AgDay Daily Recap - June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 22, 2018

HOUSE APROVES FARM BILL

GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. A NEW 2018 FARM TAKES ONE STEP CLOSER TO  COMPLETION. THE HOUSE NARROWLY PASSING THE LEGISLATION  LATE THURSDAY. BY A VOTE OF 213 TO 211 THE HOUSE APPROVING ITS VERSION OF THE FARM BILL.. THAT BILL FAILED BACK ON MAY 18TH -- 198 TO 213 --  AFTER HOUSE GOP CONSERVATIVES WITHHELD THEIR  SUPPORT OVER THE LACK OF ACTION ON AN  IMMIGRATION. ON THURSDAY... MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE APPROVED  THE BILL WHICH INCLUDES WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS. THAT BILL NOW WAITS ON THE SENATE TO VOTE ON ITS  VERSION. THE SENATE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP THE FARM BILL  NEXT WEEK. THE BILL PASSING MARKUP LAST WEEK WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. A DIVIDED HOUSE ALSO STRUGGLING TO PASS ANY  IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION WORKING LONG INTO THE  DAY THURSDAY.  THE HOUSE TURNING DOWN A BILL 193-TO-231 DRAFTED  BY REPRESENTATIVE BOB GOODLATTE WHICH  INCLUDED CHANGES TO THE H-2-A GUEST WORKER  PROGRAM FOR AGRICULTURE. . TENSIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CHINA REMAIN ON EDGE FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR  ADDITIONAL TARIFFS ON CHINA. U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER  SAYS THOSE WOULDN'T START UNTIL THE U.S. PICKED THE PRODUCTS AND HEARD INDUSTRY COMMENTS. THAT PROCESS COULD TAKE MONTHS AND LEAVES  OPEN THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDITIONAL NEGOTIATIONS. 

TARIFFS IN FARM COUNTRY
MEANWHILE INDIA AND TURKEY FOLLOWING CHINA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION IN SLAPPING RETALIATORY  TARIFFS ON U-S GOODS. LAST MONTH, INDIA'S GOVERNMENT SOUGHT AN  EXEMPTION FROM THE NEW U-S TARIFFS, SAYING ITS  STEEL AND ALUMINIUM EXPORTS WERE SMALL IN  RELATION TO OTHER SUPPLIERS. BUT ITS REQUEST  WAS IGNORED. INDIA THEN LAUNCHED A FORMAL COMPLAINT THRU THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. .AMONG THE ITEMS, INDIA IS TARGETING ALMONDS,  APPLES, AND WALNUTS FOR HIGHER IMPORT TAXES.  TURKEY'S LIST OF 266 MILLION DOLLARS IN TARIFFS WILL HIT 1 POINT 8 BILLION DOLLARS OF PRODUCTS.  THE PROPOSED LIST FROM TURKEY INCLUDES  WALNUTS, ALMONDS, TOBACCO, RICE, WHISKEY AND  MACHINERY EQUIPMENT. THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED E-U RETALIATORY TARRIFS ARE SET TO GO INTO EFFECT FRIDAY. THE TARIFFS ARE IN RESPONSE TO THE U-S STEEL AND  ALUMINUM TARIFFS AGAINST THE E-U PUT INTO PLACE  EARLIER THIS MONTH. E-U'S 25 PERCENT TARIFFS TARGET AGRICULTURAL  GOODS LIKE RICE CRANBERRIES AND ORANGE JUICE, AS  WELL AS PEANUT BUTTER AND WHISKEY. IN TOTAL, THE TARIFFS WILL BE PLACED IN 3 POINT 24 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF U-S EXPORTS. AND THIS IS JUST THE START OF RETALIATORY  MEASURES THREATENED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.   EXPECTING THE RETALIATION, IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE ANYBODY. IN  THE CARTER, REAGAN, GEORGE W BUSH TERMS WHEN THEY PUT TARIFFS ON, WE WERE RETALIATED AGAINST AND THEN INTENDED TO BE MORE AG  PRODUCTS. IT'S VERY DETERMENTIAL TO THE MIDWEST."> GRASSLEY MAKING THOSE COMMENTS IN A SENATE  HEARING THIS WEEK WHERE COMMERCE SECRETARY  WILBUR ROSS WAS BEING QUESTIONED ABOUT TRUMP'S  TARIFFS.  AS TRADE TENSIONS CONTINUE, AGRICULTURE  WANTING TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW THE PRESIDENT  PLANS TO CUSHION THE FINANCIAL PAIN FROM TARIFFS.    FARM JOURNAL WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT JIM  WIESEMEYER TALKING TO AGDAY ABOUT POSSIBLE AID  FOR WHAT HE CALLS TRUMP TARIFF PAYMENTS AND  SAYS IT'S AN ISSUE USDA IS MEETING ABOUT DAILY. HE SAYS THROUGH A DIVISION OF U-S-D-A CALLED  COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION, OR C-C-C, THE  AGENCY CAN OFFER A FINANCIAL BACKSTOP FOR  FARMERS. THROUGH THIS, CCC COULD PURCHASE PRODUCTS LIKE  SOYBEANS AND THEN SELL THE PRODUCT TO OTHER AGENCIES OR DONATE TO FOOD AID PROGRAMS. THE OTHER OPTION IS TO TAP INTO SECTION 32 FUNDS  AND OFFER DIRECT PAYMENTS. HOWEVER,  WIESEMEYER SAYS THAT OPTION IS MERKY.  <IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT AND THAT'S THE COMPLEDXITY OF THIS, SO  FOR EXAMPLE A FARMER WHO DID RETROSPECT BUT AT THE TIME IT LOOKED  LKE A GOOD PRICE WHEN SOYBEAN FUTURES WERE RIGHT AROUND $10, THEY SOLD. NOW, ARE THEY FAULTED BY SELLING? NOW OF COURSE THEY  DIDNT' SELL ALL OF THEIR CROPS, SO DO THEY GET A PORTION OF IT? SEE  THESE ARE THE THORNY ISSUES, THERE'S NO RIGHT ANSWERS HERE. THEY  WOULD BE FAULTED NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO> WIESEMEYER POINTS OUT THAT IT'S ALSO DIFFICULT TO  DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF THE MARKET DOWNTURN IS  DUE TO CHINA, VERSUS LARGE CROP SUPPLY  EXPECTATION AND OTHER MARKET FACTORS.  WHILE WIESEMEYER SAYS USDA HOPES TO NEVER  IMPLEMENT THESE POSSIBLE PLANS, IOWA SENATOR  CHUCK GRASSLEY SAYS HE FEELS THE SAME.  <"WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY T HAT TO THE SECRETARY OF AG AND IN  THE PROCESS 53 ALL THE SENATORS AROUND THE TABLE SAID WE DON'T  WANT MONEY FROM THE TREASURY. WE WANT MARKETS."> 

JUNE RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX RELEASED
THE RATE OF BANKERS REJECTING FARM LOANS HAS NEARLY DOUBLED THIS YEAR. THE JUST-RELEASED  RURAL MAINSTREET INDEX SHOWING THE REJECTION  RATE AT NEARLY 43-PERCENT, UP FROM NEARLY 24- PERCENT A YEAR EARLIER. . THE R-M-I FROM CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY ALSO POINTS  OUT NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF BANKERS HAVE  INCREASED COLLATERAL REQUIREMENTS ON FARM  LOANS. . THE BANKERS ARE MAKING TOUGHER REQUIREMENTS DUE TO WEAK FARM INCOME. IN MANY CASES IT'S DUE  TO SOFT GRAIN PRICES. . BUT DESPITE THAT TROUBLING NEWS, THE OVERALL  INDEX OF THE RURAL ECONOMY REMAINS ABOVE  GROWTH NEUTRAL SITTING AT ABOUT 56.  ON A SCALE  OF 100, 50 REPRESENTS NEUTRAL. 

EXECUTIVE BRANCH REORGANIZATION?
THERE'S A NEW PUSH THIS MORNING TO RE-ORGANIZE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT - WHICH  WOULD INCLUDE TAKING FOOD STAMPS AWAY FROM  USDA. THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET ISSUED A  STATEMENT THURSDAY THAT CALLS FOR A CHANGE  AND CONSOLIDATION OF SEVERAL FEDERAL  DEPARTMENTS. UNDER THE PROPOSED PLAN, THE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION AND LABOR WOULD FALL UNDER ONE  CABINET OFFICER - CALLING IT THE DEPARTMENT OF  THE EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE . ALSO ON THE LIST, CONTROL OF THE U-S FOOD AID PROGRAMS - LIKE SNAP - WOULD BE TAKEN FROM THE  AG DEPARTMENT AND PLACED UNDER A RE-BRANDED  AGENCY.  THE CURENT "HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES"  DEPARTMENT WOULD BE CALLED "DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH AND PUBLIC WELFARE." IF RE-VAMPED. . ANY REORGANIZATION WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, AN UPHILL CHALLENGE IN  AN ELECTION YEAR.

MID-SEASON CROP REPORT
THE WESTERN CORN BELT ISN'T THE ONLY PLACE BATTLING WET CONDITIONS.  THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS MOST OF THE  CORN BELT IS DROUGHT FREE, EXCEPT FOR POCKETS IN SOUTHERN IOWA, WESTERN ILLINOIS AND AN AREA IN  SOUTH DAKOTA. BETSY JIBBEN HAS A MID-SEASON CROP REPORT FROM  THE INDIANA- MICHIGAN STATE LINE.  FOLLOWING A STRING OF 90 DEGREE DAYS...  <"IT'S PLENTY WARM,"> SOUTH BEND, INDIANA FARMER, RANDY MATTHYS SAYS PLANTING WAS ANYTHING BUT ON TIME. HIS TO-DO LIST FOR THE DAY INCLUDES BOTH SIDE  DRESSING <SHOW TALL CORN OR CLIP LEADING INTO SOUNDBITE> <"THIS WAS OUR FIRST PLANTING ON MAY 4, SOMETHING LIKE THAT,">  AND REPLANTING. <SHOW SHORT CORN> <"NOT BIG AREAS BUT WE ARE DOING A LITTLE REPLANT TODAY,"> <"THERE ARE SOME GUYS REPLANTING> <"NORTHERN INDIANA IS NOT THE ONLY SPOT THAT IS BEHIND THIS SEASON. SOUTHERN MICHIGAN IS TOO."> <"WE ARE QUITE BEHIND. WE HAD A LOT OF RAIN.">         <"GUYS ARE STILL PUTTING SOYBEANS IN, IN FACT, LAST WEEK, GUYS WERE  STILL PUTTING CORN IN. 13"> METEROLOGISTS SAY THE PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY STICK  AROUND THIS SEASON. <"WE HAVE SEEN A VERY ACTIVE NORTHERN OR POLAR JET STREAM AT THIS  POINT AND I DON'T SEE ANY SIGNS OF THAT BREAKING DOWN OVER THE  NEXT FEW WEEKS,"> <"OVERALL, I THINK WE WILL SEE AVERAGE TO ABOVE AVERAGE JULY PREC  FOR THE CORN BELT, IF WE BREAK IT DOWN MORE, IF WE ARE GOING TO BE DRIER, IT'S TO THE WEST AND WETTER TO THE EAST,"> "FOR THE MOST PART, THE CORN ALL LOOKS PRETTY DECENT, IT'S COMING  OUT OF THE GROUND WELL. STANDS LOOK GOOD,"> <"FOR THE MOST PART SOYBEANS LOOK REALLY GOOD....(START AT18) THEY  POPPED OUT OF THE GROUND PRETTY QUICK, 21"> AS THE HEAT EASES IN NORTHERN INDIANA AND SOUTHERN MICHIGAN..  RIPPEY SAYS THOSE TEMPS WON'T BE GONE FOR  LONG.. T HERE SHOULD BE PLENTY OF GROWING  DEGREE DAYS LEFT.  <"IF WE GET AN UNTIMELY HEAT WAVE DURING THE HEART OF CORN  REPRODUCTION, SILKING AND BEYOND, THAT COULD BE AN ISSUE IF TEMPERATURES ARE ONLY DROPPING TO THE MID OR HIGH 70S DURING  THAT TIME,"> AS FARMERS LIKE MATTHYS HOPES SOME HEAT MEANS  THE REST OF THE CROP WILL CATCH UP SOON.    <"THE CROP FOR THE MOST PART SEEMS TO BE RESPONDING TO THE HEAT  AND GROWING. YOU CAN SEE IT CHANGING."> REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. 

CROP COMMENTS
EXCESSIVE RAIN POUNDING GROUND FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TO THE WESTERN CORN BELT, MIKE HOFFMAN HAS THE LATEST. HERES SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERY DAY -  TOM WE-BA-SICK WIEBESIEK IN DAVIS, SOUTH DAKOTA  TAKING A KAYAK OUT TO HIS FLOODED SOYBEAN FIELD  AS RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL. UNFORTUNATELY,  THERE'S MORE RAIN IN THE FORECAST OVER THE NEXT  COUPLE OF DAYS.  THE RAIN HAS FLOODED FIELDS IN MANY AREAS. JUSTIN FASTERT SHOWING A PLETHORA OF WATER  EXPANDING INTO ROCK RAPIDS, IOWA WITH MORE RAIN  ON THE WAY AS WELL. ALSO WE'LL GET TO THOSE IN A MOMENT BUT FIRST HERE'S MY WIND SPEED FORECAST. YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT IN THE SOUTHERN LAKES  PARTS OF WEST TEXAS A LITTLE BIT ON THE WINDY SIDE AFTERNOON. NO  EASTERN ROCKIES MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES CONTINUES TO BE ON THE BREEZY SIDE A LITTLE BIT OF WIND TO START  TODAY TOMORROW FROM TEXAS OVER TOWARD MISSISSIPPI AND THEN AS  USUAL DURING THE AFTERNOON WILL INCREASE WIND SPEEDS MAINLY TEXAS THE SOUTHEAST IN MUCH OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN  ROCKIES. WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FORECAST COMING UP. FIRST  THOUGH HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
IT MAY BE EARLY IN THE GROWING SEASON BUT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT POST HARVEST DECISION NEXT AT THE  AGRIBUSINESS DESK. AND LATER, DOES YOUR FIELD HAVE TOO MUCH  WATER....THE EXPERTS FROM CORN COLLEGE TV HAVE  SOME THOUGHTS ON MANAGING THROUGH THOSE  CHALLENGES.

AGRIBUSINESS
<HERE AT THE AGROBUSINESS DESK WITH BRIAN ROACH ROACH AG  MARKETING. ALL RIGHT BRIAN WHAT WHAT HAPPENS POST HARVEST TO  THOSE SALES. WELL WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH A FAIR AMOUNT INVENTORY THAT GOES TO THE BIN FARM STORES IN THE U.S. IS AS LARGE  AS IT IS. WE'VE ADDED A BUNCH OF STORT YEAH. SO WE GOT TO  MAKE ROOM FOR THE FOR THE NEW CROP AND WE'LL END UP WITH VINCE FULL AGAIN I'M SURE. AND I THINK THAT THE BIGGEST WORLD'S SURPLUSES  OF CORN AND SOYBEANS EVEN IF WE HAVE BIG CROPS WILL STILL BE  TIGHTER THAN THEY WERE OVER THE LAST PAST THE PAST THREE YEARS. OK. ALL RIGHT. SURE. AND YOU KNOW CRAIG WAS TALKING EARLIER  ABOUT VOLATILITY AS WE START TO BRING THE STOCK TO USE RATIOS DOWN.  I THINK IT CREATES MORE VOLATILITY MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TRADE  TO COME IN AND BUY IT OR SELL IT TO MAKE TO MAKE IT CREATE  OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE MONEY. AND THE FARMER HAS A FRIEND IT'S CALLED A SPECULATOR WHO WANTS TO BUY THE MARKET HIGHER UNTIL  THEY DON'T SEE A REASON TO DO IT. RIGHT. AND SO WE'LL LOOK FOR THAT  TO COME BACK PLAY A ROLE IN TAKING PRICES UP TO A LEVEL THAT THE U.S. FARMER WANTS TO SELL IT AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. AND I  THINK THAT IF YOU LOOK OUT INTO ALL THE WAY OUT INTO JUNE OF 19 THAT  WE OUGHT TO HAVE REALLY GOOD MARKETS AND I'M I'M I'M VERY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT MARKETS TODAY. THIS THING WITH CHINA AND HOW  WE'RE HANDLING THAT IS I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU WHAT YOU THOUGHT  HOW THAT MIGHT PLAY INTO THIS. SO ONE OF THE THREE MOST OF ALL THE THINGS THAT I'VE TALKED ABOUT HERE TODAY IN SOUTH BEND IT'S BEEN I  KNOW THE LEAST ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW HAS THE LEAST IDEA OF THE  OUTCOME AND I KNOW IT'S GOING TO GO TIT FOR TAT. AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY CAN PROBABLY WITH ANY ACCURACY PREDICT WHERE IT'S GOING  TO GO. I DO THINK IT'S A IT'S A BIG BOY NEGOTIATION THAT AT SOME POINT  WE BOTH HAVE SOMETHING TO LOSE ALTHOUGH WHITE HOUSE THINKS  WE HAVE A LOT MORE TO GAIN. SO LET'S JUST HOPE IT PLAYS OUT THAT  WAY. BUT NONETHELESS WE HAVE BIG DEMAND NUMBERS. AND SOYBEANS AT A TIME WHEN ARGENTINA HAD A HUGE PROBLEM RIGHT.22 23 MILLION TON CUT IN PRODUCTION AND WE'RE WE'RE ALSO LOOKING  AT THE BRAZILIAN CROP GETTING SMALLER AS WE GO. AND I THINK THAT AS  YOU KIND OF GO INTO ALL THE WAY OUT TO JULY OF 19 THAT SHOULD GIVE  US SOME GOOD OPPORTUNITIES. ALL RIGHT. I LIKE OPPORTUNITIES LITTLE  GOOD NEWS. APPRECIATE IT. WE'LL BE BACK MORE A MINUTE. 0>

WEATHER
<WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY HERE IWTH MIKE HOFFMAN HERE LOOKING  AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR AND MIKE. ONE THING I NOTICED RIGHT AWAY  IS THAT THERE ARE SOME PLACES THAT HAVE GOTTEN RAINS IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO THAT MAYBE HAVEN'T SHOWN UP HERE YEAH SOMETIMES  THIS TAKES A LITTLE BIT WHILE THEY GET THOSE FACTORED IN. BUT THERE  ARE SOME SPOTS LIKE IN NORTHEAST TEXAS SOUTH TEXAS THAT HAVE GOTTEN A DECENT AMOUNT OF RAIN RECENTLY BUT THEY'VE GOTTEN A LITTLE  DRIER ON THE DROUGHT MONITOR SO WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THINGS  SHAKE OUT NEXT WEEK AND SEE HOW THINGS LOOKED AT THAT POINT. IT'S STILL REALLY DRY NORTHERN MISSOURI FAR SOUTHERN IOWA ALL THE WAY  DOWN INTO THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA BACK INTO THE  FOUR CORNERS REGION OUT OF FOUR CORNER REGION CONTINUES TO BE THE  WORST AREA BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN POCKETS OF RAIN IN THESE  AREAS FROM THE MISSOURI VALLEY DOWN INTO THE SOUTHWESTERN PLAINS. SO WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT BUT THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH  DROUGHT. NORTHERN IOWA SOUTHERN MINNESOTA KIND OF IN A BIG ARC  THERE INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY BECAUSE THE RAINS JUST KEEP HITTING THE SAME AREAS WHICH IS UNFORTUNATE IN THOSE AREAS AS  WELL. HERE'S WHAT FOUR WEEKS AGO IT LOOKED LIKE. SO YOU CAN SEE  HOW THESE AREAS HAVE GOTTEN DRIER OR THE LIKE. CLINTON AND I POINTED OUT THERE HAS BEEN SOME RAIN IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS  JUST IN THE PAST FEW DAYS. SO WE'LL SEE HOW THAT SHAKES OUT NEXT  WEEK IN THE NEXT DROUGHT MONITOR. BUT LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP TODAY. VERY SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM SOUTHERN  ILLINOIS. WE'LL CONTINUE TO TRACK EASTWARD THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH  OF JUST STEADY RAIN TO THE NORTH OF IT. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  SCATTERED THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY NOT  WIDESPREAD HERE BUT IT'S MORE WIDESPREAD TO THE NORTH OF THE SYSTEM. NEXT SYSTEM KIND OF COME IN SLOWLY THROUGH MONTANA.  THAT WILL SPREAD SOME POCKETS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS  ALONG THIS WARM FRONT. SEE ONE THERE ON OUR COMPUTER MODEL AS  WE HEAD INTO TOMORROW MORNING PARTS OF ARKANSAS IT DEVELOPS  ANOTHER ONE OVER PARTS OF OKLAHOMA NORTHERN TEXAS WHICH  WOULD BE GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE AREAS BY LATER IN THE DAY  TOMORROW. THIS STORM SYSTEM FINALLY STARTING TO MOVE EASTWARD AND RESTARTING TO SEE MORE MOISTURE INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS  AGAIN WITH THAT NEXT SYSTEM. THERE IS THE PAST 24 HOURS FOR  PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 YOU CAN SEE THE MAJORITY FALLING FROM CHICAGO TO THE MID-ATLANTIC AND IN SCATTERED  THROUGH PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST. HIT AND MISS ACROSS THE PLAIN  STATES VERY HOT THIS AFTERNOON IN TEXAS. MUCH COOLER IN THOSE CLOUDY AREAS SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC. LOW  TEMPERATURES NIGHT LOTS OF 60S ACROSS THE CORN BELT MUGGY 70S  IN THE SOUTHEAST AND THEN YOU CAN SEE THOSE ARE PRETTY PLEASANT TEMPERATURES ACROSS MOST OF THE CORN BELT BUT THAT IS HIGH HEAT  AND HUMIDITY IN TEXAS. THERE IS THAT CUTOFF LOW IN THE JET STREAM  THAT FINALLY FOLDS INTO THE MAIN JET. AS YOU CAN SEE WE GET A QUICK  LITTLE RIDGE OVER THE GREAT LAKES EARLY IN THE WEEK AND THEN WE  KIND OF GO ZONE ALL FIRST TIME THE MAPS LOOK LIKE THAT AND WHILE THAT'S BY NEXT FRIDAY THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S  TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS FIRST OF ALL BOISE IDAHO PARTLY  SUNNY AND A LITTLE BIT WARMER TODAY A HIGH OF 86 DEGREES BARTLESVILLE OKLAHOMA PARTLY SUNNY AND MORE COMFORTABLE WITH A  HIGH OF 84. AND CLARKSBURG WEST VIRGINIA CLOUDS WITH SHOWERS  AND A THUNDERSTORM HIGH OF 78 DEGREES. 0>

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK THE CHALLENGES OF TOO MUCH WATER.  TIPS FROM CORN COLLEGE TV. AND LATER, IS 85 DEGREES SWELTERING OR A COOL DOWN. WE'LL MAKE FARM SENSE OF IT...COMING UP.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE TV
THERE'S BEEN PLENTY OF FLOODED SPOTS IN THE WESTERN CORN BELT THIS SEASON. FARM JOURNAL  FIELD AGRONOMIST KEN FERRIE HAS SOME THOUGHTS  ON MANAGING THESE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES  ON TODAY'S CORN COLLEGE TV. <0YOU KNOW THAT WE CALL IT THE BATHTUB RING WHICH MEANS THAT WE  HAD PONDING OUT IN HERE THAT BROUGHT THIS RESIDUE UP AND MAKES  IT A CHALLENGE TO PLANT INTO THAT TYPE OF THING. BUT PROBABLY THE BIGGER THING TO TAKE HOME IS WHAT'S THE AREA LIKE THIS THAT STAYS  SATURATED OR PONDING THAT CHANGES HOW THAT CORN IS GOING TO  GROW. SO IT'S AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM. SO WE COME OUT HERE AND WE LOOK FOR UNIFORMITY WE WANT UNIFORM SPACING AND WE WANT  GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FROM PLANT TO PLANT RIGHT BECAUSE THAT'S  THINGS THAT WE MANAGE. THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL SITUATION THAT IS  PROBABLY TIED TO IN THIS CASE IT'S TIED TO TOPOGRAPHY. THAT'S A LOW  LYING AREA IN THE FIELD IT TAKES A LOT OF WATER ON. IT'S ALSO TIED TO  DRAINAGE. IT DOESN'T HAVE GOOD DRAINAGE AND IN THIS CASE WE'RE  ALSO FIGHTING HIGH PH SO YOU HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT ARE GOING TO SLOW THIS CORN DOWN. THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE IT SOME  CHALLENGES SO YOU START TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHEN YOU USE THINGS  LIKE THERMAL IMAGES YIELD MAPS AND FIELD SCOUTING AND FOR THIS PARTICULAR GROWER HE KNOWS WHEN IT'S TIME TO PULL NITRATES TO  DECIDE HOW MUCH NITROGEN HE'S GOING TO SIDE DRESS. HE'S GOT TO  CHECK THAT AREA BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT THAN  THESE AREAS OVER HERE THAT ARE ELEVATED THAT TYPE OF PRESSURE  AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSES THERE MAY NOT BE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THEM. AND THERE MAY BE IN THIS CASE AND MAYBE YOU  CAN GET SOME DRAINAGE IN THERE AND MAYBE YOU CAN DO SOME  SURFACE DRAINAGE TO SLOW DOWN THAT WATER. BUT A LOT OF TIMES  THERE IS NOT AN OUTLET. THERE'S A REASON WHY THEY'RE NOT DRAINED  AND YOU HAVE TO FARM WITH THAT RESTRICTION. SO THAT MEANS MANAGING YOUR NITROGEN MEANS MANAGING YOUR DISEASE  ESPECIALLY YOUR SEEDLING BLIGHT'S THINGS LIKE THAT AGAIN YIELD  MAPS THERMAL IMAGES JUST FLAT OUT SCOURING THE FIELD AND LOOKING FOR THOSE ZONES THAT GET STRESSED EARLY AND THEN REMEMBER YOU  GOTTA COME BACK HERE PER OPTICALLY THROUGHOUT THE GROWING  SEASON TO SEE HOW THIS AREA IS DOING VERSUS THAT AREA TO GET A  GOOD SCOUTING PROCEDURE IN PLAY OUT HERE IN THE FIELD. SO. > 

TEASE
WE'LL STICK WITH WEATHER AND THE SUMMER SUN. NEXT ON FARM SENSE. 

IN THE COUNTRY
YESTERDAY WAS THE OFFICIAL FIRST DAY OF SUMMER AND THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR. BUT IT'S FELT  LIKE SUMMER FOR A COUPLE MONTHS NOW. BOTH MAY AND JUNE ON TRACK TO BE SOME OF THE WARMEST ON RECORD. I FIND IT INTERESTING HOW DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE  COUNTRY HANDLE EXTREME TEMPERATURES. FOR  INSTANCE, WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO NORTHERN INDIANA  FOR AGDAY, I REMEMBER A WOMAN FROM THE OFFICE  WALKING IN AFTER LUNCH EXASPERATED BY THE HEAT-- SAYING IN HER BEST NORTHERN ACCENT, "IT'S SO HOT  OUTSIDE, I THINK MY HEELS ARE SINKING INTO THE  PAVEMENT." IT WAS 85.  IN OKLAHOMA, 85 IS A COOL  FRONT DURING JUNE. MY KIDS - TWO OF WHICH WERE  BORN HERE - REACT THE SAME WAY TO ANYTHING  OVER 80...CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW HOT  IT IS. NOW ON THE FLIP SIDE, IN THE WINTER, 60  DEGREES IS SHORTS AND FLIP FLOP WEATHER HERE-- WHILE IN OKLAHOMA THAT'S A CUE FOR MY MOTHER IN  LAW TO START THE WOOD STOVE. I GUESS I'VE LEARNED TEMPERATURES ARE WHAT YOU OF MAKE THEM, AND IT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE HOW OUR  BODIES CAN ADJUST TO THE CARDS THAT ARE DEALT.  SO AS WE PASS THE HALF WAY POINT OF THE YEAR I  GUESS ALL I CAN SAY IS STAY COOL AND MERRY  CHRISTMAS...WE CAN'T CONTROL THE WEATHER AND  REMEMBER IN SIX MONTHS, YOU'LL BE WISHING FOR  MORE DAYS OF SUMMER.  

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. 

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