AgDay Daily Recap - June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 11, 2018

HEADLINES

TRADE TALKS HEAT UP BETWEEN LEADERS OF THE WORLDS LARGEST  ECONOMIES. THE SENATE RELEASES ITS VERSION OF A NEW FARM BILL. IN AGRIBUSINESS...PREPPING FOR THE WEATHER WEEK AHEAD. MACHINERY PETE REPORTS ON EQUIPMENT FROM FOREIGN SOIL  AND RESEARCHING WAYS TO SAVE IRRIGATION WATER IN LOUISIANA. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

G7 SUMMIT
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS WE START A NEW WEEK, WE PICK-UP  WHERE WE LEFT-OFF FRIDAY WITH UN-FINISHED TRADE BUSINESS AND TARIFFS  THAT THREATEN TO FURTHER PUSH SEVERAL KEY ALLIES INTO A DEEP TRADE  DISPUTE. PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE A BRIEF APPEARANCE AT THE G-7 SUMMIT IN CANADA WHERE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED METAL TARIFFS TOOK CENTER STAGE.  THEN, THE PRESIDENT LOBBED ANOTHER CONTENTIOUS ISSUE INTO FRAY - TELLING HIS COUNTERPARTS THAT RUSSIA SHOULD BE ALLOWED BACK INTO THIS  ECONOMIC BLOC AND RETURN IT TO G-8 STATUS. "THE SITUATIONS AND THE POSITIONS ARE VERY CLEAR. THE PRESIDENT OF THE US THINKS THAT THE US HAVE BEEN TREATED IN AN UNFAIR WAY BY EUROPE AND BY OTHERS AND THE OTHERS THINK THAT THIS IS  NOT THE CASE AND WE'LL EXPLAIN THIS FACT BY FACTS AND FIGURES BY FIGURES WHY THIS IS NOT THE  WIDE VIEW THAT ONE SHOULD HAVE ON THIS POINT. AS EUROPEANS WHEN MEETING UNDER THE PRESIDENCY OF DONALD THE OTHER DAY IN SOFIA, THREE WEEKS AGO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, WE  HAVE MADE FOUR POINTS, SAYING AT THE VERY BEGINNING THAT WE DIDN'T WANT TO NEGOTIATE UNDER  THREAT, NOT WITH A COLT ON OUR HEADS. THIS IS STILL THE CASE."> RUSSIA WAS KICKED OUT OF THE GROUP IN 2014 AFTER THE COUNTRY ANNEXED  CRIMEA.

TRUMP’S TWEET STORM
MEANWHILE PRESIDENT TRUMP ON A TWEET STORM AHEAD OF THE MEETING. "PLEASE TELL PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU AND PRESIDENT MACRON THAT THEY  ARE CHARGING THE U.S. MASSIVE TARIFFS AND CREATE NON-MONETARY  BARRIERS. THE EU TRADE SURPLUS WITH THE U.S. IS $151 BILLION, AND CANADA  KEEPS OUR FARMERS AND OTHERS OUT." "TURNING THEN TO CANADA QUOTE - CANADA CHARGES THE U.S. A 270%  TARIFF ON DAIRY PRODUCTS! THEY DIDN'T TELL YOU THAT, DID THEY? NOT FAIR TO OUR  FARMERS!"DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA PRESIDENT PIERRE LAMPRON PRESSED CANADIAN  PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TO SUPPORT CANADIAN DAIRY FARMERS. "WE MAY DISAGREE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEMANDS ON ACCESS TO THE  CANADIAN DAIRY MARKET, BUT WE RECOGNIZE HE IS ADVOCATING FOR HIS DAIRY INDUSTRY. AS CANADIAN DAIRY FARMERS, WE EXPECT NO LESS SUPPORT FROM  PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU,"LAST WEEK SEVERAL MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS REPORTING THAT DURING RECENT TRADE TALKS IN BEIJING-- CHINA PROPOSED TO BUY ROUGHLY  70 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF U.S. AG AND ENERGY PRODUCTS IF THE UNITED STATES LIFTS ITS PROPOSED TARIFFS. HOWEVER, SOME IN THE ADMINISTRATION SAY THAT NUMBER IS FLAWED. "I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THAT NUMBER CAME FROM. THAT IS NOT A NUMBER THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANY TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP TO ANY KIND OF CONVERSATION THAT I'VE HAD AND I WAS THE ONE ALONG WITH MY  COUNTER PART UNDER SECRETARY MCKINNEY AT USDA ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION. I DON'T THINK  THOSE NUMBERS ARE ANYWHERE NEAR RIGHT.' IS THERE A LIST WE ARE TAKING ABOUT IF WE LIFT TARIFFS, THEY WOULD BUY MORE AG GOODS.  IS THERE A NUMBER AND A LIST? DOUD: I THINK THERE HAS BEEN A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT, BUT THAT  70 BILLION NUMBER IS BEYOND A OVERALL NUMBER,"DOUD SAYS THERE ARE STRUCTURAL SANITARY AND PHYTO-SANITARY POLICY  ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BEFORE THE U.S. CAN EXPORT  SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF AG PRODUCTS TO CHINA. 

MEXICO’S TARIFFS ON PORK
MEANWHILE, MEXICO'S RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON U.S. PORK MAY NOT HIT QUITE  AS HARD AND AS FAST AS EXPECTED. REUTERS CONFIRMING WITH MEXICAN OFFICIALS THAT U.S. PRODUCERS CAN SELL PORK LEGS AND SHOULDERS TO MEXICO VIA AN IMPORT QUOTA. MEXICO SET A QUOTA OF 350-THOUSAND TONS THAT CAN BE IMPORTED WITHOUT TARIFFS. AND THE MEXICAN ECONOMY MINISTRY MAKING IT CLEAR THE U.S. WILL BE ABLE  TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE QUOTAS--THEY DO NOT EXCLUDE THE U.S. OVER THE PAST DECADE, THE U.S. HAS SUPPLIED NEARLY 90 PERCENT MEXICO'S  IMPORTS. RETALIATORY TARIFFS HAVEN'T SLOWED PORK EXPORTS JUST YET. THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION SETTING  FRESH RECORDS. THIS COME FROM APRIL--THE SAME MONTH CHINA PLACED A 25 PERCENT TARIFF  ON U.S. PORK IN RETALIATION FOR FOR U.S. STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS. USMEF SAYS THE U.S. EXPORTED $584 MILLION WORTH OF PORK IN APRIL. THAT'S A 13 PERCENT INCREASE OVER APRIL 2017. THROUGH THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS, THE U.S. SHIPPED $2.3 BILLION WORTH OF  PORK-- 4 PERCENT ABOVE THE RECORD HELD DURING THE SAME TIME PERIOD  LAST YEAR. 

HOW TARIFFS WILL IMPACT BEER
REPRESENTATIVES OF BEER GIANT MOLSON-COORS - WHICH OWNS THE MILLER BRAND - SAY NEWLY IMPOSED TARIFFS ON ALUMINUM IMPORTS WILL COST THE COMPANY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND MAY FORCE IT TO CHANGE ITS PACKAGING. MILLERCOORS PRODUCES ABOUT 13 BILLION CANS OF BEER AND BUYS ABOUT A HALF BILLION POUNDS OF ALUMINUM ANNUALLY.OFFICIALS SAY THE TARIFF AMOUNTS TO A TAX INCREASE ON THE COMPANY. "WE BUY ALMOST HALF A BILLION POUNDS OF ALUMINUM PER YEAR. THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF OVER 4-THOUSAND 747 JUMBO JETS. SO THAT'S A LOT OF ALUMINUM.THE BREWER SAYS 60-TO-65 PERCENT OF ALL THE BEER THAT IT PACKAGES GOES INTO ALUMINUM CANS. THE COMPANY SAYS IT MAY NEED TO RE-CONSIDER SOME OF ITS PACKAGING IF THE TARIFF CONTINUES. SOLVING OUR ISSUES WITH KEY TRADING PARTNERS LIKE MEXICO IS TOP OF  MIND FOR THE AG INDUSTRY. 

TURNING TRILATERAL NAFTA INTO BILATERAL AGREEMENTS
AND AFTER MONTHS OF NAFTA RENEGOTIATIONS, THE ADMINISTRATION MAY BE  LEANING TOWARD INDIVIDUAL BI-LATERAL DEALS. BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US WITH MORE. AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE IS VOCAL THE  TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LEANING TOWARDS  POTENTIALLY DRIFTING AWAY FROM THE TRI-LATERAL NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (NAFTA)  AND HEADING TOWARD TWO SEPARATE BI-LATERAL AGREEMENTS,"> IS THE U.S. RULING OUT A TRI-LATERAL DEAL? ARE FOR WE SURE AIMING FOR BI-LATERAL  AGREEMENTS, ONE WITH CANADA AND ONE WITH MEXICO? > "YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, WHEN WE'RE DOING THIS, WHEN WE ARE NEGOTIATING, VERY SELDOM ARE ALL, IF EVER, ARE THREE COUNTRIES IN THE ROOM AT THE SAME TIME," SAID DOUD. "THESE  ARE BI-LATERAL CONVERSATIONS. WE TALK WITH CANADA AND WE TALK WITH MEXICO."  AGDAY NATIONAL REPORTER BETSY JIBBEN ASKED, "IS IT FAIR FOR ME TO SAY  IS AIMING TOWARDS BI- LATERAL?" DOUD REPLIED, "I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S EVER REALLY BEEN ANY DIFFERENT THAN THAT ANYWAY." > WHILE DOUD AND OTHERS IN THE ADMINISTRATION SAY THE PRESIDENT IS  SEEKING BILATERAL AGREEMENTS, THERE ARE REPORTS U.S. TRADE REPRESATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER PUSHING FORWARD ON NAFTA 2.0 LOOKING  TO GET BACK TO THE TABLE FOLLOWING MEXICO'S ELECTIONS.  "NOW THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAYS WITHOUT KNOWING ANY OF THE VERBIAGE OR WHAT  AN AGREEMENT WOULD LOOK LIKE, THEY WILL ACCEPT ANY AGREEMENT WHICH RESTORES TRADE WITH MEXICO.WE ARE FOR WHATEVER WORKS TO RESTORE OUR TRADE TO MEXICO AND KEEP THAT TRADE," SAID  GIORDANO. "WE'VE HAD ZERO TARIFFS IN MEXICO FOR QUITE SOME TIME THANKS TO NAFTA. IT'S A  HUGE MARKET FOR US. WE ARE FOR THE FASTEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR THESE TRADE DISPUTES."SPEAKING OF BI LATERAL TRADE DEALS, THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL SAY THEY CONTINUE TO  HAVE A PRIORITY TO GET A BI-LATERAL TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN. REPORTING FOR AGDASY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN.  THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE ROLLING OUT A DRAFT OF IT'S VERSION OF THE  FARM BILL MID-DAY FRIDAY. IT INCLUDES SEVERAL KEY PROVISIONS DIFFERENT FROM THE HOUSE VERSION. FOR INSTANCE, THE SENATE BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR  FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS.  THE SENATE VERSION INCREASES THE ALLOWABLE C-R-P ACREAGE TO 25  MILLION. THE HOUSE VERSION CALLS FOR 29. THE SENATE BILL TIGHTENS FARM PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY BY REDUCING THE  ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME LIMIT FROM 900-THOUSAND TO 700-THOUSAND. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WILL THE WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT A FARM BILL THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR SNAP? WE DON'T WANT ON TALK ABOUT THE HYPOTHETICAL'S THAT WE WILL OR WON'T  SIGN. THE REALITY IS WE EXPECT THE HOUSE TO PASS A FARM BILL WITH WORK REQUIREMENTS THIS  SUMMER. WE EXPECT THE SENATE BILL TO PASS THIS SUMMER PROBABLY SOMETIME IN THE FALL WILL BE  WHAT'S CALLED A CONFERENCE REPORT TO TRY TO RECONCILE THE TWO BILLS. THE PRESIDENT'S VERY EAGER  TO SIGN A FARM BILL. HE WANTS TO DELIVER ON THAT FOR FARMERS ACROSS AMERICA.THE SENATE AG COMMITTEE EXPECTS A MARKUP OF THE BILL ON WEDNESDAY OF  THIS WEEK. THE HOUSE VERSION FAILED LAST MONTH, BUT IT'S NOW SCHEDULED FOR A RE- VOTE ON JUNE 22ND. THE SENATE'S FARM BILL ALSO INCLUDES LANGUAGE TO CREATE A NATIONAL  VACCINE BANK THAT WOULD BE TAPPED IF THERE'S AN OUTBREAK OF FOOD AND  MOUTH DISEASE. LIVESTOCK GROUPS - LIKE THE NATIONAL PORK PRODUCERS COUNCIL - HAVE  BEEN PRESSING LAWMAKERS ON THIS ISSUE. THEY SAY AN OUTBREAK OF F-M-D IN THIS COUNTRY COULD DEVASTATE THE  INDUSTRY BY DESTROYING THE MARKET, ACCORDING TO NPPC THE U-S DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ENOUGH FMD  VACCINE TO HANDLE MORE THAN A SMALL, LOCALIZED OUTBREAK.  

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN KICKING US OFF THIS WEEK WITH A LOOK AT FARM COUNTRY AND  TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS. GOOD MORNING CLINTON...AND THANKS FOR THE PHOTO. CLINTON TOOK THIS PICTURE IN HIS BACKYARD AS PLANTERS WERE ROLLING  LATE LAST WEEK IN NORTHERN INDIANA.  FARMERS ARE TRYING TO FINISH UP THOSE LAST FEW FIELDS AHEAD OF THE WEEKEND RAINS.   FROM SNOW TO COLD AND FREQUENT RAINS IT'S BEEN A STOP AND START KIND  OF YEAR. LAST WEEK, USDA SAYS 98 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S CORN IS PLANTED, 94  PERCENT OF SOYBEANS--BOTH WELL AHEAD OF THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. NOW HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, A DYNAMIC DUO GETTING YOUR READY FOR THE WEEK  AHEAD WITH A FOCUS ON THE WEATHER. AND LATER, THESE LOUISIANA RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING WAYS TO BETTER  UTILIZE IRRIGATION WATER. THAT STORY TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY. 

AGRIBUSINESS
IN AGRIBUSINESS...AFTER A TOPSY TURVY WEEK OF MARKETS LETS SEE WHERE  THINGS SETTLED FRIDAY-- FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN  CHICAGO. HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK TODAY. WE HAVE BRIAN SPLITT WITH ALLANDALE TOMMY GRISAFI WITH  ADAVANE TRADING RIGHT AS WE LOOK AT LAST WEEK AND WE LOOK AHEAD TO THE WEEK THAT'S YOU  KNOW HERE ALREADY. WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING. THERE'S BEEN A BIG SALES PITCH OR SOMETHING ABOUT HOW IT'S GOING TO BE HOT THIS SUMMER AND TYPICALLY SUMMERS  ARE HOT AND WHEN THERE'S MORE COAL THAN WE HAVE SNOW AND IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE LAST FEW  SUMMERS THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAVE BEEN ABNORMALLY COOLER NICE SEAT WE'RE ALWAYS SOMEONE COULD THROW OUT A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE BUT WE'RE HAVING RECORD CROP. SO I'M NOT SO SURE  THAT THIS WEATHER IS SO EXTREME THAT I DON'T SEE THAT 2012 SCENARIO RIGHT NOW WHERE WE HAVE ALL TYPES OF RAIN IN THE FORECAST SO SUMMERS ARE HOT. IS IT HOT WITH RAIN BEHIND IT OR IS IT HOT IN  MOST DROUGHT MARKETS THERE'S ALWAYS RAIN IN THE FORECAST. AND THEN IT DOESN'T RAIN AND THAT'S  HOW THE DROUGHT HAPPENS. OK. WHAT ABOUT YOU BROWN WHAT DO YOU WANT. WEATHER IS THAT RIGHT. TOMMY'S POINT WITH WEATHER I THINK SOMETHING THAT THE TRADE IN GENERAL ARE GOING TO BE  WATCHING IS THE BIG DEVIATION WE'RE HAVING BETWEEN THE G.F. S MODEL AND THE EUROPEAN MODEL. AND SO THE DEFENSE IS DEFINITELY MUCH WETTER AND EUROPEAN MODEL IS WARM AND IT'S  GOT A DEFICIT OF PRISA. AND SO IN THE NEXT WEEK HERE I'D LIKE TO SEE WHICH ONE IS MORE  ACCURATE AND I THINK AS WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THE GROWING SEASON THE TRADE IS GOING TO  PICK A WINNER AND THEN GO WITH THAT FORECAST MODEL MOVING FORWARD. SO THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO BE WATCHING CLOSELY IS WHICH ONE TURNS OUT TO BE RIGHT AND I'M  GOING TO BE USING THAT TO MAKE DECISIONS MOVING FORWARD. TOMMY LAST WEEK WE HAD A COUPLE  OF ROUGH DAY FOR A COUPLE OF CROPS SOYBEANS PRETTY ROUGH DAY. ANY INDICATORS THERE FOR WHAT  TO EXPECT GOING FORWARD. WELL WE KNEW COMING IN THE YEAR WITH THE PRICE ACTION WE WE HAD THE PROBLEMS IN SOUTH AMERICA. THAT'S GOING TO BE A VOLATILE YEAR. WE ALSO HAVE IN  MASTERBATION THAT THROWS OUT TWEETS AND SOCIALLY WE'RE JUST A DIFFERENT THE WAY WE RECEIVE  INFORMATION IS DIFFERENT. SO THIS IS GOOD VOLATILITIES GOOD. THERE'S CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO DEAL WITH  IT BETTER THAN OTHERS AND I ALWAYS TELL HER PRODUCERS JUST YOU'RE IN THE BUSHEL BUSINESS YOU'RE NOT IN THE WEATHER PREDICTING BUSINESS YOU'RE NOT IN THE POLITICAL BUSINESS. A FARMER WHO  KNEW THERE A PH AND HAD A PLAN AND IS MUCH HAPPIER WITH DISCIPLINE THAN SOMEONE WHO'S  SITTING THERE LIVING BY EACH AND EVERY WEATHER FORECASTS IT'S NO WAY TO GO THROUGH LIFE. IN MY  OPINION. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE JET STREAM  HERE. EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT THE RIDGE. AND WILL IT HOLD. IT KEEPS GETTING CUT DOWN BY THESE  TROUGHS COME IN FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AS LONG AS THAT PATTERN HOLDS WHICH I THINK IT WILL WE WON'T BE SEEING A PROLONGED DROUGHT OR A LONG PERIOD OF HOT WEATHER.  NOW OBVIOUSLY THE SOUTHERN PLAINS THAT MAY NOT BE TRUE. YOU'LL NOTICE THE TROUGHS KIND OF STAY  IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY THAT KEEPS A LOT OF THE CORN BELT FROM TURNING INTO A HOT DRY  CONDITION SITUATION YOU CAN SEE AS WE HEAD THROUGH WEDNESDAY THE TROUGH FLATTENS DOWN THE RIDGE IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS. SO KIND OF HOLDS IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BUT THAT'S TYPICAL AS  YOU HEAD THROUGH SUMMER AND IN THAT TROUGH KIND OF REFORMS INTO THE NORTHEAST ANOTHER ONE  COMES INTO THE NORTHWEST AS WE HEAD TOWARD THE END OF THE WEEK WITH THE RIDGE BUILDING  BACK UP INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY AND MORE THAN LIKELY THAT PROCESS WILL CONTINUE TO SEE  IT KIND OF GETS CUT DOWN AGAIN ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS BY EARLY THE FOLLOWING WEEK. SO THAT  TREND HAS BEEN THERE FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND I SEE IT CONTINUING AT THIS POINT. SO  TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO RIVER  VALLEYS MOST OF THE PLAINS STATES EXCEPT THE FAR NORTHERN AREAS THAT OCCASIONALLY GETS THOSE COLD FRONTS AND ALL OF THE WEST EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL I SHOULD  SAY IN THE SOUTHEAST GENERALLY BECAUSE THE GROUND IS PRETTY WET IN A LOT OF THOSE AREAS FROM  THE RAIN YOU'VE HAD SO FAR THIS SEASON AND BELOW NORMAL FOR THE NORTHERN GREAT LAKES INTO  MOST OF NEW ENGLAND PRECIPITATION THIS COMING WEEK. THEN WE'RE GOING BELOW NORMAL FOR NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND THE FAR NORTHERN GREAT LAKES MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN CANADA  AND THEN FROM IOWA MISSOURI THROUGH THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND THE REST OF THE  SOUTHEAST MID-ATLANTIC INCLUDING THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION THIS WEEK. UNFORTUNATELY THOSE DROUGHT AREAS OF CENTRAL WESTERN TEXAS WESTERN OKLAHOMA  INTO SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS AND GOING BELOW NORMAL THEY'RE ABOVE OR NEAR NORMAL IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE THOSE TYPICAL AFTERNOON VARIETY THUNDERSTORMS AND ABOVE  NORMAL IN THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST. THURSDAY THE OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES KIND OF THE SAME  LOOK AND MAP A LITTLE BIT ANYWAY NORTHERN EASTERN GREAT LAKES AND IN NEW ENGLAND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY MOST OF THE PLAINS AND MOST OF THE WEST  EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT 30 DAYS. THE SOUTHEAST MID- ATLANTIC THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES INTO MINNESOTA NORTHERN OR EASTERN PORTIONS OF NORTHDAKOTA ABOVE NORMAL AND THEN BELOW NORMAL FROM TEXAS ON INTO THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE  ROCKIES. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE  HEAD TO SAN LUIS OBISPO FIRST OF ALL IN CALIFORNIA MOSTLY SUNNY BREEZY AND WARM HIGH OF 82  ABERDEEN SOUTH DAKOTA VARIABLY CLOUDY CHANCE OF A STORM HIGH 78 IN CHATTANOOGA TENNESSEE WARM AND HUMID. A THUNDERSTORM POSSIBLE HIGH OF 88. 

TEASE
UP NEXT MACHINERY PETE TAKES A GLOBAL VIEW OF THE CLASSICS--HE SHARES  HIS INSIGHTS FROM IRELAND THIS WEEK. AND LATER, IRRIGATION CAN HELP PRESERVE YIELDS THROUGH THOSE HOT AND  DRY STRETCHES OF SUMMER. WE'LL LOOK AT RESEARCHERS EFFORTS TO MAKE  SURE WELLS DON'T RUN DRY IN LOUISIANA. 

MACHINERY PETE
MACHINERY PETE DOESN'T JUST TRAVEL THE STATES. THIS WEEK...HE'S  CHECKING OUT EQUIPMENT ACROSS THE POND. GREG. FOLKS MACHINERY PETE HERE ON THE ROAD QUITE A WAYS AWAY. THIS WEEK I'M ACTUALLY OVER IN  IRELAND BEEN ON VACATION HERE FIRST TIME EVER VISITING AND I GOT TO SAY THE PEOPLE ARE AS NICE  AS I'VE HEARD FOR YEARS HAD A GREAT TIME OVER YEAR BUT. BUT YOU KNOW ME EVERYWHERE I GO MY EYES OUT FOR TRACTORS ON THE TOPIC OF BLUE TRACTORS. LAST MONTH ON A COLLECTOR AUCTION ACROSS  THE SEA IN ENGLAND. IT WAS MAY 12TH. PAUL CABLE COLLECTOR AUCTION. AMAZING LINE FOR TRACTORS.  YOU CAN SEE HERE THE LINEUP JUST OUTSTANDING AND THERE WERE FOUR TRACTORS THAT REALLY CAUGHT  MY EYE ON THIS SALE. AND HERE'S A PICTURE THE FIRST ONE FOLKS JUST OUTSTANDING 1975 FORD 7000.  I MEAN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ONE THAT SHARP AND THIS THING SOLD FOR JUST JUST UNDER 20000 POUNDS WHICH WHEN YOU DO THE CONVERSION COMES TO THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED  EIGHTY NINE DOLLARS U.S.. SO THAT WAS ONE RECORD PRICE. ANOTHER ONE WAS ON THIS FORD FW 60  AGAIN JUST IMMACULATE. AND WHEN YOU DID THE CONVERSION HERE CAME OUT TO FORTY ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS US AND NEXT UP WAS THIS FORD TW 30. AND THIS BABY  WENT FOR THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS US. BUT I GUESS THE TRACTOR THEY  WERE REALLY TALKING ABOUT IN THIS SALE WAS THIS ONE A 1985 FORD COUNTY. 1474 LONG NOSE. AND  I GOT TO SAY FIRST ONE I'VE EVER RUN ACROSS. SO FOR NINETY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS.  AND YOU DO THE MATH. COMES OUT TO 128 THOUSAND DOLLARS US. 

TEASE
UP NEXT WE'LL LOOK AT IRRIGATION RESEARCH IN LOUSIANAAS FARMERS FACE A  HOT DRY SUMMER. 

IN THE COUNTRY
A HOT AND DRY MAY HAS CAUSED MANY FARMERS IN LOUISIANA TO BEGIN  IRRIGATING THEIR CROPS.  RESEARCHERS WITH THE LSU AGCENTER ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO MINIMIZE  WATER USAGE AND LESSEN THE DRAWDOWNS ON AREA AQUIFERS. LSU AGCENTER'S CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS DETAILS. IRRIGATION DEVICES RUNNING ARE A COMMON SIGHT IN CROPLAND ACROSS MUCH OF LOUISIANA. MAY HAS BEEN UNUSUALLY HOT AND DRY, LEADING FARMERS TO BEGIN IRRIGATING THEIR CROPS EARLIER THIS GROWING SEASON. STACIA DAVIS CONGER, AN IRRIGATION SPECIALIST WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, SAYS  SOIL TYPES WILL AFFECT HOW YOU IRRIGATE. STACIA DAVIS CONGER: SAND DOESN'T HOLD AS MUCH WATER BECAUSE PARTICLES ARE BIGGER AND  WATER RUNS THROUGH IT. A CLAY, YOU'RE GOING TO WANT TO IRRIGATE MORE FREQUENTLY BUT A LESS  AMOUNT THAN A SAND. THERE ARE TWO PRIMARY IRRIGATION METHODS USED IN LOUISIANA. ONE IS A PIVOT DEVICE THAT  SLOWLY MOVES THROUGH THE FIELD WHILE IRRIGATING. THE SECOND METHOD INVOLVES PLASTIC PIPES  THAT FLOW WATER DOWN THE ROWS. PUNCHING THE CORRECT SIZE HOLE IN THE PIPE IS CRUCIAL TO PROPER  IRRIGATION. DAVIS CONGER: IF YOU'RE PUNCHING TOO BIG A HOLE, THEN MORE WATER IS GOING TO COME OUT THAN IT  SHOULD. YOU COULD HAVE WATER RUN OUT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIELD BEFORE IT SHOULD. THAT'S A BIG ISSUE WITH HAVING THE WRONG HOLE SIZE. SOIL TYPE WILL ALSO INFLUENCE WHERE AND HOW MANY HOLES ARE PUNCHED. DAVIS CONGER: IN THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF THE STATE, WHERE WE HAVE THE SHARKEY CLAY SOILS,  SOME OF THOSE PRODUCERS PUNCH A WHOLE EVERY FOURTH ROW BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH CLAY THAT THE WATER MOVES LATERALLY AND GETS TO OTHER ROWS. IN A DRY YEAR, IT CAN TAKE MORE THAN A FOOT OF IRRIGATION WATER TO PRODUCE A CROP. DAVIS CONGER: YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO APPLY BETWEEN 2 TO 3 INCHES OF WATER EVERY TIME YOU  IRRIGATE. THEN YOU ADD UP FOR EACH IRRIGATION EVENT, IF YOU'RE DOING FIVE IRRIGATION EVENTS, THAT'S  PROBABLY 15 INCHES OF WATER. DAVIS CONGER IS STUDYING THE USE OF SENSORS IN FIELDS TO DETERMINE WHEN PRODUCERS SHOULD  IRRIGATE AND HOPES THE SENSORS WILL REDUCE WATER USAGE AND WASTE. WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, THIS IS CRAIG GAUTREAUX REPORTING. 

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

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