AgDay Daily Recap - May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 2, 2017


HEADLINES
WILD WEEKEND WEATHER LEAVES FIELDS UNDERWATER AND WINTER WHEAT DAMAGED. PLUS, THE HOG INDUSTRY IS EXPANDING--WE'LL LOOK AT A NEW FACILITY SLATED TO COME ONLINE IN 2017. IN AGRIBUSINESS...CAUTION FOR CATTLE MARKETS. THE DEADLINE ARRIVES FOR DAIRY PRODUCERS IN WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA DROPPED BY GRASSLAND DAIRY...DID THEY FIND A NEW HOME FOR MILK? AND COULD FARMING BE THE NEXT BIG CITY CAREER. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY  THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

WESTERN WEATHER
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. FARMERS FROM THE MID-SOUTH TO THE  GREAT PLAINS ARE COUNTING THEIR LOSSES AND MAKING PLANS TO RE-PLANT  AFTER A FRENETIC WEEKEND STORM BROUGHT DEADLY FLOODING ON ONE END  OF THE SPECTRUM TO DOUBLE-DIGIT SNOW TO THE OTHER. HEAVY, WET SNOW SOCKED WESTERN KANSAS OVER THE WEEKEND WITH AS  MUCH AS TWENTY INCHES OF SNOW IN SOME LCOATIONS. WHEAT WAS TILLERING AND STEMS HAVE SNAPPED UNDER THE WEIGHT. THE MARKET RESPONDED WITH 20-CENT GAINS....INCREASES WE HAVEN'T SEEN  IN MONTHS. SOME FARMERS WE TALKED WITH SAY THE WHEAT CROP IN THE WESTERN  QUARTER OF THE STATE IS GONE. " THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THIS IS THAT HOW HEAVY AND WET THE SNOW WAS.  WHEN YOU LOOK AT RAINFALL AMOUNTS AND MELTED SNOW AMOUNTS THIS IS  THE RAINFALL EQUIVALENT OF IT. YOU SEE WESTERN KANSAS.....THAT'S 3-5  INCHES OF LIQUID. SOME OF THAT WAS RAIN, BUT THE REST WAS JUST A HEAVY,  SLOPPY WET SNOW WHICH CAUSED ALL THE PROBLEMS AND SOMETHING YOU  DON'T SEE VERY OFTEN AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.WE'LL BE BACK WITH YOUR  FORECAST IN A LITTLE WHILE." COINCIDENTALLY, THE ANNUAL KANSAS WHEAT TOUR IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN  THIS MORNING IN MANHATTAN KANSAS WHERE SCOUTS WILL GAUGE THE HARD- RED WINTER WHEAT CROP PRIOR TO HARVEST. BETSY JIBBEN LOOKS AT THE SNOWFALL IMPACT. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS MOVING THROUGH THE HEART OF THE WHEAT BELT  OVER THE WEEKEND - WITH ONE OF THE HRAVEST HITTING REGIONS IN THE PLAINS. HEAVY SNOWCOVER STACKED UP ON FIELDS IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS... AND SNAPPING STEMS OVER - FARMERS WONDERING IF FULLY HEADED OUT  WHEAT WILL PRODUCE ANY GRAIN.. FARMERS IN THE AREA MAY IT MAY BE A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE THEY CAN  ACCESS THE FIELDS.. THE KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION SAYING A COMBINATION OF BELOW FREEZING  TEMPERATURES FOR MULTIPLE NIGHTS AND HEAVY SNOW IS DEVASTATING TO  THE WHEAT CROP. <WILL PUT LINE HERE ABOUT ACRES IMPACTED WHEN HE GETS BACK TO ME.> "THIS IS SOMETHING THAT NONE OF US HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE. SOEM OF THE WHEAT GOT CLOSE  TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW ON TOP OF IT WAS MAYBE 5 WEEKS AWAY FROM HARVEST AND IT'S MY OPINION  THAT MOST OF THE WHEAT THAT'S HEADED OUT WITH HEAVY SNOW ON IT THAT ONCE THE SNOW THAWS,  THOSE BROKEN STEMS, THAT WHEAT WON'T MAKE GRAIN.""CERTAINLY, DOESN'T LOOK FOR FOR MAJORITY OF WHEAT IN SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL KANSAS."HERE'S A FIELD CROM BEAVER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA WHERE THIS PRODUCER  SAYS THE WHEAT HAD 100 BUSHEL PER ACRE POTENTIAL. BUT PRODUCERS IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS SAYING TEMPERATURES ARE  WARMING UP AND SNOW IS MELTING.  BUT MOTHER NATURE IS STILL LEAVING A MARK ON WHEAT IN THE AREA TOO- THIS PHOTO SHOWING AT LEAST 50 PERCENT OF WHEAT STEMS ON THE GROUND  WITH BROKEN STEMS.  AREAS TO THE NORTH SEEING ITS SHARE A WHITE SPRING TOO.  IN SOUTH DAKOTA- FARMERS SAY ROUGHLY 3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL NEAR SIOUX FALLS  MONDAY MORNING.  SNOW TRAVELING TO NEBRASKA - COVERING THIS FIELD IN CUSTER COUNTY,  PLANTED MID APRIL.  FARMERS HERE SEEING 8 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF  DAYS - WITH POWER OUT IN AREAS. HE SAYS QUITE A FEW FARMERS ARE TALKING  ABOUT REPLANT.  WHEAT WASN'T THE ONLY THING IMPACTED--WE SAW REPORTS OF LOST CATTLE,  POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED TREES. OTHER CROPS--LIKE CORN-- WERE JUST COMING OUT THE GROUND IN MANY  PLACES AS WELL.

CROP PROGRESS
THE LATEST CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT WILL NOT REFLECT THE  NEGATIVE IMPACT ON WHEAT. THESE RESULTS ARE BASED ON CONDITIONS AS OF  LAST WEEK. KANSAS WHEAT IS RATED AT 49-PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. 90- PERCENT IS JOINTED AND 44-PERCENT IS HEADED.. 38-PERCENT OF THE STATES CORN IS NOW PLANTED. 12-PERCENT EMERGED. THE CORN BELT WAS NOT SPARED FROM THE WEEKEND STORMS.  THIS 'EYE IN  THE SKY' FOOTAGE WAS TAKEN IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILLINOIS.  OPERATOR  JEREMY WOLFF SAYS MANY FIELDS IN THIS PART OF EASTERN ILLINOIS LOOK  LIKE THIS. AS THE WATER RECEDES, FARMERS WILL BE ABLE TO GAUGE HOW  MUCH RE-PLANTING THEY'LL HAVE TO DO. LIKEWISE FOR CORN PLANTING AND EMERGENCE, THESE NUMBERS REFLECT  LAST WEEK'S ACTIVITY. IN ILLINOIS - 63-P;ERCENT IS PLANTED- 20-PERCENT HAS EMERGED. IOWA FARMERS SAW A 20-POINT GAIN IN CORN PLANTING. BUT IT STILL REMAINS  BEHIDN THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE. MISSOURI - WHICH IS DEALING WITH ITS OWN FLOODING PROBLEMS - 67- PERCENT OF CORN IS PLANTED.30-PERCENT HAS EMERGED.

ARKANSAS FLOODING
FLOODING HAS FORCED THE CLOSURE OF HUNDREDS OF MISSOURI ROADS. AT  ONE POINT A 57-MILE STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 44 IN THE SOUTH OF THE STATE  WAS CLOSED. MORE THAN A FOOT OF WATER FELL IN PARTS OF THE STATE FROM FRIDAY  THROUGH SUNDAY, CAUSING WIDESPREAD FLOODING. THE WEEKEND STORMS HAVE LEFT FRESHLY PLANTED FIELDS SUBMERGED, LIKE  THESE IN ARKANSAS . NOW FARMERS MUST WAIT AND SEE HOW QUICKLY THE  WATER WILL RECEDE. ACCORDING TO UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS EXTENSION, WASHINGTON COUNTY - WHICH IS THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE STATE - RECEIVED EIGHT AND A HALF  INCHES OF RAIN IN 24 HOURS. PARTS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA ALSO GOT SWAMPED BY THE WEEKEND RAINS AS  WELL.THIS IS THE ILLINOIS RIVER AS IT RUNS NEAR THE CITY OF TAHLEQUAH.  THE RIVER CRESTED JUST SHY OF ITS RECORD EARLY MONDAY MORNING AT  JUST OVER 29 FEET.  MANY FAMILIES WERE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES. THE STORM ALSO SPAWNING SEVERAL TORNADOES IN EAST TEXAS, KILLING  FOUR PEOPLE. THE TOWN OF CANTON SEEMED TO SUSTAIN THE MOST DAMAGE.THE STORM CUT A PATH 35 MILES LONG AND 15 MILES WIDE. "AND THEN, THE WIND JUST STARTED, AND I SAW THE ROOF BLOW OFF MY HOUSE. I HAD ANOTHER HOUSE  IN THE BACK, THAT GOT WIPED OUT IMMEDIATELY."

COLDWATER PORK PROCESSING PLANT
ELSEWHERE IN AG....DEMAND IS STRONG FOR PORK ACCORDING TO THE LATEST  COLD STORAGE REPORT FROM USDA. FROZEN PORK INVENTORY AT THE END OF MARCH WAS 10 LOWER THAN A YEAR  AGO WHILE BONE IN HAM STOCKS FELL BY ITS BIGGEST AMOUNT IN AT LEAST 20  YEARS. AS TYNE MORGAN SHOWS US, THAT DEMAND NOW DRIVING THE INDUSTRY. BUT THE U-S PORK INDUSTRY IS STILL IN EXPANSION MODE, PARTIALLY ENTICED  BY NEW PROCESSING PLANTS COMING ONLINE.  TODAY, WE GET A BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF WHAT COULD BE ONE OF THE  LARGEST PORK PROCESSING PLANTS IN THE COUNTRY. LOCATED IN COLDWATER  MICHIGAN, IT'S CREATING A BIG OPPORTUITY FOR PRODUCERS IN MICHIGAN,  INDIANA AND OHIO TO EXPAND.  MICHIGAN FARMER BRAD BLONDE IS IN THE MIDDLE A MAJOR EXPANSION  PROJECT, LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A NEW OPPORTUNITY IN FARMING.  THIS PAST J ANUARY I BOUGHT MY DAD OUT. AND DECIDED THAT WE WEREN'T GOING TO OWN ANY PIGS ANYMORE.AFTER PARNTING WITH HIS DAD FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS, IT'S A DECISION THAT  DIDN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT... SELLING THE 2 THOUSAND HEAD OF PIGS THEY HAD  LEFT AND INSTEAD, INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCUTRE.  WE HAD ABOUT 3500 HEAD SPACE BEFORE. AND WE'LL HAVE 12,000 HEAD SPACE NOW. THIS BIG INVESTMENT WILL ALLOW BLONDE TO FINISH OUT 32,000 HEAD OF PIGS A  YEAR FOR ONE PRODCUER. WE'RE ACTUALLY JUST A CONTRACT GROWER. WE OWN THE BUILDINGS, SOMEONE ELSE PUTS THE PIGS IN,  WE TAKE CARE OF THEM FOR THEM, AND WE JUST PAID ON A PER HEAD PACE. THE DRIVING FACTOR OF THAT DECISION? HE'S LOCATED 15 MILES FROM THIS... IN THE MOST SIMPLIST FORM, THIS IS FRESH PORK PROCESSING PLANT. THIS COLDWATER, MICHIGAN PLANT IS SET TO BE UP AND RUNNING ON  SEPTEMBER FIFTH... A PLANT THAT CLEMENS FOOD GROUP CEO DOUG CLEMENS  SAYS IS ONE-OF-A KIND.  BEHIND YOU IS ACTUALLY OVER 650,000 SQUARE FEET OF PLANT, AND THIS PLANT WAS DESIGNED TO BE  THE MOST EFFICIENT, PRODUCING HE HIGHEST QUALITY PORK WE CAN FIND ON THE MARKET TODAY. CLEMENS SAYS WITH A PLANT OF THIS SIZE, PROCESSING CAPACITY WILL GROW OVER TIME.  WITH REQUIRED PERMITS ALREADY IN HAND, CLEMENS SAYS THEY'LL PROCESS  10,000 HEAD A DAY BY FEBRUARY. BUT IT'S BUILT TO HANDLE A DOUBLE SHIFT,  MEANING AS MANY AS 22 THOUSAND HEAD COULD GO THROUGH THESE DOORS  EVERY DAY WITHIN THE NEXT 3 TO 5 YEARS.  THIS WAS ACTUALLY A PRODUCER VISION THAT KIND OF BROUGHT US TOGETHER WITH THEM TO MAKE THIS  PLANT A REALITY. T STARTED WITH A VISION, BUT THE REALITY IS CUTTING EDGE.  WE TRIED TO INCORPORATE AS MUCH TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE IT AS FULY AUTOMATED AS POSSIBLE. HE SAYS A SIMILAR PLANT OF THIS SIZE WOULD REQUIRE 1 THOUSAND  EMPLOYEES. BUT WITH LABOR POTENTIALLY A CHALLENGE, CLEMENS SAYS  TECHNOLOGY IS REDUCING THAT NUMBER TO JUST OVER 800.  WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME OF RESEARCHING WHAT WERE SOME OF HTE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAD TO MAKE  IT EFFICENT BUT TO ACUTALLY INCORPATE AS MANY ROBOTICS AS WE COULD INTO THIS PLANT AND ALSO TO  MAKE IT VERY FOOD SAFETY FRIENDLY TO PRODUCE THE HIGHEST QUALITY FOOD SAFETY PRODUCT COMING OUT OF THIS PALNT. THE MAJORITY OF THIS INNOVATION IS SOURCED FROM EUROPE.  THIS IS A WATER JET CUTTER, CLEMENS SAYS IT'S THE FIRST TIME THE 122 YEAR OLD COMPANY IS USING  SOMETHING LIKE THIS... AND THE GOAL IS TO INCREASE YIELD FROM THE PORK  BELLY. BECAUSE NOT EVEYR BELLY IS SQUARE, SO WE CAN MAKE IT PERFECTLY SQUARE TO GET AS MANY  SLICES OF BACON OUT OF A BELLY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. IT'S ALSO TECHNOLOGY  HELPING WEAN OFF ANY BIOSECRUITY CONCERNS.. SO WE SILL ACTUALLUY BE REQUIRING ANY TRAILER THAT LEAVES HERE WILL ACTUALLY BE WASHED AND  DISINFECTED BEFORE IT LEAVES THE SITE.FROM ADDING EFFICIENCY TO PRIORITIZING ANIMAL WELFARE...  THESE HOG HOLDING PENS ARE DESINGED TO HOLD AROUND 5,000 HEAD. , SO IT'S ALMOST A HALF A  DAY OF HARVEST THAT WE CAN HOLD WITHIN THESE PENS.  THE DESIGN INSPIRED BY DR TEMPLE GRANDIN AND REQUIRES AN ANIMAL TO DE- STRESS FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS.. 45 DEGREE ANGLES WERE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED FROM THIS DESIGN, FOR FREER ANIMAL FLOW, IN TURN  HIGHER MEAT QUALITY. ACCESS TO WATER AS SOON AS THEY COME INTO THE HOG HOLDING PENS. A LOT  OF GOOD LIGHT, VENTILATION IS A VERY STRONG ATTRIBUT EOF THIS PEN DESIGN. CLEMENS SAYS IT'S BETTER ANIMAL HANDLING AND CARE THAT COULD  ULTIMATELY MEAN BETTER TASTING PORK IN THE END.  CLEMENS FOOD GROUP TOLD ME THE PLANT IS ALREADY SET UP TO HANDLE A  SECOND SHIFT WHERE THEY CAN PROCESS UP TO 22 THOUSAND HEAD... ALL  THEY NEED TO ADD IS ADDITONAL COOLER SPACE.  BUT DO WE HAVE ENOUGH DEMAND TO CHEW THROUGH ALL THAT PORK?  I'LL ANSWER THAT QUESTION TOMORROW ON AGDAY. CLINTON

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL LOOK AT THE CATTLE MARKETS AND WHY SOME  ANALYSTS ARE URGING CAUTION AS PRICES CLIMB. AND LATER, GROWING A FARM, ONE METER AT A TIME. SEE HOW THESE  SWEEDISH FARMERS ARE CREATING THEIR OWN CAREER SURROUNDED BY  CONCRETE. VISIT FARM JOURNAL PRO.COM.  TRUSTED ANALYSIS, PROFESSIONAL INSIGHT. FARM JOURNAL  PRO.COM. 

AGRIBUSINESS
BRIAN SPLITT WITH ALLENDALE OUR GUEST HERE AR THE AGRIBUSINESS DESK  BRIAN LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS CATTLE MARKET BECAUSE IT ENDED LAST WEEK  PRETTY MUCH ON FIRE RIGHT WE'RE SEEING SOME BIG MOVES CAN THIS HOLD  WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS SO CASH MARKET IS EXTREMELY STRONG RIGHT  NOW THAT IS DRIVING FUTURES AND FUTURES SHOULD MEET THE CASH MARKET  EXPIRATION AS WE'VE SEEN THE APRIL CONTRACT JUMPED SEVERAL DOLLARS THIS PAST WEEK BUT ONE THING YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF IS THAT  THE FUND POSITION RIGHT NOW IS EXTREMELY LONG NOW WE'VE HEARD THAT  THE FUND 'S ER OPEN INTEREST IN CATTLE IS REACHING NEW RECORD LEVELS  THAT IS GREAT THAT 'S WHAT 'S HELPING PUSH THE MARKET WHERE IT 'S GOING  BUT THERE 'S ALSO THE OPPOSITE END OF THAT NOW WHEN YOU COMPARE  OPEN INTEREST IN JUNE CATTLE ON THAT 'S ABOUT ONE FOURTH THE SIZE OF  OPEN INTEREST IN JULY CORN YET THE FUND SIDE THE SIZE OF THE FUND  POSITION IS NEARLY THE SAME SO CORN CAN HANDLE A HUNDRED HUNDRED  FIFTY THOUSAND CONTRACTS MUCH BETTER THAN THE CATTLE MARKET CAN SO  WE'VE GOT WEIGHTS LOW RIGHT NOW THAT SHOULD BE BOTTOMING OUT IN LATE  MAY EARLY JUNE AS WEIGHT START TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE FUND  POSITION IF THEY WANNA GET OUT OF THIS MARKET THAT DOOR 'S NOT BIG  ENOUGH SO THINGS ARE GREAT RIGHT NOW AND LIKE OUR OTHER ANALYST  WOULD SAY BUY PUTS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE TO YES RIGHT RIGHT SO AS YOU'RE  WATCHING THIS IN AND WITH THAT IN SOME PEOPLE THAT MIGHT BE  CONSIDERING WAYS TO PROTECT THESE PRICES BECAUSE THESE ARE GOOD  PRICES PUTS THAT KIND OF THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS WHEN YOU THINK LOOK  WHENEVER YOU'RE TRYING TO TALK THE RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESS THAT  CONVERSATION HAS TO BE DONE ON AN INDIVIDUAL 'S BASIS IS LIKE SOME  PRODUCERS CAN HANDLE MARGIN CALLS SOME PRODUCERS WANT TO SELL A  FUTURE CONTRACT BECAUSE NOW IT IS GUARANTEED AT THAT PRICE THEY  KNOW EXACTLY WHERE IT IS OTHERS DON'T WANT A MARGIN CALL AND THAT IN  THAT INSTANCE MAY BE THE PUT IS A BETTER VEHICLE WILL PROVIDE A WORST  CASE SCENARIO IT'LL PROVIDE A MAXIMUM LOSS IN THE FUTURES ACCOUNT SO  YOU KNOW IF YOU BUY A PUT FOR CERTAIN AMOUNT THAT IS THE MOST THAT YOU  CAN LOSE IT A LOT OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY MOVE THAT FOR HIRE THE  FUTURES MARKET DOES CONTINUE TO GO HIGHER IN CONTROL THAT CASH  OUTFLOW TO ROLL YOUR PUTS UP BUT AGAIN IF THE MARKET DOES TUMBLE FOR  THE FUTURE CONTRACTS CAN BE MUCH BETTER VEHICLE THAT PUT IF THE  MARKET DOES SEE A SUBSTANTIAL LOSS SO IT 'S JUST ABOUT MANAGING YOUR  OWN PERSONAL RISK PROFILE CALL SOMEBODY MAKES A MOVE MADE SOME  ENQUIRIES AND IT IS OWING TO THIS CAN WORK AT WHAT PRICE IS A PRETTY  GOOD RIGHT THAT'S RIGHT ALRIGHT APPRECIATE IT BRIAN WE'LL BE BACK WITH  MORE AGDAY IN JUST A MINUTE.  TO TALK TO BRIAN SPLITT ONE ON ONE CALL ALLENDALE INCORPORATED AT  800-551-4626 OR EMAIL HIM AT BSPLITT@ALLENDALE-INC.COM.  GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  LASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

WEATHER
WELCOME BACK TO AGDAY METEOROLOGIST MIKE HOFFMAN MIKE AFTER LAST  WEEK 'S STORMS THAT I THINK PEOPLE READING JUST FOR CALM. AND WE HAVE  WE HAVE MORE OF IT THIS WE REALLY HAVE ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM DIVING  ACROSS THE ROCKIES BUT ITS NOT BE NEARLY AS ACTIVE AS LAST WEEK. AND  YOU CAN SEE THAT 'S BECAUSE OF A LARGE DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE THAT 'S  NOW SETTLED INTO A MUCH OF THE SOUTHEAST AND OF COURSE IS DRYING  THINGS OUT BUT ALSO COOLING DOWN. BIG STORM SYSTEM STILL KIND OF  EXITING THE GREAT LAKES THIS MORNING. WITH SOME RAIN A LITTLE BIT OF  SNOW ON THE NORTHWEST FRINGE WAS THAT RAIN 'S ALREADY OFF THE EAST COAST AND WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE  THAT WAY. HERE'S THAT NEXT SYSTEM IT 'S NOT GOING TO BE NEARLY AS WET OR  NEARLY AS STRONG AS A LAST ONE, BUT NONETHELESS IT IS MOVING THROUGH  THE ROCKIES RIGHT NOW. AND YOU CAN SAY IS IT STARTS TO HEAD INTO THE  PLAINS MORE RAIN FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS INTO THE SOUTHERN  PORTIONS OF MISSOURI BY TOMORROW MORNING. A WEAK SYSTEM DIVING INTO  THE NORTHERN PLAINS CAUSING A LITTLE BIT OF MOISTURE AS WELL AND YOU  CAN SEE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM STARTED TO  COME IN THAT WAY AS WE HEAD THROUGH THE DAY TOMORROW. BY LATE IN THE  AFTERNOON AND THUNDERSTORMS FIRING UP AGAIN EASTERN TEXAS IN  ARKANSAS. LOTS OF THOSE FOLKS DON'T NEED ANY MORE OF THAT. AND YOU  CAN SEE THE RAIN IN PARTS OF THE CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. CHECKING  OUT THOSE RAINFALL ESTIMATES OVER THE PAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS. MOST  OF IT 'S BEEN ALONG THE EAST COAST BACK TO THE APPALACHIANS AND  AROUND THE GREAT LAKES. ALTHOUGH THAT IS ALL MOVING AWAY SO AS WE ADD IN THE NEXT THIRTY SIX HOURS AND SAY WE DON'T HAVE TOO MUCH IN THE  NORTHEAST. SEVERAL WE DO START TO ADD SOME OF THIS MOISTURE IN THE  CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS WAS SUMMER IS GETTING ONE TO TWO INCHES  AGAIN FROM THE SOUTHERN MISSOURI VALLEY INTO EASTERN PORTIONS OF  TEXAS. SNOW FALL GENERALLY IN THIS CASE CONFINED TO THE NORTHERN  GREAT LAKES AND YOU CAN SEE AS WE ADD IN THE NEXT 36 IT'S MOSTLY IN  CANADA. AND ALSO A FEW OF THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS IN THE CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE ROCKIES. AS FAR AS TEMPS GO. WE'RE LOOKING AT  SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES TODAY IN THE SOUTHEAST BACK IN THE TEXAS HIGH  TEMP IN THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES IN THE GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST. SAME  IDEA CAN ABOUT NOW MOST OF THE ROCKIES AS WELL. LOW TEMPS TONIGHT  GOING TO DROP INTO THE UPPER THIRTIES LOWER 40S FORTIES ACROSS MANY  PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES. SOME FOLKS STILL LOOK FOR A LIGHT FROST IN  SOME OF THAT AREA COULD BE AN ISSUE. AND YOU CAN SEE SOME FIFTIES FOR  LOWS DOWN INTO THE SOUTHEAST. HIGHS TOMORROW WARMING UP AGAIN IN  THE SOUTHEAST MOSTLY SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES AND IT'S STARTING TO WARM  UP AGAIN INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES WITH SOME UPPER FIFTY 'S CLOSE TO SIXTY BY AFTERNOON. THERE'S THE JET STREAM YOU CAN SEE THAT STORM  SYSTEM THE FIRST ONE MOVING AWAY SECOND ONE KIND OF DIVES AND THIS  COULD BE ANOTHER SLOW MOVER FOR THE EAST COAST AND CAUSE SOME  ISSUES OUT THAT WAY. BUT BY EARLY NEXT WEEK A TOPSY TURVY JET STREAM  THERE WITH LOTS OF UPS AND DOWNS ACTUALLY A PRETTY STORMY SITUATION  AGAIN BY THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK. THAT 'S A LOOK ACROSS THE  COUNTRY NOW LET 'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME LOCAL FORECASTS. FIRST OFF  GLOBE ARIZONA LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND WARM TODAY HIGH OF EIGHTY SEVEN  DEGREES. MASON CITY IOWA PARTLY SUNNY BREEZY AND COOL WITH A HIGH OF  FIFTY SIX AND FINALLY HAMPTON VIRGINIA MOSTLY SUNNY COMFORTABLY WARM  THIS AFTERNOON HIGH AROUND 80.

TEASE
DID ALL OF THE FARMERS DROPPED BY GRASSLAND DAIRY FIND A HOME FOR  THEIR MILK? WE'LL HAVE ANSWERS NEXT ON THE DAIRY REPORT.AND LATER, FARMING TODAY TAKES LOTS OF LAND AND PLENTY OF  HORSEPOWER--BUT THESE TWO CITY DWELLERS SAY THEY PLAN TO FARM FULL  TIME TOO. I'LL EXPLAIN. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.

DAIRY REPORT
ON THE DAIRY REPORT, ABOUT A MONTH AGO, THE FUTURE LOOKED BLEAK FOR  ABOUT 70 DAIRY FARMS IN WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA. NOW ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT MILK MAGAZINE, ALL BUT A COUPLE OF  FARMS HAVE FOUND PROCESSORS FOR THEIR MILK FOLLOWING A DECISION BY  GRASSLAND TO REDUCE SUPPLIERS AFTER LOSING EXPORT MARKETS IN  CANADA. OFFICIALS AT THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF AG SAY THAT ROUGHLY 99  PERCENT OF THE DISPLACED MILK VOLUME HAS FOUND A NEW HOME. HOWEVER, A FEW FARMERS DID RETIRE OR SELL OUT IN THE RUSH TO SECURE A  PROCESSOR. GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKS SAYS THEY WANT A STRONG RELATIONSHIP TO  CONTINUE WITH CANADA BUT THEY THINK CANADA IS JUST PLAIN WRONG ON  THIS ISSUE. MEANWHILE THE GLOBAL DAIRY MARKET CONTINUES TO SAG. PRICES RETREATING 20 PERCENT THROUGH THE FIRST FOUR MONTH OF THIS  YEAR. PART OF THE WEIGHT LIES IN SUPPLIES--GROWING U.S. MILK PRODUCTION AND  EXCESS STOCKS OF PRODUCTS...LIKE CHEESE. THE U.S. ECONOMY IS HELPING WITH DEMAND HERE AT HOME BUT  GLOBALLY  ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES TO DAMPEN BUYING. U.S. MILK PRODUCTION WAS UP MORE THAN 2 PERCENT IN Q-1 OF THIS YEAR. IN OTHER NEWS, MEAT COMPANIES IN BRAZIL LOST THE U.S. EQUIVALENT OF $1.5  BILLION DOLLARS AFTER THE NATION'S FEDERAL POLICE ANNOUNCED AN  INVESTIGATION INTO A TAINTED MEAT SCANDAL.  THE BULK OF THE LOSSES WERE ATTRIBUTED TO JBS, WHICH LOST THE U.S.  EQUIVALENT OF $1.4 BILLION IN MARKET SHARE IN THE MONTH FOLLOWING THE  INVESTIGATION.  FEDERAL POLICE IN BRAZIL SAY MEAT INSPECTORS WERE BRIBED TO ALLOW  TAINTED MEAT TO PASS INSPECTION FOR EXPORT.  BRAZIL'S FEDERAL POLICE HAS CHARGED 63 PEOPLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE  SCHEME.

TEASE
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IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA'S BV4580 ROUND BALER. LEARN MORE AT KUBOTA.COM  OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL KUBOTA DEALER TODAY.  BEING A FARMER MAY NOT ALWAYS BE CONSIDERED A RURAL JOB. IN SWEEDEN FARMERS WILLIAM AND JONAS ARE BUSY PLANTING BEETS. THEIR GOAL IS NOT JUST PLANT AND HARVEST A SMALL GARDEN...THEY'RE  TRYING TO FORGE CAREERS AS CITY BASED FARMERS. THEY SAY WHILE GROWING VOLUME MAY BE MORE DIFFICULT THEY'RE ABLE TO  CUT OUT THE MIDDLEMAN AND CAPTURE LARGE PORTION OF A CONSUMER'S  FOOD DOLLAR. "IT'S A SERIOUS THING, IT'S AN ACTUAL THING, IT'S AN ACTUAL JOB THAT PEOPLE CAN DO. IF YOU'RE LIVING  IN THE CITY AND YOU'RE INTERESTED IN GROWING STUFF, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE A FARMER IN THE  CITY. BUT IT'S ALSO VERY EFFICIENT IN MANY WAYS, YOU DON'T NEED DIESEL TO TRANSPORT THINGS, YOU  DON'T NEED BIG STORAGE ROOMS BECAUSE YOU DELIVER EVERY DAY AND STUFF LIKE THAT. PEOPLE CAN  COME AND HARVEST AND GO HOME AND MAKE THEIR SALAD. SO, IT'S VERY EFFICIENT IN MANY WAYS."> THE PAIR PLAN TO OFFER BEANS, PEAS, TOMATOES AND SALAD GREENS WHICH  ARE SOLD TO A SMALL NUMBER OF LOCAL RESTAURANTS WITH DELIVERIES  TWICE A WEEK.THEY'RE ALSO ALLOWING LOCALS TO COME AND PICK THEIR OWN VEGGIES-- PAYING BY THE BASKET. BOTH WORK OTHER JOBS CURRENTLY BUT SAY IF THEY CAN DOUBLE THEIR  URBAN FARM TO 500 SQUARE METERS THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT FULL  TIME.

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. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.

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