGHT APPRECIATE IT  DUSTIN THANKS FOR BEING HERE WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE AGDAY - SPONSORED BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM FROM DOW AGROSCIENCES - COMBINING THE PROVEN CONTROL OF A NEW 2-4-D AND GLYPHOSATE. TAKE CONTROL OF TOUGH WEEDS  LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE, I WOULD SAY THIS MAP IS KIND OF A  MESS. I MEAN, THERE THERE IS STUFF EVERYWHERE ON THIS THING. YES, LOTS OF SYSTEMS. THE MAIN  ONE IS OVER IOWA AND ALSO OVER ARIZONA. BOTH OF THOSE MOVING OFF TO THE EAST. THERE'S A  WEAKER SYSTEM IN THE NORTHWEST. AND OF COURSE THE COLD DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE SITTING OVER  THE NORTHEAST A WARMER ONE OBVIOUSLY OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO BUT ALL BUT ALL IN ALL YOU'RE LOOKING AT MOST OF  THE MOISTURE RIGHT UP THROUGH IOWA INTO THE GREAT LAKES AND OHIO VALLEY AREA AS WELL AS THE  FOUR CORNER REGION. THERE WILL BE SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS WITH THAT NORTHERN SYSTEM AS WELL.  YOU'LL NOTICE ONE MORE SYSTEM PEAKED OUT THERE OVER WESTERN CANADA. THAT WILL BE DIVING INTO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES OVER THE NEXT  COUPLE OF DAYS AS WELL. SO HEADING THROUGH TONIGHT, WIDESPREAD RAINS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES  OHIO VALLEY SOME THUNDERSTORMS SOUTH OF THAT COLD FRONT OBVIOUSLY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT  HOURS INTO TOMORROW MORNING. JUST SPOTTY STUFF THEN DOWN INTO EASTERN TEXAS WITH THAT A SYSTEM THERE AND YOU'LL SEE THE  NORTHERN SYSTEMS REALLY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE WITH THEM BUT THEY DO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW, ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THE ROCKIES BUT ALSO  INTO THE DAKOTAS. HEADING THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW, YOU CAN SAY HE HELD TWO AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE ONE IN  MAINE AND ONE IN EASTERN OHIO VALLEY CONTINUE TO PRODUCE SOME DECENT AMOUNTS OF MOISTURE  THROUGH THERE AND TURNS THE SNOW ACROSS MOST OF THE GREAT LAKES AS YOU CAN SEE SCATTERED  SNOW FLYING THROUGH THE NORTHERN STATES AS WELL BUT HIGH PRESSURE GIVING YOU DRY CONDITIONS FROM OKLAHOMA TO TEXAS LATER TOMORROW, OFF  THROUGH NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA. PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS MOST OF IT HAS BEEN THERE WITH THAT SYSTEM IN THE SOUTHWEST. YOU CAN SEE THOSE ARE PRETTY  DECENT AMOUNTS FOR SOME SPOTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA AND WE ALSO HAVE SOME  DECENT AMOUNTS THERE WAS A HALF INCH TO AN INCH IN SOME AREAS IN THE SOUTHEAST. ADDING IN  THE NEXT 36 HOURS WHILE WE DO HAVE MORE IN BOTH OF THOSE LOCATIONS, THE MAJORITY OF IT 'S GOING TO BE WITH THAT NORTHERN SYSTEM ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND INTO THE  OHIO VALLEY. OUR MODELS REALLY PICKING UP SOME HEAVY AMOUNTS THERE IN EASTERN OHIO VALLEY.  THAT'S SOMETHING WE'LL HAVE TO WATCH. THAT'S SHOWING THREE TO FOUR INCHES IN SOME AREAS BUT I THINK THAT 'S WITH THUNDERSTORMS AND THAT MIGHT ALWAYS BE MORE  WIDESPREAD OR LESS FOCUSED THAN WHAT OUR MODEL IS SHOWING. SNOWFALL ESTIMATES PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF COLORADO, NORTHERN NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA, ALREADY HAVE  SEEN SOME DECENT AMOUNTS. WE WILL SEE A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THOSE AREAS AND IN SOME STRIPS OF  SNOW MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHERN STATES BEHIND THAT. TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON SEVENTIES AGAIN IN THE ST LOUIS AND 80S TOWARD THE GULF COAST COLDER AIR IN THE TWENTIES AND THIRTIES OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS FOR HIGH TEMPERATURES. LOWS  TONIGHT GOING TO STAY IN THE 60S AND 70S AND INTO THE OHIO VALLEY SOUTHWARD. TWENTIES SHOWING UP ALONG MOST OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES AND NORTHERN PLAINS AND HIGHS  TOMORROW AFTERNOON, IT DOES COOL DOWN THROUGH THE CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE OHIO VALLEY A LITTLE  BIT BUT STILL PRETTY MILD IN THE SOUTHEAST. THERE 'S A JET STREAM, NOT AS COLD LOOLKING FOR THE EAST IS IT WAS A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. YOU CAN SEE SOME TROUGHS COMING IN AND THAT REALLY STAYS MOSTLY ZONAL AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND EARLY PARTS OF NEXT  WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALFOR  PUEBLO, COLORADO, PARTLY SUNNY MAYBE AN AFTERNOON SHOWER, HIGH OF FORTY NINE. IRON  MOUNTAIN, MICHIGAN, CLOUDY, TIMES OF SNOW AND RAIN, HIGH AROUND FORTY AND FINALLY HUNTSVILLE,  ALABAMA, A MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE AND CLOUDS HIGH NEAR SEVENTY.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK THE NUMBER OF DAIRY FARMS CONTINUES TO FALL. WE'LL LOOK AT THE LATEST STATS. AND YOU MIGHT NOT BELIEVE WHAT WAS UNCOVERED ON THIS EAST COAST  BEACH.... SWALLOWED BY TONS OF SAND. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE.

DAIRY REPORT
OUR PARTNERS AT MILK MAGAZINE REPORTING MEXICO'S TOP TRADE  NEGOTIATOR IS TAKING A TOUGH STANCE ON NAFTA TARIFFS. HE SAYS MEXICO WILL WALK IF THE U.S. INSISTS ON INCLUDING DUTIES OR  QUOTAS ON PRODUCTS COMING FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER. MEXICO'S ECONOMY MINISTER SAYS THEY EXPECT TALKS TO START IN JUNE-- ADDING THAT IF TALKS FAIL THEY DON'T THINK IT WILL BE AN ABSOLUTE CRISIS  FOR MEXICO. ALSO FROM MILK-- THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DAIRY FARMS CONTINUES TO  CONTRACT. THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM 2016 SHOW A DECLINE OF FOUR PERCENT  COMPARED TO 2015. THAT PUTS TOTAL LICENSED DAIRY FARMS AT 41-THOUSAND 8-HUNDRED. THERE WERE NO STATES THAT SHOW AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DAIRIES  AND THE STATES WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DAIRY FARMS INDEED SHOWED  SOME OF THE LARGEST LOSSES. WISCONSIN LOST 100 DAIRIES, NEW YORK NEARLY 200. AND AS FAR AS DAIRY HERD SIZES GO...THE USDA SAYS DAIRY COW SLAUGHTER  ROSE IN JANUARY. 16-THOUSAND HEAD HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS MONTH--AN INCREASE OF  MORE THAN 6 PERCENT. SPEAKING OF BEEF-- U.S. RED MEAT PRODUCTION HAD A HOT START TO 2017.  THE JANUARY 2017 TOTAL WAS UP 6% ON THE YEAR AT NEARLY 4.3 BILLION  POUNDS.  BEEF WAS UP 8% EVEN AS AVERAGE WEIGHTS FELL 11 POUNDS.  PORK RISING 3%.  USDA SAYS OVERALL, 2017 IS LIKELY TO SEE RECORD MEAT PRODUCTION IN THE  U.S.  UP NEXT....A FAMILY RELIC IS REMOVED FROM ITS 40 YEAR GRAVE. INSTINCT AND N-SERVE NITROGEN STABILIZERS DON'T JUST STABILIZE NITROGEN, THEY MAXIMIZE IT - SO  CORN CROPS GIE THE MAX IN RETURN.  LEARN MORE AT MAXINMAXOUT.COM. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA.  SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN  MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM. HAVE YOU EVER PARKED A PIECE OF FARM EQUIPMENT AND JUST LET IT SIT  THERE TO ROT AWAY?   YEARS OF WEATHER EXPOSURE CAN REALLY TAKE A TOLL  ON THE OLD IRON. A FAMILY LIVING IN CAPE COD MASSACHUSETTS DID SOMETHING SIMILIAR WITH  AN OLD JEEP. BUT THEY HAVE NOW REMOVED IT FROM ITS 40 YEAR ENTOMBMENT. THE FAMILY USED TO RIDE THE SAND DUNES IN THE WAGONEER, BUT THAT WAS  OUTLAWED ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO.  SO THEY JUST PARKED IT INSIDE A WOODEN GARAGE THAT EVENTUALLY GOT  SWALLOWED BY SAND. "HOOKED THE CHAIN AROUND THE AXLE AND START  PULLING IT OUT. IT CAME OUT IN A COUPLE OF PIECES BECAUSE IT'S BEEN THERE FOR 40 YEARS AND WAS  KIND OF RUSTY, BUT IT CAME OUT AND I GOT A COUPLE OF SOUVENIRS. I GOT THE HUB CAPS, DOOR  HANDLE. THAT'S ABOUT IT. IT WAS PRETTY MUCH SHOT."AFTER VEHICLES WERE BANNED FROM THE BEACH, THE FAMILIY WAS IN NO  HURRY TO GET RID OF THE JEEP.  THE MUS-NUFF FAMILY HAS OWNED THIS  HOUSE SINCE 1895. AT ONE TIME IT WAS PART OF THE LIFESAVING STATION.

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR BETSY JIBBEN AND MIKE HOFFMAN, I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT  DAY. 

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