AgDay Daily Recap - March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 19, 2018

HEADLINES

PUTTING THE BREAKS ON FARM BILL TALKS. COUNTDOWN TO STEEL TARIFFS, AS EUROPE LOOKS FOR A WAY OUT OF PAYING. "THERE'S PLENTY TO DO IN WASHINGTON WE'LL TELL WHAT'S STILL A PRIORTIY  COMING UP ON AGDAY."  IN AGRIBUSINESS - MARKET IMPACT FROM POLICIES AND POLITICS. AND IS COTTON IN RECOVERY MODE? AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL  SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD..

FARM BILL HICCUPS, TARIFFS
GOOD MORNING I'M BETSY JIBBEN. WE'LL HEAR FROM CLINTON GRIFFITHS IN  JUST A FEW MINUTES. WE START OUR WEEK WITH A LONG LIST OF WASHINGTON POLICY ISSUES FACING  AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS, INCLUDING A DELAY IN RELEASING A  DRAFT OF THE FARM BILL. MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON DELIVERED A LETTER TO  CHAIRMAN MIKE CONAWAY LAST WEEK CRITICAL OF PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE NUTRITION TITLE. PETERSON IS THE HIGHEST RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE  COMMITTEE. THE LETTER WAS SIGNED BY THE OTHER DEMOCRATS ON THE AG COMMITTEE.  THEY WANT TO SEE MORE SPECIFIC TEXT OF THE BILL, AS IT PERTAINS TO  GOVERNMENT FOOD PROGRAMS LIKE 'SNAP'. THE LAWMAKERS - QUOTING HERE - "WE HAVE GROWN INCREASINGLY  CONCERNED ABOUT THE NUTRITION POLICIES BEING PUSHED BY THE MAJORITY. " PETERSON ENDED NEGOTIATIONS BECAUSE OF THE OBJECTIONS. ALSO FROM WASHINGTON COMMERCE SECRETARY WILBUR ROSS AND  EUROPEAN TRADE COMMISSIONER CECILIA MALMSTROM AGREE TO MEET THIS  WEEK TO DISCUSS U.S. TARIFFS ON FOREIGN STEEL AND ALUMINUM.  MALMSTROM SAYS THAT THE E-U - AS A CLOSE SECURITY ALLY OF THE U-S  - EXPECTS TO BE FULLY EXCLUDED FROM THE TARIFFS. MALMSTROM BELIEVES THE U-S USING "NATIONAL SECURITY" AS A REASON TO  IMPLEMENT THE TARIFFS IS NOTHING BUT A RUSE. "WE BELIEVE THAT THIS MEASURE IS A SAFEGUARD IN DISGUISE, THAT THE SECURITY EXCEPTION THAT  DOES EXIST IN THE WTO BUT WHICH IS MEANT TO BE USED FOR WAR TIMES IS MISUSED. SO WE ARE  WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE COULD WIN SUCH A CASE IN THE WTO AND WE'RE REACHING OUT TO OTHER  FRIENDS AND ALLIES TO SEE IF WE CAN MAKE A JOINT APPROACH TO THE WTO.""THE U.S. SAYS IT'S ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. THE E.U. SAYS THIS IS BLANENT PROTECTIONISM. I THINK  CHINA AND THE E.U. MAY GO TO THE WTO AND FILE A DISPUTE AND THAT CAN TAKE AWHILE. THE U.S.  MAY BE ASKED TO SEIZE AND ASSIST IF THE WTO FINDS SOMETHING AGAINST THE U.S. THEN CHINA  WOULD LEGALLY BE ABLE TO RETALIATE."THE TARIFFS MAY GO INTO EFFECT THIS WEEK. 

INFRASTRUCTURE
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 17 YEARS,  FIVE CABINET SECRETARIES MET IN ONE SENATE HEARING ROOM AND TESTIFIED  - AND THE TOPIC IS OVER RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE.  THE FIVE SECRETARIES - FROM DEPARTMENTS OF ENERGY, LABOR,  TRANSPORTATION, COMMERCE AND AND AG. SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE  STRESSING RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE GOALS ARE LONG REACHING FROM RURAL  ROADS TO RURAL BROADBAND.  CLINTON GRIFFITHS HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON.  THERE'S JUST SO MUCH HAPPENING HERE IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK THIS  MONTH ALOT OF ISSUES ON THE TABLE INCLUDING TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WE  JUST HAD THAT TAX REFORM THERE ARE SPENDING BILLS TO GET PASSED AND  THEN WE HAVE AN EASTER HOLIDAY WHERE DO WE FIND THE TIME FOR OTHER  ISSUES  ONE OF THOSE ISSUES INFRASTRUCTURE AND IT APPEARS THAT IS STILL  A PRIORITY FOR 2018. "IF WE CAN GET TO INFRASTRUCTURE DURING THIS SESSION AND THAT CAN GET BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT,  WHY, WE WILL BE WORKING FOR A RURAL CARVE-OUT. THERE'S A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN RURAL AREAS THAT  IS JUST NOT IN GOOD SHAPE. SO, REST ASSURED THAT WILL BE A PRIORITY FOR THIS COMMITTEE."> "THE OTHER THING IS ON BROADBAND - ACROSS AMERICA."THIS IS THE INTERESTATE HIGHWAY PROGRAM OF THE 21ST CENTURY - OVERALL." "THE OTHER THING THAT WE'VE GOT THE ATTENTION OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND REALLY ALL OF D.C. IS ON  BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY WITH PRECISION AGRICULTURE AND THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF WHAT WE  CAN DO OUT THERE IN THE IN THE E-COMMERCE ARENA. FARMERS ARE CREATIVE PEOPLE THEY'RE  INNOVATORS AND THEY ARE THEIR MARKETERS IN A WAY THAT IF WE GAVE THEM CONNECTIVITY TO THE  WORLD. IT'S AMAZING WHAT I THINK YOU COULD SEE BEING CREATED NOT JUST IN THE GARAGES IN SILICON  VALLEY BUT IN THE FARM SHEDS AND BARNS ACROSS AMERICA. THIS IS THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY  SYSTEM OF THE 21ST CENTURY. IT'S DATA AND IT'S CONNECTIVITY AND THE THINGS THAT IT INSPIRES. OUT HERE IN THE FIELDS AND FARMS AND FARMS SHEDS OF AMERICA COULD BE MONUMENTAL IN OUR  ECONOMY OVERALL."GETING INFRASTRUCTURE DONE IS ONE THING WE ALSO HAVE THE FARM BILL  SO MUCH STILL TO HAPPEN IN 2018 REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON DC I'M  CLINTON GRIFFITHS .

COTTON PLANTING INTENTIONS
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AG IS FORECASTING GLOBAL COTTON STOCKS TO FALL  TO A 6 MILLION BALE DECLINE, THE LOWEST SINCE THE 2011 THROUGH '12  SEASON. - CHINA IS ONE COUNTRY EXPECTED TO DECREASE ITS STOCKS  SIGNIFICANTLY.  IT'S JUST ONE OF MANY SIGNS WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY SWAY MORE ACRES  TO COTTON IN THE U.S.  WITH A NEW SAFETYNET, GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THROUGH A COST SHARE  GINNING PROGRAM AND A HIGHER PRICES, COULD COTTON BECOME KING?  PLANTING INTENTIONS ARE NOW TURNING INTO DECISIONS FOR THE 2018  SEASON.  BUT SOME GROWERS HAD A PLAN LONG AGO.  "USUALLY WE PLANT COTTON FOR 2 YEARS, AND THEN FOLLOW WITH PEANUTS ONE YEAR. WE PRETTY MUCH  STAY ON A ROTATION.""COTTON ACRES MAY GO UP A LITTLE BIT BUT I DON'T SEE IT GOING UP A WHOLE LOT." BOTH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE NATIONAL COTTON  COUNCIL EXPECTING CLIMGING COTTON ACRES IN 2018. "IN THIS PART OF TEXAS, IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 100 DAYS WITHOUT PRECEIPATION. SO THAT'S BROKEN A  RECORD,"SOMETHING NCC TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION FOR ITS SURVEY.  "THE STANDARD CONVENTION, YOU HAVE TO ASSUME ABANDONMENT IS CONSISTENT WITH 5 YEAR  AVERAGES. 9:03 HOWEVER, DUE TO THE DRY CONDITIONS IN THE SOUTHWEST, THE ASSUMED ABANDONMENT RATES FOR TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA WERE HIGHER THAN THE RECENT 5 YEAR AVERAGE.  IT'S A CONCERN BUT WE'RE NOT REALLY FACOTRING THAT BEING A MAJOR ISSUE UNLESS IT CARRIES ON TO  WHEN WE ACTUALLY GET INTO THE PLANTING SEASON,""I THINK THE SECOND FACTOR TO COTTON ISN'T JUST THE ACREAGE BUT THE WEATHER IN WEST TEXAS. THE  SAME FUNDAMENTALS DRIVING THE WHEAT STORY RIGHT NOW SHOULD HAVE AN INPACT ON COTTON, DESPITE DRYNESS, QUESTIONS ARE RAISED ABOUT THE REAL SIZE OF THE 2018  CROP.  "I THINK THE NUMBERS FROM NCC AND USDA ARE ON THE LOWER SIDE."" I DONT' THINK THERE WILL BE A WHOLE LOT MORE ANYWAYS. RIGHT NOW PRIVATE ESTIMATES SHOW  13.1, 13.2, THAT'S UP 4 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR. IT'S ABOUT 1 PERCENT INCREASE ACROSS GEORGIA."AG SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE ANNOUNCING EARLIER IN THE MONTH THE  COTTON INDUSTRY WILL RECEIVE MARKETING ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS FOR THE  2016 CROP - WITH A GINNING COST SHARE PROGRAM .  "IT WILL HELP TO FILL THE VOID UNTIL THE TITLE ONE SEED COTTON ARC AND PLC PROGRAMS IS  IMPLEMENTED WITH THE 2018 CROP YEAR."ENTERING TITLE I MAY BE THE BIGGEST AID. NOW OFFICIAL FOLLOWING MONTHS  OF LOBBYING.  "THE TWO MAIN TICKET ITEMS ARE COTTON AND DAIRY.THE STAX PROGRAM, INSURANCE PROGRAM WITH COTTON DIDN'T WORK VERY WELL.""WE NEED SOME TYPE OF SAFETY-NET,"COTTON IS NOW COVERED BY THE ARC AND PLC PROGRAMS.  "I DONT THINK THERE'S A SINGLE PERSON IN AG CIRCLES THAT WOULD TELL YOU COTTON AND DAIRY WEREN'T  THE COMMODITIES WITH THE POOREST SAFETYNET. SO THAT GOT RESOLVED."BUT THESE CHANGES AREN'T PERMANENT. THE COTTON INDUSTRY EITHER NEEDS TO LOBBY FOR AN  EXTENSION IN THE UPCOMING FARM BILL OR MAKE A NEW SAFETYNET.  IN ADDITION, ANALYSTS SAY FFARM BILL CHANGES ALONE WON'T SWAY ACRES.  WE HAVEN'T MET A FARMER YET WHO WOULD RATHER GET THEIR PAYMENTS WITH GOVERNMENT  PAYMENTS THAN THE MARKET,"BUT IT DOES MAKE KING COTTON MORE COMPETITIVE WITH ITS RIVAL, PEANUTS ESPECIALLY WITH MARKET  PRICE.  "PRODUCERS ARE NO LONGER FARMING FOR PAYMENTS FOR PEANUTS, THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK AT MARKET  PRICES. THE MARKET PRICE FOR COTTON IS MORE COMPETITIVE THAN THE MARKET PRICE OF PEANUTS."I THINK THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT SHIFT IN ACRES AWAY FROM PEANUTS TO  COTTON,"OTHERS THINK THE COTTON CLIMB WON'T BE AS HIGH IN SOME AREAS DUE TO HIGHER SOYBEAN PRICES.  "MY FORECAST IS LESS THAN IT WAS. I HATE TO PUT IT AROUND 13 MILLION ACRES BUT AGAIN, THE  BEAN MARKET HAS CHANGED SOME OF MY OPIONIN ON THAT. I THINK THAT'S WHY WE'VE SEEN COTTON  RALLY,""MANY RESPONDENTS TO THE NCC PLANTING INTENTIONS REPORT SAY THEY EXPECT TO INCREASE  SOYBEAN ACREAGE IN 2018. THE FURTHER STRENGTHENING OF SOYBEAN AND GRAIN PRICES COULD PULL  SOME ADDITIONAL ACREAGE AWAY FROM COTTON. HOWEVER, NCC ANTICIPATING A 42 PERCENT ACREAGE JUMP IN KANSAS, AND A 30  PERCENT JUMP IN OKLAHOMA DUE TO LOWER WHEAT PRICES AND ABOVE AVERAGE COTTON  YIELDS IN 2017.  ARKANSAS HAD A LITTLE BIT OF AN ISSUE LAST YEAR WITH STORING COTTONSEED SINCE T HERE WAS SO  MUCH COTTONSEED AND DNOT ENOUGH WAREEHOUSE SPACE. WITH A HUGE HIKE, YOU MAY SEE A  SLOWER GIN PROCESSING TIME OR POSSIBLY THE LACK OF STORING SPACE FOR COTTONSEED,">BUT DAVIS ISN'T NEW TO COTTON.. AND THAT'S WHY HE WILL CONTINUE TO PLANT  IF THE MARKET ALLOWS IT. "CERTAINLY WE WANT TO HAVE ALL THE COTTON BASE WE CAN SINCE WE ARE PREDOMINATELY COTTON FARMERS AND THTAQ'S OUR BIGGEST ACREAGE HERE ON OUR FARMM EVERY YEAR IS COTTON,"

CROP COMMENTS
MIKE HOFFMAN KICKS OFF CROP COMMENTS THIS MONDAY MORNING. AND JOINS  US NOW WITH MORE.  GOOD MORNING, BETSY.  OUR CROP COMMENT COMES FROM JEREMY ROW OVER IN SHICKLEY, NEBRASKA.  JEREMY SAYS HE'S BUSY WITH SPRING WORK, SPREADING MANURE, BUILDING  FENCE AND FERTILIZING.  JEREMY SENT THIS ON FRIDAY - HOPEFULLY HE MISSED THE RAIN AND SNOW MIX  IN NEBRASKA.  AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE ESTIMATED RAIN OVER THE PAST WEEK FROM THE PREVIOUS SATURDAY  THROUGH THIS PAST FRIDAY. YOU CAN SEE NOT A WHOLE LOT ACROSS A GOOD CHUNK OF THE COUNTRY BUT  WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST ESPECIALLY MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA AND ALSO PARTS  OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINAS SOME DECENT AMOUNTS OF RAIN THERE. WE'LL HAVE YOUR FORECAST  COMING UP. FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN TEMPS

TEASE
AS WE JUST SHOWED YOU, THERE'S NO SHORTAGE OF WASHINGTON POLICY  ISSUES FACING AMERICA'S FARMERS. HOW WILL THE DEBATE IMPACT MARKETS?  THAT'S OUR DISCUSSION NEXT ON  AGDAY. "STAY TUNED FOLKS. WE'RE GOING TO TALK USED PLANTERS. AND SCIENTISTS HEAD TO UPSTATE NEW YORK TO CAPTURE SNOWFLAKES.  BUT  IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT PLAYING IN THE SNOW...BUT THERE'S REAL RESEARCH ON  THIS "SNOW DAY". AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE CORN HERBICIDE.  A UNIQUELY POWERFUL FORMULATION.   EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.

AGRIBUSINESS
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF POLICY ISSUES TO NAVIGATE WHICH COULD HAVE ITS  EFFECT ON PRICES - FROM POTENTIAL BIO-FUEL CHANGES TO TARIFFS TO  RETALIATION.  WHAT SHOULD YOU BE PIN-POINTING? TYNE MORGAN DISCUSSES IN ANALYSIS.  HERE NOW WITH JOE VACLAVIK OF STANDERED GRAIN. JOE SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY WITH THE MARKETS  SPECIFICALLY WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ARE WE GOING TO SEE THE ADMINISTRATION ISSUE  MORE TARIFFS SPECIFICALLY ON 100 CHINESE CHINESE PRODUCTS LIKE THEY'VE POSSIBLY SAID. ARE WE  GOING TO SEE RETALIATION FROM CHINA. I MEAN WE JUST DON'T KNOW RIGHT NOW. BUT IS THAT  UNCERTAINTY TRULY WEIGHING ON PRICES AT THIS POINT. I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S WEIGHING ON PRICES IN A  REAL SIGNIFICANT WAY. MAYBE YOU COULD ARGUE SOME OF THE SELLING PRESSURE WE SAW RECENTLY IN  THE BUYING MARKET HAS TO DO WITH CONCERN REGARDING TARIFFS. BUT I MEAN YOU'VE GOT THREE BIG  POLICY ISSUES HERE THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD IN THE PAST THAT WE HAVE NOW WITH THIS NEW  ADMINISTRATION. SO YOU'VE GOT THE TARIFF ISSUE AND TRUMP WANTS TO TARIFF IMPORTS FROM CHINA ON  A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT GOODS IN ORDER TO BALANCE OUT THE TRADE DEFICIT. AND HE SORT OF  RETALIATION ESPECIALLY TARGETED AT AG WOULD BE A BIG NEGATIVE. I DON'T THINK CHINA IS GOING TO  PUT A TARIFF ON US MARINES BUT IF THEY DID IT WOULD BE A BIG NEGATIVE IN PRICES. THE OTHER ONE  AND MAYBE EVEN THE BIGGER ISSUE THE WAY I SEE IT IS IS THIS THING WITH THE FS AND YOU'VE GOT  BIG OIL PUSHING FOR A CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM WHICH IS KIND OF A COMPLICATED SYSTEM BUT ESSENTIALLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS THEY WANT TO PUT A CAP ON RENT PRICES. AND I THINK  ULTIMATELY IF THAT WERE REALIZED THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE VERY NEGATIVE LONG TERM FOR  ETHANOL AND ALSO FOR CORN DEMAND SO THERE'S ANOTHER HEADLINE OR POLICY RISK ITEM THAT WE  HAVE. THE THIRD ONE THAT'S KIND OF BEEN ON THE BACK BURNER HERE RECENTLY IS NAFTA. AND I  DON'T THINK THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO EXIT NAFTA. I THINK HE'S LOOKING TO RENEGOTIATE. THAT'S WHY  HE LEFT CANADA AND MEXICO OUT OF SOME OF THESE STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS THAT WE SAW HERE  RECENTLY. BUT THAT'S JUST ANOTHER RISKS. YOU'VE GOT THREE BIG TIME ITEMS THERE ANY OF WHICH  YOU'VE CAME TO FRUITION WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE TRADE I THINK. REAL QUICK. I  MEAN WE'VE SEEN THIS BATTLE WITH OUR FAST POSSIBLY A CAP ON BRANDS AT THE SAME TIME WE SAW  EPA ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT SAY HE DOES SUPPORT A15 BLENDS. SO I MEAN IF WE WOULD SEE  POSSIBLY A CAP ON RENTS YET WE WOULD SEE THE ADMINISTRATION COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF HIGHER  BLENDS OF ETHANOL. DO YOU THINK THAT OFFSETS EACH OTHER. NO I'M NOT AN I'M NOT AN EXPERT ON  THE ISSUE BUT TO MY KNOWLEDGE WE DON'T WANT A CAP ON RENTS THAT'S A WORST THING WE COULD DO  CAN'T REALLY DEFEAT A LOT OF WHAT THE POLICY STANDS. THE HIGHER BLEND WOULD BE WOULD OFFSET  PART OF THAT BUT NO RINCHEN IS REALLY THE LAST THAT WE WANT TO SEE AS ADVOCATES OF CORN  GROWERS AND ETHANOL REALLY. ALL RIGHT THANK YOU FOR HELPING US NAVIGATE THESE ISSUES. WE  APPRECIATE IT JOE. STAY WITH US. WE NEED TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A CHECK  OF WEATHER AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY ILEVO SEED TREATMENT FROM BAYER. PROTECT YOUR SOYBEANS FROM  SDS AND NEMATODES THIS SEASON.

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MIKE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE  DROUGHT MONITOR HERE AND THE PLANES CANNOT CATCH A BREAK TO SEE ANY RELIEF COMING IN. I  KNOW TEXAS PENAL WESTERN OKLAHOMA SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS ONLY IF ONE OR TWO OF THESE  STORMS COMES TO A STATE OR TWO FARTHER SOUTH THAT WOULD HELP THEM OUT ALIVE. WE'VE SEEN A  LOT OF THESE STORM SYSTEMS LATELY TRACKING ACROSS THOSE AREAS BUT ALL THE MOISTURE IS FARTHER  NORTH ACROSS NEBRASKA AND THE SOUTH DAKOTA AREA. SO WE NEED ONE OR TWO OF THOSE STORMS  COME JUST A LITTLE BIT FARTHER SOUTH WE'LL START TO MAYBE HELP THE DROUGHT MONITOR. BUT AT THE  MOMENT I DON'T SEE A BUNCH OF RELIEF COMING FOR THAT AREA. WE GO BACK ONE MONTH AND IT IS A  LOT WORSE OVER THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THAT AREA'S BEEN GETTING SOME MOISTURE OVER  THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS AND THEREFORE THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH OUT OF THE DROUGHT SITUATION.  OBVIOUSLY WE CAN GO BACK INTO IT BUT IT'S THE LONG TERM DROUGHT. SO BASICALLY FROM WESTERN  OKLAHOMA WEST TEXAS ALL THE WAY INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION THAT'S THE WORST AREA A LITTLE BIT  DRY IN SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AS WELL. NOW THE JETSTREAM AS WE START THIS WEEK WE STILL HAVE  THE BIG TROUGH IN THE EAST. WE HAVE PIECES OF ENERGY DRIVING THROUGH THE RIDGE IN THE MIDDLE  OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT NEXT PIECE REALLY DIPS A TROUGH BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS WEEK THAT'S GOING  TO BE SOME COLD AIR COMING SOUTHWARD INTO MOST OF THE EAST AGAIN. AND THEN WE SEE THAT  MOVE AWAY THE RIDGE BUILDS INTO THE SOUTHEAST AGAIN BY LATER IN THE WEEK AND ANOTHER TROUGH  OUT WEST KIND OF THE SAME PATTERN WE'VE BEEN SEEING AND THAT WILL CONTINUE ON INTO NEXT  WEEKEND AS WELL. LET'S CHECK THINGS OUT THEN FOR TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK AND GOING BELOW  NORMAL BASICALLY FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER EASTWARD THROUGH MOST OF THE EASTERN PARTS OF  THE COUNTRY FROM CENTRAL AND WEST TEXAS WESTERN KANSAS TOWARD THE SOUTHWEST ABOVE  NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL FOR IDAHO WESTERN MONTANA AND MOST OF THE WEST  COAST PRECIPITATION FOR THIS COMING WEEK FROM THE SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ON INTO THE  CENTRAL SECTIONS EASTWARD TO THE MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WILL GO ABOVE  NORMAL BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MAIN PART OF FLORIDA BELOW NORMAL FOR THOSE SAME WARM AREAS  OF WEST TEXAS BACK INTO MUCH OF MEXICO AS YOU CAN SEE ABOVE NORMAL THOUGH WE'RE GOING  FOR A COUPLE OF SYSTEMS COMING INTO THE WEST AND CENTRAL ROCKIES BELOW NORMAL UP ALONG  THE CANADIAN BORDER AS WELL. 30 THE OUTLOOK FOR TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL MID-ATLANTIC  GREAT LAKES NORTHEAST ALL THE WAY BACK INTO THE NORTHWEST ABOVE NORMAL FOR TEXAS THROUGH  THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT 30 DAYS KIND OF SIMILAR AREAS SOUTHERN  CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TO THE NORTHEAST BELOW NORMAL THROUGH THE NORTHERN PLAINS  SOUTHWEST AND ABOVE NORMAL IN THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE COUNTRY. THAT IS A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. WE HAD TO PUEBLO COLORADO FIRST OF ALL  MOSTLY CLOUDY BREEZY AND COOL HIGH OF 53 DEGREES. SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS BREEZY AT TIMES OF RAIN  HIGH 54 AND DOVER DELAWARE A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE AROUND 47  DEGREES

TEASE
MACHINERY PETE CHECKS IN NEXT. HE'S FOUND SOME INCREDIBLE PRICING ON  USED PLANTERS. AND THIS ISN'T JUST PLAYING IN THE SNOW. THESE SCIENTISTS WANT TO  IMPROVE THE ACCURACY OF MEASURING WATER SUPPLIES.

MACHINERY PETE
PLANTERS ARE ROLLING IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. BUT WE'RE STILL A  FEW WEEKS AWAY IN THE MIDWEST. MACHINERY PETE SAYS FARMERS WERE LOOKING FOR DEALS ON PLANTERS  LATE LAST YEAR. WELL FOLKS ARE STARTING TO SEE DEMAND GO UP ON USED PLANTERS END OF 2017. IN FACT  DECEMBER WE SAW 106 PERCENT INCREASE IN SEARCH TRAFFIC TO MACHINERY DOTCOM AND OUR  PLANNER SECTION. NOW EARLY 2018 I'M SEEING CONTINUED STRENGTH AND IF WE TALK ON THE DEALER  FRONT LAST MONTH WE WERE FILMING DOWN IN MISSOURI WITH A GREAT DEAL FOR THEIR EGGE POWER INC.  SALES MANAGER AARON PLATTNER TOLD ME PETE. WE ACTUALLY WISH WE HAD A FEW MORE OF OUR  BREAD AND BUTTER USE PLANTERS. JOHN DEERE 1790 16 32. THEY WERE SELLING SO MANY THAT THEY  WERE RUNNING SHORT. NOW A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I WAS ON THE EAST COAST IN VIRGINIA FILMING  WITH THE GREAT DEALER THERE JAMES RIVER EQUIPMENT. FORTY FIVE STORES IN FOUR STATES. AND THEY  SORT OF ECHOED THE SAME THING THAT BUYER DEMAND HAD BEEN GOING UP A LITTLE BIT FOR GOOD  CONDITION USE PLANNERS. NOW ON THE AUCTION SIDE I'VE SEEN SOME REAL SOLID PRICING RECENTLY.  LAST MONDAY FARM AUCTION NORTHWEST ILLINOIS. THIS 2013 JONTI OR DB120 48 ROW 30 INCH SOLD  FOR A HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED BUCKS. HIGHEST AUCTION PRICE SO FAR THIS  YEAR ON A PLANTER. NOW THE REAL EYE OPENER SO FAR THIS YEAR HAS BEEN THIS PLANTER A 2010.  JOHN YOU'RE 1770 NTCCS AND THIS SOLD ON A BIG IRON DOHM ONLINE AUCTION. IT WAS FEBRUARY  28 AND THE PLANNER CAME OUT OF SOUTH EAST NEBRASKA AND IT WAS LOADED. AND IT'S OVER 165  THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ON THE RED SIDE. HERE'S A PICTURE OF A 2015 CASE AGE 1255  EARLY RISER 24 OR 30 INCH IS SOLD ON A FARM AUCTION IN SOUTH EAST ILLINOIS BACK ON FEBRUARY  21ST. I BELIEVE IT HAD 4500 ACRES ON IT SOLD FOR 120000 DOLLARS. VERY SOLID AUCTION PRICE.>

TEASE
DID YOU EVER TRY TO CATCH A SNOWFLAKE AS A CHILD? NEXT, MEET SOME GROWN-UPS WHO STILL DO!

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. AS WINTER STARTS TO WIND-DOWN, YOU MIGHT BE READY TO SAY "GOOD  RIDDANCE". BUT FOR A COUPLE OF SCIENTISTS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, THEY PROBABLY  WOULDN'T MIND IF WINTER STUCK AROUND FOR AWHILE LONGER. THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE STUDYING SNOWFLAKES. EACH, INDIVIDUAL, FRAGILE FLAKE HAS A STORY TO TELL. THE TEAM IS FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK. THEY RECENTLY HEADED TO THE CATSKILLS MOUNTAINS TO COLLECT DATA FOR  THEIR STUDY. THEY HOPE THEIR STUDY WILL VALIDATE SATELLITE WEATHER PREDICTION  MODELS. "WE'RE JUST GOING TO OBSERVE THEM SO THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE KIND OF DISTRIBUTION OF SHAPE  AND SIZE OF THE SNOWFLAKES THAT ARE COMING DOWN. AND THIS WILL TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING ALSO  UP IN THE ATMOSPHERE BESIDES WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN THE SNOWPACK." THAT SNOWPACK TURNS INTO RUN-OFF THIS SPRING TO HELP REPLENISH THE  NEW YORK CITY WATER SUPPLIES. THIS STUDY WILL HELP WATER REGULATORS  TO ESTIMATE WATER QUANTITIES. THEY USE PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THEIR DRONE TO CREATE A THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL  OF THE SNOW'S SURFACE.  AN INFRARED CAMERA RECORDS THE SIZE OF SNOW GRAINS AND THE LAYERS OF SNOW. THE  SCIENTISTS ALSO ACTUALLY CATCH SNOWFLAKES TO REGISTER THE SIZE AND  SHAPE OF INDIVIDUAL FLAKES. NEXT WINTER THE "X-SNOW" PROJECT WILL INCLUDE DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS  TO COLLECT SNOWFLAKE SAMPLES.

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. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAM COMMERCIAL - AMERICA'S LONGEST-LASTING HEAVY DUTY  PICKUPS.

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