AgDay Daily Recap - June 25, 2018

June 25, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JUNE 25, 2018

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NEW TARGETS FOR BIOFUEL BLENDING. BUT SEPARATION EXISTS OVER ETHANOL WAIVERS. "THIS ISSUE IS DIVISIVE AND OFTEN IT PITS REFINERS VERSUS AGRICULTURE."SWEEPING CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE. " I CALL THIS THE 'DRAIN THE SWAMP CABINET MEETING.'MACHINERY PETE WILL HELP WITH YOUR LAWN! AND MARKET-PREPPING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD. 

FINDING COMMON GROUND WITH RFS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION  CONTINUES TO SEARCH FOR A WIN-WIN FOR THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD,  CHANGES TO THE POLICY STILL FACING PUSHBACK. EARLY ESTIMATES SHOW E-P-A WILL CALL FOR 19-POINT-NINE BILLION GALLONS  OF BIOFUELS BE BLENDED INTO THE NATION'S GASOLINE AND DIESEL SUPPLY IN 2019.  THAT'S ABOUT THREE PERCENT HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO. BREAKING IT DOWN, EPA WILL REQUIRE 15 BILLION GALLONS FOR CONVENTIONAL  BIOFUELS, LIKE CORN BASED ETHANOL. THAT'S UNCHANGED FROM LAST YEAR. THE EPA ADMINISTERS THE R-F-S - A LAW FIRST SIGNED IN 2007 - THAT REQUIRES REFINERS TO BLEND BIOFUELS INTO THE FUEL SUPPLY. OTHERWISE THOSE  REFINERS MUST BUY CREDITS TO BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. BUT SOME REFINERS WERE GRANTED WAIVERS FROM THE LAW. ETHANOL  SUPPORTERS ARE WONDERING WHO'S GOING TO MAKE-UP THE DIFFERENCE IN  MEETING THOSE BIOFUEL QUOTAS. AND DESPITE SEVERAL HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO FIND COMMON GROUND, THE TWO SIDES HAVE NOT COME TO TERMS....AS TYNE  MORGAN REPORTS. IT'S A BIOFUELS BATTLE INGRAINED IN CONTROVERSY NEWS RIPPLED THROUGH THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT  THE PRESIDENT PLANNED TO RELEASE A BIOFUELS PLAN THAT ALLOWED E15 YEAR-ROUND, BUT THE RUMORED PLAN ALSO WOULD PLACE RENEWABLE  INDENTICATION NUMBERS, OR RINS- ON ETHANOL EXPORTS.  AFTER AN UPROAR FROM PRO-ETHANOL GROUPS, THE PRESIDENT PAUSED THAT RELEASE. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE TALKING TO U-S FARM  REPORT THE MORNING AFTER THAT DECISION. WELL THE PRESIDENT TOLD ME LAST NIGHT HE WAS NOT GOING TO SIGN ANYTHING THAT  FARMERS WEREN'T HAPPY WITH IT. YOU KNOW THERE'S BEEN SOME CONCERN OVER ATTACHING RINS TO  THE EXPORT CREDITS THERE.  I THINK THAT'S AGAIN A SUPPORT THAT HE'S TRIED TO GIVE OUR FARMERS ALL ALONG AND FULFILL HIS  COMMITMENT TO RFS HE MADE DURING THE CAMPAIGN.IT'S THAT COMMITTMENT FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THAT HAD THE RENEWABLE  FUELS ASSOCIATION THANKING THE PRESIDENT IN THIS COMMERCIAL.  FAMILY FARMS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE GOING TO RPOTECT THE RENEWABLE FUELS  STANDARD. THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT FOR YORU LEADERSHIP AS R-F-A AND OTHER GROUPS CONTINUE TO HOLD THE PRESIDENT'  ADINSTRATION TO THAT PROMISE, PERDUE SAYS SUMMERTIME E15 IS STILL IN THE WORKS..  WE DON'T NEED TO LAY OUT THE PATHWAY NECESSARILY BUT WE WON'T STOP. IT'S  IMPORTANT WE THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.  WHITE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR MARC SHORT TELLING AGDAY THAT WHILE  THE ADMINSTRATION UNDERSTANDS AGRICULTURE'S DESIRES ON THE R-F-S, AN  R-V-P WAIVER MAY NOT COME WITHOUT CONCESSIONS.  THIS ISSUE IS DIVISIVE AND OFTEN IT PITS REFINERS VERSUS AGRICULTURE. WHAT THE PRESIDENT  WORKING ON WITH SEVERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO SAY IF WE WERE TO PROVIDE E15 FOR 12 MONTHS A YEAR AS A RULE , THEN COULD WE ALSO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF TO REFINERS THAT ALLOWS THEM  TO GET CREDIT FOR EXPORTING RINS, WHICH IS REALLY PRETTY TECHNICAL, BUT WE THINK THAT WOULD HELP  BOOST DEMAND FOR ETHANOL, DEMAND FOR ONE WOULD HELP FARMERS. WE THINK THAT'S A WIN WIN  FLORMULA.ONE ISSUE CREATING WAVES WITHIN THE ADMINSTRATION  IS EPA'S RECENT  WORK TO GRANT SMALL REFINERY WAIVERS, WHEN IN REALITY, COURT  DOCUMENTS SHOW THOSE WAIVERS ARE GOING TO LARGE OIL REFINERS. WE'RE FAIRLY FRUSTRATED ABOUT THAT, HONESTLY, AND I VIEWED IT SORT OF AS A  CIRCUMVENTION OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS INSISTED OVER THE 15 BILLION GALLON. I THINK MOST IN AG  INDUSTRY AND ETHANOL INDUSTRY FELT THE SAME WAY. > IT'S THAT ACTION THAT TOOK OVER SENATE FARM BILL DISCUSSIONS THIS  MONTH.  RECENT REPORTS INDICATE THAT THOUSANDS OF SMALL REFINERY WAIVERS AHVE BEEN GRANTED TO LARGE  REFINING COMPANIES, EFFECTIVELY REDUCING THE 15 BILLION GALLON TARGET FOR THE RVO, THE RENEWABLE VOLUME OBLIGATIONS.MINNESOTA SENATOR AMY KLOBACHAR WITHDRAWING HER BIOEFUELS  PROPOSAL FROM THE SENATE FARM BILL, BUT SAYING IT'S A FIGHT SHE'S NOT GIVING UP.  RECENT REPORTS HAVE NOTEDT HAT THE EPA HAS ALREAD ISSUED 25 HARDSHIP WIVERS SO FAR THIS YEAR.KLOBACHAR ALONG WITH IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY SENDING A NOTE TO  THE EPA IN APRIL TO LET THE AGENCY KNOW THE WAIVERS ARE BAD FOR THE  INDUSTRY AND THE R-F-S.  PRUITT WAS IN KANSAS AND THE NEWS REPORTS SAY THAT HE SAYS THE AUTHORITY FOR WH EN WAIVERS  ARE GIVEN FOR THOSE GALLONS THAT AREN'T MIXED BECAUSE OF THAT WAIVER, THAT HE CAN REALLOCATE. WELL, HE OUGHT TO BE REALLOCATING. ETHANOL GROUPS PETITIONING EPA THIS WEEK TO CHANGE ITS REGULATIONS  TO ACCOUNT FOR LOST VOLUMES OF RENEWABLE FUEL.. MIXED MESSAGES FROM EPA ADMINSTRATOR PRUITT HAS BEEN A VOCALIZED  PAIN POINT FOR IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY.  IF PRUITT CAN'T DELIVER, I WANT SOMEONE ELSE IN THERE WHO CAN DO IT.AS PRUITT FACES MORE THAN A DOZEN FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS FOR  CONTROVERSIAL ACTIONS, IT'S QUESTIONS ABOUT OVER THE R-F-S FARM GROUPS HOPE GET CLEARED UP SOON, AS CORN PRICES ARE IN A FREE FALL,  NOW BACK BELOW BREAK-EVEN PRICES ON THE FARM.  UNDER FEDERAL LAW, THE EPA HAS UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH TO FINALIZE THE ANNUAL BIOFUEL TARGETS. 

SENATE FARM BILL
AS SOON AS TODAY, THE SENATE FARM BILL IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP IT'S  VERSION OF A NEW FARM BILL. DEBATE MAY START MONDAY WITH THE A POSSIBLE VOTE ON THE BILL TUESDAY.  SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAYING STRATEGICALLY ITS A GOOD IDEA FOR REPUBLICANS TO GET A FARM BILL DONE BEFORE THE  ELECTIONS.  

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION
WHO OVERSEES THE FOOD WE EAT? THERE'S NO EASY ANSWER - AND ONE REASON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION  WANTS TO RE-ORGANIZE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN ORDER IN MARCH 2017 CALLING FOR A REVIEW OF  THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ITS GOAL WAS TO IDENTIFY REDUNDANCIES. MANY OF THE PROPOSALS WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL AND  ARE EXPECTED TO FACE SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND  SOME REPUBLICANS.MICK MULVANEY - WHO'S DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET - PRESENTED THE PLAN AT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CABINET MEETING. "IF YOU MAKE A CHEESE PIZZA, IT'S GOVERNED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. IF YOU PUT PEPPERONI ON IT THAT'S GOVERNED BY THE USDA. IF YOU HAVE A CHICKEN, IT'S GOVERNED BY THE USDA. IF THAT CHICKEN LAYS AN EGG, IT'S COVERED BY THE FDA. BUT IF YOU BREAK THE EGG AND  MAKE IT INTO AN OMELET, THAT IS NOW COVERED AGAIN BY THE USDA. IF YOU HAVE AN OPEN FACE  ROAST BEEF SANDWICH, THAT'S ONE OR THE OTHER, BUT YOU PUT IT PUT THE BREAD ON TOP OF IT, IT'S THE  OTHER ONE. A HOT DOG, THE HOT DOG MEAT IS GOVERNED BY ONE, YOU PUT IT IN A BUN, IT'S GOVERNED  BY ANOTHER. ONE OF MY FAVORITES, IF YOU HAVE A SALTWATER FISH, YOU HAVE A SALMON, AND IT'S IN  THE OCEAN, IT'S GOVERNED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. ONCE IT SWIMS UP RIVER, IT'S GOVERNED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. AND TO GET THERE IT HAS TO GO UP A FISH LADDER  GOVERNED BY THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THIS IS STUPID. THIS IS JUST, THIS MAKES NO  SENSE.SOME OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES INCLUDE RENAMING THE DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND PUBLIC  WELFARE. AND THAT AGENCY WOULD TAKEOVER GOVERNMENT FOOD  PROGRAMS - LIKE SNAP - FROM USDA. THE PLAN WOULD ALSO REORGANIZE USDA'S FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION  SERVICE AND THE FOOD SAFETY FUNCTIONS OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION INTO A SINGLE AGENCY WITHIN USDA. THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL WOULD MOVE USDA'S RURAL HOUSING PROGRAM TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.  

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN IS HERE THIS MORNING FOR CROP COMMENTS. MIKE GOOD MORNING, CLINTON.  LET'S START OFF IN BROADVIEW, MONTANA MICHELLE JONES SAYS HAYING SEASON HAS BEEN IN A WEEK LONG RAIN DELAY  DUE TO 2 AND A HALF TO 3 AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN. WE'VE ALREADY EXCEEDED OUR TOTAL AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL FOR THE YEAR.  OVER IN SHICKLEY, NEBRASKA. JEREMY ROW SHOWING US THE DAILY  BREAKFAST  ROUTINE FOR HIS FAT CATTLE. HE RECEIVED SOME RAIN WHICH  POUNDED  THE WESTERN CORN BELT BUT SAID HE WAS FORTUNATE COMPARED  TO OTHER FARMS.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE DROUGHT MONITOR YOU CAN SEE THE DRY AREAS STILL FROM NORTHERN MISSOURI INTO THE PAIN HANDHOLDS OF OKLAHOMA TEXAS. BACK THROUGH THE FOUR CORNER REGION IN  OTHER PARTS OF TEXAS KIND OF TURNING DRY AS WELL. WE'LL CHECK OUT HOW MUCH RAIN FELL OVER THE  LAST WEEK AND HAVE YOUR FORECAST COMING UP. BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS. 

TEASE
LAST WEEK WAS TURBULENT FOR MARKETS. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK  WITH OUR ANALYSTS ABOUT EXPECTATIONS AND PRICE POTENTIAL HEADING  INTO ANOTHER BIG USDA REPORT. AND LATER, ITS SUMMER CAMP TIME FOR THESE KIDS IN LOUISIANA. 

FLOOR OF THE CME
IN AGRIBUSINESS LETS FIND OUT HOME MARKETS CLOSED FRIDAY.  FOR THAT WE HEAD TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME IN CHICAGO. SOYBEANS FINALLY REBOUNDED. SHORT COVERING RELIEVE SOME OF THE BEARISH PRESSURE. THANK  GOODNESS IT WAS LONG OVERDUE OVERALL OF THE FACT THAT WE WERE UP ABOUT 15 CENTS TODAY.  REALLY. SOUNDS GREAT BUT IT'S PRETTY SMALL IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS OF HOW LOW WE ACTUALLY WENT. SO WE HAVEN'T SEEN THESE NUMBERS IN QUITE A WHILE. SO THE RECOVERY COULD BE  SLOW AS LONG AS THE DEBT TALKS WITH CHINA AND THE TENSIONS ARE STILL GOING BACK AND FORTH SO  WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH THAT CLOSELY. CORN WAS FIRM BUT REALLY KIND OF STEADY TODAY. IT SEEMS THAT COMPETING FUNDAMENTAL NEWS IS HOLDING THE FUTURES UP. THERE HAS BEEN BETTER  EXPORTS FROM MEXICO AND PANAMA THAT'S A POSITIVE BUT FAVORABLE WEATHER IS CAPPING ANY REAL  RALLY POSSIBILITIES KEDO WAS STEADY TODAY. TRADERS WERE REALLY HOPING FOR A REPLAY OF LAST WEEK. WE WERE HOLDING OUR BREATH ALL WEEK TRYING TO GET SOMETHING GOING HERE WE'RE NOT  SURE HOW IT WAS THERE HAS BEEN SOME CATTLE SALES. THAT'S ALL FROM THE FLOOR AT THE CME GROUP  HERE IN CHICAGO. I'M VIRGINIA MCGAHEY

AGRIBUSINESS
HERE AT THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK. WE HAVE MATT BENNETT AND DUWAYNE BOSSE JOINING US TO TALK ABOUT WHAT ARE WE LEARNED LAST WEEK GUYS. MARCUS WE'RE KIND OF A MESS. WE HAVE SOME TARIFFED TALKS. WE'VE HAD SOME UPS AND DOWNS IT'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT WILD. MATT WE'LL START WITH YOU WHAT DO YOU THINK TARIFFS ARE BAD. YOU KNOW I'M A FARMER HAS TO UNDERSTAND PRODUCERS HAVE TO UNDERSTAND. WE'VE HAD SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO MARKET THIS YEAR IN LEVELS WE DIDN'T REALLY EXPECT WE WERE GOING TO GET IT ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN JANUARY AND SO THIS WEEK HAS BEEN A STARK REMINDER FOR US THAT NO MATTER HOW BULLISH YOU WANT TO GET NO MATTER HOW FRIENDLY YOU WANT TO GET THE MARKET FOR THE RIGHT REASONS YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S AROUND THE CORNER AND YOU CAN SLEEP A WHOLE LOT BETTER AT NIGHT. WHENEVER YOU LOCK IN PROFIT MARGINS YOU KNOW IT PH LEVELS WHICH WE HAD A CHANCE TO DO FOR QUITE SOME TIME THIS YEAR. WAYNE WHAT DID YOU LEARN AS LAST WEEK I LEARNED THIS YEAR IS MUCH MORE VOLATILE THAN LAST YEAR. A STORY ABOUT FALLING ASLEEP WATCHING THE MARKETS AT THIS TIME BUT I REALLY JUST DOUBLE UP ON EVERYTHING MATT SAID. YEAH TARIFFS ARE BAD. THEY'RE VERY BAD I GUESS. BUT REMEMBER THAT THESE MARKETS TRADE ON EMOTIONS AND LIKE MASSES IF YOU STEP BACK AND LOOK AT THE BIG FUNDAMENTAL PICTURE IT'S NOT AS BAD AS IT REALLY WAS THIS WEEK. WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT DIDN'T MOVE FURTHER. WERE EITHER OF YOU SURPRISED BY THAT. FURTHER DOWN FURTHER DOWN THAT WE DIDN'T SEE MORE. NO I GUESS I WAS SURPRISED AS FAR DOWN AS IT WENT. FUNDS ARE GETTING SHORT NOW IN IT MET AND I HAVE TALKED BEFORE I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S A GOOD IDEA WHEN WE STILL HAVE A WEATHER WINDOW OPEN HERE. YOU KNOW IT'S NOT THE TIME OF YEAR YOU USUALLY SEE THEM GET SHORT. RIGHT. SO TO MY SURPRISE IT DIDN'T GO DOWN MORE. NOT REALLY. YOU KNOW WE'VE TAKEN SUCH A STARK MOVE IN SOYBEANS ALMOST TWO DOLLARS LOWER THAN THAT. TO ME THAT'S ENOUGH YOU KNOW TO GET THE ATTENTION OF EVERYONE AND WE DO HAVE CHEAP BEANS ON THE WORLD MARKET. I DO THINK IT'S A GOOD THING FOR US FROM A DEMAND PERSPECTIVE IN MY OPINION. WE'VE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE FOR THE TIME BEING I THINK GOING INTO THIS TIME OF YEAR. BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE IF THE FUNDS TRY TO PILE ON SHORTS BECAUSE I JUST DON'T SEE THAT HAPPENING. REAL QUICK DWAYNE WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEK AS WE GET THROUGH GET STARTED. WE'LL BE LOOKING AT THE ACREAGE REPORT THE END OF THIS WEEK DEFINITELY ACRES ARE SWINGING EITHER WAY AS ALWAYS A BIG DEAL ON THE FUNDAMENTAL SUPPLY DEMAND. RIGHT WE'LL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK AGDAY HERE WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN AND MIKE AS WE LOOK AT THE  RAINFALL OVER THE PAST WEEK WE CAN SEE WHERE THAT SYSTEM REALLY WORKED UP THROUGH TEXAS  BUT IT STAYED EAST DIDN'T GO VERY FAR WEST THE MODELS KIND OF HAD IT GOING FARTHER WEST INTO  CENTRAL TEXAS BUT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN. SO ALL THAT RAIN REALLY DID MISS CENTRAL PORTIONS OF TEXAS AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. I WANT TO POINT OUT A FEW THINGS THOUGH. YOU CAN SEE PARTS OF THE  PANHANDLE OF TEXAS OKLAHOMA SOUTHWEST KANSAS HAD TWO TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN. IF YOU SPOT SOUTHERN ARKANSAS OVER INTO NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA BUT THE BULK OF THE RAIN FELL IN  TWO PLACES ONE WAS A VERY SMALL AREA ALTHOUGH IT INCLUDES A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE FROM  BROWNSVILLE CORPUS CHRISTI UP THROUGH HOUSTON WITH AREAS GETTING THREE TO SIX EVEN UP TO EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN IN PLACES THAT MOISTURE THAT TROPICAL LIKE SYSTEM THEN MOVED FARTHER  NORTH. NOW FARTHER NORTH IS WHERE WE HAD WIDESPREAD SOAKING RAINS. LOOK AT ALL THE RAIN  BASICALLY FROM NORTHWEST KANSAS ON UP INTO THE RAPID CITY AREA OVER ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND NORTHERN IOWA AREAS THAT DON'T NEED THE RAIN AT ALL INTO THE WESTERN GREAT  LAKES. MUCH OF THAT AREA ENDED UP WITH 2 3 INCHES OF RAIN. SOME PLACES EVEN A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THAT. HERE'S THE JETSTREAM AS WE START THIS WEEK. WE HAVE ANOTHER SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM ALMOST TO CUT OFF THEY'RE MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHERN NORTHERN PLAIN STATES INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK. LOTS OF HEAT THROUGH THE SOUTH AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE END OF THE WEEK KIND OF ZONAL FLOW FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME AND THEN IT LOOKS  LIKE A TROUGH DEVELOPS OUT WEST NEXT WEEKEND THAT BUILDS A RIDGE AND SOME HEAT INTO THE  GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST AND THAT HE CONTINUES THROUGH THE SOUTHERN TIER OF STATES AS WELL.  HERE'S MY FORECAST FOR THIS WEEK AS FAR AS TEMPERATURES GO FROM NORTHEASTERN TEXAS ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES INTO MUCH OF THE NORTHEAST ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.  THAT INCLUDES MOST OF THE CORN BELT TENNESSEE OHIO VALLEYS BELOW NORMAL THEN FOR THE  NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES THE REST OF THE COUNTRY PRETTY CLOSE TO NORMAL I THINK FOR THIS  TIME OF THE YEAR PRECIPITATION FOR THIS WEEK. WITH THAT SLOW MOVING SYSTEM WE'RE TALKING ABOUT  THE EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA EASTERN NEBRASKA ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES GETTING ABOVE NORMAL AMOUNTS OF RAIN INTO THE NORTHEAST. NOW I'M HOPING THAT INCLUDES THOSE REALLY  DRY AREAS NORTHERN MISSOURI SOUTHERN IOWA. THAT'S GOING TO BE A CLOSE CALL ON THAT BELOW  NORMAL FOR TEXAS AND MOST OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS 30. THE OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES ABOVE  NORMAL IN THOSE DRY AREAS I THINK ABOVE IN THE SOUTHEAST MID-ATLANTIC ABOVE WESTERN STATES AND THEN ALSO FOUR CORNER REGION SOUTHWARD BELOW NORMAL ABOVE NORMAL EXPECTED FOR THE FAR  NORTHERN PLAINS ACROSS THE LOWER GREAT LAKES AND ALSO IN THE SOUTHWEST BELOW NORMAL  NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST. THAT'S A LOOK ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS HEADING TO ELY NEVADA. FIRST OF ALL LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND HOT TODAY HIGH OF 93  DEGREES ORANGEVILLE MINNESOTA MOSTLY CLOUDY SHOWERS AND A THUNDERSTORM LIKELY HIGH OF 73  AND DECATUR ALABAMA PARTLY SUNNY AN AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM IN SPOTS HIGH 92. 

TEASE
MACHINERY PETE IS COMING UP NEXT. STAY TUNED FOLKS. COMING UP WE'RE GOING TO TALK USED BATWING MOWER VALUES.AND LATER, WE'RE OFF TO CAMP WITH KIDS IN LOUISIANA WHERE THIS EVENT  HAS BEEN SHAPING LIVES FOR A CENTURY. 

MACHINERY PETE
SUMMER RAINS AND MOWING SEEM TO GO HAND IN HAND. MACHINERY PETE HELPS US OUT WITH ONE OF THOSE THINGS FROM HIS HOME OFFICE IN MINNESOTA. PETE WELL FOLKS WHEN IT'S TIME TO MOW IT'S TIME TO MOW WHICH MEANS THIS TIME OF YEAR IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO BUY A BAT WING MOWER YOU MIGHT PAY A LITTLE MORE MONEY FOR ONE. AND I ACTUALLY  SAW THIS PLAY OUT LAST THURSDAY ON SOLVANG AUCTIONEERS BIG ABSOLUTE CONSIGNMENT AUCTION IN  HAMILTON ILLINOIS WHERE THIS SUPER SHARP 2015 MODEL JOHN DEERE HX 15 15 FOOT BAT WHEN MOORE WAS UP FOR SALE AND IT WENT FOR FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. NOW I HAD TO GO BACK 42  MONTHS TO FIND ONE SOLD AS HIGH. AND THAT WAS BACK IN DECEMBER 14 ON OUR FARM AUCTION  NORTHEAST MISSOURI WORTH 13 MODEL NEVER BEEN USED SOLD FOR 16000 BUCKS. AND ACTUALLY THAT FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLAR SALE PRICE LAST THURSDAY. THAT'S A THIRD HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE EVER ON  HX15. NOW FOR A LITTLE COMPARISON HERE SOME PERSPECTIVE THE CURRENT AVERAGE AUCTION SALE  PRICE THIS YEAR AND PAYCHECK'S 15 IS NINE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY TWO DOLLARS. AND LAST YEAR AVERAGE AUCTION PRICE NINETY TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. NOW HERE'S THE REAL KICKER. THE  CURRENT AVERAGE DEALER ADVERTISED PRICE ON AN HX15 15 MODEL. THIRTEEN THOUSAND SEVEN  HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR DOLLARS. NOW FOLKS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BIT MORE AGAIN THERE ARE SOME GREAT DEALS DEALERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND IF YOU GO TO MACHINERY PETE DOT COM.  WE'VE GOT OVER A THOUSAND BAT WING MOWERS LISTED FOR SALE. TELL THOSE DEALERS YOU SAW IT ON  MACHINERY PETE DOT COM. 

TEASE
ONE HUNDRED YEARS IS A LONG TIME TO BUILD A LEGACY, NEXT WE'RE HEADED  TO LOUISIANA TO SEE HOW ONE 4-H CAMP HAS BEEN INFLUENCING KIDS FOR 10  DECADES.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY KUBOTA. SEE THE ALL-NEW KOMMANDER-PRO ZERO-TURN MOWER AT KUBOTA.COM.SUMMER CAMP IS A RITE OF PASSAGE FOR KIDS. AND FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS, YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGHOUT LOUISIANA HAVE  ATTENDED SUMMER CAMP AT A 4-H CENTER.  WHILE THE 4-H CAMPING PROGRAM HAS EVOLVED, HAVING FUN AND LEARNING  CONTINUE TO BE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS. LSU AGCENTER CORRESPONDENT CRAIG GAUTREAUX HAS THIS REPORT FROM 4-H CAMP. TRANQUIL TRAILS, MEANDERING CREEKS AND RUSTIC CABINS CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE GRANT  WALKER 4-H EDUCATIONAL CENTER LOCATED NEAR POLLOCK IN GRANT PARISH. BUT DURING A TYPICAL SUMMER WEEK, MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED CAMPERS WILL BE BUILDING, COOKING AND SWIMMING AS PART OF THE LSU AGCENTER'S 4-H SUMMER CAMPING PROGRAM. MO PARKS, WHO IS SERVING AS A  LIFEGUARD THIS YEAR, HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PROGRAM FOR MUCH OF HER LIFE. MO PARKS: I ENDED UP BECOMING A COUNSELOR FOR FIVE YEARS, SO THIS IS MY ELEVENTH YEAR AT  CAMP. IT'S LIKE A FAMILY, AND BASICALLY, IT CONTINUES TO GROW. CAMPERS ARE ALLOWED TO PICK FROM NUMEROUS TRACKS AND SPEND THE WEEK LEARNING  ABOUT THAT ONE TOPIC. ONE OF THE MORE POPULAR TRACKS INVOLVED WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTION. DESIRE CARTER: I LEARNED THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIFE JACKETS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR. THE DIFFERENT  TYPES OF BOATS YOU WOULD USE IN PLACES LIKE A LAKE OR IN AN OCEAN. CARTER KENDRICK: I DID MAKE A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS IN THIS TRACK, AND WE DID A LOT OF FUN STUFF.  THE COUNSELORS HERE WERE SUPER NICE TO US AND ALWAYS DID STUFF FOR US TO MAKE US HAPPY. 4-H CAMP IS KNOWN FOR MAKING MEMORIES, AND IT IS THESE MEMORIES THAT BRING PEOPLE BACK TO VOLUNTEER AND HELP SERVE AS STAFF. MICAH DENESSE: I LOVE COMING BACK OUT HERE. HONESTLY, IT'S A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN IN NORTH LOUISIANA THAT YOU DON'T GET TO GO TO TOO OFTEN, AND I ENJOY IT. CREATING A FUN EXPERIENCE IS VITAL TO ANY SUMMER CAMPING PROGRAM. AND WITH A  WIDE ASSORTMENT OF ACTIVITIES, IT WAS EVIDENT THE CAMPERS WERE ENJOYING THEMSELVES. DENESSE: REALLY ANYTHING OUTSIDE. I'VE NOTICED EVERYONE HAS A SMILING FACE, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HYDRATED, AND HAVING A GOOD TIME. THEY'RE LOVING JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING OUT HERE. NEARLY 3,000 STUDENTS WILL ATTEND THE CAMP DURING ITS NINE-WEEK RUN. 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 ALL OF US AT AGDAY I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. 

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