AgDay Daily Recap July 26, 2018

July 26, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 26, 2018

HEADLINES

AID OR TRADE - FARMERS SPEAK OUT ON A TARIFF BAILOUT. GOP LAWMAKERS PUSH BACK ON THE PLAN "THIS TRADE WAR IS CAUSING LOTS AND LOTS OF PROBLEMS. IT'S NOT FIXING PROBLEMS." > HAVING TALKS WITH YOUR BANKER. "AS CROPS SIT IN THE BIN AND GROW IN THESE ILLINOIS FIELDS WHAT DO BOTH  FARMERS AND AG LENDERS THINK ABOUT THE TRUMPTARIFF AID PACKAGE THAT  WAS ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY COMING UP TODAY ON  AGDAY" IN AGRIBUSINESS - THE POLITICS OF AGRICULTURE. GROWING CONCERNS AS U-S PROTEIN PILES-UP IN STORAGE. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

FARM AID PROGRAM
GOOD MORNING, I'M BETSY JIBBEN IN FOR CLINTON GRIFFITHS.  FARM COUNTRY HAVING MIXED REVIEWS ON THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO AID  FARMERS WITH 12 BILLION DOLLARS THOUGH A FARM AID PROGRAM. "THIS TRADE WAR IS CAUSING LOTS AND LOTS OF PROBLEMS. IT'S NOT FIXING PROBLEMS." > NEBRASKA SENATOR BEN SASS IS QUITE VOCAL ON HIS OPPOSITION OF THE  EMERGENCY AID PACKAGE.  OTHER REPUBLICAN SENATORS ECHO THOSE SENTIMENTS - LIKE IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY WHOSE FARMERS HAVE BEEN DOUBLY HIT WITH TARIFFS ON SOYBEANS AND PORK. "ONLY AS A VERY VERY LAST RESORT. FARMERS WANT MARKETS THEY WANT TO TRADE NOT AID. WE'VE  MADE OUR POSITION VERY CLEAR TO THE PRESIDENT THE PRESIDENT FEELS THAT HE CAN GET A BETTER  DEAL FOR FARMERS. I DID SEE HEADLINES THAT FARMERS ARE ANXIOUS BUT STILL CONFIDENT IN PRESIDENT  TRUMP DOING WHAT HE'S DOING." SASSE" "WHEN THEY GET TO HARVEST THIS FALL, THEY'RE LOOKING AT SELLING A CROP FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT'S LESS THAN THEIR COSTS OF INPUTS, LET ALONE THEM PROVIDING FOR THEIR KIDS." WHILE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAM WON'T BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY,  MANY FARMERS AND FARM GROUPS ARE SAYING THEY PREFER A QUICK RETURN  TO FREE TRADE OVER A HAND-OUT. "AT THIS POINT NOW, WE'RE NOT SEEING AN END TO THIS, WE'RE NOT SEEING THAT THIS IS JUST GOING TO  BE SHORT-TERM. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IS GOING TO BE LASTING LONGER AND LONGER."> "NUMBER OF CARS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PROJECTED TO  SELL, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SELL. THEY AREN'T GETTING A SUBSIDY. BUT I AM. SO WE AS  FARMERS, BEING LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL U.S. POPULATION, WE'RE LOOKED LIKE WE'RE GETTING A WELFARE HANDOUT, WHICH WE ARE. AND THEY ARE NOT."> THE PLANNED AID IS A MIX OF DIRECT PAYMENTS TO FARMERS, PURCHASES OF  AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES FOR FOOD-AID PROGRAMS, AND THE STEPPED-UP  PROMOTION OF NEW EXPORT MARKETS.  SIGN-UPS WOULD BEGIN IN THE FALL. SOME COMMODITY GROUPS ARE PRAISING THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS FOR  RELIEF - BUT THEY ARE STILL PUSHING THE ADMINISTRATION TO GET A QUICK RETURN TO FREE TRADE, THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL SAYING ITS THANKFUL FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PLAN TO ASSIST U.S. FARMERS AND RANCHERS FACING  TRADE DISRUPTIONS AND  TRADE ASSISTANCE IS APPRECIATED. WHILE  GROUPS LIKE EDGE DAIRY FARMER COOPERATIVE IN WISCONSIN VOICING  THEY WANT TRADE AND NOT AID  SAYING THIS AID DOES NOTHING TO REPAIR DAMAGE THE TRADE WAR IS DOING  TO LONG-STANDIN GRELATIONSHIPS WITH GLOBAL TRADING PARTNERS.  

REACTION TO FARMER AID PACKAGE
FARMERS ON TWITTER POSTING ALL DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW FROM POSITIVE  TO NEGATIVE TO UNDECIDED - WANTING TO HEAR MORE DETAILS AS WELL.  WITH UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE TRADE TARIFFS, AND ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS NOW STEMMING FROM THIS AID PACKAGE, IT'S CRITICAL THAT YOU  KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR BANKER. TYNE MORGAN HAS THAT CONVERSATION IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, TYNE. THANKS BETSY. YEAH WE'VE HAD A DAY TO KIND OF SIFT THROUGH THIS TRUMP TEAR AID PACKAGE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO PRODUCERS IN FARM COUNTRY. I'M HERE NOW ON AN ILLINOIS FARM. WE HAVE CROPS IN THE GROUND WE HAVE GRAIN IN THE BIN AND PRODUCER MICHAEL COX HERE IN RIDGEWAY  ILLINOIS HAS HAD A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO HEAR ABOUT THIS PACKAGE BUT WHAT'S YOUR INITIAL REACTION. I MEAN IS THIS THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT YOU THINK PRODUCERS NEEDED RIGHT NOW IS NOT GOING  TO BE WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW AND WE SAY IT'S GOING TO BE A SHORT TERM GAIN BUT IT'S REALLY NOT. THERE ARE TOO MANY IFS ABOUT THE PROGRAM TOO. SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE HOW  IT SHAKES OUT AND EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW YOU LOOK AT AS YOU HAVE SOYBEANS GROWING RIGHT NOW MICHAEL THIS YEAR. I MEAN HAVE YOU FORD CONTRACTED DID YOU TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME OF  THOSE HIGHER PRICES BEFORE THE TARIFF NEWS STARTED TO WEIGH ON SOYBEANS. WELL NO WONDER THE  TIRES ARE COMING THIS YEAR AND EVERYTHING ELSE CAN PERCEIVE WHAT COULD HAPPEN. WE DID A LOT  OF FORWARD CONTRACTING THE TROPIC OF BETTER PRICES AND KNOWING THAT THERE'S A I SUPPOSE A BIG  CROP COMING. SO YEAH WE HAVE CONTRACTED A LOT IN THE BILLIONS. WELL ALAN HOSKINS AND AGEL LENDER HERE IN THIS AREA OF ILLINOIS. ALAN WHEN YOU WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS TARIFF AID PACKAGE I  MEAN AS AN AG LENDER IS THIS ENOUGH IS THIS WHAT PRODUCERS NEED RIGHT NOW. TURNER I  AGREE WITH MICHAEL COMPLETELY I THINK NUMBER ONE WE DON'T KNOW HOW IT'S ALL GOING TO SHAKE OUT. BUT NUMBER TWO AS WELL IT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT PRODUCERS REALLY WANT. THEY WANT FREE  MARKET TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A PROFIT BY SELLING GRAIN NOT BY GIVING A HAND UP FROM THE  GOVERNMENT. IS IT GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL TO PRODUCERS THIS YEAR BASED UPON WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO BE AN INFLUX OF CASH. BUT CERTAINLY AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW  WHAT ALL THE ARMS AND LEGS OF THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE. BUT ALAN COMING INTO FALL IT SOUNDS LIKE WITH THIS PACKAGE THE PAYMENTS WON'T HAPPEN UNTIL YOU HARVEST YOUR CROP AND ABOUT FALL TIME. ARE  YOU PREPARING FOR MAYBE SOME TOUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH PRODUCERS CONSIDERING CASHFLOW IS POSSIBLY TIGHT. CERTAINLY. ABSOLUTELY CASH FLOW IT LOOKS LIKE IS GOING TO BE TIGHT THIS YEAR IN  MANY CASES. NOT EVERYONE HAS DONE WHAT MICHAEL DID IN MAKING SURE THAT THERE WERE SOME  GOOD CONTRACTS OUT THERE. SO DEFINITELY THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS  BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING TO BE FEARED BY THE PRODUCERS. IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO DO  TO WORK TOGETHER TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT THE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP THEM. ALL RIGHT REAL  QUICKLY MICHAEL BEFORE WE WRAP UP THE CROPS LOOK GOOD FROM THE ROAD BUT DO YOU THINK YOUR YIELDS ARE GOING TO BE AS GOOD AS YOU SAW LAST YEAR. OUR YIELDS WILL NOT BE NEARLY AS GOOD AS  THEY WERE LAST YEAR. WE'LL STILL HAVE AN AVERAGE CROP A GOOD CROP BUT NOT NEARLY THE IF WE HAD  LAST YEAR JUST DRYNESS JUST DRYNESS VARIABILITY IN GRAINS AND JUST WE HAVE THE TIMELY RAIN WE  NEED. ALL RIGHT THANK YOU MICHAEL. THANK YOU ALAN WE APPRECIATE IT. WE KNOW THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN THIS AREA IT'S REALLY BEEN KIND OF THE BOUNTIFUL BUSHELS THAT'S HELPED  FARMERS GET THAT ADDED BOOST OF INCOME THEY MAYBE DIDN'T EXPECT WITH THEIR YIELDS AND SO IT  SOUNDS LIKE FOR SOME FARMERS IT'S JUST REALLY VARIABLE WHEN IT COMES TO CONDITIONS THIS YEAR. ALL RIGHT REPORTING FROM RIDGEWAY ILLINOIS. I'M TYNE MORGAN FOR AG DAY. 

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN IS WITH US TODAY AND JOINS US THIS MORNING FOR CROP  COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING, MIKE.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  PICKERS ARE MOVING IN TEXAS FIELDS!!! THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN NUECES COUNTY, LOCATED NEAR THE MOST  SOUTHERN TIP OF TEXAS.  USDA SAYS 20 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S COTTON CROP IS RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS OUT OF ALL THE COTTON IN THE TOP 15  PRODUCING STATES, 39 PERCENT IS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN SOME PRODUCTION ISSUES IN SOUTH DAKOTA,  CHET EDINGER OVER IN MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA SAYS HE'S BEEN BLESSED  WITH RAIN SO FAR T HIS GROWING SEASON. HE HOPES FOR TIMELY RAINS TO  CONTINUE TO FINISH THE CORN CROP NICELY.  USDA SAYS 71 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S CORN CROP IS RATED GOOD TO  EXCELLENT. AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST A LITTLE BIT OF WIND. SOUTH CENTRAL PLAINS INTO THE  GREAT LAKES. NOT A LOT. AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON WILL PICK UP SOME GREAT LAKES.  NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND SPOTTY THROUGH THE SOUTHWEST HEADING INTO THE DAY TOMORROW WE'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF WIND IN SPOTS IN TEXAS AND THAT'LL PICK UP ONCE AGAIN IN PARTS  OF THE GREAT LAKES AND PARTS OF THE WEST AS WELL. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP IN A  FEW MINUTES. BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN. TEMPS.  

FARMING ON THE HORIZON
USDA SAYS THE AVERAGE AGE OF A FARMER IN 2012 WAS 58 AND THAT NUMBER  CONTINUES TO CLIMB.  WE'RE STARTING A NEW SERIES THIS MORNING CALLED - FARMING ON THE  HORIZON -WHERE WE ARE FEATURING THE PROGRESSIVE GROWERS OF THE NEXT GENERATION.  THE CADENCE OF BAILING WHEAT STRAW... ONE PASS... AT A TIME. "WE JUST GOT DONE HARVESTING WHEAT YESTERDAY AND WE'RE BAILING THE STRAW BEHIND THE  COMBINE.""THE STRAW WILL BE SOLD TO THE LOCAL RACETRACK HERE TO LOCAL HORSEFARMERS."A TO-AND-FRO JOB... FROM THE FIELD.. TO THE SHOP, A PACE RUSHING TO BEAT THE RAIN. "RAIN MAKES THE STRAW GO BROWN OR BLACK AND OUR MARKET FALLS APART THEN,"A MARKET HELPING THIS FARM RUNNING ACROSS YET ANOTHER GENERATION.  TODAY, A FATHER AND SON OPERATION IN CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK. "I'M THE FIFTH GENERATION ON THE FARM AND SO WE'VE BEEN HERE OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS."AND THIS NEXT GENERATION WANTS THE FARM TO LIVE ANOTHER HUNDRED YEARS.  HE'S STRIVING TO DIVERSIFY HIS ACRES WITH ROW CROPS AND NOW GROWING BARLEY FOR THE BREWERIES  NEARBY.  *"WE HAVE A HORSE BOARDING OPERATION THAT WE DO. WE STARTED TO GROW BARLEY FOUR YEARS AGO  FOR THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY IN NEW YORK. THAT HELPS A LITTLE BIT,"MAINTAINING A LEGACY TAKES LONG HOURS  "WHEN WE ARE DOING WHEAT OR SOMETHING, I DON'T NORMALLY GET HOME UNTIL 8 OR 9 AT NIGHT. MY WIFE WOULD SAY SHE NEVER SEES ME LAUGHS"AN EDUCATION PASSED DOWN.  "HOW DID I LEARN TO BE A FARMER? THAT MAN RIGHT UP THERE IN THE HAYMOUNT. LAUGHS. AND  FROM MY GRANDFATHER. I WENT TO SCHOOL BUT I THINK I ACTUALLY LEARNED MORE FROM THEM THAN GOING TO SCHOOL."WHILE MAKING CHANGES FOR THE FUTURE "WHAT'S IT LIKE FARMING WITH MY DAD? IT'S GOOD MOST DAYS. WORKING WITH FAMILY CAN  BE DIFFICULT SOMETIMES. I THINK HE'LL AGREE WITH ME 39 ... 47MOST DAYS IT'S GOOD." "I TRY TO GO ALONG WITH HIM. SOMETIMES I SCRATCH MY HAIR BUT CHANGE SEEMS TO BE  BETTER MOST OF THE TIME."A PURPOSE FOCUSED ON TAKING OVER THE FARM HE'S ALWAYS LOVED I ALWAYS THOUGHT I'D COME BACK TO THE FARM. I DIDN'T EVER REALLY THINK I'D DO MUCH ELSE BUT  COME BACK."WHY DO I DO THIS DAY AFTER DAY? CAUSE I ENJOY IT. IT'S CHALLENGING. IT'S FUN.  SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERYDAY. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE DOING MOST DAYS.""WE'RE ON A TIMELINE. IF IT RAINS, IT RAINS. WE NEED THE RAIN MORE THAN THE STRAW." KNOWING TOMORROW WILL BRING A DIFFERENT TASK.. "EVERYDAY YOU DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. YOU'RE NEVER DOING THE SAME THING EVERYDAY."WHAT REMAINS UNCHNAGED IS THE LONGEVITY AND DEVOTION OF THE FARM.  

TEASE
STILL TO COME - MARK GOLD OF TOP THIRD AG MARKETING DISCUSSES POLITICS  AND FARMING. LATER IN OUR DROVERS TV REPORT - MOUNTING PILES OF RED MEAT AND  POULTRY IN COLD STORAGE ARE CREATING ANXIETY FOR U.S. PRODUCERSS.  GREG HENDERSON WILL REPORT. AND IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH - WHY REDUCING STRESS IN YOUR LIFE COULD  HELP PREVENT THE ON-SET OF ALZHEIMERS. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEW DELARO FUNGICIDE FOR CORN AND SOYBEANS. ACHIEVE  PERSONAL BEST YIELDS.  

AGRIBUSINESS
WE'RE TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK AND  TALKING POLITICS ALONG WITH TRADE.  CLINTON GRIFFITHS JOINS US FROM THE DESK.  MARK GOLD TOP THIRD AGMARKETING OUR GUESTS HERE AT AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY NOW MARK.  LET'S TALK ABOUT SOMETHING WE DON'T GENERALLY TALK ABOUT WHICH IS POLITICS AND KIND OF INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE THAT FARMERS FIND THEMSELVES IN WITH THE ADMINISTRATION YOU KNOW  OFFERING A LOT OF SUPPORT BUT YET WITH THIS TEAR THING THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS OUT THERE. FIRST  OF ALL IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO SEE SAID THE RIGHT. OH SURE. BUT YOU KNOW ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I'VE  BEEN FIELDING FOR THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS IS WILL THE FARM BILL CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT  TRUMP WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE TARIFF WORLD. SURE. AGAIN SAME THING. AND I'VE HAD A LOT OF  NOT A LOT OF CLIENTS WITH SEVERAL CLIENTS CALL IN AND SAY WE'RE WE'RE WE'RE 100 PERCENT BEHIND  THE PRESIDENT THEY CITE THE PRO-LIFE ISSUE. THEY CITE THE PRO AMERICA ISSUE AS THE TWO PRIMARY  THINGS THAT THEY'RE STAYING BEHIND HIM AND THEY'RE WILLING TO TAKE IT ON THE CHIN BECAUSE OF  THOSE CRITICAL ISSUES TO THEM. INTERESTING. AS WE GET CLOSER TO HARVEST IF WE DON'T HAVE A PROGRAM IN PLACE TO HELP THE AMERICAN FARMER IN AMERICA AND AGRICULTURE THAT'S WHEN I THINK  IT MAY PUT SOME PRESSURE ON THE VOTERS OUT THERE TO MAYBE LOOK AT SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF  THERE IS A LEGITIMATE ALTERNATIVE. BUT UNTIL WE GET TO THEN I THINK PEOPLE WILL STAY BEHIND THE  PRESIDENT. BUT YOU KNOW I SUPPORTED THE PRESIDENT I VOTED FOR HIM BUT NOW IN AGRICULTURE  WHERE I'VE SPENT 40 YEARS MY LIFE I WANT HIM TO SEE HIM DO SOMETHING POSITIVE. THE FARMERS DON'T WANT AID THEY WANT TRADE SO I'M HOPING THAT WE GET SOMETHING DONE BY THEM. YOU THINK  THAT THERE WILL BE SOME PRESSURE AHEAD OF THESE MIDTERM ELECTIONS TO MAKE SOME SORT OF  MOVE. I DO BUT I THINK THE CHINESE ARE GOING TO BE SMART ENOUGH TO TRY TO HOLD OFF AND PUT EVEN MORE PRESSURE ON THE PRESIDENT. SO THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF DICHOTOMY THERE. MAYBE THE  PRESIDENT WANTS TO GET IT DONE BEFORE THE MIDTERM. CHINESE MIGHT WANT TO HOLD OFF BUT WE WE  NEED TO HAVE MORE THAN JUST A COMMENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO HELP THE AMERICAN FARMER. THEY  NEED TO SEE SOMETHING CONCRETE MIGHT HAPPEN SOME SORT OF PLAN. ALL RIGHT APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU MARK THANKS FOR THE PERSPECTIVE WE'LL BE BACK. MORE THAN 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 WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE IT SOUNDS AS IF THE  PANHANDLE OF TEXAS MAY GET SOME RAIN. YEAH I THINK MAYBE THE REST OF TEXAS WOULD LIKE THAT  FRONT TO GO FARTHER SOUTH. BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT'S GOING TO BE STALLING OUT AND WHERE THAT FRONT  ENDS UP KIND OF STALLING OUT. WE ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. TEXAS PANHANDLE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS SOME OF THOSE AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN  DRY AT LEAST MOST OF THOSE AREAS HAVE BEEN DRY MOST OF THIS GROWING SEASON ALSO KIND OF  STALLED OUT FRONT. NORTHERN FLORIDA NOW WILL BE THE FOCUS FOR SHOWERS AND STORMS. OTHER THAN THAT TWO AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE GREAT LAKES NORTHEAST CAUSING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  THIS MORNING. YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY THOSE WILL CONTINUE TO SHIFT TO THE EAST  SO THERE'LL BE SOME SCATTERED ACTIVITY. EASTERN GREAT LAKES ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO ARKANSAS.  HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING IN BEHIND US IS PRETTY COOL AIR FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR SO THESE ARE COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURES COMING IN TO THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS AS WE HEAD INTO THE  DAY TOMORROW. AREA OF LOW PRESSURE KIND OF REMAINING FROM THIS MAIN STORM SYSTEM IN THE  NORTHERN GREAT LAKES WILL STILL CUSTOM SPOTTY SHOWERS ON INTO THE WEEKEND FOR PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES. CHECK OUT THOSE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ON OUR MODEL MOVING EVEN INTO  WEST CENTRAL TEXAS FOR A LITTLE WHILE. NORTHEAST TEXAS BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON GETTING SOME  HIT AND MISS SHOWERS AND STORMS AS WELL AS OFF AND ON THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND INTO THE NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL. SOUTHWEST WILL CONTINUE TO GET THOSE MAINLY  AFTERNOON VARIETY POP UP SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL. HERE'S WHERE THE PRECIPITATION  ESTIMATE PANS OUT OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF IT'S BEEN IN THE NORTHEAST. ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS WILL ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE NORTHEAST. AS YOU  CAN SEE CNN HIT AND MISS ACTIVITY FROM ARKANSAS BACK INTO THE PAIN HANDLE IT TEXAS ON UP  INTO EASTERN COLORADO WESTERN KANSAS AND FARTHER NORTH EAST OF THE ROCKIES ARE ALSO HIT AND  MISS AREAS ALONG THAT COLD FRONT THROUGH THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON. CHECK OUT THE 60S SHOWING UP IN THE NORTHERN  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY NORTHERN GREAT LAKES STILL TRIPLE DIGITS PARTS OF TEXAS SO LOW TEMPERATURES  TONIGHT GOING TO DROP INTO THE LOWER 50S UP ALONG THE CANADIAN BORDER 60S IN THE OHIO VALLEY  70S FARTHER SOUTH AND THEN YOU CAN SEE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. AGAIN THESE ARE VERY COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURES FOR MOST OF THE CORN BELT. THE HEAT HAS SHIFTED FARTHER TO THE SOUTH  AND TO THE WEST WHERE THAT RIDGE CONTINUES IN THE JETSTREAM BUT CHECK OUT THAT CUTOFF LOW  NORTH OF THE GREAT LAKES THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ANOTHER LOW DROPS INTO THE GREAT LAKES AS WE HEAD INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. AND GUESS WHAT. ANOTHER ONE IS HEADING INTO THE NORTHERN  PLAINS EVENTUALLY INTO THE GREAT LAKES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT WEEK KEEPING THE COOLER  TEMPERATURES FOR MOST OF THE CORN BELT. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HEAD TO WICKENBURG ARIZONA. FIRST OF ALL PARTLY SUNNY STILL  VERY HOT HIGH OF 1 0 8. JOSEPH MISSOURI PARTLY SUNNY PLEASANTLY WARM HIGH OF 82 AND  FLORENCE SOUTH CAROLINA. HOT AND HUMID PARTLY SUNNY WITH AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM HIGH 91.UP NEXT - GREG HENDERSON FROM OUR PARTNERS AT DROVERS WEIGHS-IN ON  THE MOUNTING SUPPLY OF PROTEIN IN COLD STORAGE. AND WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU CHECKED YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE? IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH - FIND OUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN YOUR B-P AND  THINKING SKILLS. 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
RED MEAT AND POULTRY AMOUNTS IN COLD STORAGE ARE PILLING UP, RAISING  ANXIETY FOR U.S. PRODUCERS WHO DEPEND ON EXPORTS.  USDA SAYING OVERALL TOTAL COLD STORAGE OF RED MEAT AND POULTRY IS EXCEEDING 2.5 BILLION POUNDS. BREAKING THAT DOWN, BEEF SUPPLIES ARE CLIMING TO 448 MILLION POUNDS, 8  PERCENT MORE THAN LAST YEAR.  TOTAL RED MEAT SUPPLIES IN COLD STORAGE WERE UP 5 PERCENT OVER LAST  YEAR  AND TOTAL FROZEN POULTRY SUPPLIES WERE 6 PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST  YEAR.  " THAT COLD STORAGE IS THE FIRST INDICATION HOW TARIFFS AND TRADE ISSUES ARE IMPACTING U.S. BEEF. THE LATEST U.S. MEAT EXPORT DATA RUNS THROUGH MAY. BEFORE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION  IMPLEMENTED A SERIES OF TARIFFS ON FOREIGN MATERIALS COMING THROUGH THE UNITED STATES. FOR THE  FIRST 5 MONTHS OF 2018, BEEF EXPORTS WERE UP 10 PERCENT IN VOLUME AND THEN THE VALUE THE VALUE TOTALED 3.3 DOLLARS, UP 21 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR'S RECORD PACE."HENDERSON SAYS AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO CONSUME 222 POUNDS OF  RED MEAT AND POULTRY IN 2018, THE LARGEST TOTAL IN MORE THAN A DECADE.  

TEASE
NEXT IN AG FOR YOUR HEALTH - ANOTHER HEALTH BENEFIT OF REDUCING YOUR  BLOOD PRESSURE. 

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. OK. RAISE YOUR HANDS.  HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE...OR WORRIED THAT YOU'RE AT RISK. A NEW HEALTH STUDY LINKS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TO AN INCREASED RISK  FOR DEMENTIA. THE LARGE RESEARCH PROJECT GIVES STRONG EVIDENCE OF A WAY TO CUT THE RISK OF MENTAL DECLINE - WHICH OFTEN LEADS TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. AND THAT'S BY LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE BEYOND USUALLY RECOMMENDED  LEVELS. HALF OF THE PARTICIPANTS TOOK MEDICINES TO TRY TO GET THEIR TOP PRESSURE TO AROUND 140, THE REST AIMED FOR 120. IT TURNS OUT LOWERING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE GOOD FOR THE BRAIN. " FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE INTERVENTION, WE SAW A 19 PERCENT LOWERING OF MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT AS THEY AGED WHICH IS QUITE SIGNIFICANT. "THE STUDY INVOLVED NEARLY 10,000 PEOPLE FOR ABOUT FOUR-YEARS

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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