AgDay Daily Recap - March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MARCH 23, 2018

HEADLINES

A SPENDING BILL FAST-TRACKS THROUGH CONGRESS,  WITH A LAST RESORT TO FIX  GRAIN GLITCH IN THE TAX CODE.  <THAT'S PROBABLY THE LAST TRAIN TO LEAVE THE STATION FOR A LONG  TIME.> THREATS OF A TRADE WAR HEIGHTEN OVER ROBUST  TARIFFS ON 50 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF CHINESE  GOODS.  IN AGRIBUSINESS, WHAT SIGNALS YOU SHOULD WATCH  IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET TO SELL CORN.  <WE DON'T HAVE NEARLY THE CARRY THAT WE COULD HAVE FROM  DECEMBER OUT TO SAY MARCH MAY OR JULY.> AND A TRICKY BALANCING ACT BETWEEN SEA MAMMALS  AND SPAWNING SALMON. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CHEVY SILVERADO, THE MOST  DEPENDABLE, LONGEST-LASTING FULL SIZE PICKUPS ON THE ROAD.

SPENDING BILL
GOOD MORNING I'M TYNE MORGAN, IN FOR CLINTON  GRIFFITHS.IT'S BEEN A BUSY WEEK IN WASHINGTON, AS  CONGRESS RUSHES TO FINALIZE DETAILS IN KEEPING  THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDED PAST MIDNIGHT  TONIGHT.  THAT INCLUDES FIXING A PORTION OF THE TAX CODE  THAT SOME SAY PICKED WINNERS AND LOSERS IN  AGRICULTURE.  IT'S A FIX TO SECTION 199A THAT'S MADE A LOT OF  NOISE SINCE JANUARY.  AND FINALLY, TOP LEGISLATORS STRIKING A DEAL TO  INCLUDE THOSE CHANGES IN THE OMNIBUS SPENDING  BILL.  DEMOCRATS WERE PUSHING BACK, DEMANDING  CHANGES TO THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT IN  RETURN. HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN CONCEEDED TO  THOSE DEMANDS.   AND THE HOUSE PASSED THE BILL THURSDAY.  IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY SAYS IF THE  SECTION 199A CHANGES HADN'T HAPPENED IN THE  SPENDING BILL, IT WOULD MAKE IT TOUGH TO GET A FIX  PASSED THIS YEAR.  <THAT'S PROBABLY THE LAST TRAIN TO LEAVE THE STATION FOR A LONG  TIME. I DON'T KNOW THAT WER'E GOING TO GET A FARM BILL PASSED THIS  YEAR. I TEND TO WORK TO GET ONE PASSED, BUT IF WE DON'T GET IT  PASSED, AND THIS WAS TO GO ON BEYOND THAT PERIOD OF TIME WHERE  PRIVATE ELVATORS WERE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS, IT'D BE CATASTROPIC  FOR A LOT OF BUSINESSMEN BUT IT WOULD ALSO BE CATASTROOPHIC FOR  FARMERS THAT WOULD HAVE LESS PLACES TO MARKET THEIR GRAIN.>

SECTION 199A GRAIN GLITCH FIX
WHILE NATIONAL GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION  SUPPORTS THE 199A GRAIN GLITCH FIX IN CONGRESS, A  MAJOR CRITIC IS NATIONAL FARMERS UNION. THE  GROUP URGING CONGRESS TO REJECT HTE PROPOSAL,  SAYING IT'S TOO MUCH IN FAVOR OF CORPORATIONS  THAT ALREADY HAD THEIR TAX RATE CUT FROM 35  PERCENT TO 21 PERCENT. IT'S  PRIVATE GRAIN BUYERS WHO SAY SECTION 199A  WAS BAD FOR BUSINESS.  BETSY JIBBEN JOINS US NOW FROM POET ETHANOL  PLANT JUST OUTSIDE OF FORT WAYNE, INDIANA TO FIND  OUT IF THE GRAIN GLITCH WAS BAD FOR BUSINESS.  BETSY.  I'M HERE NOW WITH MATT TAMANO. HE'S THE GENERAL MANAGER HERE  OF THE POET PLANT IN PORTLAND INDIANA AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TO  TALK ABOUT SECTION 199 A NOW THAT THERE'S A POTENTIAL FIX KEY WORD  POTENTIAL HERE WITH THE SECTION 199 A THE SPENDING BILL ON FRIDAY.  SURE. WHAT HAS SECTION 199. A. WHAT HAS THAT CHANGE DONE TO  YOUR COMPANY HERE IN THIS LOCATION. HAS IT HAD ANY TYPE OF AN  IMPACT HERE. IT REALLY HASN'T HAD MUCH OF AN IMPACT AT THIS POINT  IN TIME. THERE'S A LOT OF PRODUCERS THAT ARE WAITING AND SEEING  THERE'S A LOT OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE WAITING AND SEEING WHAT  HAPPENS. WE WERE CONFIDENT THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A FIX. AND  THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN TOLD. SO REALLY MOST MOST INDUSTRIES MOST  PRODUCERS I THINK ARE IN THE WAIT AND SEE SEE CATEGORY WHERE  THEY'RE GOING TO WAIT FOR A FIX THAT HOPEFULLY IS IN AND HOPEFULLY  GOING TO HAPPEN SOON. ANYTHING ELSE OUR VIEWERS SHOULD KNOW  WHEN IT COMES TO SECTION 1 NINETY NINE AND WHAT THIS COULD  POTENTIALLY MEAN. SURE IT'S MORE OF A WAIT AND SEE. I THINK IT'S  CRITICAL THAT IT IS CHANGE IT IS FIXED. IF IT'S NOT IT'S GOING TO CREATE A  LOT OF CHANGES WITH THE WAY BUSINESSES ARE STRUCTURED PRODUCERS  WOULD WOULD DEFINITELY WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY SELL THEIR  GRAIN. BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I THINK IT'S GOING TO  BE FIXED AND IF IT WON'T BE FIXED THERE'LL BE CHANGES MADE. I THINK  IT'S GOING TO BE BUSINESS AS USUAL AND I THINK THERE'S A FIX THAT  WILL COME SOON. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I REALLY APPRECIATE  THE TIME REPORTING IN PORTLAND INDIANA. I'M BETSY JIBBEN. BACK TO  YOU. TYNETHANKS SO MUCH BETSY. IT'S NOT JUST THE SECTON 199A FIX THAT APPLIES TO  FARMERS IN THE SPENDING BILL.  THERE'S ALSO FUNDING FOR AG BROADBAND, IN THE  FORM OF A 600 MILLION DOLLAR PILOT PROJECT. IT  WOULD GIVE GRANTS AND LOANS TO EXPAND HIGH- SPEED INTERNET SERVICES IN RURAL AREAS.  THE BILL FUNDS THE NEWLY CREATED OFFICE OF  UNDERSECRETARY FOR FARM PRODUCTION AND  CONSERVATION... A ROLE BILL NORTHEY HAS ALREADY  BEEN APPOINTED.  THE BILL ALSO SETS ASIDE A PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE  2017 AG RISK COVERAGE PROGRAM TO ADDRESS THE  YIELD DSPARITIES BETWEEN COMPARABLE COUTNIES IN  THE STATE. 

INTEREST RATES
INTEREST RATES CONTINUE TO CLIMB HIGHER, AND IT'S  THAT NEWS THAT HAS ONE AG LENDER WORRIED  ABOUT WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR LOAN DELINQUENCY  RATES FOR FARMERS.  THE FEDERAL RESRVE RAISING THE BENCHMARK  LENDING RATE BY A QUATER-POINT THIS WEEK.  HOWEVER, WITH THE ECONOMY IMPROVING, THERE ARE  SIGNALS STEEPER HIKES COULD BE IN STORE FOR  BOTH 2019 AND 2020.  NEW RESEARCH BY FARMER MAC REVELAS THAT RISING  INTEREST RATES CAN LEAD TO INCREASED RISKS FOR  THE FARMING SECTOR, AS RISING RATES PUTS  DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON FARMLAND VALUES.  FARMER MAC WARNS LOAN DELINQUENCY RATES,  WHICH HAVE REMAINED LOW, COULD INCREASE IF  INTERST RATES CONTINUE TO RISE.  THAT'S AS HIGHER ITNERST RATES WILL MEAN  FARMERS WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR NEW OR  VARIABLE-RATE CREDIT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL  YEARS.  CURT COVINGTON OF FARMER MAC SAYS THAT COMES  AT A TIME WHEN WORKING CAPITAL ON FARMS IS  SHRINKING.  <BANKS ARE HAVING TO FUND A MUCH LARGER PORPORTION OF THEIR  OPERATIING NEEDS OF THESE FARMERS. SO WHEN WE SAW INTEREST  RATES GO UP 25 BASIS POINTS OR 50 BASIS POINTS, THAT TAKES IT IN  ONE CONTEXT. BUT THE OTHER CONTEXT IS, WHEN YOUR LIQUIDITY IS THAT  LOW, YOU'RE HAVIN TO BORROW MORE MOEY FROM TEH BANK, SO IN  ABSOLUTE DOLLARS, NOT ONLY IS IT A AN INTEREST RATES HIKE, BUT THE  TOTAL COST FOR YOUR FARMING OPERATION IS MUCH LARGER THAN IT WOULD  HAVE BEEN EVEN 3 OR 4 YEARS AGO. SO I ENCOURAGE FARMERS TO  THINK OF IT IN TERMS OF ABSOLUTE DOLLARS, BECASE THEY'RE HAVING TO  BORROW MORE MONEY AND LENDERS ARE LOOKING AT IT FROM TEH SAME  PERSPECTIVE> FARMER MAC SAYS WHEAT AND LIVESTOCK  OPERATIONS MAY HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULT TIME  REPAYING LOANS. 

TARIFF BATTLE
NOW TO THE TARIFF BATTLE - AND THERE ARE TWO  FRONTS TO UPDATE YOU ON. AS PROMISED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS READY  TO LEVY TARIFFS AND OTHER TRADE RESTRICTIONS ON  CHINA TO THE TUNE OF 50-BILLION DOLLARS. THE MOVE  IS BASED ON ACCUSATIONS THAT CHINA KNOWING STOLE AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. THE U-S TRADE REPRESENATIVE WILL PREPARE A LIST  OF PROPOSED TARIFFS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT WITHIN  TWO WEEKS. ALREADY THERE 13-HUNDRED PRODUCT LINES THAT  ARE TARGETED, . MEANWHILE, THE TRADE REPRESENTATIVE TOLD  SENATORS THAT SOME KEY TRADING PARTNERS WILL  RECEIVE AN EXEMPTION ON THE STEEL AND ALUMINUM  TARIFFS.  <WE HAVE THE TWO NAFTA COUNTRIES WHICH WE KNOW WOH THEY ARE.  WE HAVE EUROPE. WE HAVE AUSTRALIA. WE HAVE ARGENTIA. WE HAVE  BRAZIL. AND OBVIOUSLY KOREA, WHERE WE'RE NEGOTIATING THE KORUS> THOSE STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS TAKE EFFECT  TODAY.  THOSE METAL TARIFFS ARE SEPARATE FROM I-  TARIFFS ANNOUNCED AGAINST CHINA.

CROP COMMENTS
KANSAS SAW SOME RAIN THIS WEEK BUT COLORADO  GREW EVEN DRIER. MIKE HOFFMAN TAKES A LOOK AT SOME DROUGHT  SPOTS IN TODAY'S CROP COMMENTS, MIKE. THE NEW DROUGHT MONITOR MAP SHOWS DROUGHT  EXPANDING A BIT IN TEXAS. A QUARTER OF THE STATE  IS IN SEVERE OR EXTREME DROUGHT. THAT'S THREE  POINTS WORSE THAN LAST WEEK. . COTTON AND CORN GROWERS IN THE RIO GRANDE  VALLEY MAY BEGIN TO IRRIGATE EARLIER THAN  NORMAL DUE TO THE ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS IN  THE AREA.  AND DROUGHT INTENSIFYING IN COLORADO. 75- PERCENT OF THE STATE IS COVERED BY THE  MODERATE, SEVERE OR EXTREME CATEGORIES. TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIND SPEED FORECAST IS GOING TO BE WINDY IN  THE PLAINS TODAY STARTING OFF IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS ENDING UP  THROUGHOUT THE PLAINS AND MOST OF THE WEST. A COUPLE OF STORM  SYSTEMS REALLY CAUSING A LOT OF WIND THROUGH THOSE AREAS AS WE  HEAD INTO THE DAY TOMORROW. THEN THOSE WINDY AREAS SHIFT INTO  THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY FOR THE MORNING HOURS THAT DON'T CONTINUE  TO EXPAND AND THE WEST BECOMES WINDY ONCE AGAIN. WE'LL HAVE  YOUR FORECAST COMING UP BUT FIRST HERE ARE SOME HOMETOWN.  TEMPS 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. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME, THE SPREADS IN THE CORN MARKET  AREN'T THAT APPEALING. BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN  FOR THOSE NEEDING TO SELL CORN? JOE VACLAVIK  JOINS US FROM THE AG BUSINESS DESK.  AGRONOMIST KEN FERRIE WILL BE HERE AS WE TALK  ABOUT SOY-AFTER-CORN PLANTING THIS SPRING. PLUS A FRUSTRATING BALANCING ACT BETWEEN  CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS AND OREGON SALMON.   WHERE WILDLIFE MANAGERS MUST DEAL WITH A  REBOUNDING POPULATION OF ONE....AGAINST THE  DWINDLING POPULATION OF ANOTHER. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY LIBERTY HERBICIDE, THE SIMPLY BETTER  SOLUTION FOR SUPERIOR WEED CONTROL AND A STRONGER YIELD.

AGRIBUSINESS
IN AGRIBUSINESS, IT WAS A DOWN DAY IN THE GRAIN  MARKET. LET'S HEAD NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE CME.  <HERE NOW IS JOE VACLAVIK OF STANDARD GRAIN. JOE THERE'S A LOT  MORE POSITIVE TALK ABOUT CORN LATELY. WE'VE SEEN SOME ACREAGE  ESTIMATES. WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL SEE CORN ABOVE 90 MILLION  ACRES. THERE'S SOME ESTIMATES THAT SAY SAY WILL BE 2 MILLION  ACRES POSSIBLY BELOW THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY THOUGH WHEN YOU  LOOK AT DECEMBER CORN FUTURES WHAT DIRECTION DO YOU THINK WE'RE  HEADED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT DIRECTION WE'RE HEADED BUT I'LL TELL YOU  ONE THING THAT'S KIND OF INTERESTING IS THAT YOU KNOW WE'RE TALKING  ABOUT MAKING FORWARD SALES HERE DECEMBER CORN FUTURES ARE  ABOVE FOUR DOLLARS WHICH IS CLOSE TO A PROFITABLE LEVEL FOR SOME  FARMERS IF NOT TOTALLY PROFITABLE FOR SOME OTHER FARMERS. CARRY IN  THE CORN MARKET. AND THESE NEW CROP CONTRACTS IS KIND OF  INTERESTING IN A LOT OF FARMERS ARE GOING TO WATCH THE RELATIONSHIP  BETWEEN SAY DECEMBER 18 AND JULY OF 19 BECAUSE EVERYONE'S  GOT BEND'S EVERYONE'S GOING TO KEEP SOME CORN IN STORAGE AND  THEY WANT TO KNOW WHICH CONTRACT SHOULD BE SELL SELLING WHICH  ONES SHOULD I BE PRICING AS OF RIGHT NOW. WE DON'T HAVE NEARLY  THE CARRY THAT WE COULD HAVE FROM DECEMBER OUT TO SAY MARCH  MAY OR JULY. SOME OF THAT CARRIES COME OUT OF THE MARKET  RECENTLY. SO IF GOING TO MAKE FORWARD SALES YOU WANT TO BE  AWARE OF THAT SPREAD ACTION. AND I THINK THAT YOU PROBABLY WANT  TO STICK WITH THE DECEMBER FUTURES WITH THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN SELL  THE DECEMBER AND AT SOME POINT IF YOU GET A NORMAL TYPE  GROWING SEASON THE SPREADS PROBABLY WIDEN OUT YOU PROBABLY  GET THAT SPREAD FROM DECEMBER OUT TO SAY JULY 19 OUT TO 25 OR  30 CENTS THAT WOULD BE PERFECTLY NORMAL. IF THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN  YOU'VE PROBABLY GOT A SITUATION WHERE WE HAVE A CROP ISSUE AND  THAT MEANS YOU'RE GOING TO END UP WITH THE DECEMBER BOARD  THAT'S MUCH MUCH HIGHER AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SELL ADDITIONAL  BUSHELS AND MUCH BETTER PRICES. BUT IN EITHER CASE I THINK IF  YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE THE SALES HERE YOU GO WITH THE DECEMBER  WITH THE IDEA THAT THE SPREADS WIDENED OUT AND YOU CAN  ALTERNATELY PICK UP THAT CARRY BUT DO YOU TAKE PRODUCERS HAVE  SOLD ENOUGH. HAVE WE FORWARD CONTRACTED ENOUGH OR YOU WANT  TO SEE PRODUCERS OUT THERE FORWARD CONTRACT MORE. IT DEPENDS.  EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT YOU KNOW EVERY FARM HAS ITS OWN  BUSINESS EVERYBODY'S IN A DIFFERENT FINANCIAL SITUATION. SOME  FARMERS CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE THE RISK OR HAVE THE LUXURY OF TAKING  THE RISK OF PRICING A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF BUSHELS RIGHT NOW AND  WAITING AND SEEING IF THEY HIT A FOUR FIFTY FIVE DOLLAR CORN MARKET.  OTHER PRODUCERS DON'T HAVE THAT LUXURY AND THEY'VE GOT TO BE  MORE AGGRESSIVE. SO IT REALLY DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU STAND AS A  BUSINESS HOW MUCH MONEY YOU GOT IN THE BANK WHAT KIND OF  LIQUIDITY YOU HAVE. ALL OF THOSE THINGS COME INTO CONSIDERATION  HERE. ALL RIGHT THANKS JOE WE APPRECIATE IT. LET'S TAKE A QUICK  BREAK AND THEN WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE. AGDAY0> AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE ENLIST WEED CONTROL SYSTEM.   MORE WEED CONTROL.  LESS DRIFT AND VOLATILITY.  MAXIMUM YIELD  POTENTIAL. 

WEATHER
AGDAY WEATHER - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE CORN HERBICIDE.   A UNIQUELY POWERFUL FORMULATION.  EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER  WEEDS.<WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY. TIME NOW TO CHECK WEATHER WITH OUR  METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN. MICHAEL LOOKING AT THIS DROUGHT  MONITOR MAP THERE ARE SOME IMPROVEMENTS BUT THE AREAS THAT  ARE DRY JUST DRY AND THAT SOMETIMES HAPPENS IT'S LIKE THE DOMINO  EFFECT YOU CAN'T GET ANY MOISTURE WHEN THE GROUND'S ALREADY DRY.  SO THAT'S THE PROBLEM IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS AND OTHER  AREAS AROUND THERE. BUT THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER AREAS THAT HAVE  IMPROVED OVER THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF AND A LOT OF THAT THE  SOUTHERN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO  VALLEYS. STILL SOME DRYNESS IN THE SOUTHEAST AND ALSO FOUR CORNER  REGION STILL LOOKING PRETTY BAD AND THERE'S REMNANTS ACROSS THE  DAKOTAS INTO EASTERN MONTANA. GOING BACK A MONTH YOU CAN  SEE HOW THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE THROUGH THE CENTRAL  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST AS WELL AS THE  NORTHERN PLAINS AS WE GO WEEK BY WEEK OVER THE LAST FOUR WEEKS  AND YOU CAN SEE HOW IT'S JUST GETTING A LITTLE BIT WORSE RIGHT THERE  THROUGH THE TEXAS OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES AND SOUTHWESTERN  KANSAS AND IT'S CONTINUE TO STAY VERY DRY THROUGHOUT THE FOUR  CORNERS REGION. NOW TAKE A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAP TODAY. YOU  CAN SEE ANOTHER SYSTEM DIVING INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS.  UNFORTUNATELY MOST OF THIS MOISTURE GOING TO GO NORTH OF THOSE  REALLY SEVERE DROUGHT AREAS PUTTING THE MAPS INTO MOTIONING SEE  HOW THIS SYSTEM IS DIVING SOUTH EASTWARD THAT MEANS AN  EXPANDING AREA OF RAIN TURNING TO SNOW AT LEAST ON THE NORTHERN  FRINGES WILL BE SPREADING SOUTHEASTWARD THROUGHOUT PARTS OF  MISSOURI ILLINOIS MUCH OF IOWA MIXED SYSTEM KIND OF DIVING DOWN  THE WEST COAST FIRST AND THEN IT WILL COME EASTWARD EVENTUALLY.  BUT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE MOISTURE IN THE FAR WESTERN PARTS OF  THE COUNTRY HEADING THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING YOU CAN SEE THAT  SNOW FROM THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS THROUGH CENTRAL INDIANA  NORTHEASTERN IOWA ALL THE WAY BACK INTO MINNESOTA SOUTH OF  THERE IT'S MAINLY RAIN AND HEADING THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW THAT  CONTINUES TO DIVE TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST AND LATE IN THE DAY A LOT  OF THIS IS GOING TO BE RAIN THERE'LL STILL BE SOME POCKETS OF WET  SNOW HERE IN THEIR NEXT SYSTEM. RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS  CONTINUING TO DEVELOP ONCE AGAIN OUT WEST PAST 24 HOURS. WE'VE  SEEN MOST OF THE MOISTURE OUT WEST ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 WE'RE  GOING TO ADD ALL OF THAT ACROSS THE PLAIN STATES INTO THE CENTRAL  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND INTO THE SOUTHEAST WITH THAT SYSTEM DIVING  THROUGH THOSE AREAS. SNOWFALL IT'S ALL BEEN OUT WEST IN THE HIGHER  ELEVATIONS EXCEPT FOR THE REMNANTS OF THE SYSTEM IN EASTERN  MAINE ADDING IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT  STRIP OF HEAVY WET SNOW AND DIVING SOUTHWARD FROM IOWA ALL THE  WAY DOWN INTO WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. TAKE A LOOK AT  TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON AND VERY WARM IN THE SOUTHERN  PLAINS ELSEWHERE IS KIND OF TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND  THAT'S GOING TO BE THE CASE. YOU CAN SEE LOWS TONIGHT 60S AND  70S IN TEXAS AND BACK INTO THE 70S TO NEAR 80 FOR TOMORROW  AFTERNOON AND THEN YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THE JET STREAM TROUGH  IN THE WEST AND THE EAST RIDGE THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE  COUNTRY WE DO SEE SOME CHANGES COMING IN OUR MODELS  CONTINUE TO KIND OF SHOW A CUT OFF INTO THE SOUTHWEST AND A LITTLE  BIT OF A DIFFERENT LOOKING PATTERN BY LATER NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A LOOK  ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL  FORECASTS. FIRST OF ALL WE'RE HEADED TO COMPARE NEW MEXICO  PARTLY SUNNY BREEZY AND WARM HIGH OF 86 DEGREES. CEDAR 

TEASE
WE'RE OFF TO FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE NEXT WITH  SOME ADVICE ON PLANTING SOY-AFTER-CORN. AND SEA LIONS SWIM OUTSIDE THEIR "COMFORT ZONE"  AND ENCROACH ON IMPORTANT SALMON SPAWNING  BEDS. SEE HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS ADDRESSING THAT  PROBLEM IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE
DOES YOUR PLANTING ROTATION HAVE YOU PUTTING-IN  SOYBEANS THIS SPRING? IN THIS WEEK'S FARM JOURNAL COLLEGE COURSE,  AGRONOMIST KEN FERRIE EXPLAINS SOME OF THE  FINER POINTS OF PLANTING SOY-AFTER-CORN. WELCOME BACK TO CORN COLLEGE TV. KEN WE'RE STANDING OUT HERE  IN A FIELD BEING PLANTED TO SOYBEANS AFTER HAVING BEEN CORN FOR QUITE A WHILE. LET'S TALK ABOUT WEED MANAGEMENT AND HOW WE  NEED TO REALLY THINK ABOUT MANAGING A FIELD AFTER WE'RE CHANGING  UP A ROTATION HERE. YOU KNOW IF YOU STAY IN ONE ROTATION TOO LONG  AND USE ONE SET OF CHEMISTRY TOO LONG YOU'LL SELECT FOR WHATEVER  THE WEAKEST PART OF THAT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IS SO WHETHER IT  BE THINGS LIKE KAYIN OR FOXTAIL OR WATER HAM OR PALMER AMARANTH THAT TYPE OF THING SOME TIME ESPECIALLY IN A ROUNDUP PROGRAM  WE'RE USING ROUNDUP AS YOUR MAIN CHEMISTRY. YOU GET  RESISTANCE TO IT. YOU MAY HAVE TO CHANGE THE CHEMISTRY TO GET  THE WEED UNDER CONTROL AND YOU MAY HAVE TO CHANGE THE CROP.  SO THE SITUATION WHERE GUYS MAY GO INTO CORN ON CORN SO THEY  CAN USE OTHER CHEMISTRY TO MANAGE SOMETHING THAT HAS ROUNDUP  AND A LESS RESISTANCE SO THEY CAN USE GROWTH REGULATORS AND  THINGS LIKE THAT. SO AGAIN IT'S IT'S NOT UNCOMMON TO HAVE TO  CHANGE YOUR ROTATION SO YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR CHEMISTRY  COMPLETELY TO MANAGE IT. THE BIG THING WOULD BE ONCE YOU GET  THAT CERTAIN WEED UNDER CONTROL FROM THEN ON PAY ATTENTION TO IS  THE CHEMISTRY YOU'RE USING A LOT OF TIMES FARMERS JUST USE THE  SAME THING THEY DID LAST YEAR BECAUSE IT WORKED REALLY WELL FOR  THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS AND WHEN THEY STARTED STACKING  MULTIPLE YEARS OF THE SAME CHEMISTRY UP THEN THEY'RE ALWAYS  GOING TO SORTER FIND THE WEAKEST LINK OF IT AND THEN THAT'S GOING TO  BE THAT IS THE WEED THAT THEY HAVE TO MANAGE IN THE FUTURE. SO  BY MIXING IT UP MORE OFTEN WITH DIFFERENT CHEMISTRY DIFFERENT  MODES OF ACTION ONE THEY MAY NOT HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR CROP  ROTATION JUST TO MANAGE A WEED BUT IN SOME CASES SPECIALLY WITH  THE PALMER AMARANTH GUYS HAVE HAD TO CHANGE THEIR ROTATIONS SO  THEY CAN MANAGE THAT OR GET IT UNDER CONTROL AND IT'S PRETTY  IMPORTANT TO STAY AHEAD OF THAT RIGHT. YEAH AND IT'S ALWAYS EASIER  TO FIX THE PROBLEM WHEN IT'S SMALL AND WHEN YOU GET A FULL BLOWN  PROBYN OUT THERE YOU GET A GOOD HERBICIDE PROGRAM OUT THERE  AND YOU'VE GOT MULTIPLE MODES OF ACTION AGAINST DIFFERENT WEEDS  AND YOU SEE A FEW STRAY WEEDS OUT THERE TODAY. IT'S WORTH IT TO GO  OUT THERE AND ACTUALLY GET THEM IF EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO HAND  HARVEST THEM BECAUSE MOST LIKELY THEY'VE COME THROUGH ALL YOUR  CHEMISTRY WHICH YOU'RE LOOKING AT AND RESISTANT LEADS THAT ARE  STILL OUT THERE IN THE FIELD. 

TEASE
STILL TO COME - A CHALLENGE TO PROTECT SALMON  FROM EXTINCTION. BUT THAT MOVE COULD ALSO PUT  ANOTHER MAMMAL AT RISK.

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS,  UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. ) IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHINOOK SALMON AND  STEELHEAD FACE A GROWING CHALLENGE.  AND IT'S NOT HUMANS AND THEIR FISHING RODS THIS  TI. . IT'S HUNGRY SEA LIONS.  CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS ARE TRAVELING ALL THE WAY  UP THE COLUMBIA AND WILL-UH'-MAT <WILLIAMETTE>  RIVERS IN OREGON TO SNACK ON SALMON AND  STEELHEAD.  . IN SOME CASES, THE SEA LIONS HAVE BEEN FOUND A  HUNDRED MILES INLAND. . GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE STARTED SNARRING  THE SEA-LIONS TO RE-LOCATING THEM BACK TO THE  PACIFIC. IF NOT, ENTIRE FISH POPULATIONS COULD BE LOST.  YOU SEE SO MANY OF THESE FISH THAT ARE KILLED AND SO MANY OF  THEM ARE KILLED AND THEY'RE NOT EVEN EATING THE FISH – THEY'RE JUST  LETTING THEM FLOAT.""WE'RE ESTIMATING THAT THERE'S A 90 PERCENT PROBABILITY THAT AT  LEAST ONE OF THE POPULATIONS IN THE WILLAMETTE (RIVER) COULD GO  EXTINCT IF THIS PREDATION CONTINUES UNCHECKED. … THAT'S OF ALL THE  ADULTS THAT ARE RETURNING TO THE FALLS THERE, A QUARTER OF THEM ARE  GETTING EATEN."> AT ONE TIME, SEA LIONS WERE EXTENSIVELY HUNTED  FOR THEIR FUR. BUT THEY'VE MADE A COMEBACK  ACCORDING TO THE D-N-R. SEA LIONS ARE PROTECTED UNDER THE MARINE  MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT,  BUT THE FEDERAL  GOVERNMENT HAS MADE SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS TO  HELP SAVE THE FISH.

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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