AgDay Daily Recap -January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 22, 2018

HEADLINES

AS NAFTA TALKS RESUME-- WHATS THE IMPACT TO AGRICULTURE. USDA ROLLS OUT A NEW SWINE PROCESSING PROPOSAL. IN AGRIBUSINESS.. PREPPING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD. MACHINERY PETE CHRONICLE AN INTERESTING COMBINE SALE. AND USING BLUEBERRIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S A CRITICAL WEEK FOR NORTH  AMERICAN TRADE AS NEGOTIATORS RESUME THEIR HARD-NOSED NEGOTIATIONS  OVER A TRI-LATERAL TRADE PACT KNOWN AS NAFTA. THE NAFTA TALKS ARE NOW UNDERWAY IN MONTREAL -  TWO DAYS EARLIER THAN  PLANNED.  THEY'RE EXPECTED TO LAST FOR NINE DAYS. LATER THIS WEEK MEMBERS OF THE NEGOTIATING TEAM WILL BRIEF THE CHIEF  NEGOTIATORS. THE TRADE MINISTERS WILL THEN CONVENE THIS WEEKEND. YESTERDAY, AGRICULTURE WAS ONE OF SIX TOPICS ON THE AGENDA. DOCTOR IAN SHELDON - CHAIR OF AGRICULTURAL MARKETING AND TRADE  POLICY AT THEE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY SAYS IF NAFTA WERE TO 'FALL APART',  GRAIN PRICES MIGHT DROP. AND THAT COULD IMPACT THE FARM BILL. "WE'VE HAD LOW PRICES OVER THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS THAT CORN AND THOSE CORN AND THE  CORN AND SOYBEANS THAT GO TO FIND THE MARKET IT'S IT'S LIKELY TO DRIVE DOWN PRICES FURTHER. AND  THIS IS WHY YOU KNOW THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE HAS WARNED THAT IF NAFTA BREAKS UP WE  MAY HAVE TO PUT FARM SUPPORTS BACK INTO THE FARM BILL AND THERE'S A GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT  USING A RAINY DAY FUND. TO TRY TO HELP OUT FARMERS. SO I THINK THERE'S A POTENTIAL FOR PRICES  MAYBE NOT TO COLLAPSE BUT CERTAINLY TO DECLINE AND WE WOULD LOSE EXPORT MARKETS." DOCTOR SHELDON SAYS LOWER GRAIN PRICES COULD CAUSE FARMERS TO HOLD-OFF ON NEW FARM EQUIPMENT SALES - NOT ONLY IN THE U-S, BUT CANADA  AND MEXICO. "MEXICO IS NOW THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORT MARKET FOR FARM EQUIPMENT AND PARTS. SO IF THE  YOU KNOW WE WOULD NOT JUST LOSE I THINK THAT THE EQUIPMENT INDUSTRY WOULD LOSE SALES HERE IN  THE U.S. BUT WOULD LOSE SALES TO MEXICO AND POSSIBLY TO CANADA AS WELL." ONE OF THE BIGGEST STUMBLING BLOCKS FOR NEGOTIATORS IS THE "RULES OF  ORIGIN" PROVISION. THE U-S IS DEMANDING A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF AUTO PARTS COME FROM THE  THREE TRADING PARTNERS, BEFORE THEY QUALIFY FOR TARIFF-FREE  ENTITLEMENTS. ACCORDING TO RESULTS OF A POLL CONDUCTED BY REUTERS, NAFTA WILL  LIKELY BE RENEGOTIATED SUCCESSFULLY WITH MARGINAL CHANGES. REUTERS  INTERVIEWED ECONOMISTS FROM ALL THREE TRADING PARTNERS FOR THIS  POLL. THE POLL IS LIMITED IN SCOPE - JUST 45 ECONOMISTS. STILL, A MAJORITY FEEL THE TRADE DEAL WILL BE APPROVED WITH SLIGHT  CHANGES. ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE GROUP SAY RE-NEGOTIATION OF THE 24 YEAR OLD  TRADE DEAL WAS WARRANTED. THEY SAID ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES COULD BENEFIT, BUT AUTO  AND AG COMPANIES COULD SUFFER.

USDA HOG SLAUGHTER RULES
MEANWHILE USDA IS PROPOSING SOME CHANGES TO HOG SLAUGHTER RULES  AND INSPECTIONS. ..SIMILAR TO THE RECENT CHANGES IN POULTRY  PROCESSING. ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT FARM JOURNAL'S PORK, THE PROPOSED RULE  WOULD AMEND FEDERAL MEAT INSPECTION REGULATIONS BY ESTABLISHING A  NEW VOLUNTARY INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR THE SWINE SECTOR. IT WOULD PUT PLANT EMPLOYEES IN CHARGE OF REMOVING ANIMALS UNFIT FOR  SLAUGHTER WHILE GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS WHO CURRENTLY DO THE WORK  WOULD BE MOVED TO OTHER AREAS OF THE PLANT FOCUSED MORE ON FOOD  SAFETY. THE PROPOSED RULES WOULD ALSO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF HOGS PLANTS  COULD PROCESS ALLOWING PLANTS TO DETERMINE THEIR OWN LINE SPEEDS.  SEPARATELY, OTHER NEW RULES REQUIRE ADDITIONAL PATHOGEN SAMPLING  FOR ALL SWINE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES. CRITICS SAYS THE CHANGES TURN TOO MUCH OF THE INSPECTION AND FOOD  SAFETY TESTING OVER TO THE COMPANIES

ARKANSAS DICAMBA BAN
ARKANSAS LAWMAKERS HAVE APPROVED BANNING AN HERBICIDE THAT  FARMERS SAY HAS DRIFTED ONTO CROPS WHERE IT WASN'T APPLIED AND  CAUSED DAMAGE, BUT THE PROHIBITION STILL FACES A LEGAL CHALLENGE FROM  A MAKER OF THE WEED KILLER. THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON FRIDAY - WITHOUT DISCUSSION - APPROVED THE  PLANT BOARD'S PLAN TO BAN DICAMBA FROM APRIL 16TH THROUGH OCTOBER  31ST.  A SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL RECOMMENDED THE APPROVAL  EARLIER IN THE WEEK.  THE COUNCIL IS THE MAIN GOVERNING BODY WHEN LAWMAKERS AREN'T IN  SESSION. THE PLANT BOARD PROPOSED THE BAN AFTER RECEIVING NEARLY 1,000  COMPLAINTS LAST YEAR ABOUT DICAMBA.  MONSANTO HAS ASKED A STATE JUDGE TO PREVENT THE RESTRICTION FROM  TAKING EFFECT.

BARGE TRAFFIC IMPACTED BY COLD TEMPS
THE ARCTIC BLAST THIS MONTH HAS HELD UP BARGE TRAFFIC ALONG OUR  NATION'S WATERWAYS. USDA SAYS GRAIN TONNAGES HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. FOR THE  FIRST TWO WEEKS OF JANUARY, GRAIN BARGE TONNAGES TOTALLED 496  THOUSAND TONS - THAT'S 63 PERCENT LOWER THAN A YEAR AGO.  ALSO, USDA REPORTS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 13, THERE WERE 10 UPBOUND  EMPTY BARGES SHIPPED ON THE ILLINOIS RIVER DUE TO ICE. DURING THE SAME  PERIOD LAST YEAR, 180 UPBOUND EMPTY BARGES WERE SHIPPED.  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOY TRANSPORTATION COALITION MIKE  STEENHOEK SAYS 80 PERCENT OF SOYBEAN EXPORTS LEAVE THE U.S. BETWEEN  SEPTEMBER AND FEBRUARY. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN JOINS US NOW WITH A LOOK AT CROP COMMENTS. WHAT DO YOU  HAVE FOR US MIKE AS WE KICK OFF THIS WEEK?  GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  MIKE LASS OVER IN LOCKNEY, TEXAS IS FEEDING HIS HERD SOME CAKE MIX THIS  MORNING.  THE AREA IS DRY AS YOU CAN SEE.  MIKE SAYS IT'S BEEN OVER 100 DAYS SINCE THE AREA HAS RECEIVED ANY  MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION.  THE US DROUGHT MONITOR REPORTING NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF TEXAS IS  CLASSIFIED AS AN ABNORMAL DROUGHT. ALMOST 42 PERCENT IS CONSIDERED A  MODERATE DROUGHT.  UP NORTH, JAY KOKES IN DELMONT, SOUTH DAKOTA IS HAULING SOME CORN TO  TOWN BEFORE THE NEXT SNOW STORM. HE SAYS TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN  FLUCTUATING HIGHER AND LOWER OVER THE PAST MONTH.  NOW TAKING A LOOK AT THE ESTIMATED RAINFALL LAST WEEK ONE OF THE THINGS YOU'LL NOTICE IS THERE  WASN'T A LOT. LONG ACROSS THE LOWER 48 WE SAW A FAIR AMOUNT OF RAIN IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF  THE COUNTRY AS ONE STORM SYSTEM MOVED ON UP THE SHORE. THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE THIS  COMING WEEK. WE HAVE A MUCH MORE ACTIVE WEEK. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST FOR THAT COMING  UP IN A FEW MINUTES. FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL SIT DOWN AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK FOR A  DISCUSSION ABOUT THE WEEK AHEAD. AND WHAT TO WATCH IN COMMODITY  MARKETS. AND WE'LL SEE HOW THIS SUMMER FRUIT FAVORITE IS HELPING IN THE FIGHT  AGAINST CANCER. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY PROSARO FUNGICIDE FROM BAYER.

POSSIBLE GAS TAX INCREASE
AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TURNS THEIR ATTENTION TO INFRASTRUCTURE,  ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS NOW IS HOW TO PAY FOR THOSE IMPROVEMENTS TO  THE HIGHWAYS AND WATERWAYS. ONE SUGGESTION LIKELY TO FACE SERIOUS PUSHBACK IS TO HIKE THE FEDERAL  GASOLINE TAX. THE WASHINGTON POST IS REPORTING THAT THE U-S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  IS PROPOSING THAT THE FEDERAL GASOLINE TAX GET BOOSTED BY ANOTHER 25- CENTS. THAT'S ON TOP OF THE 18-POINT-FOUR CENTS PER GALLON FEDERAL TAX  WE CURRENTLY PAY. THE WASHINGTON POST SAYS THE CHAMBER WILL FORMALLY INTRODUCE THEIR  INITIATIVE BY END OF THE WEEK. THE BUSINESS LOBBY GROUP ACKNOWLEDGES IT'S A TOUGH SELL. THE LAST  TIME THE TAX WAS HIKED WAS IN 1993. AS FAR AS THE WHITE HOUSE, THE NEWSPAPER SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION WILL  INTRODUCE ITS VERSION OF AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL BEFORE PRESIDENT  TRUMP'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS ON JANUARY 30TH. THE ADDITIONAL 25-CENT TAX WOULD ALSO BE ADDED TO THE CURRENT DIESEL  TAX WHICIS ABOUT 24-CENTS A GALLON. BLOOMBERG REPORTING THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE MAY HAVE ENOUGH  INTEREST FROM OIL COMPANIES, THAT IS IF THE COMPANY -TRANS CANADA - EVEN COMPLETES IT.  TRANS CANADA HAS SECURED 20 YEAR COMMITMENTS FOR APPROXIMATELY 500- THOUSAND BARRELS PER DAY.  AND EXPECTS MORE TO COME IN.  EVEN WITH THIS PROGRESS, THE COMPANY IS STILL FACING LEGAL ACTION.  SOME FARMERS IN NEBRASKA ARE FIGHTING THE COMPANY OVER LAND  EASEMENTS.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS - HOW DID GRAINS CLOSE AT THE END OF THE WEEK? TO FIND  OUT WE HEAD TO THE CME FLOOR IN CHICAGO.  TODAY THE SOYBEANS WERE UP THE DRYNESS IN ARGENTINA REALLY OFFERED SOME SUPPORT FOR THE MARKET. IT WAS UP FOR THE FOURTH DAY IN A ROW AND ALTHOUGH THERE IS AN UPTICK FOR MEAL AS WELL. AND THAT'S REALLY LIKE GIVING A LITTLE MORE DEMAND TO THE SOYBEANS AND YOU KNOW WE HAD THAT BIG SELL OFF EARLIER RIGHT AFTER THE REPORT. AND I THINK THAT THE MARKET IS REALLY STARTING TO COME BACK. SO IT'S STARTING TO JUST MARCH UP STEADILY AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOT A DECENT RALLY GOING. CORN ALSO WAS UP AND IT WAS KIND OF UNCHANGED AND A LITTLE BIT STEADY BUT THERE WAS SOME STRENGTH THROUGH THE STRONG WEEKLY EXPORT SALES TODAY REALLY KEPT THE FUTURES UP. NOW ON THE HOGS THE HOGS REALLY SHOWED A BEARISH SENTIMENT TODAY. THE FUTURES REALLY DID SLIP ON THE LARGE PORK SUPPLIES THAT ARE REALLY WEIGHING ON THESE PRICES. YOU KNOW IT SEEMED LIKE THE COLD SNAP IS OVER SO THAT THE HOGS IN THE PIPELINE ARE STEADY AGAIN AND THE PACKERS DON'T FEEL THAT THEY NEED. THEY HAVE THE NEED TO ACTUALLY PAY UP FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. AND SO THEY'RE PULLING BACK SOME. OVERALL THE MARKET IS STILL RELATIVELY STRONG I KNOW THAT WE'VE HAD A LITTLE BIT UP AND DOWN OVER THE PAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS BUT WE REALLY DO HAVE A STRONG MARKET AND HOGS AND IF WE CONTINUE TO HAVE MORE DOMESTIC DEMAND WE COULD SEE THE PRICES START TO TICK BACK UP AGAIN STARTING NEXT WEEK. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR OF THE CME GROUP HERE IN CHICAGO. VIRGINIA MCGATHEY.

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK WE HAVE GARRETT TOAY HE'S WITH AG TRADER TALK AND DOUG  WHIRLING BOWER TRADING. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. ALL RIGHT DOUG LET'S START WITH YOU.  WHAT DID YOU SEE LAST WEEK THAT YOU THOUGHT STOOD OUT AS FAR AS MARKETS GO. TWO THINGS  LOWER DOLLAR INDEX CASH IS GOOD FOR COMMODITIES IN GENERAL. AND THE FACT THAT YOU HAD A  PRETTY NEGATIVE REPORT YOU HAD PRETTY NEGATIVE OR SLIGHTLY NEUTRAL NEGATIVE QUARTER REPORT.  THEY HAD EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THOSE MARKETS A LOT LOWER. THEY DID NOT DO THAT. SO JUST  KIND OF FEEL LIKE 2017 IS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR NOW MOVING FORWARD MOVING FORWARD.  GARRETT WHAT ABOUT YOU. DO YOU FEEL THE SAME. YEAH I AGREE ESPECIALLY IN THE REPORT. I  MEAN THAT REPORT WAS PRETTY BEARISH AND THEY COULD HAVE BURIED IT WITH THE SPECS SHORT. THEY  HAD PLENTY OF AMMO TO ADD TO THAT POSITION. THE SELLING LAST COUPLE OF DAYS I THINK THE BIG  THING IS IS WORLD FAAB NUMBERS DIDN'T REALLY KIND OF FOLLOW WHAT THE RUBLE FIRMING. AND YOU  KNOW THAT'S THAT'S A POSITIVE SIGN OUT HERE. I THINK NEAR TERM OF HOW LONG IT LASTS. YOU KNOW I  DON'T KNOW. BUT YOU KNOW THE MARKETS ARE EXTREMELY SHORT ACROSS. SO YOU GET A LITTLE BIT OF A  BAILENSON HERE YOU MIGHT BE WILL SEE SOME OPPORTUNITIES THE MARKET. YEAH WE GO FORWARD  THROUGH JANUARY. WHAT ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR EYE ON. AS FAR AS COMMODITIES GO WELL  SPECIFICALLY REPLACEMENT HEDGING OPPORTUNITIES IF YOU GET A CASH GRANT PAY BILLS BECAUSE  WE'VE GOT MARGIN POSITIONS THE LOWEST THEY'VE BEEN IN A DECADE AND A HALF. YEAH IT TELLS YOU  THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW WE'RE IN A SIDEWAYS CHOPPY MARKET. I DO BELIEVE VOLATILITY WILL BE  PICKING UP HERE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS MONTH WHICH GIVES PEOPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO JUST BE  SMART ABOUT IT. YOU REALIZE IF YOU'RE MAKING SALES YOU CAN ALWAYS DEFEND THEM OR VICE VERSA.  NOW WHAT ABOUT YOU HERE. DOUG JACKLYN RIGHT. YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT A HISTORICALLY CHEAP  VOLLE AND THAT LOWE'S LEVELS ARE NOT SOMETHING YOU NECESSARILY WANT TO SELL ESPECIALLY WHEN  YOU'VE GOT THE OUTSIDE MARKETS OF CRUDE AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S SEEN SOME VOLATILITY. YEAH  WE HAVE LARGE STOCKS SUPPLY BUT YOU NEVER KNOW A BLACK SWAN EVENT. SO AS FAR AS SELLING  YOU KNOW NAKED ALL HERE AT THESE KIND OF LEVELS SOMETHING PROBABLY NOT BE TOO ATTRACTIVE  UNLESS YOU'VE GOT THE GREEN TO BACK IT UP. YEAH YEAH. POSITIVE OUTLOOK WITH BASED ON SOUTH  AMERICA WHAT DO YOU THINK DOUG REAL QUICK. OPTIMISTIC AND THAT JUST COMES FROM A FACT OF  OVER THE LAST YOU KNOW FIVE TO 10 YEARS WE ALWAYS GET VERY NEGATIVE AROUND THIS TIME OF THE  YEAR AND THEN IT SEEMS LIKE WE GET INTO JULY AND AUGUST AND OUR DOMESTIC CARRY OUT THEIR  TIGHTER. ALL RIGHT WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. WE'RE BACK WITH MORE  IN JUST A MINUTE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOP THIRD AG MARKETING.  FARMER-FIRST, WITH A PLAN FOR EVERY  MARKET. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN HERE MIKE. WE'VE BEEN TALKING A LOT  ABOUT COLD AND TEMPERATURES BUT ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERNS OR MAYBE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE  DEALING WITH. YEAH ABSOLUTELY BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THESE BOWLING BALL TYPE SYSTEMS  KIND OF COMING ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM WEST TO EAST RATHER THAN THE BIG TROUGH IN THE EAST.  AND THE FIRST SYSTEM ON THE BOARD IS ALREADY MOVING INTO THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY  LOTS OF RAIN COMING UP OUT AHEAD OF IT AND A BIG SNOWSTORM ON THE NORTHWEST FRINGE OF IT. YOU  CAN KIND OF SEE THAT SYSTEM MOVES ON UP INTO THE NORTHEAST AS WE HEAD THROUGH TUESDAY  AND WEDNESDAY. QUICK SHOT OF COLDER AIR. BUT NOTICE THE AIR IS NOT COMING FROM THE ARCTIC  ANYMORE IT'S KIND OF FLOWING ACROSS WESTERN CANADA. SO IT'LL BE COLDER BUT NOT NEARLY AS COLD  AS WE'VE SEEN. THEN THE NEXT STORM SYSTEM STARTS TO SHOW UP AND SEE THE BIG TROUGH  DEVELOPS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY AS IT MOVES INTO THE WEST. STORM SYSTEM ITSELF WILL BE COMING  INTO THE PLAINS AT THE END OF THE WEEK AND THAT WILL MOVE EASTWARD FOR A VERY VERY INTERESTING  WEEKEND NEXT WEEKEND ACROSS MOST OF THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY WITH A BIG RAIN  AND SNOW MAKER ONCE AGAIN MOVING THROUGH THAT AREA. ALL RIGHT. TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK  BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENCE IN THE JET STREAM WE'RE GOING TO GO ABOVE NORMAL FOR MOST OF THE  EAST FROM THE MISSOURI VALLEY ALL THE WAY TO FLORIDA UP AND DOWN THE EASTERN SEABOARD.  BELOW NORMAL FROM THE FOUR CORNERS REGION ALL THE WAY UP INTO MONTANA AND EASTERN PORTIONS  OF WASHINGTON AND OREGON PRECIPITATION FOR THE COMING WEEK ABOVE NORMAL FROM EASTERN  PORTIONS OF TEXAS ALL THE WAY INTO NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN PORTIONS  OF THE GREAT LAKES BELOW NORMAL FAR NORTHERN PLAINS AND THE SOUTHWEST AND ABOVE NORMAL.  AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY INCLUDING THE NORTHERN ROCKIES  NOW THE 30 DAY OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL FROM MISSOURI ILLINOIS INDIANA  NORTHWARD UP INTO CANADA AND THEN ABOVE NORMAL IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST ABOVE NORMAL SOUTH  AND WEST TEXAS INTO THE SOUTHWEST AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION GOES. WE'LL GO ABOVE NORVA FROM  LOUISIANA ON THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES BELOW NORMAL FAR SOUTHEASTERN FAR SOUTHWEST AND  ABOVE NORMAL FROM WESTERN WYOMING NORTHERN UTAH THROUGHOUT THE NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF  THE COUNTRY. THAT IS A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL WE HEAD TO CASPER WYOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY AND RATHER COLD. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF  28 DEGREES. TAKE A LOOK AT SHREVEPORT LOUISIANA. GOOD DEAL OF SUNSHINE AND MILD HIGH OF  62. AND FINALLY HARRISBURG PENNSYLVANIA MOSTLY CLOUDY SOME SPRINKLES POSSIBLE HIGH OF 46. 

TEASE
UP NEXT, MACHINERY PETE STOPS BY WITH AN UPDATE ON HOW USED COMBINE  PRICES HAVE CHANGED FROM LAST SEASON.  AND LATER USING BLUE BERRIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER.

MACHINERY PETE
"MACHINERY PETE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY JOHN DEERE…WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE MOST  COMPREHENSIVE INVENTORY OF JOHN DEERE CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED TRACTORS, COMBINES AND  SPRAYERS?  MACHINE FINDER-DOT-COM … SOMETIMES THE BEST NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FLEET ISN'T  NEW!" MACHINERY PETE IS HERE AND HAS HIS EYE ON A NICE COMBINE DEAL FROM AN  AUCTION IN ILLINOIS.  HERE'S PETE.  HEY FOLKS MACHINERY PETE HERE WITH SOME ON THE GROUND REPORTING FOR YOU OUT HERE COVERING  A FARM AUCTION TODAY IN MANTENO ILLINOIS WHERE A 2005 JOHN DEERE 9660 STS COMBINE IT'S  GOT 1895 ENGINE HOURS IS UP FOR SALE. NOW THE AVERAGE AUCTION PRICE ON 9660S ONLY FELL 3  PERCENT LAST YEAR. AVERAGE PRICE WAS FIFTY NINE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED NINETEEN BUCKS  PREVIOUS YEAR AVERAGE WAS JUST SIXTY ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX DOLLARS. NOW THE  BIG DROP AND COMBINE VALUES ARE 9660S AND ALL COMBINED MODELS WAS BACK IN 2014 AND 15.  AVERAGE 96 60S FELL 19 PERCENT IN 2014 AND 17 PERCENT IN 2015. SEARCH TRAFFIC TO USED  COMBINES AND OUR MACHINERY PETE DOT COM WEB SITE THAT TRAFFIC WAS UP 62 PERCENT. FOURTH  QUARTER 2017 VERSUS THIRD QUARTER. AND IT SHOWS THE STRENGTHENING DEMAND FOR GOOD QUALITY  USED COMBINES AND ACTUALLY 9660S. WE MENTIONED THE AVERAGE AUCTION PRICE FIFTY NINE  THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED NINETEEN DOLLARS LAST YEAR BUT. THE NICEST ONES WE SAW AT AUCTIONS  SOLD ANYWHERE FROM 74000 UP TO 94000 DOLLARS. 

TEASE
WHEN AGDAY CONTINUES FIND OUT HOW BLUEBERRIES ARE BECOMING AN  EFFECTIVE TOOL TO HELP FIGHT CANCER. IT'S A "PRESCRIPTION FOR RURAL AMERICA" NEXT.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. BLUEBERRIES ARE WIDELY RECOMMENDED AS PART OF A HEART-HEALTHY DIET,  BUT DID YOU KNOW THEY CAN ALSO PLAY A ROLE IN FIGHTING CERVICAL  CANCER?  RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI FOUND BLUEBERRY EXTRACT  COULD MAKE RADIATION THERAPY TREATMENTS MORE EFFECTIVE.  IN THIS REPORT PROVIDED BY MIZZOU, TERESA SNOW HAS MORE ON THESE  "FIGHTING" BLUEBERRIES. DIETITIANS ALREADY KNOW BLUEBERRIES ARE A GREAT ADDITION TO A HEALTHY DIET.   THEY'RE AN  ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE.  BUT NOW, RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI BELIEVE BLUEBERRIES MAY PLAY A ROLE IN  TREATING CERVICAL CANCER.  IN A NEW STUDY, DR. YUJIANG FANG'S "YOO-JONG FONG" TEAM AT THE MU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE FOUND THAT BLUEBERRY EXTRACT GREATLY  IMPROVED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF RADIATION THERAPY ON CANCER CELLS. "WE REDUCE THE DOSAGE OF RADIATION, BUT THE KILLING EFFECT ON CANCERS IS NOT REDUCED, AND IT'S  EVEN ENHANCED." THAT'S BECAUSE A CHEMICAL IN BLUEBERRIES CALLED RESVERATROL ACTS AS A RADIOSENSITIZER,  MEANING IT MAKES CANCER CELLS MORE SENSITIVE TO TREATMENT.   WITH LESS RADIATION, DOCTORS CAN REDUCE THE SIDE EFFECTS TO HEALTHY CELLS. "DRUGS HAVE SO MANY SIDE EFFECTS. WE WANT TO GO BACK TO SEE IF THERE ARE NATURAL CHEMICALS  THAT HELP US CURE OR PREVENT DISEASE."  USING CERVICAL CANCER CELLS IN THE LAB, DR. FANG "FONG" FOUND THAT RADIATION REDUCED THE  NUMBER OF CELLS BY TWENTY PERCENT. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, BLUEBERRY EXTRACT DECREASED THE NUMBER BY TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT. BUT THE SYNERGISTIC EFFECT OF BOTH RADIATION AND BLUEBERRY EXTRACT ELIMINATED THE NUMBER OF  CANCER CELLS BY A WHOPPING SEVENTY PERCENT. IN A PREVIOUS STUDY, HE SHOWED THAT RED GRAPES AND RED WINE ALSO FUNCTION AS  RADIOSENSITIZERS, BUT BLUEBERRIES HAVE THE ADDED BENEFIT OF REDUCING THE GROWTH OF NEW  CANCER CELLS AT THE SAME TIME. NOW HIS TEAM AT MU IS STUDYING OTHER FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR THESE PROPERTIES. "PINEAPPLE EXTRACT, WATERMELON EXTRACT, APPLE PEEL EXTRACT, AND WE ALSO DO THE PUMPKIN  EXTRACT." FRUITS LIKE BLUEBERRIES ARE HEALTHY, CHEAP AND WIDELY AVAILABLE. MU RESEARCHERS SAY WHAT THEY'RE LEARNING IN THE LAB NOW MAY HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON CANCER  PATIENTS IN THE FUTURE. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, TERESA SNOW REPORTING.DOCTOR FONG SAYS THE NEXT STEP IN HIS RESEARCH WILL INVOLVE TESTING  THESE METHODS ON OTHER CANCERS.

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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