AgDay Daily Recap - January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JANUARY 25, 2017

HEADLINES

USDA ROLLS OUTS IT'S GUIDELINES FOR THE 2018 FARM BILL. MEET THE THIRD FINALIST FOR TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. A FARM FAMILY  FROM ILLIONIS. IN AGRIBUSINESS...WATCHING THE WEATHER IN SOUTH AMERICA. WILDFIRE DANGER IS RISING IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. AND BECOMING A MASTER CHEESEMAKER IN WISCONSIN. AGDAY - PRESENTED BY CHEVY SILVERADO. HIGH-STRENGTH STEEL FOR HIGH-STRENGTH DEPENDABILITY.

FARM BILL DISCUSSIONS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. USDA ROLLING OUT THE TRUMP  ADMINISTRATION'S VISION FOR THE 2018 FARM BILL. THE AG DEPARTMENT CALLING THE FOUR PAGE DOCUMENT A "STATEMENT OF  PRINCIPLES". AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE ROLLED OUT THE FARM BILL PLAN  DURING A TOWN HALL MEETING IN MIFFINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. WHILE THE FARM BILL IS GENERATED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AG  SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE HOPES LAWMAKERS WILL USE THIS DOCUMENT AS A  GUIDE TO CRAFT LEGISLATION. THE AG DEPARTMENT WANTS A FARM BILL TO PROVIDE A SAFETY NET BUT IT ALSO  DISCOURAGES SUBSIDIES THAT MAKE FARMERS DEPENDENT ON THE  GOVERNMENT. IT ALSO CALLS FOR FURTHER-CUTTING OF SOME REGULATIONS THAT FARM  GROUPS CALL BURDENSOME.. THE GUIDELINES ALSO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET INTO FARMING BY  INCREASING ACCESS TO LAND AND CAPITAL. THE OUTLINE ALSO PUTTING EMPHASIS  ON GETTING "SNAP" RECIPIENTS - OTHERWISE KNOWN AS FOOD STAMPS - BACK TO WORK.  WHICH IS A PRIORITY  FOR THE G-O-P. THE FOUR-PAGE DOCUMENT CALLS FOR SUPPORTING "WORK AS THE PATHWAY  TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY" FOR PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS. BETSY JIBBEN IS AT TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR IN CHICAGO WHERE SHE TALKS  WITH FARM JOURNAL WASHINGTON CONSULTANT JIM WIESEMEYER ABOUT THIS  ASPECT OF THE USDA GUIDELINES, BETSY. CLINTON ONE OF THE SUGGESTIONS IN THE FOUR PAGE DOCUMENT CALLS FOR A CHANGE WITH THE  SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM ALSO KNOWN AS FOOD STAMPS. THE USDA DOCUMENT CALLING  FOR A CLOSER CONNECTION BETWEEN WORK AND THE BENEFIT. WELL THE KEY ON THE FOOD STAMPS IS IN  THE HOUSE. THEY HAVE TO WALK A FINE LINE. HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY HAS TO  HAVE A NOTHE REFORM OF THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM TO CONVINCE THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY NOT TO  TAKE APART THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM IF IT GOES TOO FAR. THE DEMOCRATS INCLUDE INCLUDING  RANKING MEMBER COLLIN PETERSON DEMOCRAT FROM MINNESOTA WILL NOT GIVE THE SUPPORT TO THE  FARM BILL. SO ONCE AGAIN IT'S A FINE LINE ON FOOD STAMPS. IN 2015 THE AG DEPARTMENT SAID  ROUGHLY 57 PERCENT OF ADULTS IN THE PROGRAM HAD A JOB OR WERE LOOKING FOR ONE. ROUGHLY 22  PERCENT DID NOT WORK BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY. REPORTING IN CHICAGO ILLINOIS AT THE TOP PRODUCER  SEMINAR I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THANKS BETSY. ABOUT 80-PERCENT OF FARM BILL FUNDING GOES TOWARD MANDATORY  NUTRITION PROGRAMS, LIKE SNAP. SO YOU CAN EXPECT TO HEAR PLENTY OF DEBATE OVER USDA'S  RECOMMENDATION. THE CURRENT FARM LAW EXPIRES SEPTEMBER 30TH OF THIS YEAR.

POSITIVES OF A WEAK DOLLAR
MEANWHILE, TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN SAYS THE WEAK DOLLAR  IS "OBVIOUSLY" GOOD FOR U.S. TRADE, SPURRING DOLLAR INDEXES TO FRESH  THREE-YEAR LOWS.  MNUCHIN SAID THAT AT A NEWS BRIEFING IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND. OVER THE LONGER TERM, MNUCHIN SAID, "THE STRENGTH OF THE DOLLAR IS A  REFLECTION OF THE STRENGTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY." 

CROP COMMENTS
IT MIGHT BE WINTER BUT SOMETIMES THE HORIZON IS WORTH THE VIEW IN FARM  COUNTRY. MIKE HOFFMAN HAS AN EXMPLE IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. AND JESSIE ALT OVER IN MADRID, IOWA SAYS HER AREA OF CENTRAL IOWA IS  EXPERIENCING TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 20S, WITH CLOUDS AND WIND. BUT  IT'S SURE HARD TO BEAT A PICTURE LIKE THIS! NOW TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST. YOU CAN SEE WE'RE GOING TO START OFF A LITTLE BIT  WINDY THIS MORNING OUT WEST AND IN THE FAR NORTHEAST PARTS OF FLORIDA ARE GOING TO PICK UP  WITH WIND THIS AFTERNOON. SAME THING IN PARTS OF OKLAHOMA KANSAS BACK THROUGH THE WESTERN  STATES AND THEN AS WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW THE WHOLE STORM SYSTEM MOVES INTO THE CENTRAL  PLAINS AND THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE WIND IS GOING TO BE OCCURRING AND IT WILL PICK UP AND BE  PRETTY STRONG EVEN INTO THE GREAT LAKES AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE END OF THE DAY. WE'LL HAVE  THE REST OF YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS. 

BAILEY FARMS
AS TOP PRODUCER SEMINAR ROLLS ON WE'RE INTRODUCING YOU TO THE THREE  FINALISTS FOR TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR. TODAY, OR THIRD AND FINAL PROFILE TAKES US TO IOLA ILLINOIS AND BAILEY  FAMILY FARMS. AS BAILEY FAMILY FARMS WRAPS UP ITS LAST FIELD OF SOYBEANS ITS A PERFECT TIME TO REFLECT ON THE YEAR. THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SECOND YEAR THAT WE'VE BEEN 100 PERCENT SOYBEANS.  PEOPLE JUST KIND OF LOOK AT YOU AND SAY WE CAN'T DO THAT. YOU'VE GOT TO YOU'VE GOT TO GROW  CORN YOU'RE NOT GROWING ANY CORN? ITS A MENTALITY...A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING THAT'S HELPING ZAC, DARREN  AND COLE BAILEY CONTINUE TO BUILD THEIR FARMING BUSINESS NEAR IOLA  ILLINOIS. MY FATHER AND MY BROTHER IN LAW AND MYSELF GREW THE FARM TO ABOUT 30000 ACRES DURING THE  MID 90S 2006 THINGS WERE JUST VERY HECTIC. THEY WERE VERY CONFUSING. WE WERE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING  ALONG SO I LITERALLY STEPPED OUT.   BUT HE KEPT FARMING. AT THE TIME, DARREN HAD 4-THOUSAND ACRES AND  EQUIPMENT OF HIS OWN. HIS KIDS WENT TO COLLEGE AND HE SPENT THE NEXT  SIX YEARS AS AN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS. IF YOU HAD ASKED ME FIVE YEARS AGO I GUESS FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AGO IF I'D BE FARMING TODAY  THE ANSWER WOULD HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY NO.  HE WANTED US TO DO AND GET AN EDUCATION GET WORK EXPERIENCE SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF  AGRICULTURE.  I WAS GOING TO BE A PILOT. THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO DO. WE WERE BOUND FOR PAPA NEW GUINEA.  AND THEN MY WIFE GOT PREGNANT  2012 THEN WE GOT THE CALL. THEIR WIVES WERE PREGNANT WITH OUR FIRST GRANDCHILDREN AND THEY  WANTED TO COME HOME AND RAISE THEIR CHILDREN LIKE THEY WERE RAISED  BUT BEFORE ANY AGREEMENT WAS STRUCK, SOME GROUND RULES HAD TO SET. THAT WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST CONVERSATIONS WE HAD WAS HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS DAY TO  DAY. WHAT'S THIS GOING TO LOOK LIKE. ARE WE GOING TO BE YOU KNOW KIND OF A TASKMASTER WHERE  YOU'RE CALL ME AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT OR DAY WONDERING WHAT I'M DOING WHERE AM I AT.  SO I KNEW THAT WHEN THEY CAME BACK WE HAD TO HAVE OPEN DIALOGUE CONTINUALLY AND GOOD  COMMUNICATION. SO WE ROUTINELY HAVE FAMILY MEETINGS WITH THE WIVES PRESENT BECAUSE I  KNOW SOMETIMES EVEN ON MY BEHALF WHEN I WHEN I WENT HOME I WOULD HARBOR SOME  FRUSTRATION. AND YOU KNOW I WOULD TALK TO MY WIFE ABOUT IT.  THE THREE OF US SAT DOWN AND WE REBRANDED.  SO WE SETTLED ON BAILEY FAMILY FARM: FAITH, FAMILY, FARMING AND IN THOSE THREE WORDS I FEEL LIKE  WE REALLY ENCOMPASSED WHAT OUR INTENT IS AS BAILEY FAMILY FARM THE FARMING'S LAST THE  FARMING YOU KNOW THE FARMING WASN'T PUT IN IN THE FIRST OF THAT ORDER IT'S FAITH FAMILY FARMING  AND THEIR SPECIFIC YOU KNOW THERE'S A REASON WHY IT'S SET UP THAT WAY BECAUSE THOSE ARE OUR  PRIORITIES.   AND THOSE PRIORITIES ARE WORKING AS THE FARM CONTINUES TO GROW.   THEY CAME BACK WE JUST EXPONENTIALLY GROWING MAINLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW PEOPLE  LIKE WHAT WE'RE DOING AND THE LORD'S BLESSING TO ALMOST 12000 NOW.  TYPICALLY WHEAT AND CORN FIND THEIR WAY INTO THESE FIELDS...BUT  SOYBEANS HAVE BEEN THE CROP OF CHOICE LATELY...INCLUDING STEPPING INTO  A NICHE MARKET GROWING NON-GMO VARIETIES. WE'VE GOT AN EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIP WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GRAIN BUYERS AND BEING ABLE TO  TRANSITION INTO THAT WAS EASY.  THEY ALSO BOUGHT A NEARBY ELEVATOR WHICH HELPS THEM MANAGE  STORAGE AND KEEP THE BEANS SEPARATE. COLE KIND OF TOOK IT OVER.  BUT THAT TOOK A LOT OF ADJUSTMENT GOING FROM A SMALL SCALE BIN STORAGE AND HANDLING TO THIS  REALLY LARGE SCALE AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT ALL THAT TAKES AND WHAT REQUIRES AND HOW  EVERYTHING WORKS AND OPERATES IN A LOT LARGER BIN STORAGE THAN WHAT WE'VE EVER HAD BEFORE  YOU KNOW.  BUT HAVING OVER A MILLION BUSHEL WORTH OF STORAGE. ASIDE FROM FARM BINS NOW HAS YOU KNOW  BEEN ABLE TO POSITION US TO CAPITALIZE ON BLIPS IN THE MARKET.  THIS FATHER AND SONS TRIO SAY THEIR SUCCESS LIES IN HELPING OTHERS  SUCCEED. YOU ALWAYS HEAR THESE H.R. PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CULTURE CULTURE CULTURE CULTURE. THAT'S  SOMETHING THAT'S PRETTY BIG HERE. WE HAVE A CULTURE YOU KNOW IN THE WAY THAT WE LIVE OUR  PERSONAL LIVES. AND I THINK THAT DEFINITELY BLEEDS INTO THE PRODUCTION SIDE OF THINGS AND WE  HOPE THAT IT TRICKLES DOWN  SO I GUESS THE MANAGEMENT STYLE IS REALLY JUST MORE OF A MAINTENANCE OF THAT CULTURE  WHILE NOT FORGETTING THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD BUSINESS STEWARDSHIP. THE NUMBERS THE NUMBERS MANAGEMENT AND KNOWING THE CASH FLOW AND BEING ABLE TO ADAPT  AND ADOPTED THAT THAT'S THE PLANNING PART OF IT IS GOING TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF  AGRICULTURE I BELIEVE.  RATHER THAN SAYING WE WANT TO BE AT 20000 ACRES IN FIVE YEARS OR WE WANT TO FARM 30000  ACRES IN 10 YEARS. WE WANT TO BE THE ABSOLUTE BEST AT WHAT WE DO.  A DREAM THAT STARTS WHERE IT ENDS...ONE SEASON AT A TIME. CONGRATULATIONS TO BAILEY FAMILY FARMS...A FINALIST FOR TOP PRODUCER  OF THE YEAR. ON WEDNESDAY EVENING TOP PRODUCER MAGAZINE PRESENTED THE AWARD  TO THE 2018 WINNER. AND THE HONOR GOES TO... FRANK HOWEY FAMILY FARMS IN MONROE NORTH CAROLINA. CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANK AND HIS WIFE ALISON...THE 2018 TOP PRODUCER  OF THE YEAR. IF YOU MISSED HIS STORY YOU CAN SEE IT AGAIN ON AGWEB DOT COM.

TEASE
OKAY WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL CHECK IN ON SOUTH AMERICAN WEATHER  AND THE IMPACT IT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ON U.S. PRICES. AND WE TRAVEL THE LONG ROAD IT TAKES TO RECEIVE THE TITLE 'MASTER  CHEESEMAKER"...WHEN WE HEAD IN THE COUNTRY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.  MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS  DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD POTENTIAL.

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS THERE WAS LOT OF POSITIVE MOVEMENT DURING THE TRADING DAY FOR COMMODITIES. LETS SEE HOW MARKETS CLOSED FROM THE  FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. IT'S BEEN A STRONGER GRAIN MARKET HERE IN CHICAGO TODAY AND REALLY BEEN PROBABLY THE  STRONGEST MARKER WE'VE SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME REALLY NOT ANY MARKET HAS TRADED LOWER  EXCEPT FOR THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF RICE THERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. BUT EVERYTHING ELSE TRADING  HIGHER AND REALLY LOOKING PRETTY GOOD ON THE CHARTS AS WE GO INTO THE CLOSE. THE PRIMARY  CATALYST FOR THE FOR THE PRICE STRENGTH HERE TODAY HAS BEEN THE WEAKER U.S. DOLLAR. IT REALLY  WASN'T ANY OTHER NEWS TO DRIVE THE MARKET HIGHER BUT THE DOLLAR WAS SHARPLY WEAKER MADE  SOME NEW LOWS FOR THE MOVE. BUT THE GOOD NEWS FOR PRODUCERS IS IT DOES SEEM TO BE TURNING  THE MARKETS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT HIGHER FOR NOW. MARCH MEANS TO APPEAR READY  TO GO OVER TEN DOLLARS HERE SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND CORN AND WHEAT ALSO LOOK LIKE  PERHAPS THEY'VE PUT SOME BOTTOM SOME BOTTOMS INTO THE MARKET HERE FOR AT LEAST THE SHORT  TERM AND WE'LL SEE EXACTLY HOW HIGH THEY CAN GO. IT'S THE HOG MARKET REALLY LEADING THE WAY  HIGHER HERE TODAY AND IT HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY STRONG CASH PRICES NOT ONLY FOR PORK BUT ALSO  FOR HOGS HOG MARKET APPEARS TO BE FAIRLY CURRENT JUDGING FROM THE WEIGHTS AND THAT'S REALLY  HELP SUPPORT THE MARKET THROUGH HERE AS WELL. CATTLE MARKET IS SEEING SOME GOOD SUPPORT  NEARBY. WE'LL SEE IF IT'S. WE'LL SEE IF THAT SUPPORT CAN CONTINUE INTO THE END OF THE WEEK.  THANKS VERY MUCH. THIS IS JACK SCROLLBAR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRICE FUTURES GROUP HERE IN THE  CME GROUP FLOOR WITH SOME COMMENTS FOR THE MARKETS. 

AGRIBUSINESS
GARRETT TOAY AG TRADER TALK OUR GUEST HERE AT AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY GARRETT AS WE ALWAYS  IN JANUARY IT SEEMS LIKE WE SPEND MOST OF OUR TIME LOOKING AT THE WEATHER NOT AT HOME BUT IN  SOUTH AMERICA TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON DOWN THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR GROWING  SEASON. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US SO FAR. WELL I MEAN OBVIOUSLY THE BRAZILIAN CROP IS SEEN  ADEQUATE RAINFALL THAT THE ARGENTINE CROP IS THE ONE THAT'S UP IN QUESTION. YOU KNOW THE  USDA AND THE JAN REPORT THEY UPPED THE BRAZIL CROP AND MORE THAN OFFSET THE ARGENTINE  NUMBERS. YOU'VE GOT THE PRIVATE CONSULTANCIES THAT ARE SAYING THAT THE BRAZILIAN CROP IS JUST  AS BIG AS IT WAS LAST YEAR. OK. BUT THE ARGENTINE CROP WE DON'T KNOW AND FROM THIS POINT  FORWARD WE GET IN THE KEY TIME PERIODS. WE THE USDA REPORT AND THIS NOBLE CRUSH REPORT KIND  OF PUT THE KYBOSH ON THE OIL SHARE TRADE THAT WE WERE THAT WE HAD MEAL HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE  AND THAT'S BEEN GENERALLY YOU KNOW IF YOU WANT A BEAN RALLY THAT'S WHERE IT'S GOING TO COME  FROM IS MEAL. RIGHT. IT'S JUST THE QUESTION IS HOW MUCH CAN IT GO AND WE'VE GOT THE FIRMING  SOUTH AMERICAN ARGENTINE MEAL BASIS HAS ALLOWED US TO GET SOME CAPTURE A LITTLE BIT MORE  BEEL BASIS AND IT'S BEEN HELPFUL. BUT YOU KNOW I THINK THE FARMERS STILL SITS HERE WITH A LOT OF  OF BEANS TO SELL WE'VE GOT USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY MARKETS NEW CROP MEANS THE CARRIERS IN  THE MARKET ALLOW YOU TO SELL SOME YOU KNOW MADE LAST TIME SLOTS FOR OVER TEN DOLLARS. AND  THOSE ARE PROFITABLE LEVELS BUT NOTHING STANDS OUT TO YOU IS THAT MAYBE HERE'S A BIG BUMP  WE'RE GOING TO SEE. I MEAN WE'RE NOT THROUGH THEIR WEATHER SEASON BUT YOU KNOW LAST YEAR I  THINK WE SAW A LITTLE BIT OF A BUMP ON A WEATHER SCARE. NOTHING DOESN'T SEEM LIKE THERE'S  ANYTHING TRAUMATIC BREWING. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. AND YOU KNOW IT'S STILL EARLY THAT WE  COULD STILL SEE SOME WEATHER ISSUES DEVELOP. BUT AT THIS POINT YOU KNOW THE WEATHER YOU'VE  SEEN DOWN THERE IT'S JUST BEEN SPOON FED RAINFALL SO I MEAN IT HASN'T BEEN JUST BLASTING HOT  DRY WEATHER. IT'S GOING TO SPUR YOU KNOW KATIE BAR THE DOOR RALLY. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BEAN  CROP IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A COUPLE OF MILLION METRIC TON EITHER WAY. RIGHT. OK GOOD APPRECIATE  IT. THANK YOU. GARRETT WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.  AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THIS  SYSTEM BREWING OUT WEST. IS IT GOING TO DO WITH THE LAST ONE DAY. WELL ORIGINALLY THE MODELS  MADE IT LOOKED LIKE A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE SYSTEM COMPANIES BUT LATEST RECORDS REALLY NOT  SHOWING THAT. BUT THAT IS THE MAIN SYSTEM ON THE WEATHER MAP THIS MORNING BECAUSE YOU  CAN SEE HIGH PRESSURE FROM THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE GREAT LAKES REALLY  DOMINATING MOST OF THE COUNTRY. BUT RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS OUT WEST WILL CONTINUE TO COME  EASTWARD. THAT WHOLE STORM SYSTEM THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS GOING TO MOVE ALONG THE  CANADIAN BORDER THROUGH SOUTHERN CANADA AND THAT'S GOING TO KEEP A LOT OF THE MOISTURE UP  THAT WAY AND ONCE IT COMES EASTWARD IT REALLY JUST DOESN'T GET A LOT OF THE GULF MOISTURE  INVOLVED WITH THIS SYSTEM. SO YOU CAN SEE BY LATER TODAY JUST SOME MOUNTAINS SNOWS AND  STILL SOME RAINS ALONG THE COAST WEST COAST CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ON NORTHWARD HEADING THROUGH  THE NIGHTTIME HOURS TONIGHT MIGHT SEE A FEW SHOWERS POPPING UP IN SOUTHERN TEXAS.  OTHERWISE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY STILL DRY AND YOU CAN SEE THE LINGERING SNOW AND  VALLEY RAINS OUT WEST HEADING EASTWARD AS THIS COLD FRONT COMES THIS WAY OVER THE AFTERNOON  HOURS. TOMORROW YOU CAN SEE SOME CLOUDS STARTING TO DEVELOP OUT AHEAD OF THAT COLD FRONT  AND THIS IS GOING TO BE A FEW SPOTTY SHOWERS AS IT COMES FARTHER EAST HEADING INTO THE FIRST  PART OF THE WEEKEND. BUT WE DO HAVE ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM COMING IN OUT WEST AND THAT ONE  LOOKS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE AS WELL. TAKE A LOOK AT THE PRECIPITATION ESTIMATE PAST 24 HOURS. VERY  LITTLE COUPLE OF SPOTS THERE EAST OF THE ROCKIES. OTHERWISE IT'S ALL BEEN OUT WEST ADDING IN THE  NEXT 36 HOURS IS PRETTY MUCH WHERE IT'S GOING TO BE OVER THE NEXT 36 AS WELL. MOST OF IT IS  GOING TO OCCUR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA UP THE COAST OF WASHINGTON AND OREGON AS FAR AS SNOWFALL  IS CONCERNED. WE'VE SEEN A LITTLE BIT OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS IN WEST VIRGINIA AND SOME OF THE  PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST NORTHERN LAKES BUT VERY LITTLE ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS MOST OF IT IS  GOING TO FALL OUT WEST AS YOU CAN SEE EVEN INTO THE CENTRAL ROCKIES GOING TO GET A LITTLE BIT OF  ACCUMULATING SNOW THERE IN THE COLORADO TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON HIGHS IN THE TEENS AND  20S IN THE FAR NORTHEAST THAT'S THE COLD PART OF THE COUNTRY OTHERWISE YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF 50S  AND 60S THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. LOWS TONIGHT  GOING TO BE VERY COLD IN NEW ENGLAND WITH SOME SINGLE DIGITS SHOWING UP AT THE REST OF THE  COUNTRY REALLY NOT TOO BAD FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. LOTS OF 30S AND 40S IN THE PLAINS AND  TOMORROW AFTERNOON WE WARM THINGS UP EVEN MORE ON INTO THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WITH  TEMPERATURES RETURNING TO THE 50S. THERE IS THE JET STREAM IN THE RIDGE THAT'S COMING  EASTWARD AT LEAST TEMPORARILY. QUICK SHOT OF COLDER AIR AGAIN LATER IN THE WEEKEND INTO THE  FIRST PART OF NEXT WEEK FOR THE NORTHEAST BUT LIKE I SAID YESTERDAY THIS IS PROBABLY THE  BEGINNING OF THE NEXT BIG BATCH OF COLD AIR THAT TROUGH STARTING TO DIG IN NEXT WEEK LATE IN THE  WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FIRST OF  ALL TACOMA WASHINGTON TODAY CLOUDY PERIODS OF RAIN. HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 43. WICHITA FALLS  TEXAS LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND NICE HIGH OF 66. AND FINALLY LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY A GOOD DEAL OF  SUNSHINE AND A LITTLE BIT MILDER HIGH OF 51. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, IT'S OUR DROVER'S TV REPORT AND A LOOK AT THE  LATEST FEEDER MARGINS. TO BECOME A "MASTER" IN ANYTHING - IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND  COMMITTMENT. THAT'S CERTAINLY THE CASE FOR CHEESEMAKING IN WISCONSIN.YOUR NEXT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS ON MACHINERY PETE DOT COM. SEARCH EQUIPMENT FROM  DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. ONLY ON MACHINERY PETE DOT  COM. 

DROVERS TV
IN NEWS FROM PARTNERS AT DROVERS, THE LATEST STRERLING PROFIT  TRACKER SHOWS FEEDERS MAKING 210 DOLLARS PER HEAD THIS PAST WEEK. THE DOUBLE DIGIT BUMP A RESULT OF A 3 DOLLAR PER HUNDRED RALLY IN FED  CATTLE PRICES. PACKERS ALSO STILL IN THE BLACK WITH MARGINS JUST SHY OF THE 90 DOLLAR  PER HEAD MARK. THE 5-AREA DIRECT CASH PRICE WAS $122. THE COST OF FINISHING A STEER LAST WEEK DROPPED BELOW $15-HUNDRED  DOLLARS ON FALLING FEED PRICES. CASH PROFIT MARGINS FOR COW-CALF PRODUCERS IN 2018 WILL AVERAGE $103  PER COW OR 50 DOLLARS LESS THAN LAST YEAR'S AVERAGE.  WILDFIRE SEASON ON THE HIGH PLAINS HAS BEGUN. FIREFIGHTERS IN TEXAS WERE BATTLING SEVERAL BLAZES THIS WEEK.  THE FIRE DANGER IS HIGH DUE TO THE HIGHER THAN NORMAL RAINFALL IN THE  REGION LAST YEAR, WHICH PRODUCED AN ABUNDANCE OF GRASS.  HOWEVER, SINCE EARLY LAST FALL THE AREA HAS SEEN DROUGHT CONDITIONS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE TEXAS PANHANDLE HASN'T  RECEIVED MEASURABLE RAINFALL IN MORE THAN 100 DAYS. MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF TEXAS IS NOW IN A MODERATE TO SEVERE  DROUGHT, AND THAT'S JUST FIVE MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY  PRODUCED THE WETTEST AUGUST IN THE STATE IN 124 YEARS. "THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MONITOR MAP SHOWS VARYING DEGREES OF DROUGHT THROUGHOUT THE  MIDWEST AND GREAT PLAINS, AND THAT'S A WORRY FOR THE BEEF INDUSTRY AS AT LEAST 60% OF THE  NATION'S COW HERD RESIDES IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF THE COUNTRY."NATIONWIDE, NEARLY 61 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY IS ABNORMALLY TO  EXTREMELY DRY, WHICH IS 18 PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER THAN THE END OF  NOVEMBER.

TEASE
AND IF YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST - IT TAKES HARD WORK AND A LOT OF TIME. THAT INCLUDES THE PEOPLE WHO CREATE SOME OF THE BEST DAIRY PRODUCTS  AROUND.  THE "MASTERY" OF CHEESE - NEXT ON AGDAY. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW DELARO FUNGICIDE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS. ACHIEVE  PERSONAL BEST YIELDS. 

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. DID YOU KNOW IT TAKES 13 YEARS OF HARD-WORK TO GET CERTIFIED AS A  MASTER CHEESE-MAKER IN WISCONSIN? NOW THAT'S DEDICATION! WITH SOME OF WISCONSIN'S MASTER CHEESEMAKERS NEARING RETIREMENT,  THEY ARE TURNING THEIR ATTENTION TO GROOMING THE NEXT GENERATION. ONE OF THOSE DEDICATED SOULS IS ERIN RADTKE.  SHE WORKS AT SAR-TORI  CHEESE UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF MASTER CHEESEMAKER MIKE  MATUCHESKI <MATT-UH-SHESS-KEY>. ALTHOUGH RADTKE ADMITS CHEESEMAKING WASN'T HER FIRST AMBITION; AFTER  A FEW DAYS AT THE VAT, SHE KNEW MAKING CHEESE WAS HER PASSION.  "I FEEL LIKE THAT'S WHERE I NEED TO BE. I FEEL LIKE IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT I WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW  IS JUST KEEP LEARNING AND STRIVE TO BE THAT MASTER CHEESEMAKER SOMEDAY.""THE WHOLE PROCESS IS JUST, IT'S REALLY INTERESTING. IT'S AMAZING TO SEE YOUR END PRODUCT,  ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S A YEAR OUT. IT STARTED AS MILK, AND HERE IS THIS AWARD-WINNING, GREAT  CHEESE!" DURING THE 13 YEAR PROCESS TO BECOME A MASTER CHEESEMAKER, TEN OF  THOSE YEARS IS HONING THE CRAFT. AND ANOTHER THREE TO EXHIBIT MASTERY  THROUGH ADVANCED COURSES AND EXAMS.  THE WISCONSIN MILK MARKETING  BOARD SAYS THIS IS THE ONLY PROGRAM OF ITS KINDA - OUTSIDE OF EUROPE!

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR MIKE HOFFMAN, AND ALL OF US AT AGAY. 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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